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March 4, 2015


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First Lady’s Scholarship Initiative Luncheon

Saturday, March 7, 2015, at 11 a.m.

Ernest L. Knight Center

Alabama A&M University


Felicia Wilson, (256) 372-5715,

or Dr. Kimberley Marshall, (256) 372-8350







Thesis/Dissertation Brown Bag Luncheon Set


A Thesis/Dissertation Brown Bag Luncheon Workshop will be held on Thursday, March 5, in the Learning Resources Multipurpose Room from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.  Lunch is on your own.  A faculty member will make a presentation to address common formatting issues.  Should you have questions, please email





OIPRE Assessment Training Workshops Schedule


The Office of Institutional, Research, Planning and Effectiveness have reserved the Multi-purpose room of the LRC for unit assessment training in order to complete the 2013-14 assessment cycle. This session is scheduled for 12:30PM-2:00PM.


Note:  Your unit is asked to bring a copy of your Planning Document and Strategic Plan.


The Wednesday, March 11, 2015 session will focus on educational support services to include the following:


University College

Office of Retention & Academic Support (ORAS)

International Technology, Distance Learning & Extended Studies

University Learning Resources

State Black Archives

Institutional Effectiveness/Institutional Research


Each session will include the following:   


(1) Conducting unit assessment of educational programs, administrative support and educational support services.  


(2)  Identifying tools and activities each unit should use in conducting unit assessment activities and plans. 


Each unit must be represented, preferably by the unit head.  Workshops will be approximately 1 hour in length with 30 minutes or so for questions. These workshop will negate our current one-on-one activities we have been conducting.


For additional information, contact OIPRE, at 256.372.8173



AT HOME:  Alabama A&M University President Andrew Hugine, Jr., (r) welcomed alumnus Brigadier General Patrick W. Burden back to "The Hill" Thursday, February 12, during the latter's campus visit to the ROTC program.  Burden is the first product of the ROTC program to achieve such a distingiushed rank in the U.S. Army.




Students Take Part in “Film Talks”


Alabama A&M University Communication Arts students recently participated in the FILM TALKS Discussion with Hollywood industry professionals in visual effects.  According to Dr. Susan C. Brown, professor of communication arts, the event included information about the working "pipeline" used in visual effects post Hollywood Visual EFX Discussion.jpg
production, educational requirements for industry professionals, and career opportunities in the field.


Moderator, Robyn Kralik, a special and visual effects artist, interviewed Casey Gorton and Bryan Nugent.  Both Gorton and Nugent have extensive careers in the industry working on such Hollywood blockbusters as “Life of Pi,” “White House Down,” “300,” “The Hobbit” (franchise), “Benjamin Button,” “Iron Man” (franchise), “Captain America” and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” among others.  Both Gorton and Nugent have worked on Academy Award-winning films in the visual effects category.  


Gorton and Nugent discussed their careers and favorite shots they've worked on along with sharing examples of their work to illustrate the techniques and processes used industry wide.  AAMU students had the opportunity to ask questions about the film industry and to follow-up with information on internships and graduate schools.  The event was sponsored by the Alabama Filmmakers.  


Photo:  (L to R)  Princess Davis, Robyn Kralik, Dr. Susan C. Brown, CiCi Henry, and Solomon Hawkins


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AAMU Celebrating the Morrill Act of 1890


In 2015, 1890 institutions of higher learning will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Morrill Act of 1890 that established Black Land-Grant Colleges and Universities.


The name "land-grant" was coined because the institutions were established with funds from the sale of land granted to each state by the federal government; but 125th logo 2useB.jpg
there was one major problem. When the 1862 Morrill legislation was enacted—introduced by Vermont Senator Justin Smith Morrill—slavery still existed in the United States and it was considered a criminal offense to educate Blacks in the South. Therefore on August 30, 1890, the Morrill Act of 1890 was passed in support of black educational institutions. Thus, the foundation was laid for the creation of many Historically Black Colleges and Universities.


Today, there are 19 Black Land-Grant Colleges and Universities in the United States. Under the theme “Providing Access and Enhancing Opportunities,” these 1890 land-grant institutions have begun a year-long celebration of the Morrill Act of 1890; marking the 125th anniversary of its passage and their existence.


Throughout 2015, the public is invited to join AAMU faculty, students, and staff in the following activities:


· Open Convocation: March 17 – 12:30-1:45 p.m.

T. M. Elmore Gymnasium, AAMU Campus


· 1890 Day with 1890 Wellness Walk-Run: April 23 – 12:00-4:00 p.m.

The national goal is for each university to strive for 1890 participants who will register for $1.89 (students), $18.90, $189.00, $1,890.00, or more. Registration fees will go to establish the Justin Smith Morrill student scholarship fund. Music and refreshments will be provided on the Quad.


· Capitol Hill Activities: July 15-16

A two-day event featuring 1890 exhibits, receptions, visits with senators and representatives, congressional testimonials on agriculture with a proclamation honoring the 1890s, and a convocation in the Library of Congress.


For more information, please visit or call K. Renée Johnson at 256-372-5783.



Several officials and alumni from the University of Ilorin in Nigeria visited Alabama A&M University to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions.  The event landmark even was coordinated by Dr. Stephen Babalola and the Office of International Programs.  PHOTOS



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ASGC Fellowships and Scholarships



Alum Noted on


An Alabama A&M University alumna has been noted for an "African-American Bashen.jpg
first" on the website.


The popular website noted Janet Emerson Bashen as the first African-American woman to hold a U.S. Patent for a software invention. Bashen’s LinkLine software is used by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to track claims, manage documents, and compile related reports.  LINK



Birmingham Alumni Chapter Installs Officers

Pictured: (Seated, l-r) President Carol Ann Watkins, Vice President Carl Davis, Recording Secretary Rhonda Jones Warren, Business Manager Lisa Toney, Financial Secretary Karen Howze Samuels. (Standing) Treasurer Stacey Sims Turner, Business Manager Karzetta Bester, Chaplain Johnny Gunn, Parliamentarian Robert Crenshaw, Past President Jerome Morgan. (Not shown) Ingrid B. Moore.


Wind Ensemble Members Will Participate in AIB


Seven Alabama A&M University Wind Ensemble members were selected to perform in the Alabama Intercollegiate Band (AIB) in Montgomery, Ala., from January 21 - 23. 


The AIB consists of college and university band students from around the state of Alabama. They spent two days of intense rehearsal sessions with Colonel (Retired) John R. Bourgeois, one of the most renown conductors in the world.


Colonel Bourgeois  is the former leader/commander of "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Corps Band.  The AIB concluded its activities with a stellar concert which was held at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center on Friday, January 23. 


"This was a most memorable experience for our future band director/students," commented AAMU Band Director Carlton J. Wright.

Above: (l-r) Taylor Jeffery, Chris Newell, Kean Biggs,COL Bourgeois, Enoch Brome, Jason Holt, Quadarius Evans, and Ralston Albert.



Tax Assistance Available Through United Way


The United Way of Madison County, teaming with UAH and the SaveFirst Initiative, is providing tax assistance to students and households earning up to $52,000 with one or more children (or up to $20,000 without children).


Services are available throughout the tax season at the Optimist Recreation Center, 703 Oakwood Avenue NE, and at United Way offices at 701 Andrew Jackson Way.


To schedule a free tax preparation appointment, call (844) 44-TAX-AL.




SELMA!  Alabama A&M University social sciences professors Shannon Frank Reeves, Sr., and Craig Patton recently took about 70 students to see the popular Civil Rights Movement flick "Selma" at Monaco Pictures in Huntsville's Bridge Street Towne Centre.  The students represented classes in Blacks in Politics, State and Local Government, and American Government.  The movie focused on the roles slain activist Martin Luther King, Jr., and numerous others played to secure voting rights in Selma, Ala., and beyond.  (Photo by J. Saintjones)


A&M Professor Has Part in Upcoming Movie


An Alabama A&M University faculty member will have a featured part in the upcoming, Birmingham-based movie “Woodlawn – Dare to Believe!” 


Woodlawn Candlelight Ceremony Shoot.jpgDr. Terry Conkle, associate professor of human performance, was invited to appear as a “featured extra” in “Woodlawn,” written by Jon Erwin and Quinton Peeples, and directed by Andrew and Jon Erwin of Erwin Brothers Entertainment. 


Erwin Brothers Entertainment is based in the Birmingham, Ala., area and is the operation that released the movie “Mom's Night Out” in  2014.   “Woodlawn” is tentatively set for release in Fall 2015, Conkle says, and it is “an inspiring true story about love and unity in a school torn by racism and hate in the 1970s.”


The story focuses on the 1973 spiritual awakening that gripped the Woodlawn High School football team, including its coach Tandy Gerelds.  According to Conkle, their dedication to love and unity in a school full of racism and hate led to the largest high school football game ever played in the State of Alabama (some 42,000 spectators) at Birmingham’s Legion Field.  The movie's central character and focal point is the rise of African American football star Tony Nathan, who played at the University of Alabama and for the Miami Dolphins. 


Woodlawn2.jpgConkle says he acted in five five key scenes for the movie:  “Big Game Day,” Candle Lighting Vigil,” “Paul Bear Bryant,” “Chaos Crowd,” and one scene with unspecified title.  Among the movie’s stars are Jon Voight (“National Treasure,” “Pearl Harbor,” etc.), who portrays Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant; Sean Astin (“Rudy,” “Lord of The Rings,” “The Goonies,” “Mom's Night Out,” etc.); Sherri Shepherd (“The View”); C. Thomas Howell (“E.T.” and “Red Dawn”); Nic Bishop (“Body of Proof” and “Above The Law”); Brett Rice (“Forrest Gump”); and Kevin Sizemore (“Heartfall”).  Caleb Castille plays the part of Tony Nathan (both played football at the University of Alabama). 


“This was a wonderful experience, and offered many insights into movie-making,” commented Conkle.  “There was a great deal of 'hurry-up-and-wait,' but it was fun meeting Jon Voight and listening to Sean Astin tell jokes during the down time.  I eagerly anticipate the debut of Woodlawn next fall.”



AWM Chapter Launched on “The Hill”


Dr. Susan C. Brown, professor in the Visual, Performing, and Communication Arts Department, has announced the formation of an Alabama A&M University chapter of the Alliance for Women in Media.


AWM.jpgThe AAMU-AWM affiliate seeks 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 the industry and societal progress.  For more information, contact Dr. Brown at (256) 372-4085 or e-mail






Physicist Will Serve as Guest Editor of National Journal


An Alabama A&M University physicist and former dean has been chosen to serve as a guest editor for an internationally noted scientific publication.


MatthewEdwards1[1].JPGDr. Matthew E. Edwards, respected physicist, researcher and former dean of AAMU’s School of Arts and Sciences, has been selected by California-based Scientific & Academic Publishing to be a guest editor of the highly respected American Journal of Materials Science.


Edwards will play an integral role in the summer 2015 publication of a special issue in the Journal that will focus on nano-particle doped organic thin films and crystals. Edwards currently heads AAMU’s pyroelectric and dielectric materials laboratory.  He is a recognized proponent of the development of innovative ways to teach fundamental physics courses.


In fact, in the summer of 2014, Edwards was called to deliver a paper during the 3rd International Symposium on Integrating Research, Education and Problem Solving, part of a conglomerate of hard science gatherings held that summer in Orlando, Fla.  Edwards’ presentation emphasized the importance of “richer contextualization teaching” in the classroom, in relationship to the comprehension of abstract physics concepts.


When the professor isn’t busy conducting research in pyroelectrics, dielectrics and sol-gel properties of materials for application in sensors and waveguides, or even advising undergraduates, master’s and doctoral students, Edwards manages to devote time to research on the efficacy of teaching physics. 

For additional information about Edwards’ unique accomplishment, please call (256) 372-8104.




CETL Professional Development Workshop: Spring 2015 Events


CETL has planned a semester full of  Professional Development workshops for faculty and staff. Please see below the list of  Spring 2015 events and feel free to register early for the workshops you would like to attend. Click on the Workshop and register for that particular workshop (or call CETL). 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. The events will also be on the AAMU Website Calendar.                         



- March 11 & 12, 2015: Improving your Professional Image



- April 16, 2015: CETL Feedback Workshop


Sophya Johnson

Assistant to the Director


Phone: (256) 372-8783

Fax: (256) 372-8782






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Huntsville-Madison County Chapter Installs New Officers

The Huntsville-Madison County Alumni Chapter of the AAMU Alumni Association, Inc., installed new officers during a regularly scheduled meeting January 6 in AAMU's Wellness Center.  Dr. Terrance Vickerstaff, the national Association's regional vice president (Alabama) swore in the officers as presented by immediate past president Pamela D. Thompson.

Pictured above (l-r) are:  Sandra S. Stubbs, AAMU director of alumni affairs; Chiquita Suggs, treasurer; Jennifer Ingram, secretary; Pamela Thompson, immediate past president; Clarene Teague-Johnson, president; Sandra Lyles-Jackson, vice president; and Dr. Terrance Vickerstaff, regional vice president, AAMU Alumni Association, Inc.   PHOTOS


Telecommunications Center's Fall Commencement Video 

The Telecommunications Center announces its link to complete coverage of AAMU's Fall Commencement.

Please access the program HERE


AAMU Alum Becomes Brigadier General


AAMU Announces the Availability of New App


The long-awaited Alabama A&M University app for iPhone and Android mobile devices is now available to the campus and public for free download, thanks to the dedicated team in Information Technology Services (ITS).


The attractive app allows AAMU students quick access through the “myAAMU” Applogo4.jpg
icon to a registration checklist, emergency notification signup, and access to greater university-related functions provided by the Banner module system.  Other features include a three-pronged calendar enabling users to access university-wide events, academic items, or even their respective personal calendars.


ScreenShot.jpgNeed staff/faculty directory assistance?  There’s a handy icon for that, along with additional icons for emergency listings, courses, ample photo collections of recent campus events, promotional videos, and that’s not all.


Listen to WJAB-FM 90.9!  Link to the exciting world of Bulldog athletics.  Really love A&M?  Then how about tapping on an icon to “Give Now”?  Moreover, there are additional app links to the library, Blackboard and AAMU news.


For iPhone, tap the “App Store” icon and search for "AAMU." Input Apple ID and password.  The app icon should appear with instructions to download.  The surest way to download the “AAMU” app on Android devices is to use the Play Store, Google's official Android marketplace that continuously adds new titles to the thousands available.  Persons without iPhone or Android devices can access


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AAMU Accreditation Reaffirmed for the Next 10 Years


The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) reaffirmed the accreditation of Alabama A&M University (AAMU) at its annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, on December 9, 2014.  Reaffirmation indicates that the university complies with over 90 core requirements and comprehensive standards designed to assure that institutions meet acceptable standards established by the higher education community that address the needs of society, the needs of students, and rigor and effectiveness of institutions. 


The process is designed to enhance institutional effectiveness through self-assessment, self-improvement and peer review. Accreditation by SACSCOC signifies that the institution (1) has a mission appropriate to higher education, (2) has resources, programs and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that mission, and (3) maintains clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers, and that indicate whether it is successful in achieving its stated objectives.


A critical component of the accreditation process is the conceptualization of a comprehensive Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) which is campus-wide in scope and focused on improving student learning and outcomes.  During the accreditation process, the QEP submitted by AAMU received no recommendations for revisions.  This is very commendable and speaks volume to the excellent work which the QEP Committee completed in formulating the plan.


The accomplishment of this goal of reaffirmation would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the AAMU Reaffirmation Committees.  Appreciation is extended to the chairs and membership of each of the committees that addressed the more than 90 core requirements and comprehensive standards.  A special thanks is extended to Dr. Virginia Caples, SACSCOC Liaison and Chair of the AAMU Reaffirmation, as well as Ms. Bonnie Banks and her committee that developed the QEP.


President Andrew Hugine, Jr. stated, “The reaffirmation of accreditation provides continuing evidence and documentation of the quality educational programs that AAMU offers students in preparing them to be competitive in the 21st century global economy and the outstanding work of the faculty and staff.”



Professor Explores Impact of Time Management on Writing


The recent winter 2014 issue of an academic journal features an article co-authored by an Alabama A&M University English faculty member.


Dr. Anthony N. Ricks, an assistant professor of English, joined an Athens State Ricks_Antony_Headshot.jpeg
University business colleague in the completion of the article “Writing Well: Isnt’ It about Time?”   The article is slated for December 2014 publication in Academic Exchange Quarterly.

According to Ricks, the piece “explores the role time management plays in a college student's writing processes” and includes original research conducted by Ricks and co-author Kim Roberts.  Based on the authors’ research and other cited studies, they were able to suggest that “effective time management skills are critical to producing better writing and succeeding in college.”

The research involved a nine-month study to determine methods to improve writing among upper-division university students.  Time management and writing process pedagogy were important factors in the study, noted Ricks.  


Moreover, participants were asked to complete a three-part visitation sequence in a university writing center while writing research papers.  The findings, adds Ricks, suggest that greater success in college writing is achieved when student writers seek feedback multiple times on their writing and approach writing as a process that develops over time.   


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Alabama Women’s Commission Event


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Twelve women representing Alabama A&M University recently traveled to the Capital City Club in Montgomery, Ala., in support of the Alabama Women’s Commission Fundraising Event.  The event, entitled “IMPACT: Celebrating Alabama Women,” honored Sister Shubert, originator of Sister Shubert frozen dinner rolls, and Betty Sims, a local restaurant owner.


Featured in the photo are:  (First Row) First Lady Abbigail Hugine and AAMU alumni Evelyn Rich and Geraldine Taylor; (Second Row) Dr. Delores Price, Alabama Women’s Commissioner, and Madelyn J. Suttle; and (Third Row) Lakiesha Hawkins, Dr. Annie Payton, Dr. Constance Adams and Dr. Kyla Pitcher.

Not shown:  Felicia Wilson, Monique Johnson and Cynthia McCollum.



AAMU Site for DCI 2015


DCI has just announced the 2015 Drum Corps International Summer Tour.  Marching Music’s Major League™ again returns to Louis Crews Stadium on the campus of Alabama A&M University on Thursday, July 23, 2015, for an evening of marching musical pageantry.


Competing drum corps for the event are:   Cascades - Seattle, Wash.; Crossmen - San Antonio, Tex.; Jersey Surf - Camden County, N.J.; Oregon Crusaders - Portland, Ore.; Pacific Crest - Diamond Bar, Calif.; Pioneer - Milwaukee, Wis.; The Academy - Tempe, Ariz.; The Cadets - Allentown, Pa.; and Troopers - Casper, Wy.

Read more:

The Cadets of Allentown, Pa., are a first-time addition to DCI North Alabama and are a 10-time DCI World Champion.  Additional details will be provided as they become available through campus coordinator Dana M. Gillis at (256) 372-8316.





Extension Specialist Works to Improve Livestock Production in Myanmar

by Wendi Williams 


Urban Regional Extension Specialist Robert Spencer just returned from his second trip to Myanmar in Southeast Asia. Spencer is a volunteer with the Farmer-to-Farmer program in Myanmar that is funded by the United States Myanmar.jpg
Agency for International Development (USAID) and
implemented by Winrock International. Targeting small-scale livestock farmers, he educated audiences on sustainable best management practices that will ensure efficient production and increase on-farm revenue.


Agriculture is the primary industry in Myanmar with the majority of the population living in rural areas. The good news is that there is a strong domestic demand for agricultural products and strong export opportunities to surrounding countries. Much of the country’s climate is semi-arid with an annual rainy season, making it challenging for consistent agricultural production. While there are some larger commercial and government supported farms, most of the farms are small-scale and limited-resource farmers are eager to produce, to improve practices, and to seek out markets that will pay better prices for their products.


Spencer was able to reach approximately 156 producers during farm visits and workshops in the cities of Yenangyuaung, Taw Twin, and Mandalay, and had the potential of reaching more than 22 million viewers during a Sky Net TV broadcast on making soap using goat milk. In addition, educational training covered such topics as upgrading small ruminant operations and animal husbandry in the areas of nutrition, parasite control, parturition and kid care, and rotational grazing.


Spencer plans to return to Myanmar in the spring of 2015 and is looking forward to future trips to Bangladesh and Nepal to continue his work with USAID’s Farmer-to-Farmer program.


Photo: Spencer demonstrating soap making as part of value-added agriculture training in Taw Twin.



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Professor Helps Design Nation’s First Course on High School Sports Officiating

 AAMU sports management team member Nancy C. Price served as the collegiate representative on a committee to create a sports officiating course for Alabama High Schools. 

The committee is headed by Mr. Greg Brewer, assistant director of the Alabama High School Athletic Association/director of officials, and Nancy Ray, Alabama State Department of Education, education specialist for curriculum-health and physical education.  Price said the effort will become the first sports officiating course for the high school level in the U.S.  


For more information, contact Price at or call (256) 372-8910.



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.



Upcoming Events from the Office of Admissions

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

· Open House: March 2015

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



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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