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Doctoral Student Receives $20,000 National Fellowship
Counseling student LaTonya Summers is one of 22 doctoral scholars across the United States to be selected for the Minority Fellowship Program by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).
As a result of this honor, Summers will receive $20,000 and training to support her education and facilitate her efforts with underserved minority populations.
Summers, who is pursuing a doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision, founded the LifeSkills Counseling and Consulting Group, where she oversees a free counseling program for people who are uninsured and unemployed. In Charlotte, 17 percent of the total population is uninsured and 10 percent is unemployed. Since 2007, she has served more than 300 individuals and families. She also founded a professional counseling training institute, which provides monthly NBCC-approved workshops.
Marching Band to Perform at D-Day Ceremony
The UNC Charlotte "Pride of Niner Nation" Marching Band has been selected as the official band to represent the United States in Normandy, France, in June 2018. The performance will mark the 74th anniversary of D-Day. Each year, one band is chosen to represent the United States at the D-Day commemoration. The honor was reserved historically for official military bands, but, in recent years, it has been assigned to university marching bands of distinction.
"This is a great honor," said Jay Grymes, chair of the Department of Music. "Given the newness of our marching band, this invitation confirms that we are receiving national recognition for the quality of our program."
The band has been invited to give multiple performances during its week-long stay in France in 2018, including a parade performance in the village of Sainte-Mere-Eglise, the first village to be liberated by American troops in 1944. Additional performances include official public ceremonies at the St. James Cemetery and the Normandy American Cemetery.