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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

 

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LSCC Prez to Address Fall Commencement

 

The head of a major community college in Birmingham, Ala., will deliver the fall commencement address at Alabama A&M University. 

 

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Dr. Perry W. Ward, president of Lawson State Community College will address AAMU graduates on Friday, December 7, at 1 p.m. in the Von Braun Center Propst Arena.

 

For more than 30 years, Dr. Ward has worked to ensure that Birmingham and its surrounding counties have a local workforce attuned to economic needs.

 

The administrator works with the Birmingham Business Alliance, the Bessemer (Ala.) Chamber of Commerce, the Jefferson County Workforce Development Board, Blueprint Birmingham, the Alabama Region 4 Workforce Development Committee, the Western Jefferson County Economic Development Taskforce and Innovation Depot to develop, grow and help businesses succeed. AAMU has a partnership with LSCC that enables students there to take select courses onsite and online.

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STEM Day 2019 Set

 

Organizers of the annual STEM Day are excited and looking forward to sharing student research with the campus and larger community. 

 

STEM Day 2019 will be held on Friday, April 12.  Mark your calendars.  Additional details will be provided at a later date by Dr. Armitra Jackson-Davis and other planners.

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AAMU MSW Program Remains in Top 10

 

Graduateprograms.com has released its 2018 list of the 25 best schools in the nation to earn a Master of Social Work degree. Alabama A&M University’s MSW program maintains its Top 10 ranking, pulling in at No. 9 with a 2018 student TEDX.jpg
score of 85.42, the only entry from Alabama and one among two historically black universities (i.e., No. 8 Norfolk State University).

 

 

"The reviews by our students are very powerful," commented Dr. Tonya Perry, professor and chairperson of the Department of Social Work, Psychology and Counseling within AAMU’s College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences.

 

Together with its internal recommend rate data, calculated based on tens of thousands of student reviews submitted to GraduatePrograms.com, the data used in the school listings were gathered in 2016-17 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

 

The University of Alabama MSW program was also represented in the listing at No. 14.

 

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Intramural Team Tops in Flag Football

 

According to AAMU intramurals coordinator Franky Smith, AAMU has become the first historically black college or university (HBCU) flag football team to win the Regionals held at Western Kentucky University.

 

The Bulldogs defeated Mississippi State University in the semi-finals, then the squad defeated Austin Peay in the Championship Game.

 

"Coach Knute Walker did an awesome job with the defense in both games," commented Smith.  "I have to praise this team--not just because they won a championship--but because they represented the entire Bulldog family in a positive manner."

 

On another note, the intramurals program spawned regional wins in football and basketball in 2018.

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Students Have "Stellar" Year at TMCF Conference

 

TMCFGroup2018.jpgNineteen men and women representing the Alabama A&M University student body attended the annual Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) Leadership Institute.

 

According to Carla Draper Holloway, assistant director of the Alabama A&M University Honors Center, this session was a "stellar" year for AAMU students.

 

Many received information and professional development, as well as ample interviews and intern and employment offers from major companies. 

 

Among the students experiencing the coveted event were:

 

Samuel Banks, Junior Electrical Engineering Major - (Birmingham, AL)

Natasha Barrow, Junior Mechanical Engineering - (Atlanta, GA)

Marvin Battle, Junior Marketing Major - (Huntsville, AL)

Trinity Carlisle, Sophomore Biology Major - (Decatur, AL)

Julian Clayton, Graduate MBA Major - (Huntsville, AL)

Maitlyn Crutcher, Junior Electrical Engineering Major -  (Huntsville, AL)

Kashta Dozier Muhammad, Mechanical Engineering Major - (Savannah, GA)

Cristen Hawkins, Junior Accounting Major - (Birmingham, AL)

Jabari Hinton, Sophomore Food Science Major - (Covington, GA)

Jakira Jackson, Junior Electrical Engineering - (Orrville, Alabama)

Justin Lindberg, Junior Computer Science Major - (Chicago, IL)

Trevaughn Nettles, Senior Mechanical Engineering - (Decatur, GA)

Torrance Sellers, Junior Computer Science Major - (Hampton, GA)

Dominique Spence, Junior Business Management - (Albany, GA)

Jadyn Steave, Sophomore Political Science Major - (Virginia Beach, VA)

Kourtney Steen, Junior Chemistry Major - (Birmingham, AL)

Brandon Whitaker, Senior Electrical Engineering Major - (Birmingham, AL)

Courtney Williams, Junior Communication Media Major - (Birmingham, AL)

Nadia Young, Junior Political Science Major - (Montgomery, AL)

 

The short video following features TMCF scholars Marvin Battle of Alabama A&M University, David Handler of Savannah State University, Carmen Nuesi Peralta of Florida A&M University, and Raven Phillips-Love of the University of The Virgin Islands, reflecting on the preparation they received to be their best at the 18th Leadership Institute Recruitment Fair.  For more information on our award-winning leadership Institute visit (www.tmcf.org).   VIDEO 

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AAMU, County Collaborate on New Emergency Siren

 

Students, faculty and staff at Alabama A&M University will benefit from the recent presentation and installation of a new, state-of-the-art emergency siren.

 

The nearly $20,000, 127-decibel siren was made possible by support received from the Madison County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), the Alabama A&M University Department of Public Safety (DPS), University Facilities and select vendors.

Siren2 - Copy.JPGControlled by the local EMA office, the equipment is part of a 130-siren system that provides alerts of emergency weather and other warnings throughout Madison County. The new siren installed atop the joint DPS/University Facilities building will sound alerts to campus and the surrounding community within a three-mile radius, said Ed Wise, president of the Georgia-based Sirens for Cities, Inc.

 

Madison County Commissioner JesHenry Malone said AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr., brought to his attention about two months ago the need for a siren to replace the aging tornado siren on the hillside campus. After coordinating the resources between them, the outcome was a custom-made siren with the latest technology, stated Malone.

 

Pictured at the siren presentation held just prior to the November 26 installation were: (l-r) Brian Shipp, University Facilities; Scott Worsham, EMA; AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr.; Chief Nadis Carlisle; Commissioner JesHenry Malone; Captain Demetrius Hightower; Jeff Birdwell, director of EMA; and Ed Wise, president, Sirens for Cities, Inc.

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All attendees must RSVP by January 11, 2019.  Media Request Form:  Online.

 

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Travel Info Simplified!

 

 

 

The Comptroller’s Office has compiled all travel information in one spot! Check out the University Travel website before your next trip for procedures, FAQs, forms, resources, and more!

 

The website may be accessed by clicking the link below or following the easy steps below:

 

1.  Go to  www.aamu.edu

2.  Type university travel in the search bar and click the magnifying glass.

3.  Click the first search result that says University Travel.

 

University Travel Link: http://www.aamu.edu/administrativeoffices/business-and-finance/comptroller/Pages/University%20Travel.aspx

 

Thank you and safe travels!


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Modified Foundation Hours

 

Due to graduation on Friday, December 7, 2018, the Foundation will close at 12 noon and will reopen Monday, December 10th, at 8 a.m.  Therefore, checks will be due Tuesday, December 4th, at 12 p.m. and will be ready for pickup on Thursday, December 6th, between 1-5 p.m. 

 

For the following week, checks will be due Tuesday, December 11th at 12 noon and will be ready for pickup on Thursday, December 13th from 1-5 p.m. 

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Lessons from AAMU's Top of The Hill Society ...

"Vampires and the African Diaspora"

                                                                                by Larry Campbell

 

As part of its Book Talk series, Alabama A&M University’s Top of The Hill Society offered a showing of the popular 1994 film "Interview with the Vampire." One of the central premises of the work is the constant struggle man has between his CampbellLarry.jpg
inner nature and the way things are perceived to be. Louis is an unhappy centuries-old vampire from New Orleans telling his story to an eager reporter in San Francisco. Louis has a friend, Lestat, a man who turned Louis into a vampire and who absolutely relishes in the violence and blood that keeps him seemingly and eternally vibrant. But, perhaps unintentionally, there are many parallels that can be drawn between the story’s plot and the situation and plight of blacks in America.

 

For instance, Louis can symbolize blacks in America, with centuries-old traumatization that has resulted in only fragments of their African essence. Louis was made into a vampire, but his heart was not in it. He despised everything associated with it and knew it was not his real nature, yet the vampire’s curse had a strong hold on him. Similarly, the early blacks in America were brought into a European-framed existence that at the same time cursed their African nature. Europe was to be praised for its relentless accrual of wealth and power through violence, while its unbridled barbarism and taste for blood was to be ignored and regarded as just the way things are.

 

The character Louis is an embodiment of one serious question: Is human nature geared to be inherently good or inherently evil? If it is good, then people are perfectly within their natural rights to fight oppression and the results stemming from it, even violently. However, if men are really inherently evil, then the oppressed have little to gain through prayer and patience and would be better served through their own mass assertion of the Second Amendment.

 

Although we all are not so different from one another, blacks in America are both Chosen and Forgotten people, tragically trying to hold on to their place in history and a world beyond America. Like Louis, blacks are—through no faults of their own—deeply tied to the fangs of America’s past, even though ties to a vampire never end well in the light.

 

Unlike the character Louis and event novelist Thomas Wolfe, through planning and organization, black Americans literally can go home again. While it might not entail going directly to their village or tribe in Africa, there would still be much to be gained from setting foot on the soil alone. A rejuvenation is very much needed when so much blood is drawn from a people. There is a need to regroup and replenish in order to one day achieve economic empowerment.

 

Vampires have sucked the blood out of the African diaspora, leaving behind a distorted black community with nothing left but a malformed understanding of what it is to be black and the mission that being so commands. It is sad when a brother hurts another brother. However, when we are killed in the streets by this racist Society ... it’s rightly time for action on several levels.

 

While collaborations are justifiable if done with the aim to lift our communities, there must be a willingness to both acknowledge weaknesses as well as to identify those people and entities for whom misery loves company. There is a time for passiveness and a time for proactivity. In the end, perhaps the degree of our humanness lies somewhere between the choices we make for ourselves and the choices we steal from others.

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Larry Campbell is a senior communications major and public relations intern faciltated by Jerome Saintjones and under the direction of Grover Journey.

 

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The AAMU Family mourns the death of Mr. Michael Watkins, the brother of Victoria Richardson, Office of Educator Preparation and Certification Services (ext. 5522).  Funeral services will be held at Church of the Deliverance, Killeen, Tex., on Monday, December 10.

 

The AAMU Family mourns the December 3 death of student Dexter Brandon.  Additional details will be forthcoming.  The Student Health and Counseling Center is available to provide grief counseling.

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The Bulldog BottomLine appears weekly on Tuesdays (monthly during summer session), coordinated by the Office of Marketing and Public Relations (Jerome Saintjones, Director), Alabama A&M University, 303 Patton Hall, Normal, AL  35762. Please submit items for consideration one week in advance of posting date to public.relations@aamu.edu or news@aamu.edu.  For more information, contact Shirley Alexander at (256) 372-5607.

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