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Week-long UA STEM Entrepreneurship Academy Gives High School Students a Head Start in Science and Related Areas

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From July 18–22, some 40 high school students from schools throughout West Alabama got a jumpstart on some of the most important areas in society in general  and higher education in particular — math, science, engineering and technology — in the weeklong STEM Entrepreneurship Academy at the University of Alabama. The camp demonstrated in meaningful, memorable and enjoyable ways some of the most important tools and concepts in modern society.

On Wednesday, the students learned more about engineering at a lab in the Science and Engineering Complex at the university. Surrounded by state-of-the-art equipment, they observed the process of combustion and other areas of science and technology that might one day become their life’s interest.


Several students echoed the words of Xavier Turner, who’ll be a junior this fall at Sumter Central High School. Turner told a Tuscaloosa News reporter, “I wish this was longer. I could be here a while.”

The big sell of the program, according to program director Dr. Rosianna Gray of the Center for Community-Based Partnership (CCBP), is that it gives science exposure to students who otherwise may not get it. This was the third year of the program.

Campers also got to see and use many campus facilities, including Morgan Hall, the Bashinsky Computer Lab, Farrah Hall, the Biology Building, and the EDGE Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.


Schools represented were Amelia L. Johnson High School in Thomaston; Aliceville High School; Greene County High School in Eutaw; Hale County High School in Moundville; Holt High School; Oakman High School; Pickens County High School in Reform; and Sumter Central High School in York.

 “This camp is one of the premier activities of the Center for Community-Based Partnerships,” said Dr. Jim McLean, CCBP executive director. “The message it conveys with respect to potential careers and skills learned are critical to the future of our state.”

 The four colleges responsible for organizing camp activities are The College of Arts and Sciences, Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, College of Education and the College of Engineering. Camp faculty included Dr. Jim Gleason, associate professor of mathematics; Dr. Marcus Ashford, associate professor of mechanical engineering; Dr. Ryan L. Earley, associate professor of biological sciences; Jonathan Corley, computer science doctoral student; Adriane Sheffield, educational psychology doctoral student; and Douglas Craddock, higher education doctoral student.

Ed Mullins Receives Special Achievement in Journalism Award from Auburn University

April 6, 2007

Retired UA Journalism professor, Ed Mullins, received Auburn University's Distinguished Special Achievement in Journalism Award in April 2007.
Retired UA Journalism professor, Ed Mullins, received Auburn University’s Distinguished Special Achievement in Journalism Award in April 2007.

Dr. Ed Mullins, retired journalism professor and volunteer associate at the Center for Community-Based Partnerships, received the 2007 Distinguished Special Achievement in Journalism Award from Auburn University’s Journalism Advisory Council at an awards luncheon at the AU Conference Center on April 6.

Mullins is a former dean of the College of Communication and Information Sciences, which he led to national prominence from 1983-2006. He continues to serve the University as an instructor in the Knight Fellows Teaching Newspaper program at The Anniston Star and as a volunteer for various community projects.

The award cites Mullins’ work in community journalism at both the UA campus and at The Star and his work as a founder of Alabama Center for Open Government. He was also recognized for more than 30 years as a journalism educator and administrator.

Carrollton native Roy Bain, former journalist at the St. Petersburg Times and former adjunct journalism faculty member at the University when Mullins was chair of the department, is chair of the AU Advisory Council’s Honors Committee which presents the annual awards.

“Dr. Mullins fully represents what the Distinguished Special Achievement in Journalism award intends to recognize: a distinguished career that supports, enhances and beneficially influences the practice of journalism in Alabama,” said Bain. “He has been a force in Alabama journalism for 30 years, and in particular in Community journalism and in statewide journalism leadership. He has been a trend setter for our state. He richly deserves this award and his recognition raises the bar by which future recipients will be evaluated.”

“I am honored to be recognized by Auburn’s journalism program,” Mullins said. “My father, one of my brothers and many of my nieces and nephews are graduates of Auburn, and over the years I have worked with many AU journalism faculty ““ taught a few of them, in fact ““ in the press association and in open government work.”

As a volunteer with the Center for Community-Based Partnerships, Mullins works with students who extend their classroom experience by conducting research and working as community journalists in Alabama’s Black Belt.