UAH on cusp of becoming Tree Campus USA thanks to efforts of longtime grounds manager

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When the temperature fell to more than −20° F during a harsh winter storm in 1990, Cave Hill Cemetery and Arboretum in Louisville, Ky., lost its only Japanese Raisin Tree. Yet today, a descendant from that very tree stands in its place thanks to Robert Redmon, Director of Grounds Management at UAH.

Redmon began his career at UAH in the mid-1980s, when the campus was dominated by about 40 species of trees, predominantly Loblolly Pines and hardwoods. But while others might have been content to maintain the status quo, Redmon envisioned a far more diverse urban forest that would increase the campus' canopy coverage.

"It's easy to get into the habit of growing the same trees and shrubs over an entire region, as most commercial nurseries grow much of the same material," he says. "But I saw that there was an opportunity to introduce a wide palette of plant material that could be successful in this area - and we live in a unique area of the country that can allow that to happen."


Boeing New Business Challenge enters second round

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Over Thanksgiving, The Boeing Company concluded judging of the first round of student competitors in the Boeing New Business Challenge business plan competition held at the College of Business Administration of UAH. The students are competing for a grand prize of $10,000 in scholarships provided by Boeing for undergraduate or graduate education at UAH.

Ten teams of undergraduate engineering and business students presented posters and three-minute business pitches to a panel of five judges, including three officials from The Boeing Company, based in Huntsville; Dr. Caron St. John, Dean of the College of Business Administration; and Dr. John R. Whitman, Interim Director of the ICE Lab and visiting professor at the College.


UAH alumna Tasia Malakasis to give fall commencement address


Tasia Malakasis ('93 English) owner and president of Belle Chevre, an award-winning artisan goat cheese producer located in Elkmont, Ala., is scheduled to deliver the university's fall commencement address on Sunday, Dec. 15.

The ceremony begins at 2 p.m., and will be held in the Propst Arena at the Von Braun Center in downtown Huntsville. UAH is expected to award 921 diplomas at its fall graduation ceremony - 578 bachelor's degrees, 316 master's degrees and 27 doctoral degrees.


UAH graduate studies program sponsors popular three-minute thesis and dissertation competition


UAH Graduate Studies Program will host the Three Minute Thesis and Dissertation (3MT®) Competition on Friday, Nov. 22.

The competition is open to UAH master's, Ph.D., and DNP students, and will begin at 12:30 p.m., in Wilson Hall room 168. The contests are free and open to the public. Contest winners have the potential to win $400 in cash prizes at each competition. A panel of judges will determine the recipient of the $300 first place prize, and the recipient of the People's Choice Award will receive a $100 prize by receiving the most votes from the audience. The winner in the master's category will also receive an all-expenses paid trip to San Antonio, Texas to represent UAH at the regional 3MT® Competition held by the Council of Graduate Schools Deans at their annual spring meeting. This provides an excellent networking and professional development opportunity.


Cathy Palmer of HOTC to give talk on dog training at UAH

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Cathy Palmer of the Huntsville Obedience Training Club (HOTC), will give the talk "The Art and Science of Dog Training," on Thursday, Nov. 14, on the campus of UAH.

Palmer's talk will begin at 11:10 a.m., in the University Center Exhibit Hall. Her visit is sponsored by the UAH Honors Lecture Series. Palmer's talk is free and open to the public, and will center on systematic methods of communication with dogs, how to read dogs for purposes of training and the art of applying those methods to an individual dog.

She first became interested in obedience training in 1995 when she adopted a Border Collie mix named Shadow who was very shy and dog aggressive (lacking social manners). Palmer said she thought she knew a lot about dog training from the family farm but soon learned that training Border Collies to herd does not make you an expert trainer.


International Education Week kicks off today at UAH


International Education (IE) Week at UAH kicks off today, Monday, Nov. 11, and runs through Monday, Nov. 18.

Hosted by UAH's Office of International Engagement, the event will feature guest lectures, activities and workshops, and traditional dance performances, as well as a free, all-inclusive Harvest Dinner incorporating traditional Thanksgiving fare.


National spoken word poets to perform at UAH


"Nationally recognized spoken word artists Alysia Harris and Jasmine Mans of the Strivers Row, will perform on the campus of UAH on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

The performance begins at 9 p.m., in the University Center Exhibit Hall. The event is sponsored by the UAH Association of Campus Entertainment, and is free for students with a UAH Charger Card, and $5 general (public) admission. To view a performance of the Strivers Row poets, please visit:


“Peace on Earth” brings together city’s arts community for holiday celebration

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This holiday season, get ready for a musical extravaganza the likes of which have never graced the city of Huntsville! For one night only, the Music Department and Theatre Program at UAH are joining forces with community partners like the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra (HSO), the Redstone Arsenal's Four Star Jazz Orchestra, and the Huntsville Ballet Company for Peace on Earth: A Gala Celebration of the Arts and Humanities. "We like to think of it as the College of Liberal Arts' gift to the community and a celebration of the strong partnerships that UAH has with the city's arts organizations," says Dr. David Ragsdale, Chair of UAH's Music Department, who adds that the event will involve "several hundred" instrumentalists, dancers, and singers. Peace on Earth will be hosted by Broadway star Ivan Rutherford, whose acting and singing career includes over 2000 performances playing the lead role of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables. And indeed, Rutherford will be performing several songs from that world-famous production, in addition to standards of the season.


Sci-Quest Unveils New UAH Student Exhibit Sponsored by Women in Defense


A new solar-focused alternative energy exhibit built by undergraduate design students at UAH has been unveiled at the Sci-Quest, Hands-on Science Center.

The exhibit was built as a partnership between Sci-Quest, UAH and the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Women in Defense (WID-TVC). It will support the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Energy Station kiosk at Sci-Quest and help to create a new Science Center there. The exhibit helps visitors understand the different forms of alternative energy by adding innovative hands-on exhibits to compliment the information provided by the TVA kiosk.


UAH’s return on investment tops all colleges in Alabama by a landslide


Affordable Colleges (AC) Online recently awarded UAH the number one spot on their latest ranking of the "Highest Return on Investment Colleges in Alabama."

According to the report, the goal was to build "a list of top colleges in Alabama with low net costs (tuition + fees) that result in career value." And with a return on investment of $903,500 - almost $130,000 more than second-ranked Auburn University - UAH proved that it does just that.