Showing posts with label students. Show all posts
Showing posts with label students. Show all posts

Sunday, April 20, 2014

FAMU student garners national boxing title, feature in Sports Illustrated

FAMU is the home of the 2014 U.S. Intercollegiate Boxing Association’s heavyweight champion.

FAMU student Willie Ferrell not only took home the championship belt earlier this month, but also defended his title as the 2013 heavyweight champion.

Ferrell’s journey to triumph in the boxing ring is depicted in the April 14 issue of Sports Illustrated, which is available now on newsstands and online.

The multi-page feature in Sports Illustrated also stories Ferrell’s extraordinary relationship with his late brother Jonathan, a former Rattler football player, whose controversial 2013 death has been attributed to alleged racial profiling.

Ferrell’s inspiring story of how his brother, even in death, encouraged him to defend his title is also told in an issue of FAMU’s A&M magazine.

“I was proud to represent my brother. I was proud that I was able to show the world what FAMU has to offer,” said Ferrell about what it felt like to be handed the championship belt once again.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

FAMU student named “Advocate of the Year” by AIPAC

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) named FAMU graduate student Julian Coakley a 2014 “Advocate of the Year” at its national policy conference in Washington, D.C.

Coakley, who is pursuing a Master of Applied Social Sciences with a concentration in public administration, was one of only six students to receive the award and the only student representing a historically black college or university (HBCU) among the group.

According to AIPAC, the “Advocate of the Year” award honors “inspiring individuals who demonstrate advocacy at its best and – with courage and conviction – exert a compelling influence on a national level.”

During the conference, Coakley was also selected out of 10,000 participating students and community activists to serve on the AIPAC national committee, a panel of approximately 150 advocates, activists and officials from around the nation.

Monday, February 24, 2014

White House names two FAMU students HBCU All-Stars

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCU) has named two FAMU students “HBCU All-Stars.”

FAMU students Jazmyne Simmons and Jamil McGinnis were selected from an application pool of 445 students to become HBCU ambassadors to the White House.

To qualify as an “HBCU All-Star” students must display excellence in academics and community involvement.

According to WHIHBCU Executive Director and FAMU alumnus George Cooper, the students will assist the White House in accomplishing its mission of “engaging with the next generation of leaders who will graduate from HBCUs and go on to make meaningful contributions to society.”

Friday, February 07, 2014

NFL hopeful, engineering student receives Hercules Scholarship

FAMU linebacker William “Luke” Helms is one step closer to fulfilling his dreams of becoming a petroleum engineer and pursuing a career in the NFL.

The Tom Joyner Foundation has awarded Helms, 19, a $1,500 Hercules Scholarship to use toward books, tuition and on-campus living expenses. The scholarship is designed to encourage young men to complete their degree programs, in order to pursue a career field that will provide a better quality of life for others.

Helms, a freshman, is the fifth student to receive the scholarship this month in conjunction with the university’s recognition as the Tom Joyner Foundation “School of the Month.” He was awarded the scholarship on today’s airing of the “Tom Joyner Morning Show.”

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Emmanuel Emerson receives Tom Joyner Foundation scholarship

FAMU School of Business and Industry student Emmanuel Emerson’s commitment to academic
excellence and community service is paying off – literally.

Today, Emerson was named the fourth of five FAMU students to receive the Tom Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholarship during the month of January.

Tom Joyner, radio personality, philanthropist and founder of the foundation, recognized Emerson on today’s airing of the nationally syndicated “Tom Joyner Morning Show.”

The scholarship is being awarded in conjunction with the foundation’s School of the Month recognition program, which highlights FAMU as its January “School of the Month.”

Emerson will receive a $1,500 scholarship to use toward tuition, books and on-campus living. He maintains a 3.9 GPA, while serving as a resident assistant and an active member of the Chief Financiers Organization and National Association of Black Accountants.

Friday, January 24, 2014

FAMU football player receives Tom Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholarship

FAMU student Richard Johnson has been named the third of five FAMU students who will receive a Tom Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholarship during the month of January.

The scholarship is being awarded in conjunction with the foundation’s School of the Month recognition program, which highlights FAMU as its January “School of the Month.”

Joyner will announce the scholarship recipients each Thursday of the month and recognized Johnson on today’s airing of the “Tom Joyner Morning Show.”

“I was surprised and ecstatic when I heard I was selected,” said Johnson, 18, a freshman nursing student from Gainesville, Fla. “I just want to thank God for granting me the opportunity to earn this scholarship.”

Saturday, January 18, 2014

FAMU student honored with Barbara L. Frye Journalism Scholarship

FAMU journalism student LaCrai Mitchell was recently named the recipient of the Barbara L. Frye Journalism Scholarship, presented by the Florida Capitol Press Corps.

Mitchell, a junior, is one of 12 students to be presented with the $2,000 scholarship, which is awarded annually to graduating high school seniors and college students planning to pursue a career in journalism. This year’s winners were chosen from a record number of applicants and a competitive field of promising journalists.

In the spring, Mitchell interned with WLRN- Miami Herald News and the director of the internship program recommended that she apply for the scholarship. A few months later, another internship coordinator suggested she apply as well. Their recommendations paid off.

“I was excited and surprised,” Mitchell said of receiving the scholarship.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Dyren Brown named a Tom Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholar

FAMU biology/pre-med student Dyren Brown,18, has been named the second of five students who
will receive a Tom Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholarship during the month of January.

The scholarship is being awarded in conjunction with the foundation’s School of the Month recognition program, which highlights FAMU as its January “School of the Month.”

Joyner will announce the scholarship recipients each Thursday of this month. Brown was recognized on today’s airing of the “Tom Joyner Morning Show.”

Brown, a native of Orlando, Fla., holds a 4.0 GPA and hopes to attend the University of North Carolina School of Medicine after completing his undergraduate studies at FAMU. He plans to become a doctor and pursue a career in dermatology.

According to Brown, he chose to pursue medicine after realizing that many minorities lack the proper care and guidance needed to live healthy lives. He wants to use his role as a future doctor to enlighten the community.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

FAMU continues green initiatives with installation of Solar Dok

FAMU recently reached another milestone in its ongoing efforts toward becoming a leading “green” university with the installation of its first on-campus Solar Dok. As a 2011 and 2012 Princeton Review “Green College,” the Solar Dok signifies FAMU’s ongoing commitment to green innovation.

Located on FAMU’s quadrangle, the Solar Dok is a solar-powered battery recharging station, which allows users to recharge their mobile phones, tablets, laptops and other electronic gadgets while sitting at a picnic table with a solar-paneled umbrella. FAMU is one of only five campuses in Florida, and 21 in the U.S., that have installed a Solar Dok.

The Green Coalition, a student-led organization dedicated to promoting sustainability in the greater FAMU community, spearheaded the initiative, which was funded by a grant from Siemens. 

“The installation of a Solar Dok on campus is an interactive way to show students that solar energy is a reality and has concrete applications such as recharging portable devices,” said Olivier Chamel, adviser of the Green Coalition. “As we educate our students to become leaders, it is critical that they are exposed to and understand the role of renewable energy. Overall, it is about raising awareness.”

Friday, January 03, 2014

FAMU’s Haleem Brown earns Tom Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholarship

FAMU biology student Haleem Brown, 19, has been named the first of five FAMU students who will receive a Tom Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholarship during the month of January.

The scholarship is being awarded in conjunction with the foundation’s School of the Month recognition program, which highlights FAMU as its January “School of the Month.” Tom Joyner will announce the scholarship recipients each Thursday in this month and recognized Brown on today’s airing of the “Tom Joyner Morning Show.”

Brown, an Apopka, Fla., native, holds a 4.0 GPA and plans to attend medical school in order to pursue a career in health care. When he’s not hitting the books, he dedicates his free time to serving as a mentor and volunteer basketball coach to high school students at the FAMU Developmental Research School (FAMU DRS).

“I really believe in doing whatever I can to help people and make a difference in the community,” said Brown, who explained that witnessing his mother face diabetes, and watching people in his community struggle in various ways, inspired him to help others through health care and volunteerism.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

FAMU Student Alumni Association delivers toys in Birmingham

Yesterday, FAMU student Chardinal Bain led more than 45 Rattlers to Birmingham, Ala. to
participate in the ultimate service project, the “FAMU Student National Alumni Association (SNAA) Holiday Helping Hands Service Trip.” The group of students are traveling to Birmingham for a four-day trip with an agenda that includes delivering early Christmas gifts and reading books to schoolchildren. In addition, they will spend time in the local community helping a food bank prepare boxes for the less fortunate.

“This trip will allow students to branch out and practice altruism in a new environment,” said Bain, a senior social work student from Sanford, Fla., who serves as president of the FAMU SNAA. “It will also allow students to network and build relationships with successful alumni in the Alabama area.”

The FAMU students will partner with the FAMU National Alumni Association (NAA), as well as students from Miles College, located in Fairfield, Ala. over the duration of the project.

Monday, December 09, 2013

New FAMU ΚΑΨ chapter president must provide the strong leadership that Torey didn’t

Back when Torey Alston was the president of the Alpha Xi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, a number of his fraternity brothers created a national embarrassment for FAMU by making the stupid decision to haze an aspirant.

That led to a seven-year chapter suspension that just ended this summer. On Saturday, Alpha Xi introduced 25 new members.  

The new FAMU ΚΑΨ president must now provide the type of strong leadership that Torey failed to give the chapter during his days as a student.

Former FAMU student Marcus Jones, who attempted to join Alpha Xi while Torey was the chapter president, was paddled with wooden canes and punched during unauthorized rituals.

Jones did not directly accuse Torey of participating in the hazing. But he did mention Torey’s name in an account of the early stage of the pledging process that he told the St. Petersburg Times. Jones' accusations suggest that Torey knew of the chapter’s activities and turned a deaf ear.

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Essential Theatre's Production of Black Nativity Stirs the Soul

Abigail Williams (as Mary) and Paul Anderson III (as Joseph).

If director Michelle M. Robinson’s goal was to make me feel like I was in a church while watching her version of Black Nativity, she accomplished it and so much more.

Written by Langston Hughes, Black Nativity, which opened on Broadway in December 1961, retells the classic story with an All-Black cast.  Robinson’s version has been recast with FAMU students and hit the Charles Winter Wood Theatre stage this week and runs through Sunday.

The show is infused with traditional yuletide favorites, classic and contemporary gospel and a bit of humor, this show opens up with an energy burst and doesn’t come off its musical high until the very last number.

The voices are clarion. The energy is soaring (this cast can forget their Stairmaster workouts for the duration of the run). The spirit moves and the costumes swirl, and the live band promises to keep your foot tapping throughout.

The excellent cast of singers produce sweet harmonies and rich solos nailing all the emotions of the nativity story.  A blend of gospel, blues, traditional Christmas tunes with hints of African rhythms, raises the spirits of the season.  We hear favorites like “Oh Come All Ye Faithful,” O Holy Night, “Go Tell it on the Mountain,”  and several contemporary favorites.  This 90 minute song fest is an engrossing holiday treat well worth seeing rich in the African-American tradition. It’ll lift your spirits.

Showtimes: Saturday  (Today) 2 p.m. & 8 p.m./Sunday (Tomorrow) 3 p.m.

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Three FAMU students intern with Congressional Black Caucus

Three FAMU students, Jonathan Moses, Rashaad Mayes and Maurice Jackson, interned on Capitol Hill through the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) Congressional Internship this summer.

Moses, a senior business administration student from Miami, Fla., interned in the office of Congresswoman Frederica Wilson; Mayes, a 5th year architecture student from Jacksonville, Fla., is interning with Congresswoman Corrine Brown; and Jackson, a senior studying business administration from Miami, Fla., interned with Congressman Alcee Hastings. The students arrived in D.C. on May 26 for the nine-week program, which culminated July 27.

Mayes was elated to learn of his admission into the prestigious internship program. The 40 members of the Congressional Black Caucus each select one student from their home district to participate. Since Mayes is from Jacksonville, the competition was stacked to work with Congresswoman Brown, a FAMU alumna.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

FAMU Green Coalition wins Energy Innovator Award

FAMU’s Green Coalition won an Energy Innovator Award at the second annual Energy Ball,
sponsored by Rethink Energy Florida. The ball honors Tallahassee-area people and organizations for energy innovation.

The Green Coalition won the award in the organizations category in honor of more than six years of successful sustainability initiatives. From 2007-2009, the coalition distributed more than 6,000 energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs, which were donated by the City of Tallahassee, to residents of the south side and Frenchtown communities.

In 2010, the coalition received a $10,000 grant from The Home Depot to build a rainwater-collection system and a green park on campus. In 2012-2013, the coalition received a $50,000 grant from the Siemens Corporation. A portion of the funds were used to sponsor the Southeast Student Renewable Energy Conference and campus educational forums. The coalition plans will use additional grant funds to purchase a solar-powered cell phone and battery recharging station.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Martin’s mother: Trayvon was considering FAMU for college

Images of Trayvon Martin in a FAMU t-shirt captured by his former recreational football coach, Jerome Horton.

FAMU alumni Phillip Agnew and Ciara Taylor remain at the Florida capitol with dozens of other recent Rattler graduates and students to demand justice for teenager Trayvon Martin. If Martin had lived, many of the demonstrators might be studying with him in Coleman Memorial Library right now instead of protesting the Stand Your Ground law that permitted him to be gunned down during a rainy night in Sanford, Fla.

Sybrina Fulton, Martin’s mother, has said that her 17-year old son wanted to attend either FAMU or the University of Miami.

“He wanted to be a pilot or work as a mechanic in aviation. He was mechanically inclined and could fix just about anything,” she said.

Fulton also added that her son “was looking forward to graduation and college” and
“talked about going to prom and taking his senior pictures.”

Sunday, July 21, 2013

FAMU students selected for Santa Barbara Research Scholars Program

(l-r): Thaddeus Stegall, Kiara DeCoursey, Charles Wiliams, and Kaylin Polite.
Four students from FAMU have been selected to participate in the 2013 UC Santa Barbara–FAMU Educational Evaluation Research Scholars Program: Kiara DeCoursey, Kaylin Polite, Thaddeus Stegall, and Charles Williams. This group is the second cohort of students from FAMU admitted into the program that consists of academic and co-curricular research activities designed to train participants in educational evaluation and prepare them for doctoral work at the University of California. The program is held on UCSB’s campus from June 24 to August 9, 2013.

The Scholars Program is one of the key elements of “Connecting Networks: UCSB and FAMU,” an initiative funded in 2011 by the UC Office of the President's University of California–Historically Black Colleges and Universities Initiative (UC–HBCU). Dr. John T. Yun and Dr. Patricia Marin serve as the co-Principal Investigators for this program.

“The students have the opportunity to network with graduate students and faculty, participate in academic workshops and professional development seminars, and design their own research study,” said Marin.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Agnew, Taylor lead sit-in at Scott’s office, demand new Florida civil rights act

Three days after the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the shooter who killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, demonstrators across the nation continue to denounce the “not guilty” verdict. Thousands of citizens in cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Detroit, and Washington, DC have hit the streets to demand justice for the deceased child.

On Tuesday, the protest movement came to the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee as a group led by former FAMU Student Body President Phillip Agnew launched “Takeover Tuesday” in Gov. Rick Scott’s office.  

Agnew, executive director of the Dream Defenders, started a sit-in at the Florida governor’s office to push Scott to take action. Ciara Taylor (pictured below), another FAMU graduate who previously marched on the Florida Governor’s Mansion in 2011, came from Jacksonville to assist in coordinating the nonviolent protest. The sit-in activists number at about 100 and include students from both FAMU and Florida State.

“We want the governor to call a special session of the Legislature to address the environment that killed Trayvon Martin,” Agnew told Florida Watchdog. “This is a crisis situation and it’s important that (Scott) get our message.”

Friday, July 12, 2013

FAMU STEM students receive $10K Harris Corporation Endowed Scholarships

Two students at FAMU, Teayair Harrison and Jamie Johnson, have each been awarded Harris Corporation Endowed Scholarships for the upcoming 2013-2014 academic year. Both will receive $10,000 to continue their studies at the university.

For more than 20 years, the Harris Corporation has partnered with FAMU to support education programs that help produce a state workforce proficient in science,technology, engineering and math.
Harrison is a sophomore mechanical engineering student from Jacksonville, Fla. with a 3.5 grade point average. She was ecstatic when the university called with the news that she was selected.

“This scholarship will help me realize my ultimate goal to become aerospace engineer,” Harrison said. “After I graduate with my bachelor’s degree I plan to attend graduate school to study aerospace engineering.”

Johnson, a graduate student from Miami, Fla., is studying computer information systems with a 3.3 GPA. He credits receiving this award and his future success to demonstrating five qualities.

Sunday, June 09, 2013

FAMU student awarded a YP4 Fellowship

FAMU student Amonte’ Martin has been selected to take part in a competitive leadership development program led by People For the American Way Foundation.

Martin, along with 150 other students, was selected from a nationwide pool of applicants to participate in the Young People For (YP4) Fellowship, which is a rigorous, year-long program focused on identifying, engaging and empowering young progressive leaders.

The fellowship equips college students with the skills and resources necessary to create lasting change on their campuses and in their communities.  From more than 500 applications received, Martin was selected and will represent FAMU in the program’s regional and national trainings during the upcoming academic year.