Amber Wagner, Ph.D., is a scientist-turned-professor advancing computer science education and research at Birmingham-Southern College. But her passion for education reaches beyond the college level. She dreams of creating a computer science curriculum for children of all ages so that more kids have the tools and resources to explore the world of STEAM. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) As a woman in STEAM, she is moving the needle and inspiring her students to pursue what they love, especially if it's a good challenge. To date, her greatest accomplishment is being a mom and a professor. "Publications and funding awards are great," Wagner said, "but seeing the positive effects of my parenting and teaching is the most rewarding."
For Kloss, Circles of Colors is a lifelong passion turned accidental business turned everyday blessing. Circles of Colors, a you-pick flower farm in Notasulga, Alabama, sits on an old working farm with barns, silos, and a country store straight from the good ole days. Left behind tractor tires cover the back fields and make the perfect barrier for Kloss's secret garden.
The University of Alabama sees service as a priority and a privilege. The combination of a student body seeking to make their world a better place, and a university that encourages students in those efforts, creates a culture of service. This culture not only impacts the campus but also trickles out into the world as students graduate and join communities outside Tuscaloosa.
From the outside, Birmingham-Southern College looks like, and is, a thriving college community. But it’s not until you visit campus that you really experience the heart of BSC. To paint a mental picture, walking around BSC you'll see charming brick buildings, lively residence halls, and students bustling to and from class and extracurriculars. Birmingham-Southern is a tight-knit community that thrives on purpose, connection, caring, creativity, leadership, and confidence. They pride themselves on providing their students a college experience as wonderful and rare as the gingko trees that cover the campus. In fact, gingkoes symbolize longevity and profound endurance, which translates to the college's strong legacy of students and faculty.
A large part of what makes Alabama unique is its people. They come from far and wide, bringing their talents, affinities, crafts, and passions. Or, they were born here and have a rich heritage rooted in Alabama culture. Whether they are here for a lifetime or only a few short years, each person has the ability to leave a lasting impression. L.E. Acuff is no exception to this phenomenon. Originally from the Nashville, Tennessee area, L.E. is a freshman accounting major at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. L.E is also a master crafter, a retired high school swimmer, and a published author. Her father, John Acuff, is a New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including his most recent book, “Your New Playlist,”co-authored by L.E. and her sister McRae Acuff. “Your New Playlist” is "the student's guide to tapping into the superpower of mindset." A student herself, L.E. knows the power of mindset, especially as a freshman in college in a new-to-her state.
Something about live music makes summer feel complete. If you love that country twang or just a night out with friends, then a country concert may be just what you need. From Huntsville down to Orange Beach, summer concerts are in full swing, and hot summer nights, cold beer, and the sweet sound of your favorite country artists are hard to beat. Below you can find our guide to incredible county concerts happening here in Alabama this summer!
Over the last few years, Huntsville, Alabama, has blossomed into one of the most desirable cities in the country. The perfect combination of affordable living, quality of life, education, entertainment, and community draws thousands of new families to the Huntsville area every year. The locals' affinity for their hometown was confirmed when Huntsville was named the best place to live in the United States by the U.S. News and World Report. Here are 10 things that make Huntsville great.