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Students Participate in Habitat Projects

This fall, UNC Charlotte students took part in several efforts to benefit Habitat for Humanity, including the second on-campus homecoming build by the UNC Charlotte Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Shortly after the Homecoming football game, the chapter house was moved to its permanent location in Arvin Meadows, a neighborhood off Statesville Road. The student-led Habitat chapter raised $50,000 for the on-campus build; Habitat Charlotte will coordinate volunteers to finish the house at its permanent location.

Earlier this semester, the University College partnered with Charlotte’s Habitat for Humanity Home Repair operation to organize several service projects that aided local veterans, such as home restoration and providing "Welcome Home" comfort baskets. In addition, the University College offered a fall break trip in partnership with the Red Cross of Camp Lejeune, Volunteers for Communities and Disabled American Veterans. Students, again, took time to work on home repair projects for veterans.

The projects were an outgrowth of the University’s Common Reading Experience of "The Yellow Birds," authored by Iraqi war veteran Kevin Powers. The book discussed the broader impacts of war and raised awareness of issues returning veterans face. The Common Reading Experience is designed to provide a shared academic experience, offering unique opportunities for self-reflection, critical thinking, student interaction, and understanding of diverse perspectives.

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.