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Welcome to another e-publications to update our alumni and other stakeholders on the exciting developments in the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s School of Journalism and Graphic Communication.

With so much to share from SJGC, I am focusing on just a few highlights in this issue:

  • SJGC Welcomes New Associate Dean 
  • SJGC Faculty Member Named Chair of Board of Trustees for Florida Virtual School
  • SJGC Remembers the Life and Legacy of Professor Rodney A. Roberts.
  • Two of our SJGC students are awarded prestigious Barbara L. Frye Scholarship
  • Fall 2014 Graduates  Make Their first big steps in the industry


SJGC Welcomes Dr. Maurice Odine as the New Associate Dean

Maurice Odine holds a Ph.D. in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, M.A. in Radio-Television from Ball State University, and B.A. in Speech Communication from the State University of New York at Geneseo. Dr. Odine’s teaching and academic administrative experience includes serving as Head of Mass Communications at Winston-Salem State University (North Carolina); Head of Communications at Tennessee State University; Director of Broadcasting at Grambling State University; Director of Broadcasting at the University of Louisiana - Monroe; Director of Mass Communication at Xavier University (Louisiana); Associate Dean at United Arab Emirates University; United Nations Chief Information Officer in Sierra Leone; and recently Head of Mass Communications at Gulf University for Science & Technology (Kuwait). He has acquired wide national and international professional experience in electronic and print media, as well as serving as board member of city and state broadcasting associations. 

More about Dr. Odine here.


Lady Dhyana Ziegler named chair of the Board of Trustees for Florida Virtual School

The Florida Virtual School (FLVS®) Board of Trustees announced that Lady Dhyana Ziegler, DCJ, Ph.D., has been voted in as the new Chair of the FLVS Board of Trustees. Ziegler, who served as Vice Chair of the FLVS Board of Trustees for the past four years, will become the Chair effective immediately. She succeeds Michael Olenick, who recently stepped down as Chair of the FLVS Board of Trustees when he was appointed by Governor Scott to the State Board of Education.


More about Dr. Zeigler here


SJGC Mourns the Loss of Devoted Interim Division Director and Professor Rodney A. Roberts


SJGC Student Donovan Harrell Returns from Japan and Jumps in the Seat as the FAMUAN Editor-In-Chief

Donovan Harrell is a junior broadcast journalism student at Florida A&M University. Since his first semester at FAMU, he has been involved with various student media, including The Famuan, Journey Magazine and FAMU TV 20. He has also interned with the Daytona Beach News-Journal and CBS News. Donovan studied abroad from August to December 2014 in Akita, Japan for a cultural experience and to improve his Japanese.


Two SJGC students are awarded prestigious Barbara L. Frye Scholarship

We are very proud of Brittany Collins, of St. Petersburg, a senior and Nolan McCaskill, of Ocala, a senior at FAMU for being recipients of the Barbara L. Frye Scholarship.

Barbara L. Frye was the Tallahassee bureau chief for United Press International for 38 years until she died of cancer in 1982. The first woman to work full time in the Florida Capitol Press Corps, Frye covered 11 governors, from Spessard L. Holland to Bob Graham. Frye was elected to the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame in 1984 and was a member of the inaugural class of the Florida Press Association Hall of Fame in 1990.



Fall 2014 Young Alumni Spotlight

Faith McIver, PR graduate  - Edelman, Chicago

Nolan McCaskill, Broadcast Journalism Graduate - Politico, Washington D.C.

Renae Mowatt , PR graduate – MSLGROUP, Washington D.C.