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On June 10, 1958, university officials obtained 10-and-a-half blocks adjacent to the University of Alabama Medical Center, situated at 20th Street South and Seventh Avenue, for an urban renewal project, which allowed campus to grow west from its original four blocks. This photograph of the 800 block of 17th Street South, currently occupied by the Learning Resource Center, shows the poor conditions found west of campus at the time. University Hospital and the Veterans Affairs Hospital are visible in the distance.

Standing on the northeast terrace of UAB’s new University Hall Building, located at 10th Avenue South and 14th Street, one can look across the Campus Green and see the tops of those buildings peek out above other campus growth from the past five decades, including the Campus Recreation Center, the Ryals Public Health Building and Volker Hall.

University Hall opens Aug. 22 and will house the departments of anthropology, computer science, English, foreign languages and literatures, mathematics, philosophy and social work. 

 

 
  • 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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  • 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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