Edward Waters Opens Police Substation, Criminal Justice Learning Lab

Edward Waters College this semester will debut its Center for Criminal Justice and Forensic Science, a facility that will double as a substation for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
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FAMU Alumni Emerging as Model for HBCU Engagement

Over the last two months, the FAMU 220 Quarterback Club has been a trending topic in Tallahassee and throughout Florida. FAMU President Elmira Mangum, Athletic Director Kellen Winslow Sr., and former president Frederick Humphries have been among the groups distinguished guest in recent weeks, with all meetings resulting in extensive local coverage for the university and its athletic agenda.

And that’s the way it should be for all HBCU alumni; we all should do something that gives us enough clout to be heard. And by heard, not just audience with a university president, but boards of trustees, corporations, legislators, and other influential groups which have something to gain from hearing and supporting our interests.
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Bethune-Cookman Alum Nick Collins Retires from NFL

Former Bethune-Cookman College (now university) standout Nick Collins today announced his retirement from the NFL. The Wildcat ends his 11-year NFL career with three Pro Bowl selections, and a 2010 Super Bowl victory with the Green Bay Packers, the team that drafted him in the second round of the 1995 NFL Draft.
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FAMU Initiatives Draw Regional, National Attention

Florida A&M University is full speed ahead when it comes to fixing problems – both on campus and throughout the state and nation.

The university has launched several major initiatives in just over a month, ranging from major reforms in its intercollegiate athletic program to expanding educational and job training opportunities in underserved Florida counties, to appealing for federal support to launch a national new network.
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It’s Training Day for Kellen Winslow and FAMU Athletics

“By definition, nobody does first-generation better than FAMU,” he added. “It’s that nurturing, transformative environment that you’re in. It’s the ability to come to a school that has high academic standards and a classroom that’s small enough where you get the attention — where people can lay hands on you on a daily basis and say, ‘How are you? What’s going on? How are things at home?’ That’s the culture. We let it get away from us to become known as a ‘black university,’ but that’s so inaccurate, because by that definition, there should also be ‘white universities.’ …”Our forefathers did not get this one right. They screwed it up for us, and we’re still trying to fix it.” - Florida A&M University Athletic Director Kellen Winslow

There’s no better quote that sums up the arrival of Kellen Winslow at Florida A&M University. 80 percent of his tenure has been thoughtful, passionate concern for how to reverse engineer an apathetic fan base, dwindling revenues and low awareness in a huge sports town. And 20 percent, the portion that gets the wrong kind of attention seemingly ever other week, regularly sounds and reads like lines of dialogue cut from Denzel Washington ‘Training Day’ outtakes.
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FAMU Alumna Pam Oliver Removed From Top NFL Telecast Team

Veteran sports journalist and Florida A&M University alumna Pam Oliver confirmed to SI.com 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 SI.com. “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.”