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Friday, September 19, 2014



Vote for the Marching Maroon and White in HBOB


The voting process has begun for the 2015 Honda Battle  of the Bands, and we definitely know what group is “The Best Band in the Land.”   So, it’s time to get your vote on.  Check out the link  Voting runs through October 15.


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AAMU Graduate School Recruitment Calendar




Tougaloo College



Livingstone College



Chowan College



Univ. of Tenn at Chattanooga



Bennett College



  Martin Methodist



Philander Smith College



Univ. Arkansas At Pine Bluff



Grambling State University



Alabama State University



Al. Connection (Oakwood University)



Al. Connection (Stillman College)



Al. Connection (Birminghan Southern)



Al Connection (Auburn University)



Al. Connection (Faulkner University)



Morehead State University



Edward Waters



Bethune Cookman



Fisk University



Tennessee State University


7th or 10th

American  Baptist College



SC. Tour (Benedict College)



SC. Tour (South Carolina State Univeristy)



SC. Tour (Voorhees College)



SC. Tour (Claflin University)



Fort Valley State Univeristy



Athens State University



Tuskegee University



Columbia College or Paine College



University of Alabama at Birmingham



Middle Tennessee State University



Dillard University



Jarvis Christian



Texas College



Winston-Salem State University



Elizabeth City State University



Bennett College



Wiley College



Engineering Dean’s Speaker Series September 25


The Engineering Dean’s Speaker Series will be held Thursday, September 25, in A.J. Bond Hall at 12:30 p.m.  The event will feature Jeff Crume, an IBM Distinguished Engineer and IT security architect with over three decades in the IT industry.  Crume will address the topic, “Social Media Threats.”


He is the author of the book "Inside Internet Security: What Hackers Don't Want You To Know,” and he is a contributing author to the "Information Security Management Handbook."   Crume has written articles on cryptography, cloud computing security, virtual private networking and identity management.  He serves on the NC State University Computer Science Strategic Advisory Board, the "Information Management & Computer Security" research journal editorial board and has worked with clients in 40 countries across six continents. 




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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 Redrick.jpg
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.



Designer Alum Returning to “The Hill”


A 2009 Alabama A&M University apparel merchandising and design graduate will hold a Homecoming meet and greet for students Friday, October 3, in the Bertha Jones Conference Room in the Carver Complex.


Two years prior to graduating from AAMU’s Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS), Nicole Houston launched her own line, Nicci Hou Collection. Nicci Hou is a luxury brand geared towards the elite woman, with a mixture of feminism, romanticism and modernity.


According to FCS sources, each collection allows Houston to showcase her interpretation of fashion art. Contact the FCS office for more information at (256) 372-5419.


Funeral Services


The Alabama A&M University Family mourns the death of Mr. Wallace E. Glenn, Sr., father of Dr. Chance Glenn, dean of the AAMU College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences.  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 19, at Perry Funeral Home, 34 Mercer Street, Newark, NJ  07103, (973) 824-9201.



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. 


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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. 


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Yard."  Her article is shown on the following link:   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.



Graduate Assistants Workshop Set


On September 23, 2014, at 11:00 am in the ARC, the Office of Graduate Studies will host a Graduate Assistants Workshop.  The workshop is mandatory for all graduate students who currently hold a graduate assistantship.  The purpose of meeting is to review current policy as well as recent changes adopted by the Graduate School and Graduate Council in regards to graduate assistantships.


The Graduate School will also host a workshop for the supervisors of graduate assistants on    September 30, 2014 at 11:00 am in the ARC. As with the graduate assistants workshop this session is mandatory for all supervisors.  The purpose of the meeting is to review current policy and to go over the essential repository forms.



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Commissioner W. Clyde Marsh to Address Alabama Veterans Reunion


Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports (TTS) has announced that Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner W. Clyde Marsh, a United States Navy Rear Admiral, will be the featured speaker for the Military Ball at the upcoming Alabama All Veterans and Family Reunion. The Military Ball is one of the many events that will take place during the Reunion. The Ball will be held on Saturday, September 27, at 6 p.m. in the Tuscaloosa River Market.  The Reunion will consist of a series of events that will take place the weekend of September 26th-28th across Tuscaloosa, Ala.  


A native of Wedowee, Ala., Marsh is serving his third term as Commissioner and Director of the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs (ADVA). During his tenure, he implemented a statewide veteran claims management system, reorganized the ADVA’s leadership structure, coordinated the creation of a $50 million state veterans home and led the construction of the first state-operated veterans’ cemetery.


Prior to his position as Commissioner, Marsh graduated from Alabama A&M University and received a commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. He served in the Navy for three decades, while earning a Master of Science from Troy University and degree from the Armed Forces Staff College. Marsh served in many leadership roles during his active duty including being the Special Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon and Commanding Officer USS Sumter and USS Cleveland. In 2003, he received the Department of the Navy Nathaniel Stinson Leadership and Equal Opportunity Award, being the first Navy Admiral to do so. He also completed the Black Sea Regional Security Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Executive Business Course at the University of North Carolina.


For more information, contact Brandt Garrison, Manager for Communications and Public Relations for the TTSC, at 205.391.9200 or 



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                                      


September 27

Itta Benna, Mississippi   AAMU vs Mississippi Valley State University

Bus Seat and game ticket $100.00

Payment due by September 22, 2014


October 25

Birmingham, Alabama Magic City Classic Bus Seat $40.00

Payment in full due October 11, 2014


November 1                                      

Jackson, Mississippi   AAMU vs Jackson State - Bus Seat and game ticket $125 

Payment due by October 27, 2014


November 22

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



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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Make Believe Match:  Now Minnie's nonchalant attitude lately finally makes sense.  Mickey Mouse catches a clandestine kiss between Dr. Bennie McMorris, AAMU interim vice president for student affairs, and Minnie Mouse in Orlando.



Deltas Holding Alumni Step Show


Huntsville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., will sponsor an Alumni Step Show on Saturday, September 20, at 7 p.m. at the T.M. Elmore Building on the campus of Alabama A&M University.  


Tickets are $25 each.  Graduate sorority and fraternity step teams from Alabama and Tennessee will participate.   Proceeds from the step show will benefit community programs, including Harris Home, Habitat for Humanity, and scholarships to AAMU, University Alabama in Huntsville, Calhoun Community College and J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College. 


For ticket information contact Tonita Phipps at (256) 656-1930 or Kamela Tatum at (256) 541-7029.




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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

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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.


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Homecoming Parade Registration Begins


Registration for the 2014 Homecoming Parade is available on the AAMU website. Organizations interested in participating in the parade can register online. The parade is scheduled for Saturday, Oct 4, 2014, downtown Huntsville. Line-up for the parade begins at 7am, and the parade itself starts at 9am. Line-up location for the parade is on the corner of Woodson and Clinton Ave in Lot K. Organizations that would like to participate can register online at -- click on Homecoming Parade, read the parade guidelines, fill out the application, and send it to or fax it to 256-372-5637. The deadline for registration is Wednesday, 1 October, 2014.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Activities at 256-372-5615.



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. 


Workshops for the Month of September


September 22, & 29, 2014

Time:   9 am (20 minutes)

Workshop Title:  Monday Morning Mentor (View on your Own)



September 23, 2014

Time: 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm

Workshop Title: Exceptional Customer Service: A Training for Student Employees

(Please forward this to your student workers/graduate assistants for them to register)


· To learn the positive side of serving the public

· To learn quick tools to use for conflict management

· To learn appropriate on-the-job behavior

Who should attend?

· Undergraduate workers

· Graduate Assistants



September 25, 2014

Time: 10am-12pm or 12:30pm-2:30pm

Workshop Title: Preventing Faculty/Staff Burn out: Helping Employees Recognize and Minimize Stress


·To develop an understanding of the signs and symptoms of stress and burnout and learn ways to better cope and manage these problems

·To understand the components of positive psychology and learn to apply these to their daily work

·To review how supervisors can address staff burnout and stress reactions as they happen


Who should attend?

· Administrators

· Faculty (full-time and part-time)

· Staff



September 30, 2014

Time: 10am-12pm or 12:30pm-2:30pm

Workshop Title: What Faculty Members Need to Know


· To gain a clearer understanding of the academic culture and their place in it

· To learn how to adapt to the specific culture and environment in which they now find themselves

· To learn what is expected of them both in and out of the classroom

· To acquire useful knowledge and strategies that will improve their teaching and classroom management skills

Who should attend?

· New Faculty (full and part-time)

· Faculty (Full and Part-time)

· Department Chairs

· Administrators


- Upcoming Events -




· October 2, 2014: Capture Creativity: Developing & Teaching New Skills for Today's Students

· October 8 & 22, 2014: Google Workshops  

· October 15, 2014: Where Does My Job End and My Life Begin? (Webinar)

· October 29, 2014: Exceptional Customer Service: A Training for Student Employees


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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


Disbursement vs. Refund!


A common misconception among students is the difference between the disbursement of funds to a student’s account and refunding of funds back to the student. 


The first disbursement date for the Fall 2014 Semester was August 22, 2014

Disbursement as defined by the U. S. Department of Education is the authorization of funds to be crediting to a student’s account.  Financial aid payments are typically applied to students’ accounts after the close of the add/drop period. If a student's account balance is a credit, i.e. the funding is more than the account charges; it is the policy of the University to refund the credit to the student in a timely manner. Credit balances are refunded to the student only after a careful review of the student's account and eligibility for the aid that is applied. If a credit balance refund is due the student, the refund is made to the student within 14 days of the date the credit balance occurs, as required by U. S. Department of Education regulations.


New federal regulations require that the student’s attendance must be properly verified by their instructor(s) before any federal funds can be disbursed to their account.


The U. S. Department of Education mandates that there be a clear and concise separation of duties between the Financial Aid Office and the Business Office.


**Please keep in mind that the authorization to disburse (credit) funds to a student’s account is done through the Office of Student Financial Aid. – BUT—the actual crediting of funds to the student’s account and the requisite refund processing is done through the Business office.  



AAMU Alum’s Call to Millennials Featured on

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 guest editorial HERE 

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Study Abroad Information Sessions Announced


· Tuesday, September 23 @ 2 p.m. – Ralph Lee Student Center, Room G18

· Monday, October 6 @ 6 p.m. – Ralph Lee Student Center, Room G18

· 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.”



Alum Urges Participation in “Call for Innovation”


AAMU alum Ryan Shelby co-manages USAID's  Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development (PAEGC) program, which just released its July/August newsletter.   Of note, PAEGC will be conducting a 2nd Call for Innovation in October 2014.  AAMU is urged to submit proposals for innovations within the energy/agriculture nexus.


For some more background, PAEGC was started in 2012, and it is a joint partnership among the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Sweden, the Government of Germany, Duke Energy Corporation, and the United States Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).


PAEGC seeks to identify and support new and sustainable approaches to accelerate the development and deployment of clean energy solutions for increasing agriculture productivity and/or value in developing countries.


For additional information, contact Dr. Shelby at or (202) 216-3469.



QEP Critical Thinking Workshop


On October 1-2, 2014, Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University will host a QEP Critical Thinking Workshop. In this workshop, Dr. Gerald Nosich, a noted authority on critical thinking, will present “The Foundations of Critical Thinking: Placing Critical Thinking at the Core of Curriculum.”


This workshop is open to all Alabama A&M employees (including adjuncts) who have an interest in learning more about critical thinking and for faculty who are seeking ways to incorporate it into teaching course content.  If you have been identified as CT faculty in your department and involved with the QEP, you must register for this training.  For more information, please call the QEP office at extension 4783.  We look forward to seeing you on October 1-2, 2014!


Register for the workshop by going to the web page link below:

QEP Critical Thinking Workshop:


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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 Chowdhury.jpg
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.




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 Beukenya.JPG
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.MatthewEdwards1[1].JPGDr. 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 Alumnus Among White House and USDA “Champions of Change”


An Alabama A&M University alumnus and noted farmer joined 15 “Champions of Change” recognized by the White House and the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently.


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a trendsetter during a program recognizing leaders from throughout the U.S. who are making significant positive impacts on the next generation of farming and ranching


Bridgeforth is a fourth-generation farmer in Tanner, Ala., whose Darden Bridgeforth & Sons operation grows cotton, corn, wheat, soybeans, and canola using a variety of cutting-edge agronomic techniques and land conservation practices.   As Chairman of the National Black Growers Council, Bridgeforth advocates on behalf of Black farmers in the United States and abroad.


The program featured USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden, who discussed efforts to ensure that beginning farmers and the growing ranks of agriculture—women, young people, immigrants, socially disadvantaged producers, returning veterans and retirees—have access to the programs and support they need. The event included a discussion about how to continue growing and supporting the next generation of America’s farmers and ranchers.


The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals, businesses, and organizations doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.   


To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program and nominate a Champion, visit For more information on opportunities to support new and beginning farmers, visit



Professor Receives AAFCS Distinguished Service Award


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AAFCS 2013-14 President Peggy Wild, CFCS (left) and AAFCS 2014-15 President-Elect Beverly Card, CFCS (right), present Dr. Cynthia Smith with the AAFCS Distinguished Service Award during the AAFCS 105th Annual Conference in St. Louis, Mo.

A revered Alabama A&M University professor has received a national award from the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) during its 105th Annual Conference & Expo in St. Louis, Mo., recently.


Dr. Cynthia Smith, chair of AAMU’s Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, received the organization’s coveted Distinguished Service Award for her “extraordinary, dedicated, and steadfast engagement” with AAFCS and other professional organizations on national, regional, and local levels throughout her career.

Smith was also cited for “significant accomplishments in higher education resident instruction span the range of curriculum development, teaching innovations, publications, and mentoring.”

“To make any kind of impact globally and to sustain it, we must embrace and mentor our students and young professionals to boldly carry out our mission whether in the community, state, national, or international arena, commented Dr. Smith.  “Our students and young people are indeed our future.”


Based in the Washington, D.C., area, AAFCS serves family and consumer sciences students and professionals across multiple practice settings and content areas. For more than 100 years, AAFCS has focused its mission on providing leadership and support for professionals whose work assists individuals, families, and communities in making more informed decisions about their well-being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life. 



AAMU Athletics Director Appointed to NCAA Council


Alabama A&M University Athletics Director Bryan Hicks has joined the NCAA Division I Leadership Council as the Southwestern Athletic Conference representative. 

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Council supports the NCAA Board of Directors in identifying issues critical to the future of the NCAA, and shapes the legislative agenda for the coming year.

The group also oversees a number of other NCAA committees, including the Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee, the Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct Committee, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, the Committee on Women's Athletics and all NCAA cabinets.

Hicks is entering his third year at the helm of the AAMU Athletics program. During his first two years, he has overseen key capital improvements in campus athletic facilities, and student-athlete graduation rates and Academic Progress Rates (APR) have steadily improved.  This past spring, the first conference championship of his tenure was brought home to "The Hill", as the Lady Bulldog bowling team captured the 2014 Southwestern Athletic Conference.  



AAMU Scientists Using Standoff Laser Technique to Detect Food Contamination 


AnupSharma2.JPGA 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


Three Massey Brothers, Students Return Home from Afghanistan


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The Massey Brothers include Eddie, Everett and Exavier



AAMU Signs Agreement with University of Curacao






Chemistry Professor Named ACE Fellow


The American Council on Education (ACE) recently announced that the coordinator and associate professor of chemistry at Alabama A&M University has been named an ACE Fellow for academic year 2014-15.


The ACE Fellows Program, established in 1965, is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and Gilmore2.JPG
preparing emerging leaders, such as Dr. Malinda Wilson Gilmore and others, for senior positions in college and university administration. Gilmore will join 31 Fellows, each nominated by the senior administration of their respective institutions, and selected following a rigorous application process.


Some Fellows have advanced into major positions in academic administration. Nearly 2,000 higher education leaders have participated in the ACE Fellows Program since its inception, with more than 300 Fellows having served as chief executive officers of colleges or universities and more than 1,300 having served as provosts, vice presidents and deans.


“For nearly 50 years, the ACE Fellows Program has transformed lives and grown future leaders,” said Joan Wodiska, ACE vice president and chief leadership officer. “The ACE Fellows Program is unique. The program immerses Fellows in learning experiences to gain insight and understanding into the changing environment of higher education.”


Gilmore earned her B.S. in chemistry from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas, and obtained her Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis in agricultural and environmental chemistry. She completed her postdoctoral experience at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the area of environmental health sciences.  Just recently, Dr. Gilmore earned tenure and was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of chemistry. 


Additionally, Gilmore works to enhance the academic and research skills of students from disadvantaged backgrounds so they can thrive in STEM programs and, ultimately, STEM careers. Toward that end, she serves as the campus advisor for the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) and also the American Chemical Society.


As Co-Principal Investigator, she has been a part of several successful grant proposals to the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Science and Engineering Alliance, the United States Department of Agriculture and Title III. She has been honored in the AAMU’s Research Magazine as a “Rising Star”, and by the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences as the “Most Effective Young Faculty.” In 2013, she received the “Faculty of the Year Award for Service” by the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Science.


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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 MCCBook.jpg
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


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 SmithSherriGraves.jpg
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


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