UNC Charlotte recognizes that its mission reaches beyond the borders of the campus to the surrounding region and the state. The University touches many facets of community life and serves as a catalyst for development of a regional approach to solving problems in education, economic development, transportation, the environment, cultural amenities, and the quality of life. Faculty, staff, and students have made a significant impact on the region through research, historic preservation, planning, the arts and literature, and the delivery of government and social services.
Alumni Affairs, located in the Harris Alumni Center at Johnson Glen, strengthens and maintains the relationship between the University and its alumni through the management of the Alumni Association. Some of the most rewarding experiences of University life begin at graduation when former students enter the Alumni Association. Alumni are an essential part of our University and are among the University’s most valued supporters.
Programs of the Alumni Association include: the regional, local, special interest, and collegiate chapters; homecoming activities; networking socials; athletic support; and sponsorship of the Student Alumni Ambassadors.
Alumni Affairs seeks to maintain lifelong contact with all graduates. Graduates are encouraged to become active in the Alumni Association and to notify Alumni Affairs of address changes, employment information, and other significant events, such as marriages, births and honors. Today, UNC Charlotte boasts more than 100,000 living alumni and adds 4,500 to 5,000 new alumni each year. The Alumni Association is a non-dues paying organization, and the only requirement for membership is to be an alumnus of the University.
For more information about the Alumni Association, please visit alumni.uncc.edu.
As North Carolina’s urban research university and the largest in the region, UNC Charlotte strives to address the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health and social needs of the greater Charlotte Region. The mission of Community Relations is to extend and strengthen the University’s presence in the region by building collaborative relationships between UNC Charlotte and key community constituencies and organizations.
Events and Special Projects
Events and Special Projects staff members plan, produce, and coordinate logistics of events hosted at the Chancellor’s residence along with a variety of strategic University events, including Commencement and welcome and recognition receptions.
Giving and Donor Relations
Though UNC Charlotte is a state-supported institution, the University depends on non-state resources for more than half of its operating needs. Philanthropy is critical to the margin of excellence needed for the University to fulfill its mission of education, research, and public service.
Giving and Donor Relations plans and implements the private fundraising and related efforts of the University and the Foundation of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Inc. Its functions include annual giving, gift planning, major gifts, corporate and foundation relations, gift processing, alumni/donor records, research, donor stewardship, prospect coordination and clearance, and campus-wide development services.
The Foundation of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Inc. is the 501(c)(3) public charity, incorporated in 1965 to benefit UNC Charlotte through asset management and fundraising. The Foundation advances UNC Charlotte as North Carolina’s urban research university through active engagement, advocacy, fundraising, and stewardship.
Government Relations fosters, supports, and expands the University’s relationships with the state, regional, and local governmental and non-governmental organizations that can strengthen the University in its ability to deliver educational and research programs in support of its mission.
University Communications crafts and distributes the messages that shape public perception of the University and the UNC Charlotte brand, position the institution as a local and regional thought leader, inform the campus community, and inspire alumni and friends. The team provides strategic marketing and communications counsel, planning, and support, as well as the creative direction and production of print, web, social media, graphic and broadcast communication solutions to all academic and administrative units on campus.
University Communications manages, produces, and publishes University content for internal and external audiences through several of its own media channels including:
- UNC Charlotte, the University’s quarterly print magazine
- Inside UNC Charlotte, the University’s internal news website at inside.uncc.edu. The monthly television segment that airs on WTVI-TV, the University’s Time Warner Cable channel in Charlotte, also bears this name.
- The Live Wire, a weekly live streaming webcast on inside.uncc.edu
- Official University Social Media including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and Blogger
University Communications also garners external media coverage by writing and pitching news, coordinating interviews with experts on campus, and maintaining relationships with local and regional media outlets.
Experts in this unit also script executive communications for the Chancellor and other University administrators and provide crisis communications planning and counsel.
In addition to the work of the central staff, University Communications collaborates with the University’s distributed communicators to ensure alignment of all internal and external communications.