Election to academy: Robert Wilhelm, vice chancellor of research and economic development and professor of mechanical engineering and engineering science, is the latest UNC Charlotte researcher to be named a fellow of the International Academy for Production Engineering, which is also known by its French acronym, CIRP. Election is a very exclusive honor, according to a news release from the university. The total number of fellows worldwide is limited to 175. The United States has 15, and five are faculty members at UNCC. All are in the mechanical engineering and engineering science department: Matt Davies, Chris Evans, Bob Hocken and Scott Smith. According to Smith, the concentration of CIRP fellows at UNCC is the largest at any university in the world.
Accreditation: CARF International Nevins Inc., an organization serving developmentally disabled adults in the Charlotte area, has been accredited for three years for its community employment services in job development and employment supports, and for its community integration programs. Nevins was cited for providing meaningful, supported employment with high employer satisfaction; offering various social and community activities; retaining a committed and collaborative staff; and using diverse fundraising sources to keep programs and facilities updated. Nevins Inc. was founded in 1959 to improve the quality of life of developmentally disabled children as they grew into adulthood. www.NevinsInc.org.
Blood drives: The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas plans the following blood drives in the University City area:
• Oct. 2: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Countryside Montessori Middle School, 4125 Johnston Oehler Road.
• Oct. 9: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., BECO South LLC, 8335 IBM Drive, Innovation Park.
• Oct. 10: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Charlotte 49ers Athletics, 9201 University City Blvd. Free T-shirt.
Donors must weight at least 120 pounds. For an appointment call 704-972-4700 or go to www.carolinadonor.org.
MLK Medallion award: The deadline is Oct. 25 to nominate Charlotte-Mecklenburg residents for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Medallion” Award, presented by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations. Nominees will be judged on their involvement in promoting the ideals of racial equality and social justice as espoused by Dr. King. The winner will be honored at the 21st annual MLK Prayer Breakfast on Jan. 20. Make nominations by submitting the online form at crc.charmeck.org, or call Terry Bradley at 704-336-5271 for more options.