Monday, April 20, 2015

Will Packer, Tom Vilsack to address FAMU’s spring graduates

On May 2, nearly 1,200 graduates will receive their degree at FAMU’s Alfred L. Lawson, Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium in Tallahassee. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will serve as the speaker for the 9 a.m. ceremony and FAMU alumnus and filmmaker Will Packer will serve as the speaker for the 2 p.m. ceremony.

“FAMU is dedicated to providing opportunities to students from all walks of life to live out their dreams. Here is where the visions of future educators, scientists, artists, pharmacists, entrepreneurs, journalists, and politicians have begun to come to fruition,” said FAMU President Elmira Mangum. “So, it is a great opportunity to have Will Packer, one of our most influential graduates, and Secretary Vilsack, the leader of one of the nation’s most vital organizations, to speak to our students as they prepare to go out into the world and enrich our communities.”

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Shouppe sets new FAMU baseball coaching record for MEAC wins

Jamey Shouppe has led the FAMU baseball team to 24 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) wins in two years, a new record for the program. The team is currently 14-21, overall, and 10-8 in the MEAC.

Shouppe is in his second year at FAMU. Back in 2014, he was named the MEAC Coach of the Year.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce set to honor Hartley’s contributions to health care

The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce has selected FAMU alumnus Brodes H. Hartley, Jr. as the recipient of its 2015 Health Care Heroes AXA Advisors Lifetime Achievement Award. It is the chamber’s highest award for an individual who has made a significant contribution to the health care industry in South Florida. Hartley will receive the honor during a special luncheon on May 19 in Miami.

Hartley is the president and CEO of Community Health of South Florida, Inc. (CHI), a nonprofit health care organization, a position he has held since 1984.   

He attended FAMU from 1952 to 1956, where he was also a member of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps. After earning his bachelor of arts degree from FAMU, he received a commission to serve as a second lieutenant in the Army Medical Services Corps. He continued to serve in the Army for 26 years until his retirement in 1983 at the rank of colonel.

Hartley has served as the chairman of the FAMU Foundation, Inc. and is recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the university.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Nine FAMU tennis players make MEAC All-Academic team

FAMU tennis player Dominique Henry
Nine FAMU student-athletes have made the 2015 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tennis All-Academic team. The All-Academic team honor recognizes student-athletes with a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average, including sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as transfer student-athletes, who have been in residence at the institution for at least one year.

A total of 85 tennis players from across the conference achieved this distinction this year.

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.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Former Miss America Ericka Dunlap appointed major gifts officer at FAMU Law

The FAMU College of Law has appointed Ericka Dunlap to serve as the major gifts officer for the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs.  In this role, the former Miss America and Miss Florida is responsible for heightening the position of the college for donor consideration as well as establishing strategic development efforts to advance philanthropy.  She brings a decade of experience in relationship brokering between emerging markets in Africa and United States economies to the position.

“She has exceptional relationship and communication skills that will make her an asset to our development office, College of Law and the University” said LeRoy Pernell, dean of the College of Law.

Dunlap previously served as principal consultant and owner of a Florida-based diversity communications and international strategic-partnership firm, Crown Communication Group, which specialized in municipal diversity strategy development and relationship brokering.  She has served as the primary communications advisor for varied entities including public officials at the local through international levels.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

FAMU Biomedical Science Bridges Program producing award-winning results

As the spring semester nears to a close at FAMU, the Bridges to the Baccalaureate in the Biomedical Sciences Program is preparing to open its doors to 20 students from Tallahassee Community College (TCC) who are poised to become the next generation of leaders in biomedical sciences.

In its second year, the Bridges program is housed in the FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (COPPS). It is a 10-week summer research experience partnership between FAMU and TCC that provides students with the academic skills, research training, and support network necessary for successful careers in fields related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), namely the biomedical sciences.