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Center for Communication and Educational Technology

The Center for Communication and Educational Technology (CCET) is a nationally recognized leader in education reform and distance learning technology. Serving more than 150,000 middle-school and high-school students, the educational programs CCET has established provide resources and learning opportunities in foreign languages and sciences. CCET offers employment opportunities to University students through graduate assistantships, marketing internships, and production assistantships. For more information, contact The University of Alabama, Center for Communication and Educational Technology, Box 870167, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0167; (205) 348-2428.

Center for Teaching and Learning

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) provides academic support for University of Alabama students. Its services are designed to improve each student's academic performance. For more information, see "Support Programs and Services for Students," p. 35.

College of Continuing Studies

The College of Continuing Studies delivers educational opportunities to nontraditional students through various degree programs, including distance education; correspondence; evening classes; weekend classes; the Gadsden Center; the External Degree Program; and professional and management development and technical training courses, which include a wide variety of professional workshops, seminars, conferences, and institutes.

For information on the programs offered through the College of Continuing Studies, see the section beginning on p. 49.

Japan Program

Japan Program. The Japan Program, as part of the Capstone International Center, administers academic and cultural programs and activities designed to increase understanding between the peoples of the United States and Japan. Through linkages with universities and other educational or cultural agencies in Japan, the program enables UA students and faculty members to study, conduct research, and teach in Japan.

Reciprocal student exchange programs with Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Hiroshima University, and Chiba University enable qualified undergraduate students to study Japanese in Japan while undertaking Asian studies, humanities, social science, and science courses taught in English. Generous AIE-J scholarships providing round-trip transportation and a monthly stipend are available on a competitive basis to UA students. Examples of courses offered at partner institutions include Japanese-Style Management, Japanese Economic Development, Sociology of Everyday Life in Japan, Survey of Modern Japanese History, Japanese Culture and Education, Seminar in Geography, Agriculture and Agricultural Sciences in Japan, and Introduction to Deep-Sea Biology. For students who have already earned undergraduate degrees, the Nagoya Institute of Technology and Chiba University offer prestigious Monbusho (Ministry of Education) research scholarships for 18 months of study. The Monbusho scholarship provides round-trip transportation and monthly stipends to cover living costs.

The Japan Program conducts a variety of outreach and academic enrichment programs in its Japan Culture and Information Center (see p. 56) and the Tuscaloosa Saturday School (supplementary education in Japanese for children ages six to 16 from Japan). A founding and active member of the Tuscaloosa Sister-Cities Commission as well as the Japan-America Society of Alabama, it also organizes the annual spring Sakura Festival and Haiku contest for the state of Alabama and publishes the quarterly Japan Program Newsletter.

More information about the Japan Program may be obtained from the director, Dr. Marilyn B. Emplaincourt, 135 B. B. Comer Hall; (205) 348-5312.

Libraries at The University of Alabama

The goal of the libraries at The University of Alabama is to help students and faculty find the information they need the way they want it through library facilities, resources, and services. Reference librarians assist students and faculty in making effective use of the rich and diverse resources available in the University's libraries. The libraries also offer individual and group library instruction to help both faculty and students with class and research needs.

The libraries' catalog, e-journals, and e-books and a wide array of databases may be accessed electronically in each of the libraries. In addition, these resources are available outside the library facilities via the University Libraries' Web site at

The libraries hold more than two million items, including a regional depository collection of United States government publications. In addition to books and microform materials, campus libraries offer a broad selection of journals, newspapers, and other serials in paper and electronic form.

Each of the libraries provides special accommodations for users with disabilities. Library services supporting students in distance education are available through the Web site and by telephone.

Five libraries comprise the University Libraries system. Four of these libraries are discipline-related: Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library (humanities, social sciences, and arts), Angelo Bruno Business Library, McLure Education Library, and Eric and Sarah Rodgers Library for Science and Engineering. The fifth library, William Stanley Hoole Special Collections Library, contains rare books and materials related to Alabama and the deep South, including the archives of the University.

Campus libraries under separate administration are the Health Sciences Library, the Bounds Law Library, and the Map Library.

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)

The University of Alabama has been a sponsoring institution of Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) since its founding in 1946. ORAU is a private, not-for-profit consortium of 65 colleges and universities, and a management and operating contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE); its principal offices are located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. ORAU provides and develops capabilities critical to the nation's technology infrastructure, particularly in energy, education, health, and the environment. ORAU works with and for its member institutions to help faculty and students gain access to federal research facilities; to keep members informed about opportunities for fellowship, scholarship, and research appointments; and to organize research alliances among its members in areas where their collective strengths can be focused on issues of national importance.

ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). ORISE is responsible for national and international programs in science and engineering education, training and management systems, energy and environment systems, and medical sciences. ORISE's competitive programs bring students at all levels, K-12 through postgraduate, and university faculty members into federal and private laboratories.

ORAU's Office for University, Industry, and Government Alliances (UIGA) seeks out opportunities for collaborative alliances among its member universities, private industry, and federal laboratories. Current alliances include the Southern Association for High-Energy Physics (SAHEP) and the Center for Bio-Electromagnetic Interaction Research (CBEIR). Other UIGA activities include sponsorship of conferences and workshops, a visiting scholars program, and the Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards.

Contact Robert A. Griffin at (205) 348-1591 for more information about ORAU programs.

Seebeck Computer Center

The University of Alabama provides computing resources for research and instruction through the Seebeck Computer Center, housed in Gordon Palmer Hall. The computer center is part of the Office of Information Technology, which also includes the Faculty Resource Center and Telecommunications. The computer center staff maintains the campus network backbone, Internet connections, and central academic and administrative servers. Services provided include e-mail, Web hosting, calendaring, administrative business systems, software licensing, training, and personal computing assistance for University faculty, staff, and students.

Centralized computing hardware maintained and supported by Seebeck Computer Center include a Sun Enterprise 6000 server and an IBM 9672R26 Enterprise Server. The 9672R26 supports the University's administrative applications, such as student records and registration. The Sun Unix server is the central academic computer, providing e-mail accounts and Web space as well as access to statistical applications, such as SAS and SPSS, and many common programming language compilers.

Personal computer labs are available in each of the colleges on campus. The hardware and software that are available in these labs vary according to the needs of students. Seebeck Computer Center also has a small lab in 127 Gordon Palmer Hall. This lab is open almost 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and can be used by any University of Alabama student, faculty, or staff member. More information can be found online at

The University is a full participant in the Internet as well as a charter member of the Internet2 project. Students can access the Internet in various ways while on campus. Practically all the computer labs are directly linked to the University's partial T3 connection. Students living in certain residence halls have the opportunity to participate in ResNet (, which gives their personal computers the same connection speed found in the labs. Students in non-ResNet halls or those living off-campus can use a dialup Internet connection. The University supports a limited numbers of lines for dialup connections at speeds up to 33.6 Kbps. Those students who need or want more connectivity than the University's service can provide may use any of the growing number of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Tuscaloosa area. In addition to dialup access, many Tuscaloosa residents have the option of high-speed Internet access via cable modem or DSL. Information about Internet access for faculty, staff, and students can be found at online

The University is also a member of the Alabama Research and Education Network (AREN). AREN provides universities and schools throughout the state with high-speed network access to the Cray SV1 supercomputer, located in Huntsville, and to other network facilities. The Visualization Lab, located in A-204 Gordon Palmer Hall, has five Silicon Graphics computers providing high-quality graphics capability and color printing as well as video input and output.

The computer center HelpDesk, located in A-203 Gordon Palmer Hall, provides general information and assistance on all aspects of computer use. Any faculty or staff member who wants e-mail, Web space, dialup access, or access to central computing resources may obtain an account through the HelpDesk. Students are automatically given accounts when they complete registration. Any student who hasn't received account information, has misplaced it, or needs other assistance should go to the HelpDesk. AREN supercomputer and Visualization Lab accounts may be requested there as well. The HelpDesk also provides assistance through telephone (205-348-2435), e-mail (, and its Web site (

For more information about Seebeck Computer Center, contact the HelpDesk, Seebeck Computer Center, The University of Alabama, Box 870346, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0346.

Testing and Data Management Services

Testing and Data Management Services is a support unit that has provided service to University of Alabama students, faculty, and staff for more than 25 years. The department operates within approved University of Alabama guidelines, policies, and procedures. In addition, the American Psychological Association's code of ethics is used as a guide for the use of tests and test results and in designing research projects, and the restrictions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act are observed as a guideline to ensure the privacy of test scores and related data.

Testing and DMS services include test administration; test scoring and score reporting; and forms design and data input through optical scanning. Forms design, printing, and scanning services are provided to students, faculty, and staff who use surveys and questionnaires for data collection. A scoring service for classroom tests is provided for faculty members.

Testing and DMS administers course placement tests, tests for credit by examination, and special tests requested by students and faculty. Testing and DMS also serves as an information center for prospective and enrolled students who wish to register to take undergraduate and graduate admission tests.

Contact the Testing and Data Management Services staff at (205) 348-6760 for information on registering for the tests listed below or to find out whether Testing and DMS can administer other tests not listed.


University of Alabama Museums

The University of Alabama Museums include the following: the Paul W. Bryant Museum, the Alabama Museum of Natural History, Moundville Archaeological Park, and the Gorgas House. UA Museums are owned and operated by The University of Alabama and are administered by the Office for Academic Affairs. Along with the museums, the University of Alabama Museums organization includes service departments and an archaeological survey contract office: the Office of Exhibits and Education, the Office of Archaeological Services, the Office of Museum Relations (publications and marketing), and the Office of Development.

Paul W. Bryant Museum. 300 Bryant Drive, Tuscaloosa. Opened in 1988, the Bryant Museum features exhibits containing artifacts and memorabilia on more than 100 years of Alabama football history. Video-enhanced displays highlight famous Crimson Tide games, players, and coaches. The Bryant Museum's state-of-the-art archival library is a national research center for Southeastern Conference sports. The museum is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is closed for major holidays. Admission is charged; group rates are available. The Paul W. Bryant Museum is available for after-hours rental for receptions, weddings, and other special events. Call (205) 348-4668 for information.

Alabama Museum of Natural History. Smith Hall, University of Alabama campus, Tuscaloosa. Founded in 1847, the Alabama Museum of Natural History holds collections of natural history, geology, mineralogy, paleontology, ethnology, zoology, and botany that are among the oldest in the state, many dating to the Civil War. Displays of fossils from the Coal Age, the Age of Dinosaurs, and the Ice Age are found in the Beaux Arts grand exhibition hall. Educational programs for both children and adults include the annual Museum Expedition, a major hands-on science education field camp; Exploring Alabama, a series of daylong field trips; and Discovering Alabama, a natural history series on public television. Living history tours are available. The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Sunday, 1:00-4:30 p.m., and is closed for University holidays. Admission is charged. The Alabama Museum of Natural History is available for after-hours rental for receptions and other special events. Call (205) 348-7550 for information.

Moundville Archaeological Park. Highway 69, Moundville. Opened as a University park in 1939, the 320-acre park is an internationally known archaeological site that contains more than 20 Mississippian Indian mounds, an archaeological museum, a conference center, a boardwalk nature trail, picnic areas, and campgrounds. The Moundville Park is also home of the recently excavated remains of the only earthlodge council house ever discovered in Alabama — one of only a few found in the nation. The annual Moundville Native American Festival draws thousands of visitors during the first week of October. The park is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and the museum is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Both are closed for major holidays. Admission is charged; group rates are available. Call (205) 371-2234 or 371-2572 for information.

Gorgas House. University of Alabama campus. Built in 1829, the Gorgas House was the first structure on the University of Alabama campus and was one of a few buildings to survive the 1865 burning of the campus during the Civil War. Designed as a hotel or "steward's hall," the house was originally to serve as a dining hall for University of Alabama cadets. Now a house museum and education center, the building is known as the Gorgas House because Josiah Gorgas, a former Confederate general who served briefly as president of The University of Alabama, moved there in the late 19th century with his wife, Amelia Gayle Gorgas, who served as the University librarian, and their family. Their son, William Crawford Gorgas, was surgeon general of the U.S. Armed Forces in WWI and is famous for eliminating yellow fever, assuring construction of the Panama Canal. The house is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., unless rented for a private event. The house is closed for University holidays. Admission is charged. The Gorgas House is available for after-hours rental for special events. Call (205) 348-5906 for information.

University of Alabama Press

The University of Alabama Press is the only professional publisher of scholarly books and journals within the state of Alabama. The Press functions as the sole book publishing arm of The University of Alabama. Through the publication and dissemination of important scholarship and regional books designed for a general audience, the Press makes significant contributions to the University's overall research and outreach missions. Each year, the Press publishes an average of 55 new books and two scholarly journals.

Editorial program

Publishing areas: American history; southern history and culture; American religious history; Latin American history; ethnohistory; American archaeology; American literature and criticism; rhetoric and communication; literary journalism; African-American studies; American Indian studies; women's studies; Judaic studies; public administration; theatre; natural history and environmental studies; various regional studies of Alabama and the southern United States, including regional trade titles.

Special series: Classics of Civil War Fiction; Classics in Southeastern Archaeology; Contemporary American Indian Studies; Deep South Books (Fiction and Memoir); Judaic Studies Series; Library of Alabama Classics; Modern and Contemporary Poetics; Religion and American Culture; Rhetoric, Culture, and Social Critique; and Studies in American Literary Realism and Naturalism.

Journals: The Press publishes two journals for scholarly organizations: The Alabama Review (Alabama Historical Association) and Theatre Symposium (Southeastern Theatre Conference).

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