A winning history

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VonettaFlowers insideDuring the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, assistant UAB track team coach Vonetta Flowers (left) and her teammate, Jill Bakken, won the inaugural women’s bobsled event. Flowers was the first black person to win a gold medal in the Winter Olympics; it had been almost 50 years since the United States had won a medal in the sport.

Flowers, pictured here at a UAB event with a student, is a UAB alumnae, earning her bachelor’s in physical education in 1997. During college she was a star sprinter and long jumper, earning seven All-American nods and six conference MVP titles.

 
  • Beyond the page: Bright future ahead for UAB libraries

    retro art streamIn the 1980s, UAB students studied at large tables in Mervyn H. Sterne Library. Today, the library is home to more interactive- and group-study spaces than ever before, plus new dean Kasia Gonnerman joining the Blazer family April 1.

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  • Ready, set, strike

    retro art streamUAB’s volleyball players score on and off the hardwood. Check out UAB Women’s Beach Volleyball team during the Green and Gold match 2 p.m. Feb 14 and season opener against North Alabama 10 a.m. Feb. 22, both at home.

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  • Snowpocalypse serves up a snowy soccer match

    retro art streamSix years ago, Blazers kicked a soccer ball back and forth on campus during Winter Storm Leon, which brought Birmingham to a standstill on Jan. 28, 2014.

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  • Campus walkway gives a boost, gets a lift

    retro art streamIn 1975, UAB completed a pedestrian bridge crossing University Boulevard at 13th Street South to accommodate a quickly growing student population. This year, UAB art students brightened the footbridge with a UAB-themed mural.

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  • Nursing expands across the ether

    retro art streamThe new “Clinical Pearls” podcast is an audio-only format of the live UAB Nursing Health Network’s YouTube series in which faculty share their expertise and educational resources with the show host and offer up-to-date information and insights on current health care issues and the nursing profession.

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  • It’s Christmastime at UAB

    retro art streamIn 1967, Santa Claus himself spread holiday cheer to UAB Hospital Staff during a busy workday. More than 50 years later, Blazers can still find the Christmas spirit on campus with various holiday activities.

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  • A sustainable legacy continues

    retro art streamIn 1992, UAB had recycling mascot Trash Gordon. Now, we have a Sustainability Strategic Plan that aims to reduce disposal of waste in local landfills and develop the university grounds for ecological stewardship. And you can help — by recycling correctly.

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  • Big hair, bigger directory

    retro art streamIn 1968, Anita Sellers, secretary in the Office of Communications, posed with the new 96-page campus directory listing all employees, offices and programs. Today, the campus directory is housed online at uab.edu/directory and requires BlazerID log-in to protect against phishing.

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  • Find the fullness of history in the archives, libraries

    retro art streamTake a cue from Jo Ann Hyatt, who perused the library’s collections in 1958, and check out Reynolds-Finley’s featured exhibits on nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale and its collection of 30 pre-1500s printed books.

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  • Catch the Blazer spirit in the annual homecoming parade

    retro art streamAs Homecoming Week approaches, mark your calendars for noon Oct. 18 to catch our favorite dragon showing his UAB spirit alongside the original Blazer, UAB’s vintage 1969 Chevy K5 Blazer.

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