Thursday, October 23, 2014
CFCU Closes Friday
The Councill Federal Credit Union will be closed Friday, October 24. Clients are urged to plan visits and transactions accordingly. For additional information, call (256) 372-5705.
Birmingham Alumni Start “I Support A&M” Project
The thousands of spirited alumni of Alabama A&M University will have a magical way of showing their love and financial support for the school on October 25.
Birmingham area alumni are coordinating an “I Support A&M” initiative during the well-attended Magic City Classic football game that is aimed at raising sorely needed scholarship dollars for students on “The Hill.” Alumni volunteers will man up to three stations at Legion Field to accept donations for AAMU.
The Donation Stations will be available beginning at 9:30 a.m. and will close at 4:30 p.m., and donors will be encouraged to seek out a station near them at the game.
Birmingham Alumni Chapter President Jerome Morgan, Jr., says the initiative is a great opportunity for alumni to give back. “Even a small donation contributed by thousands of people could lead to a sizeable amount to fund scholarships,” he said.
For additional information, contact Jerome Morgan, Jr., president of the Birmingham Alumni Chapter at (205) 223-4451.
Engineering Dean’s Speaker Series Continues
The program director for science and technology for the Missile Defense Agency will be the guest speaker for the Engineering Dean’s Speaker Series on Thursday, October 30, at 12:30 p.m. in Arthur J. Bond Hall auditorium.
Dr. David Burns reports to the program executive for advanced technology and
leads a team that investigates directed energy technology for missile defense applications; sponsors missile defense related academic research; initiates development of potential breakthrough technologies through the Advanced Technology Innovation broad agency announcement; and leads the Agency's Small Business Innovation Research program.
Additionally, Dr. Burns oversees the modeling and simulations effort to determine potential impacts of new missile defense capabilities. He previously served as the founder and CEO of Dielectric Blue, Inc. He was also the Lead Engineer/Manager for Science Applications International Corporation on the Armed Robotic Vehicle-Heavy, an element of the Army's Future Combat System.
Dr. Burns holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering (MEMS and Optics) from the Air Force Institute of Technology, Ohio, 1998, and conducted graduate studies in Control Theory & Digital Signal Processing at Northeastern University, MA, 1988-9. He also earned an M.S. in electrical engineering (electromagnetics) from the University of Dayton, Ohio, 1985, and a B.S. in electrical engineering from the Air Force Academy, Colo., 1983.
The program will include a student presentation by Ariel Dowdy, AAMU senior
mechanical engineering technology (MET) major. Dowdy was selected as one of four in the nation to participate in the Advancing Minorities' Interest in Engineering (AMIE) Program in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. She spent the past summer in Wiesbaden, Germany, to take part in a 10-week internship. Dowdy will discuss the program's purpose, her experiences in Wiesbaden, extensive projects, and assignments during her presentation.
AAMU Veterans Day Program Soon
Alabama A&M University will hold its 9th Annual Veterans Day Program on Thursday, November 6, at 12:30 p.m. in the Clyde Foster Multipurpose Room of the College of Business and Public Affairs.
The 2014 theme is: “Those Who Wait Also Serve.” Dr. Marcus S. Cox, professor of history and associate dean of The Citadel Graduate College will be
the keynote speaker. Dr. Cox earned an undergraduate degree in marketing and a master’s degree in history from Southern University, along with a master’s degree in business administration from The Citadel School of Business Administration.
Dr. Cox received his doctorate degree in American history from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and a certificate of completion from the Harvard Graduate School of Education Management Development Program. He specializes in African American civil-military history and is the author of over a dozen articles and reviews on the history of black higher education and military training programs at black colleges and universities.
Cox also authored Segregated Soldiers: Military Training at Historically Black Colleges in the Jim Crow South. He joined The Citadel in 2001 and previously served College as Founding Director of the African American Studies Program and Assistant Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
The event is open to the public, and the entire AAMU Family is urged to attend to pay tribute to the nation’s veterans and military personnel. Refreshments will be served.
Military Appreciation Day Set
Saturday, November 8, has been designated by the Department of Athletics as Military Appreciation Day. The Alabama A&M University Bulldogs will be taking on Alcorn State University at 1 p.m. in Louis Crews Stadium.
AAMU will demonstrate its appreciation for the sacrifices made by service members, past and present. A wide array of special events has been planned in honor of service members—past and present.
The general admission to the football game is free to all active duty, retirees, veterans and immediate family members. The adults must simply present a military I.D. to game day cashiers to obtain a complimentary ticket. No I.D. is required for military dependents under age 10.
Professor Helps Design Nation’s First Course on High School Sports Officiating
AAMU sports management team member Nancy C. Price served as the collegiate representative on a committee to create a sports officiating course for Alabama High Schools.
The committee is headed by Mr. Greg Brewer, assistant director of the Alabama High School Athletic Association/director of officials, and Nancy Ray, Alabama State Department of Education, education specialist for curriculum-health and physical education. Price said the effort will become the first sports officiating course for the high school level in the U.S.
For more information, contact Price at email@example.com or call (256) 372-8910.
CDBE Director Joins CBC Roundtable
The Director of the Center for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises at Alabama A&M University participated in the Black Women’s Roundtable, part of the 6th
Annual Public Policy Forum Series of the 2014 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.
Dr. Teresa Merriweather-Orok joined a group of intergenerational women leaders who convened in Washington, D.C., to discuss the topics of health, education, economy, entrepreneurship, retirement security, labor, violence, criminal justice and politics.
AAMU Receives Rotaract Club Charter
Alabama A&M University celebrated the chartering of the state's first university-sponsored Rotaract Club during a reception held Thursday, October 16, in the Clyde Foster auditorium of the College of Business and Public Affairs.
President and Mrs. Andrew Hugine hosted a reception in honor of the Global Social Service Research Rotaract Club sponsored by the Madison Rotary. Dr. Valerie J. McDuffie serves as the Club's advisors, assisted by Drs. Gwendolyn Williams and Jitendra Kapoor. See PHOTOS
A&M Healthy Huntsville Walking Challenge - PHOTOS
DPS Announces Free Training Opportunity
The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (SaVE Act) was signed by President Obama in March 2013. The Campus SaVE Act applies to all
institutions of higher education that participate in financial aid programs under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965.
This act imposes expanded crime reporting obligations on colleges/universities and more significantly in the long run, it requires institutions to implement specific policies, procedures and training related to sexual violence and intimate partner violence. Compliance with the Campus SaVE Act will require effective campus-wide collaboration.
Campus constituents who need to know the SaVE Act’s requirements include students, faculty, campus law enforcement, athletics, student affairs, academic affairs, human resources, residence life, and counseling and health services staff. Therefore, the Department of Public Safety will host a series of training opportunities to help our campus better understand the SaVE Act requirements.
Please join us on Monday, November 3rd OR Tuesday, November 4th, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., when the Alabama Coalition Against Rape will present: “Responding to Sexual Assault Victims and the Campus SaVE Act Requirements”. The training will be held in the ARC Auditorium.
Please call Ext. 5555 to register for one of the sessions. Space is limited!
AAMU to Host the 17th Annual Nobel Laureate Lecture
The 2009 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry will speak at a public lecture at Alabama A&M University on Friday, November 14, at 3 p.m. in the Dawson Building Auditorium on the Alabama A&M University campus.
Professor Thomas A. Steitz received the 2009 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, along with Venkatraman Ramakrishnan and Ada E. Yonath, for research elucidating the structure and function of ribosome, a complex ensemble of numerous protein and RNA components key to the function of all life.
Dr. Steitz is the Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, a
Professor of Chemistry, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at Yale University. He received the 1980 Pfizer Award, 2001 Rosenstiel Award for distinguished work in basic medical research, 2001 AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize, 2002 Lawrence University Briggs Distinguished Achievement Award, Harvard University 2004 Westheimer Medal, 2006 Keio Medical Science Prize, 2007 Gairdner International Award, 2008 Palade Award, and is an AAAS fellow.
Dr. Steitz will lecture on “From the Structure and Function of the Ribosome to New Antibiotics.” The free public lecture will be followed by a public reception at 5 p.m. in the Clyde Foster Multi-Purpose Room of the College of Business and Public Affairs.
The Annual Putcha Venkateswarlu Memorial lecture was established in 1998 by Dr. Ravindra Lal in memory of Dr. Putcha Venkateswarlu, who was known at AAMU as the “Father of Experimental Optics Research.” Dr. Venkateswarlu passed away on August 8, 1997, following a sudden illness. Since 1998, the lecture series has featured 16 Nobel Laureate Prize Winners in physics or chemistry.
This year’s lecture is sponsored by Alabama A&M University; AAMU College of Agricultural, Life & Natural Sciences; AAMU Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics Department; American Chemical Society; CFDRC; HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology; International Fertilizer Development Corporation (IFDC); Mesa Associates, Inc.; NASA-Marshall Space Flight Center. More information on this and previous Nobel Laureate lectures can be found online at www.physics.aamu.edu/lecture.
Message for December Graduates
The FINAL Financial Aid exit counseling sessions will be held on October 30, 2014. These sessions are mandatory if you received any form of federal student loans during your college matriculation
If you are a Fall, 2014 candidate for graduate and have not completed exit counseling; you have one last opportunity to complete the process. The Multi Purpose Room # 129-A in the Learning Resources Center (LRC) has been reserved to accommodate you.
October 30, 2014
Multi Purpose Room #129-A
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Congratulations on obtaining your degree, but what’s next? You financed your education with student loans and the time to pay back that money is fast approaching. This exit counseling session will provide information relative to how to make the repayment process manageable. Please bring names, addresses and phone numbers of two personal references not living with you.
NOTE: Failure to complete the exit interview process will prevent you from receiving your degree and/or academic transcript.
Should you have questions please contact Mr. Alfred Williams in the The Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships @ 256-372-5400
The Men’s Room Holds Debut
The highly anticipated The Men’s Room held its debut via YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/themensroomhsv on September 30 at 7:00 CST. The concept was developed by Executive Producers Johnny Sledge and Charles Beason who wanted to touch real issues in the form of a talk show.
The show features various walks of life giving various perspectives on real life situations. The show deals with overall topics of race, religion, and relationships plus other hot topics within the world. The Men's Room airs twice a month and is 5-7 minutes long with seven male cast members.
There are four elements of The Men’s Room Brand:
o Talk Show
o Live Panel discussions
o Man on the Street (street interviews and at event locations)
o Cast Member Videos
The four elements of The Men’s Room will be compiled into a documentary slated to be released in 2015. For media kits, cast interviews, cast appearances, and more information please contact: Chris Robinson, PR Director, at (256) 520-2394 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Farmers and Ranchers Program Rescheduled
The New and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Program has been re-scheduled for November 19-21. The Small Farms Research Center regrets any inconvenience caused by the change. Please do not hesitate in contacting E’licia Chaverest for additional updates and the transferring/refunds of reservation fee at (256) 372-4958.
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AAMU Artist John "Jahni" Moore Takes on Colombia
Heat Stress Presentation (Courtesy CALNS)
Noted Percussionist Johnny Lee Lane Visits Band Members
Poetry Club Session
Healthy Huntsville Walking Challenge
Mayor's Citizen Academy
Southern Football Game
AAMU Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet
USDA-NIFA Official Visits
Returning Miss AAMUs
Retirement Banquet for Coach Andrew Lee
Alumni Friday Tailgate
St. Louis Alumni Chapter Visit
Critical Thinking Workshop
The Hill Project 2014
Miss AAMU Coronation
Computer Science Professor Will Attend NAE Symposium
An Alabama A&M University assistant professor of computer science has been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s sixth Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) symposium October 26-29 in Irvine, Calif.
Dr. Xiang “Susie” Zhao, who has studied computer science and engineering in China, Australia and the United States, joined AAMU’s faculty in 2007. Among her research interests are high performance computing, numerical modeling and simulation, algorithm design and analysis, scientific data visualization and others.
Zhao will be among 77 men and women that National Academy of Engineering considers “the nation's most innovative, young engineering educators.” Faculty members who are developing and implementing innovative educational approaches in a variety of engineering disciplines will come together for the three-day event, where they will share ideas, learn from research and best practices in education, and leave with a charter to bring about improvement in their home institutions. The attendees were nominated by NAE members or deans and chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants.
“The Frontiers of Engineering Education program brings together top university faculty to explore preparing engineers for the world’s great engineering challenges,” said NAE President Dan Mote. “It is a no-holds-barred look at the front-edge of engineering education."
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SFRC Funded to Assist Urban Gardeners
The Small Farms Research Center at Alabama A&M University has received funding from the Southern Risk Management Education Center (SRMEC) for a project focusing on "Business Planning and Marketing Education for Hard-to Reach Urban Gardeners, Inner-City Youth and Beginning Vegetable Growers."
SFRC staffers sat the one-year project "addresses the unique business planning and marketing education needs of urban community gardeners, inner city youth and beginning producers, who are transitioning or converting to vegetable production."
A business plan is critical to ensuring that producers have aligned their marketing, production, and financing capacities/strategies in ways that minimize risk. Thus, the project will provide targeted marketing educational and business planning training for inner-city youth, hard-to-reach urban gardeners, and socially disadvantaged and beginning producers converting/transitioning to vegetable production.
The training involving workshops, group meetings and one-on-one mentoring sessions, will be based on modules developed early in the project. The target audiences are individuals in and around four Alabama urban centers, including Huntsville, Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile.
For more information about this program and services, visit the Small Farms Research Center on-line at www.aamu.edu/smallfarmscenter or give us a call at (256) 372-4970 or 1(866) 372-4970.
Professor Commissioner of the Year
A long-time Alabama A&M University professor of education and Huntsville Housing Authority board member has been awarded a special honor by the
Alabama Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities.
During the organization’s recent annual conference, Dr. Phillip L. Redrick was named public housing commissioner of the year. He has served on the Huntsville Housing Authority's volunteer Board of Commissioners for 16 years, as well as in the capacity of chairman.
New Rehabilitative Counseling Faculty Added
AAMU’s rehabilitative counseling program has added two new faculty members.
Dr. Sharon M. Brown, CRC, a graduate of Wilberforce, Kent State and Ohio State, is an associate professor of rehabilitative counseling. She has served as a visual services coordinator and director and founder of the graduate rehabilitation counseling program and department chair for the social science department at Wilberforce University from 2001-2007.
As department chair, Brown obtained accreditation through the National Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) for the graduate program in Rehabilitation Counseling and the Higher Learning Commission. The department received three years of provisional status for accreditation. She also obtained authorization from the Higher Learning Commission North Central Accreditation in 2004.
Dr. Jetaun Bailey, LPC, serves as the clinical coordinator for AAMU’s rehabilitative counseling program. Bailey earned her doctorate in professional counseling and supervision from the University of West Georgia. She earned an Ed.S. and M.S. in general counseling from Alabama State University and a B.S. in marketing from Alabama A&M University. Dr. Bailey is also a licensed professional counselor (supervision status), certified school counselor and nationally certified counselor.
AAMU Student’s Experiences Make JET Column
At the recommendation of Admission’s Venita Clisby King, an AAMU student’s experiences on “The Hill” found their way into a digital column of Jet magazine.
Tara Crawford was a student contributor to the Jet column "Stomping The
Yard." Her article is shown on the following link: http://www.jetmag.com/life/the-yard/pray-way-success-college/ Crawford's section focuses on the importance of keeping a spiritual connection throughout the collegiate experience.
A University Echo and communications major from Sacramento, Calif., Crawford was also a student contributor to ESPN’s promotional efforts for the recent MEAC-SWAC Challenge in Orlando, Fla.
AAMU Students Try Drunk Driving Simulator
Upcoming Events from the Office of Admissions
· High School Counselor’s Luncheon, Magic City Classic, Birmingham, Alabama: B&A Warehouse, Wednesday, October 22, 2014
· Birmingham High Schools Recruitment Blitz featuring the University Ambassadors & Miss Alabama A&M University: Week of the Magic City Classic
· High School Senior Day: Saturday, November 15, 2014
· High School Counselor’s Luncheon, Huntsville/Madison County: November 2014 (Date to be determined)
· Presidential Community Outreach Bus Tour: February 2-6 , 2015
· Open House: March 2015
· Student Orientation And Registration ( June, July & August 2015)
Alumni Travel 2014 Football Season
Birmingham, Alabama Magic City Classic Bus Seat $40.00
Payment in full due October 11, 2014
Jackson, Mississippi AAMU vs Jackson State - Bus Seat and game ticket $125
Payment due by October 27, 2014
Pine Bluff, Arkansas AAMU vs Arkansas Pine Bluff Bus Seat Game Ticket $125.00
Payment Due by November 17, 2014
For more information, contact Pamela D. Thompson, (256) 851-9572, evening; (256) 536-2725, day; or e-mail email@example.com
AAMU Student Shares Panel with U.S. Education Secretary Duncan
Charlevester Wims, AAMU senior computer science student, listens to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as he stresses importance of STEM disciplines.
An Alabama A&M University student participated in a recent panel discussion with the United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in Huntsville, Ala.
Senior computer science major Charlesvester Wims of Thomaston, Ala., discussed the benefits and challenges of selecting a discipline related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Wims, who plans to further pursue software engineering, shared the panel with Grissom High School student Morgan Wagner and NASA mission specialist/educator Ricky Arnold.
In addition to encouraging visiting high school students to find the right balance after choosing STEM disciplines, Wims shared that he enjoyed his experiences in his high school's theatre program.
U.S. Secretary of Education Duncan visited Huntsville and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center as part of his "Partners in Progress" bus tour, which included stops in Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama. Following the panel, Dr. Russ Shilling, senior STEM education leader, U.S. Department of Education, met on the AAMU campus to participate in a roundtable discussion on STEM challenges, successes and opportunities. Annie P. Whatley, a 1972 AAMU alumna who serves as deputy director of the Office of Minority Economic Impact for the U.S. Department of Energy, also joined the discussion.
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Hugine Joins Presidents Panel at Tom Joyner family Reunion
Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr., ably represented Alabama A&M University and his higher education leadership colleagues as part of a panel of presidents. The panel was convened in Orlando, Fla., at the Gaylord Palms Resort by Tom Joyner Foundation Family Reunion weekend organizers.
Hugine joined a group that included Leroy Pernell, dean, Florida A&M University Law School; Dr. Elmira Mangum, president, Florida A&M University; and Eddie N. Moore, Jr., president, Norfolk State University. The four discussed accomplishments and issues confronting historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). PHOTOS
NOTICE: AAMU - Smoke-Free Campus
Alabama A&M University became a smoke free campus effective January 1, 2014. The announcement comes after the Board of Directors passed the Smoke Free Campus policy earlier this year.
The new policy seeks to preserve and improve the health, well-being, and safety of students, faculty, staff and campus visitors. As such, the policy prohibits smoking anywhere on University property and limits the use of smokeless tobacco products and electronic cigarettes on campus.
This policy applies to all students, faculty, staff, visitors, contractors, and sub-contractors while on property owned or leased by AAMU at all times. Failure to comply with this policy will be dealt with according to established disciplinary procedures for violation of policy as contained in any employee handbook or student code of conduct.
For additional information about the AAMU policy, please see ATTACHED.
- Department of Public Safety
CETL Announces Fall Workshops
CETL has planned a semester full of Professional Development workshops for faculty and staff. Please see below the schedule for Fall 2014 events and feel free to register early for the workshops you would like to attend. Click on the date or the Workshop and get the Overview and the option to register for that particular workshop. An announcement will come out at the beginning of each month as a reminder of the workshops for that month for you to register at that time as well.
- Upcoming Events -
· October 29, 2014: Exceptional Customer Service: A Training for Student Employees
HPD Opens Precinct
The Huntsville Police Department recently held an open house to introduce the Northwest Huntsville community to its new area precinct located adjacent to AAMU athletic facilities and the existing northwest fire station. STORY
AAMU Alum’s Call to Millennials Featured on AL.com
In the wake of the recent death in Ferguson, Mo., AAMU alumnus and author Afu Okosun issues a call to young black men and women. Read the AL.com guest editorial HERE.
Study Abroad Information Sessions Announced
· Wednesday, October 15 @ Noon – Ralph Lee Student Center, Room G18
· Wednesday, October 22 @ 4 p.m. – Ralph Lee Student Center, Room G18
AAMU Alum Joins Dr. Oz’s HealthCorps®
HealthCorps®, an in-school wellness movement founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife Lisa Oz, is proud to announce that Terrika R. Kelley has been selected as a HealthCorps coordinator.
Kelley joined the peer-mentoring program, which is in 60 high schools in 13 states and the District of Columbia, in June. The AAMU alum will participate in health classes and take on innovative in-class and after-school projects, such as the popular Teen Battle Chef culinary arts program.
“I am very excited for this opportunity to work with the students of Ginn Academy,” says Kelley. “Ginn Academy is a fantastic partner, and I look forward to taking the HealthCorps® message to the students and the community.”
HealthCorps President Michelle Bouchard stated, “We are so proud to have Terrika join our team. She is sure to bring a new level of passion and innovation to her assignment.”
A&M New Fall Courses Stressing Renewable Energy
The many pluses of renewable energy have been long touted by scientists, government officials and environmentalists for many years. This fall, however, educators at Alabama A&M University will join the chorus again when they offer a slate of courses on alternative energy.
“Renewable energy is an alternate source of clean energy that can save the environment by reducing pollution,” explains Dr. Showkat Chowdhury, the principal investigator (PI) of a nearly $300,000 National Science Foundation grant
designed to put in place a foundation upon which renewable energy courses can be built and sustained.
And, teaching and creating needed advocates for renewable energy could ultimately alleviate American dependence on foreign fossil fuel, says Chowdhury, adding that renewable energy is “an emerging field in which private organizations and government agencies, such as the Department of Energy, NASA, and the U.S. Army, are already investing billions.”
In step with this trend, Chowdhury adds, is a “huge demand for engineers and technologists with experience in the cutting edge field of renewable energy, especially solar and wind energy.”
In addition to launching new courses focusing on renewable energy, the NSF support helps to facilitate hands-on lab experience and undergraduate research. The professor will receive able assistance from co-PIs Tamara Chowdhury and Wing Chan in the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences.
Over $90,000 in new equipment has arrived to offer students hands-on lab experience and to support research in solar and wind energy to complement an expanded AAMU engineering course curriculum with undergraduate and graduate courses on renewable energy.
ME441/ME541 – Renewably Energy course will be offered in Fall 2014 for undergraduate and graduate students in Mechanical, Electrical & Civil Engineering, as well as for Technology students. A spring 2015 course will hone in on solar engineering. Moreover, some 15 undergraduate engineering students engaged in renewable energy research during the 2014-16 academic years will receive a stipend of $1,500.
For additional information about the fall/spring renewable energy courses and/or NSF grant, contact Dr. Showkat Chowdhury, Mechanical Engineering Department, at (256) 372-8401.
Beginning Farmers, Ranchers Workshop Scheduled
The Small Farms Research Center at Alabama A&M University will host its New and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Workshop on the campus November 19-21, 2014. The focus will be the 2014 Farm Bill, sustainable agriculture, production, marketing, business development and financial management. Registration is now underway.
The project, Farm Incubator Training Program and Web-Based Resource Center for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers, was a three-year project funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) in 2012. The Small Farms Research Center received $675,491 to develop the New and Beginning Farmer and Ranchers Program at Alabama A&M University to improve opportunities for new and beginning farmers to establish and sustain viable agricultural operations in Alabama through the development and enhancement of innovative educational programs, services, and social networks.
The project aims to deliver outreach and technical assistance, so that beginning farmers and ranchers can successfully acquire, own, operate, and retain sustainable farming and ranching enterprises.
The program also contains four farm incubators strategically located throughout the state of Alabama. The incubators were developed and equipped to provide training, which includes hands-on experience, mentorship, and an apprenticeship for organic production, including sustainable agriculture, and small ruminant/ livestock production (goats, sheep, and rabbit).
The incubators include Tune’s Farm (Falkville, AL), Rosita’s Farm (Hartselle, AL), the A+ Marketing and Tri-State Rabbit Growers Association (Muscle Shoals, AL), as well as the Federation of Southern Cooperative (Epes, AL). Through this project, AAMU Small Farms Research Center and its partners will train farmers and deliver agricultural information, enhance and increase farm knowledge, skills and abilities that will enable beginning farmers and ranchers to participate in USDA agricultural programs, services and benefits.
For more information about this program and services, visit the Small Farms Research Center on-line at www.aamu.edu/smallfarmscenter or give us a call at (256) 372-4970 or 1(866) 372-4970.
Professor, Colleague Earn Best Paper Honor in Australia
An Alabama A&M University agriculture professor and his colleague were awarded the best paper distinction at the International Institute of Fisheries, Economics and Trade (IIFET) Conference held recently in Brisbane, Australia.
Dr. James O. Bukenya, professor of agriculture and resource economics, and his co-author Maurice Ssebisubi received the AquaFish Best Paper Award for their
presentation within the track on Economics of Sustainable Aquaculture Development.
According to Bukenya, the paper--"Price Interactions Between Farm-Raised and Wild-Harvested African Catfish in Uganda"--applies threshold autoregressive approaches to test for price asymmetry and the existence of long-run relationships.
"It's always an honor to have one's research recognized by peers at the international level," commented Dr. Bukenya. "It also acknowledges our continued involvement in international food and agricultural development research at AAMU."
Bukenya is no stranger to such honors. The award in Australia joins three earlier honors for presentations awarded by the Southern Rural Sociological Association (2012); the Southern Agricultural Economics Association (2nd place, 2009); and the Alabama Academy of Science (E.B. Carmichael Award for Outstanding Journal Article, 2007).
Bukenya's international research program is funded by the USAID AquaFish Innovation Lab and USDA Foreign Agricultural Services. Since joining the AAMU faculty, the professor has published more than 50 journal articles, including two book chapters.
Caption: Bukenya (left) receives award from IIFET Executive Director Ann L. Shriver.
Physicist, Educator Publishes Important Work in Proceedings
A scholarly work by AAMU physicist, educator and former administrator Matthew E. Edwards has been included in the recent publication of the Proceedings of the 18th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics.Dr. Edwards offers what he terms “The Complement” to his earlier piece, “Recognizing the Need for Rich Contextualization in the Classroom and Applying It with Modified Bloom’s Cognitive Domain Taxonomy for Successful Teaching of Physics 106 (Physics II – Electricity, Magnetism and Light).”
In “The Complement,” Edwards (1) advances the use of proper testing while downplaying multiple-choice questions; (2) expresses the need for participating students to attend class with an open mind; and (3) explains the importance of implementing mutual respect between the instructor and students.
Dr. Edwards earned his doctorate from Howard University in 1977 and was a professor of physics at Spelman College prior to joining the physics team at AAMU as a professor. He has taught a number of research-oriented courses, such as quantum optics, electro-optics, quantum mechanics, methods of mathematical physics and solid state physics.
A&M Engineering School Awards Full Scholarships
AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr. (left) joins University and Alabama Power officials in congratulating freshman scholarship recipients in the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences.
Thanks to generous support from the Department of Energy and Alabama Power, Alabama A&M University's College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences (CETPS) awarded full scholarship packages recently to 12 high-performing freshmen. The awards were distributed as part of the college's STEM Star Scholars Presentation in Arthur J. Bond Hall.
The new STEM Star Scholars received packages that will include full tuition, room, board, fees, and a $1,000 book stipend each year for four (4) years. The STEM Star Scholarship program aims to support the growth of the College, as well as to prepare the scholars for leadership roles in STEM-related fields.
CETPS' STEM Star Scholars initiative provides full educational support to high-performing first-time and continuing freshmen entering into one of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) academic majors that the college offers. The scholars must maintain a 3.15 GPA and complete 30 hours each year in addition to having opportunities for summer industry and academic internships, early entry into participating graduate degree programs, mentoring/tutoring, professional development and leadership training, potential induction into the Honors program, as well as undergraduate research opportunities.
The 2014 STEM Scholars are: Kwandjhia Hamilton, civil engineering (Tuscaloosa, Ala.); James Houston Kirby, chemistry (Madison, Ala.); Kyana Imani McKay, chemistry (Madison, Ala.); Christina Rachelle Morris, computer science (Montevallo, Ala.); Derrius Deshanti Plair, mechanical engineering (O’Fallon, Mo.); Robert Earl Norwood, Jr., electrical engineering (Thomaston, Ala.); Jameria Tierra Slaughter, mechanical engineering (Birmingham, Ala.); Darrien M. Barron, computer science (Tuscaloosa, Ala.); Charles Baker, mechanical engineering (Phenix City, Ala.); Amira Hyder, mechanical engineering (Huntsville, Ala.); Michael Land, mechanical engineering (Millry, Ala.); and Quinton Land, mechanical engineering (Millry, Ala.).
AAMU Scientists Using Standoff Laser Technique to Detect Food Contamination
A group of Alabama A&M University researchers have been awarded a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant to conduct research on novel ways to detect food contamination. MORE
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Children’s Book Highlights “The Classic”
An accomplished attorney who has been long fascinated with the appeal and energy of the annual Magic City Classic has now channeled here excitement into a children’s book.
In Magic City Classic Game Day Rules, Sherri Graves Smith invites four- through six-year-olds on a fun-filled adventure, guided by none other than Bulldog and Hornet. All during the eventful game day, the children experience the pageantry of the yearly Magic City Classic parade, the unbelievable tailgating that seems to extend for miles, as well as attend the exciting football game between Alabama A&M University and Alabama State University.
But the gridiron contest between the two schools isn’t the only highlight. Bulldog and Hornet also teach worthwhile lessons in manners, civility, and good sportsmanship, along with some child safety tips, as well. Of course, the Magic City Classic comes with a healthy dessert in the form of the Battle of the Bands!
The Magic City Classic piece is the author’s first extension of her “Game Day Rules” series into the realm of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The series introduces children to good sportsmanship and manners in
a game day format. Moreover, Smith has a series of alphabet and counting books that use college mascots. All books are licensed by college or professional teams. The current list of titles can be found at www.gamedayrules.com.
Prior to becoming an author of children’s books, Smith was part of The Coca-Cola Company’s Legal Division as an attorney in November 2000. After taking an assignment as Assistant Division Counsel for Coca-Cola Ltd. in Toronto, Canada, Smith was being considered for a three-year position in Vienna, Austria. However, her career came to an abrupt halt after a routine visit to the doctor revealed that she had cancer. In November 2007, at the age of 36, she was diagnosed with colorectal cancer and immediately began an aggressive course of treatments that included chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.
In 2010, Smith’s former manager at The Coca-Cola Company suggested reading to his children at their school as a way of being able to work with children. She
began reading to children again, and it motivated her to become an author. Today, Smith has more than 40 titles licensed by professional and college sports teams that teach good sportsmanship.
In addition to writing, the University of Alabama graduate participates in philanthropic work. She noticed that many of the cancer patients were facing dire financial straits as a result of undergoing treatments. Problems ranged from filing for bankruptcy to skipping treatments due to the inability to pay for gas and parking. Working with the Legal Department of The Coca-Cola Company, she has helped raise over $400,000 for the Atlanta Cancer Care Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3) organization that helps cancer patients in the Atlanta metropolitan area who are in need of financial assistance.
In March 2014, Smith was honored as the first winner of the Tuscumbia Education Foundation Hall of Fame. This award is for graduates of the Tuscumbia, Ala., school system who have exemplified excellence in their careers and in the community.
Photography from Past AAMU Events
Looking for photos of past events and activities at Alabama A&M University? If so, then simply check out the PHOTO ARCHIVES located on the webpage of the Office of Marketing and Public Relations. There you will find a range of digital photos of events dating back several years. - Shirley Alexander