Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fleming named MEAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) named FAMU quarterback Damien Fleming Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. He shares the honor with Norfolk State wide receiver Isaac White.

Fleming (QB, 6-3, 210, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.) connected on 16 of 23 passes (70.0%) for 164 yards with two touchdowns in a 31-28 victory over Howard.  He also rushed for 38 yards on 12 attempts with another two TDs in the win.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist joins FAMU’s faculty as new Knight Chair

The FAMU School of Journalism & Graphic Communication (SJGC) recently welcomed Francine Huff as the Knight Chair for Student Achievement.

While at the Wall Street Journal, Huff served as the Spot News Bureau Chief and contributed to the Journal’s Pulitzer Prize winning team coverage of the September 11, 2001 events.

This endowed chair is a five-year appointment. The goal of the Knight Foundation is to preserve the best aspects of journalism and use innovation to expand the impact of information in the digital age. It focuses on funding journalistic excellence and supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism and advance media innovation, as well as engage communities, and foster the arts.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

FAMU spoils Howard’s homecoming, 31-28

FAMU spoiled the Howard University homecoming and kept the Bison winless in the conference with a 31-28 victory on Saturday. The Rattlers (2-5, 2-1 MEAC) captured their second straight win, which kept them in the crowded Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title race.

The Bison (1-7, 0-4 MEAC) , who were held to a season-low one yard of total offense in the first half, got 399 yards of total offense from quarterback Greg McGhee in the second half. He rushed for a game-high 141 yards on 20 carries and connected on 22 of 31 for 258 yards and three TDs.

Quarterback Damien Fleming led the Rattlers’ offensive attack, rushing for 65 yards and two TDs while also passing for 16 of 23 for 164 yards and two TDs.

“You have to take your hat off to FAMU,” said Howard Head Coach Gary Harrell. “They came in with a good game plan and schemes and came out with the win.”

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Marching 100 travels to DC to support Rattlers

From Staff Reports and the Howard University Hilltop student newspaper:

The FAMU Marching 100 traveled to Howard University for the Rattler football team's game against Howard University.  The band's visit marks their first visit to Howard in 25 years.  The 100rd will be a crucial element of support for the Rattler football team who are 1-1 in the MEAC as they face another conference foe.  The band, along with an expected large contingent of FAMU alumni from all over the northeast, could be the edge Rattlers need to secure a win.

The Rattlers, coming off their first win of the season last week, will need a win today if they are to have any hope of winning the conference title this year.  FAMU will look to improve against a Howard Bison team that is 0-4 in the MEAC, and 1-6 overall.  Today's game will see the Rattlers play homecoming guest for the second time this season.
Howard Anticipates Band Battle
While the added excitement of a Howard Homecoming should be enough of an attraction, Howard fans  are looking forward to seeing the 100rd.  According to Howard band director John E. Newson, the H.U. "Showtime" band will be playing some new music for homecoming to add an element of surprise.

“Florida A&M is one of the top HBCU bands,” Newson said. “We battled them in ‘88 and in ‘89 and saw them in the Battle of the Bands, so the band might not be used to them, but I am, and I halfway know where they’re coming from.”

The fifth quarter will sound off following the official end of the football game, where Showtime will have a one-on-one battle with the Marching 100.

Read the full article here.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

UF follows FAMU’s lead in hiring Cornell senior administrator to serve as president

Back in January, FAMU hired a Cornell University vice-president as its 11th president. Yesterday, the University of Florida followed FAMU’s lead by also tapping a senior administrator at Cornell to head the school.

On Wednesday, the UF Board of Trustees voted unanimously to select W. Kent Fuchs as its president-designate. Fuchs (pronounced “Fox”) is currently the provost of Cornell.

Fuchs and FAMU President Elmira Mangum worked together for years at the Ithaca, NY campus. Back in 2009, Fuchs hired Mangum as to serve as the university’s vice-president of budget and planning.

“Elmira Mangum brings an extraordinary range of experience to this key administrative role at Cornell,” Fuchs said at the time of the appointment.