|Our Goals. Our Priorities.
Campus Facilities: $70.5 Million
The $5.5 million for school libraries, along with the funds raised in support of the School of Law, the College of Community Health Sciences, the Capstone College of Nursing, Intercollegiate Athletics, and the University Museums will enable the University to have the infrastructure and world-class facilities necessary to support our new students and faculty.
School of Law
During the past decade, the law school has experienced tremendous growth in academic offerings, law clinics, special programs, and faculty and student support. These improvements have propelled our institution into the top tier of law schools.
But academic achievement and growth requires an expanded physical plant. Quite simply, our outstanding Law School facility, constructed some twenty-five years ago, does not have adequate space for today’s educational program.
The proposed expansion, which will add 62,000 square feet to the Law School, will complement the existing building, using contemporary building materials and methods. When the addition is built, students will take advantage of new classrooms, courtrooms, lounge areas, and a cafeteria – bearing the names of those who fund the spaces. New offices will provide faculty and administrative staff the room to meet the needs of our top priority – students.
Under the leadership of Director of Athletics Mal Moore, the University started a capital campaign called the Crimson Tradition Fund. Capital project priorities for the Crimson Tradition Fund are primarily facility improvements designed to enable university athletes to compete at the highest level and allow Crimson Tide to enjoy sporting events in the best possible settings. These include:
Capstone College of Nursing
The United States is in the midst of a nursing shortage that is expected to intensify as baby boomers age and the need for health care grows. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than one million new nurses will be needed in our country by the year 2010.
As a result, colleges and universities throughout the country are scrambling to increase enrollment to meet this need. This is evidenced in the fact that in the past year, enrollment at the University’s nursing school increased by nearly 30 percent. That number will probably continue to increase.The Capstone College of Nursing currently occupies only 18,000 square feet of space that was never designed or intended for educating nurses. For the past several years the leadership and staff of the nursing college has been working closely with architects to design a facility that is both efficient in its use of space and effective in educating nurses for tomorrow’s health care delivery systems.
University Museums – Moundville Renovation Project
Moundville is, without a doubt, one of the most significant archaeological sites in North America — the Southeast’s version of the Pyramids and the Mayan ruins. During ca. A.D. 1250, several thousand Mississippian people lived in a powerful and carefully planned capital town while additional thousands occupied the 75-mile strip along the river forming the Moundville Chiefdom.
The Board of Regents of the University of Alabama Museums is planning an extensive renovation of the site that would upgrade many existing facilities, add new ones, and create an endowment fund to support periodic refurbishing of exhibits and facilities.
College of Community Health Sciences
For the people of rural Alabama, no need is greater or more difficult to meet than the need for hometown doctors. The University of Alabama’s College of Community Health Sciences addresses this unique need by training medical students and residents to practice in smaller communities in the more rural areas of the state. For 25 years, the college has been developing physicians with the expertise to provide accessible, up-to-date, and compassionate care for some of Alabama’s most needy citizens.
The new 77,000 square foot home for the College of Community Health Sciences will combine all of the College’s academic activities under one roof. It will allow for the growth of clinical programs, allow students and employees of the University easy access to medical care, and provide space and resources for collaboration with other colleges within the University, such as the Capstone College of Nursing and the School of Social Work.