Showing posts with label university relations. Show all posts
Showing posts with label university relations. Show all posts

Monday, May 29, 2017

FAMU NAA donates $273,734.28 to university

On May 27, the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association (NAA) gave the university a donation in the amount of $273,734.28. NAA President Lt. Col. Gregory Clark presented the check to Interim President Larry Robinson during the Fundraising Breakfast that was part of the NAA National Convention in Baltimore, Md.

According to the NAA’s official Facebook page, “this amount includes online donations. Near the end of the event, President Clark made a special call for $20 bills to raise those last few dollars. Alumni in the room and online responded with $11,046.00.”

Monday, April 10, 2017

Legacy Banquet raises $225,000 for FAMU athletics

It was a star-studded affair, representing the best of FAMU.  The Legacy Committee and the FAMU Foundation, Inc., presented one of the most effective and lucrative fundraisers in the history of the university.

The brainchild of the Rev. Dr. R.B. Holmes, pastor of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church and a former FAMU trustee, the banquet was a fundraising initiative to assist FAMU Athletics.  He defined the event in his opening statement, saying “Thank you for your love and thank you for your support of our great institution.”

When all the fanfare subsided, the net result was $225,000 for the department.  Clearly it was one of the most successful campaigns in the history of the university.  The banquet honored 15 special Rattlers and was financially supported by several dedicated  businesses and individuals.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Fundraising banquet will benefit FAMU athletics, honor community members

Tallahassee’s faith-based community is teaming up with the Florida A&M University (FAMU) Foundation for a unique fundraising effort that will benefit the University’s athletics programs and honor alumni and supporters who have contributed to FAMU’s rich legacy.

The Legacy Committee, founded and chaired by Rev. Dr. R.B. Holmes, pastor of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, and consisting of local pastors and community members from across the Big Bend, will host its second Legacy Banquet on March 30, 2017 at 7 p.m. The banquet will be held in the Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium on FAMU’s campus and includes tributes to 15 honorees who have made a local and national impact in their respective fields, while supporting FAMU.

The focus of the banquet is to support the FAMU Athletics Department’s fundraising goals, which includes funding renovations to the historic Bragg Memorial Stadium.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Tallahassee ministers to raise funds for FAMU, honor Rattlers at Legacy Banquet

A coalition of Tallahassee ministers and community members joined the Rev. R.B. Holmes last week to announce that the second annual Legacy Banquet will be held Thursday, March 30, 2017, in FAMU’s Grand Ballroom.

The banquet will serve as a fundraiser to complete a commitment from the ministers to raise $100,000 for FAMU. To date, the group has raised $64,356 thanks to last year’s banquet and additional efforts.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

FAMU Foundation receives $6.5M in contributions for 2015-2016

The Florida A&M University Foundation, Inc. finished the 2015-2016 year with a total of $6.5 million in contributions.

A press release by FAMU stated that “this is the largest single-year fundraising total in Florida A&M University’s 128-year history, only exceeding the $5.8 million raised in 2014-2015 after a renewed focus was placed on fundraising under the leadership of President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D.”

$5 million of the $5.8 million in 2014-2015 came from a gift by John W. Thompson, an alumnus of the School of Business and Industry (SBI) and chairman of the Microsoft Corporation Board of Directors. That donation was the result of a negotiating process led by SBI Dean Shawnta Friday-Stroud and her team that followed the fundraising model of founding SBI Dean Sybil C. Mobley. The negotiations took years to complete.

The FAMU press release didn’t include a breakdown of the gifts for the 2015-2016. But SBI continues to be a big source of university fundraising.

On May 26, 2016, Hershey Company Chairman Jim Nevels visited SBI and discussed his company’s decision to donate $1 million to FAMU to establish the Mobley Hershey Endowed Chair. He said Hershey’s great admiration for Mobley’s work led it to make that contribution to FAMU.  

Sunday, July 03, 2016

FAMU Foundation receives $266,000 from Washington, D.C. alumni for scholarships

The Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) Foundation has received a gift of $266,000 from the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the University’s National Alumni Association (NAA). The gift is the largest donation ever received from a single alumni chapter. The funds will be used to establish the Washington, D.C. Chapter Annie B. Pharr Endowed Scholarship at the University. The donation is a result of an estate gift that was bequeathed to the chapter by the late Annie B. Pharr.

“We chose to establish the endowment at the FAMU Foundation so that Annie B. Pharr’s legacy could live forever while also helping the University fill in the funding gap for students,” said Chapter President Artie L. Polk, D.Min. “After meeting with President [Elmira Mangum] while she was visiting Washington, D.C. recently, the chapter decided to provide long-term resources that would help the University meet state metrics and assist in retaining and graduating students.”

Monday, April 04, 2016

Kyle Washington, now FAMU staffer, got in cursing matches on reality TV series

Back in 2009, Kyle Washington was a cast member of the BET reality TV show College Hill South Beach. It was the sixth season of the series.

A two part-episode called “Ribgate” featured a dispute between him and Kathryn “Kay” Barlow over a plate of ribs. Barlow ate some ribs that Washington had cooked without asking and he later let her know how angry he was.

The two got into a cursing match (which was one of many that Washington had on the show).

Sunday, March 27, 2016

FAMU deletes tweet sent from its official Twitter account to Tallahassee Democrat reporter

Florida A&M University (FAMU) has deleted a tweet that was sent from its official Twitter account to Tallahassee Democrat reporter Byron Dobson on March 26.

Dobson tagged the university’s official Twitter handle, @famu_1887, in a Tweet with a link to a story he had written. The story had the title: “Mangum’s moves trouble trustees, BOG member.” It discussed reactions by members of the FAMU Board of Trustees and a Florida Board of Governors member to recent actions by President Elmira Mangum.

The @famu_1887 Twitter handle tweeted him back with the statement: “@ByronDobson Thanks but no thanks! There is no need to tag us with these dark clouds! Just a reminder that when the dark clouds arise…”

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Antics of FAMU communications “leadership” a continuous magnet for negative publicly

Public displays of unprofessionalism and questionable actions by the “leadership” of the Office of Communications are part of the weekly routine for the current FAMU administration. The latest round of embarrassments just adds to the list of reasons why its senior staff members shouldn’t be trusted.

Chief of Staff Jimmy Miller, who supervises the Office of Communications, bumbled through another set of letters to the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) last week. He told the BOT on March 14 that ex-Chief Financial Officer Dale Cassidy had been reassigned to work as the FAMU chief audit executive. But he then wrote the BOT members again to tell them that Vice-President for Audit and Compliance Rick Givens “will continue to serve as the university’s chief audit executive.” Miller also said some of Givens’ duties would shift to Cassidy but only gave a vague statement on that point.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Senior “leadership” of FAMU Office of Communications taking division backwards

The FAMU Office of Communications used to be a very reliable and well-run administrative division. But its new senior “leadership” is taking it backwards.

The quality of writing has declined in the weekly “feature” press releases about major FAMU achievements. The press releases often fail to give thorough answers to the basic questions that they are supposed to answer (Who? What? When? Where? and Why?).

Lately the office itself has been a source of embarrassing news for FAMU. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

FAMU, NCCU baseball teams to play in first-ever HBCU Legacy Weekend Celebration in Boston

FAMU President Elmira Mangum recently the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Area Church League, Inc. to announce the schedule and participants of the first-ever Historically Black Colleges and Universities Legacy Weekend Celebration. The celebration will be held in Boston April 23 – 26.

FAMU along with North Carolina Central University will be the participants in this year’s inaugural celebration. The weekend of events will include a baseball doubleheader featuring the two HBCUs on April 24 at Jim Rice Field in Roxbury, Mass. and a single game on April 25 at the historic Fenway Park in Boston.

Saturday, April 04, 2015

11th annual ONYX Awards salutes Florida’s 4 HBCUs

The presidents of Florida’s four historically black institutions of higher education were celebrated during the 11th Annual ONYX Awards in Orlando.

President Edison O. Jackson of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach; President Nathaniel Glover of Edward Waters College in Jacksonville; President Elmira Mangum of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee; and President Roslyn Clark Artis of Florida Memorial University in Miami, were each recognized for their personal leadership achievements and the outstanding work that their students, faculty and staff contribute to the world. Civil Rights Advocate Martin Luther King III, Congresswoman Corrine Brown and U.S. Small Business Administration Regional Administrator Cassius Butts were in attendance to celebrate the exemplary leaders.

“Our HBCU’s are a significant cornerstone of the Black community and their mission to educate under-served communities is more critical to the future of our country today than ever before,” said ONYX Awards Advisory Chairman Michelle Tatom. “We salute those individuals working to preserve these great institutions through their philanthropy and social activism”

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fundraising increases under Mangum!

Financial donations to FAMU are up by about $2M since the start of the fiscal year, the first full fiscal year under President Elmira Mangum.

Since June of this year, FAMU has received more than $3 million in cash donations compared to $1.1 million for the same period last year. In addition, nearly $4 million in pledges have been made to the University, bringing the total amount of donations through November to almost $7 million.

The uptick in donations are a sign of the improving economy and President Mangum's increased focused on fundraising.

“The outpouring of donations and pledges shows the renewed faith that people have in the University and the direction it is headed,” said Mangum. “As I travel the nation, I have been overwhelmed by the positive response that I have received and by the high esteem to which people hold the University.”

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Last week, Washington, D.C. became Rattler Country

When the Rattlers traveled to the nation’s capital for last week’s football contest against Howard University, they came away with more than a gridiron victory. The university also won big in terms of recruiting new students, fostering corporate relations, and reconnecting with alumni in the DC metropolitan area.

FAMU President Elmira Mangum, accompanied by Vice-President of Student Affairs William Hudson Jr., awarded nearly $400,000 in scholarships to some of the best and brightest local students. 

For the first time in more than two decades, the world-famous Marching 100 traveled to DC to participate in the festivities surrounding Howard University’s homecoming.  

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Editorial: 10 for $10 Challenge a model for university giving

Cecka Rose Green celebrating the FAMU football coaching staff's 10 for $10 donations
Yesterday, the Tallahassee Democrat editorial board applauded FAMU alumna Cecka Rose Green’s innovative 10 for $10 Challenge. The fundraising drive has raised $77,225 for the FAMU Foundation.

From the editorial: “In for 10 (dollars)”:

Most people believe that one of the hardest things to do is to ask others for money to help support a particular cause.

Florida A&M University President Elmira Mangum should be glad that perception didn’t deter Cecka Rose Green.

Instead, Ms. Green, who graduated from FAMU in 1991, initiated a campaign drive last month for her university with a simple challenge: “10 for $10.” The goal is to get one person to donate $10 and then challenge 10 others to do the same.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

FAMU receives two top honors at 2014 HBCU Awards

(L-R): FAMU NAA President Tommy Mitchell Sr., FAMU Director of Media Relations Alonda Thomas and HBCU Digest Founder Jarrett Carter, Sr.
FAMU was awarded “Best Alumni Publication” and “National Alumni Association of the Year” at the 2014 HBCU Awards presented by HBCU Digest last week. The HBCU Awards celebrates the achievements of historically black colleges and universities throughout the United States, crowning winners in the fields of leadership, arts, athletics, research and community engagement.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from the HBCU Awards for the A&M Magazine and the FAMU National Alumni Association,” said President Elmira Mangum. “Our alumni are a major support system and integral part of sustaining the educational quality that we continue to provide. I’d like to extend special thanks to the Office of Communications for a job well done in producing an outstanding publication to share our legacy of excellence with alumni, students and supporters across the nation.”

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Midway-based church makes donation for FAMU scholarships

L to R:Vice-President Thomas Haynes, President Elmira Mangum, Jeannetta Scriven and Rev. Charles J. Scriven
There is truth behind the saying that it takes a village to raise a child. Reverend Charles J. Scriven and the members of Corinth Christian Fellowship in Midway, Fla. understand that proverb and take it to heart. Recently, the small congregation of seven members donated $1,000 to the scholarship fund at FAMU to support a student in need.

“This is the Christian ministry – supporting missions and education,” said Scriven. “We want to see students excel in life and education is one of the most positive ways to succeed.”

The church has been contributing scholarship dollars targeted to benefit students from Gadsden County for the past five years. This year, the decision was made to provide the funds directly to FAMU for the use of a student who needed financial assistance to make ends meet.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

FAMU inducts inaugural class of Legacy Society donors

FAMU has a rich and remarkable legacy, and to ensure that its legacy lives on, FAMU alumni are giving back in extraordinary and long-term ways. From bequests and land to endowed scholarship funds and charitable remainder trusts, Rattlers of young and old have committed sustainable financial resources worth millions to the university through unique platforms.

To pay tribute to these dedicated donors, the FAMU Division of University Advancement inducted its inaugural class of the Legacy Society on Friday, May 16, at the 2014 FAMU National Alumni Association Convention in Louisville, Ky.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

FAMU to host appreciation reception for Robinson

FAMU will host the “Dr. Larry Robinson Endowed Scholarship Appreciation Reception” on Tuesday, March 18, at the Hotel Duval Horizon Ballroom, located at 415 N. Monroe Street, from 6-8 p.m. Tickets for the appreciation reception are $100 and can be purchased online at

“Dr. Robinson has been an exemplary leader and supporter of FAMU and his service to the university deserves to be recognized,” said Interim Provost Rodner Wright, event chair. “It is an honor to create an endowed scholarship in his name and continue his legacy of ‘Excellence With Caring’ for generations to come.”

During a recent trip to Tampa, FAMU National Alumni Association chapters and leadership kicked-off the fundraising efforts for the endowed scholarship with pledges and checks totaling $30,000.