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March 26-April 1, 2018

 
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VCLLI Releases Spring Course Offerings
 
VCLLILogo.jpgThe Virginia Caples Lifelong Learning Institute (VCLLI) has released courses for the spring 2018 term.  The Institute is committed to enhanced quality of life for Alabama's growing senior citizen community.  COURSES
 
For more information about VCLLI and future activities, call (256) 372-7022.
 
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Join the New Scoreboard Drive!
 
We have great news! The long-awaited, highly anticipated request of yours is finally being answered. Alabama A&M University will be getting a NEW SCOREBOARD in Louis Crews Stadium! 
 
Scoreboard3.jpgWe will also be replacing the digital marquee on North Memorial Parkway with a video board display!
 
To accomplish both, we need your help. Louis Crews Stadium is the largest football stadium in North Alabama and the fifth largest in the state, with a seating capacity of 22,000. The current scoreboard is obsolete and is becoming increasingly difficult and more expensive to maintain.  For more information on how to score big with your contribution, click HERE now.
  
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Volunteers Needed for “Serving the City as One” Day April 14
 
Alabama A&M University will harness the collective energy of hundreds of freshmen, upperclassmen, and community volunteers for its Day of Service scheduled Saturday, April 14, 2018.   Activities will launch at 7 a.m. from The Quad and conclude around 3 p.m.  In case of rain or inclement weather, volunteers will assemble in the T.M. Elmore Gymnasium or alternate location.
 
This year, AAMU is leading the massive effort, which began as a project first organized by area churches.  In 2017, AAMU served as the first hub for north Huntsville.  On that Saturday morning, campus and community volunteers will gather for a university-wide send-off.  Campus buses will then drive them throughout the community to churches, agencies, and neighborhoods that requested help.
 
Previous projects have included:
 
·         Home Maintenance and Repair
·         Yard Work
·         AGENCY Opportunities: Hope Place, National Children’s Advocacy Center
          305 Eighth St., Manna House, Food Bank, Red Cross, CASA
·         Packing Goody Baskets
·         Lakewood and other school projects
·         Neighborhood cleanups
·         Letter Writing campaign to local Veteran’s
·         Voter registration drives
 
“This is a great way for students to experience first-hand the impact just a few hours of their time can make,” says Monica Clarke, coordinator of AAMU’s Service and Volunteerism program (monica.clarke@aamu.edu). For more information, call (256) 372-4710.  
 
To volunteer, click on the following:
 
 
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AAMU COBPA Golf Tournament & Silent Auction
Online registration is now up for the AAMU COBPA Golf Tournament & Silent Auction!  Register your team now and receive a 10% discount for twosome and 20% discount for foursome. Don't miss your opportunity to win major prizes by pledging to play in the AAMU COBPA Golf Tournament & Silent Auction on Friday, April 6, 2018 at The Huntsville Country Club!
 
Please click on the link below to register as an individual, twosome, or foursome.https://app.eventcaddy.com/events/aamu-college-of-business-public-affairs-golf-tournament-silent-auction
 
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Aramark Number Change
 
Please note that the Aramark Facilities emergency work line number has been changed to (256) 372-5746.
 
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                 Random Photography (Acquire Permission for Use)
 
Sidney Jackson
                  Women's Baskeball (Southern)
Howard Melton
                  Upcoming
 
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LOST - Keys lost in vicinity of 1st floor Chambers Building.  Contact nichellewalker14@gmail.com
 
LOST - Keys and thumb drive lost in vicinity of 114 Carver Complex Bonner Wing.  Contact Dr. Johnson Kamalu at ext. 4106.
 
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Extension Offers Statewide Health Management Workshop for Sheep and Goats
by Wendi Williams  
 
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs will offer a series of the Health Management Workshop for Sheep and Goat Herds across the state of Alabama from March to May 2018.
Goats.jpgThe workshop is designed to expand your knowledge about raising healthy sheep and goats. Topics will include tagging animals, identifying injection sites, hoof health management, the FAMACHA system, using the California Mastitis Test to detect mastitis in does and ewes, caring for newborn animals, body condition scoring, nutritional and forage management, biosecurity measures, and the proper disposal of medication and other substances. Participants will also travel to a local farm to engage in hands-on demonstrations.
Each workshop will run from 9:00 to 11:45 a.m. and on-farm demonstrations will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Participants are asked to pre-register online at http://www.aces.edu/urban/smallruminants/index.php.
 
Saturday, March 3 - AAMU Winfred Thomas Agricultural Research Station
372 Walker Lane, Hazel Green, AL 35750
For information contact: Dr. Maria Browning at (256) 372-4954 or mll0002@aces.edu
Dr. Karnita Garner at (256) 372-8331 or kfg0003@aces.edu
 
Saturday, March 17 - Jackson County Extension Office
27115 John T. Reid Parkway, Scottsboro, AL 35768
For information contact: Themika Sims at (256) 574-2143 or simsthe@aces.edu
 
Saturday, April 14 - Houston County Extension Office
Farm Center Building, 1699 Ross Clark Circle, Suite 4, Dothan, AL 36301
For information contact: Phillip Carter at (334) 794-4108 or phillc2@aces.edu or
Willie Durr at (334) 794-4108 or durrwil@aces.edu
 
Saturday, May 5 - Talladega County Extension Office
130 North Court Street, Talladega, AL 35160
For information contact: Henry Dorough at (256) 362-6187 or dorouhd@aces.edu   
The workshops are free and open to the public. Lunch will also be provided; however, pre-registration is required.
For additional information, please contact Dr. Maria Browning or Dr. Karnita Garner or visit www.aces.edu/urban.
 
This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Capacity Building Grant (CBG) Program (#1012164) and the Renewable Resource Extension Act (RREA) Program (#1012197).    
 
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TEDxAAMU is Here
 
The TEDxAAMU committee announces the inaugural TEDxAAMU event on Wednesday, April 11, (4-7 p.m.) in the Clyde Foster Multipurpose Room for inspiring TEDx Talks by native/local speakers, creators, and change-makers.
The theme for this event is “Start Here, Go Anywhere”.  Come out and mingle with an amazing group of speakers that will inspire and empower you: Mr. Joshua Baker, Mr. Eddie Davis, Mr. Demarco Fomby, Attorney Tanisia Moore, Ms. Brittany Morton and Mr. Rodney Smith. 
What is TEDx?  TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.  At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.  To learn more about our event, please click on the link below:
Tickets for this event are Free. However, only a limited number of tickets are available, and they are expected to go quickly.  
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AAMU to Compete in 29th Annual Honda Challenge in April 
 
After participating in a National Qualifying Tournament, Alabama A&M University will compete against fellow Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) at the 29th annual Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge National Championship Tournament. Teams from 48 HBCUs will go head‐to‐head in the National Championship of America's premier academic quiz for top HBCU student on the American Honda Motor Co., Inc. campus in Torrance, California. Alabama A&M University has the opportunity to win the HCASC top prize ‐ a $75,000 institutional grant from Honda.
 
Alabama A & M will be represented by Indonesia Alohn Jordan, a Junior majoring in Psychology from Phoenix, AZ, Kaila Pearson, a Sophomore majoring in Psychology from Mobile, AL, Aldrishon Jairus Jones, a Freshman majoring in Mechanical Engineering from Mobile, AL, and Aniekan Daniel Ruffin, a Sophomore majoring in Mechanical Engineering from Montgomery, AL. Carla Draper Holloway will coach the team.
 
Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge is a year‐round program that includes campus engagement, intramural play, qualifying tournaments and culminates with the National Championship. The fast‐paced competition highlights students' academic prowess and ability to answer questions about history, science, literature, religion, the arts and pop culture. As a result, students expand their scope of knowledge; learn teamwork and sportsmanship; travel to California to represent their schools at the National Championship Tournament; and develop a bond with their fellow competitors. HCASC's active alumni group also supports students with networking and mentorship opportunities post‐graduation.
 
"Honda congratulates Alabama A&M University for advancing to the 'Great 48,' a group that represents some of the brightest HBCU students across the country," said Steve Morikawa, Vice President, Corporate Relations and Social Responsibility, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Beyond the impressive academic competition, Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge has fostered a network of 'friends for life' that champions students as they pursue their professional dreams. We look forward to hosting an exciting HCASC National Championship Tournament in April."
 
In 1989, Honda established HCASC to highlight and recognize the academic achievements of HBCU students. More than $8.5 million in grants from Honda have provided support for scholarships, facility upgrades and other investments to improve the student experience. Now in its 29th year, more than 125,000 students have participated in HCASC.
 
The 2018 HCASC finals will be live‐streamed on Tuesday, April 10 starting at 12:00 p.m. ET at HCASC.com. For more information on HCASC, including a full list of the 48 qualifying teams, visit www.hcasc.com.  
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Spring 2018 Appearances for the AAMU Choir
 
Dr. Horace Carney, interim director for the AAMU Choir, has announced the following activities and venues for Spring 2018.
 
MARCH 16-23             SPRING   TOUR                        FORMAL
 
APRIL 9 or 10              SPRING CONCERT                  FORMAL
                                     HUNTSVILLE, AL
APRIL 22                      ANNUAL SPRING CONCERT  FORMAL
                                     AAMU Band and Choir
                                     Birmingham
 
MAY 4                          COMMENCEMENT                     ROBES
 
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A&M Business College Adds Golf Tournament
 
The College Business and Public Affairs (COB­PA) at Alabama A&M University has added a golf tournament to the 3rd an­nual AAMU COBPA Silent Auction.
 
This year, there will be the opportunity to win amazing prizes such as a vehicle, courtesy of Woody Anderson Ford; a three-day RV rental, courtesy of Bankston Motor Homes; and much more.
 
The Alabama A&M Col­lege of Business and Public Affairs Golf Tournament and Silent Auction will take place Friday, April 6, at the Huntsville Country Club on Oakwood Avenue NW.
 
Participation and even any donations toward the event will be appreciated. For more information about the auction or golf tournament, contact Amoi Savage at (256) 527-7212.
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TEDxAAMU:  Now preparing for its April 2018 talk on "Start Here, Go Anywhere," a capable group of AAMU's finest students, staff and faculty includes the following:  Front Row (l-r): Gemma Sivetz, Aliyah Riley, Tarsha Lockhart and Jeremy Petty; Back Row (l-r): Willie F. Diggs II, Dr. Donna Gibson, Prof. Elizabeth Ford and Dr. Daniel Upchurch.  (Photo by J. Saintjones)
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March 18-25, 2018

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MARCH 19th Broadcast of WJAB-TV's Alabama A&M FrontPage!
 
 
 
Stories include: BEYA Conference, Google Hackathon, Youth Motivation Task Force (YMTF), Food Pantry Reopens with New Location, CSD Free Hearing Screenings, Campus Hair and Nail Salon, Spring Week, Get Fit, Day of Service, Registration Open for Virginia Caples Lifelong Learning Institute, R.S.V.P. - "A Tea on THE HILL" with Bravo TV's Married to Medicine's Dr. Jackie Walters.
 
 
 
Please click the link below to view the March 19, 2018, broadcast of the Alabama A&M FrontPage.
 
 
 
 
 
 
To find out more about what's going on at WJAB, just search for WJAB on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube) or visit our website at www.wjab.org!
 
 
 
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AAMU Site of Redstone's First Campus Branch
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Now, thanks to some innovation, old fashioned grit and a little Bulldog Pride, the Huntsville campus has become the site of a branch of one of the largest credit unions in the nation.
 
 
 
University officials and key representatives from Redstone Federal Credit Union (RFCU), along with the Huntsville Madison County Chamber of Commerce, held a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, February 16, in celebration of the new campus branch of Redstone Federal Credit Union, its first on a university campus.  The event was held inside the Ernest L. Knight Center at 10 a.m.  MORE
 
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SBIR Road Tour
 
 
 
The SBIR Road Tour is a national outreach effort to convey the non-dilutive technology funding opportunity provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.
 
 
 
Federal and State Program Managers representing the $2.5 billion in early stage funding have been invited to attend a series of events alongside technology entrepreneurs and innovation supporters from across the United States.Click this link for more information:  http://www.sbirroadtour.com/ or contact Dr. Teresa Merriweather Orok, executive director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Development, Alabama A&M University, College od Business and Public Affairs, (256) 372-5603 or (256) 372-8879.
 
 
 
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AAMU Graduate Social Work Receives $1.92 Million HRSA Grant
 
 
 
 
 
Alabama A&M University’s Master of Social Work Program has received a four-year $1.92 million grant award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) through the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program.
 
 
 
The award marks the largest single grant received by the MSW program since itsMSWGroup.jpg initial accreditation in two decades ago.  The grant is being administered by Dr. Tonya Perry, principal investigator, professor and chair of the Department of Social Work, Psychology and Counseling; Dr. Pamela Plummer, co-principal investigator and assistant professor of social work; and project coordinator Theia L. Byars, MSW.
 
 
 
The three have xpressed excitement about "the tremendous promise that the grant holds for increasing the capacity of social workers, nurses, psychologists and counselors" to ultimately meet the varied needs of underserved populations.
 
 
 
Over the next four years, AAMU’s Behavioral Health Workforce Training Program (BHWTP) will recruit and train a cadre of MSW students in their final year of field practicum to pursue careers in behavioral health social work.
 
 
 
Moreover, the project will provide MSW students the tools necessary to assist vulnerable, medically underserved persons throughout communities in the North Alabama region. As part of their training, BHWTP fellows will participate in interprofessional trainings designed to increase their core behavioral health knowledge and skills.
 
 
 
In conjunction with community partners with which AAMU’s MSW Program has held longstanding relationships, BHWTP fellows will learn alongside nursing, psychology, communicative science disorders (CSD) and family and consumer science students.
 
 
 
The recipients of the 2018 BHWET fellowship are include:  Desiree Arnold, Candace Arnold, Dominique Armstrong, Marquisia D. Bouler, Darlicia Boykin, Alexis Bunley, Cameron Conner, Genoria Crews, Ashley Gordon, Shalondell Harris, Latoria Horton, Daphne Sherae Jones, Veronica T. Lewis, Darren McCrae, Carolyn Denise McShan, Laurin O. Mitchell, Melissa D. Murray, Justin B. Ravizee, Shakira Simmons, Marquete H. Simon, Jessica T. Smith and Elexus Washington.
 
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VCLLI Releases Spring Course Offerings
 
 
 
VCLLILogo.jpgThe Virginia Caples Lifelong Learning Institute (VCLLI) has released courses for the spring 2018 term.  The Institute is committed to enhanced quality of life for Alabama's growing senior citizen community.  COURSES
 
 
 
For more information about VCLLI and future activities, call (256) 372-7022.
 
 
 
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Join the New Scoreboard Drive!
 
 
 
 
We have great news! The long-awaited, highly anticipated request of yours is finally being answered. Alabama A&M University will be getting a NEW SCOREBOARD in Louis Crews Stadium! 
 
 
 
Scoreboard3.jpgWe will also be replacing the digital marquee on North Memorial Parkway with a video board display!
 
 
 
To accomplish both, we need your help. Louis Crews Stadium is the largest football stadium in North Alabama and the fifth largest in the state, with a seating capacity of 22,000. The current scoreboard is obsolete and is becoming increasingly difficult and more expensive to maintain.  For more information on how to score big with your contribution, click HERE now.

 

  

 

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Volunteers Needed for “Serving the City as One” Day April 14

 

 

 

Alabama A&M University will harness the collective energy of hundreds of freshmen, upperclassmen, and community volunteers for its Day of Service scheduled Saturday, April 14, 2018.   Activities will launch at 7 a.m. from The Quad and conclude around 3 p.m.  In case of rain or inclement weather, volunteers will assemble in the T.M. Elmore Gymnasium or alternate location.

 

 

 

This year, AAMU is leading the massive effort, which began as a project first organized by area churches.  In 2017, AAMU served as the first hub for north Huntsville.  On that Saturday morning, campus and community volunteers will gather for a university-wide send-off.  Campus buses will then drive them throughout the community to churches, agencies, and neighborhoods that requested help.

 

 

 

Previous projects have included:

 

 

 

·         Home Maintenance and Repair

 

·         Yard Work

 

·         AGENCY Opportunities: Hope Place, National Children’s Advocacy Center

 

          305 Eighth St., Manna House, Food Bank, Red Cross, CASA

 

·         Packing Goody Baskets

 

·         Lakewood and other school projects

 

·         Neighborhood cleanups

 

·         Letter Writing campaign to local Veteran’s

 

·         Voter registration drives

 

 

 

“This is a great way for students to experience first-hand the impact just a few hours of their time can make,” says Monica Clarke, coordinator of AAMU’s Service and Volunteerism program (monica.clarke@aamu.edu). For more information, call (256) 372-4710.  

 

 

 

To volunteer, click on the following:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Social Work Holds Cookie Swap

 

 

 

The Alabama A&M University Social Work Department and Crisis Services of North Alabama recently sponsored a "Cookie Swap" Community Resource Fair Friday, March 16. 

 

 

 

The fair provided the community with information about programs services, resources, volunteerism, internships and employment opportunities, with plenty of cookies.   PHOTOS

 

 

 

For more information about future events, contact Helen L. Egson, MSW field coordinator, at (256) 372-7214 or e-mail helen.egson@aamu.edu.

 

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Tea on The Hill” Women’s Week activity Thursday, March 22.  The event, part of AAMU’s Beyond Normal Lecture Series, will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center. Registration urged at www.aamu.edu.
 
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undergraduate degree from Alcorn State University.  She has become the physician of choice for several entertainers in the Atlanta, Ga., area.  A two-time breast cancer survivor, she founded the 50 Shades of Pink Foundation to treat the inner and outer beauty of Breast Cancer Warriors.
 
Some of the health-conscious doctor’s contributions to women’s health issues can be found in national publications such as Essence and Glamour magazines.
 
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AAMU COBPA Golf Tournament & Silent Auction
Online registration is now up for the AAMU COBPA Golf Tournament & Silent Auction!  Register your team now and receive a 10% discount for twosome and 20% discount for foursome. Don't miss your opportunity to win major prizes by pledging to play in the AAMU COBPA Golf Tournament & Silent Auction on Friday, April 6, 2018 at The Huntsville Country Club!
 
Please click on the link below to register as an individual, twosome, or foursome.https://app.eventcaddy.com/events/aamu-college-of-business-public-affairs-golf-tournament-silent-auction
 
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Aramark Number Change
 
Please note that the Aramark Facilities emergency work line number has been changed to (256) 372-5746.
 
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Kendrell Trayvick
                 Random Photography (Acquire Permission for Use)
 
Sidney Jackson
                  Women's Baskeball (Southern)
Howard Melton
                  Upcoming
 
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LOST - Keys lost in vicinity of 1st floor Chambers Building.  Contact nichellewalker14@gmail.com
 
LOST - Keys and thumb drive lost in vicinity of 114 Carver Complex Bonner Wing.  Contact Dr. Johnson Kamalu at ext. 4106.
 
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Extension Offers Statewide Health Management Workshop for Sheep and Goats
by Wendi Williams  
 
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs will offer a series of the Health Management Workshop for Sheep and Goat Herds across the state of Alabama from March to May 2018.
Goats.jpgThe workshop is designed to expand your knowledge about raising healthy sheep and goats. Topics will include tagging animals, identifying injection sites, hoof health management, the FAMACHA system, using the California Mastitis Test to detect mastitis in does and ewes, caring for newborn animals, body condition scoring, nutritional and forage management, biosecurity measures, and the proper disposal of medication and other substances. Participants will also travel to a local farm to engage in hands-on demonstrations.
Each workshop will run from 9:00 to 11:45 a.m. and on-farm demonstrations will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Participants are asked to pre-register online at http://www.aces.edu/urban/smallruminants/index.php.
 
Saturday, March 3 - AAMU Winfred Thomas Agricultural Research Station
372 Walker Lane, Hazel Green, AL 35750
For information contact: Dr. Maria Browning at (256) 372-4954 or mll0002@aces.edu
Dr. Karnita Garner at (256) 372-8331 or kfg0003@aces.edu
 
Saturday, March 17 - Jackson County Extension Office
27115 John T. Reid Parkway, Scottsboro, AL 35768
For information contact: Themika Sims at (256) 574-2143 or simsthe@aces.edu
 
Saturday, April 14 - Houston County Extension Office
Farm Center Building, 1699 Ross Clark Circle, Suite 4, Dothan, AL 36301
For information contact: Phillip Carter at (334) 794-4108 or phillc2@aces.edu or
Willie Durr at (334) 794-4108 or durrwil@aces.edu
 
Saturday, May 5 - Talladega County Extension Office
130 North Court Street, Talladega, AL 35160
For information contact: Henry Dorough at (256) 362-6187 or dorouhd@aces.edu   
The workshops are free and open to the public. Lunch will also be provided; however, pre-registration is required.
For additional information, please contact Dr. Maria Browning or Dr. Karnita Garner or visit www.aces.edu/urban.
 
This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Capacity Building Grant (CBG) Program (#1012164) and the Renewable Resource Extension Act (RREA) Program (#1012197).    
 
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TEDxAAMU is Here
 
The TEDxAAMU committee announces the inaugural TEDxAAMU event on Wednesday, April 11, (4-7 p.m.) in the Clyde Foster Multipurpose Room for inspiring TEDx Talks by native/local speakers, creators, and change-makers.
The theme for this event is “Start Here, Go Anywhere”.  Come out and mingle with an amazing group of speakers that will inspire and empower you: Mr. Joshua Baker, Mr. Eddie Davis, Mr. Demarco Fomby, Attorney Tanisia Moore, Ms. Brittany Morton and Mr. Rodney Smith. 
What is TEDx?  TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.  At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.  To learn more about our event, please click on the link below:
Tickets for this event are Free. However, only a limited number of tickets are available, and they are expected to go quickly.  
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AAMU to Compete in 29th Annual Honda Challenge in April 
 
After participating in a National Qualifying Tournament, Alabama A&M University will compete against fellow Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) at the 29th annual Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge National Championship Tournament. Teams from 48 HBCUs will go head‐to‐head in the National Championship of America's premier academic quiz for top HBCU student on the American Honda Motor Co., Inc. campus in Torrance, California. Alabama A&M University has the opportunity to win the HCASC top prize ‐ a $75,000 institutional grant from Honda.
 
Alabama A & M will be represented by Indonesia Alohn Jordan, a Junior majoring in Psychology from Phoenix, AZ, Kaila Pearson, a Sophomore majoring in Psychology from Mobile, AL, Aldrishon Jairus Jones, a Freshman majoring in Mechanical Engineering from Mobile, AL, and Aniekan Daniel Ruffin, a Sophomore majoring in Mechanical Engineering from Montgomery, AL. Carla Draper Holloway will coach the team.
 
Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge is a year‐round program that includes campus engagement, intramural play, qualifying tournaments and culminates with the National Championship. The fast‐paced competition highlights students' academic prowess and ability to answer questions about history, science, literature, religion, the arts and pop culture. As a result, students expand their scope of knowledge; learn teamwork and sportsmanship; travel to California to represent their schools at the National Championship Tournament; and develop a bond with their fellow competitors. HCASC's active alumni group also supports students with networking and mentorship opportunities post‐graduation.
 
"Honda congratulates Alabama A&M University for advancing to the 'Great 48,' a group that represents some of the brightest HBCU students across the country," said Steve Morikawa, Vice President, Corporate Relations and Social Responsibility, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Beyond the impressive academic competition, Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge has fostered a network of 'friends for life' that champions students as they pursue their professional dreams. We look forward to hosting an exciting HCASC National Championship Tournament in April."
 
In 1989, Honda established HCASC to highlight and recognize the academic achievements of HBCU students. More than $8.5 million in grants from Honda have provided support for scholarships, facility upgrades and other investments to improve the student experience. Now in its 29th year, more than 125,000 students have participated in HCASC.
 
The 2018 HCASC finals will be live‐streamed on Tuesday, April 10 starting at 12:00 p.m. ET at HCASC.com. For more information on HCASC, including a full list of the 48 qualifying teams, visit www.hcasc.com.  
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Spring 2018 Appearances for the AAMU Choir
 
Dr. Horace Carney, interim director for the AAMU Choir, has announced the following activities and venues for Spring 2018.
 
MARCH 16-23             SPRING   TOUR                        FORMAL
 
APRIL 9 or 10              SPRING CONCERT                  FORMAL
                                     HUNTSVILLE, AL
APRIL 22                      ANNUAL SPRING CONCERT  FORMAL
                                     AAMU Band and Choir
                                     Birmingham
 
MAY 4                          COMMENCEMENT                     ROBES
 
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A&M Business College Adds Golf Tournament
 
The College Business and Public Affairs (COB­PA) at Alabama A&M University has added a golf tournament to the 3rd an­nual AAMU COBPA Silent Auction.
 
This year, there will be the opportunity to win amazing prizes such as a vehicle, courtesy of Woody Anderson Ford; a three-day RV rental, courtesy of Bankston Motor Homes; and much more.
 
The Alabama A&M Col­lege of Business and Public Affairs Golf Tournament and Silent Auction will take place Friday, April 6, at the Huntsville Country Club on Oakwood Avenue NW.
 
Participation and even any donations toward the event will be appreciated. For more information about the auction or golf tournament, contact Amoi Savage at (256) 527-7212.
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TEDxAAMU:  Now preparing for its April 2018 talk on "Start Here, Go Anywhere," a capable group of AAMU's finest students, staff and faculty includes the following:  Front Row (l-r): Gemma Sivetz, Aliyah Riley, Tarsha Lockhart and Jeremy Petty; Back Row (l-r): Willie F. Diggs II, Dr. Donna Gibson, Prof. Elizabeth Ford and Dr. Daniel Upchurch.  (Photo by J. Saintjones)
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Huntsville, Ala. ---- From managing their busy class schedules to maintaining their personal budgets and hectic extracurricular lives—it must be noted that Alabama A&M University students have always been about business.   PHOTOS

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Captain JesHenry Malone of the Huntsville Police Department was appointed by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey to complete Harrison's term.  A former Marine, Malone is a native of Monroeville, Ala., who earned the M.S. degree in personnel administration from AAMU.

 

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VCLLI Releases Spring Course Offerings
 
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For more information about VCLLI and future activities, call (256) 372-7022.
 

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Volunteers Needed for “Serving the City as One” Day April 14
 
Alabama A&M University will harness the collective energy of hundreds of freshmen, upperclassmen, and community volunteers for its Day of Service scheduled Saturday, April 14, 2018.   Activities will launch at 7 a.m. from The Quad and conclude around 3 p.m.  In case of rain or inclement weather, volunteers will assemble in the T.M. Elmore Gymnasium or alternate location.
 
This year, AAMU is leading the massive effort, which began as a project first organized by area churches.  In 2017, AAMU served as the first hub for north Huntsville.  On that Saturday morning, campus and community volunteers will gather for a university-wide send-off.  Campus buses will then drive them throughout the community to churches, agencies, and neighborhoods that requested help.
 
Previous projects have included:
 
·         Home Maintenance and Repair
·         Yard Work
·         AGENCY Opportunities: Hope Place, National Children’s Advocacy Center
          305 Eighth St., Manna House, Food Bank, Red Cross, CASA
·         Packing Goody Baskets
·         Lakewood and other school projects
·         Neighborhood cleanups
·         Letter Writing campaign to local Veteran’s
·         Voter registration drives
 
“This is a great way for students to experience first-hand the impact just a few hours of their time can make,” says Monica Clarke, coordinator of AAMU’s Service and Volunteerism program (monica.clarke@aamu.edu). For more information, call (256) 372-4710.  
 
To volunteer or receive additional information, visit https://goo.gl/U62LYd
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Social Work Holding Cookie Swap
 
The Social Work Department at Alabama A&M University  in partnership with Crisis Services of North Alabama is sponsoring a "Cookie Swap" Community Resource Fair Friday, March 16, from 9 a.m.-12 noon in AAMU's T.M. Elmore Gymnasium.
 
The fair provides the community with information about programs services, resources, volunteerism, internships and employment opportunities.  The event is FREE to the public, and there will be "plenty of FREE cookies!"
 
For more information, contact Helen L. Egson, MSW field coordinator, at (256) 372-7214 or e-mail helen.egson@aamu.edu.
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Strive for 5,000 Football Ticket Sale
 
Alabama A&M Athletic Department has announced the launch of the “Strive for 5,000” season ticket sale, which is an initiative to sell 5,000 season tickets for the 2018 football season.
 
To help reach the goal, the department will hold a ONE-DAY season ticket sale of $100 for Bulldog fans on March 17, which is also the Inaugural AAMU Spring Football Game for Head Coach Connell Maynor.
 
The sale will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, only at the Louis Crews Stadium ticket office, with the spring football game to start at 11 a.m.
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SBIR Road Tour
 
The SBIR Road Tour is a national outreach effort to convey the non-dilutive technology funding opportunity provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Federal and State Program Managers representing the $2.5 billion in early stage funding have been invited to attend a series of events alongside technology entrepreneurs and innovation supporters from across the United States.
 
Click this link for more information:  http://www.sbirroadtour.com/ or contact Dr. Teresa Merriweather Orok, executive director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Development, Alabama A&M University, College od Business and Public Affairs, (256) 372-5603 or (256) 372-8879.
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‘Married to Medicine’ Star Tops A&M’s Women’s Week
 
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Some of the health-conscious doctor’s contributions to women’s health issues can be found in national publications such as Essence and Glamour magazines.

 
 
AAMU COBPA Golf Tournament & Silent Auction
Online registration is now up for the AAMU COBPA Golf Tournament & Silent Auction!  Register your team now and receive a 10% discount for twosome and 20% discount for foursome. Don't miss your opportunity to win major prizes by pledging to play in the AAMU COBPA Golf Tournament & Silent Auction on Friday, April 6, 2018 at The Huntsville Country Club!
 
Please click on the link below to register as an individual, twosome, or foursome.https://app.eventcaddy.com/events/aamu-college-of-business-public-affairs-golf-tournament-silent-auction
 
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Aramark Number Change
 
Please note that the Aramark Facilities emergency work line number has been changed to (256) 372-5746.
 
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LOST - Keys lost in vicinity of 1st floor Chambers Building.  Contact nichellewalker14@gmail.com
 
LOST - Keys and thumb drive lost in vicinity of 114 Carver Complex Bonner Wing.  Contact Dr. Johnson Kamalu at ext. 4106.
 
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Extension Offers Statewide Health Management Workshop for Sheep and Goats
by Wendi Williams  
 
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs will offer a series of the Health Management Workshop for Sheep and Goat Herds across the state of Alabama from March to May 2018.
Goats.jpgThe workshop is designed to expand your knowledge about raising healthy sheep and goats. Topics will include tagging animals, identifying injection sites, hoof health management, the FAMACHA system, using the California Mastitis Test to detect mastitis in does and ewes, caring for newborn animals, body condition scoring, nutritional and forage management, biosecurity measures, and the proper disposal of medication and other substances. Participants will also travel to a local farm to engage in hands-on demonstrations.
Each workshop will run from 9:00 to 11:45 a.m. and on-farm demonstrations will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Participants are asked to pre-register online at http://www.aces.edu/urban/smallruminants/index.php.
 
Saturday, March 3 - AAMU Winfred Thomas Agricultural Research Station
372 Walker Lane, Hazel Green, AL 35750
For information contact: Dr. Maria Browning at (256) 372-4954 or mll0002@aces.edu
Dr. Karnita Garner at (256) 372-8331 or kfg0003@aces.edu
 
Saturday, March 17 - Jackson County Extension Office
27115 John T. Reid Parkway, Scottsboro, AL 35768
For information contact: Themika Sims at (256) 574-2143 or simsthe@aces.edu
 
Saturday, April 14 - Houston County Extension Office
Farm Center Building, 1699 Ross Clark Circle, Suite 4, Dothan, AL 36301
For information contact: Phillip Carter at (334) 794-4108 or phillc2@aces.edu or
Willie Durr at (334) 794-4108 or durrwil@aces.edu
 
Saturday, May 5 - Talladega County Extension Office
130 North Court Street, Talladega, AL 35160
For information contact: Henry Dorough at (256) 362-6187 or dorouhd@aces.edu   
The workshops are free and open to the public. Lunch will also be provided; however, pre-registration is required.
For additional information, please contact Dr. Maria Browning or Dr. Karnita Garner or visit www.aces.edu/urban.
 
This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Capacity Building Grant (CBG) Program (#1012164) and the Renewable Resource Extension Act (RREA) Program (#1012197).    
 
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Board Executive Committee Meets, Celebrates New Structure
 
Huntsville, Ala. ---- The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of Alabama A&M University met Friday, March 2, in the Clyde Foster Auditorium of the College of Business and Public Affairs.  PHOTOS
 
President Pro Tempore Jerome B. Williams noted that a committee had been established for the naming of buildings and structures.   Former trustee Lucien Blankenship chairs the committee, and members include Albert Benifield, Jr., president of the AAMU Alumni Association, Inc., and Dr. Jeanette Jones, president of the Faculty Senate.
 
Williams also said that an ad hoc committee set up to provide recommendations for the demolition or repurposing of currently vacant buildings will include Trustees John Hackett, Jr. (chair), Ginger Harper, Kevin Ball and Perry Jones.  The Business and Finance committee received approval to purchase the property located at 128 Chase Road for $68,000.
 
During the session, the Executive Committee approved requests from the Academic Affairs component to make the following revisions to curriculum offerings:  1) add the M.S. degree in mechanical engineering; 2) add the MBA 4+1 degree program; 3) add concentrations in general mechanical engineering and environmental management; and 4) to place on “inactive status” the concentration program in school psychology and the certification program in school psychometry.  Additionally, the AAMU RISE Board will now include President Pro Tem Williams among its members.
 
Brief informational Items were presented by Archie Tucker, vice president for marketing, communication and advancement; Dr. Kimberley Marshall, chief information officer; Dr. Gary Crosby, vice president for student affairs.  There also were no action items from the Audit and Investment, Athletics, and Governance committees.
 
Trustees went into executive session at 11 a.m. to receive legal briefings on pending legal matters and to receive legal advice.  The meeting resumed at 12:51 p.m.  The Board is “looking forward to continued and sustained growth” following its positive evaluation of AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr., in light of reaffirmation of accreditation, enrollment increases, fundraising enhancements, U.S. Department of Education fundraising package resulting in the erection of a $34 million residence hall and overall financial integrity of the institution. 
 
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the board is Friday, June 22, at 10 a.m. in the Clyde Foster Auditorium of the College of Business and Public Affairs.  Subcommittees will meet on Thursday, June 21, in the President’s Board Room.
 
Following the trustee meeting, AAMU trustees, officials, elected officials and other constituents ceremonially “cut the ribbon” at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 2, to the new $34 million residence hall that will house 580 students in suite-style, state of the art accommodations. The financing of the project (construction and furnishings) was made possible through the U.S. Department of Education HBCU Capital Access Program.   PHOTOS
 
AAMU experienced a significant increase in its enrollment over the past five years. In 2015 and 2016, the University secured record enrollments in its freshman class. By Fall 2017, AAMU’s enrollment surpassed the 6,000-student mark. The enrollment increase, coupled with overall financial strength of the institution, positioned the University to proceed with the construction of the facility.
 
Located on Meridian Street, adjacent to the AAMU Student Health and Wellness Center, the four-story 580-bed structure includes an automation system that monitors occupancy through motion sensors, thus reducing the amount of energy use when rooms are not occupied. The facility includes 130 four-person double units ($3,000 per semester), as well as single quads ($3,550 per semester). The design-style is a mix of traditional with stately columns and an A-line roof, as well as modern with glass and metal features.
 
Throughout the entire planning and design phases, AAMU officials ensured that students were involved in the entire process. According to AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr., students were an integral part of the building committee and provided important perspectives on the design of the facility, space allocation and even furniture design and selection.
 
The facility was designed by Moody-Nolan and Chasm Architecture Firms, with Wiregrass Construction Company providing the site package. Erected by FITE Construction Company, with Turner Construction as project manager, the residence hall also features a large storm shelter, meeting rooms, study areas, advanced tech laundry rooms, modern furnishings and specialized rooms for residence hall assistants and hall director.
 
AAMU officials, trustees and students held a ground breaking for the 14-month project on Thursday, August 18, 2016. The facility accepted its first students and assumed full operation on January 7, 2018.
The construction of the new residence hall and major infrastructure upgrades resulted in an economic impact of $60 million, created 600 new jobs and generated tax revenues of $2.1 million. The project had a significant impact on the educational environment of the university, as well as served as an economic boast for Madison County, Huntsville, and particularly North Huntsville.
 
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Professor Publishes Must-Haves for Chemistry Majors
 
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Dr. James M. Thompson, professor emeritus of chemistry, has authored two textbooks (Pen Stanford Publishing, 2018).  “Mass Spectrometry” is a 206-page book divided into three major sections that focus on fundamentals, analysis of Spectrometry.jpg
mass spectra and problems in mass spectrometry, drawing significantly from the mammoth resources of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
 
Thompson calls the work an “introductory text” aimed at familiarizing undergraduate students with the basic theory and interpretative techniques of mass spectrometry.
 
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Dr. Thompson has taught organic chemistry and instrumental methods for decades at AAMU.  He received the Ph.D. degree in 1975 from the University of Delaware under the supervision of 2010 Nobel Prize winner Richard F. Heck.
 
The professor has performed research for NASA in the area of thermal gravimetric analysis for some 15 years, and he is the recipient of over 50 awards and recognitions.
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TEDxAAMU is Here
 
The TEDxAAMU committee announces the inaugural TEDxAAMU event on Wednesday, April 11, (4-7 p.m.) in the Clyde Foster Multipurpose Room for inspiring TEDx Talks by native/local speakers, creators, and change-makers.
 
The theme for this event is “Start Here, Go Anywhere”.  Come out and mingle with an amazing group of speakers that will inspire and empower you: Mr. Joshua Baker, Mr. Eddie Davis, Mr. Demarco Fomby, Attorney Tanisia Moore, Ms. Brittany Morton and Mr. Rodney Smith. 

What is TEDx?  TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.  At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.  To learn more about our event, please click on the link below:
 
 
Tickets for this event are Free. However, only a limited number of tickets are available, and they are expected to go quickly.  
 
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Racing Team Sponsorship: Crystal Renner (c), talent acquisition department at DENSO Manufacturing in Athens, Tenn., presents a check to help sponsor the AAMU-HEBUT Formula SAE racing team for its competition later this spring. Pictured (l-r) are:  Gary Chan, CETPS; students Joshua Seals, Rasheedah Ford, Xavier Leslie and Arbion Harrell; Dr. Chance Glenn, dean, College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences (CETPS), receiving check from Renner; students Kobe Bryant, Lawrence Joseph, Aleya Hamilton, Shemar Maxwell and Travon Larkin-Warren; Katelyn West, DENSO; and Dr. Wing Chan, CETPS.
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AAMU COBPA Golf Tournament & Silent Auction
 
Online registration is now up for the AAMU COBPA Golf Tournament & Silent Auction!  Register your team now and receive a 10% discount for twosome and 20% discount for foursome. Don't miss your opportunity to win major prizes by pledging to play in the AAMU COBPA Golf Tournament & Silent Auction on Friday, April 6, 2018 at The Huntsville Country Club!
 
 
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YMTF-Ready:  An AAMU committee is geared up for the opening of the 43rd annual Youth Motivation Task Force (YMTF) Outreach Program March 12-13.  Professionals representing a variety of careers and sectors will spend two days on the AAMU campus motivating students to stay focus and to earn their degrees.  The campus team includes the following: (Front) Dr. Mebougna Drabo, Angel Lee, Career Development Services Director Yvette Clayton, Iris Glover-Robinson and Dr. Aaron Adams. (Back) Monique Ryan, Tangela Rutledge-Gale, Theresa McCants, Sharon Steele, Erica Washington and Jackie Collier.
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Awardees of Hampton-Wells Scholarship Announced
  
The Hampton-Wells Scholarship of the Alabama A&M University Foundation is making an award to six (6) students throughout the state of Alabama. They are as follows.
 
Awardees                  Age                      City                 Program Choice                      Fee                Gender
Cynthia L. Bradley    13                 Linden, AL             Aviation Challenge Mach II     $1000            F
Charity N. Harris       10                Montgomery, AL     Space Camp                           $1000            F
Aiden L. English         9                 Sterrett, AL             Space Camp                           $1000            M
Elijah J. Barber           9                 Florence, AL           Space Camp                           $1000            M
Bailey L. Webster      9                  Birmingham, AL      Space Camp                           $1000            F
Sophia R. Parker       15                Huntsville, AL          Adv. Space Academy             $1200            F
 
 
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The Hampton-Wells Scholarship Program was established by Dr. Annie M. Wells, and the initial funding was contributed by the late Lionel Hampton. The Space Camp Scholarship election Committee this year were Dr. Carol Deakin, Dr. Jetaun Bailey and Dr. Daniel Upchurch, who are professors at Alabama A&M University.
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Please note that the Aramark Facilities emergency work line number has been changed to (256) 372-5746.
 
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CDS Preparing for Festive YMTF, Faculty Support Urged
 
Career Development Services is planning for one of the year’s most popular events.  The 43rd annual Youth Motivation Task Force (YNTF) Outreach Program will be held March 12-13.
 
YMTF attracts professionals impacting numerous career fields across multiple sectors.  These visiting men and women spend two days on campus to motivate AAMU students on the importance of staying focused on earning their college degrees, says Yvette Clayton, director of CDS.
 
AAMU faculty members are encouraged to allow the volunteer YMTF consultants to visit their classes on Monday, March 12, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., and on Tuesday, March 13, between 8 a.m. and noon.
 
For additional information, call Career Development Services at 256.372.5692.
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Alabama A&M TV Launches “FrontPage”
 
Electronic Media Communications/WJAB-TV has launched a new show called the “Alabama A&M FrontPage.”
 
It is an all AAMU newscast dedicated to highlighting the positive and uplifting stories of students, faculty and staff. The newscast will air weekly on Comcast channel 78 and will be posted to WJAB’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.
However, WJAB-TV needs the help of everyone on campus. If you have a news story to be considered for the Alabama A&M FrontPage, please e-mail Latoyia Clemons at wjabtv_production1@aamu.edu.
 
 In the meantime, please view the first Alabama A&M FrontPage newscast by visiting www.aamu.edu.
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Extension Offers Statewide Health Management Workshop for Sheep and Goats
by Wendi Williams  
 
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs will offer a series of the Health Management Workshop for Sheep and Goat Herds across the state of Alabama from March to May 2018.
 
Goats.jpgThe workshop is designed to expand your knowledge about raising healthy sheep and goats. Topics will include tagging animals, identifying injection sites, hoof health management, the FAMACHA system, using the California Mastitis Test to detect mastitis in does and ewes, caring for newborn animals, body condition scoring, nutritional and forage management, biosecurity measures, and the proper disposal of medication and other substances. Participants will also travel to a local farm to engage in hands-on demonstrations.
 
Each workshop will run from 9:00 to 11:45 a.m. and on-farm demonstrations will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Participants are asked to pre-register online at http://www.aces.edu/urban/smallruminants/index.php.
 
Saturday, March 3 - AAMU Winfred Thomas Agricultural Research Station
372 Walker Lane, Hazel Green, AL 35750
For information contact: Dr. Maria Browning at (256) 372-4954 or mll0002@aces.edu
Dr. Karnita Garner at (256) 372-8331 or kfg0003@aces.edu
 
Saturday, March 17 - Jackson County Extension Office
27115 John T. Reid Parkway, Scottsboro, AL 35768
For information contact: Themika Sims at (256) 574-2143 or simsthe@aces.edu
 
Saturday, April 14 - Houston County Extension Office
Farm Center Building, 1699 Ross Clark Circle, Suite 4, Dothan, AL 36301
For information contact: Phillip Carter at (334) 794-4108 or phillc2@aces.edu or
Willie Durr at (334) 794-4108 or durrwil@aces.edu
 
Saturday, May 5 - Talladega County Extension Office
130 North Court Street, Talladega, AL 35160
For information contact: Henry Dorough at (256) 362-6187 or dorouhd@aces.edu   
The workshops are free and open to the public. Lunch will also be provided; however, pre-registration is required.
For additional information, please contact Dr. Maria Browning or Dr. Karnita Garner or visit www.aces.edu/urban.
 
This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Capacity Building Grant (CBG) Program (#1012164) and the Renewable Resource Extension Act (RREA) Program (#1012197).    
 
 
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AAMU to Compete in 29th Annual Honda Challenge in April 
 
After participating in a National Qualifying Tournament, Alabama A&M University will compete against fellow Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) at the 29th annual Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge National Championship Tournament. Teams from 48 HBCUs will go head‐to‐head in the National Championship of America's premier academic quiz for top HBCU student on the American Honda Motor Co., Inc. campus in Torrance, California. Alabama A&M University has the opportunity to win the HCASC top prize ‐ a $75,000 institutional grant from Honda.
 
Alabama A & M will be represented by Indonesia Alohn Jordan, a Junior majoring in Psychology from Phoenix, AZ, Kaila Pearson, a Sophomore majoring in Psychology from Mobile, AL, Aldrishon Jairus Jones, a Freshman majoring in Mechanical Engineering from Mobile, AL, and Aniekan Daniel Ruffin, a Sophomore majoring in Mechanical Engineering from Montgomery, AL. Carla Draper Holloway will coach the team.
 
Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge is a year‐round program that includes campus engagement, intramural play, qualifying tournaments and culminates with the National Championship. The fast‐paced competition highlights students' academic prowess and ability to answer questions about history, science, literature, religion, the arts and pop culture. As a result, students expand their scope of knowledge; learn teamwork and sportsmanship; travel to California to represent their schools at the National Championship Tournament; and develop a bond with their fellow competitors. HCASC's active alumni group also supports students with networking and mentorship opportunities post‐graduation.
 
"Honda congratulates Alabama A&M University for advancing to the 'Great 48,' a group that represents some of the brightest HBCU students across the country," said Steve Morikawa, Vice President, Corporate Relations and Social Responsibility, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Beyond the impressive academic competition, Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge has fostered a network of 'friends for life' that champions students as they pursue their professional dreams. We look forward to hosting an exciting HCASC National Championship Tournament in April."
 
In 1989, Honda established HCASC to highlight and recognize the academic achievements of HBCU students. More than $8.5 million in grants from Honda have provided support for scholarships, facility upgrades and other investments to improve the student experience. Now in its 29th year, more than 125,000 students have participated in HCASC.
 
The 2018 HCASC finals will be live‐streamed on Tuesday, April 10 starting at 12:00 p.m. ET at HCASC.com. For more information on HCASC, including a full list of the 48 qualifying teams, visit www.hcasc.com.  
 
 
 
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Spring 2018 Appearances for the AAMU Choir
 
Dr. Horace Carney, interim director for the AAMU Choir, has announced the following activities and venues for Spring 2018.
 
MARCH 16-23             SPRING   TOUR                        FORMAL
 
APRIL 9 or 10              SPRING CONCERT                  FORMAL
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APRIL 22                      ANNUAL SPRING CONCERT  FORMAL
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                                     Birmingham
 
MAY 4                          COMMENCEMENT                     ROBES
 
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A&M Business College Adds Golf Tournament
 
The College Business and Public Affairs (COB­PA) at Alabama A&M University has added a golf tournament to the 3rd an­nual AAMU COBPA Silent Auction.
 
This year, there will be the opportunity to win amazing prizes such as a vehicle, courtesy of Woody Anderson Ford; a three-day RV rental, courtesy of Bankston Motor Homes; and much more.
 
The Alabama A&M Col­lege of Business and Public Affairs Golf Tournament and Silent Auction will take place Friday, April 6, at the Huntsville Country Club on Oakwood Avenue NW.
 
Participation and even any donations toward the event will be appreciated. For more information about the auction or golf tournament, contact Amoi Savage at (256) 527-7212.
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TEDxAAMU:  Now preparing for its April 2018 talk on "Start Here, Go Anywhere," a capable group of AAMU's finest students, staff and faculty includes the following:  Front Row (l-r): Gemma Sivetz, Aliyah Riley, Tarsha Lockhart and Jeremy Petty; Back Row (l-r): Willie F. Diggs II, Dr. Donna Gibson, Prof. Elizabeth Ford and Dr. Daniel Upchurch.  (Photo by J. Saintjones)
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Please click on the link below to register as an individual, twosome, or foursome.https://app.eventcaddy.com/events/aamu-college-of-business-public-affairs-golf-tournament-silent-auction

 

 

February 26-March 4, 2018

 
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HISTORICAL MOMENT:  Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr., 11th president of Alabama A&M University, meets with Dr. Carl Harris Marbury, alumnus and former AAMU president, on the occasion of the funeral of Dr. Virginia Caples on Saturday, February 24, 2018, hosted by First Missionary Baptist Church in Huntsville, Ala.  Caples, professor emeritus, served as a two-time interim president of AAMU as well as in number of capacities as as in academics and as 1890 administrator.  (Photo by J. Saintjones)
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AAMU Team Tops TVA Competition 
 
The College of Business and Public Affairs hosted the 2nd Annual TVA Case Competition on February 22-23. The competition featured eight student teams from Alabama A&M University, University of Memphis, University of Tennessee – Knoxville and University of Tennessee – Chattanooga. The two-day competition concluded with presentations at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens.  A team of AAMU students made up of Jaelin Gant, DeAndre Marks, Rebecca Pierce and Camara Strong placed 1st and received $5,000 in prize money.  
 
Participants from left to right: Dean Del Smith, Christopher Clayton, Camara Strong, Allison McBryde, Taylor Poythress, Shannon Stewart, Jared McCall, Kim Le, DeAndre Marks, Jaelin Gant, Rebecca Pierce and Cristen Hawkins (Not Shown).
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SPRING CAREER FAIR:  Some 85 employers/representatives from numerous companies, government and state agencies, and school systems were at booth capacity during the Spring Career Fair in the Alabama A&M University Wellness Center Thursday, February 22.  Students took full advantage of career opportunities, and some scheduled interviews at subsequent sessions.  See who was present HERE.
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BUS TOUR WELCOME BACK:  After reaching out personally to incoming AAMU scholarship students representing some 53 high schools throughout the state of Alabama in and around the vicinities of Mobile, Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Montgomery/Selma, and Anniston/Gadsden, President Andrew and First Lady Abbiegail Hugine were greeted on their return by students, faculty and staff Friday, February 23, on The Quad.  During the week-long quest, more than $16 million in scholarships was awarded.   RETURN
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Trustees to Meet
 
The AAMU Board of Trustees will hold its regular meeting on Friday, March 2, in the Clyde Foster auditorium of the College of Business and Public Affairs at 10 a.m.  The Board's Executive Committee will also meet.  The public is invited.
 
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GRAD SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: The attract graduate students from the Southeastern region of the U.S. and beyond, the Office of Graduate Studies helds its yearly Graduate School Open House on Saturday, February24, in Arthur J. Bond Hall.  Following an opening session for overview, the prospective graduate students attended sessions with their respective collegesGRAD SCHOOL
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Tamika's Focal Point:   It's an awesome world, if you're behind the lens of Tamika Williams, AAMU graphic design professor and gifted photographer.  Why not share those talents, asked Joe Washington of AAMU's art program.  The AAMU Art Gallery in the Morrison Fine Arts Building has some of Williams' finest works on display through early march.  For a sample, click TAMIKA!
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Ribbon Cutting Scheduled for New Residence Facility
 
Alabama A&M University officials have scheduled Friday, March 2, at 2 p.m. for the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new residence hall located on Meridian Street, adjacent to the Student Health and Wellness Center.
 
The facility opened to students at the start of the spring semester.  At capacity, the $34 million structure will accommodate 580 students.  The project was funded through the U.S. Department of Education's Capital Access Program.
 
The public is invited.
 
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FUTURE HBCU:  Addressing the audience gathered for the annual Future of the City Symposium sponsored recently by Alabama A&M University's Department of Community and Regional Planning, guest speaker Del Smith, dean of AAMU's College of Business and Public Affairs, combined the popularity of the "Black Panther" movie to important questions about HBCUs and their role.  In the film, the mystical and highly technological nation of Wakanda had isolated itself from the world around it, abandoning its ability to make the world a better place.  Are HBCUs isolating themselves from African-American communities?  PHOTOS
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Awardees of Hampton-Wells Scholarship Announced
  
The Hampton-Wells Scholarship of the Alabama A&M University Foundation is making an award to six (6) students throughout the state of Alabama. They are as follows.
 
Awardees                  Age                      City                 Program Choice                      Fee                Gender
Cynthia L. Bradley    13                 Linden, AL             Aviation Challenge Mach II     $1000            F
Charity N. Harris       10                Montgomery, AL     Space Camp                           $1000            F
Aiden L. English         9                 Sterrett, AL             Space Camp                           $1000            M
Elijah J. Barber           9                 Florence, AL           Space Camp                           $1000            M
Bailey L. Webster      9                  Birmingham, AL      Space Camp                           $1000            F
Sophia R. Parker       15                Huntsville, AL          Adv. Space Academy             $1200            F
 
 
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The Hampton-Wells Scholarship Program was established by Dr. Annie M. Wells, and the initial funding was contributed by the late Lionel Hampton. The Space Camp Scholarship election Committee this year were Dr. Carol Deakin, Dr. Jetaun Bailey and Dr. Daniel Upchurch, who are professors at Alabama A&M University.
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AAMU Site of ADC Meeting:  The Alabama Democratic Conference held its annual meeting at Alabama A&M University's Ernest L. Knight Reception Center on Saturday, February 24.  Eddie C. Sherrod is president of the organization.  See ADC
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ScoutReach 2018:  For more than 20 years, Alabama A&M University has been the hub for the annual gathering of hundreds of Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, who return to T.M. Elmore Gym to earn their merit badges and receive information pertinent to the scouting mission.  Coordinated by the Urban Emphasis unit of the Greater Alabama Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the ScoutReach effort is the first of two major events that culminates with the annual Whitney M. Young Awards Banquet in March.   SCOUTING by J. Saintjones
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Please note that the Aramark Facilities emergency work line number has been changed to (256) 372-5746.
 
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CFCU Names Installs Board, Committee Members
 
At the 64th annual meeting of the Councill Federal Credit Union at the AAMU Agribition Center on Thursday, February 26, four board and committee members were installed.  Wiley Henderson, Joyce Lockhart and Vivian Long serve on the board of directors, while Cecelia Wade will join the credit committee.   See CFCU
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CDS Preparing for Festive YMTF, Faculty Support Urged
 
Career Development Services is planning for one of the year’s most popular events.  The 43rd annual Youth Motivation Task Force (YNTF) Outreach Program will be held March 12-13.
 
YMTF attracts professionals impacting numerous career fields across multiple sectors.  These visiting men and women spend two days on campus to motivate AAMU students on the importance of staying focused on earning their college degrees, says Yvette Clayton, director of CDS.
 
AAMU faculty members are encouraged to allow the volunteer YMTF consultants to visit their classes on Monday, March 12, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., and on Tuesday, March 13, between 8 a.m. and noon.
 
For additional information, call Career Development Services at 256.372.5692.
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Scholarship Foundation Offering Scholarship Opportunity
 
The Community Foundation of South Alabama’s Mary & Council Powell Scholarship Fund is accepting applications from currently enrolled students at Alabama A&M University who have a minimum ACT score of 19 and a minimum 3.0 GPA. 
 
To apply, interested students can click here or visit https://communityfoundationsa.org/apply-for-a-scholarship/ to access the online scholarship portal.  Deadline for submissions is March 22, 2018 at 11:59pm.   Questions should be directed to Carolyn Marston at cmarston@communityfoundationsa.org or by calling (251) 438-5591.
 
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Alabama A&M TV Launches “FrontPage”
 
Electronic Media Communications/WJAB-TV has launched a new show called the “Alabama A&M FrontPage.”
 
It is an all AAMU newscast dedicated to highlighting the positive and uplifting stories of students, faculty and staff. The newscast will air weekly on Comcast channel 78 and will be posted to WJAB’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.
However, WJAB-TV needs the help of everyone on campus. If you have a news story to be considered for the Alabama A&M FrontPage, please e-mail Latoyia Clemons at wjabtv_production1@aamu.edu.
 
 In the meantime, please view the first Alabama A&M FrontPage newscast by visiting www.aamu.edu.
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AAMU to Compete in 29th Annual Honda Challenge in April 
 
After participating in a National Qualifying Tournament, Alabama A&M University will compete against fellow Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) at the 29th annual Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge National Championship Tournament. Teams from 48 HBCUs will go head‐to‐head in the National Championship of America's premier academic quiz for top HBCU student on the American Honda Motor Co., Inc. campus in Torrance, California. Alabama A&M University has the opportunity to win the HCASC top prize ‐ a $75,000 institutional grant from Honda.
 
Alabama A & M will be represented by Indonesia Alohn Jordan, a Junior majoring in Psychology from Phoenix, AZ, Kaila Pearson, a Sophomore majoring in Psychology from Mobile, AL, Aldrishon Jairus Jones, a Freshman majoring in Mechanical Engineering from Mobile, AL, and Aniekan Daniel Ruffin, a Sophomore majoring in Mechanical Engineering from Montgomery, AL. Carla Draper Holloway will coach the team.
 
Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge is a year‐round program that includes campus engagement, intramural play, qualifying tournaments and culminates with the National Championship. The fast‐paced competition highlights students' academic prowess and ability to answer questions about history, science, literature, religion, the arts and pop culture. As a result, students expand their scope of knowledge; learn teamwork and sportsmanship; travel to California to represent their schools at the National Championship Tournament; and develop a bond with their fellow competitors. HCASC's active alumni group also supports students with networking and mentorship opportunities post‐graduation.
 
"Honda congratulates Alabama A&M University for advancing to the 'Great 48,' a group that represents some of the brightest HBCU students across the country," said Steve Morikawa, Vice President, Corporate Relations and Social Responsibility, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Beyond the impressive academic competition, Honda Campus All‐Star Challenge has fostered a network of 'friends for life' that champions students as they pursue their professional dreams. We look forward to hosting an exciting HCASC National Championship Tournament in April."
 
In 1989, Honda established HCASC to highlight and recognize the academic achievements of HBCU students. More than $8.5 million in grants from Honda have provided support for scholarships, facility upgrades and other investments to improve the student experience. Now in its 29th year, more than 125,000 students have participated in HCASC.
 
The 2018 HCASC finals will be live‐streamed on Tuesday, April 10 starting at 12:00 p.m. ET at HCASC.com. For more information on HCASC, including a full list of the 48 qualifying teams, visit www.hcasc.com.  
 

 

 

February 19-25, 2018

 
6th Annual Statewide Scholarship & Promotional Bus Tour Begins in Mobile
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President Andrew and First Lady Abbiegail Hugine, students, faculty, staff and a few alums are opening week-long presentations of scholarships to new Bulldogs around the state from the launching pad of the port city of Mobile, Ala.  For more, click TOUR 2018.
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AAMU Student Begins Studies in Croatia
 
Kennedy Copeland, an Alabama A&M University junior, is participating in a study abroad program at Libertas International University in Dubrovnik, Croatia. She is enrolled in Introduction to Social Research Methods, International Conflict, Security, and Peace, Diplomacy, Introduction to International Relations, and Comparative Political Systems.
 
Copeland notes that “The courses here are different in structure; classes usually are for 3 hours, but may only last for three weeks.  Due to this, I have time to explore the city and surrounding countries, as well as get certificates at nearby universities."
 
Copeland added that Dubrovnik is becoming a big tourist area due to its cost, being Unesco world heritage site, and as the filming location for "Game of Thrones."
 
"Luckily, I will be leaving at the beginning of June before the big wave of tourists come through," said Copeland.  "I want to thank everyone who supported me. Thanks to you I am living a once in a lifetime experience.”
 
AAMU students interested in studying abroad should contact the Office of Community College Relations & Global Initiatives at Alabama A&M University,
Chandra Glover, director, chandra.glover@aamu.edu, (256) 372-5418.
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AN EXIT ENTRY:  When loyal AAMU alumnus Clarene Teague Johnson (c) decided to punctuate her 70th birthday celebration by establishing the Clarene T. Johnson Exit Scholarship Fund to assist students whose only barrier to a graduation exit was a small financial balance, she not only fulfilled one of her dreams, but she attracted some supporters, as well.  Members of the Xi Omicron Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., donated $1,000 to the fund.  Pictured (from l-r) are Archie Tucker, AAMU vice president for marketing, communication and advancement; Gerald Vines, Xi Omicron Chapter; AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr.; Clarene Teague Johnson, founder of the fund; E.C. Rentz, Xi Omicron Chapter; Barrington Dames, Basileus. 
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LEADERSHIP CLASS 2:  The AAMU Leadership Program has started its second cohort.  The four-month program is designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operations and to boost organizational excellence and stewardship.   LEADERSHIP 2
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“Shift” Conference Pushes Self-Transformation
 
Sometimes, the only thing standing in the way of total self-transformation is a little guidance.  A conference set for mid-February is designed to direct individuals to the help they need for both healing and growth.
 
The power of good information rang true one day when Dr. Patricia Haley happened upon a woman stricken with breast cancer.  The woman’s talent was her livelihood, so severe illness meant that she was unable to support herself.
 
“The woman lost everything,” recalled Haley, a native of Jacksonville, Fla., who admits that she, too, experienced many problems in her own life. 
 
Haley said she told the woman about services offered through United Way and her to contact the offices for assistance.  Haley then began to wonder whether there were others out there who were in desperate need of help but had no idea about where to find it.
 
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The conference will feature health screenings and representatives from various non-profit and community organizations.  At 6 p.m., a banquet will be held at the DesignLab on Meridian Street (former Lincoln Mill area), with inspiration from Pastor Carlton Byrd of Oakwood University Church and the Gospel Choir.
 
People need to know that there are resources out there to help them with those things that are breaking them, notes Haley.  There are programs to assist with medical, housing and several other issues.
 
Patricia Haley Ministries is a two-year-old 501c charity that works with cancer patients, offering encouragement and assisting with the provision of needed medicine.  While she has been a resident of Huntsville for some 26 years, she has been active in ministry for 15 years.  Her devotion to her organization stems from the severe troubles and mental anguish she witnessed her mother experience as a result of a tumultuous childhood.
 
Haley believes that guidance and proper information can have a life-changing impact on individuals.  For more information about the conference and the organization, visit www.PatriciaHaleyMinistry.org or call (256) 683-7287.
 
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Panel to Address Sex Crimes, Domestic Violence
 
A panel discussion on "Sex Crimes, Domestic Violence and the Law"  will be held Thursday, February 22, in Drake Hall Auditorium from 12:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
 
According to Dr. Maruice Mangum, professor and chair of AAMU's Department of Social Sciences, the panel will address issues involving sex crimes (i.e., abuse, assault, rape, etc.) and domestic violence. 
 
"It will cover whether you are at risk, how to lower the likelihood of becoming a victim, what to do when you are a victim, and resources available to victims," Mangun said.  "Law enforcement and legal professionals will discuss how the police investigate these crimes and how prosecutors prosecute the offenders."
 
Scheduled panelists include Micah Griffin, director of the Student Health and Counseling Services Center at AAMU; Cassandra Tarver-Ross, AAMU Title IX coordinator; Nadis Carlisle, chief, AAMU Department of Public Safety; and Joleen Heckman, domestic violence responder coordinator, Crisis Services of North Alabama.
For more information, call (256) 372-5330 or e-mail maruice.mangum@aamu.edu.
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Trustees to Meet
 
The AAMU Board of Trustees will hold its regular meeting on Friday, March 2, in the Clyde Foster auditorium of the College of Business and Public Affairs at 10 a.m.  The public is invited.
 
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Ribbon Cutting Scheduled for New Residence Facility
 
Alabama A&M University officials have scheduled Friday, March 2, at 2 p.m. for the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new residence hall located on Meridian Street, adjacent to the Student Health and Wellness Center.
 
The facility opened to students at the start of the spring semester.  At capacity, the $34 million structure will accommodate 580 students.  The project was funded through the U.S. Department of Education's Capital Access Program.
 
The public is invited.
 
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CFCU to Hold Annual Meeting
 
One of North Alabama’s oldest black financial institutions will hold its annual meeting on the AAMU campus on Thursday, February 22.
 
The Councill Federal Credit Union will convene members during the 64th annual meeting at the AAMU Agribition Center at 12 noon.  Staff will provide lunch and door prizes.
 
For additional information, contact Rufus Gilmore III, manager, at (256) 372-5379.
 
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AAMU Wins Qualifying Tournament to Advance in HCASC Tournament
 
It is official. Alabama A&M University will compete in the National Tournament of the 29th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), America’s premier quiz bowl for top HBCU students. The fast-paced buzzer competition highlights students’ academic prowess and ability to answer questions about history, science, literature, religion, the arts and pop culture. The HCASC Championship Tournament will take place in Los Angeles, April 7 – 11, 2018.
 
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Alabama A&M University had decisive wins against Dillard University, Alcorn State University, and Tougaloo College; losing one close match to Jackson State University. However, the AAMU Team advanced to the playoff rounds, beating top-seeded Philander Smith College and proceeded to the championship round to face Jackson State University again, this time for the WIN!!!
 
The AAMU HCASC Varsity team includes: Indonesia Jordan (Captain), Kaila Pearson, Aniekan Ruffin, Nadia Young and Aldrishon Jones. Mrs. Carla Draper Holloway, HCASC Coach/Coordinator
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A&M’s University Choir Starts on ‘High Note’
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The Alabama A&MAlabama A&M University Choir has been formally acknowledged as one of the top 5 collegiate choirs in the state of Alabama.
 
After attending a developmental session at the Alabama Music Educators Association (AMEA) 2018 Conference on January 20, the choir was soon notified through an official letter to Dr. Horace Carney, Visual and Fine Arts Chair/Interim Choir Director, that it was ranked as one of the top 5 collegiate choral ensembles within the state.
 
This was not the first time that the choir has been acknowledged for its superior skills while away performing away from its campus.  The Choir also was afforded the opportunity to sing in New York’s Lincoln Center in 2014 and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., with other HBCU choirs for the 105 Voices of History in 2015.
 
The AMEA conference was held for three days in Birmingham’s Jefferson Convention Center, where various choirs, from middle to collegiate level, bands, professors, and students attended.
 
Throughout the three days, the AAMU Choir emerged as the only HBCU choir to perform for this auspicious occasion, a fact realized after the conference had ended.
 
Meanwhile, Carney avidly searches for every opportunity to showcase the Choir’s ability.  Thus, when it came time to audition for the conference, he made sure the ensemble recorded a stellar audition that would guarantee a spot at the event.
 
The choir performed both classical and spiritual pieces specifically chosen by Carney, with earnest attention to composition, expressive text, and a full sound that would showcase the talents of the choir. Among the songs performed were:  “Ave Maria,” “Fecit Potentiam” from John Rutter’s Magnificat, “Balm in Gilead,” “Hehlehlooyuh,” “Hold On," and the choir’s signature piece by Stacey V. Gibbs, “Be Still and Know.”
  
“I was dumbfounded and had to read the letter over and over again,” stated Carney, reflecting on the performance and the letter from AMEA.  He added that the choir “considered it a high honor” to be chosen from their audition.
 
Carney knows that with the excellent performance the group put on they have definitely enhanced the public relations for the group.  This, in turn, will open even more doors of opportunity for the ensemble in the future.
 
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TJF Initiates $5 Fridays for HBCUS
 
For the cost of your morning cup of specialty coffee, you can help a bright HBCU scholar pay for college.
 
The Tom Joyner Foundation is calling on HBCU graduates and supporters to give at least $5 on “$5 Friday!”  A little goes a long way.
 
Text GROWHBCUS to the number 41444 directly from your phone or donate online here.
 
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2018

Alabama A&M University’s

‘A-List’ of Alabama-Born African Americans

 
by Jerome Saintjones
 
 
Hank Aaron, baseball great, Mobile
Joel “JoJo” Adams, blues entertainer, Rural (Unknown)
Ralph Abernathy, civil rights activist, Linden
Arthur Alexander, country/soul singer, Sheffield
Inez Andrews, Gospel singer, Birmingham
Robert Avery, long-time activist who, as a teen, hitchhiked to 1963 March on Washington, Gadsden
Charles Barkley, NBA superstar, Leeds
Andrew Jackson Beard, Inventor of railroad coupler, Pinson
Jo Jo Benson, R&B/soul singer, Phenix City
Herman Blount aka “Sun Ra,” Visionary musician, Birmingham
Willie D. Burton, Academy Award-winning sound engineer, Tuscaloosa
Clarence and Curtis Butler “The Butler Twins,” Detroit blues, Killen
George “Wild Child” Butler, Blues harmonica player, Autaugaville
James Anthony Carmichael, Grammy Award-winning arranger and record producer, Gadsden
Johnnie Carr, Civil rights activist, Montgomery
Clarence Carter, Soul singer, Montgomery
Nell Carter, actress/singer, Birmingham
Reg E. Cathey, Actor, Huntsville
John Henrik Clarke, Pan Africanist, Union Springs
Mattie Moss Clarke, Gospel singer, Selma
Lorenzo Clemons, Actor, Birmingham
Nat King Cole, vocalist and icon, Montgomery
Burl C. “Jaybird” Coleman, country blues harmonica player, Gainesville
Mitty Collier, Soul singer, Birmingham
Marva Collins, educator, Monroeville
Laverne Cox, actress, Mobile
William Levi Dawson, composer, Anniston
Anthony Daniels, Alabama’s first black minority House leader, Midway
James Reese Europe, Conductor/composer, Mobile
Maria Fearing, Ex-slave educator and missionary, Gainesville
Vonetta Flowers, bobsledder, Birmingham
G-Side, Hip hop duo, Huntsville
Oscar Gamble, baseball player, Ramer
Fred Gray, Civil rights attorney (Rosa Parks, Tuskegee Study), Montgomery
Albert Hall, Actor, Brighton
Vera Hall, Folk singer, Livingston
W.C. Handy, "Father of the Blues," Florence
Erskine Hawkins, Jazz trumpeter, Birmingham
Alexis Herman, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Mobile
Andre’ Holland, Actor, Bessemer
Evander Holyfield, boxer, Atmore
James Hood, Education pioneer, Gadsden
Brittany Howard, singer/guitarist, Athens
Jimmy Hughes, R&B singer, Leighton
Zora Neale Hurston, novelist, Notasulga
Bo Jackson, football/baseball athlete, Bessemer
Rosetta James, activist, Akron
Mae Jemison, astronaut, physician, Decatur
Mick Jenkins, Hip hop artist, Huntsville
Angela Johnson, Children’s book author and poet, Tuskegee
Orlando Jones, actor and comedian, Mobile
Vivian Malone Jones, Pioneer in higher education, Mobile
Tom Joyner, radio personality, Tuskegee
Percy Julian, inventor, Montgomery
Eddie Kendricks, R&B singer/songwriter, Union Springs
Coretta Scott King, civil rights advocate, Marion
Mathew Knowles, talent manager, Gadsden
Carl Lewis, track star, Birmingham
John Lewis, Congressman, Troy
Joe Louis, famous boxer, LaFayette
Joseph Lowery, minister/civil rights leader, Huntsville
Autherine Lucy, Education pioneer, Shiloh
Simmie Lee Knox, painter (official portrait of President Bill Clinton), Aliceville
Gucci Mane, Rapper, Bessemer
Willie Mays, baseball legend, Westfield
Jerry McCain, Electric blues musician, Gadsden
Iverson Minter “Louisiana Red,” blues guitarist, Bessemer
Johnny Moore, R&B singer of Drifters fame, Selma
Albert Murray, novelist and literary critic, Nokomis
Fayard Nicholas, “Nicholas Brothers,” Tap dancer/choreographer, Mobile
Cliff Nobles, American pop singer, Grove Hill
Odetta, folk singer, Birmingham
Jesse Owens, athlete, Oakville
Terrell Owens, football notable, Alexander City
Satchel Paige, legendary baseball player, Mobile
Henry Panion, conductor/professor, Birmingham
Rosa Parks, civil rights legend, Tuskegee
Wilson Pickett, singer, Prattville
Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State, Birmingham
Maurice “Rich Boy” Richards, Rapper, Mobile
Lionel Richie, singer, Tuskegee
Robin Roberts, television broadcaster, Tuskegee
John Solomon Sandridge, Artist/sculptor, Gadsden
David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General, Anniston
Eugene Sawyer, Jr., former mayor of Chicago, Greensboro
Naomi Shelton, Gospel/soul singer, Midway
Percy Sledge, singer, Leighton
Broderick “Rickey” Smiley, comedian, Birmingham
James Foster Smith, teen hitchhiker from Alabama to the 1963 March on Washington, Gadsden
Limmie Snell, Soul singer, Dalton
Octavia Spencer, actor, Montgomery
John Stallworth, former Pittsburgh Steeler wide receiver, Tuscaloosa
Ruben Studdard, former "American Idol", Birmingham
Glenn “Doe B” Thomas, Rapper, Montgomery
Robert Frank Thomas, with two teen friends, hitchhiked to 1963 March on Washington, Gadsden
Oscar Toney Jr., Soul singer, Selma
Cynthia Tucker, Syndicated columnist, Monroeville
Don Varner, Soul/gospel singer, Birmingham
Sharon Warren, actor, Opelika
Dinah Washington, blues queen, Tuscaloosa
Thomas E. Weatherly, poet, Scottsboro
Paul Williams, former member of The Temptations, Ensley
Palmer Williams, Stage and television actor, Camden
Bill Winston, televangelist, Tuskegee
Jameis Winston, football player, Hueytown
Holland Dai’mon “Mr. Envi’” Witherspoon, Rapper, Uniontown
Roy Wood, Jr., comedian and actor, Birmingham
Coleman Young, former mayor of Detroit, Tuscaloosa
  
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Recapturing Glory:  AAMU's Women's Bowling Team Making Comeback
by Jasmine Searcy
 
 
Have you ever heard about Alabama A&M University’s collegiate women’s bowling team? If so, have you heard about it … since 2014? If you have heard about the Lady Bulldogs in more recent years then, chances are, you’ve been doing some serious research. That could very well be about to change.
 
Perusing the old archives of AAMU bowling history, one might form the impression that the rich and greatest history of the team was suddenly hidden from the public eye. 
 
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university. McCorvey has been a PBA member since 1986. He was inducted in Alabama State Hall of Fame and the Huntsville Hall of Fame. He became the assistant head coach for two years and helped A&M to achieve eight to eight perfect tournament records. SWAC bowling standards require each team to have eight outside tournaments, not including any of the SWAC tournaments, to compete higher. In 2001, he became the head coach.  For the first 5 out of 6 years of the program, the Lady Bulldogs were champions.  
 
The winning streak of the team started an epidemic on campus. On April 15, 2006, the team made national news, as they went to the finals of the NCAA tournament. They won the Runner-up title against Fairleigh Dickerson University to win 4 to 1 games for the first national title. In 2009, they were on a five-year winning streak of 12 titles of the 15-year existence.  
 
Coach McCorvey not only taught the importance of bowling but he fought for academic achievement. He led the team to push toward good grades and higher GPAs. The Academic Progress Rate (APR) measures how scholarship student-athletes are performing term by term throughout the school year. It is a composite team measurement based on how individual team members do academically. For 6 seasons straight, the team’s APR score was a perfect 1000. 
 
Tiffany-Amber Nicole Stage, a former bowling teammate, said:  “He taught us that no matter how difficult the situation may be, we could always get through it and succeed”. The team had great chemistry and fought to the end against Alabama State University in 2014, winning the SWAC Championship.
 
Stage was only with Coach McCovey for six months, until he suddenly announced his retirement to the students, faculty, and staff in 2014. Why the sudden retirement?  No one knows, it seems.  Where is the man with the victories under his belt?  Why did the program fall into silence, almost to the point that some students do not even know that there is a women’s bowling team? 
 
Investigative journalism, however, has revealed a possible resurgence ahead.  A road beyond the hidden history will no doubt lead to what’s ahead for the Lady Bulldog bowling team.   Stay tuned. 

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CDS Preparing for Festive YMTF, Faculty Support Urged
 
Career Development Services is planning for one of the year’s most popular events.  The 43rd annual Youth Motivation Task Force (YNTF) Outreach Program will be held March 12-13.
 
YMTF attracts professionals impacting numerous career fields across multiple sectors.  These visiting men and women spend two days on campus to motivate AAMU students on the importance of staying focused on earning their college degrees, says Yvette Clayton, director of CDS.
 
AAMU faculty members are encouraged to allow the volunteer YMTF consultants to visit their classes on Monday, March 12, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., and on Tuesday, March 13, between 8 a.m. and noon.
 
Please complete and submit the form below by Friday, February 9, 2018 to confirm your space for the YMTF consultants to speak to your students.
 
For additional information, call Career Development Services at 256.372.5692.
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Scholarship Foundation Offering Scholarship Opportunity
 
The Community Foundation of South Alabama’s Mary & Council Powell Scholarship Fund is accepting applications from currently enrolled students at Alabama A&M University who have a minimum ACT score of 19 and a minimum 3.0 GPA. 
 
To apply, interested students can click here or visit https://communityfoundationsa.org/apply-for-a-scholarship/ to access the online scholarship portal.  Deadline for submissions is March 22, 2018 at 11:59pm.   Questions should be directed to Carolyn Marston at cmarston@communityfoundationsa.org or by calling (251) 438-5591.
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Alabama A&M TV Launches “FrontPage”
 
Electronic Media Communications/WJAB-TV has launched a new show called the “Alabama A&M FrontPage.”
 
It is an all AAMU newscast dedicated to highlighting the positive and uplifting stories of students, faculty and staff. The newscast will air weekly on Comcast channel 78 and will be posted to WJAB’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.
However, WJAB-TV needs the help of everyone on campus. If you have a news story to be considered for the Alabama A&M FrontPage, please e-mail Latoyia Clemons at wjabtv_production1@aamu.edu.
 
 In the meantime, please view the first Alabama A&M FrontPage newscast by visiting www.aamu.edu.
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LOST - Keys and thumb drive lost in vicinity of 114 Carver Complex Bonner Wing.  Contact Dr. Johnson Kamalu at ext. 4106.
 
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Extension Offers Statewide Health Management Workshop for Sheep and Goats
by Wendi Williams  
 
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs will offer a series of the Health Management Workshop for Sheep and Goat Herds across the state of Alabama from March to May 2018.
 
Goats.jpgThe workshop is designed to expand your knowledge about raising healthy sheep and goats. Topics will include tagging animals, identifying injection sites, hoof health management, the FAMACHA system, using the California Mastitis Test to detect mastitis in does and ewes, caring for newborn animals, body condition scoring, nutritional and forage management, biosecurity measures, and the proper disposal of medication and other substances. Participants will also travel to a local farm to engage in hands-on demonstrations.
 
Each workshop will run from 9:00 to 11:45 a.m. and on-farm demonstrations will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Participants are asked to pre-register online at http://www.aces.edu/urban/smallruminants/index.php.
 
Saturday, March 3 - AAMU Winfred Thomas Agricultural Research Station
372 Walker Lane, Hazel Green, AL 35750
For information contact: Dr. Maria Browning at (256) 372-4954 or mll0002@aces.edu
Dr. Karnita Garner at (256) 372-8331 or kfg0003@aces.edu
 
Saturday, March 17 - Jackson County Extension Office
27115 John T. Reid Parkway, Scottsboro, AL 35768
For information contact: Themika Sims at (256) 574-2143 or simsthe@aces.edu
 
Saturday, April 14 - Houston County Extension Office
Farm Center Building, 1699 Ross Clark Circle, Suite 4, Dothan, AL 36301
For information contact: Phillip Carter at (334) 794-4108 or phillc2@aces.edu or
Willie Durr at (334) 794-4108 or durrwil@aces.edu
 
Saturday, May 5 - Talladega County Extension Office
130 North Court Street, Talladega, AL 35160
For information contact: Henry Dorough at (256) 362-6187 or dorouhd@aces.edu   
The workshops are free and open to the public. Lunch will also be provided; however, pre-registration is required.
For additional information, please contact Dr. Maria Browning or Dr. Karnita Garner or visit www.aces.edu/urban.
 
This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Capacity Building Grant (CBG) Program (#1012164) and the Renewable Resource Extension Act (RREA) Program (#1012197).    
 
 
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Spring 2018 Appearances for the AAMU Choir
 
Dr. Horace Carney, interim director for the AAMU Choir, has announced the following activities and venues for Spring 2018.
 
MARCH 16-23             SPRING   TOUR                        FORMAL
 
APRIL 9 or 10              SPRING CONCERT                  FORMAL
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APRIL 22                      ANNUAL SPRING CONCERT  FORMAL
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                                     Birmingham
 
MAY 4                          COMMENCEMENT                     ROBES
 
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A&M Business College Adds Golf Tournament
 
The College Business and Public Affairs (COB­PA) at Alabama A&M University has added a golf tournament to the 3rd an­nual AAMU COBPA Silent Auction.
 
This year, there will be the opportunity to win amazing prizes such as a vehicle, courtesy of Woody Anderson Ford; a three-day RV rental, courtesy of Bankston Motor Homes; and much more.
 
The Alabama A&M Col­lege of Business and Public Affairs Golf Tournament and Silent Auction will take place Friday, April 6, at the Huntsville Country Club on Oakwood Avenue NW.
 
Participation and even any donations toward the event will be appreciated. For more information about the auction or golf tournament, contact Amoi Savage at (256) 527-7212.
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TEDxAAMU:  Now preparing for its April 2018 talk on "Start Here, Go Anywhere," a capable group of AAMU's finest students, staff and faculty includes the following:  Front Row (l-r): Gemma Sivetz, Aliyah Riley, Tarsha Lockhart and Jeremy Petty; Back Row (l-r): Willie F. Diggs II, Dr. Donna Gibson, Prof. Elizabeth Ford and Dr. Daniel Upchurch.  (Photo by J. Saintjones)
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February 12-18, 2018

 
 
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AAMU Wins Qualifying Tournament to Advance in HCASC Tournament
 
It is official. Alabama A&M University will compete in the National Tournament of the 29th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), America’s premier quiz bowl for top HBCU students. The fast-paced buzzer competition highlights students’ academic prowess and ability to answer questions about history, science, literature, religion, the arts and pop culture. The HCASC Championship Tournament will take place in Los Angeles, April 7 – 11, 2018.
 
HCASC NQT Winners 2018.jpgAlabama A&M University bested nine other institutions to take the #1 spot at the Dillard National Qualifying Tournament (NQT): Dillard University, Stillman College, Philander Smith College, Alcorn State University, Talladega College, Southern University - New Orleans, Tougaloo College, Xavier University and Jackson State University. 
 
Alabama A&M University had decisive wins against Dillard University, Alcorn State University, and Tougaloo College; losing one close match to Jackson State University. However, the AAMU Team advanced to the playoff rounds, beating top-seeded Philander Smith College and proceeded to the championship round to face Jackson State University again, this time for the WIN!!!
 
The AAMU HCASC Varsity team includes: Indonesia Jordan (Captain), Kaila Pearson, Aniekan Ruffin, Nadia Young and Aldrishon Jones. Mrs. Carla Draper Holloway, HCASC Coach/Coordinator
Caption: AAMU Team before Competition. Standing Left to Right: Aniekan Ruffin, Coach Carla Draper Holloway, Aldrishon Jones (alternate player). Sitting Left to Right: Kaila Pearson, Nadia Young, Indonesia Jordan (Captain)
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TEDxAAMU:  Now preparing for its April 2018 talk on "Start Here, Go Anywhere," a capable group of AAMU's finest students, staff and faculty includes the following:  Front Row (l-r): Gemma Sivetz, Aliyah Riley, Tarsha Lockhart and Jeremy Petty; Back Row (l-r): Willie F. Diggs II, Dr. Donna Gibson, Prof. Elizabeth Ford and Dr. Daniel Upchurch.  (Photo by J. Saintjones)
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DELEGATIONS:  A team of social work students and faculty from Alabama A&M University attended a public forum moderated by Alabama State Representative Laura Hall (c) to gain awareness about the type of issues on the minds of constituents.  (Photo by J. Saintjones)
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Scenes from the 2018 Dancing with the President and First Lady Event
https://aamu-mpr.smugmug.com/DancingwiththePrezand1stLady2018/
(Photos by J. Saintjones)
Friday, February 9, 2018 - Knight Center - 7 p.m.
Alabama A&M University
 
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Ribbon Cutting Scheduled for New Residence Facility
 
Alabama A&M University officials have scheduled Friday, March 2, at 2 p.m. for the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new residence hall located on Meridian Street, adjacent to the Student Health and Wellness Center.
 
The facility opened to students at the start of the spring semester.  At capacity, the $34 million structure will accommodate 580 students.  The project was funded through the U.S. Department of Education's Capital Access Program.
 
The public is invited.
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Aramark Number Change
 
Please note that the Aramark Facilities emergency work line number has been changed to (256) 372-5746.
 
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A&M’s University Choir Starts on ‘High Note’
by Jazzmine Walker
 
The Alabama A&MAlabama A&M University Choir has been formally acknowledged as one of the top 5 collegiate choirs in the state of Alabama.
 
After attending a developmental session at the Alabama Music Educators Association (AMEA) 2018 Conference on January 20, the choir was soon notified through an official letter to Dr. Horace Carney, Visual and Fine Arts Chair/Interim Choir Director, that it was ranked as one of the top 5 collegiate choral ensembles within the state.
 
This was not the first time that the choir has been acknowledged for its superior skills while away performing away from its campus.  The Choir also was afforded the opportunity to sing in New York’s Lincoln Center in 2014 and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., with other HBCU choirs for the 105 Voices of History in 2015.
 
The AMEA conference was held for three days in Birmingham’s Jefferson Convention Center, where various choirs, from middle to collegiate level, bands, professors, and students attended.
 
Throughout the three days, the AAMU Choir emerged as the only HBCU choir to perform for this auspicious occasion, a fact realized after the conference had ended.
 
Meanwhile, Carney avidly searches for every opportunity to showcase the Choir’s ability.  Thus, when it came time to audition for the conference, he made sure the ensemble recorded a stellar audition that would guarantee a spot at the event.
 
The choir performed both classical and spiritual pieces specifically chosen by Carney, with earnest attention to composition, expressive text, and a full sound that would showcase the talents of the choir. Among the songs performed were:  “Ave Maria,” “Fecit Potentiam” from John Rutter’s Magnificat, “Balm in Gilead,” “Hehlehlooyuh,” “Hold On," and the choir’s signature piece by Stacey V. Gibbs, “Be Still and Know.”
  
“I was dumbfounded and had to read the letter over and over again,” stated Carney, reflecting on the performance and the letter from AMEA.  He added that the choir “considered it a high honor” to be chosen from their audition.
 
Carney knows that with the excellent performance the group put on they have definitely enhanced the public relations for the group.  This, in turn, will open even more doors of opportunity for the ensemble in the future.
 
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TJF Initiates $5 Fridays for HBCUS
 
For the cost of your morning cup of specialty coffee, you can help a bright HBCU scholar pay for college.
 
The Tom Joyner Foundation is calling on HBCU graduates and supporters to give at least $5 on “$5 Friday!”  A little goes a long way.
 
Text GROWHBCUS to the number 41444 directly from your phone or donate online here.
 
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2018

Alabama A&M University’s

‘A-List’ of Alabama-Born African Americans

 
by Jerome Saintjones
 
 
Hank Aaron, baseball great, Mobile
Joel “JoJo” Adams, blues entertainer, Rural (Unknown)
Ralph Abernathy, civil rights activist, Linden
Arthur Alexander, country/soul singer, Sheffield
Inez Andrews, Gospel singer, Birmingham
Robert Avery, long-time activist who, as a teen, hitchhiked to 1963 March on Washington, Gadsden
Charles Barkley, NBA superstar, Leeds
Andrew Jackson Beard, Inventor of railroad coupler, Pinson
Jo Jo Benson, R&B/soul singer, Phenix City
Herman Blount aka “Sun Ra,” Visionary musician, Birmingham
Willie D. Burton, Academy Award-winning sound engineer, Tuscaloosa
Clarence and Curtis Butler “The Butler Twins,” Detroit blues, Killen
George “Wild Child” Butler, Blues harmonica player, Autaugaville
James Anthony Carmichael, Grammy Award-winning arranger and record producer, Gadsden
Johnnie Carr, Civil rights activist, Montgomery
Clarence Carter, Soul singer, Montgomery
Nell Carter, actress/singer, Birmingham
Reg E. Cathey, Actor, Huntsville
John Henrik Clarke, Pan Africanist, Union Springs
Mattie Moss Clarke, Gospel singer, Selma
Lorenzo Clemons, Actor, Birmingham
Nat King Cole, vocalist and icon, Montgomery
Burl C. “Jaybird” Coleman, country blues harmonica player, Gainesville
Mitty Collier, Soul singer, Birmingham
Marva Collins, educator, Monroeville
Laverne Cox, actress, Mobile
William Levi Dawson, composer, Anniston
Anthony Daniels, Alabama’s first black minority House leader, Midway
James Reese Europe, Conductor/composer, Mobile
Maria Fearing, Ex-slave educator and missionary, Gainesville
Vonetta Flowers, bobsledder, Birmingham
G-Side, Hip hop duo, Huntsville
Oscar Gamble, baseball player, Ramer
Fred Gray, Civil rights attorney (Rosa Parks, Tuskegee Study), Montgomery
Albert Hall, Actor, Brighton
Vera Hall, Folk singer, Livingston
W.C. Handy, "Father of the Blues," Florence
Erskine Hawkins, Jazz trumpeter, Birmingham
Alexis Herman, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Mobile
Andre’ Holland, Actor, Bessemer
Evander Holyfield, boxer, Atmore
James Hood, Education pioneer, Gadsden
Brittany Howard, singer/guitarist, Athens
Jimmy Hughes, R&B singer, Leighton
Zora Neale Hurston, novelist, Notasulga
Bo Jackson, football/baseball athlete, Bessemer
Rosetta James, activist, Akron
Mae Jemison, astronaut, physician, Decatur
Mick Jenkins, Hip hop artist, Huntsville
Angela Johnson, Children’s book author and poet, Tuskegee
Orlando Jones, actor and comedian, Mobile
Vivian Malone Jones, Pioneer in higher education, Mobile
Tom Joyner, radio personality, Tuskegee
Percy Julian, inventor, Montgomery
Eddie Kendricks, R&B singer/songwriter, Union Springs
Coretta Scott King, civil rights advocate, Marion
Mathew Knowles, talent manager, Gadsden
Carl Lewis, track star, Birmingham
John Lewis, Congressman, Troy
Joe Louis, famous boxer, LaFayette
Joseph Lowery, minister/civil rights leader, Huntsville
Autherine Lucy, Education pioneer, Shiloh
Simmie Lee Knox, painter (official portrait of President Bill Clinton), Aliceville
Gucci Mane, Rapper, Bessemer
Willie Mays, baseball legend, Westfield
Jerry McCain, Electric blues musician, Gadsden
Iverson Minter “Louisiana Red,” blues guitarist, Bessemer
Johnny Moore, R&B singer of Drifters fame, Selma
Albert Murray, novelist and literary critic, Nokomis
Fayard Nicholas, “Nicholas Brothers,” Tap dancer/choreographer, Mobile
Cliff Nobles, American pop singer, Grove Hill
Odetta, folk singer, Birmingham
Jesse Owens, athlete, Oakville
Terrell Owens, football notable, Alexander City
Satchel Paige, legendary baseball player, Mobile
Henry Panion, conductor/professor, Birmingham
Rosa Parks, civil rights legend, Tuskegee
Wilson Pickett, singer, Prattville
Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State, Birmingham
Maurice “Rich Boy” Richards, Rapper, Mobile
Lionel Richie, singer, Tuskegee
Robin Roberts, television broadcaster, Tuskegee
John Solomon Sandridge, Artist/sculptor, Gadsden
David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General, Anniston
Eugene Sawyer, Jr., former mayor of Chicago, Greensboro
Naomi Shelton, Gospel/soul singer, Midway
Percy Sledge, singer, Leighton
Broderick “Rickey” Smiley, comedian, Birmingham
James Foster Smith, teen hitchhiker from Alabama to the 1963 March on Washington, Gadsden
Limmie Snell, Soul singer, Dalton
Octavia Spencer, actor, Montgomery
John Stallworth, former Pittsburgh Steeler wide receiver, Tuscaloosa
Ruben Studdard, former "American Idol", Birmingham
Glenn “Doe B” Thomas, Rapper, Montgomery
Robert Frank Thomas, with two teen friends, hitchhiked to 1963 March on Washington, Gadsden
Oscar Toney Jr., Soul singer, Selma
Cynthia Tucker, Syndicated columnist, Monroeville
Don Varner, Soul/gospel singer, Birmingham
Sharon Warren, actor, Opelika
Dinah Washington, blues queen, Tuscaloosa
Thomas E. Weatherly, poet, Scottsboro
Paul Williams, former member of The Temptations, Ensley
Palmer Williams, Stage and television actor, Camden
Bill Winston, televangelist, Tuskegee
Jameis Winston, football player, Hueytown
Holland Dai’mon “Mr. Envi’” Witherspoon, Rapper, Uniontown
Roy Wood, Jr., comedian and actor, Birmingham
Coleman Young, former mayor of Detroit, Tuscaloosa
  
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CFCU to Hold Annual Meeting
 
One of North Alabama’s oldest black financial institutions will hold its annual meeting on the AAMU campus on Thursday, February 22.
 
The Councill Federal Credit Union will convene members during the 64th annual meeting at the AAMU Agribition Center at 12 noon.  Staff will provide lunch and door prizes.
 
For additional information, contact Rufus Gilmore III, manager, at (256) 372-5379.
 
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Recapturing Glory:  AAMU's Women's Bowling Team Making Comeback
by Jasmine Searcy
 
 
Have you ever heard about Alabama A&M University’s collegiate women’s bowling team? If so, have you heard about it … since 2014? If you have heard about the Lady Bulldogs in more recent years then, chances are, you’ve been doing some serious research. That could very well be about to change.
 
Perusing the old archives of AAMU bowling history, one might form the impression that the rich and greatest history of the team was suddenly hidden from the public eye. 
 
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university. McCorvey has been a PBA member since 1986. He was inducted in Alabama State Hall of Fame and the Huntsville Hall of Fame. He became the assistant head coach for two years and helped A&M to achieve eight to eight perfect tournament records. SWAC bowling standards require each team to have eight outside tournaments, not including any of the SWAC tournaments, to compete higher. In 2001, he became the head coach.  For the first 5 out of 6 years of the program, the Lady Bulldogs were champions.  
 
The winning streak of the team started an epidemic on campus. On April 15, 2006, the team made national news, as they went to the finals of the NCAA tournament. They won the Runner-up title against Fairleigh Dickerson University to win 4 to 1 games for the first national title. In 2009, they were on a five-year winning streak of 12 titles of the 15-year existence.  
 
Coach McCorvey not only taught the importance of bowling but he fought for academic achievement. He led the team to push toward good grades and higher GPAs. The Academic Progress Rate (APR) measures how scholarship student-athletes are performing term by term throughout the school year. It is a composite team measurement based on how individual team members do academically. For 6 seasons straight, the team’s APR score was a perfect 1000. 
 
Tiffany-Amber Nicole Stage, a former bowling teammate, said:  “He taught us that no matter how difficult the situation may be, we could always get through it and succeed”. The team had great chemistry and fought to the end against Alabama State University in 2014, winning the SWAC Championship.
 
Stage was only with Coach McCovey for six months, until he suddenly announced his retirement to the students, faculty, and staff in 2014. Why the sudden retirement?  No one knows, it seems.  Where is the man with the victories under his belt?  Why did the program fall into silence, almost to the point that some students do not even know that there is a women’s bowling team? 
 
Investigative journalism, however, has revealed a possible resurgence ahead.  A road beyond the hidden history will no doubt lead to what’s ahead for the Lady Bulldog bowling team.   Stay tuned. 

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CDS Preparing for Festive YMTF, Faculty Support Urged
 
Career Development Services is planning for one of the year’s most popular events.  The 43rd annual Youth Motivation Task Force (YNTF) Outreach Program will be held March 12-13.
 
YMTF attracts professionals impacting numerous career fields across multiple sectors.  These visiting men and women spend two days on campus to motivate AAMU students on the importance of staying focused on earning their college degrees, says Yvette Clayton, director of CDS.
 
AAMU faculty members are encouraged to allow the volunteer YMTF consultants to visit their classes on Monday, March 12, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., and on Tuesday, March 13, between 8 a.m. and noon.
 
Please complete and submit the form below by Friday, February 9, 2018 to confirm your space for the YMTF consultants to speak to your students.
 
For additional information, call Career Development Services at 256.372.5692.
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Scholarship Foundation Offering Scholarship Opportunity
 
The Community Foundation of South Alabama’s Mary & Council Powell Scholarship Fund is accepting applications from currently enrolled students at Alabama A&M University who have a minimum ACT score of 19 and a minimum 3.0 GPA. 
 
To apply, interested students can click here or visit https://communityfoundationsa.org/apply-for-a-scholarship/ to access the online scholarship portal.  Deadline for submissions is March 22, 2018 at 11:59pm.   Questions should be directed to Carolyn Marston at cmarston@communityfoundationsa.org or by calling (251) 438-5591.
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Spring 2018 Appearances for the AAMU Choir
 
Dr. Horace Carney, interim director for the AAMU Choir, has announced the following activities and venues for Spring 2018.
 
FEBRUARY 11            Florence, AL                              FORMAL
FEBRUARY 17            Anniston, Alabama                    ROBES
FEBRUARY 18            FESTIVAL OF SPIRITUALS     FORMAL
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MARCH 16-23             SPRING   TOUR                        FORMAL
 
APRIL 9 or 10              SPRING CONCERT                  FORMAL
                                     HUNTSVILLE, AL
APRIL 22                      ANNUAL SPRING CONCERT  FORMAL
                                     AAMU Band and Choir
                                     Birmingham
 
MAY 4                          COMMENCEMENT                     ROBES
 
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Alabama A&M TV Launches “FrontPage”
 
Electronic Media Communications/WJAB-TV has launched a new show called the “Alabama A&M FrontPage.”
 
It is an all AAMU newscast dedicated to highlighting the positive and uplifting stories of students, faculty and staff. The newscast will air weekly on Comcast channel 78 and will be posted to WJAB’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.
However, WJAB-TV needs the help of everyone on campus. If you have a news story to be considered for the Alabama A&M FrontPage, please e-mail Latoyia Clemons at wjabtv_production1@aamu.edu.
 
 In the meantime, please view the first Alabama A&M FrontPage newscast by visiting www.aamu.edu.
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“Shift” Conference Pushes Self-Transformation
 
Sometimes, the only thing standing in the way of total self-transformation is a little guidance.  A conference set for mid-February is designed to direct individuals to the help they need for both healing and growth.
 
The power of good information rang true one day when Dr. Patricia Haley happened upon a woman stricken with breast cancer.  The woman’s talent was her livelihood, so severe illness meant that she was unable to support herself.
 
“The woman lost everything,” recalled Haley, a native of Jacksonville, Fla., who admits that she, too, experienced many problems in her own life. 
 
Haley said she told the woman about services offered through United Way and her to contact the offices for assistance.  Haley then began to wonder whether there were others out there who were in desperate need of help but had no idea about where to find it.
 
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The conference will feature health screenings and representatives from various non-profit and community organizations.  At 6 p.m., a banquet will be held at the DesignLab on Meridian Street (former Lincoln Mill area), with inspiration from Pastor Carlton Byrd of Oakwood University Church and the Gospel Choir.
 
People need to know that there are resources out there to help them with those things that are breaking them, notes Haley.  There are programs to assist with medical, housing and several other issues.
 
Patricia Haley Ministries is a two-year-old 501c charity that works with cancer patients, offering encouragement and assisting with the provision of needed medicine.  While she has been a resident of Huntsville for some 26 years, she has been active in ministry for 15 years.  Her devotion to her organization stems from the severe troubles and mental anguish she witnessed her mother experience as a result of a tumultuous childhood.
 
Haley believes that guidance and proper information can have a life-changing impact on individuals.  For more information about the conference and the organization, visit www.PatriciaHaleyMinistry.org or call (256) 683-7287.
 
- J. Saintjones
 
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Extension Offers Statewide Health Management Workshop for Sheep and Goats
by Wendi Williams  
 
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs will offer a series of the Health Management Workshop for Sheep and Goat Herds across the state of Alabama from March to May 2018.
 
Goats.jpgThe workshop is designed to expand your knowledge about raising healthy sheep and goats. Topics will include tagging animals, identifying injection sites, hoof health management, the FAMACHA system, using the California Mastitis Test to detect mastitis in does and ewes, caring for newborn animals, body condition scoring, nutritional and forage management, biosecurity measures, and the proper disposal of medication and other substances. Participants will also travel to a local farm to engage in hands-on demonstrations.
 
Each workshop will run from 9:00 to 11:45 a.m. and on-farm demonstrations will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Participants are asked to pre-register online at http://www.aces.edu/urban/smallruminants/index.php.
 
Saturday, March 3 - AAMU Winfred Thomas Agricultural Research Station
372 Walker Lane, Hazel Green, AL 35750
For information contact: Dr. Maria Browning at (256) 372-4954 or mll0002@aces.edu
Dr. Karnita Garner at (256) 372-8331 or kfg0003@aces.edu
 
Saturday, March 17 - Jackson County Extension Office
27115 John T. Reid Parkway, Scottsboro, AL 35768
For information contact: Themika Sims at (256) 574-2143 or simsthe@aces.edu
 
Saturday, April 14 - Houston County Extension Office
Farm Center Building, 1699 Ross Clark Circle, Suite 4, Dothan, AL 36301
For information contact: Phillip Carter at (334) 794-4108 or phillc2@aces.edu or
Willie Durr at (334) 794-4108 or durrwil@aces.edu
 
Saturday, May 5 - Talladega County Extension Office
130 North Court Street, Talladega, AL 35160
For information contact: Henry Dorough at (256) 362-6187 or dorouhd@aces.edu   
The workshops are free and open to the public. Lunch will also be provided; however, pre-registration is required.
For additional information, please contact Dr. Maria Browning or Dr. Karnita Garner or visit www.aces.edu/urban.
 
This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Capacity Building Grant (CBG) Program (#1012164) and the Renewable Resource Extension Act (RREA) Program (#1012197).    
 
 
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A&M Business College Adds Golf Tournament
 
The College Business and Public Affairs (COB­PA) at Alabama A&M University has added a golf tournament to the 3rd an­nual AAMU COBPA Silent Auction.
 
This year, there will be the opportunity to win amazing prizes such as a vehicle, courtesy of Woody Anderson Ford; a three-day RV rental, courtesy of Bankston Motor Homes; and much more.
 
The Alabama A&M Col­lege of Business and Public Affairs Golf Tournament and Silent Auction will take place Friday, April 6, at the Huntsville Country Club on Oakwood Avenue NW.
 
Participation and even any donations toward the event will be appreciated. For more information about the auction or golf tournament, contact Amoi Savage at (256) 527-7212.
 
 
   
 

 

 

 

January 29-February 4, 2018

 
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BHM Salute to Alva Temple
 
A Black History Month shout-out to an AAMU alum in keeping with the 2018 theme:  "Blacks in Times of War."
 
The late Lt. Col. Alva Temple attended Alabama A&M University before World War II, majoring in agriculture from 1938-40.   He later became part of the noted Tuskegee Airmen. 
 
TempleAlva2.jpgOwing to their own determination, Lt. Col. Temple and his fellow African-American pilots ably dealt with outright prejudice both abroad and in the United States.  In 1941, Air Corps officials built a separate facility at Tuskegee Army Air Field to train the black pilots, including Lt. Col. Temple. 
 
The entire experiment was segregated throughout.   Everyone on the base, from the maintainers to the support troops, was black, reported Temple, who entered the service directly from civilian life.   According to the AAMU alum, the first class had 13 students but only five graduates.

Lt. Col. Temple finished the initial six weeks of flight training, primarily military instruction, navigation, aerodynamics, weather and preflight training.
   Until his death, he lived an exemplary life as a resident of Columbus, Miss.
 
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Aramark Number Change
 
Please note that the Aramark Facilities emergency work line number has been changed to (256) 372-5746.
 
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Funeral Services to Be Announced for Professor/Alum
 
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 6, at First Missionary Baptist Church, at 11 a.m. for Dr. Glenda Gill, a nationally noted scholar of black theatre and graduate of Alabama A&M University. 
 
GillGlenda.jpgDr. Gill was professor emerita of drama at Michigan Technological University.  She was a former head of Tuskegee University's Department of English, and the author of "White Grease Paint on Black Performers: A Study of the Federal Theatre, 1935-1939" and "No Surrender! No Retreat! African American Pioneer Performers of Twentieth-Century American Theater." 
 
Born in Clarksville, Tenn., and raised in Normal, Ala., Dr. Gill lectured throughout the country and abroad on the history of African-American theatre. She earned her B.S. degree from Alabama A&M University 1960; her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and her Ph.D. in English and Theatre from the University of Iowa. 
 
Her awards and accolades included fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
 
Arrangements are being coordinated by Nelms Memorial Funeral Home of Huntsville, Ala.
 
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NOTE:  Sandra Stubbs and Gerald Vines are chaipersons.   For questions or tickets, call (256) 372-8351. 
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English faculty member Kiietti Walker-Parker reads poetry to audience at the grand opening of the Madison Public Library Saturday, January 27.   PHOTOS
 
 
A&M Faculty-Poets Read at Grand Opening for Madison Public Library
 
Thousands poured into the new, 25,000 square-foot Madison Public Library Saturday, January 27, serving the bustling 55,000-person Madison community. 
 
As an added treat for visitors, faculty from AAMU’s Department of English and Foreign Languages, coordinated by Professor Emerita Virginia Gilbert, participated in daylong activities celebrating the grand opening.  Other AAMU presenters included Dr. Jessica Temple, Kiietti Walker-Parker and Dr. Antony Ricks.
 
The facility is a key resource for engagement, information, book clubs, poetry readings, meeting rooms, storytimes, entertainment and much more.    
 
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BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2018

Alabama A&M University’s

‘A-List’ of Alabama-Born African Americans

 
by Jerome Saintjones
 
 
Hank Aaron, baseball great, Mobile
Joel “JoJo” Adams, blues entertainer, Rural (Unknown)
Ralph Abernathy, civil rights activist, Linden
Arthur Alexander, country/soul singer, Sheffield
Inez Andrews, Gospel singer, Birmingham
Robert Avery, long-time activist who, as a teen, hitchhiked to 1963 March on Washington, Gadsden
Charles Barkley, NBA superstar, Leeds
Andrew Jackson Beard, Inventor of railroad coupler, Pinson
Jo Jo Benson, R&B/soul singer, Phenix City
Herman Blount aka “Sun Ra,” Visionary musician, Birmingham
Willie D. Burton, Academy Award-winning sound engineer, Tuscaloosa
Clarence and Curtis Butler “The Butler Twins,” Detroit blues, Killen
George “Wild Child” Butler, Blues harmonica player, Autaugaville
James Anthony Carmichael, Grammy Award-winning arranger and record producer, Gadsden
Johnnie Carr, Civil rights activist, Montgomery
Clarence Carter, Soul singer, Montgomery
Nell Carter, actress/singer, Birmingham
Reg E. Cathey, Actor, Huntsville
John Henrik Clarke, Pan Africanist, Union Springs
Mattie Moss Clarke, Gospel singer, Selma
Lorenzo Clemons, Actor, Birmingham
Nat King Cole, vocalist and icon, Montgomery
Burl C. “Jaybird” Coleman, country blues harmonica player, Gainesville
Mitty Collier, Soul singer, Birmingham
Marva Collins, educator, Monroeville
Laverne Cox, actress, Mobile
William Levi Dawson, composer, Anniston
Anthony Daniels, Alabama’s first black minority House leader, Midway
James Reese Europe, Conductor/composer, Mobile
Maria Fearing, Ex-slave educator and missionary, Gainesville
G-Side, Hip hop duo, Huntsville
Fred Gray, Civil rights attorney (Rosa Parks, Tuskegee Study), Montgomery
Albert Hall, Actor, Brighton
Vera Hall, Folk singer, Livingston
W.C. Handy, "Father of the Blues," Florence
Erskine Hawkins, Jazz trumpeter, Birmingham
Alexis Herman, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Mobile
Andre’ Holland, Actor, Bessemer
Evander Holyfield, boxer, Atmore
James Hood, Education pioneer, Gadsden
Brittany Howard, singer/guitarist, Athens
Jimmy Hughes, R&B singer, Leighton
Zora Neale Hurston, novelist, Notasulga
Bo Jackson, football/baseball athlete, Bessemer
Rosetta James, activist, Akron
Mae Jemison, astronaut, physician, Decatur
Mick Jenkins, Hip hop artist, Huntsville
Angela Johnson, Children’s book author and poet, Tuskegee
Orlando Jones, actor and comedian, Mobile
Vivian Malone Jones, Pioneer in higher education, Mobile
Tom Joyner, radio personality, Tuskegee
Percy Julian, inventor, Montgomery
Eddie Kendricks, R&B singer/songwriter, Union Springs
Coretta Scott King, civil rights advocate, Marion
Mathew Knowles, talent manager, Gadsden
Carl Lewis, track star, Birmingham
John Lewis, Congressman, Troy
Joe Louis, famous boxer, LaFayette
Joseph Lowery, minister/civil rights leader, Huntsville
Autherine Lucy, Education pioneer, Shiloh
Simmie Lee Knox, painter (official portrait of President Bill Clinton), Aliceville
Gucci Mane, Rapper, Bessemer
Willie Mays, baseball legend, Westfield
Jerry McCain, Electric blues musician, Gadsden
Iverson Minter “Louisiana Red,” blues guitarist, Bessemer
Johnny Moore, R&B singer of Drifters fame, Selma
Albert Murray, novelist and literary critic, Nokomis
Fayard Nicholas, “Nicholas Brothers,” Tap dancer/choreographer, Mobile
Cliff Nobles, American pop singer, Grove Hill
Odetta, folk singer, Birmingham
Jesse Owens, athlete, Oakville
Terrell Owens, football notable, Alexander City
Satchel Paige, legendary baseball player, Mobile
Henry Panion, conductor/professor, Birmingham
Rosa Parks, civil rights legend, Tuskegee
Wilson Pickett, singer, Prattville
Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State, Birmingham
Maurice “Rich Boy” Richards, Rapper, Mobile
Lionel Richie, singer, Tuskegee
Robin Roberts, television broadcaster, Tuskegee
John Solomon Sandridge, Artist/sculptor, Gadsden
David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General, Anniston
Eugene Sawyer, Jr., former mayor of Chicago, Greensboro
Naomi Shelton, Gospel/soul singer, Midway
Percy Sledge, singer, Leighton
Broderick “Rickey” Smiley, comedian, Birmingham
James Foster Smith, teen hitchhiker from Alabama to the 1963 March on Washington, Gadsden
Limmie Snell, Soul singer, Dalton
John Stallworth, former Pittsburgh Steeler wide receiver, Tuscaloosa
Ruben Studdard, former "American Idol", Birmingham
Glenn “Doe B” Thomas, Rapper, Montgomery
Robert Frank Thomas, with two teen friends, hitchhiked to 1963 March on Washington, Gadsden
Oscar Toney Jr., Soul singer, Selma
Cynthia Tucker, Syndicated columnist, Monroeville
Don Varner, Soul/gospel singer, Birmingham
Dinah Washington, blues queen, Tuscaloosa
Thomas E. Weatherly, poet, Scottsboro
Palmer Williams, Stage and television actor, Camden
Bill Winston, televangelist, Tuskegee
Jameis Winston, football player, Hueytown
Holland Dai’mon “Mr. Envi’” Witherspoon, Rapper, Uniontown
Roy Wood, Jr., comedian and actor, Birmingham
Coleman Young, former mayor of Detroit, Tuscaloosa
  
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CFCU to Hold Annual Meeting
 
One of North Alabama’s oldest black financial institutions will hold its annual meeting on the AAMU campus on Thursday, February 22.
 
The Councill Federal Credit Union will convene members during the 64th annual meeting at the AAMU Agribition Center at 12 noon.  Staff will provide lunch and door prizes.
 
For additional information, contact Rufus Gilmore III, manager, at (256) 372-5379.
 
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Student Presents at SPSC
 
AAMU student Aayana Ingram recently had an opportunity to serve as a panelist at the three-day Southern Political Science Conference held in New Orleans, La.
 
Ingram participated in a 90-minute panel on environmental politics, focusing specifically on “Political Science and Bioenergy: The Unforeseen Overlap.”  She shared the session with representatives from Hampden-Sydney College, Texas Tech University, the College of Charleston and Christopher Newport University.
 
“I really appreciate the College of Business and Public Affairs (COBPA), as well as my department’s support financially, academically and professionally,” Ingram commented to Dr. Del Smith, COBPA dean. “It was great as a political science student to not only present at a conference that is focused more on graduate level studies but to be the only HBCU undergraduate student on a panel composed of graduate students, doctoral candidates, and faculty of prestigious colleges and universities.”
 
Ingram added that she is looking forward to sharing her experience with other students in the political science area.
 
Dr. Jonathan Coats of AAMU’s Department of Social Sciences also chaired a session on democratic participation and civic engagement.
 
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CDS Preparing for Festive YMTF, Faculty Support Urged
 
Career Development Services is planning for one of the year’s most popular events.  The 43rd annual Youth Motivation Task Force (YNTF) Outreach Program will be held March 12-13.
 
YMTF attracts professionals impacting numerous career fields across multiple sectors.  These visiting men and women spend two days on campus to motivate AAMU students on the importance of staying focused on earning their college degrees, says Yvette Clayton, director of CDS.
 
AAMU faculty members are encouraged to allow the volunteer YMTF consultants to visit their classes on Monday, March 12, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., and on Tuesday, March 13, between 8 a.m. and noon.
 
Please complete and submit the form below by Friday, February 9, 2018 to confirm your space for the YMTF consultants to speak to your students.
 
For additional information, call Career Development Services at 256.372.5692.
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Scholarship Foundation Offering Scholarship Opportunity
 
The Community Foundation of South Alabama’s Mary & Council Powell Scholarship Fund is accepting applications from currently enrolled students at Alabama A&M University who have a minimum ACT score of 19 and a minimum 3.0 GPA. 
 
To apply, interested students can click here or visit https://communityfoundationsa.org/apply-for-a-scholarship/ to access the online scholarship portal.  Deadline for submissions is March 22, 2018 at 11:59pm.   Questions should be directed to Carolyn Marston at cmarston@communityfoundationsa.org or by calling (251) 438-5591.
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AAMU to Hold Black Male Summit
 
The three-day Alabama A&M University 4th Black Male Summit is scheduled for January 31-February 2. The theme is: “Reclaiming Our Black Males.”
The first day of the sum­mit will focus on “Beating the Odds as a Black Male” with a presentation by the non-profit organization B3ATING THE ODDZ. The activity is slated for the Clyde Foster auditorium at 6 p.m.
 
On Thursday, February 1, summit organizers will address “Black Males and Mental Health” a two-part program at 6 p.m. in the Ernest L. Knight Complex VIP Room. The speakers are Dr. All-wyn Graham, #BlackMindsMatter, and David Brent, who will discuss Etiquette.
 
The culminating event will be held Friday, Febru­ary 2, with the 2018 Black Male Summit Gala, at 6 p.m. in the Knight Center with William Gregg, Jr.
 
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APA Formatting Workshop Set
 
The Writing Center will have a free APA formatting workshop on Thursday, February 8, from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
 
The Writing Center is located behind the Councill Training/ROTC building.  For additional information, call (256) 372-5698.
 
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Faculty-Staff Conference Held
 
The Spring 2018 Faculty and Staff Conference was held at the Alabama A&M University Wellness Center on Thursday, January 25, 2018.   PHOTOS
 
Provost Daniel Wims provided an update on campus improvements and renovations.   Attendees also listened to and participated in a presentation on sexual harassment.
 
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Spring 2018 Appearances for the AAMU Choir
 
Dr. Horace Carney, interim director for the AAMU Choir, has announced the following activities and venues for Spring 2018.
 
FEBRUARY 11            Florence, AL                              FORMAL
FEBRUARY 17            Anniston, Alabama                    ROBES
FEBRUARY 18            FESTIVAL OF SPIRITUALS     FORMAL
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MARCH 16-23             SPRING   TOUR                        FORMAL
 
APRIL 9 or 10              SPRING CONCERT                  FORMAL
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APRIL 22                      ANNUAL SPRING CONCERT  FORMAL
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                                     Birmingham
 
MAY 4                          COMMENCEMENT                     ROBES
 
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Top Student’s International Aims Only Bordered by Need for Support
 
Kennedy Copeland is a young woman with large, even global, dreams.  The 4.0 junior political science major at Alabama A&M University hails from Atlanta, Ga., but has set her sights on changing the world.
 
Kennedy’s brief bio is indicative of the kind of student who has taken every possible step to ensure the success she has achieved thus far.  For instance, Kennedy is a member of Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society, the AAMU Honors Program, a recipient of the Freshman President’s Award and Gold Medallion. Moreover, she is a member of the AAMUite Yearbook Staff, the Business Industry Student Cluster and serves as peer tutor for the Tutorial Assistance Network.
 
Right now, however, Kennedy’s major challenge is hastily coming up with the additional $7,500 needed to fully participate in the Academic Program Croatia.jpg
International (API) study abroad program this spring semester at Libertas International University in Dubrovnik, Croatia.  Once the hurdle has been overcome, Kennedy will take courses in such subjects as comparative political systems, international organizations, international relations, Croatian language and theories, as well as principles of diplomacy.
 
“Kennedy is one of the top performing, best prepared and most academically well-rounded students in our program,” said Shannon Frank Reeves, Sr., coordinator of AAMU’s political science program.  “As a 4.0 student, she has done all the right things, made all the right decisions, prepared herself in all the right ways and is focused in the right direction to achieve her goals.”
 
Reeves admits, however, that time is the greatest enemy.  We must satisfy all financial obligations, get Kennedy on a plane, and have her in Croatia ready for classes by February 1,” stated Reeves.
 
To assist with the cost of tuition, fees, and expenses for this once in a lifetime opportunity, a “GoFundMe” page has been established (www.gofundme.com/kennedy2croatia) to supplement the energetic efforts underway by Kennedy, her parents and others.
 
The AAMU Family, alumni and friends are urged to join the cause by clicking on the link above or immediately making a check payable to the AAMU Foundation, 115 Chase Road NW, Huntsville, AL  35811.
 
“This AAMU student’s scholarly pursuits hang in the balance and I have faith we are not going to let her down,” commented Reeves.  “However, time is running out. Make an investment and sow a seed into Kennedy’s life today. Your support and prayers will make the difference and be greatly appreciated.”
- J. Saintjones
 
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Alabama A&M TV Launches “FrontPage”
 
Electronic Media Communications/WJAB-TV has launched a new show called the “Alabama A&M FrontPage.”
 
It is an all AAMU newscast dedicated to highlighting the positive and uplifting stories of students, faculty and staff. The newscast will air weekly on Comcast channel 78 and will be posted to WJAB’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.
However, WJAB-TV needs the help of everyone on campus. If you have a news story to be considered for the Alabama A&M FrontPage, please e-mail Latoyia Clemons at wjabtv_production1@aamu.edu.
 
 In the meantime, please view the first Alabama A&M FrontPage newscast by clicking the link below.
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“Shift” Conference Pushes Self-Transformation
 
Sometimes, the only thing standing in the way of total self-transformation is a little guidance.  A conference set for mid-February is designed to direct individuals to the help they need for both healing and growth.
 
The power of good information rang true one day when Dr. Patricia Haley happened upon a woman stricken with breast cancer.  The woman’s talent was her livelihood, so severe illness meant that she was unable to support herself.
 
“The woman lost everything,” recalled Haley, a native of Jacksonville, Fla., who admits that she, too, experienced many problems in her own life. 
 
Haley said she told the woman about services offered through United Way and her to contact the offices for assistance.  Haley then began to wonder whether there were others out there who were in desperate need of help but had no idea about where to find it.
 
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The conference will feature health screenings and representatives from various non-profit and community organizations.  At 6 p.m., a banquet will be held at the DesignLab on Meridian Street (former Lincoln Mill area), with inspiration from Pastor Carlton Byrd of Oakwood University Church and the Gospel Choir.
 
People need to know that there are resources out there to help them with those things that are breaking them, notes Haley.  There are programs to assist with medical, housing and several other issues.
 
Patricia Haley Ministries is a two-year-old 501c charity that works with cancer patients, offering encouragement and assisting with the provision of needed medicine.  While she has been a resident of Huntsville for some 26 years, she has been active in ministry for 15 years.  Her devotion to her organization stems from the severe troubles and mental anguish she witnessed her mother experience as a result of a tumultuous childhood.
 
Haley believes that guidance and proper information can have a life-changing impact on individuals.  For more information about the conference and the organization, visit www.PatriciaHaleyMinistry.org or call (256) 683-7287.
 
- J. Saintjones
 
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 LOST - Keys and thumb drive lost in vicinity of 114 Carver Complex Bonner Wing.  Contact Dr. Johnson Kamalu at ext. 4106.
 
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Extension Offers Statewide Health Management Workshop for Sheep and Goats
by Wendi Williams  
 
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs will offer a series of the Health Management Workshop for Sheep and Goat Herds across the state of Alabama from March to May 2018.
 
Goats.jpgThe workshop is designed to expand your knowledge about raising healthy sheep and goats. Topics will include tagging animals, identifying injection sites, hoof health management, the FAMACHA system, using the California Mastitis Test to detect mastitis in does and ewes, caring for newborn animals, body condition scoring, nutritional and forage management, biosecurity measures, and the proper disposal of medication and other substances. Participants will also travel to a local farm to engage in hands-on demonstrations.
 
Each workshop will run from 9:00 to 11:45 a.m. and on-farm demonstrations will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Participants are asked to pre-register online at http://www.aces.edu/urban/smallruminants/index.php.
 
Saturday, March 3 - AAMU Winfred Thomas Agricultural Research Station
372 Walker Lane, Hazel Green, AL 35750
For information contact: Dr. Maria Browning at (256) 372-4954 or mll0002@aces.edu
Dr. Karnita Garner at (256) 372-8331 or kfg0003@aces.edu
 
Saturday, March 17 - Jackson County Extension Office
27115 John T. Reid Parkway, Scottsboro, AL 35768
For information contact: Themika Sims at (256) 574-2143 or simsthe@aces.edu
 
Saturday, April 14 - Houston County Extension Office
Farm Center Building, 1699 Ross Clark Circle, Suite 4, Dothan, AL 36301
For information contact: Phillip Carter at (334) 794-4108 or phillc2@aces.edu or
Willie Durr at (334) 794-4108 or durrwil@aces.edu
 
Saturday, May 5 - Talladega County Extension Office
130 North Court Street, Talladega, AL 35160
For information contact: Henry Dorough at (256) 362-6187 or dorouhd@aces.edu   
The workshops are free and open to the public. Lunch will also be provided; however, pre-registration is required.
For additional information, please contact Dr. Maria Browning or Dr. Karnita Garner or visit www.aces.edu/urban.
 
This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Capacity Building Grant (CBG) Program (#1012164) and the Renewable Resource Extension Act (RREA) Program (#1012197).    
 
 

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January 22-28, 2018

 
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NOTE:  Sandra Stubbs and Gerald Vines are chaipersons.   For questions or tickets, call (256) 372-8351. 
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AAMU Introduces New Head Football Coach 
 
Director of Athletics, Bryan Hicks, introduced the new head football coach of Alabama A&M University during a press conference on Monday, January 22, at 10 a.m. in the Ernest L. Knight Complex on the AAMU campus.   (PHOTOS by J. Saintjones)
 
MaynorConnell.jpgCoach Connell Maynor brings an extensive resume to AAMU, with more than two decades of experience, both as a coach and as a player in the intercollegiate and professional ranks. He has been part of 10 championship teams, six as a player and four as a coach.
 
Maynor comes to “The Hill” after spending four seasons as the head football coach at Hampton University. While at HU, Maynor led the Pirates to a 20-25 record. He guided the Pirates to two winning seasons, including a 6-5 record and a 5-3 mark in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference this past season.
 
Prior to his stint at HU, he posted a 45-6 overall record and a 29-2 mark in the CIAA as head coach at Winston-Salem State University from 2010-13. After inheriting a program that went 1-10, he led the Rams to three straight CIAA championships in four seasons; three straight appearances in the NCAA Division II playoffs; two Super Region One titles; an NCAA Semifinal appearance in 2011; and an NCAA Division II National Championship appearance and runner-up title.
 
The Rams also captured the 2011 and 2012 HBCU National Football Championships.
 
Prior to his time at WSSU, Maynor spent 10 seasons at Fayetteville State University as both the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. He helped lead Fayetteville State to four CIAA title game appearances and three CIAA championships (2002, 2003, and 2009).
 
In addition to his collegiate coaching responsibilities, Maynor is a veteran of 12 years in the Arena Football League (AFL) and he served as the Offensive Coordinator for the AFL’s Philadelphia Soul from 2006-2008 and helped lead the Soul to the 2008 Arena Bowl XXII World Championship. 
 
“I am really excited about the hiring of Coach Maynor. He is a proven winner and excellent coach, but more importantly, he is a great developer of young men,” Hicks said. “I would like to thank Dr. Andrew Hugine Jr., Dr. Daniel Wims, the search committee and the Board of Trustees for their continued support of Alabama A&M Athletics.”
 
Maynor received a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation Administration from North Carolina A&T State in 1995.
 
-          Janay Roberson
 
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Iberia Bank, Trustee Support AAMU’s Career Closet
 
AAMU Trustee Ginger Harper and Iberia Bank are among the latest supporters of Career Development Services’ appeal for assistance in stocking its “Career Closet.”
 
With the number of employers recruiting students at Alabama A&M University steadily on the rise, it is imperative that students make a positive first impression, noted Yvette Clayton, CDS director.  “Many of our students are first-generation enrollees, who, unfortunately, do not own a business suit, a blazer, or even a tie, to pair with their solid academic preparation.”
 
To meet this need, CDS partnered with First Lady Abbiegail Hugine and the Bulldog Pride Committee to launch the Career Closet.  Donations to the closet help CDS ensure that “not one AAMU student who is motivated to pursue an internship, co-op or career opportunity is disregarded by employers because of a lack of professional attire.”
 
Pictured above for the donation of clothes via Iberia Bank are (l-r) Phil Carrol, Stephanie Hendon, Kristen Strickland, Atty. Ane Debro (AAMU) and Trustee Ginger Harper.
 
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Faculty-Staff Conference Rescheduled for Thursday
 
The Spring 2018 Faculty and Staff Conference will be held at the Alabama A&M University Wellness Center on Thursday, January 25, 2018.  Registration will begin at 12 p.m. and the program will start at  12:30 p.m.  Please browse exhibit/vendor tables between registration and program start time. 
 
Transportation to and from the Wellness Center will be provided.  BTS pick-up and drop-off locations will be at Elmore Gym, Patton Hall, Engineering Building, Dawson Building, College of Business and Public Affairs, Student Center, and the Transfer Station.
 
PLEASE BRING YOUR ID BADGE FOR REGISTRATION!!!  If you don’t have one, please stop by the ID Center, 1st floor Patton Hall.  Parking will not be permitted at the Wellness Center, unless a VIP Parking Pass is presented.
 
Thank you in advance for your attendance and participation.  If for any reason you will need to be excused, please formally communicate with and/or advise your Dean, Department Chair, and/or Supervisor.
 
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A&M’s Band Among Highlights of Honda’s Battle of the Bands
 
     The Alabama A&M University Marching Maroon and White Band, led by Carlton Wright, will make its fifth appearance in the 16th Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase on Saturday, January 27, 2018, in Atlanta, Ga.
     A record number of votes helped select a dynamic lineup of marching bands from the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to perform at the 16th Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) Invitational Showcase.
     The annual event is the culmination of the HBOB program, and it provides a national platform to highlight a key element in the HBCU community and campus life – the marching band.
      The invitational showcase will feature extraordinary musicianship, sport and choreography from eight HBCU marching bands and dance squads who are ready to electrify the city of Atlanta.
    With a mix of six HBOB veteran bands and two newcomers, the eight bands slated to perform at the 2018 HBOB Invitational Showcase include:
 
     Alabama A&M University, Marching Maroon & White Band (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – fifth appearance
     Alabama State University, Mighty Marching Hornets (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – sixth appearance
     Bethune-Cookman University, Marching Wildcats (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – 13th appearance
     Hampton University, The Marching Force (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – first appearance
     Miles College, Purple Marching Machine (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) – first appearance
     North Carolina A&T State University, Blue & Gold Marching Machine (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – sixth appearance
    Prairie View A&M University, Marching Storm (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – eighth appearance
    Tennessee State University, Aristocrat of Bands (Ohio Valley Athletic Conference) – eighth appearance
 
    Honda invited all HBCU marching bands to participate in this year’s program. Of the 39 bands that elected to participate, the “final eight” bands were selected through a voting process that incorporates input from online fans, band directors, HBCU school presidents and representatives from American Honda.
    In addition to a $20,000 grant from Honda to support their music education program, each of the final eight bands will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the Invitational Showcase.
 
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ITS Almost Back on Track
 
Information Technology Services (ITS) sincerely appreciates the patience of the AAMU Campus Community this week as we continue to work diligently to fully restore the functionality of the campus website and all of the services it provides.
 
Earlier this week, ITS experienced sporadic but significant outages of web services impacting the website, e-mail and what some perceived as overall Internet connectivity.  As critical infrastructure and security issues are being adequately addressed, now is an ideal time to caution campus users about their important role, as well.
 
The Internet can be both intriguing and dangerous.  Please take extra precautions to secure your accounts with strong passwords.  Avoid suspicious sites.  Delete questionable e-mails.  Always proceed in all Internet usage with extreme caution.  In the future, everyone will be prompted to change their network password (email) every 90 days.
 
While most critical services have been restored, we are working toward full functionality.  ITS will continue to promote a safe and secure web environment. If there are any questions or additional concerns, please contact the Help Desk at 256-372-4357.
 
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Spring 2018 Appearances for the AAMU Choir
 
Dr. Horace Carney, interim director for the AAMU Choir, has announced the following activities and venues for Spring 2018.
 
FEBRUARY 11            Florence, AL                              FORMAL
FEBRUARY 17            Anniston, Alabama                    ROBES
FEBRUARY 18            FESTIVAL OF SPIRITUALS     FORMAL
                                    Oakwood University
 
MARCH 16-23             SPRING   TOUR                        FORMAL
 
APRIL 9 or 10              SPRING CONCERT                  FORMAL
                                     HUNTSVILLE, AL
APRIL 22                      ANNUAL SPRING CONCERT  FORMAL
                                     AAMU Band and Choir
                                     Birmingham
 
MAY 4                          COMMENCEMENT                     ROBES
 
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Board Extends Nominating Process
 
Chris Robinson, chair of the AAMU Board of Trustees Nominating Committee, has announced the extension of the nomination process to fill vacancies.  For additional information, click NOMINATIONS.
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Top Student’s International Aims Only Bordered by Need for Support
 
Kennedy Copeland is a young woman with large, even global, dreams.  The 4.0 junior political science major at Alabama A&M University hails from Atlanta, Ga., but has set her sights on changing the world.
 
Kennedy’s brief bio is indicative of the kind of student who has taken every possible step to ensure the success she has achieved thus far.  For instance, Kennedy is a member of Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society, the AAMU Honors Program, a recipient of the Freshman President’s Award and Gold Medallion. Moreover, she is a member of the AAMUite Yearbook Staff, the Business Industry Student Cluster and serves as peer tutor for the Tutorial Assistance Network.
 
Right now, however, Kennedy’s major challenge is hastily coming up with the additional $7,500 needed to fully participate in the Academic Program Croatia.jpg
International (API) study abroad program this spring semester at Libertas International University in Dubrovnik, Croatia.  Once the hurdle has been overcome, Kennedy will take courses in such subjects as comparative political systems, international organizations, international relations, Croatian language and theories, as well as principles of diplomacy.
 
“Kennedy is one of the top performing, best prepared and most academically well-rounded students in our program,” said Shannon Frank Reeves, Sr., coordinator of AAMU’s political science program.  “As a 4.0 student, she has done all the right things, made all the right decisions, prepared herself in all the right ways and is focused in the right direction to achieve her goals.”
 
Reeves admits, however, that time is the greatest enemy.  We must satisfy all financial obligations, get Kennedy on a plane, and have her in Croatia ready for classes by February 1,” stated Reeves.
 
To assist with the cost of tuition, fees, and expenses for this once in a lifetime opportunity, a “GoFundMe” page has been established (www.gofundme.com/kennedy2croatia) to supplement the energetic efforts underway by Kennedy, her parents and others.
 
The AAMU Family, alumni and friends are urged to join the cause by clicking on the link above or immediately making a check payable to the AAMU Foundation, 115 Chase Road NW, Huntsville, AL  35811.
 
“This AAMU student’s scholarly pursuits hang in the balance and I have faith we are not going to let her down,” commented Reeves.  “However, time is running out. Make an investment and sow a seed into Kennedy’s life today. Your support and prayers will make the difference and be greatly appreciated.”
- J. Saintjones
 
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Alabama A&M TV Launches “FrontPage”
 
Electronic Media Communications/WJAB-TV has launched a new show called the “Alabama A&M FrontPage.”
 
It is an all AAMU newscast dedicated to highlighting the positive and uplifting stories of students, faculty and staff. The newscast will air weekly on Comcast channel 78 and will be posted to WJAB’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.
However, WJAB-TV needs the help of everyone on campus. If you have a news story to be considered for the Alabama A&M FrontPage, please e-mail Latoyia Clemons at wjabtv_production1@aamu.edu.
 
 In the meantime, please view the first Alabama A&M FrontPage newscast by clicking the link below.
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“Shift” Conference Pushes Self-Transformation
 
Sometimes, the only thing standing in the way of total self-transformation is a little guidance.  A conference set for mid-February is designed to direct individuals to the help they need for both healing and growth.
 
The power of good information rang true one day when Dr. Patricia Haley happened upon a woman stricken with breast cancer.  The woman’s talent was her livelihood, so severe illness meant that she was unable to support herself.
 
“The woman lost everything,” recalled Haley, a native of Jacksonville, Fla., who admits that she, too, experienced many problems in her own life. 
 
Haley said she told the woman about services offered through United Way and her to contact the offices for assistance.  Haley then began to wonder whether there were others out there who were in desperate need of help but had no idea about where to find it.
 
Through Patricia Haley Foundation, Haley is sponsoring a city-wide conference, “The Shift: From Broken to Healed,” on Monday, February 19, in the Clyde Foster Auditorium on the Alabama A&M University campus from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
 
The conference will feature health screenings and representatives from various non-profit and community organizations.  At 6 p.m., a banquet will be held at the DesignLab on Meridian Street (former Lincoln Mill area), with inspiration from Pastor Carlton Byrd of Oakwood University Church and the Gospel Choir.
 
People need to know that there are resources out there to help them with those things that are breaking them, notes Haley.  There are programs to assist with medical, housing and several other issues.
 
Patricia Haley Ministries is a two-year-old 501c charity that works with cancer patients, offering encouragement and assisting with the provision of needed medicine.  While she has been a resident of Huntsville for some 26 years, she has been active in ministry for 15 years.  Her devotion to her organization stems from the severe troubles and mental anguish she witnessed her mother experience as a result of a tumultuous childhood.
 
Haley believes that guidance and proper information can have a life-changing impact on individuals.  For more information about the conference and the organization, visit www.PatriciaHaleyMinistry.org or call (256) 683-7287.
 
- J. Saintjones
 
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AAMU to Hold Black Male Summit
 
The three-day Alabama A&M University 4th Black Male Summit is scheduled for January 31-February 2. The theme is: “Reclaiming Our Black Males.”
The first day of the sum­mit will focus on “Beating the Odds as a Black Male” with a presentation by the non-profit organization B3ATING THE ODDZ. The activity is slated for the Clyde Foster auditorium at 6 p.m.
 
On Thursday, February 1, summit organizers will address “Black Males and Mental Health” a two-part program at 6 p.m. in the Ernest L. Knight Complex VIP Room. The speakers are Dr. All-wyn Graham, #BlackMindsMatter, and David Brent, who will discuss Etiquette.
 
The culminating event will be held Friday, Febru­ary 2, with the 2018 Black Male Summit Gala, at 6 p.m. in the Knight Center with William Gregg, Jr.
 
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 LOST - Keys and thumb drive lost in vicinity of 114 Carver Complex Bonner Wing.  Contact Dr. Johnson Kamalu at ext. 4106.

 

 

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January 8-14, 2018

Alabama A&M University’s College of Business and Public Affairs has entered into a three-year Memorandum of Understanding with the Atlanta-based National COBPA Logo.jpgBlack MBA Association, Inc. (NBMBAA) designed to foster a triangle of mutual benefits for the University, MBA students and the organization, according to Dr. Qian Shen, interim director of AAMU’s MBA program.
 
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As part of the agreement, which became effective January 1, AAMU will award up to $40,000 in yearly scholarships to NBMBAA members; purchase and set up a booth; as well as sponsor 10 students at the organization’s annual conference, where students at the undergraduate and/or graduate level will compete in a case competition.
 
Additionally, AAMU and NBMBAA will designate each other as a preferred professional development partner on their respective websites.  Other provisions of the MOU include social media promotions, recruitment-related access to the NBMBAA membership database, and extra annual conference amenities.
- J. Saintjones
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Board Extends Nominating Process
 
Chris Robinson, chair of the AAMU Board of Trustees Nominating Committee, has announced the extension of the nomination process to fill vacancies.  For additional information, click NOMINATIONS.
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Note from Office of Student Financial Aid
 
To better serve students, please be advised that from January 8-26, 2018, the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships will be relocated to the Learning Resource Center (Library).   
 
During this time period, please direct any students and parents to visit us there in the multipurpose room (129-A) daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  The main phone line (256-372-5400) will remain operational and will be directed to our central call center during our relocation.
 
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Journalist Roland Martin Begins AAMU 2018 Lecture Series
 
Roland.jpgThe AAMU Office of Student Affairs begins The Beyond Normal Lecture Series, Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., featuring, American Journalist, Roland S. Martin. Martin will speak to students this Thursday, January 11, 2018, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Knight Center on campus.
- Debra Daniel
    
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EBONY Mag Contest: Keep Voting for Miss AAMU
 
VOTE Aliyah S. Riley, Miss Alabama A&M University for EBONY 2017-2018 Campus Queens. Please follow the link www.ebony.com/campusqueens-2017/meetthequeens to cast your vote. 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. on January 20, 2018. Go, BULLDOGS!!! 
 
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Top Student’s International Aims Only Bordered by Need for Support
 
Kennedy Copeland is a young woman with large, even global, dreams.  The 4.0 junior political science major at Alabama A&M University hails from Atlanta, Ga., but has set her sights on changing the world.
 
Kennedy’s brief bio is indicative of the kind of student who has taken every possible step to ensure the success she has achieved thus far.  For instance, Kennedy is a member of Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society, the AAMU Honors Program, a recipient of the Freshman President’s Award and Gold Medallion. Moreover, she is a member of the AAMUite Yearbook Staff, the Business Industry Student Cluster and serves as peer tutor for the Tutorial Assistance Network.
 
Right now, however, Kennedy’s major challenge is hastily coming up with the additional $7,500 needed to fully participate in the Academic Program Croatia.jpg
International (API) study abroad program this spring semester at Libertas International University in Dubrovnik, Croatia.  Once the hurdle has been overcome, Kennedy will take courses in such subjects as comparative political systems, international organizations, international relations, Croatian language and theories, as well as principles of diplomacy.
 
“Kennedy is one of the top performing, best prepared and most academically well-rounded students in our program,” said Shannon Frank Reeves, Sr., coordinator of AAMU’s political science program.  “As a 4.0 student, she has done all the right things, made all the right decisions, prepared herself in all the right ways and is focused in the right direction to achieve her goals.”
 
Reeves admits, however, that time is the greatest enemy.  We must satisfy all financial obligations, get Kennedy on a plane, and have her in Croatia ready for classes by February 1,” stated Reeves.
 
To assist with the cost of tuition, fees, and expenses for this once in a lifetime opportunity, a “GoFundMe” page has been established (www.gofundme.com/kennedy2croatia) to supplement the energetic efforts underway by Kennedy, her parents and others.
 
The AAMU Family, alumni and friends are urged to join the cause by clicking on the link above or immediately making a check payable to the AAMU Foundation, 115 Chase Road NW, Huntsville, AL  35811.
 
“This AAMU student’s scholarly pursuits hang in the balance and I have faith we are not going to let her down,” commented Reeves.  “However, time is running out. Make an investment and sow a seed into Kennedy’s life today. Your support and prayers will make the difference and be greatly appreciated.”
- J. Saintjones
 
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Etiquette Workshop Scheduled
 
The Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development will present a “Dining Etiquette Workshop” with etiquette expert Denise Marcia on Tuesday, January 16, in the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center at 12:30 p.m.
Please Reserve Your Space Here. Reservation ends Friday, January 12.  See flier attached.  For more information, contact Gary L. Edwards, program coordinator, at (256) 372-4770.
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AAMU Career Closet Expanding and Asking for Your Help
by Debra Daniel
AAMU's Career Development Services has a Career Closet to help students dress for success. Donations (tax deductible) ensure employers do not disregard students for lack of professional attire. The Career Closet accepts new and gently worn professional garments and is requesting the following:
 
Women’s Apparel:...
· Business Suits
· Separates: Skirts, Blazers, Dresses, and Slacks
· Tops: Dress Blouses and Button Up Shirts
· Shoes and Accessories: Pumps (1-3” heels), Belts, Jewelry, Hosiery (new)
 
Men’s Apparel:
· Business Suits
· Separates: Suit Jackets and Dress Pants
· Tops: Long Sleeve Dress Shirts
· Shoes and Accessories: Dress Shoes, Ties, Belts, and Dress/Trouser Socks
 
 
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Alabama A&M TV Launches “FrontPage”
 
Electronic Media Communications/WJAB-TV has launched a new show called the “Alabama A&M FrontPage.”
 
It is an all AAMU newscast dedicated to highlighting the positive and uplifting stories of students, faculty and staff. The newscast will air weekly on Comcast channel 78 and will be posted to WJAB’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.
However, WJAB-TV needs the help of everyone on campus. If you have a news story to be considered for the Alabama A&M FrontPage, please e-mail Latoyia Clemons at wjabtv_production1@aamu.edu.
 
 In the meantime, please view the first Alabama A&M FrontPage newscast by clicking the link below.
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“Shift” Conference Pushes Self-Transformation
 
Sometimes, the only thing standing in the way of total self-transformation is a little guidance.  A conference set for mid-February is designed to direct individuals to the help they need for both healing and growth.
 
The power of good information rang true one day when Dr. Patricia Haley happened upon a woman stricken with breast cancer.  The woman’s talent was her livelihood, so severe illness meant that she was unable to support herself.
 
“The woman lost everything,” recalled Haley, a native of Jacksonville, Fla., who admits that she, too, experienced many problems in her own life. 
 
Haley said she told the woman about services offered through United Way and her to contact the offices for assistance.  Haley then began to wonder whether there were others out there who were in desperate need of help but had no idea about where to find it.
 
Through Patricia Haley Foundation, Haley is sponsoring a city-wide conference, “The Shift: From Broken to Healed,” on Monday, February 19, in the Clyde Foster Auditorium on the Alabama A&M University campus from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
 
The conference will feature health screenings and representatives from various non-profit and community organizations.  At 6 p.m., a banquet will be held at the DesignLab on Meridian Street (former Lincoln Mill area), with inspiration from Pastor Carlton Byrd of Oakwood University Church and the Gospel Choir.
 
People need to know that there are resources out there to help them with those things that are breaking them, notes Haley.  There are programs to assist with medical, housing and several other issues.
 
Patricia Haley Ministries is a two-year-old 501c charity that works with cancer patients, offering encouragement and assisting with the provision of needed medicine.  While she has been a resident of Huntsville for some 26 years, she has been active in ministry for 15 years.  Her devotion to her organization stems from the severe troubles and mental anguish she witnessed her mother experience as a result of a tumultuous childhood.
 
Haley believes that guidance and proper information can have a life-changing impact on individuals.  For more information about the conference and the organization, visit www.PatriciaHaleyMinistry.org or call (256) 683-7287.
 
- J. Saintjones
 
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Annual AAMU Wall Calendar Available
 
The Office of Marketing and Public Relations has released the annual (free) AAMU Wall Calendar for 2018.  A limited supply is available in 303 Patton Hall.  For more information, contact Mrs. Shirley Alexander at (256) 372-5607.
 
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AAMU to Hold Black Male Summit
 
The three-day Alabama A&M University 4th Black Male Summit is scheduled for January 31-February 2. The theme is: “Reclaiming Our Black Males.”
The first day of the sum­mit will focus on “Beating the Odds as a Black Male” with a presentation by the non-profit organization B3ATING THE ODDZ. The activity is slated for the Clyde Foster auditorium at 6 p.m.
 
On Thursday, February 1, summit organizers will address “Black Males and Mental Health” a two-part program at 6 p.m. in the Ernest L. Knight Complex VIP Room. The speakers are Dr. All-wyn Graham, #BlackMindsMatter, and David Brent, who will discuss Etiquette.
 
The culminating event will be held Friday, Febru­ary 2, with the 2018 Black Male Summit Gala, at 6 p.m. in the Knight Center with William Gregg, Jr.
 
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Maroon and White Among 2018’s Honda Battle of the Band
 
The Alabama A&M University Marching Maroon and White, led by Carlton Wright, will make its fifth appearance in the 16th Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase on January 27, 2018, in Atlanta, Ga.
 
A record number of votes helped select a dynamic lineup of marching bands from the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to perform at the 16th Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) Invitational Showcase.
 
The annual event is the culmination of the HBOB program, and it provides a national platform to highlight a key element in the HBCU community and campus life – the marching band. The invitational showcase will feature extraordinary musicianship, sport and choreography from eight HBCU marching bands and dance squads who are ready to electrify the city of Atlanta.
 
With a mix of six HBOB veteran bands and two newcomers, the eight bands slated to perform at the 2018 HBOB Invitational Showcase include:
 
Alabama A&M University, Marching Maroon & White Band (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – fifth appearance
 
Alabama State University, Mighty Marching Hornets (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – sixth appearance
 
Bethune-Cookman University, Marching Wildcats (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – 13th appearance
 
Hampton University, The Marching Force (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – first appearance
 
Miles College, Purple Marching Machine (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) – first appearance
 
North Carolina A&T State University, Blue & Gold Marching Machine (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – sixth appearance
 
Prairie View A&M University, Marching Storm (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – eighth appearance
 
Tennessee State University, Aristocrat of Bands (Ohio Valley Athletic Conference) – eighth appearance
 
Honda invited all HBCU marching bands to participate in this year’s program. Of the 39 bands that elected to participate, the “final eight” bands were selected through a voting process that incorporates input from online fans, band directors, HBCU school presidents and representatives from American Honda. In addition to a $20,000 grant from Honda to support their music education program, each of the final eight bands will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the Invitational Showcase.
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Alum Coordinates Robotics Kickoff Workshop at NASA
 
4SIGHT, INC.’s First Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 6107, a community-based robot­ics team established by the non-profit organiza­tion, participated in a “kickoff” workshop hosted by Google Fiber at the NASA MSFC Edu­cation Resource Center Saturday, January 6.
 
This workshop was held immediately following the Kickoff of the Worldwide 2018 FIRST Robotics Com­petition Game - FIRST POWER UP.  The kickoff and the workshop provided 4SIGHT, INC.’s FRC team members from Jemison High School the opportunity to meet with adult mentors from the community, industry, and academia as well as other FRC teams to get ideas, make friends, learn the game, and get geared up for the 2018 Rocket City Regional that will be held March 14-18 in the Von Braun Center South Hall in Huntsville, Ala.
 
4SIGHT, INC. estab­lished the robotics team in 2016 to provide histori­cally underserved students attending Jemison High School (then Johnson High School) equitable access to participate in the internationally recognized competition and engage in creative, hands-on prob­lem-solving opportunities.
 
FIRST is a phenomenal tool in the development of the STEM pipeline for underrepresented students who attend Title I Schools in Huntsville, according to Dr. Cydale Smith, AAMU alum and founder of 4SIGHT, INC. Through FIRST, students are ex­posed rigorous hands-on science experiences that prepare them with the nec­essary skills for entry to the workforce or college.
 
For more information, please contact 4SIGHT, INC. at (256) 682-9481.
 
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A&M Business College Adds Golf Tournament
 
The College Business and Public Affairs (COB­PA) at Alabama A&M University has added a golf tournament to the 3rd an­nual AAMU COBPA Silent Auction.
 
This year, there will be the opportunity to win amazing prizes such as a vehicle, courtesy of Woody Anderson Ford; a three-day RV rental, courtesy of Bankston Motor Homes; and much more.
 
The Alabama A&M Col­lege of Business and Public Affairs Golf Tournament and Silent Auction will take place Friday, April 6, at the Huntsville Country Club on Oakwood Avenue NW.
 
Participation and even any donations toward the event will be appreciated. For more information about the auction or golf tournament, contact Amoi Savage at (256) 527-7212.
 
 

COBPA Enters MOU with NBMBAA

CDS hopes to officially open the expanded Career Closet on February 12, 2018. Please direct in-person and mailed donations to:
Alabama A&M University
Career Development Services Center
Patton Building, Room 101
Normal, AL 35762

 

 

December 11-17, 2017

     
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Put on My Long (Maroon and) White Robe:  Just prior to the holiday season, the Alabama A&M University Choir, directed by Dr. Horace Carney, received a gift of brand new choir robes, an endeavor pushed and completed by President Andrew Hugine, Jr.  (Photo by J. Saintjones)
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Doctoral Student Discovers New Passion for Teaching 
 
Plant and Soil Science doctoral student Kristina Burns (Above, 2nd left), in addition to her research on getting rid of fungi that wreak havoc on the bat population, has found a new passion. 
 
Burns says she has discovered an unbridled enthusiasm for teaching.  This year, Burns has been working with undergrads on an aerobiology study that uses the techniques she implemented during her master's studies.
 
"Replication is important in the research community," notes Burns, "and if we have the same results, that would mean my research is repeatable and can be validated/supported."
 
Burns says she enjoys teaching and sharing her knowledge as much as conducting research.  Upon completion of their research, the undergraduate students will travel to Washington, D.C., in February to present their findings at the Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM.
 
Pictured (l-r) are:  Darian Turner, a biology/pre-med major from St. Louis, Mo.; doctoral student Kristina Burns; Dr. Jeanette Jones, University Distinguished Professor and biologist/mycologist; and Anesah Sharif, biology/pre-med major and chemistry minor, from Yemen.
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RETIREES MINGLE:  Several AAMU retirees returned to The Hill for a Retirees Holiday Mingle at the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center, among them Dr. Henry and Mrs. Nell Lane Bradford, campus music icons.  See returning faculty and staff.   HERE.
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MILESTONESome 411 undergraduate and graduate students participated in the 2017 Fall Commencement program at AAMU.  The address was delivered by Dr. Leslie N. Pollard, president of Oakwood University, who also received the Presidential Medallion from AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr.   PHOTOS
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AAMU’s Small Farms Research Center Nets $1.2 Million from USDA-NIFA
 
 
The Small Farms Research Center at Alabama A&M University has received approximately $1.2 million in grant funding from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to grow and assist the next generation of farmers, provide risk management education and financial literacy training to small and limited resource producers.
 
The Center also will provide produce safety training and education to specialty crop growers consistent with the Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
 
Chembezi.jpgThe FDA FSMA Produce Safety Rule (PSR) establishes, for the first time, science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption,” explained Dr. Duncan Chembezi, current director of the Center. “The awards, which include one from USDA-Farm Service Agency, are a testimony to the outstanding and effective delivery of outreach and technical assistance to Alabama’s agricultural producers by the SFRC team.” 
 
The Center is an outreach arm of AAMU's College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences (CALNS). Even though the projects target limited resource, new and socially disadvantaged beginning farmers, over 30 percent of the resources are earmarked to provide educational training and outreach assistance to military veterans and their families who aspire to start farming as a career.
 
“We are aggressively looking to recruit and assist veterans as new and beginning farmers,” said Chembezi, who also serves as professor of agricultural and applied economics in the Department of Accounting and Finance within the College of Business and Public Affairs.
 
Meanwhile, Dr. Chembezi has been appointed this fall to serve a three-year term on the Advisory Board of the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (Southern SAWG), a non-profit organization comprising 18 southern states.
 
Dr. Chembezi has previously served on several national and regional advisory boards and committees, including the Advisory Board of the Council on Food, Agricultural, and Resource Economics (C-FARE), a non-profit national organization dedicated to strengthening the national presence of the agricultural and applied economics profession; USDA’s Subcommittee on Land Tenure,  Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers, Advisory Council of the Southern Region Risk Management Education, and Advisory Committee of the Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
 
In recognition of his outstanding professional work, Dr. Chembezi and his team have received several awards, including the 2009 Excellence in Extension and Public Service Award from the Southern Rural Sociological Association.
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YEAR-END UPDATE: Staffers from Career Development Services and Housing (Left to right: Iris Robinson, Michele Wesson, Yvette Clayton, Karla Miller and Angel Lee), pose for photos at the Faculty and Staff Year-End Holiday Update, where reports were received from President Andrew Hugine, Jr., Provost Daniel Wims and Clayton Gibson, vice president for business and finance.   PHOTOS
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ALSAMP HONORS:  Three participants in the Alabama Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ALSAMP) were awarded recently for their outstanding academic achievements and research accomplishments as ALSAMP Scholars.  Pictured (l-r) are: Antoinette Jackson, Kwaishawn Albritton and Shanice Seawright.  The three were joined by AAMU ALSAMP Director Jeanette Jones, University Distinguished Professor.
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AAMU, NAACP Hold Vote Rally
 
A group of AAMU students listened to NAACP, SCLC, and candidate and campus representatives at a "Get Out the Vote" Rally held on AAMU grounds near the Huntsville Police Department's North Precinct.  The noon rally was held Saturday, December 2.   RALLY
 
Janae McDowell, director of TRiO at AAMU, served as the program facilitator.  Students received words of motivation from Rev. R.L. Shanklin, president of the Huntsville Madison County NAACP; Rev. Greg Bentley, president of the Huntsville chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; Rev. Mitchell Walker, president of the Greater Huntsville Interdenominational Ministerial Fellowship; 
Huntsville City Councilman Will Culver, District 5; Rev. Charles Dale, Alabama State Conference NAACP; Linda Meigs, Madison County Chapter of INDIVISIBLE; and Jerry Burnet, political action committee chair, Alabama State Conference NAACP.
 
Additional remarks were made by activists Dexter Strong and Whitney Abokocala; students Derrius Plair and Daijha Hillard; write-in senatorial candidate Chandra Crutcher; and Monica Clarke, AAMU service and learning coordinator, Freshman Academy.  
 
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Maroon and White Among 2018’s Honda Battle of the Band
 
The Alabama A&M University Marching Maroon and White, led by Carlton Wright, will make its fifth appearance in the 16th Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase on January 27, 2018, in Atlanta, Ga.
 
A record number of votes helped select a dynamic lineup of marching bands from the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to perform at the 16th Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) Invitational Showcase.
 
The annual event is the culmination of the HBOB program, and it provides a national platform to highlight a key element in the HBCU community and campus life – the marching band. The invitational showcase will feature extraordinary musicianship, sport and choreography from eight HBCU marching bands and dance squads who are ready to electrify the city of Atlanta.
 
With a mix of six HBOB veteran bands and two newcomers, the eight bands slated to perform at the 2018 HBOB Invitational Showcase include:
 
Alabama A&M University, Marching Maroon & White Band (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – fifth appearance
 
Alabama State University, Mighty Marching Hornets (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – sixth appearance
 
Bethune-Cookman University, Marching Wildcats (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – 13th appearance
 
Hampton University, The Marching Force (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – first appearance
 
Miles College, Purple Marching Machine (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) – first appearance
 
North Carolina A&T State University, Blue & Gold Marching Machine (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – sixth appearance
 
Prairie View A&M University, Marching Storm (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – eighth appearance
 
Tennessee State University, Aristocrat of Bands (Ohio Valley Athletic Conference) – eighth appearance
 
Honda invited all HBCU marching bands to participate in this year’s program. Of the 39 bands that elected to participate, the “final eight” bands were selected through a voting process that incorporates input from online fans, band directors, HBCU school presidents and representatives from American Honda. In addition to a $20,000 grant from Honda to support their music education program, each of the final eight bands will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the Invitational Showcase.
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HR Announces Holiday Schedules
 
The Holiday recess for faculty will begin on December 13 and conclude on January 1, 2018.  The Holiday recess for staff will begin on December 18 and conclude on January 1, 2018.  All employees will report to work on January 2, 2018.  Please plan accordingly.
 
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Flag Football Regionals:  Alabama A&M University Intramural Flag Football Team made its back-to-back appearance in the flag football regionals at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky.  Coach Knute Walker played a key role in helping AAMU get to the finals. Two players made the All Tournament Team.  The AAMU Intramurals Program is coordinated by Coach Franky Smith.

 

 

December 4-10, 2017 - No. 5

     
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CDS Gift:  Yvette Clayton, director of AAMU's Career Development Services (CDS), left, recently received a surprise visit and $2,000 check from Anna Taylor, Talent Acquisition Manager, human resources unit of Enterprise Holdings, Inc., representing auto rentals Alamo, Enterprise and National.  Dr. Gary Crosby, AAMU vice president for student affairs, also joined the presentation.
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Some 400 Will Receive Diploma at Fall Commencement, OU Head Speaks
 
The President of Oakwood University in Huntsville, Ala., will address the fall commencement ceremony at its sister institution Alabama A&M University next week.
 
Dr. Leslie N. Pollard will speak to some 400 undergraduate and graduate students on Friday, December 8, at 1 p.m. in the Von Braun Center arena.
 
Students will receive diplomas from disciplines offered by four major academic components: College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences; College of Business and Public Affairs; College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences; and the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences.
 
leslie_pollard.jpgDr. Pollard is a 1978 graduate of Oakwood University. He futhered his education to include a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University Theological Seminary (1983), and the Doctor of Ministry degree in Preaching and Worship from Claremont School of Theology (1992). Seeking higher-level fiscal and administrative enrichment, Pollard earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the La Sierra University School of Business in Organizational Management (2005).
 
To culminate his academic pursuits, he earned from Andrews University the Doctor of Philosophy degree in New Testament Language and Literature (2007), with a specialty in apocalyptic literature.
 
Since 1978, Dr. Pollard’s leadership has reflected local, national, and international service. He has served as senior pastor for a number of large church complexes, including the Kansas Avenue (Riverside, CA), Berean (Los Angeles, CA) and the Oakwood University Seventh-day Adventist churches. Additionally, he has been a youth pastor, a university chaplain, a healthcare program administrator, and an educational administrator.
 
 
  
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AKM:  Alpha Kappa Mu's Kappa Sigma Chapter recently inducted 21 new members into its ranks during the fall induction program in the Bertha Jones Conference Center.  Lidia George, chapter president, presided, and inductees received congratulatory remarks from Dr. Millicent Carmouche, College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences.  The Fall 2017 inductees include the following:  Amber Banks, Alexis Brinkley, Brittany Chadwick, Latoyia Clemons, Monique Collins, Kennedy Copeland, Lauren Cummings, Alonzo Dukes, Davida Effinger, Kayla Exford, Shabree Frett, Quanisha Ford, Jasmine Gardner, Montez Johnson, DeNiqua Lee, DeAndrea Peterson, Charcille Randall, Isaiah Taylor, Erica Washington, Sedaya Westmoreland and Charles Yates.  Dr. Cynthia Smith and Marilyn Saintjones are advisors.  Smith also serves as the National President of Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society.  (Photo by J. Saintjones)
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AAMU’s Small Farms Research Center Nets $1.2 Million from USDA-NIFA
 
 
 
The Small Farms Research Center at Alabama A&M University has received approximately $1.2 million in grant funding from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to grow and assist the next generation of farmers, provide risk management education and financial literacy training to small and limited resource producers.
 
The Center also will provide produce safety training and education to specialty crop growers consistent with the Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
 
Chembezi.jpgThe FDA FSMA Produce Safety Rule (PSR) establishes, for the first time, science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption,” explained Dr. Duncan Chembezi, current director of the Center. “The awards, which include one from USDA-Farm Service Agency, are a testimony to the outstanding and effective delivery of outreach and technical assistance to Alabama’s agricultural producers by the SFRC team.” 
 
The Center is an outreach arm of AAMU's College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences (CALNS). Even though the projects target limited resource, new and socially disadvantaged beginning farmers, over 30 percent of the resources are earmarked to provide educational training and outreach assistance to military veterans and their families who aspire to start farming as a career.
 
“We are aggressively looking to recruit and assist veterans as new and beginning farmers,” said Chembezi, who also serves as professor of agricultural and applied economics in the Department of Accounting and Finance within the College of Business and Public Affairs.
 
Meanwhile, Dr. Chembezi has been appointed this fall to serve a three-year term on the Advisory Board of the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (Southern SAWG), a non-profit organization comprising 18 southern states.
 
Dr. Chembezi has previously served on several national and regional advisory boards and committees, including the Advisory Board of the Council on Food, Agricultural, and Resource Economics (C-FARE), a non-profit national organization dedicated to strengthening the national presence of the agricultural and applied economics profession; USDA’s Subcommittee on Land Tenure,  Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers, Advisory Council of the Southern Region Risk Management Education, and Advisory Committee of the Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
 
In recognition of his outstanding professional work, Dr. Chembezi and his team have received several awards, including the 2009 Excellence in Extension and Public Service Award from the Southern Rural Sociological Association.
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AAMU, NAACP Hold Vote Rally
 
A group of AAMU students listened to NAACP, SCLC, and candidate and campus representatives at a "Get Out the Vote" Rally held on AAMU grounds near the Huntsville Police Department's North Precinct.  The noon rally was held Saturday, December 2.   RALLY
 
Janae McDowell, director of TRiO at AAMU, served as the program facilitator.  Students received words of motivation from Rev. R.L. Shanklin, president of the Huntsville Madison County NAACP; Rev. Greg Bentley, president of the Huntsville chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; Rev. Mitchell Walker, president of the Greater Huntsville Interdenominational Ministerial Fellowship; 
Huntsville City Councilman Will Culver, District 5; Rev. Charles Dale, Alabama State Conference NAACP; Linda Meigs, Madison County Chapter of INDIVISIBLE; and Jerry Burnet, political action committee chair, Alabama State Conference NAACP.
 
Additional remarks were made by activists Dexter Strong and Whitney Abokocala; students Derrius Plair and Daijha Hillard; write-in senatorial candidate Chandra Crutcher; and Monica Clarke, AAMU service and learning coordinator, Freshman Academy.  
 
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AAMU Hosts 20th Nobel Laureate
 
The  Department of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics the 20th Annual Putcha Venkateswarlu Memorial Lecture hosted the 20th Nobel Prize winner on campus on Friday, December 1.   PHOTOS
 
Dr. David J. Wineland discussed “Quantum Computers and Schroedinger’s Cat.”  Nobel Laureate Wineland is a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) physics laboratory.  He was awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics, jointly with Serge Haroche, for "ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems."
Dr. Wineland’s work has included advances in optics, specifically laser cooling trapped ions and using ions for atomic clocks and quantum computing operations.
Above:   Wineland (r) receives gift from Department Head Mohan Aggarwal.
 
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Christmas Tree Lighting Held
 
The AAMU Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony was held Wednesday, November 29, on The Quad, facilitated by Dr. Gary Crosby, vice president for student affairs.    PHOTOS
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ANGELS:  The Annual Angel Tree Program was held on November 29 in the Knight Center, following the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on The Quad.  Isaiah Smith served as Master of Ceremonies, with remarks from Vice President for Student Affairs Gary Crosby; Aliyah S. Riley, Miss AAMU; and First Lady Abbiegail Hugine.  Photo by Julian Howell
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Maroon and White Among 2018’s Honda Battle of the Band
 
The Alabama A&M University Marching Maroon and White, led by Carlton Wright, will make its fifth appearance in the 16th Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase on January 27, 2018, in Atlanta, Ga.
 
A record number of votes helped select a dynamic lineup of marching bands from the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to perform at the 16th Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) Invitational Showcase.
 
The annual event is the culmination of the HBOB program, and it provides a national platform to highlight a key element in the HBCU community and campus life – the marching band. The invitational showcase will feature extraordinary musicianship, sport and choreography from eight HBCU marching bands and dance squads who are ready to electrify the city of Atlanta.
 
With a mix of six HBOB veteran bands and two newcomers, the eight bands slated to perform at the 2018 HBOB Invitational Showcase include:
 
Alabama A&M University, Marching Maroon & White Band (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – fifth appearance
 
Alabama State University, Mighty Marching Hornets (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – sixth appearance
 
Bethune-Cookman University, Marching Wildcats (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – 13th appearance
 
Hampton University, The Marching Force (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – first appearance
 
Miles College, Purple Marching Machine (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) – first appearance
 
North Carolina A&T State University, Blue & Gold Marching Machine (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – sixth appearance
 
Prairie View A&M University, Marching Storm (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – eighth appearance
 
Tennessee State University, Aristocrat of Bands (Ohio Valley Athletic Conference) – eighth appearance
 
Honda invited all HBCU marching bands to participate in this year’s program. Of the 39 bands that elected to participate, the “final eight” bands were selected through a voting process that incorporates input from online fans, band directors, HBCU school presidents and representatives from American Honda. In addition to a $20,000 grant from Honda to support their music education program, each of the final eight bands will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the Invitational Showcase.
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Ushers for Fall 2017 Commencement
 
Volunteers are needed to serve as ushers during the Fall 2017 Commencement Exercises.  Commencement will be held Friday, December 8, 2017 at 1:00 p.m., at the Von Braun Civic Center.
 
Volunteers can sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/UKoJFwqZwNUQRUmk1​ or by contacting  Ms. Nicole Jackson at nicole.jackson@aamu.edu or ext. 8747 or Ms. Janet Jones at janet.jones@aamu.edu or ext. 8089.
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HR Announces Holiday Schedules
 
The Holiday recess for faculty will begin on December 13 and conclude on January 1, 2018.  The Holiday recess for staff will begin on December 18 and conclude on January 1, 2018.  All employees will report to work on January 2, 2018.  Please plan accordingly.
 
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As a clergyman, Dr. Pollard has functioned as an evangelist, professor, ministerial educator, and leadership development facilitator to the 17-million-member General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

 

 

November 27-December 3, 2017 - No. 4

 

 

 

     
 
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AAMU to Welcome 20th Nobel Laureate
 
 
 
Alabama A&M University's  Department of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics the 20th Annual Putcha Venkateswarlu Memorial Lecture on Friday, December 1, at 3 p.m. in James I. Dawson Building auditorium.
 
 
 
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Dr. Wineland‘s afternoon lecture, “Quantum Computers and Schroedinger’s Cat,” will be immediately followed by a public reception honoring him at 5 p.m. in the Clyde Foster auditorium of the adjacent College of Business & Public Affairs.
 
 
 
Nobel Laureate Wineland, a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) physics laboratory, was awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics, jointly with Serge Haroche, for "ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems." Dr. Wineland’s work has included advances in optics, specifically laser cooling trapped ions and using ions for atomic clocks and quantum computing operations.
 
 
 
Born in Wauwatosa, Wis., he first studied at the University of California, Berkeley, and later earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1970 under the supervision of Norman Ramsey. After completing his doctorate, he worked in a team led by Hans Dehmelt at the University of Washington in Seattle.
 
 
 
For additional information about the Nobel Lecture and related activities, contact Sheral Carter at (256) 372-5305 or e-mail sheral.carter@aamu.edu.
 
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Alum Studdard Headlines Philly's Thanksgiving Day Parade
 
 

 

Grammy-nominated 2003 “American Idol” winner Ruben Studdard helped bring in the holiday season at Philadelphia's 98th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade.  

 

 

 

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Studdard, who won the second season of “American Idol,” was christened “The Velvet Teddy Bear” by Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Gladys Knight, and received a Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Grammy nomination for “Superstar.”

 

 

 

He was joined by “Idol” alums Melinda Doolittle and Justin Guarini, with appearances by Dove award-winning recording artist Ty Herndon, as well as hip-hop and R&B star KWAME.

 

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AAMU Researchers Find Link Between Forest Diversity and Productivity 

 

 

 

Two scientists from Alabama A&M University have published a seminal paper in the prestigious multidisciplinary scientific journal PLOS ONE, a decade-old, peer-reviewed open access publication of the Public Library of Science. The journal covers primary research from any discipline within science and medicine. 

 

 

 

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Forests are critically important ecosystems, both in terms of their economic, but also ecological importance. Thus, understanding the relationship between LeafDiversity.jpg
diversity and productivity would enable the production of greater amount of timber per unit of land, but also for greater amount of carbon being removed from the atmosphere and sequestered in the wood. Additionally, forests provide critical habitat for many game and non-game wildlife species, pollinators, and myriad of other ecosystem services.

 

 

 

The AAMU researchers used data from almost a thousand plots, with forest age under 30 years, located in the conterminous 31 eastern states, and satisfying strict selection requirements. 

 

 

 

 
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AAMU Angel Tree Effort Underway
 
In keeping with its community outreach focus, AAMU will be coordinating the AAMU Angel Tree effort with the nearby Edmonton Heights Community.  The $3,000 goal will provide holiday gifts for 30 young girls and boys, ranging from six months to 16 years of age.  The campus drive is being facilitated by the Office of Service and Learning Communities and Volunteerism.
 
Suggested donations levels include: Bronze, $25; Silver, $50; Gold, $75; and Platinum, $100.  To register as a sponsor, submit donations to the "Hope for Tomorrow Relief Fund" at the AAMU Foundation.  The link for giving is:   https://secure.qgiv.com/for/aau/  Be sure to direct the donation to the "Hope for Tomorrow Relief Fund."
 
The deadline for donations is Tuesday, November 28.  Representatives will purchase and wrap the holiday gifts.
 
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Christmas Tree Lighting Scheduled
 
The AAMU Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held Wednesday, November 29, on The Quad, at 5 p.m.  The public is invited.
 
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Professor Awarded in Canada
 
A 30-year veteran in film and television production was honored in Canada recently by an organization formed to raise awareness about major world issues.
 
Tungesh N. Mohan, an adjunct telecommunications professor, was one of the recipients of the 2nd Annual UNITY ONE/The Faces of Change 2017 event in Hamilton, Ontario.  UNITY ONE honors individuals for their efforts that assist in raising the consciousness about victims of racism, gender inequality and bullying.
 
MohanTungesh.jpgMohan was also honored for his more than three decades of film and television production that has resulted in award-winning global productions.  After making award-winning but politically controversial and socially-relevant films in his native India, Mr.Mohan emigrated to the United states where he began his career with the first documentary film on the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, "Afghanistan under the Iron Claw."

For the next 17 years, he served as the director of international co-productions for the Family Channel’s NorthStar Entertainment, producing episodic series and primetime specials.

Mohan's award-winning films include the Templeton Foundation Peace Prize and International Emmy-nominated biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, "Hanged on a Twisted Cross," which won the Chris Award at the Columbus Film Festival; the feature length documentary on the 16th century German reformer Martin Luther, "Here I Stand"; a film about POW exchange, "For One English Officer"; a film on the rescue and recovery operations after the 9-11 tragedy, "After the Fall," and many others.  

His current project is a 13-hour international series to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation of 1517.
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Foundation Launches "Resource" Newsletter
 
The AAMU Foundation has released its first "Resource" newsletter to provide information about activities pertinent to the organization and its board.  See NEWSLETTER
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The fall 2017 highlights the Foundation's purchase of nearby College Plaza on Meridian Street, information on its two major endowment funds, the slow approach to the 50th anniversary, investment policy, and contributions made in scholarship assistance.
 
For more information about the AAMU Foundation, contact Dr. Allen P. Vital, executive director, at (256) 372-2004.
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AAMU Gets New Regions ATM
 
The Office of Student Affairs is pleased to announce the new Regions Bank ATM on the campus of AAMU.  The ATM is located in the Ernest L. Knight Center, just prior to the Dining Hall entrance.  It may be used by students, faculty, staff. etc.
 
For questions and concerns about the ATM, contact the Office of Student Affairs in 205 Patton Hall or call (256) 372-5233.
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The weekly “Walking with the President” activity will be held again this Wednesday, November 29, at the Student Health and Wellness Center at 12:30 p.m.  Prior to the Thanksgiving Recess, the AAMU Men's Basketball Team (below) joined the effort.
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Normalites Featured in African American History Calendar
 
Two notable NASA scientists and AAMU graduates are highlighted in AT&T's 2018 Alabama African American History Calendar, bringing the eventful year in and rounding it out.
 
NASA retiree Jeanette Scissum opens the calendar as the featured trailblazing mathematician and space scientist who co-wrote a computer program to determine the landing site for the lunar module. 
 
In 1994, Dr. Shelia Nash-Stevenson became the first African-American female from Alabama to earn a Ph.D. degree in physics.  She serves NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center as an engineer with the Discovery, New Frontiers, Lunar Quest Programs Office.  She represented NASA as a "Modern Figure" a the Red Carpet Premiere of the movie Hidden Figures.
 
Other 2018 honorees are:  Vernon Z. Crawford, who established Mobile's first African-American law firm (February); Wilson Pickett, singer/songwriter (March); Kenyen Brown, first black Alabamian appointed to serve as U.S. Attorney (April); Helen Shores Lee, activist and daughter of crusading civil rights attorney Arthur Shores (May); Arthur Harold Parker, principal of Birmingham's first black high school (June); Cordy Tindell 'C.T.' Vivian, minister/activist (July); Erskine Hawkins, trumpeter and composer (August); Dr. Willie Ruff, Alabama Jazz Hall of Famer (September); Isaac White, Sr., proprietor, White's Barber College (October); and Nell Carter, Tony Award winner (November). 
 
For more information about the 2018 Alabama African American History Calendar, visit alafricanamerican.com.
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Cheerleaders Provide Community Volunteerism
 
Alabama A&M University cheerleaders have been involved in several community projects over the past weeks, in addition to supporting campus athletic teams.
 
Students who were awarded $100 by Sports Academy because of their academic excellence received shopping assistance from the cheerleaders.  The cheerleaders also helped hand out books to students at South Hampton Elementary School and read books to students at Phillips Academy, both in Birmingham, Ala.
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AAMU Part of AppleCare Program
 
Thanks to the insight of the staff in Career Development Services (CDS), Alabama A&M University has joined the ranks of only a few universities that will participate in the AppleCare program.
 
An AAMU student can apply to become an AppleCare College Advisor, working from where he or she lives, even a single residence hall room on campus. When customers contact Apple for help, for instance, an Advisor often answers the call.  The student will be the "human connection" to Apple: friendly, thoughtful, and real. They will answer questions about Apple products and services, enriching customers’ lives by helping them access the wonder they’ve come to expect from Apple. 
 
Apple will post the AppleCare College Advisor positions in the Handshake database.  If Apple is able to hire and maintain quality talent for a year, the partnership will be expanded and Apple will work with CDS to arrange campus visits.  Moreover, the program will be available to all majors, according to Yvette Clayton, director of AAMU's career placement office.

The AppleCare College Program currently recruits at 33 universities in the US and are looking to add on a few more universities for the upcoming hiring season.  
 
Requirements: 
 
Available to attend approximately 6-9 weeks of required online training on a fixed schedule that may include weekends (Training may be either 24 or 40 hours per week depending on hire date); Able to work three week days between the hours of 4:00 p.m CST and 10:30 p.m. CST including weekends and holidays between the hours of 7:00 a.m and 10:30 p.m, with the possibility to flex up or down hours depending upon business needs; Successful completion of a pre-employment assessment and background check; Successfully complete initial training; Able to meet minimum typing speed of 40 WPM in conversation with customers; AT HOME REQUIREMENTS - A quiet workspace, ergonomic chair, and desk High-speed Internet service (5 megabits download and 1 megabit upload) from a reliable provider.
 
For additional information about AAMU's AppleCare program, call Career Development Services at (256) 372-5692.
 
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AAMU Collegiate Car Tag Available in Georgia
 
Bulldogs in the Peach State can now boast their real Bulldog pride throughout Georgia, and fewer are happier about it than Keshia Appkins ‘97, president of the Metro Atlanta Chapter of the AAMU Alumni Association, Inc.
 
Are you a Normalite in the neighboring state? If so, then simply contact Jermaine Ralph, your collegiate car tag point of contact, at aamugatag@aamuatl.org or call (678) 575-8445.
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Maroon and White Among 2018’s Honda Battle of the Band
 
The Alabama A&M University Marching Maroon and White, led by Carlton Wright, will make its fifth appearance in the 16th Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase on January 27, 2018, in Atlanta, Ga.
 
A record number of votes helped select a dynamic lineup of marching bands from the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to perform at the 16th Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) Invitational Showcase.
 
The annual event is the culmination of the HBOB program, and it provides a national platform to highlight a key element in the HBCU community and campus life – the marching band. The invitational showcase will feature extraordinary musicianship, sport and choreography from eight HBCU marching bands and dance squads who are ready to electrify the city of Atlanta.
 
With a mix of six HBOB veteran bands and two newcomers, the eight bands slated to perform at the 2018 HBOB Invitational Showcase include:
 
Alabama A&M University, Marching Maroon & White Band (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – fifth appearance
 
Alabama State University, Mighty Marching Hornets (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – sixth appearance
 
Bethune-Cookman University, Marching Wildcats (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – 13th appearance
 
Hampton University, The Marching Force (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – first appearance
 
Miles College, Purple Marching Machine (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) – first appearance
 
North Carolina A&T State University, Blue & Gold Marching Machine (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – sixth appearance
 
Prairie View A&M University, Marching Storm (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – eighth appearance
 
Tennessee State University, Aristocrat of Bands (Ohio Valley Athletic Conference) – eighth appearance
 
Honda invited all HBCU marching bands to participate in this year’s program. Of the 39 bands that elected to participate, the “final eight” bands were selected through a voting process that incorporates input from online fans, band directors, HBCU school presidents and representatives from American Honda. In addition to a $20,000 grant from Honda to support their music education program, each of the final eight bands will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the Invitational Showcase.
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AAMU Part of Team to Enhance Irrigation of Alabama Farm Land
 
Only 15 percent of the land currently available for farming is irrigated in Alabama.  In Mississippi, that portion is 61 percent of cropland, and 40 percent in Georgia.  The lack of irrigation is symbolic of huge revenue losses for the state’s agricultural industry.
 
“Farmers often struggle in deciding when and how much to irrigate, and this prevents them from achieving their full yield potential,” said Brenda Ortiz, extension agronomist and associate professor in the Auburn University College of Agriculture’s Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences, responding to Southeast FarmPress. “For many Alabama farmers, irrigation is a new practice, so they are looking for training, technology and information to support their decisions.”
 
Auburn has received a grant of $946,684 from the Conservation and Innovation Program of the Natural Resources and Conservation Service, or NRCS. The project focuses on increasing the adoption of climate- and water-smart irrigation practices among Tennessee Valley farmers in Alabama and Tennessee.
 
Partnering with Auburn are the USDA-ARS-National Soil Dynamics Laboratory, the University of Tennessee, Alabama A&M University, the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, NRCS Alabama and three cooperating farmers.
 
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No Parking in Carver Complex Dock Area
Please note that construction at Carver Complex (at the back dock) will be taking place thru December 1.  This is an active construction site and no parking will be permitted in the area.
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Ushers for Fall 2017 Commencement
 
Volunteers are needed to serve as ushers during the Fall 2017 Commencement Exercises.  Commencement will be held Friday, December 8, 2017 at 1:00 p.m., at the Von Braun Civic Center.
 
Volunteers can sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/UKoJFwqZwNUQRUmk1​ or by contacting  Ms. Nicole Jackson at nicole.jackson@aamu.edu or ext. 8747 or Ms. Janet Jones at janet.jones@aamu.edu or ext. 8089.
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HR Announces Holiday Schedules
 
The Holiday recess for faculty will begin on December 13 and conclude on January 1, 2018.  The Holiday recess for staff will begin on December 18 and conclude on January 1, 2018.  All employees will report to work on January 2, 2018.  Please plan accordingly.
 
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November 2017 - No. 3

 
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Funeral Services Scheduled for Beloved Normalite
 
McCainClassicSmall.jpgFuneral services will be held at Bryant Chapel AME Church in Birmingham, Ala., for Mrs. Ella Margaret Byrd McCain, 
longtime staunch supporter of the University and a member of its distinguished Normal Legacy Society.
 
The final rites will be at 12 noon on Thursday, November 16.  The church is located at 3125 Spaulding St. SW, Birmingham, Ala. 
 
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graduate of Tuskegee University, while Mrs. McCain completed studies at Alabama A&M University in 1945.  The McCains were also part of the coveted Normal Legacy Society, a philanthropic group whose distinguished members have each contributed more than $100,000 to AAMU.  The McCains' endowed scholarship fund within the AAMU Foundation exceeds $250,000. Also, AAMU's student health and counseling center is named in their honor.
 
After graduating from AAMU, Mrs. McCain started her career as a teacher in Opelika, Ala.  Within two years, she met her husband John, who had graduated from Tuskegee in 1943 and was completing graduate studies at the University of Michigan.  Dr. McCain would become an influential administrator in Birmingham, where he taught at public schools and even at universities during summer sessions.  He was also instrumental in setting up an AAMU education extension program in Birmingham.  He later served as deputy superintendent of Jefferson County Schools, and even was affiliated with Protective Industrial Life Insurance Company.
 
IMG_6658.JPGMeanwhile, Mrs. McCain, a loyal Bulldog, embarked upon a more than 40-year career with the Jefferson County School System, primarily teaching library science and serving as “the” accrediting agent for all black schools.  An AAMU Alumni Hall of Fame member, she also headed the state’s organization for black library personnel and later served as secretary for the statewide and newly merged organization following segregation.
 
Over the course of decades, Mrs. McCain continued to show her love and spirit for AAMU in myriad ways.
 
- J. Saintjones
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Support AAMU's Dancin’ Divas! 
 
The Dancin' Divas of Alabama A&M University, along with 21 other HBCU dance teams, have been entered into a contest that will make them eligible to receive a $25,000 cash prize and uniforms designed by Beyonce's very own designer, Ms. Brea Stinson.
 
Voting is taking place NOW and ends at 11 a.m. CST on November 15. The top 5 schools with the most votes will have an opportunity to be evaluated by the judging panel, which makes them eligible for the grand prize. The Bulldog Family are asked to:
 
1. PLEASE support the Dancin' Divas by committing to vote once a day from now through Nov 15 at 11 a.m. CST. (1 vote per e-mail per day).  Our personal link is : Caution-https://radiantdanceoff.com/vote/?c=3521f4b2-3dbd-e711-80c2-0003ff4f17c5
 
2. Please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE on all social media outlets and encourage friends and family to Vote for the Dancin' Divas of Alabama A&M University!
-Shana Granger
Coordinator of the Alabama A&M University Dancin' Divas
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High School Senior Day Held
 
High School Senior Day was held Saturday, November 11, in the T.M. Elmore Building, where, according to Venita C. King, director of admissions, more than 2,000 guests attended, representing Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and even the country of Italy.  PHOTOS
 
Facilitated by Arthur Wayne of WEUP-FM and Janae McDowell, the event included an opening program with greetings from President Andrew Hugine, Jr., First Lady Abbiegail Hugine (Mrs. Clarene Teague Johnson, standing in), Miss AAMU Aliyah Riley, SGA President Julian Griffith-Battle and others. 
 
Prospective students and their parents/guardians were able to visit departmental exhibits, take campus tours, and attend a Bulldog football game at Louis Crews Stadium.
 
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Snaps from JSU Game
 
The JSU Tigers pull ahead of the Bulldogs in the 4th quarter, 10-7, at Louis Crews Stadium Saturday, November 11. A few scenes from the Jackson State game, with a special highlight on the AAMU Dancin' Divas.   See JSU Game
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Now Hear This: CSD Offering Screenings
 
AAMU's Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD) program will be offering free hearing screenings for faculty and staff Wednesday, November 15, from 3-8 p.m.
 
The screenings will be provided in Rooom 104 of Carver Complex North, in the Office of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. 
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Foundation Launches "Resource" Newsletter
 
The AAMU Foundation has released its first "Resource" newsletter to provide information about activities pertinent to the organization and its board.  See NEWSLETTER
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The fall 2017 highlights the Foundation's purchase of nearby College Plaza on Meridian Street, information on its two major endowment funds, the slow approach to the 50th anniversary, investment policy, and contributions made in scholarship assistance.
 
For more information about the AAMU Foundation, contact Dr. Allen P. Vital, executive director, at (256) 372-2004.
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FLAG RAISING:  The AAMU campus community gathered on the south side of The Quad to pay tribute to United States flag and its significance during a Flag Raising Ceremony scheduled on Thursday, November 9.  Tribute to the American flag was paid through the words of AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr., and Aliyah Riley; through song; through music from the AAMU Marching Maroon and White Band; and the AAMU ROTC Bulldog Batallion.   Flag Raising Ceremony
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AAMU Gets New Regions ATM
 
The Office of Student Affairs is pleased to announce the new Regions Bank ATM on the campus of AAMU.  The ATM is located in the Ernest L. Knight Center, just prior to the Dining Hall entrance.  It may be used by students, faculty, staff. etc.
 
For questions and concerns about the ATM, contact the Office of Student Affairs in 205 Patton Hall or call (256) 372-5233.
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The weekly “Walking with the President” activity will be held again this Wednesday, November 15, at the Student Health and Wellness Center at 12:30 p.m. 
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AAMU Trustee Honored Among Distinguished Alabama Women
 
Alabama A&M University Trustee Ginger Harper recently joined the honorees for the This Is Alabama 2017 Women Who Shape the State distinction in Birmingham, Ala.   PHOTOS
 
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market. With over 16 years of experience, Harper focuses on providing comprehensive financial solutions and offers unparalleled service to high net worth clients as well as leading the Bank’s retail franchise in Huntsville.
 
"Trustee Harper provides, not only invaluable service to Alabama A&M University as a member of the Board, but she is actively involved in a number of community service organizations and initiatives," said Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr., AAMU president.  "On behalf of the University, we extend congratulations to Trustee Harper on this well-deserved recognition."
 
On the AAMU Board, Harper chairs the Athletics Committee.  Previous AAMU-affiliated honorees include retiree Virginia Caples, who served as 1890 Administrator. 
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CAMPUS UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN SUCCESS:  Tarsha Lockhart (right) joins previous AAMU United Way campaign chairs (Drs. Barbara A.P. Jones and Delores Price) during a recent luncheon to celebrate AAMU's largest United Way campaign contribution to date--over $27,000.  Luncheon attendees received certificates of appreciation from Lockhart and President Andrew Hugine, Jr.  UNITED WAY
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Normalites Featured in African American History Calendar
 
Two notable NASA scientists and AAMU graduates are highlighted in AT&T's 2018 Alabama African American History Calendar, bringing the eventful year in and rounding it out.
 
NASA retiree Jeanette Scissum opens the calendar as the featured trailblazing mathematician and space scientist who co-wrote a computer program to determine the landing site for the lunar module. 
 
In 1994, Dr. Shelia Nash-Stevenson became the first African-American female from Alabama to earn a Ph.D. degree in physics.  She serves NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center as an engineer with the Discovery, New Frontiers, Lunar Quest Programs Office.  She represented NASA as a "Modern Figure" a the Red Carpet Premiere of the movie Hidden Figures.
 
Other 2018 honorees are:  Vernon Z. Crawford, who established Mobile's first African-American law firm (February); Wilson Pickett, singer/songwriter (March); Kenyen Brown, first black Alabamian appointed to serve as U.S. Attorney (April); Helen Shores Lee, activist and daughter of crusading civil rights attorney Arthur Shores (May); Arthur Harold Parker, principal of Birmingham's first black high school (June); Cordy Tindell 'C.T.' Vivian, minister/activist (July); Erskine Hawkins, trumpeter and composer (August); Dr. Willie Ruff, Alabama Jazz Hall of Famer (September); Isaac White, Sr., proprietor, White's Barber College (October); and Nell Carter, Tony Award winner (November). 
 
For more information about the 2018 Alabama African American History Calendar, visit alafricanamerican.com.
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Purple Heart Veteran Cuts Ribbon on New AAMU Parking
 
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The spaces allow veterans like LTC McLinnaham easier parking and access to nearby buildings. McLinnaham was in the Army for 22 years and is studying nutrition and hospitality management at AAMU.
- Debra Daniel
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Major General Visits The Hill
 
The Commanding General of the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., visited President Andrew Hugine, Jr., and hiscabinespoke to students as part Federal Employment Preparation Awareness Week.  SIMPSON
 
MJ James E. Simpson addressed students, faculty and staff in the auditorium of Arthur J. Bond Hall (Engineering Building), where he told attendees about his military career and steps to land employment with the federal government.  The activity was facilitated by Career Development Services.
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Cheerleaders Provide Community Volunteerism
 
Alabama A&M University cheerleaders have been involved in several community projects over the past weeks, in addition to supporting campus athletic teams.
 
Students who were awarded $100 by Sports Academy because of their academic excellence received shopping assistance from the cheerleaders.  The cheerleaders also helped hand out books to students at South Hampton Elementary School and read books to students at Phillips Academy, both in Birmingham, Ala.
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AAMU Part of AppleCare Program
 
Thanks to the insight of the staff in Career Development Services (CDS), Alabama A&M University has joined the ranks of only a few universities that will participate in the AppleCare program.
 
An AAMU student can apply to become an AppleCare College Advisor, working from where he or she lives, even a single residence hall room on campus. When customers contact Apple for help, for instance, an Advisor often answers the call.  The student will be the "human connection" to Apple: friendly, thoughtful, and real. They will answer questions about Apple products and services, enriching customers’ lives by helping them access the wonder they’ve come to expect from Apple. 
 
Apple will post the AppleCare College Advisor positions in the Handshake database.  If Apple is able to hire and maintain quality talent for a year, the partnership will be expanded and Apple will work with CDS to arrange campus visits.  Moreover, the program will be available to all majors, according to Yvette Clayton, director of AAMU's career placement office.

The AppleCare College Program currently recruits at 33 universities in the US and are looking to add on a few more universities for the upcoming hiring season.  
 
Requirements: 
 
Available to attend approximately 6-9 weeks of required online training on a fixed schedule that may include weekends (Training may be either 24 or 40 hours per week depending on hire date); Able to work three week days between the hours of 4:00 p.m CST and 10:30 p.m. CST including weekends and holidays between the hours of 7:00 a.m and 10:30 p.m, with the possibility to flex up or down hours depending upon business needs; Successful completion of a pre-employment assessment and background check; Successfully complete initial training; Able to meet minimum typing speed of 40 WPM in conversation with customers; AT HOME REQUIREMENTS - A quiet workspace, ergonomic chair, and desk High-speed Internet service (5 megabits download and 1 megabit upload) from a reliable provider.
 
For additional information about AAMU's AppleCare program, call Career Development Services at (256) 372-5690.
 
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AAMU Collegiate Car Tag Available in Georgia
 
Bulldogs in the Peach State can now boast their real Bulldog pride throughout Georgia, and fewer are happier about it than Keshia Appkins ‘97, president of the Metro Atlanta Chapter of the AAMU Alumni Association, Inc.
 
Are you a Normalite in the neighboring state? If so, then simply contact Jermaine Ralph, your collegiate car tag point of contact, at aamugatag@aamuatl.org or call (678) 575-8445.
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Maroon and White Among 2018’s Honda Battle of the Band
 
The Alabama A&M University Marching Maroon and White, led by Carlton Wright, will make its fifth appearance in the 16th Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase on January 27, 2018, in Atlanta, Ga.
 
A record number of votes helped select a dynamic lineup of marching bands from the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to perform at the 16th Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) Invitational Showcase.
 
The annual event is the culmination of the HBOB program, and it provides a national platform to highlight a key element in the HBCU community and campus life – the marching band. The invitational showcase will feature extraordinary musicianship, sport and choreography from eight HBCU marching bands and dance squads who are ready to electrify the city of Atlanta.
 
With a mix of six HBOB veteran bands and two newcomers, the eight bands slated to perform at the 2018 HBOB Invitational Showcase include:
 
Alabama A&M University, Marching Maroon & White Band (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – fifth appearance
 
Alabama State University, Mighty Marching Hornets (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – sixth appearance
 
Bethune-Cookman University, Marching Wildcats (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – 13th appearance
 
Hampton University, The Marching Force (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – first appearance
 
Miles College, Purple Marching Machine (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) – first appearance
 
North Carolina A&T State University, Blue & Gold Marching Machine (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – sixth appearance
 
Prairie View A&M University, Marching Storm (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – eighth appearance
 
Tennessee State University, Aristocrat of Bands (Ohio Valley Athletic Conference) – eighth appearance
 
Honda invited all HBCU marching bands to participate in this year’s program. Of the 39 bands that elected to participate, the “final eight” bands were selected through a voting process that incorporates input from online fans, band directors, HBCU school presidents and representatives from American Honda. In addition to a $20,000 grant from Honda to support their music education program, each of the final eight bands will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the Invitational Showcase.
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Mickey Leland Energy Fellowships Announced
 
The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides college students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer. For 20 years, this program has increased awareness of DOE research opportunities to students pursuing STEM degrees (short for science, technology, engineering and math). The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in these fields, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.
Selected candidates will train under the mentorship of program officials and scientists on focused research projects consistent with the mission of the Office of Fossil Energy. The 10-week summer program may place students at one of several possible FE sites including:
·                     Department of Energy Headquarters, Washington, D.C. and Germantown, MD
·                     National Energy Technology Laboratory, Pittsburgh, PA; Morgantown, WV; Albany, OR
·                     Strategic Petroleum Reserve, New Orleans, LA; and other SPR sites in LA and TX
·                     Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN
·                     Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA
·                     Sandia National Laboratory, Livermore, CA
·                     Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA
·                     Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Livermore, CA
·                     Los Alamos National Lab, Los Alamos, NM
Eligibility
·                     Be at least 18 years of age at time of application
·                     Be a U.S. Citizen
·                     Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
·                     Be currently enrolled full-time as a degree-seeking student in a STEM program at an accredited college or university at the Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral level (Students pursuing an Associate’s degree are eligible to apply if transferring to pursue a Bachelor’s degree for fall 2018). Must be at least a college sophomore at the time of application.
·                     Be available to participate in the full 10-week program
Application deadline: January 3, 2018, 11:59PM EST
 
How to Apply: Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at
 
Program Information: Detailed information about the internship can be found at
 
For questions please email us at MLEF@hq.doe.gov.
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AAMU Part of Team to Enhance Irrigation of Alabama Farm Land
 
Only 15 percent of the land currently available for farming is irrigated in Alabama.  In Mississippi, that portion is 61 percent of cropland, and 40 percent in Georgia.  The lack of irrigation is symbolic of huge revenue losses for the state’s agricultural industry.
 
“Farmers often struggle in deciding when and how much to irrigate, and this prevents them from achieving their full yield potential,” said Brenda Ortiz, extension agronomist and associate professor in the Auburn University College of Agriculture’s Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences, responding to Southeast FarmPress. “For many Alabama farmers, irrigation is a new practice, so they are looking for training, technology and information to support their decisions.”
 
Auburn has received a grant of $946,684 from the Conservation and Innovation Program of the Natural Resources and Conservation Service, or NRCS. The project focuses on increasing the adoption of climate- and water-smart irrigation practices among Tennessee Valley farmers in Alabama and Tennessee.
 
Partnering with Auburn are the USDA-ARS-National Soil Dynamics Laboratory, the University of Tennessee, Alabama A&M University, the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, NRCS Alabama and three cooperating farmers.
 
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No Parking in Carver Complex Dock Area
Please note that construction at Carver Complex (at the back dock) will be taking place thru December 1.  This is an active construction site and no parking will be permitted in the area.
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Ushers for Fall 2017 Commencement
 
Volunteers are needed to serve as ushers during the Fall 2017 Commencement Exercises.  Commencement will be held Friday, December 8, 2017 at 1:00 p.m., at the Von Braun Civic Center.
 
Volunteers can sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/UKoJFwqZwNUQRUmk1​ or by contacting  Ms. Nicole Jackson at nicole.jackson@aamu.edu or ext. 8747 or Ms. Janet Jones at janet.jones@aamu.edu or ext. 8089.
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AAMU Professor Targeting PEEHIP Raises in Upcoming Election
 
An Alabama A&M University professor’s concern about the negative impact of recent PEEHIP insurance increases on AAMU’s employees is seeking a position on the statewide Teacher’s Retirement System and Public Education Employees’ Health Insurance Plan (TRS/PEEHIP) Board of Control.
 
CadyBPortait.jpg.jpgDr. Barbara Cady is a long-time professor of special education/speech pathology at AAMU and has served in leadership capacities on numerous campus committees and organizations.  She headed AAMU’s Faculty Senate and was an ex-officio member of the Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees, is past president of the local AEA; and chaired AAMU’s Department of Special Education for numerous years. 
 
The members of the TRS/PEEHIP board are the trustees of the retirement funds and are responsible for the management and administration of the retirement system. Cady aims to secure the Higher Education Position No. 2 slot.
 
“As a voice from the higher education sector, I would like to help protect and preserve our retirement system,” commented Cady.  “Health concerns and spiraling medical costs are of great concern to us all … I want to help ensure good healthcare benefits by safeguarding the TRS Board of Control.”
 
Cady received her B.A. in speech from Auburn University; the M.A. in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Alabama; and the Ph.D. in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Kansas Medical Center.
 
Cady also was awarded the Fred Wessel Memorial Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Cady has authored numerous federal grants totaling more than $10 million for high school teacher in service training and post-secondary degrees. She currently chairs a committee which created an endowed scholarship for financially needy college seniors.
 
All AAMU employees who contribute to the Teacher Retirement System are eligible to vote.  Ballots are scheduled to be sent to members by October 16, 2017.  However, only ballots returned by 4 p.m. November 21, 2017, will be counted.  AAMU employees will be able to vote by (1) returning the prepaid postage mailer/ballot, (2) by voting online or (3) by telephone.  All instructions will be provided on the ballot.
 
Elected members of the TRS/PEEHIP Board will only be elected by members from the same category of the retirement system.  For the Higher Education Position 2 slot, persons at A&M voting for Dr. Cady must be on the AAMU payroll currently contributing to the TRS.
 
AAMU Staff Senate President Malcolm Brasher has stressed the importance of ensuring that health insurance costs do not increase.  He encourages all AAMU employees to “take the time to vote.”
  
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HR Announces Holiday Schedules
 
The holiday schedule has been updated to display the entire 2017 year of holidays.  Please be advised that there is no fall break this year.  For the Thanksgiving recess, the University will be closed from November 20 to November 24, 2017 (one week).  
 
The Holiday recess for faculty will begin on December 13 and conclude on January 1, 2018.  The Holiday recess for staff will begin on December 18 and conclude on January 1, 2018.  All employees will report to work on January 2, 2018.  Please plan accordingly.
 
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November 2017 - No. 2

 
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MG Simpson to Visit The Hill Tuesday
 
The Commanding Officer of the Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., will meet with Alabama A&M University President Andrew Hugine, Jr., along with key academic and placement officials before delivering an address on Tuesday, November 7.
 
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MG Simpson launched his higher education experience by earning an associate’s degree from Piedmont Technical College before earning the B.S. degree in political science from Lander University (S.C.).  He later earned graduate degrees in administration and business administration from Central Michigan University and the University of Texas at Arlington, respectively.  MG Simpson received the M.S. degree in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
 
Prior to assuming his current role at Redstone Arsenal, MG Simpson served as the Director for Contracting, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) in Washington, D.C., from June 2014 to August 2015.  From June 2013-June 14, he was Commander, Joint Theater Support Contracting Command, United States Central Command, OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, Afghanistan.
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“Walking with the President” Resumes
 
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The weekly “Walking with the President” activity will resume this Wednesday, November 8, at the Student Health and Wellness Center at 12:30 p.m.  The Walk was not held last week due to President Hugine’s attendance at the funeral services for Commissioner Robert C. “Bob” Harrison.  The entire campus community is invited to join the walk.
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Ribbon Cutting Scheduled for COBPA Center
 
A ribbon cutting ceremony has been planned for the College of Business and Public Affairs new Experiential Learning Program.  The office offers students support and resources for securing internships prior to graduation. 
 
The ribbon cutting will be held November 8 at 3 p.m. in the College of Business and Public Affairs.  For additional information, contact Rashida Dore Wilson, faculty associate for experiential learning, College of Business and Public Affairs, at (256) 372-5499. 
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Flag Raising Ceremony Set 
 
The University will hold a flag raising ceremony on Thursday, November 9, at 4 p.m. on The Quad.  The activity is being coordinated by the Office of the President.  
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Cheerleaders Provide Community Volunteerism
 
Alabama A&M University cheerleaders have been involved in several community projects over the past weeks, in addition to supporting campus athletic teams.
 
Students who were awarded $100 by Sports Academy because of their academic excellence received shopping assistance from the cheerleaders.  The cheerleaders also helped hand out books to students at South Hampton Elementary School and read books to students at Phillips Academy, both in Birmingham, Ala.
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AAMU Part of AppleCare Program
 
Thanks to the insight of the staff in Career Development Services (CDS), Alabama A&M University has joined the ranks of only a few universities that will participate in the AppleCare program.
 
An AAMU student can apply to become an AppleCare College Advisor, working from where he or she lives, even a single residence hall room on campus. When customers contact Apple for help, for instance, an Advisor often answers the call.  The student will be the "human connection" to Apple: friendly, thoughtful, and real. They will answer questions about Apple products and services, enriching customers’ lives by helping them access the wonder they’ve come to expect from Apple. 
 
Apple will post the AppleCare College Advisor positions in the Handshake database.  If Apple is able to hire and maintain quality talent for a year, the partnership will be expanded and Apple will work with CDS to arrange campus visits.  Moreover, the program will be available to all majors, according to Yvette Clayton, director of AAMU's career placement office.

The AppleCare College Program currently recruits at 33 universities in the US and are looking to add on a few more universities for the upcoming hiring season.  
 
Requirements: 
 
Available to attend approximately 6-9 weeks of required online training on a fixed schedule that may include weekends (Training may be either 24 or 40 hours per week depending on hire date); Able to work three week days between the hours of 4:00 p.m CST and 10:30 p.m. CST including weekends and holidays between the hours of 7:00 a.m and 10:30 p.m, with the possibility to flex up or down hours depending upon business needs; Successful completion of a pre-employment assessment and background check; Successfully complete initial training; Able to meet minimum typing speed of 40 WPM in conversation with customers; AT HOME REQUIREMENTS - A quiet workspace, ergonomic chair, and desk High-speed Internet service (5 megabits download and 1 megabit upload) from a reliable provider.
 
For additional information about AAMU's AppleCare program, call Career Development Services at (256) 372-5690.
 
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AAMU Collegiate Car Tag Available in Georgia
 
Bulldogs in the Peach State can now boast their real Bulldog pride throughout Georgia, and fewer are happier about it than Keshia Appkins ‘97, president of the Metro Atlanta Chapter of the AAMU Alumni Association, Inc.
 
Are you a Normalite in the neighboring state? If so, then simply contact Jermaine Ralph, your collegiate car tag point of contact, at aamugatag@aamuatl.org or call (678) 575-8445.
  
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HSSD This Saturday
 
High School Senior Day is only days away. According to Venita C. King, director of admissions, over 2,000 guests have registered to attend the event Saturday, November 11, at the T.M. Elmore Building at 8 a.m.
 
The states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and even the country of Italy will be represented, says King.
 
Set-Up Date & Time: T. M. Elmore Building
Friday, Nov. 10th 3:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 11th 6:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.
 
Display Tables: All tables must be draped to the floor.
Display Locations: Tables are assigned to Academic Colleges and
Service Departments as shown on the floor
layout. Tables are first-come-first-serve or as
designated by the respective colleges. Please
know that all empty tables will be removed at
7:45 a.m. on Saturday morning.
Unused Materials: Unused materials should be placed under tables.
Exhibits Area: The exhibit area will open immediately following
the opening program. Please do not engage guests
before that time.
Electricity: Electricity will be available. However, given that
table selection is first-come-first serve, we
strongly encourage those needing electricity to
arrive early.
HSSD Registration: Registration will open at 7 a.m. Saturday morning. However, our guests are certain to arrive early. To that end, please, please have all displays completely set-up by 7:15 Saturday morning!
  
HSSD Event Details:
 
◾Registration Bag Pick-up T.M. Elmore Lobby 7:00 am- 8:00 am
◾Opening Program T.M. Elmore Gym 8:05 am- 9:15 am
 
◾Academic Exhibits Open T.M. Elmore Gym 9:20 am- 1:00 pm
◾Campus Tours T.M. Elmore Building Front 9:30 am- 1:00 pm
◾Lunch Louis Crews Stadium 11:30 am-1:00 pm
◾Football Game Louis Crews Stadium 1:00 p.m. 
 
The 8 a.m. Opening Program will be facilitated by Arthur Wayne of WEUP-FM and Janae McDowell, Department of Athletics.
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Maroon and White Among 2018’s Honda Battle of the Band
 
The Alabama A&M University Marching Maroon and White, led by Carlton Wright, will make its fifth appearance in the 16th Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase on January 27, 2018, in Atlanta, Ga.
 
A record number of votes helped select a dynamic lineup of marching bands from the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to perform at the 16th Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) Invitational Showcase.
 
The annual event is the culmination of the HBOB program, and it provides a national platform to highlight a key element in the HBCU community and campus life – the marching band. The invitational showcase will feature extraordinary musicianship, sport and choreography from eight HBCU marching bands and dance squads who are ready to electrify the city of Atlanta.
 
With a mix of six HBOB veteran bands and two newcomers, the eight bands slated to perform at the 2018 HBOB Invitational Showcase include:
 
Alabama A&M University, Marching Maroon & White Band (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – fifth appearance
 
Alabama State University, Mighty Marching Hornets (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – sixth appearance
 
Bethune-Cookman University, Marching Wildcats (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – 13th appearance
 
Hampton University, The Marching Force (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – first appearance
 
Miles College, Purple Marching Machine (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) – first appearance
 
North Carolina A&T State University, Blue & Gold Marching Machine (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – sixth appearance
 
Prairie View A&M University, Marching Storm (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – eighth appearance
 
Tennessee State University, Aristocrat of Bands (Ohio Valley Athletic Conference) – eighth appearance
 
Honda invited all HBCU marching bands to participate in this year’s program. Of the 39 bands that elected to participate, the “final eight” bands were selected through a voting process that incorporates input from online fans, band directors, HBCU school presidents and representatives from American Honda. In addition to a $20,000 grant from Honda to support their music education program, each of the final eight bands will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the Invitational Showcase.
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Project Manager Talks to CM Students
 
The project manager of a major construction operation recently provided a special lecture to AAMU  students in the growing construction management program.
 
CMClass2.JPGBrandon Tucker of Turner Construction Company (affiliated in the construction of the new residence hall facility on the AAMU campus) provided students a lecture on “A Construction Project from A to Z.” 
 
Dr. Chance A. Glenn, dean of the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences, attended the session and offered CM students and faculty additional words of encouragement.
 
- Photos by Josh A. Baker
 
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Mickey Leland Energy Fellowships Announced
 
The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides college students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer. For 20 years, this program has increased awareness of DOE research opportunities to students pursuing STEM degrees (short for science, technology, engineering and math). The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in these fields, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.
Selected candidates will train under the mentorship of program officials and scientists on focused research projects consistent with the mission of the Office of Fossil Energy. The 10-week summer program may place students at one of several possible FE sites including:
·                     Department of Energy Headquarters, Washington, D.C. and Germantown, MD
·                     National Energy Technology Laboratory, Pittsburgh, PA; Morgantown, WV; Albany, OR
·                     Strategic Petroleum Reserve, New Orleans, LA; and other SPR sites in LA and TX
·                     Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN
·                     Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA
·                     Sandia National Laboratory, Livermore, CA
·                     Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA
·                     Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Livermore, CA
·                     Los Alamos National Lab, Los Alamos, NM
Eligibility
·                     Be at least 18 years of age at time of application
·                     Be a U.S. Citizen
·                     Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
·                     Be currently enrolled full-time as a degree-seeking student in a STEM program at an accredited college or university at the Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral level (Students pursuing an Associate’s degree are eligible to apply if transferring to pursue a Bachelor’s degree for fall 2018). Must be at least a college sophomore at the time of application.
·                     Be available to participate in the full 10-week program
Application deadline: January 3, 2018, 11:59PM EST
 
How to Apply: Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at
 
Program Information: Detailed information about the internship can be found at
 
For questions please email us at MLEF@hq.doe.gov.
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AAMU Part of Team to Enhance Irrigation of Alabama Farm Land
 
Only 15 percent of the land currently available for farming is irrigated in Alabama.  In Mississippi, that portion is 61 percent of cropland, and 40 percent in Georgia.  The lack of irrigation is symbolic of huge revenue losses for the state’s agricultural industry.
 
“Farmers often struggle in deciding when and how much to irrigate, and this prevents them from achieving their full yield potential,” said Brenda Ortiz, extension agronomist and associate professor in the Auburn University College of Agriculture’s Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences, responding to Southeast FarmPress. “For many Alabama farmers, irrigation is a new practice, so they are looking for training, technology and information to support their decisions.”
 
Auburn has received a grant of $946,684 from the Conservation and Innovation Program of the Natural Resources and Conservation Service, or NRCS. The project focuses on increasing the adoption of climate- and water-smart irrigation practices among Tennessee Valley farmers in Alabama and Tennessee.
 
Partnering with Auburn are the USDA-ARS-National Soil Dynamics Laboratory, the University of Tennessee, Alabama A&M University, the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, NRCS Alabama and three cooperating farmers.
 
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No Parking in Carver Complex Dock Area
Please note that construction at Carver Complex (at the back dock) will be taking place thru December 1.  This is an active construction site and no parking will be permitted in the area.
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Ushers for Fall 2017 Commencement
 
Volunteers are needed to serve as ushers during the Fall 2017 Commencement Exercises.  Commencement will be held Friday, December 8, 2017 at 1:00 p.m., at the Von Braun Civic Center.
 
Volunteers can sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/UKoJFwqZwNUQRUmk1​ or by contacting  Ms. Nicole Jackson at nicole.jackson@aamu.edu or ext. 8747 or Ms. Janet Jones at janet.jones@aamu.edu or ext. 8089.
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AAMU Professor Targeting PEEHIP Raises in Upcoming Election
 
An Alabama A&M University professor’s concern about the negative impact of recent PEEHIP insurance increases on AAMU’s employees is seeking a position on the statewide Teacher’s Retirement System and Public Education Employees’ Health Insurance Plan (TRS/PEEHIP) Board of Control.
 
CadyBPortait.jpg.jpgDr. Barbara Cady is a long-time professor of special education/speech pathology at AAMU and has served in leadership capacities on numerous campus committees and organizations.  She headed AAMU’s Faculty Senate and was an ex-officio member of the Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees, is past president of the local AEA; and chaired AAMU’s Department of Special Education for numerous years. 
 
The members of the TRS/PEEHIP board are the trustees of the retirement funds and are responsible for the management and administration of the retirement system. Cady aims to secure the Higher Education Position No. 2 slot.
 
“As a voice from the higher education sector, I would like to help protect and preserve our retirement system,” commented Cady.  “Health concerns and spiraling medical costs are of great concern to us all … I want to help ensure good healthcare benefits by safeguarding the TRS Board of Control.”
 
Cady received her B.A. in speech from Auburn University; the M.A. in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Alabama; and the Ph.D. in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Kansas Medical Center.
 
Cady also was awarded the Fred Wessel Memorial Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Cady has authored numerous federal grants totaling more than $10 million for high school teacher in service training and post-secondary degrees. She currently chairs a committee which created an endowed scholarship for financially needy college seniors.
 
All AAMU employees who contribute to the Teacher Retirement System are eligible to vote.  Ballots are scheduled to be sent to members by October 16, 2017.  However, only ballots returned by 4 p.m. November 21, 2017, will be counted.  AAMU employees will be able to vote by (1) returning the prepaid postage mailer/ballot, (2) by voting online or (3) by telephone.  All instructions will be provided on the ballot.
 
Elected members of the TRS/PEEHIP Board will only be elected by members from the same category of the retirement system.  For the Higher Education Position 2 slot, persons at A&M voting for Dr. Cady must be on the AAMU payroll currently contributing to the TRS.
 
AAMU Staff Senate President Malcolm Brasher has stressed the importance of ensuring that health insurance costs do not increase.  He encourages all AAMU employees to “take the time to vote.”
  
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HR Announces Holiday Schedules
 
The holiday schedule has been updated to display the entire 2017 year of holidays.  Please be advised that there is no fall break this year.  For the Thanksgiving recess, the University will be closed from November 20 to November 24, 2017 (one week).  
 
The Holiday recess for faculty will begin on December 13 and conclude on January 1, 2018.  The Holiday recess for staff will begin on December 18 and conclude on January 1, 2018.  All employees will report to work on January 2, 2018.  Please plan accordingly.
 
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November 2017 - No. 1

 
 
 
Board Elects New Officers 
 
 
 
The members of the Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees went through an ambitious agenda in Birmingham Friday, October 27, that dealt with the renewal of a line of credit, election of officers and other action items from the University’s business and academic units.  Board Meeting
 
 

 

WilliamsJ.jpgThe Board elected Dr. Jerome B. Williams of Birmingham as President Pro Tem, and Trustee Chris Robinson (Huntsville area) will serve as Secretary.  Members of the Board’s new Executive Committee include Trustees Kevin Ball, Ginger Harper, John Hackett Jr., and Chris Robinson.

 

  

 

Presidential Evaluation Process.  A consultant charged with facilitating the Board’s presidential evaluation process discussed the firm’s evaluation process and methodology, and provided feedback from multiple interviews with the University’s constituencies.  Several pluses centered around AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr.’s support of faculty and their professional development; strengthening the University’s financial footing; improved campus aesthetics; implementation of the strategic plan; and positive impact of the First Lady.

 

 

 

Hugine attributed the positive evaluation to the work of a dedicated team.

 

 

 

Academic Affairs.  As part of action items submitted under Academic Affairs, the Board approved a review of the University’s Mission Statement (formalizing the appropriateness of the Mission Statement in compliance with the accrediting body); the addition of a master’s program in electrical engineering; a request to divest the AAMU/University of North Alabama campus social work off-site program; and the termination of the Center for Global Service Research.

 

 

 

Faculty Senate President Jeanette Jones acknowledged regular meetings with the administration to address faculty concerns and opportunities for faculty development.  A Women in STEM initiative has been launched at President’s request.

 

 

 

Business and Finance.  The Board approved the renewal of a line of credit in the amount of $6.5 million; a room fee for the new 580-bed residence hall facility which opens in January 2018 ($3,550-single; $3,000-double); and an amendment to the operating agreement between AAMU and the AAMU Foundation, which manages the University’s endowment.

 

 

 

Marketing, Communications and Advancement.  Vice President Archie Tucker provided an update on the capital campaign, noting a 68% percent increase over previous goal and a significant increase in alumni giving, with an average gift of nearly $1,400.

 

 

 

 

 

Student Affairs.  SGA President Julian Griffith-Battle reported numerous activities and volunteerism efforts sponsored by the organization, including student elections, Homecoming 2017, Habitat for Humanity campaign, and Magic City Classic.

 

 

 

Next Regular Meeting:  Friday, March 2, 2018; subcommittees will be held Thursday, March 1.

 

 

 

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Volunteers are needed to serve as ushers during the Fall 2017 Commencement Exercises.  Commencement will be held Friday, December 8, 2017 at 1:00 p.m., at the Von Braun Civic Center.
 
Volunteers can sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/UKoJFwqZwNUQRUmk1​ or by contacting  Ms. Nicole Jackson at nicole.jackson@aamu.edu or ext. 8747 or Ms. Janet Jones at janet.jones@aamu.edu or ext. 8089.
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AAMU Professor Targeting PEEHIP Raises in Upcoming Election
 
An Alabama A&M University professor’s concern about the negative impact of recent PEEHIP insurance increases on AAMU’s employees is seeking a position on the statewide Teacher’s Retirement System and Public Education Employees’ Health Insurance Plan (TRS/PEEHIP) Board of Control.
 
CadyBPortait.jpg.jpgDr. Barbara Cady is a long-time professor of special education/speech pathology at AAMU and has served in leadership capacities on numerous campus committees and organizations.  She headed AAMU’s Faculty Senate and was an ex-officio member of the Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees, is past president of the local AEA; and chaired AAMU’s Department of Special Education for numerous years. 
 
The members of the TRS/PEEHIP board are the trustees of the retirement funds and are responsible for the management and administration of the retirement system. Cady aims to secure the Higher Education Position No. 2 slot.
 
“As a voice from the higher education sector, I would like to help protect and preserve our retirement system,” commented Cady.  “Health concerns and spiraling medical costs are of great concern to us all … I want to help ensure good healthcare benefits by safeguarding the TRS Board of Control.”
 
Cady received her B.A. in speech from Auburn University; the M.A. in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Alabama; and the Ph.D. in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Kansas Medical Center.
 
Cady also was awarded the Fred Wessel Memorial Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Cady has authored numerous federal grants totaling more than $10 million for high school teacher in service training and post-secondary degrees. She currently chairs a committee which created an endowed scholarship for financially needy college seniors.
 
All AAMU employees who contribute to the Teacher Retirement System are eligible to vote.  Ballots are scheduled to be sent to members by October 16, 2017.  However, only ballots returned by 4 p.m. November 21, 2017, will be counted.  AAMU employees will be able to vote by (1) returning the prepaid postage mailer/ballot, (2) by voting online or (3) by telephone.  All instructions will be provided on the ballot.
 
Elected members of the TRS/PEEHIP Board will only be elected by members from the same category of the retirement system.  For the Higher Education Position 2 slot, persons at A&M voting for Dr. Cady must be on the AAMU payroll currently contributing to the TRS.
 
AAMU Staff Senate President Malcolm Brasher has stressed the importance of ensuring that health insurance costs do not increase.  He encourages all AAMU employees to “take the time to vote.”
  
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ARAMARK Seeks Assistance with Survey
 
We are conducting a survey to better understand your campus lifestyle and preferences. By sharing your thoughts, we will gain valuable insight to help improve your overall campus experience.
 
This online survey will take 5 to 10 minutes and your responses are confidential.
 
The survey is mobile-friendly and can be taken on a smartphone, mobile device, or a computer. A current Internet browser is required. Click the link below (or copy and paste the URL below the link into your Internet browser) to begin the survey:
 
 
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HR Announces Holiday Schedules
 
The holiday schedule has been updated to display the entire 2017 year of holidays.  Please be advised that there is no fall break this year.  For the Thanksgiving recess, the University will be closed from November 20 to November 24, 2017 (one week).  
 
The Holiday recess for faculty will begin on December 13 and conclude on January 1, 2018.  The Holiday recess for staff will begin on December 18 and conclude on January 1, 2018.  All employees will report to work on January 2, 2018.  Please plan accordingly.
 
 

 

 

 

October 2017 - No. 5

 
 
 
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Volunteers are needed to serve as ushers during the Fall 2017 Commencement Exercises.  Commencement will be held Friday, December 8, 2017 at 1:00 p.m., at the Von Braun Civic Center.
 
Volunteers can sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/UKoJFwqZwNUQRUmk1​ or by contacting  Ms. Nicole Jackson at nicole.jackson@aamu.edu or ext. 8747 or Ms. Janet Jones at janet.jones@aamu.edu or ext. 8089.
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Office of Student Activities

SPECIAL HOMECOMING RECAP VIDEO

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AAMU Professor Targeting PEEHIP Raises in Upcoming Election
 
An Alabama A&M University professor’s concern about the negative impact of recent PEEHIP insurance increases on AAMU’s employees is seeking a position on the statewide Teacher’s Retirement System and Public Education Employees’ Health Insurance Plan (TRS/PEEHIP) Board of Control.
 
CadyBPortait.jpg.jpgDr. Barbara Cady is a long-time professor of special education/speech pathology at AAMU and has served in leadership capacities on numerous campus committees and organizations.  She headed AAMU’s Faculty Senate and was an ex-officio member of the Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees, is past president of the local AEA; and chaired AAMU’s Department of Special Education for numerous years. 
 
The members of the TRS/PEEHIP board are the trustees of the retirement funds and are responsible for the management and administration of the retirement system. Cady aims to secure the Higher Education Position No. 2 slot.
 
“As a voice from the higher education sector, I would like to help protect and preserve our retirement system,” commented Cady.  “Health concerns and spiraling medical costs are of great concern to us all … I want to help ensure good healthcare benefits by safeguarding the TRS Board of Control.”
 
Cady received her B.A. in speech from Auburn University; the M.A. in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Alabama; and the Ph.D. in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Kansas Medical Center.
 
Cady also was awarded the Fred Wessel Memorial Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Cady has authored numerous federal grants totaling more than $10 million for high school teacher in service training and post-secondary degrees. She currently chairs a committee which created an endowed scholarship for financially needy college seniors.
 
All AAMU employees who contribute to the Teacher Retirement System are eligible to vote.  Ballots are scheduled to be sent to members by October 16, 2017.  However, only ballots returned by 4 p.m. November 21, 2017, will be counted.  AAMU employees will be able to vote by (1) returning the prepaid postage mailer/ballot, (2) by voting online or (3) by telephone.  All instructions will be provided on the ballot.
 
Elected members of the TRS/PEEHIP Board will only be elected by members from the same category of the retirement system.  For the Higher Education Position 2 slot, persons at A&M voting for Dr. Cady must be on the AAMU payroll currently contributing to the TRS.
 
AAMU Staff Senate President Malcolm Brasher has stressed the importance of ensuring that health insurance costs do not increase.  He encourages all AAMU employees to “take the time to vote.”
  
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AAMU Board to Meet in Birmingham
  
The Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees will hold its regularly scheduled Board meeting on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC), East Ballroom A, 2221 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. N., Birmingham, Alabama 35203.
 
The purpose of the meeting will be to receive information and consider all matters which may properly come before the Board at that time.
 
Notice is also given that meetings of committees of the Board of Trustees of Alabama A&M University are scheduled to occur on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Westin Birmingham, Camelia Room, 2221 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. N., Birmingham, Alabama 35203 and Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at The Westin Birmingham, Camelia Room, 2221 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. N., Birmingham, Alabama 35203.
 
The schedule for the committee meetings is as follows:
 
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Business & Finance .............................................................. 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Academic Affairs & Research .............................................. 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Marketing, Communications & Advancement ...................... 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
 
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Information Technology Services ......................................... 8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Student Affairs ................................................................... 9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Athletics ............................................................................10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
 
Since the business to be addressed and discussed in the various committee sessions may affect the overall interests of the University, in addition to Trustees who are members of the individual committees, all members of the Board of Trustees of the University are invited to attend any or all of the committee meetings. Consequently, more than a quorum of the Board may be present from
time to time during such sessions. However, no action will be taken by the Board itself during such sessions.
 
As always, you are invited to attend and observe the proceedings of the meetings of the Board and the committees of the Board.
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Volunteers are needed to serve as ushers during the Fall 2017 Commencement Exercises.  Commencement will be held Friday, December 8, 2017 at 1:00 p.m., at the Von Braun Civic Center.
 
Volunteers can sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/UKoJFwqZwNUQRUmk1​ or by contacting  Ms. Nicole Jackson at nicole.jackson@aamu.edu or ext. 8747 or Ms. Janet Jones at janet.jones@aamu.edu or ext. 8089.
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Office of Student Activities

SPECIAL HOMECOMING RECAP VIDEO

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AAMU Professor Targeting PEEHIP Raises in Upcoming Election
 
An Alabama A&M University professor’s concern about the negative impact of recent PEEHIP insurance increases on AAMU’s employees is seeking a position on the statewide Teacher’s Retirement System and Public Education Employees’ Health Insurance Plan (TRS/PEEHIP) Board of Control.
 
CadyBPortait.jpg.jpgDr. Barbara Cady is a long-time professor of special education/speech pathology at AAMU and has served in leadership capacities on numerous campus committees and organizations.  She headed AAMU’s Faculty Senate and was an ex-officio member of the Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees, is past president of the local AEA; and chaired AAMU’s Department of Special Education for numerous years. 
 
The members of the TRS/PEEHIP board are the trustees of the retirement funds and are responsible for the management and administration of the retirement system. Cady aims to secure the Higher Education Position No. 2 slot.
 
“As a voice from the higher education sector, I would like to help protect and preserve our retirement system,” commented Cady.  “Health concerns and spiraling medical costs are of great concern to us all … I want to help ensure good healthcare benefits by safeguarding the TRS Board of Control.”
 
Cady received her B.A. in speech from Auburn University; the M.A. in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Alabama; and the Ph.D. in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Kansas Medical Center.
 
Cady also was awarded the Fred Wessel Memorial Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Cady has authored numerous federal grants totaling more than $10 million for high school teacher in service training and post-secondary degrees. She currently chairs a committee which created an endowed scholarship for financially needy college seniors.
 
All AAMU employees who contribute to the Teacher Retirement System are eligible to vote.  Ballots are scheduled to be sent to members by October 16, 2017.  However, only ballots returned by 4 p.m. November 21, 2017, will be counted.  AAMU employees will be able to vote by (1) returning the prepaid postage mailer/ballot, (2) by voting online or (3) by telephone.  All instructions will be provided on the ballot.
 
Elected members of the TRS/PEEHIP Board will only be elected by members from the same category of the retirement system.  For the Higher Education Position 2 slot, persons at A&M voting for Dr. Cady must be on the AAMU payroll currently contributing to the TRS.
 
AAMU Staff Senate President Malcolm Brasher has stressed the importance of ensuring that health insurance costs do not increase.  He encourages all AAMU employees to “take the time to vote.”
  
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AAMU Board to Meet in Birmingham
  
The Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees will hold its regularly scheduled Board meeting on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC), East Ballroom A, 2221 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. N., Birmingham, Alabama 35203.
 
The purpose of the meeting will be to receive information and consider all matters which may properly come before the Board at that time.
 
Notice is also given that meetings of committees of the Board of Trustees of Alabama A&M University are scheduled to occur on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Westin Birmingham, Camelia Room, 2221 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. N., Birmingham, Alabama 35203 and Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at The Westin Birmingham, Camelia Room, 2221 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. N., Birmingham, Alabama 35203.
 
The schedule for the committee meetings is as follows:
 
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Business & Finance .............................................................. 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Academic Affairs & Research .............................................. 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Marketing, Communications & Advancement ...................... 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
 
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Information Technology Services ......................................... 8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Student Affairs ................................................................... 9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Athletics ............................................................................10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
 
Since the business to be addressed and discussed in the various committee sessions may affect the overall interests of the University, in addition to Trustees who are members of the individual committees, all members of the Board of Trustees of the University are invited to attend any or all of the committee meetings. Consequently, more than a quorum of the Board may be present from
time to time during such sessions. However, no action will be taken by the Board itself during such sessions.
 
As always, you are invited to attend and observe the proceedings of the meetings of the Board and the committees of the Board.
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Entertainment Industry Reaching out to HBCUs 
 
The Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program (EICOP) is proud to announce the HBCU in LA Internship Program application is now open!! This highly competitive program will be open to both undergraduate and graduate students with an interest to pursue a career in the entertainment, media and communication industry. Selected Scholars will participate in an 8-10 week paid internship in Los Angeles, Summer 2018! The program will cover housing expenses and will offer limited travel stipends based on individual financial needs.   
 
Scholars will have the opportunity to:
  • Participate in a comprehensive immersion internship experience in Los Angeles, California during summer of 2018
  • Participate in a series of professional development activities to help leverage a career in the media, entertainment and communication industry post-graduation
  • Become a part of our exclusive Student Member Network for on-going employment consideration with our industry partner organizations
  • Serve as Ambassadors for EICOP to build awareness for the HBCU in LA Internship Program
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply and for more information click here
To view our Promotional Video click here
The application deadline for the program is 11:59 pm PST on Sunday, December 17, 2017. If you are a current HBCU All-Star please indicate that in your submission!
 
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ARAMARK Seeks Assistance with Survey
 
We are conducting a survey to better understand your campus lifestyle and preferences. By sharing your thoughts, we will gain valuable insight to help improve your overall campus experience.
 
This online survey will take 5 to 10 minutes and your responses are confidential.
 
The survey is mobile-friendly and can be taken on a smartphone, mobile device, or a computer. A current Internet browser is required. Click the link below (or copy and paste the URL below the link into your Internet browser) to begin the survey:
 
 
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HR Announces Holiday Schedules
 
The holiday schedule has been updated to display the entire 2017 year of holidays.  Please be advised that there is no fall break this year.  For the Thanksgiving recess, the University will be closed from November 20 to November 24, 2017 (one week).  
 
The Holiday recess for faculty will begin on December 13 and conclude on January 1, 2018.  The Holiday recess for staff will begin on December 18 and conclude on January 1, 2018.  All employees will report to work on January 2, 2018.  Please plan accordingly.
 
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Season Tickets
 
ALABAMA A&M FOOTBALL 2017 HOME SCHEDULE | Games played at Louis Crews Stadium 
NOVEMBER 11 vs. Jackson State | 1pm
NOVEMBER 18 vs. Kentucky State | 1pm
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Volunteers are needed to serve as ushers during the Fall 2017 Commencement Exercises.  Commencement will be held Friday, December 8, 2017 at 1:00 p.m., at the Von Braun Civic Center.
 
Volunteers can sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/UKoJFwqZwNUQRUmk1​ or by contacting  Ms. Nicole Jackson at nicole.jackson@aamu.edu or ext. 8747 or Ms. Janet Jones at janet.jones@aamu.edu or ext. 8089.
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Office of Student Activities

SPECIAL HOMECOMING RECAP VIDEO

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AAMU Professor Targeting PEEHIP Raises in Upcoming Election
 
An Alabama A&M University professor’s concern about the negative impact of recent PEEHIP insurance increases on AAMU’s employees is seeking a position on the statewide Teacher’s Retirement System and Public Education Employees’ Health Insurance Plan (TRS/PEEHIP) Board of Control.
 
CadyBPortait.jpg.jpgDr. Barbara Cady is a long-time professor of special education/speech pathology at AAMU and has served in leadership capacities on numerous campus committees and organizations.  She headed AAMU’s Faculty Senate and was an ex-officio member of the Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees, is past president of the local AEA; and chaired AAMU’s Department of Special Education for numerous years. 
 
The members of the TRS/PEEHIP board are the trustees of the retirement funds and are responsible for the management and administration of the retirement system. Cady aims to secure the Higher Education Position No. 2 slot.
 
“As a voice from the higher education sector, I would like to help protect and preserve our retirement system,” commented Cady.  “Health concerns and spiraling medical costs are of great concern to us all … I want to help ensure good healthcare benefits by safeguarding the TRS Board of Control.”
 
Cady received her B.A. in speech from Auburn University; the M.A. in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Alabama; and the Ph.D. in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Kansas Medical Center.
 
Cady also was awarded the Fred Wessel Memorial Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Cady has authored numerous federal grants totaling more than $10 million for high school teacher in service training and post-secondary degrees. She currently chairs a committee which created an endowed scholarship for financially needy college seniors.
 
All AAMU employees who contribute to the Teacher Retirement System are eligible to vote.  Ballots are scheduled to be sent to members by October 16, 2017.  However, only ballots returned by 4 p.m. November 21, 2017, will be counted.  AAMU employees will be able to vote by (1) returning the prepaid postage mailer/ballot, (2) by voting online or (3) by telephone.  All instructions will be provided on the ballot.
 
Elected members of the TRS/PEEHIP Board will only be elected by members from the same category of the retirement system.  For the Higher Education Position 2 slot, persons at A&M voting for Dr. Cady must be on the AAMU payroll currently contributing to the TRS.
 
AAMU Staff Senate President Malcolm Brasher has stressed the importance of ensuring that health insurance costs do not increase.  He encourages all AAMU employees to “take the time to vote.”
  
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AAMU Board to Meet in Birmingham
  
The Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees will hold its regularly scheduled Board meeting on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC), East Ballroom A, 2221 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. N., Birmingham, Alabama 35203.
 
The purpose of the meeting will be to receive information and consider all matters which may properly come before the Board at that time.
 
Notice is also given that meetings of committees of the Board of Trustees of Alabama A&M University are scheduled to occur on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Westin Birmingham, Camelia Room, 2221 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. N., Birmingham, Alabama 35203 and Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at The Westin Birmingham, Camelia Room, 2221 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. N., Birmingham, Alabama 35203.
 
The schedule for the committee meetings is as follows:
 
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Business & Finance .............................................................. 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Academic Affairs & Research .............................................. 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Marketing, Communications & Advancement ...................... 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
 
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Information Technology Services ......................................... 8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Student Affairs ................................................................... 9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Athletics ............................................................................10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
 
Since the business to be addressed and discussed in the various committee sessions may affect the overall interests of the University, in addition to Trustees who are members of the individual committees, all members of the Board of Trustees of the University are invited to attend any or all of the committee meetings. Consequently, more than a quorum of the Board may be present from
time to time during such sessions. However, no action will be taken by the Board itself during such sessions.
 
As always, you are invited to attend and observe the proceedings of the meetings of the Board and the committees of the Board.
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Ushers for Fall 2017 Commencement
  
Volunteers are needed to serve as ushers during the Fall 2017 Commencement Exercises.  Commencement will be held Friday, December 8, 2017 at 1:00 p.m., at the Von Braun Civic Center.
 
Volunteers can sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/UKoJFwqZwNUQRUmk1​ or by contacting  Ms. Nicole Jackson at nicole.jackson@aamu.edu or ext. 8747 or Ms. Janet Jones at janet.jones@aamu.edu or ext. 8089.
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UW Steering CommitteeDr. Daniel Upchurch, Tarsha Lockhart (chair), Chastity Jones and Ursula Brooks.

AAMU United Way Campaign Continues Thru Oct. 24
 
Our annual United Way Campaign began at 10 a.m. October 10 (10-10-10) and will run through Tuesday, October 24. 
 
United Way of Madison County is an umbrella organization that supports the efforts of a mixture of non-profit organizations in Huntsville as they strive to meet the needs of the less fortunate members of our community.  This is accomplished through the financial support of 32 United Way organizations spanning across 47 programs – of which, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System is one.
 
You will be called again to help.  Each of you will receive a pledge form that you can use to make your contribution in the form of a check, monthly payroll deduction or cash.  The pink copy of the form is your receipt.  Any amount you wish to donate will be graciously accepted.  Review your brochure to see how even small contributions can make a HUGE difference in the lives of so many.  However, it goes without saying that the bigger the contribution, the bigger the impact.
 
A representative from your unit will accept your pledge form and money through October 24.  You may give to a specific agency or give in general and allow the United Way to distribute your funds across the board.  Checks should be made to:  United Way of Madison County.
 
If you have any questions about the United Way Campaign, please do not hesitate to contact your United Way Steering Committee members: Ursula Brooks, Chastity Jones, Daniel Upchurch or Tarsha Lockhart (chair).
 
Through our contributions, we can help support United Way and our community in this year’s 2017 Alabama A&M University Campaign.
 - Tarsha Lockhart, Ext. 8308
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Office of Student Activities

SPECIAL HOMECOMING RECAP VIDEO

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AAMU Professor Targeting PEEHIP Raises in Upcoming Election
 
An Alabama A&M University professor’s concern about the negative impact of recent PEEHIP insurance increases on AAMU’s employees is seeking a position on the statewide Teacher’s Retirement System and Public Education Employees’ Health Insurance Plan (TRS/PEEHIP) Board of Control.
 
CadyBPortait.jpg.jpgDr. Barbara Cady is a long-time professor of special education/speech pathology at AAMU and has served in leadership capacities on numerous campus committees and organizations.  She headed AAMU’s Faculty Senate and was an ex-officio member of the Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees, is past president of the local AEA; and chaired AAMU’s Department of Special Education for numerous years. 
 
The members of the TRS/PEEHIP board are the trustees of the retirement funds and are responsible for the management and administration of the retirement system. Cady aims to secure the Higher Education Position No. 2 slot.
 
“As a voice from the higher education sector, I would like to help protect and preserve our retirement system,” commented Cady.  “Health concerns and spiraling medical costs are of great concern to us all … I want to help ensure good healthcare benefits by safeguarding the TRS Board of Control.”
 
Cady received her B.A. in speech from Auburn University; the M.A. in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Alabama; and the Ph.D. in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Kansas Medical Center.
 
Cady also was awarded the Fred Wessel Memorial Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Cady has authored numerous federal grants totaling more than $10 million for high school teacher in service training and post-secondary degrees. She currently chairs a committee which created an endowed scholarship for financially needy college seniors.
 
All AAMU employees who contribute to the Teacher Retirement System are eligible to vote.  Ballots are scheduled to be sent to members by October 16, 2017.  However, only ballots returned by 4 p.m. November 21, 2017, will be counted.  AAMU employees will be able to vote by (1) returning the prepaid postage mailer/ballot, (2) by voting online or (3) by telephone.  All instructions will be provided on the ballot.
 
Elected members of the TRS/PEEHIP Board will only be elected by members from the same category of the retirement system.  For the Higher Education Position 2 slot, persons at A&M voting for Dr. Cady must be on the AAMU payroll currently contributing to the TRS.
 
AAMU Staff Senate President Malcolm Brasher has stressed the importance of ensuring that health insurance costs do not increase.  He encourages all AAMU employees to “take the time to vote.”
  
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AAMU Board to Meet in Birmingham
  
The Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees will hold its regularly scheduled Board meeting on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC), East Ballroom A, 2221 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. N., Birmingham, Alabama 35203.
 
The purpose of the meeting will be to receive information and consider all matters which may properly come before the Board at that time.
 
Notice is also given that meetings of committees of the Board of Trustees of Alabama A&M University are scheduled to occur on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Westin Birmingham, Camelia Room, 2221 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. N., Birmingham, Alabama 35203 and Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at The Westin Birmingham, Camelia Room, 2221 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. N., Birmingham, Alabama 35203.
 
The schedule for the committee meetings is as follows:
 
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Business & Finance .............................................................. 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Academic Affairs & Research .............................................. 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Marketing, Communications & Advancement ...................... 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
 
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Information Technology Services ......................................... 8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Student Affairs ................................................................... 9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Athletics ............................................................................10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
 
Since the business to be addressed and discussed in the various committee sessions may affect the overall interests of the University, in addition to Trustees who are members of the individual committees, all members of the Board of Trustees of the University are invited to attend any or all of the committee meetings. Consequently, more than a quorum of the Board may be present from
time to time during such sessions. However, no action will be taken by the Board itself during such sessions.
 
As always, you are invited to attend and observe the proceedings of the meetings of the Board and the committees of the Board.
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AAMU Congratulates 2017 Hackathon Team
 
AAMU students (clockwise) Jada Bullock, Richard Embden, Kristina Williams and Simeon Hood, also known as Team "H4CKD0G4," competed against HBCU teams from across the country this week, in the Black Enterprise 2017 BE Smart Hackathon.
The hackathon was held in Silicon Valley, as part of the magazine's Tech Connect Summit in San Francisco. During the 36 hour hackathon, teams used their creativity and skills to develop a virtual retail
environment app for Toyota.
 
AAMU’s College of Engineering, Technology & Physical Sciences sent the best of the best. Bullock is a junior computer science major. Embden is a junior electrical engineering major. Williams is a junior computer science and mathematics major. And Simeon Hood is a junior computer science major.
 
North Carolina A&T State University won the $40,000 grand prize, but wait until next year! Congrats H4CKD0G4!
 
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Physics Doctoral Candidate Awarded at DITAC
 
DITAC_AWARD_outlines.jpgAAMU physics doctoral student Kyle Rose, Sr.'s project on "Application of Phase Change Material to Increase Efficiency of Hybrid Solar Panels" received a 2017 TechConnect Defense Innovation Award at this year's Defense Innovation Summit (DITAC), Tampa, Fla. 
 
Rose received the award because his project placed in the top 15% of all submitted technologies as ranked by the program committeeTo learn more about the conference and the award, visit: http://defenseinnovation.us
 
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After the race with the Cadre/Coaches and the U S Army Cadet Command Commanding General.
 
 
Bulldog Battalion Participates in Washington's Ten-Miler
 
The Bulldog Battalion Cadets participated in the Army Ten-Miler (ATM) his weekend in Washington DC among 35,000 other runners including 105 ROTC Teams. This was the first in the history of the Program.
 
The Army Ten-Miler is produced by the Military District of Washington (MDW).The MDW serves as the Army Forces Component and core staff element of the Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region to conduct operations that deter, prevent, and respond to threats aimed at the National Capital Region; and conducts world-class ceremonial, musical and special events in support of our Nation\'s leadership. Over 600 Soldiers from 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) volunteer race weekend.
 
Now in its 33rd year, the ATM is held each October in Washington, DC. All race proceeds benefit Soldier MWR programs.
 
The mission of the ATM is to promote the Army, build espirt de corps, support Army fitness goals, and enhance community relations.
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Entertainment Industry Reaching out to HBCUs 
 
The Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program (EICOP) is proud to announce the HBCU in LA Internship Program application is now open!! This highly competitive program will be open to both undergraduate and graduate students with an interest to pursue a career in the entertainment, media and communication industry. Selected Scholars will participate in an 8-10 week paid internship in Los Angeles, Summer 2018! The program will cover housing expenses and will offer limited travel stipends based on individual financial needs.   
 
Scholars will have the opportunity to:
  • Participate in a comprehensive immersion internship experience in Los Angeles, California during summer of 2018
  • Participate in a series of professional development activities to help leverage a career in the media, entertainment and communication industry post-graduation
  • Become a part of our exclusive Student Member Network for on-going employment consideration with our industry partner organizations
  • Serve as Ambassadors for EICOP to build awareness for the HBCU in LA Internship Program
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply and for more information click here
To view our Promotional Video click here
The application deadline for the program is 11:59 pm PST on Sunday, December 17, 2017. If you are a current HBCU All-Star please indicate that in your submission!
 
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Ford’s Drive2Greatness Program Focuses on HBCU STEAM
 
Ford’s longtime commitment to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) continues with its national Ford HBCU Drive2Greatness program and contest that will donate $300,000 toward STEAM initiatives.
 
Now through October 27, supporters of HBCUs are encouraged to vote for their favorite schools online and through social media channels.  Students and alumni are encouraged to “Rep Your HBCU” by voting to help their favorite school win one of four prizes.
 
In addition to gaining bragging rights for scoring the top spot, the school with the most points will be named the grand prize winner and earn Ford’s Ultimate Homecoming Takeover award for 2018, while three additional HBCU’s will receive financial donations to support STEAM initiatives.
 
 
 
To find a school’s hashtag and cast a vote, visit the Tom Joyner Morning Show Facebook page. Be sure to “Rep Your HBCU” and join the program’s online conversation by following #FordHBCU on Twitter and Instagram.
 
 
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ARAMARK Seek Assistance with Survey
 
We are conducting a survey to better understand your campus lifestyle and preferences. By sharing your thoughts, we will gain valuable insight to help improve your overall campus experience.
 
This online survey will take 5 to 10 minutes and your responses are confidential.
 
The survey is mobile-friendly and can be taken on a smartphone, mobile device, or a computer. A current Internet browser is required. Click the link below (or copy and paste the URL below the link into your Internet browser) to begin the survey:
 
 
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HR Announces Holiday Schedules
 
The holiday schedule has been updated to display the entire 2017 year of holidays.  Please be advised that there is no fall break this year.  For the Thanksgiving recess, the University will be closed from November 20 to November 24, 2017 (one week).  
 
The Holiday recess for faculty will begin on December 13 and conclude on January 1, 2018.  The Holiday recess for staff will begin on December 18 and conclude on January 1, 2018.  All employees will report to work on January 2, 2018.  Please plan accordingly.
 
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ALABAMA A&M FOOTBALL 2017 HOME SCHEDULE | Games played at Louis Crews Stadium 
NOVEMBER 11 vs. Jackson State | 1pm
NOVEMBER 18 vs. Kentucky State | 1pm
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October 2017 - No. 3

 
 
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Bulldogs Hand Valley Massive Lost 
 
If MVS is looking for its “U,” then chances are that the Bulldogs sacked it, too.  AAMU’s Mighty Maroon & White Bulldogs chilled the Delta Devils in Louis Crews Stadium with a devastating 49-14 win!  For scenes from the weekend’s game, click PHOTOS
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Maroon and White Host High School Band Hopefuls
 
High school band members from around the state got a taste of the Maroon & White on the halftime gridiron today during the AAMU vs Mississippi Valley State football game.  AAMU’s Maroon and White Band is directed by Carlton Wright.  See the next group of Marching Maroon & White members do their thing.  PHOTOS
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Ushers for Fall 2017 Commencement
  
Volunteers are needed to serve as ushers during the Fall 2017 Commencement Exercises.  Commencement will be held Friday, December 8, 2017 at 1:00 p.m., at the Von Braun Civic Center.
 
Volunteers can sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/UKoJFwqZwNUQRUmk1​ or by contacting  Ms. Nicole Jackson at nicole.jackson@aamu.edu or ext. 8747 or Ms. Janet Jones at janet.jones@aamu.edu or ext. 8089.
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STEPPING UP!  On October 11, some 42 students, faculty and staff members joined the President's Wednesday Walk at the Wellness Center.  That group included SGA President Julian Griffith-Battle, Faculty Senate President Jeanette Jones and Staff Senate President Malcolm Brasher.  The campus community is invited to this week's (October 18) walk at 12:30 p.m.  "42" is the new number to beat!  (See PHOTOS by Julian Howell)
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Vendor Expo Scheduled
  
Thermo Fisher Scientific in partnership with the Purchasing Department is hosting a vendor expo this Thursday, October 19 in the Clyde Foster Multipurpose Room from 10 A.M. to Noon.  Thermo Fisher Scientific is also bringing several vendors whose products they also sell including BioTek Instruments, GE Healthcare, Laxco Microscopes, and Remel.  Thermo Fisher Scientific has been a great supporter of Alabama A&M University’s research departments, and we encourage the University to show its support by attending this event.
  
The University’s researchers are encouraged to attend.  Thank you for your support and cooperation.
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Student Health and Counseling Launches 'Red Flag Campaign'
 
The Student Health and Counseling Department is participating in an exciting public awareness campaign. The Red Flag Campaign addresses dating violence on campus, and will appear on our campus throughout the month of October. Designed with a “bystander intervention” strategy, the campaign encourages friends and other campus community members to “say something” when they see warning signs (“red flags”) for dating violence in a friend’s relationship.
 
Those who work closely with students know that one of their greatest interests is seeking out relationships with their peers—both friendships and dating relationships. Unfortunately, many relationships are not healthy or positive; dating violence happens in 1 out of every 5 intimate relationships in college.  
 
The purpose of The Red Flag Campaign is to encourage students to speak up when they see red flags for dating violence.  The Red Flag Campaign will generate a lot of interest and discussion on the AAMU campus.  The Red Flag Campaign website, www.TheRedFlagCampaign.org, offers resources for students and campus personnel wanting to learn more about dating violence and how to help. 
 
Join us on Thursday, October 19, at 12 noon in the Clyde Foster Multipurpose Room to bring awareness to the issue of intimate partner/dating violence.  Please feel free to contact me at 256-372-4735 or carlquista.slay@aamu.edu for additional information.​
  
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UW Steering CommitteeDr. Daniel Upchurch, Tarsha Lockhart (chair), Chastity Jones and Ursula Brooks.

AAMU United Way Campaign Continues Thru Oct. 24
 
Our annual United Way Campaign began at 10 a.m. October 10 (10-10-10) and will run through Tuesday, October 24. 
 
United Way of Madison County is an umbrella organization that supports the efforts of a mixture of non-profit organizations in Huntsville as they strive to meet the needs of the less fortunate members of our community.  This is accomplished through the financial support of 32 United Way organizations spanning across 47 programs – of which, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System is one.
 
You will be called again to help.  Each of you will receive a pledge form that you can use to make your contribution in the form of a check, monthly payroll deduction or cash.  The pink copy of the form is your receipt.  Any amount you wish to donate will be graciously accepted.  Review your brochure to see how even small contributions can make a HUGE difference in the lives of so many.  However, it goes without saying that the bigger the contribution, the bigger the impact.
 
A representative from your unit will accept your pledge form and money through October 24.  You may give to a specific agency or give in general and allow the United Way to distribute your funds across the board.  Checks should be made to:  United Way of Madison County.
 
If you have any questions about the United Way Campaign, please do not hesitate to contact your United Way Steering Committee members: Ursula Brooks, Chastity Jones, Daniel Upchurch or Tarsha Lockhart (chair).
 
Through our contributions, we can help support United Way and our community in this year’s 2017 Alabama A&M University Campaign.
 - Tarsha Lockhart, Ext. 8308
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Office of Student Activities

SPECIAL HOMECOMING RECAP VIDEO

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AAMU Professor Targeting PEEHIP Raises in Upcoming Election
 
An Alabama A&M University professor’s concern about the negative impact of recent PEEHIP insurance increases on AAMU’s employees is seeking a position on the statewide Teacher’s Retirement System and Public Education Employees’ Health Insurance Plan (TRS/PEEHIP) Board of Control.
 
CadyBPortait.jpg.jpgDr. Barbara Cady is a long-time professor of special education/speech pathology at AAMU and has served in leadership capacities on numerous campus committees and organizations.  She headed AAMU’s Faculty Senate and was an ex-officio member of the Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees, is past president of the local AEA; and chaired AAMU’s Department of Special Education for numerous years. 
 
The members of the TRS/PEEHIP board are the trustees of the retirement funds and are responsible for the management and administration of the retirement system. Cady aims to secure the Higher Education Position No. 2 slot.
 
“As a voice from the higher education sector, I would like to help protect and preserve our retirement system,” commented Cady.  “Health concerns and spiraling medical costs are of great concern to us all … I want to help ensure good healthcare benefits by safeguarding the TRS Board of Control.”
 
Cady received her B.A. in speech from Auburn University; the M.A. in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Alabama; and the Ph.D. in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Kansas Medical Center.
 
Cady also was awarded the Fred Wessel Memorial Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Cady has authored numerous federal grants totaling more than $10 million for high school teacher in service training and post-secondary degrees. She currently chairs a committee which created an endowed scholarship for financially needy college seniors.
 
All AAMU employees who contribute to the Teacher Retirement System are eligible to vote.  Ballots are scheduled to be sent to members by October 16, 2017.  However, only ballots returned by 4 p.m. November 21, 2017, will be counted.  AAMU employees will be able to vote by (1) returning the prepaid postage mailer/ballot, (2) by voting online or (3) by telephone.  All instructions will be provided on the ballot.
 
Elected members of the TRS/PEEHIP Board will only be elected by members from the same category of the retirement system.  For the Higher Education Position 2 slot, persons at A&M voting for Dr. Cady must be on the AAMU payroll currently contributing to the TRS.
 
AAMU Staff Senate President Malcolm Brasher has stressed the importance of ensuring that health insurance costs do not increase.  He encourages all AAMU employees to “take the time to vote.”
  
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AAMU Board to Meet in Birmingham
  
The Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees will hold its regularly scheduled Board meeting on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC), East Ballroom A, 2221 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. N., Birmingham, Alabama 35203.
 
The purpose of the meeting will be to receive information and consider all matters which may properly come before the Board at that time.
 
Notice is also given that meetings of committees of the Board of Trustees of Alabama A&M University are scheduled to occur on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Westin Birmingham, Camelia Room, 2221 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. N., Birmingham, Alabama 35203 and Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at The Westin Birmingham, Camelia Room, 2221 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. N., Birmingham, Alabama 35203.
 
The schedule for the committee meetings is as follows:
 
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Business & Finance .............................................................. 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Academic Affairs & Research .............................................. 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Marketing, Communications & Advancement ...................... 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
 
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Information Technology Services ......................................... 8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Student Affairs ................................................................... 9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Athletics ............................................................................10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
 
Since the business to be addressed and discussed in the various committee sessions may affect the overall interests of the University, in addition to Trustees who are members of the individual committees, all members of the Board of Trustees of the University are invited to attend any or all of the committee meetings. Consequently, more than a quorum of the Board may be present from
time to time during such sessions. However, no action will be taken by the Board itself during such sessions.
 
As always, you are invited to attend and observe the proceedings of the meetings of the Board and the committees of the Board.
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AAMU Congratulates 2017 Hackathon Team
 
AAMU students (clockwise) Jada Bullock, Richard Embden, Kristina Williams and Simeon Hood, also known as Team "H4CKD0G4," competed against HBCU teams from across the country this week, in the Black Enterprise 2017 BE Smart Hackathon.
The hackathon was held in Silicon Valley, as part of the magazine's Tech Connect Summit in San Francisco. During the 36 hour hackathon, teams used their creativity and skills to develop a virtual retail
environment app for Toyota.
 
AAMU’s College of Engineering, Technology & Physical Sciences sent the best of the best. Bullock is a junior computer science major. Embden is a junior electrical engineering major. Williams is a junior computer science and mathematics major. And Simeon Hood is a junior computer science major.
 
North Carolina A&T State University won the $40,000 grand prize, but wait until next year! Congrats H4CKD0G4!
 
 by Debra Daniel
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Physics Doctoral Candidate Awarded at DITAC
 
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Rose received the award because his project placed in the top 15% of all submitted technologies as ranked by the program committeeTo learn more about the conference and the award, visit: http://defenseinnovation.us
 
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After the race with the Cadre/Coaches and the U S Army Cadet Command Commanding General.
 
 
Bulldog Battalion Participates in Washington's Ten-Miler
 
The Bulldog Battalion Cadets participated in the Army Ten-Miler (ATM) his weekend in Washington DC among 35,000 other runners including 105 ROTC Teams. This was the first in the history of the Program.
 
The Army Ten-Miler is produced by the Military District of Washington (MDW).The MDW serves as the Army Forces Component and core staff element of the Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region to conduct operations that deter, prevent, and respond to threats aimed at the National Capital Region; and conducts world-class ceremonial, musical and special events in support of our Nation\'s leadership. Over 600 Soldiers from 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) volunteer race weekend.
 
Now in its 33rd year, the ATM is held each October in Washington, DC. All race proceeds benefit Soldier MWR programs.
 
The mission of the ATM is to promote the Army, build espirt de corps, support Army fitness goals, and enhance community relations.
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Maroon Madness This Saturday
 
Catch the 2017-18 edition of the Alabama A&M women’s and men’s basketball team this Saturday, October 21, at the annual Maroon Madness.
 
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There is no charge for admission.
 
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Entertainment Industry Reaching out to HBCUs 
 
The Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program (EICOP) is proud to announce the HBCU in LA Internship Program application is now open!! This highly competitive program will be open to both undergraduate and graduate students with an interest to pursue a career in the entertainment, media and communication industry. Selected Scholars will participate in an 8-10 week paid internship in Los Angeles, Summer 2018! The program will cover housing expenses and will offer limited travel stipends based on individual financial needs.   
 
Scholars will have the opportunity to:
  • Participate in a comprehensive immersion internship experience in Los Angeles, California during summer of 2018
  • Participate in a series of professional development activities to help leverage a career in the media, entertainment and communication industry post-graduation
  • Become a part of our exclusive Student Member Network for on-going employment consideration with our industry partner organizations
  • Serve as Ambassadors for EICOP to build awareness for the HBCU in LA Internship Program
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply and for more information click here
To view our Promotional Video click here
The application deadline for the program is 11:59 pm PST on Sunday, December 17, 2017. If you are a current HBCU All-Star please indicate that in your submission!
 
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BTS Receives $1 Million USDOT Grant
 
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced $55 million in grant selections through the Low or No Emission Vehicle (Low-No) program.  The program funds the development of transit buses and infrastructure that use advanced fuel technologies. Fifty-one projects in 39 states were selected for funding.
 
Alabama A&M University Department of Transportation (AAMUDOT) was awarded $1 million through the “Low-No” program after a highly competitive process demonstrating its significant value to the community.  Awards ranged from $500,000.00 to $1,750,000.00.
 
The AAMUDOT, through its Bulldog Transit System (BTS), will utilize the funds to purchase electric buses, charging stations and other associated equipment.  BTS has a commitment to replace buses that have reached the end of their useful lives with zero-emission cleaner buses, more efficient to operate and maintain.
 
The award sets the stage for BTS to strategically implement its long range transportation plan for new generation of technologically advanced and safer vehicles that also increase the nation’s energy security, making AAMU the first in State of Alabama to use electric transit buses, according to BTS director Marshall Chimwedzi.
 
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The Virginia Caples Lifelong Learning Institute (VCLLI) and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) attracted hundreds to the 2017 Successful Aging Initiative held on October 12 at Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Huntsville, Ala.   The highlight of the day was 81-year-old Earnestine Shepherd (above), regarded as the oldest female bodybuilder.  More PHOTOS by J. Saintjones
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Hampton-Wells Scholarship for Space Camp
 
Retired AAMU professor and pyschologist Annie M. Wells is coordinating the (Lionel) Hampton-Wells Scholarship of Alabama A&M University for Space Camp. 
 
Interested students should complete an application (beginning October 15) at www.spacecamp.com/scholarships and return the application to:
 
Space Camp Committee
c/o Annie M. Wells, Ph.D.
919 Corley Drive, SE
Huntsville, AL  35802-3700
 
Potential applicants may include Alabama applicants who are students in grades 4-12.  Awards are based on (1) financial need; (2) leadership; (3) academic achievement; and (4) special needs.
 
For additional information, call (256) 881-4753.
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Ford’s Drive2Greatness Program Focuses on HBCU STEAM
 
Ford’s longtime commitment to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) continues with its national Ford HBCU Drive2Greatness program and contest that will donate $300,000 toward STEAM initiatives.
 
Now through October 27, supporters of HBCUs are encouraged to vote for their favorite schools online and through social media channels.  Students and alumni are encouraged to “Rep Your HBCU” by voting to help their favorite school win one of four prizes.
 
In addition to gaining bragging rights for scoring the top spot, the school with the most points will be named the grand prize winner and earn Ford’s Ultimate Homecoming Takeover award for 2018, while three additional HBCU’s will receive financial donations to support STEAM initiatives.
 
 
 
To find a school’s hashtag and cast a vote, visit the Tom Joyner Morning Show Facebook page. Be sure to “Rep Your HBCU” and join the program’s online conversation by following #FordHBCU on Twitter and Instagram.
 
 
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ARAMARK Seek Assistance with Survey
 
We are conducting a survey to better understand your campus lifestyle and preferences. By sharing your thoughts, we will gain valuable insight to help improve your overall campus experience.
 
This online survey will take 5 to 10 minutes and your responses are confidential.
 
The survey is mobile-friendly and can be taken on a smartphone, mobile device, or a computer. A current Internet browser is required. Click the link below (or copy and paste the URL below the link into your Internet browser) to begin the survey:
 
 
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Bulldog Pride Homecoming Decoration Contest Winners
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First Place:  Carver Complex - Hobson Wing
 
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Second Place:  Carver Complex North - 1st Floor
 
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Third Place:  J.F. Drake Memorial Learning Resources Center - 2nd Floor
 
 
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Honorable Mention:  Knight Complex East
 
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Honorable Mention:   Dawson (3rd Floor)
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Preliminary Reviews Offered to Graduate Students
 
Graduate students who are completing a thesis or dissertation may contact Kiietti Walker-Parker to set a meeting for a preliminary discussion for the review of their document at kiietti.parker@aamu.edu.
 
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Wellness Center Offering Fall Classes
 
The Student Health & Wellness Center offers FREE swim lessons for all AAMU students – sign up for the next session today! 
 
Check out Group Fitness classes at the Wellness Center – Zumba, Water Aerobics, Yoga, Butts & Guts, Boxing, and Dance Aerobics!
 
The Wellness Center also offers group swim lessons for ages 3 and up! Call or come inside for details! (256) 372-7000.
 
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HR Announces Holiday Schedules
 
The holiday schedule has been updated to display the entire 2017 year of holidays.  Please be advised that there is no fall break this year.  For the Thanksgiving recess, the University will be closed from November 20 to November 24, 2017 (one week).  
 
The Holiday recess for faculty will begin on December 13 and conclude on January 1, 2018.  The Holiday recess for staff will begin on December 18 and conclude on January 1, 2018.  All employees will report to work on January 2, 2018.  Please plan accordingly.
 
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ALABAMA A&M FOOTBALL 2017 HOME SCHEDULE | Games played at Louis Crews Stadium 
NOVEMBER 11 vs. Jackson State | 1pm
NOVEMBER 18 vs. Kentucky State | 1pm
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October 2017 - No. 2

 
  
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INSIDE HUNTSVILLE:  First Lady Abbiegail Hugine was interviewed by the City of Huntsville's Brenda Martin as part of the "Inside Huntsville" broadcast.  The program is a communication tool sponsored by the City of Huntsville.  The interview took place at the campus' Legacy Lake.  To see the interview, now available in its entirety, click HERE.
 
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BTS Receives $1 Million USDOT Grant
 
 
 
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced $55 million in grant selections through the Low or No Emission Vehicle (Low-No) program.  The program funds the development of transit buses and infrastructure that use advanced fuel technologies. Fifty-one projects in 39 states were selected for funding.
 
 
 
Alabama A&M University Department of Transportation (AAMUDOT) was awarded $1 million through the “Low-No” program after a highly competitive process demonstrating its significant value to the community.  Awards ranged from $500,000.00 to $1,750,000.00.
 
 
 
The AAMUDOT, through its Bulldog Transit System (BTS), will utilize the funds to purchase electric buses, charging stations and other associated equipment.  BTS has a commitment to replace buses that have reached the end of their useful lives with zero-emission cleaner buses, more efficient to operate and maintain.
 
 
 
The award sets the stage for BTS to strategically implement its long range transportation plan for new generation of technologically advanced and safer vehicles that also increase the nation’s energy security, making AAMU the first in State of Alabama to use electric transit buses, according to BTS director Marshall Chimwedzi.
 
 
 
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HOMECOMING DOOR CONTEST WINNER:  Diann Greer, director of the Office of Student Activities, recently announced the Office of Financial Aid (Darryl Jackson, director) as the Winner of the Homecoming 2017 Door Contest. Congratulations!  For winners of the Bulldog Pride Bulletin Board Competition, see below.
 
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ODEES Sponsoring Workshop on Chinese Business Etiquette
 
 
 
The Office of Distance Education and Extended Studies and the Confucius Institute at Alabama A&M University will be holding a workshop on “Chinese Culture and Business Etiquette” on Tuesdays from October 10-31, 6-7:15 p.m.
 
 
 
The free sessions will be ideal for entrepreneurs considering business ventures in China; business owners seeking Chinese suppliers; international business students; and many others.  Among the subjects will be easy sentences in business interactions and common phrases.
 
 
 
For additional information and to register, call (256) 372-5753 or e-mail odees@aamu.edu.
 
 
 
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Ceremonial Committee to Meet

 

 

 

The Ceremonial and Special Events Committee (Dr. Pamela Arrington, chair) will meet on Tuesday, October 10, at 11 a.m. in the Academic Affairs Conference Room to discuss preparations for Fall 2017 commencement and other special events.

 

 

 

Committee members should plan to attend or send a representative.   

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Hampton-Wells Scholarship for Space Camp

 

 

 

Retired AAMU professor and pyschologist Annie M. Wells is coordinating the (Lionel) Hampton-Wells Scholarship of Alabama A&M University for Space Camp. 

 

 

 

Interested students should complete an application (beginning October 15) at www.spacecamp.com/scholarships and return the application to:

 

 

 

Space Camp Committee

 

c/o Annie M. Wells, Ph.D.

 

919 Corley Drive, SE

 

Huntsville, AL  35802-3700

 

 

 

Potential applicants may include Alabama applicants who are students in grades 4-12.  Awards are based on (1) financial need; (2) leadership; (3) academic achievement; and (4) special needs.

 

 

 

For additional information, call (256) 881-4753.

 

 
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CETPS' "Super Lucy" Race Car Part of 2018 Competition

 

 

 

A team of students from Alabama A&M University will be among the 120 such registered squads to compete in the Formula SAE®Michigan at the Michigan International Speedway next spring.

 

 

 

AAMU students representing the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences (the AAMU-HEBUT Racing Team) have entered the student-built race car “Super Lucy” in the annual competition in Brooklyn, Mich., scheduled May 9-12, 2018.  While teaming with China’s Hebei University of Technology, AAMU is the only historically black college/university among the 120 registered teams from around the world, as well as several on a waiting list.

 

 

 

The SAE International Formula SAE program is an engineering design competition for undergraduate and graduate students. It offers participants a chance to boost their engineering design and project management skills by applying what they have learned in the classroom in a challenging competition.

 

 

 

The engineering design goal for teams is to develop and construct a single-seat race car for the non-professional weekend autocross racer with the best overall package of design, construction, performance and cost.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ford’s Drive2Greatness Program Focuses on HBCU STEAM

 

 

 

Ford’s longtime commitment to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) continues with its national Ford HBCU Drive2Greatness program and contest that will donate $300,000 toward STEAM initiatives.

 

 

 

Now through October 27, supporters of HBCUs are encouraged to vote for their favorite schools online and through social media channels.  Students and alumni are encouraged to “Rep Your HBCU” by voting to help their favorite school win one of four prizes.

 

 

 

In addition to gaining bragging rights for scoring the top spot, the school with the most points will be named the grand prize winner and earn Ford’s Ultimate Homecoming Takeover award for 2018, while three additional HBCU’s will receive financial donations to support STEAM initiatives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
ElikeU3.jpgDr. Uchenna Elike, a professor in AAMU’s Department of Finance and Economics, has been recognized as a fellow of the International Academy of Business (IAB).  The honored was bestowed upon Elike in September 2017 because of his contributions to IAB and the higher education profession.
He will formally receive the honor at the IAB conference in metropolitan Washington, D.C.  
 
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Students Visit Campus Construction Site
 
AAMU students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Construction Management received an opportunity to witness actual construction when faculty members arranged their visit to the Turner construction site of a 580-bed residence hall facility.
 
“I commend Professors Tamara Chowdhury, Mahbub Hasan, and Aschalew Kassu for arranging this opportunity on our end, as well as Turner Construction for making it happen,” commented Dr. Chance Glenn, dean of the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences.
 
“I strongly believe this a great opportunity for the students to see first-hand a construction project in progress and hopefully answer any questions they may have,” said James D. Farley, project superintendent at Turner Construction.
 
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Preliminary Reviews Offered to Graduate Students
 
Graduate students who are completing a thesis or dissertation may contact Kiietti Walker-Parker to set a meeting for a preliminary discussion for the review of their document at kiietti.parker@aamu.edu.
 
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The World of Intramurals:  From quiet and reflective to bold and adventurous, AAMU's Intramurals Program has something for everyone.  Under the directorship of Coach Franky Smith, the program also a wealth of life-enhancing activities--from hiking and fishing to horseback riding and flag football.  For a small sample of the excitement of AAMU Intramurals, click HERE.
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AAMU Part of Major Multi-School NSF Grant 
 
Alabama A&M University is a key player in an NSF partnership comprising nine universities in Alabama and spearheaded by The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).  The project has been awarded a $20 million, five-year grant by the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).
 
The grant will fund the development of new predictive plasma-surface interaction technologies for the nation’s aerospace, manufacturing, energy, environment, and agricultural sectors. Serving as a Principal Investigator on the project is Dr. Gary Zank, director of UAH’s Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research and chair of the university’s Department of Space Science.
 
Along with UAH, the partnership includes the University of Alabama (lead: Dr. R. Branam), the University of Alabama at Birmingham (lead: Dr. Y. Vohra), Auburn University (lead: Dr. E. Thomas), Tuskegee University (lead: Dr. V. Rangari), the University of South Alabama (lead: Dr. E. Spencer), Alabama A&M University (leads: Dr. R. Mentreddy and Dr. E. Cebert), Alabama State University (lead: Dr. K. Vig), and Oakwood University (lead: Dr. A. Volkov), with additional assistance from CFD Research Corporation (lead: Dr. V. Kolobov), a computational fluid dynamics software company located in Cummings Research Park.
 
These members bring "a range of expertise in space science, laboratory plasma physics, materials, biosciences, and manufacturing to this endeavor," says Dr. Zank.
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Professor Included in Coveted Publication
 
An assistant professor in AAMU's Department of Visual, Performing and Communication Arts has been included in the Encyclopedia of Black Comics, a book written by Dr. Sheena C. Howard and released on September 15, 2017.
 
Melvin.JPGDr. Melvin L. Williams is one of 46 writers selected to contribute to this encyclopedia, which has been widely applauded by mainstream media, including the popular, American syndicated radio show The Breakfast Club.
 
Williams a chapter on Sharon De La Cruz, an artist, activist, and Fulbright scholar who uses the rebellious nature of art as a vehicle to discuss empowerment and social justice for young girls and women internationally. 

"I am both honored and humbled to be a part of this dynamic team of researchers," ommented Williams. "Together, we provided a chronicle of often-unrecognized, black voices in comic cult​ure and revealed the true depth of our people as activists, artists, editors, and writers in an industry occupied predominately by white men."
 
Williams added that by exposing black comic creators to a mainstream audience, he is hopeful the book "will inspire the next generation of black creatives" to use their joy, passion, and racial frustrations to chart new courses for people of color in both the comic industry and a larger society. 
 
The Encyclopedia of Black Comics, focuses on people of African descent who have published significant works in the United States or have worked across various aspects of the comics industry. The book focuses on creators in the field of comics: inkers, illustrators, artists, writers, editors, black comic historians, black comic convention creators, website creators, archivists and academics—as well as individuals who may not fit into any category but have made notable achievements within and/or across black comic culture.
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Wellness Center Offering Fall Classes
 
The Student Health & Wellness Center offers FREE swim lessons for all AAMU students – sign up for the next session today! 
 
Check out Group Fitness classes at the Wellness Center – Zumba, Water Aerobics, Yoga, Butts & Guts, Boxing, and Dance Aerobics!
 
The Wellness Center also offers group swim lessons for ages 3 and up! Call or come inside for details! (256) 372-7000.
 
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HR Announces Holiday Schedules
 
The holiday schedule has been updated to display the entire 2017 year of holidays.  Please be advised that there is no fall break this year.  For the Thanksgiving recess, the University will be closed from November 20 to November 24, 2017 (one week).  
 
The Holiday recess for faculty will begin on December 13 and conclude on January 1, 2018.  The Holiday recess for staff will begin on December 18 and conclude on January 1, 2018.  All employees will report to work on January 2, 2018.  Please plan accordingly.
 
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ALABAMA A&M FOOTBALL 2017 HOME SCHEDULE | Games played at Louis Crews Stadium 
SEPTEMBER 23 vs. Texas Southern (Louis Crews Football Classic | 6pm
SEPTEMBER 30 vs. Arkansas Pine Bluff (Homecoming) | 2pm
OCTOBER 14 l vs. Mississippi Valley State | 1pm
NOVEMBER 11 vs. Jackson State | 1pm
NOVEMBER 18 vs. Kentucky State | 1pm
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AAMU Offers Professional Development Opportunities
 
Welcome back Bulldog family.  CETL has planned a semester full of  Professional Development opportunities for faculty and staff. This semester CETL will offer 3 easy ways to receive Professional Development. It is as easy as ABC.
-        A different 20 minute session available every week to view online
-        A Registration also available through the AAMU Calendar
-        Available anytime, anywhere you have access to a variety of topics to view at your desktop, laptop, and any other electronic device.
- Go2Knowledge meets the professional development needs of busy and distracted educators. The trainings provide a customized, straight-forward, and easy way for our college faculty and staff to find webinars of importance to them. The Go2Knowledge trainings allow us to schedule professional development opportunities at the convenience of our faculty and staff.”
- Printable Certificate of Completion for every training
- A live webinar is an interactive online training. Participants can communicate with the presenter(s) during the event via a live chat feature.
      We will also host a “Book Tasting this semester. You will receive an invite to come over and check out CETL’s newly acquired books and additional resources available for you to check out and use. Once again welcome back and remember to take advantage of the professional development opportunities offered to you by CETL under the division of Academic Affairs.                 
Ø  Get a daily teaching tip delivered to your smart phone or tablet with the new Teaching Professor Tips app. Brief and to the point, each tip provides a nugget of wisdom regarding assignment strategies, student engagement, classroom management, instructional vitality, and much more.
 ·   CETL Commercial:  http://youtu.be/Ns1nuo6pc1Y
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To find a school’s hashtag and cast a vote, visit the Tom Joyner Morning Show Facebook page. Be sure to “Rep Your HBCU” and join the program’s online conversation by following #FordHBCU on Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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October 2017 - No. 1

 

Homecoming Week Recaps

 
See below photo links from Homecoming and a few events likely overshadowed leading up to it.  Return for additional events as they are edited and uploaded from other sources.  Also below: Justin Vaughner (ITS) captures drone view of the early phase of the Homecoming Day Party.
 
 
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2017 Homecoming Day Party on The Quad (by Justin Vaughner)
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AN ALUMNI ARSENAL:  While AAMU was busy gearing up for Homecoming 2017, a dedicated alumni group at Redstone Arsenal was preparing, as well.  A few members of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center AAMU alumni celebrated Homecoming at work by taking an alum group photo in front for NASA MSFC j-2 Engine on September 27.     (Photo submitted by Theromiles Flowers ’07)
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Professor IAB Distinguished Fellow
 
A long-time business professor at Alabama A&M University has been recognized by a prominent organization.
 
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He will formally receive the honor at the IAB conference in metropolitan Washington, D.C.  
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Ceremonial Committee to Meet
 
The Ceremonial and Special Events Committee (Dr. Pamela Arrington, chair) will meet on Tuesday, October 10, at 11 a.m. in the Academic Affairs Conference Room to discuss preparations for Fall 2017 commencement and other special events.
 
Committee members should plan to attend or send a representative.   

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CDS Has Big Plans for Career Week
 
AAMU’s Career Development Services (CDS) has planned a week-long activities as part of its annual Career Week observance.
 
The week kicked off with the three-hour (9-12) Graduate and Professional Schools Day Expo at the University of Alabama in Huntsville Fitness Center on Monday, October 2. 
 
Land O-Lakes is sponsoring an information session for students on Tuesday, October 3, at 12:30 p.m.
 
On Wednesday, October 4, Speed Networking and Employer Roundtables (Peace Corps, Land O’Lakes, etc.) are scheduled in Arthur J. Bond Hall (Engineering) and the College of Business and Public Affairs building from 4-6 p.m.
 
The annual fall Career Fair will be held on Thursday, October 5, (business attire required) at the Student Health and Wellness Center from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  LinkedIn headshots will be offered at a student photo booth from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.  Over 75 employees have registered to participate in Thursday’s Career Fair, according to Yvette Clayton, CDS director.
 
Friday, October 6, is Interview Day (by employer invitation) in the Ernest L. Knight Center from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
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Ford’s Drive2Greatness Program Focuses on HBCU STEAM
 
Ford’s longtime commitment to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) continues with its national Ford HBCU Drive2Greatness program and contest that will donate $300,000 toward STEAM initiatives.
 
Now through October 27, supporters of HBCUs are encouraged to vote for their favorite schools online and through social media channels.  Students and alumni are encouraged to “Rep Your HBCU” by voting to help their favorite school win one of four prizes.
 
In addition to gaining bragging rights for scoring the top spot, the school with the most points will be named the grand prize winner and earn Ford’s Ultimate Homecoming Takeover award for 2018, while three additional HBCU’s will receive financial donations to support STEAM initiatives.
 
To find a school’s hashtag and cast a vote, visit the Tom Joyner Morning Show Facebook page. Be sure to “Rep Your HBCU” and join the program’s online conversation by following #FordHBCU on Twitter and Instagram.
 
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Students Visit Campus Construction Site
 
AAMU students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Construction Management received an opportunity to witness actual construction when faculty members arranged their visit to the Turner construction site of a 580-bed residence hall facility.
 
“I commend Professors Tamara Chowdhury, Mahbub Hasan, and Aschalew Kassu for arranging this opportunity on our end, as well as Turner Construction for making it happen,” commented Dr. Chance Glenn, dean of the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences.
 
“I strongly believe this a great opportunity for the students to see first-hand a construction project in progress and hopefully answer any questions they may have,” said James D. Farley, project superintendent at Turner Construction.
 
 
Former Staffer Remembered
 
A Family Visitation period was scheduled Friday, September 29, for Mrs. Christine "Chris" Malone.  An England native, Malone was a retiree and former communications technician for Information Technology Services at Alabama A&M for several years.  The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. at Berryhill Funeral Home in Huntsville, Ala.
 
 
  
AAMU Holds Successful "Ag Week 2017"
 
The College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences (CALNS) once again coordinated a successful Ag Week observance that included informative lectures, student research presentation, an awards banquet, and a campus-wide awareness program on The Quad.  To capture scenes from the various activities, click on the links below:
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Classic Bus Requests
 
Faculty and staff are urged to submit timely bus requests by October 6 for activities connected with the annual Magic City Classic.
For additional information, contact Xantheia Watkins at BTS at (256) 372-8011.
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Preliminary Reviews Offered to Graduate Students
 
Graduate students who are completing a thesis or dissertation may contact Kiietti Walker-Parker to set a meeting for a preliminary discussion for the review of their document at kiietti.parker@aamu.edu.
 
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ODEES Sponsoring Workshop on Chinese Business Etiquette
 
The Office of Distance Education and Extended Studies and the Confucius Institute at Alabama A&M University will be holding a workshop on “Chinese Culture and Business Etiquette” on Tuesdays from October 10-31, 6-7:15 p.m.
 
The free sessions will be ideal for entrepreneurs considering business ventures in China; business owners seeking Chinese suppliers; international business students; and many others.  Among the subjects will be easy sentences in business interactions and common phrases.
 
For additional information and to register, call (256) 372-5753 or e-mail odees@aamu.edu.
 
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The World of Intramurals:  From quiet and reflective to bold and adventurous, AAMU's Intramurals Program has something for everyone.  Under the directorship of Coach Franky Smith, the program also a wealth of life-enhancing activities--from hiking and fishing to horseback riding and flag football.  For a small sample of the excitement of AAMU Intramurals, click HERE.
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AAMU Part of Major Multi-School NSF Grant 
 
Alabama A&M University is a key player in an NSF partnership comprising nine universities in Alabama and spearheaded by The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).  The project has been awarded a $20 million, five-year grant by the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).
 
The grant will fund the development of new predictive plasma-surface interaction technologies for the nation’s aerospace, manufacturing, energy, environment, and agricultural sectors. Serving as a Principal Investigator on the project is Dr. Gary Zank, director of UAH’s Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research and chair of the university’s Department of Space Science.
 
Along with UAH, the partnership includes the University of Alabama (lead: Dr. R. Branam), the University of Alabama at Birmingham (lead: Dr. Y. Vohra), Auburn University (lead: Dr. E. Thomas), Tuskegee University (lead: Dr. V. Rangari), the University of South Alabama (lead: Dr. E. Spencer), Alabama A&M University (leads: Dr. R. Mentreddy and Dr. E. Cebert), Alabama State University (lead: Dr. K. Vig), and Oakwood University (lead: Dr. A. Volkov), with additional assistance from CFD Research Corporation (lead: Dr. V. Kolobov), a computational fluid dynamics software company located in Cummings Research Park.
 
These members bring "a range of expertise in space science, laboratory plasma physics, materials, biosciences, and manufacturing to this endeavor," says Dr. Zank.
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Professor Included in Coveted Publication
 
An assistant professor in AAMU's Department of Visual, Performing and Communication Arts has been included in the Encyclopedia of Black Comics, a book written by Dr. Sheena C. Howard and released on September 15, 2017.
 
Melvin.JPGDr. Melvin L. Williams is one of 46 writers selected to contribute to this encyclopedia, which has been widely applauded by mainstream media, including the popular, American syndicated radio show The Breakfast Club.
 
Williams a chapter on Sharon De La Cruz, an artist, activist, and Fulbright scholar who uses the rebellious nature of art as a vehicle to discuss empowerment and social justice for young girls and women internationally. 

"I am both honored and humbled to be a part of this dynamic team of researchers," ommented Williams. "Together, we provided a chronicle of often-unrecognized, black voices in comic cult​ure and revealed the true depth of our people as activists, artists, editors, and writers in an industry occupied predominately by white men."
 
Williams added that by exposing black comic creators to a mainstream audience, he is hopeful the book "will inspire the next generation of black creatives" to use their joy, passion, and racial frustrations to chart new courses for people of color in both the comic industry and a larger society. 
 
The Encyclopedia of Black Comics, focuses on people of African descent who have published significant works in the United States or have worked across various aspects of the comics industry. The book focuses on creators in the field of comics: inkers, illustrators, artists, writers, editors, black comic historians, black comic convention creators, website creators, archivists and academics—as well as individuals who may not fit into any category but have made notable achievements within and/or across black comic culture.
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Hampton-Wells Scholarship for Space Camp
 
Retired AAMU professor and pyschologist Annie M. Wells is coordinating the (Lionel) Hampton-Wells Scholarship of Alabama A&M University for Space Camp. 
 
Interested students should complete an application (beginning October 15) at www.spacecamp.com/scholarships and return the application to:
 
Space Camp Committee
c/o Annie M. Wells, Ph.D.
919 Corley Drive, SE
Huntsville, AL  35802-3700
 
Potential applicants may include Alabama applicants who are students in grades 4-12.  Awards are based on (1) financial need; (2) leadership; (3) academic achievement; and (4) special needs.
 
For additional information, call (256) 881-4753.
 
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Wellness Center Offering Fall Classes
 
The Student Health & Wellness Center offers FREE swim lessons for all AAMU students – sign up for the next session today! 
 
Check out Group Fitness classes at the Wellness Center – Zumba, Water Aerobics, Yoga, Butts & Guts, Boxing, and Dance Aerobics!
 
The Wellness Center also offers group swim lessons for ages 3 and up! Call or come inside for details! (256) 372-7000.
 
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HR Announces Holiday Schedules
 
The holiday schedule has been updated to display the entire 2017 year of holidays.  Please be advised that there is no fall break this year.  For the Thanksgiving recess, the University will be closed from November 20 to November 24, 2017 (one week).  
 
The Holiday recess for faculty will begin on December 13 and conclude on January 1, 2018.  The Holiday recess for staff will begin on December 18 and conclude on January 1, 2018.  All employees will report to work on January 2, 2018.  Please plan accordingly.
 
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Season Tickets
 
ALABAMA A&M FOOTBALL 2017 HOME SCHEDULE | Games played at Louis Crews Stadium 
SEPTEMBER 23 vs. Texas Southern (Louis Crews Football Classic | 6pm
SEPTEMBER 30 vs. Arkansas Pine Bluff (Homecoming) | 2pm
OCTOBER 14 l vs. Mississippi Valley State | 1pm
NOVEMBER 11 vs. Jackson State | 1pm
NOVEMBER 18 vs. Kentucky State | 1pm
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AAMU Offers Professional Development Opportunities
 
Welcome back Bulldog family.  CETL has planned a semester full of  Professional Development opportunities for faculty and staff. This semester CETL will offer 3 easy ways to receive Professional Development. It is as easy as ABC.
-        A different 20 minute session available every week to view online
-        A Registration also available through the AAMU Calendar
-        Available anytime, anywhere you have access to a variety of topics to view at your desktop, laptop, and any other electronic device.
- Go2Knowledge meets the professional development needs of busy and distracted educators. The trainings provide a customized, straight-forward, and easy way for our college faculty and staff to find webinars of importance to them. The Go2Knowledge trainings allow us to schedule professional development opportunities at the convenience of our faculty and staff.”
- Printable Certificate of Completion for every training
- A live webinar is an interactive online training. Participants can communicate with the presenter(s) during the event via a live chat feature.
      We will also host a “Book Tasting this semester. You will receive an invite to come over and check out CETL’s newly acquired books and additional resources available for you to check out and use. Once again welcome back and remember to take advantage of the professional development opportunities offered to you by CETL under the division of Academic Affairs.                 
Ø  Get a daily teaching tip delivered to your smart phone or tablet with the new Teaching Professor Tips app. Brief and to the point, each tip provides a nugget of wisdom regarding assignment strategies, student engagement, classroom management, instructional vitality, and much more.
 ·   CETL Commercial:  http://youtu.be/Ns1nuo6pc1Y
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September 2017 - No. 4

 
 
(See Latest Homecoming Schedule Below)
  
AAMU Holds Successful "Ag Week 2017"
 
The College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences (CALNS) once again coordinated a successful Ag Week observance that included informative lectures, student research presentation, an awards banquet, and a campus-wide awareness program on The Quad.  To capture scenes from the various activities, click on the links below:
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BE THE MATCH:  About a hundred people, comprised of student organizations, administrators and staff, participated in the Be The Match Walk/Run on Monday, September 25, at Legacy Lake.  The event was coordinated by First Lady Abbiegail Hugine.  Above, Monica Clarke (r) of the Freshman Academy handles the morning's registration.  Students and other members of the campus community will be able to participate in Be The Match registration efforts during Homecoming Week.   PHOTOS   
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AAMU a Best Value HBCU Graduate School (No. 2)
 
Alabama A&M University has been identified as one of the best value
historically black graduate schools in our recent ranking. The ranking
considered quality of course curriculum as it relates to the job market,
HBCUBestValue.jpgaccolades, faculty expertise, affordability and return-on-investment, tuition assistance opportunities, and career assistance.

Alabama A&M University was ranked #2. Bestvalueschools.com editors noted that this is one of the best values for historically black graduate schools in the country.

The ranking and a high resolution badge can be found here:
http://www.bestvalueschools.com/rankings/hbcu-grad-schools/

Best Value School’s mission is to help students find the best school to
fit their needs.
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Classic Bus Requests
 
Faculty and staff are urged to submit timely bus requests by October 6 for activities connected with the annual Magic City Classic.
For additional information, contact Xantheia Watkins at BTS at (256) 372-8011.
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New Stadium Tradition Targets Freshmen
 
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The Freshman Class of 2021 became part of a brand new tradition at Alabama A&M University when its members participated in a RUN THE FIELD event at the Louis Crews Classic on Saturday, September 24. 
 
The students ran onto the field at 5:48 p.m., just prior to the kickoff of the Bulldogs’ contest against the Tigers of Texas Southern.   The freshmen took part in a mandatory 4 p.m. pre-show practice with the Marching Maroon & White Band on Thursday, September 21, behind the Frank Lewis Gymnasium.

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VICTORIOUS:  The AAMU Bulldogs pulled off a mighty win against the Tigers of Texas Southern University, beating the SWAC, Houston-based gridiron squad 30-13 in Louis Crews Classic.   PHOTOS by J. Saintjones
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AAMU Welcomes Fellows from Ethiopia
 
The opening session of the Cochran Program for Ethiopia–Farm Management was held Monday, September 25, in the ARC Audiorium.  PHOTOS
 
The event served as an official welcome for the three fellows from Ethiopia to the U.S. and to introduce them to Alabama A&M University. 
 
The activity was also the beginning of a two-week training program that is funded by a USDA grant. The goal of the program is to encourage efficient farm management in Ethiopia based on U.S. practices in an effort to facilitate future trade opportunities with the U.S.​
 
Pictured:  First Row (from Ethiopia):  Ayele Gebreamlak Aytenfisu, director, commission and contracting farming; Esyas Mengistu Adella, farm manager; and Elias Gezahegn Woldu, assistant general manager.  Back Row:  Dr. Gamal Abdrahim, AAMU professor of animal nutrition and metabolism, and Dr. James O. Bukenya, AAMU professor of resource economics and director of research compliance.
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Wellness Center
5:30-7:30 p.m.
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Preliminary Reviews Offered to Graduate Students
 
Graduate students who are completing a thesis or dissertation may contact Kiietti Walker-Parker to set a meeting for a preliminary discussion for the review of their document at kiietti.parker@aamu.edu.
 
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ODEES Sponsoring Workshop on Chinese Business Etiquette
 
The Office of Distance Education and Extended Studies and the Confucius Institute at Alabama A&M University will be holding a workshop on “Chinese Culture and Business Etiquette” on Tuesdays from October 10-31, 6-7:15 p.m.
 
The free sessions will be ideal for entrepreneurs considering business ventures in China; business owners seeking Chinese suppliers; international business students; and many others.  Among the subjects will be easy sentences in business interactions and common phrases.
 
For additional information and to register, call (256) 372-5753 or e-mail odees@aamu.edu.
 
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Engineering Dean’s Speaker Series Begins
 
The first presentation of the Dean’s Speaker Series for the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences will be held Thursday, September 28, in Arthur J. Bond Hall at 12:30 p.m.
 
SandyMargot.jpgThe keynote speaker is Margot Sandy, author of “If You Build It, Life Will Come.”  Sandy is currently traveling the world while running an entrepreneurial enterprise— In The Now, LLC—with a focus on engineering consulting (www.margotsandy.com), mentoring  students with the next steps in their careers (www.whatdoidoaftercollege.com) and public speaking.
 
In her travels, she has also developed business workshops for refugees and migrants in Malta; started a weekly program (Africa Entrepreneur Talks) with a group of young entrepreneurs in Nigeria; and  currently serves with the International Federation of Investors Association Women’s Network Board, where she reviews and guides university students in their product creations.
 
The Dean's Speaker Series is an ongoing event hosted every last Thursday in the month by the College of Engineering, Technology, and Physical Sciences. It is an opportunity for the greater Huntsville community to come together on the AAMU campus to share ideas, lessons, and presentations from speakers from around the region.
 
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The World of Intramurals:  From quiet and reflective to bold and adventurous, AAMU's Intramurals Program has something for everyone.  Under the directorship of Coach Franky Smith, the program also a wealth of life-enhancing activities--from hiking and fishing to horseback riding and flag football.  For a small sample of the excitement of AAMU Intramurals, click HERE.
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English Meet and Greet Thursday
 
The AAMU English Department will hold its English Major Meet and Greet Event Thursday, September 28, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Learning Resources Center Multipurpose Room.  All AAMU current and prospective English majors are cordially invited to attend.
The gathering will include food, drink, fun and "making our English majors feel at home." There will also be a brief presentation and poetry reading.  Students are encouraged to bring a favorite short poem or prose to read aloud.
 
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Homecoming Day Party Parking Procedures
 
The Homecoming Day Party featuring Lalah Hathaway will be held on The Quad at 4 p.m. on Friday, September 29.   All students will follow regular parking protocol and park at Patton Hall and Commuter Parking.
 
However, alumni and visitors must enter the campus through the SIS Main Gate (Chase Road Entrance) and park in the lot next to College of Business and Public Affairs Building/Clyde Foster Auditorium.
 
Do not park in reserved spaces. 
 
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AAMU Grad's Likeness Featured in NY's Grand Central Station 
 
During the month of September, General Electric used the ceiling of New York City’s Grand Central Station as a canvas to showcase the innovative 
accomplishments of women in STEM disciplines. Featured among its picks
were AAMU's Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green, assistant professor at Morehouse School of Medicine, whose research in cancer treatment is taking a new approach to curing the disease. 
 
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The Grand Central Station project uses 32 projectors to turn famous constellations into portrayals of innovative women in the field of science.  It went live September 19-21. The team behind the project created a 3-D model of the ceiling based on a laser scan of the surface. After mapping the scan, they were able to create a projection image that will fill the space precisely. More than 750,000 people who pass through the station every day will see the meaningful and spectacular projections.
 
GreenHadiyahNicole.jpgGreen’s research combines physics and biology to specifically target cancer in a patient. By using nanoparticles, Green is able to isolate, identify and eliminate cancer cells. The nanoparticles are injected into the patient and find their way to the cancer in the affected areas of the body. The nanoparticles cause the cancer to glow when viewed through imaging equipment, helping physicians identify and treat it.
 
Using laser-focused radiation to heat the nanoparticles, it is possible to destroy the cancerous cells from within. This method has been explored in the past, but Green’s background in physics allowed her to perfect some of the challenges that arose with previous attempts. Green’s research has already seen success in mice and other animals.
 
She is the founder of the Ora Lee Smith Cancer Research Foundation; its mission is to change the way cancer is treated and reduce human suffering by providing cancer care that is accessible, affordable and effective.
- Excerpted from UAB Release
 
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AAMU Part of Major Multi-School NSF Grant 
 
Alabama A&M University is a key player in an NSF partnership comprising nine universities in Alabama and spearheaded by The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).  The project has been awarded a $20 million, five-year grant by the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).
 
The grant will fund the development of new predictive plasma-surface interaction technologies for the nation’s aerospace, manufacturing, energy, environment, and agricultural sectors. Serving as a Principal Investigator on the project is Dr. Gary Zank, director of UAH’s Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research and chair of the university’s Department of Space Science.
 
Along with UAH, the partnership includes the University of Alabama (lead: Dr. R. Branam), the University of Alabama at Birmingham (lead: Dr. Y. Vohra), Auburn University (lead: Dr. E. Thomas), Tuskegee University (lead: Dr. V. Rangari), the University of South Alabama (lead: Dr. E. Spencer), Alabama A&M University (leads: Dr. R. Mentreddy and Dr. E. Cebert), Alabama State University (lead: Dr. K. Vig), and Oakwood University (lead: Dr. A. Volkov), with additional assistance from CFD Research Corporation (lead: Dr. V. Kolobov), a computational fluid dynamics software company located in Cummings Research Park.
 
These members bring "a range of expertise in space science, laboratory plasma physics, materials, biosciences, and manufacturing to this endeavor," says Dr. Zank.
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Professor Included in Coveted Publication
 
 
An assistant professor in AAMU's Department of Visual, Performing and Communication Arts has been included in the Encyclopedia of Black Comics, a book written by Dr. Sheena C. Howard and released on September 15, 2017.
 
Melvin.JPGDr. Melvin L. Williams is one of 46 writers selected to contribute to this encyclopedia, which has been widely applauded by mainstream media, including the popular, American syndicated radio show The Breakfast Club.
 
Williams a chapter on Sharon De La Cruz, an artist, activist, and Fulbright scholar who uses the rebellious nature of art as a vehicle to discuss empowerment and social justice for young girls and women internationally. 

"I am both honored and humbled to be a part of this dynamic team of researchers," ommented Williams. "Together, we provided a chronicle of often-unrecognized, black voices in comic cult​ure and revealed the true depth of our people as activists, artists, editors, and writers in an industry occupied predominately by white men."
 
Williams added that by exposing black comic creators to a mainstream audience, he is hopeful the book "will inspire the next generation of black creatives" to use their joy, passion, and racial frustrations to chart new courses for people of color in both the comic industry and a larger society. 
 
The Encyclopedia of Black Comics, focuses on people of African descent who have published significant works in the United States or have worked across various aspects of the comics industry. The book focuses on creators in the field of comics: inkers, illustrators, artists, writers, editors, black comic historians, black comic convention creators, website creators, archivists and academics—as well as individuals who may not fit into any category but have made notable achievements within and/or across black comic culture.
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Trustee Placed Among Distinguished Alabama Women
 
Alabama A&M University Trustee Ginger Harper will be among the honorees for the 2017 Women Who Shape the State.
 
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market. With over 16 years of experience, Ginger focuses on providing comprehensive financial solutions and offers unparalleled service to high net worth clients as well as leading the Bank’s retail franchise in Huntsville.
 
"Trustee Harper provides, not only invaluable service to Alabama A&M University as a member of the Board, but she is actively involved in a number of community service organizations and initiatives," said Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr., AAMU president.  "On behalf of the University, we extend congratulations to Trustee Harper on this well-deserved recognition."
 
On the AAMU Board, Harper chairs the Athletics Committee.
 
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AAMU Alum Makes The Root 100 List
 
AAMU alumnus and Alabama State Representative and Minority Leader Anthony Daniels has made one of the nation's most prominent lists for African Americans.
 
DanielsAnthonyRoot100.jpgThe Root 100 is an annual list of the most influential African Americans, ages 25 to 45. Formed by TheRoot.com, the list honors innovators, leaders, public figures and game changers whose work from the past year is breaking down barriers and paving the way for the next generation.
 
According to the site, the 2017 list of honorees are "a reminder of the beauty and brilliance of blackness, at a time when the political and cultural landscape has grown even more hostile to the idea of black achievement."
 
Less than three years after being elected to the state's House of Representatives in 2014, the AAMU alumnus was chosen to lead his caucus as the minority leader in 2017, making him the youngest, and first African American, to do so.
 
Rep. Daniels jons a list that includes such notables as Beyonce, "Get Out" director Jordan Peele, Colin Kaepernick and many others.
 
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AAMU Homecoming Parade Deadline Nears
 
     NOTICE:  Registration for the 2017 is open until 27 September 2017. Registration for the 2017 Homecoming Parade is available online on the AAMU web site.  Organizations interested in participating in this year’s Parade, can register online at www.aamu.edu, click on Homecoming Parade, email the application to homecoming.parade@aamu.edu , or fax to (256) 372-5637. The Deadline for registration is Wednesday, September 27.  Additional information concerning the parade, i.e. Line-up Location, Parade Route and Parade Guidelines can also be found on AAMU website.
     The Theme for the 2017 Homecoming is: “24 KARAT GOLD ON THE HILL” 
     The 2017 Homecoming Parade is scheduled for Saturday, September 30. The Parade will be held Downtown Huntsville. The line-up area is LOT-K, located on the corner of Woodson Street and Clinton Avenue.   Line-up for the parade begins at 7 a.m.   The Parade will begin at 9 a.m.  Please review Guidelines and Instructions located on AAMU webpage.
     The Campus Parade will be held on Friday, September 29.  Line-up is 10 a.m. the Parade starts at 11 a.m. Line-up location is the Morrison Building Parking Lot.  No registration is required for the campus parade.    All campus organizations are encouraged to participate.   Please review Guidelines and Instructions on AAMU website.
 
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Hampton-Wells Scholarship for Space Camp
 
Retired AAMU professor and pyschologist Annie M. Wells is coordinating the (Lionel) Hampton-Wells Scholarship of Alabama A&M University for Space Camp. 
 
Interested students should complete an application (beginning October 15) at www.spacecamp.com/scholarships and return the application to:
 
Space Camp Committee
c/o Annie M. Wells, Ph.D.
919 Corley Drive, SE
Huntsville, AL  35802-3700
 
Potential applicants may include Alabama applicants who are students in grades 4-12.  Awards are based on (1) financial need; (2) leadership; (3) academic achievement; and (4) special needs.
 
For additional information, call (256) 881-4753.
 
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Wellness Center Offering Fall Classes
 
The Student Health & Wellness Center offers FREE swim lessons for all AAMU students – sign up for the next session today! 
 
Check out Group Fitness classes at the Wellness Center – Zumba, Water Aerobics, Yoga, Butts & Guts, Boxing, and Dance Aerobics!
 
The Wellness Center also offers group swim lessons for ages 3 and up! Call or come inside for details! (256) 372-7000.
 
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Sorority’s Toiletry Drive for Houston Victims to Run Through September
 
The Delta Delta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., is providing assistance to the victims of Hurricane Harvey through a toiletry drive scheduled to run throughout September. All items will be donated directly to organizations assembled for the disaster relief.  The drop-off point is the Ralph Lee Student Center from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  For additional information, contact jclark26@bulldogs.aamu.edu.
 
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HR Announces Holiday Schedules
 
The holiday schedule has been updated to display the entire 2017 year of holidays.  Please be advised that there is no fall break this year.  For the Thanksgiving recess, the University will be closed from November 20 to November 24, 2017 (one week).  
 
The Holiday recess for faculty will begin on December 13 and conclude on January 1, 2018.  The Holiday recess for staff will begin on December 18 and conclude on January 1, 2018.  All employees will report to work on January 2, 2018.  Please plan accordingly.
 
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Homecoming 2017 Schedule

  
 
 
Saturday, September 23
 
Homecoming Kick-off Party
Wear Your Maroon and White
9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. | Quad
Admission: Free
 
 
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Sunday, September 24
 
Gospel Explosion
Featuring The Walls Group and Local Gospel Choirs
6 p.m. | Elmore Gym
Admission: Free
 
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Monday, September 25
BE THE MATCH Awareness Walk/Run
Legacy Lake - 6 a.m.
 
All White Day Party
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Quad
Admission: Free
 
Fashion Show
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Elmore Gym
Admission: Free
 
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Tuesday, September 26
BE THE MATCH Registration
Sponsors:  AAMU, The Links
AAMU Wellness Center, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
 
 
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AAMU CARES Series
"Race, Social Justice and the Industry"
Featuring:
Entrepreneur Susan Taylor (Former Editor of Essence Magazine)
Author Terri McMillan ("Waiting to Exhale") 
Actress Tasha Smith ("For Better or Worse")
Knight Center, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
 
Talent Show
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Elmore Gym
Admission: Free
 
Bulldog Birthday Bash
10:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. | Elmore Gym
Admission: Free (For AAMU Students Only)
 
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Wednesday, September 27
 
 
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Bulldog Apprectiation Day
2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Quad
Admission: Free
 
BE THE MATCH/Bone Marrow Drive
The Quad - 12-2:30 p.m.
 
Rave (Glow in the Dark Party)
7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. | Elmore Gym  
Admission: Free
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Thursday, September 28
 
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Mason's Wreath-Laying Ceremony
11:00 a.m. | The Block
Admission: Free
 
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Masons Will Conduct Ceremony to Honor AAMU’s Founder
 
Over 60 Prince Hall Masons, many alumni of Alabama A&M University, will participate in an 11 a.m. Wreath Laying Ceremony on Thursday, September 28, on “The Block” to commemorate Dr. William Hooper Councill, the founder of the University.  The solemn ceremony will include a short march to Councill’s gravesite, followed by prayer, a reading by the Grand Historian and Public Grand Honors to include the Laying of the Wreath.  
 
The entire University Family, community as well as all area Prince Hall Masons are invited to attend the ceremony.  Members also are expected to present a $5,000 scholarship check to Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr., president of Alabama A&M University.
  
 
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Door Decor Contest Judging
All Day 
Admission: N/A
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Friday, September 29

 
Alumni Golf Tournament
8:00 am | Colonial Golf Course
Contact: Taylor Byrd, Jr. 256-565-0212
 
On-Campus Parade
11:00 am
 
Homecoming Pep Rally
12:00 p.m. | Quad
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Throw-Back Concert
Lalah Hathaway
4:00 p.m. | Quad
Admission: Free
 
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Alumni Throwback Party
 
Admission: Advance Tickets $30 | $35 At the Door
Marriott Space & Rocket Center
5 Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL
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NPHC Step Show
7:00 p.m. | Elmore Gym
Admission: Free
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Saturday, September 30

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Off-Campus Parade
7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Downtown Huntsville
 
Alumni Association “Big Tent Tailgate”
12:00 p.m. | Front of Louis Crew Stadium
Contact: Erica McClain 256-679-5634
Admission: $10 (Free for paid Alumni members)
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2017 Homecoming Game
Game Time 2:00 p.m. | AAMU vs UAPB
 
 

Student Concert
Gucci Mane
7:00 p.m. | Von Braun Civic Center
Admission: Students $10 with AAMU student ID
General Admission: $35
Tickets available through Ticketmaster
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*In case of rain, all campus events will be held in Elmore Gym
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ALABAMA A&M FOOTBALL 2017 HOME SCHEDULE | Games played at Louis Crews Stadium 
SEPTEMBER 23 vs. Texas Southern (Louis Crews Football Classic | 6pm
SEPTEMBER 30 vs. Arkansas Pine Bluff (Homecoming) | 2pm
OCTOBER 14 l vs. Mississippi Valley State | 1pm
NOVEMBER 11 vs. Jackson State | 1pm
NOVEMBER 18 vs. Kentucky State | 1pm
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September 2017 - No. 3

 
Trustee Placed Among Distinguished Alabama Women
 
Alabama A&M University Trustee Ginger Harper will be among the honorees for the 2017 Women Who Shape the State.
 
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market. With over 16 years of experience, Ginger focuses on providing comprehensive financial solutions and offers unparalleled service to high net worth clients as well as leading the Bank’s retail franchise in Huntsville.
 
"Trustee Harper provides, not only invaluable service to Alabama A&M University as a member of the Board, but she is actively involved in a number of community service organizations and initiatives," said Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr., AAMU president.  "On behalf of the University, we extend congratulations to Trustee Harper on this well-deserved recognition."
 
On the AAMU Board, Harper chairs the Athletics Committee.
 
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AAMU Alum Makes The Root 100 List
 
AAMU alumnus and Alabama State Representative and Minority Leader Anthony Daniels has made one of the nation's most prominent lists for African Americans.
 
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According to the site, the 2017 list of honorees are "a reminder of the beauty and brilliance of blackness, at a time when the political and cultural landscape has grown even more hostile to the idea of black achievement."
 
Less than three years after being elected to the state's House of Representatives in 2014, the AAMU alumnus was chosen to lead his caucus as the minority leader in 2017, making him the youngest, and first African American, to do so.
 
Rep. Daniels jons a list that includes such notables as Beyonce, "Get Out" director Jordan Peele, Colin Kaepernick and many others.
 
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AAMU Student Athletes Give Big:  The AAMU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee held a healthy competition between athletic teams to collect donations for Hurricane victims in Florida. Students collected water, non-perishable goods, toiletries and more! Victory World Outreach, a church in Huntsville, will drive to Miami to deliver the donations later this week. (Photo and Text by Debra Daniel)
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CALNS Plans Ag Week
 
The College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences (CALNS) is celebrating is annual “AG Week” from September 19-22.
 
Schedule of Activities
 
September 19—Tuesday@ 9:30 a.m., Motivational Lecture
Dawson Building Auditorium
 
September 20—Wednesday@ 9:00 a.m., Student Research Presentations
Dawson Auditorium
 
September 21—Thursday@ 6:30 p.m., Semi-Formal Banquet
Ernest Knight Reception Center
Tickets: Adults- $35 / Students - $15
 
September 22—Friday@ 11:00—2:00 p.m., Quad Exhibit
AAMU Quad (Dawson Building – rain location)
 
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Professor Receives Travel Grant 
 
Dr. Jacob Oluwoye of Alabama A&M University's Department of Community and Regional Planning will attend the 2017 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, thanks to a grant from the American Society for Microbiology.
 
The conference will be held November 1-4 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Ariz. As an award recipient, Oluwoye will participate in all conference activities and complete judging duties assigned to him.
 
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Habitat Kickoff Sept. 19
 
The kickoff program for campus Habitat for Humanity efforts will be Tuesday, September 19, on The Quad at 12 p.m.
 
AAMU invites you to the Quad at noon tomorrow, September 19, as students kickoff a campaign with Habitat for Humanity.
 
Students will hold fundraising events throughout the year. Raising $30,000 will allow them to build a home for a local family!
There will be a DJ and plenty of fun! AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr., and SGA President Julian Griffith-Battle will also speak.
 
For additional information, contact Monica Clarke, service and learning coordinator, Freshman Academy, at (256) 372-4710.
 
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AAMU Homecoming Parade Deadline Nears
 
     NOTICE:  Registration for the 2017 is open until 27 September 2017. Registration for the 2017 Homecoming Parade is available online on the AAMU web site.  Organizations interested in participating in this year’s Parade, can register online at www.aamu.edu, click on Homecoming Parade, email the application to homecoming.parade@aamu.edu , or fax to (256) 372-5637. The Deadline for registration is Wednesday, September 27.  Additional information concerning the parade, i.e. Line-up Location, Parade Route and Parade Guidelines can also be found on AAMU website.
     The Theme for the 2017 Homecoming is: “24 KARAT GOLD ON THE HILL” 
     The 2017 Homecoming Parade is scheduled for Saturday, September 30. The Parade will be held Downtown Huntsville. The line-up area is LOT-K, located on the corner of Woodson Street and Clinton Avenue.   Line-up for the parade begins at 7 a.m.   The Parade will begin at 9 a.m.  Please review Guidelines and Instructions located on AAMU webpage.
     The Campus Parade will be held on Friday, September 29.  Line-up is 10 a.m. the Parade starts at 11 a.m. Line-up location is the Morrison Building Parking Lot.  No registration is required for the campus parade.    All campus organizations are encouraged to participate.   Please review Guidelines and Instructions on AAMU website.
 
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AAMU Family Urged to Join St. Jude Walk/Run
 
The entire AAMU community is being invited to take part in the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer.  The event is scheduled Saturday, September 23, at Mount Zion Baptist Church on 228 Mt. Zion Road in Madison, Ala., from 8 a.m.-12 noon.   Complete FORM
 
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and students, faculty, staff and organizations from “The Hill” are encouraged to form teams and to sign up for the fundraiser.   The campus participation goal is a minimum of 250 persons, says coordinator Monica Clarke.  
 
Clarke adds that all campus teams should begin with “AAMU” to allow organizers to track the University’s participation.  For instance, cheerleaders would sign up as “AAMUCheerleaders” and the Family and Consumer Sciences Club could sign up as “AAMUFCS.”
 
The activity at Mt. Zion is just one of several across the nation that are being formed to raise funds and awareness.  The funds raised also help to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Because of its ongoing widespread support, the hospital provides children needed treatment and offers housing and food to family members throughout their child’s hospitalization—all without cost.
 
To coordinate AAMU’s participation, prospective team captains and other interested individuals should contact monica.clarke@aamu.edu or deitra.bone@aamu.edu to start the process.  For more information, call (256) 372-4710.  Click to complete FORM.
 
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Hampton-Wells Scholarship for Space Camp
 
Retired AAMU professor and pyschologist Annie M. Wells is coordinating the (Lionel) Hampton-Wells Scholarship of Alabama A&M University for Space Camp. 
 
Interested students should complete an application (beginning October 15) at www.spacecamp.com/scholarships and return the application to:
 
Space Camp Committee
c/o Annie M. Wells, Ph.D.
919 Corley Drive, SE
Huntsville, AL  35802-3700
 
Potential applicants may include Alabama applicants who are students in grades 4-12.  Awards are based on (1) financial need; (2) leadership; (3) academic achievement; and (4) special needs.
 
For additional information, call (256) 881-4753.
 
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Wellness Center Offering Fall Classes
 
The Student Health & Wellness Center offers FREE swim lessons for all AAMU students – sign up for the next session today! 
 
Check out Group Fitness classes at the Wellness Center – Zumba, Water Aerobics, Yoga, Butts & Guts, Boxing, and Dance Aerobics!
 
The Wellness Center also offers group swim lessons for ages 3 and up! Call or come inside for details! (256) 372-7000.
 
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Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Holding Interest Meeting
 
There will be another Open Study for the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge 
(HCASC). HCASC is the ultimate HBCU quiz bowl competition. Alabama A&M University has advanced to the national competition in California for the past 22 years. Let's make it 23! 
 
Interested? Come out and participate in a mock quiz bowl competition and various map games. We are looking for possible contenders to vie for a spot on the national team. Bring your brain and a buddy! 

Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) Interest Meeting
Alabama A&M University
Library Multipurpose Room
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Light refreshments provided
 
E-mail the HCASC Coordinator/Coach, Mrs. Carla Draper Holloway at carla.holloway@aamu.edu or call (256) 372-5385 for further information. ​​​​​​
    
 
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Sorority’s Toiletry Drive for Houston Victims to Run Through September
 
The Delta Delta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., is providing assistance to the victims of Hurricane Harvey through a toiletry drive scheduled to run throughout September. All items will be donated directly to organizations assembled for the disaster relief.  The drop-off point is the Ralph Lee Student Center from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  For additional information, contact jclark26@bulldogs.aamu.edu.
 
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HR Announces Holiday Schedules
 
The holiday schedule has been updated to display the entire 2017 year of holidays.  Please be advised that there is no fall break this year.  For the Thanksgiving recess, the University will be closed from November 20 to November 24, 2017 (one week).  
 
The Holiday recess for faculty will begin on December 13 and conclude on January 1, 2018.  The Holiday recess for staff will begin on December 18 and conclude on January 1, 2018.  All employees will report to work on January 2, 2018.  Please plan accordingly.
 
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Homecoming 2017 Schedule

 
 
 
Saturday, September 23
 
Homecoming Kick-off Party
Wear Your Maroon and White
9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. | Quad
Admission: Free
 
 
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Sunday, September 24
 
Gospel Explosion
Featuring The Walls Group and Local Gospel Choirs
6 p.m. | Elmore Gym
Admission: Free
 
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Monday, September 25
BE THE MATCH Awareness Walk/Run
Legacy Lake - 6 a.m.
 
All White Day Party
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Quad
Admission: Free
 
Fashion Show
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Elmore Gym
Admission: Free
 
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Tuesday, September 26
BE THE MATCH Registration
Sponsors:  AAMU, The Links
AAMU Wellness Center, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
 
AAMU CARES Series
"Race, Social Justice and the Industry"
Featuring:
Entrepreneur Susan Taylor (Former Editor of Essence Magazine)
Author Terri McMillan ("Waiting to Exhale") 
Actress Tasha Smith ("For Better or Worse")
Knight Center, 12-2 p.m.
Admission: Free
 
Talent Show
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Elmore Gym
Admission: Free
 
Bulldog Birthday Bash
10:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. | Elmore Gym
Admission: Free (For AAMU Students Only)
 
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Wednesday, September 27
Bulldog Apprectiation Day
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Quad
Admission: Free
 
BE THE MATCH/Bone Marrow Drive
The Quad - 12-2:30 p.m.
 
Rave (Glow in the Dark Party)
7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. | Elmore Gym  
Admission: Free
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Thursday, September 28
Educational Series
[ Speaker TBA ]
[ Time and Location TBA ]
Admission: Free
 
 
Mason's Wreath-Laying Ceremony
11:00 a.m. | The Block
Admission: Free
 
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Masons Will Conduct Ceremony to Honor AAMU’s Founder
 
Over 60 Prince Hall Masons, many alumni of Alabama A&M University, will participate in an 11 a.m. Wreath Laying Ceremony on Thursday, September 28, on “The Block” to commemorate Dr. William Hooper Councill, the founder of the University.  The solemn ceremony will include a short march to Councill’s gravesite, followed by prayer, a reading by the Grand Historian and Public Grand Honors to include the Laying of the Wreath.  
 
The entire University Family, community as well as all area Prince Hall Masons are invited to attend the ceremony.  Members also are expected to present a $5,000 scholarship check to Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr., president of Alabama A&M University.
  
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Door Decor Contest Judging
All Day 
Admission: N/A
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Friday, September 29

 
Alumni Golf Tournament
8:00 am | Colonial Golf Course
Contact: Taylor Byrd, Jr. 256-565-0212
 
On-Campus Parade
11:00 am
 
Homecoming Pep Rally
12:00 p.m. | Quad
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Throw-Back Concert
Lalah Hathaway
4:00 p.m. | Quad
Admission: Free
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Alumni Throwback Party
Admission: Advance Tickets $30 | $35 At the Door
Marriott Space & Rocket Center
5 Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL
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NPHC Step Show
7:00 p.m. | Elmore Gym
Admission: Free
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Saturday, September 30

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Off-Campus Parade
7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Downtown Huntsville
 
Alumni Association “Big Tent Tailgate”
12:00 p.m. | Front of Louis Crew Stadium
Contact: Erica McClain 256-679-5634
Admission: $10 (Free for paid Alumni members)
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2017 Homecoming Game
Game Time 2:00 p.m. | AAMU vs UAPB
 
 

Student Concert
Gucci Mane
7:00 p.m. | Von Braun Civic Center
Admission: Students $10 with AAMU student ID
General Admission: $35
Tickets available through Ticketmaster
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*In case of rain, all campus events will be held in Elmore Gym
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Season Tickets
 
ALABAMA A&M FOOTBALL 2017 HOME SCHEDULE | Games played at Louis Crews Stadium 
SEPTEMBER 23 vs. Texas Southern (Louis Crews Football Classic | 6pm
SEPTEMBER 30 vs. Arkansas Pine Bluff (Homecoming) | 2pm
OCTOBER 14 l vs. Mississippi Valley State | 1pm
NOVEMBER 11 vs. Jackson State | 1pm
NOVEMBER 18 vs. Kentucky State | 1pm
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AAMU Offers Professional Development Opportunities
 
Welcome back Bulldog family.  CETL has planned a semester full of  Professional Development opportunities for faculty and staff. This semester CETL will offer 3 easy ways to receive Professional Development. It is as easy as ABC.
-        A different 20 minute session available every week to view online
-        A Registration also available through the AAMU Calendar
-        Available anytime, anywhere you have access to a variety of topics to view at your desktop, laptop, and any other electronic device.
- Go2Knowledge meets the professional development needs of busy and distracted educators. The trainings provide a customized, straight-forward, and easy way for our college faculty and staff to find webinars of importance to them. The Go2Knowledge trainings allow us to schedule professional development opportunities at the convenience of our faculty and staff.”
- Printable Certificate of Completion for every training
- A live webinar is an interactive online training. Participants can communicate with the presenter(s) during the event via a live chat feature.
      We will also host a “Book Tasting this semester. You will receive an invite to come over and check out CETL’s newly acquired books and additional resources available for you to check out and use. Once again welcome back and remember to take advantage of the professional development opportunities offered to you by CETL under the division of Academic Affairs.                 
Ø  Get a daily teaching tip delivered to your smart phone or tablet with the new Teaching Professor Tips app. Brief and to the point, each tip provides a nugget of wisdom regarding assignment strategies, student engagement, classroom management, instructional vitality, and much more.
 ·   CETL Commercial:  http://youtu.be/Ns1nuo6pc1Y
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September 2017 - No. 2

 
Chinese Art Work on Display
 
CI4.jpgThe Alabama A&M University Family and the general public are invited to "Chinese Calligraphy and Painting: A Window to Know China" at the AAMU Art Gallery, located in the R.D. Morrison Fine Arts Building, September 11-16, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
 
The teaching and exhibition of Chinese calligraphy and painting by Chinese artists Daiping Xiong and Jin Wei is being sponsored by the Confucius Institute at AAMU. 
 
An opening reception has been set for TUESDAY, September 12, at 5:30 p.m. 
 
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Professor Receives Travel Grant 
 
Dr. Jacob Oluwoye of Alabama A&M University's Department of Community and Regional Planning will attend the 2017 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, thanks to a grant from the American Society for Microbiology.
 
The conference will be held November 1-4 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Ariz. As an award recipient, Oluwoye will participate in all conference activities and complete judging duties assigned to him.
 
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MISS AAMU 2017:  The Coronation for Miss Aliyah S. Riley, Miss Alabama A&M University 2017-18, was held Friday, September 8, in the T.M. Elmore Building, replete with song, dance and gifts in tribute to the queen.  See PHOTOS (J. Saintjones)
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Sigma Gamma Rho!  Sigma Gamma Rho, Inc. Southeastern Region held an Alabama area meeting on the campus of Alabama A&M University in the Clyde Foster Auditorium on Saturday, September 9.  The women were greeted by First Lady Abbiegail Hugine and ably hosted by local chapters.  For more, click SIGMA GAMMA RHO (by J. Saintjones).
 
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INSIDE HUNTSVILLE:  First Lady Abbiegail Hugine was interviewed by the City of Huntsville's Brenda Martin as part of the "Inside Huntsville" broadcast.  The program is a communication tool sponsored by the City of Huntsville.  The interview took place at the campus' Legacy Lake on Monday, September 11.  For more photos, click FIRST LADY (by J. Saintjones)
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BASEBALL TEAM VOLUNTEERISM:  The AAMU Baseball Team, led by Coach Manuel Lora, played an active role in the Alzheimer's Walk held at the Huntsville Botanical Garden Saturday, September 9.  Click ALZHEIMERS (Contributed by Morgan Saintjones)
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Habitat Kickoff Sept. 19
 
The kickoff program for campus Habitat for Humanity efforts will be Tuesday, September 19, on The Quad at 12:30 p.m.
 
For additional information, contact Monica Clarke, service and learning coordinator, Freshman Academy, at (256) 372-4710.
 
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HONORABLE:  Members of the AAMU Honors Program, facilitated Saturday by Carla Holloway, participated in a campus clean-up day held September 9.  The group was only one organization among several volunteering to uphold campus beauification efforts coordinated by the Bulldog Pride Committee via alumnus Langdon Conaway.  PHOTOS
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AAMU Family Urged to Join St. Jude Walk/Run
 
The entire AAMU community is being invited to take part in the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer.  The event is scheduled Saturday, September 23, at Mount Zion Baptist Church on 228 Mt. Zion Road in Madison, Ala., from 8 a.m.-12 noon.   Complete FORM
 
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and students, faculty, staff and organizations from “The Hill” are encouraged to form teams and to sign up for the fundraiser.   The campus participation goal is a minimum of 250 persons, says coordinator Monica Clarke.  
 
Clarke adds that all campus teams should begin with “AAMU” to allow organizers to track the University’s participation.  For instance, cheerleaders would sign up as “AAMUCheerleaders” and the Family and Consumer Sciences Club could sign up as “AAMUFCS.”
 
The activity at Mt. Zion is just one of several across the nation that are being formed to raise funds and awareness.  The funds raised also help to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Because of its ongoing widespread support, the hospital provides children needed treatment and offers housing and food to family members throughout their child’s hospitalization—all without cost.
 
To coordinate AAMU’s participation, prospective team captains and other interested individuals should contact monica.clarke@aamu.edu or deitra.bone@aamu.edu to start the process.  For more information, call (256) 372-4710.  Click to complete FORM.
 
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OIPRE Offering Cartridges
 
The Office of Institutional Planning, Research and Effectiveness (OIPRE) has printing cartridges available for anyone who has printers compatible for use. Please see list below with description of printing cartridges.
 
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Please contact the OIPRE office at (256) 372-8173 for additional information.
 
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AAMU-EA Meeting Set
 
The general meeting of the AAMU Education Association will be held on Thursday, September 14, in 240 Dawson Building from 12-1:30 p.m.
 
Among the topics will be the new AEA-sponsored medical benefit and local Association service opportunities.  New AAMU faculty and staff who want to learn more about AEA are invited.  Lunch will be served.  RSVP now by completing the short Google Form at https://goo.gl/forms/VaBht4GDFc4cbgj02  by 5 p.m. Monday, September 11.
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Wellness Center Offering Fall Classes
 
The Student Health & Wellness Center offers FREE swim lessons for all AAMU students – sign up for the next session today! 
 
Check out Group Fitness classes at the Wellness Center – Zumba, Water Aerobics, Yoga, Butts & Guts, Boxing, and Dance Aerobics!
 
The Wellness Center also offers group swim lessons for ages 3 and up! Call or come inside for details! (256) 372-7000.
 
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Professor’s New Books Delve into Several Societal Issues
 
Chama.jpgA social work professor at Alabama A&M University has authored to books of key interest to the profession on an international scale.
 
Dr. Samson Chama of AAMU and a colleague from California State University, have published Social Justice: A Look at Issues Confronting the 21st Century (Cognella Academic Publishing, San Diego, CA - 2017).
 
Social Justice Book - Chama 2.jpgThe book deals with such key topics as oppression of women; economic justice: a human rights issue; terrorism and its effects on immigration policy; veterans challenges and the way forward; and injustice, police, and gun violence, just to name a few.  It has been released as a preliminary version, and the first edition will be released next spring. 
 
Navigating.jpgChama also published Navigating the Storms of Life: Critical Lessons for Christian and Non-Christian Social Workers a few months ago by Nova Science Publishers (New York).  This publications focuses on spirituality, suffering, challenges, storms, social problems, etc., that people face in their daily lives.  These concepts are couched in a Christian religious perspective. The text further highlights implications for Christian and non-Christian social work practice. 
 
 
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CALNS Plans Ag Week
 
The College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences (CALNS) is celebrating is annual “AG Week” from September 19-22.
 
Schedule of Activities
September 19—Tuesday@ 9:30 a.m., Motivational Lecture
Dawson Building Auditorium
 
September 20—Wednesday@ 9:00 a.m., Student Research Presentations
Dawson Auditorium
 
September 21—Thursday@ 6:30 p.m., Semi-Formal Banquet
Ernest Knight Reception Center
Tickets: Adults- $35 / Students - $15
 
September 22—Friday@ 11:00—2:00 p.m., Quad Exhibit
AAMU Quad (Dawson Building – rain location)
 
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Sorority’s Toiletry Drive for Houston Victims to Run Through September
 
The Delta Delta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., is providing assistance to the victims of Hurricane Harvey through a toiletry drive scheduled to run throughout September. All items will be donated directly to organizations assembled for the disaster relief.  The drop-off point is the Ralph Lee Student Center from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  For additional information, contact jclark26@bulldogs.aamu.edu.
 
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HR Announces Holiday Schedules
 
The holiday schedule has been updated to display the entire 2017 year of holidays.  Please be advised that there is no fall break this year.  For the Thanksgiving recess, the University will be closed from November 20 to November 24, 2017 (one week).  
 
The Holiday recess for faculty will begin on December 13 and conclude on January 1, 2018.  The Holiday recess for staff will begin on December 18 and conclude on January 1, 2018.  All employees will report to work on January 2, 2018.  Please plan accordingly.
 
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Health Screening Sept. 12
 
PEEHIP WORK-SITE HEALTH SCREENING
(Free to all employees, spouses and retirees who are covered under the PEEHIP health insurance plan)
 
General Information: The Alabama Department of Public Health will facilitate voluntary wellness screenings in the AAMU Student Health and Wellness Center on September 12, 2017.
 
Dates:  September 12, 2017
Location: AAMU Student Health and Wellness Center
The screening includes:
1.      Health Risk History Screening Form (form completed by participant)
2.      Finger Stick for:   Lipid Profile-Tests fat in the blood, total cholesterol, HDL-good cholesterol, LDL-bad cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose-blood sugar
3.      Blood pressure
4.      Body Mass Index (BMI)
5.      Height and Weight
6.      Counseling on assessment of RISKS based on results obtained. Referrals may be made based on results. 
Testing Time: Total testing time approximately 15 minutes.
How to reserve your time slot for your health screening:
Please reserve your time slot here​​.​
Walk-ins will be serviced upon availability only.  
What you must bring to the screening:
You must bring your PEEHIP card!  To ensure you have your health insurance card and coverage information with you at all times, download, the Alabama Blue Mobile App.  (See online instructions here). 
Additional Information:  For additional information regarding wellness requirements, please go to  www.rsa-al.gov/index.php/members/peehip/health-wellness/earn-the-wellness-premium-waiver/.
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Bulldog Pride Day Bulletin Competition
 
The Bulldog Pride Adopt-A-Building Subcommittee has announced a Homecoming Bulletin Board/Display Competition September 25-30.  The 2017 Homecoming Theme is:  "24K Magic on The Hill."  Interested AAMU persons and organizations should complete a FORM mass-emailed on Thursday, September 7, or contact johna.benson@aamu.edu by September 12.
 
Bulletin boards or displays should be available for judging by 9 a.m. Thursday, September 28.  Awards will be presented to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, who will appear in the Bulldog BottomLine.
 
For additional information, contact Dr. Cynthia M. Smith, chair, at (256) 372-4172, or Mary Hurt, co-chair, at (256) 694-1884.
 
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Homecoming 2017 Schedule

 
   
​Friday, September 8
Miss AAMU Coronation
7:00 p.m. | Elmore Gym
Admission: Free
 
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Saturday, September 23
 
Homecoming Kick-off Party
Wear Your Maroon and White
9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. | Quad
Admission: Free

Maroon divider
 
Sunday, September 24
 
Gospel Explosion
Featuring The Walls Group and Local Gospel Choirs
6 p.m. | Elmore Gym
Admission: Free
 
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Monday, September 25
BE THE MATCH Awareness Walk/Run
Legacy Lake - 6 a.m.
 
All White Day Party
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Quad
Admission: Free
 
Fashion Show
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Elmore Gym
Admission: Free
Maroon divider
Tuesday, September 26
BE THE MATCH Registration
Sponsors:  AAMU, The Links
AAMU Wellness Center, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
 
Educational Series
[ Speaker TBA ]
[ Time and Location TBA ]
Admission: Free
 
Talent Show
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Elmore Gym
Admission: Free
 
Bulldog Birthday Bash
10:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. | Elmore Gym
Admission: Free (For AAMU Students Only)
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Wednesday, September 27
Bulldog Apprectiation Day
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Quad
Admission: Free
 
BE THE MATCH/Bone Marrow Drive
The Quad - 12-2:30 p.m.
 
Rave (Glow in the Dark Party)
7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. | Elmore Gym  
Admission: Free
 
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Thursday, September 28
Educational Series
[ Speaker TBA ]
[ Time and Location TBA ]
Admission: Free
 
 
Mason's Wreath-Laying Ceremony
11:00 a.m. | The Block
Admission: Free
 
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Masons Will Conduct Ceremony to Honor AAMU’s Founder
 
Over 60 Prince Hall Masons, many alumni of Alabama A&M University, will participate in an 11 a.m. Wreath Laying Ceremony on Thursday, September 28, on “The Block” to commemorate Dr. William Hooper Councill, the founder of the University.  The solemn ceremony will include a short march to Councill’s gravesite, followed by prayer, a reading by the Grand Historian and Public Grand Honors to include the Laying of the Wreath.  
 
The entire University Family, community as well as all area Prince Hall Masons are invited to attend the ceremony.  Members also are expected to present a $5,000 scholarship check to Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr., president of Alabama A&M University.
 
 
Comedy Show
[ Acts TBA ]
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Elmore Gym
Admission: $10
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Door Decor Contest Judging
All Day 
Admission: N/A
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Friday, September 29

 
Alumni Golf Tournament
8:00 am | Colonial Golf Course
Contact: Taylor Byrd, Jr. 256-565-0212
 
On-Campus Parade
11:00 am
 
Homecoming Pep Rally
12:00 p.m. | Quad
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Throw-Back Concert
Lalah Hathaway
4:00 p.m. | Quad
Admission: Free
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Alumni Throwback Party
Admission: Advance Tickets $30 | $35 At the Door
Marriott Space & Rocket Center
5 Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL
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NPHC Step Show
7:00 p.m. | Elmore Gym
Admission: Free
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Saturday, September 30

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Off-Campus Parade
7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Downtown Huntsville
 
Alumni Association “Big Tent Tailgate”
12:00 p.m. | Front of Louis Crew Stadium
Contact: Erica McClain 256-679-5634
Admission: $10 (Free for paid Alumni members)
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2017 Homecoming Game
Game Time 2:00 p.m. | AAMU vs UAPB
 
 

Student Concert
Gucci Mane
7:00 p.m. | Von Braun Civic Center
Admission: Students $10 with AAMU student ID
General Admission: $35
Tickets available through Ticketmaster
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*In case of rain, all campus events will be held in Elmore Gym
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TMCF/Apple Announce Scholars Program; Deadline Nearing
 
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) in partnership with Apple is proud to announce the application for the 2018-19 class for the Apple HBCU Scholars Program is now open to outstanding students with a minimum 3.3 GPA who will be graduating between December 2018 and May 2019.  
 
Selected Scholars will participate in a 12-week internship during the summer before their senior year, and will receive up to $25,000 in scholarship funding based on individual financial needs that will be applied to their final year of study.  These scholars will have the opportunity to:
 
Participate in an Apple HBCU Immersion experience in Cupertino, California in early 2018
Participate in a 12-week internship with Apple in Cupertino, California during the summer of 2018
Be awarded a need-based scholarship to help defray the costs (e.g., tuition, mandatory fees, room and board, books and supplies) of their senior year of study
Participate in various development activities to help prepare for post-graduation careers
Receive on-going coaching and guidance from an experienced Apple employee
Serve as Ambassadors on their HBCU or PBI (Predominately Black Institution) campuses to build awareness for the Apple and TMCF HBCU Initiative
PROGRAM CRITERIA:
Enrolled full-time at a four-year accredited HBCU or PBI (Predominately Black Institution)
Currently in the second-to-last year of study, graduating in Fall 2018 or Spring of 2019. (e.g., juniors or seniors pursuing a fifth year of study.)
Prior internship experience is preferred
HOW TO APPLY:
Please see the attached flyer that includes the overview of the program. 
For more information, you can click here or contact Bernée E. Long, Director, Distinguished Scholars Programs, at bernee.long@tmcf.org.
The application deadline for the program is 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, September 17, 2017.
 
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 AAMU Homecoming Parade Registration Now Open
 
     NOTICE:  Registration for the 2017 is open until 27 September 2017. Registration for the 2017 Homecoming Parade is available online on the AAMU web site.  Organizations interested in participating in this year’s Parade, can register online at www.aamu.edu, click on Homecoming Parade, email the application to homecoming.parade@aamu.edu , or fax to (256) 372-5637. The Deadline for registration is Wednesday, September 27.  Additional information concerning the parade, i.e. Line-up Location, Parade Route and Parade Guidelines can also be found on AAMU website.
     The Theme for the 2017 Homecoming is: “24 KARAT GOLD ON THE HILL” 
     The 2017 Homecoming Parade is scheduled for Saturday, September 30. The Parade will be held Downtown Huntsville. The line-up area is LOT-K, located on the corner of Woodson Street and Clinton Avenue.   Line-up for the parade begins at 7 a.m.   The Parade will begin at 9 a.m.  Please review Guidelines and Instructions located on AAMU webpage.
     The Campus Parade will be held on Friday, September 29.  Line-up is 10 a.m. the Parade starts at 11 a.m. Line-up location is the Morrison Building Parking Lot.  No registration is required for the campus parade.    All campus organizations are encouraged to participate.   Please review Guidelines and Instructions on AAMU website.
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Season Tickets
 
ALABAMA A&M FOOTBALL 2017 HOME SCHEDULE | Games played at Louis Crews Stadium 
SEPTEMBER 23 vs. Texas Southern (Louis Crews Football Classic | 6pm
SEPTEMBER 30 vs. Arkansas Pine Bluff (Homecoming) | 2pm
OCTOBER 14 l vs. Mississippi Valley State | 1pm
NOVEMBER 11 vs. Jackson State | 1pm
NOVEMBER 18 vs. Kentucky State | 1pm
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AAMU Offers Professional Development Opportunities
 
Welcome back Bulldog family.  CETL has planned a semester full of  Professional Development opportunities for faculty and staff. This semester CETL will offer 3 easy ways to receive Professional Development. It is as easy as ABC.
-        A different 20 minute session available every week to view online
-        A Registration also available through the AAMU Calendar
-        Available anytime, anywhere you have access to a variety of topics to view at your desktop, laptop, and any other electronic device.
- Go2Knowledge meets the professional development needs of busy and distracted educators. The trainings provide a customized, straight-forward, and easy way for our college faculty and staff to find webinars of importance to them. The Go2Knowledge trainings allow us to schedule professional development opportunities at the convenience of our faculty and staff.”
- Printable Certificate of Completion for every training
- A live webinar is an interactive online training. Participants can communicate with the presenter(s) during the event via a live chat feature.
      We will also host a “Book Tasting this semester. You will receive an invite to come over and check out CETL’s newly acquired books and additional resources available for you to check out and use. Once again welcome back and remember to take advantage of the professional development opportunities offered to you by CETL under the division of Academic Affairs.                 
Ø  Get a daily teaching tip delivered to your smart phone or tablet with the new Teaching Professor Tips app. Brief and to the point, each tip provides a nugget of wisdom regarding assignment strategies, student engagement, classroom management, instructional vitality, and much more.
 ·   CETL Commercial:  http://youtu.be/Ns1nuo6pc1Y
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Professor’s New Books Delve into Several Societal Issues
 
Chama.jpgA social work professor at Alabama A&M University has authored to books of key interest to the profession on an international scale.
 
Dr. Samson Chama of AAMU and a colleague from California State University, have published Social Justice: A Look at Issues Confronting the 21st Century (Cognella Academic Publishing, San Diego, CA - 2017).
 
Social Justice Book - Chama 2.jpgThe book deals with such key topics as oppression of women; economic justice: a human rights issue; terrorism and its effects on immigration policy; veterans challenges and the way forward; and injustice, police, and gun violence, just to name a few.  It has been released as a preliminary version, and the first edition will be released next spring. 
 
Navigating.jpgChama also published Navigating the Storms of Life: Critical Lessons for Christian and Non-Christian Social Workers a few months ago by Nova Science Publishers (New York).  This publications focuses on spirituality, suffering, challenges, storms, social problems, etc., that people face in their daily lives.  These concepts are couched in a Christian religious perspective. The text further highlights implications for Christian and non-Christian social work practice. 
 
 
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Residential Life Sponsors ‘Luau’
 
The staff of Residential Life and Housing did not let a little rain deter them from having “The Not So Normal Luau” at the Student Health and Wellness Center on Wednesday, August 30.  
 
Held in the facility’s pool area, the event included a DJ, games, fun and useful information from the sponsoring units:  Residential Life and Housing, the Student Government Association, the Wellness Center and the Department of Public Safety.
 
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CALNS Plans Ag Week
 
The College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences (CALNS) is celebrating is annual “AG Week” from September 19-22.
 
Schedule of Activities
September 19—Tuesday@ 9:30 a.m., Motivational Lecture
Dawson Building Auditorium
 
September 20—Wednesday@ 9:00 a.m., Student Research Presentations
Dawson Auditorium
 
September 21—Thursday@ 6:30 p.m., Semi-Formal Banquet
Ernest Knight Reception Center
Tickets: Adults- $35 / Students - $15
 
September 22—Friday@ 11:00—2:00 p.m., Quad Exhibit
AAMU Quad (Dawson Building – rain location)
 
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New Vendors for AAMU Products and Apparel
 
by Debra Daniel
 
Alabama A&M University has awarded new contracts to vendors to create promotional items on behalf of AAMU.
 
On Friday, September 1, the Purchasing Department held an expo in the Clyde Foster auditorium to allow campus departments to meet the vendors and see what they offer. Geiger Bros. and J.R. Enterprises won the bids to create promotional products. Currie Systems, 4imprint and BSN Sports won the bids for screen printed and embroidered apparel. Elite Event Planning and Mullins Special Occasions won the bids to provide rentals for campus events. 
 
Currie Systems and Dreamworkx Graphics and Signs will provide AAMU’s graphic designs. The vendor contracts cover the next five years, with the exceptions of BSN Sports and Mullins Special Occasions, which have one-year contracts.
 
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Sorority’s Toiletry Drive for Houston Victims to Run Through September
 
The Delta Delta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., is providing assistance to the victims of Hurricane Harvey through a toiletry drive scheduled to run throughout September. All items will be donated directly to organizations assembled for the disaster relief.  The drop-off point is the Ralph Lee Student Center from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  For additional information, contact jclark26@bulldogs.aamu.edu.
 
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HR Announces Holiday Schedules
 
The holiday schedule has been updated to display the entire 2017 year of holidays.  Please be advised that there is no fall break this year.  For the Thanksgiving recess, the University will be closed from November 20 to November 24, 2017 (one week).  
 
The Holiday recess for faculty will begin on December 13 and conclude on January 1, 2018.  The Holiday recess for staff will begin on December 18 and conclude on January 1, 2018.  All employees will report to work on January 2, 2018.  Please plan accordingly.
 
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Health Screening Sept. 12
 
PEEHIP WORK-SITE HEALTH SCREENING
(Free to all employees, spouses and retirees who are covered under the PEEHIP health insurance plan)
 
General Information: The Alabama Department of Public Health will facilitate voluntary wellness screenings in the AAMU Student Health and Wellness Center on September 12, 2017.
 
Dates:  September 12, 2017
Location: AAMU Student Health and Wellness Center
The screening includes:
1.      Health Risk History Screening Form (form completed by participant)
2.      Finger Stick for:   Lipid Profile-Tests fat in the blood, total cholesterol, HDL-good cholesterol, LDL-bad cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose-blood sugar
3.      Blood pressure
4.      Body Mass Index (BMI)
5.      Height and Weight
6.      Counseling on assessment of RISKS based on results obtained. Referrals may be made based on results. 
Testing Time: Total testing time approximately 15 minutes.
How to reserve your time slot for your health screening:
Please reserve your time slot here​​.​
Walk-ins will be serviced upon availability only.  
What you must bring to the screening:
You must bring your PEEHIP card!  To ensure you have your health insurance card and coverage information with you at all times, download, the Alabama Blue Mobile App.  (See online instructions here). 
Additional Information:  For additional information regarding wellness requirements, please go to  www.rsa-al.gov/index.php/members/peehip/health-wellness/earn-the-wellness-premium-waiver/.
 
Should you have questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (256) 372-5835.   
 
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AAMU Education Association General Meeting
 
The AAMU/EA general meeting will be held Thursday, September 14, in 240 Dawson Building at 12 noon.  During the 90-minute session, new AEA-sponsored medical benefit will be discussed, along with local association service opportunities. 
 
All members are encouraged to attend. New AAMU faculty and staff interested in learning more about AEA are invited. Lunch will be served, so please RSVP by completing the short Google Form at https://goo.gl/forms/VaBht4GDFc4cbgj02  by 5 p.m. Monday, September 11.  Door prizes available.
 
For additional information, contact Tyesha L. Farmer, at (256) 372-4916 or e-mail tyesha.farmer@aamu.edu.
 
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Masons Will Conduct Ceremony to Honor AAMU’s Founder
 
Over 60 Prince Hall Masons, many alumni of Alabama A&M University, will participate in an 11 a.m. Wreath Laying Ceremony on Thursday, September 28, on “The Block” to commemorate Dr. William Hooper Councill, the founder of the University.  The solemn ceremony will include a short march to Councill’s gravesite, followed by prayer, a reading by the Grand Historian and Public Grand Honors to include the Laying of the Wreath.  
 
The entire University Family, community as well as all area Prince Hall Masons are invited to attend the ceremony.  Members also are expected to present a $5,000 scholarship check to Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr., president of Alabama A&M University.
 
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TMCF/Apple Announce Scholars Program; Deadline Nearing
 
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) in partnership with Apple is proud to announce the application for the 2018-19 class for the Apple HBCU Scholars Program is now open to outstanding students with a minimum 3.3 GPA who will be graduating between December 2018 and May 2019.  
 
Selected Scholars will participate in a 12-week internship during the summer before their senior year, and will receive up to $25,000 in scholarship funding based on individual financial needs that will be applied to their final year of study.  These scholars will have the opportunity to:
 
Participate in an Apple HBCU Immersion experience in Cupertino, California in early 2018
Participate in a 12-week internship with Apple in Cupertino, California during the summer of 2018
Be awarded a need-based scholarship to help defray the costs (e.g., tuition, mandatory fees, room and board, books and supplies) of their senior year of study
Participate in various development activities to help prepare for post-graduation careers
Receive on-going coaching and guidance from an experienced Apple employee
Serve as Ambassadors on their HBCU or PBI (Predominately Black Institution) campuses to build awareness for the Apple and TMCF HBCU Initiative
PROGRAM CRITERIA:
Enrolled full-time at a four-year accredited HBCU or PBI (Predominately Black Institution)
Currently in the second-to-last year of study, graduating in Fall 2018 or Spring of 2019. (e.g., juniors or seniors pursuing a fifth year of study.)
Prior internship experience is preferred
HOW TO APPLY:
Please see the attached flyer that includes the overview of the program. 
For more information, you can click here or contact Bernée E. Long, Director, Distinguished Scholars Programs, at bernee.long@tmcf.org.
The application deadline for the program is 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, September 17, 2017.
 
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Consolidated Health Plans Waivers Deadline 
 
The deadline for all domestic students to waive their Consolidated Health Plan insurance for the 2017-2018 school year is September 8 at 5 p.m.  Students who desire to waive this insurance plan must complete the Insurance Waiver form located at the John & Ella Byrd McCain Health and Counseling Services and show proof of active health insurance. 
 
Students who choose to sign this waiver form understand that the services received from the Student health center are to the discretion of the provider on duty and limited to:
     Counseling Services
 Annual Physicals
 TB Skin Testing
 Drug Screens
 Triage of medical services
 Referrals to a local Outpatient Clinic or Emergency Room
 STI/Pregnancy Testing 
 
For additional information, call (256) 372-5800
 
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AAMU Activates ‘Hope for Tomorrow’ Emergency Fund for Students from Houston Area
 
     In the last days of August 2017, thousands of families throughout southeastern Texas were negatively affected by the epic impact of Hurricane Harvey, its tumultuous winds and once-in-a-lifetime flooding episodes.  Many families have lost everything and are facing perhaps months or years of rebuilding.  Moreover, some members of the Alabama A&M University Family are native to or have significant ties to the greater Houston metropolitan area.    Similar to earlier responses to such tragedies, AAMU is activating its “Hope for Tomorrow” Relief Fund through its AAMU Foundation.  The Fund will collect tax-deductible donations to assist faculty, staff and students whose families and loved one are severely impacted by this grave natural disaster, particularly those Houston-area families who have students attending Alabama A&M and who might not be able to assist with the general expenses related to their college matriculation.   
     To best help these members with their immediate needs, we are asking for financial contributions only at this time.   Since we plan to disburse funds collected as soon as possible, it is imperative that you get your donations in as soon as possible.  Our goal is to begin disbursement from this fund by September 1 , 2017.  During this fundraising effort, a "Hope for Tomorrow" Relief Fund committee, established by the President, will receive and review information from impacted individuals.  
     Contributions may be made online at www.aamu.edu.  Donations made directly to the AAMU Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law.   While this University project does not prohibit persons from making donations directly to individuals, making a donation through the AAMU Foundation will permit claims as a tax-deductible gift.  Those who would prefer to contribute by check may do so by mailing a check payable to:  AAMU Foundation, with "Hope for Tomorrow Relief Fund" in the memo line.  Mail to:  AAMU Foundation, P.O. Box 1057, Normal, AL 35762.
     All employee and student cases will be presented to the AAMU Hope for Tomorrow Relief Fund committee for consideration.  Decisions regarding the distribution of funds will be made by a committee of AAMU employees and student representatives appointed by the President.  To submit requests for assistance, please send an e-mail to foundation@aamu.edu.
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 AAMU Homecoming Parade Registration Now Open
 
     NOTICE:  Registration for the 2017 is open until 27 September 2017. Registration for the 2017 Homecoming Parade is available online on the AAMU web site.  Organizations interested in participating in this year’s Parade, can register online at www.aamu.edu, click on Homecoming Parade, email the application to homecoming.parade@aamu.edu , or fax to (256) 372-5637. The Deadline for registration is Wednesday, September 27.  Additional information concerning the parade, i.e. Line-up Location, Parade Route and Parade Guidelines can also be found on AAMU website.
     The Theme for the 2017 Homecoming is: “24 KARAT GOLD ON THE HILL” 
     The 2017 Homecoming Parade is scheduled for Saturday, September 30. The Parade will be held Downtown Huntsville. The line-up area is LOT-K, located on the corner of Woodson Street and Clinton Avenue.   Line-up for the parade begins at 7 a.m.   The Parade will begin at 9 a.m.  Please review Guidelines and Instructions located on AAMU webpage.
     The Campus Parade will be held on Friday, September 29.  Line-up is 10 a.m. the Parade starts at 11 a.m. Line-up location is the Morrison Building Parking Lot.  No registration is required for the campus parade.    All campus organizations are encouraged to participate.   Please review Guidelines and Instructions on AAMU website.
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Season Tickets
 
ALABAMA A&M FOOTBALL 2017 HOME SCHEDULE | Games played at Louis Crews Stadium 
SEPTEMBER 23 vs. Texas Southern (Louis Crews Football Classic | 6pm
SEPTEMBER 30 vs. Arkansas Pine Bluff (Homecoming) | 2pm
OCTOBER 14 l vs. Mississippi Valley State | 1pm
NOVEMBER 11 vs. Jackson State | 1pm
NOVEMBER 18 vs. Kentucky State | 1pm
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AAMU Offers Professional Development Opportunities
 
Welcome back Bulldog family.  CETL has planned a semester full of  Professional Development opportunities for faculty and staff. This semester CETL will offer 3 easy ways to receive Professional Development. It is as easy as ABC.
-        A different 20 minute session available every week to view online
-        A Registration also available through the AAMU Calendar
-        Available anytime, anywhere you have access to a variety of topics to view at your desktop, laptop, and any other electronic device.
- Go2Knowledge meets the professional development needs of busy and distracted educators. The trainings provide a customized, straight-forward, and easy way for our college faculty and staff to find webinars of importance to them. The Go2Knowledge trainings allow us to schedule professional development opportunities at the convenience of our faculty and staff.”
- Printable Certificate of Completion for every training
- A live webinar is an interactive online training. Participants can communicate with the presenter(s) during the event via a live chat feature.
      We will also host a “Book Tasting this semester. You will receive an invite to come over and check out CETL’s newly acquired books and additional resources available for you to check out and use. Once again welcome back and remember to take advantage of the professional development opportunities offered to you by CETL under the division of Academic Affairs.                 
Ø  Get a daily teaching tip delivered to your smart phone or tablet with the new Teaching Professor Tips app. Brief and to the point, each tip provides a nugget of wisdom regarding assignment strategies, student engagement, classroom management, instructional vitality, and much more.
 ·   CETL Commercial:  http://youtu.be/Ns1nuo6pc1Y
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Baptist Campus Ministries Shares Celebration
The Baptist Campus Ministries organization has announced its three-day schedule of back-to-school celebration activities for new and returning students at Alabama A&M University September 5-7.
 
Using New Birth Missionary Baptist Church (just one block north of campus on Meridian Street) as its host church, BCM will provide spiritual enhancement, as well as door prizes from local businesses each night, according to Willie Alexander, campus minister.
 
Activities begin Tuesday, September 5, with a celebration lead by House of Hope and Restoration (Pastor Leatherwood).  Wednesday’s celebration, September 6, will be led by New Beginning Christian Church (Pastors Errol and Jennifer Davis).
 
The final night on Thursday, September 7, will feature a celebration by First Missionary Baptist Church, led by Associate Minister Carolyn Laundry.
 
“Join Baptist Campus Ministries and celebrate the goodness of our God and pray for the school year,” urges Rev. Alexander.  “If you hang out on The Hill, we expect to see you there at 7 p.m. each night.”
 
For more information, call (256) 520-0675.
 
  
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AAMU Activates ‘Hope for Tomorrow’ Emergency Fund for Students from Houston Area
 
     In the last days of August 2017, thousands of families throughout southeastern Texas were negatively affected by the epic impact of Hurricane Harvey, its tumultuous winds and once-in-a-lifetime flooding episodes.  Many families have lost everything and are facing perhaps months or years of rebuilding.  Moreover, some members of the Alabama A&M University Family are native to or have significant ties to the greater Houston metropolitan area.    Similar to earlier responses to such tragedies, AAMU is activating its “Hope for Tomorrow” Relief Fund through its AAMU Foundation.  The Fund will collect tax-deductible donations to assist faculty, staff and students whose families and loved one are severely impacted by this grave natural disaster, particularly those Houston-area families who have students attending Alabama A&M and who might not be able to assist with the general expenses related to their college matriculation.   
     To best help these members with their immediate needs, we are asking for financial contributions only at this time.   Since we plan to disburse funds collected as soon as possible, it is imperative that you get your donations in as soon as possible.  Our goal is to begin disbursement from this fund by September 1 , 2017.  During this fundraising effort, a "Hope for Tomorrow" Relief Fund committee, established by the President, will receive and review information from impacted individuals.  
     Contributions may be made online at www.aamu.edu.  Donations made directly to the AAMU Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law.   While this University project does not prohibit persons from making donations directly to individuals, making a donation through the AAMU Foundation will permit claims as a tax-deductible gift.  Those who would prefer to contribute by check may do so by mailing a check payable to:  AAMU Foundation, with "Hope for Tomorrow Relief Fund" in the memo line.  Mail to:  AAMU Foundation, P.O. Box 1057, Normal, AL 35762.
     All employee and student cases will be presented to the AAMU Hope for Tomorrow Relief Fund committee for consideration.  Decisions regarding the distribution of funds will be made by a committee of AAMU employees and student representatives appointed by the President.  To submit requests for assistance, please send an e-mail to foundation@aamu.edu.
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CTSAA, VCLLI Commit to Future:  During a more than 500-person reunion of the Councill Training School Alumni Association, the organization committed to raising $1 million toward the renovations/upgrade of the facility in cooperation with the Virginia Caples Lifelong Learning Institute (VCLLI).  Pictured at the signing before a background ot CTS alums are (l-r) Dr. Virginia Caples, former 1890 administator and retired educator; Dr. Allen P. Vital, executive director of the AAMU Foundation; and Betty Thompson, AAMU retiree and CTS alumna.  (PHOTOS by J. Saintjones)
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Student’s Panda Gimmick Drawing Attention
by Debra Daniel
     You see him on campus and at AAMU events like the Eclipse Party and Freshmen Talent Show.  He’s the student wearing the giant panda head.  He goes by ChangeTheRapper.
     The AAMU student, from Aliceville, Ala., says some students may know him from his YouTube videos.  In one he jumps into Legacy Lake Pond on campus. Another of his pranks has almost 500,000 social media views.  He says he got the panda head for a video and decided to keep wearing it. 
    “People ask me if it’s hot?  Not really. And people also want to take pictures with me,” he says. The gimmick seems to be working because he’s getting plenty of attention. You can follow him at #Changetherapper to see what he’s up to next.   
     He says he’ll be at Legion Field for AAMU’s football home opener against UAB this Saturday.
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 Masons Will Conduct Ceremony to Honor AAMU’s Founder
 
    Over 60 Prince Hall Masons, many alumni of Alabama A&M University, will participate in an 11 a.m. Wreath Laying Ceremony on Thursday, September 28, Masons.jpg

on “The Block” to commemorate Dr. William Hooper Councill, the founder of the University.  The solemn ceremony will include a short march to Councill’s gravesite, followed by prayer, a reading by the Grand Historian and Public Grand Honors to include the Laying of the Wreath.  
    The entire University Family, community as well as all area Prince Hall Masons are invited to attend the ceremony.  Members also are expected to present a $5,000 scholarship check to Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr., president of Alabama A&M University.
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 AAMU Homecoming Parade Registration Now Open
 
     NOTICE:  Registration for the 2017 is open until 27 September 2017. Registration for the 2017 Homecoming Parade is available online on the AAMU web site.  Organizations interested in participating in this year’s Parade, can register online at www.aamu.edu, click on Homecoming Parade, email the application to homecoming.parade@aamu.edu , or fax to (256) 372-5637. The Deadline for registration is Wednesday, September 27.  Additional information concerning the parade, i.e. Line-up Location, Parade Route and Parade Guidelines can also be found on AAMU website.
     The Theme for the 2017 Homecoming is: “24 KARAT GOLD ON THE HILL” 
     The 2017 Homecoming Parade is scheduled for Saturday, September 30. The Parade will be held Downtown Huntsville. The line-up area is LOT-K, located on the corner of Woodson Street and Clinton Avenue.   Line-up for the parade begins at 7 a.m.   The Parade will begin at 9 a.m.  Please review Guidelines and Instructions located on AAMU webpage.
     The Campus Parade will be held on Friday, September 29.  Line-up is 10 a.m. the Parade starts at 11 a.m. Line-up location is the Morrison Building Parking Lot.  No registration is required for the campus parade.    All campus organizations are encouraged to participate.   Please review Guidelines and Instructions on AAMU website.
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ECM Meeting:  The staff of Electronic Communications Media (Telecommunications Center), under the auspices of the Vice President for Marketing, Communications and Advancement, participated in a professional development workshop recently that included its radio announcers, technicians and administrative personnel.  The activity was coordinated by Elvin Jenkins, director.
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Approved Vendors to Display AAMU Products
 
On Friday, September 1, from 10 a.m.-12 noon, the Purchasing Department will host an expo in Clyde Foster auditorium to allow awarded to showcase the products and services they offer.  The AAMU Family is invited.
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ALABAMA A&M FOOTBALL 2017 HOME SCHEDULE | Games played at Louis Crews Stadium 
SEPTEMBER 23 vs. Texas Southern (Louis Crews Football Classic | 6pm
SEPTEMBER 30 vs. Arkansas Pine Bluff (Homecoming) | 2pm
OCTOBER 14 l vs. Mississippi Valley State | 1pm
NOVEMBER 11 vs. Jackson State | 1pm
NOVEMBER 18 vs. Kentucky State | 1pm
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AAMU Offers Professional Development Opportunities
 
This is a follow up to Dr. Arrington’s recent letter dated August 15, 2017, found in the Director’s forum, of the CETL Conversation. Welcome back Bulldog family. I hope you enjoyed your Summer break and have come back recharged and ready to have a great Fall semester. CETL has planned a semester full of  Professional Development opportunities for faculty and staff. This semester CETL will offer 3 easy ways to receive Professional Development. It is as easy as ABC.
-        A different 20 minute session available every week to view online
-        A Registration also available through the AAMU Calendar
-        Available anytime, anywhere you have access to a variety of topics to view at your desktop, laptop, and any other electronic device.
- Go2Knowledge meets the professional development needs of busy and distracted educators. The trainings provide a customized, straight-forward, and easy way for our college faculty and staff to find webinars of importance to them. The Go2Knowledge trainings allow us to schedule professional development opportunities at the convenience of our faculty and staff.”
- Printable Certificate of Completion for every training
- A live webinar is an interactive online training. Participants can communicate with the presenter(s) during the event via a live chat feature.
      We will also host a “Book Tasting this semester. You will receive an invite to come over and check out CETL’s newly acquired books and additional resources available for you to check out and use. Once again welcome back and remember to take advantage of the professional development opportunities offered to you by CETL under the division of Academic Affairs.                 
Ø  Get a daily teaching tip delivered to your smart phone or tablet with the new Teaching Professor Tips app. Brief and to the point, each tip provides a nugget of wisdom regarding assignment strategies, student engagement, classroom management, instructional vitality, and much more.
 ·   CETL Commercial:  http://youtu.be/Ns1nuo6pc1Y
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NEIGHBORS:  One of the hobbyists with the helicopter group that is set up on the northern part of the AAMU campus poses for a rare photo.  The team has been using the grounds to launch miniature helicopters for more than 20 years.
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Baptist Campus Ministries Shares Celebration
 
 
 
 
 
The Baptist Campus Ministries organization has announced its three-day schedule of back-to-school celebration activities for new and returning students at Alabama A&M University September 5-7.
 
Using New Birth Missionary Baptist Church (just one block north of campus on Meridian Street) as its host church, BCM will provide spiritual enhancement, as well as door prizes from local businesses each night, according to Willie Alexander, campus minister.
 
Activities begin Tuesday, September 5, with a celebration lead by House of Hope and Restoration (Pastor Leatherwood).  Wednesday’s celebration, September 6, will be led by New Beginning Christian Church (Pastors Errol and Jennifer Davis).
 
The final night on Thursday, September 7, will feature a celebration by First Missionary Baptist Church, led by Associate Minister Carolyn Laundry.
 
“Join Baptist Campus Ministries and celebrate the goodness of our God and pray for the school year,” urges Rev. Alexander.  “If you hang out on The Hill, we expect to see you there at 7 p.m. each night.”
 
For more information, call (256) 520-0675.
 
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Workshop Will "Take Pentagon to the People"
 
 
On August 30-31, DoD will host a "Taking the Pentagon to the People" program at Oakwood University to discuss critical White House initiatives and DoD’s continued support of Presidential Executive Order 13532 "… to advance the development of the Nation’s full potential and to advance equal opportunity in higher education."
 
DoD will focus on the participation by HBCU/MSIs in federally-sponsored programs; provide advice to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness on how to increase the DoD’s role in strengthening HBCUs, with particular emphasis on enhancing institutional infrastructure and facilitating planning, development, and the use of new technologies to ensure the goal of long-term viability and enhancement of these institutions as a major resource for the DoD mission.
  
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August 2017 - III

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Solar Eclipse Watch Party Set for The Quad Monday
 
AAMU is but one of numerous locations across the Tennessee Valley and the nation preparing for the August 21 solar eclipse.   While some cities will experience a total eclipse, Huntsville will experience 97% coverage.  Eclipse.jpgAAMU's Eclipse Watch Party will be held on The Quad at noon Monday, August 21, with DJ Immaculate.

Nonetheless, it is strongly recommended that all persons use caution while viewing the eclipse, as damage to the eyes can happen in a matter of seconds when looking directly at the sun.  
 
Toward this end, the Office of Student Affairs, located in 205 Patton Hall, has received a limited number of compliant solar eclipse glasses and will distribute one pair per student (first-come, first-served) on Monday, August 21, beginning at 9 a.m.   A valid student ID is required.
 
“Eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers must be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard.Regular sunglasses, telescopes and cameras will not protect eyes.   
 
Interested persons should click the following link for information from NASA on how to make a pinhole projector to view the eclipse: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/how-make-pinhole-projector-view-solar-eclipse
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AAMU Theatre-Goers See Documentary Featuring Fellow Student
 
STEP (1).jpgBusloads of Alabama A&M University students received an opportunity to see the new movie/documentary “STEP” at the AMC Theatre on Old Monrovia Road in Huntsville Saturday, August 19.  The film features AAMU community and regional planning sophomore Tayla Solomon and shows the impact of a step team on the lives of students at an all-girls school in Baltimore, Md.
 
STEP (57).jpgThe AAMU students were joined by President Andrew and First Lady Abbiegail Hugine, student affairs personnel, alumni and interested persons from the community.
 
Step1.pngThe film, directed by Amy Lipitz, opened at select theatres in major cities August 4 before greatly expanding to other venues, including Huntsville, Ala.
 
Tayla fielded questions from veteran former news anchor Debra Daniel during an informative and entertaining Q&A before a small group of AAMU students, faculty and staff on Friday.  For more scenes from Q&A and theatre event, click HERE.
  
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Bulldogs Enjoy Athletics Fun Day
by Bud McLaughlin
Sports Information Director
 
The annual Alabama A&M Department of Athletics Fan Day was held Saturday, August 19, at Louis Crews Stadium, beginning at 11 a.m. and culminating with a scrimmage football game at 2 p.m.

The event served as an opportunity for Bulldog fans to meet the student-athletes, cheerleaders, coaches and to generally socialize while enjoying lots of food and fun.  The Marching Maroon & White Band  performed, and attendees participated in activities for young and old, including videogames, a dunking booth, water balloons and autographs.
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Work-Site PEEHIP Health Screening Tuesday
 
(The screening is free to all employees, spouses and retirees who are covered under the PEEHIP health insurance plan)
 
General Information: The Alabama Department of Public Health will facilitate voluntary wellness screenings in the AAMU Student Health and Wellness Center on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at the AAMU Student Health and Wellness Center from 9 a.m.-4 p.m..
 
The screening includes:
1)  Health Risk History Screening Form (form completed by participant)
2)  Finger Stick for:   Lipid Profile-Tests fat in the blood, total cholesterol, HDL-good cholesterol, LDL-bad cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose-blood sugar
3)   Blood pressure
4)  Body Mass Index (BMI)
5)  Height and Weight
6)  Counseling on assessment of RISKS based on results obtained. Referrals may be made based on results.
 
Testing Time:   Total testing time approximately 15 minutes.
Reservation slots filled; walk-ins will be serviced upon availability only.  
 
What you must bring to the screening:  You must bring your PEEHIP card!  To ensure you have your health insurance card and coverage information with you at all times, download, the Alabama Blue Mobile App.  (See online instructions here).
 
Additional Information:
For additional information regarding wellness requirements, please go to  www.rsa-al.gov/index.php/members/peehip/health-wellness/earn-the-wellness-premium-waiver/.
 
Should you have questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (256) 372-5835.
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Former SGA Prez Inspires Class of 2021
 
Atty. Freddie Stokes, former AAMU SGA president, addressed the 2017 Freshman Convocation and Torch Lighting Ceremony in the T.M. Elmore Building, conveying a powerful message about the impact of key people along life’s journey, as well as the importance of personal conviction.   PHOTOS
 
Stokes.jpgAfter his AAMU years, Stokes went on to graduate from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 2012. Following law school, he joined Teach for America, a national program that places high-achieving college graduates and professionals in low income and rural communities to teach for a minimum of two years. He taught 7th Grade Social Studies at Westlawn Middle School in Huntsville, Ala.
 
Stokes is currently an assistant district attorney for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of Alabama. As a state prosecutor, he is responsible for prosecuting both misdemeanor and felony offenses in Mobile County. He recently received the 2017 TRiO Achievers Award and is an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.
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SISS, Retiree Program Recognizes Service
 
The Eighth Annual “Service Is Sovereignty” Society (SISS) Dinner Celebration was held Tuesday, August 15, to honor 2016-17 retirees and employees with 30 years or more of continuous service at Alabama A&M University.    (PHOTOS by J. Saintjones)
 
The program was coordinated by the Office of Human Resources and included among the program participants AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr., founder of SISS in 2010; Dr. Malinda W. Gilmore, special assistant to the president for strategic planning and initiatives; Dr. Deloris Price, who delivered the retiree’s response; and Dr. Rami Bomareddi, who delivered the response on behalf of SISS members.
 
Seventeen individuals retired during the period from October 1, 2016, through August 1.  These include (alphabetically):  Elizabeth Carbin, Information Technology Services; Dr. Tommy Coleman, College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences (CALNS); Arnold Corbin, Learning Resources Center (LRC); Jeanette Dancy, Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES);  Marion Draper, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs; Cara Dwyer, ACES; Dr. SISS.jpg
Helen Gabre, College of Business and Public Affairs; Dr. Teshome Gabre, CALNS; Dr. Harold Hawley, College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences (CEHBS); Karol Hersey, Student Affairs; Denise Heubach, ACES; Diane Okwukwu, Office of Institutional Planning, Research and Effectiveness; Dr. Deloris Price, CEBHS; Dr. Khairyeldine Soliman, CALNS; Dr. Juarine Stewart, Academic Affairs; Eugene Tasie, LRC; and Dr. Thelma Townsend, CEHBS.
 
Four individuals were inducted into SISS: Dr. Rami Bomareddi, professor, College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences; Ricardo Harvey, warehouse supervisor, property management; T. Peter Lott, assistant professor, CEHBS; Dr. Nahid Sistani, professor, CALNS; and Dr. Thelma Townsend.
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Professor Becomes TAFFS Fellow
 
An assistant professor and graduate studies coordinator in AAMU’s Department of Visual, Performing and Communication Arts was selected by Television Academy members to join a nationwide group of 25 educators for a coveted distinction.
 
WilliamsMelvinOfficial[1].jpgDr. Melvin L. Williams has been selected as a Television Academy Foundation Faculty Seminar Fellow.  The fellows will be immersed in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, Calif., for a week-long seminar to learn from the industry’s top professionals beginning November 6.  Among the topics are the functions of producers, writers and directors; sources and development of ideas and network pitching; network/cable decision-making; latest information in digital entertainment and new media; and new technology.
 
There was only one historically black college/university (HBCU) represented in the 2016 class.
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AAMU Running Back Added to 2017 Must-Watch List
 
Alabama A&M running back Jordan Bentley has been named to the 2017 Watch List for the Black College Football Player of the Year Award.

The announcement was made recently by the Black College Football Hall of Fame (BCFHOF).

The award is presented annually to the most outstanding football player from a Historically Black College/ University (HBCU).  Former North Carolina A&T and current Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Award in 2016.

Bentley, a sophomore from Guntersville, Ala., was the 2016 Southwestern Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year and was named to the 2017 preseason All-SWAC team.
 
The winner of the 2017 Black College Football Player of the Year Award will be honored with the Deacon Jones Trophy during the Black College Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Feb. 10, 2018 in Atlanta. Four finalists will be unveiled on December 12.
 
"This is a way to recognize the tremendous talent in HBCU football today," said Super Bowl MVP quarterback Doug Williams, a BCFHOF co-founder and 2011 inductee. "Through this Award, the Black College Football Hall of Fame is proud to showcase outstanding student-athletes."
 
by Bud McLaughlin
 
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MOVINGVolunteers from throughout the Tennessee Valley and beyond gathered on The Hill for assignments aimed at assisting freshmen on Move-In Day.  The first stop for the housing component was in the Elmore Building, where students received room assignments and other pertinent information over a two-day period.   See photos for DAY 1 and DAY 2.   (J. Saintjones)
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Baptist Campus Ministries Shares Celebration
 
The Baptist Campus Ministries organization has announced its three-day schedule of back-to-school celebration activities for new and returning students at Alabama A&M University September 5-7.
 
Using New Birth Missionary Baptist Church (just one block north of campus on Meridian Street) as its host church, BCM will provide spiritual enhancement, as well as door prizes from local businesses each night, according to Willie Alexander, campus minister.
 
Activities begin Tuesday, September 5, with a celebration lead by House of Hope and Restoration (Pastor Leatherwood).  Wednesday’s celebration, September 6, will be led by New Beginning Christian Church (Pastors Errol and Jennifer Davis).
 
The final night on Thursday, September 7, will feature a celebration by First Missionary Baptist Church, led by Associate Minister Carolyn Laundry.
 
“Join Baptist Campus Ministries and celebrate the goodness of our God and pray for the school year,” urges Rev. Alexander.  “If you hang out on The Hill, we expect to see you there at 7 p.m. each night.”
 
For more information, call (256) 520-0675.
 
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AAMU Physicist Publishes Another Book
 
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A prolific scholar, author and accomplished researcher and physicist at Alabama A&M University has published his most recent monograph, Power Harvesting via Smart Materials.
 
Dr. A.K. Batra, part of the material science group of AAMU’s Physics Department, published the 308-page book with Dr. A. A. Alomari, one of his recent graduate students.    The work is published by SPIE, an internationally recognized published of scholarly publications from throughout the world.
 
Alomari.jpgAccording to Batra, the subject of energy harvesting remains pertinent in academic and industrial settings because it offers an autonomous power supply for low-duty-cycle electronics.  The new book provides the most recent review of such energy harvesting via piezoelectric, ferroelectric and pyroelectric materials—referred to as ‘smart materials.’
 
EnergyHarvesting.JPGBatra says the publication gives both the novice and advanced reader all they need to know to understand energy-harvesting techniques.  It also contains case studies and examples of experimental validation of novel energy-harvesting techniques and will be used in a new three-credit hour course (Ambient Energy Harvesting) at AAMU this fall semester.
 
Batra acknowledges the support of Department Head Mohan Aggarwal and Dean Chance Glenn in the endeavor. 
 
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Lab Instructor to Present in Tampa 
 
An Alabama A&M University lab instructor’s work on solar panel efficiency will be among research showcased at the 2017 Defense Innovation Technology Challenge scheduled October 3-5 in Tampa, Fla.
 
RoseKyle (1).JPGKyle Rose, Sr.’s project on “Application of Phase Change Material to Increase Solar Panel Efficiency” has been approved for oral and showcase opportunity at the conference, where the DOD is looking for innovators aligned with its strategic needs.
 
Rose is a graduate researcher in AAMU’s Applied Physics Doctoral Program under the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences.
 
Rose’s project has been selected for a Showcase Table Display and a six-minute presentation, followed by four minutes of questions.  For more information, contact (256) 372-8283.
 
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Workshop Will "Take Pentagon to the People"
 
 
On August 30-31, DoD will host a "Taking the Pentagon to the People" program at Oakwood University to discuss critical White House initiatives and DoD’s continued support of Presidential Executive Order 13532 "… to advance the development of the Nation’s full potential and to advance equal opportunity in higher education."
 
DoD will focus on the participation by HBCU/MSIs in federally-sponsored programs; provide advice to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness on how to increase the DoD’s role in strengthening HBCUs, with particular emphasis on enhancing institutional infrastructure and facilitating planning, development, and the use of new technologies to ensure the goal of long-term viability and enhancement of these institutions as a major resource for the DoD mission.
  

 

 

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Funeral services were scheduled for Friday, August 18, 2017, for Mrs. Christine Slaughter Stewart, mother of recent Office of Institutional Planning Research and Effectiveness retiree Dianne Okwukwu.  Services were set for 12 noon at Lowe's Chapel U.M. Church, 460 Sanderson Road, Huntsville, Ala.  The wake was slated for Thursday, August 17, at Valhalla Funeral Home, 698 Winchester Road, Huntsville, at 6 p.m.
 
Funeral services were scheduled for Thursday, August 17, at Lakeside United Methodist Church, 3738 Meridian Street N, Huntsville, Ala., for Ms. Cynthia Davis, a former AAMU Title III employee.
 
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MOVINGVolunteers from throughout the Tennessee Valley and beyond gathered on The Hill for assignments aimed at assisting freshmen on Move-In Day.  The first stop for the housing component was in the Elmore Building, where students received room assignments and other pertinent information over a two-day period.   See photos for DAY 1 and DAY 2.   (J. Saintjones)
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Baptist Campus Ministries Shares Celebration
 
The Baptist Campus Ministries organization has announced its three-day schedule of back-to-school celebration activities for new and returning students at Alabama A&M University September 5-7.
 
Using New Birth Missionary Baptist Church (just one block north of campus on Meridian Street) as its host church, BCM will provide spiritual enhancement, as well as door prizes from local businesses each night, according to Willie Alexander, campus minister.
 
Activities begin Tuesday, September 5, with a celebration lead by House of Hope and Restoration (Pastor Leatherwood).  Wednesday’s celebration, September 6, will be led by New Beginning Christian Church (Pastors Errol and Jennifer Davis).
 
The final night on Thursday, September 7, will feature a celebration by First Missionary Baptist Church, led by Associate Minister Carolyn Laundry.
 
“Join Baptist Campus Ministries and celebrate the goodness of our God and pray for the school year,” urges Rev. Alexander.  “If you hang out on The Hill, we expect to see you there at 7 p.m. each night.”
 
For more information, call (256) 520-0675.
 
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AAMU Physicist Publishes Another Book
 
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A prolific scholar, author and accomplished researcher and physicist at Alabama A&M University has published his most recent monograph, Power Harvesting via Smart Materials.
 
Dr. A.K. Batra, part of the material science group of AAMU’s Physics Department, published the 308-page book with Dr. A. A. Alomari, one of his recent graduate students.    The work is published by SPIE, an internationally recognized published of scholarly publications from throughout the world.
 
Alomari.jpgAccording to Batra, the subject of energy harvesting remains pertinent in academic and industrial settings because it offers an autonomous power supply for low-duty-cycle electronics.  The new book provides the most recent review of such energy harvesting via piezoelectric, ferroelectric and pyroelectric materials—referred to as ‘smart materials.’
 
EnergyHarvesting.JPGBatra says the publication gives both the novice and advanced reader all they need to know to understand energy-harvesting techniques.  It also contains case studies and examples of experimental validation of novel energy-harvesting techniques and will be used in a new three-credit hour course (Ambient Energy Harvesting) at AAMU this fall semester.
 
Batra acknowledges the support of Department Head Mohan Aggarwal and Dean Chance Glenn in the endeavor. 
 
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Lab Instructor to Present in Tampa 
 
An Alabama A&M University lab instructor’s work on solar panel efficiency will be among research showcased at the 2017 Defense Innovation Technology Challenge scheduled October 3-5 in Tampa, Fla.
 
RoseKyle (1).JPGKyle Rose, Sr.’s project on “Application of Phase Change Material to Increase Solar Panel Efficiency” has been approved for oral and showcase opportunity at the conference, where the DOD is looking for innovators aligned with its strategic needs.
 
Rose is a graduate researcher in AAMU’s Applied Physics Doctoral Program under the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences.
 
Rose’s project has been selected for a Showcase Table Display and a six-minute presentation, followed by four minutes of questions.  For more information, contact (256) 372-8283.
 
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Important Info from Financial Aid
 
Welcome to the Fall 2017 semester. Here are a few details for New and Returning Students regarding the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.  
 
   Beginning on Monday, August 14, the counseling staff will be relocated to the LRC (library) multipurpose room (129-A). Please visit there should you need assistance.
   On Monday, August 14, we will only assist NEW students/parents. We will begin to assist RETURNING students on Tuesday, August 15.
   Due to capacity constraints, students will only be allowed to sign in up to 4 PM each day. You will be provided with additional options should you not be able to sign in by 4 PM.
   Please also note the following information regarding the registration process:
 
NO NEED TO STAND IN THE REGISTRATION LINE …
 
If you are seeking WORK-STUDY
 
If you are inquiring about a possible work-study award, please check with us after October 1st to see whether we have any remaining work-study funding.
 
If you need to pick up a work-study packet; please proceed to Patton Hall Room 302. You may pick up and return packets daily between 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 2:30-4:30 p.m.
 
If you already have a FINANCIAL AID AWARD
 
If you have already been awarded.
 
If you are requesting additional aid to cover remaining balances.
ü It will be after October 1st before we can fully determine if we will have additional funding to assist with remaining balances. There will be no negative consequences to your dorm assignment, meal card, etc,. as long as you have some type of funding already memoed to your account.
 
If you are expecting an ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP.  Please see your coach if your scholarship is not on your account.
 
If you are expecting a PRESIDENTIAL OR MERIT SCHOLARSHIP.  Please see the Financial Aid staff member at the sign-in desk for assistance.
 
If it has been less than 72 HOURS SINCE YOU COMPLETED OR MADE A CORRECTION TO THE FAFSA.  Keep in mind that it takes 3-5 business days for us to receive the FAFSA.
 
If it has been less than 48 HOURS SINCE YOU SUBMITTED A FINANCIAL AID APPEAL.  Please allow 48 hours to receive an appeal decision. All appeal decisions are updated in Banner. Check your Banner Self-Serve account to view.
 
If you are seeking to CANCEL YOUR REGISTRATION.  Please visit The Registrar’s Office located in Patton Hall, Room 204.
 
If you are inquiring about REFUND CHECKS & PAYMENT PLANS.  Please visit The Office of Student Accounts located in Patton Hall, Room 203.
 
If you have HOUSING/ RESIDENCE HALL CONCERNS.  Please visit The Office of Housing & Residential Life located in the Knight Center.
 
Thank You!
 
Faculty-Staff Conference Tuesday
  
The Fall 2017 Faculty and Staff Conference will be held at the Alabama A&M University Wellness Center on Tuesday, August 15.  Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., and the program will begin at 9 a.m.  Exhibits/vendor tables will be set up for browsing, and a continental breakfast will be served between registration and program start time.  Transportation to and from the Wellness Center will be provided. 
 
BTS Logo.JPG.jpgBTS pick-up and drop-off locations include Elmore Gym, Patton Hall, Engineering Building, Dawson Building, College of Business and Public Affairs, Student Center and the Transfer Station. PLEASE BRING ID BADGE FOR REGISTRATION!!!  Persons without an ID should visit the ID Center on the 1st floor of Patton Hall.  Parking will not be permitted at the Wellness Center, unless a VIP Parking Pass is presented.
 
Excuses should be formally communicated to the employee’s respective Dean, Department Chair, and/or Supervisor.
 
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ALL THE BUZZ!  President Andrew Hugine, Jr., visited the room of Tamia Barnes.  The room, located in the Foster complex, was featured on Buzzfeed.com for its immaculate decoration and other unique features.
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Alabama Model Farm Series Field Day
 
by Debra Daniel
 
Join AAMU for a comprehensive event featuring relevant agriculture practices on Friday, August 18, from 8 a.m. to noon, at Bridgeforth Farms - 17049 Bridgeforth Road, Tanner, AL 35671.
 
The Model Farm Series highlights several facets of production agriculture, including conservation, biotechnology, precision agriculture, grain storage and farm financing. Examples of GPS utilization, UAV technology, integrated usage of USDA programs and agricultural technology will be demonstrated.  Lunch will be provided.
 
For more information, contact Bill Bridgeforth at (256) 777-3627 or e-mail billbridge@aol.com; Kyle Bridgeforth at (256) 497-3589; or Leigh Allen at (202) 997-6680.
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Alabama Extension Attends Youth Futures Conference in Missouri
 
A group representing Alabama Cooperative Extension System attended a Missouri conference offering better knowledge of the processes students must undergo for college entry.
 
Attending the recent four-day “4-H Youth Futures: College Within Reach Conference” in Columbia, Mo., were two ACES professionals and four participant mentees.  These included Dr. Jennifer Wells-Marshall, state leader for program evaluation, and volunteerism specialist Kimberly Burgess Neloms, as well as mentees Maria Colvin and Willajia Battle (both of Tuscaloosa County), and Azariyea Fuqua and Royuana Goodloe (both of Colbert County).
 
Students attending the Youth Futures conference learn about general college enrollment processes that include applying for financial aid, conducting college interviews, and choosing college majors. To assist them in realizing the value of a college education, the mentees also participated in Reality Check, a simulation program that helps students to manage monthly household expenses using salaries based on actual careers commensurate with educational levels.  
 
The youth completed the American College Testing (ACT) exam and networked with Jennifer Sirangelo, president and chief executive officer of the National 4-H Council, as well as faculty and administrators from the University of Missouri and Lincoln University.
 
The Alabama Extension Youth Futures: College Within Reach initiative at Alabama A&M University is a replication of the conference developed by University of Missouri Extension to target first-generation college students. The Initiative, which includes ongoing mentoring with college preparedness workshops and life skills activities, represents the only 1890 land-grant university program invited by the National 4H Council to join the national replication pilot.
 
Photo caption: Maria Colvin, Kimberly Burgess-Neloms, Dr. Jennifer Wells-Marshall, Jennifer Sirangelo, Willajia Battle, Azariyea Fuqua, Royuana Goodloe at University of Missouri.
 
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Faculty-Staff Survey Deadline Nears
 
 Please complete the survey linked below by Friday, August 11, 2017, by 5 p.m.
 
 
AAMU Service Excellence Assessment Survey (Copy and Paste)
 
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Film Featuring AAMU Student Hits Select Theaters
 
How do you overcome a series of adversities that could impact the rest of your life?

Step1.pngAlabama A&M University sophomore Tayla Solomon found the answer taking one bold step at a time. Solomon is among the young women featured in "Step," a documentary about the first graduating class of the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, whose mission is to "transform Baltimore one young woman at a time." The documentary opened in select theatres in larger metropolitan areas around the country on Friday, August 4.  It is likely to open in the Huntsville market in the weeks ahead.
 
"Step" won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking at Sundance 2017. Solomon is an urban planning major at AAMU on an academic scholarship.
 
For more visit: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uVN4aVYA2eA 
or http://tickets.stepmovie.com/
(Pictures courtesy FOX Searchlight)
 
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AAMU Interns Part of Pathways Student Spotlight
 
by Debra Daniel
 
Albritton.jpgTwo AAMU students spent their summer working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama (NRCS), part of the United States Department of Agriculture. wo AAMU students spent their summer working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama (NRCS), part of the United States Department of Agriculture.
 
Penn.jpgLatriscia Albritton (above) is a junior civil engineering major who plans to start her career with NRCS and earn her doctorate degree. James Penn (left)  is a senior forestry major who also plans to work for NRCS upon graduation. For more: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/al/home/ (Pictures courtesy USDA/NRCS)
 
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AAMU Releases Housing Update to Students
 
Huntsville, Ala. ---- In preparation for Fall 2017, Alabama A&M University identified 1,175 spaces for upperclassmen/returning students, and 1,525 spaces for incoming freshmen. The criteria to apply for housing are as follows:
 
Complete Housing Application
 
 
2017-2018 FAFSA or valid payment method on file;
Registered for the Fall 2017 Semester (returning student);
Fully admitted to the University (incoming freshmen).
 
Upperclassmen/Returning Students
Residential Life and Housing has assigned all upperclassmen/returning students who fully met the criteria above by May 5, 2017, the priority deadline. As a reminder, if you desire housing but did not fully meet the above criteria before the priority deadline to receive a room assignment, you may add yourself to the Priority Consideration List through your Self-Service Banner account, clicking the housing link under the student tab. We cannot guarantee housing for students on the Priority Consideration List; however, as housing becomes available, assignments are made in consecutive orderbased on the date of your request.
 
Incoming Freshmen
There are a limited number of spaces available for incoming freshmen, and will be assigned to those who fully meet the criteria on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you have not applied for housing, please e-mail Residential Life and Housing (housing@aamu.edu) your name, A-Number, and a contact number to confirm availability and receive approval for payment of fees.
While the University desires to provide students an opportunity to live on campus, assignments cannot be made in excess of the maximum beds available.
Unlike previous years, Alabama A&M University will not provide temporary/short-term accommodations for students who failed to meet the criteria noted above by the priority deadline. In the event of a situation in a residential facility beyond the University’s control, e.g., natural disaster, unforeseen maintenance/repair, or the like, the University will provide temporary/short-term accommodations for affected students who met the criteria and received an assignment, only.
 
 
 
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Workshop Will "Take Pentagon to the People"
 
 
On August 30-31, DoD will host a "Taking the Pentagon to the People" program at Oakwood University to discuss critical White House initiatives and DoD’s continued support of Presidential Executive Order 13532 "… to advance the development of the Nation’s full potential and to advance equal opportunity in higher education."
 
DoD will focus on the participation by HBCU/MSIs in federally-sponsored programs; provide advice to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness on how to increase the DoD’s role in strengthening HBCUs, with particular emphasis on enhancing institutional infrastructure and facilitating planning, development, and the use of new technologies to ensure the goal of long-term viability and enhancement of these institutions as a major resource for the DoD mission.
  
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DPS Promotions
 
Etta B. Freemen's 100th
 
CSD Pinning Ceremony
 
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July 31, 2017

 
 
 
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CENTURY:  Etta B. Freemen celebrated her 100 birthday at the Decatur (Ala.) senior center on Thursday, July 27.  The active senior received a key to the city from Tab Bowling, Decatur’s mayor; a presidential medallion from Alabama A&M University presented on behalf of President Andrew Hugine, Jr.; other gifts and well wishes.  VIDEO of Freemen dancing with the Zumba class received more than 330,000 hits on Facebook.  She is pictured (l-r) with Sandra S. Stubbs, AAMU alumni affairs director, and Decatur-area AAMU alumnus Taylor Byrd.   PHOTOS
 
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Women's Bowling Team Recognized by NCAA 
 
The AAMU women’s bowling team, coached by Franky Smith, has received a Public Recognition Award from the NCAA for being in the top 10 percent (academic progress rate) of all NCAA Division I squads in their respective sports in the 2015-16 academic year.
 
Coach Smith was praised for his “essential role in helping student-athletes achieve their academic and athletics goals.”
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AAMU, Land O’Lakes Partnership Nets Results
 
Alabama A&M University’s involvement with the Global Food Challenge Emerging Leaders for Food Security fellowship at Land O’Lakes in Minnesota has been a win-win for both university and corporation, according to Yvette Clayton, director of Career Development Services (CDS). 
 
The fellowship targets top sophomores at select universities and invites them to apply to a local, national, and international ag and food security fellowship that includes an 11-week internship at Land O’Lakes in the Twins Cities, Minn.  Since 2015, over 300 students have applied and 31 interns from six (6) universities have participated in the fellowship program.  During the summer of 2017, three AAMU interns from the first fellowship year returned to Land O’Lakes as full-time employees.  Similarly, five from the second year returned to complete traditional internships in supply chain, government affairs, and community relations. 
 
Faculty and staff also have the possibility of engaging in exciting activities: http://foodchallenge.landolakesinc.com/about-the-program/professors-and-mentors/
 
“With the success we’ve seen of the program, it was a natural progression to turn to Alabama A&M and offer this opportunity to members of the Class of 2020,” said Brandi DeVries, community relations manage at Land O. Lakes. 
 
Land O’Lakes is now looking for talented students from AAMU to expand the current partnership.  Applications will open on Aug. 24 and run through Oct. 30.  For more information, see The Emerging Leader.
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Ceremony Recognizes DPS New Hires, Promotions
 
AAMU welcomed a new captain and a new investigator at a noon promotions ceremony Wednesday, July 26, in the Ernest L. Knight Center.   PHOTOS
 
Chief Nardis E. Carlisle said Captain Demetrius Hightower was hired on July 1, 2017. Hightower comes to AAMU from the Decatur Police Department, where he was a detective specializing in property and financial crimes.  Investigator Montrez Payton was hired on June 19.  Montrez previously served the Decatur Police Department as a homicide investigator.
 
Sergeants Timothy Dawkins and Shawn Bird were promoted to Lieutenants; and police officers Lamar Tummings and Eddison Lucombe were promoted to Sergeants.
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Workshop Will "Take Pentagon to the People"
 
 
On August 30-31, DoD will host a "Taking the Pentagon to the People" program at Oakwood University to discuss critical White House initiatives and DoD’s continued support of Presidential Executive Order 13532 "… to advance the development of the Nation’s full potential and to advance equal opportunity in higher education."
 
DoD will focus on the participation by HBCU/MSIs in federally-sponsored programs; provide advice to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness on how to increase the DoD’s role in strengthening HBCUs, with particular emphasis on enhancing institutional infrastructure and facilitating planning, development, and the use of new technologies to ensure the goal of long-term viability and enhancement of these institutions as a major resource for the DoD mission.
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Professor Receives Seed Grant for Pilot Project
 
An Alabama A&M University associate professor of social work has received a grant to introduce students to the workings of the United Nations.
 
Chama.jpgDr. Samson Chama has been awarded a seed grant from the Katherine A. Kendall Institute for International Social Work Education (KAKI) to pilot test a project calling for student involvement with the United Nations.
 
The project, "Enhancing Minority Student Global Development Participation through Collaboration with the United Nations," entails taking students to the United Nation's headquarters in New York to enhance the students’ understanding of international development. 
 
The ultimate aim of the project, according to Chama, is to expand “to an international level,” thus allowing the social work students an opportunity to engage in projects around the world.
 
 
IT Staffer’s Drone Video a Hit on Social Media
 
Pond.JPGIT staffer Justin Vaughner worked on a drone video of the AAMU campus for several months, and his recent release of the footage via YouTube and other social media sites has been warmly received by Bulldog fans.
 
The aerial shots capture The Hill in new ways and underscores what WJAB-FM radio personality Ron McIntosh means when he refers to the “Beautiful Campus of Alabama A&M University.”  To see the video, click HERE.
 
 
 
Volunteers Needed for Move-In Day
 
MoveIn.jpgDid you know that we have over 2000 new and returning students that move into the Residence Halls at Alabama A&M University (AAMU) before school starts each year? That’s a lot of people that need assistance in unloading their vehicles, welcoming them to campus, and finding their new Residence Halls.
 
Can you help us out?
 
Move-In Day Volunteers:
As Move-In Day Volunteers, you will help unload cars, carry suitcases, boxes, meet new students, families, and enjoy the energy that comes with the first day of a new student’s experience. There are two Move-In Days that we need your help with for our incoming freshmen. You can sign up for shifts on one or both days!
    August 10: 7 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
    August 11: 7 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
 
If you would like to participate on this special day, but you cannot commit to the physical work of a Move-In Volunteer, sign-up to be a Check-In/Information Table Volunteer.
 
Student Volunteers Benefits:
Move into the Residence Hall early Wednesday, August 9 if you’re returning to live on campus. And, of course, a great opportunity to meet new friends, reunite with old ones and provide a warm, fun, and smooth move-in day experience for incoming AAMU residents and families.
Sound good? Sign up today!  We look forward to seeing you on Move-In Day 2017!
 
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NEXT S.O.A.R. Event - August 13-14!
 
Here are a couple of S.O.A.R. update links:
 
CLICK HERE for the S.O.A.R. Student & Parent Guidebook
CLICK HERE for the S.O.A.R. Schedule of Events
 
SOURCE:
The Office of Admissions | www.aamu.edu/admissions
The Office of Student Affairs: Integrity.Diversity. Collaboration.Service
Alabama A&M University
100 Patton Hall | p:256-372-5250 | f:256-372-5249
 
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DPS Promotions
 
Etta B. Freemen's 100th
 
CSD Pinning Ceremony
 
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Funeral Services Held for AAMU Business Office Staffer
 
BarbaraBrewton.jpgFuneral services were held for AAMU retiree Barbara Jean Phipps Brewton on Wednesday, August 2, at Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.
 
During her professional career, she worked at Huntsville Hospital, the office of Dr. Benjamin Fails and Alabama A&M University (AAMU). While at AAMU, she served as the receptionist in the Office of the Comptroller.  An avid Bulldog fan,She enjoyed wearing the maroon and white and attending the athletic events on campus and off-campus. 
 

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Alabama A&M University has hired a new captain and new investigator in its Department of Public Safety.  AAMU will welcome the new officers during a one-hour promotions ceremony on Wednesday, July 26,  at 12 noon in the Ernest L. Knight Center.
 
Chief Nardis Carlisle says Captain Demetrius Hightower was hired on July 1, 2017. Hightower comes to AAMU from the Decatur Police Department, where he was a detective specializing in property and financial crimes.
 
Investigator Montrez Payton was hired on June 19, 2017.  Montrez also comes from the Decatur Police Department, where he spent devoted some years as a homicide investigator.
 
Chief Carlisle says current Sergeants Timothy Dawkins and Shawn Bird will be promoted to Lieutenants; and current police officers Lamar Tummings and Eddison Lucombe will be promoted to Sergeants.
 
 
Professor Receives Seed Grant for Pilot Project
 
An Alabama A&M University associate professor of social work has received a grant to introduce students to the workings of the United Nations.
 
Chama.jpgDr. Samson Chama has been awarded a seed grant from the Katherine A. Kendall Institute for International Social Work Education (KAKI) to pilot test a project calling for student involvement with the United Nations.
 
The project, "Enhancing Minority Student Global Development Participation through Collaboration with the United Nations," entails taking students to the United Nation's headquarters in New York to enhance the students’ understanding of international development. 
 
The ultimate aim of the project, according to Chama, is to expand “to an international level,” thus allowing the social work students an opportunity to engage in projects around the world.
 
 
IT Staffer’s Drone Video a Hit on Social Media
 
Pond.JPGIT staffer Justin Vaughner worked on a drone video of the AAMU campus for several months, and his recent release of the footage via YouTube and other social media sites has been warmly received by Bulldog fans.
 
The aerial shots capture The Hill in new ways and underscores what WJAB-FM radio personality Ron McIntosh means when he refers to the “Beautiful Campus of Alabama A&M University.”  To see the video, click HERE.
 
 
Football Starts New Tradition
by Bud McLaughlin
 
Football season is officially here.  The Alabama A&M football team reports Wednesday and Head Coach James Spady is starting a new tradition.
 
At 5 p.m. under the visitors stands at Louis Crews Stadium, the coaching staff will don aprons and serve the incoming players their first meal of the season. 
 
There will be a meet and greet with the players, their parents and the A&M coaches. The special event will kick off the 2017 edition of Alabama A&M Bulldog football.
 
 
Summer Work Schedule Concludes
 
The summer 2017 four-day/ten-hour work week schedule ends Friday, July 28.  The regular eight-hour work schedule will resume on Monday, July 31, 2017.  Contact the Office of Human Resources for any additional information at (256) 372-5835. 
 
 
 
Volunteers Needed for Move-In Day
 
MoveIn.jpgDid you know that we have over 2000 new and returning students that move into the Residence Halls at Alabama A&M University (AAMU) before school starts each year? That’s a lot of people that need assistance in unloading their vehicles, welcoming them to campus, and finding their new Residence Halls.
 
Can you help us out?
 
Move-In Day Volunteers:
As Move-In Day Volunteers, you will help unload cars, carry suitcases, boxes, meet new students, families, and enjoy the energy that comes with the first day of a new student’s experience. There are two Move-In Days that we need your help with for our incoming freshmen. You can sign up for shifts on one or both days!
    August 10: 7 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
    August 11: 7 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
 
If you would like to participate on this special day, but you cannot commit to the physical work of a Move-In Volunteer, sign-up to be a Check-In/Information Table Volunteer.
 
Student Volunteers Benefits:
Move into the Residence Hall early Wednesday, August 9 if you’re returning to live on campus. And, of course, a great opportunity to meet new friends, reunite with old ones and provide a warm, fun, and smooth move-in day experience for incoming AAMU residents and families.
Sound good? Sign up today!  We look forward to seeing you on Move-In Day 2017!
 
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CSD Pinning Set
 
The Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD) program will host its Graduate Pinning Ceremony Thursday, July 27, at 4 p.m. in the auditorium of Arthur J. Bond Hall (Engineering).
 
Chatman.jpgKandis Chatman, the first African-American president of the Speech & Hearing Association of Alabama, will be the guest speaker.   
 
For additional information about the CSD program or the ceremony, call (256) 372-5541
 
 
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Agribition Center Preps for Free July Jam and Bookpack Drive
 
The July Jam and Bookpack Drive will be held at the Alabama A&M University Agribition Center on Saturday, July 29.  The Bookpack giveaways will run between 2-5 p.m. for elementary and middle school students, while the public is invited to enjoy live outdoor music on Agribition Center's quad area from 6-10:30 p.m.  Throughout the live music and entertainment, attendees will be able to participate in a silent auction and giveaways.
 
Admission is free to R&B and soul music, food trucks, various vendors and door prizes.
 
Spaces are available for VIP ($75 set-up fee/$25 door prize) and regular vendors ($50 set-up fee/$25 door prize).  For event and vendor information, contact Altonio Smith at (256) 859-5896 or altonio.smith@aamu.edu.
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NEXT S.O.A.R. Event - August 13-14!
 
Here are a couple of S.O.A.R. update links:
 
CLICK HERE for the S.O.A.R. Student & Parent Guidebook
CLICK HERE for the S.O.A.R. Schedule of Events
 
SOURCE:
The Office of Admissions | www.aamu.edu/admissions
The Office of Student Affairs: Integrity.Diversity. Collaboration.Service
Alabama A&M University
100 Patton Hall | p:256-372-5250 | f:256-372-5249
 
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In preparation for Fall 2017, Alabama A&M University implemented a new student housing management system.  Adirondack Solutions, an interactive, user friendly system, provides an opportunity for students to apply for housing, request a specific hall/room, request a roommate based on preferences such as sleep pattern, study habits, etc.,  and communicate directly with housing personnel. Also, Adirondack provides student housing personnel with real-time updates on housing availability. 
 
The University has identified 2700 beds for new and returning students.  Students requesting housing must meet the following criteria:
 
·         Payment of applicable housing fee(s) – $250 deposit and/or $100 application fee;
·         2017-2018 FAFSA or valid payment method on file; and
·         Registered for the Fall 2017 Semester
 
Although the University has allotted 1,525 beds for incoming freshmen, and 1,175 beds for upperclassmen, housing is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis, says Karla Miller, interim director of housing at AAMU. The priority deadline for returning students to receive housing for Fall 2017 was May 5, 2017, and June 19, 2017 is the priority deadline for incoming freshmen.    While the University desires to provide students an opportunity to live on campus, assignments cannot be made in excess of the maximum beds available. 
 
Unlike previous years, Alabama A&M University will not provide temporary/short-term accommodations once maximum capacity has been reached.  When capacity is reached, students are asked to monitor Housing’s website for availability updates as vacancies will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. 
 
For additional information, call (256) 372-5797. 
 
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Professor to Present at ABP Convention
 
An assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling at Alabama A&M University will take part next month in a professional meeting, where he will introduce a theory to members.
 
Upchurch.jpgDr. Daniel Upchurch will be among the presenters at the Association of Black Psychologists 49th Convention scheduled in Houston, Tex., July 22.  During the event, Upchurch will discuss his “Help-Hurt Relationship Theory,” which further examines the different relationships within the black community and the imperative ‘psychological balance’ that must be maintained in relation to ‘crab mentality.’
 
Upchurch and colleague, Dr. Kristen Campbell, are developing a scale to quantitatively measure the levels of relationship among individuals in the black community.
 
 
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Huntsville Track Club Hold Race at AAMU
 
The Huntsville Track Club held  a race around the historic campus on Saturday, June 10, from 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m. 
 
About 100 persons participated in the 5K cross country race.  The race began and ended at Frank Lewis Gym field.    Photo by Debra Daniel
 
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Extension Holds Family Fun Day
 
There was fun and enjoyment galore for both parents and children at the four-hour Family Fun Day event Saturday, June 10, at the AAMU Agribition Center, sponsored by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.   PHOTOS
 
In addition informative booth displays and vendors, the event featured carnival-style rides, moon bounces, slides and games inside and on the lawn of the Agribition Center.
 
Above:  Samuel Green, with family.
 
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AAMU Student Housing Update
 
In preparation for Fall 2017, Alabama A&M University implemented a new student housing management system.  Adirondack Solutions, an interactive, user friendly system, provides an opportunity for students to apply for housing, request a specific hall/room, request a roommate based on preferences such as sleep pattern, study habits, etc.,  and communicate directly with housing personnel. Also, Adirondack provides student housing personnel with real-time updates on housing availability. 
 
The University has identified 2700 beds for new and returning students.  Students requesting housing must meet the following criteria:
 
·         Payment of applicable housing fee(s) – $250 deposit and/or $100 application fee;
·         2017-2018 FAFSA or valid payment method on file; and
·         Registered for the Fall 2017 Semester
 
Although the University has allotted 1,525 beds for incoming freshmen, and 1,175 beds for upperclassmen, housing is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis, says Karla Miller, interim director of housing at AAMU. The priority deadline for returning students to receive housing for Fall 2017 was May 5, 2017, and June 19, 2017 is the priority deadline for incoming freshmen.    While the University desires to provide students an opportunity to live on campus, assignments cannot be made in excess of the maximum beds available. 
 
Unlike previous years, Alabama A&M University will not provide temporary/short-term accommodations once maximum capacity has been reached.  When capacity is reached, students are asked to monitor Housing’s website for availability updates as vacancies will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. 
 
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Site Marks Councill’s Rise in Education
 
The Stevenson (Ala.) city council and community held a June 9 historic sign unveiling in commemoration of the Freedmen village (circa 1865), where Dr. William Hooper Councill, founder of Alabama A&M University, began his career in education, according to noted AAMU historian Eddie E. Davis, Jr., author of William Hooper Councill: The Greatest Negro the Race Ever ProducedPHOTOS
 
Loyal members of the Huntsville-Madison County Alumni Chapter make the trip to Stevenson, Ala., and are shown (above) around the historic marker.  (All Photos by Theromiles Flowers)
 
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AAMU Brings Another Classic to Birmingham
 
Birmingham has never had it so good.  Not only is the Magic City the host site for one of college football’s most long-for events, it is now home to a new, ambitious Master of Business Administration program, thanks to a collaboration between Alabama A&M University’s College of Business and Public Affairs and a local community college.
 
LSCC.jpgAAMU will hold its “MBA Information Session” at Lawson State Community College in the Alabama Center for Advanced Technology Training building, 3060 Wilson Road, SW, in Birmingham, Ala., on Tuesday, June 20, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. 
 
Lawson State will serve as the AAMU MBA program’s off-site location.  The campus already houses AAMU@LSCC, the official off-site campus for other AAMU undergraduate and graduate programs currently offered on weekends and evenings.
 
Now, coming in Fall 2017, the MBA program will offer enterprising residents in the metropolitan Birmingham area an opportunity to achieve a career-boosting degree with the completion of only 11 comprehensive evening courses, all while conveniently attending campus at Lawson State.
 
Jain.jpg“Our supportive and inspirational group of graduate faculty is our biggest strength,” says Dr. Ajeet Jain, a finance professor who is both a graduate of AAMU’s MBA program and serves as its energetic coordinator.  Moreover, a waiver of the GMAT/GRE requirement can be carefully considered for those individuals verifying at least 10 years of mid- to upper-level management experience or undergraduate GPAs of 3.0 and above.
 
Further, Jain says his aim is to also ensure that current and prospective MBA program students at the Lawson State site have “exceptional customer service” so that they will evolve into “brand ambassadors” for the program.  The Lawson State program, Jain believes, is only the catalyst for a look into the feasibility, ultimately, of an executive and online MBA program.
 
To register for the MBA Information Session, call (256) 372-8731 or copy and paste:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeb2YGT3RxTgPHHAfqtTtzx8wIT7ktCO3I1-DrniCLPvWrZlg/viewform
 
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AAMU Achieves Bronze Level Distinction as Military Friendly School
 
For years, Alabama A&M University has been proud of its designation as a Military Friendly institution.  The distinction, accorded annually, shows that AAMU has proven itself “Military Friendly” through its consistent offering of key services to military personnel and their families.
 
In 2017 the University received a higher designation as a Military Friendly Bronze Level institution, one of only four colleges and universities in the state. It is also the only historically black college or university in Alabama to achieve the coveted distinction.
 
“We are appreciative for the work of our veteran affairs staff in achieving this landmark distinction,” commented President Andrew Hugine, Jr.  “Military personnel all over the world play a vital role in ensuring the freedoms we enjoy.  It is only fitting that we go the extra mile to assist them in achieving whatever academic goals they have set for themselves and their families.”
 
For more information on how to apply to Alabama A&M University, please contact one of the following offices:
 
Incoming Freshman
The Office of Admissions at 256.372.5245
 
Transfer Student
The Office of Community College Relations and Global Initiatives at 256.372.5418 or 256.372.7190
 
Graduate Student
School of Graduate Studies at 256.372.5266 or 256.372.5277
 
  
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Coach Honored at Hampton
 
Alabama A&M University’s intramurals coach Franky Smith was among a group of former players and coaches honored during a formal ceremony on June 3 in Virginia.
 
Smith was honored by Hampton University President William Harvey for his role in Hampton’s winning of CIAA championships in 1992, 1993 and 1994.  The event was sponsored by Hampton’s Athletic Department as part of a black-tie gala.
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AAMU-UNA Renewing Football Rivalry
by Bud McLaughlin
 
North Alabama’s two NCAA Division I athletic programs will renew their rivalry on the football field.
 
Alabama A&M of the Southwestern Athletic Conference and the University of North Alabama of the Atlantic Sun Conference will play each other in football in 2018 and 2019, the schools recently announced.
 
The two teams played annually (except 1991) from 1975-1997 when both were NCAA Division II programs.
 
“This is great news for fans of Alabama A&M University, the University of North Alabama and of college football in this area,” said Alabama A&M Director of Athletics Bryan Hicks. “The close proximity of these two NCAA Division I athletic programs will bring a new excitement to the Tennessee Valley region.
“We welcome UNA to the family of NCAA Division I athletics and wish them well.”
 
“These games are going to create a lot of excitement for UNA fans, Alabama A&M fans and football fans across north Alabama,” UNA Athletic Director Mark Linder said. “It is renewing a great rivalry between two schools in close proximity that have great fan bases. These are the kind of games that we need to be playing and want to be playing.”
 
The Bulldogs will host UNA on Sept. 8, 2018, and the Lions will host Sept. 14, 2019.
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Professor’s Take on ‘Whiteness in Hip-Hop’ Appears in Huffington Post
 
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specialist program recently served as a guest blogger for Huffington Post.
 
Dr. Melvin L. Williams wrote a thought-provoking article on “Miley’s Wrecking Ball Takes a Whack Out of Hip Hop,” posted on May 29.  Williams has competently examined the intersections of race, gender and sexuality in Hip-Hop culture.  To read Williams’ piece, visit copy and paste http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mileys-wrecking-ball-takes-a-whack-out-of-hip-hop_us_592c4e9fe4b0a7b7b469cc56
 
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AAMU Ranks Second Among All HBCUs in Land Ownership
 
by Debra Daniel 
 
As the old saying goes: They aren’t making any more land.  Well, Alabama A&M University is definitely holding on to its share of land, so much so that it is the second ranked HBCU in the nation in terms of landownership, according to HBCUMoney.com.  In fact of the more than 3,000 institutions of higher learning, six HBCUs have made it among the Top 100 of all schools in terms of land.
 
Listed below, however, are the Top 6 HBCU landowners.  National ranking appears in parentheses.
 
  1. Tuskegee University  – 5,000 Acres (12)
  2. ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY – 2,300 Acres (28)
  3. Alcorn State University – 1,756 Acres (42)
  4. Prairie View A&M University – 1,502 (48)
  5. Kentucky State University – 915 Acres (92)
  6. Southern University – 884 Acres (96)
 
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AAMU Named a Top HBCU STEM School
 
The Hundred-Seven, an organization created to positively promote Historically Black Colleges and Universities, has announced the 'Top HBCUs for STEM,' and Alabama A&M University was included on the list for being a Top 50 producer of African-Americans with bachelor's degrees in four (4) or more STEM fields.
 
 
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Zetas Honor Two
 
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Psi Alpha Zeta Chapter, presented AAMU Family and Consumer Sciences faculty members with the honor of being Woman FCS.jpg
of the Year and Zeta of the Year.  The awards were presented at the Psi Alpha Zeta Inaugural Gala at the Research Park Holiday Inn.
 
Johna Joy Benson-Leslie, advisor to the Omega Tau undergraduate chapter, (left) was given the chapter's Zeta of the Year honors.  Dr. Cynthia Smith, chair of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, (right) was presented the chapter's Woman of the Year award.
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Bibb Graves Street Parking Temporarily Prohibited
 
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We apologize for the inconvenience.
 
 
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Construction Updates
 
For the latest in construction updates pertaining to the new residence hall facility on Meridian Street, check out the drone-captured image from staffer Justin Vaughner by copying and pasting the following link:   https://app.box.com/s/uqpmc5jg5ktb0odekt27qxkezzv6kzk8
 
A link to follow the construction progression over time is still available on the lower right-hand side of the main AAMU webpage at www.aamu.edu.
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OIPRE Has Toner Cartridges Available
 
The Office of Institutional Planning, Research and Effectiveness has limited cartridges available for other departments in need of toner for HP Invent 96A/C4191A; HP Laser Jet 126A/38A/42A and Xerox 106R0107.  For more information, call x8176 or visi 306 Patton Hall between 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
 
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CFCU Summer Schedule
 
Throughout the summer session, Councill Federal Credit Union will close each Friday at 2 p.m.  For further arrangements, contact Rufus Gilmore, III, manager, at (256) 372-5379.
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Medicinal Plant Conference Moves to Clemson 
 
The Alabama A&M University plant and soil science professor who heads the organization dedicated to the study of and research of medicinal plants has announced plans for the 2017 conference.
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The 2017 conference will be held at Clemson University in South Carolina, said Mentreddy, a prolific researcher whose most recent research has been published in the Florida-based Journal of Medicinal Plants.
 
A group discount is available, and graduate students who present a poster, or an oral paper receive 90% off of the registration fee.  The deadline for submission of abstracts for graduate student competitions and early registration is March 15, 2017.  Visit www.acmap.org for more details.
 
Interested persons can also contact Dr. Srinivasa Rao Mentreddy, professor and program coordinator, Plant Biotechnology, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL 35762, or call ( 256) 372-4250 oAlt. email: srinivasa.mentreddy@aamu.edu
 
Additional details about the forthcoming conference will be announced at a later date.
 
 

 

 

Week of: May 15-21, 2017

 

 

 
View the most recent developments:    PHOTOS
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Family Literacy Focus of Extension’s Family Fun Day on June 10
 
by Wendi Williams 
 
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit will hold the second Parent-Child Reading Enhancement Program’s (PCREP) Family Day of Education and Fun on Saturday, June 10, 2017, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Alabama Agriculture and Mechanical University’s Agribition Center, 4925 Moores Mill Road in Huntsville. Come and bring the entire family and neighborhood youth out for a day of fun, educational, and interactive activities, including exhibits, outdoor games, a water slide, petting zoo, food, music, and more.
 
“This year we will continue with the theme ‘Celebrating Family Literacy’ that focuses on activities and events showcasing the importance of family literacy programs and providing learning resources for families and communities,” said Ronnie Humphrey, event co-chair.
 
In celebration of family literacy, kids will have a chance to earn PCREP dollars (play money) from each activity they participate in on June 10 to purchase books at an on-site bookstore. Also, while in the bookstore, participants can get their faces painted by local volunteers.
 
The Family Day of Education & Fun is a PCREP activity that is designed to enhance reading among children ages 4 to 9 in grades K-4. This event is free and open to the public; however, vendors must pay a $30 set-up fee. Also, please be sure to bring proper attire for the water slide.
 
For general information, please contact Ronnie Humphrey at (256) 372-4969, Dr. Dorothy Brandon at (256) 372-5458, or visit www.aces.edu/urban. Potential vendors may contact Nancy McCrary at (256) 372-4937.
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Week of: May 15-21, 2017

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Medicinal Plant Conference Moves to Clemson 
 
The Alabama A&M University plant and soil science professor who heads the organization dedicated to the study of and research of medicinal plants has announced plans for the 2017 conference.
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The 2017 conference will be held at Clemson University in South Carolina, said Mentreddy, a prolific researcher whose most recent research has been published in the Florida-based Journal of Medicinal Plants.
 
A group discount is available, and graduate students who present a poster, or an oral paper receive 90% off of the registration fee.  The deadline for submission of abstracts for graduate student competitions and early registration is March 15, 2017.  Visit www.acmap.org for more details.
 
Interested persons can also contact Dr. Srinivasa Rao Mentreddy, professor and program coordinator, Plant Biotechnology, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL 35762, or call ( 256) 372-4250 oAlt. email: srinivasa.mentreddy@aamu.edu
 
Additional details about the forthcoming conference will be announced at a later date.
 
 
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 The Bulldog BottomLine appears weekly on Mondays, coordinated by the Office of Marketing and Public Relations (Jerome Saintjones, Director), Alabama A&M University, 303 Patton Hall, Normal, AL  35762. Please submit items for consideration one week in advance of posting date to public.relations@aamu.edu or news@aamu.edu.  For more information, contact Shirley Alexander at (256) 372-5607.

 

 

Week of: May 8-13, 2017

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Agribition Center Preps for Huntsville Art Festival May 13
 
The Huntsville Art Festival will be held on Saturday, May 13, from 12-6 p.m. at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University Agribition Center. The Agribition Center is located at 4925 Moores Mill Road in Huntsville. 
 
Admission is free, and activities will include various live jazz, R&B and soul music, food trucks, mixed medium artists, various vendors and door prizes.
 
VIP vendors are asked to pay a $75 set-up fee and a door prize valued at $25. VIP vendors will be provided a prime location as well as 1 tent, 1 table, and 2 chairs.   Other vendors are asked to pay a $50 set-up fee and provide a $25 door prize. Regular vendors will receive 1 table and 2 chairs.
 
Contact Donna Gilbert at dhg0004@aces.edu to request a Vendor Registration form.  Registration fee is only refundable if space is no longer available for event. 
 
Make checks payable to: The Agribition Center and mail payment and form to: Donna Gilbert, AAMU Agribition Center, 4925 Moores Mill Road, Huntsville, AL 35811.
 
For general information, please contact Altonio Smith at (256) 859-5896 or altonio.smith@aamu.edu or Donna Gilbert at (256) 859-5896 or dhg0004@aces.edu.
 
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Scenes from Founder's Day/Commencement
 
ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
 
Founder’s Day Breakfast
 
Founder’s Day Convocation
 
Spring Commencement 2017
 
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Extension Specialist Receives Award for Volunteering in Southeast Asia
 
Urban Regional Extension Specialist Robert Spencer recently received the bronze President’s Volunteer Service Award for more than 100 hours of service as an international volunteer in Myanmar (Burma), Southeast Asia.
 
In 2016, Spencer made his third trip to Myanmar where he taught women from the villages of Nyaung Shwe and Pauk Par Tung (central region) how to make value-added soap products using local ingredients such as seaweed, lotus blossoms and other flowers, herbs, and even vegetables like tomatoes and avocados.
 
This project was accomplished through the Myanmar Chapter of Winrock International in collaboration with the Avocado Cluster Group in the same region.
 
Spencer stated, “I will never forget the opportunity to help the local women increase their household incomes, and traveling on water back and forth to Pauk Par Tung during the three days of training.”
 
Winrock International strives to “empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity and sustain natural resources across the globe,” particularly in Asia, Latin America, and Africa.
 
Since his visit to Myanmar, Spencer learned that the women are now making soap for the local tourist markets, hotels, conferences, and trade shows. They have also worked out a trade agreement with buyers in Japan.
 
Visit https://www.winrock.org/join-us/volunteer/ to learn more about the volunteer program and https://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/ to learn more about the Presidential Service Award.
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AAMU PR Course Pilots Professional Speakers Series
PR Pros Bolster Words Matter More Now than Ever Before
 
"I suppose we are truly in a new world order now, living in an era of half-truths, alternative facts, and obvious lies.  The Principles of Marketing/Public Relations class should really be interdisciplinary, because no one is immune.  We all need to know how to protect and defend a brand, whether it be for a company or for ourselves,” explained student Charlotte Canady-Slater.  “It seems we are confronted daily with a perpetual filtering of the facts, trying to separate the real from the unreal.  What I know for sure is that this struggle is real and it is exhausting.”
 
Dana Harris, instructor for Marketing 423, decided to offer another component to the course during the spring semester.  He thought a new twist would bring added value to the curriculum.  Thus, a Public Relations Professionals Speakers Series was born. 
 
Schrimsher.jpgWhitley.jpgCanady-Slater was tasked with developing topics for discussion and securing the speakers.  Kelly Schrimsher, director of communications for the City of Huntsville (left); Gary Whitley, public and governmental affairs liaison at Huntsville Utilities (right); and Jerome Saintjones, director of public relations at Alabama A&M University (below, right), addressed the marketing class.  The three discussed SaintjonesJ.jpgeverything from the tenants and fundamentals of marketing, to best practices, to damage control, to optimizing the use of social media platforms.
 
“We know we have to have the theory but having that direct access from a professional who imparts their wisdom is invaluable,” said Canady-Slater.  “They told us about the mistakes they made and the price they paid for them, and they also shared the rewards of the profession and how gratifying their work is.  I read somewhere that PR requires left and right brain thinking.  For me, Mr. Harris’ approach to this class and our visiting speakers confirms it.”  
 
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AAMU Announces 2017 Summer Programs
 
Coordinators of AAMU’s annual summer program listing have announced the activities set for summer 2017.   Click below:    
 
For additional information, contact Dr. Vernessa Edward at (256) 372-7122 or Jeff Robinson at (256) 372-8361.
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Admissions Launches Exciting New Recruitment Video
 
It’s a tour of Alabama A&M University like you’ve never seen before. The Office of Admissions It’s a tour of Alabama A&M University like you’ve never seen before. The Office of Admissions created a new recruiting video for 2017-18.  Click below:
"It literally takes you on a virtual tour of everything the University has to offer," says Venita Clisby King," assistant vice president of enrollment management and director of admissions. According to King, the video highlights the University’s colleges, majors, faculty, diversity, residence halls, campus life and extracurricular activities. Moreover, current students discuss why they chose AAMU. 
 
"One thing every student talked about is how AAMU welcomed them and that they feel like a part of our family. We wanted to incorporate that feeling," added King. The video is now on AAMU’s social media and the AAMU Admissions page on YouTube. King hopes it has at least 5,000 views by April 29.
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AAMU Volunteers Needed for MLK School Event

 
On Friday, May 12, Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School will hold its annual field day from 7:45 a.m.-2 p.m.   MLK teachers and staff are in desperate need of volunteers.
Unfortunately, AAMU will not have students during that period, but it is requesting voluntary assistance from interested faculty, staff and administrators to take a few hours and serve future Bulldogs.  Lunch will be provided. 
 
Interested volunteers should contact Monica Clarke, service and learning coordinator for the Freshman Academy, at (256) 372-4710.
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Residence Hall Construction Timeline
 
AAMU Information Technology Services (ITS) staffer Justin Vaughner has captured the construction progress of the new residence hall facility under construction on Meridian Street using drone.  
 
View the most recent developments:    PHOTOS
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CBPA Teams Well-Awarded in TVA Competition
 
The College of Business and Public Affairs held a successful Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Case Competition April 6-8.  The competition featured eight student teams taking part in three days of role playing, team building, problem-solving, presentations, and networking with TVA representatives.
 
The competition concluded with dinner and a keynote presentation at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens.
 
The 1st place winning team, comprised of AAMU’s DeAndre Marks, Tere Calloway, Brittany Jenkins and Owen Stubberfield received $5,000.
 
The 2nd place winning team of Kenji Walker, La'Teasha Watkins, Kiaron Bailey and Kimberly Fields received $2,500.  The 3rd place winning team of Julian Clayton, Monique Ford and Bridget McWilliams received $1,500
 
Best presenter honors went to Rebecca Pierce, who received $250.
 
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Professor, Student Pen Paper on Groupthink and Dissonance
 
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and Counseling, published an article with Dr. Linda J.M. Holloway, assistant professor, in the EC-Psychology and Psychiatry Journal titled “A Chain is as Strong as Its Weakest Link: Investigation of Groupthink and Post-Decision Dissonance.”
 
The article was selected as the best article for Issue 2. Ms. April Berry is scheduled to graduate May 5th, 2017, with her Master’s in Counseling Psychology-Clinical Concentration. She has been accepted to the Ph.D. Combined-Integrated Counseling and Clinical Psychology Program at University of South Alabama, where she will attend Fall 2017.Throughout her tenure at Alabama A&M, Dr. Linda J.M. Holloway has served as her mentor, thesis advisor, and academic advisor.
 
  
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Family Literacy Focus of Extension’s Family Fun Day on June 10
 
by Wendi Williams 
 
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit will hold the second Parent-Child Reading Enhancement Program’s (PCREP) Family Day of Education and Fun on Saturday, June 10, 2017, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Alabama Agriculture and Mechanical University’s Agribition Center, 4925 Moores Mill Road in Huntsville. Come and bring the entire family and neighborhood youth out for a day of fun, educational, and interactive activities, including exhibits, outdoor games, a water slide, petting zoo, food, music, and more.
 
“This year we will continue with the theme ‘Celebrating Family Literacy’ that focuses on activities and events showcasing the importance of family literacy programs and providing learning resources for families and communities,” said Ronnie Humphrey, event co-chair.
 
In celebration of family literacy, kids will have a chance to earn PCREP dollars (play money) from each activity they participate in on June 10 to purchase books at an on-site bookstore. Also, while in the bookstore, participants can get their faces painted by local volunteers.
 
The Family Day of Education & Fun is a PCREP activity that is designed to enhance reading among children ages 4 to 9 in grades K-4. This event is free and open to the public; however, vendors must pay a $30 set-up fee. Also, please be sure to bring proper attire for the water slide.
 
For general information, please contact Ronnie Humphrey at (256) 372-4969, Dr. Dorothy Brandon at (256) 372-5458, or visit www.aces.edu/urban. Potential vendors may contact Nancy McCrary at (256) 372-4937.
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Week of: May 1-7, 2017

 
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17th Annual Black Tie Scholarship Gala Caps Off $25M Campaign
 
In addition to providing an excellent affair for the recognition of individuals, business and organizations that have provided unparalleled support to Alabama A&M University over the past year, the 2017 Black Tie Scholarship Gala also was the event for the formalization of the completion of the $25 million capital campaign.
 
Among the catalysts for the drive were AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr.; Archie Tucker II, AAMU vice president for marketing, communications and advancement; and AAMU alumnus John O. Hudson III of Alabama Power; in addition to a team of administrators and advancement staffers.
 
SGA President Tara Crawford and Presidential Scholar Joshua Baker served as masters of ceremony.  Award presentations were made to the following:  Koinonia Award - St. John AME Church, Huntsville, Ala.; Diversity Award - City of Huntsville Office of Multicultural Affairs; Small Organization Award - Tec-Masters, Inc.; Large Organization Award, Coca-Cola United, Inc.; and Advocate of the Year Award - Dr. Ernest L. Knight.
 
The evening's entertainment was provided by Tuscaloosa-born R&B singer Alvin Garrett of Birmingham, Ala.  Garrett's stellar performance was preceded by student entertainment from Devron Ard, Carlos Salas and Nu Soul.
  
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Black Tie (Unofficial) Group 2 - Justin Vaughner
 
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AAMU Announces 2017 Summer Programs
 
Coordinators of AAMU’s annual summer program listing have announced the activities set for summer 2017.   Click below:    
 
For additional information, contact Dr. Vernessa Edward at (256) 372-7122 or Jeff Robinson at (256) 372-8361.
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Alum Founder's Day Speaker
The software acquisition manager for the Missile Defense Agency will be the speaker for the Founder's Day observance on Friday, May 5, in the T.M. Elmore Building at 11 a.m. 
 
McDonald-Small.jpgPamela Moore McDonald began her professional career in 1983 with United Space Booster, Incorporated. in Huntsville, Ala., after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering technology from Alabama A&M University. 
In 1987, after completing electrical engineering equivalent course work at the University of Alabama Huntsville, McDonald began her federal civil service career at the U. S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMRDEC) .  She was assigned to the Research Engineering Development Center Software Engineering Directorate as an Electronics Engineer. 
 
McDonald currently serves as the Software Acquisition Manager for the Missile Defense Agency. She is the senior software acquisition management advisor to the MDA Director,  the Director for Engineering and the Program Executives.   She provides leadership and direction to the MDA, Director of Engineering Independent Assessment (DEA) Software Acquisition Management  (SAM) Office, ensuring a consistentstandardized  methodology  for  the acquisition of software troughout  the MDA.
 
McDonald also holds a Master of Science degree in management science from the Florida Institute of Technology, and she is a graduate of the Defense Management College. 
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Harley-Davidson Administrator-Alum to Address Commencement
 
The more than 500 persons scheduled to receive degrees at Alabama A&M University's spring commencement exercises will receive words from a woman who once sat among them on her eventual climb through the corporate world.
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After earning her degree in nursing from cross-town University of Alabama in Huntsville, Tchernavia Rocker received the Master of Business Administratiom degree from AAMU.  Now a certified senior professional in human resources, Rocker is vice president of human resources for Harley-Davidson Motor Company, where she supervises over 200 HR employees.
Rocker's extended role includes employee and labor relations, talent management, training, organizational development, performance management, diversity, safety, occupational health and other functions.  She has performed similar HR duties at Goodyear Dunlop North America Tire, Inc., in addition to securing experiences in healthcare and scientific research at other organizations.
 
The administrator previously served on the boards of the Urban Economic Development Association, Progressive Community Health Centers, the Crispus Attucks Center and the South George Street Community Partnership.  Her current affiliations include the Board of Directors for the Next Door Foundation; Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wis.; the Society for Human Resource Management; and the National Black MBA Association.
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Ushers for Spring 2017 Commencement
 
Volunteers are needed to serve as ushers during the Spring 2017 Commencement Exercises.  Commencement will be held Friday, May 5, 2017 at 6:00 p.m., at the Von Braun Civic Center.
 
Contact Ms. Nicole Jackson at nicole.jackson@aamu.edu or ext. 8747, or Ms. Janet Jones at janet.jones@aamu.edu or call ext. 8089.
 
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Admissions Launches Exciting New Recruitment Video
 
It’s a tour of Alabama A&M University like you’ve never seen before. The Office of Admissions It’s a tour of Alabama A&M University like you’ve never seen before. The Office of Admissions created a new recruiting video for 2017-18.  Click below:
"It literally takes you on a virtual tour of everything the University has to offer," says Venita Clisby King," assistant vice president of enrollment management and director of admissions. According to King, the video highlights the University’s colleges, majors, faculty, diversity, residence halls, campus life and extracurricular activities. Moreover, current students discuss why they chose AAMU. 
 
"One thing every student talked about is how AAMU welcomed them and that they feel like a part of our family. We wanted to incorporate that feeling," added King. The video is now on AAMU’s social media and the AAMU Admissions page on YouTube. King hopes it has at least 5,000 views by April 29.
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Agribition Center Preps for Huntsville Art Festival May 13
 
The Huntsville Art Festival will be held on Saturday, May 13, from 12-6 p.m. at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University Agribition Center. The Agribition Center is located at 4925 Moores Mill Road in Huntsville. 
 
Admission is free, and activities will include various live jazz, R&B and soul music, food trucks, mixed medium artists, various vendors and door prizes.
 
VIP vendors are asked to pay a $75 set-up fee and a door prize valued at $25. VIP vendors will be provided a prime location as well as 1 tent, 1 table, and 2 chairs.   Other vendors are asked to pay a $50 set-up fee and provide a $25 door prize. Regular vendors will receive 1 table and 2 chairs.
 
Contact Donna Gilbert at dhg0004@aces.edu to request a Vendor Registration form.  Registration fee is only refundable if space is no longer available for event. 
 
Make checks payable to: The Agribition Center and mail payment and form to: Donna Gilbert, AAMU Agribition Center, 4925 Moores Mill Road, Huntsville, AL 35811.
 
For general information, please contact Altonio Smith at (256) 859-5896 or altonio.smith@aamu.edu or Donna Gilbert at (256) 859-5896 or dhg0004@aces.edu.
 
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Grad Student Makes Japan Trip Resourceful
 
In addition to visiting churches, hospitals, high schools, universities and enthusiastic Japanese fans of gospel music, AAMU grad student Reginald Robinson (above, white shirt) also used his trip to the island nation to conduct some meaningful research for his master’s program in urban and regional planning.
 
It wasn’t his first visit, says Robinson, speaking about a recent Japan Mission Is Possible Tour where "130 souls were won to Christ." Tracing the footsteps of his mentor, Pastor Andre Reynolds of Thanksgiving Praise and Worship (TPW) International Ministries, who has traveled to Japan on 27 occasions, Robinson has visited the country five times.
 
Not only has Reynolds traveled across Japan, but he has a textbook on gospel music that is used for teaching in the Japanese school across the country, adds Robinson. In 2015, RVC, one of the largest recording companies in the world actually selected the pastor’s ministry as a subject for a documentary on black gospel music and black history.
 
"Gospel music is big in Japan," notes Robinson. "It is seen more of an art form than just religious expression."
 
While on his visit to Japan, Robinson conducted research the use of strategic planning within Japanese churches. He was not only interested in whether Japanese pastors in various cities were employing such methods, but whether those methods were working and leading toward church growth. He hopes to have his research work completed in the summer.
 
"Churches everywhere are anchors," said Robinson, a native of Mobile, Ala. "We want them to thrive for the sake of their communities."
 
Persons interested in traveling with or supporting TPW International, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, should visit TPWMinistries.org.
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AAMU Volunteers Needed for MLK School Event

 
On Friday, May 12, Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School will hold its annual field day from 7:45 a.m.-2 p.m.   MLK teachers and staff are in desperate need of volunteers.
Unfortunately, AAMU will not have students during that period, but it is requesting voluntary assistance from interested faculty, staff and administrators to take a few hours and serve future Bulldogs.  Lunch will be provided. 
 
Interested volunteers should contact Monica Clarke, service and learning coordinator for the Freshman Academy, at (256) 372-4710.
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Letter from the Chairman of the Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees Nominating Committee
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Residence Hall Construction Timeline
 
AAMU Information Technology Services (ITS) staffer Justin Vaughner has captured the construction progress of the new residence hall facility under construction on Meridian Street using drone.  
 
View the most recent developments:    PHOTOS
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AAMU Declared “StormReady” Community
 
The Department of Public Safety recently received notification from the National Weather Center stating that the University is now recognized as a StormReady community.   
 
Being part of a Weather-Ready Nation is about preparing for your community's increasing vulnerability to extreme weather and water events. Americans live in the most severe weather-prone country on Earth. You can make sure your community is StormReady®. Some 98 percent of all presidentially declared disasters are weather related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage. The StormReady program helps arm America's communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property--before, during and after the event. StormReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen local safety programs.
 
StormReady communities are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through advanced planning, education and awareness. No community is storm proof, but StormReady can help communities save lives.
 
StormReady uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to handle all types of severe weather—from tornadoes to tsunamis. The program encourages communities to take a new, proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations by providing emergency managers with clear-cut guidelines on how to improve their hazardous weather operations. To be officially StormReady, a community must:
§  Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center
§  Have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the
public
§  Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally
§  Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars
§  Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters
and holding emergency exercises.
 
Also, AAMU was selected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to participate in the  Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador initiative.  The Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador initiative is an effort to formally recognize NOAA partners who are improving the nation’s readiness against extreme weather, water, and climate events. As a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador, AAMU has committed to work with NOAA and other Ambassadors to strengthen national resilience against extreme weather.
 
 
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CBPA Teams Well-Awarded in TVA Competition
 
The College of Business and Public Affairs held a successful Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Case Competition April 6-8.  The competition featured eight student teams taking part in three days of role playing, team building, problem-solving, presentations, and networking with TVA representatives.
 
The competition concluded with dinner and a keynote presentation at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens.
 
The 1st place winning team, comprised of AAMU’s DeAndre Marks, Tere Calloway, Brittany Jenkins and Owen Stubberfield received $5,000.
 
The 2nd place winning team of Kenji Walker, La'Teasha Watkins, Kiaron Bailey and Kimberly Fields received $2,500.  The 3rd place winning team of Julian Clayton, Monique Ford and Bridget McWilliams received $1,500
 
Best presenter honors went to Rebecca Pierce, who received $250.
 
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Professor, Student Pen Paper on Groupthink and Dissonance
 
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and Counseling, published an article with Dr. Linda J.M. Holloway, assistant professor, in the EC-Psychology and Psychiatry Journal titled “A Chain is as Strong as Its Weakest Link: Investigation of Groupthink and Post-Decision Dissonance.”
 
The article was selected as the best article for Issue 2. Ms. April Berry is scheduled to graduate May 5th, 2017, with her Master’s in Counseling Psychology-Clinical Concentration. She has been accepted to the Ph.D. Combined-Integrated Counseling and Clinical Psychology Program at University of South Alabama, where she will attend Fall 2017.Throughout her tenure at Alabama A&M, Dr. Linda J.M. Holloway has served as her mentor, thesis advisor, and academic advisor.
 
  
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Family Literacy Focus of Extension’s Family Fun Day on June 10
 
by Wendi Williams 
 
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit will hold the second Parent-Child Reading Enhancement Program’s (PCREP) Family Day of Education and Fun on Saturday, June 10, 2017, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Alabama Agriculture and Mechanical University’s Agribition Center, 4925 Moores Mill Road in Huntsville. Come and bring the entire family and neighborhood youth out for a day of fun, educational, and interactive activities, including exhibits, outdoor games, a water slide, petting zoo, food, music, and more.
 
“This year we will continue with the theme ‘Celebrating Family Literacy’ that focuses on activities and events showcasing the importance of family literacy programs and providing learning resources for families and communities,” said Ronnie Humphrey, event co-chair.
 
In celebration of family literacy, kids will have a chance to earn PCREP dollars (play money) from each activity they participate in on June 10 to purchase books at an on-site bookstore. Also, while in the bookstore, participants can get their faces painted by local volunteers.
 
The Family Day of Education & Fun is a PCREP activity that is designed to enhance reading among children ages 4 to 9 in grades K-4. This event is free and open to the public; however, vendors must pay a $30 set-up fee. Also, please be sure to bring proper attire for the water slide.
 
For general information, please contact Ronnie Humphrey at (256) 372-4969, Dr. Dorothy Brandon at (256) 372-5458, or visit www.aces.edu/urban. Potential vendors may contact Nancy McCrary at (256) 372-4937.
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Medicinal Plant Conference Moves to Clemson 
 
The Alabama A&M University plant and soil science professor who heads the organization dedicated to the study of and research of medicinal plants has announced plans for the 2017 conference.
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The 2017 conference will be held at Clemson University in South Carolina, said Mentreddy, a prolific researcher whose most recent research has been published in the Florida-based Journal of Medicinal Plants.
 
A group discount is available, and graduate students who present a poster, or an oral paper receive 90% off of the registration fee.  The deadline for submission of abstracts for graduate student competitions and early registration is March 15, 2017.  Visit www.acmap.org for more details.
 
Interested persons can also contact Dr. Srinivasa Rao Mentreddy, professor and program coordinator, Plant Biotechnology, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL 35762, or call ( 256) 372-4250 oAlt. email: srinivasa.mentreddy@aamu.edu
 
Additional details about the forthcoming conference will be announced at a later date.
 
 
 
Alabama Site of Master Gardeners in 2017

 
 
The Alabama Master Gardeners Association (AMGA) will hold its 27th annual state conference in Huntsville, Ala., May 1-3, 2017. 
 
 
The 2107 conference is hosted by the Master Gardeners of North Alabama with assistance from Limestone, Morgan and Marshall County Master Gardeners.  The conference is expected to draw more than 400 gardeners from across the Southeast.  The conference program is already filling up with exciting lectures and demonstrations.
 
 
Alabama Master Gardeners take great pride in improving their communities by providing education and training to its citizens. 
 
 
 
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AAMU Holds Ribbon Cutting Programs for Three Facilities
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In an effort to celebrate long-awaited renovations to noted structures on the historic Alabama A&M University campus, President Andrew Hugine, Jr., held a series of ribbon-cutting ceremonies on Thursday, April 13.   PHOTOS
The brief programs began with a ceremony (above) at William H. Councill Hall, which reopened in 2016 following over $1 million in renovations and upgrades.  The changes allowed the former residence hall to become a student support center that houses the Office of Retention and Persistence, Testing Services, TRiO and the Confucius Institute.  The basement was renovated to include state-of-the-art technology to support the Tutorial Assistance Network (TAN).
 
Robert A.Carter Hall, the site of the second ceremony, has served as a science building since its erection in 1962.  Over $4.7 million was spent to renovate and upgrade the building to install a complete HVAC system, replace lab and classroom equipment, make ADA enhancement and window replacements.
 
An additional $1 million was used to renovate and upgrade the Ralph H. lee Student Center, which was built in 1958.  The building houses Student Activities, the campus bookstore, print shop, mailroom, Student Government Association offices, and a game room.
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Alum to Address MSU/COM Commencement
 
Dr. Mark E. Fleming, teaching faculty, Orthopaedic Trauma Service; deputy director, Navy Trauma Training Center; and adjunct clinical associate professor of orthopaedics, Los Angeles County and University of Southern California Medical Center, will be the commencement speaker for the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University in Lansing, Mich., on May 4.
 
Fleming.jpgDr. Fleming received the Bachelor of Science degree in physics and computer science with honors from Alabama A&M University in 1989, and subsequently received a commission through the Navy’s Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Fla. He attended Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine through the Armed Forces Health Professional Scholarship Program, earning his Doctor of Osteopathic degree.
 
He is a member of numerous professional organizations, and he has received scores of awards and honors in recognition of his passion and compassionate care of wounded soldiers and the advancement of research in casualty care. In 2014, he received the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics (AOAO) prestigious Fellow Award.
 
Fleming is married to Kreslyon Valrie Fleming, a 1991 honor graduate and former Miss Alabama A&M University. They are the proud parents of three children.
 
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Admissions Team Readies for Birmingham Fair
 
The AAMU Birmingham College Fair and Reception scheduled for the Birmingham Crossplex is very near.  More than 15 departments have confirmed participation by completing the short form sent a month ago.   Please make note of the following logistics:
 
Location: 2331 Bessemer Rd, Birmingham, AL 35208
Phone: (205) 279-8900
Set-Up: 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
College Fair 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Reception & Program 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
 
ATTENTION:  Those who have reserved a seat on the bus should adhere to the following:
The bus will depart from the north end of Patton Hall
The bus will be available for loading exhibit materials at 12 noon
The bus will depart for Birmingham at 1 p.m. sharp
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The Office of Marketing, Communication and Advancement (MCA) is preparing to host the 17th Annual Black Tie Scholarship Gala on Friday, April 28, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at the VBC. 
 
The Gala provides the University an opportunity to showcase its brightest scholarship recipients, while also recognizing avid AAMU supporters.
 
In an effort to heighten awareness and excitement for the event, MCA invites the AAMU Family to participate in "Black Tie Tuesday," an initiative calling for all University constituents to wear a Black Tie every Tuesday leading up to the Gala.
 
MCA requests the support from the University Family in this initiative. For more  information, visit www.aamu.edu/blacktie. or see articles below.
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Black Tie Gala 2017 Featuring Alvin Garrett
 
The Black Tie Scholarship Gala is Alabama A&M University’s premier annual fundraising event designed to close the financial gap of students aspiring toward higher education. This event was derived by members of the Collaborative University Business and Industry Cluster (CUBIC) in 2001 as a way to raise scholarship dollars and to build institutional awareness while bringing together students, faculty/staff and industry for a common cause. Now in its 17th year, the Gala has raised approximately $2 million dollars since its inception and has impacted the lives of hundreds of students.
 
Garrett2.jpgThe 17th Annual Black Tie Scholarship Gala will be held Friday, April 28, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. This year’s event is slated for the North Hall of Huntsville’s Von Braun Center. Each year, the Gala provides the University an opportunity to showcase its best and brightest scholarship recipients, while also recognizing individuals and organizations that are leaders in their respective fields and avid AAMU supporters. 
 
At the conclusion of the program, guests are invited to dance the night away to the performance by Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Alvin Garrett. This is sure to be an evening to remember!
 
Both organizations and individuals can support AAMU and this event through a variety of sponsorship levels. Individual seats are $100. Table sponsorships begin at $1,000 and include eight (8) seats. Please click HERE to view all sponsorship packages.
 
For more information, contact (256) 372-8344 or blacktie@aamu.edu.
 
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Best-Selling Author Inspires Counseling Class
 
Dr. Linda J.M. Holloway (front row, second left), an associate professor in the Department of Social Work, Psychology and Counseling, launched a reading initiative in her counseling classes.
For Spring 2017, her occupational psychology class read "Abundance Now" by Lisa Nichols, an award-winning, best-selling author who battled her way from welfare to Wall Street. She is the CEO of her own company, Motivating the Masses, and is a highly requested international transformational speaker.
Holloway also reached out to Nichols, who provided the class a personalized message of inspiration shared in the video at: https://vimeo.com/209311644.
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Alum Founder's Day Speaker
The software acquisition manager for the Missile Defense Agency will be the speaker for the Founder's Day observance on Friday, May 5, in the T.M. Elmore Building at 11 a.m. 
 
McDonald-Small.jpgPamela Moore McDonald began her professional career in 1983 with United Space Booster, Incorporated. in Huntsville, Ala., after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering technology from Alabama A&M University. 
In 1987, after completing electrical engineering equivalent course work at the University of Alabama Huntsville, McDonald began her federal civil service career at the U. S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMRDEC) .  She was assigned to the Research Engineering Development Center Software Engineering Directorate as an Electronics Engineer. 
 
McDonald currently serves as the Software Acquisition Manager for the Missile Defense Agency. She is the senior software acquisition management advisor to the MDA Director,  the Director for Engineering and the Program Executives.   She provides leadership and direction to the MDA, Director of Engineering Independent Assessment (DEA) Software Acquisition Management  (SAM) Office, ensuring a consistentstandardized  methodology  for  the acquisition of software troughout  the MDA.
 
McDonald also holds a Master of Science degree in management science from the Florida Institute of Technology, and she is a graduate of the Defense Management College. 
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Harley-Davidson Administrator-Alum to Address Commencement
 
The more than 500 persons scheduled to receive degrees at Alabama A&M University's spring commencement exercises will receive words from a woman who once sat among them on her eventual climb through the corporate world.
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After earning her degree in nursing from cross-town University of Alabama in Huntsville, Tchernavia Rocker received the Master of Business Administratiom degree from AAMU.  Now a certified senior professional in human resources, Rocker is vice president of human resources for Harley-Davidson Motor Company, where she supervises over 200 HR employees.
Rocker's extended role includes employee and labor relations, talent management, training, organizational development, performance management, diversity, safety, occupational health and other functions.  She has performed similar HR duties at Goodyear Dunlop North America Tire, Inc., in addition to securing experiences in healthcare and scientific research at other organizations.
 
The administrator previously served on the boards of the Urban Economic Development Association, Progressive Community Health Centers, the Cripus Attucks Center and the South George Street Community Partnership.  Her current affiliations include the Board of Directors for the Next Door Foundation; Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wis.; the Society for Human Resource Management; and the National Black MBA Association.
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Alum Among Teacher Hall of Fame Finalists
An AAMU alum has been selected as one of five state finalists in the middle school category for the Alabama Teacher Hall of Fame sponsored by Jacksonville State University.
 
Thomasena Garner will be interviewed in Birmingham by a selection committee, and results will be announced May 11.
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Former AAMU Education Professor New College President
 
The inauguration ceremony and investiture convocation to formally install Dr. W. Franklin Evans at president of Voorhees College took place on April 7.
EvansWFranklin.jpgEvans took office in August 2016 as the ninth president of the South Carolina institution. The ceremony was officiated by Dr. Robert Satcher, Jr., chairman of the Board of Trustees, and included the presentation of the presidential robe, medallion, citation, and seal.
“I am honored to take on the prestigious title as president of a historical foundation such as Voorhees College. I will uphold the mission established by the founder, Elizabeth Evelyn Wright, as I work to make Voorhees the premiere institution of excellence,” Evans said.
Prior to being named the president of Voorhees College, which is affiliated with The Episcopal Church, Dr. Evans served as the interim president of South Carolina State University (SCSU). He also served as the provost and chief academic officer at SCSU.
During his tenure in higher education, he has been employed at Virginia Union University, Elizabeth City State University, Alabama A&M University, 
Tennessee State University, Vanderbilt University and Athens State University.
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AAMU Plans Tech Transfer Program for Small Businesses
 
The Alabama A&M University College of Business and Public Affairs’ Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Development (CEIED), in cooperation with the AAMU-Rise Foundation, announces the SBIR-STTR Conference on April 23 -25 on the AAMU campus. 
 
OrokTeresa.jpgProspective participants still have an opportunity to help shape a conference that meets their unique interest, according to Dr. Teresa M. Orok, CEIED executive director.  The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in federal research/research and development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization.
 
Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.
 
Additionally, the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena. Key to this program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. However, the unique feature of the STTR program is the requirement for the small business to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II.
 
Funding for research and development is moving away from grants, says Orok. Instead, it is becoming essential for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), as well as all Minority Serving Institutions, to start competing for government and private industry contracts.
 
The AAMU-RISE Foundation and the AAMU Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, & Economic Development are hosting this conference to bring together experts from government agencies, leading R&D companies, and academic institutions. They will be sharing their expertise, thus enabling HBCUs and MSIs to partner with the government and its contractors as they develop and commercialize innovative technologies.
 
For registration and other information, contact CEIED at (256) 372-5603 or e-mail teresa.orok@aamu.edu.
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Business School Co-Sponsoring Upcoming Symposium
 
AAMU’s College of Business and Public Affairs is among the visionary sponsors of an April 20 symposium focusing on the importance of cultivating diversity, talent and innovation within public and private organizations throughout the Tennessee Valley.
 
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Organizers says understanding the importance of diversity and inclusion enhances morale and provides organizations with a unique opportunity to attract and retain high-quality talent in Northern Alabama.
 
In addition to AAMU, event sponsors include the U.S. Army Materiel Command, Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, City of Huntsville, Leadership Huntsville/Madison County, NASA/MSFC, Oakwood University and the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
 
The symposium will begin at 9 a.m. at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala.  For registration and additional information, visit www.futureandbeyondhsv.com
 
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Remaining Schedule for the Department of Visual, Performing and Communication Arts
 
 
Wed
April 19
Noon
 
Student Recital
Morrison Building 100 Choir Room
Sun
April 23
8 a.m.
 
 
 
5 p.m.
 
AAMU Choir in BIRMINGHAM
Spring Concert: Band and Choir
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3200 28th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 3
 
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