Tuesday, September 02, 2014

FAMU 10 for $10 Challenge tops $50k in a week

Taking a cue from the popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, FAMU Alum Cecka Rose Green  was inspired by what she saw to create an opportunity to challenge Rattlers to give to FAMU.  

Green, came up with the idea to donate $10, the cost of one lunch, to FAMU and challenge 10 others to do the same.  On August 25, she posted her challenge on Facebook and "called out" 10 of her family and friends.  

Within hours, her FAMU 10 for $10 Giving Challenge challenge was going viral on Facebook and twitter.   As with most challenges of this type challengers, and those challenged, must provide proof that they have donated.

To date, more than $51,000 has been donated by over 1,700 individual donors.  Green's goal is to top the $500,000 mark by the end of the year from over 5,000 donors.  You can earmark your donation to whatever area at FAMU that interest you most -- athletics, College of Education, scholarships, or "area of greatest need."  The important thing is that you give.  

Monday, September 01, 2014

From our FAMU Store to your door in only 3 days

Show your Rattler Pride by shopping our online FAMU Store featuring over 500 officially licensed products like these stadium seat cushions.  All items ship out in 24 hours and are delivered to your door within three days.  Free shipping on purchases over $50.  

Happy Labor Day

Support the nation's workers and job-seekers.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Rattlers fall to JSU in final seconds, 22-17

Running back Gerald Hearns, who rushed for 56 yards on 16 carries
Video of the final play: here

Jackson State’s DeSean McKenzie hauled in the winning touchdown in the final seconds to lift the Tigers to a 22-17 win over FAMU in the season opener for both teams Saturday night.

The 49-yard TD pass spoiled what would have been a fourth quarter comeback win for the Rattlers, which retook the lead with just 46 seconds to remaining in the game.  

The Rattlers gave up 439 in total yards to Jackson Saturday, but limited them to field goals when the Tigers got into the red zone on three different occasions.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

FAMU celebrates grand opening of campus Starbucks

On Wednesday, FAMU celebrated the grand opening of the Starbucks in Coleman Memorial Library.

FAMU President Elmira Mangum, Student Body President Tonnette Graham, and officials from Metz Culinary Management gathered at the coffee shop’s new home on the library’s second floor to cut the ribbon.

Attendees at the ceremony were treated to door prizes and free samples from the Starbucks menu.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Budget cuts silence the Voice of the Rattlers, Keith Miles

In another sad moment for FAMU, the university’s athletic department confirmed Wednesday that it has parted ways with Keith Miles, the Voice of Rattlers.

“I had a feeling. It’s a new administration," Miles told WCTV-6.

Miles served as the play-by-play announcer for FAMU football for 30 years.

WCTV-6 reported that FAMU Sports Information Director Vaughn Wilson “says the move to a new play by play announcer - and a smaller broadcast team - will allow the university to save more than $20,000 a year and give it access to more ad revenue too.”

Miles told the Tallahassee Democrat that his production company, Vantage Radio, earned $73,000 annually for its broadcasting work on FAMU football games. For the past five years, his contract was with the Rattler Boosters, which paid him with revenue it made from advertising sales. Prior to that, Miles had an agreement with the Department of Athletics.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Gillum, Richardson, and Williams pick up election victories

(L-R) Curtis Richardson, Andrew Gillum, Tallahassee Lobbyist Sean Pittman, and Alan Williams honoring Kopykat Copy Center
Andrew Gillum, Curtis Richardson, and Alan Williams all emerged victorious a set of primary elections held yesterday, August 25.

FAMU alumnus Andrew Gillum won the primary election for the mayorship of Tallahassee. Although a write-in candidate has filed to challenge him in November, it is unclear whether he will need to hit the campaign trail again.

“I don’t know the particulars around that,” Gillum said in an interview with the Tallahassee Democrat. “My understanding is that in a nonpartisan election, if there are more than two candidates a candidate who gets 50 percent plus one is decided. But I’ll do what the process says.”

Richardson, who represented FAMU for eight years in District 8 of the Florida House of Representatives, won the race the succeed Gillum in seat two on the Tallahassee City Commission.

FAMU alumnus Alan Williams, who won the Florida House seat that Richardson left due to term limits in 2008, cruised to an easy victory in the Democratic primary for his current office. He will face a write-in candidate in the general election.