Showing posts with label Grads. Show all posts
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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.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Bullard urges students to become social architects

Yesterday, FAMU alumnus Dwight M. Bullard delivered the keynote address for the 2015 FAMU Black History Convocation.

Bullard, who represents Senate District 39 in the Florida Legislature, spoke on theme the “Be A Social Architect and Not A Social Parasite!” He urged FAMU students to use their education to become social architects who give back to the world instead of joining the social parasites who are only concerned about themselves.

FAMU President Elmira Mangum presented Bullard with the President’s Award after his speech.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Bullard to keynote 2015 FAMU Black History Convocation

State Sen. Dwight M. Bullard of District 39 in Miami will keynote the 2015 FAMU Black History Convocation.

Bullard is a former schoolteacher who earned his bachelor’s degree in history from FAMU in 1999. He’s a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

He follows in big footsteps. His late mother, Larcenia J. Bullard, was a member of the Florida House from 1992 to 2000 and later served as a member of the Florida Senate from 2002 until 2012. His father, Edward B. “Ed” Bullard, won her former Florida House seat in 2000 and continued serving until 2008.

Dwight Bullard then won the election to succeed his father in the Florida House in 2008. In 2012, he claimed victory in the election to succeed his mother in the Florida Senate.

Monday, February 02, 2015

Super Bowl champ Tyms represents promise of FAMU Athletics

The 2014-2015 school year has been a rough one for the FAMU Department of Athletics. But on Sunday, there was another reminder of the end result that the department is capable of achieving.

Former Rattler football standout Brian Tyms got his chance to proudly hold the Vince Lombardi Trophy this weekend along with the rest of his teammates on the New England Patriots. Even though Tyms did not see action during the 28-24 win over the defending champion Seattle Seahawks, he still earned his Super Bowl XLIX ring by earning his spot on the roster.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Brian Tyms gets first shot at Super Bowl ring

Former Rattler wide receiver Brian Tyms will receive his first shot at a Super Bowl ring when he and the New England Patriots take on the defending champion Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, February 1 in Glendale, Arizona.

Tyms has played in a total of 11 games this season. He had three offensive snap counts when the Pats pulled out a 35-31 victory over the Baltimore Ravens in their January 10 second round playoff game. Although he did not see any action in his team’s 45-7 American Football Conference championship game win against the Indianapolis Colts, he still has a chance to take the field in Super Bowl XLIX.

The Boston Globe wrote the following in a feature article on Tyms on January 6:

Friday, January 23, 2015

Mitzi Miller tells students to focus on big picture in life

FAMU alumna Mitzi Miller, editor-in-chief of EBONY magazine, delivered the keynote address for the Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration at East Carolina University. She urged the students in attendance to set big goals and prepare to do the work necessary to accomplish them.

From The East Carolinian:

Mitzi Miller, Editor-in-Chief of Ebony, visited East Carolina University to speak for the MLK annual celebration on Tuesday.

She addressed people of the community, students, and staff members about her journey to making her dreams come true. The theme of the event was based on Martin Luther King Jr. having a dream and visualizing it and Miller spoke on making the visualized dream come true.

“One of the most important things is doing what you have to do to get where you need to be,” said Miller at the event. “The bigger picture is the long term goal.”

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Agnew tells FAMU campus that “there’s much more work to do”

On Thursday, January 15, 2015, Dream Defenders Executive Director Phillip Agnew delivered the keynote address for the university’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation. Agnew, a FAMU alumnus, urged the audience to support the fight against the injustice that has continued long after the time of King.

Here is an excerpt from the speech:

This moment is important for me for a number of reasons. But it’s most important because I have the opportunity to tell you that I’ve been to the other side. I’ve seen the darkest of depression. I’ve accepted the American Dream and seen it fall from my fingers. I’ve done everything that everybody told me to do but still found myself in a hole…