A Message from the President – October 10, 2023

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

We are almost halfway through the semester and now two weeks into the 30th annual Beat Auburn Beat Hunger food drive. I encourage you to rally as a community to fight food insecurity in West Alabama. Next week is also Free App Week. Please spread the word and support our efforts to enroll the best and brightest students from Alabama, across the nation and around the globe.

‌Our 2023 Homecoming Court has been selected, and voting through myBama is open for students today until 7 p.m. Homecoming is a longstanding tradition and an opportunity to express pride in the legacy we continue to craft through The Rising Tide. The Division of Student Life has planned a week of exciting events, and I look forward to seeing you at the bonfire and parade, and in Bryant-Denny Stadium this weekend.

Congratulations to our four aspiring dentists in the inaugural class of Rural Dental Scholars. The College of Community Health Sciences also welcomed seven UA students to the Rural Medical Scholars Program as part of the Rural Health Leaders Pipeline, helping address the need for more primary care physicians in underserved areas of Alabama. And to help lower cardiovascular disease risk in nine Alabama counties, our Alabama Life Research Institute is leading a coalition of researchers and practitioners from the Capstone College of Nursing and the Culverhouse College of Business Institute of Data and Analytics with the support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Demonstrating how our faculty and staff continue their commitment to excellence, Drs. Hamed Moftakhari and Sevgi Zubeyde Gurbuz both were selected for NSF CAREER awards, one of the nation’s most prestigious honors for top-performing young scientists. And UAPD Captain Chad Stephens graduated from the FBI National Academy, helping further enhance the department’s safety and protection protocols.

Finally, I want to remind everyone to download the UA Safety App and stream UA Info Radio 92.5 FM, an invaluable University asset we can all benefit from on game days, during severe weather and for updates about campus events and programs, construction and many other UA-related matters. 

I wish all of you a safe and happy homecoming week.

Roll Tide!

Stuart R. Bell