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Thursday, August 28, 2014



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






Funeral Services Held for Former Professor


Daly.JPGThe Alabama A&M University Family mourns the death of Dr. Jerry Don Daly, who retired from AAMU as a nearly 30-year faculty member in the Department of Psychology, Guidance and Counseling.  Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 27, at McConnell Funeral Home in Athens, Ala.




Pep Rally on The Quad

SGA Installation Ceremony

AAMU Day at Sparkman Walmart

5th Annual Service Is Sovereignty Society Dinner

ROTC Welcome Back Program

CDS Holds Carnival on The Quad

Fan Day Brings Out Bulldogs

Medicinal Plants and Herbs Workshop

Freshman Convocation



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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A First: AAMU’s Offering Two Chinese Courses This Fall 2014


As a part of AAMU’s China initiatives for education and research, Alabama A&M University has approved three courses related to China: CHN 101 Basic Chinese ChineseFlag.png
Language, CHN 102 Chinese Writing, and CHN 401 Studies in Chinese Culture.  Degree programs may decide to use these courses as Humanities electives.  


CHN 101 and CHN 401 will be first offered in the fall semester of 2014 and taught by native speakers from the faculty of Nanjing Forestry University in China.  CHN 101 will introduce the Chinese language by helping beginners to grasp the pronunciation of Chinese, skillfully use Pinyin, understand the basic grammar and structure of Chinese, and know some frequently used characters and essential grammar. 


CHN 401 will discuss the elements of traditional culture and their functions, and the ethos of ancient Chinese society with an emphasis on values and the historical and cultural heritage.  Both classes will be offered on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: CHN 101 from 2-2:50 pm and CHN 401 from 3-3:50 pm.


A evening session of CHN101 for community, faculty, and staff through continue education is currently under consideration.


AAMU also offers study abroad and exchange programs, including programs in China.  These courses will provide a good foundation for students and faculty who are interested in programs on China.  For registration information, please visit For additional information about the courses, please contact Dr. Jonaid Sharif at (256) 372-8303 or; and for information about China programs, please contact Dr. Yong Wang at (256) 372-4229 or



Study Abroad Information Sessions Announced


·         Wednesday, September 3 @ 11 a.m. – Ralph Lee Student Center, Room G18

·         Monday, September 8 @ 4 p.m. – Ralph Lee Student Center, Room G18

·         Thursday, September 18 @ 1 p.m. – Ralph Lee Student Center, Room G18

·         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





Learn Chinese Language and Culture This Fall


The Department of English and Foreign Languages is offering this fall an opportunity for students and interested person to learn Chinese language and culture to earn elective credits.


Visiting professors from China will be offering CHN 101 (Basic Chinese Language) and CHN 401 (Studies in Chinese Culture).  Each course will carry three (3) credit hours.  For additional information, call (256) 372-8303.



AAMU Begins Cultural Studies Program


The first phase of a new degree program at Alabama A&M University this fall is designed to give students the tools needed to fill positions sought by business and federal sectors.  


Initially, the new Bachelor of Arts degree program in cultural studies will focus entirely on its Middle East concentration.  The concentration will delve into an understanding of the culture and literature of the region against the background of MiddleEast.jpg
historical and social change. Students will take four semesters of Farsi language common in Iran and other surrounding countries.   They will also complete courses in literature, media, politics and geography of the Middle East.  


But as the cultural studies program develops within the upcoming semesters, it is expected to expand to include concentrations in African American culture and literature, as well as Latin American culture and literature, says Dr. Jonaid Sharif, Chair of AAMU’s Department of English and Foreign Languages.


“This program offers students flexibility, some freedom of choice and a unique opportunity to complete their courses of study on time,” adds Dr. Sharif.  “The cultural studies program is not only about academics, but it will provide internships, film viewings, open houses and even immersion in the respective communities of a particular concentration.”   


The overall degree program requires 50 credits of general education courses, 24 credits of cultural studies major course work, 27 credit hours of concentration courses, and 24 credit hours of electives.


Among the major requirements are such classes as Film and Culture (HUM 301), Cultural Anthropology (SOC 334), International Business (MGT 458), African American Literature (ENG 404), Post-Colonial Theory and Literature (ENG 420), and other courses.


The Middle Eastern concentration, in particular, will provide students the course work important to such entities as the U.S. State Department, Defense-related agencies and businesses requiring some Middle East knowledge and/or experience.


For additional information, contact Dr, Jonaid Sharif at (256) 372-8303 or e-mail



Parking Decals Available


The 2014-2015 PARKING DECALS have arrived! Decals and Hangtags may be picked up starting July 22, 2014. Avoid long lines by picking up your decal early.


All vehicles parked on the grounds of Alabama A&M University must be registered with the Department of Public Safety.  All Parking Decals must be clearly displayed at all times. Commuter and Boarding Student Decals in addition to Non-Reserved and General Faculty/Staff Decals must be affixed to the bottom left portion of the front windshield.


Parking rules will be strictly enforced, and violators will be ticketed and/or towed at the owner’s expense.  All vehicles must park in designated parking zones at all times.


Parking Zone Designations:

ORANGE - COMMUTER STUDENTS-Curb is painted Orange

GRAY (New!) - GRADUATE COMMUTER STUDENTS - permitted to park in the gravel parking lot located next to the School of Business only or orange commuter parking lots.

GREEN - BOARDING STUDENTS - Curb is painted Green


TEAL (New!) - NORMAL HILLS APARTMENT RESIDENTS- BOARDING STUDENTS – Parking provided at Normal Hills residence.


PINK - GENERAL PARKING - A swipe card is not issued if this decal is purchased. Parking is not allowed in the gated areas of campus.

STUDENT DECALS – (Paid through University Fees)




(Thigpen Hall, Terry Hall, Palmer Hall, Hopkins Hall, Morris Hall, Stephens Hall & Foster Complex)





Reclaim your Reserved Decal from last year by Paying and Picking Up your reserved decal by August 29, 2014. Reserved Decals that are not paid for and picked up by August 29, 2014 will be reassigned on a first come first serve basis beginning September 1, 2014.




PAYING FOR DECALS:  Decals may be purchased online, by payroll deduction or at the Cashier’s Office in Patton Hall, Room 115-A.



- PRINTED Online Vehicle Registration Sheet

- Valid Drivers License

- Proof of Insurance

- Current Vehicle Registration/Tag Receipt

- Payment Verification- [Receipt from Cashier’s Office; Payroll Deduction Form; Class Schedule; or Receipt of Itemized Fees]


Decals will be issued at the Public Safety Office located in the University Services Building across from Foster Complex.


PAYROLL DEDUCTION FORMS are available online through the Business and Finance/Comptroller/Collections web page. Payroll deduction forms will be collected at the Department of Public Safety when you pick up your decal.


GATE ACCESS: Faculty and Staff

If you are renewing your decal, your ID card gate access will remain active.

If you are purchasing a decal for the first time, go to the ID Card Office to ensure that ID card has been activated to allow gate access.

If your vehicle is not registered by September 15, 2014, your ID card, allowing gate access will be deactivated by the Department of Transportation.



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.”


Alumni Travel 2014 Football Season


August 30 & 31

Orlando, Florida   AAMU vs North Carolina A&T Game is Sunday, August 31, 10:45AM Bus Seat, Room (single occupancy) $270 & (double occupancy) $230.00 with game ticket per person 


September 6

Tuskegee, Alabama   AAMU vs Tuskegee University      

Bus Seat and Game Ticket $90.00

Payment Due by September 2, 2014


September 13                  

Birmingham, Alabama   AAMU vs UAB Bus Seat $40.00  

Payment in full due by September 9, 2014


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




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:



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.



Upcoming Events from the Small Farms Research Center (AAMU)


Upcoming Activity:  Save the Date! October 2-3, 2014- New and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Program held on the campus of Alabama A&M University 4900 Meridian Street, Normal, AL 35762. - MORE New & Beginning Farmers/Ranchers 



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.


ESPN Events Opens Voting for 2014 Walter Payton Achievement Award

ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, announced six nominees for the 2014 Walter Payton Achievement Award, granted annually to a player from each team participating in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge Presented by Disney. This year's match up features the North Carolina A&T State University Aggies of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the Alabama A&M University Bulldogs of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) – set to faceoff on Sunday, Aug. 31, at 11:45 a.m. ET on ESPN. This year's game – the 10th annual – will be played at Bright House Networks Stadium on the campus of the University of Central Florida, while the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium undergoes renovations.

The 2014 nominees include senior offensive lineman Alan Cruz, redshirt junior defensive lineman David Dagrin and junior placekicker Jordan Puente of the Alabama A&M University Bulldogs. Representing the North Carolina A&T State University Aggies are sophomore wide receiver Denzel Keyes, redshirt senior wide receiver Quentin Todd and redshirt junior offensive lineman William Ray Robinson III.

Finalists are selected by a committee consisting of academic advisers and coaches from the two participating schools. Winners will be selected via online voting, open now through Aug. 20.

Award winners will be announced on Aug. 30 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. during the MEAC/SWAC Challenge Welcome Reception prior to the game. Several additional events will take place around the game, including a high school career panel, pep rally and the halftime Battle of the Bands.

Tickets to the MEAC/SWAC Challenge Presented by Disney can be purchased through Ticketmaster online, by calling 800-745-3000 or by logging on to

The MEAC/SWAC Challenge is owned and operated by ESPN Events. For more information about the MEAC/SWAC Challenge, or to join the event's following on Facebook and Twitter, please visit the event's official Web site at or at


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.


Billy B. Bridgeforth, a 1980 soil science AAMU graduate, was noted as Bridgeforth.jpg

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



Research for the AAMU Alumni Directory Under Way!


Work on the upcoming Alabama A&M University Alumni Directory is well underway, and we are trying to reach everyone by mail and/or phone to update alumni information.


Designed to be a definitive reference for Alabama A&M alumni, this publication will make it easy for you to reconnect with friends and former classmates.  Complete listings for each respondent will include academic, professional and personal information - sorted alphabetically by last name.  Alumni will also be listed by city and state of residence, and a special editorial section about Alabama A&M University will give you a look at the past and glimpse into our future.


The first post card was slated for mailing on July 18.   The post cards request alumni  call the specific dedicated toll free number for your organization to update and verify their information.   Subsequent post cards (both hard copy and e-mail) will be sent approximately every two weeks, and the fourth and fifth broadcasts will contain the link to the on-line questionnaire.  Alumni  will have until October 20th to update their listing and reserve a directory. The toll-free number alumni  will call to update is: 1- 800-546-3767, and it will be available beginning Monday, July 21.


To help make the publication as complete as possible, please update your biographical profile and submit a photo and note about your activities since graduation.



Alum Among $50K Paid Wedding Finalists


A 2009 electrical engineering alumnus have been afforded an opportunity for the wedding of a lifetime. 


Sergio Hicks and his fiancée Brittany have been selected as one of the four finalist couples in an expense paid (up to $50,000) wedding giveaway.   


“Now we need the help of our family and friends to go the website and vote for our love story video for our chance to win,” says Hicks, appealing to the Bulldog Nation.  The couple whose video receives the most votes will win the contest.  Individuals can vote once every 24 hours  through August 15. 


Voting is easy:   


1) Click on the link below 

2) Watch our video if you choose to 

3) Scroll to the bottom of the page and vote for BRITTANY and SERGIO.

Here is the link:





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. 

Comprised of representatives from every Division I conference, the Leadership HicksBryan2.JPG
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



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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.


For more information, please visit or follow ACE on Twitter @ACEducation.



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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.



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