Saturday, May 27, 2017

FAMU to award nine $50,000 scholarships to Grand Rapids high school students

William Hudson, vice president of student affairs at Florida A&M University, visited Ottawa Hills High School in Grand Rapids Michigan on May 19 to announce a new pipeline program between Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) and FAMU.

As part of the pipeline, FAMU will award nine $50,000 scholarships to Ottawa Hills students.

Hudson said that many talented Michigan students choose to attend FAMU and the new partnership will help the university enroll even more.

“We have a strong alumni base here that does a great job in recruiting students and letting them know the benefits of higher education and specifically what we have to offer at Florida A&M University,” Hudson said in an interview with WZZM 13 news. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Four FAMU softball players make MEAC All-Academic Team

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) recently the 2017 MEAC Softball All-Academic team, which recognized 90 student-athletes with a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average.

Four players on the Florida A&M University softball team, which won its fourth consecutive MEAC title this year, made the team.  They were Alexis Day, Whitney Farris, Kenya Pereira, and Tahlia Snider.

FAMU Director of Athletics Milton Overton Jr. said he was pleased with the players who garnered the conference honor.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Lawson says Trump’s budget plan would take away lifelines from nation’s poorest citizens

Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5) released the following statement in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018:

“Once again, President Trump’s budget calls for extreme cuts to vital funding for programs that help our nation’s poor, from health care and food stamps to student loans and disability payments. It is a short-sighted plan that seeks to give tax breaks to the wealthiest while taking away lifelines for those who need it most.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Three female FAMU doctoral graduates break barriers in engineering

According to the National Science Foundation (NSF), minority women comprise fewer than 1 in 10 scientists and engineers in the United States. Studies from researchers around the world reveal that one anecdote to this disparity is to ensure there are more role models in underrepresented communities.

Three Florida A&M University (FAMU) female doctoral students, who are also best friends, recently received their doctorates in engineering. They endured setbacks, including the loss of a classmate and overcame financial hurdles to ensure that they join the next generation of engineering leaders who will help close that gap.

On April 29, Miami native and Fulbright Scholar Renee Gordon received her doctorate of philosophy in mechanical engineering; Miami Beach native and Winifred Burks-Houck Professional Leadership awardee Shannon Anderson received her doctorate of philosophy in civil engineering, with a concentration in environmental engineering; and Birmingham, Alabama native and NSF International Research Experiences grantee Marcella Carnes received her doctorate of philosophy in civil engineering with a concentration in structures.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Alumni hold most seats on NCA&T BOT, only 2 alumni in appointed seats on FAMU BOT

L-R: Bertram E. Walls, Donna A. James, Toby Brodie, William A. Dudley, 
Janice Bryant Howroyd, Timothy King, and Faye Tate Williams
North Carolina A&T University is experiencing record success.

Back in 2014, NCA&T replaced Florida A&M University as the No. 1 largest single campus historically black college or university. NCA&T is also home to one of the top football programs in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The university won the Celebration Bowl in 2015 and received an at-large bid to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Playoffs in 2016.

One asset that NCA&T has is a very strong Board of Trustees (BOT). Seven of the 12 appointed seats on the university’s BOT are held by alumni.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

FAMU baseball season comes to a close with 7-4 loss to Delaware State

The 2017 baseball season ended for Florida A&M (27-26) on Thursday night at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium as it dropped an elimination game 7-4 to Delaware State (21-24) in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) tournament. The Hornets rallied to score five runs with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, which proved to be the difference.

A day after pounding out 12 runs on 13 hits in route to a run-rule victory against the Hornets, FAMU managed just four runs on five hits in the contest.

The Rattlers took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Dallas Oliver worked a leadoff walk and Garrett Wilkinson singled through the right side before Aubrey McCarty plated Oliver from third with a fielder's choice.