The UAB Mock Trial team won the American Mock Trial Association’s (AMTA) Regional Invitational Tournament that was held in Jackson, MS February 24-26.
The team completed the tournament with an 8-0 record, sweeping every judge’s score sheet in all four rounds. UAB defeated teams from Southern Methodist, Middle Tennessee State, the University of Georgia, and Mississippi Valley State University. The win comes on the heels of a third place finish record at the recent “Ramblin Wreck” Invitational that was hosted by Georgia Tech.
In addition to winning the tournament, the team once again captured a tournament’s “Spirit of AMTA” Award given to the team that best exemplifies AMTA’s ideals of civility, justice, and fair play. Several team members earned individual awards including Grady Lowman, Artem Joukov, and Ariel Smith for outstanding performances as attorneys or witnesses. Other team members include Brian Price,
|Pictured left to right, Howard Irving,Ph.D., Chair for the Department of Music,
Yakov Kasman, DMA, Ireland Award recipient and Dean Thomas M. DiLorenzo, Ph.D.
Yakov Kasman has been named recipient of the 2012 Ireland Award for Scholarly Distinction. “Yakov emulates everything this prize was created to celebrate,” says Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences, Thomas M. DiLorenzo. “The level of prestige and honor he brings to the Department of Music, the College, and UAB is priceless.”
UAB presents the award annually to a full-time faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences for professional and academic achievements and contributions to the university and local community. The prize, made possible by the Caroline P. and Charles W. Ireland Endowment for Scholarly Distinction, comes with $5,000 cash and a Steuben crystal engraved award.
Yakov joins the esteemed ranks of other Ireland Prize recipients in the College of Arts and Sciences. The most recent recipients include the 2011 winner, Associate Dean Rebecca Ann Bach, Ph.D., who at the time, was a faculty member in the Department of English. In 2010, Colin Davis, Ph.D. from the Department of History was selected as the Ireland Prize winner and in 2009 Sergey Mirov, Ph.D. of the Department of Physics took home the award.
Kasman’s debut in America in 1997 as Silver Medalist in the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth was the culmination of several competition triumphs and tours in Europe and the Middle East, including prizes at the 1991 Valentino Bucchi Competition in Rome, the 1991 London World Piano Competition, the 1992 Artur Rubinstein International Competition in Tel Aviv, and the 1995 International Prokofiev Competition at St. Petersburg.