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Week of: February 27-March 5, 2017




RISING:  Construction crews are improving their 'ground game' for the new residence hall on Meridian Street, as shown in this recent Justin Vaughner aerial shot.  The AAMU Wellness Center (top left) appears to the southwest.


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AAMU Board Adds Concentrations, Modernizes Policies


Huntsville, Ala. --- The Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees held the first meeting of 2017 and the last one for President Pro Tempore Andre Taylor on Friday, February 24.


TaylorAndre.jpgAfter completing a six-year tenure on the board, Taylor said he would not apply for another term but would instead reflect on other milestones.  The former corporate communications official said he is optimistic about AAMU’s potential and pledged his support in the years ahead.


AAMU President Andrew Hugine Jr., and other university administrators, including Faculty Senate President Jeanette Jones, thanked Taylor for his service.


Hugine announced that he will join presidents of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) for a meeting with White House officials on ways to strengthen support to the 100 institutions of higher learning.  President Donald Trump and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund will host the summit February 27-28.


Chinese3.JPGDuring his report to the board, President Hugine shared a video on the progress and events to date of the Confucius Institute at AAMU.


Trustees then went on to approve the addition of concentrations in urban planning and design, and transportation management; the addition of a wireless policy; the reduction of donor restrictions and requirements pertaining to naming opportunities for facilities; and the inclusion of nontraditional housing options.


As required by board bylaws, Trustees Velma Tribue and Jerome Williams were appointed by Taylor to serve on a presidential evaluation committee to coordinate Hugine’s four-year evaluation.  The committee will select a college president to serve on it, and Hugine will also be able to select a presidential peer to serve on the evaluation team.


Faculty Senate President Jeanette Jones lauded the efforts of Hugine with respect to finding ways to provide cost of living adjustments for faculty and staff.  The Faculty Senate will arrange meetings with state legislators on additional ways that state government can facilitate future adjustments to the salaries of state employees.  While Jones indicated that the Faculty Handbook is being reviewed, the Faculty Mentoring Program is well underway.


SGA President Tara Crawford said students have been involved in campus-wide beautification efforts, as well as community food and clothing drives.  She also expressed optimism in the development of future student leadership.


FIRST NOTICE of Next Meeting:  The Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees will meet again for its regular session on campus Friday, June 23, 2017, at 10 a.m. in the Clyde Foster Auditorium of the College of Business and Public Affairs.


- D. Daniel and J. Saintjones contributed to this report.




CHIEF:  AAMU President welcomes new Chief of Public Safety Nadis Carlisle, former interim Chief of Police for Decatur, Ala.   See Swearing-In PHOTOS



Hall Staff Prepare for Spring Break


The residence halls will be closed during spring break (March 13-17), and all students must check-out. 


Students should check-out of their Residence Hall by 5 p.m., on March 10, and check-in Sunday, March 19, by 5 p.m.



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RE-ELECTED:  Arthur Henderson, Theresa McCants and Marian Ray were re-elected to the Board of Directors of Councill Federal Credit Union, while Cheryl Johnson (r) was re-elected to the Credit Committee.  The elections were held at the CFCU 63rd annual meeting at the Alabama A&M University Agribition Center.  (Photo by J. Saintjones)    More PHOTOS


CFCU Holds Annual Meeting


The Councill Federal Credit Union held its 63rd annual meeting at the Alabama A&M University Agribition Center conference room February 23.


CFCU members heard reports from various committees, elected officers, and enjoyed food, door prizes and fellowship.


Rufus Gilmore is manager, and Beverly Lucas serves as customer service representative. 




Board Takes Campus Tour


The AAMU Board of Trustees visited CONNECT Centers in the university’s four distinct colleges and other sites with campus improvements as part of two-day meetings on campus beginning February 23.   See PHOTOS



The centers included the following: The Center for Learning, Innovating, Networking and Questioning (LINQ), College of Business and Public Affairs; The Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM Knowledge Center), College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences; The Center for Academic Student Engagement and Success (CASES), College of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences; and the Center for Learning, Academic Support and Success (CLASS), College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences.


Trustees were transported in a new Bulldog Transit System bus to view renovations and updates to Carter Hall Science Building; the Ralph Lee Student Center; William Hooper Councill Hall (home of the Tutorial Assistance Network and the Confucius Institute); and Normal Hill Student Apartments.




“Dancing” Dazzles Knight Center Audience


The 2017 edition of Dancing with the President and First Lady once again amply supplied guests with an evening of entertainment.  The event helps fund the worthy cause of ongoing campus beautification efforts spearheaded by the Bulldog Pride Committee, led by First Lady Abbiegail Hugine.  PHOTOS


PeoplesChoice.jpgStudentWinners.jpgThe contestants included Michael and Yvette Clark – “R&B Funk”; Karla Miller and Dr. Gary Crosby (first place - above) – “Jazz”; Taliyah Oglesby and Lager Allen – “Foxtrot” (Student Winners); Troy Jones and Jazmine Robinson (2nd place) – “Salsa”; Brittany Holloman and Gerald Taylor – “Cha Cha”; and Rep. Anthony Daniels and Dr. Teneshia Daniels (People's Choice Award), left – “Salsa”. 


AAMU’s Monique Ryan served as choreographer.  The contestants were evaluated by judges Dana Austin, Janise Fowler and Matthew Hales.


Erica “Fox” Washington of WJAB-FM 90.9 served as mistress of ceremonies.  The evening featured special music (Tommy Friend and Alex Banks) and dance (Jaylin Caroline Martin), and President Andrew Hugine, Jr., and First Lady Abbiegail Hugine expressed their gratitude for the support from the campus and broader community.







Professor to Address Local AAUW Chapter Luncheon


The Huntsville Chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will hold its Breaking Through Barriers Luncheon on Friday, March 3, at the Jackson Center, 6001 Moquin Drive, NW, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.


JonesJeanetteBB-2017.JPGDr. Jeanette Jones, a professor, botanist, microbiologist and researcher at Alabama A&M University (AAMU) will facilitate a luncheon conversation on “Measuring Success Through Perseverance,” providing useful information to local college women aspiring to various careers.


After receiving an undergraduate degree in biology from Fort Valley State University (Ga.), Jones earned the Ph.D. degree in medical mycology from The Ohio State University.  Jones pursued further study at the University of Nevada, the University of California Medical School (San Francisco), the National Centers for Disease Control-Atlanta, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge).  A long-time member of the Board of Stewards at St. John AME Church in Huntsville, she also has been appointed to the U.S. Army Science Board by the Secretary of the Army since 1994.  


Dr. Jones has served as president of the Alabama A&M University Faculty Senate, the Greater Huntsville Chapter of The Links, Inc., The Ivy Center Foundation, as well as coordinator of the Faculty Mentoring Program at AAMU.






Tucker Heads MCA Unit


Alabama A&M University President Andrew Hugine, Jr., has announced the individual who will fill the cabinet post of Vice President for Marketing, Communications and Advancement, a key post that encompasses fundraising, alumni affairs, electronic media communications, public relations, and print/mail.


TuckerClassicSmall.jpgArchie Tucker, II, who has served in the role of interim vice president since 2014 will assume the position of vice president on Wednesday, March 1.


Prior to joining AAMU in 2011 as director of development and later as assistant vice president, Tucker served as the chief development officer at Mississippi Valley State University, his alma mater, where he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration.  He also held posts at Coahoma Community College and Delta State University, where he received an MBA.


Tucker is affiliated with various civic organizations from local to international, including but not limited to the following:  Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) as a former District III board member and HBCU Taskforce Chair; Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) as a former board member for the North Alabama Chapter and international chapter support committee; and Leadership Huntsville Focus Class 25 and Connect Class 15 graduate.  He was awarded AFP’s North Alabama Fundraiser of the Year in 2015.  Tucker holds the Certificate in Fund Raising Management from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis.


Tucker is a native of Leland, Miss.  He and his wife Veronica are the parents of two sons, Jordan and Austin.



Students, faculty and staff from the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences.

Grad Studies Holds Open House


AAMU’s School of Graduate Studies welcomed prospective master’s and doctoral students to a day of activities and information about opportunities, programs, and funding for graduate study on “The Hill.”   PHOTOS


Claflin, Lane, Rust, UNA, Voorhees were among the institutions represented at the open huse.


In addition to academic and general information sessions, attendees had an opportunity to participate in give-a-ways, a walking tour and an evening basketball game.


The College of Business and Public Affairs served as the host site.  For additional information about graduate study at AAMU, call (256) 372-5266.




Business School Co-Sponsoring Upcoming Symposium


AAMU’s College of Business and Public Affairs is among the visionary sponsors of an April 20 symposium focusing on the importance of cultivating diversity, talent and innovation within public and private organizations throughout the Tennessee Valley.


As a focal point, the symposium will provide strategies to build cultural awareness to enhance engagement and productivity in “Creating the Community” among Northern Alabama organizations. The main objective is to ensure organizations demonstrate a safe and inclusive environment for all employees.


Organizers says understanding the importance of diversity and inclusion enhances morale and provides organizations with a unique opportunity to attract and retain high-quality talent in Northern Alabama.


In addition to AAMU, event sponsors include the U.S. Army Materiel Command, Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, City of Huntsville, Leadership Huntsville/Madison County, NASA/MSFC, Oakwood University and the University of Alabama in Huntsville.


The symposium will begin at 9 a.m. at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala.  For registration and additional information, visit







 Active Shooter Training Sessions Hosted by AAMU


“Everybody has a plan for a fire, or a tornado; but when it comes to an active shooter, what’s the plan?”

Lt. Proncey Robertson, Public Information Officer for Decatur Police, says it’s a question that could save lives.  He and three other certified trainers spent Feb 21-22 at AAMU for Alabama’s Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT).


It’s the first time AAMU has hosted the training, with 23 officers coming from Tuskegee, Cullman, Montgomery and across the state.  Three members of AAMU’s Department of Public Safety also took part.


“This training is mandatory for every law enforcement officer in the state,” says Jeremy Williams, a parole officer and ALERRT instructor.  The program is designed to prepare first responders to isolate, distract and neutralize an active shooter.


Though most of the training involved classroom instruction at the ARC and Buchanan Hall, officers will train outdoors in SWAT gear Wednesday afternoon.


The Bulldog Alert System notified the entire campus so no one would be alarmed.


Governor Robert Bentley made ALERRT training mandatory for all law enforcement officers in 2013.


The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency offers the free training to law enforcement agencies.  The training is also free to civilians, businesses and other agencies through the ‘Run, Hide, Fight’ program.


AAMU’s Department of Public Safety has officers certified to offer the free training.


For more, including the Run, Hide, Fight’ video, click HERE.

                                                                                                                 - D. Daniel




Journalism Journey Speaker Series Continues


The Journalism Journey Speaker Series connects AAMU students with local media and mass communications professionals to provide them unique educational opportunities for pathways to their career goals.


Created by Daryka Reeves, assistant professor of communications, the series aligns students with mentors and provides access to real-world knowledge about requirements for employment after graduation. It also serves as a recruiting effort for future students.


Most recently, Mo Carter, sports director for WZDX (Huntsville’s FOX affiliate) spoke to 70 aspiring journalists from the AAMU communications department. Carter highlighted his journey from sports reporter to director.  He encouraged students to stay abreast of current events, strengthen their writing skills and be willing to learn all facets of the mass communications industry.  VIDEO


The Series began last semester with noted journalist and media expert Debra Daniel, who currently serves as a communications specialist in the Office of Marketing and Public Relations, followed by Demetria McClenton, anchor for WAAY-31 (Huntsville’s ABC affiliate).


The Series will continue throughout the semester with speakers scheduled twice a month. 




Health Screening Set for March


The Alabama Department of Public Health will facilitate free and voluntary wellness screenings in the AAMU Student Health and Wellness Center on Thursday, March 9.  The 15-minute screening includes:


1)      Health Risk History Screening Form (form completed by participant)

2)      Finger Stick for:   Lipid Profile-Tests fat in the blood, total cholesterol, HDL-good cholesterol, LDL-bad cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose-blood sugar

3)      Blood pressure

4)      Body Mass Index (BMI)

5)      Height and Weight

6)      Counseling on assessment of RISKS based on results obtained. Referrals may be made based on results.


Please reserve your time slot here​.  Walk-ins will be serviced upon availability only.  Bring PEEHIP card to coverage the cost of the screening! To ensure health insurance card and coverage information, download the Alabama Blue Mobile App here.


For additional information regarding wellness requirements, please go to


Should you have questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (256) 372-5835.





Alabama A&M University to Hold Leadership Development Training Class


AAMU will hold a Professional and Leadership Development Training Class March 13-16.   This four day training activity will take place on the campus from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 


Faculty from the College of Business and Public Affairs, along with other experts and practitioners, will provide participants personal insight, knowledge, and perspective to unlock professional potential and refine key leadership skills needed to achieve impactful, tangible results throughout their organizations. 


Team leaders, managers, or persons interested in developing, improving, or enhancing  their leadership skills are encouraged to attend.  The cost to attend this training is $1,275. 


Registration deadline is March 6.  For additional information or to register, please contact the Center for Extended Studies at (256) 372-5753 or send an email to



Food Science Students Named Cargill and Kellogg’s Scholars


Five student scholars from AAMU’s Department of Food and Animal Sciences (FAS) received scholarships from industry partners Cargill and Kellogg’s. 


This year, the Cargill scholars ($1,000 each) were Dawn Nash, freshman; Breanna Hampton, sophomore; and Camara Blasingame, graduate student.  The Kellogg’s list of scholars ($2,000 each) include Loretta Grant, junior; and Sommer Thompson (senior).  The requirements for this award included not only a 3.00 GPA, but also leadership in the various departmental professional organizations.  


Dr. Martha Verghese serves a professor and chair of FAS.



AAMU Plans Tech Transfer Program for Small Businesses


The Alabama A&M University College of Business and Public Affairs’ Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Development (CEIED), in cooperation with the AAMU-Rise Foundation, announces the SBIR-STTR Conference on April 23 -25 on the AAMU campus. 


Prospective participants still have an opportunity to help shape a conference that meets their unique interest, according to Dr. Teresa M. Orok, CEIED executive director.  The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in federal research/research and development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization.


Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.


Additionally, the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena. Key to this program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. However, the unique feature of the STTR program is the requirement for the small business to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II.


Funding for research and development is moving away from grants, says Orok. Instead, it is becoming essential for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), as well as all Minority Serving Institutions, to start competing for government and private industry contracts.


The AAMU-RISE Foundation and the AAMU Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, & Economic Development are hosting this conference to bring together experts from government agencies, leading R&D companies, and academic institutions. They will be sharing their expertise, thus enabling HBCUs and MSIs to partner with the government and its contractors as they develop and commercialize innovative technologies.


For registration and other information, contact CEIED at (256) 372-5603 or e-mail



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AAMU Will Take Part in City-Wide Initiative  by Debra Daniel


More than 700 freshmen will put the Alabama A&M University “Service Is Sovereignty” motto into motion on Saturday, April 1, when AAMU joins First Baptist Church’s “Serving the City as One” initiative.


First Baptist organized the event 13 years ago, bringing together over 2,000 Christians who represent more than 70 congregations and take on some 200 projects.  Area churches have served as the Southern, Central and Madison Hubs. This year, however, Alabama A&M will serve as the first hub for north Huntsville.  


AAMU freshmen, student organizations, faculty and staff will gather on campus at 7:30 a.m. for a university-wide send-off.  Campus buses will then drive them throughout the community to churches, organizations and neighborhoods that requested help.


Projects include:


·         Home Maintenance and Repair

·         Yard Work

·         AGENCY Opportunities: Hope Place, National Children’s Advocacy Center

          305 Eighth St., Manna House, Food Bank

·         Packing Goody Baskets

·         Lakewood School Projects

·         Sewing

·         Letter Writing

·         Empowered to Connect Conference

·         Prayer Walking the Neighborhood


“It’s a wonderful way for students to see the need first-hand and the impact just a few hours of their time can make,” says Monica Clarke, coordinator of AAMU’s Service and Learning Communities and Volunteerism program.


“This is just a fantastic opportunity to involve churches, organizations and Alabama A&M University to help meet the needs of our city,” said Mike Pearce, minister of missions at First Baptist Huntsville. 


To volunteer or receive additional information, visit




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:



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CETL Upcoming Events


 · Revisiting Customer Service in Higher Education

       - March 1, 2017



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 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:





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.



Urban Living Expo 2017 Announced



The Alabama Cooperative Extension System's Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit will hold its first Urban Living Expo (ULE) Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Alabama A&M University Agribition Center, located at 4925 Moores Mill Road in Huntsville, Ala.  The theme is "Plan, Prepare, Practice: Don't Get Caught Off-Guard When Disasters Occur."


The event aims to engage the public through a series of interactive displays and to provide a variety of Extension information about disasters to individuals, families, local businesses and organizations.


Organizers says the Expo will be of special importance to community leaders, first responders, educators, students, emergency and health officials, waste management authorities, senior citizens, as well as to public and private organizations and the general public.


While admission is free, planners are prepared to accept donations of non-perishable food items.  Registration is required for all participants and exhibitors.


For additional information, contact Dr. Karnita Garner at (256) 372-8331, Dr. Robert Spencer at (256) 372-4983 or visit

- J. Saintjones


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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.


A group discount is available, and graduate students who present a poster, or an oral paper receive 90% off of the registration fee.  The deadline for submission of abstracts for graduate student competitions and early registration is March 15, 2017.  Visit for more details.


Interested persons can also contact Dr. Srinivasa Rao Mentreddy, professor and program coordinator, Plant Biotechnology, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL 35762, or call ( 256) 372-4250 oAlt. email:


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. 



Dancing with the President and First Lady

Councill Federal Credit Union 63rd Annual Meeting

AAMU Board's Campus Tour

New Chief of Public Safety

Grad Studies Open House

Diversity in Medicine

Clifford Gordon Exhibit: We Wear the Mask

President's Bus Tour Welcome Back

Future of the City Symposium

Bulldog Pride Adopt-a-Building Committee

Professor Terrell Strayhorn

Scott Smith Exhibit

College of Education Meeting

Big Picture Huntsville/LRC

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