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April 18, 2014

Hi there! In April of 2014, Baba Brinkman presents The Rap Guide to Evolution on Friday, April 18. This event is FREE and open to the public!

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January 17, 2013

Hi there! In the fall of 2012, we launched a new event series here at the Ferguson Center called Dinner with Strangers. We held two events as part of this series—one focused on the local music scene and another on the local food movement. As we launch the spring edition of this series, we hope you'll consider applying to be part of this exciting experience!

Essentially, Dinner with Strangers is a community conversation series that provides a group of selected students the opportunity to engage in conversation with a group of community experts focused on a particular topic. For the spring, we've chosen two topics - visual expression and downtown revitalization - and will pick 12 students for each of these topics. The selected students and community members for each discussion will first engage in a social media-style blog discussion from February 17th - March 2nd on our website, before meeting in person for a casual dinner downtown hosted by the Ferg.(Sunday, March 3rd for the downtown revitalization group & Monday, March 4th for the visual expression group). The entire series will culminate with an After Party open to the public on Friday, March 8th at the Bama Theater, featuring local entertainment, art, food, and bar.

We think this is a great opportunity for students to develop a stronger connection to the Tuscaloosa community and, hopefully, gain new insight on issues that are important to you. If you need more information from us, please don't hesitate to ask! You can always find more information on our website: www.dinnerwithstrangersua.com.

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January 7, 2013

WHAT: Raudelunas Exposition 2013: Zurich 1916 or Tuscaloosa 1975?

WHEN:

January 7- February 2, 2013
February 2 - Closing reception, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Ferguson
Center Art Gallery followed immediately by a "historical" concert at the
Ferguson Center Theatre from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: The University of Alabama Ferguson Student Center, Tuscaloosa

The 1970s were revolutionarily creative years all over the world and The University of Alabama campus was no exception. UA students demonstrated against the war and for women's rights, civil liberties generally, and the environment. They also expressed themselves artistically with outdoor music concerts, improvisational events and other often spontaneous happenings. In the mid '70s, some UA students got together to make improvisational and avant-garde music, art and performance, and called themselves the Raudelunas, (pronounced ra-DELL-uh-nus), an Armenian word referring to the moon and its mythical powers.

In 1974, the Raudelunas art collective put on the 'Pataphysical Revue exhibition-performance in the Ferguson Center's original art gallery (located where the Alabama Credit Union is now).

Now, that revolutionary moment in time will be recreated for a few weeks where it originally took place: the Ferguson Student Center. The Raudelunas Exposition 2013 will feature a retrospective of visual art and archival materials from the Raudelunas group's activities in the 1970s including group drawings, paintings, assemblages, sculptures, manifestos, posters, records and photographs.

Exposition organizer and curator of the gallery exhibition Lee Shook writes that the performers-exhibitors will include "the humorously dark satire of Dada-inspired big band leader Reverend Fred Lane [a.k.a. Tim Reed], the wild and free improv excursions of the Blue Denim Deals Without The Arms and TransMuseq and the Surrealist-inspired artwork of Craig Nutt, Janice Hathaway, and Fletcher Hayes - among many, many others."

The Raudelunas Exposition will culminate in a one-night-only reunion concert on Saturday, February 2, at the Ferguson Center Theatre, part of the Sonic Frontiers concert series at The University of Alabama. The concert will feature internationally-acclaimed violist LaDonna Smith, guitarist Davey Williams and harpist/composer Anne LeBaron, and sculptor Craig Nutt on the "Folgerphone," along with several surprise guests. Documentary filmmaker Skizz Cyzyk will video the closing reception and concert.

The concert will also feature two short films. Rare footage of the Raudelunas members performing in a mid 1970s UA homecoming parade will follow the Alabama debut of the trailer for Icepick To The Moon, a feature-length documentary about the Reverend Fred Lane and Raudelunas by Skizz Cyzyk.

The Sonic Frontiers concert series is made possible by support from The University of Alabama's New College, the UA College of Arts and Sciences, The UA School of Music, and Creative Campus.

For more information on this once-in-a-lifetime historical retrospective, please contact Lee Shook at: theaudiovore77@gmail.com

Ferguson Center Accepting Exhibit Applications for Art Gallery
The Ferguson Center is currently accepting applications for Art Gallery exhibits. The application form can be found here or please contact Kelli Knox-Hall at 348-3250 or kknox-hall@sa.ua.edu for additional information.

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September 06, 2012

 

TUSCALOOSA, AL - Ferguson Center Art Gallery presents Tension and Release: Paintings and Drawings by Micah Craft, September 4 - 30, 2012. The public is invited to a reception for the artist on Friday,
September 7, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the student center gallery.

Micah Craft, a native of McCalla, Alabama, created the art works inthis exhibit in partial requirement for the Bachelor of Fine Arts, a professional art degree. He graduated from The University of Alabama in May of 2012. Craft's concentration was in painting and digital media. He is an artist and musician and holds an internship as a junior graphic designer in Atlanta where he lives now.

Craft discovered his interest in design in high school. "I knew I wanted to do something creative as a career and graphic design seemed like it would fulfill that creative drive. I felt the same way when I started UA. I never wanted to study anything else in school except for art and music... When I took some painting classes I really enjoyed painting from my imagination, in an abstract style."

"My artistic and musical ideas have developed simultaneously, for better or worse. [Since beginning the BFA program] the relationships I made between the practice of art and music have freed me to continue working the way I feel. I wanted to work in a two dimensional space and I wanted to work from my imagination. Improvisation and risk are part of my process. My work is created without direct observation. I instead draw upon a vocabulary I have developed, like a jazz improviser does."

"Improvisation is the thing most common to music and art, as I see it. That part of the creative process is common to music and I make it a significant part of my process of art making. It is usually how I begin a piece."

"I always ask myself, "Does a piece of music have to sound similar to something in the real world to have emotional value and impact?" No. Neither does art. The line, color, form has real value in itself. I take a lot from [Wassily] Kandinsky's writings. Kandinsky related certain visual elements to music elements. Tension and Release is one of those elements/concepts. Every piece must have it. I try to create a tension and a resolution in my work."

Craft says his years at Alabama were challenging. "At UA I was exposed to many good artists of different influences and backgrounds. I learned that being an artist is hard work, and talent can't take you all the way." The professors here have been a great resource. Seven years ago I would have never guessed that art making would turn into a necessity as well as a joy."

Craft recently was awarded third place at the 2012 Fourth Annual Emerging Artists Exhibit at the Orange Beach (AL) Arts Center, an invitational exhibition for new and emerging artists. He sold all
three of the works he entered. Craft noted, "I have never sold any of my abstract paintings in a gallery setting. It was a new experience for me, intimidating and exhilarating. It showed me that I can
connect with people through the things I make."

About his future as an artist, Craft says, "The pursuit is going to be difficult but [it will be] the most rewarding way I can spend my life. This realization might not have happened had I not attended UA and spent the time I did with the people I did."

During his time at the university, Craft was awarded several scholarships, including the Alvin C. and Joseph Sella Endowed Scholarship in 2009 and 2011, Julie Peake Holaday Memorial Scholarship in 2011, and the Farley Moody Galbraith Endowed Art Scholarship in 2012.

 

For more information, contact Micah Craft: 1micah2craft@gmail.com

FERGUSON CENTER INFORMATION: Hours for the Ferguson Center Art Gallery on The University of Alabama campus are Monday through Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The gallery is located on the main floor of the Ferguson Student Center. For information about the gallery, contact Kelli Knox-Hall at (205)348-3250 or kknox-hall@sa.ua.edu, or call the Ferguson Center at (205)348-7487.

UA PARKING: A parking permit is not required to park on campus in a legal parking space on weekends and between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. during the week. For information on parking, click here:
http://bamaparking.ua.edu/pages/visitor-parking.html.

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June 28, 2011

UA Student Wins $5,000 Scholarship for 3D Tornado Film

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - University of Alabama New College/Telecommunication and Film media production student Xavier Burgin, a senior from Columbus, Miss., was awarded a $5,000 scholarship as winner of the inaugural 3D Movie Award at the Campus MovieFest International Grand Finale, held June 23-26 in Hollywood, Calif.

“Portrait of the Storm” provided an up-close look at the tornado that swept through Tuscaloosa on April 27 and included personal accounts from survivors as scenes of the devastation filled the screen.

“I wanted to make this because this is something the media will talk about for a few months and then move on,” Burgin said. “People start forgetting what happened, but this is still going on. It’s sort of what we’ve seen happen in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. And I felt like Alabama and Tuscaloosa especially will at some point have that same problem, so I wanted to bring attention to this plight. Stuff is still happening, we are still rebuilding, and it will be some time before we get back to what we were before.”

Burgin originally won Best Drama for his movie “Bottom of a Glass” at The University of Alabama’s local Campus MovieFest competition in February. His movie competed for awards at the international level, and Burgin, a member of Campus MovieFest’s Distinguished Filmmakers Network (DFN), was offered the opportunity to use a Panasonic 3D camera to enter the first ever student 3D film festival hosted by Campus MovieFest, Panasonic and the International 3D Society (I3DS).

Burgin pitched his original 3D film idea of doing a narrative to the CMF 3D Review Team in early April, but after the tornado hit in Tuscaloosa on April 27, he spoke with the CMF staff and changed his film topic. UA Studio Art student Sumerlin Brandon composed an original score for the film, which will be part of a tornado documentary being prepared by a group of students under the direction of TCF professor Dr. Rachel Raimist.

“The fact that this project was the first-place winner, out of 50 CMF teams selected to compete, is not surprising,” Raimist said. “Xavier told a compelling story with beautifully shot imagery. He merged the strength of 3D (showing dimensionality and depth) with camera movement (achieved using TCF equipment). He borrowed a TCF Glidetrack, a tripod with a tripod head seated atop a sliding rod that you push slowly, to achieve short tracking shots and maximized his ability to take the audience inside the story. Who has ever seen some intimate images of destruction? Who has been so closely and visually inside the aftermath of such a powerful storm? By layering personal narratives through voice-over, with powerful imagery and a beautifully haunting soundtrack, Xavier produced a film that deserved to win.”

“Bottom of a Glass” also competed in the Best Drama category. Other team members were Rene Gromotka, a sophomore from Stuttgart, Germany, majoring in mechanical engineering; and Joe Will Field, a sophomore from Tuscaloosa.

Several other students were awarded top honors at the 2011 Campus MovieFest finale including the teams who created the comedy “Sugarbaby” and the clay animation movie “Blue Barry.”

“Sugarybaby” was honored as a Top 5 Comedy and as one of the Top 28 films out of hundreds at the finale. Students who worked on the film “Sugarbaby” include Andrew Carey, a May 2011 graduate from Mobile who majored in telecommunication and film; Micah Russell, a senior from Huntsville majoring in telecommunications and film; Hamilton Henson, a senior from Toney majoring in telecommunications and film; Kayla Terry, a May 2011 graduate from Tuscaloosa who majored in public relations; and Christopher Dumas, a senior from Mobile majoring in theatre.

“Blue Barry,” was also honored as one of the Top 28 films at the finale. Students who worked on the film “Blue Barry” include Thomas Coiner, a senior from Nixo, Mo., majoring in telecommunication and film; and Sarah Selleck, a senior from Hoover, majoring in nursing.

“I am very proud of all of the TCF media production students who compete in Campus Movie Fest,” Raimist said. “I get excited when TCF students compete in CMF. I see them put the theory and methods that we teach through classroom exercises to the test. I see the students work hard and collaboratively, and I see them make deadlines.”

Campus MovieFest, the world’s largest student film festival, brought together hundreds of students from 75 universities worldwide to compete for Best Picture, Comedy, Drama, Wild Card Audience Choice, Golden Tripod Awards and the first event CMF 3D Award.

The Ferguson Center and Campus MovieFest have partnered together for four years to bring the world-renowned Campus MovieFest student film festival to The University of Alabama campus. The Ferguson Center staff promotes CMF on campus and serves as the location for equipment drop-off and pick up as well as the site for the red carpet finale where the top films on campus are announced.

Money for travel to the International Grand Finale was provided to students by the Ferguson Center, Creative Campus Initiative and the Blount Undergraduate Initiative.

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.

For more information about the Ferguson Center, visit ferguson.ua.edu or call 348-7487. For more information about Campus MovieFest, visit www.campusmoviefest.com or email media@campusmoviefest.com.

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June 14, 2011

UA STUDENTS INVITED TO HOLLYWOOD FOR 2011 CAMPUS MOVIEFEST FINALE

Student filmmakers invited to showcase their films at Warner Brothers Studios

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Campus MovieFest (CMF), the world's largest student film festival, is returning to Hollywood for the 2011 International Grand Finale June 23 to 26, and students from The University of Alabama have been invited to showcase their award-winning films and compete against other universities for a chance to win overall Best Picture, Best Comedy, Best Drama and six special CMF Gold Tripod Awards.

Several student teams from The University of Alabama have been invited to screen their films and participate in industry workshops, sneak peak screenings of Hollywood movies, concerts, networking opportunities and the signature red carpet awards ceremony. The Grand Finale will be held at the Steven J. Ross Theater on the Warner Brothers Studio lot in Hollywood.

"We're thrilled to invite the best student filmmakers from around the globe to Los Angeles to celebrate their creations. We can't think of a more perfect location than Hollywood, and we can't wait to show attendees the amazing weekend of events we've got planned," says David Roemer, co-founder of Campus MovieFest.

The University of Alabama campus winners awarded by Campus MovieFest are:

Best Picture Sugarbaby by the team Bob Loblaw's Law Blog

• Andrew Carey is a May 2011 graduate from Mobile, Ala. He majored in telecommunication and film at UA.
• Micah Russell, a rising senior from Huntsville, Ala., is majoring in telecommunication and film at UA.
• Hamilton Henson, rising senior from Toney, Ala., is majoring in telecommunication and film at UA.
• Kayla Terry is a May 2011 graduate from Tuscaloosa, Ala. She majored in public relations at UA.
• Christopher Dumas, rising senior from Mobile, Ala. is majoring in theatre at UA.

Best Comedy Mind Games by the team Fast Forward

• Daniel Barnes, a rising sophomore from Harvest, Ala., is majoring in telecommunication and film at UA.
• Evan Johnson, a rising sophomore from Headland, Ala., is majoring in telecommunication and film at UA.
• Gabriel Richard, a rising sophomore from Pleasant Grove, Ala., is majoring in telecommunication and film at UA.
• John Fillmore, III, a rising sophomore from Birmingham, Ala., is majoring in computer engineering at UA.
• Lena Hardy, a rising sophomore from Atlanta, Ga., is majoring in telecommunication and film at UA.
• Casey Pickett, a rising sophomore from Birmingham, Ala. is majoring in finance at UA.
• Amanda Harrison, a rising sophomore from Atlanta, Ga., is majoring in sports and exercise fitness at UA.

Best Drama Bottom of a Glass by the team Que The Lights

• Xavier Burgin, a rising senior from Columbus, Miss., is majoring in film production at UA.
• Rene Gromotka, a rising sophomore from Stuttgart, Germany, is majoring in mechanical engineering at UA.
• Joe Will Field, a rising sophomore from Tuscaloosa, Ala. attends UA with an undecided major.

AT&T Audience Choice winner A Certain Woman by the team Project One Studios

• Alex Beatty, a rising sophomore from Orlando, Fla., is majoring in telecommunication and film at UA.
• Adam Naylor is a May 2011 graduate from Millbrook, Ala. He majored in communications studies at UA.
• Daniel Zezulka is a May 2011 graduate from Hueytown, Ala. He double majored in business and social work at UA.
• Seth Kennedy, a rising junior from Anniston, Ala., is double majoring in economics and Spanish at UA.
• Courtney Phillips is a May 2011 graduate from Trussville, Ala. She majored in biology and Spanish at UA.
• Kyle Goodin, a rising senior from Millbrook, Ala., is majoring in telecommunication and film.
• Stephen Lambeth, a rising senior from Flomaton, Ala., is majoring in political science at UA.
• Zachary Ponds, a rising senior from Brentwood, Tenn., is majoring in geography at UA.

CMF Staff Pick Blue Barry by the team The Coiner Production

• Thomas Coiner, a rising senior from Nixo, Mo., is majoring in telecommunication and film at UA.
• Sarah Selleck, a rising senior from Hoover, Ala., is majoring in nursing at UA.

The 2011 CMF International Grand Finale isn't just for winning filmmakers. All students, friends, family members and the general public are invited to attend events and represent The University of Alabama at this premiere film and music showcase.

Last year's CMF events welcomed industry guest presenters and workshop hosts including Brett Ratner (director, X-Men: The Last Stand), Michael Giacchino (Academy Award winning composer of Up), Patton Oswalt (Ratatouille, Big Fan), Mark Boal (Academy Award winner for The Hurt Locker), Jason Sudeikis (Saturday Night Live, Hall Pass), Peter Farrelly (Director of There's Something About Mary), Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood) among others. This year's industry line-up will be announced just before the finale.

The Ferguson Center and Campus MovieFest have partnered together for four years to bring the world-renowned Campus MovieFest student film festival to The University of Alabama campus. The Ferguson Center staff promotes CMF on campus and serves as the location for equipment drop-off and pick up as well as the site for the red carpet finale where the top films on campus are announced.

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.

For more information about the Ferguson Center, visit ferguson.ua.edu or call 348-7487. For more information about Campus MovieFest, visit www.campusmoviefest.com or email media@campusmoviefest.com.

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April 21, 2011

EXPERIENCE CRIMSON CULTURE TODAY AT COLEMAN COLISEUM

6PM - 10 PM

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama Ferguson Center and Intercultural Council (ICC) are hosting Crimson Culture today, April 21 at Coleman Coliseum from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

"The concept of this year's Crimson Culture is an indoor street fair," said Heather Roberts, Programming Intern for the Ferguson Center. "Students will get to see a little bit of everything that makes our culture here at UA so unique."

This event will recognize and celebrate cultural diversity among students, faculty and staff at UA, and in the surrounding Tuscaloosa area. The night will have several musical performances, demonstrations from several clubs and teams on campus, booths from different student organizations and free food from local restaurants.

Musical performers for the night include Deep South Dread, Andy Hall, Druid City Band, Blaine Duncan & The Lookers, Sparrow + The Ghost, the Lamb Family Violins and many others.

Performances and demonstrations for the night will feature activities such as print making with Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.; a martial arts demonstration; and ballroom, hip-hop and krump dancers.

There will also be several cultural activities for visitors to participate in, including henna tattoos, Chinese calligraphy, origami, tie-dye flags and much more.

The local restaurants serving free food at Crimson Culture include Buffalo Phil's, Carmello Café, Edelwiess German Bakery and Café, Full Moon Barbecue, Ichiban Japanese Grill, Mary's Cakes and Pastries, Mellow Mushroom, Moe's Southwestern Grill, Pita Pit, Sitar Indian Cuisine, Surin of Thailand, Swen Chinese and Tin Top Restaurant and Oyster Bar.

A Crimson Ride shuttle will be running to and from the Ferguson Center all night for those needing a ride to the Coliseum. Admission is free to all students, faculty and staff, and there will be free give-aways and prizes for all attendants.

The Ferguson Center is committed to supporting the overall academic, research and service mission of The University of Alabama by providing quality collaborative programming that promotes lifelong learning and allows all students to find a place of involvement and importance.

For more information about Ferguson Center programs, visit ferguson.ua.edu, like "The Ferg at UA" on Facebook, follow @TheFergUA on Twitter, email uaprograms@gmail.com or call 348-7525.

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April 14, 2011

FERGUSON CENTER AND ICC TO HOST CRIMSON CULTURE 6 to 10 p.m., April 21, 2011 at Coleman Coliseum

TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- The University of Alabama Ferguson Center, with ICC, is hosting Crimson Culture on April 21 at Coleman Coliseum from 6 to 10 p.m. This is the second year for this event to help educate students about the importance of learning about and celebrating culture in all of its forms.

"The concept of this year's Crimson Culture is an indoor street fair," said Heather Roberts, programming intern for the Ferguson Center. "Students will get to see a little bit of everything that makes our culture here at UA so unique."

This event will recognize and celebrate cultural diversity among students, faculty and staff at UA and in the surrounding Tuscaloosa area. The night will have several musical performances, demonstrations from several clubs and teams on campus, booths from various student organizations and free food from local restaurants.

Musical performers for the night include Deep South Dread, Andy Hall, Druid City Band, Blaine Duncan & The Lookers, Sparrow + The Ghost, the Lamb Family Violins and many others. Performances and demonstrations for the night will feature activities such as print making with Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., a martial arts demonstration and ballroom, hip-hop and krump dancers.

There will also be several cultural activities for visitors to enjoy, including henna tattoos, Chinese calligraphy, origami, tie-dye flags and much more. The local restaurants serving free food at Crimson Culture include Buffalo Phil's, Carmelo Café, Edelweiss German Bakery and Café, Full Moon Bar-B-Que, Ichiban Japanese Grill, Mary's Cakes and Pastries, Mellow Mushroom, Moe's Southwestern Grill, Pita Pit, Sitar Indian Cuisine, Surin of Thailand, Swen Chinese and Tin Top Restaurant and Oyster Bar.

A Crimson Ride shuttle will be running to and from the Ferguson Center all night for those needing a ride to the Coliseum. Admission is free to all students, faculty and staff, and there will be free give-aways and prizes for all attendees.

The Ferguson Center is committed to supporting the overall academic, research and service mission of The University of Alabama by providing quality collaborative programming that promotes lifelong learning and allows all students to find a place of involvement and importance.

For more information about Ferguson Center programs, visit ferguson.ua.edu, like "The Ferg at UA" on Facebook, follow @TheFergUA on Twitter, email uaprograms@gmail.com or call 348-7525.

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April 12, 2011

STUDENTS INVITED TO LEARN CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY

TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- The Ferguson Center at The University of Alabama will host its final International Expressions event of the semester, where students will have the opportunity to learn Chinese Calligraphy as well as basic strokes. Join us Wednesday, April 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Ferguson Game Room for a night of fun with international flair.

"Whether you've traveled down the street or across oceans to attend UA, come share your culture and expand your horizons with The Ferg," said Xin Chang, student programming assistant at the Ferguson Center Student Union.

This International Expressions event is free and open to all UA students. Pizza and drinks will be provided for all participants. e Ferguson Center at The University of Alabama will host its final International Expressions event of the semester, where students will have the opportunity to learn Chinese Calligraphy as well as basic strokes. Join us Wednesday, April 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Ferguson Game Room for a night of fun with international flair.

"Whether you've traveled down the street or across oceans to attend UA, come share your culture and expand your horizons with The Ferg," said Xin Chang, student programming assistant at the Ferguson Center Student Union.

This International Expressions event is free and open to all UA students. Pizza and drinks will be provided for all participants.

The Ferguson Center is committed to supporting the overall academic, research and service mission of The University of Alabama by providing quality collaborative programming that promotes lifelong learning and allows all students to find a place of involvement and importance.

For more information about Ferguson Center programs, visit ferguson.ua.edu, like "The Ferg at UA" on Facebook, follow @TheFergUA on Twitter, email uaprograms@gmail.com or call 348-7525.

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April 7, 2011

STUDENTS INVITED TO DISCUSS HOT TOPIC CULTURAL AWARENESS

TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- The Ferguson Center at The University of Alabama will host its third Hot Topics event of the semester with a discussion about cultural awareness on Tuesday, April 12 at 7 p.m. in the Ferguson Game Room. Facilitated by a moderator, this popular discussion series allows students to talk about a controversial or popular topic in a neutral setting. All students are invited to take part in this event and to share their unique beliefs and opinions.

The Hot Topics discussion is free and open to all UA students. Food and refreshments will be provided at the event.

The Ferguson Center is committed to supporting the overall academic, research and service mission of The University of Alabama by providing quality collaborative programming that promotes lifelong learning and allows all students to find a place of involvement and importance.

For more information about Ferguson Center programs, visit ferguson.ua.edu, like "The Ferg at UA" on Facebook, follow @TheFergUA on Twitter, email uaprograms@gmail.com or call 348-7525.

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April 6, 2011

FREE TICKET AND RIDE TO BRAVES GAME FOR UA STUDENTS

The Ferguson Center takes students to Atlanta April 10

TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- The Ferguson Center Student Union will provide 50 students with free tickets and a ride to Turner Field in Atlanta, Ga. for the Braves game Sunday, April 10 as a part of the On the Town with The Ferg series. Buses will leave from the Ferguson Plaza at 8:30 a.m. for the 1:35 p.m. game.

Cottrell Haas, a program assistant for the Ferguson Center said, "We have had such great turnouts and feedback from our other On the Town events, we decided a trip to Atlanta would be a great way to end the year."

The Braves will take on the Philadelphia Phillies Sunday, April 10 in the third game of their opening weekend series. The first pitch will be thrown at 1:35 p.m., and buses will leave to return to campus as soon as the game is over.

This trip to Turner Field is the last event in the On the Town with the Ferg series. These monthly events are planned to enhance students' cultural experiences at the University by taking them off-campus for events and exhibits they might not get to experience otherwise. Other trips from this semester have included a tour of the Westervelt-Warner Museum of American Art and a night at Sips N Strokes, both in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Students interested in attending the trip to the Atlanta Braves game should visit uaferguson.tix.com to reserve a ticket. The link will also be posted on the Ferguson Center Facebook page, The Ferg at UA. Space is limited to 50 attendees, so tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. All students who receive a ticket should meet at the Ferguson Plaza at 8:15 a.m. on the day of the game.

The Ferguson Center is committed to supporting the overall academic, research and service mission of The University of Alabama by providing quality collaborative programming that promotes lifelong learning and allows all students to find a place of involvement and importance.

For more information about Ferguson Center programs, visit ferguson.ua.edu, like "The Ferg at UA" on Facebook, follow @TheFergUA on Twitter, email uaprograms@gmail.com or call 348-7525.

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March 22, 2011

UA MENTORS TEAM UP WITH LOCAL ELEMENTARY STUDENTS FOR DAY OF SERVICE

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School students will gain first hand experience giving back to their community at the Young Men's Leadership Program (YMLP)/Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP) Community Service Day on Monday, March 28 in Tuscaloosa.

The 28 YMLP and YWLP students, 32 MLK Jr. Elementary school students and various volunteers from the UA Community Service Center will refurbish a basketball court adjacent to the elementary school and the McKenzie Court Housing Authority.

The students, mentors and volunteers will be repainting the basketball goals, installing seating along the edge of the court, and planting flowers near the court.

Once they have completed the work at the basketball court, the students will take part in a "festival" that will include different activity stations. This event is cosponsored by the Women's Resource Center and the Ferguson Center Student Union at The University of Alabama.

"The goal of the day is to get students active in their community and to show them how important it is to get involved," says LaToya Scott, Coordinator for Special Events and Student Development at the Ferguson Center. "Hopefully the festival at the end of the day will be a treat for the students for all of their hard work."

The student mentors are participants in the Young Men's Leadership Program and the Young Women Leaders Program. These programs, which are sponsored by the Women's Resource Center and the Ferguson Center, aim to promote the leadership skills and abilities of 5th grade students by instilling and encouraging key pillars of leadership through weekly mentoring sessions.

"Both the Bigs and Littles involved in the YMLP and YWLP programs are very excited to get to participate in the community service project. It is an excellent opportunity to be able to give something tangible back to the community," says Trey Blizzard, a graduate assistant at the Women's Resource Center. "This learning experience will allow the program to help build on its principles and values while also aiding the school facilities. We are very pleased to be part of this project and look forward to having fun while serving a good cause."

The Ferguson Center Student Union is committed to supporting the overall academic, research and service mission of The University of Alabama by providing collaborative programming that promotes lifelong learning and allows students to find a place of involvement and importance.

The Women's Resource Center maximizes the learning experience of every UA student and the greater UA community through outreach, services and advocacy to empower women and encourage their active and equal participation.

For more information about the YMLP/YWLP Community Service Day, please contact LaToya Scott at 348-9958 or scott060@sa.ua.edu.

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March 3, 2011

Sexism and Gender Discrimination:
The Ferg to Host Hot Topics Discussion

Tuscaloosa, Ala. - Join The Ferg for a meaningful “Hot Topics” discussion concerning sexism and gender discrimination Tuesday, Mar. 8 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Ferguson Center Game Room. Don’t miss this great opportunity to voice your thoughts on an issue currently impacting us all.

Facilitated by a moderator, this popular discussion series allows students to debate controversial issues in an inviting, neutral setting. All students are encouraged to take part in this event and share their individual opinions and beliefs.

“We are really looking forward to the upcoming Hot Topics and the chance to offer our students a safe environment to discuss such a relevant issue in our society,” said LaToya Scott, Coordinator for Special Events & Student Development.

Admission is free for all UA students, faculty and staff. Complimentary food and refreshments will be provided at the event.

The Ferguson Center Student Union is committed to supporting the overall academic, research and service mission of The University of Alabama by providing quality collaborative programming that promotes lifelong learning and allows all students to find a place of involvement and importance.

For more information about the Ferguson Center Student Union, visit ferguson.ua.edu , like "The Ferg at UA" on Facebook, follow @TheFergUA on Twitter or call (205) 348-7487.

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February 23, 2011

Gaming with International Flair:
The Ferg’s International Expressions to Host Game Night

Tuscaloosa, Ala. - Those who’ve enjoyed ethnic food tastings and free moving showings at The Ferg are counting down to Tuesday, March 1, when International Expressions will be hosting Game Night in the Ferguson Center Game Room. From 7 to 9 p.m.,students will enjoy an exciting evening of interactive activities from around the globe.

The Ferg invites students to step away from the Xbox and challenge their gaming skills international-style; Gonggi and Manchula are calling! Don’t miss this opportunity to try your hand at Chinese Chess, Backgammon and more, while meeting fellow UA students.

“Whether you’ve traveled down the street or across oceans to attend UA, come share your culture and expand your horizons at this always fun event,” said Xin Chang, student programming assistant at the Ferguson Center Student Union.

Game Night is free and open to all UA students, faculty and staff. Complimentary food and drinks will be provided at the event.

The Ferguson Center Student Union is committed to supporting the overall academic, research and service mission of The University of Alabama by providing quality collaborative programming that promotes lifelong learning and allows all students to find a place of involvement and importance.

For more information about the Ferguson Center Student Union, visit ferguson.ua.edu, like "The Ferg at UA" on Facebook, follow @TheFergUA on Twitter or call (205) 348-7525.

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February 23, 2011

Get Fit with Wii and Kinect:
The Ferg to Host Alternative Fitness Tournament Night

Tuscaloosa, Ala. - Put your game face on and come get fit with the Ferguson Center Student Union.  With a variety of Wii and Xbox Kinect fitness games to be played, you don't want to miss The Ferg’s Alternative Fitness Tournament Night Wednesday, March 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Ferguson Center Game Room.

Wii Sports and Dance for Kinect games will line multiple gaming consoles, where students can challenge themselves and one another.

“Our generation is so technology driven today that providing a new, innovative way to exercise with Wii gaming consoles is a win-win situation,” said Savannah Palmer, student programming assistant at the Ferguson Center Student Union.

Admission is free for all UA students, faculty and staff. Health-conscious food and drinks will be provided by Subway.

The Ferguson Center Student Union is committed to supporting the overall academic, research and service mission of The University of Alabama by providing quality collaborative programming that promotes lifelong learning and allows all students to find a place of involvement and importance.

For more information about the Ferguson Center Student Union, visit ferguson.ua.edu, like "The Ferg at UA" on Facebook, follow @TheFergUA on Twitter or call (205) 348-7487.

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February 23, 2011

THE FERG OFFERS UA STUDENTS FREE RIDE, DINNER & ADMISSION TO SIPS N STROKES

TUSCALOOSA ,Ala. - The Ferguson Center Student Union will provide 50 students with a free ride, dinner and tickets to Sips n Strokes in downtown Tuscaloosa on Monday, March 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. as a part of the On the Town with The Ferg series.

"We are looking forward to this On the Town event at Sips n Strokes," says LaToya Scott, coordinator for special events and student development at the Ferguson Center. "We have had several requests from students for an event like this and are hoping to see a large turnout."

Sips n Strokes was founded in 2004 by artist Wendy LoVoy. The studio's mission is to make art accessible to as many students as possible by offering classes Monday through Saturday each week. Sips n Strokes continues to introduce the world of art to many people, even those who feel unable to draw a simple stick figure, by helping them create masterpiece of their very own.

This event at Sips n Strokes is the second event in the On the Town with the Ferg series this semester. These monthly events are planned to enhance students' cultural experience at the University by taking them to off-campus locations for events and exhibits they might not get to experience otherwise. The final trip for this semester will be to an Atlanta Braves game in April.

Students interested in attending the trip to Sips n Strokes should go to http://www.tix.com/Event.asp?Event=343609 to request a ticket. Space is limited to 50 students so tickets will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis. Students who receive a ticket will get a confirmation email that will act as a ticket for the event. Students with tickets should meet at the Ferguson Center plaza at 5:45 p.m. on Monday, March 7 to load the buses.

The Ferguson Center is committed to supporting the overall academic, research and service mission of The University of Alabama by providing quality collaborative programming that promotes lifelong learning and allows all students to find a place of involvement and importance.

For more information about this event or the Ferguson Center, visit ferguson.ua.edu, like "TheFergatUA" on Facebook, follow @TheFergUA on Twitter of call 348-7487.

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February 21, 2011

INTERFAITH COMEDY SHOW COMING TO UA FEB. 28
What do a Muslim, a Christian and a Jew have in common?

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Ferguson Center Student Union and Campus Ministries Association at The University of Alabama are teaming up to bring the Laugh in Peace Comedy Show to campus on Monday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ferguson Center Theater.

The Laugh in Peace Comedy Show will feature Azhar Usman, an American-Muslim comedian; the Rev. Susan Sparks, America's only Christian female comedian with a pulpit; and Rabbi Bob Alper, the only practicing Jewish clergyman doing stand-up comedy.

"The comedy show is going to be a unique opportunity for people of all different backgrounds to come together," says Renee Sharon, a junior majoring in public relations. "We can forget about things that separate us as individuals and focus on things that unite us as people."

This event is free and open to all UA students, faculty and staff as well as the Tuscaloosa community. Tickets can be reserved and printed online at crimsonartstickets.com. A ticket is required for entry. Attendees are also invited to a meet and greet with the comedians after the show.

The three seasoned comedians perform a top-notch comedy show with an underlying message of cultural understanding. Azhar Usman is one of the world's most popular American-Muslim comedians. He has been featured on ABC Nightline and CBS Sunday Morning. Originally from Chicago, he has performed throughout the U.S. and internationally.

The Rev. Susan Sparks is the senior pastor at the historic Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York City. Sparks performs comedies, keynotes and sermons across the nation. She has been featured in O (The Oprah Magazine), The New York Times, CNN and ABC.

Rabbi Bob Alper performs comedy acts across the U.S. and in London. He can be heard daily on Sirius/XM Radio and seen on Showtime, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN and Extra.

The Laugh in Peace Comedy Tour performs throughout North America at universities, conferences, houses of worship, and fundraisers and has been featured on CNN and in dozens of newspapers.

For more information about the Laugh in Peace Comedy Tour, visit bobalper.com.

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.

For more information about the Ferguson Center, visit ferguson.ua.edu, like "The Ferg at UA" on Facebook, follow @TheFergUA on Twitter or call 348-7487.

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February 14, 2011

STUDENT TICKETS ONLY $10 FOR AVETT BROTHERS & BAND OF HORSES AT TUSCALOOSA AMPHITHEATER

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Tickets went on sale Friday, Feb. 11 for the opening concert at the brand new Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. The Avett Brothers, who just played at the Grammy's, will be performing with special guests Band of Horses on Friday, April 1. Student tickets are available at the Ferguson Center for only $10.

Tickets will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday in the Ferguson Center, room 356. Students, faculty and staff are all eligible to purchase student-priced tickets. An ACT card is required for purchase.

If you have any questions regarding student/faculty/staff ticketing, please call (205) 348-7487.

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.

For more information about the Ferguson Center, visit ferguson.ua.edu, like "The Ferg at UA" on Facebook, follow @TheFergUA on Twitter or call 348-7487.

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February 11, 2011

"SUGARBABY" WINS BEST PICTURE IN 2011 CAMPUS MOVIEFEST AT UA

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Winners of the 2011 Campus MovieFest Film Festival at The University of Alabama were announced last night at the Red Carpet Finale at the Ferguson Center Theater. All recipients of the top awards for Best Picture, Best Comedy and Best Drama received a free version of Final Cut Pro Studio, an iPod and were invited to the Campus MovieFest International Grand Finale in Los Angeles, Calif. this summer.

BEST PICTURE
Best Picture was awarded to the film "Sugarbaby," the story of a guy Mark who is trying to break up with his (hopefully soon-to-be ex) girlfriend Stacy, but she is not going to let him go easily when she reveals a big surprise. "Sugarbaby" was created by the group Bob Lob Laws.

BEST COMEDY
Best Comedy was awarded to the film "Mind Games," the classic story of boy chases girl with a comedic twist. Most films are driven by dialogue, but not this film. This film strictly shows what the characters are thinking. The characters bodies might be saying one thing, but their minds are saying something else."Mind Games" also won the award for MOST POPULAR by obtaining the most YouTube views during the past week. This film was created by the group Fast Forward.

BEST DRAMA
Best Drama was awarded to the film "Bottom of the Glass," the story of how an unique protagonist loses everything he's loved in the blink of an eye. With nothing to live for he fills his life with a collection of self-deprecation to fill the empty void. His life seems lost until someone comes along to remind him that life is worth living even after tragedy. "Bottom of the Glass" was created by the group Que The Lights.

BAMA DINING FAN FAVORITE
This year, the Ferguson Center and Bama Dining teamed up to award a team with fun prizes based on the number of votes they received during the two days prior to the finale. Fans could vote as many times as they wanted by text, twitter or web voting. The Bama Dining Fan Favorite award was given to the film "Blue Barry." Barry, a blue bird, takes on the scummiest of parking lot birds in this stop-action thriller. The clay animation movie was created by the team The Coiner Production.

GOLDEN TRIPOD AWARDS
Participants were also recognized for specific talents and specific aspects of their movies with the Golden Tripod Awards:
Best Director: Thomas Coiner with "Blue Barry"
Best Cinematography: "Hustle"
Best Soundtrack: "This is Why Your Name Isn't Dante"

AT&T RETHINK POSSIBLE AWARDS
Three semifinalists were also announced for the AT&T Rethink Possible award, which gives them the chance to compete for one of the five spots to pitch their work to Hollywood executives. The finalists include:
"Blue Barry," "Bottom of the Glass" and "A Certain Woman."

Campus MovieFest is the world's largest student film festival and has traveled across the country providing college students with all the equipment they need to create a short film for free in one week. This is the fourth year that Campus MovieFest has come to UA.

The Ferguson Center staff would like to thank all students, faculty and staff who participated in Campus MovieFest by creating films, judging the films or attending the finale.

For more information about Campus MovieFest or to see the CMF movies, visit www.campusmoviefest.com.

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.

For more information about the Ferguson Center, visit ferguson.ua.edu, like "The Ferg at UA" on Facebook, follow @TheFergUA on Twitter or call 348-7487.

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February 9, 2011

TOP 16 FILMS TO BE SHOWN AT CAMPUS MOVIEFEST RED CARPET FINALE FEB. 10

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Have you ever wondered what it was like to walk the red carpet? Find out for yourself at the Campus MovieFest Red Carpet Finale at the Ferguson Center Theater on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m.

Students at The University of Alabama had exactly one week to create a five-minute film to submit for the Campus MovieFest finale. Over 100 teams picked up a free HD camera and Apple Laptop complete with all editing software needed to make a short film. The short films can be viewed on YouTube or at campusmoviefest.com.

The films will be judged this week and could win great prizes including iPods, iPads, cash or a trip to Hollywood for a pitch meeting. Movies could win in categories such as best comedy, best drama or best picture. A new category, sponsored by Bama Dining, was added this year for the "2011 fan favorite." Vote for your favorite film between Feb. 8 to 10 at ferguson.ua.edu, on Twitter at TheFergUA, or by texting the keyword associated with the movie to 37607.

Christine Hackman, a graduate assistant for university recreation will be a judge, and she said that she is looking for "originality, creativity and a good story line."

Admission to the Red Carpet Finale is free. The doors will open at 7 p.m., and the show will begin at 7:30 p.m. This will be a great event to dress in your finest formal attire, get together with friends and enjoy the short films produced by UA students.

Lizzie Yarbrough, a graduate student in advertising and public relations said, "As a student who is not involved in film, I find it really amazing how great the quality of these movies are."

For more information about the Campus MovieFest film festival, visit www.campusmoviefest.com.

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February 2, 2011

CAMPUS MOVIEFEST RECRUITS HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS TO MAKE A MOVIE IN 1 WEEK

Top 16 films to be shown at Campus MovieFest Red Carpet Finale on Feb. 10

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -The University of Alabama Ferguson Center Student Union kicked off the 2011 Campus MovieFest student film festival competition on Feb. 1. More than 100 teams picked up equipment to make a five-minute film in one week. The top 16 films will be shown at the Feb. 10 Red Carpet Finale at the Ferguson Center Theater.

"Campus MovieFest has grown every year and has been very popular on the UA Campus," says Kelli Knox-Hall, Senior Assistant Director at the Ferguson Center. "More teams of students participated this year than ever before, and we are excited to showcase their work at the red carpet finale on Feb. 10."

Campus MovieFest is the world's largest student film festival and has traveled across the country providing college students with all the equipment they need to create a short film. This is the fourth year that Campus MovieFest has come to UA. Films from previous festivals can be found on YouTube.

Students will be filming their movies all this week and will turn them in on Tuesday, Feb. 7 to be judged by a panel of faculty, staff and students. Movies could win in categories such as best comedy, best drama, best picture or most popular. Prizes for the winning films include iPods, iPads, cash or a trip to a Hollywood pitch meeting. In addition, Bama Dining has sponsored an additional award for the team who is the "fan favorite." The fan favorite will be decided by votes made on twitter (@TheFergUA) or by a texted vote to 37607.

All students are invited to attend the Campus MovieFest red carpet finale on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ferguson Center Theater. Attendance is free and doors will open at 7:00 p.m.

For more information about the Campus MovieFest film festival, visit www.campusmoviefest.com.

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-quslity services, collaborative programming and leisure time activities.

For more information about the Ferguson Center, visit ferguson.ua.edu, like "The Ferg at UA" on Facebook, follow @TheFergUA on Twitter or call 348-7487.

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January 28, 2011

CAMPUS MOVIEFEST COMES TO THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA FEB. 1

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Campus MovieFest (CMF), the world's largest student film festival, is coming to The University of Alabama Feb. 1 as part of its tenth annual world tour. Students who sign up for CMF at the Ferguson Center will receive everything they need to make a five minute movie - including an Apple laptop, Panasonic HD video camera and an AT&T phone - all for free.

Any student at UA is welcome to participate, and they get all the training and support they need. Participating students experience a unique opportunity to express themselves, learn about filmmaking, gain exposure and of course, have a lot of fun and have the opportunity to win more than $300,000 in great prizes including iPads, cash, trips to Hollywood pitch meetings and more!

Students can sign up online at www.campusmoviefest.com before moviemaking launches at UA on Tuesday, Feb. 1. Students can pick up their equipment on Tuesday, Feb. 1 in the Ferguson Center 2nd floor TV lounge from 12 to 5 p.m. Students then have one week to film and edit their movies and are free to create a movie about anything they would like. We encourage students to consider some of our special categories - including the following:

  • • Elfenworks Social Justice category, which focuses on domestic poverty and justice issues around the US and awards $20,000 in cash grants;
    • The AT&T Rethink Possible Award, which provides winning students with cash and industry luminary support to start creating a feature film.

Movies are turned in on Feb. 7 and then judged by a panel consisting of UA students, faculty and staff. On Thursday, Feb. 10, the top 16 movies will be shown at a red carpet finale at the Ferguson Center Theater at 7:30 p.m. The winners from UA advance to the CMF International Grand Finale in Hollywood, Calif.

CMF began ten years ago when four students at Emory University provided fellow students with everything they needed to make movies in one week. Since then, more than 350,000 students have received all the necessary technology and training to tell their stories for free thanks to corporate partners and schools. Past winners have walked away with more than $2 million in prizes and seen their films on the big screens at CMF events nationwide, at Cannes, at Paramount Studios and on millions of smaller screens - including AT&T mobile devices, in-flight on Virgin
America and online.

For more information about Campus MovieFest or to see the best CMF movies, visit
www.campusmoviefest.com.

The Ferguson Center collaboratively serves the educational mission of the University by encouraging, supporting and celebrating personal developments, involvement, citizenship, leadership and respect for a healthy campus community.

For more information about the Ferguson Center, visit ferguson.ua.edu, like "TheFergatUA" on Facebook, follow @TheFergUA on Twitter or call 348-7487.

HIGHLIGHTS

    • World's largest student film festival comes to UA thanks to the Ferguson Center
    • Participating students will receive everything they need - Apple laptops, AT&T phones, Panasonic HD camcorders, and training - all for free
    • Text INFO to 41234 to find out more about Campus MovieFest
    • The CMF International Grand Finale celebrates the best movies from the 2010-2011 tour including the top UA movies
    • Additional exposure opportunities include in-flight on Virgin America, on AT&T phones, at Cannes and more
    • Other prizes include iPods, gift cards, iPads, trips to film festivals, a chance to meet award-winning filmmakers and over $25,000 in cash grants

IMPORTANT DATES

CMF LAUNCH - 2/1 Pick up equipment in the Ferguson Center 2nd floor TV Lounge 12 to 5 p.m.
CMF COLLECTION - 2/7 Turn in movies to Ferguson Center Room 305 between 12 and 6 p.m.
CMF RED CARPET FINALE - 2/10 The Ferguson Center Theater Doors 7:00 p.m., Movies 7:30 p.m.

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January 13, 2011

LITES OUT COSMIC BOWLING TOURNAMENT RAISES MONEY TO FIGHT ILLITERACY

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Ferguson Center Student Union at The University of Alabama will partner with Literacy is the Edge (LITE), a student-led advocacy group supporting literacy, for the first LITEs Out Cosmic Bowling Tournament on Thursday, Jan. 20 from 9 to 11:30 p.m. at AMF Bama Lanes in Tuscaloosa. The tournament will raise money for the Literacy Council of West Alabama to help fight illiteracy in the region.

The Ferguson Center is currently registering teams of students who are interested in participating in the fundraiser. Teams will consist of five to six people, and a $25 registration fee per team will be required to enter the tournament. Registration packets are available in the Ferguson Center Room 100 and online at http://ferguson.ua.edu/applications.html.

“The Ferguson Center decided to partner with LITE on this event because illiteracy is an important issue that effects many in West Alabama,” said LaToya Scott, Ferguson Center Coordinator for Special Events & Student Development. “We are hoping that students can come out to this great event for a little fun at the beginning of the semester while also helping their local community.”

Teams bowling in the tournament will be competing for two prizes. One will go to the team who scores the highest average team score, and one will be given to the team who raises the most money for the cause. Teams are not required to raise more than the $25 registration fee, but those wishing to raise any additional money will be eligible for a prize. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the fundraiser will be given to the Literacy Council of West Alabama to aid them in the fight against illiteracy.

LITE is a student organization at UA started by advertising and public relations graduate students in 2008. The group was created to recruit literacy tutors for adults and children in the Tuscaloosa area. Now in it's third year as a student organization, more than 1,000 UA students have been recruited to become a part of LITE.

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.

For more information about the LITEs Out Cosmic Bowling Tournament or the Ferguson Center, visit ferguson.ua.edu, facebook.com/TheFergatUA, follow @TheFergUA on Twitter or call 348-7525.

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November 29, 2010

FERGUSON ART GALLERY TO SHOWCASE SIX UA SENIORS’ ARTWORK
Capstone Expo: A Senior Art & Design Show Dec. 1 to 15

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Ferguson Center Art Gallery at The University of Alabama will present Capstone Expo: A Senior Art & Design Show featuring six senior artists and designers at UA Dec. 1 to 15.

Senior receptions will be held Friday, Dec. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Ferguson Center Gallery. The Capstone Expo is free and open to the public.

The featured graduating seniors include Amanda Nicole Barnes, Sarah “Brodie” Whetstone and Laura Blair Little with art exhibits, Katrina Noel Thomas with a photography exhibit, and Leah “Alison” Tucker and Shelton N. Wirth with apparel design exhibits.

“We have created this exhibit to showcase these talented young creatives and to expose them to the gallery experience before endeavoring into the real world,” says Wesley Rorex, Ferguson Center Gallery Coordinator.

The Ferguson Art Gallery will be divided into six spaces that the featured artists and designers can utilize. Each senior has the opportunity to use the provided gallery space however he or she likes within standard gallery guidelines.

The Ferguson Center Art Gallery seeks to expose UA students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community to the arts culture and to provide an outlet to showcase their work.

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.

For more information about the Capstone Expo, the Ferguson Art Gallery or the Ferguson Center, visit ferguson.ua.edu, facebook.com/TheFergatUA, follow @TheFergUA on Twitter or call 348-7487.

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November 15,2010

GO ON THE TOWN WITH THE FERG NOVEMBER 21

The Ferguson Center will take students to Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Ferguson Center at The University of Alabama will take 25 students to the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham on Sunday, Nov. 21 from 12 to 5 p.m. Free tickets and transportation will be provided to the first 25 students who email uaprograms@gmail.com.

The trip to the museum is the second installment in the Ferguson Center's new event series On the Town with the Ferg, which gives students the opportunity to travel off campus to explore cultures beyond the university at minimal or no cost. Future events may include trips to sporting events and art exhibits around the Southeast.

“We are excited to be taking students to Birmingham with this ‘On the Town’ event,” said LaToya Scott, coordinator for special events and student development at the Ferguson Center. “We are hoping students will get to see a unique part of Birmingham while also learning about a the history of motor vehicles.”

The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum was opened in 1994 and originated out of George Barber's personal collection of vintage cars and motorcycles. The collection now has over 1,200 vintage and modern motorcycles and as well as a substantial collection of Lotus and other racecars. It is considered the largest collection of its type in North America and possibly the world. There are approximately 600 of the collection's 1,200 motorcycles on display at any given time. These bikes range from 1902 to current-year production. Bikes from 20 countries represent 200 different manufacturers.

Students who receive free tickets should meet at the flagpole on the Ferguson Plaza at 11:45 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21. Students will have three hours to tour the museum.

The Ferguson Center collaboratively serves the educational mission of the University by encouraging, supporting and celebrating personal developments, involvement, citizenship, leadership and respect for a healthy campus community.

For more information visit http://ferguson.ua.edu, www.facebook.com/TheFergatUA, follow @TheFergUA on Twitter or call 348-7525.

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November 10,2010

FREE SCREENING OF GROWN UPS AT THE FERGUSON THEATER NOV. 21

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Ferguson Center at The University of Alabama will show a free screening of Grown Ups at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21 at the Ferguson Center Theater.

The screening of Grown Ups is the second movie screening for the 2010-2011 movie series that will take place in various locations around campus throughout the year.

“Everyone loves a comedy,” says LaToya Scott, coordinator for special events and student development at the Ferguson Center. “Our goal for this year’s movie series is to cover as many genres as possible to show movies that appeal to a large portion of our student population.”

Free popcorn and refreshments will also be available at the screening of Grown Ups. This event is free to all UA students, faculty and staff as well as the greater Tuscaloosa community.

Grown Ups, starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider, is a comedy about five friends and former teammates who reunite to honor the passing of their childhood basketball coach. They come together with their families for a Fourth of July holiday weekend. Over the eventful holiday, the group discovers why growing older doesn't necessarily mean growing up.

The Ferguson Center collaboratively serves the educational mission of the University by encouraging, supporting and celebrating personal developments, involvement, citizenship, leadership and respect for a healthy campus community.

For more information about the fall movie series, visit http://ferguson.ua.edu, www.facebook.com/TheFergatUA, follow @TheFergUA on Twitter or call 348-7487.

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November 10,2010

The University of Alabama Ferguson Center Launches Al's Pals Mentorship Program
All students are invited to sign up for mentor interviews during the week of Nov. 15

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Ferguson Center at The University of Alabama is pleased to announce the launch of Al's Pals, UA's newest mentorship program, for spring 2011. Al's Pals mentors will be paired with a 2nd or 3rd grade student at the new McKenzie Court Community Center in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

“We are so excited about bringing Al’s Pals to McKenzie Court,” says Besty Ervin, McKenzie Court site manager. “This program will allow students to meet people from all walks of life who can give them the confidence they need to realize that they too can go to college and be successful in the future.”

Applications are available at the following Ferguson Center locations: the second floor information desk, the Community Service Center, the Student Involvement & Leadership office and the Ferguson Center Director's office. Applications should be returned when signing up for an interview in Ferguson 356.

New mentor interviews will be held during the week of Nov. 15 and orientation sessions will be held Jan. 12 and 13 at the Ferguson Center. All students at The University of Alabama are invited to apply.

The Ferguson Center, along with the Community Service Center and Student Involvement & Leadership, are recruiting students to be the first mentors in the Al's Pals program in hopes of continuing to improve the quality of life for many at-risk children living in the McKenzie Court area.

Mentors will work one-on-one with 2nd and 3rd grade students developing a fun and friendly relationship. Mentors will help the children with their homework, reinforce reading and math skills and partake in enrichment and recreational activities.

Mentoring will begin at the McKenzie Court Community Center (approximately 12 miles from campus) on Jan. 19 and 20. Mentor meetings will be held every Wednesday and Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. for the rest of the semester. Mentors can choose which day they would like to meet with their mentee.

The Al's Pals program will help organize transportation to McKenzie Court for mentors if needed and will provide training and support for all Al's Pals mentors.

McKenzie Court was the largest and second oldest public housing development in Tuscaloosa before receiving one of seven Hope VI grants from The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The grant allowed the Tuscaloosa Housing Authority to revitalize the McKenzie Court area and the way of life for many Tuscaloosa residents.

The Ferguson Center collaboratively serves the educational mission of the University by encouraging, supporting and celebrating personal developments, involvement, citizenship, leadership and respect for a healthy campus community.

For more information or to request an Al's Pals application, call 205-965-4303,email alspalsua@gmail.com or visit http://ferguson.ua.edu/applications.html .

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November 2,2010

POISE EXHIBIT COMING TO FERGUSON CENTER ART GALLERY IN NOV.
Opening Reception will be held Friday, Nov. 5

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Ferguson Center Art Gallery at The University of Alabama will present POISE, an exhibit by MFA Candidate Jason Doblin, Nov. 4 to 28.

An opening reception will be held Friday, Nov. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. Doblin’s show is the first exhibit featuring sculptures this semester. The POISE exhibit is free and open to the public.

Jason Doblin is a MFA candidate in Studio Art with a concentration in ceramics. He formerly served as the Ferguson Art Gallery coordinator and currently serves as the Undergraduate Parent Support Coordinator in Student Affairs. Following the completion of his MFA in May 2011, he and his family plan to move to Jingdezhen, China, to continue working in ceramics and to teach English as a second language to Chinese ceramic students.

POISE is an intriguing exhibit of ceramic sculptures,” says Wesley H. Rorex, Ferguson Center Art Gallery Coordinator. “Jason uses traditional materials to create charming works of art that capture the eye and inspire the mind.”

Doblin says that each art piece in the POISE exhibit was constructed to exist in a state of transition. Each structure is balanced to stand on its own, but its physical shape questions the permanence of that balance. Doblin challenges each viewer to recognize and appreciate the graceful balance exhibited in the work, to recognize the balance each of us must possess in life and to respect the fact that each of us has the ability to become, at any time, the disrupting force to someone else’s delicate balance.

The Ferguson Center Art Gallery seeks to expose UA students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community to the arts culture and to provide an outlet to showcase their work. To apply for an art gallery exhibit, please visit ferguson.ua.edu or email fergartgallery@sa.ua.edu.

The Ferguson Center collaboratively serves the educational mission of the University by encouraging, supporting and celebrating personal developments, involvement, citizenship, leadership and respect for a healthy campus community.

For more information visit http://ferguson.ua.edu, www.facebook.com/TheFergatUA, follow @TheFergUA on Twitter or call 348-7487.

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November 1, 2010

THE FERG TO HOST HOT TOPICS DISCUSSION ON RACISM

TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- The Ferguson Center at The University of Alabama will host the second Hot Topics event of the semester entitled "Racism: Then & Now" on Thursday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ferguson Center second floor TV lounge.

This popular discussion series allows students to talk about a controversial topic in a neutral setting. A moderator will facilitate the discussion. The subject of modern racism is often off limits, but this event will bring the "hot topic" to the forefront.

This Hot Topics discussion will be held one day after the Malone-Hood Plaza and Autherine Lucy Clock Tower Dedication event at Foster Auditorium that commemorates the first African-Americans to enroll at UA leading to a desegregated campus. All students are invited to take part in this Hot Topics conversation to share their unique beliefs and opinions about racism in the past and present.

"The goal of Hot Topics is to provide students with a space where they can freely discuss issues and current events that are important to them," says LaToya Scott, coordinator of student programming for the Ferguson Center. "This Hot Topics discussion will tie in nicely with the plaza and clock tower dedication event and will give students a safe outlet to voice their opinion about racism."

The Hot Topics discussion is free and open to all UA students. Free food and refreshments will be provided at the event.

The Ferguson Center collaboratively serves the educational mission of the University by encouraging, supporting and celebrating personal developments, involvement, citizenship, leadership and respect for a healthy campus community.

For more information about the Hot Topics discussion series, visit http://ferguson.ua.edu, www.facebook.com/TheFergatUA, follow @TheFergUA on Twitter or call 348-7487.

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October 25, 2010

FERGUSON GALLERY INVITES UA GRADUATING SENIORS TO SHOWCASE WORK
The Inaugural Capstone Expo: A Senior Art & Design Show will be held Dec. 1 to 15

TUSCALOOSA, Ala.-What can you do with four feet of wall space? The University of Alabama's Ferguson Center Gallery invites all December graduating seniors to showcase their work at the Capstone Expo Show.

Dec. 1 to 15, the Ferguson Center Gallery will host the Capstone Expo: A Senior Art & Design Show. Seniors majoring in any aspect of art or design are encouraged to apply to showcase their work. With so much talent on one campus, only the best will be chosen.

Fifteen four-foot spaces will be available for artists and designers to utilize. Student works may vary from senior projects completed during class to pieces of work created specifically for the show.

Each senior has the opportunity to use the provided gallery space however he or she likes within standard gallery guidelines. The gallery encourages exhibitors to be as creative as possible when working with the assigned four feet of wall space.

"We are creating this exhibit to showcase these talented young creatives and expose these students to the gallery experience before endeavoring into the real world,” says Wesley Rorex, Ferguson Center Gallery Coordinator.

Deadline for application to the Capstone Expo is Friday, Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. Email fergartgallery@sa.ua.edu for an application. Applications can be submitted to Kelli Knox-Hall in 356 Ferguson or emailed to Kelli Knox-Hall at kknox-hall@sa.ua.edu and Wesley Rorex at fergartgallery@sa.ua.edu.

The Ferguson Center Art Gallery seeks to expose UA students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community to the arts culture and to provide an outlet to showcase their work.

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.

For more information about the Ferguson center or On the Town with The Ferg, visit http://ferguson.ua.edu, www.facebook.com/TheFergatUA,follow @TheFergUA on Twitter or call 348-7487.

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October 11, 2010

FIRST ON THE TOWN WITH THE FERG EVENT OCTOBER 17
Ferguson Center Provides Free Tickets and Transportation to the Kentuck Festival

TUSCALOOSA, Ala.-The Ferguson Center will host the first On the Town with the Ferg event with a trip to the Kentuck Festival of the Arts on Sunday, Oct. 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. in downtown Northport.

The first 30 students who request tickets by emailing uaprograms@gmail.com will receive a free Sunday pass to the event. The Ferguson center will provide a free shuttle for all students to and from the Ferg Plaza on the hour from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17.

On the Town with the Ferg is a new program created by the Ferguson Center that gives students the opportunity to travel off campus to explore cultures beyond the university at minimal or no cost. Future events may include trips to sporting events and art exhibits around the Southeast.

We are excited about our new On the Town events this year," says Carl Bacon, director of the Ferguson Center. "These events provide a great opportunity for students to step outside of their comfort zone and expand their worldviews and appreciation for cultural diversity while meeting new people and making new friends."

The Kentuck Festival celebrates a variety of artistic styles ranging from folk to contemporary arts as well as traditional crafts. Each year more than 250 artists participate in the festival. The Kentuck Festival has received numerous national recognitions including Top Ten Art Fairs and Festivals in the United States by American Style Magazine. Sunday passes can be purchased at Kentuck for $10.

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.

For more information about the Ferguson center or On the Town with The Ferg, visit http://ferguson.ua.edu, www.facebook.com/TheFergatUA,follow @TheFergUA on Twitter or call 348-7487.

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October 5, 2010

HOMECOMING COMEDY SHOW TO FEATURE EDDIE IFFT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The 2010 Homecoming comedy show featuring comedian Eddie Ifft will be held in the Ferguson Center Theater on Monday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.

Ifft is a nationally known comedian who has headlined across the U.S. as well as in 15 countries. He has appeared on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” BET’s “Comic View” and E!’s “Chelsea Lately.” Ifft has also hosted the Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” and spent an entire season as the ABC College Football Guy. In 2009, Ifft filmed a half hour comedy special for Comedy Central.

Chad Clark, Director of Student Engagement for the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership says, “We are excited to be partnering with the Ferguson Center to bring Eddie Ifft to campus as part of Homecoming Week. This is the third year we have cosponsored the event, and it’s always a great show.”

The comedy show, which is free and open to all UA students, is part of the events for Homecoming Week. This year’s schedule kicks off with the Roll Tide Run on Sunday, Oct. 10 and continues through the week with a talent show, basketball tournament, choreography contest, step show and pep rally. The week will conclude with the Homecoming parade and Alabama vs. Ole Miss Football game on Saturday, Oct. 16. For a full schedule of Homecoming Week activities, please visit http://homecoming.ua.edu/.

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.

For more information about the Ferguson Center, visit http://ferguson.ua.edu, www.facebook.com/TheFergatUA, follow @TheFergUA on Twitter or call 348-7487.

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October 1, 2010

HALL OF FAME IN THE FERG INDUCTS NEW MEMBERS AT REOPENING CEREMONY
Three former university administrators inducted into the Warner O. Moore Hall of Fame

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - After months of renovation, the Division of Student Affairs held its grand reopening and inaugural induction ceremony for the Warner O. Moore Hall of Fame on the third floor of the Ferguson Center on Thursday, Sept. 28. The ceremony, the first black-tie affair ever held by The University of Alabama’s Division of Student Affairs, welcomed three former university administrators into the exclusive group.

Inductees for 2010 were Dr. John L. Blackburn, vice president for educational development from 1978 to 1990; Sarah Healy Fenton, dean of women who worked to integrate the university in the 1950s and Milford E. Espey, Jr., who held many positions at the university including director of the Ferguson Center and assistant to the vice president for student affairs. All were posthumous inductions.

Dr. Joab L. Thomas, president of the university from 1981 to 1988, served as master of ceremonies and also delivered a tribute to the honorees.

In 1992, the Student Affairs Hall of Fame was renamed in memory of Dr. Warner O. “Lanny” Moore, Jr., professor of history and director of Honors Day at the university.

The third floor of the Ferguson Center underwent a major renovation in spring 2010, including converting offices to an open area for use by student organizations. Dr. Mark Nelson, vice president for student affairs, cut the ribbon on the also-remodeled hallway that houses the Hall of Fame. Marble replaced the previous carpeted floors and new plaques were ordered to showcase other student, faculty and alumni award recipients.

The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.

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.

For more information about the Warner O. Moore Hall of Fame, contact April Sanders at 348-4273.

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October 1, 2010

THE FERG KICKS OFF FALL MOVIE SERIES WITH THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Ferguson Center at The University of Alabama will show a free screening of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 10 at the Ferguson Center Plaza.

The screening of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse marks the beginning of the fall 2010 movie series that will take place in various locations around campus throughout the semester. The movie on the plaza is free to all UA students as well as the greater Tuscaloosa community.

LaToya Scott, coordinator for student programs at the Ferguson Center says, “Our goal for this year’s movie series is to cover as many genres as possible to show movies that appeal to a large portion of our student population.”

Free popcorn and refreshments will also be available at the screening of Eclipse. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for the outdoor movie venue. In the event of rain the movie will be shown in the Ferguson Center Theater.

The Ferguson Center collaboratively serves the educational mission of the University by encouraging, supporting and celebrating personal developments, involvement, citizenship, leadership and respect for a healthy campus community.

For more information about the fall movie series, visit http://ferguson.ua.edu, www.facebook.com/TheFergatUA, follow @TheFergUA on Twitter or call 348-7487.

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September 30, 2010

INVASION EXHIBIT COMING TO FERGUSON CENTER ART GALLERY IN OCT.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- The Ferguson Center Art Gallery at The University of Alabama will present Invasion-Representations of Cancer: Combining Medical and Military Metaphors, an exhibit by student artist Patricia Davis, Oct. 5 - 29.

An opening reception will be held Thursday, Oct. 7 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Patricia Davis, a native of Gulf Shores, Ala., is a senior in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at The University of Alabama majoring in Studio Art with concentrations in printmaking and sculpture. Davis, a 2010 McNair Scholar, was awarded a research stipend that she used to develop this exhibit. The Invasion exhibit developed after Davis lost her mother to cancer in 2007.

“The INVASION exhibit is a unique show that will speak to every person because everyone has been affected in some way by the battles of cancer,” says Wesley Rorex, Ferguson Center Art Gallery Coordinator. “Patricia has worked hard to seamlessly integrate the juxtaposing themes of cancer and military into her exhibit. I’ve never seen a show like this before. ”

With the Invasion exhibit, Davis is responding to and exploring how society uses military metaphors to discuss and visualize cancer. These works, created using drawing, painting, and printmaking techniques, are abstracted internal landscapes that depict how cancer, disguised as various iconic elements associated with warfare, might affect eleven systems of the human body. 

The Ferguson Center Art Gallery seeks to expose UA students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community to the arts culture and to provide an outlet to showcase their work. To apply for an art gallery exhibit, please visit ferguson.ua.edu or email fergartgallery@sa.ua.edu.

The Ferguson Center collaboratively serves the educational mission of the University by encouraging, supporting and celebrating personal developments, involvement, citizenship, leadership and respect for a healthy campus community.

For more information visit http://ferguson.ua.edu, www.facebook.com/TheFergatUA, follow @TheFergUA on Twitter or call 348-7487.

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September 29, 2010

THE FERG HOSTS HOT TOPIC DISCUSSION ON RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Ferguson Center at The University of Alabama will host the first Hot Topics event of the semester themed around religious discrimination on Thursday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Ferguson Center second floor television lounge.

This popular discussion series allows students to talk about a controversial topic in a neutral setting. The discussion is facilitated by a moderator. The subject of religious discrimination is often off limits, but this event will bring the “hot topic” to the forefront. Religious groups from across campus are invited to take part in this event and to share their unique beliefs and opinions.

LaToya Scott, coordinator of student programming for the Ferguson Center, says, “The goal of Hot Topics is to provide students with a space where they can freely discuss issues and current events that are important to them.”

The Hot Topics discussion is free and open to all UA students. Light refreshments will be provided at the event.

The Ferguson Center collaboratively serves the educational mission of the University by encouraging, supporting and celebrating personal developments, involvement, citizenship, leadership and respect for a healthy campus community.

For more information about Hot Topics, visit http://ferguson.ua.edu, www.facebook.com/TheFergatUA, follow @TheFergUA on Twitter or call 348-7487.

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August 19, 2010

FERGUSON CENTER TO HOST UFC FIGHT LIVE ON PPV IN BALLROOM AUG. 28

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Ferguson Center Student Union will host a live Pay-Per-View screening of the UFC 118: EDGAR VS. PENN 2 Lightweight Championship and Heavyweight Showdown on Saturday, Aug. 28 at 9 p.m. The screening will be held in the Ferguson Center Ballroom on the third floor and will be free to all UA students. Doors will open at 8 p.m. and UA ACTion cards are required for entrance.

"The Ferguson Center decided to broadcast the fight because so many students came into our offices talking about the popularity of UFC," said LaToya Scott, Coordinator of Student Programs for the Ferguson Center. "We wanted to provide a space for students interested in mixed martial arts to watch the fight live for free while engaging with one another."

The night will showcase four fights from both the lightweight and heavyweight categories. The competitors will compete in mixed martial arts fighting, which includes styles such as jiu-jitsu, judo, karate, boxing, kickboxing and wrestling. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

The featured fight will be the second match between Frankie Edgar, who currently holds the UFC lightweight strap and BJ Penn who formerly held this title. Other featured fights include Randy Couture vs. James Toney in the Heavyweight Showdown and Rousimar Palhares vs. Nate Maquardt and Gray Maynard vs. Kenny Florian in the lightweight category.

The Ferguson Center collaboratively serves the educational mission of the University by encouraging, supporting and celebrating personal developments, involvement, citizenship, leadership and respect for a healthy campus community.

For more information visit ferguson.ua.edu, search The Ferg at UA on Facebook, follow @TheFergUA on Twitter or call 349-7487.

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August 19, 2010

PAUL R. JONES COLLECTION COMING TO FERGUSON CENTER ART GALLERY IN SEPT.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama's College of Arts and Sciences will present an exhibit of works from UA's Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art, "Branching Out: Surrounding the Spiral Group," in the art gallery of the UA Ferguson Center Sept. 7-30. An opening reception will be held Tuesday, Sept. 14 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The Spiral Group, 1963-1965, formed as an artist group during the peak of the civil rights movement. They met to discuss and debate the role of African-American artists in America. This show will look at the influences, contrasts and reach of the Spiral Group through the work of artists who were part of the group, of artists influenced by Spiral Group members and of artists working as contemporaries to Spiral Group artists.

"We are very pleased that we can share these works with the University community and the public," said Dr. Robert F. Olin, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "Collectively, the works tell a story about an important time in our country's history that I think will resonate with everyone who views them."

The Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art was donated to UA in October 2008 by the late Paul Raymond Jones of Atlanta. It is one of the world's largest collections of 20th-century African-American art.

The Ferguson Center Art Gallery seeks to expose UA students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community to the local arts culture and provides an outlet for students and local artists to showcase their work. To apply for an art gallery exhibit, please visit ferguson.ua.edu.

The Ferguson Center collaboratively serves the educational mission of the University by encouraging, supporting and celebrating personal developments, involvement, citizenship, leadership and respect for a healthy campus community.

For more information visit ferguson.ua.edu, search The Ferg at UA on Facebook, follow @TheFergUA on Twitter or call 349-7487.

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November 2, 2009

University Union to Offer Common Book Experience on "The Accidental Billionaires"

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University Union, a division of Student Affairs, will offer a common book experience on "The Accidental Billionaires" on Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ferguson Center Game room. The discussion will be lead by Ms. Judith Halli.

"The Accidental Billionaires" details the story of Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg, the creators of the social networking phenomenon – Facebook. Saverin and Zuckerberg shared brilliance in math and computers. One lonely night, Zuckerberg hacked into Harvard University's computer system, creating a ratable database of all the female students on campus. In return, he crashed the university's servers and was almost kicked out of school. It was in that moment that the framework for Facebook was born.

What followed was a real-life adventure filled with slick venture capitalists, money, and lawyers. Before long, Eduardo and Mark's different ideas about Facebook created cracks in their relationship, which soon spiraled out of control. The great irony is that while Facebook succeeded by bringing people together, its very success tore two best friends apart.

Random House Publishing describes the book as "a compulsively readable story of innocence lost and the unusual creation of a company that has revolutionized the way hundreds of millions of people relate to one another."

Judith Halli, the facilitator of the common book experience, currently teaches and serves as the Principal of Holy Spirit Catholic High School. She also teaches the UA Honors course - Citizenship and Service Learning. After graduating from St. Joseph College with a BA in French and English, secondary education, and theology, she received an MA from the University of Virginia. Since moving to Tuscaloosa in 1972, Ms. Halli has worked at Holy Spirit School teaching sixth, seventh, and eighth grades, serving as principal of the elementary school, and teaching English and religion classes in the high school. She has continued her education at the University of Alabama where she has completed course work for a PhD in educational administration.

The common book experience, which is free and open to the UA community, will be held on Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ferguson Center Game room. Refreshments will be provided. The books are free to students and can be picked up in 356 Ferguson. Participants must pre-register at www.ferguson.ua.edu.

For more information, contact Erin Jacobs at 348-8252 or updirector5@sa.ua.edu.

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October 1, 2009

HEART GALLERY OF ALABAMA TO HOST EXHIBIT OF WAITING CHILDREN AT THE FERGUSON CENTER

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Heart Gallery of Alabama is pleased to announce that their exhibit display of Alabama's Waiting Children will be on display at The Ferguson Center on the campus of The University of Alabama from October 1 - 30, 7:00 a.m. - midnight. There will be a reception on Tuesday, October 20, from 5:30-8:00 p.m. where guests may learn more about foster care, the adoption process, and the joy of bringing these beautiful children into permanent, loving families.

Says Michelle Bearman-Wolnek, Heart Gallery's Co-founder and Executive Director, "I hope this exhibit will increase interest in adoption and, even more so, that it may provide more children with loving homes and families."

Heart Gallery of Alabama, which was started by local child advocates in February 2005, was established to promote adoption for the 310+ children currently in Alabama's foster care system who are legally available for adoption. Professional photographers volunteer their time to create beautiful portraits of the children and a social worker interviews each child. This audio can be heard at the exhibit by calling from a cell phone. For more information, visit the website,www.HeartGalleryAlabama.com, to see children's portraits, hear their interviews, and see their videos when available.

This photography exhibit is for anyone in the community who is interested in adoption, foster care, or for anyone who would like to help with the cause. At the reception, meet adoptive families and special guest, 2008 Olympic Bronze Medal Winner in Boxing, Deontay Wilder, a supporter of the Heart Gallery whose commitment to fatherhood changed his life. Blues Project Kids will perform.

For more information on the Heart Gallery, please visit the website at www.HeartGalleryAlabama.com or call 205-445-1293.

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September 15, 2009

Live Jazz Performances in the Ferguson Game Room

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Starting Wednesday, September 16, from 7:00-9:00 pm, the Jazz Studies program & the University Union will provide live jazz performances in the Ferguson Center Game Room. Additional fall dates will include October 7th and November 18th.

In fall 2008, the Jazz Faculty and Jazz Standards Combos performed in the newly renovated Ferguson Center Game Room. This initial performance paved the way for Jazz Studies students to perform on a recurring basis in the Game Room. Wednesday, September 16, will be the first "Live Jazz Night" of the fall 2009 semester.

The Live Jazz Nights give Jazz Studies majors and other non-majors an opportunity to perform for an audience in a fun and laid back environment.

The Jazz Studies Program, a Bachelor of Music curriculum, is a program dedicated to the detailed study of jazz performance and arranging/composition. This new degree, established on the firm foundation of the Arranging Program developed by Professor Steve Sample, is on the cutting edge of the curricula needed by versatile musicians.

For more information on the Jazz Studies program please contact Chris Kozak at ckozak@music.ua.edu. For information on the University Union at the Ferguson Center please visit http://ferguson.ua.edu

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