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UA In the News — Oct. 1

Central HS offering African-American studies class
WBRC – Sept. 30
One Tuscaloosa high school has a new African-American studies class. It’s the first of its kind in the state in public schools. This all started with college students who take a civil rights African-Americans class on the university level, asking why isn’t a course like this available in high school or even younger? After discovering a lot of interest to take a class like this amongst teens in the area, it’s now offered at Central High School. Different community partners have already stepped up about wanting to invest and grow this class. A University of Alabama history professor is teaching the “History of Us” class. Dr. John Giggie said the goal is to help students understand how African-American history and U.S. history are connected.

UA says additional resources helped with heat related illnesses at football game
Fox 6 – Sept. 30
The University of Alabama’s adding extra resources at Bryant-Denny Stadium for Saturday’s game helped cut down on the number of heat related illnesses. Officials added cooling and misting fans along with extra water stations. Medical personnel responded to 78 calls on Saturday, that’s down from 120 the game before.

Beat Auburn Beat Hunger Food Drive to kick off
NBC 13 – Sept. 30
The annual food drive starts tomorrow to collect donations for the West Alabama Food Bank. Students compete with the Beat Bama food drive between Auburn and University of Alabama. Last year UA won by collecting 300,000 pounds of food.
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Oldest Living Female Alabama Quarterback
CBS (Huntsville) – Sept. 30
Down in Montgomery, you’ll find a very special football fanatic clad in her crimson sweater and white pants. Her name is Marie Fikes-Calastro, and she’s a Bama fan through and through…She played quarterback on the girls’ team. The team played in the Honey bowl. It’s a tiny footnote tucked away in the annals of Bama history, where two all-girls teams, the Hummingbirds and the Bumblebees clashed on the gridiron. That’s Marie chasing down the ball carrier. And there she is again on the Bumblebee’s roster, listed next to her weight, height and her phone number. According to the director of the Paul W. Bryant Museum in Tuscaloosa, the Honey Bowl was a fundraiser game that coeds on campus played between 1946 and 1948.

‘Discovering Alabama’ premieres Tuscaloosa segment
The Tuscaloosa News – Sept. 30

Doug Phillips’ long-running “Discovering Alabama” returns with a look at his hometown. For 35 years, Doug Phillips has told stories of man, across time, in relationship to his environment. That’s a pretty wide field, even when you narrow it to a single state. As host of Emmy-winning documentary series “Discovering Alabama,” broadcast on public television and made available as educational tools, Phillips has delved into topics ranging from bats to space flight, whooping cranes to watersheds, Sylacauga marble to the eastern indigo snake.

CULTURE On-campus staff engages residents outside of classroom
Crimson White – Sept. 30

For years, the Faculty-In-Residence position has allowed staff members to continue their involvement with students beyond the classroom by living amongst them in the dorms. Whether they’re watching movies, playing games or doing community service, this opportunity serves both professors and students alike. Since 1970, University of Alabama faculty have been encouraged to apply for a Faculty-In-Residence, or FIR, position on campus. Along with living in student housing for no cost, faculty members enjoy the convenient location and immersion into student life.

GW Libraries and Innovation Launches Instructional Core at Teaching Day
GW Today – Sept. 30

The George Washington University Libraries and Academic Innovation (LAI) launched its new Instructional Core for Advocacy, Research, and Excellence (ICARE) in teaching and learning at last week’s Teaching Day, combining disparate resources for faculty development into a single unit. Keynote speaker Claire Howell Major, a professor of higher education at the University of Alabama, discussed how teachers can use the way they evaluate students to improve their own pedagogy.