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Tuesday, October 16, 2018 



AAMU, Morehouse Team on NSF/HPER Grant


The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded nearly $1 million to two historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to study the impact of virtual mentoring on African-American students.


Tonya Davis Headshot.jpgAs part of its HBCU-Excellence in Research Award program, NSF has awarded $992,892 for a collaborative project between Morehouse College and Alabama A&M University to study virtual mentoring on 10 HBCU campuses. The project will be carried out by principal investigators at Morehouse and co-principal investigator Tonya Davis of AAMU’s Department of Social Work, Psychology and Counseling.


Dr. Tonya Davis will examine virtual mentoring in HBCU undergraduates by exploring the use of avatars, formally known as "embodied conversational agents," to provide career mentoring for undergraduates. This project will investigate the barriers faced by African-American students when deciding on pursuing advanced degrees, as well as how intelligent virtual mentors affect their decisions.


The project will also delve into the most effective way for an embodied conversational agent to interact with these specific groups of students. Findings from this study will be used to provide career mentoring for an assortment of science careers. Additionally, the findings from this research will help to build the research capacity at Morehouse and AAMU.


For additional information, contact Dr. Davis at




Homecoming: A Few Photo Recaps


On-Campus Parade

Homecoming Day Party Featuring Lakeside

Homecoming Parade

Tailgating and More!




AAMU Artist to Be Featured in Wiregrass Exhibit in Dothan


The entire AAMU Family is invited to the ECHOES Exhibit Opening: Wiregrass Museum of Art. Thursday, October 18, at 5:30 p.m. in Dothan, Ala. Among the featured artists is Melody Tiemann, an associate professor of art at AAMU. Celebrate amazing women artists in Alabama. The exhibit will be on display through December 29.






Health Careers Event Set



Alabama A&M University Honors Program, the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Career Development Services will host Health Careers Week October 15-19.


On Monday, October 15, Dr. Gary R. Hill, associate dean, VCOM, Auburn University, was slated to make a 12:30 p.m. presentation in Carter Hall Auditorium.  Dr. Jasmine Felder, DPT, of TOC Therapy New Market and Dr. Tracee Synco, assistant dean for student recruitment, engagement and success at University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions, were scheduled to present at the same venue on Tuesday, October 16.


Alabama Alliance for Equity in Graduate and Professional Education Health Careers event was set for Wednesday, October 17, at noon in the Clyde Foster Multipurpose Room of the College of Business and Public Affairs.  Among the program’s guest speakers are:  Dr. David Bramm, director of rural medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, Huntsville Regional Campus; Dr. James Leeper, director of education and evaluation, College of Community Health Services, University of Alabama; Dr. Gavin Jenkins, chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Alabama at Birmingham; and Dr. Christina J. Grabowski, associate dean for admissions and enrollment management, School of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham.


Dwain Woode, M.D., specialist for endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at Crestwood Hospital; Lamont Dupree, director of the Rural Medical Scholars Program; and Jenna Blythe-Tjia, program manager, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, UAB School of Medicine, highlight presentations for Thursday, October 18, in Carter Hall Auditorium at 3 p.m.


Finally, on Friday, October 19, also in the Carter Hall Auditorium, Dr. Cynthia Toles of the Gadsden (Ala.) City Council will speak at 12 noon.


For additional information, contact Dr. Thelma Townsend, interim director, AAMU Honors Program, at (256) 372-5333.





Magic City Classic ... Countdown!


Witness the 77th football clash between Alabama A&M University and Alabama State University, two in-state SWAC rivals who come together every year to put on the No. 1 HBCU Classic in the country. The event will be held Saturday, October 27, at 2:30 p.m. at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala. 


The competition is just as fierce at halftime with the battle of the bands between A&M’s Marching Maroon & White and ASU’s Mighty Marching Hornets. Don’t miss the unique national anthem by world-renowned saxophonist Mike Phillips, the inventive improv from the game emcee, Birmingham’s own Jermaine “FunnyMaine” Johnson, and the special recognition of the Magic City Classic Ambassador, Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Don Cheadle.





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Professor Studies Link Between Drinking and Obesity in Truck Drivers


Oluwoye3.jpgDrivers of heavy and tractor-trailer trucks accounted for up to 56% of all employees in the truck transportation industry in 2011. While trucking in industrialized nations is linked to driver health conditions, the role of trucking on health remains unknown. Dr. Jacob Oluwoye’s new research concept sheds light on the link between the trucking work environment and physical health, especially the link between drinking cold beer and obesity. Oluwoye is a professor of transportation and environmental health in Alabama A&M University’s Department of Community and Regional Planning.


The literature on the relation of cold beer-to-obesity indices is sparse and inconsistent, notes Oluwoye. Obesity, particularly around the abdomen, is a strong risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and beer is becoming increasingly popular again.


Dr. Oluwoye chose to examine a sample of truck drivers to get a sufficient sample size of heavy beer drinkers. Wine, beer, and hard liquor contain alcohol or ethanol, which is what makes individuals intoxicated, he said. What people may not know is that the body naturally produces alcohol from carbohydrates via fermentation.


As we grow and get older, fat cells increase in number and, when energy intake exceeds expenditure, fat cells increase in size. When fat cells have reached their maximum size and energy intake continues to exceed energy expenditure, fat cells increase in number again.


Oluwoye says that for moderate drinkers, alcohol does not suppress food intake, and may actually increase appetite. Heavy drinking may have the opposite effect. In fact, alcohol causes euphoria, which depresses appetite, so that heavy drinkers tend to eat poorly and become malnourished, he added.


Alcohol is very rich in energy, packing 7 calories per gram.  But like pure sugar or fat, the calories are void of nutrients.  The more calories truck drivers consume from alcohol, notes the professor, the less likely it is that they will eat enough food to obtain adequate nutrients.  To make matters worse, severe alcohol abuse not only displaces calories from needed nutrients, but it also interferes with the body’s metabolism of nutrients, leading to damage of the liver, digestive system, as well as other organs.



AAMU Students to Participate in TMCF Institute



The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) selected 17 students from Alabama A&M University to attend the 18th Annual Leadership Institute conference presented by Wells Fargo. This event is one of the largest, most exclusive, talent and development recruiting conferences for students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and Predominately Black Institutions (PBIs).


The four-day award-winning conference will be held Friday, October 26–Tuesday, October 30, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington D.C.  The Institute is designed to develop the hand-picked scholars’ leadership skills, provide companies access to a talented and diverse student population, and help students make meaningful connections that lead to successful internships, fellowships, and careers at Fortune 500 companies and government agencies.


One of the highlights of the conference is the recruitment fair where Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and graduate program representatives identify top talent and offer jobs, internships and continuing education opportunities. The conference is made up of more than 1,000 attendees including 400-plus HBCU and PBI students and 600-corporate, government, and graduate program partners, speakers and recruiters.


Black Enterprise Magazine will serve as the 2018 LI media partner highlighting the main focus areas of the conference: financial literacy, personal branding, 21st Century skill development, and leadership. Through a host of plenary sessions and, experiences the students will be exposed to critical insights and techniques to help them achieve success in the next phase of their lives as students and future graduates.


“No other organization in the higher education and talent development space provides Corporate America and government entities with such a diverse, high-quality talent pool of HBCU and PBI students in one place,” said Dr. Harry L. Williams, TMCF president & CEO. “We appreciate our presenting partner Wells Fargo and all of our recruitment partners who are investing not only in TMCF, but in the future corporate, government and global leaders from Alabama A&M University.”


On the final evening of Leadership Institute, student attendees will be able to attend TMCF’s 31st Anniversary Awards Gala on October 29.





Start Here, Go Anywhere!

Alums’ Contribution to New App to Impact World’s Busiest Airport



Coincentrix has announced that--with its application NexMove--it has secured the position as a vendor with the busiest airport in the world, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.


Coincentrix won 1st place in the ATLThinks Marketing and Design Innovation Program, thanks to the hard work of Oydeji Oluwoye, Cal Supik, and Takaunia "TK" Carstarphen. Oluwoye and Carstarphenare alumni of Alabama A&M University. The program is powered by Atlanta’s International Airport, under the ATLNext Construction Navigation Design Category.


ATLThinks is an innovation program designed to highlight Metro Atlanta’s talented individuals and companies by connecting them to industries and opportunities, through a series of ideation labs, hack days, mentor sessions, and pitch competitions. The fall 2018 edition focused on the aviation industry as it relates to developing the airport of the future.


Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport currently accommodates 270,000 daily and more than 104 million passengers annually. Hartsfield-Jackson is currently undergoing a multimillion dollar, 20-year expansion; renovating the domestic terminals and concourses, as well as constructing a four-star hotel, a travel plaza, and additional parking.


NexMove is developing the solution for decreasing navigational confusion for travelers during the expansion project. NexMove is using geofencing technology to provide dynamic, real time, location-based notifications to travelers navigating in and around the airport.


This is a groundbreaking opportunity that will set the tone for the future of Coincentrix and its ability to advance as a company. Many companies work for years to simply get a meeting with Atlanta International Airport. With the opportunity presented by ATLThinks, Coincentrix succeeded in making Hartsfield-Jackson a reference customer within merely a month.




Aramark Conducting Dining Survey


Aramark Food Services is conducting a survey to better understand the AAMU family’s campus lifestyle and preferences.  Through campus-wide input, Aramark will gain valuable insight to help improve the overall campus experience.


The online survey will take about 10 minutes and responses are confidential. At the end of the survey, participants will have an opportunity to enter their contact information should they desire to enter the prize drawing for a $150 VISA Virtual Reward Account (e-Reward Card) or one of three $50 VISA Virtual Reward Accounts (e-Reward Card).


The survey is mobile-friendly and can be taken on a smartphone, mobile device, or a computer. A current Internet browser is required.


Click Alabama A&M University Dining Survey or copy/paste the URL below into your Internet browser to begin the survey: 



AAMU Begins United Way Campaign


Our annual United Way Campaign began on Wednesday, October 10, at 10 AM (10-10-10) and will run through Wednesday, October 24.


United Way of Madison County is an umbrella organization that supports the efforts of a mixture of non-profit organizations in Huntsville as they strive to meet the needs of the less fortunate members of our community. This is accomplished through the financial support of 32 United Way organizations spanning across 40 programs – the Alabama Cooperative Extension System among them.


AAMU has enjoyed a successful relationship with United Way of Madison County, and we are looking forward to our best year ever. You will be called again to help. As a new aspect of this year’s campaign, we are moving to an online pledge system, ePledge. EPledge is a partnership between AAMU and United Way of Madison County to significantly reduce or eliminate the paper forms traditionally used and to support sustainability. Each of you will receive an email solicitation on October 10.


Alabama A&M donors will have multiple options:


•Payroll deduction - After completing your ePledge, there is nothing else that you have to do

•Check – after you complete your ePledge, you must submit your check to your department coordinator

•Cash – after you complete your ePledge, you must print and submit your email confirmation along with your cash to your department coordinator

•Credit Card – after you complete your ePledge, you have to call United Way of Madison County with credit card information. AAMU doesn’t collect any credit card information


In addition to the annual fundraising, AAMU seeks 100% participation in the campaign. Any amount you wish to donate will be graciously accepted. All departments with 100% participation and individual donations of $200 or greater, receive special recognition. Review your brochure to see how even small contributions can make a HUGE difference in the lives of so many. However, it goes without saying that the bigger the contribution, the bigger the impact.


A representative from your unit will accept your money between the dates October 10-24. You may give to a specific agency or give in general and allow the United Way to distribute your funds across the board. Checks should be made to: United Way of Madison County. If you have any questions about the ePledge or the United Way Campaign, please do not hesitate to contact your United Way Steering Committee members: Ursula Brooks, Chastity Jones, LaNisha Leslie, Annette Mohan or Tarsha Lockhart (Chair).


Through our contributions, we can help support United Way and our community in this year’s 2018 Alabama A&M University Campaign. Thank you in advance for your contributions.




Grad Student Places in Science Open House


A Ph.D.student in plant and soil science at Alabama A&M University won third place in the Doctoral Students Poster Competition at the Science and Technology Open House hosted by Tuskegee University and sponsored by the NSF-EPSCoR research project.


Lam_Duong7.jpgLam T. Duong is conducting his research on the evaluation of Vietnamese turmeric varieties for their production potential in Alabama.  Dr. Srinivasa Rao Mentreddy, professor of crop science is the principal investigator for AAMU's EPSCoR program.


According to Mentreddy, about 65 doctoral research posters were presented.  Duong's poster was entitled "Effects of Low temperature Plasma on Turmeric Rhizome Sprouting and Plant Growth."  In addition to Duong and Mentreddy, other collaborators on the poster included Suresh Kumar, L. Nyochembeng, E. Cebert, G. Xu, P. Baker and Y. Vohra.


Duong received an award plaque and cash award.


Former Olympian to Headline Aging Initiative: Register Now 


The Virginia Caples Lifelong Learning Institute, established under the technical guidance of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, presents the 17th Successful Aging Initiative in Madison County on Thursday, October 18, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This event will be held at Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 315 Winchester Road in Huntsville, Ala.


MosesEdwin.jpgThe theme is "Run Your Race: Live Well" and two-time Olympic gold medalist, Dr. Edwin Moses, is the keynote speaker. Dr. Moses, also a sports administrator, diplomat and businessman, is one of the most respected and recognized athletes of our time. Over a period of nine years, nine months and nine days from August 1977 until May 1987, Moses collected 122 straight victories, 107 of these were finals. He is also a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, which is the highest civilian award given to American citizens.


The Successful Aging Initiative is a free one-day event that is open to the public and designed to address issues impacting Alabama’s older adults. Participants obtain easy-to-understand information and resources that enable them to make informed decisions, to maintain independence, to play active roles in society, and to improve their quality of life. Older adults age 50+ and family members, caregivers, social workers, faith-based leaders, and senior service providers are highly encouraged to attend.


This year expired, unused prescription and over-the-counter medication will be collected as part of a collaborative drug take back initiative. The public is advised to make sure that personal information is removed from all prescription containers and that the pharmaceuticals are placed in a plastic bag. The Public Safety Department at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University and local partners will be on-site to collect the medication prior to entering the building on October 18.


Lunch will be provided to conference participants in addition to free health screenings, door prizes, and other giveaways. Visit to register by Tuesday, October 16. Mail-in or faxed registration forms must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 12. No telephone registration will be accepted due to high attendance.


For general event information, please visit or contact Jackie Collier at (256) 372-4947. For media inquiries, please contact Cándra Johnson DeBose at (256) 372-7022. 





MMW to Hold Band Day


The Marching Maroon and White Band of Alabama A&M University, under the direction of Carlton J. Wright, will hold its 2nd Annual High School Band Day on Saturday, November 10.


High school band members and enthusiasts are urged to “come hang out” with the Marching Maroon and White.  The MMW Band Day is open to all high school band members, including majorettes, color guard and dance-line.  


Additionally, all 7th and 8th grade students who march with high school band programs may attend as well. However, all participants must bring their own instruments, uniforms, and equipment.  Auxiliary attire: No two piece uniforms


There is a $35.00 fee to participate. A special group rate is available.  For more information, call (256) 4099.





Echoes Prepare for 'Trunk or Treat'


The University Echoes, AAMU's student ambassadors, will hold their annual Trunk or Treat event on Friday, October 19, in the tailgate parking lot of Louis Crews Stadium from 6-8 p.m.


Open to the public, the event will feature numerous student organizations, decorated vehicles and "a safe and spooktacular night."  For additional information, contact


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Courtney Hale (Jones)

(256) 372-4169


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Nobel Laureate Lecture Date Changed


The organizers of the Annual Putcha Venkateswarlu Memorial (Nobel) Lecture have announced that the talk has been changed from its original date set in late November.


Nobel Laureate Klaus von Klitzing (Physics, 1985) will now give his public lecture on Friday, October 26, at the Dawson Building at 3 p.m.

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