In the News — Dec. 7

University of Alabama to hold commencement Saturday
Tuscaloosa News – Dec. 6
The University of Alabama’s winter graduation ceremony will be Saturday at Coleman Coliseum on campus. The commencement ceremony for the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education, Human Environmental Sciences and Nursing will be at 9 a.m. and the ceremony for the colleges of business, Communication and Information Sciences, Engineering, School of Social Work and School of Law will be at 1:30 p.m.
 
2 non-traditional students ready to graduate from Univ. of Alabama
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Dec. 6
Lacy, the wife of a veteran, and Tyler, who served in Iraq, both found a new chapter in life at the University of Alabama.
NBC 12 (Montgomery) – Dec. 6
 
Students invited to join writing club
Tuscaloosa News – Dec. 6
Local high school students are invited to sign up for the Spring 2017 Creative Writing Club at the University of Alabama. The Creative Writing Club will meet from 4:30 pm to 6 p.m. each Wednesday from Feb. 1 to April 26 in Room 301 Morgan Hall on the UA campus. No previous creative writing experience is required, and the club is entering its 13th year.

Can watermelon juice reduce heart disease?
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer – Dec. 6
Researchers at the University of Alabama are launching a study that looks at watermelon juice as a way to reduce heart disease. Subjects are currently being recruited for a 10-week study to see how watermelon affects blood vessel function. The researchers believe that the natural ingredients lycopene, citrulline, arginine, glutamine and ascorbic acid found in watermelon will act in synergy to decrease arterial stiffness and oxidative stress. Leading the research are Kristi Crowe-White and Amy Ellis from the human environmental sciences’ department of human nutrition and hospitality management.
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Dec. 6
News-Medical.net – Dec. 6
 
Equestrian club grows in popularity, seeks expansion
Crimson White – Dec. 7
Lauren Neibauer, a junior majoring in exercise science, participated in the homecoming parade earlier this year. Neibauer wore her riding gear along with the rest of the members of the equestrian team, but they weren’t what got the crowd’s attention. That was their horse Clover.“We heard many positive comments along the parade route from people who didn’t know the equestrian program existed,” interim director of UA Equestrian Operations Diane Harrison said. “Since the parade, our phones are ringing off the hook with calls from people who saw the team and are excited about the University’s growth into this exciting sport.” The University of Alabama equestrian team is a club sport coached by Ashley Morrison. The team participates in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association and scrimmages with colleges like Auburn University in the National Collegiate Equestrian Association. There are also certain qualifications for being a member on the equestrian team.
 
Expect the Unexpected, Say College Disaster Prep Officials
Diverse – Dec. 7
When Jefferson Community College was making plans to build its first residence hall, there was one must-have for President Carole McCoy: generators for backup if the power went out. With her campus in Watertown, New York in the bulls-eye of more than 100 inches of snow each year, she knew students might get stuck. They wouldn’t be cold and hungry …  “Expect the unexpected, basically. … Don’t think that things can’t happen,” said Donald Keith, emergency preparedness director at the University of Alabama, where a 2011 tornado just missed a direct hit but laid bare, among other details, the need for a system to accept and distribute donations of money and supplies offered by well-wishers.

Law Schools Where You’re Most Likely to Pay off Your Debt
JD Journal – Dec. 6
We’re told time and time again: There are fewer legal jobs out there, and the cost of law school is ridiculous. For instance, the most expensive law school in the country is Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. On average, students leave with a total indebtedness of $172,726, but the career prospects are bleak enough that the students feel the need to sue. While some could take this information and just say hell no to law school, there are actually good options out there, and U.S. News and World Report has compiled a list of the top 10 … University of Alabama, University of Hawaii–Manoa, University of Wisconsin–Madison joined BYU as some of the least expensive schools on the list. While the starting salaries of the graduates at those schools did not match BigLaw salaries, they were still high enough to easily wipe out their debts.

Menorah to be displayed on UA campus
CBS 42 (Birmingham) – Dec. 6
A new sight on the University of Alabama campus. You will see a big Menorah display during the Hanukkah season. It will be the first time ever that the Jewish students can display the menorah on campus. Zachary Greenberg who is president of the UA Habat student group says he is planning to display the symbol from December 24 through January 1 for Hannukah. Greenberg says this is a big step that the University is taking to show more inclusivity for all cultures on campus. Last year the Jewish student group requested to display the menorah on campus, but they were denied. This year the menorah will be displayed at the Ferguson Center.
San Diego Jewish World – Dec. 6

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