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UA TO HOLD SPRING COMMENCEMENT EXERCISESThe University will hold its spring commencement exercises May 6-7 at Coleman Coliseum on the UA campus. More than 5,300 diplomas are scheduled to be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students from all colleges and schools. Students from the Culverhouse College of Commerce and the College of Engineering will participate in Friday’s ceremony, which begins at 6 p.m. Students from the Capstone College of Nursing, College of Communication & Information Sciences, College of Education and College of Human Environmental Sciences will participate in the 9 a.m. ceremony Saturday, while students from the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Social Work will participate in Saturday’s 2 p.m. ceremony. The UA School of Law will hold its commencement exercise at 6 p.m., Saturday at Coleman Coliseum. For more information, contact David Miller, UA media relations, 205/348-0825 or

JONES GALLERY SHOWCASES MINIATURE ART – Forget murals and mammoth outdoor sculptures. A new exhibit at UA’s Paul R. Jones Gallery in downtown Tuscaloosa features art at the other end of the spectrum—not big paintings, but miniatures—through July 22. The exhibit, “In Miniature: Small Pictures from The Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art,” was curated by Emily Bibb, the gallery’s collections manager, and is free and open to the public. The Paul R. Jones Gallery honors the late Paul R. Jones who, during his lifetime, amassed one of the largest collections of African-American art in the world. Jones donated more than 2,100 pieces of his collection, now valued at $10.3 million, to UA in 2008. The gallery is located at 2308 6th St. in downtown Tuscaloosa. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the first Friday of every month from noon to 8 p.m. For more details, contact Courtney Corbridge, communications specialist, College of Arts and Sciences, 205/348-8539, or UA media relations, 205/348-5320.

STUDENTS RECEIVE TRUMAN, HERTZ AWARDS – Three outstanding UA students have recently received honors for graduate study. Ciara Malaugh, of Huntsville, and Dana Sweeney, of Kingsland, Georgia, were named Truman Scholars for public service. Sarah McFann, of Arlington, Tennessee, was named a Hertz Fellow for graduate study in engineering. Their achievements demonstrate the continued academic success of UA students. In addition, three UA students recently were named Hollings Scholars, and two received Goldwater Scholar recognition. For more details, contact Richard LeComte, media relations,, 205/348-3782. 


UA MATTERS: VITAL INFORMATION ON FOOD — Label claims on food products can provide a wealth of information about the foods we eat but can sometimes be daunting to understand. Being aware of what these claims mean can enhance your shopping experience and allow you to choose foods based on your health needs. Find out more in UA Matters. For assistance, contact: Kim Eaton, UA media relations, at 808/640-5912 or


CONFERENCE ON TRAILS — UA’s Center for Economic Development in partnership with the Alabama Trails Commission is sponsoring a leadership workshop on Alabama trails from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 14, in Tuscaloosa. The one-day workshop, which features trail tours, will be at the Mary Ann Phelps Activity Center, 2200 Rock Quarry Drive. The workshop will feature information on innovative public-private partnership case studies including the Back Country Horsemen Association, the West Alabama Mountain Bike Association, Tuscaloosa Parks and Recreation Authority and the Cheaha Trail Riders. For more details, contact Candace Johnson Skelton, with the UA Center for Economic Development,, 205/348-8338. For assistance, contact Richard LeComte, media relations,, 205/348-3782.

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.