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Bulldog BottomLine


September 26-October 2, 2016



Brothers' New 2016 Homecoming Video Brings on Bulldog Spirit


The Isabelle Brothers' new AAMU Homecoming video is generating waves of excitement among Bulldog enthusiasts.


Read more about the brothers in the article on the "Dean's Speaker Series" below in the weekly Bulldog BottomLine.  To see the video, click HERE 



Homecoming Opens with Miss AAMU Coronation Sept. 30 


Alabama A&M University will kickoff its festive 2016 Homecoming Celebration with the Miss AAMU Coronation on Friday, September 30, at 7 p.m. in the T.M. Elmore Building at 7 p.m.


MissAAMU.jpgCarmen Catrice Wright is a graduate of Minor High School in the Jefferson County (Ala.) School System.  While attending Minor, Carmen received recognition for outstanding achievements in her fashion class, and she was involved in many activities, including the marching band (manager); concert band (secretary); yearbook staff; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Inc. (FCCLA); office assistant; and Corky Bell Dance Studio.


She was also a vice president and step master for Alpha Kappa Omega Hearts High School Sorority, which was established under the principles of service and sisterhood.  Carmen also participated with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Academy and Gems mentoring program with Birmingham Alumnae Chapter. During her senior year, she decided to continue in her parent footsteps by attending Alabama A&M University.   


During her freshman year at AAMU, Carmen received recognition for all of her accomplishments when she was nominated for the Foot Solider Award by the Birmingham Chapter of the NAACP.  As a student at AAMU, she continues her community service goals by volunteering with the operations of the Marching Maroon and White Band program and the Lady Bulldogs Basketball team.  In May 2015, she was again recognized for all of her hard work and dedication by being listed on the Dean’s List. During fall 2015, she became of member Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Gamma Mu Chapter, following in the footsteps of her Godmother Katrina Gunn Hale.


Carmen is an active member of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, where she participates in the Youth Choir and Liturgical Dance Team.  Strongly committed to serving her community, she has volunteered for Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Walk, Sickle Cell Walk, Elks Lodge Thanksgiving Day Feed the Homeless Project, 16th Street Walk by Faith Marathon, 16th Street Feed the Homeless and Soup and Sock Drive, and Jessie’s Place.  During the summer, she volunteers with the Fairfield City Schools Summer Enrichment program as an assistant for the Exceptional Education Department. It was during this period that Carmen decided to become a social work major in order to provide a voice and advocacy for students with special needs.



Homecoming Week Activities Extensive


The AAMU Homecoming Committee has come together to launch one of the most extensive and all-inclusive set of activities in recent history.  From the Miss AAMU Coronation on Friday, September 30, to the Homecoming Game against Alcorn State and the Cook-out on Saturday, October 8, the list is massive and full of Bulldog Spirit.


For a complete list of activities, click HOMECOMING






LRC Recognizes Banned Books Week


Banned Books Week, sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), is an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read by bringing together the entire community: librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types. We support the freedom to seek information and express ideas, including those ideas considered unorthodox and unpopular. LRC encourages the campus community to review some of the frequently challenged books here,, and explore other issues that surround book challenges and book banning.


The J.F. Drake Memorial Learning Resources Center is celebrating the freedom to read during Banned Books Week, once again, from Sunday, September 25th through Saturday, October 1st. We will be hosting two (2) Brown Bag Lunch viewings in the First Floor Multipurpose Room of Drake LRC: "’Hey, Boo’: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird", a documentary celebrating the life and work of famed Alabama novelist, Harper Lee, on Tuesday, September 27th at 12 p.m., and "James Baldwin: Witness", a documentary chronicling the life and work of a noted African American novelist and poet, James Baldwin, on Thursday, September 29th at 12 p.m.


Contact, for more information regarding Banned Books Week.



QEP “Dare to Think!” Door Prizes


A big “thank you” to all who participated in the Critical Thinking exercise during the break at the 2016 Fall Faculty/Staff Conference. 


The winners of gift cards from Steak & Shake, Chick Fila, Walmart, Publix, Subway, Taco Bell, McDonald and Chilis were as follows (alphabetically): 


Paula Barnes

Dorothy Brandon

Michael Burns

Andrea Hawkins

Alicia Ingle

Niki Ivey

Norman Jones

Diane McArthur

Bud McLaughlin

Craig Patton

Guy Posey

Roderick Posey

Alene Richards

Jerome Saintjones

Adolph Scissum  

James Walke   


If you have not claimed your prize, please call Bonnie M. Banks at extension 4783 or visit the QEP office at 200 College of Business and Public Affairs. 



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Workshop Will Assist Graduate Researchers


The School of Graduate Studies will presenting a continuation of the "Formatting Tips for  the Thesis, Dissertation and Master's Report Candidate" on October 11, in the J.F. Drake Learning Resources Center auditorium from 1-2:30 p.m.  Students should bring their lap tops and to practice all tips presented at the previous workshop.



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Dean’s Speaker Series to Feature The Isabelle Brothers


The College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences (CETPS) Dean’s Speaker Series will be held Thursday, September 29, at 12:30 p.m. in Bond Hall Isabelle1.jpg
on the Alabama A&M University.  The event will feature The Isabelle Brothers, the creative team behind the film “The Last Disciples” and AAMU's 2016 Homecoming video.


The three brothers are native Huntsvillians and black college graduates who are making and impact in independent film making.  Jurian graduated from Alabama State University as a communications major in 2008; Jeremy
Isabelle2.jpggraduated from AAMU in 2016 as a forestry major; and David is a 2014 AAMU visual media, graphic design and telecommunications graduate.


“The Last Disciples,” their film debut, is currently making its way through film festival circuits. The Brothers' self-described trademark style of "ultra-realism" and conscious content is hard-hitting. Utilizing the influential medium of film making, The Isabelle Brothers aspire to provoke self-reflection and conversation in a time when verbal communication and understanding is diminishing.



NASA, AAMU Partner in Transfer of Technology


Graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in two entrepreneurship courses at Alabama A&M University are again this year partnering with the NASA ‘s Office of Technology Transfer to investigate and develop a proposal that will examine the potential alternative uses and  commercialization of NASA’s  employees inventions.


Robert E. Berry, Principal Investigator/AST, Aerospace Flight Systems of Marshall Flight Center, presented his invention,Fluid Structure Coupling: Controlling and Leveraging the Coupling of Fluids and Structures,” to the students at AAMU.  


Pictured above are some of the students (background) participating in this year’s program. Seated (l-r) are Dr. Larry McDaniel, Chair Department of Management, Marketing, and Logistics, Gwen Jasper Liaison, Technology Transfer University Technology Transfer Office, Robert E. Berry, Principal Investigator/AST, Aerospace Flight Systems of Marshall Flight Center, and Dr. Eric Kinnamon, assistant professor of entrepreneurship/strategic management. 




Male Alums Support Breast Cancer Awareness



Led by artist and AAMU alumnus Dwight Pope (front, center), a group of men from the Tennessee Valley are making the annual push for breast cancer awareness through their support of the Kimberly Fails Jones Foundation.  The group’s ongoing efforts are capsulized in a billboard scheduled for display in northwest Huntsville beginning October 1. 


Pope came up with the billboard design, while alumnus Richie Carter contributed the photography.




Annual Aging Initiative Oct. 13


The Virginia Caples Lifelong Learning Institute, established under the technical guidance of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES), presents the 15th Successful Aging Initiative (SAI) in Madison County on Thursday, October 13, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, located at 315 Winchester Road in Huntsville, Ala.


ColbertLouis.jpgThe 2016 theme is “The ABCs of Aging,” and Louis Colbert (left), vice president of operations at Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, the fourth largest area agency on aging in the nation, will be the guest speaker.  Workshops and general sessions will focus on legal, financial, health, social, and the emotional concerns of aging.


The Successful Aging Initiative is a free one-day event that is open to the public and designed to address issues impacting Alabama’s older adults. Participants obtain easy-to-understand information and resources that enable them to make informed decisions, to maintain independence, to play active roles in society, and to improve their quality of life. Older adults and family members, caregivers, and senior service providers are encouraged to attend.


A lunch will be provided in addition to free health screenings, door prizes, and other giveaways.  Visit to register by Friday, October 7.   No telephone registration will be accepted due to high attendance.


For general event information, contact Jackie Collier at (256) 372-4947 or Wendi Williams at (256) 372-4953.



AEA Election Results 


AAMU AEA members elected the following 2016-18 officers during a meeting on Monday, September 19.  The new slate of officers are: 


President:   Dr. Tyesha Farmer

Vice-President:  Mr. Lazarious Reeder

Secretary:    Mrs. Phyllis Campbell

Treasurer:   Ms. Sharon Steele


Membership cards for active members will be available for pickup Tuesday, September 27, and Thursday, September 29, in 313 Dawson Building between 12:30–1:30 p.m.   For an an alternate pick-up time, contact Phyllis Campbell at ext. 4200. 



Homecoming Door Decorating Rules

by Diann Greer

The Door Decorating Contest allows AAMU faculty and staff the opportunity to decorate their departmental doors based on the theme of Homecoming 2016—“Views from the Hill”—while also showcasing their artistic talent and school spirit.  The Door Decorating Contest is also a great way to get the faculty and staff excited for Homecoming Week!


Judging Criteria

(Participation 50 Points)

Bonus Points:

Use of Theme:                                  25 Points

Use of AAMU Spirit:                       25 Points

Creativity and Originality:             25 Points

Overall Appearance:                       75 Points

Total Points:                                      200 Points


- Rules for Decorating -


A.  Departments participating in this competition must decorate the main door of the department.  Only ONE door can be decorated to represent the entire department.


B.  Doors must be decorated to show AAMU spirit and incorporate the overall Homecoming theme.  Doors will be judged for use of Homecoming theme, AAMU spirit, overall appearance, creativity and originality. 


C.  Each participating department will receive 50 points for participation.  150 points is available at the discretion of the judges based on theme, AAMU Spirit, appearance and originality.  Any office could potentially receive 200 points.


D.  E-mail Diann Greer at by 5:00 p.m., Monday, October 3, to notify Mrs. Greer that your door is decorated.  Please be sure to include your building name, room number, floor and department name.


E.  The door competition results will be announced on Friday, October 7, 2016, at the Day Party. 





AAMU UNITED WAY TEAM:  AAMU is on its way toward another successful United Way fund drive through October 6, according to Dr. Delores Price, chair.  Last year, the team, led by Dr. Barbara A.P. Jones (retired), raised more than $17,000 for United Way.  The 2016 team includes (l-r) Tarsha Lockhart, Dawn Hewlett, Dr. Delores Price (chair), Ursula Brooks and Dr. Daniel Upchurch.


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