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

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Incoming FAMU student lands international internship

Terrius Bruce, who graduated from Tallahassee Community College in May and will attend Florida A&M University this fall as School of the Environment student, is one of about 30 students from across the country chosen to participate in the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) for U.S. Underrepresented Minority Students Summer Program in Costa Rica.

The program is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Program (LSAMP).

The purpose of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented students in STEM-related fields by providing minority students with an opportunity to conduct authentic field research. The program covers students’ travel expenses and pays them a weekly stipend while they conduct their research.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

FAMU students, backed by NAA, launch petition against BOG’s “Bottom 3” policy

BOG Vice-Chair Sydney Kitson
A group of Florida A&M University students has launched an online petition calling for an end to the “Bottom 3” policy of the Florida Board of Governors (BOG). The BOG currently denies performance-based funding (PBF) money to the three universities that finish in the “Bottom 3” of the performance metrics each year no matter how much they improve.

The FAMU National Alumni Association (NAA) announced its one its official Facebook page that it supports the student petition.

“The FAMU NAA Stands By This Initiative. Please sign the petition and support our FAMU Students and our University,” a Facebook post by the NAA said.

Saturday, June 02, 2018

FAMU Rugby Team participates in first-ever HBCU Rugby Classic

The Florida A&M University Rugby Team, led by student coach, Robert Leeks, and faculty advisor Roscoe Hightower, participated in the first-ever Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Rugby Classic on May 5 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The 2018 HBCU Rugby Classic was a one-day rugby event that featured teams from HBCUs around the nation, including Prairie View A&M University and Morehouse College. Thousands attended the event or streamed it live on Gift-Time Rugby Network.

The HBCU Rugby Classic is a cultural entertainment event, for sports fans and families of all ages, which puts a spotlight on community opportunity, empowerment and positive messaging.

Monday, May 07, 2018

Southwest DeKalb Magnet salutatorian heads to FAMU J-School

Another top high school scholar is heading to Florida A&M University.

Kayla McKinney, the salutatorian of Southwest DeKalb High School Magnet Program for High Achievers, will enroll at FAMU in Fall 2018. She will pursue a B.S. degree in the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication.

The DeKalb County School District announced the news on its official Twitter account.

According to its website, “the Southwest DeKalb High School Magnet Program for High Achievers is designed to challenge students who will benefit from a fast-paced, stimulating environment.” It adds that “special emphasis is placed on preparing students to succeed through higher-order critical thinking skills, creative and cooperative teaching, fluency in a second language, computer-based and multimedia instruction, and the infusion of multicultural literature.”

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Obama inspires FAMU student to defy odds, overcome “special ed” label and receive MBA

By Kanya Stewart
Florida A&M University

When Markello Spivey walked into his guidance counselor’s office in a Duval County high school, he saw college banners hanging in the room. But before he could dream of attending one of those colleges, his guidance counselor told him that instead of pursuing higher education he would be more fit to pick up a trade.

Since sixth grade, Spivey was told he had a learning disability and, after being placed in special education classes, not very many people believed he was college material.

But one day, he decided to stop listening to people and listen to his heart, which was telling him that he was capable of learning and that becoming a college grad was possible. However, before his college dreams could come true, he not only had to overcome the stigma associated with being labeled as having learning inabilities but also had to overcome the hurdle of getting into college without an acceptable diploma.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Jackson, Seniors elected to lead FAMU SGA

David Jackson, III became the Florida A&M University student body president-elect on Tuesday. He and his vice-presidential runningmate, Robyn Christina Seniors, will take office in May.

Jackson and Seniors are both members of the FAMU Student Senate. They received 1,104 votes in the Student Government Association (SGA) election.

Jackson’s father is David Jackson, Jr., a professor of history who serves as FAMU’s associate provost for graduate education and dean of the Graduate College.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Rattlers join #NeverAgain rally at Florida capitol

Yesterday, dozens of students from Florida A&M University marched to the state capitol in support of the #NeverAgain rally. Student Government Association (SGA) President Devin Harrison and SGA Director of Student Lobbying Arriona Tindell led more than 50 Rattlers in the walk from the campus to the capitol grounds.

President Larry Robinson accompanied the students as marched to the rally site.

The #NeverAgain demonstration demanded stronger state and federal gun control legislation following the Feb. 14 shootings at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. that took the lives of 17 teachers and students.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

New SGA president thanks Bruno, calls for unity

Devin Harrison, who became the new student body president of Florida A&M University yesterday following Justin Bruno’s resignation from the office, thanked his predecessor.

“As a brother, I’ve encouraged him to do what’s best for him and he did just that,” Harrison said in a quote published by The FAMUan.

Harrison, who was in his second year as vice-president under Bruno, also called for unity within the Student Government Association (SGA).

“Everything is moving forward in one task, I don’t think our administration has missed a beat,” he told The FAMUan. ‘It doesn’t stop what we’re doing as a unit, hopefully this will bring SGA together even more, I’m excited for that.”

Harrison is from Tallahassee and studies public relations. He previously served as the freshman class president, a FAMU peer mentor, and an escort for the Royal Court. He’s also a member of the Beta Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

SGA President Justin Bruno resigns

Just days before the Board of Trustees is expected to take action to name Larry Robinson the 12th permanent president of Florida A&M University, Student Body President & University Trustee Justin Bruno has tendered his resignation effective immediately.

At 4:27 p.m., this afternoon, Bruno, a national achievement scholar, via email informed interim president Robinson and BOT Chair Kelvin Lawson of his decision to step down in a three-page letter.

Bruno first ran for SGA president in 2016 and garnered the most votes in the election.  He was denied an opportunity to serve for almost half a year after former President Elmira Magnum worked to install an interim SGA President, Jaylen Smith, who would be loyal to her. 

Student Senate Pettiness
Bruno cited the level of pettiness in the FAMU Student Senate, which just last week made a motion to impeach him.  He wrote, " this is the fourth attempt to remove me from office in as many years, and the action is similar to that which was brought against several of my predecessors.  And while will all the previous attempts have have failed --just as their most recent salvo against me would have as well (if not for my resignation) -- it does beg the question: who in their right mind would want to continue to endure such nonsense?"

"Sadly, this (petty) nonsense is the new normal," Bruno continued.

Bruno called upon FAMU student leaders to "stop the personal attacks, threats against principles and institution, flagrant disregard for the truth and decent, the reckless provocations", and pettiness for personal gains.

Bruno's full letter is below:

check back for additional updates.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Vote for Miss FAMU Michelle “Marva” Johnson for EBONY’s Campus Queens

Support Miss Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University Michelle "Marva" Johnson for EBONY's Campus Queens.

Online voting begins today, November 15, 2017, at 12:01 A.M. CST and ends on January 15, 2018, at 11:59 P.M. CST. Voters are allowed to vote as many times as they wish until the deadline.

Friday, November 03, 2017

FAMU's art collection inspires drawing students

FAMU students gaining inspiration from extensive African art collection in Foster-Tanner Gallery

Monday, September 04, 2017

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Jax Federal Credit Union awards scholarship to FAMU biomedical engineering student

Jax Federal Credit Union recently presented Ryan Wallace with a $1,000 scholarship. Wallace, a 2017 graduate of Jean Ribault Senior High School, is a rising freshman at Florida A&M University who plans to study biomedical engineering.

The credit union received more than 30 applications for this year’s scholarship contest. Applicants had to submit an entry form, essay questions and transcripts. Wallace was chosen for his participation in financial education programs, athletic leadership skills and his understanding of how investing in his education will benefit his future.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

FAMU SGA presidential election heads into run-off

The FAMUan reports that there will be a run-off in the race for the positions of Student Government Association (SGA) president and vice-president.

Incumbent President Justin Bruno and Vice-President Devin Harrison will face-off against the Marquise McMiller/William Gardner ticket. McMiller, a staunch Republican, who on his Facebook page had been supportive of Donald Trump, and Gardner are both members of the FAMU Student Senate.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Florida students leave more than $100 million in Pell Grants unclaimed

Prospective FAMU, and other Florida, students leave millions in federal financial aid unclaimed according to a data by the Florida College Access Network (FCAN) which shows that Florida high schools with the most low-income students have the lowest Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion rates.

At schools with large numbers of low-income students, just 27 percent of students completed their forms — more than 28 percent less than the state average FCAN found.

Because of the low FAFSA completion rate, Florida students leave behind over $100 million in federal Pell Grant money the data shows.

“A lot of research tells us the students who would benefit the most from financial aid are often the students least likely to know the aid is available," said Troy Miller, associate director for Research & Policy at the Florida College Access Network. "So they don’t fill out the forms because don’t think they’ll be eligible or they’re averse to loans or they’re confused about how financial aid works."

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Bruno, Harrison running for reelection as top FAMU SGA leaders

The FAMUan reports that Justin Bruno and Devin Harrison are running for reelection to the positions of Florida A&M University student body president and vice-president, respectively.

Back on February 16, 2016 Bruno and Harrison won the positions of SGA president and vice-president by 163 votes. They received 1,366 to the 1,203 votes of the Victor Chrispin/Pernell Mitchell ticket. But they were not able to take office until Wednesday, January 11, 2017 due to a long legal battle over the election results and the failure of Student Government Association (SGA) officials to schedule a new election in a timely fashion.

If Bruno wins reelection to the SGA presidency, he will follow Tonette Graham and Gallop Franklin as students who were elected twice to represent the FAMU student body on the Board of Trustees.

Two additional tickets have filed for the race. One ticket consists of Marquise McMiller and William Gardner. The other consists of Dajuh Sawyer and Byron Carter.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Bruno honored by 220 Quarterback Club

Putting the needs of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s (FAMU) students first was the key point of a message from Student Government Association President (SGA) Justin Bruno during a recent 220 Quarterback Club Luncheon.

The quarterback club is composed of FAMU alumni and supporters and has contributed more than $70,000 to the University since its inception seven years ago, primarily to assist the athletics department, Members recognized Bruno for his dedicated leadership.

During the luncheon, Eddie Jackson, a retired FAMU Vice President of University Relations, and president of the group, presented Bruno with the 220 Quarterback Club Rattler Spirit Award.