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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


LAW RECEIVES $1.5 MILLION GIFTUA’s School of Law announces a $1.5 million gift from Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr., a trial attorney, investor and land owner in Sarasota, Florida. The gift will establish the Hugh F. Culverhouse, Jr. Chair in Constitutional Law and will serve as a foundation for a center for constitutional studies. Culverhouse’s father, Hugh F. Culverhouse Sr., is a 1947 graduate of Alabama Law. Contact Monique Fields, manager of communications, UA School of Law, 205-348-5195 or for assistance.  

BUST OF UA ALUMNUS, AIR FORCE VET KILLED IN COMBAT TO BE UNVEILED – Mark Forester earned a bachelor’s degree from UA in 2006 and promptly enlisted in the Air Force, where he became a combat controller. Forester was killed in combat in September 2010 in Afghanistan. A bronzed bust of Forester has been designed by retired (Marines) Col. Lee Busby, a UA alumnus and Tuscaloosa resident, and cast at the UA foundry. It will be unveiled Nov. 8 at the UA Office for Veterans and Military Affairs at 2 p.m. in room 3000 of Houser Hall. For more information, contact David Miller, Strategic Communications, 205-348-0825 or

NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH Events recognizing Native American Heritage Month include a display of “Portraits of Leadership: 19th Century McKenney and Hall Lithographs From the McClintock Collection” at Moundville Archaeological Park. In addition, a screening of “Awake: A Dream From Standing Rock” will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in Gorgas, room 205. A 5K footrace will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Moundville Archaeological Park. For more information on events, go to For assistance, contact Richard LeComte, communications,, 205-348-3782.

BEAT AUBURN, BEAT HUNGER – The annual food drive to benefit the West Alabama Food Bank is underway. For more details, contact Richard LeComte, communications, or 205-348-3782 or go to the Facebook page here.


THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE – The UA theatre and dance department presents the partly improvised musical about a spelling bee from Monday, Nov. 6, to Sunday, Nov. 12 in the Allen Bales Theatre on the UA campus. Six spellers, one championship — the stakes are high as these adolescents spell their way to the top. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10. For more information and tickets, go to For assistance, contact Richard LeComte, communications,, 205-348-3782.

ALLELE SERIES TO HOST SHOWING OF ‘SPEAKING EVOLUTION’ — The Alabama Lectures on Life’s Evolution, or ALLELE, series will host a showing of “Discovering Alabama’s” newest production, “Speaking Evolution,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in room 2011 of North Lawn Hall. The program explores how the science of evolution is communicated to the general public. Narrated by NPR national correspondent Debbie Elliot, “Speaking Evolution” asks several prominent scientists about how the teaching of evolution could be changed in order to better explain it. For more information, contact Roger Reid, For further assistance, contact Stephanie Kirkland, College of Arts and Sciences, 205-348-8663 or

BOOK DISCUSSION — Chip Cooper and Julio Larramendi, photographers and artists-in-residence at UA’s Honors College, will discuss their recent book, “Campesinos: Inside the Soul of Cuba,’ at the Tuscaloosa RiverMarket from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12. Cooper and Larramendi traveled throughout Cuba for three years to photograph the campesinos — people living in the countryside. They will describe their journey through Cuba during their presentation. For more details, contact Alicia R. Browne, director of College Relations, Honors College, 205-348-5557 or


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.

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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