Student Financial Services Office sheds light on student loans, interest rates

Student Financial Services Office staff left to right: Andrew Weaver, Joy Moody, Mary Pat Bohrman, Karen Roland, Crystal Parker, Dana Kitchens, and Amber Bartlett.

Going to college shouldn't mean going into debt. Yet for 60% of students across the country, that's exactly what it means. Today, the average student loan is close to $27,000, up from $12,500 in 1996. What is driving this increase? Andrew Weaver, Director of Student Financial Services at UAH, says two things: the economy and the cost of education.


Upgraded mass communication system enhances student safety

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Most of us, thankfully, have never had occasion to push the red emergency button on any of the Code Blue phones located across The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) campus. And of the handful of people who have, says Michael S. Finnegan, Associate Vice President of Facilities and Operations, their only "emergency" was needing directions.

"We certainly instruct them that it's an emergency phone," says Finnegan with a laugh. "But it's a sign of just how safe the UAH campus is." And that's something he takes very seriously. "All these systems are part of the university's infrastructure. It's a great concern of ours to keep everyone safe," he says.

To that end, Finnegan is in the process of rolling out a $3 million upgrade to the university's current emergency system, UAlert. "One of the primary goals in the Strategic Plan is to have a more welcoming and safe environment, so an upgrade to enhance the safety of students and staff on campus certainly fits into that," he says.


Documentary photos of England taken by UAH students on display at Union Grove Gallery


An opening reception was held Tuesday at the Union Grove Gallery for a photo documentary exhibit being presented by six photography students from UAH. The exhibit, which will run through August 29, features photographs taken by the students during their recent trip to England as part of the advanced historical processes class taught by Associate Professor of Art & Art History José A. Betancourt.


"Wearable Robots" researcher Michael Goldfarb headlines OLLI at UAH speakers series

Dr. Michael Goldfarb, director of the Center for Intelligent Mechatronics at Vanderbilt University

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI ) at UAH is celebrating 20 years of service through learning, leadership and community service with a speakers series. OLLI is offered through the Division of Professional and Continuing Studies.


UAH professor helps rural communities keep history alive


History is often considered the stuff of dusty tomes, dense and uninteresting words on a page that invariably prove to be the bane of many a student's existence. And yet how many of us love stories, whether told by our parents as they put us to bed each night or by our grandparents as they reminisced about the old days?


UAH officially establishes new “green fund” for energy-independence, savings

Haley Hix, founder and student leader of Chargers for Sustainability.

Administration officials at UAH approved yesterday the establishment of a “Green Fund” to support sustainability-related projects on campus.


$7 million severe weather research lab building coming to UAH campus

An artist’s rendering of the new $7 million Severe Weather Research and Lightning Laboratory (SWIRLL) on the University of Alabama in Huntsville

UAH broke ground Monday on a new $7 million Severe Weather Institute – Radar and Lightning Laboratories (SWIRLL) to grow its education and research capabilities into severe weather and atmospheric science.


UAH named one of nation's most affordable online colleges


UAH was recently ranked one of the most affordable universities in the United States, by Affordable Colleges Online (ACO).


UAH students volunteer as mentors to underrepresented area high school students at summer institute

Emily Arthur, who volunteers with AmeriCorps, serves as the Regional Coordinator for Impact Alabama and was the CollegeFirst site coordinator in Huntsville.

When it comes to helping others, students from The University in Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) have traveled both near and far. As recently as this past month.


UAH Counseling Center offers suicide prevention training


All it takes is three simple steps to prevent a suicide: Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR).