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UA Student News for Jan. 24, 2012

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Extended deadline for essay submissions to Mental Health Monologues, Jan. 27
Last Lecture award nominations, Feb. 10
Community Service Center staff applications, Feb. 17 by 5 p.m.
Application for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference, March 9


BikePalooza, Jan. 25, noon-3 p.m.; and Jan. 26, 2-5 p.m.; Student Recreation Center
Workshop on law-school admissions, Jan. 25, 6:30 p.m., 222 Lloyd Hall
Law-school fair, Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Ferguson Center Ballroom
Women’s basketball vs. Tennessee, Jan. 26, 8 p.m., Foster Auditorium
Men’s basketball vs. Arkansas, Jan. 28, 12:30 p.m., Coleman Coliseum
Swimming and diving vs. Georgia, Jan. 28, 1 p.m., Aquatics Center
Student Affairs Expo, Jan. 31, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Ferguson Center second floor


The University of Alabama’s women’s basketball team will host the University of Tennessee on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 8 p.m. in Foster Auditorium. The first 150 students in the door will receive a free hot dog and drink. Prizes that will be given away during the game include an iPad and several iPod Shuffles. The game will be televised on Fox Sports South. Students will be provided with materials to make posters.


Undergraduate students of all majors are invited to enter UA’s annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference scheduled for April 9 at the Bryant Conference Center. Students can compete for cash prizes and earn practical experience in defending or performing their research or artistic projects before judges. To participate, an undergraduate student must register his or her project by submitting an application form and abstract describing the project by March 9. More information: or Michelle Estes at or 348-5152. Students can follow the conference on Twitter @URCAConference or receive text updates about the conference by texting URCA to 999000.

Nominations for the 2012 Last Lecture award are now open. Undergraduate students, graduate students and alumni are invited to nominate the faculty member they would most like to hear a lecture delivered on the following premise: “If this were your last chance to talk to a group of UA students, what would you say to them?” Retired faculty members are not eligible for the honor. Past recipients include Drs. Bebe Barefoot, Lawrence Kohl, Utz McKnight, Jim Salem and Ron Dulek. Nominations must be submitted electronically at by Feb. 10.


A workshop on law-school admissions will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 6:30 p.m. in 222 Lloyd Hall. Representatives from law schools will meet with students to explain how the admissions process works behind the scenes. Students will learn how to compile their best possible applications to law schools from an admission’s dean’s perspective. More information: Wendy McMillian at or 348-7324.

A law-school fair will be held on Thursday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the ballroom on the third floor of the Ferguson Center. Representatives from law schools across the country will speak with students about their law schools, provide advice and information, and answer any questions. Attire is business or business-casual. The event is free to all students. More information: Wendy McMillian at or 348-7324.


The Division of Student Affairs invites students to the first Student Affairs Expo on Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second floor of the Ferguson Center. Students will learn about the 20-plus departments in the Division of Student Affairs, including University Recreation, the Ferguson Center Student Union and Housing and Residential Communities. Students will also learn how to participate in events, volunteer and get a job on campus. Students who attend the Expo can complete a passport by visiting at least 10 departments’ tables to be eligible for prizes, including a $500 scholarship.

Career Fair Awareness Week will be held Feb. 6-10 at the Ferguson Center. Multiple events will help students with their résumés, networking skills and salary negotiation in preparation for the on-campus career fairs to be held Feb. 15 and Feb. 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bryant Conference Center. More information: or Tiffany Goodin at

Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority will hold interest meetings for spring 2012 recruitment on Jan. 25 and Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in 307 Ferguson Center and on Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. in 305 Ferguson Center. All female undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in becoming members this semester are encouraged to attend. Dress is business-casual. More information: Lia Walberg at

A State of the Black Union event will be held on Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Ferguson Center Ballroom. The event will present a comprehensive review of black culture at UA. Guests will include Dr. Mark Nelson, vice president for student affairs and vice provost; Dr. Joyce Stallworth, senior associate dean for the College of Education; Tamica Shambly, president of the African-American Graduate Student Association; and Booker T. Forte, founding vice president of the African-American Association (Black Student Union). The presidents of the Black Student Union and the UA chapter of the NAACP will provide a joint statement, and Greek and non-Greek student opinions will be revealed through visual elements. More information: Joshua Gray at

The Lambda Zeta chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. invites students to its first networking reception, The Link, on Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in Smith Hall. Students will have the opportunity to mingle with company representatives and recruiters from around the country. Registration is available online at The event will feature refreshments and a jazz band. More information:


A “BikePalooza” will be held at the Student Recreation Center on Wednesday, Jan. 25, noon-3 p.m., and Thursday, Jan. 26, 2-5 p.m. The BikePalooza will bring together various UA departments, clubs and organizations, as well as off campus groups, to represent and promote safe biking on campus and throughout Tuscaloosa. Cyclists will be able to register their bikes on site. The event will feature games, prizes and giveaways. More information: Shirley Darr, 348-9828,

Representatives from Mercedes-Benz U.S. International will be on campus Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. in 1013 South Engineering Research Center to share information with students about the company’s upcoming full-time hire of engineering and business students. Those hired will work in the company’s body shop, paint shop, Einfuehrung, assembly and business areas. Mercedes-Benz will share information about its new career program and graduate fellowship. Applications for graduate fellowships will be available at the event. More information: or Naomi Powell at or 348-8549.

A Start Smart salary-negotiation workshop will be held on Feb. 8 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in 309 Ferguson Center. Start Smart is a workshop designed for women but open to everyone. Participants learn what employers are paying for jobs for recent graduates and how to negotiate a starting salary. Preregistration is required. Click here to access the registration form through the Women’s Resource Center’s website. Latrisa Pugh at or 348-5837.


The Community Service Center is looking for students to be part of the 2012-13 CSC student staff. Applications are due on Feb. 17 by 5 p.m. Visit for an application and position descriptions. More information: Wahnee Sherman at or 348-2865.


Students can volunteer to help remodel a homeless shelter on Jan. 26 in the Cottondale, Ala., area. Work includes building a foundation, assembling and installing interior and exterior walls, and laying bricks. Volunteers will also clean out and organize a donation house. Participants should wear close-toed shoes and appropriate clothing for construction work. Students can sign up at under the Community Service Center event. More information: Libby Loveless at

The Community Service Center and Habitat for Humanity will host the second House United Habitat for Humanity Build during spring break, March 10-17, in Baldwin County, Ala. Students from UA and Auburn University will work together on the project. Visit to apply. All applications are due by Feb. 3. The approximate cost for the trip is $300, and the reservation deposit is $100. Students can apply for a scholarship through the CSC website; the deadline is Jan. 27. More information: the Community Service Center at 346 Ferguson Center.

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