Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (Alabama A&M), located in Normal, Ala., has been named the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘School of the Month” for October.
Alabama A&M was founded in 1875 by a former slave, William Hooper Councill. It opened as the “Huntsville Normal School” in downtown Huntsville. The University is a 1890 land-grant institution*.
With 41 Baccalaureate, 23 Master’s, 1 EdS and 4 doctoral degrees offered and 75 percent student participation in community service projects, Alabama A&M is committed to teaching excellence, scholarly advancement and service to society. The 11th president of the University is Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr.
The institution is ranked 2nd in the nation in awarding doctorates to minorities in agriculture-related fields. Other noteworthy achievements include: only university in the nation that has hosted a Nobel Laureate for 14 consecutive years; has a $650 million economic impact locally and in the region with an estimated economic impact of $24 million for the Magic City Classic; received the Huntsville Beautification Award with rating of 19.5 out of 20; and for the first time in history, Alabama A&M played Auburn University in November, 2012.
School of the Month efforts
As one of the Tom Joyner Foundation ‘Schools of the Month’,each school will be promoted on the Tom Joyner Morning Show and receive those funds raised from listeners, alumni and other interested parties that month. The show, aired in 115 markets around the country, reaches nearly eight million listeners every week.
Notable Bulldogs include: Dannette Young-Stone, former track athlete, who won Olympic gold and silver medals in the 4 X 100 relay in 1988 and 1992; John Stallworth, National Football League Hall of Fame member, four time Super Bowl champion, four time Pro-Bowler; Ruben Studdard, American Idol season 2 winner; William E. Cox, President & CEO of Cox, Matthews & Associates, Inc.
Get social! Stay connected with the campaign’s efforts by the following hashtag: #JOYNAAMU.
*Under the Morrill Act of 1890, money was provided for instruction in practical and mechanical subjects such as engineering, agriculture, and architecture. Today, these institutions are still eligible to receive funding.