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Saxophonist Medals in International Competition
Saxophonist and UNC Charlotte alumnus Benjamin Still has won a gold medal in the 2015 Fischoff Competition as a member of the Mirasol Quartet. Founded in 1973, the Fischoff Competition is the largest chamber music competition in the nation and the world. The Mirasol Quartet, one of 49 ensembles to enter this year's Fischoff Competition, is a saxophone quartet from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, where Still is a student pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree. The quartet received the Gold Medal in the Senior Wind Division, with a cash award of $3,500.
Still graduated from UNC Charlotte in 2013 with a B.M.in Music Performance, studying saxophone with Dr. Will Campbell. An inaugural member of the College of Arts + Architecture Honors Program, he graduated summa cum laude, with honors. Other recent awards include national finalist in the 2015 Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition and finalist in the 2015 Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition.
Researcher Named National Humanities Center Fellow
UNC Charlotte researcher Akin Ogundiran has been named a Fellow at the National Humanities Center for the upcoming academic year, in one of the most competitive fellowship programs in the world. He will join 36 other distinguished scholars from 32 institutions across the United States and eight foreign countries working on a wide array of projects. With his fellowship, Ogundiran will pursue a project focused on Cultural History of the Atlantic Experience in the Yoruba Hinterland (West Africa), ca. 1550–1830. He is the second member of the UNC Charlotte faculty to be selected as a Fellow at the National Humanities Center.
Ogundiran serves as chair of the Africana Studies Department, and as Professor of Africana Studies, Anthropology & History. As a cultural historian, ethnographer, and archaeologist, his scholarly interests and publications focus broadly on emergent societies in Atlantic Africa and the African Diaspora over the past 700 years. These include the topics of community formation, landscape history, materiality, rituals, sacred grove, and empire. He has also written on historiography, black intellectual thoughts, and cultural heritage issues.