FAMU Alumna and SunTrust’s Diana Lee Caplinger Wins ‘Woman of the Year Award’ for Efforts in Tech
FAMU alumna Diana Lee Caplinger, the chief administrative officer of consumer technology for SunTrust Banks, Inc., has received Georgia’s Woman in Technology “Women of the Year Award.” The November ceremony was presented by The Coca-Cola Company.
The “Women of the Year Awards” gathers top companies at the forefront of science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) industries to recognize and announce women who demonstrate leadership and vision in business, and make a difference in our community.
This year, 37 women were honored by being nominated as a “Woman of the Year,” and 13 young girls were nominated as “Girl of the Year.” Each honoree holds a business or STEAM leadership role within an organization or has shown excellence in STEAM education studies.
FAMU Engages Nearly 2,000 High School Students During Orlando Recruitment Event
Florida A&M University (FAMU) leveraged the Florida Blue Florida Classic Weekend as an opportunity to recruit Central Florida’s best and brightest high school students. Nearly 2,000 students attended a recruitment event held at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress on November 16, and multiple top scholars learned of their acceptance into the University.
The event included a keynote from President Larry Robinson, testimonials from alumni and student leaders, a performance by the FAMU Connection, student and program displays and one-on-one chats with representatives from various colleges, schools and campus organizations. The event is a component of the President’s Fall Recruitment Tour. Enrollment at FAMU continues to climb, and applications for admission have increased by more than 20 percent, as the demand for a FAMU education continues to rise around the country.
FAMU Journalism Students Earns Prestigious Scholarship to China
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announced FAMU student Belynda Wesley among its recipients of the 2018 NABJ Les Payne Reporting Trip to China Scholarship.
The trip honors Les Payne, NABJ founder and fourth president, for his revolutionary work to encourage foreign reporting experiences. NABJ received a strong pool of candidates, but only selected five top students from across the country.
Wesley is a senior at Florida A&M University studying broadcast journalism. After transferring to FAMU, she became involved in student media with FAMU TV20 and publishing articles in the school newspaper, The FAMUan. These media outlets have given her the skills to be a successful intern at WSVN Channel 7 News and WCTV Eyewitness News, to name a few.
Wesley will receive an all-expense paid trip and join the NABJ delegation to China from Nov. 24 – Dec. 2 to expand NABJ’s work abroad, encourage and fuel foreign reporting, heighten NABJ’s visibility as a major media player, and exchange ideas, best practices and journalistic trends.