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March | 3.16.2020
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Student Reminders
Take the NSSE Survey
Students please check your emails to complete the National Survey of Student Engagement. Students will have the opportunity to win one of fifteen prizes, including a $100 gift card!

ATTENTION Student Scholarship Portal is Now Open

The scholarship application window is April 1 through May 29, 2020, please encourage your students to apply.

Visit our website or the foundation site to learn more. There will be an essay component and an area where students will need to request recommendations. Please encourage this in each of your classes.
Save the Date | Faculty & Students
Mandatory Freshman Seminar | COE | Updates due to COVID-19

Our freshman seminar format may be changed due to the impact from the COVID-19. At this time we will have a Zoom meeting with the freshman on March 25th. The April date may change as well.

Zoom On In | ONLINE Updates Forthcoming
March 25th 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
GEC A209
Popcorn and Pop In
Tuesday, April 14th
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
GEC A209
Staff Spotlight of the Week | Ms. Andrea Day
Here are a few highlights from our staff member of the week Ms. Andrea Day!
How do you see your role in the College of Education?
I see my role as a very supportive role. As part of the Office of Assessment and Accountability I assist in making the assessment process go as smoothly as possible, I run data reports and provide information for programs to help facilitate the process of reporting to our accrediting agencies (DOE, CAEP). I provide Taskstream support to our faculty and to students when they need assistance. I support the team as much as I can when called upon in various capacities. 
What is one of your favorite student interactions this year within the COE?
I don’t really see students very often, so I enjoy every interaction. I want to convey to them that they are important, whatever issues they have are important to us, and I want to help resolve them as quickly and effectively as possible so they can focus on their studies. I especially love it when I see a student from my hometown. I want to be sure they know that I am in their corner and I will support them in whatever way they need.
What do you like to do in your leisure time?
I like to read. I will do various crafts sometimes, like crochet. I also like to travel and spend time with family and friends.
What is a unique skill you have that no one would ever guess about you?
Dancing. I like many types of dance, but I danced ballet for 10 years. .
Spotlight on Student Success | Alumni Highlight
Gari Tookes, Ph.D.
Dr. Gari Tookes, a Miami, Florida native, completed his Bachelor and Masters of Social Work degree at Florida State University. He is also a Florida A & M University alumni, as he completed his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership, Administration and Counseling. Dr. Tookes started his career in academia August 2018 as an Assistant Professor in FAMU’s Department of Social Work. He serves on the FAMU’s Medical Marijuana Steering Committee, University Graduate Council, University Research Committee; chairs the MSW Admissions Committee and MSW Curriculum Committee, co-advisor of the FAMU’s Gospel Choir, Board Member of Big Bend Cares, Inc. and Carepoint, and the Greater Bond Neighborhood Association Economic Impact and Resident Empowerment Committee. 

In 2019, he was elected to serve as Chair of FAMU’s Department of Social Work, but was promoted to Director of the Masters of Social Work program. He is a recipient of the Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative grant, has several publications in the area of education, has presented at a number of social work related conferences and continues to work toward the prize of a high calling. 

Dr. Tookes served in many juvenile and criminal service capacities in the Big Bend region. He has an extensive background in behavioral health, is a licensed clinical social worker, a master’s certified addiction professional and has worked with the 2nd judicial court system, community-based providers, and state agencies to increase service capacity in rural counties in efforts to reduce recidivism.

Dr. Tookes also lead four of FAMU's MSW graduate students to program design a nd write the grant  for Gadsden County Criminal Justice Diversion Project . Recently, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced the $1.2 million dollar grant which will be a great opportunity to set the tone for systems collaboration to address a state and nation wide epidemic in behavioral health. 

Congratulations to Dr. Tookes and the MSW graduate students for making this grant possible and for their noteworthy service to our community. Please read more about the Big Bend region grant here.
Student Success & Engagement
POSTPONED for FALL | FAMU COE LLC Scholars Prepare to Meet Howard School of Education Scholars in Washington, DC
Our College of Education, Living Learning Community will be exposed to history, scholarship and service during our upcoming trip to Washington, DC. Dr. Ameenah Shakir and the LLC Scholars will travel April 7th-10th. During the scholarly excursion they will meet Howard University School of Education Scholars, tour the National African American History Museum, visit Prince George's County Schools and perform a service-learning project.
Faculty Engagement | Research and Service Opportunities
Florida History Day 2020- Call for Judges
The 2020 Florida Historic event is currently looking for staff and graduate students to judge student competitors (grades 6-12) to represent Florida at the National History Day Competition. Judges can volunteer on either May 3rd or May 4th at Tallahassee Community College.

Event and registration info here
More about National History Day here
Call for Papers
The Bulletin is accepting papers for their biannual, peer reviewed journal. All scholars who study issues concerning the black Diaspora and related events are encouraged to participate. The topic for 2020 is "We Want Black Studies ": Celebrating 50 years of African American Studies at FAMU. Please click the link to read the complete flyer from the Meek-Eaton Research Center.

Faculty Reminders | Important Messages
Coronavirus CoVID-19 | University Update
Faculty & Staff Update
Florida A&M University (FAMU) has suspended all University-related travel to China, South Korea, Italy, Iran and Japan for students, faculty, administration and staff, effective immediately.
We will continue to monitor this outbreak and provide updates to the campus community as needed. There are no FAMU students or faculty currently studying or teaching in China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, and Japan. 
Students and faculty involved in Study Abroad programs should contact the Office of International Education and Development (OIED) immediately for more information.
Students, faculty and staff who are planning trips for Spring Break should consult with the OIED for more advisory information at 850-599-3295.
University sponsored travel to countries with a CDC Warning Level 3 or a U.S. Department of State Advisory Level 3 or 4 will not be approved.
If you are suffering from a respiratory illness or fever please stay home. We will work with supervisors, deans and faculty to accommodate individuals who are ill. 
For further updates visit
ALL Employee Mandatory Training

FAMU Office of Ethics and Compliance Overview
 Ensure you are in compliance. Please read the documents here for information on the FAMU Code of Conduct and proper workplace ethics.

Some tips, as you navigate through the training modules:
  1. Trouble Accessing Videos?
  2. If you are having trouble accessing the videos, try copying the url and paste it into either Firefox or Microsoft Edge.
  3. Thank You Emails
  4. In addition to a certificate for each module, you will receive an email thanking you for completing the training module.
  5. Want Access to Resource Links?
  6. During this training period, you will have had access to a number of links across the modules. We have compiled all the links into the attached document for your future reference.
Affordability Counts | Textbook Affordability Program
 The Affordability Counts Day Online Conference that will be held on Wednesday, March 25 th . The conference will address measure to reduce textbook costs and make textbooks more affordable. The BOG is recommending alternative ways to lower textbook cost that should not exceed $20/credit hour. 
Visit this link to learn more.
Opportunities for Student Research & Engagement
Stay tuned for future opportunities!
Upcoming Campus Events
30 Year Anniversary | Black Male College Explorers Program
The Black Male College Explorers program will celebrate its 30th year of service to young men across Florida. Please plan to attend and share in this wonderful celebration for the achievement of students from throughout the state and region.
June 27th and 28th, 2020
Dean's Travel Dates
Dean Watson will be out of the office on the following dates:

March 18- March 23, 2020 | Personal Leave | This may be changed due to Crisis Management.

If you need to contact Dean Watson during these times, please use the email
College of Education | STRIKE Vision Plan
S |   STRATEGIC INITIATIVES - The FAMU COE will align closely with the university vision and mission to implement programs designed to increase academic achievement across undergraduate and graduate programs. Increase the teacher pipeline by partnering with our local districts and those across the state.
T |   TRUST -  The FAMU COE will build trust and offer transparency to our internal campus community and external school and community partners. We will build programs and engage others with truthful and meaningful practices.
R |   RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION -  Recruitment and Retention | The FAMU COE will tackle the national and state teacher shortage crisis and implement new strategies to recruit and retain teacher education majors. We will grow our graduate programs and be proactive in identifying the needs and gaps in state certification and test achievement. We will create pathways for gains from our education candidates and follow them into successful careers.
I |   INNOVATION AND RESEARCH -  The FAMU COE will create innovative and immersive learning experiences for our learners will promoting a solid research agenda and providing rich research expertise. We will provide rich teaching and learning with immersive technology for undergraduate and graduate programs.
K |  K-20 SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIPS -  The FAMU COE will work closely as a key partner with FAMU DRS and surrounding county schools to identify the needs of the educational community and utilize our faculty, staff, and students to meet those needs.
E |   ENGAGEMENT IN THE COMMUNITY, THE STATE AND THE NATION -  The FAMU COE will increase the number of privately funded scholarships to support our students and faculty by promoting our programs and creating forums for exposure and visibility.
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