UA In the News — Aug. 4-7

UA parking spot reserved for Purple Heart recipients
Tuscaloosa News – Aug. 7
The University of Alabama plans to unveil a parking space on campus for Purple Heart recipients on Wednesday. “Honoring veterans in this way shows the commitment and dedication UA has for taking care of these students,” said David Blair, director of the UA Office of Veteran and Military Affairs, in a statement released by the university. “This is just one more reason UA continues to be recognized as a top military- and veteran-friendly university. Currently we serve just over 4,000 veterans, service members and dependents.” – Aug. 4
Yellowhammer News – Aug. 3
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (Georgia) – Aug. 3
The Island Packet (South Carolina) – Aug. 7
Stamford Advocate (Connecticut) – Aug. 7
Miami Herald (Florida) – Aug. 7
Fresno Bee (California) – Aug. 7
U.S. News – Aug. 7
Houston Chronicle (Texas) – Aug. 7
The Modesto Bee (California) – Aug. 7
Centre Daily Times (Pennsylvania) – Aug. 7
Bradenton Herald (Florida) – Aug. 7
Raleigh News and Observer (North Carolina) – Aug. 7
The State (South Carolina) – Aug. 7
Tri-City Herald (Kennewick, Washington) – Aug. 7
The Bellingham Herald (Washington) – Aug. 7
College and University – Aug. 4
CBS 42 (Birmingham) – Aug. 3
NBC 13 (Birmingham) – Aug. 3
Pilot program aims to boost literacy
Tuscaloosa News – Aug. 6
Among the many goals Tuscaloosa City Schools has set for the system in the coming years, literacy remains one of the most critical. Like many school systems across Alabama, students in Tuscaloosa’s city school system have lagged behind in reading, especially in the younger grades … Starting this year, Tuscaloosa City Schools will pilot a program at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School to get second-grade students reading at grade level before the end of the school year. The program, called Book Buddies, is a collaboration between the school system and the Honors College at the University of Alabama.
Historical marker placed in Mobile for the University of Alabama’s first African-American graduate – Aug. 7
The first African-American graduate of the University of Alabama, Vivan Malone Jones, had a placard placed on the grounds of the Mobile County Health Department this past weekend.
Astronomers prepare for eclipse in Tuscaloosa
Associated Press – Aug. 5
Tuscaloosa will experience a partial solar eclipse when the moon passes between the sun and the Earth in August, and astronomers at the University of Alabama are preparing to help people view the astral phenomenon safely. Dean Townsley, an associate professor in UA’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, said the eclipse is expected to be visible in all 48 of the continental United States on Aug. 21.
U.S. News – Aug. 5
Washington Times – Aug. 5

Dothan woman wins nursing home pageant
Tuscaloosa News – Aug. 6
Dothan woman took home the crown for the Ms. Alabama Nursing Home Pageant. Sarah “Sally” Scott, 83, was chosen from a field of 10 finalists from throughout the state, the Dothan Eagle reported. She was crowned by Miss Alabama 2017 Jessica Procter, who co-hosted the event in Hoover on July 31. “It is absolutely the most wonderful privilege I could ever have had, representing the nursing homes of Alabama, which are wonderful places to go when you need them,” said Procter, a University of Alabama student and Tuscaloosa native.

Might America actually elect another black president in 2020? – Aug. 4
A lot can–and will–happen before November 3, 2020, when we will elect the next President of the United States … University of Alabama Associate Professor Joseph Smith, Phd, who chairs the Political Science department agrees, with caveats: “It will be easier to elect the second African-American president compared to the first,” he told me. “President Obama’s two terms makes having a black president more familiar to Americans.
Democratic Underground – Aug. 5

Tuscaloosa News – Aug. 6
University of Alabama – Four University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Sciences students and recent alumni are working as Television Academy Foundation Interns. . . . • The Computer-Based Honors Program, part of the Honors College at The University of Alabama, has selected 44 freshmen to join the program in Fall 2017. . . . Among the freshmen are:Cottondale: Kelsey Johnson. Northport: Ariana Evans-Young. Tuscaloosa: Kaitlin Tindol, Lillian Woolf, William Wright. . . .Philip Pitts of Tuscaloosa, is one of 24 incoming freshmen selected as part of the University Fellows Experience in the Honors College at The University of Alabama for fall 2017. An elite program, the experience offers opportunities for undergraduate research while preparing outstanding students for leadership and lives of service. . . . Price McGiffert Jr., of Tuscaloosa was named to the President’s list for the spring semester at the University of Alabama.

UA holds Summer Commencement
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Aug. 5
The University of Alabama’s commencement ceremony was this morning. Over 1,400 graduates received their diplomas. – Aug. 4

University of Alabama to award 1,442 degrees during summer graduation ceremony
Tuscaloosa News – Aug. 3
The University of Alabama will hold its summer commencement exercise Saturday at Coleman Coliseum on the UA campus. More than 750 undergraduates and graduate students representing all schools and colleges are expected to participate in the ceremony, which begins at 9 a.m. UA anticipates awarding 1,442 degrees.

University of Alabama summer 2017 graduates
Tuscaloosa News – Aug. 6
Candidates for graduation at the University of Alabama on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. Doctorate – Alabama … Bessemer: Justina Anietem Ogodo. Birmingham: Carreen Rush. Decatur: Murray Wesley Lee, Jonna Lynn Owens-Lee. Guntersville: Bethany Womack.

UA Law Professor Joyce Vance comments on Grand Jury investigations of Michael Flynn (Live interview)
MSNBC – MSNBC Live – Aug. 5
When we look at the questions about Michael Flynn, grand juries and Bob Mueller, the question on that is, what does it mean now that we are getting reporting that these grand juries are now working with the special counsel? What does that mean in capability? So, it means that Mueller is not investigating just one crime, but that he has obviously assembled a team that’s capable of looking at a lot of different lines of allegations simultaneously.

New Gallery at APSU launches inaugural exhibition “Jamey Grimes: Eclipse”
Clarksville Online (Tennessee) – Aug. 5
The New Gallery, with support from the Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the APSU Department of Art + Design, will present Jamey Grimes: Eclipse, to kick off the department’s 2017-18 exhibition season … Grimes lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he teaches in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Alabama, and through Auburn University’s Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project.

Brief: Local student selected to University of Alabama Computer-Based Honors Program
Moscow-Pullman Daily News (Idaho) – Aug. 4
Moscow’s Preston Evans was selected as one of 44 incoming freshmen to the Computer-Based Honors Program in the Honors College at the University of Alabama. According to a statement from the school, “the nationally recognized research program pairs academically elite students with leading research professors to complete scholarly research projects in any field of study.”

At Bradley Byrne town hall, questions swirl about Trump’s behavior – Aug. 4
U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne wasn’t surprised that a question about President Donald Trump’s behavior would surface at one of his town hall meetings, and on Thursday, a retired military chaplain posed it to the congressman … Some political observers believe that Trump’s behavior could become a heavy burden on the GOP for the foreseeable future. For example, William Stewart, a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Alabama, said, “I could see the president’s erratic behavior as putting Republican officeholders at the national level in a difficult position. They are consistent conservatives, but the president doesn’t seem to be consistent on anything.”

Capstone Rural Health Center gives away backpacks
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Aug. 4
The Capstone Rural Health Clinic hosted their fourth annual back to school supplies giveaway and health fair at the Parrish High School football field.

Ellis County Press (Texas) – Aug. 4
THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA – BROOKE COLE of Maypearl and ALEXANDRA NEHIB of Waxahachie made the Spring 2017 President’s List at the University of Alabama. A total of 11,101 students enrolled during the 2017 spring semester were named to the Dean’s List with an academic record of 3.5 (or above) or the President’s List with an academic record of 4.0 (all A’s).
Tap Into (Sparta, New Jersey) – Aug. 4

UA holds Fan Day
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Aug. 5
The University of Alabama kicked off their fan day and open practice Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Fans from all across the country came to Tuscaloosa to support and get a preview of the upcoming talent. Joseph Dew says he has been waiting for a week for this experience.

Camp Seale Harris hosts summer camp
Crimson White – Aug. 4
Children with type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune condition in which the pancreas does not produce insulin, experience daily hardships … To benefit children ages five to 15 with Type 1 diabetes by giving them an opportunity to bond with others with the condition and simultaneously receive appropriate education, Camp Seale Harris was founded in 1949 and began in Tuscaloosa in 2012. This year it was held from July 11 to July 15 at The University of Alabama’s Robert E. Witt Student Activity Center. The summer camp moved to Birmingham on July 17.

Scholarship recipients to UA recognized in Limestone County
WAAY-ABC (Huntsville) – Aug. 3
The voice of the Crimson Tide, Eli Gold, will be in Limestone County today to recognize local scholarship recipients to The University of Alabama. Gold will also be previewing the upcoming season.

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