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A series of images from the UAB Archives

Image of the Month (2009)

  • UAB Madrigal Feaste, December 1994

    A man and woman in costume dancing
    December 2009 Image of the Month

    This dinner event is typically held during the Christmas season and is often accompanied by choral music and a play featuring characters from the Middle Ages.

    Image ID:  P23.1

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1999

    An actress in a full dress smiles at an actor in front of her
    November 2009 Image of the Month

    This play opened on November 10, 1999 as the first UAB Department of Theatre production to be held in the new Sirote Theatre. The work had been adapted by Karma Ibsen to be set in the Antebellum South.

    Image ID:  P7.3.13, #085

  • Dean Henry B. Peters and the first UAB optometry students, 1969

    A group of people stand on steps for a photo
    October 2009 Image of the Month

    Members of the first class were recruited by Dean Peters and began their studies at the end of September 1969. Pictured are left to right: (front row) Michael E. Raim, Eugenie Sturtevant, Dean Henry B. Peters, Neil M. Bleakley, and Ronald E. Dachelet; and (back row) Nelson G. Crandall, Ernest S. Spohn, Alan G. Tavel, and Gene J. Terrezza. The School of Optometry awarded its first bachelor degrees in physiological optics in 1971 and its first Doctor of Optometry degrees in 1973.

    Image ID: P21.2, #0517

  • UAB President Joseph F. Volker in his office, circa 1969

    President Volker smiles behind his desk
    September 2009 Image of the Month

    On June 16, 1969, Dr. Volker was named president-elect of the "University of Alabama in Birmingham," and he officially assumed the presidency of the newly independent university on September 5, 1969. The office of the new president was located on the first floor of the Lyons-Harrison Research Building; the same office he had occupied for years as vice president and head of all operations in Birmingham.

    Image ID: P1, #0357

  • An attendant answers an incoming MIST call, circa 1975

    A woman talks on the phone
    August 2009 Image of the Month

    Medical Information Service via Telephone (MIST), which began operation in August 1969, allowed Alabama physicians to call and discuss medical problems with specialists on duty at the UAB Medical Center. Later, the program expanded to physicians from across the country and it became a model for similar programs in other states.

    Image ID: P7.2.7, #1010

  • University College Building No. 2, circa 1978

    Exterior of the University College Building number 2
    July 2009 Image of the Month

    Ground was broken in July 1970 for a new building in the developing campus of University College. This facility was completed and opened in June 1972 as the home to classrooms, laboratories, administrative offices, and several academic units. In 1983 the building was renamed the Physical Sciences Building. Following the completion of a renovation project, in 1995 the facility was renamed the Chemistry Building.

    Image ID: P8.1.1, #0052

  • Class of 1949 tours the Eli Lilly Company, March 1949

    The Class of 49 stands on steps for a photo
    June 2009 Image of the Month

    On the trip to Indianapolis, Indiana, were thirty-five faculty, class members and spouses. On June 3, 1949, thirty-one students graduated from the Medical College of Alabama as the first class to complete all four years of medical education in Birmingham.

    Image ID: MC51, #127l

  • Hospital staff outside of the New Hillman Building, circa 1993

    A group  of students sit on the grass
    May 2009 Image of the Month

    Hospital staff enjoy the spring weather by having a picnic outside of the New Hillman building, circa 1993.

    Image ID: P16.1.11, #0555

  • UAB celebrates $100 Million Dollar Day, April 27, 1989

    A crowd gathers in the courtyard at Volker Hall
    April 2009 Image of the Month

    In the courtyard by Volker Hall, School of Optometry, and Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, UAB hosted a picnic to celebrate reaching $100 million in active research grants and contracts. Twenty years after reaching this major milestone, UAB currently has over $473 million in active extramural funding.

    Image ID: P7.4.2, #0138

  • Dean Roy R. Kracke with faculty and students, 1945

    A group of people pose for a picture
    March 2009 Image of the Month

    Kracke (seated third from left) graduated in 1924 from the two-year medical school in Tuscaloosa. In 1944 he was named dean of the Medical College of Alabama, the university's newly established four-year school in Birmingham. The medical school had originally been founded in Mobile in 1859 as a proprietary institution. It was first affiliated with the University of Alabama in 1897 and officially became an academic unit of the university in 1907.

    Image ID: MC51, #127e

  • UAB professor speaks about economic downturn, February 21, 1979

    A man stands behind a projector with a new camerman watching
    February 2009 Image of the Month

    Dr. David P. Lewis, chair of the UAB Department of Economics, spoke to area business executives during an "Economic Outlook '79" seminar hosted by the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, the UAB School of Business, and the UAB Division of Special Studies. Lewis and other speakers predicted the country would experience a "mild recession" by middle of the year.

    Image ID: P7.4.1, #1084

  • The hospital complex, circa 1945

    Exterior of the hospital complex
    January 2009 Image of the Month

    The hospital photographed at the time of the establishment of the University of Alabama's Birmingham Medical Center. The tall building (center) is Jefferson Hospital. The building at the right is the newest wing of the Hillman Hospital. This facility had been dedicated January 15, 1929, as a major addition to the hospital. In 1979 the two buildings were officially designated as the New Hillman Building and as Jefferson Tower.

    Image ID: MC51, 127q

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