UAH Office of Diversity to host reception for  Children's Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman

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One of the country's most influential advocates for improving the lives of disadvantaged children, Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund, will be honored at UAH with a public reception on Thursday, October 3.

Edelman's visit to campus is sponsored by the UAH Office of Diversity. The reception will be held from 2:30 p.m., to 4 p.m., in the University Center Exhibit Hall, and is free and open to the public.

Edelman founded the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) more than 40 years ago to provide a lobby for children's issues - specifically education, hunger, health care and protection. Also, as an advocate for CDF, Edelman convinced Congress to overhaul foster care. CDF is headquartered in Washington, D.C.


Renowned women's historian Linda Gordon to lecture on reproductive rights

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New York University Professor Linda Gordon, whose first-book, Woman's Body, Woman's Right: The History of Birth Control in America, the definitive history of birth-control politics in the country, will lecture next month at UAH.

Her visit is sponsored by the UAH Women's Studies Program, and the Short-Term Eminent Scholar Program of the UAH Humanities Center. Gordon will give two public lectures on Thursday, October 24. Both events are free and open to the public.


Therapy dogs bring stress relief, tail wags to UAH campus


Since the spring of 2010, Therapy Partners Inc. has been bringing therapy dogs to the campus of  UAH to provide stress relief during exam week.

"Anything we can do to help students feel better as they balance their multitude of responsibilities, we want to do," says Kelly Cothran, a licensed professional counselor who works at the UAH Counseling Center.


UAH Career Fair sees record number of students, employers


Each semester, the Student Success Center (SSC) at UAH hosts a Career Fair with the goal of bringing students and employers together for networking, internship and co-op opportunities, and employment. But last week's event, held Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at UAH's Fitness Center, exceeded all expectations.


Biological Science Symposium to be held Sept. 27-29 at Tims Ford State Park


More than 100 students, faculty, and professionals will gather for the Biological Science Symposium to share ideas, discussion, and fellowship. The event, which will be held Sept. 27 - 29 at Tims Ford State Park, is co-hosted by the Biology Departments at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) and Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU).


Charger Blue flies up, up, and away!


Last weekend, Charger Blue packed his bags - and his Charger spirit - and headed up to near-space, courtesy of the Space Hardware Club at UAH.

"Charger Blue went up on BalloonSat 28," says Markus Murdy, vice president of the club and a junior in aerospace engineering. "He flew with the club's radio and GPS tracking payload and an infrared research payload under a 1600 g latex balloon filled with helium."


Mayoral proclamation declares September 28 International Festival Day


Hear ye, hear ye! Thanks to a proclamation signed last month by Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, September 28, 2013 has officially been declared International Festival Day. The proclamation was issued in recognition of the joint efforts of The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) and the International Society of Huntsville (ISH) to "demonstrate, educate, and promote the many countries and cultures" of the city with its annual International Festival of North Alabama.


In helping others, UAH information systems students help themselves


The United Way of Madison County was in desperate need of a new website. But like many nonprofits, they had neither the money nor the time to devote to such a large undertaking.

"It was one of those projects that we just couldn't get to and didn't have the funds for," says President and Chief Executive Officer Wendy J. Kirk. "It's essential for communication and it was in such disrepair, but so many things kept coming up that were a greater need."


Internationally recognized diversity leader Derek Greenfield to give talks at UAH


Derek Greenfield, internationally renowned diversity expert and motivational speaker will be the keynote speaker for the annual UAH Diversity Workshop and Forum next month. Greenfield will give two talks on Thursday, October 24. His visit is sponsored by the UAH Offices of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. The talks are free and open to the public. Registration for UAH's Diversity Workshop and Forum is encouraged. To reserve a seat please email or call 256.824.2333.


UAH Lancers celebrate 40th anniversary


Today, the Lancers are known as the official ambassadors of  UAH. But back in 1973, when then-president Dr. Ben Graves and the university's executive committee founded the group, it was called "Hosts and Hostesses."

Nevertheless, their primary responsibilities remain the same as they were 40 years ago: to promote a positive image of the university and to support the University Advancement and Development offices by participating in events involving students, alumni, faculty, and friends of UAH.