UAB operates two bookstores. The Blazer Bookstore is located on the first floor of the Hill University Center. This bookstore posts official lists of UAB courses and stocks the textbooks and all other items necessary for successful UAB coursework. The bookstore carries name brand computer software at academic prices that are usually substantially below the normal retail price. The bookstore also carries study aids, reference materials, office and school supplies, and UAB logo apparel and gifts. Contact the Blazer Bookstore at (205) 934-8289.
Blazer Dining Service, a partnership between UAB and ARAMARK Managed Services, offers complete meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a wide variety of menu choices. Located in the Dragon’s Lair on the first floor of the Hill University Center are Blazer Café, Chic-Fil-A, Gretel’s Bake Shop, Montague’s Deli, and the Salad Garden; Freshens Yogurt and Java City Coffee are located adjacent to the main lobby in the HUC. Blazer Bucks, a prepaid debit meal card program with three options to choose from, offers convenience and flexibility, and can be used at all Blazer Dining locations. For more information about Blazer Dining and Blazer Bucks, call (205)
Disability Support Services (DSS), located in 516 Hill University Center,
serves as the central campus resource for students with disabilities. Working in partnership with students, faculty, and staff, the goal of DSS is to provide a physically and educationally accessible university environment that ensures an individual is viewed on the basis of ability, not disability. DSS staff members work individually with students to determine appropriate accommodations that will enable all students to have access to the same programs and services, and to have students’ academic performance evaluated, to the extent possible, without the limiting effects of a disability. For more information, contact Disability Support Services at (205) 934-4205 (voice) or (205) 934-4248 (TTY) or http://www.main.uab.edu/ show.asp?durki=4511.
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Student Housing facilities include a traditional residence hall,
apartment-style residence halls, and suite-style residence halls. Student Housing is centrally located on campus and is within walking distance of all classroom buildings, libraries, and the Medical Center.
Student Housing is limited to students who are admitted to UAB and who are in good standing. “Good Standing” means not on academic or disciplinary suspension. As an additional eligibility requirement, students must be enrolled for twelve credit hours as an undergraduate students or six credit hours as graduate students each semester. The summer term is treated under a separate contract. Students will be required to satisfy these eligibility standards throughout the term of their Student Housing Contract and inform the Department of Student Housing and Residential Life of any changes in their status, which may affect their eligibility.
Residence Life Coordinators and Resident Assistants (RAs) serve the
residence halls. The Residential Life Program consists of recreational,
educational, and social events based on the needs and interests of the
residents. In addition to planning this program, trained staff members are available to answer questions or help residents with personal or academic problems.
Junior, senior, graduate, and professional students are eligible for
single-occupancy apartments. Freshmen and sophomores must share an apartment with a roommate. Except for married students, only roommates of the same gender are permitted. Roommate requests must be mutual in order to be considered, and applications should be mailed at approximately the same time. Although every effort will be made to place applicants with the roommate of their choice, the Department of Student Housing and Residential Life cannot guarantee roommate requests and reserves the right to assign an applicant to any available space.
Current rental rates are available from the Department of Student Housing and Residential Life. Rates include utilities and cable television in all residence halls. Telephone service is available through UAB Communications.
Since housing at UAB is limited, students should apply as early as possible, particularly if on-campus housing is desired for the fall semester. Application should be made to the Department of Student Housing and Residential Life, 1604 9th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35294-1230. Telephone (205) 934-2092. Upon receipt of a completed Student Housing and Residential Life Application, a Student Housing Agreement, and a required deposit (a portion of which is a non-refundable application fee), a room will be reserved.
UAB International Programs (Study Abroad and Exchanges) offers
opportunities for international study either through UAB or non-UAB
programs. UAB International Programs include various academic disciplines and their complementary courses abroad, and are offered in partnership with UAB academic departments. Study abroad options include work/study abroad, internships, and direct enrollment; short term, semester, and full-year exchanges; and opportunities in cross-cultural training, service, and international health research. Application, enrollment circumstances, possible credits, and deadlines vary according to the program. Contact the Study Abroad Coordinator, (205) 934-5503, for further information concerning various programs, the resource room, references for peer consultation and academic advising, and financial aid applicability and contacts.
UAB International Scholar and Student Services is located in the Hill University Center at 1400 University Boulevard is also responsible for oversight over 70 international university and medical exchanges in about 40 countries around the world. Faculty can also participate in opportunities abroad through Faculty Development seminars offered by organizations outside UAB. For further information, call 934-3328 or visit the Web site at www.uab.edu/intlprograms.
International Scholar and Student Services is dedicated to providing quality services, programs, and activities that enhance cultural awareness, expand international educational and research opportunities, and provide global perspectives for students, faculty, and staff. International Scholar and Student Services serves as a collaborative community resource that facilitates, promotes, and strengthens international understanding. Services include immigration and nonresident alien tax advising, orientation, seminars on legal issues, and cultural programs and activities. International Scholar and Student Services also operates the Smolian International House
and the Samuel Ullman Museum. For additional information, call (205)
934-3328 or visit the Web page at http://www.uab.edu/isss.
The Bertha and Joseph Smolian International House, 1600 10th Avenue South, offers services and activities for international students and scholars and their families. Known as the I-House, it provides a focal point for programs and activities designed to foster a free exchange of information and international understanding. The facility includes temporary lodging for foreign nationals, meeting space for groups with an international purpose, two kitchens, a library, a lounge with satellite television, and other amenities. The I-House hosts a number of special annual events including the Fall Barbecue, International Festival, and Thanksgiving Dinner. Regularly
scheduled programs include conversational English classes, Friendship
Partners, the International Women’s Group, and cultural evenings. For
additional information or a schedule of activities, call (205) 934-1025.
Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences
The Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, (LHL) established in 1945, is the largest biomedical library in Alabama and one of the leading such libraries in the South. The library is located at 1700 University Boulevard, across the street from SHRP's Webb Nutrition Sciences Building. The library offers a full range of services for studying, photocopying, and accessing the Internet. The library collection contains more than 322,000 volumes in all formats, including 2,263 current journal titles. The library maintains a World Wide Web site at: http://www.uab.edu/lister/
and a variety of services and information may be obtained through this site. Telephone: (205) 934-2230.
The library offers many computerized services. The online catalog and many databases such as MEDLINE are available from home or office. Other library services include interlibrary loans, self-service photocopying, photocopy delivery service, reference, and educational services. The library provides extensive educational opportunities through regular workshops on Internet access, database searching, and software applications for word-processing, spreadsheets, bibliographic management, and database creation. The Microcomputer Lab has 26 computers, flatbed scanners, and laser printers. The Electronic Classroom has 31 computers. In addition, there are 65 other public stations and networked laser printers available throughout
the library. Each of the group study rooms also contains a computer to assist with group projects. LHL is well equipped with resources for information technologies. The Learning Technology Center is a facility for educational software evaluation and distance learning consultation. The Media Services Unit within Lister Hill Library provides a collection of non-print teaching materials including training manikins, models, and audiovisual software in various formats. Study carrels are equipped with audiovisual hardware. Under the direction of the Lister Hill Library are three historical collections.
The Lister Hill Library at the West Pavilion is the branch library at the UAB Hospital which maintains a non-circulating core collection of reference books and a collection of approximately 100 of the most frequently used clinical journals dating back over the past five or six years. Users may search the online catalog and LHL databases or may place requests for online searches to be carried out for them. Photocopy machines are provided for public use, and photocopy requests are taken for materials housed in the Lister Hill Library.
The Library is open 94.5 hours per week according to the following schedule: Monday-Thursday 7:00 a.m -11:00 p.m., Friday 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Reynolds Historical Library
The Reynolds Historical Library was the gift of Dr. Lawrence Reynolds of Detroit, Michigan, a distinguished radiologist and editor. He was a native of Alabama and held an honorary LL.D. degree from the University of Alabama. With furnishings donated by Dr. Reynolds, the collection is housed on the third floor of the Lister Hill Library adjacent to the Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences. This collection includes ivory anatomical manikins, original manuscripts, and rare medical and scientific books. Telephone: (205) 934-4475.
Mervyn H. Sterne Library
The Mervyn H. Sterne Library houses a collection of more than a million items selected to support current teaching and research at UAB. In addition to books and subscriptions to more than 2,500 periodicals, the collection consists of microforms and other print and non-print materials. In addition, the library provides access to the contents of over 10,000 journals and to the full text of 2,000 journals. Study areas and photocopying machines are located throughout the library. The main collection is housed at 917 South 13th Street. Named in memory of the late Birmingham philanthropist and civic leader Mervyn H. Sterne shortly after it opened in 1973, the facility provides a special collection area, seminar rooms, group study rooms, lockable study carrels, and seating for 1,000 users. The on-line catalog provides rapid access to the collection and to other major library collections in Alabama.
Reference services are provided by subject-specialist librarians. An information desk and a reference desk are staffed to assist patrons in identifying and locating materials and information. Reference services include the use of indexes and abstracts, computerized database searching, interlibrary loans, and government documents. The User Services Department, through its automated circulation system, tracks materials continuously and can determine the location or status of a book. The Reserve Desk circulates high-use materials placed on reserve by instructors.
The Educational Technology Services Department (ETS) is the media center for Sterne Library. Located in the Education Building, ETS houses and circulates audiovisual equipment to classrooms. ETS also provides services to students and faculty using ETS viewing and computer classrooms. Viewing rooms, a listening room, and individual carrels are available for groups and individuals to listen to or view non-print media. ETS also houses the Student Computing Center, which includes 50 microcomputers. Access to most of the microcomputers is available to anyone with a valid UAB ID card. Student assistants help with hardware problems and provide limited software assistance.
Through an inter-institutional borrowing agreement, UAB students and faculty may use library facilities at a number of other colleges and universities in the area. For additional information, inquire at the Information Desk or at the Circulation Desk in the lobby area. Telephone (205) 934-6364 (Reference Services), (205) 934-4338 (User Services), and (205) 934-2379 (Educational Technology Services). Library home page: http://www.mhsl.uab.edu.
A campus mail system serves all university facilities and affiliated institutions. Use of the campus mail system is restricted to official interoffice/interdepartmental mail sent by UAB departments, units, foundations, and agencies directly affiliated with UAB and by officially recognized student and nonstudent organizations. A summary of the use of the Campus Mail System policy is included in the UAB Policies
section of this catalog.
In addition to the campus mail service, a contract station of the United States Postal Services, designated as UAB Station, is located at 1530 Third Avenue South. Comprehensive postal services are offered by this station to both the university community and the general public. Window service is available from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The mailing address for all university departments, divisions, schools, and other units is: The University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1530 Third Avenue South, Birmingham, Alabama 35294.
All students who desire to park in UAB student parking facilities must purchase a permit from Parking and Transportation Services. These permits can be purchased by the term or for the academic year (September through August). Location and fees vary according to lot. Contact Parking and Transportation Services, (205) 934-3513, for details.
Both the university and the City of Birmingham issue citations in student lots to vehicles illegally parked or not displaying a proper permit. Students are responsible for paying all fines and fees imposed. In the event that a student fails to pay a parking fee or fine, the delinquent payment will be added to his or her account in the Student Accounting Office. If a student is not a member of the parking system and accumulates three or more delinquent citations, the student’s vehicle may be immobilized or impounded at his or her expense.
Handicapped spaces are conveniently located throughout campus. A valid handicap permit must be displayed to park in a handicapped space.
For additional information and a campus parking map, contact UAB Parking and Transportation Services, 608 Eighth Street South. Telephone (205) 934-3513. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Physical education and recreation facilities are open to all UAB students, faculty, and staff upon presentation of a valid UAB ID card.
The primary indoor recreation facility is the Wallace Physical Education
Complex on 13th Street South between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.
Included in the facility are two gymnasiums with three full-length basketball courts; four volleyball courts; six racquetball/handball courts; two walleyball courts; a squash court; Cybex, Nautilus, Nitro, and Pacific fitness weight areas; a free-weight room and two cardio-fitness rooms with elliptical trainers, lifecycles, climbers, treadmills, and other fitness training equipment; an indoor track; an indoor heated swimming pool (25 yards) with a chairlift for the physically disabled; an exercise room; showers and dressing rooms at the gym and pool; and equipment for volleyball, badminton, table tennis, snorkeling, and racquetball. A racquetball/squash court may be reserved two days in advance. For further information, call (205) 934-5008.
UAB Special Studies maintains 11 lighted tennis courts on campus at the 800 block of 11th Street South. These courts are available on a
round-the-clock basis. During the winter months, tennis court lights are not turned on at night.
The West Campus Intramural Field is an enclosed, lighted field located at 11th Street and 9th Avenue South. This area is scheduled through the Office of Intramural and Recreational Sports and is used primarily for intramural flag football, soccer, and softball. The intercollegiate soccer teams practice and play home matches here as well.
The Dowdy Field is an enclosed, lighted field located at 11th Street South and University Boulevard. The field is scheduled through the Office of Intramural and Recreational Sports and is used for intramural soccer, softball, and ultimate frisbee. The intercollegiate football team practices here as well.
The Track Field is also enclosed and lighted and covers the entire block of 12th Street and 6th Avenue South. This field primarily serves the Blazer football team practices, intramural flag football, ultimate frisbee practices, and physical education classes. It is surrounded by a quarter-mile, synthetic running track.
For more information on intramural sports or the use of these fields, call (205) 934-8224, or visit Room 132, Hill University Center.
The UAB Ticket Office is UAB's campus source for acquiring the best seats to many entertainment events in Birmingham and across the southeast. As an official Ticketmaster outlet, the Ticket Office sells tickets to events in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, the Carolinas, the panhandle of Florida, and Memphis and Nashville. The UAB Ticket Office also serves as an outlet for selected events sponsored by the Alys Stephens Center, the Department of Student Life, the UAB Athletic Department, and other UAB organizations and off-campus agencies. In addition, the UAB Ticket Office offers discounted
coupons for Carmike and Regal Cinemas, and also sells discounted tickets to several amusement parks across the southeast. First-class postage stamps are also available for purchase. For additional information, including ticket availability, contact the UAB Ticket Office, Room 103, Hill University Center. Telephone (205) 934-8001. Web site: http://www.uab.edu/hucops.
The Veterans Affairs Office assists veterans, reservists, guardsmen, and dependents of disabled or deceased veterans. It also serves as a liaison between the student and local and federal agencies, including the State Department of Education, Department of Defense, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Veterans Affairs Office assists students in applying for education benefits, securing tutorial assistance, and obtaining veterans work-study positions. For further information, contact the Veterans Affairs Office, Room 460, Hill University Center. Telephone (205) 934-8115.
Information on additional programs and services available to UAB students may be obtained from the UAB Catalog for Undergraduate Programs or from the UAB Student Handbook, Direction.