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Music Professor’s 'Violins of Hope' Published
Jay Grymes, interim chair of the Department of Music, has written a new book Violins of Hope: Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour. The book, published by HarperCollins, is receiving critical praise and should be in bookstores now.
Academy Award-winning film composer John Williams wrote, "Violins of Hope is a work of research and scholarship that forms one of the most moving chronicles in the history of Western music. James A. Grymes has earned our plaudits and praise, and deserves our everlasting gratitude."
Violins of Hope tells the stories of seven violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust and restored to playing condition by Israeli violinmaker Amnon Weinstein. Grymes was inspired to write the work when UNC Charlotte brought 18 Violins of Hope to Charlotte for a series of exhibitions and performances in April 2012.
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.