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STUDENT AFFAIRS

The Division of Student Affairs maximizes each UA student’s learning experience. Each unit within the division fosters an environment that supports learning, healthy lifestyles, leadership and career development, personal growth, and inclusiveness. In keeping with the University’s mission and heritage, the division works to provide students with the experiences and skills that lead to productive and fulfilled lives. To this end, the Division of Student Affairs complements and supplements the academic enterprise, maintaining both a climate on campus and range of programs that enhance student learning and personal growth.

Career Center

The Career Center is a vital part of each student’s college education. Students do not necessarily need to select a major when they are freshmen, but they need to begin to explore academic majors and the many career options that can be available for all majors. Even students considering attending graduate or professional education when they complete college should discuss career and graduate school options with a career consultant. All students should visit the Career Center or one of the Satellite Offices during their first semester at the University. The Main Office is located at 330 Ferguson Center. Satellite Offices are in 250 Bidgood Hall and 2nd Floor Houser Annex. The Career Center offers a comprehensive range of career development services and employment opportunities. All Career Center offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call (205) 348-5848. Specific information on services is available at: career.ua.edu.

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center helps students achieve academic success and personal growth through quality counseling, psychological and consultative services. By providing emotional health care services of a short-term nature, the Counseling Center serves as a screening, intake, and referral resource that assists all students in identifying their needs and locating an appropriate resource if their needs are outside the scope of services offered. Among the services provided are individual, couple, and group counseling and substance abuse counseling, crisis intervention, and medication referral services. For general information and assistance, please call (205) 348-3863.

Dean of Students

The Office of the Dean of Students is a natural starting place for students who have questions or concerns about their experience at the University. The office works collaboratively with other offices in Student Affairs and Academic Affairs to engage and support students during their experience at the Capstone. The division of Student Affairs provides educational experiences outside the classroom that serve to grow students, personally, socially and spiritually, ensuring that they are also responsible citizens of the world. The Dean of Students ensures that there is immediate contact with students and their families. The areas in the Dean of Students office include: Crimson Care, Women’s Resource Center, Greek Affairs, Student Judicial Affairs, Student Organizations, Campus Ministers, Graduate Student Services, National Student Exchange, Premier Awards and Honors Week. For more information about programs and services call (205) 348-3326 or visit our Web site at dos.ua.edu.

Ferguson Center

The Ferguson Center supports, supplements and complements the overall academic, research, and service mission of the University of Alabama by offering a wide variety of high-quality services, collaborative programming, and leisure time activities.

The Ferguson Center serves as the center of the campus community and is open more than 340 days per year, seven days per week, and at least 15 hours per day to serve the needs of the campus community.

Conference and meeting room reservations for the Ferguson Center, Student Services Center, and Ferguson Plaza are also made through the Ferguson Center Reservations & Event Planning Office. For more information and to access the Online Room Reservation Form, please refer to ferguson.ua.edu or call (205) 348-2827.

Housing and Residential Communities

Housing and Residential Communities within Student Affairs provides housing for undergraduate and graduate students. For more information about campus housing, call (205) 348-6676 or visit our Web site at housing.ua.edu.

New Student and Parent Programs

The Office of New Student and Parent Programs supports the successful academic and social transition of new students into the University of Alabama community, as well as promotes continuous relationships among our students’ parents, families, and the University. This Office is the best place for new students at the Capstone to find the answers to all of their questions and find ways to maximize their first year of studies at The University of Alabama. Parents of students can also find the answers to their questions and learn how to best support their student’s education and outside of the classroom experiences. For more information about new student and parent programs, call (800) 392-2777 or visit our Web site at http://www.parents.ua.edu.

Student Life

The mission of the Office of Student Life is to maximize every UA student’s learning experience through exploration, enjoyment, and service. The Office of Student Life includes Blackburn Institute, Campus Programs, the Community Service Center, Ferguson Center, and Student Leadership and Development. For more information call (205) 348-6114 or visit our

Web site at studentlife.sa.ua.edu.

Student Media

The Office of Student Media provides UA students with experience – direct, hands-on, real-life experience – that prepares them for any career and sets them on a path to success after graduation. Student Media offers out-of-classroom opportunities through The Crimson White, a 15,000 circulation daily newspaper; Corolla, a 115-year-old yearbook; WVUA, a non-commercial radio station at 90.7 FM; Marr’s Field Journal, an undergraduate literary/art journal; Black Warrior Review, a graduate level national literary journal; Southern Historian, a graduate level research journal; and a Digital Media unit which develops content and services for the Web. To get more information, go to osm.ua.edu or call (205) 348-7257.

University Recreation

The University Recreation department within Student Affairs conducts sports and fitness programs for the University community. Programmatic areas include Intramural Sports, Sport Clubs, Outdoor Recreation, Personal Training, Fitness Testing and Consultations, Group Exercise classes, non-credit instructional classes, aquatic services, and informal (open) recreation. Facilities available include the ultramodern, award-winning Student Recreation Center, University Aquatic Center, Outdoor Fields Complex, Outdoor Pool Complex and Tennis Courts.

For more information on the following facilities and programs, call (205) 348-3994 or visit our website at http://urec.sa.ua.edu.

Women’s Resource Center

The Women’s Resource Center empowers women on campus through programs on leadership, women’s issues, peer education, volunteer opportunities, and support. The center provides students with counseling and advocacy services when dealing with issues of dating violence, sexual assault, childhood abuse, or stalking. The mission of the Women’s Resource Center supports the values of social justice, community, safety, leadership, mentoring, education, diversity and research.

There are opportunities to get involved through ongoing programs such as the Women Involved in Learning and Leading program (WILL), the Young Women Leaders program (YWLP), the Men Against Violence program (MAV) and the Unscripted peer educator program. Additionally, there are opportunities to be involved with special events and programming sponsored and co-sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center, such as the Brown Bag Lunch Series, book clubs, conferences and awareness event activities.

For additional information about programs and services, contact the Women’s Resource Center at (205) 348-5040 or check out their Web site at wrc.ua.edu.

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