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March 31, 2006

Rededication of the Mound: Sponsored by the UA Student Government Association Senate and the National Alumni Association, the Mound on the Quad will be rededicated in commemoration of the 175th anniversary. The event will be held Friday, March 31 at 1:00 at the Mound on the Quad.

April 1, 2006

A-Day Spring Football Game: The Crimson Tide football team will conclude spring practice with its annual A-Day game, set for Saturday, April 1st with kickoff at 1:30 p.m. Here is the complete A-Day weekend schedule:

Friday March 31, 2006
A-Club Golf Tournament - Ole Colony
8 a.m. and 1p.m. shot gun start
6:30 p.m. - Baseball vs. Mississippi State

Saturday April 1, 2006
8:30 – 10:30 a.m. - Fan Day, Coleman Coliseum
11:00 – 12:30 p.m. - Tide Pride Luncheon/Coliseum (by ticket only)
Noon - Gates open at Bryant-Denny Stadium
12:30 p.m. - Walk of Fame - Denny Chimes
1:30 p.m. - A-Day Game
3:00 p.m. – Baseball vs. Mississippi State

Sunday April 2, 2006
1:00 p.m. - Women's Tennis vs. South Carolina
2:00 p.m. - Baseball vs. Mississippi State

April 7, 2006

Lecture by Dr. Gene Byrd: One of the world’s leading astronomers of the 19th century, who was responsible for construction of The University of Alabama’s only remaining original classroom building, will be the focus of an April 7 talk by a UA professor. Dr. Gene Byrd, professor of astronomy, will discuss Frederick Barnard’s pioneering astronomical accomplishments, and the University’s rich history in that field, during the 8 p.m. talk in UA’s Gallalee Hall. Following the talk, weather permitting, Byrd and astronomy graduate student Becky Grouchy will lead a public viewing of the moon and Saturn using UA’s new 16-inch research-grade reflector telescope atop the Gallalee observatory.

April 12, 2006 (Founder's Day)

Founder's Day Program: The University of Alabama community will celebrate the 175th anniversary of the founding of the University with a Founder’s Day Program April 12 at 3:30 p.m. on the Quad in front of Gorgas Library. The program will feature remarks by two of UA’s 15 Rhodes Scholars – Dr. Dwight Eddins and Dr. Brad Tuggle – as well as UA President Robert E. Witt. The program will end with a birthday party on the Quad. All faculty, staff, students and community members are invited.

The Stuff of History: Celebrating the first 175 Years of Campus Life and Culture at The University of Alabama: Art, artifacts, and rare materials from the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, The University of Alabama. The exhibition, which opens on Founders’ Day, includes a broad range of materials from the holdings of the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library that help to document and illuminate The University of Alabama’s history and culture. From its earliest beginnings in 1831 and through several eras, this exhibition will highlight events, activities and traditions at Alabama’s Flagship University.

September 15-17, 2006

Family Weekend: The University of Alabama Parents Association invites you to Family Weekend! Stay connected to the University of Alabama. Plan to attend the seventh annual University of Alabama Family Weekend scheduled for September 15-17, 2006. Family Weekend is a great opportunity for you to return to campus to visit with your student, learn more about campus programs and services, tour University facilities, explore the larger Tuscaloosa community and have fun! For more information about the event, visit

December 15, 2006

Marker Dedication: The University will dedicate a permanent marker commemorating the 175th anniversary at a ceremony planned for Dec. 15 at 2:30 p.m. Watch for more details in the fall.


Include Your Events

All UA colleges, departments and divisions are welcome to designate appropriate events during 2006 as 175th Anniversary events. Please submit events for the calendar to Cathy Andreen at

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