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Health Professional Becomes Executive-in-Residence

Bringing a unique background in health care analytics, finance and economics to the University, Dipti Patel-Misra is the first executive-in-residence in the Center for Graduate Life (CGL).

In her role with the CGL, Patel-Misra will develop and teach a course on strategic career planning for graduate students interested in roles outside academia. She also will be available to meet with students one-on-one to coach them toward sustainable career success. “For a successful career, one needs a combination of both academic and non-academic skills,” Patel-Misra said. “Understanding, developing and leveraging these skills for the right role leads to a fulfilling career.”

Patel-Misra, who holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Johns Hopkins University and an M.B.A. from UNC Chapel Hill, has two decades of experience in health care analytics; finance; insurance; and health economics, outcomes and informatics, including senior leadership roles at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, SAS and Best Doctors.

Senior Honored for Community Service

UNC Charlotte senior Jameka Parker has been recognized for outstanding leadership and service by North Carolina Campus Compact, a statewide network of colleges and universities committed to community engagement. Parker is a recipient of the Community Impact Student Award, which honors one student leader at each member school.

Parker, from Fayetteville, is one of 18 students across the state to receive the 2014 award, joining more than 200 college students honored by the organization since the award was first presented in 2006.

A pre-service teacher majoring in middle grades education with a civic minor in urban youth and communities, Parker said she believes deeply in service learning, both as a civic obligation and as meaningful pedagogy. As a part of a community engagement capstone, Parker started a girl’s dance troupe in a high poverty middle school with a curriculum focused on academic achievement, mentoring and self-esteem.