Category: Student Messages

Student Health Center weekend clinic – Sept. 18

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

SHC Weekend Clinic Sept. 19-20

The Student Health Center and Pharmacy will hold a weekend clinic for students with symptoms from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, and Sunday, Sept. 20. No drive-thru COVID-19 testing will be held on Sept. 19 or 20. Telemedicine visits are encouraged, and students should call 205-348-2778 or 205-348-0386 for an appointment.

Current Student Scholarship Application Available

Current student scholarship applications for the 2021-22 academic year are accepted through March 1, 2021. Returning students may access the scholarship application through the myBama portal under the “Admissions/Scholarship” tab.

Fight COVID-19 with the GuideSafe App

The COVID-19 Exposure Notification App will anonymously notify users if they have been in potential close contact with someone who later reports a positive COVID-19 test result — without sharing the identity of either person. It is a critical component to mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

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College of Nursing Develops Creative Means to Deliver Content

Vote Everywhere UA Wins Chapter of the Year Award

More Student News

Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s healthinfo website. If you have questions not answered on the website, please call UA’s COVID-19 hotline at 205-348-CV19 (2819).

Potential for severe weather Wednesday – Sept. 15

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

Sept. 16 Sentinel Testing to be Rescheduled 

Due to the possibility of severe weather on Wednesday, Sept. 16, all sentinel testing that day will be canceled and rescheduled. Students scheduled for testing on Wednesday, Sept. 16, should check their crimson.ua.edu email for messages from healthy@verily.com regarding cancellation and rescheduling.

Use myBama Email to Sign Up for Sentinel Testing

Students should use their myBama username @crimson.ua.edu when signing up with healthy.verily.com for sentinel testing.

Use UA Healthcheck Daily 

Share your current health status – even if you are symptom free – to ensure a safe return to campus. UA Healthcheck, a daily, 30-second assessment tool for students and employees, allows you to report any current COVID-19-related symptoms, exposure history and testing history.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 

Hurricane Sally Expected to Bring Heavy Rain to Tuscaloosa

More Student News

Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s healthinfo website. If you have questions not answered on the website, please call UA’s COVID-19 hotline at 205-348-CV19 (2819).

Sign up for sentinel testing – Sept. 14

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

Sign up for Sentinel Testing 

The University is moving to the COVID-19 sentinel testing phase of the campus health and safety plan. To participate, go to healthy.verily.com now to set up an account. Use your myBama username @crimson.ua.edu email address to create your account. Answer some basic questions and verify your email. Once your account is created, you are all done for now.

Sentinel testing is required for students:

  • living on campus,
  • participating in intramural athletics, registered student organizations that hold in-person meetings of 10 or more, or
  •  who have clinical activities and will be on campus during the semester.

You do not need to set up an account if you are learning or working exclusively online, and it is unlikely you will be coming to campus for any reason.

For-cause Testing Begins in Residence Halls 

Free for-cause testing is conducted on-site for those in a shared location, such as a Greek house, residence hall floor, student group or classroom. It can be associated with an increase in positive test results, but it is also a valuable monitoring tool in preventing outbreaks.

myBama Maintenance Sept. 19 

On Saturday, Sept. 19, myBama will be unavailable from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. for scheduled database maintenance. Banner, Blackboard, DegreeWorks and other applications will remain available. More information is available on the OIT Status Page.

New Classes of Crimson Startup Open

Crimson Startup is a six-week National Science Foundation I-Corps site program designed to help entrepreneurs develop tools needed for a successful startup business. Faculty, staff and students are welcome to join the program during this year’s virtual classes that begin Sept. 18. Register on the I-Corps website or email Dr. Ying Qin.

Do Your Part to  STOMP COVID-19
S – Sanitize your hands frequently.
T – Track your symptoms daily.
O – Observe social distancing.
M – Mask up when indoors or near others.
P – Plan to stay home when sick.

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Dean’s List Students Named for UA Summer 2020 Term

Virtual Learning Spaces Available

More Student News

Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s healthinfo website. If you have questions not answered on the website, please call UA’s COVID-19 hotline at 205-348-CV19 (2819).

Message from the President – Sept. 14

Dear students, faculty, staff and parents,

I want to thank each of you for your commitment, patience and resilience. Your actions are making a measureable and positive impact on our campus.

Last week provided strong and encouraging data affirming that we are on course and on mission.

  • The UA System dashboard update showed a 65% drop in COVID-positive cases on our campus week-over-week.
  • Our Division of Student Life outlined areas of relaxation to the in-person gatherings moratorium.
  • We announced fall enrollment of 37,842, reflecting the high value our students and parents see in an on-campus education here at the Capstone.
  • Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Response, visited Tuscaloosa Friday to meet with System and University leaders, including a number of our outstanding students. An esteemed physician and global health leader, Dr. Birx was highly complimentary of our comprehensive Health and Safety program and our campus initiatives.

I am very proud of the progress we have made, and we can’t stop now.

  • Wear your mask.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Avoid large gatherings.

This week we continue implementing our sentinel testing program. For students, faculty and staff: if you haven’t set up your account, please go to healthy.verily.com to participate in this important initiative. Those with questions are encouraged to utilize the newly enhanced COVID19 hotline at 205-348-2819.

The University of Alabama is known worldwide as the Capstone because we look after one another and set an example for those around us. Thank you for helping lead the way. Because of you, we are all Tide Together.

Stuart R. Bell
President

University Recreation offerings, Bama Year One – Sept. 11

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

UA Army ROTC Marks 9/11

The Crimson Tide Battalion of UA’s Army ROTC commemorated the 19th anniversary of 9/11 with a tribute. Watch the video. 

UREC: Helping Keep UA Safe While Active 

Many University Recreation facilities are now open and back to regular operating hours, with safety procedures in place.

Weekend COVID-19 Testing 

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing for symptomatic or students exposed to the coronavirus will be at the Student Health Center Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students should call 205-348-2778 or 205-348-0386 for an appointment. Those who come without an appointment can expect delays.

In-State Increase, Record Number of Graduate Students Highlights UA Enrollment

A 2% increase in the number of in-state undergraduate students and record-setting Graduate School enrollment highlight The University of Alabama’s fall 2020 total student headcount, which surpasses the 37,800 mark.

Fight COVID-19 with the GuideSafe App

The COVID-19 Exposure Notification App will anonymously notify users if they have been in potential close contact with someone who later reports a positive COVID-19 test result — without sharing the identity of either person. It is a critical component to mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

Bama Year One Sign-ups Begin 

Bama Year One is an organization housed within the Center for Service and Leadership dedicated to building ethical, service-based leadership skills of freshmen. The  curriculum looks to find how service pertains to topics such as homelessness, the environment, food insecurity, and health care, as well as defining one’s values, future and life map. Students can sign up for a small group with other freshmen and two upperclassmen. Groups will meet via Zoom beginning Sept. 21.

Tide Talks Seeks Speakers for Sept. 25

Tide Talks is a student organization on campus dedicated to providing a platform for students and their revolutionary ideas. It operates like a TED talk, in which a student speaker spends about 10 minutes discussing their passions, ideas, a cool experience they’ve had, or an idea — the possibilities are endless.  More information and a form to nominate a speaker for the Sept. 25 event is available on the Tide Talks website.

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Navigators Help New Students Find Their Way 

Senior Creates Greeting Cards to Cheer Nursing Home Residents

Tips for Students Taking Virtual Classes this Fall 

Final Summer Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony Held Virtually 

Parent Gives Perspective of UA’s COVID-19 Response 

More Student News

Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s healthinfo website. If you have questions not answered on the website, please call UA’s COVID-19 hotline at 205-348-CV19 (2819).

Create an Account in Verily for Sentinel Testing – Sept. 11

The University of Alabama is moving to the COVID-19 sentinel testing phase of our campus health and safety plan.

The sentinel test is a self-administered nasal swab that takes less than one minute. Find out more about UA’s sentinel testing on the UA News Center.

To participate, go to healthy.verily.com now to set up an account. Use your myBamausername@crimson.ua.edu email address to create your account if you don’t already have one. You will answer some basic questions and verify your email. Once your account is created, you are all done for now.

Sentinel testing is required for students:

  • living on campus,
  • participating in intramural athletics, registered student organizations that hold in-person meetings of 10 or more, or
  •  who have clinical activities and will be on campus during the semester.

You do not need to set up an account if you are learning or working exclusively online, and it is unlikely you will be coming to campus for any reason.

Check your Crimson Mail regularly to see if you have been selected. Randomly selected individuals will receive an email from Verily (healthy@verily.com) directing them to sign up for a testing appointment on campus within the next seven days. If you are randomly selected, you will be prompted in the email to log into your Verily account and request a test.

We all have a role to play in keeping our campus as healthy as possible. If you have any questions, call UA’s COVID19 hotline (205-348-2819) or contact GuideSafe at testing@guidesafe.org or 1-866-839-5308.

Message from VP for Student Life – Sept. 11

Dear Students,

Our numbers for testing continue to improve and I remain grateful for your vigilant attention to campus policies helping us curb the spread of COVID-19. It is imperative we all continue to follow our UA Health and Safety Guidelines as we strive to complete a safe fall semester.

The moratorium on in-person gatherings remains in effect. However, because of your commitment to halting the spread of COVID-19, I am pleased to share the following changes, effective Monday, Sept. 14:

  • Campus study spaces in residential areas are eligible to be opened.
  • Dining rooms will be opened with strict adherence to safety guidelines.
  • Colleges and departments can begin to host in-person events that follow the previous limitations for a maximum of 50 people inside and 100 people outside. Events must be submitted for approval through the appropriate VP or dean’s office.
  • Students who live in the same residence hall may visit each other’s rooms, provided: (1) masks are worn; (2) social distancing is strictly observed; and (3) each resident is limited to one guest at a time.

Social distancing, mask wearing, and other health and safety protocols must be strictly observed in all of these environments. Student-organized gatherings and events remain prohibited at this time.

The gradual loosening of moratorium restrictions will continue to be evaluated as we move forward. With your continued cooperation, and as our numbers for testing and student conduct cases continue to improve, we will consider longer-term plans for the semester. We must stay the course and continue to follow the health and safety protocols set forth in the Return to Full Operations Plan.

We have listened and responded to your concerns about evolving our policies to create the healthiest learning environment possible. I hope the changes outlined above demonstrate our continued commitment to your academic success and creating a more engaged and safe campus for all.

Thank you again as we all do our part to stay Tide Together.

Sincerely,

Dr. Myron Pope
Vice President for Student Life

Message from the President – Sept. 9

Dear students, faculty, staff and parents,

Hoping your Labor Day weekend was safe and relaxing, I want to update you on three COVID-19 steps we have implemented effective today.

  • For our students who test positive and prepare to move to campus isolation space, staffing and medical resources have been enhanced to ensure prompt communication and expanded services.
  • The COVID19 hotline (205-348-2819) has been upgraded to speed the delivery of answers to your questions. The UA healthinfo website is another good resource.
  • A key component of our plan, sentinel testing for asymptomatic students, faculty and staff, began yesterday and will continue weekly. Participation is required for all students who live on campus and other select groups. Verily, the company that has worked with us on many aspects of our testing program, will notify you if you are selected for sentinel screening.

Other testing reminders:

  • Testing for students who are symptomatic or have been exposed is 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. each weekday at Coleman Coliseum.
  • Testing for employees who are symptomatic or have been exposed is 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. each weekday at University Medical Center.
  • For-cause testing in geographic areas or groups continues as determined by UA health officials.
  • The Student Health Center will remain open for any weekend testing needs.

As a reminder from the Division of Student Life, we are continuing the moratorium on student events through Sept. 13 as we meet with student leaders and health officials to determine the appropriate next steps.

The health and safety of our community is our top priority and we will use every resource available to assist with testing, education and enforcement. Thank you for your commitment, patience and resiliency in the face of these challenges as they are making a difference.

Tide Together,

Stuart R. Bell
President

Crimson Ride, testing and more – Sept. 4

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS 

Crimson Ride & 348-RIDE Labor Day Schedule

Crimson Ride will provide regular service from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4. All routes will run. There will be no bus service on Monday, Sept. 7. Regular service will resume 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

348-RIDE will provide regular service beginning 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, to midnight Monday, Sept. 7.  There will be no 348-RIDE service on Monday, Sept. 7. Regular service will resume 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Call 205-348-7433 with questions.

COVID-19 Sentinel Testing Begins Next Week

UA will begin COVID-19 sentinel testing members of the campus community next week. Sentinel testing is a random sampling of all asymptomatic students, faculty and staff to understand the underlying prevalence of infection on campus so UA can respond promptly to any outbreaks or increases in infection rates. The goal is to test around 3% of the total campus population each week. Although voluntary for most, sentinel testing is strongly encouraged to help provide a snapshot of infection on campus and prevent the spread of coronavirus.

When Should I Get Tested? 

UA has implemented a testing program to help keep campus open and students, faculty and staff safe. But when should an individual be tested for COVID-19? Testing at UA is conducted in five different circumstances: initial return to campus, symptomatic individuals, possible exposure, sentinel testing and for-cause testing. Students and employees are encouraged to test on campus, instead of with an off-campus provider so the information can be confidentially used to alert others of possible exposure.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 

More Student News

Information on COVID-19 and campus operations is being updated frequently. For more FAQs, go to UA’s healthinfo website. If you have questions not answered on the website, please call UA’s COVID-19 hotline at 205-348-CV19 (2819).

Message from VP of Student Life – Sept. 4

Dear Students,

Thank you for your vigilance to curb the spread of COVID-19. I am proud of the resilience shown by all of you who continue following our UA Health and Safety Guidelines as we strive to complete a safe fall semester.

Two weeks ago, we implemented a 14-day moratorium on in-person student organized events. This moratorium will be extended through September 13.

We will continue to evaluate our policies and protocols as we meet with student leaders and follow the guidance of our Health and Safety Task Force.

If all of us continue to do our part, I believe we will get to a position to consider relaxing some aspects of the moratorium.

Please know your efforts are making a difference as you:

  • properly wear a mask
  • practice social distancing
  • refrain from gathering in large groups

During this Labor Day weekend, we hope you will responsibly connect with your roommates or a small group of friends (3-4 people) and explore our campus and state. Here are a few opportunities the Student Life team has put together for you to consider:

Over the past few weeks, I have talked to many of you, answering your questions and concerns through town hall sessions, meetings, and phone calls. Your investment in our campus community is what makes the Capstone so special, and I will continue to address your questions with clear and transparent answers.

Thank you again as we all do our part to stay Tide Together.

Sincerely,

Dr. Myron Pope
Vice President for Student Life