Good Monday Afternoon FMU Family!

Chapter 3, Florida Memorial University’s poetic ambassadors, enjoyed their first annual Chapter 3 week recently. The week included an EcoTure “sustainable fashion show” of pieces made of recyclable materials, another impressive performance at University of Miami’s USpeak, a hip-hop cypher of students freestyling off the top of their heads for as long as they could and a Golden Mic Award show honoring outstanding Chapter 3 members. One of the awards was bestowed upon Chapter3 president Katherine Beltres, an arrangement to have a book of her poetry published by a local publisher (stay tuned for further details!).

Thanks to Erica Garvey and the Florida Memorial Bookstore, the April 10th book signing for our own William Hobbs proved insightful and inspiring. The author read excerpts from his novel North of the Grove, a story of a man atoning for his past by serving as a mentor to a wayward young boy. Hobbs shared experiences as a mentor that lead to writing the story. He also spoke of hopes of finishing the filming of the short film based off of the novel and seeking to have the project culminate into a mentoring program for young black males in the Miami Gardens area.

Dr. William Hobbs book signing

Hobbs featured special guest Denim Edwards (right), son of Dr. Michelle Weatherspoon. Edwards stars in scenes in the North of the Grove film and autographed copies for his adoring public.

Copies of the North of the Grove novel are available in the bookstore. To follow progress of film and mentoring program:

On the evening of Thursday, April 3rd, which is the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination, 8 FMU students attended a riveting performance of“The Mountaintop” at Gables Stage.  Both Dr. Abraham and Dr. Tiffany Austin were thrilled to be able to provide the opportunity for our students to visit the historic Biltmore hotel, where Gables Stage is located, and to witness this wonderful performance.  It was an incredible evening for all as they celebrated the life of Dr. King and the work of award winning playwright Katori Hall.

One of our steel pan alumni Kendall Williams, who last year graduated with the Masters of Music from NYU, has just been accepted to Princeton University do his doctoral work majoring in Composition.  Congratulations!

Congratulations to Trustee, John Ruffin, who was honored this weekend by the Ancient Spanish Monastery Foundation for his distinguished leadership in the community.  Trustee Ruffin, your Florida Memorial family is proud of your accomplishment!

KUDOS to the FMU Faculty Senate for an Outstanding Annual Conference!  The Theme: The Relevance of Online Learning in Today’s World” could not have been more timely!

Special thanks to Dr. Dimitri Tamalis, Dr. Nathaniel Holmes, Dr. Denise Callwood-Brathwaite, Dr. Anamaria Jerome-Raja, Dr. Melvin White, Dr. Michelle Witherspoon, Dr. Debra Perkins, Dr. Tamar Riley and Dr. Rose Stiffinfor coordinating and participating in the 11th Annual Research and Performing Arts Experiential Learning Day.  Our faculty and student researchers and presenters exceeded all expectations with their cutting edge research projects, outstanding oral presentations and dramatic performances.  We are so proud of all of your hard work and achievement!

Special Request

As a part of developing a new Strategic Plan for Florida Memorial University, we are undertaking an evaluation of our current mission and purpose statements. These items are critically important in guiding our work at our institution on a day-to-day basis, as well as communicating to the broader community the guiding principles that shape Florida Memorial University and its graduates.

Your involvement in this process is vital in helping us formulate a path forward for our institution. I would appreciate it if you would please take the time to complete the survey, thoughtfully and honestly.


Dr. Roslyn Clark ArtisHave a Blessed Week!

Roslyn Clark Artis, JD, EdD
President – Florida Memorial University


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