UA in the News: April 23, 2010
April 23, 2010 - Filed under: UA in the News
Conference at UA focuses on Hispanic children
Tuscaloosa News – April 23
The third annual National Celebration of Latino Children’s Literature Conference will be held at the University of Alabama today and Saturday. The conference, intended to help teachers and librarians meet the academic and literacy needs of Hispanic youth, is open to the public. “I originally started the conference (at the University of South Carolina) because there’s a growing Latino population in the South, especially in Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia,” said the conference’s founder, Jamie Campbell Naidoo, a professor of library and information studies at UA. “Teachers and librarians both were struggling to find ways to work with Latino children who spoke Spanish because they (the teachers) did not speak Spanish,” he said. “So, they didn’t know how to meet their literacy and education needs.”…
Crimson White – April 23
Cleaning for Earth Day
Tuscaloosa News – April 23
With tools in hand, volunteers from the Tuscaloosa Sister Cities Commission and the University of Alabama gathered at the Narashino Grove for a “spring greening” event in honor of Earth Day on Thursday…Other events in Tuscaloosa scheduled for Earth Day included a UA tie-dye event on the Quad and a lecture by New York Times reporter Matthew Wald on his book, “A Low Carb Diet for the Planet: Sustainability Perspectives from Transportation and Energy.”…Keyes and UA professor and Tuscaloosa Sister Cities board member David Ford recruited volunteers for the effort. “Volunteerism is way down in America,” Ford said. “Membership in organizations like the Lions Club and Rotary are way off. I wanted to show it can be fun and worthwhile.”…Ford, who teaches entrepreneurship and consulting at UA, invited students from his class on new ventures and development to participate in the cleaning. The class promotes entrepreneurship, and Ford wanted to give his students a better understanding of entrepreneurship through volunteering…
ADHD on College Campuses
AdvanceWeb.com – April 23
…Dr. Mark Thomas stands ready to help, both at The University of Alabama’s Student Health Services and through his research into treating ADHD on campuses across the country. That treatment includes prescribing drugs that allow students to focus over long periods of time and training in better study habits. “Medications are, far and away, the most effective treatment for ADHD,” said Dr. Thomas, a physician in the Student Health Center/University Medical Center, part of the UA College of Community Health Sciences. “They’re not the total treatment, but they’re the component of treatment that makes the most difference. We do try to advocate to students with AD/HD that the medication is just one part of the overall treatment approach.”…
Stadium expansion means more students will get tickets to games
Tuscaloosa News (TideSports.com) – April 23
The addition of 2,000 seats to the student section in Bryant-Denny Stadium probably won’t ensure every student who wants a ticket will get inside for a University of Alabama football game, but it quenches a good bit of the thirst. “The demand for student tickets still exceeds the supply, however, the (Student Government Association) is pleased that more students will be able to attend football games during the 2010 football season,” said James Fowler, SGA president…Adding seats to the student section was a priority for President Robert Witt in his aggressive expansion of student enrollment. Although he said in a statement that academic recruiting is not tied to access to a football game, he is pleased with the addition. “Attending football games is an important part of the University of Alabama experience for many of our students, and I believe it strengthens the bond between the students and the university,” Witt said. “Student demand for tickets exceeds supply, so I am very pleased that we will be able to offer more students the opportunity to attend games this fall.”…Based on sheer size, the expanded student section at UA maintains the university’s status as the third-largest student section. However, UA has fewer students than the universities of Florida and Georgia, which have the largest student sections.
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.