UAB Alma Mater
The UAB Alma Mater is an anthem sung at formal events representing UAB. A contest was held in the Summer of 2003 to solicit original compositions, with a $250 prize for the winning entry. A selection committee was made up of students, faculty and staff. Three finalists were arranged for the UAB Concert Choir and performed for final selection made by the committee and president Carol Garrison.
Forty-two compositions were submitted to the committee. The winning entry was composed by David McNeeley of Trussville. The song was debuted on November 1 at the Homecoming game against Army at Legion Field.
Here in Alabama, a place of rich diversity,
stands our Alma Mater. We cherish her integrity.
May each loyal son and daughter wear
proudly the colors green and gold.
Praise to thee, our UAB. Her honor we uphold.
Yearning minds of age and youth
live and love her noble truth.
Moving ahead with blazing speed
t'wards knowledge to empow'r,
in the heart of Birmingham our UAB stands proud.
- "Submissions sought for alma mater competition" (June 23, 2003) UAB Reporter, Vol. 27, No. 34, p. 1
- "UAB's New Alma Mater, Selected in a Competition, to Debut at Homecoming" (November 1, 2003) UAB press release
- Buchanan, Charles & Rosalind Fournier (January 2017) "Blazer Beginnings: The stories behind some of UAB's spirited traditions" UAB Magazine
- Alma Mater at uab.edu