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University Forges Connections in South Africa

UNC Charlotte has a robust global network of alliances that enhance diversity and increase study and research opportunities for students and faculty members. One currently in the spotlight is South Africa, where "sawubona" means "hello" in Zulu. UNC Charlotte has received more than a warm hello from South Africa.

This summer, two faculty-led programs involving 11 students will return to the country’s Stellenbosch University to build upon pioneering work started in summer 2015, when 23 students participated in three programs — the largest contingent of UNC Charlotte scholars who have visited that country at the same time. And new this summer, 20 South African students led by Jako Volschenk, a faculty member in the Stellenbosch University Business School, will participate in a weeklong program coordinated by the UNC Charlotte Office of International Programs and Belk College of Business.

Stellenbosch University is a leading higher education institution in South Africa, noted UNC Charlotte Assistant Provost for International Programs Joël Gallegos. "These summer programs are excellent opportunities for students to be immersed in the rich cultural environment of the Western Cape," he said, referring to a province of South Africa. "They also can serve as gateways for future engagement, including faculty exchanges and collaborative research partnerships."

Film Receives Regional Emmy Nomination

UNC Charlotte researcher Margaret Quinlan and colleagues received a regional Emmy nomination for the film "Creative Abundance," which explores how art can redefine vocational opportunities and expand the lives of people with developmental disabilities.

Quinlan, an associate professor in communication studies and core faculty with the Interdisciplinary Health Psychology doctoral program, is a co-producer on the film. She was nominated by the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the category "Documentary – Cultural/Topical," along with lead producer Lynn Harter, professor, Scripps College of Communication, Ohio University; and Evan Shaw, chief videographer / editor, WOUB.

“It is a huge honor in so many ways,” Quinlan said. “It is an honor that the individuals in the film allowed us to tell their stories. This documentary draws from years of research. Dr. Harter invited me into a research project she was working on in 2003 related to disability and sheltered workshops. My passion for creating these films started with that work over a decade ago.”