UAH Honor’s Convocation recognizes distinguished undergraduate students

Honors Convocation

UAH will recognize outstanding undergraduate students for their distinguished academic achievements during Honors Convocation on Tuesday, April 1, on the university's campus.

The UAH Undergraduate Academic Honors Convocation is an important tradition, allowing the university to honor our students and to recognize their successes. This year, the event will be held at 9 a.m., in the Chan Auditorium. A reception will follow the ceremony.

Each college within the university will also hold separate honorary programs, and schedules are listed below:

  • College of Nursing — Chan Auditorium at 1 p.m.
  • College of Liberal Arts — Roberts Recital Hall at 2 p.m.
  • College of Business Administration — Chan Auditorium at 3 p.m.
  • College of Engineering — Charger Union Theater at 3 p.m.
  • College of Science — McDonnell Douglas Auditorium at 4 p.m.


Fifty-three UAH students initiated into Phi Kappa Phi honor society


Fifty-three students from UAH were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at a ceremony held March 14 in UAH's Shelby Center. The occasion marked the 41st Initiation Ceremony for the UAH chapter of the nation's oldest and largest honor society.

"In speaking with a number of the initiates after the ceremony, I sensed a commonality, that is, of a drive, a passion even, to learn all they could about their field of study," says UAH nursing professor Dr. Peggy Hays, who also serves at the chapter's vice president. "I heard nothing of 'doing only enough to just get by.'"

The ceremony's keynote speech was delivered by Dr. Christine Curtis, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. In her remarks, Dr. Curtis spoke to the honor society's dual mission of excelling in one's own academic endeavors while at the same time being of service to others.


UAH celebrates Greek Week with "edutaining" presentation on social media dangers

Rob Hackenson

The dangers of irresponsible social media use and the destructive repercussions will be examined during a presentation by Rob Hackenson, Jr., on Monday, April 7, at UAH.

Hackenson's edutaining lecture is at 7 p.m., in the Charger Union Theater. The event is free and open to the public. His visit to the UAH campus is sponsored by the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.

Since 2004, Hackenson has traveled across the United States, and Canada speaking and giving keynote addresses to schools, colleges, organizations and companies, delivering highly interactive presentations on "Bullying Prevention," "Social Media Dangers and Cyber Safety," "Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Awareness (Sobering Thoughts)."

He specializes in educational entertainment that engages and educates. Hackenson's use of skits, hypnosis, mind magic, illusions, videos, and true stories will have the audience on the edge of their seats, laughing hysterically, or sitting in silence thinking about the important lessons of responsible posting.


UAH’s College of Business Administration to host Spring Entrepreneurs Roundtable

Spring Entrepreneurs Roundtable

The College of Business Administration at UAH will host its annual Spring Entrepreneurs Roundtable at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, in the Chan Auditorium with a reception to follow.

With a theme of "Tomorrow's IT," this semester's roundtable will focus on entrepreneurial leadership in the field of information and communications technology and will feature three panelists from the Huntsville business community:

  • Michael Comperda, CTO of CURSE, an on-line game portal and network of gaming sites
  • Matt Fowler, Co-Founder, President, and CEO of Solid Earth, a B2B provider of innovative technology to the real estate industry
  • Mark Spencer, Founder and CTO of Digium, a communications hardware and telephony software company


Chargers for Sustainability to co-host sustainability debate


Chargers for Sustainability, a student-run organization at UAH, is partnering with UAB's Young Americans for Liberty to offer "Sustaining Liberty: Free Markets and the Environment," a spirited debate about the roles of state and federal government in the areas of food security, property rights, clean air and water, and sustainability.

The event, which will take place in UAB's Blazer Hall on Tuesday, April 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., will feature panelists Gary Johnson, former Governor of New Mexico and 2012 presidential candidate; Stacie Propst, Executive Director of GASP; Cole Walker, Chairman of EDT Energy; and a representative from Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow. Chargers for Sustainability's Haley Hix will serve as moderator.

"Not only does this further establish UAH as a leader in sustainable initiatives in the state," says Hix of the debate, "but we also hope it will encourage students to think more deeply about these topics to identify problems and formulate solutions for our university and our community."


UAH adopts “financially advantageous” block tuition structure beginning fall 2014

UAH Block Tuition

This past week, UAH announced its decision to transition to block tuition beginning in the fall of 2014. The new structure, which will be rolled out over a three-year period for undergraduates, allows students to pay a flat rate per semester up to a limited number of hours instead of paying by the credit hour.

"We have devised a plan to restructure our tuition pricing that will be financially advantageous for students to carry an increased class load," said UAH President Robert Altenkirch in a recent statement to "The result can be a faster path to graduate, reduced costs, and an improved graduation rate for UAH students."

During the course of the rollout, the per-credit-hour tuition rate between 12 and 18 hours will decrease for two years, ultimately reaching zero in the third year. For graduate students, the block structure will be implemented in its entirety this fall, making the per-credit-hour tuition rate between 9 and 15 hours zero and credit hours beyond 15 charged at a per-credit-hour rate.

"From a recruitment standpoint, this is brilliant," says Nandish Dayal, president of UAH's Student Government Association (SGA). "If you're making plans for your future college education and you want to go to a tier one research institute with a Carnegie classification – and you want to do it affordably – then block tuition is perfect for you."


Internationally renowned educator, Harry Wong to lead UAH workshop for K-12 teachers


Harry K. Wong, considered the "rockstar" of education training, will lead a free workshop for North Alabama K-12 teachers, Wednesday, May 7, on the campus of UAH. Also presenting at the workshop will be Wong's wife, Dr. Rosemary Wong, and former Bob Jones High School teacher, and UAH alumna, Chelonnda Seroyer (English 2002).

The workshop "Effectively Managing Your Classroom," is sponsored by the UAH Office of Diversity, in conjunction with the Department of Education. About 350 educators from North Alabama will be able to attend the seminar from 8:30 a.m., until 2 p.m., in the Chan Auditorium (located in the UAH College of Business Administration). The workshop (includes lunch) is free, but due to limited seating and the issuance of Continuing Education Units (CEU's) registration is required. A $20 fee per person will be charged for 0.5 CEUs. Register today online at:; or by telephone 256.824.6010 or 800.448.4031.

Dr. Harry K. Wong is the most sought after speaker in education today. He and his wife, Rosemary are teacher advocates and are consistently booked two to four years in advance. Harry Wong has given thousands of presentations to over a million people. He has served as the general session speaker at numerous major educational meetings, and his lectures have taken him to every state in America, the Canada, Europe, Asia, South America and Africa.


Prominent literary theorist and New York Times columnist Stanley Fish to lecture at UAH


American literary theorist, legal scholar, author, and distinguished professor, Stanley E. Fish will give two public talks at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) next month.

Fish's visit to campus on Friday, April 11, is sponsored by the UAH Humanities Center, and co-sponsored by the UAH Department of Communication Arts. The talks are free and open to the public.

"Dr. Fish is the most important scholar in the humanities we’ve ever hosted at UAH. His work on literary interpretation and legal rhetoric is legendary. His take on the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision on the Second Amendment in 2008 should be quite enlightening," said Dr. Clarke Rountree, chair and professor of Communication Arts.


UAH’s College of Liberal Arts and Downtown Huntsville Inc. light up downtown Huntsville


This past weekend, the College of Liberal Arts at UAH and Downtown Huntsville Inc. drew a crowd of thousands to the courthouse square with the first annual LIGHT + INNOVATION + TECHNOLOGY (L.I.T.), a mesmerizing projection art demonstration.

The family-friendly evening, which was free and open to the public, included music courtesy of UAH student DJ Papa Rooster, LED hula-hoop entertainers, and complimentary glowsticks. The crowd was also able to partake in food and drink - and consume beverages outdoors - from the many restaurants that comprise the city's Arts & Entertainment District.


UAH College of Business Administration to host intellectual property law seminar

Intellectual Property Law Seminar

The College of Business Administration of UAH is hosting the eleventh annual Intellectual Property Law Seminar on March 13 and 14 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. This is the first time the annual gathering has taken place outside of Washington, D.C.

"We are delighted to be here in Huntsville," says Lateef Mtima, Professor of Law at Howard University School of Law, founder of the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice, and organizer of the event. "Not only does this city have a long legacy of innovation, but it also lies almost equidistant from other important centers of innovation in the South, including Birmingham, Chattanooga, and Nashville, with Atlanta not much further away."

Practicing attorneys and judges from around the country will be attending the two-day seminar, which offers Continuing Legal Education credits in patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, among others; all are essential instruments for building asset value, particularly in high-technology and high-growth business enterprises.

"We are honored to host this important national event here in Huntsville," says Dr. Caron St. John, Dean of UAH's College of Business Administration, "because of all the exciting work going on in Huntsville at the intersection of government-funded innovation and the commercialization of such innovation through business entrepreneurship."