Auburn University at Montgomery will continue remote course delivery through end of semester

In the interest of safeguarding students, faculty and staff, Auburn University at Montgomery’s plan to deliver course instruction remotely rather than face to face will be extended through the end of the spring 2020 semester.

AUM had initially planned to begin the transition to remote course delivery on Monday, March 23, on the first scheduled class day after spring break, and return to in-person instruction after April 10. The university has modified its plan in accordance with guidance provided by public health officials on mitigating the community spread of COVID-19.

“The safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff is our No. 1 priority,” AUM Chancellor Carl A. Stockton said. “We have continued to monitor developments with COVID-19, and have planned for a variety of scenarios. As circumstances change, we will be prepared to change with them.”

While no confirmed cases of COVID-19 have involved AUM students or employees, public health officials have encouraged individuals to engage in “social distancing,” maintaining a buffer zone of at least 6-feet, and exercising careful hygiene to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19 and “flatten the curve.”

AUM encourages students not to return to campus. However, residence halls will remain open for students who have a need for housing.

The university is maintaining campus-based staff in key operational units, including AUM Police, Admissions, Facilities, Financial Aid, Housing & Residence Life, Information Technology Services, Library, the Office of Global Initiatives, Online and Digital Learning, the Office of the Registrar, Student Health Services, the Warhawk Academic Success Center and Warhawk Transit.

While normal on-campus dining has been suspended, the university will continue to offer an array of pre-packaged foods and beverages for on-campus resident students. Students with specific needs or questions are encouraged to utilize the university’s Warhawk Help Portal.

Earlier this month, AUM canceled or postponed all campus events through April 10 and encouraged employees to work remotely. Those protocols will remain in place. No decisions have been made yet regarding the university’s spring commencement ceremony, which is currently scheduled for Saturday, May 9.

“Our faculty and staff have demonstrated remarkable dedication and resourcefulness in adjusting to a unique and fluid situation,” Stockton said. “We will do everything possible to minimize disruptions for our students as they continue their coursework, and we will continue to provide the high level of support and service they have come to expect.”

AUM will continue to keep the campus community informed of new developments as details become available. Visit our COVID-19 resource page for all announcements pertaining to course delivery and campus operations.

Learn more: http://www.aum.edu/coronavirus

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

COVID-19 update for Faulkner University’s Spring 2020 semester, graduation ceremony postponed

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – In light of the guidance of the Center of Disease Control and the Alabama Department of Public Health, Faulkner University announces that on-campus instruction will not resume this spring 2020 semester.

“From the beginning of this global crisis, our students’ health and well-being have been our foremost goal. But today’s announcement is driven by a higher calling. It is out of deep respect for our fellow man that we respond to the COVID-19 with caution and duty. God’s harshest indignation is given to those who harm, disrespect, or marginalize His created sons and daughters. In spite of the challenges, I hope this current struggle teases out the very best in us. May we all be keenly aware of God’s sovereignty and presence in our lives, ” said Faulkner President Mike Williams.

“As we move through this time of uncertainty, let us all be anchored in our faith in Christ Jesus. May His Spirit propel us to be at peace, motivated by love, and moved to do something extraordinary,” Williams said.

The following changes have been made to complete the semester:

Academic

Faulkner will continue online instruction from March 30 through the remainder of the semester. Our distinguished faculty stand ready to provide students with a rich academic experience.

Campus Events

All University activities and events have been cancelled through the end of the semester including the annual Jamboree show, collegiate and intramural athletics, the arts, and many other campus activities.

Graduation 2020

Graduation has been postponed till August 8, 2020. More information will be forwarded to students regarding this crowning achievement event where we recognize our graduating students.

Campus Housing

Students who need to retrieve personal belongings will be notified by March 27 regarding the process. We want to abide by the social distancing guidelines as students safely return to campus to check out of the residence halls and apartments.

Students who withdraw from campus housing will be eligible for a pro-rata credit to their student account for room and board. Given the complexity of federal financial aid and institutional scholarships, these credits will be processed by the end of the term.

As announced earlier, the residence halls remain open for those students who are unable to return home at this time. Food service will remain available in accordance with the order of the Alabama Department of Public Health.

For continued updates, please refer to our webpage at https://www.faulkner.edu/coronavirus-update/

CONTACT: Rebecca Burylo, Public Relations and Social Media Manager at Faulkner University, 334-386-7489 or rburylo@faulkner

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 www.faulkner.edu.

Auburn University at Montgomery makes transition to remote course delivery in response to novel coronavirus concerns

In response to concerns about the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Auburn University at Montgomery will temporarily move from in-person instruction to remote delivery of course content.

The change in course delivery will become effective on Monday, March 23, after AUM’s spring break, and will remain in effect until Friday, April 10, unless circumstances dictate an extension.

While no confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Alabama as of Thursday evening, we believe this decision is necessary to safeguard our students, faculty and staff. Based on information available from epidemiologists and public health authorities, the best course of action is to try to limit potential exposure through “social distancing” in order to protect members of the campus community.

Effective Saturday, all campus events scheduled through April 10 will be canceled or postponed. The AUM Wellness Center and campus dining will be closed from March 14 to April 10. Alternative dining options that emphasize social distancing will be offered to AUM students during this time period.

AUM Athletics is in communication with the NCAA and the Gulf South Conference and expects to receive additional information in the near future regarding regular season sports schedules.

Read the full statement from Auburn University at Montgomery Chancellor Carl A. Stockton at: http://www.aum.edu/content/message-chancellor-coronavirus-update

Contact: Troy Johnson (334-235-4362), Adrienne Nettles (334-244-3896)

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

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

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

– Highlight Local High School Students Getting Surprise College Scholarships – 

 WHEN & WHERE FOR MONDAY’S EVENTS

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

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


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


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


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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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


We hope your news team will join us Monday!


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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online version:

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

Full summit schedule:

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

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

Connect with Tuskegee University:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


WINNING THE AWARD BROUGHT TEARS TO HER EYES

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


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


THANKS ASU FOR ENCOURAGEMENT

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

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



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

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)

Chinese Lunar New Year Festival Friday!

– Great Visuals & Fun Local Story of an Exotic Happy Celebration Full of Students/Chinese Nationals Celebrating the Lunar New Year –

WHEN: TODAY (Friday/Jan. 17) , from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: ASU’s Hardy Student Center, first floor – past the Book Store, in its Student Cyber Lounge.

Don’t miss out on what will be the most visually appealing and fun story in the River Region that is happening TODAY, which is the Chinese Lunar New Year Festival at Alabama State University, which is sponsored by Troy University’s Confucius Institute and ASU’s International Affairs & Diversity Office.

LOTS OF CULTURAL DISPLAYS, FUN, FOOD & PEOPLE

Over 100 students and Chinese nationals will be in attendance for such fun items as a cultural fair, performances, Chinese food, martial arts and so much more. The event will offer you the FUN & SIZZLE that your news consumers desire — and it allows you to localize a world event celebrated this upcoming week by billions of people.

SEND A REPORTER OR PHOTOG AND I WILL ASSIST

Send a reporter or photog to Alabama State University on Friday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and I will be present to assist them get the right interviews, have access to the perfect visuals and even snack on an egg roll, as I make sure that their time at the event is quick and well spent!

This is a wonderful example of a news feature story that will have awesome visuals of  one of the world’s most exotic happy celebrations happening right here in the Gump.

BACKGROUND ON CHINESE LUNAR NEW YEAR

The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year is the grandest festival in China, and is a seven-day long holiday. This celebration is dominated by iconic red lanterns, loud fireworks, massive banquets, parades, and the festival  triggers exuberant celebrations across the globe like the one at ASU on Friday.

In 2020, the Chinese New Year festival begins now through Jan. 25, and it honors 2020 as the Year of the Rat according to the Chinese zodiac. Like Christmas in Western countries, the Chinese New Year is a time to be home with family, drinking, cooking, and enjoying a hearty meal together. All streets and lanes are decorated with vibrant red lanterns and colorful lights which marks the Lunar New Year.

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

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