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Dear students, faculty and staff:
Welcome to The University of Alabama! I hope you are as excited as I am about the start of a new year and all the opportunities we can look forward to as individuals and as a community. The Capstone is a truly special place that is characterized by a deep commitment to excellence in everything we do. You will experience that commitment in every aspect of your college experience – in classrooms and labs, residence halls and recreation centers, clubs and organizations, community service projects and athletic events.
The coming academic year will offer many opportunities for learning and exploration, personally and professionally, and I encourage you to take advantage of all the resources available to help you thrive. Especially for our students, Get on Board Day will help you find organizations that meet your specific needs and interests, and the Week of Welcome is a great way for our freshmen and transfer students to meet new friends and learn about campus traditions.
One of our highest priorities is to make sure that UA is a welcoming and inclusive campus for our students, faculty, staff, visitors and alumni. I encourage you to become familiar with the Capstone Creed, and to find ways each day to demonstrate your loyalty to our shared values.
During the coming year we will celebrate many milestones and successes together. Even as we adjust to new leadership, new students, new faculty and staff, and new buildings and facilities, our priorities will not change. As the state’s flagship university, we will continue to serve our students, our communities, our state and the nation through outstanding teaching, research that matters, and service that strengthens our communities. We will continue to make a positive difference in the lives we touch every day, and we will continue to focus on creating and sustaining an environment that encourages all members of the UA family to fulfill their highest potential.
Thank you for your unwavering commitment to The University of Alabama. Welcome to the UA family, and Roll Tide!
Stuart R. Bell
P.S. I enjoyed meeting some of our RAs, volunteers and new students and their families on Move-In Day at Presidential.