UAH’s Online Nursing Programs ranked in top 10 by U.S. News & World Report

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The University of Alabama in Huntsville's online nursing programs were named to U.S. News & World Report's 2014 ranking of Best Online Programs. The graduate program placed 6th while the undergraduate program placed 7th, up from the 13th and 21st spots, respectively, in last year's ranking .

"Our online programs provide accessible education opportunities for all of our nursing students, so we are very pleased with the high ranking they received," says Dr. C. Fay Raines, dean of UAH's College of Nursing. "They are the result of the high quality programs provided by our faculty and the excellent outcomes for our students and graduates."


UAH’s College of Business Administration receives extension of accreditation by AACSB

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UAH is proud to announce that the business degree programs offered by its College of Business Administration have earned an extension of accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

"AACSB accreditation requires that we demonstrate three things to a review team of business college deans every five years," says Dr. Caron St. John, Dean of UAH's College of Business Administration.

The first is that UAH faculty members are at the top of their game. "A Ph.D. is not enough," she says. "Our faculty members must stay at the top of their field through on-going research and scholarship - all the time."


Natalie Stovall "2012 entertainer of the year" to perform at UAH

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Natalie Stovall (and The Drive), Campus Activities Magazine® 2012 entertainer of the year will perform on the campus of UAH on Wednesday, Jan. 15.

The performance will begin at 9 p.m., in the University Center Exhibit Hall. Stovall's visit is sponsored by the university's Association for Campus Entertainment (ACE). The concert is free for UAH students with a Charger Card. General admission tickets are $5 each. There will be no reserved seating.


UAH community to celebrate Charger Union grand opening Jan. 8


UAH will host the grand opening celebration of Charger Union, on Wednesday, Jan. 8. The UAH community is invited to attend the daylong celebration beginning at 10 a.m., with the grand opening ribbon cutting and reception. The Charger Union connects with the campus greenway and Lakeside Drive.

According to Dr. Regina Young Hyatt, dean of students and associate vice president for Student Affairs, special guests invited to the ribbon cutting include the Charger Union (CU) planning team (UAH staff and students), UAH President Bob Altenkirch, university architects, recent Student Government Association (SGA) presidents involved with the project, and local dignitaries.

The CU grand opening will be celebrated in conjunction with the UAH spring semester Week of Welcome (WOW) activities, Jan. 8-11. WOW events can be found at: A CU event schedule can be found at Highlights of the day's events include tours, roving artists, food samples, music, prizes, comedy show and a late-night movie.


Got a concern? Let the SGA know!

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The purpose of the Student Government Association (SGA) is to advocate on behalf of students at UAH. But what does that really mean?

"I think a good way to explain what the SGA does is to follow an idea from conception to execution," says Nandish Dayal, SGA president and senior nursing major. "So take, for example, a recent resolution we just passed on improving lighting around campus."

The impetus for this initiative came in response to a man-on-the-street survey carried out by an SGA senator. "We do these surveys periodically to start a dialogue with the students," says Dayal, "and one of them told us that some of the parking lots aren't brightly lit at night and that she doesn't feel safe."


Project Candy Land poses a sweet challenge to aspiring engineers


Building structures using principles of science may not be everyone's idea of a good time. But building edible structures? That's fun for all! Or at least that's the hope with the first-ever "Project Candy Land" competition being held Saturday, Jan. 11, from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Engineering Building of UAH.

"Project Candy Land is about kids building structures out of edible materials," explains Niam Abeysiriwardena, who has been helping his brother - and creator of the concept - Anish with the details. "The goal is to learn practical skills about measurement, volume, mass, stable structures, foods, architecture, engineering, and more while having fun doing it!"


UAH’s commencement ceremony this past Sunday marks 50th anniversary


This past Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Propst Arena of the Von Braun Center, UAH held its 50th commencement ceremony. During the event, an estimated 921 diplomas were awarded to students who completed their degree requirements over 2013's summer and fall semesters.

"It's always a day of tremendous joy for the students and families alike," says Dr. Brent Wren, UAH's associate provost. "The ceremony recognizes their accomplishments, and I'm honored to be a part of it."


JMI celebrates nine years of fitness and fun on the UAH campus

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Next year, as Just Move It (JMI) celebrates nine years of fitness and fun on the campus of UAH, something new will be added to the mix.

JMI classes will be taught by the Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (ASAHPERD) Health Educator of Year. That's right. Tonya Meier-Hardy, UAH health and physical education faculty member recently received the ASAHPERD Health Educator of the Year Award. She officially received the award in October at the organization's fall conference. "I am completely overwhelmed and excited to receive such an honor. I love being able to help others."

JMI, UAH's 10-week fitness initiative officially begins on Monday, Jan. 27, and registration will be available to to all faculty, staff, students, and alumni on Thursday, Jan. 2. The health and fitness program encourages the UAH community to get up, get moving, and adopt a healthy lifestyle. Participants set personal exercise goals and track their progress online.


UAH’s College of Science to offer online general physics courses

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It's a conundrum that many non-traditional students face: how to work a full-time job and earn a degree when the majority of college courses are taught during the day. But things are about to get a lot more manageable for those in need of General Physics with Calculus I (PH111).

Starting next semester, PH111 at UAH will be offered online in addition to in the classroom. The lectures, which will be prerecorded, will be available via ANGEL, UAH's official Learning Management System, and accessible at the student's convenience.

The initiative is the brainchild of Dr. Massimiliano Bonamente, associate professor of physics at UAH. "I hear from so many non-traditional students that they can't register for PH111 because it's offered during the day," he says. "So for those students who can't come to campus, now we can go to them!"


UAH students participate in worldwide Hour of Code campaign to promote computer science in the classroom


Millions of students are learning computer code this week as part of "Hour of Code," a nationwide campaign kicked off by President Obama this past Monday. And among them are hundreds of students at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), whose own site, Hour of Code with UAH 2013, invites Chargers to join the effort.

How does it work? By visiting the Hour of Code website, students can learn the basics of computer program through interactive tutorials like "Write your first computer program" and "Introduction to Java Script." They can also participate in person at special sessions held by Apple and Microsoft at their retail stores.