Alabama A&M University
|Motto||Service is Sovereignty|
|President||Andrew Hugine, Jr.|
|Undergraduates||4,505 (Fall 2015)|
|Postgraduates||1,123 (Fall 2015)|
Normal, Alabama, U.S.|
34°47′05″N 86°34′12″W / 34.784643°N 86.569950°WCoordinates: 34°47′05″N 86°34′12″W / 34.784643°N 86.569950°W
|Campus||Suburban, 880 acres (3.6 km2)|
Maroon and White|
NCAA Division I FCS|
Southwestern Athletic Conference
|Sports||15 Varsity sports|
|Nickname||Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs|
Alabama A&M University Historic District
AAMU Campus Quadrangle, 2016
|Area||291 acres (118 ha)|
|Architectural style||Classical Revival, Modern Movement|
|NRHP Reference #||01001407|
|Added to NRHP||December 31, 2001|
|Designated ARLH||August 25, 1994|
Alabama A&M University is a public, historically black, land-grant university located in Normal, Alabama, United States. AAMU is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Founded in the 1870s as a normal school, it took its present name in 1969. Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University Historic District, also known as Normal Hill College Historic District, has 28 buildings and 4 structures listed in the United States National Register of Historic Places. With academic programs ranging from engineering to education, the letters "A&M", originally short for "Agricultural and Mechanical", are retained primarily as a link to the university's roots in agriculture and mechanical programs.
Alabama A&M was established by an act of the Alabama State Legislature in 1875. By 1878, the state appropriation increased to $2,000 and the school changed its name to the State Normal and Industrial School. In 1885 the name was changed to State Normal and Industrial School of Huntsville. By 1890, the school site became known as Normal, Alabama, and a post office was established. In 1891, the school was designated as a Land-Grant college through legislative enactment under the terms of the Morrill Act of 1890. In 1896, its name was changed to The State Agricultural and Mechanical College for Negroes. In 1919, the school became the State Agricultural and Mechanical Institute for Negroes. In 1948 it was renamed the Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical College. AAMU became fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1963. In June 1969, the school adopted its current name. The new millennium saw the construction of the West Campus Complex, the erection of the 21,000-seat Louis Crews Stadium, the renovations of buildings and the moving of athletic programs to the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). The School of Engineering and Technology facility was built in 2002, and the Ph.D. program in Reading and Literacy was established. Dr. Andrew Hugine was approved by the Board of Trustees as the 11th president on June 18, 2009. In 2015, the Board of Trustees approved out-of-state scholarships for the Fall 2016 semester. The scholarships are contingent on prospective students meeting various academic qualifications.
The campus grounds were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. The J.F. Drake Memorial Learning Resources Center was renovated in 2002, adding over 15,000 square feet (1,400 m²), an interactive Distance Learning Auditorium, conference, study and class rooms, lounges, and computer lab. The State Black Archives Research Center and Museum is located in the James H. Wilson Building, a national registered historical structure.
Louis Crews Stadium is the sixth largest stadium in Alabama. Elmore Gymnasium is home to the basketball teams, and was once rated as one of the toughest places for opponents to play. In 1994, the Mamie Foster Student Living/Learning Complex was erected. Groundbreaking was held for new School of Business facility in 1995 and stadium and residence hall construction began. The Engineering and Technology building construction was completed in 2002 and opened for classes in January 2003. The campus is served by the Bulldog Transit shuttle bus system. A new 600-bed residence hall is under construction. The Normal Historic Preservation Association was incorporated on April 15, 2009 to help preserve and protect the Alabama A&M University National Historic District.
- 41 Baccalaureate, 23 Master’s, 1 EdS and 4 doctoral degrees offered.
- Degrees conferred: BA, BGS, BS, BSCE, BSEE, BSET, BSME, EdS, MBA, MEd, MEng, MS, MSW, MURP, PhD.
- Honors Program available for academically exceptional undergraduate students.
- College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences
- College of Business and Public Affairs
- College of Education, Humanities, and Behavioral Sciences
- College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences
- 20:1 student-faculty ratio
- Fewer than 40 students in 86 percent of courses
- 348 faculty members across all undergraduate, graduate and professional programs
- From 44 states and 11 foreign countries
- 5333 undergraduates and 1,123 graduate students, (Fall 2014).
- 42 percent first-time college students
- Middle 50th percentile on ACT: 17–18
- 93 student clubs and organizations
- 75 percent student participation in community service projects
National Space Science and Technology Center
The National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC) is a joint research venture between NASA, Alabama A&M and six other research universities of the state of Alabama, represented by the Space Science and Technology Alliance. The aim of the NSSTC is to foster collaboration in research between government, academia, and industry.
Alabama Cooperative Extension System
The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 established The Alabama Cooperative Extension System. The system provides educational outreach to the citizens of Alabama on behalf of the state's two land grant universities: Alabama A&M University and Auburn University. The system employs more than 800 faculty, professional educators, and staff members operating in offices in each of Alabama’s 67 counties and in nine urban centers covering the major regions of the state. In conjunction with the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, the system also staffs six extension and research centers located in the state’s principal geographic regions. Since 2004, "Alabama Extension" has functioned primarily as a regionally based system in which the bulk of educational programming is delivered by agents operating across a multi-county area and specializing in specific fields. County extension coordinators and county agents work with regional agents and other extension personnel to deliver services to clients within their areas.
The Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development (OSALD) provides services, programs and co-curricular experiences that provide students with opportunities to develop skills, improve leadership competencies, and enrich their college experience. OSALD has oversight of and provides assistance to several student-led organizations:
- Programs and Activities Council
- Student Government Association
- National Pan-Hellenic Council
- Social Greek Council
- Student Publications
Other student organizations
Alabama A&M University Choir
In May 2008, the Alabama A&M University Choir was slated to participate in the American Choral Music Festival in Leipzig, Germany. In 2007, the choir became the first HBCU choir to be invited to attend the American Choral Festival in Germany. On Thursday, January 21, 2010 the choir performed a historical concert at the Alabama Music Educators Association (AMEA) Annual Conference. This was a historical event because the choir was the first HBCU Choir in the state to perform at that conference. In 2014, the choir was invited by the Distinguished Concerts International of New York (DCINY)to be presented in concert at the Lincoln Center in New York, NY.
Alabama A&M's sports teams participate in NCAA Division I (Football Championship Subdivision, formerly I-AA for football) in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Alabama A&M's colors are maroon and white and their mascot is the Bulldog. The Alabama A&M Department of Athletics sponsors men's intercollegiate basketball, football, baseball, cross country, golf, tennis and track & field along with women's intercollegiate tennis, basketball, soccer, track, cross country, bowling, volleyball and softball. Also offered are men's and women's swimming clubs. The football team's home games are played at Louis Crews Stadium. Both men's and women's basketball home games are played in Elmore Gymnasium, affectionately known by fans as "The Dog House." Prior to joining the SWAC, Alabama A&M competed in the NCAA Division II Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from 1941 to 1998. While in the SIAC, Alabama A&M won 11 conference championships in women's volleyball, 7 conference championships in football, 7 in cross-country, 9 in men's basketball, 2 in women's basketball, and 2 in baseball. Notable athletes include John Stallworth, Robert Mathis, Andre Brick Haley, Howard Ballard, Jearl Miles Clark, Desmond Cambridge and Obie Trotter
Alabama A&M University is the licensee for National Public Radio affiliate station WJAB 90.9, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week on campus. WJAB airs various public affairs programming, as well as live coverage of Bulldog athletic events.
|Jack Thomas||1983||11th President of Western Illinois University|
|Hadiyah-Nicole Green||2003||Tuskegee University professor, currently developing a cancer treatment involving lasers and nanoparticles.|
|Robert D. Bullard||1968||Dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School Of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University|
|Matthew W. Bullock||1968||College professor and administrator, lawyer, and American football player and coach|
Public service and government
|Kenneth Gulley||1993||Mayor of Bessemer, Alabama|
|Linda Coleman (Alabama politician)||1971||Member of the Alabama Senate, 20th district|
|Mandela Barnes||2008||Politician, Wisconsin State Representative 11th Assembly District|
|Don Calloway||2002||Politician, Member of the Missouri House of Representatives from the 71st district|
|Whiquitta Tobar||2012||Georgetown Law graduate, Zubrow Fellow in Children’s Law at the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia. Former college basketball player at Alabama A&M|
|Laura Hall (politician)||Politician, Alabama House of Representatives|
|Miriam Witherspoon||Former member of the Birmingham City Council|
|John Stallworth||1974 (MBA 1986)||National Football League Hall of Fame member, Former Pittsburgh Steelers player; four time Super Bowl champion; Four time Pro-Bowler. Founded government contracting firm, Madison Research in 1986.|
|Robert Mathis||2003||National Football League NFL Pro Bowl defensive end for Indianapolis Colts|
|Jearl Miles Clark||1989||Gold Medal Olympian; holds the American record in the women's 800 m at 1:56.40.|
|Howard Ballard||1987||Former National Football League player (2 time Pro-Bowler, 4 time Super Bowler)|
|Mike Williams (tight end)||1982||Former National Football League player|
|Ronnie Coleman (American football)||1974||Former National Football League player, running back for the Houston Oilers from 1974 to 1981|
|Jamaal Johnson-Webb||2012||Current National Football League offensive lineman|
|Frank Kearse||2011||National Football League Current National Football League defensive tackle for the Washington Redskins|
|Johnny Baldwin||2006||Former National Football League player (Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins)|
|Joe Patton||1994||National Football League Former Tackle for the Washington Redskins|
|Brick Haley||1989||National Football League and College football defensive coach|
|Robert Prunty||1988||Cincinnati Bearcats football Offensive Coordinator|
|Mickell Gladness||2008||Former National Basketball Association player|
|Obie Trotter||2006||International Professional Basketball player and 2006 NCAA season steals leader|
|Desmond Cambridge||2002||All-time NCAA season steals leader|
|Nigel Moore (basketball)||2003||Former college and professional basketball player|
|Frank Sillmon||1989||Named one of the five greatest players in A&M program history by ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia|
|Willie Hayes (basketball)||1989||Former AAMU basketball player and current head men's basketball coach|
|Cleon Jones||former Major League Baseball player|
|Dannette Young-Stone||1986||Former track athlete, who won U.S. Olympic gold and silver medals in the 4 X 100 relay in 1988 and 1992|
|Mfana Futhi Bhembe||2008||former soccer player for the Bulldogs who went on to play in soccer leagues in Swaziland and in Major League Soccer.|
|Barry Wagner||1989||Former Arena Football League player|
|L. Vann Pettaway||1980||Former men's head basketball coach|
|Jean Harbor||1986||Former soccer player for the Bulldogs who went on to play in various soccer leagues in Nigeria and the United States|
|Lwazi Maziya||Former soccer player for the Bulldogs who went on to play with Mbabane Swallows of the Swazi Premier League and the Swaziland national football team.|
|Mfana Futhi Bhembe||Former soccer player for the Bulldogs and Swazi footballer.|
|Vivian Malone Jones||1963||Received a Bachelor's degree in Business Education from AAMU before being blocked from enrolling at the University of Alabama|
|Joseph Lowery||Attended||Minister and leader during African-American Civil Rights Movement|
|Sylvester Croom, Sr.||Minister and community leader in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Father of first African-American SEC head football coach Sylvester Croom Jr. Former AAMU football player.|
Art and media
|Ruben Studdard||2015||American Idol season 2 winner|
|Henry Panion||Attended||Composer, arranger, conductor, educator, and professor in the department of music at the University of Alabama at Birmingham|
|Michael Crooms||Attended||Music producer|
|Sun Ra||Attended||jazz musician|
|Bama Boyz||Attended||Music producers|
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