Touching Lives Through Service

In the aftermath of the storm of April 27, 2011, The University of Alabama's spirit of kindness shone through in countless ways in our community. Students, faculty and staff took action collectively and independently to come to the aid of neighbors in need and to reach out to a community that is so closely intertwined with our university. That commitment to service and spirit of caring for those in need is just part of being a member of The University of Alabama family, and one of the defining characteristics of our institution's impact. This special section features many of the stories and examples of UA's spirit of kindness.

Find Your Passion: Tweets That Touched Lives

In 1989, actor Kevin Costner learned that “if you build it, he will come.” In the days following the late April tornado, University of Alabama student Ashley Getwan experienced her own epiphany: “if we tweet it, they will bring it.”

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Ways UA Helps

In the days following the storm of April 27, members of the UA community have reached out and contributed in countless ways to assist the Tuscaloosa community and help with relief and recovery efforts. You too can help by donating to the UA Acts of Kindness Fund.

For a complete list of recovery efforts made by UA please see the "Ways UA Helps" page.

UA Remembers 4-27-11 with a Day of Service

UA Remembers: A Day of Service was held on Saturday, April 21, as a time to remember the first anniversary of the April 27, 2011, tornado by bringing UA and the community together to serve others.


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April 27, 2011
Storm Information

An on-going account of April 27, 2011 Storm Information and the relief efforts being made.

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For the latest answers to the most common questions about UA's current status, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.

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WVUA-TV Remembrance Newscasts

WVUA-TV remembers and honors those affected by the 4/27/11 storms with current and past Remembrance newscasts.


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VIDEO: Meteorologists Remember Devastating Tornadoes of April 2011 - Mediabistro

In a video produced by two professors–Scott Hodgson at the University of Oklahoma and Chandra Clark at The University of Alabama–and their students, local meteorologist remember the devastating swarm of tornadoes that hit Alabama and Missouri last April.

UA freshman donate t-shirt proceeds to Red Cross - Alabama 13 News

Andrew Sbrissa and Michael Thomas both knew they would be attending the University of Alabama this fall, before the tornado hit on April twenty-seventh.

Making new friends in tornado damaged areas - Alabama 13 News

Several dozen volunteered to clean up debris in the Alberta City area today. The project is part of "Hands on Tuscaloosa," which a college student started three years ago.

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Future UA Students Join Recovery Effort - CBS 42
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Lucy Arnold Sikes on CNN - CNN
Strength in Disaster: Courageous Young Vets Rebuild Alabama Town Devastated by the Storms -