To connect you with what’s happening at the Capstone, we’ve gathered some recent news that may be of interest to you as alumni and as members of the Board of Advisors.
We plan to publish periodically, not only to keep you informed of what’s happening on campus, but also of what’s happening in the world of the BOA membership.
Two distinct initiatives approved today by The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees will enhance UA’s mission to educate tomorrow’s leaders and innovators, thanks to the visionary leadership of recently retired U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby.
Stewart McLaurin, president of the White House Historical Association and University of Alabama alumnus, provided a talk about the history of the association and famous residence March 1 on the UA campus.
Researchers at The University of Alabama are exploring how a single spacecraft could service several satellites orbiting the Earth in one trip, potentially extending the mission of the satellites.
Efforts to update the general education curriculum at The University of Alabama continue, with the appointment of Dr. Chapman Greer as associate provost for general education and the formation and launch of a steering committee with sub-committees seated with faculty and staff.
The UA community celebrated the launch of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Association, an employee resource group, with a special event on Feb. 7.
The University of Alabama recognizes six students and three faculty members for their outstanding contributions to the Capstone. The Premier Awards honor students, faculty and staff who exemplify the highest standards of scholarship, service, leadership and character.
The following individuals will join the 215 who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since its founding in 1987: Angel “Rey” Almodóvar, of Huntsville; Dr. Stuart Bell, of Tuscaloosa; Milton Davis Jr., of Birmingham; Tim McCartney, of Gadsden; Thomas Talbot, formerly of Birmingham; and Michael Wicks, of Huntsville.
The Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention has awarded $2,197,000 to community-based programs that are dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect in Alabama’s Seventh Congressional District.
A group from The University of Alabama and Alabama A&M University traveled to India in early January as part of the first ever Gandhi-King Scholarly Exchange Initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
A longtime economics researcher at The University of Alabama is part of the Federal Reserve System Boards of Directors, joining about 300 people playing a critical role in the effective functioning of the United States central banking system.
Researchers at The University of Alabama identified a critical mechanism for how signals from the environment are integrated with genetic information to influence the health and survival of brain cells, providing a key insight into the development of Parkinson’s disease.
Lilly Saub, a University of Alabama junior majoring in aerospace engineering, is one of 47 undergraduate students in the nation selected for the Brooke Owens Fellowship, a nationally acclaimed nonprofit program that awards exceptional women and gender minorities with an internship in the fields of space and aviation.
University of Alabama student Sean Atchison has received a Boren Scholarship for the study of languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.
GRAMMY® Award-winning singer and songwriter Tasha Cobbs Leonard brought a top-notch performance to the 33rd Realizing the Dream Concert on Jan. 15. Her powerful voice and message drew a sellout crowd to Moody Music Concert Hall to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
In remarks at the Bryant Conference Center during which three individuals received Realizing the Dream Legacy awards, Retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré urged his audience to be leaders in their own lives
The Tuscaloosa community rallied to support middle schoolers’ scientific discoveries during the 2023 STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Showcase on Jan. 28 at the Bryant Conference Center, during which the winning projects were also announced.
The Crossroads Civic Engagement Center has embarked on a multi-year project
to visit civic organizations across Alabama’s 67 counties. The goals for this initiative include building a network of civic leaders in Alabama, supporting local community associations, and sharing stories of the ongoing civic engagement efforts at the Capstone. Crossroads staff recently presented at the Jasper Rotary Club, Tuscaloosa Exchange Club, Enterprise Rotary Club, and Tuscaloosa League of Women Voters. To participate in this initiative, BOA members living in Alabama can contact Assistant Director Dr. Jackson Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org to connect their county’s civic organization with Crossroads.
latest special issue, Engaged Scholarship: Sharing Views of Possible Futures for Extension and University-Wide Engagement is now available online.
Dr. Daniela Susnara represented BLAST Academy
in a Round 2 interview for an Arts in Education Grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, from which the 2023 BLAST Academy was awarded a grant in the amount of $2,300. Additionally, Susnara secured a $1,000 Walmart Community Grant to support the 2023 Swim to the Top program.
Join us in welcoming...
Charli Smith, who is joining Community Affairs as the administrative assistant in the Office of the Vice President for Community Affairs. In this role, she will provide high-level and confidential administrative support; will manage the Office of the Vice President for Community Affairs; and will oversee the maintenance of files, records and reports. She also serves as liaison to a diverse group including the administration, faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni and/or donors, key stakeholders and community partners. She earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing from The University of Alabama and the A.A.S. degree in drafting and design from Wallace State Community College.
Meet Jessica Sanders Walker,
who recently accepted a nomination to join the Community Affairs Board of Advisors. She is vice president of operations at Sanders Aviation and Sanders Flight Training Center, a certified Part 141 flight training school that has grown from a small operation to a large-scale flight training school that boasts 20 airplanes, trains nearly 1,000 students each year and prepares them for commercial airline positions. To build a pipeline for the next generation of aviation professionals, Walker recently started Operation Aviation Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to introducing underrepresented individuals and underserved communities to aviation careers. Walker earned a BA degree in political science and government from The University of Alabama in 2007 and a master of public administration degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2010.
Meet Clay Armentrout,
who recently accepted a nomination to join the Community Affairs Board of Advisors. Armentrout earned a BA in political science and government with a minor in computing technology and applications from The University of Alabama in 2012. He went on to earn his law degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law in 2015. He previously served as legislative director and counsel in the office of now-retired U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, and now serves as chief of staff for U.S. Senator Katie Britt.
Inaugural BOA president Katie Britt
was sworn in as a U.S. Senator representing Alabama on Jan. 3, filling the seat formerly held by retired Sen. Richard Shelby.
Congratulations to Dr. Porcia Love,
who represented the BOA Public Health Committee at The McCollough Institute for Pre-Medical Scholars forum on Feb. 10. The McCollough Institute for Pre-Medical Scholars is part of UA’s College of Arts and Sciences.
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