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September 2020

Alabama 101: Alabama’s Tax Structure and Budget

September 23, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

In September, Blackburn invites three special guests to provide an overview of our state's history, government, and finances. Originally planned as part of the new student retreat, we will leverage this online collaborative learning opportunity for returning students, Fellows, and Advisory Board members as well. In this segment, Ryan Hankins, Executive Director of PARCA, will lead us in an interactive session about the our state. Bring your lunch! Attire: Attire is casual. RSVP Deadline: 11:59pm (CDT) on Tuesday, Sept 22

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ALL Fellows Meeting

September 24, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Agenda 6:00-7:00pm Formal meeting 7:00-7:30pm Optional time for Fellows to talk in small groups The newly elected Blackburn Fellows Involvement Network (FIN) Officers began their two-year term on August 1, 2020. On Thursday, September 24th, all Blackburn Fellows and soon-to-be Fellows (e.g., Blackburn students graduating in December 2020) are invited to a meeting to thank the outgoing FIN officers, meet the incoming officers, learn about upcoming programming and to help shape the FIN’s priorities. Topics will include:     Initial…

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October 2020

Pre-Trip Preparation Meeting

October 18, 7:00 pm - 9:00 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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November 2020

November Small Group Meeting

November 5, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every 6 days that begins at 5:00 pm, repeating until November 17, 2020

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 8, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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

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November Small Group Meeting

November 11, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every 6 days that begins at 5:00 pm, repeating until November 17, 2020

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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New Student Information Session/DCS Poster Presentation Reception

November 16, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Gorgas Library (Yellowhammer & Camellia Rooms), 711 Capstone Dr
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 United States
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Free

Students interested in applying for the 2020 class of the Blackburn Institute are invited to a New 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 section. The information session will be followed by the DCS Poster Presentation Reception, and prospective students are invited to attend as well. At the Poster Presentation, the 2020 Blackburn Student Class…

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November Small Group Meeting

November 17, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every 6 days that begins at 5:00 pm, repeating until November 17, 2020

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 2020

End of Semester Social

December 2, 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 Fall 2020 semester with dinner and discussion.

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January 2021

Spring Kick-Off

January 6, 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 2020 New Student Class. Additionally, student officers will host a birthday celebration for Blackburn students born in the month on January. No RSVP required, dinner will be served.

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Pre-Trip Preparation Meeting

January 6, 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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New Student Information Session

January 7, 2021, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Blackburn Office (2400 Ferguson Center), 751 Campus Drive West
Tuscaloosa, AL 35404 United States
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Students interested in applying for the 2020 class of the Blackburn Institute are invited to a New 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 section of our website.

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New Student Information Session

January 13, 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 a New 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 section of our website.

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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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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

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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New Student 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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