• UWA to participate in College Colors Day

    Posted: August 29, 2011

    Author: Betsy Compton

    On Friday, Sept. 2, the University of West Alabama, along with all of the State of Alabama’s public universities, will celebrate College Colors Day. This annual event allows the people of the state to join together and celebrate their alma mater or favored university. As a symbol of loyalty to each person’s institution of choice, everyone is asked to wear their college colors.

    UWA will celebrate College Colors Day not only on Sept. 2, but also on Sept. 1, marking UWA’s first football game of the 2011 season against the University of South Alabama. All UWA students, faculty, staff and friends are encouraged to display their UWA Tiger Pride on both days.

    The event is sponsored by Alabama’s Higher Education Partnership. At the recent announcement of the event, Gov. Robert Bentley delivered a proclamation to the HEP recognizing Sept. 2 as the day to celebrate Alabama’s public universities with College Colors Day. Further, Bentley encouraged every Alabamian to join him in wearing team colors on this day.

    Bentley thanked the universities for their difference-making contribution to Alabama. Bentley specifically commented that he would always appreciate the important role of the universities in economic development.

    According to Gordon Stone, executive director of the HEP, "We celebrate universities because of the difference they make. The Southern Region Education Board has released a report that discusses the value of higher education. According to their analysis, a person with a four-year degree will average earning 77 percent more over the course of their career than a person without a four-year degree. The Partnership recognizes that a similar growth in Alabama’s per capita income will result in more reinvestment in the economy. We also know that as the economy grows so do jobs."

    The HEP represents the 150,000 students, faculty, staff and administrators of the public universities Alabama. With this distinction comes the great awareness of the significant role of public, four-year institutions. Serving as a voice of the universities provides the Partnership with exposure to the many wonderful traditions carried-on by the students, the difference-making contributions from the faculties’ work, and the selfless donations of the alumni who give to the campus so others can grow as they did.

    For more information visit www.collegecolorsday.com.

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