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Smith Receives Award for Community Engagement

Heather Smith, professor of geography in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, is the 2014 recipient of the Provost’s Faculty Award for Community Engagement. Established in 2012, the award honors a tenured faculty member whose teaching, research and service embodies the University’s commitment to civic involvement and whose work strengthens the relationship between UNC Charlotte and the larger community.

In the 15 years since she joined UNC Charlotte, Smith has built an integrated teaching, research and service profile that places community engagement at its core. Her research explores how immigrants navigate new lives in new gateway locations, and how receiving communities respond to the needs, expectations and cultural diversity foreign-born migrants bring. Her engaged work in the Charlotte community focuses on the rapidly growing Latino immigrant population and challenges of inclusivity and access. For Smith, the research partnerships she establishes embrace trans-disciplinary and cross-institutional learning in a way that fosters sustained commitment to growth, innovation and the public good.

Theatre Department to Present 'The Merry Wives'

The Department of Theatre will present "The Merry Wives" from Thursday, Oct. 23, through Sunday, Nov. 2, in the Black Box Theater of the Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts.

Shakespeare’s hilarious and biting satire "The Merry Wives of Windsor" gets a new twist in this updated staging adapted by dramaturge Andrew Hartley, Robinson Distinguished Professor of Shakespeare. Lecturer Kelly Ryan will direct the production.

Performances on Oct. 23 - 25 and Oct. 29 - Nov. 1 will be at 7:30 PM. Sunday matinees on Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 will be at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $14 general admission; $9 for seniors and UNC Charlotte faculty and staff; and $6 for all students and can be purchased through the Robinson Hall Box Office website.