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Wednesday, June 6, 2018 

HPAC HONOREES: The Huntsville Progressive Alumni Chapter of the AAMU Alumni Association, Inc., held its 17th Annual Leadership Awards Gala on Saturday, June 2, at the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center on the AAMU campus.  Pictured (l-r) are: (Seated) Patricia Ford, William Hooper Councill Distinguished Alumna; Dr. Juanita M. Harris, Government/Industry; Dr. Tammy Summerville,
Educational; Ms. Linda T. Hunt, Outstanding Alumna; (Standing) Hon. Will Culver, Government Relations; Evangelist Floyd Rodgers, Religious; Atty. Andrew Sieja, Corporate; James Smith, Small Business; and Marvin Williams, Outstanding Alumnus.  Not Shown: Lee Marshall, Civic/Community.     PHOTOS


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Extension Holds One Health Symposium for Sheep and Goat Producers


The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs will return to Perdido Beach Resort on Friday and Saturday, August 24-25, for the One Health Symposium for Sheep and Goat Production. This event is being held in partnership with Tennessee State University’s College of Agriculture.


The One Health Symposium is designed to educate stakeholders on the basic principles of animal and environmental health, as well as forage and grazing management for sheep and goats.


Guest speakers from the Alabama A&M University, Auburn University, Mississippi State University, Tennessee State University, and the United States Department of Agriculture will address such topics as managing forage production systems, hair sheep genetics, veterinary medicine disposal, soil and water quality, goat breed selection, updates on internal parasite management, and much more.


Admission is $30 for all Symposium activities, and the hotel cost is $159 plus tax per night. A block of rooms has been reserved for 100 people. To reserve a room directly with Perdido Beach Resort, simply call 1-800-634-8001 and mention the group Booking ID #14652.


All participants are expected to pre-register online. Visit to register, download a program brochure and to obtain Symposium updates.  For general information, call Dr. Maria Browning at (256) 372-4954 or Dr. Karnita Garner at (256) 372-8331.


Funding for this event is also made possible from the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Capacity Building Grant Program, the Renewable Resources Extension Act Program, and the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative.




AAMU to Benefit from Boeing’s $6 Million TMCF Investment


Boeing has announced a $6 million investment in the future technical workforce through a partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF)—the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the black college community—to help build a robust pipeline of diverse, early career talent with Boeing.


TMCF.jpg“This investment is another example of how we are building a diverse pipeline of future talent,” said Michael Ford, Boeing vice president of Global Diversity and Inclusion. “Through scholarships, internships, on-campus engagements, and immersive opportunities at Boeing, we hope to inspire and enable HBCU students to pursue careers in the aerospace industry.”


“The support from Boeing is more than a gift,” said Dr. Harry L. Williams, TMCF president and CEO. “It is the manifestation of a long-term strategic partnership that will change the trajectory of so many innovative, intelligent and deserving HBCU students at Alabama A&M University.”


Boeing identified eight HBCU’s with the top programs for engineering, business and information technology.  The investment will fund scholarships, internships, on-campus engagements and immersive “boot camp” programs that will introduce students to Boeing’s culture and career paths.  The eight HBCUs in addition to Alabama A&M University are:


·         Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, Ga.)

·         Howard University (Washington, DC)

·         Morgan State University (Baltimore, Md.)

·         Morehouse College (Atlanta, Ga.)

·         North Carolina A&T State University (Greensboro, N.C.)

·         Spelman College (Atlanta, Ga.)

·         Tuskegee University (Tuskegee, Ala.)


The June 5 announcement builds on Boeing’s ongoing investment in HBCUs, including South Carolina State University, Southern University, Prairie View A&M University, Florida A&M University and Tennessee State University.

This partnership will also give other HBCU students and TMCF member-schools the opportunity to participate through special immersion opportunities held at Boeing facilities to learn about the Boeing culture and career paths.


To date, TMCF has awarded more than $300 million in assistance to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). In addition to scholarships, TMCF provides programmatic, capacity building, public policy and advocacy support for its 47 member-schools and the nearly 300,000 students that attend them.



AAMU Among Disney College Programs


Thanks in large part to the responsiveness of its Career Development Services (CDS) office, Alabama A&M University has been selected as a Disney College Program institution.


“There is a tremendous sense of pride that comes along with seeing each of AAMU College Program participants embrace and grow with this experience,” said Kristi Breen, vice president, Disney International and Campus Programs and DCL Recruitment.


“Making headway, in terms of getting more students recruited and hired by Disney, is something that we’re proud of,” commented Yvette Clayton, CDS director.  “Our most recent placements were Kiaron Bailey and Harold James. They just graduated and now both work for Disney.  And, Andreana Jordan just completed an internship at Disney.”


Clayton says Disney recognized AAMU for increasing the number of students receiving those opportunities.  


“It started about three years ago, when we welcomed them to campus,” recalled Clayton.  “The good news is that they were open to a number of different majors.  For instance, Andreana is a communications major, and Kiaron and Harold are in finance.”


Clayton noted that Disney was also open to Family and Consumer Science and nutrition majors, as well.


“It’s such a global company, with so many different areas, that they were very receptive to lots of students applying, and we’re always committed to trying to make sure every major gets some opportunity.”


Clayton says Disney still visits campuses, but because its brand is so strong, word of mouth travels quickly.


“Our students that have worked there encourage other students to apply, but it’s still a very competitive process,” she said.  “We just hope it continues. We want to see more students have more opportunities with Disney. It is very customer service-oriented. We’re very proud that not only are our students getting there, but they are doing well.”


Harold, for instance, is currently employed with The Walt Disney Company as a financial analyst.  In this capacity, James provides financial support for the Merchandise Line of Business at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Fla.



Summer 2018 Graduation Deadlines-at-a-Glance


May 28, 2018               Memorial Day


May 29, 2018               Classes Begin (Summer Session 2018)


                                     Summer Housing Opens at 5:00 p.m.


                                     Deadline to Submit Applications for Comprehensive         



                                     Oral Thesis/Dissertation Examinations Begins


May 30, 2018               Attendance Verification Begin


June 5, 2018                Deadline to Change from “Credit to Audit” or “Audit to



June 8, 2018                Graduate Applications for Summer 2018 Graduation Due

                                     in Academic Dean’s Office


                                     Deadline for First Submission of Advisor-approved

                                     Master’s Report/Action Research Document to



                                     Deadline for First Submission of Committee-approved

                                     Theses/Dissertations to


Oral defenses for thesis/dissertation may be scheduled after committee-approved document is submitted to along with the Thesis/Dissertation Submission Form.   All requests should be submitted to 213 Patton Hall.


All documents must be reviewed and approved by each member of the Advisory Committee prior to submission to the Thesis/Dissertation email address for review by the School of Graduate Studies’ AAMU Reviewer.


June 11-14, 2018           Comprehensive Examinations   


June 14, 2018                Graduate Applications for Summer 2018 Graduation Due

                                       in Graduate Studies Officein Graduate Studies Office


July 2, 2018                    Deadline to Submit Final Comprehensive Examination

                                       Results to Graduate StudiesResults to Graduate Studies


July 4, 2018                    July 4th Holiday Observed


July 5, 2018                    Classes Resume


July 9, 2018                    Deadline to Submit Final Thesis/Dissertation for Approval



                                        Deadline to Submit Final Action Research/Master’s

                                        Report to


July 12, 2018                   Last Day to Drop a Class or Withdraw from All Classes


July 16, 2018                   Deadline for Final Approval of Thesis/Dissertation by the

                                        AAMU Reviewer


                                        Deadline for Final Approval of Action Research/Master’s

                                        Report by


July 25, 2018                   Deadline to Submit Thesis/Dissertation Certification

                                         Page to Office of Graduate Studies, Room 213, Patton

                                         Hall for Graduate Dean’s Final Approval.


July 26, 2017                    Retrieve Approved Certification Page from the Office of

                                         Graduate Studies, Room 213, Patton Hall for

                                         Submission of Thesis/Dissertation to ETD



July 25-26, 2017              Final Examinations for Summer 2018


July 27, 2018                   Deadline for Electronic Submission of Final

                                        Thesis/Dissertation to ETD (

                                         for Summer 2018 Graduation Clearance


                                         Final Submission of Teacher Education Certificate to

                                         Graduate Studies, Room 213 Patton Hall





AMD Instructor Featured in Publication


Lookbook.jpgWilkie.jpgAn Alabama A&M University Apparel Merchandising Design (AMD) instructor was prominently featured in a recent edition of the Alabama Fashion Alliance’s magazine Lookbook.


Native Huntsvillian Maria Alita Wilkie has long been mesmerized by fashion, envying the 1950s, ‘60s. and ‘70s wardrobes for Barbie.


Even at a young age she loved to watch old movies, mostly just to see the costumes, thus giving her a penchant for vintage style, as well.  According to Lookbook, “Maria thrives on combining the sophistication of the cut of couture with the edginess of pink, the novelty of historical style, and the ethereal in art, music and literature.”




Retiree Retires Again


Following her years of dedicated service as a professor in Alabama A&M University’s College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences, Dr. June Young retired in the metropolitan Mobile area, where she became an active member of Gulf Shores United Methodist Church in Gulf Shores, Ala.


Always active and engaged in student learning, Young went on to serve faithfully an additional 13 years as the After School Tutoring Coordinator her church, enriching the program with her commitment and “big heart,” says church leadership. 





Golf Tournament to Aid Fight Against Cancer


The “I Fight Against Cancer to Win” Charity Golf Tournament has been scheduled for Friday, July 27, at the Colonial Golf Course in Meridianville, Ala.


The first-ever tournament is sponsored by the Patricia Haley Foundation, a charitable non-profit 501(c)3 organization.  The Foundation is dedicated to providing free and professional support services to cancer patients with limited resources.  Additionally, thanks to the generous support of local and national businesses, the Foundation is also able to provide high-quality wigs and breast forms for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatments.


The Charity also provides transportation services to cancer patients.  Because appointments are imperative for treatment, rides are offered to and from physicians, therapy, chemotherapy and other providers.


Several sponsorship opportunities are available, ranging from Hole Sponsor ($100) to Corporate Sponsorship/Title Sponsor at $2,500.  Already, early supporters include the Alabama A&M University Foundation.


“We are turning to our friends in the community to help us give back and bolster our fundraising efforts, says event chairperson Omri Davis.  “We welcome participation as an individual player, golf team or sponsor.”


For additional information about the golf tournament of the Patricia Haley Charity, contact Patricia Haley at or call (256) 693-4709.



WALK:  Several individuals, Greek-letter organizations and clubs participated in the North Alabama Sickle Cell Foundation's annual Walk-A-Thon on Saturday, June 2, at Big Spring Park in Downtown Huntsville, coordinated by Executive Director and AAMU alumnus Pamela D. Thompson.


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ACES Targets Literacy Via Family Fun Day


The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit will hold the third Family Day of Education and Fun on Saturday, June 9, from 12-4 p.m. at Alabama A&M University’s Agribition Center, 4925 Moores Mill Road, in Huntsville, Ala.


Organizers are inviting the entire family and neighborhood out for a day of fun, educational and interactive activities--including exhibits, vendors, door prizes, games, water slide, horse carousel, food, music and much more.


“The Family Day of Education and Fun is an event of the Parent-Child Reading Enhancement Program (PCREP) that has fast become a favorite family and community event,” said Ronnie Humphrey, event co-chair.  “This year, we will continue with the theme, ‘Celebrating Family Literacy,’ that focuses on activities highlighting the importance of family literacy programs.”


In keeping with the theme, participating kids will have a chance to earn PCREP dollars (play money) to purchase books at an on-site bookstore. Parents can also earn PCREP dollars by completing the program evaluation form.


The PCREP Family Fun Day 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 $35 set-up fee. Proper attire and a towel are urged for the water slide.


For general information, contact Ronnie Humphrey at (256) 372-4969, Dr. Dorothy Brandon at 256) 372-5458, or visit Potential vendors may contact Nancy McCrary at (256) 372-4937.



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THE ULTIMATE:  The Gulf Coast Challenge, “the Ultimate HBCU Experience,” will feature the Mighty Alabama A&M University’s Bulldogs versus the Southern University Jaguars. This game will take place Saturday, September 22, 2018, at Ladd-Pebbles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. So, what do we mean by the Ultimate HBCU Experience? During the week of the game, we will have a golf tournament, several concerts, parade, pep rally, and more. We have also challenged each school to help youth in the area achieve their collegiate goals by offering scholarships. AAMU’s President, Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr., recently visited several of the Port City’s high schools and gave out over $800,000 in scholarships. We are so proud of this huge accomplishment! And, we look forward to having AAMU in the city for years to come. For more information, visit Like us/Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.               - Princess Miller


President's EMC Visit:  President Andrew Hugine, Jr. (2nd, left) watches as EMC associate director Michael Burns (left) demonstrates new equipment.  They are joined by (l-r) Clayton Gibson, VPBF; EMC Director Elvin Jenkins; Archie Tucker, VPMCA; and Michael Morns, EMC chief engineer.


EMC Enhances Hi-Def Capabilities


Alabama A&M University’s broadcast component has just made another major step toward upgrading its high definition capabilities.


Led by unit director Elvin Jenkins, key University officials visited Electronic Media Communications (EMC) recently to gain a better understanding of the impact of more than $50,000 allocated toward purchases of advanced equipment.


In addition to providing television and radio programming with staff professionals, EMC also serves as a learning laboratory for communication/media studies students, who are afforded opportunities to learn about the broadcast industry from a variety of perspectives. 


During their visit to the area, AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr.; Archie Tucker, vice president for marketing, communication and advancement; and Clayton Gibson, vice president for business and finance; viewed equipment demonstrations led by ECM associate director Michael Burns and chief engineer Michael Morns.


The EMC production studio has a more than 40-year history of covering such campus events as commencements, galas, athletic events, and campus news.  The facility upgraded the television studio to full high-definition (HD) capability with the purchase of four video cameras and a 4K UHD tricaster.  In particular, the tricaster will allow high quality video capture, as well as provide students hands-on experience with the best professional equipment.


The new setup allows us to give students a better idea of how real-world television studios work, enabling to produce top quality videos for their portfolios,” said Jenkins.



Nobel Laureate Lecture Date Changed


The organizers of the Annual Putcha Venkateswarlu Memorial (Nobel) Lecture have announced that the talk has been changed from its original date set in late November. 


Nobel Laureate Klaus von Klitzing (Physics, 1985) will now give his public lecture on Friday, October 26, at the Dawson Building at 3 p.m.



Retired Professor Receives Another Degree


BrownSusanNew.JPGDr. Susan C. Brown, former AAMU English professor and drama instuctor, was recently conferred a degree from the University of the South's (Sewanee) School of Theology at All Saints' Chapel.


Among the speakers for various commencement ceremonies on the Tennessee campus was Dr. Condoleezza Rice, educator and former U.S. Secretary of State. 


Brown was part of a class of 29 students who completed studies at the seminary, which is affiliated with The Episcopal Church.


Councill Federal Credit Union

Summer Hours of Operation


Monday – Thursday

9 am – 11:30

12:30 – 4 pm



9 am – 1:00 pm


Rufus Gilmore, III, Manager

Councill Federal Credit Union

P.O. Box 267

Normal, AL  35762

Office:  256.372.5379

Fax:      256.372.5765








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