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Friday, April 29, 2016




Notice to Purchasers of Pavers


All alumni and friends who have purchased brick pavers are requested to sit in a designated area during the Founder’s Day Convocation on Friday, May 6, at 11 a.m. at the T.M. Elmore Building.  There will be signage for their reserved seating.   


Additionally, brick paver purchasers are also asked to assemble quickly for a picture immediately following the Golden Class photo.  A presentation in the amount of $100,000 for scholarships will be made at the program from the Normalite Walkway Project.




Apple-TMCF Partnership Aids AAMU Students


Apple Inc. and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund have partnered to build a pipeline for HBCU students into information technology, with a new internship effort called the Apple HBCU Scholars Program.


Three students (Nhan Mai, electrical engineering; Bethlehem Zergaw, computer 0429AgPhoto.jpg
science; and Xavier Crutcher, electrical engineering) were chosen from Alabama A&M University's College of Engineering, Technology & Physical Sciences (CETPS) to attend the program and will be awarded $25,000 during their senior year of study. The students also participated in a seven-day immersion experience with Apple Inc. at the headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., during this semester. 


They will participate in a three-month internship with Apple during summer 2016, as well. The students will serve as an Ambassador on campus to build awareness for the Apple and TMCF Diversity Initiative while being paired with an Apple Employee Mentor for a year-round development program. 



Ushers for Spring 2016 Commencement


It's graduation time again, and volunteers are needed to serve as ushers during the Spring 2016 Commencement exercises.  The commencement will be held Friday, May 6, at 6 p.m. at the Von Braun Center.  


To volunteer, please contact Head Ushers Janet Jones at - (256) 372-8089 or Nicole Jackson at - (256) 372-8747 no later than noon on Wednesday, May 4.  Interested person may volunteer by clicking HERE  to complete in Google Forms.

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AAMU Administrative Professionals Honored


AAMU honored over 60 administrative professionals Wednesday, April 27, during the invitation-only Sixth Annual Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon in the Ernest Knight Reception Center.  The luncheon is designed to recognize the hard work and professionalism of administrative support personnel.   (Photos by J. Saintjones)  - PHOTOS 





Dean's Speaker Series Goes Motivational


ThomasNorris.jpgThe College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences (CETPS)  Dean's Speaker Series was held Thursday, April 28, Arthur J. Bond Hall (Engineering Building).


The event featured motivational speaker and former professional football player Norris Thomas, who focused on the topic, "Master the Human Experience."


The public is invited.



Funeral Services for Wife of Former Dean


Funeral services were  held Thursday, April 28, at Fellowship Presbyterian Church in Huntsville for Mrs. Clara Roberson Bryant, BryantClara.jpg

who was the wife of Dr. Spurgeon Q. Bryant, former dean of the School of Education (1971-76).  Mrs. Bryant was the great-aunt of Roosemary Spragins (University Budget Office) and aunt of Mary H. Spragins (formerly of Upward Bound).




Memorial Services Held for Telecom Faculty Member


JavierThompson.jpgA memorial celebration for Patrick Javier Thompson was held on Thursday, April 28, in the Clyde Foster auditorium of the College of Business and Public Affairs from 12:30-2 p.m.


Many students have shared their fond memories of Thompson on his Facebook page, particularly of his involvement in their projects, inescapable humor and caring, positive energy.




New Grad!  Darryl Jackson (right), director of Student Financial Aid at AAMU, receives certificate from AAMU alumna and retiree Georgia S. Valrie (program coordinator) as a recent graduate of Cohort V of the Tennessee Valley Diversity Leadership Consortium (DLC).  The eight-week diversity training program provides sessions on a variety topics that are led by local professionals.

Mayoral Discussion:  Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle explains the intricacies of city government to political science, sociology and criminal justice students in AAMU's Drake Hall.  The mayor's visit was coordinated by Dr. Craig Patton.


OPTIMISTIC:  The Bulldog Pride Committee, coordinated by First Lady Abbiegail Hugine, announced the winners of the March character trait for "Optimistic."  President Andrew Hugine, Jr. (3rd, left) congratulates (l-r) Dr. Larry McDaniel, College of Business and Public Affairs; Acacia L. Sturdivant, Office of Student Financial Aid; and Aaron Dixon, president, Student Government Association.


Longtime Professor Announces Retirement


After devoting some 34 years to the start, growth and direction of the Department of Civil Engineering at Alabama A&M University, the program coordinator is announcing his retirement, effective May 15.


Saha.jpgDr. Pabitra K. Saha, P.E., M.ASCE, M.AISC, M.ACI, M.ASEE, has served AAMU as professor and coordinator of civil engineering.  Saha earned the bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Calcutta and later earned master’s and Ph.D. degrees in structural engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


“I am going to enjoy the new era of my life, but I am going to miss the quality times I spent at the university,” commented Saha in an e-mail to colleagues and friends.




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AAMU Will Host SWAC Outdoor T&F Championships


The Department of Athletics at Alabama A&M University will host the SWAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships May 6-8, 2016 at Louis Crews Stadium for the second year.


All of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) institutions will compete in the Championship.  This list includes Alabama A&M University, Alabama State University, Alcorn State University, Grambling State University, Jackson State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Prairie View A&M University, Southern University, Texas Southern University and University of Arkansas Pine Bluff.


Bulldog supporters are welcome, as well as those closely aligned with other SWAC schools!  This event will be filled with great competition and energy, says Bryan Hicks, AAMU director of athletics.


Cost of Admission Parking:  FREE; $5.00/day


For more information, visit or contact Dexter Sanford, Justin Wagner Dr. Renae Myles at (256) 372-4758/4759.




 SFRC, ACES to Host Small Business Workshop in May


The Small Farms Research Center at Alabama A&M University and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) will host a small business workshop May 5-6 in the James I. Dawson Building on the AAMU campus.


The workshop will cover the importance of developing a business plan. A business plan is critical to ensuring that business or agribusiness owners have aligned their marketing, production, and financial strategies in ways that minimize risks. This course is offered to anyone considering starting a business or an agribusiness.


The two-day, 12-hour course will focus on the following topics: 1) Starting a Business from Scratch, 2) Business Economics: How to Make Money, 3) Short- and Long-Term Business Planning, and 4) Bookkeeping and Financing for Small Businesses. The in-depth course will provide on-hands and real-life examples to further illustrate the importance of developing a business plan.


After completing the coursework, eligible participants may be considered for the Individual Development Account (IDA) offered by United Way. The IDA program is an innovative matched savings program that allows families to build assets and to develop skills for financial self-sufficiency. Through the IDA, participants will benefit from financial skills development, including financial coaching with access to key financial services and training related to the participant’s primary savings goals.


The IDA is a statewide program that provides opportunities for individuals with low-to-moderate income to:

- Purchase a first-time home

- Pay for college or job training

- Start or expand a small business


This program is partially funded by AAMU’s Small Farms Research Center in the College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences and the United States Department of Agriculture to provide training and technical assistance to Alabama’s veterans and socially disadvantaged beginning farmers and ranchers.


Holistic in nature, the project delivers products and services through workshops, group meetings, farm field days, on-farm demonstrations, farmer-to-farmer mentoring, farm and home visits, and one-on-one consultations. For more information, visit the Center’s web portal at or call (256) 372-4970 or 1(866) 372-4970.


Pre-registration is required.  The cost to reserve your spot is $10, which includes training materials and light refreshments. The deadline to register is Friday, April 29.  For more information about this program and/or to register for the Small Business Workshop, please visit the Small Farms Research Center or call (256) 372-4970 or (866) 372-4970.



MBA Alums Published in Respected Publications 


Two AAMU MBA graduates and an active member of the business faculty have published works in top tier publications. 


One item was published this year with IGI Publishers as a book chapter, while the second item was published with the Association of Information Systems (AIS), one of the key publishers for Information Systems. 


The AAMU-affiliated co-authors of the AIS paper and a book chapter are Dr. Maurice E. Dawson, former AAMU business professor; Dr. Naretha Studdard, former Alabama A&M University assistant professor of management;  Dr. Brian Leonard, assistant professor of  business law; Brittany DeWalt, AAMU MBA alumna; and Naporshia Jackson, also an AAMU MBA alum.


DeWalt and Dawson contributed to the paper, “The Case for UBUNTU Linux Operating System Performance and Usability for Use in Higher Education in a Virtualized Environment” in SAIS 2016 Proceedings.  With the exception of DeWalt, Dawson joined his colleagues to pull together a book chapter on social entrepreneurship for the book, Incorporating Business Models and Strategies into Social Entrepreneurship.


Dawson and Leonard have collaborated with other colleagues on several projects that are scheduled for publication in summer 2016.   Dawson is an assistant professor of Information systems & Fulbright grantee at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.



Alumna to Enhance Association Efforts


FittsBelinda.pngThe AAMU Alumni Association, Inc., has selected Belinda Fitts as the part-time Association Representative housed in the Office of Alumni Affairs. 


Fitts is a 1982 alumna and Association life member who enjoys meeting diverse people and studying their cultures. She is also excited about working with AAMU alumni.  To contact Fitts, e-mail





Entrepreneur Shares Experiences with Business Class


Entrepreneur2.jpgLocal entrepreneur Zach Walker of HITS (High Intensity Training & Sports) in Athens, Ala., visited a business class conducted by Dana Harris of the College of Business and Public Affairs.  His visit was part of the efforts of Team 5 (i.e., Matthew A. Hill, Rodney Rodriguez, Marlika David, Caleb Roberts and David Lucas).


During his recent presentation Walker provided attendees insightful information on the skills and abilities necessary for successful entrepreneurship, as well as the best ways to handle circumstances during tumultuous times.  After sharing the elements of building a business from the ground up to sustaining a thriving entity, Walker cautioned that the business world is never immune from major setbacks.


Key takeaways from his presentation, team leaders say, is the concept that failures can make or break a business but must also be used as stepping stones.


The entrepreneur discussed his past, present and future entrepreneurial plans, which helped the students to envision the progression of business ownership.


-   Rodney Rodriguez



Alum Joins Board of Birmingham’s Urban Impact


The Birmingham-based economic development agency Urban Impact has named a community organizing veteran and 1989 AAMU graduate as its new executive director.


HollowayIvan.jpgThe organization appointed Ivan W. Holloway, who will lead Urban Impact's economic growth efforts in the Fourth Avenue North corridor and Civil Rights District.


"I am honored to be a part of the growth and development I believe will happen in the Fourth Avenue district," Holloway said. "I'm committed to working with the merchants, business owners, developers and the City of Birmingham to ensure that our focus always remains leading, building and growing a vibrant marketplace for the district and our city."


Before Urban Impact, Holloway was executive director of A Step Forward in Baltimore, Md.; vice president and managing director of Seedco and Seedco Financial; and executive director of the Westside Community Development Corporation in Tuscaloosa.



AAMU to Launch New Course Evaluation Process 


Next week, Alabama A&M University will launch a new, completely electronic course evaluation process, according to the Office of Institutional Planning, Research and Effectiveness.  The new process provides students with a variety of convenient options to provide feedback about their courses and instructors.


Beginning Monday, April 25, students should check their respective e-mail accounts for a message from the Course Evaluation Team with the subject line "Alabama A&M Course Evaluations."  Students will have until Friday, May 6, to submit their course evaluations (reminder e-mails will be sent daily from April 26 to May 6).


All students and faculty also should check their e-mail accounts for a detailed message about the new course evaluation process.



Student Athletes B.E.S.T. Awards (Photos)


List of Winners of STEM Day 2016


Last Name
First Name
Abstract Category
Category Class
Civil & Mechanical Eng.
Civil & Mechanical Eng.
Civil & Mechanical Eng.
Computer Science & Mathematics
Computer Science & Mathematics
Computer Science & Mathematics
Eng. Technology & Electrical Eng.
Eng. Technology & Electrical Eng.
Eng. Technology & Electrical Eng.
Food & Animal Sciences
Food & Animal Sciences
Food & Animal Sciences
Life Science & Biology
Life Science & Biology
Life Science & Biology
Physics, Space Science & Chemistry
Physics, Space Science & Chemistry
Physics, Space Science & Chemistry
Computer Science & Mathematics
Computer Science & Mathematics
MD Hossain
Computer Science & Mathematics
Computer Science & Mathematics
Computer Science & Mathematics
Food & Animal Sciences
Food & Animal Sciences
Food & Animal Sciences
Life Science & Biology
Life Science & Biology
Life Science & Biology
Physics, Space Science & Chemistry
Physics, Space Science & Chemistry



AAMU Honda Team Concludes Competition Cycle


Last fall, about 76 HBCUs began the “Road to the Championship” in the annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge competition.  In February 2016, there remained 64 institutions to face off at national qualifying tournaments. 


By April, Alabama A&M University was among the 48 teams that competed in Los Angeles for the 27th annual national championship.  The AAMU team included Aldrishon Jairus Jones, captain, freshman, mechanical engineering, Mobile, Ala.; Quenland Akie Pogue, player, freshman,0421Honda.jpg

electrical engineering,  Mobile, Ala.; Indonesia A. Jordan, player, freshman, psychology, Phoenix, Ariz.; Myia Christian  Gibson, player, sophomore, animal science, Marietta, Ga.; and Jajuan D’Andre Juzang, institutional representative, junior, elementary education, Mobile, Ala.  Dr. Barbara A.P. Jones, economics professor, (center) is the team coach.   President Andrew Hugine, Jr., (first, left) also accompanied the team during the competition.


The students and coaches spent countless hours preparing for the tournament, and proudly represented AAMU.  Including this year’s grant, AAMU has earned $168,000 during its years of participation.  However, Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) is much more than just an academic quiz championship.  Through face-to-face competition and camaraderie among like-minded and very bright students, the competitors become “Friends for Life,” and join an elite group of HBCU students whose network of those they met at HCASC become lifelong contacts.


Honda takes take great pride in their long-standing partnership with the HBCUs and joins you in celebrating the greatness that is found on your campus.



SPACEX Scholarship:  L-R:  Gerald Vines (Director-STEM Knowledge Center), Jasmine Church (Electrical Engineering Student), and Dr. Chance Glenn (Dean).  Church is the recipient of the SpaceX Scholarship, part of the STEM Star Scholars program in the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences (CETPS).  She will begin a 12-week internship this summer with SpaceX in California. This is the first scholarship of this type with SpaceX.   Church is a second semester freshman, majoring in electrical engineering with a 4.0 GPA.




Alum, Expert Speaks on Environmental Justice, Flint


Djuan Coleon, Alabama A&M University alumnus and president/CEO of Atlanta-based PURE was scheduled to give a presentation on “The Hill” April 21 in the Agricultural Research Center Auditorium.


Coleon’s slated topic was "Environmental Justice, Climate Change and the ‪#‎FlintWaterCrisis", part of the observance of Earth Day 2016.   His presentation was in collaboration with Dr. Elica Moss’ Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences.


During his visit, Coleon also sought new students who PURE can sponsor to be part of the 2017 HBCU Delegation to participate in the Climate Change Conference in New Orleans at Dillard University.  Below are two videos that feature current AAMU students participating in the HBCU delegation sponsored by PURE.  Also, view AAMU Students in Paris:
Annual HBCU Climate Change Conference in New Orleans:




AAMU Joins Forces with LSCC


Alabama A&M University will take the best of "The Hill" to its two-year sister HBCU in the Magic City.


As the fall session rolls into place in late August, so too will AAMU's off-site campus at Lawson State Community College in Bimringham, Ala.  AAMU@LSCC  LawsonState.png
will sponsor evening and weekend classes leading toward degree completion for select undergraduate programs as well as complete curriculums for certain graduate degree programs.


Slated at the undergraduate level are programs in computer science, criminal justice, social work and an online program in management.  At the graduate level are courses leading toward the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and the Master of Social Work (MSW).


For additional information about this exciting new collaboration, AAMU@LSCC, contact AAMU's Office of Distance Education & Extended Studies at (256) 372-5753 or e-mail




AAMU Freshmen Chart High on Volunteerism


This academic year freshman students at Alabama A&M University performed more than 1,610 hours of service to the Huntsville and Madison County communities as a part of the First-Year Experience course (ORI 102), which emphasizes service learning.


Service learning integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Sections of the ORI 102 class were engaged in service learning with over 20 community partners, including the James A. Lane Boys and Girls Club of Huntsville, the NAACP of North Huntsville, the Downtown Rescue Mission, St. Luke Christian Church Children’s Ministries, AAMU Child Development Center, Floyd Fann State Veterans Home and the City of Huntsville Green Team.


Students engaged in a range of activities, including work in homeless shelters, after-school tutoring, reading programs with preschoolers, cleaning parks and local communities, planting a community garden, designing a performing arts center for a church’s youth ministry, designing a marketing plan for a local business, teaching sports clinic to youth, adopting the elderly, assisting with the daily needs of veterans, voter education and registration, and food drives for several local food pantries.


Service learning is coordinated by Ms. Monica Clarke of the Office of Retention and Persistence.  For a look at some of the impressive work of AAMU freshmen, click HERE.

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YMTF 2016 Recap:  The Youth Motivation Task Force (YMTF) has been an important force in preparing AAMU students for the job market for decades.  True to cause, YMTF consultants returned to campus to not only inspire students, but they also provided real-world insight.  Coordinated by Career Development Sevices (Yvette Clayton, director), YMTF activities are capsulized via photography by local photographer Shelly Williams.  PHOTOS



A&M English Professor Publishes Chapter 


Charlotte Teague, an assistant professor of English at Alabama A&M University, recently published a book chapter in Salem Press’s Critical Insights: Harlem Renaissance.


Charlotte Teague penned the chapter “Framing Racial Identity and Class: Magnifying Themes of Assimilation and Passing in the Works of Johnson and 0418bookimage.jpg
Hughes.”  The piece focuses on issues of racial identity and class being a part of black consciousness.  Her work expands upon the present discussion, exploring ways in which literature of the time probes the very real difficulties of the Negro question and the pervasive color line.


Teague further asserts that James Weldon Johnson and Langston Hughes raised their voices to advance society about this dichotomy and, in fact, were at the forefront of the conversation. She writes, “through their works, they give readers a varying spectrum of the issues that surrounded this sacred topic, though they are very different in their approaches.”


Her work features Johnson’s The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man and Hughes’ only novel, Not Without Laughter. This research was a part of Teague’s on-going research in African-American literature which specializes in female and male heroines and protest literature.


In addition to this recently released book, a new book project, Critical Insights: Civil Rights, is set to release in spring 2017, and it will feature Teague’s research on the underrepresentation of feminine voices in Civil Rights literature. She writes, 0418pic42.jpg
“this referenced literature has largely been gendered male even though research shows that there were dominant feminine voices who were dreamers and writing about dreams before Dr. Martin Luther King made his famous “I have a Dream” speech in 1963, which catapulted the movement.” She joins other distinguished scholars and faculty in the field as a contributor on this upcoming work.


Teague, who is also a two-time graduate of Alabama A&M University, holds the B.A. in English, the M.Ed. in English Education, the M.A. in English and Technical Communication, and is currently pursuing the Ph.D. in English at Morgan State University in Baltimore. She has been on the faculty of AAMU fore more than 10 years.

Book Information: Critical Insights: Harlem Renaissance/Editor: C. Varlack/Salem Press/ISBN: 978-1-61925-822-8



AAMU Team Wins at Southeast Area College Bowl Competition 

  IFT.jpg Members of the Food Science Club represented Alabama A&M University (AAMU), the College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences, as well as the Department of Food and Animal Sciences at the 2016 IFTSA College Bowl Competition in Starkville, Miss.

The year-round Food Science Club has a mission to improve the professional development of future food scientists, and therefore, had the opportunity to show their stuff, during this Bowl competition.


Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), the accrediting body for food science programs, engages students (budding food scientists) through IFTSA - Institute of Food Technologists Student Association activities. The AAMU IFTSA College Bowl Competition team consisted of graduate students Fredreana Hester (Captain), Shantrell Willis, Derell Hardman, Hadyn Reid, Priyanka Patel, Rajwinder Kaur; and undergraduates Anissa Taylor and Tyler Huff.


AAMU Education Students Part of NASA STEM Initiative


Selected teacher education candidates and faculty sponsors from Alabama A&M University’s Teacher Education and Leadership Department have been selected to participate in NASA's Minority University Research & Education Program (MUREP). 


The program, coordinated by Texas State University through a cooperative agreement with NASA, provides funding to support one-week MUREP Educator Institutes (MEIs) at 10 NASA Centers across the United States.  AAMU’s selected teacher candidates and faculty sponsors will participate in the week-long institute at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in June 2016.

This program is designed to provide Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) teacher candidates and faculty sponsors exposure and opportunities to:


·develop deeper conceptual understanding about STEM-related topics that, in turn, will elevate their teaching of these topics;


· experience a variety of high impact STEM instructional approaches that promote student success;


· develop insight into the work and contributions of a specific NASA Center and to learn from and interact with the Center’s Subject Matter Experts (SMEs);


· secure NASA resources that participants can incorporate into their teaching to enhance STEM education for students

As participants in the program, AAMU’s teacher candidates and faculty sponsors will receive eight hours of pre-institute professional development via online instruction; five days of on-site instructional activities and immersion experiences; and eight hours of post-institute professional development via online instruction.


For additional information about the program selection process, contact Dr. Derrick Davis, chair, Department of Teacher Education and Leadership, at



Administrator Will Continue Term on NOBCChE Board


The Special Assistant to the President for Strategic Planning and Initiatives at AAMU has been nominated to serve another term on the board of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NABCChE).


GilmoreMalinda.jpgDr. Malinda Gilmore, who is also coordinator and associate professor of chemistry, currently serves executive board chair for 2015-16.   She earned her BS in Chemistry from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas, obtained her Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis in Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry, and completed her postdoctoral appointment at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the area of Environmental Health Sciences.



AAMU Prof Presents at NEA/NCHE Conference


AEA member Delores Price was selected to conduct a presentation at the recent 2016 National Education Association/National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) Conference hosted by NEA in San Diego, Calif.    


PriceDelores.jpgIn keeping with the conference theme, “Unite, Inspire, Lead – Transforming Lives through Higher Education,” Dr. Price provided an interactive workshop titled “Developing Leadership through Communications and Collaboration”.  Participants were engaged in “meet and greet” and speaking activities; as well as strategies for collaboration, and leadership analysis activities.   


The goal of her workshop was to provide participants with actionable tips and techniques to improve leadership communication skills and to promote the conference strand of Leadership Competencies:    “Governance and Leadership,” “Leading our Professions,” and “Membership Growth.”


The conference observed its 50th anniversary and featured Lily Eskelsen Garcia, NEA president; Princess Moss, NEA secretary-treasurer; Christian Ramirez, human rights director of Alliance San Diego; and banquet keynote speaker Steve Pemberton, Fortune 500 executive and author of A Chance in the World & Voice of Change for Youth.


“Although, I have presented at a number of conferences, I feel blessed to have been at a conference that allowed me to interact with our association’s national leaders,” stated Price, commenting on having been selected to present.


Price was appointed twice by Alabama governors to the Alabama Women’s Commission, and she is a longtime educator and NEA member.  She has served in a range of educational roles, including classroom teacher, counselor, and administrator.  At AAMU since 2003, she has served as department chair, interim dean and currently as associate professor in the educational leadership program.    She was recently elected secretary of the Higher Education Division of AEA and Delegate to the 2016 National Assembly.



“SuperLucy” Goes to MCS


The College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences’ “SuperLucy” race car was featured in the Madison City Schools’ First Annual Electric Vehicle Race at James Clemons High School.  The CETPS special project team, faculty and staff attended this event.



APLU Urges Members to Recommit to Research Safety


Seeking to provide a roadmap for university-wide efforts to renew and strengthen a culture of research safety, the APLU Task Force on Laboratory Safety released its Guide to Implementing a Safety Culture in Our Universities. The task force also released a companion website ( intended to make the guide more accessible and allow for the continued sharing of best practices and other information to improve safety at research universities nationwide.



Join the NASA Space Race


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is working with the Center for Advancing Innovation (CAI) to launch a brand new competition in 2016. The competition challenges teams to form business plans around NASA developed technologies with near-term commercialization potential.


Winners will be awarded a cash prize, provided by third-party venture capital investors, and will be encouraged to incorporate and pursue licensing the technologies from NASA, using their winnings as seed funding for the new business. Registration ends on May 1st, so don’t miss your chance to enter. Want to know more about the Space Race?  Contact Dr. Larry McDaniel at   




College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences Newsletter

CETPS March Newsletter 




Alabama Extension to Participate in Earth Day 2016 Activities


The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit (Urban Affairs) will participate in two upcoming Earth Day events.


The first event was the 46th Annual Earth Day Festival and Farmer’s Market that was held at the Monte Sano State Park Picnic Area on Sunday, April 17. Participants viewed more than 70 exhibits, including a water conservation demonstration by Extension’s own Rhonda Britton. Britton helps to manage Water Wheels, a 36-foot mobile water conservation laboratory.


Urban Affairs also plans to participate in Operation Green Team’s 2016 Earth Day Festival at Hays Nature Preserve on Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Hays Nature Preserve is located at 7161 US Highway 431 South in the Hampton Cove area. This event is free and features more than 70 organizations and businesses with activities, animal exhibits, demonstrations, take-home crafts, giveaways, and information.


For the past two years, Urban Affairs has been a sponsor of the butterfly release, one of the most anticipated Earth Day activities at Hays Nature Preserve, and will do so again this year. The butterfly release will take place at 11 a.m.-1 p.m.


More than 11,000 individuals attended Operation Green Team’s Earth Day Festival in 2015. This year Operation Green Team is expecting another record-breaking crowd. Earth Day activities at Hays Nature Preserve will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.


For general information, please contact Dr. Karnita Garner at (256) 372-8331 ( or Robert Spencer at (256) 372-4983 (




BPC Announces “Bulldog Bucks Day”

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The Bulldog Pride Committee, chaired by First Lady Abbiegail Hugine, held Bulldog Bucks Day on The Quad on April 13.  Students, faculty, staff, alumni and other supporters were encouraged to promote University pride and student service projects through the purchase of Bulldog Bucks in denominations ranging from $5 to $50.



LRC Celebrates National Library Week


The Drake Memorial Learning Resources Center celebrated National Library Week 2016 thru April 16.  National Library Week (April 10-16) is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all. 



AAMU Business College, Chamber U Host Workshop


AAMU’s Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Development (CEIED), based within the College of Business and Public Affairs, and the Huntsville Madison County Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber University program hosted an April 13 workshop on “Ensuring Diversity and Remaining Compliant with OFCCP Regulations.”  The session was held in the Chamber’s Toyota Alabama Training Room on the 3rd floor of the Chamber building, located at 225 Church Street NW.


The two-hour workshop was designed for small business owners and human resources personnel who want to know more about compliance and diversity.  Among the scheduled topics are: “The EEOC’s Laws and Procedures”; “The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services”; as well as pertinent information from the Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division; OSHA; and OFCCP.


Among the scheduled participants were:  Alvin Mitchel, Birmingham District; Chris Williams, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP); James S. Cooley,  OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration); Kenneth Stripling, Gulf Coast District; Christina Coleman-Lovelace, Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division; Eddi Abdulhaqq, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); and Peggy Anderson, Business Relations Program, Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services.



Student Presents Abstract at Climate Change Conference


Antionette Fowlkes, a senior at Alabama A&M University presented her abstract, "Identification and Enumeration of Enterococcus and the Impact of Climate Change and Variability to Determine the Water Quality in the Flint Creek Watershed (FCW)," at the 4th Annual HBCU Climate Change Conference in New Orleans at Dillard University.

The Conference is hosted by the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice.  See the video:
Source:  Djuan Coleon,


COBPA Students Earn 1st Place in TVA Competition

COBPA Students won 1st Place in TVA Investment Challenge Competition. Standing from left: Delon Showers, Demetrius Payne, Dr. Mohammad Robbani, Dr. Uchenna Elike, COBPA Dean Del Smith, Destiny Potts, DeAndre Marks, Brittany Jenkins, Tabitha White, Michael Crayton and Whitney Stroud.

A team of finance students from the Department of Finance and Economics at Alabama A&M University’s College of Business and Public Affairs won first place in the annual Investment Challenge Program sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).

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 provides the teams of students a rare opportunity for hands-on experience in managing real stock portfolios. 

AAMU students actively managed TVA funds by designing long-term investment strategies, analyzing and researching stock markets in detail and making decisions to manage a portfolio worth about $600,000.

“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.



General Addresses Military Gala


Four-star General Dennis Via, 18th Commander of the U.S. Army Materiel Command at Redstone Arsenal, spoke briefly to Alabama A&M University ROTC cadets at the annual Military Gala Friday, April 8, in the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center.


General Via encouraged the cadets to pursue individuals from whom they can gain the benefits of mentorship.  Via was welcomed by President Andrew and First Lady Abbiegail Hugine and the full cadre of officers, staff and cadets.  He and his wife Linda also joined the cadets on the dance floor.  PHOTOS


AAMU’s TVA Investment Challenge team earned 12.54 percent return compared to 1.38 percent for the S&P 500 Index in 2015. That placed AAMU in the top position out of the 25 participating schools, outperforming such participants as Vanderbilt University and the University of Alabama in Huntsville. This year makes a trifecta considering that the team won 3rd place in 2014 and 2nd place in 2013.


“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 tremendously from the authentic experience they receive through this program.”


Open House/Cookie Swap Held


The College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences teamed with Crisis Services of North Alabama to present an "Open House and Cookie Swap" on Friday, April 8.


The activity spotlighted the College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences and its outstanding degree programs while celebrating 10 years of Crisis Services of North Alabama's ​"Cookie Swap" as staffers displayed 60 agencies from the community that provide quality field placements for AAMU students and service to the community. 


For more information, contact Dr. Valerie J. McDuffie, administrator, Center for Global Social Service Research, at (256) 372-8301 or e-mail



Scenes from the Academic Honors Convocation - April 7




AdviseME App for AAMU Computer Science Students



CETPS students Tsige Zergaw, Antonio Grant and Bethlehem Zergaw (above) from the Computer Science department have developed “AdviseME,” a unique app for their curriculum.  The app was a class project assigned by Dr. Yujian Fu. The AdviseME App aims to develop new methods, techniques and tools that will make it significantly easier for students to see the prerequisite course list for computer science classes. The application will also serve as a pre-advising tool that will help students understand what will be expected from their advisors





AAMU College of Education Ranks Among State Leaders


A new online teaching portal——ranks Alabama A&M University’s teaching program as one of the best schools to attend for future educators in the State of Alabama.


In today's economic climate, making the decision to become a teacher is one that should not be made lightly. It’s critical for future students and their families to complete due diligence to formulate a plan that will permit a teaching candidate to logo.jpg
successfully navigate a competitive field of colleges in Alabama to determine which one provides the student the best opportunity to succeed. Recently, reviewed all 28 schools in Alabama that offer education training for future teachers and ranked Alabama A&M University among its top five. was built by a collaborative team of educational and career experts who focus their efforts on providing students of all levels with factual resources that will help them navigate the educational and career hurdles required to achieve their professional goals. Their website was developed with the future and existing teacher in mind—to be a hub of educational and career tips and advice from fellow teachers and career guidance experts who have traveled on this journey.


Using a complex algorithmic tool along with data provided from the universities to various government agencies, they have reviewed, tested and documented the top education programs available in the State of Alabama for 2016. Testing criteria factor several specific elements that will permit a student to determine which school is the best fit specifically for their path. The team at has analyzed total expense, student to faculty ratios, graduation rates, potential earnings, return on investment and other critical categories. Alabama A&M University’s College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences posted high scores in several of the categories to gather a Top Five ranking.  


"Every school listed in our State of Alabama review tool has committed themselves to the pursuit of excellence in the field of Education and shown exemplary dedication to quality of the highest caliber," noted Tim Charlet; the Editor of "The Department of Education at Alabama A&M is among Alabama’s best. Our review algorithm discovered that Alabama A&M was tops in several categories, including expense and return on investment. We hope students and their families can utilize this data so they can make an informed decision as to which school is best suited for their individual needs and career aspirations."


To learn more, visit




Experiences in Sub-Saharan Africa

                                                                                   By Rashod Coleman '13


Having been raised in the inner-city of Chicago, I was surrounded by violence, drugs, and inadequate living conditions. I have seen many of my neighbors faced with various health disparities because of their socioeconomic status. As a result of these experiences, I am determined to eliminate or greatly reduce these conditions that are plaguing many individuals globally.

As a biology teacher in sub-Saharan Africa, I have been allotted the opportunity to foster young minds and teach adolescent teens about health factors, risks, and safe practices as it relates to HIV and AIDS. For four days a week, I engaged from one and four students (equivalent to high school freshman and seniors Rashod.png
respectively), in discussions and lessons about HIV and AIDS. In the remote village of Itengule, near Njombe, Tanzania, where there is the highest prevalence of HIV and AIDS, we speak on the health risks and factors that contribute to HIV.

With the help and cooperation of parents, teachers, and local villagers, I was able to help 100% of my students pass the Tanzanian National Examination. This exam is the single most important test of their young lives, and it determines if they can continue with their secondary education. The previous year there was a 33 percent pass rate, and we were able to get 100 percent of the students to pass in my one full year of teaching.  More specifically, my biology class had a 54 percent increase on the biology portion of the test, up from 23 percent pass rate the previous year. 

tanzania-political-map.jpgI am currently working on a nutrition initiative that would help address the malnutrition problem in my community.  We are in the process of raising $5,000 to build a cafeteria. In addition, I'm awaiting acceptance into the MEDPREP Post-baccalaureate program that would bridge me to medical school.

I am truly blessed and humbled by the opportunities I have been blessed with.  While helping Itengule, I learned how to listen to people and assess their needs.  Connecting and talking to indigenous people taught me how to develop relationships with individuals from a different background.  From my Peace Corps experience, I have developed an unwavering love of working with people, wild creativity, and patience amidst overwhelming frustration.  


Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University has been a gateway to helping me accomplish these things, and it has been vital in introducing me to the fundamental truth that “Service is Sovereignty.”    



AAMU Students Make Service Learning Presentations


Students from Orientation 102 classes at Alabama A&M University worked hard this semester as volunteers at AAMU and throughout the surrounding community.  Each class completed over 200 hours of service work. The service learning trifold presentations on Tuesday, April 5, gave the students an opportunity to promote their cause by sharing their work and their experiences.


AAMU students truly modeled William Hooper Council’s legacy of “Service is Sovereignty”.   PHOTOS





Studdard Gives A&M Props in Interview


In a recent talk show interview, entertainer and AAMU alumnus Ruben Studdard credited his university for playing such a vital role in his life.


On “Hollywood Today Live,” viewed by major markets throughout the U.S., Studdard told hosts that receiving a formal recognition from Alabama A&M in December 2015 “was amazing.”  It was at A&M, he said that he played football, learned to be humble and became a man.



Panion Featured on National Mag Cover


Shine.jpgDr. Henry Panion III, the music educator, AAMU alumnus and orchestra conductor who has worked with such notables as Stevie Wonder and Kirk Franklin, was graced on the cover of Shine on Hollywood Magazine. 


Panion appears on the March 2016 cover of the magazine, which boasts 27 million monthly readers internationally.





AAMU, Huntsville Most Affordable for College Students


Alabama A&M University is mentioned in the article, "50 Most Affordable College Towns in the U.S."


When trying to choose the right school, students and their parents often examine every aspect, including the local cost of living. Most college students are on a tight budget, so saving on where they live while they attend college is pretty ideal, says Jessica Turner of


Huntsville has made our list, and AAMU is listed as one of the features.  For an additional link, visit



FIRST LADY'S SCHOLARSHIP LUNCHEON:  Since its inception and establishment by First Lady Abbiegail Hugine, the First Lady's Scholarship Luncheon has raised more than $175,000 to support student scholarships.  Among those behind the success of the Saturday, April 2, 2016 effort were:  Brenda Davis, selection committee co-chair; Felicia Wilson, selection committee chair; Dr. Jeanette Jones, chair, scholarship initiative committee; Dr. Kimberley Marshall, member, scholarship initiative committee; First Lady Abbiegail Hugine; Dr. Vernessa Edwards, physics program and Graduate Studies Office; Georgia S. Valrie, AAMU retiree; and Dr. Andrea Cunningham, director of Title III.  (Photo: J. Saintjones)   More PHOTOS


Students Recognize Art Month


The Black Excellence gallery show was presented by The Art Club on April 4.  The event included giveaways, refreshments and art for purchase.  For more information, call (256) 372-4072.



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AAMU STEM Faculty Win DoEd Grant


The U.S. Department of Education awarded a three-year $360,000 grant to Alabama A&M University to implement the multidisciplinary project on “Enhancing STEM Freshmen Foundation Courses with Evidence-Based Teaching and Research Integration (2015-2018).


EngineeringSTEM3.jpgThe project is led by Dr. Xiang (Susie) Zhao, associate professor of computer science (PI), and co-principal investigators Chance Glenn, dean of the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences; Dr. Padmaja “Paddy” Guggilla, physics; Jeanette Jones, biology; and Fayequa Majid, mathematics. 


In order to enhance sustainable, evidence-based, active teaching and learning, and expose freshmen to multidisciplinary research across STEM departments at AAMU, an innovative mentor plan will be introduced.  The "High Expectation Leverage Program” (HELP) will improve peer-to-peer, faculty-to-student mentoring in/outside classrooms for retention.


A total of eight freshman researchers and three supplementary instruction (SI) leaders are supported each semester, along with various career development and student organizational activities. Moreover, the project is a synergistic effort that includes both administrator and faculty members serving mostly African-American students majoring in STEM disciplines at AAMU.  These students will help the nation meet its need for talented STEM professionals.



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AAMU Holds Vigil for Student Athlete Danny Johnson


A memorial vigil for Alabama A&M University student-athlete Danny Johnson was held March 28 at Louis Crews Stadium in the vicinity of the George Hobson Field House.  Johnson, a sophomore on the Bulldog football team, died Thursday, March 24, from injuries sustained in an auto accident.  PHOTOS


The program included statements from AAMU President Andrew



season, Johnson was second on the team with 30 solo tackles and he broke up four passes.His funeral was scheduled for Tuesday, March 29, at 11:30 a.m. at The Fellowship of Faith Church on North Memorial Parkway.


Hugine, Jr.; Bryan Hicks, athletic director; head football coach James Spady; Rev. Troy Garner, pastor, Fellowship of Faith Church; as well as family members and friends. 





Professor Addresses Oakwood Group


Assistant Professor Lucrecia Hawley was the guest speaker for a recent meeting of the Education Club at Oakwood College.  Her topic was" What Is a Good Teacher?"


The group brainstormed and ranked in importance the characteristics of a good teacher.  Hawley presented research findings from 15 unique sources.  Her research revealed the following most common characteristics:  knowledgeable/prepared, energetic, creative, caring, compassionate, positive, patient, respectful, friendly, fair, enthusiastic, and funny/humorous. 


Additionally, Hawley noted that good teachers had high but reasonable expectations, provided for active participation of students, accommodated diverse learning needs, related well to students, fostered a supportive, trusting classroom where students felt special and secure, had clear expectations, linked to existing knowledge, were approachable, built self-esteem in students (gave praise for correct answers and encouragement for wrong answers), and had a passion for teaching.


Hawley further summarized the divergent literature which demonstrated preferred teacher qualities and traits in any classroom setting.   During her service at AAMU, Hawley has been among those chosen as one of the top five faculty members by SGA.





Video Further Documents AAMU's Participation in Paris Summit


Thanks to AAMU alumnus Djuan Coleon, president and CEO of the Atlanta-based PURE, an environment-oriented firm aimed at building sustainable communities, Antoinette.jpg
there is additional documentation of the impressive role of AAMU and Alabama State students in the Paris summit last November.


AAMU and ASU students participated in the COP21 Conference of the Parties, Global Climate Change Summit in Paris, France.  Ably representing AAMU was Antionette Fowlkes (right).  See video link:


Army Secretary Praises AAMU ROTC Cadets


Just days following his Friday, March 18, visit to a physical training session of Alabama A&M University Army ROTC cadets, the Acting Secretary of the Army heaped praised on the group.


Acting Secretary of the Army Patrick J. Murphy, in an Army-wide communication about his trip to Alabama and his address to the Association of the United States Army conference, spoke positively about his visit to Alabama A&M, as well.


“I also had the incredible privilege to PT with some of our future officers at Alabama A&M,” said Murphy.  “My legs are still a little sore from running every one of their stadium steps, but it was incredibly motivating to see them pushing and encouraging each other while most of America was still sleeping.”  (See photo link below)


With more than 125 chapters worldwide, the more than 65-year-old Association of the United States Army is a private, non-profit organization that acts primarily as an advocacy group for the United States Army.




CAR SHOW:  Engineering students, faculty and staff proudly enter "Lucy" at car show at Advance Auto Parts in Madison, Ala., on Saturday, March 19.     (J. Saintjones)



First Lady’s Scholarship Luncheon


The First Lady's Scholarship Luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 2, in the Ernest L. Knight Center, which represents a venue change.   The annual event celebrates the life and legacy of each of the First Ladies of Alabama A&M University. 


The scholarship luncheon, like the other initiatives spearheaded by First Lady Abbiegail Hugine, serves not only as an event to honor first ladies, but it is also an effort to raise desperately needed funds for deserving students at Alabama A&M University who exemplify the spirit of our founder, Dr. William Hooper Councill. 


It is a time in which loyal alumni, faculty, staff, students, friends and supporters of the institution gather to reflect on the many contributions of the First Ladies. 

Tickets are $40.  For more information, call (256) 372-5715.




2016-2018 AAMU Alumni Association New Slate of Officers


PRESIDENT:                                      Albert Benifield, Jr.    

VICE-PRESIDENT:                            Joe Arrington                 

RECORDING SECRETARY:             Karen Renea Epps              

FINANCIAL SECRETARY:                Karen Howze-Samuels 

TREASURER:                                    Chiquita Goodloe Suggs 


•REGION I:         Terrence D. Vickerstaff

•REGION II:        Brandon Brown

•REGION III:       Annie White        

•REGION IV:      Judy Cannon Smith

•REGION V:        Stephanie George-Lewis

•REGION VI:      Leticia Drakeford



1.  Richetta A. Wilkerson

2.  Bernice Carter Richardson

3.  Joyce Harris                          

4.  Cynthia Wright-Toles          

5.  SanYvette Williams-Foy     

6.  Perry Caudle                        

7.  Johnny B. Kirk                    



Annual Black Tie Scholarship Gala Scheduled


Alabama A&M University will hold its 16th Annual Black Tie Scholarship Gala on Friday, April 22, 2016, at the Von Braun Center North Hall in Huntsville, Ala.


The Black Tie Scholarship Gala is AAMU’s premiere fundraising event, and it is designed to support talented students who demonstrate a financial need. Of AAMU’s more than 5,000 students, 92 percent are in need of financial aid.  


In 2015, this event provided more than $100,000 in scholarships for deserving students. It also featured a special performance by AAMU’s very own Ruben Studdard and highlighted the creation of a generously endowed scholarship by a retired AAMU ROTC commissioned officer. Further, the Gala brings forth a cross-section of the community including, but not limited to, large and small businesses, religious organizations, elected officials and civic groups. This event also serves to recognize those organizations and individual leaders that have made a positive impact in their fields and at AAMU.


All proceeds will be used as scholarship dollars for deserving students at Alabama A&M.  For more information, contact or (256) 372-8344.




Staffers support behind-the-scenes efforts at Aging in Alabama Symposium held at the Dawson Building March 19.



Symposium Focuses on Aging in Alabama


The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit, in partnership with the Greater Huntsville Chapter of the Links, Inc., American Senior Assistance Program, Inc., and Alabama A&M University (AAMU), held the Aging in Alabama Symposium on Saturday, March 19.   PHOTOS


The Symposium featured a panel discussion on “Collaboratively Addressing the Needs of the Older Adult” with leading experts who addressed aging in relation to health and wellness, advocacy, and public policy initiatives.


Following the discussion, the panel held a question and answer session on “Exploring Opportunities to Advance Aging in Alabama.” The Symposium was the first educational activity of the Virginia Caples Lifelong Learning Institute under the leadership of Alabama Extension staff at AAMU.


The website for more information is




Army Secretary Joins AAMU ROTC Cadets for PT


ArmySec2.jpgActing Secretary of the Army Patrick J. Murphy joined Alabama A&M University ROTC cadets in early morning (6 a.m.) physical training (PT) at Louis Crews Stadium Friday, March 18.


Secretary Murphy, who was greeted by President Andrew Hugine, Jr., Provost Daniel K. Wims and military science officers and staff, also gave the group a from-the-heart pep talk.  See PHOTOS:  (by J. Saintjones)




Funeral Services Held for Former Cheerleader


Funeral services were held in Montgomery, Ala., on Saturday, March 19, at Moring Pilgrim Baptist Church, 1309 E.D. Nixon Avenue, for 2007 alumna Alicia.jpg
and former cheerleader Alicia Minell Williams BryantAlicia was a product of the Montgomery Public School System and was cheer captain of Jefferson Davis High School.


At AAMU, she also served as captain and met and married the love of her life, Keith Bryant in 2013, and they had one child, Raylee.  Among her interests were Alicia’s interests included praise dancing, teaching tumbling, composing cheer chants and routines; and above all she loved to sing and praise God. 




USDE Acting Secretary John B. King (c) makes point during AAMU town hall meeting on March 16.


AAMU Visited by Nation's Top Education Official 


The Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education visited Alabama A&M University Wednesday, March 16, as part of a national tour that includes higher education institutions that are showing some success in attracting and retaining students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.   PHOTOS


Dr. John B. King assumed the position of Acting Secretary of Education in January 2016.  He met with University administrators prior to holding a 50-minute public town hall meeting in the auditorium of Arthur J. Bond Hall (engineering building). 


King said the promotion of the STEM disciplines is not only a priority of President Barack Obama, but it is important to the national economy.  He added that AAMU was made part of his tour of institutions primarily because of its strong work in preparing STEM professionals and, as such, it should also be noted among the places that are making a difference in ensuring the STEM educators of tomorrow.


Secretary King also praised AAMU and HBCUs for the key role they play in awarding STEM degrees to people of color, and he said more should be done to target investments in HBCUs' retention efforts.  AAMU's longstanding partnership with NASA, an agency that has offered numerous programs that benefit the AAMU and its students, was also commended by the Secretary.


After presenting an impressive listing of programs his agency provides and in which AAMU has participated, NASA-Marshall Space Flight Center Director Todd May concluded, "We enjoy our partnership with A&M and look forward to it for many years to come."


AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr., credited his institution's STEM success to its "talented, dedicated and diverse faculty," its early alert programs, external opportunities and its collaborations with partner institutions and agencies.


Before becoming Acting Secretary, Dr. King had served since January 2015 at the U.S. Department of Education as principal senior advisor. In that role, Dr. King carried out the duties of the Deputy Secretary, overseeing all preschool-through-12th-grade education policies, programs and strategic initiatives, as well as the operations of USDE.  He was also the first African-American and Puerto Rican to serve as New York State education commissioner.


King's visit to the AAMU campus was hosted by the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences, under the leadership of Dr. Chance Glenn, dean.

- Jerome Saintjones




White House Initiative Officer Addresses AAMU Students


The Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities spoke to Alabama A&M University students and served on a panel Wednesday, all part of a tour spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Education Acting Secretary John B. King.     PHOTOS


ToldsonSmall.jpgDr. Ivory Toldson told a standing room only audience of students at the Clyde Foster auditorium to avoid having their lives and existence defined by others.  He gave that same advice to the nation's 100 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) that might be tempted to measure greatness in terms developed by other institutions.


Rather, Toldson challenged HBCUs to be mindful of what they are "comparing themselves to" and to focus more acutely on "what makes us distinctively and uniquely great."


In a talk sponsored by the AAMU Honors Program, the researcher said his attending HBCU Southern University was among the best decisions he has made, primarily because of the ongoing cultivation.  Toldson then took part in panel discussion on the future of HBCUs, as well as some of the issues that threaten their viability.  He was joined on the panel by Dr. Les Pollard, president of Oakwood University; Aaron Dixon, president of the Student Government Association; and Dr. Jeanette Jones, president of the AAMU Faculty Senate.  The session was moderated by Dr. Juarine Stewart.


Toldson was appointed Deputy Director of the White House Initiative in September of 2013. He later became the official Executive Director in September of 2015. Prior to these roles, Dr. Toldson served as an associate professor at Howard University, senior research analyst for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Negro Education. He was also contributing education editor for The Root, where he debunked some of the most pervasive myths about African-Americans in his Show Me the Numbers column. 


Dr. Toldson has more than 60 publications, including 4 books, and more than 150 research presentations in 36 US states, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Scotland, South Africa, Paris, and Barcelona. He has been featured on MSNBC, C-SPAN2 Books, NPR News, and POTUS on XM Satellite Radio. 


- Jerome Saintjones





Funeral Services Held for Retired AAMU Professor

 A Christian Funeral Mass were held Friday, March 18, at St. Joseph Catholic Church for Dr. Shirley King, former chairperson of AAMU's Department of Pyschology/Counseling, Special Education and Communicative Sciences and Disorders.  

A native of Mobile, Ala., Dr. King received the Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education.  She earned master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Alabama, and she and her husband, the lae Stanford J. King, Sr., were parents to two sons.

She returned to AAMU as a faculty member in 2000 after retiring from the public school system of Evansville, Ind.

Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. at Valhalla Funeral Home Thursday, March 17.  The Omega Omega service of Delta Sigma Theta began at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Knights of Peter Claver and Ladies Auxiliary.  In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to the AAMU Scholarship Fund in memory of Shirley Tait King.




AAMU Student Featured in National Video 


A nontraditional Alabama A&M University student praises the mentoring support she has received throughout her matriculation in the physics program.  Her words are captured as part of a powerful video by the Emerging Researchers Network of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (ERN/AAAS). 



Creer-Small.jpgMarylyn Creer was the focus of a video, which was shown during a recent ERN conference to underscore the importance of mentoring to minority and women’s participation in STEM education.  


“I am so excited about having been selected for this most honored and important opportunity and to bring focus on our school and students at large,” commented Creer in a response to AAMU physicist Mohan Aggarwal, chair.   She indicated to Aggarwal that she credited her success to the department and other programs along the way.  


To access the video, visit (or copy and paste)  The corresponding article can be accessed at 



ALFA SCHOLARSHIP:  Representatives from Alabama Farmers Federation (ALFA) presented a scholarship to Thomaston, Ala., native Breanna Harris, a senior food science major at Alabama A&M University.  The gift, given to an agriculture student maintaining a minimum 2.5 GPA, was made possible in part by the Marengo County Farmers Federation.  Joining the recent presentation in the James I. Dawson Building were (l-r):  Dr. Lloyd Walker, dean, College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences; Breanna Harris, scholarship recipient; Wallace Drury and Josh Melson, ALFA area organization directors; and Mike Tidwell, director of the Department of Organization, ALFA.  (Photo by J. Saintjones)


AMIABLE:  President Andrew Hugine, Jr., congratulates Charlita Woodruff-White (left) of the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, who was the recipient of February's campus character trait recognition for being "Amiable."  The monthly award is made possible by the Bulldog Pride Committee.


AAMU RISE, MSFC Look Forward to Collaboration



The key official of AAMU RISE Foundation met with representatives from the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Thursday, March 10, to announce a new research collaboration.


Dr. Chance Glenn, dean of the College of Engineering, Technology and Environmental Sciences, and president/executive director of AAMU RISE, met with a team from NASA-MSFC to announce research collaboration on the development of a test bed for the MSFC turbopump bearing system, an endeavor coordinated by AAMU's Z.T. Deng. 


Following brief introductions, attendees discussed mentorship and seminar planning, and engineering management strategy before touring research facilities in Arthur J. Bond Hall.




CFCU Holds Spring Promotion


Councill Federal Credit Union 2016 spring loan promotion will continue into the summer.  Loan rates are as low as 2.2% for new cars and 2.45% for used cars. These rates are available to members with approved credit.

Signature loans are also available with rates as low as 8.00% with approved credit. Short-term loans are available with rates of 28%.


Members may come by our office and be pre-approved for upcoming purchases.




College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences

Link to CETPS Newsletter - HERE




DPS Lists Unclaimed Items


AAMU Family members who are missing IPads, IPhones, flash drives, jackets, wallets, keys, Social Security or ID cards, driver’s licenses, etc., should contact the Department of Public Safety DPS), which has a lost and found area.  For more information, call (256) 372-5555.


DPS is located across from the Mamie Labon Foster Complex. 




Research Collaboration Between AAMU, AAMU-RISE, and MSFC


The College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences (CETPS) is equipped and moving forward fast! In August, Dr. Chance Glenn was invited to visit NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), the research capability of CETPS was presented to the Propulsion Department technical leads. Research collaboration between AAMU, AAMU-RISE and MSFC was initiated.


In January, Glenn invited the MSFC Propulsion Department engineers and technical leads to AAMU to continue the discussion of research collaboration.  Pictured (l-r):  1st photo - Dr. Glenn visits the material testing facility at MSFC in August; 2nd photo - MSFC Propulsion Department research delegations visit CETPS in January.




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AWARENESS:  Staff members from the Office of the Registrar are spreading awareness about DegreeWorks, a new academic advising tool that makes successful matriculation a partnership between students and their respective advisors.  Upcoming events will include visits to the colleges within AAMU.



CETPS Alumnus of the Month


EngStudent.jpgTonesha Smith, a 2006 computer science graduate from the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences (CETPS) who currently works for Lockheed Martin, received a special recognition award at the 30th Annual 2016 Black Engineers of the Year Awards STEM Conference. 


The three-day BEYA STEM Conference, organized by the Lockheed Martin Corporation, took place February 18-20 in Philadelphia, Pa.  The conference covered areas such as taking advantage of onsite resources designed to enhance job search, enhancing academic careers, as well as gaining necessary tools for a successful STEM career.



Student Government Association's Senator for Student Affairs Tara Crawford has established a food pantry in order "to limit student hunger". The University Family is strongly encouraged to maintain this initiative by donating canned goods and/or non-perishable items. Food drop-offs can be made every Friday at 5 p.m. in the Student Health and Wellness Center. For more information, e-mail




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Signature of Excellence - PHOTOS

DegreeWorks Kickoff - PHOTOS

2016 Grad School Open House - PHOTOS

Admissions Transfer Student Day - PHOTOS



AAMU Making Strides Toward Lifelong Learning Institute


Some 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day.  According to 2012 labor statistics, the roughly 76 million baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) will change the ways in which we view senior citizens and the meaning of the word “elderly.”  By the 2030, the number of Americans 65 years of age and older will more than double to 71.5 million or 20 percent of the population (about 1 in 5 CaplesMugShot.jpg
 With rapid and swift changes occurring in the ways in which “we do things” in society, there has never been a more relevant time to become a promoter, advocator, and deliverer of lifelong- learning opportunities.


A special cohort among the growing  number of older adults are underserved and limited resource seniors—specifically minority seniors who are at greatest risk of being adversely affect by the aging process.  Traditionally, the 1890 Land-Grant Colleges and Universities have taken a critical look at the physical and social landscape to determine ways in which it could use resources to impact the quality of life of senior citizens.


Virginia Caples Gala and VCLLI Endowment
March 19
T.M. Elmore Building


Thus, the establishment of a lifelong learning institute is a most timely action for an 1890 land-grant institution to take a leading role.  With the opening of the Virginia Caples Lifelong Learning Institute (VCLLI), AAMU will join the ranks of our sister Institution, Hampton University, and become the second Historically Black College and University (HBCU) and the first 1890 land grant institution in the nation to address this opportunity to celebrate learning and advance the quality of life for one of our richest resources, Alabama’s older adult population.


The Institute is named in tribute to Dr. Virginia Caples, a Doddsville, Miss., native who has provided committed and dedicated service to Alabama A&M University for the past 38 years in various capacities as Interim President, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Associate Dean, Professor, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, University Professor, and 1890 Administrator.


In these capacities, Caples has provided effective leadership in areas such as strategic planning, academic program development and evaluation, faculty performance, institutional effectiveness, technology integration, meeting accreditation requirements, and student learning outcomes.


Moreover, she was a lead facilitator for the University’s strategic planning and SACS accreditation efforts in 1984, 1994, 2004 and the current 2014 reaffirmation process. Further, she was one of the principal individuals involved in the implementation of Knight, Sims, et al v. State of Alabama Higher Education Desegregation Lawsuit for Alabama A&M University.


VCLLI aims to establish a state-of-the-art facility that offers traditional and futuristic courses, while providing a stimulating educational, social, and life enhancing environment. In so doing, the Institute will meet the current needs of the principal audience while enabling future growth as societal changes impact this growing cohort group.  It will build upon and go beyond the current efforts of the Alabama Cooperative System’s Successful Aging Initiative by expanding real capacity to impact older adults, families, and caregivers.



AAMU Physics Students Earn Two 1st Place Honors


Two students from the Alabama A&M University Department of Physics won first prizes in their categories at the Emerging Researchers National Conference (ERN) in Washington, D.C. February 25-27.



Ashley Owens made an oral presentation on “The Muon G-2 Experiment,” while 
Khyana Price prepared a poster presentation on “Pulsations of Neutron Stars.” The two are supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program “Alliance for Physics EXcellence"

(APEX), headed by the AAMU Department of Physics.


Another five AAMU undergraduate students presented posters, and two students (undergraduate and graduate) gave oral presentations from work supported by AAMU’s “Advancing Success in STEM Undergraduate Research and

Education” (ASSURE) NSF HBCU-UP grant, overseen by Dr. Marius

Schamschula, who accompanied the students to the conference and judged Nanoscience/Physics poster presentations.


The quality of the majority of student’s abstracts was so high that they received ERN travel awards to attend the conference. Additional non-presenter students

attended with travel grants from the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP).




Understand the Past, Empower the Future

by Cadarris Rucker '10


This February, my students are joining their peers across the country to celebrate Black History Month. They’re reading authors in the Black tradition, studying brief biographies of both famous and lesser-known African Americans, and diving into the poetry of Langston Hughes. And if I teach the lessons these historic figures have left us honestly, as my students learn about the struggles of the past, they’ll Cadarris2.jpg
begin to recognize them in their own present – when a cashier squints suspiciously when they walk into a store, when they turn on the news and see another person who looks like them lose his life to senseless violence. These lessons are anything but history.


This came painfully to life last year, when I took my fourth graders on a field trip to the capital in Montgomery.  While touring the state house, we were led into a section of the building in which we could look down and view the seats in which the representatives sit and vote on various issues. My colleagues and I asked the tour guide if our kids – all of whom all African American – could walk down to get a better view of the legislative process. Our tour guide informed us that this part of the building was off limits to student groups. Later in the day, we watched as another fourth grade class of white children proceeded to go exactly there, to sit in the representatives’ chairs and do a mock vote on the issues of the guide.


Perhaps in an effort to improve the situation, their tour guide then informed us that we were welcome to sit in as the "audience" to the other class’s activity. Needless to say, we chose to move along.


This is just one of many examples my kids have seen of the power of privilege among their more affluent and white peers. In the face of this them, we have no time to waste. This school year marked the first in which the majority of public school students are minorities. Our generation has a responsibility to work to ensure that each and every one of them is moving through a system that affirms their identities, shows them they’re valued, and allows them access to the opportunities they have been denied for far too long.


My kids are young, but they know how stacked the odds are against them. After reading the book, "Freedom Box," my scholars began to engage in a powerful dialogue about slavery.  At the height of an intense conversation, I posed a question: "Slavery has ended. Do you feel that African Americans are truly free?" My expectations for their responses were low – my kids are seven, after all. So imagine my surprise when one of my scholars raised her hand: "Mr. Rucker, I don't think we're 100% free. Not just black people, but our whole country. I mean, look at what's happening! Black people still kill other black people in New Orleans all the time. There are also some white people who don't like black people, and there are black people who don't like white people as well. Look at Trayvon Martin; he didn't deserve to die! Sometimes I feel like it’s still slavery when we do stuff like that."


Powerful, poignant revelations like that are the reason I joined Teach For America and the reason I teach. Despite the educational opportunity and the many institutional prejudices that I experienced growing up as an African American in Alabama, several excellent educators supported me, along with my family and community. As a teacher, I get to pay that forward, serving as an example of what's possible with faith, consistency, hard work, and a solid education.   


We have a long way to go as a country before we truly achieve justice for all. To fix the systemic oppression that has created the gross inequality of the present will take the hard, dedicated work of countless leaders and change-makers – many who have experienced it first-hand, others who bear witness to it from further away. We must work toward these long-term changes as well as the immediate, urgent opportunities to change the way our students view themselves and their futures.


As teachers, we can play a central role in this. Every day, we can remind our kids that their thoughts, ideas, identities and opinions are important. We can share our own stories so that when our kids look to the front of the room, they see a little bit of themselves reflected back. We can remind them that they matter, that they always have and that they always will.


Cadarris Rucker is a 2010 alum of Alabama A&M and Teach For America-Alabama. He currently teaches at KIPP Believe Primary in Greater New Orleans.




Board, AAMU Enter Focus 2025

Huntsville, Ala. ---- Alabama A&M University President Andrew Hugine, Jr., today presented a case today that properly aligned the 141-year-old institution with the path set by a new strategic plan that will span through 2025. 


The “Blueprints to Excellence” strategic plan concluded in 2015, and Hugine provided the board and public an overview of AAMU’s state of affairs when he first NewDormSmall.jpg
assumed office in 2009 and continuing through the official close of the old plan in 2015. 


Fiscal improvements and dorm renovations of nearly $6 million aimed at tackling deferred maintenance  were made under the “Blueprints” era, as well as the development of a master plan that has led to a $96 million refinancing package out of which will emerge a 600-bed residential as part of phase one.


Hugine’s report further detailed the school’s achievements under the previous strategic plan in the several areas, chief among them program viability and advancement; quality of student life; fundraising; enhanced physical resources; fiscal stability; outreach; student enrollment, retention and graduation; institutional effectiveness; and technology integration.


Student Government Association President Aaron Dixon focused on efforts his organization are taking to improve student life, from providing opportunities for students to be socially engage to setting up a student food pantry to raising funds to assist students who need help traveling home.


In the area of academic affairs, trustees approved the realignment of departments and degree programs within the College of Business and Public Affairs and the college’s push to require business students to take on an internship or co-op.   The board also okayed the renaming of the Center of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED) to the Center of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Development (CEIED) and the formation of the Department of Teacher Education and Leadership from combined departments under the umbrella of the College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences.


The meeting adjourned at 12:20 p.m. 


NOTICE OF NEXT MEETING:  The next regular meeting will be held on Friday, June 24, at 10 a.m. in the Clyde Foster auditorium of the College of Business and Public Affairs.



WARD MODELING TROOP VISITS TSU:   On February 11, 2016, Ward Modeling Troupe traveled an hour and a half north to Nashville, Tennessee to participate in the House of Allure Fashion Show, hosted by Allure Modeling Troupe of Tennessee State University. The crowd was mesmerized as WARD took the stage. Some even suggested that their style was inspired by Kanye West’s fashion line, SZN 2. WARD will take center stage, once again, in the Alabama A&M Spring Fashion Show.



ROSES, MRL Rack-up Awards



From left to right: Mr. Charles Payton, Mr. Samuel Uba, Ms. Celeste McRae,

Dr. Stephen Babalola and Mr. Jonathan Lassiter


Celeste McRae received an award for the best poster in the STEM Education category at the 93rd Annual Alabama Academy of Science meeting.  Physics graduate student Samuel Uba received an award at the Alabama NSF EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) for the third position in the category of Graduate Student Poster, a competition entered by research universities across the state.


The best poster award in the undergraduate research at Alabama NSF EPSCoR last year went to Charles Payton, and Jonathan Lassiter successfully bagged the NASA Space grant fellowship for the second consecutive year.


The four exemplary Alabama A&M University students have four things in common: 1) an interest in STEM activities; 2) commitment to research on radiation detectors supported by the US Department of  Energy’s Minority-Serving Institution Partnership Program (MSIPP) ROSES project; 3) Materials Research Laboratory; and 4) an advisor unafraid to push limits and bring out the best in the students.


Dr. Stephen Babalola, a physics professor, is the Principal investigator (PI) of the DOE-MSIPP program at AAMU and directs the CETPS Material Research Laboratory, where most of the research activities that led to these awards were conducted.


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AAMU Proud Supporter of United Way Campaign


An Alabama A&M University team stood proudly and announced donations totaling $17,000 at the celebration of the 2015 United Way Campaign results on Tuesday, February 9.  Over 350 faculty and staff opened their hearts and their wallets to support needy children and adults of Madison County.  The focus of this year’s campaign was education, income and health. 


The AAMU campaign steering committee is very grateful for support from President Hugine, and representatives of colleges and offices around the campus.  Twenty-nine academic and administrative units had 100 percent participation.  This campaign exhibited Alabama A&M’s commitment to the Huntsville community.


Representing the University and shown on the picture above are, from left to right, Mr. Cooper Green, Loaned Executive; Ms. Ursula Brooks, Steering Committee; Dr. Barbara Jones, Campus Coordinator; President Andrew Hugine, Leadership Giver; Dr. Delores Price, Steering Committee and Leadership Giver; Dr. Chance Glen, Major Donor; Mrs. Abbiegail Hugine, Leadership Giver; Ms. Tarsha Lockhart, Steering Committee; and Ms. Amber Cline, Steering Committee.




Bulldog Pride Group Goes Green


First Lady Abbiegail Hugine and  Bulldog Pride recycling chairperson Clarene Teague-Johnson donated plastic caps to Lakewood Elementary. Bulldog Pride members support Huntsville Green Team by adopting local schools in their respective "Going Green" efforts.


Scenes from Career Development Services

Spring Career Fair 2016 - PHOTOS




Dean Seeks Collaborations with MIT


The Dean of the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences recently visited the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


Glenn1.jpgWhile at MIT, AAMU Dean Chance Glenn (center) and Dr. Israel Ncube (an AAMU mathematics professor currently serving as a visiting faculty member at MIT, left) discussed research collaboration, graduate school opportunities at MIT, as well as summer research experiences for students with MIT engineering dean Ian A. Waitz (right). 


Glenn2.jpgGlenn also met with Colin Topper Carew (photo at right), a visiting scholar at MIT and civil rights activist who is best known as the writer and producer of the hit TV show "Martin" (  Carew and Glenn discussed possible collaborations between AAMU and MIT Media Lab and the Fab Foundation (



Professor’s Research Impacts Irrigation Methods


The research of Dr. Mahbub Hasan and a team of Alabama A&M University engineers is an integral part of a recent issue of the Journal of Water Resource and Protection. 


Hasan.jpgThe article, focusing on “Modeling of Infiltration Characteristics by Modified Kostiakov Method,” delves into how to set up an irrigation schedule that best manages water and avoids incidences of ponding and water runoff.  Among the research team were Drs. Tamara Chowdhury, Mebougna Drabo, Aschalew Kassu and Chance Glenn.


Hasan, who has earned graduate degrees in Bangkok, Thailand, as well as Tokyo, Japan, has also served as a primary in research related to rainfall prediction that has appeared in the Journal of Water Resource and Protection and the American Journal of Computational Mathematics.


Grad Student Writes Book on Three-Prong Approach to Fitness


To live a healthy, wholesome and meaningful life, it pays to “be fit” on a number of levels.  At least that what Gabrielle S. Jackson believes.


Gabrielle.JPGJackson, a native of Richton, Miss., is a second-year graduate student at Alabama A&M University who is pursuing the master’s degree in counseling and psychology.  Part of a second generation and long line of University of Southern Mississippi graduates, Jackson is also the baby and only girl among four brothers.


She is the proud author of “Fit for the Kingdom,” a 30-day fitness devotional that she believes will help its readers to become mentally, physically and spiritually “fit for God’s kingdom.”


“I never saw myself writing a book,” admits Jackson, who pulled off the project with assistance from AAMU alum Jessica D. Williams of Keen Vision Publishing.


In terms of the physical aspect of the three-legged stool, Jackson said it is Kingdom.jpg
paramount to be physically fit.  “Our bodies are not our own,” she said, “but they are a vessel for His use.”


The 25-year-old said that in order to be mentally fit, individuals must be in one accord with God’s word and possess a discerning spirit.  Spiritual fitness entails being immersed in God’s word, studying it and living a life worthy of Him, she said.


“Fit for the Kingdom” is available via and the Kindle app. 

by Jerome Saintjones



AAMU Researcher Surpasses $1M Mark by Mid-Year


When it comes to finding niches to assist small and mid-sized farmers earn more money for their labor, Dr. Srinvasa Rao Mentreddy has been fighting a good fight for a long time.  Indeed, since the start of the academic term last fall, Mentreddy Mentreddy2016A.JPG
has secured in excess of $1 million in National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) funding.


Mentreddy joined Dr. Uma Karki at Tuskegee University to promote research on how to make agroforestry more amenable to small and mid-sized farmers, so that they can effectively integrate and manage as one unit trees, crops and even livestock in an economical and environmentally beneficial way.  The $160,000 project will run through 2020.


Mentreddy is also project director for a $480,000 grant through 2019 that will allow him to conduct research on the commercial production of the anti-cancer crop turmeric for growth by small farmers in Alabama.  Yet another research project funded by NIFA will allow Mentreddy to look further into the medicinal use of the basil plant in the treatment of Type II diabetes.   The $494,000 project will run through 2018.





AAMU Graduate Student Hopes to License Technology from NASA-MSFC


SYNOPSIS:  Alabama A&M University College of Business and Public Affairs’ Graduate Student Whitney Steele and her team come up with a unique idea that she hopes to use to start a new company and license technology from NASA- Marshall Space Flight Center’s Office of Technology Transfer 


Whitney Steele and a team of graduate students at Alabama A&M University have come up with a unique idea that she hopes to use to start a new company and license technology from NASA.  Graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in two entrepreneurship courses taught by Dr. Larry McDaniel presented their product proposals to representatives from NASA-Marshall Space Flight Center’s Office of Technology Transfer.  AAMU is one of only three universities in Alabama to participate in the NASA‘s Technology Transfer University (T2U) Initiative, and it is the first HBCU.


Students were presented information on products developed by two inventors from NASA, and they were asked to research and investigate alternative uses of the products, as well as to develop a proposal to market and commercialize the products.  Andrew Schnell of the Advanced Concepts Office of MSFC presented his invention, the "Rigidized Inflatable Structures," and Dr. Herb Sims presented his "High Power Solid State Power Amplifier System" technology to the students. 


Steele and her team developed a proposal to utilize the material from the rigidized inflatable structure to make a replaceable heel for women's high heel shoes.  Dr. McDaniel stated one of the tremendous benefits of the partnership with NASA-Marshall Space Flight Center is that it provides additional opportunities for experiential learning for his entrepreneurship students, while assisting NASA-Marshall Space Flight Center in identifying alternative uses of products invented by their employees.


Terry Taylor, manager of the Technology Transfer Office, and Gwenevere Jasper, Technology Transfer (T2U) liaison, commented that “this partnership is a win-win for both NASA and Alabama A&M University.” McDaniel, Jasper, and Taylor say they all are committed and look forward to continuing the partnership next year.





Charlotte 2016 Alumni Conference Site


The AAMU Alumni Association, Inc., has opened registration for the 2016 National Conference set June 16–19 in Charlotte, N.C., at the Crowne Plaza: Executive Park Hotel, 5700 West Park Drive.  A discounted registration fee of $160 is available for conference attendees who register before March 15. The theme of the conference is “Building a Legacy of Giving … A Promise to Keep.”


The three-day event is filled with workshops and activities designed to the "Ole Bulldog” Spirit and Normalite commitment to the future of AAMU.  Activities will permit alumni to reconnect with friends, classmates, sorority sisters and fraternity brothers.


The conference also aims to provide high quality, informative, and enjoyable workshops and activities that inform the community of the powerful impact AAMU continues to have on the nation.  The conference will host more than 14 distinguished panelists and speakers, including business leaders, educators, community leaders and policymakers.

Among the keynote speakers are James L. Jennings, former deputy director of NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center and president and CEO of Omega Plus, Inc.; and Curtis D. Robinson, president and CEO of C&R Development Company, Inc., the largest minority construction management company in the East.

Workshop and panel topics include:


- Estate Planning: Benefits of Including Your University

- Building Corporate Relationships

- Career/Professional Development

- Alumni Recruiting Certification  

- Panel Discussion: Best Practices of Historical Black Colleges and Universities Alumni Associations

- Panel Discussion: Association Governance and Improvement OpportunitiesPanel Discussion: Association Governance and Improvement Opportunities


Conference panelists include national alumni association presidents and directors of alumni affairs from HBCUs across the country.


For more information and to register for the conference, click HERE


Cassius Butts, SBA regional administrator, (3rd, left) shows AAMU seal coin presented by President Andrew Hugine, Jr., during the former's campus visit.


SBA Regional Chief Presents BusinessSmart Toolkit to AAMU Students 


Cassius F. Butts, regional administrator of U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), presented the inaugural BusinessSmart Toolkit workshop to students and the small business community of Huntsville recently at the Clyde Foster auditorium in AAMU's College of Business and Public Affairs. 


The SBA has formally partnered with several prominent civic organizations to deploy the Business Smart Toolkit among their membership, affiliates, and ButtsOrok.jpg
constituents to help new and aspiring entrepreneurs launch their

business ideas and understand the steps to build a business that is credit ready.


The SBA and the National Association for Government Guaranteed Lenders (NAGGL) developed the Business Smart Toolkit and recently launched a free “train the trainer” resource for community-based organizations to teach entrepreneurship and financial literacy. 


The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Faith Works Community Development Corporation and AAMU's Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Development are among the organizations that partnered with the SBA with this initiative.


For more information, contact Dr. Teresa M. Orok (above, right) at



Retired AAMU Professor Determined to Make a Difference in Africa


For decades, a prolific researcher and agronomist at Alabama A&M University has been respected internationally in his field and widely acclaimed for his Bishnoi.jpgvoluntary contributions to mankind and seed technology.


Dr. Udai R. Bishnoi, professor emeritus of agronomy and seed technology, has remained phenomenally active and has, in truth, never really retired.  Back in 2012, not long after completing his groundbreaking book, Fundamentals of Seed Production and Testing, Bishnoi accepted a volunteer assignment from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Farmer to Farmer Program with stints in Kenya, Gambia, Mozambique, and more recently in Angola.  Read MORE





Alum Gains National Attention for Cancer Research


GreenHadiyahNicole2.jpgAn Alabama A&M University alumnus is gaining national attention for her ground-breaking cancer research in her lab at Tuskegee University, where she is a physicist.


Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green earned her undergraduate degree at AAMU, where the St. Louis native also served as Miss Alabama A&M and authored her first book of poetry. 


For more information about Dr. Green's research, click HERE.



IMG_4081.JPGSPECIAL TMCF MOMENT:  With a story of hardship, perseverance and triumph, AAMU mechanical engineering major and Tuskegee, Ala., native Michael Wallace moved the entire audience at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s 27th Annual Awards Gala recently in Washington, D.C.  Wallace was one of nearly 20 students attending the event.  TMCF provides scholarship support to students attending publicly-supported historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).   See and hear Wallace's Speech (2:20:11) HERE 


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