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Fall Flu Vaccine and COVID-19 Booster Clinics

Need your COVID-19 bivalent booster or flu shot? The Student Health Center is offering no-cost campus clinics to students, faculty and staff. For flu vaccine clinics, there are no out-of-pocket costs with most major insurance carriers; bring your medical insurance card and prescription insurance card (if applicable). For COVID-19 booster clinics, appointments are required; bring your University ID and COVID-19 vaccine card. For questions, contact the Student Health Center at 704-687-7400 to connect with Immunizations or the Pharmacy.  Register for an appointment.

  • Tuesday, October 18, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Lucas Room, Cone University Center

  • Thursday, October 27, Food Court, Barnhardt Student Activity Center

  • Tuesday, November 1, Food Court, Barnhardt Student Activity Center

October Mental Health Focus

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers a variety of events to help build a community of care at UNC Charlotte that emphasizes the need to destigmatize mental health issues and provides education on help-seeking strategies. We encourage you to advocate for mental health by sharing and participating in the following:

Mental Health First Aid
MHFA is an national public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses and substance use, builds understanding of their impact, and provides an overview of common supports. The certificate includes two hours of pre-work and six hours of instructor-led training.

  • Students:  Monday, October 17 and Wednesday, October 19, 4:30 - 7:30 PM, Virtual (Register)

  • Faculty/Staff: Thursday, October 27 and Friday, October 28, 2:00 - 5:00 PM, Virtual (Register via L&D portal)

Let's Talk (for students only)
You may know students who would benefit from "Let's Talk," a brief, drop-in, and confidential problem-solving consultation for students with a CAPS team member. Visits are first come, first served. No appointment is necessary and the wait time is usually brief. This is not therapy and it is not designed for students who need urgent help.

  • Wednesday, October 12, 3:00 - 5:00 PM, Atkins Library 139B

  • Tuesday, October 18, 2:00 - 4:00 PM, Popp Martin Student Union 254

  • Wednesday, October 26, 3:00 - 5:00 PM, Atkins Library 139B

October 17 Deadline for Master’s Thesis Nominations

Faculty may nominate students for the Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award through October 17. The Award is a part of the Graduate School’s focus on enhancing research skills. New this year is a Non-traditional Thesis/Project category that refers to theses that do not conform to the traditional model, such as those produced in MFA programs both for literature and the performing arts. For more information, visit the Outstanding Master's Thesis Awards webpage. For questions, contact Julie Green, Graduate Student Services and Fellowship Specialist.

Former CIA Analyst to Address China’s Digital Currency

The Office of International Programs invites you to attend an International Speaker Series event featuring YaYa Fanusie, Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. Fanusie will speak on China’s Digital Yuan: Is Data the New Digital Currency? The International Speaker Series is a long-standing initiative that offers the campus community an opportunity to hear from internationally renowned experts in various fields. The topics that speakers address range from economics, to globalization, to foreign policy. The event is free and open to the campus community.  More information

  • Tuesday, October 25, 3:30 - 5:00 PM, Lucas Room, Cone University Center (Register)

Legal Affairs Training: Workplace Privacy

Is Anything I Say, Send, or Save at Work Private?!
Have you ever wondered whether labeling an email “Confidential” really matters or how private your conversations with an attorney really are? This session will explore what expectation of privacy faculty and staff should have in their email communications, electronic files, and office space at the university as well as the factors that govern university legal counsel’s confidentiality obligations.

  • Tuesday, October 25, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, via Zoom* (Register)
    *Registrants will receive the Zoom link prior to the presentation.

Special Venue Announced for Personally Speaking

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, together with The Dubois Center at UNC Charlotte Center City and J. Murrey Atkins Library, presents its next Personally Speaking series event at The Union at Station West in the FreeMoreWest neighborhood. Crystal Nicole Eddins, Ph.D. will present Rituals, Runaways, and the Haitian Revolution: Collective Action in the African Diaspora, which explores how enslaved people’s resistance leading up to the Haitian Revolution offers interesting lessons about collective action.

  • Tuesday, November 15, 6:00 - 8:30 PM, The Union at Station West (Backdrop Coffee) (Register)

UNC Charlotte GIS Day

Graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to attend UNC Charlotte GIS Day on Wednesday, November 16. The event is designed to teach students about geography and Geographic Information Science and to share the real world applications that are improving society. There is a full schedule of activities planned. Also, remind students to check out the newly installed Department of Geography and Earth Sciences globe in the courtyard outside of McEniry.

Spring Diversity Scholars Forum to Showcase DEIJ Research

The Graduate School is seeking participants in a spring Diversity Scholars Forum that will feature graduate student research related to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ). The Forum will provide a showcase for research on campus and in the greater Charlotte community. More information.

Ventureprise Launch Applications Open

Join 400+ UNC Charlotte faculty and students that have already completed the Ventureprise Launch program. Apply to participate in the Fall 2022 Ventureprise Launch Cohort. The program provides UNC Charlotte faculty, staff and students with commercialization training and follow-up funding opportunities. The program is designed for participants to work at their own pace with interview and funding goals. This virtual cohort has been designed with a tiered approach, launching with an Intro Workshop in November. The goal of the program is to identify potential commercial uses for technology and research. The next stage is a six-month $50,000 NSF I-Corps Teams grant. Applications are currently open and are reviewed as they are submitted, closing October 31st. More information and the application form can be found on the Ventureprise faculty website. For additional questions, contact Devin Collins or Laura Smailes.

J. Murrey Atkins Library Events

Homecoming History Pop-up
During Niner Nation Week, head to the Dalton Reading Room on the 10th Floor of Atkins Library for a
Homecoming History Pop-up! Special Collections and University Archives staff will have displays of university history from beginning to present with yearbooks, university photographs, past student activity board scrapbooks, and other memorabilia sure to spark UNC Charlotte nostalgia! More information

  • Wednesday, October 19, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Friday, October 21, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Invisible Histories Project
A discussion with Josh Burford, Co-Founder & Director of Outreach & Lead Archivist for the Invisible Histories Project, an organization that locates, preserves, researches, and creates for local communities an accessible collection of the rich and diverse history of LGBTQ life in the US South.
This event is a collaboration between Atkins Library, LGBTQ+ Staff and Faculty Caucus, and the Department of Philosophy.

  • Thursday, October 20, 6:00 PM, Halton Reading Room, J. Murrey Atkins Library

Fall Poe-etry Reading
Come enjoy treats and poetry and celebrate all things spooky at this fall’s Poe-etry Reading event. We welcome you to share your favorite Edgar Allen Poe poem, your own original poem, or another treasured work of verse and follow the raven into a dream within a dream. Drop by or stay for a while!
More information.

  • Thursday, October 27, 3:00 - 5:00 PM, Halton Reading Room, J. Murrey Atkins Library

Celebrate Open Access Week with Atkins Library, October 24-30
Open Access Week
is a global event that explores how open scholarship benefits the academic and research community. This year’s theme is “Open for Climate Justice,” which explores how sharing knowledge openly can help address the climate crisis. Throughout this week we’ll be posting about open access resources on campus. Check out our blog and celebrate open research with us!

Center for Teaching and Learning Workshops

New Canvas Quizzing
This workshop will teach you the basics of creating quizzes in Canvas for assessments using the New Canvas Quizzing Tool. We will also show you how to migrate classic quizzes to new quizzes. We recommend it for anyone new to quizzing in Canvas or creating new quizzes from scratch.

  • Tuesday, October 18, 3:00 - 4:00 PM (Register)

Viewpoint Diversity and Civil Discourse in the Classroom
College is designed to teach students how to think - not what to think. An inclusive classroom must provide opportunities for students to form and express diverse viewpoints while respecting differing viewpoints of others. This workshop will provide techniques and resources to help faculty engage students in safe and respectful discussions around diverse viewpoints and perspectives. This workshop counts towards the Essentials of Teaching and Learning Certificate.

  • Tuesday, October 18, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Register)

Supporting International Student Success
The purpose of this workshop is to provide information in order to help faculty better understand the international student perspective and experience. With increased understanding, faculty can be better advocates for their students, therefore supporting their success both in and out of the classroom. The workshop will explore the unique perspectives, expectations, and roles of the professor-international student relationship. Topics such as class participation, verbal/non-verbal communication, anxiety triggers, and academic integrity will be covered.

  • Thursday, October 20, 2:00 - 3:30 PM (Register)

Upcoming Events from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Engage with CLAS at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille
Reconnect with your fellow College of Liberal Arts & Sciences alumni at the University's
Niner Nation Week Social located at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille. It’s a great opportunity to engage with alums, eat some great food, and show your 49er pride. Wear your green to find the Niners!

  • Wednesday, October 19, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Dilworth Neighborhood Grille

Structural Violence in HealthCare: The Role of the Academic Institution
Andrea Pitts, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy, will participate on a panel led by Dr. Rahul Vanjani, an assistant professor of medicine and Clinical Educator at Rhode Island Hospital Center for Primary Care.
The event, which is being held in Rhode Island by the Brown University Center for the Study of Race and  Ethnicity in America, will be livestreamed. 

Blood Drive hosted by Army ROTC
The cadets of the Army ROTC are hosting a blood drive on campus, organized by The Blood Connection, to contribute to an ongoing, urgent need for donations. UNC Charlotte and Charlotte-area community members who participate will receive a $10 gift card. 

  • Tuesday, October 25, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM (drop-in), food court, Barnhardt Student Activity Center

Faculty Council News

Please visit the Faculty Governance website for the latest news from the Faculty Council including: 

Dissertation Defense

The dissertation defense is one of the ways a new scholar demonstrates readiness to join the academy and is an opportunity to share their research widely. View All Dissertation Defense Announcements.

Latest AA News

For up-to-the-minute news from Academic Affairs (faculty awards, research, recognition, initiatives), visit the Academic Affairs Division News webpage.