April 16-22, 2018
Music Program Students Perform in St. Louis, Schedule Birmingham
On Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15, the renowned Alabama A&M University (under the direction of Dr. Horace Carney) visited St. Louis, Mo., where the St. Louis Alumni Chapter and the Central Baptist Church served as hosts. The choir engaged in a showcase recruiting event on Saturday morning and provide music for the Sunday, April 15, services.
On Sunday, April 22, the Birmingham Boosters Club will present the annual joint spring concert featuring the Alabama A&M Wind Ensemble (under the direction of Carlton Wright) and the Alabama University Concert Choir at the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, 1101 Martin L. King Drive, Birmingham, Ala.
The public is invited. For more information, call (256) 372-5513.
AAMU a Stop on SBIR Road Tour
America’s largest seed fund is coming to Huntsville on Tuesday, April 17, on the Alabama A&M University campus from 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. A reception will be held on Monday, April 16, hosted by the Huntsville Madison County Chamber of Commerce (225 Church Street, Downtown Huntsville).
The SBIR Road Tour is a national outreach effort to convey the non-dilutive technology funding opportunity provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.
Federal and state program managers representing $2.5 billion in early stage funding have been invited to present at a series of events to technology entrepreneurs and innovation supporters from across the United States. This event is a must-attend for those involved in the advanced technology communities, including women-owned and minority-owned firms.
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced it will launch an 18-state road tour connecting entrepreneurs with next generation research and development (R&D) ideas to the largest source of early stage funding led by the SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs.
“We are dedicated to supporting America’s entrepreneurs wherever they are; American innovation is not restricted by geographic or cultural boundaries,” said SBA Administrator Linda McMahon. “This tour reflects our commitment to ensuring that these innovators are aware of the resources that can help them turn a big idea into another great American innovation story.”
Innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers, or small technology firms are encouraged to take advantage of this coveted local opportunity to hear directly from federal agency program managers and to meet one-on-one with program decision makers.
For more information, contact Dr. Teresa M. Orok at (256) 372-5603 or e-mail email@example.com.
A&M-Based Initiative New Highlight of Earth Day
When Xantheia Watkins, logistics/operations supervisor for AAMU’s Bulldog Transit System (BTS), first conceptualized “Get on the Bus” four springs ago, it was for her class project in community and regional planning and was localized to A&M students.
Watkins envisioned tying the project to Earth Day, eco-awareness and the encouragement of public transit beyond the campus. Thus, on “Get on the Bus for Earth Day,” A&M students, faculty and staff could simply present their ID cards to ride free on the City of Huntsville shuttle buses.
In a span of only a few years, the “Get on the Bus for Earth Day” initiative expanded to include the students and personnel at Calhoun Community College, J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College, Oakwood College, University of Alabama in Huntsville and Virginia College.
Watkins says the overall goal is “to bring awareness and save our planet by reducing C02 emissions.” She wants to see an increase in student participation over spring 2017. This year’s public transit initiative will run from April 16-20.
For more information on Huntsville Shuttle services, visit https://www.huntsvilleal.gov/residents/streets/public-transportation/shuttle-bus/ or call Xantheia Watkins at (256) 372-8011.
AAMU Launches Successful TEDx Talk
Six dynamic presentations marked historic accomplishment of the committee formed to pull off Alabama A&M University’s first independent TED talk. PHOTOS
The TEDxAAMU committee held the inaugural TEDxAAMU event on Wednesday, April 11, in the Clyde Foster Multipurpose Room of the College of Business and Public Affairs. Although the activity was open to the public, it especially attracted lovers of thought-provoking message and prose by campus and local speakers, creators, and change-makers.
The theme for the event was "Start Here, Go Anywhere." The first TEDxAAMU program featured a multitalented group of speakers: social work major Joshua Baker, author-historian Eddie Davis, storyteller Demarco Fomby, Attorney Tanisia Moore, Christian activist Brittany Morton and Good Samaritan Rodney Smith.
TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.
"Serving the City" Event Rescheduled for April 21
Alabama A&M University will still "harness the collective energy" of hundreds of freshmen, upperclassmen, and community volunteers for its Day of Service rescheduled for Saturday, April 21. Activities will launch at 7 a.m. from The Quad and conclude around 3 p.m. In case of rain, volunteers will assemble in the T.M. Elmore Gymnasium or alternate location.
This year, AAMU is leading the massive effort, which began as a project first organized by area churches. In 2017, AAMU served as the first hub for north Huntsville. On April 21, campus and community volunteers will once again gather for a university-wide send-off. Campus buses will then drive them throughout the community to churches, agencies, and neighborhoods that requested help.
Previous projects have included:
· Home Maintenance and Repair
· Yard Work
· AGENCY Opportunities: Hope Place, National Children’s Advocacy Center
305 Eighth St., Manna House, Food Bank, Red Cross, CASA
· Packing Goody Baskets
· Lakewood and other school projects
· Neighborhood cleanups
· Letter Writing campaign to local Veteran’s
· Voter registration drives
"This is a great way for students to experience first-hand the impact just a few hours of their time can make," says Monica Clarke, coordinator of AAMU’s Service and Volunteerism program (firstname.lastname@example.org). For more information, call (256) 372-4710.
To volunteer, click on the following:
Student Organization Registration
AAMU-Toyota Collaborate on Mobility Initiative
Alabama A&M University (AAMU) and Toyota Motor North America announced April 13 a collaboration to launch a student-led mobility initiative. The aim of the program, which begins the fall semester of 2018, is to bring the local community together with students to find better ways to connect people to things like education and jobs, and expand usage of zero or low emission vehicles.
The initiative will bring together an interdisciplinary team of students and faculty to facilitate a project called "Clean Low Emissions Approach & Novel Transportation Innovation Practice" (CLEAN-TRIP). The project is the first of a series of university mobility initiatives across the U.S. to be announced by Toyota.
"Creating a clean, safe and more efficient environment for the campus proper, as well as the immediate and larger community, has been a major thrust of AAMU for decades," notes Dr. Ernst Cebert, facilitator of the project and professor within the College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences. "Through this project, we will engage students with hands-on learning to address real world problems."
Toyota is providing an initial grant of $300,000 to fund the initiative, which includes scholarships for students accepted into the program. In addition to funding support, students will work with Toyota to learn Toyota Way problem solving and critical thinking skills. Once in the program, the students will collaborate with community residents to better understand their mobility challenges, and then designing, prototype and implement a pilot program.
"We partnered with AAMU because of their focus on renewable energy, strong STEAM programs, and history of preparing well-qualified graduates," said Al Smith, group vice president, Toyota Social Innovation. "By developing a mobility solution through collaboration with the community, we can help guide students to create better ways to move that also improve the quality of life."
In 2017, AAMU also received funding from the Federal Transportation Agency to purchase zero/no-emission electric buses for its fleet.
AAMUEA Meeting Scheduled
The AAMU Education Association will hold its general meeting on Thursday, April 26, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in 240 Dawson Building.
Non-members interested in learning about the many benefits of AEA membership are encouraged to attend this meeting. New Executive Board officers will be elected for the positions of Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Parliamentarian. (NOTE: The VP position is open only to faculty).
Nominations may be made at the meeting or submitted via email at email@example.com. Deadline to R.S.V.P. for this lunch session is COB Monday, April 23. Door prizes will be awarded!!! Submit RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/rwOH0BugLAeu5qWu1
Survey for Emergency Responders
The Student Health and Counseling Center is conducting a survey to determine the licensed emergency responders on campus. Persons who have been trained as an emergency responder should complete the following survey using the link below April 20, 2018.
If more information, contact Rebecca Dickerson, firstname.lastname@example.org, (256) 372-5800.
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COBPA Tournament Recap
The College of Business and Public Affairs (COPBA) thanks all of its event sponsors, item sponsors, media sponsors, attendees, AAMU student and faculty volunteers, Huntsville Country Club staff and everyone involved in the success of the AAMU COBPA Golf Tournament & Silent Auction.
Congratulations to the 1st place tournament winners - Alabama A&M foursome; 2nd place tournament winners - Redstone Federal Credit Union foursome; and 3rd place tournament winners - Renasant Bank foursome.
- Amoi Savage
AAMU’s STEM Day 2018 Adds Green Twist
Ever wanted to know what’s really going on in a young college student’s mind when he or she is in serious mode?
A trip to the annual STEM Day each April at Alabama A&M University’s Student Health and Wellness Center will paint a clear picture of the questions, ideas and answers flowing freely from some of the best future scientists, technologists, engineers, agriculturalists and mathematicians. PHOTOS
Posters included comprehensive research on plants, animals, biology and life sciences, social issues (i.e., bullying, gun control, racism, mass incarceration), community planning, engineering, and much more.
The 2018 event held on April 13 was chaired by Dr. Padmaja Guggilla of the Physics program, while Dr. Armitra Jackson-Davis (Food and Animal Sciences) and Terry Miller (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) served as co-chairs.
Following brief welcomes by AAMU STEM administrators and the STEM Day founder Matthew Edwards, over 100 student researchers took their positions throughout the gymnasium beside posters which detailed their current research. As they were then afforded countless opportunities to explain their research to passersby, many student researchers were anxiously anticipating the inevitable visit from STEM Day judges.
An added treat to the 2018 activities was the announcement of a collaborative effort between AAMU and Toyota called the Green Mobility Project. While AAMU has long been making steady strides to become a more ecologically friendly and energy efficient place, Toyota will assist it in taking this important "green" awareness beyond its campus and into the surrounding neighborhoods, particular in the area of transportation. As recently as September 2017, AAMU received nearly $1 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation to purchase two electric buses for its campus transit system.
Following the AAMU-Toyota announcement, students, faculty, staff and other attendees listened to the keynote speaker. An AAMU alumnus, Dr. Willie L. Patterson, is real estate division chief for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Mobile District.
Toyota also set up spaces at the event to discuss with students opportunities for co-ops, internships and other programs. STEM Day 2019 will be held April 12, 2019, and insightful companies, businesses and agencies are urged to become a part of it.
For more information, contact Dr. Padmaja Guggilla, chair, at (256) 372-8141; Dr. Armitra Jackson-Davis, co-chair, at (256) 372-7132; or (Ms.) Terry Miller, co-chair, at (256) 372-8208.
Huntsville Rated Among "Best Places to Live"
The Rocket City has added yet another feather in its cap for 2018 with the recent distinction of U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 ranking of "25 Best Places to Live in the U.S." No doubt, the city’s rich array of higher education institutions had a hand in helping it to achieve its debut at the No. 7 spot. MORE
Leadership Retreat Will Replace Summer Alumni Conference
The Alabama A&M University Alumni Association 2018 Biennial Conference scheduled for June 21-24 in Huntsville, Ala., has been cancelled due to low registration. However, the Board of Directors has decided to replace the conference with a Leadership Retreat scheduled during the same weekend.
Financial officers will process refunds of all registration fees and ad payments with by a target date of May 4, 2018. Additional correspondence regarding the retreat will be sent following the processing of refunds.
Albert Benifield, Jr., president of the AAMU Alumni Association, Inc., indicated that the retreat is open to all alumni desiring “to further the Association's mission.” The retreat will serve as a chance for chapter and board members to share ideas, learn new techniques and network with other Bulldogs in a more focused set of sessions, he added.
Alabama Extension to Participate in Earth Day 2018 Events
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit will participate in two upcoming Earth Day 2018 events.
The first event is the City of Huntsville Operation Green Team’s 2018 Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Hays Nature Preserve located at 7161 US Highway 431 South, Owens Cross Roads, Ala. For the past four years, Alabama Extension has been a sponsor of the butterfly releases, one of the most anticipated Earth Day activities taking place at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Thousands of people attended Operation Green Team’s Earth Day Festival in 2017 and another record-breaking crowd is expected this year. This event is free and features more than 80 earth-friendly exhibitors with informative displays and demonstrations.
Be sure to pack a lunch or enjoy free hot dogs, drinks, and popcorn, and bring a reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations. Call (256) 564-8077 or visit https://www.huntsvilleal.gov/environment/green-team/programs/earth-day/ for more information.
The second event is the 48th Annual Earth Day Festival and Farmer’s Market that will be held at the Monte Sano State Park Picnic Area, located at 5105 Nolen Avenue Southeast, Huntsville, Ala., on Sunday, April 22, 12-5 p.m.
The Flint River Conservation Association and partners will host more than 50 earth friendly exhibitors. There will also be a farmers market, a raptor bird show, a family mountain bike ride, music, food trucks, hands-on activities for kids, solar telescopes, geocaching, and much more. A $10 parking fee is required; discount offered to seniors and military members. For more information call Soos Weber at 256-539-3747.
For general information regarding Alabama Extension activities, please contact Dr. Karnita Garner at (256) 372-8331 (email@example.com), Robert Spencer at (256) 372-4983 (firstname.lastname@example.org), or visit http://www.aces.edu/urban.
AAMU Scientists Collaborating with Illinois, HudsonAlpha Researchers on Biomass Cultivars
The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture has announced a grant for $1 million to support research led by a University of Illinois scientist. The research will address the need for better-adapted and higher-yielding biomass cultivars ready to plug into the biofuel supply chain in the United States.
"Currently, there is only one genotype of Miscanthus x giganteus ('Illinois') available in the U.S. for farmers to grow as a biomass crop," says Erik Sacks, plant geneticist in the Department of Crop Sciences at U of I and principal investigator on the grant. "This cultivar is insufficiently winter-hardy in the northern Midwest, and flowers too early in the southern U.S. to achieve high yields.
"If we don't have the right varieties, that's going to be a really limiting factor in our ability to produce the biomass feedstocks needed for conversion to bioenergy or other bioproducts. The varieties have to be regionally adapted," he adds.
Additional co-investigators include Kankshita Swaminathan and Sara Cooper of HudsonAlpha, and Ernst Cebert and Venkateswara Sripathi in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at Alabama A&M University.
Sacks and collaborators at U of I, Alabama A&M University, and HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology will breed new miscanthus cultivars from an extensive repository of plant materials collected around the world. They will also field test already developed hybrids that show promise for both cold tolerance and high yields.
An important aspect of the work is the use of genomic selection tools, which will allow the team to make decisions about desired traits without having to grow plants to maturity. That process, on which traditional plant breeding is based, is extremely time-consuming and requires a lot of trial-and-error.
The grant also includes an educational component for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. Investigators at Alabama A&M and HudsonAlpha will administer a short course on genomics, and graduate students will be funded on the project.
"We will educate and inspire the next generation of plant genomicists, with a focus on underrepresented minority groups and women," Sacks says. "We hope to get the next generation on a path to help feed, clothe, and power the world sustainably."
Scenes from AAMU's Youth Motivation Task Force Conference
(Photography by Johnny Clark)
AAMU Student 2018 APSA Ralph Bunche Scholars
The American Political Science Association (APSA) has announced that Aayana Ingram, a junior at Alabama A&M University, has been named as a 2018 APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI) Scholar.
Aayana is a rising senior at Alabama A&M University. A Dean’s Scholar, her research interests focus on African-American politics, ethics and the political attitudes of black students at Historically Black College and University (HBCUs) compared to those who attend predominately white institutions (PWI). Last summer, for the second time in a row, Aayana had the opportunity to intern with the Department of Energy, conducting research on bioenergy sustainability.
She presented her research at the Southern Political Science Association (SPSA) conference in New Orleans, La. She is heavily involved on campus as a member of the Honors Program, Miss Omega Psi Phi, and as the junior class senator in the Student Government Association.
She uses these platforms to advocate for her student body on issues that are plaguing their institution. As a product of a historically black college, upon graduation Aayana hopes to earn a doctoral degree in political science, teach on the collegiate level and mentor young African American men and women.
The Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI), now in its 32nd year, is an annual, intensive five-week program held at Duke University. It is designed to introduce to the world of doctoral study in political science to those undergraduate students from under-represented racial and ethnic groups or those interested in broadening participation in political science and pursuing scholarship on issues affecting under-represented groups.
VCLLI Releases Spring Course Offerings
The Virginia Caples Lifelong Learning Institute (VCLLI) has released courses for the spring 2018 term. The Institute is committed to enhanced quality of life for Alabama's growing senior citizen community. COURSES
For more information about VCLLI and future activities, call (256) 372-7022.
Join the New Scoreboard Drive!
We have great news! The long-awaited, highly anticipated request of yours is finally being answered. Alabama A&M University will be getting a NEW SCOREBOARD in Louis Crews Stadium!
AAMU will also replace the digital marquee on North Memorial Parkway with a video board display!
To accomplish both, your help is needed. Louis Crews Stadium is the largest football stadium in North Alabama and the fifth largest in the state, with a seating capacity of 22,000. The current scoreboard is obsolete and is becoming increasingly difficult and more expensive to maintain. For more information on how to score big with your contribution, click HERE now.
THE ULTIMATE: The Gulf Coast Challenge, “the Ultimate HBCU Experience,” will feature the Mighty Alabama A&M University’s Bulldogs versus the Southern University Jaguars. This game will take place Saturday, September 22, 2018, at Ladd-Pebbles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. So, what do we mean by the Ultimate HBCU Experience? During the week of the game, we will have a golf tournament, several concerts, parade, pep rally, and more. We have also challenged each school to help youth in the area achieve their collegiate goals by offering scholarships. AAMU’s President, Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr., recently visited several of the Port City’s high schools and gave out over $800,000 in scholarships. We are so proud of this huge accomplishment! And, we look forward to having AAMU in the city for years to come. Tickets go on sale soon. For more information, visit www.thegulfcoastchallenge.com. Like us/Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. - Princess Miller
Aramark Number Change
Please note that the Aramark Facilities emergency work line number has been changed to (256) 372-5746.
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Women's Baskeball (Southern)
Extension Offers Statewide Health Management Workshop for Sheep and Goats
by Wendi Williams
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs will offer a series of the Health Management Workshop for Sheep and Goat Herds across the state of Alabama from March to May 2018.
The workshop is designed to expand your knowledge about raising healthy sheep and goats. Topics will include tagging animals, identifying injection sites, hoof health management, the FAMACHA system, using the California Mastitis Test to detect mastitis in does and ewes, caring for newborn animals, body condition scoring, nutritional and forage management, biosecurity measures, and the proper disposal of medication and other substances. Participants will also travel to a local farm to engage in hands-on demonstrations.
Each workshop will run from 9:00 to 11:45 a.m. and on-farm demonstrations will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Participants are asked to pre-register online at http://www.aces.edu/urban/smallruminants/index.php.
Saturday, May 5 - Talladega County Extension Office
130 North Court Street, Talladega, AL 35160
For information contact: Henry Dorough at (256) 362-6187 or email@example.com
The workshops are free and open to the public. Lunch will also be provided; however, pre-registration is required.
For additional information, please contact Dr. Maria Browning or Dr. Karnita Garner or visit www.aces.edu/urban.
This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Capacity Building Grant (CBG) Program (#1012164) and the Renewable Resource Extension Act (RREA) Program (#1012197).
Town Hall - North Alabama Delegation
AAMU Leadership Class 2
The Bulldog BottomLine appears weekly on Mondays (monthly during summer session), coordinated by the Office of Marketing and Public Relations (Jerome Saintjones, Director), Alabama A&M University, 303 Patton Hall, Normal, AL 35762. Please submit items for consideration one week in advance of posting date to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. For more information, contact Shirley Alexander at (256) 372-5607.