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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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MANNRS Meeting Today


The first general body meeting of the AAMU-Morrison Chapter of MANNRS will be Wednesday, August 24, at 12 p.m. in the ARC Food Science Conference Room.  


For more information, e-mail or call (205) 382-3257.




FIRE DAWGS:  The AAMU forestry programs Fire Dawgs team have developed a car tag to showcase the firefighting squad's pride and uniqueness.  For more info on the Fire Dawgs and the project, contact


Funeral Services Scheduled


Anthony.jpgFuneral services will be held Friday, August 26, for Dr. Nell Rice Anthony, (left) retired professor of education at Alabama A&M University.  The service will be held at 11 a.m. at First Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 1303 Evangel Drive, Huntsville, Ala.  The family hour is scheduled for Thursday, August 25, from 6-7 p.m. at the Royal Chapel of Memories.


Funeral services will be held for Ms. Ora B. Townsend (right) on Saturday, August 27, at 1 p.m. at St. Rebecca Primitive Baptist Church, 330 Grimwood Lane, Hazel Green, Ala.  Ms. Townsend is the mother of Loretta Townsend, secretary, Department of English and Foreign Languages, and retiree Linda Townsend, formerly of the College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences.


AAMU Introduces New Campus Convenience Store

P.O.D. Offers Provisions on Demand in Modern Market Style


Alabama A&M University Dining Services /Aramark is pleased to introduce a new campus convenience store concept, Provisions on Demand (P.O.D) Market, to meet the demand of students looking for fresh and convenient grab ‘n go dining options.


The P.O.D, combines the corner store with the style of a modern market, featuring grab ‘n go dining options for any time of day, including: salads, fresh produce, bakery selections and traditional essentials found in a convenience store. 


“Our research found that students were looking for everyday essentials in one convenient location on campus,” said Felicia Wilson, Food Service Director, Alabama A&M University Dining Services.  “Our goal was to develop a highly-customized solution that delivers quality, convenience, variety and value.” 


The P.O.D is located in the Ernest L. Knight West Campus Living Learning Complex across from Subway Cafe. The grand opening for the location will be held August 29 from 11a.m to 1 p.m.


For more information about Provisions on Demand or the Grand Opening celebration, contact Dining Services marketing department at 205.348.5698.

by LaShana Sorrell, Aramark

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EE Student Ambassador at WHI


An Alabama A&M University electrical engineer student will play a special role for a Washington, D.C., area black college advocacy organization


Shannon Baldwin has been selected as the HBCU All-Star Ambassador for AAMU for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and BaldwinShannon.jpg

Universities (WHI-HBCUs).  In this role, Baldwin will serve as a representative for the University during the annual conference set for Washington, D.C., in October. She will also be seen on campus throughout the year, sharing with her fellow students the importance of education.


Normalites are urged to tweet, post on Facebook and Instagram about Baldwin’s selection for this program by using the statements below:

*So proud of Shannon Baldwin for being selected @WHI_HBCUs #2016HBCUAll-Star. You represent Alabama A&M well.

 *Shannon Baldwin has been selected as a @WHI_HBCUs 2016 All-Star. Alabama A&M is so proud of her. #AAMU #GoBulldogs #2016HBCUAll-Star

 *@WHI_HBCUs has named Shannon Baldwin as 2016 HBCU All-Star representing Alabama A&M. Congratulations! @usedgov

*Chosen for her leadership and academic success, Shannon Baldwin was selected as #2016HBCUALL-STAR. #AAMU #BulldogPride @WHI_HBCUs @usedgov


Air View:  AAMU ITS staffer Justin Vaughner takes a drone-based photo of the construction site for the new residence hall on Meridian Street.  The AAMU Student Health and Wellness Center appears in background.



AAMU Day at Sparkman Walmart - PHOTOS


Woody Anderson Ford AAMU Community Day - PHOTOS


Fall  2016 Faculty-Staff Conference Focus: "Embracing Change"

See Story and Photos:  HERE




Alum Meet and Greet Scheduled


The Central Florida Chapter of the Alabama A&M University Alumni Association will host a Meet and Greet on Saturday, August 27, at the Orlando Downtown Library at 10 a.m.


According to the Office of Alumni Affairs, the Central Florida Alumni Chapter includes Brevard, Lake and Orange Counties.  Area alumni are urged to contact one of the following Chapter members to become involved in this newly created chapter:


Tonya Poole, c/o ‘97@937-825-0390

Pam Tarver, c/o ‘78@407-970-6061






North Alabama NSBE to Host 2nd STEM Power 5K Run at AAMU

The North Alabama chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers will host its 2nd STEM Power 5K Run on the campus of Alabama A&M University on Saturday, September 10, beginning at 8 a.m.

The race will start at the AAMU Old Gym.  Proceeds will support local students within the Huntsville/Madison area to receive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) scholarships through NSBE Scholarship Programs.

These scholarships include a week-long experience at Space Camp, scholarships for High School Seniors entering college with a STEM discipline and the Annual Summer Robotics Camp.  The North Alabama NSBE Professionals organization also supports the NSBE Collegiate Chapters at AAMU, UAH and Oakwood.

High School/College Students can register for $10; Adults, $25.  Register online at

Contact: Pam McDonald, (256) 651-8553 or  





SISS:  AAMU recently honored persons who retired between October 1, 2015, and September 1, 2016, at the Service Is Sovereignty Society dinner at the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center.  The event also doubles as a tribute to those employees who have worked for the University for at least 30 consecutive years.  The 30-year honoree for 2016 was Victoria Richardson.  PHOTOS


Wellness Fair Sept. 10


The 16th ANnual North Alabama Health and Wellness Fair will be held in the Alabama A&M University Student Health and Wellness Center on Saturday, September 10, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  The Walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 1 p.m.


The event will feature free health information and numerous screenings.


AAMU Breaks Ground for New Residential Facility


A ground breaking ceremony for the new residence hall at Alabama A&M University was held Thursday, August 18, on the east side of the Wellness Center on Meridian Street.   PHOTOS   


The more than 500-bed facility will feature a complete building automation system that monitors occupancy through motion sensors, reducing the amount of energy use through HVAC when rooms are not occupied.   Additionally, the residence hall will have lighting motion sensors in hallways and rooms, enabling the hallways to dim when no one is walking in them. Lighting in rooms will cut off when room is not in use.  The estimated completion time for the project is fall 2017.


Extension Specialist Receives 1890 Extension in Excellence Award 


For four years various specialists in Alabama Extension’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit have received an 1890 Extension in Excellence Award. This year the 1890 Award will go to Environmental Specialist Karnita Garner for her body of work in the area of agriculture and natural resources. 


IGarner.jpgn June 2016, Garner and partners coordinated the first One Health Conference on Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Huntsville, Alabama. This successful event allowed experts in human, animal, and environmental health to present current research and national efforts being conducted to reduce the environmental impacts of PPCPs.  



In addition, Garner provides leadership to the E-Waste Institute that was established by a consortium of professionals at Alabama Extension, Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, and the private sector in 2008, as well as other youth and adult Extension programs in the area of forestry, wildlife, and natural resource management.   



As the 2016 1890 recipient, Garner will receive a plague and a monetary gift during the Southern Program Leadership Network Award Luncheon in Nashville, Tenn., this month.  She is also being considered for the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy National Excellence in Extension Award that will be presented to a lucky winner in November at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Annual Meeting in Austin, Tex.   Previous 1890 Extension in Excellence Award winners are Kimberly Burgess-Neloms, 2015; Roger Richardson, 2013; and Maria Leite-Browning, Edna Coleman, Julio Correa, Kevin Crenshaw, and Robert Spencer in 2012.   For more information on Alabama Extension environmental programs for urban audiences, please contact Garner at (256) 372-8831 or    



Social Work Professor Receives Smith College Honor  


A retired AAMU professor of social work is the recipient of a special award from Smith College.   Dr. Edith Fraser is the recipient 2016 Day-Garrett Award from the Smith College School for Social Work.  The Day-Garrett Award is the school’s highest honor given to those who have made a significant impact on the school and/or social work profession.   Fraser was honored with a citation, medal and dinner during a luncheon at the president’s home on August 18.   



AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr., (center) addressed the Birmingham Booster Club for AAMU to discuss the extensive 2015-2025 strategic plan. 



Telecom Prof Co-Authors Book Chapter


An assistant professor of telecommunications recently co-authored a chapter in a book on the music icon Beyonce.


WilliamsMelvinOfficial.jpgDr. Melvin L. Williams, the coordinator of AAMU's communications specialist program, joined Dr. Tia Tyree in writing the chapter "Flawless Feminist or Fallible Freak? An Analysis of Feminism, Empowerment and Gender in Beyonce's Lyrics."  The chapter appears in Adrienne Trier-Bieniek's The Beyonce Effect: Essays on Sexuality, Race and Feminism.


Williams is the only male feminist scholar in a work that focuses on those aspects of the pop legend that continue to propel her into a new dimension.  Dr. Williams is a graduate of Tennessee State University and Howard University, where he earned the Ph.D. degree in communications, culture and media studies.




FORESTRY/LRC PARTNERSHIP:  The J.F. Drake Learning Resources Center (LRC) and the AAMU Forestry Program have received funding from the USDA and the Alabama Forestry Commission to improve forestry education, research, public service, workforce diversity and career opportunities through their partnership.  Attendees for a Center of Excellence in Forestry meeting also took part in a tour of the LRC facility. 

Pictured above are:  First row (l-r): Current AAMU forestry students Zachary Evans, junior; Sara Shearer, sophomore; Emily Purnell, senior; William Jackson, senior; and LRC director Annie Payton.  Second row (l-r):  Jason Harris, alumnus, USDA Forest Service; Balsie Butler, alumnus, Alabama Forestry Commission; Carl Petrick, USDA Forest Service; Lennis McBride (AAMU Drake LRC).  Back Row (l-r): Kozma Naka, AAMU; Daryl Lawson, AAMU; Dr. William Stone, AAMU; Troy Bowman, AAMU; Gerry Jackson, alumnus, USDA Forest Service; Luben Dimov, AAMU; Andy Scott, USDA Forest Service; and Xiongwen Chen, AAMU.
The Forestry Program falls under the auspices of the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences in the College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences.


MOVE-IN DAY:  President and First Lady Hugine visit each residence hall on their rounds during Move-In Day on Saturday, August 15.  Here, the two pose with organization volunteers at Terry Hall.    PHOTOS




LRC TEAMMATES:  Pictured above are members of Research and Information Literacy Services in the J.F. Drake Memorial Learning Resources Center.  RILS provides research instruction and support to faculty, staff and students.  First row:  Alicia Ingle and Patricia Ford.  Second row:  Thedis Bryant and Diane McArthur.  Back row: Sammie Johnson.


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