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Week of: December 5-11, 2016




Board Pro Tempore Commencement Speaker


The  President Pro Tempore of Alabama A&M University's Board of Trustees will be the speaker for the fall commencement program scheduled Friday, December 9, at 1 p.m. at the Von Braun Center.   More than 450 undergraduate and graduate students are expected to received degrees at the ceremony, according to the Office of the Registrar and the Office of Graduate Studies.


Andre’ Taylor earned a B.S. degree in journalism from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 1973.  After graduation, he worked in radio and television around Alabama. Taylor joined the Alabama Gas Corporation in 1984 serving most recently as vice president of communications. In this capacity, he was the spokesperson for Alagasco and planned community affairs activities.


Taylor currently serves on the boards of The Lakeshore Foundation, The Alabama Veterans Memorial Foundation, The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama Foundation, and the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations.


At The University of Alabama, he is a member of the Board of Visitors for the College of Communication and Information Services, a member of the President’s Cabinet, a Board Member of the Capstone Foundation, and is past President of the University of Alabama National Alumni Association.


In 1989, he was awarded the University of Alabama School of Communications’ Most Outstanding Alumni Award in Advertising and Public Relations. A Vietnam veteran, Taylor was awarded the Purple Heart for outstanding service to the country. He was also a feature personality in the inaugural edition of “Who’s Who in Black Birmingham”.  Currently, Taylor resides in Bessemer, Ala. He and his wife Vivian have five children.



AAMU Team Takes Second in Flag Football




The Alabama A&M University Intramural Football Squad took part in the 15th Annual NIRSA Championship Series Regional Flag Football Championships held at Western Kentucky University.


Led by Coach Franky Smith, the elite AAMU squad made yet another impressive appearance in the yearly “Battle of the Bluegrass” competition.  The team from “The Hill” came in second place in the contest.


For more information about the squad and intramural programs, contact Coach Smith, AAMU Intramural Recreation Sports, at (256) 372-4262. 




ROTC Commissioning Scheduled


The Alabama A&M University Bulldog Battalion will commission five Cadets on Thursday, December 8, at 3:30 p.m. in the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center.


The public is invited.



HOLIDAY GET-TOGETHER:  First Lady Abbiegail Hugine (center), assisted by Provost Daniel Wims (not shown), welcomed AAMU faculty and staff to the annual meeting and observance, where attendees heard year-end reports.  (President Andrew Hugine, Jr., had an out-of-town obligation).  PHOTOS  




AKM Holds Induction Ceremony


The Kappa Sigma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society recently held its fall 2016 induction ceremony in the Bertha M. Jones Conference Center at Alabama A&M University.    PHOTOS


AlphaKappaMu.jpgThe organization brought in 26 new members, in addition to its existing 40 current and alumni members.  Dr. Dorothy Brandon, extension specialist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, presented congratulatory remarks, followed by District 1 city councilman Devyn Keith.


The 2016 inductees included: Alisha Bailey, Denise Bell, Kiara Brown, Schuyler Carter, Jasmin Clark, Bianca Drake, Shekira Francois, Lidia George, Mikayla Haywood, Kwyntero Kelso, Kayla Lang, LaTrinity Lewis, Lakeshia Martin, Brianna Miller-Kelley, Devin Mitchell, Ashlan Mixon, Raven Ciara New, Ebony Parker, Mary Pendleton, Derielle Pinckney, Taylor Simmons, Joshua Simmons, LaKesha Stewart, Michael Turner, Diamond Walker and Mariah Williams.  


The 2017-17 AKM officers are Bri'Anna Baber, president; Maya Shelton, vice president; Tiffany Jordan, secretary; and Jayla Carter, parliamentarian.  Dr. Cynthia M. Smith serves as advisor and Marilyn Saintjones as co-advisor of AKM.  PHOTOS


STUDENT HOLIDAY:  AAMU administrators gathered at the Ernest Knight Center cafeteria to greet students and extend holiday wishes.  Above, students pose with Santa.   PHOTOS




ROTC Commissioning Scheduled


The Alabama A&M University Bulldog Battalion will commission five Cadets on Thursday, December 8, at 3:30 p.m. in the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center. 


The public is invited.



ORIGINS:  Dr. Jack Szotack, Nobel laureate, discussed "The Origin of Cellular Life" during the 19th Annual Putcha Venkateswarlu Memorial Lecture at Alabama A&M University on Friday, December 2.   PHOTOS



Student Publishes Book on Self-Discovery 


When Marquez McClinton was in the third grade at an elementary school in Memphis, Tenn., he recalls his teacher taking a special interest in his ability to express himself through writing and poetry.  His talents could not be attributed to some enviable parental environment nor a pristine community that would propel him ahead of his peers.


Marquez.JPGUnlike many of his peers, Marquez defied the odds by making it out of a rough neighborhood, where positive role models were virtually non-existent.  He avoided trouble and made his way to historically black Lane College, where he studied mass communications.  An aggressive graduate studies recruiting campaign led him to Alabama A&M University.  He is now fulfilling requirements toward a master’s degree in human development.


Throughout the years, Marquez has continued to express himself creatively through writing and poetry, having made a vow to himself to never “sleep on” his talent.  This has meant the overcoming of procrastination, succumbing to direction and developing a budget for the project.


Becoming.jpgPersons with whom he interacted on social media were often impressed by his postings and urged him to consider writing a book.  With the completion of his 95-page book, “Becoming: The Process of Becoming You,” Marquez said he wanted to take his “gift” to the next level.  He provides much credit for the book’s success to the assistance he received from publisher Jessica D. Williams of Keen Vision Publishing. 


In the publication, Marquez said he pulled from the collective wisdom of such people as Hill Harper, Cornel West, T.D. Jakes and even Maya Angelou—mixing their various perspectives with his own everyday experiences, trials and successes as one of six children born into a poor family, and as the father of his four-month-old daughter Joi.


Marquez said his themes in the book “Becoming” center around defining self through purpose.  In addition to proud parents, the young minister in training at All Nations Christian Center said he has been especially moved by those persons relating how much the book has impacted them.


He plans to market the book at various venues around the Tennessee Valley and beyond.  For more information about the book, contact or visit


- Jerome Saintjones


TREE LIGHTING:  The AAMU Family gathered on The Quad for the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree and to hear holiday music by the choir and band.  PHOTOS

BOOKSIGNING:  Dr. Kendra Harris, associate professor of marketing, greets students, faculty, staff and friends at the booksigning for her new book, "Happily Never Married," held at the Hilton Garden Inn Friday, December 2.   PHOTOS


Business Dean's Office Seeking GA


The Office of the Dean, College of Business and Public Affairs, is seeking to hire a Graduate Assistant for Spring 2017. 


Interested students should submit resume and cover letter.



Freshmen Produce Video: "Everybody Eats"


Mannequin.JPGFreshmen, completing their service learning projects, have come up with a number of ways to make an impact on communities and to encourage engagement, notes an AAMU facilitator.


A case in point, according to service learning coordinate Monica Clarke, was a video that was produced by one group of freshmen as a final presentation.  The "Everybody Eats" video combines the Mannequin Challenge concept into a positive effort that captures the team effort required to defeat hunger.   VIDEO



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DEADLINE APPROACHING:  AKAs Announce Scholarship




Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Rho Chi Omega Chapter

Dr. Olivia Harris Sanders Academic Scholarship for

Minority Students Achieving Academic Excellence


This scholarship is awarded to minority undergraduate students who are interested in continuing their college education.  The scholarship is in memory of Dr. Olivia H. Sanders, a retired professor and long-time educator.


Deadline:  December 12, 2016 (All items must be received by Date)


Instructions for Applying for the Dr. Sanders’ Scholarship


To be considered for this scholarship, a student must:


Be currently enrolled in one of the following schools:


·         Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (AAMU)

·         Athens State University

·         Calhoun Community College

·         J.F. Drake State Technical College

·         Oakwood University

·         The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH)


·         Be a minority undergraduate (male or female) student.

·         Have completed one semester (12 hours) at the respective institution.

·         Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 or above for the prior semester.

·         Complete the scholarship application in its entirety.

·         Submit an essay of 250 words, and no more than 350 words, on the following topic: Why should I be selected for a scholarship? Please describe any academic achievements, community service activities, examples of leadership or other personal characteristics that make you deserving of this scholarship.  The essay must be typed and double spaced. Include your name in a running header on all pages of the document.

·         Submit a recent academic transcript. Unofficial or official transcript will be accepted.


Completed Application Checklist


            ___ Completed application, signed, and dated

            ___ Essay

            ___ Transcript (Unofficial or Official)


The completed application packet (application, transcript, essay) must be mailed together as one complete packet.  The packet must be received by December 12, 2016 to be considered to the following mailing address:


Rho Chi Omega Chapter

c/o Mrs. Renita Brazelton, Scholarship Chairman

P. O. Box 611

Madison, AL 35758


Visit for an electronic copy of the application packet.




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.


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. 



Happily Never Married Booksigning

Nobel Laureate Lecture

Alpha Kappa Mu Induction Ceremony

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Student Holiday

Faculty-Staff Holiday Meeting

Alumni Affairs Senior Send-Off!

Housing’s 2nd Annual Fall Festival

HBCU Summit on Disabilities

AAMU Veterans Day Program at Tut Fann

High School Senior Day 2016

Department of Energy Official Visits

United Way 2016

Max Wyche Visit

Trunk or Treat

Magic City Classic Game

Classic Parade 2016

NSA Director Visit

LRC Breast Cancer Event

Masons Observance

Debate Watch

Ag Week (Additional Photos)






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