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

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.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Tom Joyner Foundation names FAMU “School of the Month”

The Tom Joyner Foundation has named FAMU its January 2014 “School of the Month.”

The “School of the Month” recognition will make FAMU the first of 11 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) slated to receive scholarship dollars for its students through the foundation’s Hercules Scholarship Program in 2014.

In addition to the Hercules Scholarship, FAMU has also been selected to partner with the Tom Joyner Foundation in a fundraising campaign, which kicks off on the first day of the New Year. During the campaign, 100 percent of funds raised by the foundation on behalf of FAMU will be sent directly to the university. Assistance from the foundation will also be available throughout the year to support the university’s initiatives to ensure its sustainability.

“We’re proud to have Florida A&M as our January ‘School of the Month,’” said Tom Joyner, founder and chairman of the Tom Joyner Foundation. “FAMU has a wonderful legacy and a rich tradition of preparing students to become our future teachers, doctors, lawyers, scientists, politicians and business leaders.”

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

1967 Orange Blossom Classic featured as cover story in American Airlines Magazine

The historic 1967 Orange Blossom Classic between FAMU and Grambling University is the cover story of the November 15 issue of American Airlines’ publication, American Way.

Written by Samuel G. Freedman, New York Times columnist and author of the book Breaking the Line, the article describes how two rival football teams, with two star quarterbacks under the leadership of two legendary coaches revolutionized college sports and transformed the NFL. FAMU coach Jake Gaither with quarterback Ken Riley, along with Grambling’s Eddie Robinson and James Harris made a profound difference in how America finally came to appreciate the talent of black athletes.  For a 30-year period, the Orange Blossom Classic football game in Miami was the most important annual sporting event and the largest annual gathering of any kind for African Americans.

Friday, November 29, 2013

FAMU now featured on Regions Bank Visa CheckCard

FAMU fans and alumni can now show their school spirit every time they make a purchase with a Regions Bank Visa CheckCard.

Adding to its list of university and sports themed CheckCards, Regions now offers cards featuring FAMU, along with fellow HBCUs: Alabama A&M, Alabama State and Tennessee State.

“For the past decade Florida A&M University and Regions Bank have forged a significant partnership and this initiative is an example of the furtherance of our collaboration,” said FAMU Vice President for University Advancement Thomas Haynes Jr. “Through this affinity card, FAMU alumni and fans across the nation will have the opportunity to show their Rattler Pride.”

Friday, October 18, 2013

Saunders retires after more than 20 years of service to FAMU

Sharon Saunders, FAMU executive assistant to the president for communications and the University’s chief communications officer, is retiring after more than two decades of service to the institution.

“Sharon Saunders has been a dedicated member of my executive staff and we will miss her,” said FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson. “During her tenure, the Office of Communications received several awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. She also played a very significant role in helping the University to manage the recent hazing incident.”

Saunders has worked for FAMU for more than 20 years helping to promote university achievements and plan special events to highlight the significance of FAMU, including the 125th Anniversary celebration.   

Monday, July 15, 2013

NAA contributes nearly $100,000 in unrestricted funds to FAMU Foundation

The FAMU National Alumni Association (NAA) donated a total of $98,000 in unrestricted funds to the FAMU Foundation during its 2013 annual convention. The NAA met in Fort Lauderdale from May 16 to 19.

NAA President Tommy Mitchell has made raising unrestricted funds a key priority of his tenure. Most donations that universities receive are restricted funds that are designated for a specific school or scholarship program. But unrestricted funds permit universities wide flexibility to invest in critical areas such as research.

For example, FAMU is continuing the process of searching for top-rate researchers to fill a number of its vacant endowed chairs. The university can use unrestricted funds to provide endowed chair professors with research support packages that include: laboratory equipment, travel funds, graduate research assistants, and postdoctoral aides.

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 30, 2013

Alonda Thomas appointed FAMU's director of media relations

The FAMU Communication’s Office has appointed Alonda Thomas as the new director of media relations. Thomas brings a decade of experience in media strategy and entertainment public relations to the position.

“She has strong leadership and communications skills and will be an asset to the office and to the university, said Sharon Saunders, executive assistant to the president for communications and the university’s chief communications officer.

Thomas previously served as senior publicist at The FrontPage Firm where she led various publicity campaigns for television shows, including “Welcome to Sweetie Pies” on the Oprah Winfrey Network and “LisaRaye: The Real McCoy” on TV One. Thomas worked closely with the firm’s celebrity client roster to secure media coverage for executives such as political analyst Roland Martin, journalist Kevin Frazier and film producer T.D. Jakes.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

"FAMU Taught Me" commercial awarded honor

The FAMU Office of Communications was presented the Award of Excellence by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for its production of the commercial, FAMU Taught Me.

With the tagline, FAMU Taught Me, the 30-second video is intended to give viewers an inside look at the FAMU experience and the impact FAMU has had on its alumni and the nation. The commercial, which features FAMU student and saxophonist Bernard Jackson, was also designed to increase student enrollment and promote the university.
“We wanted to show our stakeholders and potential students that being a part of the FAMU experience can lead to successful lives and careers,” said Chief Communications Officer Sharon Saunders. “It was a very competitive competition and I am very proud of our staff in the Office of Communications. The production of this commercial was definitely a team effort.”   

Thursday, January 31, 2013

FAMU tag sales in Florida raise $422,011 in 2011

The Florida Division of Motor Vehicles sold 17,995 FAMU specialty license plates in the fiscal year ending in 2011. It pulled in $422,011 in net revenue.

FAMU’s sales figure beat out a number of notable competitors that included: the Jacksonville Jaguars, University of South Florida, University of Central Florida, Orlando Magic, Florida International University, and Florida Marlins.

FAMU ranked #26 overall in tag sales. The University of Florida claimed the top spot, with 101,014 tags sold and $2,395,150 in net revenue. Florida State University was second with 64,520 tags sold and $1,518,500 in net revenue.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

FAMU ranks 16th in FCS football home game attendance

Despite the absence of the world-famous Marching "100", the Rattler team still ranked No.16 in average home attendance in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) in 2012.

The Rattlers drew an average of 14,077 per home game, just 2,000 less than this year's Mid Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) leader South Carolina State. The Bulldogs pulled in 16,006 per game to pace the conference, ranking No.12 in the NCAA rankings.  The NCAA FCS data ranked a total of 134 schools.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Rattlers usher in 125th year

Hundreds of Rattlers helped celebrate FAMU's 125th birthday at midnight with a party and fireworks on the quadrangle.  The celebration will continue today with a birthday breakfast at 8:07 a.m. on the mezzanine level of the Lawson Center followed by the Founder's Day Convocation  at 10:10 a.m. FAMU was founded on October 3, 1887.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

FAMU launches iTunes app

FAMU has launched an official app that is available for purchase on Apple iTunes. It promises “quick access to FAMU news and events, schedule of courses in real time, Rattler sports news, schedules, scores, registration, financial aid, videos, social networks and much more.”

The 14 modules in the app include an employee directory, event calendar, campus map, and library catalog.

Visit the download page here.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

FAMU begins airing 30 sec TV spots

FAMU began airing 30 second radio and television spots in Florida, Atlanta, Washington, DC, and Chicago earlier this month to buffer some of the less than flattering news coverage following the death of a band member.  

 Spokeswoman Sharon Saunders says the million-dollar campaign is aimed at getting the “good news” about FAMU out to the public.

Friday, January 27, 2012

USNWR names FAMU 14th most popular national university

FAMU has been named the 14th most popular national university in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. FAMU is the only historically black college or university, and the only university in Florida ranked among the Top 15.  

The list is compiled by the yield of students who enroll in a university after being accepted.

According to the U.S. News and World Report’s website, one of the best indicators of a school’s popularity among students is the school’s yield—the percentage of applicants accepted by a college who end up enrolling at that institution in the fall. In fall 2010, FAMU accepted 4,993 and the first year enrollment was 2,815; therefore, 56.4 percent of the students who were accepted were enrolled as part of the fall 2010 class.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Tallahassee children receive holiday gifts from FAMUans

It may not have been the night before Christmas, but judging by the faces of more than 300 children from the Tallahassee community it could have been. The Christmas cheer filled Gaither Gymnasium during the Florida A&M University (FAMU) holiday celebration, which was hosted by President James H. Ammons and Mrs. Judy Ammons.

The program benefited children from New Beginnings Child Development Center and Bond Elementary, Fairview Middle, the FAMU Developmental Research School, Oak Ridge Elementary, Griffin Middle, J. G. Riley Elementary, Nims Middle and Pineview Elementary Schools.

FAMU faculty and staff donated the gift cards, books and consoles.

Mrs. Ammons participated in the program by reading the “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

“This is wonderful and really nice,” said Twan Jackson, a parent who has a son that attends Oak Ridge Elementary. “It is a blessing to watch all of the kids receive a gift.”

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Financial aid, advising, and housing key to FAMU's graduation rate strategy

For the past three years, FAMU's lower division students (those with fewer than 60 credit hours) have taken higher course loads than their peers at the University of Florida. This has set FAMU on the right path for a higher six-year graduation rate.

This important step forward did not happen by accident. It is the result of a carefully crafted strategy for making college more affordable for FAMU's students. FAMU's Divisions of University Relations, Student Affairs, Administrative and Financial Services, and Academic Affairs have all played very important roles in this process.

Fee breaks and more generous financial aid to encourage higher course loads

President James H. Ammons' administration has beefed up scholarships and rolled out bigger fee breaks to help students obtain more money for classes.

A big part of the increase in scholarship money has come from the Division of University Relations' ongoing efforts to rebuild the Industry Cluster, a major source of private giving. Alumni donations to the university foundation have also sharply risen since Ammons was appointed president.

The Division of Administrative and Financial Services also recommended new out-of-state fee breaks to the Board of Trustees (BOT). These fee breaks, which the BOT approved, are part of the university's efforts to help these students boost their course loads. FAMU awarded $2.7M in out-state-breaks in 2009-2010. That climbed to $3.8M in 2010-2011.

In 2009-2010, Chief Financial Officer Teresa Hardee and then-Student Body President Gallop Franklin, II successfully persuaded the BOT to waive the seven percent differential tuition increase for students who qualify for the need-based Florida Public Student Assistance Grant (FPSAG). That meant that FPSAG recipients only faced the mandatory six percent tuition hike required by the legislature, instead the total 15 percent increase placed on the majority of FAMU students.

These fee breaks and scholarships were complemented by U.S. President Barack Obama's leadership in increasing Pell Grant awards. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 boosted the maximum Pell Grant award by $500 to $5,350 for 2009-2010. The maximum award went up to $5,550 in 2010-2011 as a result of additional funds from the College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

Stronger advising and the expansion of on-campus housing

FAMU is working to maintain its success in boosting student course loads with additional initiatives that will save students money.

The Division of Academic Affairs led by Provost Cynthia Hughes-Harris has made more academic advisors available on campus and stepped up its requirement for students to meet with them on a regular basis. This helps prevent students from taking unnecessary courses that cost them lots of cash and slow down their path to graduation.

For example, FAMU is beginning to require most freshmen admitted through the profile assessment process to enroll in summer classes immediately after high school graduation. These students are being giving specialized advising during the summer months.

The Divisions of Student Affairs and Administrative and Financial Services are also working hard to expand on-campus housing. The university recently reopened Sampson & Young Halls, which added 208 beds and brought to total number up to 2,692. FAMU’s next priority is to complete its brand new Polkinghorne Village by 2013. That will add 800 more beds to campus and bring the total up to 3,492.

Former Vice-President of Student Affairs Roland H. Gaines and current Vice-President for Student Affairs William E. Hudson, Jr. have both stated that the expansion of on-campus housing will help improve FAMU’s six-year graduation rate. Campus housing rental rates are usually much cheaper than private-owned apartments. Students also save money by using campus meal plans and walking to class instead of driving. That leaves them with more dollars to spend on courses.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Haynes returns to lead University Relations

An alumnus who helped former President Frederick S. Humphries strengthen the Industry Cluster is returning to FAMU.

Thomas J. Haynes, Jr. is the new vice-president for university relations. He will be the point-person in FAMU’s $50M capital campaign.

Haynes was previously as an associate vice-president under former University Relations VP Eddie Jackson in the Humphries administration. His responsibilities included serving as the executive director of the Industry Cluster. In that role, he was a member of the executive team responsible for a $50M capital campaign. The results of that initiative actually exceeded $75M in assets.

He left FAMU in 2003 after being hired as vice-president for university advancement and executive director of the university foundation at Montclair State University. From there he went on to become the vice-president of institutional advancement at Coppin State University.

Haynes faces the challenge of rebuilding the Industry Cluster following years of tough developments. The Cluster grew steadily during Haynes’ tenure at FAMU, attracting about 150 corporate members. But in the years after 2004, it began to shrink due to administrative neglect and instability. The Great Recession made the problem even worse as companies began to cut back on their donations. Just before President James H. Ammons’ first year at the helm of the university, Cluster membership had fallen to only about 30 corporations.

But the new vice-president, who begins on October 31, remains optimistic about FAMU’s future. Haynes says that the university can and will achieve its $50M capital campaign goal if it effectively taps into the power of its support base.

“We have to engage the entire FAMU family, alumni and students,” he told The FAMUan. “This is going to be a family affair.”

Saturday, October 08, 2011

FAMU, B-CU compete to save lives in Blood Drive Challenge

For 32 years, FAMU and Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) have battled it out on the football field during the highly anticipated Florida Classic. Now, the two rivals are taking their competitive spirit off the field and are competing to save lives.

Rivals FAMU and B-CU are teaming up with Florida’s Blood Centers and Southeastern Community Blood Centers for the inaugural Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Classic Blood Drive Challenge. The schools are holding various blood drives throughout the state to see which university can collect the most units of blood between now and November 15.

“When you are looking at the people who are donating blood, African Americans are under-represented,” said FAMU President James H. Ammons. “Having the two universities with this challenge should have the end result of not only increasing awareness -- but for students, faculty and alumni to serve as role models and to help increase the number of people who donate.”

“We believe we have a responsibility to give back,” said B-CU President Trudie Kibbe Reed. “Especially for citizens who may be in need of blood transfusions. We want our students to go out and be great citizens and what a better way than to give blood.”

The winner of the challenge will be announced the weekend of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Classic.

Florida's Blood Centers and Southeastern Community Blood Centers will be holding various blood drives where students, alumni, friends, family and fans of both teams can donate on behalf of the university of their choice.