Friday, December 6, 2013
Faculty and Staff Holiday Celebration PHOTOS
Family and Consumer Sciences Extravaganza IMAGES
Trustees Meeting Cancelled
Notice is hereby given that the Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees meeting scheduled Thursday, December 12, 2013, has been cancelled until further notice.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 7, for Leona Yvonne Butler, sister of Eleanor Jones King, formerly of the AAMU Student Health Center. Services will be held at Indian Creek Primitive Baptist Association Tabernacle, 6378 Pulaski Pike, at 1 p.m. Royal Funeral Home.
LRC Final Exam Hours
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 through Friday, December 13, 2013, the library will be OPEN 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
With the following exceptions:
Friday, December 6, 2013 - 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 1:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Friday, December 13, 2013 - 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Yearbook Photos Scheduled
Greetings Bulldog Family! It’s that time of the year again … Yearbook Photos! Yearbook Photos will be December 4-6. December graduates will take their photos on December 4, starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 4:30 p.m. Photo sessions will also take place on December 5 and December 6 starting at 1:20 p.m. and ending at 4:30 p.m.
Organization Photos will be December 5 and December 6 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Organization photos will be in 20-minute intervals. Contact the organization president for the time. For additional information, contact the Yearbook Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall Commencement December 13
Huntsville, Ala. ---- Some 300 graduates will receive degrees during the fall commencement program scheduled at Alabama A&M University Friday, December 13, at the T.M. Elmore Building at 9 a.m., officials say.
Dr. Sidney A. McPhee, the tenth president of Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Murphreesboro, Tenn., will be the speaker. Prior to his arrival at MTSU, McPhee served as executive vice chancellor for the Tennessee Board of
Regents system (TBR) in Nashville. Moreover, he served as the system’s chief academic officer and interim chancellor. McPhee also has served in various senior-level administrative capacities at Oklahoma State University, University of Louisville, University of Memphis and others.
Under McPhee’s presidency, MTSU has experienced significant student enrollment increases, resulting in MTSU’s distinction as the largest undergraduate university in the state and the top choice for undergraduates. In the last 10 years, the University has added 23 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, five of which were new Ph.D. degrees (Public History, Literacy Studies, Computational Sciences; Mathematics and Science Education; and Molecular Biosciences). A new doctoral degree in education was added in 2012.
Additionally, two new colleges (Behavioral and Health Sciences and University College) were established, along with 10 new institutes and centers. In 2011, the Carnegie Corporation, one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most influential foundations, reaffirmed MTSU to a Comprehensive/Doctoral status and recognized the University for community engagement. Since McPhee’s arrival, MTSU has achieved success in raising admission standards, resulting in an increase in high-ability students. MTSU has been the institution of choice for midstate valedictorians and salutatorians in recent years and has enrolled a significant number of National Merit scholars and Achievement scholars.
McPhee’s presidency also coincided with several major improvements in University facilities. During the past six years, the University has been engaged in capital projects, either proposed, under construction, renovation, or competed, totaling more than $600 million. A ten-year, $70 million renovation of all student residential housing was completed in 2011. The College of Education moved into its new $31.7 million building in the summer of 2011 and the $70 million Student Union building opened in the fall of 2012. The University secured private gifts in support of a $6 million baseball stadium, which was completed in 2008. A $19-million expansion of the Health, Wellness and Recreation Center was also completed in 2008.
Dr. McPhee attended Highbury High School in Nassau, Bahamas, and spent one year as a student at The Bahamas Teachers College before transferring to Prairie View A&M University in Texas, where he earned his bachelor’s degree with highest honors, summa cum laude. He received his master’s degree from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla.; and a doctorate in applied behavioral studies in education from Oklahoma State University. He is also a graduate of the Harvard University Management Development Program and has completed professional development programs at St. Mary’s University of San Antonio, Texas, and Colorado College in Colorado Springs. In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed, and the U.S. Senate confirmed, McPhee to the National Council for the Humanities.
McPhee was named Outstanding American University President of 2002 by the American Football Foundation. In 2003, he was listed by Nashville Post business magazine as one of Tennessee’s 100 Most Powerful Individuals, and in 2004, he was ranked by Business Tennessee magazine as one of the Top 50 Most Powerful African Americans in the State of Tennessee. In 2006, McPhee was listed by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of seven university presidents in the U.S. who is shaping intercollegiate athletics on a national scale.
As an academician, McPhee’s scholarly publications and presentations are extensive. His publications have appeared in local, national and international professional journals. In addition, he is the senior author of a book, Understanding the Campus Culture: An Introduction to College, and has co-authored a chapter for a major college textbook on academic advising. McPhee’s scholarly pursuits include several international visits and presentations in locations such as Beijing, Changsha, Dunhuang, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Lanzhou, Nanning, Shanghai, and Xian, China; Nassau, Bahamas; Antwerp, Belgium; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Montreal, Canada; Oxford, England; Mekelle, Ethiopia; Agra, Pune, Mumbai and New Delhi , India; Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Israel; Osaka and Tokyo, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; Penang, Malaysia; Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia; Bangkok, Thailand; and Ankara, Istanbul, and Izmir, Turkey. Most recently, a book of his photographic essays, China: Through the Eyes of An American University President, published in July 2012, was sponsored by the Hanban-Confucius Institute and released internationally.
McPhee also served a four-year term on the NCAA Division I Board of Directors (2003 to 2007) and was re-appointed to the board in 2010. He served a three-year term on the NCAA Executive Committee, chairs the Athlete Well-Being working group, served two terms as president of the Sun Belt Conference athletic league and was chairman of the SBC’s CEO Executive Committee. In May 2005, he was appointed to the NCAA Presidential Commission on the Future of Intercollegiate Athletics. A past member of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, McPhee chaired its membership council. He is a member of the Murfreesboro Noon Rotary Club and the SunTrust Bank Board of Directors (Nashville) and SunTrust Regional Bank Advisory Board (Murfreesboro). He also served on the Nashville Adventure Science Center Board; the Middle Tennessee Medical Center Board; and the Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America’s Middle Tennessee Council. He co-chaired the Tennessee Legislative Retreat Task Force on Higher Education and recently completed a second three-year term as a commission member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. . Earlier this year, the Nashville Business Journal honored McPhee with its Rutherford County Impact Award and in September, the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International honored Dr. McPhee as a Paul Harris Fellow.
President McPhee is married to Elizabeth McPhee, and they have two adult children, Seneca and Sidney-Anthony.
During the commencement ceremony, two faculty members will receive professor emeriti status: Dr. Horace Rice of the Department of Management and Marketing, and Dr. Earl Gooding, Department of Community and Regional Planning.
Alabama HBCUs Expanding Relationship with Brazil
Huntsville, Ala. ---- Students at two historically black land-grant universities in Alabama are broadening their educational, research and cultural horizons, thanks to a $300,000 grant by the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
Faculty and students at Alabama A&M University and Tuskegee University will continue through 2015 a focus on Brazilian agriculture that could impact curriculum, as well as broaden international competence and global experiences.
According to Dr. Zachary Senwo, professor of soil microbial biochemistry in AAMU’s Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, despite the decades-old expansion of U.S. business into globalization, African-American students have not achieved the benefits of international and intercultural competence. Building and broadening the
international scopes at 1890 institutions is a necessity if faculty and students are to remain competitive and relevant in our changing global environment. The USDA-NIFA grant allows AAMU and Tuskegee to expand an international reach that dates back to the early 1900s.
“This project will strengthen the global competence of our students and faculty in food and agricultural sciences,” says Senwo. “It will also broaden their global awareness in a South American culture and open a more global vision through collaborative partnerships in Brazil.” Among the linkages established through the
project are the Brazil Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa), Federal University of Roraima, Agronomic Institute of Campinas, and the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, Seropedica.
During a more recent visit to Brazil, two professors and three students from AAMU and Tuskegee participated in lectures, research and training in agricultural sciences, visited agro-ecological integrated production systems, and observed organic farmers markets. The group was also able to witness firsthand the Brazilian approach to bacterial inoculants, bioenergy production, low carbon agriculture, meat goat production, land reclamation, and reduction of greenhouse gases.
A group will return to Brazil in the summer of 2014, and Senwo says proposals will be submitted to build upon such global engagement projects beyond 2015. One such proposal, he adds, will target establishing a relationship between the Alabama HBCUs and Rwanda and continue current engagements in Costa Rica. For the past three years, AAMU and Tuskegee have sent students and faculty to EARTH University in Costa Rica through an earlier USDA-NIFA funded project.
For additional information on the USDA-NIFA project, “Building Global Engagements to Enhance Faculty and Students’ Professional Development and Career Opportunities in Agriculture’s Challenge Areas,” contact Dr. Senwo at (256) 372-4216.
- Jerome Saintjones
AAMU Art Students to Exhibit Dual Show
Edna Mensah & Zenabu Musah will exhibit “Efie/Home, The End of An Amazing Journey” at Alabama A&M University as a dual art exhibition in the Visual, Performing & Communication Art Gallery of the R.D. Morrison Fine Arts Building, Normal, AL. Beautiful images depicting themes from their native land of Accra, Ghana, will showcase more than 30 works to include handcrafted wood carvings, sculpture, relief prints & an earring series using mix media and various techniques.
Regarding their art, Mensah & Musah house the love for art and their native homeland and state that “Art is the beauty of life.” Both students received a scholarship from Alabama A&M to study and play soccer.
The opening date and reception was Tuesday, December 3. The exhibit will run through January 10, 2014.
The Visual, Performing and Communication Art Gallery is open for more art events to showcase visual artists in the future from Huntsville, surrounding areas and abroad. The Art Gallery is located in the R.D. Morrison Fine Arts Building at Alabama A&M University. The Art Gallery is open daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Call (256) 372-4800 for more details.
Office Safety Tips from the Department of Public Safety
· Lock your office whenever you leave, even if you will only be gone for a minute. IT ONLY TAKES A FEW SECONDS FOR A THEFT TO OCCUR!
· Keep your purse, wallet and other valuables in a secure location such as a locked desk or filing cabinet.
· Do not bring excessive amounts of cash to work.
· Protect your property by marking your valuables with your drivers license number or Banner ID number.
· If you are entrusted with keys to secure areas, never lend your keys to anyone. File a report immediately if your keys are missing or stolen.
· Report any suspicious person or suspicious/criminal activity to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) immediately.
· Assign a Building Emergency Coordinator to serve as a contact person with DPS in your building or work area in the event of an emergency.
· Print and review a copy of the AAMMU Emergency Procedures Handbook available on the DPS webpage.
· Report the loss or theft of keys, equipment, or valuables immediately to DPS.
A&M's Looking for a Match? Gifts, That Is
Many companies offer matching gifts programs to their employees. Such programs allow employees to double their donation to their charity or non-profit of choice.
In an effort to boost our Capital Campaign initiative, we are asking you to please inquire with your spouse or family member’s employer about a matching gifts program. Your personal donation, along with a company matching gift, will greatly impact our campaign goal of $16.25M. All funds will be dispersed among five major projects: scholarships, faculty enhancements, technology, athletics, and facilities.
Your contribution will deeply impact our students and the legacy of Alabama A&M University. Please contact Reba Jasmin at (256) 372-7141 or email@example.com for literature to present to your spouse or family member’s employer.
2013 Security and Fire Report
Let’s Go Shopping!
The Bulldog Transit will provide transportation to Super Wal-Mart, Target (University Drive) and Madison Square Mall every Friday at:
*2:00 pm—6:00 pm
The bus will depart from the Patton Hall parking lot. Select the link below to reserve your space, or you can pick up a ticket from 315 Patton Hall. We must have at least 20 people to make the trip, so reserve your spot today! Please call (256) 372-RIDE (7433) if you have any questions.
FALL 2013 STUDENT HEALTH CLINIC HOURS
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday - 8:00 a.m. – 5:00p.m.
Thursday - 8:00a.m. – 7:00p.m.
Friday - 8:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.
AAMU Releases Safety Guidelines for Athletic Facilities
Alabama A&M University has released a comprehensive set of guidelines aimed at further promoting safety at its athletic facilities during events. The rules and procedures, officials say, will help “to ensure the safety and enjoyment” of events patrons, and the guidelines could mean that Bulldog supporters might have to make modest adjustments in their own best interest.
The key element implicit in the guidelines is the screening of all guests and guests’ bags prior to entering facilities. Any person or property deemed to have an adverse impact on the safety of occupants and/or property will be denied entry into AAMU athletic facilities. To accommodate this procedure, gates will open at least two hours prior to the start of every home game, and guests are urged to arrive at least one hour to avoid delays.
Additionally, the rules and procedures are applicable to faculty, staff, visitors (invited or uninvited), contractors, and guests at any University facility or event. Moreover, re-entry to the athletic facility is not permitted once a guest leaves the facility. A complete list of prohibited items are immediately available through links from the main website www.aamu.edu or www.aamusports.com.
Print and Copy Services (Bulldog Central)
In accordance with the university’s transition to a new print and copy service provider, the procedure for obtaining services at Bulldog Central-Print/Mail will require the reservation of funds for print/copy jobs prior to service. If this procedure is not followed, print and copy service at the Bulldog Central will not be available. The following outlines the process:
1. Each unit must submit a request via the General Encumbrance form FGAENCB for the amount of print/copy service needed. It is recommended that the amount submitted be sufficient to cover a minimum projected six-month usage.
a. The Account Code must be 74201 – Printing, Duplication, & Binding
2. Upon approval of the Encumbrance, an accountant in the Comptroller’s Office will submit to the Bulldog Central (Copy/Print Center) a report providing the Encumbrance number, Fund Code, Org Code, Prog Code and Encumbrance Amount.
3. This data will be used to establish a declining balance for the department for print copy services.
4. When a job is submitted by the department, it should include/reference the Fund Code, Org Code, Encumbrance number and any other information required by the Center.
5. When jobs are processed, the account balance will decrease accordingly for each job processed.
6. On a monthly basis the total charges will be submitted to the Comptroller’s Office. The charges will be posted and the corresponding amount of the encumbrance will be liquidated.
7. A department’s Copy/Print Services balance at Bulldog Central should be monitored and replenished when the balance gets low to avoid a disruption in service.
8. Should a department’s account balance be insufficient to accommodate a service request, the unit will be notified by Bulldog Central and a new encumbrance must be processed before services can be rendered. Services will not be provided if a department’s account is insufficient to cover the job.
Questions related to the status of an approved encumbrance, or Bulldog Central charges posted to the account, should be addressed to Ms. Anice Love in the Comptroller’s Office.
To read more about the new print/mail services visit: www.aamu.edu/bulldogcentral.
UPDATED CAMPUS POSTING POLICY
The Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development has made a few changes to the campus posting policy. Please contact our office for any questions or further clarification.
Campus Posting Policy
The campus posting policy is intended to promote the fair and frank exchange of ideas-especially those that are controversial-to protect the rights of campus organizations and individuals, preserve University property, maintain an attractive campus appearance, and promote the safety and security of the campus and campus community. Signs posted in contradiction to this policy may be removed and individuals or organizations may be held responsible for charges associated with removal.
All postings by student organizations, individual students, or individuals and organizations not affiliated with the University must be approved by the Office of Student Activities & Leadership Development, located in the 209 Ralph Lee University Center. The approval will consist of an approved stamp PRIOR to duplication of the postings. Persons or organizations duplicating prior to approval risk non-approval and wasting copies already made. All postings without this approval will be removed by campus personnel.
Students and organizations seeking approval for postings should plan ahead as approval for postings may not be immediate and signs may require changes or additions to be approved.
Content of Postings
All notices and signs must clearly state the individual's name or the official name of the sponsoring organization(s).
In accordance with the University's alcohol policy, the marketing, advertising or promotion of alcoholic beverages or referring to alcohol or other illicit drug use, abuse, sale or distribution is prohibited.
Organizations are allowed to use the bulldog, official University colors (maroon & white) and other University images. The use of these images is regulated by the Alabama A & M University Image Guidelines, which are available in the Office of Marketing Communications, and Advancement, Sports Information and at http://www.aamu.edu/administrativeoffices/marketing-communications-advancement/mpr/pages/default.aspx. Organizations seeking to use the University seal must request and receive permission for use from the Office of Office of Marketing Communications, and Advancement.
Signs must represent a student organization or individual student in a positive way, as they are a reflection of the University, the individual or group as a whole. The postings must reflect the values of the University as embodied in the Student Code of Conduct. No signs may be derogatory towards any person (regardless of affiliation) group, university department or entity on the basis of age, gender, race, religion, ethnic background or sexual orientation. The signs must not contain any profane, vulgar, or inappropriate content.
Avoid posting advertisements with permanent or destructive materials (glue, duct tape, staple guns, etc.)
Literature may be distributed on University properties or at official University functions subject to the following provisions:
1. Literature should be posted in designated posting areas. Trees, vehicles and glass surfaces (doorways) is prohibited!
2. **Inappropriate literature (i.e. literature that is lewd, vulgar, profane in nature or advertising alcohol/drink specials) may not be posted or distributed.**
3. Verbiage on signs must be grammatically correct and free of misspellings.
4. Literature must be stamped and approved in the Office of Student Activities & Leadership Development. The staff of Residential Life must approve distribution within the residence halls.
5. **It is the responsibility of the sponsoring party to remove all advertisement 48 hours after the event has occurred. Failure to remove advertisement may result in University restrictions on the sponsoring party.**
6. Banners and other hangings are prohibited on the exterior of campus (Meridian St.) with the exception of SGA elections.
All policies are subject to change without prior notice. Questions concerning specific issues should be directed to the appropriate office.
CONTACT: Jasmine H. Buxton, MS | Director, Student Activities and Leadership Development, Alabama A&M University, 209 Ralph Lee Student Center| P.O.Box 337| Normal, AL 35762 - Office: (256) 372-5615|
About Bulldog BottomLine/Submission
An institution with more than 5,000 students and some 1,000 faculty and staff members can generate a great deal of information that needs to be communicated on a daily basis. Not only has electronic mail become a mainstay in how we communicate with one another, but it is also a source of great challenge as numerous messages from various sources and constituencies must be dealt with almost hourly.
To help minimize this often needed flow of information, as well as the energy it takes to constantly monitor and send out these messages, the Office of Marketing and Public Relations is re-introducing the Bulldog BottomLine to capture and disseminate information to the University family under one umbrella and on a consistent basis not likely to exceed daily.
“Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University reflects the uniqueness of the traditional land-grant institution combining teaching, research, service, liberal arts, and vocational fields. The University offers baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral level degrees that are compatible with the times to all qualified and capable individuals who are interested in further developing their technical, scientific, professional, and scholastic skills and competencies. The University operates in the three-fold function of teaching, research, extension and other public service. Alabama A&M University, a center of excellence, provides an educational environment for the emergence of scholars, scientists, leaders, critical thinkers, and other contributors to a global society.”
Alabama A&M University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.