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April 2021

Spring Advisory Board Meeting

April 12, 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Biannual meeting of the Blackburn Institute Advisory Board, where members receive updates from the University, advisory board officers and committees, the Fellows Involvement Network (FIN) officers, student officers, and Institute staff from activities during the 2020-2021 Academic Year.

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Spring Networking Dinner Sponsored by Vulcan Materials Company Foundation

April 12, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuscaloosa River Market, 1900 Jack Warner Parkway
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 United States
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The entire Blackburn Community comes together to welcome our new student class and pin our graduating students to signify their transition from students to Fellows.

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End of Semester Social

April 21, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Blackburn students and staff wrap-up the 2020-2021 academic year.

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July 2021

Siegal Scholarship Application Deadline

July 29
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Applications for the Don and Barbara "Bobbie" Siegal Endowed Scholarship are due by 11:59pm.

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August 2021

Fall Kick-Off

August 18, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Blackburn students and staff gather for dinner to reconnect after Summer Break, prepare for the Annual Symposium and preview the 2021-2022 Academic Year.

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Annual Symposium

August 27 - August 28

Considered the heart of the Blackburn experience, this annual symposium brings students, Fellows, Advisory Board members, as well as respected community and state leaders together to hear speakers, participate in round-table discussions, and determine plans of action. The ​event, ​held ​over ​a ​two-day ​period ​in ​late ​August, ​continues ​traditions ​familiar ​to ​those ​who ​have ​attended ​symposium ​in ​the ​past, ​builds ​on ​successful ​recent ​innovations, ​and ​re-formats ​the ​content ​session ​blocks ​for ​a ​wider ​range ​of ​topics ​and ​session ​styles. ​…

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September 2021

September Small Group Meeting

September 2, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every 6 days that begins at 5:00 pm, repeating until September 20, 2021

Blackburn new students gather in their monthly small groups to explore “Facilitating a Diversity of Opinion” the first of the institute’s four overarching values. Dinner will be served.

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September Small Group Meeting

September 8, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every 6 days that begins at 5:00 pm, repeating until September 20, 2021

Blackburn new students gather in their monthly small groups to explore “Facilitating a Diversity of Opinion” the first of the institute’s four overarching values. Dinner will be served.

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September Small Group Meeting

September 14, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every 6 days that begins at 5:00 pm, repeating until September 20, 2021

Blackburn new students gather in their monthly small groups to explore “Facilitating a Diversity of Opinion” the first of the institute’s four overarching values. Dinner will be served.

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September Small Group Meeting

September 20, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every 6 days that begins at 5:00 pm, repeating until September 20, 2021

Blackburn new students gather in their monthly small groups to explore “Facilitating a Diversity of Opinion” the first of the institute’s four overarching values. Dinner will be served.

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Pre-Trip Preparation Meeting

September 26, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on September 26, 2021 at 7:00 pm

Blackburn Students will meet in preparation for the Burt Jones Rural Travel Experience. Students will receive itineraries, relevant literature and understand expectations for the four county excursion. Dessert will be served.

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October 2021

Burt Jones Rural Community Experience

October 27, 12:00 pm - October 30, 11:00 pm
Free

The 2021 Burt Jones Rural Community Experience is planned for Northwest Alabama in Franklin, Lawrence, Marion, and Winston Counties.

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November 2021

November Small Group Meeting

November 4, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every 6 days that begins at 5:00 pm, repeating until November 22, 2021

Blackburn new students come together in their monthly small groups to explore “Being Called to Action” the third of the institute’s four overarching values. Dinner will be served.

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Post-Trip Debriefing

November 7, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Blackburn Students will reflect on the people, places and ideas they encountered during recent Burt Jones Rural Community Experience. Dessert will be served.

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November Small Group Meeting

November 8, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Blackburn new students come together in their monthly small groups to explore “Being Called to Action” the third of the institute’s four overarching values. Dinner will be served.

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November Small Group Meeting

November 10, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every 6 days that begins at 5:00 pm, repeating until November 22, 2021

Blackburn new students come together in their monthly small groups to explore “Being Called to Action” the third of the institute’s four overarching values. Dinner will be served.

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November Small Group Meeting

November 16, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every 6 days that begins at 5:00 pm, repeating until November 22, 2021

Blackburn new students come together in their monthly small groups to explore “Being Called to Action” the third of the institute’s four overarching values. Dinner will be served.

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December 2021

End of Semester Social

December 1, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Blackburn Office (2400 Ferguson Center), 751 Campus Drive West
Tuscaloosa, AL 35404 United States
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Free

Blackburn students and staff wrap-up the Fall 2021 semester with dinner and discussion.

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January 2022

Spring Kickoff Social

January 12, 2022, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Blackburn students and staff gather for dinner to reconnect after Winter Break, prepare for the selections of the 2022 Blackburn Class and preview the 2022 Spring Semester.

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Pre-Trip Preparation Meeting

January 12, 2022, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Blackburn students will meet in preparation for the Protective Life Government Experience. Students will receive final itineraries, relevant literature and understand expectations for our annual visit to the state capital.

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Prospective Student Information Session

January 19, 2022, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Students interested in applying for the 2022 class of the Blackburn Institute are invited to the online Prospective Student Interest Session to learn more about the application process, the work of the institute, and the community.  

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Nomination Deadline

January 19, 2022, 11:59 pm

Nominations for 2022 class of the Blackburn Institute must be submitted by January 19, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Prospective students may self-nominate or be nominated by a member of the University’s faculty or staff, Blackburn students, Fellows (alumni), or Advisory Board members. More information on the nomination process for the Blackburn Institute is available in the student selections webpage.

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Applications Open

January 20, 2022, 12:00 pm

Applications for 2022 class of the Blackburn Institute are emailed to all nominated students January 20, 2022 at noon and must be completed and submitted before the deadline on January 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. More information on the application process for the Blackburn Institute is available in the student selections webpage.

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Protective Life Government Experience

January 20, 2022, 2:00 pm - January 21, 2022, 11:00 pm

Blackburn students travel to Montgomery most years  to interact with state leaders and explore current issues and challenges facing Alabama. Fellows and Advisory Board members will receive additional communication about how to RSVP to certain segments of the Protective Life Government Experience as the event gets closer.

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Post-Trip Debriefing / Daniel Community Scholars Presentation of Project

January 30, 2022, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Blackburn Students will reflect on the people, places and ideas they encountered during recent Protective Life Government Experience. Additionally, the selected group(s) for the Daniel Community Scholars Competition will present assignments for project implementation to the 202! New Student Class.

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Application Deadline

January 31, 2022, 11:59 pm

Applications for 2022 class of the Blackburn Institute are emailed to all nominated students January 20, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. and must be completed and submitted before the deadline on January 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. More information on the application process for the Blackburn Institute is available in the student selections webpage.

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February 2022

February Small Group Meeting

February 3, 2022, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every 6 days that begins at 5:00 pm, repeating until February 21, 2022

Blackburn new students meet with Fellows for their final monthly small group discussion of “Instilling a Lifetime Commitment,” the fourth of the institute’s overarching values. Dinner will be served.

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February Small Group Meeting

February 9, 2022, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every 6 days that begins at 5:00 pm, repeating until February 21, 2022

Blackburn new students meet with Fellows for their final monthly small group discussion of “Instilling a Lifetime Commitment,” the fourth of the institute’s overarching values. Dinner will be served.

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Group Interviews

February 15, 2022, 8:00 am - February 17, 2022, 6:00 pm

All applicants participate in a small-group interview with approximately 3-4 other applicants. The panel of observers for the group interviews typically consist of Institute staff, a Blackburn students, and one additional member of the Blackburn (Fellow/Advisory Board member).

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February Small Group Meeting

February 15, 2022, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every 6 days that begins at 5:00 pm, repeating until February 21, 2022

Blackburn new students meet with Fellows for their final monthly small group discussion of “Instilling a Lifetime Commitment,” the fourth of the institute’s overarching values. Dinner will be served.

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February Small Group Meeting

February 21, 2022, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every 6 days that begins at 5:00 pm, repeating until February 21, 2022

Blackburn new students meet with Fellows for their final monthly small group discussion of “Instilling a Lifetime Commitment,” the fourth of the institute’s overarching values. Dinner will be served.

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Individual Interviews

February 24, 2022, 8:00 am - February 26, 2022, 10:00 pm

Students selected will hold a personal interview with a review panel of staff, students, Advisory Board members, and Fellows.

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March 2022

New Student Orientation

March 6, 2022, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Blackburn New Students will gather as a group for the first time and receive an introduction to the Blackburn community and a greater understanding of student expectations. Attendance is required.

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New and Returning Student Social

March 6, 2022, 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Blackburn New and Returning students come together for a meet and greet to officially welcome the New Student Class of 2022. Dessert will be served.

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July 2022

Siegal Scholarship Application Deadline

July 28, 2022
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day last of July, repeating indefinitely

Applications for the Don and Barbara "Bobbie" Siegal Endowed Scholarship are due by 11:59pm.

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July 2023

Siegal Scholarship Application Deadline

July 27, 2023
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day last of July, repeating indefinitely

Applications for the Don and Barbara "Bobbie" Siegal Endowed Scholarship are due by 11:59pm.

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