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Community Engagement Classification Reaffirmed
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has reaffirmed UNC Charlotte’s community engagement classification, which the University earned originally in 2008.
Colleges and universities with an institutional focus on community engagement were invited to apply for the classification, which is an "elective" process, unlike the Carnegie Foundation’s other classifications that rely on national data. To receive community engagement classification, institutions voluntarily submit required materials that describe the nature and extent of their engagement with the community, be it local or beyond.
As part of the application process, the University outlined how it continued to integrate community engagement into the overall day-to-day programming of the institution. "Community engagement has been essential to UNC Charlotte since its founding," said UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip L. Dubois. "A renewed commitment to deepening the scope of community engagement across all parts of the University has led to an action-oriented and sustained community engagement approach involving students, faculty and staff."
Artwork by Alumna Carmen Neely on Display
"Accumulations," an exhibit featuring work by UNC Charlotte alumna Carmen Neely, will be displayed through Wednesday, Feb. 4, in the Student Union Art Gallery.
According to the artist,"Accumulations" is the result of a new, more formalist approach to exploration in painting. Her earlier works focused predominately on references to the figure and have stemmed from ideologies about sexuality; Neely’s current compositions focus more intently on qualities of line and organic shape. "Even in their ambiguity these elements lend themselves to many different interpretations, including conversations about the body," Neely said. "In this way, my new work is a continuation of previous inquiries."
Neely’s work has been featured locally at Artspace 711, Twenty-Two Gallery and Hart Witzen Gallery in Charlotte; and Boyd Afficher Gallery in Concord. Images have been published in the University’s Sanskrit Literary-Arts Magazine.