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.

Veterans March to Combat Suicide

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The rivalry between The University of Alabama and Auburn University is one of the most well-known rivalries in college sports throughout the nation. These two highly competitive teams come together for a chance to see who will win the Iron Bowl, but students from each side also come together for a unique tradition: Operation Iron Ruck.

The Act of Service

Service is a quality that Hannah Menard highly regards. For the past four years she’s been serving the Tuscaloosa community through the Al’s Pals Mentorship Program – a team of dedicated UA students who commute to different elementary schools in the Tuscaloosa area to help kids with schoolwork and enrich their after-school activities. It’s easy for students to overlook the local Tuscaloosa community during their time at the Capstone; after all, when everything you need is on campus, there’s often no reason to think about what goes on in the rest of the city. Despite this, Hannah is determined to increase awareness for Tuscaloosa natives through the magic of Al’s Pals.

Finding Confidence at the Capstone

picture of a guyBrekeese Pierce travelled over 150 miles from Huntsville, Alabama to Tuscaloosa to begin his higher education at the Capstone.

In his own words, “As a young adolescent, I lacked confidence in myself and my own abilities. I had a defeated mindset. I would speak in a defeated manner and nothing but defeat after defeat would permeate my life.”

Yet somehow, this young adolescent who lacked confidence in himself transformed into a Magna Cum Laude UA graduate with multiple honors and awards who is now attending law school with an influential strength to change the world for the better.

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