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Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Committee working to raise $175,000 to build campus statute of Humphries

Back when Frederick S. Humphries was FAMU’s president, he kept watch to defend the university from internal and external threats. Now, Rattlers are working together to erect a bronze statue of Humphries that will symbolically keep watch over The Hill forever.

The Frederick S. Humphries Life Got Better Bronze Statue Committee wants to raise $175,000 to create a statute of the eighth president of FAMU. It plans to place the statute in front of the Eternal Flame in the campus quadrangle. Humphries built the Eternal Flame to commemorate FAMU’s selection as the first ever TIME Magazine/Princeton Review “College of the Year” in 1997.

Jim Davis, who worked as Humphries’ director of governmental relations, is chairing the statute committee.

“I’m in the belief we should really honor the people who really do something for our people and our institution,” Davis said in a quote published by The FAMUan.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Rattlers remain divided over decision to reopen band director search

Back when he was a college student, Shelby Chipman dedicated himself to carrying the torch of legendary Marching 100 Director William P. Foster. He highstepped in the band as a Rattler student and then went on to earn master’s and doctoral degrees, as Foster did.

For ten years, he led the Miami Central Rocket Marching Band and modeled its drills on Foster’s examples. He then returned to FAMU as a music professor and worked his way up to become the second-in-command behind Marching 100 Director Julian White, the man who had succeeded Foster.

So when FAMU’s interim administration turned Chipman down for the band directorship this year and opted to reopen the search, many Rattlers were outraged.

FAMU alumnus and former state senator Alfred “Al” Lawson directed very strong criticism against Interim President Larry Robinson. He suggested that the interim administration might be bending to outside pressures that are suspicious of Chipman simply because he was on the Marching 100's staff when the hazing death of band member Robert Champion took place in 2011.

“You should not let the politics of the band situation prevent a person of his caliber from getting the job,” Lawson told reporter Tampa Bay Times reporter Tia Mitchell.

But former FAMU President Frederick S. Humphries disagrees with Lawson. He thinks that Robinson made the right decision when he chose to reopen the search.

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Humphries delivers the Rattler Charge during Founders Day Convocation


FAMU alumna Johnitta Wells captured former President Frederick S. Humphries' delivery of the Rattler Charge during Wednesday's Founders Day Convocation.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Humphries: "FAMU is exceptional."

Marcus Garvey once said, "A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots."  Yesterday, FAMU's eighth president Frederick S. Humphries gave a history lesson that emphasized how exceptional he feels FAMU is and focused on the university’s rich history that has impacted the state of Florida and the nation. 

Humphries was the keynote speaker for the annual Founders Day Convocation, which commemorated FAMU’s 125th anniversary.

Throughout his speech, Humphries praised and shared with an audience filled with students, faculty, staff, alumni, retirees and members of the community some of FAMU’s outstanding accomplishments.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Humphries to keynote FAMU Founders Day Convocation

Frederick S. Humphries, a renowned scholar, admired public servant and eighth president of FAMU, will keynote FAMU’s Founders Day Convocation on Wednesday, October 3, at 10:10 a.m. in the Alfred Lawson Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium. This year’s Founders Day Convocation marks FAMU’s 125th anniversary.  The general public is invited to attend.

During his nearly 17-year tenure at FAMU, where he established the Life Gets Better Scholarship and Graduate School Feeder programs, he more than doubled enrollment while simultaneously raising academic standards. He increased the number of National Achievement Scholars at the school ranking first in the nation three times, out recruiting Harvard and Stanford, and made FAMU the nation’s number one producer of African Americans with baccalaureate degrees and third in the nation as the baccalaureate institution of origin for African-American doctoral degree recipients. His crowning achievement came when FAMU was selected as the first ever TIME Magazine/Princeton Review “College of the Year” in 1997.

Humphries is respected throughout the United States and internationally for his keen insights on the education of minority students, particularly in math and science, and his unique and visionary approaches to producing successful educational outcomes in underrepresented disciplines.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Coveted endorsements adding momentum to Lawson campaign

FAMU alumnus Alfred “Al” Lawson’s campaign for Florida’s Second Congressional District seat continues to soar. This summer, Lawson picked up the endorsements of the Tallahassee Democrat and Florida Police Benevolent Association.

One of Lawson’s most passionate statements of support comes courtesy of FAMU President Emeritus Frederick S. Humphries. Humphries described Lawson’s qualifications and experience with the following words:

During his 28 years in the legislature, Al took on a lot of good battles and stood out for so many important causes. Every day he fought for working families, state workers, and children. 

There was another issue though that was always at the top of his agenda- Florida A&M University.  The truth is, when he first ran for the Florida House, he did so in large part because of the way FAMU’s campus looked.  Buildings were bordered up, space was limited, and infrastructure was crumbling.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Humphries visits RATL campers

Last week, students in the Raising Agricultural and Technologically Literate Rattlers (RATL) summer camp got a chance to meet and chat with former FAMU President Frederick S. Humphries.

RATL is a pre-college program run by the College of Engineering, Science, Technology, and Agriculture (CESTA). It introduces high school students to CESTA's faculty, research facilities, and degree programs. The camp aims to inspire the students to pursue agricultural studies on The Hill.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

VP of Student Affairs to retire

Roland Gaines, VP of Student Affairs, confirmed, this evening, his intention to retire from FAMU effective June 30, 2010.

Gaines told Rattler Nation, in an email, that after "42 years in higher education, he thinks it is time for some 'me time'". Gaines has spent 36 of his 42 years working at FAMU.

"I started working in the registrar's office right out of high school that summer-even before I started going to school," he said. Gaines, a FAMU grad, continued to work there as a student, and after graduating, got a full-time position in the office. He said there until he was promoted to associate vice president of student affairs in 1997.

He worked closely with current President James Ammons, who was the university's provost, and then-President Fred Humphries. This association led Ammons to take Gaines with him to NCCU in 2001 when Ammons became chancellor.

Since coming back to FAMU, Gaines is credited with restarting the student recruitment program and increasing the number of National Achievement and Scholars enrolled at the university. He also increased the number of community college transfers coming to FAMU.

Gaines said, "Ammons took me away from retirement twice. I tried to retire from FAMU in 2001 and again in 2006 from NCCU.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Humphries working hard for FAMU’s STEM programs

As the university’s Regents Professor, former President Frederick S. Humphries continues his goal of making FAMU the nation’s leader in awarding science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees to African Americans.

Known for his success in bringing the best and brightest high schoolers to FAMU, Humphries is still traveling America and recruiting students to FAMU’s STEM B.A., M.S. and Ph.D. programs.

Research is another big part of the former president’s current job duties. He recently completed a five-year study on the production of minority engineers at major institutions in Florida. He also monitors FAMU’s rank in the production of scientists and engineers and reports this information to the Division of Academic Affairs. Humphries plans to publish a paper about HBCUs in the production of black scientists and engineers in an upcoming edition of the Issues of Negro Education Review.

Additionally, FAMU is putting Humphries’ experience as a federal grant-raiser to work. He is the co-principal investigator for FAMU’s I-Cubed program grant from the National Science Foundation which provides money for enhancing the university’s STEM education.

Always passionate about creating new financial aid to help students, Humphries is currently working with the federal government to develop a cost-replacement scholarship program for STEM programs.

FAMU’s eighth president is also highly visible in his role with the College of Law, where his office is located. He assists the law school with fundraising and recruitment.

You might also be interested in: Vanderbilt hires Humphries as visiting professor

FAMU aspires to be national leader in STEM education

Monday, September 22, 2008

FAMU's recruitment of National Achievement Scholars rebounds

FAMU’s renewed focus on recruiting the nation’s top-performing black high school students is paying-off. This fall, the university enrolled six National Achievement Scholars, a more than 50 percent increase over last year. It also lured 14 finalists and 10 semifinalists.

The turn-around stems from President James Ammons’ decision to re-institute time-tested recruitment methods that were successfully utilized by former President Frederick S. Humphries. To help kick-start this process, Ammons hired Roland Gaines, another Humphries-era veteran, to head FAMU’s Division of Students Affairs in 2007.

“Through aggressive recruitment campaigns, which led us across the nation to places like Boston, New York, Houston, Atlanta, Los Angeles and the State of Florida, we were able to show prospective students that FAMU is an institution that provides an enlightening academic experience and faculty that care about student development,” Gaines said. “This increase in National Achievement Scholars is just the beginning.”

The Humphries recruitment model came under attack three years ago from former Interim President Castell Bryant.

Bryant falsely claimed that despite FAMU’s success in attracting National Achievement Scholars, most of those that enrolled in the Class of 1997 didn’t graduate. Contrary to Bryant’s “fuzzy math,” 68 percent of those scholars actually graduated in six-years, a number well above the state’s average.

The new administration's success in attracting National Achievement Scholars has set FAMU on pace to reclaim its crown as the top destination for such high-scoring students .

Also see: FAMU bus tour underway

Ammons wows scholars with LGB scholarships

Ammons revives recruitment program

Scholarship changes a life

Life Gets Better for this grad

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Ammons envisions FAMU as a national leader in STEM Ph.D.s

NOTE: This is part two of RN's special series on "Growing more STEM degree recipients at FAMU."

If you ever ask President James Ammons to list his proudest accomplishments from his days as FAMU’s provost from 1995 to 2001, he’s sure to name “COESMET” as one of his top choices.

As part of the State University System’s 1999-2003 Strategic Plan, Florida’s Board of Regents approved a Center of Excellence in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology (or COESMET) at FAMU. The program’s purpose: increase black Ph.D. recipients in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Specifically, the center was to add ten Ph.D. programs in two phases from 2001 to 2010. Phase I consisted of: Physics, 2001; Computer Science, 2002; Chemistry, 2003; Biology, 2004; and Computer Engineering, 2005. Phase II included Ph.Ds in Mathematics, Agricultural Sciences, Environmental Engineering and Biological and Agricultural Systems Engineering between 2006 and 2010.

COESMET was a legacy of FAMU’s fight against the BOR’s Three Tier proposal, which attempted to limit FAMU’s mission to baccalaureate and masters degree-level education. Following protests led by FAMU students, faculty, and alumni, the BOR agreed to a compromise. FAMU would receive a special “Comprehensive/Doctoral” category and Ph.D. programs in STEM fields in which blacks were severely underrepresented.

Former President Frederick S. Humphries and Ammons had set the foundation for a Ph.D. in Physics even before COESMET received formal authorization. Years earlier, they had begun scraping and saving money from FAMU’s general budget to hire as many physics professors as possible. This enabled the Physics Ph.D. program to begin shortly after 2001.

However, the Florida Legislature’s decision to abolish the BOR and replace it with individual Boards of Trustees in 2001 placed COESMET in flux. FAMU received a board with poor leadership that, until recently, failed to make doctoral education a top priority.

But now that Ammons has reached the president’s chair and has the backing of a supportive BOT, he's pushing forward with COESMET.

Still, there are several significant threats against FAMU’s ability to implement all the STEM Ph.D. programs it was promised. First, Florida’s Board of Governors has endangered COESMET by starting a public discussion about the Pappas Plan, which calls for FAMU to lose all its graduate degrees. Second, the BOG refuses to make COESMET a priority in its annual legislative funding requests. Third, Florida’s deep cuts have stifled FAMU’s efforts to hire more research faculty.

If COESMET is to become a reality, then it will take (1) vigorous legislative lobbying, (2) a tough push-back against the Pappas Plan's anti-graduate program agenda for FAMU, (3) a larger undergraduate student population to bring in more enrollment dollars, (4) a larger graduate student population to occupy the Ph.D. programs, conduct lab work, and serve as teaching assists, (5) increased grant-raising to help hire additional faculty, (6) increased fundraising, and (7) historic levels of alumni financial-giving.

Source note: Information about COESMET came from retired professor Leedell W. Neyland’s book entitled “Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University: Sixteen Years of Excellence with Caring (1985-2001)," available in Samuel H. Coleman Memorial Library.

Monday, September 15, 2008

FAMU ranks fourth in producing black bachelor’s degree recipients who earn STEM Ph.D.s

Between 1997 and 2006, FAMU produced 100 black baccalaureate degree recipients who went on to earn Ph.Ds in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). All in all, the institution ranked fourth nationally. Howard University ranked first, with 224.

The data, compiled by the National Science Foundation and reported by Inside Higher Ed, shows that HBCUs still do the best job of preparing black students for STEM doctoral studies. HBCUs rounded out the top eight positions on the list. The top-ranked predominately white university was Harvard, which sent 73 black undergraduates on to STEM Ph.D. programs during the time period studied.

Ansley Abraham, director, State Doctoral Scholars Program at the Southern Regional Education Board, believes that the HBCU tradition of reaching out to “diamonds in the rough” – students whose potential is higher than their standardized test scores reveal – is a key reason for their success in this area.

He also theorized that blacks who graduate from HBCUs don’t pick up “the baggage that goes with being a minority on a majority campus,” which means that they “perhaps have a little bit more energy and drive to go on for more education.”

Michael Lomax, president and CEO of the United Negro College Fund, credited an HBCU culture that encourages students to seek post-baccalaureate education. “Our institutions have really emphasized the undergraduate degree as the launching pad, and generally the culture says to go to graduate and professional school,” he said.

FAMU’s high ranking directly results from former President Frederick S. Humphries’ robust recruitment program and, especially, the Graduate Feeder Scholars Program (GFSP) he established. GFSP helps top performing FAMU students gain admission and generous financial aid packages at graduate degree-granting institutions across the country.

Read more here.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Humphries is visiting prof at Vanderbilt this fall

Former FAMU President Frederick S. Humphries joined the faculty of the Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University this fall as a Distinguished Visiting Research Professor. Humphries will return to FAMU in the start of spring 2008 semester, where he holds the title of Regents Professor. Humphries has an office at the FAMU College of Law.

Humphries is documenting the production of scientific and human resources in America. His central research question is: "How can the United States increase the number of college and graduate students who enter professions within the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields?"

“Training more black scientists and engineers enhances America’s ability to remain competitive with the rest of the world,” said Humphries.

Humphries is no stranger to Nashville having served as president of Tennessee State University prior to his 16.5 year run as president of FAMU.