Multiple Students Celebrated in VMA Scholarship Ceremony

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One way that the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (VMA) at The University of Alabama (UA) supports students is by coordinating with the University and external partners to award scholarships to student veterans, service members, dependents, family members or survivors. On Sept. 8, 2023, the VMA hosted a scholarship ceremony that awarded seven bright, motivated students at the Capstone for their accomplishments both in and out of the classroom.

Viprav’s Journey to Support All Students

picture of raju posing with his doctorate degree More than 9,000 miles separate the cities of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Bengaluru, India. But when Viprav Raju considered enrolling at The University of Alabama, the distance didn’t bother him much. For him, UA was already somewhat familiar; a family member had already attended and graduated from the Capstone. So, Viprav decided to join the legacy and began classes at UA in 2016, working towards his master’s degree in electrical engineering.  

How a Dietitian Changes Lives

sheena gregg holding an award for her work as a dietitianSheena Gregg, the registered dietitian in the office of Health Promotion and Wellness (HPW), has quite the history with The University of Alabama and Student Life! Her human nutrition major during her undergraduate years allowed her to intern with HPW and she served as the graduate assistant in Tutwiler to help pay for graduate school. After earning her bachelor’s in 2007 and her master’s in 2008, Sheena began work as a full-time registered dietitian with HPW in 2009. Sheena has dutifully served Student Life and the student body for over 10 years, but her dietetic origins stretch back to high school.

A Path to Success

white text saying student spotlight jayleigh tawbushRoughly 30 percent of community college students transfer to a four-year institution to continue pursuing their education. Jayleigh Tawbush is one such student who transferred from Wallace State Community College to The University of Alabama. Jayleigh knew she wanted to be involved on campus even before classes started, so she drove two hours for a 15-minute interview to take advantage of an opportunity with University Programs (UP). Now, she’s a senior education major and the executive team lead for UP’s programming team. Looking back on that two-hour drive, Jayleigh recalls it as “the best decision of my life.”

Managing Stress During Finals

Stress is unavoidable in our everyday lives. It comes from obvious places such as work or school, and even from things that are good for us like our friends, families or significant others. Stress can be present every day; so, it’s critical to know how to manage the stress affecting us, especially during an important stretch of time like finals week! To help, we’ve worked with the Counseling Center to put together some advice on how to properly manage both positive and negative stress so you can identify what stresses you out and manage how you react to it.

Study Week Test and Prep Tips

girl studying Test week can be dreadful for many students. The stress of studying large amounts of information and the anxiety of possibly failing an important test can almost be too much to handle at times. It can be easy for students to feel overwhelmed during the studying process; after all, they do have to juggle the rest of their responsibilities while they study. To help you out for study week, we’ve collected some tips to make sure your study sessions are as effective as possible.

The ReSOURCE Room – A Key Resource Hub for Student Organizations

three students sit at a table and hold buttonsUA’s Division of Student Life is committed to building a campus culture that encourages students to explore their passions and develop their skills both in and out of the classroom. These ideals are further supported by the hundreds of different student organizations available to students on campus. Since most of these organizations and clubs are entirely student run, it can be a challenge for students to obtain the necessary supplies for events, fundraisers, meetings or celebrations that a club has planned. To solve this problem, The SOURCE  (Student Involvement) created the ReSOURCE Room to supply student organizations with helpful supplies they can borrow for an event – all at no cost to student groups.

Clay Shooting Team Excels in National Championships

team posing with awardsThis year, ten University of Alabama (UA) students on the recreational Clay Shooting Team competed at the 2023 National Collegiate Shooting Sports Athletic Association (NCSSAA) National Championships held in Las Vegas, Nevada over spring break. The team performed excellently overall, placing in the top three teams in every Division 1 event. Additionally, three team members won individual events and became national champions during the competition! Those team members are Baylor Garland, team president, Adam McNutt, team vice president, and Emma Zerby, team secretary. Baylor and Adam were also named on the All-American teams for the 2022-2023 season, meaning they rank in the top five clay shooters in the nation.