UA Preview — Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2023


UA LEADING PROJECT TO GIVE EV BATTERIES SECOND LIFE — Batteries for electric vehicles will find a second life in EV charging stations under a project led by The University of Alabama. With $4 million in support from the United States Department of Energy, UA is partnering with Alabama Power and Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc. to develop and demonstrate ways to use older EV batteries, extending their usable life and reducing their carbon footprint while lessening demand on power grids. For more information, contact Adam Jones, UA Strategic Communications, at

HAUNTING AT THE MUSEUM’S SPOOKY ACTIVITIES RETURN — Get in the Halloween spirit with the return of Haunting at the Museum, hosted by University of Alabama Museums. For those who enjoy ghost stories, the Gorgas House Museum will be providing free haunted tours Oct. 30-31. Guests will hear spooky stories associated with the home during regular operating hours. For more information, contact Rebecca Johnson, UA Museums, at

STATE BUSINESS LEADERS STILL WARY OF U.S. ECONOMY — State business leaders continue to be concerned about the national economy, dampening their financial outlook, according to the latest quarterly survey by The University of Alabama. The UA Center for Business and Economic Research’s latest Alabama Business Confidence Index, taken in early September, decreased slightly, indicating expectations for a mild drop-off from last quarter’s economic performance. The drop in confidence comes after the last survey found signs state business leaders were reversing their negative outlook. For more information, contact Adam Jones, UA Strategic Communications, at


TRICK OR TREAT ON SORORITY ROW — The Alabama Panhellenic Association will host Trick or Treat on Sorority Row Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. More than 500,000 pieces of candy will be distributed on the row, and members from all APA chapters will be dressed up in Halloween costumes. This event is open to children ages 12 and under, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Costumes should be mindful of others as well as school-appropriate; please do not wear masks or bring fake and/or realistic-looking weapons. 

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW — The UA department of theatre and dance presents The Rocky Horror Show Oct. 31-Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. in the Marian Gallaway Theatre in Rowand-Johnson Hall. The production is the department’s first musical of the season and will be directed by third-year graduate student Robert Fuson. 

UA WIND ENSEMBLE — Join the UA Wind Ensemble for an exciting night of music Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the concert hall of the Moody Music Building. The concert is free and open to the public.   

JULIUS CAESAR — The UA department of theatre and dance presents “Julius Caesar” Nov. 6-11 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. in the Allen Bales Theatre. Travel back in time with Shakespeare’s unforgettable masterpiece. The production is directed by Seth Panitch, head of acting programs and professor of acting. Panitch has worked as a professional actor, director, playwright, screenwriter and filmmaker. His directorial work has been performed off-Broadway, at several Shakespeare festivals across the country, and at the National Theatre of Cuba. 

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