Solar Eclipse 2024

The Shoals area was not excluded from the viewing path of the 2024 eclipse as many gathered outside making memories for years to come. Referred to as “Syzygy” where the sun, moon and earth temporarily align was truly an amazing sight to see.


UNA Breaks Ground on New Nursing Building

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Debbie Shaw, Assoc. Dean Terra Kirkman, SGA President Chase Holcombe, Hugo Dante, Simpson Russell, Dr. Ken Kitts, Dean Vicki Pierce, Dr. Ross Alexander, Mayor Steve Holt, Jeff Johnson and Greg Bragg Sr.

FLORENCE, Ala. – Officials with the University of North Alabama broke ground recently on the […]

University of North Alabama Encourages Timely Graduation with “Finish in Four” Initiative

FLORENCE – Officials with the University of North Alabama are hoping a new initiative will create additional pathways for student success, ensure timely graduation and reduce student debt.

UNA’s new “Finish in Four” campaign will incentivize students to graduate within four years while also increasing retention and improving graduation rates. A central component of […]

Whitaker Appointed to UNA Board of Trustees

Anne Clem Whitaker

FLORENCE, Ala. – University of North Alabama alumna Anne Clem Whitaker ’89 is the newest member of the University’s Board of Trustees. Whitaker, a Decatur native who now resides in Morrisville, North Carolina, was appointed to the position Tuesday.

“I am grateful that UNA and its professors provided me with […]

UNA’s Spring Commencement to Feature Florida State Senator and Alumna Annette Taddeo ‘92

Senator Annette Taddeo

FLORENCE, Ala. –University of North Alabama alumna and Florida State Sen. Annette Taddeo ’92 will be the featured commencement speaker at the UNA spring graduation ceremonies. UNA will host two commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 12, at 10 a.m., and 2 p.m., in Flowers Hall. Taddeo will speak at both events.


UNA President and First Lady to Provide Books for Area Elementary Schools

Dr. Ken and Dena Kitts

FLORENCE, Ala. – University of North Alabama President Ken Kitts and First Lady Dena Kitts will provide area third graders with copies of the book “Looking for Leo.”

A team of UNA representatives, including Dr. and Mrs. Kitts, will be heading to every public elementary school in Colbert […]

UNA Extends Helping Hand to Victims of Hurricanes



FLORENCE, Ala. – In addition to the funds raised by the Student Government Association, the University of North Alabama is now offering additional help to victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Officials with UNA recently announced a series of changes they’ll be enacting in response to the storms. Those changes include […]

UNA’s Anderson College Of Nursing Posts Highest NCLEX Pass Rate Among Public Universities In Alabama


By Dominic Summerhill

FLORENCE – The University of North Alabama’s Anderson College of Nursing posted the highest NCLEX pass rate out of all the public universities in Alabama.

According to the third quarter first time NCLEX pass rate report, the Anderson College of Nursing at UNA boasts an NCLEX pass rate of 97.5 […]

UNA Continues ‘Light the Fountain” Tradition March 16

FLORENCE, Ala. – The unseasonably warm temperatures have made it feel like spring on the University of North Alabama campus. However, to officially kick off the season, the UNA Student Government Association (SGA) and the University continue a new campus tradition, “Light the Fountain.”


UNA Professor Honored with Nation’s Highest Geography Teaching Award

FLORENCE, Ala. – Dr. Michael Pretes, University of North Alabama professor of geography, is the 2017 recipient of the American Association of Geographers Distinguished Teaching Honors.

The AAG is the largest academic and professional organization for geographers in the United States, and it awards honors in several categories for “outstanding accomplishment.” Its Distinguished Teaching […]

McKinneys make million dollar donation to UNA in honor of mom

Ms. Connie McKinney

FLORENCE, Ala. – The University of North Alabama College of Education and Human Sciences announced Thursday that the Human Environmental Sciences Department will now be known as the Connie D. McKinney Department of Human Sciences, Hospitality, and Design.


Judge Glenda Hatchett to host MLK program at UNA

Judge Hatchett

The UNA Campus will host its annual Martin Luther King program on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, featuring former TV personality and Judge, Glenda Hatchett.


Music Icon Rick Hall to Receive Honorary Degree from University of North Alabama

Rick Hall



FLORENCE, Ala. – Officials with the University of North Alabama announced this weekend that music icon Rick Hall will be the recipient of an honorary doctorate degree from UNA. Hall is a legendary music producer known for founding FAME studios; he’s also credited as the founder of the […]

UNA Looks to Strengthen Partnership with Northwest-Shoals and Other Area Community Colleges

UNA President Dr. Kenneth Kitts hosts group of community college presidents.

UNA President Dr. Kenneth Kitts hosts group of community college presidents.


FLORENCE, Ala. – Officials from Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) were on the University of North Alabama campus Thursday afternoon for a special meeting. NW-SCC President Dr. Humphrey Lee and UNA President Dr. Ken Kitts met to discuss ways in which both […]

UNA’S Senior Running Back Signs with Ravens.





FLORENCE, Ala. — University of North Alabama senior running back Lamonte Thompson of Florence has signed a free agent contract with the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League.





Darvell Harris

FLORENCE — University of North Alabama senior cornerback Darvell Harris of Chicago, Ill., has signed a free-agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League.


UNA Band to Perform Concert


By Carole Maynard, UNA Department of Music


FLORENCE, Ala. – The University of North Alabama Bands, directed by Dr. Lloyd Jones and Dr. Tracy Wiggins, will present the annual President’s Concert on Friday, April 29, 2016, at 7 p.m. in Norton Auditorium. The performance will be a musical dedication to President Ken […]

University of North Alabama Partners with FreightCar America


Freight Car America

FLORENCE – The University of North Alabama and FreightCar America are partnering to enhance UNA’s student learning environment. FreightCar America recently announced that it is providing UNA’s College of Arts and Sciences with new laboratory equipment that will be integral to the college’s brand-new Engineering Technology program.


Events Schedule: UNA Celebrates Black History Month



FLORENCE, Ala. – The University of North Alabama will host several events to honor the history and heritage of African Americans. Throughout the month of February, students, faculty and staff will host numerous events during Black History Month.


Prison poet Randall Horton to read at UNA



Birmingham native and Professor Randall Horton (Courtesy photo)


FLORENCE – The University of North Alabama and the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library will host poet Randall Horton for two readings, Wednesday, Feb. 3.