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138 Points of Pride (2013)

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Alabama A&M University

“Service Is Sovereignty”


          There are numerous reasons people from around the world have found the Alabama A&M University (AAMU) experience fulfilling and exhilarating.


     One, AAMU is a dynamic and progressive, 138-year-old land-grant institution with a strong commitment to academic excellence, quality research and service.  This requires that all students, faculty, staff and closely affiliated parties remain consistent in their search for new ideas and ways to improve communities and the world.  With more than 5,000 students, AAMU is a state, regional, national and international resource that has made a significant impact on the lives of people the world over.


The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far...

       AAMU did not come by its sought-after curriculum, culture and scholarly reputation on its own.  The picturesque, hillside campus is located less than five miles from downtown Huntsville.  And, the vibrancy of “The Rocket City” has contributed much to AAMU’s success over the years, and the University has continually returned the favor.  For instance, its numerous undergraduate and graduate degree programs—including four doctoral (Ph.D.) degree programs in Food Science, Physics, Plant and Soil Science, and Reading/Literacy—provide Huntsville many of the tools needed to sustain its unprecedented growth. 


Traditional and Futuristic

      The University undeniably progresses with the times, owing to cutting-edge programs and boastful research in agriculture, engineering, food science and physics, to name a few.  Yet, AAMU holds fast to its traditional core of liberal arts, education and student volunteerism.


       Fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as other specialty, regional and national accrediting bodies, AAMU’s academic programs have been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, and the Washington Monthly.  Each year, several students achieve regional and national honors in their respective disciplines.


       Among the newer traditions are the annual Nobel laureate public lecture and the Louis Crews Classic.  The University also continues to host numerous professional associations and organizations throughout the year.  For instance, the campus recently hosted the 75th anniversary meeting of Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society in 2013, along with other important events noted throughout the “Points of Pride”.


       Moreover, in the longstanding athletics tradition, the AAMU Bulldogs compete in 17 Division I NCAA sports and are a formidable presence in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).  AAMU student athletes firmly establish themselves as scholars first and foremost.  For example, the men’s tennis team was the SWAC’s most scholarly group. 


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138 Points of Pride





1.          AAMU is among the Top 20 largest employers in the region.


2.         Through its 5,000 students and 1,100 employees, AAMU has a $650 million economic impact on the region.


3.         The annual Louis Crews Classic, held in the 21,000-seat Louis Crews Stadium, is the first football classic in North Alabama.


4.         AAMU provides a quality and cost-effective education for the citizens of Alabama, and more than 70 percent of its students are Alabama residents.


5.         AAMU has awarded more than 5,000 degrees in the past five years.





6.         AAMU has been a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) since 1963.


7.         Fredrick Law Olmstead, Sr., designer of New York’s Central Park was commissioned by the State of Alabama to layout the Alabama A&M University campus in 1928.


8.         AAMU is the only 1890 land-grant university with three Ph.D. programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) areas.  The fourth Ph.D. program (and state’s only one) focuses on Reading/Literacy.


9.         The Department of Food and Animal Sciences offers the only Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) certified food science program at a historically black college or university (HBCU) in the U.S.   The Food and Animal Sciences Department is one of two and the oldest Ph.D. food science program among HBCUs in the U.S.


10.       In the 2012 U.S. News and World Report rankings among historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), state-supported Alabama A&M University has climbed to No. 18.  


11.       AAMU is 3rd in the nation in the awarding of undergraduate degrees in natural resources and conservation to African Americans (DIVERSE, 2012).


12.       AAMU ranks 3rd in the nation in awarding undergraduate degrees in communications technologies/technicians (DIVERSE, 2012).


13.       AAMU ranks 6th in the nation in awarding undergraduate degrees to minorities in the agriculture-related areas (DIVERSE, 2012).


14.       AAMU ranks 5th in the nation in awarding undergraduate degrees to African Americans in mathematics and statistics, and 23rd in similar degrees to students in marketing (DIVERSE, 2012)


15.       AAMU ranks 8th in the nation in awarding undergraduate degrees to African Americans in education (DIVERSE, 2012).


16.       AAMU is 10th largest producer of undergraduate degrees to minorities in engineering (DIVERSE, 2012)


17.       AAMU ranks 12th the nation in awarding baccalaureate degrees to African Americans in engineering technology and related fields (DIVERSE, 2012).


18.       AAMU ranks 7th in the nation in awarding master's degrees to African Americans in the fields of both biological/biomedical sciences and physical sciences.


19.       AAMU contributes directly to the defense of the country and has commissioned nearly 1,000 officers through its ROTC since the program's inception.


20.       AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr.’s 2012 trip to China to request establishment of a coveted Confucius Institute.  The Institute already has received support from the University’s various constituencies.


21.       The engineering facility is named for Arthur J. Bond, former dean and late Father of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).


22.       Alabama A&M University’s forestry program is accredited by the Society of American Foresters and is the only such program at an HBCU.


23.       Six AAMU graduate students were awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) scholarships in 2012 to participate in the East Asia Pacific Summer Institute.  The group received training in Japan, China and New Zealand.


24.       AAMU boasts the only certified (Planning Accreditation Board - PAB) undergraduate Community Planning program in Alabama. It is also the only HBCU in the U.S. with both the master’s and undergraduate programs accredited by PAB.


25.       AAMU has the state’s oldest computer science program in the state.


26.       The College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences has the only e-tutorial in teacher education in the state of Alabama.


27.       The teacher education programs in the College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


28.       AAMU still boasts the only Master of Social Work (MSW) degree in the region and is one of only two in the state.  The social work programs, undergraduate and graduate, are accredited by the Council of Social Work Education.


29.  Derrick K. Yates, interim director of bands, and the Marching Maroon and White Band were awarded the "Key to the City" of New Orleans by Mayor Landrieu in connection with the sought-after performance during Mardi Gras.


30.       The rehabilitation program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation.


31.       The communicative disease and disorders program is accredited by the American Speech and Hearing Association.


32.       The Family and Consumer Sciences program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Family and Consumer Sciences.


33.       The Nutrition and Hospitality program is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation for Dietetics Education.


34.       AAMU’s College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences possesses the only MACH 1.4-4.0 Super Sonic Wind Tunnel (with air flow faster than the speed of sound) in North Alabama.   


35.       The programs in Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Technology, and Mechanical Engineering and Technology are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).


36.       AAMU received second place in 2012 the national Home Depot “Retool Your School” contest.  The award netted the University $25,000 toward campus beautification efforts.


37.       AAMU has hosted a Nobel Laureate for 15 consecutive years, the only institution in the country to have such a distinction.


38.       Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University Historic District, also known as Normal Hill College Historic District, has 28 buildings and 4 structures, listed in the United States Register of Historic Places.


39.       Alabama A&M University improved its graduation rate an impressive 8 percent (to 43 percent) during the reporting period of 1998-2011, according to a 2013 article published in the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.





40.        AAMU physicists received NSF funding in the amount of $8 million through 2017 for an “Alliance for Physics Excellence” (APEX) program for improving physics education for up to 40,000 high school students statewide. 


41.       Environmental scientist William E. Stone and a team of surveyors were the first to discover the presence in Alabama of White-Nose Syndrome (WNS), a deadly disease that afflicts bats.  This is particularly significant because bats prey on insects that would otherwise cost the U.S. agricultural industry an estimated $3 billion each year. 


42.       Drs. Arjun Tan and Mostafa Dokhanian, AAMU physicists, contributed a 34-page book chapter to a publication on the phenomenon of the tsunami.  The effort was provided assistance from graduate student Ashwith Chilvery and alumnus Sihon Crutcher.


43.       Education professor Delores Price has been reappointed to the Governor’s prestigious Women’s Commission of Alabama through January 2018.


44.       AAMU Engineering College Dean Chance Glenn initiated a speaker series in 2013.  Engineer and inventor Lonnie Johnson was the inaugural speaker.


45.       Urban regional Extension specialist Robert Spencer has received national recognition for his volunteer work in Haiti over the past six years.  Spencer was nominated by the Partners of the Americas to receive the distinguished President’s Volunteer Service Award.


46.       Dr. Susan Brown, professor in the Department of Visual, Performing and Communicative Arts, is a director of the National Education Association.


47.       Dr. Harriet Hamilton, associate professor of health and human performance, received the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS) 2012 Dr. Nell C. Jackson Award. NAGWS is an affiliate organization of the American Alliance for Health and Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD).


48.       Transportation expert Jacob Oluwoye and physicists Michael Curley and Tatiana Kuktarev teamed to research truck drivers’ exposure to diesel exhaust.  Further studies could indicate some correlation between continued exposure to diesel exhaust and current and potential ailments within the respiratory system.  The project was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.


49.       Dr. Duncan M. Chembezi, associate professor of agribusiness, and staff of the Small Farms Research Center received a $675,491 USDA grant to help beginning farmers and ranchers find the resources needed to run sustainable farm operations.


50        Alabama's only certified orofacial mycologist has published an important new work in the field of speech and language pathology (SLP).  Dr. Hope C. Reed, associate professor of communicative sciences and disorders in the College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences at Alabama A&M University, is the author of 157-page "The Source for Counseling for SLPs."


51.       New $350,000, three-in-one equipment is housed in a nearly half-million dollar device characterization laboratory built from scratch by Dr. Mohammad Alim, an electrical engineering professor.  The JEOL JSM-6610LV equipment functions as a scanning electron microscope (SEM); an Oxford-produced energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS); and a nanometer pattern generation system (NPGS) by the Nabity Company.


52.       Dr. Martha Verghese, professor and interim chairperson in the Department of Food and Animal Sciences, was honored by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) for outstanding service and for serving as a chair of a regional association.


53.       Physicists Mohan Aggarwal and A.K. Batra contributed to the “Springer Handbook of Crystal Growth,” an important international reference publication on the subject.


54.       Dr. Horace Carney, chair of the Department of Fine Arts and coordinator of the AAMU music program, directs the noted Horace Carney Chorale in Birmingham, Ala.  He also directed the noted HBCU 105 Voices of History National Choir.


55.       Associate Professor of Health Lynne Edmondson published an article on “Obesity Prevention at an HBCU” in 2012, part of the AAMU Interdisciplinary Center for Health Sciences & Health Disparities.  The project led to the development of “Fitness the Bulldog Weigh” and “For the Health of It Summer Camp.” 





56.       AAMU produces leaders for higher education.  Two A&M alumni, Dr. Carl Harris Marbury and Dr. Jack Thomas, former English major and AAMU track star, served as presidents of Alabama A&M University and Western Illinois University, respectively. Dr. Nathan Essex serves as president of Southwest Tennessee Community College, and Norman Cephus was a two-year college president at C. A. Fredd Technical College in Tuscaloosa, Ala.


57.       AAMU produces governmental leaders: Kenneth Gulley, Mayor of Bessemer, Alabama and former Bessemer Mayor Edward May;  Jay Roberson, Birmingham City Council; Senator Linda Coleman and Representatives Laura Hall and Mary Moore of the Alabama Legislature; James Perkins, former Mayor in Selma, Alabama; Mandela Barnes, Wisconsin State Assembly; and Chris Carter and Michael Butler, Missouri General Assembly.  Other local governmental leaders include Bob Harrison, Madison County Commission (Ala.); Richard Showers, Huntsville City Council; and Wil Culver, Huntsville City Council.


58.       AAMU produces leaders in public education, among them current and former superintendents of schools: Eugene White, Indianapolis Public Schools; Arlester McBride, Wilcox County Schools; Dee O. Fowler, Madison County Schools; Dr. Fred Primm, Jr., Bessemer City Schools; Woodie E. Pugh, Jr., Clarke County Schools; Elam Ray Swaim, Madison County Schools; and Robert Brown, Greene County Schools.


59.       William Hooper Councill, AAMU’s founder and first president, was included in AT&T’s African American 2013 calendar.  Done in collaboration with the Alabama State Department of Education, the publication is distributed statewide and is used as a resource for schools.


60.       An innovative and engaged fund-raising program—“Adopt a Band Student Uniform Fundraiser”—was included in “A Guide to Fundraising at Historically Black Colleges and Universities - An All-Campus Approach” by Dr. MaryBeth Gasman & Mr. Nelson Bowman III.


61.       Dr. Henry Panion III arranged and conducted gospel singer Kirk Franklin’s Haiti relief production of “A Song for Pain.”  Panion is best known for his work as a conductor and arranger for superstar Stevie Wonder, for whose performances and recordings he had led many of the world’s most notable orchestras.


62.       William E. Cox is president of Cox Mathews & Associates, publisher of the nationally distributed higher education publication DIVERSE magazine. 


63.       Julian Green has joined the Chicago Cubs operation as vice president of communications and community affairs, following a stint as the spokesperson for MillerCoors.  He was also a communications specialist for then Senator Barack Obama.


64.       Lisa S. Jones, founder/CEO of of Atlanta, Ga., was featured in Black Enterprise magazine and was also dubbed Atlanta’s next tycoon.


65.       Dr. Marquita Furniss Davis is the finance director for the State of Alabama, the first female and the second African American to hold the post.


66.       Paul Pinyan is executive director of the Alabama Farmers Federation and general manager of ALFA Services, Inc.


67.       Chanda Davis was named the recipient of the Presidential Award of Excellence in Math and Science Teaching given by the National Science Foundation. This award is given to one math and one science teacher for each state.  Davis won for Alabama as the science teacher. She traveled to Washington, D.C., to receive this prestigious award and a monetary gift of $10,000.


68.       Booker T. Whatley was noted internationally for developing a process of year-round farming for a 100-acre family.  The plan attracted the attention of the Wall Street Journal and the founder of Domino’s Pizza.


69.       Rose Crumb Johnson is a senior adviser for Pan-American Risk Management, LLC.  She pioneered new methods of service delivery in the health care arena and was noted for her innovation in implementing new initiatives. 


70.       John O. Hudson, III, is vice president of public relations and charitable giving for Alabama Power.  He also serves as president of the Alabama Power Foundation, one of the largest foundations in Alabama. 


71.       Carolyn Caldwell is president and CEO of Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, Mo.   She has also been elected to the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees for a three-year term that began in January 2013.   


72.       Dr. Alease S. Sims was a co-defendant in the long-running Knight & Sims vs. Alabama higher education desegregation lawsuit, first launched in 1981.


73.       W. Clyde Marsh has achieved the highest rank of any graduate of the AAMU ROTC.  He retired with the rank of Rear Admiral and is currently serving as the director of veterans affair for the State of Alabama and as president of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs.


74.       Adrienne Pope-Kelly Washington is the first black female to earn the permanent grade of GS-15 in the history of the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, first black female to hold the position of Director of Security Assistance Management Directorate (SAMD) and first black female to serve as the Division Chief of Air and Missile Defense Systems in SAMD.


75.       A building on the campus of University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) was named in honor of Dr. Harold Wilson, an AAMU alumnus.





76.       AAMU annually plays in the Magic City Classic, first played in 1924.  The Magic City Classic is one of the oldest continuing rivalries between historically black colleges and universities.


77.       The first annual Robert Mathis football camp was held in Louis Crews Stadium.  Mathis, a former A&M standout and current member of the Indianapolis Colts, with some help from the Bulldog football coaching staff, conducted the free clinic on the fundamentals of football, footwork, use of hands, position drills and many more football-related activities.


78.       The football team has had the top Academic Performance Record (APR) scores in the conference for the last three years.  Student athletes firmly establish themselves as scholars first.  For instance, the men’s tennis team was the SWAC’s most scholarly group. 


79.       The Alabama A&M University Athletics Department graduates its athletes at a higher rate than the University.


80.       AAMU joined forces with the City of Huntsville and Huntsville Public Schools on a stadium artificial turf project that enables access to junior high and high school football teams at Louis Crews Stadium. 


81.       NFL Hall of Famer John Stallworth is a former American football wide receiver who played fourteen seasons in the National Football League for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Stallworth played in six AFC championships and four Super Bowls.


82.       Michael Thompkins was youngest baseball coach in the history of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) history.


83.       Jearl Miles Clark was inducted into the U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame and is a five-time Olympic winner in track and field, winning two gold and one silver medal.


84.       At least eighty (80) former Bulldogs have played professional sports.


85.       All-time NFL draft picks (19) include:  Johnny Baldwin, Robert Mathis, Joe Patton, Fred Lester, Todd Woulard, Howard Ballard, Morris Johnson, Reginald Gipson, Thomas Hopkins, Mike Williams, Raymond Cooley, Frankie Smith, Oliver Ross, John Stallworth, Louis Swain, Onree Jackson, Alvin Pressell, Bill Kendricks and Bernard Corbin.    


86.       The 2012 Class of the AAMU Athletic Hall of Fame was the largest in the organization’s history.  It also included the largest induction of women (10) into the organization.


87.       Drafted in April 2011, Frank Kearse is an American football nose tackle for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. According to A&M's sports information office, Kearse is the 20th player drafted from AAMU.


88.       At a capacity of 21,000 seats, Louis Crews Stadium is still the largest such athletic facility in North Alabama.


89.       Barry Wagner is a retired player from the Arena Football League for the Orlando Predators with whom he won his first Arena Bowl Championship and the San Jose SaberCats, with whom he won two championships. He is considered the best arena football player of all time.





90.       The Alabama Cooperative Extension Program, a joint program between Alabama A&M University and Auburn University, has extension offices in all 67 Alabama counties.


91.       The AAMU Urban and New Nontraditional Programs hosted the 2013 Green Living Expo in the AAMU Agribition Center to promote eco-friendly consumerism.


92.       The AAMU Community Development Center and Edmonton Heights Family Life Center teams to provide tutorial, tax preparation and other services to the neighborhood   


93.       Department of Community Planning and Urban Studies students have assisted the towns of Albertville, Arab and Hillsboro in developing comprehensive municipal plans. It holds “Future of the City” symposia annually in connection with its yearly Benjamin Banneker awards program. 


94.       AAMU has partnered with the Madison County Commission District 6 to form and sustain community/public gardens.  In 2012, the AAMU Wellness Center partnered with United Way in launching emergency preparedness efforts.


95.       Ranging from rodeos to horse shows, the AAMU Agribition Center hosts a number of unique events for the greater Huntsville and Madison County community.


96.       The AAMU Community Development Corporation (AAMU-CDC) is working to revitalize the Edmonton Heights neighborhood adjacent to the campus and to assist first-time homebuyers.  By 2013, some 14 homes had been built, renovated, or upgraded. A family life center for after school care and other activities was built and expanded. The community park has also been upgraded.


97.       AAMU students have provided consistent mentoring services to students at Morris Elementary School in Huntsville, Ala., thanks to AAMU students in social sciences.  AAMU student volunteers have clocked more than 60,000 hours at more than 60 local agencies and schools.


98.       The College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences is participating in a student and faculty exchange program with Nanjing Forestry University in China. 


99.       The AAMU Urban and New Nontraditional Programs Unit annually hosts its “Successful Aging Initiative” in collaboration with the Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.  The programs average 800 attendees each year.


100.     The Small Farms Research Center conducts and promotes interdisciplinary research on the economic and social development of limited resource, new and beginning farmers and ranchers and rural entrepreneurs in Alabama’s underserved communities.  The Center serves nearly 700 small farmers and over 100 rural entrepreneurs each year.     


101.     In conjunction with the Faith Advocacy Commission, Alabama A&M University launched AAMU Day in 2013 to encourage local churches to show their support and appreciation of the University.


102.     The 100,000-watt radio station WJAB-FM hosts a city-wide backpack drive to help prepare students returning to school in the fall who are from low-income families.


103.     The AAMU Student Wellness Center boasts state-of-the-art fitness equipment, bowling alley and health and wellness outreach programs for the community.


104.     The Bulldog Pride Committee, headed by First Lady Abbiegail Hugine, pulls together University and community persons in a partnership focused on campus aesthetics.


105.     Education majors provided tutoring and enrichment to more than 50 students in the Sparkman Homes (Oscar Mason) public housing community and Martin Luther King Elementary School.


106.     AAMU has adopted the Ninth Grade Academy at Butler High School and will assist them until they graduate in 2014.


107.     AAMU’s WJAB-FM airs a nationally syndicated radio program, “Return to the Source,” hosted by political science professor and jazz enthusiast Douglas Turner. 


108.     The University partners with the Madison County Commission to provide vegetables to low-income persons at no cost.


109.     The AAMU Gallery of Art, located in the R.D. Morrison Fine Arts Building, is a professional and accessible showcase for on-campus and community artists.  Professors coordinated SPACES, a program sponsored the City of Huntsville and the Huntsville Arts Council to bring art and sculptures to public places.


110.     The AAMU Master of Social Work program has a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of North Alabama.


111.     The Black Farmers & Agriculturalists Association, Inc. (BFAA, Inc.) met on the AAMU campus in 2012.  The advocacy association is dedicated to making sure that all African American claimants and potential claimants receive the full measure of relief (benefits both compensatory and injunctive) from the historical class action lawsuit and/or voluntary claims process being offered by the United States Government (USDA).


112.     AAMU was the 2013 site of an important and free workshop on Tourette Syndrome geared toward professionals in the areas of counseling, nursing, occupational therapy, psychology, social work and other areas.


113.     College of Business and Public Affairs faculty are systematically expanding online degree offerings.  In 2013, the College launched the online Bachelor of Science degree in management, a program especially suited for the nontraditional student.





114.     There are more than 25 specialized research laboratories and three outdoor research stations and forest sites where agricultural, environmental, forestry and wildlife research is undertaken by students and faculty members in the College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences.


115.     AAMU was the host site for the 2012 National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)-U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) project directors’ conference.  In addition to promoting mission awareness, the research meeting helped to build and strengthen partnership among the participants and with USDA.


116.     The Alabama Center for Teaching, Learning, and Psychological Research, an affiliate of the International Learning Style Network (ILSN), engages in research, grantsmanship and publication.  It is one of less than a dozen such centers nationwide.


117.     The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a travel award grant to AAMU’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences to engage emerging scientists as undergraduate students and to expose them to the professional environment at the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) [ASA-CSSA-SSSA] national meetings.


118.     Faculty generated over $57,239,068.19 in competitive grants and contracts between 2009-12.  During the same period, more than $94 million was obtained in sponsored dollars.


119.     AAMU’s Center for Forest Ecosystem Assessment (CFEA) is part of the National Science Foundation's Center of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST). 


120.     Assistant professor of management information systems Maurice Dawson has co-authored with Imad Al Saeed on a chapter in the book Cutting-edge Technologies in Higher Education.  Dr. Dawson’s chapter focuses on the “Use of Open Source Software and Virtualization in Academia to Enhance Higher Education Everywhere.”





121.     According to AAMU’s Office of International Programs, AAMU students are expanding their collegiate experiences far beyond the traditional classroom settings.  For instance, Kyle King will participate in the Absolute Internship in Shanghai, China, in summer 2013; Glenn Wiggins, World Endeavors internships, London, England, summer 2013; Arienne Asberry has been accepted into the Semester in the Mediterranean Study Abroad Program in Cyprus in fall 2013; Brittney Christian and Sandra White, Semester at Sea, fall 2013; and Chelzea Owens, Global Learning/Semester in Europe, spring 2014.


122.     AAMU was accepted to begin a student chapter of The Wildlife Society in 2012. 


123.     AAMU students won awards for their participation in the Vann Vocal Institute at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala.  Sophomore music majors Hannaan Ester, Alexa Watkins, Christopher Cole, and senior music major George Edwards, Jr., won scholarships to participate in master classes, lectures, and private coaching by international opera artists and Metropolitan Opera singers David Cangelosi, Patricia Risley, Caren Levine, Steven Crawford and Teresa Eickel.


124.     The AAMU Film Club hosted a screening of the celebrated drama-fantasy “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”  The film garnered an Oscar nomination in the best actress category. 


125.     The AAMU Choir received a superior rating at the Alabama Invitational Collegiate Choral Festival. 


126.     The work of AAMU Apparel Merchandising and Design students received a runway audience as part of Fashion Week Alabama activities, marking the students’ first-ever participation in the annual event.


127.     Two AAMU students made an impressive showing in Atlanta, Ga., at an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference designed to showcase young talent.  Taylor Hood won first place in the poster presentations in the chemistry and chemical sciences category, and Breana McArthur placed third with her research focusing on an analysis of the effects of coffee and cocoa on the production of cancer cells in humans. 


128.     AAMU Dairy Team won additional honors in the regional and national North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge competitions in 2012.


129.     Forestry major Sylvia Staples received a travel grant from the Ecological Society of America to attend a field trip to Cedar Creek Ecosystem Reserve in Minnesota (2012) and a subsequent travel grant to attend a leadership meeting in New Orleans, La. (2013).


130.     The AAMU Marching Maroon and White Band performed as lead band again  for the 2013 Mardi Gras in New Orleans.  In the past, the Band has provided halftime entertainment at the Atlanta Falcon Fulton County Stadium, played at the All American Bowl at the Alamo Dome, played at Disneyland, and was named the lead band for the Tournament of Roses.


131.     Student Gri’Anna Baber will participate in an internship in Ghana, West Africa; Ryanna

Miller will participate in the Duke University Global Health Issues in South Africa; and Frederick Randall II will be an intern with Senator Jeff Session in Washington, D.C.  Additionally, students Christina Peters and Jasmine Walker were admitted to one of the Top 25 ranked law schools in the nation.


132.     Dr. James O. Bukenya and Dr. Eric Ohene-Nyako took a group of seven AAMU students to Ghana as part of a government grant aimed at promoting global awareness and leadership.


133.     Students from the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences devoted volunteer hours during the Spring 2013 term to improve the reading skills of children at the Huntsville-based Morris Elementary School.




134.     In 2013, AAMU and unit supervisors paid tribute to nearly 40 professional office workers for their roles in the carrying out the University’s mission.


135.     In April 2013, the Academic Honors Convocation recognizes more than 300 students who have achieved distinctions as members of the Dean’s List, Honor Roll, Who’s Who, as well as bronze, silver and gold presidential medallions.


136.     Alabama A&M University dedicated Legacy Lake in 2013 in tribute to the work and memories of the first ladies of the institution.


137.     The “Normal Legacy Society,” established by President Hugine, recognizes lifetime contributions of $100,000 or more to AAMU, contributed more than $1.2 million.  The members were: Dr. Henry & Mrs. Nell Bradford; the late Ms. Bertha M. Jones; Dr. Ernest and Mrs. Marion Knight; Mrs. Ella Byrd McCain and the late Dr. John McCain; the late Rev. Lucien M. Randolph; the late Ms. Velma Walker; Mrs. Geneva Wright and the late Mr. Elbert Wright; the Tom Joyner Foundation; Atty. W. Troy and Mrs. Sue Massey.  The 2013 inductees include Huntsville Hospital, and Ronald and Patricia McIntosh.


138.     In 2013, AAMU launched its first-ever capital campaign.

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