Today @ 4 p.m. & 5 p.m. ASU is on Back-to-Back WSFA TV 12 News Live!

Dear ASU Leader:

Alabama State University is getting back-to-back positive publicity ‘live” today on WSFA TV 12 News concerning the University’s special Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Citywide Celebration, which is taking place tonight at the historic Davis Theater downtown.

Tune in to WSFA TV 12 today at both 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. as ASU’s retired dean, Dr. Tommie Tonea Stewart, appears live on its newscast to invite the public to tonight’s 6 p.m. tribute to Dr. King, which it is hosting.

Begin your MLK holiday this afternoon by watching ASU get even more positive news; and yes, “It’s a Great Time to be a Hornet!”

GO HORNETS!

Cordially,

Kenneth Mullinax, Jr.

Director

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FORMER MPD OFFICER STEVIE RODGERS CONVICTED OF ENTICING A CHILD FOR IMMORAL PURPOSES

Montgomery County, Ala. – A Montgomery County jury has found former Montgomery Police Department Officer Stevie Rodgers guilty of Enticing a Child for Immoral Purposes, District Attorney Daryl Bailey announced.

Rodgers was in uniform and on duty when he made sexually explicit remarks to a 15-year-old girl after ordering her into an empty residence. While alone with the minor, he propositioned her for sexual acts and gave her his cell phone number with instructions to call him later if she wanted to have sex with him.

Rodgers testified at trial and claimed that he was mentoring the victim in his capacity as a police officer and employing a “community policing technique.” He attempted to justify his actions by telling the jury that he was merely trying to “stoop to her level and talk to her in a way she would understand.”

Rodgers will be sentenced by Judge James Anderson on February 20, 2020. He faces a prison sentence of one to 10 years. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.

District Attorney Daryl Bailey expressed his appreciation to Deputy District Attorneys Haley Steelman and Marianalyn Dennis, for their work on this case. He also thanked DA Investigators Terrance James and Andrew Magnus, as well as Detective Angela Young with the Montgomery Police Department, for their tireless efforts in the investigation and prosecution of the case.

District Attorney Bailey said: “Law enforcement officers are some of the most trusted members of our society and must be held to the highest standard. Ninety-nine percent of them are exceptional officers who do a difficult job and do it well. However, when one of them abuses their power or violates the public trust, they will be held accountable. I want to thank the Montgomery Police Department for their investigation as well as their commitment to the prosecution and conviction in this case. I am proud that my office was able to obtain justice for this innocent victim. We will be seeking the maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.”

Contact: Daryl Bailey, District Attorney (334) 832-7179

JACOBY BEAN CONVICTED OF ASSAULT FIRST DEGREE

Montgomery County, Ala. – A Montgomery County jury has found Jacoby Bean guilty of Assault First Degree for the October 2016 shooting of Kadarius Adams, District Attorney Daryl Bailey announced.

The shooting stemmed from an ongoing dispute between Bean and the victim. Bean suspected that the victim broke into his house in the week leading up to the shooting. Bean approached the victim in the parking lot of an apartment complex before pulling a gun and shooting at him at least nine times. The victim was unarmed and was struck eight times.

Bean claimed self-defense and testified that he shot the victim after the victim produced a gun and pointed it in his direction. Eyewitness testimony contradicted that allegation and showed that the victim never produced any kind of weapon before he was shot. Bean was arrested four months after the shooting in possession of the gun used in the offense. He did not have a pistol permit and was out on bond for this offense at the time.

Bean was taken into custody when the jury returned their verdict and will be sentenced by Judge Brooke Reid on a date yet to be announced. He faces a prison sentence of 10 to 20 years.

District Attorney Daryl Bailey expressed his appreciation to Deputy District Attorneys Jasmyne Crimiel and Jonathan Morgan, for their work on this case. He also thanked DA Investigators John Brown and John Wilson, as well as Det. J.M. Bridge and the Montgomery Police Department for their tireless efforts in the investigation and prosecution of the case.

District Attorney Bailey said: “The ongoing violent crime in our city must stop. I am thankful that my office was able to remove another violent criminal off the streets. This man took the law into his own hands and now he is locked up where he belongs. We will be asking that he be sentenced to the maximum term of 20 years in prison.”

Contact: Daryl Bailey, District Attorney (334) 832-7179

ASU’s MLK Convocation is Jan. 23 – Speaker is Local Church Leader!

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– Keynote speaker is Pastor Paul Gourdine, founder of the Engaged Christian Church in Montgomery –

– The event is free & open to all –

WHEN: Jan. 23 (Thursday) at 11 a.m.

WHERE: The ASU Ralph D. Abernathy Auditorium, which is located on Harris Way.

The Alabama State University will pay tribute and honor the memory and continuing mission of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at its annual MLK Convocation that will be held on  Jan. 23, at 11 a.m. in the ASU Ralph D. Abernathy Auditorium, which is located on Harris Way.

The event’s keynote speaker this year is Pastor Paul Gourdine, who like Dr. King is a local church leader. Gourdine is the founder of the Engaged Christian Church in Montgomery. A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Gourdine said he uses his God-given talents and abilities to teach, motivate and spiritually uplift people of all ages.  A graduate of Jarvis Christian College and the Interdenominational Theological Center (both Historically Black Colleges and Universities), Gourdine has been actively involved in the ministry for over 16 years.

The event is free and open to the public.

 

GOURDINE’S BACKGROUND

Before he founded the Engaged Christian Church, he was the first African-American to lead the Dexter Avenue United Methodist Church. He also has hosted the local Praise the Lord broadcast for 5 years and served as the co-host of the Frazier Asbury Show. He has been featured in such diverse news media outlets as The Montgomery Advertiser, WSFA TV 12, and WVAS FM Radio. He is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery. and serves as a chaplain at Baptist Medical Center South. He is married to Mecco Harris-Gourdine and they have three children Micaiah (13), Matthias (11) and Myles (9).

 

For more information about ASU’s MLK Convocation, call 334-229-4241.

News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.

– Written by Kenneth Mullinax/ASU.

MPD Conducting Homicide Investigation

MONTGOMERY —The Montgomery Police Department is conducting a homicide investigation after a body was discovered Sunday afternoon.

MPD and Fire Medics responded to the 5900 block of Monticello Drive on Sunday, Jan. 12, at about 1 p.m. in reference to a report of a deceased subject. At the scene, they located James Courtney McCord, 32, of Montgomery in a vehicle.

The cause of death initially was unknown. Further investigation and forensic evaluation determined that the victim had sustained a fatal gunshot wound. The circumstances remain under investigation. No arrests have been made at this time, and no additional information is available for release in connection to this continuing investigation.

Police ask individuals with knowledge of this shooting to call CrimeStoppers at 215- STOP, Secret Witness at 625-4000 or MPD at 625-2831

Captain R.L. Duckett # 1173

Public Information Officer

Montgomery Police Department

 

ASU IS BOOKED ON TV TODAY & ALL WEEK LONG HONORING DR. KING!

Dear ASU Leader:
Tune in to WSFA TV 12 today at 11 a.m. to see Alabama State University featured on it honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) AND on other live TV shows on Tuesday, Friday and back-to-back on MLK-Day (next Monday/Jan. 20).
ASU is proud to share with the world the great legacy of Dr. King and his movement, and that he was no stranger to the ASU campus for the years that he and his family were our neighbors on South Jackson St. To that end, we reveal in celebrating and honoring Dr. King and Montgomery’s important civil rights history and the University’s leadership role in it. 
We have booked the following live television shows to honor the national MLK holiday and to showcase ASU’s events and scholars highlighting Dr. King’s important place in America’s history.
TODAY @ 11 A.M. ON WSFA TV 12
ASU’s Citywide MLK Celebration on Friday at the Davis Theater will be featured today on WSFA TV 12’s Alabama Live Show with Tonya Terry at 11 a.m. The University’s archivist and a noted civil rights expert, Dr  Howard Robinson, as well as the founder of ASU’s MLK Celebration, Dr. Tommie Stewart, will appear on the segment.
TUESDAY @ NOON ON WNCC TV 32
ASU’s Citywide MLK Celebration on Friday at the Davis Theater will be featured Tuesday on the Alabama News Network’s TV 32 during its 11 a.m.live news show. The founder of ASU’s MLK Celebration, Dr. Tommie Stewart, will appear on the segment.
FRIDAY @ 6 A.M. ON WAKA TV 8
The ASU MLK Citywide Celebration at the Davis Theater will be featured on Friday at 6 a.m. on the WAKA TV 8 early morning news to remind local viewers to attend it that day.
MLK DAY (JAN. 20) ON BOTH WSFA TV 12 & WAKA TV 8
On the actual MLK Holiday (Jan. 20), please tune in to both WSFA TV 12’s Alabama Live Show with Tonya Terry at 11 a.m and/or the WAKA TV 8 Noon News with Ellis Eschew as one of ASU’s nationally acclaimed MLK scholars, Dr. Derryn Moten (chair of the ASU Dept. of History & Political Science) appears on both shows back-to-back.
Anyway you look at it; “It’s a Great Time to be a Hornet!”
GO HORNETS!
Cordially,
Ken
Kenneth Mullinax, Jr.
Director

Friends for Faulkner to host Neil Diamond Tribute Concert

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Neil Diamond’s music will come alive on Faulkner’s campus as the performers from Cherry Cherry give a tribute concert to support student scholarships with classics like “Sweet Caroline,” “Cherry Cherry,” and much more.

Friends for Faulkner, a volunteer auxiliary group of the university, will host the group on campus on January 25 at 7 p.m. to raise money for students. Tickets are on sale now online at https://www.faulkner.edu/events/diamondtribute/.

Although Friends for Faulkner regularly raises funds throughout the year, this will be the largest profile event the organization has arranged and they are expecting to sell out due to Neal Diamonds’ popularity.

Steve Kelly and Cherry Cherry Band create the award-winning Premier Neil Diamond Tribute and has performed over 600 shows in the United States and Canada. They are considered the premier Neil Diamond show as the line- up replicates the same timeless live shows Diamond performs himself. Neil Leslie Diamond, an American singer-songwriter, musician and actor, has had 38 songs in the Top 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts and has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling musicians of all time.

Friends for Faulkner raises funds for Friends for Faulkner Student Scholarships, assists the University with purchasing non-budgeted items, assists the University in student recruitment and promotes the ideals of Christian education.

WHAT: “The Neil Diamond Experience”

WHERE: Faulkner University E.L. Collum Rotunda

WHEN: January 25 at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.

COST: $25 General Admission

To order tickets visit –https://www.faulkner.edu/events/diamondtribute/

 

About Faulkner

Faulkner University is a private, Christian liberal arts university based in Montgomery, Alabama. With a mission to provide an education anchored not only by intellect but also character and service, the Faulkner experience aims to educate the whole person. Serving both traditional and non-traditional students, the university is home to six colleges: the Alabama Christian College of Arts and Sciences, the Harris College of Business and Executive Education, the V.P. Black College of Biblical Studies, the College of Education, Faulkner Law and the College of Health Sciences. In addition to its main campus in Montgomery, Faulkner operates extension campuses in Birmingham, Huntsville and Mobile along with online degree programs.

For more information, visit www.faulkner.edu.

Contact:

Rebecca Burylo

Public Relations and Social Media Manager

Faulkner University

334-386-7489rburylo@faulkner.edu

ASU to Co-host Sixth Annual Citywide MLK Celebration!

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WHEN: Jan. 17, @ 10 a.m. & 6 p.m.

WHERE: The historic Davis Theater, 251 Montgomery Street, downtown Montgomery.

Alabama State University will co-sponsor the sixth annual historic community-wide celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 17, at the historic Davis Theatre in downtown Montgomery. The theme of this year’s event is “Because of them, I am.”        

The event, which is a mixture of music and drama, will feature the MLK Interfaith Community Choir and the ASU Dramatic Guild and ASU BFA Dance Company. 

Performances will be held at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 for the matinee and $10 for the evening show. Admission for children ages 10 and under is $7.50 for both performances.

Also during the event, a number of individuals will receive the Beloved Community Award, which commends residents for their exemplary work, leadership and commitment in building Dr. King’s ideal of the “beloved community.”

The goal of the community-wide MLK Celebration is to continue a much-needed dialogue around the teaching of tolerance, unity and peace in the Montgomery area.            

The event is sponsored by Alabama State University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, Troy University and Friends of the ASU Theatre.

Tickets can be purchased on the day of the show at the Davis Theatre Box Office, 251 Montgomery Street, Montgomery, Ala. 

For more information, call 334-229-6755 or visit www.keepersofthedream.org.

News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.

ASU Receives $25k National Grant to Assist with Student Food Availability & Security!

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– California’s ECMC Foundation has awarded $25k to ten universities in Alabama including ASU –

Alabama State University’s Student Affair’s Food Pantry that is located at its Counseling Center has been awarded a grant of $25,000 from the ECMC Foundation through the Alabama Campus Coalition for Basic Needs, which the University is a member.

The grant will support food availability and security for ASU students to help ensure that their nutritional needs are met, which in turn supports student health and student retention according to Dr. Davida Haywood, ASU’s vice president for Student Affairs.

“ASU is pleased to have been awarded this $25,000 grant. The monies and resources received from it will allow the University to continue to provide much needed tangible food services for our students,” Haywood said.  “ASU’s food pantry, under the auspices of the University’s Counseling Center, allows Alabama State’s students to complete a personal inventory prior to having a choice about the types of food they need from it.” 

STUDENT EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES ARE BEST WHEN NUTRITIONAL NEEDS ARE MET
The aim of the Los Angeles-based ECMC grant is to help students in higher education from underserved populations by enhancing and supporting their basic nutritional needs, which helps them with their health, educational outcomes and ultimately their retention in school.

The Alabama Campus Coalition for Basic Needs is comprised of 10 four-year universities in Alabama, which, like ASU, has each has received a $25k grant from ECMC.

Members of the coalition include: Alabama State University, Alabama A&M University, Auburn, Jacksonville State University, Troy University, Tuskegee University, University of Alabama, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of North Alabama and University of South Alabama.

Haywood said that through this grant, ASU will be able to acquire additional non-perishable food items for students in-need such as canned and boxed goods and more.

“This grant will also allow us to move towards being able to provide perishable items such as milk, eggs, and butter; as well as helping us to work with our campus garden peers so as to provide fresh produce for students,” Haywood said. “We also have a goal of initiating conversations with our campus food service provider about how unused block dollars on our students’ meal plans can be donated to students in need.”

GRANT WILL EXPAND HELP FOR ASU STUDENTS
The supervisor of ASU’s Food Pantry at the University’s Counseling Center is Brenda Kennedy. She says that this grant is just what it needs to expand its campus resources and services for ASU’s students.

“This grant is great for our food pantry and wonderful for our students who sometimes need just a little help at times,” Kennedy said. “The first assistance our Food Pantry received was a gift of $5,000 from ASU’s President, Dr. Quinton Ross, who also understands the importance of addressing the importance of student food needs,” she added.According to a news release, the Alabama Campus Coalition for Basic Needs has as its mission to evaluate activities based on changes in food insecurity prevalence, campus resources and student outcomes; share information on best practices identified as a result of data obtained from all 10-member institutions and ultimately achieve hunger-free campuses statewide across Alabama.

“Our ultimate objective at ASU is to have a zero-hunger campus,” Haywood said.TO HELP @ ASU
To donate funds or food for ASU’s students, contact Brenda Kennedy at ASU’s Student Counseling Center, Room C-150, ASU Hardy Student Center. She may be called at 334-229-4382 or emailed at bkennedy@alasu.eduNews media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.

– This story was written by Kenneth Mullinax/ASU.

MPD Conducting Homicide Investigation Following Early Morning Shooting

MONTGOMERY —The Montgomery Police Department is conducting a homicide investigation following the early morning shooting death of Erick Johnson, 19, of Montgomery.

MPD and Fire Medics responded to the 700 block of Coliseum Boulevard on Monday, Jan. 6, at about 1:30 a.m. in reference to a vehicle crash. At the scene, they located a vehicle that crashed into a pole. In the vehicle they located Johnson, the driver, who had sustained a fatal gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The initial investigation indicates that the shooting occurred near the location of the vehicle. The circumstances remain under investigation. No arrests have been made at this time, and no additional information is available for release in connection to this continuing investigation.

Police ask individuals with knowledge of this shooting to call CrimeStoppers at 215- STOP, Secret Witness at 625-4000 or MPD at 625-2831.

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