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Alumni and students from the Master of Community Planning and Master of Public Administration programs in the College of Liberal Arts won several awards from the Alabama Chapter of the American Planning Association, or ALAPA, at their annual awards program on Oct. 8, in Orange Beach, Alabama.

Master of Community Planning students Sagar Hiware and Phoenix Robinson won second place in the student poster competition for their project on land readjustment as a planning tool. The distinguished leadership award for a planning student was awarded to Gray Parker, a student in the Master of Community Planning and Master of Landscape Architecture dual degree program.

Katherine Ennis, AICP, an alumnus of the Master of Community Planning and Master of Public Administration programs, and principal of Epiphany Collaboration, LLC, a private consulting firm specializing in planning for small communities, received the chapter leadership award. Ennis is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners. She is the current ALAPA president and has served as the president for three separate terms, as well as several other leadership positions in the organization.

The distinguished leadership award for an appointed public official was awarded to Samuel Gaston, City Manager of Mountain Brook, Alabama. Gaston is a graduate of the Master of Public Administration Program.

The Alabama Chapter of the American Planning Association is the only statewide planning association in Alabama. The purpose of the organization is to help residents of the state improve the quality of their lives through rational and comprehensive approaches to physical, economic and human resource planning.