October 05, 2016
Barbara Sobko, left, and Karen Buckner October 5, 2016 | by Virginia Loftin

UAB formally opened the Vulcan Materials Academic Success Center on Tuesday, Oct. 4, with a ribbon-cutting and reception.

Located in the School of Education building, the VMASC is the hub for tutoring and supplemental instruction at UAB, and serves some 4,000 UAB undergraduate students at no charge. Academic success workshops, academic coaching and exploratory advising for undeclared students are also available.

A recent significant gift from Vulcan Materials Company Foundation will support the expansion and enhancement of operations at the VMASC.

“The Vulcan Materials Company Foundation supports efforts to improve and strengthen educational institutions, and because we understand the critical role of higher learning in the education of our nation’s future workforce, the academic success center was of particular interest,” said Carol Maxwell, manager of the Vulcan Materials Company Foundation.

“The center has the potential to touch every UAB student, providing programs and services to assist them in reaching personal goals, better position them to reach their full potential, and allowing every opportunity for success.”

President Ray L. Watts, MD, recognized Vulcan Materials Company and its philanthropic arm, the Vulcan Materials Company Foundation, for their longtime support of scholarships, faculty excellence, art and culture programs, and the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. Vulcan Materials is also UAB’s largest provider of matching gifts.

In addition to Ms. Maxwell, Vulcan Materials representatives in attendance were David Donaldson, Vice President of Governmental and Community Relations; Jerry Perkins, General Counsel; and Jason Teter, President of the Southern and Gulf Coast Regions.

For more on how the Vulcan Materials Academic Success Center changes students lives, check out this short video.