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Grant to strengthen teaching: The Belk Foundation recently awarded the Charlotte Teachers Institute a grant for the fifth consecutive year, this time for $25,000.

The money will be used to support seminars for more than 100 teachers in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, according to a news release from the school system. CTI – an educational partnership among UNC Charlotte, Davidson College and CMS – is designed to strengthen teaching and learning by cultivating content knowledge, creativity, leadership skills and collaboration among teachers.

Affiliate of the year: The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars has named UNCC its New Affiliate of the Year for 2014.

The honor recognizes the university’s consistent and exceptional support of, and partnership with, the Washington Center.

Center President Mike Smith praised the recipients for placing a priority on experiential learning.

The center is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves hundreds of colleges and universities in the U.S. and other countries by giving selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C., for academic credit.

The award will be presented Sept. 29 at the National Press Club in Washington.

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Hindu scholar to speak: Hindu scholar Pujyasri Swami Paripoornananda Saraswathi Garu of India will speak on the inner meaning of Bhaja Govindam at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at Kommareddi Hall, 6210 Rockwell Blvd.

Admission is free. Saraswati is well known throughout India for his commentaries on seminal Hindu texts, including the Upanishads, Bhagavadgita and more, according to a news release from event organizers. The native of Andhra Pradesh in south India has written books on many Vedic subjects and is broadcast on Telugu-language channels daily. His commentaries are ​also available ​on DVD. Details: V. Rao Mangipudi, 704-921-6320; Guna Kommareddi, 704-547-9555; or Siva Mallavarapu, 704-846-9362.