ASU’s Free Small Business Seminar/Credit & Business Financing Topics!


– Event is free and open to all; registration deadline is Dec. 3 at 8 a.m.–  

WHEN:  Dec. 4, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Millbrook Area Chamber of Commerce, 3453 Main St., Millbrook

Alabama Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Alabama State University, in collaboration with the Millbrook Chamber of Commerce Lift-Fund and the U.S. Small Business Administration Alabama District Office, will present a Small Business Lending Seminar on Dec. 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Millbrook Area Chamber of Commerce, 3453 Main St., Millbrook.  

The event is free. 

The seminar is designed to help small business owners learn about the business loan market and identifying the right type of financial products for their particular business need. 

Presenters for this event are Roderick DPerkinslead lender relations and economic development officer with the SBA Alabama District Office, and business advisor D’Undray Peterson of LiftFund. Their topic target how to access the capital needed to start or grow their business, learn why business credit is very important and how it differs from personal credit.

To register, visit then click the green “sign up” link.  The registration deadline is 8 a.m. (CDT)  Dec. 3.

For more information, contact Pernell Jenkins at 334-229-5116.

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

ASU Theatre and Dance Presents ‘The Gospel at Colonus’


WHEN: Now through Friday (Nov. 22) at 7 p.m. nightly.

WHERE: ASU’s Leila Barlow Theatre  in Tullibody Fine Arts Building, 845 S. Jackson St.

A crowd-pleasing gospel musical with a classic twist returns to the Alabama State University Theatre stage in the ever popular: “The Gospel at Colonus.” 

It is yet another part of ASU’s 2019 Homecoming / Turkey Day Classic lineup, and it will be held today through Friday (Nov. 22 ) at 7 p.m. nightly at ASU’s Leila Barlow Theatre in the Tullibody Fine Arts Building, 845 S. Jackson St.

The cast of actors, singers and dancers are led by ASU director Brian Martin, interim chair for the department of Theatre. Martin teams up with Trenholm State College’s director of Choral Music, Professor Lewis Webb, for the production. Dynamic choreography is by James Atkinson, coordinator for ASU’s BFA Dance Program.

“The Gospel at Colonus,” written by Greek playwright Sophocles, tells the powerfully redemptive story of Oedipus, who is a tragic hero in the classical Greek trilogy. Oedipus’ life is full of prophetic twists and turns that finally lead to his devastation,The play is both heart-wrenching and inspiring.

“I’m so honored to introduce it (“Colonus”) to yet another generation of theatre and dance students. It’s both a gospel musical and a classic play,” Martin said. “This is an epic production that you don’t want to miss.”

Other theatre members also helped bring the production to life.  

Students learned the valuable skills of assistant directing (senior Ziquariah Williamson) and stage management (senior Jeffery Stephens), while faculty members collaborated with costume designer Ramona Ward, scenic designer Charles Moncrief, lighting director Thomas Rodman and fight choreographer Kenderick Hardy.

Tickets are available online at or at the ASU Hornet Stadium box office.

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

Saturday Tribute Honors ASU’s Long-time Dean and Hollywood Actor Dr.Tommie ‘Tonea’ Stewart!


WHEN: Saturday (Nov. 23), at 6 p.m.

WHERE: ASU’s Leila Barlow Theatre in Tullibody Fine Arts Building, 845 S. Jackson St.

Well known Hollywood film and television actor and Alabama State University’s recently retired and most acclaimed dean of its College of Visual & Performing Arts – Dr. Tommie “Tonea” Stewart – will be honored for her lifework, achievements and contributions to ASU and the world of acting and education Saturday (Nov. 23,) during the University’s special event being held during its Turkey Day Classic Homecoming celebration of events titled: “An Evening With the ASU Theatre: A Tribute to the Legacy of D. Tommie “Tonea” Stewart.
The news media is invited to cover the event.

The tribute’s curtain rises Saturday at  6 p.m. at ASU’s Leila Barlow Theatre, which is located in ASU’s Tullibody Fine Arts Building, 845 S. Jackson St.

The evening event includes performances by ASU Theatre and Dance, alumni and some special guests.

In Hollywood, Stewart is best known for her recurring role as Miss Etta Kibbee in the television series “In the Heat of the Night.” Her other credits include acting in such movies and television as “A Time to Kill,” “Mississippi Burning” “Matlock” “Girl’s Trip,” and much more.

The Mississippi native has dedicated more than 40 years of her life to higher education and to both television and screen acting. Stewart has been at ASU for more than 20 years and is renowned for her summertime performing arts camps for students from six years-old to adults and for creating Alabama’s first theater arts summer camp for children suffering from disabilities.

Tickets to the event are $50, which includes a reception. 
For tickets, text COVPA to 41444; visit or call 334-229-4563. Proceeds will benefit the ASU Theatre Arts program.

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

MDP Investigating Two Separate Homicides


MONTGOMERY — The Montgomery Police Department is conducting two separate homicide investigations following the deaths Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, of James Harris, 44, and Paris Clark, 35.

In the first homicide, MPD and Fire Medics responded to the 1100 block of Ann Street about 1 p.m. in reference to a subject stabbed. There, they located Clark, who had sustained a stab wound and was transported to Baptist Medical Center South for treatment. Clark was initially stable but his condition worsened throughout the evening and he was pronounced dead last night. MPD is currently investigating the circumstances of this homicide, and no arrests have been made at this time.

In the second homicide, MPD and Fire Medics responded to the 3300 block of East Tuskegee Circle at about 10:10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8. in reference to a subject shot. There they located Harris who had sustained a life-threatening gunshot wound. Harris died last night, Nov. 18, from injuries he received in the Nov. 8 shooting. Harris was pronounced dead at Baptist Medical Center South where he had been receiving treatment since the shooting. MPD charged Sylvester Thomas with murder in connection to Harris’ death. Thomas previously had been charged with one count of first-degree assault following the Nov. 8 shooting and has remained in the Montgomery County Detention Facility.

Both homicide investigations are ongoing. Police ask individuals with knowledge of the stabbing to call CrimeStoppers at 215- STOP, Secret Witness at 625-4000 or MPD at 625-2831.

WSFA TV 12’s First Alert Severe Weather-Cam ASU Launch Party 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. @Football Stadium!


– Refreshments, Food & Fun; All Free and Open to the Public & the Hornet Nation Family –

WHAT: Launch Party @ ASU for WSFA 12’s First Alert Severe Weather-Cam Being Placed atop the ASU Football Stadium.

WHEN: Wednesday (Nov. 13) from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

WHERE: ASU’s Football Stadium. 

Join us at Alabama State University’s Football Stadium on Wednesday from 4 – 7 p.m. as WSFA 12 News launches its First Alert Severe Weather-Cam atop the football stadium, and ASU hosts a launch party to dedicate it being placed on our campus atop the ASU Football Stadium.
The event is open to all members of the Hornet Nation Family and the general public, as we offer free food, bounce houses for the kids, give you an opportunity to meet the WSFA 12 weather team, and see the Stormtracker in action. Those who attend may also visit with vendors which includes J.R.’s Lawnmower Shop, local and state Emergency Management Service staff, local law enforcement, and the American Red Cross. 
This is a great opportunity to come visit ASU and see how WSFA 12’s First Alert Severe Weather-Cam helps keep us all safer and on top of severe weather.
News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.

ASU Natl. Center’s E. D. Nixon Brown Bag Series: “The Truth Unveiled – Legal Rights in Montgomery & Charles Conley.”


ASU’s National Center Presents:
The Truth Unveiled: African-Americans’ Fight for Legal Rights in Montgomery in the Twentieth Century – Attorney Charles Conley.”

WHAT: ASU Natl. Center’s E. D. Nixon Research & Cultural Enrichment Series Brown Bag Series: “The Truth Unveiled/Charles Conley.”

WHEN: Wednesday (Nov. 13).

WHERE: The ASU National Center located at 1345 Carter Hill Road (across from the Heritage Barbershop).

Join us on Wednesday (Nov. 13) as Alabama State University’s National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture hosts its E. D. Nixon Research and Cultural Enrichment Series and Brown Bag Luncheon from Noon – 1 p.m. It will take place at the National Center, which is located at 1345 Carter Hill Rd.

The series presents a wide-ranging series of topics dealing with individuals, events, or periods in Montgomery’s African-American history which it believes has not received the full scrutiny or attention deserved by historians or researchers. 

The theme for Wednesday’s E. D. Nixon Research and Cultural Enrichment Series is “The Truth Unveiled: African-Americans’ Fight for Legal Rights in Montgomery, Alabama in the Twentieth Century.” At the event, Dr. Howard Robinson, ASU archivist and assistant professor of History,will serve as guest lecturer and will discuss this event’s featured unsung legal activist’s Charles Conley and his efforts in African-Americans’ struggle for constitutional rights in Montgomery during the Twentieth Century.

Civil Rights Great E.D. Nixon’s MPD mugshot.

Contact @ National Center: Destiny Williams @  334.229.6888 and e-mail:

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

– Written by Kenneth Mullinax.

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

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 –

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


Rebecca Burylo

Public Relations and Social Media Manager

Faulkner University

ASU’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is @ Nov. 26 @ 4:30 p.m.


– It is open to the entire Hornet Nation Family & the public – 

– Join President Ross as ASU brings in the season with music, joy and fellowship –

WHAT: ASU’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

WHEN: Nov. 26 (Tuesday), @ 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: The ASU Academic Mall.

Save-the-date for Alabama State University’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony that will be held on Nov. 26 (Tuesday) at 4:30 p.m. on the ASU Academic Mall, which is the green-space off of N. University Drive.
The event is open to the entire Hornet Nation family as well as to the public.

In addition to the ceremonial lighting of the ASU Christmas Tree by President Quinton T. Ross Jr., there will be Yuletide musical entertainment provided, participation by students, faculty and staff and seasonal refreshments for all.

So save-the-date for Alabama State University’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and join us as we remember the reason for the season!

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

Funeral and Celebration of Life for Former ASUPresident C.C. Baker on Campus


– Dr. Baker served as the ninth president of The Alabama State University –
WHAT: Viewing & funeral service for former ASUPresident, Dr. C.C. Baker.WHEN: Monday (Nov. 11). Viewing from noon – 1 p.m.Funeral service begins at 1 p.m.WHERE: ASU’s Ralph David Abernathy College of Education’s auditorium, located 1625 Harris Way, on campus.

The funeral service for former Alabama State University President, Dr. Clifford C. Baker, will be Monday (Nov. 11) in ASU’s Ralph David Abernathy College of Education’s auditorium that is located at 1625 Harris Way, which is on campus. Viewing will be from noon to 1 p.m and the funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Dr. Baker passed away on Sunday (Nov. 3), after an extended illness. Baker served from 1991 to 1994 as the University’s ninth president.

The renowned educator earned two degrees from ASU: the Bachelor of Science in mathematics in 1954 and the Master of Education in 1956. He earned his Doctor of Education from Auburn University in 1973. Prior to his tenure at ASU, Baker had a distinguished career as an educator at various levels, including classroom instructor, principal in two school systems, Head Start program director and as a varsity coach.

At the state level, Baker served as assistant state superintendent of education from 1976 to 1989, an appointment that marked the highest position ever held at that time by an African-American in Alabama’s State Department of Education.

“The name C. C. Baker will forever be revered as a part of this University’s history,” said President Quinton T. Ross Jr. “He was a man of great vision who led the University with a passion that stemmed from his great love of his alma mater.” “Dr. Baker was a mentor to me as I served as Student Government Association president during his tenure and throughout my professional career in education. I am proud to say that he also was my beloved friend who set an exemplary standard of excellence for those of us who are blessed to follow in his footsteps. The University is grateful for his unwavering support of ASU, even after his presidency had ended. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, former First Lady and ASU alumna, Alma Jean Baker, and their family during this time,” Ross added.

When Baker came out of retirement to become president of his alma mater, the University experienced unprecedented growth, including the accreditation of the College of Business Administration (COBA), the re-accreditation of the social work program, the opening of the OleanBlack Underwood Tennis Center and C. J. Dunn Tower, and the dedication of the Acadome.

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

ASU’s Ross Elected Vice Chair of ACHE’s Council of Presidents!


– The Council consists of the presidents of each public university & college in Alabama –

The President of Alabama State University has been elected by his peers to serve as the vice chairman of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education’s (ACHE) Council of Presidents.

ASU’s Dr. Quinton T. Ross Jr. was elected as the vice chair at the meeting on Nov. 6, by the 19-member body of the Council of Presidents. The Council consists of the presidents of each public four-year institution of higher education in the state of Alabama, as well as the State superintendent of education and the presidents of three public two-year institutions of higher education.  Also, elected on Nov. 6, as the Council’s chairman was Dr. Kenneth Tucker, president of the University of West Alabama. 

“They both were elected to serve for two-year terms of office” stated Jacinta Whitehurst, secretary of the Council.

President Ross said that he is looking forward to serving as an officer on the Council, which is at the forefront of leadership for higher education statewide.

“I am both honored and humbled at the confidence of my fellow university presidents to serve in such a capacity,” Ross said. “More so, my position as an officer on the Council of Presidents brings to The Alabama State University a unique opportunity for its president to be on the forefront of higher education reform,” he added.

The executive director of ACHE said he is excited about Ross serving as vice chair.

“Dr. Quinton Ross brings to this position decades of leadership in the field of education, as well as his many years of expertise as a well-respected member of the Alabama State Senate and as one of its leaders,” said Dr. James Purcell, ACHE’s executive director.

Purcell noted that Ross’s ability to understand the machinations of the Alabama Statehouse are positive assets that he brings to ACHE’s Council of Presidents.

“Dr. Ross’s legislative acumen will be especially valuable to the Council as it moves forth its agenda to aid and assist Alabama’s public universities and colleges and the students that they serve,” Purcell added.

President Ross said representing ASU on the Council of Presidents is an honor in itself.

“To serve on the Council with such distinguished leaders in Alabama’s higher education field as Troy University’s Dr. Jack Hawkins is both awe-inspiring and inspirational,” Ross stated. “Dr. Hawkins is a prime example of the caliber of the higher education leaders on the Council. He is among the longest serving leaders of a university in the nation; and I am grateful for his nomination of me as vice chairman of the Council,” Ross added.


Dr. Ross serves as the 15th president of The Alabama State University. He is a graduate of the University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science in 1992, a Master of Arts degree in Education in 1995, and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership, Policy and Law in 2010. 

Dr. Ross holds professional memberships in several organizations, such as the National Education Association, National Council of Higher Education, Alabama Education Association, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and 100 Black Men, Inc. His most notable accomplishment is being a loving husband and father of two sons. 


The Council of Presidents advises the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, which is a state agency responsible for the overall planning and coordination of higher education in Alabama, the administration of various student aid programs, and the performance of designated regulatory functions. The commission, in consultation with the agencies and institutions concerned with higher education in this state, analyze and evaluate on a continuing basis, the present and future needs for instruction, research and public service in post-secondary education in Alabama including facilities; and assess the present and future capabilities of it. 

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

– Written by: Kenneth Mullinax/ASU.

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