UA In the News: Feb. 5, 2016

Committee approves adaptive athletic facility
Tuscaloosa News – Feb. 4
The Physical Properties Committee of the University of Alabama System board of trustees on Thursday approved a project budget of $10 million for an adaptive athletic facility on the south side of the Student Recreation Center. The facility would be 27,036 square feet, including a 11,500-square-foot gym, a lobby and concourse, office suite, locker rooms, and weight and workout rooms. The gym includes an NCAA-sized basketball court and seating for 500. The adaptive athletics facility will provide competition space for the men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball teams, said Tim Leopard, associate vice president for construction at UA. The facility will also have locker, training, storage and office space for the other adaptive programs’ coaches and students.

Moundville park has new director
Tuscaloosa News – Feb. 4
Alexander Benitez is the new director of Moundville Archaeological Park. Benitez assumed the role on Feb. 1. He earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Texas-Austin and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona. During the past 25 years, he has worked at several state and federal museums and collections facilities in a variety of positions, and he has served on the faculty at George Mason University.

UA exhibits “My Lens, Our Ferguson” 
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Feb. 4
In celebration of Black History Month, the University of Alabama will be featuring various artists at the Ferguson Center. One of the exhibits, “My Lens, Our Ferguson” showcases pictures from the protests in Ferguson, Missouri from 2014. Photos from the famous Stand in the Schoolhouse Door from 1963 are also featured in the exhibit.

UA Early College enrollment deadline Feb. 19
Gadsden Times – Feb. 4
Current high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in the North Alabama area don’t have to dream about attending a premier university — they can start now, according to a press release from the University of Alabama. UA Early College, the premier program for high school students seeking college credit, allows students to start taking classes from the University of Alabama online while they are still in high school. Students must be accepted to UA Early College before attending the Gateway session. The priority deadline for admission to UA Early College is Feb. 19. The Gateway Session in Gadsden begins March 8 and will be completed over a four-week period. While students prepare to be successful in the classroom, parents will attend their own session where they learn how to support their Early College students.

CAP America announces scholarship recipients
Daily Journal Online (Park Hills, Mo.) – Feb. 4
Cap America, Inc. has announced recipients of the Spring 2016 CAP Scholarship. The College Assistance Program (CAP) is an employee benefit program available to employees of the company with one full calendar year work history and their dependents. Applications submitted for consideration are reviewed by a committee. Criteria for dependent selection include full time student status as well as a GPA performance of 2.50 or higher on a 4.00 point scale or 7.00 or higher on an 11.00 scale for high schools … Chelsea Hastings has renewed her scholarship and will continue at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. She is the daughter of Trae Hastings employed by the company for nine years.