According to UAB tradition and history, on June 16, 1969, Alabama Governor Albert P. Brewer announced the establishment of The University of Alabama System which was comprised of autonomous campuses in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, and Huntsville.
On that day, University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB) became one of the three universities in the new three-campus system.
Unofficially…. June 16, 2019 is UAB’s 50th birthday.
A community that inspires all of us here in the Magic City, in celebration of UAB’s big day, below is a list of Bham Now’s favorite UAB stories over the past 3 years.
Happy Birthday Blazers!
Bham Now’s Terri Robertson’s March 2019 story about UAB’s Proton Therapy Center, best describes how the university is on the cutting edge of medical science and technology. Bottomline, this new facility, which opens in 2020 will save countless lives.
When folks say UAB sends its people to the “ends of the earth” to discover vaccines or learn more about our changing planet, they are not kidding. Dr. James McClintock is just one of the many modern day explorers that reside on campus.
Talking about explorers – UAB is also home to Sarah Parcak, acclaimed space archeologist, National Geographic Explorer and TED Prize winner. We love her GlobalXplorer program and the fact that this past Spring, she was a Jeopardy question.
One of our favorite Bham Now stories over the past two years was about football, and EVERYONE was a winner.
UAB head coach Bill Clark started the Homecoming tradition of swapping the names of his players on the back of their jerseys with the names of the children at Children’s Harbor. We still get chills, seeing the video of the UAB players blocking the game winning kick at the 2017 Homecoming game and seeing the hugs and smiles from the UAB players and coaches and the children from Children’s Harbor.
You have got to love, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’s guiding principal – UAB Inspiring Equity and Inclusive Excellence, Every Day. UAB is proud to have one of the most diverse campuses in Alabama and the Southeast.
Along with diversity – UAB is highly ranked in numerous categories:
Last year, UAB launched a new sustainability strategic plan that will transform the university’s academic and medical campus by the year 2025. UAB is going green. They are building new energy efficient dorms and research facilities, planting and protecting trees and reducing waste everywhere. The campus is transforming – becoming greener – before our eyes.
Blaze means business. A sneak peek of the Blaze statue in front of the new UAB Collat School of Business building
If you want to see someone who loves UAB and is passionate about giving back to his alma mater – meet Birmingham’s Ken Jackson. Check out his story about the Blaze statue in front of the new Collat School of Business building – and meaning of “Blaze Means Business.”
And of course UAB is fun. Who else has a Gurney Derby on campus? No other university can pull that off.
Happy 50th Birthday UAB!
More than just a college campus, UAB is our community’s largest employer, a global leader in medicine and research and most importantly our neighbors and friends.
Thank goodness, 50 years ago, folks had the vision to create a great university here in Birmingham.