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October 2017 - No. 4





Walking with the President TUESDAY


The weekly Walking with the President activity will be held TUESDAY, October 24, due to Board of Trustees subcommittee meetings in Birmingham this week.


Please feel free to join President Hugine TUESDAY as 12:30 p.m. at the Wellness Center, 2nd floor, gym area.


Scenes from Oct. 18 WALK




No Parking in Carver Complex Dock Area


Please note that construction at Carver Complex (at the back dock) will be taking place thru December 1.  This is an active construction site and no parking will be permitted in the area.


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Athletes Lead Drive to Assist Puerto Rico


AAMU student-athletes are helping their peers from Puerto Rico who have families impacted by Hurricane Maria.  Some student athletes have very limited access to their families in Puerto Rico.  Many of those family members are still without power, water, and other essential items. 


Thus, student-athletes are leading the campaign and asking the entire Bulldog nation to give to our Puerto Rican Bulldogs on campus.  Some needed items are:  water, Gatorade, toiletries, paper towels, non-perishable/microwavable foods and financial donations.


Items and funds can be brought to the Athletic Academic Enhancement Center, located in the Councill Training Building (next door to ROTC).





AAMU Students Participating in TMCF Leadership Institute


Fourteen talented and articulate students from Alabama A&M University are participating in the Thurgood Marshall College Fund four-day Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C., concluding on Tuesday, October 24.


Coordinated by Carla Draper-Holloway, assistant director of AAMU’s Honors Program, the students are being afforded a top-notch leadership development program linked to an unprecedented opportunity to interview with numerous Fortune 500 companies.


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A 10-year veteran when it comes to showcasing AAMU students at the prestigious TMCF affair, Holloway also has been a key player in the initial selection process.


In 2015, Holloway was instrumental in the selection of student Michael Wallace as the student speaker for the annual TMCF gala.  For the 2017 30th anniversary gala, AAMU mechanical engineering student Frederick M. Boyd of Anniston, Ala., has been selected as the student speaker.


Among the 2017 participants are the following (alphabetically): 


Samuel Banks, junior, electrical engineering, Birmingham, Ala.

Frederick Montez Boyd, senior, mechanical engineering, Anniston, Ala.

Xzavier Brandon, junior, mechanical engineering, Columbus, Ohio

Noah Hicks, sophomore, mechanical engineering, St. Louis, Mo.

Daijha Hilliard, senior, mechanical engineering, Birmingham, Ala.

Simeon Hood, junior, computer science, Mobile, Ala.

Emanuel Joda, sophomore, computer science, Lagos, Nigeria

Omolola Ojewole, senior, computer science, Lagos, Nigeria

Jasmine Reese, graduate student, communication specialist, Montgomery, Ala.

Carlos Salas, senior, accounting, Guayaquil, Ecuador

Torrance Sellers, sophomore, computer science, Hampton, Ga.

Owen Stubberfield, senior, finance, Toronto, Canada

Lateasha Watkins, senior, logistics, York, Ala.

Kidist Zergaw, senior, computer science, Phoenix, Ariz.


The TMCF students are scheduled to return to the AAMU campus on Tuesday, October 24.



DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:  AAMU Student Health and Counseling Center staffers Carlquista Slay and Micah Griffin coordinated a purple balloon release Wednesday, Oct. 18, in honor of the numerous victims of domestic violence and in recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.






Ribbon Cutting Scheduled for COBPA Center


A ribbon cutting ceremony has been planned for the College of Business and Public Affairs new Experiential Learning Program.  The office offers students support and resources for securing internships prior to graduation. 


The ribbon cutting will be held November 8 at 3 p.m. in the College of Business and Public Affairs.  For additional information, contact Rashida Dore Wilson, faculty associate for experiential learning, College of Business and Public Affairs, at (256) 372-5499. 




Flag Raising Ceremony Set 


The University will hold a flag raising ceremony on Thursday, November 9, at 12 noon on The Quad.  The activity is being coordinated by the Office of the President.  




Oktoberfest Cancelled


The Oktoberfest event originally scheduled for October 31 at the Agribition Center has been cancelled.




CRP Students Create Pop-Up Park


As part of Downtown Huntsville, Inc.’s annual event, AAMU Community and Regional Planning undergraduate and graduate students created a “pop-up park.”  The park will remain in place in the vicinity of the Madison County Courthouse until Sunday, October 29.


While I worked with students to coordinate and oversee meetings,” commented Dr. Emily Erickson, assistant professor, “the vision, design, and implementation is all due to our excellent students.”




Three Students Awarded for Commitment to STEM


Three Alabama A&M University students were recently recognized at the Leaders and Legends Breakfast at the Women of Color Conference in Detroit, Mich., “for going above and beyond” their educational commitment in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).   Several AAMU students also interviewed and received internship offers for summer 2018.


Nominated for her work in the Special Projects Lab (Dr. Wing Chan) in the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences (CETPS), sophomore mechanical engineering major Emani Dotch received the Leadership Award.   


Eboni Gardner, a sophomore computer science major received the Community Award for her work with the computer science mentoring program igniteCS sponsored by Google. 


Lauren Walker, a senior construction management major with a 3.9 GPA, received the Research Award in acknowledgment of her research work with on spectroscopic characterization of construction and building materials.


Additionally, the following students received internship invitations/offers:


·         Shannon Baldwin--invited to apply for an internship at JP Morgan Chase

·         Jerrion Crutcher--offered an internship at Raytheon

·         Dominique Jones--invited to apply for an internship at JP Morgan Chase

·         Myles Moore--offered an internship at Lockheed Martin

·         Jourdan Smith--offered an internship at Lockheed Martin and Raytheon

·         Lauren Walker--full time offer at DTE Energy and Aerotek Staffing Agency




Lost and Found

Student ID and keys lost at the bus stop on the side of Knight Complex. It has dorm and house key on it. Contact A’kiyah Benefield at





Ushers for Fall 2017 Commencement


Volunteers are needed to serve as ushers during the Fall 2017 Commencement Exercises.  Commencement will be held Friday, December 8, 2017 at 1:00 p.m., at the Von Braun Civic Center.


Volunteers can sign up at​ or by contacting  Ms. Nicole Jackson at or ext. 8747 or Ms. Janet Jones at or ext. 8089.


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UW Steering CommitteeDr. Daniel Upchurch, Tarsha Lockhart (chair), Chastity Jones and Ursula Brooks.

AAMU United Way Campaign Continues Thru Oct. 24


Our annual United Way Campaign began at 10 a.m. October 10 (10-10-10) and will run through Tuesday, October 24. 


United Way of Madison County is an umbrella organization that supports the efforts of a mixture of non-profit organizations in Huntsville as they strive to meet the needs of the less fortunate members of our community.  This is accomplished through the financial support of 32 United Way organizations spanning across 47 programs – of which, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System is one.


You will be called again to help.  Each of you will receive a pledge form that you can use to make your contribution in the form of a check, monthly payroll deduction or cash.  The pink copy of the form is your receipt.  Any amount you wish to donate will be graciously accepted.  Review your brochure to see how even small contributions can make a HUGE difference in the lives of so many.  However, it goes without saying that the bigger the contribution, the bigger the impact.


A representative from your unit will accept your pledge form and money through October 24.  You may give to a specific agency or give in general and allow the United Way to distribute your funds across the board.  Checks should be made to:  United Way of Madison County.


If you have any questions about the United Way Campaign, please do not hesitate to contact your United Way Steering Committee members: Ursula Brooks, Chastity Jones, Daniel Upchurch or Tarsha Lockhart (chair).


Through our contributions, we can help support United Way and our community in this year’s 2017 Alabama A&M University Campaign.

 - Tarsha Lockhart, Ext. 8308



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AAMU Professor Targeting PEEHIP Raises in Upcoming Election


An Alabama A&M University professor’s concern about the negative impact of recent PEEHIP insurance increases on AAMU’s employees is seeking a position on the statewide Teacher’s Retirement System and Public Education Employees’ Health Insurance Plan (TRS/PEEHIP) Board of Control.


CadyBPortait.jpg.jpgDr. Barbara Cady is a long-time professor of special education/speech pathology at AAMU and has served in leadership capacities on numerous campus committees and organizations.  She headed AAMU’s Faculty Senate and was an ex-officio member of the Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees, is past president of the local AEA; and chaired AAMU’s Department of Special Education for numerous years. 


The members of the TRS/PEEHIP board are the trustees of the retirement funds and are responsible for the management and administration of the retirement system. Cady aims to secure the Higher Education Position No. 2 slot.


“As a voice from the higher education sector, I would like to help protect and preserve our retirement system,” commented Cady.  “Health concerns and spiraling medical costs are of great concern to us all … I want to help ensure good healthcare benefits by safeguarding the TRS Board of Control.”


Cady received her B.A. in speech from Auburn University; the M.A. in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Alabama; and the Ph.D. in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Kansas Medical Center.


Cady also was awarded the Fred Wessel Memorial Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Cady has authored numerous federal grants totaling more than $10 million for high school teacher in service training and post-secondary degrees. She currently chairs a committee which created an endowed scholarship for financially needy college seniors.


All AAMU employees who contribute to the Teacher Retirement System are eligible to vote.  Ballots are scheduled to be sent to members by October 16, 2017.  However, only ballots returned by 4 p.m. November 21, 2017, will be counted.  AAMU employees will be able to vote by (1) returning the prepaid postage mailer/ballot, (2) by voting online or (3) by telephone.  All instructions will be provided on the ballot.


Elected members of the TRS/PEEHIP Board will only be elected by members from the same category of the retirement system.  For the Higher Education Position 2 slot, persons at A&M voting for Dr. Cady must be on the AAMU payroll currently contributing to the TRS.


AAMU Staff Senate President Malcolm Brasher has stressed the importance of ensuring that health insurance costs do not increase.  He encourages all AAMU employees to “take the time to vote.”




AAMU Board to Meet in Birmingham


The Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees will hold its regularly scheduled Board meeting on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC), East Ballroom A, 2221 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. N., Birmingham, Alabama 35203.


The purpose of the meeting will be to receive information and consider all matters which may properly come before the Board at that time.


Notice is also given that meetings of committees of the Board of Trustees of Alabama A&M University are scheduled to occur on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Westin Birmingham, Camelia Room, 2221 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. N., Birmingham, Alabama 35203 and Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at The Westin Birmingham, Camelia Room, 2221 Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. N., Birmingham, Alabama 35203.


The schedule for the committee meetings is as follows:


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Business & Finance .............................................................. 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Academic Affairs & Research .............................................. 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Marketing, Communications & Advancement ...................... 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Information Technology Services ......................................... 8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Student Affairs ................................................................... 9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Athletics ............................................................................10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


Since the business to be addressed and discussed in the various committee sessions may affect the overall interests of the University, in addition to Trustees who are members of the individual committees, all members of the Board of Trustees of the University are invited to attend any or all of the committee meetings. Consequently, more than a quorum of the Board may be present from

time to time during such sessions. However, no action will be taken by the Board itself during such sessions.


As always, you are invited to attend and observe the proceedings of the meetings of the Board and the committees of the Board.





AAMU Congratulates 2017 Hackathon Team


AAMU students (clockwise) Jada Bullock, Richard Embden, Kristina Williams and Simeon Hood, also known as Team "H4CKD0G4," competed against HBCU teams from across the country this week, in the Black Enterprise 2017 BE Smart Hackathon.

The hackathon was held in Silicon Valley, as part of the magazine's Tech Connect Summit in San Francisco. During the 36 hour hackathon, teams used their creativity and skills to develop a virtual retail

environment app for Toyota.


AAMU’s College of Engineering, Technology & Physical Sciences sent the best of the best. Bullock is a junior computer science major. Embden is a junior electrical engineering major. Williams is a junior computer science and mathematics major. And Simeon Hood is a junior computer science major.


North Carolina A&T State University won the $40,000 grand prize, but wait until next year! Congrats H4CKD0G4!


For more:

 by Debra Daniel


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Physics Doctoral Candidate Awarded at DITAC


DITAC_AWARD_outlines.jpgAAMU physics doctoral student Kyle Rose, Sr.'s project on "Application of Phase Change Material to Increase Efficiency of Hybrid Solar Panels" received a 2017 TechConnect Defense Innovation Award at this year's Defense Innovation Summit (DITAC), Tampa, Fla. 


Rose received the award because his project placed in the top 15% of all submitted technologies as ranked by the program committeeTo learn more about the conference and the award, visit:




After the race with the Cadre/Coaches and the U S Army Cadet Command Commanding General.



Bulldog Battalion Participates in Washington's Ten-Miler


The Bulldog Battalion Cadets participated in the Army Ten-Miler (ATM) his weekend in Washington DC among 35,000 other runners including 105 ROTC Teams. This was the first in the history of the Program.


The Army Ten-Miler is produced by the Military District of Washington (MDW).The MDW serves as the Army Forces Component and core staff element of the Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region to conduct operations that deter, prevent, and respond to threats aimed at the National Capital Region; and conducts world-class ceremonial, musical and special events in support of our Nation\'s leadership. Over 600 Soldiers from 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) volunteer race weekend.


Now in its 33rd year, the ATM is held each October in Washington, DC. All race proceeds benefit Soldier MWR programs.


The mission of the ATM is to promote the Army, build espirt de corps, support Army fitness goals, and enhance community relations.



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Entertainment Industry Reaching out to HBCUs 


The Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program (EICOP) is proud to announce the HBCU in LA Internship Program application is now open!! This highly competitive program will be open to both undergraduate and graduate students with an interest to pursue a career in the entertainment, media and communication industry. Selected Scholars will participate in an 8-10 week paid internship in Los Angeles, Summer 2018! The program will cover housing expenses and will offer limited travel stipends based on individual financial needs.   


Scholars will have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in a comprehensive immersion internship experience in Los Angeles, California during summer of 2018

  • Participate in a series of professional development activities to help leverage a career in the media, entertainment and communication industry post-graduation

  • Become a part of our exclusive Student Member Network for on-going employment consideration with our industry partner organizations

  • Serve as Ambassadors for EICOP to build awareness for the HBCU in LA Internship Program


To apply and for more information click here

To view our Promotional Video click here

The application deadline for the program is 11:59 pm PST on Sunday, December 17, 2017. If you are a current HBCU All-Star please indicate that in your submission!




Ford’s Drive2Greatness Program Focuses on HBCU STEAM


Ford’s longtime commitment to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) continues with its national Ford HBCU Drive2Greatness program and contest that will donate $300,000 toward STEAM initiatives.


Now through October 27, supporters of HBCUs are encouraged to vote for their favorite schools online and through social media channels.  Students and alumni are encouraged to “Rep Your HBCU” by voting to help their favorite school win one of four prizes.


In addition to gaining bragging rights for scoring the top spot, the school with the most points will be named the grand prize winner and earn Ford’s Ultimate Homecoming Takeover award for 2018, while three additional HBCU’s will receive financial donations to support STEAM initiatives.




To find a school’s hashtag and cast a vote, visit the Tom Joyner Morning Show Facebook page. Be sure to “Rep Your HBCU” and join the program’s online conversation by following #FordHBCU on Twitter and Instagram.






ARAMARK Seek Assistance with Survey


We are conducting a survey to better understand your campus lifestyle and preferences. By sharing your thoughts, we will gain valuable insight to help improve your overall campus experience.


This online survey will take 5 to 10 minutes and your responses are confidential.


The survey is mobile-friendly and can be taken on a smartphone, mobile device, or a computer. A current Internet browser is required. Click the link below (or copy and paste the URL below the link into your Internet browser) to begin the survey:


Alabama A&M University Dining Survey



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HR Announces Holiday Schedules


The holiday schedule has been updated to display the entire 2017 year of holidays.  Please be advised that there is no fall break this year.  For the Thanksgiving recess, the University will be closed from November 20 to November 24, 2017 (one week).  


The Holiday recess for faculty will begin on December 13 and conclude on January 1, 2018.  The Holiday recess for staff will begin on December 18 and conclude on January 1, 2018.  All employees will report to work on January 2, 2018.  Please plan accordingly.




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Season Tickets


ALABAMA A&M FOOTBALL 2017 HOME SCHEDULE | Games played at Louis Crews Stadium 

NOVEMBER 11 vs. Jackson State | 1pm

NOVEMBER 18 vs. Kentucky State | 1pm


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Homecoming Corporate Tailgate

Downtown Homecoming Parade

Lalah Hathaway Concert/Day Party

On-Campus Parade

Masons Wreath Ceremony

Dean’s Engineering Series (by Joshua Baker)

Governor Visits HBCU Roundtable

Beyond Normal Series (Susan Taylor-Terry McMillan-Tasha Smith)

Bulldog Appreciation Day (Joshua Baker)

Be The Match Walk

Confucius Institute Martial Arts

Omega Forum (Julian Howell)

Etiquette Workshop

Ag Week Banquet

Student Research

Ag Week on The Quad


Miss AAMU Coronation


Sigma Gamma Rho Convenes on The Hill


First Lady Interview – Inside Huntsville


Baseball Team Alzheimer’s Walk


Honors Clean Up


DPS Promotions


Etta B. Freemen's 100th


CSD Pinning Ceremony






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