The 2011 UA System Scholars Institute is underway here on the University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa.
Faculty from the three campuses of the University of Alabama System- here in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Huntsville are focused on what’s new for technology in the classroom and what’s needed.
The two-day event began with opening remarks from those at the UA System.
The UA System is the largest higher education system in the state of Alabama.
“We represent the highest aspirations the 4 million people in our state have,” said Art Dunning, vice chancellor of the UA System of Alabama. “We must be informed very much in a shared way in a shared culture. It’s what we do in higher education.”
Even in this opening address, there were references to the deadly tornado that touched down just blocks from the Bryant Conference Center where the UA System.
“What’s happening for this coming together is that we are transforming ourselves in a fundamental way,” Dunning said.
Dunning encouraged those attending to remember the importance of disconnecting from one’s normal routines and making connections with those from the other UA System campuses.
“There’s no way we can do this work without the sharing of ideas,” he said.