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UA Student News for April 26, 2016

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DEADLINES

Student Opinions of Instruction course-evaluation surveys, May 1
Full payment or participation in payment plan for summer term, May 10
Priority renewal date for registered campus organizations for fall time period, May 31

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

Classes end Friday, April 29, and final exams will be held May 2-6. More information: Academic Calendar.

The University of Alabama will hold spring commencement ceremonies May 6 and May 7. More information: http://registrar.ua.edu/degrees/commencement.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The University of Alabama has in place a policy regulating use of skateboards, in-line skates, roller skates and electronic personal assistance mobility devices (i.e., Segways) on University-owned and -maintained property. The policy applies to UA students, employees and visitors. The University encourages students to become familiar with the policy, which was established to provide a safe environment for all students, employees and visitors. More information: The University of Alabama Skateboard Policy 2016. Questions: Parking Services at uapark@bama.ua.edu or 348-5471.

Student Account Services reminds students that payment in full or participation in a payment plan is required before noon on May 10 for the summer term. Schedules for students who have not made payment arrangements by the deadline will be canceled.

If you have not already done so, log in via myBama and complete the following:

  • Set up your student profile, which includes the ability to add alternative email addresses and the ability to opt in for text messages.
  • Go to the eRefund tab and set up your direct deposit. Direct deposit is now required for any refunds. If you had direct deposit before, you will need to add it in the new system.
  • Set up authorized users that you want to grant access to your account, even if they existed in the old system.

Payment plans will now be available within the new billing system once the billing period opens for each semester. If you would like to participate, you must enroll each semester. You will also be able to store payment methods for your convenience.

For more information, visit Student Account Services at https://studentaccounts.ua.edu.

Student Opinions of Instruction course-evaluation surveys for Spring Semester 2016 began April 18 and will continue until May 1 for most of the campus. Surveys for classes in the School of Social Work run until May 8. SOI allows students to confidentially rate their UA learning experiences and encourages feedback about their courses and instructors. Confidential reports of survey results are provided to UA faculty and administrators after all grades are submitted. Student ratings are important because they help both the faculty and the administration plan for future improvements. Visit the SOI website or send an email to soi@ua.edu for more information.

Students can now check out laptops and Chromebooks for 72 hours at the circulation desk on the second floor of Gorgas Library. Anyone checking out laptops must have a valid UA Action Card. This pilot program continues through the end of August. More information: Laptop Computers Policy.

Students can now experience virtual reality through the new Oculus Rift headset. You can check out the headset at the circulation desk at Rodgers Library for Science and Engineering. More information: http://apps.lib.ua.edu/blogs/rlib.

APPLICATIONS

Registered student organizations on campus must file renewal applications annually during either the fall time period (March 15-Oct. 15) or the spring time period (Nov. 15-Feb. 15). All organizations that have not completed the renewal process by the priority deadline for their time periods will be removed from the online directory. The priority deadline for fall organizations is May 31. Organizations must also submit new Child Protection and Hazing Policy forms to the Office of Student Involvement at 3610 Ferguson Student Center before the renewal application can be reviewed. If you are unsure of your time period or would like to change it based on your new officer-selection period, contact the Office of Student Involvement at sileadership@sa.ua.edu.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Sitters for Service seeks students to volunteer to be sitters for the Summer I and Summer II terms. To apply, visit https://podio.com/webforms/15537896/1041404. More information: Stephanie Charles at sittersforservice@ua.edu.

Check the Events Calendar daily for an extensive list of campus events, including club meetings, arts and entertainment.

For athletics events, go to http://www.rolltide.com.

The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.