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

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Robinson addresses executive order affecting foreign travel and immigration

Interim President Larry Robinson released the following statement regarding the recent executive order affecting foreign travel and immigration:

“Florida A&M University has a strong and vibrant academic and research community, which includes diverse students, staff, and faculty representing various countries. The University remains committed to providing its faculty, staff, and students with a safe, positive, and fruitful working and learning environment regardless of their nation of origin.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

FAMU graduates encouraged to pursue life’s dreams

FAMU alumnus and pharmaceutical executive Jemal Gibson inspired graduates to hang in there during tough times when he delivered the keynote address during the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) Fall Commencement on Dec. 9.

The author and former U.S. Army officer shared his journey from a young freshman arriving on campus from Chicago with just $20 in his pocket to becoming a corporate executive. The Al Lawson Multipurpose Center was filled to capacity during the commencement program.

While speaking to nearly 700 graduates, Gibson shared three critical points that he believes can help them as they begin their own professional journey. The core components included aspiration, perspiration, and inspiration.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

FAMU pays tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.

Uplifting music, gospel songs, and a stirring speech filled Gaither Gymnasium on January 13 during the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation.

Social Justice Advocate and Entrepreneur Jonathan L. Jackson, son of the Rev. Jesse Jackson and business professor at Chicago State University delivered the keynote address during the event. While speaking, Jackson challenged students and others in attendance to continue FAMU’s tradition of standing up to injustices everywhere.

“You’re going to have to stand up repeatedly over and over. You’re going to have to continue as Rattlers to strike back again. Racism has not been eradicated,” Jackson said.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Activist Jonathan Jackson, son of Jesse Jackson, to keynote FAMU’s MLK Convocation

This week, Florida A&M University (FAMU) will honor the late Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and commemorate his remarkable legacy of service and advocacy.

On today, Friday, January 13, 2017, at 10:10 a.m., FAMU will host its annual MLK Convocation at Jake Gaither Gymnasium. The keynote speaker will be Jonathan Jackson, an accomplished businessman, educator, and social justice advocate, who is also the son of Civil Rights activist Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, a friend of Dr. King.

“We are honored to have Mr. Jonathan Jackson address the FAMU community during our annual observance and celebration of Dr. King’s great impact,” said Interim President Larry Robinson. “Mr. Jackson’s contributions to social justice, education, and business are impressive and inspiring. We are excited to learn about and from his experiences.”

Saturday, December 17, 2016

19 FAMU student-athletes cross stage at Fall 2016 commencement

It’s the biggest event of the year.  Yes, even bigger than homecoming.  Commencement ceremonies bring out the best in FAMU Athletics and the Fall 2016 ceremony was no different.  Over 700 students had their degrees conferred upon them tonight, with 19 of those being FAMU student-athletes.

The graduates ranged from Jaymee Smith, who completed her degree in four years to Maverick McKinney; a football player from the mid-1980s who joined the workforce and returned to complete his degree, culminating in tonight’s commencement.   

No matter the time table, the pride remained the same.  The culmination of baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees are celebrated in grand fashion at Florida A&M University.

Monday, October 17, 2016

FAMU’s star-studded Homecoming 2016 celebration underway

Some of today’s brightest stars are making their way to Tallahassee to help Florida A&M University (FAMU) celebrate its rich legacy during its annual Homecoming festivities.

The schedule is jam-packed with chart toppers and hitmakers such as R&B superstar Jeremih; popular comedian Rickey Smiley; famed ‘90s R&B quartet Jodeci; and some of FAMU’s most celebrated alumni, including super-producer Will Packer.

Titled, “A Different World: FAMU Pride, FAMU Tradition,” this year’s theme pays homage to the classic television show “A Different World,” which has been credited with inspiring viewers of all ages to celebrate the tradition and pride of historically Black colleges and universities.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Robinson appoints Wright interim provost

Interim President Larry Robinson announced yesterday that he has appointed long-time dean in the School of Architecture and Engineering Technology Rodner Wright as the new interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

Wright previously served as interim provost during Robinson’s stint as interim president from 2012 through 2014.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

David hasn’t displayed skills that are needed to reverse FAMU enrollment decline

On Friday, a Tallahassee Democrat article reported that FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) Chairman Kelvin Lawson said there’s a good chance that Provost Marcella David could be chosen as a temporary replacement for President Elmira Mangum.

The BOT Special Committee on Presidential Leadership unanimously approved a proposed exit plan on Friday that could lead to Mangum going on administrative by September 15, the date when the full BOT will discuss the recommendation.

The Democrat reported that if the BOT approves the plan, “trustees would likely name Provost Marcella David to the position of acting president, trustees chairman Kelvin Lawson said. That is spelled out in the university’s operating procedures, he said.”

FAMU BOT members should scratch David’s name off of the list of potential replacements for Mangum. The university has a big enrollment crisis and David hasn’t shown the skills that are needed to fix it.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

FAMU seeing increase in graduate studies applications, enrollment, and degrees

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) is making great strides in its efforts to amplify its graduate programs.

With a desire to put a more strategic focus on FAMU’s master’s and doctoral degree production, in 2015, President Elmira Mangum and Provost Marcella David tapped award-winning professor and alumnus David H. Jackson to lead its graduate college and serve as associate provost for graduate education.

The reenergized efforts have resulted in a 26 percent increase in graduate applications for fall 2016 over last year’s 709 applicants. As a result, the University is expecting an increase in master’s and doctoral research student enrollment this fall.

Monday, July 25, 2016

June 2016: SBI professor warns BOT about possible targeting of 4 FAMU deans

At the June 10, 2016 meeting of the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT), School of Business and Industry Professor Clyde Ashley told board members about the possible targeting of four deans at the university.

Ashley didn’t go into details about what he meant when he said the deans were “being targeted.” But the four deans he mentioned during his two-minute speech in the public comments section of the meeting were School of Architecture and Engineering Technology Dean Rodner B. Wright, SBI Dean Shawnta Friday-Stroud, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Dean Michael D. Thompson, and School of Journalism and Graphic Communication Dean Ann L. Wead Kimbrough.

President Elmira Mangum didn’t comment on the issue at the BOT meeting.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

“Black and Blue Lives Matter” panel brings students and law enforcement officials together

A discussion centered on unity and understanding took place at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) on July 13 at Charles Winter Wood Theatre.

The conversation entitled, “Healing Voices: Black and Blue Lives Matter,” included a variety of professional panelists such as law enforcement officials and University professors. The forum, which was open to all members of the campus and local communities, provided an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and weigh in on the discussion.

President Elmira Mangum believes hosting the forum on campus provided an opportunity to discuss events taking place across the nation and review possible resolutions, including those already suggested during previous programs.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Rattler Battalion cadets begin service as Army Officers

Leading with character was a point of emphasis during the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony on April 29.

Eight cadets were commissioned as second lieutenants during the ceremony, officially signaling a start to their careers as officers in the United States Army.

Lt. Col. Edwin Escobar, commander of the Rattler Battalion, reminded the cadets and family members in attendance that he was surrounded by a great team at FAMU, to include his cadre, Department of the Army Civilians and the University’s faculty and staff.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Fla. agriculture commissioner and U.S. education secretary to address FAMU graduates

On April 30, 2016, more than 1,200 students will become alumni of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) and enter into the next chapter of their lives as global citizens ready to put the knowledge they have gained into action.

Students will receive degrees ranging from agribusiness and computer science to nursing and educational leadership.

Addressing the students, who will eagerly receive their diplomas as they prepare to make their marks on the world, are U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., J.D., Ed.D., who was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2015, and former U.S. Representative and Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam.

Friday, April 29, 2016

FAMU set for 2016 Spring Commencement

By Dominique Mack
Florida A&M University

Final preparations for Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s spring commencement ceremonies on April 30 are in full swing.

Graduating students as well as the University’s commencement committee have been hard at work year round preparing for the big day.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

FAMU track star’s art piece showcased at Foster-Tanner Art Gallery

It is often very dangerous to stand in the vicinity of FAMU track and field star Jaymee Smith.  For the past four years, she has stepped on the tracked armed with a spear – a javelin, that is.  The good news is she knows how to throw it, and when she does the outcome is defeat for her opponents.

The senior from Kansas, by way of Jacksonville, Fla., has been a top performer in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) since her freshman year.

Off the field, Smith is finishing up her degree in fine arts and has a flare for creating “cool” pieces.  On April 14, a milestone was attained as one of her pieces had the honor of being displayed on the side of the Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Building, square in the center of FAMU’s campus. The 22’ x 11’ canvas titled “Own It,” is part of an homage assignment in a public arts course taught by Professor Aja Roache.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Historic photos from late Jim Davis, retired FAMU lobbyist, on display in Black Archives

On Feb. 23, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) retiree James “Jim” Davis donated three historical framed photos from his personal archive to the Meek-Eaton Black Archives Research Center and Museum where they will be displayed and cared for on “The Hill” for years to come.

Davis, a longtime FAMU lobbyist and former executive assistant to former FAMU President Frederick S. Humphries, recently lost his battle with cancer. Before passing away on March 17, Davis showed his continued support of the University through his generous contribution.

Friday, December 11, 2015

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn to deliver FAMU’s fall commencement address

On Friday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m., approximately 800 Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) students will start the next chapter of their lives as they receive their degrees in fields ranging from agriculture to architecture.

The university’s annual fall commencement ceremony will be held at the Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium, located at 1800 Wahnish Way.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Angela Robinson to keynote FAMU Homecoming Convocation

“The Haves and the Have Nots” star and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) alumna Angela Robinson will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 FAMU Homecoming Convocation.

Robinson, who graduated from FAMU in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, is a native of Jacksonville, Fla., and began her acting career on stage on Broadway and Off-Broadway. On Broadway, she performed in “The Color Purple” and Off-Broadway in “Dream Girls” and “The Wizard of Oz.”

Before becoming a star on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), prime-time hit television show “The Haves and Have Nots,” Robinson appeared on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” In 2015, she received the Gracie Award for Outstanding Female Actor-One to Watch. The Gracie Awards celebrate and honor programming created for women, by women, and about women, as well as individuals who have made exemplary contributions in electronic media.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

15 FAMU student-athletes cross stage during summer commencement

Terrence Woods receives his B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies
Last weekend, 15 FAMU student-athletes crossed the stage of the Alfred Lawson Teaching Gymnasium and Multipurpose Center to receive their degrees.

One of the graduates was quarterback Damien Fleming, who is second all-time in passing yards for FAMU.  Fleming completed his degree in four years while starting on the field for four season.

Kicker Chase Varnadore, also of the Rattler football team, earned his master’s degree in political science.  Varnadore was an All-American, who also holds the FAMU record for the longest field goal (53 yards).

Friday, August 07, 2015

Oliver to deliver keynote address at 2015 FAMU summer commencement

FOX Sports reporter Pam Oliver will serve as the keynote speaker at the FAMU’s 2015 summer commencement ceremony.

Oliver is a renowned sports broadcaster with more than 30 years of experience. She studied broadcast journalism at FAMU. Currently, she is entering her 21st season as a sideline reporter for FOX Sports’ award-winning presentation of National Football League games. She was originally a reporter with ESPN during the early 1990s before joining FOX Sports in 1995. In recent years, she also has done courtside reporting on TNT during the first two rounds of the NBA Playoffs.