Facilitators Needed for Yea, Alabama! Student Immersion Program

The Division of Student Life will provide targeted opportunities and experiences designed to welcome incoming students to the culture and expectations of The University of Alabama community as part of the annual Week of Welcome (WOW) programming in August.

This year, the University will host Yea, Alabama!, an immersion program that engages incoming students in purposeful small group discussions led by UA student leaders and faculty/staff facilitators. All first-year students are expected to participate in this experience.

Faculty and staff members from across campus are needed to serve as facilitators. Facilitators will assist with programming during Yea, Alabama!, including the Kick-Off BBQ on the Quad, two targeted small group sessions, and New Student Convocation and Script A in Bryant-Denny Stadium. The schedule for facilitators is tentatively set for Aug. 20-22, and includes an approximate 12-hour commitment.

Below are the required aspects of the schedule for staff members who participate as facilitators. Each facilitator will need to attend only one of the two available training sessions offered Aug. 20 and 21.

Sunday, Aug. 20

  • Yea, Alabama! Facilitator Training Session (two hours, 5–7 p.m.)

Monday, Aug. 21

  • Yea, Alabama! Facilitator Training Session (two hours, 8:30–10:30 a.m.)
  • Yea, Alabama! Kick-Off (two hours, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.)
  • Travel to Small Group Location (one hour, 1–2 p.m.)
  • Small Group Session 1 (two hours, 2–4 p.m.)

Tuesday, Aug. 22 

  • Small Group Session 2 (two hours, 2–4 p.m.)
  • Dinner on the Quad and travel to Convocation and Script A (two hours, 4–6 p.m.)
  • Convocation and Script A (two hours, 6–8 p.m., optional)

If you are available to serve as a facilitator, please use this Sign-Up Form to indicate your availability by July 21. For more information, contact Amy Bickel, director of First Year Experience and Retention Initiatives, at abbickel@ua.edu or 205-348-5218.





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