Everyday Champions

  • June 21st, 2021

The University of Alabama is home to champions both on and off the field and in and out of the classroom. Everyday Champions are staff and faculty members who work behind the scenes to keep the campus running, show enthusiasm for supporting the UA community and embody the UA spirit of pride, determination and ingenuity.

Read Their Stories

These are just a few of the many Everyday Champions who work behind the scenes, go the extra mile and keep campus moving forward.

Kristine Patridge

Kristina Patridge

Charged with keeping campus fed during the pandemic, Patridge went above and beyond to serve.

Keith Norton

Keith Norton

Writing notes to brighten people’s days and more, Norton took extra steps to support the UA community.

Dana Williams

Dana Williams

As a case manager, Williams handled thousands of requests to expedite assistance to students in need.

Jeannie Brooks smiles at the camera while wearing a crimson shirt

Jeanine Brooks

Speeding up UA’s move to a completely mobile-first campus last year was the mission of UA’s director of Action Card Services.

Theo Bruinton, assistant director of athletic facilities at The University of Alabama, poses for the Everyday Champions series.

Theo Bruinton

Bruinton works behind the scenes to ensure UA’s athletic facilities are safe, welcoming and inclusive, especially during the pandemic.

A woman sits on a dark background holding up a badge.

Rhonda Hester

Hester doesn’t just take pride in her work at UASafeState, but also in her passions across campus.

Varnessa Hargrove

Varnessa Hargrove

Always ready with a smile and kind words, Hargrove is a fixture of Burke Dining.

Karen Chapman

Karen Chapman

This UA librarian has been serving the campus for more than 30 years.

Hannah Blanchard

Hannah Blanchard

Philanthropy has always been a part of Blanchard’s life.

Caleb hill

Caleb Hill

This former pro wrestler-preacher turned fire safety expert keeps campus safe.

Bernadette Chavira-Trull posing in a studio with a black background.

Bernadette Chavira-Trull

This director kept the Supe Store running during the pandemic and beyond.

Left, a woman in a brown jacket stands back to back with a man, right, in a white shirt. Both are smiling.

Barron & Brooks

This dynamic duo handles the nitty-gritty of housing assignments.

stephanie plumb

Stephanie Plumb

As the voice of UA Info Radio, Plumb keeps campus informed.

Nominate an Everyday Champion

Do you know a faculty or staff member who goes above and beyond, works behind the scenes and embodies the UA spirit? Nominate them to be featured. 


The University of Alabama, part of The University of Alabama System, is the state’s flagship university. UA shapes a better world through its teaching, research and service. With a global reputation for excellence, UA provides an inclusive, forward-thinking environment and nearly 200 degree programs on a beautiful, student-centered campus. A leader in cutting-edge research, UA advances discovery, creative inquiry and knowledge through more than 30 research centers. As the state’s largest higher education institution, UA drives economic growth in Alabama and beyond.