The College of Arts and Sciences Announces Dawn and Cody Brown White House Historical Association Endowed Support Fund

Desktop News | February 2024 TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama’s College of Arts and Sciences proudly announces the establishment of The Dawn and Cody Brown White House Historical Association Endowed Support Fund for the Department of History. This endowment aims to provide crucial support for the White House Historical Association fellow each summer, ensuring that aspiring scholars receive financial assistance for living expenses while completing their internships. The endowment has been established by Dawn Wiley, PhD student in […]

Morgan Holder’s Journey from ASSURE Grant to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Desktop News | January 2024 Morgan Holder, a dual major in dance and English with a minor in the Blount Scholars Program, emerged as a standout recipient of the 2022 ASSURE grant. This financial support became the launchpad for her journey to the esteemed Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she showcased her original piece, “Unstuck With You.” “Unstuck With You” gracefully transcends conventional dance boundaries, delving into the intricate relationship between space and human connection. Holder’s choreographic exploration, inspired by the […]

Victoria Niton’s Path from Capitol Insights to Guatemalan Adventures 

Desktop News | November 2023 Victoria Niton, a College of Arts and Sciences student, recently embarked on a journey that transitioned her from the heart of American politics to the culturally rich streets of Antigua, Guatemala. Her experiences have not only proven transformative but have also illuminated a path forward in her academic and career pursuits.  Niton’s journey began with the educational groundwork, preparing her for the unique opportunities that awaited her in Washington, D.C. The “do’s and don’ts” of […]

Inaugural John S. Steiner Lecture: Demystifying Sharks with Dr. David Shiffman

Desktop News | October 2023 The John S. Steiner Endowed Lecture Series in Museums had its inaugural lecture on September 16, 2023, to promote the education of students in disciplines emphasized by The University of Alabama Museums such as anthropology, archaeology, biology, geology, paleontology and history. The lectures aim to target a broad audience and will include speakers who are known for being able to discuss science or historical/cultural research with non-academic audiences and engage them in discussions about cutting-edge […]

UA Professor and Students Raise Aphasia Awareness by Creating Aphasia-Friendly Menus 

Desktop News | August 2023 In June of 2023, Mary Ray-Allen, Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders, led an influential effort with 11 graduate students from her “Advanced Aphasia” course to commemorate Aphasia Awareness Month. Their primary goal was to bring attention to this language disorder within the community.   Ray-Allen emphasized the significance of the Aphasia Awareness Campaign, stating, “There are two million people in the United States that have aphasia. My goal is to empower students […]

VitAL, State Create On-Demand Digital Learning Program 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama partnered with several state agencies to launch a digital platform and on-demand learning program designed to offer essential education and training to physicians and healthcare professionals.  VitAL On-Demand signifies a milestone in standardizing content delivery and promoting professional development for healthcare professionals across Alabama.  “Through our partnership with the state of Alabama and other key agencies in developing VitAL On-Demand, providers will be equipped with the knowledge they need to excel in their […]

Students, Faculty and Staff Create Lasting Impact Through Community Projects  

Desktop News | March 2023 Engage Alabama, a program for community projects, brought together students, faculty and staff at The University of Alabama to positively impact the environment, arts and rural health in Montevallo, Camden and Uniontown. The program aimed to foster meaningful relationships with the communities served and to create a lasting impact.   Prior to embarking on their all-day acts of service, a group of thirty-four students and three faculty advisors eagerly convened for an interest session. The group […]

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Sculpture Class Creates Functional, Collaborative Community Art

From the July 2022 Desktop News |Over the past semester, Craig Wedderspoon and his students in his Beginning Sculpture class installed uniquely designed benches at the Hill Hospital in York, Alabama.   Wedderspoon believes that the service-oriented, function-driven character of art is often amplified during the execution of collaborative, community projects.   Wedderspoon was introduced to the Hill Hospital through the work of Engage Alabama, who commissioned the bench project as a part of their 2022 initiative.   “I have always […]