The University of Alabama

Dialog Extra for Nov. 1, 2012

Crimson Calendar

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

BENEFITS OPEN ENROLLMENT — The annual open enrollment for certain employee benefit plans is Nov. 1-15. During open enrollment, eligible employees can enroll in medical, dental or vision insurance plans; cancel coverage; or make changes to existing coverage. Employees can also enroll in the flexible spending account for 2013. Changes made during open enrollment will be effective Jan. 1, 2013.

TOBACCO-FREE PROGRAM — The Office of Health Promotion and Wellness announces the fall schedule for its program designed to help faculty and staff give up tobacco. Beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 6, group sessions will be held from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. each Tuesday through the month of November at 354 Russell Hall. The program provides helpful tools and resources, educational sessions, connection to health-care providers, and tobacco-cessation medication options available through the UA health plan. For more information or to register, contact Kay Whites at 348-0077 or kwhites@ua.edu.

APPLICATIONS FOR RESEARCH GRANT FUNDS — The Research Grants Committee, through the Office of the Vice President for Research, is accepting applications for research grant funds from all tenured-track, tenured and clinical faculty who are full-time UA employees. Applicants may apply for up to $6,000 in funds. Procedures, priorities and restrictions used by the committee in awarding research funds are detailed in the RGC Manual. The manual and application are online at http://osp.ua.edu/rgc_grants.html. The electronic application is due Jan. 31, 2013. Click here to register for one of two workshops that highlight the application process. The workshops will be held Nov. 15 and Dec. 5 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in G-54 Rose Administration Building. Contact Angie Shotts at ashotts@fa.ua.edu or 348-8070 with questions.

RURAL HEALTH CONFERENCE POSTER ABSTRACTS — The Institute for Rural Health Research is accepting poster presentation abstracts for the 14th Annual Rural Health Conference, “The Weight of Our Rural Communities: Partnering to Reduce Obesity,” which will be held April 20, 2013, at the Ferguson Center ballroom. Posters should highlight programs, projects and learned experiences that focus on health disparities, health education and rural health care. Click here to submit an abstract. The deadline to submit an abstract is Jan. 16, 2013. For questions or additional information, visit http://cchs.ua.edu/conference or contact Melanie T. Tucker at mtucker@cchs.ua.edu or 348-6151.

DATABASE MAINTENANCE CANCELLED — The Office of Information Technology has cancelled the database maintenance for myBama and DegreeWorks that was scheduled for Nov. 3.

E-LEARNING COURSE CONTENT DEADLINE — Nov. 20 is the deadline to request course content from e-Learning for use in Blackboard Learn for Spring Semester 2013 courses. Click here and follow the steps given. For more information, visit http://frc.ua.edu, call 348-3532 or send an email to elearning@ua.edu.

IGNITE UA NOMINATIONSFirst Year Experience is accepting nominations for Ignite UA, a community-building program specifically designed for freshmen and transfer students as they transition to life at UA. Ignite UA empowers first-year students to maximize their UA experience through developing relationships and exploring passion. To nominate a student, email fye@ua.edu with the following information: nominator’s name and email address, nominee’s name and email address, and any additional information about the nominee that may help in the nomination process. FYE will contact all nominees and provide them with applications. Students have until Nov. 19 to submit applications.

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

THURSDAY, NOV. 1
“Thornton Willis: Structural Abstraction,” 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sarah Moody Gallery of Art
“You Can’t Hold Water: Works by Graduate Studio Artists,” 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sella-Granata Art Gallery
Energy symposium featuring Bob Hastings from the Sierra Club, noon-1:45 p.m., Bryant Conference Center
Homegrown Alabama Farmers Market extended season, 3-5 p.m., lawn at Canterbury Episcopal Chapel
Women’s basketball meet and greet, 6 p.m., Foster Auditorium
SLIS 40th anniversary dinner, 6:30-9 p.m., 205 Gorgas Library
“A New Brain,” 7:30 p.m., Allen Bales Theatre in Rowand-Johnson Hall
Cavell Trio, 7:30 p.m., Moody Music Building Concert Hall

FRIDAY, NOV. 2
Men’s tennis fall championships, Tennis Complex
SLIS Alumni Day, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Gorgas Library
“Thornton Willis: Structural Abstraction,” 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sarah Moody Gallery of Art
VALIC individual retirement counseling, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment, G-54 Rose Administration Building
“You Can’t Hold Water: Works by Graduate Studio Artists,” 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sella-Granata Art Gallery
“Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Others to Take Action,” 10:30 a.m.-noon, G-54 Rose Administration Building
Convocation, noon-1 p.m., Moody Music Building Concert Hall
“A New Brain,” 7:30 p.m., Allen Bales Theatre in Rowand-Johnson Hall

SATURDAY, NOV. 3
Men’s tennis fall championships, Tennis Complex
Moundville’s Saturday in the Park: West Alabama Birding Gateway, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Moundville Archaeological Park
“A New Brain,” 7:30 p.m., Allen Bales Theatre in Rowand-Johnson Hall

SUNDAY, NOV. 4
Men’s tennis fall championships, Tennis Complex
“A New Brain,” 2 p.m., Allen Bales Theatre in Rowand-Johnson Hall
Druid City Piano Quartet, 4 p.m., Moody Music Building Concert Hall

MONDAY, NOV. 5
Orientation for new employees, 8:30 a.m.-noon, G-54 Rose Administration Building
“Thornton Willis: Structural Abstraction,” 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sarah Moody Gallery of Art
VALIC individual retirement counseling, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment, G-54 Rose Administration Building
First Scholars’ Animal Supplies Drive, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Ferguson Center
“When the Evidence Changes: Interacting with Uncertain Health Information,” noon-1 p.m., 503 Gorgas Library
Women’s basketball vs. Stillman, 6:30 p.m., Foster Auditorium
Campus Band, 7:30 p.m., Moody Music Building Concert Hall

UPCOMING

WellBAMA health screening, Nov. 6, 7:30-11 a.m., Law Center
Benefits orientation for new employees, Nov. 6, 8:30 a.m.-noon, G-54 Rose Administration Building
Online Introductory Period Evaluation System, Nov. 6, 9-10 a.m., G-54 Rose Administration Building
TIAA-CREF individual retirement counseling, Nov. 6-7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Rose Administration Building
First Scholars’ Animal Supplies Drive, Nov. 6-9 and Nov. 12, 14-15, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Ferguson Center
How to Submit an IRB Human Subjects Protocol, Nov. 6, 2-3 p.m., G-54 Rose Administration Building
“The Relevance of the Humanities and Social Sciences Lecture Series,” Nov. 6, 3:30-5 p.m., 205 Gorgas Library
Men’s basketball vs. Stillman, Nov. 6, 7 p.m., Coleman Coliseum
Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre, Nov. 6-8, 7:30 p.m., Morgan Hall auditorium
Jazz Band, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m., Moody Music Building Concert Hall
Orientation for new managers, Nov. 7, 8:30-11 a.m., G-54 Rose Administration Building
Conversations with Your Manager, Nov. 7, 8:30 a.m.-noon, G-54 Rose Administration Building
Purchasing card refresher training, Nov. 7, 10-11 a.m., Suite 3058 South Lawn Office Building
Purchasing Card Travel 101: Best Practices for Paying Travel Expenses, Nov. 7, 10-11 a.m., Suite 3058 South Lawn Office Building
How to Submit Proposals to the National Science Foundation, Nov. 7, 3-4 p.m., G-54 Rose Administration Building
“Archival Silence, Digital Humanities, and James Hemings,” Nov. 7, 4-5 p.m., 324 Lloyd Hall
Museum Club welcome reception, Nov. 7, 5-6 p.m., Gorgas House Museum
“Flush Times and Fever Dreams” lecture and book signing, Nov. 7, 5:30-7 p.m., W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library
Huxford Symphony Orchestra, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m., Moody Music Building Concert Hall
Dr. Henry Petroski engineering lecture, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m., Ferguson Center
UA Essentials for Management IV: Managing Performance and Behaviors, Nov. 8, 8:30 a.m.-noon, G-54 Rose Administration Building
Banner Requisition, Nov. 8, 9 a.m.-noon, Rose Administration Building
Purchasing card policies and procedures, Nov. 8, 9 a.m.-noon, G-54 Rose Administration Building
Digital Projects Showcase, Nov. 8, 12:30-1:30 p.m., 109-A Gorgas Library
P-Card Works training, Nov. 8, 1:30-4 p.m., Rose Administration
Alabama Wind Ensemble, Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m., Moody Music Building Concert Hall

WORTH QUOTING — “It’s more satirical and snarky. We don’t see many ordinary buttons. A lot of pictures and slogans and ideas are circulated on the Internet. People create little pictures and satire, which partially accounts for why we aren’t seeing as many buttons now. But if you go to eBay, you can find plenty of more satirical memorabilia like dolls and bobblehead dolls.” Dr. Janis Edwards, associate professor of communication studies at UA, as quoted in The Birmingham News regarding different forms of political memorabilia in American culture.