Dear UAB Community and Friends,
As a very promising academic year gets under way, I want to extend best wishes to our students, faculty, staff and supporters, and a big welcome to our new freshmen, who are enjoying the beginnings of a rewarding college career at UAB.
This newsletter is the first of many I will be sending out to update you on new developments and the strides we are making in all areas of our mission. We have much to celebrate and look forward to, as the transformative impact conveyed in our credo — "knowledge that will change your world" — is ever more apparent around campus, community and beyond.
Just last week, we opened our new state-of-the-art residence hall that is now home to 714 freshmen. They are among a total of 2,586 students living on campus, the largest number we’ve ever had in residence. (Watch the fun from Move-In Day in this video.) We look forward to opening later this fall our world-class Hill Student Center (see rendering below) — featuring a scenic greenway that will eventually extend to Regions Field — that will make our student experience even more vibrant.
Other exciting doors and avenues are opening as well, all over campus. Just to name a few recent developments:
- Our Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) recently had its NIH funding renewed in the amount of $33 million — one of the largest awards UAB has ever received — and remains the hub of a research network of 11 partner institutions throughout Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.
- UAB has been named to the U.S. President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Rollfor the eighth consecutive year, underscoring our commitment to civic engagement and service learning.
- The historic Campaign for UAB is progressing well. We are very grateful to our donors for their generous support and to our outstanding Development team.
- Our "Finish the Drive" Campaign for Football, Rifle and Bowling met its Sept. 1 deadline for fundraising, and we look forward to a new era of excellence and competitiveness in these and all of our Athletics programs.
- As part of our continual efforts to ensure that UAB employees receive the best possible benefits, we have just instituted a new paid paternal leave benefit. This represents a great stride in our HR efforts and reflects the strong collaboration between our administration and faculty to make this benefit a reality.
As we continue work on our most comprehensive-ever strategic planning process, we are joined by some new senior leaders in several important areas of campus, and I want to officially welcome them aboard:
- Vice President for Student Affairs John Jones
- Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer Curt Carver
- Vice Provost for Enrollment Management Bradley Barnes
- Chief Communications Officer Anne Buckley
- Graduate School Dean Lori McMahon, who begins Oct. 1
- Director of Athletics Mark Ingram
I look forward to continued collaboration with all of you in this coming year to realize our bold vision for UAB, Birmingham and Alabama. We have great momentum starting this fall and I know this is going to be an outstanding academic year, in terms of our institutional aims and the personal accomplishments of our talented students, faculty and staff.