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December 2020

Fellows and Advisory Board Member Virtual Winter Gathering

December 8, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

All Fellows and Advisory Board Members are invited to a festive Virtual Winter Gathering. We plan to: Find joy in community after a challenging year, Plan for the future work of the Institute, and Meet some new friends and collaborators for 2021 Agenda: 6 - 6:15 p.m. Hopin Orientation 6:15 - 7:00 p.m. Concurrent Fellows and AB Only Events 7:00 - 7:30 p.m. Community Fireside Chat and Ugly Sweater Contest 7:30 - 8 p.m. Speed-dating-style Networking Enjoying dinner/refreshments is expected.…

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January 2021

Spring Kick-Off

January 13, 2021, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Blackburn Office (2400 Ferguson Center), 751 Campus Drive West
Tuscaloosa, AL 35404 United States
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Blackburn students and staff gather over dessert to reconnect after Winter Break and prepare for the selection of the 2021 New Student Class.

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Pre-Trip Preparation Meeting

January 13, 2021, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ferguson 3104, 751 Campus Drive West
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 United States
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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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Protective Life Montgomery Experience

January 14, 2021, 2:00 pm - January 15, 2021, 11:00 pm
Montgomery Montgomery, AL United States + Google Map

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

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Prospective Student Information Session

January 20, 2021, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Ferguson Great Hall, 751 Campus Drive West
Tuscaloosa, 35487 United States
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Students interested in applying for the 2021 class of the Blackburn Institute are invited to the Prospective Student Interest Session to learn more about the application process, the work of the institute, and the community. More information on the application process for the Blackburn Institute is available in the student selections webpage.

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Nomination Deadline

January 20, 2021, 11:59 pm

Nominations for 2021 class of the Blackburn Institute must be submitted by January 20, 2021 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 using this nomination link. More information on the nomination process for the Blackburn Institute is available in the student selections webpage.

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Applications Open

January 21, 2021, 12:00 am - 12:01 am

Applications for 2021 class of the Blackburn Institute are emailed to all nominated students January 21, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. and must be completed and submitted before the deadline on February 1, 2021 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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Post-Trip Debriefing / Daniel Community Scholars Presentation of Project

January 24, 2021, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Ferguson 3104, 751 Campus Drive West
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 United States
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Blackburn Students will reflect on the people, places and ideas they encountered during recent Protective Life Government Experience. Additionally, the selected group for the Daniel Community Scholars Competition will present assignments for project implementation to the 2020 New Student Class. Dessert will be served.

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February 2021

Application Deadline

February 1, 2021, 11:59 pm

Applications for 2021 class of the Blackburn Institute are emailed to all nominated students January 21, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. and must be completed and submitted before the deadline on February 1, 2021 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 Small Group Meeting

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

Blackburn Office (2400 Ferguson Center), 751 Campus Drive West
Tuscaloosa, AL 35404 United States
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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 10, 2021, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every 6 days that begins at 5:00 pm, repeating until February 22, 2021

Blackburn Office (2400 Ferguson Center), 751 Campus Drive West
Tuscaloosa, AL 35404 United States
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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 16, 2021, 8:00 am - February 18, 2021, 6:00 pm
Blackburn Office (2400 Ferguson Center), 751 Campus Drive West
Tuscaloosa, AL 35404 United States
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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 two Blackburn students, plus one additional member of the Blackburn community (staff, Fellow, or Advisory Board member).

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February Small Group Meeting

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

Blackburn Office (2400 Ferguson Center), 751 Campus Drive West
Tuscaloosa, AL 35404 United States
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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 22, 2021, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every 6 days that begins at 5:00 pm, repeating until February 22, 2021

Blackburn Office (2400 Ferguson Center), 751 Campus Drive West
Tuscaloosa, AL 35404 United States
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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 25, 2021, 8:00 am - February 27, 2021, 10:00 pm
Blackburn Office (2400 Ferguson Center), 751 Campus Drive West
Tuscaloosa, AL 35404 United States
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Students selected will hold a personal interview with a review panel of staff, students, Advisory Board members, and Fellows.

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March 2021

New Student Orientation

March 7, 2021, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ferguson 3104, 751 Campus Drive West
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 United States
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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 7, 2021, 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Ferguson Great Hall, 751 Campus Drive West
Tuscaloosa, 35487 United States
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Blackburn New and Returning students come together for a meet and greet to officially welcome the New Student Class of 2021. Dessert will be served.

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Graduating Student Luncheon

March 26, 2021, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Ferguson 3125 (Anderson Room), 751 Campus Drive West
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 United States
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Students graduating in Spring or Summer of 2021 will attend the graduating student information session to discuss how Blackburn continues to support Fellows after graduation and how they can fulfill their lifetime commitment to the Institute. We will be joined by Calvin Brown, Director of Alumni Affairs.

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D. Ray Pate New Student Retreat

March 26, 2021, 3:00 pm - March 27, 2021, 8:00 pm
Camp Boothe, 3111 Grey Hill Rd
West Blocton, AL 35184 United States
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The 2021 New Student Class of the Blackburn Institute will attend the D. Ray Pate New Student Retreat to bond together through a weekend of engaging group activities designed to prepare students to build a community of trust. 3:00pm, Friday, March 26  – Depart campus 8:00pm, Saturday, April 27  – Return to campus

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April 2021

Spring Networking Dinner Sponsored by Vulcan Materials Company Foundation

April 12, 2021
B&A Warehouse, 1531 1st Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233 United States
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The entire Blackburn Community (students, Fellows and Advisory Board Members) comes together to welcome our new student class and pin our graduating students to signify their transition from students to Fellows. 4:30pm – Depart Campus 5:30pm – Reception 6:30pm – Dinner 10:00pm – Return to Campus Advisory Board Members RSVP TBD All others RSVP TBD

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End of Semester Social

April 21, 2021, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Blackburn Office (2400 Ferguson Center), 751 Campus Drive West
Tuscaloosa, AL 35404 United States
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Blackburn students and staff wrap-up the 2020-2021 academic year.

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