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Continuing Education Begins Brown Bag Series

Starting this summer, UNC Charlotte's Continuing Education department will offer a series of free educational events covering a variety of topics.

The Brown Bag Series begins with a seminar on Becoming Social Security Savvy on August 6 at 12:00 PM at our Center City location. The discussion's topics will include how Social Security benefits are calculated, how benefits are taxed, maximizing spousal and survivor benefits, and personal claiming decisions. Participants will come away with a clear understanding of how monthly Social Security income changes based on the age at which you claim, strategic ideas for maximizing your personal Social Security benefits, and insight on how to incorporate Social Security into a comprehensive retirement income strategy.

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

Engineering Professor Creates Inspiring Artwork

Recently, a painting of an SR-71 Mach 3 jet was added to the stairwell in Duke Centennial. It is the latest creation by Peter Tkacik, an associate professor of mechanical engineering and engineering science in the William States Lee College of Engineering.

Tkacik’s artistic pursuits are a hobby, but he sees them as a source of inspiration for engineering students as they learn more about their future profession. "I sketched growing up, and I've found it to be a valuable skill as an engineer," said Tkacik. "I say that I do pencil CAD; I can draw a design in three-dimension so others can see it."

Tkacik's rendering of the SR-71 is based upon several photographs of the long-range Mach 3 reconnaissance aircraft. The plane is depicted high above the Earth with stars in the background and hangs 40 feet above the marble floor.