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Monday, September 11, 2017

FAMU alumnus leads Florida National Guard as it responds to Hurricane Irma

Adjutant General Michael A. Calhoun stands to the left of Gov. Rick Scott
Gov. Rick Scott has activated the entire force of the Florida Army and Air National Guard – 7,000 guard members – to support with planning, and logistics operations in preparation for potential impacts from Hurricane Irma. An alumnus of Florida A&M University is in charge of leading the Florida National Guard as it responds to the storm.

Back on March 29, 2015, Michael A. Calhoun took office as the adjutant general the Florida National Guard. The position makes him the top ranked commissioned officer in the organization. He graduated from FAMU in 1976 with a B.S. in pharmacy.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

NABJ celebrates FAMU alumni with excellence in journalism awards

NABJ President Sarah Glover (far left) congratulates Garth Reeves Sr.
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) bestowed more than 100 awards at its 42nd Annual Convention from August 9-13 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NABJ inducted four veteran journalists into its 2017 Hall of Fame on Friday, August 11. The Hall of Fame is NABJ’s highest recognition.

Among the distinguished group were two alumni who have made historic contributions to the journalism field.

Garth C. Reeves, publisher emeritus of the Miami Times and a 1940 graduate of Florida A&M University, was among the honorees and celebrated as a NABJ 2017 Hall of Fame Inductee at the association’s national convention.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

African American Film Critics Association honors Rattler Rob Hardy

The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) recently celebrated the career achievements of FAMU alumnus and producer/director Rob Hardy during its Sixth Annual SYNERGY event in Atlanta on Thursday, July 20. A signature program of the organization, AAFCA SYNERGY provides an opportunity for creative professionals in Atlanta and the Southeast to connect and collaborate with their peers.

Hardy joined an outstanding group of Atlanta-based entrepreneurs and creatives who have been acknowledged by the organization. Previous AAFCA SYNERGY Award recipients include FAMU alumni Tirrell Whittley and Nick Nelson, principals of the media marketing company, Liquid Soul.

Monday, July 24, 2017

“Girls Trip” showcases Rattler pride on its way to big $30.4M opening weekend

Florida A&M University’s renewed recruitment efforts received a big boost courtesy of alumnus Will Packer last week.

“Girls Trip,” a film by Will Packer Productions, debuted with a national release on July 21st. It stars Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Queen Latifah as a group of friends who reunite years after they originally met as students at FAMU.

According to the Associated Press, “Girls Trip” took the #2 spot in the box office during its opening weekend with $30.4M, with the World War II drama “Dunkirk” taking #1 ($50.5M).  

Saturday, July 15, 2017

FAMU alumna receives Emmy nomination

Florida A&M University (FAMU) alumna, actress and screenwriter Kelsey Scott has been nominated for an Emmy for “Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series.” Scott has received critical acclaim for her role as Sierra on “Fear The Walking Dead: Passage.”

The School of Journalism & Graphic Communication grad and Essential Theatre alum is also known for her role as Anne Northup in the Academy Award-winning film “12 Years a Slave.”

Boasting a long career in both television and theater, Scott has also appeared on hit shows such as “Army Wives,” “How to Get Away with Murder” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Scott began her screenwriting career when former Rainforest Films partners and FAMU alumni Rob Hardy and Will Packer tapped her to pen the Sony Pictures thriller “Motives.”

Last year, she gave the keynote address at the FAMU Homecoming Convocation.  

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sharks win National Arena League Championship with help from Rattlers

The Jacksonville Sharks defeated the Columbus Lions 27-21 in the National Arena League Championship to win the championship trophy in front of 9,730 fans. Rattlers Damien Fleming, Peter Tulloch, and Terry Johnson are all members the now-NAL Champion franchise.

The first points on the board went to the Sharks as Derrick Ross found the endzone on a short run from the goal line. Micheaux Robinson had a huge interception at the goal line as Columbus tried to retaliate.

Before the half, the Sharks pulled out an incredible never-before-seen play, where Damien Fleming tossed the ball back to Mo Williams who delivered a perfect pass to Mo Ruffins right into the endzone. With two missed field goals by the Lions in the last minute of the half, the Sharks successfully shut out Columbus from scoring in the first two quarters and led 13-0 going into halftime.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

FAMU alumni to vie for National Arena League Championship with Jacksonville Sharks

The Jacksonville Sharks defeated the Monterrey Steel 43-32 in the National Arena League Playoffs for the right to go to the National Arena League (NAL) Championship on Monday, July 10 against the Columbus Lions. The Shark Tank was filled with 9,483 fans dressed in red as they cheered the Sharks to victory.

Three alumni of Florida A&M University will work to help the Sharks bring home the league’s championship trophy: Damien Fleming, Peter Tulloch, and Terry Johnson.

The game will take place at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, the Shark’s home stadium.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Rattlers propel Jacksonville Sharks to top playoff seed

FAMU alumni Peter Tulloch, Damien Fleming and Terry Johnson help propel the Sharks to the playoffs
The Jacksonville Sharks are the hottest team in the area, going undefeated to the last game of the season, where they rested players in preparation for hosting the first round of the National Arena League (NAL) playoffs.  The Sharks lost by a touchdown to the visiting Monterey Steel 44-37, the same team they will face today, June 24 in the first round of the playoffs at Veterans Memorial Arena, the Sharks' home field.

Former Florida A&M University (FAMU) four-year starter, Damien Fleming, has led the Sharks as the team's signal caller.  Fleming is right at home with the Sharks as the Jacksonville native who attended Ribault High School is playing in front of a true home crowd.  Fleming is excited about the opportunity to play in familiar territory.

“It's a blessing to be able to play right here.  To have my high school career at Ribault, college in Tallahassee at FAMU and to be here in Jacksonville with an opportunity to play the game I love, it's just all you could ask for,” Fleming said.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

“FAMU advocates” are reliable in fighting for the school, Powell isn’t

In an op-ed posted on the Tallahassee Democrat website yesterday, state Sen. Bobby Powell called himself “an advocate” for Florida A&M University. Part of his statement compared his feelings about FAMU, where he earned his bachelor’s degree, to FSU, where he earned his master’s degree.

“With the increasingly negative news that continues to come out of FAMU, it is becoming more and more difficult to be an advocate,” Powell wrote. “On the bright side, I also received a degree from Florida State University.”

Powell’s view of his FSU degree as being the “bright side” over his affiliation with FAMU could help explain a lot. That might be a reason why he hasn’t publicly voiced concern that FSU alumni hold most of the appointed seats on their alma mater’s Board of Trustees (BOT) while there are only two alumni in appointed seats on the FAMU BOT.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Legislature approves $450K for Florida African-American Heritage Preservation Network

The General Appropriations Act (SB 2500) passed by the Florida Legislature includes $450,000 in nonrecurring funds for the Florida African-American Heritage Preservation Network (FAAHPN).

Florida A&M University (FAMU) alumna Althemese Barnes, executive director of the John G. Riley Museum, submitted the funding request to state Rep. Ramon Alexander, D-Tallahassee, in January. Alexander then filed a bill to seek the money (HB 2379). The final appropriations bill included the full amount Barnes sought for 2017-2018.

Back in 2016-2017, the FAAHPN received $400,000 in nonrecurring funds.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

FAMU grad selected as NABJ national secretary

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) has announced that Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) alumna Cheryl Smith, is the new national secretary.

A former NABJ Region VII director, Smith was recently appointed to the office by the organization’s president, Sarah Glover.

“I’m excited to welcome Cheryl Smith to the NABJ board team. Her years of experience serving NABJ on the national and chapter level are noteworthy. She brings a strong passion for NABJ service to the national board once again,” Glover said.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Two FAMU Rattlers selected for prestigious ACE Fellowship

The American Council on Education (ACE) announced that Florida A&M University’s David H. Jackson, Jr., Ph.D., and Brian C. Lucas, D.M., have been named ACE Fellows for the 2017-18 academic year.

Jackson serves as FAMU’s associate provost for Graduate Education and dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research. Lucas is the coordinator of public affairs for FAMU’s Office of Communications and serves as the managing editor of the University’s newsletter.

Established in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing faculty and staff for senior positions in college and university administration through its distinctive and intensive nominator-driven, cohort-based mentorship model. Forty-six fellows, nominated by the senior administration of their institutions, were selected this year following a rigorous application process.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

FAMU alumna appointed to senior management team of NAACP Legal Defense Fund

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) recently announced the addition of Florida A&M University alumna Melanie Roussell Newman to its senior management team. She will serve as Chief Public Engagement and Communications Strategist.

“Ms. Newman will oversee a critical expansion of our communications department and will be responsible for shaping messaging strategy across all LDF practice areas as well as developing public relations on behalf of the Thurgood Marshall Institute,” said Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of LDF.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

FAMU alumna named vice president of communications for Council on Foundations

The Council on Foundations recently announced its decision to name Florida A&M University alumna Janelle Carter Brevard as its new vice president of communications. She will lead the Council’s strategic communications efforts to advance its policy and programmatic agenda.

A veteran of Washington communications and politics, Brevard most recently served as Director of Communications and Government Affairs at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. In that capacity, she led a team responsible for public and legislative affairs, strategic planning and messaging, and media relations.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Fraternity selects several FAMUans for national leadership roles

By Keith Miles
Florida A&M University

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the first Black intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity, has selected several Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) graduates to serve in leadership positions at the national level.

Attorney Daryl Parks, of the nationally acclaimed civil rights law firm Parks & Crump in Tallahassee, Florida, has been appointed general counsel for the fraternity. Parks was initiated into the Beta Nu Chapter at FAMU where he also served two terms as Student Government Association president.

David Jackson, Jr., Ph.D., will serve as associate historian for the fraternity.  Jackson is the associate provost for Graduate Studies at FAMU, a distinguished professor of history, former chair of FAMU’s History Department and also a Beta Nu initiate.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Rose respond’s to Harvey’s criticism of “The Quad,” reminds him about role of arts in society

On February 1 “The Quad,” a new dramatic series directed and executive produced by Florida A&M University (FAMU) alumnus Rob Hardy, debuted on Black Entertainment Television (BET). The show features Hardy’s friend Anika Noni Rose, who is also a FAMU graduate, in the starring role as president of the fictitious Georgia A&M University in Atlanta.

The critically-acclaimed production has already picked up positive reviews from the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.

But Hampton University President William Harvey isn’t a fan of the new program. He recently blasted the show in an open letter to BET Chair and CEO Debra Lee. 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

FAMU legend Bob Hayes to be honored by NFL at Super Bowl LI

Robert “Bullet Bob” Hayes, undoubtedly the greatest male student-athlete produced by the legendary athletic program at Florida A&M University (FAMU), will be among the 29 historically Black college and university (HBCU) gridiron greats honored in February by the National Football League (NFL) during the Super Bowl LI festivities in Houston, Texas.

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.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

FAMU down to four alumni lawmakers in Florida Legislature

Florida A&M University has gone from having six alumni in the Florida Legislature to just four.

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 an executive producer for new season of BET’s “Being Mary Jane”

Earlier this year, Black Entertainment Television (BET) announced that Florida A&M University alumnus Will Packer had joined the production team for season four of its acclaimed series “Being Mary Jane,” starring Gabrielle Union.

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

Lawson appoints Thompson chief of staff for Fifth Congressional District of Florida

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.”