Friday, April 28, 2017

FAMU College of Law ranked highest in Florida for diversity

The Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law was recognized by U.S. News & World Report for having one of the most diverse law schools in the nation. With a diversity ranking of 0.67, FAMU ranked ninth in the annual index and received the highest rank of any Florida law school.

“As more professional schools strive toward providing students with a well-rounded educational experience, diversity becomes increasingly important,” said Felecia Epps, dean of FAMU College of Law.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

David comes up short in pursuit of Montana State provost job

Marcella David, who served as provost under former FAMU President Elmira Mangum, recently came up short in her pursuit of the provost’s job at Montana State University. She was one of five candidates who received an invitation for an on-campus interview for the position.

President Waded Cruzado opted to appoint Robert “Bob” Mokwa, who has served as interim executive vice president for academic affairs and provost since June 2016, to continue in the job on a permanent basis.

“Dr. Mokwa brings a deep understanding of the land-grant mission of research, teaching and outreach to the job,” Cruzado said in a press release.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Partnership helps TCC students become Rattlers

By Deja L. Allen
Florida A&M University

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) continues to enhance the “TCC2FAMU” partnership with Tallahassee Community College (TCC) after years of producing successful transfer students through the program.

Earlier this year, students gained tons of information about the program during FAMU Advisement Day at TCC, hosted by the Office of University Retention.

During the program, TCC students interested in attending FAMU were able to speak with representatives from each of FAMU’s colleges and schools.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

FAMU designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education

The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Florida A&M University (FAMU) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education through 2022.

The designation was awarded in March after the University met rigorous requirements and successfully demonstrated its ability to serve the country’s need to defend cyberspace by preparing a skilled workforce via its academic offerings.

“Your ability to meet the increasing demands of the program criteria will serve the nation well in contributing to the protection of the National Information Infrastructure,” wrote Karen Leuschner, the national CAE program manager at NSA, in a letter acknowledging the University’s capacity to address the critical shortage of professionals with cyberdefense and other industry-related skills.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Under Epps, FAMU Law first-try Fla. Bar Exam passage rate falls to lowest since its reopening

The Florida A&M University College of Law first-try passage rate on the Florida Bar Exam fell to the lowest since its 2002 reopening after the first year of Dean Angela Felecia Epps, who began on January 4, 2016.

A total of 46.2 percent of the FAMU Law graduates who took the February 2017 Florida Bar Exam passed on their first try. That is the first time the FAMU first-try passage rate has been below 50 percent since its reopening.

The FAMU law school reopened in 2002 and its first class graduated in Spring 2005. That class posted a 52.9 percent first-try passage rate on the July 2005 Florida Bar Exam.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

FAMU wins 2017 MEAC men’s tennis championship

Florida A&M ended South Carolina State’s string of dominance on Saturday at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center on the campus of Old Dominion University, defeating the Bulldogs 4-2 in the championship match of the 2017 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men’s Tennis Championship.

The Rattlers won their first MEAC title in men’s tennis since 2000.

The Bulldogs captured the doubles point to begin the match, but the Rattlers bounced back in a big way during singles play. Of the five singles matches that ran to completion, Florida A&M won four of them; the Bulldogs’ lone singles win came in the No. 6 slot, where Aleksander Stupar came away with a 6-1, 6-4 victory.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

FAMU grad selected as NABJ national secretary

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has announced that Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) alumna Cheryl Smith, is the new national secretary.

A former NABJ Region VII director, Smith was recently appointed to the office by the organization’s president, Sarah Glover.

“I’m excited to welcome Cheryl Smith to the NABJ board team. Her years of experience serving NABJ on the national and chapter level are noteworthy. She brings a strong passion for NABJ service to the national board once again,” Glover said.