FSU, FAMU, TCC receive millions in record $101.5 billion state budget
The $101.5 billion budget signed last week by Gov. DeSantis includes major victories for Florida State, Florida A&M and Tallahassee Community College. One of the big winners was the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, which received $14,649,185.
Here are other items included in the 2021-2022 state budget:
Florida State University:
- Grants and Aids; $521,672,660
- Lottery fund; $71,303,155
- College of Medicine: $51,190,268
- FSU College of Business Building (Legacy Hall): $30,500,000 (PECO funding)
- Interdisciplinary Research Commercialization Building: $23,492,086 (PECO funding)
- Nationally Ranked Operational Enhancement: $15 million
- Institute for Child Welfare: $10 million
- FSU College of Medicine (Autism Program): $1.2 million
- Institute of Politics: $1 million
- College of Medicine, Lottery funds; $824,574
- Student Veterans Center: $500,000
- Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources Centers; $450,000
- Boys and Girls State Housing: $200,000
- Cultural and Museum grants: $193,328
Florida A&M University:
- Grants and Aid: $134,242,342
- Lottery Funds: $26,908,721
- Brooksville Research Station: $1.6 million (nonrecurring)
- Crestview Education Center: $1.5 million (recurring)
Tallahassee Community College:
- Florida College System Program Fund: $26,719,153
- Florida College System (Lottery): $5,576,841
- Florida College System-Student Success Initiatives: $931,929
- $500,000 for a nursing program expansion (nonrecurring)
- TCC District Board of Trustees: $60,132 (cultural and museum grants)
Florida State junior earns coveted Hollings scholarship award
Florida State University junior Abril Hunter is the latest FSU student to receive the nationally competitive Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The scholarship includes up to $19,000 of academic assistance over two years and a 10-week, paid summer internship with NOAA.
As a high school student matriculating to FSU, Hunter earned a Presidential Scholar award, the university’s premier undergraduate merit scholarship.
Hunter is an environmental science and policy major from Belleville, Illinois.
Hunter already has practice developing her skills as a public policy researcher and analyst. As part of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, she investigated the effectiveness of recycling messages in Florida cities and counties, looking at how their communication had changed over time.
The Hollings Scholarship was established in 2005 to honor Ernest F. Hollings, a U.S. Senator from South Carolina and advocate of ocean policy and NOAA.
FSU Faculty Senate honors supporters with Torch Awards
Florida State University’s Faculty Senate honored five members of the university community May 24 with the Torch Award for their contributions to furthering academic excellence at FSU.
FSU President John Thrasher commended the winners and their devotion to the university during Monday’s event.
The award is named for the three torches depicted in the university’s seal. The three categories of Torch Awards are: Vires, representing moral, physical and intellectual strength; Artes, conveying an appreciation of aesthetics and the beauty of intellectual pursuits; and Mores, symbolizing respect for customs, character and tradition.
This year, the Faculty Senate conferred two Vires, two Mores and one Artes awards.
The honorees are:
Paula Peters Smith and William “Bill” Godfrey Smith (Mores).
Fred Flowers and his sister, Doby Flowers (Vires).
Dorothy Jenkins (Artes).
FAMU names Darius Young interim director at Black Archives
Darius Young, an associate professor of history and Quality Enhancement Plan director at Florida A&M University, has been named interim director for Florida A&M University’s Meek-Eaton Black Archives.
Young is temporarily replacing Nashid Madyun, who resigned from the position last month to become executive director at Florida Humanities.
Young earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Memphis in 2011, and his bachelor’s degree in African American/Black Studies from FAMU.
Young is an author and historian of black political movements during the 20th century.
A national search has begun to permanently fill the role.
FAMU students to benefit from SVB Financial Group scholarships
Select Florida A&M University students will be eligible for full scholarships beginning this fall under a new program by SVB Financial Group, the parent company of Silicon Valley Bank.
Florida A&M is one of four universities chosen by the financial giant to share in $5 million designated for the University Scholarship Program scholarships that covers full tuition and room and board.
Other universities benefitting are Arizona State University, Tulane University and Xavier University of Louisiana.
An SVB Financial Group spokeswoman said FAMU will receive $500,000 this fall and in fall 2022 for the scholarships.
Scholarship recipients also will participate in a paid summer internship at SVB locations, with housing costs also covered.
Money for the scholarships is derived from a portion of the fees SVB collected from participating in the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program.
FAMU also is one of the company’s recruiting partners for its Associate Development Program. Silicon Valley Bank is used by 50 percent of the country’s venture-backed tech and life science companies.
FAMU sets commencement dates for Summer 2021; 2020 grads
Florida A&M University will hold commencement ceremonies for summer 2021 and 2020 graduates the weekend of July 30-August 1.
According to the schedule, commencement ceremonies for all summer 2021 graduates will be held at the Al Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center 6 p.m. Friday, July 30.
The 9 a.m. Saturday, July 31 commencement ceremony will celebrate 2020 School of Business & Industry, College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health, and School of Environment graduates.
A 3 p.m. Saturday, July 31 ceremony will feature College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities graduates and a military commissioning ceremony.
At 9 a.m. on Sunday Aug. 1, 2020 graduates from the College of Science and Technology, College of Agriculture and Food Sciences, School of Architecture and Electrical Technology, School of Journalism & Graphic Communication, School of Nursing , and the College of Engineering will be celebrated.
The final ceremony of the summer commencement season will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1 when 2020 graduates of the College of Education, College of Law and the School of Allied Health Sciences will be honored.
Summer 2021 grads need to apply by July 9.
All 2020 grads need to register to participate by June 18. 2020. Graduates can register at: https://bit.ly/3g2hcmZ
TCC offering $50 Amazon gift cards for those enrolling before June 30
The first 1,000 students who register for six or more credit hours at Tallahassee Community College for Fall 2021 will receive an electronic $50 gift card from Amazon email delivery.
The offer is effective June 7 through June 30.
Students will receive an email directly from Amazon to their TCC email account within two weeks of class registration.
This $50 enrollment incentive is combined with millions of Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) dollars that TCC has reserved for current and future students throughout the Fall 2021 semester.
First year or students who start at TCC in the Fall can use the HEERF grants for everything from tuition and books to child care, housing, computers and more.
Information on the grants can be found at www.tcc.fl.edu/WeCare.
TCC is offering workshops to transform employees to bosses
This month, Tallahassee Community College Workforce Development Division is offering workshops for entrepreneurs and small business owners, with a special emphasis on starting a business in the trades.
The TCC series includes three workshops that are each three to four hours in length: Computer Basics, Creating Your Own Website, and Starting Your Own Business in the Trades.
The workshops are supported through a grant from First Commerce Credit Union as part of the Spark! Igniting Entrepreneurs initiative and will be held at the TCC Center for Innovation in downtown Tallahassee.
The series includes:
Computer Basics: Starts June 7. To register, visit visit www.tcc.fl.edu/computerbasics.
Creating Your Own Website: Starts June 14. To register, visit www.tcc.fl.edu/createwebsite.
Starting your Own Business in the Trades: Starts June 21. To register, visit www.tcc.fl.edu/ownbusiness.
For more information on the workshops in the entrepreneurship series, call 850-201-8760.
Contact senior writer Byron Dobson at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @byrondobson.
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