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UA Student News for Nov. 20, 2012

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Classes dismissed, Nov. 21-25
UA holiday, Nov. 22-25
University Supply Store special hours, Nov. 23, 1-5 p.m., Ferguson Center
University Supply Store special hours, Nov. 24, various locations
Men’s basketball vs. Charleston Southern, Nov. 23, 7 p.m., Coleman Coliseum
Football vs. Auburn, Nov. 24, 2:30 p.m., Bryant-Denny Stadium
Women’s basketball vs. Southeastern Louisiana, Nov. 25, 2 p.m., Foster Auditorium
Men’s basketball vs. Lamar, Nov. 27, 7 p.m., Coleman Coliseum
RA interest session, Nov. 26, 2 p.m., Riverside Community Center
SOI course evaluation surveys, Nov. 26-Dec. 9


UA President Judy Bonner has named Dr. Karen Baldwin as vice president for advancement, effective immediately. Baldwin has served as interim vice president for advancement since March and served as associate vice president for advancement from 2008 until her appointment as interim vice president. To read the full story click here.

Crimson Ride will run regular routes until Wednesday, Nov 21, at 6 p.m. Normal operation will resume Monday, Nov. 26, at 7 a.m. The 348-RIDE (7433) service will operate until Thursday, Nov. 22, at 7 a.m. Normal operation will resume Monday, Nov. 26, at 10 p.m. The shopping shuttle will run as normal on Sunday, Nov. 25.

The deadline to apply for UA’s Premier Awards is Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. 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. More information and an application:

Student Opinions of Instruction course evaluation surveys run Nov. 26-Dec. 9. Surveys for the School of Social Work will extend to Dec. 14. SOIs allow students to confidentially rate their UA learning experience and encourage feedback about their courses and instructors. Confidential reports of survey results are provided to UA faculty and administrators after grades are submitted. Student ratings help instructors improve their teaching and help the University evaluate courses and faculty. More information: or


Know how to get in the game. The Saturday, Nov. 24, football game against Auburn University kicks off at 2:30 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium and will be televised on CBS. 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

On game-day weekends during football season, many parking lots are used for Tide Pride and game-day parking. The following lots and areas must be vacated by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21 for the Auburn game: Colonial Drive south of Eighth Street, the south one-third section of the Coleman Coliseum lot, the Tutwiler main lot and “triangle” lot, the lower Student Recreation Center lot, the Northeast Campus Drive lot and the large lot east of the Moody Music Building. Re-entry to all faculty and staff lots, with the exception of the Ferguson deck and the North Ferguson-MIB lot, will be restricted after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Click here for a map that shows the parking-lot closures.


The Alabama International Relations Club will host guest speakers from Liberty in North Korea on Nov. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in 235 Lloyd Hall. LiNK is a grassroots organization in North America devoted to the North Korean human rights and humanitarian crises. Attendees will see LiNK’s latest documentary, “The People’s Crisis,” and also learn about the organization’s latest campaign. Refreshments will be provided. More information: Lubna Alansari at or 205-239-6238.

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


Students can donate their used textbooks in a program to help student veterans, dependents of veterans and survivors of military action obtain books for use in their education. Textbooks for Troops is a program started by the UA Student Government Association in conjunction with the Campus Veterans Association and Phi Mu Delta fraternity. Students can drop off books now through Dec. 15 in one of the boxes at the following locations: the Ferguson Center near the SGA office, the Center for Veterans and Military Affairs in 1 B.B. Comer Hall, and the Gorgas, Bruno, Hoole, McLure and Rodgers libraries. More information: Dawit Solomon at

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

The First Year Council is hosting a Capstone for Children gift drive from Nov. 27 to Dec. 7 to benefit hospitalized children.Click here for a list of approved and prohibited gift items. More information: Sam Jones at

Phi Sigma Pi honor fraternity is collecting canned goods for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Students can drop off canned goods at the Student Recreation Center now through Dec. 7. More information: Caroline Armbrester at

Members of the Public Relations Student Society of America at UA are collecting coats and money as part of its Tuscaloosa Gives Back campaign to assist people affected by Hurricane Sandy. PRSSA has set a goal to collect at least 200 coats and $500. Click here for more information, including location of collection boxes and where to donate money.


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 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.

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

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