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November 2017 - No. 3





Funeral Services Scheduled for Beloved Normalite


McCainClassicSmall.jpgFuneral services will be held at Bryant Chapel AME Church in Birmingham, Ala., for Mrs. Ella Margaret Byrd McCain, 

longtime staunch supporter of the University and a member of its distinguished Normal Legacy Society.


The final rites will be at 12 noon on Thursday, November 16.  The church is located at 3125 Spaulding St. SW, Birmingham, Ala. 


Mrs. McCain and her husband (the late Dr. John McCain), were a "dynamic duo" and prominent educators in Birmingham.  The late Dr. John McCain was a McCains.jpg
graduate of Tuskegee University, while Mrs. McCain completed studies at Alabama A&M University in 1945.  The McCains were also part of the coveted Normal Legacy Society, a philanthropic group whose distinguished members have each contributed more than $100,000 to AAMU.  The McCains' endowed scholarship fund within the AAMU Foundation exceeds $250,000. Also, AAMU's student health and counseling center is named in their honor.


After graduating from AAMU, Mrs. McCain started her career as a teacher in Opelika, Ala.  Within two years, she met her husband John, who had graduated from Tuskegee in 1943 and was completing graduate studies at the University of Michigan.  Dr. McCain would become an influential administrator in Birmingham, where he taught at public schools and even at universities during summer sessions.  He was also instrumental in setting up an AAMU education extension program in Birmingham.  He later served as deputy superintendent of Jefferson County Schools, and even was affiliated with Protective Industrial Life Insurance Company.


IMG_6658.JPGMeanwhile, Mrs. McCain, a loyal Bulldog, embarked upon a more than 40-year career with the Jefferson County School System, primarily teaching library science and serving as “the” accrediting agent for all black schools.  An AAMU Alumni Hall of Fame member, she also headed the state’s organization for black library personnel and later served as secretary for the statewide and newly merged organization following segregation.


Over the course of decades, Mrs. McCain continued to show her love and spirit for AAMU in myriad ways.


- J. Saintjones




Support AAMU's Dancin’ Divas! 


The Dancin' Divas of Alabama A&M University, along with 21 other HBCU dance teams, have been entered into a contest that will make them eligible to receive a $25,000 cash prize and uniforms designed by Beyonce's very own designer, Ms. Brea Stinson.


Voting is taking place NOW and ends at 11 a.m. CST on November 15. The top 5 schools with the most votes will have an opportunity to be evaluated by the judging panel, which makes them eligible for the grand prize. The Bulldog Family are asked to:


1. PLEASE support the Dancin' Divas by committing to vote once a day from now through Nov 15 at 11 a.m. CST. (1 vote per e-mail per day).  Our personal link is : Caution-


2. Please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE on all social media outlets and encourage friends and family to Vote for the Dancin' Divas of Alabama A&M University!

-Shana Granger

Coordinator of the Alabama A&M University Dancin' Divas




High School Senior Day Held


High School Senior Day was held Saturday, November 11, in the T.M. Elmore Building, where, according to Venita C. King, director of admissions, more than 2,000 guests attended, representing Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and even the country of Italy.  PHOTOS


Facilitated by Arthur Wayne of WEUP-FM and Janae McDowell, the event included an opening program with greetings from President Andrew Hugine, Jr., First Lady Abbiegail Hugine (Mrs. Clarene Teague Johnson, standing in), Miss AAMU Aliyah Riley, SGA President Julian Griffith-Battle and others. 


Prospective students and their parents/guardians were able to visit departmental exhibits, take campus tours, and attend a Bulldog football game at Louis Crews Stadium.




Snaps from JSU Game


The JSU Tigers pull ahead of the Bulldogs in the 4th quarter, 10-7, at Louis Crews Stadium Saturday, November 11. A few scenes from the Jackson State game, with a special highlight on the AAMU Dancin' Divas.   See JSU Game




Now Hear This: CSD Offering Screenings


AAMU's Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD) program will be offering free hearing screenings for faculty and staff Wednesday, November 15, from 3-8 p.m.


The screenings will be provided in Rooom 104 of Carver Complex North, in the Office of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. 


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Foundation Launches "Resource" Newsletter


The AAMU Foundation has released its first "Resource" newsletter to provide information about activities pertinent to the organization and its board.  See NEWSLETTER

The fall 2017 highlights the Foundation's purchase of nearby College Plaza on Meridian Street, information on its two major endowment funds, the slow approach to the 50th anniversary, investment policy, and contributions made in scholarship assistance.


For more information about the AAMU Foundation, contact Dr. Allen P. Vital, executive director, at (256) 372-2004.


FLAG RAISING:  The AAMU campus community gathered on the south side of The Quad to pay tribute to United States flag and its significance during a Flag Raising Ceremony scheduled on Thursday, November 9.  Tribute to the American flag was paid through the words of AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr., and Aliyah Riley; through song; through music from the AAMU Marching Maroon and White Band; and the AAMU ROTC Bulldog Batallion.   Flag Raising Ceremony




AAMU Gets New Regions ATM


The Office of Student Affairs is pleased to announce the new Regions Bank ATM on the campus of AAMU.  The ATM is located in the Ernest L. Knight Center, just prior to the Dining Hall entrance.  It may be used by students, faculty, staff. etc.


For questions and concerns about the ATM, contact the Office of Student Affairs in 205 Patton Hall or call (256) 372-5233.



The weekly “Walking with the President” activity will be held again this Wednesday, November 15, at the Student Health and Wellness Center at 12:30 p.m. 




AAMU Trustee Honored Among Distinguished Alabama Women


Alabama A&M University Trustee Ginger Harper recently joined the honorees for the This Is Alabama 2017 Women Who Shape the State distinction in Birmingham, Ala.   PHOTOS


Harper serves as Senior Vice President, Private Banking & Retail Market Manager for IBERIABANK in Huntsville, Alabama. In her role, she is responsible DSC_0343 (2).JPG
for lending, investment strategies, trust and financial planning for the Huntsville
market. With over 16 years of experience, Harper focuses on providing comprehensive financial solutions and offers unparalleled service to high net worth clients as well as leading the Bank’s retail franchise in Huntsville.


"Trustee Harper provides, not only invaluable service to Alabama A&M University as a member of the Board, but she is actively involved in a number of community service organizations and initiatives," said Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr., AAMU president.  "On behalf of the University, we extend congratulations to Trustee Harper on this well-deserved recognition."


On the AAMU Board, Harper chairs the Athletics Committee.  Previous AAMU-affiliated honorees include retiree Virginia Caples, who served as 1890 Administrator. 



CAMPUS UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN SUCCESS:  Tarsha Lockhart (right) joins previous AAMU United Way campaign chairs (Drs. Barbara A.P. Jones and Delores Price) during a recent luncheon to celebrate AAMU's largest United Way campaign contribution to date--over $27,000.  Luncheon attendees received certificates of appreciation from Lockhart and President Andrew Hugine, Jr.  UNITED WAY



Normalites Featured in African American History Calendar


Two notable NASA scientists and AAMU graduates are highlighted in AT&T's 2018 Alabama African American History Calendar, bringing the eventful year in and rounding it out.


NASA retiree Jeanette Scissum opens the calendar as the featured trailblazing mathematician and space scientist who co-wrote a computer program to determine the landing site for the lunar module. 


In 1994, Dr. Shelia Nash-Stevenson became the first African-American female from Alabama to earn a Ph.D. degree in physics.  She serves NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center as an engineer with the Discovery, New Frontiers, Lunar Quest Programs Office.  She represented NASA as a "Modern Figure" a the Red Carpet Premiere of the movie Hidden Figures.


Other 2018 honorees are:  Vernon Z. Crawford, who established Mobile's first African-American law firm (February); Wilson Pickett, singer/songwriter (March); Kenyen Brown, first black Alabamian appointed to serve as U.S. Attorney (April); Helen Shores Lee, activist and daughter of crusading civil rights attorney Arthur Shores (May); Arthur Harold Parker, principal of Birmingham's first black high school (June); Cordy Tindell 'C.T.' Vivian, minister/activist (July); Erskine Hawkins, trumpeter and composer (August); Dr. Willie Ruff, Alabama Jazz Hall of Famer (September); Isaac White, Sr., proprietor, White's Barber College (October); and Nell Carter, Tony Award winner (November). 


For more information about the 2018 Alabama African American History Calendar, visit




Purple Heart Veteran Cuts Ribbon on New AAMU Parking


CombatVetSmall.jpgLieutenant Colonel James McLinnaham joined AMMU administrators last week to cut the ribbon on three new parking spaces for military veterans. The new parking spaces are near Carver Complex South, Patton Hall and the ROTC building on campus.   PARKING


The spaces allow veterans like LTC McLinnaham easier parking and access to nearby buildings. McLinnaham was in the Army for 22 years and is studying nutrition and hospitality management at AAMU.

- Debra Daniel




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Major General Visits The Hill


The Commanding General of the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., visited President Andrew Hugine, Jr., and hiscabinespoke to students as part Federal Employment Preparation Awareness Week.  SIMPSON


MJ James E. Simpson addressed students, faculty and staff in the auditorium of Arthur J. Bond Hall (Engineering Building), where he told attendees about his military career and steps to land employment with the federal government.  The activity was facilitated by Career Development Services.




Cheerleaders Provide Community Volunteerism


Alabama A&M University cheerleaders have been involved in several community projects over the past weeks, in addition to supporting campus athletic teams.


Students who were awarded $100 by Sports Academy because of their academic excellence received shopping assistance from the cheerleaders.  The cheerleaders also helped hand out books to students at South Hampton Elementary School and read books to students at Phillips Academy, both in Birmingham, Ala.




AAMU Part of AppleCare Program


Thanks to the insight of the staff in Career Development Services (CDS), Alabama A&M University has joined the ranks of only a few universities that will participate in the AppleCare program.


An AAMU student can apply to become an AppleCare College Advisor, working from where he or she lives, even a single residence hall room on campus. When customers contact Apple for help, for instance, an Advisor often answers the call.  The student will be the "human connection" to Apple: friendly, thoughtful, and real. They will answer questions about Apple products and services, enriching customers’ lives by helping them access the wonder they’ve come to expect from Apple. 


Apple will post the AppleCare College Advisor positions in the Handshake database.  If Apple is able to hire and maintain quality talent for a year, the partnership will be expanded and Apple will work with CDS to arrange campus visits.  Moreover, the program will be available to all majors, according to Yvette Clayton, director of AAMU's career placement office.

The AppleCare College Program currently recruits at 33 universities in the US and are looking to add on a few more universities for the upcoming hiring season.  




Available to attend approximately 6-9 weeks of required online training on a fixed schedule that may include weekends (Training may be either 24 or 40 hours per week depending on hire date); Able to work three week days between the hours of 4:00 p.m CST and 10:30 p.m. CST including weekends and holidays between the hours of 7:00 a.m and 10:30 p.m, with the possibility to flex up or down hours depending upon business needs; Successful completion of a pre-employment assessment and background check; Successfully complete initial training; Able to meet minimum typing speed of 40 WPM in conversation with customers; AT HOME REQUIREMENTS - A quiet workspace, ergonomic chair, and desk High-speed Internet service (5 megabits download and 1 megabit upload) from a reliable provider.


For additional information about AAMU's AppleCare program, call Career Development Services at (256) 372-5690.





AAMU Collegiate Car Tag Available in Georgia


Bulldogs in the Peach State can now boast their real Bulldog pride throughout Georgia, and fewer are happier about it than Keshia Appkins ‘97, president of the Metro Atlanta Chapter of the AAMU Alumni Association, Inc.


Are you a Normalite in the neighboring state? If so, then simply contact Jermaine Ralph, your collegiate car tag point of contact, at or call (678) 575-8445.



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Maroon and White Among 2018’s Honda Battle of the Band


The Alabama A&M University Marching Maroon and White, led by Carlton Wright, will make its fifth appearance in the 16th Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase on January 27, 2018, in Atlanta, Ga.


A record number of votes helped select a dynamic lineup of marching bands from the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to perform at the 16th Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) Invitational Showcase.


The annual event is the culmination of the HBOB program, and it provides a national platform to highlight a key element in the HBCU community and campus life – the marching band. The invitational showcase will feature extraordinary musicianship, sport and choreography from eight HBCU marching bands and dance squads who are ready to electrify the city of Atlanta.


With a mix of six HBOB veteran bands and two newcomers, the eight bands slated to perform at the 2018 HBOB Invitational Showcase include:


Alabama A&M University, Marching Maroon & White Band (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – fifth appearance


Alabama State University, Mighty Marching Hornets (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – sixth appearance


Bethune-Cookman University, Marching Wildcats (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – 13th appearance


Hampton University, The Marching Force (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – first appearance


Miles College, Purple Marching Machine (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) – first appearance


North Carolina A&T State University, Blue & Gold Marching Machine (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – sixth appearance


Prairie View A&M University, Marching Storm (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – eighth appearance


Tennessee State University, Aristocrat of Bands (Ohio Valley Athletic Conference) – eighth appearance


Honda invited all HBCU marching bands to participate in this year’s program. Of the 39 bands that elected to participate, the “final eight” bands were selected through a voting process that incorporates input from online fans, band directors, HBCU school presidents and representatives from American Honda. In addition to a $20,000 grant from Honda to support their music education program, each of the final eight bands will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the Invitational Showcase.


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Mickey Leland Energy Fellowships Announced


The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides college students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer. For 20 years, this program has increased awareness of DOE research opportunities to students pursuing STEM degrees (short for science, technology, engineering and math). The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in these fields, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

Selected candidates will train under the mentorship of program officials and scientists on focused research projects consistent with the mission of the Office of Fossil Energy. The 10-week summer program may place students at one of several possible FE sites including:

·                     Department of Energy Headquarters, Washington, D.C. and Germantown, MD

·                     National Energy Technology Laboratory, Pittsburgh, PA; Morgantown, WV; Albany, OR

·                     Strategic Petroleum Reserve, New Orleans, LA; and other SPR sites in LA and TX

·                     Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN

·                     Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA

·                     Sandia National Laboratory, Livermore, CA

·                     Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA

·                     Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Livermore, CA

·                     Los Alamos National Lab, Los Alamos, NM


·                     Be at least 18 years of age at time of application

·                     Be a U.S. Citizen

·                     Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0

·                     Be currently enrolled full-time as a degree-seeking student in a STEM program at an accredited college or university at the Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral level (Students pursuing an Associate’s degree are eligible to apply if transferring to pursue a Bachelor’s degree for fall 2018). Must be at least a college sophomore at the time of application.

·                     Be available to participate in the full 10-week program

Application deadline: January 3, 2018, 11:59PM EST


How to Apply: Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at


Program Information: Detailed information about the internship can be found at


For questions please email us at




AAMU Part of Team to Enhance Irrigation of Alabama Farm Land


Only 15 percent of the land currently available for farming is irrigated in Alabama.  In Mississippi, that portion is 61 percent of cropland, and 40 percent in Georgia.  The lack of irrigation is symbolic of huge revenue losses for the state’s agricultural industry.


“Farmers often struggle in deciding when and how much to irrigate, and this prevents them from achieving their full yield potential,” said Brenda Ortiz, extension agronomist and associate professor in the Auburn University College of Agriculture’s Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences, responding to Southeast FarmPress. “For many Alabama farmers, irrigation is a new practice, so they are looking for training, technology and information to support their decisions.”


Auburn has received a grant of $946,684 from the Conservation and Innovation Program of the Natural Resources and Conservation Service, or NRCS. The project focuses on increasing the adoption of climate- and water-smart irrigation practices among Tennessee Valley farmers in Alabama and Tennessee.


Partnering with Auburn are the USDA-ARS-National Soil Dynamics Laboratory, the University of Tennessee, Alabama A&M University, the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, NRCS Alabama and three cooperating farmers.





No Parking in Carver Complex Dock Area

Please note that construction at Carver Complex (at the back dock) will be taking place thru December 1.  This is an active construction site and no parking will be permitted in the area.



Ushers for Fall 2017 Commencement


Volunteers are needed to serve as ushers during the Fall 2017 Commencement Exercises.  Commencement will be held Friday, December 8, 2017 at 1:00 p.m., at the Von Braun Civic Center.


Volunteers can sign up at​ or by contacting  Ms. Nicole Jackson at or ext. 8747 or Ms. Janet Jones at or ext. 8089.




AAMU Professor Targeting PEEHIP Raises in Upcoming Election


An Alabama A&M University professor’s concern about the negative impact of recent PEEHIP insurance increases on AAMU’s employees is seeking a position on the statewide Teacher’s Retirement System and Public Education Employees’ Health Insurance Plan (TRS/PEEHIP) Board of Control.


CadyBPortait.jpg.jpgDr. Barbara Cady is a long-time professor of special education/speech pathology at AAMU and has served in leadership capacities on numerous campus committees and organizations.  She headed AAMU’s Faculty Senate and was an ex-officio member of the Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees, is past president of the local AEA; and chaired AAMU’s Department of Special Education for numerous years. 


The members of the TRS/PEEHIP board are the trustees of the retirement funds and are responsible for the management and administration of the retirement system. Cady aims to secure the Higher Education Position No. 2 slot.


“As a voice from the higher education sector, I would like to help protect and preserve our retirement system,” commented Cady.  “Health concerns and spiraling medical costs are of great concern to us all … I want to help ensure good healthcare benefits by safeguarding the TRS Board of Control.”


Cady received her B.A. in speech from Auburn University; the M.A. in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Alabama; and the Ph.D. in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Kansas Medical Center.


Cady also was awarded the Fred Wessel Memorial Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Cady has authored numerous federal grants totaling more than $10 million for high school teacher in service training and post-secondary degrees. She currently chairs a committee which created an endowed scholarship for financially needy college seniors.


All AAMU employees who contribute to the Teacher Retirement System are eligible to vote.  Ballots are scheduled to be sent to members by October 16, 2017.  However, only ballots returned by 4 p.m. November 21, 2017, will be counted.  AAMU employees will be able to vote by (1) returning the prepaid postage mailer/ballot, (2) by voting online or (3) by telephone.  All instructions will be provided on the ballot.


Elected members of the TRS/PEEHIP Board will only be elected by members from the same category of the retirement system.  For the Higher Education Position 2 slot, persons at A&M voting for Dr. Cady must be on the AAMU payroll currently contributing to the TRS.


AAMU Staff Senate President Malcolm Brasher has stressed the importance of ensuring that health insurance costs do not increase.  He encourages all AAMU employees to “take the time to vote.”




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HR Announces Holiday Schedules


The holiday schedule has been updated to display the entire 2017 year of holidays.  Please be advised that there is no fall break this year.  For the Thanksgiving recess, the University will be closed from November 20 to November 24, 2017 (one week).  


The Holiday recess for faculty will begin on December 13 and conclude on January 1, 2018.  The Holiday recess for staff will begin on December 18 and conclude on January 1, 2018.  All employees will report to work on January 2, 2018.  Please plan accordingly.




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Domestic Violence Balloon Release

St. Jude Presentations

Classic STEM Exhibit

Classic Normalites

Magic City Classic Parade

Magic City Classic Game

Domestic Violence Program

October Board Meeting

Child Development Center Visits Patton (Halloween)

Christmas Extravaganza at Carver Complex

Education Partnership

Fearless Leadership Cohort Graduation

Walking with the President 11-8-2017 (by Julian Howell)

Fed Employment Prep Week/MG James E. Simpson

Combat Veteran Parking Spaces

Flag Raising

Veterans Day Program (by Julian Howell)

Honors Program on The Quad (by Josh Baker)



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