Message From Dr. Pope | Oct. 14, 2021

Dear Students:

We are steadily making our way through another great semester at the Capstone! I can’t tell you how wonderful it has been to see and connect with so many of you at events over the past several weeks.

As you begin to think about final exams and major projects, I want to remind you about some helpful resources available to you as a UA student. The Capstone Center for Student Success and the Writing Center both offer virtual and in-person options to support you academically.

We’re here to help you succeed outside the classroom as well,so be sure to connect to the Counseling Center for mental health support or reach out to Student Care and Well-Being if you find yourself in crisis or need of further assistance. If you live on campus, your resident advisor and our professional staff in Housing and Residential Communities are great resources as well. Additionally, the Student Health Center is on campus and provides a wide range of medical services to students, including primary care, allergy, nutrition, psychiatry and pharmacy needs. All these offices are staffed by passionate experts who want to help you thrive – never be afraid to reach out to them.

With homecoming next week, let’s remember our shared values and identity at the University. In our Capstone Creed, we pledge to “pursue knowledge; act with fairness, integrity and respect; promote equity and inclusion; foster individual and civic responsibility; and strive for excellence in all [we] do.” Let’s always treat each other and our campus guests with a championship level of civility and respect.

On that note, please familiarize yourself with our Respect Rolls Here page, where we share resources related to interpersonal violence. Keeping our community safe is a shared responsibility, and I’m proud of the programs and support we offer on our campus.

Finally, in your travel plans for fall and winter break, be mindful of the federal and local requirements related to masks and other precautions. And before you leave, join our interim dean of students, Dr. Stacy Jones, on Tuesday, Oct. 26, to enjoy Aww Shucks fire-roasted corn as you receive an Earful of Knowledge and safety tips.

Take care of yourself, stay safe, and I hope to see you around campus soon.

Roll Tide,

Myron L. Pope, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Life