Study-abroad semester in Thailand helps UAH student “go with the flow”

In the past few months, Jenna Tischler has scaled the Bua Tong "Sticky" Waterfall, bonded with elephants at a rescue and rehabilitation center, taken part in a Buddhist ritual, and taught conversational English to Thai soldiers. It's not your average fall semester, by any means. But Tischler wasn't interested in your average fall semester, which is how she ended up in Chiang Mai, Thailand, for a semester abroad.

A Madison native, Tischler knew from the moment she enrolled at UAH that she would be spending a semester in a far-off place. "I didn't have the opportunity to travel much growing up, but I wanted to experience other countries, cultures, and languages," she says. "I recognized that spending a few months abroad would be more worthwhile and affordable - both time- and money-wise - during college."

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UAH student posters place at GEO-Huntsville Forum contest

Five projects were presented by students at UAH during a poster competition at the GEO-Energy Summit and Educational Forum 2014 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Nov. 12-13.

Three UAH students brought home prizes from the poster session, which included research utilizing geospatial technologies by graduate and undergraduate students from UAH and Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (AAMU).

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Community partners spread holiday cheer in gala celebration

As promised, Peace on Earth: A Gala Celebration of the Arts and Humanities proved to be this holiday season's can't-miss spectacular. Hosted by the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), the event took place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, at the Von Braun Center Concert Hall.

"The show was a hit with the audience and the performers alike," says Dr. David Ragsdale, Chair of the Department of Music. "We enjoyed collaborating with our community partners in the arts and bringing a unique and epic holiday event to the city of Huntsville for the second year in a row."

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"Peace on Earth" is the can’t-miss event of the season

Mark your calendars for the season's biggest holiday event! Peace on Earth: A Gala Celebration of the Arts and Humanities is returning to the Von Braun Center Concert Hall on Friday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m.

This family-friendly extravaganza, presented by the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), captures the spirit of the season with a selection of traditional holiday classics – and showcases the collaborative efforts of the city's arts organizations.

This year's gala will feature performances from the Department of Music's faculty and students as well as community partners including the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, the Huntsville Community Chorus, the Huntsville Ballet, the First Baptist Church Mosaic Ringers, and Randolph School's Young Voices.

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UAH to construct world-class recording studio in newly renovated recital hall

Alabama has long made a name for itself as the go-to destination for music recording thanks to Muscle Shoals' legendary sound studios. And now UAH plans to bolster the state's reputation with the construction of a world-class analog recording studio in the newly renovated Roberts Recital Hall.

According to Johnna Doty, UAH's Director of Music Technology, seeds for the studio were planted shortly after construction began on the hall. "When they started taking the old recital hall apart, we starting putting together some ideas of how we could maximize the space," she says.

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UAH Chamber Choir joins HSO for unique video game concert

Students at UAH probably weren't expecting to sing music from their favorite video games when they auditioned for the UAH Chamber Choir this semester. But when the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra (HSO) invited them to perform in the Video Games Live™ (VGL) concert at the Von Braun Center on Oct. 17, that's exactly what they did.

"The HSO contacted me over the summer about having the Chamber Choir sing at VGL and we got the music in mid-September, which gave us a month to prepare," says Dr. Erin Colwitz, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities. "Some parts were easy but some were rhythmically very challenging. And it's made-up Latin, so that was a little weird! But luckily the students play all these games and know how to pronounce the words."

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UAH Department of Foreign Languages hosts Multi-Media Center Grand Opening

Written by Joyce Anderson-Maples

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On Monday, Sept. 22, UAH's Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures (located in the College of Liberal Arts) celebrated the grand opening of the Foreign Languages Multi-Media Center (MMC).

The cutting-edge center, located in Morton Hall room 300, is equipped with 12 computer stations, and combines online foreign language study, tutoring (in collaboration with the Student Success Center), space for self-study and group study, as well as foreign language club activities.

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Students uncover the past with UAH’s first archeology field school


This summer, history students at UAH took part in the first-ever historic archeology field school. A combination of classroom learning and practical experience, the course focused on an archeological site located on nearby Redstone Arsenal.

"This site is on land that was originally part of a vast plantation that operated from around 1818 until the Army bought the land in 1942," says Benjamin J. Hoksbergen, the Arsenal's archaeologist and cultural resource manager. "It was first discovered in 1997 as part of the initial effort to survey all Arsenal lands for archaeological sites."

After the survey turned up a stone well on the site, it was considered potentially eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. "That's where the field school came in," he says. "Not only did the students learn how to do archaeological fieldwork, but the Army benefited from having the site evaluated without having to pay a contractor to do the work."


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Ideals may play role in knowledge formation, professor’s research says

What changes mere belief into knowledge? Knowledge requires reasons, right? And we should have reasons for our reasons. Right?

That's a popular building block view many of us hold about what we believe and what we believe we know.

But research by a UAH associate dean of liberal arts and professor of philosophy indicates that the idea that we stack up reasons to underpin our body of knowledge leads to an endless sequence of reasons: either a circle of reasons or an infinite regress. That's the regress problem: if reasons always require reasons, it seems that having good reasons is impossible. So the ideals and aspirations that play integral roles in our self-image may be impossible.

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Hundredfold Peace Stipend Accepting Applications

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The Hundredfold Peace Stipend

     One full-time UAH student will receive tuition and living expenses (not to exceed $1500 and not to include transatlantic travel) for immersion German language study at the Institute for Intercultural Communication in Düsseldorf, Germany (  The winning candidate may be a major in any field in any college at UAH.  The recipient should have completed FL102-G prior to arrival in Düsseldorf in summer 2014, and should be enrolled in a UAH German course in fall 2014 so other students can benefit from your Düsseldorf experience.

     Candidates for the award should submit the following to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts by December 2, 2013 at 5:00pm

      ◦ your name, college and department, mailing address, e-mail address, phone numbers
        and A-number at the top of your personal statement (see next item);

      ◦ a personal statement describing prior altruistic activities and future goals, and how
        this summer program emerges naturally from the former and would contribute to the
        latter (three pages maximum);  

      ◦ letters of recommendation from two UAH faculty members, of whom one should be
        in Foreign Languages; 

      ◦ a handwritten, signed note (a) naming the German course you expect to take in fall
        2014, (b) granting permission for your name to be published in all honor
        assembly and publicity formats announcing the winner, if selected,
        and committing to do the following: (c) a bulletin board presentation of your
        experience, (d) visit classes, and (e) turn in two hard copies, and one electronic
        copy, of a one-to-two page description of your experience for showing to past and
        potential donors, and potential applicants in a future year.

Your Düsseldorf experience may not be construed as part of accredited coursework in any field other than German.  However, if you have some personal project in another field on which you would like the feedback of a specialist in Düsseldorf, we will try to find you a specialist in this other field for the excitement of noncredit learning.

In addition to having a generally strong record, the winning candidate will be the one who seems most likely to help make the world a safer and healthier place.  If no application received by December 2 is sufficiently strong, no award will be given in that particular year.

The stipend is open to students of any, or of no particular, faith.  It is based on a parable inMatthew 13:8:  Some seed fell on good soil where it bore fruit a hundredfold.