Sunday, September 25, 2016

White House names FAMU doctoral candidate 2016 HBCU All-Star

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCU) has recently named Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) doctoral candidate Terrance McNeil as one of its 73 2016-HBCU (historically black college or university) All-Stars.

McNeil, a fourth-year doctoral candidate studying educational leadership, was selected from more than 300 students from 24 states. FAMU has consistently been represented on the list of ambassadors who are tasked with providing outreach opportunities and communicating with other students about the value of both education and the Initiative as a networking source.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

FAMU students aid Tallahassee community after Hurricane Hermine

By Amaya Mann
FAMU Office of Communications

In the wake of Hurricane Hermine, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s (FAMU) students put their best foot forward by aiding the community.

During the last three hours leading up to Hurricane Hermine’s arrival, the Transfer Student Association (TSA) partnered with Leon County Public Operations to assemble and disburse sandbags to Tallahassee residents. Sandbags can be used as barriers against runoff and floodwater in order to prevent serious water damage to one’s property.

Friday, September 23, 2016

FAMU alumnus helps plan Tallahassee’s first Jazz and Blues Festival

Scott Barnhart has been cultivating relationships since his days in the Marching 100. The two- time Grammy winner, esteemed leader of the world-renown Count Basie Orchestra, and former Marching 100 trumpeter has teamed up with a group of talented individuals to plan the Florida Jazz & Blues Festival, taking place September 23-25, 2016 at Cascades Park. Barnhart serves as artistic director.

Barnhart, the festival planning team, and Gary Anton of the Bradfordville Blues Club have assembled an award-winning lineup of artists from all parts of the world. Having played trumpet all over the world, Barnhart said he knew there was a certain formula to follow when planning an event of this scale.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Lee built social media following among gullible, Rattlers-in-name-only

John Michael Lee is one of the biggest defenders of Elmira Mangum, the FAMU president who John Thrasher used to help him put an end to 28 years of FAMU budget control at FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE). But now Lee is asking to be taken seriously in his claim that the powers-that-be are “using” the current FAMU administration.

The saddest thing is that Lee has a small, but loud social media following of gullible Rattlers-in-name-only who believe him.

On Monday, FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson terminated Lee’s contract as a special assistant in the Office of the President. Lee responded by putting his termination letter on display in an unofficial FAMU Alumni Facebook page and then posting rants with conspiracy theories about recent events at the university. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Robinson appoints Wright interim provost

Interim President Larry Robinson announced yesterday that he has appointed long-time dean in the School of Architecture and Engineering Technology Rodner Wright as the new interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

Wright previously served as interim provost during Robinson’s stint as interim president from 2012 through 2014.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Curtain falls on Mangum-hosted Amateur Hour in Lee Hall

The cronyism of the Elmira Mangum era is coming to an end. Professionals who actually know how to run a university are now on their way back to Lee Hall.

Yesterday, FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson gave termination letters to six individuals who had worked in the central administration building under his predecessor.  The FAMUan reported that those six employees were: “Provost Marcella David, [Assistant Vice President for Communications] Elise Durham, Chief of Staff Jimmy Miller, Executive Assistant to the President Jackie Hightower and special assistants to the president Dee Gamble and John Lee.”

All six terminations were effective at the end of the business day on Monday, September 19. The student newspaper added that each individual was “placed on administrative leave with pay for 60 days.”

Monday, September 19, 2016

Jones quiet when Joyner backed confirmation of FAMU trustee who tried to fire Mangum

Hours before the FAMU Board of Trustees (BOT) voted to accept an exit agreement put forth by President Elmira Mangum on Thursday, state Rep. Shevrin Jones sent out a Tweet stating that he was “disappointed” with the board.

“To the FAMU BOT I am disappointed in you,” wrote Jones, a FAMU alumnus. “But God knows I still love my University. Dr. @RattlerinChief, thank you for your leadership.”
That statement came about 10 months after Jones chose to keep quiet as one of Mangum’s biggest opponents on the BOT cruised to an easy confirmation in the Florida Senate.