Minute with a Member
National Alumni Society Member
Name: Marla Townsend
Degree(s) and Graduation Year(s): Masters of Arts in Education, 1991
Hometown: Pinson, AL
Current home city/town: Morris, AL
Current employer and job/role: UAB Head Softball Coach
Why did you choose UAB? I taught at McAdory Elementary and wanted to get my master’s degree and UAB was known for an outstanding education program. And…I also wanted to play intramural sports!
What is your favorite UAB memory? representing UAB in Flag Football at the National Championships in New Orleans and placing 2nd. We played pre-game of the Sugar Bowl in 1991.
How did UAB prepare you for life? UAB proved that hard work and dedication pays off and that you should never give up when you have a goal.
Why did you want to be a teacher/coach? I wanted to touch lives and softball is a great tool that allows me to do so.
What would you do if you were given more time in each day? I would walk around the UAB campus and talk with students, families of patients and UAB employees.
With which celebrity or historical figure, current or past, would you most like to have dinner? Coach Gene Bartow, so I could tell him once again how appreciative I am of the chance he took with me (bringing a high school coach to a Division I NCAA athletic program).
Which super power would you most like to have? A time-traveler
What is your best attribute? I am definitely a “people person.” I take pride in making those around me feel like family.
Who would like to see portray you in a movie/film? Sandra Bullock
What is your favorite saying or motto? “Do the little things.”
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? You can’t control what happens…but you can control how you react to it.
What is your life's "theme song?" “Let’s Go” by Calvin Harris
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? Australia, because that is where my daughter wants to go…and I will take her there!
What is your favorite book? The Bible (King James Version)
How would you like to change the world? I would love to help the world become a more peaceful and loving place. The demands on young people now are making it hard to face everyday life with a positive outlook. I know that if I am able to touch a few lives that they will in turn be able to touch others’ lives.
…and GO BLAZERS!
Student Alumni Society Member
Name: Marc Waters
Degree(s) and Graduation Year(s): Early Childhood Education (Fall 2015)
Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
Current home city/town: Forestdale
Why did you choose UAB? I chose UAB, because it was close to my parents and family members, which is very important to me.
What is your favorite UAB memory? My favorite UAB moment would have to be working on and riding the School of Education’s homecoming float in the fall of 2014.
How did UAB prepare you for life? I have been able to work with so many different and special people from various lifestyles and backgrounds. This will help me in the future when working with children from various cultures.
Why did you want to be a teacher? I wanted to become a teacher because of my love for working with children. I want to encourage every child that anything is possible with hard work and faith.
What would you do if you were given more time in each day? I would spend more time with my grandmothers, because I have learned so much from those family members that have come before me.
With which celebrity or historical figure, current or past, would you most like to have dinner? I would have dinner with Malcolm X. His understanding of cultural differences and the issues plaguing the community structure is something I have always admired since I was a little child.
Which super power would you most like to have? I would like to have the power to grant people, one of their many life wishes.
What is your best attribute? I would have to say my best attribute is listening to others.
Who would like to see portray you in a movie/film? Jamie Foxx
What is your favorite saying or motto? Live life to its fullest
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? If you do what you love, you will never work a day of your life.
What is your life's "theme song?" "Everything is Everything" by Lauryn Hill
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? I would travel to Disney World in Orlando, because it’s just something about a place where all your dreams can come true that captures my interest.
What is your favorite book? Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
How would you like to change the world? I would like to change people’s need for money and the feeling that they need money to be happy.