Spring Semester Message

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Spring break is right around the corner, and I think I can safely assume we’re all ready for some warmer temperatures and sunshine! I wanted to take this opportunity while you are still on campus to share some of the central events and exciting accomplishments of the UA community.

Current freshmen and seniors were sent an important link on Feb. 7 for a National Survey of Student Engagement. Please take a few minutes to leave your legacy by telling us about your experience at the University. Because the survey is only given once every several years, it is a unique opportunity for you to help us continue improving the education we provide in a way that can impact thousands of future UA students. Thank you for your constructive feedback.

Speaking of our impressive student body, recently a Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr. School of Law moot court team won a national competition, defeating more than 150 other teams and bringing home UA’s first championship in the event’s history. Remarkably, of the 28 teams who qualified for the finals, the UA team was the only one made up solely of second-year law students. Another notable achievement was the recognition of the University as a top producing institution for Fulbright Scholar students for the third time in four years. UA had 15 alumni and graduate students who received Fulbright student awards. I was also very proud to see UA’s recent ranking for internship placements. The Princeton Review positioned UA No. 1 among schools in the Southeastern Conference and No. 10 in the nation. The University will continue to develop and support students through knowledge, training and networking opportunities that will enhance their future endeavors.

Because the University is committed to its mission of advancing teaching, research and service at the highest level, I hope all faculty and staff will support UA’s faculty and staff giving campaign, We Are UA. Through your participation and generosity, our student body and surrounding community will see the positive impact of philanthropic investment in the Capstone. Thank you for giving to this important campaign.

Congratulations are also extended to Dr. Mercy Mumba, assistant professor in UA’s Capstone College of Nursing for receiving the prestigious Southern Nursing Research Society’s Early Science Investigator Award, given to nurse scientists who are less than five years into a professional career following the completion of a doctoral degree. Dr. Mumba was the youngest PhD graduate in UA’s history, and her research has been presented at many local, regional and international conferences.

Finally, I want to personally invite all faculty and staff to attend the Spring Campus Assembly on Tuesday, April 9. Several members of UA’s faculty and staff will be recognized for their commitment to service and excellence. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to spend some time with other University professionals, network and enjoy refreshments. I hope you will join us.

Susan and I wish you a relaxing and revitalizing spring break. Campus is breathtaking during the second half of the spring semester and should be in bloom when you get back! Enjoy your break, and thank you for your ongoing commitment to the Capstone.

Roll Tide!

Stuart R. Bell