Friday, March 7, 2008

Honors College E-Newsletter #9, Spring 2008

As you know, registration comes up later this month. Be very attentive for updates to the UHP course offerings on our website. To download the list of Honors courses, go to and click on "Download the List of Honors Courses!"

We like to share news about neat things our Honors students are doing. You can help some Honors students win an award by reading this item and following the link: Laughlin Tagg and Laura Godorecci recently completed a short film for a New College course with Dr. Janeann Dill. They also entered into an international film competition called Pangea Day ( contest "looking for films that will make people laugh, pause and think" and that deal with broad issues that affect people from all cultures, all over the world. Pangea Day will select 30 finalists by the end of April who will in turn have their films screened on May 10 in cities around the world, as well as online. The films entered for Pangea Day have been uploaded on YouTube, and one of the selection criteria for the 30 finalists is how many hits a film gets, as well as the comments it receives. Honors College students can go and view the video and make comments; then spread word of this contest. It help UA perform well in this international contest! The film's title is "What Direction Home?", and all one needs to do to find it is type the title into the YouTube search box: the film should pop up immediately--it will be the one with the thumbnail showing a row of bicycles.

News items and announcements this week:

Required IHP advising
Sustained Dialogue
90.7 The Capstone brings "Tuscapalooza" to Tuscaloosa

Phi Kappa Phi Emerging Scholars Award
University of Alabama System Honors Research Conference
EBSCO Industries Scholarship Program for Honors College Students
Got community service? Get Recognized!
The William Jefferson Clinton Scholars at the American University in Dubai

The Critical Languages Program
International Opportunities Attached

All sophomores and juniors in the IHP are required to meet with Dr. Oneal during the advising period in March to assist you in your progress towards completing the IHP's requirements. You may sign up on the schedule sheet outside Nott Hall 275. The advising sessions remaining are on March 12 from 9:00-12:00 in twenty minute slots with 3 students per timeslot. More times will be added as needed.

The University Stewards will begin selection of new members through an application process immediately following Spring Break. Stewards are current undergraduate students committed to helping the University of Alabama Office of Admissions and Scholarships recruit top students from around the nation. The organization is completing its third year of existence and has grown in size, professionalism and effectiveness since its inception in April 2006. Stewards have created personal relationships with prospective students and families and provided them with meaningful individualized experiences during campus visits and admissions receptions. Throughout the academic year, Stewards participate in off-campus admissions receptions and on-campus recruitment lunches, in addition to escorting visiting students to classes and meetings, offering the opportunity for overnight stays on campus and maintaining contact with prospective students after their visits. Applications are available on the Stewards Web site: Applications should be returned to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Scholarships in 203 Student Services by 3:00 p.m. on March 26, 2008.

ustained Dialogue

The University of Alabama's Sustained Dialogue program has begun its process of recruiting moderators for the 2008-2009 academic year. Moderators serve as discussion facilitators within the Sustained Dialogue structure, meeting bi-weekly with cross-cultural groups organized to promote discussion about uncommonly discussed issues. Moderators serve a vital role within the dynamic of a large, diverse university - ensuring that students of all backgrounds and social groups are facilitated a mechanism through which they may come together and tackle some of the toughest problems that are faced. Please go to to apply; applications should be e-mailed to as soon as possible for consideration. If selected, moderators may have the opportunity to attend the annual Sustained Dialogue Campus Network conference at Northwestern University in early April.

90.7 The Capstone brings "Tuscapalooza" to Tuscaloosa

Student Radio Station Raises Awareness of Local Music Scene
90.7 The Capstone announces Tuscapalooza, a 12 hour event devoted to experiencing the diversity of Tuscaloosa's music scene. Tuscapalooza will take place at the Bama Theatre in downtown Tuscaloosa on Friday, March 28, from 3:00 PM to 3:00 AM. This event is open to all ages for a $10 admission, with $5 admission for children 12 and under. Featured artists will include Baak Gwai, Ahead Band, Skullduggery, The Universe, Squirrelhouse, The Pinnacles, 22 Short Street, Sons of Thunder, The Bonky Bonks, The National Trust, Ominous Castle, The Right Brain Society, Blaine Duncan and the Lookers, and more. Between the bands 90.7 The Capstone will host games and contests for the audience, with prizes provided by local sponsors.

Phi Kappa Phi Emerging Scholars Award: Emerging Scholar Awards recognize outstanding rising sophomores with a certificate and a $250 prize. Sixty are selected nationwide--so let's have an avalanche of applications from this year's freshman class in the Honors College! A brief investment of your time to complete the application can yield a welcome piece of recognition and some nice pocket change. To apply, go to and click the Scholarships and Awards tab. Next fall we will notify all Honors students to apply for Phi Kappa Phi fellowships ($2,000-$5,000) and study abroad awards ($1,000).

University of Alabama System Honors Research Conference
On April 11th, 2008, UAB will host the seventh annual University of Alabama System Honors Research Conference (UASHRC). The purpose of the conference is to provide students in honors programs at all three campuses (The University of Alabama, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham) an opportunity to present their research in a professional forum. Research from all disciplines is welcome at the conference. Students may give a podium presentation or a poster presentation. A podium presentation will consist of a 10-minute oral presentation followed by a two-minute question period. At the poster session, students will present posters in typical conference format. The conference will run from about 8am or 8.30am until about 5pm. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided to all registered participants. Proposals are due March 14, 2008. See the attached information and fact sheet for full details.

EBSCO Industries Scholarship Program for Honors College Students
We are pleased to announce the EBSCO Industries Scholarship Program for Honors College Students. The scholarships are $3000 annual, renewable awards offered to a maximum of five students in this selection cycle. Eligibility and Selection Criteria: To be eligible, the student must be a member in good standing in the University Honors Program, Computer-Based Honors Program, or International Honors Program. The next criterion for selection is financial need. We will verify applicants’ current receipt of scholarships from The University of Alabama. The criteria for selection after the establishment of financial need are a student’s GPA, involvement, achievement, effort (such as employment), and a short essay. Deadline: Completed applications must be postmarked to Adam Meyer, UA Honors College, Box 870169, Tuscaloosa AL 35487, or dropped off at 289 Nott Hall, by March 14, 2008. The application form is attached.

Got community service? Get Recognized!
Get recognized during National Volunteer Week! Fill out the attached form and turn it in at 231 Ferguson by March 16 to see if you qualify for recognition at Profiles in Service Awards Banquet!

The William Jefferson Clinton Scholars at the American University in Dubai
seeks to further the goals of the Clinton Presidential Foundation to strengthen the capacity of people in the United States and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence. In partnership with the American University in Dubai [AUD], the program will provide US students the opportunity to expand their educational and cultural horizons by studying in the Arab world. To apply for The William Jefferson Clinton Scholars at The American University in Dubai and for more information, please go to Semester Deadline for applying for Fall 2008: March 15, 2008; Spring 2009: October 15, 2008.

The Critical Languages Program at Arizona State University offers intensive instruction in Russian and Eurasian languages. With US State Department backing, ASU provides full tuition and fee waivers. This summer's programs include 8-week courses at ASU and an optional 3-week practicum course overseas. For full information, including the 10 language options, go to Please notify us in the IHP if you become a participant in this program.

International Opportunities Attached
  • Italian Language and Cultural courses on the beautiful Almalfi Coast
  • Clinical Rotation Programs in India for Summer 2008
  • Beijing Olympics Summer Program
  • Internships in London
  • Unite For Sight Volunteer Abroad Opportunities
  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
  • Danish Study Abroad: A Dozen Options
  • Equatorial Guinea: Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Diasporic African Music Cultures in Ghana
  • An Exploration of Rehabilitation in South Africa
  • Hessen International Summer University (Germany)
  • The Bridging Scholarship to Japan
  • Berlin Programs
  • India Program
  • Auschwitz summer program, "History of the Holocaust."

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