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Water Safety Expert Works to Reduce Drowning

The risk of drowning remains a serious issue for children, but a UNC Charlotte water safety expert is taking part in a national effort to help alleviate that danger. To mark the 100th anniversary of its swimming safety efforts, the American Red Cross has launched a program to cut drowning in half in 50 U.S. cities.

Roy Fielding, exercise science program coordinator and director of aquatics, is helping lead the effort in the Queen City. A 40-year Red Cross veteran, Fielding said parents need to understand the importance of water safety. "It’s huge. According to the CDC, in children ages one through five, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death," stated Fielding.

A recent survey commissioned by the Red Cross showed many Americans overestimate their ability in the water — while 80 percent said they could swim, fewer than 60 percent possessed the basic skills that could save their life. Click here to read more about this initiative.

Godfrey Honored at CFO of the Year Awards

Accounting Professor L. Howard Godfrey is being honored by the Charlotte business community for his academic leadership and legacy. He received the first Academic Leadership Award during the Charlotte Business Journal’s CFO of the Year Awards July 22. The Charlotte Business Journal recognizes outstanding chief financial officers at its annual CFO of the Year Awards Luncheon, which honors finance professionals in the Charlotte area who exemplify excellence as corporate financial stewards.

Godfrey joined the Belk College of Business at UNC Charlotte in 1975. He was the first business faculty member to hold a Ph.D. in accounting, which he received from the University of Alabama, and the first CPA in Charlotte with a doctoral degree. Teaching primarily in the area of federal taxation, Godfrey is a certified public accountant in North Carolina and a member of the American Accounting Association, the American Taxation Association and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).