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July 2017 - No. 3

S.O.A.R. 2:  Admissions packs students and parents into the Elmore Building

recently as the mid-July orientation program rolled to completion on July 18.


ACTION KIDS:  The 2nd annual Action Kids Tennis Camp started will wrap up on July 20 after an intense and fun-filled five-week session.   The program is coordinated by Dr. Janet M. M'mbaha of AAMU's Department of Health Sciences, Human Performance & Communicative Disorders.


Event Shows HBCUs How to Work with DoD


A two-day Defense-sponsored workshop will be held locally as part of an ongoing effort designed to position HBCUs to work effectively with DoD.


“Taking the Pentagon to the People” will be hosted by Oakwood University August 30-31 and will allow attendees to discuss critical White House initiatives and the participation by HBCU/MSIs in federally-sponsored programs; and to increase the DoD’s role in strengthening HBCUs, with particular emphasis on enhancing institutional infrastructure and facilitating planning and development.


The workshop also will delve into the use of new technologies that ensure long-term viability and enhancement of HBCU so that they become a major resource for the DoD mission.


To Register:


T-TIME:  Retired 80-year-old professional golfer Tommy Williams offers some pointers during his visit to The Hill, where he talked about the interrelationship between golf and the STEM disciplines.  Williams also talked about the difficulties associated with playing the sport in the racially charged 1960s and 1970s, as well as how his fascination for the game evolved in his childhood.  He was joined in his discussion by local golfer T.K. Bridges.  His visit to Huntsville was coordinated by Arthur Henderson and local chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers.

(More PHOTOS by J.Saintjones)




Alum Raises Money for AAMU on Her 70th


Clarene.pngClarene Teague-Johnson celebrated her 70th birthday by giving back to her beloved Alabama A&M University.  


Teague-Johnson made the decision to forgo gifts and instead to establish a scholarship to assist future Normalites with a scholarship for students needing the extra dollars to graduate.  She challenges all alumni to establish similar scholarships. 


“It’s never too late to make contributions to support the Exit Scholarship,” said the 1969 AAMU graduate.





Volunteers Needed for Move-In Day


MoveIn.jpgDid you know that we have over 2000 new and returning students that move into the Residence Halls at Alabama A&M University (AAMU) before school starts each year? That’s a lot of people that need assistance in unloading their vehicles, welcoming them to campus, and finding their new Residence Halls.


Can you help us out?


Move-In Day Volunteers:

As Move-In Day Volunteers, you will help unload cars, carry suitcases, boxes, meet new students, families, and enjoy the energy that comes with the first day of a new student’s experience. There are two Move-In Days that we need your help with for our incoming freshmen. You can sign up for shifts on one or both days!

    August 10: 7 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

    August 11: 7 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1 p.m.-5 p.m.


If you would like to participate on this special day, but you cannot commit to the physical work of a Move-In Volunteer, sign-up to be a Check-In/Information Table Volunteer.


Student Volunteers Benefits:

Move into the Residence Hall early Wednesday, August 9 if you’re returning to live on campus. And, of course, a great opportunity to meet new friends, reunite with old ones and provide a warm, fun, and smooth move-in day experience for incoming AAMU residents and families.

Sound good? Sign up today!  We look forward to seeing you on Move-In Day 2017!





CSD Pinning Set


The Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD) program will host its Graduate Pinning Ceremony Thursday, July 27, at 4 p.m. in the auditorium of Arthur J. Bond Hall (Engineering).


Chatman.jpgKandis Chatman, the first African-American president of the Speech & Hearing Association of Alabama, will be the guest speaker.   


For additional information about the CSD program or the ceremony, call (256) 372-5541






Association Sets Date of Gathering


The Alabama A&M University Alumni Association, Inc., will hold is national conference in Huntsville, Ala., from June 21-24, 2018, according to the Office of Alumni Affairs.





Five Bulldogs Named to All-SWAC Preseason Football Teams


by Bud McLaughlin


A quintet of Alabama A&M Bulldogs has been named to the All-Southwestern Athletic Conference preseason football teams, the league announced Friday.

The teams were announced during SWAC Football Media Day at the Birmingham Marriott after ballots were cast by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors.

Senior linebacker Kenneth Davis and senior defensive back Tere Calloway were named to the first team defense; sophomore running back Jordan Bentley, the 2016 SWAC Freshman of the Year, is on the first team offense; senior Nick Carden is the first-team kicker; and senior Austin Simmons was named to the second team offensive line. This is the most Bulldogs on the preseason team under Head Coach James Spady.

The Bulldogs, who finished second in the East Division in 2016, were picked to finish fourth in the East this season in the preseason balloting. Defending champion Alcorn State totaled 80 points as the preseason favorite to win the East. Alabama State was selected to finish in second with 66 points, Jackson State received 59 points, followed by Alabama A&M (45) and Mississippi Valley State (20).

Defending SWAC and Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl champion Grambling State was the favorite in the West, followed by Southern, Prairie View A&M, Texas Southern and Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

The league had previously announced this will be the final year of a league championship football game pitting the East champion against the West champion.


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Agribition Center Preps for Free July Jam and Bookpack Drive


The July Jam and Bookpack Drive will be held at the Alabama A&M University Agribition Center on Saturday, July 29.  The Bookpack giveaways will run between 2-5 p.m. for elementary and middle school students, while the public is invited to enjoy live outdoor music on Agribition Center's quad area from 6-10:30 p.m.  Throughout the live music and entertainment, attendees will be able to participate in a silent auction and giveaways.


Admission is free to R&B and soul music, food trucks, various vendors and door prizes.


Spaces are available for VIP ($75 set-up fee/$25 door prize) and regular vendors ($50 set-up fee/$25 door prize).  For event and vendor information, contact Altonio Smith at (256) 859-5896 or


NANO:  Area students end summer nanotechnology workshop coordinated by AAMU's physics program and Dr. B.R. Reddy.  More PHOTOS by J. Saintjones




NEXT S.O.A.R. Event - August 13-14!


Here are a couple of S.O.A.R. update links:


CLICK HERE for the S.O.A.R. Student & Parent Guidebook

CLICK HERE for the S.O.A.R. Schedule of Events



The Office of Admissions |

The Office of Student Affairs: Integrity.Diversity. Collaboration.Service

Alabama A&M University

100 Patton Hall | p:256-372-5250 | f:256-372-5249



Move-In.JPGAAMU Student Housing Update


In preparation for Fall 2017, Alabama A&M University implemented a new student housing management system.  Adirondack Solutions, an interactive, user friendly system, provides an opportunity for students to apply for housing, request a specific hall/room, request a roommate based on preferences such as sleep pattern, study habits, etc.,  and communicate directly with housing personnel. Also, Adirondack provides student housing personnel with real-time updates on housing availability. 


The University has identified 2700 beds for new and returning students.  Students requesting housing must meet the following criteria:


·         Payment of applicable housing fee(s) – $250 deposit and/or $100 application fee;

·         2017-2018 FAFSA or valid payment method on file; and

·         Registered for the Fall 2017 Semester


Although the University has allotted 1,525 beds for incoming freshmen, and 1,175 beds for upperclassmen, housing is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis, says Karla Miller, interim director of housing at AAMU. The priority deadline for returning students to receive housing for Fall 2017 was May 5, 2017, and June 19, 2017 is the priority deadline for incoming freshmen.    While the University desires to provide students an opportunity to live on campus, assignments cannot be made in excess of the maximum beds available. 


Unlike previous years, Alabama A&M University will not provide temporary/short-term accommodations once maximum capacity has been reached.  When capacity is reached, students are asked to monitor Housing’s website for availability updates as vacancies will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. 


For additional information, call (256) 372-5797. 




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