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UA in the News: March 21, 2012

10 most popular business schools
The U.S. News – March 20
As Harvard Business School and Stanford Graduate School of Business constantly battle for the top spot in the U.S. News Best Business Schools rankings, often, they’re also both very popular among those offered admission to the programs. One way to measure the popularity of a school is to calculate its yield—the percentage of full-time applicants accepted to the institution who decide to enroll there. For the fall 2010 entering class, Harvard was the most popular according to yield, and Stanford was second most popular. Once again, Harvard tops the list of most popular business schools among the fall 2011 entering class, but a different California institution is nipping at its heels this year. While Harvard’s yield is 89.3 percent, the yield of Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management is 89.1 percent…Graziadio isn’t the only newcomer to this year’s list of top 10 most popular business schools. Other institutions that weren’t on last year’s list include Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, University of Alabama’s Manderson Graduate School of Business, and University of Utah’s Eccles School of Business.

University of Alabama course in Cayman ‘a real eye opener’ (Cayman Islands) – March 21
Twenty law students from the University of Alabama School of Law spent a week in the Cayman Islands as part of their studies to gain insight into the offshore financial services offered here. It is the eighth year that Professor Andrew Morriss has brought a class of students to the Cayman Islands, but this year for the first time with the University of Alabama. The three-day course ‘Special problems in corporate law: Offshore financial transactions’ was based on an agenda representing a cross-section of Cayman’s financial services industry.  “Cayman offers students the opportunity to learn about international business that can’t be equaled anywhere else – our students are able to hear from professionals and government regulators,” Professor Morriss said. 

UA students contribute to discovery of new frog species
Crimson White – March 21
Biologists recently discovered a new leopard frog species in the ponds and marshes of Staten Island, mainland New York and New Jersey, according to a press release. Scientists from UCLA, Rutgers University, UC Davis and the University of Alabama worked together to discover the new species, said Catherine Newman, a Ph.D. student at Louisiana State University. The species has currently not been described or given an official name … Leslie Rissler, associate professor of biological sciences at the University of Alabama, said the new species is at least six percent diverged from its sister species, the pickerel frog.

Engineering students place sixth in robotics competition
Crimson White – March 21
A team of senior students from the University of Alabama’s College of Engineering placed sixth in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers SoutheastCon hardware robotics competition on March 17. The team is comprised of seven seniors in the electrical and computer-engineering program at UA who are enrolled in the ECE 492/494 Capstone Senior Design course… Kenneth Ricks, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, serves as the faculty advisor for the team, which includes Ashley Allman, Matthew Bell, Mark Edwards, Bryant Grace, Andy Hains, Caleb Leslie and Jonathan Pittman…To gear up for the event, the students started preparation in August. “The team was responsible for the complete development of the life cycle of the robot, including research and design, procurement of parts, implementation of hardware and software, testing, debugging and competition,” Ricks said…The UA team placed second in the first three rounds of the competition, and they finished sixth out of a total of 54 teams for the overall high score in all four rounds.

16 percent fewer LSAT takers forebodes law school Ragnarok
JDjournal – March 20
With all the talk in the media of law school grads suing their alma maters, and with the sharp vignettes of JDs delivering pizzas, upcoming students are catching on. The LSAT Blog has reported that the number of test-takers nose-dived 16% last year (it was 171,514 in 2010, 155,050 in 2011, and 129,925 in the 2011-12 academic year). It seem that potential lawyers are wise to what lays in store for them down the legal path … “What I’d anticipate is that you’ll see the biggest falloff in applications in the bottom end of the law school food chain,” opines Andrew Morriss of the University of Alabama School of Law. – March 20
Omaha (Neb.) World Herald – March 21
CNBC – March 21

Belonging to SECU saves members over $648 million each year  – March 20
Every financial cooperative strives to bring value to their members, but State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) of North Carolina has taken it one step further by sharing with members the quantitative benefits of ownership $648 million!…Dr. Jackson, Professor of Finance, Professor of Management, and the Smith Foundation Endowed Chair of Business Integrity in the Culverhouse College of Commerce at the University of Alabama, documented savings for members in various categories…Dr. Jackson further comments, “Even in a year when the economy of North Carolina continued to struggle with severe unemployment, a fragile housing market, and a slow economic recovery, State Employees’ Credit Union of North Carolina produced a remarkable amount of financial benefits and support for its members.”

SGA hosts majors fair
Crimson White – March 21
The Student Government Association and the Academic Advisors Association are partnering with the Ferguson Center to host a Majors Fair in the Ferguson Heritage room and ballroom today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. “This Majors Fair will give students the opportunity to have a very engaging experience in exploring the world-class academic opportunities available at the University,” said David Wilson, SGA vice president for Student Affairs. The event will highlight all majors and minors offered at UA. Students will be able to meet with representatives from all colleges and ask questions regarding the different majors. Students can learn about career prospects for the different majors as well as internship and research opportunities.

Delta sororities promote awareness for women’s issues
Crimson White – March 21
The Delta Sigma Theta, Delta Xi Phi and Delta Zeta sororities have come together at the University of Alabama to present of a week of awareness about issues currently affecting women locally, nationally and globally. This is the inaugural year of this event for these three sororities and there will be events going on during the week to showcase this campaign. The name of the campaign, Campaign Delta, is bringing three sororities from three different greek councils to work together to bring awareness to issues affecting women today. Delta Sigma Theta represents the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Delta Xi Phi represents the United Greek Council and Delta Zeta represents the Alabama Panhellenic Association.

Alabama ‘Face Guy’ hits Los Angeles in new ‘Funny or Die’ video – March 20
University of Alabama student Jack Blankenship has already earned national attention for holding up a giant picture of his own face to distract opponents at Alabama basketball games. Blankenship has appeared on NBC’s “Today” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” This week the UA freshman is featured in a video from comedy website Funny or Die in which he is profiled as the nation’s foremost “distraction artist.”

DCAF goes guerrilla with outside performance
Crimson White – March 21
The Druid City Arts Festival kicked off this week with a Guerrilla Theatre performance by the University’s Alpha Psi Omega theater fraternity. The performance took place on the River Walk at Manderson Landing. The event was put on entirely by students under the leadership of Cooper Kennard, a junior majoring in musical theater and political science. He has been a part of APO since his freshman year and is always a part of the Guerrilla performances. Kennard’s connections with Creative Campus made it possible to include Guerilla Theatre as a part of the week leading up to DCAF.

UA among top sellers of licensed sports apparel 
WXIX (FOX) Cincinnati – March 21
Fox Business News – March 21
KOBI (NBC), Medford Falls, Ore.  – March 21
Supporting your college may mean you’re wearing a lot of green, no matter what your school colors are. Sales of licensed college sports gear is beating out the professional leagues like the NFL and MLB. One-fourth of all goods sold through licensed sports apparel stores this year are college-branded. The top sellers are the University of Texas, the University of Alabama and the University of Florida.

UA football player spends spring break on a mission trip
NBC 13 (Birmingham) – March 21
Football players who come to the University of Alabama strive to win championships. And they have, but some players know that it’s not just about making plays on Saturdays, but giving back. For the second year in a row, Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones spent his spring break on a mission trip to Haiti.

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