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Tuesday, January 09, 2018

SBI, NAA, Athletics, tag sales, and faculty/staff raised at least $9.5M of FAMU’s $12.3M in FYEs 2015, 2016

Florida A&M University received $5.8M in gifts in 2014-2015 and $6.5M in 2015-2016. At least $9.5M of that was raised by the School of Business and Industry (SBI), the National Alumni Association (NAA), the Department of Athletics, FAMU tag sales, and the Faculty and Staff Campaign.

School of Business and Industry

SBI, led by Dean Shawnta Friday-Stroud, was by far the biggest single source of fundraising leadership for FAMU in FYEs 2015 and 2016.

Universities are required by federal law to include pledges as part of their end-year fundraising total along with actual cash received. SBI alumnus John Thompson and his wife Sandra Thompson pledged $5M to FAMU in Fall 2014, so that counted toward the $5.8M fundraising total in 2014-2015. But the Thompsons are transferring the money to FAMU in installments of $1 million over five years.

FAMU counted last year’s $1M from Thompsons toward its 2015-2016 total.

Back in December 2015, Hershey Company Chairman Jim Nevels signed a commitment for his corporation to donate $1M to establish the Sybil C. Mobley Hershey Endowed Chair.

That brought the SBI fundraising total to $7M for FYEs 2015 and 2016.

Friday, January 05, 2018

FAMU dean who negotiated historic $5M Thompson gift appointed interim VP for advancement

Shawnta Friday-Stroud is the new Florida A&M University interim vice-president for advancement. She replaces George Cotton, who resigned effective today.

Friday-Stroud, who previously served as dean of the School of Business and Industry, led the negotiation process that resulted in a $5 million pledge from SBI alumnus John W. Thompson and his wife Sandra Thompson in Fall 2014. It is the biggest private gift in the history of FAMU.

The Thompsons are transferring the money to FAMU in installments of $1 million over five years.

Friday-Stroud is a professor of management. After graduating from SBI with her B.S. and M.B.A., she earned her Ph.D. in business administration/management from Florida International University. She has scholarly publications and consulting experience with public, private, and civic organizations in the areas of strategic planning, mentoring, leadership development, conflict management, and diversity training.

Back in 2008, Friday-Stroud chaired the leadership team for FAMU’s successful reaffirmation of accreditation process with the Southern Association of Colleges of Schools.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Three FAMU alumni set to be inaugurated as mayors in Georgia

L-R: Keisha Lance Bottoms, Deana Holiday Ingraham, and Booker Gainor
Three alumni of Florida A&M University will soon be sworn in as the new mayors of Georgia cities. Two are graduates of the School of Business and Industry and one is a graduate of the School of Journalism, Media and Graphic Arts (now the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication).

Keisha Lance Bottoms, Mayor-elect of Atlanta, Georgia
College: School of Journalism, Media and Graphic Arts
Major: B.S., Broadcast Journalism
Graduation Year: 1991
Inauguration Date: January 2, 2018

Deana Holiday Ingraham, Mayor-elect of East Point, Georgia
College: School of Business and Industry
Major: B.S., Accounting and Business Administration
Graduation Year: 1996
Inauguration Date: December 30, 2017

Booker Gainor, Mayor-elect of Cairo, Georgia
College: School of Business and Industry
Major: B.S., Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing
Graduation Year: 2012
Inauguration Date: January 8, 2018

Thursday, December 14, 2017

$1M installment from John and Sandra Thompson counted toward 2016-2017 FAMU giving total

$1 million of the total $8.5 million FAMU received in donations for 2016-2017 came from John and Sandra Thompson.

Universities are required by federal law to include pledges as part of their end-year fundraising total along with actual cash received. The Thompsons pledged $5 million to FAMU in Fall 2014, so that counted toward the $5.8 million fundraising total in 2014-2015. But the Thompsons are transferring the money to FAMU in installments of $1 million over five years.

Each $1 million installment will count toward the FAMU fundraising total for the year that it is given. FAMU counted last year’s $1 million from Thompsons toward its 2015-2016 total ($6.4 million) and the latest $1 million toward its 2016-2017 total.

John W. Thompson is an alumnus of the School of Business and Industry (SBI) and chairman of the Microsoft Corporation Board of Directors. The $5 million donation was the result of a negotiating process led by SBI Dean Shawnta Friday-Stroud and her team that followed the fundraising model of founding SBI Dean Sybil C. Mobley. The negotiations took years to complete.

Thompson said one of the big reasons for the gift was his desire to give back to the program that Mobley created.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

FAMU alumnus wins mayoral election in Saint Paul

A Rattler will become the first black mayor of Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Melvin Carter, who holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Florida A&M University School of Business and Industry, received more than 50 percent of the votes in a crowded field of ten candidates.

Carter is the executive director of the Minnesota Children’s Cabinet, serving as an advisor to Gov. Mark Dayton. Dayton joined U.S. Sen. Al Franken and Congressman Keith Ellison in endorsing Carter’s campaign to become mayor.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Lilly launches inaugural Sybil C. Mobley Scholars Program

Eli Lilly and Company will deepen its partnership with Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) with the inaugural Sybil C. Mobley Scholars Program. The program, in part, aims to increase the representation of diverse talent in Lilly’s marketing organization.

Lilly has been a staple partner in the FAMU School of Business and Industry’s (SBI) Internship Program for decades, as well as a corporate participant in its annual career expos, which has led to the recruitment of talented sales and marketing employees throughout the years.

“Lilly has been supportive of Dean Mobley and SBI since its inception,” said SBI Dean Shawnta Friday-Stroud. “Lilly’s innovative Scholars Program is a true example of a great company putting its money where its mouth is.”

Monday, August 15, 2016

Mangum administration not giving SBI credit it deserves for raising at least $6M of FAMU’s $12.3M since 2014

Back in June, FAMU School of Business and Industry Professor (SBI) Annette Singleton Jackson wrote an open letter that said President Elmira Mangum’s administration was “constantly taking credit for the accomplishments of others who came before, and those who continue to work for the betterment of FAMU.”

Another example of the problem Jackson pointed out could be seen in a July 22nd FAMU press release that announced that that the university finished the 2015-2016 year with a total of $6.5 million in contributions.

The press release stated that “this is the largest single-year fundraising total in Florida A&M University’s 128-year history, only exceeding the $5.8 million raised in 2014-2015 after a renewed focus was placed on fundraising under the leadership of President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D.”

That press release didn’t include one word about SBI even though that school is responsible for raising at least $6 million of the total $12.3 million that FAMU received in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. But Mangum’s name was mentioned seven times.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

FAMU Foundation receives $6.5M in contributions for 2015-2016

The Florida A&M University Foundation, Inc. finished the 2015-2016 year with a total of $6.5 million in contributions.

A press release by FAMU stated that “this is the largest single-year fundraising total in Florida A&M University’s 128-year history, only exceeding the $5.8 million raised in 2014-2015 after a renewed focus was placed on fundraising under the leadership of President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D.”

$5 million of the $5.8 million in 2014-2015 came from a gift by John W. Thompson, an alumnus of the School of Business and Industry (SBI) and chairman of the Microsoft Corporation Board of Directors. That donation was the result of a negotiating process led by SBI Dean Shawnta Friday-Stroud and her team that followed the fundraising model of founding SBI Dean Sybil C. Mobley. The negotiations took years to complete.

The FAMU press release didn’t include a breakdown of the gifts for the 2015-2016. But SBI continues to be a big source of university fundraising.

On May 26, 2016, Hershey Company Chairman Jim Nevels visited SBI and discussed his company’s decision to donate $1 million to FAMU to establish the Mobley Hershey Endowed Chair. He said Hershey’s great admiration for Mobley’s work led it to make that contribution to FAMU.  

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Hershey donates $1M to establish endowed chair in FAMU SBI

An historical financial gift and recognition to a FAMU Icon were the order of business during a recent visit to the School of Business in Industry (SBI) by Hershey Company Chairman Jim Nevels.

During a visit to Tallahassee on May 26, Nevels reserved some time to meet with the faculty, staff and students of SBI. While speaking, Nevels passionately shared his thoughts on Hershey’s $1 million contribution to SBI and on his admiration for Founding Dean Sybil Mobley. Funds obtained through the gift will be used to establish the Mobley Hershey Endowed Chair.  Mobley spearheaded the efforts to make the investment and corporate matching program possible during her tenure as dean.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

FAMU Athletics interns go behind-the-scenes during PGA Tour

(L-R) Jeff Weddington, Morgan Culler, PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem, and Amber Jones
Just a few weeks ago, three FAMU students were afforded the unique opportunity of a lifetime. They were special invitees to cover one of the media days and practice rounds at The Tournament Players Club (TPC) at Sawgrass. Widely regarded as the "fifth major" on the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) Tour, The Players annually has one of the best fields in golf. This year was no different as top golfers Rory McIllroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Ricky Fowler were in the field.

The FAMU students were rewarded with the opportunity by PGA Tour Media Relations on a special invite afforded to FAMU Athletics. All three students were interns in FAMU Athletics for the 2015-16 school year and were rewarded for their professionalism and drive during the year.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Years of negotiations by Friday-Stroud and her SBI team led to $5M Thompson gift

FAMU President Elmira Mangum had only been on the job less than five months when she announced on October 3, 2014 that the university had received the largest single financial gift in its history. John W. Thompson, an alumnus of the School of Business and Industry (SBI) and chairman of the Microsoft Corporation Board of Directors, agreed to give $5 million to FAMU.

Mangum has repeatedly called the gift one of the biggest accomplishments of her administration.

“It is this administration that secured the largest single gift in University history,” she told the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) in a memo on October 21, 2015.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Sybil Collins Mobley, 1925 - 2015

Sybil Collins Mobley, the founding dean of the FAMU School of Business and Industry (SBI), died this morning at the age of 89.

Mobley was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on October 14, 1925. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from Bishop College in 1945, a master in business administration degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 1961, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1963.

Over the span of her 58 years of service to FAMU, she served as a professor (1963-2003), department head (1971-1974), and the founding dean of SBI (1974-2003), and then dean emeritus.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

FAMU Small Business Center receives highest honor at Excellence Awards

Since its inception, the Florida Small Business Development Center at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) has assisted thousands of North Florida businesses from startup to company growth.

In recognition of its profound impact on Florida’s small business community, the Center’s Associate Director Aundra’ McGlockton Sr., was recently honored at the Florida SBDC 2015 Performance Excellence Awards. McGlockton received the “Florida Star of the Year” award. The Star Award is the highest given by the SBDC to employees who have made extraordinary contributions to their state network.

Monday, June 15, 2015

FAMU students participate in Making For Change Innovation Showcase in D.C.

Jennifer Collins, FAMU associate professor of management
Students from FAMU traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in the HBCU Making for Change Showcase, held June 11-13.

The event was sponsored by the HBCU Innovation, Commercialization, Entrepreneur Platform (HBCU I.C.E.), a collaboration of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and the White House Initiative on HBCUs.

The event displayed innovations from the top student teams in the country who have identified challenges in their local communities and have designed solutions to meet those challenges.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

FAMU SBI to train next generation of entrepreneurs with Lemonade Day

Thanks to the faculty and staff of the FAMU School of Business and Industry (SBI), children across the Big Bend area will get a sweet and refreshing glimpse into the world of entrepreneurship this weekend.

Today, Saturday, June 13, marks the first-ever Lemonade Day in Tallahassee, a national program sponsored by companies like Google for Entrepreneurs and Prepared 4 Life. Lemonade Day serves to teach K-12 students how to start, own, and operate businesses, using the classic lemonade stand model. The event will also be the first to be held in Florida in the program’s eight-year history.

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 16, 2015

Mobley family donates $100,000 to SBI

Last week, the family of founding School of Business and Industry (SBI) Dean Sybil C. Mobley presented current Dean Shawnta Friday-Stroud with a $100,000 donation toward the SBI Battle of the Decades.

The gift was presented on behalf of Mobley, who sent words of encouragement for her SBI "Superstars" by way of her daughter, Janet Mobley Sermon.

The SBI Battle of the Decades is a $1,000,000 fundraiser that challenges alumni from different graduating classes to help fund technology upgrades, classroom/building renovations, recruitment, student activities, and faculty and staff development.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

FAMU Athletics partners with SBI to create new internship program

Morgan Culler (pictured in the center), has become the first student to complete a credited  
internship with the university’s Department of Athletics thanks to a new program collaborative effort led by SBI Dean Shawnta Friday-Stroud and Sports Information Director Vaughn Wilson.

“When you look at the goal of our internship program, it is to provide our students with real world work experience.  Many of our students have an interest in the business side of athletics, so it’s one of those things where we began wondering what took this so long to come to fruition.  Clearly the time was right.  The people were right and the students were ready.  We were able to put it in place because of the knowledge Mr. Wilson had of our program and what would be expected of a position tailored for one of our students,” Friday-Stroud said.

Culler, a student enrolled in both the FAMU School of Journalism and Graphic Communication (SJGC) and the School of Business and Industry (SBI), was originally unaware that she was the first to hold what is becoming a sought-after internship opportunity.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

FAMU professor highlighted as “Woman of Power” by Black Enterprise

FAMU Professor Atira Charles is being highlighted by Black Enterprise magazine as a “Woman of Power.”

The national business publication recently included Charles, an assistant professor of management in the School of Business and Industry (SBI), in the February “Women of Power” edition. She is featured in an article about workplace empowerment.

In conjunction with the magazine article, Charles was invited to present a workshop titled, “Balancing Act: Strategies for Managing Racial & Gender Identities at Work” at the 2014 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit. The Summit was held Feb. 26 - March 1 in Boca Raton, Fla. More than 800 women from diverse industries and professional organizations attended the summit.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

SBI professor to speak on global entrepreneurism

Some say 17,405 kilometers.  Others say 10,815 miles.  Either way, it’s the distance FAMU School of LaTanya White traveled last fall to spread her message of entrepreneurial education and access. 
Business and Industry (SBI) Professor

Her trip to Bali, Indonesia, was a life-changing experience for White that took her advocacy to the global stage.  She’ll share highlights of her journey in a presentation titled, “THE POWER OF ‘CAN’: One Woman’s Challenge to the Global Entrepreneurial Community” scheduled for today at 9 a.m. at the President’s Coffee, a quarterly business meeting hosted by the Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce.  The event will take place at the Pittman Conference Center at the Riley House/Museum, 419 East Jefferson Street.

“Entrepreneurism is a hot topic again,” said White, who is also the successful owner of 71 Proof; a beverage catering company that services the southeast region of the United States.  “We need to make sure that minorities realize equal access to educational and business opportunities in this new entrepreneurial ecosystem that’s being constructed around the world.”