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Students Participate in Habitat Projects

This fall, UNC Charlotte students took part in several efforts to benefit Habitat for Humanity, including the second on-campus homecoming build by the UNC Charlotte Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Shortly after the Homecoming football game, the chapter house was moved to its permanent location in Arvin Meadows, a neighborhood off Statesville Road. The student-led Habitat chapter raised $50,000 for the on-campus build; Habitat Charlotte will coordinate volunteers to finish the house at its permanent location.

Earlier this semester, the University College partnered with Charlotte’s Habitat for Humanity Home Repair operation to organize several service projects that aided local veterans, such as home restoration and providing "Welcome Home" comfort baskets. In addition, the University College offered a fall break trip in partnership with the Red Cross of Camp Lejeune, Volunteers for Communities and Disabled American Veterans. Students, again, took time to work on home repair projects for veterans.

The projects were an outgrowth of the University’s Common Reading Experience of "The Yellow Birds," authored by Iraqi war veteran Kevin Powers. The book discussed the broader impacts of war and raised awareness of issues returning veterans face. The Common Reading Experience is designed to provide a shared academic experience, offering unique opportunities for self-reflection, critical thinking, student interaction, and understanding of diverse perspectives.

Continuing Education's Brown Bag Series Continues

UNC Charlotte's Continuing Education department's Brown Bag Series, which began over the summer, continues their lineup of free educational events covering a variety of topics.

The next event, scheduled for December 3 at 12:00 PM, will focus on "The Five Biggest Trends Shaping Your Future." During the one hour seminar, Jason Mink, founder and president of COGNITION, will share what he has learned through running a marketing and web design agency serving for-profit companies and non-profits organizations in a variety of industries. Participants will learn how to identify and understand trends, connect the trends to the challenges they are facing in life and business, and encourage them to take the first few steps to addressing a future that will be very different from the past.

This is event is free and open to the public, though registration is required.