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Young Alumni Sponsoring Veterans Day Collection

The UNC Charlotte Young Alumni chapter will collect items for care packages that will be sent to active duty military service members.

Between Monday, Nov. 7, and Friday, Nov. 11, collection boxes will be in the Auxiliary Services, Facilities Management/PPS, Friday and Foundation buildings; Barnhardt Student Activity Center; Cato and Woodward halls; EPIC; Harris Alumni Center; and UNC Charlotte Center City. On Nov. 12, items can be dropped off at the Alumni Tailgate Village, Hauser Pavilion.

Donation suggestions include wet wipes, facial tissues, lip balm, sunscreen, individually packaged snacks and candy (no chocolate), board games, DVDs, books, magazines, batteries (AAA, AA or D) and personal-sized toiletry items.

Vocabulary Research Helps Pave the Way to Literacy

Vocabulary is a major stumbling block for many adolescents with learning disabilities who are trying to learn to read, but a UNC Charlotte researcher is developing ways to make it easier for these students to learn and retain key words.

Kristen Beach, an assistant professor in the Department of Special Education and Child Development, and a colleague from the University of California, Riverdale, received a grant of nearly $1.5 million from the Institute of Education Sciences to fund a new study. It’s called "Vocabulary CHAAOS: Creating Habits that Accelerate Academic Language of Students," and it explores an area of the utmost importance for young readers.

"Knowing the meanings of words is critical for developing clear and accurate understanding of text," said Beach. "Providing instruction in academic vocabulary words that appear across subject areas with high frequency is imperative for struggling readers and students with disabilities to have a chance of independently reading and understanding grade-level or near grade-level text."