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Membership Drive Underway until 12/31/2022

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2023 Membership Campaign Prizes


Join/Renew BEFORE December 31, 2022: WDC Chapter Paraphernalia via drawing


Join/Renew BEFORE December 1, 2022: Special separate drawing at the WDC Holiday celebration·        

NOTE:   This is for ALL current active and former members. 

We also ask that you share this information with other fellow AAMU Alumni in the DMV, and beyond. 

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Open to Alumni Chapter Members. Check your email for more details, or Contact us at for any questions about tickets, asap 

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Sign up to use  the Washington D.C. Alumni Chapter's AmazonSmile link when you make purchases. Amazon donates 0.5% of purchases using AmazonSmile to AAMU.  

The steps for signing up: 


1.  Go to

2.  Click on "you name" top right of page

3.  Go to "Settings" 

4.  Select "your AmazonSmile"


5.  Select "Change your charity"

6.  Enter "80-0359984"

7.  Select "Alabama A&M University Washington DC Alumni Chapter"


Now, whenever you want to order anything from Amazon, make sure you go to


This will ensure the donation goes to the AAMU WDC Alumni Chapter.  Amazon donates 0.5% of purchases using AmazonSmile to AAMU. 

In the News

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General Mills has a team of recruiters on campus this week providing internship and career opportunities for AAMU students studying food sciences.

The team, which met informally with students Monday in the Agricultural Research Center, includes:


AAMU alum Dr. Fredreana Hester, food scientist and cofounder, G-Works Venture Studios

AAMU alum Dr. IllemeAmegatcher, food scientist and cofounder, Innovation

Jhaelynn Elam, sensory scientist

Brian Burley, diversity recruitment manager

Chris Majors, director of quality


Majors told students the team is on campus because AAMU graduates have a proven track record of success at General Mills and beyond. Hester, who earned her master’s and doctorate in food science at AAMU, shared her excitement. “As a former student, I have a special place in my heart for ‘The Hill.’ You can’t get rid of me and we are thrilled to be here.”  Amegatcher earned her degree in food science and technology at AAMU in 2003. She told students to take advantage of mentors like AAMU Professor of Food Biochemistry, Dr. Josh Herring, and Dr. Martha Verghese, professor of nutritional biochemistry and Chair of AAMU’s Department of Food and Animal Sciences.  “Listen to everything they say and do what they say! Dr. Verghese kept telling me to apply to Cornell University. I finally did and got my master’s and doctorate there. Take advantage of their advice.” The General Mills team met with students Monday and Tuesday and will interview students for internships today.

AAMU Fall Commencement 2022

Alabama A&M University held its first commencement at the new Event Center Friday and awarded almost 500 degrees.


Dr. Roderick DeWayne Watts, president pro tem of the Alabama A&M University Board of Trustees, was the commencement speaker.


Watts, a licensed pilot, told the fascinating story of his first flying lesson with world famous Tuskegee Airmen Charles Alfred Anderson. 


Watts gave graduates four pieces of advice: “One, never make a decision without fully understanding all the consequences of the decision that you’ve made. Two, everything that you want in life is going to be on the other side of your fear. Three, once you overcome your fear and become comfortable in your environment, never lose focus of your mission. Four, whenever you are in the middle of a crisis and you don’t know what to do, listen to someone who has subject matter expertise in that area.”


AAMU President Daniel K. Wims and administrators presented Watts with a Presidential Medallion. They also named Nell Lane Bradford Professor Emeritus of Music. Her son, Dr. Henry Bradford, received the declaration in her honor.

President Wims then shared highlights of the Class of 2022:

461 students earned degrees (155 graduate, 306 undergraduate) 

The class is 59 percent female, 41 percent male 

More than 40 percent have secured employment

10 percent will continue their education 

Six ROTC Cadets were commissioned 

Eight percent report salaries of over $75,000 

The highest job offer is over $130,000 

168 students graduated with honors 

A set of twins and sisters graduated

79 students are first-generation college graduates

18 students are second-generation AAMU graduates 

Four students are third-generation AAMU graduates 


Congratulations to the AAMU Fall Class of 2022!

More photos courtesy Jerome Saintjones:


University News

AAMU President Visits Alumni Chapters and Returns with Holiday Gifts


AAMU President Daniel K. Wims visited alumni in Washington, D.C.  The Alabama A&M University Alumni Association-Washington, DC Metro Chapter held its Holiday Party on Dec. 10 and presented Wims and AAMU Vice President for Marketing, Communication, & Advancement, Mr. Jamal Ali, with checks totaling $10,000.


Thank you, and Go Bulldogs!

President Wims attends the White House HBCU Conference

AAMU President Dr. Daniel K. Wims and his Cabinet attended the 2022 White House HBCU Conference.  They had an opportunity to meet with leaders from the Washington, DC Metro Area Alumni Chapter.

Back Row:  V.P. Majed Dweik (Economics & Research), Jackie Robinson (Special Advisor to the President), V.P. Jamal Ali (Communications, Marketing, & Advancement), Provost John Jones (Academic Affairs), and President Wims.

Front Row:  DeMarcus A. Lewis (Chapter President),  Henrika Buchanan (President's Council President), Anetra Withers (Former Chapter President), Princess L. Martin (Chapter V.P.), and Leticia Drakeford (Regional V.P.)

AAMU President Joins Alabama HBCUs for Statewide Proclamation


AAMU President Daniel K. Wims joined presidents and representatives from Alabama's 14 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in Montgomery as Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed a proclamation making October HBCU Month:

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Student Outreach Mixer at Homecoming 2022


The Scholarship Committee hosted the on- campus Student Outreach Mixer during the 2022 Homecoming week.Students met each other and alumni for pizza in the Wellness Center.Each student introduced themselves, each alumni shared motivating and encouraging words of advice, and all the students got to know each other.They each received a $25 gift card.We have 98 students from the DMV attending the AAMU.OUR DMV Family!


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