Showing posts with label Academics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Academics. Show all posts

Monday, April 20, 2015

Will Packer, Tom Vilsack to address FAMU’s spring graduates

On May 2, nearly 1,200 graduates will receive their degree at FAMU’s Alfred L. Lawson, Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium in Tallahassee. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will serve as the speaker for the 9 a.m. ceremony and FAMU alumnus and filmmaker Will Packer will serve as the speaker for the 2 p.m. ceremony.

“FAMU is dedicated to providing opportunities to students from all walks of life to live out their dreams. Here is where the visions of future educators, scientists, artists, pharmacists, entrepreneurs, journalists, and politicians have begun to come to fruition,” said FAMU President Elmira Mangum. “So, it is a great opportunity to have Will Packer, one of our most influential graduates, and Secretary Vilsack, the leader of one of the nation’s most vital organizations, to speak to our students as they prepare to go out into the world and enrich our communities.”

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

FAMU symphony students thrilled to make history at Carnegie Hall

On Sunday, the FAMU Wind Symphony became the first classical ensemble from a historically black college or university (HBCU) to play at Carnegie Hall. The group of about 60 student musicians performed for 40 minutes and played five selections that included John Williams’ “Star Wars Trilogy” and David Maslanka’s “Symphony No. 7, Mvt. III.”

“It’s overwhelming,” flute player Geralda Ambroise said in an interview with the New York Amsterdam News. “It’s one of the most overwhelming feelings I’ve ever felt. Just to know that I get to say that ‘I performed at Carnegie Hall’ on the same stage as people like Dizzy Gillespie and Leonard Bernstein.”

Friday, March 13, 2015

FAMU wind symphony to make historic debut at Carnegie Hall

The FAMU Wind Symphony is gearing up for a historic performance at the legendary Carnegie Hall.

The Wind Symphony is invited to perform a 30-minute set on Sunday, March 29 at 8:30 p.m. at the Stern Auditorium – Perelman Stage. The performance marks the first appearance of a classical ensemble from a historically black college or university (HBCU) at Carnegie Hall.

The Wind Symphony’s invitation is a part of the Ensemble Spotlight Series. The group will share the stage with the renowned New England Symphonic Ensemble, the featured company for the evening.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Smith files bill to create Law Enforcement Academy at FAMU and Florida Memorial

State Sen. Chris Smith (D-Fort Lauderdale) has filed Senate Bill 772, which would establish the Law Enforcement Academy for Diverse Communities at FAMU and at Florida Memorial University.

According to a press release from the Florida Senate Democrats, the academy will aid in the recruitment and training of future minority law enforcement officers. It aims to make sure that local police forces have an ample supply of well-qualified minority officers to serve them so they can better reflect the diversity of the state’s communities.

“Studies show that officers with college degrees have less problems,” Smith said in a comment to WFSU.

The bill adds that the curriculum will also provide “participation in youth mentoring projects that help to dismantle negative perceptions of law enforcement officers and support creation of stronger relationships between youth residing in racially and culturally diverse communities and law enforcement officers.”

Saturday, March 07, 2015

FAMU sociology students prepare for Selma Anniversary research trip

A group of nine FAMU sociology students are heading to Selma this weekend, an Alabama town where activists staged events that forever changed voting rights in America.

The students will attend the Free Thinkers Forum honoring the work of eight courageous, unsung community heroes who fought for voting rights in the 1960s.

FAMU students will participate in and observe activities commemorating the historic Selma march and subsequent Voting Rights Act of 1965. They will use their notes and photographs from the trip to develop a research presentation and publication.

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.”

Monday, February 23, 2015

Actor Lamman Rucker to kick-off FAMU’s Presidential Lecture Series

FAMU President Elmira Mangum will launch her Presidential Lecture Series today Monday, Feb. 23 with a master class for theatre students and other related majors. The master class will feature actor, educator, activist, and entrepreneur Lamman Rucker.

Rucker is the star of the new film “The Man in 3B,” and his previous credits include “Why Did I Get Married?,”  “Why Did I Get Married, Too?,” “The Undershepherd,” “Meet the Browns,” “The Temptations,” “Half & Half,” “As The World Turns,” and “All My Children.”

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Bullard urges students to become social architects

Yesterday, FAMU alumnus Dwight M. Bullard delivered the keynote address for the 2015 FAMU Black History Convocation.

Bullard, who represents Senate District 39 in the Florida Legislature, spoke on theme the “Be A Social Architect and Not A Social Parasite!” He urged FAMU students to use their education to become social architects who give back to the world instead of joining the social parasites who are only concerned about themselves.

FAMU President Elmira Mangum presented Bullard with the President’s Award after his speech.

Friday, February 06, 2015

FAMU academic advisor garners national awards

A few weeks ago the National Association for Academic Athletic Advisors (N4A) launched the 11th annual Professional Development Institute (PDI).  The Institute’s mission is to create and maintain a learning community that transmits, creates, and preserves the knowledge that defines the profession. As a standout staff member Anthony Williams, athletic academic advisor at FAMU was selected after a very competitive application process in which only 25 applicants were chosen to attend from universities across the nation.

“We are truly proud and excited to have Anthony as a member of our Athletic Academic Support staff.  His focus and commitment to our charge forward are key to our future success”, said Joyce Ellenwood, assistant director for access and athletic academic support services.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Bullard to keynote 2015 FAMU Black History Convocation

State Sen. Dwight M. Bullard of District 39 in Miami will keynote the 2015 FAMU Black History Convocation.

Bullard is a former schoolteacher who earned his bachelor’s degree in history from FAMU in 1999. He’s a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

He follows in big footsteps. His late mother, Larcenia J. Bullard, was a member of the Florida House from 1992 to 2000 and later served as a member of the Florida Senate from 2002 until 2012. His father, Edward B. “Ed” Bullard, won her former Florida House seat in 2000 and continued serving until 2008.

Dwight Bullard then won the election to succeed his father in the Florida House in 2008. In 2012, he claimed victory in the election to succeed his mother in the Florida Senate.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Agnew to keynote FAMU’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation

Phillip Agnew, executive director of Dream Defenders, will serve as the keynote speaker for FAMU’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation on Thursday, January 15, 2015.

Agnew held many leadership positions during his days as a business administration student at FAMU. They included freshman class president, sophomore class president, student body vice-president, and student body president. Caterpillar, Procter & Gamble, and Eli Lilly all offered him positions before he graduated. He ultimately went with Eli Lilly, but eventually dropped his pharmaceutical sales position with that company to pursue his dream of working as a full-time civil rights activist like so many of his heroes from the 1960s.

Monday, December 15, 2014

21 FAMU student-athletes cross stage at fall commencement

FAMU President Elmira Mangum congratulates softball grad Christina Robbs
In front of a packed house of 9,000 at the Alfred Lawson Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium, FAMU welcomed just over 700 new members to its proud roster of more than 70,000 graduates since 1887. The new FAMU alumni included 21 student-athletes.

Diana Gonzales and Bennie Robinson were two examples of the graduating student-athletes who performed well in both their sports competitions and in the classroom.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation president to keynote FAMU’s fall graduation

More than 700 FAMU students will graduate during the University’s fall commencement exercise on Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. A. Shuanise Washington, president and CEO of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) will provide words of wisdom to the graduates as the keynote speaker.

As the president of the CBCF, Washington leads the organization in continuing its mission of serving as the premier research and educational institution dedicated to advancing the global black community, which includes developing leaders, informing policy, and educating the public.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Temple U. Professor headed for FAMU

Iyelli Ichile, chair, of Temple University's undergraduate program in African American Studies has resigned her position for a new job at FAMU, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Ichile's resignation Monday came suddenly with classes at Temple set to begin on August 25. 

In an email to Temple students and faculty,Tuesday, African American Studies Department Chairman Molefi Asante described Ichile as "one of our most active and valued faculty members."

"Of course, we were stunned and broken hearted; however, we must wish her well and regroup and move forward with the work to be done for the next year."
The Inquirer reports, both Ichile and her fiance both found jobs at Florida A&M University "and will be moving immediately."
Temple student leader Paul Cange, said students were shocked to learn Ichile is leaving.
"She was so important in the department, and she was well-liked," Cange said.
He said he had registered for his first class with her for the upcoming semester.
As undergraduate chairwoman, Ichile helped students who majored and minored in African-American studies stay on track with their classes. 

Sunday, August 03, 2014

FAMU eyeing Leesburg, FL school

A recent article in the Leesburg Daily Commercial newspaper sheds a glimmer of light on FAMU's interest in using a former Lake County elementary school to offer training in the health professions in that Central Florida community.

The article states that provost Rodner Wright wrote the Lake County School Board expressing an interest in Leesburg's Dabney Elementary School site which has been closed for sometime.  Wright wrote, "FAMU hopes to partner with the Central Florida Health Alliance and the City of Leesburg" to offer the programs.

Specifics were few, but Wright's letter was enough to convince school board members to hold off on plans to demolish the school until they had a chance learn more about the university's plans.

Monday, July 28, 2014

George E. Cooper to keynote FAMU’s summer commencement

FAMU alumnus George E. Cooper, executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), will serve as speaker for its summer commencement ceremonies scheduled Friday, Aug. 1 at 6 p.m.

“We are excited to welcome home alumnus George Cooper to share his passion for higher education with the newest graduates of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University,” said President Elmira Mangum. “His career trajectory from ambitious student to university president to White House executive director demonstrates just how far our students can excel using the academic foundation they obtain here.”

As a part of the leadership team for the White House Initiative on HBCUs, Cooper works with the president-appointed HBCU Board of Advisors as a liaison between the executive branch and HBCUs across the country. He serves as the constant voice of the HBCU community at the Department of Education and helps to shape policy and deploy resources to better serve the students, faculty and families of the greater HBCU community. He also works with 32 federal agencies that support HBCUs through federal grants and contracts.

Friday, July 18, 2014

FAMU welcomes new U.S. diplomat in residence

Senior Foreign Service Officer Michael E. Thurston will serve as FAMU’s new Diplomat in Residence for the 2014-2015 academic year. Thurston was appointed by the U.S. Department of State to serve as the Diplomat in Residence for the entire Southeast region and will be housed at FAMU's Office of International Education and Development.

Thurston's first lecture at the university will be held on July 23 at 3 p.m. at FAMU's Coleman Library as a part of the Graduate Studies and Research Programs' Professional Development Workshop Series. He will discuss opportunities offered by the Department of State and its Diplomat in Residence Program.

According to Thurston, his time at FAMU will be spent recruiting and mentoring students who wish to pursue careers with international connections through the U.S. Department of State, as well as serving as a guest lecturer and resource to the university's faculty on foreign policy and international relations.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

FAMU team competes as national finalist in Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

L-R: Roslyn Shanklin, Kimberlyn Elliott, Coach Vivian Hobbs, Baysha Bernales, and Aubrey Upshur, III.
The brainpower of FAMU students and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) is on display at the 25th Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament held on the campus of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., in Torrance, Calif.

FAMU students, along with hundreds of students representing HBCUs from across the nation, have spent the past year diligently preparing to compete in the final round of the HCASC academic tournament.

FAMU is represented by Baysha Bernales from Hawthorne, Fla.; Kimberlyn Elliott from Gainesville, Fla.; Roslyn Shanklin from New Haven, Conn. and Aubrey Upshur III from Philadelphia, Pa. Retired FAMU Professor Vivian L. Hobbs is coaching the team.

Monday, March 24, 2014

FAMU inks historic partnership with Black Television News Channel

FAMU celebrated the official signing of documents to create a partnership with the Black Television News Network (BTNC) and the FAMU School of Journalism & Graphic Communication, making the university home to the nation’s only Black-owned cable news network.

“At a time when jobs are shrinking and there is change in the multimedia market, the Black Television News Network is a job creator. This partnership is an educational administrator’s dream,” said Interim President Larry Robinson. “It positively impacts our students by allowing them to enhance and apply the knowledge gained in the classroom, thus better positioning them for the world of work from their exposure to cutting edge technology.

The network will be operated and managed at the SJGC building by co-founding partners: former U.S. Congressman J.C. Watts; Robert “Bob” Brillante, a 30-year cable TV veteran and founder of Florida’s News Channel; Frank Watson, a 30-year broadcast industry veteran; former U.S. House of Representatives Budget Director Steve Pruitt and Evan Leo, one of Washington D.C.’s premier telecommunications and regulatory attorneys.

Watts said FAMU was a premiere choice for collaboration as they planned the project.