Tuesday, March 20, 2018

FAMU baseball wins second straight MEAC series

Coming off a 13-5 win, FAMU came into game three of their series with Savannah State looking to win its second Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) series in two weekends.

After three scoreless innings of play, the Rattlers drew first blood in the fourth thanks to an inside-the-park homerun to left center by John Capra.

Savannah State took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Jalen Atterbury drove in Freddie Landers with an infield single to the second baseman. Marcus Mitchell later walked with the bases loaded to force in Bryce Luken, making it a 2-1 game in favor of the Tigers.

Monday, March 19, 2018

FAMU Law appoints Reliford as its first assistant dean for career planning and development

The Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Law has selected Randolph Reliford to serve as the new Assistant Dean for Career Planning and Development.  He will be the first to occupy the position, created as a direct result of an extensive external review by a nationally known and leading expert on law school career planning services.

Reliford brings nearly a decade of experience in working with employers and advising law students, and varied experience in private legal practice, to the position.  He will start in the role on July 2, 2018.

“The FAMU Law community is excited to have Randolph Reliford lead our career services efforts,” said Interim Dean LeRoy Pernell.  “I am confident he will significantly improve our bridge between students, alumni and employers, and expand career readiness for FAMU College of Law graduates.”

Sunday, March 18, 2018

FAMU softball team prepares to defend its MEAC title

The Florida A&M University softball team, which has won four consecutive Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championships, is preparing to defend its title again this season.

After this weekend’s University of South Florida Tournament, 19 games will remain on the FAMU schedule. 15 of the contests are MEAC Southern Division games. FAMU is also the reigning Southern Division champion.

Pitching has been key to the FAMU efforts thus far, as the duo of senior Veronica Burse (3-10, 3.88 ERA, with 40 strikeouts in 77.2 innings) and sophomore newcomer Kyaira Brown (3-6, 3.52 ERA in 69.2 innings with 40 Ks) have been tough on opposing teams.

Standouts so far on the offensive side include junior infielder Lauren Williams (.417, 20 hits, 2 HRs, four doubles, 11 RBI), junior outfielder Tyra Bowers (.316, 18 hits, five stolen bases), junior infielder Taylor Rosier (.286, 14 hits, four doubles, seven RBI), and freshman third baseman Hera Varmah (.267, 12 hits, 2 HRs, four doubles, 10 RBI).

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Florida Senate confirms Lawson, Carter, and Moore

The Florida Senate recently confirmed the reappointments of three members of the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees (BOT). Matthew Carter and Kimberly Moore were confirmed on March 8th. Kelvin Lawson was confirmed on March 9th.

Carter of Tallahassee, is an attorney and business consultant on energy, economic development, and education with Carter and Associates. He is a United States Army veteran and previously served as a member of the Board of Governors of the State University System. Gov. Rick Scott originally appointed him for a term that began on December 18, 2015 and ended January 6, 2018. His current term runs from January 6, 2018 to January 6, 2023.

Moore of Tallahassee is the vice-president for workforce development at Tallahassee Community College. The Board of Governors originally appointed her for a term that began on June 20, 2018 and ended January 6, 2018. Her current term runs from January 6, 2018 to January 6, 2023. FAMU trustees elected her as vice-chair on June 10, 2016 and then reelected her to that office on March 8, 2018. 

Friday, March 16, 2018

Rattler honored as MEAC Distinguished Alumna of the Year

Florida A&M University alumna Cheryl Harris was honored as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s “Distinguished Alumna of the Year” during the conference’s recent championship basketball tournament in Norfolk, Virginia.

Harris is senior vice president of sourcing and procurement solutions at Allstate Insurance Company, FAMU Industry Cluster chair, and a FAMU Foundation board member.

She serves as the senior executive sponsor for Allstate’s relationship with the University. Committed to supporting underserved youth and historically Black colleges and universities, Harris is also the proud spokesperson for Allstate’s Quotes for Education program which has raised more than $500,000 for scholarships.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Alexander, Montford bill aims to make FAMU eligible for HBCU Capital Financing Program

A bill on “Postsecondary Revenue Bonds and Debt” by Rep. Ramon Alexander, D-Tallahassee, and Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee recently passed both chambers of the Florida Legislature and is now on Gov. Rick Scott’s desk.

If the governor signs it, Florida A&M University will become eligible for the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Capital Financing Program.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the program "has provided more than $2-billion to 45 HBCUs to finance or refinance capital projects." It offers the financial support for such projects through loans.