In December 2016, the NFL joined the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) at the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia to kick off an enhanced partnership initiative titled, “Strength of HBCUs: Impacting Pro Football Since 1948.” The goal of the partnership is to honor the history and impact of HBCUs and their players and increase career opportunities for students and athletic administrators at these institutions.
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
The FAMU graduates who will serve during the 2017 session are: Rep. Ramon Alexander (D-Tallahassee), Rep. Kamia L. Brown (D-Ocoee), Sen. Bobby Powell (D-West Palm Beach), and Rep. Shevrin Jones (D-West Park).
Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Naples) attended FAMU from 1996 to 1999 but transferred to Florida State University (FSU) to finish his bachelor’s degree.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Packer and Union have been a winning combination at the box office. Union previously starred in two of his movies that opened at the #1 spot: “Think Like a Man” (2012) and “Think Like a Man Too” (2014).
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Tallahassee native and Florida A&M University alumnus Tola Thompson, long-time director and assistant vice president of FAMU’s government relations efforts, is once again headed to Washington, D.C.
He will be leaving “the Hill” to relocate to Capitol Hill to support fellow alumnus and newly elected Congressman Alfred “Al” Lawson as his chief of staff.
“It has been my great privilege to serve my alma mater these past nine-plus years. My time at FAMU has been some of the best years of my life,” said Thompson. “I will miss the incredible people I have had the pleasure of working with and the tremendously talented students who are the reason why I lobbied so hard for FAMU.”
Friday, December 23, 2016
column entitled “The Florida Democratic Party Is a Damn Disgrace.” It included a comment that former state Sen. Dwight Bullard made about the state of the Florida party:
“There needs to be a real shakeup internally from top down, bottom up, and I say that as a local party chair,” Bullard said. “At the end of the day, there needs to be a more deliberate game plan on the message.”
Bullard later confirmed that he wanted to seek the chair position for the Florida Democratic Party. But he is ineligible to run after failing to win a county-level party office, which is a requirement for state chair candidates.
Sunday, December 18, 2016
The 2016 FAMU Young Alumni Giving Scholarship Brunch, held during FAMU Homecoming, brought a wide array of Rattlers together to support student scholarships.
According to Ricquel Jackson, who has chaired the event for three years, “this year we were able to award over $9,500 dollars to current undergraduate and graduate students at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University.”
The attendees included: Interim President Larry Robinson, filmmaker Will Packer, South Florida AT&T Regional Director Cristal Cole, author Rashan Ali, U.S. Rep.-elect Alfred “Al” Lawson, U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty, U.S. Rep. Al Green, U.S. Rep. Yvette Clark, and U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr.
Saturday, December 10, 2016
FAMU College of Law
Kelly McCormack Ingram, a 2008 graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Law, has been elected Brevard County judge in Group 2. Ingram was elected during the general election on Nov. 8.
“The reason I ran for judge is that I want to be in position to do what’s right,” said Ingram, who will be assigned to the misdemeanor criminal court.
Saturday, November 12, 2016
“We are incredibly grateful for the service and sacrifice of our veterans, and we must take every opportunity to thank and honor these brave service men and women,” Scott said.
Sanchez, a member of the FAMU Class of 1964, was commissioned into the U.S. Army through FAMU’s Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Program. He is a Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient whose countless, inexhaustible volunteer hours supporting veterans in need has earned him statewide honors. A respected leader in the Military Order of the Purple Heart, he serves as chairman and CEO of the non-profit Florida Veterans Foundation, which provides emergency assistance to veterans in crisis.
Saturday, November 05, 2016
“In addition to academics, FAMU was all about people and cultivating relationships,” she said. “As chief public health advisor, I will use what I learned at FAMU to rebuild the city’s relationship with the residents of Flint.”
In her position, Pugh will provide crucial insight to the mayor on how to assist Flint residents still struggling to gain access to clean water. As a direct result of the recent water crisis, the city is also dealing with a shigellosis outbreak due to some residents avoiding washing their hands with the city’s water. Shigellosis is a highly contagious gastrointestinal disease.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Two weeks ago, one alumnus decided to stop by a little early to share his story as a featured speaker in the Scholars’ Speak Series hosted by the Division of Student Affairs’ Scholarships Programs office.
William Robinson, a 1996 graduate of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering and former Life Gets Better and National Achievement Scholar, addressed a crowd of current scholarship recipients with whom he shared the story of his journey to FAMU and his life after leaving the “Hill.”
Saturday, October 01, 2016
On Thursday, Interim President Larry Robinson announced the appointment of Kathy Y. Times as the new Executive Associate Director of the Florida A&M University (FAMU) Office of Communications. The appointment is effective Thursday, Oct. 6.
In this role, Times will be responsible for developing and implementing all of the University’s marketing, mass communications, and social media strategies.
Times is president of Yellow Brick Media Concepts, a public relations firm. Prior to starting her company, she was a primary news anchor in Jackson, Miss., and worked as a broadcast and newspaper reporter. She has won Emmys and other awards for her investigative reporting.
Friday, September 23, 2016
Barnhart, the festival planning team, and Gary Anton of the Bradfordville Blues Club have assembled an award-winning lineup of artists from all parts of the world. Having played trumpet all over the world, Barnhart said he knew there was a certain formula to follow when planning an event of this scale.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
“I used to bake cupcakes and sell them at school. I called my business “Cutie Cupcakes”! I was only in the 3rd grade at the time. Along with my cupcake sales I would clean my great aunt’s house and her friends on weekends and let’s just say I made a great living.”
Years later, Henry is in pursuit of her next big business idea. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in agricultural science and environmental sciences, the go-getter attended the 2016 Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Student Entrepreneur Program. There, Henry connected with another FAMU alum- Cheryl Harris, vice president of Sourcing & Procurement Solutions at Allstate who now serves as her mentor.
Friday, July 29, 2016
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Mallory, a native of Jefferson County Fla. and retired educator, began her teaching career in the 1920’s at Howard Academy High School.
Saturday, July 02, 2016
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Alexander, national executive director of Distinguished Young Gentlemen of America, Inc., has a total of $154,997.55 in monetary donations and $9,008.97 in in-kind contributions.
Alexander, who earned a degree in political science and public administration from FAMU, served as student body president during the 2005-2006 school year. He formerly worked as the community & external affairs aide in the Tallahassee Mayor’s Office and a legislative intern in the Florida House of Representatives District 8 office for two years.
He is married to Taniyah Dawson, an alumna of the FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and former starting point guard for the FAMU Women’s Basketball Team.
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.
"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."
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.