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July 2017 - No. 4



DPS Announces New Hires and Promotions


Alabama A&M University has hired a new captain and new investigator in its Department of Public Safety.  AAMU will welcome the new officers during a one-hour promotions ceremony on Wednesday, July 26,  at 12 noon in the Ernest L. Knight Center.


Chief Nardis Carlisle says Captain Demetrius Hightower was hired on July 1, 2017. Hightower comes to AAMU from the Decatur Police Department, where he was a detective specializing in property and financial crimes.


Investigator Montrez Payton was hired on June 19, 2017.  Montrez also comes from the Decatur Police Department, where he spent devoted some years as a homicide investigator.


Chief Carlisle says current Sergeants Timothy Dawkins and Shawn Bird will be promoted to Lieutenants; and current police officers Lamar Tummings and Eddison Lucombe will be promoted to Sergeants.



Professor Receives Seed Grant for Pilot Project


An Alabama A&M University associate professor of social work has received a grant to introduce students to the workings of the United Nations.


Chama.jpgDr. Samson Chama has been awarded a seed grant from the Katherine A. Kendall Institute for International Social Work Education (KAKI) to pilot test a project calling for student involvement with the United Nations.


The project, "Enhancing Minority Student Global Development Participation through Collaboration with the United Nations," entails taking students to the United Nation's headquarters in New York to enhance the students’ understanding of international development. 


The ultimate aim of the project, according to Chama, is to expand “to an international level,” thus allowing the social work students an opportunity to engage in projects around the world.



IT Staffer’s Drone Video a Hit on Social Media


Pond.JPGIT staffer Justin Vaughner worked on a drone video of the AAMU campus for several months, and his recent release of the footage via YouTube and other social media sites has been warmly received by Bulldog fans.


The aerial shots capture The Hill in new ways and underscores what WJAB-FM radio personality Ron McIntosh means when he refers to the “Beautiful Campus of Alabama A&M University.”  To see the video, click HERE.



Football Starts New Tradition

by Bud McLaughlin


Football season is officially here.  The Alabama A&M football team reports Wednesday and Head Coach James Spady is starting a new tradition.


At 5 p.m. under the visitors stands at Louis Crews Stadium, the coaching staff will don aprons and serve the incoming players their first meal of the season. 


There will be a meet and greet with the players, their parents and the A&M coaches. The special event will kick off the 2017 edition of Alabama A&M Bulldog football.



Summer Work Schedule Concludes


The summer 2017 four-day/ten-hour work week schedule ends Friday, July 28.  The regular eight-hour work schedule will resume on Monday, July 31, 2017.  Contact the Office of Human Resources for any additional information at (256) 372-5835. 



Volunteers Needed for Move-In Day


MoveIn.jpgDid you know that we have over 2000 new and returning students that move into the Residence Halls at Alabama A&M University (AAMU) before school starts each year? That’s a lot of people that need assistance in unloading their vehicles, welcoming them to campus, and finding their new Residence Halls.


Can you help us out?


Move-In Day Volunteers:

As Move-In Day Volunteers, you will help unload cars, carry suitcases, boxes, meet new students, families, and enjoy the energy that comes with the first day of a new student’s experience. There are two Move-In Days that we need your help with for our incoming freshmen. You can sign up for shifts on one or both days!

    August 10: 7 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

    August 11: 7 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1 p.m.-5 p.m.


If you would like to participate on this special day, but you cannot commit to the physical work of a Move-In Volunteer, sign-up to be a Check-In/Information Table Volunteer.


Student Volunteers Benefits:

Move into the Residence Hall early Wednesday, August 9 if you’re returning to live on campus. And, of course, a great opportunity to meet new friends, reunite with old ones and provide a warm, fun, and smooth move-in day experience for incoming AAMU residents and families.

Sound good? Sign up today!  We look forward to seeing you on Move-In Day 2017!





CSD Pinning Set


The Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD) program will host its Graduate Pinning Ceremony Thursday, July 27, at 4 p.m. in the auditorium of Arthur J. Bond Hall (Engineering).


Chatman.jpgKandis Chatman, the first African-American president of the Speech & Hearing Association of Alabama, will be the guest speaker.   


For additional information about the CSD program or the ceremony, call (256) 372-5541






Agribition Center Preps for Free July Jam and Bookpack Drive


The July Jam and Bookpack Drive will be held at the Alabama A&M University Agribition Center on Saturday, July 29.  The Bookpack giveaways will run between 2-5 p.m. for elementary and middle school students, while the public is invited to enjoy live outdoor music on Agribition Center's quad area from 6-10:30 p.m.  Throughout the live music and entertainment, attendees will be able to participate in a silent auction and giveaways.


Admission is free to R&B and soul music, food trucks, various vendors and door prizes.


Spaces are available for VIP ($75 set-up fee/$25 door prize) and regular vendors ($50 set-up fee/$25 door prize).  For event and vendor information, contact Altonio Smith at (256) 859-5896 or




NEXT S.O.A.R. Event - August 13-14!


Here are a couple of S.O.A.R. update links:


CLICK HERE for the S.O.A.R. Student & Parent Guidebook

CLICK HERE for the S.O.A.R. Schedule of Events



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Alabama A&M University

100 Patton Hall | p:256-372-5250 | f:256-372-5249



Move-In.JPGAAMU Student Housing Update


In preparation for Fall 2017, Alabama A&M University implemented a new student housing management system.  Adirondack Solutions, an interactive, user friendly system, provides an opportunity for students to apply for housing, request a specific hall/room, request a roommate based on preferences such as sleep pattern, study habits, etc.,  and communicate directly with housing personnel. Also, Adirondack provides student housing personnel with real-time updates on housing availability. 


The University has identified 2700 beds for new and returning students.  Students requesting housing must meet the following criteria:


·         Payment of applicable housing fee(s) – $250 deposit and/or $100 application fee;

·         2017-2018 FAFSA or valid payment method on file; and

·         Registered for the Fall 2017 Semester


Although the University has allotted 1,525 beds for incoming freshmen, and 1,175 beds for upperclassmen, housing is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis, says Karla Miller, interim director of housing at AAMU. The priority deadline for returning students to receive housing for Fall 2017 was May 5, 2017, and June 19, 2017 is the priority deadline for incoming freshmen.    While the University desires to provide students an opportunity to live on campus, assignments cannot be made in excess of the maximum beds available. 


Unlike previous years, Alabama A&M University will not provide temporary/short-term accommodations once maximum capacity has been reached.  When capacity is reached, students are asked to monitor Housing’s website for availability updates as vacancies will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. 


For additional information, call (256) 372-5797. 




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