Sunday, May 01, 2016

Mangum declares Jaylen Smith “interim” SGA president

Yesterday, FAMU President Elmira Mangum announced that Jaylen Smith will serve as the “interim” Student Government Association (SGA) and member of the Board of Trustees (BOT).

Back on March 30, WCTV reported that “the sitting SGA president will serve the remainder of her term, which expires on April 30th. Then, should there be the need, the SGA will follow their order of succession as prescribed in their operating procedures.”

The order for succession in SGA is the vice-president, chief of staff, and then the senate president.

The FAMUan reported on April 27 that Smith, who was just elected as the senate president, would be the interim SGA president because of the delay in finalizing the SGA presidential election.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Fla. agriculture commissioner and U.S. education secretary to address FAMU graduates

On April 30, 2016, more than 1,200 students will become alumni of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) and enter into the next chapter of their lives as global citizens ready to put the knowledge they have gained into action.

Students will receive degrees ranging from agribusiness and computer science to nursing and educational leadership.

Addressing the students, who will eagerly receive their diplomas as they prepare to make their marks on the world, are U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., J.D., Ed.D., who was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2015, and former U.S. Representative and Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam.

Friday, April 29, 2016

FAMU set for 2016 Spring Commencement

By Dominique Mack
Florida A&M University

Final preparations for Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s spring commencement ceremonies on April 30 are in full swing.

Graduating students as well as the University’s commencement committee have been hard at work year round preparing for the big day.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thrasher has power to keep Locke in FAMU-FSU deanship for as long as he wants

Back when Elmira Mangum agreed to jointly appoint Bruce Locke as the interim dean of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE), she also indirectly gave John Thrasher the power to keep him that position for as long as he wants.

Locke is a professor with tenure at FSU and was an FSU associate provost when Mangum gave her approval for his joint appointment to the COE interim deanship. He is now a finalist for the permanent COE deanship.

If Thrasher wants Locke to become permanent dean and Mangum says “no,” then Locke will just stay on in the interim deanship on an indefinite basis.

Rattler Nation has been writing about this obvious problem for months.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

2 FSU professors, 1 former FSU presidential candidate on shortlist for COE deanship

Five candidates are in the running for the deanship of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE). Two of them are currently professors at FSU and another was a candidate for the FSU presidency back in 2014.

One of the FSU professors is Bruce Locke. Locke is currently the interim dean of the FAMU-FSU COE. He was an associate provost at FSU before being appointed to that position by FAMU President Elmira Mangum and FSU President John Thrasher last year.

The second FSU professor is Emmanuel Collins. He is the chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the COE.

Former FSU presidential candidate J. Murray Gibson is also in the running. He is the dean of the College of Science at Northeastern University. The FSU Board of Trustees chose Thrasher for the presidency rather than him in 2014.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

2015: Lawson says Mangum refuses to trust anybody

Back in July of 2015, FAMU lost budget authority for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE) after 28 years. FAMU President Elmira Mangum supported the changes that led to this.

The next month, FAMU alumnus and former state Sen. Alfred “Al” Lawson told a reporter that he had offered his help to Mangum a number of times but she wasn’t interested in hearing what he had to say.

The News Service of Florida report stated that “Lawson said Mangum doesn't trust anyone.”

“I told her I wanted her to be successful,” Lawson said in a quote in the article. “I've been around for a long time, and I could keep her from running into roadblocks. … I was not trying to be hired or anything. I did that on three different occasions, and it did not work out.”

Monday, April 25, 2016

Lawson qualifies for CD5 primary with more than 2,000 petition signatures

On April 21, 2016, former Florida Senate Minority Leader Alfred “Al” Lawson announced that he had qualified by petition for the upcoming Democratic primary in the Fifth Congressional District of Florida (CD5).

In order to qualify, Lawson had to have 2,298 verified petitions. He has now exceeded this amount and met the petition qualifications.

“I have always thought that the voice of the people was the most important. I am very honored to have their support, and will continue to look out for the interests of North Florida,” Lawson said. “It’s a privilege to have their backing.”