The University of Alabama

Dialog Extra for Jan. 23, 2012

Crimson Calendar

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

STRIVE FOR FIVE PROGRAM — Kickoff events for the fifth annual Strive for Five program sponsored by the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness will be held Feb. 1-3 in various locations on campus. Strive for Five is a five-week program that encourages faculty and staff to adopt healthier lifestyle behaviors. The program includes free information, activities, incentives, educational sessions, check-ins and the support of health and wellness staff to help participants reach their goals. Individuals and teams of up to five members can participate. To register and obtain more information, email wellness@ua.edu, call 348-0077 or visit http://wellness.ua.edu.

BLACKBOARD LEARN INFORMATION — During 2012, UA will be moving from eLearning to Blackboard Learn. The vendor no longer supports eLearning. Blackboard Learn offers the capacity to handle UA’s tremendous growth in enrollment and technology utilization. It also brings new features such as mobile learning, closer integration of multimedia, and student-progress alerts. Blackboard Learn is not an update of the eLearning system, but an entirely different platform with new and changed tool capabilities and interface design. Faculty members will be able to request that content be moved from the eLearning system to Blackboard Learn by the Center for Instructional Technology and the Office of Information Technology. Faculty and students will also be given information on the differences between the two systems and guidance on using the new system. Information sessions about the transition are scheduled for Jan. 25, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Feb. 14, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.; and March 9 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. All sessions will be held in 205 Gorgas Library. To register for a session and receive an email reminder, go to http://frc.ua.edu/tutorials/58-2. Send questions or comments to blackboard.learn@ua.edu.

RESEARCH AND CREATIVE ACTIVITY CONFERENCE — Undergraduate students of all majors are invited to enter UA’s annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference scheduled for April 9 at the Bryant Conference Center. Students can compete for cash prizes and earn practical experience in defending or performing their research or artistic projects before judges. To participate, an undergraduate student must register his or her project by submitting an application form and abstract describing the project by March 9. An online application, along with more details, is posted at http://www.osp.ua.edu/UndergradResearch.html. For more information, contact Lauren Wilson at lawilson@fa.ua.edu or Michelle Estes at mestes@fa.ua.edu or call 348-5152.

BLACKBURN INSTITUTE ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS – UA’s Blackburn Institute is accepting nominations for the 2012 Blackburn Institute. Nominations are due Jan. 31. All UA faculty, deans, directors and student affairs staff members can nominate students for potential selection into the institute. The Blackburn Institute seeks students with excellent leadership qualities who are interested in making a difference in Alabama and their communities. The institute accepts students during all stages of their academic careers, including graduate and law students. Nominated students must be full-time students during the 2012-13 academic year. Instructions and nomination forms were emailed on Jan. 5. Those who did not receive an email or would like more information should contact Candace Peters at cpeters@sa.ua.edu or visit http://www.blackburninstitute.org.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR RANDALL OUTSTANDING UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AWARDS — The Randall Outstanding Undergraduate Research Awards recognize the best research activity conducted by undergraduate students at UA. Faculty and staff who are research directors are encouraged to nominate undergraduate students who are conducting scholarly research. The “Call for Nomination” form is found at http://honors.ua.edu under the Computer-Based Honors Program link. The form should be returned to Jane Batson, jbatson@bama.ua.edu, by noon on Feb. 15. Award recipients are selected by a distinguished panel of UA research faculty and past winners of the Burnum Distinguished Faculty Award. Recipients and their nominators will be recognized at a luncheon during UA’s Honors Week. For more information, contact Batson at 348-5029.

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR 2012 STUDENT EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR — All University faculty and staff members who supervise student employees are invited to nominate student workers for the Student Employee of the Year Award. The ideal nominee is an individual who best embodies the contributions and achievements of students who work while attending UA. The nomination forms and additional details are available at the Department of Human Resources website at http://hr.ua.edu. Contact Vaishali Patel at vpatel@fa.ua.edu or 348-4354 with questions. Nominations are due Feb. 17 by 5 p.m.

RETIREMENT-PREPARATION SEMINARS — Employees who are at least within five years of retirement eligibility can register for one of the retirement-preparation seminars sponsored by the Retirement Systems of Alabama. Two seminars will be held in Tuscaloosa on March 28 and March 29 at yet-to-be determined locations. Visit the RSA website at http://www.rsa-al.gov for a list of all the 2012 seminar dates and a registration form. For more information, call RSA Field Services at 334-517-7000 or toll-free at 877-517-0020 and ask to speak with either Judy Utley or Maxine Kelley.

SPRING 2012 CREATIVE WRITING CLUB — The UA Creative Writing Club for high-school writers is accepting applications for classes that will meet on Wednesdays, Feb. 1-April 25, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in 301 Morgan Hall. To register, send an email with the student’s name, address, phone number, email address, school and grade level to cwc@bama.ua.edu. Visit http://bama.ua.edu/~cwc for more information.

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

MONDAY, JAN. 23
Faculty Biennial Exhibition, Sarah Moody Gallery of Art
Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” performed by Trio Plus, 7:30 p.m., Moody Music Building Concert Hall

TUESDAY, JAN. 24
Faculty Biennial Exhibition, Sarah Moody Gallery of Art
Benefits orientation, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Rose Administration Building
VALIC individual retirement counseling, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment, G-54 Rose Administration Building
Online training for introductory period evaluation, 10-11:30 a.m., Rose Administration Building
BikePalooza, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Student Recreation Center

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25
Faculty Biennial Exhibition, Sarah Moody Gallery of Art
Management orientation, 8:30-11 a.m., Rose Administration Building
TIAA-CREF individual counseling, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment, G-54 Rose Administration Building
Online training for introductory period evaluation, 10-11:30 a.m., Rose Administration Building
BikePalooza, noon-3 p.m., Student Recreation Center
Alive at 25 defensive-driving training, 2-3:30 p.m., G-54 Rose Administration Building
“Something About Sam: Autism Told Through the World of Sitcoms,” 7-8:30 p.m., Morgan Hall Auditorium

THURSDAY, JAN. 26
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Conference and Symposium, Bryant Conference Center
Faculty Biennial Exhibition, Sarah Moody Gallery of Art
“Professional Development Series I: Quality Service and Professional Image,” 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Rose Administration Building
TIAA-CREF individual counseling, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment, G-54 Rose Administration Building
EveryWoman Book Club, noon, University Club
BikePalooza, 2-5 p.m., Student Recreation Center
“Religion in Culture Lecture” featuring Dr. Jennifer Shoaff, 3-5 p.m., 205 Gorgas Library
Sky viewing of moon and Jupiter, 6-8 p.m., Gallalee Hall observatory
Women’s basketball vs. Tennessee, 8 p.m., Foster Auditorium

FRIDAY, JAN. 27
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Conference and Symposium, Bryant Conference Center
Church Music Conference and Honor Choir, Moody Music Building
Faculty Biennial Exhibition, Sarah Moody Gallery of Art
Church Music Conference organ concert, 7:30 p.m., Moody Music Building

UPCOMING

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Conference and Symposium, Jan. 28, Bryant Conference Center
Church Music Conference and Honor Choir, Jan. 28, Moody Music Building; choral concert at 4:30 p.m.
Grand opening of the Paul R. Jones Gallery of Art and reception, Jan. 28, 2-5 p.m., 2308 Sixth St. in downtown Tuscaloosa
VALIC individual retirement counseling, Jan. 30-31, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment, G-54 Rose Administration Building
“How ‘Community’ Matters: Uncovering the Social Dynamics of Health Information Behavior in Everyday Life,” Jan. 30, noon-1 p.m., 503 Gorgas Library
“Behavioral Health Issues and Needs of Active Duty Military Members and their Families,” Jan. 30, noon-1 p.m., 104 Little Hall
Men’s basketball vs. Arkansas, Jan. 28, 12:30 p.m., Coleman Coliseum
Swimming and diving vs. Georgia, Jan. 28, 1 p.m., Aquatics Center

WORTH QUOTING — “Social media buzz will serve as the new opinion polls. Politicians will craft and fine-tune their platform from ideas tested on social media outlets or ideas proposed via social media outlets. News organizations will base their stories off of social media buzz.” Dr. Kristen Heflin, UA assistant professor of advertising and public relations, as quoted in The Tuscaloosa News.