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Sport Clubs Win Statewide Canned Food Drive

UNC Charlotte’s Sport Clubs program was the overall winner of the inaugural First in Flight Fight Against Hunger, a statewide canned food drive competition. All of the goods brought in by UNC Charlotte’s sport clubs were donated to the Niner Food Pantry, which provides assistance for undergraduate and graduate students who struggle with food insecurity.

For this food drive, 898 student-athletes from campus collected 2,200 pounds of canned food. Approximately 7,150 pounds of canned food was collected by the 11 collegiate sport clubs programs that participated.

"I am extremely proud of our sport club athletes for winning the inaugural First in Flight Fight Against Hunger and showing the other sport club programs across the state what it means to be a part of Niner Nation," said Max Mello, assistant director for sport clubs in the Recreational Services Department. "With these donations, we were able to make a significant impact in our campus community and help those less fortunate during the holidays."

Online Nursing Program Jumps in National Rankings

The UNC Charlotte School of Nursing’s national profile received a significant boost this month with the online graduate program’s 33-spot ascendance in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings. The program jumped to 54 in these rankings, up from 87 last year.

“We are ever vigilant in our efforts to maintain relevancy in a changing health care market,” Baldwin said. She added that the School of Nursing understands that its students typically work full-time and are returning to school to enhance their knowledge base and prepare for promotions or to meet the changing needs of their organizations and those whom they serve.

The graduate online nursing program scored especially high marks on the credentials and training of faculty, registering 88 out of a possible 100 points on the evaluation. UNC Charlotte tied for the 54th spot with several other universities, including Florida State and West Virginia.