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Homeless at 16, millionaire at 26, Andres Lara to lecture at UAHuntville

Huntsville, Ala. (August 22, 2011) - Andres Lara, nationally known speaker, and former president of Inspiration Time Magazine will be the keynote speaker for The University of Alabama in Huntsville's (UAHuntsville) Hispanic Heritage Celebration next month.

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He will give two talks on Thursday, Sept. 29 and both events are free and open to the public. Lara will address UAHuntsville Honors Forum students at 11 a.m., in Frank Franz Hall room 138. At 7:30 p.m., Lara will give the talk "How to Turn Setbacks into Comebacks: Challenging the Status Quo," in the University Center Exhibit Hall.

Also recognized as "The Cuban Guy," Lara is the author of international bestsellers, Inspire the Sleeping Giant Within, How to Stay Motivated During Difficult Times and The Finish Line. He is currently the CEO of A. Success Training, Inc.

But what inspires his audiences the most is that he accomplished all this by age 24. Lara escaped from Cuba at 16, arriving in America penniless and alone. He spoke no English, but managed to survive his worst nightmare - living on the street. Lara shares how he was able to turn his life around and live his dream.

He graduated with honors from Montclair State University with a major in speech communication and a minor in creative writing. Lara's inspirational messages reach millions every week in 33 countries around the globe through his site at http://www.TheCubanGuy.com.

The UAHuntsville offices and departments of Multicultural Affairs, Diversity, International Sponsored Programs, Honors Forum, and Latino Studies and Development Club jointly sponsor Lara's visit.

For more information on Lara's visit, please call the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 256.824.6822 or email crutchk@uah.edu

For more information 
Joyce Anderson-Maples 
256.824.2101 
maplesj@uah.edu

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 www.pcs.uah.edu/Aegis 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) 
ray.garner@uah.edu 
OR 
Jo Ann Jones 
256.824.2808 
joann.jones@uah.edu

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 
maplesj@uah.edu

UAHuntsville professor explores history behind mystery of midwifery in new book

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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
maplesj@uah.edu

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
maplesj@uah.edu

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).


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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

maplesj@uah.edu

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.

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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.

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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

maplesj@uah.edu

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 www.uah.edu/studentevents

 

Charger Student News submission form: http://uahchargers.wufoo.com/forms/charger-student-news-submission-form/

 

For more information

Joyce Anderson-Maples, (256) 824-2101

maplesj@uah.edu