1971 – Walt Hennessee – My UAH Story

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Walt Hennessee

BA, Mathematics/Operations Research, 1971

Managing Broker
Rise Real Estate
Huntsville, AL


This is my UAH story…

I began my college experience by enrolling in the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 1962. Two years later I enrolled in the University of Alabama Extension Center and my student number was in the 1400s. I was working full time at Boeing on the Saturn V program in the computer simulation lab in the old HIC Building and went to UAH part time until I graduated in 1971. I was President of the UAH Alumni Assn. 1976-1977. Also, served on the Search Committee for the Chancellor of the University of Alabama System, Search Committee to hire the first Director of Continuing Education and was on the committee to set up the Werner Von Braun Academic Chair.

My professional career spans computers, medical/surgical, Real Estate and representing a U.S. Congressman. In the middle 70s, he was vice president of CyberSystems, a computer manufacturing and engineering company, leading to early data acquisition and control systems used by the government and private industry. The career path then led to sales and product development of state-of-the-art endoscopic surgical instruments used by surgeons throughout the world and was awarded two U.S. Patents for medical devices used in surgery. For 18 years, I pursued a successful career in real estate sales and management, and I am now the Managing Broker for one of the largest Real Estate companies in north Alabama. I became a Certified Real Estate Instructor and a Certified Distance Education Instructor (CDEI) while developing many courses of Continuing Education for agents in Alabama and a board member of AREEA (Alabama Real Estate Educators Assn.) In 2010, I served as the Field Representative for the US Congressman representing the 5th Congressional District of Alabama.

Over the years, I have been active in many community activities. Founder/President of first Kidney Foundation in Alabama and later, Vice-President of Alabama Kidney Foundation; President of Huntsville Jaycees and Vice-President for Alabama Jaycees; candidate for Chairman of the Madison County Commission and Huntsville City Council; Board Member of Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Industrial Development Assn., county Chairman of National Foundation (March of Dimes), Chairman county MS Assn., Scout Master, Explorer Advisor and BSA Institutional Representative; Eagle Scout. Decatur MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization) Committee Member. Recognitions include Huntsville-Madison County Distinguished Service Award; listed in Outstanding Young Men of America 4 times; listed in Who’s Who in American Inventors, Chamber Honorary Ambassador. Member of the national, state, and local Republican Party. NRA member and supporter. Licensed pilot.

I’ve been involved in south Huntsville civic activities: past President of the Southeast Huntsville Civic Assn., past Board member of the South Huntsville Civic Assn., and current Vice President of the Huntsville South civic group.

Currently I am on the Huntsville City Schools Capital Advisory Committee. I hope to be elected to the Huntsville City Council District 3 in August 2014.


2011 – Vicki Hinesley Baker – My UAH Story

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Vicki Hinesley Baker

BSBA, Business Management, 2011

Associate Broker
Real Estate
Huntsville, AL


This is my UAH story…

I transferred three years of University course credits to The University of Alabama in Huntsville when my husband and I relocated to the Huntsville area for his employment.  After several years of stops and starts with my education, I successfully obtained a BSBA Business Management in 2011.  Let me explain… Although I didn’t begin “University Life” at UAH, it is “Home” to me.

My “University Life” actually began at Purdue University due to my mother working as an administrator for a group of successful research professors in the Chemistry Department.  You see, I had the advantage of a “reduced rate” for tuition available to families of employees.  Of course, at that time, I didn’t want to attend Purdue; I preferred to join my favorite cousins, who were going “away” to Bloomington to study Business Management at Indiana University!  Our family was divided, just as many experience in Alabama!  While attending Purdue I joined Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority, enjoyed college life, and married during my junior year.  My husband and I moved to California for his career, and I worked in retail and for Automatic Data Processing, taking classes here and there, while building my career as well.

When my husband was offered a position in Alabama, I transferred to The University of Alabama in Huntsville, and even worked as a Staff Assistant in the Engineering Building while taking classes.  My success was realized due to the help of Dr. Bernice Pitsis and Ms. Cheryl Plaza, and their dedication to guiding and assisting me toward reaching the goal of degree completion.  I managed a business and built a career while returning to UAH multiple times, before completing a BSBA at The University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2011 because UAH is just like “Home” to me.


2003 – Zara Greene

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As of August 2013, Zara is employed by Hoover City Schools, outside of Birmingham. She is now teaching at Hoover High School, serving as the Reading Foundations teacher.


2013 – Autumn M. Nelson

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I have started my own graphic design business, “Autumn Nelson Designs” and it has been very successful!  Feel free to check out my new website….www.autumnnelsondesigns.com.


1985 – Linda Lusk Quinn

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For Immediate Release
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Denyce Tuller, 702-382-3445, ext. 122
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August 6, 2013 – LAS VEGAS, NV – Since her career with nonprofits began nearly 20 years ago, Linda Quinn has established quite the reputation of turning an organization around from debt to success.

Quinn began her work with nonprofits with the American Red Cross while pursuing a law degree at the Birmingham School of Law. Working for a nonprofit while being enrolled in school was a challenge, but she was no stranger to having to manage her time wisely.

While pursuing an undergraduate degree in Accounting at The University of Alabama at Huntsville Quinn worked during the day and spent her nights in class.
“I have a family that consists almost entirely of accountants and nurses. I had two uncles that were CPAs and I started by going to work for one of them and then I went to school,” says Quinn. “So I worked during the day and I went to school at night at UAH. And it took me six years doing that to obtain my undergraduate degree.”
After completing her undergraduate degree, becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and taking time to have a baby Quinn decided she wanted to go back to continue her education.

At this point she moved away from Huntsville for the first time in her life and began her work with the American Red Cross in Birmingham. Once in Birmingham, she enrolled at the Birmingham School of Law and spent the next four years pursuing her second degree.

She split her time in Birmingham between her classes and her work with nonprofits. After working for the American Red Cross when she first started school, she went to work for Gateway.

Gateway is the oldest social service agency in Birmingham and is dedicated to transforming the lives of families in crisis and delivering hope to the hurting. Quinn made her mark by turning around this long running but financially strained organization into a financially strong organization. Quinn then stepped into the museum world and went to work at McWane Science Center in Birmingham. A year later, the CEO of McWane Center moved to run Discovery Place in Charlotte, NC. He immediately hired Quinn to help improve the financial status of that museum.

Although she still had a semester of law school left, Quinn was determined to make the situation work. After working a year at Discovery Place, she returned to Birmingham in order to finish her classes and graduate. By the time she completed her law degree she was the Executive Vice President at Discovery Place.
Quinn was making a practice of leaving her financial mark on every nonprofit organization she worked for. When she began working at Discovery Place, it was broke. When she left they had $2.1 million in cash reserves.

According to her, “A lot of my strength has been to come in and to fix the nonprofits and to really look at them strategically and identify where their problems are and balance it with the mission. I love the fact that nonprofits are mission-oriented and therefore you really have a reason to come to work and feel better at night when you’ve gotten something done and it all goes toward the mission.”

Quinn credits her ability to turn organizations around to her background in accounting. She learned early on to be strategic and to set up systems that are going to sustain a company and allow them to grow.

In 2006, the board of trustees of Lied discovery Children’s Museum hired Quinn to turn around a financially struggling museum with a going-concern audit. The museum was in debt and outdated. Quinn put strategies in place that replaced two thirds of the exhibits and improved the educational programs. The result was a financially strong museum with attendance that had doubled.

With these improvements in place Quinn, her staff, and the Board of Trustees began to focus on the museum’s long-term vision of relocating to a new facility. The vision of a new home had been in place before Quinn was hired but there was no strategic plan. Quinn built a plan that focused on creating a new world class learning experience for the children in Southern Nevada. The museum selected some of the best exhibit design firms across the country and with talented staff, designed nine unique exhibit galleries focused on the arts and sciences. This $50 million project was launched during a bad economy, but to the credit of the community and the board of trustees, the campaign was successful.
“I grew up in a city [Huntsville] that was focused on science and innovation. It has been a dream come true to inspire children to learn more about the arts and sciences, especially in a city that is not often focused on children.”

Their hard work paid off and Lied Discovery Children’s Museum reopened in Symphony Park as th DISCOVERY Children’s Museum on March 9, 2013. Since the opening the museum has seen a dramatic increase in the number of visitors attending as well as renewed citywide interest in the museum. The new museum is projected to reach an annual visitation of 350,000 families and children, making it one of the larger children’s museums in the country.

Now that DISCOVERY Children’s Museum has been open for almost five months, Quinn is shifting her focus to the future.
“It’s time for a new master plan. There is always more to learn, and therefore always more to teach.”

Whatever direction the DISCOVERY Children’s Museum takes in the near future, it will be under good direction with Quinn at the helm.



2001 – J. Caleb Clanton

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June 6, 2013

J. Caleb Clanton’s The Philosophy Of Religion of Alexander Campbell released by University of Tennessee Press

KNOXVILLE—The University of Tennessee Press and University of Alabama-Huntsville alumnus J. Caleb Clanton, PhD, are pleased to announce the release of The Philosophy of Religion of Alexander Campbell (University of Tennessee Press).

The Philosophy of Religion of Alexander Campbell reintroduces readers to Campbell as a philosopher of religion and explores the philosophical basis for his views underlying his religious movement. It begins with a highly readable discussion on Campbell’s role in antebellum American religion and proceeds to an exploration of his philosophical influences. J. Caleb Clanton then reconstructs, explains, and evaluates Campbell’s philosophy of religion. He critically examines Campbell’s unique, revealed-idea argument for the existence of God—that is. If God did not exist, we could not form the distinct idea of God.

J. Caleb Clanton is an associate professor of philosophy and University Research Professor at Lipscomb University in Nashville.

To purchase the book or for more information, visit University of Tennessee Press at http://www.utpress.org



1981 – Jerri McLain

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Jerri McLain, master of Administrative Science, UAH, ’81, has been elected president of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UAHuntsville.  OLLI, an organization of some 800 members, provides seniors who reside in north Alabama with opportunities for intellectual development, cultural stimulation and social interaction.  OLLI’s Lifelong Learning Program was recognized by MONEY magazine as one of the most attractive reasons for retiring in Huntsville.  Offering non-credit classes in fall, winter and spring terms, OLLI also sponsors day trips, industrial tours, and Wednesday Bonuses.  The OLLI UAH Scholarship is funded by contributions by members of this volunteer organization.  Supported by an endowment from the Osher Foundation, OLLI at UAHuntsville is one of a network of more than 120 programs located on campuses throughout the United States.  Contact 256-824-6183 or www.PCS.uah.edu/OLLI.  For further information, Jerri can also be contacted at  mclainblue@gmail.com, or 256-682-0823.



2012 – Brandi Kelley

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Brandi Kelley has received Certifications in Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED conducted by American Red Cross (Madison/Marshall Co. Chapters) as of May 21, 2013.


2006 – Jonathon Walden

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Featured in “The Marshall Star” on May 29, 2013:

Marshall at Work:  Design for SLS Adapters all in the Drawings of Engineer Jonathon Walden
By Megan Davidson

When a scholarship to The University of Alabama in Huntsville opened the door to an engineering degree for Jonathon Walden, it opened another door to him as well — a job at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, designing a crucial piece of flight hardware for the Space Launch System (SLS).

Read more…


2001, 2009 – Yeow Chye Ng

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Yeow Chye Ng received his PhD in Nursing from UAB on May 11, 2013.  He was named the 2013 Outstanding Graduate Student (Doctoral) in Nursing.