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Tuesday, February 19, 2019



Prolific Physicist Edits Book Series


An internationally noted physicist at Alabama A&M University has been selected as a series editor for IOP Publishing based in the United Kingdom.


SirohiRS.jpgDr. Rajpal Singh Sirohi is a physics professor in AAMU's Department of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Sirohi is the series editor for the IOP Series in Advances in Optics, Photonics and Optoelectronics.  Prior to AAMU, Sirohi served as a consultant scientist at the Indian Institute od Science Bangalore.


The author of more than 400 papers has directed the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, and he has received numerous national and international awards for his work. The indepth series is particularly important for the role it plays in providing a deeper understanding numerous phenomena and the way nature works.


Among the book subjects in the series (2018) are "Elliptical Mirrors" by Jian Liu and "Singularities in Physics and Engineering" by Paramasivam Senthilkumaran.



"Dancing" Event a Success


The 2019 Dancing with the President and First Lady event on February 15 combined the best of "Old School" and "New School" music. Competing couples performed before a receptive audience in the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center, with the non-student award being presented to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Benifield (far left).   PHOTOS


Proceeds from the event support the efforts of the Bulldog Pride Committee, a group founded by First Lady Abbiegail Hugine. Sandra Stubbs, director of the Office of Alumni Affairs, and Gerald Vines, coordinated the program.



Student Wins Smart TV in Aramark Drawing


In order to heighten survey participation, Aramark surveys Alabama A&M University students to gain their input about the quality of services provided in the areas of food service and custodial service.


As an incentive to complete a survey, Aramark held a drawing from a listing of more than 200 completed survey participants. Clarence Roberts from Ozark, Ala., was selected through the drawing and was presented a 43-inch Toshiba television on Friday, February 15, in front of Aramark offices in the Knight Complex.


Shown (l-r) are Tobby Hughes, Mary Johnson, Clarence Roberts, Nichole Tolliver and Jeffrey Bernard.




Urban Planning Conference Set


The Department of Community and Regional Planning at Alabama A&M University will host the first annual Urban Planning Conference on Friday, February 22 in the ARC Auditorium.


Sessions will run from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. This year’s conference theme is "Planning for Socially Just, Inclusive and Empowered Cities." The conference will focus on the challenges of planning for socially just, inclusive, and empowering cities in the current era as nations across the globe undergo dramatic swings towards isolation, a closing of borders, and proclamations of the death of multiculturalism.


The featured speakers are Dr. Edward Goetz and Dr. Del Smith. Dr. Goetz is professor and the director of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He will present a paper on "Understanding the Full Spectrum of Segregation: Concentrated White Affluence in American Metropolitan Areas."


Dr. Del Smith, dean of the College of Business and Public Affairs at Alabama A&M University, will discuss "Opportunity or ‘Opportunistic’ Zones? An Initial and Future Impact Assessment."


The concurrent sessions will run from 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m. in three different themes, including (1) the Socially Just City, (2) the Inclusive City, and (3) the Empowered City.


All sessions are open to the public. All participants must register and pay the conference fees of $75 (presenters and regular participants) or $50 (students). Registered AAMU faculty, students, and staff attend free of charge.


For registration and more information: Contact:, Dr. Deden Rukmana, professor and chair of the Department of Community and Regional Planning, (256) 372-4990.





CETPS Featured in Popular Military Publication


The popular Redstone Rocket, a longtime newspaper serving Redstone Arsenal, recently featured the role of Alabama A&M University’s College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences (CETPS) in producing quality engineers. (See the Article)


Glenn1.jpgIn the article, Dean Chance Glenn shared the future role of AAMU students in making their marks in numerous STEM disciplines (e.g., chemistry, computer science, engineering, math, physics, etc.). He praised AAMU and other historically black colleges and universities for bringing both quality and diversity to several in-demand professions.


Glenn went on to report that AAMU would launch master’s degree programs in electrical engineering and mechanical engineering in fall 2019. CETPS will delve even further, he said, into the areas artificial intelligence, augmented reality, cybersecurity, virtual reality and other areas.




Public Safety Issues Caution about Potential Flooding


Chief Nadis Carlisle of the AAMU Department of Public Safety issued a statement from the National Weather Service pertaining to heavy rain and flood potential spanning Sunday, February 17, through Saturday, February 23. From 4-9 inches of rain are expected by next Saturday as a result of multiple rounds.


Over saturation of soil and swollen rivers could lead toward flash flooding. According to the National Weather Service, a front is expected to stall over the Tennessee Valley area, and strong south to southwesterly winds will bring deep tropical moisture to the area. A persistent period of moderate to heavy rain with a chance of thunderstorms mixed in Tuesday or Wednesday could mean locally higher rainfall amounts.



CDS Career Fair Packs Wellness Center


Throughout the four-hour allotment for Career Development Service’s spring Career Fair, AAMU students from all disciplines visited nearly 100 booths set up by diverse businesses seeking new talent.   PHOTOS


On Thursday, February 14, Exhibits spaces were replete with representatives from government and Defense-related agencies, school systems, police forces, industry, retail companies, health agencies and others areas.


For additional information about Career Development Services activities, call (256) 372-5690.




Trustees to Meet


The Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees will meet in the Clyde Foster Auditorium, located in the College of Business and Public Affairs, on Friday, February 22, at 10 a.m.  The public is invited.  INFO

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Frederick Douglass Day Celebration Held


The J.F. Drake Memorial Learning Resources Center, in conjunction with The Top of the Hill Literary Society, hosted a Frederick Douglass Day celebration on Thursday, February 14, in the LRC Multipurpose Room. PHOTOS


DouglassFrederick.jpgFebruary 14 is the chosen birthday of Frederick Douglass, since he did not know his actual birthday. Libraries, book stores, and book groups around the country are celebrating his works and those written about him on that day.


This initiative is spearheaded by the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Smithsonian Transcription Center, and the Colored Conventions Project, who jointly host Read-a-Thons in honor of Douglass. AAMU is participating in this national initiative.


The discussion included all works about Douglass with special emphasis on My Mother as I Recall Her by Rosetta Douglass Sprague, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, and Douglass’s speech for the National Convention for Colored Men. 




CRP to Host Annual Banneker Banquet


Alabama A&M University’s Department of Community and Regional Planning and the DCRP Alumni Association will proudly host “2019 Benjamin Banneker Banquet” on February 21, from 6–8 p.m. at the Ernest L. Knight Complex.


This annual scholarship and awards banquet acknowledges trailblazers in the field of planning and generates funds to sustain the momentum of positioning well-trained, socially conscious planners into the profession.


Registration and tickets can be purchased at




Choir Featured on Birmingham Network



The Alabama A&M University Choir, conducted by Dr. Horace Carney, performed live for the metropolitan Birmingham audience as part of Black History Month programming for WBRC-TV Fox on Wednesday, February 13.


Facilitated by Greg Long of WBRC, the choir performed trademark selections and reported for the live broadcast in the Clyde Foster Auditorium on campus prior to 6 a.m.  Also on hand to provide back-up assistance was Michael Morns, chief engineer for Electronic Media Communications at AAMU.  (Photo by J. Saintjones)



Slain Martyr’s Daughter Talks Action, Unity


Central forces behind the legendary success of the Montgomery Bus Boycott launched in 1955 were organization and unity, according to Dr. Bernice King, the IMG_7612-X3.jpgkeynote speaker for Alabama A&M University’s Beyond Normal Lecture Series on Tuesday, February 12.    PHOTOS


King is chief executive officer of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Ga.  She is the youngest of the four children born to civil rights activists Martin Luther King, Jr., and Coretta Scott King.


During her presentation at AAMU, Dr. King told a packed Knight Center audience that change requires strategic actions from a variety of angles, but that the strength of unity is often the driving principle that makes change possible.




AAMU Forestry Program Wins Stihl Equipment Award


The Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) and Stihl Inc. selected Alabama A&M University as one of five universities and colleges out of over 40 to receive a $5,000 equipment voucher to purchase Stihl equipment to strengthen urban forestry education. 


Forestry students Nate Cox and Darren Beachem, along with Dr. Troy Bowman, accepted the award at the TCIA Expo in Charlotte, N.C. 


“This award will be an incredible asset as our program moves into the urban forestry arena,” said Dr. Bowman. “Experience with the new high-quality urban forestry equipment will help us give our students skills that provide a real edge on getting hired when they graduate.”


The award also included in-person training support for AAMU forestry students from three-time international tree-climbing champion Mark Chisholm. Schools were selected based on the strength of their application and evaluated by a variety of criteria, including clear plans for growth and development of the program, diversity in location and student mix, level of detail in the application, and financial need.


For more information:






Speaker Addresses Engineers


The College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences featured an invited speaker from the Air Force Research Lab on February 13, in Arthur J. Bond Hall.


Dr. Lok Yan is a computer engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Information Directorate, in Rome, N.Y. He is currently the lead for the Foundations of Trusted Systems Sub-Core-Technical-Competency (CTC) under the Cyber Science and Technology CTC.




Male Initiative a Success

                                                                                   by Rodricus Cureton


Anchored around the theme "The Millennial. The Man. The Movement," the Male Initiative Summit 2019 recently completed a full week of activities. The week kicked off with a barbershop talk on "Manhood." 


Later during the week, former NFL player Jerraud Powers, Assistant U.S. Attorney Abe McGlothin and journalist and communications specialist Jeff Johnson addressed campus men on the mainstay topics of reputation, empowerment and elevation. 


"I enjoyed this event because it focused on African American men coming together as a group to vent without judgment," said Chauncey Saunders. "I loved how we got focused on African-American men and their mental health."


Students had the opportunity to get professional headshots and to win free haircuts. Two lucky participants received scholarships.




CETL Observes Tenth


Faculty and staff integrally involved in the formation and ultimate success of Alabama A&M University’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning celebrated CETL’s 10th anniversary on February 4 in the Clyde Foster Auditorium.    Visit CETL


For a decade CETL has housed the most effective tools for engaging and instructing current students.  Moreover, the Center provides professional development for faculty and staff, offers use of instructional technology and distance education.


Dr. Pamela Arrington serves as CETL director, and Sophya Johnson is assistant to the director.  Sharing background on the history of CETL was Dr. Juarine Stewart, retired Academic Affairs administrator. 




Honors Students Pay Tribute to African American History


Three Honors Center students from Alabama A&M University were given an opportunity to elaborate on their favorite historical African-American figures during a special recording arranged by a Birmingham television station in February.  PHOTOS


WBRC Fox selected Alabama A&M University to feature as part of the former's annual Black History Month tribute.  Three top-notch Honors Center students were hand-picked by Carla Draper Holloway.


Above, Xzavier Brandon, a junior mechanical engineering major, selected W.E.B. DuBois; Jadyn Steave, a sophomore political science major from Virginia Beach, Va., was inspired by Angela Davis; and Aniekan Ruffin, a sophomore mechanical engineering major from Montgomery, Ala., chose Frederick Douglass;



A Mile in My Shoes


Social work students at Alabama A&M University received a unique chance to gain a different perspective when it comes to the care of individuals confronting physical and emotional obstacles.  PHOTOS


During the 2nd Annual Caregivers Simulation Training sponsored by the Department of Social Work, Psychology and Counseling on February 6 in Clyde Foster Auditorium, students experienced the challenges their impaired loved ones face day to day.  To drive the point home even further, students switched roles from caregiver to individuals with impaired sight, hearing, mobility and other obstacles.


Community agencies also participated in the activity.



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Honda Team Makes Presence Known


The AAMU Honda Campus All-Star Team participated in the final round of competition at the National Qualifying Tournament held on the campus of Dillard University in New Orleans, according to Carla Draper Holloway, assistant director of the AAMU Honors Center.   


As the finals runner-up (2nd place out of 10 teams), the AAMU team earned an automatic bid to the National championship in California.



AAMU, Red Cross Collaborating for April Volunteer Event


Alabama A&M University and The American Red Cross held a press conference on The Quad of the AAMU campus on Thursday, February 14.  Officials announced plans to join forces during the University’s annual “Serving the City as One Day of Service,” an April event that sends hundreds of student volunteers to select agencies to offer various forms of assistance throughout the city. The union also represents part of a national effort by the American Red Cross to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires.  PHOTOS


AAMU’s “Serving the City” harnesses the collective energy of hundreds of freshmen, upperclassmen and community volunteers for a massive Day of Service event.  In 2018, AAMU led the city-wide effort, but it has participated in the program for several years.  Additionally, Huntsville is one of three signature cities in Alabama to host the Red Cross Sound the Alarm Event.  On April 6, after convening on AAMU’s Quad, more than 1,200 Alabama A&M students and more than 200 community leaders will be installing more than 650 smoke alarms in homes in local communities.


“Home fires are the biggest disaster threat we face, killing seven people in this country every day,” said Khris Anderson, executive director for the North Alabama Chapter of the Red Cross. Anderson says that Madison County has seen two fatalities from home fires in the month of January alone.  “I truly believe that we will save lives by installing these smoke alarms.”


The Home Fire Campaign is making a difference. Since the beginning of initiative, Red Cross and its partners have saved at least 26 lives in Alabama through the Home Fire Campaign.  Last year in North Alabama, the Red Cross installed more than 1,200 alarms.





Art Gallery Displays History from Private Collections


An exhibition of works displayed in various media is currently housed in the Alabama A&M University Art Gallery, located in the Morrison Fine Arts Building.



The exhibition features work by Katheryn Tucker Wingham, Noelle G. Hines, William Edmondson, Tamika D. Williams, Clifton Pearson, Pamela Plummer, John ‘Jahni’ Moore, Lauren Dillon, Ronnie Phillips, Dr. Uthman Abdur Rahman, Margaret Burroughs and others.


The Art Gallery is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.  Admission is free.



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YMTF to Inspire Classrooms


The 44th Annual Youth Motivation Task Force (YMTF) Outreach Program will be held March 11-12.  Professionals representing diverse careers, sectors and employers will spend two days on campus, volunteering time to support campus retention efforts.  They will do so motivating students to stay in school by showing the benefits of earning a college degree.


Faculty members are invited to have YMTF consultants address their students during classes held on Monday, March 11, and Tuesday, March 12.


To confirm participation, please complete and submit the FORM.  The deadline to be guaranteed a speaker is Friday, February 15.


Please direct questions or other concerns to Career Development Services at (256) 372-5692.





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2019 Theme:  “Black Migrations”

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 4   “Drip Too Hard”: Professional Headshots

      Male Initiative Summit: Men Aspiring to Lead and Empower

      Knight Center, 12 noon

       Required Attire:  Suit or shirt and tie or bowtie


      “The Shop: A Conversation about the Male Experience”

       Male Initiative Summit: Men Aspiring to Lead and Empower

        Fresh Cuts & Styles Barbershop/Knight Center, 6 p.m.


 5  “Reality Check:  Your Representation Is Your Reputation”

      Male Initiative Summit: Men Aspiring to Lead and Empower

       Speaker: Jerraud Powers, Former NFL Athlete

       Knight Center, 12:30 p.m.


       J.F. Drake Memorial LRC Black History Month Film Fest Featuring ...

       "I Am Not Your Negro" [James Baldwin Documentary]

       LRC Multipurpose Room - 6 p.m.


 6  “The Man Who Thinks He Can: Mind Over Matter”

      Male Initiative Summit: Men Aspiring to Lead and Empower

      Speaker:  Abe McClothin, Jr., Assistant U.S. Attorney

      Knight Center, 6 p.m.


 7    “Wins & Losses: Empower, Equip, Elevate”

       Male Initiative Summit: Men Aspiring to Lead and Empower

        Keynote Speaker:  Jeff Johnson, Journalist and Communications Specialist

        Knight Center, 12:30 p.m.

        (Required Attire:  Black suit, white shirt, black tie and black dress shoes, or   

        white shirt, white shirt, black tie, black slacks and black dress shoes)


12   Beyond Normal Lecture Series/Black History Month Program

        Speaker:  Dr. Bernice King, Daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr.

        TBA – 12:30 p.m.


       J.F. Drake Memorial LRC Black History Month Film Fest Featuring ...

       "Black America Since MLK"

        (Hosted by AAMU Honors Program)

       LRC Multipurpose Room - 6 p.m.


14   J.F. Drake Memorial LRC Black History Month Film Fest Featuring ...

        "Southside with You"

        (Hosted by AAMU Political Science Club)

       LRC Multipurpose Room - 6 p.m.


15   Dancing with the President and First Lady

        Knight Center


19    J.F. Drake Memorial LRC Black History Month Film Fest Featuring ...


        (Courtesy of Kanopy)

       LRC Multipurpose Room - 6 p.m.


21   Benjamin Banneker Banquet

        Sponsor:  Department of Community and Regional Planning

        Knight Center, 6-8 p.m.        


         J.F. Drake Memorial LRC Black History Month Film Fest Featuring ...


         LRC Multipurpose Room - 6 p.m.


23   Boy Scouts of America Annual ScoutReach Activity


       T.M. Elmore Building, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.


27   J.F. Drake Memorial LRC Black History Month Film Fest Featuring ...

       "Night School"

      LRC Multipurpose Room - 6 p.m.


28   “More in Our Cities”

        Lunch & Learn

       Alabama Cooperative Extension System

       240 Dawson Building, 12-1 p.m.


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CRP to Host Annual Banneker Banquet


Alabama A&M University’s Department of Community and Regional Planning and the DCRP Alumni Association will proudly host “2019 Benjamin Banneker Banquet” on February 21, from 6–8 p.m. at the Ernest L. Knight Complex.


This annual scholarship and awards banquet acknowledges trailblazers in the field of planning and generates funds to sustain the momentum of positioning well-trained, socially conscious planners into the profession.


Registration and tickets can be purchased at




AAMU Co-Sponsoring Cancer Charity


     The Patricia Haley Charity, a 501c3 organization, will sponsor its “2nd Annual Benefit Banquet” (Day of Action) on February 18, 2019, at the Historic Huntsville Depot & Roundhouse, 320 Church Street in Downtown Huntsville, from 6:30-9:30 p.m.


    The Patricia Haley Charity provides a variety of support services to persons diagnosed with cancer. 


     The charity will also host the “Nonprofit & Community Rainbow of Knowledge Fair” on February 28, 2019, at the Huntsville Marriott (U.S. Space and Rocket Center) from 3:30-7:30 p.m.


     This Resource Expo event will include cancer patient resource entities, including hospitals, pharmaceutical/medical companies, nonprofits and more.


     The organizers will raise awareness and knowledge of the many resources that are available to the community in the Greater Huntsville, Ala., area.


     Participating organizations will include the medical field, nonprofit organizations, foundations, and many other agencies that support the community through resources, knowledge, or providing a service.


     Representatives will also be on site to discuss the resources and support available through their respective areas.


    For more information about both events, please call (256) 693-4709.


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Alumni Chapter Offering Scholarships to Local Students


      The Huntsville/Madison County Chapter of the Alabama A&M University National Alumni Association, Inc. announces the 2019 Dr. Rather G. Brown Scholarship.

    The chapter will award two (2) scholarships for Fall Semester 2019 expenses. Graduating high school seniors enrolled in Madison County, Madison City, Huntsville City Schools, or parochial and private institutions in Madison County are eligible. Madison County residents that are currently enrolled at AAMU are also eligible.

      The scholarship deadline is March 15, 2019. To apply, please visit the website:



Alumni Association Accepting Awards Nominations


The Alabama A&M University Alumni Association, Inc., is now accepting nominations for Association awards.


Nominations may be submitted by chapters and/or individuals in good financial standing with the Association.  All nominations must be e-mailed to by 12 a.m. (midnight) Saturday, March 9, 2019.


For more information, visit, e-mail or call (256) 656-4698.






STEM Day 2019 Set


Organizers of the annual STEM Day are excited and looking forward to sharing student research with the campus and larger community.   STEM DAY 2018


STEM Day 2019 will be held on Friday, April 12.  Mark your calendars.  Additional details will be provided at a later date by Dr. Armitra Jackson-Davis and other planners.



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