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Friday, October 31, 2014


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Time Change Coming Up


It's almost time to set the clocks back an hour.  The annual time change for the fall is scheduled for 2 a.m. Sunday, November 2.


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



ACES Joins Operation  Green Team


The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit will partner with Operation Green Team for the first annual Tree Day Festival in John Hunt Park located at 2151 Airport Road in Huntsville, Ala., Saturday, November 1, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.


The public, elected officials, and other community leaders are invited to help plant trees throughout the park. The city arborist will also give tips on the planting, placement and pruning of trees.


In addition, there will be inflatable tents, face painting and leaf learning activities, along with giveaways such as Japanese maple trees. Food may be purchased from truck vendors.


For more information, contact Dr. Karnita Garner, Extension environmental specialist, at (256) 372-8331 or Denise Taylor, assistant director of Operation Green Team, City of Huntsville, at (256) 532-5326.






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.




Vehicle Safety Seminar Next Week


The Urban and New Nontraditional Programs component of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System will hold aDriver/Vehicle Safety Awareness Seminar on Wednesday, November 5, at the James I. Dawson Building auditorium from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.


State trooper Curtis Summerville of the Alabama Department of Public Safety will facilitate the session, which is open to Extension personnel and the general public.  The deadline to submit confirmed attendance, however, is Friday, October 31.  Contact Mia Smith, ACES fiscal coordinator, at (256) 372-4940 or e-mail



CDC Children to Visit Offices on Halloween


The children at the AAMU Child Development Center will make their annual Trick-or-Treat visit around campus on Friday, October 31, from 9 a.m.-12 noon.  Their campus stops will include the Dawson Building, College of Business and Public Affairs, President's Office, Morrison Building, WJAB-FM, Patton Hall, Learning Resources Center, the Chambers Building and the wings of the Carver Complex. 

For additional information, contact Marvetta Allen at (256) 372-5437.



Researchers Get HBCU-UP Grant


Professors Receive Homeland Security Award


Death Announcement 


The Alabama A&M University Family mourns the death of Iva J. Staten, sister of Dr. Teresa Merriweather Orok, director of the Center for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises.  Funeral services were held recently in Indianapolis, Ind.



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.


Marshall Cleveland Pritchett, a native of Thomasville, Ala., received a $100,000 Pritchett.JPG
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.


AAMU Veterans Day Program Soon



Alabama A&M University will hold its 9th Annual Veterans Day Program on Thursday, November 6, at 12:30 p.m. in the Clyde Foster Multipurpose Room of the College of Business and Public Affairs.  


The 2014 theme is:  “Those Who Wait Also Serve.”    Dr. Marcus S. Cox, professor of history and associate dean of The Citadel Graduate College will be CoxMarcus.jpg
the keynote speaker.  Dr. Cox
earned an undergraduate degree in marketing and a master’s degree in history from Southern University, along with a master’s degree in business administration from The Citadel School of Business Administration.  


Dr. Cox received his doctorate degree in American history from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and a certificate of completion from the Harvard Graduate School of Education Management Development Program.  He specializes in African American civil-military history and is the author of over a dozen articles and reviews on the history of black higher education and military training programs at black colleges and universities.


Cox also authored Segregated Soldiers: Military Training at Historically Black Colleges in the Jim Crow South. He joined The Citadel in 2001 and previously served College as Founding Director of the African American Studies Program and Assistant Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.


The event is open to the public, and the entire AAMU Family is urged to attend to pay tribute to the nation’s veterans and military personnel.  Refreshments will be served.   



Military Appreciation Day Set


Saturday, November 8, has been designated by the Department of Athletics as Military Appreciation Day.  The Alabama A&M University Bulldogs will be taking on Alcorn State University at 1 p.m. in Louis Crews Stadium. 


AAMU will demonstrate its appreciation for the sacrifices made by service members, past and present.  A wide array of special events has been planned in honor of service members—past and present.


The general admission to the football game is free to all active duty, retirees, veterans and immediate family members. The adults must simply present a military I.D. to game day cashiers to obtain a complimentary ticket.  No I.D. is required for military dependents under age 10.



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


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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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 AAMU to Host the 17th Annual Nobel Laureate Lecture


The 2009 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry will speak at a public lecture at Alabama A&M University on Friday, November 14, at 3 p.m. in the Dawson Building Auditorium on the Alabama A&M University campus.


Professor Thomas A. Steitz received the 2009 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, along with Venkatraman Ramakrishnan and Ada E. Yonath, for research elucidating the structure and function of ribosome, a complex ensemble of numerous protein and RNA components key to the function of all life.


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Professor of Chemistry, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at Yale University. He received the 1980 Pfizer Award, 2001 Rosenstiel Award for distinguished work in basic medical research, 2001 AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize, 2002 Lawrence University Briggs Distinguished Achievement Award, Harvard University 2004 Westheimer Medal, 2006 Keio Medical Science Prize, 2007 Gairdner International Award, 2008 Palade Award, and is an AAAS fellow.


Dr. Steitz will lecture on “From the Structure and Function of the Ribosome to New Antibiotics.” The free public lecture will be followed by a public reception at 5 p.m. in the Clyde Foster Multi-Purpose Room of the College of Business and Public Affairs. 


The Annual Putcha Venkateswarlu Memorial lecture was established in 1998 by Dr. Ravindra Lal in memory of Dr. Putcha Venkateswarlu, who was known at AAMU as the “Father of Experimental Optics Research.”  Dr. Venkateswarlu passed away on August 8, 1997, following a sudden illness.   Since 1998, the lecture series has featured 16 Nobel Laureate Prize Winners in physics or chemistry.


This year’s lecture is sponsored by Alabama A&M University; AAMU College of Agricultural, Life & Natural Sciences; AAMU Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics Department; American Chemical Society; CFDRC; HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology; International Fertilizer Development Corporation (IFDC); Mesa Associates, Inc.; NASA-Marshall Space Flight Center. More information on this and previous Nobel Laureate lectures can be found online at


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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



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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 



Farmers and Ranchers Program Rescheduled


The New and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Program has been re-scheduled for November 19-21. The Small Farms Research Center regrets any inconvenience caused by the change.   Please do not hesitate in contacting E’licia Chaverest for additional updates and the transferring/refunds of reservation fee at  (256) 372-4958.




Signature of Excellence

Scenes from Magic City Classic

AAMU Artist John "Jahni" Moore Takes on Colombia

Heat Stress Presentation (Courtesy CALNS)

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



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 1                                      

Jackson, Mississippi   AAMU vs Jackson State - Bus Seat and game ticket $125 

Payment due by October 27, 2014


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

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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.”


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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


See moving STORY

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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