My Favorite Spot

My favorite spot on campus is the duck pond in front of the Shelby Center. I can go here whenever I need a breath of fresh air or if I just want to hang out with some friends. The ducks here are super friendly. Be careful when feeding them; some of them can get a little greedy!

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IAC Naples, Italy!

Hey all,

I will be going to Italy in a week for the International Astronautical Congress (IAC). It’s a huge conference where everyone involved in space technology will attend including NASA, JAXA, ESA, and the leaders of major space organizations.

I’m going with 35 other students who were selected by the IAC to present. We have an awesome staff who has worked hard to get us there and have made us better professionals.

I will be presenting a paper under the space history section “The Dr. Wernher von Braun Vision”.  Dr. Von Braun is one of my idols and was a brilliant rocket engineer and worked here in the Rocket City!

I’ll post about the many adventures I’m sure to have!

Categories: Research, Study Abroad, UAHuntsville, Uncategorized, What Matters

Oh coffee, where art thou?

When challenged with the task of telling you about my favorite place on campus, I had to pause and consider all the options. There is the table under the shade of the tree by the UC where I have sat and talked for hours with a friend, and there is the courtyard behind Shelby where my husband and I have sat and talked shop on my lunch break.  Then it hit me…COFFEE!!


There are several locations around UAH where you can grab a cup of the divine liquid in your favorite form:  iced, hot, with chocolate or any combination that suits your taste. My favorite place to indulge in that heavenly beverage is at the Starbucks in the library. When I first started attending UAH, I didn’t realize there was a Starbucks in the library! What a wonderful way to combine my favorite things: coffee and books!


The first floor of the library is pretty great for several reasons. From the clean, contemporary furnishings to the amazing fragrance of freshly brewed coffee, to the Art Gallery and the displays of artifacts and findings from other countries, this is a place where you can sit and enjoy a good book, quietly research for a paper or just sip your java and people watch. It’s a great respite from a busy day, and isn’t overly crowded most of the time.


This past week, as I exited my Business Writing class on the second floor, I was struck by a new smell…the aroma of fried food. I followed my nose down the stairs and around the corner to find several people handing out samples of what appeared to be egg rolls and dumplings. I love food (who doesn’t?), and ordinarily, I would have sampled a few bites of what was offered, but I’m currently eating well in an effort to lose some weight and decided against it. Next time I get the chance to try new foods, I will. :)


All this to say that if I have a favorite place on campus (I find it hard to choose ONE) it would be there in the library, on the first floor, where the smell of coffee, the atmosphere of art and learning, and the community of students all come together.


Where is your favorite place on campus?

Categories: Social Life, UAHuntsville, Uncategorized, What Matters

5..4..3..2..1…CanSat 2012!

Hey everyone!


During the second weekend of June my teammates and I traveled to Abiline, TX for the CanSat competition. The CanSat competition is an engineering challenge where students build a mock satellite and fly it using rockets.  It was a fun year learning about CAD, teamwork, and different fields of study. We had to design everything, from the mechanical housing to the circuit boards to the decent control.

I was mechanical lead for the project.  Our project is through the Space Hardware Club.  SHC is a student organization on campus who design, build and fly projects related science and space.


What I learned during the CanSat project, I now use in my classes. The trip was a lot of fun and our CanSat succeeded in it’s mission. We had a malfunction with the streamers, they were suppose to slow the CanSat down, but they broke off after deployment.  It all turned out well because we had parachutes that deployed. We didn’t place high because we were late for our flight window, so points were taken off for that. But it was AWESOME watching it fly and finding it after it landed.


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All about me!…and UAHuntsville of course.

Hey Chargers!

Can you believe that it’s already the 4th week of school? By now, everyone should be settled into their schedule and stressing over what their final grade will be. Oooops where are my manners, I’m Cassandra a junior psychology major sociology minor. I love hanging out with my friends, my family and my two dogs.  I actually enjoy reading a good book over watching TV. (Yes, I’m a nerd). I’ve been stressing about Fall semester since last Spring.


Yes, I love UAHuntsville; in case you were wondering.  This university has so much to offer from exciting HPE classes to challenging (but interesting) classes. If you live on campus you already know about the awesome residence halls! I live in North, the best upper-classmen residence hall on campus. If I’m late for class or a meeting I’m only about 5-10 min away depending on the location of such. I’m not a morning person whatsoever so I benefit from the extra 10-15 min snooze time I get from living on campus.


Let’s see….what am I looking forward to this semester? Glad you asked! I’m striving to make all A’s this semester (which isn’t looking to bright thanks to my Psych stats class), making it a priority to go to the gym consistently this entire semester (which is going well) and making new friends. Seems pretty legit, huh? Well we all know with hard work comes failures. I just try to roll with the punches and keep trying. Plus if we never fail, how will we know how to succeed?  Think about it!  Until next time…Charge On!


Categories: Career, UAHuntsville, Uncategorized, What Matters

A Charger Newbie

I’m so excited to be writing for the Charger Nation blog, and would like to begin by sharing a little about myself.

I’m here at UAHuntsville as a Junior, but it’s been 8 years since my sophomore year, so I consider myself an “old newbie”. I’m majoring in Management, and leaning towards Information Systems. I’m a mother of 5 kiddos who inspire me to work harder than I ever have before. I have a passion for reading, though I must admit that the past few years it’s been mostly children’s books. I also feed my creative side by sewing when I have free time, which hasn’t been much, as of late. I’d love to consider myself a coffee snob, but I can’t afford it, lol. I also believe bacon is the best food group. My husband of 15 years is incredibly supportive of everything I undertake and is cheering me on as I dive back into academia.

Beginning my first semester as a Charger has been amazing. I’ve met so many great people, from faculty to students and feel like I couldn’t have made a better choice than UAHuntsville.  My advisor, Cheryl Plaza, helped to spark my excitement before I even set foot on the campus.  She sincerely believes in her college and passes that enthusiasm to the students she works with.  My instructors have been so helpful, answering all my questions as I reacquaint myself with college life.

One of the things I’m looking forward to as the semester progresses is finding ways to become more involved in what’s going on around the campus. There are so many things to do, and ways to find them. I’m following every UAHuntsville related Twitter I could find, added all the great Facebook pages and even checked out their Maptin app online.  This is definitely a college that feeds every aspect of the student’s life. Theater, music, technology, and even food…it’s all right here.  I have friends that are a little jealous because they chose a different school, but I’m really happy with my choice.

I hope everyone has a great week!

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Yeah I’m new, but not that awkward.

Hey! I’m Elizabeth! I’m a sophomore and I am absolutely loving it here at UAHuntsville!

Things I like to do: trying new art mediums, figure skating, volunteering, backstage work for productions, making lame jokes and playing around like a 3 yr old.  I’m a Graphic Design major (technically Studio Art) and I’m hoping to do the BFA program as well as the Web Cognate.


This semester I am extremely excited for…… well, alot actually.


Empower leadership program:  Volunteering, meetings, and people (I love volunteering for events and things, there’s alaways lots of networking, plus its good work experience, that people let you in on for free).  I love my Empower people and am lucky to be in the same program with them.


My intro to graphic design class:  I was told by my prof that we’re going to make t-shirts with robots on them that reflect our personalities, and later, design our own skateboard decks (why YES I’m excited).


Art club:  We’ve been talking about a New York trip for a while, so we’ll see how much closer we’ll get to that goal this year.


UAHuntsville Homecoming: I’m helping with advertising for TRUE Charger’s Movie Night. So sometime later this month I’ll be sent to run around campus like a mad man for putting up posters.  That will be interesting and so much fun! And I can’t wait to see the movie (don’t know if I can start telling, but the film is going to be Accepted!) I’ve never seen it myself before, so… yep!   #meetmeattheslab #BYOBlanket


But most importantly, I’m always looking forward to meeting new people!!  I’ve met a lot of interesting people through various random situations, including one time that involved a huge hoop skirt I borrowed from the theatre department.  I needed it for a volunteer thing in the UC.  Then I ended up meeting a lady who asked me about the dress and told me that she participates in Civil War reenactments up in Tennessee.  Stuff like that.  So its kinda fun actually.


Cool beans, and Charge ON!

Categories: Art, Social Life, UAHuntsville, Uncategorized, What Matters

Meet Admissions Counselor Nathan!


Hey Charger Nation!

Most of you haven’t met me before, so I will take a second to introduce myself to you all:
I’m Nathan Mack, a proud Charger and an Admissions Counselor here at UAHuntsville. In case you
are wondering what that means, I help incoming high school and transfer students from Texas
and the surrounding states apply to and enroll at UAH.
As we approach the fall semester, I decided to spend a few minutes (or paragraphs, technically)
explaining to you all what people like me do, and then how you can make the most of this
upcoming term.

In a few short weeks, you all will be back in class, and I will ‘hit the road’ to see
all of you! I will visit your schools during class periods or lunches, stand behind my
table proudly at college fairs, and host special events to tell the UAH story. My job
is to communicate to you everything that makes UAHuntsville unique, so that you can
determine if our school might be a good option for higher education. I am not a sales
guy, and I am not going to pressure you to come to UAH, but rather explain what makes
us awesome, in the hope that you find it awesome too.

So, now that you know what I will be doing this fall, let me tell you a few things I think
you should do to make the most of the upcoming term:

a) Seniors – apply to colleges AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Activities only get busier, classes only
become more challenging, and homework piles up as the semester progresses. Do yourself a favor
and start now.

b) Go to College Fairs. Just do it. Walk around and speak to universities. Again, our job is
not to pressure you to ‘choose our school right then and there,’ but rather give you information
so that you can decipher if we might be a good option.

c) Take advantage of school visits and special events. As I mentioned above, I will visit your school
and I will invite you to events. Come say hi! Come ask questions. I love having the chance to talk to
students like you.

d) Keep those grades up and don’t forget about ACT/SAT. So many scholarships are tied to test scores
and GPA. I’d hate for you to be a few points away from potential $$!
So, as you and your family sit and prepare for the fall semester, I hope you will take the time to think
about the items above, or what I like to call, your ‘college plan of attack.’ Ask yourself: When are the
college fairs in my area? What schools am I interested in, and do they have events listed on their website?
When am I going to ask my counselor about universities visiting my school? What questions do I want to ask
schools? What do I want to know?

I know I’m excited to see all of you, and I hope that you are just as excited to take the next step in your
educational journey. Please see me as a resource for you and your family, in any way that I can.

With Charger Pride!

-Nathan Mack

Texas Regional Admissions Counselor

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Advice for Pre-Health Professionals

Deciding a future career is a choice one does not take lightheartedly. To make my decision easier, I gained broad experiences, tried classes in several different disciplines, applied for and accepted internships, and reflected on my experiences. If, after reflection, you feel you would be happy as a doctor, optometrist, dentist, or any other health professional, seek experiences shadowing those professionals, and volunteer in those areas.

Shadowing and volunteering will not only help make decisions, but are required for admission into most health professional schools. Shadowing is a great way to gain perspective while observing a specific profession. To start shadowing, ask a professional who you have met before and works in an area you are interested in pursuing. I shadowed dentists, endodontists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons and periodontists.

Volunteering is also beneficial. Become an active member in an organization and donate your time; the personal rewards you receive are worth the effort. I volunteered by interpreting for Spanish speaking patients with Cahaba Valley Healthcare in Birmingham and with the Salvation Army in Huntsville.

Studying for classes and entrance exams are critical. Your academic success is a reflection of your dedication to become a health professional. Classes for admission into professional school help prepare you for entrance exams. However, practice is the key to success and studying months in advance give you an advantage when taking entrance exams.

You have the power to shape your future. Gain from your experiences and follow the path leading to happiness. If you are intrigued about the possibilities of being a doctor, veterinarian, or dentist, then start working towards your goal and be dedicated to your success.


Pre-Health Student at UAHuntsville

Categories: Career, Freshman, UAHuntsville, Uncategorized, What Matters

It’s About to Start…!

The semester’s about to start. I have  exactly one week to adjust. There isn’t much that I have to actually do though, it’s all psychological, I think I’ve forgotten how to study.

The summer was just as it should have been, I had a brief internship in England, worked on a research paper and relaxed abroad for month and a half. It was a good balance of productivity and relaxation, especially considering that it is my last summer as a student. So after a nice summer, I’m getting excited to see how the semester will turn out! E-mails keep coming about classes, schedules and so many Week of Welcome events! Every college is having an open house and my favorite’s College of Business Hot Dog Roast of course! BAB is where I spend most of my time and I’ll even be helping out at the Roast. They have a picnic, midnight movie, foam party and something for everyone’s taste, which poses a problem for me since I’m the one who tries to check out everything!

Beginning of the semester is always fun. You get to catch up with all the people that you saw non stop just few months ago, see who’s new, see what changes the college has made during the summer. Classes are even more exciting because the first week offers a chance to see what you’ll actually be discussing the next few months, without a pressure of an exam. It’s fairly good to be back.

Categories: Social Life, UAHuntsville, Uncategorized, What Matters

UAHuntsville Admissions