UA Student News for April 19, 2011

  • April 19th, 2011

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Students who sign up for the GUARDIAN program can use their cellphones to notify the UA Police Department at the touch of a single button if they need emergency assistance. To enroll in the program, visit and select the GUARDIAN link. There is no charge to enroll or use the program. For additional safety procedures and services, read the Safer Living Guide at the UAPD website.


The Student Government Association is seeking students to participate in Capstone Connect as mentors for the incoming freshman class. More information: McKay Cleveland.

The Corolla yearbook wants to hire students for this summer. More information: Phil W. Hudson at 

“The Hog: A Health Blog” is a new community-oriented health blog provided by the Health Sciences Library at UA. The Hog is located at


Applications are being accepted for the Bernard Osher Foundation Re-entry Scholarships administered through the College of Continuing Studies. Applicants must be at least 25 years of age and have experienced a cumulative gap in their education of five or more years prior to re-entering the University in the fall of 2010 or later. Multiple $2,500 tuition scholarships will be awarded. Applications are available online at and due by April 29. More information: 348-0089. 

Art to Life is a service-learning course in the Honors College. Students interested in storytelling, art therapy, video production or Alzheimer’s research have an opportunity to contribute to the quality of life for dementia patients and their caregivers. Students will piece together a patient’s life story through interviews, family albums and other materials to produce a DVD that will continue the patient’s therapy. Students receive 3-4 credit hours and may volunteer in Tuscaloosa or Marion, Ala. More information: Meg McCrummen. 

Students staying in Tuscaloosa or going home to the Birmingham or Huntsville areas this summer can earn honors credit through the CollegeFirst Summer Academic Institute. Registered students will learn how to be pre-advancement placement instructors and tutors in biology, calculus or chemistry. They will then tutor high school students planning to take AP courses. For more information, contact the UA Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility at or 348-6490.

UA students can teach chess in local elementary and middle schools while studying the academic and social benefits the game holds for children. “Every Move Counts: A Chess in Education Project” is an initiative of UA’s Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility. More information: or 348-6490.


The UA Honors College and Housing and Residential Communities will host Ken Rudin, political editor for National Public Radio, today at 6 p.m. in 205 Gorgas Library. Rudin has analyzed every congressional race in the nation since 1984 and currently writes the “Political Junkie” blog on More information: Marion Steinfels. 

A “Take Back the Night” march and rally will be held today at 6 p.m. at the Crimson Promenade to support the end of violence against women. The Women’s Resource Center and Alpha Chi Omega sorority are sponsoring the event. Performer Reanae McNeal will be the keynote speaker. More information: Maria Perez-Fisher at 348-5040.

Students in the UA department of clothing, textiles and interior design will host their annual fashion show, Tee-Time, today at 7:30 p.m. on the front lawn of Doster Hall. Design students are using reclaimed T-shirts donated by different student organizations or purchased at a second-hand store. Entrance to the event is $5. More information: Paula Robinson at 348-8136.

A career fair will be held April 21 in the Ferguson Student Center ballroom from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Companies represented at the fair will have immediate internships and full-time jobs available. Students should bring their résumés and Action Cards. Dress is business attire; no jeans, T-shirts, tennis shoes or flip-flops are allowed. 

The UA Environmental Council is hosting a lecture by Nelson Brooke, the Black Warrior Riverkeeper, April 20 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in 38 Lloyd Hall. The topic will be coal mining’s effects on the Black Warrior River watershed. The event is free. More information: Caitlin McClusky.

Sustained Dialogue will present Mental Health Monologues April 21 at 7:30 p.m. in 38 Lloyd Hall. Actors will perform monologues based on a collection of anonymous essay submissions from students describing their personal struggles with mental illness. A free reception follows the event. More information: Becca Kastner.

The UA Department of Theatre and Dance will present “Big River” today through April 23 at 7:30 p.m. and April 24 at 2 p.m. at Marian Gallaway Theatre.

Alabama Arts for AIDS will be held April 26 in Morgan Auditorium. The concert features an hour of song and dance and is produced by the student-outreach group (Celebration!) in the department of theatre and dance. More information: Laura Ballard.

The department of art and art history‘s annual “BFA Juried Exhibition” runs through April 25. The exhibit is located at the Harrison Galleries at 2315 University Blvd., downtown Tuscaloosa. Exhibitors are Jacob Davidson, Sarah Anne Finley, Clinton Graham, Adam Hill, Brooke Howell, Amber Jones, Yimin Li, Julie Miller, Ethan Murray and Joe Robertson.

Graduate Parent Support is hosting a Summer Camp Expo at the softball fields and tennis courts on April 29 for students who are parents and for families in the Tuscaloosa community. Students who are part of GPS can watch a softball game and have a free picnic after the expo. More information: Cori Perdue.

The Every Woman Book Club will meet at noon on April 28 at the University Club to discuss “Commencement” by J. Courtney Sullivan. Click here for more information and to make reservations.

The annual UA in D.C. program coordinated by the Career Center and the National Capital alumni chapter will take place at the Van Scoyoc Associates building in Washington, D.C., on June 21. The program brings UA students and alumni together for networking and shared interests. More information: Tiffany Goodin.

UA TOMS is hosting a shoe drive until the end of the semester. Collection boxes for new and gently used shoes can be found in Alston Hall, Bidgood Hall, Little Hall, the Student Recreation Center and the University Supply Store. The collected shoes will be donated to United Way of West Alabama. Volunteers can register on Service Learning Pro for more information.

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