Auburn University at Montgomery earns Military Friendly designation

Auburn University at Montgomery has been named to the newly released list of 2020-2021 “Military Friendly” universities published by Viqtory.
AUM earned “silver” status – the highest designation among the five Alabama four-year colleges and universities honored. Now in its 10th year, the Military Friendly Schools list recognizes higher education institutions for their ability to provide opportunities to veterans and their spouses.

“We are deeply honored to once again be recognized as a ‘Military Friendly’ university and as a destination of choice for active duty military members, veterans, reservists and their dependents,” AUM Chancellor Carl A. Stockton said. “Our Veteran and Military Information Center has worked diligently to ensure military-affiliated students have all of the necessary resources to succeed while pursuing their degrees at AUM.”

Institutions earning the Military Friendly School designation were evaluated through publicly accessible data and submitted survey responses. More than 1,000 universities and community colleges participated in the 2020-2021 survey. The newly released list will be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine.

Methodology and criteria were determined by Viqtory, the veteran-owned parent company of the G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse and Military Friendly brands, and an advisory council of leaders from the higher education and military recruitment communities. Final ratings were determined by combining survey scores with assessment of an institution’s performance in student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students, as well as student veterans.

AUM offers the Military and Family Scholarship for active duty military personnel, veterans and military dependents. Scholarship recipients save 15 percent on undergraduate tuition and 35 percent on graduate school tuition. AUM also offers, two-, three and four-year ROTC Campus-Based Scholarships, the Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) Scholarship and the Green to Gold Scholarship.The university also offers the AUM Guard Card, a first-of-its-kind program in Alabama that provides active duty Alabama National Guard members enrolled at AUM with up to $1,000 each academic year to offset the cost of academic supplies, textbooks and on-campus meals.

Among AUM’s 70 student organizations is a Student Veterans of America chapter. In 2018, the university launched Veterans Week, a series of appreciation events commemorating the university’s history of educating military members. The events recognize students, faculty and staff who have served or are serving in the military, reserves and National Guard. The university also offers designated parking spaces for Purple Heart recipients.

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

ASU’s President’s Bus Tour to Travel to Your City & Nine Other Cities Across Ala. & Ga.!

  • ASU’s “Forward President’s Bus Tour” is Coming Soon to Your City –
  • Pres. Ross & a Busload of Hornets is Bringing ASU Scholarships for Local High School Students & More –
  • Photos attached below for your use –
  • Feb. 24: Atlanta, Ga;
  • Feb. 26: Columbus, Ga. & Phenix City;
  • March 2: Huntsville & Decatur;
  • March 3: Birmingham;
  • March 4: Selma & Marion;
  • March 5: Mobile;
  • March 6: Montgomery.

Plans for Alabama State University’s “Forward President’s Bus Tour” have been finalized for its stop in several cities across Alabama and Georgia between Feb. 24 – March 6, which includes your city. President Quinton T. Ross Jr. and a busload of “Happy Hornets,” which includes a team of faculty, staff, students, administrators and recruitment advisers, will visit high schools to provide college fairs and award HEFTY ASU scholarships to deserving local seniors (some will be surprise ASU scholarships), as well as to also host alumni events in an effort to provide details about why “It’s a Great Time to be a Hornet!” Specific times and venues will be announced soon for each city.

ASU President Dr. Quinton T. Ross Jr. with the “ASU Forward President’s Tour” bus (Photo credit: David Campbell/ASU).


The tour will travel to all of the cities that made up last year’s “President’s Tour” itinerary which includes Atlanta, Ga; Phenix City & Columbus, Ga; Huntsville & Decatur; Birmingham; Selma & Marion; Mobile and Montgomery. Representatives from ASU visited Greene County High School on Feb. 5, and surprised several seniors with college scholarships and conducted a college fair.

ASU faculty share info on its many programs during the tour (Photo Credit: David Campbell/ASU).


This off-campus experience gives the University an opportunity to tell its story and help it continue to boost enrollment by recruiting some of the best and brightest students from across the two states. The University wants students, parents, alumni and supporters to understand that ASU has something very positive to offer a wide array of students. It will host ASU informational college fairs so high school students can meet with faculty and recruitment advisers and learn about the remarkable degree programs offered at The Alabama State University.

ASU’s President Ross (L) & Admissions director Freddie Williams Jr. (far right) awarding ASU scholarships to Greene County High School seniors on Feb. 5 ((Photo Credit: David Campbell/ASU).


The tour has stops on the following dates at the cities below and will award hefty ASU scholarships to deserving high school seniors in your area with some being a total surprise for a wonderful moment for deserving seniors. Note that specific event information will be sent to you next week with times and venue locations:

  • Feb. 24: Atlanta, Ga;
  • Feb. 26: Columbus, Ga. & Phenix City;
  • March 2: Huntsville & Decatur;
  • March 3: Birmingham;
  • March 4: Selma & Marion;
  • March 5: Mobile;
  • March 6: Montgomery.

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

Written by Kenneth Mullinax/ASU.

ASU’s President Ross Leads Black History Program in Lee County Sunday!

Alabama State's President Ross.

WHAT: ASU’s President speaks at the Auburn District Baptist Women’s Department’s Annual Black History Program.

WHEN: Sunday (Feb. 16) at 3 p.m.

WHERE: Auburn District Baptist Center, which is located at 305 Palmer St.,Opelika, Ala.

On Sunday (Feb. 16), Alabama State University’s President, Dr. Quinton T. Ross Jr., will give the keynote Black History Month address in Lee County, Ala. at the Auburn District Baptist Women’s Department’s Annual Black History Program. The event takes place at 3 p.m. at the Auburn District Baptist Center, which is located at 305 Palmer St. in Opelika, Ala.

Ross serves as the 15th president of ASU, which is America’s oldest “state sponsored” historically black college or university. It was founded in 1867 by nine former slaves who pooled together $500 to establish a school to promote literacy among Alabama’s newly freed slaves. The University is also steeped in the history of the modern civil rights movement with many of the famous leaders of the movement having attended school at ASU including Rosa Parks (Lab high school at ASU), Ralph Abernathy, Fred Gray, F.D. Reese, Jo Ann Robinson, Fred Shuttlesworth and Thelma Glass.

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

– Written by Kenneth Mullinax/ASU.

ASU President Speaks @ Detroit’s 70th Founders’ Day Scholarship Luncheon!

Alabama State's President Ross.

– Over $25,000 in ASU scholarships & emergency assistance grants to Detroit-area students will be presented by local alumni –

WHEN: Saturday (Feb. 15), from 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE: Stefan’s Banquet Hall, which is located at 26355 W. Chicago Rd., Redford, Mich.

Alabama State University’s President is the keynote speaker at Detroit’s 70th Founders’ Day Scholarship Luncheon & Dance, which is hosted by the ASU alumni chapter for Detroit’s greater metropolitan area.

The scholarship luncheon will be held on Saturday (Feb. 15), from 1:30 p.m. till 4 p.m. (doors open at 10:45 a.m) at Stefan’s Banquet Hall, which is located at  26355 W. Chicago Rd., Redford, Mich. In addition to the President’s address, the event also includes a presentation by Detroit’s ASU alumni chapter of over $25,000 in Alabama State University scholarships and one-time emergency assistance grants to Detroit’s greater metropolitan area students who are enrolled at the Montgomery, Ala. school. After the formal ceremony, a dance will follow.


Dr. Quinton T. Ross Jr. serves as the University’s 15th president, which is the oldest, state-sponsored, historically black college or university (HBCU) in America. The University was founded in 1867 by nine former slaves. He graduated with an undergraduate degree from ASU in 1992 (serving as its Student Government Association president), and received his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University. Ross served in the Alabama State Senate while also being employed in leadership positions in higher education.

ASU’s Detroit alumni have one of the most active Alabama State University alumni chapters in the nation. Organized in the 1940’s, it has a proud history of providing leadership, scholarship, and service to the metro-Detroit community.

For more information on attending the event: Contact ASU’s Detroit alumni chapter representatives at 313-418-8489 or 248-515-5831.

News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax at ASU – 334-229-4104.

– Written by Kenneth Mullinax/ASU.

Federal Communications Commissioner Starks to Visit Alabama State University!

WHEN: Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

WHERE: ASU’s Ralph D. Abernathy College of Education auditorium; located on Harris Way.

A member of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) will visit Alabama State University on Feb. 18, and participate in a panel discussion on broadband access.

FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks, will be the keynote speaker at the ASU event. Joining him will be State Senator Bobby Singleton of Greensboro, who serves as the Senate Minority Leader of the Alabama State Senate. He is an alumnus of The Alabama State University. Also in attendance will be Selma’s Mayor, the Honorable Darrio Melton. 

The panel on broadband access will be held at ASU’s Ralph D. Abernathy College of Education auditorium from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

The event is co-sponsored by the ASU College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the ASU Department of Communications.


Geoffrey Starks was nominated to serve as a commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission by President Donald J. Trump and was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate. He was sworn into office on January 30, 2019. Commissioner Starks has a long career of public and private sector experience.  Most recently, he served as assistant bureau chief in the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau, where he focused on protecting consumers, promoting network security, and preserving the integrity of the Commission’s Universal Service Fund programs. Previously, he served as senior counsel in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) where he provided advice on domestic and international law enforcement issues, including civil, criminal, and national security matters. At DOJ, he received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service, which is the highest award a DOJ employee can receive. Prior to his entry into federal public service, Commissioner Starks was an attorney at the law firm of Williams & Connolly. He clerked for the Honorable Judge Duane Benton on the Eighth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals, and served as a legislative staffer in the Illinois State Senate.

He is a native of Kansas and was born in Kansas City, Missouri. Commissioner Starks earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College with high honors, and a law degree from Yale Law School.

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

– Written by Kenneth Mullinax/ASU.

ASU’s E. D. Nixon Brown-bag Series on “The Women’s Political Council” 1950’s Civil Rights

JoAnn Robinson arrest mug from the Bus Boycott. contributed

“Connecting the Past and the Present”

WHEN: Feb. 19 (Wed.) from noon – 1 p.m.

WHERE: ASU’s Levi Watkins Learning Center, which is the ASU Library. Just off N. University Drive.

Join us at Alabama State University on Feb. 19, and learn more about “The Women’s Political Council” (WPC) and the development of a new generation of Montgomery’s African-American leaders, via its ‘City Youth Initiative.’  It takes place from Noon – 1 p.m. at ASU’s Levi Watkins Learning Center, which is the ASU Library.

It is all part of the E. D. Nixon Research and Cultural Enrichment Series/Brown Bag Luncheon program, which is sponsored by Alabama State University’s National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture, which is under the leadership of Dean Janice Franklin.

Speaking at the event will be  Dr.  Howard Robinson, ASU’s archivist and an assistant professor of History. He will serve as a guest lecturer and will provide an analysis of the ASU-based WPC’s programs that promoted many things, which included civic responsibility among Montgomery’s African-American youth in the 1950s.

It is free and open to the public.

Police mugshot circa 1955 of ASU’s Jo Ann Robinson, a leader of the Women’s Political Council.
E.D. Nixon’s police mugshot 1956. A pioneering civil rights leader.


ASU’s E. D. Nixon Research and Cultural Enrichment/Brown Bag events presents a wide-ranging series of topics dealing with individuals, events, or periods in Montgomery’s African-American history, which are under reported by researchers and the news media. The theme for the E. D. Nixon Research and Cultural Enrichment Series for 2020 is “Connecting the Past and the Present: Significant Anniversary Dates in African-American History in Montgomery, Alabama (1945- 2020).”

EDITOR’S NOTE: E. D. Nixon was a Montgomery resident and was among the first pioneering leaders and organizers of Montgomery’s civil rights movement. He was an originator of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which historians call the seminal birth of America’s modern civil rights movement. He was among the leaders who chose Dr. King to be the spokesman of the Boycott.

Part – I of the series is the Feb. 19, event above and it continues with the events listed below.

Part II  ‘Brown v. Board of Education II’ on June 10.

Part III ‘Montgomery African-Americans and World War II’ on September 16.

Part IV ‘They Took Their Stand: The Browder v. Gayle Plaintiffs’ on November 11.

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

– Written by Kenneth Mullinax/ASU.

CrimeStoppers: Montgomery Police Searching for Bank Robbery Suspect

The Montgomery Police Department has notified CrimeStoppers of a bank robbery that occurred on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at approximately 10:00 a.m.  No injuries were reported.  The suspect is still at large.

The suspect is described as a black male wearing a red shirt, red hat, and clear glasses.  The suspect entered the business and handed the clerk a note.

No other information was released.

If you have any information regarding the identity or whereabouts of this subject, 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!

Tony A. Garrett

Executive Director

507 Cloverdale Road, Suite 101

Montgomery, AL 36106-1878

Direct: 334-777-8116

Call Center: 334-215-7867


ASU’s Theatre Arts Presents Pulitzer Prize-Winning Drama ‘Rabbit Hole!’

WHEN: Opens Feb. 20, and runs through Feb.        22, at 7 p.m. nightly

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

Alabama State University’s Department of Theatre Arts presents David Lindsay-Abaire’s  “Rabbit Hole” from Feb. 20 to Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. nightly at ASU’s Leila Barlow Theatre in the Tullibody Fine Arts Building, 845 S. Jackson St. on campus.

The 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama delves into the complexity of a family navigating deep grief and learning what it means to live a fruitful life when things fall apart. The audience will view how Becca and Howie Corbett’s picture-perfect family life in the suburbs of New York is tested when their 4-year old son’s life is taken in a random, tragic accident by a young driver, Jason. Soon after, Becca’s younger, irresponsible sister, Izzy, announces that she is pregnant: there will now be a new child in the family. 

As Becca and Howie grow apart, Becca’s mother, Nat, badgers Becca about her grieving process as Jason continually shows up to ask for forgiveness. The group is on a bumpy road to healing with no road map in sight. 

Director and assistant professor of Theatre, Nathan Jacobs, is excited about introducing this play to the ASU community and the extended “CommUniversity.”

“This (the play) is a contemporary work that should be accessible to today’s audiences,” Jacobs said. “We’ve all experienced and wrestled with grief… it’s really about learning to cope with tremendous loss and still move forward in life.”

“Rabbit Hole” is double-casted with an advanced cast of senior theatre majors and an understudy cast of freshmen and sophomores. Retired dean Dr. Tommie Stewart established the tradition to give more students the opportunity to experience the main stage.

Jacobs said casting at least two (2) actors for each role, challenges both the students and the director. 

“Our Theatre students are always willing to be challenged with new work, new concepts, as well as the classics,” Jacobs said. “You have to make sure you develop chemistry between all the actors – not just between certain casts. There’s definitely a level of safety in it – just in case a student leaves the cast for example,” observed Jacobs. “But it can also be very tenuous to do this type of directing well.” 

The performances are $12 for general admission, $6 for ASU students with valid IDs, and $10 for groups of 10 or more. For tickets, visit or call 334-229-6929/4551.

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

– Media Relations Specialist Hazel Scott contributed to the release.

ASU Team Vies for National Championship Title at Honda All-Star Tournament

Three Alabama State University students won third place at the Morgan State Regional Competition, now they will vie for the championship title by going head-to-head with other colleges at the 2020 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament on March 28-April 1 in Torrance, California.

Representing ASU at the nationals are quiz bowl team members Elija Stewart, senior math education major; Nailah Thomas, senior English major; and Wyman Kirby, junior political science major. Endia Harris (team captain), a senior political science major, was unable to attend the regional tournament but she will participate at nationals.

“We took third in the regional competition at Morgan State while handicapped with one player missing, but we won’t have that problem at the national tournament,” said Dr. Mark Hill, team coach and associate professor of English.

The ASU team will compete in a fast-paced buzzer question-and-answer game that combines academics, pop culture, African-American history and sports in a format emphasizing quick recall. The team has the opportunity to win the HCASC top prize – a $75,000 institutional grant from Honda.

The four-member team will match their intellect with 48 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)  across the country,  including  Bowie State University, Cheyney University Of Pennsylvania, Howard University, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Morgan State University, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and the University of the District of Columbia.

The Alabama State University’s  2020 Honda All-Stars team poses for a photo on the campus mall,Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. The team will head to California for the national competition in March. Pictured from l-r are Nailah Thomas, Jayden McCall, Wyman Kirby, Endia Harris, Dr. Mark Hill, and Elijah Stewart.

To prepare for the nationals, the ASU team will study two to three times a week with resource materials, books and games, in addition to scrimmaging with other nearby institutions.  

Hill noted that the quiz bowl team is always recruiting new members.

“It is more of a club than an exclusive organization,” Hill said. “Historically, only the honors students were aware of its existence, but we take anyone who likes trivia and competition.  There is also scholarship money available.”  

Honda established the Honda Campus All Star Challenge in 1989 as a way to highlight and recognize the academic talents of HBCU students. More than $9 million in grants from Honda have provided support for books and tuition, scholarships, enhancement of student programs and other investments to improve campus facilities.

“I cannot express my appreciation enough toward American Honda for working with so many HBCUs over the past three decades,” Hill said.  “Their generosity has allowed countless students not only academic opportunities, but a community of connections that is as strong as any other organization I’ve seen.  I am proud to have worked with the program for the past five years, and I look forward to seeing Honda help future generation of students build careers, lives, and families through its program.”

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

– Written by Hazel Scott/ASU.

MPD Charges Suspect in January Homicide

MONTGOMERY —The Montgomery Police Department has arrested a suspect in the January shooting death of Tametrius Richards, 25, of Montgomery.

MPD charged Anthony Stoddard, 26, of Montgomery with murder. Stoddard was taken into custody today by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility.

On Friday, Jan. 17, at about 9:15 p.m., MPD and Fire Medics responded to the 4200 block of Mobile Highway in reference to a subject shot. At the scene, they located Richards who had sustained a life-threatening gunshot wound and was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

MPD’s investigation indicates that the shooting stemmed from a verbal altercation that escalated. Further investigation identified Stoddard 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

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