Good Monday Afternoon FMU Family!

Toastmasters eventToastmasters International is coming to FMU! Last week, members of the organization hosted a meeting on campus, allowing students to get a taste of what to expect when a chapter is established on campus. This introductory meeting was organized by FMU student Camille Sands, who understands the importance of building strong communication skills. To start a chapter, at least 20 members are required. Sands hopes to launch a chapter by next semester – Lions let’s get involved!

National PRSSA President, Brian Price visited FMU on Thursday, March 27.  Brian gave a presentation to communication students, toured our campus, enjoyed lunch with our students and met university officials.  Price who has been national PRSSA president since May 2013, is a second-year graduate student at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. He received a bachelor’s degree in communications and is now completing his master’s degree in public administration. He has held numerous leadership positions in PRSSA and has visited chapters across the nation, focusing on training leaders, sharing ideas across campuses, fundraising and helping chapters recruit members. He currently serves as a graduate assistant for the NMU director of communications and interned in the Chicago office of Porter Novelli.  Connie Crowther, PRSA Miami President, accompanied Brian during his visit to FMU.

National PRSSA President, Brian Price

On Wednesday, March 26 FMU’s PRSSA members attended the PRSA Miami/PRSSA/NewPRos Event at Florida International University Biscayne Bay Campus.  PRSA National Chair-Elect Kathy Barbour, APR, of Baptist Health in Miami, and National PRSSA President Brian Price addressed participants.  In addition, our students were able to network with public relations professionals and peers FIU and UM.  The event marked the first official activity for the PRSA Miami New PRofessionals/NewPRos group for professionals in the early stages of their careers.

FMU PRSSA members with Connie Crowther, PRSA Miami President

Photo – FMU PRSSA members with Connie Crowther, PRSA Miami President

Wednesday March 26, 2014 Reslife’s Male Resident Assistants organized the second “GAME NIGHT” for all FMU students to be involved in. This event was highly requested all semester by students after the first “GAME NIGHT”success. To make it a CoEd activity this event took place in Building 1 lobby where there were  games, music, food, prizes and a lot of fun. It was planned by the students, supervised by students and for the students. There were over 80 students in attendance and everyone enjoyed the event. We should be extremely proud of the students who took the initiative to organize the event, and at least one of the organizers, L.T. Smith, who invested his personal resources to make sure it was a success! Special thanks to the Residence Life RA’s who are part of making our school a Safe, Friendly, Fun and Educational living environment.

The Office of Academic Affairs’ Centers for Academic Support & Retention (CASR)announces completion of the State Farm sponsored financial literacy workshops for spring 2014. Nine FMU students, Natasha Norman, Akeila Thomas, Kadesha David, Shaquille Malone, Kervin Joanel, Monique De Leon, Cheyenne Walker and Kashundra Flatts will be awarded $500.00 prizesfor attending all workshops, training on the use of Bloomberg Terminals for stock trading and submitting written reflections of their learning experience. Two additional business students led the Bloomberg trainings.

Thanks to State Farm for its $5,000.00 sponsorship and the assistance of agents Mrs. Lakitsia Gaines and Beverly Crawford. Additionally, Shashuna Jones, an FMU business graduate and a State Farm agent-in-training, shared her work experiences and financial knowledge with students. Special thanks to Dr. Abbas Entessari, Ms. Kim Tarver and CASR staff.

Top radio personalities visit FMU class!

Three key executives from South Florida’s top radio stations provided valuable information on careers and internships to students enrolled in Fundamentals of Radio/TV Production on April 3, 2014. They are:  Derrick Baker, program director/WEDR 99 JAMZ; Phil Michaels-Trueba, program director/WHQT Hot 105; and Jerry Rushin, Cox Media Group Miami former vice-president/market manager. Rushin, who has 42 years of radio experience, urged the students to first have a love for the career they choose. “You must love what you do,” he said. He noted that getting paid for doing what you love is even sweeter. Baker and Michaels-Trueba shared programming insights that have made the two stations the preferred choice for listeners in South Florida for decades. The visitors interacted with students during a question and answer period.  Earlier, they toured the radio studio and classroom on the first floor of the Lehman Building and pledged their support to the radio program.

Top radio personalities visit FMU class

It gives me great pleasure to announce that the application for the patent on inhibitors of the gluconeogenic enzyme, phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase, has been awarded to Dr. Rose Stiffin! Further, Dr. William Earl McHenry was awarded a patent on the research Dr. Stiffin did to earn my Master’s degree in Organic Chemistry. This represents a great opportunity to showcase the STEM area of the university.


FMU Students to compete in upcoming FAU Business Plan Competition for  prizes totaling $250,000.

On April 10th and 11th, FMU students: Trendolyn Hopkins, Juan Brown, Michael Baptiste, H.E. Neter Kushben Alkebulan will compete in the FAU Business Plan competition. The group will make an elevator pitch and a team presentation regarding their Fresh start Beverage Company. They will compete against six other collegiate student entrepreneurs.  Let’s give them our full support!

To learn more about Fresh Start Beverage Company  and the FAU Business Plan competition  please click the attached links.

Dr. Roslyn Clark ArtisHave a Blessed Week!

Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis
President – Florida Memorial University

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