Cato College of Education Alumni Corner

UNC Charlotte Cato College of Education
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Welcome to the Cato College of Education Alumni Corner with Dr. Misty Hathcock!

I would like to share some exciting announcements for alumni to stay informed about the work of our College.

Last July, I was named Director of the Cato College of Education Alumni Affairs. As a five-time alumna of the College, I am an enthusiastic advocate and the primary contact for my fellow alumni. You may reach me directly via email or phone 704-687-8827.

To assist in the coordination with communications with alumni, we launched a new website in the fall. The site provides information about the Council, how to get involved, connecting with the College, and supporting our mission.

Would you like to shape how the college connects with alumni? Participate in our short survey here. The first 100 participants will receive a gift from the college.

Calling all baseball fans! The Cato COED Alumni Affairs Office in partnership with the UNC Charlotte Alumni Association is hosting a home baseball game on March 12, 2019, at BB&T Stadium. UNC Charlotte will play NC State University at 7:05pm. A ticket package for $36 will include parking, early admission to the stadium for a pre-game tour, buffet, and t-shirt. Tickets may be purchased here.


Shelby Ledermann ‘18 (Elementary Education) was named UNC Charlotte Student Teacher of the Year. She is teaching 5th grade at Rea View Elementary in Union County Public Schools.

Alumni Donor Spotlight

We would like to extend our gratitude to alumna Gloria Moore Jones, ’70, ’87 M,  for her recent contribution to an endowed scholarship established in her honor in 2016 to help students pursue careers in the classroom.

Last December, Gloria made a generous gift to her endowed scholarship in Education by transferring her IRA's annual Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) to the UNC Charlotte Foundation.

RMDs are mandatory withdrawals that IRA holders must make each year beginning the year the account holder turns 70.5.  They are counted as taxable income to IRA account holders, which means account holders are required to pay income tax on the annual withdrawal amounts.

To avoid increased tax liability many IRA account holders, like Jones, elect to transfer all or a portion of their annual RMD to charitable organizations. This transfer is known as a qualified charitable distribution.

Gifts to UNC Charlotte via qualified charitable distributions can support scholarships, programs and many other charitable purposes.  For Jones, transferring her RMD to UNC Charlotte was both simple and financially advantageous.

“It was an easy decision. Instead of paying more in income tax, I’m pleased to invest those dollars in scholarship support for Education students,” she said.

For more information about supporting the Cato College of Education, contact James Grant, director of development, at