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Good News about UA Academics, Part 20

Posted by ROBERTUS on July 08, 2003

The Road Ahead

Planning with a vision for the future has always been a major activity at The University of Alabama. To achieve at the highest level, strong leadership is needed to steer the way to success. With the right leader and the right tools, great things can and will happen. When things are being done the right way, anticipation for the future is at a peak. The following are some “Good News” facts about The University of Alabama that should wet your appetite. Enjoy.

-Vision Research Corporation (VRC), founded by University of Alabama alum and company President, James C. Kennemer, was recently inducted into the NASA Space Technology Hall of Fame at the 19th National Space Symposium, held in Colorado Springs, Colorado in April of 2003. As one of only 44 companies to ever receive this honor, VRC was recognized for its “outstanding efforts of the innovators who commercialize space technology for the benefit of humankind”. Vision Research Corporation uses a camera device, developed by NASA, to test for eye problems in children. Over the last seven years, VRC has screened over 2 million children in public schools across the United States.

-The University of Alabama has more than its share of alumni who have become national icons in the arts. Listed below, are but a few UA alums that have contributed greatly to the world of arts and entertainment.

-Harper Lee (writer)
-Truman Capote (writer)
-Winston Groom (writer)
-William Bradford Huey (writer)
-Gay Talese (writer)
-Aileen Kilgore Henderson (writer)
-Timothy Leary (writer and philosopher)
-Frank Fleming (sculptor)
-Daniel Moore (artist)
-Jim Nabors (actor)
-Sela Ward (actor)
-Johnny Mack Brown (actor)

-Danielle Curtis, a December 2002 graduate of the Capstone College of Nursing at UA, was awarded the Excellent Student Nurse Award by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses at the National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition, held in San Antonio on May 22, 2003. The award is given annually to only two nursing students nationwide. The award recognizes nursing students “whose activities during nursing school have promoted the value of nursing and reflects the AACN vision of creating a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and families, where critical care nurses can make their optimal contribution.”

-The University of Alabama School of Law has a reputation for fairing well in the annual Thomas A. Cooley Law School “Program Achievement Rating”. The rating system ranks educational effectiveness using objective data published annually in the American Bar Association’s (ABA) “Official Guide to Approved Law Schools”. The study compares the reported entering class profile of each school to its Bar results. Since the inception of the ratings, UA’s School of Law has a cumulative ranking of 22nd nationally. The Law School achieved its highest ranking in 2000, when it ranked 2nd nationally.

-Previous ACADEMIC UPDATES have listed some outstanding current business leaders who are also alumni of The University of Alabama. The following list, however, will look back at past business leaders and UA alumni who have made great contributions to the world of business.

*Woodrow Wilson Clements, President and CEO of the Dr. Pepper Company
*Arthur R. Outlaw, Chairman of the Board of Ruby Tuesdays and Morrison’s Restaurant
*Marshall Durbin, President of Marshall Durbin Companies
*Sid McDonald, founder and CEO of ITC-Deltacom, Inc.
*H. Harrison Parrish, co-founder and President of The Movie Gallery, Inc.
*Joe Gibbs, co-founder of The Golf Channel
*Rowland Chappell Cobb, Jr., founder of Cobb Theatres
*Benjamin Russell, founder and Chairman of Russell Corporation
*Charles E. Adair, former President and CEO of Durr-Fillauer Medical, Inc.
*Thomas Edward Rast, founder of Johnson-Rast and Hays Company

As you can see, The University of Alabama continues to achieve success after success. With a new, energetic administration in place and a new fund-raising campaign on the horizon, great things are just around the corner. More Good News is on the way…Stay Tuned!!!…..and, as always, ROLL TIDE FOREVER!!!!