• All shook up at a basketball game, January 1992

    All shook up at a basetball game, January 1992
    January 2020 Image of the Month
    UAB mascot Beauregard T. Rooster marked the January 4th men's basketball game against Memphis State University by dressing as Elvis Presley, one of the city's most famous residents.  The MSU Tigers defeated the UAB Blazers before a sell-out crowd of 8,510 and ended UAB's 13-game winning streak.

    Image ID: P6.1, #1525a

  • Clark Memorial Theater Building, circa 1990

    Clark Memorial Theater Building, circa 1990
    May 2019 Image of the Month

    Prior to the start of the 1998-1999 season, UAB announced that the season would be the final one for its long-running Town and Gown Theater program.  Six shows were produced as part of that final season:  The Glass Menagerie, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Red Hot & Cole, You Can’t Take it With You, and Cabaret.  The production of Cabaret closed on May 16, 1999, ending the 49-year run of Town and Gown Theater and ending the university’s use of the Clark building on Hatcher Place in Caldwell Park.  In 2000 the Metropolitan Arts Council acquired the old theater building and a renovated and newly renamed Virginia Samford Theatre was reopened in 2002.

    Image ID: P45.2

  • Into the Streets Day, 1999

    Into the Streets Day, 1999
    April 2019 Image of the Month

    UAB sponsored the inaugural Into the Streets volunteer event day on Saturday, April 10, 1999.  Over 300 students participated in a wide variety of sponsored events, such as planting flowers and trees, painting houses, and picking up litter around the city and along the Cahaba River.  Dr. Virginia Gauld, Vice President for Student Affairs (far left), joined students from UAB Greek organizations as they spent time doing some urban farming.

    Image ID: P7.3.13

  • UAB Honors House, circa 1999

    UAB Honors House, circa 1999
    March 2019 Image of the Month

    The former home of the Second Presbyterian Church was acquired by UAB in 1970 and soon afterward became the home of the UAB-affiliated Alabama Ballet; the building became known as the Ballet House.  In 1985 the building was renamed as the Honors House when it became home to UAB's new Honors Program.  The old church building was renovated with funding provided by William and Virginia Spencer, and the newly renamed Spencer Honors House reopened on March 18, 2002.

    Image ID: P7.3.13

  • The Blazer mascot, 1993

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    January 2018 Image of the Month

    At a basketball game on January 9, 1993, UAB unveiled a new mascot, the Blazer.  The mascot scared children at the basketball games, and many segments of the university community objected to the sword carrying militant Viking-like warrior.  The Blazer was withdrawn before the start of the fall football season.  It would be two years before a new mascot, Blaze the Dragon, would be unveiled.

    ID: P7.3.13

  • UAB versus Evangel, September 14, 1991

    A football player runs past a defender
    September 2017 Image of the Month

    The first home game for the UAB Blazers as an NCAA Division III team was held at Legion Field. UAB lost to the Crusaders of Evangel College (Missouri). The Blazers recorded their first home win on November 9, defeating Hastings College by a score of 9-7.

    This month, UAB returned to the football field after an absence of two seasons. The Blazers defeated the Bulldogs of Alabama A&M by the score of 38-7. A record crowd of 45,212 attended the game at Legion Field on September 2, 2017.

    Go Blazers!!!

    Image ID: P6.1

  • Lister Hill Library, circa 1997

    Exterior of Lister Hill Library for the Health Sciences
    May 2017 Image of the Month

    The expanded and renovated Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences was rededicated in formal ceremonies on May 2, 1997. The original three-story building was opened in 1971 and had been named in honor of Lister Hill, Alabama's long-time member of Congress.

    Image ID: P7.3.13

  • Bartow Arena, 1997

    A ladder extends up from a truck to the Bartow Arena sign
    January 2017 Image of the Month

    On January 25, 1997, the arena was formally rededicated as the Gene Bartow Arena, renamed in honor of UAB’s founding Athletic Director and first coach of the men’s basketball team. Coach Bartow made the first shot in the building when the UAB Arena had originally been dedicated on May 19, 1988.

    Image ID: #P23.3

  • Dean Eli Capilouto in front of the Ryals Building, circa 1996

    Dean Capilouto poses on a set of steps
    October 2016 Image of the Month

    The Frank and Kathleen Ellis Ryals Building, a new home for the School of Public Health, was dedicated October 29, 1996. The Ryals was the first building constructed solely for use by the school. Previously other facilities around campus had been used by Public Health as space became available. Dr. Eli Capilouto was dean of the school from 1994 until 2001. He was Provost of UAB from 2002 until 2011.

    Image ID: P6, #0003

  • Honorary Degree Awarded, June 2, 1996

    Dr. Lorden fixes a graduation hood on Stevie Wonder
    June 2016 Image of the Month

    Dr. Joan F. Lorden, dean of the Graduate School, hoods Stevie Wonder during UAB's commencement ceremony.  UAB awarded the honorary Doctor of Music degree to Stevie Wonder, the world-renowned singer, composer, and musician.  Wonder worked extensively over the years with long-time UAB faculty member Dr. Henry S. Panion, III, who served as chair of the UAB music department from 1994 until 2000.

    Image ID: P7.3.13, #0962

  • Groundbreaking ceremony, May 2, 1991

    A man leans over a hole in the ground as a speaker behind a lecturn watches
    May 2016 Image of the Month

    Dr. John D. Jones, vice president for Student Affairs, watches a member of the UAB community participating in the groundbreaking for a new international house. The Bertha and Joseph Smolian International House on 10th Avenue South was formally dedicated on April 28, 1992. It was named in honor of long-time UAB benefactors; an earlier International House on 9th Avenue South had also been named in honor of the Smolians.

    Image ID #P23.3

  • Blaze with UAB Cheerleaders at a basketball game, 1996

    Blaze stands with two male cheerleaders on a basketball court
    October 2015 Image of the Month

    The new UAB mascot was unveiled on October 18, 1995, and debuted to the public at a basketball game in Bartow Arena on January 6, 1996. The green dragon named Blaze is the university’s fourth mascot since 1978 when the athletic program was established. Student Wyndall Ivey was the first student to don the dragon costume.

    Image ID: P23.1

  • The Statue of Hippocrates, circa 1990

    Hippocrates statue dressed in a blue grass skirt with a Bermuda bound sign
    June 2015 Image of the Month

    Some UAB students, who were leaving campus for the summer, made known their travel plans by decorating Hippocrates for a beach holiday. The 5,000-pound marble sculpture by Greek artist Kostas Georgakas commemorated the Greek father of western medicine. The piece was presented to UAB in 1971 by Sam and Agatha Nakos, local Birmingham business owners, and originally stood in the courtyard in front of the Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences. In 1996 the sculpture was moved into the ground-floor lobby of the newly expanded library building.

    Image ID: P17.1.10, #0183

  • UAB art students in the White House, December 1994

    A group of art students pose in front of a Christmas tree in the White House
    December 2014 Image of the Month

    First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton invited college students from around the country to create ornaments depicting the “Twelve Days of Christmas,” the chosen theme for the holiday season. Ornaments submitted by the UAB students were displayed on a 19-foot tree in the Blue Room. The UAB students were given a private tour of the White House as thanks for their contributions.

    Image ID: P7.4.1, #1324

  • Dr. Virginia D. Horns-Marsh with the UAB Mace, June 1990

    A woman holds a mace at a graduation ceremony
    June 2014 Image of the Month

    Dr. Horns-Marsh, professor of Education, carried the UAB Mace when it was first debuted at the June 4, 1989, commencement ceremony. Created by local sculptor Cordray Parker, the mace was commissioned by Justine and Samuel B. Barker. The Barkers were leading patrons of the local arts community, and Dr. Barker was the first dean of the UAB Graduate School.

    Image ID: P7.4.1, #1413

  • UAB Cross-Country Team, circa 1993

    Female runners going through a wooded area
    May 2014 Image of the Month

    The UAB Blazer Cross-Country Team competed in an invitational tournament held at Auburn, Alabama.

    The Women's Cross-Country program was initiated in 1979 with Brenda Williams as the first head coach.

    Image ID: P6.1, #3975

  • UAB MedJet in air, circa 1990

    The UAB medical jet in air
    November 2013 Image of the Month

    The UAB Critical Care Transport Service began in 1983 with transportation by specially equipped ambulance or medical jet. As of 2013 the CCT service has transported over 42,000 patients and has logged more than 27 million miles.

    Image ID: P16.1.7, #0028

  • Looking down South 18th Street toward Red Mountain, March 1993

    Snow lines a street in downtown Birmingham
    March 2013 Image of the Month

    The Blizzard of 1993, the so-called “Storm of the Century,” impacted 26 states and much of eastern Canada, bringing record snowfall across North America.  Over the weekend of March 12-13 Birmingham received 13 inches of snow but some locations in the metropolitan area received up to 17 inches. This was a record for a single snowfall and was more than ever received during an entire winter season. All activities at UAB except for essential hospital services were cancelled and many staff remained at their jobs for days.

    Image: Progress Notes yearbook

  • Columbus statue unveiled, October 1992

    A group of men pose in front of a statue of Christopher Columbus
    October 2012 Image of the Month

    A marble statue of Christopher Columbus was unveiled on the terrace of the UAB Smolian International House as part of Birmingham’s Columbus Day celebration. The project was supported by the local chapter of the Knights of Columbus and by the Bruno family. UAB President Charles A. McCallum, Jr. (far right), Joseph S. Bruno (center), and other guests are shown with the work of sculptor Ugo Sordelli.

    Image ID: P7.4.1, #594

  • The UAB Marching Blazers, circa 1994

    Four members of the UAB marching band stand on a field
    September 2012 Image of the Month

    Following a debut during an away game, the marching band performed at home for the first time at Legion Field on September 17, 1994, with music professor Clifford Winter (second from right) as band director and student Brian Wilson as the first drum major. UAB had hosted a pep band for basketball games since the late 1970s, but a new NCAA-level football team needed a marching band to perform during half-time shows.

    Image ID:  P6, #002