Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Student numbers up at FAMU after school lost $19.8M in tuition and fees due to enrollment decline

At the 2017 Florida A&M University Homecoming Convocation, Interim President Larry Robinson announced that the school has reversed its enrollment decline.

FAMU enrolled 9,978 students in Fall 2017. That’s the biggest number of students the school has had since Fall 2014, when there were 10,233 students.

The university had 9,920 students in Fall 2015 and 9,614 students in Fall 2016.

FAMU lost $19.8M in total tuition and fee loses due to the enrollment decline between 2012-2013 and 2015-2016. The Florida auditor general report with the tuition and fee loss numbers from 2016-2017 has not been released yet.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

White supremacist, “Alt-Right” leader to speak at UF

Yesterday, Gov. Rick Scott announced that he had signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency in Alachua County due to the upcoming speech by Richard Spencer, a white supremacist who is one of the founders of the Alt-Right movement. Spencer is scheduled speak Thursday at the Phillips Center for Performing Arts at the University of Florida.

“We live in a country where everyone has the right to voice their opinion, however, we have zero tolerance for violence and public safety is always our number one priority,” Scott said. “This executive order is an additional step to ensure that the University of Florida and the entire community is prepared so everyone can stay safe.”

Herrera named MEAC Volleyball Rookie of the Week for second time this season

Yesterday, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference named Florida A&M freshman Candelaria Herrera its Volleyball Rookie of the Week for the second time this season.

Herrera (6-1, Fr., MB, San Juan, Argentina) hit .617 for the weekend, helping the Rattlers to a pair of straight-set victories in conference play. She had 12 kills (and just one error) against North Carolina Central, hitting .786 for the match and adding two service aces, before adding 13 kills, two total blocks and an ace against North Carolina A&T State. In that match, Herrera committed just three errors and hit .500.

Monday, October 16, 2017

FAMU Law student named Holland & Knight Scholar

Ariel Cavazos is the 2017-2018 Holland & Knight Scholar, a designation that landed her a summer associate’s position at the Top 10 law firm as well as a full-tuition scholarship for her second year at Florida A&M University College of Law.

Holland & Knight, LLP selected Cavazos after a panel interview with law firm partners and an application process that included several other FAMU Law students who, like her, excelled in first-year classes based on grades following their first semester of law school. As the 10th recipient of one of the law school’s most prestigious honors, Cavazos said she proudly represented the FAMU College of law during summer 2017 while honing her practical skills.

“I’ve been exposed to many different areas of the law and have gotten invaluable experience that as a rising 2L I would not have received anywhere else,” she said.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Aggies spoil Rattler Homecoming, 31-20

The unbeaten North Carolina A&T Aggies rode a 21-point second period surge to a 31-20 win over the Florida A&M Rattlers at Homecoming in Bragg Memorial Stadium here Saturday afternoon.

A near-sellout crowd of 25,067 fans packed the venerable stadium for the 130th Homecoming at FAMU, and early on, it looked like the Rattlers (2-5, 1-3 MEAC) would more than compete against the Aggies (7-0,, 4-0 MEAC), as the two clubs played to a 7-7 draw after the first period.

FAMU Law graduate receives inaugural Florida Bar award

The Florida Bar Young Lawyer’s Division (YLD) recognized Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law recent graduate Benjamin Irving with an award focused on service to his surrounding community.  The Inaugural YLD Law Student Division Pro Bono Award was presented to Irving by Attorney Mike Sasso, YLD Board member, before College of Law Interim Dean LeRoy Pernell, and a host of Florida Bar YLD representatives.

The YLD Law Student Division Pro Bono Award recognizes the public service or legal aid performed by a Florida law student who has provided outstanding contributions to those in need of legal services.  The purpose of the award is to promote and encourage Pro Bono service among law students, and to expose them to the work that legal aid organizations perform in their local communities.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Too named MEAC Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week

Florida A&M sophomore David Too was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week, the conference office announced on October 11.

Too (Jr., Eldoret, Kenya) won individual gold at the Florida State Invitational this past weekend, setting a Florida State course and Florida A&M program record by running a 24:15.60 over the 8K course. That time is the fastest in the MEAC, and Too bettered his conference-best time by 36 seconds.

His effort helped the Rattlers finish second in the 18-team field.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Montrel Miller to keynote FAMU Homecoming Convocation

Actor Montrel Miller will deliver the keynote address during the 2017 Florida A&M University Homecoming Convocation.

Miller is earned a bachelor of science degree in agribusiness from FAMU and graduated Summa Cum Laude. He also became a member of the Beta Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

According to his official biography: “In 2012, he made his film debut with a supporting role in Unconditional starring Michael Ealy and Lynn Collins and his television debut in Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, playing the recurring role of “Rashard”. In 2014, Montrel landed a role in the Academy Award nominated film Selma. Also in 2014, Montrel booked a role on Resurrection and he landed a supporting role in Coffee Shop, alongside Laura Vandervoort, Jon Lovitz, and Kevin Sorbo. In 2016, Montrel starred in the Golden Globe and Emmy award winning show Atlanta. In 2017, he starred in the CBS drama series NCIS: New Orleans. Some of his other notable works include Being Mary Jane, Papa starring Yong-woo Park, Nice Guy, also starring Miguel A. Núñez Jr., Grammy nominee D. Woods’ music video for her single “2 The Bottom”, Wonderland starring Grammy nominee pop singer Natasha Bedingfield, and over 25 commercials, including NBA, Coca Cola, Ford, Delta, and Toyota. Montrel has a deep love for theatre and feels it it the purest form of acting. Some plays he’s performed in are Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Taming of the Shrew, A Few Good Men, and A Streetcar Named Desire.”

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Kasim Reed endorses FAMU alumna to succeed him as mayor of Atlanta

L-R: Georgia State University President Mark Becker,
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, and City Council Member Keisha Lance Bottoms
On Wednesday, October 11, Florida A&M University alumna Keisha Lance Bottoms picked up a coveted endorsement for her campaign to become the next mayor of Atlanta, Ga.

Incumbent Mayor Kasim Reed announced his support for Bottoms while being interviewed by V-103, WVEE 103.3 FM.

“I want folks to know that I am going to do everything I can between now and Nov. 7 and Dec. 5 to see that Keisha Lance Bottoms becomes my successor, that a woman becomes the 60th mayor of Atlanta,” Reed said in a quote published online by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.