Charlotte Updates

Giving Thanks & Giving Back

The Charlotte campus has contributed to several charities this holiday season. We honored the armed forces by participating in the Holiday Mail for Heroes card drive through the American Red Cross. We more than doubled our efforts from last year, sending 300 cards to be distributed to heroes at home and aboard! For Giving Tuesday the campus sponsored the Dress for Success, Apparel and Finishing Touches clothing drive. Over 150 pieces were donated as a result of our campus drop off location. The Charlotte campus has also partnered with our local YMCA to support their Y-Readers program. This program helps children who currently read below grade-level further develop their reading skills. We’ve asked guests to bring books appropriate for Pre-K to grade 3 readers to our holiday party to support this cause. It’s our way of paying it forward while giving it back.

College of Engineering Makes Connections in Charlotte

Last week was a busy, but productive week for the team at Northeastern University-Charlotte!  Dr. Tristan Johnson and Dr. Sara Wadia-Fascetti, from the College of Engineering, flew down from Boston and joined Dr. Cheryl Richards and Pasquale Quintero, Jr. on several business development meetings.  The meetings were with senior leaders from Intelligent Buildings, Marand Builders, UTC Aerospace Systems, CEM Corporation, Rodgers Builders, Time Warner Cable, Westinghouse Electric Company, Snyder’s Lance, and E4 Carolinas.

During the meetings, Dr. Wadia-Fascetti and Dr. Tristan Johnson spoke to the high quality research the College of Engineering is conducting as well as the innovative and rigorous graduate programs offered in Boston, Charlotte and Seattle.  Discussions around co-op were very impactful as many of the companies expressed interest in hiring Northeastern University undergraduate and graduate co-ops.

The week ended with Northeastern University-Charlotte sponsoring and exhibiting at the Charlotte Chamber’s Energy Summit.  The Energy Summit featured Christine Todd Whitman, former governor of the state of New Jersey and former EPA administrator under President George W. Bush.  Whitman currently co-chairs the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition.

Written by: Pasquale Quintero Jr.

History of Trade & Tryon

The Charlotte campus is located in the heart of the city at the corner of Trade and Tryon. These four corners and the surrounding area, referred to as “uptown” have been the city’s center since the 19th century. During the gold rush, prospectors walked through the square on their way to the U.S. Mint to collect their fortune. Originally the elevated hilltop were two Native American trading paths met, the four corners that make up Trade and Tryon now boast four different figures essential to Charlotte. The figures of: Commerce, Industry and Transportation represent elements of Charlotte’s past, which have contributed to its growth as major international hub. All three figures are looking toward the fourth statue, The Future.


  • Industry is characterized by a woman millworker, pays homage to Charlotte’s early textile factories.
  • Transportation is representative of the workers who built the first railroads in Charlotte. Personified by a man holding a sludge hammer.
  • Commerce is embodied by a prospector panning for gold, signifying the discovery of gold near Charlotte in 1799 and the current banking industries presence in the city.
  • Future serves as the focal point for the piece and features a woman holding a child.


Doctor of Law & Policy Residency Comes to Charlotte

Northeastern University-Charlotte hosted the October residency for the Doctor of Law & Policy (DLP)

Dan Urman, Director of the Doctorate in Law and Policy program.

Dan Urman, Director of the Doctorate in Law and Policy program.

program. The 4-day intensive began with a reception at the heart of our city – at Trade and Tryon -with students, faculty and Charlotte community leaders.  Classes included discussions with elected officials from across the Southeast, an interactive study of southern politics and the progression of Civil Rights in the South and a “Civil Rights Ride” to Charleston, SC. Throughout the journey, DLP students engaged with leaders, studied policies, and reviewed case law to better understand the evolution of the Civil Rights Movement.

Campus Serves as Academic Partner for the Excellence in Healthcare Awards

Northeastern University-Charlotte recently served as the Academic Partner for the Charlotte Business Journal’s annual Excellence in Healthcare Awards program. The Dr.EricKCharlotte staff leveraged broad university expertise by engaging students studying disciplines from Law to Pharmacy and Nursing to Public Health through our School of Law and Bouve College of Health Sciences in Boston. These student judges reviewed over 160 submissions for 10 award categories including Advancements in Healthcare, Innovations in Healthcare, Education in Healthcare, Nurse and Physician of the Year, Community Advocate and more. Additionally, the campus was able to place senior fellow, Dr. Eric Kupferberg of the Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs for Drugs, Biologics and Medical Devices on a panel with senior healthcare leaders including the COO and Executive VP for Solstas Lab Partners and President of Novant Health. The event highlighted discussion on the Affordable Care Act and honored both organizational and individual excellence in the region’s healthcare industry while providing a platform to promote Northeastern’s new degree programs and research expertise in this field.


Authored By: Dean & CEO, Dr. Cheryl Richards 












Charlotte Campus Launches New Social Media Challenge

Paws in the Welcome Center!

Paws in the Welcome Center!

Did you know that Northeastern University-Charlotte has a large virtual footprint? In addition to our website, we are currently on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest. Our social media platforms not only include thought-provoking discussions and relevant education articles, but also highlights event details and pictures, and provides program information and online demos. As we near our second anniversary next month, the campus has set a challenge to increase our virtual followers by 25% across all platforms. Help us reach our goal by clicking on one of the above links and connecting with us. Tell us what like, what you’d like to see, or just click and wish us an early Happy Birthday! All new subscribers will receive a virtual “thank you.” Stay connected with us so you don’t miss any Northeastern University-Charlotte news!

Classes & Football Kickoff in Charlotte

The Carolina Panthers and its fan base aren’t the only ones gearing up for the season! While the National Football League officially kicked off last Thursday and featured a full slate of games on Sunday—including the Seattle Seahawks’ visit to Bank of America Stadium—staff, faculty and students at Northeastern University–Charlotte are preparing for their own season—the start of classes for the Fall 2013 quarter.

panthersThe Charlotte campus has many classes offered online this quarter. In addition, two courses will be offered on-ground—one course in the Master of Education program; the other in the Master of Sports Leadership program. And although the sports leadership students won’t be studying the x’s and o’s like Panthers players, the two groups still have one thing in common—a commitment to education.

Through his Super Cam Club, Panthers starting quarterback Cam Newton is giving fans the opportunity to pledge a specific amount of money for each rushing and passing touchdown he records this season. The proceeds will support youth and education in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools system and area. Newton also has high hopes for success on the field as well, with a playoff run top of mind. Despite the Panthers home-opening loss to the Seahawks on Sunday, Newton and Panther’s fans are optimistic about what their 2013 campaign holds.

The team will head to Buffalo, N.Y., to take on the Bills this Sunday at 1 p.m.

Experiencing Life as a Husky

IMG_0065On Wednesday, August 28th current Northeastern University-Charlotte students and prospective students gathered on the campus for a special event, Experiencing Life as a Husky.  This first-time event gave prospective students considering furthering their education the opportunity to ask their most pressing educational questions to those who best understand their worries—our current students. Prospective students got to hear about class format, coursework load, teaching styles and more. Current students gave advice on how to further your education while balancing a demanding professional and personal life. Representing a variety of degree programs and diverse backgrounds, the group bonded over shared experiences while enjoying light refreshments. At the end of the night, one thing was clear amongst all attendees—making the decision to further your education, as a working professional is not a decision you will regret.

Experiencing Life as Husky will return to the Charlotte campus this October. For more information on this and other events please visit our events page on our website. To see pictures from this and other events visit us on facebook.

Charlotte Mayor Becomes Secretary of Transportation

Former Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, who was present at the Charlotte campus’ grand opening in October 2011, was nominated by President Obama as the 17th U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Foxx will oversee the nation’s transit, aviation, highway and rail networks and, upon being officially sworn in, vowed to make safety his top priority.

Mayor and President

Foxx is a Charlotte native who attended West Charlotte High School and Davidson College. He became the youngest mayor in Charlotte history upon winning his first mayoral race in 2009.

At the campus’ grand opening, Foxx commended the university’s commitment to help grow the local sectors of healthcare and technology. The city of Charlotte will be holding an interim election this September for the office of mayor.

Charlotte Campus Holds First Decision Day

On Saturday, August 10th the Charlotte campus held its first Decision Day! Aimed at prospective students stuck in the application process, Decision Day provided applicants with the opportunity of an on the spot admission decision. Incentives such as waived application fees and GRE requirements further motivated applicants to attend. The event was beneficial for all attendees. Prospective students with completed applications resulted in multiple newly admitted students slated to start as soon as fall term 2013. Those not as far along in the application process were able to start an application and receive admission tips under the guidance of Charlotte admission representatives.

Decision DayDue the success of this event the Charlotte campus plans to hold two more Decision Days in the fall. For more information in this and other events please visit out website.