The goals of this group are to support the mission of the NAS by encouraging membership in the Society and participating in the organization's events and activities, to build a strong network of young alumni that will serve as future leaders of the organization and remain engaged with UAB as ambassadors for the Society, and to advance the Society through various fundraising initiatives that will maintain current scholarships and create new scholarship opportunities for UAB students.
The featured guest speaker was new UAB Athletic Director Mark Ingram. Guests heard about how Ingram's past experiences will help lead Blazers athletics and also got an opportunity to ask questions.
The results of the 2015-2016 UAB National Alumni Society Officers and Board of Directors election were also announced during the meeting. The new Officers and Directors' term will commence on October 1, 2015.
A list of the new Officers and Directors can be found HERE.
Hunt is red hot! In late-June, he will be featured in the New Yorker. A link to the article, Mr. Popular, can be found HERE.
Those in attendance also had the opportunity to hear from new UAB Athletic Director Mark Ingram on where the programs will go from here.
The UAB Student Alumni Society is a group of student leaders that represent a diverse cross section of the undergraduate student population on campus at UAB. Led by Mr. and Ms. UAB and the leadership council, and supported by the National Alumni Society, this organization works hard throughout the year to develop and support programs that foster the priorities that make UAB a first choice institution for undergraduate students and provide a traditional, on-campus student experience. When the football, rifle and bowling programs were eliminated in December 2014, the students felt it necessary to take action and demonstrate the importance of these athletic programs. In the months following this decision, we have been very fortunate to have many students, alumni and university supporters join together to complete a process of reevaluation in hopes that these programs will be reinstated.
It is with great pride that on behalf of the UAB Student Alumni Society, one of the largest student organizations on campus, that we pledge $25,000 over the next 5 years in support of the athletic department for capital funds necessary to support facilities to ensure excellence within the programs.
Ms. UAB 2014-15
Mr. UAB 2014-15
Following the announcement of the elimination of football, bowling, and rifle at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the UAB National Alumni Society (NAS), representing approximately 11,000 active alumni, engaged the Administration in conversation and debate regarding the viability and importance of the programs to our alumni, current and prospective students, faculty, staff, and the broader community. Through the process of engagement, dialog, and productive debate, the Administration agreed to an independent feasibility study conducted by a Task Force headed by the NAS. The Task Force also formed a fundraising subcommittee to gauge public and private financial support for the programs.
The Task Force worked diligently and selected College Sport Solutions to perform the feasibility study. The Task Force publicly released the CSS report on Monday, May 18, 2015. After careful review of the report and the preliminary fundraising support, the UAB NAS calls upon the UAB Administration to reinstate football, bowling, and rifle. The report clearly shows that the programs are feasible at a level that enables UAB to compete for C-USA championships and post season opportunities with the current level of institutional support, combined with the public and private support that has been and continues to be established by the Task Force Fundraising Subcommittee. Not only are the programs financially viable with the combined institutional and public/private support, they are vitally important to current and prospective students, our faculty and staff, and our community. Collectively, these sports are financially supportable and they are essential.
As the collective voice of UAB Alumni, the NAS is grateful for the opportunity to lead the review of the initial decision to eliminate the programs and for the opportunity to make a substantial financial commitment of $500,000 over 5 years to reinstate the football, rifle, and bowling programs. We are equally grateful to the Task Force for their still ongoing work for our University. GO BLAZERS!