Congresswoman Frederica Wilson Awarded Honorary Doctorate Degree by Bethune-Cookman University

Rep. Wilson hooded at BCU Graduation

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – Congresswoman S. Wilson (FL-24), was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Bethune-Cookman University (BCU) for her contributions to society and commitment to service at the BCU fall commencement ceremony on Saturday, December 10, 2016, in the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center in Daytona Beach.  The degree was presented by BCU President Dr. Edison O. Jackson, and Board of Trustees Chairperson Dr. Joe Petrock.

Wilson has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Fisk University, a Master of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Miami, and an Honorary Doctorate degree from Florida Memorial University.




April 3, 2015- Daytona Beach, Florida - The Daytona Beach Police Department responded to an early morning shooting in the 300 block of Henry Butts Street. The off-campus incident did result in four B-CU students being injured and taken to the hospital. The students are currently recovering and all parents have been notified. While this unfortunate occurrence did take place off campus, B-CU administrators and the public safety department are proactively involved with this investigation. President Jackson is deeply concerned with the violence within the surrounding communities and will take the necessary steps to quickly address the challenges that pose threats to the safety of the campus and students. "We are proud to be a part of this community. Essentially, it is an extension of our campus. We have a long and rich connection and we want to work together to find healthy alternatives for both our campus and the community," says President Edison O. Jackson.

President Jackson and his leadership are continuously strengthening their policies and procedures and have complete confidence in their public safety department to keep their campus and students safe and secure. In addition, the president is looking into creating more opportunities to keep students involved with events and recreational activities on campus. The university is committed to increasing its efforts to eradicate violence and negative influences on its campus and within the community. President Jackson plans to meet with key influencers and policy makers to explore the available resources and to discuss future improvement plans.

Inaugural Florida Classic HBCU Summit Sun. 11/23



A historic and important conversation is scheduled for the weekend of The Florida Classic 2014 in Orlando, FL. The presidents of the four HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) in Florida are the featured panelists for a discussion at the inaugural State of the Florida Black Colleges and Universities Summit.
In an effort to further its mission of supporting HBCUs, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) has agreed to sponsor the summit. TMCF is a nonprofit organization that helps nearly 300,000 students attending its 47 member-schools that include publicly-supported HBCUs, medical schools, and law schools.

The summit is a public forum that brings together the presidents of Florida’s four HBCUs to discuss strategies for improving retention and graduation. This inaugural conversation will be held at the Rosen Centre in Orlando on Sunday, November 23rd at 10:30 a.m., during the weekend of the Florida Blue Florida Classic 2014.

Since its inception, TMCF has raised over $200 million for programmatic support, capacity building support, and scholarships for its member-schools and the students matriculating on those campuses. A partnership with the Florida HBCU summit gives TMCF an opportunity to better serve the HBCU community and advance efforts that improve educational outcomes.

TMCF joins the Tom Joyner Foundation, Florida A&M University, Bethune-Cookman University, Edward Waters College, and Florida Memorial University in supporting this landmark event. The current presidents of the four institutions are - Dr. Elmira Mangum - Florida A&M; Dr. Edison O. Jackson - Bethune-Cookman; Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis - Florida Memorial; Nathaniel Glover - Edward Waters.

Education legend Dr. Harold E. Guinyard succumbs

Dr. Harold E. "Hal" Guinyard
Dr. Harold E. "Hal" Guinyard

Dr. Harold E. "Hal" Guinyard passed away on Thursday, May 1, 2014. He will be remembered for the number of people he helped including students and adults. He began his career with Miami-Dade County Public Schools in 1957. Early in his career he taught fourth grade at Douglas Elementary School, and physics, chemistry, and biology at North Dade Junior-Senior High School. He proudly served as assistant principal at Miami Norland (1968-69) and principal at both Miami Northwestern (1969-73) and Miami Central High Schools (1978-83).  He also served as a region administrator until his retirement in 1995. 
A proud alumnus of Bethune-Cookman University, was a devoted member of the Baha'i Faith, and a loyal member of the 100 Black Men of South Florida, Rotary Club of Hialeah/Miami Springs, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
Visitation and funeral services will be held at New Birth Baptist Church, 2300 NW 135th Street in Miami.  Visitation: Friday, May 9, 2014 from 6pm to 8pm.  Funeral Service: Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 11am.  Burial will be held at Hollywood Memorial Gardens North Cemetery. Royal Funeral Home will be direct the funeral.  Their address is 17475 NW 27th Avenue, Miami 33056, 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Dr. Harold Guinyard's name to:  
Bethune-Cookman University
Institutional Advancement
640 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114-3099
100 Black Men of South Florida, Inc. 
c/o Steven Henriquez, Treasurer
5825 Sunset Drive #201
South Miami, FL 33143
Safe Space 
c/o Hialeah/Miami Springs Rotary
P.O. Box 1635
Hialeah, FL 33011-1635


FAMU President James Ammons Resigns

Dr. James Ammons
Yesterday was emotional for those of us who love Florida A&M University. It came as no surprise that FAMU Marching 100 drum major Robert Champion’s parents filed a lawsuit against the University for their son’s death because of a hazing ritual last November after the Florida Classic football game against Bethune-Cookman in Orlando. The Champions have been vigilant about ending hazing at FAMU and “cleaning house” at the University from top to bottom. Former Marching 100 band director Dr. Julian White retired two months ago and now Dr. Ammons stepped down, perhaps that will provide some level of satisfaction to the Champions and allow FAMU to move forward.

Recent repeated media publication of recommendations for suspension of the Marching 100 from performing in last year’s Florida Classic that were ignored was very damaging to Dr. Ammons and FAMU. Add to that, news about the low graduation rate at the University, controversy about financial problems while Ammons headed North Carolina Central University and threats of investigation by a legislative panel are just some of the challenges Ammons was faced with. It’s also important to keep in mind that the report on the FDLE investigation of University finances and band operations has yet to be made public.  

It goes without saying that FAMU’s challenges will not end because of the resignation of Dr. Ammons. The FAMU Board of Trustees will meet next Monday, July 16, 2012 at 9 a.m. to address next steps as the University moves forward with finding Dr. Ammons’ successor. The call-in number is 1-800-309-9169 and the conference ID number is 10542700.

Dr. Ammons will remain on staff as a tenured professor; his resignation is effective October 11. Stay tuned. 


UM wins 45-14 in football matchup with BCU

With a rather sparse crowd at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens and the audience watching on ESPNU, the University of Miami Hurricanes beat the Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats 45-14. Sure, the score appears to have been a butt-whipping but it does not depict the play of both teams during the game.

There was an expectation that UM would totally dominate and decimate BCU but that was not the case. Cookman started out with a lot of energy and actually owned the game during the first quarter. The Canes slowly gained momentum and came up with the win. It was an ugly win but a win nonetheless.

As a die-hard Rattler, I must give Bethune credit for representing the MEAC well. The FAMU-BCU trash-talking will definitely advance to another level until the Florida Classic on November 19 in Orlando. Stay tuned.

Countdown to Florida Classic 2010 [VIDEO]

It’s about that time again. The weekend before Thanksgiving is Florida Classic Weekend and fans of in-state rivals Florida A&M Rattlers and Bethune-Cookman Wildcats will gather in Orlando for the largest celebration of black college football in the world. Bragging rights for the football game victory as well as half-time between the marching bands began months ago. There is no rivalry like that between Bethune and FAMU --- not even the rivalry between Florida and FSU compares.


This year the Wildcats are expected to win the football game since they have been beating up on other teams really bad this year. On the other hand the Rattlers have a decent record but have squeaked by in several victories. Regardless of what happens on the field, the Orlando area will benefit from the millions that will be spent by the fans. As usual there are a number of official Florida Classic events and a slew of unofficial events that the two universities will not see a penny of revenue from.

Related Link: The Official Site of the Florida Classic 

Big sports weekend

This is a big sports weekend and MSM will not cover some of it. Let's start with last night's nationally televised match-up of Bethune-Cookman and North Carolina A&T in Daytona on ESPN-U. As expected, Cookman slaughtered A&T 67-17 and the Wildcats have already proclaimed themselves MEAC champs and victors over my alma mater, Florida A&M, in the upcoming Florida Classic in Orlando. Speaking of FAMU, it's Homecoming Weekend 2010 and that means lots of folks headed to Tally to see the Marching 100 (At HBCUs, half-time is game time!) and partake in Homecoming festivities.

Locally, the sports focus is of course on the season home opener of the Miami HEAT. LeWadeBosh is front and center in the minds of sports fanatics who love the Dream Team and the Heat haters also. It will truly be a circus with the high profile entertainment and let's hope there are no issues because of the protest of City of Miami budget cuts by police and firefighters. Congrats to local hero, Udonis "UD" Haslem who was named team captain along with Dwayne Wade.

Don't forget high school football as the Miami Central Rockets, my Alma mater also, face some team from Prattville, AL at TPS. Central is one of the top rated high school teams in the USA so that game will surely be watched by fans, sports enthusiasts and college recruiters.

Whatever you choose to do this weekend, make sure you vote in the General Election and be safe out there.

MSM - mainstream media
HBCU - historically-black college or university
MEAC - Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
TPS - Traz Powell Stadium

Big sports weekend

Bethune-Cookman fires head football coach Alvin Wyatt

Alvin Wyatt As predicted, Bethune-Cookman wasted no time in firing head football coach Alvin Wyatt after the embarrassing 42-6 loss to Florida A&M at the Florida Classic in Orlando on Saturday.

Wyatt, a BCU alum, has coached the Wildcats football team for the last 13 years. His termination is really not just about the string of losses to FAMU but a less than stellar start to this season and three of the last four losing seasons. There have been complaints about depth in recruiting, lack of discipline and academic focus under his leadership but Wyatt produced players that made it to the professional football ranks.  

Coach Wyatt had become an entity in and of himself with his trash-talkin' and the highly anticipated good taste challenged outfits he wore. He kept the rivalry going even if you didn't like what he said; he understood showmanship even if you didn't like the show.

Remember that Kenny Rogers song, The Gambler? "You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away..." It was past time for Wyatt to exit stage left. For sure he can leave with his head up because he is the winningest coach in BCU history and he will be missed.

Meanwhile, Bethune-Cookman alumni and supporters should be prepared to pay more for a quality coach to enhance their football program.

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