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Wednesday, October 1, 2014



Herbalist Will Hold Seminar on Herbal Remedies


Certified herbalist Phyllis Light will present a seminar on “Herbal Remedies for Common Complaints” Wednesday, October 1, in the ARC Auditorium on the Alabama A&M University campus at 5:30 p.m.  

The seminar is open to the public.  For additional information, contact Dr. S.R. Mentreddy at (256) 372-4250.




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:



Vote for the Marching Maroon and White in HBOB


The voting process has begun for the 2015 Honda Battle  of the Bands, and we definitely know what group is “The Best Band in the Land.”   So, it’s time to get your vote on.  Check out the link  Voting runs through October 15.


Faculty Urged to Participate in Survey


The NSF WIDER project team and CETL are conducting a university-wide faculty survey on evidence-based teaching. Below is the link. Deadline is: October 10th, 2014


For more information about the survey, contact Dr. Susie Zhao at (256) 372-8466.




Coaches Breakfast Thursday


Football Head Coach James Spady is the featured speaker for this year’s Louis Crews Classic annual Coaches Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 2, at the Knight Center.

The breakfast is the kickoff for the fifth annual Louis Crews Classic, which culminates with the game against Grambling State and the introduction of former players at halftime. 


At the breakfast, alumni and fans will have an opportunity to meet Coach Spady and his staff, while experiencing the excitement of preparing for the Bulldogs’ first home game of the season, which is also Homecoming. 


Tickets are $100 for a table of eight and $10 for individuals. They can be purchased at the ticket office at Elmore Gym.


- Bud McLaughlin




Comedian Lavell Crawford Thursday


Crawford2.jpgTickets to the Lavell Crawford comedy show at Alabama A&M University on Thursday, October 2, in the Elmore Building at 7 p.m., can be purchased at the Student Center.  General admission tickets are $20/each, and AAMU faculty and staff can purchase tickets (with ID) for $10.  



The Men’s Room Holds Debut

The highly anticipated The Men’s Room held its debut via YouTube Channel on September 30 at 7:00 CST. The concept was developed by Executive Producers Johnny Sledge and Charles Beason who wanted to touch real issues in the form of a talk show.

The show features various walks of life giving various perspectives on real life situations.  The show deals with overall topics of race, religion, and relationships plus other hot topics within the world. The Men's Room airs twice a month and is 5-7 minutes long with seven male cast members.

There are four elements of The Men’s Room Brand:
o    Talk Show
o    Live Panel discussions
o    Man on the Street (street interviews and at event locations)
o    Cast Member Videos

The four elements of The Men’s Room will be compiled into a documentary slated to be released in 2015. For media kits, cast interviews, cast appearances, and more information please contact: Chris Robinson, PR Director, at (256) 520-2394 or email



Memorial Services Scheduled


Memorial services will be held at noon Friday, October 3,  for Mr. Willie Eddie Elliott, former AAMU employee (painting) in Physical Facilities and husband of staffer Linda Elliott in the Office of Marketing, Communications and Advancement.  The services will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. Arrangements are being coordinated by Berryhill Funeral Home.  Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Foundation. 



Comprehensive Listing of AAMU Homecoming 2014 Events




Sunday, September 28, 2014

v  5pm Gospel Explosion

·         Location: Elmore Gym

·         Contact: Diann Anderson


Monday, September 29, 2014

v  8pm Skate Party

·         Location: Roller Time Skate Rink

·         Contact: Diann Anderson, Ron Parmley (owner)


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

·         7pm Student Choice Event-Glow in the Dark Party

·         Location: Quad

·         Contact: Diann Anderson


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

v  12pm Every Sunny Wednesday – Athletics Host

·         Location: The Quad

·         Contact: Diann Anderson, Ms. Ann Benshoff

v  6pm Pep Rally

·         Location: Elmore Gym

·         Contact: Ms. Ann Benshoff

v  7pm Talent Show

·         Location: Elmore Gym

·         Contact: Diann Anderson


Thursday, October 2, 2014

·         8:30am Louis Crews Classic- Coaches Breakfast-

·         Location: Ernest Knight Reception Hall

·         Contact: Mr. Bryan Hicks

v  11am Alumni-Student Fish Fry

·         Location: The Block

·         Contact: Diann Anderson

v  7pm Comedy Show- Lavell Crawford

·         Location: Elmore Gym

·         Contact: Diann Anderson


Friday, October 3, 2014

v  8:30-2:30 The Hill Project 2014&2016

·         Location: All throughout Campus- Knight Center

·         Contact: Barbara Johnson

v  12:00am-4:pm Alumni Day Party Event

·         Location: Louis Crew Stadium (Front)

·         Contact: Mr. Archie Tucker, Mrs. Sandra Stubbs

v  11:00am On-Campus Parade

·         Line up at 10:00am (Morrison Parking lot)

·         Contact: Mr. Ruffin

v  12pm-4pm BET College Tour

·         Location: The Quad

·         Contact: Diann Anderson

v  7pm Student Concert- Yo Gotti

·         Location: Von Braun Civic Center

·         Contact: Diann Anderson


Saturday, October 4, 2014

9am Off Campus Parade (Grand Marshall- Ron and Patricia McIntosh)

·         Location: Downtown Huntsville

·         Contact: LTC Richard Ruffin

v  11am Alumni Association Big Tailgate

·         Location: In front of Louis Crews Stadium

·         Contact: Ms. Erica McClain

v  12noon Bulldog Walk

·         Location: Starting at the Field Event Track, team walks down to the stadium

·         Contact: TBD

v  1:30pm Corporate Tent (Invitation for Corporate Clients Only)

·         Location: In Zone

·         Time: 30mins before the game

·         Contact: Mr. Archie Tucker

v  2:00pm 40th Annual LCC & Homecoming Football Game (AAMU vs. Grambling)

·         Pre-Game: Introduction of Former Louis Crews Players, Pregame 1:30pm

·         Halftime: Introduction of Miss A&M and court

·         Location: Louis Crews Stadium

·         Contact: TBD

v  8:00pm Greek Step Show (6-8 groups)

·         Location: Elmore Gym

·         Contact: Diann Anderson 


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Farmers and Ranchers Program Rescheduled


The New and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Program has been re-scheduled for November 19-21. The Small Farms Research Center regrets any inconvenience caused by the change.   Please do not hesitate in contacting E’licia Chaverest for additional updates and the transferring/refunds of reservation fee at  (256) 372-4958.



Graduate Student Council (GSC) Announces New Officers


The School of Graduate Studies has announced the 2014-15 officers of the Graduate Student Council.  These include:  President – Ramona Mathews; Vice President – Brandon Beal; Secretary - Danielle Daniels; Treasurer – Jamie Harrington; Parliamentarian – Terea Ross; Editor – Myrah Hoskins; International Student Representative – Claros Morean; and Miss Graduate Studies – Taryn Smith.



USDA/NIFA Director to Visit AAMU


The director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture will visit the Alabama A&M University campus on October 8.


Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, director of USDA/NIFA, will visit AAMU and the College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences for a Strikeforce Roundtable (10 a.m.) discussion and a presentation on “Setting the Table for a Hotter, Flatter, More Crowded Earth” at 1:45 p.m.  Both events will be held in the Dawson Building Auditorium.




Miss AAMU Coronation

A&M 2-D Art Students

Engineering Dean's Speaker Series Sept. 2014

Two-Dimensional Art by AAMU Students

The Bradfords Portrait Unveiling

Hispanic Heritage Celebration

Fall Career Fair

Health & Wellness Fair

Bulldogs Victorious Over Tuskegee Golden Tigers

Service Learning and Part-Time Job Fair

Bulldogs in Orlando!

Hugine Part of Tom Joyner Foundation Panel

President Discusses "The Hill" on WAAY-TV 31



A&M Part of Mayor’s Walking Challenge 


The Healthy Huntsville team has announced the Mayor’s Walking Challenge for the month of October, and Alabama A&M University is an integral part of it.


The goal is for citizens to walk at least 25 miles from Oct. 1-31.  To encourage participation, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle will host a weekly 30-minute HealthyHuntsvilleLogo.jpg
community walk each Wednesday, from noon to 12:30 p.m., at various locations around the city. Accompanying the Mayor will be City department heads, councilmembers and community leaders. 


“Walking is one of the easiest and least expensive things you can do for your health,” Battle said.  “Our bodies are meant to move, and regular walking can help delay or prevent many of the complaints of aging, including decreased mobility and those annoying aches and pains.”


Among the five scheduled October walks with the mayor is 12 noon walk at Alabama A&M University with President Andrew Hugine, Jr., on the University track on October 15.  The Healthy Huntsville team is hoping for city-wide participation and is challenging local businesses to hold their own 30 minute walks for employees in October. By making walking a fun and regular habit during the workweek, Huntsville can help fight obesity and increase wellness in the community.


It’s easy to participate! Thanks to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, citizens may visit through Oct. 15 to register for the Healthy Huntsville Mayor’s Walking Challenge. From there, walkers can sign up, track their mileage and be eligible for prizes if they complete or exceed the 25-mile challenge. 


“We are excited to partner with Mayor Battle and Healthy Huntsville to inspire everyone to start a daily walking routine with their coworkers and friends during the Mayor’s Walking Challenge next month,” said Terry Kellogg, President and CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.  “Blue Cross is committed to workplace wellness, and walking every day can help build a healthier Huntsville and a healthier Alabama, which will lead to lower healthcare costs.”



Healthy Huntsville Scheduled Walks with Mayor Battle (Noon – 12:30 p.m.)


October 1 - ADTRAN campus walk with Gary Bolton

October 8 - Huntsville Hospital campus walk with CEO David Spillers

October 15 - Alabama A&M University track walk with President Dr. Andrew Hugine

October 22 - HudsonAlpha’s McMillian Park

October 29 - John Hunt Park. On this final Mayor’s walk, participants will be accompanied by adoptable dogs from Animal Services.


Suggested walking trails and additional walking opportunities will be publicized throughout the month of October at ourvalleyevents/


“Healthcare is more than taking care of the sick and injured,” said David Spillers, CEO of Huntsville Hospital. “It’s also promoting wellness by providing opportunities for people to develop healthy lifestyles. This Walking Challenge is a simple but effective way to build a healthy habit. Huntsville Hospital is pleased to be a part of this effort.”


The Healthy Huntsville Initiative, now in its third year, is a community wellness partnership sponsored by the City of Huntsville, Huntsville Hospital, HudsonAlpha, Huntsville City Schools, and the Madison County Public Health Department.


Whether persons walk on their own, in a group, or join one of the many community walks, remember that every step counts. Regular physical activity has been shown to help control weight and lower risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and depression. Even better, it could mean living longer.


For more information contact Kelly C. Schrimsher, City of Huntsville, at (256) 427-5006, or Cheryl Davis, Huntsville Hospital, at (256) 265-8317.



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:



Computer Science Professor Will Attend NAE Symposium


An Alabama A&M University assistant professor of computer science has been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s sixth Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) symposium October 26-29 in Irvine, Calif.


zhao_jpg.jpgDr. Xiang “Susie” Zhao, who has studied computer science and engineering in China, Australia and the United States, joined AAMU’s faculty in 2007.  Among her research interests are high performance computing, numerical modeling and simulation, algorithm design and analysis, scientific data visualization and others.


Zhao will be among 77 men and women that National Academy of Engineering considers “the nation's most innovative, young engineering educators.”  Faculty members who are developing and implementing innovative educational approaches in a variety of engineering disciplines will come together for the three-day event, where they will share ideas, learn from research and best practices in education, and leave with a charter to bring about improvement in their home institutions.  The attendees were nominated by NAE members or deans and chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants.


“The Frontiers of Engineering Education program brings together top university faculty to explore preparing engineers for the world’s great engineering challenges,” said NAE President Dan Mote. “It is a no-holds-barred look at the front-edge of engineering education."



Follett:  Faculty Urged to Make Timely Course Material Requests


It is time to submit your course material requests for Spring 2015.  To facilitate our ability to secure your requested materials, we are asking for your submissions by Friday, October 17th.


As soon as we receive your request, we will immediately begin to search the used book market and offer students the best price at buyback for previously used materials.  Additionally, some books require significant research and time in order for us to locate the vendor and then acquire the materials for your students.


As you consider your class needs, you know that value is important to your students.  We are available to help you consider your options, from a traditional textbook, a custom publication, or “bundled” textbooks.  Additionally, there are more digital book options available today than ever before that you may want to consider using for your course.


Our digital solutions provide students with another format for learning as well as a generally reduced price from the traditional print version of a textbook.  Students can highlight, take / share notes, print pages of the text, and network with other students either in your class or those using the same textbook on other campuses.  Feel free to contact the bookstore to see if the textbook you want to use is also available in a digital format. 


To submit your request, you may respond to this email or you may use the Online Adoptions tool at To submit your adoptions via our website, go to the Faculty Services menu at the bottom of the page and click Online Adoptions. If you are a returning user, simply login with your user name and password and submit your order. If you are a first time user, click on the blue “New?” banner to register. The new user password for our campus is 1202. 


We also have an exciting new program called Follett Discover, that allows you to search for titles and see what other professors across the country are using for classes similar to yours.  If you would be interested in a demo of this program, please let me know and I will be happy to help you.


I am available to answer your questions with the course materials request process. I look forward to receiving your requested materials and working together to help your students succeed in your course.  Contact Kandice Eubanks, bookstore manager, at (256) 372-5626.



Engineering Releases New Newsletter

Please click HERE





The Journey of Aging 2014 SAI Theme 


The Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Alabama A&M University will host its 13th annual Successful Aging Initiative in Madison County on Thursday, October 9, from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The event will be held at Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, located at 315 Winchester Road in Huntsville. The theme this year is The Journey of Aging.

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President and Chief Executive Officer Karyne Jones of the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc. (NCBA) and the NBCA Housing Management and Development Corporation, and Dr. E. Percil Stanford, founder and president of Folding Voice and the current president of the KIND Corporation that provides housing for low-income older adults.


 The Successful Aging Initiative is a free one-day conference that is open to the public and designed to address issues impacting Alabama’s Baby Boomers and StancilPercil.jpgolder adults. Participants obtain easy-to-understand information and resources that enable them to make informed decisions, to maintain independence, to play active roles in society, and to improve their quality of life. Older adults and family members, caregivers, and individuals who serve seniors should plan to attend.


A hot lunch will be provided in addition to free health screenings, door prizes, and other giveaways.  Visit to register by Tuesday, October 7. Group registration is highly encouraged. No telephone registration will be accepted due to high attendance.


For media inquiries, please contact Attorney Kevin Crenshaw at (256) 372-4939. For general information, please contact Jackie Collier at 256-372-4947.




SFRC Funded to Assist Urban Gardeners


The Small Farms Research Center at Alabama A&M University has received funding from the Southern Risk Management Education Center (SRMEC) for a project focusing on "Business Planning and Marketing Education for Hard-to Reach Urban Gardeners, Inner-City Youth and Beginning Vegetable Growers."


SFRC staffers sat the one-year project "addresses the unique business planning and marketing education needs of urban community gardeners, inner city youth and beginning producers, who are transitioning or converting to vegetable production."


A business plan is critical to ensuring that producers have aligned their marketing, production, and financing capacities/strategies in ways that minimize risk. Thus, the project will provide targeted marketing educational and business planning training for inner-city youth, hard-to-reach urban gardeners, and socially disadvantaged and beginning producers converting/transitioning to vegetable production.


The training involving workshops, group meetings and one-on-one mentoring sessions, will be based on modules developed early in the project. The target audiences are individuals in and around four Alabama urban centers, including Huntsville, Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile.


For more information about this program and services, visit the Small Farms Research Center on-line at or give us a call at (256) 372-4970 or 1(866) 372-4970.



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AAMU Graduate School Recruitment Calendar







Livingstone College



Chowan College



Univ. of Tenn at Chattanooga



Bennett College



  Martin Methodist



Philander Smith College



Univ. Arkansas At Pine Bluff



Grambling State University



Alabama State University



Al. Connection (Oakwood University)



Al. Connection (Stillman College)



Al. Connection (Birminghan Southern)



Al Connection (Auburn University)



Al. Connection (Faulkner University)



Morehead State University



Edward Waters



Bethune Cookman



Fisk University



Tennessee State University


7th or 10th

American  Baptist College



SC. Tour (Benedict College)



SC. Tour (South Carolina State Univeristy)



SC. Tour (Voorhees College)



SC. Tour (Claflin University)



Fort Valley State Univeristy



Athens State University



Tuskegee University



Columbia College or Paine College



University of Alabama at Birmingham



Middle Tennessee State University



Dillard University



Jarvis Christian



Texas College



Winston-Salem State University



Elizabeth City State University



Bennett College



Wiley College


Professor Commissioner of the Year


A long-time Alabama A&M University professor of education and Huntsville Housing Authority board member has been awarded a special honor by the Redrick.jpg
Alabama Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities.


During the organization’s recent annual conference, Dr. Phillip L. Redrick was named public housing commissioner of the year.  He has served on the Huntsville Housing Authority's volunteer Board of Commissioners for 16 years, as well as in the capacity of chairman.



Designer Alum Returning to “The Hill”


A 2009 Alabama A&M University apparel merchandising and design graduate will hold a Homecoming meet and greet for students Friday, October 3, in the Bertha Jones Conference Room in the Carver Complex.


Two years prior to graduating from AAMU’s Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS), Nicole Houston launched her own line, Nicci Hou Collection. Nicci Hou is a luxury brand geared towards the elite woman, with a mixture of feminism, romanticism and modernity.


According to FCS sources, each collection allows Houston to showcase her interpretation of fashion art. Contact the FCS office for more information at (256) 372-5419.



New Rehabilitative Counseling Faculty Added


AAMU’s rehabilitative counseling program has added two new faculty members.  

Dr. Sharon M. Brown, CRC, a graduate of Wilberforce, Kent State and Ohio State, is an associate professor of rehabilitative counseling.
She has served as a visual services coordinator and director and founder of the graduate rehabilitation counseling program and department chair for the social science department at Wilberforce University from 2001-2007. 


As department chair, Brown obtained accreditation through the National Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) for the graduate program in Rehabilitation Counseling and the Higher Learning Commission.  The department received three years of provisional status for accreditation. She also obtained authorization from the Higher Learning Commission North Central Accreditation in 2004. 


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AAMU Student’s Experiences Make JET Column


At the recommendation of Admission’s Venita Clisby King, an AAMU student’s experiences on “The Hill” found their way into a digital column of Jet magazine. 


Tara Crawford was a student contributor to the Jet column "Stomping The TaraCrawford2.jpg
Yard."  Her article is shown on the following link:   Crawford's section 
focuses on the importance of keeping a spiritual connection throughout the collegiate experience.


A University Echo and communications major from Sacramento, Calif., Crawford was also a student contributor to ESPN’s promotional efforts for the recent MEAC-SWAC Challenge in Orlando, Fla.




AAMU Students Try Drunk Driving Simulator



Upcoming Events from the Office of Admissions


· High School Counselor’s Luncheon,  Magic City Classic, Birmingham, Alabama: B&A Warehouse, Wednesday, October 22, 2014

· Birmingham High Schools Recruitment Blitz featuring the University Ambassadors & Miss Alabama A&M University:  Week of the Magic City Classic

· High School Senior Day: Saturday, November 15, 2014

· High School Counselor’s Luncheon, Huntsville/Madison County: November 2014 (Date to be determined)

· Presidential Community Outreach Bus Tour: February 2-6 , 2015

· Open House: March 2015

· Student Orientation And Registration ( June, July & August 2015) 



Alumni Travel 2014 Football Season                                      


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



AAMU Student Shares Panel with U.S. Education Secretary Duncan



Charlevester Wims, AAMU senior computer science student, listens to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as he stresses importance of STEM disciplines.


An Alabama A&M University student participated in a recent panel discussion with the United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in Huntsville, Ala.



Senior computer science major Charlesvester Wims of Thomaston, Ala., discussed the benefits and challenges of selecting a discipline related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  Wims, who plans to further pursue software engineering, shared the panel with Grissom High School student Morgan Wagner and NASA mission specialist/educator Ricky Arnold.


In addition to encouraging visiting high school students to find the right balance after choosing STEM disciplines, Wims shared that he enjoyed his experiences in his high school's theatre program.


U.S. Secretary of Education Duncan visited Huntsville and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center as part of his "Partners in Progress" bus tour, which included stops in Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama.  Following the panel, Dr. Russ Shilling, senior STEM education leader, U.S. Department of Education, met on the AAMU campus to participate in a roundtable discussion on STEM challenges, successes and opportunities.  Annie P. Whatley, a 1972 AAMU alumna who serves as deputy director of the Office of Minority Economic Impact for the U.S. Department of Energy, also joined the discussion.


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Make Believe Match:  Now Minnie's nonchalant attitude lately finally makes sense.  Mickey Mouse catches a clandestine kiss between Dr. Bennie McMorris, AAMU interim vice president for student affairs, and Minnie Mouse in Orlando.


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Hugine Joins Presidents Panel at Tom Joyner family Reunion


Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr., ably represented Alabama A&M University and his higher education leadership colleagues as part of a panel of presidents.  The panel was convened in Orlando, Fla., at the Gaylord Palms Resort by Tom Joyner Foundation Family Reunion weekend organizers.


Hugine joined a group that included Leroy Pernell, dean, Florida A&M University Law School; Dr. Elmira Mangum, president, Florida A&M University; and Eddie N. Moore, Jr., president, Norfolk State University.  The four discussed accomplishments and issues confronting historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).  PHOTOS

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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



Homecoming Parade Registration Begins


Registration for the 2014 Homecoming Parade is available on the AAMU website. Organizations interested in participating in the parade can register online. The parade is scheduled for Saturday, Oct 4, 2014, downtown Huntsville. Line-up for the parade begins at 7am, and the parade itself starts at 9am. Line-up location for the parade is on the corner of Woodson and Clinton Ave in Lot K. Organizations that would like to participate can register online at -- click on Homecoming Parade, read the parade guidelines, fill out the application, and send it to or fax it to 256-372-5637. The deadline for registration is Wednesday, 1 October, 2014.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Activities at 256-372-5615.



CETL Announces Fall Workshops


CETL has planned a semester full of  Professional Development workshops for faculty and staff. Please see below the schedule for Fall 2014 events and feel free to register early for the workshops you would like to attend. Click on the date or the Workshop and get the Overview and the option to register for that particular workshop.  An announcement will come out at the beginning of each month as a reminder of the workshops for that month for you to register at that time as well. 


- Upcoming Events -




· October 2, 2014: Capture Creativity: Developing & Teaching New Skills for Today's Students

· October 8 & 22, 2014: Google Workshops  

· October 15, 2014: Where Does My Job End and My Life Begin? (Webinar)

· October 29, 2014: Exceptional Customer Service: A Training for Student Employees



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



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 


Study Abroad Information Sessions Announced


· 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



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.”




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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.




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Beginning Farmers, Ranchers Workshop Scheduled 


The Small Farms Research Center at Alabama A&M University will host its New and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Workshop on the campus November 19-21, 2014. The focus will be the 2014 Farm Bill, sustainable agriculture, production, marketing, business development and financial management. Registration is now underway.


The project, Farm Incubator Training Program and Web-Based Resource Center for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers, was a three-year project funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) in 2012. The Small Farms Research Center received $675,491 to develop the New and Beginning Farmer and Ranchers Program at Alabama A&M University to improve opportunities for new and beginning farmers to establish and sustain viable agricultural operations in Alabama through the development and enhancement of innovative educational programs, services, and social networks.


The project aims to deliver outreach and technical assistance, so that beginning farmers and ranchers can successfully acquire, own, operate, and retain sustainable farming and ranching enterprises.


The program also contains four farm incubators strategically located throughout the state of Alabama. The incubators were developed and equipped to provide training, which includes hands-on experience, mentorship, and an apprenticeship for organic production, including sustainable agriculture, and small ruminant/ livestock production (goats, sheep, and rabbit).


The incubators include Tune’s Farm (Falkville, AL), Rosita’s Farm (Hartselle, AL), the A+ Marketing and Tri-State Rabbit Growers Association (Muscle Shoals, AL), as well as the Federation of Southern Cooperative (Epes, AL). Through this project, AAMU Small Farms Research Center and its partners will train farmers and deliver agricultural information, enhance and increase farm knowledge, skills and abilities that will enable beginning farmers and ranchers to participate in USDA agricultural programs, services and benefits.


For more information about this program and services, visit the Small Farms Research Center on-line at or give us a call at (256) 372-4970 or 1(866) 372-4970.




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.





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.


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



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.  



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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.



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.




Photography from Past AAMU Events


Looking for photos of past events and activities at Alabama A&M University? If so, then simply check out the PHOTO ARCHIVES located on the webpage of the Office of Marketing and Public Relations.  There you will find a range of digital photos of events dating back several years.                    - Shirley Alexander


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