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Alumna Creates Foundation to Inspire the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals

Desktop News | March 2023 Alumna Jessica Sanders Walker’s experience at the Capstone was enriched by female leaders serving as her mentors and friends. These relationships played a critical role in her personal and professional growth and inspired her to pay it forward by uplifting and guiding others on their path to success.  “We could see women filling these roles, it was the opportunity for them to really guide us. For us to watch them come out from behind their […]

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UA Alumna Selected as NEA Creative Writing Fellow

From the March 2021 Desktop News | After learning to read, Dr. Jacqueline Trimble’s first impulse was to write, so at the age of six, she wrote her first piece of work: a one-paragraph autobiography. Though she talks fondly of the memory now, her accomplishments assure she has much more to add. Trimble, who earned her master’s and PhD at UA and serves as the chair of Alabama State University’s Department of Languages and Literatures, was one of only 35 […]

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Remembering Shelia Washington

From the February 2021 Desktop News | The late Shelia Washington, founding director of the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center in Scottsboro, Alabama, will be remembered by the UA community for the strong partnership she built between the institution and UA scholars and students. Washington opened the Scottsboro Boys Museum in 2010 to honor the nine young African-American men who were falsely accused of rape and subsequently imprisoned in the 1930s. Since it opened its doors, Washington and colleagues […]

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UA Grad Named to International Literacy Association’s 30 Under 30 List

From the February 2021 Desktop News | UA graduate Candace Chambers was recently named among the top 30 young leaders globally working to improve literacy. Chambers, who received a master’s degree in English at UA, has always wanted to use her gift of writing to help others. As a tutor in the writing center, instructor for first-year students, and community outreach volunteer, her goal was to teach her students how to advocate for themselves through their writing. Now a PhD […]

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Paying It Forward

Gordon-Palmer Hall surrounded by pink flowers

From the 2020 Collegian | “It was an interesting time to be at the University,” says Ed Braswell, a 1967 graduate. George Wallace’s famous “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door” took place mere weeks before Braswell would arrive for freshman orientation. He was also a student during the tenures of three of his heroes—President Frank Rose; the legendary Colonel Carleton K. Butler, director of the Million Dollar Band; and Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. While at UA, Braswell studied math and played […]

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Hats Off to the Graduates

Natasha Burrell

From the 2020 Collegian | We are so proud of all of our incredible 2020 Arts and Sciences graduates. To celebrate their resilience, ingenuity, and dedication to their education, we want to highlight a few of our newest alumni. Join us in congratulating the Class of 2020! Lota Erinne | English and Finance My Post-Graduate Plans: I’m currently proofreading for Grammarly and participating in a book editing mentorship, and next year I’ll be working as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant […]

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A&S Grad Assisting With Saliva-Based COVID-19 Test

Anne working in the lab

From the October 2020 Desktop News | When Anne Watkins started her master’s of public health at Yale University, she never thought she’d work with any sort of sports team, let alone a whole league. Now, she and her colleagues are partnered with the National Basketball Association to create a new COVID-19 testing procedure that she hopes will make testing more accessible and affordable for all communities. Watkins, a 2019 graduate of UA’s Department of Biological Sciences, is working in […]

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Birmingham Judge Shares Experience, Gives Advice to Students

Nyya Parson-Hudson and Ida Johnson

From the February 2020 Desktop News | For Nyya Parson-Hudson, every day in the office is another opportunity to change the lives of people in her community. As a municipal court judge for the city of Birmingham, the UA alumna spends her time listening to cases that deal with everything from mental health to domestic violence. With each case, she takes the time to balance the costs for all parties involved: the victim, the defendant, and their families who might […]

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Koushik Kassanagotu

Koushik Kassanagotu

As the conversation on healthcare continues to heat up on national and local scales, innovative minds like Koushik Kasanagottu are dedicated to entering the primary care field and changing the narrative of healthcare infrastructure and availability in the United States. Kasanagottu’s medical career is dedicated to focusing on rural areas with inadequate healthcare providers, and finding innovative solutions to instill preventative healthcare and eradicate common preventable diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. “The number one cause of death in the […]

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