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June 28, 2012 – NBC Birmingham
'CollegeFirst' program wraps up
"Today dozens of local high school students completed a summer program that's aimed at preparing them for Advance Placement courses."...watch video.


May 20, 2012 – The Daily Home
UA students design website for ASPCI
"The Animal Shelter of Pell City has a new website. 'We hope this new website will increase public awareness of who we are and how we affect our community,' said Melissa Hull, shelter manager. The new website is www.stclairanimalshelter.org. Hull said in the fall of last year, ASPCI sent in a grant application to The University of Alabama Academic Affairs for consideration to participate in Virtual Advantage: Developing Websites for Alabama Nonprofits."...read more.


April 23, 2012 – The Birmingham News
UA's Documenting Justice course hosts annual screening tonight at Bama Theatre
"The University of Alabama's Documenting Justice filmmaking class will host its annual screening tonight at the Bama Theatre in downtown Tuscaloosa. Documenting Justice is a course in which non-film majors create short documentaries focusing on issues of justice or injustice in Alabama. Seven student films will be shown tonight."...read more.


March 20, 2012 – The Crimson White
Every Move Counts utilizes chess to teach kids 'skills for life'
"In Spring 2010, three UA student volunteers working in Tuscaloosa Magnet Middle School had the idea that by teaching children chess, they can change lives. They began with 12 sixth graders. The program that evolved from that idea, Every Move Counts, is an initiative of the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility that provides UA students with the opportunity to teach chess to children from four local schools while receiving class credit"...read more.


Feb. 9, 2012 – The Crimson White
Students, kids get moving through initative aimed at defeating childhood obesity
"It’s Your Move!, a student-generated health initiative to combat childhood obesity, held its kickoff event Wednesday at the YMCA in downtown Tuscaloosa. The event’s purpose was to encourage children to become more active between the hours of 3 and 5 p.m." Four University of Alabama students earning service-learning credit through APR 433 Public Relations Campaigns, a class led by CESR Faculty Fellows in Service Learning coordinator Teri Henley, conceived and are implementing the It's Your Move campaign"...read more.


Feb. 8, 2012 – WVUA Tuscaloosa
Fighting childhood obesity
"Alabama has one of the highest rates of childhood obesity in the United States, and unless something is done, these rates will only continue to climb. Now local organizations are teaming up to kick off a campaign to fight the illness." Four University of Alabama students earning service-learning credit through APR 433 Public Relations Campaigns, a class led by CESR Faculty Fellows in Service Learning coordinator Teri Henley, conceived and are implementing the campaign…watch video.


Feb. 2, 2012 – CBS Birmingham
Myra Jackson is grand-prize winner in UA Center for Ethics SaveNow WinLater initiative
"Many people probably don't wake up and head to work thinking, 'Hey, maybe I'll win $10,000 today. Myra Jackson certainly wasn't expecting it. Ms. Jackson is a shipping clerk at Hygia Health Services in Birmingham and the grand-prize winner in the University of Alabama's SaveNow WinLater initiative..." …watch video.


Feb. 2, 2012 – The Birmingham News
Tornado victim wins $10,000 in savings bond contest
"A Birmingham woman who lost her home in last spring's tornado outbreak won $10,000 this afternoon for investing some of her 2010 income tax refund in a federal savings bond for her daughter. Myra Jackson, 55, learned the news during a surprise presentation at Hygia Health Services, where she works. Surrounded by her co-workers, Jackson sat stunned when she learned of the grand prize." …read more.


Feb. 2, 2012 – UA News
Tornado victim wins $10,000 savings initiative prize through UA Center for Ethics
"The University of Alabama Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility announced the first grand-prize winner in its nationally unique, prize-linked savings initiative, SaveNow WinLater, with a surprise visit to Myra Jackson of Birmingham. Jackson, who lost her home in the April 2011 tornadoes, was selected in a drawing from more than 550 entrants to win $10,000 by investing a portion of her 2010 income tax refund in federal savings bonds for her child." …read more.


Nov. 16, 2011 – The Crimson White
UA Math and Science Mentoring Program Wins $25,000 from Pepsi Refresh Challenge
The University of Alabama Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility’s CollegeFirst Advanced Placement Mentoring Initiative won a $25,000 award from the Pepsi Refresh online voting competition. CollegeFirst trains university students to implement a Summer Advanced Placement Institute for high school students enrolled in an AP course during the upcoming school year" …read more.


Nov. 9, 2011 – NBC-13 Birmingham
UA honors students create projects to help in Tuscaloosa's recovery from the April tornado
Working in groups of three or four, 81 students in the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility's Moral Forum course wrote grant applications vying for up to $15,000 to help carry out their projects. Three groups were chosen as winners this week …watch video.


Nov. 9, 2011 –The Crimson White
Student entrepreneurs compete for tornado recovery funding
"Late Monday evening, students and professors from the University crowded into Lloyd Hall Auditorium to hear the UA Student Social Entrepreneurs presentations in what was the final round of the Tornado Recovery Initiative, sponsored by the UA Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility. During the preceding weeks, each group designed a project to help Tuscaloosa recover from the April 27 tornado." …read more.


Nov. 7, 2011 – CBS-42 Birmingham
UA advertising and public relations students raising money for Secret Meals for Hungry Children
"Secret Meals is a discreet program where teachers can slip food into a child's backpack so that child has something to eat over the weekend." Students in Susan Daria’s Public Relations Development course are assisting Secret Meals with the design and implementation of awareness materials and events. Daria developed the service-learning component of the course while participating in the UA Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility’s Faculty Fellows in Service Learning Program …watch video.


Aug. 23, 2011 – Oxford American
The Most Creative Teachers in the South
Oxford American magazine names Andrew Grace, director of CESR's Documenting Justice program, to this prestigious list: "We hunted in colleges throughout the region to find influential educators admired by their students and colleagues, whose classrooms serve as forums for social change, whose homes become their classrooms, and, in some cases, whose assignments become homes." …read article.


August, 2011 – Southern Living
What stands in a storm, Part II: Food
Southern Living magazine profiles a UA service-learning project's efforts to feed tornado survivors and relief volunteers in the wake of the April 27 storm. Andrew Grace, director of CESR's Documenting Justice program, and his wife, Rashmi, who teaches an honors service-learning course in conjunction with Druid City Garden Project, led the initiative
read article.


April 26, 2011 – The Crimson White
Student films screened at Bama
"The Bama Theatre was filled tonight as 13 UA students presented their original documentaries. The fifth-annual Documenting Justice screening featured six films that covered a large range of topics that Alabama deals with today." …read more.


Feb. 1, 2011 – The Tuscaloosa News
University of Alabama tax service sees its impact
“In less than five years, SaveFirst, an initiative of the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at the University of Alabama and Impact Alabama, has become the largest campus-based free tax preparation service in the country, according to Stephen Black, the director of the center." …read more.


Oct. 27, 2010 – The Crimson White
Moral Forum participants debate offshore oil drilling
“Juniors Mark Penner and Forrest Williams won Tuesday night's James P. Hayes, Jr. Moral Forum debate concerning offshore oil drilling in Morgan Auditorium. Stephen Black, director of the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility and instructor of the course, said the class provokes thoughtful dialogue in an effort to have students transcend their prejudices on a particular topic." …read more.


Sept. 16, 2010 – WSFA-12 Montgomery
UA QB helps FocusFirst celebrate the screening of 100,000 children
“Crimson Tide star quarterback Greg McElroy is doing his part to help kids see better. The championship QB wouldn't be able to see his receivers or his textbooks without contact lenses. That's why he supports the FocusFirst initiative. The program helps Alabama children in Head Start and lower-income daycares get vision screenings." …watch video.


Sept. 16, 2010 – The Birmingham News
Impact Alabama performs 100,000th vision check
“When the nonprofit group Impact Alabama started screening children's eyes six years ago, its organizers were just looking for a way to make a difference. On Wednesday, the day the group expected to perform its 100,000th vision check, University of Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy was on hand to help screen children at a Head Start day care in Tuscaloosa." …read more.

Sept. 15, 2010 – WBRC-6 Birmingham
Greg McElroy helps fellow UA students test kids for vision problems
“Crimson Tide quarterback Greg McElroy takes a break from football to help fellow UA students test kids for vision problems. Fox 6 News reporter Kelvin Reynolds explains how McElroy and others celebrated a milestone when it comes to vision care for Alabama children." …watch video.

Sept. 15, 2010 – The Crimson White
McElroy aids in FocusFirst program
“Some people may have been surprised to find Crimson Tide quarterback Greg McElroy holding a grinning child on his lap the Wednesday morning before the Duke game. The athlete sat in a faded cinder block building on 2nd Street to administer a vision screening test for the 100,000th child to participate in Impact Alabama’s FocusFirst Initiative." …read more.


July 12, 2010 – UA News
UA students prepare high schoolers for college classes
“University of Alabama students recently led high school sophomores and juniors through three weeks of rigorous academic curriculum, including calculus lessons and labs in biology and chemistry, as part of CollegeFirst, a national summer enrichment program designed to prepare the students for Advanced Placement courses in math and science." …read more.


May 20, 2010 – UA News
UA students help working families secure $6 million in tax refunds through SaveFirst initiative
“More than 150 University of Alabama students traveled statewide during the 2010 tax season to prepare more than 2,900 returns for working families. As part of this statewide initiative, sponsored by the UA Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility and Impact Alabama, UA students played a critical role in helping secure $6 million in tax refunds and saving the working families about $800,000 in commercial tax preparation fees, program organizers report." …read more.


April 28, 2010 – The Crimson White
Documenting Justice packs Bama Theatre
“A full house gathered under the starry skies in the Bama Theatre Tuesday night for the fourth annual Documenting Justice film screening. The show was presented by the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility and the Department of Telecommunication and Film at the University of Alabama." …read more.


March 10, 2010 – The Crimson White
UA recognized on president's honor roll for community service
“The University has been named as one of 115 universities nationwide on the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, the highest federal level commendation a college or university can receive for its community service initiatives.” …read more.


Feb. 6, 2010 – The Tuscaloosa News
Students’ work influences new IRS rules
“After nearly three weeks of undercover work last January, students from the University of Alabama hoped their efforts would result in legislation regulating commercial tax preparers in the state.That legislation died in the House of Representatives last spring, but new federal rules, announced by the IRS on Monday, will make the group’s work come to fruition on a national stage.” …read more.


Feb. 5, 2010 – WBRC-6 Birmingham
University of Alabama students get national recognition for film about veterans
“Elizabeth Jones filmed a documentary entitled 'Searching for Normal' for her film class. Jones teamed up with Dick Powers, an Iraq veteran, to chronicle the struggles of soldiers returning to civilian life.” …watch video.


Feb. 5, 2010 – The Birmingham News

UA students' film on veterans grabs focus

"Until she met Iraq war veteran Dick Powers, Elizabeth Jones was not aware of the difficulties that veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars or any war face when they try to resume civilian life."...read more.


Jan. 26, 2010 – University of Alabama News

CESR, Impact Alabama offer free tax prep service for working families

"More than 140 students from The University of Alabama Center for Ethics & Social responsibility and Impact Alabama are providing free tax preparation services to working families across the state." ...read more.


March 10, 2009 – The Tuscaloosa News

UA documentary accepted to ethics conference

“Patricia Williams, an inmate at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women, chokes back tears as she discusses reading to her grandchildren. University of Alabama law student Kristian Collins was there to catch it all on film. Collins and fellow UA student Stephen Lovell produced their documentary, 'Storybook' on the Aid to Inmate Mothers program as part of the university’s 'Documenting Justice' course.” …read more.


December 8, 2008 - The Tuscaloosa News

Learning the art of debate

“On the whole, is television a good or bad influence on school-age children? That was the question Thursday night on the University of Alabama campus as two teams of Hillcrest Middle School debaters squared off at the Ferguson Center during the culmination of this semester's 'Speak Up Tuscaloosa,' a unique outreach program conceived and designed by a 20-year-old UA student from Birmingham." ...read more.


February 6, 2008 – The Montgomery Advertiser

Free tax filing help available

“Free income tax services for Montgomery's working poor will begin later this month because of a partnership between nonprofit organizations, the city and local colleges. Sixty volunteer college and law school students will provide free tax preparation services to residents beginning Jan. 23, said Mayor Bobby Bright.” …read more.


January 24, 2008 – University of Alabama News

Gift from Synovus Foundation Endows UA’s Moral Forum and Names it in Honor of Alumnus Jim Hayes

“Synovus Foundation of Columbus, Ga., has made a gift to The University of Alabama to endow a debate program known as the Moral Forum and name it in honor of UA alumnus and long-time supporter James P. “Jim” Hayes Jr.” …read more.


January 24, 2008 – The Birmingham News

Tax aid helps low-income families file, claim credit

“A small army of college students this week launched the SaveFirst initiative, a free service to help low-income residents file their taxes and claim the earned income tax credit.” …read more.


January 13, 2008 – The Birmingham News

Tax season provides moral test for Alabama

“As we move into a new tax filing season, America continues to be the richest, most powerful nation on Earth. Unfortunately, America also continues to be a nation in which 13 million children live in poverty. Surprising to some, the majority of these children live in families that work hard and play by the rules.” …read more.


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January 27, 2008 – Tuscaloosa News

STEPHEN BLACK: Tax rebate loans prey on the poor


February 6, 2008 – Montgomery Advertiser

ALABAMA VOICES: Tax aid fights ripoffs


January 9, 2008 – Mobile Press-Register

Groups offer free tax preparation for poor

“Two nonprofit groups are teaming up to provide free tax preparation services to poor residents in Mobile and Washington counties this year. The Mobile Community Action Agency and Impact Alabama will be working together to prepare returns for families that earn less than $45,000 or individuals who earn less than $29,000, according to James Knight of Mobile Community Action.” …read more.


January 8, 2008 – The Huntsville Times

Low-income families may be due tax credit

“An estimated 2,400 low-income families in Huntsville could be an average of $2,100 richer this year by taking advantage of a federal income tax credit - but they may not know they're eligible.” …read more.


January 6, 2008 – Decatur Daily

Program will save poor people money

“Understandably, many low-income people rush their income and withholding statement, the W-2 form, to the nearest tax preparation firm that advertises instant refunds. They need the money, but they can save a bundle if they participate in SaveFirst, a program that helps them, for free, determine if they are eligible for an earned income tax credit.” …read more.


October 26, 2007 – The Birmingham News

UA’s Moral Forum promotes debate: Students involved in mission to hold civil public discourse

“The debates in the University of Alabama's Ferguson Student Center this week sounded different from the shrill exchanges heard nightly on cable news programs. Contestants disagreed, all right, digging in on opposite sides of a proposed federal law to help some illegal immigrants attend college and become citizens. But they built their arguments on facts and intellectual principles, quoting sources such as Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas.” ...read more.


October 18, 2007 – University of Alabama News

UA Center for Ethics to Host Moral Forum Competition, Will Award $13,000 in Scholarships

“The University of Alabama Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility will be hosting the final round of the third annual Moral Forum Tournament on Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in Morgan Auditorium to award some $13,000 in scholarships.” …read more.


September 27, 2007 - Tuscaloosa News

Conference takes up nexus between service and learning

“Service learning is an educator’s term for doing something meaningful through classwork. It’s a buzzword, but not an empty one. Hoping to spur more service learning in the state, the University of Alabama invited representatives from 22 campuses to share and learn about the topic.” …read more.


September 23, 2007 – The Birmingham News

Conference explores higher ed’s mission

“With the recent release of new census data on poverty, we learned that the number of Americans without health insurance is continuing to increase. There are currently 47 million uninsured people in our country, 8.5 million more than there were in 2000. No matter how hard state governments work to increase efficiency, improve education, health care and so on, true progress can only be built on values. Progressive change in Alabama will require a spirituality of social responsibility -- a reason for action that transcends individual interest. As a college education becomes more critical in equipping our citizens for an increasingly competitive world economy, we must not forget the role our system of higher education can and should play in preparing students to serve as effective, engaged and ethical citizens.” …read more.


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September 27, 2007 – Hartselle Enquirer

Alabama must continue to battle poverty


September 23, 2007 – Tuscaloosa News

STEPHEN FOSTER BLACK: It’s up to us to teach social responsibility


September 22, 2007 – Montgomery Advertiser

ALABAMA VOICES: Going beyond charity


September 20, 2007 - Anniston Star

To whom much is given: Helping our fellow man         


August 31, 2007 – The Crimson White

Maysles to discuss his body of work, current issues in documentaries

“Though his name may not be familiar to many students, filmmaker Albert Maysles's Oscar nomination and pair of Emmy statuettes were more than enough for the department of telecommunication and film to jump at the chance to have him speak at the University.” …read more.


August 18, 2007 - The Birmingham News

Documentary lets Collegeville speak

“In a neighborhood where trains can block traffic for long periods, a Birmingham community has tried to speak up about the dangers to its residents face. Last winter, two college students heard them and tried to amplify the voices. Allison Stagg, 24, and Kevin Garrison, 28, focused on the city's Collegeville neighborhood during Documenting Justice, a class at the University of Alabama that explores the social impact of film-making.” …read more.


June 28, 2007 – The Crimson White

UA helps create proactive enrichment program for local teens

“For some students, summer brings to mind endless hours of TV, chores around the house and most importantly, boredom. This is not the case for 15-year-old Laquashia White and 14-year-old Morgan Fields. White and Fields are two of 20 high school students chosen to participate in the first-ever Tuscaloosa Academic Enrichment program, which began June 11 and lasts until June 29.” …read more.


June 19, 2007 – University of Alabama News

Statewide Conference on Service Learning and Poverty to be Held at UA

“The University of Alabama Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility, the Alabama Poverty Project, Impact: An Alabama Student Service Initiative and the UAB Center for Urban Affairs are co-sponsoring “To Whom Much is Given,” a statewide conference on service learning in higher education, Sept. 27-28 at the Bryant Conference Center in Tuscaloosa.” …read more.


June 14, 2007 – The Crimson White

Students teach through Pre-K Initiative: UA students work to give back to community

“This summer, UA students are giving back to the Tuscaloosa community as part of the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility's efforts to help the community through the Tuscaloosa Pre-K Initiative, a cooperative effort between the Capstone and Tuscaloosa city schools that will allow students to participate in the Summer Jump Start program.” …read more.


June 7, 2007 – Tuscaloosa News

Teach me more: ‘Jump Start’ gets children ready for kindergarten

“Five-year-old Christopher Navarro bounced over to his mother, Jaye Navarro, beaming as he held up a folder with ‘Jump Start Kindergarten Summer 2007’ showing through the shiny cover.” ….read more.


May 31, 2007 – University of Alabama News

UA Collaborates with City Schools to Host Summer Academic Enrichment Program

“The University of Alabama Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility has joined with Tuscaloosa’s Westlawn Middle and Central High Schools to launch Tuscaloosa Academic Enrichment on Monday, June 11.” …read more.


May 23, 2007 – University of Alabama News

UA Launches Collaboration with Tuscaloosa Pre-K Initiative

“After 16 months of planning and preparation under the leadership of The University of Alabama Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility, the University’s collaboration with the Tuscaloosa Pre-K Initiative will begin June 4 with the Summer Jump Start Program.” …read more.


May 1, 2007 - FOX6 News (Birmingham)
Documenting Justice Film Screening

Documenting Justice students Mallory Morgan and Kevin Garrison, along with CESR Director Stephen Black, are interviewed about their films. (read more)


April 30, 2007 - WVUA (Tuscaloosa)

Documenting Justice Film Screening

Documenting Justice students Maryella Frommelt and Edward Miller are interviewed about their films. (story not currently available)


April 30, 2005 – Tuscaloosa News

Films on ethical issues to be screened at the Bama

“If you grew up in a suburb watching a wide-screen TV, with cars for every driving member of the family and an iPod in every ear, chances are your only contact with people unlike yourself was through the media. But those less fortunate and suffering aren’t just in Darfur or deepest Mexico; some are just around the corner. To raise awareness and empathy in the growing body of suburban-raised college students, the University of Alabama Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility started a year-long program to bring some stories to life via this very visual generation’s favorite medium, video." ...read more.


April 30, 2007 – The Crimson White

Student documentarians showcase short films at Bama: CESR hosts screening dealing with Alabama-centric issues 

“Graduate, undergraduate and law school students have teamed up as part of a new interdisciplinary class to create, film and produce short documentaries that will be presented Tuesday night at 7 in the "Documenting Justice" film screening event, hosted by the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at the Bama Theatre."...read more


April 24, 2007 – University of Alabama News

Documenting Justice UA Student Films to be Shown May 1 at Bama Theater

“The Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility at The University of Alabama will host the first Documenting Justice Film Screening on Tuesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. at the Bama Theatre in downtown Tuscaloosa.” ...read more.


March 2007 – The Missing Ink

Students strive to inspire

“Speak the Truth. The name of the event alone is powerful, but the message behind it extends far beyond the name and into the realm of social justice…” ...read more.


February 15, 2007 – The Crimson White

UA, Tuscaloosa pre-K program closer to start

“Despite the state’s lack of funding for pre-kindergarten programs, Mayor Walt Maddox has partnered with the University to provide education and health services to “academically at-risk” 4-year-olds in the community.” ...read more.


February 8, 2007 – University of Alabama News

UA ‘Speak the Truth’ Event Features Acclaimed Alabama Forensics Council

“The University of Alabama Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility and the Alabama Forensics Council are presenting “Speak the Truth,” a spoken word event celebrating ethical and inspirational communication, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Ferguson Theater.” ...read more.


January 24, 2007 – The Crimson White

UA law students give back: Students help Tuscaloosa’s low-income families prepare taxes

“Michael Westermann's law professors are determined to keep him from becoming a stereotype. The second year law student said his professors have all heard jokes about dishonest lawyers, and so he said they want to create a group of lawyers who know the importance of giving back to their communities.” ...read more. 


January 22, 2007 – The Crimson White

Students dance to help Ugandan kids: Students can enter dance-a-thon to help ‘Invisible Children’

"While dancing is usually considered a pastime, an interest or a weekend activity, on Tuesday evening, dancing could mean saving a life. The Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility and Freshman Forum will partner on Tuesday for "Dance, Dance for a Revolution," an event to raise funds for Invisible Children, an organization dedicated to helping children in Uganda." ...read more.


January 21, 2007 – Tuscaloosa News

Impact Alabama, UA team to help with tax preparation

“With the return of tax season, many people hope to get a larger refund by cutting out tax preparation businesses and turning to do-it-yourself programs, such as TurboTax.  But not everyone has the opportunity or the know-how to prepare taxes, and unfortunately, those are the folks commercial tax preparation firms, check-cashing operations and payday loan businesses target and seek to exploit, said Sarah Louise Smith of Impact Alabama, a nonprofit student service organization.” ...read more. 


January 16, 2007 – University of Alabama News

UA Center Launches Course to Assist Low-Income Families With Tax Filing

“More than 80 trained, IRS-certified undergraduate, graduate and law students from UA are providing free income tax preparation services and financial literacy information to low-income families in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham this tax season." ...read more.


November 26, 2006 – Birmingham News

Heiress' gift funds ethics curriculum at Alabama Aim is to encourage sense of community

“When Birmingham attorney Stephen Black was approached about leading an ethics education program at the University of Alabama, he was daunted by the perception of ethics as a set of don'ts - rules you need to know to keep out of trouble….” (story not available)


November 15, 2006 – Alabama Public Radio

Prototype, vol. 39

CESR’s own Kristin Robinson is interviewed by APR's Courtney Bowland, reporting on the children in one African country.


October 25, 2006 – University of Alabama News

President Witt Addresses Faculty and Staff at Fall Meeting

“Stephen Black’s new Initiative for Ethics and Social Responsibility has implemented several outreach programs. One of the most important is a partnership between the University, the city of Tuscaloosa, and the board of education that will use our campus resources to work toward the goal of every kindergarten student in Tuscaloosa being prepared to function on grade level when they enter kindergarten. A chilling statistic is that in our city, which is better than most in the state, 54 percent of our children are not prepared when they enter kindergarten. I believe this university is in a position to make a lasting and a significant contribution to the well being of our community.” - UA President Robert E. Witt


October 19, 2006 – University of Alabama News

UA Makes the Grade, Listed on President’s Honor Roll for Distinguished Community Service

“The University of Alabama has been recognized for extraordinary community service by the first-ever President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll announced in Chicago on Oct. 17.” ...read more.


October 18, 2006 – The Crimson White

It’s about humanity, not about culture 

“Why should you care about these children half a world away? Because a child is a child no matter what race or region of the world he may be from.” – Crystal Winton


October 11, 2006 – The Crimson White

Pre-K program essential for education

“…We are glad to see the university stepping up and getting involved with this project.  The University has a responsibility to partner with the city to help children get a better education and has great resources with the students here majoring in these fields.” – CW editorial board


October 9, 2006 – University of Alabama News

UA Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility Hosts Second Moral Forum Competition Offering $15,000 in Scholarships

“The University of Alabama Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility will host the final round of the second annual Moral Forum Tournament Monday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Ferguson Theater on campus.” …read more.


October 9, 2006 – The Crimson White

UA helps with pre-K initiative

Program to help children prepare for school.  “Fifty-nine percent of students entering kindergarten at a Tuscaloosa elementary school are unprepared to learn basic skills such as how to read…” ….read more.


October 8, 2006 - Tuscaloosa News

Moral Forum gets students to consider all sides of an issue

“Do you believe that the selling of human organs, kidneys, in particular, is acceptable in a ‘moral and just society?’ And if you do (or don’t), can you make a reasoned argument for your position? And then turn right around and do the same for the other view?”  …read more.


September 27, 2006 – Tuscaloosa News

Pre-K Initiative is a worthy investment for Tuscaloosa

“There is a twinkle in Mayor Walt Maddox’s eye when he talks about the Tuscaloosa Pre-K Initiative. It may not be the most glamorous program of his administration, he says, but it is the most important.” ….read more.


September 26, 2006 – Tuscaloosa News

City schools incorporate mayor’s pre-K initiative

“Kimberly Williams says her daughter, Destini Moore, has always been a smart child. But as an only child, who attended day care for a short time, Destini was not a social butterfly.  That was six weeks ago.” …read more.


September 18, 2006 – The Crimson White

Service Learning Pro aids in volunteer search

Computer program makes finding volunteer work easier for students.  “Kori Mosakowski has a new vision for community service at UA, and that new vision is all because of a software program called Service Learning Pro.”  …read more.


April 21, 2006 – The Catholic Week

Black and Deneen discuss religion and politics at breakfast session of Annual Christus Theological Society Conference 

“In addressing Alabama issues, Mr. Black did so within a larger context from the perspective of thinking as a person of faith concerned with progress not only in the state but also in the local community and in the nation as a whole.” (article not available)


March 30, 2006 – The Crimson White

Letter to the Editor: My Alternative Spring Break Experience

“Going on an alternative spring break experience gave me…the chance to experience something different and help change the lives of many children living in southern Alabama.” – Wilesha Taylor, Freshman 


March 13, 2006 – University of Alabama News

The Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility Launches Moral Debate Competition March 14

“The University of Alabama Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility will be hosting the first Moral Forum Tournament on Tuesday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. on campus in the Ferguson Center Forum.”  …read more.


December 12, 2005 - Dialog

UA Establishes Initiative for Ethics and Social Responsibility


December 6, 2005 - Tuscaloosa Magazine

Time Out with Stephen Black

Q&A with UA Director of the Initiative for Ethics and Social Responsibility


December 7, 2005 - The Crimson White

New UA ethics center director lays out plan

“In fall 2007, students in the UA Honors College will be required to complete a "moral forum" to graduate from the program, said Stephen Foster Black, director of the new UA Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility. Black spoke to the UA Faculty Senate Steering Committee on Tuesday and laid out many plans for the center, which opened Nov. 5.” …read more.


December 1, 2005 - The Crimson White

Spring break trip to benefit Katrina victims

“For most students, spring break means fun in the sun, parties and a time to kick back without a worry in the world.  But those looking to participate in the University's Alternative Spring Break program, which will take students to areas affected by Hurricane Katrina to help with disaster relief, say they hope the break will be more meaningful.” …read more.


November 5, 2005 - The Tuscaloosa News

Former candidate to lead UA initiative 

“Stephen Foster Black, the Democratic nominee for state treasurer in 2002, will direct the University of Alabama’s new Initiative for Ethics and Social Responsibility.” …read more. 


November 3, 2005 - The Birmingham News

Heiress endows social responsibility initiative

“Avondale Mills heiress Mignon C. Smith made headlines two years ago setting up a college scholarship program targeted at first-generation college students that will eventually have a $40 million endowment.  This week, Smith was back in Birmingham at a ceremony announcing the establishment of the Initiative for Ethics and Social Responsibility at the University of Alabama, made possible by her $5 million endowment.”(article not available)


November 3, 2005 - University of Alabama News

UA Establishes Initiative for Ethics and Social Responsibility 

“The University of Alabama has established a new campus initiative to address issues related to ethics and social responsibility and to help prepare students to serve as effective, engaged ethical citizens.” …read more. 


October 25, 2005 – University of Alabama News

President Witt Addresses Faculty and Staff at Fall Meeting

“A very important recent addition to our staff is Mr. Stephen Black. He will be providing senior leadership in the University’s service learning initiative.  That service learning initiative involving student volunteers, I believe in the very near future, will involve tens of thousands of hours of trained volunteer support that will greatly benefit the citizens of Alabama and at the same time make service learning one of the defining elements of The University of Alabama educational experience.”- UA President Robert E. Witt