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Alumni Connections - Will you be there?
Alumni Association Annual Meeting and Cookout (8/23)
Liz Hurley Ribbon Run - UAH Alumni Team
Alumni Class Notes
PCS Discounts for Members


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Campus News
Robert Lyon  

Robert Lyon named Advancement VP at UAHuntsville



Campus News

Installation Ceremony of Dr. Robert A. Altenkirch as the sixth President of The University of Alabama in Huntsville to be held on August 21st


Campus News
Shushannah Smith  

UAHuntsville Ph.D. candidate is one of 41 in nation awarded prestigious Ford Fellowship



Campus News

UAHuntsville student seeking holy grail of rocket propulsion system 


UAHuntsville student seeking "Holy Grail" of rocket propulsion system

Campus News

UAHuntsville and the International Society of Huntsville, Inc. to host 3rd Annual International Festival on campus


Saturday, September 29

Spragins Hall


More details to come.


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August 2012 E-Newsletter
Alumni Connections Tour:
Will We See You There?Alumni Connections     

Alumni Connections is coming to a city near you!


If you are located in the following areas, please make plans to join us for hors d'oeuvres, networking, meeting the new UAHuntsville President Dr. Bob Altenkirch, and an update on what's happening at your university.


Tuesday, August 7
6 p.m. EDT
500 10th Street NE

This is a free event.

Let us know if you will attend: or 256-824-6802


*The Nashville and Memphis dates have been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances.  Check for more information.
Alumni Association Annual Meeting 
and Cookout2012 Annual Alumni Association Meeting 
Thursday, August 23rd
5:00-7:30 PM
Charger Village Courtyard
UAHuntsville Campus

Let us know if you plan to attend at


Help us welcome UAH students back for another exciting school year as alumni and student converge on campus for food and fun.  Bring your family to campus, catch up with fellow alumni, and chat with current students. 

The event will include a short program to conduct Alumni Association Annual Meeting business - Alumni Association members will vote on the 2012-2013 slate of Alumni Association Officers and new Board members.  Alumni Association Scholarship recipients for the 2012-2013 academic year will also be recognized.

Free Event.  Casual Attire.  Families welcome.  Let us know if you plan to attend so we can get an accurate count for food - email us at  


We look forward to seeing you there!
Run or Walk with Us!
9th Annual Liz Hurley Ribbon Run
Registration is now open for the 9th Annual Liz Hurley Ribbon Run and the Alumni Association will again have a team.  Join the "UAHuntsville Alumni" team and let's participate together to support Breast Cancer awareness and research in the Huntsville community.  Whether you run or walk, participating in a 5K is such a rewarding experience.
Alumni Class Notes
Freddie Douglas III
Freddie Douglas III (MS, Industrial and Systems Engineering '89) becomes first African-American to fill senior executive position at Stennis Space Center.  Read more... 
Dr. Deborah Barnhart
Dr. Deborah Barnhart (BA, English '75) has been named to the Alabama Spaceport Authority Advisory Task Force by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley.  Read more...
*Do you have Alumni Class Notes to share?  Send your news to us at along with an accompanying photo (if you wish) and you may see yourself in the next Alumni e-newsletter.  Charge On!
Professional and Continuing Studies Discounts for Alumni Association Members
UAHuntsville Professional and Continuing StudiesThe following courses are offered at a discounted rate of $100 off for active Alumni Association Members.
On Demand (start anytime!)
$1745 / $1645 for members
August 27 & 29 / M, W / 5:00-8:30 PM
$265 / $165 for members
On Demand (start anytime!)
$1295 / $1195 for members
On Demand (start anytime!)
$895 / $795 for members
**Click the course title for more information.  Call the PCS Registration Office at 256-824-6010 to register for classes with Alumni Association membership discount.
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Decision Driving 

A Message from Liberty Mutual Insurance 


You may never have had a collision. Or received a citation for speeding. Or even paid a parking ticket. But no matter how well you drive, it always helps to keep in mind these four proactive pointers: 

  • Extend your vision. Rather than staring directly in front of your vehicle, focus on where it will be positioned 10 to 12 seconds down the road-the zone where an accident is more likely to occur. 
  • Scan the entire scene. Shift your focus every few seconds from the windshield to the rear and side mirrors to check for pedestrians, bicyclists, erratic drivers, construction, traffic congestion, oncoming trucks and motorcycles, and changing road conditions. 
  • Demonstrate your intentions. Whether using your signal to indicate a right or left turn, hazards to warn that you need to slow down because of a flat tire, or horn to assert your right of way, it always helps other drivers and pedestrians make their own appropriate decisions when they understand yours. 
  • Plan an escape route. Based on your speed and the proximity of other cars on the road, give yourself enough time and space to maneuver smoothly and stop if necessary. For instance, never tailgate and always estimate conservatively the time it will take to pass another car if you want to avoid a crash. 

Each of these four practices depends on your ability to focus, stay alert and take decisive action. Be proactive, not reactive, and you'll increase your confidence behind the wheel.

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