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.


National spoken word poets to perform at UAH


"Nationally recognized spoken word artists Alysia Harris and Jasmine Mans of the Strivers Row, will perform on the campus of UAH on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

The performance begins at 9 p.m., in the University Center Exhibit Hall. The event is sponsored by the UAH Association of Campus Entertainment, and is free for students with a UAH Charger Card, and $5 general (public) admission. To view a performance of the Strivers Row poets, please visit:


“Peace on Earth” brings together city’s arts community for holiday celebration

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This holiday season, get ready for a musical extravaganza the likes of which have never graced the city of Huntsville! For one night only, the Music Department and Theatre Program at UAH are joining forces with community partners like the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra (HSO), the Redstone Arsenal's Four Star Jazz Orchestra, and the Huntsville Ballet Company for Peace on Earth: A Gala Celebration of the Arts and Humanities. "We like to think of it as the College of Liberal Arts' gift to the community and a celebration of the strong partnerships that UAH has with the city's arts organizations," says Dr. David Ragsdale, Chair of UAH's Music Department, who adds that the event will involve "several hundred" instrumentalists, dancers, and singers. Peace on Earth will be hosted by Broadway star Ivan Rutherford, whose acting and singing career includes over 2000 performances playing the lead role of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables. And indeed, Rutherford will be performing several songs from that world-famous production, in addition to standards of the season.


Sci-Quest Unveils New UAH Student Exhibit Sponsored by Women in Defense


A new solar-focused alternative energy exhibit built by undergraduate design students at UAH has been unveiled at the Sci-Quest, Hands-on Science Center.

The exhibit was built as a partnership between Sci-Quest, UAH and the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Women in Defense (WID-TVC). It will support the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Energy Station kiosk at Sci-Quest and help to create a new Science Center there. The exhibit helps visitors understand the different forms of alternative energy by adding innovative hands-on exhibits to compliment the information provided by the TVA kiosk.


UAH’s return on investment tops all colleges in Alabama by a landslide


Affordable Colleges (AC) Online recently awarded UAH the number one spot on their latest ranking of the "Highest Return on Investment Colleges in Alabama."

According to the report, the goal was to build "a list of top colleges in Alabama with low net costs (tuition + fees) that result in career value." And with a return on investment of $903,500 - almost $130,000 more than second-ranked Auburn University - UAH proved that it does just that.


BalloonSats launch into perfect blue Saturday sky


On the way to 100,000 feet altitude! UAH BalloonSat teams S.L.A.T. and Mission Ohm-Possible launched into a cobalt sky Saturday morning from the parking lot near the NSSTC building high bay, while team Free Fall experienced power problems and launched Sunday.

S.L.A.T. and Mission Ohm-Possible were successful in payload recovery. One payload was found 8 miles northwest of Lafayette, Ga., in a field under power lines, and the other 17 miles northwest of Summerville, Ga., in a tall tree. The first to launch, Team S.L.A.T, reached an altitude of approximately 97,000, feet at which time the balloon burst. The second launch, Team Mission Ohm-Possible, reached a peak altitude of about 87,000 feet. S.L.A.T. used solar panels to measure output and battery charging. Mission Ohm-Possible used solar panels to power an LED display of the UAH logo that was recorded in flight by video camera.


UAH celebrates International Education Week 2013


UAH is celebrating International Education Week (IEW) Nov. 11-18, with a lecture by acclaimed author Deborah J. Levine. IEW activities hosted on the UAH campus include films, panel discussions, international cuisine tasting, entertainment, and a free Thanksgiving dinner.

The week's activities begin on Monday, Nov. 11, with a Global Perspectives Institute Fulbright Scholars Panel at 8 a.m., in the Tom Bevill Center (room 280). At 10 a.m., award-winning (National Catholic Press Association) author Deborah Levine will lead the workshop "Global Southern Connections."

Levine is editor-in-chief of the American Diversity Report, and a blogger with The Huffington Post. Her publications include The Matrix Model Management System: Guide to Cross Cultural Wisdom, Inspire Your Inner Global Leader, and her most recent book publication Going Southern: The No-Mess Guide to the South. Additionally, Levine presents workshops, trains, and creates start-ups of community multicultural prospects. She is the president of the Cross Cultural Academy School of the South. Levine founded the DuPage/Chicago Interfaith Resource Network, and recently was honored with the 2013 Champion of Diversity Award from


UAH welcomes Frederiek Toney, President of Global Ford Customer Service Division

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Frederiek Toney ('76 BSBA management) vice president and president, Global Ford Customer Service Division, is the featured guest speaker for The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) College of Business Administration's Distinguished Speaker Series next month.

Toney's business address "Customer Service Around the Globe," will be presented on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 5:30 p.m., in the Chan Auditorium located in the College of Business Administration Building. The talk is free and open to the public. A reception will be held immediately after the presentation.


Green Certification focuses on energy conservation, waste reduction

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Did you know that the Facilities and Operations team at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) has a Green Certification Program? Strictly voluntary, its purpose is to promote energy conservation and reduce waste through recycling.

There are four levels of certification, which are outlined here. Departments must comply with every item on the checklist for the level in which they request certification unless it is not applicable to their operations. And to receive certification, a minimum of 75% of office members, including the program director, must participate.