Sunday, March 01, 2015

BET Honors salutes FAMU alumnus John Thompson

FAMU alumnus John Thompson, CEO of Virtual Instruments and Chairman of Microsoft, Inc., was presented the Technology and Business Award at the 2015 BET Honors Awards.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

FAMU breaks record with annual United Way fundraising drive

FAMU is celebrating a record-breaking victory.

President Elmira Mangum announced that the university’s annual United Way fundraising drive raised more than $44,400 for the organization, outpacing last year’s total of $20,875 by 112 percent. The increase represents a growth in campus participation by 122 percent.

According to United Way of the Big Bend officials, the university’s efforts represent the largest giving increase among participating organizations.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Walter Mosley featured lecturer at FAMU’s Spring Literary Forum Series

This evening, novelist Walter Mosley will deliver the keynote lecture for FAMU’s 7th Annual Spring Literary Forum Series. The theme is “Black to the Future: FAMU Celebrates Afrofuturism and Black Speculative Fiction.”

According to his official biography, Mosley “is the author of more than 43 critically acclaimed books, including the major bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. His work has been translated into 23 languages and includes literary fiction, science fiction, political monographs, and a young adult novel. His short fiction has been widely published, and his nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and The Nation, among other publications. He is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, a Grammy and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.”

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.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

FAMU dedicates renovated Bull & Bear Study Lounge to the late Charles Evans

Last week, the FAMU School of Business and Industry (SBI) welcomed students back to the newly renovated Bull & Bear Study Lounge. According to The FAMUan, its features include “new computers, Rattler Charge Stations and mobile charger stools.”

FAMU President Elmira Mangum, SBI Dean Shawnta Friday-Stroud, and Director of Student Activities Marvin Green were present to celebrate the room’s re-opening.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Common wins Oscar for “Best Original Song”

Common, a former FAMU student, is an Oscar winner.

On Sunday, he received the award for “Best Original Song” from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the 87th Academy Awards ceremony. Common, whose birth name is Lonnie Lynn Jr., shared the honor with John Legend for the song “Glory.”

The two artists also performed the song at the nationally televised event shortly before the Academy announced that they had won.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Actor Lamman Rucker to kick-off FAMU’s Presidential Lecture Series

FAMU President Elmira Mangum will launch her Presidential Lecture Series today Monday, Feb. 23 with a master class for theatre students and other related majors. The master class will feature actor, educator, activist, and entrepreneur Lamman Rucker.

Rucker is the star of the new film “The Man in 3B,” and his previous credits include “Why Did I Get Married?,”  “Why Did I Get Married, Too?,” “The Undershepherd,” “Meet the Browns,” “The Temptations,” “Half & Half,” “As The World Turns,” and “All My Children.”