Busting Mental Health Myths

As a campus community, we’ve made significant progress when it comes to how we view mental health and address the needs associated with it, but we still have a long way to go. Certain myths and stigmas surrounding mental health persist to this day in almost every walk of life, especially within college student communities. In the Division of Student Life, we want to challenge these stigmas and provide all UA students with the appropriate information about mental health and about the resources available to them through the Counseling Center and other campus resources to make managing and maintaining their mental health easier.

A Helping Hand

photo of a woman sitting with text saying student spotlight chloe kingWhen Chloe King moved from Muscle Shoals, Alabama to Atlanta, Georgia, a part of her always knew she’d come back to the Yellowhammer state one day. After graduating from high school, she knew there was only one place to go to kickstart her path of higher education: The University of Alabama.

UA Named Top Five Military Friendly School

logo for the top ten military friendly schoolsThe Department of Veteran and Military Affairs (VMA) works hard every year to facilitate programs and services to service members, student veterans, dependents and survivors in order to make college life easier for them all around. The Military Friendly® Company has recognized The University of Alabama as military friendly since 2012; and in recent years, the Capstone has continuously ranked among the top ten. This year, VMA and Student Life are incredibly proud to announce that UA has been designated a top five Military Friendly® school!

New Years Goals: Resources and Tips

With the start of 2023 behind us, most of us are probably struggling to stick to our resolutions we made for the new year. Whether you want to exercise more, eat healthier, spend more time with friends, become more involved on campus or even study more, finding out how to incorporate these positive changes into your lifestyle can be quite the challenge. Thankfully, UA’s Division of Student Life is packed with resources to help you accomplish your goals. Check out these tips and departments that can help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions all year!

Dancing for a Cause

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Across the United States, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN) work hard to raise money for children’s hospitals that provide life-saving services and care to families who, otherwise, could not afford treatment. CMN supports 10 million children across 170 hospitals, each one improving children’s lives and supporting family members through the caregiving process. This initiative requires substantial support; so, in 1991 CMN founded the Dance Marathon program. Through Dance Marathon, colleges and campus communities raise money for CMN hospitals through somewhat unconventional and creative fundraising efforts. The Division of Student Life at the Capstone is proud to be part of this movement through UA Dance Marathon (UADM), an organized group of student leaders and volunteers who are supported by the Center for Service and Leadership (CSL).

Working for a Better Tomorrow

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Montgomery, Alabama is known as the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement. Today, the city’s legacy continues as it persistently cultivates citizens with a passion for social justice. Trinity Hunter, a current senior at The University of Alabama, is a part of that legacy. When she moved to Tuscaloosa for school, she carried with her a strong commitment to her principles of truth, justice and equality.

Greek Assembly Hall – A Step Forward

photo of a young woman looking to the left with graphics saying student story spotlight and the woman's nameWhen you think of Fraternity and Sorority Life at The University of Alabama, chances are your mind drifts to some of the bigger names associated with the Interfraternity Council (IFC) or the Alabama Panhellenic Association (APA). These two groups comprise the bulk of the Capstone’s Greek-letter organizations, but there are two more councils active at UA that some people may not know about. The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) and the United Greek Council (UGC) both have been active at UA for a long time but, unlike IFC and APA organizations, most NPHC and all UGC organizations lack a designated space on campus for meetings and other events. Former UGC President Fatema Dhondia noticed this disparity and took the lead in advocating for a new building to serve both UGC and NPHC groups.