will robert barshop

Email at wrbarshop@crimson.ua.edu

Month: September, 2012

C&IS CommUnity Gathering

On Wednesday, 26 September, members of the UA College of Communications convened at the steps of Reese Phifer for the second annual CommUnity Gathering, an event intended to inform and motivate communications students.

Associate professor, Dr. Jason Black introduced the event and commented on the changing face of the communications program, and the growth he has seen in the past few years. The president of <acronymtitle=”Alabama Student Society for Communication Arts”>ASSCA</acronym>, Susan Griffiths, was absent due to a prior engagement, but the VP read the speech she prepared about the importance of student involvement with the college. Finally, Dean Loy Singleton expressed his pride in the recognition that students and faculty receive, and read an impressive list of awards and honors that they have accumulated just in the past year.

After the speeches concluded, we students were ushered into the building to visit the many C&IS organizations that had set up tables in the Reese Phifer rotunda (and enjoy free pizza courtesy of the college). The room was packed with students, but the crowd flowed steadily in a circle passing each of the booths and their representatives.

If the goal of CommUnity was to make me eager to jump into the field of communications, then it worked. The surplus of talent and accomplishments in my fellow students reminded me that I was not going to reach their position by sitting around waiting for someone to notice me. It is my responsibility to show people what I can do. The long list of accolades that Dean Singleton provided also reminded me of the strong competition right here at the University and that there is no good time to stop making an effort to stay on top. The information I gathered from the student organizations was all useful, but the most valuable part of CommUnity for me was the picture of what these next four years will be like.

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Free Flu Shots

If you have set foot on campus during the past few weeks, you should be aware that the Capstone College of Nursing is administering free flu shots to all students, faculty, and staff to prevent the spread of illness this season.

It is unknown if the poster is intentionally shaped like Illinois.

This poster is a reminder for the residents of Lakeside West, Floor 3, posted by the RA, Brianna Miller, who will be administering the shots on Friday.

The station had already given 450 shots this afternoon, 26 September, bringing the total to over 5,000 so far. The University has 8,000 vaccinations in all, and will continue its campaign until all the shots have been used.

I stopped by one of the nurses’ stations on the quad this afternoon before class to get my own vaccination, and I was pleasantly surprised by how painless and efficient the process was. From signing my name to getting the shot, I spent less than a minute with the UA nursing students before I asked to take my picture.

I didn't cry at all.

This is the nurse who put the shot in my arm

With the amount of unavoidable close contact the average student is subjected to in the winter months, getting vaccinated now is a no-brainer. As the nurses-to-be have been shouting at passers-by, “It’s free, so you might as well!”