Thursday, January 29, 2015
Need Tickets? Contact Eugene Tasie at (256) 652-6948 or (256) 372-4732.
Sponsored Programs Temporarily Relocated
The Office of Sponsored Programs is being temporarily housed on the 3rd floor of the Learning Resources Center (LRC) in Room 315. The contact number for Marian Geter is x4724, and other OSP staff can be reached at x4549.
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 January 2015 is attentiveness. Attentiveness is giving careful attention to the needs of 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 attentiveness that the individual has exhibited. Dead line for nomination is January 29, 2015 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 February 11, 2015.
To complete the survey online, simply click LINK.
Dean's Speaker Series Will Feature Local Entrepreneur
A successful local entrepreneur and Alabama A&M University alumna will be the guest speaker for the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences’ Dean’s Speaker Series on Thursday, January 29, at 12:30 p.m. in the Arthur J. Bond Hall auditorium.
Miranda Bouldin Frost founded LogiCore Corporation in 2002 as a woman-owned small business. Headquartered in Cummings Research Park in Huntsville, Ala., LogiCore generates up to $35 million in annual revenue, providing logistics, engineering, programmatic and information technology advisory and analytical services as a prime contractor to Department of Defense agencies (Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines).
LogiCore delivers solutions at various locations within the United States and in foreign countries, and it is positioned and stands-on-the-ready to respond to customer needs with expert precision on time and within budget—in keeping with the company motto: "Readiness Accelerated."
The LogiCore Team consists of highly qualified employees who enjoy their work and share a common vision: "To be recognized as a knowledgeable global leader providing logistics management and analytical solutions in support of the world's toughest challenges."
The January 29 program will also feature a strudent presentation by Darlesia Sykes, a sophomore, computer science major who was selected as one of 20 students nationwide to participate in the first Walmart Collegiate Innovators Challenge for STEM majors.
The four-day competition was held in October 2014 in Bentonville, Ark. This competition consisted of team challenges based on analytics, engineering and programming, giving the students insight into the ways that technical degrees can be used in a major retail company. Sykes will discuss the purpose of the competition, along with her experiences in Bentonville.
Thurgood Marshall College Fund Alumni: Leadership Institute Edition
On Thursday, January 29, 2015 TMCF Student Scholars will host an informational panel sharing insight and information from the 2014 Leadership Institute in Washington, DC. Additionally, the TMCF Scholars will discuss the numerous opportunities that are available to undergraduate and graduate students through TMCF. This presentation will be conducted in the multipurpose room of the Learning Resources Center (LRC) from 6–7 p.m.
The mission of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is to develop and prepare a new generation of leaders by providing leadership development, scholarships, resources, opportunities and advocacy to public Historically Black Colleges & Universities, students and alumni. TMCF has awarded more than $100 million in scholarships and programmatic support during its 25-year history.
OIPRE Assessment Training Workshops Schedule
The Office of Institutional, Research, Planning and Effectiveness have reserved the Multi-purpose room of the LRC for unit assessment training in order to complete the 2013-14 assessment cycle. The sessions are scheduled for 12:30-2 p.m.
The Wednesday, February 11, 2015, session will focus on administrative support services to include the following administrative units:
AAMU Community Development Cooperation (CDC)
Grants and Contracts, Accounting
Collection and Student Receivables
Business Process Workflow Analyst
Bulldog Transit System (BTS)
Environmental Health and Safety
Aramark Facilities & Capital
Counseling and Health Services
Student Health Center
Counseling and Development
Director of Residential Life and Housing
Career Development Services
Student Activities & Leadership Development
Student Wellness Center
Director of Alumni Affairs
Telecommunications (Radio & TV Station)
Director of Marketing & Public Relations (University Web Page Contents)
The Wednesday, March 11, 2015, session will focus on educational support services to include the following:
Office of Retention & Academic Support (ORAS)
International Technology, Distance Learning & Extended Studies
University Learning Resources
State Black Archives
Institutional Effectiveness/Institutional Research
Each session will be scheduled between 12:30 and 2:00 PM and include the following:
(1) Conducting unit assessment of educational programs, administrative support and educational support services.
(2) Identifying tools and activities each unit should use in conducting unit assessment activities and plans.
Each unit must be represented, preferably by the unit head. Workshops will be approximately 1 hour in length with 30 minutes or so for questions. These workshop will negate our current one-on-one activities we have been conducting.
For additional information, contact OIPRE, at 256.372.8173
Alum Noted on BlackAmericaWeb.com
An Alabama A&M University alumna has been noted for an "African-American
first" on the BlackAmericanWeb.com website.
The popular website noted Janet Emerson Bashen as the first African-American woman to hold a U.S. Patent for a software invention. Bashen’s LinkLine software is used by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to track claims, manage documents, and compile related reports. LINK
AAMU AEA to Hold Membership Drive
The AAMU AEA will hold its "Membership Matters" transition drive January 28-30 on the first floor of the Learning Resources Center, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Birmingham Alumni Chapter Installs Officers
Pictured: (Seated, l-r) President Carol Ann Watkins, Vice President Carl Davis, Recording Secretary Rhonda Jones Warren, Business Manager Lisa Toney, Financial Secretary Karen Howze Samuels. (Standing) Treasurer Stacey Sims Turner, Business Manager Karzetta Bester, Chaplain Johnny Gunn, Parliamentarian Robert Crenshaw, Past President Jerome Morgan. (Not shown) Ingrid B. Moore.
Funeral Services Set for A&M Coach James Wright
Funeral arrangements have been set for Coach James Wright, assistant men's basketball coach at Alabama A&M University. Services will be held at noon Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, located at 1329 Avenue G, in Birmingham, Ala.
Coach Wright died last Wednesday at home. He was 46.
The popular coach was in his fourth year as an assistant coach with the Bulldogs.
He joined The Hill from the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Prior to UAPB, Wright was an assistant at the University of West Alabama in Livingston, Ala., where then-Athletic Director E.J. Brophy nicknamed him "The Recruiting Machine."
Wright also served as the coach, president and general manager of the AAU basketball team Rise & Shine from 1993-2004.
Wind Ensemble Members Will Participate in AIB
Seven Alabama A&M University Wind Ensemble members were selected to perform in the Alabama Intercollegiate Band (AIB) in Montgomery, Ala., from January 21 - 23.
The AIB consists of college and university band students from around the state of Alabama. They spent two days of intense rehearsal sessions with Colonel (Retired) John R. Bourgeois, one of the most renown conductors in the world.
Colonel Bourgeois is the former leader/commander of "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Corps Band. The AIB concluded its activities with a stellar concert which was held at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center on Friday, January 23.
"This was a most memorable experience for our future band director/students," commented AAMU Band Director Carlton J. Wright.
Above: (l-r) Taylor Jeffery, Chris Newell, Kean Biggs,COL Bourgeois, Enoch Brome, Jason Holt, Quadarius Evans, and Ralston Albert.
Tax Assistance Available Through United Way
The United Way of Madison County, teaming with UAH and the SaveFirst Initiative, is providing tax assistance to students and households earning up to $52,000 with one or more children (or up to $20,000 without children).
Services are available throughout the tax season at the Optimist Recreation Center, 703 Oakwood Avenue NE, and at United Way offices at 701 Andrew Jackson Way.
To schedule a free tax preparation appointment, call (844) 44-TAX-AL.
Healthy Heart Contest Ongoing
Alabama Extension’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit is running the Healthy Heart Contest, allowing a male and a female a chance to win a “Healthy Heart” basket of goodies from January 26 to February 26 in observance of American Heart Month.
How to win: The male and female who gets the most people to “Like” the Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs’ Facebook (www.facebook.com/ACESUrbanAffairsUnit) page wins! Simply provide a list of names via e-mail of your “friends” who “Like” the page. The Friends List will be verified and the winners will be declared. In the event of a tie, a run-off will be conducted between the contestants by extending the contest until March 2. A winner(s) will then be declared.
Please send your list to Wendi via e-mail at email@example.com. In the Subject area put “Healthy Heart Contest.” Good luck!
Alabama Extension employees are ineligible to enter the contest.
Go Red for Women & Healthy Heart Challenge 2015
The American Heart Association, the Central North Alabama Alumnae Chapter of
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System invite you to attend the Go Red for Women & Healthy Heart Challenge 2015 Salad Luncheon on Friday, February 6, 2015, from 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 2415 Old Road SW in Decatur, Alabama.
To register, please contact Dr. Celvia Stovall at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (256) 372-8648.
SELMA! Alabama A&M University social sciences professors Shannon Frank Reeves, Sr., and Craig Patton recently took about 70 students to see the popular Civil Rights Movement flick "Selma" at Monaco Pictures in Huntsville's Bridge Street Towne Centre. The students represented classes in Blacks in Politics, State and Local Government, and American Government. The movie focused on the roles slain activist Martin Luther King, Jr., and numerous others played to secure voting rights in Selma, Ala., and beyond. (Photo by J. Saintjones)
A&M Professor Has Part in Upcoming Movie
An Alabama A&M University faculty member will have a featured part in the upcoming, Birmingham-based movie “Woodlawn – Dare to Believe!”
Dr. Terry Conkle, associate professor of human performance, was invited to appear as a “featured extra” in “Woodlawn,” written by Jon Erwin and Quinton Peeples, and directed by Andrew and Jon Erwin of Erwin Brothers Entertainment.
Erwin Brothers Entertainment is based in the Birmingham, Ala., area and is the operation that released the movie “Mom's Night Out” in 2014. “Woodlawn” is tentatively set for release in Fall 2015, Conkle says, and it is “an inspiring true story about love and unity in a school torn by racism and hate in the 1970s.”
The story focuses on the 1973 spiritual awakening that gripped the Woodlawn High School football team, including its coach Tandy Gerelds. According to Conkle, their dedication to love and unity in a school full of racism and hate led to the largest high school football game ever played in the State of Alabama (some 42,000 spectators) at Birmingham’s Legion Field. The movie's central character and focal point is the rise of African American football star Tony Nathan, who played at the University of Alabama and for the Miami Dolphins.
Conkle says he acted in five five key scenes for the movie: “Big Game Day,” Candle Lighting Vigil,” “Paul Bear Bryant,” “Chaos Crowd,” and one scene with unspecified title. Among the movie’s stars are Jon Voight (“National Treasure,” “Pearl Harbor,” etc.), who portrays Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant; Sean Astin (“Rudy,” “Lord of The Rings,” “The Goonies,” “Mom's Night Out,” etc.); Sherri Shepherd (“The View”); C. Thomas Howell (“E.T.” and “Red Dawn”); Nic Bishop (“Body of Proof” and “Above The Law”); Brett Rice (“Forrest Gump”); and Kevin Sizemore (“Heartfall”). Caleb Castille plays the part of Tony Nathan (both played football at the University of Alabama).
“This was a wonderful experience, and offered many insights into movie-making,” commented Conkle. “There was a great deal of 'hurry-up-and-wait,' but it was fun meeting Jon Voight and listening to Sean Astin tell jokes during the down time. I eagerly anticipate the debut of Woodlawn next fall.”
Save the Date!
First Lady’s Scholarship Initiative Luncheon
Saturday, March 7, 2015, at 11 a.m.
Ernest L. Knight Center
Alabama A&M University
Felicia Wilson, (256) 372-5715,
or Dr. Kimberley Marshall, (256) 372-8350
AWM Chapter Launched on “The Hill”
Dr. Susan C. Brown, professor in the Visual, Performing, and Communication Arts Department, has announced the formation of an Alabama A&M University chapter of the Alliance for Women in Media.
The AAMU-AWM affiliate seeks 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 the industry and societal progress. For more information, contact Dr. Brown at (256) 372-4085 or e-mail email@example.com.
AAMU Announced as Finalist to Win $100,000
TOGETHER FOR SAFER SCHOOLS Security Grant from STANLEY Security
AAMU Can Win Up To $100,000 in STANLEY Security Installed
Products & Services
Alabama A&M University has been announced as a finalist in STANLEY Security’s TOGETHER FOR SAFER SCHOOLS grant program. AAMU could win up to $100,000 in STANLEY Security installed products and services to help secure students and facilities within the campus environment.
- HOW TO VOTE DAILY -
(Beginning Jan. 19 Thru Feb. 13)
WEB: Search aamuedu on STANLEYSaferSchools.com
TEXT: Text* aamuedu to 334455
(*You are agreeing to receive confirmation reply text message)
TWEET: Tweet using Hashtags #STANLEYSecurity and #aamuedu
In its second year, the STANLEY Security TOGETHER FOR SAFER SCHOOLS Grant Program provides the opportunity to enhance safety and security in the nation’s higher education institutions by awarding winning schools a share of a substantial grant of STANLEY Security installed products and services.
Starting January 19 and running through February 13, 2015, students, faculty, administrators, parents, alumni, and members of the campus community are encouraged to vote for AAMU daily via the voting website, www.stanleysaferschools.com, SMS text messaging or Twitter. The top two colleges or universities with the most votes in each of three size categories will be selected as grant winners.
The college or university with the most votes will win one (1) Grand Prize of $100,000 in STANLEY Security products and services. One (1) runner-up will win a prize of $25,000 in STANLEY Security installed products and services. Winners will be notified in March 2015.
Offerings provided to grant winners include consultative security services, access to STANLEY Security’s premier Software Solutions Group (SSG) and seminars for school officials on security threat assessment and advanced Clery Act training offered by STANLEY Security partner and campus security experts, D. Stafford & Associates.
Turn-key installations available to winners can be any STANLEY Security product or solution, including access control solutions, video surveillance systems, fire systems, intrusion systems, mechanical and electro-mechanical door hardware, mass notification systems and other security technologies. In addition, every school that is nominated receives a free security assessment from STANLEY Security to help improve campus safety and security.
For more information on the STANLEY Security TOGETHER FOR SAFER SCHOOLS Grant Program and to vote for AAMU, please visit www.stanleysaferschools.com.
Physicist Will Serve as Guest Editor of National Journal
An Alabama A&M University physicist and former dean has been chosen to serve as a guest editor for an internationally noted scientific publication.
Dr. Matthew E. Edwards, respected physicist, researcher and former dean of AAMU’s School of Arts and Sciences, has been selected by California-based Scientific & Academic Publishing to be a guest editor of the highly respected American Journal of Materials Science.
Edwards will play an integral role in the summer 2015 publication of a special issue in the Journal that will focus on nano-particle doped organic thin films and crystals. Edwards currently heads AAMU’s pyroelectric and dielectric materials laboratory. He is a recognized proponent of the development of innovative ways to teach fundamental physics courses.
In fact, in the summer of 2014, Edwards was called to deliver a paper during the 3rd International Symposium on Integrating Research, Education and Problem Solving, part of a conglomerate of hard science gatherings held that summer in Orlando, Fla. Edwards’ presentation emphasized the importance of “richer contextualization teaching” in the classroom, in relationship to the comprehension of abstract physics concepts.
When the professor isn’t busy conducting research in pyroelectrics, dielectrics and sol-gel properties of materials for application in sensors and waveguides, or even advising undergraduates, master’s and doctoral students, Edwards manages to devote time to research on the efficacy of teaching physics.
For additional information about Edwards’ unique accomplishment, please call (256) 372-8104.
CETL Professional Development Workshop: Spring 2015 Events
CETL has planned a semester full of Professional Development workshops for faculty and staff. Please see below the list of Spring 2015 events and feel free to register early for the workshops you would like to attend. Click on the Workshop and register for that particular workshop (or call CETL). An announcement will come out at the beginning of each month as a reminder of the workshops for that month for you to register at that time as well. The events will also be on the AAMU Website Calendar.
Please click on the workshop title for additional information and to register.
· Professional Development Units (PDUs)
- Number of contact hours per workshop
Workshop Title: Strategies to Enhance Student Motivation
Presenter: Dr. Juarine Stewart
Date: January 22, 2015
Location: LRC Room 309
Who should attend:
- Faculty (Full time and adjuncts)
Workshop Title: Administrative Assistant/Secretary Workshop
Presenter: Sophya Johnson
- Part 1: January 28, 2015
o Time: 9am-12pm or 2-5pm
- Part 2: January 29, 2015
o Time: 9am-12pm or 2-5pm
Location: LRC Room 309
- Part 1:
o Defining the role of an administrative assistant and secretary
o Professional Duties
o Getting organized
o Managing time more effectively
o Building strong co-worker relationships
- Part 2:
o Verbal and Non- Verbal Communication
o Phone & Email Etiquette
o Making Appointments
o Typing Correspondence
o Setting up Meetings
Who should attend:
- Administrative Assistants
- Support Staff
- Anyone who is responsible for coordinating, managing or being an effective member of an office team
- February 4 or 5, 2015: Exceptional Customer Service: A Training For Student Employees
- February 12, 2015: Critical Thinking Workshop
- February 24, 2015: Evidence Based Teaching as an Effective Pedagogy Workshop
- March 11 & 12, 2015: Improving your Professional Image
- April 16, 2015: CETL Feedback Workshop
Assistant to the Director
Phone: (256) 372-8783
Fax: (256) 372-8782
AAMU CETL Page
Huntsville-Madison County Chapter Installs New Officers
The Huntsville-Madison County Alumni Chapter of the AAMU Alumni Association, Inc., installed new officers during a regularly scheduled meeting January 6 in AAMU's Wellness Center. Dr. Terrance Vickerstaff, the national Association's regional vice president (Alabama) swore in the officers as presented by immediate past president Pamela D. Thompson.
Pictured above (l-r) are: Sandra S. Stubbs, AAMU director of alumni affairs; Chiquita Suggs, treasurer; Jennifer Ingram, secretary; Pamela Thompson, immediate past president; Clarene Teague-Johnson, president; Sandra Lyles-Jackson, vice president; and Dr. Terrance Vickerstaff, regional vice president, AAMU Alumni Association, Inc. PHOTOS
AAMU PR Office Announces Availability of Annual Wall Calendar
The annual wall calendar for 2015 is available while supplies last in the Office of Marketing and Public Relations, 303 Patton Hall. The 2015 calendar was designed by graphic designer and professor Tamika Williams.
Telecommunications Center's Fall Commencement Video
The Telecommunications Center announces its link to complete coverage of AAMU's Fall Commencement.
Please access the program HERE
AAMU Alum Becomes Brigadier General
AAMU Announces the Availability of New App
The long-awaited Alabama A&M University app for iPhone and Android mobile devices is now available to the campus and public for free download, thanks to the dedicated team in Information Technology Services (ITS).
The attractive app allows AAMU students quick access through the “myAAMU”
icon to a registration checklist, emergency notification signup, and access to greater university-related functions provided by the Banner module system. Other features include a three-pronged calendar enabling users to access university-wide events, academic items, or even their respective personal calendars.
Need staff/faculty directory assistance? There’s a handy icon for that, along with additional icons for emergency listings, courses, ample photo collections of recent campus events, promotional videos, and that’s not all.
Listen to WJAB-FM 90.9! Link to the exciting world of Bulldog athletics. Really love A&M? Then how about tapping on an icon to “Give Now”? Moreover, there are additional app links to the library, Blackboard and AAMU news.
For iPhone, tap the “App Store” icon and search for "AAMU." Input Apple ID and password. The app icon should appear with instructions to download. The surest way to download the “AAMU” app on Android devices is to use the Play Store, Google's official Android marketplace that continuously adds new titles to the thousands available. Persons without iPhone or Android devices can access http://m.aamu.edu
- Jerome Saintjones
AAMU Accreditation Reaffirmed for the Next 10 Years
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) reaffirmed the accreditation of Alabama A&M University (AAMU) at its annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, on December 9, 2014. Reaffirmation indicates that the university complies with over 90 core requirements and comprehensive standards designed to assure that institutions meet acceptable standards established by the higher education community that address the needs of society, the needs of students, and rigor and effectiveness of institutions.
The process is designed to enhance institutional effectiveness through self-assessment, self-improvement and peer review. Accreditation by SACSCOC signifies that the institution (1) has a mission appropriate to higher education, (2) has resources, programs and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that mission, and (3) maintains clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers, and that indicate whether it is successful in achieving its stated objectives.
A critical component of the accreditation process is the conceptualization of a comprehensive Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) which is campus-wide in scope and focused on improving student learning and outcomes. During the accreditation process, the QEP submitted by AAMU received no recommendations for revisions. This is very commendable and speaks volume to the excellent work which the QEP Committee completed in formulating the plan.
The accomplishment of this goal of reaffirmation would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the AAMU Reaffirmation Committees. Appreciation is extended to the chairs and membership of each of the committees that addressed the more than 90 core requirements and comprehensive standards. A special thanks is extended to Dr. Virginia Caples, SACSCOC Liaison and Chair of the AAMU Reaffirmation, as well as Ms. Bonnie Banks and her committee that developed the QEP.
President Andrew Hugine, Jr. stated, “The reaffirmation of accreditation provides continuing evidence and documentation of the quality educational programs that AAMU offers students in preparing them to be competitive in the 21st century global economy and the outstanding work of the faculty and staff.”
Professor Explores Impact of Time Management on Writing
The recent winter 2014 issue of an academic journal features an article co-authored by an Alabama A&M University English faculty member.
Dr. Anthony N. Ricks, an assistant professor of English, joined an Athens State
University business colleague in the completion of the article “Writing Well: Isnt’ It about Time?” The article is slated for December 2014 publication in Academic Exchange Quarterly.
According to Ricks, the piece “explores the role time management plays in a college student's writing processes” and includes original research conducted by Ricks and co-author Kim Roberts. Based on the authors’ research and other cited studies, they were able to suggest that “effective time management skills are critical to producing better writing and succeeding in college.”
The research involved a nine-month study to determine methods to improve writing among upper-division university students. Time management and writing process pedagogy were important factors in the study, noted Ricks.
Moreover, participants were asked to complete a three-part visitation sequence in a university writing center while writing research papers. The findings, adds Ricks, suggest that greater success in college writing is achieved when student writers seek feedback multiple times on their writing and approach writing as a process that develops over time.
Alum Completes State Rural Development Institute
A 2012 Alabama A&M University political science graduate recently completed his one-year term as a member of the Delta Regional Authority Executive Institute.
Samuel T. Greene, II, a native of Marion, Ala., was one of seven individuals appointed Alabama Governor Robert Bentley to participate in the eight-state leadership institute, which focused on economic and industrial development for rural communities.
Above (l-r): Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill, Samuel T. Greene II, Leroy Hurt, Ron Sparks, Lynn Boyd, Alternate Federal Co-Chairman Mike Marshall,
Donald Mills, and Austin Monk.
Alabama Women’s Commission Event
Twelve women representing Alabama A&M University recently traveled to the Capital City Club in Montgomery, Ala., in support of the Alabama Women’s Commission Fundraising Event. The event, entitled “IMPACT: Celebrating Alabama Women,” honored Sister Shubert, originator of Sister Shubert frozen dinner rolls, and Betty Sims, a local restaurant owner.
Featured in the photo are: (First Row) First Lady Abbigail Hugine and AAMU alumni Evelyn Rich and Geraldine Taylor; (Second Row) Dr. Delores Price, Alabama Women’s Commissioner, and Madelyn J. Suttle; and (Third Row) Lakiesha Hawkins, Dr. Annie Payton, Dr. Constance Adams and Dr. Kyla Pitcher.
Not shown: Felicia Wilson, Monique Johnson and Cynthia McCollum.
AAMU Site for DCI 2015
DCI has just announced the 2015 Drum Corps International Summer Tour. Marching Music’s Major League™ again returns to Louis Crews Stadium on the campus of Alabama A&M University on Thursday, July 23, 2015, for an evening of marching musical pageantry.
Competing drum corps for the event are: Cascades - Seattle, Wash.; Crossmen - San Antonio, Tex.; Jersey Surf - Camden County, N.J.; Oregon Crusaders - Portland, Ore.; Pacific Crest - Diamond Bar, Calif.; Pioneer - Milwaukee, Wis.; The Academy - Tempe, Ariz.; The Cadets - Allentown, Pa.; and Troopers - Casper, Wy.
Read more: http://www.dci.org/schedule/details.cfm?event=418#ixzz3JXsrHODh
The Cadets of Allentown, Pa., are a first-time addition to DCI North Alabama and are a 10-time DCI World Champion. Additional details will be provided as they become available through campus coordinator Dana M. Gillis at (256) 372-8316.
Extension Specialist Works to Improve Livestock Production in Myanmar
by Wendi Williams
Urban Regional Extension Specialist Robert Spencer just returned from his second trip to Myanmar in Southeast Asia. Spencer is a volunteer with the Farmer-to-Farmer program in Myanmar that is funded by the United States
Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Winrock International. Targeting small-scale livestock farmers, he educated audiences on sustainable best management practices that will ensure efficient production and increase on-farm revenue.
Agriculture is the primary industry in Myanmar with the majority of the population living in rural areas. The good news is that there is a strong domestic demand for agricultural products and strong export opportunities to surrounding countries. Much of the country’s climate is semi-arid with an annual rainy season, making it challenging for consistent agricultural production. While there are some larger commercial and government supported farms, most of the farms are small-scale and limited-resource farmers are eager to produce, to improve practices, and to seek out markets that will pay better prices for their products.
Spencer was able to reach approximately 156 producers during farm visits and workshops in the cities of Yenangyuaung, Taw Twin, and Mandalay, and had the potential of reaching more than 22 million viewers during a Sky Net TV broadcast on making soap using goat milk. In addition, educational training covered such topics as upgrading small ruminant operations and animal husbandry in the areas of nutrition, parasite control, parturition and kid care, and rotational grazing.
Spencer plans to return to Myanmar in the spring of 2015 and is looking forward to future trips to Bangladesh and Nepal to continue his work with USAID’s Farmer-to-Farmer program.
Photo: Spencer demonstrating soap making as part of value-added agriculture training in Taw Twin.
Professor Helps Design Nation’s First Course on High School Sports Officiating
AAMU sports management team member Nancy C. Price served as the collegiate representative on a committee to create a sports officiating course for Alabama High Schools.
The committee is headed by Mr. Greg Brewer, assistant director of the Alabama High School Athletic Association/director of officials, and Nancy Ray, Alabama State Department of Education, education specialist for curriculum-health and physical education. Price said the effort will become the first sports officiating course for the high school level in the U.S.
For more information, contact Price at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (256) 372-8910.
SFRC Funded to Assist Urban Gardeners
The Small Farms Research Center at Alabama A&M University has received funding from the Southern Risk Management Education Center (SRMEC) for a project focusing on "Business Planning and Marketing Education for Hard-to Reach Urban Gardeners, Inner-City Youth and Beginning Vegetable Growers."
SFRC staffers sat the one-year project "addresses the unique business planning and marketing education needs of urban community gardeners, inner city youth and beginning producers, who are transitioning or converting to vegetable production."
A business plan is critical to ensuring that producers have aligned their marketing, production, and financing capacities/strategies in ways that minimize risk. Thus, the project will provide targeted marketing educational and business planning training for inner-city youth, hard-to-reach urban gardeners, and socially disadvantaged and beginning producers converting/transitioning to vegetable production.
The training involving workshops, group meetings and one-on-one mentoring sessions, will be based on modules developed early in the project. The target audiences are individuals in and around four Alabama urban centers, including Huntsville, Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile.
For more information about this program and services, visit the Small Farms Research Center on-line at www.aamu.edu/smallfarmscenter or give us a call at (256) 372-4970 or 1(866) 372-4970.
Upcoming Events from the Office of Admissions
· Presidential Community Outreach Bus Tour: February 2-6 , 2015
· Open House: March 2015
· Student Orientation And Registration ( June, July & August 2015)
Photography from Past AAMU Events
Looking for photos of past events and activities at Alabama A&M University? If so, then simply check out the PHOTO ARCHIVES located on the webpage of the Office of Marketing and Public Relations. There you will find a range of digital photos of events dating back several years.
- Shirley Alexander