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John Erickson, 2014 July 17

Identifier: OH-UA-ER0108

Scope and Contents

In this interview, John Erickson, the first dormitory student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, shares an anecdote of the then Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Bonnie Cone. He recalls her bringing him a plate of brownies his first night in his room, his mistaken assumption that she was custodial staff taking special care of new students, his surprise to realize her real identity during student orientation, and Dr. Cone’s recollection of the event some twenty years later when she met his wife--also a UNC Charlotte graduate. Mr. Erickson also explains what led him to return to UNC Charlotte for graduate school and comments on his graduate and undergraduate experience at the university.


  • Creation: 2014 July 17


Language of Materials

From the Collection:

The material is in English

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Biographical Note

John Erickson was a 62-year-old man at the time of interview, which took place at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He was born in Passaik, New Jersey in 1951 and received undergraduate and graduate degrees in English from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He was employed as a public school teacher with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, as a social worker for the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Work in North Carolina, as a college instructor at Rowan Cabarrus Community College in North Carolina, and as an instructor and Director of Persistence and Retention at Gaston College in Dallas, North Carolina.


11 Minutes

Repository Details

Part of the Oral Histories, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

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