The Office of Parent & Family Services is excited to announce the development of the UAB Family Council, and we hope you will consider applying to be a part of this exciting new initiative. This council will serve as an advocate for you – family members and students – with the goal of keeping you informed and communicating your needs and concerns to the University. The UAB Family Council is free and open to all family members of UAB undergraduate students.

Members of the Family Council will participate in occasional University recruiting events, assist in the development and implementation of programs for family members and students and support the growth of the UAB Family Fund, a fundraising campaign designed to support UAB students and university programs. Members will be expected to attend at least two of the three annual meetings that will take place during the spring (January), summer (May), and fall (October, during Fall Family Weekend) semesters; the council will also participate in at least one University recruitment event or orientation program.  Stay tuned, as the dates of these events will be shared during the spring semester meeting.

The Office of Parent & Family Programs is looking to establish the inaugural Family Council with 12-15 families; each family can be represented by one individual or a couple.  The first meeting of the Family Council will convene during the weekend of January 6 – 7, 2018, immediately before spring semester 2018 begins. 

Interested parties are encouraged to apply by submitting an application here.  Applications are due by Wednesday, November 22 at noon.  All applicants must be able to attend the inaugural Family Council meeting during the weekend of January 6 -7, 2018.  Individuals will be notified no later than Friday, December 1, 2017 regarding the status of their application. 

Fall Family Weekend 2017 was a major success!Parent and Family Services hosted their second annual Family Weekend on Oct 13-15. More than 749 family members of UAB students gathered during the three-day weekend and enjoyed a full schedule of fun activities on and off campus.

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UAB is proud to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Kaleidoscope. The student run paper is older than the University itself and has been an asset for students receiving local new surrounding the University, as well as worldwide news. Every Tuesday, while your student is in classes, the staff of the Kaleidoscope delivers their beautiful broadsheet to drop off on campus and in surrounding areas. They feature stories from The Return of UAB Football, attending concerts, eating healthy, even a students experience in Charlottesville. The Kaleidoscope’s staff is dedicated to giving students the news, the truth about what is happening on your student’s campus.

            The Kaleidoscope, or “The Scope”, is older than the University itself and has provided a key educational tool for aspiring journalists and editors. The newspaper has even been a creative outlet for students who may not have an interest in journalism beyond the collegiate level. The students who do work for the newspaper, however, learn about AP style, how to accurately produce a story, interviewing techniques, and even go behind the scenes of some of Birmingham’s most popular events. It is an experience like no other, and any student of faculty member who picks up their broadsheet knows how passionate the newsroom of Student Media is.

            To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Kaleidoscope, the Student Media office will be celebrating throughout Homecoming Week before heading to Legion Field on Saturday for the game. To celebrate the anniversary of a newspaper that is for the students and by the students is an event that is truly special here at UAB. It is an event that your student will not want to miss out on, either participating in the publication of the Kaleidoscope or picking up a copy on the way to class. For more information be sure to stop by the Student Media Office located across from the elevators in the Hill Student Center.

Student Housing and Residence Life is partnering with the Vulcan Materials Academic Success Center (VMASC) in order to bring tutoring to the residence halls. Beginning on September 17th the class of 2021 will be able to attend free educational assistance sessions in the comforts of their residence hall. This partnership will bring residence life and the tutoring lab together in order to increase academic success in a safe and comfortable space. This partnership is accommodating to all students who are overwhelmed with the schedules of their busy college life.

Beginning on September 17th and continuing throughout the fall semester, students and tutors will be able to meet in the Cahaba Room of the New Freshman Residence Hall. This innovative way of studying will make a great impact on your student who may find it hard to stop by the VSMAC in-between classes. The subjects provided for are common amongst freshman as well as other undergraduate students.

Various subjects and times will be available for your student to receive free academic assistance. Between 6:00pm-9:00pm on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday subjects such as Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, and Physics will be available. Students will be required to sign in and out of the front desk of New Freshman Residence Hall and into the tutoring Space. Students who are visiting the residence hall for tutoring will not be permitted to access any other area of the building without the proper sign in.

This experience is for the student who may be a little nervous going to the tutoring lab for the first time. It can be for a student who just has not found the time to ask for help, either way this partnership between Student Housing and Residence Life and the Vulcan Materials Academic Success Center will positively impact the students on campus. It will allow for them to find the educational assistance they need within the privacy and comforts of their residence hall.

UAB Student Outreach Food & Supply Pantry-No UAB Student Should Go Hungry

The Student Outreach Food & Supply Pantry provides all of UAB students experiencing financial need and/or food insecurity with non-perishable food, personal hygiene items, and school supplies. Our mission is to ensure that any UAB student who needs food has access to it. The Student Outreach Food & Supply Pantry has been committed to eliminating food insecurity at UAB since 2013.

We serve as a year-round resource for students to receive nutritional and supply assistance.

The Student Outreach Food & Supply Pantry is maintained by donations made from individuals, and campus and community organizations/partners. Please consider donating items or helping us financially to keep our pantry well stocked. Items can be dropped off in our office in the Hill Student Center, Suite 303, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm. Please be sure items are in good condition and have not expired.

Financial Donations

All of the funds for the Student Outreach Food & Supply Pantry expenses are raised through charitable donations from individuals, organizations, and community members like you! We use the donations to alleviate food insecurity, hunger, and poverty among UAB students.

Checks can be made payable to the University of Alabama at Birmingham, please add Student Outreach Food and Supply Pantry on the memo line. You may mail your check to us at:

UAB Student Outreach 
HILL 303, 1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-1150

Amazon Wish List

We also have an Amazon Wish List. Just visit the Amazon website, search the Wish List section for UAB Student Outreach Food and Supply Pantry and you’ll see a list of items that we need. You can buy any quantity you wish and ship directly to our office.

Food Items Needed:

  • Multigrain and low sugar cereal
  • Fruit canned in its own juices
  • Canned tuna, chicken, salmon
  • Nuts and nut butters
  • Canned low-sodium vegetables
  • Applesauce
  • Honey, Syrup
  • Shelf Milk-(powdered, evaporated, almond, coconut, soy)
  • Oatmeal or Grits
  • Pasta and pasta sauce

School Supplies Needed:

  • College Ruled paper
  • Index cards
  • Mechanical pencils, pencils, pens
  • Highlighters
  • Dividers
  • Calculators

Personal Hygiene Items Needed:

  • Body, Hand Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Shaving cream and razors
  • Feminine hygiene items
  • Mouth wash
  • Body and Hand Lotion
  • Toilet paper
  • Tissue
  • Laundry detergent

Please contact us at 205.975.9509 or studentoutreach@uab.edu if you have any questions about the Student Outreach Food & Supply Pantry. Together we can end hunger at UAB.

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Did You Know?

In August 2017, the Student Outreach Food & Supply Pantry distributed 486.4 lbs of food and supplies to students? That’s 405 meals provided!