Post-holiday withdrawal? Re-energize with these great activities!

Post-holiday withdrawal? Re-energize with these great activities!

January can seem especially dull after the calendar-packed days of December – but you never have to be bored in University City! Here’s a quick look at a few of the opportunities that await you, including several that are free!   FEATURED: Enjoy 3 Faculty and Friends concerts! The Faculty and Friends concert series showcases the musical talent of UNC Charlotte’s Department of Music faculty. Upcoming concerts (all starting at 7:30 pm at Rowe Recital Hall) include: Asst. Professor of Oboe Elizabeth Sullivan, Jan. 27. MORE Asst. Professor of Voice Sequina DuBose, Feb. 3. MORE Asst. Professor of Trombone Jeremy Marks,Feb. 10. MORE   Student Spotlight Concert 7:30 pm Jan. 31 in Robinson Hall’s Belk Theater. UNC Charlotte’s Music Department offers an evening of solo and small-ensemble performances by students. MORE   Storytime, chocolate and orchids at the Botanical Gardens! The UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens offer unique programs nearly every week. Here’s a sampling. See the full calendar for many more events. Stories in the Woods – 12:30-1:30 pm Jan. 19, Feb. 16 and March 15. Enjoy picture books and literacy activities in a beautiful forest setting. Free. MORE Ganache in the Gardens: A Chocolate Celebration – 11 am-4 pm Feb. 8. Romantic music, a movie and free samples are just the start. Free. MORE Annual orchid sale – Feb. 8-14 during normal greenhouse operating hours. Other plants also for sale. MORE   Winter Craft Crawl at Armored Cow Brewing Co. 5-9 pm Jan. 31, 8821 JW Clay Blvd. at University Place. Featuring the year’s first event of 2020 by the Starving Artist Market. Numerous vendors offering local, handmade...
3,800 grads and UNC Charlotte leaders celebrate

3,800 grads and UNC Charlotte leaders celebrate

Both 3,800 students and UNC Charlotte administrators have reasons to celebrate on Dec. 13-14. The students will receive bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees during Fall Commencement. The university’s good news: winning recognition as a national leader in increasing timely degree completion for enrolled students. The Fall Commencement will involve three ceremonies in Halton Arena. Commencement ceremonies will begin at 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13, when the University will confer degrees upon undergraduates and graduates from the College of Arts + Architecture, College of Health and Human Services and Belk College of Business. During a 10 a.m. ceremony Saturday, Dec. 14, the University will award degrees to undergraduate and graduate students from the College of Computing and Informatics, Cato College of Education and the William States Lee College of Engineering. Undergraduate and graduate students from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences will receive their degrees in the afternoon at 3 p.m.   National Award Recognizes UNC Charlotte for Degree Completion Gains The good news about on-time graduation improvements came last month from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. The group named UNC Charlotte the winner of its 2019 Degree Completion Award. Through a student-centered approach, UNC Charlotte has improved its four-year graduation rate by 17 percentage points and consequently has seen a 5 percent decline in student debt upon graduation. “We recognize the importance of a college degree to the jobs of the future and want every student to finish what they start. As a public university committed to access and equity, we also want to do our part to lessen the student debt burden by ensuring our...
Joint UNC Charlotte/UCP program explores the future of our workforce

Joint UNC Charlotte/UCP program explores the future of our workforce

What will our future workforce look like? And how can Charlotte prepare our workers for the skills they’ll need? To help provide answers, UNC Charlotte’s Research and Economic Development and University City Partners recently hosted a talk by Dr. Jennifer Gresham, founder of Work for Humanity, on “Rising Tides: Rethinking Education in an Age of Uncertainty.” In her keynote presentation on Dec. 5 at the university’s PORTAL Building, Gresham discussed future workforces as a combination of specialists and “agilists,” a term she uses to identify individuals who have a breadth of experience, enjoy complexity and prefer working across disciplines. She noted that in order to create more agilists, there must be a designed shift in educational programming and workforce preparedness. Additionally, Gresham believes that employers will need to rethink hiring practices and performance criteria for agilists. University City Partners co-presented Gresham’s talk in conjunction with the university’s Division of Academic Affairs, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of Health and Human Services, Lee College of Engineering and the Graduate School. The talk was part of an annual celebration of UNC Charlotte’s Research and Community Partners. Hilton Charlotte University Place, Turner, Atrium Health, Foundation for the Carolinas, GOM, and the city of Charlotte co-sponsored the celebration. More about Dr. Jennifer Gresham Gresham is the founder of Work for Humanity, a nonprofit dedicated to helping individuals develop the self-confidence, independence and technical skill to teach themselves nearly anything and demonstrate their capacity for more valuable and meaningful work. A research scientist for the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Gresham previously served 16 years in the United States Air...
Run through the holidays with 2 great events!

Run through the holidays with 2 great events!

Close out 2019 and launch 2020 with two great running events sponsored by University City Partners and our Healthy UCity Race Series friends. Celebrate the season and even win a costume contest in the Run Run Rudolph 10K and 5K on Dec. 21. Race into 2020 at the inaugural New Year’s Day 5K along the North Tryon Street light-rail line!   Run Run Rudolph 10K and 5K These 5K and 10K races through University Research Park are a great way to celebrate the season as we have a fully stocked hot chocolate bar, candy cane bottle opener awards and we are giving away a $50 Charlotte Running Co gift card for the best seasonally dressed male and female race participant. Participant applause-o-meter will determine our best-dressed winners. What a GREAT way to celebrate the season!! Details and registration   New Year’s Day 5K and Fun Run Get a healthy start to the new year by running the LYNX rail line in the inaugural New Year’s Day 5K and Fun Run. Everyone who registers will get a free all-day pass on the LYNX so you can take the train to the starting line at the Old Concord Road station. Stay after for a post-race party including live music, hot pancakes, cold beer and mimosas! Details and...
Darlene Heater receives ULI Charlotte leadership award

Darlene Heater receives ULI Charlotte leadership award

University City Partners Executive Director Darlene Heater is among 11 women who were honored on Dec. 9 as ULI Charlotte Champions in Real Estate by the group’s Women’s Leadership Initiative. The new award recognizes the most influential women in the real estate community and land-use sector. “I am honored to be recognized by the Urban Land Institute as a leader in real estate,” Heater said. “ULI Charlotte has been an invaluable resource for University City Partners as a development expert and research source, convener of commercial real estate professionals and industry thought leader.”   The 2019 Champions in Real Estate The 11 2019 award winners include leaders throughout the Charlotte region’s real estate community. “Recognized for their contributions to real estate development, land use, and city-building, the Champions reflect the strength of the region’s real estate development industry through the responsible use of land to create thriving communities worldwide,” the Women’s Leadership Initiative said in announcing the 2019 recipients. Along with Heater, they include: Laura Belcher, Habitat for Humanity Charlotte Debra Campbell, City of Asheville Rachel Russell Krenz, Ram Realty Advisors Mary Beth Kuzmanovich, Lillibridge Healthcare Services Elizabeth McMillan, Crescent Communities Dionne Nelson, Laurel Street Partners Alysia Osborne, City of Charlotte Julie Porter, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership, Inc. Ellen Rogers, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Pam Wideman, City of Charlotte   About Urban Land Institute and Women’s Leadership Initiative The Urban Land Institute seeks to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. The ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative seeks to promote the advancement of women, throughout their careers, as leaders in the...
Help plan the future of our parks and rec

Help plan the future of our parks and rec

Mecklenburg County is crafting a new 10-year master plan for our parks and recreation programs and seeks our help. Your ideas will help our county board set goals and provide money  for new and improved parks, facilities and programs. County parks planners have created a program entitled the Meck Playbook to gather community ideas and craft the master plan. You can get involved, starting now!   How you can help: Attend one of the Adventure Fest planning events on Nov. 21 (free food and games for all ages as everyone explores the park and rec system together). Details below. Take a brief online survey on how you use our parks and what you want in the future – Click here to start. Learn much more about the 18-month planning process at meckplaybook.com. Sign up for email updates throughout the planning process.   Help kick off the Meck Playbook at these Adventure Fests Join parks staff for an entertaining time of exploring our park and recreation system via games for all ages, plus free food! Your ideas will help shape our future master plan. Locations and times: Revolution Park Sports Academy Time: Nov. 21 from noon to 1:30 pm Address: 1225 Remount Rd, Charlotte, NC 28208 Directions   Hornet’s Nest Park Williamson Pavilion Time: Nov. 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm Address: 6301 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216 Directions   About the Meck Playbook Caring for our park system and planning for the future takes all of us. Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department is writing a new Master Plan, and we need your help developing a roadmap for the...