UA In the News — Oct. 17

Proposal to make Murphy High School an open zone school
NBC 15 (Mobile) – Oct. 16
A proposal to make Murphy High School an open zone school could change education across all local districts. More than 50 community members broke into small focus groups at the school auditorium on Monday to give their input on if and how Murphy High School should change starting as early as next August … Three years ago, the campus started having University of Alabama early college programs. Peek says students have been very successful in these programs so far.
WJTC (Mobile) – Oct. 16

UA Survey Shows Business Confidence is High
ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – Oct. 16
Alabama businesses are feeling pretty good about the economy. A new University of Alabama survey shows business confidence is high among industry leaders heading now into the final quarter of the year. UA researchers found the confidence is highest in Mobile.

Distinguished Honors for Three African American Faculty Members
Journal of Blacks in Higher Education – Oct. 16
Charles Ogletree, the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and the founding executive director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice at Harvard Law School … The Committee for the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the first African American residential students at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, gave an award to Trudier Harris, the first tenured African American faculty member at the university. She was a member of the English department faculty from 1973 to 1979. Dr. Harris is now a University Distinguished Research Professor of English at the University of Alabama.
Bama at Work (live interview)
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Oct. 16
Welcome back. Joining us now is Dr. Bob Prescott of Bama at Work, and you guys recently formed a partnership with the Chamber to handle some training programs. I want to know more about that, because all this is to try to get a better trained work force, right? That’s exactly right, Lynn. Thank you so much for having us. It’s an honor to be with you today to talk about a new initiative, a partnership between the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, and The University of Alabama’s Bama at Work Division. The two have combined in a true partnership to take work force development up a notch.

Alabama equestrian gives back to the community
Crimson White – Oct. 16
Not far from campus on Culver Road, sits a place called River Oaks Farm, home to Alabama’s Equestrian team … Alabama is planning to start a fresh opportunity for students, children and adults of all ages to gain the benefits of interacting with horses through equine-assisted and therapeutic riding. The focus of this new opportunity will be the Rise Center, Capstone Village, Brewer Porch Children’s Center and Adapted Athletics.

Interview day connects education students with school systems
Crimson White – Oct. 16
Similar to the career fair, the Career Center is hosting its biannual Education Interview Day for education students seeking full-time teaching jobs. Occurring in both the fall and spring semesters, Education Interview Day gives College of Education students a chance to interact with employers and discuss full-time employment opportunities with various school systems.

Alabama sororities spark homecoming parade with costumes, dancing and more – Oct. 16
University of Alabama Panhellenic sororities liven up the school’s annual homecoming parade with costumes, dancing and all-around enthusiasm on Saturday.

An Alabama inventor who makes your hair stand on end – Oct. 15
If you’ve ever been to a science museum and put your hand on a metal globe that made your hair stand on end, you can thank an Alabamian. The device that makes kids giggle while learning about static electricity, and until modern times created the energy needed for important nuclear physics experiments, is called the Van de Graaff generator. It’s named for its inventor, Robert Jemison Van de Graaff, an MIT and Princeton professor who was born in Tuscaloosa in 1901 and earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Alabama in 1922 and 1923, respectively. If you’ve never heard of him, but the name sounds familiar, his three older brothers — Hargrove, Adrian and William — were All Southern Conference players for the Crimson Tide in the early part of the 20th century. In fact, William “Bully” Van de Graaff was The Tide’s very first All-American in 1915. But it’s the scientist Van de Graaff whose name endures nearly 100 years late

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