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Friday, January 30, 2015


Miranda Bouldin Frost, AAMU alum and founder and President/CEO of Huntsville-based LogiCore Corporation, addressed the Engineering Dean's Speaker Series recently in Arthur J. Bond Hall auditorium.


Several officials and alumni from the University of Ilorin in Nigeria visited Alabama A&M University to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions.  The event landmark even was coordinated by Dr. Stephen Babalola and the Office of International Programs.



Graduate  Assistants Workshop Scheduled


On Monday, February 9, at 11:00 am in the Dawson Building Auditorium (1st Floor), the Office of Graduate Studies will host a Graduate Assistants Workshop.  The workshop is mandatory for all graduate students who currently hold a graduate assistantship.  The purpose of meeting is to review current policy as well as recent changes adopted by the Graduate School and Graduate Council in regards to graduate assistantships. (Even if you attended a previous workshop, your are required to attend).


The Graduate School will also host a workshop for the supervisors of graduate assistants on Monday, February 9, at 2:00 pm in the Dawson Building Auditorium (1st Floor) .  The purpose of the meeting is to review current policy and to go over the essential repository forms. It is strongly recommended that all persons supervising or responsible for the management of Graduate Students who hold an assistantship attend this workshop, regardless of whether you attended a previous session.  If you are unable to attend, please send a representative.




ASGC Fellowships and Scholarships


2015DWTPFlyer.jpg Need Tickets?  Contact Eugene Tasie at (256) 652-6948 or (256) 372-4732.



Sponsored Programs Temporarily Relocated


The Office of Sponsored Programs is being temporarily housed on the 3rd floor of the Learning Resources Center (LRC) in Room 315.  The contact number for Marian Geter is x4724, and other OSP staff can be reached at x4549.





OIPRE Assessment Training Workshops Schedule


The Office of Institutional, Research, Planning and Effectiveness have reserved the Multi-purpose room of the LRC for unit assessment training in order to complete the 2013-14 assessment cycle. The sessions are scheduled for 12:30-2 p.m.


The Wednesday, February 11, 2015, session will focus on administrative support services to include the following administrative units:


AAMU Community Development Cooperation (CDC)

Accounts Payable

Grants and Contracts, Accounting

Collection and Student Receivables

Property Management

Procurement Services

Business Process Workflow Analyst

Bulldog Transit System (BTS)

Environmental Health and Safety

Aramark Facilities & Capital



Financial Aid

Counseling and Health Services

Student Health Center

Counseling and Development

International Programs

Judicial Affairs

Director of Residential Life and Housing

Career Development Services

Veteran Affairs/ADA

Public Safety

Student Activities & Leadership Development

Student Wellness Center

Director of Alumni Affairs

Development Officers

Telecommunications (Radio & TV Station)

Director of Marketing & Public Relations (University Web Page Contents)

University Publications

Corporate Affairs

AAMU Foundation

Emergency Preparedness

Title III

Human Resources


The Wednesday, March 11, 2015, session will focus on educational support services to include the following:


University College

Office of Retention & Academic Support (ORAS)

International Technology, Distance Learning & Extended Studies

University Learning Resources

State Black Archives

Institutional Effectiveness/Institutional Research


Each session will be scheduled between 12:30 and 2:00 PM and include the following:   


(1) Conducting unit assessment of educational programs, administrative support and educational support services.  


(2)  Identifying tools and activities each unit should use in conducting unit assessment activities and plans. 


Each unit must be represented, preferably by the unit head.  Workshops will be approximately 1 hour in length with 30 minutes or so for questions. These workshop will negate our current one-on-one activities we have been conducting.


For additional information, contact OIPRE, at 256.372.8173




Alum Noted on


An Alabama A&M University alumna has been noted for an "African-American Bashen.jpg
first" on the website.


The popular website noted Janet Emerson Bashen as the first African-American woman to hold a U.S. Patent for a software invention. Bashen’s LinkLine software is used by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to track claims, manage documents, and compile related reports.  LINK



AAMU AEA to Hold Membership Drive


The AAMU AEA will hold its "Membership Matters" transition drive thru January 30 on the first floor of the Learning Resources Center, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.




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Birmingham Alumni Chapter Installs Officers

Pictured: (Seated, l-r) President Carol Ann Watkins, Vice President Carl Davis, Recording Secretary Rhonda Jones Warren, Business Manager Lisa Toney, Financial Secretary Karen Howze Samuels. (Standing) Treasurer Stacey Sims Turner, Business Manager Karzetta Bester, Chaplain Johnny Gunn, Parliamentarian Robert Crenshaw, Past President Jerome Morgan. (Not shown) Ingrid B. Moore.





Wind Ensemble Members Will Participate in AIB


Seven Alabama A&M University Wind Ensemble members were selected to perform in the Alabama Intercollegiate Band (AIB) in Montgomery, Ala., from January 21 - 23. 


The AIB consists of college and university band students from around the state of Alabama. They spent two days of intense rehearsal sessions with Colonel (Retired) John R. Bourgeois, one of the most renown conductors in the world.


Colonel Bourgeois  is the former leader/commander of "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Corps Band.  The AIB concluded its activities with a stellar concert which was held at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center on Friday, January 23. 


"This was a most memorable experience for our future band director/students," commented AAMU Band Director Carlton J. Wright.

Above: (l-r) Taylor Jeffery, Chris Newell, Kean Biggs,COL Bourgeois, Enoch Brome, Jason Holt, Quadarius Evans, and Ralston Albert.



Tax Assistance Available Through United Way


The United Way of Madison County, teaming with UAH and the SaveFirst Initiative, is providing tax assistance to students and households earning up to $52,000 with one or more children (or up to $20,000 without children).


Services are available throughout the tax season at the Optimist Recreation Center, 703 Oakwood Avenue NE, and at United Way offices at 701 Andrew Jackson Way.


To schedule a free tax preparation appointment, call (844) 44-TAX-AL.



Healthy Heart Contest Ongoing


Alabama Extension’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit is running the Healthy Heart Contest, allowing a male and a female a chance to win a “Healthy Heart” basket of goodies thru February 26 in observance of American Heart Month.


HealthyHeart.jpgHow to win: The male and female who gets the most people to “Like” the Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs’ Facebook ( page wins! Simply provide a list of names via e-mail of your “friends” who “Like” the page. The Friends List will be verified and the winners will be declared. In the event of a tie, a run-off will be conducted between the contestants by extending the contest until March 2. A winner(s) will then be declared.


Please send your list to Wendi via e-mail at In the Subject area put “Healthy Heart Contest.” Good luck!


Alabama Extension employees are ineligible to enter the contest.



Go Red for Women & Healthy Heart Challenge 2015


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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System invite you to attend the Go Red for Women & Healthy Heart Challenge 2015 Salad Luncheon on Friday, February 6, 2015, from 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 2415 Old Road SW in Decatur, Alabama.


To register, please contact Dr. Celvia Stovall at or call (256) 372-8648.




SELMA!  Alabama A&M University social sciences professors Shannon Frank Reeves, Sr., and Craig Patton recently took about 70 students to see the popular Civil Rights Movement flick "Selma" at Monaco Pictures in Huntsville's Bridge Street Towne Centre.  The students represented classes in Blacks in Politics, State and Local Government, and American Government.  The movie focused on the roles slain activist Martin Luther King, Jr., and numerous others played to secure voting rights in Selma, Ala., and beyond.  (Photo by J. Saintjones)



A&M Professor Has Part in Upcoming Movie


An Alabama A&M University faculty member will have a featured part in the upcoming, Birmingham-based movie “Woodlawn – Dare to Believe!” 


Woodlawn Candlelight Ceremony Shoot.jpgDr. Terry Conkle, associate professor of human performance, was invited to appear as a “featured extra” in “Woodlawn,” written by Jon Erwin and Quinton Peeples, and directed by Andrew and Jon Erwin of Erwin Brothers Entertainment. 


Erwin Brothers Entertainment is based in the Birmingham, Ala., area and is the operation that released the movie “Mom's Night Out” in  2014.   “Woodlawn” is tentatively set for release in Fall 2015, Conkle says, and it is “an inspiring true story about love and unity in a school torn by racism and hate in the 1970s.”


The story focuses on the 1973 spiritual awakening that gripped the Woodlawn High School football team, including its coach Tandy Gerelds.  According to Conkle, their dedication to love and unity in a school full of racism and hate led to the largest high school football game ever played in the State of Alabama (some 42,000 spectators) at Birmingham’s Legion Field.  The movie's central character and focal point is the rise of African American football star Tony Nathan, who played at the University of Alabama and for the Miami Dolphins. 


Woodlawn2.jpgConkle says he acted in five five key scenes for the movie:  “Big Game Day,” Candle Lighting Vigil,” “Paul Bear Bryant,” “Chaos Crowd,” and one scene with unspecified title.  Among the movie’s stars are Jon Voight (“National Treasure,” “Pearl Harbor,” etc.), who portrays Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant; Sean Astin (“Rudy,” “Lord of The Rings,” “The Goonies,” “Mom's Night Out,” etc.); Sherri Shepherd (“The View”); C. Thomas Howell (“E.T.” and “Red Dawn”); Nic Bishop (“Body of Proof” and “Above The Law”); Brett Rice (“Forrest Gump”); and Kevin Sizemore (“Heartfall”).  Caleb Castille plays the part of Tony Nathan (both played football at the University of Alabama). 


“This was a wonderful experience, and offered many insights into movie-making,” commented Conkle.  “There was a great deal of 'hurry-up-and-wait,' but it was fun meeting Jon Voight and listening to Sean Astin tell jokes during the down time.  I eagerly anticipate the debut of Woodlawn next fall.”



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First Lady’s Scholarship Initiative Luncheon

Saturday, March 7, 2015, at 11 a.m.

Ernest L. Knight Center

Alabama A&M University


Felicia Wilson, (256) 372-5715,

or Dr. Kimberley Marshall, (256) 372-8350




AWM Chapter Launched on “The Hill”


Dr. Susan C. Brown, professor in the Visual, Performing, and Communication Arts Department, has announced the formation of an Alabama A&M University chapter of the Alliance for Women in Media.


AWM.jpgThe AAMU-AWM affiliate seeks student members to promote the entry, development, and advancement of women in media and related fields.  The national AWM is the longest established professional organization of both women and men dedicated to advancing women in the media and entertainment fields.  


The AAMU-AWM seeks to empower career development, engage in thought leadership, and drive positive change for the industry and societal progress.  For more information, contact Dr. Brown at (256) 372-4085 or e-mail






 AAMU Announced as Finalist to Win $100,000


AAMU Can Win Up To $100,000 in STANLEY Security Installed

Products & Services


Alabama A&M University has been announced as a finalist in STANLEY Security’s TOGETHER FOR SAFER SCHOOLS grant program.  AAMU could win up to $100,000 in STANLEY Security installed products and services to help secure students and facilities within the campus environment.



(Beginning Jan. 19 Thru Feb. 13)

WEB:  Search aamuedu on

TEXT:   Text* aamuedu to 334455

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TWEET:  Tweet using Hashtags #STANLEYSecurity and #aamuedu


In its second year, the STANLEY Security TOGETHER FOR SAFER SCHOOLS Grant Program provides the opportunity to enhance safety and security in the nation’s higher education institutions by awarding winning schools a share of a substantial grant of STANLEY Security installed products and services.


AAMUStanleyFacebook.jpgStarting January 19 and running through February 13, 2015, students, faculty, administrators, parents, alumni, and members of the campus community are encouraged to vote for AAMU daily via the voting website,, SMS text messaging or Twitter. The top two colleges or universities with the most votes in each of three size categories will be selected as grant winners.


The college or university with the most votes will win one (1) Grand Prize of $100,000 in STANLEY Security products and services. One (1) runner-up will win a prize of $25,000 in STANLEY Security installed products and services. Winners will be notified in March 2015.


Offerings provided to grant winners include consultative security services, access to STANLEY Security’s premier Software Solutions Group (SSG) and seminars for school officials on security threat assessment and advanced Clery Act training offered by STANLEY Security partner and campus security experts, D. Stafford & Associates.


Turn-key installations available to winners can be any STANLEY Security product or solution, including access control solutions, video surveillance systems, fire systems, intrusion systems, mechanical and electro-mechanical door hardware, mass notification systems and other security technologies. In addition, every school that is nominated receives a free security assessment from STANLEY Security to help improve campus safety and security.


For more information on the STANLEY Security TOGETHER FOR SAFER SCHOOLS Grant Program and to vote for AAMU, please visit


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Physicist Will Serve as Guest Editor of National Journal


An Alabama A&M University physicist and former dean has been chosen to serve as a guest editor for an internationally noted scientific publication.


MatthewEdwards1[1].JPGDr. Matthew E. Edwards, respected physicist, researcher and former dean of AAMU’s School of Arts and Sciences, has been selected by California-based Scientific & Academic Publishing to be a guest editor of the highly respected American Journal of Materials Science.


Edwards will play an integral role in the summer 2015 publication of a special issue in the Journal that will focus on nano-particle doped organic thin films and crystals. Edwards currently heads AAMU’s pyroelectric and dielectric materials laboratory.  He is a recognized proponent of the development of innovative ways to teach fundamental physics courses.


In fact, in the summer of 2014, Edwards was called to deliver a paper during the 3rd International Symposium on Integrating Research, Education and Problem Solving, part of a conglomerate of hard science gatherings held that summer in Orlando, Fla.  Edwards’ presentation emphasized the importance of “richer contextualization teaching” in the classroom, in relationship to the comprehension of abstract physics concepts.


When the professor isn’t busy conducting research in pyroelectrics, dielectrics and sol-gel properties of materials for application in sensors and waveguides, or even advising undergraduates, master’s and doctoral students, Edwards manages to devote time to research on the efficacy of teaching physics. 

For additional information about Edwards’ unique accomplishment, please call (256) 372-8104.




CETL Professional Development Workshop: Spring 2015 Events


CETL has planned a semester full of  Professional Development workshops for faculty and staff. Please see below the list of  Spring 2015 events and feel free to register early for the workshops you would like to attend. Click on the Workshop and register for that particular workshop (or call CETL). An announcement will come out at the beginning of each month as a reminder of the workshops for that month for you to register at that time as well. The events will also be on the AAMU Website Calendar.                         




Please click on the workshop title for additional information and to register.

· Professional Development Units (PDUs)

- Number of contact hours per workshop


Workshop Title:   Strategies to Enhance Student Motivation

Presenter: Dr. Juarine Stewart

Date: January 22, 2015

Time: 12:30-2:30pm

Location: LRC Room 309

Objectives: TBA

Who should attend:

- Chairs

- Faculty (Full time and adjuncts)

- Advisors

PDU: 2


Workshop Title: Administrative Assistant/Secretary Workshop

Presenter: Sophya Johnson


Part 1: January 28, 2015

o   Time: 9am-12pm or 2-5pm

- Part 2: January 29, 2015

o   Time: 9am-12pm or 2-5pm

Location: LRC Room 309


- Part 1:

o   Defining the role of an administrative assistant and secretary

o   Professional Duties

o   Getting organized

o   Managing time more effectively

o   Building strong co-worker relationships

- Part 2:

o   Verbal and Non- Verbal Communication

o   Phone  & Email Etiquette

o   Making Appointments

o   Typing Correspondence

o   Setting up Meetings

Who should attend:

- Administrative Assistants

- Secretaries

- Support Staff

- Anyone who is responsible for coordinating, managing or being an effective member of an office team

PDU: 5




Upcoming Events




- February 4 or 5, 2015: Exceptional Customer Service: A Training For Student Employees

- February 12, 2015: Critical Thinking Workshop

- February 24, 2015: Evidence Based Teaching as an Effective Pedagogy Workshop



- March 11 & 12, 2015: Improving your Professional Image



- April 16, 2015: CETL Feedback Workshop


Sophya Johnson

Assistant to the Director


Phone: (256) 372-8783

Fax: (256) 372-8782


















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Huntsville-Madison County Chapter Installs New Officers

The Huntsville-Madison County Alumni Chapter of the AAMU Alumni Association, Inc., installed new officers during a regularly scheduled meeting January 6 in AAMU's Wellness Center.  Dr. Terrance Vickerstaff, the national Association's regional vice president (Alabama) swore in the officers as presented by immediate past president Pamela D. Thompson.

Pictured above (l-r) are:  Sandra S. Stubbs, AAMU director of alumni affairs; Chiquita Suggs, treasurer; Jennifer Ingram, secretary; Pamela Thompson, immediate past president; Clarene Teague-Johnson, president; Sandra Lyles-Jackson, vice president; and Dr. Terrance Vickerstaff, regional vice president, AAMU Alumni Association, Inc.   PHOTOS



AAMU PR Office Announces Availability of Annual Wall Calendar

 2015AAMUCalendar2.jpgThe annual wall calendar for 2015 is available while supplies last in the Office of Marketing and Public Relations, 303 Patton Hall.  The 2015 calendar was designed by graphic designer and professor Tamika Williams.




Telecommunications Center's Fall Commencement Video 

The Telecommunications Center announces its link to complete coverage of AAMU's Fall Commencement.

Please access the program HERE



AAMU Alum Becomes Brigadier General


AAMU Announces the Availability of New App


The long-awaited Alabama A&M University app for iPhone and Android mobile devices is now available to the campus and public for free download, thanks to the dedicated team in Information Technology Services (ITS).


The attractive app allows AAMU students quick access through the “myAAMU” Applogo4.jpg
icon to a registration checklist, emergency notification signup, and access to greater university-related functions provided by the Banner module system.  Other features include a three-pronged calendar enabling users to access university-wide events, academic items, or even their respective personal calendars.


ScreenShot.jpgNeed staff/faculty directory assistance?  There’s a handy icon for that, along with additional icons for emergency listings, courses, ample photo collections of recent campus events, promotional videos, and that’s not all.


Listen to WJAB-FM 90.9!  Link to the exciting world of Bulldog athletics.  Really love A&M?  Then how about tapping on an icon to “Give Now”?  Moreover, there are additional app links to the library, Blackboard and AAMU news.


For iPhone, tap the “App Store” icon and search for "AAMU." Input Apple ID and password.  The app icon should appear with instructions to download.  The surest way to download the “AAMU” app on Android devices is to use the Play Store, Google's official Android marketplace that continuously adds new titles to the thousands available.  Persons without iPhone or Android devices can access


- Jerome Saintjones



AAMU Accreditation Reaffirmed for the Next 10 Years


The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) reaffirmed the accreditation of Alabama A&M University (AAMU) at its annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, on December 9, 2014.  Reaffirmation indicates that the university complies with over 90 core requirements and comprehensive standards designed to assure that institutions meet acceptable standards established by the higher education community that address the needs of society, the needs of students, and rigor and effectiveness of institutions. 


The process is designed to enhance institutional effectiveness through self-assessment, self-improvement and peer review. Accreditation by SACSCOC signifies that the institution (1) has a mission appropriate to higher education, (2) has resources, programs and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that mission, and (3) maintains clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers, and that indicate whether it is successful in achieving its stated objectives.


A critical component of the accreditation process is the conceptualization of a comprehensive Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) which is campus-wide in scope and focused on improving student learning and outcomes.  During the accreditation process, the QEP submitted by AAMU received no recommendations for revisions.  This is very commendable and speaks volume to the excellent work which the QEP Committee completed in formulating the plan.


The accomplishment of this goal of reaffirmation would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the AAMU Reaffirmation Committees.  Appreciation is extended to the chairs and membership of each of the committees that addressed the more than 90 core requirements and comprehensive standards.  A special thanks is extended to Dr. Virginia Caples, SACSCOC Liaison and Chair of the AAMU Reaffirmation, as well as Ms. Bonnie Banks and her committee that developed the QEP.


President Andrew Hugine, Jr. stated, “The reaffirmation of accreditation provides continuing evidence and documentation of the quality educational programs that AAMU offers students in preparing them to be competitive in the 21st century global economy and the outstanding work of the faculty and staff.”



Professor Explores Impact of Time Management on Writing


The recent winter 2014 issue of an academic journal features an article co-authored by an Alabama A&M University English faculty member.


Dr. Anthony N. Ricks, an assistant professor of English, joined an Athens State Ricks_Antony_Headshot.jpeg
University business colleague in the completion of the article “Writing Well: Isnt’ It about Time?”   The article is slated for December 2014 publication in Academic Exchange Quarterly.

According to Ricks, the piece “explores the role time management plays in a college student's writing processes” and includes original research conducted by Ricks and co-author Kim Roberts.  Based on the authors’ research and other cited studies, they were able to suggest that “effective time management skills are critical to producing better writing and succeeding in college.”

The research involved a nine-month study to determine methods to improve writing among upper-division university students.  Time management and writing process pedagogy were important factors in the study, noted Ricks.  


Moreover, participants were asked to complete a three-part visitation sequence in a university writing center while writing research papers.  The findings, adds Ricks, suggest that greater success in college writing is achieved when student writers seek feedback multiple times on their writing and approach writing as a process that develops over time.   



Alum Completes State Rural Development Institute


A 2012 Alabama A&M University political science graduate recently completed his one-year term as a member of the Delta Regional Authority Executive Institute.


Samuel T. Greene, II, a native of Marion, Ala., was one of seven individuals appointed Alabama Governor Robert Bentley to participate in the eight-state leadership institute, which focused on economic and industrial development for rural communities.


Above (l-r):  Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill, Samuel T. Greene II, Leroy Hurt, Ron Sparks, Lynn Boyd, Alternate Federal Co-Chairman Mike Marshall,
Donald Mills, and Austin Monk.


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Alabama Women’s Commission Event


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Twelve women representing Alabama A&M University recently traveled to the Capital City Club in Montgomery, Ala., in support of the Alabama Women’s Commission Fundraising Event.  The event, entitled “IMPACT: Celebrating Alabama Women,” honored Sister Shubert, originator of Sister Shubert frozen dinner rolls, and Betty Sims, a local restaurant owner.


Featured in the photo are:  (First Row) First Lady Abbigail Hugine and AAMU alumni Evelyn Rich and Geraldine Taylor; (Second Row) Dr. Delores Price, Alabama Women’s Commissioner, and Madelyn J. Suttle; and (Third Row) Lakiesha Hawkins, Dr. Annie Payton, Dr. Constance Adams and Dr. Kyla Pitcher.

Not shown:  Felicia Wilson, Monique Johnson and Cynthia McCollum.



AAMU Site for DCI 2015


DCI has just announced the 2015 Drum Corps International Summer Tour.  Marching Music’s Major League™ again returns to Louis Crews Stadium on the campus of Alabama A&M University on Thursday, July 23, 2015, for an evening of marching musical pageantry.


Competing drum corps for the event are:   Cascades - Seattle, Wash.; Crossmen - San Antonio, Tex.; Jersey Surf - Camden County, N.J.; Oregon Crusaders - Portland, Ore.; Pacific Crest - Diamond Bar, Calif.; Pioneer - Milwaukee, Wis.; The Academy - Tempe, Ariz.; The Cadets - Allentown, Pa.; and Troopers - Casper, Wy.

Read more:

The Cadets of Allentown, Pa., are a first-time addition to DCI North Alabama and are a 10-time DCI World Champion.  Additional details will be provided as they become available through campus coordinator Dana M. Gillis at (256) 372-8316.





Extension Specialist Works to Improve Livestock Production in Myanmar

by Wendi Williams 


Urban Regional Extension Specialist Robert Spencer just returned from his second trip to Myanmar in Southeast Asia. Spencer is a volunteer with the Farmer-to-Farmer program in Myanmar that is funded by the United States Myanmar.jpg
Agency for International Development (USAID) and
implemented by Winrock International. Targeting small-scale livestock farmers, he educated audiences on sustainable best management practices that will ensure efficient production and increase on-farm revenue.


Agriculture is the primary industry in Myanmar with the majority of the population living in rural areas. The good news is that there is a strong domestic demand for agricultural products and strong export opportunities to surrounding countries. Much of the country’s climate is semi-arid with an annual rainy season, making it challenging for consistent agricultural production. While there are some larger commercial and government supported farms, most of the farms are small-scale and limited-resource farmers are eager to produce, to improve practices, and to seek out markets that will pay better prices for their products.


Spencer was able to reach approximately 156 producers during farm visits and workshops in the cities of Yenangyuaung, Taw Twin, and Mandalay, and had the potential of reaching more than 22 million viewers during a Sky Net TV broadcast on making soap using goat milk. In addition, educational training covered such topics as upgrading small ruminant operations and animal husbandry in the areas of nutrition, parasite control, parturition and kid care, and rotational grazing.


Spencer plans to return to Myanmar in the spring of 2015 and is looking forward to future trips to Bangladesh and Nepal to continue his work with USAID’s Farmer-to-Farmer program.


Photo: Spencer demonstrating soap making as part of value-added agriculture training in Taw Twin.



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Professor Helps Design Nation’s First Course on High School Sports Officiating

 AAMU sports management team member Nancy C. Price served as the collegiate representative on a committee to create a sports officiating course for Alabama High Schools. 

The committee is headed by Mr. Greg Brewer, assistant director of the Alabama High School Athletic Association/director of officials, and Nancy Ray, Alabama State Department of Education, education specialist for curriculum-health and physical education.  Price said the effort will become the first sports officiating course for the high school level in the U.S.  


For more information, contact Price at or call (256) 372-8910.



SFRC Funded to Assist Urban Gardeners


The Small Farms Research Center at Alabama A&M University has received funding from the Southern Risk Management Education Center (SRMEC) for a project focusing on "Business Planning and Marketing Education for Hard-to Reach Urban Gardeners, Inner-City Youth and Beginning Vegetable Growers."


SFRC staffers sat the one-year project "addresses the unique business planning and marketing education needs of urban community gardeners, inner city youth and beginning producers, who are transitioning or converting to vegetable production."


A business plan is critical to ensuring that producers have aligned their marketing, production, and financing capacities/strategies in ways that minimize risk. Thus, the project will provide targeted marketing educational and business planning training for inner-city youth, hard-to-reach urban gardeners, and socially disadvantaged and beginning producers converting/transitioning to vegetable production.


The training involving workshops, group meetings and one-on-one mentoring sessions, will be based on modules developed early in the project. The target audiences are individuals in and around four Alabama urban centers, including Huntsville, Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile.


For more information about this program and services, visit the Small Farms Research Center on-line at or give us a call at (256) 372-4970 or 1(866) 372-4970.



Upcoming Events from the Office of Admissions

· Presidential Community Outreach Bus Tour: February 2-6 , 2015

· Open House: March 2015

· Student Orientation And Registration ( June, July & August 2015) 




Photography from Past AAMU Events


Looking for photos of past events and activities at Alabama A&M University? If so, then simply check out the PHOTO ARCHIVES located on the webpage of the Office of Marketing and Public Relations.  There you will find a range of digital photos of events dating back several years.                  

  - Shirley Alexander


Alabama A&M University
P. O. Box 1027 (303 Patton Hall)
Normal, AL 35762-1027
(256) 372-5654
(256) 372-5034 (Fax)
Jerome Saintjones,, (256) 372-5607
Shirley Alexander,, (256) 372-5607
Interns/Bi-Weekly Students: (256) 372-5625