Thursday, August 18, 2022

FAMU nursing grads licensure exam scores show slight improvement


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FAMU nursing students sitting for the National Council Licensure Examination for the first time, this year, saw improvement in their test scores on the March exam with a pass rate of 64.71%.  For the June exam FAMU’s score improved to an 83.33% pass rate.

This scores were up overall from a pass rate of 62 percent in 2021.

So far this year, FAMU’s pass rate average is 74.29%, 11.71% below the national average. 
The Florida Board of Nursing requires programs to meet the national average first-time pass rate of about 86 percent. 
 
The School of Nursing was been placed on a two-year probation by the state's nursing board because in June 2021 because of its low first-time passing rates.  The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) Board of Commissioners granted the FAMU baccalaureate nursing program continued accreditation for good cause for two years.  
 
The FAMU baccalaureate nursing program underwent a reevaluation in April 2022 to determine if probation will continue for the second year.  That report is due next month.
 
This year, eight nursing programs in the State University System of Florida experienced a decline in its annual scores.  According to a reportnearly a third of Florida nursing school graduates flunked the licensing exam

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

20th Grape Harvest and family fun day celebrates FAMU's role as a viticulture research leader

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The FAMU Grape Harvest Festival returns this Saturday, August 20 at the FAMU Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research, at 6361 Mahan Drive in Tallahassee. 

The 20th Annual Grape Harvest Festival is expected to draw more than 2,000 participants who will celebrate family, food, fun, and agricultural discovery to recognize the University’s role as a national leader in viticulture research. 

Like most large gatherings, the Grape Harvest Festival took a two-year hiatus due to COVID. 
“The FAMU Grape Harvest Festival is not only one of the highlights of the summer, but it is also one of the most fun, family-friendly, health and wellness promoting events in Tallahassee. We are looking forward to welcoming the community back to the Viticulture Center,” said Sharon Robinson, honorary chair of the Grape Harvest Festival Committee.

Featured activities include vineyard trailer rides, wine-making workshops, grape and wine sampling, mobile marine lab, water slides, grape throwing competition, hula hoop competition, live entertainment, the 5K/2K fun vineyard run and walk-a-thon, grape picking, a health fair, and dozens of community exhibitors and vendors.

The opening ceremony will be held at 11 a.m.

There will also be wine and cheese tasting as well as a wine-making workshop, grape harvesting, and tours of the tours of the 45 acre vineyard.   

The FAMU Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research is a national leader in muscadine grape research. The Center maintains the most extensive muscadine grape germplasm collection in the world and serves as one of the five National Clean Plant Centers for Grapes.

Tickets for the Harvest can be purchased on-site the day of the event. General admission is $10. Children under the age of 12 and FAMU students with valid ID are admitted for free. Seniors age 65 and above receive a 20 discount on admission; a 50 percent discount for non-FAMU students is available with a valid ID.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

2022 Rattler football preseason preview


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The 2022 football season is nearly here and the Rattlers are heading into the season with high expectations following up on last year’s 9-3 season and their first FCS playoff appearance in nearly two decades.  
 
The Rattlers return Buck Buchanan Award-winning linebacker Isaiah Land as one of the top players in the nation. While the defense did lose safety Markquese Bell to the NFL, head coach Willie Simmons grabbed Iowa State transfer Kym-Mani King to replace him. King joins a secondary featuring an elite cornerback in BJ Bohler, making FAMU’s “Dark Clouds Defense” a strength again in 2022.

However, the Rattlers still face questions offensively. The skill positions should be set with wideouts Xavier Smith and Jah'Marae Sheread back, and running back A.J. Davis transferred in from Pittsburgh to help ease the loss of Bishop Bonnett. Yet, FAMU still has concerns at the quarterback position. 

Rasean McKay was the primary starter under center in 2021, but he's currently in a heated quarterback competition Vanderbilt transfer Jeremy Moussa.  In the coming days we’ll see who will emerge as the starter, though we suspect both may see playing time in the first few games.

FAMU also looks to replace like two-time All-American Keenan Forbes or All-SWAC honoree Jay Jackson-Williams on an offensive line that last year led the SWAC in fewest sacks allowed while ranking third in scoring and fourth in total offense.  Coach Simmons, and the Rattlers, should be in good shape with returners Cameron Covin, 2022 Preseason All-SWAC Second Team Offense, and  Bryan Crawford,  who participated in six games last year, and TJ Lee, who participated in seven games as a freshman  at left guard. 
 
Simmons and staff, made restocking the O-line a priority during the offseason by bringing in six newcomers – three true freshmen and three transfers and a new offensive line coach in Joseph Henry

On special teams the Rattlers are loaded with kick returner Jah’Marae Sheread who led the entire NCAA Division-I in punt returns last season.  The Rattlers return All-SWAC placekicker Jose Romo-Martinez, punter Chris Faddoul.  Faddoul is a two-time All-American who led the NCAA Division-I in two categories in a single year.  

FAMU is heading into the season ranked No. 2 among HBCUs by HBCUGameDay and No 24 among FCS schools by CBS Sports.  The Rattlers kickoff the season on August 27th at 8:15 pm, against the Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina, in a nationally televised game on the ACC Network. 

Monday, August 15, 2022

FAMU Kappa Alpha Psi alumni award $36k in scholarships to 12 students

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Alpha Xi Gives, a scholarship initiative founded and managed by alumni of the Alpha Xi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. at FAMU, awarded $36,000 in scholarships for the 2022-23 academic year to twelve FAMU students.

The 12 students awarded scholarships this year were selected from a large pool of applicants evaluated by the FAMU Foundation and Alpha Xi Gives. Awardees were selected based on their  academic performance, campus involvement, and community service.

Alpha Xi Gives is believed to be one of the largest HBCU scholarship initiatives conceived and funded by Historically Black Greek-letter organization alumni, raising $480,000 for FAMU and awarding $110,000 in scholarships since 2019 to thirty-one FAMU students.

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Be Out Day Atlanta raises more than $55,000 for scholarships

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Melissa St. Joyprincipal of the Emma Hutchinson Elementary in Atlanta, GA, one of the organizers of Be Out Day Atlanta, and the friends of FAMU,  brought a little bit of “the Hill” to the “the A”, yesterday, with a FAMUly fun day and picnic in Atlanta's Central Park.

The group also raised $55,792 in scholarship money for Atlanta area students to attend FAMU.  The Deltas lead the in the giving donating $14, 031, they were followed by the Kappa Alpha Psi Alums who gave $5,946, with the Ques coming in a distant third place.

Attendees enjoyed field-day games, basketball, kickball tournaments, kids zone, food trucks, and a live DJ spinning all of the hits and FAMU classics!



Saturday, August 13, 2022

FAMU alum Jerry Lorenzo leads adidas’ basketball division

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FAMU grad Jerry Lorenzo, founder of the Fear of God (FoG) brand, and adidas announced a long-term partnership.  Under the partnership, Lorenzo will drive the global creative and business strategy for adidas Basketball. The partnership will also give birth to the creation of a new Fear of God Athletics sub-label to accompany the brand’s seasonal Essentials collections and mainline offerings.
 
Adding Lorenzo’s street-meets-luxury-meets-sport design ethos to a basketball label that boasts global superstars like James HardenDamian Lillard and Donovan Mitchell is a step in a bold new direction for adidas and Fear of God. 
 
“This is a fearless move where shared vision and conviction are at the heart of the accretion of two brands shaping sports and culture, with the purpose to truly multiply our nuanced strengths to revolutionize the performance basketball industry forever,” said Jerry Lorenzo. “adidas and Fear of God share the same dream for the future of basketball, on and beyond the court, and we look forward to changing the face of the industry through a new model that will unfold before us in the coming years.”
 
This announcement signals the of Lorenzo’s time working with Nike — a relationship that began in 2018 and was most known for footwear silhouettes like the Air Fear of God 1
 
“The global impact that Jerry Lorenzo and Fear of God has had on culture and the industry is undeniable,” says adidas executive Brian Grevy. “Jerry is a creative visionary and embodies a true expression of the entrepreneurial spirit today. His authentic connection to sport, deep understanding of the footwear industry and past, and ability to reinterpret heritage and visualize the future excites us. We look forward to working with him to inspire the next generation of basketball creatives, athletes and communities.”
 
Los Angeles-based Lorenzo, who played baseball while at FAMU, frequently shouts out his alma mater on his social media. Earlier this year, Lorenzo and Fear of God released its first collaboration with luxury designer Zegna.   
 
“This is a fearless move where shared vision and conviction are at
the heart of the accretion of two brands shaping sports and culture, with the purpose to truly multiply our nuanced strengths to revolutionize the performance basketball industry forever,” said Jerry Lorenzo. “adidas and Fear of God share the same dream for the future of basketball, on and beyond the court, and we look forward to changing the face of the industry through a new model that will unfold before us in the coming years.”
 
This announcement signals the of Lorenzo’s time working with Nike — a relationship that began in 2018 and was most known for footwear silhouettes like the Air Fear of God 1
 
“The global impact that Jerry Lorenzo and Fear of God has had on culture and the industry is undeniable,” says adidas executive Brian Grevy. “Jerry is a creative visionary and embodies a true expression of the entrepreneurial spirit today. His authentic connection to sport, deep understanding of the footwear industry and past, and ability to reinterpret heritage and visualize the future excites us. We look forward to working with him to inspire the next generation of basketball creatives, athletes and communities.”
 
Los Angeles-based Lorenzo, who played baseball while at FAMU, frequently shouts out his alma mater on his social media. Earlier this year, Lorenzo and Fear of God released its first collaboration with luxury designer Zegna.   
 
Lorenzo has his eyes firmly set on becoming the next Ralph Lauren.

 

editors note: this article first appeared on this blog on Dec. 24, 2020.

Friday, August 12, 2022

FAMU "Fan Day" set for August 20th

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FAMU football and the defending 2021 SWAC Champion Lady Rattlers volleyball team will hold its annual  “Fan Day” on  August 20, from 2 - 4 p.m. at Bragg Memorial Stadium. 

Football and volleyball fans will have a chance to come out and meet and greet both teams and coaches, get autographs, and discuss the upcoming seasons.


Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare will be on-site providing free health screenings.