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 New College LifeTrack Student Wins Prestigious UA Award

University of Alabama New College LifeTrack student Jerry "Ford" Burttram has been named the January 2014 winner of the prestigious Capstone Hero Award.

This university wide award is given to individuals that embody the best ideals of the University of Alabama and the Capstone Creed. According to the Office of Student Conduct website, a capstone hero exerts a positive influence over the University of Alabama community both academically and culturally.

"I was very shocked and honored to receive this award," Burttram said. "I have worked hard and gotten a degree in the past but I have never really considered myself an academic hero".

Burttram has served as the assistant coach for the UA wheelchair basketball teams for the past four years and has recently been named the permanent head coach for the teams. He also currently serves as the head coach for the UA adaptive golf program, the only adaptive golf program in the nation.

"The path that he has had to come has made him such a thoughtful student," said Ana Schuber, program manager for the New College Lifetrack Program. "I am so proud to see his love of learning. He's been on top of his goal and has never disappointed me."

Burttram, along with other Capstone Hero award winners, will be honored at an awards ceremony held in April.


 UA Faculty Members Honored for Achievement

The University of Alabama College of Continuing Studies hosted a reception in honor of 10 UA faculty members who completed the college's new Online Educator Professional Development Program, which prepares participants with the strong foundation needed to become a successful online educator.

Dr. Ann Graves, Dr. Cassandra Ford, Dr. JoAnn Oliver, Dr. Marilyn Handley, Dr. Karen Gardiner, Dr. Jimmy Williams, Babs Davis, Juanita McMath, Lori McCool and Steven Yates, received their certificate of completion on Friday, February 14 at the reception held at The University Club.

"This program greatly enhanced my skills and my knowledge about teaching online courses," said Dr. Williams, associate professor in the Criminal Justice department. "I am in the process of revising my online courses and it has helped me with planning out the best way approach course development."

The Online Educator Professional Development Program is composed of seven core sessions that focus on online course development best practices. Three additional elective sessions are taken based upon individual participant interests. Upon completion of the program, participants earn a certificate that can be placed in the participants Faculty Activity Record as professional development activity.

"The key to a successful online class is the student experience, and making the experience the best that it can be," said Rebecca Pow, interim dean for the College of Continuing Studies. "There is a fine line on how we influence the teaching process, so we approach it by teaching the teachers."

The Online Educator Professional Development Program was created and developed by Josh Michael, program manager for instructional technology and academic services.

"It is not easy to teach an online course," Michael said. "All of the faculty members who completed the program were very active and everyone benefited from it."

Faculty members interested in registering for the Online Educator Professional Development program should visit For more information about the program, contact Josh Michael at or 205-348-5419.

College of Continuing Studies gets a familiar face as dean.

Rebecca J. Pow has been named interim dean of the College of Continuing Studies at The University of Alabama. Pow joined the College of Continuing Studies in 1988 and most recently served as senior associate dean and director of academic outreach.

The appointment as interim dean was effective Sept. 1.

“Rebecca Pow has the expertise and experience to provide very effective leadership for the College of Continuing Studies, and we are looking forward to working with her in this new capacity,” said Dr. Joe Benson, UA interim provost, in announcing the appointment.

Pow joined the College of Continuing Studies 25 years ago as assistant director of academic programs and services. She was promoted to director of academic programs and services in 1995 and to associate dean and director of academic outreach in 2003. She was named senior associate dean in 2012.

In her roles as associate dean and senior associate dean, Pow has been responsible for the development and delivery of distance and non-traditional academic credit programs. The College of Continuing Studies currently delivers more than 25 degree programs in formats that include online, videotape and videoconference as well as programs taught at off-campus sites and in evening and weekend schedules.

 Prior to joining the College of Continuing Studies, Pow served as coordinator of cooperative education and as a conference coordinator at UA. She earned her bachelor’s degree in advertising and her master’s degree in higher education administration, both at UA.

College of Continuing Studies Board of Visitors names Bobbie Goldstein 2013 Chairperson

The Board of Visitors recently named Bobbie Goldstein Chairperson for 2013. The nomination came at the Spring BOV meeting held on April 12, 2013 at historic Foster Auditorium.

University of Alabama College of Continuing Studies’ “Today Is Your Day” integrated marketing campaign awarded Best In Show.

A national panel of advertising professionals recently awarded UA’s College of Continuing Studies with its “Best in Show” award at the American Advertising Federation Tuscaloosa Addy Awards banquet. The campaign, titled “Today Is Your Day” topped more than 200 entries. The campaign will now move up to district competition later this month. A win at district would move the campaign on to national competition.

“The campaign is the result of a team effort on the part of our marketing team here at the college. You might not normally think of a committee turning out great work, so this recognition says something special about our team,” stated Dixie MacNeil who chairs the CCS Marketing Team. The team includes Dixie MacNeil, Johnnie Blackburn, Blair Jennings, Zanetta Tumlin, Bill Elrod, Tiffany Blount, Lucy Fonseca, Brandi Nabors, Michael Nix, Cassie Screws and Gary Creek.

The campaign is an integrated campaign that coordinates messages across as many as 30 different media channels from something as simple as the college’s recorded telephone message to sophisticated web ads utilizing the latest in behavioral targeting. The messaging speaks to everyone’s desire to reach a little higher and have his or her day said Gary Creek who helped craft the messaging.

“We are certainly pleased with the metrics that we are collecting that indicate the campaign is working. Even though the campaign has a small paid media budget, inquiries going to the website landing page at are steady and growing every week the campaign runs,” added MacNeil.

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