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The University of Alabama

Honors Week Recognizes Top Scholars, Leaders at UA

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama will recognize the achievement of outstanding students and faculty during Honors Week activities on campus April 3-8.

The Tapping on the Mound ceremony, a tradition since the early 1900s, will be held Friday, April 8, at 1:30 p.m. on the Mound at the west side of the UA Quad (rain location will be Moody Music Concert Hall). Campuswide honoraries Omicron Delta Kappa, Mortar Board, Blue Key National Honor Society and Anderson Society will induct new members at this time.

Some of the senior honoraries will also be collecting books for donation to a local elementary school during the Tapping on the Mound ceremony.

ODK’s membership is restricted to students of junior standing or above who are in the top 35 percent of their class scholastically and who exhibit leadership.  Mortar Board membership, one of the highest honors granted to college seniors, is based on leadership, scholarship and service.  Blue Key National Honor Society recognizes seniors who represent high scholastic ideals, leadership and diversity of background.  The Anderson Society recognizes UA students who have made significant contributions to the University or the Tuscaloosa community.

The schedule of honors events also includes:

Sunday, April 3:

  • 3 p.m. – Black Scholars Honors Day Program, Ferguson Center Theatre

Monday, April 4:

  • 4 p.m. – Arts and Sciences Graduate Honors Convocation, Moody Music Recital Hall

Tuesday, April 5

  • 6 p.m. – Student Government Association Awards Banquet, North Zone Bryant-Denny Stadium

Thursday, April 7

  • 4 p.m. – English Honors Reception, 301 Morgan Hall
  • 5 p.m. – Academic Honor Council Induction Ceremony and Reception, Ferguson Ballroom
  • 5:30 p.m. – Department of Economics, Finance and Legal Studies Award Ceremony and Dinner, home of Billy P. Helms, department head
  • 6 p.m. – College of Engineering Honors Reception, Hotel Capstone Ballroom

Friday, April 8

  • 8:30 a.m. – Department of Marketing Recognition of Students, 30 Alston Hall
  • 9:30 a.m. – College of Education Honors Day Reception, Graves Hall Rotunda
  • 10 a.m. – Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Honors Convocation, Moody Music Concert Hall
  • 10 a.m. – Capstone College of Nursing Honors Day Reception, Capstone College of Nursing
  • 10 a.m. – College of Human Environmental Sciences Honors Day Convocation, Ferguson Center Ballroom
  • 10 a.m. – School of Social Work Convocation to Honor Outstanding Students, 223 Little Hall
  • 10:15 a.m. – Department of Management Recognition of Students, 30 Alston Hall
  • 10:30 a.m. – College of Education Honors Day Convocation, Graves Hall Woodis-McDonald Auditorium
  • 10:30 a.m. – College of Communications and Information Sciences Honors Program and Reception, 216 Reese Phifer Hall
  • 11:30 a.m. –  Psychology Department Honors Award Ceremony and Luncheon, 208 Gordon Palmer Hall
  • Noon – Department of History Honors Program, 251 ten Hoor Hall
  • Noon – Department of Psychology Honors Assembly, 208 Gordon Palmer Hall
  • Noon – Department of Religious Studies Honors Reception, second floor veranda, Manly Hall
  • Noon – Department of Management Information Systems Senior Luncheon, AIME Building
  • Noon – Physics and Astronomy Recognition Picnic, front lawn of Gallalee Hall
  • 1 p.m. – Chemistry Department Convocation and Reception, Convocation – 1004 Shelby Hall, Reception – Rotunda/Courtyard
  • 1:30 p.m. – Honors Day Tapping Ceremony, the Mound (rain location will be Moody Music Concert Hall)
  • 1:30 p.m. – Department of Geological Sciences Honors Program, 101 Bevill Building
  • 1:30 p.m. – Presentation by Windgate Research Fellows in Art History, presentation of awards and scholarships, reception, Sarah Moody Gallery of Art
  • 1:30 p.m. – Operations Management and Applied Statistics Awards, 10 Alston
  • 2 p.m. – Management Information Systems Awards, 30 Alston
  • 2:30 p.m. – Operations Management and Applied Statistics Reception, Alston Parlor
  • 3 p.m. – New College and External Degree Honors Convocation, 205 Smith Hall
  • 3:30 p.m. – Biological Sciences Departmental Honors Convocation and Reception, 127 Biology Building with reception to follow in lobby
  • 3:30 p.m. – Management Information Systems Junior Awards, Alston 30
  • 4:30 p.m. – New College and External Degree Honors Reception, 216 Lloyd Hall
  • 4:30 p.m. – Management Information Systems Junior Reception, AIME Building

Sunday, April 17

  • 2 p.m. – Alpha Lambda Delta Initiation, Morgan Auditorium

Tuesday, April 19

  • 6 p.m. – Culverhouse School of Accountancy Awards Banquet, Ferguson Center Ballroom

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, UA Media Relations, 205/348-8325,