Category Archives: Florida


FAMU Alumna Pam Oliver Removed From Top NFL Telecast Team

Veteran sports journalist and Florida A&M University alumna Pam Oliver confirmed to that she will be leaving the sidelines as the lead in-game reporter for FOX NFL Sunday broadcasts.

Oliver is being replaced by Erin Andrews in the ‘number one’ telecast unit, and will report for the ‘number two’ unit for her 20th and final season as a sideline correspondent.

“To go from the lead crew to no crew was a little shocking,” Oliver told Richard Deitsch of “I said I wanted to do a 20th year [on the sidelines]. I expressed to them that I was not done and had something to offer. Again, I think it was predetermined coming in. Not at that meeting, but two years ago it was determined that no matter what I did or did not do, a change would be made for this year.”


Accreditation Reaffirmed for FAMU College of Law

Florida A&M University last week announced the reaffirmation of its accreditation by the American Bar Association. The affirmation is the first for the university’s law school, which earned accreditation in 2009.

“This is great news, further validating the academic programs and mission of the FAMU College of Law,” said LeRoy Pernell, dean of the College of Law. “We could not have reached this critical milestone without assistance from a large cadre of supporters. I want to thank President Elmira Mangum, Provost Rodner Wright, the FAMU Board of Trustees, as well as the faculty, students and staff of the College of Law for their unwavering support during the accreditation process. I also want to thank the Board of Visitors, law school alumni and other constituents in the legal, business and broader Orlando community for standing with the College of Law as we have evolved into a premier law school.”


Edward Waters Joins Fight to Help African-Americans Quit Smoking

MandalEdwards Waters College will serve as an institutional partner in Florida’s effort to cut the number of smoking related deaths in the state each year.

The effort will be led by EWC researcher Dr. Prabir K. Mandal, as part of an awareness campaign for medical trials and educational outreach to minorities addicted to tobacco. The grant, funded by the Department of Health for more than $1.6 million to the University of Florida, will seek to create a cessation and treatment program for implementation in minority communities.

“I am very honored to be selected and pleased that Edward Waters College will have the opportunity to collaborate and contribute on this grant with the University of Florida. Our participation will help positively change the lives of those who are affected by tobacco-related illnesses and cancers,” said Dr. Mandal.


FAMU Suspends Men’s Golf, Tennis

FAMUFlorida A&M University today announced that it will suspend competition in men’s golf and men’s tennis, citing cost-saving efforts as the reason for the suspension.

“Clearly we would rather not have taken such action,” said FAMU Athletics Director Kellen Winslow. “However, our current fiscal situation makes it imperative for us to move in this direction. As we continue to support our student-athletes with scholarships in pursuit of their academic goals, we will continue to seek ways to return them to athletic competition.”

The suspension was announced one day after Winslow told a group of athletic boosters that FAMU athletics was “broken,” and that the school needed to “tear it down, start over and rebuild it the right way.”

Scholarships for members of both teams will be honored through this year. FAMU now fields 14 teams competing at the Division I level, the minimum for NCAA membership at the highest level.


Florida A&M Launches New Degree Programs

famu_lee_hall_920_mediumFlorida A&M University today announced a fall launch of six new undergraduate degree programs in physical education and teacher education; health, leisure and fitness studies, interdisciplinary studies and environmental studies

According to academic officials, the new degrees will spur professional development in emerging industrial fields in growing need of diversity and minority representation in leadership. The new degree in environmental studies will be only one of three programs Florida, which has graduated only six African-Americans in environmental studies since 2011.

“The global environmental changes and impact of today demand that we train students that are prepared to assume leadership positions with a knowledge base for understanding the long-term restoration and sustainability of the environment,” said FAMU Dean of the School of the Environment, Victor Ibeanusi, Ph.D.,. “The new degree in environmental studies will add to our existing environmental sciences program as we prepare students to better understand the environmental policies and management that are needed to provide solutions to these global changes.”

Bethune-Cookman Football to Play Florida State in 2013 - - The Official Web Site of Bethune-Cookman Athletics

Daytona Beach, Bethune-Cookman Reach 20-Year Stadium Deal

Bethune-Cookman Football to Play Florida State in 2013 - - The Official Web Site of Bethune-Cookman AthleticsSix months after negotiating for upgrades to Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium for Bethune-Cookman University home football games, the university and the city have reached a 20-year leasing agreement for Wildcat football. 

WFTV reports that the stadium will be used for regular season and postseason games and practices, and that revenues will be split between the university and city.


Bethune-Cookman Trustee Bequeaths $1 Million to University

Bethune-Cookman University last week announced a $1 million planned gift from Joe Petrock, a member of the university’s board of trustees and executive director of the philanthropic arm of Florida-based health care corporation Halifax Health. The bequeathed gift is one of the largest of its kind in the university’s history.

The university also announced a new partnership with Halifax Health to provide healthcare awareness, resources and professional training to the Daytona Beach region. The partnership will also create advanced degree programs in public health, nursing and psychology, which when completed, will be offered in the soon-to-renamed Joseph and Barbara Petrock College of Health Sciences.

“My wife Barbara and I are extremely proud of the work of the late Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune and what she
accomplished in that she said, ‘Without faith nothing is possible, with it, nothing is impossible,’” Petrock said. “Her vision and legacy of faith, scholarship and service is alive and well today at Bethune-Cookman University. And having the opportunity to work with B-CU President Dr. Edison O. Jackson, who is leading B-CU into the 21st century and who has served a lifetime in education, has been inspiring. He is a visionary leader, committed to excellence and producing world-class graduates. We feel
it is important to support his vision.”