HUNTSVILLE : Monday (March 2) ASU’s ‘President’s Bus Tour’ Rolling to Huntsville Surprising High School’ers w/Scholarships!

– ASU’s President & a Bus-load of Hornets will be in Huntsville to Award SURPRISE College Scholarships @ Assembly –

– ASU’s President’s Tour Visits Jemison High School Monday – 

– Highlight Local High School Students Getting Surprise College Scholarships – 

 WHEN & WHERE FOR MONDAY’S EVENTS

WHEN: Monday (March 2) 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Mae Jemison High School, 5000 Pulaski Pike, NW, Huntsville.


Alabama State University’s (ASU) President, Dr. Quinton T. Ross Jr. and a team of faculty, staff, recruitment advisers and students kicks-off its “ASUPresident’s BusTour” in Huntsville on Monday (March 2), visiting students and awarding SURPRISE college scholarships at Jemison High School @ 1 p.m. and hosting a 6 p.m. evening reception for its Huntsville and Decatur alumni and friends. 


The news media is welcomed to cover one or all of the University’s events Monday for a great news story on your local high school students being surprised with HEFTY COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS


The evening’s alumni and friends reception will garner interest from your news consumers due to the large number of ASU alumni in the Huntsville/Decatur news market.

Previous high school scholarship winners with President Ross (L).

MONDAY’S SURPRISE COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS FOR LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS


ASU’s President Ross and his President’s Tour team will be on Monday at  Mae Jemison High School, 5000 Pulaski Pike, NW, Huntsville @ 1 p.m.to give prospective students a chance to take a closer look at ASU, and to both surprise and award some hefty college scholarships to deserving high school seniors.


Also, at 6 p.m., your reporters are welcomed to join us at Jackson Center, 6001 Moquin Dr., Huntsville for ASU’s reception for alumni and friends that allows your reporters to interview a cross-section of Huntsville-area alumni, as well as President Ross, as we discuss Alabama State University and its President’s Tour kicking-off in the Huntsville area on Monday!

ASU’S STORY – AMERICA’S OLDEST ‘STATE SPONSORED’ HBCU – FOUNDED BY NINE FORMER SLAVES!

President Ross’s Tour hopes to share ASU’s story as  America’s oldest ‘state sponsored’ HBCU that was founded in 1867 by nine former slaves. ASU is also the birthplace of the modern Civil Rights Movement. We also focus our eyes to the future as a world-class research university.


The ASU President’s Tour is traveling to several cities in Alabama and Georgia, visiting high schools, and hosting alumni and scholars’ receptions.


We hope your news team will join us Monday!


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

Thursday @ 11 a.m. ASU & Coastal Alabama’s Presidents Host News Conference Thursday & Sign a Joint Agreement that Benefits Students!

– Dr. Quinton T. Ross Jr. (ASU) & Dr. Craig Pouncey (Coastal) to sign Memorandum of Understanding  –

– Details released at Thursday’s news conference @ Coastal Ala.’s Bay Minette Campus –

– Open to all news media –


WHEN: Thursday (March 5) at 11 a.m. (a brief, but important news conference).

WHERE: Coastal Alabama Community College’s Bay Minette Campus, 1900 Hwy 31 South, Sibert Gymnasium/Crimson Room.

CONTACT: Kenneth Mullinax with ASU @ 334-229-4104 or Maconica Sawyer with Coastal @ 251-580-4894.


The Presidents of both Alabama State University (ASU) and Coastal Alabama Community College (Coastal) will execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at a joint news conference on Thursday (March 5), at 11 a.m. on the campus of Coastal at its Bay Minette Campus in Bay Minette, Ala. Its purpose is to announce and conclude an agreement that provides a pathway that will benefit Coastal’s students and both schools.

Both ASU President Dr. Quinton T. Ross Jr., and Coastal Alabama’s President Dr. Craig Pouncey will sign an MOU to formalize the agreement that will be positive news for students. 


Details of the agreement will be released at Thursday’s news conference.


Thursday’s news conference will take place at Coastal Alabama’s Bay Minette Campus in its Sibert Gymnasium’s Crimson Room, which is located at 1900 Highway 31 South, Bay Minette, Ala.


All members of the news media are invited to attend. 


Come early and I will get you a pre-event interview with the two presidents, so you don’t have to stay for the entire event; ensuring a more efficient use of your limited time.


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

Tuesday @ 11 a.m. ASU & Jeff State’s Presidents Host News Conference Tuesday & Sign a Joint Agreement that Benefits Students!

Jeff State's President Brown

– Dr. Quinton T. Ross Jr. (ASU) & Dr. Keith Brown (Jeff State) to sign Memorandum of Understanding  –

– Details released at Tuesday’s news conference @ Jeff State/Shelby Campus –

– Open to all news media –


WHEN: Tuesday (March 3) at 11 a.m. (a brief, but important news conference).

WHERE: Jefferson State Community College/Shelby Campus, 4600 Valleydale Rd., Birmingham.

CONTACT: Kenneth Mullinax with ASU @ 334-229-4104 or David Bobo with Jeff State @ 205-983-5306.


The Presidents of both Alabama State University (ASU) and Jefferson State Community College (Jeff State ) will execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at a joint news conference on Tuesday (March 3), at 11 a.m. on the campus of Jeff State at its Shelby-Campus in Birmingham. Its purpose is to announce and conclude an agreement that provides a pathway that will benefit Jeff State’s students and both schools.

Both ASU President Dr. Quinton T. Ross Jr., and Jeff State President Dr. Keith Brown will sign an MOU to formalize the agreement that will be positive news for students. 


Details of the agreement will be released at Tuesday’s news conference.


Tuesday’s news conference will take place at Jeff State’s Shelby Campus in its Health Science Building, room 156, which is located at 4600 Valleydale Rd., Birmingham (in the Inverness area).


All members of the news media are invited to attend. 


Come early and I will get you a pre-event interview with the two presidents, so you don’t have to stay for the entire event; ensuring a more efficient use of your limited time.


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

MONDAY @ 2 P.M. ASU & Drake State’s Presidents Host News Conference Monday & Sign a Joint Agreement that Benefits Students!

Drake State's President Sims

– Dr. Quinton T. Ross Jr. (ASU) & Dr. Patricia Sims (Drake State) to sign Memorandum of Understanding  — Details released at Monday’s news conference @ Drake State –– Open to all news media –


WHEN: MONDAY (March 2) at 2 p.m. (a brief, but important news conference).

WHERE: Drake Technical & Community College, 3421 Meridian St. North (in its O’Neal Library), Huntsville.

CONTACT: Kenneth Mullinax with ASU @ 334-229-4104 or Jennifer Malone with Drake State @ 256-551-3136.

The Presidents of both Alabama State University (ASU) and Drake Technical & Community College (Drake State ) will execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at a joint news conference on Monday (March 2), at 2 p.m. on the campus of Drake State in Huntsville. Its purpose is to announce and conclude an agreement that provides a pathway that will benefit Drake State’s students and both schools.

Both ASU President Dr. Quinton T. Ross Jr., and Drake State President Dr. Patricia Sims will sign an MOU to formalize the agreement that will be positive news for students. 


Details of the agreement will be released at Monday’s news conference.


Monday’s news conference will take place at Drake State’s S.C. O’Neal Sr. Library, which is located at 3421 Meridian St. North, Huntsville.


All members of the news media are invited to attend. 


Come early and I will get you a pre-event interview with the two presidents, so you don’t have to stay for the entire event; ensuring a more efficient use of your limited time.


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

MPD Charges Suspect in January Homicide

MONTGOMERY —The Montgomery Police Department has charged a suspect in the January shooting death of Brandon Zeigler, 30, of Montgomery.

MPD charged Jeffery Sanders, 38, of Montgomery with murder. Sanders was taken into custody in early February out of state and was extradited today by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility.

On Friday, Jan. 17, shortly before midnight, MPD and Fire Medics responded to the 2800 block of Vaughn Road in reference to a subject shot. There, they located Zeigler who had sustained a fatal gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene.

MPD’s investigation indicates that the shooting stemmed from a verbal altercation that escalated. Further investigation identified Sanders as the suspect. No additional information is available for release in connection to this continuing investigation.

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

Captain R.L. Duckett # 1173

Public Information Officer

Montgomery Police Department

Southern AIDS Coalition, Tuskegee University address effects of racism, mistrust on HIV-impacted communities

Think tank partnership seeks to build trust among those affected by HIV and to develop solutions for battling the growing epidemic.

TUSKEGEE, ALABAMA — On Friday, Feb. 28, the Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC) will partner with Tuskegee University to present “Lifting the Veil on HIV.” This summit, held at sites near and on the university’s campus, will address the implications racism and medical mistrust have on communities impacted by HIV.

The South — and Alabama in particular — has a deep relationship with medical mistrust. In 1932, Macon County, Alabama, became home to the “U.S. Public Health Service Syphilis Study at Tuskegee.” It remains the longest and most immoral health and medical treatment study ever conducted in U.S. history. This non-therapeutic study of the progress of untreated syphilis in human beings recruited poor African-American men living in rural Tuskegee and throughout Macon County. The men were uninformed of their syphilis status and untreated for the disease without their informed consent.

The physical mistreatment and non-treatment for syphilis have contributed to generational health problems, as well as ill feelings and mistrust by the families in these communities. The experiment ended in 1972.

Today, the South is at the epicenter of an HIV epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 52% of all new HIV diagnoses in the nation are in the South. This is 36% higher than the national average.

“HIV is a racial justice issue that impacts the black community at disproportionate rates,” said Aquarius Gilmer, SAC’s director of government affairs and advocacy. “Compounding these disparities is the reality of persistent racism within and among public and private health systems and stakeholders that fuels medical mistrust. The legacy and burden of medical mistrust was exacerbated by the U.S. Public Health Service’s government-sanctioned ‘Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male.’ Blacks continue to experience poorer health outcomes and decreased qualities of life as a result of this mistrust and racism in public and private health systems.

Despite advances that can improve one’s medical well-being and quality of life, Gilmer said that mistrust among those who require care the most remains rampant.

“Biomedical advances in HIV prevention and care, such as PrEP, PEP and Treatment as Prevention, will not be fully realized if the community questions the motives of public health programs and providers,” he explained. “This convening comes at a critical time as we must work together, those in both private and public health, to identify various strategies — including investments — that build trust. No one entity can rebuild that trust alone.”

“Lifting the Veil on HIV” will convene a think tank to develop solutions for addressing the medical mistrust that resulted from the U.S. Public Health Service Syphilis Study at Tuskegee, and address the impact that mistrust is having on the fight against the Southern HIV epidemic.

“The pairing of historically black colleges and universities with community organizations such as the Southern AIDS Coalition is a major step toward bringing to the table those populations most dramatically impacted by HIV with government entities responsible for healthcare administration,” said Dr. Vivian Carter, chair of Tuskegee’s Department of Psychology and Sociology. “It is crucial that we bring together a diverse coalition of partners headed by minority groups to address the barriers to healthcare across the rural South and to advance solutions that will make a difference in the fight against the nation’s HIV epidemic.”

For more information about the summit — and to register online — visit bit.ly/liftingtheveilofhiv. A full program of the Feb. 28 “Lifting the Veil on HIV” summit, including session moderators and panelists, is available for download. The day’s schedule includes:

St. Andrews Episcopal, 701 W. Montgomery Rd., Tuskegee (across from the university’s Brimmer Hall)

  • 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.: “Bearing the Image of God Before and Beyond an HIV or AIDS Diagnosis”

Kellogg Conference Center, 1 Booker T. Washington Blvd., Tuskegee University

  • 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: “From Syphilis to HIV: The Enduring Role of the U.S. Public Health Service Study on Black Population Health”
  • 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.: “Panel: Where Do We Go From Here: Racism or Restorative Justice in Public Health”
  • 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: “Panel: HIV Public Health Research and Workforce Strategy Session”

The 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. sessions will be streamed live on the Southern AIDS Coalition’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SouthernAIDSCo.

In addition to the Southern AIDS Coalition and Tuskegee University, the summit is presented in partnership with Avita Pharmacy, Black AIDS Institute (BAI), GLADD, Gilead, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, and the National Association of County and City Health Officials.

About the Southern AIDS Coalition: The Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC) is a non-partisan coalition of government, community and business leaders working alongside thousands of people living with HIV and our allies to end the HIV epidemic in the South. We do this through public health advocacy; capacity-building assistance; PLHIV leadership development; research and evaluation; and strategic grantmaking. To learn more, visit www.southernaidscoalition.org.

Online version:

https://www.tuskegee.edu/news/southern-aids-coalition-tuskegee-address-effects-of-racism-mistrust-on-hiv-impacted-communities

Full summit schedule:

https://www.tuskegee.edu/Content/Uploads/Tuskegee/images/News/2020.02%20SAC%20HIV%20Summit%20-%20agenda.pdf

About Tuskegee University:Located in Tuskegee, Alabama, Tuskegee University is a private, state-related and nationally ranked land-grant institution that serves a racially, ethnically and religiously diverse student body of 3,000-plus students. The institution was founded in 1881 by former slave Lewis Adams and former slave owner George W. Campbell, with Booker T. Washington serving as its first principal/president. One of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Tuskegee has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges since 1933. Its academic programs — many accredited by their respective accrediting bodies — currently lead to 41 bachelor’s, 16 master’s and five doctoral degree opportunities. For more information about Tuskegee University, visit www.tuskegee.edu.

Connect with Tuskegee University:

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MICHAEL TULLIER, APR | Senior DirectorOffice of Communications, Public Relations & Marketing | Tuskegee University1200 W. Montgomery Rd. | 222 Kresge Center | Tuskegee, Alabama 36088334.724.4553 office | 334.703.2643 (cell)mtullier@tuskegee.edu | www.tuskegee.edu | Connect on LinkedIn

Two New ASU Board of Trustee Members Sworn into Office

– Delbert B. Madison of Montgomery & LaRaunce A. Fleming, of Huntsville are ASU’s two newest Board members –


Alabama State University has sworn two new Board of Trustee members into office during its regularly scheduled  meeting, which was held on Feb. 21, at the ASU Dunn-Oliver Acadome. The two new trustees are Delbert B. Madison of Montgomery and LaRaunce A. Fleming, of Huntsville. 


ABOUT TRUSTEE MADISON

Madison is a native of Montgomery and he serves as a senior vice president with ServisFirst Bank in its cash management department. He is a 1993 graduate of The Alabama State University, and he majored in Marketing. While at the University, he was a stand-out student who was on the Dean’s – List at ASU’s College of Business Administration and a student representative to the SWAC Athletic Conference for collegiate basketball.


“ASU is my life and without the education that I received here, I wouldn’t be where I am today, which is working for an incredible bank,” Madison said. “As a member of ASU’s Board, my number one goal is to be a servant leader for ASU, as well as a person who makes a difference for the University.”


Madison is married to Deanna Banks Madison and he has two children, Delbert II and Damien.


TRUSTEE FLEMING’S BACKGROUND

Fleming is a resident of Huntsville and she is a native of Richmond, Va. She is an international protocol expert and consultant, who owns her own business ‘Etiquette Boutique,’ which serves both business and government alike. Before she began her own business, she was with NASA. She graduated from Fayetteville State University in NC, where she majored in Criminal Justice. 


She stated that she is a huge proponent and supporter of historically black colleges and universities (HBCU’s).


“I am a big believer in the importance that HBCU’s play in the higher education of our nation’s youth,” Fleming said. “I feel that the most important thing about ASU is our students. I will do my best on its Board of Trustees to work for their behalf so they may do well at ASU and excel in life,” Fleming said.


She is married to Michael Fleming and she has a daughter, Sienna.


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

MPD Investigating Fatal Traffic Crash

MONTGOMERY — The Montgomery Police Department is investigating the death of Angela Calloway, 53, of Titus as a hit-and-run fatality. Calloway was located at about 9:15 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 16, in the wood line of I-85 Southbound between Forest Avenue and Union Street.

MPD and Fire Medics responded to the scene, where the victim was pronounced dead. MPD’s investigation indicates that Calloway was struck by an unknown vehicle that fled the scene. MPD’s investigation is continuing, and no further information is available for release at this time.

Police ask individuals with knowledge of this crash to call accident investigations at 625- 2876 or CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP.

Captain R.L. Duckett # 1173

Public Information Officer

Montgomery Police Department

‘Black Lives Matter’ co-founder, author Patrisse Cullors to speak at Tuskegee University Feb. 25

Cullors will share about her advocacy for criminal and social justice reform, sign books during a public forum at 4:30 p.m. 

On Tuesday, Feb. 25, author and “Black Lives Matter” movement co-founder Patrisse Cullors will speak to members of the campus and surrounding communities beginning at 4:30 p.m. in Logan Hall. Admission to the lecture is free, and a book-signing will follow.

In 2013, the Los Angeles native helped establish a global movement with the viral social media hashtag #BlackLivesMatter after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin. Since then, the movement has grown to the international Black Lives Matter Global Network with dozens of chapters around the world fighting anti-Black racism.

When she published her memoir, “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir,” in January 2016, it became an instant New York Times Bestseller. Her book, along with Booker T. Washington’s “Up from Slavery,” is the focus of the university’s Common Reading Book Experience for the remainder of the academic year.

For the last 20 years, Cullors has been on the frontlines of criminal justice reform and is currently leading Reform LA Jails’ “Yes on R” campaign — a ballot initiative that will be voted on in March 2020. In 2012, she founded the grassroots, Los Angeles-based nonprofit Dignity and Power Now, which advocates for all incarcerated people, their families and communities. She developed and serves as the faculty director of Prescott College’s new Social and Environmental Arts Practice MFA program — the first-of-its-kind curriculum in the nation to combine art, social justice and community organizing.

Cullors’ social activism has led to multiple honors and awards, including the 2020 Durfee Stanton Fellowship, 2019 Champion for Peace and Justice from the Trayvon Martin Foundation, 2018 Next Generation Award from ACLU National, 2017 Sydney Peace Prize Award, 2015 Black Woman of the Year Award from The National Congress of Black Women, 2016 Community Change Agent Award from BLACK GIRLS ROCK!, Inc., 2016 Women of the Year Award for the Justice Seekers Award from Glamour, 2015 Civil Rights Leader for the 21st Century Award from the Los Angeles Times, and ESSENCE’s first-ever Woke Award.

Cullors holds an MFA from the University of Southern California’s Roski School of Art and Design. 

In addition to the university’s Black History Month programming, Cullors’ lecture is part of Tuskegee’s annual Lyceum Series, which leverages artistic, literary and cultural programs to spotlight contemporary societal topics for students and the surrounding community. For more information about the series and updates on future presenters, visit www.tuskegee.edu/lyceumseries.

About Tuskegee University:Located in Tuskegee, Alabama, Tuskegee University is a private, state-related and nationally ranked land-grant institution that serves a racially, ethnically and religiously diverse student body of 3,000-plus students. The institution was founded in 1881 by former slave Lewis Adams and former slave owner George W. Campbell, with Booker T. Washington serving as its first principal/president. One of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Tuskegee has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges since 1933. Its academic programs — many accredited by their respective accrediting bodies — currently lead to 41 bachelor’s, 16 master’s and five doctoral degree opportunities. For more information about Tuskegee University, visit www.tuskegee.edu.

Connect with Tuskegee University:News RSS Feed: https://www.tuskegee.edu/news/news-rss-feedNews Archive: https://www.tuskegee.edu/newsFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/TUSKEGEEUNIVERSITYTwitter: https://twitter.com/tuskegeeunivInstagram: http://instagram.com/tuskegeeuniversityYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/tuskegeeuniversityLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/school/24601/

MICHAEL TULLIER, APR | Senior DirectorOffice of Communications, Public Relations & Marketing | Tuskegee University1200 W. Montgomery Rd. | 222 Kresge Center | Tuskegee, Alabama 36088334.724.4553 office | 334.703.2643 (cell)mtullier@tuskegee.edu | www.tuskegee.edu | Connect on LinkedIn

ASU Student Wins River Region Youth Activism Award for Leadership/Commitment to LGBTQ Youth!

– Victoria Delafuente, an ASU junior, was lauded for her contributions to the community on Feb. 10 –

An Alabama State University student’s leadership and commitment to the high ideals of equal justice and equal treatment to all people regardless of their sexual orientation was honored Feb. 16, at the 21st annual “Vigil for Victims of Hate and Violence.”  The award ceremony was moved from the steps of the Alabama State Capitol because of rain to the Unitarian Universalist Church on the Atlanta Highway in Montgomery, Ala.


Victoria Delafuente received the ‘Stephen Light Youth Activism Award,’ given for her leadership, service and commitment to LGBTQ youth said Dr. Davida Haywood, ASU’s vice president for Student Affairs.


“Victoria has been quite active in the local community, and was lauded for her much needed contributions, both on campus and in the River Region, to LGBTQ youth,” said Haywood. “This is the second time that an ASU student has received this honor. The first, was Caleb Gumbs in 2016,” Haywood added.


Delafuente is an ASU junior from Houston, Texas and is a psychology major. 


WINNING THE AWARD BROUGHT TEARS TO HER EYES

She was awestruck to discover that she had been both nominated for the award and its winner.


“I never expected to win any recognition for doing the right thing; for being kind, for not judging people and respecting differences in people,” Delafuente said. “This award was a huge surprise to me, which brought tears to my eyes and joy in my heart,” Delafuente added.


THANKS ASU FOR ENCOURAGEMENT

She said that the encouragement and support that she receives on the ASU campus was a contributor in helping and motivating her involvement in equal rights for all people.
“ASU is my family and I appreciate all of the faculty, staff and students who were contributors in helping me win this award,”  Delafuente said.
“It is all about love and respect for other people.”

ASU junior Victoria Delafuente received the ‘Stephen Light Youth Activism Award.’ (Photo credit: David Campbell/ASU).



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

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