UA In the News — Sept. 7

  • September 7th, 2018

Miss America 2019: Meet 51 women who’ll compete Sunday, including Alabama’s Callie Walker – Sept. 7
Callie Walker, a Birmingham native, is in Atlantic City, N.J., this week, vying for Miss America 2019. As Miss Alabama 2018, she’s one of 51 women who hope to earn the national title, along with $50,000 in scholarship money and a yearlong reign … Walker, 20, is a musical theater major at the University of Alabama. She’s following in the footsteps of her mother, Angela Tower Walker, a former Miss Alabama who won the swimsuit preliminary at the Miss America pageant in 1985.

Three Keys to Keeping Pace with Technology Changes in Academia
The Evollution – Sept. 7
In Spring 2016, the University of Alabama implemented a dual authentication system in an attempt to improve security for campus systems. As Senior Information Officer for the College of Arts & Sciences, it fell to me to explain this new tool to the faculty and convince them it was a positive development.
Traffic Management Center at UA to be used to help Game day Traffic
WAFF-NBC (Huntsville) – Sept. 6
Tuscaloosa’s traffic management center is actually housed within the University of AlabamaIt keeps track of what’s going on for drivers using 60 cameras placed around the city. Workers then pass information about delays or wrecks on to you.

UA graduates create new TUTR app
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Sept. 6
Two former University of Alabama students creating a way to better connect students in Tuscaloosa with qualified tutors. Lauren Sanders and Josh Mickler created the “TUTR” app – which became available last week. They wanted to make a way for students to get help they need with qualified tutors who have the time to help them.

Bad weather doesn’t dampen Get on Board Day
Crimson White – Sept. 6
Despite the rainy weather, Get on Board Day proved to be a success as hundreds of students were able to speak to a variety of clubs and organizations, helping them to get more involved in activities and find a sense of community on campus.

‘Forever Plaid’ takes whimsical look at vintage vocal quartets
Tuscaloosa News – Sept. 7
The saga of Forever Plaid could have sparked its own teen-tragedy song, like “Dead Man’s Curve,” “Last Kiss” or “Leader of the Pack.”. . . . Colton Crowe (Smudge) continues his 2018 spring-summer streak with Theatre Tuscaloosa, having starred as BFlat in May’s “Second Samuel,” then as the Jester in July’s “Once Upon a Mattress.” Here he’s in a show that reminds him, and others, of last spring’s Theatre Tuscaloosa offering, “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” about an all-woman vocal quartet from the ’50s and ’60s. Also like that 2017 musical, “Forever Plaid” is being directed and choreographed by Stacy L. Alley, associate professor of musical theater and dance at the University of Alabama.

Paul W. Bryant Museum opens early on game day
Tuscaloosa News – Sept. 7
The Paul W. Bryant Museum will be open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday for the University of Alabama’s home football opener. Bobby Smith and Ken Roberts, the honorary captains for the Arkansas State game, will sign autographs at the museum from 10-11 a.m. Smith and Roberts both played on coach Bryant’s first UA team in 1958. Smith played quarterback and served as team captain, while Roberts played center and excelled on defense. The 1958 team posted UA’s first winning record in five years.

Five things to do in Tuscaloosa this weekend
Tuscaloosa News – Sept. 7
No. 5: The University of Alabama’s College of Engineering Does Amateur Radical Theatre will present “Theatre Roulette” on Sunday. The show includes 13 student-written plays. The plays are put into a hat and when a play is drawn, it is performed and then put back into the hat. The show ends when all the plays have been performed once. But if a play is selected multiple time, it’s modified in one way or another, such as the characters become pirates or the actors have to condense their lines into one word. “Theatre Roulette” will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Ferguson Center, 751 Campus Drive. Tickets cost $5 and will be available at the door. For more information, go to

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