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Monday, November 30, 2015





Annual Christmas Musicale Dec. 6


The Hill's official opening of the Holiday Season with the Annual Christmas Musicale will be held Sunday, December 6, at 5:30 p.m. in the T.M. Elmore Building.  The renowned Alabama A&M University Choir will perform the featured work, Antonio Vivaldi's "Gloria", under the direction of Dr. Horace Carney and the accompaniment of Dr. Mira Kruja, pianist, and the AAMU Instrumental Ensemble.  The public is invited to this free event.




ACCESSIBLE:  President Andrew Hugine, Jr., (2nd, left) congratulates winners of the Bulldog Pride Committee's character trait contest for the month of October 2015 - "Accessible."  Pictured (l-r) the winners are:  Eric Hewlett of Chicago, Ill., student category; Raelitra McKinney, Office of Admissions, staff category; and Dr. Delmonize Smith, dean, College of Business and Public Affairs, administrator category.  Not Shown:  Dr. Sadguna Anasuri, Nutrition and Hospitality Management, faculty category.





DPS Holds ALICE Training Institute


The Department of Public Safety held an ALICE Training Institute to present a U.S. Department of Education-approved active shooter training session on the AAMU campus Monday, November 23. 


Facilitated by Joe Chavalia, this special training is critical to the DPS overall mission of proactively keeping the AAMU campus safe. For more information, visit and


To see photos from the training session, click HERE 



AAMU Finalist in Ford HBCU Community Challenge


Alabama A&M University has emerged as one of the three finalists in the Ford HBCU Community Challenge contest that encourages partnerships for the betterment of local communities.  AAMU supporters have a unique opportunity to read and then to vote as often as possible for AAMU’s proposal over ones submitted by Howard University and Texas Southern University.  Vote HERE


Ford Motor Company and Ford Motor Company Fund are targeting students enrolled at HBCUs— through the Tom Joyner and Rickey Smiley morning shows—to compete in the Ford HBCU Community Challenge. Student teams submit innovative proposals on community issues for a chance to win $75,000 in scholarships and prizes for their university and community. The program’s theme is “Building Sustainable Communities.”


AAMU’s project involves partnering with Girls, Inc., to build an AAMU/Girls, Inc. Community Agricultural Showcase and Mobile Market an underserved, socio-economically disadvantaged area.  AAMU and Girls, Inc. are committed to providing fresh, organic and healthy foods and nutritional educational opportunities to a community with a great food insecurity in order to improve economic, health and nutrition while making a community more vibrant and viable.


Girls Inc. is a national organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. The Girls Inc. experience consists of people, an environment, and programming that, together, empower girls to succeed.


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NOBEL AWARD:  Nobel Laureate Martin Chalfie (2008 recipient for chemistry) received an award of appreciation from AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr., (r) following the former's talk at the Annual Putcha Venkateswarlu Memorial Lecture on Friday, November 20.   See lecture PHOTOS



AEA Meeting Postponed


The AEA Meeting has been postponed until Tuesday, December 1, 2015, at 12 o'clock noon.



AWM Program to Feature Journalist


The Alliance for Women in Media-Alabama A&M University will meet Tuesday, December 1, in the Edward S. Johnson Theatre in the Morrison Fine Arts Building at 12:30 p.m.


SmithJanette.jpgThe meeting will feature a presentation by Emmy, Telly and Aurora Award-winning broadcast journalist, empowerment coach, author and AAMU alum Janette R. Smith, who will be signing copies of her new book, “From Dream to Reality: Navigating the Path to Your Life Purpose.”


The AAMU-AWM Affiliate is seeking student members to promote the entry, development, and advancement of women in media and related fields.  The national AWM is the longest established professional organization of both women and men, dedicated to advancing women in the media and entertainment fields.  The AAMU-AWM seeks to empower career development, engage in thought leadership, and drive positive change for industry and societal progress.  


For more information, contact Dr. Brown at



IMG_4081.JPGSPECIAL TMCF MOMENT:  With a story of hardship, perseverance and triumph, AAMU mechanical engineering major and Tuskegee, Ala., native Michael Wallace moved the entire audience at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s 27th Annual Awards Gala recently in Washington, D.C.  Wallace was one of nearly 20 students attending the event.  TMCF provides scholarship support to students attending publicly-supported historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).   See and hear Wallace's Speech (2:20:11) HERE 



CFCU Holiday Schedule


The Councill Federal Credit Union (CFCU) will be open from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Wednesday, November 25, and will be closed Thursday and Friday (November 26-27).


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Scenes from Christmas Tree Lighting



October Character Trait Winners Announced


The Bulldog Pride Committee announces the following individuals as winners of the character trait award (“Accessible”) for the month of October 2015:


Administrator - Delmonize Smith

Faculty - Dr. Sadguna Anasuri

Staff - Raelitra McKinney

Student - Eric Hewlett



Character Trait Nominations Accepted for November


The Bulldog Pride Customer Service Committee would like to recognize individuals who exhibit a particular character trait each month. The character trait for November 2015 is “liberal.” Liberal is the tendency to give freely of themselves for the improvement of the organization.  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 the liberal behavior that the individual has exhibited. Deadline for nomination is November 30, 2015 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 2, 2015.

You are welcoming to everyone when you're a liberal. You do not have a small mind.”                                                                                           - Lauren Bacall


To complete the survey online, simply CLICK HERE 



Scenes from AAMU Veterans Program


Alabama A&M University helds its 10th Annual Veterans Day Program Thursday, November 12, arranged by the Office of Veterans Affairs and Disability Services and featuring Brigadier General Patrick W. Burden, senior installation commander at Picatinny Arsenal (N.J.).   See PHOTOS


He holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Alabama A&M University and a Master of Science in management information systems from Florida Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Armed Forces Staff College, the Advanced Program Management Course at the Defense Systems Management College, and the U.S. Army Senior Service College Fellowship Program at the University of Texas – Austin.



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AAMU Taken National Through Tom Joyner School of the Month Program


The Tom Joyner Foundation is exposing Alabama A&M University nationally through its much-touted School of the Month (SOTM) program.  AAMU has been designated as the Foundation’s “School of the Month” for November, resulting in national exposure through the coast-to-coast radio broadcast of the Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS).


For years, the Tom Joyner Foundation has given historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) a month-long moment to shine in the bright spotlight of TJMS, a delight of radio audiences for decades.   Through Joyner’s School of the Month program, AAMU will increase its exposure as well as benefit from all funds sent on behalf of AAMU—but made payable to the Tom Joyner Foundation throughout the month of November and throughout the very end of 2015.


For instance, throughout remainder of November, AAMU supporters simply make checks payable to:  Tom Joyner Foundation and mail them to P. O. Box 630495, Irving, TX  75063-0495, placing “AAMU” on the check’s “FOR” line.  


All monies so-designated and received by the Tom Joyner Foundation throughout the month of November will help Alabama A&M reach and exceed its goal of $100,000.  However, thanks to the national airing of the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” people with fond memories of “The Hill,” and who hear that A&M is the Tom Joyner Foundation School of the Month, will be able to send in November gifts from across the nation.  All this is in addition to the ongoing fundraising initiatives of the Tom Joyner Foundation each month.  The AAMU SOTM team will hold activities throughout November to encourage giving.


There’s more.  Giving is open now, but the major push is NOVEMBER 2015.  How much do you love AAMU?  Now, you can count the ways.  Love it by MOBILE PLEDGE:  Dial 41444 and text “AAMU.”   Love is ONLINE:  Also, love it on Twitter:  #TJFAAMU.


Participation in the SOTM program allows AAMU a chance to enhance its fundraising capacity; to raise awareness about AAMU and its wonderful programs; to assist in the recruitment of top quality future Bulldogs; to bring straying Bulldogs back into the fold; to boost its scholarship efforts; and to help secure A&M as a long-term force in higher education. 


All proceeds from this effort will benefit student scholarships at AAMU.  All AAMU alumni, friends and any other radio listeners or urged to make a donation and invest in the students at Alabama A&M University.   Visit and make a donation today.



Scenes from High School Senior Day



MBA Charity Drive Begins


The MBA Association will host a "clothes and coats" drive to assist those in need warm clothing for the winter season. The drive started Monday, November 9, and will end Monday, November 30. The donation box will also be located in the College of Business and Public Affairs, 3rd Floor-Room 301.  




AAMU Raises $19.7M to Surpass Campaign Goal


Alabama A&M University recently announced that its Imagine the Future Capital Campaign has garnered more than $19 million in philanthropic support.  The campaign’s original goal was set at $16.25 million. 


During the university’s October 30 trustees meeting, the board approved an increase of the campaign goal to $22,187,500 in commemoration of the institution’s founding year of 1875. 


“This campaign would not have been successful without the leadership of our chair and member of the board of trustees, John Hudson; Archie Tucker and the development team; and the efforts of the entire board, alumni, and faculty/staff, who participated at a rate of more than 70 percent,” said AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr.


The campaign is the first of its kind at AAMU, and campaign chair Hudson noted its success, while also commending the work of AAMU’s development staff. 


“Archie and his team have done a tremendous job building awareness of the value of Alabama A&M over the course of this campaign,” said Hudson. “Their efforts have increased interest among long-standing supporters and introduced the university to an entirely new group of community and alumni donors.”


“The commitment that exists among alumni to this institution is unmatched.  We have received tremendous support from alumni and friends from across the nation.  However, although the original goal was exceeded, there is still more work to be done,” added Tucker, chief development officer. 


Some of the campaign’s highlights include a 128% increase in the number of donors, a 770% increase in alumni giving, and tremendous increases in the average gift received and total giving. 


The official campaign period ends in 2017.



Official Honored by Local AFP


In commemoration of National Philanthropy Day (November 15), the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) North Alabama Chapter awarded Archie Tucker, AAMU interim vice president for marketing, communications and Archie.jpg
advancement, with the Fundraising Professional of the Year Award during its annual Philanthropy Day Program. 


The award is presented annually to a fundraising professional demonstrating commitment to the profession, knowledge of the industry, and leadership capabilities.  The individual also exemplifies the ethics and standards set forth by AFP.  Nominees should have a track record of service, and advancing philanthropy in their workplace and in the greater community.


AFP is an international organization with more than 30,000 members whom raise more than $100 billion annually.  Mr. Tucker is past treasurer of the board for the local chapter and has also served on AFP’s International Chapter Support Committee.




"Super Lucy" Racecar Featured on WAFF-TV 48


The actual start up of the "Super Lucy," the racecar built and designed by students in AAMU's College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences was featured on the news segment of Huntsville's WAFF-TV 48 news.


To view the footage, click HERE



Notice on Campus Gate Hours


Effective immediately, Monday thru Friday all gates will open at 6 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m. with the exception of the East gate which will close at 5 p.m.


On weekends and during campus closings all gates will remain closed. The only entrance to campus will be the main gate on Chase Road.


If there are any questions, please contact Public Safety at ext. 5555



Photos from "The Classic"


A link to a literal "buffet" of photos are available here to capture some of the events affiliated with the recent 74th Annual Magic City Classic in Birmingham, Ala., culminating October 31.  The link includes scenes from the board committees, special luncheons, the STEM exhibit, Normalite Pavers setup, meeting of the AAMU board, AAMU Foundation Board Meeting, Classic Parade and game.  Additional links will be added.

Magic City Classic - AAMU Perspective



Construction Management Lauds Its Freshmen


AAMU's construction management faculty held a program to acknowledge and show appreciation to its freshmen. 


According to Dr. Mahbub Hasan, assistant professor of construction management, the activity doubled as a means of sharing important information related to retention, support and fellowship with the students.




AAMU Atlanta Alumni Chapter "Steps Up" in Tom Joyner SOTM Effort


Hats off to the Metro Atlanta Alumni Chapter, led by Chapter President Keshia Appkins, for its $2,500 donation to the Tom Joyner Foundation to support AAMU as the “School of the Month” (SOTM) for November.


The Tom Joyner Foundation and the Office of Alumni Affairs are requesting all alumni chapters to make an effort to support the campaign.  Additionally, all alumni and friends are encouraged to support scholarships for current and incoming students by making a donation. 


For more information click or copy/paste the following: 




Social Work Professor Joins SHEC


An assistant professor in Alabama A&M University’s graduate social work program has become a part of a key group addressing the national issue of health equity.


Dr. Pamela Quarles Plummer, an assistant professor, has been selected as a member of the Southeastern Health Equity Council (SHEC)--one of ten regional Plummer.jpg
health equity councils formed to address health equity in the United States.


The SHEC comprises leaders and stakeholders from both non-federal public and private sectors from within the Southeastern region. The SHEC is part of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities—a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health initiative.  Its agenda includes the elimination of health disparities at the grassroots level.

Additionally, the Regional Health Equity Councils (RHECs) have been established to:

  • Identify key regional health inequity issues and drivers, and advance a responsive agenda.

  • Use the collective power of organizations represented on the RHECs to derive models for and promote cross-sector collaboration.

  • Initiate new and support existing regional policies and action to eliminate health disparities.

  • Leverage opportunities available through organizations and sectors represented on the council to address health disparities.

  • Convene regional stakeholders and partners to address regional health disparities issues.

Plummer will bring expertise in the fields of public health and social work to the SHEC.




AAMU Board Meets in Birmingham


The Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees on Friday, October 30, made Andre Taylor its president pro tem.  Velma Tribue of Dothan, Ala., will continue as secretary.  Although Taylor was unable to attend it, the meeting, over which Tribue presided, spanned about 90 minutes and covered a number of action items.


The board also accepted as its executive committee the following members: Dr. Hattie Myles, Dr. Jerome Williams, Velma Tribue and Chris Robinson.  Robinson also headed a presidential review committee (with Trustee Gina Harper and Trustee John Hudson) that noted AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr.’s accomplishments in terms of the 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation, enrollment increase, financial stability, boosts in private donations, the launching of a new strategic plan and the establishment of the AAMU Confucius Institute.  In a subsequent report from Faculty Senate President Jeanette Jones, Hugine was praised for having developed “a harmonious relationship” with faculty.  SGA President Aaron Dixon reported no major issues pertaining to the students.


The review team also called for continued improvements on Hugine’s part in enhancing communication, customer service, relationship building and economic development opportunities in north Huntsville.  Harper’s recommendation following the presidential review report to extend Hugine’s contract via negotiations with the Board’s executive committee carried 6-2-1.


Academic Affairs.  The board voted to establish the Virginia Caples Lifelong Learning Institute.  It also approved a Spanish/Latin American culture concentration; a sports management minor; certificate programs in logistics and cybersecurity; and the launching of an accelerated computer science degree program.  Further, the board gave a nod to realignments of the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences, and the College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences.


Business and Finance.  The board voted to renew AAMU’s line of credit with Region’s Bank.   Also, students who utilize the campus’ bus transportation will be able to follow the location and estimated time of arrival of the bus in real time, thanks to an app developed by Transloc and coordinated with the AAMU’s Information Technology unit.


Fundraising Goal Increased.  Because it had met and exceeded its initial campaign goal of $16.25 million (raising $19.74 million before the September 30, 2017, cutoff date), Archie Tucker, AAMU’s chief fundraiser, sought and received board approval to raise the campaign goal to $22,187,500.


Student Affairs.  Interim Vice President for Student Affairs Gary Crosby received approval for the implementation of a composite predictive index (CPI) that would provide clarity to the university’s admissions policy, as more higher education institutions are veering away from standardized tests as the only predictors of college success.                                                                                                                                                                             

Adjournment.  The meeting adjourned at 10:08 a.m.  


First Official Notice of Next Board Meeting.  The Board of Trustees of Alabama A&M University will hold its next regular meeting on Friday, February 26, 2016.



AAMU Students to Get Real-Time Bus Info


AAMU students looking to catch the campus bus (BTS) are only a phone app away.   


BTS is the go-to option for AAMU students to get around campus, and the real-time TransLoc Rider app scheduled to launch November 2 will make riding easier than ever. With the app, students can track buses live on the map and get accurate arrival predictions for their favorite stops.


bus back sample2.jpg“The Rider app makes it so easy for students, faculty, and staff to know where and when to catch the bus from anywhere on campus,” said according to BTS director Marshall Chimwedzi.  “The real-time information makes BTS even more efficient and enjoyable.”


TransLoc Rider puts users in control of their ride, with programmable alerts that let them know when their bus is 5, 10 or 15 minutes away. AAMU officials can keep students informed about weather-related adjustments, detours, and schedule changes as they arise. Rider has proven so popular with students that over three-fourths of users rely on it more than 5 times per week.


Access to real-time bus information means students don’t have to rely on a car and can eliminate the stress and cost associated with parking on campus, while still moving around freely and safely. The option to save favorite and frequently-used routes and stops combined with auto-location technology makes finding the best transit route a click away, which is especially helpful for new students.


“The Rider app is designed for the way you travel, which means you can quickly find your bus and be on your way,” said TransLoc CEO Doug Kaufman. “We are thrilled to work with AAMU to de-mystify riding the bus and increase mobility and personal security on campus.”


Beginning Monday, November 2, AAMU students will be able to access the app in a number of ways, with another in the development stage, says Xantheia Watkins of BTS.  Students will be able to obtain the app by visiting Google Play or Apple Store and keying in "Transloc Rider."  


There is additional availability via a QR code that will be made available, and arrangements are being made to integrate the app into AAMU existing platform.  So, long story short, there will be no need to ask, "Where's the bus?"



Bulldog Pride, HMCAC Help Academy Recycle


Bulldog Pride and Huntsville Madison County Alumni Chapter are working together to collect and donate plastic bottle caps to the local Union Chapel Christian Academy.  The plastic caps are collected as part of Bulldog Pride Recycling Project, aimed at reaching out to the community.  Bulldog Pride has adopted Martin Luther King Elementary and Union Chapel Christian Academy in their recycling project.



CALNS Student Earns First Place at 2015 Alabama Water Resources Conference


Cedric Williams, a 2nd year graduate student in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, where he is majoring in plant and soil science with a concentration in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), attended the recent 2015 Alabama Water Resource Conference in Orange Beach, Ala.  


Williams competed in a poster competition with 22 students representing universities throughout Alabama. Williams’s poster presentation, “Influence of Agricultural Practices on Water Quality in Limestone Watershed, AL,” was awarded first place.


Presenters were judged on knowledge of the subject, presentation skills and ability to respond to questions. To learn more about the 2015 Alabama Resource Conference go to:


Williams is also a USDA pathway student that is working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Under the pathway program Williams works two summers in which he works a total of 640 hours combined over the two summers. Upon his successful completion of that program and graduation he becomes a full-time employee with the NRCS.


Caption:  From Left to Right: Cedric Williams-Alabama A&M University; Shawn Carter, University of Alabama; Brian Johnston, Auburn University.



Rwandan Minister Visits Honors Students


On Sunday, October 11, 2015, the Honors Program welcomed guest speaker Jerome Bizimana, a Presbyterian minister from Kigali, Rwanda, who has worked tirelessly to promote peace since the tragic genocide of 1995.


Rev. Bizimana is part of the Presbyterian International Peacemakers Association and founder of the "Light Group," an outreach that unites both victims and perpetrators of the massacre that claimed the lives of nearly one million Tutsis in less than four months. Members of the Light Group travel across Rwanda and to other nations sharing how they have experienced healing and reconciliation in the midst of great tragedy.


Honors students listened intently to the story of one woman of the Tutsi tribe who stood side by side with the Hutu who killed four of her sons and proclaimed that she had truly forgiven him. Rev. Bizimana told Honors students that "conflict is inevitable, but violence is a choice." He encouraged them to seek peaceful methods of conflict resolution in their own lives and to embrace the beauty and strength of diversity.


Local members of the Presbytery who facilitated Rev. Bizimana's visit included Mrs. Bettye Dixie and Rev. and Mrs. Newel Witherspoon.


In preparation for the presentation, Dr. Kyla Pitcher, Honors Program interim director, invited Dr. Gatzinsi Basaninyenzi, an Honors Program World Literature professor and native Rwandan, to share his own experiences with the students. They also viewed the movie "Hotel Rwanda" which is based on the true story of a Rwandan hotel manager who protected hundreds of Tutsis from slaughter.





- Photos of Recent Events -


Wang Exhibit in AAMU Art Gallery

(See paintings of AAMU Scenes; Visit Gallery for Much More!)


Cultural Studies Open House


Jackson State Football Game


Be The Match Walk 2015


Professionals in Christ Prayer Brunch


Pie the Business Dean Fundraiser


Engineering Car Start-Mo Brooks


United Way Thanks


Coming Soon .... Ag Week, Aerojet Presentation, Kenya Guests, Character Trait Winners ("Passion")


AAMU Scientists Demonstrate Laser Technique at U.S.-Canada Border


A group of Alabama A&M University (AAMU) researchers are developing a laser technique for detecting economically motivated adulteration in food. The technique has the potential to be used for monitoring food supply-chain at border checkpoints and for quality-control of food-items at storage facilities.


Sharma1.jpgTo develop this technique, physicist Anup Sharma had received a grant of $ 98,000 in 2014 from the National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD) which is supported by Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Based on the promise of initial accomplishments, an additional funding of $ 98,000 was made in 2015 to further develop this technique.


To demonstrate the viability of this technique for practical applications, a team of researchers (Dr. Sharma, Dr. Kassu and PhD graduate student, Carlton Farley) visited the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) checkpoints at Champlain and Chateaugay on the US-Canada border. These are busy entry-points for trucks carrying supply of food items and detection of profit-motivated adulteration of food-items is not uncommon.



Currently, there is no facility for detecting on-site food-adulteration at these CBP checkpoints. Samples of suspected food items are shipped to laboratories and results of these tests could take up to a week or more to be received by CBP. Clearly, any on-site food-monitoring technique has a huge potential.


The standoff Raman technique for monitoring food-adulteration was demonstrated to the CBP personnel by testing samples of food items like olive oil, honey and flour passing through the checkpoints. Typically it can take less than a minute to identify several adulterants and it can be done on-site.     


Recently, Dr. Sharma, then under a contract with the Army’s Aviation and Missile, Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC), made inroads with a technique known as “standoff Raman spectroscopy” to help find explosive chemicals in objects from a distance of few hundred meters.  The procedure entailed “shooting” an infrared laser beam at a distant target and collecting the resulting “chemical signature” via telescope.


The research has enabled physicists Sharma, Aschalew Kassu and Paul Ruffin to work with AAMU food scientists Armitra Davis and Judith Boateng to apply the same Raman spectroscopy technique to food science applications, more specifically for the identification of contaminants, as well as any notable changes in food product ingredients. The laser technique could potentially identify adulterated food and could do so from a safe distance of several meters, Sharma said. 


First Photo: 

Sharma at the US Border Protection Checkpoint at Champlain, NY with equipment for detecting adulteration in food samples

Second Photo:

AAMU Researchers at the US Customs and Border Protection Checkpoint at Champlain, NY on the US-Canada border. From L to R: Carlton Farley (graduate student), Anup Sharma, Aschalew Kassu.


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