"Meet and Greet" event for UAH and AAUW’s Tech Trek

Tech Trek

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will welcome 50 rising eighth grade girls and their families to the university's campus next week in preparation for Tech Trek camp.

The girls, from around the state of Alabama were selected after a competitive application process, to attend Alabama's first Tech Trek camp, to be held on the UAH campus July 20-25.

On Saturday, June 14, the girls will have a chance to "meet and greet" one another and learn more about their coming camp experience at the university. The event will be held in Charger Union from from noon to 2 p.m. Please direct inquiries to Rhonda Gaede, camp director and UAH associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, at


UAH deepens commitment to sustainability


UAH has recently become a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) to further campus efforts toward building a healthy and just world. Through membership in AASHE, UAH will receive support for advancing its sustainability initiatives throughout the institution and in the community.

AASHE enables higher education institutions to meet their sustainability goals by providing specialized resources, professional development, and a network of peer support. Membership covers every individual at an institution, so the entire campus community can take advantage of member benefits.

"We are delighted to have UAH on board and participating in the campus sustainability community," said Paul Rowland, executive director of AASHE. "This shows a real commitment to playing a leadership role in some of the biggest challenges of our time, and provides the campus community with access to thousands of examples of best practices in campus sustainability."


Education scholarships available through Project HAPPENS


Project HAPPENS is currently accepting scholarship applications from pre- and in-service teachers interested in pursuing licensure in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in Alabama.

A professional development grant, Project HAPPENS is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by Dr. Jason O'Brien and Dr. Andrea Word at UAH. Scholarships cover tuition and fees for up to five classes, at either the undergraduate or graduate level, that will prepare recipients for licensure in ESOL.

The purpose of the scholarship, says Dr. Word, is to prepare teachers for increasingly diverse classroom environments. "According to our project liaison at Huntsville City Schools, Ann Marie Batista, there are more than 950 English language learners in the Huntsville City School district alone, with 30 languages represented among them."


Junior Achievement Entrepreneurship Camp hosted by UAH

Experience Entrepreneurship! Camp

The UAH College of Business Administration and Junior Achievement of North Alabama are joining together to offer an Experience Entrepreneurship! Camp July 13-18. The camp is a six-day intensive experience designed for high school students who are considering careers in entrepreneurship and new business ventures.

Students will be exposed to all aspects of planning and launching an entrepreneurial venture, including recognizing opportunities, understanding customers and competition, determining how much money is needed to start and grow a business, building the start-up team – and other topics. Camp participants will work in teams, planning the launch of a new product, all under the guidance of successful community entrepreneurs, leading faculty, and UAH Entrepreneurship Club student members. The week will conclude with a business plan presentation with prizes and awards for the winning team.


UAH students help with free tax preparation for low-income families


Each spring, students at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) donate their time to helping low-income families prepare their taxes as part of the Impact Alabama SaveFirst program. And this year was no different.

Almost 70 UAH students spent 900 hours at free tax preparation sites in Huntsville and Decatur. The result, according to SaveFirst, was more than 1,270 tax returns prepared for working families, saving them $380,000 in commercial tax preparation fees and leading to $2.5 million in tax refunds.

"The UAH College of Business Administration has partnered with SaveFirst since 2010," says Dr. Charles Hickman, clinical associate professor in the College of Business Administration. "Working together, we have been able to increase the number of families helped in the Huntsville area every year. The students learn a lot about the lives of working families and receive excellent tax preparation experience."


UAH softball team gave their "best" to reach Super Regional series

UAH Chargers Softball

For the UAH Chargers it's been a season of highs and lows, but the excitement remained at fever pitch as the team battled to win the 2014 NCAA Division Softball South Super Regional (a best of three series) hosted last weekend on campus.

The coveted prize: The opportunity to play and perhaps win the NCAA Division II Softball Championship Title later this month in Salem, Va.

Although UAH forced a deciding game on Saturday afternoon, the Chargers lost Super Regional game 3, 6-3. UAH's season ended at 48-12. Late last week, Chargers coach Lorraine "Les" Stuedeman said, "We will have to play our best softball to win the against Valdosta." I believe we have made the Super Regionals seven times and we have won four times. We have been to four National Championship Tournaments, and we have two runner up finishes."


Two UAH students eat up competition at Raspberry Pi contest

Northrop Grumman Raspberry Pi Competition

Christian Acevedo and Victor Tapia, two students from UAH, took home the top prize for their winning entry in last month's first-ever Northrop Grumman Raspberry Pi Competition. Named "Raspberry Pi Sensor Suite," their system was designed to gather temperature data with respect to geographical location.

"Not only was the project well thought out and the technology well developed, but the presentation was excellent," says Jon Hansen, a campus recruiter at Northrup Grumman and the event's creator. "The judges felt like the content of the presentation, design of the slides, and professional delivery of the materials were professional quality."

The contest, which was conceived to promote creativity and learning in science and technology at the college level, challenged entrants to use a Raspberry Pi device to develop a technology of their choosing. That technology was then judged on several criteria, including originality of concept, reliability, user experience, complexity, and aesthetics.


UAH’s SGA swears in elected representatives for new term


A new group of elected representatives was sworn into the Student Government Association (SGA) at UAH last month. Fourteen will serve on the SGA's executive board, while the remaining 26 will serve on the SGA senate.

"I'm really excited by the caliber of students who ran for and were chosen to serve on the SGA for the upcoming academic year," says Nandish Dayal, a nursing and chemistry double major who will be serving a second term as president. "And I'm very much looking forward to building on all of the positive changes we laid the groundwork for this past year."

To ensure adequate representation, each of the university's five colleges and each class year has a designated number of seats; there is also one graduate seat. These, in turn, are all overseen by an executive board consisting of a president, vice president, vice president of finance, director of organizational funding, a consul, a scribe, four program coordinators, a faculty liaison, a media director, a disability support liaison, a parliamentarian, and a health and safety officer.


UAH Louis Salmon Library celebrates 50 years in the FDLP


The year was 1964: the cost of a stamp was five cents; the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show; Lucky Charms hit store shelves; and President Lyndon B. Johnson signed The Civil Rights Act.

It was also the year that Alabama Congressman Robert "Bob" E. Jones asked the U. S. Government Printing Office to make UAH an official depository library. Depository libraries are entitled to receive all federal government publications.


MusicBridge wraps up successful inaugural year


With graduation in the rearview mirror, the 2013-2014 academic year at UAH has come to a close. And so too has the inaugural year of MusicBridge, a program that brings music to those less fortunate in the community while at the same time allowing UAH's student musicians to share their talents in non-traditional performance venues.