Thursday, September 21, 2017

FAMU volleyball team wins 2017 home opener

Maria Garcia led FAMU in kills
The FAMU volleyball team opened its 2017 home schedule Tuesday evening at the Al Lawson Center with a hard-fought 3-2 win over the University of North Florida.

FAMU (3-8), rallied from 24-22 down to win each of the first two sets, 26-24, before the visiting Ospreys (6-8), bounced back to win the third set, 25-20, and the fourth set, 26-24, setting the stage for the dramatic fifth set.

The Lady Rattlers got ahead early in that final frame, 5-1, but a pair of service errors, let UNF remain in contention, as the score remained close until FAMU was able to nudge ahead, 14-12 on an Osprey service error.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

FAMU Law boosts first-year student enrollment by 44 percent

1Ls participate in Oath of Professionalism Ceremony during Foundations for Law School Success
Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law welcomed 219 new students for the 2017-2018 academic year, increasing enrollment by 44 percent from 152 students in the 2016-2017 academic year.

Interim Dean LeRoy Pernell credited recent national recognition for diversity and academic performance as well as an enhanced recruiting initiative for the enrollment increase.

“Alumni and friends of the FAMU College of Law have long known that we provide a quality legal education program,” Pernell said. “Now, with mainstream publications listing us in top-level rankings, and our recruiters spreading the word nationwide, more and more students are learning about our value and enrolling at FAMU Law.”

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

FAMU Law continues to move forward with renewed prioritization of bar exam prep

Spring 2017 FAMU College of Law graduates
Interim FAMU College of Law Dean LeRoy Pernell and his team have a big job ahead. The first-try passage for rate FAMU Law graduates who took the Florida Bar Examination in Spring 2017 was 51.3 percent. That tied FAMU with Ave Maria for second-lowest in the state. But Pernell has led the school out of this type of situation before.

Back when Pernell began his first appointment as dean of the FAMU College of Law in January 2008, most classes of the reestablished law school had first-try bar passage rates in the low to mid-50s. Pernell responded by making preparation for the bar exam a top priority.

One of Pernell’s biggest contributions was the creation of the Academic Success & Bar Preparation Program in 2009. The Bar Exam Success Training (BEST) program, a centerpiece of the initiative, helped FAMU’s first-try passage rates on the Florida Bar Examination dramatically improve over those six years.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Reestablished Research Foundation will help FAMU engage cannabis market opportunities

Florida A&M University has reestablished its Research Foundation to help it prepare for opportunities in the cannabis market. 

“The Research Foundation is needed to assist the University in mitigating potential risk associated with emerging opportunities involving cannabis,” said an action item that Interim Provost Rodner Wright presented to the Academic and Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees (BOT) on September 5. “The foundation will allow FAMU to engage members of this market sector while managing risks to the University.”

Members of the full BOT approved the proposal during a meeting on September 15.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Tigers claw Rattlers 24-13 in Tampa Classic

The Tennessee State as the Tigers defeated the Rattlers 24-13 in the inaugural FAMU Tampa Classic in front of over 17,000 fans at Raymond James Stadium. The defense, which had early indicators of being the strength of the Rattlers, gave up 514 yards to the Tigers who used a balanced attack to keep the team from honing in on a defensive solution.

The Rattlers had just 262 yards of total offense, their lowest FCS output of the year. After nearly a week of interrupted practice due to Hurricane Irma, which followed a bye week, the Rattlers did not pick up where they left off with an admirable performance against the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Adding to the issues of the Rattlers was their performance on special teams. With blocked kicks and miscues, the Rattlers gave away momentum with out-of-sync efforts on special teams.

OT: African Americans are the only racial group in U.S. making less than they did in 2000

From the Washington Post:

African Americans were worse off financially in 2016 than they were in 2000.

The median income for an African American household was $39,490 last year, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released this week. It was $41,363 in 2000. (Both figures are in 2016 dollars, so they have been adjusted for inflation).

African Americans are the only racial group the Census Bureau identifies that has been left behind. White, Asian and Hispanic households have all seen at least modest income gains since 2000.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Lawson, Fla. Democrats ask Scott to guarantee food assistance is part of Irma recovery efforts

On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, and the ten other Democratic members of the Florida Congressional delegation sent a letter to Gov. Rick Scott asking him to take steps to ensure that Floridians have adequate access to food after Hurricane Irma. The group asked the governor to seek additional assistance from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to further meet the needs of Florida’s most vulnerable citizens during this time.

“One of the most effective ways we can immediately help those impacted by the hurricane is by making sure that people have access to food,” said Lawson. “By making these additional requests, similar to those made by Texas after Hurricane Harvey, we can ensure that food assistance is part of our comprehensive recovery efforts.”

Friday, September 15, 2017

FAMU completes Compliance Certification for SACS reaffirmation

On Wednesday, Florida A&M University Interim President Larry Robinson confirmed that the university had completed the comprehensive compliance audit and Compliance Certification Document required for its reaffirmation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

“Even as [Hurricane Irma] approached, our Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) team was able to complete and submit our Compliance Certification Document within the deadline,” Robinson said in a public statement.

According to SACSCOC, “the comprehensive compliance audit includes an assessment of all programs and courses offered by the institution on-campus and off-campus, and those offered through distance learning.” Schools must also submit a Compliance Certification Document that “attests to the institution’s honest assessment of compliance with the accreditation requirements of the Commission on Colleges” along with the audit.

FAMU is continuing its reaffirmation of accreditation process with SACSCOC. SACSCOC will make a decision in 2018 on whether to extend FAMU’s accreditation for another ten-year period.