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Speaker Series to Focus on Food Production

Four talks comprise the series “Food Production, Marketing and Consumption in the United States – Colonial Era to Present.” The campus community is invited to these free presentations, sponsored by the History Department and the Dowd Foundation.

The first presentation, scheduled for 3:30 PM on Nov. 4, features Baldemar Velasquez, founder and president of the Ohio-based Farm Labor Organizing Committee. Velasquez has dedicated his life to improving the working and living conditions for migrant laborers and their families.

Other speakers include Gavin Gibbons, vice president of communications for the National Fisheries Institute, on Nov. 9; Jeanine Davis, associate professor, North Carolina State University, on Nov. 18; and Robin Emmons, founder and executive director of Charlotte-based Sow Much Good Inc., on Dec. 2.

New Scholarship Portal for Students Launches

Students interested in applying for scholarships now have an easier way to do so.

The new NinerScholars Portal gives students access to apply for more than 500 scholarship opportunities offered by colleges, departments, programs, and offices at UNC Charlotte with one application, through one online system.

Mark Walter, Director of the University Scholarship Office, spearheaded the launch of this new system. "There’s no question that students will benefit from the functionality of the NinerScholars Portal. In the past, if students wanted to apply for several scholarships, they would have had to search multiple websites to find opportunities they qualified for, then submit separate applications and documents to each department offering the scholarship. Now, they just enter their information once, and the NinerScholars Portal matches their profile to all the scholarships for which they are eligible."