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

Saturday, August 23, 2014

CNN dubs Hansberry a “whiz kid” who represents the “future of medicine”

CNN has named FAMU chemistry student Tony Hansberry one of its eight “whiz kids” who “are the future of medicine.”

From the CNN profile:

Tony Hansberry, 20, Jacksonville, Florida

Tony Hansberry was likely the only 14-year-old boy making a difference in gynaecology. Attending a high school with a program geared towards medicine gave Hansberry the chance to intern at the nearby UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. There, he was challenged to improve how the vaginal cuff (the top of the vagina) is sutured after a hysterectomy. Typically, the cuff is sewn together with a horizontal stitch to decrease the risk of infection after surgery, but Hansberry suggested that a vertical stitch might be faster.

Friday, August 01, 2014

FAMU student wins national Lambda Iota Tau scholarship

FAMU student Clare Mobley has been awarded one of two annual $1,000 scholarships presented by Lambda Iota Tau (LIT), a national literary society.

Mobley is a senior English student from Kingston, Jamaica and member of the Beta Delta Chapter of LIT at FAMU. She decided to enter the national competition as a part of her personal preparation to develop a thick skin and learn to receive constructive criticism.

“I am an aspiring creative writer anticipating graduate school, and I wanted to become accustomed to complete strangers critiquing my work,” said Mobley. “When I learned about the competition, I realized that this forum would be a good place to start.”

Thursday, July 03, 2014

FAMU environmental science student engaged in research at NOAA

While many college students are relaxing during the summer, FAMU doctoral candidate Daryl Sibble is taking a different route. Sibble is spending his summer wrapping up groundbreaking research at an internship with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

A student in the School of the Environment, Sibble is one of only two students to receive NOAA’s first Educational Partnership Program (EPP) Graduate Research and Training Scholarship. This national scholarship program affords him $45,000 to support his participation in extensive research opportunities with NOA

Sibble’s research focuses on yielding information that will help develop optimum practices for the application of fertilizer in agriculture, specifically fertilizer that uses ammonium nitrate, which can be a threat to human health. This threat occurs when plants do not use all of the fertilizer added to soil and as a result some of the nitrate is removed with rainwater runoff and some of the ammonium becomes ammonia. The ammonia leaves the soil as a harmful gas and enters the atmosphere.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Santaluces High School valedictorian choses FAMU pharmacy school

Jazz-Lynn Butler performs a step routine.
In Fall 2014, the valedictorian of Santaluces High School in Lantana, Fla. will join the new freshman class at FAMU. She has accepted an offer of admission into the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

From the Palm Beach Post:

Jazz-Lynn Butler doesn’t just have an unusual name - The 18-year-old Boynton Beach resident will tell you herself, she’s different.

“I was born with an umbilical cord wrapped around my left foot,” said Butler. “I was just born different, I’m very unusual.”

So it wasn’t a shocker when she stood out once again, academically, as Santaluces High School’s 2014 valedictorian. Her GPA was 3.88 but she confesses her HPA of 4.65 put her above the competition by merely a point.

Friday, June 20, 2014

FAMU is best fit for Marianna High School valedictorian

Among the many top scholars who will join the FAMU student body this fall will be Jasmine Mount, a 17-year-old who graduated from Marianna (Fla.) High School earlier this month equipped with an associate degree in nursing and a nursing assistant certification from the state of Florida. She served as the valedictorian of her class.

Mount will pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing and is the recipient of the FAMU High School & Community College Two-Year Scholarship and the FAMU National Alumni Association (NAA) Northwest Florida Chapter Scholarship.

“My biggest motivating factor is making something out of myself,” said Mount, reflecting on the accomplishments she’s made at such a young age. “I want to be successful and achieve greatness because I know I have the potential to do so.”

Friday, June 06, 2014

Engineering student takes green ambitions to Nigeria

FAMU mechanical engineering doctoral candidate Renee Gordon is the first student in the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering to be named a Fulbright Scholar. Her research will focus on using biomass, specifically Nigeria’s cassava leaves, as a green alternative to case hardening steel. She will reside at Nigeria’s Federal University of Technology (FUT) in Akure, which partners with FAMU in a mutual teaching and research exchange program.

According to Gordon, receiving the Fulbright grant brings her closer to fulfilling her desire to do something “forward thinking and innovative” with the indigenous resources of Nigeria. Her goal upon completing her Ph.D. is to work in green engineering with a focus on sustainable and alternative energy and to eventually return to FAMU as a professor to share her knowledge and experiences with others.

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Father and son to graduate during FAMUs spring commencement

They share the same name, same talents and same philosophies; and on Saturday, May 3, father and son duo Sherwood Brown Sr. and Sherwood Brown Jr. will walk across the same stage to receive their diplomas from FAMU’s School of Business and Industry (SBI).

Sherwood Sr. will receive his MBA from FAMU’s online degree program and Sherwood Jr. will receive his bachelor’s degree in business administration.

“It was not planned,” said Sherwood Jr. “We just looked up one day and realized that we would both be graduating at the same time.”

For the Browns, their shared graduation date may have been happenstance, but a simple conversation with the pair quickly reveals that the conferring of their degrees on Saturday is symbolic of the effectiveness of their family’s resilient spirit and their mantra: “If you start something, finish it.”

Friday, May 02, 2014

FAMU graduating senior accepted into six medical schools

FAMU graduating senior Nellena Adekoya has a lot to smile about. On Saturday, May 3, she will be among more than 1,300 candidates who will receive diplomas during FAMU’s spring 2014 commencement ceremonies.

Behind Adekoya’s infectious smile is also the excitement of beginning her journey to obtain the title of doctor.

The Grayson, Ga. native has accomplished the phenomenal feat of being accepted into six medical schools: the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, the Meharry Medical College, the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, the Florida State University College of Medicine, the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine. She’s decided to attend the Medical College of Georgia, which is located near her hometown.

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.