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Week of: April 24-30, 2017




AAMU Kicks Off Tech Transfer Conference on "The Hill"


The Alabama A&M University College of Business and Public Affairs’ Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Development (CEIED), in cooperation with the AAMU-Rise Foundation, is holding the SBIR-STTR Conference on April 23 -25 on the AAMU campus. 


OrokTeresa.jpgParticipants helped to shape a conference that met their unique interests, according to Dr. Teresa M. Orok, CEIED executive director.  The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in federal research/research and development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization.


Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.


Additionally, the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena. Key to this program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. However, the unique feature of the STTR program is the requirement for the small business to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II.


Funding for research and development is moving away from grants, says Orok. Instead, it is becoming essential for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), as well as all Minority Serving Institutions, to start competing for government and private industry contracts.


The AAMU-RISE Foundation and the AAMU Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Economic Development are hosting this conference to bring together experts from government agencies, leading R&D companies, and academic institutions. They will be sharing their expertise, thus enabling HBCUs and MSIs to partner with the government and its contractors as they develop and commercialize innovative technologies.


For registration and other information, contact CEIED at (256) 372-5603 or e-mail



AG Scholars:  Four students under the banner of the College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences (Dr. Lloyd Walker, dean, far right) recently received scholarships from Alabama Farm Credit, based in Cullman, Ala.  Pictured above

(l-r) are:  Ralph Stewart, chief credit officer, AFC; K. Ben Gore, Alabama Farm Credit president/CEO; Victoria Ice-Gipson, junior, food and animal sciences; Keilah R. Washington, junior, family and consumer sciences; Jazmine McGinnis, junior, biological and environmental sciences; Mario Dofat, junior, community and regional planning; Wendy Tysinger, AFC; and Dr. Lloyd Walker.  AFC provides support to students in several agriculture-related majors.    (Photo by J. Saintjones)


Letter from the Chairman of the Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees Nominating Committee




AAMU STEM Day 2017 Boasts Impressive Research


STEM DAY 2017 WINNER:  AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr., speaks to STEM Day poster contest winner Angela Reedy, a graduate student in physics and a native of Tuscaloosa, Ala.    PHOTOS


Talk about subjects that make one ponder, well, there were plenty of them at Alabama A&M University's 2017 STEM Day program and poster competition on Thursday, April 20.  With nearly 100 posters on display their eager creators standing nearby, interesting subjects were plentiful and engaging.


Overall contest winner Angela Reedy, a graduate student in physics, displayed a winning poster on "Moderate Temperature Dielectric Surface and Bulk Currents and Low-Frequency Dielectric Constant Measurements of Pure and Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes (MWCNT) Doped Amorphous Polyvinyl Alcohol Thin Films."


Referring to her poster as "God-inspired," the publication also placed first at the 

92nd annual Alabama Academy of Science Conference and earned 2nd place

at the Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society Conference.


The 2017 theme for STEM Day was "Fostering Student Innovation and Success in STEM."  Undergraduate and graduate students developed abstracts to showcase their wide range of research and presented it to judges who maneuvered through the aisles of presentations.


Among the STEM categories were:  Food and Animal Sciences; Life Science and Biology; Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences; Computer Science and Mathematics; Engineering Technical and Electrical Engineering, Mechanical and Civil Engineering and Construction Management; and Physics, Space Science and Chemistry.


Individual students and teams submitted more than 100 abstracts and presented their innovative findings. Students worked with mentors on their research for months, many up to a year. Subjects included everything from developing red kidney beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L) ice cream to surveys for the Appalachian cottontail.


Dr. Dedrick Davis served as 2017 STEM Day chair, assisted by Drs. Padmaja Guggilla and Armitra Davis, co-chairs.





The Office of Marketing, Communication and Advancement (MCA) is preparing to host the 17th Annual Black Tie Scholarship Gala on Friday, April 28, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at the VBC. 


The Gala provides the University an opportunity to showcase its brightest scholarship recipients, while also recognizing avid AAMU supporters.


In an effort to heighten awareness and excitement for the event, MCA invites the AAMU Family to participate in "Black Tie Tuesday," an initiative calling for all University constituents to wear a Black Tie every Tuesday leading up to the Gala.


MCA requests the support from the University Family in this initiative. For more  information, visit or see articles below.



Black Tie Gala 2017 Featuring Alvin Garrett


The Black Tie Scholarship Gala is Alabama A&M University’s premier annual fundraising event designed to close the financial gap of students aspiring toward higher education. This event was derived by members of the Collaborative University Business and Industry Cluster (CUBIC) in 2001 as a way to raise scholarship dollars and to build institutional awareness while bringing together students, faculty/staff and industry for a common cause. Now in its 17th year, the Gala has raised approximately $2 million dollars since its inception and has impacted the lives of hundreds of students.


The 17th Annual Black Tie Scholarship Gala will be held Friday, April 28, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. This year’s event is slated for the North Hall of Huntsville’s Von Braun Center. Each year, the Gala provides the University an opportunity to showcase its best and brightest scholarship recipients, while also recognizing individuals and organizations that are leaders in their respective fields and avid AAMU supporters. 


At the conclusion of the program, guests are invited to dance the night away to the performance by Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Alvin Garrett. This is sure to be an evening to remember!


Both organizations and individuals can support AAMU and this event through a variety of sponsorship levels. Individual seats are $100. Table sponsorships begin at $1,000 and include eight (8) seats. Please click HERE to view all sponsorship packages.


For more information, contact (256) 372-8344 or




Faculty Display Talents in Showcase


Call them the "Superlative Seven," if you will.  The Alabama A&M University Family witnessed the poetry and prose of its very own faculty as part of a "Faculty Showcase" held April 20 in the historic Edward S. Johnson Little Theatre in the Morrison Fine Arts Building.

Among the presenters were: Ne'Keisha Dawson, Dr. Virginia Gilbert (retired), Dr. Peter Green, Dr. Antony Ricks, Dr. Jessica Temple, Kietti Walker-Parker, and Linda Woods.





Alum Founder's Day Speaker

The software acquisition manager for the Missile Defense Agency will be the speaker for the Founder's Day observance on Friday, May 5, in the T.M. Elmore Building at 11 a.m. 


McDonald-Small.jpgPamela Moore McDonald began her professional career in 1983 with United Space Booster, Incorporated. in Huntsville, Ala., after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering technology from Alabama A&M University. 

In 1987, after completing electrical engineering equivalent course work at the University of Alabama Huntsville, McDonald began her federal civil service career at the U. S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMRDEC) .  She was assigned to the Research Engineering Development Center Software Engineering Directorate as an Electronics Engineer. 


McDonald currently serves as the Software Acquisition Manager for the Missile Defense Agency. She is the senior software acquisition management advisor to the MDA Director,  the Director for Engineering and the Program Executives.   She provides leadership and direction to the MDA, Director of Engineering Independent Assessment (DEA) Software Acquisition Management  (SAM) Office, ensuring a consistentstandardized  methodology  for  the acquisition of software troughout  the MDA.


McDonald also holds a Master of Science degree in management science from the Florida Institute of Technology, and she is a graduate of the Defense Management College. 


Harley-Davidson Administrator-Alum to Address Commencement


The more than 500 persons scheduled to receive degrees at Alabama A&M University's spring commencement exercises will receive words from a woman who once sat among them on her eventual climb through the corporate world.



After earning her degree in nursing from cross-town University of Alabama in Huntsville, Tchernavia Rocker received the Master of Business Administratiom degree from AAMU.  Now a certified senior professional in human resources, Rocker is vice president of human resources for Harley-Davidson Motor Company, where she supervises over 200 HR employees.

Rocker's extended role includes employee and labor relations, talent management, training, organizational development, performance management, diversity, safety, occupational health and other functions.  She has performed similar HR duties at Goodyear Dunlop North America Tire, Inc., in addition to securing experiences in healthcare and scientific research at other organizations.


The administrator previously served on the boards of the Urban Economic Development Association, Progressive Community Health Centers, the Cripus Attucks Center and the South George Street Community Partnership.  Her current affiliations include the Board of Directors for the Next Door Foundation; Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wis.; the Society for Human Resource Management; and the National Black MBA Association.




Alum Among Teacher Hall of Fame Finalists

An AAMU alum has been selected as one of five state finalists in the middle school category for the Alabama Teacher Hall of Fame sponsored by Jacksonville State University.


Thomasena Garner will be interviewed in Birmingham by a selection committee, and results will be announced May 11.




Remaining Schedule for the Department of Visual, Performing and Communication Arts


April 25
7 p.m.
AAMU Wind Symphony & Concert Band Concert
TM Elmore Gymnasium
April 25
1 p.m.
AAMU Choir Concert
Lee High School
Huntsville, AL
April 27
3-5 p.m.
Ceremony for Student Art Exhibition Closing Reception/Awards
MB Art Gallery





Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon Set


President Andrew Hugine, Jr., has announced that the campus will observe 

Adminstrative Professionals Day during a luncheon scheduled at 12 noon on Wednesday, April 26, at the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center. 


Supervisors and the University share the expense of lunches for administrative personnel.  Payments must be submitted by personal or cashier's check made payable to "Aramark" and submitted by April 20 to Human Resources (Cheryl K. Johnson).  For additional information, call (256) 372-5515.



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Ushers for Spring 2017 Commencement


Volunteers are needed to serve as ushers during the Spring 2017 Commencement Exercises.  Commencement will be held Friday, May 5, 2017 at 6:00 p.m., at the Von Braun Civic Center.


Contact Ms. Nicole Jackson at or ext. 8747, or Ms. Janet Jones at or call ext. 8089.





Residence Hall Construction Timeline


AAMU Information Technology Services (ITS) staffer Justin Vaughner has captured the construction progress of the new residence hall facility under construction on Meridian Street using drone.  


View the most recent developments HERE.



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Family Literacy Focus of Extension’s Family Fun Day on June 10


by Wendi Williams 


The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit will hold the second Parent-Child Reading Enhancement Program’s (PCREP) Family Day of Education and Fun on Saturday, June 10, 2017, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Alabama Agriculture and Mechanical University’s Agribition Center, 4925 Moores Mill Road in Huntsville. Come and bring the entire family and neighborhood youth out for a day of fun, educational, and interactive activities, including exhibits, outdoor games, a water slide, petting zoo, food, music, and more.


“This year we will continue with the theme ‘Celebrating Family Literacy’ that focuses on activities and events showcasing the importance of family literacy programs and providing learning resources for families and communities,” said Ronnie Humphrey, event co-chair.


In celebration of family literacy, kids will have a chance to earn PCREP dollars (play money) from each activity they participate in on June 10 to purchase books at an on-site bookstore. Also, while in the bookstore, participants can get their faces painted by local volunteers.


The Family Day of Education & Fun is a PCREP activity that 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 $30 set-up fee. Also, please be sure to bring proper attire for the water slide.


For general information, please 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.


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Medicinal Plant Conference Moves to Clemson 


The Alabama A&M University plant and soil science professor who heads the organization dedicated to the study of and research of medicinal plants has announced plans for the 2017 conference.



The 2017 conference will be held at Clemson University in South Carolina, said Mentreddy, a prolific researcher whose most recent research has been published in the Florida-based Journal of Medicinal Plants.


A group discount is available, and graduate students who present a poster, or an oral paper receive 90% off of the registration fee.  The deadline for submission of abstracts for graduate student competitions and early registration is March 15, 2017.  Visit for more details.


Interested persons can also contact Dr. Srinivasa Rao Mentreddy, professor and program coordinator, Plant Biotechnology, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL 35762, or call ( 256) 372-4250 oAlt. email:


Additional details about the forthcoming conference will be announced at a later date.




Alabama Site of Master Gardeners in 2017


The Alabama Master Gardeners Association (AMGA) will hold its 27th annual state conference in Huntsville, Ala., May 1-3, 2017. 


The 2107 conference is hosted by the Master Gardeners of North Alabama with assistance from Limestone, Morgan and Marshall County Master Gardeners.  The conference is expected to draw more than 400 gardeners from across the Southeast.  The conference program is already filling up with exciting lectures and demonstrations.


Alabama Master Gardeners take great pride in improving their communities by providing education and training to its citizens. 





Dancing with the President and First Lady

AAMU Board's Campus Tour

Grad Studies Open House

Diversity in Medicine

Clifford Gordon Exhibit: We Wear the Mask

President's Bus Tour Welcome Back

Future of the City Symposium

Bulldog Pride Adopt-a-Building Committee

Professor Terrell Strayhorn

Scott Smith Exhibit

College of Education Meeting

Big Picture Huntsville/LRC

Education Partners






Mr. James Pleasure


PleasureJames.jpgFuneral service was held at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 21, at Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church for Mr. James Pleasure.


Mr. Pleasure was the husband of Sadie Pleasure, retired academic advisor in the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences. 





AAMU Family Remembers Dean of Women


Knowles.jpgThe Alabama A&M University Family mourns the death of one of its most revered staff members.


Although born in Birmingham, Ala., Bettye Jean Jones Knowles was a graduate of Carver High School in Gadsden, Ala., and would later work tirelessly for the preservation of the school's history.  She attended Alabama A&M University, where she earned a bachelor's degree (elementary education) and a master's degree (counseling).


After working for historically black public institutions that closed following integration, Knowles eventually returned to AAMU, where she ultimately served as Dean of Women for several years and until her retirement.




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