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UA Student News for Feb. 22, 2011

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Kavita Ramdas lecture, 6 p.m., 205 Gorgas Library

Feb. 22-26
“Moby-Dick,” 7:30 p.m., Marian Gallaway Theatre

Feb. 23
Deborah Sexton lecture on career opportunities, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., 33 Child Development Research Center
Men’s basketball vs. Auburn, 7 p.m., Coleman Coliseum

Feb. 24
EveryWoman Book Club, noon, University Club
Women’s basketball vs. Mississippi State, 6 p.m., Foster Auditorium
Fashion Rocks and So Does My Body, 7-10 p.m., Ferguson Student Center ballroom

Feb. 25
Safe Zone training, 9 a.m.-noon, 131 Lloyd Hall
University Stewards applications due, 4 p.m., 203 Student Services Center
Def Jam Rap Star, 7 p.m., Ferguson Center game room; more information: Brittney Knox
House of éprouver launch party, 10 p.m., Brickhouse downtown

Feb. 26
Day trip to Gee’s Bend, Feb. 26
Dodgeball for Babies tournament, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Student Recreation Center
Kappa Delta sorority 5K “Shamrock Run,” 10:30 a.m., Kappa Delta house

Feb. 27
“Moby-Dick,” 2 p.m., Gallaway Theatre
“Due Date” free movie, 8 p.m., Ferguson Student Center Theater

Feb. 28-March 4
Pay Equity Awareness Week

Feb. 28
Pay Equity Awareness Week bake sale, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Ferguson Student Center
Community Service Center applications due, 5 p.m., 346 Ferguson Student Center
Interfaith comedy show, 7:30 p.m., Ferguson Student Center Theater


Forms for Student Government Association elections are now online at The elections will be March 8. To view the 2011 elections manual, click here

All classes in Alston Hall are cancelled for Tuesday evening, Feb. 22 due to a power outage. Every effort is being made to restore power as quickly as possible. 

Two 348-RIDE (7433) vans are available until 7 p.m. today to transport students from the usual 348-RIDE area to the polling place at Calvary Baptist Church. Students who wish to vote in the local referendum can call 348-RIDE to get a ride to or from the polling place.

The 2012 Campus Master Plan Update process is underway. The University community is invited to participate in the planning process, beginning with an online survey. Deadline for completing the survey is March 11. Click here for more information and to access the survey. Be sure to return to the site occasionally to check on the results of the survey and to review progress toward what will become the 2012 Campus Master Plan Update. For comments or suggestions: Dan Wolfe, University planner and designer.

University Stewards is accepting applications for the 2011-12 year. Members assist with student recruitment through personal interaction on an individualized basis. Applications are due Feb. 25 at 4 p.m. in 203 Student Services. More information and applications:

Applications are being accepted for director and assistant director staff positions in the following focus areas at the Community Service Center: arts, youth, education, civic engagement and outreach, hunger and homelessness, volunteer outreach and public relations, alternative break, and graphic design and marketing. Applications should be returned to 346 Ferguson Student Center no later than Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. More information: Wahnee Sherman.

Devotie Drive will be closed March 12, beginning at 6 a.m., until March 20 for utility work. Contact project manager Bill Parker at 348-7574 with any questions or concerns.

UA undergraduate students graduating in May are invited to nominate a teacher from their high schools for the Capstone Inspiring Educator Award. The award recognizes U.S. high school teachers who have inspired UA students to achieve their academic and career goals through outstanding teaching, mentoring and support. Winners will be recognized each year during UA Commencement in spring. Nominations are due by April 1; applications can be found at More information: Janet Griffith at 348-8314.

The Student Government Association and Intercollegiate Athletics have joined together to offer a unique opportunity for UA students who join the Crimson Tide Rewards program. Students who are in the top 15 percent in points and who have attended a minimum of 30 events will be eligible to purchase 2011 football tickets without going through the student ticket sale in the summer. Intercollegiate Athletics will tally student points after the baseball game on May 8 and notify those students who are eligible to purchase the tickets. Students can visit to register. Their cards will be available at the next home athletic event.

The Honors College Assembly encourages students with ideas about fostering change, improving the campus or improving the community to connect with “Make It Happen.” Make it Happen seeks to aid emerging student leaders in implementing ideas through various resources and potential funding allocations. More information:

Undergraduate students of all majors are invited to enter UA’s annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference scheduled for April 11 at the Bryant Conference Center. Students can compete for cash prizes and earn practical experience in defending or performing their work before judges. To participate, undergraduate students must register their projects by submitting application forms and abstracts describing their projects by March 7. Visit for an application and details. More information: Lauren Wilson, Michelle Estes or call 348-5152.

Nominations for the 2011 Capstone Heroes award must be submitted to the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership at 355 Ferguson Student Center or e-mailed to Josh Burford at by 4 p.m. on March 7. UA faculty, staff, students, friends and community members are invited to submit nominations for individuals or groups who inspire and challenge the UA community to exhibit the principles of integrity within the Capstone Creed. Nomination forms are available at The Division of Student Affairs will present the awards in March as part of the sixth annual celebration of the Capstone Creed.

Beat Auburn Beat Hunger Committee chair applications are available. Students can apply for the following positions: campus partner, community partners, food bank logistics, fundraising and publicity. Applications are available at 346 Ferguson Student Center. More information:

Lock it up. Personal safety starts with you. Protect yourself and your property by becoming informed and using good judgment. Always lock up valuable items. Lock your dorm or apartment door, even when you are home. Lock your car. Lock your bike. Use a locker and lock at the Student Recreation Center. If you work in a University office, lock your purse and other valuables in a cabinet or drawer. It takes practically no time to lock up, even if you are just leaving for a moment. University Police recommend that during school breaks you take computers, stereos and other valuables home with you. For more information on preventing theft, refer to the UA Safer Living Guide.

University Recreation is offering a spring break personal training special to help students in their efforts to pursue healthier lifestyles. Students can sign up for 12 sessions plus one free nutritional consultation session or an extra personal training session for $245. Students can sign up for the special through March 11 at the Student Recreation Center. Individuals interested in doing the program with a partner can save even more, with 12 sessions costing $160 per person. More information: Matthew Brown.

The Business Honors Program is working to reduce waste and emissions through the reduction of the printed course catalogs. Students are invited to participate in this survey. More information: Leslie Parrish.

The Up ’til Dawn executive board is recruiting students for the 2011-12 academic year. Students who serve on the executive board will work to unite the campus in raising funds to fight childhood cancer. To request an application, send an e-mail to


The Honors College will host Kavita Ramdas Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. in 205 Gorgas Library as part of the college’s faculty-in-residence series. Ramdas provides leadership for the largest grant-making foundation in the world that is focused exclusively on supporting international women’s human rights. More information: Rick Dowling.

The president and CEO of the Professional Convention Management Association will discuss career opportunities with select UA students Feb. 23 at both 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Child Development Research Center, room 33. Deborah Sexton, a 30-year veteran of the meetings and convention industry, will visit campus as part of the UA College of Human Environmental Sciences‘ Spring Hospitality Series designed for students in its restaurant, hotel and meetings management program. More information: Dr. Roy Maize at 348-9147.

In celebration of African-Heritage History Month, selections of items from the “Black Americana” collection, a part of the “A.S. Williams III Americana Collection,” are on display in Gorgas Library in the Pearce Foyer and the Williams Room (301 Gorgas). Portraits by African-American artist Edwin Augustus Harleston (1882-1931) are also on display in the Williams Room. More information: Dr. Nancy DuPree.

The EveryWoman Book Club will meet at noon on Feb. 24 at The University Club to discuss “Leaving Gee’s Bend” by Irene Latham. Latham will attend the lunch and take part in the discussion. The book has been selected in honor of African-American Heritage Month. Lunch will be provided for a fee of $11.83 in exact change or by check. Dessert is extra. More information and reservations: the Women’s Resource Center at 348-5040, Kathy Echols or Kit Pearce.

Students are invited to the next Safe Zone training session on Feb. 25 from 9 a.m. to noon in 131 Lloyd Hall. The Safe Zone program trains people who are interested in being allies for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community at UA. The program provides information about the coming-out process and the challenges LGBTQ students face, as well as resources for dealing with discrimination, harassment and homophobia in the classroom and on campus. To sign up for one of the training sessions, send an e-mail to More information:

The Women’s Resource Center and the Ferguson Student Center will host a day trip to Gee’s Bend on Feb. 26. The rural community located on the Alabama River southwest of Selma is nationally known for its multigenerational quilting technique in the style of traditional African-American quilts and for invoking the style of Amish quilts and modern art. Attendees will take a ferry ride, discover Black Belt treasures and investigate the historic Gee’s Bend region. More information and reservations: the Women’s Resource Center at 348-5040.

Local student artists may play their original music during a 12-hour music festival, Tuscapalooza, on WVUA-FM 90.7 on April 3 from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. Artists will receive a time slot between 30 minutes to one hour. Applications are due on March 7 at 5 p.m. at 288 Reese Phifer Hall or via e-mail to People can also apply online at Submitting an application does not guarantee involvement in Tuscapalooza. All proceeds will go to WVUA-FM 90.7 The Capstone. More information: Claire Brucker.

Pay Equity Awareness Week will be held Feb. 28-March 3. Events include a bake sale at the Ferguson Student Center, Feb. 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; “In the Red Day,” March 2, on which students, faculty and staff are asked to wear red to represent pay among genders; and the “$tart $mart Pay Negotiation Workshop,” March 3, 2-4 p.m., 309 Ferguson Student Center, which is open to juniors, seniors and graduate students to learn effective tools and strategies for pay negotiation. Space is limited for the workshop. Register by March 1 by calling 348-5040 or sending an e-mail to Maria Fisher at Also contact Fisher for more information about the week.

Apwonjo is hosting a bake sale every Monday through April 18 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Ferguson Student Center lobby. Money raised will help support art-therapy classes for former child soldiers in war-affected communities in Uganda. The artwork is exhibited nationally to raise funds for clean, fresh drinking water in these communities and to encourage international dialogue and education. More information: Caitlin Trotter.

The House of éprouver launch party will be held Feb. 25 at 10 p.m. at the Brickhouse downtown. People who come before 11 p.m. will be admitted free. Cash prizes will be awarded. House of éprouver is a fashion organization that was created to celebrate all things fashion. Members will create and show fashion documentaries and hold fashion seminars and fashion shows. More information: visit, e-mail or tweet @houseofeprouver.

The Sigma Tau Delta English honor society is hosting a book drive to raise funds to help children affected by war in Uganda. Students can drop off any used books at various locations around campus, including the Ferguson Student Center, Blount Hall and Morgan Hall. More information: Tiffany Robinson.

Kappa Delta sorority will host a 5K “Shamrock Run” on Feb. 26 at 10:30 a.m. at the Kappa Delta house to raise money for child abuse prevention. To register, send an e-mail to uakd.shamrockrun@gmailcom. More information: Madeline Thomas.

A Dodgeball for Babies tournament will be held Feb. 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Student Recreation Center. The registration deadline is Feb. 24. Cost is $25 per team, with five players minimum on each team. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places and for most creative uniform. Registration forms are available at the Ferguson Student Center help desk or the Student Recreation Center. More information:

An interfaith comedy show will be held Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ferguson Student Center Theater. The show will feature Azhar Usman, an American-Muslim comedian; the Rev. Susan Sparks, America’s only Christian female comedian with a pulpit; and Rabbi Bob Alper, the only practicing Jewish clergyman doing stand-up comedy. The event is free and open to all UA students, faculty and staff as well as the Tuscaloosa community. Tickets can be reserved and printed online at A ticket is required for entry. Attendees are also invited to a meet-and-greet with the comedians after the show.

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