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April is Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month and on April 2, Autism Speaks celebrates "Light It Up Blue" in commemoration of World Autism Awareness Day.

The UNC Charlotte campus will have blue lights on Dickson Gate as part of this event as a global community raises awareness of autism and celebrates individuals with autism for their unique talents and gifts. Thousands of iconic landmarks, communities, businesses and homes across the globe will unite by shining bright blue lights in honor of the millions of individuals around the world with autism.

More information on the event is available online.

Student Union to Display Study Abroad Photography

Students who participate in study abroad trips through the University could submit their photographs from overseas for the annual "Study Abroad Photo Exhibit." Winners and honorable mentions in this competition will be displayed Sunday, May 1, through Saturday, May 14, in the Student Union Art Gallery.

Photographs submitted by students will be judged in these categories: defining moment, landscape, portrait and self-portrait. The exhibit also will include entries in a non-judged category, traveling 49ers.

"We hope that those who visit the exhibit will have a better understanding of the world that our UNC Charlotte students are exposed to and the impact that the experience has had on the students personally, academically and professionally," said Beth Lorenz, assistant director of international programs. "Through the visual stories of these students, we hope both the community and other UNC Charlotte students appreciate the impact of study abroad and for students to consider this adventure as well."