Author Archives: Olivia Grider

UA students combat one of the leading causes of human death and illness – contaminated drinking water.

Not long after enrolling in a social entrepreneurship course at The … More


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UA’s Black Honored with Schweitzer Leadership Award

The Alabama chapter of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship recently presented the … More


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Sociology students help protect a vulnerable population from HIV

Story and photos by Lane Stafford Sociology of HIV/AIDS is a … More


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In Belize, UA students help preserve the world’s most biodiverse ecosystem.

By Mary Shannon Wells Picture a calm beach with translucent water … More


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Editor’s Letter: Service learning not only benefits college students; it has the power to transform communities.

Article by Stephen Black View this article as a pdf. Service … More


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Through Forza Financial, students provide small loans and business coaching to Alabama entrepreneurs.

Article by Ellen Johnson and Olivia Grider View this article as … More


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Geography students research and restore environmental conditions in Alabama woodlands.

Article by Katie Bedrich and Olivia Grider  |  Photos by Dr. … More


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UA students transform a classic American car into an environmentally friendly vehicle as part of a national contest.

Article by Lane Stafford and Katie Bedrich  |  Photos by Ellen … More


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Students spread kindness and start conversations with UA Rocks initiative

After tackling a host of difficult and sensitive topics in class, … More


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In a storytelling course that examines systems of justice, UA students provide a platform for the voiceless.

Article by Ellen Johnson and Olivia Grider View this article as … More


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UA students explore perceptions of poverty and justice while providing free tax-preparation services to low-income families.

Article by Lane Stafford and Olivia Grider View this article as … More


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Business students learn about opportunities in developing markets while designing products for impoverished Indian communities.

Article by Katie Bedrich View this article as a pdf.   … More


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Journalism and broadcasting students report stories that raise awareness about poverty and food insecurity in West Alabama.

Article by Cara Walker View this article as a pdf. According … More


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UA students play a key role in making Alabama the top state in the nation for finding and correcting vision problems in young children.

View this article as a pdf. Preschooler Jaden Knox didn’t say … More


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Medical students provide personalized treatment while learning how social and cultural factors influence patient outcomes.

Photos by Kelsey Daugherty, Ginny Sturgill, Ellen Johnson and Bryan Hester … More


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Through the Tuscaloosa Pre-K Partnership, UA students deliver academic and medical services to preschoolers and their families.

Photos by Miranda Barrett, Kelsey Daugherty and Madalynn Young View this … More


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Celebrate the partnership between Secret Meals For Hungry Children and The University of Alabama’s APR department.

Since 2011, public-relations students in a University of Alabama service-learning course … More


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11th annual Moral Forum debate tournament to be held Nov. 9

The 2016 James P. Hayes Moral Forum debate tournament will be … More


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Check out UA’s many service-learning opportunities

The University of Alabama offers a range of service-learning opportunities spanning … More


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‘Letters from the Scottsboro Trials’ online research collection to be unveiled Oct. 24

Please join the Alabama Digital Humanities Center (ADHC) on Monday, Oct. … More


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PR students raise awareness and funds to supply weekend meals to kids in West Alabama schools.

Article by Ellen Johnson  |  Photos by Allie Newman and Madalynn … More


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While working in East Asia, nursing students develop a commitment to global health.

Article by Melody Schmidt and Olivia Grider View this article as … More


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UA students engage preschoolers in imaginative play and explore its links to cognitive development.

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With the 57 Miles Partnership, UA students battle economic, health and education challenges in one of the nation’s poorest regions.

Article by Melody Schmidt  |  Photos by Matthew Wood, Soledad Cortes-Hernandez … More


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Students apply philosophical theories to their community through service with local organizations.

Article by Katie Bedrich  |  Photos by Rachael Giles and Ginny … More


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WIAT Birmingham: Central Alabama students hitting the books this summer through CollegeFirst

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Students help process cyber evidence in partnership with state and national law-enforcement agencies.

Article by Katie Bedrich | Photos by Kelsey Daugherty, Ginny Sturgill … More


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Future physicians create an English-Spanish tool kit while learning to better communicate with Latino patients.

Article by Ellen Johnson and Olivia Grider  |  Photos by Lane … More


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Honors students use art to enhance quality of life for Alzheimer’s patients

Photos courtesy Dr. Daniel Potts View this article as a pdf. … More


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Through Druid City Garden Project, UA students help connect children and communities to their food sources.

Article by Cara Walker View this article as a pdf. Click … More


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UA students assist NASA in re-imagining its social-media content as the agency celebrates a milestone.

Article by Cara Walker and Olivia Grider | Photos by Brandon … More


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During a yearlong course, students examine perspective while creating documentaries telling stories of justice and injustice.

Article by Cara Walker  |  Photos by Miranda Barrett, Ellen Johnson … More


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Students develop marketing campaigns and brand identities for community organizations

Article by Melody Schmidt and Olivia Grider View this article as … More


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WVUA Tuscaloosa: CollegeFirst Summer Institute prepares high school students for Advanced Placement courses

  Tuscaloosa WVUA June 23, 2016


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WVUA Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama welcomes high school students for CollegeFirst AP preparation camp

WVUA Tuscaloosa June 8, 2016


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UA students teach academic and social skills to children through the game of chess

Article by Katie Bedrich  |  Photos by Popi Ledbetter and Mica … More


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UA students prepare high schoolers for rigorous math, science and English courses and success in college

Article by Cara Walker View this article as a pdf. After … More


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Students studying communicative disorders take a hearing clinic on the road to rural Alabama counties.

Article by Cara Walker  |  Photos by Kelsey Daugherty and Miranda … More


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Building a Service-Learning Culture

BY STEPHEN BLACK View as a pdf. Service learning is a … More


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Engineering students create clean-energy devices using inexpensive and recycled items.

ARTICLE BY MIRANDA BARRETT  |  PHOTOS BY SHANNON AUVIL View this … More


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During a yearlong course, students learn to see the world from others’ perspectives while telling stories of justice and injustice.

ARTICLE BY MIRANDA BARRETT  |  PHOTOS BY HARISH RAO, JAMIE MOON … More


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As a driving force behind Black Warrior Riverkeeper, UA students help ensure clean drinking water for many Alabamians.

ARTICLE BY KATIE SANDERS  |  PHOTOS BY SHANNON AUVIL, MICA AGUILAR … More


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The Faculty Fellows in Service Learning Program provides training and support as faculty members develop service-learning courses.

By Lane Stafford View this article as a pdf.   Launched … More


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UA students are a vital component of a groundbreaking program that is building emotional intelligence in children around the globe.

ARTICLE BY OLIVIA GRIDER  |  PHOTOS BY JEFF HANSON, ERIN REILLY, … More


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Business students help under-represented and disadvantaged community members learn skills needed in today’s job market.

ARTICLE BY OLIVIA GRIDER  |  PHOTOS BY JAMIE MOON AND POPI … More


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UA students tell the story of an often-overlooked crime that marked a turning point in the civil rights movement.

ARTICLE BY EMILY WILLIAMS View this article as a pdf. While … More


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Nutrition students partner with nonprofit organizations, using knowledge gained through years of classes at UA to enlighten lives.

ARTICLE BY OLIVIA GRIDER   |  PHOTOS BY HARISH RAO, ZACH RIGGINS, … More


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UA students cultivate LED-light technology for disinfecting drinking water and saving lives in developing countries.

ARTICLE BY ALICE DETERS  |  PHOTOS BY JAMIE MOON AND MELODY … More


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Social-work students practice full time in Washington, D.C., assisting and advocating for clients from all walks of life.

ARTICLE BY OLIVIA GRIDER View this article as a pdf. All … More


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UA students address the vision-care problems of Alabama’s youngest residents through FocusFirst.

ARTICLE BY ALICE DETERS View this article as a pdf. Alabama … More


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UA students partner with communities to tackle economic, health and education challenges in one of the nation’s poorest regions.

ARTICLE BY MIRANDA BARRETT AND OLIVIA GRIDER  |  PHOTOS BY ZACH … More


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Nursing students teach bicycle-safety lessons at Tuscaloosa-area schools and fit kids with free bike helmets.

ARTICLE BY ALICE DETERS  |  PHOTOS BY JAMIE MOON View this … More


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UA students use art as a medium to help kids talk about race, class and society.

ARTICLE BY EMILY WILLIAMS | PHOTOS BY POPI LEDBETTER AND MATTHEW … More


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Students teach creative-writing classes to kids in Tuscaloosa elementary, middle and high schools.

ARTICLE BY MIRANDA BARRETT | PHOTOS BY MIRANDA BARRETT, MICA AGUILAR, … More


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UA students help English-language learners in Tuscaloosa schools while sharpening their own Spanish-speaking skills.

ARTICLE BY ALICE DETERS | PHOTOS BY ERIN REILLY AND POPI … More


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UA students create custom fitness and training plans for young adults with physical and intellectual disabilities.

ARTICLE BY ALICE DETERS | PHOTOS BY MICA AGUILAR AND ELIZABETH … More


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Engineering students explore other cultures while improving living environments in impoverished regions.

ARTICLE BY MIRANDA BARRETT AND OLIVIA GRIDER View this article as … More


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UA/Pre-K Partnership delivers an array of academic and medical services to preschoolers and their families.

ARTICLE BY ALICE DETERS  |  PHOTOS BY MIRANDA BARRETT AND MELODY … More


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UA students develop and run the West End Health Project, a weekly medical-screening clinic.

ARTICLE BY MIRANDA BARRETT  |  PHOTOS BY JAMIE MOON View this … More


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UA students prepare high schoolers for AP math, science and English classes.

ARTICLE BY OLIVIA GRIDER View this article as a pdf.   … More


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Through school gardens, students teach kids about math, science and nutrition.

ARTICLE BY ALICE DETERS  |  PHOTOS BY KAYLIN BOWEN AND POPI … More


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Alabama Action students renovate elementary schools and mentor children.

ARTICLE BY ALICE DETERS  |  PHOTOS BY JEFF HANSON AND MATTHEW … More


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Students learn the benefits of chess for children while teaching the game in Tuscaloosa schools.

ARTICLE BY ALICE DETERS AND COURTNEY STOKES | PHOTOS BY ALAINA … More


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UA Dialog: Students provide free income-tax-preparation services to low-income families

On Jan. 26, 2015, Dialog, The University of Alabama’s faculty/staff newsletter, … More


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UA students provide free income-tax preparation to low-income families.

ARTICLE BY ALICE DETERS AND OLIVIA GRIDER View this article as … More


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Leading the Service-Learning Movement

BY STEPHEN F. BLACK Over the past decade, service learning has … More


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One-year fellowship provides service-learning training and support to faculty members.

ARTICLE BY MIRANDA BARRETT View this article as a pdf. University … More


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Students from multiple disciplines provide whole-person health care to veterans and rural residents

Students studying nursing, medicine, social work and nutrition unite through UA’s … More


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UA students conduct high-tech vision screenings for young children as part of multiple courses

Students address vision-care problems of Alabama’s youngest citizens through courses including … More


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Geography students partner with nonprofits and communities to help research and repair ecosystems.

Students helped return a former mine site to a mixed hardwood … More


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CESR director to give keynote address at Campus Compact conference

CESR Director Stephen Black will give a keynote speech at the … More


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Honors students mentor at-risk children in elementary, middle and high schools

Multiple educational-outreach programs focus on forming mutually beneficial bonds between university … More


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Medical students create service projects to address health needs in rural communities

While treating patients, medical students evaluate area health needs and design … More


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CESR director discusses potential of campus-community collaborations in TEDx talk

  In recent decades, we’ve witnessed a fundamental shift in how … More


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CESR collaborates with Druid City Garden Project

The UA Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility has provided Druid … More


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UA students play roles in raising awareness of – and rectifying – an 80-year-old case of injustice

Through the Scottsboro Boys Museum University-Community Partnership and service-learning courses, students … More


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Honors students learn the academic, social benefits of chess for children while teaching it in schools

Through UH 333, a chess in education course, students teach life … More


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UA/Tuscaloosa Pre-K Partnership delivers health and education services to children and their families

UA students across disciplines provide an ever-expanding array of academic and … More


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UA students prepare high schoolers for Advanced Placement courses and success in college

Through UH 300/NEW 310 CollegeFirst, university students mentor high schoolers and … More


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Journalism students help children and teachers create school media

JN 436/536 Teaching of Journalism prepares students for careers while making … More


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Psychology students help youth overcome behavioral problems by explaining brain development

Through PY 639 Advanced Child Practicum and externships, UA students assist … More


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Students help communities identify water-quality threats and offer solutions

Through GY 370 Watershed Management Plan Development and GY 370 Source … More


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Telecommunication and film students develop digital footprints for community organizations

Students in TCF 335 New Media assist nonprofits while learning to … More


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Students teach Alabamians to combat diabetes with healthy lifestyle choices

Students in UH 120 Diabetes and Obesity: An American Epidemic bring … More


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Honors students provide micro loans to Alabama small-business owners

Honors students across disciplines assist entrepreneurs through UH 120 Forza Financial. … More


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UA students mentor children who speak English as a second language

Students in a Spanish Conversation class use interactive theatre to connect … More


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Nursing students provide health care and education in rural Bolivia and China

Students travel beyond borders, gaining cultural and professional insights BY KATIE … More


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2014 CollegeFirst program featured in the media

CESR’s 2014 CollegeFirst initiative wrapped up June 27, and was a … More


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UA students spend summers partnering with nonprofits in rural communities

New College initiative unites students with community organizations in Walker County, … More


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Public relations students empower kids to stand strong against bullying

Through the national-award-winning ‘I Can’ campaign, UA students teach kids to … More


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Students partner with communities in Alabama’s Black Belt

57 Miles collaboration addresses economic, health and education challenges in one … More


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CESR featured in New York Times cover story

On April 7, 2014, The New York Times published a story … More


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MSNBC: How tax preparers target low-income people

Stephen Black, director of the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility, … More


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Apply for the Every Move Counts Chess in Education Fellowship

Spend time after graduation bringing the academic and social benefits of … More


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MFA students lead creative writing lessons for high schoolers through a club and camp

Students taking EN 608 Teaching Creative Writing to Kids mentor children … More


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Students contribute to garden project through service-learning courses

UA students learn about organic gardening, operating a nonprofit and marketing … More


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Enroll Now for Spring 2014 Poverty, Faith, and Justice in America Course

Poverty, Faith, and Justice in America is a nationally recognized service-learning opportunity … More


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Tuscaloosa News: CollegeFirst helps students prepare for AP classes

June 13, 2013 By Jamon Smith More than 75 Tuscaloosa city … More


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2012-2013 UA Service-Learning magazine available!

The latest issue of the UA Service-Learning magazine, which chronicles rare … More


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ABC Birmingham: High school students build service projects through recent UA grad’s initiative

May 17, 2013 — ABC Birmingham Tuscaloosa teenagers are making a … More


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Ribbon-cutting ceremony held for community greenhouse built by UA students

  A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held May 15, 2013, for a … More


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Documenting Justice film screening packs Bama Theatre

Approximately 1,000 members of the Tuscaloosa community turned out April 23 … More


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Documenting Justice filmmaking initiative accepting applications

Priority deadline is March 22. Applications are now available for the … More


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Birmingham News: Game of chess teaches students about life

Nov. 21, 2012 By Kim Eaton D”Angelo Noye views chess like … More


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New FocusFirst Film Highlights Program’s Legacy

Since 2004, approximately 800 University of Alabama students have provided free, … More


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Service-Learning magazine: UA students provide free tax-preparation services

During January and February of each year, students from across the … More


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Service-Learning magazine: UA students screen children for vision problems

University of Alabama students have provided free high-tech vision screenings to … More


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CESR trains faculty to develop service-learning courses

A unique opportunity was introduced to The University of Alabama faculty … More


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Every Move Counts shares academic, social benefits of chess with children

Visitors to Tuscaloosa Magnet Elementary School are regularly amazed at the … More


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Moral Forum final debate is Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. in Ferguson Theatre

Moral forum is an annual dialogue and debate program focusing on … More


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The Story Matters: Students write Birmingham News series

The UA Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility partnered with The … More


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FocusFirst needs volunteers to screen young children for vision problems!

Join a nationally unique, state-wide initiative that has made Alabama the … More


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Pre-K Initiative delivers health, education services to Tuscaloosa families

The mission of the Tuscaloosa Pre-K Initiative is to identify the … More


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Students design websites for Alabama nonprofits through Virtual Advantage

The costly rates often charged for professional website-development services keep the … More


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UA News: Tornado victim wins $10,000 savings initiative prize

Feb. 2, 2012 The University of Alabama Center for Ethics & … More


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Birmingham News: Tornado victim wins $10,000 in savings bond contest

Feb. 2, 2012 By Val Walton A Birmingham woman who lost … More


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Birmingham CBS 42: Grand-prize winner announced in SaveNow WinLater initiative

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NBC Montgomery: UA QB helps FocusFirst celebrate milestone

Sept. 16, 2010 – NBC Montgomery UA QB helps FocusFirst celebrate … More


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