Painting new horseshoes on campus roadways shows Charger Spirit

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Students from a variety of student organizations and campus departments came together over the summer to show their Charger Spirit by painting new horseshoes on campus roadways. The project was spearheaded by Jonna Greer, former SGA President and intern in the Student Affairs office. Painting the horseshoes is part of an overall campaign to increase school spirit on campus and organizers hope it will become an annual tradition before the start of the school year.  Representatives from various organizations and groups on campus were among the students who participated in the event.

UAHuntsville prepares workforce for emerging Aegis system support

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (August 22, 2011) - The University of Alabama in Huntsville is launching the Aegis Combat System (ACS) Certificate program this fall to educate participants and enable contractors and government organizations to develop an informed and responsive workforce.

The program is designed to provide both a broad understanding of the system, its history and missions, and a high-level study of its design, engineering and technical features, according to Jo Ann Jones, director of the university's Professional Development division.

"In challenging economic times, building on existing strengths, such as Huntsville's rich history of missile, radar, aviation, and systems design and development, prepares an already well-equipped workforce for new opportunities," she said.

In March 2011, the United States announced the deployment of the USS Monterey, a Ticonderoga Class Aegis Cruiser, to the Mediterranean to begin a sustained deployment of Aegis BMD-capable ships in support of the European Phased Adaptive Approach. Also, MDA and the Navy's interests in a land-based alternative to Aegis afloat, a new Air and Missile Defense Radar system and further Standard Missile development is on the rise.

With the Missile Defense Agency relocating some operations to Huntsville and numerous MDA contractors already having a Huntsville presence, there is escalating local interest in support of Aegis Weapon System elements, especially radar and missile design, and manufacture, Jones said. "As the ballistic missile defense initiative continues to evolve, government and industry organizations are taking the necessary steps to further educate employees and prepare them for BMD development opportunities."

The program will be led by instructors who are Aegis subject matter experts. Aegis Combat System Certificate offers the opportunity to learn from respected industry leaders, Jones added.

The program consists of four short courses, which provide a resource to establish a foundation in Naval language, Aegis Systems engineering, weapon and combat system elements, and future strategies. The demand for Aegis systems education is high. The initial session of the first course is filled, and a second session beginning September 28 has been scheduled to meet the demand.

Course content is non-classified; however, US citizenship is required to attend classes. For complete course and registration information visit or phone 256.824.6372.

UAHuntsville Division of Professional and Continuing Studies offers more than 100 programs, which can assist organizations in reaching their employee development goals in the areas of engineering, management, and information technology. Programs may be customized for organization's specific requirements. For further information, phone 256.824.6372.

For more information: 
Ray Garner 
256.824.6397 (256.UAH/NEWS) 
Jo Ann Jones 

UAHuntsville theatre and English departments hold auditions for A Comedy of Errors

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (August 18, 2011) - Auditions are now being held for the fall production of A Comedy of Errors at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAHuntsville). 

The auditions will be held August 22, 23 and 25th at 6 p.m., in the Wilson Hall Theatre. All participants should be prepared to read Shakespeare out loud. No preparation is required and all acting positions are open. The production runs from Nov. 16-20.

A Comedy of Errors is one of William Shakespeare's earliest and shortest plays. Humor in the play comes from slapstick comedy, puns and wordplay, and mistaken identity. For more information please call 256.824-6320.

For more information 
Joyce Anderson-Maples, (256) 824-2101

UAHuntsville professor explores history behind mystery of midwifery in new book


HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (August 4, 2011) - University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAHuntsville) history professor Samuel S. Thomas has written about the history of midwifery for historical journals, and in the coming year he will explore the subject in fiction as well.

The book, a work of historical fiction is tentatively titled The Midwife's Story: A Mystery will be published next fall by St. Martin's Press. Thomas's book tells the story of Bridget Hodgson, an elite midwife in 17th century York, England. While Hodgson is a gentlewoman by birth, and thus is close to the most powerful families of York, her work as a midwife takes her far beyond of her elite social circle.

Thomas discovered the historical Bridget Hodgson more than a decade ago, while conducting research for his doctoral dissertation at the Borthwick Institute for Historical Research in York, England.

"By pure chance, I opened a box of wills from December 1685, and saw the words, 'I, Bridget Hodgson, of the City of York, Midwife …' at that moment I knew that I had found a remarkable document," Thomas said. "While I'd read hundreds of wills, I'd never found one by a woman who described herself as anything other than "widow" or "spinster." Bridget chose to define herself not by her marital status, but by her profession."

Thomas is at work on a sourcebook in the history of medicine, as well as a sequel to The Midwife's Story. In addition to writing historical fiction, Thomas has written a book and several articles on subjects ranging from girls' education in British East Africa, to religious politics in the Glorious Revolution, to the rise of the male midwife in the 18th century.

Thomas's areas of teaching specialty and research include early modern Europe, history of medicine and midwifery, women's and gender history and the history of Africa. He has received the following fellowships and awards the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, Newberry Library/British Academy Exchange Fellowship, Wellcome Trust Research Travel Grant, and a Research Mini-Grant from The University of Alabama in Huntsville.

His book publications include Creating Communities in Restoration England: Parish and Congregation in Oliver Heywood's Halifax (manuscript complete and under review). And, The History of Medicine in Europe from Hippocrates to Harvey: A Sourcebook (under contract with Pearson Education).

Thomas received a undergraduate degree in history from Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.), master's degree in history from The University of Rochester (Rochester, New York), A.M. and Ph.D., degrees in history from Washington University (St. Louis, Mo.). 

For more information
Joyce Anderson-Maples
(256) 824-2101

UAHuntsville selected to participate in TVA’s Green Campus Network Program

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (July 28, 2011) — The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAHuntsville) has been selected to participate in a pilot program designed to drop energy bills and increase energy-efficiency education. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) sponsor the program.

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            Five universities and one community college in the TVA service area were selected for inclusion in the program. The Green Campus Network (GCN) is a classroom-to-workplace program that involves students, faculty, administrators, and campus support staff in cutting energy use on college campuses. Additionally, the program promotes incorporating energy efficiency into academic curriculums in different majors.

            TVA funding will cover program implementation and wages to pay student interns, who will develop and execute on-campus energy efficiency projects and campaigns, with support and guidance from ASE.

            Each campus team of four interns will work closely with a“lead stakeholder,” a member of the UAHuntsville faculty or staff. The students will also collaborate with a “stakeholder committee,” made up of energy managers, administrators and staff members in housing, facilities and dining operations, and students and professors.

            The five other campuses selected to participate in the pilot program are:

            • Calhoun Community College

            • University of Memphis, Memphis Tenn.

            • University of Mississippi, Oxford, Miss.

            • University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn.

            • Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Ky.

            GCN builds upon the seven-year success of the Alliance’s

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in California, which currently involves 16 universities and colleges and employs over 75 interns each academic year.  They spearhead campus-wide educational campaigns and engage faculty, staff, administrators, and fellow students in energy-efficiency projects.                                                                                          Green Campus projects have ranged from energy audits and assessments, energy competitions in residence halls and laboratories and intern-led, faculty-sponsored academic courses to green career fairs and energy efficiency retrofits in campus buildings. The TVA-supported GCN will use similar initiatives to empower and encourage college 


For more information
Joyce Anderson-Maples, (256) 824-2101

ACU named 2011 Credit Union of the Year

HUNTSVILLE, ALA. (JULY 26, 2011) — The Alabama Credit Union (ACU) was recently named the “2011 Credit Union of the Year,” by the League of Southeastern Credit Unions in the under $500 million category for the state of Alabama. The main branch of the ACU in North Alabama is located on John Wright Drive on the campus of The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAHuntsville).



Alabama Credit Union staff from left to right are: Nikki Fleming, accounting department; June Landrum, area branch manager; Debbie McDaniel, new accounts/loan officer; Lee Prysock, teller; Linda McNary, new accounts/teller supervisor; Pat Henson, teller; and Lori Rush, head teller. ACU staff member not pictured Donna Duke, who works in the accounting department.  

“The ACU has been serving the UAHuntsville campus for over 30 years!  It is a great pleasure to get to know the faculty, staff, and students and be here to assist with their financial needs. UAHuntsville has been a huge part of Alabama Credit Union’s success,” said June Landrum,Alabama Credit Union Area Branch Manager.

During the past year, existing members have referred a record number of new ACU members to the organization. Existing members have expanded their use of the credit union’s services including loans, and certificates of deposit. Additionally, the ACU’s signature charity, Secret Meals For Hungry ChildrenSM, has fed more children in the past 12 months than ever before.              

The ACU’s other North Alabama branches are located in south Huntsville, Decatur and Cullman. A new branch will open soon in Madison on Paramount Drive.

The first branch of the ACU opened in Tuscaloosa in 1970. The credit union opened on the UAHuntsville campus in 1978. The ACU’s first location on campus was a small office in Morton Hall.


For more information
Joyce Anderson-Maples

(256) 824-2101

UAHuntsville offers Latino summer institute

The University of Alabama in Huntsville offered its first Latino Summer Institute recently. Middle school Latino students spent a week on the UAHuntsville campus, staying in residence halls as well as conducting hands-on activities in STEM activities, such as rocket launches. 

The students were also exposed to literacy activities and film studies. The goal of the institute is to increase the opportunities for higher education to Latino students.


Westlawn students Laiza Rodriquez and Solimar Gonzalez get some help as they build their robot car that when they have finished programming it will be able to use a marker to make patterns.

Assistant Professor of Education Philip Kovacs directed the institute, which was funded by UAHuntsville Provost Vistasp Karbhari.

Space Shuttle art contest sponsored by AIAA, hosted by UAHuntsville

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (July 21, 2011) — The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAHuntsville) recently hosted the Greater Huntsville Section American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Student Space Shuttle Art Contest.

     UAHuntsville Art and Art History students assembled the scale Space Shuttle models for entries in the contest. The models are on exhibit at the U. S. Space and Rocket Center.


Dr. Deborah Barnhart (’74 BA), C.E.O., and Executive Director of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center with AIAA award recipients Autumn Nelson (left, first place winner), and Beth Broussard (second place recipient). Carol Agola, third place winner was not present. 

     Contest judges included Deborah Barnhart (’74 BA), C.E.O. and executive director of the U. S. Space and Rocket Center and several AIAA members, John Lassiter, Emmett McDonald and Tom Hancock. UAHuntsville faculty members assisting with the event were Dr. Lillian Joyce, chairperson of the Art and Art History Department, and Keith Jones, associate professor of graphic design and photography. 

     Cash prizes were given to three UAHuntsville students. The third place award of $100 was given to Carol Agola for her design of detailed gold lettering on all the space shuttle orbiters; the second place award of $150 was presented to Beth Broussard for her space shuttle rendition of an Apollo Crew Module and Lunar Excursion Module; and the first place award of $250 was given to Autumn Nelson, for her space shuttle with artistic bright color patchwork.



For more information

Joyce Anderson-Maples, (256) 824-2101

UAHuntsville Student Affairs launches newsletter and calendar for students

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (July 7, 2011) — The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAHuntsville) Office of Student Affairs launched a newsletter and an online calendar earlier this year for students, Charger Student News and the UAHuntsville Student Events Calendar.

            Charger Student News is distributed each Monday to student email accounts. The newsletter features the week’s upcoming events as well as other campus information. If you have information you would like to include in Charger Student News, please complete the online form linked here to submit information. 

            Additionally, we have an online student events calendar that features programs and activities specifically for UAHuntsville students. Registered student organizations and campus departments can submit events to be included in the calendar. The calendar and an online submission form can be found at


Charger Student News submission form:


For more information

Joyce Anderson-Maples, (256) 824-2101


Donna E. Shalala to speak at UAHuntsville’s spring commencement 2011

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (July 6, 2011) — Donna E. Shalala, president of the University of Miami and former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, will give the keynote address during the spring commencement ceremony on Saturday, August 13, at 9 a.m., at Spragins Hall on the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAHuntsville) campus.

            During the ceremony, 1021 degrees will be conferred. UAHuntsville will award 794 bachelor’s degrees, 194 master’s degrees and 33 doctoral (PhD) and doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degrees. Shalala will be awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree during commencement services.

            At 9 a.m. on Saturday, all College of Liberal Arts, Nursing, and Science undergraduates, and master’s degree students will receive their diplomas. And, PhD and DNP students will be hooded during the ceremony.

         During the noon ceremony all College of Engineering, and Business Administration undergraduates and master’s degree students will receive their diplomas. All engineering and business Ph.D., students will be hooded at the service.

            Donna E. Shalala became professor of Political Science and President of the University of Miami on June 1, 2001. She has more than 30 years of experience as an accomplished scholar, teacher, and administrator.

            In 1993 President Bill Clinton appointed Shalala U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) where she served for eight years, becoming the longest serving HHS secretary in U.S. history. At the beginning of her tenure, HHS had a budget of nearly $600 billion, which included a wide variety of programs including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Child Care and Head Start, Welfare, the Public Health Service, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). At the end of her tenure as HHS secretary, The Washington Post described her as “one of the most successful government managers of modern times.” 

            Shalala also served in President Jimmy Carter’s administration from 1977-80 as assistant secretary for Public Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

            She is a director of Gannett Co., Inc., the Lennar Corporation, and Mednax, Inc. In 2007, President George W. Bush handpicked Shalala to co-chair with Senator Bob Dole the Commission on Care for Returning Wounded Warriors, to evaluate how wounded service member’s transition from active duty to civilian society. In 2009 she was appointed chair of the Committee on the Future of Nursing, at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

            Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Shalala received her A.B. degree in history from Western College for Women. One of the country’s first Peace Corp Volunteers, she served in Iran from 1962 to 1964. She earned her Ph.D. degree from The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She has held tenured professorships at Columbia University, the City University of New York, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She served as president of Hunter College of the City University of New York from 1980 to 1987 and as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1987 to 1993.

            Shalala has more than four dozen honorary degrees and a host of other honors, including the 1992 National Public Service Award, the 1994 Glamour magazine Woman of the Year Award; in 1992, Business Week named her one of the top five managers in higher education; in 2005 she was named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government; and she received the 2010 Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights, which recognizes individuals for outstanding dedication to improving the health and life chances of disadvantaged populations in South Africa and internationally.

            In June 2008, President Bush presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. She has been elected to the Council on Foreign Relations; National Academy of Education; the National Academy of Public Administration; the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; the American Philosophical Society; the National Academy of Social Insurance; the American Academy of Political and Social Science; and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

For more information

Joyce Anderson-Maples
(256) 824-2101