Announcements for 8/18/2010

Jon Lunceford

Cautious Sentiment Revealed in Real Estate Confidence Survey

Real estate professionals in Alabama are a bit more favorable about their statewide market conditions when ask to compare versus its national counterpart, but still show a continued state of caution from the previous quarter, according to the Alabama Real Estate Center at The University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce.

UA SUPe Store’s Textbook Rental Program Expanding

After piloting a textbook rental program last year, The University of Alabama’s University Supply Store plans to expand it for the upcoming academic year. The pilot program was funded in part by a grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, from the U.S. Department of Education.

Military Nurse Earns UA Doctorate via Afghanistan

Dara Warren is cautious and thoughtful when reflecting upon the circumstances under which she earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from The University of Alabama. When the twice-deployed Air Force captain walks across the stage at UA’s commencement Aug. 7, she will have completed an almost seven-year personal mission that took her to Iraq, Afghanistan, Japan, Germany and back home.

UA’s Schlesinger Receives Honorary Doctorate from German University

Dr. Harris Schlesinger, the Frank Park Samford Chair of Insurance at The University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce, has been awarded an honorary doctoral degree by The University of Konstanz for his outstanding contributions to the theory of risk and insurance.

Wikipedia launches UA’s Power and Lecture Series

Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia and a University of Alabama alumnus, will launch the first year of the Liberty and Power Lecture Series.

The series will explore the relationship between individual liberty and government power across the humanities.

Wales will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, at the Ferguson Center Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public. The title is “Liberty, Power and the Age of Wikipedia.” A discussion will follow.

Rock Band to perform on campus with UA’s Huxford Symphony

Kansas, the rock band known for such hits as “Carry on Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind,” will perform with The University of Alabama’s Huxford Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, and Friday, Sept. 10, in the Concert Hall of Moody Music Building.

The concerts are part of a tour Kansas is performing to raise money for college music programs. The band’s stop at the University will benefit the School of Music, part of The College of Arts and Sciences.