Alumni Update Header
In This Issue
Alumni Lunch & Learn
Alumni Swing Dance Class
Just Move It 2012
Mentor UAH Students in 1 Hour
Cooking Class
Career Fair

Join your Alumni Association

Find us on Facebook 

View our profile on LinkedIn

Follow us on Twitter

UAHuntsville News


Dr. John Wright

UAH's Second President, John Wright, dies after bout with pancreatic cancer


See more...

For John Wright Memorial information, please contact Janice Temmen in University Advancement at 256-824-6127.

Alumni Class Notes
Dr. Cathy Taylor
Dr. Cathy Taylor named Dean of Belmont University's College of Health Sciences & Nursing
Alumni Class Notes
Laura Chambers
Laura Chambers 
hired as communications director for U.S. Representative Steven Palazzo 
New Job?
New Baby?
Share your news with fellow alumni and see what your classmates are up to.
Alumni Quick Links

January 2012 E-Newsletter
Rocket City RednecksAlumni Lunch & Learn with Rocket City Redneck Travis Taylor
Date:  Thursday, January 12 (Deadline to Register:  January 10)
Time:  11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location:  Shelby Center for Science & Technology, Room 301, UAHuntsville Campus (Campus Map)
Pre-Registration Required!
$10 for Alumni Association Members
$25 for Non-Members
*Lunch Included*


Click here to Register!


Come learn from lead "redneck" and UAH graduate, Travis Taylor, about the inner workings of the new National Geographic Channel show, "Rocket City Rednecks."  Ask him any questions you have about the show.  Find out how they come up with their experiments and solutions.  Learn more about what we can look forward to in future episodes.


Find out more about the Rocket City Rednecks.

ChaUniversity Fitness Centerrger Connect
Networking Social: 
Swing Dance Class
Hosted by:  University Fitness CenterSwing Dance Class at the UFC
Date:  Thursday, January 26
Time:  6:30-7:30 PM
Location:  University Fitness Center, Room B, UAHuntsville Campus (Campus Map)
FREE Event; Must be a UFC member or present Alumni Association Membership Card to gain access to the class
Click here to RSVP online. (Limited to first 25 registrants.)


Participate in a swing dance class with other UAH Alumni, then enjoy refreshments and time to network and get to know each other.
Swing dancing is an energetic form of partnered dancing which has come back into style.  Completely new to dancing?  Great!  This introductory swing class will teach you the most basic form of swing dancing, East Coast Swing.  From there you'll learn rhythm, basic patterns, and turns.  No partner necessary. 
Just Move It 2012Just Move It

It's time for the 7th annual Just Move It fitness initiative.  Just Move It (JMI) is UAH's 10-week campus-wide health and fitness competition, open to all faculty, staff, students, and alumni.  The goal of JMI is to encourage everyone to incorporate exercise and healthy behaviors into their daily lives.  Participants set a personal fitness goal and then earn points for exercising and other healthy activities.  Participants may compete on their own or as part of a team.


As an added incentive, JMI is again taking part in the Scale Back Alabama program (  This state-wide weight loss program offers cash incentives to employees who lose at least 10 pounds during the 10-week program.


Registration for JMI and Scale Back Alabama is available now.  Please visit our website at to register and for more information about this year's programs.  Questions may be directed to Liz Redding (256-824-6007) or email


Join the "UAH Alumni" team for Just Move It 2012 and let's encourage each other in our health goals for 2012.  To join the team, just mention the "UAH Alumni Team" on your registration form.  Progress is tracked online and you can workout whenever and wherever you'd like, so you do not have to live in Huntsville (or even in Alabama) to participate.  All alumni are welcome!  

Student Conversations with Alumni:
Mentor UAH Students in 1 HourAfter the Cap & Gown Mentorship Meeting
Hosted by: UAHuntsville Alumni Association and T.R.U.E. Chargers Student Alumni Association
Date: Thursday, February 2
 Time: 5:30-6:30 PM
Location: University Center, UAHuntsville (Campus Map)
Feature College:  Liberal Arts
*FREE Event - All Alumni are Invited.*
Visit the Alumni Events Calendar for more information.
Contact Nicole Jagt for more information and to confirm your attendance.
Cook In Class with Tasia -
"Cooking with Chevre" 

Date: Wednesday, February 8

Time: 6-8 PM

Location:  Huntsville, AL (details and directions provided upon registration)

Class Fee: $75 ea UAH Alumni Discount (Original Price:  $100 ea)


Pre-Registration Required. 

Register by calling 256-423-2238.

Class limited to first 12 registrants. 

Deadline to register is 9am, Monday, February 6th.


Fee includes:

  • Instruction by nationally-acclaimed cheesemaker, owner of Belle Chevre, cookbook author, and UAH graduate, Tasia Malakasis
  • Food tastings and wine pairings
  • Recipes for all class dishes
  • Custom Kitchen Notebook
  • Food, fellowship, and fun with fellow UAH Alumni 

Class Topic:  Tasia knows her way around goat cheese. Let her share her absolute favorite recipes for using chevre. Go beyond salads and learn how to really use goat cheese.  


Details:  Tasia Malakasis, 2011 Alumni of Achievement Award Winner, will be hosting a special cooking class just for UAH Alumni.  This class will be relaxed, informal, and great for any food enthusiast.  Classes always include tastings of each dish and special wine pairings.  Enjoy a lovely night as Tasia shares her culinary knowledge with you an a few other guests.  The class will be limited to 12 people and attendees will receive copies of all recipes and a custom kitchen notebook.  


Find out more about Belle Chevre.


Career FairSpring Career Fair 2012 
Date:  Wednesday, February 8
Time:  9 AM - 2 PM
Location:  University Fitness Center, UAHuntsville Campus (Campus Map)

The Career Fair is open to all UAH students and alumni seeking full-time, part-time, co-op, or internship positions.  Business/Professional dress required. 
Liberty Mutual
Winter Tips from our friends at Liberty Mutual:
5 Tips to Prevent Home Heating Fires

When it's time to turn up the heat in your home this winter to battle the icy cold, follow these simple tips to prevent the chance of fire:

  1. Hire a professional to inspect and clean your furnace. Maintaining your furnace and ensuring that it's operating properly and efficiently will save you money and keep you free from worry.
  2. Open your windows when you first turn on your furnace. Choose a warm day to let your furnace burn off the dust and dirt that have collected on its heating element. A residual odor is not harmful, but if the furnace rumbles or produces black smoke, call 911 and evacuate the premises.
  3. Clean your chimney. Before you cozy up to the fireplace, open the flue and check for obstructions that can cause a build-up of harmful carbon monoxide. Hire a chimney sweep to inspect for creosote, a substance that gradually builds up as wood burns and can ignite in the chimney flue.
  4. Use electric heaters sparingly. Don't let a space heater run for hours on end. Turn it off at night or when you vacate a room. Move bedding, clothing and other flammable items at least three feet away from the heater. And never leave children and pets unattended near a space heater.
  5. Handle propane-powered equipment carefully. Follow the manufacturer's instructions, store cylinders outside, and call 911 if you smell a strong odor of gas. 

For more information on home fire safety, go to


Learn more about member benefits exclusively for alumni at