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


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."


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.


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!"


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


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.


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."


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.


UAH alumna Tasia Malakasis to give fall commencement address


Tasia Malakasis ('93 English) owner and president of Belle Chevre, an award-winning artisan goat cheese producer located in Elkmont, Ala., is scheduled to deliver the university's fall commencement address on Sunday, Dec. 15.

The ceremony begins at 2 p.m., and will be held in the Propst Arena at the Von Braun Center in downtown Huntsville. UAH is expected to award 921 diplomas at its fall graduation ceremony - 578 bachelor's degrees, 316 master's degrees and 27 doctoral degrees.


UAH graduate studies program sponsors popular three-minute thesis and dissertation competition


UAH Graduate Studies Program will host the Three Minute Thesis and Dissertation (3MT®) Competition on Friday, Nov. 22.

The competition is open to UAH master's, Ph.D., and DNP students, and will begin at 12:30 p.m., in Wilson Hall room 168. The contests are free and open to the public. Contest winners have the potential to win $400 in cash prizes at each competition. A panel of judges will determine the recipient of the $300 first place prize, and the recipient of the People's Choice Award will receive a $100 prize by receiving the most votes from the audience. The winner in the master's category will also receive an all-expenses paid trip to San Antonio, Texas to represent UAH at the regional 3MT® Competition held by the Council of Graduate Schools Deans at their annual spring meeting. This provides an excellent networking and professional development opportunity.


Cathy Palmer of HOTC to give talk on dog training at UAH

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Cathy Palmer of the Huntsville Obedience Training Club (HOTC), will give the talk "The Art and Science of Dog Training," on Thursday, Nov. 14, on the campus of UAH.

Palmer's talk will begin at 11:10 a.m., in the University Center Exhibit Hall. Her visit is sponsored by the UAH Honors Lecture Series. Palmer's talk is free and open to the public, and will center on systematic methods of communication with dogs, how to read dogs for purposes of training and the art of applying those methods to an individual dog.

She first became interested in obedience training in 1995 when she adopted a Border Collie mix named Shadow who was very shy and dog aggressive (lacking social manners). Palmer said she thought she knew a lot about dog training from the family farm but soon learned that training Border Collies to herd does not make you an expert trainer.


International Education Week kicks off today at UAH


International Education (IE) Week at UAH kicks off today, Monday, Nov. 11, and runs through Monday, Nov. 18.

Hosted by UAH's Office of International Engagement, the event will feature guest lectures, activities and workshops, and traditional dance performances, as well as a free, all-inclusive Harvest Dinner incorporating traditional Thanksgiving fare.