Thursday, August 24, 2017

FAMU sets 2019 anticipated completion date for CASS building

Florida A&M University (FAMU) has set an anticipated completion date of July 20, 2019 for the Center for Access and Student Success (CASS). University officials and state lawmakers broke ground on the construction site for the facility on June 8th.

The building site for CASS is on the Wahnish Way parking next the Jake Gaither Gymnasium. Work on the foundation is scheduled to start on March 31, 2018.

FAMU has received $16,155,000 of the total $39,355,000 cost of the CASS from the Florida Legislature. CASS is the top priority on FAMU’s list of Public Education Capital Outlay funding requests.

According to FAMU: “The FAMU Center for Access and Student Success (CASS) is designed to be a multipurpose building serving as a one-stop shop for programs like recruitment, admissions, financial aid and enrollment management. This building will also house registrar, scholarship office, counseling services and the Center for Disability Access and Resources.” 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

More than 400 Rattlers enter alumni ranks

More than 400 graduates of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) celebrated years of hard work during the Summer Commencement Ceremony Friday evening in the Alfred Lawson, Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium.

While addressing the new FAMU alumni, James E. Nevels, J.D., chair of The Swarthmore Group, and commencement speaker emphasized the importance of graduates incorporating service in everything they do.

“Excellence With Caring” is another name for service,” Nevels said. “Your service after you depart this place will benefit the brand of FAMU and those who follow you,” he added.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

FAMU Nursing awarded $1.3M to enhance health care in rural and underserved communities

The Florida A&M University (FAMU) School of Nursing has launched new efforts to increase opportunities to prepare students to work as health care professionals in rural and underserved communities.

The Academic-Practice Partnerships Enhance Advanced Learning (APPEAL) project is supported by a new two-year, $1.3 million grant received by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) this summer.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Lawson co-sponsors U.S. House resolution to censure Trump over Charlottesville comments

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (D-FL) is co-sponsoring a censure resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives against U.S. President Donald Trump for his comments blaming “both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia and excusing the behavior of participants in the August 11-12 ‘Unite the Right’ rally.

“The president should not indulge any of the hate groups,” Lawson said in comments published by WFSU on August 16. “I don’t care if those are the ones that put him into office or not. He is the president of everybody in America, not one particular group.”

Sunday, August 20, 2017

NABJ celebrates FAMU alumni with excellence in journalism awards

NABJ President Sarah Glover (far left) congratulates Garth Reeves Sr.
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) bestowed more than 100 awards at its 42nd Annual Convention from August 9-13 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NABJ inducted four veteran journalists into its 2017 Hall of Fame on Friday, August 11. The Hall of Fame is NABJ’s highest recognition.

Among the distinguished group were two alumni who have made historic contributions to the journalism field.

Garth C. Reeves, publisher emeritus of the Miami Times and a 1940 graduate of Florida A&M University, was among the honorees and celebrated as a NABJ 2017 Hall of Fame Inductee at the association’s national convention.

Friday, August 18, 2017

FAMU Law student interns with Navy JAG Corps

By Nadia Felder
Florida A&M University

It’s no secret that securing a government internship can be difficult – even the most talented people often don’t make the cut. Unless, they are presented with a unique opportunity like second-year FAMU law student Ashley Wilson.

Wilson, a Jamaica-native, landed one of the most-difficult to acquire government internships when she was hired for the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAGs) at the Naval Academy this summer in Annapolis, Maryland.

For eight weeks, she was tasked with assisting the Navy JAGs in all legal research necessary for assignments. As the only intern in the Naval Academy, Wilson learned how to handle all aspects of law from a military perspective including wills, trusts, divorces, contracts, and even criminal cases.