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August 2011

Treats and Tradition: Florida State serves up tasty start to new academic year

Florida State freshmen, take note: Not having it all figured out just may well be the best approach to college.

Making the grade: Tutoring program earns international certification

Florida State University student tutor Stefan Avey is used to guiding a "spectrum of students" as they work their way to higher GPAs.

Changing gears: Bike rental program puts new spin on recycling

Two years ago, Florida State University senior Sandy Simmons went to a college housing conference and got a big idea: recycled bike rentals for students — on the cheap.

College of Medicine holds 'white coat' ceremony for first-year students

As their ceremonial induction into the medical profession, 119 first-year Florida State University medical students donned — for the first time — the white coat of a doctor during the FSU College of Medicine's annual White Coat Ceremony held Aug. 19 in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall.

FSU professors to study abroad with Fulbright grants

For only the second time in Florida State University's history, a faculty member has been awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Chair, one of the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Graduate degrees surge as FSU focuses on doctoral education

Tamika Royal-Thomas grew up in a rural and mountainous village in Jamaica in a family that believed in dreams: "My parents always told my brother and sister and me to work hard and achieve and get a good education."

Education professor wins grant to develop digital game-based 'stealth' assessments

When playing digital games, children hone skills such as persistence, creative problem solving, and conceptual physics that traditional pen-and-paper assessment methods may not measure.

Silver ranking shines spotlight on FSU sustainability

Florida State University officially joins the ranks of some of the nation's most prestigious universities and colleges after earning a "silver" rating in a new benchmarking program that encourages environmental sustainability in higher education.

Florida State and Lee Memorial announce physician training program

The Florida State University College of Medicine and the Lee Memorial Health System Board of Directors have announced plans to create a family medicine residency program in Fort Myers.

Actress-alumna Glover wows crowd at 2011 summer commencement

Graduating FSU students appeared more starry-eyed than usual on Aug. 6 as alumna, singer and award-winning actress Montego Glover radiated wit and wisdom in her lead role as Florida State's 2011 summer commencement speaker.

Advocate for students with disabilities wins national service award

For her standout leadership on behalf of students with disabilities, the director of the Florida State University Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC) has been honored at the national level with the highest award bestowed by the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD).

FSU undergraduates rake in prestigious scholarships and awards

Florida State University may have an international reputation for the strength of its graduate programs, as well as for the academic accomplishments of the students in those programs. But by at least one measure, the university's undergraduates are giving their graduate-level peers a run for their money.