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UA Student News for Feb. 19, 2013

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Community Service Center student-staff applications, Feb. 22, 5 p.m., 346 Ferguson Center


Bama Idol auditions, Feb. 19, 6-9 p.m., 305 Ferguson Center


Capstone Conversations with CNN’s Don Lemon, Feb. 21, 6-8 p.m., Ferguson Center Theater
Bama Idol auditions, Feb. 21, 7 p.m., Mary Burke Hall
Gloria and John L. Blackburn Academic Symposium Lecture featuring Bob Woodward, 6-7 p.m., Bryant Conference Center’s Sellers Auditorium
Habitat for Humanity service project, Feb. 23, 8:15 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuscaloosa
State of the Black Union, Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m., Russell Hall auditorium
Bama Idol auditions, Feb. 25, 3-5:30 p.m., Tutwiler Hall
Bama Idol auditions, Feb. 25, 6-8 p.m., Riverside Community
Bama Idol auditions, Feb. 25, 7 p.m., Bryant Hall
Bama Idol auditions, Feb. 25, 7 p.m., Blount Undergraduate Living-Learning Center
Bama Idol auditions, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., Harris Hall


Using the theme “Through the Doors,” The University of Alabama is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of UA with a series of activities and events throughout 2013. A special series of events is also planned for June 8-11. All events will honor the desegregation of UA, which occurred in June 1963; the courage and dedication of the two African-American students who enrolled in the University on June 11, 1963; the University’s changes over the past 50 years; and the University’s commitment to continued progress in the future. A special website devoted to the anniversary has been launched at Those interested can check the site often for calendar events, special remembrances and other highlights of the year and the past 50 years.

The Graduate Student Leadership Council invites all members of the UA community to join the council in attending the annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee in Selma, Ala., on Sunday, March 3, in commemoration of several historic civil rights events. The UA contingent will leave Bibb Graves Hall at 10 a.m. and arrive back in Tuscaloosa around 7 p.m. The cost of the trip is $15, which will cover transportation to and from Selma. Activities include a pre-rally at Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church, a re-enactment of the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, and a post-march rally. Reservations and payments are due Feb. 25 to Marylee Freeman in 202 Carmichael Hall. More information: Marylee Freeman at or 348-5561.


One of the University’s highest priorities is the safety and well-being of its students. One way students can stay safe is to avoid traveling alone at night and to confine walking to well-lit, regular-traveled walks and pathways. Students can refer to the Safer Living Guide for safety precautions to take on and off campus.

Students may also sign up for the GUARDIAN program, which allows students to use their cell phones to notify UAPD at the touch of a button if they need emergency assistance or to set a passive timer based on their expected arrival time at a destination on campus or in the Tuscaloosa area. If a student initiates an emergency call or if the notification timer is not deactivated, GUARDIAN software provides UAPD with critical profile information and, in most cases, GPS information to help contact and locate the student if necessary. There is no charge to sign up for or use the program. For more information on GUARDIAN, go to and select the GUARDIAN link.

Undergraduate students of all majors are invited to enter UA’s annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference scheduled for April 16 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. Students can register online at March 22 is the deadline to register and submit a project abstract. In addition to the website, more information is available by contacting Michelle Estes at or by following the conference on Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook.

Students can nominate individuals for the UA AAA Academic Advisor Excellence Award. The award recognizes the importance of academic advising and is given to an outstanding faculty advisor, professional advisor or someone with responsibility for advising who has made significant contributions to the field of academic advising. Click here for an application. More information: Shelley Vold at or 348-6639.


March 11 is the deadline for students to apply to be a member of the 2013-14 SOURCE Board of Governors, which consists of five collaborative leaders who work to provide resources and services to UA’s registered student organizations. More information:

The Collegiate 100 Black Women is an organization that promotes professionalism, academic excellence and cultural awareness. The organization also participates in service projects throughout the Tuscaloosa area. Meetings are every first and third Wednesdays at 7 p.m. More information: Andrea Dobynes at or 334-349-5317.

Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority is encouraging students to vote for UA basketball coach Anthony Grant in ESPN’s Coaches’ Charity Challenge. The coach with the largest number of votes at the end of the contest will be awarded $100,000 for his chosen charity. Click here for more information and to vote. Click on the “South Region” tab to vote for Grant. Students can vote each day until March 11.

Students interested in joining Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity can contact Matt Lesser at or 513-410-1637.


The University of Alabama Crossroads Community Center invites the campus and community to participate in events throughout February during African-American History Month.Click here for more information.

Auditions for the next Bama Idol are in progress. All registered UA students are eligible to audition on any of the following dates and at the following locations: Feb. 19, 305 Ferguson Center, 6-9 p.m.; Feb. 21, Mary Burke Hall Crimson Nights community room, 7 p.m.; Feb. 25, Tutwiler Hall community room, 3–5:30 p.m., Riverside Community public-meeting room, 6-8 p.m., Bryant Hall, 7 p.m. and Blount Undergraduate Initiative Living-Learning Center, 7 p.m.; Feb. 26, Harris Hall, 7 p.m.; Feb. 27, Presidential Village, seventh floor, 7-9 p.m.; and Feb. 28, Presidential Village, seventh floor, 6-9 p.m.

Auditions require a 30-second a cappella performance. A total of eight finalists will be selected to perform in the Bama Idol finale to be held on March 13 at 8 p.m. in the Ferguson Center Theater. More information:

CNN anchor Don Lemon will speak as part of the Capstone Conversations series at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Ferguson Center Theater. His presentation is part of the events commemorating the 50th anniversary of integration at the University. A book signing follows the lecture. Copies of Lemon’s memoir, “Transparent,” will be available for purchase in the University Supply Store. Students can click here to register for free tickets to the event.

Bob Woodward, Washington Post associate editor, author and investigative reporter, will speak at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, in Sellers Auditorium at the Bryant Conference Center. The event is free and open to the public. Woodward is the speaker in the Gloria and John L. Blackburn Academic Symposium Lecture under the auspices of UA’s Blackburn Institute. His visit will include meetings with the Blackburn Fellows.

UA’s Black Student Union and the NAACP invite all UA students to the annual State of the Black Union on Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Russell Hall. Andre Taylor, the first African-American president of the University’s National Alumni Association, will be the guest speaker. More information: Reava Vaughters at

UA students are invited to participate in Higher Education Day in Montgomery, Ala., on Feb. 28. Students and others across the state will gather on the Capitol steps to raise awareness for funding higher education in Alabama. UA students will leave from the Student Recreation Center at 7 a.m. that day and return at 3 p.m. Students can register for the free event at More information: Jimmy Taylor at

The third annual Alabama Modern Language Conference will be held March 1-2 in 327 Ferguson Center from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day. The conference will feature participants from UA and other U.S. universities. 
The theme of the conference is “Redefining Borders: Bridging the Gap between Languages, Literature and Cultures.” 
Keynote speakers will be Texas Tech University professor Hafid Gafaiti and McDaniel College professor Thomas Deveny. More information: Sandrine Hope at

UA Outdoor Recreation will lead a rock-climbing trip in Jamestown, Ark., on March 2. The cost is $45 for students. The trip will be overnight, and all equipment will be provided. More information: Outdoor Recreation at 348-7045.

A free community screening of “Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare” will be held March 3 at 3 p.m. at the Bama Theatre in downtown Tuscaloosa. A panel discussion will follow the screening, which is being sponsored by several UA organizations. The documentary was an official selection of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. More information: or 348-9103.

The Women’s Resource Center will present the third Brown Bag Lecture Series on March 6 at noon in 360 Ferguson Center. Dr. Pamela Foster, assistant professor in the College of Community Health Sciences, will speak on the topic of “Women’s Empowerment Strategies in HIV/AIDS Prevention.” Puneet Gill, UA doctoral student, will speak on the topic of “Sex Education in Life Science Classrooms.” Attendees should bring their lunches. More information:

UA students are invited to hear UA history professor Dr. Michael Mendle lecture on “Absolutely the Most Important Thing You Know Nothing About: Shorthand and Civilization in 17th-Century England.” The lecture will be held March 6 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in 205 Gorgas Library. More information: Donna Adcock at or 348-1416.

A “Safe Spring Break Student Health Fair” will be held March 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ferguson Center Plaza. Participants can receive free vaccinations, health screenings and information about campus and non-campus organizations that are can assist students with their physical and mental well-being. Door prizes and free refreshments will be available. Students should remember to bring their ACT cards. More information: Kristy Sillay at or 348-3878.

“Echo,” an exhibit of paintings by UA graduate student Astri Snodgrass, is on display through March 3 in the Ferguson Center Art Gallery. Gallery hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The exhibition highlights selections of recent work that explore memory and perception. Snodgrass is in her second semester in the department of art and art history’s MFA studio art program with a concentration in painting. Her work can be viewed at


Baseball vs. Southern Mississippi, Feb. 19, 6 p.m., Sewell-Thomas Stadium
Men’s basketball vs. Mississippi State, Feb. 20, 7 p.m., Coleman Coliseum
Softball vs. Western Illinois, Feb. 22, 4 p.m., Rhoads Stadium
Softball vs. Iowa, Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m., Rhoads Stadium
Women’s tennis vs. Texas Tech, Feb. 22, 5 p.m., Tennis Complex
Men’s tennis vs. Furman, Feb. 23, 10 a.m., Tennis Complex
Men’s tennis vs. Southern Mississippi, Feb. 23, 3 p.m., Tennis Complex
Softball vs. Iowa, Feb. 23, 1:30 p.m., Rhoads Stadium
Softball vs. Western Illinois, Feb. 23, 4 p.m., Rhoads Stadium
Softball vs. Winthrop, Feb. 24, 1:30 p.m., Rhoads Stadium
Women’s basketball vs. Florida, Feb. 24, 2 p.m., Fosters Auditorium
Men’s basketball vs. Auburn, Feb. 26, 6 p.m., Coleman Coliseum
Baseball vs. Samford, Feb. 26, 6 p.m., Sewell-Thomas Stadium


Community Service Center student-staff applications are available for 2013-14. Individuals interested in applying should be dedicated, committed student leaders who want to be engaged in service opportunities. Final applications are due on Friday, Feb. 22, by 5 p.m. and can be found at More information: Visit the UA Community Service Center in 346 Ferguson Center or contact Kimberly Montgomery at

The Community Service Center will be taking students to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa on Feb. 23. Students will help with external repairs on a home in the Tuscaloosa community. Students will meet at the Ferguson Center at 8:15 a.m. to drive to the site and will work from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students can sign up at More information: Lisa Bochey at

The Community Service Center is asking for gift cards to send to Hattiesburg, Miss., and the University of Southern Mississippi community to help purchase items needed following a Feb. 10 tornado that damaged parts of that city and the USM campus. Students can bring gift cards to the CSC office at 346 Ferguson Center. CSC is also planning to take a group of students to Hattiesburg in March to help with relief efforts. More information: Paige Bussanich at or 256-577-7238.

Join University Programs and UA’s Up ’til Dawn organization for “Dodgeball for a Purpose” in support of the fight against childhood cancer. Teams of six to eight students can click here to register. Team names should be sent to Winners will receive general scholarships. The event will be held Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. at Presidential Park. More information: Melanie Williams-Hill at

The Up ’til Dawn student-run organization at UA invites all students to participate in the group’s letter-writing event on March 7 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Zone at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The event is held every year to support the fight against childhood cancer. Free food, game booths and a live band will be available. Visit Up ’til Dawn’s Facebook page for more information.

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