Monday, November 20, 2017

The Alex Wood Era comes to an end

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.

Marching “100” unveils new uniforms as a new era in its history dawns

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.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Rattlers drop seventh consecutive Florida Classic to Wildcats

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.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Florida Classic kicks off with reception and successful FAMU recruitment fair

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.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Castell appointed acting president of Florida Memorial University

Castell Bryant will become the acting president of Florida Memorial University (FMU) effective Nov. 20, The Miami Times reported yesterday.

“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.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Lawson and group of Congressional colleagues request report on veteran hunger

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 social services.”

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Vote for Miss FAMU Michelle “Marva” Johnson for EBONY’s Campus Queens

Support Miss Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University Michelle "Marva" Johnson for EBONY's Campus Queens.

Online voting begins today, November 15, 2017, at 12:01 A.M. CST and ends on January 15, 2018, at 11:59 P.M. CST. Voters are allowed to vote as many times as they wish until the deadline.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

J-School grads return to the “Hill” to empower the next generation

By Aniah Jackson
Florida A&M University

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).