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Tuesday, September 25, 2018 



A&M Welcomes CI-AAMU Board


Alabama A&M University President Andrew Hugine, Jr., and school officials welcomed members of the AAMU Confucius Institute board of directors during a visit of the board and representatives from Nanjing Forestry University in China.


The AAMU Confucius Institute is sponsoring its 6:30 p.m. annual Mid-Autumn Festival Gala on Monday, September 24, at the Von Braun Center.  The free event is slated to feature performances by teachers and students from CI-AAMU, Nanjing Forestry University, the Huntsville Chinese Association, and the AAMU Marching Band and University Choir.



AAMU Enrollment Growth Enters Sixth Consecutive Year 


Alabama A&M University’s enrollment is 6,108 for fall 2018, an increase of nearly 1.7 percent over fall 2017 and a 25.83 percent increase since fall 2012.  The fall 2018 enrollment is the largest since 2005.  This year marks six consecutive years of enrollment growth at the University.  


“I am so pleased that Alabama A&M University is the institution of choice for individuals desiring a quality and affordable education,” commented University President Andrew Hugine, Jr. “The trajectory of our enrollment is due to the dedication of our enrollment management teams in the offices of Admissions, Graduate Studies, and other support areas, a significant increase in student success initiatives, and a campus-wide commitment to access and opportunity.”    


The first-time freshman headcount for fall 2018 is the second highest in the history of the University at 1,521 compared to 1,447 for fall 2017, an increase of 4.9 percent. The average Composite Index Score for first-time freshmen increased from 20.33 in fall 2014 to 20.84 in fall 2018.  The average GPA is 3.01, the highest in five years.   Of the 1,521 freshman students this fall, 893 are females (59%) and 628 are males (41%).  


The President also noted that enrollment increases were impacted by enhanced marketing efforts, including the annual AAMU Scholarship Recognition and Promotional Tour, which encompasses numerous high schools in cities and towns throughout the state of Alabama; construction of a 580-bed state-of-the-art residence hall; and high-quality academic programs. 






Art Exhibit Opens


The AAMU Art Gallery is featuring the "Works in Black and White" exhibit of artist Jesse Whitehead from September 24 through October 5.  The gallery is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays.  A two-hour artist's reception has been scheduled for October 3 at 4 p.m.



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




AAMU Business College Dean Spotlighted by Diversity Mag


The dean of Alabama A&M University’s College of Business and Public Affairs is among only a few such leaders recently featured by the country’s largest diversity magazine and website.


Smith.jpgDr. Del Smith joined two other business school deans in an interview delving into ethics, demographics, curricula, as well as other topics.  Smith’s responses were highlighted, along with the replies from deans Joyce E.A. Russell of Villanova School of Business in Pennsylvania and Tanuja Singh of the Greehey School of Business at St. Mary’s University in Texas. 


In the interview, Smith noted that the AAMU business college has “a unique competitive advantage” stemming from its alignment of the social sciences of political science, sociology and criminal justice within the college.  Not only are the disciplines integrated within the college, but business students’ curricula require them to take social science courses. 


“That change was made not only to align with our mission,” commented Smith, “but also with the realization that our world today, more than ever, needs business professionals and leaders to be concerned about more than just the bottom line.”


On the subject of achieving diversity in business schools’ pipeline of future faculty, staff and administrators, Smith stated that AAMU’s existing “diverse and inclusive faculty” makes recruiting and retaining more of them a lot easier.  This diverse business team helps to “ensure that students are guaranteed to have multiple opportunities to be taught by those who look like them or who come from similar backgrounds.”


The article, written by Insight into Diversity editor-in-chief Alexandra Vollman, appears in the October 2018 issue.   To read the entire article, click HERE are visit


-  Jerome Saintjones




Housing Finds a “Home”


The Office of Residential Life and Housing at Alabama A&M University will have a new home, effective Monday, September, 24, according to its director, Karla Miller.


Formerly operating from the Knight Complex, the office’s new location will be 115 Chase Road (Normal Hills, Building 1, Suite 11-B), Huntsville, AL  35811.  The phone number will remain (256) 372-5797. 


While the move could extend into mid-week, Miller says phones and computers are expected to be “up and running.”  Additionally, signs and phone messages will help alert callers and students to the move.




AAMU Hosts Alliance


The School of Graduate Studies at Alabama A&M University hosted the Alabama Alliance for Equity in Graduate and Professional Education during a three-hour visit on Friday, September 21, on the AAMU campus.


Above, AAMU graduate school dean Derek Dunn (far right) addresses Alliance representatives in the VIP Room of the Ernest L. Knight Complex.




Find the Internship, Don’t Let It Find You


by Andreana Jordan

PR Intern


Internships are offered for students who are willing to get out their comfort zone and are not afraid of failure. Alabama A&M University students do not receive internships simply because they do not search for them, and that greatly limits their chances working for top companies. The internet provides the ability to search information world-wide, and it should be used to benefit career paths. Moreover, the internet allows students to explore the advantages and disadvantages of working for businesses, as well as to apply every skill to different aspects of life.


Kymberly Brown, a recent graduate of Alabama A&M University, said, “Working for Disney helped me adapt to culture changes and allowed me to learn more about how to communicate effectively. Disney helped me get out of my comfort zone.” Working with top companies like Walt Disney allowed her to realize what she wants to do in the future.


Internships enhance a students' professional skills and enable them to commit to appropriate fields of study. They are important for college students to learn firsthand how the company operates on a daily basis and what it takes to receive a tentative job offer.


Simeon Hood, a senior majoring in computer science, interned with Apple. He stated that he did not know he was going to get it, but because of the extra encouragement from his fiancé, he persevered to receive a tentative offer. Working for the company has been the best thing that ever happened to him, he said.


Hands-on opportunities and networking with employees provide students key information about what it takes to achieve success in their positions. Having a college degree helps with obtaining a job, but it takes good experience with different companies to gain a broad understanding of how the corporate world operates.


Working in corporate America has its advantages and disadvantages, but there are a couple of tips that I have learned to get the internship I desire. While companies tell you to have a great resume and that having a lot of experience will get you the job, that is not always the case when it comes to online applications. Companies search for keywords in a resume, and that can determine the outcome of a position; mastering that will save students time.


Further, internships can mold an individual into a completely different person, guiding them to a mindset to succeed in corporate America. Relationships and networking are important because one never knows which individual can lead to that dream job. Keeping in contact with the individuals met during the duration of an internship can be an easy set up for a possible job opportunity. That is what college is about. Having experience upon graduation sticks out because companies see that the individual worked extra hard during their college years to obtain a potential position.   



AAMU Military Science Leaders Receive Promotions

by Debra Daniel

AAMU’s new professor and assistant professor of military science received promotions last week. Lt. Col. George Bolton was commissioned last Wednesday. The new professor of military science comes to AAMU from the U.S. Army’s Human Resources Command in Washington, D.C. Bolton was a Distinguished Military Graduate at the University of Texas at Arling...ton in 2002. Bolton served tours in Korea, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq, and the Republic of Congo. The Dallas, Tex., native obtained his Master of Science in administration from the Command and General Staff College. The highly decorated Bolton assumed duties at AAMU on June 15, 2018. “We support our university and the community by providing world-class leadership development. The cadets of Alabama A&M University are the pride of a professional career, and it is my privilege to serve in this capacity every day.”

AAMU’s new assistant professor of military science was promoted to major in a commissioning ceremony at the Knight Center Thursday, Sept. 20. Maj. Timothy Patterson comes to AAMU from Ft. Lee, Va. Patterson has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Morehouse College, and a master’s degree in public administration from Columbus State University. The highly decorated Columbus, Ga., native served tours in Iraq, Ft. McClellan, Ala., Ft. Drum, N.Y., and spent six years as an enlisted Marine. Patterson will work at AAMU for the next three years. “Our goal is to leverage the best of the program through the heart and mind of the student. We will also work to improve recruitment and retention through high school and college, as well as improve community outreach.” Patterson's wife Saundra is an AAMU graduate.




ACHE, ADMH Caution Against Sharing Prescription Drugs


The Alabama Commission on Higher Education is working with the Alabama Teen-Girls-Sharing-Prescription-Meds-1024x682.jpg
Department of Mental Health to address the dangers among college students of sharing prescription drugs. 


The following website has been developed to provide a self-assessment test, Helpline, downloadable posters and more to assist AAMU faculty and staff in educating and informing students of the health risks involved in taking prescription drugs not prescribed for them.


For more information and applicable materials, visit





Food Scientists Published in Journal


Armitra2.jpgA team of food scientists at Alabama A&M University have published an article in the September 10 edition of an international, peer-reviewed publication.


The team includes Dr. Armitra L. Jackson-Davis, assistant professor of food microbiology in the Department of Food and Animal Sciences, along with Deborah Bethel, Loutrina Staley, Autumn S. Woods and Lamin S. Kassama.  The researchers published an article in the Journal of Nutrition & Food Sciences entitled Investigating the Effects of Lactic-Citric Acid Blend and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate on the Inhibition of Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli in a Broth System.”





English Professors Form ‘Top of The Hill Literary Society,’ Book Talk

First Book Talk Tuesday


In an effort to further promote literacy campus-wide, English professors at Alabama A&M University have formed the Top of The Hill Literary Society.


AmericanMarriage.jpgIn addition to compiling AAMU’s first-ever “Top 100 Books” of 2018-19, the professors will engage the campus community through a series of book talks beginning with a discussion of Tayari Jones’ An American Marriage (r) and Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy.   Professors Charlotte Teague and Cheryl Carpenter will serve as moderators.


The monthly talks will feature a variety of books through April 30, 2019, with the exception of the month of December 2018.


The first book talk will be held in the Learning Resources Center (LRC) auditorium on Tuesday, September 25, at 12:40 p.m.



COBPA Begins Brown Bag Sessions Tuesday


The College of Business and Public Affairs (COBPA) will begin its series of brown bag sessions for the 2018-19 academic year.  The first brown bag session is scheduled for Tuesday, September 25, at 12:30 p.m. in the Clyde Foster auditorium, according to Dr. Uchenna Elike, chair of COBPA’s research committee and facilitator of the sessions. 


Rana.jpgDr. Krishan Rana will address “Sustainable Supply Chains and Strategies.”  Rana will delve into Environmental Life Cycle Assessment, or LCA, carbon and water footprints created by different products and supply chains, as well as how they pollute air, water, food, etc., offering strategies to make various activities of supply chains sustainable.


Karim.jpegDr. Akm W. Karim will discuss “A Critical Evaluation of Recent Developments in Accounting Standards and Practices Worldwide.”  Karim has previously critiqued some of the dominant themes of accounting by raising a series of conceptual and practical issues centering a number of fundamental recognition, measurement, and disclosure issues.


Dr. Del Smith is COBPA dean.  For more information or to RSVP for the session, contact Dr. Elike at (256) 372-8487.




Senior VP to Address Another Chamber Session


GibsonClaytonSVP.jpgThe Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Development (CEIED) announces an upcoming session of the Alabama A&M University and Huntsville Chamber University Series.  The Wednesday, September 26, session will feature another presentation by Clayton Gibson, AAMU senior vice president for finance and administration.  The free session will be held at the Chamber of Commerce, Toyota Training Room, 3rd Floor, at 10 a.m.


Gibson will speak on the topic, "Budget Like a Champion."  For additional information, contact Devon Elston at (256) 535-2089 or Dr. Teresa Orok, executive director of AAMU's Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Development, at (256) 372-5603.




New Obesity Center Gearing Up for Spring Run


In preparation for a spring 2019 launching, the Alabama A&M University Obesity Center has acquired a Stadiometer BSM 370.


Athletes.jpgDr. Angel Dunlap, student Title IX coordinator and assistant professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Science, is pictured assisting strength and conditioning coach Lonnie Brown and the football team with its continued preparation for the season. The machine measures height, weight and body mass index (BMI)--all important measurements for the squad.


The Stadiometer is a part of the first Obesity Center located on the AAMU campus and will be available for student use spring 2019. The center will be  equipped with the latest equipment to ensure that students gain nutrition knowledge and become healthier.


In the meantime, students interested in Stadiometer measurements should contact Dr. Nahid Sistani in Carver Compex South-Bonner Wing, Room 108B, call (256) 372-4105, or e-mail




Reunion Leadership Matters
                                                                                        by Sandra S. Stubbs


AA3.JPGClass leaders are essential to the ongoing vitality of AAMU's engagement and fundraising efforts.

The Office of Alumni Affairs held a Class Agent Leadership conference on Saturday, September 1, from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.  Classmates gained AA1.JPG
valuable information on fundraising, engagement and the University’s initiatives.

For 2019, the alumni office goal—simply stated—is to encourage as many alumni class members as possible to “come back and give back” to Alabama A&M University.



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Courtney Hale (Jones)

(256) 372-4169


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Rehabilitation Counseling Offering Certificate Program


The Psychology and Counseling Department’s rehabilitation counseling concentration has introduced the Bulldog Learning Independence Fostering Education and Employment (LIFE) certificate program at Alabama A&M University (AAMU).  The M.S. concentration in rehabilitation counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.


IMG_8481.JPG“We are excited that Alabama A&M University is the first historically black college/university (HBCU) in the nation to offer a postsecondary program geared towards training and equipping young adults with intellectual disabilities,” commented Dr. Sharon M. Brown, associate professor and coordinator of the rehabilitation counseling graduate program.  Brown said the program provides its students the necessary skills to obtain employment and other mechanisms essential for everyday life.


According to Brown, the Bulldog LIFE program will allow students an opportunity to experience campus life in a college setting among their peers.  The 60-hour program teaches socialization skills (e.g. community inclusion, workforce learning, workforce advocacy and functional life skills for independence).  


The classes are held every week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in CCN 118.  


Persons interested in the program or volunteering should contact Dr. Sharon Brown at (256) 372-8002 or by e-mail at 



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Physics Duo Write Another Book 


Alabama A&M University physicists Ashok Batra and Mohan Aggarwal have joined forces to write year another book, this time a “Field Guide for Crystal Growth.”  


AshokBatra2018.jpgCrystal growth is the art and science of growing crystals, which are the pillars of modern technological developments.  Crystals are used in lasers, semiconducting devices, computers, magnetic and optical devices, optical processing applications, pharmaceuticals, and a host of other devices of everyday use. Crystal growth requires technical skills in chemistry, physics and materials science.  


This field guide describes the basic phenomena and techniques for growing bulk single crystals of high-technology materials from solution, melt and vapors. New techniques for growing crystal in the microgravity environment of space was developed at AAMU and are also discussed.

Batra and Aggarwal say the new book is “very dear” to them because the poured into it their three decades of experience in words, including recipes for growing various crystals of high technological importance.


Further, crystal growth research was the foundational research Professor Emeritus Ravindra Lal, the guru who won two competitive proposals on solution growth of crystals in space aboard a NASA Space Shuttle.


MohanAggarwal2018.jpgAggarwal completed graduate work at Penn State, while Dr. Batra is a product of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.  Dr. Batra was also co-principal investigator of an International Microgravity Lab-1 experiment flown aboard the Space Shuttle.  Thus, crystal growth laboratories have evolved from a simple hot plate to state-of-the-art, world-class facilities endorsed by Bell Lab scientists.  


The new book will be used in a graduate course currently being taught at AAMU. It is hoped that the included recipes for growing crystals will inspire readers with novel ideas on how to grow new materials for new high-performance devices.  



Social Work Students Visit United Nations Headquarters


Social work graduate students at Alabama A&M University undertook a study visit to United Nations headquarters in New York City from September 9-12.


The four-day trip was made possible by a grant from the Katherine A. Kendall Institute for International Social Work Education (KAKI) of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).   


According to Dr. Samson Chama, associate professor of the Department of Social Work, AAMU was among the top three out of a pool of 36 applicants to receive the grant.  The two other institutions include the University of Michigan and the University of Georgia.


UN KENYA MISSION.JPGWhile at the UN, students attended briefings in the General Assembly, in the Economic and Social Council, and in the Security Council. This included a visit to the United Nations Global Impact. Students also attended a scheduled meeting at the United Nations Kenya Mission.


The students’ trip was facilitated by Dr. Chama, the principal investigator of the three-year project, which ends in 2020.   With support from Dr. Tonya Perry, chair of the Social Work Department, Chama said he plans to integrate this project into the department’s efforts “to create a solid international social work education program.” ​



National Pan-Hellenic Council Announces September Student Spotlight:

Elizabeth "Liz" Hughes


Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority member Elizabeth Hughes is a senior electrical engineering major from East St. Louis, Ill., who has been awarded many opportunities while attending at Alabama A&M University.


Liz.jpgHughes completed a three-year rotation co-op with one company, as well as an internship with another. These opportunities were made possible during her years on “The Hill.” 


“This wonderful University has challenged me both professionally and academically," said Hughes. "From tennis shoes to professional heels and late-night study groups to presidential scholar medallions, this has truly been a process worth remembering.”


Many organizations have challenged her to grow outside of her comfort zone--from serving as the membership chair in the University’s National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) chapter to member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) to the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). 


“They say that you can only succeed in two of the three: social life, academics, and sleep," notes Hughes. "College can be a challenging mountain to climb, and time management is a quality that few learn.”



NPHC Supports March of Dimes


Members of AAMU’s National Pan Hellenic Council presented a check to the March of Dimes Foundation for $1,000, earmarked from 2017-2018 activities sponsored by the chapter.  The funds will help expand programs and assist medical professional in providing quality care for mothers and babies, as well as further the March of Dimes premature awareness initiative.


march-for-babies.jpgThe National Pan-Hellenic Council, Incorporated (NPHC), is composed of nine (9) international Greek-letter sororities and fraternities.  These include Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.


NPHC promotes interaction through forums, meetings and other mediums for the exchange of information and engages in cooperative programming and initiatives through various activities and functions.





AAMU Senior Selected State Officer of Organization


An Alabama A&M University communicative sciences and disorders (CSD) student has been selected to a state post in the professional organization.


Lauren (1).JPGLauren Garrett is a senior who has been selected as the Student State Officer for Alabama for the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA).  Jennifer Horne serves as AAMU’s chapter advisor.


“Only one speech-language pathology student is selected from each state, so Lauren competed against many other applicants,” said Dr. Hope C. Reed, associate professor of the CSD program, housed in the College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences.  Reed noted that, while the program has received numerous awards and honors during her 24-year affiliation, Garrett’s distinction is “a new feather in our cap.”





Former Olympian to Headline Aging Initiative 


The Virginia Caples Lifelong Learning Institute  (VCLLI) has announced the headliner for its 2018 Successful Aging Conference scheduled October 18 at Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.  The 2019 theme is “Run Your Race … Live Well.”


MosesEdwin.jpgDr. Edwin Moses, two-time Olympic gold medalist will be the keynote speaker for the occasion.  Moses won the 400-meter hurdles at the 1976 Olympics with a world-record time. He began a decade-long streak of 122 consecutive victories in 1977, earning a second gold medal at the 1984 Olympics. 


After retiring from track, Moses became a competitive bobsledder and influenced drug policies as a member of the U.S. and International Olympic committees. In 1994, he was inducted into the U. S Track and Field Hall of Fame.


Distribution of registration materials will begin September 5, 2018.  For additional information, call (256) 372-7022.


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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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