UA Student News for Feb. 14, 2012
February 14, 2012 - Filed under: UA Student News
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DEADLINES TO REMEMBER
Statement of Candidacy and Statement of Intent forms for SGA election, Feb. 17, 5 p.m.
Corolla submissions, Feb. 17
Community Service Center staff applications, Feb. 17, 5 p.m.
Spring 2 registration, Feb. 17
Application for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference, March 9
DATES TO REMEMBER
Official ring days, Feb. 15-16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., University Supply Store (Ferguson Center location)
General Interest and Business Career Fair, Feb. 15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Bryant Conference Center
National Society of Black Engineers networking banquet, Feb. 15, 6 p.m., Hotel Capstone
Technical and Engineering Career Fair, Feb. 16, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Bryant Conference Center
“Flutes, Autism and a Different Way of Seeing” featuring flutist Paul McAuliffe, Feb. 17, 5:30 p.m., 208 Gordon Palmer Hall
”Crimson in Green: An Alabama Energy Forum,” Feb. 17, 1-6 p.m., 205 Gorgas Library
Second annual Apwonjo benefit concert, Feb. 17, 8 p.m., Mellow Mushroom
Miss University of Alabama pageant, Feb. 18, 7-9 p.m., Bama Theatre
Higher Education Day, March 1, Montgomery, Ala.
Student Government Association election, March 6, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Big Al tryout information sessions, March 7 and 26, 6 p.m., Coleman Coliseum (C.M. Newton Room)
Majors Fair, March 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Ferguson Center
Men’s basketball vs. Florida, today, 6 p.m., Coleman Coliseum
Women’s basketball vs. Kentucky, Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m., Foster Auditorium
Power of Pink meet: Women’s gymnastics vs. Arkansas, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m., Coleman Coliseum
Men’s baseball vs. Florida Atlantic, Feb. 17 (6:05 p.m.), Feb. 18 (3:05 p.m.) and Feb. 19 (12:05 p.m.), Sewell-Thomas Stadium
Men’s basketball vs. Tennessee, Feb. 18, 12:30 p.m., Coleman Coliseum
Women’s tennis vs. Rice, Feb. 18, 1 p.m., Tennis Stadium
Wheelchair basketball, Feb. 18, 7 p.m., Student Recreation Center
Women’s tennis vs. SMU, Feb. 19, noon, Tennis Stadium
Women’s basketball vs. South Carolina, Feb. 19, 2 p.m., Foster Auditorium
UA students can meet with representatives from Balfour at the Ferguson Center location of the University Supply Store on Feb. 15-16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., to see the official ring collection, get sized and ask questions. Orders can also be placed online. The UA official ring is available to all alumni, graduate students and undergraduate students who have earned a minimum of 60 credit hours while pursuing a baccalaureate degree or graduate degree at the University.
Students can make a difference in the community and earn 3 hours of honors credit through Plan First, a service-learning course in which students will focus on the various facets of the Tuscaloosa planning department. Students in Plan First will spend an initial six weeks learning about the city of Tuscaloosa, general planning principles, cooperation and conflict communication, and the rebuilding process. After learning from UA professors and guest speakers, students will spend the following six weeks serving and shadowing city of Tuscaloosa planning staff. The course is open to UA students of any major who are in good standing with the Honors College and have an interest in some aspect of city planning. More information, including how to apply: Madalyn Vaughn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full-time students who are interested in trying out for Big Al for the 2012-13 academic year must attend one of the information sessions on March 7 or March 26. Both sessions will be held at 6 p.m. in the C.M. Newton Room in Coleman Coliseum. Participants will be briefed on the program, including learning what to expect during tryouts and receiving information about benefits. Applications will be distributed at each session. Students who have conflicts with the dates and time of the sessions should contact Big Al assistant Butch Hallmark at email@example.com.
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. The online application, along with more details, is posted at http://www.osp.ua.edu/UndergradResearch.html. Students can also follow the conference on Twitter at @URCAConference. More information: Michelle Estes at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 348-5152.
A shuttle service to the downtown area will begin operating on Thursday, Feb. 16. The Downtown Express, an initiative of the Student Government Association, will use Crimson Ride buses to take students to and from campus and downtown Tuscaloosa locations. The buses will operate on Thursdays and Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Fridays from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.
The buses will run two routes; short wait times are expected between stops. The north route includes stops at the University Bus Hub, Publix, Black Warrior Outdoor, the intersection of Fourth Street and Greensboro Avenue and Lakeside Residential. The south route includes the University Bus Hub, Bryce Lawn Apartments, Burke Hall, the south end zone of Bryant Denny Stadium, Moe’s barbecue and the Walk of Champions. Click here to view a map of the routes.
The UA community can visit http://prepare.ua.edu/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Safety-Poster.pdf on the UA website to view a PDF of safety tips to follow should an emergency or dangerous situation ever affect the campus. Additional information is available in the UA Police Department’s Safer Living Guide and online at http://beready.ua.edu. Print copies of the PDF are also available at various locations on campus, including the Ferguson Center, the Student Government Association office and dining halls.
Spring 2 registration is open through Feb. 17. Students can pick up extra hours in this shorter semester. Spring 2 classes, many of which are offered online, begin Feb. 13 and end with the regular semester. To register, students can log in to https://mybama.ua.edu and link to course options by clicking on the Spring 2 logo.
The UA Academic Advisors Association, in conjunction with Student Government Association and the Ferguson Center, is sponsoring a Majors Fair on March 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Ferguson Center. Students will have an opportunity to meet with representatives from all college divisions to learn about majors and minors offered, career prospects, and internship and research opportunities available through these units. More information: Nancy Shockley (email@example.com), Heather Ammons (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Karen Carpenter (email@example.com).
Students have until Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. to email their Statement of Candidacy and Statement of Intent forms for the 2012 Student Government Association election. The forms should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit http://vote.ua.edu to access all forms and to view the complete election calendar. Election day is March 6.
The UA chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers will host its annual networking banquet on Feb. 15 at Hotel Capstone, which is located at 320 Bryant Drive adjacent to the Bryant Conference Center. Students will be able to meet and talk with company representatives over dinner. A mixer starts at 6 p.m.; dinner follows at 6:30 p.m. To register and receive more information, visit http://bama.ua.edu/~uansbe.
All on-campus organizations have the opportunity to be included in UA’s yearbook, the Corolla. The deadline to submit group photos, rosters and a brief description for the 2011-12 edition is Friday, Feb. 17. Organizations should send their information to Cassidy White at email@example.com.
On March 1, UA students, administrators, faculty and staff will travel to Montgomery, Ala., to advocate for funding for higher education. Buses will leave at 7 a.m. from the parking lot at the Student Recreation Center. Students will participate in a parade, receive a barbecue lunch and participate in a meet-and-greet session with various political leaders from across the state. Higher Education Day is a free event, and community service hours will be awarded through Service Learning Pro. To register, click here to access a form from the Student Government Association website.
Adviser Appreciation Week, sponsored by the SOURCE, will be March 5-9. Advisers put forth time and energy to ensure the success of each campus organization. Organization members are reminded to thank their advisers for all the hard work they do.
STUDENT INVOLVEMENT/COMMUNITY SERVICE
Students can volunteer to help remodel the homeless shelter in the Cottondale, Ala., area for the Tracy Dent Foundation on Feb. 15. Volunteers will build a foundation, assemble and install interior and exterior walls, and lay bricks. All volunteers must wear close-toed shoes and appropriate clothing for construction work. Sign up at http://slpro.ua.edu under the Community Service Center event. More information: Libby Loveless at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Community Service Center invites everyone to sign up for Habitat for Humanity Brush with Kindness. Volunteers will paint and assist with home repairs in the Tuscaloosa community on Feb. 17 from 12:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Volunteers will meet at the Ferguson Center Plaza to carpool to designated relief sites. Those interested can sign up at http://slpro.ua.edu or contact Lisa Bochey at email@example.com.
All UA students can volunteer through the Community Service Center to work at the Caring Days adult day care center every Monday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Volunteers will do arts and other activities with adults with memory disorders. Students who are interested can sign up at http://slpro.ua.edu. More information: Alexandria Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers are needed at Temporary Emergency Services on Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers will sort and distribute donated items and assist with a food pantry. Students who are interested can sign up at http://slpro.ua.edu. More information: Julia Harris at email@example.com.
Renowned flutist Paul McAuliffe will present a unique program of music, autism education and advocacy on Friday, Feb. 17, at 5:30 p.m. in 208 Gordon Palmer Hall. Diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome late in life, McAuliffe will discuss his own autistic journey of self-discovery. He will play quiet, soothing music on a variety of flutes, humorously describe “living Aspie” in a “neurotypical world,” and tell why today’s Asperger’s kids will be the inventors and innovators of the future.
Apwonjo will hold its second annual concert to benefit Invisible Children on Friday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m. at Mellow Mushroom, located in downtown Tuscaloosa on University Boulevard. The concert will feature Kadesh and Perfect Stranger. Cost is $5. More information: Apwonjo@gmail.com.
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