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Friday, April 17, 2015



AAMU Holds Grand Opening for Confucius Institute! 


The AAMU Family was joined by friends and community leaders at the Grand Opening activities for the Confucius Institute at Alabama A&M University on Thursday, April 16, at the VBC. 


Attendees witnessed Chinese folk songs, dances and performances by the AAMU Choir, University of Alabama-Huntsville student singers and students from Providence Elementary School.  See PHOTOS



Thesis/Dissertation Submissions Deadline Nears

the deadline for submissions for thesis/dissertation for the 2015 Spring semester is this Friday, April 17, 2015.  As these documents are time-stamped through the electronic thesis/dissertation process, none received after 11:59 p.m., on Friday, April 17, 2015, will be reviewed for return prior to the end of the 2015 Spring Semester.


Special Events Committee to Meet


The Ceremonial and Special Events Committee is requested to meet for a final walk-through of the Von Braun Center on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.   Members will convene in the lobby of the Arena.




Piano Professor Prepares Students for Performance of World Masterpieces


The Alabama A&M University Piano Ensemble the first formal lecture concert at 3 p.m. Friday, April 17, in 100 Morrison Building.


The Ensemble is directed by Dr. Mira Kruja, professor and director of piano and pedagogy studies at AAMU.  Kruja has designed the new highly competitive piano pedagogy curriculum modeled after the best European, Australian, Asian, and South and North American curricula.   The new curriculum was implemented at AAMU in fall 2013.


In addition to regular requirements for music majors, students concentrating in the piano pedagogy curriculum have to complete 22 additional courses in piano and pedagogy, all designed and taught by Kruja.


The April 17 program will include four- and six-hand piano ensemble world masterpieces by Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Maurice Ravel, Sergei Rachmaninov, Richard Addinsell, Phillip Keveren, and Glenda Austin.  Students have been meticulously trained in the piano technique and repertoire through numerous hours of individual lessons, practice sessions and rehearsals.  Moreover, Kruja participates on each performance as a pianist alongside each the student and also directs the ensembles.


An international award winning scholar, performer, and pedagogue, Kruja holds the rank of professor at AAMU, where she teaches courses in advanced piano, piano pedagogy, piano literature, advanced keyboard techniques and music theory.  She authored the scholarly book Art Music for the Piano: Twentieth-Century Composers, Masterworks, and Styles and the piano manual Contemporary Piano Techniques, published in conjunction with the CD Twentieth Century Technical Exercises.  Additionally, her classical CD Æterna was rated first of the top five best CDs.


The Piano Students trained by Dr. Kruja, are truly Made in AAMU Pianists. The first AAMU student to receive the newly designed Bachelor of Music degree with piano pedagogy concentration is Kevin M. Eberhart, graduating in May 2015.  Eberhart started his undergraduate studies at AAMU, majoring in music education. After expressing a strong interest in piano, he was given the opportunity to pursue piano as his major instrument, and started his first formal piano studies with Dr. Kruja.  


Upon the implementation of the Bachelor of Music Degree in August 2013, he was eager to change his major and concentrate in the newly designed piano pedagogy curriculum. Eberhart has entered several piano competitions and, after only three semesters of piano studies, he won the Sara-Hall Collegiate Piano Scholarship Competition in Huntsville, Ala.  Most recently, he once again won the Sarah Hall Piano Competition and Received 3rd Place in the Hefner Piano Competition at Tennessee State University in Nashville


Zoë N. Jones was previously a psychology major. Upon the implementation of the piano pedagogy curriculum, Jones changed her major in her junior year and has been studying piano for one year.  Jamila I. Harrison is in her freshman year at AAMU and has recently selected the piano pedagogy curriculum as her concentration.


Despite the relatively short existence of piano study, the performances of the students are highly professional, enticing, and intensely passionate.  Their training as classical pianists has been nothing short of a remarkable journey for both students and professor, commented Kruja.


The audience is in for a treat as Dr. Kruja presents the stories behind the compositions, directs the AAMU Piano Ensemble and performs with students world masterpieces of piano ensemble literature.




MUSIC CONFERENCE:  Lucrecia Hawley, assistant professor of music, took two music majors who are concentrating in education, Daniel Burton and Chrystal Turner, to the Alabama Orff-Schulwerk Association Conference in Birmingham recently.  The presenter, Dr. Rene Boyer, is the co-author of the text book, Music, Fundamentals, Methods, and Materials for the Elementary Classroom, currently used for MUS 301, Music for Elementary. The students were active participants and enjoyed the experience, says Hawley. Pictured (l-r):  Daniel Burton, Dt. Rene Boyer, Chrystal Turner and Lucrecia Hawley.



WILL ON THE HILL:  Following a performance by Cedric Liquer at AAMU for the observance of the 451st observance of the birthday of William Shakespeare, the artisan takes a personable moment to relax and interact.  Picture (l-r) are:  Aaron Walker, Guest Artist Dr. Cedric Liqueur, Princess Davis, and Dr. Susan C. Brown


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AWM Meeting Set 


The AAMU Chapter of the Alliance for Women in Media will be held Tuesday, April 21, at the VIP Room in the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center at 12:30 p.m.  The event, sponsored by Career Development Services, will feature Shevaun Bryan of WHNT-TV 19 in Huntsville, Ala.


According to Dr. Susan C. Brown, chapter advisor, 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 our industry and societal progress.  For more information, contact Dr. Brown at (256) 372-4085 or e-mail





Student Featured on USDA Website


AAMU student Taurean Morrow has been featured on the USDA’s website as part of its National Volunteer Week observance. 

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama is celebrating National Volunteer Week through April 18 by thanking and honoring its Earth Team volunteers for their service to conservation.  In fiscal year 2014, more than 3,200 volunteers worked 22,655 hours through the Earth Team Volunteer program in Alabama.


Morrow is a graduate student at AAMU studying business administration, and he also serves in the National Guard.  He has worked with the Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District by helping out wherever he is needed.


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Will YOU Make History and Be Among the 1,890? REGISTER TODAY!


President Andrew Hugine, Jr., the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and the College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (AAMU) invite you to participate in the 125th Anniversary Celebration of the Second Morrill Act that established 1890 Land-Grant Universities. An observance of this historical occasion will be the 1890 Day Wellness Walk-Run on April 23 from 12:00-4:00 p.m. Registration and t-shirt pick up will be held between 9:00-11:00 a.m.  Music, food, and giveaways will also be available on the Quad!


The national goal of the 1890 Day Wellness Walk-Run is for each 1890 University to solicit at least 1,890 participants who will register for $1.89 (students only), $18.90 (general registration fee), $189.00, $1,890.00, or more. Registration fees will go toward establishing the Justin Smith Morrill Scholarship fund.  Those persons or groups who choose to support at the $189.00 level or above will be recognized.  


Although the pre-registration deadline for the 1890 Day Wellness Walk-Run is April 22, participants will have a chance to register in-person on April 23. Visit to register online.

Note: Click on the "Events" tab about halfway down the page, then select "1890 Day Walk/Run" from the drop-down menu.


If you plan to register or make a donation by check, please make your check payable to AAMU Foundation, write 1890 Scholarship Fund in the memo line, and mail your tax deductible contribution to:  AAMU Marketing and Advancement, 311 Patton Building, P.O. Box 294, Normal, AL 35762.


Visit for more information about 1890 Land-Grant Universities and to view the celebratory YouTube video. 


Thank you in advance for your commitment to this effort.  You may contact Renée Johnson at 256.372.4827 or Dr. Lloyd Walker at (256) 372-5675 if you have any questions or need additional information.



Honda 2015 Team Represents AAMU Well


The 2015 Honda Campus All Star academic team represented Alabama A&M University well at the recent National Tournament in Los Angeles.  The squad, headed by its captain, Donald Hollis III, senior biology major, was comprised of HondaTeam.jpg
fourth-year player Jajuan Juzang, junior, elementary education; second-year player Monique Massey Jefferson, junior, biology education; and Emmalee Tigner, senior, food sciences.


 The team finished the first phase of the tournament, 5-0, as the number one team in the Mary Mahoney Division, after defeating Howard University, North Carolina Central, Dillard, Livingstone, and University of Maryland-Eastern Shore.  The team entered the Sweet 16 play-offs as the number four seed.  The AAMU team captain was the All-Star of the Mahoney Division.  He answered the highest number of questions of all players in that division.  This year’s National Tournament winner was Prairie View A&M University.  President Andrew Hugine accompanied the team to the national tournament. 


The HCASC Coaching staff, Dr. Barbara A.P. Jones (coach) and Dr. Edward Bond and Professor Brian Leonard (assistant coaches), invite all undergraduates who would enjoy a spirited academic competition that enriches their knowledge across disciplines and subject areas to compete for a position on next year’s squad.


Honda of America covers all costs associated with the program.  For more information about the HCASC program, contact Dr. Jones at (256) 372-5576 in 212D NSB, or e-mail her at




Admissions Introduces New T&F Gift Certificate



The ever-innovative Admissions team has come up with yet another aimed at attracting the best and brightest while simultaneously making students’ financial burdens lighter.  


giftcertificates.jpgThe new AAMU Tuition & Fees Gift Certificate has been introduced, and it is a “must” for those looking for a suitable gift to a recent high school graduate, says Venita C. King, assistant vice president of enrollment management and director of admissions.


The E-Card is being forwarded to all accepted students in the likelihood that students and their families could be inspired to make AAMU the school of choice sooner rather than later.   

Donations to the E-Card will be posted to students’ respective accounts, and contributors will a certificate of acknowledgement, said King.


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AAMU Student Heads Alabama SAEA


Alabama A&M University graduate student Jalin Smith was recently elected President of the Student Alabama Education Association (SAEA) for the state of Alabama for a two-year term.  


jalin.jpgSmith will represent all student members of the SAEA for all universities and colleges within the state.  As President, she will sit on the AEA Board of Directors as the chief student representative/advocate.  She also will be provided the opportunity to attend national student leadership/professional issues conference provided by the National Education Association (NEA) in Orlando, Fla., at Disney World and will represent Alabama.


The AAMU Student Alabama Education Association is open to any undergraduate or graduate student with specific emphasis on those pursuing the profession of education.  Students receive professional training and development and other benefits.


For Information on how you can join, please contact Jalin Smith, president of Alabama SAEA and the  AAMU SAEA affiliate, at





Character Trait for April Announced


The Bulldog Pride Customer Service Committee would like to recognize individuals who exhibit a particular character trait each month.  The character trait for April 2015 is “Optimistic.”  Optimistic is expecting the best possible outcome in situations.  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 optimistic behavior that the individual has exhibited.  Deadline for nomination is April 24, 2015, by noon. The nomination box is located in the J.F. Drake Memorial Learning Resource Center.   Individuals can also respond online.  Winners will be announced April 29, 2015.  HERE



AAMU Student Featured on ABC Affiliate


Camerron.jpgA sizeable, inspiring and heartwarming story on Alabama A&M University student Cameron Dangerfield was aired on WAAY-TV 31, the ABC affiliate located in Huntsville, Ala.


The piece focuses on the hardships Dangerfield, a Chicago native, has overcome to tear himself away from a depressive environment and to cling to his dream of becoming a chef, boosting himself along the way through social media.


To see the uplifting story, please click on or copy and paste the following link:



Support Staff to Be Honored


AAMU’s administrative professionals (i.e., secretaries, executive assistants, and administrative assistants) will receive tributes at the Fifth Annual Alabama A&M University (AAMU) Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon on Wednesday, April 22, at 12 noon in the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center. 


The cost of the luncheon is $20 per person (personal or cashier’s check), payable to “Aramark” via U.S. mail (P.O. Box 305, Normal, AL  35762) or hand-delivered to Ms. Cheryl K. Johnson, Office of Human Resources prior to April 15.  As such, directors and other supervisors are respectfully requested to remit payment of $20 for themselves, along with $10 for the lunch of each administrative professional who will accompany them to the luncheon. 


Additionally, please inform Ms. Johnson of your name and that of the administrative professional(s) who will accompany you at the luncheon via email at or (256) 372-5515.


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Professor Will Head National Honor Society


An Alabama A&M University professor and department chair has been elected as president of a well-known national honor society.


Dr. Cynthia M. Smith, chair of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, has been named the 2015-17 national president of Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society.  Dr. Smith was elected to this position on March 28 during the business session of the 63rd National Convention hosted by Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Ga.  Prior to assuming this position, Dr. Smith served as the Director for Region IV, the Alabama-Florida Region.


Dr. Smith has been an active participant in AKM since her junior year at Tuskegee University.  After joining the faculty at AAMU, she served as an SmithCynthia.jpg
assistant advisor, and as a co-advisor of Kappa Sigma Chapter under Dr. Barbara Anthony.  Upon the retirement of Dr. Anthony in 1991, she became the chapter advisor and has remained in that position until the present.  Under her leadership, the chapter has inducted two honorary members and approximately two thousand undergraduate/graduate students.  In 2013, Dr. Smith was instrumental in Kappa Sigma serving as the host chapter for the 62nd National Convention and 75th Anniversary Celebration of AKM at Alabama A&M University.


As the national president, Dr. Smith will work closely with the national Executive Secretary/Treasurer, Dr. Mollie Brown.  She looks forward to continuing and enhancing the legacy of this prestigious organization, founded by Dr. George W. Gore in 1937. 



Annie’s Project Opens New Session for Women in Ag


Registration is now open for the next class of Annie’s Project, a six-session intensive agri-business management seminar for women with a passion for AnnieslogoTaglineTM.jpg
business and involvement, and a desire to increase knowledge and skills. Course topics include marketing, business plan development, record keeping, communications, and much more.


Registration is $50 per participant, which includes a light meal, a leather notebook, and support materials. Space is limited, however, to 25 participants for each of the six seminars and pre-registration is required.  Please register by April 24 at


Classes will meet on Tuesday evenings from 5-8 p.m. on April 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26, and June 2, 2015, at the Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Madison County Office located in the Charles Stone Agricultural Center, 819 Cook Avenue in Huntsville.


For more information, please contact Dr. Theresa Jones at 256-509-5908 or e-mail


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AAMU's Knight Center was packed as International Food Fair attendees 

witnessed South African dance.  Students and community members enjoyed samples of cuisine representing various countries.  PHOTOS




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CFCU Holds Annual Meeting



The Councill Federal Credit Union held its 61st annual meeting Tuesday, March 24, a rescheduling of the February 26 meeting that was postponed due to inclement weather.  The noon meeting was held at the AAMU Agribition Center on Moores Mill Road. 


Members heard reports from the credit and supervisory committees, along with an update from Tessie Davis Horace, president of the CFCU board of directors.  PHOTOS



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New G&C Staffer Announced


Lillie Hughes has been named as the new assistant director of grants and contracts accounting. She will continue to manage grants and contracts for Cooperative Extension and for the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences, in addition to acting on behalf of the director (Darcy Wolff) in the latter’s absence.




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Extension Joins Operation Green Team for Earth Day 2015


The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs Unit is partnering with the City of Huntsville’s Operation painted_lady_092206_09.jpg
Green Team to observe Earth Day 2015. More than 8,000 plus citizens are expected to attend the event on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the
J.D. and Annie S. Hays Nature Preserve in Huntsville, Ala.


As a co-sponsor of the “Butterfly Release” again this year, Urban Affairs staff and other Earth Day attendees will release tiger and spicebush swallowtails and painted ladies butterflies into the wild. 


Admission is free and parking is available in VIP field. Earth Day activities will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.


For more information, visit,, or call Robert Spencer at (256) 372-4983 or Dr. Karnita Garner at 256-372-8331.





Public Safety Encourages Review of Tornado Safety Information


As spring approaches, it is important that members of the AAMU Family prepare for the tornado season at home and at work.  Please also review your AAMU Emergency Procedures Manual (see link below), so that you are prepared to respond in an emergency.


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What should I do during a tornado watch?

A tornado watch means that severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornados are possible. Continue your normal activities but monitor weather conditions and be prepared to seek shelter.  Remain weather alert. Stay tuned to local radio/television stations and check your AAMU emails for further information.


What should I do during a tornado warning?

A tornado warning indicates that a tornado has been spotted or radar indicates there is a likely tornado. When you hear outdoor tornado warning sirens and/or receive a Bulldog Alert tornado warning you should seek shelter immediately and remain in a protective area until you receive an all-clear message through Bulldog Alert or a building emergency contact representative.


How much advance notice will a tornado warning give me?

Tornados can strike without warning -- that is why it is important to remain weather alert during severe weather and be prepared to seek immediate shelter.


How will I be notified of a tornado warning?

Two tornado warning sirens are located on/near campus. They are activated whenever the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning for any portion of Madison County. Seek shelter immediately when you hear the siren.


AAMU will utilize the Bulldog Alert emergency notification system and the campus email system to alert the campus community of a tornado warning. The University will issue an emergency warning alert and mass email message whenever the National Weather Service issues a warning for Madison County. Seek shelter immediately when you receive a Bulldog Alert or email tornado warning message, even if you cannot hear the campus warning sirens.


Department of Public Safety Officers (when possible) will also ride through the campus with the sirens from squad cars activated. They will use PA systems in the vehicles to advise you to seek immediate shelter.


· If, after the warning is issued, the University determines that there is no immediate tornado threat to the campus (the tornado warning is only for a specific segment of the county and does not include nor is likely to later include the AAMU campus) an "All-clear" message will be issued. Remain alert to changing weather conditions and be prepared to seek shelter should conditions change.


Where should I seek shelter during a tornado warning?

We recommend that you identify in advance the location(s) of protective areas within your building(s). At AAMU, many protective areas are identified by yellow signs with black lettering, and are also indicated on building evacuation maps.

· In buildings, go to the best available protective area. Basements are best, but interior locations on the lowest level also offer protection. Stay away from windows, exterior doors, exterior walls, and other hazards inherent to the building.

· If outdoors, quickly seek shelter within a building. If unable to do so, take shelter in a ditch or ravine away from possible sources of heavy debris. Be alert for rising waters and flying debris.


How long should I remain in a campus protective area?

You should remain sheltered until the University issues an all-clear message. There may be situations where one tornado warning has just expired but it is anticipated that an approaching storm cell will result in the issuance of an additional warning within a short period of time. The University will not issue an all-clear until the approaching threat has passed.


Where can I get additional weather safety information?

Go to the Department of Public Safety homepage or contact us at ext. 5555.


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Kappas Make BHM Contest Award


KappaBHM.jpgMembers of the Gamma Phi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., held a contest requesting entrants to make a pitch for “The Biggest Contributor to African-American History.” 


The student winner was DeMariah Koger (right), a freshman environmental science major from Bowie, Md.  Koger wrote on Dorothy Height of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW). 


Presenting the $150 award was Kyle Major, a civil engineering senior from Largo, Md.






Financial Aid Tip 


The Office of Student Financial Aid is committed to making sure all of our students are given the necessary information and tools needed to make the Financial Aid experience as seamless as possible.  In keeping with this mantra, please find an important  financial aid tip.   


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As you are embarking on your Spring Break activities, please remember to complete your 2015/2016 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible. This will insure that we can begin to properly process your financial aid file for the Fall 2015/ Spring 2016 school year. Most who completed a FAFSA for this current year will be able to complete the renewal application.  Please share this important information with your parents, if applicable.  Go to for additional information or contact our office at 256-372-5400.





AAMU Business Students Place 3rd in TVA Investment Challenge


A team of sudents from the Department of Finance and Economics of Alabama A&M University's College of Business and Public Affairs recently placed third in the annual Tennessee Valley Authority Investment Challenge Program.


TVA's Investment Challenge is a unique, innovative partnership between TVA and 25 universities in its service territory.  The program aims to provide real-world experience in portfolio management.  The Challenge gives teams of students hands-on experience in managing real stock portfolios.  AAMU students actively managed TVA funds by designing long-term investment strategies, placing trades and providing performance reports to TVA.


"The results of the TVA Investment Challenge shows that Alabama A&M students can perform exceptionally well in highly competitive environments," said Dr. Del Smith, dean of the College of Business and Public Affairs.


The AAMU's TVA Investment Challenge team earned 16.33 percent return, compared to 13.69 percent for the S&P 500 Index.  That placed AAMU third out of the 25 participating schools, outperforming such participants as Vanderbilt University and the University of Alabama in Huntsville.


"This was a great performance for our portfolio and rewards the hard work of our students," said Dr. Mohammad Robbani, faculty advisor of the TVA Investment Challenge program and chair of the Department of Finance and Economics.  "We believe that students benefit from the authentic experience they receive through this program."                                                          (Photo by J. Saintjones) 



AAMU Well Represented at AAS Conference


The students of Alabama A&M University made an impressive showing at the IMG_7159.JPGrecent Alabama Academy of Science conference at the University of West Alabama.

For instance, physics graduate student Jamelia Polius (right) of Tuskegee, Ala., won first place for her 15-minute presentation, “Determining the Electrical Surface Resistivity of Multi-Wall in Single-Wall Carbon Nanotube Doped Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA) Thin Films.”


Kevin and Adriauna Conference photo.jpgPost-graduate students Kevin Bernard of Trinidad-Tobago and Montgomery, Ala., native Adriauna Davis (left) were awarded second place for their poster on "The Urbanization Process in the Huntsville, AL (MSA) (Micro and Macro Level Analysis)."  Davis was an earlier recipient of the Eisenhower Fellowship and attended the National Eisenhower Fellowship Conference in Washington, D.C., in January 2015


An Alabama A&M University physics doctoral student also was awarded first place for his poster in the Physics and Math Section at the Alabama Academic Society’s 92nd Annual Conference recently at the University of West Alabama.   Kyle D. Rose, Sr., presented his poster on “Transportable Hybrid Solar and Wind Energy System for Education and Public Awareness.”  Also a technical staff laboratory IMG_7883.JPGinstructor for AAMU’s College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences (CETPS), Rose began his academic career as a lab manager.

Rose’s award was presented by Lamario Williams (left) of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, conference vice president (Photo by Lamont E. Williams).


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