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School of Nursing Named National Center of Excellence

The National League of Nurses has selected the UNC Charlotte School of Nursing as a 2016 Center of Excellence in Nursing Education.

The School of Nursing received the designation for creating environments that enhance student learning and professional development. The NLN Center of Excellence (COE) in Nursing Education designation is for schools of nursing and health care organizations that have achieved a level of excellence in a specific area. Through public recognition and distinction, the program acknowledges the outstanding innovations, commitment and sustainability of excellence these organizations convey.

"The School of Nursing (SON) is known in the community for its strong academic programs and for valuing excellence in practice, critical thinking and scholarly inquiry," faculty leaders said. "We pride ourselves on creating strong learning environments and developing instructional programs that are responsive to the changing health care needs of the community."

Knight Foundation Grant Bolsters 'City Walks' Project

The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute and its PlanCharlotte.org web publication have received a $15,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to continue their work as citywide organizers of a series of Charlotte neighborhood "City Walks" each May.

The walks are inspired by the work of urban observer and writer Jane Jacobs and encourage people to learn their city by exploring it on foot and observing it up close. They are part of an international Jane’s Walk movement that has helped neighborhood leaders and others organize walks throughout the world.

PlanCharlotte.org began the Charlotte walks in 2012 with one walk. By 2016 – aided by previous Knight Foundation grants – there were 21 City Walks, including two on bicycles, in neighborhoods such as NoDa, Dilworth, South End, Revolution Park, Enderly Park, Historic West End and Uptown.