"LaCrai Mitchell is someone whose resume speaks for itself," NABJ President Sarah Glover said. "She has worked hard to gain internships and fellowships that have prepared her for the professional world. She serves as a great example of how a student journalist can succeed when they take advantage of opportunities."
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Last week, the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announced its selection of FloridaA&M University (FAMU) alumna LaCrai Mitchell as its 2016 Student Journalist of the Year. The award is presented to a college student who has excelled within the field of journalism.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Yesterday, Florida A&M University released the following condolences for an alumnus who died from injuries he suffered during the recent mass shooting in Orlando:
Our hearts go out to all of the families of those affected in the tragic shooting that took place in Orlando on Sunday morning. The horrendous incident happened not far from the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Law School in downtown Orlando.
We are especially saddened by the news that one of the victims was part of the FAMU family. 29-year-old Antonio Davon Brown was a criminal justice major from Cocoa Beach, Florida and a member of ROTC during his time on the Hill. He graduated from FAMU in 2008 and is being remembered fondly by classmates and fellow alumni on social media.
In the meantime, the Florida A&M University community stands with the entire Orlando community in the wake of tragedy. Our thoughts, and prayers for peace, are with everyone in central Florida and across this nation.
Monday, June 13, 2016
#48 on the team roster.
The Detroit Lions selected him during the 2013 NFL Draft’s seventh round with the 245th pick. Hepburn had impressed NFL scouts with his stellar senior season at FAMU. On the field, he was the Rattlers’ leading tackler and captain of the defense.
He later became a member of the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad in 2014.
Friday, May 27, 2016
Alumnus Ron Fry has mastered the art of partying with a purpose.
Fry has successfully turned entertaining fellow alumni and friends into an annual fundraising project. Each year, on his birthday, Fry uses his special day as a platform to give back to his alma mater by selflessly sharing his birthday celebration with Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) in 2001.
“We have been doing the birthday party fundraiser for over 15 years now,” Fry said. “It’s a five-day weekend with people flying in from all over D.C., Atlanta, Houston, Charlotte, Tallahassee and more.”
Monday, April 18, 2016
Back during the week of March 20-26, Tallahassee Democrat reporter Bryon Dobson covered the controversy over the FAMU Student Government Association elections and complaints from Board of Trustees members about a lack of communication from the administration.
Some FAMU alumni on Facebook reacted with posts that called Dobson names and asked others to also join in their effort to smear him.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
CD5, which Brown has represented since 1992, ran north-south from Duval County to Orange County until the Florida Supreme Court voted 5-2 on December 2 to approve a new set of Congressional district maps in compliance with the Fair Districts Amendment. The new maps included a redrawn District 5 that runs from Duval to Gadsden Counties. The new CD5 remains a minority-access seat with about 45 percent black voters.
From Mitchell’s column: “Busting myths about Corrine Brown’s redistricting battle”:
Saturday, March 12, 2016
The highly anticipated event served as a fitting stage for Thompson to share his thoughts and a few invaluable lessons acquired throughout his distinguished 45-year career. A proud FAMU alumnus, John W. Thompson, current chairman of the Microsoft Corporation, has distinguished himself as a leader in the technological industry.
Sunday, March 06, 2016
The ambitious group, which has received praise from established artists like Wyclef Jean, recently submitted work for consideration to perform at national, annual festivals like South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, and Miami’s Jazz in the Gardens Festival.
Friday, February 26, 2016
A 2005 Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) graduate, Bishop was recently appointed commissioner of Small Business Services by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Prior to his appointment, Bishop served as deputy commissioner of the agency’s Business Development Division.
As a commissioner, Bishop is now responsible for running the agency, which helps unlock economic potential and create economic security by connecting New Yorkers to good jobs, creating stronger businesses, and building a better economy in neighborhoods across the five boroughs of the metropolis.
Monday, February 22, 2016
Hayling, who died on Dec. 21, 2015 at the age of 86, was “hailed as the ‘father’ of St. Augustine’s civil rights movement” according to the St. Augustine Record.
“A native of Tallahassee, where his father was a longtime teacher at what is now Florida A&M University, Dr. Hayling was one of four children, all of whom went on to earn advanced degrees. After graduating from Florida A&M, he joined the Air Force in 1951, serving as a first lieutenant at Wright Patterson Air Force Base,” the Record reported. He went on to earn a dentistry degree from Meharry Medical College.
Sunday, February 21, 2016
Dillard is a watercolor painter whose studio is located in Bradenton, Fla. His work has been displayed at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, La., the Zora Neal Art Festival in Eatonville, Fla., the Heritage Art Festival in Atlanta, Ga., the International Art Festival, Houston, Tx., and Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Robinson is an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer engineering. His former roles in the school include associate chair of the EECS department and director of undergraduate studies for electrical engineering and computer engineering. He was the first African American to earn promotion and win tenure in the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Earlier this month, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado announced his decision to appoint Hardemon, a first term commissioner elected in 2013, to lead the commission. The mayor told the Miami Times that Hardemon is a talented individual who will help bring diversity to the leadership ranks of the city.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Newman, a Florida A&M alumna, began her new position as the USDOJ director of public affairs in June.
“I’m excited to join the Justice Department and it is an honor to serve under AG Loretta Lynch. I look forward to working with the team here to keep the American people informed about the Justice Department’s important mission,” Newman said in a quote published by POLITICO.
Monday, December 28, 2015
Saturday, December 26, 2015
Pugh is the owner of Regeneration LLC. Prior to starting her business, she was employed by the Saginaw County Department of Public Health for 14 years. Pugh’s previous work includes being at the forefront of the fight to eliminate childhood lead poisoning in Michigan.
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Former Steeler and ESPN Radio 970 host Craig Wolfley mentioned Holmes’ visit in a report for Scout.com.
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Born to Haitian immigrants as the sixth of seven children, Jean was not only a first generation college student but also the first person in his family to receive a high school diploma.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Yesterday, Proctor released a letter that urged the trustees to reach a fair financial settlement with former Coaches Earl Holmes and Clemon Johnson, who are FAMU alumni. Former Athletic Director Kellen Winslow terminated both of their contracts in 2014.