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Business Services

Business Services – as the name suggests – provides necessary products and services to the entire UNC Charlotte community (students, faculty and staff, their families and visitors). Examples include providing a properly stocked bookstore, printers and copiers in key locations and dining venues that meet nutritional needs and accommodate a wide range of tastes and schedules. Other services essential and expected on a modern university campus include orderly parking, reliable mail delivery, a multi-function ID Card system, convenient ATM stations and liberally distributed beverage and snack vending machines. UNC Charlotte Business Services consists of contractor managed “auxiliary services” such as Campus Dining Service and Meal Plans, Vending, Campus Bookstore, Reprographics and Trademarks and Licensing. Other areas of responsibility include the 49er ID card, Parking and Transportation Services, Appeals and Mail Services, all of which are university operated. Business Services is charged with the task of providing these goods and services and the personnel and expertise they require within a sound business environment. In so doing, Business Services supports the University’s educational mission and enhances campus life.When attending to the business of providing products and services for UNC Charlotte, cost-effectiveness is a requisite, highest available quality the expectation and excellent customer service is our duty.

Business Services Org Chart


Business Services Key Contacts

Name Position Phone Email
Associate Vice Chancellor for Business Services 704-687-5747
Executive Assistant 704-687-5747
  Director of Auxiliary Services    
Marketing Director 704-687-7335
Director of Parking & Transportation Services 704-687-3330
Mail Services Manager 704-687-3037
Business Systems Analyst 704-687-0150
Business Officer 704-687-7347
Reprographics and Vending Manager 704-687-7341
Food Service Manager 704-687-5377
Bookstore and Licensing Manager 704-687-7683


Business Services News


Construction photo of South Village Dining Hall

South Village dining hall is really coming along!

Much like a kitchen is "the heart of the home," this building will be the heart of the south end of campus. But it's not just for those living in residence halls nearby. Students and staff from all over campus will be attracted to the unique hospitality offered there.

SoVi Dining (lower level)

The old cafeteria model where food is cooked in a back-of-the-house kitchen and slapped onto plates in a line out front has no place in this modern facility! SoVi is designed with an "action station" model, much like Crown Commons, where almost all the cooking is on open display and prepared made-to-order. It will feature:

  • an Asian station with a Teppanyaki grill (Japanese-style iron griddle),
  • a Euro station with two Evo grills (round cook tops that offer a healthy cooking method and social interaction with the chef),
  • an Italian area that will serve pasta, pizza and other favorites from two gas-fired ovens,
  • a deli with hearth oven for toasted sandwiches and melts,
  • an extensive salad bar where proteins can be ordered custom made and sizzling hot to top your leafy greens, and
  • more choices than ever available for vegans, vegetarians and those with certain dietary restrictions (such as gluten sensitivity).

This kind of kitchen equipment provides a flexibility that Bill Bremer, Resident District Manager for Chartwells Dining Services says, “gives us a real opportunity to improve choices. We will go from seven to eight entrees per meal to 15-18. And just about everything can be customized to individual preference.”

SoVi will also have plentiful seating, and a seasonal dining terrace that will overlook Davis Lake. This area will be heated in winter; in spring and summer, window walls fold away for dining al fresco.

South Village Dining Hall upper level

The upper level will feature:

  • a take-out area where meal swipes can be used for carry-out dining
  • a bakery with visible operations and a confections counter
  • "The Den," a diner-style restaurant with late night service (a concept by Denny's)
  • comfortable student lounges
  • three-sided fireplaces
  • a multi-use meeting/class room with AV
  • a large, outdoor terrace
  • a few well-placed wide-screen televisions for small group viewing

Here are some more photos taken by campus photographer, Wade Bruton, to show you how South Village Dining Hall is taking shape:

Brick and stone being applied to South Village Dining Hall

Construction photo of bridge to South Village Dining Hall

More updates to come as we eagerly anticipate opening for Fall 2014.

Commencement Fair logo

May graduates, it's time again for Commencement Fair at Barnes & Noble at UNC Charlotte in the Student Union, Tuesday March 11 – Thursday March 13.  Hours are 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM.

  • Pick up your cap and gown
  • Get tickets for Commencement
  • Shop for announcements, class rings and diploma frames

The graduation fee paid to the Registrar covers the cost of your cap and gown and diploma. If you miss Commencement Fair, you can still get your cap and gown at the bookstore up until the day of the ceremony.

Cap and Gown and Ceremony information

New! Stole of Gratitude

The Stole of Gratitude is a much-loved tradition at many other institutions that's now available at UNC Charlotte. The stole is worn during commencement and after the ceremony, the graduate presents the stole to someone who provided extraordinary support — people like  parents, spouse, or mentors. Anyone who has given the wisdom, encouragement, or financial assistance needed to reach this important milestone would be deeply touched by this meaningful gesture.

More than one stole may be worn, symbolizing that there are multiple persons destined to receive this gift. Stoles are often personalized with pins or embroidery, words of appreciation, and autographs of relatives and friends celebrating graduation.
The Stole of Gratitude is a lasting symbol of love, appreciation, and academic accomplishment. Recipients will warmly cherish the thoughtful recognition conferred on this special day. The UNC Charlotte Stole of Gratitude sells for $24.98.

Photo of The Stole of Gratitude, decorated and personalized

Legend of the Stole of Gratitude

In pre-medieval Europe a monk, traveling the countryside on a missionary pilgrimage, found a starving young boy wandering through his burned-out village in a daze, orphaned after the village had been destroyed by a band of marauders. The only thing he carried was a piece of fabric from his mother’s clothes that had torn off in his hand as she was taken away by one of the invaders on horseback. Delivering him to his monastery, the monk set about teaching him to read and write. He schooled the boy in literature, history, and scientific thought, and trained him in the skills of debate and negotiation.

The boy learned much and grew eager to know more of the world. When he left the monastery he traveled to the royal city and became squire to a knight, who trained him in horsemanship, swordsmanship, and the subtleties of court society. After several years, and no longer a boy, the young man’s talents were brought to the notice of the King, who made him an advisor to the royal court.

Contemplating his life’s journey one day, he felt that he must acknowledge the support of his mentors. He took some of the fabric from his mother’s dress, which he had always carried with him, some of the wool from his monastic robes, and some of the silk tunic he now wore. With this he fashioned two cloth stoles, embroidered with the runic symbol of his village, the crest of the knight he had served, and the emblem of the royal court. He then presented these stoles to the monk and the knight, along with letters proclaiming his gratitude.

Eventually, he became a widely respected royal ambassador, but he never forgot the kindness and generosity which had enabled him to achieve his success. It became a tradition that spread throughout the country and beyond. The stole became a symbol of achievement for students in all faculties, with varying colors and emblems symbolizing different levels of study and institutions. Today, the stole of gratitude is worn by a graduating student during the commencement ceremony as a symbol of their academic achievement and presented with honor to those who provided aid and support in reaching their goal.