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CCBP Marks Fifth Anniversary of Awards Program at UA

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama Center for Community-Based Partnerships will present awards for the best faculty-, student- and community-initiated engaged scholarship during an awards ceremony Friday, April 22, at the Hotel Capstone.

The keynote speaker for the event will be the president of Morgan State University, Dr. David Wilson, a native of Marengo County and former vice president for university outreach at Auburn University.

Dr. David Wilson

The program begins at 10 a.m. with poster presentations showing the variety and effectiveness of community-partnered projects during previous years as well as some nominated for awards this year. The luncheon and awards presentation will follow.

“This will be our fifth annual awards program,” said Dr. Samory T. Pruitt, UA vice president for community affairs, who oversees outreach work at CCBP, which includes the areas of educational development, community development, and community research and communication and numerous community partnerships.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Wilson back to Alabama. He was a leader in community outreach at Auburn University and at the University of Wisconsin-Extension before becoming the 10th full-term president at Morgan State,” Pruitt said.

A widely published scholar, Wilson holds a doctorate in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University. One of 10 siblings living on a sharecropper farm outside the small town of McKinley in Marengo County, Wilson became the first person in his family to attend college.

Janet Griffith, UA assistant provost for communications, chairs the awards committee and program. “Nomination forms are available at or by visiting the CCBP and Community Affairs offices on campus,” she said.

Nominations should be delivered to Griffith’s office, 254 Rose Administration, by 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 6.

To propose a poster, email Tommy Syx, a member of the awards committee, at describing your poster. Posters may be original or have been presented earlier at competitive events. The deadline for proposing a poster is Friday, April 1, with notification by Wednesday, April 6.

There is no charge for the program or luncheon, but registration is required. To register, send an email to, indicating your desire to attend. As attendance is limited to 200, early registration is recommended. If space is available, your registration will be confirmed by return email.

The Center for Community-Based Partnerships is an initiative of the Office of Community Affairs. Its purpose is to provide leadership for campus and community projects that bring lasting benefits to both. Among the most prominent examples are the Parent Leadership Academy, a partnership between city and county schools and three divisions of the University; Black Belt 100 Lenses, a community identity, development and leadership partnership between CCBP and the Black Belt Community Foundation; and the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, a scholarly journal that publishes leading community engagement research and has attracted an internationally recognized editorial board. For more information, go to

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.

  • CONTACT: Desiree Mahr or Linda Hill, media relations, 205/348-8325,
  • SOURCE: Dr. Samory T. Pruitt, vice president for community affairs, 205/348-8376,