University City


University City

Shaping the future: Residents can help shape University City’s light-rail-powered future and get a construction update on the Lynx Blue Line Extension project at a Dec. 9 meeting.

City staffers will present their latest recommendations for the University City Area Plan Update and seek feedback and comments. The update includes Transit Station Area Plans for the University City Boulevard, McCullough and J.W. Clay Boulevard/UNC Charlotte light-rail stations and nearby areas along North Tryon Street. The meeting will focus on updated land-use, design, mobility and open-space policies within the University City Area Plan boundaries. The meeting is 6-8 p.m. at the Oasis Shrine Temple, 604 Doug Mayes Place, off J.W. Clay Boulevard. Details: 704-336-2205, or For information about the LYNX Blue Line Extension: 704-336-7433, or

UNC Charlotte

Helping teacher in Oman: Associate professor Spencer Salas will spend most of December in Oman to continue professional development efforts with that country’s kindergarten-through-12th-grade teachers.

For three weeks, Salas, a faculty member in the College of Education’s Department of Middle, Secondary and K-12 Education, will travel to nine of Oman’s governorates to engage some 600 Omani public-school teachers of English in hands-on applications with whole-language literacy instruction. Salas’ visit is part of a sustained partnership started in December 2011 and is sponsored by the Omani Ministry of Education and the U.S. State Department.


Matching grant: After more than 15 years of discussion about street-sign toppers and entrance signs for the neighborhood, Ravenwood has received a $6,833 matching grant from the city of Charlotte, according to the neighborhood newsletter.

The neighborhood must match the cash award within a year by contributing hours in neighborhood service projects. Each hour contributed is worth $22 toward the grant match. Businesses and individuals can make in-kind contributions.

The neighborhood now needs project-leader volunteers.