UA Preview — Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2023


UA EXPERTS AVAILABLE TO DISCUSS TOPICS AROUND GOP DEBATE — Faculty at The University of Alabama are available to discuss aspects of the debate and political landscape. This list will be updated, so check back often for new sources. For assistance with reaching any of these sources or for topics not highlighted, contact Alex House, UA Strategic Communications, at

UA STUDENTS TO COMPETE IN NATIONAL EV BATTERY CHALLENGE — A team of students from UA will compete in a premier national competition to design, build, test and integrate an advanced battery pack into a commercial electric vehicle. UA is one of 12 North American universities selected for the Battery Workforce Challenge collegiate competition. It is managed by Argonne National Laboratory for the United States Department of Energy in partnership with Stellantis and other government and industry sponsors. For more information, contact Adam Jones, UA Strategic Communications, at

NEW COLLEGE OF EDUCATION DEAN ANNOUNCED — Dr. Joyce Alexander has been named the next dean of the UA College of Education and will begin her tenure Jan. 3, 2024. Alexander comes to UA from the American Educational Research Association in Washington, D.C., where she served in a dean-in-residence education research policy fellowship. She previously served as dean of the Texas A&M University College of Education and Human Development. For more information, contact Bryant Welbourne, UA Strategic Communications, at  


NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCY MUSEUM INDUCTION — Mary Smith and Nancy Spain from the Muscogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma will be inside the Jones Archaeological Museum at Moundville Archaeological Park Nov. 30. They will provide demonstrations from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. The two will reveal their artwork at 4 p.m. and light refreshments will be served. Registration is required.

DESIRE — The Master in Fine Arts dance program presents Desire Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m. in the dance theatre of the English Building. Desire is a dance concert of expressive and eclectic works choreographed and performed by MFA dance candidates. The concert is free and open to the public.    

HILARITAS — Join the UA choirs and orchestra for Hilaritas Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. in Sellers Auditorium in the Bryant Conference Center. This Alabama holiday tradition is one of the longest running performances at the School of Music. Tickets are available for purchase online.  

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