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CCBP/SCOPE Meeting to Feature Fulbright Panel, Global Café Success Stories, and Research Posters

The final meeting of the semester of the Council on Community-Based Partnerships (CCBP) will partially overlap with the annual SCOPE Student Showcase program on Wednesday, April 13, enabling attendees to attend both events. Here is the schedule:

• 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. — Student Engagement Scholarship Showcase. This annual event, sponsored by SCOPE (Students for Community Outreach, Partnership, and Engagement), will take place in the Heritage Room of the Ferguson Center. All UA faculty and students are invited to attend. Dr. James E. McLean, CCBP executive director, oversees SCOPE activities.

• 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. — CCBP meets for lunch and final meeting of spring semester, also in the Ferguson Center’s Heritage Room. A five-student panel presentation will take place during the last 45 minutes of the Council meeting, beginning at 12:15 p.m. The panel will report on the international successes of the CCBP Global Café program and the Fulbright Advising Initiative. 

Tera Johnson, an undergraduate student in psychology, and Sarah Saeed, a graduate student in Social Work, will represent Global Café.

Speaking about their Fulbright experiences will be: Jilisa Milton, a social work graduate now working on a combined graduate degree in law and social work, who received a Fulbright English Teaching Award to Indonesia for 2014–15; Brandon Hooks, an international studies major, who is a Fulbright Teaching Award finalist to Spain for 2016–17; and Pandora White, a doctoral student in biochemistry, who is a Fulbright Research Award finalist to Poland for 2016–17. 

Cameryn Blackmore,  a doctoral student in political science, will moderate the SCOPE poster session, which is available for viewing during the Showcase and immediately before and after the Council meeting. Presenters and their poster titles are as follows: Antonio Gardner, Georgiana Logan, Rebecca Keating, Theresa Mince and Shawn Verberten, “Engaging Students in the LIVE Program”; Calia Torres, “Predictors of Patient Engagement in a Group Intervention for Chronic Pain: An Evaluation of Common Factors”; and Emma Sophia Kay, “Expanding HIV/AIDS Outreach Services to the Latino Community.”


Those wishing to attend lunch should email to make a reservation.

UA Recognized as a Top Producing Institution for Student Fulbright Awards

  • March 31st, 2016
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UA Recognized as a Top Producing Institution for Student Fulbright Awards

TopProducer_FulbrightLogoTUSCALOOSA, Feb 29, 2016 – The University of Alabama has been recognized as a top producing institution for student Fulbright awards, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. Eleven of 30 UA applicants received the award during 2015–2016, one of the highest success ratios in the nation.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers grants for independent study and research projects and for English teaching assistantships overseas. The highly competitive program makes approximately 1,500 awards each year.

“Our success in placing students in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program demonstrates the far-reaching international scope of our excellent academic programs and the high value of a University of Alabama education,” said Dr. Kevin Whitaker, UA interim provost. “We continue to take pride in the many excellent and promising young people who choose UA for their academic studies.”

Ten UA graduates won awards as teaching assistants and one UA graduate received a Fulbright research award for the 2015–2016 academic year.

“It is an honor for UA to be listed as a top producer in the U.S. Student Fulbright competition,” said Dr. Teresa Wise, associate provost for international education and global outreach. “The Fulbright Program provides life-changing opportunities and experiences for our students.”

University of Alabama graduates serving abroad on Fulbright Awards are Brianna Adams (Czech Republic), Lisa Bochey (Peru), Nichole Camille Corbett (Turkey), Kathryn Crenshaw (Brazil), Scott Leary (Spain), Conner Nix (Spain), Charles Henry Pratt (Brazil), Jenna Reynolds (Spain), Hailah Saeed (Malaysia), Erin Smith (Turkey) and Russell Willoughby (France).

The Capstone International Center and the Global Café Program in the Center for Community-Based Partnerships, an initiative of the Division of Community Affairs, are partners in the UA Fulbright advising initiative, and their work together has resulted in the increased number of UA students who have won Fulbrights, said Dr. Beverly Hawk, UA Fulbright program adviser.

Students interested in applying for next year’s Fulbright program can learn more at and, or by sending an email to

Other top producers this year include Harvard (31), Michigan (29), Northwestern and Yale (26), UNC-Chapel Hill (15), Texas-Austin and UVA (14), Duke and Ohio State (12), Florida State, Tufts, Maryland and Alabama (11). For the full list of top student Fulbright program producers, see

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.

  • CONTACT: Richard LeComte, media relations,, 205/348-3782
  • SOURCE: Dr. Beverly Hawk, Director of Global and Community Engagement,, 205/348-7392

Representatives of the national Fulbright office will be visiting The University of Alabama on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, to meet with Faculty, Students, and Administrators who are considering application for Fulbright Awards. You are invited to come and meet them, hear their presentations on what’s new this year, and ask your questions directly to the managers of the program. The schedule of the day’s activities is available at

Vice President Pruitt Announces Leadership Changes in Council on Community-Based Partnerships

  • February 29th, 2016
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By Taylor Armer, CCBP Graduate Assistant
Photos by Peter Mullins, CCBP Student Assistant

Dr. Samory T. Pruitt, vice president for the Division of Community Affairs, announced changes in the Executive Committee of the Council on Community-Based Partnerships at the February 11, 2016 meeting in Capital Hall.

Dr. Peter S. Hlebowitsh, dean of the College of Education, will replace Dr. David Francko, dean of the Graduate School, as chair of CCBP Executive Committee effective June 1. Dean Francko is stepping down as associate vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of the Graduate School, but will continue representing the University in Ohio doing recruiting and other assignments.

“Dean Francko has been a tremendous asset to the leadership in the field of engagement scholarship on our campus,” said Pruitt in announcing the changes. “As dean of the Graduate School and as inaugural chair of the Executive Committee of the CCBP Council, Dean Francko has solidified engagement scholarship as a legitimate field in which scholars can map out their tenure and promotion plans with assurance their work will be recognized. We are a more balanced institution because of Dean Francko’s leadership.”

“And now we are pleased to welcome his successor, Dean Peter Hlebowitsh of the College of Education, beginning June 1,” Pruitt said.

Hlebowitsh has been education dean since 2013, succeeding Dr. James E. McLean, who in retirement is executive director of the Center for Community-Based Partnerships. “We expect the same progress in this exciting field under Dean Hlebowitsch as we experienced under Dean Francko,” Pruitt said.

In succeeding Francko as chair of the CCBP Executive Committee, Hlebowitsch acknowledged he had a tough act to follow, but expressed optimism about the future of the engagement scholarship movement on our campus, saying that “the Community-Based Partnership group offers the prospect of merging good research with public engagement and of bringing important resources and insights to the task of helping communities and families. It is a socially empowered group with an exciting agenda and I very much look forward to working with them.”

In other changes:

  • Dr. Rebecca S. Allen, professor of psychology and director, Alabama Research Institute on Aging, becomes head of the Faculty Teaching Committee, succeeding Dr. Pauline Johnson, professor of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering.
  • Amanda Waller, executive director of Tuscaloosa One Place, succeeds Rev. Tyshawn Gardner as the chair of the Community Partner Support Committee.
  • Calia Torres, graduate student in psychology, and Tera Johnson, a junior majoring in biology, become co-chairs of the Student Involvement Committee, replacing Adam Bonertz, a senior in the School of Nursing.

Remaining on the Executive Committee are Dr. Laurie Bonnici, associate professor in the School of Library and Information Studies, chair of the Proposal and Seed Funding Support Committee; Dr. George Daniels, associate professor of journalism and assistant dean in the College of Communication and Information Sciences, chair of the Excellence in Community Engagement Recognition Committee; and Dr. Jen Nickelson, associate professor in the College of Human Environmental Sciences, chair of the Academic Conference and Presentation Committee.

The purpose of the Council on Community-Based Partnerships is to provide faculty, student, and community leadership and direction for all engagement scholarship activities under the auspices of the Division of Community Affairs.

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An Evening at Global Café: Fulbright Overseas Scholarship Opportunities

  • February 26th, 2016
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Date: Tuesday, March 01, 2016
Time: 05:00 PM – 07:00 PM
Location: Tuscaloosa, AL
Cost: free

Local Fulbright Award Winners will recount their experiences, answer questions, and encourage those who are interested in this program.  The Fulbright Program is the flagship academic exchange program of the United States of America.  Students and faculty who have served on Fulbright grants, or wish to apply, are encouraged to attend this panel and meet campus Fulbright Program Advisors.  We invite everyone with an interest in international travel, research, study, and service to gather and share their experiences.  This event is free and open to the public.

The reception begins at 5pm, and the program begins at 5:30 pm.  We will have time for questions and conversation 6-7 pm.  Free parking 5-7 pm.

Directions to Capital Hall on the UA campus.  Drive down Campus Drive East (near the Rec Center).  When you get to the four-way stop, that is Bryce Lawn Drive (that goes into the Bryce property which used to be the state mental health facility but now belongs to The University of Alabama).  Turn into the Bryce Property.  (Ignore the detour signs and the road closed ahead sign.)  Drive up the main road toward the historic all-white building, and make a right at the stop sign.  We are in the modern building to the right of the historic building.

Contact Info: Beverly Hawk,, 205-348-7392, Website

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