Winners of the 2023 Realizing the Dream Essay and Art Contest were recognized for sharing their interpretations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy during a reception on March 30 at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa.
summer 2023 newsletter
Summer Days in Tuscaloosa Honors UA’s Visiting Fulbright Scholars
Visiting Fulbright scholars engaged in research in a dozen departments across campus came together during the inaugural Summer Days in Tuscaloosa reception on June 5 at Capital Hall.
Junior Swim Instructors Reflect on Swim to the Top
Swimming is a life-saving skill, and learning to swim is the most proactive way to prevent drowning. Once children learn to swim and develop confidence in the water, new challenges are required to ensure their swim skills do not diminish. To promote retention and provide new opportunities for competent swimmers in the Swim to the Top program, four junior swim instructors were recruited for the first time this June.
BOA Member Partners with SEA for Aviation Day
It looked like a scene out of “Top Gun” with Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone” playing in the background as STEM Entrepreneurship Academy (SEA) students donned their aviator sunglasses and posed for pictures outside the hangar of Sanders Aviation and Sanders Flight Training Center in Jasper, Alabama, during a special aviation day of camp on Wednesday, July 12.
BLAST Academy Returns, Encourages K–8 Summer Learning
After the success of its launch last summer, BLAST (Building Leaders Through the Arts, STEAM and Teamwork) Academy returned to UA’s campus July 3–28, offering K–8 students and camp staff a unique summer learning experience.
From the Division of Community Affairs
Join us in welcoming Tara Jimerson, who joined Community Affairs as the Administrative Assistant.
In this role, she will provide high-level and confidential administrative support; will manage our office in Rose 250; and will serve as our office liaison to other UA administrative offices, faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, donors, community partners and key stakeholders.
Join us in welcoming Paige Rentfro, who joined the Community Affairs team as a program coordinator for Community Education.
In this role, she supports the Vision Days Program, our K–12 summer programs and other existing and emerging Community Education programs.
As students return to campus and fall courses begin, Crossroads Civic Engagement Center staff will be engaged in collaborations with several campus partners, including Housing and Residential Communities and the Women and Gender Resource Center, to include civic themes in several back-to-school programs and activities for UA students.
The ongoing “Crossroads on the Road” initiative continued with visits to the Energizers Club in Headland (Henry County), the Rotary Club in Demopolis (Marengo County), and the National Alumni Association Chapter in Barbour County.
These visits to community organizations are a chance for Crossroads Civic Engagement Center representatives to share the story of civic education and engagement efforts at UA, while also learning about the evolving civic challenges and successes across Alabama communities.
In June, Dr. Lane McLelland, executive director of Crossroads Civic Engagement Center, and Dr. Jackson Harris, director of Community and Civic Engagement, presented research at the Civic Leadership and Democratic Engagement conference in Boston.
Additionally, the summer months provided the Crossroads team an opportunity to make progress on research projects in the areas of dialogue-based learning experiences, as well as civic education theory.
Dr. Nicole Prewitt, director of Programs and Partnerships for Community Engagement, and James Renshaw, program coordinator for Programs and Partnerships for Community Engagement, presented at the annual International Town and Gown Association Conference on June 7–9 at Colorado State University.
We are pleased to welcome our new and returning graduate assistants back to campus!
Xiangyan (Sophia) Xiong
fall calendar snapshot
August 11 HomeFirst Participant Info Session
August 16 Winning Grants and Sustaining Communities
August 18 HomeFirst Participant Info Session
August 18 Emerging Community Engagement Scholars
August 18 Public Engagement Learning Community
August 19 Greene County HomeFirst Coaches Retreat
August 21 Community-Engaged Learning Fellows
August 21 Public Engagement Learning Community
August 28 Women's Equality Day Celebration and Dialogue
August 29 Vision Days Legacy
August 30 Fall Neighborhood Partnership Committee
August 31 United Way Partner Agency Volunteer Recruitment (Get On Board Day)
September 1 HomeFirst Coaches Retreat
September 1 Public Engagement Learning Community
September 5 SCEC Leadership Academy
September 7 Vision Days Senior Session
September 8 Emerging Community Engagement Scholars
September 12 SCOPE
September 12–14 Vision Days Senior Sessions
September 14 HomeFirst Financial Wellness Event at Shelton State
September 14 Parent Teacher Leadership Academy
September 15 Community-Engaged Learning Fellows
September 19 Global Café
September 19 National Voter Registration Day
September 19 UA United Way Campus Coordinator Training
September 19–21 Vision Days Senior Sessions
September 22 Emerging Community Engagement Scholars
September 22 HomeFirst Coach Check-in
September 26 United Way Agency Tour
September 26 Vision Days Legacy
September 28 Council on Community-Based Partnerships
October 2–6 Roll the Vote and Voting Matters Week
October 3 Global Café
October 4–5 Engagement Scholarship Consortium
October 6 Public Engagement Learning Community
October 10 SCEC Leadership Academy
October 11–12 Vision Days Freshmen Sessions
October 12 UA United Way Campaign Kickoff
October 13 Emerging Community Engagement Scholars
October 13 HomeFirst Coach Check-in
October 17 SCOPE
October 17 Global Café
October 17–19 Vision Days Freshmen Sessions
October 19 Parent Teacher Leadership Academy
October 20 Community-Engaged Learning Fellows
October 22–24 Board of Advisors Fall Meeting
October 24 Vision Days Legacy
October 27 Emerging Community Engagement Scholars
November 2 Council on Community-Based Partnerships
November 2 UA United Way Campus Coordinator Check-in
November 3 Community-Engaged Learning Fellows
November 3 Public Engagement Learning Community
November 3 HomeFirst Coach Check-in
November 7 United Way Agency Tour
November 7 SCEC Leadership Academy
November 10 Emerging Community Engagement Scholars
November 14 SCOPE
November 14 Global Café
November 28 Vision Days Legacy
November 29 Winning Grants and Sustaining Communities
November 30 Parent Teacher Leadership Academy
December 7 UA United Way Campaign Celebration