Backpack campaign: Two weeks are left to contribute to the school-supplies campaign conducted by the nonprofit Our Foundation for Children Inc.
The organization’s back-to-school event will be noon-3 p.m. Aug. 23 at 5630 Phillips St. in Charlotte. The goal is to collect 1,500 backpacks full of school supplies to hand out to at-risk and needy children.
Donations are tax-deductible. Donate through the foundation’s website – www.ourfoundationforchildren.org – or buy backpacks or some of the following items: pens, No. 2 pencils, black-and-white non-spiral-bound composition books, colored pencils, flash drives, dry-erase markers, Crayola markers, 1-inch and 3-inch three-ring binders, Post-It notes, glue sticks, crayons, wide-ruled notebook filler paper, graph paper, highlighters, two-pocket folders, rulers and spiral notebooks. The greatest need is for backpacks.
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The foundation also is working to pack ready kits for abused women and seniors adults. It already has the kits; needed to pack them are Band-Aids or other adhesive bandages, alcohol pads, small flash lights, a bottle of water, granola bar, and a pair of socks (adult size).
Fishing tournament win: UNC Charlotte students Andrew Helms and Jake Whitaker recently teamed to win the 2014 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship at Chatuge Reservoir in Georgia. Helms, a junior marketing major from Monroe, and Whitaker, a senior civil engineering major from Fairview, caught 15 fish during the three-day team event. Their total catch weight of 38 pounds, 9 ounces topped the second-place finishers by 8 ounces.
Whitaker said winning the championship would help the UNC Charlotte Bass Fishing Club, known as the Bass Rats, as well as the entire sport club program on campus.
Facilities award: The nation’s top educational facilities organization, APPA, recently presented its 2014 Award for Excellence in Facilities Management to UNC Charlotte at its meeting in San Diego, Calif.
Phil Jones, UNCC associate vice chancellor for facilities management, accepted the honor on behalf of the university. The award is designed to recognize and advance excellence in the field of educational facilities. Jones said supporting the university’s rapid growth was a factor in being selected for the award.
UNC Charlotte is the fourth UNC system campus to win the award since 1991, joining East Carolina (1999), Fayetteville State (1991) and N.C. State (2007).
New library hours: Starting Sept. 2, all libraries throughout the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library system will be open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Regional libraries will be open 1-5 p.m. Sundays during the school year.