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2012-2013 Alumni Association Board of Directors
Fall Career Fair (9/12)
Alumni of Achievement Awards (10/10)
Alumni Lunch & Learn (10/18)
Liz Hurley Ribbon Run - UAH Alumni Team (10/20)
Alumni Class Notes


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Campus News

Dr. Altenkirch Installation   

Dr. Robert Altenkirch installed as sixth president of UAHuntsville

Campus News
Student Life Center Groundbreaking   

UAHuntsville breaks ground on student life center



Campus News
Judith McFarlane    

Judith McFarlane, globally recognized nursing educator and researcher to lecture at UAHuntsville


September 25, 7 PM

September 26, 9:30 AM



Campus News

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


Saturday, September 29

10 AM - 5 PM

Spragins Hall


Free and open to the public.




Around Town
Dr. Gary Zank   

UAHuntsville's Dr. Gary Zank to speak at Sci-Quest's Quest for Excellence Lecture Series


September 20, 2012



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September 2012 E-Newsletter
UAHuntsville Alumni Association announces the 2012-2013 Board of Directors and Officers 
Alumni Association LogoFollowing a vote held at the Alumni Association Annual Meeting on August 23rd, the UAHuntsville Alumni Association is pleased to congratulate and introduce our 2012-2013 Board of Directors.
President:  Michelle Reavis
First Vice President:  David Kingsbury
Vice President for Finance:  Jason Miller
Secretary:  Amir Deylami
Jay Cobb
John Gibson
Jim Greene
James Jennings
Hanu Karlapalem
Robert Lindsey
Adyre Mason
Tresa Mitchell
Mital Modi
Jack Parker
Vijay Patel
Lynn Sanderfer-Brown
David Staley
Mary Beth Walker
Rachel Ward
Donna Whetstone
Steven Williams
Caroline Butler, SGA President
Katy Kolasinski, TRUE Chargers President
Executive Director:  Rachel Osby
We look forward to serving you throughout this year!  Charge On!!
Fall UAHuntsville Career Fair
Career Fair
Wednesday, September 12
10 AM - 2 PM
University Fitness Center
UAHuntsville Campus
Each fall and spring semester, the UAHuntsville Career Fair is held for all UAHuntsville students and alumni.  More than 100 companies will be joining us on campus to speak to UAHuntsville students and alumni about co-op, internship, part-time, and full-time opportunities. 
Business dress is required.  
Check-in at the UAHuntsville alumni table when you arrive. 
The UAHuntsville Career Fair is open exclusively to UAHuntsville students and alumni.  No general public admitted. 
Save the Date:
2012 Alumni of Achievement Awards Ceremony and Luncheon 
Alumni of Achievement  
Wednesday, October 10 
11:30 AM - 1 PM
University Center Exhibit Hall
UAHuntsville Campus


*Pre-registration required for event attendance.  Online registration coming soon.


The Alumni of Achievement Award is the highest honor bestowed by the UAH Alumni Association.  The award recognizes graduates who have distinguished themselves professionally and personally and who exemplify the high standards of UAHuntsville.  Please make plans to join us during Homecoming week to honor the achievements of fellow alumni and celebrate with them.

Alumni Lunch & Learn with Dr. Fay Raines, Dean of UAHuntsville's College of Nursing 
Hosted by the Crestwood Medical Center Charger Alumni Chapter
Dr. Fay Raines 
Lunch & Learn Topic:
"The Nursing Initiative: Teaching, Training, and Technology"
Thursday, October 18  
11 AM - 12PM
Conference Center
Crestwood Medical Center
(Directions; Conference Center is located next to the Crestwood Cafeteria, enter through the Visitor's entrance on the South side of the hospital, facing Airport Road)


$10 registration fee (Lunch included)

Pre-registration required.  Deadline to register is October 15.

Click here to register!


We look forward to seeing you there!
Run or Walk with Us!
9th Annual Liz Hurley Ribbon Run
October 20th
Men's 5k at 7:30 AM
Women's 5k at 9 AM
Survivor's Walk at 10 AM
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.
Online registration ends October 12th


Alumni Class Notes
Colleen Wilson-Hodge  
Colleen Wilson-Hodge (MS, Physics '96; Ph.D., Physics '99) Early interest in astronomy leads UAHuntsville graduate to career at Marshall, astonishing find. Read more...   
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Exterior Maintenance 

  • Replace roof shingles if you're only missing a few of them. You may want to hold off on a new roof until spring, since warm weather helps shingles seal properly. Ask a roofing expert what's best for your region.
  • Be an energy miser and caulk or weather-strip around window frames and door frames.
  • Replace rotted wood (including fences) that can attract termites, carpenter ants and other pests.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts to avoid overflow and basement flooding. Equip downspouts with extenders, if needed, to help keep water away from the foundation.
  • Lubricate garage door hinges, rollers and tracks to avoid stress during frigid temperatures.
  • Tune up your snowblower before the first flakes fall.
  • Fill driveway and sidewalk cracks to prevent damage from freeze-and-thaw cycles.
  • Prevent supply lines from bursting in cold climates by removing hoses from outside faucets, draining the faucets and turning off basement shut-off valves.


Interior Maintenance  

  • Check the R-value (indicating effectiveness) of your attic insulation, then upgrade as needed. Visit for guidance.
  • Test all ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets.
  • Paint interior walls if it's still warm enough to open windows to ventilate fumes.
  • Remove lint from your clothes dryer vent. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, clothes dryers cause 15,600 structural fires annually, and dirty vents are the leading culprits.
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries twice a year.
  • Make sure the fireplace flue damper opens and closes fully. Hire a pro to clean the chimney and inspect the firebox.
  • Check for air leaks. Head for your basement on a sunny day, leave the lights off and look for sunlight filtering through foundation cracks.
  • Give your emergency generator and sump pump a test run.
  • Replace furnace filters regularly for peak heating-system operation.
  • Set up a furnace/boiler inspection.Some contractors offer lower rates if you schedule early in the fall.
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