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The Office of Career Services is excited to announce the new “Suit Up for Success” event this fall and need your help to ensure it is a success!  The Suit Up event is a special night of shopping at JCPenney exclusively for UAB students on Sunday, September 16th from 6:30-9:30PM at the Riverchase Galleria.  The goal is to help students become “professional ready” with their wardrobe – which can mean for a job interview, a presentation to a class, a networking event, and many more occasions.  So, we want to target all students! 

The store will be closed to the public, but parents may accompany their student to assist with purchases if desired.  The event will include:

  •  A 40% discount on top of whatever the lowest sales price is at the time on all career related items (suits, shirts, ties, dress shoes, pants, blazers, dresses, intimates, etc.)
  • Giveaways, prizes and refreshments
  • The discount will include at least 50% of the clothing areas – however, students can purchase other items, such as jeans, if desired at the current price
  • Associates will be available to:  measure all male students and supply them with a card of their measurements , demonstrate appropriate interview makeup and hair styles from their beauty and salon areas, show how to tie a tie,  and much more
  • If desired/needed, transportation from the Hill Student Center to the Riverchase Galleria store will be provided by a UAB shuttle



That time of year has returned! With all the excitement of your student returning to school, students and family members may forget to renew the Parent/Guest Access. Parent/Guest Access is only valid for one academic year and has to be renewed by the student at the beginning of the school year. The University of Alabama at Birmingham understands how important it is for family members to “stay in the loop” with what’s going on while your student is in college, which is why the Parent/Guest Access is important.

Through the Parent/Guest Access, your student can grant up to five individuals access to their UAB records. This access will grant you permission to view what is considered Non-Directory Information. This information includes:

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  • Student’s ID Picture
  • Current Class Schedule
  • Courses Taken
  • Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • Final Semester Grades
  • View Current Charges (can also make payments towards student’s account)
  • View Estimated Charges for Upcoming Term
  • Financial Aid Awards

To renew Parent/Guest Access have your student log into and select the Links/Forms tab. Under the Links column, click Parent/Guest Authorization Agreement. The student will enter your email address then create your unique password to grant you access. If a family member wishes to have access to other records such as medical, certain disciplinary actions, etc., individual departments would need to be contacted by the student to determine if access can be granted.

Freshman Move-in Day is August 25! There will be hundreds of students moving in that day, so in order to make everything run as smoothly as possible, your student should have received an assigned time for move-in. Students should arrive for move-in during that specified time slot. There will be a move-in team ready to help you and your student through the process. Your student needs to make sure to bring their One-Card, as they will needed to check in and receive their key. Also, make sure that your student’s boxes and items are clearly marked with their name, residence hall, and room number.

Items included in the Residence Halls, incoming freshmen will be placed in double occupancy rooms, include twin XL beds with mattress, a closet, dressers and a desk (with built-in desk lamp) and a chair. If your student is assigned to the New Freshman Residence Hall, they will share a kitchen space with the other roommate. It is equipped with a sink, microwave, cabinets and a mini refrigerator. The bathrooms include a toilet and a shower with shower curtains and two shelves.

If your student is placed in Blazer Hall, the common space area/kitchen will be shared among four or six students. They will also have access to a sink, cabinets and a full size refrigerator. Blazer hall does not provide microwaves. The bathrooms are equipped with a toilet and a bathtub, shower curtain not included. All dorms have laundry rooms, with washing machines and dryers, where students can do six loads (three washer and three dryer) of laundry a week free of charge.

Items to bring:

- Twin XL sheet set

- Towels

- Bathroom rug

- Shower curtains and rings (Blazer)

- Toiletries

- Toilet paper and paper towels

- Garbage bin

- Laundry baskets and detergent

- Cleaning supplies

- Dishes and cutlery

With hundreds of students and family members converging onto campus, a Move-In Day map has been provided for your viewing in hopes of helping with the flow of traffic. Please enter the line from University Blvd. Students moving into Blazer Hall and Camp Hall will turn on 16th Street South while students moving into New Freshman Residence Hall will turn on 18th Street South. Volunteers will be standing by to assist with unloading items from the vehicle before proceeding to the 16th Street South Parking Deck. To ensure traffic continues to move vehicles will not be allowed to park in front of the residence halls. In efforts to reduce intersections from be blocked, please enter the line from University Blvd and not side streets.  


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As your student begins to embrace a new University and explore ways to connect interpersonally with other students through organizational involvement and leadership roles, encourage them to enhance their UAB experience through Engage. Engage is the official UAB online community for connecting students to meaningful involvement opportunities. From freshman year until graduation, students can use Engage to learn about upcoming UAB events, create student organizations, connect with existing organizations (UAB has around 250 organizations!), and discover opportunities tailored to interests. Students can access Engage by visiting You can check it out, too! While students will have more opportunities to interact with the online community by logging in, Engage does have a public view, as well. You can see upcoming events and news post that are relevant for your UAB student! For questions regarding Engage, please direct your student to The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership located in the Hill Student Center 230. Students can walk-in to meet with a UAB Pathfinder, a peer mentorship program, which will assist them with navigating Engage and exploring available engagement opportunities.

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Blazers Serve: Sign Your Student’s Waiver

“We cultivate progress, strive for excellence through innovation and service.” This statement is from the Blazer Way, the UAB Creed. At UAB, Blazers serve. It is a part of the University’s mission and a powerful part of the student experience. A traditional UAB service event is Into the Streets. Into the Streets is a bi-annual program sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership designed to connect UAB students to the Birmingham community through a day of service. Each fall and spring semester, UAB students come together to help the university accomplish its mission of encouraging partnerships that improve education, health, economic prosperity and quality of life. In order for students to participate, the University requires completion of an event waiver. However, in the state of Alabama, the legal age of consent is 19 years old. This becomes problematic for new students wanting to serve. In an effort to support students’ eagerness to serve, regardless of age, we would like to provide you with an opportunity to pre-sign your student’s Into the Streets Waiver. Please click here to access the waiver. The waiver should be signed and submitted using the Waiver Submission Form. Waivers must be signed and submitted by October 5, 2018 at 12:00p.m.

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Waiver Submission Form

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Second Year Experience (SYE) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is designed to support and empower second year students to become more involved and engaged with the UAB campus community, enhance their academic and professional success, engage with faculty, and develop a personal identity and purpose. During the second year of college, students begin to take on added responsibilities and make decisions that will affect the rest of their lives. It is during the second year that students struggle with major selection, academic self-efficacy, career development, faculty connections, motivation, financial viability, social integration/involvement, and developing purpose/identity.

SYE @ UAB seeks to assist second-year students as they navigate this pivotal year in their college career by offering a variety of resources, events, and opportunities. SYE serves all students (both on-campus and off-campus) who identify in their second year either in college or at UAB. The SYE office is located in the Upper-Level RLC off Blazer Hall. Paton Roden is the SYE Coordinator and is a Birmingham, AL native returning after spending 8 years learning how to best serve students. All second-year students are welcome to attend SYE Events (full schedule on our website) and to reach out to Paton to set up an appointment to learn how to get more involved (


  • Follow us on Instagram: @UAB_SYE and go to our website –
  • Email us with any questions:
  • 1st Event of the Year: Welcome Back Bash/ Thursday, August 30, 2018
    • Come out for free food and to learn about resources here for you as second-year students! Meet the academic colleges, offices and people here to serve you!
    • Hill Student Center | Ballroom A/B from 11:00AM - 1:00PM

SYE Engagement activities include:

  • SYE Street Team: The Second-year Experience Street Team assists in the marketing and promotion of SYE programs, activities, and events to second-year students at UAB. Much of the success of our events can be attributed to word of mouth; therefore, students are essential in helping to advertise the programmatic offerings of the Second-Year Experience office to second-year students. This year, 17 students meet bi-weekly as a group and monthly as a one-on-one with the SYE Coordinator to continuously develop and best serve the needs of the department.  
  • SYE Council: The Second-year Experience Council represents and serves as the voice of all second-year students at UAB. Council members make recommendations and act as a liaison to the Second-Year Experience office; this includes advocating for student needs and providing feedback on a regular basis. Additionally, the SYE Council assists in the development and execution of SYE programs, activities, and events throughout the academic year. This year, 11 student meet bi-weekly as a group and monthly as a one-on-one with the SYE Coordinator to continuously develop and best serve the needs of the class.
  • SYE Global Learning Initiative: The Second-year Global Learning Initiative is designed to provide UAB second-year undergraduate students with the opportunity to gain experience enacting techniques and concepts in a global workforce. Created and implemented as a partnership between Residence Life and Career & Professional Development, a team of 5-7 UAB students and a team of students from The University of the Free State in South Africa will work on a relevant and timely global social problem. Focusing on the political climates in both countries and how those climates impact higher education, as a result of participating in the program student participants will: explore each other’s culture and teach it to one another, analyse and prepare a report on teamwork, and report out on the identified problem and how to solve it.
  • SYE Mentoring Initiative: The primary focus of the SYE mentoring initiative is to support second-year students as they matriculate into their second-year at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Supporting second-year students on their road to independence and personal growth is essential. The purpose of this program is to empower students to seek assistance and to understand better the intricacies of being a second-year college student. Second-Year students who feel more connected to campus resources are much more likely to successfully transition and eventually graduate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.