UA Preview — June 26-July 2, 2023


UA RECEIVES $3.5 MILLION TO CONFRONT NURSING FACULTY SHORTAGE — The University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing is addressing the need to grow and diversify Alabama’s nursing education workforce with the support of more than $3.5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Labor. Dr. Susan Welch, associate professor with the Capstone College of Nursing, secured the funding from the department’s Employment and Training Administration’s Nursing Expansion Grant Program that supports innovative partnerships and strategies that expand and diversify America’s pipeline of qualified nursing professionals. Specifically, these grants will increase the number of nursing instructors and educators. For more information, contact Rosemary Kirby, UA Capstone College of Nursing, at  

STELLAR BENEFITS AWAIT NEW UAPD OFFICERS — The University of Alabama Police Department is seeking officers looking for a team-oriented career that provides the highest level of training for both new and experienced police officers, along with an impressive benefits package. UAPD is offering the best police officer pay in West Alabama — a starting salary of $65,200 for those with no prior experience and $71,240 for officers who are Alabama Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission certified with two years of law enforcement experience. UAPD also offers lateral transfer pay and a $7,500 recruitment incentive, often referred to as a signing bonus. In addition, officers will receive a $4,000 retention incentive and an additional $100 for each year of service, provided every three years, to reward commitment and longevity. For more information, contact Shane Dorrill, UA Public Safety, at  

3 UA STUDENTS EARN HOLLINGS UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS — UA students Sydney Aldrich, of Helena; Aurora Baker, of St. Louis; and Kylie Overton, of Brentwood, Tennessee, are the recipients of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship. The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance up to $9,500 per year for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid internship at a NOAA facility during the summer. Forty-one UA students have received scholarships since the program’s inception in 2005. For more information, contact Bryant Welbourne, UA Strategic Communications, at


FOOD SAFETY TIPS FOR YOUR JULY 4 CELEBRATION — “With Fourth of July celebrations right around the corner, it’s time to once again think about food safety,” said Denise DeSalvo, senior instructor with the department of human nutrition and hospitality management. “Health experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of Agriculture emphasize the importance of good hand hygiene as possibly the best way to avoid foodborne illness. The USDA’s Food Safety Information Service outlines cleaning, separating raw and uncooked meat, and thorough cooking, among others, as best practices for a safe cookout.” To schedule an interview, contact DeSalvo at


PALEONTOLOGY SHOW AND TELL — The Alabama Museum of Natural History is hosting Paleontology Show and Tell June 29 from 10 to 11 a.m. Discover the wonders of what paleontology is and what types of tools are used to uncover different types of fossils. Participants in grades 1-3 will have a show and tell experience with real life fossils and equipment and can dress up as a paleontologist. This program is free with paid museum admission. 

ADAPTED ATHLETICS SUMMER CAMP CHAMPIONSHIPS — UA’s Adapted Athletics program is hosting a championship game on July 1 that is a culmination of its summer wheelchair basketball camp running June 28-July 1. UA’s Adapted Athletics wheelchair basketball coaching staff will be coaching the campers. The July 1 championship game will be at 11:30 a.m. at Stran-Hardin Arena. The game is open to the public. UA’s Adapted Athletics wheelchair basketball men’s and women’s programs are the current national champions. For more information, contact Kellcie Temple at   

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