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Music Department to Conduct Annual Piano Sale

During the past academic year, the Department of Music has had access to first-class standard and digital pianos through an association with the Rockley Family Foundation.

To perpetuate this program, these instruments, along with those provided other institutions, will be sold Friday through Sunday, Aug. 7 - 9, at the Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts. Individuals can schedule appointments to attend a "pre-sale" on Friday and Saturday by calling 704-687-1999; a final day sale will be from 12:00 - 5:00 PM, Sunday.

A large selection of grand, baby grand, digital player grand and digital pianos will be available from a number of manufacturers, including Steinway and Sons, Yamaha, Kawai, Cable Nelson, Story and Clark, Pearl River, Disklavier and Clavinova. Most instruments are less than a year old and are tuned and ready to go and include a full factory warranty. Click here for additional information about the sale.

Water Safety Expert Works to Reduce Drowning

The risk of drowning remains a serious issue for children, but a UNC Charlotte water safety expert is taking part in a national effort to help alleviate that danger. To mark the 100th anniversary of its swimming safety efforts, the American Red Cross has launched a program to cut drowning in half in 50 U.S. cities.

Roy Fielding, exercise science program coordinator and director of aquatics, is helping lead the effort in the Queen City. A 40-year Red Cross veteran, Fielding said parents need to understand the importance of water safety. "It’s huge. According to the CDC, in children ages one through five, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death," stated Fielding.

A recent survey commissioned by the Red Cross showed many Americans overestimate their ability in the water — while 80 percent said they could swim, fewer than 60 percent possessed the basic skills that could save their life. Click here to read more about this initiative.