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Academic Update Part 24: Get the word out!

Posted by ROBERTUS on April 21, 2004

ACADEMIC UPDATE!!!! Part 24 (Get the word out!!!)
*originally posted April 19, 2004.

Great things have and continue to happen on the campus of The University of Alabama. If properly nourished, success can build into a perpetual motion. Previous successes can challenge the present day to set the bar higher. The bar has always been set high at The University of Alabama. The following are just a few of the current success stories occurring at the Capstone. Enjoy!

-The University of Alabama continues to impress in US News and World Report’s latest America’s Best Graduate Schools (2005 edition). The University of Alabama School of Law rose to 40th in the nation (17th among public schools) in this year’s edition. Also, in the Law School, UA’s Trail Advocacy program ranked 14th nationally. UA’s Manderson Graduate School of Business ranked 61st nationally (34th among public institutions). UA’s School of Social Work ranked 66th nationally. UA’s Clinical Psychology program ranked 68th in the nation. The Speech and Language Pathology program at UA ranked 86th nationally. The University of Alabama School of Medicine also faired well in this year’s edition, ranking 25th nationally in the Research category and 30th in the nation in the Primary Care category.

-Announced in late March, Jason M. Spruell became The University of Alabama’s 16th Goldwater Scholar. Congratulations to Mr. Spruell on winning this prestigious award and for representing OUR university so well. The University of Alabama was the only college or university from the state of Alabama to have a winner in this year’s competition.

-Previous ACADEMIC UPDATES (Parts 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21, and 22) have listed many successful UA alums that have made a name for themselves in the current business world. The following is a list of another half-dozen alums that are making their university proud.

*Sheri Marcelene Fuller, President and CEO of Mirant Corporation
*Steven Arthur Albrecht, President and CEO of Charter Holdings Corp.
*Stanley Simon Zeitlin, CEO of West Glenn Communications
*Kirk Wood, CEO of Regional Sports Networks
*Michael D. Thompson, CEO of Thompson Tractor Company
*Elam Parrish Holley, CEO of Peoples Bank and Trust Company

-The University of Alabama ranked 2nd in the nation in the number of students (4) selected to the 2004 USA Today All-USA College Academic Team. Harvard University finished first in this years competition. Congratulations to Cody Locke, Abigail Smith, Robert Davis, and Kristin Robinson for bringing pride to OUR University. UA has placed a nation’s best, nine students on the team the last two years. With 26 students making the team, since its inception in 1991, The University of Alabama has had more than double the number of the rest of the state’s colleges and universities COMBINED!!!

-The University of Alabama’s Debate team won its 15th National Championship at this year’s Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha National Forensic Tournament, held March 12-14. UA topped competition from the University of Florida, LSU, Florida State, the University of South Carolina, California State University-Fresno, Colorado College, the University of Mississippi, and other universities nationwide.

-University Programs at The University of Alabama was named one of the five “2004 Best Campus Programs” in the nation by Campus Activities Magazine. This is the second year in a row The University has received a “top 5” ranking. University Programs is a UA student organization offering entertainment, including concerts, comedians, speakers, performing arts, and novelty/variety events.

-New Rock 90.7 sports announcers Jarrod Shadrick and Chad Anderson have earned The University of Alabama’s WVUA-FM a second National Sports Broadcasting Championship this year in the 2004 BEA Student Festival of Media Arts.

-To date, The University of Alabama has produced…

- 15 Rhodes Scholars
- 16 Goldwater Scholars
- 9 Truman Scholars
- 1 Portz Scholar
- 26 USA Today “All-USA College Academic Team” members
- 121 Fulbright Scholars
- 6 Pulitzer Prizes

* Not many colleges or universities in the nation, and certainly none within the state of Alabama, can touch these numbers.

As you can see, great things are a perpetual process on The University of Alabama campus. In the near future, The University of Alabama will raise the bar the highest this state has seen with a new “Capital Campaign”. This campaign is designed to provide the resources needed to reinforce and provide a foundation to compete with the very top colleges and universities in the nation. It’s time for all those who love The University of Alabama to work together and take OUR University to the very top. I hope this information was enjoyable to the UA family. More “Good News” is on the way. And, as always, ROLL TIDE FOREVER!!!!