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Sports Journalist Stephen Smith to Speak on Sept. 16

Sports journalist Stephen Smith will present "Adversity: Keep Your Head in the Game" at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, Sept. 16, in Cone University Center, McKnight Hall, as part of the Forty-niner Forum in partnership with the Campus Activities Board. Admission for the event is free for students, $5 for faculty/staff and $10 for the public.

In his talk, Smith will share his life experiences and use sports-as-life references to offer his perspective on how to keep "your head in the game and use adversity to your benefit."

Smith, a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, began his journalism career as a high school sportswriter at the New York Daily News in the summer of 1993. After working as a general sports columnist with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Smith was hired by ESPN to become an analyst/insider on its basketball show "NBA Shootaround." He has appeared on "SportsCenter" and "ESPNews," and he had his own talk show, "Quite Frankly." He currently hosts a weeknight radio show for ESPN.

Connaughton Predicts Sluggish Growth in 2015

Economic growth in North Carolina is expected to grow at a sluggish pace in 2015 with no significant growth expected for the remainder of 2014, UNC Charlotte economist John Connaughton recently reported in his quarterly forecast for the state.

According to Connaughton, N.C. Gross State Product (GSP) is expected to reach a level of $482,911.70 million in 2014, a real (inflation-adjusted) increase of 1.5 percent over the 2013 level. This growth forecast in 2014 would follow two years of modest GSP increase in North Carolina. For 2015, Connaughton expects the state economy to increase by an inflation-adjusted rate of 2.1 percent.

Connaughton presented his quarterly forecast to members of the Charlotte business community and the media at a luncheon held at UNC Charlotte Center City. The forecast is funded by Babson Capital Management LLC.