The UAB Department of Foreign Languages and the Alliance Française of Birmingham will hold a recital and a lecture in English on Saturday, March 4, at 7 p.m. in the UAB Hulsey Center for the Arts, 950 13th St. South, Room 105.
The program, titled “Couperin to Poulenc: French Keyboard Music through the Centuries,” will be performed by Jody Coombs, piano instructor at the Conservatory of Fine and Performing Arts at Birmingham-Southern College. Coombs will perform pieces by various composers and explain the stylistic changes that occurred over time, and help the lay listener learn to distinguish one style from another. The program is free and open to the public.
Coombs is a native of Mobile. She began studying French when her daughter fell in love with a Parisian. Coombs received a bachelor’s degree in piano performance and a master’s degree in musicology from the University of Alabama. Today, Coombs teaches private lessons through Birmingham-Southern’s Conservatory of Fine and Performing Arts, and is the organist at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church.
The UAB Department of Foreign Languages and the Alliance Française of Birmingham will hold a recital and a lecture in English on Saturday, March 4.
UAB senior Jane Murphy will spend a semester in Pau, France, after being selected for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.University of Alabama at Birmingham senior Jane Murphy has been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad. Murphy is one of 800 American undergraduates from 355 colleges and universities across the United States selected for the scholarship.
The Gilman Scholarship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program aims to make study abroad experiences accessible to a more diverse population of students and to encourage students to choose less traditional study abroad destinations. It also gives students the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages and economies — making them better prepared to assume leadership roles in government and the private sector.
Students are selected for the Gilman Scholarship through a highly competitive application process. The program receives more than 10,000 applications each year and awards about 2,500 scholarships. Gilman scholars are awarded up to $5,000 toward their study abroad or internship program costs. The program aims to support students who traditionally have been underrepresented in education abroad, including, but not limited to, students with high financial need, first-generation college students, students in STEM fields, students from diverse ethnic backgrounds and students with disabilities.
Murphy is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in foreign languages with a concentration in French in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences and is a student in the UAB Honors College on the personalized path. She will spend the summer studying in Pau, France.
“Living in Pau, France, for two months will increase my fluency, which will enable me to work with French-speaking people all over the world,” Murphy said. “I have registered for the maximum number of classes for the semester, and I am looking forward to learning about social customs at a French university. I would not have been able to afford this study abroad experience without the Benjamin Gilman scholarship. I am incredibly thankful to have this opportunity.”
The program aims to support students who traditionally have been underrepresented in education abroad, including, but not limited to, students with high financial need, first-generation college students, students in STEM fields, students from diverse ethnic backgrounds and students with disabilities.
Her interest in public health began in fall 2014 after taking a Sexual Health Awareness through Peer Education class. SHAPE is a group of trained and knowledgeable college students and people living with HIV who provide sexual health workshops and outreach for youth and young adults, with an emphasis on college students. After taking the training class, Murphy began volunteering at UAB’s 1917 Clinic, which has provided compassionate and comprehensive health care and services for persons living with HIV for more than 25 years.
“That November, I applied to the Fast Track Master of Public Health Fifth Year Program and was accepted into the Epidemiology program,” Murphy said. “I have been enjoying the program ever since. I would like to work as an epidemiologist with Doctors without Borders in a French-speaking nation after graduation.”
The Fast Track MPH program allows students to complete core requirements for the program, prior to their undergraduate degree
The new certificate program will give recent and upcoming graduates an advantage in a competitive job market.University of Alabama at Birmingham students majoring in public relations and other communication studies will now have the opportunity to boost their resumes with the addition of the Certificate in Principles of Public Relations.
Established by the Universal Accreditation Board in 2014, this entry-level certificate is designed to demonstrate a fundamental level of knowledge for graduates entering the public relations profession and related fields. UAB is the first university in Alabama and one of 23 in the United States to offer the program. The certificate gives new graduates an advantage in a competitive job market.
“The Certificate in Principles of Public Relations demonstrates a student’s dedication to professional learning and knowledge of communication skills required for professional success,” said Jacquelyn S. Shaia, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of the public relations program at UAB. “We stress the ethical practice of public relations, and it is our job to thoroughly prepare our students to compete in the workplace. This certificate will bolster our students’ resumes to stand out among the competition today.”
The certificate consists of extra coursework completed just prior to or immediately following graduation and the successful completion of a computer-based examination. The exam tests students’ knowledge of communication models and theories, business literacy, ethics and law, program research, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Obtaining the certificate also prepares students to consider pursuing the Accreditation in Public Relations and other opportunities for professional growth throughout the course of their careers.
The exam tests students’ knowledge of communication models and theories, business literacy, ethics and law, program research, planning, implementation, and evaluation.
UAB’s public relations program is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Communication Studies. For more information about the Certificate of Principles in Public Relations, contact Jacquelyn S. Shaia, Ph.D., at email@example.com.