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Letters to DR. McCoy

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By: Dr. Dorcas E. McCoy

I am humbled and honored to serve as Acting Vice President of Academic Affairs of the Great Bethune-Cookman University. As a proud Daytona native who literally grew up on this campus, I am grateful for the experiences of having observed the institution's growth from numerous service perspectives. The journey has helped me to appreciate that the academic excellence we celebrate is the result of collective contributions. In I Corinthians 3:6, Paul explains the importance of one realizing that although one person is blessed to plant, and a another person is blessed to water, the real blessing results in the realization that it is God who gives the increase. In verse 8, he further explains that as the one who plants and the one who waters work together for the same purpose, God will reward each laborer for his or her individual contributions. Over 100 years ago, our beloved founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, started this journey of academic excellence by planting a faith seed of $1.50. In sustaining the rich legacy of faith, scholarship and service, a number of administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni, the community, family members and supporters have continuously worked together to water the seed. Certainly, God remains faithful in providing the increase! The Academic Affairs Newsletter is intended to be a vehicle for the celebration of academic excellence using the Increase concept. I have convened a committee of representatives from across the campus to assist me in identifying and highlighting the following achievers on a monthly basis: student scholar, student athlete, student minister, student leader, academic student organization, faculty member and staff member. Additionally, each Dean has agreed to begin a WALL OF FAME for the on-going celebration of academic excellence within the academic schools. Embracing the Increase concept, we collectively endeavor to highlight OUR story of academic excellence more inclusively and more frequently. I welcome your feedback and academic excellence story ideas which may be forwarded to Blessing Unlimited, Dr. Dorcas E. McCoy Acting Vice President, Academic Affairs

One Waters ,One Plants, God gets the Increase Dr. McCoy is a tenured, Associate, Professor of International Studies and Political Science. Her areas of university service have included: President of the B-CU Faculty Association, Director of Model UN and Dean of the School of Social Sciences.

President’s Perspective Dear Faculty, Staff and Students: I was thrilled and excited to receive news about of the publication of The Academic Affairs Newsletter. The creation of such a newsletter is precisely what is needed as a way to highlight and celebrate professional, scholarly, and intellectual news created by the University’s faculty and students. Congratulations! I certainly want to express appreciation for the leadership and support being provided to faculty and students by our Academic Deans, Departments Chairs, and Academic Advisors. Through the pages of the newsletter, we will be enriched as we learn about the many learning and service accomplishments that have been realized through research papers, presentations at conferences, and the successful completion of internships, service learning assignments, and a variety of involvements in professional and student organizations. This is truly a wonderful development in the life of the University for, indeed, our mission must be one of intellectualism coupled with the moral development of our students. Dr. King said it best when he said, “The functions of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically… Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.” Congratulations again! I celebrate with you on your first issue of The Academic Affairs Newsletter! Sincerely, Trudie Kibbe Reed, Ed.D. President

our mission must be one of intellectualism coupled with the moral development of our students.


Scholar Too often we give of ourselves to things that we feel will win us a better life financially, as opposed to things that will make the world a better place! The Office of Academic Affairs proudly salutes this month’s Student Scholar, Mykal Tairu. A graduating senior majoring in Religion & Philosophy, Tairu understands the need for obtaining a college education. Bethune-Cookman University provided him with an opportunity to attend school on a marching band scholarship. The experience has instilled within him pride and responsibility as a Marching Wildcat. Additionally, Mykal participates in several campus organizations, including Alpha Nu Omega, Inc., Religious Life Fellowship, Theta Alpha Kappa National Honor Society, and the African Students Association. Mykal also writes a column for the Voice of the Wildcats newspaper entitled, “Tairu’s Truth”. This Maryland native believes his study of philosophy at B-CU helped to develop his passion for social justice and the need to fight for it. Mykal says, “Too often we give of ourselves to things that we feel will win us a better life financially, as opposed to things that will make the world a better place!” Stemming from this commitment, his internship experience includes the Good Samaritan Society of Daytona and advocacy work with Bread for the World, a national initiative to eradicate world hunger. Recently, Mykal successfully defended his senior thesis on Kierkegaard. Mykal Tairu has grown physically, spiritually, and intellectually since he arrived at the Great Bethune-Cookman University. We excitedly look forward to witnessing his impact on society as he has entered to learn and now departs to serve.


Athlete The Office of Academic Affairs proudly salutes Krysta Gardner, a junior Lady Wildcat (Volleyball), as our Student Athlete of the Month. A member of last year's MEAC Commissioner's All-Academic Team, Ms. Gardner carries a 3.77 cumulative GPA and is a Psychology major. The native of Ashburn, VA, posted 73 kills and 41 digs as the Lady Wildcats posted a 2-2 record in their Holiday Inn Resort Invitational. Against Hampton, Gardner had a career-high of 29 kills to lead B-CU to a 3-2 victory over Hampton. For the season, Gardner leads the MEAC with 234 kills - six more than she had in the entire 2010 season.



The Office of Academic Affairs proudly salutes Antonia Phillips, a freshman majoring in Political Science with a minor in Psychology, as the Student Minister of the Month. Antonia originates from Pensacola, Florida where she attended West Florida High School of Advanced Technology. While in High School, Antonia was President of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), President of the Delta Gym, and the Vice President of Legal Services. She left two sisters and four brothers in order to attend the Great Bethune-Cookman University. She currently serves as the Freshman Secretary for Student Government Association; and Secretary for the Religious Life Group. Antonia is an ordained Minister of the Gospel and dedicated woman of God.

Creating a Safe


By: Dr. Alma Dixon

A college campus should provide both a caring and safe environment. One of the hallmarks of HBCU is the willingness of faculty to “go the extra mile” to facilitate student academic success. On the other hand, statistics divulge another dark side that most campus officials do not like to reveal. For example according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the highest rate of intimate partner violence is among women ages 16-24. Approximately 32% of college students are victims of domestic violence. In addition, more than 52 % of all rape/sexual assault victims are females younger than 25. That same report cited a survey conducted at 32 colleges and universities and found 84% of women raped knew their attacker and 57% of those rapes happened on dates. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reported a survey of 500 young women ages 15-24, all had experienced violence in a dating relationship and 60 per cent were currently in an ongoing abusive relationship. The suggested reasons for this alarming rate of intimate partner violence varies, however, it is widely believed that the main reason is for many young people, this is their first encounter with a “real” relationship and they are unsure as to what constitutes healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviors. Also, it is their first time away from home and the protective shelter of family. Faculty play a key role in recognizing that intimate partner violence has a direct impact on academic success. We need to be familiar with the signs of an abusive relationship and see “red flags” when students have bruises, report that boyfriend or spouse is controlling, or tries to isolate them from others. The Power and Control Wheel developed in Duluth Minnesota is an excellent tool to use as a reference. It can be found at Sources of help are the local Domestic Abuse Council (386) 257-2297 and the national (800) 799 SAFE.

Finally the question “Why doesn’t she leave him” is simplistic with complicated reasons for why the victim stays. A more useful one is to explore why the victim remains in the relationship. This opens lines of non judgmental communication and reinforces a bond of trust that may empower the student, victim to leave.

One of the hallmarks of HBCU is the willingness of faculty to “go the extra mile” to facilitate student academic success

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Leader The Office of Academic Affairs proudly salutes Desmond Washington as the Student Leader of the month. Desmond is a phenomenal student. He was selected to serve as the L.E.A.D. Facilitator for the inaugural Wildcat L.E.A.D. Program. Washington is the SGA Junior class president for the 2011-2012 academic school year. He is also involved in the Made Men Organization, and is the coordinator for the 2011 Homecoming community service project. Washington also serves as President of the Criminal Justice Association. He admirably holds a 3.60 GPA.




The Office of Academic Affairs proudly salutes Dr. Maryann Thorhallsson, Ph.D., MSN, ARNP, CNM, CNS, faculty member of the month. Dr. Thorhallsson is a tenured Associate professor and has been teaching in the School of Nursing since 2003. Dr. Thorhallsson is married and has six children and two grandchildren. Two of her children graduated from Bethune-Cookman University School of Nursing and one graduated from Florida A & M University Law School (FAMU). Dr. Thorhallsson has licenses and certifications in nursing, Midwife, Advanced RN Practitioner, Yoga Instructor, Nutrition Specialist, Life Coaching, Basic Hypnosis, Healing Qigong and Tai Chi Easy Practice Facilitator. She teaches Nutrition, Yoga and Meditation classes. Dr. Thorhallsson has provided Faculty Development Workshops on Nutrition since 2005 and has volunteered to give yoga and mediation sessions for over three years to faculty, staff and the B-CU community. Dr. Thorhallsson has been in the health field since 1974, and has been publishing since 1979. She is a well-known guest speaker at conferences, symposiums, workshops and seminars.




If I have a legacy to leave my people, it is my philosophy of living and serving. As I face tomorrow, I am content, for I think I have spent my life well. I pray now that my philosophy may be helpful to those who share my vision of a world of Peace, Progress, Brotherhood, and Love. Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune

The Office of Academic Affairs proudly salutes Mr. Eugene (Dino) Dean, staff member of the month. Mr. Dean’s Journey at Bethune Cookman University began in 1966 at the young age of 22. He became a member of the janitorial team and has honorably served the university for 45 years! In 1970, he graduated from Daytona Beach Community College where he received certification to become a technician (HVAC) for the university. He has also honorably served in the military. Dino’s warm smile and friendly demeanor are a blessing to all!

Letters to DR. McCOY

Students Greetings from Tallahassee, I am emailing you from the Highest of 7 Hills, and believe me they are high because I tread them daily, to inform you of my most recent accolades. I am a firm believer in spreading the "Good News" especially when it pertains to those who have graduated and are Alum of "The Great" Bethune-Cookman University. On September 19th I declared candidacy for the position of President of the Graduate Student Body here at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University for the 2011-2012 academic school year. Upon yesterday evening it was announced by the Electoral Commission that I, Tiffany Ramsay (a 2011 graduate from the B-CU Political Science Dept.) was voted in and elected President of the Graduate Student Body at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University. Throughout my matriculation in undergrad I learned much about perseverance. I learned that perseverance is not a long race, nor is it a quick one; it is many challenging races one after another. I am proud to say that with the many skills, achievements, and life lessons acquired at B-CU I am ready to take on this duty here at Florida A&M University. I hope that this email is presented in an uplifting fashion because you the recipient are one that has helped me get to where I stand today. And don't fret I still and will always bleed Maroon & Gold. p.s. I look forward to seeing you soon as I do plan to travel and share with my Wildcat family the many opportunities, experiences, and programs available for them here at FAMU Grad! With love, Tiffany N. Ramsay Hello, President of the Graduate Class Florida A&M University My name is Alfonzo Green, a proud member of the marching wildcats of the great Bethune-University. I am a sophomore music major who work hard at doing my best at all times, but this can be quite hard with a schedule full of classes, applied lessons that I have to practice everyday for, and the insane marching band schedule that we have to endure. with all of these things falling on our shoulders, it can sometimes become overwhelming and we may need to take a break. For that being said, I want to thank you for giving students these extra two days off. The letter might have not said that the break was not for students, but it is a blessing for band students! There are many of us who have used this time to get work done for classes, study, finished make up work, ect. We have also used this time to relax and relieve some of the stress that has built up over the past few weeks. I am happy that you all decided to implement this break into the year and hoping that you will continue to have a very fruitful and marvelous year. From a PROUD student, Alfonzo Green

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The LEACY Continues….. The Bethune-Cookman University Model United Nations (MUN) will co-host with the Volusia County Chapter of UNA-USA, a community celebration of United Nations Day on October 24, 2011, at 6:00 PM in the President’s Banquet Room of the Center for Civic Engagement. Founded in 1980 by B-CU’s Professor Emeritus, Dr. Jake C. Miller, Model UN is an academic simulation of the United Nations, which aims to educate students about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations agenda. Model UN is dear to B-CU in that our beloved founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, was the only black woman present at the founding of the United Nations in San Francisco in 1948. She was a delegate at the conference representing the NAACP with W. E. B. Du Bois and Walter White. Through various simulations, students role-play as diplomats representing a nation or NGO in a simulated session of an organ (committee) of the United Nations, such as the Security Council or the General Assembly. This provides students with a hands-on experience in civic engagement, communications, international relations and diplomacy, while students discuss, debate, and work together to find solutions that are relevant to foreign policy decision making. The theme for this year’s UN Dinner is “Bringing Awareness to Human Trafficking.” MUN has chosen this event to initiate the Blue Heart Campaign against Human Trafficking. Mrs. Anna Rodriguez, Executive Director of the Florida Coalition against Human Trafficking, will serve as the keynote speaker. In February 2012, MUN will host its 31st annual Model UN Conference inclusive of student delegates throughout the nation. Dr. Douglas Rivero, Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Political Science serves as the advisor to the B-CU Model UN. The Secretary General is Ms. Anitra Washington, a graduating senior, Political Science major, International Studies and Pre-Law minor, and member of the Alpha Zeta Iota chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society. For ticket information and to RSVP, please contact Ms. Betty Green, President of the Volusia County Chapter of UNA-USA at 386-506-3091or


Highlights National Writing Project Bethune Cookman University received a $30,000 grant from the National Writing Project to establish the Daytona Beach National Writing Project. Local teachers and university faculty participated in the summer institute which focused on improving student writing and learning. The National Writing Project is a nationwide network of educators working together to improve the teaching of writing and to provide high quality professional development programs to teachers in all disciplines and at all levels. B-CU is only the third HBCU to be named an official site. NWP develops the leadership, programs and research needed for teachers and professors to help students become successful writers and learners.

Honors Program The Honors Program continues to strive to accomplish its overall mission goals and objectives by continuing to improve and expand the Honors Program Curriculum in order to meet the standards set by the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) for Basic Characteristics of a Fully Developed Honors Program. We currently have 53 Presidential Scholars. These students must maintain a minimum 3.5 in order for the scholarship to be renewed on an annual basis. Presidential Scholars receive full tuition and board as well as a $500 book scholarship. Additionally, we have two Gates Millennium scholars and 73 of our currently enrolled students have a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or higher! BCU takes pride in this level of academic excellence and seeks to attract more students of this caliber while better serving our current students in this category.

Center for Academic Support Services (CASS) The CASS department designed The Fresh Start Program for those incoming students who were accepted to the University on academic probation. The Fresh Start program was created to ensure success and also offer helpful tactics that are useful throughout their matriculation at B-CU. Those students will be required to attend workshops entitled: Action Plan for Success and the Reality Check. Throughout the semester, those students will also be required to contact our offices during the week of midterm and finals. Ideally, the initial goal was to create a viable plan toward their careers and making certain they remain in good academic standing.

Faculty Honors and Awards Each year, the Academic Deans and faculty nominate faculty for awards of excellence in teaching, research and service. Faculty honors are a positive morale factor for recommended individuals, as well as a factor in esprit de corps. During the Spring 2011 Faculty Honors and Awards Ceremony, the following faculty members received the designated honors: Teaching Exemplary Teaching – Professor Karen Duncan, School of Education Excellence in Teaching – Professor Cory Potter, CARES Research Exemplary Research - Dr. Ekanayake Ekanayake, School of Business Excellence in Research – Dr. Michael Reiter, School of Science, Engineering and Mathematics Community Service Exemplary Community Service – Dr. Nancy Long, School of Arts and Humanities Excellence in Community Service – Dr. Joyce Nki, School of Arts and Humanities Faculty Member of the Year Each year, a faculty member is selected for the Robert B. and Mary Alice Massey Award for Faculty Member of the Year. Dr. Joyce Nki was selected by faculty to receive this honor for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Dr. Jeannette Ford, Associate Professor of History Congratulations to Dr. Jeannette Ford who received a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the University of Tirana in Albania!

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Pink Out

By: Professor Zenesha Barkley

As a part of my Community Health Nursing course, it is my goal to bring the course alive. The health education topics that we discuss in class the students are expected to develop and implement a program during their clinical experience utilizing the tools that we discuss. As an educator, I truly believe in using innovation in the classroom and clinical in order to get students to learn and apply what they have learned. The role of nurses in community focuses on improving the health of individuals and families through the delivery of personal health services, with an emphasis on primary prevention, health promotion, and health protection. The “Pink Out� started last year with my clinical group and the purpose was to bring awareness to African American women regarding Breast Cancer. It was a great success. So, I decided to keep it going and this year this clinical group was charged with coming up with the Second Annual Pink Out. The month of October is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Since African American women are diagnosed and die from the disease at a higher rate than their counterparts, the students and I deemed it important to bring awareness to the B-CU family as well as the community. What African American women as well as men need to know that one size does not fit all. What is meant by that is that it has been recommended by the government task force to put off the first mammogram until 50. If African American women waited until then, that could put their life in danger because they have a higher risk of developing very deadly breast cancer early in life.

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