Technology in the classroom makes case for move away from traditional teaching methods

Assistant Dean of Students T.J. Brecciaroli holds one of the clickers being used in this semester’s Charger Success 101 class.

Every semester, all first-year students beginning their academic career at UAH participate in a 14-week, one-credit course known as "Charger Success 101."

The goal of the course, says Assistant Dean of Students T.J. Brecciaroli, is to ease the transition to campus and help students build the foundation to a richer UAH experience. Topics include time management, financial literacy, diversity, and health and wellness.


UAH’s Go Four program aimed at keeping college costs down


Nowadays, it seems like "education" and "debt" have become synonymous. But that doesn't have to be the case, at least not at UAH.

Several years ago, Dr. John Fix, Dean of UAH's College of Science, proposed introducing a program that would contain costs for entering freshmen. Implemented in 2009 and called 'Go Four,' the intent is to reduce the number of years a student spends to obtain their degree, thereby reducing the amount of tuition they pay.


UAH to host fourth annual International Festival


UAH will host the fourth annual International Festival (iFest), Saturday September 28, from 10 a.m., to 5 p.m., at Spragins Hall.

The event is co-hosted by the International Society of Huntsville and is open to the public with no admission charge. Spragins Hall is located at 1070 Ben Graves Drive N.W., on the UAH campus. UAH coordinator of iFest is Belinda Ong, director of Reference and Information Services at the UAH Louis Salmon Library, and president of the International Society of Huntsville.


UAH’s Executive Director of Facilities finds big savings in small changes


It's back to school time at UAH and campus is teeming, with new students moving into their residence halls and professors returning to their offices in preparation for a new semester of classes. But less visible to the unwitting observer are UAH's support staff members, who are working long hours to make sure the university is ready to meet the needs of its entire population. That includes ensuring that buildings are heated and cooled and that utilities are properly supplied to all facilities; that grounds are tidy and safe; and that the classrooms, offices, and hallways are clean and free of trash.


International researcher, consultant Aldo de Moor to lecture at UAH

Dr. de Moor, of the Netherlands

Aldo de Moor, owner of CommunitySense, an international consultancy company linking the worlds of community informatics research in academia and practice, will be the guest speaker for UAH Honors Lecture Series, on Thursday, August 29.

The lecture entitled "Expanding the Academic Research Community: Building Bridges into Society with the Internet," will begin at 11:10 a.m., in the Shelby Center for Science and Technology room 107. Dr. de Moor's visit is sponsored by the university's Honors Program, the College of Business Administration, and the UAH Humanities Center. His week-long visit features discussions, lectures and various campus activities.


UAH to host 19th annual NANPA conference


UAH College of Nursing is hosting the 19th annual North Alabama Nurse Practitioner (NANPA) Clinical Symposium September 27-28 at the Huntsville Marriott. This year's conference theme is "Nurse Practitioners on the Frontline of Healthcare." The conference registration deadline is Friday, September 13. Last year, more than 400 nurses and medical professionals attended the symposium.


UAH supports student veterans by boosting its participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program


With a significantly higher percentage of student veterans compared to most schools of its size, UAH has made great strides in recent years toward meeting the needs of this nontraditional student group. And one of the most notable of late is UAH's increased participation in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Yellow Ribbon Program.


UAH partners with the Rise School of Huntsville to meet needs of community


Classes aren't just starting for UAH; they're also starting for the Rise School of Huntsville, a non-profit preschool that uses a balanced, multi-disciplinary approach to teach children both with and without developmental disabilities.

The school, which was previously located at Trinity United Methodist Church on Airport Road, will now sit on the UAH campus thanks to an agreement signed last week by UAH president Dr. Robert A. Altenkirch and Rise co-founders Jerry and Amanda Lee.


Hundreds of students visit Research Open House


Hundreds of new UAH students visited the Student Research Open House on Monday, Aug. 19, in the Von Braun Research Hall. Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) as part of the campus-wide UAH Week of Welcome Aug. 16-24, the event attracted students from all majors. On hand were 25 campus clubs and groups, as well as every college, most of UAH's research centers and many research-oriented student clubs. Visitors got to see the UAH Moonbuggy, the ChargerSat 1 prototype, a helicopter simulator, a dart concept rocket, a Nao robot demonstration and unmanned aerial vehicles.


UAH to co-host first-ever Lee Deal Theatre Symposium


The Theatre Department of UAH and The Arts Council Inc. will co-host the first-ever Lee Deal Theatre Symposium on Saturday, August 24, from 1:00 - 6:30 pm. Named for Lee Deal, a former UAH student and local community theater actor for nearly thirty years, the symposium will comprise three workshop sessions: Casting & Audition Techniques Master Class , presented by Tiffany Little Canfield, a casting director with New-York-based Telsey + Company (Wilson Hall) Scene Study Master Class , presented by Ron Harris, a 40-year theater veteran and the recipient of numerous state, regional, and national awards (Chan Auditorium) Setting Your Stage: The Intersection of Script, Design, & Budget , presented by Brian Phillips, formerly of the Goodman Theatre, Chicago's oldest and largest not-for-profit theater (Wilson Hall)