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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

retro art streamIn the 1970s and ’80s, UAB used school buses — shown here in 1975 — to transport students from parking lots to academic buildings and university events. In May, a new vendor began operating the Blazer Express buses, with big plans for the future fleet.

retro art streamTerrance Ingraham graduated from the School of Optometry in June 1978, becoming the school’s first black graduate. This past Friday,, a new group of UAB graduates will receive doctor of optometry degrees.

retro art streamA 1951 trip to Thailand built the foundation for a slew of global collaborations, from Taiwan and France to Saudi Arabia.

retro art streamSpain Rehabilitation Center opened 55 years ago this month, and still features advanced, individualized care for recovering adolescents and adults.

retro art streamTinsley R. Harrison, M.D., was UAB’s first Distinguished Faculty Lecturer. Now he is immortalized on campus in a sculpture by Cordray Parker. Curious what other outdoor public art lives on campus? Check out the UAB Reporter’s Google Map.

retro art streamMore than 35 years ago, the Business-Engineering Complex opened for classes. Now, a new complex will support the unique instructional, research and collaborative needs of UAB’s programs.

retro art streamJoaquin Aldrete, M.D., led the team that performed the first liver transplant at University Hospital. In May of this past year, UAB’s Comprehensive Transplant Institute celebrated its 50th anniversary and a record of more than 14,000 organ transplants.

retro art streamTwenty-two years ago, the arena was rededicated in honor of men’s basketball Coach and Athletic Director Gene Bartow. Today, UAB Basketball’s winning traditions continue.