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Press Releases - 2014

B-CU Wraps Up a Successful, Summer Research Program

The B-CU Center for Undergraduate Research Excellence (CURE) Program Paired Undergraduates with Faculty Researchers for Summer Hands-On Experience

B-CU Expands Degree Offerings with Seven New Programs

Six More Online Degrees Plus a Masters in Public Health Have Been Added to the University’s Educational Line-up

Bethune-Cookman University Welcomes Dr. Joe Petrock as it's New Chairman of the Board

Petrock Brings Years of Relative Experience and Is Ready to Help President Jackson Elevate B-CU to the Next Level

B-CU Students Get Special Invite to the White House

Students Created a Toxicity Food Tester to Address the Homeless Population and Discarded Food Reliance

B-CU Shines Light on Care Givers with "Mama's Girls" Stageplay

The Acclaimed Stage Play, sponsored by AARP, Will Make a Tour Stop for the Daytona Beach Community on Sunday, June 28th

B-CU Hosts Educational Justice Conference This Summer

Bethune-Cookman University Will Host Hundreds of Teachers and Education Professionals to Take a Deeper Look into the Slow Progression of Minority Students in our Educational System

B-CU Welcomes Nearly 3,000 for Florida Annual Conference United Methodist Church

Bishop Kenneth H. Carter Will Preside Over the Conference; Reverend Adam Hamilton is Featured Speaker

B-CU Hosts Divine Nine Presidents Retreat

The Leaders Will Convene to Discuss Strategies and Address Universal Concerns This Friday and Saturday

Mother and Daughter to Graduate at B-CU Spring Commencement

Tangela Major-Finley Dropped Out 22 Years Ago to Have Her Daughter; Now She Will Walk Across the Stage with Her to Get Her Degree

Rev. John Harrington is Keynote Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient at Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) Spring Commencement

Daytona Beach, Florida – Bethune-Cookman University is preparing to graduate 325 students at its 2015 Spring Commencement Exercises at 12 noon on Wednesday, 13 May at The Ocean Center (101 North Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL). The Keynote Speaker is Reverend John W. Harrington, Chairman of Board of Trustees and also one of three Honorary Degree recipients.

B-CU College of Education/Community Affairs K-16 Initiative Wins Business Award

B-CU was recently named as winner of the Commissioner’s Business Recognition Award (CRBA)

National Society for Leadership and Success Induction Held

First Lady of Daytona Addresses Inductees; Bethune Essay Contest Winners Announced

B-CU Host 2nd Annual Male Empowerment Summit

Roland Martin, Smokie Norful, Pastor Marvin Winans, NFL Players and more to appear at B-CU

B-CU Launches CEED Venture Incubation Program

Chosen Local Businesses Will Get Free Courses to Help their Businesses Grow

B-CU Freshmen Earth Day "Plarn" Project for the Homeless

Students Will Make "Plarn" Mats and Blankets

B-CU Mourns Loss of Student

Today, we mourn the loss of a young Wildcat, Mr. Damian Parks. We ask that you keep his family, friends and loved ones in prayer.

B-CU'S Petrock College of Health Sciences Partners With Halifax Health to Offer Free Sickle Cell Screenings

The Petrock College of Health Sciences has serviced more than 30 people at its last two sickle cell screenings. The screenings are offered each month on Thursdays (second week of the month), 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. and Fridays (third week of the month) 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Odessa Chambliss Health Center

B-CU To Host Upcoming Red Tail Squadron "Rise Above" Traveling Exhibit Next Week

Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Played a Vital Role in Training Initiatives of Black Pilots in World War II

B-CU Campus and Students Reported Safe

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.

B-CU In The News: Daytona Beach library to honor James Huger

The Friends of the Library will celebrate the life and accomplishments of Dr. James Huger Sr. at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library, 105 E. Magnolia Ave., Daytona Beach.

B-CU In The News: Brown, Links tour B-CU with youth from Jacksonville

Bethune-Cookman University welcomed Congresswoman Corrine Brown, members of The Links, Inc., and 12 girls from Butler Middle School of Jacksonville to the university on Monday.

B-CU In The News: B-CU center to provide free sickle cell screenings in April, May

The Bethune-Cookman University’s Odessa Chambliss Center for Health Equity is sponsoring free sickle cell screenings for the community in April and May.

Congresswoman Corrine Brown To Visit B-CU On Monday

Brown Will Bring 12 Pre-Teenage Girls From Jacksonville to Explore the Campus and Discuss How Congress Can Help HBCUs.

Arrest Made in B-CU Shooting

Ladell Pleasure Was Apprehended by Daytona Beach Police Today

Reward increased to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest in B-CU shooting

Bethune-Cookman University, the Daytona Beach Police Department (DBPD) and the family of James Huger have put their resources together to offer a $10,000 reward for information in connection to Monday night’s shooting on the B-CU campus.

White House Honors Dr. Herbert Thompson

The White House has recognized Dr. Herbert Thompson, Dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics at Bethune-Cookman University and other faculty and staff members at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as “Champions of Change” who are finding success promoting college completion and success.

B-CU Campus Safe after Shooting

Bethune-Cookman University President Dr. Edison O. Jackson will address the B-CU family at a town hall meeting on Tuesday February 24, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. in the Performing Arts Center after a shooting left three students injured on Monday evening.

B-CU to Hold Town Hall Meeting at 10 a.m. in the PAC

Bethune-Cookman University President Dr. Edison O. Jackson will address the B-CU family at a town hall meeting on Tuesday February 24, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. in the Performing Arts Center after a shooting left three students injured on Monday evening.

B-CU to Use $1.25 Million Grant to Offer Fully Online Master's in Exceptional Education

The Bethune-Cookman University College of Education was awarded a $1.25 million Office of Special Education Personal Preparation grant. The grant will be used to launch Project Child.

B-CU Partners with EPA to Create New Programs

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) will become official partners to incorporate programs in environmental science, research, education and workforce development. The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding will be held at noon Wednesday, Feb. 18th at the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center.

UNCF Empower Me Tour Comes to B-CU on Feb. 7

The UNCF Empower Me Tour (EMT) presented by Wells Fargo – a free, traveling college- and career-readiness road show sponsored by UNCF (United Negro College Fund), the country’s largest and most effective minority education organization – will feature television entertainers Joyful Drake and Fonzworth Bentley as hosts for the Tour’s Daytona Beach stop at Bethune-Cookman University on Saturday, February 7.

Bethune-Cookman Offers Minimum Of $30,000 In Advertising Dollars To Orange Avenue Businesses

The University Will Run Free Commercial PSAs for Community Businesses Directly Affected by Orange Avenue Reconstruction Efforts

Bethune-Cookman University To Host A National Tour Stop For Students Interested In Medicine And Dentistry

The Tour for Diversity in Medicine Conference Aims to Increase Racial Diversity in the Medical Professional and Provide Vital Information on the Road to Success

The Kellogg foundation’s Dr. Gail Christopher To Address Structural Racism at upcoming Lecture Series at Bethune-Cookman University

Dr. Christopher Will Discuss Food Insecurity, Health Disparities, and Public Policy and Their Effects on our Communities

B-CU, SBA Offer Free Entrepreneurship Certificate Program

Bethune-Cookman University and the U.S. Small Business Administration North Florida are offering an Entrepreneurship Certificate program that is free and open to the public.

President, Trustees Lead Dedication of Harrison Rhodes Building

Bethune-Cookman University President Dr. Edison O. Jackson and members of the Board of Trustees gathered with guests on a cold, sunny Friday to dedicate the Harrison Rhodes Memorial Building. Attendees were serenaded by the Concert Chorale.

B-CU Forms Partnership with Volusia YMCA

Two of the area’s most visible institutions serving the community have joined forces to form a partnership they hope will benefit the area for years to come. Bethune-Cookman University and the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA Association will host signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and a press conference at 4 p.m., Jan. 14 at the Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation House.

B-CU Names Terry Sims New Head Football Coach

Terry Sims was announced as the new head coach for Bethune-Cookman University Football on Monday afternoon, in a press conference held in front of a standing room only crowd at the Larry R. Handfield Athletic Training Center. The announcement was held inside the Harold V. Lucas Hall of Fame Room.

B-CU Looks to Fill Head Coaching Vacancy

With Brian Jenkins stepping down after a highly successful run as head football coach at Bethune-Cookman University, the search has already begun to find his successor to head the Wildcats program.

Three to be Honored at Fall Commencement on Dec. 13

Bethune-Cookman University will honor Brian Lamb, president and CEO for Fifth Third Bank (Tampa Bay), philanthropist Betty Jane France and B-CU Chief of Staff Fontaine Davis with honorary degrees at the fall commencement.

B-CU to Host Community Christmas Concert on Friday

Bethune-Cookman University Chorale proudly presents Christmas at Cookman on Friday, Dec. 5 at 7:00 p.m. This free event will be held at the B-CU Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center.

Franklin Beckwith '59 Donates $60,000 to B-CU

Franklin Beckwith, who is blind, couldn’t see the expanse of the current campus. But, he said he wants to be a part of educating the next generation and contribute to the school’s growth. Thus, he proudly delivered a check for $60,000 to Bethune-Cookman University, and quietly asked that the funds be used to help current students pay for their education.

Center for Law and Justice to Hold Inaugural Event on Nov. 19

The Center for Law and Social Justice at Bethune-Cookman University will host its first official event on Wednesday, Nov. 19. The event will honor the legacy and memory of the late Virgil Hawkins, a 1940s graduate of Bethune-Cookman who was later employed as the Director of Public Relations for the institution.

President's Awards Luncheon with the Rising Stars of Turie T. Small Elementary

Bethune-Cookman University hosted the President's Award Luncheon recognizing the rising stars of Turie T. Small Elementary on Nov. 10. Students were recognized for being on the honor roll, for making academic gains, for good citizenship and for improved social skills.

Bethune-Cookman University Raised $2.53M at Tuesday night's Award Gala

Bethune-Cookman University hosted nearly 500 guests at its annual Mary McLeod Bethune Awards Gala on Tonight at the Daytona International Speedway 500 Club (1801 W International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114). The annual affair honored six awardees who have contributed to the livelihood of the community and the University.

B-CU 2014 Homecoming Set for Oct. 5 to12

Bethune-Cookman University campus will be overflowing with excitement as alumni, students, and friends enjoy a fun-filled week of Homecoming activities Oct. 5-12. This year’s theme is “110 Degrees of Wildcat Fever: Celebrating 110 years Of Greatness and the Legacy Continues.”

B-CU Celebrates 110 Years on Founder's Day

B-CU is pleased to announce the Founder’s Day program celebrating academic excellence under the theme, “110 years of Wildcat Fever: Do You See What I See?” This event will take place at 10:10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 3 in the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center.

B-CU Earns an A+ Bond Rating

Fitch Ratings Report has affirmed Bethune-Cookman University’s bond rating of A+. The strong credit rating means B-CU can borrow at a reduced rate.

Jayson Douglas Earns Prestigious Internship, Study Abroad Opportunity

Jayson Douglas, a senior majoring in political science in the School of Liberal Arts, has been presented with two prestigious opportunities this year: a U.S. Department of State internship and an impressive study abroad program.

Still Time to Apply for It's Not Too Late Scholarship

It’s Not too Late Scholarship (INTL) is pleased to launch its campaign to provide tuition relief to deserving students. TINTL is a non-profit organization located in Swansea, Ill., and founded by Bethune-Cookman University alumni Joseph and Theresa Flanders in 2009.

Dr. Jackson Takes Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS on Saturday

Bethune-Cookman University President Dr. Edison O. Jackson has accepted the ALS challenge from Embry-Riddle University President Dr. John P. Johnson to raise funds for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) research.

B-CU Students Protest Shooting in Ferguson, Mo.

Approximately 300 Bethune-Cookman University students held their hands up to protest the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. The students had gathered for an information session on Greek life at B-CU. The protest was organized by senior Reuben Rifin, of Naples, Fla.

NSF Awards B-CU $400,000 Grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $400,000 to Bethune-Cookman University for support of “Targeted Infusion Project: Developing Quantitative Expertise in the Undergraduate Biology Curriculum (QEUBiC).” The project is directed by Dr. Raphael D. Isokpehi, Dr. Elizabeth R. Congdon and Dr. Katharina C. Wollenberg Valero. The award starts August 15, 2014 and ends July 31, 2017.

McSwain Named Dean of B-CU Online College

Dr. Arletha McSwain was recently appointed as the Dean for the Online College and Professor of Education at Bethune-Cookman University. The B-CU Online College offers two fully online graduate degree programs in Transformative Leadership and Criminal Justice, and three fully online undergraduate degree program in Liberal Studies, Hospitality Management and RN to BSN.

B-CU Hosts Free Summer Academy for Local Children

Approximately 100 elementary school-age children descended on the campus of Bethune-Cookman University for a Summer Academy for rising third, fourth and fifth graders. Frolicking across the green lawns of the institution, the young students learned not only the basics such as reading, math and science, but also the importance of attending college and planning their future careers.

B-CU Student Chosen for Leadership Florida

Kevin Lewis, a senior education major in the School of Education, has been selected to participate in Class XVI of the College Leadership Florida Institute. The six-day program will be held in Orlando in August.

B-CU Announces Major Gift, Partnership with Halifax Health

Trustee Dr. Joe Petrock bequeaths $1 million to Bethune-Cookman University. The gift is the foundation of a partnership with Halifax Health.

B-CU Melds Academics, Athletics for Outstanding Season

Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats are celebrating a season that saw the melding of athletics and academics that resulted in history-making milestones.

356 Graduates Depart to Serve at Spring Commencement

Two cadets were commissioned and joined their classmates, half of who graduated with honors.

B-CU, INROADS Partner for Corporate Development Program

A new partnership between Bethune-Cookman University and INROADS will prepare college students for corporate careers.

B-CU to Host Black Male Empowerment Summit April 30-May 2

Bethune-Cookman University will bring nationally renowned speakers to the campus for a Black Male Empowerment Summit from April 30 to May 2. The summit, “Elevating the Man, While Supressing the Hood,” is free and open to the public.

B-CU's Warmack Named President of Harris-Stowe University

Dr. Dwaun Warmack, senior vice president of administration and student services at Bethune-Cookman University, has been named president of Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis. Warmack was chosen after a national search and the active participation of the university and the St. Louis community. He begins his new position on July 14.

Florida Classic Consortium Begins Prep for 2014 Contest

The Florida Classic Consortium met April 16, kicking off plans for the 2014 Florida Blue Florida Classic game between Bethune-Cookman University and Florida A&M University. This year’s game will take place November 22 at the reconstructed Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

Julianne Malveaux to Keynote B-CU Commencement on May 14

Thought leader, author and noted economist Julianne Malveaux will be the keynote speaker at the Bethune-Cookman University spring commencement. The ceremony will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 14 in the Ocean Center.

B-CU to Honor Alumnus, Trustee at Commencement on May 14

Bethune-Cookman University will honor alumnus Larry Little and Trustee Joe Petrock at its spring commencement at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 14. The ceremony will be held in the Ocean Center.

McFadden Named Senior Policy Advisor for Presidential Initiatives

Bethune-Cookman University President Dr. Edison O. Jackson is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Claudette McFadden as Senior Policy Advisor for Presidential Initiatives. McFadden has been functioning in this capacity for many months.

B-CU to Host 39th Annual Spring Concert

Bethune-Cookman University will host its 39th annual Spring Concert on Sunday, April 13 at 4 p.m., at the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

B-CU Presents Five Blessings at Mary McLeod Bethune Festival

Bethune-Cookman University will participate in the Mary McLeod Bethune Cultural Heritage Arts Festival to be held April 6 to 13 in Daytona Beach.

Mary McLeod Bethune Festival Set for April 6-13

Bethune-Cookman University will participate in the Mary McLeod Bethune Cultural Heritage Arts Festival to be held April 6 to 13, 2014 in Daytona Beach.

B-CU Joins National ‘Generation Study Abroad’ Initiative

Bethune-Cookman University is partnering with the Institute of International Education (IIE), which has officially launched Generation Study Abroad, a five-year initiative that brings leaders in education, business and governments together to double the number of U.S. college students studying abroad.

B-CU Hosts Young Fathers Conference on Feb. 27-28

Bethune-Cookman University will host and is a sponsor of the second annual Teen and Young Fatherhood Conference to be held Feb. 27 and 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

B-CU Student Named a National HBCU All-Star

Bethune-Cookman University student Shantel Braynen has been chosen by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCU) today to join its first class of HBCU All-Stars, recognizing 75 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students for their accomplishments in academics, leadership, and civic engagement.

B-CU Awarded Grant to Strengthen Writing at Local School

Bethune-Cookman University’s National Writing Project site was awarded a $20,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education for 18 months of faculty development at a high-need school.

B-CU Wildcat Day at the Capitol a Roaring Success

Hundreds of students, faculty, staff and alumni of Bethune-Cookman University descended on Tallahassee for Wildcat Day at the Capitol on March 25.

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B-CU Wraps Up a Successful, Summer Research Program

The B-CU Center for Undergraduate Research Excellence (CURE) Program Paired Undergraduates with Faculty Researchers for Summer Hands-On Experience


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