The Making of the Million Dollar Band

From the September 2019 Desktop News | Butler Field is a bit more crowded than one would expect for a rainy Saturday afternoon in August. An approaching downpour causes families, students, and friends to hide under large umbrellas and plastic ponchos. Most groups would postpone practices or cancel events in this kind of weather. But the ever-so resilient 400 members of the Million Dollar Band march on, their feet perfectly in time with every beat. For over 100 years, the […]

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Student Announcements

Apply for Campus-Wide Honor Societies The 2022 Honor Society Web Application Portal will close at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 20, 2022. Prior to applying, please review the membership criteria. Once the application portal closes it cannot be reopened. Use this link to apply to the following Honor Societies: Anderson Society Blue Key Cardinal Key Elliott Society Lambda Sigma Mortar Board Omicron Delta Kappa Iota Iota Iota There are an additional 25+ Honor Societies that are not using this application portal. […]

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Faculty and Staff Announcements

Apply for the SEC Faculty Travel Program The SEC Faculty Travel Program is intended to enhance faculty collaboration that stimulates scholarly initiatives between SEC universities. It gives full-time faculty members from one SEC university the opportunity to travel to another SEC campus to exchange ideas, develop grant proposals, present lectures, conduct research and deliver performances. At The University of Alabama, the SEC Faculty Travel Program is administered by the Office for Research & Economic Development (ORED), consistent with its mission. Specifically, […]

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Teaching in Prisons

Alexa Tullett is used to large, full lecture halls on the first day of her “Introduction to Psychology” classes. Dozens of students fill the seats and flip through paper syllabi, where lectures, readings, and assignments take up most of the text on the pages. However, her first day of her “Science of the Brain” class last fall looked quite different— she traded a lecture hall for a prison. Tullett, an associate professor of psychology, was the first Arts and Sciences’ […]

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Black Warrior Review Awarded National Literary Magazine Prize

From the August 2019 Desktop News | The Black Warrior Review, a literary magazine run entirely by UA graduate students, was recently awarded a Whiting Literary Magazine Prize, the largest national prize for nonprofit literary magazines. “It’s very impressive and welcome news that the Whiting Foundation took notice of this student publication here at UA and wanted to reward it with this grant and support it to keep doing the work that they’re doing,” Joel Brouwer, the chair of UA’s […]

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Religious Studies Awarded $350,000 Grant from the Luce Foundation

From the July 2019 Desktop News | UA’s department of religious studies was recently awarded a $350,000 grant by the Luce Foundation to fund an interdisciplinary conference surrounding the teaching, research, and public scholarship of religion in America. The conference, known as American Examples, aims to redefine the study of American religion and apply it to other fields of study, such as global conflict, social movements, and the study of religion in other areas of the world. Non-tenure track faculty, […]

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Breaking the Ice: Taking a Non-traditional Approach to Academia

From the June 2019 Desktop News | When Victoria Fitzgerald arrived at UA to begin her PhD in January, she thought she would spend most of her time studying the Jurassic Period eolian rock formations of Alabama, extending her master’s program research. She thought most of her time would be spent in the Center for Sedimentary Basin Studies in Tuscaloosa or at the state geological survey, able to drive home to her family in no time. She never thought she […]

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