• November 13th, 2017



THANKSGIVING BRINGS DANGERS FOR DRIVERS There were more fatal crashes during the week of Thanksgiving last year than in previous years, and even though fatal crashes are trending down so far in 2017, the week still brings dangers to drivers. Contact Adam Jones, UA communications, 205-348-4328,, for more information.

AN INSOMNIA LABEL MORE HARMFUL THAN POOR SLEEP — People who worry about poor sleep have more emotional and physical problems during the day than those who do not worry, regardless of how well either sleep, according to research conducted at UA. For more information, contact Adam Jones, UA communications, 205-348-4328 or


NEED A SOURCE? GET A SOURCE – Do you need a subject matter expert for a non-UA related topic? Check out our updated directory of experts at The directory will be expanded regularly, so return frequently for the latest. Don’t see who you need? Contact UA communications at 205-348-5320. 

STUDENTS TO USE FASHION SHOW PROCEEDS FOR BREAST CANCER SUPPORT AFTER CLASSMATE’S MOM DIAGNOSED — Fourteen UA apparel design students will showcase their creativity during a Nov. 19 fashion show that doubles as a fundraiser to aid in the fight against breast cancer. Both fashion and breast cancer became personal for the students after the mom of one of their classmates was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Fashion for Life is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Ferguson Center Ballroom on the UA campus. Tickets may be purchased for $5 in advance or at the event. Proceeds will benefit METAvivor, a charity that provides research funding and raises awareness in support of women and men living with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer.  For more information, contact Brian Taylor, class instructor, at 205-348-6020, or Tabby Brown, 205-348-9848,

RIVER PITCH EVENT TO SPARK TUSCALOOSA ENTREPRENEURSHIP — Do you have a new business idea worth sharing? Can you “pitch” it in three minutes or less? If so, come to the Tuscaloosa River Market Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 5-9 p.m. and take part in the 2017 River Pitch Business Idea Competition. It allows students and community members to pitch business ideas to judges for chances to win one of eight $1,000 prizes. Participants also receive feedback on their ideas and potentially meet experts in entrepreneurship. Registration, which is required to pitch business ideas, is available on the AEI’s website at For more information, contact Dr. Theresa Welbourne or Tommie Syx at 205-722-5179 or or Zach Thomas at or 205-348-8318. 

BEAT AUBURN, BEAT HUNGER WRAPS UP — The annual food drive to benefit the West Alabama Food Bank is nearing its finale. Watch for a Nov. 15 announcement of the tallies. For more details, contact UA communications, 205-348-5320 or go to the Facebook page here


UA PRODUCTION OF ‘AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY’ UA theatre and dance will present the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning play by Tracy Letts from Tuesday, Nov. 14 to Sunday, Nov. 19, in the Marian Gallaway Theatre. When the family patriarch disappears one night, the Westons gather at their Oklahoma homestead. But as the secrets begin to flow, the gathering quickly turns to chaos. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for faculty, staff and seniors and $14 for students. For tickets, go to or phone 205-348-3400. For assistance, contact Richard LeComte, communications,, 205-348-3782.

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