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Music Department Announces New Director of Bands
Dr. Hunter Kopczynski has taught in middle school, high school, and university programs.
   May 10, 2022

The Department of Music has announced that Hunter Kopczynski will join the faculty as Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music this fall.  He will conduct the UNC Charlotte Wind Ensemble, teach courses in conducting and music education, and oversee the university bands program.

Kopczynski comes to Charlotte after his role as Director of Bands at Mars Hill University (Mars...

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Architecture and Chemistry Students Join Forces for Pop-up Museum Project
MOFs get macro treatment in architecture students' designs.
   May 9, 2022

Over the past semester, architecture students have been working together with chemistry students to translate the nano scale of chemistry to the macro scale of architecture.

Five teams of students from Assistant Professor of Architecture Rachel Dickey’s spring Graduate Topical Studio, with guidance from Associate Professor of Chemistry Christopher Bejger’s graduate research assistants...

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Theatre Professor is Co-author of Bilingual Play
Tatas Tales/Los Cuentos de las Tatas tells breast cancer survivor stories.
   May 3, 2022

Associate Professor of Theatre Education Beth Murray has collaborated with local playwright and Certified Applied Poetry Therapy Facilitator Irania Macias Reymann to create a bilingual play in Spanish and English. Tatas Tales/Los Cuentos de las Tatas is based on the writings, drawings, ideas, and conversations of Charlotte...

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Memorial Recognizes Strength of Community After April 30
A sculpture designed by art professors Marek Ranis and Tom Schmidt stands in the Botanical Gardens.
   April 28, 2022

It’s quiet in the garden where the new memorial stands tall among the trees. Sometimes sunlight filters through the leaves to illuminate a message of hope.

You are strong enough. Always believe. We have each other.

“It’s such an environment of peace, of seeking silence,” says senior art major Vannah Mobley. “It invites you into the space.”

Mobley is one of 42...

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Theatre Professor Choreographs Intimacy for Broadway and TV
Kaja Dunn is a national leader in a new field in the theatre, film, and television industry.
   April 27, 2022

In the past three years, Assistant Professor of Theatre Kaja Dunn has developed a national career in the new field of intimacy choreography.

Dunn, who teaches acting at UNC Charlotte, is associate intimacy director for the Broadway production of A...

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Health Monitoring System for Elderly Wins NSF Grant
Dr. Mona Azarbayjani (architecture) and Dr. Hamed Tabkhi (engineering) are co-PIs.
   April 24, 2022

A project co-led by Dr. Mona Azarbayjani, associate professor of architecture, and Dr. Hamed Tabkhi, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has received a Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I (STTR) grant from the...

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Student Wins Purchase Award in National Juried Exhibition
Asia Hanon’s print, “As I Am,” was selected for the McNeese State University collection.
   April 21, 2022

A work by art student Asia Hanon was selected for the 35th Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition and received the Lucy Brown Winfree Purchase Award as one of just seven pieces to be added to the McNeese State University permanent collection. The exhibition, which includes 70 works by artists from across the...

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Students Build Play Structure for Neighborhood Park
“Pastel Pile” turns upcycled tires into playground fun.
   April 13, 2022

A group of architecture students under the direction of Associate Professor of Architecture Marc Manack recently designed and installed a play structure for the Coulwood Hills Neighborhood Park in northwest Charlotte.

The "Pastel Pile” was made from upcycled tires, paint, and mulch from fallen trees (provided by Mecklenburg County). Materials were funded by a public grant obtained by...

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INES PhD Candidate Recognized at Research Conference for Interdisciplinary Project
Roshanak Ashrafi is mentored by Dr. Mona Azarbayjani and Dr. Hamed Tabkhi.
   April 12, 2022

Roshanak Ashrafi, a Ph.D. candidate in the interdisciplinary Infrastructures and Environmental Systems (INES) program, recently received third place for her oral presentation at the 2022 Graduate Research Symposium. The INES program is housed in the William Lee States College of Engineering and includes faculty from multiple departments...

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UNC Charlotte to present East Coast premiere of “Violins of Hope” Song Cycle
“Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope” is inspired by music professor’s book.
   April 11, 2022

A new song cycle about violins recovered from the Holocaust will be the centerpiece of Charlotte’s Holocaust Remembrance Day event, the Community Yom HaShoah Commemoration. Presented by the UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture in partnership with community and educational partners, Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope will receive its East Coast premiere on April 26 at...

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