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UA in the News: June 12, 2008

A search for his father takes Rick Bragg to ‘Frogtown’
USA Today – June 12

…Bragg, who teaches writing at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, says that on Sunday, Father’s Day, his wife, “who tries to keep me alive,” and stepson are taking him to his favorite fried-chicken joint…

UAPD receives re-accreditation, honor
Crimson White – June 12

The University of Alabama Police Department has been re-accredited for the third time, this time with something extra… UAPD was named a “Flagship Agency,” a distinction the commission describes as an award to “acknowledge the achievement and expertise of some of the most successful CALEA-accredited agencies” and allow them to be “flagship examples to assist other agencies.”…UAPD is one of only seven university law enforcement agencies to receive Flagship…

SGA earns recycling bin grant
Crimson White – June 12

As part of a grant by the Coca-Cola Company and the National Recycling Coalition, the SGA will receive 50 recycling bins and place them in residence halls on campus…The SGA is one of 75 grant recipients – out of more than 1,100 applicants – of the NRC and Coca-Cola’s Spring 2008 Recycling Bin Grant program…

Gas nears $4 in Tuscaloosa
Tuscaloosa News – June 12

…The best hopes for curbing high prices, according to Peter Clark, University of Alabama assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering, is to carpool, double up on trips and cut back on driving overall…Clark said the high prices may be unjustified; negotiations are under way worldwide to increase oil production and Saudi Arabian officials supposedly upped that country’s oil production, but it could still take a month to six weeks for that oil to make it to the market and lower prices. “We’re looking at an entire summer of high prices,” he said.

Sykora receives another honor
Mobile Register – June 12

Joseph Sykora of Daphne just completed his collegiate career at the University of Alabama, but his academic accolades continue. Sykora was named this week to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America team for the third straight year. He was selected in the at-large division, which encompasses athletes in 11 sports, including golf.

UA makes internet plan for downtown Tuscaloosa
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – June 11

The University of Alabama and the city of Tuscaloosa are once again looking at teaming up to help bring more wireless internet access and a fiber technology plan to downtown Tuscaloosa…

UA hosts Alabama governor’s conference on obesity June 12-13
Crimson White – June 12

”Prevention, Assessment and Treatment” will be the focus of this year’s Alabama Governor’s Conference on Obesity, held today and Friday, June 13, at The University of Alabama. “Often we spend an entire conference trying to define the problem. This year’s conference will focus on practical solutions that professionals involved in the prevention, assessment and treatment of obesity can bring back to their communities, schools and workplaces,” said Dr. Rebecca Kelly, UA director of health promotion and wellness and conference chair…Dr. Donald E. Williamson, state health officer for the Alabama Department of Public Health, will give the opening address today at 10:30 a.m.
Tuscaloosa News – June 12

Education briefs
Birmingham News – June 12

Platform, an online magazine designed and produced by public relations students at the University of Alabama, has received a gold award in the Web site overall category at the 2008 Hermes Creative Awards. — The University of Alabama Wheelchair Athletics program held a training camp for the Canadian National Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team this week at the Student Recreation Center…

Members of UA’s women’s wheelchair basketball team compete for Team USA
NBC 13 (Birmingham) — June 11

…Three members of Team USA played for the University of Alabama’s wheelchair team…

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