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

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

New SGA president thanks Bruno, calls for unity

Devin Harrison, who became the new student body president of Florida A&M University yesterday following Justin Bruno’s resignation from the office, thanked his predecessor.

“As a brother, I’ve encouraged him to do what’s best for him and he did just that,” Harrison said in a quote published by The FAMUan.

Harrison, who was in his second year as vice-president under Bruno, also called for unity within the Student Government Association (SGA).

“Everything is moving forward in one task, I don’t think our administration has missed a beat,” he told The FAMUan. ‘It doesn’t stop what we’re doing as a unit, hopefully this will bring SGA together even more, I’m excited for that.”

Harrison is from Tallahassee and studies public relations. He previously served as the freshman class president, a FAMU peer mentor, and an escort for the Royal Court. He’s also a member of the Beta Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

SGA President Justin Bruno resigns

Just days before the Board of Trustees is expected to take action to name Larry Robinson the 12th permanent president of Florida A&M University, Student Body President & University Trustee Justin Bruno has tendered his resignation effective immediately.

At 4:27 p.m., this afternoon, Bruno, a national achievement scholar, via email informed interim president Robinson and BOT Chair Kelvin Lawson of his decision to step down in a three-page letter.

Bruno first ran for SGA president in 2016 and garnered the most votes in the election.  He was denied an opportunity to serve for almost half a year after former President Elmira Magnum worked to install an interim SGA President, Jaylen Smith, who would be loyal to her. 

Student Senate Pettiness
Bruno cited the level of pettiness in the FAMU Student Senate, which just last week made a motion to impeach him.  He wrote, " this is the fourth attempt to remove me from office in as many years, and the action is similar to that which was brought against several of my predecessors.  And while will all the previous attempts have have failed --just as their most recent salvo against me would have as well (if not for my resignation) -- it does beg the question: who in their right mind would want to continue to endure such nonsense?"

"Sadly, this (petty) nonsense is the new normal," Bruno continued.

Bruno called upon FAMU student leaders to "stop the personal attacks, threats against principles and institution, flagrant disregard for the truth and decent, the reckless provocations", and pettiness for personal gains.

Bruno's full letter is below:

check back for additional updates.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Florida Classic kicks off with reception and successful FAMU recruitment fair

The Florida Blue Florida Classic Weekend kicked off in Orlando, Florida on Thursday night with a formal reception at the beautiful Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center. The reception marked the 38th year of the FAMU-Bethune Cookman football rivalry.

During the reception, FAMU trustees and Orlando community leaders Judge Belvin Perry, Jr. and businessman Harold Mills were among those honored with the 2017 Bob Billingslea Florida Classic Award. Directly after the reception, nationally-acclaimed comedian and actor Cedric the Entertainer took the stage, filling the room of hundreds of Rattlers and Wildcats with laugh-after-laugh. The comedy show also featured opening acts by J.J. Williamson and Malik S.

On Friday morning, Rattler leaders, alumni, recruiters and students headed to the Orlando Hilton for the University’s annual Education Fair. Entertainment for more than 1,500 Rattler hopefuls was provided by the renowned FAMU Connection performance group. Alumna, actress, and director T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh joined Interim President Larry Robinson, Vice President for Student Affairs William Hudson Jr., and representatives of the Royal Court, Presidential Ambassadors, and Student Government Association to showcase to high school students why they should choose the No.1 public HBCU, FAMU. Top local scholars were accepted on the spot.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

FAMU to remain closed through Friday, Sept. 15

Florida A&M University ceased all but essential operations on its campus last week in response to Gov. Rick Scott’s directive that told public schools to close as the state prepares for Hurricane Irma. FAMU announced on Saturday that it will remain closed through Friday, September 15.

Leon County and Tallahassee officials announced a voluntary evacuation notice to local residents, yesterday. Mandatory evacuations are in place for parts of two neighboring counties: Lafayette and Wakulla.

FAMU opened the Foster-Tanner Rehearsal Hall on Saturday for off-campus students who need a storm shelter. According to the university, “Hot meals will continue to be served on the weekend schedule in the cafeteria/dining hall through Sunday, September 10, 2017. Contingent upon weather conditions, beginning Monday, September 11, 2017, Dining Services will be prepared to deliver boxed meals and water to student housing facilities.”

Saturday, September 09, 2017

FAMU opening Foster-Tanner building to off-campus students who need a storm shelter

Earlier this week, Gov. Rick Scott directed all public K-12 schools, state colleges, state universities and state offices to close Friday, September 8 – Monday, September 11 as Florida braces for the arrival of Hurricane Irma.

Florida A&M University is opening its Foster-Tanner Band Rehearsal Hall to students who live off campus and need a storm shelter. The university will begin accommodating them at the facility beginning today, Saturday, September 9 at 2:00 p.m.

The off-campus students must bring their Rattler IDs and are being asked to bring their own blankets and pillows due to the fact that FAMU has a limited number of cots. Off-campus students are permitted to bring their children, however they will be responsible for their supervision.

FAMU will accommodate the dining needs of as many students as it can.

The university will also use Gaither Gymnasium to house possibly hundreds of U.S. Army soldiers who have been assigned to assist Florida in recovering from Irma.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Robinson: Getting it right at Palmetto North

By Larry Robinson, Ph.D.
Interim President of Florida A&M University

Since our founding in 1887, FAMU has dedicated itself to fulfilling its motto “Excellence with Caring.” And while our legacy is filled with great achievements and a reputation for a premier student experience, we are a human institution that sometimes has missed the mark. However, even in those moments, we have always found a way to make excellence a priority, and not lose sight of our commitment to caring.

While 2,088 students moved in on time to eight of our other housing facilities without any major issues, we fell short at Palmetto North with delays and outstanding renovations.

Although last week’s unfortunate move-in delay for our new students assigned to Palmetto North was not our best day as a University, we took immediate corrective action and within 72 hours were able to resume normal operations with the help of the entire University community, including alumni and students.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

More than 2,000 freshmen move-in to FAMU residences

Last week, more than 2,000 freshmen moved into housing facilities across the Florida A&M University campus. Hundreds of students, alumni, university officials, staff, faculty, and volunteers worked together to help our students get settled and ready for the start of the academic year.

There are nine on-campus residences at FAMU: FAMU Village, Gibbs Hall, Paddyfote Complex, Sampson Hall, Young Hall, Truth Hall, Palmetto North, Palmetto South, and Palmetto Phase III.

On Tuesday of last week, dozens of students assigned to Palmetto North found their rooms filled problems such as mold, holes in the wall, leaks, and malfunctioning door locks. The university released a statement on Thursday saying that it had placed 45 students and some of their parents in hotels at FAMU’s expense and had delayed the move-in date for other students who were slated to live in Palmetto Street North.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Robinson apologizes to FAMU students, families for Palmetto North problems

Yesterday, Florida A&M University Interim President Larry Robinson made rounds with the major Tallahassee media organizations to apologize for the unacceptable conditions that dozens of students found at the Palmetto Street North Apartments during move-in day on Tuesday.

“The first thing is I apologize to them personally,” Robinson told WCTV-6 when asked what message he wanted to give the students and their families. “Let them know that this wasn’t FAMU’s best day.”

Robinson also spoke with WTXL-27, the Tallahassee Democrat, and WFSU.

According to the Democrat, “students arrived Tuesday to rooms reeking of mold and mildew, safety issues with doors and left behind construction debris.”

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.