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MEDICAL PLAN TOBACCO-USE SURCHARGE — Effective in January 2014, any UA employee, employee’s spouse or employee’s sponsored adult dependent covered under the UA medical plan who has used tobacco products in any form during the previous 12 months will pay a premium surcharge of $25 per month ($300 per year). The surcharge creates a financial incentive for tobacco users to make healthier choices. Advance notice of the new policy is being given so individuals will have time to take positive steps toward becoming tobacco-free and avoid having to pay the surcharge. Click here for more details about the surcharge and free tobacco-cessation programs for plan members. Contact the HR Service Center at 348-7732 with questions or concerns.

12 DAYS OF WELLNESS PROGRAM — The Office of Health Promotion and Wellness announces its annual 12 Days of Wellness program designed to energize the mind, body and spirit. This festive program of free activities, events and wellness tips will help participants to reflect, relax and Renew. Kickoff will be Friday, Nov. 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Russell Hall lobby. For more information or to register, contact Kay Whites at 348-0077 or

NEW WEBSITE FOR ATHLETICS’ LICENSING — The office for trademark licensing in UA’s Intercollegiate Athletics department has a new website at The site includes a list of all UA trademarks, instructions for applying for a license and information on recognizing the difference between an officially licensed product and one that is not. The office for trademark licensing exists to protect the brand, image and reputation of The University of Alabama and to ensure the public can identify with and trust the quality of any product bearing an official athletic department mark.

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:

NOMINATIONS FOR “ELECT HER” TRAINING — The Women’s Resource Center asks UA faculty and staff to nominate undergraduate students with leadership potential to be a part of the Elect Her training program. The daylong training teaches college women the importance of running for office in student government and provides them with the skills to run successful campaigns. Students will be notified of their nominations to participate in Elect Her: Campus Women Win. Click here to access the nomination form.

UA COLLEGIATE READERSHIP PROGRAM — The New York Times has introduced a new benefit of the UA Collegiate Readership Program: full, complimentary access for the NYT website. With each pass claim, people will have full digital access to The New York Times for 24 hours on their computers and smartphones, as well as five articles each day from the 1923-1986 archives. Archive access will be unlimited for all other years. During the term, access will remain available over weekends and holidays. To register, visit on any Web-enabled device and follow the instructions.

PHONE-SCAM WARNING — The Office of Information Technology warns the University community to be wary of telephone calls from people who claim they work for Microsoft and are calling to assist computer users in removing viruses from their machines. Anyone who receives such a call should get the caller’s name and contact information and then call the IT Service Desk at 348-5555 to verify. Vendors should not be contacting University employees regarding University-owned machines.

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. The surveys allow students to confidentially rate their UA learning experience and encourage feedback about 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

FERGUSON CENTER EXHIBIT APPLICATIONS — The Ferguson Center is accepting exhibit applications for Spring Semester 2013. The application can be found at For more information, email Kelli Knox-Hall at

CALL FOR ENTRY — The UA department of English seeks original artwork for The Chambered Nautilus, the department’s annual, online newsletter. Artwork must fit the sea theme of the newsletter and should be submitted as a JPEG no larger than 150 dots per inch. All mediums and multiple submissions will be considered, and all images selected will be credited to the artist. Selected submissions must fit the mood of the newsletter and be appropriate for publication. Individuals can email their JPEG images to Dr. Shanti Weiland at with the subject line “Art Submission” and the sender’s name. The body of the email should include the sender’s name, major and telephone number. Submission deadline is Jan. 31, 2013, at noon.

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.


Cavell Trio, 7:30 p.m., Moody Music Building Concert Hall

TIAA-CREF individual retirement counseling, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment, 326 Rose Administration Building
Online introductory period evaluation training, 3:30-4:30 p.m., G-54 Rose Administration Building
“Rocky Flats and the Secrets of the Cold War” lecture by Dr. Kristen Iversen, 4 p.m., 1093 Shelby Hall
“Good Art Show,” 4-6 p.m., Nott Hall
Chamber Winds concert, 5:30 p.m., Moody Music Building Recital Hall
Men’s basketball vs. Lamar, 7 p.m., Coleman Coliseum

“Relationship Economics” training, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., G-54 Rose Administration Building
Communication studies research colloquium, noon-12:55 p.m., 344 Reese Phifer Hall
“HooteSuite–Reclaim Control Over Your Social Media,” noon-1 p.m., 109-A Gorgas Library
“Muon Cooling and Future Muon Facilities” lecture by professor Daniel Kaplan, 3:45 p.m., 206 Gallalee Hall
“Transcendence: A Lecture by Ming Murray Smith,” 5:30 p.m., 324 Lloyd Hall

Impression management workshop, 8:30-10:30 a.m., G-54 Rose Administration Building
Percussion Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., Moody Music Building opera room

SkillPort open lab, 8:30-4:30 p.m., G-54 Rose Administration Building
VALIC individual retirement counseling, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment, location TBD
Convocation, noon, Moody Music Building Concert Hall
Hilaritas, 7:30 p.m., Moody Music Building Concert Hall


Moundville’s Saturday in the Park: Ornaments from Nature, Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Moundville Archaeological Park
Hilaritas, Dec. 2, 3 p.m., Moody Music Building Concert Hall
Orientation for new employees, Dec. 3, 8:30 a.m.-noon, G-54 Rose Administration Building
VALIC individual retirement counseling, Dec. 3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment, location TBD
Benefits orientation for new employees, Dec. 4, 8:30 a.m.-noon, G-54 Rose Administration Building
TIAA-CREF individual retirement counseling, Dec. 4-5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment, 326 Rose Administration Building
How to Submit an IRB Human Subjects Protocol, Dec. 4, 2-3 p.m., G-54 Rose Administration Building
Managing Grant and Contract Funds, Dec. 4, 3-4 p.m., G-54 Rose Administration Building

WORTH QUOTING — “We are called upon to fill too many positions. You have positions that the average person is not really qualified to decide. Just because we are a democracy, doesn’t mean we have to elect as many people as we do.” Dr. William Stewart, UA professor emeritus of political science, as quoted in The Anniston Star.