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Alumni Association Tinsel Trail Tree (December)
Commencement Speaker (12/15)
Free Athletic Tickets for Alumni Association Members (12/30, 1/4, 1/5)
Just Move It (Starts January)
Suit Drive
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 Sanmina-SCI provides $50,000 gift to UAH honoring Huntsville executive Olin King 

Sanmina-SCI provides $50,000 gift to UAH honoring Huntsville executive Olin King

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Aaron Sexton 

UAHuntsville student uses photo documentary of area homeless to question "truth in art"

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Sandra Harper 

Social Media not just for Teens:

How social media and UAH are changing collaborative research

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Marita O'Brien

UAHuntsville professor conducts study of psychology behind disaster decisions
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December 2012 E-Newsletter
Alumni News 
Robert Adams (MS, Aerospace Engineering '00; Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering '08) created the first fab lab in Huntsville, MindGear LabsRead more...

Teresa Vanhooser
(MA, Administrative Science '86) has been named Deputy Director of NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.  Read more...

Todd McAdams
(BSBA, Accounting '01; MA, Accounting '04) has been promoted to Audit & Assurance Partner with Anglin, Reichmann, Snellgrove, & Armstrong, P.C. in Huntsville, Alabama.  Read more...


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Upcoming Alumni Events 
Downtown 47 Tinsel TrailTinsel Trail 2012   
Stop by Big Spring Park in Huntsville throughout December and take a look at the UAHuntsville Alumni Association spirit tree in the Downtown 47 Tinsel Trail


What is the Tinsel Trail?

The Downtown 47 Tinsel Trail brings a live display of Christmas trees to downtown Huntsville for one month, beginning December 1, 2012.  More than 150 trees will decorate the center of Big Spring Park during the holiday season!
Wayne Clough, 12th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, to speak at UAHuntsville Commencement
Wayne Clough, 12th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution     
On December 15th, UAHuntsville will welcome and congratulate more than 600 students as the newest class of UAH alumni.  Graduates and guests will receive an address from Wayne Clough, 12th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.  Secretary Clough has launched a new era at the Institution, expanding the Smithsonian's global relevance and helping the nation shape its future through research, education, and scientific discovery on major topics of the day.  Read more...
Saturday, December 15, 2012
10 AM
Von Braun Center, Propst Arena


More information on UAH Commencement....

More information on Secretary Wayne Clough...

December 30, January 4 & 5:  Free Basketball & Hockey Tickets for Alumni Association MembersCharger Head
The UAHuntsville Alumni Association will be offering FREE tickets to Alumni Association members for the following games.
Sunday, December 30, 3 PM
Men's Basketball vs. Tuskegee
UAHuntsville Campus, Spragins Hall (directions)

Friday, January 4, 7 PM
Hockey vs. Adrian
Von Braun Center, Propst Arena (directions)
Saturday, January 5, 7 PM
Hockey vs. Adrian
Von Braun Center, Propst Arena (directions)
Check in at the Alumni Association table prior to each game to receive your tickets!  Get there early - limited number of tickets available.
Not a member?  Join online at or at the Alumni Association table on October 6th.
Just Move It Just Move It


It's almost time for the 8th annual Just Move It fitness initiative.  Make plans now to join the "UAH Alumni" team and let's start the new year strong.   


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.  Participation is tracked online so you can join the team and participate from anywhere in the world.    


Registration for Just Move It will begin in January.

Suit Drive
2012-2013 Alumni Association Scholarship Recipients Combined Federal Campaign 2012 
If you participate in the Tennessee Valley Combined Federal Campaign, you can contribute to student scholarships and make a difference in the life of a UAH student.  100% of contributions to CFC #89846 go directly to student scholarships given by the Alumni Association Annual Scholarship Fund.

Find out more about the Tennessee Valley CFC... 


You can also donate to the Alumni Association Annual Scholarship Fund at

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Bursting at the Seams:  A Winter Checklist

A Message from Liberty Mutual Insurance 


On two different occasions, the Kreisman family of Columbia, Missouri experienced the expense and headaches of a burst pipe in winter. Both times, a spigot from the outside ruptured in the basement, flooding furniture and ruining carpet. "If we hadn't been home, it would have been a total disaster," Laura Kreisman says.


To prevent water damage in your home:  

  • Disconnect all outdoor hoses and turn off all water to exterior sources, including spigots and sprinkler systems. Be sure to completely remove any water from hoses and sprinklers.  This should be done before winter, but do it now if you haven't already.  
  • Install a freeze-proof exterior spigot.  It extends up to 24 inches into the wall and provides a barrier to cold.  These special spigots should be left open to allow remaining water to flow out.  
  • Insulate unheated areas that contain plumbing lines, such as an attic or crawl space.  
  • Set your thermostat at a minimum of 55 degrees, even during extended absences.  
  • Know where the water shutoffs are located and use them if a pipe bursts.
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