Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Long-time, regular FAMU donors responsible for many notable financial gifts in 2016-2017

Florida A&M University had a big increase in its fundraising success for 2016-2017. The end-of- the-year total was $8.5M, up from $6.4M the previous year. Now the university is in the midst of an internal battle over who deserves most of the credit for that accomplishment.

A letter that Vice-President for Advancement George Cotton sent to President Larry Robinson said that his strategies were what got the numbers up.

“In less than three years, the strategies I have been able to implement have moved annual fundraising from an average of $3 million dollars to an unprecedented $8.5 million,” Cotton wrote.

Robinson wrote about the $8.5M as an accomplishment of his administration in his self-evaluation for 2016-2017. But he didn’t mention Cotton. Robinson did call attention to contributions of the National Alumni Association (NAA), new FAMU investment manager, FAMU Foundation Board of Directors members, corporate partners, and individual donors. 

FAMU has not posted any document to that has a detailed breakdown of the all the major contributions in 2016-2017 and who gave them.

But what can be said for sure is that FAMU owes a big “thank you” to the many long-time, regular financial supporters who opened up their checkbooks to give even more during 2016-2017.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

New FAMU head football coach: “I’m home”

The Simmons family with President Larry Robinson (FAMU student, freshman class president and son Tre, and daughters Raven and Shailoh with Willie Simmons and wife Shaia Simmons, a two-time FAMU grad – Not pictured: son, Wraylon)
Florida A&M University (FAMU) formally presented Big Bend area native Willie Simmons as the 18th full-time head coach in the history of the school’s storied football program on Tuesday, December 12, in the Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium. The Marching “100,” FAMU Cheerleaders, Venom mascot, students, athletes, faculty, staff, alumni, booster groups and family and fans from across the region came out to welcome Coach Willie Simmons and the new era of Rattler Football.

“I’m home,” Simmons said during the press conference. “I’m honored, privileged and blessed to be here. And you will get my very best. We are going to get right to work at winning championships … and making sure our student-athletes are champions academically and off the field.”

FAMU to present Willie Simmons as head football coach

Florida A&M University (FAMU) will formally present Tallahassee-area native Willie Simmons as the 18th full-time head coach in the history of the school’s storied football program on Tuesday, December 12 at 11 a.m., in the Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium.

Simmons was a prep athlete at nearby Shanks High School in Quincy before embarking on a stellar collegiate football career that featured stints at Clemson University and The Citadel (South Carolina). He comes to FAMU from Prairie View A&M University of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), where he spent the last three seasons (2015-17) as head football coach.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Vote on Green’s impeachment resolution against Trump highlights divisions among Democrats

The vote count on Congressman Al Green’s, D-Texas, impeachment resolution against U.S. President Donald Trump highlighted how divided Democrats are over how they should address the problems they have with the current administration. This issue has now entered the Democratic gubernatorial primary in Florida.

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted 364 to 58 in favor of tabling the resolution. All the votes against tabling the resolution, along with the four “present” votes, came from Democrats.

Green attended Florida A&M University from 1966 to 1971.

According to Newsweek, “while obstruction of justice impeachment articles have previously been filed against Trump by multiple Democrats, the articles put forward by Green Wednesday focused instead on the president's alleged discrimination and creation of a culture of a division. Those issues, argued Green, are not being given the attention in Congress that they warrant.”

Sunday, December 10, 2017

FAMU close to naming Willie Simmons head football coach

FAMU appears set to name former Prairie View A&M head coach Willie Simmons as head coach as early as tomorrow. Simmons lead the Panthers to a 21-11 record over three years in what was his first head coaching job.
His wikipedia page has already been updated to indicate that he is the FAMU coach.

Simmons, 37 years-old, is a Tallahassee native,who played quarterback at Clemson University, and has is most noted as an offensive guru. His teams at PVAMU scored on 33.4 points per game.

Simmons previously served as offensive coordinator/RB coach at Alcorn State University. He held the same position at Middle Tennessee State University.

Simmons was briefly a member of the FAMU football team back in 2003 after transferring from Clemson but was denied a waiver to play as FAMU was in the midst of an attempt to join the FCS.

On Saturday, Prairie View A&M released a statement saying that Simmons had left the program after three seasons. Simmons, himself, told a Houston sportscaster Mark Berman, that he resigned to "pursue other professional opportunities."

Marching 100 welcomes new uniforms

Saturday, December 09, 2017

FAMU women’s basketball team breezes past Lynn University, 74-37

The Florida A&M University women's basketball team rode the momentum from a hot-shooting first half to a breezy 74-37 romp over visiting Lynn University in the Al Lawson Center Thursday night.

Thursday's win was the second straight for FAMU (2-7), which shot a blistering 53 percent (16 of 30) from the floor overall and went five of nine from three-point range to pull away from Lynn (2-7) to take a 41-20 halftime lead.

Friday, December 08, 2017

CBS promotes Godwin to vice president of news

Florida A&M University alumna Kimberly Godwin, a journalist with more than a decade at CBS News, has been named Vice President of News for the company.

In her new position, Godwin will be responsible for the editorial direction, launch and coordination of all CBS News newsgathering resources domestically and around the globe. She will also continue her role as executive director for Development and Diversity, where she has enhanced CBS News' profile at conferences around the country and cultivated a strong pipeline of potential employees. She has also developed a lecture series that features top CBS News journalists sharing their reporting experiences with colleagues.

“Kim is a proven editorial leader from her years at the CBS Evening News and throughout the organization, where she has led the charge in our inclusion and development efforts,” said David Rhodes, president of CBS News.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

U.S. House of Representatives tables Green’s impeachment resolution against Trump

On Wednesday, December 6, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to table a resolution that U.S. Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, brought to the floor with articles of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump.

Before bringing the impeachment resolution to the floor, Green sent a letter to his House colleagues that explained why he thought the action was necessary. He said that “we now have a bigot in the White House who incites hated and hostility.”

“The question isn’t whether we have a bigot as President, the question is: What are we going to do about it?” Green said in the December 5 letter. “The answer is: Impeachment for his high misdemeanors, which need not be a crime.”