University News

FSU Honors graduates setting standard for excellence

When Florida State University’s largest ever graduating class crosses the stage during its commencement this weekend, it will be led by 80 outstanding undergraduate students who have met the challenge of redefining the frontiers of their chosen academic disciplines. These students have gone far beyond the limited horizons of the classroom experience by completing an […]

Pioneering chemist named FSU’s 2006 Lawton Distinguished Professor

Alan G. Marshall, a world-acclaimed scientist who has made outstanding contributions to the field of analytical chemistry, is set to receive Florida State University’s highest faculty honor. Marshall, FSU’s Kasha Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been named the 2006-2007 Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Chemistry. FSU President T.K. Wetherell will present him with […]

Pamela Carroll receives FSU’s 2006 Distinguished Teacher Award

A Florida State University education professor who is working to address Florida’s teacher shortage has been named the recipient of FSU’s 2006 Distinguished Teacher Award. Pamela "Sissi" Carroll, who chairs the department of middle and secondary education in the College of Education, received the award at the 2006 Faculty Teaching Awards Ceremony, held Monday, April […]

FSU signs cooperative agreement with international university

For nearly a decade, Florida State University has maintained a close relationship with Spain through FSU’s popular study-abroad program in Valencia, the country’s third-largest city. Now FSU President T.K. Wetherell has signed a cooperative agreement that further strengthens the university’s academic ties to the 2,000-year-old city. Joined at the Florida Capitol by Francisco Camps, president […]

Tom Brokaw, J.T. Thomas to speak at FSU spring commencements

Two widely renowned and honored men with very different ties to Florida State University will address graduates at FSU’s spring graduation ceremonies. Restaurant owner and former pro football player J.T. Thomas, who holds the distinction of being the first black student-athlete to letter in football at FSU, will speak to graduates of the colleges of […]

Seminole Tribe General Counsel Jim Shore accepts honorary degree from FSU

FSU has bestowed an honorary Doctor of Laws degree on Seminole Tribe of Florida member and General Counsel Jim Shore. Shore’s honorary Doctor of Laws degree recognizes his lifetime achievements as a member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida—a 3,000-member, federally-recognized Indian tribe headquartered in Hollywood, Fla., with reservations totaling 90,000 acres in several parts […]

FSU CONNECT campaign reaches new high of $617 million

Oceanography Professor Emeritus John Winchester Gives $1.14 million Florida State University President T.K. Wetherell announced that John "Jack" Winchester, professor emeritus of the department of oceanography, has donated $1.14 million to the FSU CONNECT capital campaign, providing the gift that pushed the total over the $600 million target. To date, the campaign, which ends Dec. […]

FSU student-athlete Garrett Johnson wins Rhodes Scholarship

Florida State University student-athlete Garrett Johnson already had accrued an impressive list of accomplishments during his college career. Now he can add an academic award that represents the pinnacle of scholarly achievement: He has been named a Rhodes Scholar. Johnson, 21, a Tampa native and a graduate student studying public administration at FSU, was selected […]

FSU alumnus killed in Iraq is promoted posthumously, becomes highest-ranking casualty of war

A Florida State University alumnus killed last month by a roadside bomb in Baghdad was posthumously promoted to the rank of colonel, making Col. William W. Wood, 44, of Panama City, the highest-ranking American casualty of the Iraq conflict, according to the Pentagon. Wood died Oct. 27 as he was directing security operations in response […]

New associate vice president to lead “Pathways to Excellence” program

Florida State University Provost Lawrence G. Abele has named Professor Ross Ellington associate vice president for academic affairs to lead the university’s efforts to become a Top 20 graduate research institution as outlined by President T.K. Wetherell in his "Pathways to Excellence" program. To help FSU reach its goal, Ellington chaired a committee of faculty […]

FSU faculty honors Seminole Tribe, four others, with Torch awards

The Florida State University Faculty Senate has honored four individuals and The Seminole Tribe of Florida with Torch Awards for their contributions to excellence in FSU’s academic programs. Faculty Senate President James (Jim) Cobbe presented the awards during the Fall Meeting of the General Faculty. The 2005 Torch Award honorees, in addition to the Seminole […]

Florida State University responds to NCAA decision banning use of Native American symbols

FSU President T.K. Wetherell has issued the following statement in response to action August 5 by the National Collegiate Athletic Association banning the use of American Indian mascots during NCAA championship games. In taking the action, the NCAA deemed FSU’s use of the Seminole name and symbols as “hostile or abusive,” despite the recent formal […]