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Conference to Address Veterans' Health Services Needs

A daylong conference will bring top experts to UNC Charlotte’s campus to discuss strategies to serve veterans transitioning from active military to civilian lives. "Military Culture: Have You Ever Served?" is free and open to the public and will be held Tuesday, March 1, at the UNC Charlotte Student Union; registration is available online.

Keynote speakers for the conference will be Martha Herb, U.S. Navy and director of the Inter-American Defense College; Paul Lewis, a U.S. Army colonel and senior nursing scientist at Womack Army Hospital; and Ilario Pantano, assistant secretary for veterans affairs, N.C. Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and a former U.S. Marine Corps second lieutenant.

"Serving in the military is a high-risk occupation with exposures known to cause morbidity and mortality," said Lewis. "As a clinician, asking the simple screening question of 'Have you ever served in the military?' will help to quickly identify potential health risks of the person sitting in front of you."

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.