Showing posts with label NAA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NAA. Show all posts

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Rattlers prepare to lobby for FAMU during FAMU Day at the Capitol

On Thursday, February 8, 2018, advocates for Florida A&M University (FAMU) will come together for FAMU Day at the Capitol to solicit support for the 130-year old institution of higher learning, which is a viable component and contributing member of the State University System of Florida.

The FAMU National Alumni Association, a sponsor of the annual day of advocacy for FAMU, is encouraging all alumni, students, faculty, administration, friends, and supporters to participate by highlighting the excellent academic programs and services offered at FAMU to the legislators of their respective districts.

FAMU advocates will visit Florida legislators throughout the day. FAMUans and friends are encouraged to display Rattler pride by adorning orange and green colors.

Lt. Col. Gregory Clark, president of the FAMU National Alumni Association, is excited about FAMU’s presence at the pinnacle of state government.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

SBI, NAA, Athletics, tag sales, and faculty/staff raised at least $9.5M of FAMU’s $12.3M in FYEs 2015, 2016

Florida A&M University received $5.8M in gifts in 2014-2015 and $6.5M in 2015-2016. At least $9.5M of that was raised by the School of Business and Industry (SBI), the National Alumni Association (NAA), the Department of Athletics, FAMU tag sales, and the Faculty and Staff Campaign.

School of Business and Industry

SBI, led by Dean Shawnta Friday-Stroud, was by far the biggest single source of fundraising leadership for FAMU in FYEs 2015 and 2016.

Universities are required by federal law to include pledges as part of their end-year fundraising total along with actual cash received. SBI alumnus John Thompson and his wife Sandra Thompson pledged $5M to FAMU in Fall 2014, so that counted toward the $5.8M fundraising total in 2014-2015. But the Thompsons are transferring the money to FAMU in installments of $1 million over five years.

FAMU counted last year’s $1M from Thompsons toward its 2015-2016 total.

Back in December 2015, Hershey Company Chairman Jim Nevels signed a commitment for his corporation to donate $1M to establish the Sybil C. Mobley Hershey Endowed Chair.

That brought the SBI fundraising total to $7M for FYEs 2015 and 2016.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

FAMUans should renew campaign for Rattler specialty license plate in Georgia

For nearly 16 years, Howard University alumni have held the mayorship of Atlanta, Georgia. Shirley Franklin served from 2002 to 2010. She was followed by Kasim Reed from 2010 to present. But despite that achievement, Howard still doesn’t have a specialty license plate in Georgia.

Two other out-of-state historically black universities, Alabama A&M University and Hampton University, actually have Georgia license plates for sale while Howard doesn't.

Now that Florida A&M University alumna Keisha Lance Bottoms is about to be sworn in as the new mayor of Atlanta on January 2, 2018, FAMU supporters should renew the campaign for a Rattler license plate in Georgia.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

FAMU NAA president helps to inspire HBCU Giving Campaign created by Roland Martin

Roland S. Martin, host and managing editor of TV One’s News One Now, has created the fundraising initiative, #HBCUGivingDay, a national call to action in support of raising funds for historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). For the past week, Martin has represented a different historically Black college and university by wearing a lapel pin and then posting the photo on social media using the hashtag, #HBCUGivingDay.

On May 25, Martin interviewed Lt. Col. Gregory L. Clark, president of the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association , about the importance of donating money to support scholarships and research at institutions geared toward the education of minorities and first generation students. Around 70 percent of all HBCU students rely on federal grants and work study programs to finance their education.

“We have an obligation to give. HBCU’s take us in, give us an education and send us out into the world,” said Clark, who reported that the association is working to increase FAMU’s 5 percent alumni giving rate. “The giving rates have got to be up…that’s going to help us drive in those corporate dollars and it’s going to show the corporations that we do care about our institutions.”

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Entertainer K. Michelle among FAMU Distinguished Alumni honored in Baltimore

The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Distinguished Alumni Award celebrates the extraordinary contributions and achievements of select FAMU graduates. On May 26, nine FAMU alumni received the prestigious award during a black-tie gala at the FAMU National Alumni Association’s (FAMU NAA) National Convention in Baltimore.

Hundreds of alumni, FAMU trustees, Interim President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., and guests gathered to recognize the following honorees:

Monday, May 29, 2017

FAMU NAA donates $273,734.28 to university

On May 27, the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association (NAA) gave the university a donation in the amount of $273,734.28. NAA President Lt. Col. Gregory Clark presented the check to Interim President Larry Robinson during the Fundraising Breakfast that was part of the NAA National Convention in Baltimore, Md.

According to the NAA’s official Facebook page, “this amount includes online donations. Near the end of the event, President Clark made a special call for $20 bills to raise those last few dollars. Alumni in the room and online responded with $11,046.00.”

Saturday, April 15, 2017

FAMU alumni unite to bring Marching 100 to St. Augustine Easter Parade

The St. Augustine Easter Week Festival has invited Florida A&M University’s world- renowned Marching “100” band to perform during the Easter Sunday Parade on April 16 beginning at 3 p.m. The historic parade route starts at the Authentic Old Jail Museum, 167 San Marco Avenue, and runs through the historic district in downtown St. Augustine.

The Willie Galimore FAMU National Alumni Chapter launched a donation campaign to bring nearly 200 members of the FAMU band to the parade through a variety of activities to raise funds which support the band’s transportation, lodging and food.

“We are very proud of our alumni and business partners for donations and direct funding, and for producing statewide events like t-shirt sales, raffles and barbeques,” said Cynthia A. Williams, vice president of the Willie Galimore FAMU National Alumni Chapter and principal of St. Johns Technical High School and St. Johns Virtual School in St. Augustine.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Book celebrates history of FAMU NAA

By Deja Allen
Florida A&M University

Alumni and friends gathered to witness history at a Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) National Alumni Association (NAA) “Book Unveiling” on Oct. 20 during Homecoming week.

The event, which took place in the Meek-Eaton Black Archives unveiled the book entitled, “A Chronicle of Its Time: 1901-2015,” which celebrates the NAA’s rich history spanning 115 years.  Founder, Elias Evans set a strong foundation of continuous support in 1901, and passed the torch to several other notable presidents including Leonard Johnson, Rev. Moses Miles, and Bernard Kinsey, who all fought for the survival of the university.

Friday, December 16, 2016

FAMU NAA scholarship helps students stay in college


One month before classes began, Florida A&M University (FAMU) senior Morgan Culler wondered how she would cover costs for the fall 2016 semester.  Her uncertainty would soon turn into excitement when she received a call from the FAMU National Alumni Association (FAMU NAA) president letting her know she would be attending classes, after all.

The FAMU NAA paid more than $3,000 to cover her tuition through its Save Our Students (S.O.S.) retention campaign.

“They are helping me in ways they don’t even know. It’s hard to explain how I feel, but I am eternally grateful,” Culler said.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Clark on nonrenewal of Mangum’s contract: Let’s continue to place FAMU students first

Lt. Col Gregory L. Clark, president of the FAMU National Alumni Association, released the following statement following the 7-5 FAMU Board of Trustees vote against a motion to renew the employment agreement of President Elmira Mangum:

On August 24, the Florida A&M University (FAMU) Board of Trustees voted not to renew the contract of the university’s 11th president, Dr. Elmira Mangum. The FAMU National Alumni Association (FAMU NAA) is keenly aware that a shift of this magnitude in leadership profoundly impacts the university’s efforts to move FAMU forward. Therefore, as the FAMU NAA President, I am urging our alumni to remain committed and focused on the core element of our mission - our students.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Clarks says Office of Alumni Affairs cuts still hurting NAA’s work to help FAMU

Back at the June 9 meeting of the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT), National Alumni Association (NAA) President Lt. Col. Gregory Clark presented the university with a check in the amount of $674,719 on behalf of the organization. The NAA raised the money between February and May 2016.

But Clark says that recent cuts to the FAMU Office of Alumni Affairs (OAA) are still hurting the NAA’s work to help FAMU.

The BOT invited Clark to submit comments on President Elmira Mangum’s job performance as part of its annual evaluation process for her. He mentioned the negative effect that the elimination of two OAA positions has had on the NAA.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Reinstating Cummings-Martin good, but doesn’t fix damage Mangum and Cotton caused in OAA

At long last there is some good news about the top leadership of the Florida A&M University Office of Alumni Affairs (OAA) after an embarrassing 13 months.

Back in May 2015, President Elmira Mangum replaced Carmen Cummings-Martin with John Michael Lee as the “New Head of Alumni Affairs.” But last month, Lee began a “special assistant” job in the Office of President. Cummings-Martin is back to being the leading administrator in OAA. Her new title is “Senior Executive Director of University Engagement and Alumni Affairs.” She had previously held the title “Executive Director” since her initial hiring in 2007.

Reinstating Cummings-Martin is good, but it doesn’t come close to fixing what Mangum and Cotton have done to OAA.

Monday, June 06, 2016

2015: Request for NAA “letters of support for Dr. Mangum” raises concerns

Back during the June 2015 meetings of the FAMU Board of Trustees, then-Chairman Rufus Montgomery gave the Special Committee on Governance a compilation of documents on issues that he thought needed to be discussed as part of the annual evaluation process for President Elmira Mangum.

One of those documents was a copy of a June 2 email that Vice-Chairman Kelvin Lawson sent to Rufus, then-General Counsel Avery McKnight, and BOT Liaison Linda Barge-Miles. The email was entitled: “Fwd: President Mangum Letters of Support – Request” and contained two forwarded emails that were sent from FAMU Alumni Affairs staffers to officers of the FAMU National Alumni Association (NAA).

The first forwarded email was dated May 27 and was from Brandon Hill, who then served as the FAMU coordinator of membership services and alumni reunions. It was addressed to “NAA Leadership” and said that “Alumni Affairs Assistant Vice President, Dr. John Lee has asked that we reach out to all of our NAA Chapter Presidents to solicit letters of support for Dr. Elmira Mangum and the outstanding work that she is doing at FAMU. We are told these letters will be used in the President’s annual review. Dr. Lee kindly asks that all letters be submitted via email by Friday, May 29, 2015 to our office.”

Saturday, May 28, 2016

FAMU alumni president: Lawson is best choice for FAMU chair

Today, the Tallahassee Democrat published an op-ed by Lt. Col. Gregory L. Clark, president of the FAMU National Alumni Association. Clark urges the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) to elect Interim Chairman Kelvin Lawson to a full term as its chair. The BOT is scheduled to hold its officer elections during its meeting on June 10th in Tallahassee.

From Clark’s op-ed:

As president of the National Alumni Association of Florida A&M University, I urge your attention to the matter of the formal appointment of the current interim FAMU Board of Trustees chair and former vice-chair Kelvin Lawson.

In my role as a leader and as an alumnus, I urge the appointment of Interim Chair Lawson and strongly encourage all alumni and citizens who care about higher education to support him as well…

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

FAMU down to 2 appointed alumni trustees, UF has 9

University of Florida Board of Trustees in 2015
On Thursday, the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) will announce its appointment decision for FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) seat that has been vacant since January 6, 2015.

The governor’s office and BOG have appointed ten alumni to the BOT at the University of Florida. But they have only appointed two alumni to the BOT at Florida A&M, the only public historically black university in the state.  

Friday, February 05, 2016

Mangum rushes from DC to Florida capitol after news story about “snubbing lawmakers”

FAMU President Elmira Mangum has struggled with media relations since 2015. She has also had trouble working with Gov. Rick Scott throughout her entire presidency. Now, she might have burned bridges with a number of GOP lawmakers.

This week, there was a news report that suggested Mangum offended some of the Florida legislators who will soon decide the university’s 2016-2017 budget appropriations.

On Monday, the Tallahassee Democrat reported that Mangum had chosen to skip FAMU Day at the Capitol scheduled for Thursday, February 4 in order to participate in a set of events in Washington, DC. One was the White House National Prayer Breakfast, which U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, had invited her to attend as his guest.

FAMU National Alumni Association President Gregory L. Clark addressed the issue in a post on his Facebook page that was widely circled among FAMUans.

“The date of FAMU Day at the Capitol is set by the university,” Clark wrote.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Still no detailed answers from Scott, BOG about 50% reduction of FAMU alumni on BOT

Neither Gov. Rick Scott nor the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) has released a detailed explanation for the recent decision to cut the number of Florida A&M alumni in the school’s appointed Board of Trustees (BOT) seats down by half. 

FAMU alumni currently only have three of the 11 appointed seats on their alma mater’s BOT, down from six last year. But Scott and the BOG have opted to continue to let alumni of the University of Florida and Florida State hold ten of the 11 appointed seats on their respective BOTs.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

BOG dodges WCTV question about how many FAMU alumni applied for BOT vacancies

Mori Hosseini, chair of BOG Nomination and Governance Committee
On Thursday, the Florida Board of Governors (BOG) dodged a question from WCTV CBS 6 about how many alumni of Florida A&M University applied for vacant seats on their alma mater’s Board of Trustees (BOT).

“There were 32 applicants for these latest positions for the FAMU Board. The B.O.G. could not say offhand how many were graduates of FAMU,” WCTV-6 reported.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Clark says small number of alumni on FAMU Board of Trustees unacceptable

At both the University of Florida and Florida State University, alumni have ten of the 11 appointed seats on the respective Boards of Trustees. But FAMU alumni only have three of the 11 appointed seats on their alma mater’s Board of Trustees (BOT), down from six last year.

Lt. Col. Gregory L. Clark, the newly elected president of the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association (NAA), is speaking out against that different treatment of FAMU. According to WCTV-6, Clark “says the lower number of alumni on the board does not mirror other universities in the state system.”

“We have a lot of talented graduates from FAMU,” Clark said in an interview with the TV station. “I think we should take a hard look and tap into some of the talent that is out there. All we’re asking for is a fair shot at looking at some of our graduates out there to serve on the board of trustees.”