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Experts Slated for Cyber Security Symposium

Businesses, organizations and individuals are dependent upon computers and computer networks to perform critical work in an ever-increasing technology-driven economy. As this dependency grows, threats from mischievous pranksters, criminals who steal valuable and sensitive information and nations engaged in espionage continue to increase.

UNC Charlotte is a leader in education and research that addresses the many vulnerabilities in cyberspace. The annual Cyber Security Symposium is an opportunity for attendees to become more aware about important topics and possible solutions in the field. This year’s event is scheduled from 8:15 AM to 5:00 PM, Wednesday, Oct. 5, at UNC Charlotte. Early registration discounts are available online.

For 17 years, this annual symposium, co-hosted by the College of Computing and Informatics and Charlotte Research Institute at UNC Charlotte, has brought national leaders to share their knowledge and leadership. Bank of America is the title sponsor of the 2016 symposium.

Alumna Named Student Teacher of the Year

Middle Grades Education alumna Gabrielle Lowder says there is no piece of paper that could fully convey the passion she has for teaching. While this may be true, she’ll likely hold on to her award for 2016 UNC Charlotte Student Teacher of the Year, as it’s an honor well-earned.

Lowder graduated Summa Cum Laude from the College of Education in May with a perfect 4.0 G.P.A. She was nominated for her work teaching social studies and language arts at South Stanly Middle School, whose leaders have effusively praised her efforts.

"I’ve wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember," she said, "I want to make a positive impact on each of my student’s lives. Even if they don’t have a support system at home, I want them to know that Ms. Lowder believes in them and won’t give up on them."