Showing posts with label students. Show all posts
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Friday, October 23, 2015

Rufus resigns as FAMU chairman, remains on Board of Trustees

Today, Rufus Montgomery stepped down as chairman of the FAMU Board of Trustees. According to the Florida Times-Union, he is still keeping his seat as a member of the board.

The announcement came a day after he supported two unsuccessful attempts to terminate the contract of FAMU President Elmira Mangum during a morning conference call. FAMU Student Body President Tonnette Graham responded by holding a rally at the steps of Lee Hall that called on him to leave the chairmanship. A statement from her office asked Rufus “to step down and allow an unbiased leader to rise and lead our Board.”

Students protest as Scott prepares to make appointments that will decide Mangum’s fate

Back in 2011, FAMU Student Body President Breyon Love led close to 1,200 students in a march to the Florida Governor’s Mansion to protest Gov. Rick Scott’s request for the university Board of Trustees to suspend President James H. Ammons. Scott asked the board to take that action seven days after it rejected a motion by Trustee Rufus Montgomery to place Ammons on administrative leave.

Yesterday, Rufus’ attempt to get rid of the president who succeeded Ammons led to another student protest and a march to the governor’s office.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Condescending attitudes toward students a recurring problem in Mangum administration

Almost one year ago, hundreds of FAMU students booed President Elmira Mangum’s first permanent athletic director at the 2014 Homecoming Convocation following his disrespectful treatment of the football team.

Earlier that week, Athletic Director Kellen Winslow, Sr. had angered many FAMU students with a set of comments he made to a group of football players who visited him to express their disagreement with his decision to terminate Head Coach Earl Holmes.

Winslow tried to shoo them away by saying “Don’t y’all have a book to read?”

Friday, October 09, 2015

White House names two FAMU students HBCU All-Stars

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) has named two Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) students 2015 “HBCU All-Stars.”

The U.S. Department of Education recently announced the names of 83 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from 70 HBCUs who have been tapped to serve as ambassadors to the White House by providing outreach and communication with fellow students about the value of education.

FAMU graduate students Gilda Brown and Jennifer Smith were selected as All-Stars from a pool of more than 450 applicants.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

National Achievement Finalist enrolls at FAMU

This summer, National Achievement Award Finalist, Bryan Anderson, began his pursuit of a degree in computer engineering at FAMU.

Not only did Anderson, a graduate of Deerfield Beach High School in Deerfield Beach, Fla., earn a full academic scholarship to FAMU, but he was also one of the top high school seniors in the nation, earning a 5.07 weighted GPA, a 2090 SAT score, and a composite score of a 33 on the ACT. He was also named a National Achievement Finalist.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Former FAMU golfers featured on Golf Channel's new show “Altered Course”

Two FAMU golfers will make their television debuts on June 15, on the Golf Channel. Wesley “Wes” Yates and Shepherd “Shep” Archie III, both graduates of FAMU and former members of the Rattler golf team, will be paired together as contestants on a new reality show and golf competition called “Altered Course.”

The show features extraordinary hole layouts, exceeding 700 yards, while racing against time.  The show will challenge the players’ golf skills, physical fitness and strength in strategy. The two were in town recently, with a Golf Channel camera crew in tow, filming a preview segment for the show.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

FAMU graduate student selected as Outstanding Gubernatorial Leadership Fellow

FAMU student Nemmi Cole knows the value of persistence and hard work.

Currently a doctoral student at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, Cole recently concluded a stint as a Florida Gubernatorial Fellow and was selected as the Florida Gubernatorial Fellows Program’s Washington D.C. Outstanding Leadership Fellow.

As a D.C. fellow, Cole will represent the State of Florida and the Governor’s office while working with federal agencies to develop and propose ideas for policy development and changes, and monitor and evaluate federal legislation and its impact on the citizens of Florida.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Graham elected chair of FSA, becomes student representative on BOG

Last week, FAMU Student Body President Tonnette S. Graham became the new student representative on the Florida Board of Governors (BOG). She earned the position by virtue of her election as the chairwoman of the Florida Student Association (FSA).

Graham is now the official voice of the more than 330,000 students within the State University System (SUS) of Florida. She is also the first black woman to represent FSA on the BOG.

Saturday, March 07, 2015

FAMU sociology students prepare for Selma Anniversary research trip

A group of nine FAMU sociology students are heading to Selma this weekend, an Alabama town where activists staged events that forever changed voting rights in America.

The students will attend the Free Thinkers Forum honoring the work of eight courageous, unsung community heroes who fought for voting rights in the 1960s.

FAMU students will participate in and observe activities commemorating the historic Selma march and subsequent Voting Rights Act of 1965. They will use their notes and photographs from the trip to develop a research presentation and publication.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

FAMU engineering seniors awarded Ford Blue Oval Scholarships

Carren Brown, a FAMU senior in mechanical engineering and Nandi Sevillian, a FAMU senior in electrical engineering, were named recipients of the 2014 Ford Blue Oval Scholarship from Ford Motor Company. The two students will also serve as interns at Ford Motor this upcoming summer.

The Ford Blue Oval Scholarship is an award of $2,000 and is paid directly to the recipient's school to help offset college expenses. Students who have distinguished themselves through outstanding academic achievement and personal excellence are chosen to receive this honor.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Lexus awards “Versus and Flow” Scholarships to two FAMU students

Lexus has awarded “Verses and Flow” Scholarships to two FAMU students, Tatyana Smith and Zemoria Johnson. The recipients will receive $5,000 each in recognition of their community leadership and academic excellence.

The scholarships are part of a partnership between Lexus and ten Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). A total of 19 students will receive them.

“In alignment with the Lexus Pursuit of Potential initiative to support our youth, we are proud of the work these scholarship recipients are doing in school and in their communities,” said Brian Smith, Lexus vice president, marketing. “These HBCU student leaders have the tools to succeed and we expect they'll do great things for society in the future.”

The “Verses and Flow” Scholarships are named after the “Versus and Flow” program on TV One, which features poetry, spoken word and music.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

FAMU civil engineering Ph.D. student runs her first half marathon

FAMU civil engineering Ph.D. student Shannon Anderson is part of a running group in Tallahassee that encourages women, in particular black women, to get-up-and-get-running, called Black Girls Run.

"We train together several times a week and sign-up for different runs near-by or around the state," said Shannon. "The Divas Half Marathon (13 miles) in St. Augustine, FL over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend was the first time I ran a half marathon."

The Divas Half Marathon series celebrates women and was a fun first long race for Shannon. She came in 59th in her age group, finishing at 2:31:53.

"Everyone who crossed the finish line got one of those big medals," remarked Shannon. "My next half (marathon) will probably be the Tallahassee Half in February. The goal by this time next year is to finish a full marathon. I will need a COE tee shirt for that!"

Shannon is planning on getting some of the other girls at the College of Engineering to come running with her and the group as well.

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.