Showing posts with label sbi. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sbi. Show all posts

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.” 

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Friday-Stroud discusses Thompson's appointment as chairman of Microsoft


FAMU School of Business and Industry Dean Shawnta Friday-Stroud sat down with WTXL ABC News to discuss the appointment of FAMU alumnus John W. Thompson as the chairman of Microsoft.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

New book chronicles early years of FAMU’s School of Business and Industry

FAMU School of Business and Industry Associate Professor Annette Singleton Jackson and retired Provost and Professor Emeritus Leedell W. Neyland recently released the book, “The Florida A&M University School of Business and Industry: SBI, The Sybil Collins Mobley Years.”

According to the authors, the book is a labor of love and is more than 20 years in the making. Neyland, who originally selected Sybil C. Mobley as chair for FAMU’s then-Department of Business, began research for the book in the 1990s. Details featured in the book are inspired by Neyland’s interviews with former SBI Dean Sybil Mobley’s previous students, colleagues and corporate partners. In 2009, Jackson officially began penning the book.

According to Jackson, the book illustrates how Mobley’s vision for African-American students in business education was achieved.

“Dean Mobley’s vision was for her students to be ‘the force,’” Jackson said. “She wanted to have graduates in every position, at every company. If you needed something, you could find an SBIan for the job.”

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

New environmentally friendly suits hit the closets of SBI students

By Andrea Nunn

New environmentally friendly business suits are now under the ownership of more than 50 FAMU School of Business and Industry students.

Dean Shawnta Friday-Stroud along with alumnus Jemal Gibson (pictured) and Cintas Chief Operating Officer Phillip Holloman announced a new partnership with Cintas that will provide students with access to eco-friendly suits.

The environmentally friendly suits are comprised of 65 percent recycled materials and 35 percent cotton. Materials such as plastic bottles have been transformed into wearable material for the business suits.

According to the Cintas 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report, Cintas diverted over 15 million plastic water bottles from landfills. A large majority of the eco-garments can be home laundered, eliminating the harsh chemicals used in the dry cleaning process.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Retired pro basketball players suit up for business boot camp at FAMU SBI

Back in 2009, Sports Illustrated shook the professional athletic world with an article that reported most former National Basketball Association (NBA) players end up penniless. According to the news story, “within five years of retirement, an estimated 60% of former NBA players are broke.”

The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) has called upon the FAMU School of Business and Industry (SBI) to help it address this problem. SBI will begin offering a “Life after Retirement --Growing Successful Business Ventures” certificate program to the NBRPA’s membership in October 2013.

The certificate program will be an intensive, integrated four-weekend business boot camp series. Over the course of four weekends, it will guide retired basketball players through the process of developing a small business plan for submission to bank loan offices. 

Sunday, May 05, 2013

FAMU professor is president-elect of Marketing Management Association

FAMU Professor of Marketing Roscoe Hightower in the School of Business Industry is the newly
president elect and spring 2014 conference program chair for the Marketing Management Association. This position will allow Hightower to provide FAMU researchers with access to a multitude of scholarly marketing and management activities, while being responsible for an international marketing organization.

“It is my hope to include FAMU scholars from all disciplines in Marketing Management Association (MMA) activities,” Hightower said.  “It is an honor to have been elected by my peers from around the world to lead the organization. I plan to lead MMA to more membership and increased scholarly publications via our fall and spring conference proceedings over the next two years.”

Hightower, a FAMU alumnus, received his bachelor of science in business administration and a MBA from FAMU and his doctor of philosophy in marketing from Florida State University.

The MMA has a history of showcasing cutting-edge marketing thought presented by both practitioners and academicians.