Friday, February 5, 2016
Funeral Services Set for Trustee's Mother
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 6, for Mrs. Annie Williams, mother of Alabama A&M University Trustee Jerome Williams, at 11 a.m. at Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 465 County Road #9, Orville, Ala. The funeral arrangements are being handled by: Miller's Funeral Services Funeral Home,
608 St Phillips St, Selma, AL 36703, (334) 874-9081
Note: Instead of flowers, contributions to Selma University are requested.
President's Statewide Bus Tour Ending in Huntsville with "Welcome Back"
The final stretch of the tour on Friday, February 5, 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. In Huntsville, visits will be made to Sparkman High School (host to J.O. Johnson, Lee and New Century), 1 p.m.
The participants on the bus tour will receive a “Welcome Back” on The Quad at 2:30 p.m.
Student Government Association's Senator for Student Affairs Tara Crawford has established a food pantry in order "to limit student hunger". The University Family is strongly encouraged to maintain this initiative by donating canned goods and/or non-perishable items. Food drop-offs can be made every Friday at 5 p.m. in the Student Health and Wellness Center. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
AAMU Graduate Student Selected by MSFC-NASA for License
AAMU graduate student Whitney Steele has been selected for consideration for a free Product Evaluation License. Graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in two entrepreneurship courses taught by Dr. Larry McDaniel, College of Business and Public Affairs, presented their product proposals to representatives from Marshall Space Flight Center-NASA's Office of Technology Transfer.
AAMU is one of only three universities in Alabama to participate in the Marshall Space Flight Center NASA's Technology Transfer Initiative, and the first HBCU.
Students were presented information on products developed by two inventors from NASA, and they were asked to research and investigate alternatives uses of the products and to develop a proposal to market and commercialize the products.
For example, Andrew Schnell of the Advanced Concepts Office of MSFC presented his invention, Rigidized Inflatable Structures, to the students. Steele and her team developed a proposal to utilize the material from the rigidized inflatable structure to make a replaceable heel for women's high heel shoes.
One of the tremendous benefits of the partnership with Marshall Space Flight Center-NASA, according to Drm McDaniel, is that it provides additional opportunities for experiential learning for his entrepreneurship students, all while assisting the Center in identifying alternative uses of products invented by its employees.
Terry Taylor, manager of the Technology Transfer Office, and Gwenevere Jasper, Technology Transfer (T2U) Liaison, commented that the partnership is "a win-win" for both NASA and Alabama A&M University. McDaniel, Jasper, and Taylor said they are committed to and look forward to continuing the partnership next year.
Character Trait Nomination Form for February
The Bulldog Pride Customer Service Committee would like to recognize individuals who exhibit a particular character trait each month. The character trait for February 2016 is amiable 2016. Amiable is possessing a friendly and likable attitude within the AAMU family.
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 the amiable behavior that the individual has exhibited. Deadline for nomination is February 24, 2016 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 on March 2, 2016.
How easy to be amiable in the midst of happiness and success.
- William Ellery Channing
To complete the survey online, simply CLICK HERE
Message to AAMU Students: Take Upcoming NSSE Survey
AAMU students are already a winners. Still, for those who have ever wanted to share their A&M experiences in a way that truly matters and that can have an impact on the future, there’s the NSSE.
NSSE stands for the National Survey of Student Engagement. According to Dr.
James T. Walke, director of AAMU’s Office of Institutional Planning, Research and Effectiveness. The survey is given to students at the beginning of their college experience and again as they are wrapping things up as seniors.
Additionally, the upcoming survey is very interested in student experiences in the classroom as well as outside it. NSSE asks questions about their studies and even how they are able to apply what they have learned to different situations. Students will be notified by e-mail when the NSSE survey is available.
This important survey helps AAMU learn more about its students and how they are performing when compared with students throughout the nation. To encourage participation, AAMU will enter ALL students who complete the survey into a random drawing for one of seven prizes: (1) $100 Visa gift card, (2) $50 Visa gift cards or (4) $25 Visa gift cards.
Charlotte 2016 Alumni Conference Site
The AAMU Alumni Association, Inc., has opened registration for the 2016 National Conference set June 16–19 in Charlotte, N.C., at the Crowne Plaza: Executive Park Hotel, 5700 West Park Drive. A discounted registration fee of $160 is available for conference attendees who register before March 15. The theme of the conference is “Building a Legacy of Giving … A Promise to Keep.”
The three-day event is filled with workshops and activities designed to the "Ole Bulldog” Spirit and Normalite commitment to the future of AAMU. Activities will permit alumni to reconnect with friends, classmates, sorority sisters and fraternity brothers.
The conference also aims to provide high quality, informative, and enjoyable workshops and activities that inform the community of the powerful impact AAMU continues to have on the nation. The conference will host more than 14 distinguished panelists and speakers, including business leaders, educators, community leaders and policymakers.
Among the keynote speakers are James L. Jennings, former deputy director of NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center and president and CEO of Omega Plus, Inc.; and Curtis D. Robinson, president and CEO of C&R Development Company, Inc., the largest minority construction management company in the East.
Workshop and panel topics include:
- Estate Planning: Benefits of Including Your University
- Building Corporate Relationships
- Career/Professional Development
- Alumni Recruiting Certification
- Panel Discussion: Best Practices of Historical Black Colleges and Universities Alumni Associations
- Panel Discussion: Association Governance and Improvement OpportunitiesPanel Discussion: Association Governance and Improvement Opportunities
Conference panelists include national alumni association presidents and directors of alumni affairs from HBCUs across the country.
For more information and to register for the conference, click HERE
Cassius Butts, SBA regional administrator, (3rd, left) shows AAMU seal coin presented by President Andrew Hugine, Jr., during the former's campus visit.
SBA Regional Chief Presents BusinessSmart Toolkit to AAMU Students
Cassius F. Butts, regional administrator of U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), presented the inaugural BusinessSmart Toolkit workshop to students and the small business community of Huntsville recently at the Clyde Foster auditorium in AAMU's College of Business and Public Affairs.
The SBA has formally partnered with several prominent civic organizations to deploy the Business Smart Toolkit among their membership, affiliates, and
constituents to help new and aspiring entrepreneurs launch their
business ideas and understand the steps to build a business that is credit ready.
The SBA and the National Association for Government Guaranteed Lenders (NAGGL) developed the Business Smart Toolkit and recently launched a free “train the trainer” resource for community-based organizations to teach entrepreneurship and financial literacy.
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Faith Works Community Development Corporation and AAMU's Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Development are among the organizations that partnered with the SBA with this initiative.
For more information, contact Dr. Teresa M. Orok (above, right) at email@example.com.
NHBA Takes Baby Steps
The concept of the North Huntsville Business Association has taken one step forward to viability with a January 25 meeting on the campus of Alabama A&M University.
Reginald McKenzie, owner of Shark’s Seafood Chicken and Soulfood, located on North Memorial Parkway, served as NHBA facilitator and conducted the first meeting. The gathering was organized by the AAMU-based Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Development, headed by Dr. Teresa M. Orok. The Center is located in the College of Business and Public Affairs.
Membership in the NHBA is limited to licensed for-profit businesses currently doing business within the geographic boundaries of Bob Wade Lane, Meridian Street, Pratt Avenue/University Drive, and Jordan Lane.
For additional information about NHBA and upcoming activities, please contact Dr. Teresa M. Orok at (256) 372-5603.
SPOL Training Dates to Be Announced
New budget manager training and refresher training will be held in the month of February. Exact dates are forthcoming.
SPOL LOGIN Information. First, log into your SPOL account to ensure your password is working. If it is not, e-mail Kourtney Green at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updates. If there have been ANY changes regarding your budget account or budget unit manager, e-mail Kourtney Green at email@example.com.
Employee and Salary Verification. Budget managers should contact the Office of Human Resources through e-mail ONLY. A response will be provided within 24 hours. E-mail requests with the employee’s legal full name and A # to ONE of the following individuals: Debra.firstname.lastname@example.org; Sherry.email@example.com; Cheryl.firstname.lastname@example.org; or Cassandra.email@example.com.
CETPS Visits Area High School
The College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences’ (CETPS) faculty, students, alumni and dean spent ‘a night out’ at the Bob Jones High School vs.
Hazel Green High School basketball game for Alabama A&M College Night in Madison, Ala.
Dr. Chance Glenn, dean of CETPS; Gerald Vines, faculty associate for student achievement; Jose’ Long, Bob Jones alumnus and AAMU mechanical engineering graduate; and Richard Hammond, Bob Jones alumnus and current AAMU electrical engineering student; were all recognized during half-time.
TVA Welcomes Business Dean
The dean of AAMU’s College of Business and Public Affairs was welcomed recently by officials at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s FO&P and Sequoyah Plant near Chattanooga, Tenn.
During his visit, Dean Del Smith received an extensive tour of the plant, met with a team of TVA officials over lunch, and received an improved understanding of the agency’s operations and the environment in which prospective AAMU student interns would work. Smith also gained “greater appreciation” for the complexities borne in providing nuclear power.
“We had some great conversation around the continuation and expansion of our partnership,” commented Smith.
AAMU Wall Calendar Available
The annual Alabama A&M University Wall Calendar for 2016 is now available in the Public Relations Office, 303 Patton Hall, while supplies last.
This year's calendar was designed by AAMU graphic designer and professor Tamika Williams.
The calendar features an attractive view of "The Hill" from the home side of Louis Crews Stadium.
Alum Finds Notoriety as Ninja Warrior
A 2000 AAMU computer science graduate and Defense software engineer is still making inroads at a Ninja warrior.
Joseph “JoJo” Bynum, in addition to devoting some 15 years in the Defense industry in Huntsville, Ala., has made several appearances on the NBC show “American Ninja Warrior,” competing to the finals twice.
Currently, Bynum was scheduled to play a part in the new spin off, “Team Warrior,” which was set to air on January 19 at 7 p.m. CST on the local affiliate WAFF-TV 48.
The versatile “Jojo” is the head coach of The Blue Sox, a non-profit baseball team; a motivational speaker; web-site designer; and a devoted husband and father.
AAMU Making Strides Toward Lifelong Learning Institute
Some 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day. According to 2012 labor statistics, the roughly 76 million baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) will change the ways in which we view senior citizens and the meaning of the word “elderly.” By the 2030, the number of Americans 65 years of age and older will more than double to 71.5 million or 20 percent of the population (about 1 in 5
individuals). With rapid and swift changes occurring in the ways in which “we do things” in society, there has never been a more relevant time to become a promoter, advocator, and deliverer of lifelong- learning opportunities.
A special cohort among the growing number of older adults are underserved and limited resource seniors—specifically minority seniors who are at greatest risk of being adversely affect by the aging process. Traditionally, the 1890 Land-Grant Colleges and Universities have taken a critical look at the physical and social landscape to determine ways in which it could use resources to impact the quality of life of senior citizens.
Thus, the establishment of a Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) is a most timely action for an 1890 land-grant institution to take a leading role. With the opening of the Virginia Caples Lifelong Learning Institute (VCLLI), AAMU will join the ranks of our sister Institution, Hampton University, and become the second Historically Black College and University (HBCU) and the first 1890 land grant institution in the nation to address this opportunity to celebrate learning and advance the quality of life for one of our richest resources, Alabama’s older adult population.
The Institute is named in tribute to Dr. Virginia Caples, a Doddsville, Miss., native who has provided committed and dedicated service to Alabama A&M University for the past 38 years in various capacities as Interim President, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Associate Dean, Professor, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, University Professor, and 1890 Administrator.
In these capacities, Caples has provided effective leadership in areas such as strategic planning, academic program development and evaluation, faculty performance, institutional effectiveness, technology integration, meeting accreditation requirements, and student learning outcomes.
Moreover, she was a lead facilitator for the University’s strategic planning and SACS accreditation efforts in 1984, 1994, 2004 and the current 2014 reaffirmation process. Further, she was one of the principal individuals involved in the implementation of Knight, Sims, et al v. State of Alabama Higher Education Desegregation Lawsuit for Alabama A&M University.
VCLLI aims to establish a state-of-the-art facility that offers traditional and futuristic courses, while providing a stimulating educational, social, and life enhancing environment. In so doing, the Institute will meet the current needs of the principal audience while enabling future growth as societal changes impact this growing cohort group. It will build upon and go beyond the current efforts of the Alabama Cooperative System’s Successful Aging Initiative by expanding real capacity to impact older adults, families, and caregivers.
Atlanta Alumni Chapter Working Feverishly to Push Collegiate Tag
The Metro Atlanta AAMU Alumni Chapter is working hard to get the word out to
Georgians with its Georgia Loves AAMU Drive, a fundraiser aimed at bringing an AAMU license plate to Georgia. The chapter is seeking 1,000 drivers and/or donors to give to this cause.
According to organizers, some 1,000 supporters are needed in order for the State of Georgia to manufacture the license plate. The current number of supporters is approximately 200; however, donations may be collected from Georgia residents as well as non-residents.
For more information, contact Jermaine Ralph at (404) 790-4287 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funeral Services Held for Retired Professor
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 16, for Dr. Olivia Sanders, retired AAMU professor and former director of the AAMU-UAH Regional In-Service Education Center, who died Tuesday, January 12, after a lengthy illness.
The services were held at First Missionary Baptist Church, with Pastor Joe Elwanger officiating.
Dr. Sanders majored in biology and minored in chemistry and English at Miles College in Birmingham, Ala. She earned the M.Ed. degree and AA certification in school administration and supervision from Alabama A&M University. She later earned a doctorate degree in curriculum development and supervision from the University of Alabama.
In addition to her career span at AAMU, Sanders served as an assistant librarian at the Southside Branch of the Birmingham Public Library; as a second grade teacher for Birmingham Public Schools; and as a biology and chemistry teacher at Fairfield Industrial High School, Fairfield, Ala.
She has also worked as an instructor for the Madison County (Ala.) Board of Education, as well as a job counselor, instructional specialist and curriculum specialist.
Dr. Sanders' membership affiliations included Ascension Lutheran Church (Huntsville), Alpha Kappa the National Education Association, the Alabama Education Association, NAACP, International Reading Association and People United to Save Humanity (PUSH).
AAMU Temporarily Bans Hoverboards
For the safety of AAMU students and due to safety concerns associated with hoverboards that have been raised by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (www.cpsc.gov), AAMU has decided to institute a temporary ban on the use, storage, and possession of these devices.
Effective immediately and until further notice, hoverboards, also known as self-balancing scooters and hands-free Segways, will not be permitted on campus or in any AAMU-owned building. They will also be added to the prohibited items list for university housing. All restrictions will remain in place until safety concerns are resolved.
Please Note: The use of skates and skateboards in university-owned buildings is prohibited. Skaters are reminded to always operate their equipment in the same direction as traffic flow.
Please remember that campus safety is a community responsibility. If there are any questions, contact Public Safety at ext. 5555.
Scholarship Encourages Prospective AAMU Chemists to Pursue Teaching Careers
The American Chemistry Society (ACS) Hach Land-Grant Scholarship partners with Alabama A&M University’s Chemistry Department to award funds to students pursuing a career in teaching high school chemistry. Brittney Christian and Lester Piri were the two AAMU chemistry students who received the $6,000 scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year.
Christian is a senior chemistry major who aims to pursue a career in both the health and educational fields. She has a passion for working with people and having an impact on their lives. Christian has enjoyed working as a tutor on campus since the second semester of her freshman year. She envisions a future in which a “Dr. Christian” teaches chemistry in the high school setting.
While she realizes that many high school students are unaware of the benefits of a challenging chemistry degree, Christian is eager to become the individual to educate high school students about chemistry and in a way that is understandable and enjoyable.
Piri’s career path involves the conducting of research Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as well as teaching and uplifting others to appreciate the value and importance of chemistry. President of the AAMU Chemistry Club, he is always eager to attend class to see what adventure his professors have in store for him each day.
Moreover, Piri is determined to find new answers to old problems that will assist the world in becoming a better place. He has a deep love for teaching, and he feels as if it is deeply rooted in his veins. Both of his parents are teachers, one at the elementary level and one at the collegiate level.
Chapter Launches “Students Support Sports”
The Huntsville-Madison County Alumni Chapter sponsors Students Support Sports. One aspect of the program is the presenting of gift cards during all basketball games to encourage students to attend AAMU sporting activities. Clarene Teague-Johnson is chapter president.
Retired AAMU Professor Determined to Make a Difference in Africa
For decades, a prolific researcher and agronomist at Alabama A&M University has been respected internationally in his field and widely acclaimed for his voluntary contributions to mankind and seed technology.
Dr. Udai R. Bishnoi, professor emeritus of agronomy and seed technology, has remained phenomenally active and has, in truth, never really retired. Back in 2012, not long after completing his groundbreaking book, Fundamentals of Seed Production and Testing, Bishnoi accepted a volunteer assignment from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Farmer to Farmer Program with stints in Kenya, Gambia, Mozambique, and more recently in Angola. Read MORE
Alum Gains National Attention for Cancer Research
An Alabama A&M University alumnus is gaining national attention for her ground-breaking cancer research in her lab at Tuskegee University, where she is a physicist.
Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green earned her undergraduate degree at AAMU, where the St. Louis native also served as Miss Alabama A&M and authored her first book of poetry.
For more information about Dr. Green's research, click HERE.
Hugine Speaks to Local Chapter
AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr., provided a University update to members of the Huntsville-Madison County AAMU Alumni Chapter. Hugine shared elements of the 2015-2025 Strategic Plan during the organization’s regular monthly meeting.
Pictured are (l-r) Sandra Lyles - Jackson, chapter vice president; President Hugine and Clarene Teague-Johnson, chapter president.
Engineering College Receives $50K from Apple/TMCF
Alabama A&M University's College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences (CETPS) has received a $50,000 incentive grant from the Apple/Thurgood Marshall College Fund HBCU Diversity Initiative. The engineering college is among 21 awardees announced as part of the competition's inaugural year during which schools were asked to supply data on undergraduates and faculty in computer-science-related disciplines.
"The College is engaged in an ongoing effort to improve itself from the top to the bottom, so that our students have the best possible opportunity for a STEM career," commented Dr. Chance Glenn, dean of CETPS. "Support from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and Apple is another indication that we are on our way to achieving this goal."
Glenn added that the resources support scholarships and CETPS' continuing drive "to create exciting new programs and projects." He views the funding as a means toward even "deeper engagement with Silicon Valley."
Johnny C. Taylor, president/CEO of TMCF, said additional funding opportunities will be announced in 2016 and will be available to HBCUs that are eligible based on their major offerings. Among the funding opportunities, he said, are 10 competitive faculty grants of $100,000 each focusing on research and/or developing innovative ways to boost strong tech talent.
CETPS Dean Honored by Local 100 Black Men
Dr. Chance Glenn, dean of the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences, received the 2015 Mentor of the Year Award for education from the 100 Black Men of America-Greater Huntsville Chapter.
The organization focuses on Mentoring, Education, Health and Wellness, and Economic Development.
AAMU Bookstore: Students Save Big with Rental and Price Match
The Alabama A&M University Bookstore aims to make college more affordable for students this spring with two major cost-saving initiatives—text rental and price match.
As part of Follett's network of 1,200 campus stores and 1,600 virtual stores, AAMU Bookstore is offering Follett's text rental program to help save students up to 80 percent compared to purchasing new. Follett's rental program has already saved A&M students more than $60,000 last semester alone, notes Kandice Eubanks, the AAMU bookstore manager.
The bookstore also launched a price match program to further drive down costs. If students find course materials that they purchased at the campus store advertised at a lower price from a competing
retailer, they are eligible to receive the difference in price from the campus store. This ensures students get their materials at the lowest cost possible and allows them to apply price match funds to supplies or other needed materials. (See campus store team for full program details).
"We understand that students need to stay within budget, and we're committed to helping them do that while also ensuring they are prepared for success," said Eubanks. "The campus store already offers the largest selection of used books in the industry and a huge rental library; the price match program is the next step in our affordability and access commitment to students."
Since Follett's rental program began five years ago, students across the nation have saved more than $1 billion in course materials. For more information on rental, the price match program and other ways to save on course materials, visit the campus store or go to http://www.aamushop.com
AAMU Announces New Community Affairs/Engagement Director
Alabama A&M University has filled the new position of Director of Community Affairs and Engagement.
Veteran broadcast journalist Debra Daniel, formerly news anchor and reporter for WAAY-TV 31 in Huntsville, Ala., began her duties January 4, 2016, and reports to President Andrew Hugine, Jr. In her new role, Daniel will assist the 140-year-old institution to further its communication efforts, as well as increase its involvement with local and state agencies, volunteer groups, businesses and schools.
Daniel served as the main anchor at WAAY-TV 31, an ABC affiliate, for three years. From 1994-2012, she was a news anchor and reporter for WSBT-TV in Indiana. Prior to that lengthy stint, the Austin Peay State University graduate anchored, reported and produced weeknight newscasts for CBS affiliate WJSU-TV in Anniston, Ala., from 1991-94.
In the course of her more than 25-year career, Daniel has covered numerous major events throughout the country and has conducted interviews of such notables as Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Phil. Among her affiliations are the Society of Professional Journalists, National Association of Black Journalists and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
SPECIAL TMCF MOMENT: With a story of hardship, perseverance and triumph, AAMU mechanical engineering major and Tuskegee, Ala., native Michael Wallace moved the entire audience at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s 27th Annual Awards Gala recently in Washington, D.C. Wallace was one of nearly 20 students attending the event. TMCF provides scholarship support to students attending publicly-supported historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). See and hear Wallace's Speech (2:20:11) HERE
AAMU Receives APLU Honor
Alabama A&M University was accorded a special honor recently at the 128th annual meeting of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) in Indianapolis, Ind.
The APLU Council of 1890 Universities placed AAMU among its list of recipients of its three-year-old 1890 Teaching, Research and Innovation Awards. APLU’s Council of 1890 Universities is comprised of presidents and chancellors of the 19 historically black land-grant universities, and it works to strengthen teaching, research and extension programs, as well as to ensure and increase funding at the institutions.
In order to determine the winners, the 1890 institutions submitted several key outcome categories, including retention rates and research revenue and expenditures. Once collected, each university was evaluated among its respective peers. Data was analyzed to determine improvements from the 2013-14 to the 2014-15 school years, and awards were determined in 10 categories.
AAMU received the APLU 1890 Research award because it experienced “the largest increase in federal research and research dollar acquisition.”
Miss AAMU Shows Charity at Year End
Prior to the end of the fall semester, Joi Nicole Miller, Miss AAMU, sponsored the Christmas Angel Project, which provides gifts to needy children in the Huntsville community. This yearly project began in 2007. Gifts acquired for 2015 were
presented to children who attend the Seminole Street Boys and Girls Club. Over 30 AAMU registered student organizations (RSOs) and other AAMU students provided gifts for the children and participated in the holiday gift-giving project.
Miss AAMU 2015-16 and members of the Royal Court, along with SGA President Aaron Dixon and several organization queens participated. They enjoyed meeting the children, taking photos and seeing the joyous smiles on children’s faces when they anxiously opened the gifts (That's right: they were so excited, they could not wait until Christmas morning).
Even for the earlier Thanksgiving holiday, Miss AAMU, the Royal Court and RSOs presented dinner baskets and canned goods to 10 families residing within the Huntsville Housing Authority community. The baskets included items for a complete Thanksgiving meal (i.e., turkeys, hams and all the fixings).
Miss Miller is appreciative to the RSOs for their assistance and support of the successful projects.
Normalites Converge During Climate Conference in Paris
Alabama A&M University students and alumni have been among a group of HBCU advocates playing a key role in securing an international agreement during the recent climate conference in Paris.
Djuan Coleon, left, a member of AAMU's Class of 1995, has not only been working to establish a sustainability program at his alma mater, but he is executive director of the Atlanta-based PURE. The organization has sponsored students from AAMU and Alabama State University to train in New Orleans for the best year under the wing of Dr. Robert Bullard, head of the public affairs program at Texas Southern University and noted internationally as "The Father of Environmental Justice." Bullard is a graduate of AAMU's Class of 1966.
Dr. Bullard, right, also leads the The Historically Black Colleges and Universities Climate Change Consortium, which sent a delegation of 50 student leaders and faculty mentors to the United Nations Framework Climate Change Convention Conference of the Parties 21st Summit (COP21) in Paris, France, ended December 11. The COP21 Climate Summit brought together, says Coleon,
more than 125 world leaders, international organizations and civil society to discuss plans to achieve a new international agreement on the climate.
Among the distnguished group was AAMU student Antionette Fowlkes, left, along with Dr. Elicia Moss, professor and environmental scientist, right. The HBCU COP21 delegation included 15 schools in states stretching from Texas to Pennsylvania: Alabama A&M University,
(Huntsville, Ala.), Alabama State University, (Montgomery, Ala.), Claflin University (Orangeburg, S.C.), Dillard University (New Orleans, La.), Florida A&M University (Tallahassee, Fla.), Grambling State University (Grambling, La.), Howard University (Washington, D.C.), Huston-Tillotson University (Austin, Tex.), Lincoln University (Lincoln University, Pa.), Morehouse College (Atlanta, Ga.), North Carolina A&T State University (Greensboro, N.C.), Southern A&M University (Baton Rouge, La.), Spelman College (Atlanta, Ga.), Tennessee State University (Nashville, Tenn.) and Texas Southern University (Houston, Tex.).
The HBCU Climate Change Consortium is co-facilitated by Dillard University Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ) in New Orleans and the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University in Houston. The consortium was conceived to train a new generation of climate leaders and to help raise awareness about the disproportionate impact of climate change on vulnerable and marginalized communities. The Consortium also
supports capacity building and collaborations related to environmental and climate
justice, community resilience, adaptation and other major climate change topics
(transportation fuels, energy sources, carbon emissions, green jobs-green
economy, just transition, and community economic development). It sponsors
activities that provide opportunities for HBCU students to learn about climate change science, policy and advocacy and to present their research projects on topics relative to climate change issues.
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Board Nominating Committee Chair Extends Deadline
President and First Lady Hold Holiday Gathering for Retirees
Dr. & Mrs. Henry Bradford (above) were among an impressive listing of AAMU faculty and staff retirees who returned to the President's Mix & Mingle on Tuesday, December 16. To see some of the ones who made lasting impacts on the lives of so many, simply click HERE. (Photos by Jerome Saintjones)
Kandace Betts (seated) of the Registrar's Office demonstrates DegreeWorks program to students Carla Cannon and Michael Plattenburg. (J. Saintjones)
DegreeWorks Makes Advising at AAMU Easier
Student affairs personnel at Alabama A&M University are working feverishly to make students aware of a new initiative that will make the overall advising experience more hands-on, as well as more effective throughout students’ matriculation.
To achieve a comprehensive, user-friendly and web-based academic advising and degree audit mechanism for AAMU students and their advisors, the Registrar’s office has launched DegreeWorks, a popular tool and product of Ellucian, based in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area.
AAMU students and advisors who access the system via their online account have immediate access to a given student’s records, along with the requirements and most recent updates and/or modifications to the curriculum. Staff say the new program could allow the completion of an advising session in some situations in as little as three to five minutes.
Complete College America commissioned a policy brief two years ago that collected data from more than 300 public two-year and four-year institutions in 30
states. CCA found that nearly 70 percent of college students were not enrolled in a schedule that would lead to on-time graduation, even if they never switched majors, failed a class, or sat in a class they did not need. The report also found that more than 50 percent of students who were considered “full-time” were taking less than the 15 hours needed for on-time graduation.
Additionally, CCA found that, nationwide, at most public universities, only 19 percent of full-time students earn a bachelor’s degree in four years. Even at selective, research-intensive state flagship universities, only 36 percent of full-time students complete their bachelor’s degree on time, or in four years. Among the list of causes of slow student progress is the breakdown in communication between the advisor and student.
“The key message here is that time is money,” stresses Dr. Gary Crosby, AAMU interim vice president for student affairs. “In simpler terms: the longer a student is in school, the more debt he/she will incur.”
This is why the addition of DegreeWorks is such an asset as a self-help advising tool to keep students on the road to graduation, states Kandace Betts of the Registrar’s office. More forward-thinking departments and faculty members have already received training and are already on their way toward becoming more efficient advisors.
According to Registrar Brenda Williams, through DegreeWorks, a student will have immediate access to GPA, classification, holds, major/minor/concentration info, a list of classes needed and the grades needed to satisfy curriculum, and class availability.
A marketing push for the new web-based tool and related training sessions will continue throughout spring semester 2016, says Venita Clisby King, AAMU director of admissions.
AAMU's Posting of Commencement 'Proposal' Hit on Facebook
The posting of the photo of a marriage proposal involving Yeshira Butler of Ridgeway, S.C., and Ricky A. Young of Huntsville, Ala., has received more than 70,000 hits on Facebook as of Tuesday, December 15. Following the excitement of receiving her master’s degree in kinesiology from Alabama A&M University during the recent December fall commencement, Butler was met with a proposal from 2010 AAMU alum Young and daughter Rhylie, who held the sign, “Will You Marry Us?” (Photos by J. Saintjones)
Scenes from Fall Commencement 2015
NOVEMBER CHARACTER TRAIT: The Bulldog Pride Committee has announced the winners of its November Character Trait ("Liberal") contest. Pictured with President Andrew Hugine, Jr., (3rd) are (l-r) Darryl Jackson, Student Financial Aid (Administrator); Dr. Teshome Gabre, Community and Regional Planning (Faculty); and Brandon Harris, TRiO (Staff).
HOLIDAY ALUMS: The Huntsville Progressive Alumni Chapter recently held a joint holiday gathering and membership drive in the VIP Room of the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center. Carla Clift (2nd, left) serves as president.
HMCAC: The Huntsville-Madison County Alumni Chapter of the AAMU Alumni Association, Inc., held its membership drive and welcomed new additions. Clarene Teague Johnson (center) is chapter president.
Feature Story on Indianapolis Colt, AAMU Alum Robert Mathis
ACCESSIBLE: President Andrew Hugine, Jr., (2nd, left) congratulates winners of the Bulldog Pride Committee's character trait contest for the month of October 2015 - "Accessible." Pictured (l-r) the winners are: Eric Hewlett of Chicago, Ill., student category; Raelitra McKinney, Office of Admissions, staff category; and Dr. Delmonize Smith, dean, College of Business and Public Affairs, administrator category. Not Shown: Dr. Sadguna Anasuri, Nutrition and Hospitality Management, faculty category.
DPS Holds ALICE Training Institute
The Department of Public Safety held an ALICE Training Institute to present a U.S. Department of Education-approved active shooter training session on the AAMU campus Monday, November 23.
Facilitated by Joe Chavalia, this special training is critical to the DPS overall mission of proactively keeping the AAMU campus safe. For more information, visit www.alicetraining.com and http://youtu.be/08cv4FVM30w
To see photos from the training session, click HERE
AAMU Finishes Second in Ford HBCU Community Challenge
Alabama A&M University came in second in the Ford HBCU Community Challenge contest that encourages partnerships for the betterment of local communities. AAMU supporters had a unique opportunity to read and then to vote for AAMU’s proposal. Clark Atlanta University won first place, and North Carolina A&T State University came in third.
Ford Motor Company and Ford Motor Company Fund targeted students enrolled at HBCUs— through the Tom Joyner and Rickey Smiley morning shows—to compete in the Ford HBCU Community Challenge. Student teams submitted innovative proposals on community issues for a chance to win $75,000 in scholarships and prizes for their university and community. The program’s theme was “Building Sustainable Communities.”
AAMU’s project involved partnering with Girls, Inc., to build an AAMU/Girls, Inc. Community Agricultural Showcase and Mobile Market an underserved, socio-economically disadvantaged area. AAMU and Girls, Inc. are committed to providing fresh, organic and healthy foods and nutritional educational opportunities to a community with a great food insecurity in order to improve economic, health and nutrition while making a community more vibrant and viable.
Girls Inc. is a national organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. The Girls Inc. experience consists of people, an environment, and programming that, together, empower girls to succeed.
NOBEL AWARD: Nobel Laureate Martin Chalfie (2008 recipient for chemistry) received an award of appreciation from AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr., (r) following the former's talk at the Annual Putcha Venkateswarlu Memorial Lecture on Friday, November 20. See lecture PHOTOS
October Character Trait Winners Announced
The Bulldog Pride Committee announces the following individuals as winners of the character trait award (“Accessible”) for the month of October 2015:
Administrator - Delmonize Smith
Faculty - Dr. Sadguna Anasuri
Staff - Raelitra McKinney
Student - Eric Hewlett
AAMU Raises $19.7M to Surpass Campaign Goal
Alabama A&M University recently announced that its Imagine the Future Capital Campaign has garnered more than $19 million in philanthropic support. The campaign’s original goal was set at $16.25 million.
During the university’s October 30 trustees meeting, the board approved an increase of the campaign goal to $22,187,500 in commemoration of the institution’s founding year of 1875.
“This campaign would not have been successful without the leadership of our chair and member of the board of trustees, John Hudson; Archie Tucker and the development team; and the efforts of the entire board, alumni, and faculty/staff, who participated at a rate of more than 70 percent,” said AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr.
The campaign is the first of its kind at AAMU, and campaign chair Hudson noted its success, while also commending the work of AAMU’s development staff.
“Archie and his team have done a tremendous job building awareness of the value of Alabama A&M over the course of this campaign,” said Hudson. “Their efforts have increased interest among long-standing supporters and introduced the university to an entirely new group of community and alumni donors.”
“The commitment that exists among alumni to this institution is unmatched. We have received tremendous support from alumni and friends from across the nation. However, although the original goal was exceeded, there is still more work to be done,” added Tucker, chief development officer.
Some of the campaign’s highlights include a 128% increase in the number of donors, a 770% increase in alumni giving, and tremendous increases in the average gift received and total giving.
The official campaign period ends in 2017.
Official Honored by Local AFP
In commemoration of National Philanthropy Day (November 15), the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) North Alabama Chapter awarded Archie Tucker, AAMU interim vice president for marketing, communications and
advancement, with the Fundraising Professional of the Year Award during its annual Philanthropy Day Program.
The award is presented annually to a fundraising professional demonstrating commitment to the profession, knowledge of the industry, and leadership capabilities. The individual also exemplifies the ethics and standards set forth by AFP. Nominees should have a track record of service, and advancing philanthropy in their workplace and in the greater community.
AFP is an international organization with more than 30,000 members whom raise more than $100 billion annually. Mr. Tucker is past treasurer of the board for the local chapter and has also served on AFP’s International Chapter Support Committee.
"Super Lucy" Racecar Featured on WAFF-TV 48
The actual start up of the "Super Lucy," the racecar built and designed by students in AAMU's College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences was featured on the news segment of Huntsville's WAFF-TV 48 news.
To view the footage, click HERE
Notice on Campus Gate Hours
Effective immediately, Monday thru Friday all gates will open at 6 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m. with the exception of the East gate which will close at 5 p.m.
On weekends and during campus closings all gates will remain closed. The only entrance to campus will be the main gate on Chase Road.
If there are any questions, please contact Public Safety at ext. 5555
Construction Management Lauds Its Freshmen
AAMU's construction management faculty held a program to acknowledge and show appreciation to its freshmen.
According to Dr. Mahbub Hasan, assistant professor of construction management, the activity doubled as a means of sharing important information related to retention, support and fellowship with the students.
Social Work Professor Joins SHEC
An assistant professor in Alabama A&M University’s graduate social work program has become a part of a key group addressing the national issue of health equity.
Dr. Pamela Quarles Plummer, an assistant professor, has been selected as a member of the Southeastern Health Equity Council (SHEC)--one of ten regional
health equity councils formed to address health equity in the United States.
The SHEC comprises leaders and stakeholders from both non-federal public and private sectors from within the Southeastern region. The SHEC is part of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities—a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health initiative. Its agenda includes the elimination of health disparities at the grassroots level.
Additionally, the Regional Health Equity Councils (RHECs) have been established to:
Identify key regional health inequity issues and drivers, and advance a responsive agenda.
Use the collective power of organizations represented on the RHECs to derive models for and promote cross-sector collaboration.
Initiate new and support existing regional policies and action to eliminate health disparities.
Leverage opportunities available through organizations and sectors represented on the council to address health disparities.
Convene regional stakeholders and partners to address regional health disparities issues.
Plummer will bring expertise in the fields of public health and social work to the SHEC.
AAMU Board Meets in Birmingham
The Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees on Friday, October 30, made Andre Taylor its president pro tem. Velma Tribue of Dothan, Ala., will continue as secretary. Although Taylor was unable to attend it, the meeting, over which Tribue presided, spanned about 90 minutes and covered a number of action items.
The board also accepted as its executive committee the following members: Dr. Hattie Myles, Dr. Jerome Williams, Velma Tribue and Chris Robinson. Robinson also headed a presidential review committee (with Trustee Gina Harper and Trustee John Hudson) that noted AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr.’s accomplishments in terms of the 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation, enrollment increase, financial stability, boosts in private donations, the launching of a new strategic plan and the establishment of the AAMU Confucius Institute. In a subsequent report from Faculty Senate President Jeanette Jones, Hugine was praised for having developed “a harmonious relationship” with faculty. SGA President Aaron Dixon reported no major issues pertaining to the students.
The review team also called for continued improvements on Hugine’s part in enhancing communication, customer service, relationship building and economic development opportunities in north Huntsville. Harper’s recommendation following the presidential review report to extend Hugine’s contract via negotiations with the Board’s executive committee carried 6-2-1.
Academic Affairs. The board voted to establish the Virginia Caples Lifelong Learning Institute. It also approved a Spanish/Latin American culture concentration; a sports management minor; certificate programs in logistics and cybersecurity; and the launching of an accelerated computer science degree program. Further, the board gave a nod to realignments of the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences, and the College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences.
Business and Finance. The board voted to renew AAMU’s line of credit with Region’s Bank. Also, students who utilize the campus’ bus transportation will be able to follow the location and estimated time of arrival of the bus in real time, thanks to an app developed by Transloc and coordinated with the AAMU’s Information Technology unit.
Fundraising Goal Increased. Because it had met and exceeded its initial campaign goal of $16.25 million (raising $19.74 million before the September 30, 2017, cutoff date), Archie Tucker, AAMU’s chief fundraiser, sought and received board approval to raise the campaign goal to $22,187,500.
Student Affairs. Interim Vice President for Student Affairs Gary Crosby received approval for the implementation of a composite predictive index (CPI) that would provide clarity to the university’s admissions policy, as more higher education institutions are veering away from standardized tests as the only predictors of college success.
Adjournment. The meeting adjourned at 10:08 a.m.
First Official Notice of Next Board Meeting. The Board of Trustees of Alabama A&M University will hold its next regular meeting on Friday, February 26, 2016.
AAMU Students to Get Real-Time Bus Info
AAMU students looking to catch the campus bus (BTS) are only a phone app away.
BTS is the go-to option for AAMU students to get around campus, and the real-time TransLoc Rider app scheduled to launch November 2 will make riding easier than ever. With the app, students can track buses live on the map and get accurate arrival predictions for their favorite stops.
“The Rider app makes it so easy for students, faculty, and staff to know where and when to catch the bus from anywhere on campus,” said according to BTS director Marshall Chimwedzi. “The real-time information makes BTS even more efficient and enjoyable.”
TransLoc Rider puts users in control of their ride, with programmable alerts that let them know when their bus is 5, 10 or 15 minutes away. AAMU officials can keep students informed about weather-related adjustments, detours, and schedule changes as they arise. Rider has proven so popular with students that over three-fourths of users rely on it more than 5 times per week.
Access to real-time bus information means students don’t have to rely on a car and can eliminate the stress and cost associated with parking on campus, while still moving around freely and safely. The option to save favorite and frequently-used routes and stops combined with auto-location technology makes finding the best transit route a click away, which is especially helpful for new students.
“The Rider app is designed for the way you travel, which means you can quickly find your bus and be on your way,” said TransLoc CEO Doug Kaufman. “We are thrilled to work with AAMU to de-mystify riding the bus and increase mobility and personal security on campus.”
Beginning Monday, November 2, AAMU students will be able to access the app in a number of ways, with another in the development stage, says Xantheia Watkins of BTS. Students will be able to obtain the app by visiting Google Play or Apple Store and keying in "Transloc Rider."
There is additional availability via a QR code that will be made available, and arrangements are being made to integrate the app into AAMU existing platform. So, long story short, there will be no need to ask, "Where's the bus?"
Bulldog Pride, HMCAC Help Academy Recycle
Bulldog Pride and Huntsville Madison County Alumni Chapter are working together to collect and donate plastic bottle caps to the local Union Chapel Christian Academy. The plastic caps are collected as part of Bulldog Pride Recycling Project, aimed at reaching out to the community. Bulldog Pride has adopted Martin Luther King Elementary and Union Chapel Christian Academy in their recycling project.
CALNS Student Earns First Place at 2015 Alabama Water Resources Conference
Cedric Williams, a 2nd year graduate student in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, where he is majoring in plant and soil science with a concentration in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), attended the recent 2015 Alabama Water Resource Conference in Orange Beach, Ala.
Williams competed in a poster competition with 22 students representing universities throughout Alabama. Williams’s poster presentation, “Influence of Agricultural Practices on Water Quality in Limestone Watershed, AL,” was awarded first place.
Presenters were judged on knowledge of the subject, presentation skills and ability to respond to questions. To learn more about the 2015 Alabama Resource Conference go to: www.aaes.auburn.edu/water/alabama-water-resources-conference/winners.php
Williams is also a USDA pathway student that is working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Under the pathway program Williams works two summers in which he works a total of 640 hours combined over the two summers. Upon his successful completion of that program and graduation he becomes a full-time employee with the NRCS.
Caption: From Left to Right: Cedric Williams-Alabama A&M University; Shawn Carter, University of Alabama; Brian Johnston, Auburn University.
Rwandan Minister Visits Honors Students
On Sunday, October 11, 2015, the Honors Program welcomed guest speaker Jerome Bizimana, a Presbyterian minister from Kigali, Rwanda, who has worked tirelessly to promote peace since the tragic genocide of 1995.
Rev. Bizimana is part of the Presbyterian International Peacemakers Association and founder of the "Light Group," an outreach that unites both victims and perpetrators of the massacre that claimed the lives of nearly one million Tutsis in less than four months. Members of the Light Group travel across Rwanda and to other nations sharing how they have experienced healing and reconciliation in the midst of great tragedy.
Honors students listened intently to the story of one woman of the Tutsi tribe who stood side by side with the Hutu who killed four of her sons and proclaimed that she had truly forgiven him. Rev. Bizimana told Honors students that "conflict is inevitable, but violence is a choice." He encouraged them to seek peaceful methods of conflict resolution in their own lives and to embrace the beauty and strength of diversity.
Local members of the Presbytery who facilitated Rev. Bizimana's visit included Mrs. Bettye Dixie and Rev. and Mrs. Newel Witherspoon.
In preparation for the presentation, Dr. Kyla Pitcher, Honors Program interim director, invited Dr. Gatzinsi Basaninyenzi, an Honors Program World Literature professor and native Rwandan, to share his own experiences with the students. They also viewed the movie "Hotel Rwanda" which is based on the true story of a Rwandan hotel manager who protected hundreds of Tutsis from slaughter.
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Jackson State Football Game
Be The Match Walk 2015
Professionals in Christ Prayer Brunch
Pie the Business Dean Fundraiser
Engineering Car Start-Mo Brooks
United Way Thanks
Coming Soon .... Ag Week, Aerojet Presentation, Kenya Guests, Character Trait Winners ("Passion")
AAMU Scientists Demonstrate Laser Technique at U.S.-Canada Border
A group of Alabama A&M University (AAMU) researchers are developing a laser technique for detecting economically motivated adulteration in food. The technique has the potential to be used for monitoring food supply-chain at border checkpoints and for quality-control of food-items at storage facilities.
To develop this technique, physicist Anup Sharma had received a grant of $ 98,000 in 2014 from the National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD) which is supported by Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Based on the promise of initial accomplishments, an additional funding of $ 98,000 was made in 2015 to further develop this technique.
To demonstrate the viability of this technique for practical applications, a team of researchers (Dr. Sharma, Dr. Kassu and PhD graduate student, Carlton Farley) visited the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) checkpoints at Champlain and Chateaugay on the US-Canada border. These are busy entry-points for trucks carrying supply of food items and detection of profit-motivated adulteration of food-items is not uncommon.
Currently, there is no facility for detecting on-site food-adulteration at these CBP checkpoints. Samples of suspected food items are shipped to laboratories and results of these tests could take up to a week or more to be received by CBP. Clearly, any on-site food-monitoring technique has a huge potential.
The standoff Raman technique for monitoring food-adulteration was demonstrated to the CBP personnel by testing samples of food items like olive oil, honey and flour passing through the checkpoints. Typically it can take less than a minute to identify several adulterants and it can be done on-site.
Recently, Dr. Sharma, then under a contract with the Army’s Aviation and Missile, Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC), made inroads with a technique known as “standoff Raman spectroscopy” to help find explosive chemicals in objects from a distance of few hundred meters. The procedure entailed “shooting” an infrared laser beam at a distant target and collecting the resulting “chemical signature” via telescope.
The research has enabled physicists Sharma, Aschalew Kassu and Paul Ruffin to work with AAMU food scientists Armitra Davis and Judith Boateng to apply the same Raman spectroscopy technique to food science applications, more specifically for the identification of contaminants, as well as any notable changes in food product ingredients. The laser technique could potentially identify adulterated food and could do so from a safe distance of several meters, Sharma said.
Sharma at the US Border Protection Checkpoint at Champlain, NY with equipment for detecting adulteration in food samples
AAMU Researchers at the US Customs and Border Protection Checkpoint at Champlain, NY on the US-Canada border. From L to R: Carlton Farley (graduate student), Anup Sharma, Aschalew Kassu.