Author: Kelly Wolfe

Outstanding Professional Award (OPA) Nominees

The Outstanding Professional Award (OPA) is awarded in the Spring semester to 2 professional staff members for going above and beyond their regular duties and for exemplifying positivity, for bringing out the best in others, for offering innovative ideas, and for creating conditions for success. Here are the 2023 nominees:

  • Lanna Johnson-Boyd
  • Melanie Danner
  • John Gilmer
  • Ashley Grammer
  • Brittany Gregg
  • Adrienne Hall
  • Carrie West Harris
  • Nathan Holtz
  • Jackie Hayes
  • Elizabeth Lary
  • Telisa McWaters
  • Lindsey Woodruff

Please check out the Awards & Scholarships page for more information.

PSA’s Agility Training

Agility training happening this coming Monday. Please note you must click the news title above to access the registration link

Come join us for a Professional Staff Assembly special training session on Agility. You will receive a boxed lunch to enjoy during the training and certificate of completion. Seats are limited to 25 attendees so please register soon. 

The University Agility program is a continuous improvement program that improve service and reduce costs. The program has eight courses that improve participants’ mindsets to enhance job performance, which will help promote significantly work-life balance.

MLK Day of Service

All UA staff members are invited to take part in this year’s MLK Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 18 from 8 a.m. – noon. This year’s day of service will be held virtually with local nonprofit and national organizations. The event is co-sponsored by the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Center for Service and Leadership, Division of Student Life.  Sign up at

View opportunities at

For information on other events celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., visit the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’s website

Professional Staff Assembly on BamaPulse

We request that each member of PSA create an account and select membership in the PSA Page of BamaPulse so that we can track and provide more data on the amazing volunteer and outreach work being conducted by our members. BamaPulse is a user-friendly website that streamlines volunteer and community engagement opportunities and allows you to record your volunteer hours and impacts.

Creating an account is simple! Use these steps for easy access:

  1. Visit
  2. In the top right, Click the “Sign Up” Link. 
  3. In the pop-up box, click “Sign up via UA”
  4. Use your MyBama credentials to log in.
  5. Create and personalize your account.
  6. Find the PSA Group using this link:
  7. On the page, click “Become Member” and complete the verification process.
  8. Return to the home page and search for available volunteer and outreach opportunities in our community!

For questions, please reach out to PSA’s Chair for Service and Outreach, Chelsea Ratcliff at or UA’s Bama Pulse Coordinator, Ashley Clark at

Coat Drive, Oct 1 – Nov 1

Join the PSA in donating Coats to Brewer-Porch Children’s Center! Brewer-Porch Children’s Center is a safe, nurturing place for kids with special needs where the staff help children and adolescents develop the skills they need to learn and grow. Our goal is to collect 80 coats during the collection drive! Please share this opportunity among members of your college or department as well.

Donations Needed: PSA is collecting New Coats and Cold Weather Gear in Adult sizes Small through X-Large or gift cards to Walmart for purchasing coats. Learn more about specific sizes needed at

Donations Accepted: October 1 – November 1, 2020

Donation Information: For specific details on items needed and to communicate plans for donations, please visit our Bama Pulse page at

Donation Collection: Donations can be dropped off to Chelsea Ratcliff in Russell Hall Room 302, Shipped to Chelsea Ratcliff at 504 University Boulevard, Russell Hall Suite 302, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487, or Schedule Donation Pick-Up by emailing Chelsea Ratcliff at