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Dear Niners,

Along with the rest of the world, I am seeing the recent reports and tragic news about the violence in the Middle East. The recent events have undoubtedly had a profound impact on many lives, and I can only imagine the emotions and concerns many of you may be experiencing.

Please know that you are not alone at UNC Charlotte and that your well-being matters. The University has many resources to support you if you need, including:

Wayne Joseph Maikranz, known to many as a mentor, student advocate and valued colleague, died Sept. 27 at age 63. He served 34 years with UNC Charlotte as Student Niner Media director and adviser, as well as a lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies prior to his retirement in 2019.

In July 2023, a new law went into effect in North Carolina requiring UNC System institutions to remain neutral on any political controversies.

As a public university, UNC Charlotte respects and adheres to all state laws and mandates by the UNC System. UNC Charlotte also is committed to sustaining a campus environment that embraces different perspectives and fosters respectful dialogue while ensuring that all members of the University community are treated with respect, fairness and dignity.

Bryan Lopez Villanueva is a senior honors student and Martin Scholar triple-majoring in international business, finance and accounting. Learn about his involvement in the Latinx Student Union and his passion for helping first-generation students navigate higher education. 

Why did you choose UNC Charlotte?

Aleksandra Degernes is a nontraditional student on a mission. Having recently graduated with a sociology degree with honors this spring, she is now pursuing a Master of Science in Management. Learn about her business, the seminars she hosts for Eastern European immigrant professionals and how she helps Russian and Ukrainian immigrants.

Who at UNC Charlotte has been integral in your education journey? 

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“OctoberTest: It’s Good to Know” is an intercollegiate HIV/STI awareness event scheduled at UNC Charlotte, Davidson College, Queens University of Charlotte, and Johnson C. Smith University.

UNC Charlotte’s event is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12, on the second floor of the Popp Martin Student Union.  

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UNC Charlotte’s student nurses are amazing! I learned this first-hand two weeks ago when my husband, Todd, was a patient on the cardiac floor at Atrium Health Cabarrus. Todd has atrial fibrillation, commonly known as AFIB, and was hospitalized to receive doses of Tikosyn, a medication to control heart rhythm, every 12 hours. On his fourth and final day at the hospital, he had an electrical cardioversion procedure. 

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Ebba Alalaq, a senior international student majoring in finance with a concentration in real estate, has been busy preparing for Saturday’s International Festival. Learn more about her role in the festival and her experience as an intern for the Office of International Programs.

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Have you registered to vote in this year’s local elections?

UNC Charlotte partners with TurboVote, a nonpartisan company to guide individuals through the voter registration process. Sign up at, then the TurboVote software provides the information and forms you need to vote in every election. 

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Yash Tadimalla is determined to make his mark. As a fourth year Ph.D. student in computer science and sociology, he serves as president of the Graduate & Professional Student Government. Learn why he chose UNC Charlotte, his favorite place on campus and who inspires him. 

Why did you choose UNC Charlotte for graduate school?

There’s no (pit) stopping Lauren Allsbrook from achieving her goals and speeding toward a bright future. A senior communications major, Allsbrook achieved one of 37 spots in the country to be part of the 22nd NASCAR Diversity Internship Program this past summer — a 10-week opportunity for hands-on experience in a variety of fields within the motorsports industry.

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Join the Student Alumni Association, Charlotte Athletics and the Dean of Students Office Saturday, Oct. 21 to cheer on our Charlotte 49ers against the East Carolina Pirates in Greenville, North Carolina.