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Accolades for Oct. 1, 2012

Employees Invited to Fall Faculty/Staff Address

UA President Guy Bailey will hold his first fall faculty/staff address on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 1:30 p.m. at Bryant Conference Center.

Representatives of Faculty Senate, Student Government Association and Professional Staff Assembly will give reports. Bailey will present his fall 2012 State of the University address.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.


Campus Security Report Available

The University of Alabama Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report and The University of Alabama Gadsden Center Annual Campus Security Report are now available. These reports are required by federal law and contain policy statements and crime statistics, and for UA, applicable fire safety policies and procedures.

These reports also address policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security (e.g. policies for responding to emergency situations and sexual offenses). Three years’ worth of statistics are included for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on campus, in or on off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the school, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus.

The UA and Gadsden Center reports are available online to view or print at You may also request a paper copy of either report from the Office of Community Services at 205-348-8361, or at Box 870180, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0180.


Thornton Willis: Structural Abstractions

From Oct. 4 to Nov. 16, the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art will feature the abstract oil paintings by New York artist and UA alumnus Thornton Willis, who will be in Tuscaloosa for an artist’s reception on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 6-8 p.m. Willis will offer a question-and-answer session at 7 p.m. in the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art.

There are several bodies of work represented in this exhibition which span about a decade: Willis’s latest paintings, lattice paintings and triangle paintings. Willis’s works have always had in common the “allover surface plane held in tension, between figure and ground, as an interwoven field,” says Lance Esplund, arts contributor to the Wall Street Journal.

The Sarah Moody Gallery of Art is supported by the College of Arts and Sciences and the department of art and art History. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. and Thursday evenings 5-8 p.m. The gallery is located at 103 Garland Hall in the heart of the UA campus on Woods Quad. There is no admission charge; 30-minute parking is available in the Ferguson Center parking lot.

For further information, contact the gallery at 348-1891 or check out


Reminder: Health Fair is Oct. 10

The UA Employee Health Fair will be held on Oct. 10 at Coleman Coliseum from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  This year’s theme is “Elect to be Healthy.”  Approximately 80 health care providers, partners and vendors will showcase health information and other services.

Participants can receive free health screening tests. Wal-Mart Vision Center-Northport will provide eye screenings. Tuscaloosa MedCenter will conduct blood pressure checks. Free hearing tests will be offered by the UA Department of Communicative Disorders. University Medical Center nurses will also be administering free flu shots to current UA employees, spouses and retirees for as long as vaccine supplies last.

The Office of Health Promotion and Wellness will be enrolling UA employees in WellBama. Visit to pre-register. Select Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012-Coleman Coliseum as your screening date and time.

Health fair vendors and partners will have display tables with literature, handouts and free samples. There will also be refreshments and door prizes. Special guests this year include participating UA coaches and Miss University of Alabama 2012, Caitlin Brunell. As always, Big AL will be receiving his free health screenings, too.

Attendees must present their ACT card or identification; no one under age 19 is allowed.

For more information, visit


Faculty/Staff Notes

Doug Behm

Doug Behm, director of University lands/University geologist, was recently awarded the Most Valuable Peer [MVP] Award. This award recognizes individuals who have been the most helpful to fellow members of the Association of University Real Estate Officials (AUREO) during the previous year. The MVP award recognizes professional collaboration, significant accomplishment and publicizes and promotes creative and innovative approaches to serving the real estate needs of fellow AUREO members. Behm received the award at the AUREO National Conference at Penn State University.

Daniel H. Joyner, Law, is the editor of “Arms Control Law” (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2012).

Paul Horwitz, Law, has published “The First Amendment’s Epistemological Problem,” 87 Washington Law Review 445-493 (2012).


5 Questions: Greg Singleton

Greg Singleton

Greg Singleton is director of engineering student services in the College of Engineering. 

Are you a multitasker?   Yes, you almost have to be in this day and age. With access to the ever-evolving world of technology I am able be more efficient as a multitasker.

What is the most important goal or purpose of your job?   As many of us do on campus I wear several hats in my position. In a broad sense, the most important goal or purpose of my job is to provide students with the greatest opportunities for success. Service to students and the University community is primary to what I do as an administrator.

If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?   That throughout the world we could all live together harmoniously without wars, poverty and disease. I know that’s more than one thing, but who’s counting.

What do you need in order to start the day right?   First, a good night’s rest. Second, I’m an early riser; I usually walk between 5:15-6:15 a.m. each morning. I use this time to meditate, clear my head and prepare myself mentally for the day.

Describe your perfect relaxing evening.   I truly enjoy watching TV. I watch almost anything from sports (UA football/basketball), to Modern Marvels, HGTV, to HBO/Showtime special series and documentaries — just being able to relax at home to eliminate as much stress as possible.


UA Listed With Top Military-Friendly Universities

The Capstone has been named to the list of the top 15 percent of military-friendly schools nationwide.

“We are honored to be included on the 2013 Military Friendly Schools List,” said David Blair, director of the UA Office of Veteran and Military Affairs.

“This recognition is a testament to the efforts and dedication of our faculty and staff to serving our student veterans, service members and dependents. The newly established Office of Veteran and Military Affairs, a division of Student Affairs, proudly serves the needs of this special population in collaboration with many other departments across campus,” he said.

Victory Media issues an annual list honoring the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that serve military service members, veterans and spouses as students and encourage their success on campus.

This year’s Military Friendly Schools list was based on a survey of some 3,000 student veterans. More than 12,000 VA-approved schools were surveyed nationwide.