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UA Student News for Nov. 13, 2012

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Scholarship awareness forum, 6 p.m., 226 Lloyd Hall


RA interest sessions, various times and locations
Beat Auburn Beat Hunger, daily through Nov. 16
Great American Smokeout, daily through Nov. 15
Veterans Week, daily through Nov. 16
Up ’til Dawn for St. Jude’s Awareness Week, daily through Nov. 16, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Ferguson Center; fundraiser Nov. 14 at Chik-fil-A in Northport
World Diabetes Day, Nov. 14, noon-4 p.m., the Quad
Death Penalty from A Social Justice Perspective, Nov. 14, 6-7 p.m., 111 ten Hoor Hall
Homegrown Alabama Farmers Market last appearance for 2012, Nov. 15, 3-5 p.m., lawn of Canterbury Episcopal Chapel
UA Habitat for Humanity volunteer opportunities meeting, Nov. 15, 7 p.m., 312 Ferguson Center
“La Grande Vadrouille” film screening, Nov. 15, 7 p.m., French House


Applications for UA’s Premier Awards are available. Each UA student who applies for the awards will need one letter of recommendation. The Premier Awards are the highest honors given by the University. They will be presented in February. The deadline to apply is Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. More information:

Blackboard Learn will replace the current e-Learning system on Dec. 31 and will be the only learning-management system used. Students should save any needed materials out of e-Learning by following the guide found here. To learn more about how to use Blackboard Learn, visit For more information about UA’s transition to Blackboard Learn, contact

Also, Blackboard Learn is now available in UA’s suite of mobile applications.


The Student Government Association is sponsoring a scholarship awareness forum for currently enrolled students today at 6 p.m. in 226 Lloyd Hall. The forum will provide students with information and resources for receiving scholarships from UA and outside sources. Scholarships for undergraduate study, graduate school, law school and study-abroad programs will be discussed. Presenters will be Dr. Charles Nash, vice chancellor for academic and student affairs with The University of Alabama System; Dr. Jacqueline Morgan, associate dean of the Honors College; and Dr. Gary Sloan, coordinator of prestigious scholarships and awards for the Honors College. Each attendee will receive a booklet of information regarding scholarships and resources on campus to help prepare for the application process and will also have a chance to win a $500 scholarship from the SGA. Refreshments will be provided. More information: Sydney Page at

The Homegrown Alabama Farmers Market last market of 2012 will be Nov. 15 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the lawn at Canterbury Episcopal Chapel. Seasonal produce, local meat, goat cheese and soap will be available, as well as craft vendors and the market’s regular vendors. Available produce will include a variety of cooking greens, root vegetables, lettuces, peanuts, broccoli, hot peppers, persimmons, passion fruit, pears and a few tomatoes. More information: Mo Fiorella at or 205-210-9621

The Student Health Center Department of Health Promotion and Wellness, in collaboration with Project Health and the Student Government Association, is hosting the Great American Smokeout through Nov. 15. To showcase the environmental and health dangers of smoking, the Health Hut will provide supplies for a cigarette cleanup. Students can stop by the Health Hut Nov. 13-14 and pick up gloves and plastic bags to collect cigarette butts littering campus. Full bags can be returned to the Health Hut. The accumulated litter will be on display in the Ferguson Center on Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information: Delynne Wilcox at or 348-3878.

All students are invited to support a branch of the military in the first Battle of the Branches. Participation in trivia, Halo 4, community service with the Veterans Affairs, Tug of War and much more can all earn points for each participant’s chosen branch. Sign up online at More information: Alex Karagas at or For more information about Veterans Week, click here.

The UA student chapter of Alabama Arise and the School of Social Work invite all students to a discussion about the death penalty and social justice on Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. in 111 ten Hoor Hall. The effects of capital punishment on society will be explored through the words of Gary Drinkard, an exonerated death-row inmate, and Joanne Terrell, death-penalty mitigator and instructor for the School of Social Work. Free barbecue will be available while it lasts. More information: Keith Saint at or 256-577-5015.

Students can register a team and select a campsite for UA’s Relay for Life that will be held April 12-13, 2013, on the UA campus. Students can participate in the UA Relay for Life for cancer awareness by calling 800-227-2345 or 205-342-2009 or by clicking here. More information: Anna Lisa Sexton at 205-342-2009 or

The fourth annual Bama Buddies service project has begun. Bama Buddies allows student organizations to buy, build and customize stuffed animals for donation to children during the holiday. In addition, students can attend Build-A-Buddy Bonanzas to receive discounted buddy prices, free food, live music and a unique chance to build bears with groups from across campus. Visit for details and registration. More information: David Phelps at

“La Grande Vadrouille,” the fourth movie in the Fall French Film Series, will be shown Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. at the French house. The house is located in Unit D of the Smith Woods complex near the Crimson Ride transit hub and the Biology Building. More information: Chelsea Tanous at


Know how to get in the game. The Saturday, Nov. 17, football game against Western Carolina kicks off at 11:21 a.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium and will be televised on the SEC Network (CW21-WTTO TV in Tuscaloosa). Students who currently have tickets or need tickets to the game will want to know how to “Get in the Game,” how the changes to the way student tickets are handled, how to enter the stadium (Gate 31 only) and how parking near the stadium affects them. For more information on the changes, visit the following sites: Action Card Office (click on My Tickets UA) or

Women’s volleyball vs. South Carolina, Nov. 16, 7 p.m., Foster Auditorium

Women’s basketball vs. Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Nov. 17, 5 p.m., Foster Auditorium

Women’s volleyball vs. Auburn, Nov. 18, 1 p.m., Foster Auditorium

Women’s basketball vs. North Texas, Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m., Foster Auditorium


Students who are interested in working for Housing and Residential Communities as resident advisors or freshman advisors during Fall Semester 2013 must attend one of the information sessions scheduled during November.Click here for specific dates, times and locations of the meetings. More information: Mary Thornton at or 348-9975.

Students seeking part-time work as babysitters or tutors can apply to be a part of the new Babysitting Network  and Tutoring Network. More information: Victoria Corley at or 348-6045.


The department of communication studies has opened the Speaking Center on the second floor of Reese Phifer Hall on a trial run. The Speaking Center is a resource center for all faculty, staff and students to receive feedback on their presentations and help in facilitating group projects. Available dates are Nov. 13-16. More information and to schedule an appointment:


The UA chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness  and the Counseling Center are accepting creative essays about students’ personal experiences with mental illness. Student actors will perform the essays as monologues in the third annual “Mental Health Monologues: Erase the Stigma.” Visit to submit an essay or for more information. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 30.

UA’s Up ‘til Dawn for St. Jude’s Awareness Week is ongoing through Nov. 16. Students can learn more about the organization and its mission to fight childhood cancer by visiting Up ‘til Dawn’s table at the Ferguson Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The organization will host a fundraiser Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Chick-fil-A in Northport. More information:

Student organizations can apply for SOURCE Collaborative Grants at The grant is a tool to assist student organizations in funding events that help build a better community at both the University and Tuscaloosa community levels. The grant aims to foster partnership and communication between organizations on campus. Eligible organizations that partner together to host an event can receive up to $3,000. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis and must be submitted one month prior to the event. More information: Emily Dowdell at


World Diabetes Day will be celebrated on the Quad Wednesday, Nov. 14. Festivities will include health screenings, diabetes education and several other health-related activities and entertainment. Students who are interested in volunteering for the event should contact Koushik Kasanagottu at or Mary Elizabeth Halliday at

Students who want to help Tuscaloosa recover from the April 27, 2012, tornado are invited to a meeting of the UA chapter of Habitat for Humanity. The executive board and Habitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa staff will speak about opportunities available and the need for volunteers. The meeting will be Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. in 312 Ferguson Center (Morris Mayer Room). More information: Erica Sucher at

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