Students uncover the past with UAH’s first archeology field school


This summer, history students at UAH took part in the first-ever historic archeology field school. A combination of classroom learning and practical experience, the course focused on an archeological site located on nearby Redstone Arsenal.

"This site is on land that was originally part of a vast plantation that operated from around 1818 until the Army bought the land in 1942," says Benjamin J. Hoksbergen, the Arsenal's archaeologist and cultural resource manager. "It was first discovered in 1997 as part of the initial effort to survey all Arsenal lands for archaeological sites."

After the survey turned up a stone well on the site, it was considered potentially eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. "That's where the field school came in," he says. "Not only did the students learn how to do archaeological fieldwork, but the Army benefited from having the site evaluated without having to pay a contractor to do the work."



UAH America Reads / Math Counts Program marks 17 years of success

America Reads

America Reads

The national literacy program, America Reads Challenge is nearly 20 years old, and teachers and tutors alike are still marveling at the program's success.

It has been 17 years since the UAH Education Department and Huntsville City Schools began the pilot project to improve literacy and reading skills among children in grades kindergarten through third grade.

The education initiative was funded as a Federal Work Study (FWS) Program, and UAH students employed through FWS are hired to tutor children at selected schools and provide one-on-one reading and comprehension activities. Building on the success of the America Reads Challenge, Math Counts was initiated in 1999, to improve student achievement in math comprehension.

"UAH has a long history of providing work study students the opportunity to participate in the America Reads Program (ARP). The America Reads Challenge is an initiative started in 1996 by the Clinton administration to support literacy education through tutors who give children the personal attention they need to catch up and get ahead," said Dr. Beth Nason Quick, Chair and Professor of Education. "UAH students have most recently served at Morris and Rolling Hills (elementary schools) in the Huntsville City School System. The program is a win-win for all involved. UAH students arepaidfor their tutoring services and a struggling child receives individualized assistance and support on a consistent basis from a university student," Quick added. "It is not uncommon for our UAH students to continue more than one semester or even more than one year. Strong relationships and bonds are formed as they work with one student across time.


UAH Chargerettes take superior ratings at UDA Camp



The UAH dance team, The Chargerettes recently earned superior ratings at the Universal Dance Association (UDA) Spirit Camp in Tuscaloosa at The University of Alabama.

The Chargerettes attended the rigorous four-day camp that included game day prep/sideline class, team building activities, master classes, and private coaching. Team awards include, most improved team, superior trophy for open division in traditional school fight song, trophy for open division in UDA fight song (fourth place), superior awards (five), excellent awards (three), and outstanding awards (two) for dance evaluations.

The UAH community is invited to watch the Chargerettes perform this season at select basketball games, and other university and Huntsville community events. The team will hold a seminar on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m., in the Charger Union (room 227). The Chargerettes will conduct team tryouts on Saturday, Sept. 6, at 8 a.m., in the University Center Exhibit Hall.


UAH’s ICE Lab launches Huntsville Startup Ventures



The Innovation, Commercialization, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Lab of the College of Business Administration at UAH is pleased to announce the formation of Huntsville Startup Ventures.

The group's purpose is to bring together professionals to provide essential services to new businesses and nonprofit organizations starting up in Huntsville/Madison County. This can include assistance with filing incorporation papers, securing permits, and staying on top of the complex requirements associated with starting a new business in the local community.

"We want to make Huntsville the easiest place to start a business in the country," said James Vaughn, coordinator of Huntsville Startup Ventures. "So what better way than to welcome entrepreneurs with a team of professionals ready to start them up so they can get on with business?"


UAH Steel Drum Band hits sweet spot

Members of the UAH steel drum band perform island classics.

There's something about the tintinnabulation of a steel drum that transports the listener to the sun-soaked islands of the Caribbean. And there's no doubt that magical quality has contributed to the recent rise in popularity of steel drum bands at college campus across the U.S.

"There's just no sound like it," says Deborah Loach, a music instructor and the director of the steel drum band at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). "When we play, people come up and thank us. They say they're more relaxed, or it reminds them of a cruise they took to the islands."

Each semester, the band forms anew from students who opt to take the once weekly, half-credit chamber ensemble class for steel drums. Some are returning players familiar with how the drums are played; others are first-timers lured by the instrument's unique appeal. Either way, all are welcome.


UAH, Rise School of Huntsville create affiliation


Officials with UAH and Rise School of Huntsville announced plans today to create a formal affiliation between the two organizations.

Rise School of Huntsville is expected to become a formal organization at the university under the direction of UAH's Department of Education. The purpose of Rise School will remain the same, to provide the "highest quality of early childhood education services to eligible children with diverse abilities."

The Rise School of Huntsville, currently a non-profit organization, provides educational services to children with developmental disabilities and children without disabilities. The program provides children six weeks up to six years of age with a firm foundation for their next educational experience. Children are grouped according to their age and individual needs in an integrated environment containing a diverse range of abilities.


Music a complement to any field of study

Many students benefit from pursuing music at UAH despite majoring in other fields.

As one of less than 100 public universities classified by Carnegie Foundation as a very high research institution, UAH has its fair share of students pursuing a degree in the STEM fields. But a surprising number of them are supplementing their education with a more creative pursuit: music.

Why music? Well, for one thing, it has a way of lifting the spirits that many other areas of study just can't compete with. Just ask UAH Choir member and accounting major Iya Newsome. "Without music I don't know what I would do because it relates to my everyday life and make me feel better as a person," she says. "It helps me clear my mind and gives me a boost when I'm feeling down."

"Music is a joy," adds fellow choir member Dean Gillmore, who recently earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and who is now working on a master's degree in the same field. "There is a feeling when you can get past just singing the right notes and get to the expression that comes not just from the composer but from the people around you."


UAH Fall WOW (Week of Welcome) Events


The University of Alabama in Huntsville's fall Week of Welcome (WOW) is a campus-wide set of programs and activities intended to welcome new and returning students to campus. All faculty, staff and students, please remember to bring your UAH Charger ID card to all WOW events.

Download the 2014 UAH Week of Welcome (WOW) Schedule


Study-abroad trip to China is serious business for UAH students

China Study-abroad

Study-abroad trips used to be the domain of backpacking liberal arts majors interested in exploring Old World ruins. But nowadays they mean business, says Dr. Yeqing Bao, associate professor of marketing at UAH.

"If we want to increase our students' competitiveness in the global environment, we need to offer international-related curriculum," says Dr. Bao, who also serves as the Associate Dean of Undergraduate and International Programs in the College of Business Administration. "I thought given the importance of the Asian market to the U.S., we ought to have more exposure."

So this past May, 11 business majors spent two weeks in China, as part of UAH's first study-abroad trip to the region. "It's treated as a summer course but known as a Maymester, because it takes place between spring and summer," he says. "The students receive 3 credit hours but it doesn't interfere with their regular semesters."

Their first stop? Hohai University, in Nanjing. "They helped with logistics and did a great job," says Dr. Bao. They also provided a matching number of students to create a joint class, which was then tasked with a real-world research project: develop an international business plan for Yurun Group, a Chinese company looking to enter the U.S. market.


UAH 2014-2015 Parking Decals Now Available

UAH Parking Permits

UAH 2014-2015 parking permits are now available for purchase online at All students, faculty, staff, and visitors who park a vehicle on campus must register for and display a parking permit. Decals must be purchased and displayed on the vehicle by Monday, Sept. 1, to avoid a $50 citation by campus police.

University parking permits are valid for one calendar year (September 1, 2014, through August 31, 2015), and are $120 each. Payment may be made by cash or credit card, and for faculty and staff UAH payroll deduction. Each successive permit (same household) is $60, and replacement (EX: purchase of new car) decals are $5 apiece, but the previous permit must be turned in at the time of the replacement purchase. After online orders are received and processed, decals will be promptly mailed to faculty, staff and students.

Permits will also be available for walk-in purchase at the Parking Management Office (IMF 123), Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m., to 5 p.m. Decals purchased after Thursday, Aug. 21, must be picked up in person at the Parking Management Office.