Monday, March 02, 2015

National Black Caucus of State Legislators names Williams “Legislator of the Year”

State Rep. Alan Williams (D-Tallahassee), immediate past chairman of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus, received the 2014 Thomas S. Boyland, Legislator of the Year Award from the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL). This distinction is annually bestowed upon a legislator whom the organization deems to have made a significant contribution to the advancement of NBCSL’s policy priorities promoting equal access to opportunity and protecting the rights of all Americans.

NBCSL comprises nearly 675 lawmakers from 46 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands representing over 65 million constituents.

“We are delighted to present this award to a legislator who has stood with us for so many years,” said Rep. Joe Armstrong (D-Tennessee). “Representative Williams is a tireless advocate for civil rights in his home state of Florida and across the entire nation.”

Sunday, March 01, 2015

BET Honors salutes FAMU alumnus John Thompson

FAMU alumnus John Thompson, CEO of Virtual Instruments and Chairman of Microsoft, Inc., was presented the Technology and Business Award at the 2015 BET Honors Awards.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

FAMU breaks record with annual United Way fundraising drive

FAMU is celebrating a record-breaking victory.

President Elmira Mangum announced that the university’s annual United Way fundraising drive raised more than $44,400 for the organization, outpacing last year’s total of $20,875 by 112 percent. The increase represents a growth in campus participation by 122 percent.

According to United Way of the Big Bend officials, the university’s efforts represent the largest giving increase among participating organizations.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Walter Mosley featured lecturer at FAMU’s Spring Literary Forum Series

This evening, novelist Walter Mosley will deliver the keynote lecture for FAMU’s 7th Annual Spring Literary Forum Series. The theme is “Black to the Future: FAMU Celebrates Afrofuturism and Black Speculative Fiction.”

According to his official biography, Mosley “is the author of more than 43 critically acclaimed books, including the major bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. His work has been translated into 23 languages and includes literary fiction, science fiction, political monographs, and a young adult novel. His short fiction has been widely published, and his nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and The Nation, among other publications. He is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, a Grammy and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Thursday, February 26, 2015

FAMU engineering seniors awarded Ford Blue Oval Scholarships

Carren Brown, a FAMU senior in mechanical engineering and Nandi Sevillian, a FAMU senior in electrical engineering, were named recipients of the 2014 Ford Blue Oval Scholarship from Ford Motor Company. The two students will also serve as interns at Ford Motor this upcoming summer.

The Ford Blue Oval Scholarship is an award of $2,000 and is paid directly to the recipient's school to help offset college expenses. Students who have distinguished themselves through outstanding academic achievement and personal excellence are chosen to receive this honor.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

FAMU dedicates renovated Bull & Bear Study Lounge to the late Charles Evans

Last week, the FAMU School of Business and Industry (SBI) welcomed students back to the newly renovated Bull & Bear Study Lounge. According to The FAMUan, its features include “new computers, Rattler Charge Stations and mobile charger stools.”

FAMU President Elmira Mangum, SBI Dean Shawnta Friday-Stroud, and Director of Student Activities Marvin Green were present to celebrate the room’s re-opening.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Common wins Oscar for “Best Original Song”

Common, a former FAMU student, is an Oscar winner.

On Sunday, he received the award for “Best Original Song” from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the 87th Academy Awards ceremony. Common, whose birth name is Lonnie Lynn Jr., shared the honor with John Legend for the song “Glory.”

The two artists also performed the song at the nationally televised event shortly before the Academy announced that they had won.