Updated: 6/12/2014 12:08 PM CST BY TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION
SGA and National Alumni Association among finalists
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida A&M University (FAMU) has been named a finalist in several categories of the 2014 HBCU Awards presented by HBCU Digest. The HBCU Awards celebrates the achievements of historically black colleges and universities throughout the United States, crowning winners in the fields of leadership, arts, athletics, research, and community engagement.
“We are honored to have so many facets of the FAMU community recognized as finalists for the 2014 HBCU Awards,” said President Elmira Mangum. “It demonstrates the commitment to excellence that our students, faculty, staff and alumni embody throughout the year.”
The university’s nomination categories include:
- Best Student Government Association
- Best Student Newspaper (The Famuan)
- Best Alumni Publication (A&M Magazine)
- Best Research Center (Research Center in Minority Institutions)
- Best STEM Program (FAMU College of Science and Technology)
- Male Faculty Member of the Year (David Jackson, Ph.D., professor of history)
- Female Coach of the Year (Coach Darlene Moore, track)
- National Alumni Association of the Year
- Female Alumnus of the Year (Sharon Lettman-Hicks)
FAMU Student Government Association
FAMU’s Student Government Association (SGA) has produced exceptional civic and community leaders such as Andrew Gillum, the youngest commissioner elected to the Tallahassee City Commission and Phillip Agnew, the founder of the activist group the Dream Defenders. The FAMU SGA has a long history of serving as a national agent of change, from its role in the Tallahassee Bus Boycott to its recent support of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering through student-hosted rallies.
The Famuan is an award-winning, student-run publication. It promotes intelligent examination of issues and presents though-provoking commentary. The publication was previously named among the top 10 journalism programs by the Hearst Foundation and in recent years has taken home numerous top honors at the HBCU Excellence in Journalism Awards.
Published by FAMU’s award-winning Office of Communications, the A&M Magazine is the university’s official magazine designed to inform alumni, supporters and friends about the latest news and issues of importance. The magazine includes information on alumni from across the nation that contribute to the outstanding legacy of excellence, which has elevated FAMU to become one of the premier institutions of higher learning in America.
Research Center in Minority Institutions
Florida A&M University’s Research Center in Minority Institutions, housed in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, received 2.9 million dollars this year from the U.S. Department of Health. The grant is one of FAMU’s largest federal grants and has been renewed for the 29th year in a row. The grant funds research and innovation for diseases that affect minorities at a disproportionate rate, such as cancer and diabetes.
FAMU College of Science and Technology – SCALAR
The College of Science and Technology project, “Student-Centered Active Learning and Assessment Reform (SCALAR),” is funded by a four-year, $1.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The project serves to revamp and enhance instructional approaches and undergraduate course curricula in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs.
David Jackson Jr., Ph.D.
David Jackson Jr., Ph.D., is a scholar-activist who believes in utilizing knowledge to transform lives. In 2013, the history professor was honored with the American Historical Associations (AHA) Equity Award. Jackson was recently featured on C-SPAN in recognition of his profound writings on the life and work of Booker T. Washington.
Darlene Moore is the only female coach to be recognized as the NCAA Division II South Region Track and Field “Coach of the Year,” an honor she’s received three times to date. She has led the FAMU women’s track and field teams to being amongst the most dominating forces in the MEAC. Under Moore’s leadership, the Lady Rattlers have set numerous records and garnered top 10 finishes at state and national levels.
FAMU National Alumni Association
The Florida A&M University National Alumni Association (FAMUNAA) boasts more than 112 years of spirited involvement in the university. The FAMUNAA supports the university’s initiatives through chapter activities and fundraising to advance FAMU’s mission.
FAMU alumna Sharon Lettman-Hicks is the executive director of the National Black Justice Collation (NBJC). She was recently appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. She served as the executive vice president of the People For the American Way Foundation from 2001-2009.
The HBCU Awards ceremony will be held Friday, July 11 at Dillard University in New Orleans. Proceeds from the ceremony will benefit the Center for HBCU Media Advocacy (CHMA), a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote the mission, culture and development of America’s historically black colleges and universities through new media exposure, training and education.
For more information, visit www.hbcudigest.com/hbcu-awards.
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