April 30, 2021, was again a Day of Remembrance for UNC Charlotte with no classes held that day. In their place, virtual and in-person activities commemorated the two-year anniversary of the campus shooting that took the lives of two students, injured four classmates and impacted all of Niner Nation.  

The events honored the lives and bravery of Reed Parlier and Riley Howell, the strength of the survivors and the resilience of our community.

 

Day of Remembrance Schedule of Events

Restorative Yoga and Mindfulness

8 a.m - 9 a.m. – Join UREC & CAPS for virtual sessions of guided meditation and restorative yoga to assist the body in releasing stress and tension.

Niner Community Remembrance Art Mural Activity

9 a.m. - 3 p.m., outside UREC/Popp Martin Student Union (CAPS) – CAPS invites you to participate in the Niner Community Remembrance Art Mural. Grab a canvas located outside between UREC and the Student Union and use the art of painting to heal and restore. All supplies are provided and participants will have the opportunity to contribute their piece of art to the greater Niner community mural.

4.9 Remembrance Day Challenge

9 a.m. - 6 p.m. – University Recreation challenges all Niners to complete a 4.9 mile challenge on your own in honor of Remembrance Day 2021. Whether you choose to walk, run, bike, etc., we encourage you to get active and reflect on what it means to be a part of the Niner community.

April 30 Message Boards

9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Kennedy Building – Share your thoughts and reflections with the Niner community. Tables and posting boards will be set up outside Kennedy Building with notecards and pens to write your personalized message. Notes will be collected by University Archives and added to the April 30 collection. You can also share your Message of Reflection online for the Niner Nation Remembers website.

Let's Talk Virtual Session

9 a.m. - 11 a.m. – Let’s Talk will be offering brief, confidential consultations with a CAPS team member for students who would like support on the 4/30 anniversary.  *NOTE: This is not therapy and not designed for students needing urgent help.

Where We Are Two Years Later/Employee Virtual Discussion

10 a.m. - 11 a.m. – Join two Employee Assistance Program representatives for a one-hour program including a presentation and discussion of where we are two years later.

 

Lunchtime Healing Arts Virtual Session

12 p.m. - 1 p.m. – Art and creativity can be a tool for healing and this community can be a space for support. Join CAPS for a virtual arts session to focus on creatively expressing yourself with whatever materials you have at your disposal.

Restorative Yoga and Mindfulness

1 p.m. - 2 p.m. – Join UREC & CAPS for virtual sessions of guided meditation and restorative yoga to assist the body in releasing stress and tension.

Let's Talk Virtual Session

2 p.m. - 4 p.m. – Let’s Talk will be offering brief, confidential consultations with a CAPS team member for students who would like support on the 4/30 anniversary.  *NOTE: This is not therapy and not designed for students needing urgent help.

Employee Virtual Discussion

2 p.m. - 3 p.m. – Join an Employee Assistance Program counselor for one-hour, open facilitated discussion to share, listen and reflect on the events of April 30, 2019, and where we are two years later.

Restorative Yoga and Mindfulness

4 p.m. - 5 p.m. – Join UREC & CAPS for virtual sessions of guided meditation and restorative yoga to assist the body in releasing stress and tension.

University Virtual Remembrance Program

5:15 p.m. - 5:40 p.m. – available online and Jerry Richardson Stadium (weather permitting)

The University Virtual Remembrance Program will stream beginning at 5:15 p.m. It will air via the University’s livestream website and Facebook

The program will include remarks from Chancellor Sharon L. Gaber, Chancellor Emeritus Philip L. Dubois, Student Body President Talieah Sampson (2020-2021), Student Body President Chandler Crean (2019-2020), faculty representative Dr. Julia Robinson Moore, and student vocal performances by Voices of Eden and UNCC Charlotteans. Additionally, Brook Muller, dean of the College of Arts + Architecture and chair of the Memorial Jury,  will share the final design for the permanent April 30 memorial. 

Weather permitting, the virtual ceremony will also be broadcast at Jerry Richardson Stadium, providing a community gathering space to view the virtual program together. The event is open to all students and employees; however, the outdoor venue will adhere to physical distancing practices as well as capacity limits allowed by the state, which currently allow up to 2,200 guests. 

All members of Niner Nation are encouraged to participate in a "Green Out" by wearing green all day Friday.

 

In Remembrance