Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Friday, March 02, 2018
FAMU will be represented by Travian Davonte Marquis Albert, a junior majoring in political science and psychology from Milton, Fla.; Bryan Walters Anderson, a junior majoring in industrial engineering from Coral Springs, Fla.; Darryl Eugene Williams, Jr., a junior majoring in political science and pre‐law from Bradenton, Fla.; and David O. Kadiri, a senior majoring in biology from Benin, West Africa. Vivian L. Hobbs, Ph.D., will coach the team.
Sunday, February 04, 2018
Friday, February 02, 2018
Florida A&M University (FAMU) partnered 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,” by Emmy and Peabody Award-winning director Stanley Nelson.
The screening of the 90-minute film was held at 7 p.m. at FAMU’s Lee Hall and was followed by a panel discussion with representatives from the “Tell Them We Are Rising” team, university leaders, alumni, and other guest to talk about the issues explored in the documentary.
“Tell Them We Are Rising,” tells the story of black colleges and universities and their impact on the nation over the past 150 years. The documentary takes viewers through the journey of African-American history through the lens of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).
Monday, January 29, 2018
Professional dress intact and resumes secured, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) students happily interacted with top-industry professionals as they provided opportunities for potential employment and internships during last week’s Career Expo in the Lawson Center.
While the main floor grew congested, time eagerly passed as students from different FAMU colleges and schools exercised their professionalism and scholastic talents.
Students, preceding their arrival, had spent countless hours preparing a script and persona to captivate prospective employers. This was the moment they have anticipated all semester.
Third-year accounting student Shayla Lagree conducted mock interviews to practice her public speaking and interview skills.
“You want to practice speaking publically as much as possible,” Lagree said. “The more you practice, the more permanent your practices become.”
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Early in the speech he acknowledged his “favorite Rattler,” who is his wife Genae Angelique Crump, a Ph.D. alumna of FAMU. He also recognized his former law partner, FAMU alumnus Daryl Parks, who he called one of his best friends.
Crump spoke on the topic of “Where You Stand,” borrowing from the King quote that said: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
He went on to cite numerous examples of the ongoing need to stand for what’s right. Crump mentioned the segregated cemetery and low number of black city employees Camilla, Ga. (where 70 percent of the residents are black), police beating of Ulysses Wilkerson in Troy, Ala., and negative comments that U.S. President Donald Trump made about African countries and Haiti.
Saturday, January 13, 2018
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
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.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
|Walner Espinoza receiving his B.S. in
A total of 22 Florida A&M University student-athletes crossed the stage during the Fall 2017 commencement ceremonies. 17 earned bachelor’s degrees and the remaining five earned master’s degrees.
FAMU Interim Director of Athletics John Eason was pleased with the number of student-athletes attaining their degrees.
“Graduation is when real victories occur,” Eason said. “When we commit to these FAMU students and their families, we convince them that this university is the best place to get a great education.”
Leading the group of graduates are two members of the 2017 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) men’s tennis champion Rattlers. Walner Espinoza and Karlyn Small both participated in commencement ceremonies this weekend. Espinoza attained his B.S. in information technology, while Small earned his B.S. in business administration.
Highly decorated track and field athlete Andrea Aaron was awarded her bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Aaron earned several MEAC honors en route to helping the Lady Rattler track team to two MEAC Outdoor Track and Field championships. She also earned several top honors in indoor track and field.
Thursday, December 21, 2017
Family, friends, faculty, staff, alumni, and other guests attended two ceremonies on December 15 and 16 at the Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium. Harris spoke first, and McKenzie delivered her message Saturday morning.
Described as an “electrifying preacher,” McKenzie’s historic election in 2000 was the first time in the A.M.E. Church’s 213-year history that a woman had obtained the level of Episcopal office. She captivated the audience’s attention by outlining ten “permission slips” for graduates as they pursue careers.
“Give yourself permission to do better. Use your degree to make things better for yourself,” said Bishop McKenzie.
Friday, December 15, 2017
The first female and 117th bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church Vashti McKenzie and alumna and Allstate Insurance Executive Cheryl Harris will address Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) fall 2017 graduates. Approximately 630 FAMU graduates will be cheered on by family, friends, faculty, staff, alumni, and other guests during two ceremonies.
Harris will speak on Friday, December 15 at 6 p.m., at the Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium. McKenzie will deliver her message in the Lawson Center on Saturday, December 16 at 9 a.m.
Described as an “electrifying preacher,” McKenzie’s historic election in 2000 was the first time in the A.M.E. Church’s 213-year history that a woman had obtained the level of Episcopal office. McKenzie is an author, documentary producer and the presiding prelate of the 10th Episcopal District.
Harris is a graduate of FAMU’s School of Business and Industry and serves on the FAMU Foundation Board of Directors. She oversees Allstate’s Supplier Diversity Program and was recently named one of Black Enterprise’s “Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America” in 2017.
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Simmons wants to quickly move undergraduate enrollment at PVAMU up to 12,000. According to the Texas Tribune, “her vast professional network and fundraising abilities will be critical for a growing school hoping to up its undergraduate enrollment from 9,000 to 12,000 in the next three years.”
PVAMU hasn’t announced its final enrollment numbers for Fall 2017, but a press release said that the total number of students is larger than last year. Back in Fall 2016, PVAMU had 8,762 students with an average freshman GPA of 3.04.
Florida A&M University first crossed the 12,000 student mark back in 1999 when Frederick S. Humphries was president. FAMU enrolled 12,100 students that year. The average GPA for the freshmen was 3.21.
Monday, November 06, 2017
Florida A&M University enrolled a total of 9,913 students in Fall 2017. That’s the biggest number of students the school has had since Fall 2015, when there were 9,920 students.
The average GPA for the freshman class is 3.39.
That GPA average is 0.15 less than the 3.54 from Fall 2016. But the SAT scores for the freshmen are higher than the Florida and national averages.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, “the average SAT score was 1017 in Florida, out of a possible 1600, and 1070 nationally. The average composite ACT score in Florida was 19.8 out of 36 compared to 21 nationally.”
FAMU freshmen posted a 1077 average on the SAT. The freshmen also have an average ACT score of 21, which is above the Florida average and the same as the national average.
The Sentinel reported that 93 percent of the students in the Florida high school senior class of 2017 took the "new" SAT.
North Carolina A&T remains the largest single campus historically black college or university (HBCU) with 11,877 students for Fall 2017. Its freshmen had an average GPA of 3.51. But the FAMU freshmen topped the NCA&T freshmen in SAT and ACT scores. The average SAT score for NCA&T freshmen is 1,023 and the average ACT score is 20.
FAMU lost $1.4M in tuition and fees in 2015-2016 due to the decline in enrollment. The enrollment bump will give FAMU its first boost in tuition and fees since 2011-2012.
Applications at FAMU went up from 7,813 for Fall 2016 to 8,952 for Fall 2017.
Friday, November 03, 2017
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Florida A&M University retained the top spot as the #1 public HBCU in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report ranking of historically Black colleges or University (HBCU), released yesterday. FAMU also moved up one spot to No.6 of the 80 HBCUs considered for the “Best Colleges”
FAMU also was ranked up the nation's top tier best "National Universities" for the first time, coming in at No. 207. More than 1,660 four-year colleges and universities were surveyed to determine the rankings.
“Our new rankings are indicative of the hard work and dedication of our students, faculty, staff and alumni,” said Interim President Larry Robinson. “Today’s announcement is further evidence of our success in achieving our goal to provide the nation’s best educational experience for our students.”
Thursday, August 31, 2017
FAMU also finished in the No. 2 spot in the spot among all colleges and universities for graduating the most African American students with professional doctoral degrees. FAMU was No. 19 overall for granting professional doctoral degrees to minority students in the United States.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
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.
Monday, July 31, 2017
James E. Nevels, the founder of one of the largest minority-owned investment firms in the nation, will address nearly 400 graduates during Florida A&M University’s summer commencement ceremony.
The ceremony will take place on August 4 at 6 p.m., in the Alfred L. Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium, located at 1800 Wahnish Way.
Nevels will share pearls of wisdom with graduates from his more than 36 years of experience in the securities and investment industries, including his work as a humanitarian and the founder of The Swarthmore Group. Swarthmore is an investment advisory firm, based in Philadelphia, which manages approximately $2.1 billion in institutional assets for a diverse group of clients.
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Florida A&M University
This May, the “I Can Be” Architecture Career Day Workshop at Florida A&M University gave young girls a basic understanding of the architecture profession by helping them design a dream house for their dolls.
The workshop, which took place at the FAMU School of Architecture and Engineering Technology, featured faculty, alumni and community partners who are celebrated for their expertise in the field.
The event presented the elementary students with the long history of successful women architects, offered a glimpse into the design process, as well as STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) careers. Forty-two girls, ages 7 to 9, who attend FAMU Developmental Research School in Tallahassee participated in the event.
Saturday, July 08, 2017
ROTC Professor of Military Science
This year, the Florida A&M University Army ROTC had the honor of becoming a partner in the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, which also coincides with the Secretary of Defense’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The partnership has furthered FAMU’s globalization initiative, permitting students to experience the first major battle, learn timeless lessons on leadership, and take advantage of development opportunities that strategically teach preparation for complex and dynamic environments.
After learning about the battle of Ia Drang in the Vietnam War, four FAMU students, alongside Army ROTC professor of military science LTC Edwin Escobar, traveled nearly 10,000 miles to Vietnam this spring to participate in unique learning and engagement opportunities offered through the partnership.