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UA Athletics and Terry Saban To Help Raise Funds for University Libraries at A-Day



April 3, 2008

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - UA Athletics and Terry Saban will help raise funds in order to benefit academics for all UA students by taking donations for the University Libraries at the A-Day Game on April 12, 2008. Terry Saban, UA students, faculty, staff, and student-athletes, including members of the UA men's basketball team, will be collecting donations for the University Libraries at each gate at Bryant-Denny Stadium and in the Walk of Champions area prior to the A-Day Game and inside the stadium throughout the first half. Volunteers collecting donations will be wearing green shirts with the message "Athletics & Academics Support UA Libraries" printed on them.

"By helping raise money for the Libraries we are helping the entire University," said Mal Moore, director of UA Intercollegiate Athletics.

"Our Libraries must remain in the forefront with new resources and services and 21st-century technology," said Terry Saban, wife of UA head football coach Nick Saban. "The University's libraries provide critical services and resources that our students need to excel academically. We want our libraries to be just as good and nationally recognized as our athletic programs."

"The money raised for the University Libraries on A-Day will be invested solely in what we know students need," said Louis A. Pitschmann, dean of UA Libraries. "Although the Libraries continue to invest heavily in books, we need to acquire more and also to provide students with the online databases they need to remain competitive academically. Students at the Capstone are using libraries more than ever before, more than 1.3 million times last year."

On A-Day, donations can also be made at the Bruno, McLure, Rodgers and Gorgas Libraries. Donations will be accepted in cash and check form. Donors who wish to give via credit card can go online to participate at , then must click on the "Make a Gift" link.

For more information, contact Cheryl Altemara at 205-348-1416 or