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The Rise School graduation ceremony was held on July 28, 2016 at The Stallings Center on the campus of The University of Alabama. The theme this year was "Movin' & Groovin' to Big School" with the children participating in a variety of musical numbers revolving around modes of transportation. The audience enjoyed watching the students perform to songs such as "I Get Around", "Magic Carpet Ride"and "Car Wash". Afterwards, guest speaker, Bryan Raschilla, told of his family's wonderful experiences with the RISE Program. He assured parents that this year's graduates were indeed ready for the challenges of kindergarten and beyond because of the dedication of the RISE teachers.
The Laura Allison Harbin Award for Outstanding Achievement in the RISE Summer Teenage Volunteer Program was presented to Tana Early. The award was created in July 2001 after the Harbin family lost Allison instantly in a single-car accident in her sophomore year of high school. In Allison's words, "the kindness of one can have an effect on many". Her spirit lives on in the halls of RISE each summer as new volunteers continue her work.
Andi Gillen, Director of the RISE School, presented diplomas to each student. A reception afterwards for the graduates and their friends and families was provided by the Alabama Power Service Organization.
Dr. Joseph S. Rowland, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Human Environmental Sciences, served for thirty-two years at the University of Alabama before his retirement in 1988. Dr. Rowland received his undergraduate and Master's degrees from the University of North Carolina and his doctoral degree from Columbia University. Dr. Rowland taught at Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina; Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Virginia; and Wesleyan College, Macon, Georgia before coming to The University of Alabama in 1956 as professor and chairman of The Department of Human Development and Family Life. He served as chairman from 1956-1969. He also served as Director and Consultant of the Project Head Start Staff Training Program.
Dr. Rowland was an active member of numerous professional organizations, serving as President of The Alabama Council on Family Relations, The Southeastern Council on Family Relations, and The Alabama Association for Children Under Six. He held many other offices and leadership positions in these organizations and others such as The National Council on Family Relations, The Southern Association On Children Under Six, The Alabama Home Economics Association, The Home Economics Society, The American Association of University Professors. He was a member of Alpha Kappa Delta, Phi Delta Kappa, Kappa Delta Pi and The Majolica International Society. Dr. Rowland was an active participant in community service. At the First United Methodist Church he served on many committees, was twice chairman of The Administrative Board and was a member of The Board of Trustees. He served on The Board of The Alabama Credit Union for twenty years and was twice president. He was active in The Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society and was board member for many years and served as chairman of the Century Club. He was a former member of The Board of Directors and Treasurer of Focus on Senior Citizens and a long time member of The Kiwanis Club of Tuscaloosa. He was twice President and twice Show Chairman of The West Alabama Camellia Society.
Dr. Rowland received The Southern Council on Family Relations Distinguished Service Award in 1982 and twice received the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society's Outstanding Service Award. The Joseph S. Rowland Family Studies Award was established in 1990 by the Department of Human Development and Family Studies of The University of Alabama. The Joseph S. Rowland Endowed Teaching Excellence Award in The College of Human Environmental Sciences of The University of Alabama was established in 1991. The award is given annually at the college's homecoming convocation to a faculty member who, like Dr. Rowland, communicates a mastery of his or her subject matter, creates a stimulating and challenging learning environment, and demonstrates empathy and respect for his or her students.
Faculty, students and alumni are encouraged to send in a nomination. This year's nomination forms should be turned in to Rosemary Klein, firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than July 29, 2016. The form can be accessed here: Joseph S. Rowland Teaching Excellence Award.
The University of Alabama held its spring commencement exercises on May 6th and 7th at Coleman Coliseum on the UA campus. The College of Human Environmental Sciences awarded 435 Bachelor's degrees, 87 Master's degrees and one Ph.D. degree at Saturday's ceremony. A reception to honor our HES graduates was held after the ceremony at the Hotel Capstone. Congratulations to all our students on the successful completion of their degrees. Visit our Facebook page for more graduation photos.
Read and Romp – Tuscaloosa was an exciting, innovative FREE family literacy event at Government Plaza on Saturday, May 21st from 9am – noon for children 3-5 years of age and their families.
At Read and Romp – Tuscaloosa, children engaged in fun, learning-based activities themed around favorite children’s books. Children left the event with goodies they created from an activity at each station, along with a stamped passport and books. By associating fun-filled activities with reading, parents learned ways to engage with their child on the life-long journey of learning at an early age, which will help increase their children’s success in school.
While centered around books, each station was staffed by organizations and businesses that are child-focused, which provided families an opportunity to learn about activities that will enhance the development and education of their young children. We had 14 organizations that provided amazing hands-on fun activity stations. For example, children touched buttons at the Tuscaloosa Public Library station and created a monster craft to take home, based on the book, Don’t Push the Button. At the Bama Bounders station, children enjoyed a bounce house based on the book, 5 Little Monkeys. Children also enjoyed face painting, character visits, a petting zoo, and listening to a live reading of the books.
Started by the national Reach Out and Read organization in Boston as a signature event, Read and Romp – Tuscaloosa is unique in that it is a collaboration of organizations that have early childhood literacy and family engagement as priorities. We want to thank our main sponsoring organizations this year, Reach Out and Read-Alabama, Alabama Project LAUNCH, The Tuscaloosa Public Library, United Way’s Success by 6, Alabama Public Television, and Macaroni Kid Tuscaloosa.
Belser-Parton Literacy Center
Child Development Resources (PNC)
Literacy Council of West Alabama
Northport Police Department
Parents As Teachers
Read Bama Read
Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre
Tuscaloosa’s One Place