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UA Student News for April 17, 2012

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UA Day of Service volunteer registration, April 18
Purchase period for home-game football tickets for students who opted in, now through April 20
Applications for SGA director and standing committee positions, today, 5 p.m.
Applications for Nonprofit Protégé Program, April 20, 5 p.m.
Applications for NAMI-UA positions, April 20
Deadline to place names on waiting list for student tickets for away football games, April 24, 5 p.m.


UA Leadership food drive, now through April 20
“Take Back the Night march and rally,” today, 6-7:30 p.m., Ferguson Center Plaza
Panel discussion on Alabama’s immigration law, today, 7 p.m., 309 Ferguson Center
“Ask the Sexperts,” April 18, 7:30 p.m., Ferguson Center Theater
Mental Health Monologues, April 19, 7:30 p.m., 38 Lloyd Hall
UA Day of Service, April 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Last Lecture featuring UA professor Rick Bragg, April 23, 6 p.m., 118 Bibb Graves Hall


Men’s baseball vs. Mississippi Valley State, April 17, 6 p.m., Sewell-Thomas Stadium
Women’s softball vs. Georgia State, April 17, 6 p.m., Rhoads Stadium
Men’s baseball vs. Mississippi Valley State, April 18, 6 p.m., Sewell-omas Stadium
Men’s baseball vs. Vanderbilt, April 20 (6:30 p.m.), April 21 (2 p.m.) and April 22 (1 p.m.), Sewell-Thomas Stadium
Women’s rowing vs. Iowa, April 21, Black Warrior River


Students who plan to volunteer as part of “UA Remembers: A Day of Service” on Saturday, April 21, and who plan to participate in lunch on the Quad immediately afterward are encouraged to sign up at The UA Day of Service is being held to remember the first anniversary of the April 27, 2011, tornado by bringing UA and the community together to serve others. Volunteers will meet on campus the morning of April 21 and be transported to one of three work sites located along the path of the tornado. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., volunteers will clean and beautify tornado-damaged areas. At 1 p.m., volunteers will return to the campus to have lunch on the Quad, pausing for a moment of silence in honor of the six UA students and the UA employee who died as a result of the tornado. The UA Day of Service begins a week of events and remembrances that will culminate in the city of Tuscaloosa’s memorial service in Coleman Coliseum on April 27.

UA departments and organizations planning commemorative activities should contact Deborah Lane, assistant to the president and assistant vice president for University Relations, at

Slash Pine Press is accepting writing of less than 100 words that captures the spirit of the Tuscaloosa, Holt, Alberta City and University communities during and after the April 27 tornadoes. The editors of Slash Pine Press will select a cross-section of 20 submitted pieces to represent the Tuscaloosa area. Submissions should be sent to More information:


Applications for director and standing committee positions with the Student Government Association are due today by 5 p.m. Click here to access the applications from the SGA website. Students can apply for both; however, director applications will take priority. An individual who is selected for a director position will no longer be eligible for a standing committee position. More information: Brennan Johnson at

Applications for officer elections for the NAMI-UA for the 2012-13 academic year are due Friday, April 20. NAMI stands for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Available positions are vice president, secretary, treasurer, webmaster, chair of recruitment and public relations, chair of mental health awareness and chair of support services. Positions are open to all majors and undergraduate and graduate students. Those interested should email NAMI-UA at and include in the email the positions in which they are interested and a brief description of qualifications. Deadline to send the email is April 20. More information:


Students can apply to be a part of the Nonprofit Protégé Program, an eight-week experience that allows UA students to walk in the shoes of a nonprofit administrator or CEO in the state of Alabama. Approximate dates for the program will be May 15 to July 1 and June 15 to Aug. 1. A limited number of students will be selected and matched to work with leaders from agencies in various cities across the state. Applications are available in the Community Service Center in 346 Ferguson Center and are due Friday, April 20, by 5 p.m. More information:

The Good Samaritan Clinic at 3880 Watermelon Road in Northport, Ala., is looking for volunteers for a community fundraiser that will be held on Saturday, April 21. The clinic provides free health care to low-income families and those who do not have health insurance. More information: Brittney Knox at

Re:Generation will host a talent show at Forest Manor Nursing Home in Northport, Ala., Monday, April 23, at 2 p.m. Students who would like to perform at the talent show or volunteer can contact Carly Evans at Talent-show winners will receive prizes. Students can register their community-service hours on Service Learning Pro.


The UA chapter of Alabama Arise will host a panel discussion on the Alabama immigration law today at 7 p.m. in 309 Ferguson Center. Scheduled speakers are Dan Lemley, immigration attorney; Gwen Ferreti, co-founder of Somos Tuskaloosa; Tomas Lopez, attorney with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Immigrant Justice Project; and Dr. Michael Innis-Jiménez, UA assistant professor of American studies. More information:

A “Take Back the Night” march and rally will be held today from 6-7:30 p.m. to raise awareness about sexual assault. The event will include a keynote address by Wendy Murphy, survivor stories, a candlelight vigil and student performances. The rally will begin at the Ferguson Center Plaza and include a march around the Quad. For more information, click here.

The 30-Day-Tobacco-Free Challenge is being held throughout April to help University students, faculty and staff give up tobacco. The Health Hut is featuring smoking as its topic now through Friday, April 20. Students can stop by any Health Hut location to receive resources and tips on smoking cessation. For more information, contact the Student Health Center’s Department of Health Promotion and Wellness at 348-3878 and follow the Health Hut on Twitter at #Time2Quit.

Leadership UA’s on-campus food drive in partnership with the West Alabama Food Bank continues through Friday, April 20. Nonperishable foods can be placed in designated containers at Bidgood Hall, ten Hoor Hall, Morgan Hall, Shelby Hall and the Office of Judicial Affairs at 107 Mary Burke Hall West. Sorority members are eligible to receive Panhellenic points for donating. Individuals wishing to donate large amounts of food may contact Cole Napoleon at 407-754-4478 to arrange a drop-off.

The Homegrown Alabama farmers market will be held each Thursday through October from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the lawn of Canterbury Episcopal Chapel, which is located across from Mary Burke Hall on Hackberry Lane. The market offers fresh produce, goat cheese, grass-fed beef and pork, cut flowers, baked goods and more. Bama Cash and EBT are accepted.

A free “Ask the Sexperts” event will be held Wednesday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ferguson Center Theater. Panelists will answer questions about sexual health, sexual assault and healthy relationships. Questions can be submitted before or during the event. Students in attendance will have the opportunity to win door prizes. Click here for more information.

A free workshop that focuses on transitioning from military life to student life will be held Thursday, April 19, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in 300 Ferguson Center. All veterans, service members, dependents and survivors are invited to the workshop, which includes dinner. Reservations required at The deadline to register is Monday, April 16. More information: Jennifer Phillips at

Mental Health Monologues will be presented Thursday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. in 38 Lloyd Hall. Refreshments and conversation will follow the show. Mental Health Monologues is a project that collects anonymous essay submissions from students on campus about their personal struggles with mental illness. The submissions are then used as monologues performed by actors during a staged performance as a means to erase the stigma surrounding the discussion and treatment of mental illness.

The UA Graduate School has announced journalism professor Rick Bragg is the recipient of the 2012 Last Lecture Award. Bragg will give his lecture, titled “So People Won’t Forget,” Monday, April 23, at 6 p.m. in 118 Bibb Graves Hall. The free event is open to the public. Click here for more information.

Adam Hill and Brooke Howell will showcase their sculpture, ceramics and graphic design artwork April 30-May 11 at Harrison Galleries in downtown Tuscaloosa. The two seniors will graduate in May with bachelor’s degrees in studio art. The opening reception for “Connect” will be held May 3 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Harrison Galleries, 2315 University Blvd. More information: Brooke Howell at

A paintball event will be held Saturday, April 21, at 1550 Avalon Drive in Cottondale, Ala. Cost is $25 per person and includes gun, mask, air, field entry, 500 count paintballs and optional chest protector. Two time slots are available: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 2-5:30 p.m. More information: or

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