Making Community Where You Are

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Alabama native Nick Tolbert knew he wanted to study politics after he graduated from high school. He considered attending a university in Washington, D.C., but he also wanted to remain close to his family. Fortunately, he knew of a university where he could get a prized education without going too far from home: The University of Alabama. Nick turned his sights to Tuscaloosa and was delighted to find that UA offered him everything he was looking for. He began his freshman year in 2020 with a double major in political science and philosophy.

Impact Through Service

josie ricketts headshotWhen Josie Ricketts began applying for college in her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, The University of Alabama stood out among her options. Her older brother attended the Capstone, so she and her parents visited campus several times to see him and join in the fun of Bama game days. Her brother was also involved in many clubs and organizations on campus, so her existing knowledge of the different involvement opportunities excited her. All of these variables came together when it was time to make the ultimate choice, and Josie soon found herself cheering on the Crimson Tide as a student at UA!

The Email That Changed Everything

photo of levi dysonIt’s strange to think that an email can change someone’s life, but that’s exactly how it happened for Levi Dyson. When the St. Louis native earned National Merit Scholar distinction, he knew he wanted to attend The University of Alabama.

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.

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.