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Monday, August 31, 2015

Packer’s “Straight Outta Compton” tops box office for third consecutive week

“Straight Outta Compton,” which is executive produced by FAMU alumnus Will Packer, ruled the box office for the third consecutive week.

The movie opened at $56.1 million during its first week and took in another $13.2 million this week for a domestic total of $134 million.

Last year, two films that Packer produced opened at No. 1 (No Good Deed and Think Like a Man Too.)

Sunday, August 30, 2015

PBS American Masters series to showcase story of FAMU alumna Althea Gibson

People often cite Arthur Ashe as the first African American to win Wimbledon (1975).  He was indeed the first African American male to win the men's singles title, but it was, in fact, Althea Gibson, who was the first African American to cross the color line playing and winning at Wimbledon (1957 and 1958) and at the U.S. Nationals (1957 and 1958 – precursor of the U.S. Open).

This fall, THIRTEEN's American Masters presents Althea, premiering nationwide Friday, September 4, 2015 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) during the U.S. Open.  The 90-minute documentary reveals the highs and lows of this remarkable athlete whose life and achievements transcend sports and have entered the annals of African American history. From her roots as a sharecropper's daughter in the cotton fields of South Carolina, to her emergence as the unlikely queen of the highly segregated tennis world in the 1950s, her story is a complex tale of race, class and gender.

Friday, August 21, 2015

SACS: Removing FAMU chairman mainly because of lawmakers’ request would raise red flag

Yesterday, FAMU Board of Trustees Chairman Rufus Montgomery rebuffed a group of state lawmakers who made a public request that he either resign or be voted out of his leadership position. He hinted that those legislators might hurt FAMU’s ability to abide by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Standard 3.2.4, which says university boards must stay free from political interference.

“For the good of the institution and to prevent charges of undue political interference, I hope that our elected officials will allow our Board to do the job we were appointed to do,” he said.

WCTV-6 contacted the SACS headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. and asked it about the issue. The television station reported that: “A representative with SACS says if the FAMU Board of Trustees remove Montgomery as chair solely or largely because the legislators asked them to -- that would raise concerns. SACS is not looking into the matter at this time, but, FAMU could get a warning, probation, or lose accreditation.”

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Rufus rebuffs lawmakers’ calls for him to resign, hints at SACS rule against political meddling

Back in 2011, Rufus Montgomery was quiet after the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) scolded Gov. Rick Scott for interfering in the FAMU Board of Trustees’ duties by trying to pressure it to suspend then-President James H. Ammons. SACS told the governor that his actions could jeopardize FAMU’s accreditation.

SACS Standard 3.2.4 states that each member’s governing board must be “free from undue influence from political, religious, or other external bodies and [protect] the institution from such influence.”

Rufus had called for Ammons to be placed on administrative leave only seven days before the governor made his statement in support of the same proposal. He declined to criticize Scott for placing FAMU’s accreditation in danger. But yesterday, Rufus appeared to be very anxious to remind a group of FAMU alumni lawmakers about SACS Standard 3.2.4.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Oliver tells Rattler graduates that “FAMU is here for you”

Pam Oliver, sideline reporter for FOX NFL Sport and 60 Minutes Sports contributor, delivered the 2015 Summer Commencement address yesterday to a near capacity crowd at the Alfred Lawson Teaching Gymnasium and Multipurpose Center.

“Today is not the end of your relationship with FAMU, but just the beginning. FAMU is here for you. When you are at your height or when you face difficulties, know that you have a Rattler nation that will always support you,” Oliver told the graduates.

Friday, August 07, 2015

Oliver to deliver keynote address at 2015 FAMU summer commencement

FOX Sports reporter Pam Oliver will serve as the keynote speaker at the FAMU’s 2015 summer commencement ceremony.

Oliver is a renowned sports broadcaster with more than 30 years of experience. She studied broadcast journalism at FAMU. Currently, she is entering her 21st season as a sideline reporter for FOX Sports’ award-winning presentation of National Football League games. She was originally a reporter with ESPN during the early 1990s before joining FOX Sports in 1995. In recent years, she also has done courtside reporting on TNT during the first two rounds of the NBA Playoffs.

Monday, July 20, 2015

George Cooper, FAMU alumnus and director of the White Initiative on HBCUs, dies

FAMU alumnus George Cooper, executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, passed away on Sunday. The cause of his death has not been released to the public.

U.S. President Barack Obama appointed Cooper to the position in 2013. He expressed his condolences on behalf of himself and First Lady Michelle Obama in public statement yesterday.

“George’s passing is a great loss for my Administration, the HBCU and higher education communities and for everyone that knew him,” the president said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Diana, family and friends during this difficult time.”

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Majority of state justices say FAMU alumna is right in Arthenia Joyner v. House of Representatives

Last week, a majority of the justices on the Florida Supreme Court said that Senate Minority Leader Arthenia Joyner and her fellow Democratic senators were correct in their argument that the House of Representative’s early adjournment violated the state constitution. But the court denied a request for a writ of mandamus to force the House to come back to work.

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island) sent the 120 members of his chamber home on April 28 in the middle of an impasse over budget negotiations with the Senate. According to the Associated Press, “the House has been adamantly opposed to expanding Medicaid to more than 800,000 Floridians, even though the Senate has proposed a plan that would allow the state to eventually privatize Medicaid and require recipients to work or attend school.”

The adjournment came three days before the scheduled end of the session.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Alumna Kendra Mitchell selected as Fulbright Scholar

FAMU alumna and Florida State University doctoral candidate Kendra Mitchell was awarded a grant from the prestigious and highly competitive Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Mitchell is a graduate of FAMU’s Department of English and Modern Languages.

The core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program provides approximately 800 teaching and research grants to U.S. faculty and experienced professionals in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Mitchell is one of the 10 U.S. students selected as a part of the English Teaching Assistantship Program.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Joyner denounces Scott’s planned lawsuit against Obama administration

On Thursday, FAMU alumna and Florida Senate Democratic Leader Arthenia Joyner (D-Tampa) sharply condemned Gov. Rick Scott’s plan to sue the Obama administration for allegedly trying to strong-arm the state into expanding Medicaid.

“Today’s grandstanding underscores his commitment to wasting Florida’s tax dollars to get what he wants, at whatever cost,” said Joyner, who, together with the Senate Democratic Caucus has joined the Senate Republicans in supporting the Florida Senate’s healthcare expansion plan. “This is all about scoring points against [U.S. President Barack Obama]. It has nothing to do with protecting ‘the healthcare of Floridians’ or ‘their right to be free from federal overreach.’”

Monday, April 20, 2015

Will Packer, Tom Vilsack to address FAMU’s spring graduates

On May 2, nearly 1,200 graduates will receive their degree at FAMU’s Alfred L. Lawson, Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium in Tallahassee. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will serve as the speaker for the 9 a.m. ceremony and FAMU alumnus and filmmaker Will Packer will serve as the speaker for the 2 p.m. ceremony.

“FAMU is dedicated to providing opportunities to students from all walks of life to live out their dreams. Here is where the visions of future educators, scientists, artists, pharmacists, entrepreneurs, journalists, and politicians have begun to come to fruition,” said FAMU President Elmira Mangum. “So, it is a great opportunity to have Will Packer, one of our most influential graduates, and Secretary Vilsack, the leader of one of the nation’s most vital organizations, to speak to our students as they prepare to go out into the world and enrich our communities.”

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce set to honor Hartley’s contributions to health care

The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce has selected FAMU alumnus Brodes H. Hartley, Jr. as the recipient of its 2015 Health Care Heroes AXA Advisors Lifetime Achievement Award. It is the chamber’s highest award for an individual who has made a significant contribution to the health care industry in South Florida. Hartley will receive the honor during a special luncheon on May 19 in Miami.

Hartley is the president and CEO of Community Health of South Florida, Inc. (CHI), a nonprofit health care organization, a position he has held since 1984.   

He attended FAMU from 1952 to 1956, where he was also a member of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps. After earning his bachelor of arts degree from FAMU, he received a commission to serve as a second lieutenant in the Army Medical Services Corps. He continued to serve in the Army for 26 years until his retirement in 1983 at the rank of colonel.

Hartley has served as the chairman of the FAMU Foundation, Inc. and is recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the university.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Emmy-winning FAMU alumna joins Strauss Media Strategies

Rachael Shackelford, an Emmy-winning FAMU alumna, recently joined the Strauss Media Strategies as an account executive.

“I’m pleased to announce the continued growth of Strauss Media Strategies,” said Richard Strauss, president and founder of Strauss Media Strategies. “Rachael is a great addition to our ever-expanding team and I’m thrilled to have her on board. Her many years of cable network television news producer experience will pay huge dividends to the existing Strauss Media Strategies base of clients.”

Prior to being hired at Strauss, Shackelford worked for nine years at CNN where she was most recently an associate producer for “The Situation Room,” with anchor Wolf Blitzer. She produced and booked guest segments and handled guest logistics, both domestically and internationally.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Brian Tyms receives contract renewal from defending Super Bowl champion Pats

FAMU alumnus Brian Tyms has received a contract renewal from the #1 team in the NFL.

The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots announced yesterday that they had re-signed Tyms, 26, who originally joined the Patriots as a free agent on July 27, 2014. He is entering his third NFL season.

Monday, March 09, 2015

FAMU alumnus becomes top ranked commissioned officer in Florida National Guard

On March 6, Gov. Rick Scott participated in the ceremony that officially promoted FAMU alumnus Michael A. Calhoun to serve as the top ranked commissioned officer of the Florida National Guard. As the new adjutant general, Calhoun will command more than 9,900 National Guard personnel and over 2,000 Air National Guardsmen from the organization’s headquarters in St. Augustine beginning March 29.

“I am proud today to officially promote Brigadier General Michael Calhoun to the rank of major general,” Scott said. “General Calhoun has selflessly served our country for more than 30 years, and held many leadership positions in the Florida National Guard. I am confident he will do a great job as the Adjutant General of Florida and that the Florida National Guard is always ready to respond to any emergency that may affect our state.”

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Ken Riley inducted into Black College Football Hall of Fame

From The Ledger in Lakeland, Fla.:

Ken Riley's talents have taken him to places beyond his wildest dreams.

Since leaving Polk County as a bright-eyed high school star, he's played and coached on football fields in a multitude of cities across the country. He's shared victories and magical moments with people from all walks of life. On Saturday in Atlanta, the Bartow native was enshrined in the Black College Football Hall of Fame.

Riley shared the spotlight with six other gridiron greats in a formal affair which took place at the College Football Hall of Fame.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

BET Honors salutes FAMU alumnus John Thompson


FAMU alumnus John Thompson, CEO of Virtual Instruments and Chairman of Microsoft, Inc., was presented the Technology and Business Award at the 2015 BET Honors Awards.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Common wins Oscar for “Best Original Song”

Common, a former FAMU student, is an Oscar winner.

On Sunday, he received the award for “Best Original Song” from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the 87th Academy Awards ceremony. Common, whose birth name is Lonnie Lynn Jr., shared the honor with John Legend for the song “Glory.”

The two artists also performed the song at the nationally televised event shortly before the Academy announced that they had won.