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Week of: February 20-26, 2017




AAMU to Swear In New Chief Feb. 21


AAMU will hold a swearing-in ceremony for its new Chief of Public Safety on Tuesday, February 21, on the AAMU campus at 3 p.m.


CarlisleNadis.jpgAccording to Dr. Gary Crosby, vice president for student affairs, the program welcoming Nadis E. Carlisle, Jr., will take place in the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center.


Carlisle served the Decatur (Ala.) Police Department for more than 25 years and was named interim police chief for the City of Decatur in early 2016.  Prior to his period at the helm of the department, Carlisle held the rank of captain and was commander of the criminal investigation division.


The public is invited to the ceremony.  (Photo:




BHM Presentation:  President Andrew Hugine, Jr., center, made a February 16 presentation in connection with the Arnold Air Force Base African American Heritage Committee's Black History Month observance in Tullahoma, Tenn.  Dr. Hugine is pictured with (l-r) Dr. Mark A. Mehalic and Artious Walker, Arnold Air Force Base.



FACULTY MENTORING:  Eight participants in the AAMU Faculty Mentoring Program , coordinated by Professor Jeanette Jones, recently convened in the Office of the President.  Pictured (l-r) are:  Aaron Adams, Insu Kim, Samantha Strachan, Tyesha Farmer, Dr. Jeanette Jones (coordinator), AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr., Johanna Massey, Xia ("Amy") Zhang, Armitra Jackson-Davis, and Sean Halverson.




Exhibit Captures DuBois’ “Double Consciousness” Theme


The most recent work of talented artist Clifford L. Gordon of Columbia State Community College (Tenn.), “We Wear the Mask,” is on display in the Alabama A&M University Art Gallery through March 10. 


Masks3.jpgNamed for the Paul Laurence Dunbar poem of the same title, the “We Wear the Mask” exhibit is a visual exploration of the artist’s thoughts about identity and the “new physiognomy.”  Gordon calls the exhibit “a reconceptualization of African American racial identity” and a way to capture the notion of “being oneself with all the multiplicities, systems and contradictions of one’s own ways of being, doing and knowing.”


The Gallery is open for public viewing from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.    More PHOTOS







Staff Senate Meeting Set


The Staff Senate will meet Tuesday, February 21, in Room 110 of Arthur J. Bond Hall (Engineering Building) from 12-1 p.m.


Staffer Sophya Johnson will address the group.  Lunch will be served. All staff members are invited.   





Professor to Address Local AAUW Chapter Luncheon


The Huntsville Chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will hold its Breaking Through Barriers Luncheon on Friday, March 3, at the Jackson Center, 6001 Moquin Drive, NW, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.


JonesJeanetteBB-2017.JPGDr. Jeanette Jones, a professor, botanist, microbiologist and researcher at Alabama A&M University (AAMU) will facilitate a luncheon conversation on “Measuring Success Through Perseverance,” providing useful information to local college women aspiring to various careers.


After receiving an undergraduate degree in biology from Fort Valley State University (Ga.), Jones earned the Ph.D. degree in medical mycology from The Ohio State University.  Jones pursued further study at the University of Nevada, the University of California Medical School (San Francisco), the National Centers for Disease Control-Atlanta, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge).  A long-time member of the Board of Stewards at St. John AME Church in Huntsville, she also has been appointed to the U.S. Army Science Board by the Secretary of the Army since 1994.  


Dr. Jones has served as president of the Alabama A&M University Faculty Senate, the Greater Huntsville Chapter of The Links, Inc., The Ivy Center Foundation, as well as coordinator of the Faculty Mentoring Program at AAMU.







Alum Hosting Gospel Concert


AAMU alumnus Jamel Strong is hosting “A Night of Faith” on Friday, February 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Fellowship of Faith Church.


The event will feature new music release by Strong and special guests Maurette Brown-Clark and Melvin Williams.  For additional information and tickets, visit or call (256) 856-9665.





Bulldog Central Has New Contact Info



The printshop's email address has changed to


Any emails/orders that were sent to after January 20, 2017 were not received. 






BTS Requests Survey Participation


The AAMU Department of Transportation has requested the assistance of the AAMU Family in the completion of a survey pertaining to the Bulldog Transit System (BTS).


The department requests survey data at the start and toward the end of the semester.  To complete the survey, visit  or visit the BTS website at (Click on “Administrative Offices”; scroll down to click on “Bulldog Transportation Services”; and find the survey link on the right.


For additional information, contact Xantheia Watkins at (256) 372-8011 or e-mail



Dose of InfoAAMU students engage in intense listening during the Diversity in Medicine Tour held in the Dawson Building auditorium and coordinated by Career Development Services.  PHOTOS




Journalism Journey Speaker Series Continues


The Journalism Journey Speaker Series connects AAMU students with local media and mass communications professionals to provide them unique educational opportunities for pathways to their career goals.


Created by Daryka Reeves, assistant professor of communications, the series aligns students with mentors and provides access to real-world knowledge about requirements for employment after graduation. It also serves as a recruiting effort for future students.


Most recently, Mo Carter, sports director for WZDX (Huntsville’s FOX affiliate) spoke to 70 aspiring journalists from the AAMU communications department. Carter highlighted his journey from sports reporter to director.  He encouraged students to stay abreast of current events, strengthen their writing skills and be willing to learn all facets of the mass communications industry.  VIDEO


The Series began last semester with noted journalist and media expert Debra Daniel, who currently serves as a communications specialist in the Office of Marketing and Public Relations, followed by Demetria McClenton, anchor for WAAY-31 (Huntsville’s ABC affiliate).


The Series will continue throughout the semester with speakers scheduled twice a month. 



Health Screening Set for March


The Alabama Department of Public Health will facilitate free and voluntary wellness screenings in the AAMU Student Health and Wellness Center on Thursday, March 9.  The 15-minute screening includes:


1)      Health Risk History Screening Form (form completed by participant)

2)      Finger Stick for:   Lipid Profile-Tests fat in the blood, total cholesterol, HDL-good cholesterol, LDL-bad cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose-blood sugar

3)      Blood pressure

4)      Body Mass Index (BMI)

5)      Height and Weight

6)      Counseling on assessment of RISKS based on results obtained. Referrals may be made based on results.


Please reserve your time slot here​.  Walk-ins will be serviced upon availability only.  Bring PEEHIP card to coverage the cost of the screening! To ensure health insurance card and coverage information, download the Alabama Blue Mobile App here.


For additional information regarding wellness requirements, please go to


Should you have questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (256) 372-5835.




AAMU Will Take Part in City-Wide Initiative  by Debra Daniel


More than 700 freshmen will put the Alabama A&M University “Service Is Sovereignty” motto into motion on Saturday, April 1, when AAMU joins First Baptist Church’s “Serving the City as One” initiative.


First Baptist organized the event 13 years ago, bringing together over 2,000 Christians who represent more than 70 congregations and take on some 200 projects.  Area churches have served as the Southern, Central and Madison Hubs. This year, however, Alabama A&M will serve as the first hub for north Huntsville.  


AAMU freshmen, student organizations, faculty and staff will gather on campus at 7:30 a.m. for a university-wide send-off.  Campus buses will then drive them throughout the community to churches, organizations and neighborhoods that requested help.


Projects include:


·         Home Maintenance and Repair

·         Yard Work

·         AGENCY Opportunities: Hope Place, National Children’s Advocacy Center

          305 Eighth St., Manna House, Food Bank

·         Packing Goody Baskets

·         Lakewood School Projects

·         Sewing

·         Letter Writing

·         Empowered to Connect Conference

·         Prayer Walking the Neighborhood


“It’s a wonderful way for students to see the need first-hand and the impact just a few hours of their time can make,” says Monica Clarke, coordinator of AAMU’s Service and Learning Communities and Volunteerism program.


“This is just a fantastic opportunity to involve churches, organizations and Alabama A&M University to help meet the needs of our city,” said Mike Pearce, minister of missions at First Baptist Huntsville. 


To volunteer or receive additional information, visit




AAMU Band Aims for “HBCU Sports Band of the Year”


Support the Marching Maroon and White in becoming the HBCU Sports Band of the Year.  Vote today.  For more information, visit the link below:



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CETL Upcoming Events


· Pedagogy/ Teaching Strategies Workshop

       - February 23, 2017


·  CLASS: (Community of Learning for Administrative Support Staff)

       - Microsoft Office Training-  February 15, 2017


 · Revisiting Customer Service in Higher Education

       - March 1, 2017



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 Support Miss AAMU for EBONY Feature


Normalites everywhere are urged to vote (up to three a day) for Carmen Wright, Miss AAMU 2016-17.  Please use the link below:





First Lady's Scholarship Initiative Scheduled


FirstLadyEmblem.jpg.jpgThe First Lady's Scholarship Initiative event, spearheaded by Alabama A&M University First Lady Abbiegail Hugine, will be held Saturday, April 1, at 11 a.m. at Legacy Lake on the campus.


In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center.


For additional information, contact Dr. Andrea Cunningham at (256) 372-5551.



Urban Living Expo 2017 Announced



The Alabama Cooperative Extension System's Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit will hold its first Urban Living Expo (ULE) Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Alabama A&M University Agribition Center, located at 4925 Moores Mill Road in Huntsville, Ala.  The theme is "Plan, Prepare, Practice: Don't Get Caught Off-Guard When Disasters Occur."


The event aims to engage the public through a series of interactive displays and to provide a variety of Extension information about disasters to individuals, families, local businesses and organizations.


Organizers says the Expo will be of special importance to community leaders, first responders, educators, students, emergency and health officials, waste management authorities, senior citizens, as well as to public and private organizations and the general public.


While admission is free, planners are prepared to accept donations of non-perishable food items.  Registration is required for all participants and exhibitors.


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

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Medicinal Plant Conference Moves to Clemson 


The Alabama A&M University plant and soil science professor who heads the organization dedicated to the study of and research of medicinal plants has announced plans for the 2017 conference.


MentreddyNew.jpgDr. Rao Mentreddy is president of the seven-year-old American Council for Medicinally Active Plants, whose conferences attract over 100 scientists from throughout the world at various venues, from the United States to Peru.


The 2017 conference will be held at Clemson University in South Carolina, said Mentreddy, a prolific researcher whose most recent research has been published in the Florida-based Journal of Medicinal Plants.


Additional details about the forthcoming conference will be announced at a later date.



Alabama Site of Master Gardeners in 2017 


The Alabama Master Gardeners Association (AMGA) will hold its 27th annual state conference in Huntsville, Ala., May 1-3, 2017. 


The 2107 conference is hosted by the Master Gardeners of North Alabama with assistance from Limestone, Morgan and Marshall County Master Gardeners.  The conference is expected to draw more than 400 gardeners from across the Southeast.  The conference program is already filling up with exciting lectures and demonstrations.


Alabama Master Gardeners take great pride in improving their communities by providing education and training to its citizens. 



Happily Never Married Booksigning

Nobel Laureate Lecture

Alpha Kappa Mu Induction Ceremony

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Student Holiday

Faculty-Staff Holiday Meeting


Alumni Affairs Senior Send-Off!

Housing’s 2nd Annual Fall Festival

HBCU Summit on Disabilities

AAMU Veterans Day Program at Tut Fann

High School Senior Day 2016

Department of Energy Official Visits

United Way 2016

Max Wyche Visit

Trunk or Treat

Magic City Classic Game

Classic Parade 2016

NSA Director Visit

LRC Breast Cancer Event

Masons Observance

Debate Watch

Ag Week (Additional Photos)






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