MPD Conducting Homicide Investigation Following Afternoon Shooting

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MONTGOMERY —The Montgomery Police Department is conducting a homicide investigation following the afternoon shooting death of Mike Lowry, 25, of Montgomery.

MPD and Fire Medics responded to the 700 block of Sandra Street on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at about 2 p.m. in reference to a subject shot. At the scene, they located Lowry and a three-year-old male. Lowry had sustained a fatal gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene. The 3-year-old was transported to a local hospital for observation.

The circumstances remain under investigation. No arrests have been made at this time, and no additional information is available for release in connection to this continuing investigation.

Police ask individuals with knowledge of this shooting to call CrimeStoppers at 215- STOP, Secret Witness at 625-4000 or MPD at 625-2831.

Captain R.L. Duckett # 1173

Public Information Officer

Montgomery Police Department

ASU & Shelton State Presidents Sign a Joint Agreement that Benefits Students!

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– The Feb. 10, agreement provides a pathway for SSCC students to enroll for study at ASU to obtain a bachelor’s degree -.

The presidents of Alabama State University (ASU) and Shelton State Community College (SSCC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Feb. 10, which provides a pathway for qualified SSCC students to study and earn a bachelor’s degree from ASU. 

Both ASU President Dr. Quinton T. Ross Jr. and SSCC President Dr. William J. Ashley met on the Martin campus of Shelton State in its Atrium and concluded the MOU to formalize an agreement that allows all interested and qualified Shelton State students an effortless transfer process to attend and obtain a bachelor’s degree from ASU. The agreement went into effect immediately.

ASU President Ross said the agreement creates a “seamless” enrollment process.

 “This joint Memorandum of Understanding between Alabama State University and Shelton State Community College gives interested students at Shelton State an opportunity to participate in a seamless enrollment process, which means that qualified students may obtain a four-year degree from ASU,” said President Ross. “This is a great partnership between our two schools, which is all about student success,” Ross added. 

Shelton State President Ashley said the higher education deal formalizes an educational path that benefits the students at the Tuscaloosa based two-year college.

“This agreement allows our students to be in an even more competitive position in the job market, which is a positive aspect of this agreement between our two schools,” Ashley said.

ASU President Ross Jr. (R) and Shelton State President Ashley shake hands after signing the Memorandum of Understanding on Feb. 10, (Photo credit/Porfirio J. Solorzano/Shelton State).  

WHAT THE MOU DOES FOR THE SCHOOLS

The University’s interim assistant provost for Academic Affairs is Dr. Tanjula Petty and she has been highly involved in working with both schools to put the agreement together.

“Alabama State University takes great steps in reaching out to serve the greater community in creative ways, which includes inviting students from neighboring community colleges such as Shelton State Community College to attend ASU,” Petty said.

“This agreement demonstrates how ASU and Shelton State are working together to meet the educational needs of the students at each school. We are honored to be a partner with Shelton State in this endeavor,” Petty stated.

IT’S ALL ABOUT STUDENTS SAYS PRESIDENT ROSS

The entire agreement is about student success, via a great partnership between the two schools, says ASU’s President.

“At ASU, we believe opportunity changes everything, and providing Shelton State Community College students an opportunity to transition to ASU with a continuation of access to quality and affordable higher education is a top priority for us,” Ross said.  “We are also delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with Shelton State and add this institution to Alabama State University’s institutional partners,” Ross stated.

“This MOU exemplifies our commitment to creating new avenues to higher education for all students,” said Ross.

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

– Written by Kenneth Mullinax/ASU.

ASU Founders’ Week Begins Monday (Feb. 3) with ‘Read & Rise’ @ MPS Elem. Schools (Feb. 4) & More!

– ASU is America’s oldest state-sponsored HBCU/Founded by nine former slaves in 1867 –

– Pastor Ennis F. Tait (ASU ’95) of Cincinnati, Ohio to Speak at Founders’ Day Convocation –

– Reporters are invited to cover all events both on and off campus –

*ASU FOUNDERS’ WEEK EVENTS FOR YOUR NEWS PLANNING

– Feb. 3 (Monday) ASU Founders’ Week begins.

– Feb. 4 (Tuesday) ASU hosts ‘Read & Rise’ program /Pres. Ross & ASU students/employees go to MPS elementary schools & promote literacy by reading to students.

– Feb. 5 (Wednesday) TBA.

– Feb. 6 (Thursday) @ 11:30 a.m. is ASU’s ‘Celebration of Service’ @ Abernathy Auditorium with wreaths/honoring past presidents & ASU’s history. Free & open to the public.

– Feb. 7 (Friday) @ 10 a.m. is ‘ASU’s Convocation’ at Acadome/Historic Bell Ringing Ceremony in front of Library (LWLC) @ 8:45 a.m. Free & open to the public.

* Some may be subject to changes and or additions, but we will keep you abreast of any and all changes.

Alabama State University’s week-long series of Founders’ Week activities will begin on Feb. 3 (Monday) and continue through Feb. 7 (Friday), with one of ASU’s most notable Student Government Association (SGA) presidents – Pastor Ennis F. Tait (ASU ’95) of Ohio – speaking at ASU’s 120th Founders’ Day Convocation, which begins at 10 a.m. on Feb. 7, at ASU’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome. Before the Convocation will be the Historic Bell Ringing Ceremony (the bell is from ASU’s mother campus in Marion, Ala.), which will take place in front of the ASU Library (LWLC) @ 8:45 a.m. with President Quinton T. Ross Jr. presiding

TUESDAY (FEB. 4)

PRESIDENT ROSS READING TO MPS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS 

Join ASU President Dr. Quinton T. Ross Jr. (the 15th President of The Alabama State University.since its founding in 1867) on Tuesday (Feb. 4) between 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.  at an MPS elementary school as he and numerous ASU employees and students go to local elementary classrooms at various Montgomery Public School System (MPS) locations and promote literacy by reading to the elementary school students.

Members of the news media are invited to join President Ross at the local elementary school that he will visit and read ( I will soon forward you the school name/address/time of Ross’s reading ) at an MPS school on Feb. 4. Your reporters/photogs are invited to join him and interview him about literacy and giving back to the community – we call it “CommUniversity” – and film the students asking questions and listening to Dr. Ross read.

ASU CONVOCATION FOR FOUNDERS’ DAY IS FEB. 7 (FRIDAY)

Pastor Ennis F. Tait (ASU ’95) of Cincinnati, Ohio will be the featured speaker at the ASU Founders’ Day Convocation on Feb. 7. (Friday). Tait, during his tenure as the University’s 1992-93 SGA president, successfully led the student body in a four-day sit-in protest and class boycott. He is the senior pastor and founder of New Beginnings Church of the Living God Avondale in Cincinnati, Ohio. Tait is best known for his passion for community, strong preaching and leadership. In 2019, through his ministry’s Project Ceasefire, he co-sponsored “Ride for Peace – Live Instead of Rest in Peace” caravan. The processional featured police-led funeral hearses driving through Avondale and Cincinnati’s inner-city neighborhoods in a campaign to stop the violence. Each vehicle bore a funeral flag representative of the final ride that most victims of gun violence take to reach their final resting place.

ASU WAS FOUNDED IN 1867 BY NINE FORMER SLAVES

The Alabama State University is America’s oldest state-sponsored historically black college or university (HBCU). It was founded in Marion, Ala. in 1867 by nine freedmen (all former slaves) who pooled together $500 to create a school to promote literacy among the state’s newly freed African-American residents. It began as the Lincoln Normal School and relocated to Montgomery in the late nineteenth century to where it is now located. It was the epicenter of the nation’s modern civil rights movement with many of its alumni and employees assuming national leadership roles in the struggle for racial equality, justice, freedom and voting rights.

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

New ASU & Miami-Dade College Agreement Assists Students in Furthering Their Educations!

– Alabama & Florida Schools sign agreement that Allows Miami Dade College students to also obtain an ASU degree –

Officials with Alabama State University (ASU) and Miami-Dade College (MDC) executed a memorandum of understanding recently to announce and conclude an agreement that provides a pathway for qualified MDC students to enroll for study at ASU with the goal of obtaining a bachelor’s degree.

Both ASU President Quinton T. Ross Jr., and Interim MDC President Rolando Montoya signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalize an agreement that will allow all interested and qualified Miami-Dade College students who meet identified criteria an effortless transfer process to attend and obtain a degree from a four-year university – ASU.  

“This joint Memorandum of Understanding between Alabama State University and Miami-Dade College gives interested students at MDC an opportunity to participate in a seamless enrollment process, which means that qualified students may obtain a four-year degree from ASU,” said President Ross.

DETAILS OF THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE SCHOOLS

Alabama State University’s Dr. Tanjula Petty, who is the University’s interim assistant provost for Academic Affairs, has been integrally involved in working with both schools to put the agreement together.

“Alabama State University takes pride in serving our community in creative ways that includes inviting students from neighboring states like Florida to attend ASU,” Petty said.

She says that the newly signed MOU is a “win-win” situation for both institutions of higher education. Petty said that the MOU allows any MDC student who receives an A.A.degree in majors that align with ASU’s curriculum acceptance into the University’s degree program. Additionally, she said that ASU will accept credit hours of appropriate coursework toward a degree from a MDC student. 

“This agreement demonstrates how ASU and Miami-Dade College are working together to meet the education needs of the students at each school. We are honored to be a partner with Miami Dade College in this endeavor,” Petty stated.

ASU’S PRESIDENT ROSS SAYS IT’S ALL ABOUT STUDENTS

ASU’s Ross said the entire agreement is about student success, via a great partnership between the two schools.

“At ASU ,we believe opportunity changes everything, and providing Miami-Dade College students an opportunity to transition to ASU with a continuation of access to quality and affordable higher education is a top priority for us,” Ross said.  “We are also delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with the Miami Dade College and add this institution to Alabama State University’s institutional partners. This MOU exemplifies our commitment to creating new avenues to higher education for all students,” Ross added.

“It’s all about student success,” Ross said. “This is a great partnership between our two schools, which we believe can be a successful example nationwide,” he added.

“By signing this agreement, ASU and MDC are promoting and providing its students with an opportunity to achieve far reaching heights in their education and careers,” said Ross. “After all, we are all about helping students.”

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

– This story was written by Kenneth Mullinax/ASU.

Human Trafficking & Stalking Awareness Event to be Held at ASU on Jan. 30!

Program, Regions Bank & ASU’s Title IX Office –

– Titled: “Free to Ride and Not Have to Hide” –

– Regions Bank has donated two bicycles to be given away at the event –

WHEN: Jan. 30 (Friday) from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

WHERE: ASU’s Fred Shuttlesworth Dining Hall – across from the Dunn-Oliver Acadome.

Human sexual trafficking and stalking is a problem that has become an omnipresent issue in American society and Alabama State University’s Violence Against Wo(men) Program (VAWP) is sponsoring an awareness  program on Jan. 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the last week-day of national ‘Human Trafficking and Stalking Awareness Month.’ The event is designed to inform students and the public on what sexual trafficking and stalking looks like and how to combat it. 

This important informational ASU event is titled “Free to Ride and Not Have To Hide” and it will be held in front of the ASU Fred Shuttlesworth Dining Hall. 

The program is free, open to the public and to all ASU students, both male and female.

It is sponsored by Regions Bank, ASU’s VAWP and the University’s Title IX Office.

 

TWO CHANCES TO WIN BICYCLES @ THE EVENT – DONATED BY REGIONS BANK

Both a female and a male student who attends the program has a chance to win one of two bicycles, which have been donated by Regions Bank. Students will be asked to donate $1 to mount the stationary bikes for one-minute intervals while reading facts about human trafficking and stalking.  At the end of the event, names will be drawn for winners who rode the bikes.

INFORMATION ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery that occurs in every state, including Alabama. ASU’s Violence Against Wo(men) Program (VAWP) works closely with service providers, law enforcement, and other professionals in Alabama to serve victims and survivors of violence, trafficking, stalking and to provide resources to victims.

Selling people for sex or for underpaid labor is considered a $150 billion business worldwide. Researchers who study trafficking in Alabama believe that our state is a microcosm of what’s going on in the U.S., which means that human trafficking and stalking is a crime occurring right here in Alabama. Stalking is a crime that is also too prevalent in Alabama and in many cases leads to physical and emotional violence. ASU’s VAWP program also is here to assist anyone who feels they may be a victim of stalking.

To speak to someone about these issues in confidence or about any other acts of violence against women or men, contact Cheryl Lang, at the ASU Police Dept. 334-229-6767 or call 911.

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

ASU Founders’ Week Begins Feb. 3 & Speaker Named for its Feb. 7 Convocation @ Acadome!

– Pastor Ennis F. Tait (ASU ’95) of Cincinnati, Ohio to Speak at Founders’ Day Convocation –

– ASU is America’s oldest state-sponsored HBCU/Founded by nine former slaves in 1867 –

– Reporters are invited for each event both on and off campus –

*ASU FOUNDERS’ WEEK EVENTS FOR YOUR NEWS PLANNING

– Feb. 3 (Monday) ASU Founders’ Week begins.

– Feb. 4 (Tuesday) ASU hosts its ‘Read & Rise’ program where Pres. Ross & ASU students/employees go to local elementary schools & promote literacy.

– Feb. 5 (Wednesday) TBA.

– Feb. 6 (Thursday) @ 11:30 a.m. is ASU’s ‘Celebration of Service’ @ Abernathy Auditorium with wreaths/honoring past presidents & ASU’s history. Free & open to the public.

– Feb. 7 (Friday) @ 10 a.m. is ‘ASU’s Convocation’ at Acadome/Historic Bell Ringing Ceremony in front of Library (LWLC) @ 8:45 a.m. Free & open to the public.

* Some may be subject to changes and or additions, but we will keep you abreast of any and all changes.

Alabama State University’s week-long series of Founders’ Week activities will begin on Feb. 3 (Monday) and continue through Feb. 7 (Friday), with one of ASU’s most notable Student Government Association (SGA) presidents – Pastor Ennis F. Tait (ASU ’95) of Ohio – speaking at ASU’s 120th Founders’ Day Convocation, which begins at 10 a.m. on Feb. 7, at ASU’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome. Before the Convocation will be the Historic Bell Ringing Ceremony (the bell is from ASU’s mother campus in Marion, Ala.), which will take place in front of the ASU Library (LWLC) @ 8:45 a.m. with President Quinton T. Ross Jr. presiding.

CONVOCATION SPEAKER FOR FOUNDERS’ DAY IS PASTOR ENNIS F. TAIT

Pastor Ennis F. Tait (ASU ’95) of Cincinnati, Ohio will be the featured speaker at the ASU Founders’ Day Convocation on Feb. 7. Tait, during his tenure as the University’s 1992-93 SGA president, successfully led the student body in a four-day sit-in protest and class boycott. He is the senior pastor and founder of New Beginnings Church of the Living God Avondale in Cincinnati, Ohio. Tait is best known for his passion for community, strong preaching and leadership. In 2019, through his ministry’s Project Ceasefire, he co-sponsored “Ride for Peace – Live Instead of Rest in Peace” caravan. The processional featured police-led funeral hearses driving through Avondale and Cincinnati’s inner-city neighborhoods in a campaign to stop the violence. Each vehicle bore a funeral flag representative of the final ride that most victims of gun violence take to reach their final resting place.

The Alabama State University is America’s oldest state-sponsored historically black college or university (HBCU). It was founded in Marion, Ala. in 1867 by nine freedmen (all former slaves) who pooled together $500 to create a school to promote literacy among the state’s newly freed African-American residents. It began as the Lincoln Normal School and relocated to Montgomery in the late nineteenth century to where it is now located. It was the epicenter of the nation’s modern civil rights movement with many of its alumni and employees assuming national leadership roles in the struggle for racial equality, justice, freedom and voting rights.

ROSS IS ASU’S 15TH PRESIDENT

The leader of ASU as it moves forward now and in to the future is Dr. Quinton T. Ross Jr., the 15th President of The Alabama State University.

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

– Thanks to ASU’s Timothy C. Ervin whose online article greatly contributed to this release.

ASU Small Business Center Hosts After-Hours Networking & Education Seminar!

-The event is co-sponsored by BBVA Bank and ASU’s Small Business Development Center –

– It is free and open to all with a registration-link below –

WHEN: Thursday (Jan. 23), 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: ASU’s Commerce St. Downtown Campus Building, room 216, 32 Commerce St. (near the Dexter Ave. fountain).

Join Alabama State University’s Small Business Development Center for its Small Business After-Hours Networking & Education Seminar series this Thursday (Jan. 23), from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at ASU’s Commerce St. Downtown Campus Building, room 216, at 32 Commerce St.

The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. 

Participants will meet other local small business owners and learn more about the myriad resources that can help businesses thrive. The event will include a valuable workshop titled  Understanding Your Financial Statements.

Though the event is free, space is limited and preregistration is required.

To sign up, go to https://asbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/8423 and click the green “Sign Up” link. 

For more information, call 334-229-4138 or email: arprice@alasu.edu

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

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

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

– Written by Kenneth Mullinax/ASU.

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.

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.

The scholarship luncheon will be held on Feb. 15 (Saturday) 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.

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.

MPD Conducting Three Separate Homicide Investigations Following Weekend Shootings

MONTGOMERY —The Montgomery Police Department is conducting three homicide investigations following the weekend shooting deaths of Tametrius Richards, 25, Brandon Zeigler, 30, and Lamar Bailey, 52, all of Montgomery.

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.

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

On Saturday, Jan. 18, at about 9 p.m., MPD and Fire Medics responded to the 1500 block of Mobile Road in reference to a subject shot. At the scene, they located Bailey who had sustained a fatal gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The initial investigations indicate that these shootings stemmed from separate altercations. The circumstances remain under investigation. No arrests have been made at this time, and no additional information is available for release in connection to these continuing investigations.

Police ask individuals with knowledge of these shootings to call CrimeStoppers at 215- STOP, Secret Witness at 625-4000 or MPD at 625-2831.

Captain R.L. Duckett # 1173

Public Information Officer

Montgomery Police Department

 

MPD Conducting Homicide Investigation

MONTGOMERY —The Montgomery Police Department is conducting a homicide investigation after a body was discovered Sunday afternoon.

MPD and Fire Medics responded to the 5900 block of Monticello Drive on Sunday, Jan. 12, at about 1 p.m. in reference to a report of a deceased subject. At the scene, they located James Courtney McCord, 32, of Montgomery in a vehicle.

The cause of death initially was unknown. Further investigation and forensic evaluation determined that the victim had sustained a fatal gunshot wound. The circumstances remain under investigation. No arrests have been made at this time, and no additional information is available for release in connection to this continuing investigation.

Police ask individuals with knowledge of this shooting to call CrimeStoppers at 215- STOP, Secret Witness at 625-4000 or MPD at 625-2831

Captain R.L. Duckett # 1173

Public Information Officer

Montgomery Police Department

 

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