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Health Professional Becomes Executive-in-Residence

Bringing a unique background in health care analytics, finance and economics to the University, Dipti Patel-Misra is the first executive-in-residence in the Center for Graduate Life (CGL).

In her role with the CGL, Patel-Misra will develop and teach a course on strategic career planning for graduate students interested in roles outside academia. She also will be available to meet with students one-on-one to coach them toward sustainable career success. “For a successful career, one needs a combination of both academic and non-academic skills,” Patel-Misra said. “Understanding, developing and leveraging these skills for the right role leads to a fulfilling career.”

Patel-Misra, who holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Johns Hopkins University and an M.B.A. from UNC Chapel Hill, has two decades of experience in health care analytics; finance; insurance; and health economics, outcomes and informatics, including senior leadership roles at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, SAS and Best Doctors.

University to Observe #GivingTuesday

UNC Charlotte will join the national #GivingTuesday movement to encourage the 49er community to give back during this holiday season. #GivingTuesday is an effort to harness the collective power to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.

Taking place Dec. 2, #GivingTuesday will provide faculty, staff and students the chance to write a note to a U.S. service member. There will be three locations on campus, Student Union, Belk Tower and the lawn near Cato Hall, where anyone can stop by from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, or individuals can stop by the Veterans Student Services Office in the Cone University Center, room 346, to take blank notes for their classroom or office to participate.

#GivingTuesday is a counter narrative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, because it reminds individuals that the spirit of the holiday giving season should be about community and not just consumerism, said Kathy Calvin, CEO of the U.N. Foundation.