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Friday, September 23, 2016

FAMU alumnus helps plan Tallahassee’s first Jazz and Blues Festival

Scott Barnhart has been cultivating relationships since his days in the Marching 100. The two- time Grammy winner, esteemed leader of the world-renown Count Basie Orchestra, and former Marching 100 trumpeter has teamed up with a group of talented individuals to plan the Florida Jazz & Blues Festival, taking place September 23-25, 2016 at Cascades Park. Barnhart serves as artistic director.

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

Allstate executive and FAMU alumna mentors recent graduate

The entrepreneurial bug bit Mariah Henry at an early age. The recent Interdisciplinary Studies graduate recalled creating her first business at the age of nine.

“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.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

FAMU’s oldest alumna passes away at age 107

Gussie Williams Mallory, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s (FAMU) oldest alumna has passed away after recently celebrating her 107th birthday.

Mallory, a native of Jefferson County Fla. and retired educator, began her teaching career in the 1920’s at Howard Academy High School. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Alexander reaches $154,997.55 in financial donations for HD 8 campaign

FAMU alumnus Ramon Alexander remains in the #1 spot in the fundraising race for the Democratic nomination contest for Florida House District 8.

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

FAMU alumna selected as 2016 NABJ Student Journalist of the Year

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

FAMU offers condolences for alumnus who was a victim in Orlando shooting

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

Brandon Hepburn signs with Dallas Cowboys

Brandon Hepburn, who earned his B.S. in biochemistry from FAMU in 2013, has signed with the Dallas Cowboys. The linebacker is #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

FAMU alumnus highlights fun in fundraising

By Jasmine Thomas

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

FAMU alumni journalists defend need for investigative reporting into their alma mater

A number of professional journalists who graduated from Florida A&M University recently spoke out about the need for continued investigative reporting into their alma mater.

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

Reporter busts myths about Brown’s fight against redrawn Congressional district

Earlier this month, FAMU alumna and Florida Times-Union reporter Tia Mitchell wrote a column about the myths that have been spread about U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown’s fight against the redrawn Fifth Congressional District of Florida (CD5).

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

Thompson shares wisdom with FAMU students

Sharing secrets of success was the focus of “A Conversation with John W. Thompson” in Lee Hall Auditorium Feb. 15.

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

FAMU alumni in artist collective aim for Moon

After performing at the Anthem International Music Festival and participating in the acclaimed youbloomLA2015, the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) alums that help make up the emerging music group, Crvscxnt Moon are gearing up to make a major impact.

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

FAMU alumnus appointed NYC commissioner of Small Business Services

Overcoming challenges in the pursuit of excellence is a way of life for newly appointed New York City Commissioner Gregg Bishop.

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

Humphries, Young pay tribute to Robert Hayling’s legacy

On Saturday, former FAMU President Frederick S. Humphries and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young were among the speakers at a memorial service for the late Robert Hayling in Lincolnville, Fla.

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

FAMU alumnus chosen as Florida’s featured Black History Month artist

Last week, Gov. Rick Scott announced that Arthur Dillard, who earned his bachelor’s degree from Florida A&M University, is Florida’s featured artist for Black History Month. 

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

FAMU alumnus appointed associate dean of Vanderbilt School of Engineering

Florida A&M University alumnus William H. Robinson, a rising academic leader and diversity advocate, has been named an associate dean of Vanderbilt University’s School of Engineering, Dean Philippe Fauchet announced Jan. 11.

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

Hardemon appointed chairman of Miami City Commission

FAMU alumnus Keon Hardemon is the new chairman of the Miami City Commission. He will take the oath of office for his new position next month.

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

FAMU alumna selected as top public affairs official in U.S. Department of Justice

Last summer, Attorney General Loretta Lynch appointed Melanie Roussell Newman to serve as the top spokeswoman in the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ).

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.