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Partnership forges path to college for low-income students Some 9,300 middle school students in Alabama’s Black Belt returned to school with a promise: If you stay in the GEAR UP program, you’ll receive full tuition waivers to attend any public community or technical college in the state upon admission.

UAB is doing its part to deliver on that promise using a $49 million U.S. DOE grant and partnering to improve services in 21 school districts in which most students don’t go to college. “This partnership will make an extraordinary difference in the lives of these students,” said School of Education Dean Deborah Voltz.

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Keys to success UAB junior Aleksandra Kasman outplayed 33 talented pianists to win first place at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York City this summer. Some of the biggest names in piano gather for the two-week event, which features masterclasses, concerts and lectures from elite musicians.

Kasman, a music major in the College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Music and a member of the UAB Honors College’s University Honors Program, studies piano with her father, UAB professor and artist-in-residence Yakov Kasman. Her career options include music administration and conducting. “The great thing about music is that there are so many things you can do," she said.