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UA HONORS WEEK HIGHLIGHTED BY TAPPING ON THE MOUND UA will recognize the achievement of outstanding students and faculty during Honors Week, April 5-9, culminating in the Tapping on the Mound, a UA tradition since the early 1900s. An in-person Tapping on the Mound ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 9, on the Mound at the west side of the UA Quad for honorees and two guests per honoree. The Center for Public Television and Radio will stream the full ceremony live for additional guests on the UA Parent and Family Programs Facebook page. For more information, contact Bryant Welbourne, UA Strategic Communications, at

BAMA BLITZ SET FOR APRIL 12-15 – Bama Blitz, UA’s annual online fundraising event, will begin at noon Monday, April 12, and end at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, April 15. Alumni, faculty, staff, students and supporters of UA can help build tomorrow’s legends by giving to one of several unique and impactful passion projects. For more information, contact Deidre Stalnaker at

NATIONAL ASSESSMENT AIMS TO ASSIST NEEDS OF WOMEN VETERANSA national survey of women veterans led by researchers at The University of Alabama hopes to provide the first comprehensive snapshot of the challenges they face transitioning to civilian life, providing veteran service organizations with data needed to expand outreach and better meet needs. For more information, contact Adam Jones, UA Strategic Communications, at

TWO UA STUDENTS WIN PRESTIGIOUS GOLDWATER SCHOLARSHIP The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program selected two University of Alabama students as Goldwater Scholars. Anna Stevenson of Tall Timbers, Maryland, and Jacob Wall of Maryville, Tennessee, were awarded Goldwater scholarships for 2021-2022. The selections bring the number of UA students who have received Goldwater scholarships to 59. For more information, contact Bryant Welbourne, UA Strategic Communications, at 

ALABAMA FORENSICS COUNCIL WINS TWO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS The Alabama Forensics Council, UA’’s competitive speech team, won two national championships in speech and debate during the virtual Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament March 18-21. The AFC won both the Team National Championship for individual events in speech and the Overall Team National Championship, which included elements of both speech and debate. The AFC is the oldest co-curricular organization on campus and aims to respect and build upon the successes of alumni and forge a path for current and future students. For more information, contact Bryant Welbourne, UA Strategic Communications, at 

RISE CENTER TO HOLD GOLF, TENNIS FUNDRAISERS UA’s RISE Center will hold the RISE Tournament of Champions April 22-23 at NorthRiver Yacht Club and a women’s doubles tennis tournament April 22 at the PARA Tuscaloosa Tennis Center, both benefiting therapeutic services provided by RISE. The RISE Tournament of Champions is a four-person scramble, handicaps required, with morning or afternoon tee times both days. Registration for the golf tournament starts at $2,750 for a four-person team. New to RISE’s fundraising efforts is a women’s doubles tennis tournament. The cost per team is $150. For more information, contact Tabby Brown, UA College of Human Environmental Sciences, at

GET MOVING: 100 ALABAMA MILES CHALLENGE KICK OFF 2021 SEASON – The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development and its partners will kick off the 2021 season of the 100 Alabama Miles Challenge on April 24. The 100 Alabama Miles Challenge is a statewide public program designed to inspire all Alabamians to be active, explore, and connect with others by getting 100 miles of physical activity each year. While participants can walk, run, hike, bike, swim, paddle, ride, or roll to their 100-mile goal anywhere, the program encourages residents to visit Alabama state parks, nature preserves and rivers with friends and family. For more information, contact Jamon Smith, UA Strategic Communications, at

MOUNDVILLE ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK TO HOST SPRING EVENTS  UA’s Moundville Archaeological Park will host the annual Birdfest April 9-10 which will include in-person and virtual components. Birdfest will include an in-person bird walk with local expert Dwight Lammon at 9 a.m. each day, followed by a craft activity or lecture on the UA Museums YouTube page at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. For more information, contact Bryant Welbourne, UA Strategic Communications, at 


PERFECTIONISM REAPS HIGH REWARDS, BUT CAN ALSO BRING MUCH PAIN – Though perfectionism has helped many high achievers and people with Type A personalities climb to the top of their class, work, sport or other fields, it also has many downsides. The negative aspects of perfectionism have to be managed or paralyzing mental anguish can follow, said Dr. Sha-Rhonda Green, assistant professor of social work. “There can be some healthiness to it in terms of someone saying ‘hey, I am challenging myself, I have high standards and goals and I learn from my mistakes.’ But on the other side, it can be very maladaptive where people set unrealistic goals and become obsessive to the point of not doing the activity at all if they feel they can’t do it perfectly.” For more information, contact Jamon Smith, UA Strategic Communications, at

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