January 22-28, 2018
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AAMU Introduces New Head Football Coach
Director of Athletics, Bryan Hicks, introduced the new head football coach of Alabama A&M University during a press conference on Monday, January 22, at 10 a.m. in the Ernest L. Knight Complex on the AAMU campus. (PHOTOS by J. Saintjones)
Coach Connell Maynor brings an extensive resume to AAMU, with more than two decades of experience, both as a coach and as a player in the intercollegiate and professional ranks. He has been part of 10 championship teams, six as a player and four as a coach.
Maynor comes to “The Hill” after spending four seasons as the head football coach at Hampton University. While at HU, Maynor led the Pirates to a 20-25 record. He guided the Pirates to two winning seasons, including a 6-5 record and a 5-3 mark in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference this past season.
Prior to his stint at HU, he posted a 45-6 overall record and a 29-2 mark in the CIAA as head coach at Winston-Salem State University from 2010-13. After inheriting a program that went 1-10, he led the Rams to three straight CIAA championships in four seasons; three straight appearances in the NCAA Division II playoffs; two Super Region One titles; an NCAA Semifinal appearance in 2011; and an NCAA Division II National Championship appearance and runner-up title.
The Rams also captured the 2011 and 2012 HBCU National Football Championships.
Prior to his time at WSSU, Maynor spent 10 seasons at Fayetteville State University as both the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. He helped lead Fayetteville State to four CIAA title game appearances and three CIAA championships (2002, 2003, and 2009).
In addition to his collegiate coaching responsibilities, Maynor is a veteran of 12 years in the Arena Football League (AFL) and he served as the Offensive Coordinator for the AFL’s Philadelphia Soul from 2006-2008 and helped lead the Soul to the 2008 Arena Bowl XXII World Championship.
“I am really excited about the hiring of Coach Maynor. He is a proven winner and excellent coach, but more importantly, he is a great developer of young men,” Hicks said. “I would like to thank Dr. Andrew Hugine Jr., Dr. Daniel Wims, the search committee and the Board of Trustees for their continued support of Alabama A&M Athletics.”
Maynor received a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation Administration from North Carolina A&T State in 1995.
- Janay Roberson
Iberia Bank, Trustee Support AAMU’s Career Closet
AAMU Trustee Ginger Harper and Iberia Bank are among the latest supporters of Career Development Services’ appeal for assistance in stocking its “Career Closet.”
With the number of employers recruiting students at Alabama A&M University steadily on the rise, it is imperative that students make a positive first impression, noted Yvette Clayton, CDS director. “Many of our students are first-generation enrollees, who, unfortunately, do not own a business suit, a blazer, or even a tie, to pair with their solid academic preparation.”
To meet this need, CDS partnered with First Lady Abbiegail Hugine and the Bulldog Pride Committee to launch the Career Closet. Donations to the closet help CDS ensure that “not one AAMU student who is motivated to pursue an internship, co-op or career opportunity is disregarded by employers because of a lack of professional attire.”
Pictured above for the donation of clothes via Iberia Bank are (l-r) Phil Carrol, Stephanie Hendon, Kristen Strickland, Atty. Ane Debro (AAMU) and Trustee Ginger Harper.
Faculty-Staff Conference Rescheduled for Thursday
The Spring 2018 Faculty and Staff Conference will be held at the Alabama A&M University Wellness Center on Thursday, January 25, 2018. Registration will begin at 12 p.m. and the program will start at 12:30 p.m. Please browse exhibit/vendor tables between registration and program start time.
Transportation to and from the Wellness Center will be provided. BTS pick-up and drop-off locations will be at Elmore Gym, Patton Hall, Engineering Building, Dawson Building, College of Business and Public Affairs, Student Center, and the Transfer Station.
PLEASE BRING YOUR ID BADGE FOR REGISTRATION!!! If you don’t have one, please stop by the ID Center, 1st floor Patton Hall. Parking will not be permitted at the Wellness Center, unless a VIP Parking Pass is presented.
Thank you in advance for your attendance and participation. If for any reason you will need to be excused, please formally communicate with and/or advise your Dean, Department Chair, and/or Supervisor.
A&M’s Band Among Highlights of Honda’s Battle of the Bands
The Alabama A&M University Marching Maroon and White Band, led by Carlton Wright, will make its fifth appearance in the 16th Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase on Saturday, January 27, 2018, in Atlanta, Ga.
A record number of votes helped select a dynamic lineup of marching bands from the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to perform at the 16th Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) Invitational Showcase.
The annual event is the culmination of the HBOB program, and it provides a national platform to highlight a key element in the HBCU community and campus life – the marching band.
The invitational showcase will feature extraordinary musicianship, sport and choreography from eight HBCU marching bands and dance squads who are ready to electrify the city of Atlanta.
With a mix of six HBOB veteran bands and two newcomers, the eight bands slated to perform at the 2018 HBOB Invitational Showcase include:
Alabama A&M University, Marching Maroon & White Band (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – fifth appearance
Alabama State University, Mighty Marching Hornets (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – sixth appearance
Bethune-Cookman University, Marching Wildcats (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – 13th appearance
Hampton University, The Marching Force (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – first appearance
Miles College, Purple Marching Machine (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) – first appearance
North Carolina A&T State University, Blue & Gold Marching Machine (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – sixth appearance
Prairie View A&M University, Marching Storm (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – eighth appearance
Tennessee State University, Aristocrat of Bands (Ohio Valley Athletic Conference) – eighth appearance
Honda invited all HBCU marching bands to participate in this year’s program. Of the 39 bands that elected to participate, the “final eight” bands were selected through a voting process that incorporates input from online fans, band directors, HBCU school presidents and representatives from American Honda.
In addition to a $20,000 grant from Honda to support their music education program, each of the final eight bands will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the Invitational Showcase.
ITS Almost Back on Track
Information Technology Services (ITS) sincerely appreciates the patience of the AAMU Campus Community this week as we continue to work diligently to fully restore the functionality of the campus website and all of the services it provides.
Earlier this week, ITS experienced sporadic but significant outages of web services impacting the website, e-mail and what some perceived as overall Internet connectivity. As critical infrastructure and security issues are being adequately addressed, now is an ideal time to caution campus users about their important role, as well.
The Internet can be both intriguing and dangerous. Please take extra precautions to secure your accounts with strong passwords. Avoid suspicious sites. Delete questionable e-mails. Always proceed in all Internet usage with extreme caution. In the future, everyone will be prompted to change their network password (email) every 90 days.
While most critical services have been restored, we are working toward full functionality. ITS will continue to promote a safe and secure web environment. If there are any questions or additional concerns, please contact the Help Desk at 256-372-4357.
Spring 2018 Appearances for the AAMU Choir
Dr. Horace Carney, interim director for the AAMU Choir, has announced the following activities and venues for Spring 2018.
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APRIL 22 ANNUAL SPRING CONCERT FORMAL
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Board Extends Nominating Process
Chris Robinson, chair of the AAMU Board of Trustees Nominating Committee, has announced the extension of the nomination process to fill vacancies. For additional information, click NOMINATIONS.
Top Student’s International Aims Only Bordered by Need for Support
Kennedy Copeland is a young woman with large, even global, dreams. The 4.0 junior political science major at Alabama A&M University hails from Atlanta, Ga., but has set her sights on changing the world.
Kennedy’s brief bio is indicative of the kind of student who has taken every possible step to ensure the success she has achieved thus far. For instance, Kennedy is a member of Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society, the AAMU Honors Program, a recipient of the Freshman President’s Award and Gold Medallion. Moreover, she is a member of the AAMUite Yearbook Staff, the Business Industry Student Cluster and serves as peer tutor for the Tutorial Assistance Network.
Right now, however, Kennedy’s major challenge is hastily coming up with the additional $7,500 needed to fully participate in the Academic Program
International (API) study abroad program this spring semester at Libertas International University in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Once the hurdle has been overcome, Kennedy will take courses in such subjects as comparative political systems, international organizations, international relations, Croatian language and theories, as well as principles of diplomacy.
“Kennedy is one of the top performing, best prepared and most academically well-rounded students in our program,” said Shannon Frank Reeves, Sr., coordinator of AAMU’s political science program. “As a 4.0 student, she has done all the right things, made all the right decisions, prepared herself in all the right ways and is focused in the right direction to achieve her goals.”
Reeves admits, however, that time is the greatest enemy. “We must satisfy all financial obligations, get Kennedy on a plane, and have her in Croatia ready for classes by February 1,” stated Reeves.
To assist with the cost of tuition, fees, and expenses for this once in a lifetime opportunity, a “GoFundMe” page has been established (www.gofundme.com/kennedy2croatia) to supplement the energetic efforts underway by Kennedy, her parents and others.
The AAMU Family, alumni and friends are urged to join the cause by clicking on the link above or immediately making a check payable to the AAMU Foundation, 115 Chase Road NW, Huntsville, AL 35811.
“This AAMU student’s scholarly pursuits hang in the balance and I have faith we are not going to let her down,” commented Reeves. “However, time is running out. Make an investment and sow a seed into Kennedy’s life today. Your support and prayers will make the difference and be greatly appreciated.”
- J. Saintjones
Alabama A&M TV Launches “FrontPage”
Electronic Media Communications/WJAB-TV has launched a new show called the “Alabama A&M FrontPage.”
It is an all AAMU newscast dedicated to highlighting the positive and uplifting stories of students, faculty and staff. The newscast will air weekly on Comcast channel 78 and will be posted to WJAB’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.
However, WJAB-TV needs the help of everyone on campus. If you have a news story to be considered for the Alabama A&M FrontPage, please e-mail Latoyia Clemons at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime, please view the first Alabama A&M FrontPage newscast by clicking the link below.
“Shift” Conference Pushes Self-Transformation
Sometimes, the only thing standing in the way of total self-transformation is a little guidance. A conference set for mid-February is designed to direct individuals to the help they need for both healing and growth.
The power of good information rang true one day when Dr. Patricia Haley happened upon a woman stricken with breast cancer. The woman’s talent was her livelihood, so severe illness meant that she was unable to support herself.
“The woman lost everything,” recalled Haley, a native of Jacksonville, Fla., who admits that she, too, experienced many problems in her own life.
Haley said she told the woman about services offered through United Way and her to contact the offices for assistance. Haley then began to wonder whether there were others out there who were in desperate need of help but had no idea about where to find it.
Through Patricia Haley Foundation, Haley is sponsoring a city-wide conference, “The Shift: From Broken to Healed,” on Monday, February 19, in the Clyde Foster Auditorium on the Alabama A&M University campus from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
The conference will feature health screenings and representatives from various non-profit and community organizations. At 6 p.m., a banquet will be held at the DesignLab on Meridian Street (former Lincoln Mill area), with inspiration from Pastor Carlton Byrd of Oakwood University Church and the Gospel Choir.
People need to know that there are resources out there to help them with those things that are breaking them, notes Haley. There are programs to assist with medical, housing and several other issues.
Patricia Haley Ministries is a two-year-old 501c charity that works with cancer patients, offering encouragement and assisting with the provision of needed medicine. While she has been a resident of Huntsville for some 26 years, she has been active in ministry for 15 years. Her devotion to her organization stems from the severe troubles and mental anguish she witnessed her mother experience as a result of a tumultuous childhood.
Haley believes that guidance and proper information can have a life-changing impact on individuals. For more information about the conference and the organization, visit www.PatriciaHaleyMinistry.org or call (256) 683-7287.
- J. Saintjones
AAMU to Hold Black Male Summit
The three-day Alabama A&M University 4th Black Male Summit is scheduled for January 31-February 2. The theme is: “Reclaiming Our Black Males.”
The first day of the summit will focus on “Beating the Odds as a Black Male” with a presentation by the non-profit organization B3ATING THE ODDZ. The activity is slated for the Clyde Foster auditorium at 6 p.m.
On Thursday, February 1, summit organizers will address “Black Males and Mental Health” a two-part program at 6 p.m. in the Ernest L. Knight Complex VIP Room. The speakers are Dr. All-wyn Graham, #BlackMindsMatter, and David Brent, who will discuss Etiquette.
The culminating event will be held Friday, February 2, with the 2018 Black Male Summit Gala, at 6 p.m. in the Knight Center with William Gregg, Jr.
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A&M Business College Adds Golf Tournament
The College Business and Public Affairs (COBPA) at Alabama A&M University has added a golf tournament to the 3rd annual AAMU COBPA Silent Auction.
This year, there will be the opportunity to win amazing prizes such as a vehicle, courtesy of Woody Anderson Ford; a three-day RV rental, courtesy of Bankston Motor Homes; and much more.
The Alabama A&M College of Business and Public Affairs Golf Tournament and Silent Auction will take place Friday, April 6, at the Huntsville Country Club on Oakwood Avenue NW.
Participation and even any donations toward the event will be appreciated. For more information about the auction or golf tournament, contact Amoi Savage at (256) 527-7212.
Domestic Violence Balloon Release
St. Jude Presentations
Classic STEM Exhibit
Magic City Classic Parade
Magic City Classic Game
Domestic Violence Program
October Board Meeting
Child Development Center Visits Patton (Halloween)
Christmas Extravaganza at Carver Complex
Fearless Leadership Cohort Graduation
Walking with the President 11-8-2017 (by Julian Howell)
Fed Employment Prep Week/MG James E. Simpson
Combat Veteran Parking Spaces
Veterans Day Program (by Julian Howell)
Honors Program on The Quad (by Josh Baker)
Funeral Services Held
Funeral services for Mrs. Madie Whitfield Prude (mother of Brendlyn Hall of Residence Life and Atty. James Prude of the AAMU Foundation Board) were held Saturday, January 20, at Central Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, 7503 Carl Turk Road, in Livingston, Ala.
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