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UAH introduces new Game Design & Development minor

Game Design and Development

Several graduates of UAH have already gone on to work in the video game design industry, among them Charlotte Ellett and Falco Girgis. But there's no doubt that more will soon follow in their footsteps thanks to the debut of Game Design & Development, a brand-new cross-disciplinary minor, this fall.

Comprising a mix of courses offered primarily by the Department of Art & Art History and the Department of Computer Science, with assistance from the Department of Music and the Department of Communication Arts, the minor will provide students with a strong foundation in video game creation basics. Topics will include animation, mobile app design, digital composing, game engine development, and team game development among others.

"The Department regularly receives inquiries about animation and game design from current as well as prospective students," says Dr. Lillian Joyce, chair of the Department of Art & Art History. "This growing area is the ideal synthesis of art and technology."

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UAH hosts Independence Mile run, race benefits cross country scholarships

Independence Mile run

UAH will host the Independence Mile, on Thursday, July 3.

The event, sponsored by RunningLane Personal Coaching will benefit UAH cross country scholarships. Registration will remain open online until 11 p.m., on Monday, June 30. The entry fee is $25.

Packet pickup and race-day registration is from 5 p.m., to 7 p.m. There will be several races, with the first event beginning at 6:30 p.m. All events will take place on the south end of the UAH campus, near the Duck Pond and Sparkman Drive (entrance). Family activities include music, frisbee toss, and cheering sections for runners. Also, feel free to BYOPB (Bring Your Own Picnic Basket).

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UAH hosts CollegeFirst AP institute for area high school students

CollegeFirst

More than 70 area high school students from North Alabama participated in the fifth annual Huntsville CollegeFirst Advanced Placement (AP) Institute, hosted on the campus of The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), June 9-26. The summer enrichment program is designed to prepare the state's high school students for the challenge of college-level advanced placement courses in mathematics, science and English.

This year's Huntsville CollegeFirst AP Institute was sponsored in part by Impact Alabama, A+ College Ready, the UAH Department of Biological Sciences and the Office of Diversity. Impact Alabama is a student service initiative dedicated to developing and implementing service-learning projects in conjunction with students from universities and colleges throughout the state of Alabama. Impact Alabama is housed and supported by The Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at The University of Alabama (UA).

"UAH students, through the Office of Diversity, have been integral partners and participants of the Impact Alabama initiatives from the beginning of the programs. First was Focus First, then Save First and now College First. It is a win-win for all concerned, the UAH students and the underrepresented populations they serve," said Delois H. Smith, UAH vice president for Diversity.

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Boeing Co. R&T managers tour UAH

Boeing Tour

Fourteen national Boeing Company Research and Technology (R&T) managers toured the research facilities at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) on Tuesday, June 24, to look at the university's capabilities.

The full-day tour highlighted UAH research in micro-systems, RF communication, data analytics and decision systems, optics, precision ultrafast light, nano- and micro-devices, software safety and security, and modeling and simulation.

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UAH introduces new course on the sociology of tourism and travel

Sociology of Travel and Tourism

This fall, the Department of Sociology at UAH will offer a brand-new 300-level course on the sociology of tourism and travel. The impetus, says associate professor Dr. Bhavani Sitaraman, was twofold: first, to expand the department's curricular offerings, and second, to enhance students' understanding of the social dimensions and consequences of tourism around the world.

"Tourism is a multi-trillion dollar industry that generates significant employment and pleasure, but it is also an important phenomenon that teaches us a lot about the nature of work, leisure, consumption, and culture in modern societies," says Dr. Sitaraman. "At an individual level, critical knowledge about how tourism works can foster responsible tourism where we all benefit from travel that enhances cultural understanding, economic development, and environmental conservation."

Thus by exploring interactions between tourists and non-tourists, the creation and designation of tourist sites, and the social, economic, and environmental impact of tourism on destinations, students are afforded the opportunity to engage with the world as an educated and cosmopolitan citizen. And that's of value not just to the students themselves, points Dr. Sitaraman, but also to future employers. "Many students today are encouraged to study abroad and be prepared to live and work with a global consciousness," she says.

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UAH welcomes new faculty for 2014/2015

New UAH Faculty

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) community is pleased to welcome several new faculty members to our campus for the 2014/2015 academic year. UAH New Faculty Orientation will be held on Monday, Aug. 18, and the university's Fall Convocation Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 19.

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UAH to take part in Saturday’s ‘NASA on the Square’ day

NASA on the Square

On Saturday, June 20, UAH will take part in 'NASA on the Square' day, a free event that will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Courthouse Square in downtown Huntsville.

"Huntsville has been home to the Marshall Center for more than 50 years," says Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Director Patrick Scheuermann. "From America's first satellite, to the moon landings, the shuttle program and the International Space Station, we've made history, together. NASA on the Square is a celebration of that history, and a great opportunity for your family to come and meet our family and see where we are going next."

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Area middle school girls to build mobile apps at AAUW’s Tech Trek Camp at UAH

Tech Trek

Girls entering eighth grade in the fall from around the state of Alabama who will be attending the Tech Trek residential STEM summer camp at UAH will have the opportunity to build a mobile app through a course designed by MIT.

The App Inventor curriculum, which is supported by an $84,000 grant from Verizon, will be offered as part of Alabama's first Tech Trek camp to be held at UAH from July 20-25, 2014. The Tech Trek camps are a program of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), with a team of individuals from the AAUW-Huntsville Branch and UAH planning and running the UAH camp.

The four camps that will pilot the App Inventor course were announced at the White House Science Fair in May, which focused on getting underrepresented groups excited about STEM. The four camps include the one at UAH, one at Southwestern Oklahoma State University and two camps at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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UAH to host Cycling USA Southeast Regional Series

Cycling USA Southeast Regional Series

UAH will host the Cycling USA Southeast Regional Series on Saturday, June 14. The event is expected to attract more than 1,000 amateur and elite cyclists and spectators.

The all day regional event begins at 8 a.m., and UAH campus roads around Frank Franz Hall, and the North Campus Residence Hall will be closed until 5 p.m. Admission is free, and an awards ceremony follows the competition. Parking for UAH faculty, staff, students and guests will be available in the lot adjacent to Roberts Recital Hall.

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Led by Eminent Scholar, College of Business Administration expands SAP ERP offerings

SAP ERP

Since joining UAH in 2002, Dr. Jatinder (Jeet) Gupta, Eminent Scholar in Management of Technology, has been the driving force in bringing world-leading SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) to the university's business majors and ensuring that the College of Business Administration's curriculum stays current with the industry.

"We are providing students with a skill that is going to be more and more in-demand in the future and that will give them a competitive edge in finding their first job," says Dr. Gupta, who serves as the Associate Dean of Graduate & Sponsored Programs for the College. Many of these students, after all, go on to work for companies that have long relied on SAP ERP, including SAIC, NASA, the Army, Huntsville Utilities, Northrop Grumman, and the Boeing Company.

To that end, SAP ERP has already been integrated into the functional area courses being offered by the College. "Most, if not all, of the College's students are gaining exposure to the software through hands-on elements incorporated into the courses in their programs of study," says Dr. Gupta.

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