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MSW Student Receives State Award

Aayla Alexander, a graduate student in social work, is the 2016 recipient of the Presidents’ Award from the National Association of Social Workers North Carolina chapter (NASW-NC).

According to the association, Alexander was selected for exhibiting a "dedication to the social work profession through her academic excellence, community involvement and professional experience," and the award honors her "exceptional leadership skills and professional potential."

As founder and president of the UNC Charlotte chapter of Advocates for Change (a student-led organization), Alexander collaborates with MSW students and various other campus and community groups to “enhance the quality of life for oppressed and vulnerable populations through advocacy, human services delivery and research.” Her recent work with Advocates for Change has focused on raising awareness and understanding for the transgender community.

Annual Valentine's Orchid Sale Scheduled

The University Botanical Gardens’ annual Valentine’s Orchid Sale will be 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 11 - 13, at the McMillan Greenhouse. Orchid prices will range from $15 to $40 at the sale.

This yearly event is a popular one with the community, according to Paula Gross, assistant director of the Botanical Gardens.

"During the sale, we invite you to stroll through the McMillan Greenhouse to soak in the warmth and fragrance of our display collections, ask questions of the experts, then choose from a select variety of healthy blooming orchids well-suited to the home environment."