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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.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

FAMU program continues to guide at-risk males toward college admission

The FAMU Black Male College Explorers Program will host its end of the year banquet on Thursday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the university’s Grand Ballroom.

More than 50 young African-American males participated in the FAMU Black Male College Explorers Program this summer.  This program provided six weeks of highly concentrated developmental experiences, which includes weekly seminars, workshops and motivational trips. 

FAMU alumnus Edward G. Tolliver, who is the director of FAMU’s Black Male College Explorers Program, expressed his thoughts about the program.

“We know that this program works and has worked for so many years,” said Tolliver, who has been a part of the program for the past six years. “Replication is a must. It isreally gratifying to see what happens here. It makes you really proud of the fact that FAMU is partaking in the future of the next generation and future generations. It is moving.”

Friday, December 28, 2012

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Lillian W. Hagins, Grande Dame of FAMU Athletics dies

One week ago today, FAMU lost a longtime athletic administrator ---Lillian W. Hagins --- who died from complications associated with cancer. Hagins, had provided over 40 years of dedicated service to FAMU Athletics and the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, most notably as an assistant to athletic directors.

During her tenure, she worked tirelessly behind the scenes with Athletic Directors Jake Gaither, Hansel Tookes and many others. While Gaither had several "right hand men", next to his wife Sadie, Hagins was his "leading lady" in managing the day-to-day affairs of the Athletic Department and Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

She played a critical role in crafting both the FAMU Sports Hall of Fame and the Florida Classic and was part of the athletic team that saw the construction of the Robert "Pete" Griffin Track and major renovations to Bragg Memorial Stadium.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

CESTA staffer receives volunteer award

Lue Jolly, an extension specialist at FAMU, recently received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award (Gold Category) at a ceremony sponsored by the John Ogonowski & Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer Program in Washington, D.C.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award program was established in 2003 by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (The Council) for the purpose of giving recognition and honor to Americans who have served communities with dedication and commitment. The award recognizes individuals, families, and groups who have achieved a certain volunteer standard – measured by the number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime.

Jolly was recognized for outstanding volunteer service rendered while participating with the FAMU South Africa Farmer-to-Farmer (FTF) Program at the University of Fort Hare (UFH), March 5-25, 2010. During her volunteer assignment, Jolly provided technical assistance in food safety management at the UFH’s AgriPark Project in the Eastern Cape Province, in the small town of Alice, South Africa. On this first assignment, Jolly provided training in best practices for food safety, food hygiene, nutrition and new recipe development for the Khanyisa Vegetable Processing Cooperative.

When asked what made Jolly a good volunteer for the Fort Hare assignment, program director Harriett Paul said, “Ms. Jolly was ideal because of her strong background in the technical areas needed, which included: food safety, nutrition, and new product development. We are also continuously looking for new methods to promote the involvement of women and underrepresented minorities. Through example, we will demonstrate to our South African beneficiaries both that women can excel as leaders in the agricultural sector and that education is a critical element in this growth process.”

Jolly’s response to winning the gold award was, “I was quite surprised with this announcement as this was my first volunteer experience. I am looking forward to participating again to provide advanced training for the people that I worked with in South Africa.”

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Rattlers receive entrepreneurship grants

Four small businesses founded by Rattlers recently received $10,000 grants to aid their development. The start-up capital was awarded by 100 Urban Entrepreneurs, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to supporting entrepreneurship in America’s cities during its earliest stages.

The four companies that received $10,000 each were: Sunny Days Bakery, Senorium Solutions, Mult-Enterprises, and Elevated Expressions. The awards were made at the end of a competition was held in FAMU’s Grand Ballroom. Judges included 100 Urban Entrepreneur's CEO and Founder Magnus Greaves, FAMU Professor LaTanya White and BET Director of Music Programming Kelly Griffin.

The founder of Elevated Expressions is especially happy for her grant. The company is a writing consultancy run as a one-woman operation by 29-year-old Esther Spencer (pictured), who works as the coordinator of academic support services for FAMU’s Writing Resource Center.

"My experience at my job made me realize that many people struggle with English skills and writing, and need help crafting a strong paper," Spencer said. "I would always help my siblings and friends, but never charged them. But when a student needed help editing her master's thesis and told me she would pay, I obliged her and realized I could make money with my skills."

Elevated Expressions was thus born. The business specializes in editing and proofreading dissertations, Web sites, blogs, student essays and more; it also offers grammar and writing workshops, as well as tutoring services, to individuals and businesses.

It is still a tiny consultancy and the lack of funds to market her services has kept her client roster small. The startup financing provided by 100 Urban Entreprenuers will help Elevated Expressions become both fully operational and profitable. The money will go toward creating a company Web site, as well as buying the technology (and the marketing) to enable Spencer to reach her target clientele.

"The business is still in its early stages of development," Spencer noted — but her plans are vast. Given that she offers a service and not a product per se, her potential market is as broad as the entire English-speaking world. She wants her company to grow into an international consultancy.

Monday, January 03, 2011

CESTA staffer publishes book on groundwater pollution

Carmen Lyttle-N’guessan, coordinator of Veterinary Services at Florida A&M University, recently had a her first book entitled, “An economic evaluation of nitrate in groundwater – A contingent valuation survey in Northwest Florida,” published by Lambert Academic Publishing Company in November 2009.

A novice author, N’guessan (prounounced Um-guessa) wrote the book based on work done for her master thesis while a graduate student at FAMU where she earned the M.Ed., and M.S. degrees in agricultural sciences and agribusiness. N’guessan received her B.S. degree in agribusiness and agricultural economics at Louisiana State University.

The book includes data and results related to environmental concerns regarding potential harm of nitrate pollution of groundwater. Through research the N’guessan examines consumer willingness to pay for nitrate-reduced drinking water to derive an estimate average cost people are willing to pay to reduce harmful effects of nitrate pollution which includes blue baby syndrome among children and cancer in adults.

N’guessan hopes to introduce students and educators to the findings on her book to support further scientific research on the topic. An immediate goal is to get the book in libraries and available for students to use as a reference in their studies.

A native of Jamaica, N’guessan has been employed in the FAMU Cooperative Extension Program since 2004. She is responsible for coordinating budgetary activities, including progress and financial reporting and grant proposal writ- ing.

Her long range career goals include earning a doctoral degree in the area of environmental policy or student assessment or maybe a hybrid of both areas. Her future research initiatives may be to examine how varying demography, goods and services might affect the economic impact valuation of nitrate in groundwater. N’guessan hopes also to use her expertise in agricultural sciences in the classroom to benefit of student learning. Ideas for her next book still focus on subject matter in her current work, i.e. the designing of an effective survey instrument to measure the benefits/ damages of environmental amenities/disamenities to encourage program participation.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

FAMU Biology Department adopts seven families


Members of FAMU's Biology Department adopted seven families this holiday season.

Thursday, they provided lunch for the family members, and handed out Christmas presents to each person. The kids in the families say they got exactly what was on their wish list.

Thirteen year old Syndney Hall said, "I got an MP3 Player, which I really appreciate because I'm really bored. So, I can now listen to music and have fun. It was very nice that everybody came together to help out. I really do appreciate all these presents."

To buy the gifts, members of FAMU's Biology Department sold raffle tickets, and raised more than $3,000.

The group comes together to help area families every year.

via WCTV