Friday, July 28, 2017

FAMU athletics administrator named president of Florida Sports Foundation

The Florida Sports Foundation will welcome Angela Adams Suggs as its new President and Senior Vice President of Sports Development for Enterprise Florida beginning August 7. She brings a wealth of experience and an excitement to lead the Tallahassee-based Florida Sports Foundation as it continues working to support Florida’s $57 billion sports industry.

Suggs comes to the Foundation from Florida A&M University where she has held various roles since 2009. Her most recent role has been the Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs and Senior Woman Administrator (SWA).

Suggs served as the lead role in FAMU’s Athletics Marketing and Promotions, Development, Athletics Communications, Licensing and Branding. She was the athletics department’s primary liaison with campus direct support organizations (DSO), neutral site games such as the Florida Blue Florida Classic, affinity/support groups, and community relations. She oversaw administration for the Men’s and Women’s Track & Field and Cross Country teams along with the Softball, Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams, and Spirit Groups.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Jax Federal Credit Union awards scholarship to FAMU biomedical engineering student

Jax Federal Credit Union recently presented Ryan Wallace with a $1,000 scholarship. Wallace, a 2017 graduate of Jean Ribault Senior High School, is a rising freshman at Florida A&M University who plans to study biomedical engineering.

The credit union received more than 30 applications for this year’s scholarship contest. Applicants had to submit an entry form, essay questions and transcripts. Wallace was chosen for his participation in financial education programs, athletic leadership skills and his understanding of how investing in his education will benefit his future.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Lawson introduces jobs bill to benefit veterans

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5) speaks to veterans in Jacksonville
Last week, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5) introduced the Veterans Jobs Opportunity Act to give a boost to veterans who invest in their communities through entrepreneurship.

Veteran-owned small businesses create jobs and stimulate the economy. Veterans own 2.5 million businesses in the United States with over $1 trillion in revenue and 5 million employees, according to the Census Bureau.

Lawson’s bill would establish a small business start-up tax credit for veterans creating businesses in underserved communities.

“One of my priorities in Congress is working to ensure our veterans are getting the help they deserve - from job training, to access to health care and education benefits, to finding affordable housing," Lawson said. "Our brave men and women who have fought for our freedom deserve to be taken care of when they return home. This bill aims to help encourage veterans to pursue their dream of starting a small business in our communities around the country.”

Monday, July 24, 2017

“Girls Trip” showcases Rattler pride on its way to big $30.4M opening weekend

Florida A&M University’s renewed recruitment efforts received a big boost courtesy of alumnus Will Packer last week.

“Girls Trip,” a film by Will Packer Productions, debuted with a national release on July 21st. It stars Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Queen Latifah as a group of friends who reunite years after they originally met as students at FAMU.

According to the Associated Press, “Girls Trip” took the #2 spot in the box office during its opening weekend with $30.4M, with the World War II drama “Dunkirk” taking #1 ($50.5M).  

Sunday, July 23, 2017

FAMU Health Informatics and Information Management Program named one of the nation’s best

The Healthcare Management Degree Guide announced that Florida A&M University’s Health Informatics and Information Management Program was named as one of the “Top 25 Health Information Management Degree Programs” in the nation.

FAMU’s Health Informatics and Information Management Program, which ranked third, is housed in the School of Allied Health Sciences. It was recognized in part for offering pre-professional and professional programs. Its pre-professional program contains foundational science, humanities and communications courses and the professional program consists primarily of laboratory and supervised clinical work.

All of the schools considered for top rankings are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). CAHIIM sets rigorous program requirements.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

FAMU, City of Orlando will host international summit to address energy, water, food crisis

Florida A&M University (FAMU) is partnering with the City of Orlando to host its 2017 EnergyWaterFoodNexus International Summit from Sept. 20-22 at the Hilton Orlando.

This new science enterprise, launched by FAMU’s School of the Environment in 2015, will unite international thought leaders, researchers, policymakers, corporations and student-scholars in finding innovative and sustainable solutions to the global energy, water and food crisis.