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Homecoming week kicked off on October 27 and commenced on November 2, 2013 at Legion Field as the Blazers took on the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders. The National Alumni Society and the UAB community hosted many events throughout the week and enjoyed connecting with many UAB alumni, students, faculty, staff, fans, and friends on campus for all the festivities. Check out highlights from the week!

Building Decoration Competition

The Building Decoration Competition this year was held on Tuesday, October 29, 2013. Schools and departments across campus decorated their building. The participating buildings are judged based on building appearance, creativity, effort, utilization of Homecoming theme, and participation. The winners for the 2013 Building Decoration Competition are as follows:

1st Place - School of Health Professions
2nd Place - School of Nursing
3rd Place - College of Arts and Sciences
4th Place - University Honors Program
“Most Improved”- Stepping it Up Award - College of Arts and Sciences

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Gurney Derby Race

The Gurney Derby is a Homecoming week favorite! On Wednesday, October 30, 2013, four-member teams organized from schools, student organizations and departments on campus compete in this highly competitive race. Teams select a gurney, which must have a passenger. Check out the video below!

1st Place - PA Program, "2nd Years" from the School of Health Professions
2nd Place - “Bad News Burs” from the School of Dentistry
Dead Last – “Nature of Dragons” from the College of Arts and Sciences
Best Dressed Gurney: Baptist Campus Ministries, "BCM"
Most Creative Passenger: “Nature of Dragons” from the College of Arts and Sciences


Parade Float Competition

The Annual Homecoming Parade was held on Friday, November 1, 2013. Schools, student organizations and departments decorated floats and vehicles to show their Blazer spirit and demonstrate the Homecoming theme. The winners of the Parade Float Contest are as follows:

Most Creative: School of Health Professions, Undergraduate Healthcare Management Program
Best Use of Theme - College of Arts and Sciences
Best Display of Spirit: College of Arts and Sciences

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

Blazer Pride Award

The Blazer Pride Award is based on the best display of Blazer Pride throughout Homecoming week. This year, the winner of the Blazer Pride Award was the "Vettes for Vets". They received a $500 award.


Blazer Village Spirit Awards

The award for Best Blazer Village Spirit, for the school or department that displayed the best showing of Blazer pride and spirit on gameday was awarded as follows:

1st Place - College of Arts and Sciences
2nd Place - School of Health Professions

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Zachary Hughes, Deidra Atkinson named Mr. and Ms. UAB 2013

By Shannon Thomason
    Deidra Atkinson and Zachary HughesDeidra Atkinson and Zachary HughesZachary Hughes of White House, Tenn., and Deidra Atkinson of Bay Minette, Ala., were named Mr. and Ms. UAB 2013 at the University of Alabama at BirminghamHomecoming game Saturday, Nov. 2, at Legion Field.

    Each winner received a $2,500 scholarship and will represent UAB, the UAB National Alumni Society and the UAB Student Alumni Society at events throughout the year and serve as spokespeople. First alternates Andrew Eubanks and Sarah Terry received $1,000 scholarships.

    The Mr. and Ms. UAB Scholarship Competition is sponsored by the UAB National Alumni Society. The 32-year-old program recognizes outstanding students who have demonstrated scholastic achievement, campus and community involvement, leadership, and overall enthusiasm for UAB. The finalists were selected through two rounds of interviews and a student vote, which was held during Homecoming week.

    Atkinson is a senior majoring in biomedical engineering with minors in both mathematics and chemistry. She is a member of the Science and Technology Honors Program, the Biomedical Engineering Society, and the National Society of Black Engineers. Atkinson is also a Wells Fargo Scholar and a volunteer with Students for a Healthier Community. She is the daughter of Vincent and Edith Atkinson.

    Hughes is a junior majoring in chemistry. He received the Apollo Award for most well-rounded member from Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and is a recipient of the Blazer Elite Scholarship, a UAB orientation leader, a member of the Experiential Learning Scholars Program and a volunteer at the Exceptional Foundation. He is the son of Rick and Mochelle Hughes.

    First alternate Eubanks is a senior from Atlanta, Ga., majoring in nursing with a minor in Spanish. He is a UAB Emerging Leaders Scholarship recipient, is an Aaron Lamar Jr. Scholarship recipient and was a UAB cheerleader from 2010 to 2012. He is chaplain of the UAB Ambassador Program and a volunteer translator for UAB Students for a Healthier Community. He is the son of James and Lynne Eubanks.

    First alternate Terry is a junior from Johns Creek, Ga., majoring in neuroscience with minors in chemistry and psychology. She has been named to the President’s List, received the Excellence in Organic Chemistry Award for 2012-13 and is a volunteer with the Exceptional Foundation. Terry is a member of the Science and Technology Honors Program and Alpha Omicron Pi. She is the daughter of Mark and Diane Terry.

    The other finalists include:

    • Emily Bray, a junior from Harvest, Ala., majoring in nursing
    • Clarissa Deal, a senior from Montgomery, Ala., majoring in medical industrial distribution
    • Weslie Shannon, a sophomore from Murfreesboro, Tenn., majoring in political science and international studies 
    • Jordan Boston, a junior from Holtville, Ala., majoring in chemistry
    • Ali Massoud, a junior from Cairo, Egypt, majoring in international studies with a French minor
    • Ethan Tibbs, a senior from Hoover, Ala., majoring in biomedical engineering