Jan. 12-14, 2018, promises to be a star-studded weekend as The University of Alabama welcomes celebrities Mary Mary and Danny Glover to campus as part of the annual Realizing the Dream celebration.

Realizing the Dream Through Service to Others is the theme for this year’s events, hosted by UA, Stillman College, Shelton State Community College and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Music & Memory Tuscaloosa, a student-driven Alzheimer’s advocacy group at the University of Alabama, will be collecting gently used IPods at the Ferguson Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday of this week. The group helps brings personalized music into the lives of Alzheimer’s patients, who, through their favorite music, have shown tremendous recall, according to research cited by the national chapter, musicandmemory.org. 

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As the countdown from 10 ended, The University of Alabama’s 2017 Beat Auburn Beat Hunger team raised the number 260,453 above its heads.

The number’s significance is that 260,453 pounds of food was collected by UA in this year’s Beat Auburn Beat Hunger food drive, far surpassing last year’s total of 150,332 pounds.

It’s no secret the biggest rivalry in the state of Alabama exists on and off the football field. However, every year students from both Auburn University and The University of Alabama partner with their local communities to use that rivalry for a good cause.

In 2009, Dr. David Beito, a University of Alabama history professor, and his wife, Dr. Linda Royster Beito, released a book called “Black Maverick,” a biography about unsung civil rights pioneer Dr. Theodore Roosevelt Mason Howard.

The book received positive reviews, but, for the Beitos, a book wasn’t enough. Howard’s story needed to reach a wider audience.

In 2015, they attempted something they hadn’t done before: writing a screenplay about a part of Howard’s life they hoped would become a movie.

The University of Alabama Libraries will celebrate the solar eclipse on Aug. 21 with free giveaways at four of its five branches.

The event, “Experience the Solar Eclipse,” will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Gorgas Library, Bruno Business Library, Rodgers Library and McLure Education Library.

Tables will be set up at each library where staff will be giving away 1,200 eclipse glasses, Moon Pies, and Starburst and Milk Way candies.

The Tuscaloosa International Friends sponsored an “International Welcome Party” for foreign students at the University of Alabama and their sponsors. The event was held on Aug. 28 at Calvary Baptist Church. Over 200 students and sponsors attended the welcome party.

This week, students in the UA Fringe course taught by associate professor Sarah Barry and her husband Mark Barry, will travel to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland, to perform in their first major dance performance on a world stage.

University of Alabama theatre professor Seth Panitch’s first full, feature-length film, “Service to Man,” was awarded the grand jury prize for best film at the 20th American Black Film Festival on Sunday, June 19.

“We feel terrific about it,” Panitch said. “We were the only university-sponsored and supported film in the entire competition. So to have them honor us with best picture was a real shock and incredibly gratifying, especially considering the caliber of films that were running this year. They were terrific film. We were very happy just to be run among them.”

In the wake of the tragic events at the Pulse Orlando nightclub early on Sunday morning, students at the University of Alabama organized a candlelight vigil on the steps of the Gorgas Library on campus on Monday evening from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Another vigil by Druid City Pride was held at Government Plaza beginning at 7 p.m.

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