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UA In the News — Aug. 6-8

Mom joins the grads at University of Alabama summer graduation
Tuscaloosa News – Aug. 6
Stephanie Rymond’s high heels clacked across the floors as she walked the hallways at the University of Alabama in her business attire, heading to class alongside students, many years her junior, wearing T-shirts and jeans. She would listen to them complain about having early morning classes after a long night of partying on the Strip during the hours that she had been putting her three kids to bed and studying after a long day at work and school.
ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – Aug. 5
Alabama 2016 Summer Graduation List
Tuscaloosa News – Aug. 6
A list of students who received graduate and undergraduate degrees Saturday.
UA Summer 2016 Commencement (gallery)
Tuscaloosa News – Aug. 6
Stephanie Rymond shakes hands with Dr. Stuart Bell, president of the University of Alabama, during the University of Alabama’s 186th commencement ceremony for Summer 2016 graduates held at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016.
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Aug. 6

UA holds commencement, move in and Fan Day
WVUA 23 (Tuscaloosa) – Aug. 5
Family members are in town for graduation tomorrow, and some students have already started moving in on campus ahead of sorority recruitment that takes place this week. Plus, Alabama fans will get up close and personal with the Crimson Tide football team at Sunday’s Fan Day.

UA hosts black student achievement celebration – Aug. 5
According to recent news from The University of Alabama, upcoming UA graduates are invited to participate in Nyansapo, a pre-commencement robing ceremony, Friday, August 5, to celebrate black student achievements and reflect on black student history within the university. One of the event’s student organizers, Fred Horn II, sat down earlier this week to speak about Friday’s event.  The conversation with Horn, an accounting major from Birmingham, is below.
Tuscaloosa News – Aug. 5
UA holds early Move In Day
WVUA 23 (Tuscaloosa) – Aug. 4
Students are back, at least some of them. Today is early Move In day at The University of Alabama. While most students aren’t coming back until next week if not later. Freshmen girls taking part in sorority rush and other students moving in early began moving in today. The University of Alabama is expected to once again have the largest sorority recruitment class in the nation.
University of Alabama freshmen gear up for class by giving back to the community
ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – Aug. 5
A group of incoming freshmen, at the University of Alabama, are already heading back to school. The students are participating in “Camp 1831″. It is a three day camp that is centered on four main themes: adventure, leadership, service and ‘history and tradition’. Day three of Camp 1831 is a day of service, the goal is for the campers to make new friends while giving back to the community. “It’s a really cool feeling to really help these kids,” said Conner Lind, a UA freshman.
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Aug. 5
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Aug. 5
UA Engineer studies shark skin to help in aerospace design
WTOP-FM Radio (Washington, DC) – Aug. 7
The Mako shark is fast. Amy Lang, an aerospace engineer at The University of Alabama, says that’s partly because its streamlined shape cuts through the water, but it has  a big assist from the shark’s scaly skin. Lang says such a mechanism may also help aircraft surfaces.

Commentary: As seen from campus, Alabama looks pretty good
Anniston Star – Aug. 7
“Where are you from?” a fellow dad asked me Monday morning. We were both sitting in a waiting area of Bryant-Denny Stadium, looking forward to the start of a campus tour of the University of Alabama. The dad had noticed me trying to cool off after a brisk walk across the campus. “From Alabama,” I said. He and his family were from Michigan. “Oh, this heat and humidity is just as miserable for us Southerners as it is for y’all,” I reassured him. It was a reminder that the spread of air-conditioning is what spurred the growth of the South. The entire tour was a reminder of how Alabama looks to non-Southerners. My family’s summer of campus touring has allowed your faithful correspondent to see Alabama through the eyes of non-residents. The bottom line: When seen from the perspective of the state’s major campuses — Auburn University and the University of Alabama — we look pretty good.

THE PORT RAIL: Navigating the morass of political correctness
Tuscaloosa News – Aug. 6
In today’s world, everyone seems to have a chip on their shoulder. People “take offense” at the drop of a hat. We have become so thin-skinned that one is afraid of saying or writing anything that may offend someone. And, if you dare get in a spitting contest with someone who cut you off in traffic, it wouldn’t throw the bird at him. He might reach into his glove compartment, unlock his spiffy new 9 mm Glock and start banging away at you for offending him. Or he may even be on his way to a political rally somewhere and unleash a military-style AK 15 on you. (Larry Clayton is a retired University of Alabama history professor. Readers can email him at
UA medical students do community service
WVUA 23 (Tuscaloosa) – Aug. 5
Before picking up their books and beginning medical school, first-year Alabama medical students committed a day doing good in the community. As part of orientation week, incoming med students participated in “fun day,” a day of service in the Tuscaloosa community. This year’s fun day involved working in Jeremiah’s Community Garden, a place dedicated to providing food to anyone who needs it. This, Allison Montgomery said, is why the medical school decided helping Jeremiah’s Community Garden was the perfect project for these medical students.

U.S. Marine Wolfe graduates from Alabama
Ridgefield Press (Conn.) – Aug. 6
USMC Lance Corporal Mitchell Logan Wolfe, a 2011 graduate of Ridgefield High School, graduated from the Culverhouse School of Commerce, University of Alabama, with a bachelor of science degree in commerce and business administration on May 6. Wolfe received his commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps on May 7.
What if we never named the shooters?
NBC 9 (Denver, Colo.) – Aug. 6
It’s a question that psychologists and journalists increasingly wrestle with: Are the people who engage in public violence trying to become famous, and would it help if the media stopped naming and showing them? … There are many theories about the factors that contribute to public violence. Criminologist Adam Lankford from the University of Alabama is concerned about the power of celebrity in present day U.S. culture. “Young people care more about being famous,” Lankford said. “They don’t care whether it’s good fame or bad fame.”
OLLI holds lifelong learning conference
WVUA 23 (Tuscaloosa) – Aug. 4
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute hosted the southeaster regional conference for learning and retirement at the Bryant Conference Center this week. OLLI encourages learning at all ages and stages of life. UA OLLI President Richard Rhone says they are trying to spread the word on lifelong learning.
Down-ballot races matter too
Florence Times Daily – Aug. 7
The presidential race between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump is generating intense public and media interest, but there are other offices to be decided on the Nov. 8 ballot. All U.S. House of Representatives seats will appear on the ballot, and in some states one of two U.S. Senate seats will appear, as well. The importance of these races is sometimes overshadowed by the presidential race, which itself sometimes has an effect down ballot. . . . While the party that dominates Congress can be a bane or burden for a president, some observers don’t see much change in store for Alabama. “I don’t anticipate any changes in the Alabama congressional delegation, no matter what happens in the presidential election,” said Bill Stewart, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Alabama.

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.