Believe UA: Mentoring program trains future leaders

By Joey Blackwell

If asked about the mission of Believe UA, Dr. Mary Lee Caldwell will give you a short yet resolute answer: “To set our students up for success, both in the classroom and out.”

That’s exactly what Believe UA does.

Believe UA is a mentoring program founded in 2010 by Dr. Tim Hebson, who serves as an associate vice president for Student Life. It serves as a mentoring program designed to boost the confidence of underclassmen in their first couple of years at the University, as well as provide guidance.

Expanding Horizons

Crawford uses UA’s Education Abroad to enrich her college experience

By Joey Blackwell

Virginia native and UA junior Katy Crawford knows exactly who to credit when it comes to her love of travel.

“My mom helped me realize that passion when I was in high school,” Crawford said. “I love traveling.”

It was also Crawford’s mom’s influence that helped her decide on what college she would attend. Despite now living in Virginia, her mom is a native of Dothan, Ala. and is a big supporter of The University of Alabama. When it came time to pick her school, Crawford said her mom highly encouraged her to attend UA.

Office Hours: Cathy Elliott

Office Hours provides an opportunity to introduce UA students, family, and friends to the outstanding men and women who work at The University of Alabama and work tirelessly to provide each student with a great experience at the Capstone.

This edition introduces Cathy Elliott, who is the director of advising programs at the College of Arts & Sciences. Elliott advises students of all levels, and has served UA in multiple capacities for almost 20 years.

Southern Hospitality

Career Center helps Bryant secure post-graduation job

by Joey Blackwell

A senior hotel and restaurant management major at The University of Alabama, Melissa Bryant has a passion for sharing hospitality and warmth with others.

“I just like to see the smile that I put on a person’s face when I bring a plate of food, because that’s how I feel when someone brings me a plate of food,” Bryant laughed. “I enjoy it, and it doesn’t feel like work at all.”

Office Hours: Mary Lowrey

Office Hours provides an opportunity to introduce UA students, family, and friends to the outstanding men and women who work at The University of Alabama and work tirelessly to provide each student with a great experience at the Capstone.

This edition introduces Mary Lowrey, who is the director of career education and development at UA’s Career Center. She has worked for the University for almost 16 years, and works one-on-one with students, as well as supervising the consulting staff in the main office.

An artist in the making

Hodge incorporates art into work, everyday life

By Joey Blackwell

As many college students do, The University of Alabama senior Clay Hodge has dreams.

“My main goal is to design an Olympic logo for the city and the Olympic torch, particularly L.A. in 2028,” Hodge said.

Achieving such a specific goal requires a long road of hard work, dedication, and perseverance. To Hodge, that road is a road well-traveled.

Coming Home

The Career Center’s Champion

by Jessie Patterson Jones

More than 30 years had passed since Melinda King called The University of Alabama home. She’d built a successful career in human resources that propelled her from Florida to Texas and on to Minnesota.

A self-proclaimed big city aficionado, King hadn’t lived in her home state since college, but says she always knew she’d come back one day. She just didn’t imagine it would be quite so soon, even though she regularly cheered on the Crimson Tide.

Making Waves

Student Life staff members take to airwaves to connect with students

by Jessie Patterson Jones

In the age of social media and on-demand everything, it’s no secret that you have to do things a little differently to garner attention today.

Student-run radio station WVUA 90.7 The Capstone has worked hard to stay on the cutting edge to best reach UA students and the Tuscaloosa community over the airwaves – and digitally.

Some Student Life staff members have begun using the radio station as yet another platform to reach the students they serve. Three shows on the air this fall feature Student Life programs or staff members.

A New Mission

Thornton steps out of her comfort zone, into the Capstone

by Tory Martinez

Rachel Thornton has proven the old adage true. It really is never too late to learn something new. At age 27, Thornton traded her Air Force uniform for Alabama gear and embarked on a new adventure.

After graduating high school in 2008, Thornton enlisted in the United States Air Force in 2009. She initially began her duties as an Arabic linguist and then cross-trained into an emergency management specialist.

“Our job essentially is to hope we never have to do our job,” Thornton said. “For instance, if our base is being attacked or if there is a hostile shooter, we respond. I’m the liaison between the general populist and the leadership on base.”

On top of her game

Stasia Foster always dreamed of going to college to dance. A dancer since the age of 3, it was always just a given. When it came time to look at colleges, the Austin, Texas, native knew she wanted to leave her home state.