- Grant enables UAB Hospital staff to feed underprivileged moms of newborns
- Military man coming to UAB for first time, graduates Saturday
- UAB’s College of Arts and Sciences to honor distinguished alumni and friends
- ‘Tis the season of giving — UAB launches holiday blood drive
- How a cybersecurity expert protects his smartphone
- ASC presents Take 6, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” Dec. 15
- Leeth named UAB School of Medicine assistant dean for strategic planning
- Coping with holiday grief
- New water plan saves big money
- Campus police offer holiday safety tips
- Alys Stephen Center Screens Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago
- Hospital feeds underprivileged new moms
- UAB’s Alys Stephens Center presents Yo-Yo Ma Dec. 6
- Southern Miss tops Blazers, 62-27, in season ending game
- Henry Panion selected for 2014 Alabama African-American History Calendar
Welcome to BLAZER NATION; UAB, the proud green and gold, begins another year
Named third in diversity, number 31 in top medical schools, and in the top 100 for research, UAB continues to defy odds. UAB originally opened in 1936 as an extension center for the University of Alabama, but in 1969, it became an independent campus with a large goal ahead of its time.
“It’s crazy how big UAB has gotten. I went there when it originally opened and now it seems that it has taken over downtown Birmingham,” said Thomas Johnson, UAB alumni.
“I love the diversity of not only races but social class and ideas. It reminds me of DC and makes me feel at home,” said Sierra Thurman, sophomore UAB student.
With five dorm halls containing over 2,000 students and one currently being built, campus life is booming and diverse. Residential life strives to make UAB feel like a home away from home.
“Besides the first class honors programs, medical center of the southeast, unparalleled diversity, and overall hustling and bustling environment, UAB has become my home,” said Frank Nelson, senior majoring in Biochemistry. “I’ve been there for 3 years and the friends that I’ve made there have given me more than I could ever imagine.”
Undergraduate students have a unique opportunity to assist in research labs under guidance of faculty as early as their second semester freshman year. There are also numerous internships and partnerships students can work toward.
“This past summer I took a service learning course and we help improve the water quality in Brighton,” said Alexandra Fry, sophomore majoring in Mathematics. This particular class greatly assisted the community because they could not afford to map the drains themselves. “I learned so many more things than if I just sat in the classroom.”
“It also provides many opportunities to live my dream on my journey to my long desired occupation,” said Thurman. Thurman does various community service outreaches and
UAB’s urban campus creates an experience unparalleled to other universities in the state. Birmingham city-life is intricate to the make of the campus. Ask around. I doubt you will find as much pride that any of the students have about their education and environment.
“Even though I could have had some of the same experiences at other colleges, UAB’s location allowed us to venture out and explore a huge city around us. We grew up when we came here and figured out how to deal with the real world – and for that I am very grateful,” said Nelson.
Welcome to the Elite Blazer Nation, may your life be forever changed.