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Week of: October 17-23, 2016



Vote for the Marching Maroon and White



The Alabama A&M University Marching Maroon and White Band solicits your support!  We are asking that you please vote for our band’s selection and participation in the 2017 Honda Battle of the Bands, in Atlanta, Ga., on January 28, 2017!


To sign up, please go to  Once you have signed up, you can start voting for the Alabama A&M University Band several times daily.


Your support and the Band's participation will garner a sizeable donation from Honda for scholarships for AAMU's marching program.  Please vote today at!


Thank you very much for your support!  GO, BULLDOGS!




Board Will Meet in Birmingham


The Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees will be holding subcommittee meetings and its regular meeting in Birmingham, Ala., beginning Wednesday, October 26.  The meeting schedule follows:


Wed.     10/26                     Sub-committee Meetings, 1–5 p.m.

                                           Westin Hotel-Camelia Room

                                           Birmingham, Ala.


Thurs.   10/27                    Sub-committee Meetings, 8:30–11 a.m.

                                          BJCC-Forum B


Fri.         10/28                   Regular Board Meeting, 8:30 a.m.–until

                                          BJCC-Forum B


The meetings are open to the public.    For Agenda, click HERE.




AAMU Releases New Normal Index Magazine


The long-awaited Fall 2016 issue of the AAMU's Normal Index magazine has NormalIndex.jpg
been released!


The 40-page publication (edited by Jerome Saintjones, director, Office of Marketing and Public Relations, and designed by Susan Eason of the Office of Alumni Affairs) features a cover photo of Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green, former Miss Alabama A&M University and current medical physicist at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga.


Other items include new campus developments, the President's Top 10, key 2016 Points of Pride, interesting research, as well as numerous stories on alumni constantly on the move.


To view magazine, click HERE.






Art Gallery Features Work of Willette Battle


The AAMU Art Gallery, located in the Morrison Fine Arts Building, is currently featuring the works of Tennessee Valley artist Willette Battle through November 1.


Willette.jpgBattle holds degrees in computer science and fine art, and she has experience in studio arts, web design, computer graphics, fashion design, animation and desktop publishing.  Currently, the Howard University graduate and MFA is working on a future exhibit that will combine sculpture with paintings on canvas and fashions developed from “repurposed” men’s neckties and discarded materials.


“The work I produce is reflective of my life experiences and my effort to comprehend and examine human motives and the way we relate and respond to each other and our surroundings,” said Battle, who also operates a studio in Lowe Mill in Huntsville.


For additional information about upcoming exhibits, contact Joe Washington at (256) 372-4075.  The gallery is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  To see some of what you're missing, click HERE.


Caption:  Willette Battle’s “The Anointed”




AAMU United Way Campaign Hits New Level


The recent AAMU United Way fundraising campaign set a new campus record.  The money collected during the brief drive will be used by the agency to provide a broad range of services throughout the area. 


Dr. Delores Price of the College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences and team led an effort that raised $20,000 for the United Way. 


Claudia A. Bucher and Geoff Otieno of the United Way of Madison County thanked a group of supporters who had gathered for an October 14 celebration luncheon hosted by AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr., in the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center.     PHOTOS



Energized:  USDOE's Chrisopher Smith (4th, l) meets with (l-r) Dr. Colmore Christian, Dr. Lloyd Walker, Dr. Malinda Gilmore, President Andrew Hugine, Jr., Yvette Clayton, Dr. Chance Glenn and Dr. Curtis Martin.


DOE Assistant Secretary Visits AAMU


Christopher Smith, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, visited the  Alabama A&M University campus Friday, October 14, to promote the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) in Arthur J. Bond Hall (Engineering Building) at 12:30 p.m. 


Prior to the meeting with AAMU students, Smith discussed DOE programs and assets available to AAMU and HBCUs with President Andrew Hugine, Jr., and the five deans.


Assistant Secretary Smith’s visit to AAMU focused on increasing awareness of this prestigious fellowship aimed at providing opportunities for students pursuing science, technology, engineering and math degrees to conduct research alongside senior Department of Energy Scientists and Engineers.   


Students selected for this fellowship will train under the mentorship of Department of Energy (DOE) scientists and engineers and will conduct research projects while gaining insight into how the government is working to meet the energy challenges of the future.





Character Trait Nomination Form


The Bulldog Pride Customer Service Committee would like to recognize individuals who exhibit a particular character trait each month. The character trait for October 2016 is Caring.  Caring is displaying kindness and concern for others.


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 the caring behavior that the individual has exhibited.   Deadline for nomination is November 1, 2016 by noon. The nomination box is located in the J.F. Drake Memorial Learning Resource Center or you may respond online.  Winners will be announced on November 7, 2016.


Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or a smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia


To complete the survey online, simply CLICK HERE  (Link):



HBCU STRONG:  A team (Riley Wilson and Monica Berra) representing Firelight Media of New York City were on campus to collect materials and interviews for a PBS series on historically black colleges and universities.  The series is scheduled to air in fall 2017.




Ceremonial and Special Events Committee to Meet


The Ceremonial and Special Events Committee will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 20, in the Academic Affairs Conference Room to discuss preparations for Fall 2016 Commencement and other special events. 





Annual Successful Aging Initiative Held


The Virginia Caples Lifelong Learning Institute, established under the technical guidance of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES), presented the 15th Successful Aging Initiative (SAI) in Madison County on Thursday, October 13, at the Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, located at 315 Winchester Road in Huntsville, Ala.    PHOTOS


The 2016 theme was “The ABCs of Aging,” and Louis Colbert (left), vice president of operations at Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, the fourth largest area agency on aging in the nation, was the guest speaker.  Workshops and general sessions  focused on legal, financial, health, social, and the emotional concerns of aging.


The Successful Aging Initiative is a free one-day event that is open to the public and designed to address issues impacting Alabama’s older adults. Participants obtain easy-to-understand information and resources that enable them to make informed decisions, to maintain independence, to play active roles in society, and to improve their quality of life. Older adults and family members, caregivers, and senior service providers are encouraged to attend.  SCENES





Breast Cancer Awareness Program Planned


A Breast Cancer Awareness program will be held on The Quad at 12 noon on Thursday, October 20.


Coordinators will offer important information, dance, and other activities.  At the conclusion of the event, participants will form a human pink ribbon, symbolic of breast cancer awareness.


Organizers are also searching for breast cancer survivors who are willing to participate, offer advice and/or address the gathering.  For additional information, contact Thedis Bryant at (229) 942-9035 or x4724 ( or Jacquette Johnson at x5104.



Wreath Laying:  Masons from far and near participated in a wreath laying ceremony in honor of AAMU founder William Hooper Councill.  The members also presented a $5,000 scholarship check to AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr.




UAH Invites AAMU Family to Diversity Conference


Nichelle Williams Nix, Alabama Director of the Governor's Office of Minority Affairs (GOMA), will be the keynote speaker for the Alabama Association of Higher Education Diversity Officers Fifth Annual Comprehensive Diversity Conference, hosted on the campus of The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), Oct. 27-28.


The two-day conference is sponsored by the UAH Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (ODMA). The Alabama Association of Higher Education Diversity Officers (ALAHEDO) is the professional association of diversity officers in higher education across the state of Alabama that advises its members on issues, policies and practices that impact diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education. Also presenting at the conference will be Dr. Kathy Obear, internationally recognized diversity and inclusion consultant. For registration and additional information about ALAHEDO:


"We are pleased to host the ALAHEDO conference on the UAH campus," said Delois H. Smith, vice president for the UAH Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. "The state association of diversity officers serves the state’s colleges and universities on diversity issues, policies and practices inclusive of Title IX issues, equity concerns, affirmative action, gender concerns, and programmatic outreach to the campus and area  communities.  Smith is slated to serve as president of ALAHEDO for the 2016-17 term.


Nix was officially appointed director of GOMA last June by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley. Alabama is only the second state in the nation to have such an office, but it is the only state to have an office that takes a comprehensive approach to focusing on women and minorities. Governor Bentley originally created GOMA on March 9, 2016, by Executive Order.


A native of Mobile, Nix previously served as an attorney at Maynard, Cooper and Gale in Birmingham, and Legislative Counsel to U.S. Representative Artur Davis (D) in Washington, D.C. Additionally, she served as Health Care Fellow at The Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice in Montgomery, and as Executive Director of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America in Mobile. 

Nix earned a Political Science degree from Spelman College, a Master's of Public Health degree from Emory University and a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Alabama.


Dr. Kathy Obear  is President of ALLIANCE FOR CHANGE, a training and organizational development consulting firm specializing in creating inclusion in the workplace, team and organizational effectiveness, and change management ( 


For additional information about the 2016 ALAHEDO conference, contact Brandie Roberts, administrative assistant to the UAH vice president for diversity and multicultural affairs, at (256) 824-4600 or



Caples “Women Who Shape the State” Honoree

Dr. Virginia Caples, retired 1890 administrator, professor, and two-time caples.jpg.jpg
interim president of Alabama A&M University, has been selected among the 2016 list of 30 “Women Who Shape the State,” sponsored by and Von Maur.

In addition to a feature in the November issue of Birmingham magazine, Caples will be honored during an 11:30 a.m. awards program scheduled Thursday, November 3, at The Hyatt Regency Wynfrey Hotel, Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, Ala.


RAIN:  When called upon by a local television station, Dr. Monday Mbilia, professor of crop science, provided expert information on soil moisture and the impact of a lack of rain on the Tennessee Valley.



AAMU Students Part of Black Enterprise TechConneXt Summit


Four AAMU students are participating in the Black Enterprise TechConneXt Summit in San Francisco. 


“We are connecting black talent to Silicon Valley,” said Earl Graves, Jr., CEO and president of Black Enterprise, in a breakfast welcome to students. “We’ve doubled the number of students and schools from last year to show tech recruiters that black talent is available for them to hire.”


Graves described how pervasive technology is, having entered just about every industry, and how these students are smart to take advantage of tech and networking opportunities like the BE Smart Hackathon.  Graves sat with AAMU students during the breakfast.


“I’m so glad I’m attending Alabama A&M,” Kristina Williams, a computer science major, told Graves. “My professors care about me. My classes are small. I was given a lot of financial aid.” Williams selected AAMU because of its financial, academic, and social support.


Graves also talked with James Burrell, a senior electrical engineering major; Tsige Zergaw, a native of Ethiopia who appreciates the campus landscape; and Richard Embden, and electrical engineering major who likes the University’s international faculty.


Gettin' Grilled:  A social work team of faculty, staff and students offered passersby homemade grilled cheese sandwiches for the asking, filling the hallways of hillside Bibb Graves with a heavenly aroma. 




Professor’s Research Funded


MentreddyClassicB.jpgDr. Srinivasa Mentreddy, professor of crop science in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, has received a two-year $25,000  from the NIFA-USDA Specialty Crops Block Grant program.


Mentreddy and team will screen mung bean plasm for potential production as a bean sprout crop in Alabama.





PSS Grad Student Awarded USGIF Scholarship


A second-year master’s candidate working in the Geospatial Research and Education Center (GREC) and NGA/USGS Center for Academic Excellence in Geospatial Sciences (NGA/USGS CAE GS) has been awarded an academic scholarship from the US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) for 2016-2017 (


Bohlman.jpgAllison Bohlman was selected from a highly competitive field of geospatial graduate candidates from across the United States. The USGIF awards scholarships to further advance the geospatial studies of promising students in the fields of geospatial technologies, intelligence, and related fields.


Bohlman is a plant and soil science major with a 4.0 GPA. Her environmental science background includes wildlife biology, forestry, and hydrological research.

A graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth, she works full-time, while supporting local geospatial research and educational programs in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences. She trains and mentors Environmental Science undergraduates in GIS and remote sensing based research projects in the GREC laboratory.


For more about GREC and NGA/USGS CAE GS and its programs, contact Dr. Wubishet Tadesse at



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VOTE!  The Office of Student Activities has added among its abundant initiatives one that rightly encourages the campus community to make their votes count.  Banners, signs and fliers abound throughout the campus to urge students, faculty and staff to exercise their right to vote.


Extension to Hold Oktoberfest Oct. 31

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit will hold the first Oktoberfest on Monday, October 31, from 4-8 p.m. at the Alabama A&M University Agribition Center, located at 4925 Moores Mill Road in Huntsville.

Pumpkin.jpgCome and bring the entire family and neighborhood youth out for an evening of fun alternative Halloween activities.

Admission is free and activities will include trunk or treat, a hay ride, pumpkin carving, face painting, a costume contest, food, music, games, door prizes, and much more.

Vendors are asked to pay a $25 set-up fee or to provide a door prize of equal value.

For general information, please contact Altonio Smith or Donna Gilbert at (256) 859-5896. The public is invited to this family-oriented, fun Halloween alternative event.


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