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Monday, August 29, 2016


 Football Kickoff Luncheon Monday

It is football season at Alabama A&M University, and Bulldog Fans are very excited.  The annual Football Kickoff Luncheon will be held Monday, August 29, 11 a.m. in the Ernest L Knight Reception Center.

The success of this event is credited largely to sponsors, who lend their names and financial support to the event. The money raised each year goes to support AAMU Athletics, says Dr. Larry McDaniel, athletics faculty representative.  By participating as a sponsor, your organization will benefit from extended exposure through media campaigns and promotional efforts directed toward the supporters of AAMU.


UPDATE:  This Week in Bulldog Athletics

                                                                        by Bud McLaughlin


      Here's a lineup of what's going on with Alabama A&M athletics this week with "Hill Happenings":

      The annual coach's kickoff luncheon is at 11 a.m. today at the Knight Center. Coach James Spady and his staff will be on hand to give a preview of the season.

      "Bulldog Talk" returns to WJAB-FM 90.9 from 6-7 p.m. tonight with Coach James Spady, Ted Dixie and Michael Burns. Broadcast from Dreamland Bar-B-Que on University Drive every Monday.

      The volleyball team visits Lafayette, La., for the UL Tournament Friday and Saturday.

      The soccer team travels to Atlanta on Friday to take on Georgia State.

      The cross country team steps off Friday for the Strut's Season Opener in Oxford, Ala., hosted by Jacksonville State.

      The football team kicks off its season Saturday at Middle Tennessee State. Kickoff is 6 p.m.The football team kicks off its season Saturday at Middle Tennessee State. Kickoff is 6 p.m.


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FAN DAY:  Louis Crews Stadium bustled with excitement as Bulldog fans visited their favorite sports team, and players competed for crowd attention with food, games, music and more.  Above, the softball team strikes a pose.   PHOTOS




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AAMU Introduces New Campus Convenience Store

P.O.D. Offers Provisions on Demand in Modern Market Style


Alabama A&M University Dining Services /Aramark is pleased to introduce a new campus convenience store concept, Provisions on Demand (P.O.D) Market, to meet the demand of students looking for fresh and convenient grab ‘n go dining options.


The P.O.D. combines the corner store with the style of a modern market, featuring grab ‘n go dining options for any time of day, including: salads, fresh produce, bakery selections and traditional essentials found in a convenience store. 


“Our research found that students were looking for everyday essentials in one convenient location on campus,” said Felicia Wilson, Food Service Director, Alabama A&M University Dining Services.  “Our goal was to develop a highly-customized solution that delivers quality, convenience, variety and value.” 


The P.O.D is located in the Ernest L. Knight West Campus Living Learning Complex across from Subway Cafe. The grand opening for the location will be held August 29 from 11a.m to 1 p.m.


For more information about Provisions on Demand or the Grand Opening celebration, contact Dining Services marketing department at 205.348.5698.

by LaShana Sorrell, Aramark


GROWING INTEREST:  Members of the National Black Growers Council
(NBGC), headed by AAMU alumnus Billy Bridgeforth of Tanner, Ala., convened at Winfred Thomas Agricultural Research Station in Hazel Green, Ala.  The farmers were presented information on new farming equipment and techniques before visiting the Bridgeforth farm.  PHOTOS



AAMU Physicist Co-Authors Book


An Alabama A&M University senior research professor in the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences has co-authored a 400-page publication that will serve as a useful guide to scientists and engineers.

Johnson.jpgDr. R. Barry Johnson co-authored “Blackbody Radiation: A History of Thermal Radiation Computational Aids and Numerical Methods,” recently published by CRC Press (Taylor and Francis) as part of a series on “Optical Sciences and Applications of Light.”  He co-authored the work with Dr. Sean M. Stewart, an Australian professor of engineering mathematics at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan.

In 1900, German theoretical physicist Max Planck formulated a correct mathematical description of blackbody radiation.  The resulting mathematical form of his law, however, made working with it a slow and tedious affair.  Today, understanding the behavior of a blackbody is of importance to many fields— including thermal and infrared systems engineering, pyrometry, astronomy, meteorology, and illumination. 

Radiation1.jpgThis book gives an account of the development of Planck’s equation together with many of the other functions closely related to it.  Particular attention is paid to the computational aspects employed in the evaluation of these functions together with the various aids developed to facilitate such calculations. 

Scientists and engineers working in fields utilizing blackbody sources will find this book to be a valuable guide in understanding many of the computational aspects and nuances associated with Planck’s equation and its other closely related functions, according to Johnson.  With over 400 pages and 700+ references, it provides a productive research resource.

Dr. Johnson is an SPIE Fellow and Life Member, OSA Fellow, and is an SPIE past president (1987).    He was awarded the 2012 OSA/SPIE Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award for Lens Design Fundamentals, Second Edition.  He is a perennial co-chair of the annual SPIE Conference Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering.




AAMU Announces Finalists for Chief of Public Safety Position

Alabama A&M University has identified three finalists for the position of Executive Director/Chief of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.   The three finalists were identified by a search committee consisting of university personnel and student representatives.  The finalists will visit the campus for interviews and meetings with selected stakeholders on August 31, September 2 and September 7, 2016.  Campus Wide Forums will be held in the Clyde Foster Multipurpose Room according to the following schedule:

•    Mr. Frank Russo                             -                August 31, 2016            2:30 p.m.
•    Mr. James Waldon                         -                September 2, 2016      9:30 a.m.
•    Mr. Denson Chatfield, Jr.               -                September 7, 2016      9:30 a.m.

About the Finalists:
Mr. Frank Russo, District Director of Safety and Security – Chicago, Ill.
Retired ATF Deputy Chief – Chicago Strike Force
Bachelor of Science in Police Science/Criminal Justice
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Certified Criminal Investigator/Special Agent 1988-1991

Mr. James G. Waldon, Director of Campus Safety, Transportation and Emergency 
    Management – Southern Vermont College
Instructor – Law Enforcement Trainer/Penn State Justice & Safety Institute
Master of Science in Administrative Science – Fairleigh Dickinson University
National Finalist for the 2010 Campus Safety Director of the Year Award

Mr. Denson Chatfield, Jr.,  Director of Public Safety/Oregon State University
Master of Science in Management/Indiana Wesleyan University
Former Chief of Police – Indiana University Police Department
Certified Clery Administrator
Member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement (NOBLE)

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 this current Fall 2016 Semester is August 25, 2016

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 to confirm complete eligibility to receive any 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.

Also, please do be aware that 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. Absolutely no federal funding can be credited to a student’s account until class attendance is properly verified by the instructor!

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.



FIRE DAWGS:  The AAMU forestry programs Fire Dawgs team have developed a car tag to showcase the firefighting squad's pride and uniqueness.  For more info on the Fire Dawgs and the project, contact




EE Student Ambassador at WHI


An Alabama A&M University electrical engineer student will play a special role for a Washington, D.C., area black college advocacy organization


Shannon Baldwin has been selected as the HBCU All-Star Ambassador for AAMU for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and BaldwinShannon.jpg

Universities (WHI-HBCUs).  In this role, Baldwin will serve as a representative for the University during the annual conference set for Washington, D.C., in October. She will also be seen on campus throughout the year, sharing with her fellow students the importance of education.


Normalites are urged to tweet, post on Facebook and Instagram about Baldwin’s selection for this program by using the statements below:

*So proud of Shannon Baldwin for being selected @WHI_HBCUs #2016HBCUAll-Star. You represent Alabama A&M well.

 *Shannon Baldwin has been selected as a @WHI_HBCUs 2016 All-Star. Alabama A&M is so proud of her. #AAMU #GoBulldogs #2016HBCUAll-Star

 *@WHI_HBCUs has named Shannon Baldwin as 2016 HBCU All-Star representing Alabama A&M. Congratulations! @usedgov

*Chosen for her leadership and academic success, Shannon Baldwin was selected as #2016HBCUALL-STAR. #AAMU #BulldogPride @WHI_HBCUs @usedgov


Air View:  AAMU ITS staffer Justin Vaughner takes a drone-based photo of the construction site for the new residence hall on Meridian Street.  The AAMU Student Health and Wellness Center appears in background.


AAMU Day at Sparkman Walmart - PHOTOS


Woody Anderson Ford AAMU Community Day - PHOTOS


Fall  2016 Faculty-Staff Conference Focus: "Embracing Change"

See Story and Photos:  HERE






Telecom Prof Co-Authors Book Chapter


An assistant professor of telecommunications recently co-authored a chapter in a book on the music icon Beyonce.


WilliamsMelvinOfficial.jpgDr. Melvin L. Williams, the coordinator of AAMU's communications specialist program, joined Dr. Tia Tyree in writing the chapter "Flawless Feminist or Fallible Freak? An Analysis of Feminism, Empowerment and Gender in Beyonce's Lyrics."  The chapter appears in Adrienne Trier-Bieniek's The Beyonce Effect: Essays on Sexuality, Race and Feminism.


Williams is the only male feminist scholar in a work that focuses on those aspects of the pop legend that continue to propel her into a new dimension.  Dr. Williams is a graduate of Tennessee State University and Howard University, where he earned the Ph.D. degree in communications, culture and media studies.






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