August 2017 - III
Solar Eclipse Watch Party Set for The Quad Monday
AAMU is but one of numerous locations across the Tennessee Valley and the nation preparing for the August 21 solar eclipse. While some cities will experience a total eclipse, Huntsville will experience 97% coverage. AAMU's Eclipse Watch Party will be held on The Quad at noon Monday, August 21, with DJ Immaculate.
Nonetheless, it is strongly recommended that all persons use caution while viewing the eclipse, as damage to the eyes can happen in a matter of seconds when looking directly at the sun.
Toward this end, the Office of Student Affairs, located in 205 Patton Hall, has received a limited number of compliant solar eclipse glasses and will distribute one pair per student (first-come, first-served) on Monday, August 21, beginning at 9 a.m. A valid student ID is required.
“Eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers must be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard. Regular sunglasses, telescopes and cameras will not protect eyes.
Interested persons should click the following link for information from NASA on how to make a pinhole projector to view the eclipse: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/how-make-pinhole-projector-view-solar-eclipse
AAMU Theatre-Goers See Documentary Featuring Fellow Student
Busloads of Alabama A&M University students received an opportunity to see the new movie/documentary “STEP” at the AMC Theatre on Old Monrovia Road in Huntsville Saturday, August 19. The film features AAMU community and regional planning sophomore Tayla Solomon and shows the impact of a step team on the lives of students at an all-girls school in Baltimore, Md.
The AAMU students were joined by President Andrew and First Lady Abbiegail Hugine, student affairs personnel, alumni and interested persons from the community.
The film, directed by Amy Lipitz, opened at select theatres in major cities August 4 before greatly expanding to other venues, including Huntsville, Ala.
Tayla fielded questions from veteran former news anchor Debra Daniel during an informative and entertaining Q&A before a small group of AAMU students, faculty and staff on Friday. For more scenes from Q&A and theatre event, click HERE.
Bulldogs Enjoy Athletics Fun Day
by Bud McLaughlin
Sports Information Director
The annual Alabama A&M Department of Athletics Fan Day was held Saturday, August 19, at Louis Crews Stadium, beginning at 11 a.m. and culminating with a scrimmage football game at 2 p.m.
The event served as an opportunity for Bulldog fans to meet the student-athletes, cheerleaders, coaches and to generally socialize while enjoying lots of food and fun. The Marching Maroon & White Band performed, and attendees participated in activities for young and old, including videogames, a dunking booth, water balloons and autographs.
Work-Site PEEHIP Health Screening Tuesday
(The screening is free to all employees, spouses and retirees who are covered under the PEEHIP health insurance plan)
General Information: The Alabama Department of Public Health will facilitate voluntary wellness screenings in the AAMU Student Health and Wellness Center on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at the AAMU Student Health and Wellness Center from 9 a.m.-4 p.m..
The 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.
Testing Time: Total testing time approximately 15 minutes.
Reservation slots filled; walk-ins will be serviced upon availability only.
What you must bring to the screening: You must bring your PEEHIP card! To ensure you have your health insurance card and coverage information with you at all times, download, the Alabama Blue Mobile App. (See online instructions here).
For additional information regarding wellness requirements, please go to www.rsa-al.gov/index.php/members/peehip/health-wellness/earn-the-wellness-premium-waiver/.
Should you have questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (256) 372-5835.
Former SGA Prez Inspires Class of 2021
Atty. Freddie Stokes, former AAMU SGA president, addressed the 2017 Freshman Convocation and Torch Lighting Ceremony in the T.M. Elmore Building, conveying a powerful message about the impact of key people along life’s journey, as well as the importance of personal conviction. PHOTOS
After his AAMU years, Stokes went on to graduate from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 2012. Following law school, he joined Teach for America, a national program that places high-achieving college graduates and professionals in low income and rural communities to teach for a minimum of two years. He taught 7th Grade Social Studies at Westlawn Middle School in Huntsville, Ala.
Stokes is currently an assistant district attorney for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of Alabama. As a state prosecutor, he is responsible for prosecuting both misdemeanor and felony offenses in Mobile County. He recently received the 2017 TRiO Achievers Award and is an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.
SISS, Retiree Program Recognizes Service
The Eighth Annual “Service Is Sovereignty” Society (SISS) Dinner Celebration was held Tuesday, August 15, to honor 2016-17 retirees and employees with 30 years or more of continuous service at Alabama A&M University. (PHOTOS by J. Saintjones)
The program was coordinated by the Office of Human Resources and included among the program participants AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr., founder of SISS in 2010; Dr. Malinda W. Gilmore, special assistant to the president for strategic planning and initiatives; Dr. Deloris Price, who delivered the retiree’s response; and Dr. Rami Bomareddi, who delivered the response on behalf of SISS members.
Seventeen individuals retired during the period from October 1, 2016, through August 1. These include (alphabetically): Elizabeth Carbin, Information Technology Services; Dr. Tommy Coleman, College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences (CALNS); Arnold Corbin, Learning Resources Center (LRC); Jeanette Dancy, Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES); Marion Draper, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs; Cara Dwyer, ACES; Dr.
Helen Gabre, College of Business and Public Affairs; Dr. Teshome Gabre, CALNS; Dr. Harold Hawley, College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences (CEHBS); Karol Hersey, Student Affairs; Denise Heubach, ACES; Diane Okwukwu, Office of Institutional Planning, Research and Effectiveness; Dr. Deloris Price, CEBHS; Dr. Khairyeldine Soliman, CALNS; Dr. Juarine Stewart, Academic Affairs; Eugene Tasie, LRC; and Dr. Thelma Townsend, CEHBS.
Four individuals were inducted into SISS: Dr. Rami Bomareddi, professor, College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences; Ricardo Harvey, warehouse supervisor, property management; T. Peter Lott, assistant professor, CEHBS; Dr. Nahid Sistani, professor, CALNS; and Dr. Thelma Townsend.
Professor Becomes TAFFS Fellow
An assistant professor and graduate studies coordinator in AAMU’s Department of Visual, Performing and Communication Arts was selected by Television Academy members to join a nationwide group of 25 educators for a coveted distinction.
Dr. Melvin L. Williams has been selected as a Television Academy Foundation Faculty Seminar Fellow. The fellows will be immersed in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, Calif., for a week-long seminar to learn from the industry’s top professionals beginning November 6. Among the topics are the functions of producers, writers and directors; sources and development of ideas and network pitching; network/cable decision-making; latest information in digital entertainment and new media; and new technology.
There was only one historically black college/university (HBCU) represented in the 2016 class.
AAMU Running Back Added to 2017 Must-Watch List
Alabama A&M running back Jordan Bentley has been named to the 2017 Watch List for the Black College Football Player of the Year Award.
The announcement was made recently by the Black College Football Hall of Fame (BCFHOF).
The award is presented annually to the most outstanding football player from a Historically Black College/ University (HBCU). Former North Carolina A&T and current Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Award in 2016.
Bentley, a sophomore from Guntersville, Ala., was the 2016 Southwestern Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year and was named to the 2017 preseason All-SWAC team.
The winner of the 2017 Black College Football Player of the Year Award will be honored with the Deacon Jones Trophy during the Black College Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Feb. 10, 2018 in Atlanta. Four finalists will be unveiled on December 12.
"This is a way to recognize the tremendous talent in HBCU football today," said Super Bowl MVP quarterback Doug Williams, a BCFHOF co-founder and 2011 inductee. "Through this Award, the Black College Football Hall of Fame is proud to showcase outstanding student-athletes."
by Bud McLaughlin
MOVING: Volunteers from throughout the Tennessee Valley and beyond gathered on The Hill for assignments aimed at assisting freshmen on Move-In Day. The first stop for the housing component was in the Elmore Building, where students received room assignments and other pertinent information over a two-day period. See photos for DAY 1 and DAY 2. (J. Saintjones)
Baptist Campus Ministries Shares Celebration
The Baptist Campus Ministries organization has announced its three-day schedule of back-to-school celebration activities for new and returning students at Alabama A&M University September 5-7.
Using New Birth Missionary Baptist Church (just one block north of campus on Meridian Street) as its host church, BCM will provide spiritual enhancement, as well as door prizes from local businesses each night, according to Willie Alexander, campus minister.
Activities begin Tuesday, September 5, with a celebration lead by House of Hope and Restoration (Pastor Leatherwood). Wednesday’s celebration, September 6, will be led by New Beginning Christian Church (Pastors Errol and Jennifer Davis).
The final night on Thursday, September 7, will feature a celebration by First Missionary Baptist Church, led by Associate Minister Carolyn Laundry.
“Join Baptist Campus Ministries and celebrate the goodness of our God and pray for the school year,” urges Rev. Alexander. “If you hang out on The Hill, we expect to see you there at 7 p.m. each night.”
For more information, call (256) 520-0675.
AAMU Physicist Publishes Another Book
A prolific scholar, author and accomplished researcher and physicist at Alabama A&M University has published his most recent monograph, Power Harvesting via Smart Materials.
Dr. A.K. Batra, part of the material science group of AAMU’s Physics Department, published the 308-page book with Dr. A. A. Alomari, one of his recent graduate students. The work is published by SPIE, an internationally recognized published of scholarly publications from throughout the world.
According to Batra, the subject of energy harvesting remains pertinent in academic and industrial settings because it offers an autonomous power supply for low-duty-cycle electronics. The new book provides the most recent review of such energy harvesting via piezoelectric, ferroelectric and pyroelectric materials—referred to as ‘smart materials.’
Batra says the publication gives both the novice and advanced reader all they need to know to understand energy-harvesting techniques. It also contains case studies and examples of experimental validation of novel energy-harvesting techniques and will be used in a new three-credit hour course (Ambient Energy Harvesting) at AAMU this fall semester.
Batra acknowledges the support of Department Head Mohan Aggarwal and Dean Chance Glenn in the endeavor.
Lab Instructor to Present in Tampa
An Alabama A&M University lab instructor’s work on solar panel efficiency will be among research showcased at the 2017 Defense Innovation Technology Challenge scheduled October 3-5 in Tampa, Fla.
Kyle Rose, Sr.’s project on “Application of Phase Change Material to Increase Solar Panel Efficiency” has been approved for oral and showcase opportunity at the conference, where the DOD is looking for innovators aligned with its strategic needs.
Rose is a graduate researcher in AAMU’s Applied Physics Doctoral Program under the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences.
Rose’s project has been selected for a Showcase Table Display and a six-minute presentation, followed by four minutes of questions. For more information, contact (256) 372-8283.
Workshop Will "Take Pentagon to the People"
Register HERE: http://www.2014takingthepentagontothepeople.com/registration_oakwood.html
On August 30-31, DoD will host a "Taking the Pentagon to the People" program at Oakwood University to discuss critical White House initiatives and DoD’s continued support of Presidential Executive Order 13532 "… to advance the development of the Nation’s full potential and to advance equal opportunity in higher education."
DoD will focus on the participation by HBCU/MSIs in federally-sponsored programs; provide advice to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness on how to increase the DoD’s role in strengthening HBCUs, with particular emphasis on enhancing institutional infrastructure and facilitating planning, development, and the use of new technologies to ensure the goal of long-term viability and enhancement of these institutions as a major resource for the DoD mission.