Sunday, June 26, 2016

Chicago student who overcame adversity among FAMU’s incoming scholarship recipients

This year’s group of Distinguished Scholar Award recipients at Florida A&M University includes a young woman who made national headlines during a freedom of speech controversy.

Taiylar Ball was banned from her senior prom at Homewoof-Floosmoor High School in suburban Chicago after she read a poem entitled “Dear Black Girls” during a talent show hosted by the school. The poem used explicit language to discuss race.

Ball was also told that she couldn’t participate in the graduation ceremony. But school administrators eventually reversed that decision after she got legal representation.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Hershey donates $1M to establish endowed chair in FAMU SBI

An historical financial gift and recognition to a FAMU Icon were the order of business during a recent visit to the School of Business in Industry (SBI) by Hershey Company Chairman Jim Nevels.

During a visit to Tallahassee on May 26, Nevels reserved some time to meet with the faculty, staff and students of SBI. While speaking, Nevels passionately shared his thoughts on Hershey’s $1 million contribution to SBI and on his admiration for Founding Dean Sybil Mobley. Funds obtained through the gift will be used to establish the Mobley Hershey Endowed Chair.  Mobley spearheaded the efforts to make the investment and corporate matching program possible during her tenure as dean.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Brown drops U.S. Supreme Court challenge to new CD5 map

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown has ended her federal lawsuit against the newly redrawn map for the Fifth Congressional District of Florida (CD5).

Brown had submitted a notice of appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court back on April 25. But according to the News Service of Florida, attorneys for Brown filed a court document on Wednesday that said: “Plaintiffs now no longer wish to pursue their appeal in the United States Supreme Court and wish to dismiss said appeal.”

The incumbent Congresswoman is currently in a tight race against former state Sen. Alfred “Al” Lawson for the CD5 Democratic nomination. They are both graduates of Florida A&M University. The primary election will take place on August 30, 2016.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Student losses take most of FAMU's $11.5M performance funds, FSU's $35M being invested

Not having to scramble to find money for a multi-million dollar enrollment nosedive really makes a difference.

Yesterday, the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) announced performance funding amounts for the State University System of Florida.

Florida State University received $35,574,608 in performance funds. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, “FSU said the money will be used to hire top professors in the STEM fields, along with student support services. It also will be invested in the university’s Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement program, which supports first-generation college students.”

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

$10M expected loss from enrollment drop depletes 90% of FAMU’s performance funds

Performance funding in the State University System of Florida (SUS) is supposed to give schools an extra boost. But most of the performance funds that FAMU expects to receive will be used to plug the budget hole created by the projected drop in enrollment for 2016-2017.

FAMU expects to lose 920 students in 2016-2017, which will lead to budget cuts.

“The FY 16-17 budget has been prepared with an anticipated 920-student decline in enrollment,” the FAMU Division of Finance and Administration said in a budget workbook for the Board of Trustees (BOT). “The decrease in enrollment is expected to be off-set by reallocation of vacant positions, performance base funding, and budget adjustments to all divisions’ operating budgets.”

Monday, June 20, 2016

FAMU professors become targets for personal insults in “FAMU Alumni” Facebook group

Two Florida A&M faculty members who publicly shared opinions about the university administration recently became targets for personal insults in the “FAMU Alumni” Facebook group.

Back on June 7, Rattler Nation posted an open letter that School of Business and Industry (SBI) Professor Annette Singleton Jackson wrote about what she sees as the poor treatment that the FAMU faculty is receiving under the current administration. On that same day, the Tallahassee Democrat uploaded an op-ed by FAMU United Faculty of Florida President Elizabeth K. Davenport entitled: “Anonymous petition doesn’t help Mangum’s administration.”

Davenport criticized an anonymous online petition that asked the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) to grant a contract extension to President Elmira Mangum. The petition, which was filled with misinformation, received support from many members of the “FAMU Alumni” Facebook group.