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Commemoration of Berlin Wall's Fall Set for Nov. 9

Mario Röllig spent three months in East Berlin’s Hohenschönhausen Prison in 1987 for trying to flee communist East Germany. He will tell his story at 2:00 PM, Sunday, Nov. 9, at UNC Charlotte Center City, during an afternoon of public activities to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The event, called "The Power of People," is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. The German Language and Culture Foundation is hosting the event in conjunction with the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the Department of Languages and Culture Studies. Each year, the foundation awards dozens of scholarships to UNC Charlotte students who are majoring in German, and it works with the department to provide hands-on learning opportunities with German companies in Charlotte and abroad.

In addition to Röllig’s talk, there will be simultaneous showings of a documentary and feature film "The Lives of Others," beginning at 3:00 PM; a symbolic tearing down of the "wall" around 5:30 PM; and an exhibit of photography, news articles and student projects that were a collaboration among Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Gaston County Schools and Deutsche Schule Charlotte, the German Language School.

Math Finance Program Receives National Ranking

UNC Charlotte’s Master of Science in Mathematical Finance program recently was ranked No. 25 in the country by Financial Engineer.

This is the first national ranking for the Mathematical Finance program, which currently enrolls more than 100 students. The 2015 rankings are calculated based on a series of factors, including average GRE scores, starting salaries and bonuses, undergraduate GPA, acceptance rates and the number of employed graduates.

"Recognition of our Mathematical Finance program as one of the top programs in the nation demonstrates the success and competitiveness of a program we have built in partnership with the region’s leading corporations and as an interdisciplinary collaboration at UNC Charlotte," said Steve Ott, dean of the Belk College of Business. "We are very proud of our students and graduates, many of whom are successful contributors in leading financial corporations nationwide."