UA In the News — Feb. 26

Couple makes $3 million donation to UA program
Tuscaloosa News – Feb. 26
A Mountain Brook couple has donated $3 million to help fund construction of a planned adaptive athletics facility at the University of Alabama. The university on Thursday announced the gift from alumni Michael and Kathy Mouron — which will cover about a third of the cost of the facility — before the Night of Champions celebration of the successes of the Adaptive Athletics program, which was founded in 2003. “The university and I thank the Mourons for their generous gift toward this project, which will provide state-of-the-art facilities and support for our adapted student-athletes and coaches,” UA President Stuart Bell said.
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Feb. 25
ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – Feb. 25
Night of Champions held at UA
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Feb. 25
A special night at The University of Alabama as the Tide nation honored the national champs in wheelchair basketball. At the Bryant Conference Center the University of Alabama’s Adapted Athletics program was recognized including the 2015 national champs in wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis. The folks with the Osher Lifelong Institute, College of Continuing Studies have done a fine job. Women’s hoops has four national titles in seven years.
Tuscaloosa News (gallery) – Feb. 26
UA wheelchair basketball player headed to Paralympics
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Feb. 25
On Friday, Alabama’s men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball teams will host Texas-Arlington at Foster Auditorium. A total of three athletes will be headed to the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro this summer. Yanik Blaire, an Australian native and current Crimson Tide athlete, competed for the Australian national team in the 2012 London Paralympic games, and now looks forward to going to Rio de Janeiro this summer.

Five honored for law enforcement duty at Exchange Club Officer of the Year banquet
Tuscaloosa News – Feb. 25
Homicide investigators interviewed more than 70 witnesses when they were building a case against now-convicted killer Alexius Foster. Most of those interviewed were reluctant to talk because they feared for their safety. Foster was accused of killing his uncle and later of killing his friend under the mistaken belief the friend had given information to law enforcement … University of Alabama Police Officer Mike Pate, a law enforcement officer for 24 years who has worked at UA for eight. He has been assigned to the motorcycle unit for two years. Chief John Hooks said that Pate is respected for his interaction with the campus community and visitors. One person who had been stopped for a traffic violation later contacted the department, calling the stop “the most positive experience with law enforcement he ever had,” Hooks said.
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Feb. 25
CBS 42 (Birmingham) – Feb. 25
ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – Feb. 25

Black Warrior Film Festival: List of events
Crimson White – Feb. 25
Non-stop panels and events, prestigious awards, and the chance to see passion, creativity and hours of hard work on the silver screen. This is what awaits student filmmakers and attendees alike this weekend as The University of Alabama Telecommunication and Film Department hosts the fourth annual Black Warrior Film Festival on Feb. 26 and 27. According to the festival website, the schedule of events includes opportunities for attendees to learn more about the filmmaking industry through panels, Q&A sessions and other events throughout the weekend.  The festival will screen short films submitted by students from universities across the Southeast all day Saturday and culminate in an awards ceremony at 8 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Feb. 25