Friday, February 1, 2008

Honors College E-Newsletter #4, Spring 2008

Friday greetings from the Honors College! This newsletter includes a big reminder for those of you who plan to graduate this May or August, followed by a list of great opportunities and events for you to consider. A longer listing international opportunities is being compiled and will be sent separately.

This Tuesday is primary election day in Alabama. All students are urged to particpate by voting!

Feedback and news from Honors students is always welcome.


Honors College students graduating in MAY or AUGUST 2008 are strongly advised to come to 273 Nott Hall, with a copy of their (unofficial) transcript printed from mybama for a UHP GRADUATION AUDIT. This is to make certain all UHP requirements have been met and to prevent any unexpected or unpleasant surprises before it’s too late!

Students graduating from the Honors College will have their names printed in the graduation booklet as graduating “with honors.” This text line will also appear on their transcripts and diplomas. All graduation cords are to be picked up in 273 Nott Hall. If you have any questions, please contact Kiki Karatheodoris at 348-5537 or

IHP graduates must complete the attached form and return it to Dr. Oneal by email as soon as possible: . IHP Honor cords will be available in 275 Nott Hall.

Information Session about UA's Summer Program in India February 5 @ 4 PM
UA's Washington Experience Program, Summer 2008
Teach For America Info Session: February 4 @ 8 PM
High-Profile Presentation on End-of-Life Decision Making
UA's Food, Farm, and Culture in Tuscany Program
UA Progam in Prague, Czech Republic
Ron Robel Award Competition for IHP Juniors or Seniors
Full Scholarship to Study in Italy!
African American Heritage Month at UA

Information Session about UA's Summer Program in India

A special information session on the Alabama in India Program will be held especially for Honors students on Tuesday, February 5 at 4:00 in the Nott Hall Student Lounge, room 259. Program leaders Frannie James and Mangala Krishnamurthy will describe the program's agenda and all your options for this eye-opening trip to India. All students are cordially invited to attend. Capstone International is still accepting applications for all of its summer programs, with the exception of the Oxford program, which is full. Program offerings are available in Austria, Brazil, China, Ecuador, Ghana, India, Ireland, Istanbul, Italy, Japan, Prague and Sweden. Students should apply as soon as possible. Information on all of these programs can be found by visiting the Capstone International website at or by visiting 135 BB Comer Hall.

UA's Washington Experience Program, Summer 2008

The Washington Experience program allows undergraduates to receive political science course credit for doing a political internship in Washington, DC over the summer. In the past interns have worked
in the White House, on Capitol Hill, and for various think tanks and advocacy groups. Washington, DC is a great place for politically interested students to spend the summer and many students often return
to Washington before they graduate. Furthermore, some scholarship assistance may be available to students taking part in this summer's program.

Professor Michael New will be serving as the director of the Washington Experience program. He will be spending the summer in Washington and will be arranging some social and political events for

Students who are interested in interning in Washington this summer are encouraged to attend one of two information sessions where Professor New will talk about the Washington Experience program in more detail and offer some strategies for pursuing summer internships in Washington. Applications for the Political Science Department's Washington Experience program are due February 8th.
The first session is taking place on Monday February 4th from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM in 305 Ferguson Center. The second information session is taking place on Wednesday February 6th from 3PM to 4PM also in 305 Ferguson. The application for the program is available at . Anyone with questions about the program should feel free to e-mail Professor New at .

Teach For America Info Session: February 4 @ 8 PM

In America today, 9-year-olds growing up in low-income communities are already three grade levels behind their peers in higher-income communities.*
Educational inequity is our nation's greatest injustice – and you have the power to change this.
Teach For America is coming to UA. If you want tohelp level the playing field for our nation's children, join us for an information session on Monday, February 4th, 8 PM in the Ferguson Forum Room 360.
Have an immediate impact on the lives of students who have tremendous potential but don't have the educational opportunities they deserve.
If you'd like more information, please contact our Campus Campaign Coordinator, Alex Flachsbart, at
Seeking all academic majors and career backgrounds. Full salary and benefits. No previous education experience or coursework necessary.

To learn more, visit, contact, or subscribe to our e-newsletter at:
Final Application Deadline: February 21, 2008
*Source: National Assessment of Educational Progress, 2005

High-Profile Presentation on End-of-Life Decision Making

The College of Community Health Science's Winternitz Conference this month will feature "Legal and Moral Questions Involved in the End of Life Decision Making Process." The presentation will take place on February 5 from 12:15-1:15 in the University Medical Center's ground floor classroom. Dr. Norvin Richards, long-time professor in the Philosophy Department and mentor to decades' of Honors students will speak, as will esteemed local attorney Sydney Cook. This is an enriching opportunity of interest to all Honors students.

UA's Food, Farm, and Culture in Tuscany Program

<>Did you know that you can get 4 hours of UA credit in Italy? Yes, it’s true! Just apply to participate in the Food, Farm, and Culture in Tuscany study abroad program from June 14-28, 2008. <>“Food, Farm, and Culture in Tuscany” is a two-week course at the Spannocchia Foundation, a beautifully renovated, twelfth-century agricultural estate. While at Spannocchia, students participate in workshops, lectures, and tours on local sustainable agriculture (vineyards, olive groves, vegetable crops), animal husbandry (bees and pigs), field-to-table cooking, the Tuscan cultural landscape, and the international slow food movement. This movement—in contrast to “fast food”—started in Italy and emphasizes local sustainable farming and the key role well-prepared meals and leisurely dining play in nourishing both family and community. The course will include one-day fieldtrips to nearby Florence and to Siena (with dining at slow food restaurants), as well as to an organic winery or other local farm. Students and faculty will live onsite in renovated historic farm buildings and dine together on meals that they and the staff prepare largely from the bounty of Spannocchia itself. The course will allow students to compare sustainable agriculture practices within the United States with such practices elsewhere and to gain an understanding of the global significance of the growing slow food movement.

Even though the application deadline has passed, space is still available and late applications will be considered. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Julia Cherry (New College, Program Director, or Ms. Angela Channell (Capstone International, The program brochure and application are available online at Just scroll down to the section on Food, Farm, and Culture.

<>UA Program in Prague, Czech Republic

<>Learn about UA's newest overseas opportunity: A Corporate/ Promotional Video Production program in Prague from May 18th to June 18th! The program will be based in Prague, Czech Republic, but will include on-site work in Austria, Italy, Spain & Germany. We are also attending the prestigious 45th International Television Festival in Prague! Up to 6 credits are available in several majors: MC-495; TCF-389; JN-491 & APR-380. For more information and an application go to: For a program brochure go to: <>For more details: <>Patrick K. O'Rourke, M.P.A. 765-6333 or 339-0004 Call immediately if you are interested!

Ron Robel Spirit of International Friendship Award
The Honors College announces the 2007-08 Ron Robel Spirit of International Friendship Award competition. This award is given annually to the IHP student who embodies the characteristics that History Professor and IHP Founding Director Dr. Ron Robel exemplified: an enthusiasm for languages and international travel, outreach towards and friendship with international students, and engagement in the multicultural life of the campus. The winner of the competition will be recognized during Honors Week and will receive engraved award. To apply, a student should fill out this form and have a letter of recommendation sent to the IHP, Box 870169, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 before March 14, 2008.

Full Scholarship to Study in Italy

Tthe Siena School for the Liberal Arts in Siena, Italy is pleased to announce that it will offer a number of full-tuition scholarships for outstanding students interested in studying abroad in Italy during the Fall 2008 semester.

We are looking for students who are high academic achievers and who will really benefit from participating in an intensive program that
immerses them in the Siena community and encourages them to think and create in a vibrant, multi-disciplinary context. To qualify for a
scholarship, a candidate must be enrolled full time at a U.S. college or university and must submit a completed application to the Siena
School for the Liberal Arts by March 15, 2008.

Each scholarship will cover full tuition and program costs (¤8,500, approximately $12,400). Scholarship recipients are responsible for costs
associated with room and board with an Italian family (¤3,500 or about $5,100) as well as airfare.

The Siena School scholarships are designed to unlock the rich intellectual and cultural resources of the Siena community to a select
number of highly motivated students interested in studying art, art history, language and linguistics or in pursuing interdisciplinary
studies in the humanities. Scholarship recipients will work collaboratively with experienced and talented faculty members from Italy and around
the world who provide students with intensive, hands-on learning experiences, help forge meaningful connections with the Siena community,
and support students as they work to achieve their academic and personal goals.

The Siena School for the Liberal Arts website http// contains a full description of the program as well as an
application for Fall 2008.

African American Heritage Month at UA

Many UA organizations have planned exciting programs to celebrate the good energies that African Americans contribute to the Capstone and the nation. African American Heritage Month brings an opportunity to pause from our busy schedules and appreciate the richness of the exchange of ideas that distinguishes us as an exciting university campus. These creative events offer students, faculty, staff, and friends of all cultures a chance to weave a fabric of deep community at the University of Alabama. You can see the complete calendar on our website by clicking on this link:
This week's events

Saturday, February 2, 2008
Founders Day
Ferguson Center Heritage Room, 7 p.m.
Sponsored by the NAACP

Monday, February 4, 2008
Hip-Hop Summit featuring Music on the Plaza, Hip-Hop Summit: Trivia on 90.7FM
Plus more… Ferguson Plaza, 12:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Creative Campus, 90.7, and Ferguson Student Union

Monday, February 4, 2008
National African American Read-In
Crossroads Lounge, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center, African American Studies Program, College of Arts and Sciences,
McNair Scholars Program, McNair Scholars Student Association, and African American Graduate Student Association

Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Hip-Hop Summit: Listening Party
Ferguson Center, East Dining Room, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Hip-Hop Summit: Step Tease “SHOWCASE,” featuring both sororities and fraternities
Ferguson Theatre, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 7, 2008
Hip-Hop Summit: Featuring performances from Central High School, marching band, gospel choir, dancers, skaters, and more.
Ferguson Ballroom, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 10, 2008
State of the Black Union Address
Ferguson Center Heritage Room, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the NAACP

Check our website for the full listing.

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