Sunday, May 24, 2015

FAMU Law honors distinguished alumni at awards ceremony

Ten FAMU College of Law alumni were recently honored at the College of Law’s downtown Orlando campus. The Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony marked the 10th anniversary of the first graduating class from the law school since it reopened in 2002.

“We are extremely happy to recognize all of the alumni who have gone on to do great things with their FAMU College of Law education. They have touched the lives of many and have shared their talents with the communities they work and live in not only here in Florida, but across the nation,” said LeRoy Pernell, dean of the College of Law.

Friday, May 22, 2015

85 FAMU student-athletes make MEAC Commissioner’s All-Academic Team

This week, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced the names of the 1,096  student-athletes who made its 2015 Commissioner’s All-Academic Team. A total of 85 FAMU student-athletes earned a spot on the list.

“I am excited to honor and recognize the 1,096 student-athletes who maintained a 3.0 or better grade point average during the 2014-15 academic year,” said MEAC Commissioner Dennis E. Thomas.  “I would like to congratulate the administrators, athletic academic support staff and personnel, coaches, and parents for their contributions to the academic success of these student-athletes.”

Thursday, May 21, 2015

FAMU NAA raises $203K at annual convention

The FAMU National Alumni Association (FAMU NAA) set a new participation record as more than 450 alumni participated in convention activities in Houston, Texas to raise dollars for scholars during the 2015 National Convention. A total of $203,000 was raised on site, with additional donations flooding in virtually through the portal, www.FAMU.edu/RattlersGive.

“In just a few moments, together we have doubled the amount of money raised at this event last year,” said FAMU NAA President Tommy Mitchell. “This is how much Rattlers love and support FAMU. We give to ensure a bright future for our alma mater so that the legacy will continue to be there for Rattlers yet unborn.”

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

FAMU initiates $8.2M in renovations for FAMU-FSU College of Engineering

FAMU has initiated $8,200,000 in renovations for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering complex in Innovation Park.

Last year, the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering received an additional $10,000,000 from the Florida Legislature to continue its $30,000,000 Phase III construction project.

According to GRC Architects: “Phase III will consist of a new building, renovations to the existing buildings, Buildings A and B and some incidental remodeling in both buildings.”

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Senators asked no questions about engineering college at committee meeting that shifted funds

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education (3/17/15)
The Florida Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education met on March 17 and approved the transfer of $12.9M from the FAMU general revenue appropriation to a new budget entity entitled: “FAMU/FSU College of Engineering.”

None of the senators at the meeting asked why the only funds that were moved into the new budget entity were the Education & General (E&G) dollars that were previously in the FAMU budget. Florida State University is still receiving millions for faculty at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering in its separate E&G budget. No statements were made about the college, at all.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Absence of FSU appropriation from new budget entity shows “transparency” talk isn’t sincere

When a politician with John Thrasher’s level of ruthlessness asks for a major legislative change with vague language, you can bet that he has a trick up his sleeve. This can now be seen in the “deal” on the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering.

Back on February 19, the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) approved a proposal to ask the legislature to create a new budget entity for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. The plan said that the new budget entity would “include all operating funds for the Joint College, including the appropriate amount of plant operation and maintenance funds.”

“The thing that I think President [Elmira Mangum] and I have both agreed on and certainly with your staff is this, this, these changes, these changes that we’re talking about, the organizational changes, the transparency, the accountability, which are all in here, which you all, every one of you I know believe in, uh, frankly go back to making this a successful program for the students,” FSU President Thrasher told the BOG at that meeting.

Thrasher also told WCTV-6 that the BOG plan “creates a new opportunity for governance of the school as well as trying to isolate and put into a separate fund the resources that we get for the joint college.”

But despite what Thrasher said about “transparency” and putting “into a separate fund the resources that we get for the joint college,” millions of dollars that FSU receives for the College of Engineering are not in the new budget entity.