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University of South Carolina

McNair Scholar Finalist: Salem Carriker of Huntersville is a McNair Scholar Finalist, being awarded an $11,000 annual scholarship and in-state tuition rates. Carriker, daughter of Phillip and Mary Carriker, is a graduate of North Mecklenburg High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society and Science Olympiad and was secretary of the Key Club. She played soccer and the viola, was involved in church and youth-group activities and volunteered at a local free clinic and at Discovery Place. Carriker plans to study anthropology and biology.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Shuttle stops: CMS will have shuttle stops for full magnet middle and high schools this year. Parents will be responsible for getting students to and from the shuttle stops at designated CMS schools. CMS will pick up and drop off students at the assigned shuttle stop. This change is expected to save CMS more than $3.5 million.

Advise: Parents should check the location of their child's bus stop before school starts. Suggestions for parents and children include:

Walk to and from your child's bus stop to become familiar with its location.

Ensure that your child arrives at his/her stop 10 to 15 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.

Tell children to cross the street in front of the school bus after the stop arm and hazard lights come on.

Remind children to tell the bus driver if something is dropped near the bus.

Remind children to tell a school administrator or police officer about any disruptive behavior or suspicious activity at stops.

Transportation questions: Transportation information, including bus-stop locations, pick-up and drop-off times and bus route-numbers, is being mailed to families. Parents with questions about transportation or a bus stop should call the school or the Transportation office at 980-343-6715.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

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.

Dedication: The RCCC classroom and Laboratory Building of the North Carolina Research Campus will be 10 a.m. Sept. 16 at 399 Biotechnology Lane, Kannapolis.

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.

Cannon School

Middle School Back-to-School Night: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 26.

Upper School Back-to-School Night: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 1.