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Wednesday, July 27, 2016



Residence Hall Ground Breaking Scheduled

A ground breaking ceremony for the new residence hall on Meridian Street will be held Thursday, August 18, at 12 noon in the vicinity of the Lionel Crump Building.

Rural Scholar Wins UASOM Award

Dr. Dana Todd, a physician from Greensboro, Ala., received the University of Alabama School of Medicine (UASOM) Young Alumni Award.

Todd2.jpgSince she was an 11th grader in the University of Alabama’s Rural Health Scholars Program, she has known that she would go back to complete her medical degree and return to the Black Belt.

Todd was also a Rural Minority Health Scholar at the University of Alabama for three summers while attending Alabama A&M University as a biology major.  Todd completed family medicine residency in Tuscaloosa and was highlighted in a Washington Post article about young physicians from Alabama’s Black Belt. 

Former Grad Studies Dean Dies

LehmanRobert.jpgFuneral services were held in Pennsylvania recently for Dr. Robert Lehman, former professor of plant and soil sciences and dean of the School of Graduate Studies.  He retired from AAMU on June 30, 1998.

Dr. Lehman was a graduate of Sunbury High School in Sunbury, Pa.  He studied biology, chemistry and physics at Bloomsburg University and the University of Oklahoma.

Bookstore Announces New Link

The AAMU Bookstore has announced the availability of a new link.  On the Campus Collections site, AAMU fans can see items (clothing, pens, pencils, lanyards, gifts, bags, etc.) that are available for order with the school logo already imprinted.  The site also has a quote feature so that persons can get pricing and minimum quantities.  Visit:


Faculty-Staff Organization Advisors Sought

AAMU is seeking faculty and staff members who have an interest in serving as an advisor to any of the University’s registered student organizations.  All student organizations are required to have two (2)  advisors who are current faculty and/or staff members. 

For additional information, contact Diann Anderson-Greer, interim director, Student Activities Leadership and Development, at (256) 372-8094.


Freshman Convocation and Torch Lighting Ceremony Next Month

AAMU will officially welcome to “The Hill” the Class of 2020 on Wednesday, August 17, at 12:30 p.m. in the T.M. Elmore Gymnasium, Alabama A&M University will officially welcome the Class of 2020 to “The Hill” during the Freshman Convocation and Torch Lighting Ceremony.

All newly enrolled freshmen are required to attend. Convocation is also open to parents and family members. Students and guests are asked to arrive and be seated no later than 11:30 a.m.

Convocation is a formal occasion that reaches back to the earliest days of university history, when scholars and masters were summoned together for a legislative or deliberative assembly. It is full of symbolism and ritual which proclaim the glorious inheritance and traditions of Alabama A&M University. Just as Commencement is a ceremony that marks the completion of study, Convocation celebrates a student’s entry into higher education.

This ceremonious event closely resembles university commencement and will afford incoming freshmen the opportunity to witness the size and strength of their class; and to gain an understanding of the values, history and tradition of this institution.

Attire for students is as follows: Ladies- White dress, white blouse and skirt, or white blouse and slacks.

Gentlemen - White shirt with black slacks. Skirts and dresses must be knee-length. No spandex, halters, or sagging pants.

9th Annual Small Ruminant Conference Set

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit will hold the 9th Annual Small Ruminant Conference at Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Ala., on August 26-27.

During this conference research data will be presented on post-mortem diagnosis in sheep and goats, selecting breeding stock, reproduction practices in hair sheep, foot diseases among sheep and goats, creep feeding, gastrointestinal parasites, crossbreeding among Boer and Savanna goats, and anthelmintic resistance in meat goat herds.

This event is being held in partnership with Tennessee State University’s College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Sciences and the United States Department of Agriculture funding under the Southern Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education program. 

Admission is free and scholarships will be provided for 80 participants on a first-come, first-served basis, which includes a reception on Friday, August 26; breakfast and lunch on Saturday, August 27; and 2-day lodging (double occupancy rooms) for both days.  To register or for general information, contact Dr. Maria Browning, Alabama Extension Animal Scientist, at (256) 372-4954 or

SOAR!  Teamwork capped the success of yet another SOAR program in the T.M. Elmore Building, where incoming students and their parents learned more about the Bulldog collegiate experience, along with the nuts and bolts to seal the deal.  The third and final SOAR session will be held in mid-August.  PHOTOS


Funeral Services Held in Gadsden for Former LRC Head

BushGary2.jpgFuneral services were held Saturday, July 23, at 11 Athens C.M.E. Church (2222 East Broad Street, Gadsden, AL  35903) for the former head of AAMU's Learning Resources Center, Gary Bush.  Arrangements: Prestige Memorial Funeral Home (Gadsden).

A graduate of Howard University and Clark Atlanta University, Bush served more than 32 years as BushGary1.jpgserials cataloging head in the Library of Congress Serial Record Division. 

He began his service as acting director of LRC at A&M September 2009 and served in the capacity through July 2012.  That August he became head of information literacy and public service.


SISS/Retirees Dinner Announced

AAMU will hold the invitation-only Service Is Sovereignty Society and Retirees Dinner on Thursday, August 18, at 6 p.m. at the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center.  For additional information, contact Cheryl Johnson at (256) 5515 or


NEW VEHICLES:  President Andrew Hugine, Jr. (2nd, r) was joined by administrators and Physical Facilities staff as he presented the keys to new vehicles to the Office of Graduate Studies (accepted by Dr. Colmore Christian); the Office of Admissions (accepted by Cary Watkins); the
Office of Community College Relations and Global Initiatives (accepted by Courtney Jones); and the Telecommunications Center/WJAB-FM (accepted by Erica Washington and Michael Burns).  Pictured (l-r) are: Dr. Colmore Christian, Graduate Studies; Clayton Gibson, vice president for business and finance; Physical Facilities staffers Chad Jacobs, Mark Rogers and Tiffany Donaldson; and (far right) Brian Shipp, director, Physical Facilities.  PHOTOS


Funeral Services Held for Former Dean

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at Madkins Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church for Dr. Jerry Shipman, former dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at AAMU.

Shipman was a gifted mathematician and member of the Class of 1963.  He completed master's studies in mathematics and mathematics education at Western WashingtonShipman4.jpg
University.  He earned the Ph.D. degree in mathematics and statistics from Pennsylvania State University in 1973.

His career began as chair and instructor in the Department of Mathematics at Barbour County Training School in Clayton, Ala.  Shipman began his tenure at AAMU as assistant chair and mathematics instructor in the Department of Physics and Mathematics in 1967.  After a break to complete doctoral studies, he returned to the department in 1973 as chair and associate professor.  By 1975 he was department head and full professor, and he served in the capacity until his retirement on June 30, 2007.

A prolific researcher and writer, Dr. Shipman was a key participant in the World Conference on Computer Education in 1985 and once headed the Alabama Association of College Teachers of Mathematics.

Arrangements are being coordinated by Royal Funeral Home of Huntsville.

 Alum Physician, Local Civil Rights Icon Dies

     Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 12, for Dr. Sonnie Wellington Hereford III, a 1955 Alabama A&M University graduate who made a major impact in the Tennessee Valley as a physician, civil rights advocate, author HerefordSonny.jpg
and humanitarian.   The services, coordinated by Nelms Memorial Funeral Home, were held at 11:30 a.m. at Progressive Union Missionary Baptist Church at 1919 Brandontown Road. 
       A native Huntsvillian, Dr. Hereford received his secondary education at Councill High School, where he graduated as valedictorian.  Upon the completion of high school, he simultaneously attended historic AAMU and Meharry Medical College (Tenn.).  He went on to complete his internship in Hammond, Ind., before establishing a medical practice in Huntsville to provide quality health care.

      As a professor, Dr. Hereford taught anatomy and physiology at AAMU and served as the team physician for the AAMU football team and for Oakwood College. 

     In 1963, Dr. Hereford filed a lawsuit against the Huntsville Public School System, which in turn allowed his son, Sonnie W. Hereford IV to become the first African-American student to integrate a public school in Alabama.  Moreover, Dr. Hereford assisted Vivian Malone Jones in integrating the University of Alabama. During the Selma-Montgomery March in 1965, Dr. Hereford served as the medical director.

     Dr. Hereford edited his hours of film-images into a documentary entitled “A Civil Rights Journey,” which was incorporated into “Mighty Times: The Children’s March,” which won him an Oscar on February 27, 2005. He penned the following books:  Beside the Troubled Waters, A Black Doctor Remembers Life, Medicine and Civil Rights in an Alabama Town. The book, Besides the Troubled Waters, is available in stores.

     Dr. Hereford and his wife Martha Ann (Adams) were the parents of six children:  Sonnie Hereford IV, Kimela, Lee Valerie (AAMU Department of English and Foreign Languages; husband Dana Harris), Linda, Brenda, and Martha J.

AAMU Noted for Affordability

Affordable1.pngAlabama A&M University has been featured in a recent article by the website Affordable Schools.  The site is dedicated to providing up-to-date information and statistics on colleges for prospective, as well as current, students in order to help them find the right program and school to suit their particular needs. AAMU was ranked #15 among the “25 Largest HBCU Bachelor’s Colleges by Enrollment.”

Summer 2016 Course Evaluations
Course evaluations for the summer 2016 term will be available to students this week. AAMU now utilizes an all-electronic course evaluation process.  Students can complete course evaluations from any electronic device (e.g., PC, laptop, tablet, smartphone).
Beginning Monday, July 11, students should check their e-mail account for a message from Course Evaluation Team with the subject line “Alabama A&M Course Evaluations.”  The message will include a hyperlink to the course evaluation. Students will have until Friday, July 22, to submit their course evaluations.

CETL Offering PD “On the Go”

CETL now offers on-demand professional development training anytime, anywhere, via desktop or tablet, through Go2Knowledge.  CETL will still host its traditional face-to-face workshops, but it now adds another option to meet all needs.
Go2Knowledge meets the professional development needs of busy and distracted educators. The trainings provide a customized, straight-forward, and easy way for our college faculty and staff to find webinars of importance to them. The Go2Knowledge trainings allow us to schedule professional development opportunities at the convenience of our faculty and staff.

Go2Knowledge is a great way to train our faculty & staff and allows us to reach our part-time instructors in a cost effective, comprehensive and timely manner.

Click HERE for additional information and to register.

Cost effective way to receive professional development opportunities. No money spent on traveling, hotels or registration. View anytime, anywhere from your desktop, laptop or tablet. Monthly reports on who has completed each training session and they will receive a certificate of completion. 



Fraternities Team to Celebrate Arsenal Anniversary

Alabama A&M University student members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., teamed recently to show support for the 75th Anniversary of Redstone Arsenal.  Chaperoned by Yvette Clayton of Career Development Services, each group braved the 93-degree heat and even performed their respective group strolls.



AAMU Stirring Early Homecoming Excitement 


The AAMU Homecoming Committee will be accepting themes for Homecoming 2016, which will span the period beginning with the Friday, September 30, Miss AAMU Coronation and run through the big day on Saturday, October 8.


Look forward to receiving upcoming information on Homecoming, as well as a return of the door decoration contest.


Please submit Homecoming theme ideas to by Friday, July 22.




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