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Commemoration of Berlin Wall's Fall Set for Nov. 9

Mario Röllig spent three months in East Berlin’s Hohenschönhausen Prison in 1987 for trying to flee communist East Germany. He will tell his story at 2:00 PM, Sunday, Nov. 9, at UNC Charlotte Center City, during an afternoon of public activities to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The event, called "The Power of People," is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. The German Language and Culture Foundation is hosting the event in conjunction with the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the Department of Languages and Culture Studies. Each year, the foundation awards dozens of scholarships to UNC Charlotte students who are majoring in German, and it works with the department to provide hands-on learning opportunities with German companies in Charlotte and abroad.

In addition to Röllig’s talk, there will be simultaneous showings of a documentary and feature film "The Lives of Others," beginning at 3:00 PM; a symbolic tearing down of the "wall" around 5:30 PM; and an exhibit of photography, news articles and student projects that were a collaboration among Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Gaston County Schools and Deutsche Schule Charlotte, the German Language School.

Gallegos Elected to NAFSA Board of Directors

Joël Gallegos, Assistant Provost for International Programs, was elected to Board of Directors of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, which is widely regarded as the leading professional organization in the field of international education.

According to Fanta Aw, president of NAFSA and chair of the board of directors, Gallegos’ commitment to NAFSA’s core mission and values of the organization will allow him to serve in this strategic role within the largest association of professionals committed exclusively to advancing international higher education with nearly 10,000 members in 150 countries.

Gallegos will serve a three-year term beginning January 2015 in one of three member-at-large positions.