FAMU Student Participates in Citizens for Space Exploration Program in D.C.
Florida A&M University’s Danielle Jones, a mechanical engineering student in the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, was selected to participate in the Citizens for Space Exploration (CSE) program held May 15-17 in Washington, D.C.
Jones is a sophomore who has plans to work for an innovative space company and seeks to aid in citizen space exploration. Because of Jones’ dedication to space exploration, she received the opportunity to intern at the John F. Kennedy Space Center this summer, which is one of 10 NASA field centers.
“I hope to gain more knowledge as to what current legislatures are doing and are planning to do to aid space exploration for citizens,” Jones said before departing for the trip. Jones was among several students handpicked to meet with government leaders.
This year’s trip to Washington, D.C., marks the 27th annual visit for CSE. With a goal to showcase how students’ passion for aerospace discovery and technology can influence policy, the purpose of the visit was to inform Congress that not just astronauts and engineers rely on NASA.
CSE is a multi-state organization comprised of private citizens, small business owners, students, teachers, space and non-space business representatives, and county and municipal officials. Its members support America’s investment in human space exploration, with a mission to promote awareness of the benefits of America’s Human Space Exploration Program and support for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
FAMU Rugby Team Participates in First-Ever HBCU Rugby Classic
The Florida A&M University Rugby Team, led by student coach, Robert Leeks, and faculty advisor Roscoe Hightower, Ph.D., participated in the first-ever Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Rugby Classic on May 5 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The 2018 HBCU Rugby Classic was a one-day rugby event that featured teams from HBCUs around the nation, including Prairie View A&M University and Morehouse College. Thousands attended the event or streamed it live on Gift-Time Rugby Network.
The HBCU Rugby Classic is a cultural entertainment event, for sports fans and families of all ages, which puts a spotlight on community opportunity, empowerment and positive messaging.
FAMU Board Members Receive Prestigious Honors
On May 3, FAMU Board of Trustees member Dave Lawrence was honored with the prestigious 2018 Florida Blue Foundation Sapphire Award. Lawrence chairs The Children’s Movement of Florida, aimed at making children the state’s top priority for investment and decision-making. He has served on the Governor’s Children and Youth Cabinet and twice chaired the Florida Partnership for School Readiness. In 2002 and 2008 he led successful campaigns for The Children’s Trust, a dedicated source of early intervention and prevention funding for children in Miami-Dade. In 2002, he was a key figure in passing a statewide constitutional amendment to provide pre-K for all 4-year-olds. He is a board member and former chair of the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade and Monroe. Before serving as the publisher of the Miami Herald, which won five Pulitzer Prizes under his leadership, he was the publisher and executive editor of the Detroit Free Press and editor of the Charlotte Observer.
FAMU Foundation Board of Directors member John Crossman was honored by the Orlando Business Journal as one of Central Florida’s top CEOs. Crossman, who received the award on May 11, is the CEO of Crossman & Company, one of the Southeast’s leading commercial real estate firms with offices in Atlanta, Orlando, Tampa, Miami and Boca Raton. The company is focused on serving retail landlords exclusively throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Crossman & Company represents more than 395 shopping centers with over 28 million square feet under leasing and management. Crossman serves on numerous community, higher education and industry boards and has been recognized with awards including “Father of the Year” by The American Diabetes Association and “Humanitarian of the Year’” at the prestigious 2018 Eagle Awards by the African-American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida.
Also on May 11, FAMU alumnus and FAMU Foundation Board of Directors member Tirrell Whittley served as the keynote speaker at the 35th Annual Small Business Week Awards Luncheon. Whittley is the visionary and executive leader of LIQUID SOUL, which since its founding in 2001, has grown into one of the nation’s leading branded lifestyle, sports and entertainment agencies specializing in advertising, marketing, social media, and publicity. Recognized as an expert in millennial and multicultural marketing, Whittley has become a trusted advisor for those looking to find impactful ways to target cultural consumers. A trailblazer in modern marketing solutions, integrated campaigns and creative design, the agency’s distinctive value-add approach has led to substantial yearly growth for the company.