University City

Briefly, Dec. 22

University City

Twelfth Night: The Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive, will celebrate Twelfth Night, a festival marking the coming of the Epiphany, 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 4. The celebration is the final day of the Twelve Days of Christmas and was observed by the Scotch-Irish as a time of merrymaking. The community is invited to toast the fruit trees, toss greenery into the fire for good luck and sing carols around the fires, as well as enjoying cider and Twelfth Night cake in the log kitchen. The king and queen of Twelfth Night will also be chosen. Costumed re-enactors will celebrate the age-old tradition. Punch & Judy will roam the grounds, and a strolling violinist will play tunes well-known in the 18th century. The cost is $10 public admission; $8 for museum members; $20 family rate; $5 for ages 6-12; and free for children younger than 6. Advance registration is required. Email


Students donate to Crittenton: Students in UNC Charlotte’s Department of Social Work are donating $4,000 to Florence Crittenton Services Inc. in the fifth annual Students4Giving program. The gift, presented Dec. 20, will go toward the agency’s Legacy Hall program. Students4Giving is a mutually beneficial project for Florence Crittenton Services and for graduate social work education. The hands-on gift-giving class takes students through each step of the fundraising process, from developing a request for proposals through the final distribution of money to a Charlotte nonprofit organization. The fall 2013 focus of Students4Giving was the safety, well-being, mental health and development of at-risk youths.

Legacy Hall is an independent-living program for at-risk, non-pregnant females ages 16-21 who are in the legal custody of the Department of Social Services. Legacy Hall provides a safe and stable place to live with 24-hour residential care. Its services focus on building on individual strengths, prevention of risky behaviors, vocational preparation and development of life skills to move toward independent living and self-sufficiency before aging out of foster care.

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Creeks project awarded grant: The UNCC Urban Institute’s online publication has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Arts & Science Council for its City of Creeks project, according to a news release from the Urban Institute. Envisioned as a way to combine history, environmental science and community engagement – all focused on Charlotte’s distinctive landscape of urban streams –“City of Creeks” will be published online at and shown in various exhibits around the city, including at UNCC Center City, in partnership with the UNCC College of Arts + Architecture. The Cultural Project Grant from the Arts & Science Council will bolster a $12,000 grant received earlier this year from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

University reaccredited: The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges has officially reaffirmed UNCC’s accreditation. As an association member, the university must complete the reaffirmation of accreditation process every 10 years. Earlier this year, a SACS accreditation team conducted an on-site visit and met with university leaders. The team also reviewed the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan, “Prospect for Success,” and called the work “incredible.” The QEP is a comprehensive plan to infuse freshman curricula with tactics aimed at enhancing students’ engagement in the UNCC experience from their first days on campus in order to improve learning and graduation.