Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Will YOU Make History and Be Among the 1,890? REGISTER TODAY!
President Andrew Hugine,
Jr., the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and the College of
Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences at Alabama Agricultural and
Mechanical University (AAMU) invite you to participate in the 125th
Anniversary Celebration of the Second Morrill Act that established 1890
Land-Grant Universities. An observance of this historical occasion will be the 1890 Day Wellness Walk-Run on April 23 from 12:00-4:00 p.m. Registration and t-shirt pick up will be held between 9:00-11:00 a.m. Music, food, and giveaways will also be available on the Quad!
The national goal of the
1890 Day Wellness Walk-Run is for each 1890 University to solicit at
least 1,890 participants who will register for $1.89 (students only),
$18.90 (general registration fee), $189.00, $1,890.00, or more.
Registration fees will go toward establishing the Justin Smith Morrill
Scholarship fund. Those persons or groups who choose to support at the $189.00 level or above will be recognized.
pre-registration deadline for the 1890 Day Wellness Walk-Run is April
22, participants will have a chance to register in-person on April 23.
Visit https://secure.qgiv.com/for/aau/ to register online.
Note: Click on the "Events" tab about halfway down the page, then select "1890 Day Walk/Run" from the drop-down menu.
If you plan to register or
make a donation by check, please make your check payable to AAMU
Foundation, write 1890 Scholarship Fund in the memo line, and mail your
tax deductible contribution to: AAMU Marketing and Advancement, 311 Patton Building, P.O. Box 294, Normal, AL 35762.
Visit http://1890universities.org/ for more information about 1890 Land-Grant Universities and to view the celebratory YouTube video.
Thank you in advance for your commitment to this effort. You
may contact Renée Johnson at 256.372.4827 or Dr. Lloyd Walker at (256)
372-5675 if you have any questions or need additional information.
Utilizing GradesFirst to Identify, Engage and Retain Students
Harmon, EAB performance analyst, will make 90-minute presentations on
“Utilizing GradesFirst to Identify, Engage and Retain Students”
on Friday, April 24, in the LRC Training Lab 1 at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and
Click Here to Register
What is GradesFirst?
GradesFirst is a web-based student performance monitoring
system that provides automated student services and communication
between faculty, academic advisors, tutors, university support services
(i.e., student health services, residential life)
and students. GradesFirst will provide early
alerts for students who have been identified as at-risk academically.
The program also allows for management and monitoring of students’
attendance, advising and tutorial appointments. Other
features of GradesFirst include:
Easy access from any computer or mobile device connected to the web
Early alert system to identify at-risk students early in the semester.
Student Progress Reports
Straightforward advising Summary Reports
Communication center for e-mail, text messaging, and Facebook
Tutor Management and Summary Reports
Appointment Calendars, Class Schedules
Tracking of students by group, cohort or classification(i.e. Student-Athletes, Merit Scholars, Freshmen)
If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Dawn Miles, Research Data Analyst at x5994.
Funeral services are scheduled at 12 noon on Saturday, April 25, at Bethel Pine Baptist Church, for Mrs. Yvonne D. Moss, mother
of Dr. Elicia Moss of the College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences.
The church is located at 796 Sumter 22 in Coatopa, Ala.
Visitation will be held at Weatherly Funeral Home, 1575 E Fourth
Avenue, York, Ala., on Friday, April 24, from 3-6 p.m. with the Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.'s, Omega Omega Ceremony and Eastern Star
Ceremony to begin at 6 p.m.
Repast will be held at Sumter Central High School, 13878 US Highway 11, York, Ala.
Directions to Bethel Pine: From Huntsvile, Birmingham, Tuscaloosa:
From I-20 West, Take exit 17 for Hwy. 28 Livingston; Turn left on
Hwy. 28; Turn right on N. Washington St.; Turn left on North St.;
Continue straight on Hwy. 28; Turn left (at gas station); The church is
on the right.
Professor to Address AAUW
AAMU engineering professor has been invited to address a local women’s
organization on the subject of “Renewable Energy, Conventional Energy
and Environmental Effects” on Tuesday, May 5.
Showkat Chowdhury, professor of mechanical engineering, will speak to
the Huntsville chapter of the American Association of University Women
(AAUW) at 5:30 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, located at 301
Drake Avenue SE in Huntsville, Ala.
energy is obtained from resources that are naturally replenished
continuously and are infinite sources, says Chowdhury.
He lists the fundamental types of renewable
energy as solar energy, wind energy, biomass and biofuel, hydroelectric,
and geothermal energy.
energy, also known as clean energy, has many advantages over
conventional energy (i.e., fossil fuel, such as petroleum, coal
and natural gas.
is offering courses and engaging students in research in the emerging
field of renewable energy. He received a grant from the
National Science Foundation (NSF) to expand the renewable energy
program at AAMU.
interested in attending the dinner-meeting can register online at the
AAUW website, http://huntsville-al.aauw.net/; e-mail
call (256) 880-8643.
Fashion Extravaganza This Weekend
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is hosting its Annual
Fashion Extravaganza on Saturday, April 25, at 4 p.m. in the Clyde
Foster Auditorium of the College of Business and Public Affairs.
fashion show will feature original garments designed and constructed by
two classes within the Apparel, Merchandising and Design Area—AMD
404L Advanced Clothing and Design and AMD 406L Draping.
fashion design majors from the area have created their garments from
idea to finished product. The process begins with a design
sketch, a master pattern is made from body measurements, the master is
manipulated to create the sketched design and then the garment is
a special treat, the students have included in their repertoire an
evening look that is made without a pattern, by merely draping fabric
on the dress form. The show this year includes very eclectic and
creative designs and it features the wares of several local retail
boutiques, as well.
Mathematician Receives MIT Faculty Fellowship
associate professor of mathematics at AAMU will participate in a
faculty fellowship program sponsored by the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology (MIT).
Israel Ncube, Nonlinear Dynamics Research Laboratory in the College of
Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences, has been awarded
a fully funded faculty fellowship entailing research collaboration and
the teaching of graduate and undergraduate students at MIT and Harvard.
For additional information about the visiting scholars program, visit
Business Fraternity Performs Well at State Conference
of Phi Beta Lambda Business Fraternity Incorporated, XIXI Chapter, from
the College of Business and Public Affairs at Alabama
A&M University, performed exceptionally at the Annual Alabama State
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA-PBL) Leadership Conference
held in Birmingham, Ala., April 17 - 18, at the Sheraton Hotel.
annual academic competition on business courses and related fields
sponsored by Alabama State Department of Education is held as part
of the conference. During the conference,
Alabama A&M University students won 10 1st place prizes in the
following competitive events: Business Decision Making, Business
Sustainability, Cyber Security, Hospitality Management, International
Business, Justice Administration, Macroeconomics, Management Concepts,
Marketing Analysis and Decision Making, and Personal Finance.
students also won four 2nd place prizes in the following competitive
events: Accounting for Professionals, Computer Concepts, Financial
Concepts, and Justice Administrations. The students also garnered 10
3rd place prizes in the following competitive events: Accounting for
Professional, Business Presentation, Entrepreneurship Concepts, Future
Business Executive, Human Resource Management,
International Business, Justice Administration, Microeconomics, Social
Media Campaign, and Sports Management & Marketing.
All first and second prize winners qualify to represent the State of
Alabama in the FBLA-PBL National Leadership Conference to be held on
June 24 - 27 in Chicago, Ill.
Students also served as ambassadors and recruited students from high schools and two-year colleges.
Did You Know?
Teachers’ Retirement Systems of Alabama (TRS) is available to guide you
through the process to ensure you receive the necessary information
your eligible retirement benefits. A member is eligible to receive retirement benefits under either of the following conditions.
He or she has at least 10 years of service credit with and has attained the age of 60.
accumulating 25 years of service credit at any age.
If you are:
¨ Within five (5) years of retirement eligibility, it is time to focus on the finish line! TRS full-day
gives you the opportunity to hear from the experts as you plan your retirement with confidence.
¨ You must register to attend seminar. Complete a
and view the 2015 Seminar Schedule online.
Retirement application must be
filed with TRS no less than 30 days and no more than 90 days prior to
the selected date of retirement.
How to educate yourself about your TRS benefits and PEEHIP healthcare coverages:
1. If you have not already, access your account through the Retirement System of Alabama (RSA) Member Online Service (MOS) at
You can view your TRS account online as well as your PEEHIP coverages.
While viewing your online account, you may utilize the retirement
calculator for retirement benefits and PEEHIP health insurance premium
2. Contact TRS at 1-877-517-0020 to request an official retirement benefits estimate.
3. Log onto the available “STEP BY STEP Retirement Videos site at
Should you have questions or concerns, please contact Brenda Hughes, Benefits Manager at 256-372-5845.
DCI International Readies for Summer Event
Returning for its third year at Alabama A&M University’s
Louis Crews Stadium, the Drum Corps International Tour will march
through Huntsville on July 23, for DCI North Alabama. Set on a Thursday
in 2015, this year’s event will feature a lineup of World
Class corps competing at A&M’s Louis Crews Stadium.
Performance Start Time is 7 p.m. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
Day of Show Box Office at Stadium opens at 2 p.m. Ticket price is $25-$35. Tickets increase $5 in all sections on the day of the show.
Groups of 20 or more receive a $5 discount in all sections.
Groups of 20-49 receive 2 comp tickets.
Please call the DCI Box Office at (317) 275-1212 to purchase group tickets.
Stadium Seating: Row 1 is closest to
field.For Sections 6-8 and D-E, the higher numbered seats are closer to
the 50-yard lineADA seating is located at the top of the lower sections
and is General Admission seating.
To purchase accessible seating or group tickets, please call the DCI Box Office. 317. 275.1212
Event Start Times are subject to change.
Individual ticket prices do not include $4.95 processing fee per ticket added during completion of order.
Group tickets have $2 processing fee per ticket added during completion of order.
This results in a total savings of $7.95 per ticket compared to individual purchases.
SFRC, Extension to Hold Two-Day Workshop
The Small Farms Research Center (AAMU) in collaboration with
Alabama Cooperative Extension will host its Small Business Workshop on
May 7-8, 2015 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
The target audience extends to agribusinesses, farmers,
producers, landowners, inspiring agricultural entrepreneurs, and anyone
interested in starting a small business.
Please pre-register at http://www.aamu.edu/sfrc under “Quick Glance” for Registration-Small Business Workshop.
Schedule of Workshop:
“Starting a Business from Scratch”
“Business Economics and Marketing”
Session 3: “Short and
Long Term Business Planning/Affordable Care Act Business Requirements”
Session 4: “Bookkeeping
and Business Taxes”
This Small Business workshop will be held at the James I. Dawson
Building on the campus of Alabama A&M University, 4900 Meridian
Street, Normal, AL 35762.
To reserve a spot, there is $10 fee to attend the workshop. This
cost does include handouts/ training material, lite refreshment and
Also, there are limited scholarships available, please inquire.
For more information, call (256) 372-4970 or 1(866) 372-4970.
AAMU Holds Grand Opening for Confucius Institute!
The AAMU Family was joined by friends and community leaders at the Grand Opening activities for the Confucius Institute at Alabama A&M University on Thursday, April 16, at the VBC.
Attendees witnessed Chinese folk songs, dances and performances by the AAMU Choir, University of Alabama-Huntsville student singers and students from Providence Elementary School. See PHOTOS
Special Events Committee to Meet
The Ceremonial and Special Events Committee is requested to meet for a final walk-through of the Von Braun Center on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Members will convene in the lobby of the Arena.
MUSIC CONFERENCE: Lucrecia Hawley, assistant professor of music, took two music majors who are concentrating in education, Daniel Burton and Chrystal Turner, to the Alabama Orff-Schulwerk Association Conference in Birmingham recently. The presenter, Dr. Rene Boyer, is the co-author of the text book, Music, Fundamentals, Methods, and Materials for the Elementary Classroom, currently used for MUS 301, Music for Elementary. The students were active participants and enjoyed the experience, says Hawley. Pictured (l-r): Daniel Burton, Dt. Rene Boyer, Chrystal Turner and Lucrecia Hawley.
WILL ON THE HILL: Following a performance by Cedric Liquer at AAMU for the observance of the 451st observance of the birthday of William Shakespeare, the artisan takes a personable moment to relax and interact. Picture (l-r) are: Aaron Walker, Guest Artist Dr. Cedric Liqueur, Princess Davis, and Dr. Susan C. Brown
AWM Meeting Set
The AAMU Chapter of the Alliance for Women in Media will be held Tuesday, April 21, at the VIP Room in the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center at 12:30 p.m. The event, sponsored by Career Development Services, will feature Shevaun Bryan of WHNT-TV 19 in Huntsville, Ala.
According to Dr. Susan C. Brown, chapter advisor, the AAMU-AWM affiliate is seeking student members to promote the entry, development, and advancement of women in media and related fields. The national AWM is the longest established professional organization, of both women and men, dedicated to advancing women in the media and entertainment fields.
The AAMU-AWM seeks to empower career development, engage in thought leadership, and drive positive change for our industry and societal progress. For more information, contact Dr. Brown at (256) 372-4085 or e-mail email@example.com.
Student Featured on USDA Website
AAMU student Taurean Morrow has been featured on the USDA’s website as part of its National Volunteer Week observance.
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama is celebrating National Volunteer Week through April 18 by thanking and honoring its Earth Team volunteers for their service to conservation. In fiscal year 2014, more than 3,200 volunteers worked 22,655 hours through the Earth Team Volunteer program in Alabama.
Morrow is a graduate student at AAMU studying business administration, and he also serves in the National Guard. He has worked with the Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District by helping out wherever he is needed.
Honda 2015 Team Represents AAMU Well
The 2015 Honda Campus All Star academic team represented Alabama A&M University well at the recent National Tournament in Los Angeles. The squad, headed by its captain, Donald Hollis III, senior biology major, was comprised of
fourth-year player Jajuan Juzang, junior, elementary education; second-year player Monique Massey Jefferson, junior, biology education; and Emmalee Tigner, senior, food sciences.
The team finished the first phase of the tournament, 5-0, as the number one team in the Mary Mahoney Division, after defeating Howard University, North Carolina Central, Dillard, Livingstone, and University of Maryland-Eastern Shore. The team entered the Sweet 16 play-offs as the number four seed. The AAMU team captain was the All-Star of the Mahoney Division. He answered the highest number of questions of all players in that division. This year’s National Tournament winner was Prairie View A&M University. President Andrew Hugine accompanied the team to the national tournament.
The HCASC Coaching staff, Dr. Barbara A.P. Jones (coach) and Dr. Edward Bond and Professor Brian Leonard (assistant coaches), invite all undergraduates who would enjoy a spirited academic competition that enriches their knowledge across disciplines and subject areas to compete for a position on next year’s squad.
Honda of America covers all costs associated with the program. For more information about the HCASC program, contact Dr. Jones at (256) 372-5576 in 212D NSB, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admissions Introduces New T&F Gift Certificate
The ever-innovative Admissions team has come up with yet another aimed at attracting the best and brightest while simultaneously making students’ financial burdens lighter.
The new AAMU Tuition & Fees Gift Certificate has been introduced, and it is a “must” for those looking for a suitable gift to a recent high school graduate, says Venita C. King, assistant vice president of enrollment management and director of admissions.
The E-Card is being forwarded to all accepted students in the likelihood that students and their families could be inspired to make AAMU the school of choice sooner rather than later.
Donations to the E-Card will be posted to students’ respective accounts, and contributors will a certificate of acknowledgement, said King.
AAMU Student Heads Alabama SAEA
Alabama A&M University graduate student Jalin Smith was recently elected President of the Student Alabama Education Association (SAEA) for the state of Alabama for a two-year term.
Smith will represent all student members of the SAEA for all universities and colleges within the state. As President, she will sit on the AEA Board of Directors as the chief student representative/advocate. She also will be provided the opportunity to attend national student leadership/professional issues conference provided by the National Education Association (NEA) in Orlando, Fla., at Disney World and will represent Alabama.
The AAMU Student Alabama Education Association is open to any undergraduate or graduate student with specific emphasis on those pursuing the profession of education. Students receive professional training and development and other benefits.
For Information on how you can join, please contact Jalin Smith, president of Alabama SAEA and the AAMU SAEA affiliate, at email@example.com.
Character Trait for April Announced
The Bulldog Pride Customer Service Committee would like to recognize individuals who exhibit a particular character trait each month. The character trait for April 2015 is “Optimistic.” Optimistic is expecting the best possible outcome in situations. Please nominate an administrator, a faculty, a staff or a student from the AAMU Family who exhibits this characteristic. A group of independent judges will read the responses and make a selection. Make sure to include in your narrative examples of optimistic behavior that the individual has exhibited. Deadline for nomination is April 24, 2015, by noon. The nomination box is located in the J.F. Drake Memorial Learning Resource Center. Individuals can also respond online. Winners will be announced April 29, 2015. HERE
AAMU Student Featured on ABC Affiliate
A sizeable, inspiring and heartwarming story on Alabama A&M University student Cameron Dangerfield was aired on WAAY-TV 31, the ABC affiliate located in Huntsville, Ala.
The piece focuses on the hardships Dangerfield, a Chicago native, has overcome to tear himself away from a depressive environment and to cling to his dream of becoming a chef, boosting himself along the way through social media.
To see the uplifting story, please click on or copy and paste the following link:
Support Staff to Be Honored
AAMU’s administrative professionals (i.e., secretaries, executive assistants, and administrative assistants) will receive tributes at the Fifth Annual Alabama A&M University (AAMU) Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon on Wednesday, April 22, at 12 noon in the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center.
The cost of the luncheon is $20 per person (personal or cashier’s check), payable to “Aramark” via U.S. mail (P.O. Box 305, Normal, AL 35762) or hand-delivered to Ms. Cheryl K. Johnson, Office of Human Resources prior to April 15. As such, directors and other supervisors are respectfully requested to remit payment of $20 for themselves, along with $10 for the lunch of each administrative professional who will accompany them to the luncheon.
Additionally, please inform Ms. Johnson of your name and that of the administrative professional(s) who will accompany you at the luncheon via email at Cheryl.firstname.lastname@example.org or (256) 372-5515.
Scenes from Honors Convocation - HERE
Scenes from International Food Fair - HERE
Scenes from Candlelight Vigil - HERE
Professor Will Head National Honor Society
An Alabama A&M University professor and department chair has been elected as president of a well-known national honor society.
Dr. Cynthia M. Smith, chair of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, has been named the 2015-17 national president of Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society. Dr. Smith was elected to this position on March 28 during the business session of the 63rd National Convention hosted by Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Ga. Prior to assuming this position, Dr. Smith served as the Director for Region IV, the Alabama-Florida Region.
Dr. Smith has been an active participant in AKM since her junior year at Tuskegee University. After joining the faculty at AAMU, she served as an
assistant advisor, and as a co-advisor of Kappa Sigma Chapter under Dr. Barbara Anthony. Upon the retirement of Dr. Anthony in 1991, she became the chapter advisor and has remained in that position until the present. Under her leadership, the chapter has inducted two honorary members and approximately two thousand undergraduate/graduate students. In 2013, Dr. Smith was instrumental in Kappa Sigma serving as the host chapter for the 62nd National Convention and 75th Anniversary Celebration of AKM at Alabama A&M University.
As the national president, Dr. Smith will work closely with the national Executive Secretary/Treasurer, Dr. Mollie Brown. She looks forward to continuing and enhancing the legacy of this prestigious organization, founded by Dr. George W. Gore in 1937.
Annie’s Project Opens New Session for Women in Ag
Registration is now open for the next class of Annie’s Project, a six-session intensive agri-business management seminar for women with a passion for
business and involvement, and a desire to increase knowledge and skills. Course topics include marketing, business plan development, record keeping, communications, and much more.
Registration is $50 per participant, which includes a light meal, a leather notebook, and support materials. Space is limited, however, to 25 participants for each of the six seminars and pre-registration is required. Please register by April 24 at http://goo.gl/UlHnRy.
Classes will meet on Tuesday evenings from 5-8 p.m. on April 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26, and June 2, 2015, at the Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Madison County Office located in the Charles Stone Agricultural Center, 819 Cook Avenue in Huntsville.
For more information, please contact Dr. Theresa Jones at 256-509-5908 or e-mail email@example.com.
AAMU's Knight Center was packed as International Food Fair attendees
witnessed South African dance. Students and community members enjoyed samples of cuisine representing various countries. PHOTOS
CFCU Holds Annual Meeting
ouncill Federal Credit Union held its 61st annual meeting Tuesday, March 24, a rescheduling of the February 26 meeting that was postponed due to inclement weather. The noon meeting was held at the AAMU Agribition Center on Moores Mill Road.
Members heard reports from the credit and supervisory committees, along with an update from Tessie Davis Horace, president of the CFCU board of directors. PHOTOS
New G&C Staffer Announced
Lillie Hughes has been named as the new assistant director of grants and contracts accounting. She will continue to manage grants and contracts for Cooperative Extension and for the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences, in addition to acting on behalf of the director (Darcy Wolff) in the latter’s absence.
Public Safety Encourages Review of Tornado Safety Information
As spring approaches, it is important that members of the AAMU Family prepare for the tornado season at home and at work. Please also review your AAMU Emergency Procedures Manual (see link below), so that you are prepared to respond in an emergency.
- Campus Tornado Safety Information -
What should I do during a tornado watch?
A tornado watch means that severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornados are possible. Continue your normal activities but monitor weather conditions and be prepared to seek shelter. Remain weather alert. Stay tuned to local radio/television stations and check your AAMU emails for further information.
What should I do during a tornado warning?
A tornado warning indicates that a tornado has been spotted or radar indicates there is a likely tornado. When you hear outdoor tornado warning sirens and/or receive a Bulldog Alert tornado warning you should seek shelter immediately and remain in a protective area until you receive an all-clear message through Bulldog Alert or a building emergency contact representative.
How much advance notice will a tornado warning give me?
Tornados can strike without warning -- that is why it is important to remain weather alert during severe weather and be prepared to seek immediate shelter.
How will I be notified of a tornado warning?
Two tornado warning sirens are located on/near campus. They are activated whenever the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning for any portion of Madison County. Seek shelter immediately when you hear the siren.
AAMU will utilize the Bulldog Alert emergency notification system and the campus email system to alert the campus community of a tornado warning. The University will issue an emergency warning alert and mass email message whenever the National Weather Service issues a warning for Madison County. Seek shelter immediately when you receive a Bulldog Alert or email tornado warning message, even if you cannot hear the campus warning sirens.
Department of Public Safety Officers (when possible) will also ride through the campus with the sirens from squad cars activated. They will use PA systems in the vehicles to advise you to seek immediate shelter.
· If, after the warning is issued, the University determines that there is no immediate tornado threat to the campus (the tornado warning is only for a specific segment of the county and does not include nor is likely to later include the AAMU campus) an "All-clear" message will be issued. Remain alert to changing weather conditions and be prepared to seek shelter should conditions change.
Where should I seek shelter during a tornado warning?
We recommend that you identify in advance the location(s) of protective areas within your building(s). At AAMU, many protective areas are identified by yellow signs with black lettering, and are also indicated on building evacuation maps.
· In buildings, go to the best available protective area. Basements are best, but interior locations on the lowest level also offer protection. Stay away from windows, exterior doors, exterior walls, and other hazards inherent to the building.
· If outdoors, quickly seek shelter within a building. If unable to do so, take shelter in a ditch or ravine away from possible sources of heavy debris. Be alert for rising waters and flying debris.
How long should I remain in a campus protective area?
You should remain sheltered until the University issues an all-clear message. There may be situations where one tornado warning has just expired but it is anticipated that an approaching storm cell will result in the issuance of an additional warning within a short period of time. The University will not issue an all-clear until the approaching threat has passed.
Where can I get additional weather safety information?
Go to the Department of Public Safety homepage or contact us at ext. 5555.
Emergency Procedures Handbook
Kappas Make BHM Contest Award
Members of the Gamma Phi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., held a contest requesting entrants to make a pitch for “The Biggest Contributor to African-American History.”
The student winner was DeMariah Koger (right), a freshman environmental science major from Bowie, Md. Koger wrote on Dorothy Height of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW).
Presenting the $150 award was Kyle Major, a civil engineering senior from Largo, Md.
Financial Aid Tip
The Office of Student Financial Aid is committed to making sure all of our students are given the necessary information and tools needed to make the Financial Aid experience as seamless as possible. In keeping with this mantra, please find an important financial aid tip.
*********Financial Aid Tip*********
As you are embarking on your Spring Break activities, please remember to complete your 2015/2016 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible. This will insure that we can begin to properly process your financial aid file for the Fall 2015/ Spring 2016 school year. Most who completed a FAFSA for this current year will be able to complete the renewal application. Please share this important information with your parents, if applicable. Go to www.FAFSA.ed.gov for additional information or contact our office at 256-372-5400.
AAMU Business Students Place 3rd in TVA Investment Challenge
A team of sudents from the Department of Finance and Economics of Alabama A&M University's College of Business and Public Affairs recently placed third in the annual Tennessee Valley Authority Investment Challenge Program.
TVA's Investment Challenge is a unique, innovative partnership between TVA and 25 universities in its service territory. The program aims to provide real-world experience in portfolio management. The Challenge gives teams of students hands-on experience in managing real stock portfolios. AAMU students actively managed TVA funds by designing long-term investment strategies, placing trades and providing performance reports to TVA.
"The results of the TVA Investment Challenge shows that Alabama A&M students can perform exceptionally well in highly competitive environments," said Dr. Del Smith, dean of the College of Business and Public Affairs.
The AAMU's TVA Investment Challenge team earned 16.33 percent return, compared to 13.69 percent for the S&P 500 Index. That placed AAMU third out of the 25 participating schools, outperforming such participants as Vanderbilt University and the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
"This was a great performance for our portfolio and rewards the hard work of our students," said Dr. Mohammad Robbani, faculty advisor of the TVA Investment Challenge program and chair of the Department of Finance and Economics. "We believe that students benefit from the authentic experience they receive through this program." (Photo by J. Saintjones)
AAMU Well Represented at AAS Conference
The students of Alabama A&M University made an impressive showing at the recent Alabama Academy of Science conference at the University of West Alabama.
For instance, physics graduate student Jamelia Polius (right) of Tuskegee, Ala., won first place for her 15-minute presentation, “Determining the Electrical Surface Resistivity of Multi-Wall in Single-Wall Carbon Nanotube Doped Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA) Thin Films.”
Post-graduate students Kevin Bernard of Trinidad-Tobago and Montgomery, Ala., native Adriauna Davis (left) were awarded second place for their poster on "The Urbanization Process in the Huntsville, AL (MSA) (Micro and Macro Level Analysis)." Davis was an earlier recipient of the Eisenhower Fellowship and attended the National Eisenhower Fellowship Conference in Washington, D.C., in January 2015
An Alabama A&M University physics doctoral student also was awarded first place for his poster in the Physics and Math Section at the Alabama Academic Society’s 92nd Annual Conference recently at the University of West Alabama. Kyle D. Rose, Sr., presented his poster on “Transportable Hybrid Solar and Wind Energy System for Education and Public Awareness.” Also a technical staff laboratory instructor for AAMU’s College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences (CETPS), Rose began his academic career as a lab manager.
Rose’s award was presented by Lamario Williams (left) of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, conference vice president (Photo by Lamont E. Williams).