Alumni Spotlight: Melissa McGrath, Class of 2016
During her time at UNC Charlotte, Melissa McGrath was actively involved on campus and throughout the Charlotte community. Melissa is particularly passionate about her work with Habitat for Humanity where she served at a record number of builds during her time at UNC Charlotte. She received the high honor of being invited to serve as the Bell Ringer at December commencement. The Bell Ringer performs the longstanding tradition of ringing the UNC Charlotte "victory bell," which was gifted to Ms. Bonnie Cone in 1961 when Charlotte College moved from its old site at Central High School to the current UNC Charlotte location. The qualifications of the Bell Ringer encompasses an outstanding student leader who has demonstrated exemplary 49er spirit within organizations, volunteerism, and/or service to others. Melissa is preparing to begin her career as a pediatric critical care nurse at Duke University Medical Center.
Student Spotlight: Charley Fite
Charley Fite, a junior meteorology major in UHP, spent the summer of 2016 in Raleigh as a Forecast Meteorologist Intern at the North Carolina Division of Air Quality through the NC Government's 'State of North Carolina Internship Program.' Charley’s day to day tasks involved looking at meteorological models and data to analyze how weather influences air quality in NC. After gathering this information, Charley helped to write forecasts which informed the public of the air quality in their region, specifically the tropospheric ozone and particle pollution concentrations. These forecasts were made available to the public via the morning and afternoon forecast discussions, the NCDAQ website, social media, and telephonic system.
Through his internship, Charley confirmed his passion for not only weather, but for environmental health and awareness as well. Every morning, he was able to see air pollution values quickly increase during rush hour while people drove around in cars and while power plants and factories continued to pump out pollution. Charley ultimately hopes to find a job that either fights environmental issues or helps people become more aware of them. After working in this position, he is more confident than ever in his academic and professional path. Looking forward to this summer, Charley will be traveling to California to intern with the NASA Student Airborne Research Program.
Student Highlight: Latrice Johnson
Latrice Johnson is a junior UHP student majoring in Psychology, with aspirations to go to medical school. As a freshman, Latrice knew she wanted to get involved on campus in a way that would be meaningful to other students. She was drawn to the opportunity of becoming a resident advisor, or “RA”. RAs serve as peer leaders within residence halls on campus by creating personal relationships with students, supervising them throughout the year, and planning programs to encourage community. After completing the application process, Latrice was hired and placed in Witherspoon Hall where she was able to serve as an RA to Honors students. This would include not only students in UHP, but students in any Honors program or Merit Scholars Program.
Latrice especially loved serving the Honors population. As their resident advisor, she was able to witness freshman blossom into strong, independent students throughout their first year. She enjoyed helping them get more involved in the Honors community and in other organizations on campus. Latrice credits her RA position in her development of many important skills, such as: how to be flexible, how to lean on others for help, and when to prioritize leadership over friendship. To those interested in becoming an RA, Latrice advises you to be yourself and give it your all throughout the application process. It is an incredible opportunity to encourage other students as a leader and mentor.