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UA’s Denny Chimes to be Lit Blue in Observance of World Diabetes Day

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Denny Chimes on The University of Alabama campus will be lit blue Monday, Nov. 14 from sundown to midnight as a part of the World Diabetes Day monument challenge.

For the first time, the crimson bricks of the iconic UA landmark will be awash in blue to raise awareness of diabetes and World Diabetes Day. In 2010, more than 900 monuments and buildings in 84 countries were lit in blue Nov. 14.

Mary Elizabeth Halliday, a UA senior majoring in nutrition, approached Dr. Milla Boschung, dean of the College of Human Environmental Sciences, with a proposal to include Denny Chimes in the world-wide monument challenge.

“Someone I am very close to was diagnosed with diabetes, and I’ve seen the struggles he’s faced,” said Halliday. “One in 10 Alabamians has diabetes, and I want to bring attention to the growing epidemic.”

The World Health Organization estimates that more than 340 million people worldwide have diabetes, and the number could double by 2030.

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.