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Wednesday, March 25, 2015


CFCU Holds Annual Meeting



The Councill Federal Credit Union held its 61st annual meeting Tuesday, March 24, a rescheduling of the February 26 meeting that was postponed due to inclement weather.  The noon meeting was held at the AAMU Agribition Center on Moores Mill Road. 


Members heard reports from the credit and supervisory committees, along with an update from Tessie Davis Horace, president of the CFCU board of directors.  PHOTOS



TMCF Student Presentation Scheduled

An informational session will be facilitated by one of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s regional representatives on Tuesday, March 31, to review the new application and interview process for participation in the Annual Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.  The regional representatives will also share scholarship and internship opportunities that are available to undergraduate and graduate students. 


The mission of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is to develop and prepare a new generation of leaders by providing leadership development, scholarships, resources, opportunities and advocacy to public historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), students and alumni. TMCF has awarded more than $100 million in scholarships and programmatic support during its history.  This session will be conducted in the multipurpose room in the Library from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 


This event is open to ALL majors.  However, students in the areas of civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering; computer science, information technology, logistics, mathematics, business administration, finance, accounting are strongly encouraged to attend.

Please contact Mrs. Holloway at (256) 372-5385 or via email at for more information.


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New G&C Staffer Announced


Lillie Hughes has been named as the new assistant director of grants and contracts accounting. She will continue to manage grants and contracts for Cooperative Extension and for the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences, in addition to acting on behalf of the director (Darcy Wolff) in the latter’s absence



Extension Joins Operation Green Team for Earth Day 2015


The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs Unit is partnering with the City of Huntsville’s Operation painted_lady_092206_09.jpg
Green Team to observe Earth Day 2015. More than 8,000 plus citizens are expected to attend the event on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the
J.D. and Annie S. Hays Nature Preserve in Huntsville, Ala.


As a co-sponsor of the “Butterfly Release” again this year, Urban Affairs staff and other Earth Day attendees will release tiger and spicebush swallowtails and painted ladies butterflies into the wild. 


Admission is free and parking is available in VIP field. Earth Day activities will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.


For more information, visit,, or call Robert Spencer at (256) 372-4983 or Dr. Karnita Garner at 256-372-8331.



Board's Executive Committee to Meet in Birmingham 


Notice is hereby given that there will be a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of Alabama A&M University to be held on Monday, March 30, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. in Conference Room 500F on the Fifth Floor at 2311 Highland Avenue South, Birmingham, Alabama 35205. The purpose of the meeting will be to address certain time sensitive issues related to the business and finance of the University, potential degree concentrations and such other business that may properly come before the Executive Committee at that time. The public is invited to attend and observe proceedings of the Executive Committee.



1890 Day Wellness Walk-Run


President Andrew Hugine, Jr., the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and the College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences at Alabama Agricultural and 125th logo 2useB.jpgMechanical University (AAMU) invite you to participate in the 125th Anniversary Celebration of the Second Morrill Act that established 1890 Land-Grant Universities. An observance of this historical occasion will be the 1890 Day Wellness Walk-Run on April 23 from 12:00-4:00 p.m. Registration and t-shirt pick up will be held between 9:00-11:00 a.m.


The national goal of the 1890 Day Wellness Walk-Run is for each 1890 University to solicit at least 1,890 participants who will register for $1.89 (students only), $18.90 (general registration fee), $189.00, $1,890.00, or more.  Registration fees will go toward establishing the Justin Smith Morrill Scholarship fund.  Those persons or groups who choose to support at the $189.00 level or above will be recognized.  


Although the pre-registration deadline for the Walk-Run is April 22, participants will have a chance to register in-person on April 23. To register online, visit or click on the “Give Now” button on the website. If you plan to register or to make a donation by check, please make your check payable to AAMU Foundation, write 1890 Scholarship Fund in the memo line, and mail your tax deductible contribution to:  AAMU Marketing and Advancement, 311 Patton Building, P.O. Box 294, Normal, AL 35762.


Visit for more information about 1890 Land-Grant Universities and to view the celebratory YouTube video. 



Thank you in advance for your commitment to this effort.  You may contact K. Renée Johnson at 256.372.4827 if you have any questions or need additional information.



Alabama A&M Prepares to Compete at Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship

Student team will challenge the best and brightest HBCU students



Brainpower from America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will be on display at the 26th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament.  HBCU students have spent the school year diligently preparing and qualifying to compete in the national championship of this unique academic tournament, March 21-25, on the campus of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., in Torrance, California.


This year’s road to the championship began in the fall, with 76 HBCUs vying for the final 48 slots. Through countless hours of study, drills and practice, elite teams emerged, knowledgeable and ready to take on the competition.


“Every one of the students that qualifies for the ‘Great 48’ is a champion in their own right,” said Steve Morikawa, Vice President of Corporate Community Relations at American Honda.  “Honda is proud to welcome this year’s class into an exceptional community of HCASC alumni that comes together each year to celebrate academic excellence."                                                                                                                                                               

Alabama A&M’s 2015 team is Donald Hollis III, Captain, a senior from Charlotte, NC; Monique Jefferson, a senior from Sacramento, CA; Jajuan Juzang, a junior from Mobile, AL; and Emmalee Tigner, a senior from Center Point, AL. Dr. Barbara Jones coaches the team. Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr., President will accompany the team.


HBCU Alumni in the Los Angeles Area are invited to attend the Round Robin Games on Sunday, March 22nd from 8:30 am – 7 pm at the South Bay Marriott.  Click for HCASC NCT Guest Information.


The 2015 finals will be live-streamed on Monday, March 23, starting at 12:00 ET on and other websites.


For more information on the 2015 HCASC, including a full list of the 48 qualifying teams, visit  Connect with HCASC via social media for updates on Facebook ( and Twitter (, using #HCASC.



Board Information Session Will Be Held April 1


In light of the recent release by the Department of Examiners of Public Accounts of its Report on Alabama A&M University for the period October 1, 2008, through September 30, 2013, an informational session has been scheduled to provide an opportunity for the Board of Trustees of Alabama A&M University to receive information from the University Administration concerning issues raised by this audit report.   This informational session has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 1, at 1 p.m., to be held on the campus of the University in the Clyde Foster Multipurpose Meeting Room of the School of Business. It is not presently known whether a quorum of the Board will be present during such informational session. However, this is not a scheduled meeting of the Board, and no action will be taken by the Board during this informational session.


Public notice is hereby given of this session and the public is invited to attend, observe and receive any information presented to Members of the Board during the session.



Public Safety Encourages Review of Tornado Safety Information


As spring approaches, it is important that members of the AAMU Family prepare for the tornado season at home and at work.  Please also review your AAMU Emergency Procedures Manual (see link below), so that you are prepared to respond in an emergency.


- Campus Tornado Safety Information -


What should I do during a tornado watch?

A tornado watch means that severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornados are possible. Continue your normal activities but monitor weather conditions and be prepared to seek shelter.  Remain weather alert. Stay tuned to local radio/television stations and check your AAMU emails for further information.


What should I do during a tornado warning?

A tornado warning indicates that a tornado has been spotted or radar indicates there is a likely tornado. When you hear outdoor tornado warning sirens and/or receive a Bulldog Alert tornado warning you should seek shelter immediately and remain in a protective area until you receive an all-clear message through Bulldog Alert or a building emergency contact representative.


How much advance notice will a tornado warning give me?

Tornados can strike without warning -- that is why it is important to remain weather alert during severe weather and be prepared to seek immediate shelter.


How will I be notified of a tornado warning?

Two tornado warning sirens are located on/near campus. They are activated whenever the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning for any portion of Madison County. Seek shelter immediately when you hear the siren.


AAMU will utilize the Bulldog Alert emergency notification system and the campus email system to alert the campus community of a tornado warning. The University will issue an emergency warning alert and mass email message whenever the National Weather Service issues a warning for Madison County. Seek shelter immediately when you receive a Bulldog Alert or email tornado warning message, even if you cannot hear the campus warning sirens.


Department of Public Safety Officers (when possible) will also ride through the campus with the sirens from squad cars activated. They will use PA systems in the vehicles to advise you to seek immediate shelter.


· If, after the warning is issued, the University determines that there is no immediate tornado threat to the campus (the tornado warning is only for a specific segment of the county and does not include nor is likely to later include the AAMU campus) an "All-clear" message will be issued. Remain alert to changing weather conditions and be prepared to seek shelter should conditions change.


Where should I seek shelter during a tornado warning?

We recommend that you identify in advance the location(s) of protective areas within your building(s). At AAMU, many protective areas are identified by yellow signs with black lettering, and are also indicated on building evacuation maps.

· In buildings, go to the best available protective area. Basements are best, but interior locations on the lowest level also offer protection. Stay away from windows, exterior doors, exterior walls, and other hazards inherent to the building.

· If outdoors, quickly seek shelter within a building. If unable to do so, take shelter in a ditch or ravine away from possible sources of heavy debris. Be alert for rising waters and flying debris.


How long should I remain in a campus protective area?

You should remain sheltered until the University issues an all-clear message. There may be situations where one tornado warning has just expired but it is anticipated that an approaching storm cell will result in the issuance of an additional warning within a short period of time. The University will not issue an all-clear until the approaching threat has passed.


Where can I get additional weather safety information?

Go to the Department of Public Safety homepage or contact us at ext. 5555.


Emergency Procedures Handbook




AAMU students enjoy "Regions Day" on The Quad on a nice, sunny Wednesday afternoon.



Kappas Make BHM Contest Award


KappaBHM.jpgMembers of the Gamma Phi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., held a contest requesting entrants to make a pitch for “The Biggest Contributor to African-American History.” 


The student winner was DeMariah Koger (right), a freshman environmental science major from Bowie, Md.  Koger wrote on Dorothy Height of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW). 


Presenting the $150 award was Kyle Major, a civil engineering senior from Largo, Md.





Services for Former AAMU Professor Announced


Memorial services will be held for Dr. Ruby Nell Cummings Nicholson on Saturday, March 28, at Scottsboro Funeral Home at 1 p.m.  Visitation will be from 12-1 p.m.  Dr. Nicholson began her career at AAMU in the 1970s after several years in the public schools at Phil Campbell, Ala.  She was a retired professor and chair of the Department of Elementary/Early Childhood Education.  




Financial Aid Tip 


The Office of Student Financial Aid is committed to making sure all of our students are given the necessary information and tools needed to make the Financial Aid experience as seamless as possible.  In keeping with this mantra, please find an important  financial aid tip.   


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As you are embarking on your Spring Break activities, please remember to complete your 2015/2016 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible. This will insure that we can begin to properly process your financial aid file for the Fall 2015/ Spring 2016 school year. Most who completed a FAFSA for this current year will be able to complete the renewal application.  Please share this important information with your parents, if applicable.  Go to for additional information or contact our office at 256-372-5400.



Final Books and Coffee Event Slated 


Alabama A&M University’s annual Books and Coffee series 2015 will continue its literary and drama-filled bang influences on Tuesday, April 7, at 12:30 p.m., featuring Reverend Dr. Robert White, a humanities professor at Alabama State University (ASU). 


Reverend White has taught at ASU for 10 years and is a former attorney. He is a well-known political commentator in the Montgomery area and is featured regularly on local radio and television discussions. He is also pastor of Pilgrim's Rest Baptist Church in Greenville, Ala.


This will be the third and final event of the 2015 Books and Coffee Series, and coordinators are excited to have Reverend White as the speaker to round out and close this year’s theme:  “What Matters?  Are We What We See?” 


Reverend White’s presentation is titled:  “What Matters?  Projections:  Are We What We See or What We Know?  Using African American Film and Literature as a Knowledge Source for Building Truth Claims."  It will include discussions and references, but not be limited, to Frederick Douglass’ "The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave"; “The Black Mother,” an essay, by W.E.B. Du Bois; "The New Negro," an anthology of African American voices, edited by Alain Locke; and critiques of films, "Boyz N the Hood" and "Imitations of Life."


Prospective participants are encouraged to review the above literary and drama masterpieces beforehand and to mark their calendars for the April 7 Books and Coffee event at 12:30 p.m. in the Dawson Building auditorium.   


All events are free to the public. Light refreshments will be provided, and everyone is invited to bring their own lunch or snacks.



AAMU Business Students Place 3rd in TVA Investment Challenge


A team of sudents from the Department of Finance and Economics of Alabama A&M University's College of Business and Public Affairs recently placed third in the annual Tennessee Valley Authority Investment Challenge Program.


TVA's Investment Challenge is a unique, innovative partnership between TVA and 25 universities in its service territory.  The program aims to provide real-world experience in portfolio management.  The Challenge gives teams of students hands-on experience in managing real stock portfolios.  AAMU students actively managed TVA funds by designing long-term investment strategies, placing trades and providing performance reports to TVA.


"The results of the TVA Investment Challenge shows that Alabama A&M students can perform exceptionally well in highly competitive environments," said Dr. Del Smith, dean of the College of Business and Public Affairs.


The AAMU's TVA Investment Challenge team earned 16.33 percent return, compared to 13.69 percent for the S&P 500 Index.  That placed AAMU third out of the 25 participating schools, outperforming such participants as Vanderbilt University and the University of Alabama in Huntsville.


"This was a great performance for our portfolio and rewards the hard work of our students," said Dr. Mohammad Robbani, faculty advisor of the TVA Investment Challenge program and chair of the Department of Finance and Economics.  "We believe that students benefit from the authentic experience they receive through this program."                                                          (Photo by J. Saintjones) 






Engineering Dean’s Speaker Series Held


The Engineering Dean’s Speaker Series continued with a MMorgan.jpgpresentation by Markeeva Morgan, avionics hardware subsystem manager, Space Launch System Stages, NASA-Marshall Space Flight Center. 


Morgan graduated from the University of Mississippi in Oxford with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 2001, and a master's in engineering management from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in 2006.  He was inducted into the Ole Miss Student Hall of Fame in 2001 and honored as the Outstanding Young Alumnus in 2007.



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STEM Day April 10; Abstracts Due


STEM Day will be held on April 10.  Students are encouraged to submit abstracts for this annual event.  The STEM Day website is  Check the website for “Abstract Information” and an additional link for “Abstract Submission.”  Abstracts are due by March 19. 


For more information, contact either of the following:  Dr. Josh Herring (Chair) –, (256) 372-4161; Dr. Kamala Bhat; and Dr. Aschalew Kassu,


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AAMU Well Represented at AAS Conference


The students of Alabama A&M University made an impressive showing at the IMG_7159.JPGrecent Alabama Academy of Science conference at the University of West Alabama.

For instance, physics graduate student Jamelia Polius (right) of Tuskegee, Ala., won first place for her 15-minute presentation, “Determining the Electrical Surface Resistivity of Multi-Wall in Single-Wall Carbon Nanotube Doped Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA) Thin Films.”


Kevin and Adriauna Conference photo.jpgPost-graduate students Kevin Bernard of Trinidad-Tobago and Montgomery, Ala., native Adriauna Davis (left) were awarded second place for their poster on "The Urbanization Process in the Huntsville, AL (MSA) (Micro and Macro Level Analysis)."  Davis was an earlier recipient of the Eisenhower Fellowship and attended the National Eisenhower Fellowship Conference in Washington, D.C., in January 2015


An Alabama A&M University physics doctoral student also was awarded first place for his poster in the Physics and Math Section at the Alabama Academic Society’s 92nd Annual Conference recently at the University of West Alabama.   Kyle D. Rose, Sr., presented his poster on “Transportable Hybrid Solar and Wind Energy System for Education and Public Awareness.”  Also a technical staff laboratory IMG_7883.JPGinstructor for AAMU’s College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences (CETPS), Rose began his academic career as a lab manager.

Rose’s award was presented by Lamario Williams (left) of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, conference vice president (Photo by Lamont E. Williams).



FCS Thrift Shop Sale Today Thru Friday

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is hosting a Thrift Shop Sale fundraiser thru March 20, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. in the Carver Complex Hobson Wing.  All proceeds will go to fund the annual Fashion Extravaganza in the program of Apparel, Merchandising and Design.  The Extravaganza is the culminating event for the Advanced Clothing Design class which features original fashion designs created by the students.  Buy good stuff for cheap prices!





Honors Convocation Scheduled


The annual Academic Honors Convocation, recognizing students who have excelled academically in a number of categories, will be held Thursday, April 2, in the Elmore Building at 12:30 p.m.  For additional information, contact



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President Obama Announces Student-Aid Bill of Rights


Dr. Susan C. Brown, NEA Director for Alabama, delivered 775 DND Pledges from Alabama A&M University to Washington, D.C., into the hands of Lilly Eskelsen Garcia, NEA president, and Chelsey Herrig, NEA student program chair.  


The Degrees Not Debt Campaign at Alabama A&M University was a tremendous success as University students and faculty went on record in support of college affordability.  During the DND Week of Action, some of the campus activities included a screening and discussion of "The Ivory Tower," along with a WJAB-FM radio interview with Dr. Susan C. Brown, NEA director, and Chelsey Herrig, NEA student program chair.


Thousands of people, along with AAMU representatives, signed NEA's Degrees Not Debt pledge because they believe in educational justice for America's students.  In response to the DND Initiative, President Obama has announced his Student-Aid Bill of Rights.  With 40 million Americans carrying an average of $30,000 in student loan debt, the Student-Aid Bill of Rights is a big step forward for education accessibility.  


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Photo (l-r):  Lily Eskelsen Garcia, NEA president; Chelsey Herrig, student program chair; and Dr. Susan C. Brown, NEA Director for Alabama and AAMU professor. 




Circle K to Hold “Get Informed & Speak Out” 


Circle K of AAMU will hold “Get Informed & Speak Out,” a forum to raise awareness and educate students about dating violence, rape, and human trafficking.  The forum will be held April 6, from 12-2:30 p.m. at J.F. Drake Memorial Learning Resources Center auditorium.


For additional information, please RSVP by March 27 Kureisha Ford, Kiwanis Advisor, at



Career Fair Rescheduled for March 31


The 2015 Spring Career Fair, cancelled because of inclement weather, has been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. in the Health & Wellness Center Gym.  Business attire is required for admission.  Note: This is immediately following the return from Spring Break.  Interview Day will take place on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Business Attire is Required. 


Career Development Services will be providing Interview Skills workshops, which are required for on-campus interviews, on Tuesday, March 17 and Thursday, March 19 from 12:30p-1:30p in Patton Hall, Room 101.  Business attire is not required for these workshops.


For more information, please stop by our office or call (256) 372-5692.



AAMU Small Farms Research Center Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Mentorship Program


The Small Farms Research Center at Alabama A&M University is pleased to announce its Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Mentorship Program. As another component of its outreach efforts, the program will provide an opportunity to build relationships between the experienced farmers and new and beginning farmers/ranchers, who are considering new farm production, hands-on and practical farm techniques, including exposure to various marketing outlets. This program is suitable for beginning farmers with their own farms, community garden plots, or access to land where they can practice while learning one-on-one from a mentor.  The program was developed to expose new and beginning producers to all levels of farming as business.


The Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Mentorship Program begins with your application. Please note everyone that applies, as mentor or mentee, will not be selected immediately. Since the program will cover North Alabama, we must identify the right farm operation to fit your needs, and the proximity must also be considered. All applications will be held in our database, until everyone is perfectly paired to meet your agriculture needs.


To apply for the Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Mentorship Program, please review and complete the application online. For more information, please review the informational brochure about the program at and return applications via email to, or mail to Small Farms Research Center (P.O. Box 700, Normal, AL 35762), as soon as possible. If there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Mr. JaMarkus Crowell, Program Assistant at (256)372-4424.


For additional information on our program and services available, once again please visit us online at, give us a call at (256)372-4970 or 1(866) 372-4970. We are located on the campus of Alabama A&M University in the James I. Dawson Alabama Cooperative Extension Building, Room 316. We are here to serve your agriculture needs.



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AAMU Names New Business College Dean 


Delmonize “Del” Smith is the newly appointed Dean of the College of Business and Public Affairs at Alabama A&M University, where he serves as chief executive officer of the college, reporting directly to the Provost and Vice SmithDel2.jpg
President of Academic Affairs.

Smith has served in numerous roles throughout his career, including systems analyst in the U.S. Army, consultant for Fortune 1000 firms, economic development commissioner, and serial entrepreneur.

Dr. Smith launched and later sold his first tech start-up at the age of 25. His most recent start-up, a strategic HR and IT management consulting company, was later sold to a $750 million Canadian firm.

His experience as a minority entrepreneur has fueled his interest in what it takes for minority-based entrepreneurial firms to reach high levels of success. His related research has appeared in leading journals, such as Human Relations, the Journal of Business Research, and the Journal of Information Technology Management.

Dr. Smith received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Faulkner University, the Master of Science degree in management from Troy University, and the Ph.D. in management from the University of Alabama.  
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Oral Thesis/Dissertation Defense Deadline Extended


According to the Office of Graduate Studies, the deadline for Oral Thesis/Dissertation Defense has been extended to April 7, and the last day for final Thesis/Dissertation (electronic) submission is April 24, 2015.



ATTENTION, MAY GRADUATES!  Final Exit Counseling Sessions


If you are a Spring, 2015 graduate and have not completed exit counseling you have one last opportunity to complete the process. The Multi Purpose Room # 129-A in the Learning Resources Center (LRC) has been reserved to accommodate you.





April, 1, 2015


Multi Purpose Room  


    9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

  11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    2:00 p.m. to   3:00 p.m.

    4:00 p.m. to   5:00 p.m.


Congratulations on obtaining your degree, but what’s next?  You financed your FinAidGraphic.jpg
education with student loans and the time to pay back that money is fast approaching.  This exit counseling session will provide information relative to how to make the repayment process manageable. Please bring names, addresses and phone numbers of two personal references not living with you.

NOTE:  Failure to complete the exit interview process will prevent you from receiving your degree and/or academic transcript.



March Character Trait “Optimistic”


The Bulldog Pride Customer Service Committee would like to recognize individuals who exhibit a particular character trait each month.   The character trait for March 2015 is “Optimistic.” “Optimistic” is expecting the best possible outcome in situations.  Please nominate an administrator, a faculty, a staff or a student from the AAMU Family who exhibits this characteristic. A group of independent judges will read the responses and make a selection. Make sure to include in your narrative examples of optimistic behavior that the individual has exhibited. Deadline for nomination is March 30, 2015 by noon. The nomination box is located in the J.F. Drake Memorial Learning Resource Center or you may respond online.  Winners will be announced April 1, 2015.

“It's a wonderful thing to be optimistic. It keeps you healthy and it keeps you resilient.”  - Daniel Kahneman

 To complete the survey online, simply CLICK HERE



 Councill Federal Credit Union


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

12 Noon

Agribition Center Conference Room

Alabama A&M University

 “A Part of What You Earn Is Yours To Keep”

                                           - Dr. A. G. Gaston




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: (To Be Rescheduled)

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.


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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



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.


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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.                         



- April 16, 2015: CETL Feedback Workshop


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


- Jerome Saintjones



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.

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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


· 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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