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Wednesday, June 29, 2016



Funeral Service Set for AAMU Alum, Former Trustee


WashingtonOliver.jpgThe Alabama A&M University Family mourns the June 26 death of Oliver Washington III, an alumnus and former member of the AAMU Board of Trustees. 


Washington ran the family-owned, multi-million-dollar Shore Acres Plant Farm in Theodore, Ala., near Mobile, which supplied Wal-Mart and numerous other clients. 


The wake will be at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 1621 Boykin Boulevard, Mobile, Ala., from 6-8 p.m.  The funeral will be held at the church on Friday, July 1, at 10 a.m.  Arrangements are being coordinated by Christian Benevolent Funeral Home (201 N. Hamilton Street, Mobile, AL  36602 - (251) 432-6528). 


Funeral Services Scheduled

Funeral arrangements have been announced for Mrs. Anna Grier, mother of the late Agnes Gilmore and mother-in-law of retired business faculty and Councill Federal Credit Union Manager Rufus Gilmore.  

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m.  Thursday, June 30, at Ebenezer A.M.E. Church, 1535 Old Columbia Road, Blakely, Ga. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Johnny W. Grier Scholarship Fund, c/o Vellry & Tonya Grier, 1303 Scenic View drive, Dothan, AL  36303.


AAMU Stirring Early Homecoming Excitement 


The AAMU Homecoming Committee will be accepting themes for Homecoming 2016, which will span the period beginning with the Friday, September 30, Miss AAMU Coronation and run through the big day on Saturday, October 8.


Look forward to receiving upcoming information on Homecoming, as well as a return of the door decoration contest.


Please submit Homecoming theme ideas to by Friday, July 22.




Nanoscience Workshop Runs Through June 30


The Physics Program is coordinating a workshop on “Nanoscience and Technology” June 27-30 in 322 V. M. Chambers Building (4th floor conference room).  The workshop times are 10-11:50 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. (Monday to Thursday).


For more information, visit the following link:



ORP Relocating


The Office of Retention and Persistence is relocating to Councill Hall, beginning Monday, June 27, and plans to reopen for business Wednesday, June 29.


RJ Young Copiers Installed

Beginning Tuesday, July 5, 2016, staff from RJ Young and AAMU IT Department will begin installing and upgrading copiers/printers across campus. Please make your offices available for this process.
Contact the Office of Marketing, Communication, and Advancement at 256-372-8344 if you have any questions.  

Office of Human Resources Relocating

The Office of Human Resources is relocating next to Councill Federal Credit Union (near the Property Management and Public Safety offices).  The HR office will be closed on Tuesday, June 28, for relocation, and it will reopen for business on Wednesday, June 29, 2016.


A&M Trustee, Veterinarian Honored by ALVMA

The Alabama Veterinary Medical Association (ALVMA) recently awarded its prestigious Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Jerome Williams of Birmingham, Ala., during its the Distinguished Service Award on June 2 at the ALVMA Awards Luncheon held during its annual conference.


WilliamsJerome.jpgThe award is presented only to ALVMA members who have given “time and energies beyond all reasonable expectations and have made exceptional achievements and contributions to the advancement of the profession.”


Williams, an Alabama A&M University trustee member, is a native of Beloit, Ala.  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Tuskegee Institute (now “University”) in 1968 and his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine the following year in 1969.  After graduation, Williams worked in Chicago, from 1969-1975, as an associate for two animal hospitals, and for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Williams returned to Alabama in 1975 and established Red Mountain Animal Clinic in Homewood, Ala. Since 1999, Williams has been a local personality on Birmingham’s Fox 6 News as the station’s resident veterinarian on the programs “Good Day Alabama” and “Ask the Pet Doctor.“  In 2009, Williams expanded his work with Fox 6 News as veterinarian co-producer and co-host for the “Veterinary Specialists Segment”, often accompanied by his dog Jill.  Additionally, Williams serves as a national news reporter for the Veterinary News Network.


Williams has served on numerous boards and has memberships in several professional organizations. He is currently president of the Alabama Veterinary Medical Foundation, and has served as treasurer for the ALVMF from 2008-2010. He also served as president of the Jefferson County Veterinary Medical Association in 2008. 



Alums Gearing up for Homecoming 2016


Are you getting excited about Homecoming?  Homecoming Weekend begins Friday, October 7.   The AAMU Bulldogs will take on the Alcorn Braves at Louis Crews Stadium at 2 p.m. 


Season Tickets


Paid Alumni Association members may purchase season tickets ONLY at a discounted price by showing their membership cards.  Contact the ticket office directly at (256) 372-4700 or visit


Alumni Association Membership


To pay alumni dues, click  Once payment has been received a membership card will be mailed to the address received with payment.


Hotel Link


HERE is the reservation link to make online reservations for Homecoming at the SpringHill Suites Huntsville Downtown Hotel. Room blocks expire when all rooms are booked or September 16, 2016; whichever comes first.


For more information, contact Sandra S. Stubbs, director of alumni affairs, at (256) 372-5287.



Food Science Program Hosting Cochran Fellowship Program


The Department of Food and Animal Sciences (CALNS) is hosting the 2016 Summer Cochran Fellowship program through July 9. The fellows will arrive in New York and attend The Summer Fancy Food Show, America’s largest specialty food and beverage drawing 46,000+ industry professionals, and the premier showcase for industry innovation showcasing the next big products, big companies and the big trends.


Since 1984, the U.S. Congress has made funds available for training opportunities for senior and mid-level specialists and administrators working in agricultural trade and policy, agribusiness development, management, animal, plant, and food sciences, extension services, agricultural marketing, and many other areas.  The Cochran Fellowship Program offers short-term training opportunities, most ranging from 2 to 3 weeks in length, depending on the objectives of the program.


In addition to the New York Summer Fancy Food Show, AAMU is partnering with various entities including Alabama Department of Public Health, International HACCP Alliance, Drake State Technical College, The Art Institute, and Trinity Farms to provide experiences to the Cochran Fellows. They will also have dining and behind-the-scenes experiences at high-end local, regional and New York restaurants. For more information, please contact Drs. Josh Herring (PI) and Martha Verghese (Co-PI).  




USDA Secretary Reappoints Professor to Key Advisory Committee


U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsak has re-appointed Dr. Duncan M. Chembezi to serve a third two-year term on the USDA Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers (ACBFR). The new term expires in 2017.


The Committee advises Vilsak on matters broadly affecting new farmers and ranchers— leveraging best practices to enhance Department goals for new farming and ranching operations. The Committee will also consider goals and Chembezi2016.jpg
objectives necessary to implement its recommendations from the prior term. 
Chembezi currently serves as director of the Small Farms Research Center in Alabama A&M University's College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences (CALNS). He also serves as professor of agricultural and applied economics in the College of Business and Public Affairs (CoBPA).


"My reappointment to the Committee reflects the hard work, dedication and commitment of the entire Committee to the Secretary’s call and charge,” said Chembezi.  “It also reflects the confidence the Secretary has in people like me on the ground and on the frontline tirelessly executing the Secretary’s vision and USDA’s mission of meeting every producer’s farming need, including needs of socially disadvantaged beginning farmers and ranchers.”


Chembezi called AAMU "a national leader in small farms research and outreach, owing in large measure to support from Dean Lloyd Walker. Chembezi currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Council on Food, Agricultural, and Resource Economics (C-FARE), a non-profit national organization dedicated to strengthening the national presence of the agricultural and applied economics profession.


The professor has previously served on USDA’s Subcommittee on Land Tenure, Advisory Board of the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, Advisory Council of the Southern Region Risk Management Education Center, and Advisory Committee of the Southern Agricultural Economics Association.


He recently completed a three-year grant from USDA/NIFA/Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program (BFRDP) aimed at training and growing the next generation of farmers and ranchers.




Bulldog “Stomp” Stepping Up This Summer


How do lovers of Alabama A&M show their Bulldog pride and enthusiasm?  A maroon cap or a cowboy hat methodically cocked to the side?  How about donning that maroon and white t-shirt that has become near-transparent?


Well, now, in keeping with the times, there are a few more steps to show that Bulldog Spirit.  And, we mean that literally.


At the appeal of Venita King, assistant VP for enrollment management/director of admissions, an Admissions staffer and drum major began perfecting the “Bulldog Stomp” before the close of the spring semester.  Now the fine-tuned dance is being made available for viewing via YouTube to current and prospective students, as well as all who claim to love AAMU.  Students and parents attending each S.O.A.R. session will perform the Bulldog Stomp with S.O.A.R. team members on The Quad.  The first S.O.A.R. session is scheduled June 27 and 28.


King says she is also considering enhancing the video production to gain more campus-wide support for the dance.  For instance, departments on campus will perform the Bulldog Stomp and post on YouTube using the hashtags: #aamu20, #aamuadmissions, #aamYou.  Alumni, too, will perform the Bulldog Stomp throughout the nation and post.


The Registrar’s office has already claimed a performance victory, while Coach Spady, Head football coach is implying differently,” hinted King.  “President Hugine is learning the Bulldog Stomp and is excited about his cabinet.”


The best performance will be determined at a national level, said King. 




Drum Corps International Returns to "The Hill" for Fourth Year


dci[1].jpgReturning for its fourth year, the Drum Corps International Tour will march through Huntsville on July 15, for DCI North Alabama presented by U.S. Army Bands. Set on Friday July 15, at 7 p.m. (CT), this year’s event will feature a lineup of World Class corps competing at Alabama A&M University’s 21,000-seat Louis Crews Stadium.  The list of talented performing groups includes the following:


Bluecoats - Canton, OH

Boston Crusaders - Boston, MA

The Cadets - Allentown, PA

X Jersey Surf - Mount Holly, NJ

Legends - Portage, MI

Louisiana Stars - Lafayette, LA

Music City - Nashville, TN

 Spirit of Atlanta - Atlanta, GA


ADA seating is located at the top of the lower sections and is General Admission seating. To purchase accessible seating or group tickets, please call the DCI Box Office at (317) 275-1212. Ticket prices range from $20 to $30.  Individual ticket prices do not include $4.95 processing fee per ticket added during completion of order. Group tickets have $2 processing fee per ticket added during completion of order. This results in a total savings of $7.95 per ticket compared to individual purchases.


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 Birmingham, Ala.  AAMU@LSCC  LawsonState.pngwill 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



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