End of the Semester

The end of the semester is racing toward us. I trust you have had a good semester, and I hope you will reflect fondly on your accomplishments and the many friendships you have made this year.

I know you are busy studying, but I hope you will find time to break away and join me Thursday night for a late-night breakfast at Lakeside Dining from 10 p.m. until midnight. Breakfast is on me, and it is something Susan and I look forward to hosting each semester. Come by for a minute or stay for a couple of hours. It will be a nice break from studying, and it will get you fueled for finals.

In about 10 days, more than 5,300 of you will graduate. I look forward to shaking your hand as you cross the stage. This is the most important day of the year as you complete your journey here at the Capstone and begin a new one. It is such a special day for all of us, especially for you and your family.

As we finish the year, I want to congratulate our newest Goldwater Scholars – Sean Devey, Alison Farrar, Melissa Mathews and Melissa Uehling. For the last 10 years, UA has had more Goldwater Scholars than any other university – public or private – in the nation. We continue to outpace Harvard, which remains #2, as well as Stanford and Princeton.

I also want to congratulate our recently announced Fulbright Scholars – Ruth Bishop, Erica Boden, Benjamin Canady, Katie Cater, Kelsey Daugherty, Brittany Groves, Jonathan Joyner, Jackson Knappen, Emily LeViness, Julia Quan, Charlotte Sheridan, Ann Varnedoe, Sarah Walker and Kevin Williams. The two alternates are Frances Isbell and Emily Zapinski.

We are also proud of our five Boren Scholars – Merideth Cazalas, Maria Huryn, Amica Rapadas, Samuel Watson and Matthew Zeliff, and one Gates Cambridge Scholar – Caroline James.

And, to all of you, thank you for making The University of Alabama your home this year. Susan and I wish you the best as you begin your summer, and we hope to see most of you back here in the fall.

Roll Tide!

Stuart R. Bell