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The spring semester is in full swing, and 2017 is proving to be another eventful year at The Capstone. As we move into February, your student is most likely adjusting to their spring academic routine and balancing the demands of their ongoing co-curricular involvements.
You may have noticed on our website, from social media, or through materials that we have recently renamed the Division of Student Affairs at The University of Alabama. In order to better reflect the intentions, objectives, and efforts of our organization, we have rebranded ourselves as the Division of Student Life. I feel that this divisional identifier more closely demonstrates exactly where we strive to have impact — in the lives of our students.
As always, there are actions that you may take to help support your student’s success this semester. Encourage your student to attend the UA Career Fair on Feb. 7–8 at Coleman Coliseum. The UA Career Center organizes this event to connect UA students with employers from across the United States. Through this fair, UA effectively brings the world of employers to our students’ doorsteps and helps open their eyes to the extraordinary professional opportunities available to Alabama graduates. Your student may prepare for the Career Fair by reviewing the Career Guide online, by setting up their account in Crimson Careers, or by enjoying a personal appointment with a member of our Career Center team. For more information about our career readiness resources, visit career.sa.ua.edu.
The Division of Student Life is committed to maximizing student learning both on-campus and abroad. The Center for Service and Leadership offers a number of exciting opportunities to facilitate service-learning and cultivate global citizenship for our students. One of these powerful initiatives is the Beyond Bama: Alternative Break Program. Alternative Break trips allow students to travel to communities in different parts of the country and the world and engage in service and experiential learning during university holiday breaks. These short-term service trips provide an all-inclusive experience for students while providing a learning experience on issues such as literacy, poverty, culture, hunger, homelessness, and the environment. These trips are fundamentally life-changing for the students and those served. If your student does not already have plans, encourage them to consider a Beyond Bama trip during spring break. Your student may contact the Center for Service and Leadership at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (205) 348-2865.
There are so many exciting things happening at UA. As parents, we can all take pride in knowing that our students are actively engaged in a thriving and inclusive community of ambitious scholars.
David L. Grady
Vice President for Student Life
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