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

Sunday, April 13, 2014

FAMU team competes as national finalist in Honda Campus All-Star Challenge

L-R: Roslyn Shanklin, Kimberlyn Elliott, Coach Vivian Hobbs, Baysha Bernales, and Aubrey Upshur, III.
The brainpower of FAMU students and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) is on display at the 25th Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) National Championship Tournament held on the campus of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., in Torrance, Calif.

FAMU students, along with hundreds of students representing HBCUs from across the nation, have spent the past year diligently preparing to compete in the final round of the HCASC academic tournament.

FAMU is represented by Baysha Bernales from Hawthorne, Fla.; Kimberlyn Elliott from Gainesville, Fla.; Roslyn Shanklin from New Haven, Conn. and Aubrey Upshur III from Philadelphia, Pa. Retired FAMU Professor Vivian L. Hobbs is coaching the team.

Monday, March 24, 2014

FAMU inks historic partnership with Black Television News Channel

FAMU celebrated the official signing of documents to create a partnership with the Black Television News Network (BTNC) and the FAMU School of Journalism & Graphic Communication, making the university home to the nation’s only Black-owned cable news network.

“At a time when jobs are shrinking and there is change in the multimedia market, the Black Television News Network is a job creator. This partnership is an educational administrator’s dream,” said Interim President Larry Robinson. “It positively impacts our students by allowing them to enhance and apply the knowledge gained in the classroom, thus better positioning them for the world of work from their exposure to cutting edge technology.

The network will be operated and managed at the SJGC building by co-founding partners: former U.S. Congressman J.C. Watts; Robert “Bob” Brillante, a 30-year cable TV veteran and founder of Florida’s News Channel; Frank Watson, a 30-year broadcast industry veteran; former U.S. House of Representatives Budget Director Steve Pruitt and Evan Leo, one of Washington D.C.’s premier telecommunications and regulatory attorneys.

Watts said FAMU was a premiere choice for collaboration as they planned the project.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

FAMU to offer new master of education degree this fall

The FAMU College of Education recently received approval from the Board of Trustees to offer a Master of Education degree in curriculum and instruction beginning this fall.

According to the College’s Interim Dean Patricia Green-Powell the program allows FAMU to lead the charge in answering the state’s recent call for all educators to possess knowledge of curriculum development.

“This is an exciting time for the College of Education to address the needs of our school districts, as well as our student population,” said Green-Powell, who hopes to take the program online in the near future. “This is a result of area [K-12] superintendents and their school districts expressing to us their need to have highly-trained teachers in the area of curriculum and instruction.”

The new program has been more than three years in the making and is designed to train future and current educators in a variety of career tracks through several specialization options, including concentrations on instruction, learning and assessment, and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). These career tracks range from curriculum generalists, specialists and supervisors to district curriculum coordinators, school administrators and non-school based curriculum designers or evaluators.

Friday, February 28, 2014

FAMU to install historical marker in recognition of university hospital's contributions

The rich legacy and impact of the former FAMU Hospital will be permanently etched in Florida’s history.

Today, a historical marker, issued by the Florida Department of State, will be installed on FAMU’s campus on the corner of Palmer Avenue and Adams Street. The marker commemorates the contributions of FAMU’s former hospital, its staff and related programs. It was originally unveiled during FAMU’s 2014 Black History Convocation.

The installation ceremony will feature remarks and presentations by FAMU administrators, faculty, staff, alumni and students, as well as members of Tallahassee’s medical and research communities. Michael Zimny, historic sites specialist with the Department of State, will also participate in the ceremony.

The FAMU hospital served as the only medical facility for blacks within 150 miles of Tallahassee from 1950-1971 and ushered in FAMU’s world-class nursing and pharmacy programs.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Webster to keynote FAMU’s Black History Month Convocation

FAMU alumnus Joseph Webster, MD, will keynote FAMU’s Black History Month Convocation scheduled for today. He is the founder of the Tallahassee-based Webster Surgical Center, the only black-owned ambulatory surgical center dedicated to endoscopic surgery in North Florida.

For more than 30 years, Webster has served the FAMU community and the world, as a health educator, expert, researcher and leader in offering cutting edge medical technology to his patients. He is also the founder of Comprehensive Center for Digestive and Nutritional Disorders and the Imhotep Health and Video Complex.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from FAMU, Webster attained his doctorate in medicine from the J. Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami. He completed his master’s in business administration from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

An international leader in medicine, Webster has participated in training, lectures and cultural exchange programs at major universities and cities throughout the U.S. and in Italy, South Africa, the Caribbean and Canada. He currently serves on the Bond Community Health Center, Inc. Board and the National Medical Association Board. Previously, Webster served as an adjunct clinical instructor for FAMU’s pharmacy, allied health and public health departments.

Monday, February 10, 2014

FAMU to unveil hospital historical marker at Black History Convocation

FAMU will unveil a historical marker granted to the university by the Florida Department of State during its annual Black History Convocation scheduled for Feb. 13.

The marker recognizes the site of FAMU’s former hospital and its significant contributions to the State of Florida and the black community during an era when health care options were sparse.

The FAMU hospital served as the only medical facility for blacks within 150 miles of Tallahassee from 1950-1971 and ushered in FAMU’s world-class nursing and pharmacy programs.

Not only did the hospital break barriers in health care education, but it also served as an example of the university’s legacy of resilience.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

FAMU launches Stellar Student Program for underrepresented high schoolers

Donald Palm, III, co-coordinator of the Stellar Student Program
One hundred Leon County high school juniors and seniors have been selected to participate in the
FAMU Consortium of Outreach Programs’ (CORP) inaugural Stellar Student Program.

The program is designed to cultivate college preparedness and stimulate interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers in underrepresented youth who show academic promise.

The program’s launch will be officially celebrated on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 10:45 a.m. in the FAMU DRS cafeteria, located at 400 W. Orange Ave. Leon County Schools officials and members of the FAMU administration team will be in attendance.

The Stellar Student Program, which was instituted in December 2013, will offer scholars one-on-one academic coaching and exposure to STEM opportunities through FAMU and other post-secondary institutions. Monthly meetings and activities will be held throughout the school year to ensure the academic and overall success of the participants.

Friday, December 27, 2013

FAMU appoints Faye Watkins to serve as new dean of libraries

FAMU has hired Faye Watkins to serve as the new dean of libraries. In this position, Watkins will continue the mission of transforming the delivery of library resources and services and expanding access to the extensive knowledge base offered by the global academic community.

“It is an honor to have been selected to serve as the dean of libraries at Florida A&M University,” said Watkins, who will begin work at FAMU in early January 2014. “The library serves a fundamental role in the process of higher education because it organizes and provides access to the information resources that support teaching, learning and research. I am looking forward to working with the staff and students and to serving their needs at the library.”

Watkins, who has more than 14 years of experience working as an academic librarian and library director, says she also looks forward to using her position to contribute in any way she can to the institution’s stalwart academic programs, research initiatives and legacy of excellence.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

FAMU awarded Black Oscar at Brazil's Trofeu Raca Negra

For decades, FAMU has been celebrated around the nation for its ability to produce minority degree holding professionals, academicians, public servants, service members and the like.

Recently, the university’s impact was recognized beyond U.S. borders, as it was honored with a “Black Oscar” at the 2013 Troféu Raça Negra (translated Black Race Awards) in São Paulo, Brazil.

The award was presented to the university in recognition of its continuous work in promoting diversity and inclusion through higher education. FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson and his wife, Sharon, were on site to receive the award.

In addition to FAMU, global dignitaries such as civil rights icon the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Alpha Condé, president of the Republic of Guinea and internationally acclaimed novelist Paulo Lins were recognized during the November ceremony.

Previous honorees include the Rev. Bernice King and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., (posthumously), international award-winning journalist Joyce Ribeiro and world-renowned singer/songwriter Milton Nascimento.

Monday, December 23, 2013

FAMU music department holds anti-hazing workshops in Georgia and Illinois

The FAMU Department of Music is continuing to add to its legacy of service and scholarship. On Tuesday, Dec. 17, Shelby Chipman, associate professor of music, led more than 40 students from the department’s chamber ensembles and the Marching “100” to Lithonia, Ga., to present aspiring music students at Miller Grove High School with a workshop on anti-hazing.  The FAMU students also put on a mini-concert .

The anti-hazing workshop was organized by Bryan Smith, special assistant to president for anti-hazing and Deirdre McRoy, department of music compliance officer.

Afterwards, Miller Grove students had the opportunity to audition for scholarships in the FAMU music program. 

From Georgia, the FAMU ensemble traveled to the Midwest to hold more auditions, share the anti-hazing message, and present a concert  for the students at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. College Prep High School in Chicago on Dec. 20.  While in Chicago, the department attended the U.S. Marines Band Concert and participated in the prestigious National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Clinic. The clinic is one of the most attended band and orchestra conferences around the globe, as more than 10,000 musicians and educators attend each year.

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Myles to keynote fall commencement

Sonia Jackson Myles, corporate executive and author of the NAACP Image Award-nominated book, The Sister Accord: 51 Ways To Love Your Sister, will serve as speaker at the Florida A&M University Fall Commencement Ceremony scheduled Friday, December 13 at 6 p.m. in the Lawson Center. Myles, a graduate of FAMU’s School of Business and Industry, will share pearls of wisdom from her career in Corporate America, and tips on how to follow one’s dreams and leave a legacy.

Myles is president and CEO of The Sister Accord, LLC, which is focused on female empowerment, leadership development for both males and females, and the importance of relationships in delivering exceptional results.  As the leader of a global movement that Myles has coined “The Revolution of Love,” she is committed to having one billion girls and women live the principles of The Sister Accord.

For the past seven years, she served in several key roles with Procter & Gamble, including director of Global Packaging Purchases, where she managed the spending of $6 billion.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

FAMU online programs recognized by Affordable Colleges Online

FAMU has been listed as an “Online Colleges in Florida That Win on Affordability” by the website AffordableCollegesOnline.org (AC Online). FAMU was ranked No. 16 on the list of 53 institutions.

“This accomplishment is just phenomenal,” said Franzetta Fitz, FAMU director of Instructional Technology. “To receive such an honor within the two years that our online program has been in existence is quite admirable.”

Affordable Colleges Online helps students find affordable college options and provides information about financial aid and college rankings.

Distance learning from today’s best colleges and universities helps students receive a top-notch education while they take care of family and work responsibilities.

The distance learning programs offered at FAMU consist of the master’s of business administration (MBA), master’s of public health (MPH) and master’s of nursing (MSN).

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

FAMU partners with The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

FAMU and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will provide for the development of an articulation agreement between the university and the Chicago School to bridge students into the community psychology master’s program and the counseling psychology doctorate program. 

Halyna Kornuta, TCSPP associate vice president for academic affairs and Orlando Taylor, president of the TCSPP Washington, D.C. campus traveled to Tallahassee for a ceremony in honor of the agreement. There, FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson and Taylor officially launched the partnership by placing their signatures on the MOU.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Scientist who dropped bombshell warning about popular genetically-altered seeds to speak at FAMU

Don M. Huber, a plant scientist at the center of what many media organizations have described as the debate over “Frankenfoods,” will be the featured speaker at a series of FAMU educational awareness sessions.

Huber, a professor emeritus of plant pathology at Purdue University, has shaken the agricultural industry with his warning about the human health risks posed by genetically-modified seeds such as “Roundup Ready” corn and soybeans. The seeds, sold by agribusiness giant Monsanto, are genetically-engineered to resist the chemicals in the “Roundup” herbicide sold by the same company.

According to a 2011 letter Huber sent to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, research findings suggest a possible link between a pathogen found in Roundup Ready seeds and “the escalating frequency of infertility and spontaneous abortions over the past few years in U.S. cattle, dairy, swine, and horse operations.”

Monsanto continues to stand by its claim that all of its products are safe.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

FAMU selects 2014 Arthur Thompson Scholarship recipient

FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson presented Victoria Ash, a sophomore nursing student from Tallahassee, Fla., with the 2014 Arthur Thompson Scholarship. The announcement was made during the Homecoming Pre-Game Pep Rally located at the FAMU Employee Clubhouse.

“The Arthur Thompson scholarship has been rewarded for the past 26 years to a deserving student from the Big Bend Region who demonstrated a need for financial assistance to continue their educational career,” said Robinson. “In addition to having a 3.8 GPA, Victoria is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.”

The Budweiser Arthur Thompson Scholarship fund was created in 1987 to honor Arthur Thompson, who worked for Tri-Eagle Sales for 33 years and retired in 1996. The scholarship is a $2,500 award for Big Bend area FAMU students only.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

FAMU alumna makes strides in breast cancer research

FAMU alumna Morgan Carrington spends six to eight hours each day in a lab researching breast
cancer treatments and preventions in hopes to educate the community.

Carrington, a Baltimore, Md. native, is the first Rattler to be admitted into North Carolina Central University (NCCU)’s Integrated Bio Sciences (INBS), interdisciplinary Ph.D. program targeted to teach students how to solve medically related issues.

“Having the opportunity to make a difference was important to me,” Carrington said about her research.

Students in the INBS program receive education funding, which covers tuition and fees, health insurance and a living stipend. The program takes five to six years to complete. Its main goals are to develop students’ cognitive skills using relevant research to answer and solve scientific questions, increase career opportunities and to ultimately create more efficient biomedical scientists.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

FAMU to honor Colleges and Schools during Homecoming Gala

FAMU will honor its colleges and schools this year at the President’s Gala scheduled Friday, October 18, 2013, at 7 p.m. in the Lawson Center. This year’s theme is “Honoring Academic Excellence: Celebrating Our Colleges and Schools.”

“We have joined efforts with our student body this year to highlight the achievements of the university and we will honor our academic units during this gala,” said FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson. “One of the reasons why FAMU is a national university is because of the strong academic programs that are managed by seasoned administrators and taught by committed and talented of faculty.  It will be a night to remember as we also highlight former deans, graduates, faculty, staff and students of our colleges and schools.”

During the gala, the university will focus the spotlight on the achievements and programs of each of its 14 academic units. Sharon Saunders, executive assistant for communications at FAMU, is chair of the gala. Ann Kimbrough, dean of the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication, and Carl Goodman, professor of pharmacy, are serving as co-chairs of the gala.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

FAMU First-Experience Program honors three Rattlers for their contributions to its success

Elizabeth Dawson, director of the FAMU Black Archives and an honoree of the First-Year Experience Program Appreciation Banquet
The FAMU First-Year Experience Program recently held an appreciation banquet to honored three Rattlers for their contributions to its success.

This year’s honorees were Clyde Ashley, a professor in the School of Business and Industry, who was named Advocate of the Year; Elizabeth Dawson, a professor in the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, was named SLS 1101 Instructor of The Year; and Alphonse Brenet Etienne, a senior public relations student from West Palm Beach, Fla., was named Peer Mentor of the Year.

“The purpose of the banquet was to bring attention to the First-Year Experience Program while honoring those individuals who have played an important role in helping the First-Year Experience Program grow and to help our first-year students to transition to Florida A&M University,” said Lawrence Brown Sr., coordinator for the First-Year Experience program.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

FAMU celebrates 126 years of educational excellence


FAMU paid homage to its past and celebrated its future during this year’s Founders’ Day celebration.

More than 700 members of the FAMU community, including students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni, gathered in Lee Hall Auditorium to commemorate the university’s 126th anniversary.

FAMU was founded as the State Normal College for Colored Students, and on Oct. 3, 1887, it began classes with 15 students and two instructors. Today, FAMU, as it has become affectionately known, is the premier school among historically black colleges and universities.

“I stand before you today to pay homage to our ancestors past, the founders of this great institution who braved the odds and became oddly brave,” said FAMU Student Government Association President Anthony Siders. “I say oddly brave because they challenged their naysayers.”

Monday, September 30, 2013

Smith to keynote Founder’s Day Convocation


Walter L. Smith, the seventh president of FAMU, will serve as the keynote speaker for the 2013 Founder’s Day Convocation on Tuesday, October 1.

Smith was born in Tampa, Fla., and grew up in Cairo, Ga., Tallahassee, Fla. and Harlem, N.Y. Smith dropped out of high school at the age of 16 to participate in the Korean War. At age 23, he obtained his GED and later received an associate’s degree from Gibbs Junior College. He received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in educational leadership in 1965 from FAMU and his doctoral degree in higher education from Florida State University (FSU).

In 1965, Smith was recruited by the United States Office of Education (USOE) where he became a program officer in facilitating the 1964 Civil Rights Act and Title I of the 1965 Elementary Secondary Education Act. He worked specifically with school districts in the eight Southeastern states in the development of desegregation plans and compensatory education programs for students and teachers throughout the south. He also helped to develop desegregation and graduate education training centers for African American administrators at select universities. This included the University of Miami and the Desegregation Center at FAMU under the direction of the late Dr. James Beck.