Mega-morphosis

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groundbreaking (L-R) UAB President Joseph Volker, Gov. Albert Brewer and College of General Studies Dean George Campbell attended the groundbreaking ceremony for a new academic campus Jan. 30, 1970.

Faculty member Hubert Harper remembers UAB was in a “blighted environment … streets full of litter … some old houses still standing in the progressive decay … In this depressing environment … we stood in the dying day and the rising chill and witnessed” the groundbreaking of the new expansion.

The first three buildings in the new academic campus were dedicated in ceremonies held in 1973.

Today, several new projects are under construction on this now 100-block campus: academic buildings for the Collat School of Business and College of Arts and Sciences, expansion of the School of Nursing building with its updated pedestrian crosswalk, an ROTC facility, intramural fields and a police headquarters.

 
  • Legion Field once hosted Olympic soccer matches

    retro art streamDuring the 1996 Olympic Games, Legion Field was a host site for soccer games, which more than 431,000 people attended. UAB also was home to a practice site for Olympians.

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  • Continuing the commitment to eye health

    retro art streamIn 1974, two optometry students screened two young children for vision issues. The school’s tradition of community engagement continues to this day as remain involved in the community, whether through providing vision screenings and eye exams in senior centers, elementary schools, Black Belt communities and more or teaching cow eye dissections at Ramsey High School.

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  • Registration changes with the tech of the times

    retro art streamIn the 1970s, students registering for UAB’s University College would queue in long lines to meet with advisers, determine their course schedule and fill out punch cards for the record-books. Things look a bit different today, thanks to new student orientation program Blazer Beginnings.

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  • Updating the footprint of campus

    retro art streamThe intersection of 20th Street South and Seventh Avenue looked a bit different in 1971, and this section of campus will undergo even more changes this summer as the Kracke Building and Pittman Center for Advanced Medical Studies will be razed to make way for the new Altec Styslinger Genomic Medicine and Data Sciences Building.

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  • Seeing sculptures and getting steps since the 1970s

    In the late 1970s, two students chatted next to “Untitled” by Michael Frohock, a sculpture made of COR-TEN steel installed in the Mini Park 1976. Find “Untitled” on the West Campus/Alys Stephens Center walking trail, one of three two-mile walking trails that showcase UAB’s statues or sculptures in 30 minutes or fewer.

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  • Continuing the changemaking tradition

    retro art streamIn May 1971, Bracie Watson, a senior majoring in biology, became the first Black student elected president of the UAB Undergraduate Student Government Association. And UAB USGA presidents continue to be changemakers — hear 2020-21 President Tyler Huang tell his story in a UAB United video and UAB News.

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  • Forging a commitment to diversity

    retro art streamFrom the appoint of Aaron L. Lamar Jr. to associate vice president and dean of Student Affairs in 1978 to being named America’s No. 4 Best Employer for Diversity by Forbes, UAB has demonstrated a long commitment to its shared value of diversity and inclusiveness.

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  • Celebrating commencement together again

    retro art streamIn June 1970, UAB awarded its first degrees to 478 students. During this year’s commencement ceremonies — the first ones in person since fall 2019 — more than 8,550 will be awarded.

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  • WBHM is always at your service

    retro art streamNearly four decades after a broadcast delivered by Jack Lazarus, the Alabama Broadcasters Association named 90.3 WBHM Radio Station of the Year at its annual ABBY Awards ceremony March 29.

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  • Kennedy breaks records on the court, from the sidelines

    retro art streamAndy Kennedy earned his place in men’s basketball record-books while playing under Coach Gene Bartow. Now, as head coach of Men’s Basketball, he helped steer the team through the COVID-19 crisis into a play for the 2021 C-USA championship.

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