Monday, September 15, 2014

FAMU enrolls 10,231 students for Fall 2014

FAMU’s fall enrollment slid again for the fourth consecutive year. But the decline is not as bad as university officials originally feared.

Last week, FAMU Vice-President for Student Affairs William Hudson informed the Board of Trustees’ Student Affairs Committee that the university has enrolled 10,231 students for Fall 2014. That is 503 fewer students than the 10,734 FAMU enrolled in Fall 2013.

Back in August, FAMU released a projection that had enrollment at only 9,500.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

FAMU golf team back after Green succeeds in raising $30,000

The FAMU golf team is back for the 2014-2015 school thanks to the success of a $30,000 fundraising drive led by its coach, Marvin Green.

Green, who also serves as FAMU’s director of student activities, jumped to action after budget cuts led the FAMU Department of Athletics to suspend the golf program in June. He said he wanted to keep the team alive for the benefit of the student-athletes.

“This is what most of these guys have been doing since they were 8, 9 years old; playing golf,” Green said in a quote published by the Tallahassee Democrat. “They've worked hard to get offered a scholarship. They chose FAMU, obviously because of that ability to compete and get a good education.”

Friday, September 12, 2014

K.Michelle stars in “R&B Opera” directed by Idris Elba

FAMU alumna Kimberly Pate, now better known by her stage name K.Michelle, recently starred in the first solo primetime television feature of her career.

On August 19, VH1 debuted her musical entitled “K.Michelle: Rebellious Soul - The Musical” in its 10:00 p.m. airtime slot. The “R&B Opera” told the fictitious story of a woman struggling to break the cycle of bad romance.

Idris Elba, who played Nelson Mandela in the 2013 film “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” directed the special.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

FAMU AD address controversial comments, new initiatives

Late last week, Kellen Winslow visited the Palm Beach Post for an interview about his first months on the job as FAMU’s new athletic director. He revisited his controversial statement that claimed that the FAMU Department of Athletics “can’t be fixed.”

At one of your first public appearances in Tallahassee this summer you said that the FAMU athletic department was beyond fixing and what it really needed was to be torn down and rebuilt from scratch. Is that the way you meant that to come out?

In just talking to our other partners on campus, athletics was so isolated. It was really just out there by itself. What I’m trying to do, and what the staff I’m putting together is trying to do, is we want to go from being the worst department on campus to the best department on campus. I think the best thing I’ve done since I’ve been there is I’ve painted three walls orange. All the walls were tan. They were old, beige, might have been painted in 1975. The carpets were old with tears in it. It wasn’t a place to do business. I asked people what do you think of our orange wall? And they’d said, ‘Well, it’s bright,’ or some would come in and say ‘Wow.’ And I’d say, ‘Thank you.’ It’s a reaction. I didn’t have that reaction when I walked in here.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Mangum selects new vice president of finance and administration

FAMU President Elmira Mangum has appointed Dale Cassidy to serve as vice president for Finance and Administration. Cassidy will assume his position in mid-October.

As the vice president for Finance and Administration, he will be responsible for the continued enhancement of the University’s budget, financial management, enterprise information technology, and accounting systems.

Cassidy has worked as a certified public accountant for nearly 30 years and has focused on higher education since 1991. He served as regional director of Education Advisory Services for PricewaterhouseCoopers and director of Internal Audit at both Tulane University and Hospital System and The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

Prior to being appointed FAMU’s vice president for Finance and Administration, Cassidy served as vice president of Business Affairs at The University of Texas of the Permian Basis in Odessa. He directed the financial operation during a period where the university experienced an unprecedented 24 percent increase in enrollment and a 120 percent increase in the growth of the institution’s private endowment.