Florida A&M University football coach Alex Wood has submitted his resignation effective today university officials have confirmed. Wood's three year contract was set to expire at the end of next month. Wood won 8 games, losing 25 in his three years as head coach. Offensive line coach Edwin Pata will serve as interim coach.
Since its inception more than 71 years ago, the Florida
A&M University (FAMU) Marching “100” has set the bar as global innovators
of marching band performance, pageantry and musicianship.
On Saturday, before a crowd of more than 47,800 spectators
at the Florida Blue Florida Classic, the band once again set the bar by
unveiling new uniforms that pay homage to its legacy while signifying the
beginning of a new era.
FAMU alumni Bernard and Shirley Kinsey donated $250,000 in
2016 during the Florida Classic to help the band purchase new uniforms and a
branded trailer to transport the band’s instruments and equipment. Bernard
Kinsey was a member of the band and met his wife at FAMU.
Shirley Kinsey said, “This is like prom and graduation all
rolled into one. I’m very proud of these students, not just for their
musicianship but for academics also.”
Many of the band’s members, including its
freshman class, boast GPAs ranging from 3.0 to 4.0.
Yesterday, Bethune-Cookman won its seventh consecutive football
matchup against the Florida A&M University.The Wildcats rallied for a 29-24 come-from-behind victory over the
Rattlers in the Florida Blue Florida Classic before a Camping World Stadium
crowd of 47,819 and a national ESPN audience.
Yahia Aly got FAMU on the board in the second quarter with a
30 yard field goal. Florida A&M went on to manage a 10-10 halftime time score
on Ryan Stanley's 31-yard touchdown pass to Kareem Smith.
Florida A&M (3-8, 2-6 MEAC) outgained the Wildcats 136-8
as they took a 24-10 lead on Ricky Henrilus' 4-yard run and Devin Powers'
8-yarder to start the fourth quarter.
But Wildcat quarterback led Larry Brihm, Jr. led his team to
victory by rushing for a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns, including the
go-ahead touchdown on a two-yard naked bootleg with 1:15 remaining as
Bethune-Cookman rallied for a 29-24 come-from-behind victory.
The Florida Blue Florida Classic Weekend kicked off in
Orlando, Florida on Thursday night with a formal reception at the beautiful Dr.
Phillips Performing Arts Center. The reception marked the 38th year of the
FAMU-Bethune Cookman football rivalry.
During the reception, FAMU trustees and Orlando community
leaders Judge Belvin Perry, Jr. and businessman Harold Mills were among those
honored with the 2017 Bob Billingslea Florida Classic Award. Directly after the
reception, nationally-acclaimed comedian and actor Cedric the Entertainer took
the stage, filling the room of hundreds of Rattlers and Wildcats with
laugh-after-laugh. The comedy show also featured opening acts by J.J.
Williamson and Malik S.
On Friday morning, Rattler leaders, alumni, recruiters and
students headed to the Orlando Hilton for the University’s annual Education
Fair. Entertainment for more than 1,500 Rattler hopefuls was provided by the
renowned FAMU Connection performance group. Alumna, actress, and director
T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh joined Interim President Larry Robinson, Vice President
for Student Affairs William Hudson Jr., and representatives of the Royal Court,
Presidential Ambassadors, and Student Government Association to showcase to
high school students why they should choose the No.1 public HBCU, FAMU. Top
local scholars were accepted on the spot.
Castell Bryant will become the acting president of Florida
Memorial University (FMU) effective Nov. 20, The Miami Timesreported
“With great dedication and much determination, Florida
Memorial University is committed to empowering our students to succeed with
exceptional excellence,” said FMU Board of Trustees Chair JoLinda L. Herring
said in a statement published by the Times. “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.”
According to the Times, FMU Interim President Michelle
Howard-Vital has gone on medical leave. She previously served as provost at FMU
before stepping in to lead the university after the resignation of President Roslyn
Clark Artis, who left after being appointed president of Benedict College.
Castell served as interim president at Florida A&M
University from 2005 to 2007. Her administration reported an $8M surplus when
there was really a $10.4M deficit, did poorly on state audits, failed to pay hundreds of employees on time, and was behind a big a decline in enrollment.
U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL), along with five of his colleagues and
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), wrote Secretary David Shulkin of the U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to request that the agency annually share
information on the number of veterans who struggle with food insecurity.
Beginning November 1, 2017, the VA started collecting information regarding
food insecurity among veteran’s, agency-wide.
“We ask that you provide a report on the status of veteran
food security and hunger screenings to relevant House and Senate oversight
committees by November of 2018, along with recommendations about further
actions that could be taken to assist veterans who are determined to be food
insecure, including pilot programs to test the feasibility of SNAP enrollment
and applications assistance by VA personnel,” the members wrote in their letter
to Shulkin. “It is imperative that Members of Congress are
briefed by the Administration the progress of this screening tool as well as VA
programs and personnel efforts to connect those in need to SNAP and other
The FAMU School of Journalism & Graphic Communication
hosted a special series during Homecoming titled, “Grads Are Back.”
The event was designed to bring successful alumni back to
campus from across the media, communications and entertainment industries to
provide insight and training to students as they prepare to take flight in
their own careers.
The series of events included a career fair that provided
students with opportunities to engage with major industry companies and
influencers such as Hill + Knowlton Strategies, the Atlanta
Journal-Constitution, iHeartMedia, Sachs Media Group, ESPN/Disney, CNN Viacom,
Politico, and the New York Times.
“Grads Are Back” continued with an all-school colloquium,
which included a panel of media professionals who also serve on the school’s
Board of Visitors. Panelists included Kim Godwin (CBS News), Carolyn Fennell
(Orlando Airport), Yvette Miley (MSNBC) Gregg Bishop (New York City
Commissioner), Avido Khahaifa (Orlando Sentinel) and Denise Hendricks (CNN).