Monday, May 21, 2018

Nine FAMU baseball players receive MEAC All-Academic honors

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) recently announced the 2018 Baseball All-Academic Selections, honoring 115 student-athletes from the conference’s nine baseball institutions who achieved academic success during the 2017-18 academic year.

Nine Florida A&M University baseball players were included on the list. They are: William Brooks, John Capra, Carl Carlson, Hunter Fillingim, Brett Maxwell, Octavien Moyer, Dallas Oliver, Kodi Russ, and Kolton Russ.

MEAC sophomore, junior and senior student-athletes with a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average (GPA), as well as transfer student-athletes who have been in residence at the institution for at least one year, are eligible for All-Academic accolades.

“I am excited to congratulate our baseball student-athletes who have maintained a 3.0 or better grade point average during this academic school year,” said Commissioner Dennis E. Thomas. “In addition to recognizing the student-athletes’ achievements, I also commend the institutions’ academic support staffs, coaches and parents for their support in the success of these student-athletes both on the diamond and in the classroom.”

Sunday, May 20, 2018

FAMU administrator named dean of the college at WSSU

After a national search, Darryl Scriven, chair of the Department of Visual Arts, Humanities and Theatre and an associate professor of philosophy at Florida A&M University, has been named the dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, Business and Education at Winston-Salem State University. His appointment is effective July 1.

Since 2014, he has served as chair and associate professor of philosophy at FAMU, where he has led a multidisciplinary department with four major programs, five minors and 25 faculty members.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

FAMU AVP named vice chancellor for student affairs at NCCU

Angela Alvarado Coleman, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Florida A&M University, has been named vice chancellor for student affairs at North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C.

In her new role, Coleman will provide strategic and visionary direction for the Division of Student Affairs. She will oversee offices and departments including Residential Life, Student Health and Counseling, Student Rights and Responsibilities, Student Disabilities Services, Career Services, Spiritual Development and Dialogue, Campus Recreation, Student Union/ Student Engagement and Leadership, Men’s Achievement and Centennial Scholars, the Women’s Center and Student Life Assessment.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Six Rattlers named to All-MEAC Baseball Team

Six FAMU baseball players were recently named to the 2018 All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Team.

Four Rattlers earned first team honors: senior catcher Jacky Miles, Jr., junior outfielder Jordan Curtis, senior outfielder Dallas Oliver and sophomore relief pitcher Dylan Carlson.

Senior first baseman Brian Davis was named to the Second team, while senior starting pitcher Thomas Nicoll was named to the Third team.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

No alumna of FAMU has held one of the 11 appointed BOT seats since 2016

More than a year has passed since an alumna of Florida A&M University served in one of the 11 appointed seats on the Board of Trustees (BOT).

Belinda Shannon was the last alumna of FAMU to receive an appointment to the BOT. She was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott in 2011 and served until 2016.

For Fall 2017, 6,428 of the total 9,909 students at FAMU were women. That’s 64 percent. But there are no women who graduated from FAMU in any of the 11 appointed seats on the FAMU BOT.

Six of the appointed seats are filled by the governor and the other five are filled by the Florida Board of Governors (BOG). The last two trustees are the elected Faculty Senate president and Student Government Association president.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Democratic gubernatorial candidate promises $2 billion for public HBCUs in Maryland

Ben Jealous has been endorsed by U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ 
Ben Jealous, a candidate for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Maryland, has promised billions in new spending for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) if he wins the election.

“As governor, Jealous will invest $2 billion into Maryland’s HBCUs as a settlement to the lawsuit over the State’s historic underfunding of these institutions,” an April 28, 2018 press release by Jealous’ campaign announced.

A ruling in The Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Maryland Higher Education, et al. v. Maryland Higher Education Commission, et al. case declared that public HBCUs in the state were entitled to monetary damages due to the many years of underfunding. Incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, has only offered $100 million.

Maryland has four public HBCUs: Bowie State University, Coppin State University, Morgan State University, and University of Maryland, Eastern Shore.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Frontrunner for Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Georgia promises more money for HBCUs

Former Georgia Rep. Stacey Abrams was recently endorsed by U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.
Stacey Abrams, the frontrunner for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Georgia, has promised to boost money for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) if she is elected.

The “Higher Education” section of her campaign website includes a paragraph with the heading “Increase Support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.” It says:
“We will invest in our Historically Black Colleges and Universities, both public and independent, to support their service to Georgia students. Through our reforms to HOPE, more students at our public HBCUs will have the economic ability to complete their education. An Abrams administration will also continue the Tuition Equalization Grants to help students afford tuition at private institutions within Georgia. We will explore how to partner with independent colleges and universities for summer bridge programs that aid students, particularly first-generation college students, in transitioning from high school to college. We will use the strength of our state finances and bond capacity to aid institutions in capital projects.”

FAMU School of Nursing students post 86.49% first-try passage rate on NCLEX-RN

Fall 2017 graduates of the Florida A&M University School of Nursing achieved an 86.49 percent first-try passage rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) for the first quarter of 2018.

37 FAMU students sat for the exam for the January 1-March 31, 2018 testing period and 32 passed.

The national passage rate for first-time, U.S.-educated test takers in the first quarter was 89.25 percent.