ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates with his wife Terry after beating the Georgia Bulldogs in overtime to win the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Alabama won 26-23. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Auburn superfan Tammy Bullard, one of the most famous regular callers to The Paul Finebaum Show, was tragically killed late last week.Bullard and her three-year old granddaughter were involved in a deadly crash with a commercial vehicle. From AL.com:Alabama State Trooper Cpl. Jimmy Harrell said the driver of a commercial vehicle carrying some kind of explosive material was traveling eastbound when he possibly blew a tire and the truck overturned on its side.It then veered into oncoming traffic in the westbound lane and collided with an SUV carrying the woman and the infant. Both have been confirmed dead. The truck driver was flown to UAB Hospital’s Trauma Center.Both Paul Finebaum and fellow SEC Network personality Laura Rutledge attended the funeral for Tammy Bullard.While in attendance, Finebaum delivered a message from Terry Saban, Alabama head coach Nick Saban’s wife..@finebaum & @LauraMRutledge attended memorial service for Tammy Bullard today.Paul: “Terry Saban called me to offer condolences from her & her husband.”Prayers to an @AuburnFootball family from @AlabamaFTBL 1st lady #Classyhttps://t.co/6PjdBa0Dbx@GregSankey @SECNetwork pic.twitter.com/olPt0UL9hp— Rick Karle (@RickKarle) November 21, 2018More on Finebaum’s appearance, from WBRC’s Rick Karle:“It was very thoughtful of Paul Finebaum & Laura Rutledge of the SEC Network to attend today’s memorial service in Columbiana, AL for Finebaum caller Tammy Renae Bullard & Tammy’s 3-year-old granddaughter (both Paul & Laura wanted to be there without fanfare). When something like this happens, Tide & Tiger fans unite, and a perfect example comes from the Southeastern Conference star himself: Paul says that he received a call over the weekend from Terry Saban. Miss Terry passed along condolences from both herself & Nick, & told Paul that they were there for Tammy’s family. Prayers to the world’s biggest Auburn Tigers fan from the Alabama Football first lady. That, my friend, is what class is all about. RIP Tammy- I hope Paul’s heartfelt words helped ease some of the pain of your family members, and remember that both Tide & Tiger fans are praying for you & those who love you. Here’s a big “War Eagle” to you!”That is a very nice gesture by Finebaum. His callers are a huge part of what makes his show a unique entity down in SEC country, and Tammy was one of the two or three staples in those ranks. Finebaum would probably be the first to tell you that.
Students recognized Brock Department of Music Chair Karin Di Bella (third from right) for the work she did with Music Ed Plus volunteers at the St. Catharines elementary school.Students at St. Nicholas School have learned to tickle the ivories thanks to Brock’s Music Ed Plus program.They can also belt out a tune and strum the guitar – opportunities they may not have had if it weren’t for Brock music students volunteering with the program and being placed in the St. Catharines elementary school.Last month, St. Nicholas students and staff said thank you to Brock’s musical helpers at the school’s end of year mass and ceremony at the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria.“The greatest support we can get from you is the service that your program provides to our kids,” Principal Kevin Lamb said. “They wouldn’t be exposed to this level of instruction in the arts otherwise.“You should have heard White Christmas at the (Christmas) concert. It was lovely – could have heard a pin drop.”Music Ed Plus places Brock music students in their second and fourth year of studies in schools or with a community musical organization to gain practical experience. Students get involved with activities such as singing, conducting, teaching, coaching and performing.Two music students were placed at St. Nicholas for both the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years to teach piano, guitar and voice lessons to children, some of who wouldn’t have been able to afford lessons.St. Nicholas also honoured Karin Di Bella, chair of the music department and co-ordinator of the Brock students volunteering at St. Nicholas, by adding her name to the school’s volunteer tree.Music Ed Plus is part of the Experience Plus programs at Brock. In 2015-16, it will add music therapy to the work its volunteers do.