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Thursday, May 17, 2018 


GIFTThe Huntsville Madison County Alumni Chapter presents donation  to Coach Margaret Richards for the summer basketball  program. Pictured (l-r) are: Richette Brison-Harrison,  Earl Jordan, Coach Margaret Richards, Clarene Teague-Johnson and Jessica Pitts Boone.


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Women's Bowling Recognized by NCAA for Academic Performance

by Janae Roberson


The women’s bowling team at Alabama A&M University has been recognized by the NCAA for its outstanding performance in the classroom.


Bowling0517.jpegBased on their most recent multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR), the Lady Bulldogs earned the NCAA Public Recognition Award for ranking in the top 10 of its respective sport with a perfect score of 1,000. The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams nationally.


Each year, the NCAA honors selected NCAA Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate. This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports.


Specifically, these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of[SI1]  all squads in each sport. The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship.  The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.  


The most recent APRs are multiyear rates based on scores from the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.


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ACES Targets Literacy Via Family Fun Day


The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit will hold the third Family Day of Education and Fun on Saturday, June 9, from 12-4 p.m. at Alabama A&M University’s Agribition Center, 4925 Moores Mill Road, in Huntsville, Ala.


Organizers are inviting the entire family and neighborhood out for a day of fun, educational and interactive activities--including exhibits, vendors, door prizes, games, water slide, horse carousel, food, music and much more.


“The Family Day of Education and Fun is an event of the Parent-Child Reading Enhancement Program (PCREP) that has fast become a favorite family and community event,” said Ronnie Humphrey, event co-chair.  “This year, we will continue with the theme, ‘Celebrating Family Literacy,’ that focuses on activities highlighting the importance of family literacy programs.”


In keeping with the theme, participating kids will have a chance to earn PCREP dollars (play money) to purchase books at an on-site bookstore. Parents can also earn PCREP dollars by completing the program evaluation form.


The PCREP Family Fun Day is designed to enhance reading among children ages 4 to 9 in grades K-4. This event is free and open to the public; however, vendors must pay a $35 set-up fee. Proper attire and a towel are urged for the water slide.


For general information, contact Ronnie Humphrey at (256) 372-4969, Dr. Dorothy Brandon at 256) 372-5458, or visit Potential vendors may contact Nancy McCrary at (256) 372-4937.




Aerojet Rocketdyne Foundation Awards Grant to Support STEM/MBA Scholarship


The Aerojet Rocketdyne Foundation, a Gold Sponsor of the 2018 Black Tie Gala, awarded a grant to support a scholarship for science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) student pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. 


Pictured above presenting the check for the grant to Dr. Larry McDaniel, who wrote the grant, are Aileen Yates, senior analyst, Supply Chain Material Management, Aerojet Rocketdyne; Carla Bossard, senior specialist, General Business Development, Aerojet Rocketdyne; Dr. McDaniel, chair of the Department of Management, Marketing and Logistics, College of Business and Public Affairs; Mariah Williams, AAMU co-op student at Aerojet Rocketdyne, who is  majoring in logistics supply chain management; and Emily Aker, specialist, human resources generalist. 


Dr. McDaniel said the ideal recipient for the scholarship is a student with a career interest that links STEM and business.  All applicants must submit a short essay describing how they plan to utilize their STEM and MBA degrees in their careers.



Football Coach Participates in Regions Tradition Tournament


AAMU Head Football Coach Connell Maynor was among several prominent coaches and celebrities attending the Regions Tradition Pro Am Greystone Golf and Country Club in Hoover, Ala., May 16-20.


The rivalry between Alabama State and AAMU surfaced in the Founders Course, where AAMU Coach Maynor squared off against ASU’s Donald Hill-Eley, with the victor (Maynor) getting $2,500 in scholarships for The Hill.


“We were competing, but at the end of the day it was for the kids,” commented Maynor. “ We were competing because we both wanted to win it for our university, and I played a little better than coach today.”


Hill-Eley’s Hornets won last year’s battle on the field. In so doing, the interim tag was dropped from his title, and Maynor was brought in to replace James Spady.

“We’ve got our work cut out for us,” the Bulldogs coach said. “(Hill-Eley has) done a great job since he’s taken over. We’re coming off a change – new offense, new defense. We’re going to try to be competitive and see if we can’t reverse that thing and get it back on our side.”





AAMU Mathematician Awarded $1.45M NSF Grant


An assistant professor of mathematics at Alabama A&M University has received a five-year, $1.45 million grant to help boost STEM teacher enrollment and recruitment.


Khan.jpgThe aim of Dr. Salam Khan's project is to successfully integrate cutting edge teaching practices within STEM programs, particularly assisting all Robert Noyce Scholars throughout North Alabama School Systems.


The project will transform graduating STEM teachers as they gain a deeper content knowledge of STEM and also employ effective pedagogical strategies based on STEM education research. These teachers will apply their knowledge within their own classrooms, serving as a catalyst to encourage teacher experimentation and the sharing of their findings with other STEM teaching colleagues.


Other partners in the NOYCE project are J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College, Calhoun Community College, and Lawson State Community College, Madison County schools, Scottsboro City Schools, Madison City schools, Huntsville City schools and Limestone County schools.  



CALNS Presents Spring 2018 Awards


The College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences (CALNS) presented its spring 2018 scholarship awards to eight students


Ben Gore of Alabama Farm Credit and AAMU alumnus Billy Bridgeforth of Darden Farms have continued to be avid supporters of the College, its research and student achievement.  The awardees appear below.


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Spring 2017 BSW Program Pens 14 in Inaugural Ceremony

On Friday, April 27, the Department of Psychology, Social Work and Counseling held its inaugural Social Work Pinning Ceremony.


Fourteen graduates from the undergraduate social work program participated in the event. Members from the community, family and relatives came out to support the graduates. The program included a spoken word offering by junior social work major Joshua Baker and a charge by the BSW Program Coordinator, Dr. Ryan E. Smith.


After taking the social work oath, each graduate was presented with a red rose and a AAMU/Social Work lapel pin.


DRESS FOR SUCCESS:  Dr. Angel Dunlap (2nd, r), Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, encouraged students to contribute to the Career Development Services (CDS) Career Closet.  Joining Dunlap and students are (from left) Dr. Cynthia Smith (FCS chair) and Yvette Clayton, director of 





NASWPictured (l-r) are: Willie Diggs, director of field education; Dr. Tonya Perry, professor and chairperson; Dr. Sophia Dziegielewski, trainer and owner, Siripro;  Dawn Ellis-Murray, executive director, NASW-AL; and Helen Egson, MSW field coordinator.



Social Work Hosts Inaugural Social Work Licensure Exam Prep Workshop


The Department of Social Work, Psychology and Counseling hosted nearly 200 social workers who convened in Arthur J. Bond Hall auditorium on the AAMU campus for a highly anticipated Social Work Examination Licensure Examination Preparation Workshop. 


The two-day workshop, which was facilitated by nationally recognized trainer Dr. Sophia Dziegielewski, was a strategic collaboration between the AAMU Department of Social Work, Psychology and Counseling and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)-Alabama Chapter.


Title IV-E Child Welfare funds provided by a sub-award secured by the Department via the Alabama Consortium of Social Work Programs allowed 53 alumni and graduating MSW students, whose names were pulled in a drawing, to attend the workshop free of charge.


The training attracted participants from throughout the region including Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi and Arkansas. Ultimately, this annual collaborative training opportunity will support AAMU alumni and other MSW Program graduates in achieving licensure, which is the minimal requirement for securing employment as a social worker in the State of Alabama.


Extension Specialist Gets National Appointment


During the Land-Grant University System’s recent Annual Work Meeting held in Alexandria, Va., an Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) specialist received a major appointment.


MorrisAndrea2.jpgDr. Andrea Morris, health and nutrition specialist and program manager for the ACES’ Urban Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) and the Urban Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program at Alabama A&M University, was appointed to serve on the national SNAP-Ed Development Team.


Morris will serve as the 1890 representative in the Southern region for the next three years. The team will review the national progress of the program, refine its strategic plan, and develop action steps for the upcoming year.


In addition, the Team will meet regularly to ensure programmatic consistency in how the program is delivered across the nation, as well as its effectiveness in addressing the health and nutrition needs for low-income populations served by Cooperative Extension programs.


"I am delighted to be a part of such an experienced and talented work group, whose focus is to improve the consistency and effectiveness of SNAP-Ed programming through the LGU system. This work is extremely important and beneficial to many Americans," said Morris.


SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps, continues to provide economic benefits to low-income individuals and families. SNAP-Ed is the educational component that addresses obesity-prevention and other related issues.


For more information regarding this appointment or to learn more about the Urban Extension SNAP-Ed efforts across the state, please contact Morris at (256) 372-8082.



Join the New Scoreboard Drive!


We have great news! The long-awaited, highly anticipated request of yours is finally being answered. Alabama A&M University will be getting a NEW SCOREBOARD in Louis Crews Stadium! 


Scoreboard3.jpgAAMU will also replace the digital marquee on North Memorial Parkway with a video board display!


To accomplish both, your help is needed. Louis Crews Stadium is the largest football stadium in North Alabama and the fifth largest in the state, with a seating capacity of 22,000. The current scoreboard is obsolete and is becoming increasingly difficult and more expensive to maintain.  For more information on how to score big with your contribution, click HERE now.



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THE ULTIMATE:  The Gulf Coast Challenge, “the Ultimate HBCU Experience,” will feature the Mighty Alabama A&M University’s Bulldogs versus the Southern University Jaguars. This game will take place Saturday, September 22, 2018, at Ladd-Pebbles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. So, what do we mean by the Ultimate HBCU Experience? During the week of the game, we will have a golf tournament, several concerts, parade, pep rally, and more. We have also challenged each school to help youth in the area achieve their collegiate goals by offering scholarships. AAMU’s President, Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr., recently visited several of the Port City’s high schools and gave out over $800,000 in scholarships. We are so proud of this huge accomplishment! And, we look forward to having AAMU in the city for years to come. Tickets go on sale soon. For more information, visit Like us/Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.                                                                    - Princess Miller










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