Feb
3

Charger Couple – Lauren Breeden Youngblood ’13 & Shane Youngblood ’10

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Lauren Breeden Youngblood (class of 2013) & Shane Youngblood (class of 2010)

How did you first meet?

Shane and I met through mutual friends my freshman year – 2008 – discussing Eric Church’s music!

Did you have a favorite spot on campus that you would visit together?

Often times, Shane and I would walk around campus just to spend time together.

What is a favorite UAH memory that you have together?

I was a front desk assistant at the University Fitness Center for almost 4 years and Shane was (and still is) a gym rat. I knew his schedule and couldn’t wait for him to walk in! And I’m not going to lie… I may have made a few extra, unneeded, trips around the gym collecting towels just to talk to him.

What were some favorite memories from your wedding day?

We got “hitched” in Cullman, Alabama on October 27th, 2012. It was blistering cold out – which made for perfect fall pictures – and we thoroughly enjoyed the celebration with our incredible families and closest friends!     Most memorable moments :   During the reception, my dad and I surprised everyone with a Daddy-Daughter dance to the popular song at the time; The Gangnam Style. Only 3 out of 150 guests knew about it!

 

Feb
3

Charger Couple – Halie Pitts Cantor ’14 & Matthew Cantor ’14

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Halie Pitts Cantor & Matthew Cantor (both class of 2014)

How did you first meet?

Cal-A class in Fall semester of 2009

Did you have a favorite spot on campus that you would visit together?

Considering we were both engineers, we spent ALL of our time at Tech Hall.  I’m not sure if it was our favorite spot, but it was where we spent every day and most days on the weekends.

What is a favorite UAH memory that you have together?

It would be hard to pick just one memory from UAH.  Most of our great memories involve the friends we made while we were there!

What were some favorite memories from your engagement?

We got engaged on August 15, 2012 on the beautiful island of Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas while on our second Carnival cruise together.  We spent the morning horseback riding on the beach.  After our excursion, we took a walk down the beach where Matt popped the question and I of course said YES!!

What were some favorite memories from your wedding day?

We got married on May 31, 2014 (three weeks after graduating from UAH with our AE degrees).  We were married outside on the terrace over looking the lake at Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge.  I don’t think that we could pick only one memory from that day.  We were just happy to be done with school, married, and starting our life together as we honeymooned in Hawaii.

 

Feb
3

Charger Couple – Peggy Towery Pierce ’88 & James Pierce ’72

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Peggy Pierce (class of 1988) & James Pierce (class of 1972)

How did you and your spouse first meet?

We were both in Mr. Herb Francis’s EH206 (Survey of English Literature II) class.  Ironically we had both asked for and received permission to take this class before taking EH205 due to our work schedules and the times that the classes were being offered at UAH.  It was a TuThu 6-8 pm class.  The next quarter, we then took EH205 with Dr. Eleanor Hutchens.  I did not know until later that Jim was scheduled for a different session of this class but asked to change his schedule to be in MY class!

Did you have a favorite spot on campus that you would visit together?

This is going to sound unromantic, but if we had a spot, it would probably be the basement of Morton Hall!  Seriously.  The only “student union” was in that basement; we had our Psychology classes and labs there; we were in that basement a lot!

What is a favorite UAH memory that you have together?

Probably our favorite memory would be that we began studying together while in Mr. Francis’s class (I borrowed his tapes; he borrowed my notes, then we started meeting to study), but actually began dating while in Dr. Hutchen’s class and she knew it.  She never said anything, but she knew.  So when Spring rolled around and my mother’s roses started blooming, we would pick one and lay it on Dr. Hutchen’s dais before she got there for class.  She loved it and knew we had put it there, but never said anything … just smiled.

Other favorite memories:

I have already made reference to the roles that Mr. Francis and Dr. Hutchens played in our relationship and they were both aware that we were now a couple.  We had several other classes together by both professors.    Jim would go to the student union in the basement of Morton Hall and write letters to me on the little napkins, then give them to me when we met up.

Feb
3

Charger Couple – Eugene Carter ’12 & Anna Campos ’13

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Eugene Carter (class of 2012) & Anna Campos (class of 2013)

How did you first meet?

At the salmon library, April 7th, she was studying and I was there for a group project.  Our eyes met a few times and I left after my group meeting had finished.  It seemed like the moment was gone forever but after talking with a friend in the parking lot I found the determination to go back and ask her out.  I walked up and asked her out and she gave me her number!  there is more to the story but we met as strangers and just clicked.

What is a favorite UAH memory that you have together?

When we first met.  Definitely.

When/Where did you get engaged?  What were some favorite memories from that day?

We got engaged at our house, in the evening.  Favorite memories from that day was our trip to Nashville and coming home to the surprise engagement setting (I had her friends set up the flowers and dress our dogs in tuxedos to surprise her)

Feb
3

2014 – Erica Mossholder

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 6, 2016
Charlene Smith
Children’s Craniofacial Association
214-570-9099
csmith@ccakids.com

Children’s Craniofacial Association Announces New Executive Director

After 26 Years of Service, Charlene Smith Retires and Brings on New Leadership Dallas, Texas. Children’s Craniofacial Association (CCA), a national nonprofit headquartered in Dallas and founded in 1989 has worked for over 26 years toward the vision of a world where all people are accepted for who they are, not how they look. Each year thousands of children in the United States are born with or develop some form of facial anomaly. In many cases, reconstructive surgeons can correct these problems early—often while the child is still an infant. However, many children must undergo dozens of surgeries and procedures throughout their lives and face isolation and teasing from their peers. Throughout childhood and into adulthood, CCA helps families navigate, prepare for, and thrive on the craniofacial journey.
Children’s Craniofacial Association is the premier organization that supports these children and CCA offers programs and services including Financial Assistance for Medical Travel, bringing together families at our the Annual Family Retreat & Educational Symposium, and presenting kindness education and bullying prevention resources in schools across the country.
CCA announced today their board of directors has appointed Erica C. Mossholder as the new Executive Director. Mossholder recently served as CCA’s Communications and Outreach Director. As Executive Director, Mossholder succeeds Charlene Smith, who will remain as Executive Director
Emeritus to continue to serve in an advisory and mentoring capacity.

“Erica has experience in higher education and business development. She has been involved with CCA for over six years, serving on the Board of Directors, attending retreats, and volunteering with media outreach. Erica is bright and motivated to propel CCA into the digital era, with new programs and services on the horizon. Her knowledge of what it is like to live with a craniofacial condition will help enrich the lives of yet another generation of CCA and we are grateful to have found someone so passionate about our mission, committed to our principles and values, and who knows how to build a successful business,” said Char Smith. “As Executive Director Emeritus, I look forward to remaining actively engaged with CCA, our partners and our families, and supporting Erica in her new role as Executive Director.”
CCA’s Executive Director Erica Mossholder said, “I am honored and excited to lead CCA in our mission to empower and give hope to all individuals and families with facial differences. Char has led this organization through nearly three decades of economic, technological, social, and medical changes and developments. Her leadership has been instrumental in the success of CCA and our mission to provide financial assistance and psychosocial support has been accomplished directly through her dedicated work. We are forever grateful for her long-sighted leadership and she has left a beautiful legacy. Char will continue to be an invaluable resource as our Executive Director Emeritus and I look forward to working as closely with her in the future as we have in the past.”
To learn more about CCA and its programs, please visit www.ccakids.org.
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Feb
3

2008 – Carey Link

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Ms. Carey Link (BA Psychology ’08) will release her newest poetry collection this month, entitled “Awaking to Holes in the Arc of the Sun.”  Read more…

Feb
3

2009, 2009 – Jacob Gatlin

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Mr. Jacob Gatlin (BSBA Accounting ’06; Masters of Accountancy ’09) has joined CDPA PC as an Audit Manager.  Read more…

Feb
2

2013 – Micah Laughmiller

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Micah Laughmiller (BSE Mechanical Engineering ’13) launched SEO M.D.  at the beginning of this year and is the owner/manager. His goal is to help local small business grow through better internet marketing and online presence. For more information, visit www.seomdtexas.com. Even though he lives and works primarily in Texas, he is always happy to help anyone anytime.

Feb
2

1983, 1988 – Daco Auffenorde

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Author Daco Auffenorde has released a new novel, Electromancer, on February 1, 2016.  Ms. Auffenorde describes the book as a “superhero novel that offers all the Kabam! Pow! Zap! of beloved comic book sagas with the beating heart of a love story.”  Find out more at http://www.amazon.com/Electromancer-Daco-ebook/dp/B01AOH7BFA

Jan
19

2010, 2015 – Dr. Todd Murphy

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Dr. Todd Murphy (MS Atmospheric Science ’10; PhD Atmospheric Science ’15) has been awarded a NOAA grant to “participate in a collaborative research project mandated by Congress to understand how severe storms and tornadoes evolve in the Southeastern United States.”

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