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Dialog Extra for Dec. 13, 2012

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COMMENCEMENTCommencement ceremonies will be held Saturday, Dec. 15, at Coleman Coliseum at the following times: 9 a.m., College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education, College of Human Environmental Sciences, Capstone College of Nursing and School of Law; 1:30 p.m., College of Commerce and Business Administration, College of Communication and Information Sciences, College of Engineering and School of Social Work. The ceremonies will be available for viewing through live feed at The site will be updated for each ceremony. The webcast will not be available until the start of each ceremony.

REMINDER OF 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. 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.

FREE FLU SHOTS — UA faculty and staff and their spouses who have not received flu shots can visit the Faculty-Staff Clinic for free vaccinations while supplies last. For more information about the importance of getting the flu vaccine, click here.

The following are basic prevention measures for the flu virus:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners also are effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
  • Clean and sterilize contaminated surfaces.

The Faculty-Staff Clinic is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and is located on campus in the University Medical Center building at 850 Fifth Ave. E. The telephone  number is 348-4696.

FERGUSON CENTER HOLIDAY HOURS — The Ferguson Center will operate under the following schedule during the holiday break: Dec. 15, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Dec. 16, closed; Dec. 17-21, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Dec. 22, 2012-Jan. 1, 2013, closed.

CAMPUS HOLIDAY MAIL SERVICE Campus Mail Service has adjusted its schedule for the upcoming holiday break. Mail clerks will run their afternoon routes on Dec. 21. Collections will also be made from Centralized Afternoon Pick-up Service drop boxes at 2 p.m. Items placed in CAPS drop boxes after 2 p.m. will be processed after the holiday break. Outgoing mail to be processed before the holiday break that is not collected on regular mail routes should be brought to the mail center by noon on Dec. 21. Campus Mail Services does not process outgoing mail during the break unless prior arrangements have been made. No mail delivery will occur during the break. Deans, directors and department heads may authorize no more than two personnel to collect mail for their areas if prior arrangements are made before the end of the day on Dec. 19 via a memorandum to Mike Butts at Box 870238. Authorized personnel who present a faculty-staff ID can collect mail on Dec. 24, Dec. 26-28 and Dec. 31 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The Campus Mail customer-service counter is located in 124 Ancillary Services Building, 1115 14th St.

RELOCATION OF PARKING SERVICESParking Services will be moving to the Campus Drive parking deck and will open at that location Dec. 17. The office’s current location at 103 Student Services Center will remain open until Dec. 14.

RELOCATION OF ACTION CARD OFFICE — The Action Card Office will be moving to the Campus Drive parking deck and will open at that location Jan. 2, 2013. The office’s current location at 104 Student Services Center will remain open until Dec. 21.

BURKE DINING HALL CLOSURE — Burke Dining Hall has closed and is expected to reopen Jan. 13, 2013. To view alternative on-campus dining options, visit

REPORTING ANNUAL MEDICAL PREMIUMS ON W-2 FORMS — The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires employers to begin reporting the cost of employer-sponsored medical coverage on the 2012 W-2 forms, which will be issued in January 2013. Employees who were enrolled in the University’s medical plan at any point during the 2012 calendar year should expect the total amount of their premiums to appear on their W-2s. The amount is not subject to taxation. The reporting requirement is intended to provide employees with useful and comparable consumer information on the cost of their medical coverage. The total reported will include both the employee and employer portions of the annual medical premiums. Click here to view an example. UA will mail W-2s to employees’ local addresses. Employees should make sure their addresses are current in myBama. Employees can contact the HR Service Center at 348-7732 with questions or concerns.

REQUESTS FOR CONSTRUCTION AND RENOVATION WORK — UA Facilities has announced that campus deans, directors and department heads have until Jan. 11, 2013, to submit project initiation request forms for construction or renovation work to be completed during the spring break. The deadline allows time for estimate preparation and workforce scheduling. Any requests submitted past the deadline will not be considered for scheduling and will be accommodated as soon as possible. Visit to access the request form.

SEC SYMPOSIUM — Individuals interested in attending the SEC Symposium in Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 10-12, 2013, can visit for complete information. Early registration and abstract submission for the poster exhibition will close Dec. 14. The SEC Symposium addresses a significant scholarly issue across the range of disciplines represented by the Southeastern Conference’s 14 member universities, showcases their academic excellence, and underscores their educational and economic contributions to the vitality of the region, nation and world. The 2013 symposium is titled “Impact of the Southeast in the World’s Renewable Energy Future.”

ENGAGE U — The Engage U two-week series is designed to create opportunities for student organizations to develop leadership skills, involve students, and promote new initiatives or projects. This event will occur Jan. 22-Feb. 1, 2013. Visit The Source at for more information and to register an organization.

TRAVEL INFORMATION FOR DISCOVER BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME — The Alabama Crimson Tide plays the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Jan. 7, 2013, in the Discover BCS National Championship. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN and will be held in Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Fla. The Florida Department of Transportation encourages travelers heading to the game to use the 511 traveler-information system before hitting the road to stay up to date on crashes, congestion, construction and more. The 511 system provides information on all of Florida’s interstates, toll roads and other major metropolitan roadways, including those near the stadium such as Interstate 75, Interstate 95, Interstate 595 and the Florida Turnpike.

For traffic updates, travelers can call 511 toll free, visit, download the 511 application on iTunes or follow 511 on Twitter.

HOLIDAY RECYCLING OPTIONS — Campus community members looking for a place to drop off their pre- and post-Christmas recyclables have the option of using The University of Alabama recycling center during the UA holiday break. Located at 1115 14th St., UA’s Ancillary Services Building will accept recyclables from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. weekdays (Dec. 24-28, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1). On Saturdays (Dec. 22 and Dec. 29), the center will be open from 8 a.m. until noon. The building will be closed on Sundays (Dec. 23 and Dec. 30).

The facility accepts cardboard; all types of paper, including Christmas wrapping paper; all types of plastic; and various other recyclables, including aluminum cans. No glass will be accepted. For more information on UA recycling, click here.


University Supply Store holiday sale
“Identity Lessons” exhibition, Paul R. Jones Gallery of Art

University Supply Store holiday sale
“Identity Lessons” exhibition, Paul R. Jones Gallery of Art
VALIC individual retirement counseling, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment, location TBD
SkillPort open lab, 1-4:30 p.m., G-54 Rose Administration Building

University Supply Store holiday sale

“Identity Lessons” exhibition, Paul R. Jones Gallery of Art
Orientation for new staff, 8:30 a.m.-noon, G-54 Rose Administration Building
VALIC individual retirement counseling, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment, location TBD
Women’s basketball vs. Wofford, 11 a.m., Foster Auditorium
SkillPort open lab, 1-4:30 p.m., G-54 Rose Administration Building
Tuscaloosa Youth Orchestra and Chamber String concert, 7 p.m., Moody Music Building Concert Hall


Benefits orientation for new staff, Dec. 18, 8:30 a.m.-noon, G-54 Rose Administration Building
Purchasing Card Travel 101: Best Practices for Paying Travel Expenses, Dec. 18, 10-11 a.m., Suite 3000 South Lawn Office Building
Orientation for new management, Dec. 19, 8:30-11 a.m., G-54 Rose Administration Building
Use of Social Media by College and University Students and Employees: Current Legal Issues, Dec. 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 254 Rose Administration Building
VALIC individual retirement counseling, Dec. 21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. by appointment, location TBD
Women’s basketball vs. Virginia, Dec. 21, 2 p.m., Foster Auditorium
Men’s basketball vs. Mercer, Dec. 22, 1 p.m., Coleman Coliseum
UA holiday, Dec. 22, 2012-Jan. 1, 2013

WORTH QUOTING — “The most important thing our university can do for the employers in our state is to produce college graduates in the areas that are needed. We are attracting academically talented students, and we simply cannot let them leave without earning the degrees that they came to the university for.” Dr. Judy Bonner, UA president, as quoted in The Tuscaloosa News.