Saturday, August 02, 2014

Rattlers passed over for preseason first team honors

No FAMU football players were named to the All-MEAC preseason first team squad during the MEAC Football Media Luncheon.  The  conferences preseason team were selected by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors.

Six Rattlers were name to the conference's second and third teams.  Sophomore guard Keonte Cash (Miami, Florida), senior defensive back Devontae “Terry” Johnson (Tallahassee, Florida), redshirt sophomore Patrick Aiken (Pembroke Pines, Florida) and senior kicker Chase Varnadore (Tallahassee, Florida) were each named to the second team.

Senior quarterback Damien Fleming (Jacksonville, Florida) and senior offensive lineman Ryan Templeton (Chicago, Illinois) were named to the third team.

Friday, August 01, 2014

FAMU student wins national Lambda Iota Tau scholarship

FAMU student Clare Mobley has been awarded one of two annual $1,000 scholarships presented by Lambda Iota Tau (LIT), a national literary society.

Mobley is a senior English student from Kingston, Jamaica and member of the Beta Delta Chapter of LIT at FAMU. She decided to enter the national competition as a part of her personal preparation to develop a thick skin and learn to receive constructive criticism.

“I am an aspiring creative writer anticipating graduate school, and I wanted to become accustomed to complete strangers critiquing my work,” said Mobley. “When I learned about the competition, I realized that this forum would be a good place to start.”

Thursday, July 31, 2014

FAMU professor presents grape research at international conference in China

The work of FAMU’s Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research was on display this week in Beijing, China.

Yesterday, FAMU Professor Violeta Tsolova, a professor of viticulture and development biology at the center, presented “Molecular Breeding of Synchronized Grape Cell Suspensions for Flavonoid Overexpression” during the 11th International Conference on Grapevine Breeding and Genetics.

The conference, which occurs every four years, brings the world’s grape breeders and geneticists together to share their latest research progress; network and collaborate with researchers from around the world; and discuss challenging issues facing the research and industry communities with the goal of developing creative solutions.

Since its establishment by the Florida Legislature in 1978, FAMU’s Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research has been a leader in research, development, graduate training and extension activities in the areas of grape genetics, grape breeding, best practices for vineyard management, product development, grape biotechnology, small fruit evaluation, and production methods.

The center, led by Stephen Leong, is an integral component of the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

FAMU alumnus named CEO of St. Joseph Hospital

FAMU alumnus Kenneth Jones has been appointed chief executive officer of St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind. His official start date was July 28.

“Kenneth’s experience as a leader in both hospital and physician practice settings lends itself well to the opportunities he’ll encounter running a facility located in an area that’s expected to receive an influx of new residents in the very near future,” said Brian Bauer, chief executive officer, Lutheran Health Network. “His perspective as an administrator, husband, and father of two young children will be important to a growing hospital in a revitalized downtown.”     

Previously, Jones served as the CEO of The Orthopedic Hospital in Fort Wayne and the CEO of Heekin Orthopedic Specialists in Jacksonville, Fla. He also served in administrative and leadership positions at hospitals in Florida and Georgia, where he was responsible for overseeing multiple areas, including neurosciences, surgical services, orthopedics and ambulatory care. At the beginning of his professional career, Jones was administrator of the ambulatory surgery center at Duke University Hospital, where he was also part of the administrative fellowship program.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

FAMU president seeks FCC waiver to improve news services for underserved communities

FAMU President Elmira Mangum with fmr. Rep. J.C. Watts, Sen. Bill Nelson, and Sen. Marco Rubio
FAMU President Elmira Mangum recently traveled to the Capitol to help seek a waiver from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the new Black Television News Channel, which will be housed in the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication (SJGC).

“Our partnership with the Black Television News Channel is an exciting opportunity to bring more diverse stories to our community,” said Mangum. “We’re seeking the help of Congress to support our start-up efforts by providing a waiver.”

The FCC regulates interstate and international communication by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. An independent U.S. government agency overseen by Congress, the commission is the United States’ primary authority for communications law, regulation and technological innovation. The FCC collects regulatory fees and processing fees. Congress authorizes its authority to impose and collect such fees.

Monday, July 28, 2014

George E. Cooper to keynote FAMU’s summer commencement

FAMU alumnus George E. Cooper, executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), will serve as speaker for its summer commencement ceremonies scheduled Friday, Aug. 1 at 6 p.m.

“We are excited to welcome home alumnus George Cooper to share his passion for higher education with the newest graduates of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University,” said President Elmira Mangum. “His career trajectory from ambitious student to university president to White House executive director demonstrates just how far our students can excel using the academic foundation they obtain here.”

As a part of the leadership team for the White House Initiative on HBCUs, Cooper works with the president-appointed HBCU Board of Advisors as a liaison between the executive branch and HBCUs across the country. He serves as the constant voice of the HBCU community at the Department of Education and helps to shape policy and deploy resources to better serve the students, faculty and families of the greater HBCU community. He also works with 32 federal agencies that support HBCUs through federal grants and contracts.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

FAMU engineering alumna receives big promotion at multi-billion dollar defense contracting firm

Tameika N. Hollis, an alumna of FAMU’s mechanical engineering program, is taking on a new set of responsibilities at one of the country’s largest defense contracting firms.

Northrop Grumman Corporation has appointed Hollis to the position of vice president, Engineering, Manufacturing and Logistics (EM&L) for the Advanced Concepts and Technologies Division (AC&TD) in its Electronic Systems sector.

In her new role, she will be responsible for the Electronic Systems sector's infrastructure operations, including facilities, capital administration, flight test, the sector affordability team and the Technology Underground activities at the sector's Baltimore Washington International Airport campus.