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."


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.


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.


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


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.


"Meet and Greet" event for UAH and AAUW’s Tech Trek

Tech Trek

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will welcome 50 rising eighth grade girls and their families to the university's campus next week in preparation for Tech Trek camp.

The girls, from around the state of Alabama were selected after a competitive application process, to attend Alabama's first Tech Trek camp, to be held on the UAH campus July 20-25.

On Saturday, June 14, the girls will have a chance to "meet and greet" one another and learn more about their coming camp experience at the university. The event will be held in Charger Union from from noon to 2 p.m. Please direct inquiries to Rhonda Gaede, camp director and UAH associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, at


UAH deepens commitment to sustainability


UAH has recently become a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) to further campus efforts toward building a healthy and just world. Through membership in AASHE, UAH will receive support for advancing its sustainability initiatives throughout the institution and in the community.

AASHE enables higher education institutions to meet their sustainability goals by providing specialized resources, professional development, and a network of peer support. Membership covers every individual at an institution, so the entire campus community can take advantage of member benefits.

"We are delighted to have UAH on board and participating in the campus sustainability community," said Paul Rowland, executive director of AASHE. "This shows a real commitment to playing a leadership role in some of the biggest challenges of our time, and provides the campus community with access to thousands of examples of best practices in campus sustainability."


Education scholarships available through Project HAPPENS


Project HAPPENS is currently accepting scholarship applications from pre- and in-service teachers interested in pursuing licensure in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in Alabama.

A professional development grant, Project HAPPENS is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by Dr. Jason O'Brien and Dr. Andrea Word at UAH. Scholarships cover tuition and fees for up to five classes, at either the undergraduate or graduate level, that will prepare recipients for licensure in ESOL.

The purpose of the scholarship, says Dr. Word, is to prepare teachers for increasingly diverse classroom environments. "According to our project liaison at Huntsville City Schools, Ann Marie Batista, there are more than 950 English language learners in the Huntsville City School district alone, with 30 languages represented among them."


Junior Achievement Entrepreneurship Camp hosted by UAH

Experience Entrepreneurship! Camp

The UAH College of Business Administration and Junior Achievement of North Alabama are joining together to offer an Experience Entrepreneurship! Camp July 13-18. The camp is a six-day intensive experience designed for high school students who are considering careers in entrepreneurship and new business ventures.

Students will be exposed to all aspects of planning and launching an entrepreneurial venture, including recognizing opportunities, understanding customers and competition, determining how much money is needed to start and grow a business, building the start-up team – and other topics. Camp participants will work in teams, planning the launch of a new product, all under the guidance of successful community entrepreneurs, leading faculty, and UAH Entrepreneurship Club student members. The week will conclude with a business plan presentation with prizes and awards for the winning team.


UAH students help with free tax preparation for low-income families


Each spring, students at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) donate their time to helping low-income families prepare their taxes as part of the Impact Alabama SaveFirst program. And this year was no different.

Almost 70 UAH students spent 900 hours at free tax preparation sites in Huntsville and Decatur. The result, according to SaveFirst, was more than 1,270 tax returns prepared for working families, saving them $380,000 in commercial tax preparation fees and leading to $2.5 million in tax refunds.

"The UAH College of Business Administration has partnered with SaveFirst since 2010," says Dr. Charles Hickman, clinical associate professor in the College of Business Administration. "Working together, we have been able to increase the number of families helped in the Huntsville area every year. The students learn a lot about the lives of working families and receive excellent tax preparation experience."


UAH softball team gave their "best" to reach Super Regional series

UAH Chargers Softball

For the UAH Chargers it's been a season of highs and lows, but the excitement remained at fever pitch as the team battled to win the 2014 NCAA Division Softball South Super Regional (a best of three series) hosted last weekend on campus.

The coveted prize: The opportunity to play and perhaps win the NCAA Division II Softball Championship Title later this month in Salem, Va.

Although UAH forced a deciding game on Saturday afternoon, the Chargers lost Super Regional game 3, 6-3. UAH's season ended at 48-12. Late last week, Chargers coach Lorraine "Les" Stuedeman said, "We will have to play our best softball to win the against Valdosta." I believe we have made the Super Regionals seven times and we have won four times. We have been to four National Championship Tournaments, and we have two runner up finishes."