MIAMI GARDENS, FL – In light of the recent events with the current pandemic, as well as the decision from Albany State to cancel the football season, the Orange Blossom Classic is disappointed to announce that the organizers will not be able to host the 2020 Orange Blossom Classic. The resurgence of the Orange Blossom Classic is significant to the community and looks forward to its return in 2021.

The organizers plan to usher in a new energy and experience during the Labor Day weekend showcase, which features Florida A&M University’s inaugural season in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) against Jackson State University in the 27th Annual Orange Blossom Classic presented by the AEA Education Foundation, Inc. The organizers apologize for this inconvenience and ask for your understanding and patience as they process refunds during these unprecedented times.

2020 Orange Blossom Classic Ticket returns

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Tickets purchased directly though Ticketmaster will be automatically refunded. Due to the overwhelming number of events, refunds can take up to 30 days.

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All other tickets purchased through Florida A&M University or Albany State University athletic departments, contact schools directly for refund policy.

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About the Orange Blossom Classic


The Orange Blossom Classic was founded by J.R.E. Lee Jr., the son of Florida A&M University’s president in 1993 in which FAMU beat Howard 9-0 in front of 2,000 fans at a “blacks-only” ballpark in Jacksonville, Fla. from 1993-1978, this was the must see game of the post season that helped establish the foundation of HBCU classics.

In 2021 Labor Day Weekend, the Orange Blossom Classic will return with Florida A&M University and Jackson State University. Our event was re-established to enhance the exposure of Historically Black College and Universities in the enriched community of Miami Gardens. Our event highlights the community’s exclusive interest in HBCUs and the roles that they play in educating aspiring professionals & developing our future leaders.

The Orange Blossom Classic will attract thousands of fans, alumni, school members and family members from these respected community with a goal to raise scholarship funds for the participating schools for years to come. Doing so, will help to support the knowledge and experience offered by the discipline, commitment and dedication it takes to be a Historically Black College & University student.
Dr. Jarrus Hardrick earned the permanent post after serving as interim president since July 2018.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – FMU’s Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Jaffus Hardrick as its 14th president, effective immediately. The Board originally tapped Hardrick to serve as interim president in July 2018. During the institution’s annual Founders’ Day observance, Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver G. Gilbert, III boldly declared, “Something is happening at Florida Memorial University. There is new energy and it is exciting.”

The same sentiments have been shared by many key leaders throughout South Florida and the country. Many have expressed support for and have endorsed Hardrick as the right leader for FMU.

“Dr. Hardrick is an ambitious and visionary leader who has demonstrated a commitment to student success and academic excellence throughout his career,” said Attorney JoLinda Herring, chair of FMU’s Board of Trustees. “He brings a wealth of experience and we want to continue the momentum. It is truly a new day at FMU.”

According to a press release by the University, an award-winning academic executive, Hardrick comes to South Florida’s only historically black university with more than twenty years of experience in higher education. He worked for more than ten years at Florida International University (FIU) where he served as vice provost for Access and Success and vice president of Human Resources. Under Hardick’s leadership, FIU earned national recognition from Forbes, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, among other organizations. Prior to FMU, he worked at Baylor University for twelve years serving as assistant provost for Academic Affairs and vice president of Human Resources.

“I thank God for the opportunity to serve and lead FMU to the next level of academic excellence and national prominence. Under my leadership, FMU will be fully integrated into the greater community and focus on preparing students to compete in the global marketplace, transition to rigorous graduate and professional schools, or develop their own enterprises,” said President Hardrick. “Our five strategic principles will help us continue to transform ourselves and our community.”

“A healthy and prosperous FMU is good for our diverse student body and great for this community. We cannot do this work alone. I am inviting the entire community to support our students and help us close the resource gaps that create barriers to graduation.”

Since assuming the role as FMU’s interim president, the Hardrick Administration has accomplished the following, among other things, which has made a difference:

  • Expanded donor pool and raised more than $1.7 million in less than a year;
  • Hosted 50th anniversary gala celebrating FMU’s five decades in South Florida;
  • Secured a partnership with CareerSource South Florida to established a career services center;
  • Expanded micro-credential and vocational opportunities;
  • Approved the development of two healthcare-oriented degree programs;
  • Strengthened FMU’s Division of Academic Affairs and the university’s student engagement infrastructure; and
  • Expanded student internship opportunities with various city and federal agencies.

Hardrick is an HBCU alumnus, earning his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette; a master’s in Education in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University; and a doctorate in Educational Administration from Baylor University. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc., 100 Black Men of America, Inc., a board member of the Florida Education Fund, Inc., and is an active participant in several other organizations. His scholarship has been published in the Association of Public and Land-Grant University, Association of American Colleges and Universities. He is also co-author of Making Global learning Universal: Promoting Inclusion and Success for All Students (Stylus).

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ABOUT FLORIDA MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY

Located in the City of Miami Gardens, Florida Memorial University is a private, historically black institution that offers 28 undergraduate degree programs and four graduate degree programs to a culturally diverse student body. Since its inception in 1879, the University has upheld a commitment to provide an academic education solid foundation built upon the pillars of leadership, character, and service. As South Florida’s only Historically Black College or University (HBCU), it is widely recognized as the birthplace of the Black National Anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing. For more information, visit www.fmuniv.edu.

Castell Vaughn Bryant

MIAMI GARDENS – Florida Memorial University, a historically black university located in Miami Gardens, has appointed Castell Vaughn Bryant as its acting president, the school announced.

Bryant will be standing in for interim president Michelle Howard-Vital, who is currently on medical leave. Howard-Vital stepped up following the departure of Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, who accepted presidency at Benedict College in South Carolina.

According to The Miami Times, FMU board of trustees chairman JoLinda L. Herring announced the changes Thursday afternoon in a written statement. The statement said that Howard-Vital is on medical leave.

“With great dedication and much determination, Florida Memorial University is committed to empowering our students to succeed with exceptional excellence,” said Herring, an attorney. “The change in leadership will help position our university’s common core values and services to our students as well as throughout our community. Dr. Bryant brings both the qualifications and experience needed to strengthen this process. Her love for the students, toppled with her extensive knowledge and awareness of our community and the HBCU environment, are but a few of her stellar attributes. Under her leadership, direction and guidance, we are certain that she will provide stability and focus required as we continue our search efforts for a permanent president.”

Bryant was FMU’s interim chief executive officer and has a long record of experience in leadership positions at HBCUs. She served as president of Miami Dade College North and Medical campuses. In 2007, she was interim president at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and interim vice president for academic affairs at Bethune-Cookman University.

 

Sources:
http://www.miamitimesonline.com/education/castell-bryant-returns-to-lead-fmu/article_57773f30-cafe-11e7-a2ea-a7b36ccc34a0.html
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article185797808.html