Tuesday, December 01, 2020

Giving Tuesday: Your gift could make a difference in the life of a Rattler who could go on to solve the world's biggest challenges

If you are like most of us, you are very proud to be a Rattler and to recognize how important the “FAMU Spirit” is and all that it represents. To us “Excellence with Caring” isn’t just a motto it’s a way of life. 

We see that excellence demonstrated in so many concrete ways from the way the FAMU faculty responded to an immediate turn around to go fully remote teaching when COVID-19 first struck.  And, we see it in the students who have been resilient in spite of all the challenges that have been thrown at them during this pandemic.

So just as we have had “Black Friday”, “Cyber Monday”, today is “Giving Tuesday!”

FAMU relies on the generosity of alumni and friends to support its innovative teaching, research, and scholarships.

Giving Tuesday is a global day to promote philanthropy, citizen engagement, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world.  It’s a day where all Rattlers and friends can come together and show our collective support for FAMU, it’s students and important campus initiatives. 

It’s a chance to celebrate the opportunities that make FAMU so extraordinary, such as life-changing scholarships and provide the resources to recruit, enroll and retain the high-performing students who will tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges.

Financial aid has long been one of the biggest and most critical priorities for FAMU students.  The dollars raised today help meet the needs of countless students who otherwise would not be able to attend FAMU. 

This year, that need is even more pronounced.  The coronavirus pandemic has had a dramatic economic effect on many FAMU students and their families.

So many FAMU students, and potential students, have had financial hardships that they couldn’t have anticipated even a year ago. They’re finding themselves in situations where there’s been a job change, job loss or reduction in pay.

Your gift will support scholarships and financial aid—student success and retention initiatives—and the ability of FAMU to enroll the highest-performing students from high schools and community colleges across the country.  

Giving from the heart, today, can make a difference in the lives of today's students and tomorrow's leaders, problem solvers, and game changers. 

No matter the dollar amount, or where you designate your support, your contribution makes a big impact!  

Monday, November 30, 2020

U.S. Rep. David Scott to deliver fall commencement address on Dec. 12th

U.S. Rep. David Scott, D-Georgia, will deliver the keynote address in FAMU’s virtual fall commencement at 10 a.m., Saturday, December 12.

The full ceremony will be broadcast on FAMU's YouTube and Facebook pages, as well as the FAMU Mobile App.

Scott earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre with honors in 1967 from FAMU and later became the third African-American to receive an MBA from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with honors in 1969.

In 1974, he was elected as a Georgia State Representative, where he served from 1975 to 1982. In 1982, David Scott was elected as a Georgia State Senator, where he served from 1983 to 2002, when he was elected to Congress.

In Congress, Scott has been an advocated for student loan repayment assistance and secured $80 million in funding for agriculture-focused scholarships at the 19 historically Black 1890s land-grant colleges and universities, including FAMU. 

He is currently serving his ninth term representing Georgia's 13th Congressional District.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

FAMU COVID-19 center tests more than100,000

Since opening in April, the FAMU Bragg Memorial Stadium COVID-19 testing site has tested more than 100,000 people. 

“This is an impressive milestone in the service of our community,” said FAMU President Larry Robinson. “The site has been indispensable to the local response in combating the pandemic, it symbolizes our desire to stand and fight with our community during these difficult times.”

The site reached the milestone on Monday. During the latest spike in COVID-19 cases, the site has been conducting an average of more than 2,000 rapid tests per day.  Leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday, the FAMU site has reached new daily records conducting more than 2,687 people in a single day.  

“The numbers are indicative that people are more knowledgeable and people are travelling for the holidays and want to get tested before they leave,” said Tanya Tatum said director of FAMU Student Health Service.  “Also, we are seeing an increasing number of cases in the state. We can’t ignore that.”
The Florida Division of Emergency Management oversees operations of the site in partnership with FAMU, Bond Community Health Center and the Florida Department of Health- Leon County.
The site is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, unless closed due to inclement weather. Testing is free and no physician referral or insurance is required. Appointments and walk-ups are accepted. 

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving!

While this year's Thanksgiving is vastly different from those of years past with the many historic challenges we have faced from extended shutdowns to remote learning to face masks and temperature checks.   

As Rattlers, there are many things to be thankful for.  We don't give up.  We take advantage of the moments we have to make better tomorrows. We celebrate each other, and we celebrate together and support each other when times are tough. That's who we are.  That's always who we should strive to be.  

We are resilient.  We are the Rattler Nation.   

So while we can not all be together, we cherish the memories of our time together to relish what life has given rather than curse what has been taken away.  

We are reminded of those words from that great Roman poet, Horace, "Cease to inquire what the future has in store and take as a gift whatever the day brings forth." Enjoy your gift Rattlers.   And remember that even when there are "dark clouds''..... Rattlers Will!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Rattlers drop season opener to FGCU 65-56

The FAMU men's basketball team dropped its season opener to Florida Gulf Coast 65-56 last night.  FGCU outscored the Rattlers 40-14 in the paint

Kamron Reaves scored 15 points for the Rattlers, and Johnny Brown added 13 points, eight rebounds and three blocks.  

Overall, the Rattlers committee 20 turnovers, 12 of them in the second half with many of them leading to baskets for the Eagles as they put started to put the game away.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Lady Rattlers cancels 2020-21 basketball season citing COVID concerns

The FAMU women's basketball team who finished the 2019-20 season with a 6-21 record (4-12 MEAC) have decided not compete during the 2020-21 season citing an abundance of caution about the COVID-19 pandemic. FAMU athletics had not reported any positive cases among team members, although there has been an uptick in positive cases among the general student body in the past two weeks.

The announcement came early Monday afternoon.  The Lady Rattlers were scheduled to play their first game today to against crosstown rival FSU.

In a statement FAMU athletics said, “the Rattlers began preseason camp with a limited number of players on the roster. With the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, it has been determined that moving forward would not be feasible.”
"We are very disappointed but obviously, we are taking concerns and circumstances within the women's basketball program and COVID-19 very seriously. Student-athletes' health and safety is and will remain our top priority," Vice President and Director of Athletics 
Kortne Gosha said. "The department of athletics and the University are committed to adhering to all COVID-19 protocols and making sure we keep every Rattler student-athlete safe.
First year head coach 
Shalon Pillow, who was hired in May, also expressed disappointment over cancellation of the season.
"I'm disappointed for my two seniors and the young ladies who have worked very hard to get to this point.   Although this was a tough decision, we will continue to support our young ladies during this time."

FAMU men’s basketball team will still compete, as the Rattlers open their season today at Florida Gulf Coast.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

COVID cases at FAMU increase for the second straight week

FAMU again has experienced a sharp increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases among students. For the week ending Nov. 20, 66 students reported testing positive, along with three employees compared to 49 students and one employee the previous week.

The new figure is now the highest single-week student report since Aug. 1, according to the university’s online dashboard.

Since Aug. 1, 264 positive tests have been self-reported to FAMU health officials, including 222 students and 42 employees.

The spike in cases last week follows a national trend as the daily number of new positive cases continues to exceed 185,000 and the US reported a record 83,081 coronavirus hospitalizations Saturday.   

Sunday, November 22, 2020

FAMU to receive share of $5m Dow investment in HBCUs to produce more Black STEM grads

FAMU is one of five HBCUs that will participate in a $5 million initiative with Dow Inc., a global chemical producer, to create more Black STEM graduates.   
Dow's portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure and consumer care.  
“This investment shows our commitment to strengthening and diversifying the American manufacturing and STEM pipeline and attracting a workforce equipped to lead our company into the future,” said Karen S. Carter, chief Human Resources officer and chief Inclusion officer for Dow Inc.

Other schools included in the partnership are NC A&T, Howard University,  Prairie View A&M University and Southern University.

The partnership will be seed by an upfront investment of $500,000 from Dow's fund to address systemic racism and inequality and be followed up by an additional $.6 million in support through 2024.