Linda Gunter

Linda Gunter

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Universities nationwide are beginning to move to mask-optional policies as the surge from the omicron variant wanes, and UAB leaders and health experts monitoring COVID cases are expressing optimism while still urging caution. As a result, masks are still required indoors on campus while health and safety protocols — including masking policies — are reviewed for non-clinical facilities.

The new center, which will serve more than twice as many children and greatly expand the capacity to care for infants, is slated to open in summer 2023.

Anthony Purcell, associate vice president and chief of UAB Police and Public Safety, has announced he will retire, effective June 1, following a 15-year tenure with the vast safety and security enterprise he helped build.

Eight years into his tenure as president of UAB, Ray Watts is honored by the Birmingham Business Journal for his leadership during unprecedented times.

Shadi S. Martin, Ph.D., brings extensive experience in international and graduate education and a strong record of interdisciplinary scholarship to this new combined role.

UAB’s safety protocols are proving largely effective, and the university plans to continue to require masking indoors until the end of the calendar year while it monitors changes in viral transmission.


Incentive reporting helped UAB get a more accurate view of its vaccinated employees — and students — and the numbers are encouraging.

UAB’s annual open enrollment for benefits will be held Oct. 22-Nov. 8. Eligible employees can choose among dental, vision and health insurance plans, plus voluntary plan options and tax-deferred spending accounts for health and dependent care for 2022.

The U.S. Department of Education announced some short-term changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program that may make it easier for UAB and UAB Hospital employees to get debt relief while it pursues long-term changes in the program.

UAB employees also will have the option to select insurance to cover accidents and identity theft and/or participate in a pet-care discount program during open enrollment.

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