Dear UAB Community and Friends,
I want to welcome back our students, faculty and staff for the spring semester, which is off to an exciting start.
 Ribbon cutting at opening of new Hill Student CenterLeft to right: VP for Student Affairs John Jones; President Ray Watts; USGA President Garrett Stephens; Janet Hill, wife of the late S. Richardson Hill, UAB’s second president; Provost Linda Lucas; VP for Financial Affairs and Administration Allen Bolton; UA System President Pro Tem Karen Brooks; UA System Trustee Jim Wilson; Assistant VP for Student Services Carolyn Farley; and Hill Student Center Director Mike Sasser

Yesterday we celebrated a major milestone with the official opening of our new Hill Student Center. UAB and Birmingham can be very proud of this facility that is truly a marvel in both form and function — elegant architecture and state-of-the-art technology, offering world-class amenities and services for our students, as you can see in the video tour below.
Video tour of the Hill Student Center
I have visited many universities across the nation and around the world, and this is the most impressive student center I have encountered. It will enhance an already outstanding experience available for our students, and I want to thank every student, faculty and staff member, and community partner who provided input on the project and helped make it a reality.
The new Hill Center is emblematic of the dramatic evolution of the UAB student experience over decades, which has involved developing not only novel academic programs but also an increasingly vibrant campus life. This facility will be, for years to come, a dynamic hub of educational, social and cultural activity, at the very heart of a student experience that is second to none.
I want to add that we are also communicating that student experience more effectively than ever. We recently produced in-house this fabulous institutional video that really captures the magic of UAB and Birmingham, and what a one-of-a-kind education and student life we offer.
UAB's new institutional video 
Our website’s home page is undergoing a very attractive and intuitive redesign, which you can preview here. And we recently launched this “Did You Know?” site that highlights some of the tremendous accomplishments we are making through our continued innovation and collaboration.
My thanks to you all, on campus and throughout our community, for making UAB such a dynamic and productive university.
Best wishes for a great spring semester.