Butler and Randolph Students Win Entrepreneurship Prizes

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The Village of Promise - Randolph School Academic Challenge culminated on Sunday, April 13, with two triumphant winners of the Entrepreneurship Competition.

The first-place prize went to Randolph School sophomore Mr. Saahil Katyal for creating the Math Attack Interactive Textbook, a colorful and fun electronic curriculum for teaching math to children.

The second-place prize, sponsored by Junior Achievement, went to Butler High School freshman Ms. Meleen Harding for designing the Beauty Folder, a prototype makeup kit for busy teens that includes a mobile app for viewing instructions.


UAH Rowing Club powered in part by school spirit


Neither Logan McEwen nor Rachel Gregory gave much thought to rowing before attending UAH. But today that disinterest is a thing of the past. Now the two share an unbridled love of the sport, serving as president and treasurer, respectively, of the UAH Rowing Club.

McEwen, a veteran of the Navy and a Fort Payne, Ala., native, had always had an athletic bent. "I played football in middle school and then I was a cyclist," he says. So for him, rowing was a natural progression. "I saw ads when I came to UAH, and I tried it out and loved it."


UAH Charger Cheerleaders take top prize at JAMfest Nationals Series

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Last month, the Charger Cheerleaders at UAH decided to take their spirit on the road. Their destination? The JAMfest Nationals Series in Mobile, where they won first place in the International Open Co-Ed Cheer and the Open Partner Stunt events.

"I was so proud of the squad and what they were able to accomplish at JAMfest," says Nikki Goode, Director of Student Activities and the squad's advisor. "Most of our cheerleaders have little or no background in cheerleading, so it is amazing to see the development that occurs in each of these students in such a short period of time."


AMC Commanding General Dennis L. Via to give UAH spring commencement address

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General Dennis L. Via, Commander of the U.S. Army Materiel Command on Redstone Arsenal, is scheduled to deliver UAH's commencement address on Sunday, May 4. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m., and will be held in the Von Braun Center Propst Arena in downtown Huntsville.

UAH is expected to award more than 800 diplomas at its spring graduation ceremony - 578 bachelor's degrees, 197 master's degrees and 27 doctoral degrees. General Via will be awarded an honorary doctorate from UAH during the ceremony.

The U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness to ensure dominant land force capability for the U.S. Warfighter and our allies.


2014-2015 Orientation Leaders gear up for summer at UAH

UAH Orientation Leaders

New Student Orientation at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) is designed to help ease the transition from high school, college, or the workforce to life in the Charger Nation. And helping facilitate that process – and make it both exciting and enjoyable – is the job of UAH's Orientation Leaders (OLs).

"OLs act as sources of support and information for new freshmen and transfer students, and they play a major role in facilitating the adjustment of new students and their families to UAH," says Jenny Russell, who serves as the Assistant Director of New Student Orientation and Family Programs at the university.

They're also highly recognizable by their boundless energy and school spirit – a must when it comes to participating in Orientation traditions like the Orientation Leader Welcome Skit & Dance and teaching new students the UAH fight song. After all, says Russell, "the goal of orientation is to make students and families feel welcome and that they've made a wonderful decision in joining the Charger Nation."


UAH’s partnership with nearby HudsonAlpha proves a benefit to both


When Dr. Eric Mendenhall accepted a position as assistant professor with the Department of Biological Sciences at UAH this past fall, one of the deciding factors was the university's unique relationship with the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology.

"The HudsonAlpha Institute, led by President Richard Myers, is especially prolific in their research, and future collaborations seemed like they would be easy to establish and mutually beneficial," he says. Then with a laugh he adds, "Dr. Myers really helped recruit me to come to UAH with promises of future collaborations!"

Joking aside, however, Dr. Myers has more than made good on his promise. He has partnered with Dr. Mendenhall on the ENCODE project, a large consortium effort to define the epigenome across both normal and diseased cells.


UAH and Army Band to Give Joint Performance

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The Wind Ensemble at UAH and the U.S. Army Materiel Command Band will give a joint performance at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 11, at the First Baptist Church (600 Governors Drive).

UAH conductor Dr. David Ragsdale and AMC commander CWO Jessie Pasqua will present a dynamic evening of repertoire with guest conductors Dr. David Spencer of Huntsville High School and Mr. Gary Green of the University of Miami.

The program, an exhibition concert for the Alabama Bandmasters Association's All-State Band Festival, will conclude with David Maslanka's epic Symphony No. 4. The program, approximately one hour in duration, is free and open to the public and consists of the following:


UAH students celebrate Greek Week in a big way

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It's crunch time for graduating seniors at UAH. The few remaining days before graduation are spent dotting i's and crossing t's – cramming for exams, and completing senior theses for research papers or projects.

But students are temporarily putting books and laptops on the back burner to participate in Greek Week activities at UAH, April 5-12. The annual week-long event is filled with philanthropy projects and competitive social activities.

"One of the greatest values exemplified by our fraternity and sorority community at UAH is its commitment to community service and philanthropy. Every chapter supports both national and local organizations through these activities," said Dr. Regina Hyatt, dean of students and associate vice president of Student Affairs.


UAH’s Department of Education adds graduate degree with concentration in autism spectrum disorders

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The Department of Education at UAH now offers a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Differentiated Instruction with a concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), the first in the state of Alabama to do so.

"There are other autism-focused programs in Alabama, but UAH is the only one to offer a Master of Education in Differentiated Instruction with a concentration in autism," says Dr. Beth Quick, Chair of the Department of Education. "Earlier this month, we received final approval to welcome our first cohort of students into the program this summer."

The impetus for the ASD concentration came from a 2004 study concluding that the Huntsville area is home to a disproportionately high percentage of children with autism. That in turn prompted the Alabama legislature to create the Alabama Autism Task Force, whose findings included the following:

  • Alabama is behind the national average in identifying and diagnosing children with autism at an early age.
  • Increasing numbers of children with autism are enrolling in general education classrooms.
  • Training for teachers responsible for students with autism is essential.
  • There is a need for ongoing training and technical assistance for teachers.

"The result was an emphasis on the need for statewide teacher training," says Dr. Quick. "Data gathered from a needs-assessment survey of K-12 teachers and administrators in school systems located in the surrounding counties indicate there is definitely interest."


Lancers announce newest additions for 2014-2015


The Lancers welcomed their newest group of members for the 2014-2015 school year, a milestone that comes on the heels of their recent 40th anniversary celebration.

Made up of current students at UAH, the Lancers serve as de facto ambassadors for the university. Each semester, they donate at least 15 hours of their time - and often much more - to give campus tours; assist with Commencement, Convocation, and formal events held at President Robert Altenkirch's home; and promote a positive image of the University on campus and in the community.

And that's not all, says Taralyn Caudle, assistant director of alumni relations and Lancers staff advisor. "Their job is to provide information about the University to visitors and guests," she says, "but they also get to network with administrators, community leaders, and sometimes public officials, utilizing their etiquette and leadership skills."

As for the Lancers' newest additions, she continues, they're in good hands with the group's veterans. "They really are some of the most impressive students I've come across," says Caudle. "Not only are they all academically stellar, but they are also very dedicated – and frankly, run pretty darn efficient early-morning meetings."

To learn more about the Lancers, visit UAH Lancers.