Campus Life

FAMU health program to focus on environmental toxins

Florida A&M University has been awarded $750,000 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for a three-year project in Jacksonville focused on public-health issues.


The money will be used to launch, manage and execute a program called the Jacksonville Racial and Ethnic Environmental Approaches to Community Health (REEACH), which will focus on educating health officials and residents on the area’s environmental toxins.

Cynthia M. Harris, FAMU’s director of the Institute of Public Health, said Duval County ranks high in its amount of environmental toxins.

“Over the years, there have been health concerns,” Harris said.

The project helps FAMU work with those “concerned with environmental contaminants in underserved communities,” Harris said.

FAMU will be working with the state health department and the Duval County Health Department to develop and distribute educational information on environmental medicine.

“It will take a team of not only academics, but health departments and community members to address these concerns. We are pleased that the federal agency… has granted us this award,” Harris said.

FAMU’s vice president for research, Larry Robinson, said the focus of the award is “quite significant.”

“This will allow us to address an issue that forms the basis of our commitment to understanding and resolving environmental issues confronting underserved populations,” Robinson said.

Harris said the environmental toxins found in Jacksonville involve items that have been buried and long ago forgotten due to the area’s history of manufacturing and industrial processes.

She said it could be that people may have ash in their gardens and “they just don’t know.”

REEACH will also allow interns at FAMU to get “real life” experience in the public health and environmental science realms, Harris said.

Campus Life

FAMU ‘sanctioned’ by research institute

FAMU trustess unanimously approved to return $151,621 to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute — an organization in Chevy Chase, Md. The organization wrote FAMU President in October and said that there were “serious findings from the (HHMI internal) auditors.”

According to a 20-page audit report completed by the HHMI audit department, FAMU was awarded a $1.2 million four-year grant in 2004. The grant ended Aug. 31, 2008 with unspent grant dollars “held by FAMU.”


D.o.B.C. Death of Black Colleges?


Once a beacon of hope for thousands of Black students denied access to higher education by predominantly White institutions, historically Black colleges and universities have educated generations of Black scientists, doctors, lawyers, educators and social activists. But today, these institutions face serious challenges. Questions of relevance have reached a fever pitch as today’s Black colleges work to address declining enrollment, low graduation rates and financial instability. Despite the challenges, however, HBCUs for many Black students – and others – remain the last best hope of succeeding in the higher education arena. As the age-old debate for and against Black colleges rages on, Diverse has identified five threats facing HBCUs and five opportunities that could define their futures.


[UPDATED]Congrats to the FAMU Marching 100 & The World Famed Tiger Marching Band!!

FAMU, Grambling Bands Invited to Obama Inaugural Parade

December 8, 2008

So far, we know that the Florida A&M Marching 100 and the Grambling State Tiger Marching Band have been invited to participate in the Inauguration Parade for President-Elect Barack Obama. I have not seen a formal list of all of the participating bands, but these two ensembles may be the only two bands from historical black colleges and universities to be counted in the 48 who will march along Pennsylvania Ave on January 20, 2009.

More than 1400 bands applied to participate in the inaugural festivities.


FAMU students repeat champs at NBMBAA Comp.

Joyce T. let us know…

A team of three business students from FAMU’s School of Business and Industry,
yesterday, claimed first place at the National Black MBA Conference’s case-study
competition in Washington, DC. It it the second year in a row that students from
FAMU’s SBI won the competition, and the first time in 14 years that a school has
repeated as champs.

The FAMU team swept through its region beating teams from MIT and Duke to make
the finals of the competition. When the final points were tallied FAMU finished
No. 1 and head of the University of Tennessee (2nd place), and the University of
Texas (3rd place).

Last year FAMU broke new ground at the MBA confab by becoming the first HBCU to
win the top prize. Ironically, it was FAMU’s first year competing.

For more information on SBI Click Here


FAMU Alum is a Today Show Finalist – “Race to the Altar”

Ladonna & Darnell

About the bride: LaDonna is 24 years old and graduated with a degree in electrical engineering. She currently works as a nuclear reactor inspector.

About the groom: Darnell is 25 years old and received a degree in computer engineering. He’s currently working as a technology consultant.