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November 2017 - No. 2

 
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MG Simpson to Visit The Hill Tuesday
 
The Commanding Officer of the Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., will meet with Alabama A&M University President Andrew Hugine, Jr., along with key academic and placement officials before delivering an address on Tuesday, November 7.
 
MGSimpson.jpgMajor General James E. Simpson will address the campus community at 12:45 p.m. in Arthur J. Bond Hall (Engineering Building) to kick off AAMU’s observance of Federal Employment Preparation Week. 
 
MG Simpson launched his higher education experience by earning an associate’s degree from Piedmont Technical College before earning the B.S. degree in political science from Lander University (S.C.).  He later earned graduate degrees in administration and business administration from Central Michigan University and the University of Texas at Arlington, respectively.  MG Simpson received the M.S. degree in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
 
Prior to assuming his current role at Redstone Arsenal, MG Simpson served as the Director for Contracting, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) in Washington, D.C., from June 2014 to August 2015.  From June 2013-June 14, he was Commander, Joint Theater Support Contracting Command, United States Central Command, OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, Afghanistan.
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“Walking with the President” Resumes
 
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The weekly “Walking with the President” activity will resume this Wednesday, November 8, at the Student Health and Wellness Center at 12:30 p.m.  The Walk was not held last week due to President Hugine’s attendance at the funeral services for Commissioner Robert C. “Bob” Harrison.  The entire campus community is invited to join the walk.
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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. 
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Flag Raising Ceremony Set 
 
The University will hold a flag raising ceremony on Thursday, November 9, at 4 p.m. on The Quad.  The activity is being coordinated by the Office of the President.  
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Cheerleaders Provide Community Volunteerism
 
Alabama A&M University cheerleaders have been involved in several community projects over the past weeks, in addition to supporting campus athletic teams.
 
Students who were awarded $100 by Sports Academy because of their academic excellence received shopping assistance from the cheerleaders.  The cheerleaders also helped hand out books to students at South Hampton Elementary School and read books to students at Phillips Academy, both in Birmingham, Ala.
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AAMU Part of AppleCare Program
 
Thanks to the insight of the staff in Career Development Services (CDS), Alabama A&M University has joined the ranks of only a few universities that will participate in the AppleCare program.
 
An AAMU student can apply to become an AppleCare College Advisor, working from where he or she lives, even a single residence hall room on campus. When customers contact Apple for help, for instance, an Advisor often answers the call.  The student will be the "human connection" to Apple: friendly, thoughtful, and real. They will answer questions about Apple products and services, enriching customers’ lives by helping them access the wonder they’ve come to expect from Apple. 
 
Apple will post the AppleCare College Advisor positions in the Handshake database.  If Apple is able to hire and maintain quality talent for a year, the partnership will be expanded and Apple will work with CDS to arrange campus visits.  Moreover, the program will be available to all majors, according to Yvette Clayton, director of AAMU's career placement office.

The AppleCare College Program currently recruits at 33 universities in the US and are looking to add on a few more universities for the upcoming hiring season.  
 
Requirements: 
 
Available to attend approximately 6-9 weeks of required online training on a fixed schedule that may include weekends (Training may be either 24 or 40 hours per week depending on hire date); Able to work three week days between the hours of 4:00 p.m CST and 10:30 p.m. CST including weekends and holidays between the hours of 7:00 a.m and 10:30 p.m, with the possibility to flex up or down hours depending upon business needs; Successful completion of a pre-employment assessment and background check; Successfully complete initial training; Able to meet minimum typing speed of 40 WPM in conversation with customers; AT HOME REQUIREMENTS - A quiet workspace, ergonomic chair, and desk High-speed Internet service (5 megabits download and 1 megabit upload) from a reliable provider.
 
For additional information about AAMU's AppleCare program, call Career Development Services at (256) 372-5690.
 
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AAMU Collegiate Car Tag Available in Georgia
 
Bulldogs in the Peach State can now boast their real Bulldog pride throughout Georgia, and fewer are happier about it than Keshia Appkins ‘97, president of the Metro Atlanta Chapter of the AAMU Alumni Association, Inc.
 
Are you a Normalite in the neighboring state? If so, then simply contact Jermaine Ralph, your collegiate car tag point of contact, at aamugatag@aamuatl.org or call (678) 575-8445.
  
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HSSD This Saturday
 
High School Senior Day is only days away. According to Venita C. King, director of admissions, over 2,000 guests have registered to attend the event Saturday, November 11, at the T.M. Elmore Building at 8 a.m.
 
The states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and even the country of Italy will be represented, says King.
 
Set-Up Date & Time: T. M. Elmore Building
Friday, Nov. 10th 3:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 11th 6:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.
 
Display Tables: All tables must be draped to the floor.
Display Locations: Tables are assigned to Academic Colleges and
Service Departments as shown on the floor
layout. Tables are first-come-first-serve or as
designated by the respective colleges. Please
know that all empty tables will be removed at
7:45 a.m. on Saturday morning.
Unused Materials: Unused materials should be placed under tables.
Exhibits Area: The exhibit area will open immediately following
the opening program. Please do not engage guests
before that time.
Electricity: Electricity will be available. However, given that
table selection is first-come-first serve, we
strongly encourage those needing electricity to
arrive early.
HSSD Registration: Registration will open at 7 a.m. Saturday morning. However, our guests are certain to arrive early. To that end, please, please have all displays completely set-up by 7:15 Saturday morning!
  
HSSD Event Details:
 
◾Registration Bag Pick-up T.M. Elmore Lobby 7:00 am- 8:00 am
◾Opening Program T.M. Elmore Gym 8:05 am- 9:15 am
 
◾Academic Exhibits Open T.M. Elmore Gym 9:20 am- 1:00 pm
◾Campus Tours T.M. Elmore Building Front 9:30 am- 1:00 pm
◾Lunch Louis Crews Stadium 11:30 am-1:00 pm
◾Football Game Louis Crews Stadium 1:00 p.m. 
 
The 8 a.m. Opening Program will be facilitated by Arthur Wayne of WEUP-FM and Janae McDowell, Department of Athletics.
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Maroon and White Among 2018’s Honda Battle of the Band
 
The Alabama A&M University Marching Maroon and White, led by Carlton Wright, will make its fifth appearance in the 16th Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase on January 27, 2018, in Atlanta, Ga.
 
A record number of votes helped select a dynamic lineup of marching bands from the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to perform at the 16th Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) Invitational Showcase.
 
The annual event is the culmination of the HBOB program, and it provides a national platform to highlight a key element in the HBCU community and campus life – the marching band. The invitational showcase will feature extraordinary musicianship, sport and choreography from eight HBCU marching bands and dance squads who are ready to electrify the city of Atlanta.
 
With a mix of six HBOB veteran bands and two newcomers, the eight bands slated to perform at the 2018 HBOB Invitational Showcase include:
 
Alabama A&M University, Marching Maroon & White Band (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – fifth appearance
 
Alabama State University, Mighty Marching Hornets (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – sixth appearance
 
Bethune-Cookman University, Marching Wildcats (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – 13th appearance
 
Hampton University, The Marching Force (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – first appearance
 
Miles College, Purple Marching Machine (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) – first appearance
 
North Carolina A&T State University, Blue & Gold Marching Machine (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – sixth appearance
 
Prairie View A&M University, Marching Storm (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – eighth appearance
 
Tennessee State University, Aristocrat of Bands (Ohio Valley Athletic Conference) – eighth appearance
 
Honda invited all HBCU marching bands to participate in this year’s program. Of the 39 bands that elected to participate, the “final eight” bands were selected through a voting process that incorporates input from online fans, band directors, HBCU school presidents and representatives from American Honda. In addition to a $20,000 grant from Honda to support their music education program, each of the final eight bands will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the Invitational Showcase.
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Project Manager Talks to CM Students
 
The project manager of a major construction operation recently provided a special lecture to AAMU  students in the growing construction management program.
 
CMClass2.JPGBrandon Tucker of Turner Construction Company (affiliated in the construction of the new residence hall facility on the AAMU campus) provided students a lecture on “A Construction Project from A to Z.” 
 
Dr. Chance A. Glenn, dean of the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences, attended the session and offered CM students and faculty additional words of encouragement.
 
- Photos by Josh A. Baker
 
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Mickey Leland Energy Fellowships Announced
 
The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides college students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer. For 20 years, this program has increased awareness of DOE research opportunities to students pursuing STEM degrees (short for science, technology, engineering and math). The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in these fields, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.
Selected candidates will train under the mentorship of program officials and scientists on focused research projects consistent with the mission of the Office of Fossil Energy. The 10-week summer program may place students at one of several possible FE sites including:
·                     Department of Energy Headquarters, Washington, D.C. and Germantown, MD
·                     National Energy Technology Laboratory, Pittsburgh, PA; Morgantown, WV; Albany, OR
·                     Strategic Petroleum Reserve, New Orleans, LA; and other SPR sites in LA and TX
·                     Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN
·                     Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA
·                     Sandia National Laboratory, Livermore, CA
·                     Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA
·                     Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Livermore, CA
·                     Los Alamos National Lab, Los Alamos, NM
Eligibility
·                     Be at least 18 years of age at time of application
·                     Be a U.S. Citizen
·                     Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
·                     Be currently enrolled full-time as a degree-seeking student in a STEM program at an accredited college or university at the Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral level (Students pursuing an Associate’s degree are eligible to apply if transferring to pursue a Bachelor’s degree for fall 2018). Must be at least a college sophomore at the time of application.
·                     Be available to participate in the full 10-week program
Application deadline: January 3, 2018, 11:59PM EST
 
How to Apply: Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at
 
Program Information: Detailed information about the internship can be found at
 
For questions please email us at MLEF@hq.doe.gov.
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AAMU Part of Team to Enhance Irrigation of Alabama Farm Land
 
Only 15 percent of the land currently available for farming is irrigated in Alabama.  In Mississippi, that portion is 61 percent of cropland, and 40 percent in Georgia.  The lack of irrigation is symbolic of huge revenue losses for the state’s agricultural industry.
 
“Farmers often struggle in deciding when and how much to irrigate, and this prevents them from achieving their full yield potential,” said Brenda Ortiz, extension agronomist and associate professor in the Auburn University College of Agriculture’s Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences, responding to Southeast FarmPress. “For many Alabama farmers, irrigation is a new practice, so they are looking for training, technology and information to support their decisions.”
 
Auburn has received a grant of $946,684 from the Conservation and Innovation Program of the Natural Resources and Conservation Service, or NRCS. The project focuses on increasing the adoption of climate- and water-smart irrigation practices among Tennessee Valley farmers in Alabama and Tennessee.
 
Partnering with Auburn are the USDA-ARS-National Soil Dynamics Laboratory, the University of Tennessee, Alabama A&M University, the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, NRCS Alabama and three cooperating farmers.
 
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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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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 https://goo.gl/forms/UKoJFwqZwNUQRUmk1​ or by contacting  Ms. Nicole Jackson at nicole.jackson@aamu.edu or ext. 8747 or Ms. Janet Jones at janet.jones@aamu.edu or ext. 8089.
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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.”
  
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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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November 2017 - No. 1

 
 
 
Board Elects New Officers 
 
 
 
The members of the Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees went through an ambitious agenda in Birmingham Friday, October 27, that dealt with the renewal of a line of credit, election of officers and other action items from the University’s business and academic units.  Board Meeting
 
 

 

WilliamsJ.jpgThe Board elected Dr. Jerome B. Williams of Birmingham as President Pro Tem, and Trustee Chris Robinson (Huntsville area) will serve as Secretary.  Members of the Board’s new Executive Committee include Trustees Kevin Ball, Ginger Harper, John Hackett Jr., and Chris Robinson.

 

  

 

Presidential Evaluation Process.  A consultant charged with facilitating the Board’s presidential evaluation process discussed the firm’s evaluation process and methodology, and provided feedback from multiple interviews with the University’s constituencies.  Several pluses centered around AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr.’s support of faculty and their professional development; strengthening the University’s financial footing; improved campus aesthetics; implementation of the strategic plan; and positive impact of the First Lady.

 

 

 

Hugine attributed the positive evaluation to the work of a dedicated team.

 

 

 

Academic Affairs.  As part of action items submitted under Academic Affairs, the Board approved a review of the University’s Mission Statement (formalizing the appropriateness of the Mission Statement in compliance with the accrediting body); the addition of a master’s program in electrical engineering; a request to divest the AAMU/University of North Alabama campus social work off-site program; and the termination of the Center for Global Service Research.

 

 

 

Faculty Senate President Jeanette Jones acknowledged regular meetings with the administration to address faculty concerns and opportunities for faculty development.  A Women in STEM initiative has been launched at President’s request.

 

 

 

Business and Finance.  The Board approved the renewal of a line of credit in the amount of $6.5 million; a room fee for the new 580-bed residence hall facility which opens in January 2018 ($3,550-single; $3,000-double); and an amendment to the operating agreement between AAMU and the AAMU Foundation, which manages the University’s endowment.

 

 

 

Marketing, Communications and Advancement.  Vice President Archie Tucker provided an update on the capital campaign, noting a 68% percent increase over previous goal and a significant increase in alumni giving, with an average gift of nearly $1,400.

 

 

 

 

 

Student Affairs.  SGA President Julian Griffith-Battle reported numerous activities and volunteerism efforts sponsored by the organization, including student elections, Homecoming 2017, Habitat for Humanity campaign, and Magic City Classic.

 

 

 

Next Regular Meeting:  Friday, March 2, 2018; subcommittees will be held Thursday, March 1.

 

 

 

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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 https://goo.gl/forms/UKoJFwqZwNUQRUmk1​ or by contacting  Ms. Nicole Jackson at nicole.jackson@aamu.edu or ext. 8747 or Ms. Janet Jones at janet.jones@aamu.edu or ext. 8089.
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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.”
  
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ARAMARK Seeks 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:
 
 
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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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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 https://goo.gl/forms/UKoJFwqZwNUQRUmk1​ or by contacting  Ms. Nicole Jackson at nicole.jackson@aamu.edu or ext. 8747 or Ms. Janet Jones at janet.jones@aamu.edu or ext. 8089.
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Office of Student Activities

SPECIAL HOMECOMING RECAP VIDEO

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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.”
  
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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.
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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 https://goo.gl/forms/UKoJFwqZwNUQRUmk1​ or by contacting  Ms. Nicole Jackson at nicole.jackson@aamu.edu or ext. 8747 or Ms. Janet Jones at janet.jones@aamu.edu or ext. 8089.
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Office of Student Activities

SPECIAL HOMECOMING RECAP VIDEO

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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.”
  
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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.
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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
HOW TO APPLY:
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!
 
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ARAMARK Seeks 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:
 
 
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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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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 https://goo.gl/forms/UKoJFwqZwNUQRUmk1​ or by contacting  Ms. Nicole Jackson at nicole.jackson@aamu.edu or ext. 8747 or Ms. Janet Jones at janet.jones@aamu.edu or ext. 8089.
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Office of Student Activities

SPECIAL HOMECOMING RECAP VIDEO

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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.”
  
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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.
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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 https://goo.gl/forms/UKoJFwqZwNUQRUmk1​ or by contacting  Ms. Nicole Jackson at nicole.jackson@aamu.edu or ext. 8747 or Ms. Janet Jones at janet.jones@aamu.edu 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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Office of Student Activities

SPECIAL HOMECOMING RECAP VIDEO

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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.”
  
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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.
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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!
 
 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: http://defenseinnovation.us
 
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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
HOW TO APPLY:
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!
 
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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.
 
 
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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:
 
 
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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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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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Walking with the President TUESDAY

 

 

 

October 2017 - No. 3

 
 
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Bulldogs Hand Valley Massive Lost 
 
If MVS is looking for its “U,” then chances are that the Bulldogs sacked it, too.  AAMU’s Mighty Maroon & White Bulldogs chilled the Delta Devils in Louis Crews Stadium with a devastating 49-14 win!  For scenes from the weekend’s game, click PHOTOS
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Maroon and White Host High School Band Hopefuls
 
High school band members from around the state got a taste of the Maroon & White on the halftime gridiron today during the AAMU vs Mississippi Valley State football game.  AAMU’s Maroon and White Band is directed by Carlton Wright.  See the next group of Marching Maroon & White members do their thing.  PHOTOS
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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 https://goo.gl/forms/UKoJFwqZwNUQRUmk1​ or by contacting  Ms. Nicole Jackson at nicole.jackson@aamu.edu or ext. 8747 or Ms. Janet Jones at janet.jones@aamu.edu or ext. 8089.
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STEPPING UP!  On October 11, some 42 students, faculty and staff members joined the President's Wednesday Walk at the Wellness Center.  That group included SGA President Julian Griffith-Battle, Faculty Senate President Jeanette Jones and Staff Senate President Malcolm Brasher.  The campus community is invited to this week's (October 18) walk at 12:30 p.m.  "42" is the new number to beat!  (See PHOTOS by Julian Howell)
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Vendor Expo Scheduled
  
Thermo Fisher Scientific in partnership with the Purchasing Department is hosting a vendor expo this Thursday, October 19 in the Clyde Foster Multipurpose Room from 10 A.M. to Noon.  Thermo Fisher Scientific is also bringing several vendors whose products they also sell including BioTek Instruments, GE Healthcare, Laxco Microscopes, and Remel.  Thermo Fisher Scientific has been a great supporter of Alabama A&M University’s research departments, and we encourage the University to show its support by attending this event.
  
The University’s researchers are encouraged to attend.  Thank you for your support and cooperation.
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Student Health and Counseling Launches 'Red Flag Campaign'
 
The Student Health and Counseling Department is participating in an exciting public awareness campaign. The Red Flag Campaign addresses dating violence on campus, and will appear on our campus throughout the month of October. Designed with a “bystander intervention” strategy, the campaign encourages friends and other campus community members to “say something” when they see warning signs (“red flags”) for dating violence in a friend’s relationship.
 
Those who work closely with students know that one of their greatest interests is seeking out relationships with their peers—both friendships and dating relationships. Unfortunately, many relationships are not healthy or positive; dating violence happens in 1 out of every 5 intimate relationships in college.  
 
The purpose of The Red Flag Campaign is to encourage students to speak up when they see red flags for dating violence.  The Red Flag Campaign will generate a lot of interest and discussion on the AAMU campus.  The Red Flag Campaign website, www.TheRedFlagCampaign.org, offers resources for students and campus personnel wanting to learn more about dating violence and how to help. 
 
Join us on Thursday, October 19, at 12 noon in the Clyde Foster Multipurpose Room to bring awareness to the issue of intimate partner/dating violence.  Please feel free to contact me at 256-372-4735 or carlquista.slay@aamu.edu for additional information.​
  
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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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Office of Student Activities

SPECIAL HOMECOMING RECAP VIDEO

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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.
 
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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.”
  
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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.
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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!
 
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Physics Doctoral Candidate Awarded at DITAC
 
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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: http://defenseinnovation.us
 
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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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Maroon Madness This Saturday
 
Catch the 2017-18 edition of the Alabama A&M women’s and men’s basketball team this Saturday, October 21, at the annual Maroon Madness.
 
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There is no charge for admission.
 
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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
HOW TO APPLY:
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!
 
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BTS Receives $1 Million USDOT Grant
 
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced $55 million in grant selections through the Low or No Emission Vehicle (Low-No) program.  The program funds the development of transit buses and infrastructure that use advanced fuel technologies. Fifty-one projects in 39 states were selected for funding.
 
Alabama A&M University Department of Transportation (AAMUDOT) was awarded $1 million through the “Low-No” program after a highly competitive process demonstrating its significant value to the community.  Awards ranged from $500,000.00 to $1,750,000.00.
 
The AAMUDOT, through its Bulldog Transit System (BTS), will utilize the funds to purchase electric buses, charging stations and other associated equipment.  BTS has a commitment to replace buses that have reached the end of their useful lives with zero-emission cleaner buses, more efficient to operate and maintain.
 
The award sets the stage for BTS to strategically implement its long range transportation plan for new generation of technologically advanced and safer vehicles that also increase the nation’s energy security, making AAMU the first in State of Alabama to use electric transit buses, according to BTS director Marshall Chimwedzi.
 
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The Virginia Caples Lifelong Learning Institute (VCLLI) and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) attracted hundreds to the 2017 Successful Aging Initiative held on October 12 at Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Huntsville, Ala.   The highlight of the day was 81-year-old Earnestine Shepherd (above), regarded as the oldest female bodybuilder.  More PHOTOS by J. Saintjones
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Hampton-Wells Scholarship for Space Camp
 
Retired AAMU professor and pyschologist Annie M. Wells is coordinating the (Lionel) Hampton-Wells Scholarship of Alabama A&M University for Space Camp. 
 
Interested students should complete an application (beginning October 15) at www.spacecamp.com/scholarships and return the application to:
 
Space Camp Committee
c/o Annie M. Wells, Ph.D.
919 Corley Drive, SE
Huntsville, AL  35802-3700
 
Potential applicants may include Alabama applicants who are students in grades 4-12.  Awards are based on (1) financial need; (2) leadership; (3) academic achievement; and (4) special needs.
 
For additional information, call (256) 881-4753.
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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.
 
 
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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:
 
 
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Bulldog Pride Homecoming Decoration Contest Winners
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First Place:  Carver Complex - Hobson Wing
 
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Second Place:  Carver Complex North - 1st Floor
 
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Third Place:  J.F. Drake Memorial Learning Resources Center - 2nd Floor
 
 
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Honorable Mention:  Knight Complex East
 
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Honorable Mention:   Dawson (3rd Floor)
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Preliminary Reviews Offered to Graduate Students
 
Graduate students who are completing a thesis or dissertation may contact Kiietti Walker-Parker to set a meeting for a preliminary discussion for the review of their document at kiietti.parker@aamu.edu.
 
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Wellness Center Offering Fall Classes
 
The Student Health & Wellness Center offers FREE swim lessons for all AAMU students – sign up for the next session today! 
 
Check out Group Fitness classes at the Wellness Center – Zumba, Water Aerobics, Yoga, Butts & Guts, Boxing, and Dance Aerobics!
 
The Wellness Center also offers group swim lessons for ages 3 and up! Call or come inside for details! (256) 372-7000.
 
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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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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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INSIDE HUNTSVILLE:  First Lady Abbiegail Hugine was interviewed by the City of Huntsville's Brenda Martin as part of the "Inside Huntsville" broadcast.  The program is a communication tool sponsored by the City of Huntsville.  The interview took place at the campus' Legacy Lake.  To see the interview, now available in its entirety, click HERE.
 
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BTS Receives $1 Million USDOT Grant
 
 
 
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced $55 million in grant selections through the Low or No Emission Vehicle (Low-No) program.  The program funds the development of transit buses and infrastructure that use advanced fuel technologies. Fifty-one projects in 39 states were selected for funding.
 
 
 
Alabama A&M University Department of Transportation (AAMUDOT) was awarded $1 million through the “Low-No” program after a highly competitive process demonstrating its significant value to the community.  Awards ranged from $500,000.00 to $1,750,000.00.
 
 
 
The AAMUDOT, through its Bulldog Transit System (BTS), will utilize the funds to purchase electric buses, charging stations and other associated equipment.  BTS has a commitment to replace buses that have reached the end of their useful lives with zero-emission cleaner buses, more efficient to operate and maintain.
 
 
 
The award sets the stage for BTS to strategically implement its long range transportation plan for new generation of technologically advanced and safer vehicles that also increase the nation’s energy security, making AAMU the first in State of Alabama to use electric transit buses, according to BTS director Marshall Chimwedzi.
 
 
 
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HOMECOMING DOOR CONTEST WINNER:  Diann Greer, director of the Office of Student Activities, recently announced the Office of Financial Aid (Darryl Jackson, director) as the Winner of the Homecoming 2017 Door Contest. Congratulations!  For winners of the Bulldog Pride Bulletin Board Competition, see below.
 
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ODEES Sponsoring Workshop on Chinese Business Etiquette
 
 
 
The Office of Distance Education and Extended Studies and the Confucius Institute at Alabama A&M University will be holding a workshop on “Chinese Culture and Business Etiquette” on Tuesdays from October 10-31, 6-7:15 p.m.
 
 
 
The free sessions will be ideal for entrepreneurs considering business ventures in China; business owners seeking Chinese suppliers; international business students; and many others.  Among the subjects will be easy sentences in business interactions and common phrases.
 
 
 
For additional information and to register, call (256) 372-5753 or e-mail odees@aamu.edu.
 
 
 
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Ceremonial Committee to Meet

 

 

 

The Ceremonial and Special Events Committee (Dr. Pamela Arrington, chair) will meet on Tuesday, October 10, at 11 a.m. in the Academic Affairs Conference Room to discuss preparations for Fall 2017 commencement and other special events.

 

 

 

Committee members should plan to attend or send a representative.   

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Hampton-Wells Scholarship for Space Camp

 

 

 

Retired AAMU professor and pyschologist Annie M. Wells is coordinating the (Lionel) Hampton-Wells Scholarship of Alabama A&M University for Space Camp. 

 

 

 

Interested students should complete an application (beginning October 15) at www.spacecamp.com/scholarships and return the application to:

 

 

 

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c/o Annie M. Wells, Ph.D.

 

919 Corley Drive, SE

 

Huntsville, AL  35802-3700

 

 

 

Potential applicants may include Alabama applicants who are students in grades 4-12.  Awards are based on (1) financial need; (2) leadership; (3) academic achievement; and (4) special needs.

 

 

 

For additional information, call (256) 881-4753.

 

 
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CETPS' "Super Lucy" Race Car Part of 2018 Competition

 

 

 

A team of students from Alabama A&M University will be among the 120 such registered squads to compete in the Formula SAE®Michigan at the Michigan International Speedway next spring.

 

 

 

AAMU students representing the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences (the AAMU-HEBUT Racing Team) have entered the student-built race car “Super Lucy” in the annual competition in Brooklyn, Mich., scheduled May 9-12, 2018.  While teaming with China’s Hebei University of Technology, AAMU is the only historically black college/university among the 120 registered teams from around the world, as well as several on a waiting list.

 

 

 

The SAE International Formula SAE program is an engineering design competition for undergraduate and graduate students. It offers participants a chance to boost their engineering design and project management skills by applying what they have learned in the classroom in a challenging competition.

 

 

 

The engineering design goal for teams is to develop and construct a single-seat race car for the non-professional weekend autocross racer with the best overall package of design, construction, performance and cost.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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He will formally receive the honor at the IAB conference in metropolitan Washington, D.C.  
 
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Students Visit Campus Construction Site
 
AAMU students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Construction Management received an opportunity to witness actual construction when faculty members arranged their visit to the Turner construction site of a 580-bed residence hall facility.
 
“I commend Professors Tamara Chowdhury, Mahbub Hasan, and Aschalew Kassu for arranging this opportunity on our end, as well as Turner Construction for making it happen,” commented Dr. Chance Glenn, dean of the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences.
 
“I strongly believe this a great opportunity for the students to see first-hand a construction project in progress and hopefully answer any questions they may have,” said James D. Farley, project superintendent at Turner Construction.
 
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Preliminary Reviews Offered to Graduate Students
 
Graduate students who are completing a thesis or dissertation may contact Kiietti Walker-Parker to set a meeting for a preliminary discussion for the review of their document at kiietti.parker@aamu.edu.
 
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The World of Intramurals:  From quiet and reflective to bold and adventurous, AAMU's Intramurals Program has something for everyone.  Under the directorship of Coach Franky Smith, the program also a wealth of life-enhancing activities--from hiking and fishing to horseback riding and flag football.  For a small sample of the excitement of AAMU Intramurals, click HERE.
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AAMU Part of Major Multi-School NSF Grant 
 
Alabama A&M University is a key player in an NSF partnership comprising nine universities in Alabama and spearheaded by The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).  The project has been awarded a $20 million, five-year grant by the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).
 
The grant will fund the development of new predictive plasma-surface interaction technologies for the nation’s aerospace, manufacturing, energy, environment, and agricultural sectors. Serving as a Principal Investigator on the project is Dr. Gary Zank, director of UAH’s Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research and chair of the university’s Department of Space Science.
 
Along with UAH, the partnership includes the University of Alabama (lead: Dr. R. Branam), the University of Alabama at Birmingham (lead: Dr. Y. Vohra), Auburn University (lead: Dr. E. Thomas), Tuskegee University (lead: Dr. V. Rangari), the University of South Alabama (lead: Dr. E. Spencer), Alabama A&M University (leads: Dr. R. Mentreddy and Dr. E. Cebert), Alabama State University (lead: Dr. K. Vig), and Oakwood University (lead: Dr. A. Volkov), with additional assistance from CFD Research Corporation (lead: Dr. V. Kolobov), a computational fluid dynamics software company located in Cummings Research Park.
 
These members bring "a range of expertise in space science, laboratory plasma physics, materials, biosciences, and manufacturing to this endeavor," says Dr. Zank.
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Professor Included in Coveted Publication
 
An assistant professor in AAMU's Department of Visual, Performing and Communication Arts has been included in the Encyclopedia of Black Comics, a book written by Dr. Sheena C. Howard and released on September 15, 2017.
 
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Williams a chapter on Sharon De La Cruz, an artist, activist, and Fulbright scholar who uses the rebellious nature of art as a vehicle to discuss empowerment and social justice for young girls and women internationally. 

"I am both honored and humbled to be a part of this dynamic team of researchers," ommented Williams. "Together, we provided a chronicle of often-unrecognized, black voices in comic cult​ure and revealed the true depth of our people as activists, artists, editors, and writers in an industry occupied predominately by white men."
 
Williams added that by exposing black comic creators to a mainstream audience, he is hopeful the book "will inspire the next generation of black creatives" to use their joy, passion, and racial frustrations to chart new courses for people of color in both the comic industry and a larger society. 
 
The Encyclopedia of Black Comics, focuses on people of African descent who have published significant works in the United States or have worked across various aspects of the comics industry. The book focuses on creators in the field of comics: inkers, illustrators, artists, writers, editors, black comic historians, black comic convention creators, website creators, archivists and academics—as well as individuals who may not fit into any category but have made notable achievements within and/or across black comic culture.
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Wellness Center Offering Fall Classes
 
The Student Health & Wellness Center offers FREE swim lessons for all AAMU students – sign up for the next session today! 
 
Check out Group Fitness classes at the Wellness Center – Zumba, Water Aerobics, Yoga, Butts & Guts, Boxing, and Dance Aerobics!
 
The Wellness Center also offers group swim lessons for ages 3 and up! Call or come inside for details! (256) 372-7000.
 
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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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ALABAMA A&M FOOTBALL 2017 HOME SCHEDULE | Games played at Louis Crews Stadium 
SEPTEMBER 23 vs. Texas Southern (Louis Crews Football Classic | 6pm
SEPTEMBER 30 vs. Arkansas Pine Bluff (Homecoming) | 2pm
OCTOBER 14 l vs. Mississippi Valley State | 1pm
NOVEMBER 11 vs. Jackson State | 1pm
NOVEMBER 18 vs. Kentucky State | 1pm
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AAMU Offers Professional Development Opportunities
 
Welcome back Bulldog family.  CETL has planned a semester full of  Professional Development opportunities for faculty and staff. This semester CETL will offer 3 easy ways to receive Professional Development. It is as easy as ABC.
-        A different 20 minute session available every week to view online
-        A Registration also available through the AAMU Calendar
-        Available anytime, anywhere you have access to a variety of topics to view at your desktop, laptop, and any other electronic device.
- Go2Knowledge meets the professional development needs of busy and distracted educators. The trainings provide a customized, straight-forward, and easy way for our college faculty and staff to find webinars of importance to them. The Go2Knowledge trainings allow us to schedule professional development opportunities at the convenience of our faculty and staff.”
- Printable Certificate of Completion for every training
- A live webinar is an interactive online training. Participants can communicate with the presenter(s) during the event via a live chat feature.
      We will also host a “Book Tasting this semester. You will receive an invite to come over and check out CETL’s newly acquired books and additional resources available for you to check out and use. Once again welcome back and remember to take advantage of the professional development opportunities offered to you by CETL under the division of Academic Affairs.                 
Ø  Get a daily teaching tip delivered to your smart phone or tablet with the new Teaching Professor Tips app. Brief and to the point, each tip provides a nugget of wisdom regarding assignment strategies, student engagement, classroom management, instructional vitality, and much more.
 ·   CETL Commercial:  http://youtu.be/Ns1nuo6pc1Y
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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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October 2017 - No. 1

 

Homecoming Week Recaps

 
See below photo links from Homecoming and a few events likely overshadowed leading up to it.  Return for additional events as they are edited and uploaded from other sources.  Also below: Justin Vaughner (ITS) captures drone view of the early phase of the Homecoming Day Party.
 
 
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2017 Homecoming Day Party on The Quad (by Justin Vaughner)
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AN ALUMNI ARSENAL:  While AAMU was busy gearing up for Homecoming 2017, a dedicated alumni group at Redstone Arsenal was preparing, as well.  A few members of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center AAMU alumni celebrated Homecoming at work by taking an alum group photo in front for NASA MSFC j-2 Engine on September 27.     (Photo submitted by Theromiles Flowers ’07)
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Professor IAB Distinguished Fellow
 
A long-time business professor at Alabama A&M University has been recognized by a prominent organization.
 
ElikeU3.jpgDr. Uchenna Elike, a professor in AAMU’s Department of Finance and Economics, has been recognized as a fellow of the International Academy of Business (IAB).  The honored was bestowed upon Elike in September 2017 because of his contributions to IAB and the higher education profession.
 
He will formally receive the honor at the IAB conference in metropolitan Washington, D.C.  
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Ceremonial Committee to Meet
 
The Ceremonial and Special Events Committee (Dr. Pamela Arrington, chair) will meet on Tuesday, October 10, at 11 a.m. in the Academic Affairs Conference Room to discuss preparations for Fall 2017 commencement and other special events.
 
Committee members should plan to attend or send a representative.   

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CDS Has Big Plans for Career Week
 
AAMU’s Career Development Services (CDS) has planned a week-long activities as part of its annual Career Week observance.
 
The week kicked off with the three-hour (9-12) Graduate and Professional Schools Day Expo at the University of Alabama in Huntsville Fitness Center on Monday, October 2. 
 
Land O-Lakes is sponsoring an information session for students on Tuesday, October 3, at 12:30 p.m.
 
On Wednesday, October 4, Speed Networking and Employer Roundtables (Peace Corps, Land O’Lakes, etc.) are scheduled in Arthur J. Bond Hall (Engineering) and the College of Business and Public Affairs building from 4-6 p.m.
 
The annual fall Career Fair will be held on Thursday, October 5, (business attire required) at the Student Health and Wellness Center from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  LinkedIn headshots will be offered at a student photo booth from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.  Over 75 employees have registered to participate in Thursday’s Career Fair, according to Yvette Clayton, CDS director.
 
Friday, October 6, is Interview Day (by employer invitation) in the Ernest L. Knight Center from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
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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.
 
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Students Visit Campus Construction Site
 
AAMU students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Construction Management received an opportunity to witness actual construction when faculty members arranged their visit to the Turner construction site of a 580-bed residence hall facility.
 
“I commend Professors Tamara Chowdhury, Mahbub Hasan, and Aschalew Kassu for arranging this opportunity on our end, as well as Turner Construction for making it happen,” commented Dr. Chance Glenn, dean of the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences.
 
“I strongly believe this a great opportunity for the students to see first-hand a construction project in progress and hopefully answer any questions they may have,” said James D. Farley, project superintendent at Turner Construction.
 
 
Former Staffer Remembered
 
A Family Visitation period was scheduled Friday, September 29, for Mrs. Christine "Chris" Malone.  An England native, Malone was a retiree and former communications technician for Information Technology Services at Alabama A&M for several years.  The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. at Berryhill Funeral Home in Huntsville, Ala.
 
 
  
AAMU Holds Successful "Ag Week 2017"
 
The College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences (CALNS) once again coordinated a successful Ag Week observance that included informative lectures, student research presentation, an awards banquet, and a campus-wide awareness program on The Quad.  To capture scenes from the various activities, click on the links below:
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Classic Bus Requests
 
Faculty and staff are urged to submit timely bus requests by October 6 for activities connected with the annual Magic City Classic.
For additional information, contact Xantheia Watkins at BTS at (256) 372-8011.
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Preliminary Reviews Offered to Graduate Students
 
Graduate students who are completing a thesis or dissertation may contact Kiietti Walker-Parker to set a meeting for a preliminary discussion for the review of their document at kiietti.parker@aamu.edu.
 
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ODEES Sponsoring Workshop on Chinese Business Etiquette
 
The Office of Distance Education and Extended Studies and the Confucius Institute at Alabama A&M University will be holding a workshop on “Chinese Culture and Business Etiquette” on Tuesdays from October 10-31, 6-7:15 p.m.
 
The free sessions will be ideal for entrepreneurs considering business ventures in China; business owners seeking Chinese suppliers; international business students; and many others.  Among the subjects will be easy sentences in business interactions and common phrases.
 
For additional information and to register, call (256) 372-5753 or e-mail odees@aamu.edu.
 
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The World of Intramurals:  From quiet and reflective to bold and adventurous, AAMU's Intramurals Program has something for everyone.  Under the directorship of Coach Franky Smith, the program also a wealth of life-enhancing activities--from hiking and fishing to horseback riding and flag football.  For a small sample of the excitement of AAMU Intramurals, click HERE.
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AAMU Part of Major Multi-School NSF Grant 
 
Alabama A&M University is a key player in an NSF partnership comprising nine universities in Alabama and spearheaded by The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).  The project has been awarded a $20 million, five-year grant by the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).
 
The grant will fund the development of new predictive plasma-surface interaction technologies for the nation’s aerospace, manufacturing, energy, environment, and agricultural sectors. Serving as a Principal Investigator on the project is Dr. Gary Zank, director of UAH’s Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research and chair of the university’s Department of Space Science.
 
Along with UAH, the partnership includes the University of Alabama (lead: Dr. R. Branam), the University of Alabama at Birmingham (lead: Dr. Y. Vohra), Auburn University (lead: Dr. E. Thomas), Tuskegee University (lead: Dr. V. Rangari), the University of South Alabama (lead: Dr. E. Spencer), Alabama A&M University (leads: Dr. R. Mentreddy and Dr. E. Cebert), Alabama State University (lead: Dr. K. Vig), and Oakwood University (lead: Dr. A. Volkov), with additional assistance from CFD Research Corporation (lead: Dr. V. Kolobov), a computational fluid dynamics software company located in Cummings Research Park.
 
These members bring "a range of expertise in space science, laboratory plasma physics, materials, biosciences, and manufacturing to this endeavor," says Dr. Zank.
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Professor Included in Coveted Publication
 
An assistant professor in AAMU's Department of Visual, Performing and Communication Arts has been included in the Encyclopedia of Black Comics, a book written by Dr. Sheena C. Howard and released on September 15, 2017.
 
Melvin.JPGDr. Melvin L. Williams is one of 46 writers selected to contribute to this encyclopedia, which has been widely applauded by mainstream media, including the popular, American syndicated radio show The Breakfast Club.
 
Williams a chapter on Sharon De La Cruz, an artist, activist, and Fulbright scholar who uses the rebellious nature of art as a vehicle to discuss empowerment and social justice for young girls and women internationally. 

"I am both honored and humbled to be a part of this dynamic team of researchers," ommented Williams. "Together, we provided a chronicle of often-unrecognized, black voices in comic cult​ure and revealed the true depth of our people as activists, artists, editors, and writers in an industry occupied predominately by white men."
 
Williams added that by exposing black comic creators to a mainstream audience, he is hopeful the book "will inspire the next generation of black creatives" to use their joy, passion, and racial frustrations to chart new courses for people of color in both the comic industry and a larger society. 
 
The Encyclopedia of Black Comics, focuses on people of African descent who have published significant works in the United States or have worked across various aspects of the comics industry. The book focuses on creators in the field of comics: inkers, illustrators, artists, writers, editors, black comic historians, black comic convention creators, website creators, archivists and academics—as well as individuals who may not fit into any category but have made notable achievements within and/or across black comic culture.
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Hampton-Wells Scholarship for Space Camp
 
Retired AAMU professor and pyschologist Annie M. Wells is coordinating the (Lionel) Hampton-Wells Scholarship of Alabama A&M University for Space Camp. 
 
Interested students should complete an application (beginning October 15) at www.spacecamp.com/scholarships and return the application to:
 
Space Camp Committee
c/o Annie M. Wells, Ph.D.
919 Corley Drive, SE
Huntsville, AL  35802-3700
 
Potential applicants may include Alabama applicants who are students in grades 4-12.  Awards are based on (1) financial need; (2) leadership; (3) academic achievement; and (4) special needs.
 
For additional information, call (256) 881-4753.
 
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Wellness Center Offering Fall Classes
 
The Student Health & Wellness Center offers FREE swim lessons for all AAMU students – sign up for the next session today! 
 
Check out Group Fitness classes at the Wellness Center – Zumba, Water Aerobics, Yoga, Butts & Guts, Boxing, and Dance Aerobics!
 
The Wellness Center also offers group swim lessons for ages 3 and up! Call or come inside for details! (256) 372-7000.
 
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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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ALABAMA A&M FOOTBALL 2017 HOME SCHEDULE | Games played at Louis Crews Stadium 
SEPTEMBER 23 vs. Texas Southern (Louis Crews Football Classic | 6pm
SEPTEMBER 30 vs. Arkansas Pine Bluff (Homecoming) | 2pm
OCTOBER 14 l vs. Mississippi Valley State | 1pm
NOVEMBER 11 vs. Jackson State | 1pm
NOVEMBER 18 vs. Kentucky State | 1pm
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AAMU Offers Professional Development Opportunities
 
Welcome back Bulldog family.  CETL has planned a semester full of  Professional Development opportunities for faculty and staff. This semester CETL will offer 3 easy ways to receive Professional Development. It is as easy as ABC.
-        A different 20 minute session available every week to view online
-        A Registration also available through the AAMU Calendar
-        Available anytime, anywhere you have access to a variety of topics to view at your desktop, laptop, and any other electronic device.
- Go2Knowledge meets the professional development needs of busy and distracted educators. The trainings provide a customized, straight-forward, and easy way for our college faculty and staff to find webinars of importance to them. The Go2Knowledge trainings allow us to schedule professional development opportunities at the convenience of our faculty and staff.”
- Printable Certificate of Completion for every training
- A live webinar is an interactive online training. Participants can communicate with the presenter(s) during the event via a live chat feature.
      We will also host a “Book Tasting this semester. You will receive an invite to come over and check out CETL’s newly acquired books and additional resources available for you to check out and use. Once again welcome back and remember to take advantage of the professional development opportunities offered to you by CETL under the division of Academic Affairs.                 
Ø  Get a daily teaching tip delivered to your smart phone or tablet with the new Teaching Professor Tips app. Brief and to the point, each tip provides a nugget of wisdom regarding assignment strategies, student engagement, classroom management, instructional vitality, and much more.
 ·   CETL Commercial:  http://youtu.be/Ns1nuo6pc1Y
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September 2017 - No. 4

 
 
(See Latest Homecoming Schedule Below)
  
AAMU Holds Successful "Ag Week 2017"
 
The College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences (CALNS) once again coordinated a successful Ag Week observance that included informative lectures, student research presentation, an awards banquet, and a campus-wide awareness program on The Quad.  To capture scenes from the various activities, click on the links below:
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BE THE MATCH:  About a hundred people, comprised of student organizations, administrators and staff, participated in the Be The Match Walk/Run on Monday, September 25, at Legacy Lake.  The event was coordinated by First Lady Abbiegail Hugine.  Above, Monica Clarke (r) of the Freshman Academy handles the morning's registration.  Students and other members of the campus community will be able to participate in Be The Match registration efforts during Homecoming Week.   PHOTOS   
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AAMU a Best Value HBCU Graduate School (No. 2)
 
Alabama A&M University has been identified as one of the best value
historically black graduate schools in our recent ranking. The ranking
considered quality of course curriculum as it relates to the job market,
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Alabama A&M University was ranked #2. Bestvalueschools.com editors noted that this is one of the best values for historically black graduate schools in the country.

The ranking and a high resolution badge can be found here:
http://www.bestvalueschools.com/rankings/hbcu-grad-schools/

Best Value School’s mission is to help students find the best school to
fit their needs.
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Classic Bus Requests
 
Faculty and staff are urged to submit timely bus requests by October 6 for activities connected with the annual Magic City Classic.
For additional information, contact Xantheia Watkins at BTS at (256) 372-8011.
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New Stadium Tradition Targets Freshmen
 
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The Freshman Class of 2021 became part of a brand new tradition at Alabama A&M University when its members participated in a RUN THE FIELD event at the Louis Crews Classic on Saturday, September 24. 
 
The students ran onto the field at 5:48 p.m., just prior to the kickoff of the Bulldogs’ contest against the Tigers of Texas Southern.   The freshmen took part in a mandatory 4 p.m. pre-show practice with the Marching Maroon & White Band on Thursday, September 21, behind the Frank Lewis Gymnasium.

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VICTORIOUS:  The AAMU Bulldogs pulled off a mighty win against the Tigers of Texas Southern University, beating the SWAC, Houston-based gridiron squad 30-13 in Louis Crews Classic.   PHOTOS by J. Saintjones
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AAMU Welcomes Fellows from Ethiopia
 
The opening session of the Cochran Program for Ethiopia–Farm Management was held Monday, September 25, in the ARC Audiorium.  PHOTOS
 
The event served as an official welcome for the three fellows from Ethiopia to the U.S. and to introduce them to Alabama A&M University. 
 
The activity was also the beginning of a two-week training program that is funded by a USDA grant. The goal of the program is to encourage efficient farm management in Ethiopia based on U.S. practices in an effort to facilitate future trade opportunities with the U.S.​
 
Pictured:  First Row (from Ethiopia):  Ayele Gebreamlak Aytenfisu, director, commission and contracting farming; Esyas Mengistu Adella, farm manager; and Elias Gezahegn Woldu, assistant general manager.  Back Row:  Dr. Gamal Abdrahim, AAMU professor of animal nutrition and metabolism, and Dr. James O. Bukenya, AAMU professor of resource economics and director of research compliance.
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Wellness Center
5:30-7:30 p.m.
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Preliminary Reviews Offered to Graduate Students
 
Graduate students who are completing a thesis or dissertation may contact Kiietti Walker-Parker to set a meeting for a preliminary discussion for the review of their document at kiietti.parker@aamu.edu.
 
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ODEES Sponsoring Workshop on Chinese Business Etiquette
 
The Office of Distance Education and Extended Studies and the Confucius Institute at Alabama A&M University will be holding a workshop on “Chinese Culture and Business Etiquette” on Tuesdays from October 10-31, 6-7:15 p.m.
 
The free sessions will be ideal for entrepreneurs considering business ventures in China; business owners seeking Chinese suppliers; international business students; and many others.  Among the subjects will be easy sentences in business interactions and common phrases.
 
For additional information and to register, call (256) 372-5753 or e-mail odees@aamu.edu.
 
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Engineering Dean’s Speaker Series Begins
 
The first presentation of the Dean’s Speaker Series for the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences will be held Thursday, September 28, in Arthur J. Bond Hall at 12:30 p.m.
 
SandyMargot.jpgThe keynote speaker is Margot Sandy, author of “If You Build It, Life Will Come.”  Sandy is currently traveling the world while running an entrepreneurial enterprise— In The Now, LLC—with a focus on engineering consulting (www.margotsandy.com), mentoring  students with the next steps in their careers (www.whatdoidoaftercollege.com) and public speaking.
 
In her travels, she has also developed business workshops for refugees and migrants in Malta; started a weekly program (Africa Entrepreneur Talks) with a group of young entrepreneurs in Nigeria; and  currently serves with the International Federation of Investors Association Women’s Network Board, where she reviews and guides university students in their product creations.
 
The Dean's Speaker Series is an ongoing event hosted every last Thursday in the month by the College of Engineering, Technology, and Physical Sciences. It is an opportunity for the greater Huntsville community to come together on the AAMU campus to share ideas, lessons, and presentations from speakers from around the region.
 
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The World of Intramurals:  From quiet and reflective to bold and adventurous, AAMU's Intramurals Program has something for everyone.  Under the directorship of Coach Franky Smith, the program also a wealth of life-enhancing activities--from hiking and fishing to horseback riding and flag football.  For a small sample of the excitement of AAMU Intramurals, click HERE.
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English Meet and Greet Thursday
 
The AAMU English Department will hold its English Major Meet and Greet Event Thursday, September 28, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Learning Resources Center Multipurpose Room.  All AAMU current and prospective English majors are cordially invited to attend.
The gathering will include food, drink, fun and "making our English majors feel at home." There will also be a brief presentation and poetry reading.  Students are encouraged to bring a favorite short poem or prose to read aloud.
 
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Homecoming Day Party Parking Procedures
 
The Homecoming Day Party featuring Lalah Hathaway will be held on The Quad at 4 p.m. on Friday, September 29.   All students will follow regular parking protocol and park at Patton Hall and Commuter Parking.
 
However, alumni and visitors must enter the campus through the SIS Main Gate (Chase Road Entrance) and park in the lot next to College of Business and Public Affairs Building/Clyde Foster Auditorium.
 
Do not park in reserved spaces. 
 
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AAMU Grad's Likeness Featured in NY's Grand Central Station 
 
During the month of September, General Electric used the ceiling of New York City’s Grand Central Station as a canvas to showcase the innovative 
accomplishments of women in STEM disciplines. Featured among its picks
were AAMU's Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green, assistant professor at Morehouse School of Medicine, whose research in cancer treatment is taking a new approach to curing the disease. 
 
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The Grand Central Station project uses 32 projectors to turn famous constellations into portrayals of innovative women in the field of science.  It went live September 19-21. The team behind the project created a 3-D model of the ceiling based on a laser scan of the surface. After mapping the scan, they were able to create a projection image that will fill the space precisely. More than 750,000 people who pass through the station every day will see the meaningful and spectacular projections.
 
GreenHadiyahNicole.jpgGreen’s research combines physics and biology to specifically target cancer in a patient. By using nanoparticles, Green is able to isolate, identify and eliminate cancer cells. The nanoparticles are injected into the patient and find their way to the cancer in the affected areas of the body. The nanoparticles cause the cancer to glow when viewed through imaging equipment, helping physicians identify and treat it.
 
Using laser-focused radiation to heat the nanoparticles, it is possible to destroy the cancerous cells from within. This method has been explored in the past, but Green’s background in physics allowed her to perfect some of the challenges that arose with previous attempts. Green’s research has already seen success in mice and other animals.
 
She is the founder of the Ora Lee Smith Cancer Research Foundation; its mission is to change the way cancer is treated and reduce human suffering by providing cancer care that is accessible, affordable and effective.
- Excerpted from UAB Release
 
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AAMU Part of Major Multi-School NSF Grant 
 
Alabama A&M University is a key player in an NSF partnership comprising nine universities in Alabama and spearheaded by The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).  The project has been awarded a $20 million, five-year grant by the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).
 
The grant will fund the development of new predictive plasma-surface interaction technologies for the nation’s aerospace, manufacturing, energy, environment, and agricultural sectors. Serving as a Principal Investigator on the project is Dr. Gary Zank, director of UAH’s Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research and chair of the university’s Department of Space Science.
 
Along with UAH, the partnership includes the University of Alabama (lead: Dr. R. Branam), the University of Alabama at Birmingham (lead: Dr. Y. Vohra), Auburn University (lead: Dr. E. Thomas), Tuskegee University (lead: Dr. V. Rangari), the University of South Alabama (lead: Dr. E. Spencer), Alabama A&M University (leads: Dr. R. Mentreddy and Dr. E. Cebert), Alabama State University (lead: Dr. K. Vig), and Oakwood University (lead: Dr. A. Volkov), with additional assistance from CFD Research Corporation (lead: Dr. V. Kolobov), a computational fluid dynamics software company located in Cummings Research Park.
 
These members bring "a range of expertise in space science, laboratory plasma physics, materials, biosciences, and manufacturing to this endeavor," says Dr. Zank.
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Professor Included in Coveted Publication
 
 
An assistant professor in AAMU's Department of Visual, Performing and Communication Arts has been included in the Encyclopedia of Black Comics, a book written by Dr. Sheena C. Howard and released on September 15, 2017.
 
Melvin.JPGDr. Melvin L. Williams is one of 46 writers selected to contribute to this encyclopedia, which has been widely applauded by mainstream media, including the popular, American syndicated radio show The Breakfast Club.
 
Williams a chapter on Sharon De La Cruz, an artist, activist, and Fulbright scholar who uses the rebellious nature of art as a vehicle to discuss empowerment and social justice for young girls and women internationally. 

"I am both honored and humbled to be a part of this dynamic team of researchers," ommented Williams. "Together, we provided a chronicle of often-unrecognized, black voices in comic cult​ure and revealed the true depth of our people as activists, artists, editors, and writers in an industry occupied predominately by white men."
 
Williams added that by exposing black comic creators to a mainstream audience, he is hopeful the book "will inspire the next generation of black creatives" to use their joy, passion, and racial frustrations to chart new courses for people of color in both the comic industry and a larger society. 
 
The Encyclopedia of Black Comics, focuses on people of African descent who have published significant works in the United States or have worked across various aspects of the comics industry. The book focuses on creators in the field of comics: inkers, illustrators, artists, writers, editors, black comic historians, black comic convention creators, website creators, archivists and academics—as well as individuals who may not fit into any category but have made notable achievements within and/or across black comic culture.
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Trustee Placed Among Distinguished Alabama Women
 
Alabama A&M University Trustee Ginger Harper will be among the honorees for the 2017 Women Who Shape the State.
 
Harper serves as Senior Vice President, Private Banking & Retail Market Manager for IBERIABANK in Huntsville, Alabama. In her role, she is responsible for lending, investment strategies, trust and financial planning for the Huntsville G_Harper-IBERIA-Small-Latest.jpg
market. With over 16 years of experience, Ginger focuses on providing comprehensive financial solutions and offers unparalleled service to high net worth clients as well as leading the Bank’s retail franchise in Huntsville.
 
"Trustee Harper provides, not only invaluable service to Alabama A&M University as a member of the Board, but she is actively involved in a number of community service organizations and initiatives," said Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr., AAMU president.  "On behalf of the University, we extend congratulations to Trustee Harper on this well-deserved recognition."
 
On the AAMU Board, Harper chairs the Athletics Committee.
 
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AAMU Alum Makes The Root 100 List
 
AAMU alumnus and Alabama State Representative and Minority Leader Anthony Daniels has made one of the nation's most prominent lists for African Americans.
 
DanielsAnthonyRoot100.jpgThe Root 100 is an annual list of the most influential African Americans, ages 25 to 45. Formed by TheRoot.com, the list honors innovators, leaders, public figures and game changers whose work from the past year is breaking down barriers and paving the way for the next generation.
 
According to the site, the 2017 list of honorees are "a reminder of the beauty and brilliance of blackness, at a time when the political and cultural landscape has grown even more hostile to the idea of black achievement."
 
Less than three years after being elected to the state's House of Representatives in 2014, the AAMU alumnus was chosen to lead his caucus as the minority leader in 2017, making him the youngest, and first African American, to do so.
 
Rep. Daniels jons a list that includes such notables as Beyonce, "Get Out" director Jordan Peele, Colin Kaepernick and many others.
 
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AAMU Homecoming Parade Deadline Nears
 
     NOTICE:  Registration for the 2017 is open until 27 September 2017. Registration for the 2017 Homecoming Parade is available online on the AAMU web site.  Organizations interested in participating in this year’s Parade, can register online at www.aamu.edu, click on Homecoming Parade, email the application to homecoming.parade@aamu.edu , or fax to (256) 372-5637. The Deadline for registration is Wednesday, September 27.  Additional information concerning the parade, i.e. Line-up Location, Parade Route and Parade Guidelines can also be found on AAMU website.
     The Theme for the 2017 Homecoming is: “24 KARAT GOLD ON THE HILL” 
     The 2017 Homecoming Parade is scheduled for Saturday, September 30. The Parade will be held Downtown Huntsville. The line-up area is LOT-K, located on the corner of Woodson Street and Clinton Avenue.   Line-up for the parade begins at 7 a.m.   The Parade will begin at 9 a.m.  Please review Guidelines and Instructions located on AAMU webpage.
     The Campus Parade will be held on Friday, September 29.  Line-up is 10 a.m. the Parade starts at 11 a.m. Line-up location is the Morrison Building Parking Lot.  No registration is required for the campus parade.    All campus organizations are encouraged to participate.   Please review Guidelines and Instructions on AAMU website.
 
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Hampton-Wells Scholarship for Space Camp
 
Retired AAMU professor and pyschologist Annie M. Wells is coordinating the (Lionel) Hampton-Wells Scholarship of Alabama A&M University for Space Camp. 
 
Interested students should complete an application (beginning October 15) at www.spacecamp.com/scholarships and return the application to:
 
Space Camp Committee
c/o Annie M. Wells, Ph.D.
919 Corley Drive, SE
Huntsville, AL  35802-3700
 
Potential applicants may include Alabama applicants who are students in grades 4-12.  Awards are based on (1) financial need; (2) leadership; (3) academic achievement; and (4) special needs.
 
For additional information, call (256) 881-4753.
 
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Wellness Center Offering Fall Classes
 
The Student Health & Wellness Center offers FREE swim lessons for all AAMU students – sign up for the next session today! 
 
Check out Group Fitness classes at the Wellness Center – Zumba, Water Aerobics, Yoga, Butts & Guts, Boxing, and Dance Aerobics!
 
The Wellness Center also offers group swim lessons for ages 3 and up! Call or come inside for details! (256) 372-7000.
 
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Sorority’s Toiletry Drive for Houston Victims to Run Through September
 
The Delta Delta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., is providing assistance to the victims of Hurricane Harvey through a toiletry drive scheduled to run throughout September. All items will be donated directly to organizations assembled for the disaster relief.  The drop-off point is the Ralph Lee Student Center from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  For additional information, contact jclark26@bulldogs.aamu.edu.
 
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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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Homecoming 2017 Schedule

  
 
 
Saturday, September 23
 
Homecoming Kick-off Party
Wear Your Maroon and White
9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. | Quad
Admission: Free
 
 
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Sunday, September 24
 
Gospel Explosion
Featuring The Walls Group and Local Gospel Choirs
6 p.m. | Elmore Gym
Admission: Free
 
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Monday, September 25
BE THE MATCH Awareness Walk/Run
Legacy Lake - 6 a.m.
 
All White Day Party
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Quad
Admission: Free
 
Fashion Show
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Elmore Gym
Admission: Free
 
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Tuesday, September 26
BE THE MATCH Registration
Sponsors:  AAMU, The Links
AAMU Wellness Center, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
 
 
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AAMU CARES Series
"Race, Social Justice and the Industry"
Featuring:
Entrepreneur Susan Taylor (Former Editor of Essence Magazine)
Author Terri McMillan ("Waiting to Exhale") 
Actress Tasha Smith ("For Better or Worse")
Knight Center, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
 
Talent Show
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Elmore Gym
Admission: Free
 
Bulldog Birthday Bash
10:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. | Elmore Gym
Admission: Free (For AAMU Students Only)
 
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Wednesday, September 27
 
 
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Bulldog Apprectiation Day
2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Quad
Admission: Free
 
BE THE MATCH/Bone Marrow Drive
The Quad - 12-2:30 p.m.
 
Rave (Glow in the Dark Party)
7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. | Elmore Gym  
Admission: Free
Maroon divider
 
Thursday, September 28
 
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Mason's Wreath-Laying Ceremony
11:00 a.m. | The Block
Admission: Free
 
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Masons Will Conduct Ceremony to Honor AAMU’s Founder
 
Over 60 Prince Hall Masons, many alumni of Alabama A&M University, will participate in an 11 a.m. Wreath Laying Ceremony on Thursday, September 28, on “The Block” to commemorate Dr. William Hooper Councill, the founder of the University.  The solemn ceremony will include a short march to Councill’s gravesite, followed by prayer, a reading by the Grand Historian and Public Grand Honors to include the Laying of the Wreath.  
 
The entire University Family, community as well as all area Prince Hall Masons are invited to attend the ceremony.  Members also are expected to present a $5,000 scholarship check to Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr., president of Alabama A&M University.
  
 
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Door Decor Contest Judging
All Day 
Admission: N/A
Maroon divider
 

Friday, September 29

 
Alumni Golf Tournament
8:00 am | Colonial Golf Course
Contact: Taylor Byrd, Jr. 256-565-0212
 
On-Campus Parade
11:00 am
 
Homecoming Pep Rally
12:00 p.m. | Quad
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Throw-Back Concert
Lalah Hathaway
4:00 p.m. | Quad
Admission: Free
 
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Alumni Throwback Party
 
Admission: Advance Tickets $30 | $35 At the Door
Marriott Space & Rocket Center
5 Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL
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NPHC Step Show
7:00 p.m. | Elmore Gym
Admission: Free
Maroon divider

Saturday, September 30

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Off-Campus Parade
7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Downtown Huntsville
 
Alumni Association “Big Tent Tailgate”
12:00 p.m. | Front of Louis Crew Stadium
Contact: Erica McClain 256-679-5634
Admission: $10 (Free for paid Alumni members)
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2017 Homecoming Game
Game Time 2:00 p.m. | AAMU vs UAPB
 
 

Student Concert
Gucci Mane
7:00 p.m. | Von Braun Civic Center
Admission: Students $10 with AAMU student ID
General Admission: $35
Tickets available through Ticketmaster
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*In case of rain, all campus events will be held in Elmore Gym
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Season Tickets
 
ALABAMA A&M FOOTBALL 2017 HOME SCHEDULE | Games played at Louis Crews Stadium 
SEPTEMBER 23 vs. Texas Southern (Louis Crews Football Classic | 6pm
SEPTEMBER 30 vs. Arkansas Pine Bluff (Homecoming) | 2pm
OCTOBER 14 l vs. Mississippi Valley State | 1pm
NOVEMBER 11 vs. Jackson State | 1pm
NOVEMBER 18 vs. Kentucky State | 1pm
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September 2017 - No. 3

 
Trustee Placed Among Distinguished Alabama Women
 
Alabama A&M University Trustee Ginger Harper will be among the honorees for the 2017 Women Who Shape the State.
 
Harper serves as Senior Vice President, Private Banking & Retail Market Manager for IBERIABANK in Huntsville, Alabama. In her role, she is responsible for lending, investment strategies, trust and financial planning for the Huntsville G_Harper-IBERIA-Small-Latest.jpg
market. With over 16 years of experience, Ginger focuses on providing comprehensive financial solutions and offers unparalleled service to high net worth clients as well as leading the Bank’s retail franchise in Huntsville.
 
"Trustee Harper provides, not only invaluable service to Alabama A&M University as a member of the Board, but she is actively involved in a number of community service organizations and initiatives," said Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr., AAMU president.  "On behalf of the University, we extend congratulations to Trustee Harper on this well-deserved recognition."
 
On the AAMU Board, Harper chairs the Athletics Committee.
 
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AAMU Alum Makes The Root 100 List
 
AAMU alumnus and Alabama State Representative and Minority Leader Anthony Daniels has made one of the nation's most prominent lists for African Americans.
 
DanielsAnthonyRoot100.jpgThe Root 100 is an annual list of the most influential African Americans, ages 25 to 45. Formed by TheRoot.com, the list honors innovators, leaders, public figures and game changers whose work from the past year is breaking down barriers and paving the way for the next generation.
 
According to the site, the 2017 list of honorees are "a reminder of the beauty and brilliance of blackness, at a time when the political and cultural landscape has grown even more hostile to the idea of black achievement."
 
Less than three years after being elected to the state's House of Representatives in 2014, the AAMU alumnus was chosen to lead his caucus as the minority leader in 2017, making him the youngest, and first African American, to do so.
 
Rep. Daniels jons a list that includes such notables as Beyonce, "Get Out" director Jordan Peele, Colin Kaepernick and many others.
 
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AAMU Student Athletes Give Big:  The AAMU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee held a healthy competition between athletic teams to collect donations for Hurricane victims in Florida. Students collected water, non-perishable goods, toiletries and more! Victory World Outreach, a church in Huntsville, will drive to Miami to deliver the donations later this week. (Photo and Text by Debra Daniel)
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CALNS Plans Ag Week
 
The College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences (CALNS) is celebrating is annual “AG Week” from September 19-22.
 
Schedule of Activities
 
September 19—Tuesday@ 9:30 a.m., Motivational Lecture
Dawson Building Auditorium
 
September 20—Wednesday@ 9:00 a.m., Student Research Presentations
Dawson Auditorium
 
September 21—Thursday@ 6:30 p.m., Semi-Formal Banquet
Ernest Knight Reception Center
Tickets: Adults- $35 / Students - $15
 
September 22—Friday@ 11:00—2:00 p.m., Quad Exhibit
AAMU Quad (Dawson Building – rain location)
 
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Professor Receives Travel Grant 
 
Dr. Jacob Oluwoye of Alabama A&M University's Department of Community and Regional Planning will attend the 2017 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, thanks to a grant from the American Society for Microbiology.
 
The conference will be held November 1-4 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Ariz. As an award recipient, Oluwoye will participate in all conference activities and complete judging duties assigned to him.
 
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Habitat Kickoff Sept. 19
 
The kickoff program for campus Habitat for Humanity efforts will be Tuesday, September 19, on The Quad at 12 p.m.
 
AAMU invites you to the Quad at noon tomorrow, September 19, as students kickoff a campaign with Habitat for Humanity.
 
Students will hold fundraising events throughout the year. Raising $30,000 will allow them to build a home for a local family!
There will be a DJ and plenty of fun! AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr., and SGA President Julian Griffith-Battle will also speak.
 
For additional information, contact Monica Clarke, service and learning coordinator, Freshman Academy, at (256) 372-4710.
 
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AAMU Homecoming Parade Deadline Nears
 
     NOTICE:  Registration for the 2017 is open until 27 September 2017. Registration for the 2017 Homecoming Parade is available online on the AAMU web site.  Organizations interested in participating in this year’s Parade, can register online at www.aamu.edu, click on Homecoming Parade, email the application to homecoming.parade@aamu.edu , or fax to (256) 372-5637. The Deadline for registration is Wednesday, September 27.  Additional information concerning the parade, i.e. Line-up Location, Parade Route and Parade Guidelines can also be found on AAMU website.
     The Theme for the 2017 Homecoming is: “24 KARAT GOLD ON THE HILL” 
     The 2017 Homecoming Parade is scheduled for Saturday, September 30. The Parade will be held Downtown Huntsville. The line-up area is LOT-K, located on the corner of Woodson Street and Clinton Avenue.   Line-up for the parade begins at 7 a.m.   The Parade will begin at 9 a.m.  Please review Guidelines and Instructions located on AAMU webpage.
     The Campus Parade will be held on Friday, September 29.  Line-up is 10 a.m. the Parade starts at 11 a.m. Line-up location is the Morrison Building Parking Lot.  No registration is required for the campus parade.    All campus organizations are encouraged to participate.   Please review Guidelines and Instructions on AAMU website.
 
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AAMU Family Urged to Join St. Jude Walk/Run
 
The entire AAMU community is being invited to take part in the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer.  The event is scheduled Saturday, September 23, at Mount Zion Baptist Church on 228 Mt. Zion Road in Madison, Ala., from 8 a.m.-12 noon.   Complete FORM
 
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and students, faculty, staff and organizations from “The Hill” are encouraged to form teams and to sign up for the fundraiser.   The campus participation goal is a minimum of 250 persons, says coordinator Monica Clarke.  
 
Clarke adds that all campus teams should begin with “AAMU” to allow organizers to track the University’s participation.  For instance, cheerleaders would sign up as “AAMUCheerleaders” and the Family and Consumer Sciences Club could sign up as “AAMUFCS.”
 
The activity at Mt. Zion is just one of several across the nation that are being formed to raise funds and awareness.  The funds raised also help to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Because of its ongoing widespread support, the hospital provides children needed treatment and offers housing and food to family members throughout their child’s hospitalization—all without cost.
 
To coordinate AAMU’s participation, prospective team captains and other interested individuals should contact monica.clarke@aamu.edu or deitra.bone@aamu.edu to start the process.  For more information, call (256) 372-4710.  Click to complete FORM.
 
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Hampton-Wells Scholarship for Space Camp
 
Retired AAMU professor and pyschologist Annie M. Wells is coordinating the (Lionel) Hampton-Wells Scholarship of Alabama A&M University for Space Camp. 
 
Interested students should complete an application (beginning October 15) at www.spacecamp.com/scholarships and return the application to:
 
Space Camp Committee
c/o Annie M. Wells, Ph.D.
919 Corley Drive, SE
Huntsville, AL  35802-3700
 
Potential applicants may include Alabama applicants who are students in grades 4-12.  Awards are based on (1) financial need; (2) leadership; (3) academic achievement; and (4) special needs.
 
For additional information, call (256) 881-4753.
 
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Wellness Center Offering Fall Classes
 
The Student Health & Wellness Center offers FREE swim lessons for all AAMU students – sign up for the next session today! 
 
Check out Group Fitness classes at the Wellness Center – Zumba, Water Aerobics, Yoga, Butts & Guts, Boxing, and Dance Aerobics!
 
The Wellness Center also offers group swim lessons for ages 3 and up! Call or come inside for details! (256) 372-7000.
 
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Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Holding Interest Meeting
 
There will be another Open Study for the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge 
(HCASC). HCASC is the ultimate HBCU quiz bowl competition. Alabama A&M University has advanced to the national competition in California for the past 22 years. Let's make it 23! 
 
Interested? Come out and participate in a mock quiz bowl competition and various map games. We are looking for possible contenders to vie for a spot on the national team. Bring your brain and a buddy! 

Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) Interest Meeting
Alabama A&M University
Library Multipurpose Room
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Light refreshments provided
 
E-mail the HCASC Coordinator/Coach, Mrs. Carla Draper Holloway at carla.holloway@aamu.edu or call (256) 372-5385 for further information. ​​​​​​
    
 
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Sorority’s Toiletry Drive for Houston Victims to Run Through September
 
The Delta Delta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., is providing assistance to the victims of Hurricane Harvey through a toiletry drive scheduled to run throughout September. All items will be donated directly to organizations assembled for the disaster relief.  The drop-off point is the Ralph Lee Student Center from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  For additional information, contact jclark26@bulldogs.aamu.edu.
 
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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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Homecoming 2017 Schedule

 
 
 
Saturday, September 23
 
Homecoming Kick-off Party
Wear Your Maroon and White
9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. | Quad
Admission: Free
 
 
Maroon divider
 
 
 
Sunday, September 24
 
Gospel Explosion
Featuring The Walls Group and Local Gospel Choirs
6 p.m. | Elmore Gym
Admission: Free
 
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Monday, September 25
BE THE MATCH Awareness Walk/Run
Legacy Lake - 6 a.m.
 
All White Day Party
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Quad
Admission: Free
 
Fashion Show
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Elmore Gym
Admission: Free
 
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Tuesday, September 26
BE THE MATCH Registration
Sponsors:  AAMU, The Links
AAMU Wellness Center, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
 
AAMU CARES Series
"Race, Social Justice and the Industry"
Featuring:
Entrepreneur Susan Taylor (Former Editor of Essence Magazine)
Author Terri McMillan ("Waiting to Exhale") 
Actress Tasha Smith ("For Better or Worse")
Knight Center, 12-2 p.m.
Admission: Free
 
Talent Show
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Elmore Gym
Admission: Free
 
Bulldog Birthday Bash
10:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. | Elmore Gym
Admission: Free (For AAMU Students Only)
 
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Wednesday, September 27
Bulldog Apprectiation Day
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Quad
Admission: Free
 
BE THE MATCH/Bone Marrow Drive
The Quad - 12-2:30 p.m.
 
Rave (Glow in the Dark Party)
7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. | Elmore Gym  
Admission: Free
Maroon divider
 
Thursday, September 28
Educational Series
[ Speaker TBA ]
[ Time and Location TBA ]
Admission: Free
 
 
Mason's Wreath-Laying Ceremony
11:00 a.m. | The Block
Admission: Free
 
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Masons Will Conduct Ceremony to Honor AAMU’s Founder
 
Over 60 Prince Hall Masons, many alumni of Alabama A&M University, will participate in an 11 a.m. Wreath Laying Ceremony on Thursday, September 28, on “The Block” to commemorate Dr. William Hooper Councill, the founder of the University.  The solemn ceremony will include a short march to Councill’s gravesite, followed by prayer, a reading by the Grand Historian and Public Grand Honors to include the Laying of the Wreath.  
 
The entire University Family, community as well as all area Prince Hall Masons are invited to attend the ceremony.  Members also are expected to present a $5,000 scholarship check to Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr., president of Alabama A&M University.
  
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Door Decor Contest Judging
All Day 
Admission: N/A
Maroon divider
 

Friday, September 29

 
Alumni Golf Tournament
8:00 am | Colonial Golf Course
Contact: Taylor Byrd, Jr. 256-565-0212
 
On-Campus Parade
11:00 am
 
Homecoming Pep Rally
12:00 p.m. | Quad
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Throw-Back Concert
Lalah Hathaway
4:00 p.m. | Quad
Admission: Free
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Alumni Throwback Party
Admission: Advance Tickets $30 | $35 At the Door
Marriott Space & Rocket Center
5 Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL
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NPHC Step Show
7:00 p.m. | Elmore Gym
Admission: Free
Maroon divider

Saturday, September 30

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Off-Campus Parade
7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Downtown Huntsville
 
Alumni Association “Big Tent Tailgate”
12:00 p.m. | Front of Louis Crew Stadium
Contact: Erica McClain 256-679-5634
Admission: $10 (Free for paid Alumni members)
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2017 Homecoming Game
Game Time 2:00 p.m. | AAMU vs UAPB
 
 

Student Concert
Gucci Mane
7:00 p.m. | Von Braun Civic Center
Admission: Students $10 with AAMU student ID
General Admission: $35
Tickets available through Ticketmaster
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*In case of rain, all campus events will be held in Elmore Gym
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Season Tickets
 
ALABAMA A&M FOOTBALL 2017 HOME SCHEDULE | Games played at Louis Crews Stadium 
SEPTEMBER 23 vs. Texas Southern (Louis Crews Football Classic | 6pm
SEPTEMBER 30 vs. Arkansas Pine Bluff (Homecoming) | 2pm
OCTOBER 14 l vs. Mississippi Valley State | 1pm
NOVEMBER 11 vs. Jackson State | 1pm
NOVEMBER 18 vs. Kentucky State | 1pm
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AAMU Offers Professional Development Opportunities
 
Welcome back Bulldog family.  CETL has planned a semester full of  Professional Development opportunities for faculty and staff. This semester CETL will offer 3 easy ways to receive Professional Development. It is as easy as ABC.
-        A different 20 minute session available every week to view online
-        A Registration also available through the AAMU Calendar
-        Available anytime, anywhere you have access to a variety of topics to view at your desktop, laptop, and any other electronic device.
- Go2Knowledge meets the professional development needs of busy and distracted educators. The trainings provide a customized, straight-forward, and easy way for our college faculty and staff to find webinars of importance to them. The Go2Knowledge trainings allow us to schedule professional development opportunities at the convenience of our faculty and staff.”
- Printable Certificate of Completion for every training
- A live webinar is an interactive online training. Participants can communicate with the presenter(s) during the event via a live chat feature.
      We will also host a “Book Tasting this semester. You will receive an invite to come over and check out CETL’s newly acquired books and additional resources available for you to check out and use. Once again welcome back and remember to take advantage of the professional development opportunities offered to you by CETL under the division of Academic Affairs.                 
Ø  Get a daily teaching tip delivered to your smart phone or tablet with the new Teaching Professor Tips app. Brief and to the point, each tip provides a nugget of wisdom regarding assignment strategies, student engagement, classroom management, instructional vitality, and much more.
 ·   CETL Commercial:  http://youtu.be/Ns1nuo6pc1Y
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September 2017 - No. 2

 
Chinese Art Work on Display
 
CI4.jpgThe Alabama A&M University Family and the general public are invited to "Chinese Calligraphy and Painting: A Window to Know China" at the AAMU Art Gallery, located in the R.D. Morrison Fine Arts Building, September 11-16, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
 
The teaching and exhibition of Chinese calligraphy and painting by Chinese artists Daiping Xiong and Jin Wei is being sponsored by the Confucius Institute at AAMU. 
 
An opening reception has been set for TUESDAY, September 12, at 5:30 p.m. 
 
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Professor Receives Travel Grant 
 
Dr. Jacob Oluwoye of Alabama A&M University's Department of Community and Regional Planning will attend the 2017 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, thanks to a grant from the American Society for Microbiology.
 
The conference will be held November 1-4 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Ariz. As an award recipient, Oluwoye will participate in all conference activities and complete judging duties assigned to him.
 
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MISS AAMU 2017:  The Coronation for Miss Aliyah S. Riley, Miss Alabama A&M University 2017-18, was held Friday, September 8, in the T.M. Elmore Building, replete with song, dance and gifts in tribute to the queen.  See PHOTOS (J. Saintjones)
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Sigma Gamma Rho!  Sigma Gamma Rho, Inc. Southeastern Region held an Alabama area meeting on the campus of Alabama A&M University in the Clyde Foster Auditorium on Saturday, September 9.  The women were greeted by First Lady Abbiegail Hugine and ably hosted by local chapters.  For more, click SIGMA GAMMA RHO (by J. Saintjones).
 
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INSIDE HUNTSVILLE:  First Lady Abbiegail Hugine was interviewed by the City of Huntsville's Brenda Martin as part of the "Inside Huntsville" broadcast.  The program is a communication tool sponsored by the City of Huntsville.  The interview took place at the campus' Legacy Lake on Monday, September 11.  For more photos, click FIRST LADY (by J. Saintjones)
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BASEBALL TEAM VOLUNTEERISM:  The AAMU Baseball Team, led by Coach Manuel Lora, played an active role in the Alzheimer's Walk held at the Huntsville Botanical Garden Saturday, September 9.  Click ALZHEIMERS (Contributed by Morgan Saintjones)
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Habitat Kickoff Sept. 19
 
The kickoff program for campus Habitat for Humanity efforts will be Tuesday, September 19, on The Quad at 12:30 p.m.
 
For additional information, contact Monica Clarke, service and learning coordinator, Freshman Academy, at (256) 372-4710.
 
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HONORABLE:  Members of the AAMU Honors Program, facilitated Saturday by Carla Holloway, participated in a campus clean-up day held September 9.  The group was only one organization among several volunteering to uphold campus beauification efforts coordinated by the Bulldog Pride Committee via alumnus Langdon Conaway.  PHOTOS
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AAMU Family Urged to Join St. Jude Walk/Run
 
The entire AAMU community is being invited to take part in the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer.  The event is scheduled Saturday, September 23, at Mount Zion Baptist Church on 228 Mt. Zion Road in Madison, Ala., from 8 a.m.-12 noon.   Complete FORM
 
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and students, faculty, staff and organizations from “The Hill” are encouraged to form teams and to sign up for the fundraiser.   The campus participation goal is a minimum of 250 persons, says coordinator Monica Clarke.  
 
Clarke adds that all campus teams should begin with “AAMU” to allow organizers to track the University’s participation.  For instance, cheerleaders would sign up as “AAMUCheerleaders” and the Family and Consumer Sciences Club could sign up as “AAMUFCS.”
 
The activity at Mt. Zion is just one of several across the nation that are being formed to raise funds and awareness.  The funds raised also help to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Because of its ongoing widespread support, the hospital provides children needed treatment and offers housing and food to family members throughout their child’s hospitalization—all without cost.
 
To coordinate AAMU’s participation, prospective team captains and other interested individuals should contact monica.clarke@aamu.edu or deitra.bone@aamu.edu to start the process.  For more information, call (256) 372-4710.  Click to complete FORM.
 
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OIPRE Offering Cartridges
 
The Office of Institutional Planning, Research and Effectiveness (OIPRE) has printing cartridges available for anyone who has printers compatible for use. Please see list below with description of printing cartridges.
 
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Please contact the OIPRE office at (256) 372-8173 for additional information.
 
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AAMU-EA Meeting Set
 
The general meeting of the AAMU Education Association will be held on Thursday, September 14, in 240 Dawson Building from 12-1:30 p.m.
 
Among the topics will be the new AEA-sponsored medical benefit and local Association service opportunities.  New AAMU faculty and staff who want to learn more about AEA are invited.  Lunch will be served.  RSVP now by completing the short Google Form at https://goo.gl/forms/VaBht4GDFc4cbgj02  by 5 p.m. Monday, September 11.
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Wellness Center Offering Fall Classes
 
The Student Health & Wellness Center offers FREE swim lessons for all AAMU students – sign up for the next session today! 
 
Check out Group Fitness classes at the Wellness Center – Zumba, Water Aerobics, Yoga, Butts & Guts, Boxing, and Dance Aerobics!
 
The Wellness Center also offers group swim lessons for ages 3 and up! Call or come inside for details! (256) 372-7000.
 
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Professor’s New Books Delve into Several Societal Issues
 
Chama.jpgA social work professor at Alabama A&M University has authored to books of key interest to the profession on an international scale.
 
Dr. Samson Chama of AAMU and a colleague from California State University, have published Social Justice: A Look at Issues Confronting the 21st Century (Cognella Academic Publishing, San Diego, CA - 2017).
 
Social Justice Book - Chama 2.jpgThe book deals with such key topics as oppression of women; economic justice: a human rights issue; terrorism and its effects on immigration policy; veterans challenges and the way forward; and injustice, police, and gun violence, just to name a few.  It has been released as a preliminary version, and the first edition will be released next spring. 
 
Navigating.jpgChama also published Navigating the Storms of Life: Critical Lessons for Christian and Non-Christian Social Workers a few months ago by Nova Science Publishers (New York).  This publications focuses on spirituality, suffering, challenges, storms, social problems, etc., that people face in their daily lives.  These concepts are couched in a Christian religious perspective. The text further highlights implications for Christian and non-Christian social work practice. 
 
 
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CALNS Plans Ag Week
 
The College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences (CALNS) is celebrating is annual “AG Week” from September 19-22.
 
Schedule of Activities
September 19—Tuesday@ 9:30 a.m., Motivational Lecture
Dawson Building Auditorium
 
September 20—Wednesday@ 9:00 a.m., Student Research Presentations
Dawson Auditorium
 
September 21—Thursday@ 6:30 p.m., Semi-Formal Banquet
Ernest Knight Reception Center
Tickets: Adults- $35 / Students - $15
 
September 22—Friday@ 11:00—2:00 p.m., Quad Exhibit
AAMU Quad (Dawson Building – rain location)
 
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Sorority’s Toiletry Drive for Houston Victims to Run Through September
 
The Delta Delta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., is providing assistance to the victims of Hurricane Harvey through a toiletry drive scheduled to run throughout September. All items will be donated directly to organizations assembled for the disaster relief.  The drop-off point is the Ralph Lee Student Center from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  For additional information, contact jclark26@bulldogs.aamu.edu.
 
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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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Health Screening Sept. 12
 
PEEHIP WORK-SITE HEALTH SCREENING
(Free to all employees, spouses and retirees who are covered under the PEEHIP health insurance plan)
 
General Information: The Alabama Department of Public Health will facilitate voluntary wellness screenings in the AAMU Student Health and Wellness Center on September 12, 2017.
 
Dates:  September 12, 2017
Location: AAMU Student Health and Wellness Center
The screening includes:
1.      Health Risk History Screening Form (form completed by participant)
2.      Finger Stick for:   Lipid Profile-Tests fat in the blood, total cholesterol, HDL-good cholesterol, LDL-bad cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose-blood sugar
3.      Blood pressure
4.      Body Mass Index (BMI)
5.      Height and Weight
6.      Counseling on assessment of RISKS based on results obtained. Referrals may be made based on results. 
Testing Time: Total testing time approximately 15 minutes.
How to reserve your time slot for your health screening:
Please reserve your time slot here​​.​
Walk-ins will be serviced upon availability only.  
What you must bring to the screening:
You must bring your PEEHIP card!  To ensure you have your health insurance card and coverage information with you at all times, download, the Alabama Blue Mobile App.  (See online instructions here). 
Additional Information:  For additional information regarding wellness requirements, please go to  www.rsa-al.gov/index.php/members/peehip/health-wellness/earn-the-wellness-premium-waiver/.
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Bulldog Pride Day Bulletin Competition
 
The Bulldog Pride Adopt-A-Building Subcommittee has announced a Homecoming Bulletin Board/Display Competition September 25-30.  The 2017 Homecoming Theme is:  "24K Magic on The Hill."  Interested AAMU persons and organizations should complete a FORM mass-emailed on Thursday, September 7, or contact johna.benson@aamu.edu by September 12.
 
Bulletin boards or displays should be available for judging by 9 a.m. Thursday, September 28.  Awards will be presented to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, who will appear in the Bulldog BottomLine.
 
For additional information, contact Dr. Cynthia M. Smith, chair, at (256) 372-4172, or Mary Hurt, co-chair, at (256) 694-1884.
 
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Homecoming 2017 Schedule

 
   
​Friday, September 8
Miss AAMU Coronation
7:00 p.m. | Elmore Gym
Admission: Free
 
Maroon divider
 
Saturday, September 23
 
Homecoming Kick-off Party
Wear Your Maroon and White
9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. | Quad
Admission: Free

Maroon divider
 
Sunday, September 24
 
Gospel Explosion
Featuring The Walls Group and Local Gospel Choirs
6 p.m. | Elmore Gym
Admission: Free
 
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Maroon divider 
 
 
Monday, September 25
BE THE MATCH Awareness Walk/Run
Legacy Lake - 6 a.m.
 
All White Day Party
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Quad
Admission: Free
 
Fashion Show
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Elmore Gym
Admission: Free
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Tuesday, September 26
BE THE MATCH Registration
Sponsors:  AAMU, The Links
AAMU Wellness Center, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
 
Educational Series
[ Speaker TBA ]
[ Time and Location TBA ]
Admission: Free
 
Talent Show
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Elmore Gym
Admission: Free
 
Bulldog Birthday Bash
10:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. | Elmore Gym
Admission: Free (For AAMU Students Only)
Maroon divider
Wednesday, September 27
Bulldog Apprectiation Day
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Quad
Admission: Free
 
BE THE MATCH/Bone Marrow Drive
The Quad - 12-2:30 p.m.
 
Rave (Glow in the Dark Party)
7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. | Elmore Gym  
Admission: Free
 
Maroon divider
 
Thursday, September 28
Educational Series
[ Speaker TBA ]
[ Time and Location TBA ]
Admission: Free
 
 
Mason's Wreath-Laying Ceremony
11:00 a.m. | The Block
Admission: Free
 
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Masons Will Conduct Ceremony to Honor AAMU’s Founder
 
Over 60 Prince Hall Masons, many alumni of Alabama A&M University, will participate in an 11 a.m. Wreath Laying Ceremony on Thursday, September 28, on “The Block” to commemorate Dr. William Hooper Councill, the founder of the University.  The solemn ceremony will include a short march to Councill’s gravesite, followed by prayer, a reading by the Grand Historian and Public Grand Honors to include the Laying of the Wreath.  
 
The entire University Family, community as well as all area Prince Hall Masons are invited to attend the ceremony.  Members also are expected to present a $5,000 scholarship check to Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr., president of Alabama A&M University.
 
 
Comedy Show
[ Acts TBA ]
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Elmore Gym
Admission: $10
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Door Decor Contest Judging
All Day 
Admission: N/A
Maroon divider
 

Friday, September 29

 
Alumni Golf Tournament
8:00 am | Colonial Golf Course
Contact: Taylor Byrd, Jr. 256-565-0212
 
On-Campus Parade
11:00 am
 
Homecoming Pep Rally
12:00 p.m. | Quad
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Throw-Back Concert
Lalah Hathaway
4:00 p.m. | Quad
Admission: Free
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Alumni Throwback Party
Admission: Advance Tickets $30 | $35 At the Door
Marriott Space & Rocket Center
5 Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL
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NPHC Step Show
7:00 p.m. | Elmore Gym
Admission: Free
Maroon divider

Saturday, September 30

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Off-Campus Parade
7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Downtown Huntsville
 
Alumni Association “Big Tent Tailgate”
12:00 p.m. | Front of Louis Crew Stadium
Contact: Erica McClain 256-679-5634
Admission: $10 (Free for paid Alumni members)
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2017 Homecoming Game
Game Time 2:00 p.m. | AAMU vs UAPB
 
 

Student Concert
Gucci Mane
7:00 p.m. | Von Braun Civic Center
Admission: Students $10 with AAMU student ID
General Admission: $35
Tickets available through Ticketmaster
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*In case of rain, all campus events will be held in Elmore Gym
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TMCF/Apple Announce Scholars Program; Deadline Nearing
 
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) in partnership with Apple is proud to announce the application for the 2018-19 class for the Apple HBCU Scholars Program is now open to outstanding students with a minimum 3.3 GPA who will be graduating between December 2018 and May 2019.  
 
Selected Scholars will participate in a 12-week internship during the summer before their senior year, and will receive up to $25,000 in scholarship funding based on individual financial needs that will be applied to their final year of study.  These scholars will have the opportunity to:
 
Participate in an Apple HBCU Immersion experience in Cupertino, California in early 2018
Participate in a 12-week internship with Apple in Cupertino, California during the summer of 2018
Be awarded a need-based scholarship to help defray the costs (e.g., tuition, mandatory fees, room and board, books and supplies) of their senior year of study
Participate in various development activities to help prepare for post-graduation careers
Receive on-going coaching and guidance from an experienced Apple employee
Serve as Ambassadors on their HBCU or PBI (Predominately Black Institution) campuses to build awareness for the Apple and TMCF HBCU Initiative
PROGRAM CRITERIA:
Enrolled full-time at a four-year accredited HBCU or PBI (Predominately Black Institution)
Currently in the second-to-last year of study, graduating in Fall 2018 or Spring of 2019. (e.g., juniors or seniors pursuing a fifth year of study.)
Prior internship experience is preferred
HOW TO APPLY:
Please see the attached flyer that includes the overview of the program. 
For more information, you can click here or contact Bernée E. Long, Director, Distinguished Scholars Programs, at bernee.long@tmcf.org.
The application deadline for the program is 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, September 17, 2017.
 
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 AAMU Homecoming Parade Registration Now Open
 
     NOTICE:  Registration for the 2017 is open until 27 September 2017. Registration for the 2017 Homecoming Parade is available online on the AAMU web site.  Organizations interested in participating in this year’s Parade, can register online at www.aamu.edu, click on Homecoming Parade, email the application to homecoming.parade@aamu.edu , or fax to (256) 372-5637. The Deadline for registration is Wednesday, September 27.  Additional information concerning the parade, i.e. Line-up Location, Parade Route and Parade Guidelines can also be found on AAMU website.
     The Theme for the 2017 Homecoming is: “24 KARAT GOLD ON THE HILL” 
     The 2017 Homecoming Parade is scheduled for Saturday, September 30. The Parade will be held Downtown Huntsville. The line-up area is LOT-K, located on the corner of Woodson Street and Clinton Avenue.   Line-up for the parade begins at 7 a.m.   The Parade will begin at 9 a.m.  Please review Guidelines and Instructions located on AAMU webpage.
     The Campus Parade will be held on Friday, September 29.  Line-up is 10 a.m. the Parade starts at 11 a.m. Line-up location is the Morrison Building Parking Lot.  No registration is required for the campus parade.    All campus organizations are encouraged to participate.   Please review Guidelines and Instructions on AAMU website.
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Season Tickets
 
ALABAMA A&M FOOTBALL 2017 HOME SCHEDULE | Games played at Louis Crews Stadium 
SEPTEMBER 23 vs. Texas Southern (Louis Crews Football Classic | 6pm
SEPTEMBER 30 vs. Arkansas Pine Bluff (Homecoming) | 2pm
OCTOBER 14 l vs. Mississippi Valley State | 1pm
NOVEMBER 11 vs. Jackson State | 1pm
NOVEMBER 18 vs. Kentucky State | 1pm
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AAMU Offers Professional Development Opportunities
 
Welcome back Bulldog family.  CETL has planned a semester full of  Professional Development opportunities for faculty and staff. This semester CETL will offer 3 easy ways to receive Professional Development. It is as easy as ABC.
-        A different 20 minute session available every week to view online
-        A Registration also available through the AAMU Calendar
-        Available anytime, anywhere you have access to a variety of topics to view at your desktop, laptop, and any other electronic device.
- Go2Knowledge meets the professional development needs of busy and distracted educators. The trainings provide a customized, straight-forward, and easy way for our college faculty and staff to find webinars of importance to them. The Go2Knowledge trainings allow us to schedule professional development opportunities at the convenience of our faculty and staff.”
- Printable Certificate of Completion for every training
- A live webinar is an interactive online training. Participants can communicate with the presenter(s) during the event via a live chat feature.
      We will also host a “Book Tasting this semester. You will receive an invite to come over and check out CETL’s newly acquired books and additional resources available for you to check out and use. Once again welcome back and remember to take advantage of the professional development opportunities offered to you by CETL under the division of Academic Affairs.                 
Ø  Get a daily teaching tip delivered to your smart phone or tablet with the new Teaching Professor Tips app. Brief and to the point, each tip provides a nugget of wisdom regarding assignment strategies, student engagement, classroom management, instructional vitality, and much more.
 ·   CETL Commercial:  http://youtu.be/Ns1nuo6pc1Y
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Professor’s New Books Delve into Several Societal Issues
 
Chama.jpgA social work professor at Alabama A&M University has authored to books of key interest to the profession on an international scale.
 
Dr. Samson Chama of AAMU and a colleague from California State University, have published Social Justice: A Look at Issues Confronting the 21st Century (Cognella Academic Publishing, San Diego, CA - 2017).
 
Social Justice Book - Chama 2.jpgThe book deals with such key topics as oppression of women; economic justice: a human rights issue; terrorism and its effects on immigration policy; veterans challenges and the way forward; and injustice, police, and gun violence, just to name a few.  It has been released as a preliminary version, and the first edition will be released next spring. 
 
Navigating.jpgChama also published Navigating the Storms of Life: Critical Lessons for Christian and Non-Christian Social Workers a few months ago by Nova Science Publishers (New York).  This publications focuses on spirituality, suffering, challenges, storms, social problems, etc., that people face in their daily lives.  These concepts are couched in a Christian religious perspective. The text further highlights implications for Christian and non-Christian social work practice. 
 
 
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Residential Life Sponsors ‘Luau’
 
The staff of Residential Life and Housing did not let a little rain deter them from having “The Not So Normal Luau” at the Student Health and Wellness Center on Wednesday, August 30.  
 
Held in the facility’s pool area, the event included a DJ, games, fun and useful information from the sponsoring units:  Residential Life and Housing, the Student Government Association, the Wellness Center and the Department of Public Safety.
 
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CALNS Plans Ag Week
 
The College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences (CALNS) is celebrating is annual “AG Week” from September 19-22.
 
Schedule of Activities
September 19—Tuesday@ 9:30 a.m., Motivational Lecture
Dawson Building Auditorium
 
September 20—Wednesday@ 9:00 a.m., Student Research Presentations
Dawson Auditorium
 
September 21—Thursday@ 6:30 p.m., Semi-Formal Banquet
Ernest Knight Reception Center
Tickets: Adults- $35 / Students - $15
 
September 22—Friday@ 11:00—2:00 p.m., Quad Exhibit
AAMU Quad (Dawson Building – rain location)
 
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New Vendors for AAMU Products and Apparel
 
by Debra Daniel
 
Alabama A&M University has awarded new contracts to vendors to create promotional items on behalf of AAMU.
 
On Friday, September 1, the Purchasing Department held an expo in the Clyde Foster auditorium to allow campus departments to meet the vendors and see what they offer. Geiger Bros. and J.R. Enterprises won the bids to create promotional products. Currie Systems, 4imprint and BSN Sports won the bids for screen printed and embroidered apparel. Elite Event Planning and Mullins Special Occasions won the bids to provide rentals for campus events. 
 
Currie Systems and Dreamworkx Graphics and Signs will provide AAMU’s graphic designs. The vendor contracts cover the next five years, with the exceptions of BSN Sports and Mullins Special Occasions, which have one-year contracts.
 
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Sorority’s Toiletry Drive for Houston Victims to Run Through September
 
The Delta Delta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., is providing assistance to the victims of Hurricane Harvey through a toiletry drive scheduled to run throughout September. All items will be donated directly to organizations assembled for the disaster relief.  The drop-off point is the Ralph Lee Student Center from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  For additional information, contact jclark26@bulldogs.aamu.edu.
 
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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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Health Screening Sept. 12
 
PEEHIP WORK-SITE HEALTH SCREENING
(Free to all employees, spouses and retirees who are covered under the PEEHIP health insurance plan)
 
General Information: The Alabama Department of Public Health will facilitate voluntary wellness screenings in the AAMU Student Health and Wellness Center on September 12, 2017.
 
Dates:  September 12, 2017
Location: AAMU Student Health and Wellness Center
The screening includes:
1.      Health Risk History Screening Form (form completed by participant)
2.      Finger Stick for:   Lipid Profile-Tests fat in the blood, total cholesterol, HDL-good cholesterol, LDL-bad cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose-blood sugar
3.      Blood pressure
4.      Body Mass Index (BMI)
5.      Height and Weight
6.      Counseling on assessment of RISKS based on results obtained. Referrals may be made based on results. 
Testing Time: Total testing time approximately 15 minutes.
How to reserve your time slot for your health screening:
Please reserve your time slot here​​.​
Walk-ins will be serviced upon availability only.  
What you must bring to the screening:
You must bring your PEEHIP card!  To ensure you have your health insurance card and coverage information with you at all times, download, the Alabama Blue Mobile App.  (See online instructions here). 
Additional Information:  For additional information regarding wellness requirements, please go to  www.rsa-al.gov/index.php/members/peehip/health-wellness/earn-the-wellness-premium-waiver/.
 
Should you have questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (256) 372-5835.   
 
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AAMU Education Association General Meeting
 
The AAMU/EA general meeting will be held Thursday, September 14, in 240 Dawson Building at 12 noon.  During the 90-minute session, new AEA-sponsored medical benefit will be discussed, along with local association service opportunities. 
 
All members are encouraged to attend. New AAMU faculty and staff interested in learning more about AEA are invited. Lunch will be served, so please RSVP by completing the short Google Form at https://goo.gl/forms/VaBht4GDFc4cbgj02  by 5 p.m. Monday, September 11.  Door prizes available.
 
For additional information, contact Tyesha L. Farmer, at (256) 372-4916 or e-mail tyesha.farmer@aamu.edu.
 
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Masons Will Conduct Ceremony to Honor AAMU’s Founder
 
Over 60 Prince Hall Masons, many alumni of Alabama A&M University, will participate in an 11 a.m. Wreath Laying Ceremony on Thursday, September 28, on “The Block” to commemorate Dr. William Hooper Councill, the founder of the University.  The solemn ceremony will include a short march to Councill’s gravesite, followed by prayer, a reading by the Grand Historian and Public Grand Honors to include the Laying of the Wreath.  
 
The entire University Family, community as well as all area Prince Hall Masons are invited to attend the ceremony.  Members also are expected to present a $5,000 scholarship check to Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr., president of Alabama A&M University.
 
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TMCF/Apple Announce Scholars Program; Deadline Nearing
 
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) in partnership with Apple is proud to announce the application for the 2018-19 class for the Apple HBCU Scholars Program is now open to outstanding students with a minimum 3.3 GPA who will be graduating between December 2018 and May 2019.  
 
Selected Scholars will participate in a 12-week internship during the summer before their senior year, and will receive up to $25,000 in scholarship funding based on individual financial needs that will be applied to their final year of study.  These scholars will have the opportunity to:
 
Participate in an Apple HBCU Immersion experience in Cupertino, California in early 2018
Participate in a 12-week internship with Apple in Cupertino, California during the summer of 2018
Be awarded a need-based scholarship to help defray the costs (e.g., tuition, mandatory fees, room and board, books and supplies) of their senior year of study
Participate in various development activities to help prepare for post-graduation careers
Receive on-going coaching and guidance from an experienced Apple employee
Serve as Ambassadors on their HBCU or PBI (Predominately Black Institution) campuses to build awareness for the Apple and TMCF HBCU Initiative
PROGRAM CRITERIA:
Enrolled full-time at a four-year accredited HBCU or PBI (Predominately Black Institution)
Currently in the second-to-last year of study, graduating in Fall 2018 or Spring of 2019. (e.g., juniors or seniors pursuing a fifth year of study.)
Prior internship experience is preferred
HOW TO APPLY:
Please see the attached flyer that includes the overview of the program. 
For more information, you can click here or contact Bernée E. Long, Director, Distinguished Scholars Programs, at bernee.long@tmcf.org.
The application deadline for the program is 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, September 17, 2017.
 
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Consolidated Health Plans Waivers Deadline 
 
The deadline for all domestic students to waive their Consolidated Health Plan insurance for the 2017-2018 school year is September 8 at 5 p.m.  Students who desire to waive this insurance plan must complete the Insurance Waiver form located at the John & Ella Byrd McCain Health and Counseling Services and show proof of active health insurance. 
 
Students who choose to sign this waiver form understand that the services received from the Student health center are to the discretion of the provider on duty and limited to:
     Counseling Services
 Annual Physicals
 TB Skin Testing
 Drug Screens
 Triage of medical services
 Referrals to a local Outpatient Clinic or Emergency Room
 STI/Pregnancy Testing 
 
For additional information, call (256) 372-5800
 
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AAMU Activates ‘Hope for Tomorrow’ Emergency Fund for Students from Houston Area
 
     In the last days of August 2017, thousands of families throughout southeastern Texas were negatively affected by the epic impact of Hurricane Harvey, its tumultuous winds and once-in-a-lifetime flooding episodes.  Many families have lost everything and are facing perhaps months or years of rebuilding.  Moreover, some members of the Alabama A&M University Family are native to or have significant ties to the greater Houston metropolitan area.    Similar to earlier responses to such tragedies, AAMU is activating its “Hope for Tomorrow” Relief Fund through its AAMU Foundation.  The Fund will collect tax-deductible donations to assist faculty, staff and students whose families and loved one are severely impacted by this grave natural disaster, particularly those Houston-area families who have students attending Alabama A&M and who might not be able to assist with the general expenses related to their college matriculation.   
     To best help these members with their immediate needs, we are asking for financial contributions only at this time.   Since we plan to disburse funds collected as soon as possible, it is imperative that you get your donations in as soon as possible.  Our goal is to begin disbursement from this fund by September 1 , 2017.  During this fundraising effort, a "Hope for Tomorrow" Relief Fund committee, established by the President, will receive and review information from impacted individuals.  
     Contributions may be made online at www.aamu.edu.  Donations made directly to the AAMU Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law.   While this University project does not prohibit persons from making donations directly to individuals, making a donation through the AAMU Foundation will permit claims as a tax-deductible gift.  Those who would prefer to contribute by check may do so by mailing a check payable to:  AAMU Foundation, with "Hope for Tomorrow Relief Fund" in the memo line.  Mail to:  AAMU Foundation, P.O. Box 1057, Normal, AL 35762.
     All employee and student cases will be presented to the AAMU Hope for Tomorrow Relief Fund committee for consideration.  Decisions regarding the distribution of funds will be made by a committee of AAMU employees and student representatives appointed by the President.  To submit requests for assistance, please send an e-mail to foundation@aamu.edu.
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 AAMU Homecoming Parade Registration Now Open
 
     NOTICE:  Registration for the 2017 is open until 27 September 2017. Registration for the 2017 Homecoming Parade is available online on the AAMU web site.  Organizations interested in participating in this year’s Parade, can register online at www.aamu.edu, click on Homecoming Parade, email the application to homecoming.parade@aamu.edu , or fax to (256) 372-5637. The Deadline for registration is Wednesday, September 27.  Additional information concerning the parade, i.e. Line-up Location, Parade Route and Parade Guidelines can also be found on AAMU website.
     The Theme for the 2017 Homecoming is: “24 KARAT GOLD ON THE HILL” 
     The 2017 Homecoming Parade is scheduled for Saturday, September 30. The Parade will be held Downtown Huntsville. The line-up area is LOT-K, located on the corner of Woodson Street and Clinton Avenue.   Line-up for the parade begins at 7 a.m.   The Parade will begin at 9 a.m.  Please review Guidelines and Instructions located on AAMU webpage.
     The Campus Parade will be held on Friday, September 29.  Line-up is 10 a.m. the Parade starts at 11 a.m. Line-up location is the Morrison Building Parking Lot.  No registration is required for the campus parade.    All campus organizations are encouraged to participate.   Please review Guidelines and Instructions on AAMU website.
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Season Tickets
 
ALABAMA A&M FOOTBALL 2017 HOME SCHEDULE | Games played at Louis Crews Stadium 
SEPTEMBER 23 vs. Texas Southern (Louis Crews Football Classic | 6pm
SEPTEMBER 30 vs. Arkansas Pine Bluff (Homecoming) | 2pm
OCTOBER 14 l vs. Mississippi Valley State | 1pm
NOVEMBER 11 vs. Jackson State | 1pm
NOVEMBER 18 vs. Kentucky State | 1pm
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AAMU Offers Professional Development Opportunities
 
Welcome back Bulldog family.  CETL has planned a semester full of  Professional Development opportunities for faculty and staff. This semester CETL will offer 3 easy ways to receive Professional Development. It is as easy as ABC.
-        A different 20 minute session available every week to view online
-        A Registration also available through the AAMU Calendar
-        Available anytime, anywhere you have access to a variety of topics to view at your desktop, laptop, and any other electronic device.
- Go2Knowledge meets the professional development needs of busy and distracted educators. The trainings provide a customized, straight-forward, and easy way for our college faculty and staff to find webinars of importance to them. The Go2Knowledge trainings allow us to schedule professional development opportunities at the convenience of our faculty and staff.”
- Printable Certificate of Completion for every training
- A live webinar is an interactive online training. Participants can communicate with the presenter(s) during the event via a live chat feature.
      We will also host a “Book Tasting this semester. You will receive an invite to come over and check out CETL’s newly acquired books and additional resources available for you to check out and use. Once again welcome back and remember to take advantage of the professional development opportunities offered to you by CETL under the division of Academic Affairs.                 
Ø  Get a daily teaching tip delivered to your smart phone or tablet with the new Teaching Professor Tips app. Brief and to the point, each tip provides a nugget of wisdom regarding assignment strategies, student engagement, classroom management, instructional vitality, and much more.
 ·   CETL Commercial:  http://youtu.be/Ns1nuo6pc1Y
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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.
 
  
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AAMU Activates ‘Hope for Tomorrow’ Emergency Fund for Students from Houston Area
 
     In the last days of August 2017, thousands of families throughout southeastern Texas were negatively affected by the epic impact of Hurricane Harvey, its tumultuous winds and once-in-a-lifetime flooding episodes.  Many families have lost everything and are facing perhaps months or years of rebuilding.  Moreover, some members of the Alabama A&M University Family are native to or have significant ties to the greater Houston metropolitan area.    Similar to earlier responses to such tragedies, AAMU is activating its “Hope for Tomorrow” Relief Fund through its AAMU Foundation.  The Fund will collect tax-deductible donations to assist faculty, staff and students whose families and loved one are severely impacted by this grave natural disaster, particularly those Houston-area families who have students attending Alabama A&M and who might not be able to assist with the general expenses related to their college matriculation.   
     To best help these members with their immediate needs, we are asking for financial contributions only at this time.   Since we plan to disburse funds collected as soon as possible, it is imperative that you get your donations in as soon as possible.  Our goal is to begin disbursement from this fund by September 1 , 2017.  During this fundraising effort, a "Hope for Tomorrow" Relief Fund committee, established by the President, will receive and review information from impacted individuals.  
     Contributions may be made online at www.aamu.edu.  Donations made directly to the AAMU Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law.   While this University project does not prohibit persons from making donations directly to individuals, making a donation through the AAMU Foundation will permit claims as a tax-deductible gift.  Those who would prefer to contribute by check may do so by mailing a check payable to:  AAMU Foundation, with "Hope for Tomorrow Relief Fund" in the memo line.  Mail to:  AAMU Foundation, P.O. Box 1057, Normal, AL 35762.
     All employee and student cases will be presented to the AAMU Hope for Tomorrow Relief Fund committee for consideration.  Decisions regarding the distribution of funds will be made by a committee of AAMU employees and student representatives appointed by the President.  To submit requests for assistance, please send an e-mail to foundation@aamu.edu.
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CTSAA, VCLLI Commit to Future:  During a more than 500-person reunion of the Councill Training School Alumni Association, the organization committed to raising $1 million toward the renovations/upgrade of the facility in cooperation with the Virginia Caples Lifelong Learning Institute (VCLLI).  Pictured at the signing before a background ot CTS alums are (l-r) Dr. Virginia Caples, former 1890 administator and retired educator; Dr. Allen P. Vital, executive director of the AAMU Foundation; and Betty Thompson, AAMU retiree and CTS alumna.  (PHOTOS by J. Saintjones)
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Student’s Panda Gimmick Drawing Attention
by Debra Daniel
     You see him on campus and at AAMU events like the Eclipse Party and Freshmen Talent Show.  He’s the student wearing the giant panda head.  He goes by ChangeTheRapper.
     The AAMU student, from Aliceville, Ala., says some students may know him from his YouTube videos.  In one he jumps into Legacy Lake Pond on campus. Another of his pranks has almost 500,000 social media views.  He says he got the panda head for a video and decided to keep wearing it. 
    “People ask me if it’s hot?  Not really. And people also want to take pictures with me,” he says. The gimmick seems to be working because he’s getting plenty of attention. You can follow him at #Changetherapper to see what he’s up to next.   
     He says he’ll be at Legion Field for AAMU’s football home opener against UAB this Saturday.
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 Masons Will Conduct Ceremony to Honor AAMU’s Founder
 
    Over 60 Prince Hall Masons, many alumni of Alabama A&M University, will participate in an 11 a.m. Wreath Laying Ceremony on Thursday, September 28, Masons.jpg

on “The Block” to commemorate Dr. William Hooper Councill, the founder of the University.  The solemn ceremony will include a short march to Councill’s gravesite, followed by prayer, a reading by the Grand Historian and Public Grand Honors to include the Laying of the Wreath.  
    The entire University Family, community as well as all area Prince Hall Masons are invited to attend the ceremony.  Members also are expected to present a $5,000 scholarship check to Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr., president of Alabama A&M University.
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 AAMU Homecoming Parade Registration Now Open
 
     NOTICE:  Registration for the 2017 is open until 27 September 2017. Registration for the 2017 Homecoming Parade is available online on the AAMU web site.  Organizations interested in participating in this year’s Parade, can register online at www.aamu.edu, click on Homecoming Parade, email the application to homecoming.parade@aamu.edu , or fax to (256) 372-5637. The Deadline for registration is Wednesday, September 27.  Additional information concerning the parade, i.e. Line-up Location, Parade Route and Parade Guidelines can also be found on AAMU website.
     The Theme for the 2017 Homecoming is: “24 KARAT GOLD ON THE HILL” 
     The 2017 Homecoming Parade is scheduled for Saturday, September 30. The Parade will be held Downtown Huntsville. The line-up area is LOT-K, located on the corner of Woodson Street and Clinton Avenue.   Line-up for the parade begins at 7 a.m.   The Parade will begin at 9 a.m.  Please review Guidelines and Instructions located on AAMU webpage.
     The Campus Parade will be held on Friday, September 29.  Line-up is 10 a.m. the Parade starts at 11 a.m. Line-up location is the Morrison Building Parking Lot.  No registration is required for the campus parade.    All campus organizations are encouraged to participate.   Please review Guidelines and Instructions on AAMU website.
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ECM Meeting:  The staff of Electronic Communications Media (Telecommunications Center), under the auspices of the Vice President for Marketing, Communications and Advancement, participated in a professional development workshop recently that included its radio announcers, technicians and administrative personnel.  The activity was coordinated by Elvin Jenkins, director.
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Approved Vendors to Display AAMU Products
 
On Friday, September 1, from 10 a.m.-12 noon, the Purchasing Department will host an expo in Clyde Foster auditorium to allow awarded to showcase the products and services they offer.  The AAMU Family is invited.
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ALABAMA A&M FOOTBALL 2017 HOME SCHEDULE | Games played at Louis Crews Stadium 
SEPTEMBER 23 vs. Texas Southern (Louis Crews Football Classic | 6pm
SEPTEMBER 30 vs. Arkansas Pine Bluff (Homecoming) | 2pm
OCTOBER 14 l vs. Mississippi Valley State | 1pm
NOVEMBER 11 vs. Jackson State | 1pm
NOVEMBER 18 vs. Kentucky State | 1pm
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AAMU Offers Professional Development Opportunities
 
This is a follow up to Dr. Arrington’s recent letter dated August 15, 2017, found in the Director’s forum, of the CETL Conversation. Welcome back Bulldog family. I hope you enjoyed your Summer break and have come back recharged and ready to have a great Fall semester. CETL has planned a semester full of  Professional Development opportunities for faculty and staff. This semester CETL will offer 3 easy ways to receive Professional Development. It is as easy as ABC.
-        A different 20 minute session available every week to view online
-        A Registration also available through the AAMU Calendar
-        Available anytime, anywhere you have access to a variety of topics to view at your desktop, laptop, and any other electronic device.
- Go2Knowledge meets the professional development needs of busy and distracted educators. The trainings provide a customized, straight-forward, and easy way for our college faculty and staff to find webinars of importance to them. The Go2Knowledge trainings allow us to schedule professional development opportunities at the convenience of our faculty and staff.”
- Printable Certificate of Completion for every training
- A live webinar is an interactive online training. Participants can communicate with the presenter(s) during the event via a live chat feature.
      We will also host a “Book Tasting this semester. You will receive an invite to come over and check out CETL’s newly acquired books and additional resources available for you to check out and use. Once again welcome back and remember to take advantage of the professional development opportunities offered to you by CETL under the division of Academic Affairs.                 
Ø  Get a daily teaching tip delivered to your smart phone or tablet with the new Teaching Professor Tips app. Brief and to the point, each tip provides a nugget of wisdom regarding assignment strategies, student engagement, classroom management, instructional vitality, and much more.
 ·   CETL Commercial:  http://youtu.be/Ns1nuo6pc1Y
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NEIGHBORS:  One of the hobbyists with the helicopter group that is set up on the northern part of the AAMU campus poses for a rare photo.  The team has been using the grounds to launch miniature helicopters for more than 20 years.
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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.
 
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Workshop Will "Take Pentagon to the People"
 
 
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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August 2017 - III

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Solar Eclipse Watch Party Set for The Quad Monday
 
AAMU is but one of numerous locations across the Tennessee Valley and the nation preparing for the August 21 solar eclipse.   While some cities will experience a total eclipse, Huntsville will experience 97% coverage.  Eclipse.jpgAAMU's Eclipse Watch Party will be held on The Quad at noon Monday, August 21, with DJ Immaculate.

Nonetheless, it is strongly recommended that all persons use caution while viewing the eclipse, as damage to the eyes can happen in a matter of seconds when looking directly at the sun.  
 
Toward this end, the Office of Student Affairs, located in 205 Patton Hall, has received a limited number of compliant solar eclipse glasses and will distribute one pair per student (first-come, first-served) on Monday, August 21, beginning at 9 a.m.   A valid student ID is required.
 
“Eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers must be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard.Regular sunglasses, telescopes and cameras will not protect eyes.   
 
Interested persons should click the following link for information from NASA on how to make a pinhole projector to view the eclipse: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/how-make-pinhole-projector-view-solar-eclipse
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AAMU Theatre-Goers See Documentary Featuring Fellow Student
 
STEP (1).jpgBusloads of Alabama A&M University students received an opportunity to see the new movie/documentary “STEP” at the AMC Theatre on Old Monrovia Road in Huntsville Saturday, August 19.  The film features AAMU community and regional planning sophomore Tayla Solomon and shows the impact of a step team on the lives of students at an all-girls school in Baltimore, Md.
 
STEP (57).jpgThe AAMU students were joined by President Andrew and First Lady Abbiegail Hugine, student affairs personnel, alumni and interested persons from the community.
 
Step1.pngThe film, directed by Amy Lipitz, opened at select theatres in major cities August 4 before greatly expanding to other venues, including Huntsville, Ala.
 
Tayla fielded questions from veteran former news anchor Debra Daniel during an informative and entertaining Q&A before a small group of AAMU students, faculty and staff on Friday.  For more scenes from Q&A and theatre event, click HERE.
  
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Bulldogs Enjoy Athletics Fun Day
by Bud McLaughlin
Sports Information Director
 
The annual Alabama A&M Department of Athletics Fan Day was held Saturday, August 19, at Louis Crews Stadium, beginning at 11 a.m. and culminating with a scrimmage football game at 2 p.m.

The event served as an opportunity for Bulldog fans to meet the student-athletes, cheerleaders, coaches and to generally socialize while enjoying lots of food and fun.  The Marching Maroon & White Band  performed, and attendees participated in activities for young and old, including videogames, a dunking booth, water balloons and autographs.
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Work-Site PEEHIP Health Screening Tuesday
 
(The screening is free to all employees, spouses and retirees who are covered under the PEEHIP health insurance plan)
 
General Information: The Alabama Department of Public Health will facilitate voluntary wellness screenings in the AAMU Student Health and Wellness Center on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at the AAMU Student Health and Wellness Center from 9 a.m.-4 p.m..
 
The screening includes:
1)  Health Risk History Screening Form (form completed by participant)
2)  Finger Stick for:   Lipid Profile-Tests fat in the blood, total cholesterol, HDL-good cholesterol, LDL-bad cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose-blood sugar
3)   Blood pressure
4)  Body Mass Index (BMI)
5)  Height and Weight
6)  Counseling on assessment of RISKS based on results obtained. Referrals may be made based on results.
 
Testing Time:   Total testing time approximately 15 minutes.
Reservation slots filled; walk-ins will be serviced upon availability only.  
 
What you must bring to the screening:  You must bring your PEEHIP card!  To ensure you have your health insurance card and coverage information with you at all times, download, the Alabama Blue Mobile App.  (See online instructions here).
 
Additional Information:
For additional information regarding wellness requirements, please go to  www.rsa-al.gov/index.php/members/peehip/health-wellness/earn-the-wellness-premium-waiver/.
 
Should you have questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (256) 372-5835.
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Former SGA Prez Inspires Class of 2021
 
Atty. Freddie Stokes, former AAMU SGA president, addressed the 2017 Freshman Convocation and Torch Lighting Ceremony in the T.M. Elmore Building, conveying a powerful message about the impact of key people along life’s journey, as well as the importance of personal conviction.   PHOTOS
 
Stokes.jpgAfter his AAMU years, Stokes went on to graduate from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 2012. Following law school, he joined Teach for America, a national program that places high-achieving college graduates and professionals in low income and rural communities to teach for a minimum of two years. He taught 7th Grade Social Studies at Westlawn Middle School in Huntsville, Ala.
 
Stokes is currently an assistant district attorney for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of Alabama. As a state prosecutor, he is responsible for prosecuting both misdemeanor and felony offenses in Mobile County. He recently received the 2017 TRiO Achievers Award and is an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.
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SISS, Retiree Program Recognizes Service
 
The Eighth Annual “Service Is Sovereignty” Society (SISS) Dinner Celebration was held Tuesday, August 15, to honor 2016-17 retirees and employees with 30 years or more of continuous service at Alabama A&M University.    (PHOTOS by J. Saintjones)
 
The program was coordinated by the Office of Human Resources and included among the program participants AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr., founder of SISS in 2010; Dr. Malinda W. Gilmore, special assistant to the president for strategic planning and initiatives; Dr. Deloris Price, who delivered the retiree’s response; and Dr. Rami Bomareddi, who delivered the response on behalf of SISS members.
 
Seventeen individuals retired during the period from October 1, 2016, through August 1.  These include (alphabetically):  Elizabeth Carbin, Information Technology Services; Dr. Tommy Coleman, College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences (CALNS); Arnold Corbin, Learning Resources Center (LRC); Jeanette Dancy, Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES);  Marion Draper, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs; Cara Dwyer, ACES; Dr. SISS.jpg
Helen Gabre, College of Business and Public Affairs; Dr. Teshome Gabre, CALNS; Dr. Harold Hawley, College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences (CEHBS); Karol Hersey, Student Affairs; Denise Heubach, ACES; Diane Okwukwu, Office of Institutional Planning, Research and Effectiveness; Dr. Deloris Price, CEBHS; Dr. Khairyeldine Soliman, CALNS; Dr. Juarine Stewart, Academic Affairs; Eugene Tasie, LRC; and Dr. Thelma Townsend, CEHBS.
 
Four individuals were inducted into SISS: Dr. Rami Bomareddi, professor, College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences; Ricardo Harvey, warehouse supervisor, property management; T. Peter Lott, assistant professor, CEHBS; Dr. Nahid Sistani, professor, CALNS; and Dr. Thelma Townsend.
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Professor Becomes TAFFS Fellow
 
An assistant professor and graduate studies coordinator in AAMU’s Department of Visual, Performing and Communication Arts was selected by Television Academy members to join a nationwide group of 25 educators for a coveted distinction.
 
WilliamsMelvinOfficial[1].jpgDr. Melvin L. Williams has been selected as a Television Academy Foundation Faculty Seminar Fellow.  The fellows will be immersed in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, Calif., for a week-long seminar to learn from the industry’s top professionals beginning November 6.  Among the topics are the functions of producers, writers and directors; sources and development of ideas and network pitching; network/cable decision-making; latest information in digital entertainment and new media; and new technology.
 
There was only one historically black college/university (HBCU) represented in the 2016 class.
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AAMU Running Back Added to 2017 Must-Watch List
 
Alabama A&M running back Jordan Bentley has been named to the 2017 Watch List for the Black College Football Player of the Year Award.

The announcement was made recently by the Black College Football Hall of Fame (BCFHOF).

The award is presented annually to the most outstanding football player from a Historically Black College/ University (HBCU).  Former North Carolina A&T and current Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Award in 2016.

Bentley, a sophomore from Guntersville, Ala., was the 2016 Southwestern Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year and was named to the 2017 preseason All-SWAC team.
 
The winner of the 2017 Black College Football Player of the Year Award will be honored with the Deacon Jones Trophy during the Black College Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Feb. 10, 2018 in Atlanta. Four finalists will be unveiled on December 12.
 
"This is a way to recognize the tremendous talent in HBCU football today," said Super Bowl MVP quarterback Doug Williams, a BCFHOF co-founder and 2011 inductee. "Through this Award, the Black College Football Hall of Fame is proud to showcase outstanding student-athletes."
 
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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)
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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.
 
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AAMU Physicist Publishes Another Book
 
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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. 
 
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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.
 
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Workshop Will "Take Pentagon to the People"
 
 
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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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.
 
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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)
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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.
 
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AAMU Physicist Publishes Another Book
 
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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. 
 
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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.
 
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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:
 
NO NEED TO STAND IN THE REGISTRATION LINE …
 
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.
 
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ALL THE BUZZ!  President Andrew Hugine, Jr., visited the room of Tamia Barnes.  The room, located in the Foster complex, was featured on Buzzfeed.com for its immaculate decoration and other unique features.
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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 billbridge@aol.com; Kyle Bridgeforth at (256) 497-3589; or Leigh Allen at (202) 997-6680.
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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.
 
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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 (Copy and Paste)
 
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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: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uVN4aVYA2eA 
or http://tickets.stepmovie.com/
(Pictures courtesy FOX Searchlight)
 
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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: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/al/home/ (Pictures courtesy USDA/NRCS)
 
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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
 
 
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 (housing@aamu.edu) 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.
 
 
 
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Workshop Will "Take Pentagon to the People"
 
 
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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Payment of applicable housing fee(s) – $250 deposit and/or $100 application fee;

 

 

July 31, 2017

 
 
 
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CENTURY:  Etta B. Freemen celebrated her 100 birthday at the Decatur (Ala.) senior center on Thursday, July 27.  The active senior received a key to the city from Tab Bowling, Decatur’s mayor; a presidential medallion from Alabama A&M University presented on behalf of President Andrew Hugine, Jr.; other gifts and well wishes.  VIDEO of Freemen dancing with the Zumba class received more than 330,000 hits on Facebook.  She is pictured (l-r) with Sandra S. Stubbs, AAMU alumni affairs director, and Decatur-area AAMU alumnus Taylor Byrd.   PHOTOS
 
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Women's Bowling Team Recognized by NCAA 
 
The AAMU women’s bowling team, coached by Franky Smith, has received a Public Recognition Award from the NCAA for being in the top 10 percent (academic progress rate) of all NCAA Division I squads in their respective sports in the 2015-16 academic year.
 
Coach Smith was praised for his “essential role in helping student-athletes achieve their academic and athletics goals.”
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AAMU, Land O’Lakes Partnership Nets Results
 
Alabama A&M University’s involvement with the Global Food Challenge Emerging Leaders for Food Security fellowship at Land O’Lakes in Minnesota has been a win-win for both university and corporation, according to Yvette Clayton, director of Career Development Services (CDS). 
 
The fellowship targets top sophomores at select universities and invites them to apply to a local, national, and international ag and food security fellowship that includes an 11-week internship at Land O’Lakes in the Twins Cities, Minn.  Since 2015, over 300 students have applied and 31 interns from six (6) universities have participated in the fellowship program.  During the summer of 2017, three AAMU interns from the first fellowship year returned to Land O’Lakes as full-time employees.  Similarly, five from the second year returned to complete traditional internships in supply chain, government affairs, and community relations. 
 
Faculty and staff also have the possibility of engaging in exciting activities: http://foodchallenge.landolakesinc.com/about-the-program/professors-and-mentors/
 
“With the success we’ve seen of the program, it was a natural progression to turn to Alabama A&M and offer this opportunity to members of the Class of 2020,” said Brandi DeVries, community relations manage at Land O. Lakes. 
 
Land O’Lakes is now looking for talented students from AAMU to expand the current partnership.  Applications will open on Aug. 24 and run through Oct. 30.  For more information, see The Emerging Leader.
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Ceremony Recognizes DPS New Hires, Promotions
 
AAMU welcomed a new captain and a new investigator at a noon promotions ceremony Wednesday, July 26, in the Ernest L. Knight Center.   PHOTOS
 
Chief Nardis E. Carlisle said Captain Demetrius Hightower was hired on July 1, 2017. Hightower comes to AAMU from the Decatur Police Department, where he was a detective specializing in property and financial crimes.  Investigator Montrez Payton was hired on June 19.  Montrez previously served the Decatur Police Department as a homicide investigator.
 
Sergeants Timothy Dawkins and Shawn Bird were promoted to Lieutenants; and police officers Lamar Tummings and Eddison Lucombe were promoted to Sergeants.
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Workshop Will "Take Pentagon to the People"
 
 
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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Professor Receives Seed Grant for Pilot Project
 
An Alabama A&M University associate professor of social work has received a grant to introduce students to the workings of the United Nations.
 
Chama.jpgDr. Samson Chama has been awarded a seed grant from the Katherine A. Kendall Institute for International Social Work Education (KAKI) to pilot test a project calling for student involvement with the United Nations.
 
The project, "Enhancing Minority Student Global Development Participation through Collaboration with the United Nations," entails taking students to the United Nation's headquarters in New York to enhance the students’ understanding of international development. 
 
The ultimate aim of the project, according to Chama, is to expand “to an international level,” thus allowing the social work students an opportunity to engage in projects around the world.
 
 
IT Staffer’s Drone Video a Hit on Social Media
 
Pond.JPGIT staffer Justin Vaughner worked on a drone video of the AAMU campus for several months, and his recent release of the footage via YouTube and other social media sites has been warmly received by Bulldog fans.
 
The aerial shots capture The Hill in new ways and underscores what WJAB-FM radio personality Ron McIntosh means when he refers to the “Beautiful Campus of Alabama A&M University.”  To see the video, click HERE.
 
 
 
Volunteers Needed for Move-In Day
 
MoveIn.jpgDid you know that we have over 2000 new and returning students that move into the Residence Halls at Alabama A&M University (AAMU) before school starts each year? That’s a lot of people that need assistance in unloading their vehicles, welcoming them to campus, and finding their new Residence Halls.
 
Can you help us out?
 
Move-In Day Volunteers:
As Move-In Day Volunteers, you will help unload cars, carry suitcases, boxes, meet new students, families, and enjoy the energy that comes with the first day of a new student’s experience. There are two Move-In Days that we need your help with for our incoming freshmen. You can sign up for shifts on one or both days!
    August 10: 7 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
    August 11: 7 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
 
If you would like to participate on this special day, but you cannot commit to the physical work of a Move-In Volunteer, sign-up to be a Check-In/Information Table Volunteer.
 
Student Volunteers Benefits:
Move into the Residence Hall early Wednesday, August 9 if you’re returning to live on campus. And, of course, a great opportunity to meet new friends, reunite with old ones and provide a warm, fun, and smooth move-in day experience for incoming AAMU residents and families.
Sound good? Sign up today!  We look forward to seeing you on Move-In Day 2017!
 
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NEXT S.O.A.R. Event - August 13-14!
 
Here are a couple of S.O.A.R. update links:
 
CLICK HERE for the S.O.A.R. Student & Parent Guidebook
CLICK HERE for the S.O.A.R. Schedule of Events
 
SOURCE:
The Office of Admissions | www.aamu.edu/admissions
The Office of Student Affairs: Integrity.Diversity. Collaboration.Service
Alabama A&M University
100 Patton Hall | p:256-372-5250 | f:256-372-5249
 
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DPS Promotions
 
Etta B. Freemen's 100th
 
CSD Pinning Ceremony
 
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Funeral Services Held for AAMU Business Office Staffer
 
BarbaraBrewton.jpgFuneral services were held for AAMU retiree Barbara Jean Phipps Brewton on Wednesday, August 2, at Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.
 
During her professional career, she worked at Huntsville Hospital, the office of Dr. Benjamin Fails and Alabama A&M University (AAMU). While at AAMU, she served as the receptionist in the Office of the Comptroller.  An avid Bulldog fan,She enjoyed wearing the maroon and white and attending the athletic events on campus and off-campus. 
 

AAMU Releases Housing Update to Students

 

 

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Alabama A&M University has hired a new captain and new investigator in its Department of Public Safety.  AAMU will welcome the new officers during a one-hour promotions ceremony on Wednesday, July 26,  at 12 noon in the Ernest L. Knight Center.
 
Chief Nardis Carlisle says Captain Demetrius Hightower was hired on July 1, 2017. Hightower comes to AAMU from the Decatur Police Department, where he was a detective specializing in property and financial crimes.
 
Investigator Montrez Payton was hired on June 19, 2017.  Montrez also comes from the Decatur Police Department, where he spent devoted some years as a homicide investigator.
 
Chief Carlisle says current Sergeants Timothy Dawkins and Shawn Bird will be promoted to Lieutenants; and current police officers Lamar Tummings and Eddison Lucombe will be promoted to Sergeants.
 
 
Professor Receives Seed Grant for Pilot Project
 
An Alabama A&M University associate professor of social work has received a grant to introduce students to the workings of the United Nations.
 
Chama.jpgDr. Samson Chama has been awarded a seed grant from the Katherine A. Kendall Institute for International Social Work Education (KAKI) to pilot test a project calling for student involvement with the United Nations.
 
The project, "Enhancing Minority Student Global Development Participation through Collaboration with the United Nations," entails taking students to the United Nation's headquarters in New York to enhance the students’ understanding of international development. 
 
The ultimate aim of the project, according to Chama, is to expand “to an international level,” thus allowing the social work students an opportunity to engage in projects around the world.
 
 
IT Staffer’s Drone Video a Hit on Social Media
 
Pond.JPGIT staffer Justin Vaughner worked on a drone video of the AAMU campus for several months, and his recent release of the footage via YouTube and other social media sites has been warmly received by Bulldog fans.
 
The aerial shots capture The Hill in new ways and underscores what WJAB-FM radio personality Ron McIntosh means when he refers to the “Beautiful Campus of Alabama A&M University.”  To see the video, click HERE.
 
 
Football Starts New Tradition
by Bud McLaughlin
 
Football season is officially here.  The Alabama A&M football team reports Wednesday and Head Coach James Spady is starting a new tradition.
 
At 5 p.m. under the visitors stands at Louis Crews Stadium, the coaching staff will don aprons and serve the incoming players their first meal of the season. 
 
There will be a meet and greet with the players, their parents and the A&M coaches. The special event will kick off the 2017 edition of Alabama A&M Bulldog football.
 
 
Summer Work Schedule Concludes
 
The summer 2017 four-day/ten-hour work week schedule ends Friday, July 28.  The regular eight-hour work schedule will resume on Monday, July 31, 2017.  Contact the Office of Human Resources for any additional information at (256) 372-5835. 
 
 
 
Volunteers Needed for Move-In Day
 
MoveIn.jpgDid you know that we have over 2000 new and returning students that move into the Residence Halls at Alabama A&M University (AAMU) before school starts each year? That’s a lot of people that need assistance in unloading their vehicles, welcoming them to campus, and finding their new Residence Halls.
 
Can you help us out?
 
Move-In Day Volunteers:
As Move-In Day Volunteers, you will help unload cars, carry suitcases, boxes, meet new students, families, and enjoy the energy that comes with the first day of a new student’s experience. There are two Move-In Days that we need your help with for our incoming freshmen. You can sign up for shifts on one or both days!
    August 10: 7 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
    August 11: 7 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
 
If you would like to participate on this special day, but you cannot commit to the physical work of a Move-In Volunteer, sign-up to be a Check-In/Information Table Volunteer.
 
Student Volunteers Benefits:
Move into the Residence Hall early Wednesday, August 9 if you’re returning to live on campus. And, of course, a great opportunity to meet new friends, reunite with old ones and provide a warm, fun, and smooth move-in day experience for incoming AAMU residents and families.
Sound good? Sign up today!  We look forward to seeing you on Move-In Day 2017!
 
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CSD Pinning Set
 
The Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD) program will host its Graduate Pinning Ceremony Thursday, July 27, at 4 p.m. in the auditorium of Arthur J. Bond Hall (Engineering).
 
Chatman.jpgKandis Chatman, the first African-American president of the Speech & Hearing Association of Alabama, will be the guest speaker.   
 
For additional information about the CSD program or the ceremony, call (256) 372-5541
 
 
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Agribition Center Preps for Free July Jam and Bookpack Drive
 
The July Jam and Bookpack Drive will be held at the Alabama A&M University Agribition Center on Saturday, July 29.  The Bookpack giveaways will run between 2-5 p.m. for elementary and middle school students, while the public is invited to enjoy live outdoor music on Agribition Center's quad area from 6-10:30 p.m.  Throughout the live music and entertainment, attendees will be able to participate in a silent auction and giveaways.
 
Admission is free to R&B and soul music, food trucks, various vendors and door prizes.
 
Spaces are available for VIP ($75 set-up fee/$25 door prize) and regular vendors ($50 set-up fee/$25 door prize).  For event and vendor information, contact Altonio Smith at (256) 859-5896 or altonio.smith@aamu.edu.
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NEXT S.O.A.R. Event - August 13-14!
 
Here are a couple of S.O.A.R. update links:
 
CLICK HERE for the S.O.A.R. Student & Parent Guidebook
CLICK HERE for the S.O.A.R. Schedule of Events
 
SOURCE:
The Office of Admissions | www.aamu.edu/admissions
The Office of Student Affairs: Integrity.Diversity. Collaboration.Service
Alabama A&M University
100 Patton Hall | p:256-372-5250 | f:256-372-5249
 
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In preparation for Fall 2017, Alabama A&M University implemented a new student housing management system.  Adirondack Solutions, an interactive, user friendly system, provides an opportunity for students to apply for housing, request a specific hall/room, request a roommate based on preferences such as sleep pattern, study habits, etc.,  and communicate directly with housing personnel. Also, Adirondack provides student housing personnel with real-time updates on housing availability. 
 
The University has identified 2700 beds for new and returning students.  Students requesting housing must meet the following criteria:
 
·         Payment of applicable housing fee(s) – $250 deposit and/or $100 application fee;
·         2017-2018 FAFSA or valid payment method on file; and
·         Registered for the Fall 2017 Semester
 
Although the University has allotted 1,525 beds for incoming freshmen, and 1,175 beds for upperclassmen, housing is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis, says Karla Miller, interim director of housing at AAMU. The priority deadline for returning students to receive housing for Fall 2017 was May 5, 2017, and June 19, 2017 is the priority deadline for incoming freshmen.    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 once maximum capacity has been reached.  When capacity is reached, students are asked to monitor Housing’s website for availability updates as vacancies will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. 
 
For additional information, call (256) 372-5797. 
 
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Professor to Present at ABP Convention
 
An assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling at Alabama A&M University will take part next month in a professional meeting, where he will introduce a theory to members.
 
Upchurch.jpgDr. Daniel Upchurch will be among the presenters at the Association of Black Psychologists 49th Convention scheduled in Houston, Tex., July 22.  During the event, Upchurch will discuss his “Help-Hurt Relationship Theory,” which further examines the different relationships within the black community and the imperative ‘psychological balance’ that must be maintained in relation to ‘crab mentality.’
 
Upchurch and colleague, Dr. Kristen Campbell, are developing a scale to quantitatively measure the levels of relationship among individuals in the black community.
 
 
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Huntsville Track Club Hold Race at AAMU
 
The Huntsville Track Club held  a race around the historic campus on Saturday, June 10, from 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m. 
 
About 100 persons participated in the 5K cross country race.  The race began and ended at Frank Lewis Gym field.    Photo by Debra Daniel
 
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Extension Holds Family Fun Day
 
There was fun and enjoyment galore for both parents and children at the four-hour Family Fun Day event Saturday, June 10, at the AAMU Agribition Center, sponsored by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.   PHOTOS
 
In addition informative booth displays and vendors, the event featured carnival-style rides, moon bounces, slides and games inside and on the lawn of the Agribition Center.
 
Above:  Samuel Green, with family.
 
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AAMU Student Housing Update
 
In preparation for Fall 2017, Alabama A&M University implemented a new student housing management system.  Adirondack Solutions, an interactive, user friendly system, provides an opportunity for students to apply for housing, request a specific hall/room, request a roommate based on preferences such as sleep pattern, study habits, etc.,  and communicate directly with housing personnel. Also, Adirondack provides student housing personnel with real-time updates on housing availability. 
 
The University has identified 2700 beds for new and returning students.  Students requesting housing must meet the following criteria:
 
·         Payment of applicable housing fee(s) – $250 deposit and/or $100 application fee;
·         2017-2018 FAFSA or valid payment method on file; and
·         Registered for the Fall 2017 Semester
 
Although the University has allotted 1,525 beds for incoming freshmen, and 1,175 beds for upperclassmen, housing is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis, says Karla Miller, interim director of housing at AAMU. The priority deadline for returning students to receive housing for Fall 2017 was May 5, 2017, and June 19, 2017 is the priority deadline for incoming freshmen.    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 once maximum capacity has been reached.  When capacity is reached, students are asked to monitor Housing’s website for availability updates as vacancies will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. 
 
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Site Marks Councill’s Rise in Education
 
The Stevenson (Ala.) city council and community held a June 9 historic sign unveiling in commemoration of the Freedmen village (circa 1865), where Dr. William Hooper Councill, founder of Alabama A&M University, began his career in education, according to noted AAMU historian Eddie E. Davis, Jr., author of William Hooper Councill: The Greatest Negro the Race Ever ProducedPHOTOS
 
Loyal members of the Huntsville-Madison County Alumni Chapter make the trip to Stevenson, Ala., and are shown (above) around the historic marker.  (All Photos by Theromiles Flowers)
 
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AAMU Brings Another Classic to Birmingham
 
Birmingham has never had it so good.  Not only is the Magic City the host site for one of college football’s most long-for events, it is now home to a new, ambitious Master of Business Administration program, thanks to a collaboration between Alabama A&M University’s College of Business and Public Affairs and a local community college.
 
LSCC.jpgAAMU will hold its “MBA Information Session” at Lawson State Community College in the Alabama Center for Advanced Technology Training building, 3060 Wilson Road, SW, in Birmingham, Ala., on Tuesday, June 20, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. 
 
Lawson State will serve as the AAMU MBA program’s off-site location.  The campus already houses AAMU@LSCC, the official off-site campus for other AAMU undergraduate and graduate programs currently offered on weekends and evenings.
 
Now, coming in Fall 2017, the MBA program will offer enterprising residents in the metropolitan Birmingham area an opportunity to achieve a career-boosting degree with the completion of only 11 comprehensive evening courses, all while conveniently attending campus at Lawson State.
 
Jain.jpg“Our supportive and inspirational group of graduate faculty is our biggest strength,” says Dr. Ajeet Jain, a finance professor who is both a graduate of AAMU’s MBA program and serves as its energetic coordinator.  Moreover, a waiver of the GMAT/GRE requirement can be carefully considered for those individuals verifying at least 10 years of mid- to upper-level management experience or undergraduate GPAs of 3.0 and above.
 
Further, Jain says his aim is to also ensure that current and prospective MBA program students at the Lawson State site have “exceptional customer service” so that they will evolve into “brand ambassadors” for the program.  The Lawson State program, Jain believes, is only the catalyst for a look into the feasibility, ultimately, of an executive and online MBA program.
 
To register for the MBA Information Session, call (256) 372-8731 or copy and paste:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeb2YGT3RxTgPHHAfqtTtzx8wIT7ktCO3I1-DrniCLPvWrZlg/viewform
 
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AAMU Achieves Bronze Level Distinction as Military Friendly School
 
For years, Alabama A&M University has been proud of its designation as a Military Friendly institution.  The distinction, accorded annually, shows that AAMU has proven itself “Military Friendly” through its consistent offering of key services to military personnel and their families.
 
In 2017 the University received a higher designation as a Military Friendly Bronze Level institution, one of only four colleges and universities in the state. It is also the only historically black college or university in Alabama to achieve the coveted distinction.
 
“We are appreciative for the work of our veteran affairs staff in achieving this landmark distinction,” commented President Andrew Hugine, Jr.  “Military personnel all over the world play a vital role in ensuring the freedoms we enjoy.  It is only fitting that we go the extra mile to assist them in achieving whatever academic goals they have set for themselves and their families.”
 
For more information on how to apply to Alabama A&M University, please contact one of the following offices:
 
Incoming Freshman
The Office of Admissions at 256.372.5245
 
Transfer Student
The Office of Community College Relations and Global Initiatives at 256.372.5418 or 256.372.7190
 
Graduate Student
School of Graduate Studies at 256.372.5266 or 256.372.5277
 
  
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Coach Honored at Hampton
 
Alabama A&M University’s intramurals coach Franky Smith was among a group of former players and coaches honored during a formal ceremony on June 3 in Virginia.
 
Smith was honored by Hampton University President William Harvey for his role in Hampton’s winning of CIAA championships in 1992, 1993 and 1994.  The event was sponsored by Hampton’s Athletic Department as part of a black-tie gala.
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AAMU-UNA Renewing Football Rivalry
by Bud McLaughlin
 
North Alabama’s two NCAA Division I athletic programs will renew their rivalry on the football field.
 
Alabama A&M of the Southwestern Athletic Conference and the University of North Alabama of the Atlantic Sun Conference will play each other in football in 2018 and 2019, the schools recently announced.
 
The two teams played annually (except 1991) from 1975-1997 when both were NCAA Division II programs.
 
“This is great news for fans of Alabama A&M University, the University of North Alabama and of college football in this area,” said Alabama A&M Director of Athletics Bryan Hicks. “The close proximity of these two NCAA Division I athletic programs will bring a new excitement to the Tennessee Valley region.
“We welcome UNA to the family of NCAA Division I athletics and wish them well.”
 
“These games are going to create a lot of excitement for UNA fans, Alabama A&M fans and football fans across north Alabama,” UNA Athletic Director Mark Linder said. “It is renewing a great rivalry between two schools in close proximity that have great fan bases. These are the kind of games that we need to be playing and want to be playing.”
 
The Bulldogs will host UNA on Sept. 8, 2018, and the Lions will host Sept. 14, 2019.
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Professor’s Take on ‘Whiteness in Hip-Hop’ Appears in Huffington Post
 
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specialist program recently served as a guest blogger for Huffington Post.
 
Dr. Melvin L. Williams wrote a thought-provoking article on “Miley’s Wrecking Ball Takes a Whack Out of Hip Hop,” posted on May 29.  Williams has competently examined the intersections of race, gender and sexuality in Hip-Hop culture.  To read Williams’ piece, visit copy and paste http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mileys-wrecking-ball-takes-a-whack-out-of-hip-hop_us_592c4e9fe4b0a7b7b469cc56
 
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AAMU Ranks Second Among All HBCUs in Land Ownership
 
by Debra Daniel 
 
As the old saying goes: They aren’t making any more land.  Well, Alabama A&M University is definitely holding on to its share of land, so much so that it is the second ranked HBCU in the nation in terms of landownership, according to HBCUMoney.com.  In fact of the more than 3,000 institutions of higher learning, six HBCUs have made it among the Top 100 of all schools in terms of land.
 
Listed below, however, are the Top 6 HBCU landowners.  National ranking appears in parentheses.
 
  1. Tuskegee University  – 5,000 Acres (12)
  2. ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY – 2,300 Acres (28)
  3. Alcorn State University – 1,756 Acres (42)
  4. Prairie View A&M University – 1,502 (48)
  5. Kentucky State University – 915 Acres (92)
  6. Southern University – 884 Acres (96)
 
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AAMU Named a Top HBCU STEM School
 
The Hundred-Seven, an organization created to positively promote Historically Black Colleges and Universities, has announced the 'Top HBCUs for STEM,' and Alabama A&M University was included on the list for being a Top 50 producer of African-Americans with bachelor's degrees in four (4) or more STEM fields.
 
 
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Zetas Honor Two
 
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of the Year and Zeta of the Year.  The awards were presented at the Psi Alpha Zeta Inaugural Gala at the Research Park Holiday Inn.
 
Johna Joy Benson-Leslie, advisor to the Omega Tau undergraduate chapter, (left) was given the chapter's Zeta of the Year honors.  Dr. Cynthia Smith, chair of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, (right) was presented the chapter's Woman of the Year award.
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Bibb Graves Street Parking Temporarily Prohibited
 
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We apologize for the inconvenience.
 
 
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Construction Updates
 
For the latest in construction updates pertaining to the new residence hall facility on Meridian Street, check out the drone-captured image from staffer Justin Vaughner by copying and pasting the following link:   https://app.box.com/s/uqpmc5jg5ktb0odekt27qxkezzv6kzk8
 
A link to follow the construction progression over time is still available on the lower right-hand side of the main AAMU webpage at www.aamu.edu.
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OIPRE Has Toner Cartridges Available
 
The Office of Institutional Planning, Research and Effectiveness has limited cartridges available for other departments in need of toner for HP Invent 96A/C4191A; HP Laser Jet 126A/38A/42A and Xerox 106R0107.  For more information, call x8176 or visi 306 Patton Hall between 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
 
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CFCU Summer Schedule
 
Throughout the summer session, Councill Federal Credit Union will close each Friday at 2 p.m.  For further arrangements, contact Rufus Gilmore, III, manager, at (256) 372-5379.
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Medicinal Plant Conference Moves to Clemson 
 
The Alabama A&M University plant and soil science professor who heads the organization dedicated to the study of and research of medicinal plants has announced plans for the 2017 conference.
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The 2017 conference will be held at Clemson University in South Carolina, said Mentreddy, a prolific researcher whose most recent research has been published in the Florida-based Journal of Medicinal Plants.
 
A group discount is available, and graduate students who present a poster, or an oral paper receive 90% off of the registration fee.  The deadline for submission of abstracts for graduate student competitions and early registration is March 15, 2017.  Visit www.acmap.org for more details.
 
Interested persons can also contact Dr. Srinivasa Rao Mentreddy, professor and program coordinator, Plant Biotechnology, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL 35762, or call ( 256) 372-4250 oAlt. email: srinivasa.mentreddy@aamu.edu
 
Additional details about the forthcoming conference will be announced at a later date.
 
 

 

 

Week of: May 15-21, 2017

 

 

 
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Family Literacy Focus of Extension’s Family Fun Day on June 10
 
by Wendi Williams 
 
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit will hold the second Parent-Child Reading Enhancement Program’s (PCREP) Family Day of Education and Fun on Saturday, June 10, 2017, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Alabama Agriculture and Mechanical University’s Agribition Center, 4925 Moores Mill Road in Huntsville. Come and bring the entire family and neighborhood youth out for a day of fun, educational, and interactive activities, including exhibits, outdoor games, a water slide, petting zoo, food, music, and more.
 
“This year we will continue with the theme ‘Celebrating Family Literacy’ that focuses on activities and events showcasing the importance of family literacy programs and providing learning resources for families and communities,” said Ronnie Humphrey, event co-chair.
 
In celebration of family literacy, kids will have a chance to earn PCREP dollars (play money) from each activity they participate in on June 10 to purchase books at an on-site bookstore. Also, while in the bookstore, participants can get their faces painted by local volunteers.
 
The Family Day of Education & Fun is a PCREP activity that is designed to enhance reading among children ages 4 to 9 in grades K-4. This event is free and open to the public; however, vendors must pay a $30 set-up fee. Also, please be sure to bring proper attire for the water slide.
 
For general information, please contact Ronnie Humphrey at (256) 372-4969, Dr. Dorothy Brandon at (256) 372-5458, or visit www.aces.edu/urban. Potential vendors may contact Nancy McCrary at (256) 372-4937.
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Week of: May 15-21, 2017

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Medicinal Plant Conference Moves to Clemson 
 
The Alabama A&M University plant and soil science professor who heads the organization dedicated to the study of and research of medicinal plants has announced plans for the 2017 conference.
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The 2017 conference will be held at Clemson University in South Carolina, said Mentreddy, a prolific researcher whose most recent research has been published in the Florida-based Journal of Medicinal Plants.
 
A group discount is available, and graduate students who present a poster, or an oral paper receive 90% off of the registration fee.  The deadline for submission of abstracts for graduate student competitions and early registration is March 15, 2017.  Visit www.acmap.org for more details.
 
Interested persons can also contact Dr. Srinivasa Rao Mentreddy, professor and program coordinator, Plant Biotechnology, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL 35762, or call ( 256) 372-4250 oAlt. email: srinivasa.mentreddy@aamu.edu
 
Additional details about the forthcoming conference will be announced at a later date.
 
 
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 The Bulldog BottomLine appears weekly on Mondays, coordinated by the Office of Marketing and Public Relations (Jerome Saintjones, Director), Alabama A&M University, 303 Patton Hall, Normal, AL  35762. Please submit items for consideration one week in advance of posting date to public.relations@aamu.edu or news@aamu.edu.  For more information, contact Shirley Alexander at (256) 372-5607.

 

 

Week of: May 8-13, 2017

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Agribition Center Preps for Huntsville Art Festival May 13
 
The Huntsville Art Festival will be held on Saturday, May 13, from 12-6 p.m. at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University Agribition Center. The Agribition Center is located at 4925 Moores Mill Road in Huntsville. 
 
Admission is free, and activities will include various live jazz, R&B and soul music, food trucks, mixed medium artists, various vendors and door prizes.
 
VIP vendors are asked to pay a $75 set-up fee and a door prize valued at $25. VIP vendors will be provided a prime location as well as 1 tent, 1 table, and 2 chairs.   Other vendors are asked to pay a $50 set-up fee and provide a $25 door prize. Regular vendors will receive 1 table and 2 chairs.
 
Contact Donna Gilbert at dhg0004@aces.edu to request a Vendor Registration form.  Registration fee is only refundable if space is no longer available for event. 
 
Make checks payable to: The Agribition Center and mail payment and form to: Donna Gilbert, AAMU Agribition Center, 4925 Moores Mill Road, Huntsville, AL 35811.
 
For general information, please contact Altonio Smith at (256) 859-5896 or altonio.smith@aamu.edu or Donna Gilbert at (256) 859-5896 or dhg0004@aces.edu.
 
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ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
 
Founder’s Day Breakfast
 
Founder’s Day Convocation
 
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Extension Specialist Receives Award for Volunteering in Southeast Asia
 
Urban Regional Extension Specialist Robert Spencer recently received the bronze President’s Volunteer Service Award for more than 100 hours of service as an international volunteer in Myanmar (Burma), Southeast Asia.
 
In 2016, Spencer made his third trip to Myanmar where he taught women from the villages of Nyaung Shwe and Pauk Par Tung (central region) how to make value-added soap products using local ingredients such as seaweed, lotus blossoms and other flowers, herbs, and even vegetables like tomatoes and avocados.
 
This project was accomplished through the Myanmar Chapter of Winrock International in collaboration with the Avocado Cluster Group in the same region.
 
Spencer stated, “I will never forget the opportunity to help the local women increase their household incomes, and traveling on water back and forth to Pauk Par Tung during the three days of training.”
 
Winrock International strives to “empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity and sustain natural resources across the globe,” particularly in Asia, Latin America, and Africa.
 
Since his visit to Myanmar, Spencer learned that the women are now making soap for the local tourist markets, hotels, conferences, and trade shows. They have also worked out a trade agreement with buyers in Japan.
 
Visit https://www.winrock.org/join-us/volunteer/ to learn more about the volunteer program and https://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/ to learn more about the Presidential Service Award.
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AAMU PR Course Pilots Professional Speakers Series
PR Pros Bolster Words Matter More Now than Ever Before
 
"I suppose we are truly in a new world order now, living in an era of half-truths, alternative facts, and obvious lies.  The Principles of Marketing/Public Relations class should really be interdisciplinary, because no one is immune.  We all need to know how to protect and defend a brand, whether it be for a company or for ourselves,” explained student Charlotte Canady-Slater.  “It seems we are confronted daily with a perpetual filtering of the facts, trying to separate the real from the unreal.  What I know for sure is that this struggle is real and it is exhausting.”
 
Dana Harris, instructor for Marketing 423, decided to offer another component to the course during the spring semester.  He thought a new twist would bring added value to the curriculum.  Thus, a Public Relations Professionals Speakers Series was born. 
 
Schrimsher.jpgWhitley.jpgCanady-Slater was tasked with developing topics for discussion and securing the speakers.  Kelly Schrimsher, director of communications for the City of Huntsville (left); Gary Whitley, public and governmental affairs liaison at Huntsville Utilities (right); and Jerome Saintjones, director of public relations at Alabama A&M University (below, right), addressed the marketing class.  The three discussed SaintjonesJ.jpgeverything from the tenants and fundamentals of marketing, to best practices, to damage control, to optimizing the use of social media platforms.
 
“We know we have to have the theory but having that direct access from a professional who imparts their wisdom is invaluable,” said Canady-Slater.  “They told us about the mistakes they made and the price they paid for them, and they also shared the rewards of the profession and how gratifying their work is.  I read somewhere that PR requires left and right brain thinking.  For me, Mr. Harris’ approach to this class and our visiting speakers confirms it.”  
 
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AAMU Announces 2017 Summer Programs
 
Coordinators of AAMU’s annual summer program listing have announced the activities set for summer 2017.   Click below:    
 
For additional information, contact Dr. Vernessa Edward at (256) 372-7122 or Jeff Robinson at (256) 372-8361.
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Admissions Launches Exciting New Recruitment Video
 
It’s a tour of Alabama A&M University like you’ve never seen before. The Office of Admissions It’s a tour of Alabama A&M University like you’ve never seen before. The Office of Admissions created a new recruiting video for 2017-18.  Click below:
"It literally takes you on a virtual tour of everything the University has to offer," says Venita Clisby King," assistant vice president of enrollment management and director of admissions. According to King, the video highlights the University’s colleges, majors, faculty, diversity, residence halls, campus life and extracurricular activities. Moreover, current students discuss why they chose AAMU. 
 
"One thing every student talked about is how AAMU welcomed them and that they feel like a part of our family. We wanted to incorporate that feeling," added King. The video is now on AAMU’s social media and the AAMU Admissions page on YouTube. King hopes it has at least 5,000 views by April 29.
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AAMU Volunteers Needed for MLK School Event

 
On Friday, May 12, Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School will hold its annual field day from 7:45 a.m.-2 p.m.   MLK teachers and staff are in desperate need of volunteers.
Unfortunately, AAMU will not have students during that period, but it is requesting voluntary assistance from interested faculty, staff and administrators to take a few hours and serve future Bulldogs.  Lunch will be provided. 
 
Interested volunteers should contact Monica Clarke, service and learning coordinator for the Freshman Academy, at (256) 372-4710.
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Residence Hall Construction Timeline
 
AAMU Information Technology Services (ITS) staffer Justin Vaughner has captured the construction progress of the new residence hall facility under construction on Meridian Street using drone.  
 
View the most recent developments:    PHOTOS
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CBPA Teams Well-Awarded in TVA Competition
 
The College of Business and Public Affairs held a successful Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Case Competition April 6-8.  The competition featured eight student teams taking part in three days of role playing, team building, problem-solving, presentations, and networking with TVA representatives.
 
The competition concluded with dinner and a keynote presentation at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens.
 
The 1st place winning team, comprised of AAMU’s DeAndre Marks, Tere Calloway, Brittany Jenkins and Owen Stubberfield received $5,000.
 
The 2nd place winning team of Kenji Walker, La'Teasha Watkins, Kiaron Bailey and Kimberly Fields received $2,500.  The 3rd place winning team of Julian Clayton, Monique Ford and Bridget McWilliams received $1,500
 
Best presenter honors went to Rebecca Pierce, who received $250.
 
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Professor, Student Pen Paper on Groupthink and Dissonance
 
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and Counseling, published an article with Dr. Linda J.M. Holloway, assistant professor, in the EC-Psychology and Psychiatry Journal titled “A Chain is as Strong as Its Weakest Link: Investigation of Groupthink and Post-Decision Dissonance.”
 
The article was selected as the best article for Issue 2. Ms. April Berry is scheduled to graduate May 5th, 2017, with her Master’s in Counseling Psychology-Clinical Concentration. She has been accepted to the Ph.D. Combined-Integrated Counseling and Clinical Psychology Program at University of South Alabama, where she will attend Fall 2017.Throughout her tenure at Alabama A&M, Dr. Linda J.M. Holloway has served as her mentor, thesis advisor, and academic advisor.
 
  
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Family Literacy Focus of Extension’s Family Fun Day on June 10
 
by Wendi Williams 
 
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit will hold the second Parent-Child Reading Enhancement Program’s (PCREP) Family Day of Education and Fun on Saturday, June 10, 2017, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Alabama Agriculture and Mechanical University’s Agribition Center, 4925 Moores Mill Road in Huntsville. Come and bring the entire family and neighborhood youth out for a day of fun, educational, and interactive activities, including exhibits, outdoor games, a water slide, petting zoo, food, music, and more.
 
“This year we will continue with the theme ‘Celebrating Family Literacy’ that focuses on activities and events showcasing the importance of family literacy programs and providing learning resources for families and communities,” said Ronnie Humphrey, event co-chair.
 
In celebration of family literacy, kids will have a chance to earn PCREP dollars (play money) from each activity they participate in on June 10 to purchase books at an on-site bookstore. Also, while in the bookstore, participants can get their faces painted by local volunteers.
 
The Family Day of Education & Fun is a PCREP activity that is designed to enhance reading among children ages 4 to 9 in grades K-4. This event is free and open to the public; however, vendors must pay a $30 set-up fee. Also, please be sure to bring proper attire for the water slide.
 
For general information, please contact Ronnie Humphrey at (256) 372-4969, Dr. Dorothy Brandon at (256) 372-5458, or visit www.aces.edu/urban. Potential vendors may contact Nancy McCrary at (256) 372-4937.
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Week of: May 1-7, 2017

 
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17th Annual Black Tie Scholarship Gala Caps Off $25M Campaign
 
In addition to providing an excellent affair for the recognition of individuals, business and organizations that have provided unparalleled support to Alabama A&M University over the past year, the 2017 Black Tie Scholarship Gala also was the event for the formalization of the completion of the $25 million capital campaign.
 
Among the catalysts for the drive were AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr.; Archie Tucker II, AAMU vice president for marketing, communications and advancement; and AAMU alumnus John O. Hudson III of Alabama Power; in addition to a team of administrators and advancement staffers.
 
SGA President Tara Crawford and Presidential Scholar Joshua Baker served as masters of ceremony.  Award presentations were made to the following:  Koinonia Award - St. John AME Church, Huntsville, Ala.; Diversity Award - City of Huntsville Office of Multicultural Affairs; Small Organization Award - Tec-Masters, Inc.; Large Organization Award, Coca-Cola United, Inc.; and Advocate of the Year Award - Dr. Ernest L. Knight.
 
The evening's entertainment was provided by Tuscaloosa-born R&B singer Alvin Garrett of Birmingham, Ala.  Garrett's stellar performance was preceded by student entertainment from Devron Ard, Carlos Salas and Nu Soul.
  
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AAMU Announces 2017 Summer Programs
 
Coordinators of AAMU’s annual summer program listing have announced the activities set for summer 2017.   Click below:    
 
For additional information, contact Dr. Vernessa Edward at (256) 372-7122 or Jeff Robinson at (256) 372-8361.
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Alum Founder's Day Speaker
The software acquisition manager for the Missile Defense Agency will be the speaker for the Founder's Day observance on Friday, May 5, in the T.M. Elmore Building at 11 a.m. 
 
McDonald-Small.jpgPamela Moore McDonald began her professional career in 1983 with United Space Booster, Incorporated. in Huntsville, Ala., after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering technology from Alabama A&M University. 
In 1987, after completing electrical engineering equivalent course work at the University of Alabama Huntsville, McDonald began her federal civil service career at the U. S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMRDEC) .  She was assigned to the Research Engineering Development Center Software Engineering Directorate as an Electronics Engineer. 
 
McDonald currently serves as the Software Acquisition Manager for the Missile Defense Agency. She is the senior software acquisition management advisor to the MDA Director,  the Director for Engineering and the Program Executives.   She provides leadership and direction to the MDA, Director of Engineering Independent Assessment (DEA) Software Acquisition Management  (SAM) Office, ensuring a consistentstandardized  methodology  for  the acquisition of software troughout  the MDA.
 
McDonald also holds a Master of Science degree in management science from the Florida Institute of Technology, and she is a graduate of the Defense Management College. 
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Harley-Davidson Administrator-Alum to Address Commencement
 
The more than 500 persons scheduled to receive degrees at Alabama A&M University's spring commencement exercises will receive words from a woman who once sat among them on her eventual climb through the corporate world.
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After earning her degree in nursing from cross-town University of Alabama in Huntsville, Tchernavia Rocker received the Master of Business Administratiom degree from AAMU.  Now a certified senior professional in human resources, Rocker is vice president of human resources for Harley-Davidson Motor Company, where she supervises over 200 HR employees.
Rocker's extended role includes employee and labor relations, talent management, training, organizational development, performance management, diversity, safety, occupational health and other functions.  She has performed similar HR duties at Goodyear Dunlop North America Tire, Inc., in addition to securing experiences in healthcare and scientific research at other organizations.
 
The administrator previously served on the boards of the Urban Economic Development Association, Progressive Community Health Centers, the Crispus Attucks Center and the South George Street Community Partnership.  Her current affiliations include the Board of Directors for the Next Door Foundation; Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wis.; the Society for Human Resource Management; and the National Black MBA Association.
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Ushers for Spring 2017 Commencement
 
Volunteers are needed to serve as ushers during the Spring 2017 Commencement Exercises.  Commencement will be held Friday, May 5, 2017 at 6:00 p.m., at the Von Braun Civic Center.
 
Contact Ms. Nicole Jackson at nicole.jackson@aamu.edu or ext. 8747, or Ms. Janet Jones at janet.jones@aamu.edu or call ext. 8089.
 
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Admissions Launches Exciting New Recruitment Video
 
It’s a tour of Alabama A&M University like you’ve never seen before. The Office of Admissions It’s a tour of Alabama A&M University like you’ve never seen before. The Office of Admissions created a new recruiting video for 2017-18.  Click below:
"It literally takes you on a virtual tour of everything the University has to offer," says Venita Clisby King," assistant vice president of enrollment management and director of admissions. According to King, the video highlights the University’s colleges, majors, faculty, diversity, residence halls, campus life and extracurricular activities. Moreover, current students discuss why they chose AAMU. 
 
"One thing every student talked about is how AAMU welcomed them and that they feel like a part of our family. We wanted to incorporate that feeling," added King. The video is now on AAMU’s social media and the AAMU Admissions page on YouTube. King hopes it has at least 5,000 views by April 29.
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Agribition Center Preps for Huntsville Art Festival May 13
 
The Huntsville Art Festival will be held on Saturday, May 13, from 12-6 p.m. at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University Agribition Center. The Agribition Center is located at 4925 Moores Mill Road in Huntsville. 
 
Admission is free, and activities will include various live jazz, R&B and soul music, food trucks, mixed medium artists, various vendors and door prizes.
 
VIP vendors are asked to pay a $75 set-up fee and a door prize valued at $25. VIP vendors will be provided a prime location as well as 1 tent, 1 table, and 2 chairs.   Other vendors are asked to pay a $50 set-up fee and provide a $25 door prize. Regular vendors will receive 1 table and 2 chairs.
 
Contact Donna Gilbert at dhg0004@aces.edu to request a Vendor Registration form.  Registration fee is only refundable if space is no longer available for event. 
 
Make checks payable to: The Agribition Center and mail payment and form to: Donna Gilbert, AAMU Agribition Center, 4925 Moores Mill Road, Huntsville, AL 35811.
 
For general information, please contact Altonio Smith at (256) 859-5896 or altonio.smith@aamu.edu or Donna Gilbert at (256) 859-5896 or dhg0004@aces.edu.
 
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Grad Student Makes Japan Trip Resourceful
 
In addition to visiting churches, hospitals, high schools, universities and enthusiastic Japanese fans of gospel music, AAMU grad student Reginald Robinson (above, white shirt) also used his trip to the island nation to conduct some meaningful research for his master’s program in urban and regional planning.
 
It wasn’t his first visit, says Robinson, speaking about a recent Japan Mission Is Possible Tour where "130 souls were won to Christ." Tracing the footsteps of his mentor, Pastor Andre Reynolds of Thanksgiving Praise and Worship (TPW) International Ministries, who has traveled to Japan on 27 occasions, Robinson has visited the country five times.
 
Not only has Reynolds traveled across Japan, but he has a textbook on gospel music that is used for teaching in the Japanese school across the country, adds Robinson. In 2015, RVC, one of the largest recording companies in the world actually selected the pastor’s ministry as a subject for a documentary on black gospel music and black history.
 
"Gospel music is big in Japan," notes Robinson. "It is seen more of an art form than just religious expression."
 
While on his visit to Japan, Robinson conducted research the use of strategic planning within Japanese churches. He was not only interested in whether Japanese pastors in various cities were employing such methods, but whether those methods were working and leading toward church growth. He hopes to have his research work completed in the summer.
 
"Churches everywhere are anchors," said Robinson, a native of Mobile, Ala. "We want them to thrive for the sake of their communities."
 
Persons interested in traveling with or supporting TPW International, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, should visit TPWMinistries.org.
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AAMU Volunteers Needed for MLK School Event

 
On Friday, May 12, Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School will hold its annual field day from 7:45 a.m.-2 p.m.   MLK teachers and staff are in desperate need of volunteers.
Unfortunately, AAMU will not have students during that period, but it is requesting voluntary assistance from interested faculty, staff and administrators to take a few hours and serve future Bulldogs.  Lunch will be provided. 
 
Interested volunteers should contact Monica Clarke, service and learning coordinator for the Freshman Academy, at (256) 372-4710.
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AAMU Information Technology Services (ITS) staffer Justin Vaughner has captured the construction progress of the new residence hall facility under construction on Meridian Street using drone.  
 
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AAMU Declared “StormReady” Community
 
The Department of Public Safety recently received notification from the National Weather Center stating that the University is now recognized as a StormReady community.   
 
Being part of a Weather-Ready Nation is about preparing for your community's increasing vulnerability to extreme weather and water events. Americans live in the most severe weather-prone country on Earth. You can make sure your community is StormReady®. Some 98 percent of all presidentially declared disasters are weather related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage. The StormReady program helps arm America's communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property--before, during and after the event. StormReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen local safety programs.
 
StormReady communities are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through advanced planning, education and awareness. No community is storm proof, but StormReady can help communities save lives.
 
StormReady uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to handle all types of severe weather—from tornadoes to tsunamis. The program encourages communities to take a new, proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations by providing emergency managers with clear-cut guidelines on how to improve their hazardous weather operations. To be officially StormReady, a community must:
§  Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center
§  Have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the
public
§  Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally
§  Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars
§  Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters
and holding emergency exercises.
 
Also, AAMU was selected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to participate in the  Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador initiative.  The Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador initiative is an effort to formally recognize NOAA partners who are improving the nation’s readiness against extreme weather, water, and climate events. As a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador, AAMU has committed to work with NOAA and other Ambassadors to strengthen national resilience against extreme weather.
 
 
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CBPA Teams Well-Awarded in TVA Competition
 
The College of Business and Public Affairs held a successful Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Case Competition April 6-8.  The competition featured eight student teams taking part in three days of role playing, team building, problem-solving, presentations, and networking with TVA representatives.
 
The competition concluded with dinner and a keynote presentation at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens.
 
The 1st place winning team, comprised of AAMU’s DeAndre Marks, Tere Calloway, Brittany Jenkins and Owen Stubberfield received $5,000.
 
The 2nd place winning team of Kenji Walker, La'Teasha Watkins, Kiaron Bailey and Kimberly Fields received $2,500.  The 3rd place winning team of Julian Clayton, Monique Ford and Bridget McWilliams received $1,500
 
Best presenter honors went to Rebecca Pierce, who received $250.
 
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Professor, Student Pen Paper on Groupthink and Dissonance
 
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and Counseling, published an article with Dr. Linda J.M. Holloway, assistant professor, in the EC-Psychology and Psychiatry Journal titled “A Chain is as Strong as Its Weakest Link: Investigation of Groupthink and Post-Decision Dissonance.”
 
The article was selected as the best article for Issue 2. Ms. April Berry is scheduled to graduate May 5th, 2017, with her Master’s in Counseling Psychology-Clinical Concentration. She has been accepted to the Ph.D. Combined-Integrated Counseling and Clinical Psychology Program at University of South Alabama, where she will attend Fall 2017.Throughout her tenure at Alabama A&M, Dr. Linda J.M. Holloway has served as her mentor, thesis advisor, and academic advisor.
 
  
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Family Literacy Focus of Extension’s Family Fun Day on June 10
 
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The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit will hold the second Parent-Child Reading Enhancement Program’s (PCREP) Family Day of Education and Fun on Saturday, June 10, 2017, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Alabama Agriculture and Mechanical University’s Agribition Center, 4925 Moores Mill Road in Huntsville. Come and bring the entire family and neighborhood youth out for a day of fun, educational, and interactive activities, including exhibits, outdoor games, a water slide, petting zoo, food, music, and more.
 
“This year we will continue with the theme ‘Celebrating Family Literacy’ that focuses on activities and events showcasing the importance of family literacy programs and providing learning resources for families and communities,” said Ronnie Humphrey, event co-chair.
 
In celebration of family literacy, kids will have a chance to earn PCREP dollars (play money) from each activity they participate in on June 10 to purchase books at an on-site bookstore. Also, while in the bookstore, participants can get their faces painted by local volunteers.
 
The Family Day of Education & Fun is a PCREP activity that is designed to enhance reading among children ages 4 to 9 in grades K-4. This event is free and open to the public; however, vendors must pay a $30 set-up fee. Also, please be sure to bring proper attire for the water slide.
 
For general information, please contact Ronnie Humphrey at (256) 372-4969, Dr. Dorothy Brandon at (256) 372-5458, or visit www.aces.edu/urban. Potential vendors may contact Nancy McCrary at (256) 372-4937.
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Medicinal Plant Conference Moves to Clemson 
 
The Alabama A&M University plant and soil science professor who heads the organization dedicated to the study of and research of medicinal plants has announced plans for the 2017 conference.
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The 2017 conference will be held at Clemson University in South Carolina, said Mentreddy, a prolific researcher whose most recent research has been published in the Florida-based Journal of Medicinal Plants.
 
A group discount is available, and graduate students who present a poster, or an oral paper receive 90% off of the registration fee.  The deadline for submission of abstracts for graduate student competitions and early registration is March 15, 2017.  Visit www.acmap.org for more details.
 
Interested persons can also contact Dr. Srinivasa Rao Mentreddy, professor and program coordinator, Plant Biotechnology, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL 35762, or call ( 256) 372-4250 oAlt. email: srinivasa.mentreddy@aamu.edu
 
Additional details about the forthcoming conference will be announced at a later date.
 
 
 
Alabama Site of Master Gardeners in 2017

 
 
The Alabama Master Gardeners Association (AMGA) will hold its 27th annual state conference in Huntsville, Ala., May 1-3, 2017. 
 
 
The 2107 conference is hosted by the Master Gardeners of North Alabama with assistance from Limestone, Morgan and Marshall County Master Gardeners.  The conference is expected to draw more than 400 gardeners from across the Southeast.  The conference program is already filling up with exciting lectures and demonstrations.
 
 
Alabama Master Gardeners take great pride in improving their communities by providing education and training to its citizens. 
 
 
 
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AAMU Holds Ribbon Cutting Programs for Three Facilities
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In an effort to celebrate long-awaited renovations to noted structures on the historic Alabama A&M University campus, President Andrew Hugine, Jr., held a series of ribbon-cutting ceremonies on Thursday, April 13.   PHOTOS
The brief programs began with a ceremony (above) at William H. Councill Hall, which reopened in 2016 following over $1 million in renovations and upgrades.  The changes allowed the former residence hall to become a student support center that houses the Office of Retention and Persistence, Testing Services, TRiO and the Confucius Institute.  The basement was renovated to include state-of-the-art technology to support the Tutorial Assistance Network (TAN).
 
Robert A.Carter Hall, the site of the second ceremony, has served as a science building since its erection in 1962.  Over $4.7 million was spent to renovate and upgrade the building to install a complete HVAC system, replace lab and classroom equipment, make ADA enhancement and window replacements.
 
An additional $1 million was used to renovate and upgrade the Ralph H. lee Student Center, which was built in 1958.  The building houses Student Activities, the campus bookstore, print shop, mailroom, Student Government Association offices, and a game room.
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Alum to Address MSU/COM Commencement
 
Dr. Mark E. Fleming, teaching faculty, Orthopaedic Trauma Service; deputy director, Navy Trauma Training Center; and adjunct clinical associate professor of orthopaedics, Los Angeles County and University of Southern California Medical Center, will be the commencement speaker for the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University in Lansing, Mich., on May 4.
 
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He is a member of numerous professional organizations, and he has received scores of awards and honors in recognition of his passion and compassionate care of wounded soldiers and the advancement of research in casualty care. In 2014, he received the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics (AOAO) prestigious Fellow Award.
 
Fleming is married to Kreslyon Valrie Fleming, a 1991 honor graduate and former Miss Alabama A&M University. They are the proud parents of three children.
 
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Admissions Team Readies for Birmingham Fair
 
The AAMU Birmingham College Fair and Reception scheduled for the Birmingham Crossplex is very near.  More than 15 departments have confirmed participation by completing the short form sent a month ago.   Please make note of the following logistics:
 
Location: 2331 Bessemer Rd, Birmingham, AL 35208
Phone: (205) 279-8900
Set-Up: 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
College Fair 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Reception & Program 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
 
ATTENTION:  Those who have reserved a seat on the bus should adhere to the following:
The bus will depart from the north end of Patton Hall
The bus will be available for loading exhibit materials at 12 noon
The bus will depart for Birmingham at 1 p.m. sharp
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The Office of Marketing, Communication and Advancement (MCA) is preparing to host the 17th Annual Black Tie Scholarship Gala on Friday, April 28, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at the VBC. 
 
The Gala provides the University an opportunity to showcase its brightest scholarship recipients, while also recognizing avid AAMU supporters.
 
In an effort to heighten awareness and excitement for the event, MCA invites the AAMU Family to participate in "Black Tie Tuesday," an initiative calling for all University constituents to wear a Black Tie every Tuesday leading up to the Gala.
 
MCA requests the support from the University Family in this initiative. For more  information, visit www.aamu.edu/blacktie. or see articles below.
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Black Tie Gala 2017 Featuring Alvin Garrett
 
The Black Tie Scholarship Gala is Alabama A&M University’s premier annual fundraising event designed to close the financial gap of students aspiring toward higher education. This event was derived by members of the Collaborative University Business and Industry Cluster (CUBIC) in 2001 as a way to raise scholarship dollars and to build institutional awareness while bringing together students, faculty/staff and industry for a common cause. Now in its 17th year, the Gala has raised approximately $2 million dollars since its inception and has impacted the lives of hundreds of students.
 
Garrett2.jpgThe 17th Annual Black Tie Scholarship Gala will be held Friday, April 28, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. This year’s event is slated for the North Hall of Huntsville’s Von Braun Center. Each year, the Gala provides the University an opportunity to showcase its best and brightest scholarship recipients, while also recognizing individuals and organizations that are leaders in their respective fields and avid AAMU supporters. 
 
At the conclusion of the program, guests are invited to dance the night away to the performance by Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Alvin Garrett. This is sure to be an evening to remember!
 
Both organizations and individuals can support AAMU and this event through a variety of sponsorship levels. Individual seats are $100. Table sponsorships begin at $1,000 and include eight (8) seats. Please click HERE to view all sponsorship packages.
 
For more information, contact (256) 372-8344 or blacktie@aamu.edu.
 
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Best-Selling Author Inspires Counseling Class
 
Dr. Linda J.M. Holloway (front row, second left), an associate professor in the Department of Social Work, Psychology and Counseling, launched a reading initiative in her counseling classes.
For Spring 2017, her occupational psychology class read "Abundance Now" by Lisa Nichols, an award-winning, best-selling author who battled her way from welfare to Wall Street. She is the CEO of her own company, Motivating the Masses, and is a highly requested international transformational speaker.
Holloway also reached out to Nichols, who provided the class a personalized message of inspiration shared in the video at: https://vimeo.com/209311644.
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Alum Founder's Day Speaker
The software acquisition manager for the Missile Defense Agency will be the speaker for the Founder's Day observance on Friday, May 5, in the T.M. Elmore Building at 11 a.m. 
 
McDonald-Small.jpgPamela Moore McDonald began her professional career in 1983 with United Space Booster, Incorporated. in Huntsville, Ala., after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering technology from Alabama A&M University. 
In 1987, after completing electrical engineering equivalent course work at the University of Alabama Huntsville, McDonald began her federal civil service career at the U. S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMRDEC) .  She was assigned to the Research Engineering Development Center Software Engineering Directorate as an Electronics Engineer. 
 
McDonald currently serves as the Software Acquisition Manager for the Missile Defense Agency. She is the senior software acquisition management advisor to the MDA Director,  the Director for Engineering and the Program Executives.   She provides leadership and direction to the MDA, Director of Engineering Independent Assessment (DEA) Software Acquisition Management  (SAM) Office, ensuring a consistentstandardized  methodology  for  the acquisition of software troughout  the MDA.
 
McDonald also holds a Master of Science degree in management science from the Florida Institute of Technology, and she is a graduate of the Defense Management College. 
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Harley-Davidson Administrator-Alum to Address Commencement
 
The more than 500 persons scheduled to receive degrees at Alabama A&M University's spring commencement exercises will receive words from a woman who once sat among them on her eventual climb through the corporate world.
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After earning her degree in nursing from cross-town University of Alabama in Huntsville, Tchernavia Rocker received the Master of Business Administratiom degree from AAMU.  Now a certified senior professional in human resources, Rocker is vice president of human resources for Harley-Davidson Motor Company, where she supervises over 200 HR employees.
Rocker's extended role includes employee and labor relations, talent management, training, organizational development, performance management, diversity, safety, occupational health and other functions.  She has performed similar HR duties at Goodyear Dunlop North America Tire, Inc., in addition to securing experiences in healthcare and scientific research at other organizations.
 
The administrator previously served on the boards of the Urban Economic Development Association, Progressive Community Health Centers, the Cripus Attucks Center and the South George Street Community Partnership.  Her current affiliations include the Board of Directors for the Next Door Foundation; Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wis.; the Society for Human Resource Management; and the National Black MBA Association.
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Alum Among Teacher Hall of Fame Finalists
An AAMU alum has been selected as one of five state finalists in the middle school category for the Alabama Teacher Hall of Fame sponsored by Jacksonville State University.
 
Thomasena Garner will be interviewed in Birmingham by a selection committee, and results will be announced May 11.
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Former AAMU Education Professor New College President
 
The inauguration ceremony and investiture convocation to formally install Dr. W. Franklin Evans at president of Voorhees College took place on April 7.
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“I am honored to take on the prestigious title as president of a historical foundation such as Voorhees College. I will uphold the mission established by the founder, Elizabeth Evelyn Wright, as I work to make Voorhees the premiere institution of excellence,” Evans said.
Prior to being named the president of Voorhees College, which is affiliated with The Episcopal Church, Dr. Evans served as the interim president of South Carolina State University (SCSU). He also served as the provost and chief academic officer at SCSU.
During his tenure in higher education, he has been employed at Virginia Union University, Elizabeth City State University, Alabama A&M University, 
Tennessee State University, Vanderbilt University and Athens State University.
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AAMU Plans Tech Transfer Program for Small Businesses
 
The Alabama A&M University College of Business and Public Affairs’ Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Development (CEIED), in cooperation with the AAMU-Rise Foundation, announces the SBIR-STTR Conference on April 23 -25 on the AAMU campus. 
 
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Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.
 
Additionally, the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena. Key to this program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. However, the unique feature of the STTR program is the requirement for the small business to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II.
 
Funding for research and development is moving away from grants, says Orok. Instead, it is becoming essential for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), as well as all Minority Serving Institutions, to start competing for government and private industry contracts.
 
The AAMU-RISE Foundation and the AAMU Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, & Economic Development are hosting this conference to bring together experts from government agencies, leading R&D companies, and academic institutions. They will be sharing their expertise, thus enabling HBCUs and MSIs to partner with the government and its contractors as they develop and commercialize innovative technologies.
 
For registration and other information, contact CEIED at (256) 372-5603 or e-mail teresa.orok@aamu.edu.
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Business School Co-Sponsoring Upcoming Symposium
 
AAMU’s College of Business and Public Affairs is among the visionary sponsors of an April 20 symposium focusing on the importance of cultivating diversity, talent and innovation within public and private organizations throughout the Tennessee Valley.
 
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Organizers says understanding the importance of diversity and inclusion enhances morale and provides organizations with a unique opportunity to attract and retain high-quality talent in Northern Alabama.
 
In addition to AAMU, event sponsors include the U.S. Army Materiel Command, Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, City of Huntsville, Leadership Huntsville/Madison County, NASA/MSFC, Oakwood University and the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
 
The symposium will begin at 9 a.m. at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala.  For registration and additional information, visit www.futureandbeyondhsv.com
 
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Remaining Schedule for the Department of Visual, Performing and Communication Arts
 
 
Wed
April 19
Noon
 
Student Recital
Morrison Building 100 Choir Room
Sun
April 23
8 a.m.
 
 
 
5 p.m.
 
AAMU Choir in BIRMINGHAM
Spring Concert: Band and Choir
Bethel Bapt. Church
3200 28th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 3
 
Sixth  Ave Baptist
1101 Martin Luther King Jr Dr.
Birmingham, AL
Tues
April 25
7 p.m.
AAMU Wind Symphony & Concert Band Concert
TM Elmore Gymnasium
Tues
April 25
1 p.m.
AAMU Choir Concert
Lee High School
Huntsville, AL
Thurs
April 27
3-5 p.m.
Ceremony for Student Art Exhibition Closing Reception/Awards
 
MB Art Gallery
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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STEM Day April 20
 
AAMU will recognize the best and brightest in science-related disciplines at its 11th Annual STEM Day Thursday, April 20, in the AAMU Student Health and Wellness Center.  
 
STEM is the widely-used acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  AAMU students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, along with their mentors/advisors, are encouraged to present posters on various research and senior design projects in STEM disciplines ranging from computer science and mechanical engineering to food and animal sciences and forestry.  Abstracts for poster submissions can be submitted at: http://www.aamu.edu/information/stemday/pages/default.aspx.  The deadline for abstract submission is 11:59 p.m. on March 24.
 
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Alabama Extension to Participate in Earth Day 2017 Activities
 
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit (Urban Affairs) will participate in two upcoming Earth Day events. 
 
The first event is the 47th Annual Earth Day Festival and Farmer’s Market that will be held at the Monte Sano State Park Picnic Area located at 5105 Nolen Avenue SE, Huntsville, AL on Sunday, April 23, 2017, from 12-5 p.m. The Flint River Conservation Association is hosting more than 50 earth friendly exhibitors. There will also be a farmers market, a raptor bird show, a family mountain bike ride, music, food trucks, hands-on activities for kids, solar telescopes, geocaching, and much more.  For more information call 256-539-3747.
 
Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs also plans to participate in Operation Green Team’s 2017 Earth Day Festival at Hays Nature Preserve on Saturday, April 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. located at 7161 Hays Preserve Trail Southeast, Owens Cross Roads, Alabama. For the past three years Urban Affairs has been a sponsor of the butterfly release, one of the most anticipated Earth Day activities taking place at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. 
 
More than 15,000 individuals attended Operation Green Team’s Earth Day Festival in 2016 and another record-breaking crowd is expected this year. This event is free and features more than 70 organizations and businesses with activities, animal exhibits, demonstrations, take-home crafts, giveaways, and information. Earth Day activities at Hays Preserve will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather. 
 
Visit http://alabama.travel/upcoming-events/earth-day-at-hays-nature-preserve for 2016 Earth Day highlights featuring Extension Regional Specialist Robert Spencer. 
 
For general information regarding Extension activities, please contact Dr. Karnita Garner at (256) 372-8331 (kfg0003@aamu.edu) or Robert Spencer at (256) 372-4983 (rds0002@aces.edu). 
 
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Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon Set
 
President Andrew Hugine, Jr., has announced that the campus will observe 
Adminstrative Professionals Day during a luncheon scheduled at 12 noon on Wednesday, April 26, at the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center. 
 
Supervisors and the University share the expense of lunches for administrative personnel.  Payments must be submitted by personal or cashier's check made payable to "Aramark" and submitted by April 20 to Human Resources (Cheryl K. Johnson).  For additional information, call (256) 372-5515.
 
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Ushers for Spring 2017 Commencement
 
Volunteers are needed to serve as ushers during the Spring 2017 Commencement Exercises.  Commencement will be held Friday, May 5, 2017 at 6:00 p.m., at the Von Braun Civic Center.
 
Contact Ms. Nicole Jackson at nicole.jackson@aamu.edu or ext. 8747, or Ms. Janet Jones at janet.jones@aamu.edu or call ext. 8089.
 
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Residence Hall Construction Timeline
 
AAMU Information Technology Services (ITS) staffer Justin Vaughner has captured the construction progress of the new residence hall facility under construction on Meridian Street using drone.  
 
View the most recent developments HERE.
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 Week of: April 10-16, 2017

 
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HONORS DAY:   Sophomore Joshua Baker of Huntsville (r) receives Gold Presidential Medallion from President Andrew Hugine, Jr., during the annual Academic Honors Convocation, where he also made the Honor Roll and Dean's List.  The occasion for the best and brightest was captured by photographer Padraic Major.   PHOTOS
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Athletics to Celebrate The Best of The Best

The AAMU Department of Athletics will hold its Annual Athletic Banquet, otherwise known as The B.E.S.T Awards on Monday, April 10, in the East Hall of BestAwards.jpg
the Von Braun Center at 6:30 p.m.  The B.E.S.T. (Bulldogs Excellence in Sports & Teams) Awards celebrates student athletes in all areas of AAMU Bulldog athletics.

This promises to be an evening of excitement set aside to recognize and celebrate the academic and athletic achievement of student-athletes, states Bryan Hicks, director of athletics. 

Tickets ($35, individual; $10, students) can be purchased at the Louis Crews Football Stadium ticket office.  Sponsorship/table packages are also available and are a great way to keep the Athletic Department #BULLDOGSTRONG!   All proceeds from ticket, table and sponsorship sales are used solely to support AAMU student athletes as they strive to continue to be the BEST, say Hicks.

The following sponsorships/table packages are available:
Sponsorship/Table Packages
Maroon        $250.00    Table for 8 
White           $500.00    Table for 8/Program Recognition
Bulldog    $1,000.00    Table for 8/Program Recognition/B.E.S.T. Award     Plaque
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For additional information please call 256-372-8057.
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AAMU Plans Ribbon Cutting Events

Alabama A&M University is proud to announce the formal ribbon cuttings for two newly renovated buildings:  Robert A Carter Hall, the home of science and mathematics units, and The Ralph Lee Student Center.
 
The ribbon cuttings will be held on April 13, beginning at 11 a.m. for Carter Hall and at 12:30 p.m. for the Ralph Lee Student Center.  Refreshments will be served.
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SCHOLARSHIPS:  The First Lady's Scholarship Luncheon was held Saturday, April 1, in the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center.  Pictured (l-r) are:  Isha Conteh, College of Business and Public Affairs; DeMariah Koger, College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences; First Lady Abbiegail Hugine; Aria Cauthen, College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences; and Quanisha Ford, College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences.  Not Shown:  Rida Khalid, College of Business and Public Affairs.  Through such initiatives, First Lady Hugine and volunteers have raised some $170,000 for an endowed scholarship fund.    PHOTOS
 
First Lady’s Luncheon Scholarship Program a Success
 
The First Lady’s Scholarship Luncheon, in addition to honoring the current First Lady (Abbiegail Hamilton Hugine) and the former first ladies of Alabama A&M University, awarded scholarships to five deserving students on Saturday, April 1, in the Ernest L. Knight Center.
 
SGA Executive President Tara Crawford served presided over an event that included vocal and musical talent, as well as tributes.  Meditation was provided by Rev. Joretha Wright, executive minister and First Lady of St. John A.M.E. Church, while grace was given by Dr. Andrea Cunningham.  Other program participants included Felicia Wilson (occasion); greetings by Dr. Jeanette Jones, president of the AAMU Faculty Senate, Miss AAMU Carmen Wright, and Staff Senate President Eugene Tasie; scholarship presentations by Dr. Jeanette Jones and Abbiegail Hugine; acknowledgements by Dr. Kimberley Marshall; and a special tribute to the late Elizabeth Sloan-Ragland by Dr. Barbara Cady.
 
KelseyWilsonClassic.jpgHighlights of the luncheon were the performances by musician Tommy Friend; vocalists Gloria Evans, Diedre Davis, Stefanie Davis and Brenda Davis; and AAMU graduate student and guest vocalist Kelsey "Songbird" Wilson (right).  Wilson is a native of Tuscaloosa, Ala., who developed a love for opera and was inspired by the legendary Marian Anderson.  Aided by voice lessons and a love to perform, Wilson has delighted audiences gathered for a wide array of events.  She is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in counseling psychology from AAMU and plans to pursue doctoral studies in the near future.
 
Over $25, 000 in scholarships, which are open for male and female applicants, have been awarded to students.   The 2017 scholarship recipients included:  Aria Cauthen, sophomore, College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences, Communications Media, Lawrenceville, Ga.; Isha Conteh, graduate student, College of Business and Public Affairs, Master of Business Administration, Wrens, Ga.; Quanisha Ford, graduate student, College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences, Elementary Education, Greenville, Miss.; Rida Khalid, freshman, College of Business and Public Affairs, Business Administration, Lahore, Pakistan; and DeMariah Koger, junior, College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences, Environmental Science, Clinton, Md.
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Freshman Academy Finalists Visits
 
​Three finalists will be interviewed for the position of Executive Director for the Freshman Academy.  Each candidate will present his plan to increase student retention and graduation rates at AAMU.
 
Mr. Anthony Ray
Monday, April 10, 2017
1:00 p.m. - Campus Forum
Dawson Auditorium
 
Dr. Mel Norwood
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
1:00 p.m. - Campus Forum
Dawson Auditorium
 
Dr. Sherman Green
Thursday, April 13, 2017
1:00 p.m. - Campus Forum
Dawson Auditorium
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APEX GIFT TO STATE:  The Alliance for Physics Excellence is comprised of physics teachers from throughout the state of Alabama who want to hone their knowledge and skills in physics with the support of the National Science Foundation.  The program presented equipment to the Alabama State Department of Education (ASDE) Alabama Science In Motion (ASIM) program valued at more than $200,000.   AAMU is the lead institution for the multi-year NSF-APEX project.  Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr., seated, center, is joined by (l-r) Dr. Kemba K. Chambers of J.F. Drake Community and Technical College and Martha Anne Allison, Alabama State Department of Education.    PHOTOS
 
 
With the signing of an official Memorandum of Understanding, Alabama A&M University (APEX) officially transferred laboratory equipment valued at $213,475 to the Alabama State Department of Education Alabama Science In Motion (ASIM) program. ASIM is a high school science component of Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI). 
 
This event is a perfect example of collaboration between higher education and K12 leveraging resources to improve professional development and impact classroom instruction. High school physics teachers in the state of Alabama have an opportunity to gain a deeper knowledge of physics content, infused with technology while employing more effective instructional strategies based on physics education research.
 
Additionally, the APEX project targets policy makers to provide more professional development on the importance of physics in the high school curriculum. ASIM improves Specialists’ and teachers’ content and pedagogy by sequencing labs through the storyline training model.
 
The efforts of the APEX project will be sustained through ASIM’s future teacher trainings. The equipment purchased with APEX funding will be used by hundreds of teachers and impact students over the life of the ASIM program. Ultimately the equipment will be a cornerstone to help transform and sustain physics education in Alabama.
  

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AAMU Plans Tech Transfer Program for Small Businesses
 
The Alabama A&M University College of Business and Public Affairs’ Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Development (CEIED), in cooperation with the AAMU-Rise Foundation, announces the SBIR-STTR Conference on April 23 -25 on the AAMU campus. 
 
Prospective participants still have an opportunity to help shape a conference that meets their unique interest, according to Dr. Teresa M. Orok, CEIED executive director.  The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in federal research/research and development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization.
 
Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.
 
Additionally, the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena. Key to this program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. However, the unique feature of the STTR program is the requirement for the small business to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II.
 
Funding for research and development is moving away from grants, says Orok. Instead, it is becoming essential for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), as well as all Minority Serving Institutions, to start competing for government and private industry contracts.
 
The AAMU-RISE Foundation and the AAMU Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, & Economic Development are hosting this conference to bring together experts from government agencies, leading R&D companies, and academic institutions. They will be sharing their expertise, thus enabling HBCUs and MSIs to partner with the government and its contractors as they develop and commercialize innovative technologies.
 
For registration and other information, contact CEIED at (256) 372-5603 or e-mail teresa.orok@aamu.edu.
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COBPA Luncheon Set
 
The College of Business and Public Affairs at AAMU will hold its 2nd Annual Senior Graduation Luncheon in the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center Tuesday, April 11, 12:30-1:45 p.m.
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SMARTPHONES:  Dr. Constance Jordan Wilson (above), retired professor, Community and Regional Planning, attends the "Smartphones for Seniors" workshop Monday, April 10, sponsored by the Virginia Caples Lifelong Learning Institute (VCLLI) at Alabama A&M University in 240 Dawson Building.    PHOTOS (J. Sainjones)
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Extension Student Survey
 
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (www.aces.edu) is examining ways to reach its target audiences, particularly young adults. Please help us by completing this survey.
 
Your input is invaluable – thank you!
 
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Choral Director Honored by OUC
 
The Oakwood University Church and Singers, Musicians and Arts Conference  named an AAMU music professor as the 2017 recipient of the Dr. Mattie Moss Clark Award during a program held Friday, April 7.
 
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The program was held at the Oakwood University Church.  For additional information, contact P3mime@gmail.com.
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Physics Grad Student Bound for Europe
 
An AAMU graduate physics student will be a delegate at an important two-day energy conference in Germany next month.
 
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Earlier, Rose won the 2016 ECRS Poster Award
 
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Business School Co-Sponsoring Upcoming Symposium
 
AAMU’s College of Business and Public Affairs is among the visionary sponsors of an April 20 symposium focusing on the importance of cultivating diversity, talent and innovation within public and private organizations throughout the Tennessee Valley.
 
As a focal point, the symposium will provide strategies to build cultural awareness to enhance engagement and productivity in “Creating the Community” among Northern Alabama organizations. The main objective is to ensure organizations demonstrate a safe and inclusive environment for all employees.
 
Organizers says understanding the importance of diversity and inclusion enhances morale and provides organizations with a unique opportunity to attract and retain high-quality talent in Northern Alabama.
 
In addition to AAMU, event sponsors include the U.S. Army Materiel Command, Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, City of Huntsville, Leadership Huntsville/Madison County, NASA/MSFC, Oakwood University and the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
 
The symposium will begin at 9 a.m. at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala.  For registration and additional information, visit www.futureandbeyondhsv.com
 
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STEM Day April 20
 
AAMU will recognize the best and brightest in science-related disciplines at its 11th Annual STEM Day Thursday, April 20, in the AAMU Student Health and Wellness Center.  
 
STEM is the widely-used acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  AAMU students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, along with their mentors/advisors, are encouraged to present posters on various research and senior design projects in STEM disciplines ranging from computer science and mechanical engineering to food and animal sciences and forestry.  Abstracts for poster submissions can be submitted at: http://www.aamu.edu/information/stemday/pages/default.aspx.  The deadline for abstract submission is 11:59 p.m. on March 24.
 
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Ushers for Spring 2017 Commencement

Volunteers are needed to serve as ushers during the Spring 2017 Commencement Exercises.  Commencement will be held Friday, May 5, 2017 at 6:00 p.m., at the Von Braun Civic Center.

Contact Ms. Nicole Jackson at nicole.jackson@aamu.edu or ext. 8747, or Ms. Janet Jones at janet.jones@aamu.edu or call ext. 8089.
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Residence Hall Construction Timeline

AAMU Information Technology Services (ITS) staffer Justin Vaughner has captured the construction progress of the new residence hall facility under construction on Meridian Street using drone.  
 
View the most recent developments HERE.
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http://vote.retoolyourschool.com/
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Family Literacy Focus of Extension’s Family Fun Day on June 10
 
by Wendi Williams 
 
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit will hold the second Parent-Child Reading Enhancement Program’s (PCREP) Family Day of Education and Fun on Saturday, June 10, 2017, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Alabama Agriculture and Mechanical University’s Agribition Center, 4925 Moores Mill Road in Huntsville. Come and bring the entire family and neighborhood youth out for a day of fun, educational, and interactive activities, including exhibits, outdoor games, a water slide, petting zoo, food, music, and more.
 
“This year we will continue with the theme ‘Celebrating Family Literacy’ that focuses on activities and events showcasing the importance of family literacy programs and providing learning resources for families and communities,” said Ronnie Humphrey, event co-chair.
 
In celebration of family literacy, kids will have a chance to earn PCREP dollars (play money) from each activity they participate in on June 10 to purchase books at an on-site bookstore. Also, while in the bookstore, participants can get their faces painted by local volunteers.
 
The Family Day of Education & Fun is a PCREP activity that is designed to enhance reading among children ages 4 to 9 in grades K-4. This event is free and open to the public; however, vendors must pay a $30 set-up fee. Also, please be sure to bring proper attire for the water slide.
 
For general information, please contact Ronnie Humphrey at (256) 372-4969, Dr. Dorothy Brandon at (256) 372-5458, or visit www.aces.edu/urban. Potential vendors may contact Nancy McCrary at (256) 372-4937.
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Medicinal Plant Conference Moves to Clemson 
 
The Alabama A&M University plant and soil science professor who heads the organization dedicated to the study of and research of medicinal plants has announced plans for the 2017 conference.
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The 2017 conference will be held at Clemson University in South Carolina, said Mentreddy, a prolific researcher whose most recent research has been published in the Florida-based Journal of Medicinal Plants.
 
A group discount is available, and graduate students who present a poster, or an oral paper receive 90% off of the registration fee.  The deadline for submission of abstracts for graduate student competitions and early registration is March 15, 2017.  Visit www.acmap.org for more details.
 
Interested persons can also contact Dr. Srinivasa Rao Mentreddy, professor and program coordinator, Plant Biotechnology, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL 35762, or call ( 256) 372-4250 oAlt. email: srinivasa.mentreddy@aamu.edu
 
Additional details about the forthcoming conference will be announced at a later date.
 
 
 
Alabama Site of Master Gardeners in 2017

 
 
The Alabama Master Gardeners Association (AMGA) will hold its 27th annual state conference in Huntsville, Ala., May 1-3, 2017. 
 
 
The 2107 conference is hosted by the Master Gardeners of North Alabama with assistance from Limestone, Morgan and Marshall County Master Gardeners.  The conference is expected to draw more than 400 gardeners from across the Southeast.  The conference program is already filling up with exciting lectures and demonstrations.
 
 
Alabama Master Gardeners take great pride in improving their communities by providing education and training to its citizens. 
 

 

 

 

Week of: April 3-9, 2017

  
 
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SERVING THE CITY:  Hundreds of young Bulldogs and team leaders met on The Quad Saturday, April 1, to spread out across the city to volunteer their services for several community projects.  Coordinated by Monica Clarke and numerous faculty and staff assistants, the event provided needed support for organizations ranging from the Manna House to the Downtown Rescue Mission.   See PHOTOS
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UW Wrap-up Luncheon Thanks Volunteers
 
AAMU volunteers participated in the 2016 United Way Wrap-up Luncheon at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Huntsville.  Hosted by President and First Lady Andrew Hugine, Jr., the volunteers included the “Red Feather Leadership” team and AAMU’s 2016 United Way steering committee.
 
Pictured above are (l-r):  Dr. Jeanette Jones, Angelia Washington, Dr. Barbara A.P. Jones, First Lady Abbiegail Hugine, Tarsha Lockhart, President Andrew Hugine, Jr., Dr. Delores Price, Dr. Terri Garrison, Ursula Brooks and Dr. Daniel Upchurch.  Members of the Red Feather Leadership Team include Washington, Dr. Chance Glenn (not pictured) and Drs.  Price, Garrison and Jones.
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SCHOLARSHIPS:  The First Lady's Scholarship Luncheon was held Saturday, April 1, in the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center.  Pictured (l-r) are:  Isha Conteh, College of Business and Public Affairs; DeMariah Koger, College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences; First Lady Abbiegail Hugine; Aria Cauthen, College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences; and Quanisha Ford, College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences.  Not Shown:  Rida Khalid, College of Business and Public Affairs.  Through such initiatives, First Lady Hugine and volunteers have raised some $170,000 for an endowed scholarship fund.    PHOTOS
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COBPA Luncheon Set
 
The College of Business and Public Affairs at AAMU will hold its 2nd Annual Senior Graduation Luncheon in the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center Tuesday, April 11, 12:30-1:45 p.m.
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Extension Student Survey
 
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (www.aces.edu) is examining ways to reach its target audiences, particularly young adults. Please help us by completing this survey.
 
Your input is invaluable – thank you!
 
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YMTF Holds Opening Event
 
The Youth Motivation Task Force (YMTF) held the opening reception for its outreach program Sunday, April 2 at the Huntsville Country Club.
 
The YMTF professionals will form teams to visit various classrooms throughout the AAMU campus on Monday and Tuesday.
 
For additional information about 2017 YMTF activities and consultants, contact Career Development Services (CDS) at (256) 372-5690.
 
 
Choral Director to Be Honored by OUC
 
The Oakwood University Church and Singers, Musicians and Arts Conference have named the 2017 recipient of the Dr. Mattie Moss Clark Award for a program scheduled Friday, April 7.
 
HCarney.jpg.jpgDr. Horace Carney, AAMU choral director and professor, will receive the award presented for excellence in music with observable “unique Christian characteristics.”  Carney was also chosen, according to OUC event coordinator Michael C. Turner, because of his “outstanding lineage of musical accomplishments.”
 
The program will be held at the Oakwood University Church at 8 p.m.  For additional information, contact P3mime@gmail.com.
 
 
Physics Grad Student Bound for Europe
 
An AAMU graduate physics student will be a delegate at an important two-day energy conference in Germany next month.
 
RoseKyle4.jpgKyle Rose, a lab instructor/graduate researcher in AAMU’s applied physics doctoral program, under the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences, will take part in the Energy Harvesting & Storage Europe Conference May 10-11 in Berlin.
 
Earlier, Rose won the 2016 ECRS Poster Award
 
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Athletics to Celebrate The Best of The Best

The AAMU Department of Athletics will hold its Annual Athletic Banquet, otherwise known as The B.E.S.T Awards on Monday, April 10, in the East Hall of BestAwards.jpg
the Von Braun Center at 6:30 p.m.  The B.E.S.T. (Bulldogs Excellence in Sports & Teams) Awards celebrates student athletes in all areas of AAMU Bulldog athletics.

This promises to be an evening of excitement set aside to recognize and celebrate the academic and athletic achievement of student-athletes, states Bryan Hicks, director of athletics. 

Tickets ($35, individual; $10, students) can be purchased at the Louis Crews Football Stadium ticket office.  Sponsorship/table packages are also available and are a great way to keep the Athletic Department #BULLDOGSTRONG!   All proceeds from ticket, table and sponsorship sales are used solely to support AAMU student athletes as they strive to continue to be the BEST, say Hicks.

The following sponsorships/table packages are available:
Sponsorship/Table Packages
Maroon        $250.00    Table for 8 
White           $500.00    Table for 8/Program Recognition
Bulldog    $1,000.00    Table for 8/Program Recognition/B.E.S.T. Award     Plaque
Ad in Football Game Program Book
 
For additional information please call 256-372-8057.
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AAMU Plans Ribbon Cutting Events

Alabama A&M University is proud to announce the formal ribbon cuttings for two newly renovated buildings:  Robert A Carter Hall, the home of science and mathematics units, and The Ralph Lee Student Center.
 
The ribbon cuttings will be held on April 13, beginning at 11 a.m. for Carter Hall and at 12:30 p.m. for the Ralph Lee Student Center.  Refreshments will be served.

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STEM Day April 20

AAMU will recognize the best and brightest in science-related disciplines at its 11th Annual STEM Day Thursday, April 20, in the AAMU Student Health and Wellness Center.  

STEM is the widely-used acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  AAMU students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, along with their mentors/advisors, are encouraged to present posters on various research and senior design projects in STEM disciplines ranging from computer science and mechanical engineering to food and animal sciences and forestry.  Abstracts for poster submissions can be submitted at: http://www.aamu.edu/information/stemday/pages/default.aspx.  The deadline for abstract submission is 11:59 p.m. on March 24.
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Ushers for Spring 2017 Commencement

Volunteers are needed to serve as ushers during the Spring 2017 Commencement Exercises.  Commencement will be held Friday, May 5, 2017 at 6:00 p.m., at the Von Braun Civic Center.

Contact Ms. Nicole Jackson at nicole.jackson@aamu.edu or ext. 8747, or Ms. Janet Jones at janet.jones@aamu.edu or call ext. 8089.
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Residence Hall Construction Timeline

AAMU Information Technology Services (ITS) staffer Justin Vaughner has captured the construction progress of the new residence hall facility under construction on Meridian Street using drone.  
 
View the most recent developments HERE.
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Time for "RETOOL" Again
RetoolMarqueeSmall.jpgThe support of the entire AAMU Family is requested for the 2017 "Retool Your School" Competition.  To set in place your vote for AAMU, click (or copy and paste) the following link:

http://vote.retoolyourschool.com/
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Business School Co-Sponsoring Upcoming Symposium
 
 
AAMU’s College of Business and Public Affairs is among the visionary sponsors of an April 20 symposium focusing on the importance of cultivating diversity, talent and innovation within public and private organizations throughout the Tennessee Valley.
 
 
As a focal point, the symposium will provide strategies to build cultural awareness to enhance engagement and productivity in “Creating the Community” among Northern Alabama organizations. The main objective is to ensure organizations demonstrate a safe and inclusive environment for all employees.
 
 
Organizers says understanding the importance of diversity and inclusion enhances morale and provides organizations with a unique opportunity to attract and retain high-quality talent in Northern Alabama.
 
 
In addition to AAMU, event sponsors include the U.S. Army Materiel Command, Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, City of Huntsville, Leadership Huntsville/Madison County, NASA/MSFC, Oakwood University and the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
 

The symposium will begin at 9 a.m. at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala.  For registration and additional information, visit www.futureandbeyondhsv.com
 

 
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AAMU Plans Tech Transfer Program for Small Businesses
 
 
The Alabama A&M University College of Business and Public Affairs’ Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Development (CEIED), in cooperation with the AAMU-Rise Foundation, announces the SBIR-STTR Conference on April 23 -25 on the AAMU campus. 
 
 
Prospective participants still have an opportunity to help shape a conference that meets their unique interest, according to Dr. Teresa M. Orok, CEIED executive director.  The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in federal research/research and development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization.
 
 
Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.
 
 
Additionally, the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena. Key to this program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. However, the unique feature of the STTR program is the requirement for the small business to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II.
 
 
Funding for research and development is moving away from grants, says Orok. Instead, it is becoming essential for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), as well as all Minority Serving Institutions, to start competing for government and private industry contracts.
 
 
The AAMU-RISE Foundation and the AAMU Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, & Economic Development are hosting this conference to bring together experts from government agencies, leading R&D companies, and academic institutions. They will be sharing their expertise, thus enabling HBCUs and MSIs to partner with the government and its contractors as they develop and commercialize innovative technologies.
 
 
For registration and other information, contact CEIED at (256) 372-5603 or e-mail teresa.orok@aamu.edu.
 
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Family Literacy Focus of Extension’s Family Fun Day on June 10
 
by Wendi Williams 
 
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit will hold the second Parent-Child Reading Enhancement Program’s (PCREP) Family Day of Education and Fun on Saturday, June 10, 2017, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Alabama Agriculture and Mechanical University’s Agribition Center, 4925 Moores Mill Road in Huntsville. Come and bring the entire family and neighborhood youth out for a day of fun, educational, and interactive activities, including exhibits, outdoor games, a water slide, petting zoo, food, music, and more.
 
“This year we will continue with the theme ‘Celebrating Family Literacy’ that focuses on activities and events showcasing the importance of family literacy programs and providing learning resources for families and communities,” said Ronnie Humphrey, event co-chair.
 
In celebration of family literacy, kids will have a chance to earn PCREP dollars (play money) from each activity they participate in on June 10 to purchase books at an on-site bookstore. Also, while in the bookstore, participants can get their faces painted by local volunteers.
 
The Family Day of Education & Fun is a PCREP activity that is designed to enhance reading among children ages 4 to 9 in grades K-4. This event is free and open to the public; however, vendors must pay a $30 set-up fee. Also, please be sure to bring proper attire for the water slide.
 
For general information, please contact Ronnie Humphrey at (256) 372-4969, Dr. Dorothy Brandon at (256) 372-5458, or visit www.aces.edu/urban. Potential vendors may contact Nancy McCrary at (256) 372-4937.
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Medicinal Plant Conference Moves to Clemson 
 
The Alabama A&M University plant and soil science professor who heads the organization dedicated to the study of and research of medicinal plants has announced plans for the 2017 conference.
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The 2017 conference will be held at Clemson University in South Carolina, said Mentreddy, a prolific researcher whose most recent research has been published in the Florida-based Journal of Medicinal Plants.
 
A group discount is available, and graduate students who present a poster, or an oral paper receive 90% off of the registration fee.  The deadline for submission of abstracts for graduate student competitions and early registration is March 15, 2017.  Visit www.acmap.org for more details.
 
Interested persons can also contact Dr. Srinivasa Rao Mentreddy, professor and program coordinator, Plant Biotechnology, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL 35762, or call ( 256) 372-4250 oAlt. email: srinivasa.mentreddy@aamu.edu
 
Additional details about the forthcoming conference will be announced at a later date.
 
 
 
Alabama Site of Master Gardeners in 2017

 
 
The Alabama Master Gardeners Association (AMGA) will hold its 27th annual state conference in Huntsville, Ala., May 1-3, 2017. 
 
 
The 2107 conference is hosted by the Master Gardeners of North Alabama with assistance from Limestone, Morgan and Marshall County Master Gardeners.  The conference is expected to draw more than 400 gardeners from across the Southeast.  The conference program is already filling up with exciting lectures and demonstrations.
 
 
Alabama Master Gardeners take great pride in improving their communities by providing education and training to its citizens. 
 
 
 

 

 

Week of: March 27-April 2, 2017

  
 
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First Lady's Scholarship Luncheon Scheduled
 

The Seventh Annual First Lady’s Scholarship Luncheon will be held Saturday, April 1, beginning at 11 a.m. in the Ernest Knight Center on the campus of historic Alabama A&M University.  This event will celebrate the life and legacy of the nine first ladies of Alabama A&M University during Women’s History month. 

The scholarship luncheon serves not only as an event to honor our first ladies, but it is also an effort to raise desperately needed funds for deserving students at Alabama A&M University who  exemplify the spirit of our founder, Dr. William Hooper Councill.

The cost of the luncheon tickets is $500 for a reserved table of 10; individual tickets are $40 per person for general seating.  Tickets may be purchased by calling (256) 372-5715.  The nine First Ladies of the University (Mrs. Councill, Mrs. Buchanan, Mrs. Parker, Mrs. Drake, Mrs. Morrison, Mrs. Covington, Mrs. Henson, Mrs. Gibson and Mrs. Hugine) are recognized during the luncheon.

The 2017 sponsors are:  ARAMARK Dining Services, ARAMARK Facilities and Alabama A&M University.
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AAMU Will Take Part in City-Wide Initiative                             
by Debra Daniel
 

More than 700 freshmen will put the Alabama A&M University “Service Is Sovereignty” motto into motion on Saturday, April 1, when AAMU joins First Baptist Church’s (Governors Drive) “Serving the City as One” initiative.
 
First Baptist (Governors) organized the event 13 years ago, bringing together over 2,000 Christians who represent more than 70 congregations and take on some 200 projects.  Area churches have served as the Southern, Central and Madison Hubs. This year, however, Alabama A&M will serve as the first hub for north Huntsville.  
 
AAMU freshmen, student organizations, faculty and staff will gather on campus at 7:30 a.m. for a university-wide send-off.  Campus buses will then drive them throughout the community to churches, organizations and neighborhoods that requested help.
 
Projects include:
 
·         Home Maintenance and Repair
·         Yard Work
·         AGENCY Opportunities: Hope Place, National Children’s Advocacy Center
          305 Eighth St., Manna House, Food Bank
·         Packing Goody Baskets
·         Lakewood School Projects
·         Sewing
·         Letter Writing
·         Empowered to Connect Conference
·         Prayer Walking the Neighborhood
 
“It’s a wonderful way for students to see the need first-hand and the impact just a few hours of their time can make,” says Monica Clarke, coordinator of AAMU’s Service and Learning Communities and Volunteerism program.
 
 
“This is just a fantastic opportunity to involve churches, organizations and Alabama A&M University to help meet the needs of our city,” said Mike Pearce, minister of missions at First Baptist (Governors). 
 
 
To volunteer or receive additional information, visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080D44AFA623A5FD0-aamu
 
 
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Extension Holds Disaster Prep Expo

A range of exhibitors and presenters greeted the public Saturday, March 25, at the Alabama A&M University Agribition Center, where hundreds visited the Urban Living Expo (ULE).  Sponsored by  Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit, the Expo focused on the 2017 theme:  “Plan, Prepare, Practice: Don’t Get Caught Off-Guard When Disasters Occur.”     PHOTOS

ULE provided interactive displays, as well as a variety of Extension important information about disasters to individuals, families, local businesses and organizations.  The activity also was attended by community leaders, first responders, educators, students, emergency and health officials, waste management authorities, and senior citizens.

For additional information on upcoming events, visit www.aces.edu/urban.   See PHOTOS
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Athletics to Celebrate The Best of The Best

The AAMU Department of Athletics will hold its Annual Athletic Banquet, otherwise known as The B.E.S.T Awards on Monday, April 10, in the East Hall of BestAwards.jpg
the Von Braun Center at 6:30 p.m.  The B.E.S.T. (Bulldogs Excellence in Sports & Teams) Awards celebrates student athletes in all areas of AAMU Bulldog athletics.

This promises to be an evening of excitement set aside to recognize and celebrate the academic and athletic achievement of student-athletes, states Bryan Hicks, director of athletics. 

Tickets ($35, individual; $10, students) can be purchased at the Louis Crews Football Stadium ticket office.  Sponsorship/table packages are also available and are a great way to keep the Athletic Department #BULLDOGSTRONG!   All proceeds from ticket, table and sponsorship sales are used solely to support AAMU student athletes as they strive to continue to be the BEST, say Hicks.

The following sponsorships/table packages are available:
Sponsorship/Table Packages
Maroon        $250.00    Table for 8 
White           $500.00    Table for 8/Program Recognition
Bulldog    $1,000.00    Table for 8/Program Recognition/B.E.S.T. Award     Plaque
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For additional information please call 256-372-8057.
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Alum, Youth Motivator Dies in Accident in West Virginia

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Chicago native Obi Henderson adopted the West Virginia town as his new home and settled in to make a positive impact on the lives of young men and women in the area.    MORE
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AAMU Joins Distinguished List of Public Library Supporters

Alabama A&M University has become a part of a list of prominent donors to a project designed to expand public library presence in Northwest Huntsville.  PHOTOS

President Andrew Hugine, Jr., and members of the University cabinet joined forces with Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Alabama to help move the Huntsville Public Library closer to its $4.5 million goal to enhance the Bessie K. Russell Branch Library. Above, left to right are District 1 city councilman Devyn Keith, Mayor Tommy Battle, Toyota Alabama President David Fernandes, AAMU First Lady Abbiegail Hugine, and AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr.

The Russell Branch has supported the northern Huntsville for over 40, but its mission effectiveness is diminished by aging and cramped facilities.  The current BKR library will be moved into the Berachah Center next door, which is getting a major upgrade and will serve as a town center for the North Huntsville area.

The police and fire training academy currently at the Berachah Center will move into the J.O. Johnson High School campus. The gymnasium at the Berachah building will remain for community use.  PHOTOS
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Volunteers Converge on ‘Habitat’ Offices, Sites

 Two groups of volunteers from Alabama A&M University shared morning and afternoon hours with Habitat for Humanity construction workers.  Both volunteer sessions were coordinated by Habitat officials and Monica Clarke, coordinator of TRiO-Student Support Services at AAMU.

Prior to visiting the actual construction site, volunteers received a brief history and orientation.   Above, AAMU volunteers are joined by President Andrew Hugine, Jr., (center).        PHOTOS

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AAMU Plans Ribbon Cutting Events

Alabama A&M University is proud to announce the formal ribbon cuttings for two newly renovated buildings:  Robert A Carter Hall, the home of science and mathematics units, and The Ralph Lee Student Center.
 
The ribbon cuttings will be held on April 13, beginning at 11 a.m. for Carter Hall and at 12:30 p.m. for the Ralph Lee Student Center.  Refreshments will be served.

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STEM Day April 20

AAMU will recognize the best and brightest in science-related disciplines at its 11th Annual STEM Day Thursday, April 20, in the AAMU Student Health and Wellness Center.  

STEM is the widely-used acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  AAMU students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, along with their mentors/advisors, are encouraged to present posters on various research and senior design projects in STEM disciplines ranging from computer science and mechanical engineering to food and animal sciences and forestry.  Abstracts for poster submissions can be submitted at: http://www.aamu.edu/information/stemday/pages/default.aspx.  The deadline for abstract submission is 11:59 p.m. on March 24.
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Ushers for Spring 2017 Commencement

Volunteers are needed to serve as ushers during the Spring 2017 Commencement Exercises.  Commencement will be held Friday, May 5, 2017 at 6:00 p.m., at the Von Braun Civic Center.

Contact Ms. Nicole Jackson at nicole.jackson@aamu.edu or ext. 8747, or Ms. Janet Jones at janet.jones@aamu.edu or call ext. 8089.
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AAMU Posts Extensive Women's History Month Tribute

As part of its observance of Women’s History Month, Alabama A&M University has launched a new web page featuring some 70 women affiliated with the institution and who have made undeniable contributions to the 142-year-old campus and well beyond.   See TRIBUTE
 
“As we scan through the chronicles of time, we honor those brave and giving First Ladies, those committed staff members, the dedicated faculty members, and the countless alums who continue to give back,” commented AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr., whose letter serves as a preface to the listing.
 
The featured women are divided among the major categories of Business/Corporate, Education, Law, Medicine, Military, Public Service and Sports/Entertainment.  They include innovative business women, national award-winning educators, lawyers focused on child welfare, a promising researcher specializing in early cancer detection, a rare U.S. Navy Captain, a former Chicago-area commissioner, one of the nation’s most successful volleyball coaches and an R&B notable.
 
To visit AAMU’s extensive tribute to Women’s History Month, look for the Women’s History Month banner at www.aamu.edu or see TRIBUTE
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Residence Hall Construction Timeline

AAMU Information Technology Services (ITS) staffer Justin Vaughner has captured the construction progress of the new residence hall facility under construction on Meridian Street using drone.  

View the most recent developments HERE.

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Student Input on Experiences Requested by March 27

Students – Let your voice be heard and be entered to win a Visa gift card!

Your voice matters and is an important source of information as AAMU strives to improve the student experience. This spring, AAMU students can participate in the Ruffalo Noel Levitz (RNL) Student Satisfactory Inventory Survey (SSI).  

This survey gives you a powerful tool to improve the quality of student life and learning, here at Alabama A&M University.  It measures student satisfaction and priorities, showing AAMU how satisfied you are as well as what issues are important to you.

Check your e-mail for a survey reminder.
 
In appreciation for participating, we will enter all students who complete the survey by March 27, 2017 into a drawing for 1 of 2 $100 Visa gift card, 1 of 4 $50 Visa gift cards, 1 of 8 $25 Visa gift cards. 

Thanks in advance for your time in supporting this important, endeavor.  If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact Dianne Bozeman, survey administrator at dianne.bozeman@aamu.edu  or ext. 8644.
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Time for "RETOOL" Again

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http://vote.retoolyourschool.com/

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Business School Co-Sponsoring Upcoming Symposium
 
 
AAMU’s College of Business and Public Affairs is among the visionary sponsors of an April 20 symposium focusing on the importance of cultivating diversity, talent and innovation within public and private organizations throughout the Tennessee Valley.
 
 
As a focal point, the symposium will provide strategies to build cultural awareness to enhance engagement and productivity in “Creating the Community” among Northern Alabama organizations. The main objective is to ensure organizations demonstrate a safe and inclusive environment for all employees.
 
 
Organizers says understanding the importance of diversity and inclusion enhances morale and provides organizations with a unique opportunity to attract and retain high-quality talent in Northern Alabama.
 
 
In addition to AAMU, event sponsors include the U.S. Army Materiel Command, Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, City of Huntsville, Leadership Huntsville/Madison County, NASA/MSFC, Oakwood University and the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
 

The symposium will begin at 9 a.m. at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala.  For registration and additional information, visit www.futureandbeyondhsv.com
 

 
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AAMU Plans Tech Transfer Program for Small Businesses
 
 
The Alabama A&M University College of Business and Public Affairs’ Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Development (CEIED), in cooperation with the AAMU-Rise Foundation, announces the SBIR-STTR Conference on April 23 -25 on the AAMU campus. 
 
 
Prospective participants still have an opportunity to help shape a conference that meets their unique interest, according to Dr. Teresa M. Orok, CEIED executive director.  The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in federal research/research and development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization.
 
 
Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.
 
 
Additionally, the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena. Key to this program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. However, the unique feature of the STTR program is the requirement for the small business to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II.
 
 
Funding for research and development is moving away from grants, says Orok. Instead, it is becoming essential for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), as well as all Minority Serving Institutions, to start competing for government and private industry contracts.
 
 
The AAMU-RISE Foundation and the AAMU Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, & Economic Development are hosting this conference to bring together experts from government agencies, leading R&D companies, and academic institutions. They will be sharing their expertise, thus enabling HBCUs and MSIs to partner with the government and its contractors as they develop and commercialize innovative technologies.
 
 
For registration and other information, contact CEIED at (256) 372-5603 or e-mail teresa.orok@aamu.edu.
 
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Medicinal Plant Conference Moves to Clemson 
 
The Alabama A&M University plant and soil science professor who heads the organization dedicated to the study of and research of medicinal plants has announced plans for the 2017 conference.
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The 2017 conference will be held at Clemson University in South Carolina, said Mentreddy, a prolific researcher whose most recent research has been published in the Florida-based Journal of Medicinal Plants.
 
A group discount is available, and graduate students who present a poster, or an oral paper receive 90% off of the registration fee.  The deadline for submission of abstracts for graduate student competitions and early registration is March 15, 2017.  Visit www.acmap.org for more details.
 
Interested persons can also contact Dr. Srinivasa Rao Mentreddy, professor and program coordinator, Plant Biotechnology, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL 35762, or call ( 256) 372-4250 oAlt. email: srinivasa.mentreddy@aamu.edu
 
Additional details about the forthcoming conference will be announced at a later date.
 
 
 
Alabama Site of Master Gardeners in 2017

 
 
The Alabama Master Gardeners Association (AMGA) will hold its 27th annual state conference in Huntsville, Ala., May 1-3, 2017. 
 
 
The 2107 conference is hosted by the Master Gardeners of North Alabama with assistance from Limestone, Morgan and Marshall County Master Gardeners.  The conference is expected to draw more than 400 gardeners from across the Southeast.  The conference program is already filling up with exciting lectures and demonstrations.
 
 
Alabama Master Gardeners take great pride in improving their communities by providing education and training to its citizens. 
 
 

 

 

Week of: March 20-26, 2017

  

 

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First Lady's Scholarship Luncheon Scheduled

 

 

 

The Seventh Annual First Lady’s Scholarship Luncheon will be held Saturday, April 1, beginning at 11 a.m. in the Ernest Knight Center on the campus of historic Alabama A&M University.  This event will celebrate the life and legacy of the nine first ladies of Alabama A&M University during Women’s History month. 

The scholarship luncheon serves not only as an event to honor our first ladies, but it is also an effort to raise desperately needed funds for deserving students at Alabama A&M University who  exemplify the spirit of our founder, Dr. William Hooper Councill.

The cost of the luncheon tickets is $500 for a reserved table of 10; individual tickets are $40 per person for general seating.  Tickets may be purchased by calling (256) 372-5715.  The nine First Ladies of the University (Mrs. Councill, Mrs. Buchanan, Mrs. Parker, Mrs. Drake, Mrs. Morrison, Mrs. Covington, Mrs. Henson, Mrs. Gibson and Mrs. Hugine) are recognized during the luncheon.

The 2017 sponsors are:  ARAMARK Dining Services, ARAMARK Facilities and Alabama A&M University.

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Campus Safety Enhancements Made

Following Spring Break, members of the AAMU Family will notice a few safety enhancements around The Quad, as well as upgrades to the light post banners, which now include university logos and motivational adages.

On the safety front, the enhancement include “Speed Cushions” and “Your Speed” radars at designated locations across campus.



Mid-Term Grades Due

All faculty members are required to submit their midterm grades online using Banner Self-Service. The grades are due online by 12 noon Wednesday, March 22.  
 
Faculty members should also be cognizant of students who have been attending your class(es), but are not listed on official rosters. Please direct such students to Registrar’s Office. The Registrar’s Office is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Each student whose name appears on the mid-term roster should receive a grade.  However, students not on the roster should not attend, remain or receive grades for the class.

Please announce to your students that Midterm Grades will be available for their review using Banner Self-Service after grades are processed.

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"DISASTER PREP" Theme of Urban Living Expo 2017

 
 
 
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The Alabama Cooperative Extension System's Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit will hold its first Urban Living Expo (ULE) Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Alabama A&M University Agribition Center, located at 4925 Moores Mill Road in Huntsville, Ala.  The theme is "Plan, Prepare, Practice: Don't Get Caught Off-Guard When Disasters Occur."

 

 

 

The event aims to engage the public through a series of interactive displays and to provide a variety of Extension information about disasters to individuals, families, local businesses and organizations.

 

 

 

Organizers says the Expo will be of special importance to community leaders, first responders, educators, students, emergency and health officials, waste management authorities, senior citizens, as well as to public and private organizations and the general public.

 

 

 

While admission is free, planners are prepared to accept donations of non-perishable food items.  Registration is required for all participants and exhibitors.

 

 

 

For additional information, contact Dr. Karnita Garner at (256) 372-8331, Dr. Robert Spencer at (256) 372-4983 or visit www.aces.edu/urban.

 

 

 

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AAMU Plans Ribbon Cutting Events

Alabama A&M University is proud to announce the formal ribbon cuttings for two newly renovated buildings:  Robert A Carter Hall, the home of science and mathematics units, and The Ralph Lee Student Center.
 
The ribbon cuttings will be held on April 13, beginning at 11 a.m. for Carter Hall and at 12:30 p.m. for the Ralph Lee Student Center.  Refreshments will be served.


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AAMU Mourns Death of Longtime Staffer, Communicator


The Alabama A&M University Family mourns the recent death of Elizabeth Sloan-Ragland, a radio personality and longtime director of the AAMU Telecommunications Center/WJAB-FM 90.9, now Electronic Media Communications.  Funeral services will be held Friday, March 24, at 12 noon at Union Hill Primitive Baptist Church.


Sloan-RaglandElizabethClassic.jpg“Liz” Sloan-Ragland was born in Oxmoor, Ala., in metropolitan Birmingham, Ala.  She attended Rosedale High School in Homewood, Ala., where she was both Senior Class President and Class Valedictorian.  She subsequently enrolled at Samford University in Birmingham in 1969. 


Sloan-Ragland once said that she majored in speech and drama at Samford because of the influence of her father, “who signed his name with an X but knew the value of an education.” She acknowledged, however, that she stood on the shoulders of others blacks who had sacrificed their lives to open the doors of opportunity for her.  She was escorted by her mother and aunt to become the first African American woman in the history of the school to live in a residence hall on campus.


Sloan-Ragland began her employment at Alabama A&M in 1973, following her graduation from Samford.  She went on to earn the Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree in 1977 at AAMU.


She served as director for AAMU’s Telecommunications and Distance Learning Center in addition to station manager at WJAB FM 90.9, a National Public Radio affiliate.  


Her extensive social and civic affiliations included the Huntsville Arts Council, NAACP, Toastmasters and many others.

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STEM Day April 20

AAMU will recognize the best and brightest in science-related disciplines at its 11th Annual STEM Day Thursday, April 20, in the AAMU Student Health and Wellness Center.  

STEM is the widely-used acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  AAMU students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, along with their mentors/advisors, are encouraged to present posters on various research and senior design projects in STEM disciplines ranging from computer science and mechanical engineering to food and animal sciences and forestry.  Abstracts for poster submissions can be submitted at: http://www.aamu.edu/information/stemday/pages/default.aspx.  The deadline for abstract submission is 11:59 p.m. on March 24.

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Ushers for Spring 2017 Commencement

Volunteers are needed to serve as ushers during the Spring 2017 Commencement Exercises.  Commencement will be held Friday, May 5, 2017 at 6:00 p.m., at the Von Braun Civic Center.

Contact Ms. Nicole Jackson at nicole.jackson@aamu.edu or ext. 8747, or Ms. Janet Jones at janet.jones@aamu.edu or call ext. 8089.

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Alabama Women’s Commission 2017 Impact Luncheon

Alabama Women’s Commissioner, Dr. Delores Price (College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences), hosted a delegation of Alabama A&M Price.jpg
University employees, retirees and members of the Greater Huntsville Chapter, Links Inc., at the 2017 Impact Luncheon.  The event was held at the Capital City Grill in Montgomery, Ala.

Price was appointed to the commission, which studies women’s issue and makes recommendation for improvement to the legislature, in 2009 by Governor Bob Riley and was reappointed in 2012 by Governor Robert Bentley.

Featured in the photo, front left to right - Row 1:  Mrs. Abbigail Hugine, Commissioner Dr. Delores Price, and Jr. Commissioner Madelyn Jeneene Suttle; Row 2:  Dr. Barbara Cady, Mrs. Pat Johnson, Dr. Katy Byrd, and Mrs. Cynthia McCollum; Row 3:  Dr. Annie Payton, Dr. Kyla Pitcher, Ms. Tarsha Lockhart, and Ms. Ursula Brooks.

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AAMU Mourns Death of Retiree, Preservationist

AlexanderJeanette.jpgFuneral services were held in Huntsville, Ala., Saturday, March 18, for Jeanette Stovall Alexander, a Moulton, Ala., native who served in AAMU’s School of Graduate Studies.  The AAMU alumna was a staunch preservationist and served on AAMU’s Normal Hill District Preservation Association.  She taught in public schools prior to her work at AAMU. 


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AAMU Posts Extensive Women's History Month Tribute


As part of its observance of Women’s History Month, Alabama A&M University has launched a new web page featuring some 70 women affiliated with the institution and who have made undeniable contributions to the 142-year-old campus and well beyond.   See TRIBUTE
 
“As we scan through the chronicles of time, we honor those brave and giving First Ladies, those committed staff members, the dedicated faculty members, and the countless alums who continue to give back,” commented AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr., whose letter serves as a preface to the listing.
 
The featured women are divided among the major categories of Business/Corporate, Education, Law, Medicine, Military, Public Service and Sports/Entertainment.  They include innovative business women, national award-winning educators, lawyers focused on child welfare, a promising researcher specializing in early cancer detection, a rare U.S. Navy Captain, a former Chicago-area commissioner, one of the nation’s most successful volleyball coaches and an R&B notable.
 
To visit AAMU’s extensive tribute to Women’s History Month, look for the Women’s History Month banner at www.aamu.edu or see TRIBUTE

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Faculty Honored at RJF's "Honoring Our Elders" Event


RosettaJameslogo.pngA current and a retired AAMU professor were both honored during the 11th Annual Rosetta James Foundation "Honoring Our Elders Celebration on Saturday, March 11, at The Jackson Center.


HassanRazi (3).JPGDr. Razi Hassan, a chemistry professor whose career includes productive stints as a community organizers following his college years at Knoxville College, Princeton and New York University, was among the nine honorees who earned "Elder" status.


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Residence Hall Construction Timeline


AAMU Information Technology Services (ITS) staffer Justin Vaughner has captured the construction progress of the new residence hall facility under construction on Meridian Street using drone.  


View the most recent developments HERE.


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Student Input on Experiences Requested

Students – Let your voice be heard and be entered to win a Visa gift card!


Your voice matters and is an important source of information as AAMU strives to improve the student experience. This spring, AAMU students can participate in the Ruffalo Noel Levitz (RNL) Student Satisfactory Inventory Survey (SSI).  


This survey gives you a powerful tool to improve the quality of student life and learning, here at Alabama A&M University.  It measures student satisfaction and priorities, showing AAMU how satisfied you are as well as what issues are important to you.


Check your e-mail for a survey reminder.
 
In appreciation for participating, we will enter all students who complete the survey by March 27, 2017 into a drawing for 1 of 2 $100 Visa gift card, 1 of 4 $50 Visa gift cards, 1 of 8 $25 Visa gift cards. 


Thanks in advance for your time in supporting this important, endeavor.  If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact Dianne Bozeman, survey administrator at dianne.bozeman@aamu.edu  or ext. 8644.

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Time for "RETOOL" Again


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http://vote.retoolyourschool.com/


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AAMU Will Take Part in City-Wide Initiative                              by Debra Daniel

 

 

 

More than 700 freshmen will put the Alabama A&M University “Service Is Sovereignty” motto into motion on Saturday, April 1, when AAMU joins First Baptist Church’s (Governors Drive) “Serving the City as One” initiative.

 

 

 

First Baptist (Governors) organized the event 13 years ago, bringing together over 2,000 Christians who represent more than 70 congregations and take on some 200 projects.  Area churches have served as the Southern, Central and Madison Hubs. This year, however, Alabama A&M will serve as the first hub for north Huntsville.  

 

 

 

AAMU freshmen, student organizations, faculty and staff will gather on campus at 7:30 a.m. for a university-wide send-off.  Campus buses will then drive them throughout the community to churches, organizations and neighborhoods that requested help.

 

 

 

Projects include:

 

 

 

·         Home Maintenance and Repair

 

·         Yard Work

 

·         AGENCY Opportunities: Hope Place, National Children’s Advocacy Center

 

          305 Eighth St., Manna House, Food Bank

 

·         Packing Goody Baskets

 

·         Lakewood School Projects

 

·         Sewing

 

·         Letter Writing

 

·         Empowered to Connect Conference

 

·         Prayer Walking the Neighborhood

 

 

 

“It’s a wonderful way for students to see the need first-hand and the impact just a few hours of their time can make,” says Monica Clarke, coordinator of AAMU’s Service and Learning Communities and Volunteerism program.

 

 

 

“This is just a fantastic opportunity to involve churches, organizations and Alabama A&M University to help meet the needs of our city,” said Mike Pearce, minister of missions at First Baptist (Governors). 

 

 

 

To volunteer or receive additional information, visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080D44AFA623A5FD0-aamu

 

 

 

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Business School Co-Sponsoring Upcoming Symposium

 

 

 

AAMU’s College of Business and Public Affairs is among the visionary sponsors of an April 20 symposium focusing on the importance of cultivating diversity, talent and innovation within public and private organizations throughout the Tennessee Valley.

 

 

 

As a focal point, the symposium will provide strategies to build cultural awareness to enhance engagement and productivity in “Creating the Community” among Northern Alabama organizations. The main objective is to ensure organizations demonstrate a safe and inclusive environment for all employees.

 

 

 

Organizers says understanding the importance of diversity and inclusion enhances morale and provides organizations with a unique opportunity to attract and retain high-quality talent in Northern Alabama.

 

 

 

In addition to AAMU, event sponsors include the U.S. Army Materiel Command, Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, City of Huntsville, Leadership Huntsville/Madison County, NASA/MSFC, Oakwood University and the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

 

 

 

The symposium will begin at 9 a.m. at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala.  For registration and additional information, visit www.futureandbeyondhsv.com

 

 

 

 

 

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AAMU Plans Tech Transfer Program for Small Businesses

 

 

 

The Alabama A&M University College of Business and Public Affairs’ Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Development (CEIED), in cooperation with the AAMU-Rise Foundation, announces the SBIR-STTR Conference on April 23 -25 on the AAMU campus. 

 

 

 

Prospective participants still have an opportunity to help shape a conference that meets their unique interest, according to Dr. Teresa M. Orok, CEIED executive director.  The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in federal research/research and development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization.

 

 

 

Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.

 

 

 

Additionally, the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena. Key to this program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. However, the unique feature of the STTR program is the requirement for the small business to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II.

 

 

 

Funding for research and development is moving away from grants, says Orok. Instead, it is becoming essential for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), as well as all Minority Serving Institutions, to start competing for government and private industry contracts.

 

 

 

The AAMU-RISE Foundation and the AAMU Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, & Economic Development are hosting this conference to bring together experts from government agencies, leading R&D companies, and academic institutions. They will be sharing their expertise, thus enabling HBCUs and MSIs to partner with the government and its contractors as they develop and commercialize innovative technologies.

 

 

 

For registration and other information, contact CEIED at (256) 372-5603 or e-mail teresa.orok@aamu.edu.

 

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Medicinal Plant Conference Moves to Clemson 

 

The Alabama A&M University plant and soil science professor who heads the organization dedicated to the study of and research of medicinal plants has announced plans for the 2017 conference.

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The 2017 conference will be held at Clemson University in South Carolina, said Mentreddy, a prolific researcher whose most recent research has been published in the Florida-based Journal of Medicinal Plants.

 

A group discount is available, and graduate students who present a poster, or an oral paper receive 90% off of the registration fee.  The deadline for submission of abstracts for graduate student competitions and early registration is March 15, 2017.  Visit www.acmap.org for more details.

 

Interested persons can also contact Dr. Srinivasa Rao Mentreddy, professor and program coordinator, Plant Biotechnology, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL 35762, or call ( 256) 372-4250 oAlt. email: srinivasa.mentreddy@aamu.edu

 

Additional details about the forthcoming conference will be announced at a later date.

 

 

 

Alabama Site of Master Gardeners in 2017

 

 
 

 

 
 

The Alabama Master Gardeners Association (AMGA) will hold its 27th annual state conference in Huntsville, Ala., May 1-3, 2017. 

 

 

 

The 2107 conference is hosted by the Master Gardeners of North Alabama with assistance from Limestone, Morgan and Marshall County Master Gardeners.  The conference is expected to draw more than 400 gardeners from across the Southeast.  The conference program is already filling up with exciting lectures and demonstrations.

 

 

 

Alabama Master Gardeners take great pride in improving their communities by providing education and training to its citizens. 

 

 

 

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Dancing with the President and First Lady

 

AAMU Board's Campus Tour


 
 

Grad Studies Open House

 

Diversity in Medicine

 

Clifford Gordon Exhibit: We Wear the Mask

 

President's Bus Tour Welcome Back

 

Future of the City Symposium

 

Bulldog Pride Adopt-a-Building Committee

 

Professor Terrell Strayhorn

 

Scott Smith Exhibit

 

 

College of Education Meeting

 
 

Big Picture Huntsville/LRC

 

Education Partners

 

LSAMP

 

 

 

 

Week of: March 13-19, 2017

  

 

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First Lady's Scholarship Luncheon Scheduled

 

 

 

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The First Lady's Scholarship Luncheon event, spearheaded by Alabama A&M University First Lady Abbiegail Hugine, will be held Saturday, April 1, at 11 a.m. at the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center on campus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tickets are $40 each and a reserved table of 10 is $500.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For additional information, contact Dr. Andrea Cunningham at (256) 372-5551 or Felicia Wilson at (256) 372-5715.



AAMU Mourns Death of Longtime Staffer, Communicator


The Alabama A&M University Family mourns the recent death of Elizabeth Sloan-Ragland, a radio personality and longtime director of the AAMU Telecommunications Center/WJAB-FM 90.9, now Electronic Media Communications.  Funeral services will be announced soon by Nelms Memorial Funeral Home.


Sloan-RaglandElizabethClassic.jpg“Liz” Sloan-Ragland was born in Oxmoor, Ala., in metropolitan Birmingham, Ala.  She attended Rosedale High School in Homewood, Ala., where she was both Senior Class President and Class Valedictorian.  She subsequently enrolled at Samford University in Birmingham in 1969. 


Sloan-Ragland once said that she majored in speech and drama at Samford because of the influence of her father, “who signed his name with an X but knew the value of an education.” She acknowledged, however, that she stood on the shoulders of others blacks who had sacrificed their lives to open the doors of opportunity for her.  She was escorted by her mother and aunt to become the first African American woman in the history of the school to live in a residence hall on campus.


Sloan-Ragland began her employment at Alabama A&M in 1973, following her graduation from Samford.  She went on to earn the Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree in 1977 at AAMU.


She served as director for AAMU’s Telecommunications and Distance Learning Center in addition to station manager at WJAB FM 90.9, a National Public Radio affiliate.  


Her extensive social and civic affiliations included the Huntsville Arts Council, NAACP, Toastmasters and many others.

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AAMU Posts Extensive Women's History Month Tribute


As part of its observance of Women’s History Month, Alabama A&M University has launched a new web page featuring some 70 women affiliated with the institution and who have made undeniable contributions to the 142-year-old campus and well beyond.   See TRIBUTE
 
“As we scan through the chronicles of time, we honor those brave and giving First Ladies, those committed staff members, the dedicated faculty members, and the countless alums who continue to give back,” commented AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr., whose letter serves as a preface to the listing.
 
The featured women are divided among the major categories of Business/Corporate, Education, Law, Medicine, Military, Public Service and Sports/Entertainment.  They include innovative business women, national award-winning educators, lawyers focused on child welfare, a promising researcher specializing in early cancer detection, a rare U.S. Navy Captain, a former Chicago-area commissioner, one of the nation’s most successful volleyball coaches and an R&B notable.
 
To visit AAMU’s extensive tribute to Women’s History Month, look for the Women’s History Month banner at www.aamu.edu or see TRIBUTE

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Faculty Honored at RJF's "Honoring Our Elders" Event


RosettaJameslogo.pngA current and a retired AAMU professor were both honored during the 11th Annual Rosetta James Foundation "Honoring Our Elders Celebration on Saturday, March 11, at The Jackson Center.


HassanRazi (3).JPGDr. Razi Hassan, a chemistry professor whose career includes productive stints as a community organizers following his college years at Knoxville College, Princeton and New York University, was among the nine honorees who earned "Elder" status.


Born in Kimo, Ala., BrownMary1.jpegDr. Mary Sanford Brown is a retired professor and former chair of the Department of History and Political Science.  She also founded AAMU's Honors Program. She earned degree from AAMU, North Carolina A&T State University and The American University in Washington, D.C.

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CFCU Spring Break Hours


Counci

ll Federal Credit Union will be closed Thursday and Friday, March 16 and 17. 


Contact Manager Rufus Gilmore III for more information at (256) 372-5379.


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Residence Hall Construction Timeline


AAMU Information Technology Services (ITS) staffer Justin Vaughner has captured the construction progress of the new residence hall facility under construction on Meridian Street using drone.  


View the most recent developments HERE.


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Student Input on Experiences Requested

Students – Let your voice be heard and be entered to win a Visa gift card!


Your voice matters and is an important source of information as AAMU strives to improve the student experience. This spring, AAMU students can participate in the Ruffalo Noel Levitz (RNL) Student Satisfactory Inventory Survey (SSI).  


This survey gives you a powerful tool to improve the quality of student life and learning, here at Alabama A&M University.  It measures student satisfaction and priorities, showing AAMU how satisfied you are as well as what issues are important to you.


Check your e-mail for a survey reminder.
 
In appreciation for participating, we will enter all students who complete the survey by March 27, 2017 into a drawing for 1 of 2 $100 Visa gift card, 1 of 4 $50 Visa gift cards, 1 of 8 $25 Visa gift cards. 


Thanks in advance for your time in supporting this important, endeavor.  If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact Dianne Bozeman, survey administrator at dianne.bozeman@aamu.edu  or ext. 8644.

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Time for "RETOOL" Again


RetoolMarqueeSmall.jpgThe support of the entire AAMU Family is requested for the 2017 "Retool Your School" Competition.  To set in place your vote for AAMU, click (or copy and paste) the following link:


http://vote.retoolyourschool.com/


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Professor Appointed NAAAS Ambassador

 

 

 

Huntsville, Ala. ---- An Alabama A&M University professor and transportation expert is the newly appointed Ambassador to the National Association of African American Studies (NAAAS).

 

 

 

Oluwoye6.jpgDr. Jacob Oluwoye recently received notification of his distinction and will attend required three-day training in August 2017 at NAAAS offices in Maine.  The Ambassador training session follows two major organization-sponsored events in South Africa and India scheduled in July.

 

 

 

NAAAS (and Affiliates) was founded in 1992 at Virginia State University in Petersburg, Va., to serve as a resource for scholars who desire information and support for research related to the African and African American, Hispanic, Latino(a) and Chicano(a), Native American and Asian experiences.


He earned his Ph.D. in traffic and transport management from New South Wales University in Australia.  Oluwoye also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship.


 

 

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Alabama A&M University to Hold Leadership Development Training Class

 

 

 

AAMU will hold a Professional and Leadership Development Training Class March 13-16.   This four day training activity will take place on the campus from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 

 

 

 

Faculty from the College of Business and Public Affairs, along with other experts and practitioners, will provide participants personal insight, knowledge, and perspective to unlock professional potential and refine key leadership skills needed to achieve impactful, tangible results throughout their organizations. 

 

 

 

Team leaders, managers, or persons interested in developing, improving, or enhancing  their leadership skills are encouraged to attend.  The cost to attend this training is $1,275. 

 

 

 

Registration deadline is March 6.  For additional information or to register, please contact the Center for Extended Studies at (256) 372-5753 or send an email to odees@aamu.edu.

 

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"DISASTER PREP" Theme of Urban Living Expo 2017

 
 
 
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The Alabama Cooperative Extension System's Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit will hold its first Urban Living Expo (ULE) Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Alabama A&M University Agribition Center, located at 4925 Moores Mill Road in Huntsville, Ala.  The theme is "Plan, Prepare, Practice: Don't Get Caught Off-Guard When Disasters Occur."

 

 

 

The event aims to engage the public through a series of interactive displays and to provide a variety of Extension information about disasters to individuals, families, local businesses and organizations.

 

 

 

Organizers says the Expo will be of special importance to community leaders, first responders, educators, students, emergency and health officials, waste management authorities, senior citizens, as well as to public and private organizations and the general public.

 

 

 

While admission is free, planners are prepared to accept donations of non-perishable food items.  Registration is required for all participants and exhibitors.

 

 

 

For additional information, contact Dr. Karnita Garner at (256) 372-8331, Dr. Robert Spencer at (256) 372-4983 or visit www.aces.edu/urban.

 

 

 

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AAMU Will Take Part in City-Wide Initiative                              by Debra Daniel

 
 

 

 

 

 

More than 700 freshmen will put the Alabama A&M University “Service Is Sovereignty” motto into motion on Saturday, April 1, when AAMU joins First Baptist Church’s “Serving the City as One” initiative.

 

 

 

First Baptist organized the event 13 years ago, bringing together over 2,000 Christians who represent more than 70 congregations and take on some 200 projects.  Area churches have served as the Southern, Central and Madison Hubs. This year, however, Alabama A&M will serve as the first hub for north Huntsville.  

 

 

 

AAMU freshmen, student organizations, faculty and staff will gather on campus at 7:30 a.m. for a university-wide send-off.  Campus buses will then drive them throughout the community to churches, organizations and neighborhoods that requested help.

 

 

 

Projects include:

 

 

 

·         Home Maintenance and Repair

 

·         Yard Work

 

·         AGENCY Opportunities: Hope Place, National Children’s Advocacy Center

 

          305 Eighth St., Manna House, Food Bank

 

·         Packing Goody Baskets

 

·         Lakewood School Projects

 

·         Sewing

 

·         Letter Writing

 

·         Empowered to Connect Conference

 

·         Prayer Walking the Neighborhood

 

 

 

“It’s a wonderful way for students to see the need first-hand and the impact just a few hours of their time can make,” says Monica Clarke, coordinator of AAMU’s Service and Learning Communities and Volunteerism program.

 

 

 

“This is just a fantastic opportunity to involve churches, organizations and Alabama A&M University to help meet the needs of our city,” said Mike Pearce, minister of missions at First Baptist Huntsville. 

 

 

 

To volunteer or receive additional information, visit www.servingthecity.org.

 

 

 

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Business School Co-Sponsoring Upcoming Symposium

 

 

 

AAMU’s College of Business and Public Affairs is among the visionary sponsors of an April 20 symposium focusing on the importance of cultivating diversity, talent and innovation within public and private organizations throughout the Tennessee Valley.

 

 

 

As a focal point, the symposium will provide strategies to build cultural awareness to enhance engagement and productivity in “Creating the Community” among Northern Alabama organizations. The main objective is to ensure organizations demonstrate a safe and inclusive environment for all employees.

 

 

 

Organizers says understanding the importance of diversity and inclusion enhances morale and provides organizations with a unique opportunity to attract and retain high-quality talent in Northern Alabama.

 

 

 

In addition to AAMU, event sponsors include the U.S. Army Materiel Command, Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, City of Huntsville, Leadership Huntsville/Madison County, NASA/MSFC, Oakwood University and the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

 

 

 

The symposium will begin at 9 a.m. at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala.  For registration and additional information, visit www.futureandbeyondhsv.com

 
 

 

 

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AAMU Plans Tech Transfer Program for Small Businesses

 

 

 

The Alabama A&M University College of Business and Public Affairs’ Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Development (CEIED), in cooperation with the AAMU-Rise Foundation, announces the SBIR-STTR Conference on April 23 -25 on the AAMU campus. 

 

 

 

Prospective participants still have an opportunity to help shape a conference that meets their unique interest, according to Dr. Teresa M. Orok, CEIED executive director.  The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in federal research/research and development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization.

 

 

 

Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.

 

 

 

Additionally, the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena. Key to this program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. However, the unique feature of the STTR program is the requirement for the small business to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II.

 

 

 

Funding for research and development is moving away from grants, says Orok. Instead, it is becoming essential for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), as well as all Minority Serving Institutions, to start competing for government and private industry contracts.

 

 

 

The AAMU-RISE Foundation and the AAMU Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, & Economic Development are hosting this conference to bring together experts from government agencies, leading R&D companies, and academic institutions. They will be sharing their expertise, thus enabling HBCUs and MSIs to partner with the government and its contractors as they develop and commercialize innovative technologies.

 

 

 

For registration and other information, contact CEIED at (256) 372-5603 or e-mail teresa.orok@aamu.edu.

 

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Medicinal Plant Conference Moves to Clemson 

 

The Alabama A&M University plant and soil science professor who heads the organization dedicated to the study of and research of medicinal plants has announced plans for the 2017 conference.

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The 2017 conference will be held at Clemson University in South Carolina, said Mentreddy, a prolific researcher whose most recent research has been published in the Florida-based Journal of Medicinal Plants.

 

A group discount is available, and graduate students who present a poster, or an oral paper receive 90% off of the registration fee.  The deadline for submission of abstracts for graduate student competitions and early registration is March 15, 2017.  Visit www.acmap.org for more details.

 

Interested persons can also contact Dr. Srinivasa Rao Mentreddy, professor and program coordinator, Plant Biotechnology, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL 35762, or call ( 256) 372-4250 oAlt. email: srinivasa.mentreddy@aamu.edu

 

Additional details about the forthcoming conference will be announced at a later date.

 

 

 

Alabama Site of Master Gardeners in 2017

 

 

 

 

The Alabama Master Gardeners Association (AMGA) will hold its 27th annual state conference in Huntsville, Ala., May 1-3, 2017. 

 

 

 

The 2107 conference is hosted by the Master Gardeners of North Alabama with assistance from Limestone, Morgan and Marshall County Master Gardeners.  The conference is expected to draw more than 400 gardeners from across the Southeast.  The conference program is already filling up with exciting lectures and demonstrations.

 

 

 

Alabama Master Gardeners take great pride in improving their communities by providing education and training to its citizens. 

 

 

 

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Week of: March 6-12, 2017

  

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AAMU President Comments on Trump's Meeting with HBCU Heads

 

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Hugine (r) responds to local media about his participation in the HBCU Summitt in Washington, D.C., where HBCU presidents met with President Donald Trump.

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Alabama A&M University President Andrew Hugine, Jr., said the recent gathering in Washington of historically black college and university (HBCU) presidents provided unique opportunities.

 

Hugine added that the HBCU Summit with U.S. President Donald Trump allowed the college administrators a chance to advocate for their institutions, explaining their history, missions, as well as their many successes, particularly in the disciplines related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

 

Central among the elements of Trump's support for HBCUs is the move of the offices of the White House Initiative on HBCUs back to the White House from the U.S. Department of Education.  While some HBCU advocates have referred to the move as merely symbolic, Hugine and many other administrators believe it could better posture that advocacy unit to garner support from all federal agencies.

 

Hugine said he left the meeting feeling optimistic about increased support for AAMU and its sister HBCU institutions, but he admitted that his optimism hinges on avenues leading to tangible future financial support.  Such assistance, he said, could come in the form of increases to and the institution of year-round Pell funds; monies to address infrastructure and deferred maintenance, as well as increases in Title III funds.

 

"We understand the number of and the extent of the nation's priorities," said Hugine, "but education pays in the long run."

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Professor Appointed NAAAS Ambassador

 

Huntsville, Ala. ---- An Alabama A&M University professor and transportation expert is the newly appointed Ambassador to the National Association of African American Studies (NAAAS).

 

Oluwoye6.jpgDr. Jacob Oluwoye recently received notification of his distinction and will attend required three-day training in August 2017 at NAAAS offices in Maine.  The Ambassador training session follows two major organization-sponsored events in South Africa and India scheduled in July.

 

NAAAS (and Affiliates) was founded in 1992 at Virginia State University in Petersburg, Va., to serve as a resource for scholars who desire information and support for research related to the African and African American, Hispanic, Latino(a) and Chicano(a), Native American and Asian experiences.

 

Oluwoye includes among his research interests traffic and transport management, city and regional planning, estate management, cartography/remote sensing, as well as research for marketing decisions.

 

Oluwoye earned his Ph.D. in traffic and transport management from New South Wales University in Australia.  Oluwoye also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship.

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CAREER: Hundreds of AAMU students flocked to the Spring Career Fair sponsored by Career Development Services in the AAMU Wellness Center, where a ranged of companies, and public and private agencies sought to attract AAMU's best and brightest.   PHOTOS

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Health Screening Set for March

 

The Alabama Department of Public Health will facilitate free and voluntary wellness screenings in the AAMU Student Health and Wellness Center on Thursday, March 9.  The 15-minute screening includes:

 

1)      Health Risk History Screening Form (form completed by participant)

2)      Finger Stick for:   Lipid Profile-Tests fat in the blood, total cholesterol, HDL-good cholesterol, LDL-bad cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose-blood sugar

3)      Blood pressure

4)      Body Mass Index (BMI)

5)      Height and Weight

6)      Counseling on assessment of RISKS based on results obtained. Referrals may be made based on results.

 

Please reserve your time slot here​.  Walk-ins will be serviced upon availability only.  Bring PEEHIP card to coverage the cost of the screening! To ensure health insurance card and coverage information, download the Alabama Blue Mobile App here.

 

For additional information regarding wellness requirements, please go to  www.rsa-al.gov/index.php/members/peehip/health-wellness/earn-the-wellness-premium-waiver/.

 

Should you have questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (256) 372-5835.

  

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Alabama A&M University to Hold Leadership Development Training Class

 

AAMU will hold a Professional and Leadership Development Training Class March 13-16.   This four day training activity will take place on the campus from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 

 

Faculty from the College of Business and Public Affairs, along with other experts and practitioners, will provide participants personal insight, knowledge, and perspective to unlock professional potential and refine key leadership skills needed to achieve impactful, tangible results throughout their organizations. 

 

Team leaders, managers, or persons interested in developing, improving, or enhancing  their leadership skills are encouraged to attend.  The cost to attend this training is $1,275. 

 

Registration deadline is March 6.  For additional information or to register, please contact the Center for Extended Studies at (256) 372-5753 or send an email to odees@aamu.edu.

   

 

 

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Hall Staff Prepare for Spring Break

 

The residence halls will be closed during spring break (March 13-17), and all students must check-out. 

 

Students should check-out of their Residence Hall by 5 p.m., on March 10, and check-in Sunday, March 19, by 5 p.m.

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"DISASTER PREP" Theme of Urban Living Expo 2017

 
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The Alabama Cooperative Extension System's Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit will hold its first Urban Living Expo (ULE) Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Alabama A&M University Agribition Center, located at 4925 Moores Mill Road in Huntsville, Ala.  The theme is "Plan, Prepare, Practice: Don't Get Caught Off-Guard When Disasters Occur."

 

The event aims to engage the public through a series of interactive displays and to provide a variety of Extension information about disasters to individuals, families, local businesses and organizations.

 

Organizers says the Expo will be of special importance to community leaders, first responders, educators, students, emergency and health officials, waste management authorities, senior citizens, as well as to public and private organizations and the general public.

 

While admission is free, planners are prepared to accept donations of non-perishable food items.  Registration is required for all participants and exhibitors.

 

For additional information, contact Dr. Karnita Garner at (256) 372-8331, Dr. Robert Spencer at (256) 372-4983 or visit www.aces.edu/urban.

 

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First Lady's Scholarship Initiative Scheduled

 

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The First Lady's Scholarship Initiative event, spearheaded by Alabama A&M University First Lady Abbiegail Hugine, will be held Saturday, April 1, at 11 a.m. at Legacy Lake on the campus.

 

In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center.

 

For additional information, contact Dr. Andrea Cunningham at (256) 372-5551.

 

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AAMU Will Take Part in City-Wide Initiative                              by Debra Daniel

 

 

More than 700 freshmen will put the Alabama A&M University “Service Is Sovereignty” motto into motion on Saturday, April 1, when AAMU joins First Baptist Church’s “Serving the City as One” initiative.

 

First Baptist organized the event 13 years ago, bringing together over 2,000 Christians who represent more than 70 congregations and take on some 200 projects.  Area churches have served as the Southern, Central and Madison Hubs. This year, however, Alabama A&M will serve as the first hub for north Huntsville.  

 

AAMU freshmen, student organizations, faculty and staff will gather on campus at 7:30 a.m. for a university-wide send-off.  Campus buses will then drive them throughout the community to churches, organizations and neighborhoods that requested help.

 

Projects include:

 

·         Home Maintenance and Repair

·         Yard Work

·         AGENCY Opportunities: Hope Place, National Children’s Advocacy Center

          305 Eighth St., Manna House, Food Bank

·         Packing Goody Baskets

·         Lakewood School Projects

·         Sewing

·         Letter Writing

·         Empowered to Connect Conference

·         Prayer Walking the Neighborhood

 

“It’s a wonderful way for students to see the need first-hand and the impact just a few hours of their time can make,” says Monica Clarke, coordinator of AAMU’s Service and Learning Communities and Volunteerism program.

 

“This is just a fantastic opportunity to involve churches, organizations and Alabama A&M University to help meet the needs of our city,” said Mike Pearce, minister of missions at First Baptist Huntsville. 

 

To volunteer or receive additional information, visit www.servingthecity.org.

 

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Business School Co-Sponsoring Upcoming Symposium

 

AAMU’s College of Business and Public Affairs is among the visionary sponsors of an April 20 symposium focusing on the importance of cultivating diversity, talent and innovation within public and private organizations throughout the Tennessee Valley.

 

As a focal point, the symposium will provide strategies to build cultural awareness to enhance engagement and productivity in “Creating the Community” among Northern Alabama organizations. The main objective is to ensure organizations demonstrate a safe and inclusive environment for all employees.

 

Organizers says understanding the importance of diversity and inclusion enhances morale and provides organizations with a unique opportunity to attract and retain high-quality talent in Northern Alabama.

 

In addition to AAMU, event sponsors include the U.S. Army Materiel Command, Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, City of Huntsville, Leadership Huntsville/Madison County, NASA/MSFC, Oakwood University and the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

 

The symposium will begin at 9 a.m. at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala.  For registration and additional information, visit www.futureandbeyondhsv.com

 

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AAMU Plans Tech Transfer Program for Small Businesses

 

The Alabama A&M University College of Business and Public Affairs’ Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Development (CEIED), in cooperation with the AAMU-Rise Foundation, announces the SBIR-STTR Conference on April 23 -25 on the AAMU campus. 

 

Prospective participants still have an opportunity to help shape a conference that meets their unique interest, according to Dr. Teresa M. Orok, CEIED executive director.  The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in federal research/research and development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization.

 

Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.

 

Additionally, the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena. Key to this program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. However, the unique feature of the STTR program is the requirement for the small business to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II.

 

Funding for research and development is moving away from grants, says Orok. Instead, it is becoming essential for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), as well as all Minority Serving Institutions, to start competing for government and private industry contracts.

 

The AAMU-RISE Foundation and the AAMU Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, & Economic Development are hosting this conference to bring together experts from government agencies, leading R&D companies, and academic institutions. They will be sharing their expertise, thus enabling HBCUs and MSIs to partner with the government and its contractors as they develop and commercialize innovative technologies.

 

For registration and other information, contact CEIED at (256) 372-5603 or e-mail teresa.orok@aamu.edu.

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Medicinal Plant Conference Moves to Clemson 

 

The Alabama A&M University plant and soil science professor who heads the organization dedicated to the study of and research of medicinal plants has announced plans for the 2017 conference.

 

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The 2017 conference will be held at Clemson University in South Carolina, said Mentreddy, a prolific researcher whose most recent research has been published in the Florida-based Journal of Medicinal Plants.

 

A group discount is available, and graduate students who present a poster, or an oral paper receive 90% off of the registration fee.  The deadline for submission of abstracts for graduate student competitions and early registration is March 15, 2017.  Visit www.acmap.org for more details.

 

Interested persons can also contact Dr. Srinivasa Rao Mentreddy, professor and program coordinator, Plant Biotechnology, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL 35762, or call ( 256) 372-4250 oAlt. email: srinivasa.mentreddy@aamu.edu

 

Additional details about the forthcoming conference will be announced at a later date.

 

 

Alabama Site of Master Gardeners in 2017 

 

The Alabama Master Gardeners Association (AMGA) will hold its 27th annual state conference in Huntsville, Ala., May 1-3, 2017. 

 

The 2107 conference is hosted by the Master Gardeners of North Alabama with assistance from Limestone, Morgan and Marshall County Master Gardeners.  The conference is expected to draw more than 400 gardeners from across the Southeast.  The conference program is already filling up with exciting lectures and demonstrations.

 

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Week of: February 27-March 5, 2017

 

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AAMU Board Adds Concentrations, Modernizes Policies
 
Huntsville, Ala. --- The Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees held the first meeting of 2017 and the last one for President Pro Tempore Andre Taylor on Friday, February 24.
 
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AAMU President Andrew Hugine Jr., and other university administrators, including Faculty Senate President Jeanette Jones, thanked Taylor for his service.
 
Hugine announced that he will join presidents of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) for a meeting with White House officials on ways to strengthen support to the 100 institutions of higher learning.  President Donald Trump and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund will host the summit February 27-28.
 
Chinese3.JPGDuring his report to the board, President Hugine shared a video on the progress and events to date of the Confucius Institute at AAMU.
 
Trustees then went on to approve the addition of concentrations in urban planning and design, and transportation management; the addition of a wireless policy; the reduction of donor restrictions and requirements pertaining to naming opportunities for facilities; and the inclusion of nontraditional housing options.
 
As required by board bylaws, Trustees Velma Tribue and Jerome Williams were appointed by Taylor to serve on a presidential evaluation committee to coordinate Hugine’s four-year evaluation.  The committee will select a college president to serve on it, and Hugine will also be able to select a presidential peer to serve on the evaluation team.
 
Faculty Senate President Jeanette Jones lauded the efforts of Hugine with respect to finding ways to provide cost of living adjustments for faculty and staff.  The Faculty Senate will arrange meetings with state legislators on additional ways that state government can facilitate future adjustments to the salaries of state employees.  While Jones indicated that the Faculty Handbook is being reviewed, the Faculty Mentoring Program is well underway.
 
SGA President Tara Crawford said students have been involved in campus-wide beautification efforts, as well as community food and clothing drives.  She also expressed optimism in the development of future student leadership.
 
FIRST NOTICE of Next Meeting:  The Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees will meet again for its regular session on campus Friday, June 23, 2017, at 10 a.m. in the Clyde Foster Auditorium of the College of Business and Public Affairs.
 
- D. Daniel and J. Saintjones contributed to this report.
 
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Hall Staff Prepare for Spring Break
 
The residence halls will be closed during spring break (March 13-17), and all students must check-out. 
 
Students should check-out of their Residence Hall by 5 p.m., on March 10, and check-in Sunday, March 19, by 5 p.m.
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RE-ELECTED:  Arthur Henderson, Theresa McCants and Marian Ray were re-elected to the Board of Directors of Councill Federal Credit Union, while Cheryl Johnson (r) was re-elected to the Credit Committee.  The elections were held at the CFCU 63rd annual meeting at the Alabama A&M University Agribition Center.  (Photo by J. Saintjones)    More PHOTOS
 
CFCU Holds Annual Meeting
 
The Councill Federal Credit Union held its 63rd annual meeting at the Alabama A&M University Agribition Center conference room February 23.
 
CFCU members heard reports from various committees, elected officers, and enjoyed food, door prizes and fellowship.
 
Rufus Gilmore is manager, and Beverly Lucas serves as customer service representative. 
 
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Board Takes Campus Tour
 
The AAMU Board of Trustees visited CONNECT Centers in the university’s four distinct colleges and other sites with campus improvements as part of two-day meetings on campus beginning February 23.   See PHOTOS
 
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The centers included the following: The Center for Learning, Innovating, Networking and Questioning (LINQ), College of Business and Public Affairs; The Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM Knowledge Center), College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences; The Center for Academic Student Engagement and Success (CASES), College of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences; and the Center for Learning, Academic Support and Success (CLASS), College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences.
 
Trustees were transported in a new Bulldog Transit System bus to view renovations and updates to Carter Hall Science Building; the Ralph Lee Student Center; William Hooper Councill Hall (home of the Tutorial Assistance Network and the Confucius Institute); and Normal Hill Student Apartments.
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“Dancing” Dazzles Knight Center Audience
 
The 2017 edition of Dancing with the President and First Lady once again amply supplied guests with an evening of entertainment.  The event helps fund the worthy cause of ongoing campus beautification efforts spearheaded by the Bulldog Pride Committee, led by First Lady Abbiegail Hugine.  PHOTOS
 
PeoplesChoice.jpgStudentWinners.jpgThe contestants included Michael and Yvette Clark – “R&B Funk”; Karla Miller and Dr. Gary Crosby (first place - above) – “Jazz”; Taliyah Oglesby and Lager Allen – “Foxtrot” (Student Winners); Troy Jones and Jazmine Robinson (2nd place) – “Salsa”; Brittany Holloman and Gerald Taylor – “Cha Cha”; and Rep. Anthony Daniels and Dr. Teneshia Daniels (People's Choice Award), left – “Salsa”. 
 
AAMU’s Monique Ryan served as choreographer.  The contestants were evaluated by judges Dana Austin, Janise Fowler and Matthew Hales.
 
Erica “Fox” Washington of WJAB-FM 90.9 served as mistress of ceremonies.  The evening featured special music (Tommy Friend and Alex Banks) and dance (Jaylin Caroline Martin), and President Andrew Hugine, Jr., and First Lady Abbiegail Hugine expressed their gratitude for the support from the campus and broader community.
 
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Professor to Address Local AAUW Chapter Luncheon
 
The Huntsville Chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will hold its Breaking Through Barriers Luncheon on Friday, March 3, at the Jackson Center, 6001 Moquin Drive, NW, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
 
JonesJeanetteBB-2017.JPGDr. Jeanette Jones, a professor, botanist, microbiologist and researcher at Alabama A&M University (AAMU) will facilitate a luncheon conversation on “Measuring Success Through Perseverance,” providing useful information to local college women aspiring to various careers.
 
After receiving an undergraduate degree in biology from Fort Valley State University (Ga.), Jones earned the Ph.D. degree in medical mycology from The Ohio State University.  Jones pursued further study at the University of Nevada, the University of California Medical School (San Francisco), the National Centers for Disease Control-Atlanta, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge).  A long-time member of the Board of Stewards at St. John AME Church in Huntsville, she also has been appointed to the U.S. Army Science Board by the Secretary of the Army since 1994.  
 
Dr. Jones has served as president of the Alabama A&M University Faculty Senate, the Greater Huntsville Chapter of The Links, Inc., The Ivy Center Foundation, as well as coordinator of the Faculty Mentoring Program at AAMU.
 
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Tucker Heads MCA Unit
 
Alabama A&M University President Andrew Hugine, Jr., has announced the individual who will fill the cabinet post of Vice President for Marketing, Communications and Advancement, a key post that encompasses fundraising, alumni affairs, electronic media communications, public relations, and print/mail.
 
TuckerClassicSmall.jpgArchie Tucker, II, who has served in the role of interim vice president since 2014 will assume the position of vice president on Wednesday, March 1.
 
Prior to joining AAMU in 2011 as director of development and later as assistant vice president, Tucker served as the chief development officer at Mississippi Valley State University, his alma mater, where he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration.  He also held posts at Coahoma Community College and Delta State University, where he received an MBA.
 
Tucker is affiliated with various civic organizations from local to international, including but not limited to the following:  Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) as a former District III board member and HBCU Taskforce Chair; Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) as a former board member for the North Alabama Chapter and international chapter support committee; and Leadership Huntsville Focus Class 25 and Connect Class 15 graduate.  He was awarded AFP’s North Alabama Fundraiser of the Year in 2015.  Tucker holds the Certificate in Fund Raising Management from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis.
 
Tucker is a native of Leland, Miss.  He and his wife Veronica are the parents of two sons, Jordan and Austin.
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Grad Studies Holds Open House
 
AAMU’s School of Graduate Studies welcomed prospective master’s and doctoral students to a day of activities and information about opportunities, programs, and funding for graduate study on “The Hill.”   PHOTOS
 
Claflin, Lane, Rust, UNA, Voorhees were among the institutions represented at the open huse.
 
In addition to academic and general information sessions, attendees had an opportunity to participate in give-a-ways, a walking tour and an evening basketball game.
 
The College of Business and Public Affairs served as the host site.  For additional information about graduate study at AAMU, call (256) 372-5266.
 
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Business School Co-Sponsoring Upcoming Symposium
 
AAMU’s College of Business and Public Affairs is among the visionary sponsors of an April 20 symposium focusing on the importance of cultivating diversity, talent and innovation within public and private organizations throughout the Tennessee Valley.
 
As a focal point, the symposium will provide strategies to build cultural awareness to enhance engagement and productivity in “Creating the Community” among Northern Alabama organizations. The main objective is to ensure organizations demonstrate a safe and inclusive environment for all employees.
 
Organizers says understanding the importance of diversity and inclusion enhances morale and provides organizations with a unique opportunity to attract and retain high-quality talent in Northern Alabama.
 
In addition to AAMU, event sponsors include the U.S. Army Materiel Command, Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, City of Huntsville, Leadership Huntsville/Madison County, NASA/MSFC, Oakwood University and the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
 
The symposium will begin at 9 a.m. at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala.  For registration and additional information, visit www.futureandbeyondhsv.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 Active Shooter Training Sessions Hosted by AAMU
 
“Everybody has a plan for a fire, or a tornado; but when it comes to an active shooter, what’s the plan?”
Lt. Proncey Robertson, Public Information Officer for Decatur Police, says it’s a question that could save lives.  He and three other certified trainers spent Feb 21-22 at AAMU for Alabama’s Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT).
 
It’s the first time AAMU has hosted the training, with 23 officers coming from Tuskegee, Cullman, Montgomery and across the state.  Three members of AAMU’s Department of Public Safety also took part.
 
“This training is mandatory for every law enforcement officer in the state,” says Jeremy Williams, a parole officer and ALERRT instructor.  The program is designed to prepare first responders to isolate, distract and neutralize an active shooter.
 
Though most of the training involved classroom instruction at the ARC and Buchanan Hall, officers will train outdoors in SWAT gear Wednesday afternoon.
 
The Bulldog Alert System notified the entire campus so no one would be alarmed.
 
Governor Robert Bentley made ALERRT training mandatory for all law enforcement officers in 2013.
 
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency offers the free training to law enforcement agencies.  The training is also free to civilians, businesses and other agencies through the ‘Run, Hide, Fight’ program.
 
AAMU’s Department of Public Safety has officers certified to offer the free training.
 
For more, including the Run, Hide, Fight’ video, click HERE.
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Journalism Journey Speaker Series Continues
 
The Journalism Journey Speaker Series connects AAMU students with local media and mass communications professionals to provide them unique educational opportunities for pathways to their career goals.
 
Created by Daryka Reeves, assistant professor of communications, the series aligns students with mentors and provides access to real-world knowledge about requirements for employment after graduation. It also serves as a recruiting effort for future students.
 
Most recently, Mo Carter, sports director for WZDX (Huntsville’s FOX affiliate) spoke to 70 aspiring journalists from the AAMU communications department. Carter highlighted his journey from sports reporter to director.  He encouraged students to stay abreast of current events, strengthen their writing skills and be willing to learn all facets of the mass communications industry.  VIDEO
 
The Series began last semester with noted journalist and media expert Debra Daniel, who currently serves as a communications specialist in the Office of Marketing and Public Relations, followed by Demetria McClenton, anchor for WAAY-31 (Huntsville’s ABC affiliate).
 
The Series will continue throughout the semester with speakers scheduled twice a month. 
 
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Health Screening Set for March
 
The Alabama Department of Public Health will facilitate free and voluntary wellness screenings in the AAMU Student Health and Wellness Center on Thursday, March 9.  The 15-minute screening includes:
 
1)      Health Risk History Screening Form (form completed by participant)
2)      Finger Stick for:   Lipid Profile-Tests fat in the blood, total cholesterol, HDL-good cholesterol, LDL-bad cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose-blood sugar
3)      Blood pressure
4)      Body Mass Index (BMI)
5)      Height and Weight
6)      Counseling on assessment of RISKS based on results obtained. Referrals may be made based on results.
 
Please reserve your time slot here​.  Walk-ins will be serviced upon availability only.  Bring PEEHIP card to coverage the cost of the screening! To ensure health insurance card and coverage information, download the Alabama Blue Mobile App here.
 
For additional information regarding wellness requirements, please go to  www.rsa-al.gov/index.php/members/peehip/health-wellness/earn-the-wellness-premium-waiver/.
 
Should you have questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (256) 372-5835.
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Alabama A&M University to Hold Leadership Development Training Class
 
AAMU will hold a Professional and Leadership Development Training Class March 13-16.   This four day training activity will take place on the campus from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 
 
Faculty from the College of Business and Public Affairs, along with other experts and practitioners, will provide participants personal insight, knowledge, and perspective to unlock professional potential and refine key leadership skills needed to achieve impactful, tangible results throughout their organizations. 
 
Team leaders, managers, or persons interested in developing, improving, or enhancing  their leadership skills are encouraged to attend.  The cost to attend this training is $1,275. 
 
Registration deadline is March 6.  For additional information or to register, please contact the Center for Extended Studies at (256) 372-5753 or send an email to odees@aamu.edu.
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Food Science Students Named Cargill and Kellogg’s Scholars
 
Five student scholars from AAMU’s Department of Food and Animal Sciences (FAS) received scholarships from industry partners Cargill and Kellogg’s. 
 
This year, the Cargill scholars ($1,000 each) were Dawn Nash, freshman; Breanna Hampton, sophomore; and Camara Blasingame, graduate student.  The Kellogg’s list of scholars ($2,000 each) include Loretta Grant, junior; and Sommer Thompson (senior).  The requirements for this award included not only a 3.00 GPA, but also leadership in the various departmental professional organizations.  
 
Dr. Martha Verghese serves a professor and chair of FAS.
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AAMU Plans Tech Transfer Program for Small Businesses
 
The Alabama A&M University College of Business and Public Affairs’ Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Development (CEIED), in cooperation with the AAMU-Rise Foundation, announces the SBIR-STTR Conference on April 23 -25 on the AAMU campus. 
 
Prospective participants still have an opportunity to help shape a conference that meets their unique interest, according to Dr. Teresa M. Orok, CEIED executive director.  The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in federal research/research and development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization.
 
Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.
 
Additionally, the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena. Key to this program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. However, the unique feature of the STTR program is the requirement for the small business to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II.
 
Funding for research and development is moving away from grants, says Orok. Instead, it is becoming essential for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), as well as all Minority Serving Institutions, to start competing for government and private industry contracts.
 
The AAMU-RISE Foundation and the AAMU Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, & Economic Development are hosting this conference to bring together experts from government agencies, leading R&D companies, and academic institutions. They will be sharing their expertise, thus enabling HBCUs and MSIs to partner with the government and its contractors as they develop and commercialize innovative technologies.
 
For registration and other information, contact CEIED at (256) 372-5603 or e-mail teresa.orok@aamu.edu.
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AAMU Will Take Part in City-Wide Initiative  by Debra Daniel
 
More than 700 freshmen will put the Alabama A&M University “Service Is Sovereignty” motto into motion on Saturday, April 1, when AAMU joins First Baptist Church’s “Serving the City as One” initiative.
 
First Baptist organized the event 13 years ago, bringing together over 2,000 Christians who represent more than 70 congregations and take on some 200 projects.  Area churches have served as the Southern, Central and Madison Hubs. This year, however, Alabama A&M will serve as the first hub for north Huntsville.  
 
AAMU freshmen, student organizations, faculty and staff will gather on campus at 7:30 a.m. for a university-wide send-off.  Campus buses will then drive them throughout the community to churches, organizations and neighborhoods that requested help.
 
Projects include:
 
·         Home Maintenance and Repair
·         Yard Work
·         AGENCY Opportunities: Hope Place, National Children’s Advocacy Center
          305 Eighth St., Manna House, Food Bank
·         Packing Goody Baskets
·         Lakewood School Projects
·         Sewing
·         Letter Writing
·         Empowered to Connect Conference
·         Prayer Walking the Neighborhood
 
“It’s a wonderful way for students to see the need first-hand and the impact just a few hours of their time can make,” says Monica Clarke, coordinator of AAMU’s Service and Learning Communities and Volunteerism program.
 
“This is just a fantastic opportunity to involve churches, organizations and Alabama A&M University to help meet the needs of our city,” said Mike Pearce, minister of missions at First Baptist Huntsville. 
 
To volunteer or receive additional information, visit www.servingthecity.org.
 
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AAMU Band Aims for “HBCU Sports Band of the Year”
 
Support the Marching Maroon and White in becoming the HBCU Sports Band of the Year.  Vote today.  For more information, visit the link below:
 
 
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First Lady's Scholarship Initiative Scheduled
 
FirstLadyEmblem.jpg.jpgThe First Lady's Scholarship Initiative event, spearheaded by Alabama A&M University First Lady Abbiegail Hugine, will be held Saturday, April 1, at 11 a.m. at Legacy Lake on the campus.
 
In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center.
 
For additional information, contact Dr. Andrea Cunningham at (256) 372-5551.
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Urban Living Expo 2017 Announced
 
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The Alabama Cooperative Extension System's Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit will hold its first Urban Living Expo (ULE) Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Alabama A&M University Agribition Center, located at 4925 Moores Mill Road in Huntsville, Ala.  The theme is "Plan, Prepare, Practice: Don't Get Caught Off-Guard When Disasters Occur."
 
The event aims to engage the public through a series of interactive displays and to provide a variety of Extension information about disasters to individuals, families, local businesses and organizations.
 
Organizers says the Expo will be of special importance to community leaders, first responders, educators, students, emergency and health officials, waste management authorities, senior citizens, as well as to public and private organizations and the general public.
 
While admission is free, planners are prepared to accept donations of non-perishable food items.  Registration is required for all participants and exhibitors.
 
For additional information, contact Dr. Karnita Garner at (256) 372-8331, Dr. Robert Spencer at (256) 372-4983 or visit www.aces.edu/urban.
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Medicinal Plant Conference Moves to Clemson 
 
The Alabama A&M University plant and soil science professor who heads the organization dedicated to the study of and research of medicinal plants has announced plans for the 2017 conference.
 
MentreddyNew.jpgDr. Rao Mentreddy is president of the seven-year-old American Council for Medicinally Active Plants, whose conferences attract over 100 scientists from throughout the world at various venues, from the United States to Peru.
 
The 2017 conference will be held at Clemson University in South Carolina, said Mentreddy, a prolific researcher whose most recent research has been published in the Florida-based Journal of Medicinal Plants.
 
A group discount is available, and graduate students who present a poster, or an oral paper receive 90% off of the registration fee.  The deadline for submission of abstracts for graduate student competitions and early registration is March 15, 2017.  Visit www.acmap.org for more details.
 
Interested persons can also contact Dr. Srinivasa Rao Mentreddy, professor and program coordinator, Plant Biotechnology, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL 35762, or call ( 256) 372-4250 oAlt. email: srinivasa.mentreddy@aamu.edu
 
Additional details about the forthcoming conference will be announced at a later date.
 
 
Alabama Site of Master Gardeners in 2017 
 
The Alabama Master Gardeners Association (AMGA) will hold its 27th annual state conference in Huntsville, Ala., May 1-3, 2017. 
 
The 2107 conference is hosted by the Master Gardeners of North Alabama with assistance from Limestone, Morgan and Marshall County Master Gardeners.  The conference is expected to draw more than 400 gardeners from across the Southeast.  The conference program is already filling up with exciting lectures and demonstrations.
 
Alabama Master Gardeners take great pride in improving their communities by providing education and training to its citizens. 

 

 

 

 

Week of: February 20-26, 2017

  

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AAMU to Swear In New Chief Feb. 21

 

AAMU will hold a swearing-in ceremony for its new Chief of Public Safety on Tuesday, February 21, on the AAMU campus at 3 p.m.

 

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Carlisle served the Decatur (Ala.) Police Department for more than 25 years and was named interim police chief for the City of Decatur in early 2016.  Prior to his period at the helm of the department, Carlisle held the rank of captain and was commander of the criminal investigation division.

 

The public is invited to the ceremony.  (Photo: decaturalabamausa.com)

 

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BHM Presentation:  President Andrew Hugine, Jr., center, made a February 16 presentation in connection with the Arnold Air Force Base African American Heritage Committee's Black History Month observance in Tullahoma, Tenn.  Dr. Hugine is pictured with (l-r) Dr. Mark A. Mehalic and Artious Walker, Arnold Air Force Base.

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FACULTY MENTORING:  Eight participants in the AAMU Faculty Mentoring Program , coordinated by Professor Jeanette Jones, recently convened in the Office of the President.  Pictured (l-r) are:  Aaron Adams, Insu Kim, Samantha Strachan, Tyesha Farmer, Dr. Jeanette Jones (coordinator), AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr., Johanna Massey, Xia ("Amy") Zhang, Armitra Jackson-Davis, and Sean Halverson.

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Exhibit Captures DuBois’ “Double Consciousness” Theme

 

The most recent work of talented artist Clifford L. Gordon of Columbia State Community College (Tenn.), “We Wear the Mask,” is on display in the Alabama A&M University Art Gallery through March 10. 

 

Masks3.jpgNamed for the Paul Laurence Dunbar poem of the same title, the “We Wear the Mask” exhibit is a visual exploration of the artist’s thoughts about identity and the “new physiognomy.”  Gordon calls the exhibit “a reconceptualization of African American racial identity” and a way to capture the notion of “being oneself with all the multiplicities, systems and contradictions of one’s own ways of being, doing and knowing.”

 

The Gallery is open for public viewing from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.    More PHOTOS

 

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Staff Senate Meeting Set

 

The Staff Senate will meet Tuesday, February 21, in Room 110 of Arthur J. Bond Hall (Engineering Building) from 12-1 p.m.

 

Staffer Sophya Johnson will address the group.  Lunch will be served. All staff members are invited.   

 

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Professor to Address Local AAUW Chapter Luncheon

 

The Huntsville Chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will hold its Breaking Through Barriers Luncheon on Friday, March 3, at the Jackson Center, 6001 Moquin Drive, NW, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

 

JonesJeanetteBB-2017.JPGDr. Jeanette Jones, a professor, botanist, microbiologist and researcher at Alabama A&M University (AAMU) will facilitate a luncheon conversation on “Measuring Success Through Perseverance,” providing useful information to local college women aspiring to various careers.

 

After receiving an undergraduate degree in biology from Fort Valley State University (Ga.), Jones earned the Ph.D. degree in medical mycology from The Ohio State University.  Jones pursued further study at the University of Nevada, the University of California Medical School (San Francisco), the National Centers for Disease Control-Atlanta, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge).  A long-time member of the Board of Stewards at St. John AME Church in Huntsville, she also has been appointed to the U.S. Army Science Board by the Secretary of the Army since 1994.  

 

Dr. Jones has served as president of the Alabama A&M University Faculty Senate, the Greater Huntsville Chapter of The Links, Inc., The Ivy Center Foundation, as well as coordinator of the Faculty Mentoring Program at AAMU.

 

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Alum Hosting Gospel Concert

 

AAMU alumnus Jamel Strong is hosting “A Night of Faith” on Friday, February 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Fellowship of Faith Church.

 

The event will feature new music release by Strong and special guests Maurette Brown-Clark and Melvin Williams.  For additional information and tickets, visit www.jamelstrong.org or call (256) 856-9665.

 

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Bulldog Central Has New Contact Info

 

 

The printshop's email address has changed to bulldogprintshop2@gmail.com.

 

Any emails/orders that were sent to bulldogprintshop@gmail.com after January 20, 2017 were not received. 

 

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BTS Requests Survey Participation

 

The AAMU Department of Transportation has requested the assistance of the AAMU Family in the completion of a survey pertaining to the Bulldog Transit System (BTS).

 

The department requests survey data at the start and toward the end of the semester.  To complete the survey, visit https://goo.gl/forms/FWs9aM8COGptKWhw1  or visit the BTS website at www.aamu.edu (Click on “Administrative Offices”; scroll down to click on “Bulldog Transportation Services”; and find the survey link on the right.

 

For additional information, contact Xantheia Watkins at (256) 372-8011 or e-mail xantheia.watkins@aamu.edu.

 

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Dose of Info:  AAMU students engage in intense listening during the Diversity in Medicine Tour held in the Dawson Building auditorium and coordinated by Career Development Services.  PHOTOS

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Journalism Journey Speaker Series Continues

 

The Journalism Journey Speaker Series connects AAMU students with local media and mass communications professionals to provide them unique educational opportunities for pathways to their career goals.

 

Created by Daryka Reeves, assistant professor of communications, the series aligns students with mentors and provides access to real-world knowledge about requirements for employment after graduation. It also serves as a recruiting effort for future students.

 

Most recently, Mo Carter, sports director for WZDX (Huntsville’s FOX affiliate) spoke to 70 aspiring journalists from the AAMU communications department. Carter highlighted his journey from sports reporter to director.  He encouraged students to stay abreast of current events, strengthen their writing skills and be willing to learn all facets of the mass communications industry.  VIDEO

 

The Series began last semester with noted journalist and media expert Debra Daniel, who currently serves as a communications specialist in the Office of Marketing and Public Relations, followed by Demetria McClenton, anchor for WAAY-31 (Huntsville’s ABC affiliate).

 

The Series will continue throughout the semester with speakers scheduled twice a month. 

 

 

Health Screening Set for March

 

The Alabama Department of Public Health will facilitate free and voluntary wellness screenings in the AAMU Student Health and Wellness Center on Thursday, March 9.  The 15-minute screening includes:

 

1)      Health Risk History Screening Form (form completed by participant)

2)      Finger Stick for:   Lipid Profile-Tests fat in the blood, total cholesterol, HDL-good cholesterol, LDL-bad cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose-blood sugar

3)      Blood pressure

4)      Body Mass Index (BMI)

5)      Height and Weight

6)      Counseling on assessment of RISKS based on results obtained. Referrals may be made based on results.

 

Please reserve your time slot here​.  Walk-ins will be serviced upon availability only.  Bring PEEHIP card to coverage the cost of the screening! To ensure health insurance card and coverage information, download the Alabama Blue Mobile App here.

 

For additional information regarding wellness requirements, please go to  www.rsa-al.gov/index.php/members/peehip/health-wellness/earn-the-wellness-premium-waiver/.

 

Should you have questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (256) 372-5835.

 

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AAMU Will Take Part in City-Wide Initiative  by Debra Daniel

 

More than 700 freshmen will put the Alabama A&M University “Service Is Sovereignty” motto into motion on Saturday, April 1, when AAMU joins First Baptist Church’s “Serving the City as One” initiative.

 

First Baptist organized the event 13 years ago, bringing together over 2,000 Christians who represent more than 70 congregations and take on some 200 projects.  Area churches have served as the Southern, Central and Madison Hubs. This year, however, Alabama A&M will serve as the first hub for north Huntsville.  

 

AAMU freshmen, student organizations, faculty and staff will gather on campus at 7:30 a.m. for a university-wide send-off.  Campus buses will then drive them throughout the community to churches, organizations and neighborhoods that requested help.

 

Projects include:

 

·         Home Maintenance and Repair

·         Yard Work

·         AGENCY Opportunities: Hope Place, National Children’s Advocacy Center

          305 Eighth St., Manna House, Food Bank

·         Packing Goody Baskets

·         Lakewood School Projects

·         Sewing

·         Letter Writing

·         Empowered to Connect Conference

·         Prayer Walking the Neighborhood

 

“It’s a wonderful way for students to see the need first-hand and the impact just a few hours of their time can make,” says Monica Clarke, coordinator of AAMU’s Service and Learning Communities and Volunteerism program.

 

“This is just a fantastic opportunity to involve churches, organizations and Alabama A&M University to help meet the needs of our city,” said Mike Pearce, minister of missions at First Baptist Huntsville. 

 

To volunteer or receive additional information, visit www.servingthecity.org.

 

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AAMU Band Aims for “HBCU Sports Band of the Year”

 

Support the Marching Maroon and White in becoming the HBCU Sports Band of the Year.  Vote today.  For more information, visit the link below:

 

http://hbcusports.com/2017/01/13/vote-now-for-the-2016-hbcu-sports-band-of-the-year/

 

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CETL Upcoming Events

 

· Pedagogy/ Teaching Strategies Workshop

       - February 23, 2017

 

·  CLASS: (Community of Learning for Administrative Support Staff)

       - Microsoft Office Training-  February 15, 2017

 

 · Revisiting Customer Service in Higher Education

       - March 1, 2017

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 Support Miss AAMU for EBONY Feature

 

Normalites everywhere are urged to vote (up to three a day) for Carmen Wright, Miss AAMU 2016-17.  Please use the link below:

http://www.ebony.com/contestants/carmen-wright#axzz4SeIZ9Crx

 

 
 
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First Lady's Scholarship Initiative Scheduled
 
FirstLadyEmblem.jpg.jpgThe First Lady's Scholarship Initiative event, spearheaded by Alabama A&M University First Lady Abbiegail Hugine, will be held Saturday, April 1, at 11 a.m. at Legacy Lake on the campus.
 
In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center.
 
For additional information, contact Dr. Andrea Cunningham at (256) 372-5551.
 
 
Urban Living Expo 2017 Announced
 
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The Alabama Cooperative Extension System's Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit will hold its first Urban Living Expo (ULE) Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Alabama A&M University Agribition Center, located at 4925 Moores Mill Road in Huntsville, Ala.  The theme is "Plan, Prepare, Practice: Don't Get Caught Off-Guard When Disasters Occur."
 
The event aims to engage the public through a series of interactive displays and to provide a variety of Extension information about disasters to individuals, families, local businesses and organizations.
 
Organizers says the Expo will be of special importance to community leaders, first responders, educators, students, emergency and health officials, waste management authorities, senior citizens, as well as to public and private organizations and the general public.
 
While admission is free, planners are prepared to accept donations of non-perishable food items.  Registration is required for all participants and exhibitors.
 
For additional information, contact Dr. Karnita Garner at (256) 372-8331, Dr. Robert Spencer at (256) 372-4983 or visit www.aces.edu/urban.
- J. Saintjones
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Medicinal Plant Conference Moves to Clemson 
 
The Alabama A&M University plant and soil science professor who heads the organization dedicated to the study of and research of medicinal plants has announced plans for the 2017 conference.
 
MentreddyNew.jpgDr. Rao Mentreddy is president of the seven-year-old American Council for Medicinally Active Plants, whose conferences attract over 100 scientists from throughout the world at various venues, from the United States to Peru.
 
The 2017 conference will be held at Clemson University in South Carolina, said Mentreddy, a prolific researcher whose most recent research has been published in the Florida-based Journal of Medicinal Plants.
 
Additional details about the forthcoming conference will be announced at a later date.
 
 
Alabama Site of Master Gardeners in 2017 
 
The Alabama Master Gardeners Association (AMGA) will hold its 27th annual state conference in Huntsville, Ala., May 1-3, 2017. 
 
The 2107 conference is hosted by the Master Gardeners of North Alabama with assistance from Limestone, Morgan and Marshall County Master Gardeners.  The conference is expected to draw more than 400 gardeners from across the Southeast.  The conference program is already filling up with exciting lectures and demonstrations.
 
Alabama Master Gardeners take great pride in improving their communities by providing education and training to its citizens. 
 
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The Bulldog BottomLine appears weekly on Mondays, coordinated by the Office of Marketing and Public Relations (Jerome Saintjones, Director), Alabama A&M University, 303 Patton Hall, Normal, AL  35762. Please submit items for consideration one week in advance of posting date to public.relations@aamu.edu or news@aamu.edu.  For more information, contact Shirley Alexander at (256) 372-5607.
 

 

  

February 6-13, 2016

 
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Former Physics Chair Dies (See "Deaths" Below)
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Chinese Art Troupe Meets with AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr.
 
The Art Troupe of the Sichuan Normal University (China) will be performing at Columbia High School in Huntsville, Ala., at 6 p.m., Monday, February 13, hosted by Alabama A&M University's Confucius Institute.  Tickets are available at AAMU at 114 Carver Complex South or call (256) 372-8460.
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AAMU Grad Becomes First Black, Youngest House Minority Leader
 
Alabama State Representative Anthony Daniels was recently elected Minority Leader by his colleagues in the Democratic House Caucus, making the 34-year-old the youngest and first African American to be named to the post in modern state history. Daniels also ranks among the youngest party leaders nationwide.
 
Daniels3.jpg“I am humbled by the faith, trust and support provided by my colleagues in Montgomery, and I’m looking forward to getting to work,” Daniels said. “Democrats are ready to roll up their sleeves to boost public education, to help businesses create good-paying jobs, and to restore public confidence in Montgomery among the hard-working families of Alabama.”
 
Rep. Daniels grew up in Midway, Ala., was first elected to the House in 2014, and has spent his career determined to boost jobs, public education, and college affordability. He has served as an educator, a fundraiser for Alabama A&M University and as a member of Huntsville’s Economic Sustainability Council, among other positions. He currently operates a small business in North Alabama.
 
AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr., said Rep. Daniels’ influential role as Minority Leader “is an indication to current and future students that AAMU remains a vibrant force in the higher education community and beyond.”
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Annual Presidential Bus Tour Ends on The Quad
 
Alabama A&M University’s Fifth Presidential Community Engagement and Recruitment Tour ended with a ‘Welcome Back Celebration’ on the Quad on Friday, February 10.
 
Bus3.jpgIn his brief recap, President Andrew Hugine, Jr., told AAMU students, faculty and staff that the bus traveled to 44 high schools across the state, delivering more than $16 million in scholarships to 867 deserving students.  Last year, AAMU awarded scholarships to 757 students totaling over $14 million.
 
The annual tour acknowledges excellence among Alabama high school students accepted to AAMU, with the President Bus1.jpg
delivering their scholarships in person during school assemblies.  It also encourages other high school students to strive for high academic achievement, while allowing current AAMU students to tell the university's story.
 
The bus tour began with a stop at John LeFlore High School and several others in Mobile, before heading to high schools in Montgomery, Selma, the Alabama Black Belt, Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Anniston and Gadsden. The final stop was Friday afternoon at Jemison High School in Huntsville.
 
Hugine praised the efforts of the admissions staff, along with students, faculty and administrators who participated on various days of the tour.
-Debra Daniel
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NFL Legend Among HBCU Hall of Famers Honored During Super Bowl LI
 
Stall2.jpgThousands of Alabama A&M University Bulldog fans received a special honor while watching Super Bowl LI, as AAMU’s own John Stallworth (r, with President Andrew Hugine, Jr.) received paid StallworthSuperBowl (1).JPGtribute for his contributions on the gridiron as part of the Pro Football Hall of Famers who attended historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). 
 
At the massive game in Houston, Tex., February 5, the National Football League (NFL) continued the tradition of recognizing the players, culminating with an on-field, pregame ceremony at NRG Stadium. 
 
StallworthSuperBowl (2).JPGThe NFL invited AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr., to be present to witness the event and to share in Stallworth’s and the other players’ many accolades.  VIDEO
 
Ten percent of the players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame are from HBCUs, a fact Hugine calls “a great accomplishment,” given their overall percentage in the League.
 
Stall1.jpgStallworth has been an inspiration to thousands of Americans for decades.  He is revered as one who consistently leads by example; who thinks out-of-the-box; and who possesses a humble spirit despite having the world at his feet.  
 
Having secured his formal education in the public schools of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Stallworth (r, with First Lady Abbiegail Hugine) enrolled at Alabama A&M University, where he became one of its most beloved Bulldogs.  He then evolved into a formidable and unforgettable force among the Pittsburgh Steelers and later transformed himself in the business world as a respected entrepreneur.  
 
Stallworth no doubt continues to pass on the inspiration he once received from mentors like the legendary Louis Crews, a man who—despite limited means—left his mark on younger men throughout the United States.   See VIDEO
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Grad Named Program Director of the Year
 
At the recent closing of the annual OPEX Week 2017 Summit, Dr. Charles T. Brandon III was announced as the Program Director of the Year.  Brandon is the BrandonCharles.jpg
director of the Army Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) Program Office in the Office of the Under Secretary of the Army, Business Transformation Office.  The ARMY CPI Program was also recognized as the Program of the Year.
 
The Operational Process Excellence Award is a globally recognized, annual industry award, which honors and celebrates organizations, teams and individuals who have exceeded industry standards in their Operational Process Excellence initiatives delivering breakthrough and extraordinary results for their organization and the world.
 
This is the 18th year for the annual awards program and is the first time a Department of Defense organization has won either award.
 
The recognition of the Army’s CPI Program highlights the significant efforts made by over 1,500 Army Process improvement practitioners across 44 organizations working diligently toward being good stewards of the taxpayers’ trust, and providing commanders and service members with the best and most efficient support to enable effective mission accomplishment.
 
Brandon is a graduate of S.R. Butler High School and Alabama A&M University.  He holds advanced degrees from the American Intercontinental University, Northwestern University, and the National Graduate School of Quality Management, where he also serves as an adjunct professor.
 
He is based at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
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Business Team Competes in Culverhouse Competition
 
COPBATeam.jpgA team of three juniors (Jakyrah Warren, Kenji Walker and Raven New) from the College of Business and Public Affairs competed in the Culverhouse Leadership Diversity Conference Case Competition at the University of Alabama.     LINK  

Raven New (2nd, r) won Best Q&A in her division, while Kenji Walker won one of two social media challenges. Dr. Del Smith, the college’s dean, served as adviser.

COBPA Team (l-r):  Jakyrah Warren, Kenji Walker, Raven New and Dean Del Smith
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Student Delivers Sermon at Hopewell
 
An AAMU freshman delivered the Sunday message recently at a local Tennessee Valley area church.
 
Rev. Brandon Ferguson delivered the sermon on February 5 for the 10 a.m. worship services at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, located at 292 Cemetery Road in New Market, Ala., where Rev. Larry Davidson, Jr., serves as pastor.
 
Ferguson is a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering.
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Accounting Student Meets Billionaire Koch
 
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Alabama A&M University senior accounting major Carlos Salas (2nd, r) was among a small group of students to meet conservative billionaire Charles Koch through AAMU’s affiliation with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.  Koch’s charitable foundation announced in January that it would donate $26 million to TMCF.
 
TMCF CEO Johnny Taylor told CNBC he was impressed by Koch’s willingness to fly personally to TMCF headquarters in Washington, D.C, where he submitted himself to questions from the board and some of the students in the scholarship program.
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BTS Requests Survey Participation
 
The AAMU Department of Transportation has requested the assistance of the AAMU Family in the completion of a survey pertaining to the Bulldog Transit System (BTS).
 
The department requests survey data at the start and toward the end of the semester.  To complete the survey, visit https://goo.gl/forms/FWs9aM8COGptKWhw1  or visit the BTS website at www.aamu.edu (Click on “Administrative Offices”; scroll down to click on “Bulldog Transportation Services”; and find the survey link on the right.
 
For additional information, contact Xantheia Watkins at (256) 372-8011 or e-mail xantheia.watkins@aamu.edu.
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CI-AAMU Cultural Event Monday
 
CIAAMUEvent.jpgThe Confucius Institute at Alabama A&M University is organizing another cultural event at 6 p.m. on Monday, February 13, 2017, at the auditorium of Columbia High School, located at 300 Explorer Boulevard in Huntsville, Ala. 
 
Performed by the art troupe of the Sichaun Normal University (China), the “Chinese Lantern Festival” event is free, but admission is based on tickets.  The tickets are first come, first served and are available at 114 Carver Complex South or (256) 372-8460.
 
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Health Screening Set for March
 
The Alabama Department of Public Health will facilitate free and voluntary wellness screenings in the AAMU Student Health and Wellness Center on Thursday, March 9.  The 15-minute screening includes:
 
1)      Health Risk History Screening Form (form completed by participant)
2)      Finger Stick for:   Lipid Profile-Tests fat in the blood, total cholesterol, HDL-good cholesterol, LDL-bad cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose-blood sugar
3)      Blood pressure
4)      Body Mass Index (BMI)
5)      Height and Weight
6)      Counseling on assessment of RISKS based on results obtained. Referrals may be made based on results.
 
Please reserve your time slot here​.  Walk-ins will be serviced upon availability only.  Bring PEEHIP card to coverage the cost of the screening! To ensure health insurance card and coverage information, download the Alabama Blue Mobile App here.
 
For additional information regarding wellness requirements, please go to  www.rsa-al.gov/index.php/members/peehip/health-wellness/earn-the-wellness-premium-waiver/.
 
Should you have questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (256) 372-5835.
 
  
 
AAMU Posts Schedule for Black History Month 2017
 
Councill.pngA listing of activities and event series for Black History Month 2017 at Alabama A&M University has been compiled and is available for the public.  
 
To add or revise events, contact the Office of Marketing and Public Relations at (256) 372-5607.   To view most recent BHM 2017 listings, visit HERE
 
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AAMU Will Take Part in City-Wide Initiative
 
 
by Debra Daniel
More than 700 freshmen will put the Alabama A&M University “Service Is Sovereignty” motto into motion on Saturday, April 1, when AAMU joins First Baptist Church’s “Serving the City as One” initiative.
 
First Baptist organized the event 13 years ago, bringing together over 2,000 Christians who represent more than 70 congregations and take on some 200 projects.  Area churches have served as the Southern, Central and Madison Hubs. This year, however, Alabama A&M will serve as the first hub for north Huntsville.  
 
AAMU freshmen, student organizations, faculty and staff will gather on campus at 7:30 a.m. for a university-wide send-off.  Campus buses will then drive them throughout the community to churches, organizations and neighborhoods that requested help.
 
Projects include:
 
·         Home Maintenance and Repair
·         Yard Work
·         AGENCY Opportunities: Hope Place, National Children’s Advocacy Center
          305 Eighth St., Manna House, Food Bank
·         Packing Goody Baskets
·         Lakewood School Projects
·         Sewing
·         Letter Writing
·         Empowered to Connect Conference
·         Prayer Walking the Neighborhood
 
“It’s a wonderful way for students to see the need first-hand and the impact just a few hours of their time can make,” says Monica Clarke, coordinator of AAMU’s Service and Learning Communities and Volunteerism program.
 
“This is just a fantastic opportunity to involve churches, organizations and Alabama A&M University to help meet the needs of our city,” said Mike Pearce, minister of missions at First Baptist Huntsville. 
 
To volunteer or receive additional information, visit www.servingthecity.org.

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AAMU Band Aims for “HBCU Sports Band of the Year”
 
Support the Marching Maroon and White in becoming the HBCU Sports Band of the Year.  Vote today.  For more information, visit the link below:
 
 
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CETL Upcoming Events
 
       - February 23, 2017
 
·  CLASS: (Community of Learning for Administrative Support Staff)
       - Microsoft Office Training-  February 15, 2017
 
       - March 1, 2017
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Board Nominating Committee Working to Fill Vacancies 
 
Chris Robinson, chair of the AAMU Board of Trustees Nominating Committee, has announced the Committee's recent efforts to fill two vacancies on the Board of Trustees for the Fifth and Seventh Congressional Districts.  For more information on the requirements and process, click HERE
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 Support Miss AAMU for EBONY Feature
 
Normalites everywhere are urged to vote (up to three a day) for Carmen Wright, Miss AAMU 2016-17.  Please use the link below:
 

 
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First Lady's Scholarship Initiative Scheduled
 
FirstLadyEmblem.jpg.jpgThe First Lady's Scholarship Initiative event, spearheaded by Alabama A&M University First Lady Abbiegail Hugine, will be held Saturday, April 1, at 11 a.m. at Legacy Lake on the campus.
 
In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center.
 
For additional information, contact Dr. Andrea Cunningham at (256) 372-5551.
 
 
Urban Living Expo 2017 Announced
 
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The Alabama Cooperative Extension System's Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit will hold its first Urban Living Expo (ULE) Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Alabama A&M University Agribition Center, located at 4925 Moores Mill Road in Huntsville, Ala.  The theme is "Plan, Prepare, Practice: Don't Get Caught Off-Guard When Disasters Occur."
 
The event aims to engage the public through a series of interactive displays and to provide a variety of Extension information about disasters to individuals, families, local businesses and organizations.
 
Organizers says the Expo will be of special importance to community leaders, first responders, educators, students, emergency and health officials, waste management authorities, senior citizens, as well as to public and private organizations and the general public.
 
While admission is free, planners are prepared to accept donations of non-perishable food items.  Registration is required for all participants and exhibitors.
 
For additional information, contact Dr. Karnita Garner at (256) 372-8331, Dr. Robert Spencer at (256) 372-4983 or visit www.aces.edu/urban.
- J. Saintjones
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Medicinal Plant Conference Moves to Clemson 
 
The Alabama A&M University plant and soil science professor who heads the organization dedicated to the study of and research of medicinal plants has announced plans for the 2017 conference.
 
MentreddyNew.jpgDr. Rao Mentreddy is president of the seven-year-old American Council for Medicinally Active Plants, whose conferences attract over 100 scientists from throughout the world at various venues, from the United States to Peru.
 
The 2017 conference will be held at Clemson University in South Carolina, said Mentreddy, a prolific researcher whose most recent research has been published in the Florida-based Journal of Medicinal Plants.
 
Additional details about the forthcoming conference will be announced at a later date.
 
 
Alabama Site of Master Gardeners in 2017 
 
The Alabama Master Gardeners Association (AMGA) will hold its 27th annual state conference in Huntsville, Ala., May 1-3, 2017. 
 
The 2107 conference is hosted by the Master Gardeners of North Alabama with assistance from Limestone, Morgan and Marshall County Master Gardeners.  The conference is expected to draw more than 400 gardeners from across the Southeast.  The conference program is already filling up with exciting lectures and demonstrations.
 
Alabama Master Gardeners take great pride in improving their communities by providing education and training to its citizens. 
 
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Former Physics Chair Dies
 
GeorgeMC.jpgFuneral service was held in Memphis, Tenn., for Dr. Maemadathil Cherian “M.C.” George, former head of AAMU’s Department of Physics, on Saturday, February 11. 

Affectionately called “Appacha,” Dr. George was born on June 4, 1930, and departed February 9, preceded in death by his Rohini (2011). He is survived by his four children, Beena, Omana, Lalitha, Sam and their spouses and children.
He will always be remembered for his zest for life, passion to share wisdom, and his affection and hospitality to all who entered his home.
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The Bulldog BottomLine appears weekly on Mondays, coordinated by the Office of Marketing and Public Relations (Jerome Saintjones, Director), Alabama A&M University, 303 Patton Hall, Normal, AL  35762. Please submit items for consideration one week in advance of posting date to public.relations@aamu.edu or news@aamu.edu.  For more information, contact Shirley Alexander at (256) 372-5607.

  

 

 
 

Week of: February 6-12, 2017

 
 
Campus Invited to Bus Tour "Welcome Back" Friday 
 
After a week of awarding scholarships to students across the state, the 2017 AAMU Presidential Community Outreach Bus Tour returns to campus on Friday, February 10.
 
Student groups/organizations, faculty and staff are invited to join Dr. Andrew Hugine, First Lady Abbiegail Hugine, university administration and student leaders as they arrive on The Quad at 2:30 p.m. Friday.
 
AAMU Cheerleaders and band members/and a DJ will be on hand to welcome them back to “The Hill!”
 
Now in its fifth year, the week-long tour travels across the state, stopping at more than 30 schools, and awarding scholarships to deserving students.
 
 
 
AAMU Posts Schedule for Black History Month 2017
 
Councill.pngA listing of activities and event series for Black History Month 2017 at Alabama A&M University has been compiled and is available for the public.  
 
To add or revise events, contact the Office of Marketing and Public Relations at (256) 372-5607.   To view most recent BHM 2017 listings, visit HERE
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OSU Professor Launches BHM on "The Hill"
 
An Ohio State University professor addressed “Black History Month and Student Success” at Alabama A&M University on Wednesday, February 1, launching the university's Black History Month activities.
 
StrayhornChoir.jpgDr. Terrell Strayhorn, professor and director of the Center for Higher Education Enterprise (CHEE) at The Ohio State University, is a noted student success scholar, public speaker and writer.  Strayhorn (r, with AAMU Gospel Choir) has authored 10 books, over 60 book chapters, and more than 150 journal articles and conference papers, and many other scholarly publications.
 
Strayhorn (above with President Andrew and First Lady Abbiegail Hugine) received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia (UVA), a master’s degree in educational policy from the Curry School of Education at UVA, and the Ph.D. degree in higher education from Virginia Tech.
 
Prior to Ohio State, Strayhorn was Special Assistant to the Provost at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and Research Associate at the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) in Washington, DC.     PHOTOS
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SIGNING DAY:  Bulldog fans, alumni, and the campus community joined the Department of Athletics for its National Signing Day program on Wednesday, February 1, in the Clyde Foster Multipurpose Room of the College of Business and Public Affairs.   Photo by Julian Howell
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Print Shop Changes Contact Info
 
The Bulldog Print Shop has announced a change in its e-mail address.  The new e-mail address has been changed to:  bulldogprintshop2@gmail.com
 
In orders sent to the former e-mail address (bulldogprintshop@gmail.com) after January 20, 2017, were not received. 
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Knoxville Administrator Addresses Banquet, Symposium 
 
A representative from Emerald Youth Foundation in Knoxville, Tenn., was the keynote speaker for Alabama A&M University's Annual Benjamin Banneker Awards & Scholarship Banquet on February 2.
Banneker.pngIMG_4685.JPGKevin E. Dubose, left, director of church and community development at the Knoxville foundation, also spoke to several Department of Community and Regional Planning (DCRP) students, faculty, staff and alumni during the subsequent Future of the City Symposium on Friday, February 3.  Dubose was joined by fellow panelists Turkessa Coleman-Lacey, City of Huntsville, and Joseph A. Lee, retired DCRP faculty member.
 
The banquet honors the noted genius of Benjamin Banneker, a prominent African-American astronomer, inventor and planner who is credited for providing the layout and design of Washington, D.C.    SYMPOSIUM
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Hugine to Launch 2017 Presidential Bus Tour
 
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Dozens of high schools and prospective scholarship recipients throughout Alabama will be greeted by President Andrew Hugine  and First Lady Abbiegail Hugine as part of the 2017 Presidential Community Outreach Bus Tour, which began February 5 and will conclude Friday, February 10.
 
President Hugine on Sunday launched his bus tour across the state of Alabama on an enthusiastic, energetic recruitment and outreach effort during which numerous scholarships will be awarded along the way.
 
Similar to last year, President Hugine will start the bus tour in the historic port city of Mobile, Ala., the true birthplace of Mardi Gras, on Monday, February 6. The first leg of the tour will also cover Monroe County and its namesake high school.  The first high school visit, around 8:15 a.m., is John LeFlore High School (which will host Vigor High School).  Other Mobile-area visits will include a 9:15 a.m. visit to Murphy, which will host Davidson High School; 10:15 a.m. at Baker High; 11:15 a.m. at Blount High; and 1:15 p.m. at Monroe County High School (which will host J.F. Shields High School and Excel High School). The team will leave Mobile for Montgomery.
 
Day Two, Tuesday, February 7, will include visits to Montgomery and Selma-area high schools, including (1) Sidney Lanier, (8:45-9:45 a.m.) which will serve as a host school for students and Bulldog alums from Lee, Brewtech, Booker T. Washington, Bullock County, Booker T. Washington (Tuskegee) and Jefferson Davis; (2) Southside High School (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), which will host Keith High School; and (3) Selma High School at 1:15 p.m.
 
From the historic Civil Rights bookmark of Selma, Ala., the bus tour will work its way through the notorious Alabama Black Belt, culminating with a stop in Tuscaloosa (“T-Town”).   Thus, Day Three, Wednesday, February 8, starts out with a visit to R.C. Hatch High School (host to Greensboro, 8:15-9:15 a.m.); Demopolis High School (host to Linden and Greene County, 9:45-11 a.m.); Central High School in Tuscaloosa, 1-1:45 p.m., which was formerly alum and former Pittsburgh Steeler John Stallworth’s “Tuscaloosa High School,” and then close out with a visit to Bryant High School at 2:15 p.m.
 
On Thursday, February 9, it's on to Birmingham, where the bus tour will open Day Four about 8 a.m. at Holy Family Cristo High School.  From there, it’s on to Parker High School at 8:40 a.m. (with Wenonah and Carver High School).  At 9:30 a.m., the team will visit host Fairfield High School (with Restoration Academy); Jackson Olin at 10:30 a.m. (hosting Woodlawn); Ramsey High School at 11:30 a.m.; and host Huffman High School (with Pinson Valley and Tarrant).  The Magic City visit will conclude with a stop at Center Point High School at 2:15 p.m.
 
The final stretch of the tour on Friday, February 10, Day Five, will begin at Anniston High School, host to Oxford and Piedmont, at 8:15 a.m.  At 9:45 a.m., the group will visit Gadsden High School, which will serve as host to Etowah County High. Back in Huntsville, the trip will conclude at the new Mae Jemison High School at 1 p.m.  The participants on the bus tour will receive a “Welcome Back” on The Quad at 2:15 p.m.
 
The tour provides a venue for the various stakeholders of the university to expose the larger community to Alabama A&M, says bus tour coordinator Venita Clisby King, assistant vice president for enrollment management and director of admissions.  For more information on the bus tour, please call (256) 372-5245.
  
- Jerome Saintjones
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ADOPT-A-BUILDING:  A work session was held for members of the Buldog Pride's Adopt-A-Building subcommittee.  Chaired by Dr. Cynthia Smith and co-chaired by Mary W. Hurt, retired, the group was addressed by President Andrew and First Lady Abbiegail Hugine.   PHOTOS
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AAMU Will Take Part in City-Wide Initiative
 
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More than 700 freshmen will put the Alabama A&M University “Service Is Sovereignty” motto into motion on Saturday, April 1, when AAMU joins First Baptist Church’s “Serving the City as One” initiative.
 
First Baptist organized the event 13 years ago, bringing together over 2,000 Christians who represent more than 70 congregations and take on some 200 projects.  Area churches have served as the Southern, Central and Madison Hubs. This year, however, Alabama A&M will serve as the first hub for north Huntsville.  
 
AAMU freshmen, student organizations, faculty and staff will gather on campus at 7:30 a.m. for a university-wide send-off.  Campus buses will then drive them throughout the community to churches, organizations and neighborhoods that requested help.
 
Projects include:
 
·         Home Maintenance and Repair
·         Yard Work
·         AGENCY Opportunities: Hope Place, National Children’s Advocacy Center
          305 Eighth St., Manna House, Food Bank
·         Packing Goody Baskets
·         Lakewood School Projects
·         Sewing
·         Letter Writing
·         Empowered to Connect Conference
·         Prayer Walking the Neighborhood
 
“It’s a wonderful way for students to see the need first-hand and the impact just a few hours of their time can make,” says Monica Clarke, coordinator of AAMU’s Service and Learning Communities and Volunteerism program.
 
“This is just a fantastic opportunity to involve churches, organizations and Alabama A&M University to help meet the needs of our city,” said Mike Pearce, minister of missions at First Baptist Huntsville. 
 
To volunteer or receive additional information, visit www.servingthecity.org.

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AAMU Professor Accepted for Coveted Summer Institute
 
An assistant professor in AAMU's Department of Visual, Performing and Communication Arts, will take part in the 7th Biennial Rhetoric Society Association (RSA) Summer Institute in Bloomington, Ind., in May 2017.
 
MWilliamsHeadshot.jpgDr. Melvin L. Williams will join participants in a highly competitive institute that will host eight seminars and several workshops on a range of topics in rhetoric, including human rights, the racial contract and its implications for a global public sphere, and queer rhetoric.  Williams was selected from among a pool of more than 700 applicants, and he will participate in the Queer Archival Immersion seminar.
 
RSA.jpgIn connection with the achievement, Williams has recently released a published work entitled "I Don't Belong in Here! A Social Media Analysis of Digital Protest, Transgender Rights, and International Restroom Legislation."   He says the work "examines global transgender social activism through an analysis of online protest campaigns used by the transgender community to combat unjust international restroom legislation."
 
The chapter is featured in Social Media: Culture and Identity​, which was released in January 2017.
 
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AAMU Band Aims for “HBCU Sports Band of the Year”
 
Support the Marching Maroon and White in becoming the HBCU Sports Band of the Year.  Vote today.  For more information, visit the link below:
 
 
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Professor's Art on Display at Campus Gallery
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The work of AAMU artist/educator Scott Smith is on display at the AAMU Art Gallery through February 10.  Smith teaches courses in printmaking, art history and foundations.  While there's nothing like the real thing, for a virtual sampling of Smith's work, click HERE.
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CETL Upcoming Events
 
       - February 7, 2017
       - February 9, 2017
       - February 23, 2017
 
·  CLASS: (Community of Learning for Administrative Support Staff)
       - Microsoft Office Training-  February 15, 2017
 
       - March 1, 2017
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PEEHIP Work-Site Health Screening
 
The next PEEHIP work-site health screening is scheduled February 9 at the AAMU Wellness Center, facilitated by the Alabama Department of Public Health.  The sessions will be offered monthly through August 22, 2017.
 
The screening session includes a Health Risk History Screening Form, Cholesterol/Blood Sugar Screening, Blood Pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI), Height/Weight, and Counseling on Assessment of Risks.
 
Questions?  Contact the Office of Human Resources at (256) 372-5835.
  
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Board Nominating Committee Working to Fill Vacancies 
 
Chris Robinson, chair of the AAMU Board of Trustees Nominating Committee, has announced the Committee's recent efforts to fill two vacancies on the Board of Trustees for the Fifth and Seventh Congressional Districts.  For more information on the requirements and process, click HERE
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 Support Miss AAMU for EBONY Feature
 
Normalites everywhere are urged to vote (up to three a day) for Carmen Wright, Miss AAMU 2016-17.  Please use the link below:
 

 
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First Lady's Scholarship Initiative Scheduled
 
FirstLadyEmblem.jpg.jpgThe First Lady's Scholarship Initiative event, spearheaded by Alabama A&M University First Lady Abbiegail Hugine, will be held Saturday, April 1, at 11 a.m. at Legacy Lake on the campus.
 
In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center.
 
For additional information, contact Dr. Andrea Cunningham at (256) 372-5551.
 
 
Urban Living Expo 2017 Announced
 
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The Alabama Cooperative Extension System's Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit will hold its first Urban Living Expo (ULE) Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Alabama A&M University Agribition Center, located at 4925 Moores Mill Road in Huntsville, Ala.  The theme is "Plan, Prepare, Practice: Don't Get Caught Off-Guard When Disasters Occur."
 
The event aims to engage the public through a series of interactive displays and to provide a variety of Extension information about disasters to individuals, families, local businesses and organizations.
 
Organizers says the Expo will be of special importance to community leaders, first responders, educators, students, emergency and health officials, waste management authorities, senior citizens, as well as to public and private organizations and the general public.
 
While admission is free, planners are prepared to accept donations of non-perishable food items.  Registration is required for all participants and exhibitors.
 
For additional information, contact Dr. Karnita Garner at (256) 372-8331, Dr. Robert Spencer at (256) 372-4983 or visit www.aces.edu/urban.
- J. Saintjones
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Medicinal Plant Conference Moves to Clemson 
 
The Alabama A&M University plant and soil science professor who heads the organization dedicated to the study of and research of medicinal plants has announced plans for the 2017 conference.
 
MentreddyNew.jpgDr. Rao Mentreddy is president of the seven-year-old American Council for Medicinally Active Plants, whose conferences attract over 100 scientists from throughout the world at various venues, from the United States to Peru.
 
The 2017 conference will be held at Clemson University in South Carolina, said Mentreddy, a prolific researcher whose most recent research has been published in the Florida-based Journal of Medicinal Plants.
 
Additional details about the forthcoming conference will be announced at a later date.
 
 
Alabama Site of Master Gardeners in 2017 
 
The Alabama Master Gardeners Association (AMGA) will hold its 27th annual state conference in Huntsville, Ala., May 1-3, 2017. 
 
The 2107 conference is hosted by the Master Gardeners of North Alabama with assistance from Limestone, Morgan and Marshall County Master Gardeners.  The conference is expected to draw more than 400 gardeners from across the Southeast.  The conference program is already filling up with exciting lectures and demonstrations.
 
Alabama Master Gardeners take great pride in improving their communities by providing education and training to its citizens. 
 
 
 
January 30-February 5, 2017 
 
AAMU Posts Schedule for Black History Month 2017
 
Councill.pngA listing of activities and event series for Black History Month 2017 at Alabama A&M University has been compiled and made available for the public.  The only caveat, however, is that online visitors are urged to return for updates and additions.
 
To add or revise events, contact the Office of Marketing and Public Relations at (256) 372-5607.   To view most recent BHM 2017 listings, visit HERE
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OSU Professor Kicks off BHM
 
An Ohio State University professor will address “Black History Month and Student Success” at Alabama A&M University on Wednesday, February 1, the first scheduled event for AAMU’s Black History Month activities.
 
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Enterprise (CHEE) at The Ohio State University, will address the campus community and public in the Knight Center at 11:30 a.m.  A noted student success scholar, public speaker and writer, Strayhorn has authored 10 books, over 60 book chapters, and more than 150 journal articles and conference papers, and many other scholarly publications.
 
Moreover, Strayhord has presented over 300 keynotes and invited lectures across the globe. Dr. Strayhorn maintains an active and highly visible research agenda focusing on major policy issues in education: student access and achievement; issues of race, equity and diversity; impact of college on students, and student learning and development.
 
Strayhorn received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia (UVA), a master’s degree in educational policy from the Curry School of Education at UVA, and the Ph.D. degree in higher education from Virginia Tech.
 
He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and a native of Virginia Beach, Va.   Known for using the hashtag #DoGoodWork on social media, Strayhorn was named one of the country’s top diversity scholars by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education in 2011, one of Business First’s “Top 40 under 40,” one of the “Top 20 to Know in Education,” and became the youngest full professor in Ohio State’s history in 2014.
 
Prior to Ohio State, Strayhorn was Special Assistant to the Provost at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and Research Associate at the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) in Washington, DC.
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Print Shop Changes Contact Info
 
The Bulldog Print Shop has announced a change in its e-mail address.  The new e-mail address has been changed to:  bulldogprintshop2@gmail.com
 
In orders sent to the former e-mail address (bulldogprintshop@gmail.com) after January 20, 2017, were not received. 
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Banneker Banquet to Feature Knoxville Director 
 
A representative from Emerald Youth Foundation in Knoxville, Tenn., will be the keynote speaker for Alabama A&M University's Annual Benjamin Banneker Awards & Scholarship Banquet scheduled Thursday, February 2, at 6 p.m. in the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center.
 
Kevin E. Dubose, director of church and community development at the Knoxville foundation, will speak to several Community and Regional Planning students, faculty, staff and alumni during the banquet.
 
Banneker.pngThe banquet honors the noted genius of Benjamin Banneker, a prominent African-American astronomer, inventor and planner who is credited for providing the layout and design of Washington, D.C.
 
The department's Black History Month activities will conclude Friday, February February 3, with the popular three-hour "Symposium on the Future of the City" at 9 a.m. in the Dawson Building auditorium
 
Tickets are $40 each and available by calling (256) 372-4988.
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AAMU Agribition Center Site of Loomis Circus
 
Get ready for the beauty, the laughter, and the excitement, when for the first time ever, “Alabama’s Favorite Circus,” Loomis Bros. Circus, comes to Huntsville, Ala., Circus.jpg
on Thursday, February 2, with its 2017 “FUNtasticTour.”   Performances will take place at the Alabama A&M University Agribition Center, located at 4925 Moores Mill Road. Show times are 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
                     
Be inspired by a spectacular cast of some of the world’s finest circus stars in a three-ring extravaganza family will not want to miss!  Witness the hair-raising excitement of the treacherous “Motorcycle Globe of Death, a majestic herd of Asian and African elephants, High-Flying Acrobats on the electrifying “Russian Swing,” beautiful White Siberian and Royal Bengal tigers, an amazing live circus band, and more, all in an all-new 90-minute, family-friendly “FUNtastic” performance!
 
 
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Hugine to Launch 2017 Presidential Bus Tour
 
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Dozens of high schools and prospective scholarship recipients throughout Alabama will be greeted by President Andrew Hugine  and First Lady Abbiegail Hugine as part of the 2017 Presidential Community Outreach Bus Tour, beginning Sunday, February 5, and concluding Friday, February 10.
 
President Hugine will launch his bus tour across the state of Alabama on an enthusiastic, energetic recruitment and outreach effort during which numerous scholarships will be awarded along the way.
 
Similar to last year, President Hugine will start the bus tour in the historic port city of Mobile, Ala., the true birthplace of Mardi Gras, on Monday, February 6. The first leg of the tour will also cover Monroe County and its namesake high school.  The first high school visit, around 8:15 a.m., is John LeFlore High School (which will host Vigor High School).  Other Mobile-area visits will include a 9:15 a.m. visit to Murphy, which will host Davidson High School; 10:15 a.m. at Baker High; 11:15 a.m. at Blount High; and 1:15 p.m. at Monroe County High School (which will host J.F. Shields High School and Excel High School). The team will leave Mobile for Montgomery.
 
Day Two, Tuesday, February 7, will include visits to Montgomery and Selma-area high schools, including (1) Sidney Lanier, (8:45-9:45 a.m.) which will serve as a host school for students and Bulldog alums from Lee, Brewtech, Booker T. Washington, Bullock County, Booker T. Washington (Tuskegee) and Jefferson Davis; (2) Southside High School (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), which will host Keith High School; and (3) Selma High School at 1:15 p.m.
 
From the historic Civil Rights bookmark of Selma, Ala., the bus tour will work its way through the notorious Alabama Black Belt, culminating with a stop in Tuscaloosa (“T-Town”).   Thus, Day Three, Wednesday, February 8, starts out with a visit to R.C. Hatch High School (host to Greensboro, 8:15-9:15 a.m.); Demopolis High School (host to Linden and Greene County, 9:45-11 a.m.); Central High School in Tuscaloosa, 1-1:45 p.m., which was formerly alum and former Pittsburgh Steeler John Stallworth’s “Tuscaloosa High School,” and then close out with a visit to Bryant High School at 2:15 p.m.
 
On Thursday, February 9, it's on to Birmingham, where the bus tour will open Day Four about 8 a.m. at Holy Family Cristo High School.  From there, it’s on to Parker High School at 8:40 a.m. (with Wenonah and Carver High School).  At 9:30 a.m., the team will visit host Fairfield High School (with Restoration Academy); Jackson Olin at 10:30 a.m. (hosting Woodlawn); Ramsey High School at 11:30 a.m.; and host Huffman High School (with Pinson Valley and Tarrant).  The Magic City visit will conclude with a stop at Center Point High School at 2:15 p.m.
 
The final stretch of the tour on Friday, February 10, Day Five, will begin at Anniston High School, host to Oxford and Piedmont, at 8:15 a.m.  At 9:45 a.m., the group will visit Gadsden High School, which will serve as host to Etowah County High. Back in Huntsville, the trip will conclude at the new Mae Jemison High School at 1 p.m.  The participants on the bus tour will receive a “Welcome Back” on The Quad at 2:15 p.m.
 
The tour provides a venue for the various stakeholders of the university to expose the larger community to Alabama A&M, says bus tour coordinator Venita Clisby King, assistant vice president for enrollment management and director of admissions.  For more information on the bus tour, please call (256) 372-5245.
  
- Jerome Saintjones
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AAMU Professor Accepted for Coveted Summer Institute
 
An assistant professor in AAMU's Department of Visual, Performing and Communication Arts, will take part in the 7th Biennial Rhetoric Society Association (RSA) Summer Institute in Bloomington, Ind., in May 2017.
 
MWilliamsHeadshot.jpgDr. Melvin L. Williams will join participants in a highly competitive institute that will host eight seminars and several workshops on a range of topics in rhetoric, including human rights, the racial contract and its implications for a global public sphere, and queer rhetoric.  Williams was selected from among a pool of more than 700 applicants, and he will participate in the Queer Archival Immersion seminar.
 
RSA.jpgIn connection with the achievement, Williams has recently released a published work entitled "I Don't Belong in Here! A Social Media Analysis of Digital Protest, Transgender Rights, and International Restroom Legislation."   He says the work "examines global transgender social activism through an analysis of online protest campaigns used by the transgender community to combat unjust international restroom legislation."
 
The chapter is featured in Social Media: Culture and Identity​, which was released in January 2017.
 
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AAMU Band Aims for “HBCU Sports Band of the Year”
 
Support the Marching Maroon and White in becoming the HBCU Sports Band of the Year.  Vote today.  For more information, visit the link below:
 
 
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Professor's Art on Display at Campus Gallery
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The work of AAMU artist/educator Scott Smith is on display at the AAMU Art Gallery through February 10.  Smith teaches courses in printmaking, art history and foundations.  While there's nothing like the real thing, for a virtual sampling of Smith's work, click HERE.
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CETL Upcoming Events
 
       - February 7, 2017
       - February 9, 2017
       - February 23, 2017
 
·  CLASS: (Community of Learning for Administrative Support Staff)
       - Microsoft Office Training-  February 15, 2017
 
       - March 1, 2017
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PEEHIP Work-Site Health Screening
 
The next PEEHIP work-site health screening is scheduled February 9 at the AAMU Wellness Center, facilitated by the Alabama Department of Public Health.  The sessions will be offered monthly through August 22, 2017.
 
The screening session includes a Health Risk History Screening Form, Cholesterol/Blood Sugar Screening, Blood Pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI), Height/Weight, and Counseling on Assessment of Risks.
 
Questions?  Contact the Office of Human Resources at (256) 372-5835.
  
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Board Nominating Committee Working to Fill Vacancies 
 
Chris Robinson, chair of the AAMU Board of Trustees Nominating Committee, has announced the Committee's recent efforts to fill two vacancies on the Board of Trustees for the Fifth and Seventh Congressional Districts.  For more information on the requirements and process, click HERE
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 Support Miss AAMU for EBONY Feature
 
Normalites everywhere are urged to vote (up to three a day) for Carmen Wright, Miss AAMU 2016-17.  Please use the link below:

Full priced admission is $20 for adults and $8 for children ages 2-12. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at loomiscircus.com or with cash only at the circus box office on the day of show.  Seating is general admission and doors open one hour prior to each scheduled show time. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early for best seating. Optional pre-show activities begin when doors open and the pre-show performance begins approximately 20 minutes prior to each scheduled show time. Coupons for “Free Kids Tickets” are available at many merchants throughout Madison County. These coupons can also be found on the show's Facebook page located at facebook.com/loomiscircus.

 

Week of: January 23-29, 2017

  
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Chinese University Officials Seeking Collaborations with AAMU
 
Six university administrators from Henan University of Science & Technology in China visited Huntsville and AAMU on Friday, January 20.
 
Henan (1).JPGThe team’s AAMU visit was coordinated by Dr. Wing Chan, director of the Special Projects Laboratory in the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences (far right), and Dr. Zhengtao Deng (left).   The group met Dr. Chance Glenn, dean (seated left); discussed details and timelines for a collaborative agreement; looked at the student-built “Super Lucy” race car; and held additional meetings with engineering faculty.
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AAMU Seven Participate in AIB
 
Seven Alabama A&M University students were selected to participate in the four-day Alabama Intercollegiate Band in Montgomery, Ala., from January 18-21, 2017.    
 
According to Director of Bands Carlton Wright, this prestigious selection places the students “among the best college and university band students in Alabama.”  The event was held during the Alabama Music Educators Conference Winter In-service Development at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel. 
 
The AAMU participants were:  Alexius Oliver, Clarinet; Jamarcus Nixon, Clarinet; Alexus Gardener, Clarinet; Xavier Coates, Euphonium; Taylor Jeffery, Flute; Devron Ard, String Bass; and Kean Biggs, Trumpet.
 
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AAMU Band Aims for “HBCU Sports Band of the Year”
 
Support the Marching Maroon and White in becoming the HBCU Sports Band of the Year.  Vote today.  For more information, visit the link below:
 
 
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Talented Brothers to Begin Web Series
 
The multitalented Isabelle Brothers will launch their new web series “Messiah Wars” on January 29.
 
The three (Jurian, David and Jeremy) are natives of Huntsville, Ala.  Jurian is a graduate of Alabama State, while David and Jeremy are AAMU graduates.  Previous visual efforts have relied heavily on local talents, venues and even local music producers. 
 
The “Messiah Wars” web series features a group of individuals with spiritual gifts who “band together” to combat the forces of evil.
 
The brothers have been earnest in their quest to show others that “success does not mean you have to pack your bags and leave Huntsville … it can be achieved here in your own backyard without compromising your dreams.”
 
For more information, visit messiahwars.com; Instagram - @messiahwars; or Twitter @isabellebros. 
To see the exciting trailer, click HERE
 
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CETL Upcoming Events
 
       - February 7, 2017
       - February 9, 2017
       - February 23, 2017
 
·  CLASS: (Community of Learning for Administrative Support Staff)
       - Microsoft Office Training-  February 15, 2017
 
       - March 1, 2017
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Psych Students Focus on Influence of Eastern Philosophy
 
Alabama A&M University Clinical Counseling Psychology graduate students recently conducted a two-part project-based activity that addressed the growing trend of the integration of Eastern Philosophy in the field of counseling psychology.
 
The students delved into on how their practicum and internship experiences affected their minds, bodies, and souls. 
 
The events were sponsored by Thrive Alabama and its representatives Christina McClamore, program director; David Battle, program coordinator; Ricky Howard, linkage coordinator; and AAMU representatives Jetaun Bailey, clinical counseling psychology advisor; Dr. All’wyn Graham, interim director of health and counseling services; and Carlquista Slay, heath services counselor. 
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Photo 1:  Clinical Internship I and II graduate students, along with David Battle, program coordinator, (left) and Christina McClamore, program director (r, white sweater). 
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Photo 2:  Practicum Students, along with Dr. All’wyn Graham, interim director of Health and Counseling (far right), and (2nd, r) Carlquista Slay, health services counselor.
  
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AAMU Agribition Center Site of Loomis Circus
 
Get ready for the beauty, the laughter, and the excitement, when for the first time ever, “Alabama’s Favorite Circus,” Loomis Bros. Circus, comes to Huntsville, Ala., Circus.jpg
on Thursday, February 2, with its 2017 “FUNtasticTour.”   Performances will take place at the Alabama A&M University Agribition Center, located at 4925 Moores Mill Road. Show times are 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
                     
Be inspired by a spectacular cast of some of the world’s finest circus stars in a three-ring extravaganza family will not want to miss!  Witness the hair-raising excitement of the treacherous “Motorcycle Globe of Death, a majestic herd of Asian and African elephants, High-Flying Acrobats on the electrifying “Russian Swing,” beautiful White Siberian and Royal Bengal tigers, an amazing live circus band, and more, all in an all-new 90-minute, family-friendly “FUNtastic” performance!

Full priced admission is $20 for adults and $8 for children ages 2-12. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at loomiscircus.com or with cash only at the circus box office on the day of show.  Seating is general admission and doors open one hour prior to each scheduled show time. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early for best seating. Optional pre-show activities begin when doors open and the pre-show performance begins approximately 20 minutes prior to each scheduled show time.
 
Coupons for “Free Kids Tickets” are available at many merchants throughout Madison County. These coupons can also be found on the show's Facebook page located at facebook.com/loomiscircus.
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OSU Professor Kicks off BHM
 
An Ohio State University professor will address “Black History Month and Student Success” at Alabama A&M University on Wednesday, February 1, the first scheduled event for AAMU’s Black History Month activities.
 
Chemistry.jpgDr. Terrell Strayhorn, professor and director of the Center for Higher Education
Enterprise (CHEE) at The Ohio State University, will address the campus community and public in the Knight Center at 11:30 a.m.  A noted student success scholar, public speaker and writer, Strayhorn has authored 10 books, over 60 book chapters, and more than 150 journal articles and conference papers, and many other scholarly publications.
 
Moreover, Strayhord has presented over 300 keynotes and invited lectures across the globe. Dr. Strayhorn maintains an active and highly visible research agenda focusing on major policy issues in education: student access and achievement; issues of race, equity and diversity; impact of college on students, and student learning and development.
 
Strayhorn received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia (UVA), a master’s degree in educational policy from the Curry School of Education at UVA, and the Ph.D. degree in higher education from Virginia Tech.
 
He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and a native of Virginia Beach, Va.   Known for using the hashtag #DoGoodWork on social media, Strayhorn was named one of the country’s top diversity scholars by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education in 2011, one of Business First’s “Top 40 under 40,” one of the “Top 20 to Know in Education,” and became the youngest full professor in Ohio State’s history in 2014.
 
Prior to Ohio State, Strayhorn was Special Assistant to the Provost at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and Research Associate at the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) in Washington, DC.
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Hugine to Launch 2017 Presidential Bus Tour
 
Dozens of high schools and prospective scholarship recipients throughout Alabama will be greeted by President Andrew Hugine  and First Lady Abbiegail Hugine as part of the 2017 Presidential Community Outreach Bus Tour, beginning Sunday, February 5, and concluding Friday, February 10.
 
President Hugine will launch his bus tour across the state of Alabama on an enthusiastic, energetic recruitment and outreach effort during which numerous scholarships will be awarded along the way.
 
Similar to last year, President Hugine will start the bus tour in the historic port city of Mobile, Ala., the true birthplace of Mardi Gras, on Monday, February 6. The first leg of the tour will also cover Monroe County and its namesake high school.  The first high school visit, around 8:15 a.m., is John LeFlore High School (which will host Vigor High School).  Other Mobile-area visits will include a 9:15 a.m. visit to Murphy, which will host Davidson High School; 10:15 a.m. at Baker High; 11:15 a.m. at Blount High; and 1:15 p.m. at Monroe County High School (which will host J.F. Shields High School and Excel High School). The team will leave Mobile for Montgomery.
 
Day Two, Tuesday, February 7, will include visits to Montgomery and Selma-area high schools, including (1) Sidney Lanier, (8:45-9:45 a.m.) which will serve as a host school for students and Bulldog alums from Lee, Brewtech, Booker T. Washington, Bullock County, Booker T. Washington (Tuskegee) and Jefferson Davis; (2) Southside High School (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), which will host Keith High School; and (3) Selma High School at 1:15 p.m.
 
From the historic Civil Rights bookmark of Selma, Ala., the bus tour will work its way through the notorious Alabama Black Belt, culminating with a stop in Tuscaloosa (“T-Town”).   Thus, Day Three, Wednesday, February 8, starts out with a visit to R.C. Hatch High School (host to Greensboro, 8:15-9:15 a.m.); Demopolis High School (host to Linden and Greene County, 9:45-11 a.m.); Central High School in Tuscaloosa, 1-1:45 p.m., which was formerly alum and former Pittsburgh Steeler John Stallworth’s “Tuscaloosa High School,” and then close out with a visit to Bryant High School at 2:15 p.m.
 
On Thursday, February 9, it's on to Birmingham, where the bus tour will open Day Four about 8 a.m. at Holy Family Cristo High School.  From there, it’s on to Parker High School at 8:40 a.m. (with Wenonah and Carver High School).  At 9:30 a.m., the team will visit host Fairfield High School (with Restoration Academy); Jackson Olin at 10:30 a.m. (hosting Woodlawn); Ramsey High School at 11:30 a.m.; and host Huffman High School (with Pinson Valley and Tarrant).  The Magic City visit will conclude with a stop at Center Point High School at 2:15 p.m.
 
The final stretch of the tour on Friday, February 10, Day Five, will begin at Anniston High School, host to Oxford and Piedmont, at 8:15 a.m.  At 9:45 a.m., the group will visit Gadsden High School, which will serve as host to Etowah County High. Back in Huntsville, the trip will conclude at the new Mae Jemison High School at 1 p.m.  The participants on the bus tour will receive a “Welcome Back” on The Quad at 2:15 p.m.  
 
The tour provides a venue for the various stakeholders of the university to expose the larger community to Alabama A&M, says bus tour coordinator Venita Clisby King, assistant vice president for enrollment management and director of admissions.  For more information on the bus tour, please call (256) 372-5245.
 
 
- Jerome Saintjones
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PEEHIP Work-Site Health Screening
 
The next PEEHIP work-site health screening is scheduled February 9 at the AAMU Wellness Center, facilitated by the Alabama Department of Public Health.  The sessions will be offered monthly through August 22, 2017.
 
The screening session includes a Health Risk History Screening Form, Cholesterol/Blood Sugar Screening, Blood Pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI), Height/Weight, and Counseling on Assessment of Risks.
 
Questions?  Contact the Office of Human Resources at (256) 372-5835.
  
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Board Nominating Committee Working to Fill Vacancies 
Chris Robinson, chair of the AAMU Board of Trustees Nominating Committee, has announced the Committee's recent efforts to fill two vacancies on the Board of Trustees for the Fifth and Seventh Congressional Districts.  For more information on the requirements and process, click HERE
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 Support Miss AAMU for EBONY Feature
 
Normalites everywhere are urged to vote (up to three a day) for Carmen Wright, Miss AAMU 2016-17.  Please use the link below:
 
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First Lady's Scholarship Initiative Scheduled
 
FirstLadyEmblem.jpg.jpgThe First Lady's Scholarship Initiative event, spearheaded by Alabama A&M University First Lady Abbiegail Hugine, will be held Saturday, April 1, at 11 a.m. at Legacy Lake on the campus.
 
In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center.
 
For additional information, contact Dr. Andrea Cunningham at (256) 372-5551.
 
 
Urban Living Expo 2017 Announced
 
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The Alabama Cooperative Extension System's Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit will hold its first Urban Living Expo (ULE) Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Alabama A&M University Agribition Center, located at 4925 Moores Mill Road in Huntsville, Ala.  The theme is "Plan, Prepare, Practice: Don't Get Caught Off-Guard When Disasters Occur."
 
The event aims to engage the public through a series of interactive displays and to provide a variety of Extension information about disasters to individuals, families, local businesses and organizations.
 
Organizers says the Expo will be of special importance to community leaders, first responders, educators, students, emergency and health officials, waste management authorities, senior citizens, as well as to public and private organizations and the general public.
 
While admission is free, planners are prepared to accept donations of non-perishable food items.  Registration is required for all participants and exhibitors.
 
For additional information, contact Dr. Karnita Garner at (256) 372-8331, Dr. Robert Spencer at (256) 372-4983 or visit www.aces.edu/urban.
- J. Saintjones
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Medicinal Plant Conference Moves to Clemson 
 
The Alabama A&M University plant and soil science professor who heads the organization dedicated to the study of and research of medicinal plants has announced plans for the 2017 conference.
 
MentreddyNew.jpgDr. Rao Mentreddy is president of the seven-year-old American Council for Medicinally Active Plants, whose conferences attract over 100 scientists from throughout the world at various venues, from the United States to Peru.
 
The 2017 conference will be held at Clemson University in South Carolina, said Mentreddy, a prolific researcher whose most recent research has been published in the Florida-based Journal of Medicinal Plants.
 
Additional details about the forthcoming conference will be announced at a later date.
 
 
Alabama Site of Master Gardeners in 2017 
 
The Alabama Master Gardeners Association (AMGA) will hold its 27th annual state conference in Huntsville, Ala., May 1-3, 2017. 
 
The 2107 conference is hosted by the Master Gardeners of North Alabama with assistance from Limestone, Morgan and Marshall County Master Gardeners.  The conference is expected to draw more than 400 gardeners from across the Southeast.  The conference program is already filling up with exciting lectures and demonstrations.
 
Alabama Master Gardeners take great pride in improving their communities by providing education and training to its citizens. 
 
 
 

Week of: January 16-22, 2017

 
AAMU Band Aims for “HBCU Sports Band of the Year”
 
Support the Marching Maroon and White in becoming the HBCU Sports Band of the Year.  Vote today.  For more information, visit the link below:
 
 
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AAMU Hosting First I-Corps Summit
 
Curious whether one of your ideas can actually turn into a product?  Have dreams of starting your own company?  If so, the I-Corps program may be right for you!
 
The National Science Foundation (NSF) holds I-Corps Summits at universities across the country to provide real-world, hands-on, immersive learning about what it takes to successfully transfer ideas into products.  It has 36 national sites designated for this training, and Alabama A&M University wants to be the next.
 
AAMU will hold its first I-Corps Innovation Summit January 26-27 at 9 a.m. at the Arthur J. Bond Hall Engineering Building on campus.  The university aims to develop I-Corps teams of students, researchers and faculty and provide mentors to learn more about entrepreneurship and how to transition ideas and other intellectual activities into the marketplace.
 
AAMU’s I-Corps site will provide advice, resources, networking opportunities, training and moderate funding to explore your ideas.  The AAMU Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Development; College of Business and Public Affairs and the RISE Foundation are hosting this event and working to form teams of 2 to 4 people.
 
If an idea can better society, the NSF provides grant money for research, or making the idea become a reality.  (For instance, last year it awarded Tuskegee University almost a million dollars to provide computer science education in Alabama’s Black Belt).
 
Representatives from Georgia Tech,  the NSF I-Corps lead university in the South, will be at AAMU Jan. 26-27 to meet with teams.
 
For more on the Summit, call Teresa Merriweather Orok, Ph.D., at 256-372-5603.
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New Van a Boost to Intramurals
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PICTUREDDr. Gary Crosby, vice president for student affairs; Franky Smith, director of intramurals program; AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr.; and Clayton Gibson, vice president for business and finance.
 
 
 
Things are a lot easier now for the more than 600 students who participate each year in various intramural and recreational activities at Alabama A&M University.
 
AAMU President Andrew Hugine, Jr., presented intramurals director Franky Smith keys to a 15-passenger 2017 Ford Transit 350 XLT Van.
 
Van2.jpg"We are serious about being student-centered and student-focused," commented Hugine.
 
Smith said the vehicle will enable the intramurals program to better transport students to such activities as hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, fishing and any of the more than 15 outdoor recreational activities that have made the Wellness Center-based intramurals program so popular.
 
The vehicle comes equipped with a heavy duty touring package with reverse camera and hauling capabilities.  PHOTOS
 
by Jerome Saintjones
 
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KING DAY: AAMU alum and Pastor John Jude was the featured presenter for Alabama A&M University's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observance last week.  Jude is the husband of Pam Jude, Alabama Cooperative Extension System.  PHOTOS
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AAMU Agribition Center Site of Loomis Circus
 
Get ready for the beauty, the laughter, and the excitement, when for the first time ever, “Alabama’s Favorite Circus,” Loomis Bros. Circus, comes to Huntsville, Ala., Circus.jpg
on Thursday, February 2, with its 2017 “FUNtasticTour.”   Performances will take place at the Alabama A&M University Agribition Center, located at 4925 Moores Mill Road. Show times are 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
                     
Be inspired by a spectacular cast of some of the world’s finest circus stars in a three-ring extravaganza family will not want to miss!  Witness the hair-raising excitement of the treacherous “Motorcycle Globe of Death, a majestic herd of Asian and African elephants, High-Flying Acrobats on the electrifying “Russian Swing,” beautiful White Siberian and Royal Bengal tigers, an amazing live circus band, and more, all in an all-new 90-minute, family-friendly “FUNtastic” performance!

Full priced admission is $20 for adults and $8 for children ages 2-12. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at loomiscircus.com or with cash only at the circus box office on the day of show.  Seating is general admission and doors open one hour prior to each scheduled show time. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early for best seating. Optional pre-show activities begin when doors open and the pre-show performance begins approximately 20 minutes prior to each scheduled show time.
 
Coupons for “Free Kids Tickets” are available at many merchants throughout Madison County. These coupons can also be found on the show's Facebook page located at facebook.com/loomiscircus.
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OSU Professor Kicks off BHM
 
An Ohio State University professor will address “Black History Month and Student Success” at Alabama A&M University on Wednesday, February 1, the first scheduled event for AAMU’s Black History Month activities.
 
Chemistry.jpgDr. Terrell Strayhorn, professor and director of the Center for Higher Education
Enterprise (CHEE) at The Ohio State University, will address the campus community and public in the Knight Center at 11:30 a.m.  A noted student success scholar, public speaker and writer, Strayhorn has authored 10 books, over 60 book chapters, and more than 150 journal articles and conference papers, and many other scholarly publications.
 
Moreover, Strayhord has presented over 300 keynotes and invited lectures across the globe. Dr. Strayhorn maintains an active and highly visible research agenda focusing on major policy issues in education: student access and achievement; issues of race, equity and diversity; impact of college on students, and student learning and development.
 
Strayhorn received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia (UVA), a master’s degree in educational policy from the Curry School of Education at UVA, and the Ph.D. degree in higher education from Virginia Tech.
 
He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and a native of Virginia Beach, Va.   Known for using the hashtag #DoGoodWork on social media, Strayhorn was named one of the country’s top diversity scholars by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education in 2011, one of Business First’s “Top 40 under 40,” one of the “Top 20 to Know in Education,” and became the youngest full professor in Ohio State’s history in 2014.
 
Prior to Ohio State, Strayhorn was Special Assistant to the Provost at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and Research Associate at the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) in Washington, DC.
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BEE-HAVEN:   Students from the Horizon Elementary School Lego Robotics team constructed and "bee hotels," which they placed on several trees at the Winfred Thomas Agricultural Research Station ("The Farm"), in an effort partially coordinated by Drs. Anthony Overton, Ernst Cebert and parents.
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Hugine to Launch 2017 Presidential Bus Tour
 
Dozens of high schools and prospective scholarship recipients throughout Alabama will be greeted by President Andrew Hugine  and First Lady Abbiegail Hugine as part of the 2017 Presidential Community Outreach Bus Tour, beginning Sunday, February 5, and concluding Friday, February 10.
 
President Hugine will launch his bus tour across the state of Alabama on an enthusiastic, energetic recruitment and outreach effort during which numerous scholarships will be awarded along the way.
 
Similar to last year, President Hugine will start the bus tour in the historic port city of Mobile, Ala., the true birthplace of Mardi Gras, on Monday, February 6. The first leg of the tour will also cover Monroe County and its namesake high school.  The first high school visit, around 8:15 a.m., is John LeFlore High School (which will host Vigor High School).  Other Mobile-area visits will include a 9:15 a.m. visit to Murphy, which will host Davidson High School; 10:15 a.m. at Baker High; 11:15 a.m. at Blount High; and 1:15 p.m. at Monroe County High School (which will host J.F. Shields High School and Excel High School). The team will leave Mobile for Montgomery.
 
Day Two, Tuesday, February 7, will include visits to Montgomery and Selma-area high schools, including (1) Sidney Lanier, (8:45-9:45 a.m.) which will serve as a host school for students and Bulldog alums from Lee, Brewtech, Booker T. Washington, Bullock County, Booker T. Washington (Tuskegee) and Jefferson Davis; (2) Southside High School (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), which will host Keith High School; and (3) Selma High School at 1:15 p.m.
 
From the historic Civil Rights bookmark of Selma, Ala., the bus tour will work its way through the notorious Alabama Black Belt, culminating with a stop in Tuscaloosa (“T-Town”).   Thus, Day Three, Wednesday, February 8, starts out with a visit to R.C. Hatch High School (host to Greensboro, 8:15-9:15 a.m.); Demopolis High School (host to Linden and Greene County, 9:45-11 a.m.); Central High School in Tuscaloosa, 1-1:45 p.m., which was formerly alum and former Pittsburgh Steeler John Stallworth’s “Tuscaloosa High School,” and then close out with a visit to Bryant High School at 2:15 p.m.
 
On Thursday, February 9, it's on to Birmingham, where the bus tour will open Day Four about 8 a.m. at Holy Family Cristo High School.  From there, it’s on to Parker High School at 8:40 a.m. (with Wenonah and Carver High School).  At 9:30 a.m., the team will visit host Fairfield High School (with Restoration Academy); Jackson Olin at 10:30 a.m. (hosting Woodlawn); Ramsey High School at 11:30 a.m.; and host Huffman High School (with Pinson Valley and Tarrant).  The Magic City visit will conclude with a stop at Center Point High School at 2:15 p.m.
 
The final stretch of the tour on Friday, February 10, Day Five, will begin at Anniston High School, host to Oxford and Piedmont, at 8:15 a.m.  At 9:45 a.m., the group will visit Gadsden High School, which will serve as host to Etowah County High. Back in Huntsville, the trip will conclude at the new Mae Jemison High School at 1 p.m.  The participants on the bus tour will receive a “Welcome Back” on The Quad at 2:15 p.m.  
 
 
- Jerome Saintjones
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Board Nominating Committee Working to Fill Vacancies
 
 
 
 
Chris Robinson, chair of the AAMU Board of Trustees Nominating Committee, has announced the Committee's recent efforts to fill two vacancies on the Board of Trustees for the Fifth and Seventh Congressional Districts.  For more information on the requirements and process, click HERE
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 Support Miss AAMU for EBONY Feature
 
Normalites everywhere are urged to vote (up to three a day) for Carmen Wright, Miss AAMU 2016-17.  Please use the link below:
 
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First Lady's Scholarship Initiative Scheduled
 
FirstLadyEmblem.jpg.jpgThe First Lady's Scholarship Initiative event, spearheaded by Alabama A&M University First Lady Abbiegail Hugine, will be held Saturday, April 1, at 11 a.m. at Legacy Lake on the campus.
 
In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center.
 
For additional information, contact Dr. Andrea Cunningham at (256) 372-5551.
 
                 
  
Medicinal Plant Conference Moves to Clemson 
 
The Alabama A&M University plant and soil science professor who heads the organization dedicated to the study of and research of medicinal plants has announced plans for the 2017 conference.
 
MentreddyNew.jpgDr. Rao Mentreddy is president of the seven-year-old American Council for Medicinally Active Plants, whose conferences attract over 100 scientists from throughout the world at various venues, from the United States to Peru.
 
The 2017 conference will be held at Clemson University in South Carolina, said Mentreddy, a prolific researcher whose most recent research has been published in the Florida-based Journal of Medicinal Plants.
 
Additional details about the forthcoming conference will be announced at a later date.
 
 
Alabama Site of Master Gardeners in 2017 
 
The Alabama Master Gardeners Association (AMGA) will hold its 27th annual state conference in Huntsville, Ala., May 1-3, 2017. 
 
The 2107 conference is hosted by the Master Gardeners of North Alabama with assistance from Limestone, Morgan and Marshall County Master Gardeners.  The conference is expected to draw more than 400 gardeners from across the Southeast.  The conference program is already filling up with exciting lectures and demonstrations.
 
Alabama Master Gardeners take great pride in improving their communities by providing education and training to its citizens. 
 

The tour provides a venue for the various stakeholders of the university to expose the larger community to Alabama A&M, says bus tour coordinator Venita Clisby King, assistant vice president for enrollment management and director of admissions.  For more information on the bus tour, please call (256) 372-5245.

 
 
 
 

Week of: January 9-15, 2017

 

 

Food Pantry Coordinator to Make National TV Appearance
 
The enterprising college student and Mobile, Ala., native who coordinated a food pantry at a residence hall on the Alabama A&M University campus will be featured during a national television show on Friday, December 23.
 
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Justin Frank will appear on the “Rachael Ray Show” at 2 p.m. on WHNT-TV 19 in the Tennessee Valley area.  Times will differ by local markets.  For instance, other show times in Alabama include:  Birmingham, WBRC, 10 a.m.; Dothan, WRGX, 3 p.m.; and Mobile, WEAR, 9 a.m.
 
Local television station WHNT learned about Frank’s set up of a food pantry in the Foster Complex at AAMU, and anchor Clarissa McClain visited Frank, who discussed the project and how it works to benefit students. 
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Board Nominating Committee Working to Fill Vacancies
 
Chris Robinson, chair of the AAMU Board of Trustees Nominating Committee, has announced the Committee's recent efforts to fill two vacancies on the Board of Trustees for the Fifth and Seventh Congressional Districts.  For more information on the requirements and process, click HERE
 
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CFCU Holiday Schedule
 
December 19th – 22nd
Regular Hours
 
December 23rd 9 to 12 noon
December 26th Closed
 
December 27th – 29th
Regular Hours
 
December 30th 9 to 12 noon
January 2nd Closed 
 
 
AAMU Retirees’ Mix and Mingle
 
A wave of nostalgia swept the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center as numerous 
faculty and staff retirees returned to greet President Andrew Hugine, Jr., during the Retirees' Holiday Mix and Mingle.  To relive The Hill in days of yore, click HERE 
 
 
Support Miss AAMU for EBONY Feature
 
Normalites everywhere are urged to vote (up to three a day) for Carmen Wright, Miss AAMU 2016-17.  Please use the link below:
 
 
 
Wellness Center Holiday Hours
 
Thursday, December 22 - 5:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Tuesday, December 27-Friday, December 30 - 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
CLOSED: December 26 and January 2 
 
 
AAMU Team Takes Second in Flag Football
 
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The Alabama A&M University Intramural Football Squad took part in the 15th Annual NIRSA Championship Series Regional Flag Football Championships held at Western Kentucky University.
 
Led by Coach Franky Smith, the elite AAMU squad made yet another impressive appearance in the yearly “Battle of the Bluegrass” competition.  The team from “The Hill” came in second place in the contest.
 
For more information about the squad and intramural programs, contact Coach Smith, AAMU Intramural Recreation Sports, at (256) 372-4262. 
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GIFT WRAPPING:  Members of the Greater Huntsville Chapter of The Links, Inc., wrapped holiday gifts Saturday, December 10, at the Bob Harrison Senior Center. Donations benefited the Downtown Rescue Mission.   PHOTOS
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Business Dean's Office Seeking GA
 
The Office of the Dean, College of Business and Public Affairs, is seeking to hire a Graduate Assistant for Spring 2017. 
 
Interested students should submit resume and cover letter.

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Mid-Year Conference Scheduled
 
The Spring 2017 Faculty-Staff Conference will be held Wednesday, January 4, at the Wellness Center.  Registration (BRING ID BADGE) will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the program will start at 9 a.m.
 
Continental breakfast will be served, and transportation will be provided to and from the Wellness Center.  Points will include Elmore Gym, Patton Hall, Engineering Building, Dawson Building, College of Business and Public Affairs, Student Center and Transfer Station.
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Medicinal Plant Conference Moves to Clemson 
 
The Alabama A&M University plant and soil science professor who heads the organization dedicated to the study of and research of medicinal plants has announced plans for the 2017 conference.
 
MentreddyNew.jpgDr. Rao Mentreddy is president of the seven-year-old American Council for Medicinally Active Plants, whose conferences attract over 100 scientists from throughout the world at various venues, from the United States to Peru.
 
The 2017 conference will be held at Clemson University in South Carolina, said Mentreddy, a prolific researcher whose most recent research has been published in the Florida-based Journal of Medicinal Plants.
 
Additional details about the forthcoming conference will be announced at a later date.
 
 
Alabama Site of Master Gardeners in 2017 
 
The Alabama Master Gardeners Association (AMGA) will hold its 27th annual state conference in Huntsville, Ala., May 1-3, 2017. 
 
The 2107 conference is hosted by the Master Gardeners of North Alabama with assistance from Limestone, Morgan and Marshall County Master Gardeners.  The conference is expected to draw more than 400 gardeners from across the Southeast.  The conference program is already filling up with exciting lectures and demonstrations.
 
Alabama Master Gardeners take great pride in improving their communities by providing education and training to its citizens. 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Week of: December 12-18, 2016

 
 
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FALL COMMENCEMENT:  Over 400 undergraduate and graduate students received their degrees during the fall commencement program at the Von Braun Center Arena Friday, December 9.  The graduates were addressed by Andre Taylor, president pro tempore of the Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees.   PHOTOS
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Wellness Center Holiday Hours
 
Thursday, December 22 - 5:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Tuesday, December 27-Friday, December 30 - 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
CLOSED: December 26 and January 2 
 
 
AAMU Team Takes Second in Flag Football
 
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The Alabama A&M University Intramural Football Squad took part in the 15th Annual NIRSA Championship Series Regional Flag Football Championships held at Western Kentucky University.
 
Led by Coach Franky Smith, the elite AAMU squad made yet another impressive appearance in the yearly “Battle of the Bluegrass” competition.  The team from “The Hill” came in second place in the contest.
 
For more information about the squad and intramural programs, contact Coach Smith, AAMU Intramural Recreation Sports, at (256) 372-4262. 
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GIFT WRAPPING:  Members of the Greater Huntsville Chapter of The Links, Inc., wrapped holiday gifts Saturday, December 10, at the Bob Harrison Senior Center. Donations benefited the Downtown Rescue Mission.   PHOTOS
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NEW HPAC OFFICERS:  (l-r) Erskine Valrie, Brenda Mallard, Dr. Verlindsey Stewart, Mildred Blackshear, and Rev. Dr. Theodis Acklin.  Not Shown: Dr. Terrance Vickerstaff.    PHOTOS
 
HPAC Installs Officers 
The Huntsville Progressive Alumni Chapter of the Alabama A&M University Alumni Association, Inc., (HPAC) recently installed a new slate of officers for a two-year 2017-19 term.  The program was held in the VIP Room of the Ernest L. Knight Center on the AAMU campus Tuesday, December 6.
 
Immediate Past President Carla Clift presided over the program, introducing program participants and Huntsville Municipal Court Judge Sybil Cleveland, who conducted the oath of office.  Other program guests included Georgia S. Valrie, a chapter member and former president; Dr. Theodis Acklin, member and pastor of Briar Fork CPCA Church; along with Ann Erskine, chairperson of social committee and member Marvin Williams.
 
The new slate of officers include the following:  Dr. Verlindsey Stewart, president; Mildred Blackshear, vice president; Brenda Mallard, secretary; Erskine Valrie, treasurer; Rev. Theodis Acklin, parliamentarian; and Dr. Terrance Vickerstaff, chaplain.
 
“This is truly a moment to be honored and cherished,” said President Stewart.  “I accept this appointment with pride and will give my best efforts to make you proud.”
 
Stewart said her administration will focus on increasing membership, using technology to stay connected to members, and building generational diversity among the chapter’s membership roster. 
 
HPAC was chartered by the Alabama A&M University Alumni Association, Inc., on October 27, 2000, in Birmingham, Ala., with 46 chartered members. Currently, the chapter has over 60 active members.
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Business Dean's Office Seeking GA
 
The Office of the Dean, College of Business and Public Affairs, is seeking to hire a Graduate Assistant for Spring 2017. 
 
Interested students should submit resume and cover letter.

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Mid-Year Conference Scheduled
 
The Spring 2017 Faculty-Staff Conference will be held Wednesday, January 4, at the Wellness Center.  Registration (BRING ID BADGE) will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the program will start at 9 a.m.
 
Continental breakfast will be served, and transportation will be provided to and from the Wellness Center.  Points will include Elmore Gym, Patton Hall, Engineering Building, Dawson Building, College of Business and Public Affairs, Student Center and Transfer Station.
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Medicinal Plant Conference Moves to Clemson 
 
The Alabama A&M University plant and soil science professor who heads the organization dedicated to the study of and research of medicinal plants has announced plans for the 2017 conference.
 
MentreddyNew.jpgDr. Rao Mentreddy is president of the seven-year-old American Council for Medicinally Active Plants, whose conferences attract over 100 scientists from throughout the world at various venues, from the United States to Peru.
 
The 2017 conference will be held at Clemson University in South Carolina, said Mentreddy, a prolific researcher whose most recent research has been published in the Florida-based Journal of Medicinal Plants.
 
Additional details about the forthcoming conference will be announced at a later date.
 
 
Alabama Site of Master Gardeners in 2017 
 
The Alabama Master Gardeners Association (AMGA) will hold its 27th annual state conference in Huntsville, Ala., May 1-3, 2017. 
 
The 2107 conference is hosted by the Master Gardeners of North Alabama with assistance from Limestone, Morgan and Marshall County Master Gardeners.  The conference is expected to draw more than 400 gardeners from across the Southeast.  The conference program is already filling up with exciting lectures and demonstrations.
 
Alabama Master Gardeners take great pride in improving their communities by providing education and training to its citizens. 
 

 

 
 

Week of: December 5-11, 2016

  
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Board Pro Tempore Commencement Speaker
 
The  President Pro Tempore of Alabama A&M University's Board of Trustees will be the speaker for the fall commencement program scheduled Friday, December 9, at 1 p.m. at the Von Braun Center.   More than 450 undergraduate and graduate students are expected to received degrees at the ceremony, according to the Office of the Registrar and the Office of Graduate Studies.
 
Andre’ Taylor earned a B.S. degree in journalism from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 1973.  After graduation, he worked in radio and television around Alabama. Taylor joined the Alabama Gas Corporation in 1984 serving most recently as vice president of communications. In this capacity, he was the spokesperson for Alagasco and planned community affairs activities.
 
Taylor currently serves on the boards of The Lakeshore Foundation, The Alabama Veterans Memorial Foundation, The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama Foundation, and the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations.
 
At The University of Alabama, he is a member of the Board of Visitors for the College of Communication and Information Services, a member of the President’s Cabinet, a Board Member of the Capstone Foundation, and is past President of the University of Alabama National Alumni Association.
 
In 1989, he was awarded the University of Alabama School of Communications’ Most Outstanding Alumni Award in Advertising and Public Relations. A Vietnam veteran, Taylor was awarded the Purple Heart for outstanding service to the country. He was also a feature personality in the inaugural edition of “Who’s Who in Black Birmingham”.  Currently, Taylor resides in Bessemer, Ala. He and his wife Vivian have five children.
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AAMU Team Takes Second in Flag Football
 
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The Alabama A&M University Intramural Football Squad took part in the 15th Annual NIRSA Championship Series Regional Flag Football Championships held at Western Kentucky University.
 
Led by Coach Franky Smith, the elite AAMU squad made yet another impressive appearance in the yearly “Battle of the Bluegrass” competition.  The team from “The Hill” came in second place in the contest.
 
For more information about the squad and intramural programs, contact Coach Smith, AAMU Intramural Recreation Sports, at (256) 372-4262. 
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ROTC Commissioning Scheduled
 
The Alabama A&M University Bulldog Battalion will commission five Cadets on Thursday, December 8, at 3:30 p.m. in the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center.
 
The public is invited.
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HOLIDAY GET-TOGETHER:  First Lady Abbiegail Hugine (center), assisted by Provost Daniel Wims (not shown), welcomed AAMU faculty and staff to the annual meeting and observance, where attendees heard year-end reports.  (President Andrew Hugine, Jr., had an out-of-town obligation).  PHOTOS  
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AKM Holds Induction Ceremony
 
The Kappa Sigma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society recently held its fall 2016 induction ceremony in the Bertha M. Jones Conference Center at Alabama A&M University.    PHOTOS
 
AlphaKappaMu.jpgThe organization brought in 26 new members, in addition to its existing 40 current and alumni members.  Dr. Dorothy Brandon, extension specialist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, presented congratulatory remarks, followed by District 1 city councilman Devyn Keith.
 
The 2016 inductees included: Alisha Bailey, Denise Bell, Kiara Brown, Schuyler Carter, Jasmin Clark, Bianca Drake, Shekira Francois, Lidia George, Mikayla Haywood, Kwyntero Kelso, Kayla Lang, LaTrinity Lewis, Lakeshia Martin, Brianna Miller-Kelley, Devin Mitchell, Ashlan Mixon, Raven Ciara New, Ebony Parker, Mary Pendleton, Derielle Pinckney, Taylor Simmons, Joshua Simmons, LaKesha Stewart, Michael Turner, Diamond Walker and Mariah Williams.  
 
The 2017-17 AKM officers are Bri'Anna Baber, president; Maya Shelton, vice president; Tiffany Jordan, secretary; and Jayla Carter, parliamentarian.  Dr. Cynthia M. Smith serves as advisor and Marilyn Saintjones as co-advisor of AKM.  PHOTOS
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STUDENT HOLIDAY:  AAMU administrators gathered at the Ernest Knight Center cafeteria to greet students and extend holiday wishes.  Above, students pose with Santa.   PHOTOS
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ROTC Commissioning Scheduled
 
The Alabama A&M University Bulldog Battalion will commission five Cadets on Thursday, December 8, at 3:30 p.m. in the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center. 
 
The public is invited.
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ORIGINS:  Dr. Jack Szotack, Nobel laureate, discussed "The Origin of Cellular Life" during the 19th Annual Putcha Venkateswarlu Memorial Lecture at Alabama A&M University on Friday, December 2.   PHOTOS
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Student Publishes Book on Self-Discovery 
 
When Marquez McClinton was in the third grade at an elementary school in Memphis, Tenn., he recalls his teacher taking a special interest in his ability to express himself through writing and poetry.  His talents could not be attributed to some enviable parental environment nor a pristine community that would propel him ahead of his peers.
 
Marquez.JPGUnlike many of his peers, Marquez defied the odds by making it out of a rough neighborhood, where positive role models were virtually non-existent.  He avoided trouble and made his way to historically black Lane College, where he studied mass communications.  An aggressive graduate studies recruiting campaign led him to Alabama A&M University.  He is now fulfilling requirements toward a master’s degree in human development.
 
Throughout the years, Marquez has continued to express himself creatively through writing and poetry, having made a vow to himself to never “sleep on” his talent.  This has meant the overcoming of procrastination, succumbing to direction and developing a budget for the project.
 
Becoming.jpgPersons with whom he interacted on social media were often impressed by his postings and urged him to consider writing a book.  With the completion of his 95-page book, “Becoming: The Process of Becoming You,” Marquez said he wanted to take his “gift” to the next level.  He provides much credit for the book’s success to the assistance he received from publisher Jessica D. Williams of Keen Vision Publishing. 
 
In the publication, Marquez said he pulled from the collective wisdom of such people as Hill Harper, Cornel West, T.D. Jakes and even Maya Angelou—mixing their various perspectives with his own everyday experiences, trials and successes as one of six children born into a poor family, and as the father of his four-month-old daughter Joi.
 
Marquez said his themes in the book “Becoming” center around defining self through purpose.  In addition to proud parents, the young minister in training at All Nations Christian Center said he has been especially moved by those persons relating how much the book has impacted them.
 
He plans to market the book at various venues around the Tennessee Valley and beyond.  For more information about the book, contact marquezmcclinton@gmail.com or visit amazon.com.
 
- Jerome Saintjones
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TREE LIGHTING:  The AAMU Family gathered on The Quad for the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree and to hear holiday music by the choir and band.  PHOTOS
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BOOKSIGNING:  Dr. Kendra Harris, associate professor of marketing, greets students, faculty, staff and friends at the booksigning for her new book, "Happily Never Married," held at the Hilton Garden Inn Friday, December 2.   PHOTOS
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Business Dean's Office Seeking GA
 
The Office of the Dean, College of Business and Public Affairs, is seeking to hire a Graduate Assistant for Spring 2017. 
 
Interested students should submit resume and cover letter.

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Freshmen Produce Video: "Everybody Eats"
 
Mannequin.JPGFreshmen, completing their service learning projects, have come up with a number of ways to make an impact on communities and to encourage engagement, notes an AAMU facilitator.
 
A case in point, according to service learning coordinate Monica Clarke, was a video that was produced by one group of freshmen as a final presentation.  The "Everybody Eats" video combines the Mannequin Challenge concept into a positive effort that captures the team effort required to defeat hunger.   VIDEO
 

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