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.

 
  • 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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  • A new facility fit for a historic program

    retro art streamCampus has been home to an ROTC program since 1980. Nearly 40 years later, the corps has a new $3 million training facility with classrooms, office space, a cadre lounge and more. The facility’s formal grand opening is scheduled 1:30 p.m. Sept. 25.

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  • Optometry celebrates its own 50th milestone

    retro art streamMembers of the UAB School of Optometry’s first class were recruited by founding dean Henry B. Peters and began their studies in September 1969, exactly five decades ago.

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  • Same view, new perspective

    The west side of UAB’s campus, formed in 1958 during an urban renewal project, looks a bit different these days with the opening of the College of Arts and Sciences’ new University Hall.retro art stream

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  • Students in search of the right fit

    retro art streamIn 1971, members of the first social sorority manned a table during recruitment. Today, there are dozens of ways for students to learn about UAB clubs, organizations departments and interest groups.

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  • Always time to soak up rays

    retro art streamThere’s a key element of summertime fun missing from this vintage photo of medical students relaxing on a sunny rooftop in 1949.

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  • Success is always in fashion here

    retro art streamWhile enrollment increased from 4,600 students in 1966 to more than 21,000 in 2018, campus was growing in other ways — setting itself apart as the top young university in the country, a champion for diversity and the best college for LGBTQ students in the state.

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  • More than 50 years of art instruction

    retro art streamIn 1968, UAB hired two instructors to teach art-classes part-time. That fledgling art program is now the thriving Department of Art and Art History, whose faculty are busy this summer season pursuing their passions and honing their crafts.

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