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May | 5.11.2020
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Today's Highlights
  • Summer Semester 2020 Starts Today
  • Faculty Member Spotlight | Mr. Jorge Olaves
  • Faculty News
  • Learning Management Systems | Tip of the Day
  • Student Orientation 2020
  • Student Spotlight
  • REMINDER: AACTE 2021 Annual Meeting
  • Announcements and much more in this issue!
Summer Semester 2020 Starts Today!
Today marks the start of Summer Semester 2020!

Despite the restrictions and challenges resulting from COVID-19, we are looking forward to an engaging semester for our undergraduate and graduate students. Excellence with caring is more than our motto, it is our way of life!

Have a great semester!
Faculty Member Spotlight | Mr. Jorge Olaves
Mr. Jorge L. Olaves Hernandez
(Coach "O")
Mr. Olaves has managed the Rattler Aquatic Center at Florida A&M University for over 30 years. Under his leadership, the Aquatic Center has been ranked number one in eight counties for the largest number of participants in safety- and aquatic-related courses. Mr. Olaves' responsibilities are many and he wears many hats, such as: Coordinator of the Aquatic Center and Director of the Aquatics Endorsement in the Health, Physical Education, & Recreation (HPER) Department. He teaches a number of courses within the HPER department.
As the Swimming and Diving Head Coach (1997-2002, 2010-2013), Coach “O” built the team from five athletes to 30 athletes. The Swimming and Diving teams achieved the recognition level of HBCU Champions and the coach with the highest number of points. The team ranked # 36 in the country on the 100-free relay and 200-medley relay. Coach "O" also qualified many swimmers and divers for the Southern States Conference Team, and he had one athlete (a diver) go to the National Regional Championships and rank #20 in the country. 

In his experience, a person active and alive is a million times more valuable than one who is neither. There is a great need to educate the masses, and by doing so lives will be saved. For this reason, Mr. Olaves became a dedicated expert in health and safety, and instructional development of curriculum in the fields of emergency care, water instruction and rescue, CPR, teacher preparation, HIV/Aids Education, diversity education, and women health and fitness studies.

Mr. Olaves inspires us with the following statements. Martin Luther King said “ The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically... Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education. ” Let us apply this thought to humanity, wherever it may apply and let us do these with “Excellence with Caring.” 
Faculty News
Dr. Aly's Conference Proposal Acceptance
Congratulations to Dr. Aly on the acceptance of his presentation proposal entitled "Sports Joint Injuries in Student-Athletes and the Mechanisms for Effective Treatment" at the Tenth International Conference on Health, Wellness, & Society at Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris.
Learning Management Systems  | Tip of the Day
Viewing Courses in Blackboard or Canvas
Faculty have the option to use either Blackboard or Canvas (not both Learning Management Systems) to teach their courses for the Summer term. Click here and follow the quick steps provided to make your course available to your students.
Student Orientation 2020
Summer & Fall 2020 Student Orientation Dates Announced
New student orientation dates for the Summer and Fall 2020 semesters have been released. The Student Orientation Program will be offered virtually and will last one hour and thirty minutes. Students are required to attend at least one orientation session.

Summer B Freshman Virtual Orientation Sessions:
  • Session I: May 19, 2020
  • Session II: May 26, 2020
  • Session III: June 2, 2020

Summer B Transfer Student Virtual Orientation Sessions:
  • Session I: May 21, 2020
  • Session II: May 28, 2020
  • Session III: June 4, 2020

Fall Freshman Orientation Sessions:
  • Session I: August 16-18, 2020
  • School of Business and Industry (Including Economics Majors)
  • School of the Environment
  • School of Journalism and Graphic Communication
  • College of Agriculture and Food Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities
  • Session II: August 19-21, 2020
  • School of Allied Health Sciences
  • School of Architecture Engineering Technology
  • School of Nursing
  • FAMU/FSU College of Engineering
  • College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • College of Science and Technology

Fall Transfer Student Virtual Orientation Sessions:
  • Session IV: June 23, 2020
  • Session V: July 14, 2020
  • Session VI: July 21, 2020

Fall Transfer Student In-Person Orientation Session:
  • Session VII: August 14, 2020
Student Spotlight
Eric Gaines Participating in Summer Dissertation Proposal Workshop
Mr. Eric Gaines , a member of the 2017 Ph.D. cohort in Educational Leadership, was accepted and will be participating in the CRW-IRP 2020 Summer Dissertation Proposal Workshop from May 15 - 22, 2020. The title of Mr. Gaines proposal is " African American Male Students and the School to Prison Pipeline ."

Howard University’s Center on Race and Wealth (CRW) and the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison Summer Dissertation Proposal Workshop is aimed at pre-proposal doctoral students in the social sciences from underrepresented racial and ethnic populations who are studying topics related to poverty or inequality in the United States. The workshop is designed to help provide students the skills, knowledge, and resources needed to prepare a dissertation proposal. Thank you to Dr. Renee Wallace for promoting this program to our doctoral candidates.
REMINDER: AACTE 2021 Annual Meeting
Call for Proposals | Research and Innovation
Here is your opportunity to engage with AACTE! The Association is currently accepting 2021 Annual Meeting session proposals and reviewer applications, nominations to serve on AACTE Committees, 2021 award nominations, and voting on revisions to the Association's bylaws and articles of incorporation. With so many opportunities available, will you answer the call to serve the profession?

Each call to action has its own deadline, so be sure to mark your calendar and click on the links below for more information:
  • The Call for Reviewers seeks qualified individuals (from AACTE member institutions only) interested in reviewing proposals this coming July and August for the 2021 Annual Meeting. 
  • Submission Deadline: May 13, 2020
  • If you are a chief representative, please take a few minutes to cast your vote on the recent revisions to the AACTE Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. 
  • Submission Deadline: May 22, 2020
  • The Call for Proposals (open to both members and nonmembers) invites proposals for sessions at the 2021 AACTE Annual Meeting. Acceptance notifications will be sent in August, and individuals with accepted proposals will be expected to register and attend AACTE's 73rd Annual Meeting in Seattle, February 26-28, 2021. 
  • Submission Deadline: May 27, 2020
  • The Call for Standing Committee Nominations invites applications from members with broad and deep experience in educator preparation to serve on the AACTE standing committees for a 3-year term starting March 1, 2021. 
  • Submission Deadline: May 29, 2020
  • The 2021 AACTE Awards Call for Entries (open to both members and nonmembers) is now open. Applications for the 2021 Outstanding Book Award are currently being accepted. 
  • Submission Deadline: June 15, 2020 (for the 2021 Outstanding Book Award)
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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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