The UAB Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will host its annual Suits 4 Success drive to benefit My Sister's Closet, an outreach program of the YWCA of Central Alabama, Monday-Friday, Sept. 13-17.

Tax-deductible donations of clean, quality items (preferably on hangers) will be accepted at the drive-thru located in front of the John N. Whitaker Building, 500 22nd St. South, from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. each day. Drop boxes also will be located in the Administration Building, Heritage Hall, Campbell Hall, Business and Engineering Complex, Humanities Building, Hill University Center and the schools of Nursing, Public Health, Education and Health Professions.

"The drive provides quality business attire to women who lack the financial resources to buy the wardrobe required for a professional interview or the work environment," said CSW Chair Donna Arnett, Ph.D., who chairs the Department of Epidemiology in the UAB School of Public Health.

"We know that many people like to clean out their closets at the start of a new season," Arnett said. "We will gladly take gently worn suits, jackets, skirts, casual pants, shirts, shoes, handbags and accessories and help them find their next good home.

"And you don't have to be a UAB faculty or staff member or student to participate - we encourage everyone in the community to get involved."

The drive is being chaired by Heather Maddox White, CSW member and director of fiscal and administrative affairs in the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology. For information about this initiative, call 975-0250 or e-mail

The UAB Commission on the Status of Women brings female faculty, staff and students together in a forum to advocate and examine the progress of the university's commitment to securing equitable opportunities and rewards for its employees. The commission holds regular meetings and advises the president on issues, policies and practices that affect women at UAB. For more information about the commission and its initiatives, visit the commission's website at