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Thursday, April 17, 2014


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CFCU Half-Day Friday


The Councill Federal Credit Union will close at noon on Friday, April 18.  For additional information, call (256) 372-5705.



A&M Readies for 14th Black Tie Gala


Alabama A&M University will honor community leaders and businesses that have made significant contributions to higher education and student life during its 14th Annual Black Tie Scholarship Gala. The formal event will be held in the Von Braun Center-North Hall at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, April 24.   A silent auction will precede the Gala at 5:15 p.m.


The event co-chairs are Wells Fargo Bank and First Missionary Baptist Church, while AAMU alumnus DeWayne Carter of Birmingham, Ala., has been designated honorary chairperson.  The evening’s 2014 theme, “Showcasing Tomorrow's Leaders,” will set the stage for a program punctuated by the Mississippi-based R&B band Velvet Soul.  Malena Cunningham, former television news anchor and current president/CEO, Strategic Media Relations in Birmingham, Ala., will serve as emcee.


Additionally, Gala awards will be presented in recognition of achievements in the following categories:  Small Organization of the Year (MJT Integrated Systems BlackTieLogo2014.png
Solutions, Inc.); Large Organization of the Year (Huntsville Hospital); and the Diversity Award (Lockheed).  The Koinonia Award (St. Luke Christian Church), which recognizes an individual and/or religious organization that has created a mutually beneficial partnership with Alabama A&M and/or its students, also will be presented.   


“Now in its 14th year, the Gala has raised approximately $2 million since its inception and has impacted the lives of numerous students,” commented Archie Tucker II, AAMU's interim vice president for marketing, communications and advancement.  “This is sure to be an evening to remember.” 


Individual tickets for the Black-Tie Scholarship Gala are $100 each and may be purchased by calling the Office of Marketing, Communications and Advancement (309 Patton Hall) at (256) 372-8344 or e-mailing



Fashion Extravaganza April 24


The Apparel, Merchandising and Design (AMD) Area Annual Fashion Extravaganza is slated for Thursday, April 24 at 7:30 pm.  Four apparel design Fashion.jpg
and two merchandising majors from our area will be featuring their original designs in runway show.  Design majors are Lacee Scott, Iyeesha Mitchell and Tyveisha Hall. Merchandising majors are Shanee' Thomas and Nakiedra Brown. The group includes one fashion design minor, Glenn Wiggins.

The Fashion Extravaganza is the culmination of the Advanced Clothing and Design class offered within the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.  In the class, students of junior and senior standing sketch their own designs, draft custom-fit patterns according to body measurements and construct their designs themselves.  The students are also responsible for putting together the fashion show, with the show being their first introduction to a major staged event. All students from the Advanced Clothing and Design class will be competing against one another for several awards. 


The students will be judged by a panel of professionals in apparel design and retail sales according to their workmanship, creativity and best overall design.  Also featured in the show are two local fashion designers, Ellena LeJeune and Ebony Cromartie, and other student designers, Paige Jordan and Jayla Carter.  Wearable art from the area's Art and Design class will also walk the runway.


The AMD area is requesting an entrance donation of $5 in advance and $7 at the door.  Your donation will be applied to scholarships and other needs for the area, such as updated equipment and sewing supplies for the students.  Doors will open at 6:45  and the show will start at 7:30 pm. Location is the New School of Business, Clyde Foster Multipurpose Room.


USDA Forest Service Southern Region Student Firefighter Program




For two weeks, May 18-31, 2014, the AAMU FireDawgs will host twenty-five participants of the USDA Forest Service Southern Region Student Firefighter FireDawgsLogo.jpg
training.  Based on the success of this event, the training will potentially move from Florida A&M University to have a permanent seat on the campus of Alabama A&M University.


For additional information, please contact Dirk Spencer, interim director, Office of Environmental Health & Safety, Alabama A&M University, 256-529-1914 (Cell) or 256-372-5346 (Fax).  You may also contact Daryl S. Lawson, RF, CBM, FireDawg coordinator/Project Forester, Alabama A&M University Forestry, Ecology, and Wildlife Program, at (256) 372-8287.



Ford VP, Alum Visits AAMU



Students in the College of Business and Public Affairs received information and advice from a key official at Ford Motor Company recently.


Frederiek A. Toney '98, corporate vice president and head of the Global Ford Customer Service Division, Ford Motor Company, recently made a presentation before a packed lecture room in the business school for a course led by Samuel Scruggs.  SCENES


Death Announcement


Funeral services will be held for James Willie Hambrick Saturday, April 19, at 1 p.m. at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in New Market, Ala.  Hambrick served as a custodian for AAMU/Aramark for a number of years.


AAMU mourns the death of Ivan Donovan McDowell '95, husband of WJAB-FM on-air personality Victoria "Janae Cox" McDowell '07.  McDowell was a regular on the radio station's sports segment, "The Locker Room," and he was a residential assistant in AAMU's Grayson Hall.  He was the great-nephew of Dr. Nell Anthony, retired AAMU professor, and the late Dr. Barbara Hundley Jones (English Department).  Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 17, at the Royal Chapel of Memories at 11 a.m. 



AAMU Places 7th in HCASC


The AAMU team placed 7th overall out of the 48 total teams eligible to participate in the Sweet 16 of the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge recently in Torrance, Calif.


“Competition was tough this year,” said team member Monique Massey-HondaTeam2.jpg
Jefferson.  “It’s a rewarding program, and we won $5,000 for AAMU for our efforts.”


Team coaches are Dr. Barbara A. P. Jones (right), interim dean of the College of Business and Public Affairs, and Dr. Edward Bond, professor of history (not shown). In addition to Massey-Jefferson, the team includes Donald Hollis III of Charlotte, N.C.; Jajuan Juzang of Mobile, Ala.; and Courtney M. Lee of Baton Rouge, La. 


The AAMU Honda team must focus on building a strong secondary team in light of the fact that the four-member squad is losing a senior this year and the well-rounded remaining three are currently juniors.






Climate Studies Course Could be Added to Fall 2014 Listing


A transportation expert’s efforts to make Alabama A&M University a vital part of the national climate studies community have received encouraging news from the American Meteorological Society (AMS).


Dr. Jacob Oluwoye, a professor in AAMU’s Department of Community and Regional Planning, will participate in the week-long AMS Climate Studies ClimateStudies.jpg
Diversity Project workshop scheduled in metro Washington, D.C., in mid-May.  The workshop will include field trips to NASA Goddard, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Prediction, and the Howard University Beltsville Center for Climate System Observation.

Oluwoye directs AAMU’s Center for Urban and Rural Research from which the current climate studies push will evolve as a full-fledged course next fall semester.  Because AAMU already offers the needed subject areas to complement the course and owing in part of AMS’ diversity initiative, more than a dozen A&M students will be able to take the interdisciplinary course and receive free textbook licenses.

For additional information about AAMU’s upcoming climate studies course, contact Dr. Jacob Oluwoye at (256) 372-4994.




CALNS and City of Huntsville Partner for Earth Day 2014


Alabama A&M University's College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences (CALNS) and the City of Huntsville are sponsoring a joint initiative aimed at encouraging the community to "Get on the Bus for Earth Day 2014" on Tuesday, April 22.


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sustainable communities.  AAMU and the City of Huntsville are partnering to promote public transit ridership as an environmentally friendly initiative targeting fewer vehicular emissions.


"We are asking all faculty, staff and students to ride the Huntsville Shuttle Bus (for their trips to the bank, store, lunch, etc.)," says event organizer Xantheia Watkins, an AAMU graduate research assistant in the Department of Community and Regional Planning.  Among the benefits of riding the bus are reductions in congestion, reduced gasoline consumption, protection of the environment, and the promotion of health living and sustainability.


Members of the AAMU Family (with college ID) will be able to ride free on Earth Day.  So, "Get on the Bus for Earth Day 2014."  For additional information, call (256) 372-4988 or e-mail



Senior Art Exhibit on Display


StudentExhibit.jpgThe captivating wood carving paintings of Diana Amoafo, along with the photography of Jasmine Pease and Kenneth Harris, are on display in the Alabama A&M University Art Gallery, located in the R.D. Morrison Fine Arts Building. 





"Will on The Hill" Honors the Bard's 450th!

On April 22, at 7 p.m. in the Clyde Foster Auditorium of the College of Business and Public Affairs, the AAMU Film Club will sponsor a screening of the film "O," based on Shakespeare's play Othello.  The film stars Mekhi Phifer, Julia Styles, Andrew Keegan, and Josh Hartnett.  Directed by Tim Blake Nelson, it was released in 2001 and features music ranging from rap to opera.  A discussion will follow the screening.

Additionally,  on April 23, in the Clyde Foster Auditorium of the College of Business and Public Affairs, the Visual, Performing and Communication Arts, and English and Foreign Languages Departments will sponsor "Will on The Hill"---a celebration of Shakespeare's 450th birthday.  The event will begin at 10 a.m. with a roundtable discussion led by Drs. Susan C. Brown, Jessica Walker, and Robert Powell. 


At 11 a.m., students, faculty, and audience members will perform selections from Shakespeare's sonnets and plays.  Scholarly papers on Shakespeare and his work will commence at noon to be followed by the birthday cake cutting and celebration.  Refreshments will be served.  


For more information, contact Drs. Susan C. Brown (256) 372-4085, Jessica Walker (256) 372-5387, or Robert Powell (256) 372-5382.


AAMU Wind Ensemble Concert Set


Wind.gifThe Alabama A&M University Wind Ensemble Concert Band will provide a longed-for spring performance on Friday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in the Edward S. Johnson Little Theatre, located in the R.D. Morrison Fine Arts Building. 


The public is cordially invited.  For additional information, contact AAMU Director of Bands Carlton Wright at (256) 372-4099.





Picnic Basket & Jazz on The Quad


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event on Tuesday, April 29.  The Quad opens at 5:30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 6:15 p.m.  The activity will feature the AAMU Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Joi Tiffany, Dr. Bennie McMorris (left) and a Motown tribute.  Bring a picnic basket and blanket (No alcoholic beverages).  The campus and surrounding communities are invited.



SOAR Program Seeks Support of Organizational Leaders


The Student Orientation and Registration Sessions (S.O.A.R) will begin in June and end in July 2014.  Organizers need immediate assistance in completing a booklet for distribution at the sessions scheduled for June 16-17, June 23-24, July 7-8, July 21-22 and July 28-29.   


The Student Orientation Leadership Program (S.O.L.) will introduce the new students (freshmen and transfers) to Bulldog traditions and will focus on Student awareness of academic and social success.


To be included in this publication, organization leaders should complete a short PROFILE of their respective organizations and return to: by April 21, 2014.  Photos are welcome, as well.  For additional info or questions, call (256) 372-4805.



Department of Finance and Economics Earns 2nd Place in TVA Investment Challenge Program


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Students from the Department of Finance and Economics at Alabama A&M University have outperformed the stock market's annual performance in 2013.  


The TVA Investment Challenge program at AAMU earned a 46.9 percent return compared to 32.4 percent for the S&P 500 index.  The accomplishment made the AAMU team eligible for a performance award of $9,362 from the Tennessee Valley Authority.  


"This was a great performance for our portfolio and rewards the hard work of our students,” commented Dr. Mohammad Robbani, faculty advisor of the TVA Investment Challenge program.  “We believe that students definitely benefit from the authentic experience they receive through this program.”


AAMU is one of the 25 participating universities in the TVA's Investment Challenge Program. The top three universities for 2013 based on performance were Tennessee Tech University, 47.7 percent return; Alabama A&M University, 46.9 percent return; and East Tennessee State University, 46.4 percent return.


TVA's Investment Challenge Program is a partnership between TVA and 25 universities in the TVA service territory that provides hands-on experience in financial asset management and performance-based awards that the universities can use to enhance their business school resources.


Student teams actively manage real stock portfolios for TVA, designing long-term investment strategies and selecting investments under the guidance of faculty members and within investment guidelines established by TVA.



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AAMU-AEA to Meet Thursday


The Alabama A&M Education Association will be holding a called meeting to finalize local officer nominations.  This meeting will be held on Thursday, April 17, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in 240 Dawson Building.   Nominations can be submitted to Theresa McCants by e-mail until 5 p.m. April 16, 2014. 


Nominations will be accepted from the floor during the meeting.  Nominations are being accepted for Vice President (Faculty), Secretary and Treasurer.  Ballots for the election of officers will be provided by your building representative.  



The AAMU Choir (above) gives historic performance at the Lincoln Center, earning a three-minute standing ovation.  (Photo submitted by Shonda Devine)


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. 



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Fennessee Symposium 2014


YMTF 2014 

Annual Cadet Ball

Academic Honors Convocation 2014

First Lady's Scholarship Endowment Luncheon - PHOTOS

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Athletics to Host 2014 ESPY Awards


AAMU’s Department of Athletics will host the 2014 Bulldog ESPY Award Show, celebrating the 2013-2014 accomplishments of student athletes April 17 at 6 p.m. at the Von Braun Civic Center.  


The event showcases student athletes by highlighting team MVPs, scholar student athletes and the accomplishments of each team. Attire is semi-formal, and tickets can be purchased at (Click on Bulldog ESPY Award Show). 


Interested persons can also purchase tickets in Room 10 of the Elmore Building in the office of the Athletics Director. Tickets for the event are $25/each; a table of eight is $200.  For additional information please contact Ann Benshoff at (256)-372-8057 or by e-mail at



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Director Recalls Addressing USDE Public Hearing

An Alabama A&M University administrator says he has received a sustained benefit from participating in a public hearing sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education last spring.

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“Negotiated Rulemaking for Higher Education” public hearing on the campus of Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga., where he sought to outline the impact on AAMU stemming from changes to the Federal Direct PLUS Loan Program. 

Jackson told the gathering that from the 2011-12 academic year to the 2012-13 academic year, his office recorded a significant increase in denials of PLUS Loans by 454 students.  He attributed the change “directly to the new regulations that govern how PLUS loans are approved” and noted its affordability effect on out-of-state students.  The continued impact, Jackson reported resulted in nearly 400 students who did enroll at AAMU during the subsequent semester, the majority in good academic standing and many just shy of graduation.


Finally, in his presentation at the hearing, Jackson also pointed out another factor in the loss of student numbers—the Pell lifetime eligibility use rule.



Students Earn Global Top 100 Ranking


Congratulations are in order for Gerard Davis, Karshella Purifoy, and Lauren Winfield, students in Dr. Jeff Stevens’ MGT 442 Strategic Management and StrategicManagement2.jpg
Policy class.  Along with their classmates, they competed throughout the term in a business stimulation game with schools throughout the world.   As co-managers of GShoes for Days, (Company G), they earned a Global Top 100 ranking in the World on the Return on Average Equity (ROE) with a score of 56.2%, and they were the 4th best ROE performance of the week, worldwide.


Two from AAMU “Connect”


Two representative from AAMU’s staff and faculty sectors recently graduated from the Connect Young Professionals Class 16 through Leadership Huntsville/Madison County.


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(College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences) recently participated in a graduation reception at the Davidson Center, where the two also presented the results of community impact projects and received their leadership pins.  Daniel Kasambira (Leadership Class 27; director of AAMU’s Student Health and Wellness Center) and AAMU Trustee Chris Robinson (Focus Class 5, Connect Class 3) pinned Morton and  Dunbar, respectively.


Connect.jpgEstablished in 2005, Connect was created for the recruitment and retention of young professionals in the community and to further develop them as leaders. With specific attention given to professionals under 40 years of age, Connect assists young professionals to enhance their connections and to build involvement in the community and in their respective fields.


Target Continues Student Case Competitions at Alabama A&M University

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Management class, along with representatives from Target following the final presentations of a case competition.    The case competition is part of Dr. McDaniel’s initiative to increase students’ opportunities and incentives for experiential learning.  

McDaniels was awarded a $3,000 grant from Target to sponsor the case competition.  Twelve teams of students participated in the contest.  Six teams of graduate MBA students enrolled in a Human Resources Management class conducted their case analyses on diverse opportunities, and six teams of undergraduate students enrolled in a Principles of Management class conducted their case analyses on personal and team leadership.

Two of the undergraduate and graduate teams were selected to present their final analysis and recommendations to the representative from Target.   The winners and finalists will received a cash prize and will be invited to a local Target store to be recognized.

The current Target affiliation is but a continuation of a long-running relationship (See photo of scene at right from earlier Family and Consumer Sciences Target Target3.JPG
presentation).  For instance, a few years ago, a
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and a group of team leaders from Huntsville-area Target stores visited the AAMU campus to witness creativity in full bloom among students in the Family and Consumer Sciences area.

Davis gave accolades to students in a class led by Dr. Allison Young for their “ingenuity and the high quality of their case presentations.”  Accompanying Davis to the campus presentations at that time and serving as judges were Patrick Harvey, executive team leader (ETL) softline for the Huntsville West Target; Tameka Campbell, ETL-food; and Anne Moore, ETL softline.

Young, research assistant professor, says such presentations not only provide good experience and help improve the communications skills of the students, but that in some instances AAMU students ultimately have become part of Target’s management team.




AAMU Student TMCF/CDC Ambassador

AAMU student Marylyn Creer has been selected to serve as ambassador for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund/Centers for Disease Control Program leadership conference this fall.  Creer will travel to Atlanta, Ga., next week to learn about CDC’s mission and to shadow a professional.


“I am very excited about my biophysics research at A&M, my research at Harvard University and my research at Tuskegee University,” commented Creer, “and I hope to find out more about how it can embrace the vision of the CDC.”


As an ambassador, Creer will be required to share the Thurgood Marshall/CDC vision on the AAMU campus and in the community in the fall, and she will meet with mentors out of Washington, D.C., in the fall to submit a report.


“I love Alabama A&M and my Alabama A&M family,” said Creer.  “Truly, from here you can go anywhere!”  


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Football Coach Completes Staff Assembly

Alabama A&M Head football coach James Spady has completed his staff with the hire of Reggie Johnson.


Johnson returns to “The Hill” after a pair of seasons at UAB after spending four years on the coaching staff at Arkansas. After coaching the Blazer linebackers as a group in 2012, Johnson concentrated on the Blazers' outside linebackers, in addition to holding defensive coordinator duties.


“It always feels good when you go home,” Johnson mentioned. “I have always enjoyed molding young men into professionals and working in the game of football.”


Johnson began his coaching career as a defensive graduate assistant at UL in 1998. His first full-time coaching position was at Alabama A&M. He coached defensive tackles in 1998 and 1999. In 2000 he coached inside linebackers. A&M ranked first in the country in rushing defense (39.7) and 10th in total defense (275 ypg) for the 2000 season.


In his first season at UAB in 2012, Johnson coached All-Conference USA linebacker Marvin Burdette who set Blazer single-season and career records for tackles with 157 and 406, respectively. Burdette signed a free agent agreement with the Washington Redskins last spring.


While with the Razorbacks, Johnson coached the inside linebackers each of his years in Fayetteville.




AAMU Team 2014 Women's SWAC Bowling Champs!


Spring 2014 Continuing Education Classes

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For additional information and updates on Spring 2014 class offerings from the Center for Extended Studies (Adult and Continuing Education), please call Kris Reed at (256) 372-5753, e-mail, or click HERE.


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AAMU Participate in 29th Annual MANRRS Conference in Birmingham



A delegation of seven (7) members of AAMU’s Morrison Chapter of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) participated in the 29th Annual Career Fair and Training Conference held in Birmingham, Ala.


The delegation, led by Chapter President Fredreana Hester, Graduate Student in Food Science, included Marissa Adams (Secretary), Tamara Collins (Treasurer), Victoria Womack (Historian) Rashida Farid (Immediate Past President), Angela Davis, and Angelica Durrah. Two other members (Abreeotta Williams, a graduate student, and Tommy Smith), joined the AAMU delegation for one day at the Career Fair on Friday, March 28.

Dr. Colmore S, Christian, associate professor in the forestry, ecology and wildlife program, serves as MANRRS faculty advisor.  A member of the 29th Annual Conference Planning Committee, Christian will accompany the AAMU delegation and serve as a judge on some of the student competitions. Members of the Morrison Chapter’s delegation will be participating in two of the many student competitions scheduled to take place at the Conference. Christian secure a grant from Dow Chemicals to facilitate the group’s participation at the Conference.

 AAMU’s College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences (CALNS) will join groups from Tuskegee University and Auburn University.  

This semester and in the recent past the Morrison Chapter of MANRRS has participated in campus clean-up and beautification projects, mentored students in after school programs, volunteered at Community Food Banks in North Alabama, and organized leadership training for members.

For further information about AAMU’s Morrison Chapter of MANRRS please contact Dr. Christian at (256) 372-4335. 



 Founder’s Day Theme Selected

The theme for the 2014 Founder’s Day celebration is:  “The Legacy of William Hooper Councill: On This Hill, My Legacy Fulfilled.”


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