Happy October, Niner Nation!
Happy October, Niner Nation!
As part of the University's Sustainability Week events, dozens of representatives will be on campus offering information, travel discounts and give-aways. There will even be a little fun! Try out the driving simulators that imitate drunk driving and what it's like to be in a car crash, with and without a seatbelt.
Be sure to enter to win RACE TICKETS to Bojangle’s Pole Night Thursday, Oct. 6, the BC&BS Drive for the Cure 300 Friday, Oct. 7, or the Bank of America 500 Saturday, Oct. 8 courtesy of Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Other representatives include:
Whether by wheels or by foot, make plans to be there!
Wednesday, October 5
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
CHHS/COE quad (across from Student Union)
Every year, PaTS posts the numbers that show how permit and visitor parking proceeds from the previous academic year were spent. Follows are the totals from academic year 2015-2016:
How this year's numbers compare to 2014-2015
Permit prices are set to support a 10-year business plan that ensures that new decks can be built as enrollment growth demands, that parking removed by new buildings can be replaced, and that existing parking facilities are maintained so as to extend service life.
PaTS will continue to publish the numbers every year so that you can know where the money goes. (Here’s the numbers from academic years 2013-2014 and 2012-2013). We’re also happy to answer your questions about parking. The Parking and Transportation Services call center is open from 5:00 AM Mondays continuously until 10:00 PM Friday; call 704-687-0161. Or you can Tweet @unccparking or write firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Citation fine proceeds are governed by a State statute (GS 115C-457.1-3 – p. 305) which says that civil fines (i.e., parking tickets), minus the cost of collection, have to be remitted to the State of North Carolina, which then allocates the money to local K-12 public schools. The cost of collection cannot exceed 20% regardless of how much is actually spent to provide enforcement and collect the fines. Unfortunately, it costs PaTS more than the 20% they're allowed to keep to cover the cost of enforcement.
UNC Charlotte and Parkmobile, LLC, the leading provider of on-demand and prepaid mobile payments for on- and off-street parking, have entered into an agreement to provide a mobile payment option to pay for parking while on campus. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors will be able to use the app at all single- and multi-space metered parking spaces in the following areas:
Also, as part of a pilot program, visitors will be able to use the app when parking in any unrestricted parking space in the Greek Village lot. This area will be monitored for use and will allow the University to plan for future program expansion to other campus lots.
Customers can pay to park with their smartphones using Parkmobile’s app for iPhone, Android, Windows, Amazon, and Blackberry phones, or by calling the toll-free number on the green meter stickers and signs. Additionally, customers who are using the Park It! Charlotte app, may use the app on campus, and Parkmobile users may use their app in the city of Charlotte and many other locations across the country.
"We're excited to introduce a new, convenient payment option for our visitors looking for short-term parking on our campus,” said Doug Lape, Director, Parking and Transportation Services. “With mobile payment, customers can begin and pay for their parking session from their vehicles, receive expiration alerts and even extend time where applicable all from their phone.”
Parkmobile’s mobile payments system is very simple and easy to use. Customers first must register by downloading the mobile app from their phone’s app store or online at parkmobile.com. Once registered, they may immediately use the mobile app, Internet, or the toll-free number listed on signage to pay for parking.
This Parkmobile service also provides customers the ability to receive alerts when their meter time is about to expire, extend their time remotely without returning to the meter, utilize credit cards in locations that do not offer manual credit card payments, as well as print and keep receipts for parking. This mobile payment solution is an option intended to complement existing parking payment options; existing forms of payment are still valid for use. Mobile payment at a metered space does not change the reading on the meter but enforcement devices are able to see that a motorist has paid.
This option is not yet available for visitor parking in any of the decks but will be added to additional parking areas across campus as the program grows.
Lape adds, “Mobile payment is one of a number of innovations PaTS expects to roll out in the next year to better use technology for more efficient and convenient parking on campus."
For more information:
Parkmobile, LLC is the leading provider for on-demand and prepaid mobile payments for on- and off-street parking. Their services have been adopted in more than 2,000 locations, including 36 of the top 100 cities in the U.S. by millions of registered users.
Parkmobile’s services include on-street parking, off-street parking deck, airport and event reservations and municipal parking permit solutions. Parkmobile serves over 20 airports as well as provides reserved parking solutions for private operators, the Super Bowl, the College Football Championship Series, Fenway Park, FedEx Field and Nationwide Arena, to name a few. More information at parkmobile.com.
UNC Charlotte parking permits are required to park anytime the University is open and will be enforced on the first day of class. If you have not already done so, purchasing online is the easiest way to get your permit. We’ll have it waiting for you in an express pick-up line!
Student permit purchase and pick-up will be at the Student Union first floor Art Gallery (#69 on campus map) during the following dates/times:
Thursday Aug. 18, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
For specific inquiries and concerns, the PaTS call center is available 24 hours on weekdays, 5:00 AM Monday through 10:00 PM Friday at 704-687-0161, or utilize the contact form on the Parking and Transportation Services website or email:email@example.com. We're also on Twitter @unccparking.
Parking Permits for 2016-17 are available for online purchase now. The deadline for students to have permits mailed to them is 11:59 PM Wednesday, Aug. 3.
PaTS strongly recommends early permit purchase. Putting off buying a permit until just before classes start usually means a long wait in a very long line.
Students who are able to buy their permit before the mailing deadline enjoy the convenience of having their permit in-hand by move-in and first day of class. But wait! There's more! Student permits ordered between June 1 and Aug. 3 will be automatically entered into a drawing. Two names will be randomly drawn; the winners will get a full refund on the permit charge! Drawing limited to registered students.
UPDATE: Congratulations to the winners of this year's free parking pass drawing, Sean Doig and Tyler Powell! Special thanks to Student Body President Fahn Darkor (pictured with PaTS Director Doug Lape) for helping us pick the winning envelopes.
Permit info and purchase link: http://pats.uncc.edu/parking/parking-permits
Business Services and the 49er Card Office are phasing in a contactless ID card for campus beginning June 6, 2016.
Contactless cards will be issued to all SOAR attendees and new students (first-year and transfer). They will receive an ID card similar to the existing 49er ID Card, with two enhancements:
Card ID Number - This number will no longer be the Banner 800 number, but instead an ISO number. The ISO number is a secure, unique number generated when a card is issued or reissued. The 800 number will also be printed on the card and encoded in the magnetic stripe.
Contactless Chip - A chip embedded in the card allows for tapping at contactless terminals. Most residence halls and point of sale registers will be contactless-enabled by fall. Academic building door access and some other systems will accommodate contactless in the future.
Contactless ID cards will be issued the the remainder of campus throughout the fall. Later, CATS ridership privileges may be loaded on the card upon opening of the LYNX Blue Line extension.
Parking and Transportation Services will provide modified shuttle service during first and second summer sessions. Summer shuttle will be run internally by PaTS, using SafeRide Evening transportation vans.
Summer shuttle will cover the same route and stops as the Red and Green lines do during Fall and Spring semesters.* (Green Line connects South Village and North Campus to campus core; Red Line goes cross-campus, from Lot 6 at John Kirk and Cameron to East Decks, Student Union and CRI.) Summer Shuttle route and service stops. Shuttle vans will be labeled and show on the UNCCNextRide app and mobile web as Green and Red routes.
After 6:00 PM, SafeRide evening service will take over, returning to the established campus loop.
"This is a pilot program," said Helena Connors, Transportation Manager, "in response to requests from students and the Office of Disability Services."
Doug Lape, PaTS Director, adds that operating a shuttle over the summer, "will help as we gear up for light rail in August of 2017."
Regular campus shuttle service, operated by Charlotte Area Transit, will resume Monday, August 22.
More about Summer Shuttle
* Route service may require temporary detours due to construction.
Murray KY: Nicholas Brawner, Catering Chef for UNC Charlotte Center City, earned a Silver Medal in a culinary challenge held March 22, 2016 at the Southern Regional Conference of the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) at Murray State University.
Brawner's dish was a rendition of Saag Paneer (a classic Indian dish of leafy greens and fried, fresh cheese) with Carrot Chutney and Coconut Roti (a griddle-baked bread). The recipe included black kale, edamame and red rice. It was one of six chosen from over a hundred entries to compete in the NACUFS Culinary Challenge event.
Brawner and five other chefs had 60 minutes to display culinary skill as they prepared qualifying recipes in front of American Culinary Federation-approved judges. Other chefs who competed were from Vanderbilt University, Georgia Tech, University of Georgia, Tulane University, and the University of New Mexico.
The judges were looking at organization, technique and taste and were impressed with how Chef Nick made a flour from red rice to create the roti. If he had prepared the rice in a traditional way, the time limit would not have allowed for thorough cooking, (as some other contestants unfortunately learned).
"I am a Southern chef who grew up with fresh heritage cooking," said Brawner in his application bio. "I began cooking at an early age with a tough lady — my grandma — who worked a family farm growing up. [She] knew and understood food, and later studied and became a food chemist. This changed the way I looked at food and I credit her for the interest I have today."
This is the second year in a row that a UNC Charlotte chef has brought home silver from the annual event.
More info on the NACUFS Culinary Challenge rules
Submitted by Jody Thompson, Food Services Program Manager, UNC Charlotte Auxiliary Services
Just in time for upcoming exams, a study and office supplies vending machine has been installed on the main floor of Atkins Library. The machine offers convenience purchasing of often needed items such as pens, highlighters, flash drives and exam books. The machine accepts cash and the 49er card and is operated by Barnes and Noble at UNC Charlotte.
|105||Post it Flags||4.50|
|107||Post It Notes||4.50|
|109||Ruled Index Cards||1.50|
|111||Blank Index Cards||1.50|
|201||Blue Bic Pen 10 Pack||$3.00|
|203||Bic Xtra Life Pencil 10 Pack||6.00|
|205||4 Pack Sharpened Pencil||2.25|
|207||8 Pack Unsharpened Pencils||2.25|
|211||Black Bic Pen 10 Pack||3.00|
|301||Travel Drive 8 GB||$14.00|
|303||2 Pack Highlighter||3.25|
|307||Math Ruler Set||3.25|
|311||5 Pack Blue Exam Book||2.50|
|401||30 pc #0.5 Lead||$3.00|
|407||5 Pack Scantron Answer Sheets||1.50|
|412||30 pc #0.7 Lead||3.00|
|503||Twin Pocket Folder||1.25|
|507||Filler Paper (130 Pages)||4.50|