Alignment Fundamentals and Vehicle Vibrations class offered at UWA

The University of West Alabama (UWA) is offering an Automotive Technology class in Alignment Fundamentals and Vehicle Vibrations on July 22 and July 29.  Sponsored by UWA’s College of Business and Technology, and the Division of Economic Development and Outreach, the Saturday class is limited to 10 students and will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hunt Annex on the UWA campus.

Topics covered in the four-wheel alignment class include alignment theory, equipment operation and OEM adjustment methods. The class will use Hunter Engineering Company equipment.

Class learning objects include the ability to describe camber, caster, toe and thrust angle and the related effects these angles have on tire wear and vehicle handling. Students will also perform proper pre-alignment inspection of the suspension and steering systems, set up the Hunter aligner and accurately measure the adjustable angles and perform a four-wheel alignment using the most OEM adjustment methods found on today’s vehicles using SLA and strut suspension systems.

Vehicle Service Technicians are encouraged to attend the class and previous automotive experience is required.

The course fee is $400 per student.  The class is limited to 10 students, so register now to ensure your seat. 

Registration deadline is July 17, 2017.

For more information on the Automotive Technology Class, please call contact Curtis Jones at (205) 652-5451 or email

Click below to download the information flyer and registration form.

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Registration Form

Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation and Alabama Historical Commission announce 2017 Places in Peril

PIP logo double ATHP and AHCIn the two centuries since the Alabama Territory was established in August 1817, countless agricultural, industrial, educational and recreational structures have been built here. Many of those farms, factories, schools and parks—especially the earliest examples—have succumbed to wind, rain, fire or functional obsolescence. Few farmsteads that started in Alabama’s territorial period survive. Much of Birmingham’s early 20th century industrial architecture has been neglected or demolished. Outmoded railroad stations and maintenance facilities now stand derelict. Scores of Mid-Century Modern Equalization Schools have been abandoned. “Whites Only” public park facilities are a thing of the past.

Still, traces of the material culture of earlier times persist in our state’s built environment, although much of the historic architecture that survives is in poor condition and some needs urgent attention lest the hand of time erase it from Alabama’s landscape. Such is the status of the five special places in peril recognized this year by the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation and the Alabama Historical Commission:

  • Overton Farm, Hodges, Franklin County
  • Chilton County Training School, Clanton, Chilton County
  • Fort Davis Railroad Depot, Fort Davis, Macon County
  • Finley Roundhouse, Birmingham, Jefferson County
  • Henderson Park Recreation Center, Tuskegee, Macon County

For more information on the 2017 Places in Peril, please contact or call (205) 652-3497.

Click here to view 2017 Alabama’s Places In Peril listing.

UWA receives multi-year grant to focus on rural health


The University of West Alabama recently received a two-year $730,000 Delta Healthcare Services Grant to implement the West Alabama Rural Health Initiative (WARHI). The purpose of the West Alabama Rural Health Initiative (WARHI) is to facilitate a partnership with local healthcare entities, outreach programs, andeducational institutions that develop
the healthcare career pipeline in West Alabama.

The WARHI team includes five key players who will guide the success of the program.

UWA’s Tina Jones, executive director of the Division of Economic Development and Outreach, and Veronica Triplett, director for the Center for Business and Entrepreneurial Services, are WARHI’s co-directors. They will oversee the operations of the program, from supervising research, training, and reporting, to implementing activities, and developing partnerships.
“WARHI will allow us to build on partnerships that have a proven track record,” said Jones.
West Central Alabama Area Health Education Center (AHEC)’s D’Aviance Harris and Earl Johnson will serve as regional coordinators of the WARHI Scholars Program and Rural Health Immersion Program respectively. Harris will oversee regional field trips, summer programs, and implementation activities. Johnson will oversee the recruitment, selection, and implementation of a one-week residential program that targets medical students who have completed their first year.
“We are extremely excited to be a collaborator in the WARHI partnership. This program will allow us to identify and cultivate students who have the potential, ability, and passion for rural health care,” said Regina Knox, Executive Director of the West Central Alabama AHEC.
The West Central Alabama AHEC’s primary mission is to stimulate regional economies of the counties served by increasing the number of individuals who enter healthcare programs that come from West Alabama, have an interest in training in rural areas, and ultimately obtain healthcare jobs in rural West Alabama communities.
The Tombigbee Healthcare Authority will offer health education and health care services to residents within the six counties the project is targeting. Alex Moore will serve as the program manager for the H-COW program. The H-COW is a mobile clinic that provides immediate care to individuals in rural areas who cannot pay and/or access healthcare.
According to Moore, the staffed H-COW will travel to several locations within each of the six counties to educate and serve patients. The H-COW is equipped with two complete exam rooms, a small lab, intake area, and Satellite Boosted Internet and Telemedicine.
This partnership will support local healthcare developments as well as initiate programs that encourage the development of leadership skills and attract local students into health professional education programs, work in the region, select clinical rotations in the region and provide much-needed services to the underserved communities within West Alabama.
The 2-year program will consist of establishing experiential education programs for students entering the 10th grade that promote healthcare careers in Choctaw, Marengo, and Sumter Counties. The program will also train 24 adults to become CNA’s. The summer programs and H-COW services will also additionally serve Greene, Hale, and Perry Counties. Activities will include 1.) regional field trips and events with 45 high school students to explore local and regional healthcare centers and local healthcare career options, 2.) a 1-week summer health leadership program for 10th grade students; 3.) a 1-week rural health immersion program for first year medical students, and 4.) healthcare screening services within the WARHI service area.
Funding is provided through the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Business Cooperative Services. The purpose of the Delta Healthcare Services program is to provide financial assistance to address the continued unmet health needs in the Delta Region through cooperation among health care professionals, institutions of higher education, research institutions and economic development entities in the Delta Region.
For more information about this program, contact Jones or Triplett at or  To reach by phone, call Division of Economic Development and Outreach at (205) 652-3828.
Click here to view the Health Care On Wheels 2017 travel schedule
Click here to download the West Alabama Rural Health Initiative Scholars Application


Algae Solution Clean-up at UWA Duck Pond

Algae Clean up 3The Historic Covered Bridge that spans the Duck Pond in the middle of the University of West Alabama campus finds itself the subject of many photographs. However, what do you do, when that picturesque space becomes overrun with algae?

One solution is to dump herbicides to take care of the problem. While that will take care of the problem, it also runs the risk through runoff of harming beneficial plants such as cattails and burr marigolds, and other plants in the adjoining Black Belt Garden.
That solution was not acceptable to the staff of UWA’s Black Belt Museum. They joined forces with Department of Biological Sciences & Environmental Sciences, Beta Beta Beta Honor Society and UWA’s Physical Plant to look for an environmental friendly solution.

“We wanted a solution that cleaned up the area and also provided a learning opportunity for our students,” said Mr. James Lamb, Director of the Black Belt Museum.algae clean up 2

According to Lamb, the algae problem stems from the warm winters experienced by our region over the last few years. “Instead of dying back as it is supposed to do in the winter,” Lamb said, “the algae have continued to spread, covering the pond in an algae blanket.”
Through team work, students, professors and professional staff of UWA, are literally pumping the algae from the Duck Pond, logging their findings, and reusing the collected algae as an organic fertilizer for the Black Belt Garden. The problem has now become a benefactor to another area of campus.

So far, more than 800 pounds of algae have been collected, and the Duck Pond and Covered Bridge are being readied for many more picture perfect moments.

algae clean up 1Housed within the Division of Economic Development and Outreach the Black Belt Museum provides a crossroads between the University and the community –a way for students to anchor academic pursuits within their immediate surroundings and to hone these pursuits toward the betterment of our region. Its mission is to collect, preserve, exhibit, interpret, and celebrate the landscape and rich history of the Black Belt of Alabama and Mississippi.

To learn more about the Black Belt Museum and its programs, contact Lamb at and like the Black Belt Museum on Facebook.


UWA Career Exploration Summer Camp now accepting student applications

Career Exploration Summer Camp 2017 cover promoThe University of West Alabama (UWA) will host two 2017 Career Exploration Summer Camps (CESC) for students who will be sophomores and juniors during the 2017-2018 school year. The camps will be held on June 11-16 and June 25-30, 2017.  Students will be asked to list their first and second preference for camp attendance. If selected, student preference will be taken into consideration for assignments.

The CESC is a residential program where students will stay on the UWA campus.  The purpose of the CESC Program is to offer students the ability to explore career options and prepare for college through interactive and engaging hands-on activities, field trips and presentations.  The CESC Program, sponsored by the Daniel Foundation of Alabama, is open to students attending public and private secondary schools across the State.   The CESC is an extremely intense and structured learning opportunity for youth in the secondary school systems of Alabama.



You’re Invited to Fort Tombecbe Community Day

Free Event –Saturday, April 22, 2017 –10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Community Day 2017 WEB

Join the staff of the Black Belt Museum and volunteers from the Alabama Archaeological Society at the 18th-century site of Fort Tombecbe. Unveiling of interpretive panels and guided tour of the site at 10:30.




Apply Now: Career Exploration Summer Camp Residential Counselors


Career Exploration Summer Camp Residential CounselorsUWA Primary Square Logo 2015

General:  The Career Exploration Summer Camp Residential Counselors are responsible for the supervision and safety of 10th and 11th grade high school students.   Counselors are expected to lead and organize educational and recreational activities for camp participants.  Also, counselors are expected to serve as leaders and role models throughout the program.  Counselors must be available to the students 24 hours per day throughout the duration of the camp program.  The camps are held June 11-16 and June 25-30, 2017.


Principle Responsibilities/Duties:

  • Live in residence hall with approximately twenty students and be available to them for the entire camp and conduct daily room checks
  • Supervise students during recreational and educational activities in the residence hall, on-campus and during educational field trips and assist with clean-up
  • Supervise students during meals and snack times and assist with clean-up
  • Establish relationships and communicate with each participant
  • Develop, organize, and participate enthusiastically in nightly recreational and educational activities
  • Provide homework assistance
  • Articulate program rules and daily scheduled routines clearly
  • Monitor and ensure the safety of students
  • Enforce program rules fairly and consistently
  • Encourage respect for personal property, camp equipment, and facilities
  • Inform the administrative staff of any personal, medical, or social concerns of the students
  • Follow detailed instructions
  • Be alert and keep safety in mind at all times
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Camp Director and the Executive Director of the Division of Economic Development and Outreach

Necessary Skills/Abilities:

  • Experience in recreation, a camp setting or classroom setting
  • Demonstrated ability to work with high school students with diverse backgrounds
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proven record of leadership skills
  • Demonstrated initiative, sound judgment, and professionalism
  • Proven ability to work as a team member

Preferred Credentials:

  • CPR and First Aid Licensing
  • Life Guard Certification
  • Child Care Certification

For an application, click on the link below or contact Sanquenetta Thompson at (205) 652-3408 or Monica Moore at (205) 652-3828.  Applicants may pick-up an application at the Division of Economic Development and Outreach at Kelly Land Hall or download at or email   The application deadline is Friday, April 28.


Sucarnochee Folklife Festival set for April 15

Sucarnochee Folklife Festival 2017 PosterThe Sucarnochee Folklife Festival (SFF) celebrates thirteen years of the unique life ways of Alabama’s Black Belt on Saturday, April 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at McConnell Field-Lyon Hall Quad on The University of West Alabama (UWA) campus.

The Festival joins the Alabama Tourism Department’s theme, ALABAMA 200, the birthday celebration of Alabama’s bicentennial. For three years, from March 3, 2017, to December 14, 2019, ALABAMA 200 will celebrate the people, places, and stories that make the state unique.  The event schedule for commemoration of Alabama’s statehood is 2017: Places, 2018: People, and 2019: Stories.

“Birthdays are fun and we are excited that the bicentennial’s first year of focus is on Alabama places,” said UWA’s Executive Director of Economic Development and Outreach Dr. Tina Naremore Jones. “This year the Festival honors “Sumter County Places” with a commemorative T-shirt of communities in Sumter County.

“The Festival favorites are slated for all to enjoy, including the popular Blue Ribbon Contests,” said Jones. The competition ties back to the original goal of the festival and why it began- as a way to teach people about traditions and customs of the Black Belt region and keep them alive for future generations.”

Bragging rights for Blue Ribbon Contests participants this year are the Cornbread Cook-off including the categories of best traditional cornbread, best specialty cornbread and original main dish recipe using cornbread. Also up for grabs is the Home Canning Competition including the categories of pickles, BBQ sauce, preserves, jelly, and specialty pickled item.

Festival attendees are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the “Sucarnochee Live,” a stage show of local talent hosted by Danny Buckalew and Danielle Buckalew. The father-daughter duo has compiled a line-up of great entertainment for the Easter weekend. Family enjoyment is offered to those of all ages as music, food, storytelling, art, and much more are shared throughout the day.

Event sponsors include The University of West Alabama, Black Belt Museum, UWA Fine Arts Department, Alabama State Council on the Arts, Alabama Department of Tourism, City of Livingston, Sumter County Chamber of Commerce and the Alabama Folklife Association.

For more information on the Sucarnochee Folklife Festival, please call (205) 652-3828, email or To download vendor and Blue Ribbon application forms, visit

Click on a Festival form below to download.


Arts and Crafts Vendor Application Form

Cornbread Cook-off

Home Canning


UWA’s Division of Economic Development and Outreach launches Certified Nursing Assistant Program

cna-nursing-promo-pic-1-smallThe University of West Alabama’s Division of Economic Development and Outreach will host a Career Pathways for Youth Certified Nursing Assistant Program for qualifying young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 beginning Wednesday, Dec.7.

Participants who complete the program will be able to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment, which certifies individuals to work as nursing assistants in nursing homes, group homes, hospitals and other health care facilities.

In addition, participants will take the ACT Workkeys assessment to obtain National Career Readiness Certificate.

“There is a demand for qualified CNAs in our region and the state of Alabama, ”  said Dr. Tina Jones, Executive Director of UWA’s Division of Economic Development and Outreach. “We are fortunate to be able to partner with UWA’s Division of Nursing with this program. Their facilities and instruction will provide our participants with a great opportunity to receive hands-on instruction in a real world environment.”

This free program is possible through funding made available to the State of Alabama from the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The grantor is the U.S. Department of Labor and the program is administered by the Alabama Department of Commerce, Workforce Development Division, AWDA Section.

Interested participants should pick up an application and eligibility requirements at the Division of Economic Development and Outreach office located at the University of West Alabama, Kelly Land Hall, or go to to download information. To inquire by phone, call Jordan Mahaffey, program coordinator at (205) 652-3828 or email her at

Click here for CNA Application

Certified Interpretive Guide Training Course offered in Montgomery

57b5929f-acd6-4b95-aea2-687a7072cce5The Alabama Department of Archives and History, in partnership with the Black Belt Museum, Division of Economic Development and Outreach at the University of West Alabama and the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) is offering a training course for individuals who work at museum, parks, historic sites and help educate them about the importance of their site or institution.

Hosted at the Department of Archives and History facility in Montgomery from Dec. 5- 8.

The Certified Interpretive Guide program is designed for anyone who works with the public in an educational setting or interpretation.

The course combines the theoretical foundations of the profession with practical strategies in delivering quality interpretive programming to your visitors. The 32-hour course includes history, definition and principles of interpretation, techniques on how to make programs more purposeful, enjoyable relevant and organized, plus much more.

Taught by Black Belt Museum Public Historian Brian Mast, he has many years of experience working with a variety of public and private institutions including the National Park Service.

“This course is a great way to expand your knowledge of your profession while learning new skills and techniques to take home with you,” said Mast.

Cost for the course is $380 including certification or $230 without certification.  Participants must sign up through the NAI website (  For more information, contact Brian Mast at 205-652-5528 or


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