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Students from UA, UT Show Community Spirit to Help the Homeless in Pasadena

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Students from The University of Alabama Student Government Association are joining their counterparts from The University of Texas in a show of good will through a service project to feed homeless people in Pasadena, Calif., prior to the BCS National Championship football game between the two schools.

Students from the UA and UT SGAs will cook and serve food on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010 from 7:45 a.m.-1 p.m. (Pacific time) at Union Station Homeless Services Adult Center, located on 412 S. Raymond Ave in Pasadena. The students will serve some 300 meals during breakfast and lunch at the center.

The BCS Championship game will be played on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010 at 5 p.m. Pacific time, 7 p.m. Central time.

“We are excited to partner with The University of Texas and serve people of need in the Pasadena area. As students at The University of Alabama we are committed to not only serving people in the Tuscaloosa community, but people beyond Tuscaloosa as well,” says Steven A. Oliver, UA SGA president.

When the SGA began talking about helping in Pasadena, “I was immediately receptive to the idea of a service project in California – what a great way to reach out and touch lives across the country,” says Dr. Lowell K. Davis, UA assistant dean of students, who will also be at the service event.

“I am looking forward to serving alongside the SGA president from Texas, and I look forward to other such partnerships in the near future,” Oliver adds.

The mission of  UA Student Affairs is to foster an environment supporting learning, healthy lifestyles, leadership and career development, personal growth and inclusiveness.

Union Station Homeless Services, 626/240-4550, is the San Gabriel Valley’s largest social service agency assisting homeless and very low income adults and families. Its mission is to help men, women and children rebuild their lives and end homelessness.

The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.