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Week of: March 20-26, 2017

  

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First Lady's Scholarship Luncheon Scheduled


The Seventh Annual First Lady’s Scholarship Luncheon will be held Saturday, April 1, beginning at 11 a.m. in the Ernest Knight Center on the campus of historic Alabama A&M University.  This event will celebrate the life and legacy of the nine first ladies of Alabama A&M University during Women’s History month. 

The scholarship luncheon serves not only as an event to honor our first ladies, but it is also an effort to raise desperately needed funds for deserving students at Alabama A&M University who  exemplify the spirit of our founder, Dr. William Hooper Councill.

The cost of the luncheon tickets is $500 for a reserved table of 10; individual tickets are $40 per person for general seating.  Tickets may be purchased by calling (256) 372-5715.  The nine First Ladies of the University (Mrs. Councill, Mrs. Buchanan, Mrs. Parker, Mrs. Drake, Mrs. Morrison, Mrs. Covington, Mrs. Henson, Mrs. Gibson and Mrs. Hugine) are recognized during the luncheon.

The 2017 sponsors are:  ARAMARK Dining Services, ARAMARK Facilities and Alabama A&M University.

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Campus Safety Enhancements Made

Following Spring Break, members of the AAMU Family will notice a few safety enhancements around The Quad, as well as upgrades to the light post banners, which now include university logos and motivational adages.

On the safety front, the enhancement include “Speed Cushions” and “Your Speed” radars at designated locations across campus.



Mid-Term Grades Due

All faculty members are required to submit their midterm grades online using Banner Self-Service. The grades are due online by 12 noon Wednesday, March 22.  
 
Faculty members should also be cognizant of students who have been attending your class(es), but are not listed on official rosters. Please direct such students to Registrar’s Office. The Registrar’s Office is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Each student whose name appears on the mid-term roster should receive a grade.  However, students not on the roster should not attend, remain or receive grades for the class.

Please announce to your students that Midterm Grades will be available for their review using Banner Self-Service after grades are processed.

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"DISASTER PREP" Theme of Urban Living Expo 2017

 
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The Alabama Cooperative Extension System's Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit will hold its first Urban Living Expo (ULE) Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Alabama A&M University Agribition Center, located at 4925 Moores Mill Road in Huntsville, Ala.  The theme is "Plan, Prepare, Practice: Don't Get Caught Off-Guard When Disasters Occur."

 

The event aims to engage the public through a series of interactive displays and to provide a variety of Extension information about disasters to individuals, families, local businesses and organizations.

 

Organizers says the Expo will be of special importance to community leaders, first responders, educators, students, emergency and health officials, waste management authorities, senior citizens, as well as to public and private organizations and the general public.

 

While admission is free, planners are prepared to accept donations of non-perishable food items.  Registration is required for all participants and exhibitors.

 

For additional information, contact Dr. Karnita Garner at (256) 372-8331, Dr. Robert Spencer at (256) 372-4983 or visit www.aces.edu/urban.

 

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AAMU Plans Ribbon Cutting Events

Alabama A&M University is proud to announce the formal ribbon cuttings for two newly renovated buildings:  Robert A Carter Hall, the home of science and mathematics units, and The Ralph Lee Student Center.
 
The ribbon cuttings will be held on April 13, beginning at 11 a.m. for Carter Hall and at 12:30 p.m. for the Ralph Lee Student Center.  Refreshments will be served.


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AAMU Mourns Death of Longtime Staffer, Communicator


The Alabama A&M University Family mourns the recent death of Elizabeth Sloan-Ragland, a radio personality and longtime director of the AAMU Telecommunications Center/WJAB-FM 90.9, now Electronic Media Communications.  Funeral services will be held Friday, March 24, at 12 noon at Union Hill Primitive Baptist Church.


Sloan-RaglandElizabethClassic.jpg“Liz” Sloan-Ragland was born in Oxmoor, Ala., in metropolitan Birmingham, Ala.  She attended Rosedale High School in Homewood, Ala., where she was both Senior Class President and Class Valedictorian.  She subsequently enrolled at Samford University in Birmingham in 1969. 


Sloan-Ragland once said that she majored in speech and drama at Samford because of the influence of her father, “who signed his name with an X but knew the value of an education.” She acknowledged, however, that she stood on the shoulders of others blacks who had sacrificed their lives to open the doors of opportunity for her.  She was escorted by her mother and aunt to become the first African American woman in the history of the school to live in a residence hall on campus.


Sloan-Ragland began her employment at Alabama A&M in 1973, following her graduation from Samford.  She went on to earn the Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree in 1977 at AAMU.


She served as director for AAMU’s Telecommunications and Distance Learning Center in addition to station manager at WJAB FM 90.9, a National Public Radio affiliate.  


Her extensive social and civic affiliations included the Huntsville Arts Council, NAACP, Toastmasters and many others.

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STEM Day April 20

AAMU will recognize the best and brightest in science-related disciplines at its 11th Annual STEM Day Thursday, April 20, in the AAMU Student Health and Wellness Center.  

STEM is the widely-used acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  AAMU students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, along with their mentors/advisors, are encouraged to present posters on various research and senior design projects in STEM disciplines ranging from computer science and mechanical engineering to food and animal sciences and forestry.  Abstracts for poster submissions can be submitted at: http://www.aamu.edu/information/stemday/pages/default.aspx.  The deadline for abstract submission is 11:59 p.m. on March 24.

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Ushers for Spring 2017 Commencement

Volunteers are needed to serve as ushers during the Spring 2017 Commencement Exercises.  Commencement will be held Friday, May 5, 2017 at 6:00 p.m., at the Von Braun Civic Center.

Contact Ms. Nicole Jackson at nicole.jackson@aamu.edu or ext. 8747, or Ms. Janet Jones at janet.jones@aamu.edu or call ext. 8089.

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Alabama Women’s Commission 2017 Impact Luncheon

Alabama Women’s Commissioner, Dr. Delores Price (College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences), hosted a delegation of Alabama A&M Price.jpg
University employees, retirees and members of the Greater Huntsville Chapter, Links Inc., at the 2017 Impact Luncheon.  The event was held at the Capital City Grill in Montgomery, Ala.

Price was appointed to the commission, which studies women’s issue and makes recommendation for improvement to the legislature, in 2009 by Governor Bob Riley and was reappointed in 2012 by Governor Robert Bentley.

Featured in the photo, front left to right - Row 1:  Mrs. Abbigail Hugine, Commissioner Dr. Delores Price, and Jr. Commissioner Madelyn Jeneene Suttle; Row 2:  Dr. Barbara Cady, Mrs. Pat Johnson, Dr. Katy Byrd, and Mrs. Cynthia McCollum; Row 3:  Dr. Annie Payton, Dr. Kyla Pitcher, Ms. Tarsha Lockhart, and Ms. Ursula Brooks.

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AAMU Mourns Death of Retiree, Preservationist

AlexanderJeanette.jpgFuneral services were held in Huntsville, Ala., Saturday, March 18, for Jeanette Stovall Alexander, a Moulton, Ala., native who served in AAMU’s School of Graduate Studies.  The AAMU alumna was a staunch preservationist and served on AAMU’s Normal Hill District Preservation Association.  She taught in public schools prior to her work at AAMU. 


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AAMU Posts Extensive Women's History Month Tribute


As part of its observance of Women’s History Month, Alabama A&M University has launched a new web page featuring some 70 women affiliated with the institution and who have made undeniable contributions to the 142-year-old campus and well beyond.   See TRIBUTE
 
“As we scan through the chronicles of time, we honor those brave and giving First Ladies, those committed staff members, the dedicated faculty members, and the countless alums who continue to give back,” commented AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr., whose letter serves as a preface to the listing.
 
The featured women are divided among the major categories of Business/Corporate, Education, Law, Medicine, Military, Public Service and Sports/Entertainment.  They include innovative business women, national award-winning educators, lawyers focused on child welfare, a promising researcher specializing in early cancer detection, a rare U.S. Navy Captain, a former Chicago-area commissioner, one of the nation’s most successful volleyball coaches and an R&B notable.
 
To visit AAMU’s extensive tribute to Women’s History Month, look for the Women’s History Month banner at www.aamu.edu or see TRIBUTE

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Faculty Honored at RJF's "Honoring Our Elders" Event


RosettaJameslogo.pngA current and a retired AAMU professor were both honored during the 11th Annual Rosetta James Foundation "Honoring Our Elders Celebration on Saturday, March 11, at The Jackson Center.


HassanRazi (3).JPGDr. Razi Hassan, a chemistry professor whose career includes productive stints as a community organizers following his college years at Knoxville College, Princeton and New York University, was among the nine honorees who earned "Elder" status.


Born in Kimo, Ala., BrownMary1.jpegDr. Mary Sanford Brown is a retired professor and former chair of the Department of History and Political Science.  She also founded AAMU's Honors Program. She earned degree from AAMU, North Carolina A&T State University and The American University in Washington, D.C.

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Residence Hall Construction Timeline


AAMU Information Technology Services (ITS) staffer Justin Vaughner has captured the construction progress of the new residence hall facility under construction on Meridian Street using drone.  


View the most recent developments HERE.


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Student Input on Experiences Requested

Students – Let your voice be heard and be entered to win a Visa gift card!


Your voice matters and is an important source of information as AAMU strives to improve the student experience. This spring, AAMU students can participate in the Ruffalo Noel Levitz (RNL) Student Satisfactory Inventory Survey (SSI).  


This survey gives you a powerful tool to improve the quality of student life and learning, here at Alabama A&M University.  It measures student satisfaction and priorities, showing AAMU how satisfied you are as well as what issues are important to you.


Check your e-mail for a survey reminder.
 
In appreciation for participating, we will enter all students who complete the survey by March 27, 2017 into a drawing for 1 of 2 $100 Visa gift card, 1 of 4 $50 Visa gift cards, 1 of 8 $25 Visa gift cards. 


Thanks in advance for your time in supporting this important, endeavor.  If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact Dianne Bozeman, survey administrator at dianne.bozeman@aamu.edu  or ext. 8644.

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Time for "RETOOL" Again


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http://vote.retoolyourschool.com/


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AAMU Will Take Part in City-Wide Initiative                              by Debra Daniel


More than 700 freshmen will put the Alabama A&M University “Service Is Sovereignty” motto into motion on Saturday, April 1, when AAMU joins First Baptist Church’s (Governors Drive) “Serving the City as One” initiative.

 

First Baptist (Governors) organized the event 13 years ago, bringing together over 2,000 Christians who represent more than 70 congregations and take on some 200 projects.  Area churches have served as the Southern, Central and Madison Hubs. This year, however, Alabama A&M will serve as the first hub for north Huntsville.  

 

AAMU freshmen, student organizations, faculty and staff will gather on campus at 7:30 a.m. for a university-wide send-off.  Campus buses will then drive them throughout the community to churches, organizations and neighborhoods that requested help.

 

Projects include:

 

·         Home Maintenance and Repair

·         Yard Work

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

          305 Eighth St., Manna House, Food Bank

·         Packing Goody Baskets

·         Lakewood School Projects

·         Sewing

·         Letter Writing

·         Empowered to Connect Conference

·         Prayer Walking the Neighborhood

 

“It’s a wonderful way for students to see the need first-hand and the impact just a few hours of their time can make,” says Monica Clarke, coordinator of AAMU’s Service and Learning Communities and Volunteerism program.

 

“This is just a fantastic opportunity to involve churches, organizations and Alabama A&M University to help meet the needs of our city,” said Mike Pearce, minister of missions at First Baptist (Governors). 

 

To volunteer or receive additional information, visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080D44AFA623A5FD0-aamu

 

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Business School Co-Sponsoring Upcoming Symposium

 

AAMU’s College of Business and Public Affairs is among the visionary sponsors of an April 20 symposium focusing on the importance of cultivating diversity, talent and innovation within public and private organizations throughout the Tennessee Valley.

 

As a focal point, the symposium will provide strategies to build cultural awareness to enhance engagement and productivity in “Creating the Community” among Northern Alabama organizations. The main objective is to ensure organizations demonstrate a safe and inclusive environment for all employees.

 

Organizers says understanding the importance of diversity and inclusion enhances morale and provides organizations with a unique opportunity to attract and retain high-quality talent in Northern Alabama.

 

In addition to AAMU, event sponsors include the U.S. Army Materiel Command, Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, City of Huntsville, Leadership Huntsville/Madison County, NASA/MSFC, Oakwood University and the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

 

The symposium will begin at 9 a.m. at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala.  For registration and additional information, visit www.futureandbeyondhsv.com

 

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AAMU Plans Tech Transfer Program for Small Businesses

 

The Alabama A&M University College of Business and Public Affairs’ Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Development (CEIED), in cooperation with the AAMU-Rise Foundation, announces the SBIR-STTR Conference on April 23 -25 on the AAMU campus. 

 

Prospective participants still have an opportunity to help shape a conference that meets their unique interest, according to Dr. Teresa M. Orok, CEIED executive director.  The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in federal research/research and development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization.

 

Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.

 

Additionally, the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena. Key to this program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. However, the unique feature of the STTR program is the requirement for the small business to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II.

 

Funding for research and development is moving away from grants, says Orok. Instead, it is becoming essential for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), as well as all Minority Serving Institutions, to start competing for government and private industry contracts.

 

The AAMU-RISE Foundation and the AAMU Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, & Economic Development are hosting this conference to bring together experts from government agencies, leading R&D companies, and academic institutions. They will be sharing their expertise, thus enabling HBCUs and MSIs to partner with the government and its contractors as they develop and commercialize innovative technologies.

 

For registration and other information, contact CEIED at (256) 372-5603 or e-mail teresa.orok@aamu.edu.

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Medicinal Plant Conference Moves to Clemson 

 

The Alabama A&M University plant and soil science professor who heads the organization dedicated to the study of and research of medicinal plants has announced plans for the 2017 conference.

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The 2017 conference will be held at Clemson University in South Carolina, said Mentreddy, a prolific researcher whose most recent research has been published in the Florida-based Journal of Medicinal Plants.

 

A group discount is available, and graduate students who present a poster, or an oral paper receive 90% off of the registration fee.  The deadline for submission of abstracts for graduate student competitions and early registration is March 15, 2017.  Visit www.acmap.org for more details.

 

Interested persons can also contact Dr. Srinivasa Rao Mentreddy, professor and program coordinator, Plant Biotechnology, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL 35762, or call ( 256) 372-4250 oAlt. email: srinivasa.mentreddy@aamu.edu

 

Additional details about the forthcoming conference will be announced at a later date.

 

 

Alabama Site of Master Gardeners in 2017

 

 

The Alabama Master Gardeners Association (AMGA) will hold its 27th annual state conference in Huntsville, Ala., May 1-3, 2017. 

 

The 2107 conference is hosted by the Master Gardeners of North Alabama with assistance from Limestone, Morgan and Marshall County Master Gardeners.  The conference is expected to draw more than 400 gardeners from across the Southeast.  The conference program is already filling up with exciting lectures and demonstrations.

 

Alabama Master Gardeners take great pride in improving their communities by providing education and training to its citizens. 

 

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Dancing with the President and First Lady


AAMU Board's Campus Tour

Grad Studies Open House

Diversity in Medicine

Clifford Gordon Exhibit: We Wear the Mask

President's Bus Tour Welcome Back

Future of the City Symposium

Bulldog Pride Adopt-a-Building Committee

Professor Terrell Strayhorn

Scott Smith Exhibit

College of Education Meeting

Big Picture Huntsville/LRC

Education Partners

LSAMP

 

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The Bulldog BottomLine appears weekly on Mondays, coordinated by the Office of Marketing and Public Relations (Jerome Saintjones, Director), Alabama A&M University, 303 Patton Hall, Normal, AL  35762. Please submit items for consideration one week in advance of posting date to public.relations@aamu.edu or news@aamu.edu.  For more information, contact Shirley Alexander at (256) 372-5607.


 



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