Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Funeral Services Today for Former Bulldog Kicker
Funeral services will be held for Chance Wilson, 25, former AAMU Bulldog kicker/punter, on Wednesday, April 1, at Willowbrook Baptist Church on Bailey Cove Road at 11 a.m. Wilson, a graduate of Buckhorn High School, was credited for rewriting the record books in 2011 with his 49-yard field goal, the longest of his career.
Board Information Session Will Be Held April 1
In light of the recent release by the Department of Examiners of Public Accounts of its Report on Alabama A&M University for the period October 1, 2008, through September 30, 2013, an informational session has been scheduled to provide an opportunity for the Board of Trustees of Alabama A&M University to receive information from the University Administration concerning issues raised by this audit report. This informational session has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 1, at 1 p.m., to be held on the campus of the University in the Clyde Foster Multipurpose Meeting Room of the School of Business. It is not presently known whether a quorum of the Board will be present during such informational session. However, this is not a scheduled meeting of the Board, and no action will be taken by the Board during this informational session.
Public notice is hereby given of this session and the public is invited to attend, observe and receive any information presented to Members of the Board during the session.
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Academic Honors Convocation Thursday
The annual Academic Honors Convocation, a ceremony that recognizes students individually for academic excellence and achievements, will be held Thursday, April 2, beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the T. M. Elmore Building.
This is a formal university event, and it is expected that all faculty, who do not have scheduled classes during this time, attend this event. Academic Regalia is not required.
Memorial Services Scheduled
Memorial services will be held for Mrs. Evane Quainoo, wife of BTS shuttle driver Sylvester Quainoo, on Monday, April 6, at Oakwood University Church, 5500 Adventist Boulevard, Huntsville, Ala., at 11 a.m. Additionally, a memorial fund has been set up for the Quainoo Family: Evane Quainoo Memorial Fund (Redstone Federal Credit Union - Acct. No. 51008411435). Sympathy Cards may be mailed to: 6204 Rickwood Drive, NW, Huntsville, AL 35806.
Update on Status of Spring Break Victims
After contacting families, the most recent updates on the status of the three AAMU student victims (Mobile natives) of the March 28 Spring Break shooting incident follow:
1) Kelli Curry is now home, resting and continuing to improve.
2) Although she is experiencing leg discomfort from physical therapy, Annesia Powell remains in good spirits.
3) Kearria Freed, suffering from a head injury, is still resting and her condition is unchanged. The family requests that friends and interested persons continue their prayers.
The University is holding a candlelight vigil in support of the victims and their families, Monday, March 30, at 7 p.m. on The Quad on the Alabama A&M University campus. The event is being coordinated by AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr., and the Student Government Association.
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
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.
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
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 www.aces.edu/urban, www.huntsvilleal.gov/greenteam/news.php, or call Robert Spencer at (256) 372-4983 or Dr. Karnita Garner at 256-372-8331.
1890 Day Wellness Walk-Run
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.
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 Walk-Run is April 22, participants will have a chance to register in-person on April 23. To register online, visit https://secure.qgiv.com/for/aau/ or click on the “Give Now” button on the www.aamu.edu website. If you plan to register or to 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 http://1890universities.org/ 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 K. Renée Johnson at 256.372.4827 if you have any questions or need additional information.
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.
- Campus Tornado Safety Information -
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.
Emergency Procedures Handbook
Kappas Make BHM Contest Award
Members 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 www.FAFSA.ed.gov for additional information or contact our office at 256-372-5400.
Final Books and Coffee Event Slated
Alabama A&M University’s annual Books and Coffee series 2015 will continue its literary and drama-filled bang influences on Tuesday, April 7, at 12:30 p.m., featuring Reverend Dr. Robert White, a humanities professor at Alabama State University (ASU).
Reverend White has taught at ASU for 10 years and is a former attorney. He is a well-known political commentator in the Montgomery area and is featured regularly on local radio and television discussions. He is also pastor of Pilgrim's Rest Baptist Church in Greenville, Ala.
This will be the third and final event of the 2015 Books and Coffee Series, and coordinators are excited to have Reverend White as the speaker to round out and close this year’s theme: “What Matters? Are We What We See?”
Reverend White’s presentation is titled: “What Matters? Projections: Are We What We See or What We Know? Using African American Film and Literature as a Knowledge Source for Building Truth Claims." It will include discussions and references, but not be limited, to Frederick Douglass’ "The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave"; “The Black Mother,” an essay, by W.E.B. Du Bois; "The New Negro," an anthology of African American voices, edited by Alain Locke; and critiques of films, "Boyz N the Hood" and "Imitations of Life."
Prospective participants are encouraged to review the above literary and drama masterpieces beforehand and to mark their calendars for the April 7 Books and Coffee event at 12:30 p.m. in the Dawson Building auditorium.
All events are free to the public. Light refreshments will be provided, and everyone is invited to bring their own lunch or snacks.
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)
STEM Day April 10; Abstracts Due
STEM Day will be held on April 10. Students are encouraged to submit abstracts for this annual event. The STEM Day website is http://www.aamu.edu/information/stemday. Check the website for “Abstract Information” and an additional link for “Abstract Submission.” Abstracts are due by March 19.
For more information, contact either of the following: Dr. Josh Herring (Chair) –email@example.com, (256) 372-4161; Dr. Kamala Bhat -firstname.lastname@example.org; and Dr. Aschalew Kassu, email@example.com
AAMU Well Represented at AAS Conference
The students of Alabama A&M University made an impressive showing at the recent 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.”
Post-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 instructor 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).