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

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Bruno says Mangum supporting manipulation of SGA elections in attempt to protect her job

Back on October 22, FAMU Student Government Association (SGA) President Tonnette S. Graham and Vice-President Justin Bruno battled what they called an under-handed effort to oust Elmira Mangum from the big seat in Lee Hall.

Graham cast the deciding vote against a Board of Trustees (BOT) motion to fire Mangum that failed narrowly at 6-6. She and Bruno then held a rally on the steps of Lee Hall that called for Chairman Rufus Montgomery, who was at the head of the effort to terminate Mangum, to step down from his leadership post. Bruno later took that message to Gov. Rick Scott by leading about 100 students in a march to his office in the Florida Capitol. Rufus resigned from the chairmanship the next day.

Yesterday, Bruno was back on the steps of Lee Hall for another protest. But this time, he said Mangum was the one who was bringing harm to the only public historically black university in the state.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Rattlers make case for new Student Affairs Building during FAMU Day at the Capitol

FAMU Foote-Hilyer Administration Center
On Thursday, Rattler students, faculty, alumni, and administrators lobbied state officials during FAMU Day at the Capitol. One priority on the 2016 Legislative Budget Request is $26.5M for a new Student Affairs Building.

According to the FAMU Office of Governmental Relations: “Last year, the Legislature provided $6,155,000 of PECO funds to finance the planning and design of a new Student Affairs Building. PECO funding is being requested for the construction of a new Student Affairs Building that will enable the University to consolidate the delivery of essential student services, thereby helping to improve customer service and our performance under the Board of Governor's Performance Funding Model.”

Sunday, December 27, 2015

FAMU ramps up campus security with new technology

As the world heightens its security, the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Police Department (FAMUPD) has been actively seeking to implement the most effective ways to expand the university safety net.

Law enforcement officials will use the latest technology to add another layer of protection to ensure the safety of students on campus. In October, LiveSafe, a mobile crime watch app was implemented. LiveSafe will officially launch in January. It allows students to anonymously report crime in the area, request safety escorts, and chat with police officials in an emergency.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Avon Foundation awards FAMU grant for Dating Abuse Prevention Education

FAMU has received a $10,000 grant from the Avon Foundation for Women through its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence initiative. The grant will fund efforts by FAMU’s Student Health Services to activate bystanders to reduce sexual assault, dating abuse, and stalking.

This is the first year FAMU has received funding from the Avon Foundation for Women.
The grant is one of only 25 Avon campus grants, totaling $250,000, awarded to colleges nationwide to fund programs providing preventive education and training and promoting healthy relationships, as well as offering local resources.

Tanya Tatum (pictured), director of FAMU Student Health Services and principal investigator for the grant, said the funds are going to be used to obtain training for students and staff members in the nationally recognized Green Dot Program, which teaches bystander intervention.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Life Gets Better Scholarship lifts FAMU student leader

The Life Gets Better Scholarship has been a life changer for hundreds of students attending Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University.

For nearly 30 years the Life Gets Better Scholarship has played a major role in producing engineers, doctors, lawyers, corporate executives, scientists, college professors, and many more professionals of color. By removing the financial burden that normally derails a college education, the scholarship relieves the stress and strain that normally overwhelms families.

Justin Bruno, a junior computer engineering student from Orlando Fla, is one of the current FAMU students who has benefited tremendously from the scholarship.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Legislature approves $6.2M for new FAMU student affairs complex, $1.4M for Pharmacy Phase II

During the final hours of the 2015 special legislative session, the Florida Legislature approved several items that will help enhance the University’s capacity for academic excellence. Approved items include $6.2 million of PECO funds for the planning and design of a new student affairs building, and $1.4 million to complete the FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (COPPS) Phase II building.

The new student affairs complex is an essential part of the university’s long-term plan to revitalize its 128-year-old campus, improve customer service, and promote efficiency and effectiveness. Upon completion, the building’s total cost is estimated to be about $36 million and will combine under one roof many essential student services that are currently scattered across the campus.

Friday, March 06, 2015

FAMU awards $94,176 in scholarships to five Manatee County students

Five high school students received FAMU scholarships during a recruitment fair hosted by the Sarasota-Manatee Chapter of the FAMU National Alumni Association.

FAMU Vice-President for Student Affairs William Hudson awarded more than $94,176 to the young men and women in recognition of their academic achievement.

The recipients were: Rheya Jackson, Lakewood Ranch High School, Distinguished Scholars Award Full, $62,176 total over four years; De'Shaon Grant, Westcoast School, G.W. Gore $4,000 annual, $16,000 total; Samuel Hicks III, State College of Florida, $3,000.00 annual, $6,000 total; Charles Martin III, SCF, $3,000 annual, $6,000 total; Alexia Bartley, Booker High School, PSS $1,000 annual, $4,000 total.

Floyd Hill, president of the Sarasota-Manatee Chapter, joined Hudson for the scholarship presentation.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Kirby & Hawkins arrested on grand theft charges

Morris Hawkins (pictured) with SGA buses.

Former FAMU Dean of Students Henry Kirby and Morris Hawkins, an accounting/budget coordinator for the student government association have been arrested and charged with stealing SGA funds.

According to court reports, between 2008 and 2011, Kirby and Hawkins diverted 
student funds from SGA sponsored trips to their own personal use.  

Hawkins was in charge of collecting those funds, from SGA sponsored trips usually to away FAMU football games.  Students would usually pay $90 for an all-inclusive trip that included hotel, game ticket, and transportation aboard the SGA owned “Rattler” buses. Three to four trips were taken each year.

FAMU to launch specialized department to serve military veterans

Last week, the FAMU Board of Trustees unanimously voted in favor of a proposal by the FAMU Division of Student Affairs to create the FAMU Department of Veteran Affairs.

The move is in line with the national call by United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki to address the need for more access to scholastic and employment opportunities for soldiers transitioning from combat to the commercial sector.

“The Department of Veteran Affairs will address the unique needs and challenges of veterans,” said Vice President for Student Affairs William Hudson Jr. “We will identify, track and assist them with the application process and monitor their progression through graduation. The goal is to provide them with an opportunity to go to college and find employment.”

According to Hudson, the FAMU Department of Veteran Affairs is expected to open during the 2014-2015 academic year. The new department will expound on the current processes FAMU has in place to assist veterans with enrolling at the university. Recruitment programs will be initiated to educate veterans on FAMU’s services and academic offerings.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

FAMU swears in new police chief

Yesterday, FAMU Vice President for Student Affairs William Hudson administered the oath of office to the university’s new top cop. Terence M. Calloway is now officially on the job as FAMU’s sixth chief of police and director of public safety.

“It’s an awesome feeling,” Calloway said in an interview with WCTV-6. “I want to do the best I can for the students, faculty, and staff of Florida A&M University.”

With more than 18 years of law enforcement experience, Calloway previously served Austin Peay State University as the chief of police and director of public safety before being appointed to his post at FAMU.

Prior to that, Calloway served as a patrol officer, DARE officer, school resource officer, vice officer and lieutenant. He earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from David N. Myers University and a master's degree in public administration from Tiffin University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session 244, FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS) and FBI Great Lakes Leadership Seminar (GLLS).

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

FAMU to host an evening with Orlando Magic Business Director Lucas Boyce

The FAMU Division of Student Affairs will present an evening with Lucas Boyce, Orlando Magic
director of business development and legislative affairs, on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. The free, community event will be held in FAMU’s Lee Hall. Boyce will present “Life Lessons for Success, Leadership and Character.”

Boyce, the author of Living Proof: From Foster Care to the White House and the NBA, was appointed to the role with the Orlando Magic in July 2013. His responsibilities include strategic business planning, with a focus on developing a new sports and entertainment district (SED) in downtown Orlando. He also oversees the company’s efforts in statewide legislative and government affairs. Prior to this role, he served as director of community relations, multicultural insights, cause marketing and government affairs. Lucas joined the organization in July 2008.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Coronation to kick-off FAMU’s Homecoming festivities

FAMU will host its annual Coronation and Coronation Ball tonight, Oct. 13, during FAMU’s Homecoming. Miss FAMU 2013-2014 Camille Baker and Mr. FAMU 2013-2014 Ronnie Mackey Jr. will officially be crowned during the glitzy event that is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in Lee Hall Auditorium, followed by the ball, which will be held in the Grand Ballroom.

Connected to FAMU from birth, Baker and Mackey were destined to become Rattlers.
Mackey, a second-generation Rattler from Tallahassee, grew up attending football games at FAMU with his dad. He recalled seeing Charles Wesley Lattimore, Jr., the first Mr. FAMU, recruiting and speaking to students in the fall of 2000. Mackey says he immediately aspired to one day hold the same title.

“It was always my dream as a little kid to become Mr. FAMU,” said Mackey. “I wanted to help recruit students to the best historically black university in the nation.”

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.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

FAMU moves 2,381 students into campus dormitories

Last week, FAMU began the process of moving thousands of new students into its on-campus housing facilities. University officials expect a total of 2,381 young men and women to call a campus dormitory or apartment home during Fall 2013.

On Wednesday, Interim President Larry Robinson personally welcomed many of the new Rattlers and helped them move in.

“This is hard work,” Robinson told WCTV-6. “It’s helped by the fact that we have so many other generous volunteers within our student body and our staff who are altogether making this possible.”

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Jagged Edge will help FAMU welcome new and returning Rattlers to The Hill

FAMU will celebrate the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year with a festival style event called “The Kick-Off” scheduled for today, Saturday, August 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the Quadrangle. “The Kick-Off” will feature student leaders, athletes, returning and incoming students, faculty, staff and alumni.

The event will also feature the band “Grove ‘87,” DJ Loose Kid, and Atlanta-based recording group Jagged Edge. Jagged Edge’s songs include the hit “Let’s Get Married,” which peaked at number one on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Airplay chart.

There will also be give-a-ways, including season tickets for Rattler football games and much more. Representatives from FAMU colleges and schools will be available to provide information to incoming students and updates about the success of the schools and colleges to alumni.

“This event symbolizes our on-going efforts to demonstrate a true commitment to our motto ‘Excellence With Caring,’ making it a reality in all that we do,” said FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson.  “Student Government Association President Anthony Siders and I have partnered to ensure that everyone who encounters and supports the university — whether its governmental officials, local businesses, alumni, prospective students and their parents — know about FAMU’s strengths and its dedication to academic excellence.”

Monday, June 10, 2013

FAMU shouldn’t revisit expulsions executed in response to Champion hazing

Last week, two former FAMU drum majors who participated in the hazing of deceased band member Robert Champion were sentenced. Rikki Wills received 12 months of house arrest and five years of probation. Shawn Turner will spend 18 months on house arrest and three years on probation.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, “Wills was expelled from FAMU three classes shy of earning a degree in criminal justice.” Federal law prevents FAMU from confirming the names of students it dismisses, but The FAMUan reported that the university also expelled Turner.

Wills and Turner have admitted that they assisted Champion as he attempted to “Cross Bus C.” The hazing ritual required him to run through a gauntlet of blows aboard a parked bus and touch the back of the vehicle. They said they tried to keep the attackers away from him in order to help him finish the process.

William Hancock, an attorney for Wills, believes that FAMU should bear more blame than the students who took part in the illegal hazing ritual.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

FAMU hires new police chief

FAMU Vice President for Student Affairs William Hudson Jr., has appointed Terence M. Calloway as the new chief of the Department of Public Safety at the university.  

“We are looking forward to having Mr. Calloway as a part of our team,” Hudson said.  “He has a plethora of experiences that will enhance campus safety.”

Calloway has served as chief of police at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. since January 2012.  Prior to this appointment, he served as chief of police at the Village of Woodmere in Ohio.

As chief of police at Austin Peay State University, Calloway directed a staff of more than 30.  During his time there, he implemented a college-wide safe school program and various community policing programs, including Boyz2Men, The Law in You and a youth basketball camp.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

FAMU hires new director of student judicial affairs

Antoneia L. Roe has been named the new director of the Office of Judicial Affairs and Resource Services in the FAMU Division of Student Affairs. Previously, Roe served as supervising attorney for the Florida Guardian Ad Litem Program, Second Circuit, Tallahassee.

“With Attorney Roe’s level of expertise and knowledge of the federal and state rules and regulations pertaining to student disciplinary matters and hazing, I am confident we have the right person,” said William E. Hudson Jr. vice president for Student Affairs.

Back in 2007, former Director of Judicial Affairs Junious Brown retired. Due to budget cuts, FAMU declined to hire a new staffer for the position. An administrative assistant in the office began serving in the capacity of student judicial affairs officer.

The Office of Judicial Affairs and Resources Services leads the process of administering due process to students who are accused of violating the Student Code of Conduct. This includes hazing offenses.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

FAMU Deltas placed on inactive status

FAMU has placed the Beta Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. on “Inactive Status” Wednesday until an investigation is completed in reference to an alleged hazing report. The incident was reported on the university’s anti-hazing website.

“We believe that all of the measures that we have put in place have increased overall campus awareness of hazing,” said Bryan Smith, assistant to the president for anti-hazing. “We will investigate this complaint as with any that is brought to our attention. Once this investigation is completed, the inactive status may be lifted or if warranted, additional sanctions may incur.”