UAH's annual Harvest Dinner going strong after nearly three decades


The University of Alabama in Huntsville's (UAH) annual Harvest Dinner will be Monday, Nov. 14, at the Baptist Student Center (located at the corner of Holmes Avenue and Sparkman Drive).

The Harvest Dinner is a way for the university community to provide a traditional American style Thanksgiving meal to students and the UAH community, who may not be able to have a holiday meal with their families. The dinner is co-hosted by UAH Housing, the Registrar's Office and the Office of International Engagement.

This year's dinner will be from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. What used to be a home-cooked meal for a few students has turned into a major university tradition. A dedicated team of volunteers prepare dinner for approximately 500 people. UAH faculty and staff have donated desserts, volunteered to cook, and help with pre-event set-up and clean-up in past years. The Harvest Dinner committee is now looking for volunteers and accepting donations of desserts.

For this year's event, volunteers are needed on Friday, Nov. 11 and Monday, Nov. 14. If you are interested in volunteering, please use this link to sign up: Event Prep/Clean-Up:

If you can't volunteer but still want to help, desserts are needed and you can use this link to sign up to bring a dessert.

UAH retiree Reva Bailey coordinated the first Harvest Dinner nearly 30 years ago. She retired in 2000 from her full-time position of Registrar and International Advisor. Before she retired Bailey established the UAH Harvest Dinner Fund. Monetary donations to the fund are tax deductible and may be forwarded to the UAH Development Office, Shelbie King Hall - Suite 300, Huntsville, Ala., 35899, or by calling 256.824.6505.

If you have questions about the 2016 UAH Harvest Dinner, please contact Jake Shaw in UAH Housing at