Month: September 2014

Dow Jones Now Accepting Applications for Summer Internships

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama’s journalism department held an informational meeting on Tuesday night for student’s interested in Dow Jones News Fund internships. Dow Jones offers college students prestigious paid internships at major news organizations every summer.

While only 10-20% of applicants are accepted, Tom Arenberg, a graduate teaching assistant in the department, said he doesn’t want to discourage any student. “Acceptance into the program is a great resume credential in itself,” he said, telling students, “I’m glad you want to give it a try, and I’ll help you out.” (more…)

Sport Management Program Kicks Off Lecture Series

NASCAR and Talladega have struggled with an aging fan base in recent years. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

NASCAR and Talladega have struggled with an aging fan base in recent years. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

TUSACALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama’s kinesiology department hosted their first Sport Management Distinguished Lecture of the year last week. Tom Patterson, senior director of consumer marketing and ticket sales at Talladega Superspeedway, spoke on how NASCAR has changed their marketing methods to attract new audiences.

Patterson said that NASCAR has been challenged with an aging fan base. To counter this they have adopted a playoff system, and Talladega itself has implemented youth and collegiate marketing strategies. Talladega uses campus ambassadors to “sing the gospel of NASCAR” to college students, and now offers free kids’ tickets. Patterson likes to remind people of the sport’s uniqueness by saying, “You can’t go in your backyard and play NASCAR.”  (more…)

Baseball Kicks Off Fall Practice and Season Today

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Photo courtesy of RollTide.com

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama baseball team will begin fall workouts on Tuesday, Sept. 23, and will kick off live play Friday afternoon as the team plays its first intrasquad scrimmage of the new season.

The Tide will begin practice on Tuesday and will have full team practices on Wednesday and Thursday, beginning at 2:30 p.m., before playing an eight-inning intrasquad on Friday afternoon. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for approximately 3:30 p.m. at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. The first week of fall practice wraps up with another scrimmage on Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m.  (more…)

Alabama Accepting Flag Recipient Nominations for the 2015 Football Season

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama is now accepting flag recipient nominations for the 2015 football season. The Crimson Tide pauses to salute a member of the armed services before the playing of the National Anthem at all home games. Fans may nominate active duty or retired members of the military online.

The nomination should include honors and awards the person received, tours of duty and a short narrative of 100 words or less as to why the person is deserving of the nomination. A panel from The University of Alabama Athletics Department will select the honorees for the 2015 season. Those selected will be provided with complimentary tickets, in-game recognition and an American flag awarded by the Million Dollar Band.

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SEC Nation Works Around Tailgaters

Tim Tebow meets with fans and signs autographs on Friday afternoon. Tebow joined the ESPN team last year at the National Championship game.

Tim Tebow meets with fans and signs autographs on Friday afternoon. Tebow joined the ESPN team last year at the National Championship game.

TUSACALOOSA, Ala. – SEC Nation arrived in Tuscaloosa Thursday to prepare for their weekly Saturday production prior to the Alabama-Florida football game. The crew arrived with six tractor-trailers and their trademark bus. This is what it takes to move a set and crew around the country every week.

Bob Rauscher, SEC Network’s vice president of production, said, “Our philosophy with the show is to come to where things are happening, so we’ve chosen locations where things are already going on.” The tailgating atmosphere around the Quad at The University of Alabama appealed to the show’s producers. “There are fans mingling and hanging out before the games, and we’re basically just saying we’re going to be one of them,” Rauscher said. (more…)

Women’s Basketball to Kick Off Community Caravan Thursday

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Photo courtesy of RollTide.com

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The women’s basketball team has announced the dates for its inaugural Community Caravan. In an effort to give back to the local community, the team will be volunteering at local schools, hospitals and non-profit organizations as well as attending events on campus.

“We are so excited about our upcoming season on the court and are equally excited about taking time to give back to a community that means so much to our program,” said head coach Kristy Curry. Our student athletes are excited to reach out and impact our community in a number of ways this fall.” (more…)

Tide Baseball Alumni Having Success in MLB

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Photo courtesy of RollTide.com

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama Crimson Tide has had at least one player selected in the Major League Draft for the past 36 years.  This season former Tide players have taken advantage of their opportunities and found success in the big leagues.

With the Rockies’ promotion of second baseman Josh Rutledge (2008-10), the Crimson Tide currently has five former players in the Major Leagues. Rutledge was called up after hitting .360 in two seasons at Triple-A Colorado Springs. Rutledge has been viewed as a standout defensive player throughout his career and has provided a spark for the Rockies on defense. (more…)

Former Tide Baseball Player Earns Paul W. Bryant Alumni-Athlete Award

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Photo courtesy of RollTide.com

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Former Crimson Tide outfielder and current team physician, Dr. Jeff Laubenthal, was honored with the 2014 Paul W. Bryant Alumni-Athlete Award at halftime during Saturday’s home football game against Florida Atlantic University.

“It’s such an unbelievable honor that they’ve bestowed on me,” said Laubenthal. “It means the world to me, because to be included in the same sentence with people like Ozzie Newsome, Bart Starr, Hootie Ingram, Joe Namath and people of that nature, because you know the mark that they have left on the University. It’s really humbling.” (more…)