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UA CROSSINGPOINTS RECEIVES GRANT TO ENHANCE EDUCATION EFFORTS UA’s  CrossingPoints Transition Program, which provides young adults with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to develop life skills, has received two federal grants totaling more than $4 million to enhance education efforts for participants, as well as special education teachers and rehab counselors. “Our ability to provide excellent preparation of our students in order to improve outcomes in their desired adult goals of employment, independent living, community participation and not to mention, have a great college experience while they are preparing for their futures, is something we have worked hard to achieve,” said Dr. Kagendo Mutua, director and co-founder of CrossingPoints. For more information, contact Bryant Welbourne, UA Strategic Communications, at

RIVER BUSINESS PITCH COMPETITION RETURNS FOR 2020, VIRTUALLY The Alabama Entrepreneurship Institute at UA is offering a week of learning, networking and pitching for budding entrepreneurs interested in participating. The headliner of the week will be the River Business Pitch Idea Competition on November 17. The week’s events are part of Global Entrepreneurship Week — an annual event championed by the Global Entrepreneurship Network to celebrate innovation and collaboration among individuals around the world. For more information, contact Zach Thomas, director of marketing and communications, Culverhouse College of Business, at

UA RESEARCH CONTINUES TO SURGE For the seventh consecutive year, The University of Alabama earned record external funding for research and other sponsored activities, further securing its stature as a major comprehensive research-intensive university and one of the fastest growing research enterprises in the nation. For the 2020 fiscal year, sponsored awards at UA reached more than $168.4 million, an increase of more than 27% over the previous year, which was also record breaking. For more information, contact Adam Jones, UA Strategic Communications, at

UA TO HOLD FALL COMMENCEMENT DEC. 12 The University will hold fall commencement exercises Saturday, Dec. 12, at Coleman Coliseum on the UA campus. More than 2,000 graduates are expected to participate in four ceremonies. The December ceremonies will follow the same model UA used to facilitate nine safe and successful commencement exercises in August. For more information, contact Melissa Parker, UA Strategic Communications, at


UA ECONOMISTS ESTIMATE ECONOMIC CONTRACTION FOR ALABAMA IN 2020 — The latest quarterly economic review and outlook from The University of Alabama Center for Business and Economic Development estimates the state’s economy will drop 3.4% this year, much less than the 2.4% and 2.8% growth in 2019 and 2018, respectively. The center’s Alabama Business publication reports Alabama’s economy declined 29.6 percent in the second quarter of 2020. However, the state’s unemployment rate went to 5.6% in August, compared to 7.9 percent in July. For more information, contact Dr. Sam Addy, associate dean for economic development outreach and senior research economist, at,  and Dr. Ahmad Ijaz, CBER’s executive director and director of economic forecasting, at

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