Meetings are free, open to all UA students, and start at 4 PM! Food and refreshments will be served.
Ms. Tommie Syx serves as UA’s contact for the Edge Incubator and Accelerator, which houses the Alabama Entrepreneurship Institute (AEI). AEI’s goal is to accelerate the growth of business development and job creation by supporting student entrepreneurship. She will present on the work done through AEI and the EDGE.
Dr. John C. Higginbotham is the Interim Vice President for Research and Economic Development. He will be speaking about the Pickens County Partnership, which funds numerous
projects, led by UA faculty and students and Pickens County community organizations, in the county
that address either a health issue or a priority in the area.
Dr. Holly Morgan, the Director of Community Education at the Center for
Community-Based Partnerships will be reviewing helpful strategies for writing a proposal for
the Institutional Review Board, which ensures the safe and ethical treatment of humans as
subjects in research, public service, and training programs.
Ms. Lightsey is the Executive Director of Tuscaloosa’s One Place which provides resources to families, prevents child abuse and neglect, and promotes self-sufficiency. She will
discuss her work in community engagement from the perspective of a community partner.
Dr. Caroline Boxmeyer, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral
Medicine and an assistant dean for academic affairs for the College of Community Health Sciences,
will discuss her work in Pickens County training teachers and school staff members to implement
a prevention program that teaches the building blocks of mental health and evaluating program implementation and impact.
Officer elections, notes from the year, wrap-up SCOPE members will review the year, discuss logistics for the next school year, and elect a new Executive Committee.
Dr. Jim McLean, Executive Director of the Center for Community-Based Partnerships,
will present on proven grant writing techniques, including those for scholarship grants.