Bama Year One is a freshman, small group leadership experience that works to develop freshmen’s ethical, service-based leadership skills. Small groups of 15-20 first-year students are placed with two upperclassman leaders who have experience serving in various roles and campus organizations. The small group leaders will serve as peer mentors and guides to their group throughout the first year at the Capstone.

Student leaders follow a curriculum that delves into issues facing Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the nation, and the world, with a focus on serving their communities. This is a great opportunity for freshmen to make fast friendships, have upperclassmen guide them through their freshmen year and beyond, and sharpen their leadership skills. It will also provide opportunities to join the Center for Service and Leadership.​


The experience is based around TIDE – Transition to college life, Identify and Develop the students’ interests and strengths with respect to service, and Enable students to discover their unique service passion.

I was ready to transfer and find another school after only one semester here. I found my small group where I meet people with similar interests and experiences to me on campus. I was given an outlet, a place to talk about things that mattered to me and I got to hear perspectives that I had yet to be exposed to on campus.

Transferable Skills

By taking part in Bama Year One, freshmen students develop their civic awareness and engagement skills; hone their interpersonal communication skills; and explore leadership development.

Identifying your transferable skills and understanding their value to employers will increase your effectiveness in the job search.


  • Kendall Kruchten- Bama Year One Team Leader
  • Maribeth Vain- Outreach
  • Meghan Flynn- Curriculum and Training
  • Donedra Falls- Participant Communication
  • Nika Valentine- Curriculum and Training
  • Marc Tuthill- Administration
  • Caroline Doughty- Photography and Media
  • Kira Valentine- Events
  • Anne Chamberlain- Community Outreach