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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.

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UAH community to celebrate Charger Union grand opening Jan. 8

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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: http://www.uah.edu/student-life/special-events/week-of-welcome/. A CU event schedule can be found at http://www.uah.edu/student-affairs/charger-union. Highlights of the day's events include tours, roving artists, food samples, music, prizes, comedy show and a late-night movie.

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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."

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Project Candy Land poses a sweet challenge to aspiring engineers

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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!"

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

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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."

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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.

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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!"

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

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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.

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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."

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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.

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