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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.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

FAMU initiates $8.2M in renovations for FAMU-FSU College of Engineering

FAMU has initiated $8,200,000 in renovations for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering complex in Innovation Park.

Last year, the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering received an additional $10,000,000 from the Florida Legislature to continue its $30,000,000 Phase III construction project.

According to GRC Architects: “Phase III will consist of a new building, renovations to the existing buildings, Buildings A and B and some incidental remodeling in both buildings.”

Monday, March 23, 2015

FAMU joins U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Challenge

FAMU has committed to making its entire portfolio of buildings 20 percent more energy efficient within 10 years by joining the Better Buildings Challenge by the U.S. Department of Energy. FAMU will work with the DOE to share its successful efficiency models and help pave the way for other organizations to follow.

"The Better Buildings Challenge partners are demonstrating leadership in a variety of industries, bringing greater energy efficiency to American restaurants, data centers, multifamily housing developments, and cities across the country," said U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. "Joining hundreds of other organizations, these new partners are taking action to save money by saving energy and cutting carbon pollution, while also creating jobs."

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

FAMU dedicates renovated Bull & Bear Study Lounge to the late Charles Evans

Last week, the FAMU School of Business and Industry (SBI) welcomed students back to the newly renovated Bull & Bear Study Lounge. According to The FAMUan, its features include “new computers, Rattler Charge Stations and mobile charger stools.”

FAMU President Elmira Mangum, SBI Dean Shawnta Friday-Stroud, and Director of Student Activities Marvin Green were present to celebrate the room’s re-opening.

Monday, February 09, 2015

FAMU cuts ribbon on new campus Recycling Center

Last week, FAMU officials gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the new campus Recycling Center located on Gamble Street.

The Recycling Center will manage and encourage the collection, sorting, and processing of recyclables, such as paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, and aluminum cans. It houses a cardboard baler and provides workspace for student interns and volunteers to assist with the recycling program.

FAMU President Elmira Mangum and Vice-President for Finance and Administration Dale Cassidy jointly cut the ribbon on the new facility. They were joined by the FAMU Environmental Health and Safety Department, FAMU Sustainability Institute, community leaders, faculty, staff, and students.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Pharmacy Phase II scheduled for completion in Spring 2016

The construction of the Phase II building of the FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is scheduled to finally reach the finish line in Spring 2016.

Last summer, Gov. Rick Scott signed a 2014-2015 Florida budget that included $10M for the construction project. Pharmacy Phase II will include much-needed laboratory and classroom space. FAMU Pharmacy needs this expansion in order to remain in compliance with the standards of the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

$10M for Phase III of FAMU-FSU College of Engineering proves legislature is investing in school’s success, not dissolution

Schematic design for Phase III of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering
The 2014-2015 budget passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott includes $10M to expand the facilities of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. That line item is proof that lawmakers are banking on the joint E-College’s long-term success, not its dissolution.

Back during the session, Sen. John E. Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, led an unsuccessful effort to split the joint E-College and give Florida State University $13M to begin the process of creating a separate college. He refused to offer one cent to help FAMU acquire the $100M that it would take to construct a brand new engineering college on the university’s main campus or the $5M necessary to replace all of the FSU faculty who would leave.

Thrasher got his proposed $13M through the Florida Senate, but the Florida House of Representatives said “no.” The two chambers came to a compromise by appropriating $500,000 for the Florida Board of Governors to conduct a study of the joint E-College.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Scott signs biggest FAMU budget of his term, spares all the university’s line items

Senate Pres. Don Gaetz (left), Gov. Rick Scott (center), and House Speaker Will Weatherford (right)
On Monday, FAMU received its best budgetary news since Gov. Rick Scott took office. The governor signed the biggest FAMU budget of his term and spared all of the university’s line items.

FAMU received $84,817,515 in General Revenue and $14,834,223 from the Education Enhancement Trust Fund, the largest respective amounts in four years.

The budget also includes a critical $10,000,000 that will help FAMU complete the Phase II building for the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Budget conference report includes $10M for Pharmacy Phase II

On Monday, Florida House and Senate budget negotiators agreed on a $75B budget for 2014-2015. The conference report includes $10M to help FAMU complete Phase II of FAMU’s College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences building.

Pharmacy Phase II will include much-needed laboratory and classroom space. FAMU Pharmacy needs this expansion in order to remain in compliance with the standards of the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

FAMU acquires ownership of Centennial Building in Innovation Park

Centennial Building, home of the FAMU Center for Plasma Science and Technology
FAMU has reached another milestone in its continued successes in research and development.

Last week, Interim President Larry Robinson and FAMU administrators met with Leon County Commissioner Kristin Dozier, chair of the Leon County Research and Development Authority (LCRDA) and LCRDA members to sign an agreement that names FAMU as the new owner of the Centennial Building, a research facility, and 26.8 gross acres of developed and undeveloped land at Innovation Park. Seventeen acres of the land are ready for development.

“This agreement represents a significant moment in FAMU's rich history. Acquiring ownership of the Centennial Building and the 26.8 acres of land transferred from Leon County and the LCRDA will allow us to expand our research, business development and community outreach activities,” Robinson said. “It also better enables faculty to compete successfully for research awards and allows us to attract top students and faculty from around the nation. Providing state-of-the art facilities to conduct world-class research and engage in entrepreneurial activities will lead to positive economic impacts in Leon County and the State of Florida.”

Friday, March 14, 2014

FAMU softball team happy to be back in its home park

By Jonesa Rodriguez
FAMU Sports Information Intern

 After not being able to play on their home field all last season, the Lady Rattlers Softball team, are returning this year to a new and improved field.

“It wasn’t quite the same as being in our park,” said assistant coach Lori Goodart, “but our fans did a great job of making it feel like a hometown game.”

Due to repairs being made to the field, the Lady Rattlers had to play at various locations such as FSU, Messer Park and FAMU’s intramural field.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Home Depot announces FAMU as finalist for 2014 Retool Your School grant

FAMU has been announced as a finalist in The Home Depot’s 2014 RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL Campus Improvement Grant Program. The grant program is designed to reinvigorate historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Finalists are competing for a total of $250,000 in grants for on-campus improvements and are asking their communities and the public to help them win.

From now through April 14, FAMU supporters can visit www.retoolyourschool.com to vote for FAMU and its proposed sustainable campus improvement projects. With the help of supporters, FAMU could win a $50,000 Tier I major grant or be one of 13 schools to win a $10,000 Tier II grant and one of three schools to win a $25,000 Campus Pride grant.

Grants will be awarded to the school with the most online votes and social media activity, as assessed by The Home Depot®. Winners will be announced on or around May 2.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

New Polkinghorne Village on schedule for completion by summer 2014

FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson and Joe Kokolakis, CEO of J. Kokolakis Contracting, paused to commemorate the topping off a new 800-bed residence hall, located at 667 Gamble Street. The six-story 244,722-square-foot building is projected to cost $37.4 million and is slated for completion next summer.

“On-campus living is a staple in the college experience for several reasons. Students who live on campus tend to be more engaged in the college experience,” said Robinson. “The convenience of being close to their classes, the library and dining services all contribute to an environment that allows students to establish a sense of community and focus on excelling in the classroom.

Robinson and Kokolakis donned aprons and served lunch to the 200 construction workers in appreciation for their efforts to build a quality facility on time and on budget.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Florida House budget includes $4M for Pharmacy Phase II

The 2013-2014 Florida House of Representatives budget appropriates $4M for Phase II of FAMU’s College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences building. Pharmacy Phase II is FAMU’s top construction priority.

Pharmacy Phase II will include much-needed laboratory and classroom space. FAMU Pharmacy needs this expansion in order to remain in compliance with the standards of the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education.

There is a total of $68M for Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) projects in the Florida’s House’s budget. PECO dollars come from utility taxes. The state has had very little PECO money in recent years due to housing market crash and citizens shaving their energy costs by purchasing more energy efficient appliances.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

FAMU celebrates newly remodeled Gore Education Center

FAMU officially cut the ribbon on the newly remodeled Gore Education Center on Wednesday, April 10. The renovations to the Gore Education Center began in July 2011 and cost an estimated $10 million. The building was originally constructed in 1968 and was named after FAMU’s fifth president George W. Gore Jr.

The renovations included the following:

• Two Student Centered Active Learning Environment for Undergraduate Programs (SCALE-UP) classrooms
that are highly collaborative and computer rich for large enrollment courses;
• A teaching lab and observation room for graduate psychology courses;
• Wireless infrastructure throughout the building;

Monday, March 25, 2013

FAMU set to cut ribbon on newly renovated Gore Education Complex

Gore Education Center, December 2012
FAMU has scheduled the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Gore Education Center for Wednesday, April 10 at 11:30 a.m.

Back in 2007, Sen. Alfred “Al” Lawson steered $8,301,606 into FAMU’s budget to help remodel the Gore Education Complex. That was followed by another $5,600,000 in 2008. Both appropriations came from Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) dollars.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Leon County interested in giving FAMU partial ownership of Innovation Park

Kristin Dozier, the new chairwoman of the Leon County Research and Development Authority, wants FAMU to consider accepting full ownership of some of the county-owned buildings in Innovation Park.

“We have an incredible untapped resource of the research and technology coming from our universities and how that can be translated into small businesses and job creation," Dozier said in quote published by WFSU.

Innovation Park, home to the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, was established 30 years ago to create more local jobs by attracting public and private researchers to Tallahassee. But the fallout from a recent embezzlement scandal involving the park’s former executive director has left the authority operating at a financial loss.

Currently, Innovation Park's tenants rent building space from Leon County and pay maintenance fees. Dozier says the county could save money by simply transferring ownership of the park's buildings to entities such as FAMU.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

FAMU makes way for new Polkinghorne

FAMU President James H. Ammons personally initiated the demolition of the old Polkinghorne Village yesterday with a series of mallet blows to the roof and exterior wall.

Polkinghorne, which has been closed since 2004, sits next to the Student Services Center and Bragg Memorial Stadium. The old building is being completely torn down to make way for a brand new facility.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Pharmacy Phase II’s future uncertain as PECO well runs dry

With state economists projecting that the Florida will not have any additional Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) dollars for at least the next two years, the future of FAMU’s pharmacy school expansion project has become uncertain.

FAMU needs $6,049,000 to finish up Pharmacy Phase II. The university has received $25,000,000 toward the total $31,049,000 required for the project. Without that money, the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences might be in jeopardy of failing to meet the laboratory and classroom space requirements of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

Monday, November 14, 2011

SUS PECO crisis worsens

The State University System of Florida (SUS) will be lucky to receive $20M of the $145M in Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) funds it has requested for 2012-2013.

Florida’s PECO Revenue Estimating Committee has lowered its projection for the program’s maximum amount in response to a decline in the Gross Receipts Tax forecast. PECO funds come from utility taxes and go to public education building projects.

PECO money has become scarce due to the Great Recession, which has tanked the housing market and led to the closure of numerous businesses. Floridaians are also using a variety of methods to shave their energy costs, including purchasing more energy efficient appliances. These problems are all taking a heavy toll on the tax collections to go toward the PECO fund.

“It's intensified right now because of the economy, but there is a general trend too,” Amy Baker, coordinator of the Legislature's Office of Economic and Demographic Research, told the News Service of Florida. “Habits are changing. People who buy a different kind of light bulb will continue to buy a different kind of light bulb.”