Showing posts with label Student Affairs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Student Affairs. Show all posts

Friday, June 02, 2017

FAMU to hold groundbreaking ceremony for new Center for Access and Student Success

Florida A&M University will officially break ground on the new Center for Access and Student Success (CASS) during a ceremony set for Thursday, June 8, 2017, following the Board of Trustees meeting scheduled for that day.

The building site for CASS will be a Wahnish Way parking next the Jake Gaither Gymnasium. The total cost of the CASS will be $39,355,000. FAMU has already received $12,655,000 of that amount from the state. The Florida Legislature recently approved an additional $3,500,000 for CASS during its 2017 session. Gov. Rick Scott hasn’t yet announced whether he will support or veto that line item.

According to FAMU: “The FAMU Center for Access and Student Success (CASS) is designed to be a multipurpose building serving as a one-stop shop for programs like recruitment, admissions, financial aid and enrollment management. This building will also house registrar, scholarship office, counseling services and the Center for Disability Access and Resources.” 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

FAMU to award nine $50,000 scholarships to Grand Rapids high school students

William Hudson, vice president of student affairs at Florida A&M University, visited Ottawa Hills High School in Grand Rapids Michigan on May 19 to announce a new pipeline program between Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) and FAMU.

As part of the pipeline, FAMU will award nine $50,000 scholarships to Ottawa Hills students.

Hudson said that many talented Michigan students choose to attend FAMU and the new partnership will help the university enroll even more.

“We have a strong alumni base here that does a great job in recruiting students and letting them know the benefits of higher education and specifically what we have to offer at Florida A&M University,” Hudson said in an interview with WZZM 13 news. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Florida Legislature approves additional $3.5M for FAMU CASS building

The Florida Legislature has approved an additional $3,500,000 appropriation for the new Florida A&M University Center for Access and Student Success (CASS) Building. Gov. Rick Scott will soon decide whether to line item veto the money or let it stay in the state budget.

The total cost of the CASS will be $39,355,000. The legislature has already provided $12,655,000. If the additional funds don’t survive Scott’s veto pen, then the project could fall behind schedule and end up costing more.

According to FAMU: “The FAMU Center for Access and Student Success (CASS) is designed to be a multipurpose building serving as a one-stop shop for programs like recruitment, admissions, financial aid and enrollment management. This building will also house registrar, scholarship office, counseling services and the Center for Disability Access and Resources.” 

Back on January 17, 2017, the FAMU BOT approved an administrative proposal to change the CASS building site from McGuinn Diamond Hall to a Wahnish Way parking next the Jake Gaither Gymnasium. The change is expected to save approximately $208,000.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Bruno, Harrison re-elected to lead FAMU SGA

On Thursday, April 6, Florida A&M University students re-elected Justin Bruno and Devin Harrison to lead the Student Government Association (SGA). They will begin their second terms as SGA president and vice-president, respectively, next month.

According to the Tallahassee Democrat, “Bruno and Harrison defeated their run-off opponents by a margin of 714-655.”

Back during their campaign for re-election, Bruno and Harrison released a video that discussed their long battle to take office after FAMU students initially elected them on February 16, 2016.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Florida students leave more than $100 million in Pell Grants unclaimed

Prospective FAMU, and other Florida, students leave millions in federal financial aid unclaimed according to a data by the Florida College Access Network (FCAN) which shows that Florida high schools with the most low-income students have the lowest Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion rates.

At schools with large numbers of low-income students, just 27 percent of students completed their forms — more than 28 percent less than the state average FCAN found.

Because of the low FAFSA completion rate, Florida students leave behind over $100 million in federal Pell Grant money the data shows.

“A lot of research tells us the students who would benefit the most from financial aid are often the students least likely to know the aid is available," said Troy Miller, associate director for Research & Policy at the Florida College Access Network. "So they don’t fill out the forms because don’t think they’ll be eligible or they’re averse to loans or they’re confused about how financial aid works."

Monday, January 16, 2017

Student Senate launches apparent attempt to return Smith to president’s chair Bruno won

On Wednesday, Justin Bruno took office as FAMU Student Government Association (SGA) president nearly 11 months after students voted to elect him to that job. The FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) directory was also updated to show that Bruno is a member of that body.

Jaylen Smith is now in the seat he was originally supposed to be in since May, the Student Senate presidency. He served as interim SGA President for about seven months due to a legal battle over the Spring 2016 election results and the failure of SGA officials to move quickly to schedule a new election.

But it now looks like some of Smith’s fellow senators are moving to get him back into the seat that Bruno won.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Bruno takes office as FAMU SGA president

Nearly 11 months after Florida A&M University students voted to elect him as their top leader, Justin Bruno has at long last taken office. On Wednesday, he was officially declared the Student Government Association (SGA) president for the 2016-2017 year.

He and his vice-president, Devin Harrison, will serve until May. Harrison will run to succeed Bruno in February.

Back on February 16, 2016 Bruno and Harrison won the positions of SGA president and vice-president by 163 votes. They received 1,366 to the 1,203 votes of the Victor Chrispin/Pernell Mitchell ticket.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Planned CASS site might move from McGuinn Diamond Hall to Gaither Gym parking lot

On Friday, the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) Budget, Finance, and Facilities Committee will consider a proposal to change the site of the new Center for Access and Student Success (CASS) Building from McGuinn Diamond Hall to a Wahnish Way parking next the Jake Gaither Gymnasium.

The “analysis/overview” section of an action item request prepared by the administration stated that the modification would produce “a net decrease in cost of approximately $208,000.” It said that one big reason for this is that FAMU would avoid the costs associated with demolishing the McGuinn Diamond.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

FAMU announces $5M initiative for student scholarships and recruitment

On Saturday, Nov. 19, at the annual Florida Blue Florida Classic in Orlando, Florida A&M University (FAMU) Interim President Larry Robinson, announced a $5 million initiative to support scholarships for student retention and recruitment, as well as scholastic enhancement and faculty investment.

Earlier this week, the FAMU Foundation Board of Directors approved the initiative to help the University increase its graduation rate, enhance academic programs, and recruit top talent. Leaders from the FAMU Foundation and FAMU Board of Trustees, as well as prominent alumni, joined Robinson on the football field for the announcement at Camping World Stadium.

Friday, November 18, 2016

FAMU to recruit thousands of students during Orlando’s Florida Classic

This weekend, the Florida A&M University (FAMU) community will make its way to Orlando, Florida to participate in the largest historically Black college or university (HBCU) football event in the nation – the Florida Blue Florida Classic.

Taking place on November 19 at Camping World Stadium, the Florida Classic is the annual rivalry between the FAMU Rattlers and the Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats. Since its inception, in 1978, the game has attracted more than 1.5 million spectators. The Florida Classic is a tradition that draws FAMU alumni and supporters from across the country.

Adding to that tradition is a special recruitment event designed to introduce students and their families to the FAMU programs that have led to its emergence as the No. 1 public HBCU in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

FAMU pursues Florida, Georgia National Merit Scholars with unique outreach event

Rising to Gov. Rick Scott’s challenge for every state university to become a National Merit sponsor, Florida A&M University (FAMU) leaders are meeting one-on-one with National Merit semifinalists this month to recruit the best and brightest students across Florida and Georgia.

Yesterday, FAMU Trustee Harold Mills hosted a reception for semifinalists from the Orlando area at his home in Windermere, Florida. Trustee Thomas Dortch Jr. will host an event for semifinalists in the Atlanta area at his Buckhead home on Nov. 29 at 6 p.m.

FAMU Board of Trustees members are working closely with Interim President Larry Robinson, senior staff, deans, and the Division of Student Affairs to ensure that FAMU meets and exceeds the state goal for each university to become a National Merit college sponsor.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

FAMU celebrates 110th coronation

Rattlers entered Jake Gaither Gymnasium on Sunday evening with high expectations and a total sense of pride as Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) crowned its 110th Miss FAMU, and its 17th Mr. FAMU.

Gaither Gym was adorned with golden silk drapes, orange and green bouquets, and the smiles of proud students, faculty and alumni. Jhori Stallworth, a senior business administration student, started the night on a high note singing her rendition of the National Anthem. Soon to follow was the entrance of each student organizations’ royal representatives, FAMU Developmental Research School’s Royal Court and Florida A&M University’s Royal Court.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

FAMU Career Expo connects students and alumni with opportunities

More than 100 top company representatives arrived at the Al Lawson Center looking to recruit the best and brightest from FAMU during the annual Fall Career Expo on Sept. 27.

Some of those recruiters included FAMU graduates that received their big breaks at past career fairs. Breyon Love first learned about Aldi at a FAMU career fair in 2012. The former student body president and current Aldi district manager assisted at least two other FAMUans in getting jobs with the international supermarket that directly competes with Whole Foods Market.

“The first time the company came here was four to five years ago when I was recruited at this career expo,” Love said. “I’ve been with them four years and we are actively working to recruit students to help our company’s growth in Florida,” he added.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Johnson supported Washington’s personally-driven impeachment campaign against Graham

Brandon Johnson, “interim” president of the FAMU Student Senate, was at the front-and-center of a series of weak efforts to encourage students to oppose the planned ouster of President Elmira Mangum. His call for students to join protests against the proposed exit agreement for Mangum received little support. Only about 20 students stayed the night during a sleep-in he led outside the Grand Ballroom on Wednesday.

This isn’t the first time Johnson has fallen flat in trying to get FAMU students to back him. Most FAMU students weren’t in agreement when he joined Kyle Washington’s personally-driven impeachment campaign against then-Student Government Association (SGA) President Tonnette Graham.

Graham was the first black woman to win reelection to the SGA presidency and the first black woman to represent the Florida Student Association on the Florida Board of Governors.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Mangum’s best evaluation came from student trustee who wasn’t elected to be SGA president

“Interim” student trustee Jaylen Smith, far left, listens as President Elmira Mangum speaks
The majority of FAMU’s trustees said that President Elmira Mangum’s overall performance was not acceptable in their individual evaluations of her. Seven out of the total 13 board members gave her “Does Not Meet” expectations ratings for most of the categories in her annual job review.

Mangum’s best job ratings came from the student trustee who wasn’t elected by his peers to represent them on the Board of Trustees (BOT).

In April, Mangum announced that Jaylen Smith would serve as the “interim” Student Government Association (SGA) president. The FAMUan reported on April 27 that Smith, who was just elected as the Student Senate president, would be the interim SGA president because of the delay in finalizing the SGA presidential election.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Chicago student who overcame adversity among FAMU’s incoming scholarship recipients

This year’s group of Distinguished Scholar Award recipients at Florida A&M University includes a young woman who made national headlines during a freedom of speech controversy.

Taiylar Ball was banned from her senior prom at Homewoof-Floosmoor High School in suburban Chicago after she read a poem entitled “Dear Black Girls” during a talent show hosted by the school. The poem used explicit language to discuss race.

Ball was also told that she couldn’t participate in the graduation ceremony. But school administrators eventually reversed that decision after she got legal representation.

Friday, April 22, 2016

No announcement on rescheduling SGA election as commencement nears on April 30th

FAMU SGA Vice-President Justin Bruno from the "FAMU is For You" video
The official Youtube page for Florida A&M University (FAMU) posted a promotional video on Tuesday that featured Student Government Association (SGA) Vice-President Justin Bruno. Bruno won the SGA presidential election in February. But it’s still uncertain who will be the next SGA leader even though Spring commencement is just eight days away.

Mangum supported a decision by the Student Supreme Court to order a redo of the entire SGA presidential election after the losing candidate, Victor Chrispin, submitted an appeal that claimed there were problems with the election process at the law school in Orlando.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

FAMU orientation leaders win big at Southern Regional Workshop

In preparation for the upcoming summer orientations, the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), Orientation Leaders ventured to Greenville, N.C. to attend the Southern Regional Orientation Workshop March 11-13.

During the workshop the group worked with institutions across the region to share knowledge and learn more about the field of orientation, transition, and retention.

Comprised of 21 undergraduate and graduate students and staff members, the FAMU Orientation Team participated and competed in an array of SROW traditions with schools from all over the Southeast.