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Public Health Expert Richard Jackson to Speak

Urban sprawl, a lack of green spaces and roads unsafe for pedestrians are among the common aspects of the "built environment" harmful to public health, according to national expert Richard Jackson.

A leading voice in the movement to shape "built environment" with an emphasis on public health, Jackson will present "We Are What We Build – Building for Health" at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, April 8, at UNC Charlotte Center City. The talk is for the annual Blue Cross Blue Shield Dialogue for a Healthier Charlotte and is organized by the College of Health and Human Services and BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina.

The April 8 talk "We Are What We Build – Building for Health" is free and open to the public; however RSVPs are requested. This event also coincides with National Public Health Week, which is April 6 - 12.

OASES Marks 20 Years of Serving Adult Learners

The Office of Adult Students and Evening Services (OASES) is celebrating 20 years of recruiting and retaining a diverse, adult student population. The office provides provides advising, mentoring, and scholarships to enrolled adult, evening, and weekend students.

Janet Daniel, founding director of the office, stated OASES’s existence resulted from the vision of then-Provost Philip L. Dubois. "UNC Charlotte, as the Charlotte Center, can trace its existence to serving adult students who were returning home following World War II,” said Daniel. "Dr. Dubois recognized the need for the University to again focus on these adult learners through a dedicated office. Nontraditional students often face challenges beyond those of regular college-aged students, and we provide an array of services to assist them."

OASES advises roughly 1,500 new, transfer or re-entry adult students with more than 400 of them receiving services in the evening.