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University to Observe #GivingTuesday

UNC Charlotte will join the national #GivingTuesday movement to encourage the 49er community to give back during this holiday season. #GivingTuesday is an effort to harness the collective power to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.

Taking place Dec. 2, #GivingTuesday will provide faculty, staff and students the chance to write a note to a U.S. service member. There will be three locations on campus, Student Union, Belk Tower and the lawn near Cato Hall, where anyone can stop by from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, or individuals can stop by the Veterans Student Services Office in the Cone University Center, room 346, to take blank notes for their classroom or office to participate.

#GivingTuesday is a counter narrative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, because it reminds individuals that the spirit of the holiday giving season should be about community and not just consumerism, said Kathy Calvin, CEO of the U.N. Foundation.

'N.C. Coal Ash Forum I' Scheduled for Dec. 4

Professional Engineers of North Carolina (PENC) and the UNC Charlotte Energy Production Infrastructure Center (EPIC) will hold the “N.C. Coal Ash Forum I" from 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM Thursday, Dec. 4, in the EPIC building. A free public information workshop will be from 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Wednesday, Dec. 3. Billed as an interactive forum, the event will give all stakeholders an opportunity to talk about the impact of the recently enacted coal ash management legislation and to facilitate future informed decisions around remediation and clean-up, stated organizers.

The Dec. 4 agenda will feature a keynote address by John Daniels, chair of the Lee College Department of Civil Environmental Engineering in the Lee College of Engineering. Panel discussions include "Where Policy Meets Practice" with Reps. Chuck McGrady, Rick Catlin and Mike Hagar joined by practice scientist and engineers; "Coal Ash Pond Closures: Considerations and Best Practices," with regional and national experts in the engineering and construction fields; and "Beneficial Use, Encapsulated Structural Fills and other Sustainable Approaches to Coal Ash Management" that will feature a discussion on current practices and innovative technologies.