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.

March 6, 2020 Statement from Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey Regarding the Granting of the $300,000 Appeal Bond for former Montgomery Police Officer Aaron Cody Smith

Montgomery County, Alabama – Below is a statement from Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey regarding Judge P.B. McLaughlin’s decision to approve former Montgomery Police Department Officer Aaron Cody Smith’s request for an appeal bond, which could allow him to be released from prison while he appeals his conviction for the intentional killing of Greg Gunn:

“From day one, our office has handled this case like any other case despite the obstacles that were placed in front of us. After every Circuit Court Judge but one recused in Montgomery County we were ready to try this case in Montgomery before Judge Greg Griffin. When he was ordered by the Alabama Supreme Court to recuse from the case we were assigned a Judge from Dale County that moved the trial to Dale County. We tried the Defendant in November of last year and quickly got a conviction for the intentional killing of Greg Gunn.

We proved during the course of the trial that the Defendant without legal cause chased Greg Gunn. He tased him multiple times and then proceeded to beat him with a metal baton about his body including his head. It was proven in trial that the Defendant, without being provoked, shot Mr. Gunn first in the back and then multiple times in other parts of his body.

The Probation Officer that investigated the facts of this case recommended that the Defendant be sentenced to the maximum sentence of 20 years. My Office agreed with that recommendation and argued strenuously in court that the Judge sentence him to the maximum. Despite our arguments, the Court sentenced the Defendant to 14 years.

We were summoned to Court again this week to argue whether or not the Judge should allow the Defendant out on bail pending his appeal. Our argument was that the Defendant had already began his sentence in the Alabama Department of Corrections and to allow him bail at this point would be a slap in the face to the Gunn family and to the citizens of Montgomery County that have trusted the criminal justice system to do the right thing.

I do not recall any cases in my 25 year history with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office where a Defendant convicted of a violent offense was allowed an appeal bond. I along with the Gunn family disagree with the Court’s ruling even though we respect his authority and his decision. All we have asked throughout this process is that this Defendant be treated like every other defendant charged and ultimately convicted of a violent offense.

We will ask the Court of Criminal Appeals for an expedited ruling in this case so that justice will finally prevail.
I have spoken with the Gunn family and while they are disappointed and frustrated they are still optimistic that the appeals process will end in our favor and that the Defendant if released on bail will ultimately be brought back to the Alabama Department of Corrections to serve his sentence.”

Anna Goodwin-Langford, Administrative Assistant to DA Daryl D. Bailey
Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office
100 South Lawrence Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36104
(334) 832-7179

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.

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.

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.

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.

ABOUT COMMISSIONER STARKS

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.

ABOUT THE E.D. NIXON SERIES

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.

Congressman Trey Gowdy to speak at Faulkner’s Annual Benefit Dinner

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Faulkner University announced former Congressman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, as the speaker for this year’s Faulkner Annual Benefit Dinner during a press conference held on Tuesday. President Mike Williams revealed the news on Montgomery’s campus.

“Congressman Gowdy was entertained as a potential member of the President’s legal team for the impeachment proceedings, so he’ll have a lot to say that is relevant to what Montgomerians are talking about and thinking about as we think about the future of our nation,” Williams said.

Since it began more than 40 years ago, Faulkner University’s Annual Benefit Dinner continues to be a longstanding tradition and a red-letter event on the social calendar for Montgomery and the River Region, selling out to nearly 2,000 guests. This year’s Benefit Dinner will be hosted at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center on October 1.

Over the years, Faulkner has brought renowned politicians, journalists, athletes, coaches, comedians and astronauts to speak in Montgomery. Gowdy will bring his political experience as a member of Congress while also serving on the Judiciary Committee, Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Intelligence Committee, Education and the Workforce Committee and Ethics Committee on current issues from Capitol Hill to the River Region for what will be an exciting night.

“We have hosted the Annual Benefit Dinner for years and have attracted renowned thought-leaders to speak in Montgomery to address timely and relevant topics,” Williams said. “Faulkner strives to bring provocative speakers who would not ordinarily be introduced to our citizens here to talk about these topics.”

Born in Greenville, South Carolina and growing up in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Gowdy graduated Spartanburg High School in 1982, Baylor University in 1986, with a degree in history, and the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1989.

After law school he clerked for a judge on the South Carolina Court of Appeals and then for a United States District Court trial judge. From 1994-2000, as a federal prosecutor, Trey prosecuted the full range of federal crimes including narcotics trafficking, bank robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, child pornography cases, and the murder of a federal witness. He was awarded the Postal Inspector’s Award for the successful prosecution of J. Mark Allen, one of “America’s Most Wanted” suspects. He also received the highest performance rating a federal prosecutor can receive – two years in a row.

In 2000, he left the U.S. Attorney’s office to run for 7th Circuit Solicitor (District Attorney) in Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties. As 7th Circuit Solicitor, Trey led an office of 25 attorneys and 65 total employees. He started a Violence Against Women Task Force, a Worthless Check Program, enhanced and expanded Drug Court, and implemented a Drug Mother Protocol designed to assist expectant mothers break the cycle of addiction. He has been recognized statewide for his commitment to victim’s rights and drunken driving enforcement and nationally for excellence in death penalty prosecutions.

In 2010, he ran for congress to represent the 4th Congressional District (Greenville and Spartanburg Counties). While in congress he was also chosen to chair a Select Committee on the events occurring in Libya on September 11-12, 2012.

While in congress he actively participated in numerous congressional investigations, sponsored bills signed into law, and had deep and meaningful relationships with scores of colleagues on both sides of the aisle. After four terms in congress, he announced he would not seek re-election in 2018 and would leave public service for good; thus ending his career with an exemplary record in the courtroom and undefeated in political races. In January of 2019, he returned to his beloved South Carolina to practice law, teach classes with his close friend Senator Tim Scott, and speak on legal issues he considers important to our country.

Trey is married to Terri Dillard Gowdy, a first grade school teacher in Spartanburg, South Carolina. They have two children: Watson, who graduated Clemson University (2015) and Washington and Lee School of Law (2018) and Abigail, who graduated the University of South Carolina (2018) and will be attending law school.

Tickets to hear Gowdy speak are on sale now at https://www.faulkner.edu/gowdy. Proceeds from the dinner go to support the university, and student scholarships in particular.

“Our annual Benefit Dinner is really the signature event of the university. It’s an opportunity for us to showcase our outstanding academic programs and our distinctive Christian mission and the investment we are trying to make into this community,” Williams said. “The most important outcome of the dinner is that we raise money for students to give them more scholarships in order to provide them with a transformative experience and to prepare the new emerging generation to make a tremendous difference in our world.”

For tickets call 334-386-7257, or visit https://www.faulkner.edu/gowdy.

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 new 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.

Attached- (Faulkner University President Mike Williams announces Congressman Trey Gowdy as this year’s annual Benefit Dinner speaker on Tuesday on the Montgomery campus.)

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Rebecca Burylo

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Faulkner University

334-386-7489 or rburylo@faulkner.edu

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