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 August 2017 - II



Funeral services were scheduled for Friday, August 18, 2017, for Mrs. Christine Slaughter Stewart, mother of recent Office of Institutional Planning Research and Effectiveness retiree Dianne Okwukwu.  Services were set for 12 noon at Lowe's Chapel U.M. Church, 460 Sanderson Road, Huntsville, Ala.  The wake was slated for Thursday, August 17, at Valhalla Funeral Home, 698 Winchester Road, Huntsville, at 6 p.m.


Funeral services were scheduled for Thursday, August 17, at Lakeside United Methodist Church, 3738 Meridian Street N, Huntsville, Ala., for Ms. Cynthia Davis, a former AAMU Title III employee.




MOVINGVolunteers from throughout the Tennessee Valley and beyond gathered on The Hill for assignments aimed at assisting freshmen on Move-In Day.  The first stop for the housing component was in the Elmore Building, where students received room assignments and other pertinent information over a two-day period.   See photos for DAY 1 and DAY 2.   (J. Saintjones)



Baptist Campus Ministries Shares Celebration


The Baptist Campus Ministries organization has announced its three-day schedule of back-to-school celebration activities for new and returning students at Alabama A&M University September 5-7.


Using New Birth Missionary Baptist Church (just one block north of campus on Meridian Street) as its host church, BCM will provide spiritual enhancement, as well as door prizes from local businesses each night, according to Willie Alexander, campus minister.


Activities begin Tuesday, September 5, with a celebration lead by House of Hope and Restoration (Pastor Leatherwood).  Wednesday’s celebration, September 6, will be led by New Beginning Christian Church (Pastors Errol and Jennifer Davis).


The final night on Thursday, September 7, will feature a celebration by First Missionary Baptist Church, led by Associate Minister Carolyn Laundry.


“Join Baptist Campus Ministries and celebrate the goodness of our God and pray for the school year,” urges Rev. Alexander.  “If you hang out on The Hill, we expect to see you there at 7 p.m. each night.”


For more information, call (256) 520-0675.





AAMU Physicist Publishes Another Book



A prolific scholar, author and accomplished researcher and physicist at Alabama A&M University has published his most recent monograph, Power Harvesting via Smart Materials.


Dr. A.K. Batra, part of the material science group of AAMU’s Physics Department, published the 308-page book with Dr. A. A. Alomari, one of his recent graduate students.    The work is published by SPIE, an internationally recognized published of scholarly publications from throughout the world.


Alomari.jpgAccording to Batra, the subject of energy harvesting remains pertinent in academic and industrial settings because it offers an autonomous power supply for low-duty-cycle electronics.  The new book provides the most recent review of such energy harvesting via piezoelectric, ferroelectric and pyroelectric materials—referred to as ‘smart materials.’


EnergyHarvesting.JPGBatra says the publication gives both the novice and advanced reader all they need to know to understand energy-harvesting techniques.  It also contains case studies and examples of experimental validation of novel energy-harvesting techniques and will be used in a new three-credit hour course (Ambient Energy Harvesting) at AAMU this fall semester.


Batra acknowledges the support of Department Head Mohan Aggarwal and Dean Chance Glenn in the endeavor. 





Lab Instructor to Present in Tampa 


An Alabama A&M University lab instructor’s work on solar panel efficiency will be among research showcased at the 2017 Defense Innovation Technology Challenge scheduled October 3-5 in Tampa, Fla.


RoseKyle (1).JPGKyle Rose, Sr.’s project on “Application of Phase Change Material to Increase Solar Panel Efficiency” has been approved for oral and showcase opportunity at the conference, where the DOD is looking for innovators aligned with its strategic needs.


Rose is a graduate researcher in AAMU’s Applied Physics Doctoral Program under the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences.


Rose’s project has been selected for a Showcase Table Display and a six-minute presentation, followed by four minutes of questions.  For more information, contact (256) 372-8283.





Important Info from Financial Aid


Welcome to the Fall 2017 semester. Here are a few details for New and Returning Students regarding the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.  


   Beginning on Monday, August 14, the counseling staff will be relocated to the LRC (library) multipurpose room (129-A). Please visit there should you need assistance.

   On Monday, August 14, we will only assist NEW students/parents. We will begin to assist RETURNING students on Tuesday, August 15.

   Due to capacity constraints, students will only be allowed to sign in up to 4 PM each day. You will be provided with additional options should you not be able to sign in by 4 PM.

   Please also note the following information regarding the registration process:




If you are seeking WORK-STUDY


If you are inquiring about a possible work-study award, please check with us after October 1st to see whether we have any remaining work-study funding.


If you need to pick up a work-study packet; please proceed to Patton Hall Room 302. You may pick up and return packets daily between 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 2:30-4:30 p.m.


If you already have a FINANCIAL AID AWARD


If you have already been awarded.


If you are requesting additional aid to cover remaining balances.

ü It will be after October 1st before we can fully determine if we will have additional funding to assist with remaining balances. There will be no negative consequences to your dorm assignment, meal card, etc,. as long as you have some type of funding already memoed to your account.


If you are expecting an ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP.  Please see your coach if your scholarship is not on your account.


If you are expecting a PRESIDENTIAL OR MERIT SCHOLARSHIP.  Please see the Financial Aid staff member at the sign-in desk for assistance.


If it has been less than 72 HOURS SINCE YOU COMPLETED OR MADE A CORRECTION TO THE FAFSA.  Keep in mind that it takes 3-5 business days for us to receive the FAFSA.


If it has been less than 48 HOURS SINCE YOU SUBMITTED A FINANCIAL AID APPEAL.  Please allow 48 hours to receive an appeal decision. All appeal decisions are updated in Banner. Check your Banner Self-Serve account to view.


If you are seeking to CANCEL YOUR REGISTRATION.  Please visit The Registrar’s Office located in Patton Hall, Room 204.


If you are inquiring about REFUND CHECKS & PAYMENT PLANS.  Please visit The Office of Student Accounts located in Patton Hall, Room 203.


If you have HOUSING/ RESIDENCE HALL CONCERNS.  Please visit The Office of Housing & Residential Life located in the Knight Center.


Thank You!


Faculty-Staff Conference Tuesday


The Fall 2017 Faculty and Staff Conference will be held at the Alabama A&M University Wellness Center on Tuesday, August 15.  Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., and the program will begin at 9 a.m.  Exhibits/vendor tables will be set up for browsing, and a continental breakfast will be served between registration and program start time.  Transportation to and from the Wellness Center will be provided. 


BTS Logo.JPG.jpgBTS pick-up and drop-off locations include Elmore Gym, Patton Hall, Engineering Building, Dawson Building, College of Business and Public Affairs, Student Center and the Transfer Station. PLEASE BRING ID BADGE FOR REGISTRATION!!!  Persons without an ID should visit the ID Center on the 1st floor of Patton Hall.  Parking will not be permitted at the Wellness Center, unless a VIP Parking Pass is presented.


Excuses should be formally communicated to the employee’s respective Dean, Department Chair, and/or Supervisor.



ALL THE BUZZ!  President Andrew Hugine, Jr., visited the room of Tamia Barnes.  The room, located in the Foster complex, was featured on for its immaculate decoration and other unique features.






Alabama Model Farm Series Field Day


by Debra Daniel


Join AAMU for a comprehensive event featuring relevant agriculture practices on Friday, August 18, from 8 a.m. to noon, at Bridgeforth Farms - 17049 Bridgeforth Road, Tanner, AL 35671.


The Model Farm Series highlights several facets of production agriculture, including conservation, biotechnology, precision agriculture, grain storage and farm financing. Examples of GPS utilization, UAV technology, integrated usage of USDA programs and agricultural technology will be demonstrated.  Lunch will be provided.


For more information, contact Bill Bridgeforth at (256) 777-3627 or e-mail; Kyle Bridgeforth at (256) 497-3589; or Leigh Allen at (202) 997-6680.



Alabama Extension Attends Youth Futures Conference in Missouri


A group representing Alabama Cooperative Extension System attended a Missouri conference offering better knowledge of the processes students must undergo for college entry.


Attending the recent four-day “4-H Youth Futures: College Within Reach Conference” in Columbia, Mo., were two ACES professionals and four participant mentees.  These included Dr. Jennifer Wells-Marshall, state leader for program evaluation, and volunteerism specialist Kimberly Burgess Neloms, as well as mentees Maria Colvin and Willajia Battle (both of Tuscaloosa County), and Azariyea Fuqua and Royuana Goodloe (both of Colbert County).


Students attending the Youth Futures conference learn about general college enrollment processes that include applying for financial aid, conducting college interviews, and choosing college majors. To assist them in realizing the value of a college education, the mentees also participated in Reality Check, a simulation program that helps students to manage monthly household expenses using salaries based on actual careers commensurate with educational levels.  


The youth completed the American College Testing (ACT) exam and networked with Jennifer Sirangelo, president and chief executive officer of the National 4-H Council, as well as faculty and administrators from the University of Missouri and Lincoln University.


The Alabama Extension Youth Futures: College Within Reach initiative at Alabama A&M University is a replication of the conference developed by University of Missouri Extension to target first-generation college students. The Initiative, which includes ongoing mentoring with college preparedness workshops and life skills activities, represents the only 1890 land-grant university program invited by the National 4H Council to join the national replication pilot.


Photo caption: Maria Colvin, Kimberly Burgess-Neloms, Dr. Jennifer Wells-Marshall, Jennifer Sirangelo, Willajia Battle, Azariyea Fuqua, Royuana Goodloe at University of Missouri.





Faculty-Staff Survey Deadline Nears


 Please complete the survey linked below by Friday, August 11, 2017, by 5 p.m.


AAMU Service Excellence Assessment Survey


AAMU Service Excellence Assessment Survey (Copy and Paste)





Film Featuring AAMU Student Hits Select Theaters


How do you overcome a series of adversities that could impact the rest of your life?

Step1.pngAlabama A&M University sophomore Tayla Solomon found the answer taking one bold step at a time. Solomon is among the young women featured in "Step," a documentary about the first graduating class of the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, whose mission is to "transform Baltimore one young woman at a time." The documentary opened in select theatres in larger metropolitan areas around the country on Friday, August 4.  It is likely to open in the Huntsville market in the weeks ahead.


"Step" won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking at Sundance 2017. Solomon is an urban planning major at AAMU on an academic scholarship.


For more visit: 

(Pictures courtesy FOX Searchlight)





AAMU Interns Part of Pathways Student Spotlight


by Debra Daniel


Albritton.jpgTwo AAMU students spent their summer working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama (NRCS), part of the United States Department of Agriculture. wo AAMU students spent their summer working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alabama (NRCS), part of the United States Department of Agriculture.


Penn.jpgLatriscia Albritton (above) is a junior civil engineering major who plans to start her career with NRCS and earn her doctorate degree. James Penn (left)  is a senior forestry major who also plans to work for NRCS upon graduation. For more: (Pictures courtesy USDA/NRCS)




AAMU Releases Housing Update to Students


Huntsville, Ala. ---- In preparation for Fall 2017, Alabama A&M University identified 1,175 spaces for upperclassmen/returning students, and 1,525 spaces for incoming freshmen. The criteria to apply for housing are as follows:


Complete Housing Application


Payment of applicable housing fee(s) – $250 deposit and/or $100 application fee;


2017-2018 FAFSA or valid payment method on file;

Registered for the Fall 2017 Semester (returning student);

Fully admitted to the University (incoming freshmen).


Upperclassmen/Returning Students

Residential Life and Housing has assigned all upperclassmen/returning students who fully met the criteria above by May 5, 2017, the priority deadline. As a reminder, if you desire housing but did not fully meet the above criteria before the priority deadline to receive a room assignment, you may add yourself to the Priority Consideration List through your Self-Service Banner account, clicking the housing link under the student tab. We cannot guarantee housing for students on the Priority Consideration List; however, as housing becomes available, assignments are made in consecutive orderbased on the date of your request.


Incoming Freshmen

There are a limited number of spaces available for incoming freshmen, and will be assigned to those who fully meet the criteria on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you have not applied for housing, please e-mail Residential Life and Housing ( your name, A-Number, and a contact number to confirm availability and receive approval for payment of fees.

While the University desires to provide students an opportunity to live on campus, assignments cannot be made in excess of the maximum beds available.

Unlike previous years, Alabama A&M University will not provide temporary/short-term accommodations for students who failed to meet the criteria noted above by the priority deadline. In the event of a situation in a residential facility beyond the University’s control, e.g., natural disaster, unforeseen maintenance/repair, or the like, the University will provide temporary/short-term accommodations for affected students who met the criteria and received an assignment, only.





Workshop Will "Take Pentagon to the People"


Register HERE:


On August 30-31, DoD will host a "Taking the Pentagon to the People" program at Oakwood University to discuss critical White House initiatives and DoD’s continued support of Presidential Executive Order 13532 "… to advance the development of the Nation’s full potential and to advance equal opportunity in higher education."


DoD will focus on the participation by HBCU/MSIs in federally-sponsored programs; provide advice to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness on how to increase the DoD’s role in strengthening HBCUs, with particular emphasis on enhancing institutional infrastructure and facilitating planning, development, and the use of new technologies to ensure the goal of long-term viability and enhancement of these institutions as a major resource for the DoD mission.


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DPS Promotions


Etta B. Freemen's 100th


CSD Pinning Ceremony




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