Thank You for your Service: Combining Passions to Make an Impact

UA student Jahnaya poses in front of flags in her Air Force/ROTC uniform Jahnaya Cosby, a sophomore majoring in marketing, found a way to combine her passions and campus involvement to serve others during her time at the Capstone.

Honoring Veterans Through Campus Involvement

Jahnaya recognized a need for initiatives that focused on giving back to veterans, so she decided to coordinate several efforts for veterans through her involvement in Student Government Association (SGA) and the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (VMA) as a military-affiliated student in the ROTC. In March she coordinated and organized Operation Grateful, where 60 care packages were created and delivered to veterans at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center in conjunction with SGA and the VMA office.

Freshman Finds Community at the VMA and on the Rowing Team

Emma with some of her rowing teammatesThe University of Alabama has a strong tradition of honoring the men and women who have served in our armed forces (and their families). In fact, UA has received distinction as a top ten Military Friendly® School for 2022-2023. One of the ways UA supports military members and families is through the Division of Student Life’s Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (VMA).

The VMA hires student workers with military connections – students like Emma Burnley. Emma is a freshman at the Capstone whose family is currently stationed in Fort Still, OK. She said that working at the VMA has been one of the most rewarding experiences of her life. She loves the people she is able to work with and the support she receives from

Meet a Woman Who Lived at Tutwiler for More Than a Decade

young Barbra standing in front of Tutwiler HallIn August of 1999, Barbra K. Green moved from Maryland to Tuscaloosa and found her new home at 901 Paul W. Bryant Drive – Julia Tutwiler Hall. It wouldn’t be until August of 2012 that she truly moved out of Tut, having spent over a decade in the residence hall.

No, it didn’t take her that long to finish undergrad – she finished in four, graduating with her bachelor’s in human development and family studies in May 2003. But the building holds many memories for her and the family she built there.

UA Student Publications Win Several Awards

Photoshoot with Alice studentsThe Crimson White (CW) has been a longstanding staple here at the Capstone since 1894. Alice has been publishing magazine editions since 2015. These and six other student-run media outlets are advised and supported by UA Student Media in the Division of Student Life. These students are gaining valuable real-life experience outside the classroom, and they’re winning awards while they’re at it!

First Gift From Generous Endowment

Large check for $1500 surrounded by UA students, friends and Matthews ElementaryIn the spring of 2019, generous University of Alabama donors Mike and Cathy Buhai endowed a fund to be used by the homecoming queen to give to an on-campus charitable organization. The previous fall, their daughter Katie had been selected as UA’s homecoming queen. Katie was also the vice president for community service for Kappa Delta, and the Buhais wanted to allow future homecoming queens the opportunity to support a philanthropy project of their choice. This year, McLean Moore was the first homecoming queen who had the opportunity to use the fund, and she selected Al’s Pals to receive the donation!

Al’s Pals is a UA mentorship program managed through the

Meet the New VPSL!

Dr. Hood and his wife, TiffaniAbout a month ago, President Bell asked Dr. Steven Hood to step into the Division of Student Life’s top leadership role as interim vice president. Dr. Hood is no stranger to the division – he’s been around for more than a decade, and he’s excited to continue the progress that’s been made in recent years. His colleagues in the division already know that in addition to innovative solutions to our problems, he’s always ready with a dad joke to brighten our day, but we wanted to take some time to properly introduce him to the rest of the campus community!

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Memories From Tutwiler: A Collection

The current Tutwiler was built in the year 1968 and has been serving women at UA for 54 years. To make way for a larger and more contemporary residence hall, it is scheduled for demolition on July 4, 2022. As a campus community, we commemorate the legacy of the historic building while awaiting the new and improved Tutwiler. To celebrate both events, we will be periodically featuring stories from past and current residents of Tutwiler Hall. Today’s memories include excerpts submitted from women across the generations of Tutwiler Hall – and one past resident who traveled across the globe to live at Tutwiler!

Florence Gum; Blotzheim, France; Lived at Tutwiler 1992-1993

photos from 1992 Tutwiler restrooms“Tutwiler meant roommates and friends, decorating our door and making our room homey. As I flew from France to Atlanta, thenOld 1992 photos of Tutwiler closet took the Greyhound bus to Birmingham, I arrived for my freshman year by cab with two large suitcases, representing all I owned at the time. The driver asked about my story during our trip together. Not only did he help me bring my suitcases up, but he stayed to help me move in. While other residents had family and friends as a support, I was running around the building with a cab driver. What a great man ensuring I had a wonderful school start.”

UA Ranked As Top Ten Military Friendly School

David Blair speaking at VA satellite Clinic openingThe University of Alabama has been ranked among the top ten Military Friendly® Schools for 2022-2023. Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation are evaluated using public data as well as surveys from participating institutions and input from student veterans. Over 1,800 institutions participate in this process, so earning a top ten spot is quite an accomplishment.

“We’re very proud of this distinction for UA,and I’m proud to serve alongside a team that cares so deeply about our student veterans,” said David Blair, director of the Veteran and Military Affairs (VMA) office on campus. “We’re here to serve the unique needs of our students who are veterans and help ease their transition into college life and help them reach their educational goals. It’s a personal mission of mine to always go above and beyond