Student Activities And Services
Departmental, Professional and Honor Organizations
The following organizations have chapters on the Alabama State University campus that may be applicable to graduate students:
- Alpha Kappa Delta -an international sociology honor society
- Alpha Kappa Mu -a general scholarship society
- Beta Kappa Chi -a science and mathematics society
- EpsilonTau Sigma National Honor Society of the National Society of AlliedHealth
- Kappa Delta Pi -an education honor society
- Phi Delta Kappa -a professional education fraternity
- Phi Gamma Mu -a professional social science society
- Phi Mu Epsilon -an honorary mathematics fraternity
- Sigma Alpha Iota-a professional music fraternity for women
- Sigma Rho Sigma -social science recognition society
- Sigma Tau Delta -an English honor society
- Tau Beta Sigma -a music organization
- Graduate Student Association (GSA)
Mr. Jeremy Hodge
The University maintains a comprehensive career planning library that allows for self-directed usage and contains many vocational publications and information on employers, colleges, graduate schools, job search, resume preparation and free handout material as well as a computerized occupational information terminal. In addition, the center also provides a testing program that helps students evaluate values, interests, aptitude, and identification of careers and specific occupational information. Career counseling is provided by appointment, and numerous seminars/workshops on interpersonal topics are conducted.
The Office of Career Services assists graduate students in obtaining career employment before and after graduation. Services include on-campus interviewing, part-time work, internships, resume/credentials preparation and referrals, interview techniques, seminars, interaction/interchange seminars, career counseling and a variety of career day programs.
To be eligible for these services, a candidate must be registered with the Career Services and must annually update this registration to remain active. To register with the office call (334) 229-4156 or register online atwww.alasu.edu/career services.
Mr. Chris Johns, Director
Alabama State University is firmly committed to providing for the emotional wellness of students. Counselors provide confidential mental health counseling services to assist students in developing healthy relationships, and positive coping skills that will enable them to solve problemseffectively, resolve conflictsand make informed decisions. To experience academic achievement without growing personally, emotionally and socially inhibits students from developing to their full potential. Counseling services are free to all students enrolled in the University. Services may be accessed via appointments, walk-in, telephoneor referrals from faculty and staff.
The University Counseling Center offers the following services:
- Individual Counseling >provides an opportunity for students to discuss, in confidence with a trained counselor, any difficulties, thoughts, feelings or concerns that are causing them to be anxious, stressed or depressed.
- Group Counseling provides opportunities for students to participate with peers, professional counselors and experienced leaders in exploring feelings, behaviors and other concerns in a supportive atmosphere; to gain clarification and feedback; and to plan some appropriate action.Mandated groups for conflict resolution and alcohol substance abuseintervention are available.
- Crisis Counseling Program is designed to help students face obstacles to life goals or traumatic situations that are for the time insurmountable through the customary method of problem-solving.Counselors are on call 24 hours to provide after-hourand weekend crisis counseling.Food Service
Several food service options are available to graduate students. Students living in campus housing are included in the board plan. The University provides carry-out style restaurants located in the John G. Hardy University Center.
Additionally, students who commute may purchase a meal card from the business office.
Graduate Student Association(GSA)
The purpose of this organization is to serve as a vehicle in promoting graduate student interest, needs and concerns both on the main campus and off-site locations.
Health Services Center
Ms. Gwendolyn Mann
University Health Services supports the University in academia, healthy lifestyles, professional competence and citizenship that steers individual and organizational well-being. Quality care services are available for all enrolledstudents and are cost-effective.
The following services are offered by the University Health Center:
Allergy injections, diagnostic tests, educational programs, individual counseling, insurance information, limited dental services, psychiatric/emotionalcare, STI testing, T.B. skin tests and readings, treatment of injuries, treatment of sickness and individual support. Educational programs are presented to promote wellness and maintain health.
Complete privacy and confidentiality of records are enforced according to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
All registered students are covered by the Fixed Indemnity Accident and Sickness Plan. The insurance brochures that outline student benefits and claim forms are available in the Health Center.
Health Evaluation Form
Completion of this form is REQUIRED of all students entering Alabama State University. This means students entering the University, must furnish documented proof of having immunity to measles, negative TB tests within the last 12 monthsand a physical examination signed by a licensed M.D., D.O. or nurse practitioner.
Location and Hours
The Health Services Center is located on the ground floor of Willease Simpson Hall and is open Monday –Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
In the event of a life-threatening emergency, students are directed to call 911 or go to Baptist Health emergency room.
Minority and International Student Services
Dr. Linwood Whitton
Alabama State University strives to provide equal opportunity for all students. Students whose racial heritage is not black/African-American currently constitute a minority group at ASU. These persons are encouraged to exercise the privilege to enroll in the University and to secure for themselves the benefits of its numerous offerings.
Recognizing that minority groups in any setting have special needs and concerns, the University has established a program to meet the needs of these students. This program is responsible for services performed on behalf of international students from their initial inquiries until their return home.
The Office of Minority/International Student Affairs is located in 6 University Center.
Mrs. Melonie Judkins, Director
Alabama State University is firmly committed to the principle of providing equal educational employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Our policies, programs and activities are designed to ensure that all facilities are made available to students and employees with disabilities in the most appropriate integrated setting. We are further committed to the identification and removal of anyand all existing barriers that prevent disabled students and employees from enjoying any rights and privileges, advantages or opportunities enjoyed by others. Questions that may arise regarding University compliance and/or requests for reasonable accommodations should be directed to the Director of Disability Services, Alabama State University, P.O. Box 271, Montgomery, Alabama 36101-0271; (334) 229-5127 / (334) 229-5134.
Special instructions are provided during the orientation period that takes place at the beginning of each semester. These instructions include an introduction to all of the facilities and services available to the students with disabilities and the process that the student must follow to get keys to key-controlled elevators.
The program will provide reasonable accommodations for individuals qualifying under the Americans with Disabilities Act and other State and Federal laws and regulations. The service is dependent upon verifiable student documentationprovided by aprofessional source.Examples of services provided or coordinated include note takers, scribes, extended time, interpreterservicesand isolated testing.
In the event a student with a disability finds that an academic program is located in an inaccessible facility, he or sheshould report it to the office of DisabilityServices.
Motor Vehicle Regulations
While the University does not assume responsibility to provide parking spaces for the large number of student-operated vehicles, a number of controls and regulations have been established to ensure efficient operations of the University. Student parking is generally restricted to the perimeter areas of the campus. Students having medically determined physical handicaps are assigned parking spaces for their vehicles near the center of the campus after making the necessary arrangements with the University Health Service and after paying the prescribed parking fee. Legal overnight parking for dormitory students is by special arrangement with the University Department of Public Safety. A vehicle registration fee is paid by students who operate vehicles on the University campus during daytime hours. Registered vehicles are identified by a decal. In assessing fees for parking, the University assumes no liability for damage, theft or vandalism and expects each registered vehicle to have adequate insurance for such purposes.
Students who plan to operate an automobile on the campus should refer to the Alabama State University Parking andTraffic Regulations Department
Mr. Troy Nettles
Alabama State University operates a postal service staffed by University employees under U. S. Postal Service guidelines. The post office is located in the John G. Hardy University Center and offers window services, including selling postal supplies and accepting letters and parcels for mailing. Individual boxes are available for rent, although deliveries are made to allcampus housing units.
In accordance with the pronouncement of the Supreme Court of the United States on religion in public education, Alabama State University encourages students to attend the place of worship of their choice. The University recognizes religion as an important part of students’ lives. As a part of the total effort to provide a nonsectarian, but deeply rewarding religious experience, the University also encourages special religiously oriented organizations and services. Interfaith groups with faculty sponsors assemble voluntarily for discussion or for lectures by leaders in the profession
With the view of the unique purpose and mission of Alabama State University, the Division of Student Affairs develops its student life programs together with academic life programs. It is only when there is purposeful integration of intellectual development and co-curricular experiences that the numerous dimensions of the maturing process can and will occur. Through a diversity of planned activities, students participate in social, recreational, and cultural activities that enhance personal development. Opportunities are also provided to promote individual initiative, leadership skills, personal character, and the responsibilities of democratic citizenship.
Musical activities of the University are manifested in a variety of programs of general interest and of cultural value to the University and larger community.
Small campus musical groups composed of students who take responsibility for the training and performance of their members are encouraged.
The Marching Hornets —a nationally acclaimed high-stepping marching band —the symphonic band, concert and stage bands, and University Choir are open to all students through auditions. Opportunity is provided for students in these musical groups to earn academic credit.
Dr. Christine Thomas
The Testing Center provides a variety of services for the entire University. Among the services offered are national examinations, University requiredexaminations, test administration for institutional programs, test scoring, and test interpretation. Testing dates for the academic period are announced at the beginning of the year. Students are urged to obtain a schedule from the testing office (McGehee Hall 105) for information concerning testing dates. Equally important, however, is the research assistance provided by the center to University personnel in their effort to understand and to relate more effectively to student development, curricular develop-ment and the University environment.
Ms. Jessica Glass
The University Bookstore, located in the John G. Hardy Student Center, offers for sale all required textbooks and reference books and a wide variety of school and art supplies, office supplies, greeting cards, souvenirs, imprinted clothing, records and toiletries. University jewelry is also sold. Visa and MasterCard are honored.
The University Libraryand Learning Resources Center
Dr. Janice R. Franklin
The University provides library facilities, resources and services to its faculty, students, staff and academic community through a centrally located, newly renovated and enlarged Levi Watkins Learning Center (LWLC). The LWLC encompasses 147,800 square feet of space, housing multimedia learning resources to support teaching, research, scholarship and cultural activities at Alabama State University and its global communities. The five-story structure faces the academic mall of the campus and includes the main Library and Learning Resources departments, the Curriculum Materials Center which serves the teacher education program, the Archives and Special Collections, the National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture and the Media Center.
The library is designed to allow open access to all floors. It holds more than three million items of materials, including books and periodicals, a growing collection of microform and media materials, electronic information sources and numerous other instructional technologies in all formats. The library collectionsreflect the history, mission and curriculum of the University, including the University’s historical emphasis in education, African-American history and culture, as well as extensive research holdings supporting its more recent addition of doctoral programs in education and in the sciences. Interactive exhibits, information commons areas, individual and group study rooms, a lecture hall, internet café and wireless connections to emerging online technologies are available for scholarly research, cultural discussion and discovery. As the focal point for learning, the LWLC provides access to digitization centers, multimedia and archival collections while networking and linking to information systems worldwide.
A highly competent staff of information specialists, managers, and information technicians assist the teaching and learning mission of the University through the provision of professional research services to engage fully ASU faculty, staff and students. The Public Services staff conducts tours and lectures in information literacy and cultural heritage, providing outreach services to local and international communities.
The LWLC houses internationally renowned special and archival collections. These special materials include the Ollie L. Brown African-American Heritage Collection, a compilation of multimedia materials representing the contributions of blacks to society and multimedia archives that focus on the history and culture of African-Americans and Alabama State University. Of worthy note are the civil rights collections of E.D. Nixon, known as the Father of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the Montgomery Improvement Association. Such cultural heritage collections and programs lay the basis for the National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture, with administrative oversight in the library, which serves as a clearinghouse for the preservation and dissemination of information concerning Montgomery, Alabama’s pivotal role in shaping the development of the modern Civil Rights Movement. The center fosters research, teaching and learning as an outgrowth of several special collections housed therein.
The Media Center, located on the fifth floor of the library, provides faculty and students with instructional materials and equipment. Other services provided by the Center are circulation of media equipment, graphics services, audio/video production, videography, digitization services and assistance in the creation of instructional materials.
The LWLC performs its mission through compliance with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges’ accreditation requirements for libraries, and, in accord with discipline-specific accreditation criteria. The facilities and services of the library are available to all students, faculty, and staff, and on a selective basis, to all members of the local community. The library holds membership in the American Library Association, the Lyrasis Library Network, the Montgomery Higher Education Consortium that facilitates reciprocal borrowing privileges with area universities, the HBCU Library Alliance, and the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries (NAAL). As part of the NAAL and OCLC (Online Computer Library Network), the ASU library has a priority cooperative agreement for interlibrary loan services with other colleges and universities throughout the state and is a participant in resource sharing internationally.
Today, the LWLC is the hallmark of the University and has been transformed through its re-design and mission as the center for intellectual life, creativity and life-long learning on campus and beyond its walls. As a -cultural learning place,‖ it symbolizes the importance of academic excellence at ASU.