Friday, October 09, 2015

White House names two FAMU students HBCU All-Stars

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) has named two Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) students 2015 “HBCU All-Stars.”

The U.S. Department of Education recently announced the names of 83 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from 70 HBCUs who have been tapped to serve as ambassadors to the White House by providing outreach and communication with fellow students about the value of education.

FAMU graduate students Gilda Brown and Jennifer Smith were selected as All-Stars from a pool of more than 450 applicants.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

FAMU Law posts 67.9% first-try passage rate on Bar Exam, continues to top state average

More than 40 Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Law graduates participated in the 14th College of Law Swearing-In Ceremony on Tuesday, September 22, 2015.  The event, held in the Ceremonial Moot Courtroom, featured a standing-room-only crowd of family, friends and supporters who witnessed the momentous exchange.

The new attorneys passed the July 2015 Florida Bar Exam, where the overall pass rate for FAMU first-time takers continued to show consistency in state standings.  The 67.9 percent passage rate bested the 63.0 percent achieved by out-of-state test takers. Of the 84 FAMU graduates who took the exam for the first time in July, 57 passed.  In addition, FAMU’s 67.9 percent pass rate was higher than the pass rate of five other law schools in Florida — the College of Law outscored the same number of law schools a year ago.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Mangum’s unprofessional treatment of Cummings-Martin continues

Back in 2007, Carmen Cummings-Martin replaced Altha Manning as the new executive director of FAMU Alumni Affairs. She took on the tough task of essentially rebuilding an office that had been under-supported and politicized by the previous interim administration.

Cummings-Martin turned Alumni Affairs around and fixed its broken relationship with the FAMU National Alumni Association (NAA). She and her staffers provided critical services such as managing financial transactions, processing memberships, and helping to coordinate NAA elections.

But it looks like the Office of Alumni Affairs is being politicized all over again by the current FAMU administration.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

FAMU football team starts 0-5 for second consecutive season

The FAMU football season has begun its season with a 0-5 record for the second consecutive year.

Back on October 28 of last year, then-Athletic Director Kellen Winslow confirmed that Rattler Head Football Coach Earl Holmes had been fired.

Over his nearly two seasons as head coach, Holmes amassed a record of six wins and 16 losses. Holmes’ firing came at a time when the team was showing steady improvement, having won two out of its last three contests and with the Homecoming game just four days away.

Winslow’s disrespectful treatment of Holmes and his decision to continue to make insulting comments about the university and its supporters finally led many FAMUans to lose patience with him. Hundreds of FAMU students and alumni booed Winslow at the Homecoming Convocation.

Monday, October 05, 2015

CAFS research team publishes patent on protecting grapes from pathogen attacks

FAMU Professor of Plant Biotechnology Mehboob B. Sheikh
By Cynthia M. Lamb Portalatin
College of Agriculture and Food Sciences

FAMU inventors Mehboob B. Sheikh, Devaiah Kambiranda, and Hemanth KN Vasanthaiah recently published their patent on genes from muscadines and Florida hybrid grapes. This invention relates to protection against, and resistance to, pathogen attacks in grapes. Their patent number, 9,051,381, was issued June 9, 2015.

Sheikh is a professor of plant biotechnology at the FAMU College of Agriculture and Food Sciences’ (CAFS) Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research. Kambiranda and Vasanthaiah are research associates.

The field-grown muscadine and Florida hybrid bunch grape cultivars maintained at the Center’s vineyard were used for field and bioassay studies.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

SSU picks up first-ever football win against FAMU, snaps 24-game losing streak

Savannah State won its first-ever football contest against Florida A&M on Saturday with a 37-27 victory at T.A. Wright Stadium.  

The win ended the Tigers’ 24-game, overall, losing streak and its 32-game losing streak in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). SSU’s most recent win was a 27-20 triumph against Fort Valley State in 2013.

Before Saturday, the last time SSU had won a conference game was when the Tigers defeated N.C. Central, 33-30, in 2011. It was SSU’s first official season in the MEAC.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Boyce steps down from FAMU Board of Trustees after 14 months

Lucas Boyce left the FAMU Board of Trustees on Monday after serving 14 months of a three and half year term.

Boyce informed Chairman Rufus Montgomery of his decision to step down in a letter on Sept. 28. He didn’t provide details about why he chose to leave.

“Please let this communication serve as notice to you and the rest of the Trustees of my resignation from the board of FAMU University,” he wrote.

Gov. Rick Scott originally appointed Boyce on July 21, 2014. His appointment was to end on January 6, 2018.