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  • November 21st, 2022


UA BEATS AUBURN, BREAKS RECORD IN FOOD AND FUND DRIVE — University of Alabama students raised a whopping 565,983 pounds of food in this year’s Beat Auburn Beat Hunger. The total beats Auburn’s drive total of 516,611 pounds. It also smashes the school record of 319,437 pounds raised in 2021. Together the two schools raised over 1 million pounds of food, which will help families with food insecurity across the state. 

OPERATION IRON RUCK SPOTLIGHTS VETERAN SUICIDE AWARENESS — As UA and Auburn University prepare to meet on the football field, student veterans from both institutions will march across the state to bring awareness to veteran suicide. Members of UA’s Crimson Legion will join Auburn’s Student Veterans Association for the fifth annual Operation Iron Ruck that will begin in Auburn Nov. 23 and end in Tuscaloosa Nov. 26 ahead of the Iron Bowl. Each participant will carry donated materials throughout the march. Items donated will be delivered to Bill Nichols State Veterans Home, Mission 22, Tuskegee Veterans Assisted Living Centers, and Three Hots and a Cot.    

TIPS FOR COOKING THE PERFECT THANKSGIVING TURKEY — Preparation is key in cooking the perfect turkey for Thanksgiving. According to Denise DeSalvo, senior instructor in the department of human nutrition and hospitality management, assemble aluminum foil, a food thermometer calibrated according to manufacturer instructions, and a roasting pan at least two inches deep. “A deeper pan will allow you to add water or broth and also collect cooking juices that can be used to make gravy. No need to purchase a special pan; in fact, you can find disposable aluminum pans that will accommodate a turkey during the holiday season,” said DeSalvo.   

ENGINEERING PROFESSOR SELECTED TO USE SUPERCOMPUTER — Dr. Myoungkyu Lee, assistant professor of aerospace engineering and mechanics, was one of fewer than 60 researchers across the country awarded time on some of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. Lee will conduct high-fidelity simulations on a computer at Argonne National Laboratory. The research seeks to understand the fundamental physics of wall-bounded turbulent flows in electrically conducting fluids with external magnetic fields, a crucial step in developing engineering applications such as improving nuclear fusion reactors. 

DESHE FAMILY GIFT LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO RENOVATE ALSTON HALL — A $2 million commitment from alumnus Ari Deshe and his wife, Ann, kicks off The University of Alabama’s $4 million fundraising campaign to renovate Mary Hewell Alston Hall, home of the Culverhouse College of Business. The campaign to renovate Alston Hall will modernize the more than 30-year-old building, providing UA business faculty and students with facilities matching their success. The Deshes’ commitment includes $1.1 million to the Alston Hall renovation, $400,000 to scholarships for first-generation business students and $500,000 to the Bloom Hillel Student Center, a gathering place for UA Jewish students.   


MUSEUM MONDAY — UA Museums is kicking off Thanksgiving week with Museum Monday Nov. 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Alabama Museum of Natural History and UA Observatory. Children in kindergarten through fifth grade and their caregivers are invited to spend time together and enjoy a short presentation followed by a viewing at the observatory and a craft. The cost of the program is $5 per child and includes up to two caregivers. Registration is required.   

THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC PRESENTS ‘HILARITAS’ — The School of Music’s annual “Hilaritas” performance returns this holiday season featuring the UA Jazz Ensemble, Studio Orchestra and University Singers. Shows will be Friday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. in the Moody Music Building Concert Hall. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $5 for senior citizens and children, and $3 for UA faculty/staff and students. Tickets can be purchased online at 

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