FAMU’s CAFS to get share of $19 million in USDA scholarship grants
Florida A&M University is one of the 1890 Land-Grant institutions to share $19 million in grants for scholarships from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
FAMU College of Agriculture and Food Sciences Dean Robert Taylor said the grant will help to recruit top students to the program. FAMU has 92 students on the 1890 scholarships.
The funding was proposed by FAMU alumnus U.S. Rep. David Scott as part of the 2018 Farm bill.
For the 2021-22 academic year, CAFS received $500,000 in mandatory funds from USDA/NIFA to continue supporting the 1890 David A. Scott scholars, who received 2-year and 4-year scholarships for the 2020-21 academic year and who are pursuing undergraduate degrees in food and agricultural sciences.
In addition, CAFS received $505,263 in discretionary funds in the 2022 fiscal year, which will fund about 80 new scholars, who are new first-time-in-college majors.
Verian Thomas, associate dean for recruitment, student support and alumni affairs, is a co-principal investigator on the grant.
Hancock Whitney providing scholarships to FAMU athletes
Hancock Whitney has announced a partnership with Florida A&M University aimed at providing support and financial resources for student-athletes.
The $10,000 investment will be distributed through a scholarship to students with a low- to moderate-income and demonstrate academic excellence.
Hancock Whitney also will deliver customized financial education to student-athletes, designed for young adults who are managing their own finances and household. Topics will be focused on personal finance management, savings, as well as borrowing and loan management.
Michelle D. Harper, Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Success & Competitive Excellence at FAMU, said the investment will be well received.
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will oversee the distribution of scholarship funding to student athletes.
Spearheading the program for Hancock Whitney is Tamara Wyre, Senior Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director.
Tom Deison is Tallahassee Market President at Hancock Whitney.
For more information about Hancock Whitney’s Financial Education program, visit hancockwhitney.com/financial-education.
FAMU College of Law student earns Kozyak summer fellowship
Kristin Sanders, a first-year law student at Florida A&M University College of Law has received the Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation Summer Fellowship.
The Fellowship Program uses mentoring as a platform to increase diversity in the legal profession.
In 2018, the Fort Lauderdale native graduated cum laude from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and African American Studies.
FAMU Veterinary Technology senior earns VTNE Diversity Award
Florida A&M University graduating Veterinary Technology senior Tiana Smith of Fort Lauderdale has been named the winner of the inaugural Veterinary Technician National Exams Celebrating Diversity Award by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards.
This award is given to a veterinary technician or nursing student who has demonstrated a commitment to celebrating diversity and inclusion in the veterinary profession to best serve the animals and public, as well as community involvement and how the recipient has exhibited cultural humility and competence as a veterinary professional.
FAMU MMERI to feature forum on Cannabis and Religion
Florida A&M University Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative (MMERI) will host Part Two of “Cannabis and Religion” in the Conversations on Cannabis Virtual Forum at noon, Thursday, June 24.
The episode will be streamed on Streamyard, Facebook Live and YouTube, and will feature a diverse panel of faith-based leaders sharing their views on the topic.
Father Dustin Feddon, Rabbi Yaakov Cohen, the Reverend Lenny Marshall, Ph.D., and Ben Temer, will join the discussion on cannabis and religion.
To submit questions and register for the event, visit https://bit.ly/3vrIUOc and to learn about the MMERI program, visit http://mmeri.famu.edu
Patricia Green-Powell is interim executive director of the Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative.
FSU researchers receive $1.5M grant to study diversity in higher ed
Florida State University researchers, in partnership with Florida A&M University, have received a $1.5 million grant to study diversity in the field of education research.
The five-year grant from the Institute of Education Sciences — the independent, nonpartisan statistics, research and evaluation arm of the U.S. Department of Education — will support the continuation of the Partners United for Research Pathways Oriented to Social Justice in Education (PURPOSE) training program. Launched in 2017, the program trains diverse cohorts of students in research with a focus on social justice in education.
Jeannine Turner, associate professor of educational psychology at FSU, is principal investigator for the project.
Other researchers on the project include FSU College of Education professors Alysia Roehrig and Tamara Bertrand Jones and FAMU College of Education professors Peggy Auman and Novell Tani.
Students who participate in the program receive a stipend and funding for travel and research materials along with one-on-one relationships with PURPOSE faculty mentors.
To learn more about the PURPOSE training program, visit http://purposetraining.org/.
Florida State ranked among top universities for patent production
Florida State University is among the world’s top universities for creating patented technology, according to a new report from the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.
FSU was ranked 84th worldwide among universities for producing U.S. utility patents in 2020. The university produced 35 such patents.
The report uses data obtained from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and highlights the vital role patents play in university research and innovation.
Laurel Fulkerson is interim Vice President for Research at FSU.
FSU-Panama City’s doctoral Nurse Anesthesia program reaccredited
The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs approved the reaccreditation for FSU Panama City’s graduate program in Nurse Anesthesia for a 10-year period, the maximum a university can achieve.
Initially accredited in 2015, the program began at the master’s level. In July 2020, the State University System of Florida Board of Governors approved the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice degree, which COA reviewed in fall 2020 and granted final approval in January 2021.
It is the first doctoral degree program offered at FSU Panama City, with 30 students already engaged in learning this summer.
Stacey VanDyke is Program Administrator.
For more information on the nurse anesthesia program, contact Stacey VanDyke, DNP, CRNA at 850-770-2100; [email protected] .
FSU SGA president elected chair of Florida Student Association
Recently elected Florida State University SGA President Nastassia “Tazzy” Janvier has been elected chair of the Florida Student Association.
As chair of the FSA, she represents the student bodies of Florida’s 12 public universities — amplifying the voice of more than 400,000 students. It also gives her a seat and a vote on the Board of Governors, which oversees the State University System of Florida.
Janvier, who graduated from FSU in 2020 with her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary social science, is currently working as a graduate assistant in FSU’s College of Social Sciences and Public Policy while pursuing a master’s degree in public administration.
TCC Eagles RISE Summer Academy earns national recognition
Tallahassee Community College’s Eagles RISE Summer Academy is being recognized as a Program of Promise by the National Organization for Student Success. The College will receive the award virtually at the NOSS annual conference this week.
The summer bridge program is a hybrid experience that includes free tuition, books, materials and serves as a smooth transition from high school to college for qualifying Florida graduating high school seniors.
Sharisse Turner, Dean of Transitional Studies, is director of the Eagles RISE Summer Academy.
For more information, contact the Transitional Studies office at [email protected] or 850-201-8505.
TCC, Verizon offering free STEM program for middle school students
Tallahassee Community is partnering with Verizon and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship to offer a free project-based STEM learning program for 6-8th graders starting June 21.
The year-long program starts with a 3-week virtual summer camp from June 21- July 9 and in-person meetings at TCC one Saturday per month during the academic year.
Food and transportation for students will be provided
To register, visit www.nacce.com/vil21regformgirls. For more details on the VIL Program at TCC, visit www.tcc.fl.edu/VIL.
The program provides an engaging year-long program where 6th-8th grade students learn about design thinking, 3D printing, augmented reality, and social entrepreneurship. No experience is required.
Renee Gordon is STEM Program Director at TCC.
Although targeted to young women, the program is inclusive and welcomes all genders and non-binary youth.
TCC hosting virtual sessions to answer financial aid questions
Tallahassee Community College’s Financial Aid staff is hosting several sessions to address questions on financial aid resources.
Sessions are available on June 23 and 24 and July 8, 13 and 28.
Registration is available at www.tcc.fl.edu/FinancialAid.
Contact senior writer Byron Dobson at [email protected] or on Twitter @byrondobson.
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