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The University of Alabama

Accolades for March 4, 2013

AdvancED Comes to College of Education

The state office of AdvancED, the K-12 accreditation body of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), has relocated to The University of Alabama, specifically the College of Education, this year.

Dr. Kathy Wetzel, associate dean in the College, said, “The UA College of Education hosted the SACS state office for more than 50 years, and we are looking forward to the opportunities its return will bring in the way of instructional support, partnerships and outreach.”

AdvancED offers SACS K-12 school and system improvement and accreditation services in Alabama, as well as all the other states in the southern region. For more information, contact Wetzel at 348-1154.


Nominations Open for CCBP Awards

CCBP_LogoAs part of the Division of Community Affairs, the mission of the Center for Community-Based Partnerships (CCBP) is to connect faculty, staff, students and community partners in research-based projects designed to solve serious problems dentified within the communities themselves.

To recognize excellence in the area of engaged scholarship, CCBP grants several awards to faculty, staff, students and community partners who have distinguished themselves in collaboration between higher education and the community.

Nominations are now open for the following awards: 

  • Distinguished Achievement in Engagement Scholarship
  • Distinguished Achievement in Engagement Scholarship – Community Partner
  • Outstanding Community Partner-Initiated Engagement Project
  • Outstanding Faculty/Staff-Initiated Engagement Project
  • Outstanding Student-Initiated Engagement Project
  • Outstanding Community Partner-Initiated Engagement Project

Criteria for each award and instructions for submitting nominations can be found at The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, April 3, at 5 p.m. Awards will be announced at the CCBP awards luncheon Friday, April 19, at the Hotel Capstone.


Faculty/Staff Notes

Dr. Mark Nelson

Dr. Mark Nelson

Dr. Mark Nelson, vice president for student affairs and vice provost for academic affairs, has received the 2013 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, one of UA’s premier awards. The Sullivan Award recognizes excellence of character and service to humanity, and recognizes someone who has been helpful to and associated with the University.

Nelson was recognized for his devotion to the University during more than two decades of service as an administrator and educator in a wide variety of areas of responsibility. He has served on more than 50 University committees covering areas from academic performance to the honors curriculum, and helped to found UA’s Academic Honor Council, which works to uphold the Capstone Creed.

Dr. Debra Nelson-Gardell

Dr. Debra Nelson-Gardell

Dr. Debra Nelson-Gardell, associate professor in the School of Social Work, was named a recipient of the 2013 Morris Lehman Mayer Award for her extensive contributions to teaching and service through such avenues as the Youth Services Institute and the University Medical Center Family Therapy Clinic. She served as chair of the MSW program for four years, and she strives to work with all students, from freshmen to doctoral candidates.

The Mayer Award recognizes a member of the teaching faculty who exemplifies integrity, selfless service and leadership at UA and in the community, and who has made significant contributions to student life.


5 Questions: Linda Knowles

Linda Knowles

Linda Knowles

Linda Knowles is Faculty Senate administrative assistant. 

What’s the biggest change you’ve seen at UA in your time here?  I began working at UA in 1961 and have seen changes no one could have predicted. In 1961 student enrollment was 8,257 and in 2013 enrollment is 33,602!

What is your favorite holiday?  My favorite holidays are Christmas and Easter – the birth and resurrection of Jesus. These holidays are also a special gathering time for families.

Are you a detail person or a big-picture person?  Working as an administrative assistant calls for attention to detail and does not leave much time for thinking about the big picture!

Who depends on you?  My dear mom, 91 years young, maintains her own home but depends on me for driving and a few other things.

What goal are you working toward right now?  My goal is to continue working as long as I can and to finish some needlework projects I’ve been putting off.