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

photo of men marching and holding flags and a man standing in front holding a football

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

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.

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

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.”