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Thursday, December 18, 2014



$12 Days of Giving


In an effort to increase our ranking among colleges and universities with U.S. News and World Report, we are launching our first $12 Days of Giving Facebook Challenge.  Beginning Saturday, December 20th and ending Wednesday, December 31st, we are asking all alumni and friends of Alabama A&M University (AAMU) to donate at least $12 to the University.  Then LIKE and SHARE this post on Facebook and TAG 12 friends to do the same.  


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Your donation will support the annual fund and your tax deductible receipt will instantly be emailed to you.  This is a great opportunity to make a contribution to AAMU while also taking advantage of end of the year tax deductions. 


Donate here -> and select $12 Days of Giving.


For more information, please contact: 


Sandra Stubbs                                                 Reba Jasmin

Director of Alumni Affairs                                   Interim Director of Development                       


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PHOTOS from Fall Commencement 2014 

PHOTOS from Human Resources Benefit Fair 



CFCU Holiday Schedule


The Councill Federal Credit Union, located on the Alabama A&M University campus, has announced its hours of operation for the upcoming holidays.  The schedule is as follows:


December 22 and 23 - Regular Hours

December 24 and 26 - 8 a.m.-12 noon

December 29 and 30 - Regular Hours

December 31            - 8 a.m. - 12 noon

January 2                 - 8 a.m. - 12 noon



Death Announcement

AAMU mourns the death of Mrs. Willie Delores Orange, mother of Marilyn Orange Saintjones of the Office of Graduate Studies.  Funeral arrangements will be coordinated with Rose Hills Memorial Park, 3888 S. Workman Mills Road, Whittier, CA  90601.  Details will be announced at a later date.



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.”



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




Fall Commencement 2014

Faculty/Staff Holiday Reception

Student Holiday Celebration

Holiday Extravaganza

Confucius Institute

Christmas Tree Lighting

Miss AAMU Angels

Retirees Mix and Mingle

HPAC Installation Ceremony

Police Brutality Forum

High School Senior Day

Nobel Laureate Speaks at AAMU

Grad School Teacher Education Fair

Alcorn Game/Military Day

DegreeWorks on The Quad

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

Bone Marrow Walk & Drive



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.

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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.



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


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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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.



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


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.


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


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Jerome Saintjones,, (256) 372-5607
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