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February 26-March 4, 2018



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Trustees to Meet


The AAMU Board of Trustees will hold its regular meeting on Friday, March 2, in the Clyde Foster auditorium of the College of Business and Public Affairs at 10 a.m.  The public is invited.





Ribbon Cutting Scheduled for New Residence Facility


Alabama A&M University officials have scheduled Friday, March 2, at 2 p.m. for the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new residence hall located on Meridian Street, adjacent to the Student Health and Wellness Center.


The facility opened to students at the start of the spring semester.  At capacity, the $34 million structure will accommodate 580 students.  The project was funded through the U.S. Department of Education's Capital Access Program.


The public is invited.





Awardees of Hampton-Wells Scholarship Announced


The Hampton-Wells Scholarship of the Alabama A&M University Foundation is making an award to six (6) students throughout the state of Alabama. They are as follows.


Awardees                  Age                      City                 Program Choice                      Fee                Gender
Cynthia L. Bradley    13                 Linden, AL             Aviation Challenge Mach II     $1000            F
Charity N. Harris       10                Montgomery, AL     Space Camp                           $1000            F
Aiden L. English         9                 Sterrett, AL             Space Camp                           $1000            M
Elijah J. Barber           9                 Florence, AL           Space Camp                           $1000            M
Bailey L. Webster      9                  Birmingham, AL      Space Camp                           $1000            F
Sophia R. Parker       15                Huntsville, AL          Adv. Space Academy             $1200            F



All applicants had a GPA of 85 (B+) and above and chose one of three (3) categories. Leadership indicates that the student demonstrated leadership in the school and/or community. Financials needs indicate that the student may be in a low economic status. Special needs students may have a learning disability or physical challenge.


The Hampton-Wells Scholarship Program was established by Dr. Annie M. Wells, and the initial funding was contributed by the late Lionel Hampton. The Space Camp Scholarship election Committee this year were Dr. Carol Deakin, Dr. Jetaun Bailey and Dr. Daniel Upchurch, who are professors at Alabama A&M University.




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Aramark Number Change


Please note that the Aramark Facilities emergency work line number has been changed to (256) 372-5746.





Alabama A&M University’s

‘A-List’ of Alabama-Born African Americans


by Jerome Saintjones

Hank Aaron, baseball great, Mobile
Joel “JoJo” Adams, blues entertainer, Rural (Unknown)
Ralph Abernathy, civil rights activist, Linden
Arthur Alexander, country/soul singer, Sheffield
Inez Andrews, Gospel singer, Birmingham
Robert Avery, long-time activist who, as a teen, hitchhiked to 1963 March on Washington, Gadsden
Charles Barkley, NBA superstar, Leeds
Andrew Jackson Beard, Inventor of railroad coupler, Pinson
Jo Jo Benson, R&B/soul singer, Phenix City
Herman Blount aka “Sun Ra,” Visionary musician, Birmingham
Willie D. Burton, Academy Award-winning sound engineer, Tuscaloosa
Clarence and Curtis Butler “The Butler Twins,” Detroit blues, Killen
George “Wild Child” Butler, Blues harmonica player, Autaugaville
James Anthony Carmichael, Grammy Award-winning arranger and record producer, Gadsden
Johnnie Carr, Civil rights activist, Montgomery
Clarence Carter, Soul singer, Montgomery
Nell Carter, actress/singer, Birmingham
Reg E. Cathey, Actor, Huntsville
John Henrik Clarke, Pan Africanist, Union Springs
Mattie Moss Clarke, Gospel singer, Selma
Lorenzo Clemons, Actor, Birmingham
Nat King Cole, vocalist and icon, Montgomery
Burl C. “Jaybird” Coleman, country blues harmonica player, Gainesville
Mitty Collier, Soul singer, Birmingham
Marva Collins, educator, Monroeville
Laverne Cox, actress, Mobile
William Levi Dawson, composer, Anniston
Anthony Daniels, Alabama’s first black minority House leader, Midway
James Reese Europe, Conductor/composer, Mobile
Maria Fearing, Ex-slave educator and missionary, Gainesville
Vonetta Flowers, bobsledder, Birmingham
G-Side, Hip hop duo, Huntsville
Oscar Gamble, baseball player, Ramer
Fred Gray, Civil rights attorney (Rosa Parks, Tuskegee Study), Montgomery
Albert Hall, Actor, Brighton
Vera Hall, Folk singer, Livingston
W.C. Handy, "Father of the Blues," Florence
Erskine Hawkins, Jazz trumpeter, Birmingham
Alexis Herman, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Mobile
Andre’ Holland, Actor, Bessemer
Evander Holyfield, boxer, Atmore
James Hood, Education pioneer, Gadsden
Brittany Howard, singer/guitarist, Athens
Jimmy Hughes, R&B singer, Leighton
Zora Neale Hurston, novelist, Notasulga
Bo Jackson, football/baseball athlete, Bessemer
Rosetta James, activist, Akron
Mae Jemison, astronaut, physician, Decatur
Mick Jenkins, Hip hop artist, Huntsville
Angela Johnson, Children’s book author and poet, Tuskegee
Orlando Jones, actor and comedian, Mobile
Vivian Malone Jones, Pioneer in higher education, Mobile
Tom Joyner, radio personality, Tuskegee
Percy Julian, inventor, Montgomery
Eddie Kendricks, R&B singer/songwriter, Union Springs
Coretta Scott King, civil rights advocate, Marion
Mathew Knowles, talent manager, Gadsden
Carl Lewis, track star, Birmingham
John Lewis, Congressman, Troy
Joe Louis, famous boxer, LaFayette
Joseph Lowery, minister/civil rights leader, Huntsville
Autherine Lucy, Education pioneer, Shiloh
Simmie Lee Knox, painter (official portrait of President Bill Clinton), Aliceville
Gucci Mane, Rapper, Bessemer
Willie Mays, baseball legend, Westfield
Jerry McCain, Electric blues musician, Gadsden
Iverson Minter “Louisiana Red,” blues guitarist, Bessemer
Johnny Moore, R&B singer of Drifters fame, Selma
Albert Murray, novelist and literary critic, Nokomis
Fayard Nicholas, “Nicholas Brothers,” Tap dancer/choreographer, Mobile
Cliff Nobles, American pop singer, Grove Hill
Odetta, folk singer, Birmingham
Jesse Owens, athlete, Oakville
Terrell Owens, football notable, Alexander City
Satchel Paige, legendary baseball player, Mobile
Henry Panion, conductor/professor, Birmingham
Rosa Parks, civil rights legend, Tuskegee
Wilson Pickett, singer, Prattville
Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State, Birmingham
Maurice “Rich Boy” Richards, Rapper, Mobile
Lionel Richie, singer, Tuskegee
Robin Roberts, television broadcaster, Tuskegee
John Solomon Sandridge, Artist/sculptor, Gadsden
David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General, Anniston
Eugene Sawyer, Jr., former mayor of Chicago, Greensboro
Naomi Shelton, Gospel/soul singer, Midway
Percy Sledge, singer, Leighton
Broderick “Rickey” Smiley, comedian, Birmingham
James Foster Smith, teen hitchhiker from Alabama to the 1963 March on Washington, Gadsden
Limmie Snell, Soul singer, Dalton
Octavia Spencer, actor, Montgomery
John Stallworth, former Pittsburgh Steeler wide receiver, Tuscaloosa
Ruben Studdard, former "American Idol", Birmingham
Glenn “Doe B” Thomas, Rapper, Montgomery
Robert Frank Thomas, with two teen friends, hitchhiked to 1963 March on Washington, Gadsden
Oscar Toney Jr., Soul singer, Selma
Cynthia Tucker, Syndicated columnist, Monroeville
Don Varner, Soul/gospel singer, Birmingham
Sharon Warren, actor, Opelika
Dinah Washington, blues queen, Tuscaloosa
Thomas E. Weatherly, poet, Scottsboro
Paul Williams, former member of The Temptations, Ensley
Palmer Williams, Stage and television actor, Camden
Bill Winston, televangelist, Tuskegee
Jameis Winston, football player, Hueytown
Holland Dai’mon “Mr. Envi’” Witherspoon, Rapper, Uniontown
Roy Wood, Jr., comedian and actor, Birmingham
Coleman Young, former mayor of Detroit, Tuscaloosa


2018 Edition



CDS Preparing for Festive YMTF, Faculty Support Urged


Career Development Services is planning for one of the year’s most popular events.  The 43rd annual Youth Motivation Task Force (YNTF) Outreach Program will be held March 12-13.


YMTF attracts professionals impacting numerous career fields across multiple sectors.  These visiting men and women spend two days on campus to motivate AAMU students on the importance of staying focused on earning their college degrees, says Yvette Clayton, director of CDS.


AAMU faculty members are encouraged to allow the volunteer YMTF consultants to visit their classes on Monday, March 12, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., and on Tuesday, March 13, between 8 a.m. and noon.


For additional information, call Career Development Services at 256.372.5692.




Scholarship Foundation Offering Scholarship Opportunity


The Community Foundation of South Alabama’s Mary & Council Powell Scholarship Fund is accepting applications from currently enrolled students at Alabama A&M University who have a minimum ACT score of 19 and a minimum 3.0 GPA. 


To apply, interested students can click here or visit to access the online scholarship portal.  Deadline for submissions is March 22, 2018 at 11:59pm.   Questions should be directed to Carolyn Marston at or by calling (251) 438-5591.





Alabama A&M TV Launches “FrontPage”


Electronic Media Communications/WJAB-TV has launched a new show called the “Alabama A&M FrontPage.”


It is an all AAMU newscast dedicated to highlighting the positive and uplifting stories of students, faculty and staff. The newscast will air weekly on Comcast channel 78 and will be posted to WJAB’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.

However, WJAB-TV needs the help of everyone on campus. If you have a news story to be considered for the Alabama A&M FrontPage, please e-mail Latoyia Clemons at


 In the meantime, please view the first Alabama A&M FrontPage newscast by visiting




LOST - Keys lost in vicinity of 1st floor Chambers Building.  Contact


LOST - Keys and thumb drive lost in vicinity of 114 Carver Complex Bonner Wing.  Contact Dr. Johnson Kamalu at ext. 4106.



Extension Offers Statewide Health Management Workshop for Sheep and Goats

by Wendi Williams  


The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs will offer a series of the Health Management Workshop for Sheep and Goat Herds across the state of Alabama from March to May 2018.


Goats.jpgThe workshop is designed to expand your knowledge about raising healthy sheep and goats. Topics will include tagging animals, identifying injection sites, hoof health management, the FAMACHA system, using the California Mastitis Test to detect mastitis in does and ewes, caring for newborn animals, body condition scoring, nutritional and forage management, biosecurity measures, and the proper disposal of medication and other substances. Participants will also travel to a local farm to engage in hands-on demonstrations.


Each workshop will run from 9:00 to 11:45 a.m. and on-farm demonstrations will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Participants are asked to pre-register online at


Saturday, March 3 - AAMU Winfred Thomas Agricultural Research Station

372 Walker Lane, Hazel Green, AL 35750

For information contact: Dr. Maria Browning at (256) 372-4954 or

Dr. Karnita Garner at (256) 372-8331 or


Saturday, March 17 - Jackson County Extension Office

27115 John T. Reid Parkway, Scottsboro, AL 35768

For information contact: Themika Sims at (256) 574-2143 or


Saturday, April 14 - Houston County Extension Office

Farm Center Building, 1699 Ross Clark Circle, Suite 4, Dothan, AL 36301

For information contact: Phillip Carter at (334) 794-4108 or or

Willie Durr at (334) 794-4108 or


Saturday, May 5 - Talladega County Extension Office

130 North Court Street, Talladega, AL 35160

For information contact: Henry Dorough at (256) 362-6187 or   

The workshops are free and open to the public. Lunch will also be provided; however, pre-registration is required.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Maria Browning or Dr. Karnita Garner or visit


This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Capacity Building Grant (CBG) Program (#1012164) and the Renewable Resource Extension Act (RREA) Program (#1012197).    



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Spring 2018 Appearances for the AAMU Choir


Dr. Horace Carney, interim director for the AAMU Choir, has announced the following activities and venues for Spring 2018.


MARCH 16-23             SPRING   TOUR                        FORMAL


APRIL 9 or 10              SPRING CONCERT                  FORMAL

                                     HUNTSVILLE, AL


                                     AAMU Band and Choir



MAY 4                          COMMENCEMENT                     ROBES





A&M Business College Adds Golf Tournament


The College Business and Public Affairs (COB­PA) at Alabama A&M University has added a golf tournament to the 3rd an­nual AAMU COBPA Silent Auction.


This year, there will be the opportunity to win amazing prizes such as a vehicle, courtesy of Woody Anderson Ford; a three-day RV rental, courtesy of Bankston Motor Homes; and much more.


The Alabama A&M Col­lege of Business and Public Affairs Golf Tournament and Silent Auction will take place Friday, April 6, at the Huntsville Country Club on Oakwood Avenue NW.


Participation and even any donations toward the event will be appreciated. For more information about the auction or golf tournament, contact Amoi Savage at (256) 527-7212.


TEDxAAMU:  Now preparing for its April 2018 talk on "Start Here, Go Anywhere," a capable group of AAMU's finest students, staff and faculty includes the following:  Front Row (l-r): Gemma Sivetz, Aliyah Riley, Tarsha Lockhart and Jeremy Petty; Back Row (l-r): Willie F. Diggs II, Dr. Donna Gibson, Prof. Elizabeth Ford and Dr. Daniel Upchurch.  (Photo by J. Saintjones)



  Town Hall - North Alabama Delegation

AAMU Leadership Class 2

Dancing with the President and First Lady (2018)

English Faculty/Poets at Madison Public Library Opening

Faculty-Staff Mid-Year Conference

Connell Maynor New Football Coach

Roland Martin Visits AAMU

Christmas Musicale Video (M. Morns)

AAMU Fall Commencement 2017

Faculty-Staff Year-End Holiday Update

Retirees Holiday Mix and Mingle

Alpha Kappa Mu Induction

Voting Rally

Nobel Laureate David J. Wineland






 The Bulldog BottomLine appears weekly on Mondays (monthly during summer session), coordinated by the Office of Marketing and Public Relations (Jerome Saintjones, Director), Alabama A&M University, 303 Patton Hall, Normal, AL  35762. Please submit items for consideration one week in advance of posting date to or  For more information, contact Shirley Alexander at (256) 372-5607.

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