Friday, November 28, 2014

FAMU president and alums make EBONY “Power 100” list

FAMU President Elmira Mangum has been named among the nation’s 100 most influential African Americans by EBONY Magazine.

“I am grateful to receive this prestigious recognition on behalf of the university. This honor represents FAMU’s long legacy of helping to foster transformative changes around the globe,” Mangum said.

Two FAMU alums will join Mangum on the “Power 100” list. Phillip Agnew will be honored as a “Community Crusader” for his work as the executive director of the Dream Defenders, Inc., and filmmaker and producer Will Packer will be honored as a “Cultural Influencer.”

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Rattler Nation blogging team wishes you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Mangum appoints Marcella David to serve as provost

FAMU President Elmira Mangum has appointed Marcella David to serve as the University’s new provost. David will replace Rodner Wright, who has served as interim provost for the last two years. 

Prior to accepting the provost position at FAMU, David served as a professor of law and international studies, and associate dean at the University of Iowa College of Law.

In addition, David served in several top-level leadership positions from 2004 to 2009, including as the University of Iowa’s first special assistant to the president for equal opportunity and diversity, and associate provost for diversity from 2006 to 2009.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

FAMU alumna pledges to fight for freedom as new Florida Senate Democratic Leader

Sen. Arthenia Joyner, seated, being installed as the new Florida Senate Democratic Leader
Last week, FAMU alumna Arthenia Joyner took office as the new Florida Senate Democratic Leader. The Democratic caucus, which elected her to job in its 2013 leadership elections, made the decision official with a unanimous vote.

Joyner, 71, is the first black woman to hold the position and will serve until 2016. If the Democrats win the chamber back from the Republicans before her term runs out, then she will become the president of the Florida Senate. The Republicans currently outnumber the Democrats 26 to 14.

In her acceptance speech, Joyner pledged to continue the party’s fight against inadequate health care, unfair sentencing laws, declining state support for public education, joblessness, and harm to the environment.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Marching 100 caps 2014 season with Florida Classic halftime show

Morgan State earns MEAC’s automatic berth to FCS playoffs, will play No. 18 Richmond

Following an exciting finish to the 2014 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) football season, the Morgan State Bears (7-5, 6-2 MEAC) claimed a share of the conference’s title and earned the MEAC’s automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Division I Championship. The team will face No. 18 Richmond in the first round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs at 1 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 29) at Robins Stadium.

The Bears, led by first year Head Coach Lee Hull, defeated Delaware State 69-7 to remain in the hunt for the title and berth.  The win, combined with a loss by North Carolina A&T State to North Carolina Central, 21-14, sealed the playoff opportunity for the Bears.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

B-CU edges FAMU during OT in 18-17 nail-biter

Bethune-Cookman made a two-point try to beat FAMU 18-17 in overtime on Saturday in the Florida Blue Florida Classic. The game was the very first sporting event housed inside the newly renovated Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando.

In a game that went scoreless through the first half – the first of its kind in the 89-year history of the rivalry between FAMU and B-CU, the final four minutes of regulation and overtime period provided all the excitement for what would go down as one of the best Florida Blue Florida Classic’s in recent years.

B-CU redshirt freshman quarterback Larry Brihm ran it in for two points after Danny Dillard scored on a 1-yard run for the Wildcats (9-3, 6-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference).

Saturday, November 22, 2014

FAMU looks to end tough season on high note with Classic victory

FAMU is set to continue its longstanding rivalry with in-state opponent Bethune-Cookman today as the two teams participate in the annual Florida Blue Florida Classic at the newly renovated Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando, Fla. The Rattlers (3-8, 3-4 MEAC) are looking to end a tough season on a high note with a big win against their arch-rival.

The game will air live at 2 p.m. on ESPN Classic and ESPN3.  It will re-air on ESPNU during a time slot to be determined and announced at a later time.

Mark Neely will handle the play-by-play, while former All-MEAC quarterback and Howard University alumnus Jay Walker will serve as the analyst. FAMU graduate Tiffany Green will handle sideline duties.