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Week of: January 16-22, 2017





AAMU Band Aims for “HBCU Sports Band of the Year”


Support the Marching Maroon and White in becoming the HBCU Sports Band of the Year.  Vote today.  For more information, visit the link below:





AAMU Hosting First I-Corps Summit


Curious whether one of your ideas can actually turn into a product?  Have dreams of starting your own company?  If so, the I-Corps program may be right for you!


The National Science Foundation (NSF) holds I-Corps Summits at universities across the country to provide real-world, hands-on, immersive learning about what it takes to successfully transfer ideas into products.  It has 36 national sites designated for this training, and Alabama A&M University wants to be the next.


AAMU will hold its first I-Corps Innovation Summit January 26-27 at 9 a.m. at the Arthur J. Bond Hall Engineering Building on campus.  The university aims to develop I-Corps teams of students, researchers and faculty and provide mentors to learn more about entrepreneurship and how to transition ideas and other intellectual activities into the marketplace.


AAMU’s I-Corps site will provide advice, resources, networking opportunities, training and moderate funding to explore your ideas.  The AAMU Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Development; College of Business and Public Affairs and the RISE Foundation are hosting this event and working to form teams of 2 to 4 people.


If an idea can better society, the NSF provides grant money for research, or making the idea become a reality.  (For instance, last year it awarded Tuskegee University almost a million dollars to provide computer science education in Alabama’s Black Belt).


Representatives from Georgia Tech,  the NSF I-Corps lead university in the South, will be at AAMU Jan. 26-27 to meet with teams.


For more on NSF I-Corps, click

For more on the Summit, call Teresa Merriweather Orok, Ph.D., at 256-372-5603.





New Van a Boost to Intramurals


PICTUREDDr. Gary Crosby, vice president for student affairs; Franky Smith, director of intramurals program; AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr.; and Clayton Gibson, vice president for business and finance.


Things are a lot easier now for the more than 600 students who participate each year in various intramural and recreational activities at Alabama A&M University.


AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr., presented intramurals director Franky Smith keys to a 15-passenger 2017 Ford Transit 350 XLT Van.


Van2.jpg"We are serious about being student-centered and student-focused," commented Hugine.


Smith said the vehicle will enable the intramurals program to better transport students to such activities as hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, fishing and any of the more than 15 outdoor recreational activities that have made the Wellness Center-based intramurals program so popular.


The vehicle comes equipped with a heavy duty touring package with reverse camera and hauling capabilities.  PHOTOS


by Jerome Saintjones



KING DAY: AAMU alum and Pastor John Jude was the featured presenter for Alabama A&M University's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observance last week.  Jude is the husband of Pam Jude, Alabama Cooperative Extension System.  PHOTOS



AAMU Agribition Center Site of Loomis Circus


Get ready for the beauty, the laughter, and the excitement, when for the first time ever, “Alabama’s Favorite Circus,” Loomis Bros. Circus, comes to Huntsville, Ala., Circus.jpg
on Thursday, February 2, with its 2017 “FUNtasticTour.”   Performances will take place at the Alabama A&M University Agribition Center, located at 4925 Moores Mill Road. Show times are 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Be inspired by a spectacular cast of some of the world’s finest circus stars in a three-ring extravaganza family will not want to miss!  Witness the hair-raising excitement of the treacherous “Motorcycle Globe of Death, a majestic herd of Asian and African elephants, High-Flying Acrobats on the electrifying “Russian Swing,” beautiful White Siberian and Royal Bengal tigers, an amazing live circus band, and more, all in an all-new 90-minute, family-friendly “FUNtastic” performance!

Full priced admission is $20 for adults and $8 for children ages 2-12. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at or with cash only at the circus box office on the day of show.  Seating is general admission and doors open one hour prior to each scheduled show time. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early for best seating. Optional pre-show activities begin when doors open and the pre-show performance begins approximately 20 minutes prior to each scheduled show time.


Coupons for “Free Kids Tickets” are available at many merchants throughout Madison County. These coupons can also be found on the show's Facebook page located at







OSU Professor Kicks off BHM


An Ohio State University professor will address “Black History Month and Student Success” at Alabama A&M University on Wednesday, February 1, the first scheduled event for AAMU’s Black History Month activities.


Chemistry.jpgDr. Terrell Strayhorn, professor and director of the Center for Higher Education

Enterprise (CHEE) at The Ohio State University, will address the campus community and public in the Knight Center at 11:30 a.m.  A noted student success scholar, public speaker and writer, Strayhorn has authored 10 books, over 60 book chapters, and more than 150 journal articles and conference papers, and many other scholarly publications.


Moreover, Strayhord has presented over 300 keynotes and invited lectures across the globe. Dr. Strayhorn maintains an active and highly visible research agenda focusing on major policy issues in education: student access and achievement; issues of race, equity and diversity; impact of college on students, and student learning and development.


Strayhorn received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia (UVA), a master’s degree in educational policy from the Curry School of Education at UVA, and the Ph.D. degree in higher education from Virginia Tech.


He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and a native of Virginia Beach, Va.   Known for using the hashtag #DoGoodWork on social media, Strayhorn was named one of the country’s top diversity scholars by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education in 2011, one of Business First’s “Top 40 under 40,” one of the “Top 20 to Know in Education,” and became the youngest full professor in Ohio State’s history in 2014.


Prior to Ohio State, Strayhorn was Special Assistant to the Provost at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and Research Associate at the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) in Washington, DC.


BEE-HAVEN:   Students from the Horizon Elementary School Lego Robotics team constructed and "bee hotels," which they placed on several trees at the Winfred Thomas Agricultural Research Station ("The Farm"), in an effort partially coordinated by Drs. Anthony Overton, Ernst Cebert and parents.



Hugine to Launch 2017 Presidential Bus Tour


Dozens of high schools and prospective scholarship recipients throughout Alabama will be greeted by President Andrew Hugine  and First Lady Abbiegail Hugine as part of the 2017 Presidential Community Outreach Bus Tour, beginning Sunday, February 5, and concluding Friday, February 10.


President Hugine will launch his bus tour across the state of Alabama on an enthusiastic, energetic recruitment and outreach effort during which numerous scholarships will be awarded along the way.


Similar to last year, President Hugine will start the bus tour in the historic port city of Mobile, Ala., the true birthplace of Mardi Gras, on Monday, February 6. The first leg of the tour will also cover Monroe County and its namesake high school.  The first high school visit, around 8:15 a.m., is John LeFlore High School (which will host Vigor High School).  Other Mobile-area visits will include a 9:15 a.m. visit to Murphy, which will host Davidson High School; 10:15 a.m. at Baker High; 11:15 a.m. at Blount High; and 1:15 p.m. at Monroe County High School (which will host J.F. Shields High School and Excel High School). The team will leave Mobile for Montgomery.


Day Two, Tuesday, February 7, will include visits to Montgomery and Selma-area high schools, including (1) Sidney Lanier, (8:45-9:45 a.m.) which will serve as a host school for students and Bulldog alums from Lee, Brewtech, Booker T. Washington, Bullock County, Booker T. Washington (Tuskegee) and Jefferson Davis; (2) Southside High School (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), which will host Keith High School; and (3) Selma High School at 1:15 p.m.


From the historic Civil Rights bookmark of Selma, Ala., the bus tour will work its way through the notorious Alabama Black Belt, culminating with a stop in Tuscaloosa (“T-Town”).   Thus, Day Three, Wednesday, February 8, starts out with a visit to R.C. Hatch High School (host to Greensboro, 8:15-9:15 a.m.); Demopolis High School (host to Linden and Greene County, 9:45-11 a.m.); Central High School in Tuscaloosa, 1-1:45 p.m., which was formerly alum and former Pittsburgh Steeler John Stallworth’s “Tuscaloosa High School,” and then close out with a visit to Bryant High School at 2:15 p.m.


On Thursday, February 9, it's on to Birmingham, where the bus tour will open Day Four about 8 a.m. at Holy Family Cristo High School.  From there, it’s on to Parker High School at 8:40 a.m. (with Wenonah and Carver High School).  At 9:30 a.m., the team will visit host Fairfield High School (with Restoration Academy); Jackson Olin at 10:30 a.m. (hosting Woodlawn); Ramsey High School at 11:30 a.m.; and host Huffman High School (with Pinson Valley and Tarrant).  The Magic City visit will conclude with a stop at Center Point High School at 2:15 p.m.


The final stretch of the tour on Friday, February 10, Day Five, will begin at Anniston High School, host to Oxford and Piedmont, at 8:15 a.m.  At 9:45 a.m., the group will visit Gadsden High School, which will serve as host to Etowah County High. Back in Huntsville, the trip will conclude at the new Mae Jemison High School at 1 p.m.  The participants on the bus tour will receive a “Welcome Back” on The Quad at 2:15 p.m.  


The tour provides a venue for the various stakeholders of the university to expose the larger community to Alabama A&M, says bus tour coordinator Venita Clisby King, assistant vice president for enrollment management and director of admissions.  For more information on the bus tour, please call (256) 372-5245.


- Jerome Saintjones




Board Nominating Committee Working to Fill Vacancies




Chris Robinson, chair of the AAMU Board of Trustees Nominating Committee, has announced the Committee's recent efforts to fill two vacancies on the Board of Trustees for the Fifth and Seventh Congressional Districts.  For more information on the requirements and process, click HERE





 Support Miss AAMU for EBONY Feature


Normalites everywhere are urged to vote (up to three a day) for Carmen Wright, Miss AAMU 2016-17.  Please use the link below:


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First Lady's Scholarship Initiative Scheduled


FirstLadyEmblem.jpg.jpgThe First Lady's Scholarship Initiative event, spearheaded by Alabama A&M University First Lady Abbiegail Hugine, will be held Saturday, April 1, at 11 a.m. at Legacy Lake on the campus.


In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center.


For additional information, contact Dr. Andrea Cunningham at (256) 372-5551.




Medicinal Plant Conference Moves to Clemson 


The Alabama A&M University plant and soil science professor who heads the organization dedicated to the study of and research of medicinal plants has announced plans for the 2017 conference.


MentreddyNew.jpgDr. Rao Mentreddy is president of the seven-year-old American Council for Medicinally Active Plants, whose conferences attract over 100 scientists from throughout the world at various venues, from the United States to Peru.


The 2017 conference will be held at Clemson University in South Carolina, said Mentreddy, a prolific researcher whose most recent research has been published in the Florida-based Journal of Medicinal Plants.


Additional details about the forthcoming conference will be announced at a later date.



Alabama Site of Master Gardeners in 2017 


The Alabama Master Gardeners Association (AMGA) will hold its 27th annual state conference in Huntsville, Ala., May 1-3, 2017. 


The 2107 conference is hosted by the Master Gardeners of North Alabama with assistance from Limestone, Morgan and Marshall County Master Gardeners.  The conference is expected to draw more than 400 gardeners from across the Southeast.  The conference program is already filling up with exciting lectures and demonstrations.


Alabama Master Gardeners take great pride in improving their communities by providing education and training to its citizens. 



Happily Never Married Booksigning

Nobel Laureate Lecture

Alpha Kappa Mu Induction Ceremony

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Student Holiday

Faculty-Staff Holiday Meeting

Alumni Affairs Senior Send-Off!

Housing’s 2nd Annual Fall Festival

HBCU Summit on Disabilities

AAMU Veterans Day Program at Tut Fann

High School Senior Day 2016

Department of Energy Official Visits

United Way 2016

Max Wyche Visit

Trunk or Treat

Magic City Classic Game

Classic Parade 2016

NSA Director Visit

LRC Breast Cancer Event

Masons Observance

Debate Watch

Ag Week (Additional Photos)







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