Virgin Voyage to Jasper, Alabama Represents New Link with UA’s New College

We’re heading to Alabama’s Walker County for a daylong dialogue with University of Alabama student who are interning at various non-profit agencies in the town to Jasper.

This photo from gives me a glimpse what I am expecting to see Thursday when I visit this Northwest Alabama town.

Tomorrow will be a big day for me and for our efforts here at The University of Alabama to forge linkages between undergraduate research and engagement with our communities around the state.

I’ve been invited to share with the Walker County Community-Based Research Internship group that is stationed in the city of Jasper, northwest of Birmingham.

Most, if not all of the students in the class have made a commitment to civic engagement as a minor through the University’s New College.

The push for undergraduate student community-based research has involved a number students from other units on the campus here in Tuscaloosa.  Now, we’re looking to more formally link campus-wide engagement with actual classes or internship experiences that are being offered on campus.

We’re scheduled to have lunch in historic downtown Jasper.

Among the topics on tap for tomorrow– a recent news report about the life expectancy for women in Walker County, Ala.

As one of the co-conveners for UA’s Scholars for Community Outreach Partnership and Engagement (SCOPE), I will be spending the day with the students who are now in their fourth week on their summer experience.

It should be fun.

Author: George Daniels

George L. Daniels is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Alabama. After spending eight years in the local television newsroom working as a producer at stations in Richmond, Virginia; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Atlanta, Georgia, Daniels moved from the newsroom to the classroom. He’s conducted research on diversity issues in the media workplace and change in the television newsroom as well as media convergence. Before going to work in television news, Daniels worked briefly as a freelance writer for The Richmond Free Press in his hometown of Richmond, Va.

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