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Cruz Receives 2014 McColl Award

Performing artist CarlosAlexis Cruz is the 2014 McColl Award winner. An assistant professor of voice and movement in the College of Arts + Architecture, Cruz received the honor for the project "Nouveau Sud, Nouveau Cirque," which translates to "New South, New Circus." Presented by the Arts & Science Council, the McColl Award is named in honor of Hugh and Jane McColl; it is given every three years. The award comes with a $25,000 grant that Cruz will use to implement his project.

Cruz will learn and incorporate "underground" dance, acrobatic and physical theater scenes that thrive within local ethnic communities into cirque-style performances. The project will include neighborhood residencies expected to take place between January and December 2015 and a main stage production in the spring of 2016.

"Nothing like this has ever been done in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, so we are excited to see what Carlos creates," said ASC President Robert Bush. "It’s something that will bring our community together in the truest sense – not only will Carlos bring talented underground performers to the forefront, but his project will tie their stories and traditions to the larger story of our city and county."

AREVA to Honor Engineering Leadership, Innovation

AREVA TN Americas and UNC Charlotte's William States Lee College of Engineering are partnering to recognize engineering and innovation in the Carolinas this fall through "Honoring our Legacy: Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders."

Mike McMahon, senior vice president of AREVA TN Americas, noted, "We are dedicated to investing in the development of engineers in order to ensure the strength of the nuclear industry in the future. AREVA TN has invested in the industrial base in the Carolinas and continues to invest in the growth of a strong pool of talented young engineers who will be vital to shaping the future of energy in our nation."