Auburn University at Montgomery will continue remote course delivery through end of semester

In the interest of safeguarding students, faculty and staff, Auburn University at Montgomery’s plan to deliver course instruction remotely rather than face to face will be extended through the end of the spring 2020 semester.

AUM had initially planned to begin the transition to remote course delivery on Monday, March 23, on the first scheduled class day after spring break, and return to in-person instruction after April 10. The university has modified its plan in accordance with guidance provided by public health officials on mitigating the community spread of COVID-19.

“The safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff is our No. 1 priority,” AUM Chancellor Carl A. Stockton said. “We have continued to monitor developments with COVID-19, and have planned for a variety of scenarios. As circumstances change, we will be prepared to change with them.”

While no confirmed cases of COVID-19 have involved AUM students or employees, public health officials have encouraged individuals to engage in “social distancing,” maintaining a buffer zone of at least 6-feet, and exercising careful hygiene to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19 and “flatten the curve.”

AUM encourages students not to return to campus. However, residence halls will remain open for students who have a need for housing.

The university is maintaining campus-based staff in key operational units, including AUM Police, Admissions, Facilities, Financial Aid, Housing & Residence Life, Information Technology Services, Library, the Office of Global Initiatives, Online and Digital Learning, the Office of the Registrar, Student Health Services, the Warhawk Academic Success Center and Warhawk Transit.

While normal on-campus dining has been suspended, the university will continue to offer an array of pre-packaged foods and beverages for on-campus resident students. Students with specific needs or questions are encouraged to utilize the university’s Warhawk Help Portal.

Earlier this month, AUM canceled or postponed all campus events through April 10 and encouraged employees to work remotely. Those protocols will remain in place. No decisions have been made yet regarding the university’s spring commencement ceremony, which is currently scheduled for Saturday, May 9.

“Our faculty and staff have demonstrated remarkable dedication and resourcefulness in adjusting to a unique and fluid situation,” Stockton said. “We will do everything possible to minimize disruptions for our students as they continue their coursework, and we will continue to provide the high level of support and service they have come to expect.”

AUM will continue to keep the campus community informed of new developments as details become available. Visit our COVID-19 resource page for all announcements pertaining to course delivery and campus operations.

Learn more: http://www.aum.edu/coronavirus

Contact: Troy Johnson (334-244-3110), Adrienne Nettles (334-244-3896)

COVID-19 update for Faulkner University’s Spring 2020 semester, graduation ceremony postponed

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – In light of the guidance of the Center of Disease Control and the Alabama Department of Public Health, Faulkner University announces that on-campus instruction will not resume this spring 2020 semester.

“From the beginning of this global crisis, our students’ health and well-being have been our foremost goal. But today’s announcement is driven by a higher calling. It is out of deep respect for our fellow man that we respond to the COVID-19 with caution and duty. God’s harshest indignation is given to those who harm, disrespect, or marginalize His created sons and daughters. In spite of the challenges, I hope this current struggle teases out the very best in us. May we all be keenly aware of God’s sovereignty and presence in our lives, ” said Faulkner President Mike Williams.

“As we move through this time of uncertainty, let us all be anchored in our faith in Christ Jesus. May His Spirit propel us to be at peace, motivated by love, and moved to do something extraordinary,” Williams said.

The following changes have been made to complete the semester:

Academic

Faulkner will continue online instruction from March 30 through the remainder of the semester. Our distinguished faculty stand ready to provide students with a rich academic experience.

Campus Events

All University activities and events have been cancelled through the end of the semester including the annual Jamboree show, collegiate and intramural athletics, the arts, and many other campus activities.

Graduation 2020

Graduation has been postponed till August 8, 2020. More information will be forwarded to students regarding this crowning achievement event where we recognize our graduating students.

Campus Housing

Students who need to retrieve personal belongings will be notified by March 27 regarding the process. We want to abide by the social distancing guidelines as students safely return to campus to check out of the residence halls and apartments.

Students who withdraw from campus housing will be eligible for a pro-rata credit to their student account for room and board. Given the complexity of federal financial aid and institutional scholarships, these credits will be processed by the end of the term.

As announced earlier, the residence halls remain open for those students who are unable to return home at this time. Food service will remain available in accordance with the order of the Alabama Department of Public Health.

For continued updates, please refer to our webpage at https://www.faulkner.edu/coronavirus-update/

CONTACT: Rebecca Burylo, Public Relations and Social Media Manager at Faulkner University, 334-386-7489 or rburylo@faulkner

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.

CAPTURED: Allen Dale Stromberg

Allen Dale Stromberg
Sex: ​​Male
Age:​​43

Criminal Charges
Rape 1st Degree
Sexual Abuse of a Child

Autauga County Sheriff’s Office

The Autauga County Sheriff’s Department has officially notified CrimeStoppers of the arrest of Allen Dale Stromberg for Rape and Sexual Abuse charges. He is no longer wanted by law enforcement.

Allen Stromberg was wanted for rape, and sexually abusing a 13-year-old female. The U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force captured him in Prattville, Alabama on Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Stromberg is currently being held at the Autauga County Metro Jail on a $90,000 cash-only bond. No other details were released.

Note: A criminal charge is an accusation. The defendant is assumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Tony A. Garrett
Executive Director
507 Cloverdale Road, Suite 101
Montgomery, AL 36106-1878

Direct: 334-777-8116
Call Center: 334-215-7867
1-833-AL1-STOP

CAPTURED: Darniecann Henley

Darniecann Henley

Sex:                 Female

Age:                30

Criminal Charges

Theft of Property 1st

Harassing Communications

Montgomery County Sheriff Department  

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department has officially notified CrimeStoppers of the arrest of Darniecann Henley for a Theft of Property 1st degree warrant. She is no longer wanted by law enforcement.

After being shown on a CrimeStoppers media segment, Darniecann Henley voluntarily turned herself over to authorities regarding the above-mentioned charges and a Harassing Communications misdemeanor warrant. Henley was placed into the Montgomery County Detention Facility on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

No other details were released.

Note: A criminal charge is an accusation. The defendant is assumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

CONTACT:        Tony A. Garrett [Executive Director]

334-215-7867

TonyGarrett@215stop.com

WANTED: Allen Dale Stromberg

Allen Dale Stromberg

Sex:                 Male

Age:                45

Race:              White

Height:           6’03”

Weight:          205

Criminal Charges

Rape 1st Degree

Sexual Abuse of a Child

Autauga County Sheriff’s Office  

Allen Dale Stromberg is wanted by the Autauga County Sheriff’s Office regarding Rape and Sexual Abuse Warrants.

The Autauga County Sheriff’s Office reports that Allen Stromberg raped and sexually abused a 13-year-old female juvenile and is currently on the run. Warrants have been signed against Stromberg for Rape 1st Degree and Sexual Abuse of a child less than 12 years of age on behalf of the victim.

Stromberg holds an Alabama CDL driver license and may be seeking employment as a truck driver of heavy equipment operator. Stromberg may be in the Dothan area.

If you have any information regarding the location of Allen Dale Stromberg, please immediately call the Police or CrimeStoppers using our 24-hour tip line at 215-STOP (7867) or download our P3-tips app. Make sure you receive a Tip ID and Password in order to dialog with Investigators in case there is a follow-up question.

You may also use CrimeStoppers 800 number at 1-833-AL1-STOP.

Your Tip may lead to a Cash Reward of up to $5,000.00!

Note: A criminal charge is an accusation. The defendant is assumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

CONTACT:        Tony A. Garret [Executive Director]

334-215-7867

TonyGarrett@215Stop.com 

Auburn University at Montgomery makes transition to remote course delivery in response to novel coronavirus concerns

In response to concerns about the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Auburn University at Montgomery will temporarily move from in-person instruction to remote delivery of course content.

The change in course delivery will become effective on Monday, March 23, after AUM’s spring break, and will remain in effect until Friday, April 10, unless circumstances dictate an extension.

While no confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Alabama as of Thursday evening, we believe this decision is necessary to safeguard our students, faculty and staff. Based on information available from epidemiologists and public health authorities, the best course of action is to try to limit potential exposure through “social distancing” in order to protect members of the campus community.

Effective Saturday, all campus events scheduled through April 10 will be canceled or postponed. The AUM Wellness Center and campus dining will be closed from March 14 to April 10. Alternative dining options that emphasize social distancing will be offered to AUM students during this time period.

AUM Athletics is in communication with the NCAA and the Gulf South Conference and expects to receive additional information in the near future regarding regular season sports schedules.

Read the full statement from Auburn University at Montgomery Chancellor Carl A. Stockton at: http://www.aum.edu/content/message-chancellor-coronavirus-update

Contact: Troy Johnson (334-235-4362), Adrienne Nettles (334-244-3896)

Prattville Police Searching for Felony Shoplifters

Retail Business

1900 Block of Cobs Ford Road

Prattville, Alabama

Case: PPD200225094

The Prattville Police Department is searching for two suspects involved in a felony theft investigation.

Reports state that on February 25, 2020 at approximately 1:55pm, two unknown females entered a retail store located in Prattville and concealed $750.00 worth of items in their purses. The female suspects exited the business without paying for the merchandise and left in an unknown vehicle.

When the suspects are identified they will be charged with Theft of Property 3rd Degree. Theft of Property 3rd degree is a Class D felony with a range of penalty from 1 year, 1 day – 5 years and up to a $7,500.00 fine.

If you have any information regarding the identity or location of the pictured suspects, please immediately call the Police or CrimeStoppers using our 24-hour tip line at 215-STOP (7867) or download our P3-tips app. Make sure you receive a Tip ID and Password to dialog with Investigators in case there is a follow-up question.

You may also use CrimeStoppers 800 number, 1-833-AL1-STOP.

Your Tip may lead to a Cash Reward up to $5,000.00.

Note: A criminal charge is an accusation. The defendant is assumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

CONTACT:Tony A. Garrett                                                                                    Executive Director                                                                                                     334-215-7867 [TonyGarrett@215Stop.com

Coalition Against Retail Theft (C.A.R.T.)

Each year CrimeStoppers release numerous videos of thieves running out of retail stores with stolen merchandise.  The majority of shoplifters steal in response to an impulse. The National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP) conducted a survey which found that around 73% of shoplifting incidents are not premeditated.

As a response to the scope and severity of organized retail crime concerns across the State of Alabama, Central Alabama CrimeStoppers has joined forces with retailers and law enforcement agencies to share information regarding organized retail crime at the local and state level. Together we have formed C.A.R.T. or Coalition Against Retail Theft.

In 2019, retail businesses filed 214 felony warrants and 464 misdemeanor warrants against shoplifters.  Since 2015, 1,723 criminal charges have been filed through CART. These charges would not have been made if retail businesses were not communicating and attending our retail theft prevention meetings. These meetings are held monthly in Prattville, Montgomery, Hoover, and Leeds, Alabama.

Please help us continue to decrease retail theft in the River Region by spreading the word and advising the retail community about our program. 

Tony A. Garrett [Executive Director] 507 Cloverdale Road, Suite 101

Montgomery, AL 36106-1878

Direct: 334-777-8116 / Call Center: 334-215-7867

1-833-AL1-STOP

ASU’s Samuel-Foo is New President of the Entomological Society of America’s Southeastern-Branch!


An Alabama State University faculty member has been recognized by her peers as the newly elected leader of her academic professional society, which is involved in the study of insects, arthropods and how they relate to crops and humans.


ASU’s  Dr. Michelle Samuel-Foo is the new president of Southeastern Entomological Society of America. She is a recent newcomer to the ASU faculty, having joined the Hornet Nation in Jan. 2018 as an assistant professor, and is involved in both research and teaching on campus. 


Samuel-Foo has been very involved in various entomological-related organizations. She has served two terms as the president of the International Association of Black Entomologists (IABE) and has demonstrated her leadership as a member of the Southeastern-Branch (SEB) of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) before assuming its presidency. She has served on several of its committees, which includes its  Education Committee, SEB Student Awards Committee, and its Diversity and Inclusion National Committee.  

ABOUT ASU’S SAMUEL-FOO & HER PROJECTS

@ ASUShe enjoys anything to do with insects; especially as they relate to gardening and sustainable agriculture as evidenced by her current ASU research programs, which center on urban/city gardening and specialty crops. One of the first projects that she championed after coming to Alabama State is the creation of an urban teaching garden on campus with one of its purposes to introduce ASU’s students to entomology and sustainable agriculture. She also is interested in cutting-edge research that is involved in developing industrial hemp entomology research.


ABOUT THE SOUTHEASTERN-BRANCH ENTOMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA

ESA is the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and people in related disciplines. The Society stands ready as a non-partisan scientific and educational resource for all insect-related topics. Founded in 1889, ESA today has more than 7,000 members affiliated with educational institutions, health agencies, private industry, and government. Headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland.

News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.
– Written by Kenneth Mullinax/ASU.

Auburn University at Montgomery alumna to discuss experience as Muslim in Alabama

For the third consecutive year, Auburn University at Montgomery alumna Aya Zaied will visit campus to share her perspective on living as a Muslim in the South. 

Zaied, Montgomery’s representative of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), will discuss misconceptions about Muslims and Islam during the forum “Being Muslim in Alabama” hosted by the AUM-Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on Campus Club. Her talk is set for Thursday, March 12, from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in Goodwyn Hall 109. 

The AUM-SPLC on Campus forum was established to fight injustice and intolerance on campus and in communities, said Assistant Professor of Political Science Pia Knigge, whose research areas include studying American Muslims. The forum, co-sponsored by the AUM Muslim Student Association (MSA), is free and open to the public. 

“With the forum we want to promote diversity and inclusion, both on campus and within the community,” said Knigge, who serves as faculty advisor of AUM-SPLC on Campus. “We also want to educate the AUM community about the struggles Muslims face, correct widespread stereotypes, and provide a platform to ask questions about the Islamic faith and practices.” 

In addition to her work with CAIR, Zaied has been engaged in interfaith education and initiatives, establishing herself as a well-known and respected public figure in Montgomery and beyond. She is the founder of AUM’s Muslim Student Association and was a member of the University Honors Program at AUM. The Honors program’s  Aya Zaied Leadership and Service Award, which recognizes students who demonstrate an exceptional degree of commitment to serving others, is named in her honor. 

Zaied is an engaging and thoughtful speaker on social injustice, said AUM-SPLC on Campus Club President Dottie Durango, who recalls Zaied sharing at a 2018 AUM event how her car was regularly vandalized.

“Hearing about her experiences is very eye opening, and I think it is important for others to have an opportunity to hear her share this with them and be able to engage in conversation with her about it,” Durango said. “It’s easy for people to assign negative stereotypes to people we are unfamiliar with. I think having Aya speak on campus will prompt everyone to re-evaluate how they view and treat others.” 

Zaied earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from AUM and is a graduate of Faulkner University’s Thomas Goode Jones Law School.    

Learn more: http://www.aum.edu/auburn-university-montgomery-alum-discuss-experiences-muslim-alabama

Contact: Troy Johnson (334-244-3110), Adrienne Nettles (334-244-3896)   

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