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Kato Named Cone Early-Career Professor

Fumie Kato, associate professor in the Department of Languages and Culture Studies, is the 2014 recipient of the Bonnie E. Cone Early-Career Professorship for Teaching. Her selection was announced during the annual University Convocation Tuesday, Aug. 19.

Provost Joan Lorden, in revealing the honor, said, "Kato uses her expertise in applied linguistics with emphases on language pedagogy, student motivation and learning strategies to strengthen the degree program and inspire her colleagues."

Interest in UNC Charlotte’s Japanese studies has skyrocketed during Kato’s time as program coordinator. Between fall 2002, when she first joined the program, and fall 2013, the number of Japanese courses offered has increased from six to 22. The number of exchange partner universities in Japan has increased from two to six, and the number of students enrolled in the Japanese courses has grown from 258 students to 856. These accomplishments led to the establishment of the Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Studies in 2011.

Hardin Among City’s Top CFOs

Elizabeth Hardin, vice chancellor for business affairs, recently was named one of Charlotte’s Chief Financial Officers of the Year by the Charlotte Business Journal. She was honored in the category large nonprofit/government organization.

As UNC Charlotte’s chief financial and administrative officer, Hardin is responsible for the University’s fiscal management and audit, facilities development and operation, human resources, public safety, technical operations and planning, business continuity and auxiliary services.

The Charlotte Business Journal solicited nominations for its CFO of the Year, which were evaluated by representatives from its partner Financial Executives International. Judges focused on nominees’ financial accomplishments, scope of responsibilities, respect and influence with their companies/organizations and a demonstrated commitment to fiscal integrity and accountability.