UA In the News — Aug. 24

  • August 24th, 2016

UA President has aggressive growth plan
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Aug. 23
The University of Alabama is trying to grow in a big way. UA President Stuart Bell has a growth plan that includes growing the tenure-track faculty by 40 percent. That would mean adding 300 to 400 researchers and educators t the more than 800 professors already on campus. The goal is to meet the needs of Alabama businesses, raise the campus profile while doing more research. Not clear on how The University will raise the money for those new hires.
Birmingham Business Journal – Aug. 23

3 Black Alabama Teens Create a Pact to Succeed, Watch How It Paid Off
Atlanta Black Star – Aug. 23
A trio of Fairfield, Alabama high school graduates made a pact to help one another graduate high school. In an Aug. 17 news report, the three revealed how they kept true to their commitment to academic success. According to WBRC FOX 6 News, Restoration Academy graduates Trent McMullen, Brendan Jones and Brian Rodgers talked about passing the Advanced Placement Calculus exam with flying colors and how their pact started … McMullen, Jones and Rodgers will continue their pact while they attend the University of Alabama in the fall.

Anti-Duckworth Super Pac ad goes nuclear on Iran deal
Politifact – Aug. 23
In a new television ad supporting U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, the Independent Voice for Illinois PAC went after his opponent, U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Hoffman Estates. In the 30-second spot, a female narrator attacks Duckworth’s national security track record, slamming her for supporting the Iran nuclear deal … The Associated Press story reveals the contents of a secret document showing an add-on agreement imposing fewer restrictions to the JCPOA. But Daniel Joyner, the director of international programs at the University of Alabama School of Law, says not so fast. “The (Associated Press) story isn’t wrong. It’s just a little misleading,” he said.

Dayton teen has wish granted and attends Olympic Games in Rio
Dayton Daily News – Aug. 23
Rachelle Cook of Oakwood celebrated her 20th birthday on Aug. 12. But she celebrated this special birthday with a dream fulfilled at this year’s summer Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro. It has been quite a journey for the University of Alabama sophomore, who was diagnosed with a rare heart condition called Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia (CPVT), which is characterized by an abnormal heart rhythm. “I was 15 and rowing in a race in Columbus,” said Rachelle, who has been an avid rower since she was about 8 years old. “I was less than half way through the 2,000 meter race and I passed out in the boat.”

North Lawn Hall open to students
Crimson White – Aug. 23
In order to account for the growing student population, The University of Alabama opened its new class building, North Lawn Hall, to students on the first day of the fall semester, Aug.1. Located on Hackberry Lane, the new facility houses 12 classrooms and one auditorium. Unlike other buildings on campus, North Lawn’s auditorium include table-top seats with convenient plug-ins and theater-style house doors that open and close automatically at class change times.

Center For Academic Success Expands Services
Crimson White – Aug. 23
The UA Center for Academic Success, which has assisted students with their studies for years, is now expanding their efforts to help even more students perform well in the 2016-2017 school year. The CAS, located in Osband Hall, provides students with group instruction sessions, study skills, reading workshops and tutoring sessions. This year, the CAS is now offering more study skills workshops than ever before. The brand new workshops will cover time management, reading and final exam preparation.

New incentive program created for student groups
Crimson White – Aug. 23
Certified student organizations at The University of Alabama will be eligible for additional benefits thanks to the Office of Student Involvement’s new incentive program. According to the SOURCE, The Foundation is “an incentive program that seeks to prepare our student organizations and its leaders/members to be phenomenal leaders, servants, effective collaborators, and advocates for their causes.”

What do black Americans have to lose? – A rhetorical question indeed – Aug. 23
In most instances, companies, agencies, universities, and political parties engaged in outreach purposefully design messaging strategies that are inclusive, positive, and substantive. Furthermore, outreach is normally predicated on demonstrating respect toward the target audience and espousing mutually beneficial goals. Most specifically, politicians reaching out to voters for support would logically show sincerity, respect, and humility in their messaging. Diametrically opposite to all of this is the Trump outreach approach to black Americans. (By Dr. B. Joyce Stallworth, who retired from the University of Alabama on April 1, 2016. Until then, she served as the Associate Provost for Special Project and Professor of English Education.)

The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.