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

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

FAMU could receive $1.9M from Professional and Graduate Degree Excellence Program

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For the 2017-2018 year, Florida A&M University expects to receive $1,959,398 from the State University Professional and Graduate Degree Excellence Program. The FAMU Division of Finance and Administration included the estimate in the Budget Workbook it prepared for this week’s Board of Trustees meeting.

The Florida Legislature approved the program in the Florida Excellence in Higher Education Act of 2017 (CS/CS/SB 374) that it sent to governor’s desk on June 5. Gov. Rick Scott still hasn’t announced whether he will veto the bill.

The language in the act says that: “The State University Professional and Graduate Degree Excellence Program is established to fund and support the efforts of state universities to enhance the quality and excellence of professional and graduate schools and degree programs in medicine, law, and business and expand the economic impact of state universities.”

Thursday, May 18, 2017

FAMU partners with Tallahassee mayor and Domi Station to launch coding academy

This week, Florida A&M University (FAMU), Domi Station and the Office of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a FAMU alumnus, launched I/O Avenue, a Tallahassee-based code academy.

The program was created as a component of a larger Tallahassee TechHire Initiative and focuses on rapidly training workers to enter high-paying tech jobs in North Florida.

I/O Avenue will begin taking students in the fall and will be operated in the computer labs of FAMU’s Workforce Computing Center.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Appropriations bill includes $1M to expand online course offerings at FAMU

(L-R) FAMU VP for Research Timothy Moore, Rep. Ramon Alexander, Interim President Larry Robinson
The new Florida General Appropriations Act (SB 2500) includes $1,000,000 to help Florida A&M University expand its online course offerings.

Interim President Larry Robinson submitted the funding request to state Rep. Ramon Alexander, D-Tallahassee, in January. Alexander then filed a bill to seek the money (HB 2137).

Robinson and Alexander both wanted $5M in nonrecurring dollars for the project. But that amount was reduced to $1M during the budget negotiations.

“The investment will enable FAMU to increase online offerings in areas of strategic emphasis including [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)], offer additional high quality undergraduate online degree programs and increase graduation rates,” Robinson wrote in the written request.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Rattler Battalion commissions new officers

Eight new second lieutenants were commissioned during Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s Spring 2017 Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony on April 28.

The ceremony, which took place in Lee Hall Auditorium, was the culmination of years of training and study required to earn a commission as an officer in the United States Army. While welcoming family members and friends to the ceremony, Lt. Col. Edwin Escobar, professor of military science said he was honored to share the stage with new military leaders.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Rattlers celebrate success during spring commencement

More than 1,100 Rattlers walked across the stage during Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s (FAMU) 2017 Spring Commencement Ceremonies last week at the Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium.

After earning degrees from one of FAMU’s 14 colleges and schools, graduates reaped the benefits of years of study and dedication surrounded by enthusiastic family members, friends and supporters.

During his Friday evening commencement address, Arnold Donald, president and chief executive officer of Carnival Corporation & PLC, the largest travel and leisure company in the world, advised the graduates to passionately pursue fulfillment in life.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Partnership helps TCC students become Rattlers

By Deja L. Allen
Florida A&M University

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) continues to enhance the “TCC2FAMU” partnership with Tallahassee Community College (TCC) after years of producing successful transfer students through the program.

Earlier this year, students gained tons of information about the program during FAMU Advisement Day at TCC, hosted by the Office of University Retention.

During the program, TCC students interested in attending FAMU were able to speak with representatives from each of FAMU’s colleges and schools.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

FAMU is Peace Corps’ No. 3 top volunteer-producing HBCU

The Peace Corps announced that Florida A&M University (FAMU) ranked No. 3 on the 2017 list of top volunteer-producing historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). This is the second consecutive year that FAMU has placed among the top five HBCUs in the nation.

There are currently seven Rattlers volunteering around the world in Ukraine, Ethiopia, Morocco, Benin, Zambia, and Rwanda. Since the Peace Corps’ founding in 1961, 83 FAMU alumni have traveled abroad to serve as volunteers.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

FAMU announces Spring 2017 commencement speakers

Nearly 1,200 Florida A&M University (FAMU) graduates will begin the next chapter of their lives this month as they receive their diplomas during the spring 2017 commencement exercises in the Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium.

There will be three ceremonies. The first will take place on Friday, April 28 at 6 p.m. and two ceremonies will follow on Saturday, April 29 at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Arnold Donald, president and chief executive officer of Carnival Corporation & PLC, the largest travel and leisure company in the world, will address graduates on Friday, April 28.  Under Donald’s leadership, Carnival’s portfolio of 10 cruise brands includes Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Seabourn, all based throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

FAMU students win $20,000 grant in Honda Brain Bowl Competition

Florida A&M University, the 2016 champion, and eight-time national champion went head-to-head with fellow historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) at the 28th annual Honda Campus AllStar Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament April 8-12 at the American Honda Motor Co., Inc., campus in Torrance, California.

After 20 rounds of intense competition, FAMU placed third in the tournament earning $20,000 for the University. Teams from 48 HBCUs competed in the final round of this unique display of academic prowess.

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.