Tuesday, January 16, 2018

FAMU had second smallest enrollment among Florida’s public universities in Fall 2016

FAMU students leaving Lee Hall after the 2016 Founders Day Convocation
Florida A&M University had the second smallest number of students among all the public universities in Florida in Fall 2016. It had 9,614 students.

The only reason FAMU wasn’t dead last was because of Florida Polytechnic University, which has only been a university since 2014. Florida Poly was previously the University of South Florida Lakeland. There were 1,314 students at that school in Fall 2016. 

FAMU and Florida Poly were the only two universities that didn’t have an enrollment that reached five figures. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Mona Humphries Bailey, first Miss Florida A&M University, passes

Florida A&M University alumna Mona Humphries Bailey passed on January 12, 2018.

“I lost my beloved sister today, Mona Humphries Bailey, former Miss FAMU and former President, Delta Sigma Theta,” said her brother, former FAMU President Frederick S. Humphries, in a post on his Facebook page. “I will miss her with all my heart.”

Beverly E. Smith, national president & CEO of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., released a statement that joined Bailey’s family in mourning.

“Our beloved Past National President transitioned peacefully early this morning after a long illness,” Smith wrote. “Please keep Soror Bailey’s family lifted in prayer.”

Bailey served as the first Miss Florida A&M University in 1953-1954. All the prior campus queens held the title Miss Florida A&M College. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1954.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

FAMU, WFSU, Firelight partner to premiere PBS Film “Tell Them We Are Rising”

On January 26, 2018, Florida A&M University (FAMU) will partner with WFSU Public Media and Firelight Films to present a public screening of “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities,” the latest film from Emmy and Peabody Award-winning director Stanley Nelson. The screening is part of a national HBCU Tour and a collaboration between public media stations and historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

The screening will be held at 7 p.m., in FAMU’s Lee Hall Auditorium and will be followed by a panel discussion with representatives from the creative team, University leaders, prominent alumni, and other invited guests to talk about the important issues explored in the documentary.

As a leading HBCU, FAMU’s students, faculty, and leaders play a prominent role in the film, showcasing the valuable impact of the University.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Attorney Benjamin Crump will deliver keynote address at FAMU MLK Day Convocation

Today, Friday, January 12, Benjamin L. Crump, civil rights attorney and the host of the A&E series “Who Killed Tupac?,” will be the keynote speaker during Florida A&M University’s 2018 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation.

FAMU invites prolific speakers and notable figures in Black history, human rights and civil rights to deliver the annual address before students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community. Crump will reflect on King’s famous “Letter From Birmingham City Jail” and use the message to empower students and people of all ages to use “what they have” to stand up for justice.

Crump has represented numerous families who lost loved ones due to gun violence and the use of deadly force by police, including the parents slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Correction: FAMU tag program is mentioned on Advancement’s .edu page

The Rattler specialty license plate is mentioned on the FAMU Division of University Advancement page. The previous story has been corrected to include that information.

When the original story was written, it was based on the information at foundation.famu.edu. It’s link to “other giving opportunities” is http://foundation.famu.edu/index.php/giving/giving-opportunities. This is what shows when that link is clicked:
But the “Giving Opportunities” link on the main Advancement page does work and it includes a paragraph about the Rattler tag program as part of a list of options for donating money.

The story from earlier today should have read that “Most SUS schools have an entire .edu page dedicated to specialty tag sales, FAMU still doesn’t.” Corrections have been made.

Most SUS schools have an entire .edu page dedicated to specialty tag sales, FAMU still doesn’t

Nine of the 13 schools in the State University System of Florida (SUS) have an entire page dedicated to specialty license plate sales on their .edu websites. But Florida A&M University isn’t one of them.

Florida Polytechnic University doesn’t have a specialty license plate. The University of South Florida has a site called bullsplate.com run by its Alumni Association.

Even the smallest school in the SUS, New College of Florida, has an entire page on its .edu website dedicated to its tag. 

The FAMU Division of University Advancement is responsible for marketing the Rattler tag because the sales and renewals are part of the annual giving total for the school.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

FAMU Advancement website hasn’t posted a new Foundation Annual Report since 2013/2014 edition

The FAMU Division of University Advancement recently underwent a leadership change. One problem that the new interim vice-president needs to fix is the lack of consistency in posting Foundation Annual Reports to advancement.famu.edu.

A new Foundation Annual Report hasn’t been posted to that website since the 2012-2013 & 2013-2014 edition.

Past editions of the report have included pie charts showing the major sources of annual gifts, honor rolls of donors, and news stories about how the contributions are being used.