The University of Alabama

UA in the News: December 14, 2011

UA, BSC are Alabama’s most selective colleges
Birmingham Business Journal – Dec. 14
The University of Alabama is the state’s most selective university, according to a new report from On Numbers. The report, which is based on admissions data, said Alabama is the 44th most selective school in the South. The rankings are based on admission rates and standardized test scores from applicants. According to the study, Alabama admitted approximately 53 percent of applicants in 2010…
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Dec. 13

UA freshmen donate T-shirt proceeds to Red Cross
NBC 13 (Birmingham) – Dec. 13
Andrew Sbrissa and Michael Thomas both knew they would be attending The University of Alabama this fall, before the tornado hit on April 27. When they saw what the tornado did to a place that would soon play a major role in their future, they both knew they wanted to help. Michael Thomas said, “We saw people that wanted to help, but they would only give donations. We just thought to ourselves we have to do more than that because I know so many people down here. So we learned what kind of shirts people wanted. It wasn’t about football, it wasn’t about a rivalry.” The students originally set a goal of selling 500 shirts, when that was met; they ordered 500 more and sold those.
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Dec. 13

Behind New Zealand scandal, an Alabama political legend (George Talbot)
Birmingham News – Dec. 14
Big Jim Folsom loved his whiskey, Ralph “Shorty” Price liked his Tampa Nugget cigars, and Howell Heflin was known to blow his nose with women’s underwear.  Alabama politics is full of rich and colorful characters, but it’s been a long time since the state has seen a story to match the legend of Bill Johnson. . . . “I’ve never seen anything like it, and I don’t expect I ever will,” said Bill Stewart, political scientist emeritus at the University of Alabama.

Transportation Museum opens its doors
Tuscaloosa News – Dec. 14
An audience of financial, aesthetic and political supporters applauded the opening of the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum on Tuesday morning, the culmination of planning and renovations that took about seven years. . . . As Garrison, Maddox, Howard and others gathered behind a steamboat ship’s wheel to symbolically launch the new museum, University of Alabama theater student Michael Luwoye sang a moving a cappella rendition of “Old Man River.”
AL.com – Dec. 13

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.