Cheryl "Sparkie" Alexander Memorial, UNC (Chapel Hill)
Mike Roig, Sculptor
Located in the rooftop garden of UNC’s Carrington Hall, this sculpture was created in memory of Cheryl “Sparkie” Alexander, a graduate of the School of Nursing Class of 1967. The approximately 7' tall recycled steel and copper sculpture consists of a pelican flanked by two sailboats. Several birds fly through the sculpture. The pelican was Alexander’s favorite bird. The sculpture contains several moving parts.
Front plaque: Dedicated by the Class of 1967 / In loving memory of / Cheryl Lynn Sedlacek Alexander
Left sailboat: FOR SPARKIE
Base: MR 2007
School of Nursing, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
November 2, 2007
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"Memorial to Cheryl 'Sparkie' Alexander," The Carolina Story: A Virtual Museum of University History, (accessed February 28, 2012) Link
Recycled steel, copper
UNC School of Nursing Class of 1967
Cheryl Alexander (1945-2006), PhD, MPH, MA, RN, graduated from the UNC School of Nursing in 1967, and then went on to obtain a Master of Arts in Nursing from NYU in 1971, a Master of Public Health from John Hopkins in 1973, and a Doctoral Degree in 1977, also from John Hopkins. She then became a professor at John Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she became a leader in adolescent health research.
The sculpture is on the roof of Carrington Hall as part of a rooftop garden of the environmentally friendly addition to the building.
Her nursing school classmates commissioned and raised the funds for the sculpture after her death from cancer in 2006.