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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
The second year athletic training students, through the direction of Dr. Lizzie Hibberd, recently showcased course projects via a poster session. The students demonstrated excellent research skills through their posters and the discussion of the projects with session attendees. Below is a list of the projects and student authors as well as a photo of the students.
Candace Allen: Minority Representation in Athletic Training Programs
Lauren Ackerson, David Womble, and Megan Yates: Side to Side Differences in Hip Strength, Range of Motion, and Functioning in Collegiate Softball Pitchers
Jessie Prigge: The Difference in Psychological Effects and Injury in Athletes Who Suffer Short-Term, Long-Term, or Chronic Injuries
Nathan Doss, Sawyer Donald, and John Walker: Kyphotic Posture Differences Between Positions in Baseball Players
Alex Page, Juliana Ross, and Ashley Williamson: Total Workload of Each Position in Baseball
Hayden Griffin and CHris Randall: Impact of a Biowave treatment on the LESS Score and Pain Levels in Adults with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
Indya Brown, Haleigh Gray, and Kelli Lowe: The Difference Between Catapult's Player Load vs. Healthy Skill Position Football Players
Sash-sha Collier: Stride Length Correlation to Pitching Velocity in Baseball Players
Catherine Mitts: Stride Length Correlation to Pitching Velocity in Baseball Players
Ali Costello, Brilee Rogers, and Taylor Wilkes: What is the Average Nutritional Knowledge of High School Football Athletes
Ryan LaFoy: Examining the Relationship Between Scapular Retraction strength and Glenohumeral Rotational Strength in High School Baseball and Softball Players
The annual Student Design and Merchandising and Design Association's Fashion for Life fashion show raised $1,000 this year! All proceeds from the show were donated to Hospice of West Alabama in memory of Ricky McGee, late husband of Donna McGee who serves as the departmental assistant in our Clothing, Textiles and Interior Design Department.
The UA Interior Design program hosted their 2016 Advisory Board Meeting in conjunction with the Senior Showcase of final projects on Friday, April 29, 2016.
Eighteen members of the Advisory Board were present to view the show, which included the final senior projects in both commercial and residential design. Students were present to talk about their work and get to know the industry partners that provide important support to the UA program. Advisory Board members come from all areas of the industry, including architects and product representatives.
The afternoon meeting focused on the upcoming accreditation for the program through the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) with which the program has been accredited for the last 36 years. Since 1980, faculty have completed a self study report and mounted an exhibition of student work from across the whole program for a visiting evaluation team, earning full 6 year accreditation. The Advisory Board connects students and faculty with the changing needs of the design industry as well as potential employment opportunities.
The show is currently on display on the second floor of Doster Hall and will remain throughout the summer. Faculty, staff, students and the public are encouraged to stop by and view this exhibition of student works.