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The University of Alabama

Accolades for Dec. 10, 2012

University Medical Center Recognized as Health Fair Champion

University Medical Center received the 2012 University of Alabama Health Fair Champion Award in recognition of its efforts to provide health education and resources to the University community.

The University’s HealthCare Insurance Administration, which presented the award, cited University Medical Center’s leadership role in the University’s efforts this fall to provide free flu shots to thousands of University employees and students.

Nurses from University Medical Center and the Student Health Center traveled to buildings and dormitories across campus in September and October to make it easier and more convenient for faculty, staff and students to get flu shots. The nurses also provided flu shots at the University’s Employee Health Fair and the Student Health Fair. Approximately 8,000 inoculations were purchased by the University and given free to employees and students.

Both University Medical Center and the Student Health Center are operated by the College of Community Health Sciences.

For the past 17 years, University Medical Center has partnered with the Healthcare Insurance Administration to promote greater health and awareness through the annual Employee Health Fair.

“As one of our original partners, we truly believe that your hard work and dedication have helped the health fair to continually grow and become a success each year,” said John Kasberg, senior insurance administrator with the Healthcare Insurance Administration. “This year, we are especially grateful for University Medical Center’s campuswide influenza immunization program.”

Faculty/Staff Notes

Dr. Yuebin Guo

Dr. Yuebin Guo, mechanical engineering, was elected a Fellow by the International Society for Nanomanufacturing, or ISNM. Fellows are distinctive members who have made significant scientific and technological contributions in the field of nanomanufacturing with at least 10 years of active practice in the field.

Paul Horwitz, law, authored “First Amendment Institutions” (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2012).

Daniel H. Joyner, law, is coeditor of “Non-Proliferation Law as a Special Regime” (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012).

Dr. Seth Appiah-Opoku

Dr. Seth Appiah-Opoku, geography, edited “Environmental Land Use Planning.” INTECH: Open Science/Open Minds (Rijeka, Croatia; 2012). He also co-authored chapter 6, “Environmental Land Use and the Ecological Footprint of Higher Learning.”

Dr. Jason Scofield, human development and family studies, was awarded the 2012 Joseph S. Rowland Teaching Excellence Award from the College of Human Environmental Sciences. The award is given annually to recognize CHES teaching excellence. Recipients are those faculty members who exhibit mastery of subject matter and create a stimulating and challenging learning environment while demonstrating empathy and respect for students.

Dr. Teresa Wise

Dr. Teresa E. Wise has been appointed associate provost for international education and global outreach and will lead the Capstone International Center. Wise, a native of Alabama, is an honor graduate of Vanderbilt University, a graduate of the University of Georgia Law School and a member of the Georgia Bar. In addition, she holds a master’s degree in applied linguistics and teaching English as a second language from Georgia State University and a doctorate in language education with a specialty in teaching additional or second languages from the University of Georgia. About her new role at UA, Wise stated, “I am eager to have the opportunity to meet new challenges, to serve The University of Alabama, and in collaboration with all its units, to help advance the University to even higher levels of achievement in the international arena.”

Two Units Named Sam S. May Award Winners

Two groups of employees were among those recognized at the fall faculty/staff meeting for their dedication to customer service.

Center for Athletic Student Services

The Center for Athletic Student Services, CASS, received the Sam S. May Commitment to Service Award and was recognized for its ongoing commitment to helping student athletes achieve their academic goals and establish themselves as champions in the classroom.

The CASS staff of 10 full-time employees, five graduate assistants and 55 part-time tutors works as a liaison between the Athletic Department and the University’s undergraduate divisions and administrative offices. The CASS staff offers career advice and counseling, makes sure all athletes are maintaining satisfactory progress toward a degree and monitors academic eligibility.

In her comments supporting the nomination, Associate Athletics Director and head gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson, explains that the CASS department plays an important role in the success of UA’s athletic programs.

“The University of Alabama Athletics Department experienced the most successful year in our proud history during the 2011-2012 academic year, winning four National Championships,” said Patterson.  “These accomplishments were equaled by the tremendous academic success of our athletic teams and individual student-athletes. The CASS department is truly the unsung hero of UA’s athletic program’s overall success.”

The support the dedicated CASS staff provides through their guidance and direction enables UA’s student-athletes to pursue diplomas, careers, postgraduate scholarship opportunities and ultimately helps them to achieve their highest goals.

“If I had the opportunity to share only one university department with a prospective student-athlete I would choose to tour the Bill Battle Academic Center and introduce them to Jon Dever, associate athletics director for student services, and his staff to share the true champions of Alabama Athletics and our University,” said Patterson.

Financial Affairs Information Technology and Business Information Services

The Financial Affairs Information Technology and Business Information Services (FAIT and BIS) team received the Sam S. May Commitment to Service Award for their dedication to helping customers and for providing exceptional service to all who call on them.

Led by Mike Shelton, executive director for Financial Affairs and program director, this team is responsible for virtually and physically managing multiple data centers on campus, along with providing application development and end-user support for approximately 1,000 employees in the division of Financial Affairs. The team’s primary mission is to exceed the expectations of customers in every service they provide; the customer is the center of the team’s efforts.

Nancy Whittaker, associate vice president for Financial Affairs, said that she routinely receives positive feedback on this team and that they are the best IT group that she has ever had the opportunity to work with.

“Mike and his staff have one focus, and it is to ensure their customers have what they need to perform their job duties without down time. The team is continually researching solutions and innovative ways to make their customers’ tasks easier and more efficient,” said Whittaker.

HR Development, one of the first customers of this team, echoed Whittaker’s comments. Teresa Faulkner, HR Development manager, explains that over recent years FAIT and BIS have played an integral role in improving the campuswide professional development services HR Development provides.

Financial Affairs Information Technology and Business Information Technology staff

“We rely heavily on this team and respect them for their timely response to issues, forward thinking, understanding of our non-tech end user needs, and the friendly and caring support they give no matter the circumstance,” said Faulkner. “From implementing our online registration system and managing ongoing upgrades to the HRD Lab, to serving as knowledge experts for professional development course offerings, we can count on them. They help us help others.”

The award, created in memory of Sam S. May, a staff member in the chemistry department who learned from professors on his lunch hours and then tutored generations of struggling students, is given annually to recognize units providing exceptional service to customers through commitment, innovation, creativity and continuous improvement in customer relations.

5 Questions: Tim Summerlin

Tim Summerlin is chief of the UA police department.

How did you come to work at the University? I first started working at the University as a student employee. A couple of years later, I started dating a another UA student who would subsequently become my wife. Although neither of us is originally from Tuscaloosa, we love the area and decided to remain here to pursue careers and raise a family after college. I find the University environment vibrant, exciting and challenging to work in. It is truly a special place.

 Do you have a favorite TV show? “Law and Order” remains one of my favorite TV shows. I started watching the original “Law and Order” and have maintained interest in the various spin-offs since then. My favorite of the newer versions is “Law and Order: SVU.”

What driving habit annoys you the most? I can’t stand it when people drive significantly (more than 10 miles per hour) below the speed limit, especially on two lane highways. I suppose that reflects on my level of patience, but there is nothing more frustrating, especially when you have somewhere you need to be.

What gives you peace of mind?  My faith and my family. Many times we face chaotic and uncertain circumstances in life.  However, in the midst of the most difficult circumstances, I can find peace through prayer and faith. In day-to-day activities, I find peace of mind through relaxing and enjoying being with my family.

Who knows you best? My wife. We have been married for almost 22 years and have two wonderful children. There are many different stages you go through in marriage, from the exhilaration of young love, the joys of the birth of children, the grief of losing close family or friends, the strife of balancing too many activities and responsibilities with not enough time to accomplish them all.  There are happy times and difficult times; however, I am grateful that today our relationship today is stronger, that I continue to learn more about her each day, and that I live with the confidence of knowing that no matter what we face, she will remain by my side.