In helping others, UAH information systems students help themselves


The United Way of Madison County was in desperate need of a new website. But like many nonprofits, they had neither the money nor the time to devote to such a large undertaking.

"It was one of those projects that we just couldn't get to and didn't have the funds for," says President and Chief Executive Officer Wendy J. Kirk. "It's essential for communication and it was in such disrepair, but so many things kept coming up that were a greater need."


Internationally recognized diversity leader Derek Greenfield to give talks at UAH


Derek Greenfield, internationally renowned diversity expert and motivational speaker will be the keynote speaker for the annual UAH Diversity Workshop and Forum next month. Greenfield will give two talks on Thursday, October 24. His visit is sponsored by the UAH Offices of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. The talks are free and open to the public. Registration for UAH's Diversity Workshop and Forum is encouraged. To reserve a seat please email or call 256.824.2333.


UAH Lancers celebrate 40th anniversary


Today, the Lancers are known as the official ambassadors of  UAH. But back in 1973, when then-president Dr. Ben Graves and the university's executive committee founded the group, it was called "Hosts and Hostesses."

Nevertheless, their primary responsibilities remain the same as they were 40 years ago: to promote a positive image of the university and to support the University Advancement and Development offices by participating in events involving students, alumni, faculty, and friends of UAH.


UAH creates honors college to further enrich environment for top students


UAH has established an Honors College to promote an enriched academic environment for all students that demonstrate high ability, and who are motivated to take advantage of educational, intellectual, and research opportunities and challenges.

The college received approval today by the University of Alabama Board of Trustees. The board members also gave their approval to creating a Department of Space Science, as well as approval of a lease with Rise School of Huntsville.

UAH currently offers an honors program, and the tremendous growth of interest among the university's students and faculty in recent years is leading the administration to elevate the program to a higher level.


Small switch goes a long way for UAH’s Grounds Management


The campus of UAH covers more than 400 sprawling acres. For students, that means plenty of green space to relax and study. But for UAH's Grounds Management? It just means plenty of grass to mow!

"Our mowers and vehicles go through around 300 gallons of fuel every 2 weeks," says Robert Redmon, Director of Grounds Management. And we all know how much gas costs these days. So it only made sense to start looking into other options, which is what Redmon did this past spring.


UAH pledges to “Think Outside the Bottle!”


Scientists may be able to better study how supercell thunderstorms work by using the data from just one Doppler radar unit and an analysis technique called synthetic dual-Doppler (SDD) that normally requires two, according to research done by a doctoral candidate at UAH.


UAH’s College of Business Administration partners with TEDxHuntsville for “Breaking Boundaries, Building Connections” event


The College of Business Administration at UAH, in partnership with TEDxHuntsville, is pleased to announce "Breaking Boundaries, Building Connections." The event, which features some of the areas brightest thinkers and innovators, will take place at Randolph's Thurber Arts Center on Sunday, September 15, from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

"TEDxHuntsville is a community-based platform for spreading ideas across disciplines locally while providing access to a global audience," says Dr. Ravi Patnayakuni, Associate Professor of Information Systems at UAH and member of the TEDxHuntsville organizing committee. "Together, we can bring people together to seek a deeper understanding of ourselves and our world, and to inspire ideas and action for a better future for us all."


Technology in the classroom makes case for move away from traditional teaching methods

Assistant Dean of Students T.J. Brecciaroli holds one of the clickers being used in this semester’s Charger Success 101 class.

Every semester, all first-year students beginning their academic career at UAH participate in a 14-week, one-credit course known as "Charger Success 101."

The goal of the course, says Assistant Dean of Students T.J. Brecciaroli, is to ease the transition to campus and help students build the foundation to a richer UAH experience. Topics include time management, financial literacy, diversity, and health and wellness.


UAH’s Go Four program aimed at keeping college costs down


Nowadays, it seems like "education" and "debt" have become synonymous. But that doesn't have to be the case, at least not at UAH.

Several years ago, Dr. John Fix, Dean of UAH's College of Science, proposed introducing a program that would contain costs for entering freshmen. Implemented in 2009 and called 'Go Four,' the intent is to reduce the number of years a student spends to obtain their degree, thereby reducing the amount of tuition they pay.


UAH to host fourth annual International Festival


UAH will host the fourth annual International Festival (iFest), Saturday September 28, from 10 a.m., to 5 p.m., at Spragins Hall.

The event is co-hosted by the International Society of Huntsville and is open to the public with no admission charge. Spragins Hall is located at 1070 Ben Graves Drive N.W., on the UAH campus. UAH coordinator of iFest is Belinda Ong, director of Reference and Information Services at the UAH Louis Salmon Library, and president of the International Society of Huntsville.