Volusia Volunteers in Medicine and Bethune-Cookman University Celebrate Five Years of Providing Free Healthcare to Uninsured Volusia County Residents

On Thursday, May 23, 2019, from 6-8 p.m., Volusia Volunteers in Medicine (VVIM) Board of Directors and Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) will host a celebration for local and surrounding communities marking five years of service providing free healthcare to working uninsured residents in Volusia County. The evening reception will take place at the Volusia Volunteers in Medicine Health Care Clinic located in the B-CU Odessa Chambliss Center for Health Equity, located at 113 Lockhart Street in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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B-CU Delivers Results Based Accountability Training to Human Service Providers in Orange County

B-CU faculty members Dr. Nichole Jones, Dr. Randy Nelson, and Dr. Kideste Yusef, developed and delivered Results Based Accountability (RBA) training for the Orange County Community and Family Services Department. Resulting from an independent Youth Needs Assessment study, Orange County allocated $20 million to address the service gaps and needs of youth and families. 

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B-CU Inducts Its Largest National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice Student Chapter

Student organizations provide a myriad of benefits and enhance the B-CU campus community. Namely, they provide opportunities to engage around common interests and develop leadership skills. On April 17 2019, 24 students were inducted into the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ), B-CU Student Chapter, making it the largest induction in the organization’s three-year history. 

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B-CU Male Development Institute Hosts Youth Summit in Ft. Pierce, Florida

Male youth in Ft. Pierce, Florida, were treated to a youth summit Jermaine L. McKinney, Director of the B-CU Male Development Institute, along with staff and students he coordinated and facilitated a Youth Summit for approximately 45 young males residing in and around the Ft. Pierce, Florida, and the Treasure Coast —Indian River, St. Lucie, and Martin Counties — areas as a part of the "Power of the Tie" tour. The event was held at the Performance-Based Preparatory Academy School in Ft. Pierce, where Dr. Arthur Jamison is the principal. The purpose of the summit was to provide an array of engaging, motivational, and educational workshops for the youth participants. 

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Dr. Elizabeth Congdon Awarded National Science Foundation Fellowship

Dr. Elizabeth Congdon was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF)fellowship for research and faculty development at the La Selva Research Station in Costa Rica. Selected faculty from Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) institutions become part of the La Selva research community comprised of Organization for Tropical Studies staff, independent researchers, Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) field mentors, faculty course leaders, and other visitors that converge at La Selva to lead a myriad of research and educational programs.

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B-CU Spring Commencement Honors Nearly 350 Graduates

Bethune-Cookman University honored nearly 350 graduating students at the 76th Spring 2019 Commencement on Saturday, May 11, 2019. The revelry of families outside the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center embodied the fruition of generational hopes and dreams. Faculty and staff joined with hundreds of family members and friends to celebrate this milestone achievement.

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B-CU Hosts Accounting Careers and Awareness Program Residency Week for High School Students from June 23-28, 2019

B-CU will host the Accounting Careers and Awareness Program (ACAP) Residency Week June 23 –28, 2019. for Florida minority high school students that will be juniors or seniors by fall 2019, with a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.2. ACAP Residency Week is a one-week motivational and educational program held annually to introduce students to accounting, finance, economics, and management through a customized curriculum involving guest lecturers from the business community. Students will live on campus each night of the camp.

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Alumnus Carl Reeds Accepted to University of South Florida's Master's in Criminology

Carl Reeds, a fall 2018 Criminal Justice major, Pre-Law minor, from Cherrylake, Florida, has been accepted into University of South Florida's Master's in Criminology program for fall 2019. He is awarded a full tuition waiver and $6,000 assistantship per year. Reeds is paired with Xavier Burch, a 2016 B-CU alumnus, who is a Master of Arts graduating senior at USF, and will begin the PhD program for Criminal Justice at USF next semester.

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Robotics Club Competes in IEEE SoutheastCon Robotics Competition

Twelve students from the B-CU Robotics Club in the College of Science Engineering and Mathematics (CSEM) traveled to Huntsville, Alabama, April 11 –April 14, 2019, to compete in the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) SoutheastCon Robotics Competition. The B-CU team placed 10 out of 44 schools participating in the competition. The students won second place against the competing schools from Florida, and out of Volusia County B-CU brought home first place. 

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B-CU Alumnus, Reverend Dr. Daran Mitchell to Serve as 2019 Consecration Speaker

Dr. Daran Hernandez Mitchell will serve as the Consecration speaker on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 7 p.m. at Gertrude Heyn Chapel. He is a native of Tampa, Florida, where he received his Christian nurturing by way of the Hood Temple A.M.E. Zion Church.  It was at Hood Temple, where Daran accepted Christ and his call to the ministry at age 15, preached his trial sermon at age 16 and has now been preaching the gospel for thirty 30 years.            

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Bethune-Cookman University Announces New President

Dr. E. LaBrent Chrite will become the seventh president of Bethune-Cookman University, following a national search. He will take office effective July 1, 2019.

Chrite will be stepping down as dean at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business in June. He previously served as dean at Montclair State University in New Jersey, and has held leadership positions at the University of Arizona-Tucson and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

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Project Pericles Participants from Bethune-Cookman University Place in New York Public Speaking/Civic Engagement Competition

Project Pericles is a vibrant consortium of colleges and universities that promotes civic engagement within higher education.  Project Pericles’ collaborate with colleges to encourage faculty to incorporate civic engagement and social responsibility into the curriculum, and to empower students as effective advocates and leaders.  

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