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

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.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Boston appointed new associate provost for faculty affairs and development

On July 8, FAMU Professor Genyne Henry Boston became the university’s new associate provost for faculty affairs and faculty development.

In the newly created position, Boston will provide leadership in ensuring academic and research excellence, as well as innovation in facilitating a learning environment of intellectual vibrancy, personal and social responsibility, success, and significance for both faculty and students.

“I believe that everyone has a role to play in the success of our students,” Boston said. “It is my goal to ensure that faculty members are equipped with information and resources to make a difference in the learning experience of FAMU students.”

Monday, June 08, 2015

FAMU and Siaya County sign MOU to promote collaboration and research exchange

FAMU Provost Marcella David and Siaya County, Kenya Governor Cornell Rasanga Amoth recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU). The MOU will open the door to enhancing educational and research opportunities between FAMU and Siaya County as well as provide a roadmap for further expansion by FAMU in Kenya and East Africa. 

The MOU will enhance access to quality education for the people of Siaya County. It will also provide for joint educational and research activities, exchange of students and scholars, and increased funding opportunities for the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences (CAFS) from agencies such as USAID, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and other global organizations.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

FAMU hosts AROTC Alumni Leadership Seminar

By Capt. Fernando Ochoa
311th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)

FAMU conducted a two-day AROTC Alumni Leadership Seminar to help mentor young cadets on the planning of their future with the U.S. Army at Howard Hall on the campus March 27-28.

The event organizer, Lt. Col. Larry Rentz, currently serves as an Active Guard Reserve Officer in the U.S. Army Reserve and put this seminar together specifically to discuss what is expected of lieutenants serving in the U. S. Army.

“The purpose of this event was to provide information to the cadets that we felt would be beneficial for them to know as they plan their future with the U.S. Army,” said Rentz. “I hope this event will lead to an active mentorship link between military alumni of FAMU and the Army ROTC cadets. I would also like this to become an annual event to provide a venue for the alumni to give back to the ROTC program by donating time, energy or money.”

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Grandmother and granddaughter will graduate together during FAMU commencement

Today, May 2, more than 1,200 FAMU students will be sent off to the next chapter of their lives with inspiring words of wisdom from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and alumnus and filmmaker Will Packer. Not only will the day’s events mark the completion of academic goals for many of the graduates, but it will also celebrate the courage that many FAMU students exhibit as they pursue their dreams despite the odds against them.

Among the graduates will be Tallahassee native Cathy Williams, a 62-year-old grandmother who will share the graduation stage with her granddaughter Chelsea Washington. After diligently serving many years as an employee of the State, Williams decided that it was time for her to pursue a college degree. She courageously decided to look beyond what some would consider the limitations of age and chase her college dreams.

Friday, May 01, 2015

Graduating ‘Strong Finisher’ at FAMU receives grant from Microsoft chair, wife

17 Graduating Seniors Recognized for Top Grades, 4-Year Completion

By LaRae Donnellan
Special to Rattler Nation

For one FAMU student, the institution’s May 2 commencement exercises will represent a classic success story. His parents arrived in this country on a boat from Haiti while his mother was pregnant with him. His parents work hard, finally arranging to bring his five siblings to Florida; a sixth is born years later. And he, too, worked hard, becoming the first in his family to graduate from a U.S. college or university.

Some people might say Jacky Sam Succes, 22, was destined for success with what he calls “an awesome last name.” Still, it is his hard work that is being recognized this weekend when he and 16 other graduating seniors at FAMU will receive the Strong Finish Award, thanks to a $5 million grant from Microsoft Chair John W. Thompson and his wife, Sandi.

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.