Coach Marshall
MIAMI GARDENS — Florida Memorial University’s (FMU) Women’s Basketball Head Coach Kenneth Marshall has been selected by his peers as The Sun Conference nominee for the 2012-2013 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Coach of Character Award.


Marshall started his 35-year FMU coaching career during the 1978-1979 women’s basketball campaign. He assumed head coach duties after taking over a team that was winless at that point. Within two seasons, the Lady Lions placed second in the conference title games.

He accumulated 471 victories, the fourth-most among active NAIA Division II coaches, and led his teams to three conference titles, the most recent victory coming during the 2011 campaign. Robert Smith, FMU athletic director, said he was not surprised by the coach’s nomination.

“Coach Marshall has demonstrated a strong desire to work with, teach and mold young athletes to become productive citizens of our community,” Smith said. “There have been hundreds of graduates from his teams that have gone on to complete graduate school or pursue professional careers in medicine, law enforcement and education.” 

Marshall graduated from Fort Valley State University in 1974 with a degree in  Physical Education. After graduation he served as a firefighter with the Miami-Dade County Fire Department. After 28 years of service he retired at the rank of lieutenant. He and his wife Helen have six children. 

According to Latara King, a current assistant coach and one of his former players, Marshall has more children than that. “He has been a coach, mentor, confidant and truly a father figure,” added King, who nominated her mentor for the award. “He is a man of integrity and character both on and off the court. His coaching techniques help you understand the game and also prepare you for a successful life after college.


O'Banner to serve as Acting President of FMU

Dr. Mary A. O’Banner, a senior academic administrator and chief of staff at Florida Memorial University, will serve as Acting President due to the recent release of Dr. Henry Lewis III. In this capacity, Dr. O’Banner will oversee all day-to-day operations of the University’s students, faculty and administration.

Stay tuned as the University's Board of Trustees searches for new leadership.


FMU Black Male College Explorers Program Receives AT&T Grant


FMU President Henry Lewis III and AT&T Florida President Marshall Criser pose with graduates of FMU's Black Male College Explorers Program


MIAMI GARDENS, FL. – The Florida Memorial University (FMU) Black Male College Explorers Program (BMCEP) has been awarded a $50,000 grant from AT&T that will help underwrite tutoring services, staff and activities geared toward one purpose: enhancing the skills and life trajectory of black male students.

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FMU Aviation Program Soars with New Plane Purchase

The Florida Memorial University (FMU) Aviation and Safety Department ushered in a new era of excellence with the purchase of a Cessna 172 SP airplane. The university invited institutional stakeholders and community members to help dedicate the newest addition to the South Florida skies at Miami Executive Aviation in the Opa-Locka Airport.

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FMU's School of Business Reaffirmed for Accreditation

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Florida Memorial University’s (FMU) School of Business recently earned reaffirmation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The reaffirmation is valid through 2020.

“This reaffirmation proves that our business school is credible and competitive,” said Abbass Entessari, Ph.D., dean of FMU’s School of Business. “We have a challenging and stimulating environment that is producing the next generation of business leaders.”

The university received official notification from ACBSP following an extensive process that started in 2010 and included a site visit by education and industry experts.

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Miami Bayside Foundation donates $200,000 to Florida Memorial University

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From left to right: Julian Coakley, Student Government President and FMU Trustee Member, Kareem Coney, FMU Trustee Member, Nathan Kurland, Miami Bayside Foundation Education Committee Chair, Louis McMillian, Miami Bayside Foundation Trustee Member, Michael B. Smith, FMU Trustee Member, Nicole Ewan, Miami Bayside Foundation Trustee Member, Pamela Weller, Miami Bayside Foundation Vice Chair, Bill Diggs, Miami Bayside Foundation Trustee Member, Adriene B. Wright, FMU Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Fred Jackson, FMU Trustee Member, Dr. Henry Lewis III, FMU President and Charles George, FMU Board of Trustees Chairman.


The Miami Bayside Foundation announced a gift of $200,000 to Florida Memorial University to support access to higher education for City of Miami residents. A portion of the funds, $10,000, will be immediately used for student scholarships during the upcoming 2012-2013 year, while the remaining will support the establishment of an endowment for students interested in business and entrepreneurship from the City of Miami.

Founded in 1988, the Miami Bayside Foundation seeks to stimulate economic development in the City of Miami and provide educational opportunities. As part of this mission, today’s donation will provide talented students within the city the resources needed to pursue their academic and professional goals at Florida Memorial University. 

“We are grateful to have this opportunity to partner with the Miami Bayside Foundation to give minority students from the City of Miami greater access to a high-quality education at Florida Memorial University,” said Adriene B. Wright, vice president for Institutional Advancement. “At Florida Memorial, we take pride in producing the highest return on investment for our supporters and the highest quality education for our students.”

As South Florida’s only Historically Black College or University (HBCU), Florida Memorial is also the third oldest institution of higher learning in the state. Nearly 90 percent of all undergraduate students at FMU are minority students, while the campus also serves many commuting City of Miami residents.  

“It is with great honor that the Miami Bayside Foundation announces today its partnership with one of our area’s leading institutions,” said Nathan Kurland, chairman of the Foundation’s education committee. “With such a culturally diverse student body, Florida Memorial University embodies and reflects our organization’s mission by continuing to advance our community. We are proud to assist in offering educational opportunities to thousands of students through a scholarship program.”



Florida Memorial University (FMU) students brought home the gold during the 31st Annual Bethune-Cookman University Model United Nations Conference. This year’s theme was “Ensuring Advancements in Human Rights, Technology, and Peace and Security.” Model United Nations (MUN) is an academic simulation that aims to educate participants about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations agenda.

Julian Coakley won Best Delegate for Switzerland, Danielle Terrelonge won Best Delegate for Saudi Arabia, and the Saudi Arabia delegation won Best Delegation. Winning half of the available awards, FMU’s two student delegations bested teams from Stetson University, Bethune-Cookman University, Savannah State University and other institutions. 

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FMU President Appointed to National Board of World’s Largest Medical Library

Dr. Lewis Accepts Health Secretary’s Appointment
to National Library of Medicine


United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius recently appointed Florida Memorial University (FMU) President Dr. Henry Lewis III to the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The secretary expressed “delight” in Lewis’ appointment in a formal invitation letter. He hopes his appointment inspires others.

“I am truly humbled and honored to receive this appointment,” Lewis said. “I hope this appointment inspires our students to leverage all of their available resources and opportunities so that they may achieve their dreams.”

Lewis, a nationally renowned biomedical researcher, will serve a four-year term on the Board of Regents ending August 2015.  The board serves as the advisory body to HHS, NIH and NLM on all important aspects of policy regarding the Library and is the final review body for NLM's external grant program. The Board meets three times a year in February, May and September.

“I am looking forward to serving on the board and expanding research on issues that impact our communities,” Lewis added. Lewis served on as chairman of the NLM’s environmental health and information outreach panel.


Homestead Names Biggest Park After FMU Employee

 FMU Congratulates Roscoe Warren



The Honorable Roscoe Warren, Former Homestead Mayor 

MIAMI GARDENS, FL  – Homestead residents recently celebrated the grand opening of Mayor Roscoe Warren Park. The park, named after former Mayor Roscoe Warren, is located at 1400 E. Palm Drive. It offers a variety of fields for sports, pavilions, a playground, and will soon hold two dog parks. The park is a milestone in Homestead’s Park Master Plan.

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In Business: Grand Opening of Natural Trend Setters Hair Salon

 Photos: Vanessa Woodard Byers

Here are some behind the scenes photos from the grand opening of Natural Trend Setters salon at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens on September 12. With the opening of the FMU site, the owners, sisters Simone and Trudy Hylton expanded their brand to salon number three. Their other salons are located in Fort Lauderdale and Delray Beach; that’s quite an accomplishment in an area with not nearly enough natural hair care services for black women.

While the salon’s reputation was built on natural hair care, they can create any style you desire, and they service women and men. From all indications, the FMU salon was well received by the students and the greater Miami community.

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