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Dialog Extra for Nov. 15, 2012

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BENEFITS OPEN ENROLLMENT — Today at 5 p.m. is the deadline for UA employees to participate in open enrollment and make changes to their medical, dental and vision plans and to their flexible spending accounts. Changes made during open enrollment will be effective Jan. 1, 2013. Click here for more information.

RECOGNIZING SIGNS OF STUDENT DISTRESS — With the end of the semester approaching, some students may become overwhelmed with final projects, papers and exams and with how to spend their time between semesters. For tips on recognizing student distress and for some suggested campus resources to help students, faculty and staff can contact the Counseling Center at or 348-3863 and the Department of Health Promotion and Wellness at or 348-3878.

SOI COURSE EVALUATION SURVEYS — Student Opinions of Instruction course evaluation surveys run Nov. 26-Dec. 9. Surveys for the School of Social Work will extend to Dec. 14. SOIs allow students to confidentially rate their UA learning experience and encourages feedback about their courses and instructors. Confidential reports of survey results are provided to UA faculty and administrators after grades are submitted. Student ratings help instructors improve their teaching and help the University evaluate courses and faculty. For more information, visit or send an email to

PREMIER AWARDS — Applications for UA’s Premier Awards are available. The Division of Student Affairs requests that faculty and staff encourage their students to apply for the awards. Each UA student who applies for the awards will need one letter of recommendation. The Premier Awards are the highest honors given by the University. They will be presented in February. The deadline to apply is Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. More information:

SPRING COURSE MATERIALS — The University Supply Store asks instructors to submit spring course materials to the SUPe Store as soon as possible. Instructors should also submit class notes, PowerPoint notes, course packets and anthologies to the SUPe Store’s Academic Publishing Services department for spring publication. For more information on Academic Publishing Services, contact Jeff Smith at 348-9654 or or visit the SUPe Store’s website at

INPUT SOUGHT FOR UNIVERSITYWIDE SPORTS RESEARCH CONFERENCE — The newly organized University of Alabama Program in Sports Communication, located in the College of Communication and Information Sciences, seeks input from UA-based colleagues working in sports-related areas for a first-ever, on-campus sports symposium scheduled for March 20, 2013. Colleagues from all UA colleges and departments are invited to submit their work in the sports area for possible presentation, regardless of research method. The call for participation and other details can be viewed at the APSC website,

OFFICE OF VETERAN AND MILTARY AFFAIRS GRAND OPENING — Faculty and staff are invited to the grand opening for the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs on Friday, Nov. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. in 1 B.B. Comer Hall. Refreshments will be served from 2 p.m. until the program begins at 3 p.m. A World War I plaque and recognition of a fallen soldier will be included in the ceremony. Click here for more information.

ALABAMA VS. WESTERN CAROLINA — This week’s football game against Western Carolina kicks off at 11:21 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game will be televised on the SEC Network (CW21-WTTO TV in Tuscaloosa). Click here to read about the latest on game day, including how to stay in the know via Facebook, Twitter and UA’s mobile website.

GAME-DAY PARKING REMINDER — On game-day weekends during football season, many parking lots are used for Tide Pride and game-day parking. The following lots and areas must be vacated by 5 p.m. on Fridays of all home games: Colonial Drive south of Eighth Street, the south one-third section of the Coleman Coliseum lot, the Tutwiler main lot and “triangle” lot, the lower Student Recreation Center lot, the Northeast Campus Drive lot and the large lot east of the Moody Music Building. Re-entry to all faculty and staff lots, with the exception of the Ferguson deck and the North Ferguson-MIB lot, will be restricted after 5 p.m. on game-day Fridays. Click here for a map that shows the parking-lot closures.


Geospatial Awareness Day, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Gorgas Library
“Thornton Willis: Structural Abstraction,” 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sarah Moody Gallery of Art
First Scholars’ Animal Supplies Drive, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Ferguson Center
Veteran and Military Affairs faculty and staff lunch and learn, noon-1 p.m., 309 Ferguson Center
Applying for research grants information session, 3-4 p.m., G-54 Rose Administration Building
Homegrown Alabama Farmers Market last appearance for the year, 3-5 p.m., lawn of Canterbury Episcopal Chapel
University Chorus, 7:30 p.m., Moody Music Building Concert Hall
Early Chamber Music, 8 p.m., Moody Music Building Recital Hall
“Misalliance,” 7:30 p.m., Marian Gallaway Theatre Rowand-Johnson Hall

SkillPort open lab, 8:30 a.m.-noon, G-54 Rose Administration Building
Breakfast with Jim Rainey, 9-9:50 a.m., 222 Reese Phifer Hall
“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, Rose Administration Building
Convocation, noon-1 p.m., Moody Music Building Concert Hall
Women’s volleyball vs. South Carolina, 7 p.m., Foster Auditorium
Concert Band, 7:30 p.m., Moody Music Building Concert Hall
“Misalliance,” 7:30 p.m., Marian Gallaway Theatre Rowand-Johnson Hall

University Supply Store game-day hours, 8-10:45 a.m. and 2-5 p.m. at Ferguson and 8-10:30 a.m. at tent on the Quad
University Supply Store book signings, 8-11 a.m. at Bryant Museum and 8-10:30 a.m. at tent on Quad
Moundville’s Saturday in the Park: Introduction to Native American Beadwork, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Moundville Archaeological Park
Women’s basketball vs. Arkansas at Pine Bluff, 5 p.m., Foster Auditorium

Women’s volleyball vs. Auburn, 1 p.m., Foster Auditorium
“Misalliance,” 2 p.m., Marian Gallaway Theatre in Rowand-Johnson Hall

Orientation for new employees, 8:30 a.m.-noon, G-54 Rose Administration Building
VALIC individual retirement counseling, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment, location to be determined
African-American History Month planning session, 3:30-4:30 p.m., 204-A Ferguson Center
Women’s basketball vs. North Texas, 6:30 p.m., Foster Auditorium
Contemporary Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., Moody Music Building Concert Hall


Benefits orientation for new employees, Nov. 20, 8:30 a.m.-noon, G-54 Rose Administration Building
How to Submit an IRB Human Subjects Protocol, Nov. 20, 2-3 p.m., G-54 Rose Administration Building
Brass Choir, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m., Moody Music Building Concert Hall
Capstone Quartet, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m., Moody Music Building Recital Hall
Classes dismissed for holiday, Nov. 21-23
UA holiday, Nov. 22-25

WORTH QUOTING — “Teaching math is like golf or football. You can look at Tiger Woods or Arnold Palmer all you want, but you’re not going to learn how to golf unless you go out on a course and start swinging.” Dr. Robert Olin, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UA, as quoted in Community College Week.