A&S in the News: May 31–June 10, 2017

Phi Beta Kappa Inductees

Excellence in Education: Meridian Star (Mississippi) – May 30

Joshua Campbell of Bailey, Miss., has been inducted into the University of Alabama’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. UA recently inducted 43 College of Arts and Sciences students into its chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.


SummerTide returns to Gulf Shores for 14th Season (Live Interview): WPMI-NBC (Mobile) – May 30

The University of Alabama’s professional summer theater, SummerTide, is returning to Gulf Shores for its 14th season with ‘Smoke on the Mountain’. Joining me today to tell us more about SummerTide and the play is Chelsea Reynolds, who plays one of the characters.

Evolution Education

3 UA professors publish book about challenges of teaching evolution in Alabama: NBC 13 (Birmingham) – May 30

A new book has been published about the challenges of teaching evolution in Alabama. The work by three University of Alabama professors and an associate is called “Evolution Education in the American South: Culture, Politics, and Resources in Alabama.” Many fundamentalist Christians oppose evolution education, and conservative, evangelical churches are a strong force in Alabama.

ABC 11 (Meridian, Mississippi) – May 30
WLTZ (Columbus, Georgia) – May 30
WRBL-CBS (Columbus, Georgia) – May 31

Clinton-Dix On Track to Finish Degree

Green Bay Packer Finishing Up Criminal Justice Degree at UA: tmj4.com – June 1

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix on the football field
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the 2012 homecoming game against Mississippi State University.
Photo by Jeri A. Gulsby

As long as Aaron Rodgers is on the team, the Packers will always be known for their offense.  This year, however, it’s the defense that’s showing the biggest signs of improvement.  One player the Green Bay Packers expect big things out of is fourth-year safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.  As if playing football wasn’t enough, Clinton-Dix is also on track to finish his education with a degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama.  He missed the first part of the team’s offseason program to attend classes.

Reece’s Civic Involvement Produces Change

Reece’s civic involvement ‘produces change’: Shelby County Reporter – June 1

There’s no age requirement to be a true leader — something Samuel Reece, a senior at Montevallo High School, exemplifies.  He interned with the David Mathews Center for Civic Life last summer. He’s also the co-founder and longest standing member of the Montevallo Junior City Council (MJCC) — something he’s especially proud of.  He’ll be attending the University of Alabama as a member of the University Fellows Experience, which is part of the Honors College. Reece plans to major in political science and work for the government or a non-profit organization after graduating.

UA Project in Hobson City

UA project in Hobson City boosted by federal grant: Anniston Star – June 2

A portion of more than $1 million in federal grants announced Thursday by the National Endowment for the Arts will support a University of Alabama-led project in Hobson City. Jane Chu, the chairman of the endowment, visited Alabama Thursday to announce the grants would be awarded, according to a release, with $25,000 of the total going to the university. The money will be spent on a photography and creative writing project started in Hobson City by associate professor Michelle Bachelor Robinson. The project tasked young girls with using photos to illustrate the town’s history, and what that history means to them today.

Williams Mentors Others in Community

Williams mentors others in community: Shelby County Reporter – June 2

“My mom always told me that I have to love myself and also love others,” Shalese Williams explains.  “No matter your size, shape, color or background, everyone deserves love. Everyone deserves to feel good about themselves without someone bringing them down.” . . . “After high school I plan on attending the University of Alabama to study psychology,” Williams said. “While in school I plan on obtaining a doctorate degree in this area of study. One day I aspire to become a clinical psychologist at a private firm or even in my own firm.”

Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

DON NOBLE: Novel shows lawyer’s quest to crack death row case: Tuscaloosa News – June 3

Each year the University of Alabama School of Law and the ABA Journal sponsor the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, given to a book which “features the role of lawyers in society and their power to effect change.” This year’s finalists have been announced and I thought it might be fun to review the three novels. You, too, may want to read them and then vote for a winner at abajournal.gov. Voting closes June 30.

Ancient Clam Species Named After Geology Professor

Ancient Clam Species Named After Geology Professor: Washington Times – June 4

Two European researchers have named an ancient clam species after a longtime professor at the University of Alabama.  The recently discovered fossil clam is called “Archivesica aharoni” after Paul Aharon. He is a professor emeritus of geological sciences at the campus in Tuscaloosa.

Athens News Courier
WAFF 48 (Huntsville) – June 4
San Francisco Gate – June 4
Florence Times Daily – June 4

Students Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

Campus News: Marietta (Georgia) Journal – June 4

Anthony Fiacco of Acworth and John Lundeen of Smyrna were among the 41 students inducted into the University of Alabama’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

This Year’s Senate Race

Five things to look for in this year’s Senate race: Gadsden Times – June 5

Alabama’s upcoming special election may have voters feeling like the seasons are out of whack. The state’s residents will go to the polls in the dog days of summer, Aug. 15, to winnow a field of 10 Republican and eight Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate seat that was vacated when Jeff Sessions became U.S. attorney general. . . . George Hawley, University of Alabama political science professor, said he didn’t expect the Bentley scandal to significantly hurt the GOP in December, either. The Republican lead is so strong the party can afford to lose the votes of those put off by that scandal, Hawley said in an email.

UA Sophomore Competes in Miss Alabama Pageant

UA Sophomore Competes in Miss Alabama Pageant: Tuscaloosa News – June 6

An 18-year-old University of Alabama sophomore will represent Tuscaloosa this week during the Miss Alabama Pageant.  Riley Kate Lancaster will compete in the pageant at Samford University’s Wright Center in Birmingham.  She is double majoring in public relations and dance and is on the pre-law track at UA.  This will be Lancaster’s second year to participate in the Miss Alabama pageant.

CollegeFirst Summer Program

CollegeFirst offers students chance to prepare for classroom: Tuscaloosa News – June 8

As a longtime chemistry teacher, Stephen Hobbs knows the reputation the field carries with it.

Hobbs, a teacher at Spain Park High School who has been an educator for 35 years, said Wednesday that he hopes students in a summer program at the University of Alabama can learn that chemistry doesn’t have to be difficult or unenjoyable.