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Faculty and Friends Concert Series Begins Aug. 29

The Department of Music's 2016-17 Faculty and Friends Concert Series opens on Monday, Aug. 29, with a tribute to the great jazz saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker.

Performed by the Faculty Jazz Quintet on "Bird's" birthday, the program showcases some of bebop’s best-known tunes, including "Parker’s Mood," "Shaw Nuff" and "Relaxin’ at Camarillo," as well as jazz standards that Parker’s brilliance made his own – "Cherokee," "Donna Lee" and "Embraceable You."

The Faculty Jazz Quintet features Will Campbell on saxophone, Mike Hackett on trumpet, Noel Freidline on piano, Ron Brendle on bass and Rick Dior on drums. The concert will be at 7:30 PM in the Rowe Arts Building, Recital Hall. Tickets are $10; $8 for UNC Charlotte faculty, staff, alumni and all students.

University Joins Green Sports Alliance

UNC Charlotte has joined the Green Sports Alliance, an organization that leverages sports to promote healthy and sustainable communities.

According to its website, the Green Sports Alliance achieves its success by "inspiring sports leagues, teams, venues, their partners and millions of fans to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, species preservation, safer chemicals and other environmentally preferable practices." UNC Charlotte has focused on developing facilities and practices that meet the needs of the next generation of students and educators while limiting the impact on the resources vital to the communal health of the region.

Charlotte 49ers fans began embracing the opportunity to develop a more responsible, socially conscious campus community. The Rose Football Center incorporates Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) elements in its design, and a zero-waste initiative is underway with plans for expansion. During home football games at Richardson Stadium, fans contribute to the University’s commitment to reduce waste via increased recycling and composting and reduced energy and water consumption.