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Inaugural Albert Scholars Named

Corin Brown, a civil engineering major from Boone, and Henry Speaker, a mechanical engineering major from Takoma Park, Md., are the first recipients of the Albert Engineering Leadership Scholarship, established in 2014 through a gift from alumni Craig and Darla Albert.

The Albert Engineering Leadership Scholars Program was created to emphasize applied learning, campus involvement and professional development. Albert, who requested the program focus on fostering leadership skills, said, "I’ve seen how important leadership is in accomplishing great things and I believe the best leaders in our country have good technical backgrounds in addition to good leadership skills. I think engineers, because of their technical background, have the potential to be the best leaders, so I want to teach engineers about leadership so they can leverage more than their own personal capability."

Albert Scholarship covers tuition and fees, housing and meals, books, a laptop computer, summer experiences, participation in the Lee College for Engineering Leadership Academy, study abroad opportunities and a professional development stipend.

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."