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Pfeiffer University

New vice president: Dr. Alan Belcher has been named associate vice president for academic affairs; it is a new position. Belcher will assist the provost with operational oversight of the Graduate Studies division and will collaborate with program directors on curriculum, recruitment and enrollment of students and other academic concerns of the graduate studies area. He lives in Charlotte.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Teach How to Start a Business: The Small Business Center at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College will help entrepreneurs learn how to establish a new business by offering the course, "Starting a Business: From Concept to Launch." 6-8:30 p.m. Sept. 21-Nov. 16 at RCCC's Cabarrus Business & Technology Center, in Concord. The course fee is $65. For more information and to register, call 704-216-3512.

RCCC Night at the Intimidators Game: 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Intimidators Stadium. Sponsored by the SGA.

Microsoft offer

Special offer: The Microsoft Corp. is offering a Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 for $59.95 through Dec. 31 to eligible students. Visit to review eligibility requirements.

UNC Charlotte

Coveted Award: A research team of engineers from the U.S. Department of Energy's Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and UNC Charlotte has won a 2010 "R&D 100 Award" from R&D Magazine. The innovation award was for the development of a method that eliminates the formation of long, dangerous strips of metal in the process of machining ductile materials. The team included K. Scott Smith, Thomas S. Assaid, Justin T. McFarland and David A Tursky from UNC Charlotte, and former UNC Charlotte students Bethany Woody now at InsituTec and David Adams now at Moore Nanotechnology Systems.