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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.

New Interactive Campus Map Launches

On July 15, the UNC Charlotte Facilities Management Department launched a new campus resource aimed at helping faculty, staff, students and visitors explore the campus.

The facilities management information systems team, using Google Maps as a building block, has created an interactive map that offers a wealth of information that individuals can access even before they come to campus.

"Users can search for buildings, parking, dining and information on accessibility and emergencies and more, and they will have live access to campus shuttle information to more easily take advantage of these services," said Michael Peddycord, a GIS application developer with facilities management information systems. According to Peddycord, the new map was developed with mobile devices, such smartphones and tablets, in mind. Individuals can share their location when using the map and can obtain turn-by-turn navigation to points across campus.