Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Mangum: FAMU’s Crestview campus fulfilling mission to help Northwest Florida’s families

FAMU Crestview pharmacy students during a community service project
In a recent op-ed published by both the Pensacola News Journal, FAMU President Elmira Mangum touted how the university’s Crestview campus is making a difference in Northwest Florida.

The opinion piece appeared shortly after the Crestview Bulletin highlighted a community service project led by students at the FAMU pharmacy school’s Crestview center.

From the FAMU president’s op-ed:

On Friday, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) will celebrate its 127th anniversary. This marks an important time in the university’s history. We are celebrating more than a century of providing affordable access to education for Floridians, holding true to our founding mission as an 1890 land-grant institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, resolution of complex issues, and the empowerment of citizens and communities.

Just over two years ago, FAMU expanded its mission into the Pensacola area after opening the FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Crestview Instructional Center. Currently, the center provides an opportunity for more than 70 future pharmacists, many of whom are from Escambia County and low-wealth families. Students receive training from FAMU’s nationally renowned faculty, as well as an opportunity to translate the knowledge they gain into careers that focus on community service.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Mangum highlights FAMU’s STREAM research during State of the University address

During a crowd-stirring “State of the University” address delivered during last week’s Presidential Convocation, FAMU President Elmira Mangum also proclaimed that the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine have all recognized FAMU as the No. 1 institution of origin in America for African Americans who go on to earn doctorates in the natural sciences and engineering.

Mangum assured the crowd that her presidency would serve to continue FAMU’s profound impact in these areas.

“I have set a course that is designed to make our University ‘A Brand that Matters in the 21st Century,’ with an increased focus on science, technology, research, engineering, agriculture and mathematics. I call it STREAM,” she said.

Rattlers remain winless with 27-7 loss to TSU

The FAMU Rattlers (0-4, 0-0 MEAC) were unable to overcome their own mistakes as they dropped their fourth straight game of the season to the Tennessee State Tigers (4-1, 1-0 OVC) enroute to a 27-7 loss at LP Field. That makes seven consecutive losses since 2013.

“We knew going into the season that the first four games were against tough opponents, including two teams who made it to the FCS playoffs last season.  We felt the goal was to not complain, but play the opponents we had scheduled.  We have several areas we need to improve, but the good thing about it is we have eight conference games in front of us.  We’ve got to look at the film and make our adjustments and prepare for Morgan State,” Head Coach Earl Holmes said.

The TSU (4-1, 1-0 OVC) defense scored two touchdowns in the contest and held the Rattlers (0-4) to 224 total yards. The unit also notched 12 tackles for loss and seven sacks.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

FAMU theatre icon Ronald O. Davies has died

Dr. Ronald O. Davis, professor emeritus and former director of the Essential Theatre at Florida A&M University, has died.  Davis, was found dead at his home in Asheville, North Carolina, over the weekend.  He is believed to have been in his early to mid 70s. 

Davis who began his tenure at FAMU in 1969 retired in the late ’90s, but continued to play a "supporting role" in the FAMU theater department's growth and development . Earlier this year, he staged a Jazz fundraiser for the department with the goal of raising $100,000 for student scholarships.

The cause of death or funeral arrangements are not yet known.  

Effiey Kosgei named MEAC Athlete of the Week

FAMU junior Effiey Kosgei earned the Female Cross Country Performer of the Week honors, the conference announced on Wednesday.

Kosgei (Jr., Eldoret, Kenya) recorded the MEAC’s fastest time of 18:02.03 in the 5K this season at the Mountain Dew Invitational, which is also a personal best. She previously played a leading role in the team’s back-to-back conference championships in 2012 and 2013.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Yeisha Arcia earns MEAC Player of the Week honors

FAMU junior Yeisha Arcia was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Volleyball Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.

Arcia (Jr., San Juan, Puerto Rico) averaged a double-double of 14 kills and 18 digs in matches against Auburn, Northwestern State, and Jacksonville State. She recorded 21 digs and 17 kills in a 3-1 win against Northwestern State.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Mangum names Jacqueline Hightower executive assistant

FAMU President Elmira Mangum has named Jacqueline Hightower executive assistant to the
president.

A FAMU alumna and Tallahassee native, Hightower brings to the Office of the President more than 20 years of professional work experience in public administration, higher education administration and information technology.

“I am honored to be home and serve Dr. Mangum as we embark upon a new season for my beloved alma mater,” Hightower said. “I am humbled and keenly aware of the trust that has been given to me to serve her in this capacity, and I am ready for the journey.”

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Crist pledges support for FAMU during visit to The Hill

Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee Charlie Crist repeated an earlier promise to fight to reverse Rick Scott’s cuts to public education during a campaign stop at FAMU. He also took jabs at his opponent’s decision to veto a number of FAMU line items in past legislative appropriations bills.

“I was the guy who didn’t veto stuff for FAMU,” Crist said.

Scott has used his veto power to take away three line items that the Florida Legislature voted to give FAMU. He vetoed $2M for Infrastructure/Capital Renewal and $500,000 that would have saved the John A. Mulrennan, Sr. Public Health Entomology Research and Education Center in Panama City in 2011. He also vetoed $1.5M for the Crestview Education Center in 2012.

The legislature did not approve any line items for FAMU in 2013. But for 2014, Scott permitted FAMU to keep $10M for Phase II of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

FSU trustees send Thrasher back into ring with Mangum, giving him power of presidency

Last spring, Elmira Mangum led the way in defending FAMU against state Sen. John Thrasher’s attack against the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. It now looks like that was just the first round. Mangum will need to put on her gloves back on again soon to go toe-to-toe with “President Thrasher.”

Yesterday, the Florida State University Board of Trustees chose Thrasher as the university’s next president. The selection appears to be an indirect endorsement of the crooked tactics he has used to try and break the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering apart.

Back during the legislative session, Thrasher led an unsuccessful effort to split the joint E-College and give Florida State University $13M to begin the process of creating a separate college. He said the change would be beneficial to FAMU, which would now have an engineering college all-to-itself.

Thrasher’s words did not fool Mangum. She shot back by stating her opposition and informing the legislature of the full cost required to provide FAMU with a top-rate, independent engineering college. Mangum said that it would take $100M to construct a brand new engineering college on the university’s main campus and an additional $5M in new recurring dollars (the amount necessary to replace all of the FSU faculty who would leave).

When Thrasher refused to offer one cent towards those costs, it proved that his plan was an attempt to weaken FAMU's engineering programs, just as many Rattlers had thought.