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College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

At the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, our disciplines are as diverse as our students. Our many departments, applied research centers and interdisciplinary programs unite behind the shared goal of educating critical and imaginative thinkers through inquiry and engagement. We encourage students to dream big, to challenge themselves, to take risks, to be successful. We cultivate leadership, self-confidence, persistence and responsiveness in a world increasingly characterized by diversity and change. We engage the community broadly, through intellectual offerings that draw from the talents of our faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends.

Up for the Challenge? 

Make a bigger impact by taking advantage of the following challenges!

  • Esteemed alumna Karen Popp '80 is calling on fellow CLAS alumni and friends to support scholarships within the college. For each dollar given to a CLAS scholarship, Karen will contribute a dollar to the Dr. Dennis Dorin Legacy Fund up to $10,000.
  • Professor Emeritus Dr. Bill Brandon is offering a $2,000 challenge grant to launch the "20 for 20" campaign designed to raise $20,000 in celebration of the Public Policy Doctoral Program's 20th anniversary.
  • Did you graduate in the last decade?! If so, alumni couple Gene '73 and Vickie '71, '82 Johnson are challenging all colleges to reach 49 young alumni donors during #NinerNationGives. Each college that succeeds will unlock a $4,900 reward. The college that hits the goal first will also win a bonus $4,900! Give now to shape what's next for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. 

Shape What's Next

College of Liberal Arts & Science Fund

 The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences challenges students to create a different space – one in which they interact with each other and with the world around them in new and exciting ways. Students are challenged to think more broadly, more deeply and more independently than ever before. They gain the confidence to take risks and they learn to act compassionately by working alongside their professors and fellow students in the classroom, in laboratories and in the broader community. By investing in this college, you are touching the lives of virtually all students at the university and transforming the region and state through well-prepared future citizen-leaders – our students. With your investment, you leverage discovery for the public benefit through programs of research, creative activities and graduate education that span the disciplines.


Shawn Long Legacy Fund

The late Dr. Shawn Long was a faculty member, department chair, and senior associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. This fund, established by several of his colleagues and friends at UNC Charlotte, honors Dr. Long’s memory by supporting two of the undergraduate and the graduate programs he founded and stewarded during his time at UNC Charlotte. These include the Organizational Science Summer Institute, which focuses on expanding diversity among students in the field, and the Multicultural Doctoral Summer Teaching Fellowship Program, which provides professional training workshops and teaching experience for doctoral candidates from the humanities, social sciences and sciences. Both programs recruit students from across the nation in an effort to support their scholarly success when they return to their home institution.

Dr. Dennis D. Dorin Legacy Fund

Professor Emeritus Dr. Dennis D. Dorin is one of those special professors who helped change the lives of his students. Through his teachings in political science, Dr. Dorin exposed them to new ideas about government and law. He also worked with the Pre-Law Society and often led trips to Washington, D.C., where his students met many of the U.S. Supreme Court justices. He was a friend and mentor to many who wish to honor his legacy with this fund. The goal is to raise $1 million to support an endowed professorship in Dr. Dorin’s name. This will ensure that transformational professors like Dr. Dorin will continue to make a difference in the lives of future UNC Charlotte students.

20 for 20 Campaign (Public Policy): Dr. Bill Brandon is offering a $2,000 challenge grant to launch the "20 for 20" campaign designed to raise $20,000 in celebration of the Public Policy Doctoral Program's 20th anniversary. PPOL just hosted the Fourth Annual Talking Policy in the Queen City event, which marked the 20th anniversary of the program. We are using this momentum to secure support during #NinerNationGives.


Thomas "Malik" Tillman Scholarship in Africana Studies

The Department of Africana Studies (AFRS) is establishing the Thomas "Malik" Tillman Scholarship in Africana Studies in honor of Malik, who passed away suddenly in March 2017. Malik was a beloved friend and colleague of the department; he believed strongly in expanding education opportunities for Black students in the community and in the region. This endowed scholarship was created to continue his work and to honor his memory. The scholarship will be open to students who exhibit both academic excellence and a spirit of community service, with two of the requirements being the completion of a community-based project and a demonstrated interest in pursuing community advocacy and social justice. We hope to make the first award during the 2023 academic year.

Last Gift of #NNG Challenge
Shoutout to Zoe Weatherington for making the LAST GIFT of #NinerNationGives! Zoe's gift in honor of her mother, Charlotte 49ers Volleyball Coach Karen Weatherington, has unlocked a bonus $250 for volleyball. Thank you Zoe!
UNLOCKED: Wear Green Wednesday Social Media Challenge
What an incredible "Wear Green Wednesday," Niner Nation. Thank you to everyone that shared their UNC Charlotte pride today, and thank you to Jimmy Touchstone '93 for your inspirational school spirit! 49 pics have unlocked Jimmy's $490 reward.
First Time Donor Challenge
Thank you for supporting #NinerNationGives for the first time! An anonymous alumna of CLAS has unlocked the $250 prize for the college. Go Niners!
*NEW* Support Scholarships Challenge
You did it AGAIN! 75 more gifts in support of UNC Charlotte scholarships have unlocked Susan Jamison's $4,900 reward. We are blown away by your generosity, Niners. You have helped shape what's next for the University's 75th anniversary!
627 / 627 Gifts
49er Faculty & Staff Giving Challenge
THANK YOU, Faculty & Staff! Your support and dedication to Niner Nation is greatly appreciated, and truly shapes what's next for UNC Charlotte every single day. 500 faculty and staff have supported #NinerNationGives, unlocking Keith and Diane Wassum's generous $50,000 reward for scholarships. Go Niners!
500 / 500 Donors
$1,949 for 1,949 Alumni!
The Alumni Association is so thankful for the dedicated support of our alumni at UNC Charlotte. They have awarded #NinerNationGives with the full $1,949 reward in response to your generosity, alumni! Thank you!
Early Bird Challenge
Thank you for kicking off day 2 of #NinerNationGives, early risers! The Bank of America UNC Charlotte Alumni Scholarship received the most gifts this morning, unlocking a bonus $250 for the fund.
*TIMED EVENT* Baker Bonus Bucks
Congratulations to the Black Alumni Chapter Scholarship! This fund received the most support from 4p.m. to 8p.m., unlocking the Bakers' $250 bonus bucks!
1,946th Gift
Sending a big #NinerNationGives shout out to current UNC Charlotte senior Hope Robinson '22! She has unlocked a bonus $500 for Formula SAE IC. Thank you, Hope!
UNLOCKED: Young Alumni Battle of the Colleges - CLAS
You did it, CLAS! 49 young alumni of Liberal Arts & Sciences have given back for #NinerNationGives, unlocking Gene and Vickie's generous $4,900 reward for the college. Thank you!
WRDS Match Challenge
Thank you for doubling your impact to WRDS, Niners! Dr. Mark Hall has generously contributed his full $1,000 match to the fund.
UPDATE: CLAS Giving Challenge
BIG thank you to alumni and friends of CLAS that made a gift during #NinerNationGives. Seamus Donaldson '97 has generously contributed $1,000 for the college.
RACE TO 49: Young Alumni Challenge
CONGRATULATIONS, CLAS! The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences was the first to reach 49 young alumni donors, unlocking an additional $4,900 prize from Gene '73 and Vickie '71, '82 Johnson. Thank you all so much for supporting #NinerNationGives!
75th Anniversary Chancellor Challenge
Thank you for celebrating UNC Charlotte's 75th Anniversary, Niner Nation! By supporting scholarships during #NinerNationGives, you have helped shape what's next for our University. 75 alumni have unlocked Chancellor Gaber's $4,900 reward for needed scholarships.
75 / 75 Donors
149 Minute Scholarship Challenge!
YOU DID IT! 49 gifts in support of scholarships at UNC Charlotte in just 149 minutes have unlocked Joanna Gammon's $249 reward. Thank you Niners!
49 / 49 Gifts
Battle of the Units!
Charlotte 49ers Athletics is the winner of this year's $NinerNationGives Battle of the Units! Thank you to all areas of our great University for participating.
Rank Department Gifts
1 Charlotte 49ers Athletics 1,022
2 Student Affairs 458
3 William States Lee College of Engineering 434
4 Belk College of Business 241
5 College of Arts + Architecture 214
Niner Students 2:1 Match Challenge
THANK YOU STUDENTS! Your gifts have been matched 2:1 by Gene and Vickie Johnson. We are blown away by your support of #NinerNationGives.
$14,074 MATCHED
Battle of the Graduating Classes
Shout out to the class of 1992 for securing the most gifts during #NinerNationGives! You have ranked #1 for this year's Battle of the Graduating Classes. Thank you!
Graduation year
Rank Answer Gifts
1 1992 53
2 2020 47
3 2019 44
4 2018 44
5 2010 43
6 2015 43
7 2017 43
8 1993 40
9 2023 39
10 2012 39
11 2014 37
12 2021 35
13 2022 35
14 2007 35
15 2008 34
Farthest Niner Challenge
BIG thank you to Geography alum Daidai Shen '20! Your gift all the way from Shanghai, China has unlocked a bonus $250 for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences! #NinerNationGives is shaping what's next at UNC Charlotte all across the globe.
UNLOCKED: Turn the Map GREEN Challenge
WE DID IT! Niners across the USA have turned the map GREEN for #NinerNationGives, unlocking our challenger's bonus $500 prize! Thank you!
Greek Chapter Giving Leaderboard
You did it! Kappa Delta has topped this year's Greek leaderboard. THANK YOU to our entire Greek community for supporting #NinerNationGives.
Greek Organization
Rank Answer Gifts
1 Kappa Delta 109
2 Delta Sigma Phi 74
3 Pi Kappa Phi 62
4 Zeta Beta Tau 53
5 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority 25
6 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority 25
7 Lambda Chi Alpha 15
8 Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority 15
9 Lambda Theta Phi 11
10 Alpha Delta Pi 10
11 Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity 8
12 Phi Delta Theta 8
13 Alpha Chi Omega 7
14 Sigma Kappa 7
15 Delta Zeta 7
"20 for 20" Public Policy Challenge
Public Policy appreciates your support, Niner Nation! Bill Brandon's generous $2,000 contribution has been made to the program. Happy 20th Anniversary to the Public Policy Doctoral Program!
CLAS Match Challenge
CLAS alumni and friends have doubled their impact during #NinerNationGives with Karen Popp's generous $10,000 match! Thank you all for shaping what's next for Liberal Arts & Sciences!
$10,000 MATCHED
Kevin Bailey Student Challenge
THANK YOU STUDENTS! 1,049 student gifts during #NinerNationGives have unlocked Kevin Bailey's $1,049 reward. Go Niners!
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