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PDF OF SAFETY TIPS  AVAILABLE ONLINE — The UA community can visit on the UA website to view a PDF of safety tips to follow should an emergency or dangerous situation ever affect the campus. Additional information is available in the UA Police Department’s Safer Living Guide and online at Print copies of the PDF are also available at various locations on campus, including the Ferguson Center, the Student Government Association office and dining halls.

BUFORD PEACE AWARD NOMINATIONS — The School of Social Work is accepting nominations for the Lahoma Buford Peace Award. The award is granted annually to a UA faculty member whose teaching, research, practice and professional life have demonstrated exceptional levels of involvement in mediating human disputes, helping overcome prejudice, promoting justice and establishing peace. The recipient will receive $1,000 and will be recognized at a ceremony in the spring. Any UA faculty member may receive the award. For award criteria, nomination forms and more information, contact Deidra K. Perry at or call at 348-0182. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 15.

LAST LECTURE AWARD NOMINATIONS — Nominations for the 2012 Last Lecture award are now open. Alumni, undergraduate students and graduate students are invited to nominate the faculty member they would most like to hear a lecture delivered on the following premise: “If this were your last chance to talk to a group of UA students, what would you say to them?” Retired faculty members are not eligible for the honor. Past recipients include Drs. Bebe Barefoot, Lawrence Kohl, Utz McKnight, Jim Salem and Ron Dulek. Nominations must be submitted electronically at by Feb. 10.

STUDENT EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS — 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 Contact Vaishali Patel at or 348-4354 with questions. Nominations are due Feb. 17 by 5 p.m.

TRANSITION FROM E-LEARNING TO BLACKBOARD LEARN — During 2012, UA will be moving from E-Learning to Blackboard Learn because the vendor no longer supports E-Learning. 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 Feb. 14 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and March 9 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in 205 Gorgas Library. To register for a session and receive an email reminder, visit Send questions or comments to

SPRING 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 Visit for more information.


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Conference and Symposium, Bryant Conference Center
Faculty Biennial Exhibition, Sarah Moody Gallery of Art
BikePalooza, 2-5 p.m., Student Recreation Center
Homeless shelter remodel, 2:30-5:30 p.m., Cottondale, Ala.
“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
ALLELE lecture on teaching evolution in American classrooms, 7:30 p.m., 127 Biology Building
Women’s basketball vs. Tennessee, 8 p.m., Foster Auditorium

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
Coffee hour, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 121 B.B. Comer Hall
“Creationism, Evolution, Education — and Politics,” 3:30 p.m., 22 ten Hoor Hall
Church Music Conference organ concert, 7:30 p.m., Moody Music Building Concert Hall, featuring Joby Bell and the winner of the full-tuition organ scholarship; cost: conference attendees, free; adults, $12; senior citizens, $7; students, free with ID


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Conference and Symposium, Jan. 28, Bryant Conference Center
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
Church Music Conference and Honor Choir, Jan. 28, Moody Music Building; choral concert at 7:30 p.m. featuring six UA faculty members, the Tuscaloosa County High School Singers, the University Singers and the Honor Choir
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
Symposium on issues facing the U.S. and India, Jan. 30, 1:30-4 p.m., 360 Ferguson Center

WORTH QUOTING — “People tend to be very place-based in the South. They have strong kinship ties. They try to stick with their network. Many spend a great deal of time and effort to try to stay in the state. If you do migrate, you might tend to come back.” Dr. Bobby Wilson, UA professor of geography, as quoted in The Birmingham News.