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Mickelson Appointed University Professor

Roslyn Mickelson was named the 2014 University Professor of UNC Charlotte. This honor recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement in a professional field, as well as demonstrated ability to excel in interdisciplinary research, teaching and service. The University Professor is recommended to the UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees by the chancellor and holds this title for life.

Mickelson joined the UNC Charlotte community as a faculty member in the Department of Sociology in 1985. She is affiliated with UNC Charlotte’s Ph.D. in Public Policy program, the Women’s and Gender Studies program and the College of Education. During her time at UNC Charlotte, Mickelson has received two prestigious campus accolades, the Harshini V. de Silva Graduate Mentor Award and the First Citizens Bank Scholars Medal for exemplary research.

Joan Lorden, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, praised Mickelson’s interdisciplinary teaching and research. "She is an indispensable member of the UNC Charlotte community, she is an internationally recognized scholar, and she exudes excellence and demands it from her students."

Music Department Chair Wins National Book Award

"Violins of Hope," authored by Department of Music Chair James Grymes, has earned a National Jewish Book Award, considered the most prestigious honor in the country for Jewish-themed books.

A stirring testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of music, "Violins of Hope" tells the remarkable stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust and of the Israeli violin maker dedicated to bringing these inspirational instruments back to life. Grymes was inspired to write "Violins of Hope" when the College of Arts + Architecture brought 18 of the instruments to Charlotte for a series of exhibitions, performances, lectures and films in 2012. This was the only time the Violins of Hope have appeared in the Western hemisphere.

Awarded annually by the Jewish Book Council since 1950, National Jewish Book Awards are conferred on books of significant merit in more than 18 Jewish-themed categories. "Violins of Hope" is the 2014 winner for books about the Holocaust.