Honorary degree: Ruth Shaw, a former UNC Charlotte trustee, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree by the university at its commencement ceremony May 11. Shaw received the award for her support of education, corporate leadership and commitment to the community. Shaw served on the UNCC Board of Trustees from 1995 to 2010 and served as president of two community colleges, Central Piedmont in Charlotte and El Centro in Dallas.
Charlotte Venture Winner: The Bio-Adhesive Alliance of Greensboro was chosen out of 19 finalists for the Charlotte Venture Challenge, a business innovation competition organized by UNCC’s Research Institute and Ventureprise. The company came from N.C. A&T State University and developed technology to produce liquid asphalt from pig manure. The company won a $25,000 grand prize and was honored at a ceremony at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Community Meeting: The NorthEast Coalition of Neighborhoods will host a meeting at 2 p.m. May 19 at the University City Regional Library, 301 East W.T Harris Blvd. The event will feature City Manager Ron Carlee; Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon; City Council members David Howard, Beth Pickering, Claire Fallon and Michael Barnes; County Board of Commissioners Chair Pat Cotham; and Commissioner Trevor Fuller. The speakers will discuss the Charlotte-Douglas airport expansion, city budget, Panthers stadium upgrades, transportation needs and local updates. There will be refreshments served and time for questions from the audience.
Public forum: A free public discussion with Charlotte’s current and past mayors on the future of the city will be at 7 p.m. May 21 at CPCC’s Dale F. Halton Theater, 1206 Elizabeth Ave. The event will feature Mayor Anthony Foxx, former mayor and current N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory, and former mayors Richard Vinroot, Sue Myrick, Harvey Gantt and Eddie Knox. The event will be moderated by TV journalist Steve Crump. There will be a question-and-answer period. There will be a dessert, wine and coffee reception afterward.