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UTOP Participants 2018

The UTOP Experience

For 32 years the University Transition Opportunities Program, affectionately referred to as UTOP, has been fulfilling UNC Charlotte’s mission to significantly increase minority retention and graduation rates, while supporting students from all backgrounds, both academically and culturally. This year’s class had a record number of 92 students. By involving incoming freshman in a rigorous six-week...

Pride of Niner Nation Marching Band at Omaha Beach in Normandy, France.

Watch 3 P.M. Webcast about Pride of Niner Nation in Normandy

From planting American flags at Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, to performing ‘Amazing Grace’ at the Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial, members of the Pride of Niner Nation are representing UNC Charlotte and the United States at the 74th commemoration of D-Day. Watch a webcast streaming today, starting at 3 p.m., that chronicles the Pride of Niner Nation Marching Band’s extraordinary...

UNC Charlotte Marching Band in front of Johnson Band Center

Pride of Niner Nation Heads to Normandy

On May 31, 137 members of the Pride of Niner Nation Marching Band — the largest group of UNC Charlotte students to travel together abroad — departed from campus to begin a journey to Normandy, France, where they will be the first university band from North Carolina to represent the United States at an annual commemoration of the D-Day invasion. “These students come from across our colleges, all...

Jeanette Sims holds photo of her father, J. Brya Sims Jr.

First Endowed Gold Rush Grant Honors World War II Veteran

Jeanette Sims, senior director of Community Relations and University Events at UNC Charlotte, recently honored her father, the late J. Bryan Sims, by endowing a Gold Rush Grant in his name. The J. Bryan Sims Jr. Memorial Gold Rush Grant Endowment will provide one-time micro-grants to students who meet the following eligibility requirements: earned credit hours equal to senior status, GPA of...

Pride of Niner Nation Marching Band at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte

Pride of Niner nation Heading to Normandy, Follow the Journey via Live Stream

On Thursday, May 31, the Pride of Niner Nation Marching Band embarks upon a trip that bridges the present with the past. They will travel to Normandy, France, to perform at the 74th annual commemoration of the D-Day invasion that liberated Europe. In doing so, the band pays homage to their ancestors, members of “The Greatest Generation.” This opportunity is a tremendous honor for the marching...