Holiday Shipping and Mailing DatesHoping your gifts arrive by December 25? Here are the recommended dates for Military, International and Domestic mail.
Late Night Breakfast is a pre-exam tradition that's as fun as it is filling! This semester's event will be Wednesday, December 5 at RDH from 10:00 PM until midnight. Late Night Breakfast is FREE for all Meal Plan members and only $3.75 for everyone else.
Faculty and staff volunteers will serve up the food. There will also be door prize drawings and hilarious games like blindfolded cereal feeding, and no-hands speed donut eating. (Sounds like some amusing Twitpics could result.) Don't miss it!
Remember the Yellow Line Rt. 47W runs from North campus via the Student Union to South Village until 2:00 AM, providing the easiest way to RDH from other points on campus. SafeRide will get you there too, although it may take a little longer. Please don't drive over to RDH and expect to park with an R, G or C permit; due to South Village construction, only permits specific to Lots 8, 8A and MSU may park there.
November 30, 2012
Mail & Package Services has holiday stamps! Current inventory includes: Holiday Baubles, Holy Family and Santa and Sleigh. Kwanzaa stamps are expected to arrive by Wednesday and Hanukkah stamps by Friday. These are Forever stamps, so any you don't use this holiday season will still be good next year (even though postage stamp rates will rise on January 27).
With Cyber Monday and the height of online-shopping season upon us, please remember that personal packages/purchase shipments should not be addressed for delivery to your department.
Office mail delivery is only for University-related business. However, if you'd like the convenience of a campus address for personal mail and packages, consider leasing a campus mailbox. In fact, there's no better time to do so because Mail & Package Services is offering a half-price coupon! A personal on-campus delivery address is only $12.50 for a six-month lease or $23.00 for a year-long lease. Boxes are available in both Prospector Building and the Student Union. Coupon offer expires Friday, December 21.
And don't forget that Mail & Package Services and Union Station can ship your gifts. Mail & Package Services is a full-service USPS contract station; Union Station offers shipping via USPS and FedEx. Both locations have boxes and packing materials are available for sale and expert advice on preparing your shipment is always free. (The lines are probably a lot shorter than at your local Post Office, too!)
November 19, 2012
There are many things to be thankful for and a few days off is certainly among them!
Here are the hours for Barnes & Noble at UNC Charlotte bookstore:
Dining Hours What's Open 11/21 - 11/25
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 21
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 22 and FRIDAY NOVEMBER 23
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 24
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 25
MONDAY NOVEMBER 26 - Regular Fall Dining Hours Resume
REPROS Copy Center Hours November 21-25
Normal hours resume on Monday, November 26.November 13, 2012
"THERE'S NO PLACE TO PARK!" is a common complaint expressed, repeated, Tweeted and re-Tweeted. It is absolutely true that during peak class times, spaces closest to the academic core fill up early and sometimes completely, especially those on the East side of campus; that's where more classrooms — and therefore more people — are.
PaTS and the University do not want available parking to hit an unacceptable percentage. That would force permit sale limits, or class status restrictions like prohibiting freshmen from parking. So every semester, space counts are conducted. Space counts are an important indicator of parking sufficiency and where/when parking is in highest demand. The data is also crucial for future planning.
Counts are done every semester over the course of two weeks. Nancy Smith, Field Operations and Event Parking Manager, says that the data gathering process involves dividing campus into thirds and sending out teams to systematically and physically count every open space at two hour intervals; each area's count takes an hour or less to complete. "We strive to be as accurate as possible," says Smith, "making sure not to count when there are games or special events on campus that could skew the numbers."
At this point in the semester, most commuters have accepted campus parking reality: snagging a first-choice space is highly unlikely when you're rolling in 10 minutes before a morning class. But for those who like to play the odds, or who just want to see the numbers, here's the Monday - Thursday summary for Fall 2012 space count averages report*:
This year's count actually shows UNC Charlotte parking is in pretty good shape; there are consistently over 2,000 spaces available, even during peak times. Are many of those spots in East 2, Union or West decks or other close-in, prime-convenience, locations? No! But there is adequate parking, with plenty to spare. Smith notes, "The opening of CRI Deck 1 has added over 1,000 spaces to daily the inventory."
Until that deck opened last September, parking at CRI was extremely limited. So take heart, high-rise residents; when the South Village Deck opens next year, there will be more than enough for you, too! Until then, you may righteously Tweet about how much you hate the trek from North Deck.
*This AuxNews post shows averages for student parking during regular peak class times, Monday through Thursday. Full report available here.
November 8, 2012
Dreamworks' upcoming film, "Rise of the Guardians," will hit theaters later this month but you can get of "taste" of it Wednesday, November 7, from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Crown Commons. No, we won't be showing the movie, but when promoters asked Chef Roger if they could come and give away FREE PASSES to a sneak preview and offer some goodie bags up for prizes, the answer was, "Sure!" and the Crown Commons culinary team come up with a "red carpet" menu to serve, too. Here's what the menu will include:
Carved Prime Rib
Yeast Dinner Rolls
Roasted Butternut Squash
Green Beans and Ham Hock
Potatoes Au Gratin
Deep Fried Corn on the Cob with Jalapeno Butter
Grilled Black Tiger Shrimp over Dirty Rice
Blackened Chicken Sandwich with Grilled Onions, Cheddar & Firecracker
Cajun Curly Fries
Jalapeno Bottle Caps
Variety of Salads including Ham Salad, Potato Salad, Egg Salad, Farro
Salad and Carrot Salad
Dyed Easter Eggs
Cereal and Hot Chocolate Station
Create your own Cheesecake Station
And the novelty truck, Sticks and Cones will be on site with other dessert options
If you're wondering about the unusual (but delicious) mashup of seasonal holiday foods with other distinctive flavors, maybe watching the movie trailer will help. http://www.riseoftheguardians.com/
November 6, 2012
UNC Charlotte’s North Parking Deck received 2nd place honors in the Carolinas Parking Association Awards of Excellence competition in the “Parking Structure – New” category. The award was presented to UNC Charlotte at the Carolinas Parking Association annual fall conference in Charleston, SC on November 1, 2012.
North Deck is a six-story facility with 1,171 parking spaces, used by resident and commuter students and faculty and staff. The structural system is cast-in-place, post-tensioned concrete with a brick veneer façade and precast concrete accents consistent with campus architectural standards. Brick elements were cast into the precast spandrels greatly reducing labor costs and enhancing durability. A monumental stairway in the front of the deck provides efficient egress and is a striking architectural feature on the front-facing elevation. Other design features include an integrated, covered bus stop, bicycle racks, energy efficient induction lighting, convenient one-way drive aisles and angled parking, and white painted ceilings to enhance the user experience with daylight-level brightness, even at night. Conduit is already in place for future placement of gates and pay station equipment.
North Deck’s most recent recognition follows an Award of Merit for design and functionality that was presented last summer at the International Parking Institute’s Awards of Excellence program. The deck was designed by ADW Architects, P.A. The UNC Charlotte Project Manager was Brian Kugler with Jen Evans as Construction Manager. Rodgers Builders served as General Contractor.
November 6, 2012
Some UNC Charlotte students are not able to purchase textbooks by the first day of class; they must wait on a financial aid refund first. In response, representatives from Academic Affairs and Business Affairs evaluated the situation and recommended the implementation of a Bookstore Advance Program (BAP). This program was piloted the beginning of the Fall 2012 semester for eligible financial aid students, allowing them to use a portion of their anticipated financial aid refund to purchase textbooks and supplies from the campus bookstore.
“This program is part of our continuous efforts to encourage student success,” said Heather Vetzner, Assistant Controller & Bursar. “Once we got the go-ahead,” said Gabe Gerber of Business Services, “the Bookstore Advance Program pilot was launched very quickly.”
On August 7, 2012, Student Accounts sent an email to 6,698 students (5,509 undergraduate and 1,189 graduate) with notice of eligibility and an invitation to participate in the BAP program. Those who elected to take part received up to $600 as an advance of their expected financial aid in excess of charges, to purchase the books and supplies needed for their classes.
Not everyone receiving financial aid was eligible for the pilot. Qualification was based on a review of anticipated refund, which represents money over-and-above student account charges for tuition, fees, housing, and other charges. But students who did qualify and who chose to enroll received an advance deposit to their 49er Card earmarked for textbooks and supplies. (545 students opted into the program or 8.14 %). They had until August 31 to spend the bookstore advance; after the expiration date, unspent portions of the advance were credited back to their student account.
“This was a great team effort between Student Accounts, the 49er Card Office, and others who helped put the pieces in place for launching this program within a short timeframe,” said Greg Verret, UNC Charlotte Business Process Analyst. The project team is currently analyzing program results and will determine next steps for the program. “Our project team felt that the pilot was a success that assisted many students with the purchase of their textbooks,” said Kendra Cooks, UNC Charlotte’s Controller.October 10, 2012
The first phase of the new road is ready to be paved for use during the rest of the academic year. During Fall Break, the contractor will close Lot 8A and the Moore/Sanford U in order to complete the connections from those areas to the new road. If you park in these lots, please use Lot 8 from 5:00 pm on Thursday, October 4 until 12:00 pm Tuesday, October 9. Additional traffic pattern changes will also occur; please follow the direction of the onsite personnel.
The bus stop for Scott and Holshouser will be shifting towards the service road that goes behind Scott Hall. This change is to allow road work to begin on Phase II of the road project.
Construction vehicles, cars, buses, pedestrians, and delivery trucks have made this a highly trafficked area.
Fall Break is Monday, October 8 and Tuesday, October 9, but campus will likely be very quiet by Friday! For those who remain, here are the service schedules for the bookstore, dining and campus shuttle:
Barnes and Noble at UNC Charlotte
Center City Campus Bookstore will be closed Monday October 8 and Tuesday October 9.
Campus Shuttle and SafeRide
REPROS Copy Center
September 27, 2012
Seats are still available for the upcoming Home Grown Dinner Event at Bistro 49, Wednesday September 19. Reservation times start at 5:30PM; call 704-687-77056. Price is only $16 per person and those over 21 may bring in their own wine to enjoy with dinner.
Home Grown Dinner events feature fresh, in-season locally sourced meats, cheeses and produce. Here's the menu:
Appetizer - prepared by Chef Kristy Schertzer, Executive Chef Crown Commons and Bistro 49
Eggplant Caponata on a Polenta Crisp with Heirloom Tomatoes and Goat Cheese
Soup and Salad - prepared by Chef Dean Zoch, Campus Executive Chef
Potato Leek Soup with Andouille and Kale
Fried Okra Salad with Corn, Bacon and Pink Eyed Peas
Fish Course - prepared by Chef Will Rustia, Executive Chef UNC Charlotte Catering
Mountain to Ocean Tasting Plate
Pecan Smoked Trout on a Maple Sweet Potato Cake
Country Collards with Petit Crab Cake
Savory Shrimp and Grits
Meat Course - prepared by Chef Shawn Custer, Chef Manager, RDH
Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin with Smoked Tomato Jam
Braised Rainbow Chard
Butternut Squash Risotto with Caramelized Fennel
Dessert Course - prepared by Joseph Torcasso, Executive Pastry Chef
French Pear Tart with Almond Filling and Chocolate Balsamic DrizzleSeptember 18, 2012