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Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs

Volume 1, Number 1 October - December 2001

Welcome to Metro News...

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System's (ACES) Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs (UANNP) is proud to present the premiere issue of Metro News... Making Extension Connections. The newsletter's goals are to support the missions, goals and objectives of ACES and UANNP. The primary goal of the newsletter is to present current events and relevant research-based information to individual citizens, communities and organizations. But before I go any further, I think it's important that I share a little background information about UANNP.

On August 1, 1995, the United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama, Southern Division, through the ruling of Judge Harold Murphy, issued a Remedial Decree ordering the unification of the Extension programs at Alabama A&M and Auburn Universities. The result was the establishment of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System with two companion program thrusts rural or traditional programs and urban and new nontraditional programs. While the foundation and program foci as well as the geographic location for the traditional programs were well established, the Decree laid the foundation for the development and expansion of Extension programs into the urban arena with a focus on nontraditional audiences. Thus, the organization of Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs with a mission to provide educational and contemporary or futuristic programs that help Alabama's urban and nontraditional audiences adapt to changing environments and needs.

Today, UANNP is a viable and growing unit with nine urban centers across the state of Alabama. Although the concept of UANNP is to meet the needs of Alabama's families, institutions and communities in urban areas, it recognizes the integration and certainly, the interdependence of the rural-urban interface as urbanization increases throughout the state.

Like most new development, UANNP has experienced its share of growing pains as it strives to become a full participant of the land-grant system alongside AU. The future of ACES will not be determined by any one factor as the 10-year court decree draws to a close. But I can tell you that UANNP is alive and well.

I encourage you to flip through the pages of Metro News and discover what UANNP has to offer!

Dr. Virginia Caples
1890 Administrator/University Professor

2001 Food and Nutrition Summer Institute

A Silent Killer

Battered Men's Campaign

Building Quality Communities of Tomorrow Today!!!

Editor's Comments

Electronic Transfer Account

Grassroots Connections

Financial Champions

Purple Tea

Urban Centers

Huntsville City Schools Personnel Attend Cultural Diversity Workshop

Obesity Epidemic in Youth

Putting Some Ease into Law

Racial Profiling


Sharpening Rusty Creative Skills

Spending Wisely for the Holidays

Symposium on Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

Urban Affairs Leads A Three-Way Education Effort Regarding Hispanics

Web Site Promotes Workforce Preparation

Youth Spend Summer in Leadership Training

Editorial Staff & Content Areas

If you have any questions, please contact the appropriate editorial staff member by content area. When in doubt, contact the editor.

Wendi Williams (Editor/National-International News)

Jannie Carter, Ph.D. (County News)

Edna Coleman (Specialist News)

Julio Correa, Ph.D. (Hispanic News/Nontraditional)

Kevin Crenshaw, Esq. (Legal Issues)

Jean Hall-Dwyer (Print/Electronic Design)

Erica James (Administrative News/Distribution)

Jacqueline Johnson, DVM (Nontraditional/Online Database)

Jeanetta Williams (Proofreader/Distribution)

Phone: 256-851-5710 Fax: 256-851-5840