The Student Affairs Highlights spotlights students, staff, services and programs that are excelling within the Division of Student Affairs.

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Mentorship through kindness: Swindle helps undergraduate, graduate students

Conventional hardly describes Jean Swindle, a UA graduate student who traveled around the globe before settling in Tuscaloosa to earn her Ph.D.

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The perfect rhythm: Byers finds balance with athletics, extracurriculars

Mornings begin early for Jacklin Byers, a senior on the UA rowing team. She witnesses the sun rise across the Black Warrior River at 6 a.m. most days of the week as she practices. Byers has to be up before the sun to juggle multiple activities at UA in addition to her demanding athletic responsibilities, but she says she wouldn't have it any other way.



Students walk for suicide awareness

On Sunday, Oct. 4, students packed the Ferguson Student Center Plaza, sitting shoulder-to-shoulder on the concrete, listening intently as speakers shared messages of hope before the Out of the Darkness Community Walk.



Top 13 Ways To Stay Healthy In College

There are many different ways for all college students to stay healthy during their time in college. Two Student Affairs experts from University Recreation, Executive Director Dr. George Brown and Associate Director for Fitness and Research Dr. John Jackson, put their heads together to identify the top 13 ways students can stay healthy in college.



Rieland finds her niche in Panhellenic leadership

Lindsay Rieland is the picture of student involvement at The University of Alabama. A junior from Dublin, Ohio, Rieland stays busy as a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and an Al's Pals mentor, along with playing club volleyball, taking part in the Student Government Association and serving as treasurer of the XXXI women's honorary.



Annual symposium challenges Blackburn students, fellows

On Aug. 28-29, the Blackburn Institute hosted its annual Symposium and Frank A. Nix Lecture, which allows members of the Institute an opportunity to reconnect, develop relationships, and learn from one another. Mary Lieb, a senior and the current communications director for Blackburn, shares what she learned at this year's event.



Camp 1831 teaches UA traditions, builds confidence

First Year Experience and Parent Programs hosts Camp 1831 each fall to help students transition into life at The University of Alabama. The camp serves to welcome new students to UA and teach them about the Capstone's legacy and focuses on four pillars: service, leadership, adventure and tradition. Whether a student is from Alabama or out of state, Camp 1831 gives students a space to converse with new people, expand their knowledge of UA and become a part of UA.



Learning to lead: Lewis finds her niche in Blackburn Institute

Vel Lewis came to UA with her sights set on joining the Blackburn Institute after researching it as a senior in high school. After getting involved in Blackburn at the end of her freshman year, Lewis had found her Capstone connection. Today she serves as the student chair of the Institute.



UA rugby teams grow in popularity

Each year the men's and women's club rugby teams, part of UA's University Recreation programs, recruit many of their new players from Get On Board Day.



Homegrown Alabama brings affordable local shopping to campus

Homegrown Alabama brings local farmers and vendors to students every Thursday from 3-6 p.m.



UA students make a difference at Higher Ed Day

A group of 50 students from The University of Alabama traveled to Montgomery on April 9, joining students from other public universities to make a difference at Higher Education Day.



Global Movement Mondays combines international culture and exercise

On Mondays at noon during the spring semester, you could find students, faculty and staff on the third floor mezzanine of the Ferguson Student Center participating in a different exercise class.



Student Affairs honors outstanding graduates

The Student Affairs Leadership Society was created in 2013, and honored its first class of inductees in April 2014.



Women and Gender Resource Center hosts 10th annual LUNAFEST

UA's Women and Gender Resource Center hosted its 10th annual LUNAFEST Film Festival on March 9 at the Bama Theatre.



UA LEADS encourages leadership, action

For many students at UA, volunteering and giving back is a huge part of their daily lives and their college careers.



University Programs partners with dance group for Salsa UP

University Programs (UP) works to plan outside-the-box events to engage students in a fun way.



UP and ACSS ring in Chinese New Year

University Programs, part of UA's Division of Student Affairs, along with Chinese Students and Scholars brought in a diverse crowd of more than 600 people on Feb.



Flex Rec: Experimenting with Reformer Pilates

In high school, my best friend and I decided to try a Pilates class at a local gym.



UP kicks off spring with cooking seminar

With a new year beginning, students are motivated to shape up.



Bloom Hillel offers students community

The University of Alabama Bloom Hillel Jewish Student Center provides a Jewish home away from home to students from across the United States during their time at the Capstone.



AAUW empowers women to strive for equality

A newly formed student organization is working to empower women at The University of Alabama to seek leadership roles in the community.



Dorothy Beck: The face behind @TheFergUA

The Ferguson Student Center kicked off the 2014-2015 school year with a new look and a new voice on social media.



Tide Together: Homecoming Celebrates the Capstone Spirit

Homecoming week is a time when traditions are embraced and the student body comes together for competition and celebration. The theme of this year's homecoming week was "Tide Together: Celebrating the Capstone Spirit."



Hunger Banquet raises awareness for food insecurities

As part of Beat Auburn Beat Hunger, the Center for Sustainable Service and Volunteerism (CSSV) hosted its annual Hunger Banquet in November to give students a chance to learn about food insecurities in the state of Alabama.



Frozen Tide aims for best hockey season yet

The University of Alabama hockey team and staff are fully dedicated to making this year one of the program best seasons yet.



Blend promotes unity among students

A new student organization is making big strides at The University of Alabama. Blend focuses on uniting students and promoting diversity.



Bloom has big plans for SGA's 100th anniversary

SGA President Hamilton Bloom has big plans to celebrate SGA 100th anniversary. SGA is planning an event in the spring to bring back past executive council members, but the student organization is also hoping to have a big impact on campus throughout the year.



Week of Welcome 2014 kicks off fall semester

Each year during move-in and the first week of classes, The University of Alabama hosts Week of Welcome (WOW) for first-year students.



Health Hut makes health education fun

From the Quad to the Ferguson Student Center or even on the way to the Student Recreation Center, UA students often catch a glimpse of an interactive white tent full of games, prizes and giveaways.



Jones salutes outstanding minority students in Mississippi

Dr. Stacy Jones has been giving back to the UA community while serving in various roles within in the Division of Student Affairs at UA.



Pugh creates financial foundation program

Financial decisions made today can have a lasting impact on the future, especially for young people. Being equipped with the knowledge and tools to make smart financial decisions can lead students of all ages to future success.



Leadership program teaches valuable skills

The University of Alabama's Division of Student Affairs has sent approximately 5-10 students to The LeaderShape Institute, a six-day leadership development program created by LeaderShape Inc., for several years now.



Student Affairs celebrates successful year

The Division of Student Affairs celebrated the culmination of an outstanding year with a staff development program and annual awards picnic on May 15, with staff members enjoying a day of informational meetings and team building activities.



Student Affairs Leadership Society recognizes outstanding seniors

The Division of Student Affairs recently recognized graduating seniors who have given their time and talents to enhancing the lives of fellow students with the establishment of the Student Affairs Leadership Society (SALS).



Peer Leaders help engage first-year students

Questions like "What do I study, and how?," "What groups should I join?" and "Where in the world is that building?" fill the minds of first-year students.



Mazie Bryant: Becoming a journalist

When she was young, Mazie Bryant had a passion for magazines. Cosmo, Vogue and Seventeen were staples in her household, and she dreamed of one day having her name bylined on their glossy pages.



Out 2 Lunch bridges the gap between students and faculty

Freshman year takes incoming students out of their comfort zones as they adapt to their collegiate community.



Johnson provides behind-the-scenes SGA leadership

Being a senior at The University of Alabama can be a busy and challenging time. Seniors must focus on doing well in class, searching for a job and graduating.



UA L.E.A.D.S. fosters leadership among students, faculty

The University of Alabama's Division of Student Affairs will hold it's first UA Leadership, Education, Action and Diversity Summit, better known as UA L.E.A.D.S....



Ferguson Student Center renovation: Career Center connects students with success

As The University of Alabama's population continues to grow and change, the Ferguson Student Center has begun a renovation....



Sarah Young: Everyone's ally

Navigating the hallways of a college building can be confusing at first, and sometimes it's hard to know who to ask for help....



Documentary looks back at University's past

Fifty years ago, two brave African-American students enrolled in The University of Alabama and the University changed forever. ...



Families Serving Families Weekend

On Friday, Sept. 20, The University of Alabama's Community Service Center hosted a Families ...



Week of Welcome Kick-Off

Each year, the Division of Student Affairs hosts Week of Welcome (WOW), a large series of events ...



Move-In Day 2013

More than 3,400 students moved on campus last week to begin the fall 2013 semester...



UA's Parent Advisory Council

Acting as a liaison between parents, students and The University of Alabama community, UA's Parent Advisory Council (PAC) ...



Believe UA: Students helping students reach their full potential

Teaching students to be confident inside and outside the classroom is critical to a student's success at UA...



United Greek Council: A multicultural opportunity

Uniting members through mutual respect and equality, the United Greek Council (UGC) is one of UA's four Greek governing councils...



Going mobile: Student Affairs connects with people on the go

A new initiative at UA allows easy mobile access to the most popular Student Affairs Web pages...



Office of Student Media expands to new location

As the University of Alabama continues to expand, so does the Office of Student Media...



Campus Veterans Association golf tournament raises money for veterans

The Capstone Club in Brookwood, Ala., filled with people of all ages and all walks of life to benefit one cause...



UA students celebrate 50 years of diversity through performing arts

Indian dances, a cappella singing, poetry readings and more brought more than 200 guests to the Ferguson Center Ballroom on April...



Blackburn Institute's Annual Symposium

More than 500 community members, students, fellows and board members gathered to celebrate the Blackburn Institute's Annual Symposium at Bryant Conference Center in February.



Second Annual Student Affairs Expo a Success

Scholarships, t-shirts, and a photo booth attracted more than 300 students to the Second Annual Student Affairs Expo on Feb. 7, 2013



Duncan surprised with McKinley award

Carol Duncan was surprised with an early Christmas gift as she was named the 2012 Vergil Parks McKinley Employee Award winner.



Student Highlight: Anna-Margaret Yarbrough

Through researching and understanding racial inequalities in southern educational systems, Graduate Student Services (GSS) Graduate Assistant, Anna-Margaret Yarbrough, is continuously influencing the Capstone community.



UA's Career Center takes students to Wells Fargo

Honor students in the business school were given the opportunity to apply for jobs at Wells Fargo. After reviewing resumes, the top 11 students were selected to meet with Wells Fargo executives in California.



The Old Boys' Rugby Match: A Timeless Tradition

Alumni, families and the UA community came together in a match that brought spectators out of their seats and onto the sideline.



Darrell Hargreaves: An International Referee

Assistant Director of Intramural and Club Sports at the University Recreation Center, Darrell Hargreaves, had the opportunity of a lifetime.



Event Highlight: Chocolate for a Cause

On Sept. 22 at the University Recreation Center, over 19 vendors and 250 participants came together with one common goal.



Event Highlight: Family Weekend 2012

Thousands of families from around the world came to campus in celebration of Family Weekend 2012, Sept. 21 - 23.



The end of the Cramer Era

Dr. Kathleen Cramer, who has retired after 35 years at UA, mentored and forged friendships with countless UA students and graduates.



The Future of Residential Life

Since 1969, thousands of UA students have called Rose Towers home, and on July 4, 2012, hundreds of onlookers watched as the former residence hall was imploded to make room for three new structures.



Event Highlight: Family Nights

An innovative program created within the Division of Student Affairs is giving a whole new meaning to community engagement at The University of Alabama.



Service Beyond the Quad

This May, sixteen UA students traveled to the Dominican Republic to impact the lives of many living in poverty.



Staff Highlight: Natalie Beck

Leader, collaborator and counselor are just a few of the traits that describe Natalie Beck.



Event Highlight: Coaching Character Initiative

Nick Saban and John Croyle share insight on character development at the Coaching Character Initiative hosted by Judicial Affairs.



The Women's Resource Center Hosts LUNAFEST®

Exposing the UA community to films for, by and about women.



The "Keyes" to Mental Health

Helping students turn a crisis into an opportunity and adapt to new ways of thinking and behaving is one of the most rewarding things for Dr. Lee Keyes, the executive director of The University of Alabama Counseling Center.





Students Discover Their Spark

First-year students selected to participate in a new community-building program called Ignite UA experienced a full day of self-discovery and growth on Feb. 11.





Event Highlight: Campus MovieFest

Students use talents for a spot on the big screen during the annual CMF competition, earning a chance for Hollywood.





Event Highlight: United Rivals

The work of The University of Alabama Division of Student Affairs extends far beyond the UA campus, state lines and even the deep rivalry of football.





Leadership in the Great Outdoors

For Lance Haynie, the path to a career in Student Affairs was as unpredictable as the wilds of the great outdoors.




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