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

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Crump praises Rattlers for their continuing contributions to fight for change

On January 12, Attorney Benjamin Crump urged the audience in a packed Gaither Gymnasium to continue battling injustice during his keynote address for the Florida A&M University Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation.

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

FAMU, WFSU, Firelight partner to premiere PBS Film “Tell Them We Are Rising”

On January 26, 2018, Florida A&M University (FAMU) will partner 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,” the latest film from Emmy and Peabody Award-winning director Stanley Nelson. The screening is part of a national HBCU Tour and a collaboration between public media stations and historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

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

Attorney Benjamin Crump will deliver keynote address at FAMU MLK Day Convocation

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

22 FAMU student-athletes receive degrees during Fall 2017 commencement

Walner Espinoza receiving his B.S. in information technology
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

Graduates left empowered, motivated at FAMU’s fall commencement ceremonies

The first female bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Vashti McKenzie, and alumna and Allstate Insurance Executive Cheryl Harris addressed more than 600 graduates at Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) fall 2017 graduation ceremonies.

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

Two women of power will deliver FAMU’s fall commencement speeches

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 12,000+ students at PVAMU, where FAMU was in 1999 under Humphries

Ruth J. Simmons, former president of Brown University, will soon become the permanent president of Prairie View A&M University. She has been serving as the interim president since July 1, 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

FAMU’s Fall 2017 freshmen have 3.39 average GPA, SAT scores above Florida and national averages

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

FAMU's art collection inspires drawing students

FAMU students gaining inspiration from extensive African art collection in Foster-Tanner Gallery

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

FAMU moves up again in U.S. News national rankings, remains top public HBCU

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 is top ranked HBCU for granting bachelor degrees to African-Americans

In its annual ranking of top degree producers Diverse: Issues in Higher Education has again ranked Florida A&M University as the No. 1 historically black college or university for awarding bachelor degrees to African-Americans. The university finished No. 4 overall behind Alford University (CA), University of Phoenix (two large online universities), and Georgia State University.

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

More than 400 Rattlers enter alumni ranks

More than 400 graduates of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) celebrated years of hard work during the Summer Commencement Ceremony Friday evening in the Alfred Lawson, Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium.

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

History-making investor James E. Nevels to address FAMU’s summer graduates

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

FAMU alumni and leaders encourage young girls to design their futures

By Ayonna Patterson
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

FAMU Army ROTC travels to Vietnam

By LTC Edwin Escobar
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.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

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

BEST Program Orientation for July Bar Exam at FAMU Law
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.