Evan Moore

Evan Moore is a news writer for the Niner Times, and has been working with the paper since January 2015. He is a sophomore communications major and journalism minor from Denver, North Carolina. Evan is also a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.

Police chief addresses campus safety concerns

On Wednesday, Police Chief Jeffrey Baker conducted a webcast to answer questions submitted by students concerning campus safety.

Baker was joined by Dean of Students Christine Reed Davis and Student Body President Tracey Allsbrook.

The webcast follows multiple incidents at the university, including an armed robbery outside 0f the Student Union in February and a hit-and-run that resulted in a shooting near Lot 27 at the edge of campus on March 3. No one was injured. On March 12, police were also informed of a student who threatened to “shoot up” the school. That student has since been removed from campus. Earlier in the month, on March 9, a sexual assault occured on a walkway near campus heading towards Campus Walk Apartments.

During the live stream, Baker discussed safety measures taken by university police to prevent incidents from occurring.

“Although we’ve had some alarming incidents recently, violent crime is really rare on campus,” Baker said.

He emphasized that UNC Charlotte is a public campus and that having people who aren’t affiliated with the university on the premises is common. In some cases, incidents on campus don’t involve students. At a Student Government Association Senate meeting on Thursday, Baker revealed that 90 percent of crimes committed on campus are done by non-students.

To protect students, officers are strategically placed throughout campus to patrol areas around the clock and keep an eye out for suspicious activity.

Because of recent events, some students submitted questions regarding the university’s plan of action in the event of an active shooter. Baker explained that officers on campus go through active shooter training when the university is closed. Student organizations can also request to have law enforcement train them.

“Nothing is more important to us than the safety and security of our students, faculty and staff,” said Baker.

Students also submitted multiple questions about how the addition of the light rail stop will impact campus safety.

The police chief explained that the light rail has a contract with the security company G4S Secure Solutions, which allows for armed officers to keep watch over things. In addition to that, there are numerous high-resolution cameras placed inside the trains and at the light rail stops. Law enforcement officers are also stationed at every stop along the rail line.

A few of the questions also dealt with student’s safety after hours. Baker urged students to take precautions when moving about campus during late hours, including walking in groups and in well-lit areas.

Baker also addressed student’s concern with security in parking decks. There are no security cameras in the decks on campus, however Baker explained that there is almost no crime in parking decks. According to him, the number of vehicle break-ins has dropped dramatically in the last few years.

Throughout the stream, Baker highlighted the importance of the LiveSafe app, a tool that students can use to contact campus law enforcement directly. The app has features like police escort requests and an anonymous tip line for reporting suspicious activity. It also contains a GPS tracking system so that police can locate users in the event of an emergency.

Former chancellor to receive NC public service award

Former UNC Charlotte Chancellor James H. Woodward. Photo courtesy of
UNC Charlotte.

On Nov. 9, former UNC Charlotte Chancellor James H. Woodward will receive the North Carolina Award, the state’s highest civilian honor.

Since 1964, the awards have been used to recognize contributions in the areas of fine arts, literature, public service and science. Gov. Roy Cooper will present the award at a banquet and ceremony to be held in Raleigh.

Woodward served as UNC Charlotte’s chancellor for over 15 years. Next month, he will be recognized for public service.

Woodward received his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and Ph.D. in engineering from Georgia Tech. Woodward also obtained an M.B.A. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Before coming to UNC Charlotte, Woodward taught at North Carolina State University, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he first served as the dean of the School of Engineering, then senior vice president for academic affairs.

During his time as chancellor, Woodward had a significant impact on the academics at UNC Charlotte. Woodward secured funding that led to the implementation of 12 doctoral programs, and developed the Campus Master Plan, which produced $300 million in capital investment.

Woodward also expanded the UNC Charlotte community by adding distance education and weekend courses to better serve non-traditional students. Center City, the first UNC Charlotte facility constructed apart from main campus, was also established to provide more opportunities for graduate education.

The College of Information Technology and The College of Health and Human Services were also created during Woodward’s time as chancellor. A number of buildings on campus were also constructed during this time, including the E.K. and Dorrie Fretwell building and the James H. Barnhardt Student Activity Center. The Irwin Belk Track and Field Center was also completed during this time. In 2005, Woodward was honored by the naming of the UNC Charlotte technology building as Woodward Hall.

Under Woodward’s leadership, the Charlotte Research Institute was created, with the goal of enhancing the technological infrastructure of the Charlotte region through collaboration industry and government. Through the institute, UNC Charlotte faculty have developed numerous research initiatives in the areas of bioinformatics, energy production, information security and automotive engineering.

During his career at UNC Charlotte, the university’s endowment grew from $14 million to $95 million. Enrollment at the university also increased rapidly. One of Woodward’s missions was to maintain a large, diverse student body.

After his time at UNC Charlotte, former UNC President Erskine Bowles appointed Woodward as the interim chancellor at North Carolina State University in 2005.

Outside of academia, Woodward likes to work with nonprofit organizations that focus on disadvantaged youth, hike and travel. Woodward also enjoys spending time with his three children, six grandchildren and wife Martha.

UNC Charlotte celebrates homecoming

Homecoming court at the homecoming parade. Photo by Chris Crews.

Last week, hundreds of students and alumni gathered on campus to participate in homecoming festivities. Despite a slow start to the football season, Niner Pride seems to be stronger than ever.

The Homecoming Kickoff was held in the Student Union on Sunday. Students were able to take advantage of free food, games, shirts and raffles, including the chance to win free parking for a year. For one student though, all that matters is seeing the support for the university grow.

“I love the sea of green,” said sophomore Aaron Thomas. “It’s awesome to see so many people wearing UNC Charlotte colors. What’s the point of going to a school if you aren’t proud to be here?”

Thomas admitted to being a bit discouraged when he sees people wearing clothes on campus representing other schools.

“I get we have a lot of transfers, but it’s amazing how many people proudly rock a UNC or NC State shirt on campus,” Thomas said. “Homecoming is awesome because the only color you see on campus is green.”

On Tuesday, students got their daily dose of laughter when Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson, and SNL alum Jay Pharaoh arrived on campus for the Homecoming Comedy Show in Halton Arena.

“The show started off a little shaky at first, but it was hilarious,” said senior Chad Bates. “It was just like watching SNL in person, Jay Pharaoh’s punchlines are like no other.”

The show was well-attended, as Davidson and Pharoah delivered their acts. The two comedians, known for their politically incorrect humor, talked about a variety of subjects like politics and social issues to keep the crowd laughing for two hours.

“I’d definitely go see it again,” Bates said. “It was just the right type of humor college students would enjoy.”

Other events throughout the week included Trivia Night, Basketball Madness, Rave on Crave, and the Homecoming Stroll Competition, all of which led up to the Homecoming Parade.

Students and alumni watched from the front of the Student Union as floats representing different campus organizations passed by. The parade also featured performances from the Pride of Niner Nation Marching Band, and UNC Charlotte cheerleaders. The Grand Marshal of the parade was for former UNC Charlotte basketball and NBA player Eddie Basden.

Junior Tyriq Evans and senior Ena Walker crowned homecoming king and queen.. Photo by Pooja Pasupula.

The highlight of the week came at the Homecoming Football Game, where Charlotte stunned UAB after completing a two-point conversion to win their first game of the season in overtime. At halftime, junior Tyriq Evans and senior Ena Walker were crowned homecoming king and queen.

“What a way to end homecoming,” said Thomas. “Football doesn’t really get much better than that. We really needed the win, especially after the season we’ve had so far. So many people were there to support the team. That’s the kind of atmosphere our stadium needs to have.”

With the hype surrounding the first win of the season, Thomas hopes it’ll motivate people to come out to games.

“I get that not everyone is a super fan,” said Thomas. “But just showing up and wearing green can make a huge difference.”

Third annual Transportation Fair held on campus

As a part of Campus Sustainability Week, the university hosted its second annual Transportation Fair at CHHS Plaza on Wednesday.

The fair was planned so students could learn more about transportation options around campus. Students were able to gather information about public transit, light rail, biking and other forms of transportation that reduce harmful emissions.

A notable addition to campus transportation is the new bike sharing program, Charlotte Wheels. With the mobile app Social Bicycles, students can now locate and reserve bikes on campus in real-time.

“It’s a really cool program and it’s definitely a lot faster than walking,” said Jonathan Luttrell, a manager for Bike Line of Charlotte. Luttrell is also a senior computer science major at UNC Charlotte.

Bike Line of Charlotte, a local bike retailer, worked closely with bike sharing company Gotcha Bike, to implement a way for students to have easy access to bikes. Each bike is equipped with a built-in lock with a unique numeric code, which allows users to lock it to to bike stations located across campus.

“We really want students to explore the campus,” Luttrell said. “We have a massive campus here. There’s so much to see.”

A yearlong membership is free for students who want to use a bike for an hour a day. However, the price jumps to $30 for four hours of access per day. One-time ride options are also available.

Representatives from the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) were also available to provide updates on the progress of the light rail stop on campus.

“It’s pretty much done now,” said Hillary Delong. Delong is the senior public and community relations specialist for CATS. She has been working on the light rail project since it began in 2010.

“Landscaping is coming, but the construction is done for the most part,” she said.

With the addition of many crosswalks and stops on the road, CATS main concern is the safety of drivers. They want to be sure people on the road stay alert and obey all traffic signals.

“A lot of people aren’t used to seeing trains on the road,” Delong said. “We just want to make sure everyone’s safe.”

CATS has been testing the light rail system to make sure everything runs smoothly. Right now, police have been monitoring the tests to make sure there are no complications.

The 9.6 mile extension will connect the UNC Charlotte campus to the rest of the railway, which extends all the way to Pineville. Students will have easy access to uptown, as well as the many parks and greenways the city has to offer. The project is expected to be complete by this spring.

Others vendors at the fair were The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, NCByTrain, and Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation.

Campus Construction Update

Construction begins for the Health and Wellness Center. Photo by Norah Alorainy.

One of the first things people notice about the university is all the construction. Our campus is in the middle of a major facelift, with many new facilities and renovations to be completed in the next few years.

One of the biggest projects is the construction of a $63.5 million dollar Health and Wellness Center, that will be located next to the Student Union. Parking lots 18 and 19 will be permanently closed to make room for the the 140,000 square-foot facility, which will include weight training rooms, group fitness areas, multipurpose courts and a pool. The center is being built to make up for the lack of wellness facilities on campus. Construction is expected to be complete in July 2019.

The expansion of the Union parking deck also began this summer. The $14 million project will add 570 parking spaces to make up for the spaces lost with the closure of lots 18 and 19. The project will be finished by May of next year.

Another notable project is the construction of a student counseling center. Currently located in Atkins Library, counselors will be relocated to a new facility next to the Student Health Center. The facility includes individual meeting rooms, as well as rooms for group therapy. The project is scheduled to be completed this fall.

UNC Charlotte is also in the planning stages of its biggest project ever: a $90 million science building. The cutting-edge facility will include classrooms and research labs for the biology, chemistry and physics departments. The building will be located at the corner of Mary Alexander and Craver Roads. The design is still in progress, but the project is scheduled to be complete by late 2020.

In addition, plans for the new-and-improved Belk Plaza are expected to take effect this month. The design includes the addition of a “great lawn,” a fountain and a raised terrace off of Colvard. Developers want this to serve as the central meeting space for students on campus.

“We created a palate that would accommodate just about anything,” said Adam Martin, an associate with LandDesign, in an interview last year. LandDesign is the company in charge of the plans for the revitalized area.

Quite a few minor projects are slated to be complete in the next few years as well.

Denny building being renovated. Photo by Chimena Ihebuzor.

Renovations to Burson and Denny are expected to be complete in the next few months. You can expect to see a much more modern design on the outside of these buildings, along with improved air conditioning circulation on the inside.

Wireless access points are also being installed throughout campus to increase Wi-Fi coverage. The access points are designed so that students can connect to the internet at outdoor spaces around campus.

While the construction of new facilities is beneficial to the university, campus officials are aware of the short-term problems it can cause.

“Facilities management is working through an unprecedented level of construction,” said Phil Jones, associate vice chancellor for facilities management, in an interview earlier this year. “The goal is to do our best to ease the challenges and facilitate smooth transitions in the months ahead. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work together through an exceptional series of construction projects that will enrich the campus upon completion.”

Photos by Norah Alorainy and Chimena Ihebuzor.

Students continue to struggle to find parking

Cars enter parking deck on campus. Photo by Katelynn Pennington.

Many students would argue that this is the worst school year for parking yet.

In an article last week, WSOC reported that the student body has grown by over 1,000 students since last year. The university has also lost more than 350 spaces due to the construction of the new Health and Wellness Center.

A large number of students have reported difficulties finding a parking spot on campus because of the growth. Some students have even been late for class because of time spent finding parking.

“This is ridiculous,” said Senior Mitch Darley. “If I’m paying $450 a year to park my car, I should be able to find a space without a problem. I’m just tired of being late for class because I can’t find a parking spot.”

To avoid being tardy, many students have resorted to parking in restricted areas. Some students have even been leaving their cars in the grass. Campus police have been seen issuing tickets to those parked in these areas.

Other students have been taking advantage of shuttles offered by student housing complexes like University Village, Millennium One and Aspen Heights. These shuttles arrive on campus every half hour and are free for students living in these places.

“The school needs to take responsibility for this,” said Junior Erica Swinson. “Either they’re admitting too many students, or there’s too much construction going on. Either way, I’m sick of it.”

While some students battle for parking in high-traffic lots, others are looking for an easier way to get on campus. Some students have been parking in North Deck and CRI Deck to avoid the hassle of trying to find a parking spot.

The university offers a free shuttle service from the decks on the outskirts of campus to the center of campus. There is also a GPS tracking system so students can see where the shuttle is at all times.

Colleges around the nation have been exploring alternative ways to combat parking woes. In order to decrease campus traffic, some universities have barred freshmen from having cars. Others have torn down older buildings on campus to make way for more parking spots. Some colleges have even purchased additional land to build lots.

“I’m all for taking cars away from freshmen,” said Sophomore Dillon Traphagen. “Aren’t freshmen required to live on campus anyways? They don’t need cars.”

University officials have said that parking would be chaotic the first week or two of school, but many are finding out that it may be longer than that. With the school year in full swing, it could be a while before student’s troubles are over.

UNC Charlotte plans to expand the Union Deck once they finish the Health and Wellness Center, however this expansion will not be complete until spring or summer of 2018.

SGA update: Oct. 8

The UNC Charlotte Student Government Association (SGA) had their weekly legislative meeting Oct. 8

Messages from the Senate

Vice President of the Student Body Jared Dobbertin started by giving his report. He is meeting with the Dean of University College about changing the General Education Requirements for the university.

This will be the first time a change like this has occurred since 2003. Dobbertin is also attending a Q&A session with Chartwell’s to discuss dining options Oct. 14.

Academic Affairs

The Academic Affairs Committee plans to look into how more students can get involved with the Study Abroad program Charlotte has in Israel and Jerusalem. Charlotte is currently the only university in the nation conducting archaeological digs in Israel. Academic Affairs is also encouraging students to try out the new 49er beta website My UNC Charlotte, which will be taking the place of 49er express Nov. 16.

Publicity and Outreach

At this legislative meeting, senators were able to preview designs for a new SGA logo. The new SGA logo will be featured on the campus website and on any flyer for an event sponsored by the Student Government. These changes are occurring in hopes that SGA becomes more visible to students.

Student Affairs

Chairwoman of the Student Affairs Committee Kelsey Summey is still looking into funding for the disc golf course that will be built on campus. She also discussed the possibilities of getting right of way signs for crosswalks, such as the ones by Burson or Hunt.

SGA update: Sept. 24

Messages to the Senate

At the Student Government Association (SGA) legislative meeting, campus architect Peter Franz came to talk about the construction happening around campus.

“We want to make campus more of a public venue” said Franz.

Franz anticipates more than 35,000 students to attend UNC Charlotte’s campus in the near future.

Franz said that their aim is to make the campus more open and inviting for pedestrians. Future plans to make this happen include construction of more roads, and stoplights to reduce traffic.

Franz explained that UNC Charlotte should be able to accommodate up to 42,000 students in a matter of years.

He also hit on some of the buildings being constructed in the near future. Belk Gym renovations are still underway and the project is expected to be done in November of this year.

The Hauser Alumni Pavilion, a 8,000-square-foot event space, was completed just last week. There are also plans to renovate Colvard and buildings similar to it. Campus architects plan to add more windows to this building so that it can take in more natural lighting.

Executive Cabinet update

Members of the Executive Cabinet were also at the meeting to give their reports. Secretary of Student Affairs Melissa Martin aims to change the food being served in dining halls to meet the needs of students.

She and a few other students have been going to Crown Commons and conducting surveys to see what kinds of foods students prefer. Martin also plans to make dining hall menus more visible via Twitter.

Faculty council meeting

Vice President of the Student Body Jared Dobbertin was able to attend the Faculty Council meeting on campus last week.

In this meeting, he found that UNC Charlotte has been given an $18 million grant, which will be used to increase the salaries of faculty on campus.

Out of all the schools in the UNC system, UNC Charlotte is one of the worst when it comes to pay for professors. Dobbertin also mentioned that the General Education Program has not been reformed since 2003. He, along with other members of SGA will be meeting with some of the University College faculty to discuss how to reform this in the near future.

Committee Reports

The Academic Affairs committee met this past week to discuss the feasibility of the class waitlist, transfer credits and the Starfish advising system.

The committee would also like to reinforce the academic integrity policy, since a lot of students only review it once while attending UNC Charlotte.

The Internal Affairs committee is still working to amend bylaws in the SGA Constitution. Chairman of the Academic Affairs committee Andre Jefferies is also working on adopting a mission statement for SGA, since they require all other student organizations to do so.

The Organizational Ways and Means committee was excited to announce that 1200 students came out to vote, which is a new record for Charlotte.

The Student Affairs Committee is still working to improve crosswalks and make pedestrian right of way signs more visible.

SGA update: Sept. 17

UNC Charlotte’s Student Government Association (SGA) held their weekly meeting Sept. 17.

Messages from the senate

Vice President Jared Dobbertin opened up this week’s senate meeting by talking about the Alumni Speaking Series that will be taking place on campus in the coming weeks. The series aims to focus on preparing upperclassmen for life after graduation. Upcoming speakers include UNC Charlotte Chancellor Phillip DuBois and Provost Joan Lorden.

Executive Branch report

The Executive Branch of SGA was at this meeting to give their monthly report. One thing they focused a lot on is the LiveSafe app.

SGA would like to have more students download the app, so they feel safer on campus. It enables students to contact the police through text. It also allows for students to use a GPS tracking system, so that others know where they are in case of an emergency.

Academic Affairs

Members of the Academic Affairs Committee are still looking into a couple of things concerning class registration for students. The first issue concerned the class waitlist. According to the polls, a lot of students experienced issues with the waitlist when trying to sign up for certain courses.

Another issue deals with transfer credits. The Academic Affairs Committee plans to look into why certain classes aren’t transferring from other colleges.

Student Affairs

The Student Affairs Committee is aiming to introduce a swipe system to make it easier for residents to rent equipment from their halls. The committee believes that this would be the most efficient way for students to rent equipment, rather than having them sign out the equipment on a piece of paper.

The committee also plans to send out emails every week to let students know what organizations are tabling in the union. The committee chair Kelsey Summey also plans to look into the lighting in the parking lot of North Deck.

New student organizations

The Senate approved of the new organization, College Buddies. Their mission is to recruit college college students to mentor kids in primary schools. Students who join this organization can expect to volunteer regularly at local elementary schools and help them with both academic and athletic advancement.

SGA update: Sept. 3

The UNC Charlotte Student Government Association (SGA) held their first Student Senate legislative meeting of the year Sept. 3.

Each senator met with their respective committees to establish goals they have for the upcoming academic year.

Academic Affairs

After passing legislation approving a class waitlist last year, the Academic Affairs Committee released a poll on OrgSync, asking students how beneficial they think the waitlist is. Academic Affairs is still waiting to hear feedback from the majority of the student body.

Publicity and Outreach Committee

The Publicity and Outreach committee has been working on adopting a new logo for the SGA. Once the new logo is approved, the committee plans to use it generously so that the student body becomes more familiar with SGA.

Other committee updates

The Internal Affairs committee looks to amend the bylaws of all branches of the constitution for the upcoming year.

The Organizational Ways and Means Committee went over grants from various student organizations on campus.

Approval of new student organizations

Four new student organizations were approved during this past week’s legislative meeting. New organizations include GLITCH, a club that aims to educate women about science and mathematics.

Kollege Kidz is another student organization that was approved during the meeting. Kollege Kidz is a group that looks to provide college students with an opportunity to mentor primary school students.

Representative sworn in

Alexis Wilson was sworn in as the new Residents Student Association (RSA) Senate Representative. Student Body Vice President Jared Dobbertin recited the oath of office to the new representative.

Nominations for sew positions

The legislative branch of the SGA opened up the floor for nominations for the positions of Webmaster and Sergeant at Arms, two positions that were not filled during nominations of last year.

The responsibilities of the webmaster include maintaining the SGA website, and navigating the computer during meetings. The Sergeant at Arms is responsible for guarding the door during meetings. These two positions will be voted on in the next meeting.

Greek Life honored for achievements at annual Greek Awards Ceremony

Sunday morning, UNC Charlotte hosted their Greek Awards Ceremony in the Student Union to honor Fraternity and Sorority chapters for their achievements in programming, philanthropy and service.

Members of the Greek community at UNCC combined for a total of over 16,000 hours of community service, and raised over 95,000 dollars for charity. Over 11,000 goods were also donated by Fraternity and Sorority members.

The Sorority of the Year award was presented to the women of Delta Sigma Theta. This is the organization’s first time winning this award. The Iota Rho chapter also took home the trophies for Overall Excellence in Diversity Programming, Overall Excellence in Service, Overall Excellence in Non-Greek Programming, Overall Excellence in Chapter Programming, and Overall Excellence in Alumni Relations.

The men of Sigma Alpha Epsilon were crowned Fraternity of the Year. Since the tragic accident of their brother Nick Newberry, brothers have already raised over 20,000 dollars to support him. SAE also took home awards for Overall Excellence in Service and Overall Excellence in Alumni Relations.

Former Inter-fraternity Council President Chris Pockette, a member of Lambda Chi Alpha, was presented with the award of Fraternity Man of the Year. Melanie Pflucker, former president of the Diversified Greek Council and member of Lambda Theta Alpha was honored as Sorority Woman of the Year.

Chi Omega and Sigma Phi Epsilon were presented awards for winning Greek Week. Both chapters placed in the top 3 for Greek Games and came in first place at Airband. This is the second year in a row that these two chapters won the event.

Other chapters who placed in the categories above include Kappa Delta, Delta Zeta, Sigma Tau Gamma, and Alpha Phi Alpha. To learn more about Fraternity and Sorority Life at UNC Charlotte, visit the OFSL website: http://unccdso.orgsync.com/org/ofsl.

Sigma Chi now a chartered fraternity at UNC Charlotte

After being on campus for just over two years, the Sigma Chi Fraternity at UNC Charlotte has gained its charter.

Sigma Chi was founded in 1855, and has since initiated over 300,000 members. The Sigma Chi Fraternity’s Headquarters are located in Evanston, Illinois. The fraternity have 239 chapters at colleges nationwide. Sigma Chi’s mission is to develop undergraduate men into well-rounded people, while developing their character in the areas of Friendship, Justice and Learning.

The 36 men at UNC Charlotte’s chapter, led by President Tyler Rochelle seem to be doing just that.

“We’re learning the ropes” Rochelle said.

For a new chapter, recruitment can be a long process. “We wanted guys to know that we recruited them because of their individuality” Rochelle explained. “Sigma Chi’s aim is to recruit men, and help them be the best version of themselves. We want guys to know that you can have a strong brotherhood without sacrificing individuality.”

To Rochelle, retention is one of the most important aspects of recruitment. “Each semester, we focus on recruiting quality guys that will stay committed to the chapter” Rochelle said.

Rochelle himself had not planned to join Greek life when he first entered college. “I hated it, I thought it was stupid” Rochelle revealed. “I started looking around, and I found Sigma Chi to be a fraternity comprised of men with different talents, temperaments and convictions. Those are the kind of men we look for during recruitment.”

With a new charter, Rochelle is optimistic about the future of Sigma Chi. “We’re a new chapter, so we don’t have a lot of history. With that, our men are focused on refining the vision of Sigma Chi.”

Rochelle says that his chapter has an advantage by having many young members. “We have a lot of younger guys in the chapter with high ambition that can keep the chapter moving forward” Rochelle said proudly. 

As the chapter grows, Sigma Chi is starting to turn their focus towards philanthropy. “We’ve done a few small events on campus, but in the fall we’re excited to participate in our national philanthropy, Derby Days” Rochelle mentioned.

Derby Days is an online competition between Sigma Chi chapters. Chapters are challenged to raise money for the Huntsman Cancer Institute, founded by Sigma Chi brother John Huntsman. Typically, chapters partner with women’s fraternities and sororities to raise money for the cause. Since the competition was started in 1995, Sigma Chi chapters have raised over 400 million dollars in the fight against cancer.

“A few sororities have already showed interest in participating in the fall” Rochelle said.

The Derby Days competition typically only involves women’s organizations from the PanHellenic Association. Knowing this, Rochelle wants to take a different approach to his chapter’s philanthropy.

“We’d love to see participation from organizations in the National PanHellenic Council, as well as the Diversified Greek Council” he said.

As Greek Life continues to get slandered in the media, Rochelle believes it’s important to promote Greek Unity. Fraternities and sororities on campus have done events similar to Derby Days, including Lambda Chi Alpha’s Watermelon Bust, Chi Omega’s Chi Olympics, and Delta Sigma Theta’s Five Programmatic Thrusts.

Since joining, Rochelle has never felt closer to his brothers. He said that the chartering banquet was one of the proudest moments he’s had since becoming a member. “Receiving our charter means that, instead of interacting with 36 people, we now get to interact with over 300,000 people.”

Before a fraternity is chartered, the chapter is essentially ran by their nationals. After being awarded a charter, the future of the chapter depends on the undergraduate members.

“At the ceremony, a lot of brothers got emotional” Rochelle said. “To see a group of ambitious, motivated guys come together and start an organization like ours – well, it’s a beautiful thing when that happens.”

To learn more about Sigma Chi at UNC Charlotte, visit their chapter website at www.unccsigs.com or visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SigmaChiUNCC.

Ebaugh, new director for HR’s learning and organizational development

Just last week, Alyson Ebaugh was named the new director for learning and organizational development at UNC Charlotte.

Ebaugh is well prepared for the position, having earned her bachelor’s degree in Education from UNC Wilmington. Before coming to Charlotte, Ebaugh was assistant director of Human Resources at Appalachian State University.

Since then, she has obtained more than 20 years of experience, working for Fortune 500 companies like Wells Fargo and AutoZone Inc.. She is currently working on her master’s degree in human resources from Western Carolina University.

“It’s great to be on a college campus again!” Ebaugh said.

Having spent the majority of her secondary education on the campus of UNC system schools, she has already developed a love for UNC Charlotte in her short time here.

A big goal Ebaugh has for her position is to create succession plans for employees working at UNC Charlotte. The majority of people employed by UNCC are “baby-boomers,” which means they are eligible to retire soon.

“55% of people in leadership are over 55 years old,” Ebaugh said.

Succession plans are needed to train younger employees to take on higher level positions. Ebaugh also spoke on some of the benefits that UNC system employees receive.

“Faculty and staff are eligible for a tuition waiver,” Ebaugh said. “They can essentially take classes for free.”

Classes available for UNC employees include undergraduate and graduate level courses. She believes that this could motivate younger employees to take classes that would better prepare them for high ranking jobs.

When she’s not in the office, Ebaugh likes participate in yoga and knitting. She also has two kids in high school that play football and basketball, and she loves going to watch them play.