Office Hours: Kiara Summerville

by Joey Blackwell

Office Hours provides an opportunity to introduce UA students, families and friends to the outstanding men and women who work at The University of Alabama and work tirelessly to provide each student with a great experience at the Capstone.

This edition introduces Kiara Summerville, who is the assistant director of First Year Experience and Retention Initiatives. Summerville addresses and assists the needs of first-year students, as well as transfers at UA.

Making Radio Waves

By Joey Blackwell

When it comes to getting involved in media, Tina Turner knew that she wanted to do so at a young age.

“I used to watch Oprah when everybody else was watching SpongeBob,” Turner said. “I really just enjoyed how personable talk shows could be.”

Turner, now a rising senior at The University of Alabama, followed her passion for talk shows and documentaries. The path led her to UA, where she has become heavily involved with the Office of Student Media, a department of UA’s Division of Student Life.

Beyond Bama: A service-learning alternative

By Joey Blackwell

When it comes to a break from school, most University of Alabama students dream of sunny white-sand beaches or possibly a cabin in the Appalachian Mountains.

Most, but not all.

Beyond Bama is a program at UA that organizes service-learning trips for students to different places in need of assistance on both a national and global scale. Instead of going to the beach or home to see their families during their breaks, students volunteer their time to make an impact in communities that require help.

Believe UA: Mentoring program trains future leaders

By Joey Blackwell

If asked about the mission of Believe UA, Dr. Mary Lee Caldwell will give you a short yet resolute answer: “To set our students up for success, both in the classroom and out.”

That’s exactly what Believe UA does.

Believe UA is a mentoring program founded in 2010 by Dr. Tim Hebson, who serves as an associate vice president for Student Life. It serves as a mentoring program designed to boost the confidence of underclassmen in their first couple of years at the University, as well as provide guidance.

Expanding Horizons

Crawford uses UA’s Education Abroad to enrich her college experience

By Joey Blackwell

Virginia native and UA junior Katy Crawford knows exactly who to credit when it comes to her love of travel.

“My mom helped me realize that passion when I was in high school,” Crawford said. “I love traveling.”

It was also Crawford’s mom’s influence that helped her decide on what college she would attend. Despite now living in Virginia, her mom is a native of Dothan, Ala. and is a big supporter of The University of Alabama. When it came time to pick her school, Crawford said her mom highly encouraged her to attend UA.

Office Hours: Cathy Elliott

Office Hours provides an opportunity to introduce UA students, family, and friends to the outstanding men and women who work at The University of Alabama and work tirelessly to provide each student with a great experience at the Capstone.

This edition introduces Cathy Elliott, who is the director of advising programs at the College of Arts & Sciences. Elliott advises students of all levels, and has served UA in multiple capacities for almost 20 years.

Southern Hospitality

Career Center helps Bryant secure post-graduation job

by Joey Blackwell

A senior hotel and restaurant management major at The University of Alabama, Melissa Bryant has a passion for sharing hospitality and warmth with others.

“I just like to see the smile that I put on a person’s face when I bring a plate of food, because that’s how I feel when someone brings me a plate of food,” Bryant laughed. “I enjoy it, and it doesn’t feel like work at all.”

Office Hours: Mary Lowrey

Office Hours provides an opportunity to introduce UA students, family, and friends to the outstanding men and women who work at The University of Alabama and work tirelessly to provide each student with a great experience at the Capstone.

This edition introduces Mary Lowrey, who is the director of career education and development at UA’s Career Center. She has worked for the University for almost 16 years, and works one-on-one with students, as well as supervising the consulting staff in the main office.

An artist in the making

Hodge incorporates art into work, everyday life

By Joey Blackwell

As many college students do, The University of Alabama senior Clay Hodge has dreams.

“My main goal is to design an Olympic logo for the city and the Olympic torch, particularly L.A. in 2028,” Hodge said.

Achieving such a specific goal requires a long road of hard work, dedication, and perseverance. To Hodge, that road is a road well-traveled.

Coming Home

The Career Center’s Champion

by Jessie Patterson Jones

More than 30 years had passed since Melinda King called The University of Alabama home. She’d built a successful career in human resources that propelled her from Florida to Texas and on to Minnesota.

A self-proclaimed big city aficionado, King hadn’t lived in her home state since college, but says she always knew she’d come back one day. She just didn’t imagine it would be quite so soon, even though she regularly cheered on the Crimson Tide.