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UA In The News — Feb. 1-3

University of Alabama among Forbes’ Best Employers for Diversity
Yellowhammer – Feb. 2

The University of Alabama was recently recognized by Forbes magazine as one of America’s Best Employers for Diversity, the only institution of higher education in the state of Alabama to receive the honor.  UA was the second-highest ranked employer in the state, after Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, and No. 21 nationally among institutions of higher education.

In Iowa, most of these things are just like the other, yet road to the White House always starts there
Dallas News – Jan. 31

Of the hundred people at a campaign town hall event one recent afternoon, two stuck out. All of the other Iowans on hand to see the latest presidential candidate to come through Osceola, a town of about 4,800 south of Des Moines, were white. Cynthia Peacock, a University of Alabama communications professor who brought a group of students to Iowa to observe, said the idea that Iowa and New Hampshire voters are particularly well-prepared to screen would-be presidents is circular reasoning.

Donations needed for Black Belt book drive
The Tuscaloosa News – Feb. 3

A children’s book drive begins this week in Tuscaloosa, with the goal of instilling a love of reading and learning in students who live in the Black Belt. The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development’s 15th annual Books for the Alabama Black Belt campaign will continue through Feb. 28. UA students, faculty, staff and Tuscaloosa area residents are encouraged to participate in the book drive.

How to Deal With Repetitive, Obsessive Thinking
Medium – Feb. 2

Obsession is a double-edged sword… With the right mindset, it can help build great cities, produce stunning pieces of art and change the world for the better. With the wrong mindset, it has the power to destroy people’s happiness, radically change your personality and even kill you. Philip Gable, a Psychological Scientist from the University of Alabama, concluded: “Although we tend to believe that time flies when we’re having a good time, these studies indicate what it is about the enjoyable time that causes it to go by more quickly.

Joyce Vance comments on Impeachment Trial (Live Interview)
MSNBC (National) – Feb. 1
Joining me now is Jeffrey Rosen, the president and CEO of the National Constitution Center and a professor of law at the George Washington University Law School and Joyce Vance, a former U.S. Attorney, professor at The University of Alabama law school and an MSNBC contributor. Welcome to both of you. Jeff, let me start with you because you have written so many books about courts and legal issues in America.

She was raped by the owner of a notorious slave jail. Later, she inherited it.
The Washington Post – Feb. 1

Robert Lumpkin was one of the South’s most prolific and brutal slave traders, presiding over a slave jail in Richmond so notorious that it was referred to as the “Devil’s Half Acre.” Mary Lumpkin lived with him — and with the horror of who he was, bearing witness to the extreme punishments he meted out to enslaved people like her. With scant historical records on which to rely, Americans too often reach comfortable conclusions about what for many is an uncomfortable topic, said Sharony Andrews Green, an associate professor of history at the University of Alabama.

Students in UA’s Capstone Agency participate in Create-A-Thon
WVUA – Jan. 31
College students are use to pulling all-nighters. However,  some University of Alabama students are staying awake to help the community. More than 60 members of UA’s Capstone Agency are participating in a Create-A-Thon. Capstone Agency is a student run communication firm. The students will be staying up for 24 hours creating marketing and communication plans for local non-profits.

She Leads Conference held at UA
WVUA – Jan. 31
The 31st order of the Thirty One hosted the She Leads Conference this evening at The University of AlabamaShe Leads focuses on empowering women as leaders through building relationships. Guest speakers tackled topics that include overcoming challenges in the workplace, entrepreneurship and the importance of diversity.