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Young Alumni Sponsoring Veterans Day Collection

The UNC Charlotte Young Alumni chapter will collect items for care packages that will be sent to active duty military service members.

Between Monday, Nov. 7, and Friday, Nov. 11, collection boxes will be in the Auxiliary Services, Facilities Management/PPS, Friday and Foundation buildings; Barnhardt Student Activity Center; Cato and Woodward halls; EPIC; Harris Alumni Center; and UNC Charlotte Center City. On Nov. 12, items can be dropped off at the Alumni Tailgate Village, Hauser Pavilion.

Donation suggestions include wet wipes, facial tissues, lip balm, sunscreen, individually packaged snacks and candy (no chocolate), board games, DVDs, books, magazines, batteries (AAA, AA or D) and personal-sized toiletry items.

Sealed Air Opens New Research Lab in PORTAL

Fortune 500 company Sealed Air Corporation recently opened its research and design lab inside UNC Charlotte’s PORTAL Building to provide a look at the future of packaging.

Sealed Air is awaiting completion of its new headquarters in south Charlotte; until then, the company set up a temporary Innovation Lab on the first floor of PORTAL. The company’s R&D employees are focused on applications engineering and new developments for Instapak and Korrvu, two new Sealed Air packaging products.

Ken Chrisman, president of Sealed Air’s Product Care Division, speaking at a media event Tuesday, explained the company’s mission to be a leader in innovation; he noted PORTAL provided an inspirational environment that has been integral to the company’s research and development. He also stressed the value of a research university like UNC Charlotte in terms of student and faculty support for business and industry.