Press Releases - 2014
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.