UA In the News — Feb. 3-5

  • February 5th, 2018

New University of Alabama partnership benefits Alabama’s rural high school students
Alabama News Center – Feb. 4
The University of Alabama’s College of Community Health Sciences announced a new partnership with Alabama Statewide Area Health Education Centers to extend educational and training opportunities to high school students in rural areas of Alabama.

Anthony Ray Hinton finds peace after prison
Tuscaloosa News – Feb. 2
Anthony Ray Hinton asked the crowd sitting before him to close their eyes. During a speech at the Dr. Ethel H. Hall African American Heritage Month Colloquium at Hotel Capstone on Friday, Hinton shut his eyes as he described a life he had known for the better part of 30 years. “I want every man and woman for a second to close your eyes and I want you to imagine being in your bathroom with nothing but a toilet,” he said. “I want you imagine being in there for 30 long years.”
NBC 5 (Memphis, Tennessee) – Feb. 2
WTOC 11 (Savannah, Georgia) – Feb. 2
NBC 10 (Albany, Georgia) – Feb. 2
WTVM 9 (Columbus, Georgia) – Feb. 2
NBC 12 (Montgomery) – Feb. 2
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Feb. 2
WDAM 7 (Moselle, Mississippi) – Feb. 2
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Feb. 2
Commentary: Why Haven’t Publishers Apologized for Their Books That Glorify Slavery?
Fortune – Feb. 2
When the battle over the Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Va. claimed a life last August, the nation faced again the vital and deep fissures around Confederate legacies and racism. There is another place to look for remnants of the Confederacy and the years of segregation that followed: the bookshelves of libraries around the United States. (Alfred Brophy holds the Paul and Charlene Chair in law at the University of Alabama. Autumn Barrett is visiting professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University.)
Cetus News – Feb. 2

Alabama labor official expects Toyota-Mazda, other jobs to recruit well
Decatur Daily – Feb. 5
Toyota-Mazda and Bocar plan new plants in Huntsville-annexed Limestone County as jobless rates hover at 3.5 percent statewide and even lower in Morgan and other counties, but the state’s top labor official believes recruiting should be successful for these high-paying, high-demand jobs … When estimating available labor force, you have to look at both unemployed and underemployed workers in the area, said Ahmad Ijaz, the executive director and director of economic forecasting in the University of Alabama’s Center for Business and Economic Research.
4-Traders – Feb. 5
Anniversary of Autherine Lucy’s enrollment at UA
KTRK-ABC (Houston, Texas) – Feb. 3
The anniversary of a defining moment in our state’s history happens tomorrow, Autherine Lucy’s enrollment at the University of AlabamaLucy was the first African- American student to enroll at a public college or university in our state. She registered as a graduate student, and attended her first class on February 3rd, 1956.  A few days later on February 6th riots broke out on campus, and a mob threatened the car used to drive Lucy between classes.
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Feb. 2
CrossingPoint graduate makes his dream come true
Crimson White – Feb. 5
The CrossingPoints program at The University of Alabama has taught students with disabilities valuable life skills that give them the freedom to take charge of their life, one towel at a time. Cody Pope and his grandmother, Rosemary Ingram, moved to Tuscaloosa in 2006 to attend the Tier 1 program in CrossingPoints, which serves students 18-21 years old. He attended that program from 2006 until his graduation in 2008. “Cody learned in CrossingPoints how to fold his laundry. I had always done all of that,” said Rosemary Ingram, Cody Pope’s grandmother. “In CrossingPoints, you fold your towels differently from the way I fold them. He is convinced to this day that I’m wrong.”

Culverhouse LIFT program inspires participants, students
Crimson White – Feb. 4
David Hose, a former UA student, and Lisa McKinney, an accounting professor at the University, created LIFT four years ago. Though it started as a business school initiative, students from all majors volunteer. “I have seen individuals gain confidence from this program,” McKinney said. “It makes them feel sure and polished.”

Young daughter of University of Alabama instructor makes Broadway Debut in ‘School of Rock’
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (Georgia) – Feb. 4
The 9-year-old daughter of a University of Alabama associate professor of educational research is now appearing in a Broadway show “School of Rock.” Madalen Yarbrough Mills plays the role of Sophie in the New York City production which features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. It is an adaptation of a film starring Jack Black. According to a story by David Miller on the University of Alabama website,, the daughter of researcher Jamie Mills got the role after she emailed an audition reel. Madalen will be in the show for six months and will be performing eight shows per week.
College and University – Feb. 4
School briefs
Cumberland Times-News (Maryland) – Feb. 4
Savannah Chaney, Cumberland, received a Bachelor of Science degree in communication disorders from Geneva College, Beaver Falls, Pa. She was named to the fall 2107 dean’s list at Geneva College … Mariah Riley, Oakland, and Tanner Carr, Moorefield, W.Va., were named to the president’s list with a 4.0 GPA for the fall 2017 semester at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
Cullman Sense – Feb. 3
North Platte Telegraph (Nebraska) – Feb. 4
Madison Eagle (New Jersey) – Feb. 4
Roanoke Times (Virginia) – Feb. 3
Gloucester City News (New Jersey) – Feb. 4
Middletown Transcript (Delaware) – Feb. 2
Greensboro News and Record (North Carolina) – Feb. 5
Herald-Mail Media (Hagerstown, Maryland) – Feb. 5
Biddleford Tribune (Maine) – Feb. 4
School librarians in Black Belt encouraged to apply for free books
West Alabama Watchman – Feb. 3
The University of Alabama’s School of Library and Information Studies will award over $12,000 in new children’s and young adult books to school libraries in the Black Belt region as well as to one school library in an economically deprived area of Alabama outside the Black Belt.

Nick’s Kids to fund, build 17th Habitat house for local family
Tuscaloosa News – Feb. 4
When freshman Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa launched the pass to seal the Crimson Tide’s 17th national title at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Jan. 8, time seemed to halt for Donna Smith. A lifelong Alabama fan and, at 47, a survivor of open heart surgery, Smith said she wondered throughout the College Football Playoff National Championship Game against Georgia whether she needed to turn it off in order to preserve her health.

UA to host Tuscaloosa Africana Film Festival
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Feb. 2
You can enjoy an evening filled with African American Films tomorrow night at the Bama Theatre in Downtown Tuscaloosa. There’s something for the entire family.

Campus veterans organizations create Purple Heart Initiative
Daily Mississippian – Feb. 5
At a recent Associated Student Body Senate meeting, President Dion Kevin said he wanted to add a Purple Heart section on the Circle to honor veterans. However, Andrew Newby, assistant director of Veterans and Military services (VMS), and Student Veterans of America (SVA) have already put this type of initiative into place … The University of Alabama is the only other SEC school that designates Purple Heart parking spots on campus. Newby said there are a few other institutions across the country that have similar programs, but not as far-reaching as the one here.

State of Alabama offers new UA vessel stickers for boat owners
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Feb. 3
If you’re a boat owner, you have a new option for a vessel sticker. The University of Alabama is now offering a collegiate sticker with the proceeds going to fund scholarships. The vessel sticker will cost $50 more than the normal registration charges.
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Feb. 2
UA Choirs perform at Tuscaloosa Heritage Festival
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Feb. 2
The Stillman College and University of Alabama choirs and dancers performed, along with some talented young people from dance and step studios across West Alabama.

UA to hold Power of Pink Gymnastics Meet
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Feb. 2
The Power of Pink Gymnastics Meet is happening here tonight at 7:30.  It’s all about raising awareness, and money, for the fight against breast cancer. The Power of Pink Initiative was started more than 10 years ago by legendary Alabama coach Sarah Patterson. Tonight, Alabama will face Arkansas, and both teams will put aside their school colors and wear pink in support of the cause.

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