Monday, July 28, 2014

George E. Cooper to keynote FAMU’s summer commencement

FAMU alumnus George E. Cooper, executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), will serve as speaker for its summer commencement ceremonies scheduled Friday, Aug. 1 at 6 p.m.

“We are excited to welcome home alumnus George Cooper to share his passion for higher education with the newest graduates of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University,” said President Elmira Mangum. “His career trajectory from ambitious student to university president to White House executive director demonstrates just how far our students can excel using the academic foundation they obtain here.”

As a part of the leadership team for the White House Initiative on HBCUs, Cooper works with the president-appointed HBCU Board of Advisors as a liaison between the executive branch and HBCUs across the country. He serves as the constant voice of the HBCU community at the Department of Education and helps to shape policy and deploy resources to better serve the students, faculty and families of the greater HBCU community. He also works with 32 federal agencies that support HBCUs through federal grants and contracts.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

FAMU engineering alumna receives big promotion at multi-billion dollar defense contracting firm

Tameika N. Hollis, an alumna of FAMU’s mechanical engineering program, is taking on a new set of responsibilities at one of the country’s largest defense contracting firms.

Northrop Grumman Corporation has appointed Hollis to the position of vice president, Engineering, Manufacturing and Logistics (EM&L) for the Advanced Concepts and Technologies Division (AC&TD) in its Electronic Systems sector.

In her new role, she will be responsible for the Electronic Systems sector's infrastructure operations, including facilities, capital administration, flight test, the sector affordability team and the Technology Underground activities at the sector's Baltimore Washington International Airport campus.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

New interdisciplinary studies program will prepare FAMU students for wide range of career paths

For FAMU students who can’t decide on just one major, the new interdisciplinary studies bachelor’s degree programs within the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities may be a perfect fit.

The program will benefit students who are seeking a broad educational focus that may not be obtained in a single discipline. The program of study is flexible and designed to enable to students to pursue a well-rounded education that best fits their educational goals.

Due to the nature of the major, students will work with an advisor and formulate a program of study for a unique, individualized degree plan. The student may draw upon the resources of the entire FAMU inventory of classes. Meeting with an academic advisor each term is required to ensure that they will progress through the degree program in a timely manner.

“The B.S./B.A. interdisciplinary studies degree program will provide undergraduate students an alternative education model to achieve their career goals and directly augment the efforts of various academic units to increase students’ access, retention and degree completion at the university,” said Merlin Langley, chair, interdisciplinary studies committee.

The interdisciplinary studies program will continue FAMU’s contribution to the local, state and national workforce by producing more individuals who have earned a baccalaureate degree necessary for entry into varied occupations, such as a historian, curator, educator, foreign ambassador, author, military officer or journalist.

Friday, July 25, 2014

FAMU replaces physical education major with new degree

The new health, leisure and fitness studies program, offered through the College of Education’s Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER), provides professional courses leading to the new bachelor of science degree in health, physical education/fitness.

The new degree will replace the current bachelor of science degree in physical education. Current students will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in physical education until 2016 and incoming students will receive the new degree. The health, leisure and fitness studies program will offer four degree concentration options, including aquatics management, dance studies, health promotion, and exercise science and coaching.

“The new degree program in health, leisure and fitness studies is distinctively designed to meet the needs of individuals with a variety of non-teaching career goals, and will provide a competitive and global edge in the workplace,” said Patricia Green-Powell, interim dean of the College of Education.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

FAMU student scientist first to clone muscadine grape gene

FAMU College of Agriculture and Food Sciences student Jasmine A. Hall is the first young scientist
to clone the Flavanone 3' Hydroxylase (F3’H) gene from muscadine grapes

Hall’s groundbreaking accomplishment is a part of ongoing research at FAMU’s Center of Viticulture and Small Fruit Research that has uncovered the multiple health benefits of the super food.

“Muscadine grapes, or ‘bullets,’ are a common fruit that many people in the South grew up eating,” said Hall, a fourth-year food science student. “This research enables us to capitalize on the nutritional benefits of the muscadine grape, which has one of the highest antioxidant levels amongst fruits.”

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

FAMU awarded $100,000 grant from National Science Foundation

Professors Mogus Mochena, Subramanian Ramakrishnan, and Nelly Mateeva
FAMU has been awarded a $100,000 grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Materials Research to fund a project entitled “EAGER: Magnetic Interrogation of Mesoscale Materials.”

EAGER is a materials research program that brings together the disciplines of physics, chemistry, biology and engineering. The grant dollars will fund a pilot program housed at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, the world's highest-powered magnet laboratory, which is located in Tallahassee.

“This will be the beginning of a great research collaboration between FAMU and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, and will have a huge impact on the research capacity of FAMU,” said physics professor Mogus Mochena, the project’s principal investigator.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Scott appoints Lucas Boyce to FAMU Board of Trustees

Yesterday, Gov. Rick Scott announced the appointment of Lucas Boyce to the FAMU Board of Trustees.

Boyce, 35, of Orlando, is the director of business development and legislative affairs for the Orlando Magic. He currently serves as a member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute and the Orange County Library Board of Trustees.

Boyce received his bachelor’s degree from University of Central Missouri and his master’s degree from Rollins College. He fills a seat that has been vacant since the resignation of Glen Gilzean in March.

Scott has appointed Boyce to a term of approximately three and a half years that will end on January 6, 2018.

The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.