UA Preview — March 4-10, 2024


Capital Campaign

The University of Alabama’s Rising Tide capital campaign is setting a new standard for higher education within the state of Alabama, now aiming for an unprecedented $1.8 billion.

Why This Matters: Having achieved its initial target of $1.5 billion in late February, the University is now embarking on The Rising Tide 2.0 — a 20% increase in the campaign’s goal, to be reached by the original end date of Sept. 30, 2026.

Women’s Wheelchair Basketball National Championships 

UA will host the National Wheelchair Basketball Association Women’s Wheelchair Basketball National Championships March 7-9 at Stran-Hardin Arena on the UA campus. 

Why This Matters: The tournament will include the host Crimson Tide, the University of Texas at Arlington, University of Illinois, University of Arizona, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and City University of New York. 

Spring Commencement 

UA will hold spring commencement with eight ceremonies May 3-5 at Coleman Coliseum on the UA campus. 

Why This Matters: About 6,000 are expected to graduate, with about 5,400 of those participating in these ceremonies. 

SEC Faculty Achievement 

Dr. Claire Major, professor of higher education and the faculty director of the UA Teaching Academy, is UA’s recipient of the 2024 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award. 

Why This Matters: The SEC Faculty Achievement Awards highlight the vital role educators play in advancing the mission of the SEC and its institutions, as well as their dedication to fostering academic excellence through teaching, innovation and service. 


Longer Days Can Brighten Mood 

Dr. John Burkhardt II is available to discuss the psychological effects of longer days thanks to daylight saving time.  


UA Choral Showcase 

March 6; Moody Music Building Concert Hall

Astronomy Public Nights 

March 7; Moundville Archaeological Park

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