UA In the News — Sept. 23-25

UA strengthening ties with German universities
ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – Sept. 24
The University of Alabama is now strengthening Central Alabama’s ties to Germany. Engineering students at the Capstone will take part in an exchange program with a sister university in Germany. The students will take English, language and engineering courses at schools in Germany.
 
Moundville Native American Festival aims to celebrate, educate
Tuscaloosa News – Sept. 23
Organizers of next month’s Moundville Native American Festival say the goals of the event remain the same: to celebrate culture and educate guests. This marks the 29th consecutive year the festival has been held at Moundville Archaeological Park, which is 16 miles south of Tuscaloosa on Alabama Highway 69. Each year, the festival adds new vendors, performances and opportunities for visitors to learn about the culture of Southeastern Native Americans … Volunteers from University of Alabama Museums, the city of Tuscaloosa and UA students have helped the festival run smoothly throughout the years, Rasco said.

The Myth of Robert E. Lee And The “Good” Slave Owner
Daily Beast – Sept. 24
Because of the current controversy surrounding Confederate monuments, Robert E. Lee’s connection to slavery crops up repeatedly, as it did most recently in a New York Times article. Complicating the discussion is that his image remains tied to the legacy of the “Lost Cause,” a postwar effort to distort historical record. Insisting that the Confederacy had not seceded in the defense of slavery, but in defense of “states rights,” Lost Cause advocates painted slavery as beneficial to both whites and blacks, arguing the Confederacy’s leaders and soldiers were men of virtue who had merely endeavored to civilize and teach Christian values to an inferior people. In this southern revision of history, Robert E. Lee stands above all Confederate leaders as worthy of adulation; the very model of paternalistic southern gentlemen. . . . Glenn David Brasher is a history instructor at the University of Alabama.

Pair shocked when name of adapted athletics facility at University of Alabama revealed
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer – Sept. 24
Margaret Stran and Brent Hardin got a surprise when the name of the University of Alabama’s adapted athletics facility was revealed Friday. According to a school news release, the two figured the facility would be named for Mike and Kathy Mouron who had launched the project with two gifts totaling $4 million. Instead, when the rendering of the facility was shown, the name “Stran-Hardin Arena” was above the main entrance to the facility.

Analyzing the Republican Debate for Senate (Live interview)
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Sept. 22
This morning, we’ve shown you some of the highlights from the Luther Strange – Roy Moore debate. Now it’s time to get some perspective from our political analysts. Joining us this morning in studio is conservative commentator Chris Reid, who was recently quoted prominently in the New Yorker about this race. And joining us by Skype, Dr. Allen Linken, political professor at The University of Alabama.

Late librarian inducted into social work hall of fame
Selma Times Journal – Sept. 21
People that knew Patricia Swift Blalock say it is difficult to put in words what she meant to the Selma and Dallas County community, but it is apparent she left a lasting impression on many. Blalock, who served as a social worker for many years and as the director for the Selma-Dallas County Public Library, will be inducted posthumously into the Alabama Social Work Hall of Fame on Friday in Tuscaloosa … The Social Work Hall of Fame was founded by The University of Alabama School of Social Work to honor the accomplishments of distinguished leaders in the field.

Mercedes moves have potential to transform Bibb County
Al.com – Sept. 23
It’s been a whirlwind year for Bibb County. Yesterday Mercedes-Benz broke ground on two huge projects in Woodstock – a new Global Logistics Center and an after-sales North American hub in Bibb County … In all, the two new centers will provide an estimated $307.9 million in economic impact annually to the state, according to an economic impact study from the University of Alabama Center for Business and Economic Research. That includes contributing $109.2 million to the state’s GDP and $62.4 million in earnings to Alabama households from direct and indirect jobs.
4-Traders – Sept. 23
 
Paul Manafort: why Trump’s old ally could hold the key in Mueller’s Russia hunt
The Guardian – Sept. 23
When Paul Manafort, the former Washington super-lobbyist, bought an apartment in Trump Tower in Manhattan for $3.7m in 2006, there was no reason at the time to read the hand of destiny in it … “To date, it does not look like he has shown any interest in cooperating, at least publicly,” said Joyce Vance, a former federal prosecutor who now teaches at the University of Alabama law school. “How that looks when he’s staring down the barrel of an indictment is a different question.
Equities.com – Sept. 23
 
Will a nation full of credit freezes freeze the economy?
MSN Money – Sept. 23
When historians look back at the trends of 2017, one has to imagine that “credit freeze” will be on a list somewhere … That’s another school of thought. James Cochran, a statistics professor at the University of Alabama, doesn’t really think the country is headed for a downturn due to Equifax, but he says the potential is there.
Yahoo! Finance – Sept. 22
 
Buy for Rise begins
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Sept. 22
Tonight the annual Buy for Rise event begins with a pre-sale and silent auction to support the Rise center. That sale started at 5:00. Tickets are $15 at the door. Forty-five retailers from all around Tuscaloosa have donated items to this event.
 
Large university begins incentivizing math education
ECampus News – Sept. 24
The University of Alabama has created a new pathway to get the best and brightest minds into secondary mathematics teacher education. The Alabama State Department of Education recently approved a new UA accelerated master’s program that will allow select undergraduate math and math education majors to complete master’s degree requirements and achieve teacher certification simultaneously.

GOP Senate Candidate Gets Trolled Over A Very Unfortunate Typo
Lid Time – Sept. 23
When asked, “President Donald Trump has endorsed Luther Strange and announced visits to Alabama to campaign for him. Judge Moore will be a steadfast supporter of President Trump and a strong ally in helping to drain the swamp and pass his America First agenda.” … “Unusual was disadvantaged because his appointment to the Senate was associated with Governor Bentley’s scandal”, Carol Cassel, a professor of politics at the University of Alabama, told The Independent.
Solo News – Sept. 23
 
Alabama’s Roy Moore would be the most extreme senator — with huge consequences for Congress
Vox – Sept. 25
Still, Moore can make the body more conservative in a number of ways. He’ll likely shift the center of gravity in the caucus to the right, giving the existing right-wing hardliners — Sens. Rand Paul (KY), Ted Cruz (TX), and Mike Lee (UT) — an additional vote to pull the party in their direction. “I can see him functioning as a quasi-Rand Paul, but perhaps more extreme,” added Allen Linken, a political scientist at the University of Alabama.
 
What to know about the Republican runoff for Jeff Sessions’ Senate seat
Dot Emirates – Sept. 22
Next week, Alabama voters will head to the polls for a Republican primary runoff for the Senate seat previously occupied by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. After a first round of voting failed to yield a single candidate receiving a majority of the votes, two candidates are running for the Republican nomination in a race that has gained national prominence … According to Richard Fording, a professor of political science at the University of Alabama, this election “will continue to be influenced by Trump and that it will flat out be a referendum on his performance as president.”

COLLEGE NEWS: September 24
Tuscaloosa News – Sept. 24
University of Alabama ‒ A total of 417 students enrolled during the 2017 summer semester at the University of Alabama 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). The UA Dean’s and President’s lists recognize full-time undergraduate students. The lists do not apply to graduate students or undergraduate students who take less than a full course load.
Gadsden Times – Sept. 24
Florence Times Daily – Sept. 24
Marietta Daily Journal (Georgia) – Sept. 24
 
13 CULLMAN-AREA STUDENTS RECEIVE DEGREES FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
Cullman Tribune – Sept. 23
The University of Alabama awarded approximately 1,300 degrees during summer commencement August 5. Among those, according to a media release from the university, were 13 Cullman-area students.

Orphan Train author to visit campus, meet with students
Crimson White – Sept. 24
What: Orphan Train author Christina Baker Kline to visit the University of Alabama. Planned events include a breakfast with students, a book signing, and a public lecture. Who: Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train, this year’s Honors Common Book.

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