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Friday, November 21, 2014



CFCU Thanksgiving Schedule


Councill Federal will be closed on Wednesday, November 26, for the Thanksgiving Holidays.


AAMU Announces Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on The Quad
The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is quickly approaching and this year, AAMU will sponsor children from its very own adopt-a-school group, Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School. The date for the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is Wednesday, December 3, at 5 p.m. on The Quad.  

The Christmas Tree Lighting event is sponsored by the Office of the President, Miss AAMU Hortense Hodo, and the Bulldog Pride Committee.  Music will be provided by the University Choir and the University Band.
The program will be immediately followed by the presentation of gifts in the Ernest Knight Complex. This charity event provides an excellent opportunity for those who want to make a difference to bring a smile to the faces of underprivileged children during the holiday season, adds Miss AAMU.  “We are strongly encouraging all administration, faculty, staff, as well as students to participate in this exciting event.”

Persons willing to participate in the sponsorship of a child, should use the following link:


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Staffer's New Book Deals with Women's Health


Mary Ann Morrow empowers women to take charge of documenting and managing their medical history in her new book, Her Personal Medical Journal: Things Your Doctor Needs to Know (see above).


Her Personal Medical Journal helps women track all their personal medical information for easy access!  Join her for an evening of celebration and socializing at the official book launch of Her Personal Medical Journal: Things Your Doctor Needs to Know.



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.



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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
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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.



Athletic Administrator Named to NCAA Committee


The associate athletic director and senior woman administrator (SWA) at Alabama A&M University has been named to a key NCAA committee.


Dr. Renae Myles has been appointed to the NCAA Division I Committee on Academics. Her term begins at the NCAA Convention in January 2015 in Washington, D.C., and will continue until September 2018.


The Committee on Academics reviews the academic standards for initial and Myles0412.jpg
continuing eligibility, the APR, the GSR and other weighty issues that are vital to the success of student-athletes at Division I institutions.  The new committee replaces both the Committee on Academic Performance and the Academic Cabinet.  The committee consists of 20 members and is chaired by Dr. Roderick McDavis, president of Ohio University.


“I appreciate SWAC Associate Commissioner Edgar Gantt for nominating me to serve on an NCAA committee," said Myles.  "This is a very critical time within intercollegiate athletics, and I am fortunate to have the opportunity to be at the table to assist in shaping the future of Division I athletics.” 


Myles has over fifteen years of experience in intercollegiate athletics.  She previously served in athletics administration at the University of Connecticut, the University of Pittsburgh, San Jose State University, and Delaware State University.  She most recently served as Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator at Southwest Baptist University.

She is a native of Clarksdale, Mississippi and a graduate (1997) of the University of Southern Mississippi, where she also competed in track and field.  She received her M.Ed. (2000) from Northwestern State University of Louisiana and her Ed.D. (2005) from the University of Pittsburgh.

For a complete list of the committee members, click on the following link:




Degrees Not Debt at AAMU; Viewing of "Ivory Tower" Thursday


Alabama A&M University took part in a national campaign that supports a large network of educators, students, universities and other community partners committed to college affordability for all. 


Each day throughout November 10-14, students took part in various activities designed to call attention to the importance of affordable higher education. On Monday, November 10, a call to action was heralded nationwide, followed by pledge taking on Tuesday and testimonials on Wednesday.


On November 13, AAMU students held a film screening for the documentary “Ivory Tower.”  Refreshments and discussion will follow.


A college education is becoming increasingly unattainable for students, and existing student debt exceeds $1.2 trillion.  Moreover, some 40 million people in the United States have student loan debt, and the average student loan debt is $30,000 per person.  


More than 33 million Americans qualify for income-driven repayment programs (IDR) that lower their monthly payments, while only 2.6 million people are enrolled in income-driven repayment programs.  About one-fourth of the workforce qualifies for public service loan forgiveness (PSLF), and grants are available for those who aspire to be educators.


According to AAMU Professor and NEA officer Susan C. Brown, the National Education Association recommends the following solutions:


1)      Increase need-based federal aid, like Pell grants

2)      Refinance loan interest rates

3)      Expand loan forgiveness programs, especially for people working in public service careers like education

4)      State-based reinvestment in higher education

5)      IDR/PSLF enrollment


For more information, visit the NEA website and take the pledge at



AAMU Students Present at EPA Symposium


Left to right: Jeremy Mc Neil, Xantheia watkins, Heather McTeer Toney, U.S. EPA Region 4 Administrator (Key Note Address Speaker), Jeran Herbert, Dr. Berneece Herbert (Assistant Professor & Research Advisor) and Claros Morean 


Four Alabama A&M University students recently presented at the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 3rd Environmental Youth Symposium for Colleges and Universities in the Southeast.  The conference allowed students, faculties, administrators and other environmental and sustainable stakeholders a chance to develop partnerships, to network and to collaborate on sustainable environmental strategies and practices.
Among the student topics and presenters: 
Public Transit as a Sustainable Urban Transportation System - Innovative Strategies for Increasing Ridership in Huntsville, Alabama - Xantheia Watkins, graduate research assistant, Department of Community & Regional Planning, Alabama A&M University
Mapping Food Insecurity and Food Sources in the Huntsville Metro AreaJeremy McNeil, graduate research assistant, Department of Community & Regional, Alabama A&M University
A Water Security Analysis in the Huntsville Alabama MSA: An Exploration of the Impact of Sprawl, Urban Conservation and Urban Agriculture - Claros Morean, graduate research assistant, Department of Community & Regional Planning, Alabama A&M University
Assessment of the Public’s Willingness to Engage in Climate Change Mitigation Activities in Huntsville, Alabama - Jeran Herbert, undergraduate student, Department of Community & Regional Planning, Alabama A&M University 




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Alumni Affairs Seeking Nominations to Alumni Hall of Fame 


The Alumni Hall of Fame Committee is now accepting nominations for the Alumni Hall of Fame.  Nominations will be accepted until January 14, 2015.  Inductees will be honored at the Alumni Hall of Fame Ceremony, which will be held in 140thSmall.jpg
conjunction with the 140th anniversary of the founding of Alabama A&M University on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. at the Embassy Suite Hotel Ballroom in downtown Huntsville, Alabama.


All nominees must be nominated in one of the following categories:  Arts/Entertainment, Business/Industry, Community Service, Education, Government/Law, Medicine, and Science.


Criteria for Selection


1.      Must have graduated from Alabama A&M University before 2011

2.      Must have made a monetary contribution to the growth and development of Alabama A&M University

3.      Must have been recognized as making a significant contribution in his/her professional/community field

4.      Nominations may be made posthumously


Nomination Form


Electronic nominations can be submitted through the AAMU website –

Completed forms can be mailed to Office of Alumni Affairs, Hall of Fame Committee, P. O. Box 348, Normal, AL  35762.  Forms are available at the Office of Alumni Affairs.


Know of an AAMU graduate who has made significant contributions in his or her profession and/or community?  Then please nominate them today.  All questions/comments may be directed to the Office of Alumni Affairs (Sandra S. Stubbs, Director), Alabama A&M University, at (256) 372-5287 or e-mail



Character Trait Nomination Form


The Bulldog Pride Customer Service Committee would like to recognize individuals who exhibit a particular character trait each month.  The character trait for November 2014 is RESOURCEFUL. Resourceful is to act effectively and imaginatively in difficult situations


Please nominate an administrator, a faculty, a staff or a student from the AAMU Family who exhibits this characteristic. A group of independent judges will read the responses and make a selection. Make sure to include in your narrative examples of how the person is resourceful.  Deadline for nomination is November 24, 2014 by noon. The nomination box is located in the J.F. Drake Memorial Learning Resource Center or you may respond online.  Winners will be announced on December 3, 2014.

To complete the survey online, simply click HERE.




High School Senior Day

Nobel Laureate Speaks at AAMU

Grad School Teacher Education Fair

Alcorn Game/Military Day

Bone Marrow Walk & Drive

DegreeWorks on The Quad







AAMU Recognizes Veterans

LRC Presents "The Loving Story"

Art Gallery Features Work of Dobbins

Alpha Kappa Mu Induction

Signature of Excellence

Scenes from Magic City Classic

AAMU Artist John "Jahni" Moore Takes on Colombia

Heat Stress Presentation (Courtesy CALNS)

Critical Thinking Workshop

Rotaract Club Charter

Noted Percussionist Johnny Lee Lane Visits Band Members

Poetry Club Session

Alpha Kappa Mu Induction Ceremony

Healthy Huntsville Walking Challenge

Mayor's Citizen Academy

Southern Football Game

AAMU Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet

USDA-NIFA Official Visits

Homecoming Game

Returning Miss AAMUs

Homecoming Parade

Retirement Banquet for Coach Andrew Lee

Alumni Friday Tailgate

St. Louis Alumni Chapter Visit

On-Campus Parade

Critical Thinking Workshop

The Hill Project 2014

Miss AAMU Coronation


AAMU Film Students Document Wounded Warriors Visit


When 75 Wounded Warrior heroes arrive in Huntsville on November 6 for the annual Semper Fi Wounded Warriors Hero's week project, a student film crew from the Media Arts Institute of Alabama (MAIA) will be there to document their every move via video and photography, according to MAIA head Leon Burnett.


In an unprecedented student-based community service project to honor our wounded veterans, 12 communication arts students from Alabama A&M (who are also members of the Huntsville2Hollywood crew), plus communication arts students from Oakwood University and Calhoun Community College, are the official videographers and photographers for the week-long Veteran’s Day celebration.



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A&M Faculty:  NSF Early Career Doctorates Survey


The Office of Institutional Research & Planning requests that faculty members complete the NSF survey. NSF requires the list of employees who are early career doctorates, individuals who received their first doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent) within the last 10 years (i.e., since January 2004).  The survey is open to all employees who meet these criteria, regardless of their job category (faculty, staff, postdoc, etc.).


Please complete the following form at your earliest convenience. For identifying your major program CIP code, please look at the attached link (e.g., if you are in Food Science, use 01.1001).  The NSF survey is also located on the Office of Institutional Research & Planning website.



Extension Launches New Logo


Cooperative Extension offices were established at 1862 and 1890 land-grant institutions across the nation to bring research-based knowledge in the form of programs and services to the people of America. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (Extension) operates as the primary outreach organization for the land-grant functions of both Alabama A&M University and Auburn University.


ExtensionNewLogo.pngOn October 1, ACES launched a new logo to better market the organization in the age of digital technology.  Extension’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit is housed in the James I. Dawson Building on the AAMU campus. To keep abreast of Extension activities, the public can now find a link to Extension and Urban Affairs under “Outreach” on the AAMU home page.


Persons are also invited to “Like” Extension on Facebook and to “Follow Us” on Twitter.  Additionally, Extension staff are featured on the WJAB (90.9FM) radio show “This Week at Alabama A&M” on the second Monday of each month at 2:30 p.m., where staff members discuss life-changing programs and other timely issues. 



UTK Association Reaches out to AAMU Faculty and Staff


The Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville is reaching out for a partnership with AAMU employee organizations.  BFSA supports the academic and professional development of African American faculty, staff, students and other individuals of color. It traditionally uses cultural awareness and programs to achieve its mission and to make the larger campus community more aware of African American contributions to the University and society at large.  Membership is open to all UT employees and retirees.  For additional information, contact Alecia Mitchell at







presents the


featuring the


Horace R. Carney, Interim Director

Assisted by

Dr. Mira Kruja, Pianist

AAMU Brass Ensemble


Featured Work:

GLORIA – John Rutter

Sunday, December 7, 2014

T. M. Elmore Gymnasium

5:30 p.m.




Close the Gap This World AIDS Day


World AIDS Day 2014 is an opportunity to harness the power of social change, to put people first, and to close the gap! According to UNAIDS, ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 is possible, but only by closing the gap between people who have access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services, and people who are being left behind. 


Community Faith Partners—individuals and organizations that work together to address HIV/AIDS in Alabama—invite you to “close the gap” by supporting these World AIDS Day activities.


Friday, December 5 – Red Ribbon Awards Breakfast – 7:00-8:30 a.m.

Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church

Boone-Lacey Fellowship Hall

315 Winchester Road NE, Huntsville, AL 35811


Participants will enjoy a hearty breakfast, music by Alpha Phi Alpha Ensemble, and hear Georgian AIDS Activist Shakira Desavoir deliver a thought-provoking message on AIDS-related stigma. Desavior has been active in the AIDS arena for more than 12 years.


Friday, December 5 – WJAB 90.9FM - World AIDS Day Poetry Corner – 4:00-5:00 p.m.

This special World AIDS Day program with radio host Marcus Sims will feature poets and a guest interview with Diane Anderson-Minshall, editor of HIVPlus Magazine. To listen online, go to and click WJAB Live Audio Stream. 


Saturday, December 6 – Youth World AIDS Day Program – 5:00-7:00 p.m.

No More Dirty, Inc.

5045 North Memorial Parkway, Suite B, Huntsville, AL 35810


AIDS Activist Shakira Desavoir will deliver another empowering message to a younger audience. In addition, poetry, dance, music, and a mini fashion show will be provided by local artists, including Seasoned Salt, Keila Garvin, MsMeka DaPoet, Kevin “DJ Self Esteem” Haywood, Elevated Hip Hop Group, Came to Praise Ministries Dance Group, Just Believe, Miracle, and Bianca Drake. A reception will immediately follow.


Sunday, December 7 – Documentary Film: “deepsouth” – 5:00-7:00 p.m.

No More Dirty, Inc.

5045 North Memorial Parkway, Suite B, Huntsville, AL 35810


World AIDS Day 2014 activities will conclude with a viewing of “deepsouth,” a documentary about the impact of the AIDS epidemic in the lives of individuals living in the Southeast. Visit for more information. A discussion and reception will immediately follow.


These events are free and open to the public.  Visit to register or send an e-mail to


World AIDS Day 2014 partner organizations include Alabama State Representative Laura Hall, the AIDS Action Coalition, Coffee House Poets, Diverse Educational Life Training Activities, Inc., First Missionary Baptist Church, Madison County Public Health Department, No More Dirty, Inc., and local radio stations WEUP and WJAB.


Contact Wendi Williams at (256) 372-4953, Judy Edmond at (256) 509-4252, or e-mail for more information.




Do you want to be a vendor in the annual Holiday Shopping Extravaganza?  If so, complete and return the application packet HERE!  (Could take up to one minute to download)



Researchers Get HBCU-UP Grant


Professors Receive Homeland Security Award


Biology Alum Recognized by UAB Med School


An honors biology graduate of Alabama A&M University was recently recognized as a Rural Medical Scholar by the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine.


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scholarship for four years to study medicine at UAB.  As a participant in the Rural Medical Scholars Program, Pritchett was part of a five-year track designed for college seniors that leads them to achieving a medical degree.


Pritchett attended AAMU on a provost scholarship.  He participated in the Honors Program, received the President's Cup and served as a University Echo.  A member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., he served as president of the Delta Gamma chapter and developed several new programs, according to Wiley Henderson, chapter adviser and member of the AAMU biology faculty.


Pritchett is studying internal medicine at the UAB School of Medicine and hopes to make lifelong impact in rural healthcare.



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.



CDBE Director Joins CBC Roundtable


The Director of the Center for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises at Alabama A&M University participated in the Black Women’s Roundtable, part of the 6th OrokTeresa.jpg
Annual Public Policy Forum Series of the 2014 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.


Dr. Teresa Merriweather-Orok joined a group of intergenerational women leaders who convened in Washington, D.C., to discuss the topics of health, education, economy, entrepreneurship, retirement security, labor, violence, criminal justice and politics.


AAMU Receives Rotaract Club Charter


Alabama A&M University celebrated the chartering of the state's first university-sponsored Rotaract Club during a reception held Thursday, October 16, in tRotaractClub.jpghe Clyde Foster auditorium of the College of Business and Public Affairs. 



President and Mrs. Andrew Hugine hosted a reception in honor of the Global Social Service Research Rotaract Club sponsored by the Madison Rotary.  Dr. Valerie J. McDuffie serves as the Club's advisors, assisted by Drs. Gwendolyn Williams and Jitendra Kapoor.  See PHOTOS


DPS Announces Free Training Opportunity


The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (SaVE Act) was signed by President Obama in March 2013. The Campus SaVE Act applies to all MY DRESS.jpg
institutions of higher education that participate in financial aid programs under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.


This act imposes expanded crime reporting obligations on colleges/universities and more significantly in the long run, it requires institutions to implement specific policies, procedures and training related to sexual violence and intimate partner violence. Compliance with the Campus SaVE Act will require effective campus-wide collaboration. 


Campus constituents who need to know the SaVE Act’s requirements include students, faculty, campus law enforcement, athletics,  student affairs, academic affairs, human resources, residence life, and counseling and health services staff. Therefore, the Department of Public Safety will host a series of training opportunities to help our campus  better understand the SaVE Act requirements.


Please join us on Monday, November 3rd OR  Tuesday, November 4th, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., when the Alabama Coalition Against Rape will present: “Responding to Sexual Assault Victims and the Campus SaVE Act Requirements”. The training will be held in the ARC Auditorium.


Please call  Ext. 5555 to register for one of the sessions.  Space is limited!



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Message for December Graduates 


The FINAL Financial Aid exit counseling sessions will be held on October 30, 2014.  These sessions are mandatory if you received any form of federal student loans during your college matriculation


If you are a Fall, 2014 candidate for graduate and have not completed exit counseling; you have one last opportunity to complete the process. The Multi Purpose Room # 129-A in the Learning Resources Center (LRC) has been reserved to accommodate you.





October 30, 2014


 Multi Purpose    Room    #129-A

    9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

  11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    2:00 p.m. to   3:00 p.m.

    4:00 p.m. to   5:00 p.m.


Congratulations on obtaining your degree, but what’s next?  You financed your education with student loans and the time to pay back that money is fast approaching.  This exit counseling session will provide information relative to how to make the repayment process manageable. Please bring names, addresses and phone numbers of two personal references not living with you.


NOTE:  Failure to complete the exit interview process will prevent you from receiving your degree and/or academic transcript.


Should you have questions please contact Mr. Alfred Williams in the The Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships @ 256-372-5400




The Men’s Room Holds Debut

The highly anticipated The Men’s Room held its debut via YouTube Channel on September 30 at 7:00 CST. The concept was developed by Executive Producers Johnny Sledge and Charles Beason who wanted to touch real issues in the form of a talk show.

The show features various walks of life giving various perspectives on real life situations.  The show deals with overall topics of race, religion, and relationships plus other hot topics within the world. The Men's Room airs twice a month and is 5-7 minutes long with seven male cast members.



There are four elements of The Men’s Room Brand:

o    Talk Show

o    Live Panel discussions

o    Man on the Street (street interviews and at event locations)

o    Cast Member Videos


The four elements of The Men’s Room will be compiled into a documentary slated to be released in 2015. For media kits, cast interviews, cast appearances, and more information please contact: Chris Robinson, PR Director, at (256) 520-2394 or email 


Engineering Releases New Newsletter (October)

Please click HERE




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.



AAMU Student’s Experiences Make JET Column


At the recommendation of Admission’s Venita Clisby King, an AAMU student’s experiences on “The Hill” found their way into a digital column of Jet magazine. 


Tara Crawford was a student contributor to the Jet column "Stomping The TaraCrawford2.jpg
Yard."  Her article is shown on the following link:   Crawford's section 
focuses on the importance of keeping a spiritual connection throughout the collegiate experience.


A University Echo and communications major from Sacramento, Calif., Crawford was also a student contributor to ESPN’s promotional efforts for the recent MEAC-SWAC Challenge in Orlando, Fla.




Upcoming Events from the Office of Admissions


· High School Senior Day: Saturday, November 15, 2014

· High School Counselor’s Luncheon, Huntsville/Madison County: November 2014 (Date to be determined)

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

· Open House: March 2015

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



Alumni Travel 2014 Football Season                                      


November 22

Pine Bluff, Arkansas   AAMU vs Arkansas Pine Bluff       Bus Seat Game Ticket $125.00

Payment Due by November 17, 2014


For more information, contact Pamela D. Thompson, (256) 851-9572, evening; (256) 536-2725, day; or e-mail



AAMU Student Shares Panel with U.S. Education Secretary Duncan



Charlevester Wims, AAMU senior computer science student, listens to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as he stresses importance of STEM disciplines.


An Alabama A&M University student participated in a recent panel discussion with the United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in Huntsville, Ala.



Senior computer science major Charlesvester Wims of Thomaston, Ala., discussed the benefits and challenges of selecting a discipline related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  Wims, who plans to further pursue software engineering, shared the panel with Grissom High School student Morgan Wagner and NASA mission specialist/educator Ricky Arnold.


In addition to encouraging visiting high school students to find the right balance after choosing STEM disciplines, Wims shared that he enjoyed his experiences in his high school's theatre program.


U.S. Secretary of Education Duncan visited Huntsville and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center as part of his "Partners in Progress" bus tour, which included stops in Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama.  Following the panel, Dr. Russ Shilling, senior STEM education leader, U.S. Department of Education, met on the AAMU campus to participate in a roundtable discussion on STEM challenges, successes and opportunities.  Annie P. Whatley, a 1972 AAMU alumna who serves as deputy director of the Office of Minority Economic Impact for the U.S. Department of Energy, also joined the discussion.


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Hugine Joins Presidents Panel at Tom Joyner family Reunion


Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr., ably represented Alabama A&M University and his higher education leadership colleagues as part of a panel of presidents.  The panel was convened in Orlando, Fla., at the Gaylord Palms Resort by Tom Joyner Foundation Family Reunion weekend organizers.


Hugine joined a group that included Leroy Pernell, dean, Florida A&M University Law School; Dr. Elmira Mangum, president, Florida A&M University; and Eddie N. Moore, Jr., president, Norfolk State University.  The four discussed accomplishments and issues confronting historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).  PHOTOS


NOTICE: AAMU - Smoke-Free Campus


Alabama A&M University became a smoke free campus effective January 1, 2014.  The announcement comes after the Board of Directors passed the Smoke Free Campus policy earlier this year.


The new policy seeks to preserve and improve the health, well-being, and safety of students, faculty, staff and campus visitors. As such, the policy prohibits smoking anywhere on University property and limits the use of smokeless tobacco products and electronic cigarettes on campus.


This policy applies to all students, faculty, staff, visitors, contractors,  and sub-contractors while on property owned or leased by AAMU at all times. Failure to comply with this policy will be dealt with according to established disciplinary procedures for violation of policy as contained in any employee handbook or student code of conduct.


For additional information about the AAMU policy, please see ATTACHED.


- Department of Public Safety



AAMU Alum Joins Dr. Oz’s HealthCorps®


HealthCorps®, an in-school wellness movement founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife Lisa Oz, is proud to announce that Terrika R. Kelley has been selected as a HealthCorps coordinator.   


Kelley joined the peer-mentoring program, which is in 60 high schools in 13 states and the District of Columbia, in June.  The AAMU alum will participate in health classes and take on innovative in-class and after-school projects, such as the popular Teen Battle Chef culinary arts program.  


“I am very excited for this opportunity to work with the students of Ginn Academy,” says Kelley.  “Ginn Academy is a fantastic partner, and I look forward to taking the HealthCorps® message to the students and the community.”


HealthCorps President Michelle Bouchard stated, “We are so proud to have Terrika join our team. She is sure to bring a new level of passion and innovation to her assignment.”



Beginning Farmers, Ranchers Workshop Scheduled 


The Small Farms Research Center at Alabama A&M University will host its New and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Workshop on the campus November 19-21, 2014. The focus will be the 2014 Farm Bill, sustainable agriculture, production, marketing, business development and financial management. Registration is now underway.


The project, Farm Incubator Training Program and Web-Based Resource Center for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers, was a three-year project funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) in 2012. The Small Farms Research Center received $675,491 to develop the New and Beginning Farmer and Ranchers Program at Alabama A&M University to improve opportunities for new and beginning farmers to establish and sustain viable agricultural operations in Alabama through the development and enhancement of innovative educational programs, services, and social networks.


The project aims to deliver outreach and technical assistance, so that beginning farmers and ranchers can successfully acquire, own, operate, and retain sustainable farming and ranching enterprises.


The program also contains four farm incubators strategically located throughout the state of Alabama. The incubators were developed and equipped to provide training, which includes hands-on experience, mentorship, and an apprenticeship for organic production, including sustainable agriculture, and small ruminant/ livestock production (goats, sheep, and rabbit).


The incubators include Tune’s Farm (Falkville, AL), Rosita’s Farm (Hartselle, AL), the A+ Marketing and Tri-State Rabbit Growers Association (Muscle Shoals, AL), as well as the Federation of Southern Cooperative (Epes, AL). Through this project, AAMU Small Farms Research Center and its partners will train farmers and deliver agricultural information, enhance and increase farm knowledge, skills and abilities that will enable beginning farmers and ranchers to participate in USDA agricultural programs, services and benefits.


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.


Three Massey Brothers, Students Return Home from Afghanistan


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The Massey Brothers include Eddie, Everett and Exavier




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


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Normal, AL 35762-1027
(256) 372-5654
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Jerome Saintjones,, (256) 372-5607
Shirley Alexander,, (256) 372-5607
Interns/Bi-Weekly Students: (256) 372-5625