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UA In the News — Aug. 23

Virtual Sandbox at UA helps teach about flooding
ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – Aug. 22
This exhibit at the Alabama Museum of Natural History is made up of a Microsoft Connect Camera, a projector, computer and of course, sand. One goal to teach topographic mapping. In the simulation, your hand can also act as a cloud producing virtual rain, which Dr. Cohen says demonstrates hydrological processes. Another use of this hands-on exhibit is to teach the public about the dangers of living in a flood plain. It’s a hands-on approach to real world situations, lessons that can be learned by kids of all ages.
Rise Center charity sale supports school’s mission
Tuscaloosa News – Aug. 23
Brand-new items from local retailers will be offered at deep discounts on Friday and Saturday at the annual Buy for Rise sale. The sale begins Friday night from 5-8 p.m. with a preview of items that will be 75 percent off the lowest marked prices. Tickets for the Friday night preview are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. A limited number of $100 golden tickets that allow 30 shoppers a 30-minute early admission are still available. Advance preview tickets and golden tickets can be purchased at the Rise Center, 600 Johnny Stallings Drive, where the event will take place. Preview night also includes a silent auction with items like gift cards and gift baskets and catering from Hoo’s Q, Pastor’s Kitchen and International Wines.
Campus experts explain how to deal with fear and anxiety as students navigate new life challenges
Crimson White – Aug. 22
The quarter-life crisis is often linked to transitional points in a person’s life, whether that be entering their freshman year of college or getting ready 
to graduate. Students start to fear what is coming next and question if they are on the right path. According to Lee Keyes, executive director of the UA Counseling Center, students in a quarter-life crisis or similar situation often feel lost and confused. Oftentimes these feelings can be due to the new freedom that students are or will be experiencing, especially those close 
to graduation. “When you are going through school everything is sort of laid out for you and planned,” Keyes said. “You have schedules that you can predict and know about. Then all of a sudden this comes to a stop…and people aren’t quite sure what to do with their life.” Holly Hallmann, director of the UA Center for Academic Success, echoed a similar sentiment, saying that students often feel afraid, lost and distressed because they are so used to having goals, milestones and completing them. Finally achieving their goal of going to college or graduating can bring upon feelings of, “Now what?”
Why male-dominated workplaces hold women back
World Economic Forum – Aug. 23
Despite the early gains of women in professional and service jobs that require a college education, many such occupations remain disproportionately male, particularly at the highest levels. Furthermore, most technical and manual blue-collar jobs have undergone little to no integration since the 1970s. Economists Francine Blau at Cornell University, Peter Brummund at the University of Alabama, and Albert Yung-Hsu Liu at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.,examined trends in occupational segregation between 1970 and 2009 and found that the process of desegregation has slowed significantly in recent decades, regardless of the education level necessary for a job. (See Figure 1.)
Portrait of Alabama football legend Kenny Stabler unveiled in Tuscaloosa
Alabama News Center – – Aug . 22
His painting was revealed; his presence was felt.Family, friends and fans were in Tuscaloosa Saturday, Aug. 20 to honor the late Kenny Stabler, star quarterback for the University of Alabama, with the unveiling of his portrait at the Paul W. Bryant Museum. Titled “Unforgettable,” the painting by renowned Alabama artist Steve Skipper shows the dynamic No. 12 in action, leading his team over the University of Nebraska in the 1967 Sugar Bowl with a play that Stabler chose to be memorialized. But the colorful man known as “Snake” was more than just an image on a canvas. “Any amazing event that we were lucky to do this past year, he’s always been right there, we can definitely feel him,” said his daughter Kendra Stabler Moyes.
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Aug. 22
Get to Know an Organization: First Year Experience
Crimson White – Aug. 22
First Year Experience came to the University of Alabama five years ago, when it was realized new students needed more help getting acclimated to campus. Now, First Year Experience supports academic and social transition and offers several resources for students in order for them to stay longer and become more involved. First Year Experience provides a wide variety of programs during both the fall and spring semesters. Before school begins, FYE takes 150 students off campus to Camp 1831. This week-long camp allows students to learn University traditions, while 
helping them smoothly transition to college and connect with people they may not have met otherwise. During the fall semester, FYE opens their Transition Talks. These talks offer a chance for students to meet one-on-one with someone from the FYE office. “It’s the same as our large-scale events, except you get the chance to actually sit down with one of our staff members and learn about the office,” said Chelsea Primm, a coordinator for the FYE office. “But [the students] also learn about where they need to go next or what they want to get involved in.”
UA helps collect supplies for Louisiana flood victims
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Aug. 22
People in Tuscaloosa stepped up in a major way to help flood victims in Louisiana. Monday, a crowd formed at a drop-off site outside Home Depot. Alabama Coach Nick Saban asked fans to bring donations to locations where they parked Alabama’s football equipment truck. The truck measures 53 feet long and 4200 cubic feet inside. By noon Monday, charitable donations nearly filled the truck completely. A driver will drive these donations to Louisiana on Tuesday morning.

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.