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

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!

Alabama Born

UA Students Present White Paper at National Conference

The Division of Student Life at The University of Alabama works diligently to foster the health and wellness of students at the Capstone. Student Life also strives to provide students with opportunities to develop professionally, socially, and academically. One of the many ways both of these goals are served is the Student Advisory Council on Wellness.

Purpose of the Advisory Council

The Student Advisory Council on Wellness works alongside Dr. Ruperto “Toti” Perez, the Associate Vice President of Health and Well-Being at UA. These students meet each week and advise Dr. Perez on the needs of students they see in their respective areas of campus, and they work together to create positive social change in overall wellness on campus. Not only that, but they also publish an annual white paper that is presented

Memories From Tutwiler Hall: Mary Bess Paluzzi

Tutwiler Hall in the 1970s

Located across from Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tutwiler Hall is one of the most iconic buildings on The University of Alabama’s campus. The original Tutwiler Hall was built in 1914 and was located where Rose Administration Building currently sits. 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, in the coming months we will be featuring stories from past and current residents of Tutwiler Hall.

Mary Bess Paluzzi

Mary Bess Paluzzi, former Associate Dean for Special Collections for UA’s Libraries and resident of Aliceville, AL, was a student at UA when the current Tutwiler Hall was first opened. She lived in Parham East from 1967-1969, and in 1970 joined the student housing staff at Tutwiler.

UA Students Go Beyond Bama: Serving in Memphis

In December 2021, a team of students from The University of Alabama traveled to Memphis, TN with the Center for Service and Leadership to serve local organizations in a Beyond Bama trip. It was the first time since December 2019 that CSL has been able to take students on these trips.Students who served in the Beyond Bama Memphis trip sit on a brick bench for a picture

Beyond Bama is a unique program that sends students around the United States and even the world to participate in service learning experiences during University holiday breaks. Zoë Winston, assistant director of the CSL, said, “One key element that sets Beyond Bama apart is that not only do students get to engage in intense and intentional service but they also have intentional reflection time to help connect what they are learning on their Beyond Bama trip to what they are learning in classes.”

“The goal of these trips is to engage students with the broader, global community,” she added. These trips are almost fully student led, with faculty and staff advisors who facilitate discussion and reflection times to maximize the student learning and leadership experience.

UA Students and Partners Collaborate to Make Holiday Wishes Come True

At The University of Alabama, collaboration is key. Not only among students, staff, and faculty, but also with community partners who help make it the place Where Legends Are Made.

This December, alliantgroup, one of the Career Center’s Champions, partnered with two UA student organizations, the African Student Association and the Society of Human Resource Management, for a community outreach project to serve the Tuscaloosa Foster Care Program.

Turning Tide Mentorship Program

Students who mentor students – That’s the vision that the UA Student Government Association (SGA) and Madeline Martin, the Vice President for External Affairs has for the Turning Tide mentorship program.

Turning Tide allows SGA members to mentor local high school freshmen