Auxiliary Services News

April 15, 2016

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.Photo of study supplies vending machine

 Row 1    
101 Tot Stapler $4.50
103 Scotch Tape 2.50
105 Post it Flags 4.50
107 Post It Notes 4.50
109 Ruled Index Cards 1.50
111 Blank Index Cards 1.50
 Row 2    
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
209 Pencil Sharpener 1.25
211 Black Bic Pen 10 Pack 3.00
 Row 3    
301 Travel Drive 8 GB $14.00
303 2 Pack Highlighter 3.25
304 Black Sharpie 2.50
305 Glue Stick 1.25
306 Eraser 1.50
307 Math Ruler Set 3.25
311 5 Pack Blue Exam Book 2.50
 Row 4    
401 30 pc #0.5 Lead $3.00
403 Report Cover 2.25
407 5 Pack Scantron Answer Sheets 1.50
412 30 pc #0.7 Lead 3.00
 Row 5    
501 Ear buds $12.00
503 Twin Pocket Folder 1.25
507 Filler Paper (130 Pages)  4.50
512 Ear buds 12.00


April 12, 2016
Horace Lytch from campus Mail & Packages Services reports that, as of April 10, some USPS prices were reduced. The "market dominant" products and services with price roll-backs include:
Forever stamps: 
First-Class 1 oz. stamp down 2¢ to .47
Stamped Envelopes, down 3¢ to .59
Stamped Postcards, down 1¢ to .38
Non-denominated stamps:
First-Class 2 oz. stamp; now .68
First Class 3 oz. stamp; now .89
First Class Additional; now .21
Postcard Rate now .34
International  1 oz. letter; down 5¢ to $1.15
Extra Services adjusted as follows:
Domestic Insurance; now starting at $2.10
Registered Mail, now starting at $11.70
Signature Confirmation; now $2.90
Certified Mail; now $3.30
Return Receipt; now $2.70
Remember, UNC Charlotte has a full-service postal facility on the lower level of Prospector.  Mail & Package Services also manages Union Station, on the main level of Student Union. There you can get stamps, ship packages (via USPS and UPS), get signs and banners made (graphics services list and prices) and even get your U.S. Passport prepared. Read about Union Station services.

March 29, 2016

Early spring is when parking permit rates are proposed and approved for the upcoming academic year. For the THIRD year in a row, the recommendation is that the cost of UNC Charlotte parking permits remain the same.

That's right, NO INCREASE! This is welcome news, especially to those who remember that prior to 2014-15, permit prices rose five to eight percent every year. 

The price of UNC Charlotte parking permits is determined by how much will be needed to support a ten-year financial plan that will pay for parking that accommodates enrollment. Although enrollment continues to increase, parking availability is meeting demand (recent space count data proves this) as more students avail themselves to remote parking options, taking campus- or apartment complex-provided shuttles, ride sharing, walking, and biking. As a result, there's no need to plan, build and pay for additional parking facilities at this time.

Want to know more about how permit price is determined and where the money goes? Read The Truth About UNC Charlotte Parking.

March 21, 2016

"The parking at UNCC is ridiculous," someone Tweeted just before 11 a.m., the first Monday after Spring break. It's very likely that student was looking for a space in or near Union, West or East parking decks and all were full, just like any other weekday morning when classes are most densely scheduled. The competition for close-to-class parking, made worse by those who stubbornly circle full decks and lots instead of moving on, makes her Tweet ring true.

But it doesn't have to be that way. There's plenty of parking available in other areas.

Space counts, which are taken regularly, show that UNC Charlotte has sufficient parking for visitors, faculty, staff, and students. Students are the population who most heavily use parking and for whom most of the parking is designated. 

Student parking at a glance

Bar graph showing occupied and empty parking spaces in Yellow Commuter lots, Orange Commuter/Resident lots and Blue Resident lots

Student parking by the numbers

Here are the numbers for Spring 2016, Monday - Thursday.* Italicized rows are areas that tend to fill at peak class times. Bold entries have the most parking to spare.

Student Parking Space Count, Spring 2016

 Location Total Available Unoccupied 10:00 AM Unoccupied 12:00 PM Unoccupied 2:00 PM Unoccupied 4:00 PM Unoccupied 6:00 PM
Lot 26 (at FM/Police Bldg) 86 4 8 3 32 70
North Deck 1171 730 673 697 724 785
Lot 25 (across from Witherspoon) 497 125 151 138 43 60
Lot 19 (by Union Deck) 261 0 0 4 38 49
Lot 18 (by Union Deck) 94 1 2 4 31 55
Union Deck 682 107 9 93 216 354
CRI Deck 1 1343 319 302 297 319 393
CRI Lot 2 128 0 0 4 18 107
Lot 23 (CRI by stadium) 174 0 1 2 15 65
Lot 14 (by Tennis complex) 27 3 1 0 5 10
West Deck 760 30 28 45 189 452
Lot 7A (Memorial Hall) 37 0 0 1 11 31
Lot 7 (behind Cone Deck) 123 0 2 1 2 4
Lot 101 Foundation Bldg. 60 25 33 41 39 49
South Village Deck 1101 386 377 402 457 477
Lot 8 (adjacent to South Village Deck) 238 23 33 26 57 43
Lot 8A  60 0 0 2 1 0
Lot 16 (Oak, Pine, Maple, Elm) 233 0 1 1 8 9
Lot 20 (behind Witherspoon) 105 0 0 2 0 0
Lot 21 (next to Witherspoon) 134 0 0 1 2 6
Lot 12 (NE corner Mary Alex & Cameron) 84 9 7 11 13 42
Lot 13 (Hawthorn) 140 1 4 7 8 12
Greek Village 324 123 127 139 141 158
Lot 6 (off Martin Village Rd.) 565 314 182 323 330 416
Lot 5 (Van Landingham Rd.) 582 21 50 95 209 374
Lot 5A (Van Landingham) 257 90 47 94 149 212
Lot 4A (Van Landingham at John Kirk) 128 12 17 31 56 103
East Deck 3 804 83 104 196 374 571
East Deck 2 539 6 21 41 80 157
TOTAL 9,690** 2,408 2,173 2,671 3,777 5254

Main points for Commuters:

  • Everyone wants to park as close as they can to their class and most classes are scheduled from about 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Therefore, more students are trying to park in the same places at the same time. Your competition is stiff.
  • Take a look at the Commuter parking areas in bold. They are generally the least crowded and every one of them has a shuttle stop.
  • For just one day, try parking in Lot 6, North Deck or South Village Deck. The Red Line runs three buses from Lot 6 through the center of campus via the Student Union and out to the CRI campus Monday through Thursday (two buses on Friday). You can catch the Green Line from North Deck and both the Yellow and Green Lines from South Village Deck.
  • Download the UNCCNextRide app or access the NextRide mobile web site you view where the shuttle is and when it will get to your stop. 
  • It feels counterintuitive to park farther away from where you're going but just try it ONCE. You will likely find it doesn't take much longer and that it's less stressful to easily find parking in a lower-demand area and take the shuttle or walk to class. Once you've tried an alternative parking area, it won't feel as annoying to park there on days when your preferred parking is full.
  • There's NO REASON to park illegally in a full lot or deck and risk getting a citation and there's NO REASON to circle a deck until you miss class.

Here's your incentive to try parking at one of the least-used areas

The first ten permit-holding Commuters who park in one of the bold areas and Tweet a selfie of their car parked there, mention @unccparking and/or use hashtag #parkedfar, will get a deck voucher for one day of free visitor parking at a Visitor deck. (Visitor deck areas are at Cone, East 1, Union, CRI 1 and South Village). That might be really nice to have for that day when you're running late.

*Counts taken over a two week period of normal class schedule (no holiday/break).

** Student parking space total. Does not include Faculty/Staff gated access, reserved, ADA/van accessible/handicapped, motorcycle, metered, visitor or discount remote parking. (Campus total 13,970.)

Learn more: The Truth About UNC Charlotte Parking

Questions? Email or Tweet @unccparking or call 704-687-0161. The PaTS Call Center line is open 24/5 weekdays, 5 a.m. Monday through 10 p.m. Friday.


January 19, 2016

UNC Charlotte students, community make lifesaving impact at seventh annual blood drive

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — University of North Carolina at Charlotte blood drive organizers are aiming for a new record this year: 1,000 pints of blood collected at the annual 49ers4Life  blood drive on Tuesday, Jan. 26. Previous blood drives have come close but never surpassed the 1,000-pint finish line; last year’s drive yielded about 800 pints. This year, organizers are hoping that students, alumni and community members respond to the call for blood donors by rolling up a sleeve and donating. 

“Winter is one of the toughest times for the Red Cross to collect enough blood to meet patient needs,” said Ryan Corcoran, donor recruitment director for the Red Cross. “When the UNC Charlotte community comes together for this drive, they can help boost the blood supply – and ultimately offer hope to patients in need of blood transfusions.” The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donations to prevent a shortage this winter. Busy holiday schedules in November and December contributed to about 1,700 fewer blood drives held across the country compared to the two previous months, which has resulted in about 50,000 fewer donations and reduced the blood supply. 

Donors can help mitigate this shortfall at the blood drive on Tuesday, Jan. 26 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at UNC Charlotte’s Barnhart Student Activity Center, 9201 University City Blvd. 

Those who come out to donate blood will receive a specially designed “I Bleed 49ers Green” T-shirt, while supplies last, and be entered to win additional prizes like spirit gear from Barnes & Noble at UNC Charlotte bookstore. 

Since 2010, the college has hosted the drive to help increase blood donations during the challenging winter season. Seasonal illnesses, like the flu, can cause some donors to become temporarily ineligible to donate, and winter weather can lead to canceled blood drives. Despite these challenges, patients still depend on lifesaving donations every day. 

Photo of Shamari Inuwa, UNCC alumna who depends on blood donors.Shamari Inuwa is one of those patients. Shamari, a recent UNC Charlotte graduate, was born with sickle cell disease, an inherited red blood cell disorder. Red blood cells carry oxygen to all parts of the body. People with sickle cell disease have abnormally shaped red blood cells, and the condition can cause anemia, tissue and organ damage, strokes and pain. 

In high school, Shamari began experiencing numbness in her hands and feet, sometimes just for a few seconds. But over time, the loss of feeling in her hands and feet increased in frequency and duration. In the most severe episode, she stood up after class and felt half her body go numb. Extreme pain brought her to the emergency room, and doctors discovered that she was experiencing mini-strokes. Shamari needed a blood transfusion immediately.

“That initial transfusion saved my life,” she said. Shamari began receiving transfusions about once per month to reduce the risk of further mini-strokes, called transient ischemic attacks. She has continued the treatment over eight years—for a total of nearly 100 blood transfusions. “The transfusions have enabled me to have a normal life and successfully complete college, despite my illness,” she said. 

Shamari, who graduated with a degree in biology, hopes to use her education and personal experience to help others in the healthcare field. She’s an advocate for sickle cell disease research, and hopes to work toward more treatment options for the disease that affects as many as 100,000 Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

She encourages people to give blood to make an impact. “Even though you don't know who your blood is going to, you know that it’s someone who really needs it, whether it’s a transplant patient, someone in an accident or someone with a serious chronic disorder,” she said. “It’s really true - you are prolonging life.”

Organizers recommend that donors schedule an appointment for this blood drive by visiting and entering the sponsor code “49ers4Life,” calling 1-800-RED CROSS or downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App. 

How to donate blood

To make an appointment, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors can use RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or laptop. Visit to get started. 

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Banner about blood drive; Norm has arm with bandaid and red gauze indicating he has donated. Says Tue. Jan 26, 8am-7pm, Barnhardt Student Activity Center

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

January 12, 2016

Norm's hand holding a fork; a plate is behind it.Here's a great deal for students who enjoy the convenience of dining on campus. Commuters may find it especially beneficial and Faculty and Staff may take advantage of this promotion as well.

Deposit $300-$499, get 3 BONUS meal swipes for SoVi or Crown Commons

Deposit $500-$699, get 7 BONUS meal swipes for SoVi or Crown Commons 

Deposit $700-$899, get 13 BONUSmeal swipes for SoVi or Crown Commons 

Deposit $900 or more, get 20 BONUS meal swipes for SoVi or Crown Commons

Bonus meal swipes may be used at SoVi Dining in South Village Crossing and Crown Commons in the Student Union, Monday through Sunday, for any meal period. Optional Dining Account funds do not expire (ODA rolls over from semester to semester, year to year) but bonus meal swipes expire  May 11, 2016.

How to:

  • Go to 49erCard Online 
  • Log in, make sure you choose "Optional Dining Account" and deposit $300 or more to ODA. (Incentive bonus meals do not apply to funds deposited to 49er Account)
  • Deposited amount will show up immediately; bonus meals appear on the card by the following Monday.
  • For questions or assistance, call the 49er Card and Meal Plans office at 704-687-7337 or email

January 8, 2016

A new parking garage is being built beside the UNC Charlotte Center City Building. During this construction phase, parking spaces for CCB patrons have spread over multiple lots, resulting in times when permit-holders are challenged to find the spaces available to them.

Beginning Monday January 11, 20016, CCB parking will consolidate into two areas: 

  • Lot 319, located directly across 9th Street, and 
  • Lot 422, which is across N. Brevard Street. 
  • CCB patrons who currently park in Lot 300, between CCB and the light rail line, will be asked to park in Lot 319.

This change offers a better overall parking experience and maintains the number of spaces available to UNC Charlotte Center City. When the new parking facility is complete, CCB parking will be moved there.

Parking for UNC Charlotte Center City Building is provided through an arrangement with Preferred Parking, Inc. Questions regarding this change of arrangement should be directed to UNC Charlotte Center City administration, 704-687-8902.

January 8, 2016

Seventh annual campus-wide drive occurs at a time when the need for blood is greatest

UNC Charlotte students, faculty and staff will again team up with the American Red Cross in a campus-wide effort to bleed green and save lives. This year’s collection goal is 1,000 pints.

Giving a pint of blood is a meaningful act of kindness with the potential power to save three lives. Please consider joining your friends and colleagues and sign up to donate during the 49ers4Life campus-wide drive:

Tuesday, January 26

8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Barnhardt Student Activity Center

Those who come out to donate blood will receive a specially designed “I Bleed 49ers Green” t-shirt and be entered to win additional prizes like spirit gear from Barnes & Noble at UNC Charlotte bookstore. Illustration of the 49ers4Life drive t-shirt to be given to donors

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Accident victims, premature babies and patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses are among those dependent upon transfusions in order to survive.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, please call 1-800-733-2767 or visit and enter sponsor code 49ers4Life

UNC Charlotte is among several N.C. colleges and universities that collect blood with the American Red Cross; school spirit adds a cheery bit of competition to the drives. Appalachian State currently holds the system record. LET'S TAKE THEM DOWN!

In previous 49ers4Life campus-wide drives, students have been the driving force and the vast majority of donors. Increased participation from faculty, staff and alumni is very much needed.

Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Platelets can be safely given every two weeks, up to 24 times a year. Most healthy people age 16 and older, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets.

About the 49ers4Life campus-wide blood drive:

49ers4Life is supported by student groups which include HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), Student Government Association (SGA), 49er Student Athletes, Lambda Chi Alpha, Delta Zeta, Kappa DeltaChi Omega, Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma, Men’s Rugby, Zeta Tau Alpha, Kinesiology Student Organization, Public Health Association and MAPS.

University Sponsors: Business Services, Barnes & Noble at UNC Charlotte, Chartwells Dining Services, REPROS Copy Center, Union Station, Mail & Package Services and Student Union Activities & Recreation (SUAR)..

About the American Red Cross:

The Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to 103 hospitals and must have 1,600 people give blood and platelets each weekday to meet hospital demand.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or on Twitter, @RedCross.

December 9, 2015

Parking exam week through winter break

Thursday, December 10 – Sunday, January 10 is a period of relaxed enforcement for permit holders

This means:

  • Any semester or year-long permit is valid 24/7 and gate access will be adjusted accordingly

o   Two-Day permits are valid 7 days per week

o   Night permits are valid 24 hours per day

  •   Temporary (daily) permits are valid ONLY for the days purchased
  •   Any valid permit may park in any non-reserved student space and gate access will be adjusted accordingly

o   Commuter permits may park in Resident and Greek spaces

o   Resident permits may park in Commuter and Greek spaces

o   Greek permits may park in Commuter and Resident spaces

o   Faculty/Staff permits may park in any student space including Lot 16

o   Lot 6A and Lot 27 permits may park in any student space

Reminder about loading and unloading

For short term parking by a building to carry something in or out, call the PaTS Call Center at 704-687-0161. Give your vehicle information and location. You'll be given some direction and 15 minutes to park.

PaTS' Call Center line has someone available to help you 24/5 (weekdays from 5:00 AM continuously through 10:00 PM Friday). When in doubt, ASK, please!

Graduating or leaving the University?

Your full-time permit is still worth something! Turn it in to the Parking and Transportation Services office for a partial refund. Here’s the link to the refund policy and schedule.

Do not sell your permit to another student. UNC Charlotte parking permits may only be bought through PaTS.  Permits are registered to a specific person and vehicle. Selling a permit to someone to whom it’s not registered may subject you and them to fines and other penalties.


  • Call the PaTS Call Center, 704-687-0161
  • or email
  • We're also on Twitter, @unccparking.

Spring parking permit information

Permits are required to park anytime the University is open.  

Unable to buy a permit right away?

If you are waiting on a financial aid refund or other funds before purchasing a permit, you may buy a temporary permit to hold you over. Price is $6 per day for as many days as you think you'll need. Temporary permits are not available for online purchase.

If you bought a full-time permit last semester (C, R, G, 6A or L27), your permit will not expire until 8/15/16. Expiration date is on the back of our permit.

New students and those with Night and Two-day permits (sold by the semester):

  • Permits for spring semester are available for purchase online (credit or debit card only). 
  • Permits ordered by December 21 will be mailed on December 22.
  • Permits ordered after December 21 will be available for pick-up.

Permit Prices


  Full year beginning with spring semester


  Night Permit per semester (spring)


  Night Permit (spring and summer)

Student permit purchase/express pick-up at the Student Union:

Extended hours for Student permit purchase and pick up in January, including temporary permits, are  as follows*:

Student Union Art Gallery

Friday Jan. 8 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday Jan. 9 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday Jan. 10 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Monday Jan. 11 8:00 am-6:00 pm
Tuesday Jan. 12 8:00 am-6:00 pm
Wednesday Jan. 13 8:00 am-6:00 pm

Thursday January 14: return to normal hours (7:30 am-5:00 pm) in the Parking and Transportation Office (#23 on campus map; brown buidling across from McMillan greenhouse).

*Only faculty and staff will be served in the PaTS office on these dates.

Documents needed to purchase a parking permit:

  • 49er ID Card
  • Vehicle Registration
  • Driver’s License
  • Proof of Vehicle Insurance

Photo of North Deck against a rosy sky

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December 2, 2015

Road construction schedule for the weekend of December 4 - 6 will close two major intersections: Cameron and Craver (below Student Union at Hauser Alumni Center) and Cameron and Mary Alexander (by Student Health Center and Hawthorn). SafeRide evening transportation will have to alter stop order and route as a result. No interruption in service is expected but the required detours may add time. 

Remember, the UNCCNextRide app and mobile website shows the location of SafeRide vans and provides an estimate of when each will arrive at your pick-up stop. 


SafeRide route alteration, weekend of December 4-6

Stop order:

1. Atkins/Library Lane
2. Student Union
3. Witherspoon
4. North Deck
5. Belk
6. Miltimore
7. Wallis
8. Maple
9. Reese
10. Lot 7
11. Woodward
12. Grigg
13. Motorsports
14. CRI Deck
15. Duke
16. EPIC
17. South Village Deck
18. Moore/Sandford
19. Robinson
20. East Deck 2
21. Lot 5A
22. Lot 6
23. Greek Village South
24. Greek Village North
25. Hawthorn
26. Martin
27. Fretwell