Dear UAB Students, Faculty, and Staff,

As we conclude an exciting and eventful spring semester, I want to highlight some of our most recent successes:

I echo President Watts in expressing my gratitude to those of you who exemplified what it meant to be a Blazer during the winter storm of 2014. It was heartwarming to witness our UAB family taking care of each other and the community during that stressful time.

We continue to recruit the best and brightest students to UAB, enhance our campus facilities, provide academic support services to enrich the student experience, and advance faculty excellence across campus.

Enriching the Student Experience

Enhancing Facilities

  • A work of art in itself, the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (AEIVA) opened its doors to the public on January 16, 2014. The AEIVA joins the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, William Hansell and Susan Mabry Hulsey Center for Arts and Humanities, and the National Alumni Society House in a burgeoning cultural arts corridor that is a tremendous asset for UAB, Birmingham, and the state of Alabama.
  • Construction has begun on UAB’s new residence hall and student wellness center. The new U-shaped residence hall will consist of an eight-story tower and a four-story wing that will contain common space, a multipurpose meeting/event space for the residents of this facility and the Student Housing and Residence Life offices in addition to the student bed spaces. The New Student Health & Wellness Center is scheduled to open this summer.
  • Look for new and exciting dining options coming this fall to Lister Hill Library and the UAB Dining Commons.

Advancing Faculty Excellence

We continue to attract the best individuals to lead UAB into the future:
  • Dr. Kelly K. Nichols will begin in June as the next dean of the UAB School of Optometry.
  • John M. Meador, Jr. will begin serving as inaugural dean of UAB Libraries effective August 5th.
  • And two finalists for the Dean of the UAB Honors College will be visiting campus to present on The Future of Honors Colleges this week.

Our UAB faculty members continue to garner success in teaching, research, and service:

And last, but certainly not least, we congratulate all of our students who have graduated! We are proud of you and wish you a bright and wonderful future!

We have accomplished much this semester, and I sincerely thank you all for your continued hard work and effort to make UAB the exceptional institution it is.

Wishing you a terrific summer,

Linda C. Lucas, Ph.D.