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Conference to Address Veterans' Health Services Needs

A daylong conference will bring top experts to UNC Charlotte’s campus to discuss strategies to serve veterans transitioning from active military to civilian lives. "Military Culture: Have You Ever Served?" is free and open to the public and will be held Tuesday, March 1, at the UNC Charlotte Student Union; registration is available online.

Keynote speakers for the conference will be Martha Herb, U.S. Navy and director of the Inter-American Defense College; Paul Lewis, a U.S. Army colonel and senior nursing scientist at Womack Army Hospital; and Ilario Pantano, assistant secretary for veterans affairs, N.C. Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and a former U.S. Marine Corps second lieutenant.

"Serving in the military is a high-risk occupation with exposures known to cause morbidity and mortality," said Lewis. "As a clinician, asking the simple screening question of 'Have you ever served in the military?' will help to quickly identify potential health risks of the person sitting in front of you."

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."