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National Achievement Finalist Heads to FAMU

Posted by Alonda Nicole on June 24, 2015 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – On June 29, National Achievement Award Finalist, Bryan Anderson, will begin the pursuit of a degree in computer engineering at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU).

Not only did Anderson, a graduate of Deerfield Beach High School in Deerfield Beach, Fla., earn a full academic scholarship to FAMU, but he was also one of the top high school seniors in the nation, earning a 5.07 weighted GPA, a 2090 SAT score, and a composite score of a 33 on the ACT. He was also named a National Achievement Finalist.

It was Anderson’s eye for technical excellence that drew him to FAMU. He said he learned about FAMU when his high school band had the opportunity to be a part of the 2014 Florida Blue Classic and experienced the world-class innovation of the Marching “100.”

"It was a great experience to be a part of the Florida Classic and witness two remarkable bands," said Anderson.

He decided to take a tour of FAMU’s campus, during which he learned about qualifying for the FAMU Life-Gets-Better Scholarship. It provides high-performing students who focus on engineering with full-cost coverage for books, room and board, and tuition and provides a laptop.

Anderson expressed how he fell in love with the campus environment and instantly knew that FAMU was the right place for him.

"I plan to use my education in computer engineering to segue into biomedical engineering," Anderson said. "One of my goals is also to obtain a master's degree in business administration. I like to explore my options. I am thrilled to be in an environment that supports growth and creativity."

Anderson gave a lot of credit to his parents for all of his academic success and expressed how he was blessed to have a strong support system that was always there to help him along the way. He said that their support is what gives him the confidence to pursue his dreams and undertake multiple discipline interests, no matter how challenging it may get.

"My parents kept me grounded and balanced," Anderson said. "They will help me navigate through obstacles and turns in the road."



FAMU Student Wins National Lambda Iota Tau Scholarship

Posted by Alonda Nicole on July 28, 2014 at 5:35 PM

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) student Clare Mobley has been awarded one of two annual $1,000 scholarships presented by Lambda Iota Tau (LIT), a national literary society.


Mobley is a senior English student from Kingston, Jamaica and member of the Beta Delta Chapter of LIT at FAMU. She decided to enter the national competition as a part of her personal preparation to develop a thick skin and learn to receive constructive criticism.


“I am an aspiring creative writer anticipating graduate school, and I wanted to become accustomed to complete strangers critiquing my work,” said Mobley. “When I learned about the competition, I realized that this forum would be a good place to start.”


The national competition requires students to submit an 8-10-page writing sample of a creative or critical essay. Mobley’s winning critical essay titled, “The Performance of a Lifetime: The Enactment of Black Masculinity in Suzan Lori Park’s Topdog/Underdog” explored the two brothers in the play and their struggle with personal and historical identities and embodying their own masculinities in a society that privileges whiteness and wealth. Suzan-Lori Parks’ Pulitzer Prize winning play, Top Dog/Underdog focuses on the depiction of Black manhood in literature, in the media and in American society.


“I found that topic interesting because as a student concerned with the position of women in the world, I never gave much thought to the plight of the Black man in American society,” said Mobley.


LIT advisor Natalie King-Perdroso is proud of Mobley’s accomplishment.


“Lambda Iota Tau member and advisors are all proud of Clare Mobley and her outstanding achievements in the areas of scholarship and service,” she said. “On a national stage, Clare’s work has revealed the fine caliber of students and faculty on Florida A&M University’s campus, as well as the level of intellectual rigor cultivated in FAMU’s Department of English and Modern Languages.”


For her future plans Mobley says, “I would love to be a reclusive author living on the beach and writing under a nom de plume. At the moment, I plan to become an English professor or a teacher of English as a second or foreign language so that I can fund my blissful ‘starving artist’ phase.”




FAMU Alumna Althea Gibson Inducted into the U.S. Postal Service's Black Heritage Stamp Series

Posted by Alonda Nicole on September 3, 2013 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida A&M University (FAMU) alumna Althea Gibson (1927-2003) has been inducted into the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) Black Heritage Stamp Series. The stamp featuring the tennis icon was unveiled on Aug. 23 on the grounds of the U.S.Open in Flushing, N.Y.


"We are delighted to honor Florida A&M graduate Althea Gibson as the 36th stamp and first female athlete in our Black Heritage Series,” said Stephen Seewoester, U.S. Postal Service spokesperson.  “She was truly a pioneer in her sport and an inspiration to a future generation of African-American tennis players, such as Arthur Ashe and sisters Venus and Serena Williams."


In the midst of the Civil Rights Movement, Gibson helped integrate the world of tennis and became the first African-American of either gender to win Wimbledon. She twice won Wimbledon and the U.S. Championships (now known as the U.S. Open) and became the top-ranked player in the world. The tall, lean Gibson was fast and had a long reach, and relied on a booming serve and precise volleys.  In 1957, the Associated Press named her the first African-American to be selected as the Female Athlete of the Year, earning her cover features in Sports Illustrated and Time magazine.


“It is humbling to know that the education and nurturing Althea Gibson received at Florida A&M University as an athletic scholarship recipient led to such anexemplary career,” said Larry Robinson, FAMU interim president. “Our student athletes and the entire university community join the U.S. Postal Service and the nation in saluting Ms. Gibson for breaking color lines in tennis and raisingthe benchmark for success in the international sport of tennis.”


FAMU Women’sTennis Coach Nikki Goldthreate said she was delighted to hear the news and will use this as additional motivation to encourage her student athletes.


“I have a photo of Althea Gibson on my wall in my office as a constant reminder for our team,” said Goldthreate. “We have 10 young ladies on our tennis team and I seethe drive in them to get better each day. I’m sure Althea had that same determination – to take it one day at a time.”


FAMUNational Alumni Association President Tommy Mitchell didn’t realize when he wasa child that Ms. Gibson, the playground teacher, would become Ms. Gibson the legendary tennis player. Years later he can reflect on his brush with greatness and appreciate what her legacy means as a fellow FAMU graduate.


“This is just one more case where FAMU has made an outstanding contribution to the world through one of our graduates,” said Mitchell. “Although I wasn’t a tennis player then, I am now. Althea Gibson certainly set the pace and that is to be admired.”

According to the USPS, the oil-on-wood painting featured on the stamp is based on a photograph – taken at Wimbledon – of Gibson bending down to hit a low volley. Designed by Derry Noyes, the stamp features the artwork of award-winning artist Kadir Nelson.

The Althea Gibson stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce rate. Gibson is the 36th inductee into the U.S. Postal Service’s Black Heritage stamp series, which includes Harriet Tubman, Paul Robeson and Ella Fitzgerald.


The foreverstamp depicting the athlete in action is now available at www.USPS.com/stamps, via phone 800-STAMP-24 and at Post Offices around the country.


To watch a video on Althea Gibson and her FAMU connection, click http://bit.ly/FAMU_Althea. ;


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FAMU Receives $13.7M Grant from National Institutes of Health

Posted by Alonda Nicole on August 23, 2013 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

TALLAHASSEE– Florida A&M University (FAMU)has been awarded $13.7 million in grants for five-years of support through the ResearchCenter in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Program from the National Institutes ofHealth’s (NIH) National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities(NIMHD).

"The RCMI program at FAMU is designed tostrengthen and expand biomedical research and research infrastructure in amajor way,” said Ken Redda, professor of medicinal chemistry and interim vicepresident for research. “Kudos is to Dr. Karam Soliman, Dr. Carl Goodman andtheir terrific team in generating this significant research funding from theNational Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. It is a brightday at FAMU."

The RCMI grant award for the period of 2013-2018 willsupport drug discovery and research aimed at better understanding the makeupand risks associated with various degenerative diseases and theirtreatment.  The grant also will support projectsin drug discovery, molecular genetics and    biotechnology research. In the area of drugdiscovery, the grant will aid in developing new drugs that can be used for thetreatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s; stroke; cancer(breast, prostate and lung); and emerging infectious diseases to uncovertargets for therapy and translational research.

            “FAMU and the College of Pharmacyhave produced nine patents during the last 10 years and that is due largely inpart to the support provided by the RCMI,” said principal investigator KaramSoliman. “FAMU is number one among HBCUs in terms of the number of patents wehold.”

 The RCMIprogram serves the dual purpose of bringing more racial and ethnic minorityscientists into mainstream research and promoting minority health researchbecause many of the investigators at RCMI institutions study diseases thatdisproportionately affect minority populations. The RCMI program will have tremendousimpact on various research disciplines (pharmaceutical sciences, biology,chemistry, environmental sciences, agricultural and engineering) graduateprograms. With concentrations in pharmacology/toxicology, medicinal chemistry,pharmaceutics and environmental toxicology, the College of Pharmacy andPharmaceutical Sciences (COPPS) has graduated more than 60 percent of theAfrican-American Ph.D. recipients in the pharmaceutical sciences nationally.

Since 1985, FAMU has received RCMI supportcontinually in excess of $54 million, including construction funding for theresearch wing on the New College of Pharmacy building. RCMI also fundedlaboratory animal facility improvements that were instrumental in theCOPPS-receiving national accreditation of its research animal facilities,making FAMU one of 500 accredited facilities from 3,500 colleges anduniversities. RCMI has provided critical infrastructure to enable the collegeto achieve national prominence and become a competitive biomedical researchcenter nationally. Since the inception of the RCMI Program at FAMU, the Collegeof Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has implemented four Ph.D. tracks inpharmaceutical sciences. In addition, the RCMI program has contributed significantlythrough the creation of advanced research core facilities that are available toall FAMU researchers, the recruitment of outstanding biomedical facultymembers, and support for faculty development research projects.

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FAMU Hires Two New Deans

Posted by Alonda Nicole on June 3, 2013 at 12:05 PM Comments comments (0)

FAMU Hires New Deans in Environmental Science and Science Technology


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida A&M University (FAMU) Interim Provost Rodner Wright announced today that he has filled two dean positions at the University.

Dr. Maurice D. Edington has been appointed the new dean of the College of Science and Technology, and Dr. Victor M. Ibeanusi, founding chair of Environmental Science and Studies Program at Spelman College, will serve as the new dean for the FAMU School of the Environment.

“We are pleased to make these permanent appointments with highly talented scholars and researchers,” said Wright. “Dr. Edington has conducted major research and secured millions in grants. He has gained the respect of his colleagues and will make an outstanding administrator. Dr. Ibeanusi has had a commitment for more than 25 years to safe water and water quality and has conducted research for the U.S. Department of Energy and other agencies. We believe that he will enhance our program in environmental science.”

Edington began his career at FAMU in 1998 as an assistant professor. From 2002 to 2008, he served as chair of the Department of Chemistry. During that period, Edington also served as director of the Office of Engineering and Science Support. From 2008-12, Edington served as the Director of the Quality Enhancement Program. In 2010, he became the SACS Accreditation Liaison and in July 2012 interim dean of the college.

“I am extremely honored and humbled to have been selected as dean,” said Edington. “I am excited about the opportunities to advance STEM education and research that are afforded by the recent formation of the College of Science and Technology. I will work diligently and tirelessly alongside the faculty, students, and staff of the college to ensure that FAMU continues to adequately address the science and technological needs of the state of Florida and the nation.”

Edington has secured more than $4 million in grant funding from agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Army. His research interests are in biophysical chemistry, laser spectroscopy, chemical physics and plasma science.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Fisk University in 1992, his doctorate in physical chemistry in 1997 from Vanderbilt University, and he completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at Duke University in 1998.

Ibeanusi started his career in 1979 conducting epidemiological studies on the spread of meningitis through portable water supplies through a World Health Organization sponsored project. In January 1981, he served as the microbiologist for the United Nations with UNICEF assisting with rural drinking water supply and a sanitation project for developing countries. He began his career at Spelman as a lecturer in the Biology Department. He became an assistant professor in 1991 and became a full professor and chair of the Environmental Science and Studies Program in 1998. His research interests are focused on bioremediation of environmental contaminants, water quality, wastewater reclamation, and industrial ecology.

Through his research, Ibeanusi has developed a patented bioremediation system for treating toxic metals and volatile organic compounds in the wastewater. He has collaborative research and training at the U.S. Governmental National Laboratories, such as the Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratories, Space and Naval Warfare Systems and the USEPA National Exposure Research Lab. Through funding that includes those from the Department of Energy, U.S. Army, and U.S EPA, Ibeanusi has secured over $5.5M to support his research and student training.

“For 18 years I have had the opportunity to mold and create the Environmental Science and Studies Program at Spelman, and now, I am most honored and privileged to do the same for FAMU as they also look to advancing the School of the Environment. The future is bright and I look forward to building relationships at FAMU”.

Ibeanusi earned his degrees from Atlanta University, including a bachelor’s in environmental microbiology, master’s degree in biology and doctorate degree in molecular biology.

Both Edington and Ibeanusi have written a number of articles in refereed journals and have presented at professional conferences.




FAMU Spring Preview for High School Students

Posted by Alonda Nicole on March 15, 2013 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

FAMU Spring Preview for High School Students

March 23, 2013 in Tallahassee, Florida

8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Scholarships will be awarded to eligible students.


Schedule of Activities

8:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.


Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium Lobby

8:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Academic Department Exhibits and Campus Tours

Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium

10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Welcome to FAMU

Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium

11:15 a.m. to Noon

Student and Parent Workshops

Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium Lobby

12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

FAMU's Academic Programs

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Student Gathering and Lunch

Gaither Gymnasium

To Register or find our more information about the Preview visit the below site:


FAMU Cheerleaders Win 2011 MEAC Coed Division Championship

Posted by Alonda Nicole on March 8, 2011 at 3:24 PM Comments comments (0)

The Florida A&M Cheerleaders placed first in the co-ed division of the MEAC Cheerleading Competition at the Joel Coliseum. Head coach Brandi Tatum's squad overcame dominance in the division by North Carolina A&T, to take first place. Last season, the Rattlers finished in third place, behind the Morgan State Bears.


The MEAC cheerleading competition is one of the most highly competitive cheerleading events in the country. There are two divisions, the general division and the co-ed division, which FAMU has been in for the past four years.


"I think this year's improvement definitely came from having the tumbling mats at Gaither Gym, which allowed us to practice on the surface we were going to perform on," said Tatum. Last season, the mats weren't available and the team just practiced on the gym floor. That led to the team having to make adjustments at the actual competition.


The cheerleading squad didn't want to feel cheated. They set a goal to win it all and not suffer the disappointment they endured last season. "Our mindset was not to leave feeling cheated, we wanted to push to win first place. We were able to maximize our co-ed stunts. We wanted to show our collegiate skills, and we were successful in doing that," Tatum added.


The trip was not without its share of drama though. Co-captain Blayre Barlow, a huge part of the team, tore her ACL and was ruled out of competition by doctors on Tuesday. That didn't stop the focus of the FAMU Cheerleaders. Tatum said it was unnerving, but the team knew it had to step up. "We had to tweak things to work around not having our co-captain in just a few days before the competition, because she was a big part of the routine, and our personality," Tatum said.


The FAMU Cheerleaders will remain in Winston-Salem to cheer on the men's and women's basketball teams as they try to capture the MEAC basketball crowns.