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Pam Wideman

Building Neighborhoods to Create Opportunity

As a little girl, Pam Wideman ’06 MPA spent hours assembling jigsaw puzzles. She loved watching the full picture emerge from all the little pieces. Now, as director of Housing and Neighborhood Services for the city of Charlotte, Wideman is tackling her most challenging puzzle yet: Charlotte’s affordable housing crisis. “I like solving problems, and I look at affordable...

Andy Lucas

Lessons from Rural North Carolina

“A county manager is like the CEO of a large corporation that offers a variety of programs, services and products,” said Andy Lucas ’96, ’00 MPA. “We’re in the business of economic development, transportation, water and sewage, health and human services, and more—all affecting quality of life for citizens.” For the past decade, Lucas has served predominantly rural Stanly County, located 35 miles...

Erika Ruane

Sustaining the Queen City

Slipping soundlessly through the streets of uptown Charlotte is a white Chevrolet Volt, so quiet you have to strain to hear the low hum of the motor. True to electric car form, it is barely detectable. The Volt is one of the 16-car electric vehicle (EV) fleet owned by the city, which is supported by more than 20 charging stations across town. It’s an initiative close to the heart of Erika Ruane...

Chris Long '06 at Chip Ganassi Racing

The Science of NASCAR

Growing up, Chris Long ’06 never gave a lot of thought to the inner workings of race cars while watching his father, an amateur road racer, race tracks along the east coast. But now, Long, who earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from UNC Charlotte and has worked for 12 years in motorsports, says engineering has taught him how to be a better problem solver. An engineer...

Chancellor Dubois announces gift from the Schul family.

Urban Institute Receives First Endowed Gift for Forum Series

Professor Emeritus Dr. Norm Schul and his wife, Marianne ‘73, recently made a major gift to the Urban Institute to establish the Marianne & Norman W. Schul Urban Institute Forum Series. The announcement of the Institute’s first endowed gift was made by Chancellor Philip L. Dubois on November 13 at Center City where nationally-recognized writers James & Deborah Fallows discussed their new...