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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.

Monday, December 28, 2015

FAMU alumnus appointed associate dean of graduate studies at VCU School of Engineering

Florida A&M alumnus Gregory Triplett, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering (ECE) at the University of Missouri (MU), recently accepted a position as associate dean of graduate studies for the School of Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Va. Triplett, who has been with the MU College of Engineering since 2004, will begin in his new role at VCU in during the Spring 2016 semester.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

FAMU engineering alumna elected to State of Michigan Board of Education

Florida A&M alumna Pamela Pugh was elected to the State of Michigan Board of Education during the November 4, 2014 general election. 

Pugh is the owner of Regeneration LLC. Prior to starting her business, she was employed by the Saginaw County Department of Public Health for 14 years. Pugh’s previous work includes being at the forefront of the fight to eliminate childhood lead poisoning in Michigan.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Holmes spotted on sidelines with Steelers during 45-10 win against Colts

Florida A&M alumnus Earl Holmes was spotted on the sidelines with the his former NFL team, the Steelers, on Sunday, December 6 as Pittsburgh claimed a 45-10 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Former Steeler and ESPN Radio 970 host Craig Wolfley mentioned Holmes’ visit in a report for

Saturday, December 12, 2015

FAMU grad is first in his family to receive diploma, bachelor’s and master’s degrees

When Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) graduate student Riccardo Jean crossed the stage to receive his diploma yesterday, it added to a long list of firsts in his family.

Born to Haitian immigrants as the sixth of seven children, Jean was not only a first generation college student but also the first person in his family to receive a high school diploma.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Proctor elected chairman of Leon County Board of County Commissioners

William C. “Bill” Proctor, Jr. a graduate of Florida A&M High School and current political science instructor at the university, was elected chairman of the Leon County Board of County Commissioners yesterday. His term began immediately will continue through 2016. He previously served as the board chairman in 2006.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Proctor asks FAMU trustees to pay out Holmes and Johnson’s contracts

Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor, a graduate of FAMU High School and current political science instructor at FAMU, is asking the FAMU Board of Trustees to pay out the contracts of two recently fired coaches.

Yesterday, Proctor released a letter that urged the trustees to reach a fair financial settlement with former Coaches Earl Holmes and Clemon Johnson, who are FAMU alumni. Former Athletic Director Kellen Winslow terminated both of their contracts in 2014.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Angela Robinson to keynote FAMU Homecoming Convocation

“The Haves and the Have Nots” star and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) alumna Angela Robinson will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 FAMU Homecoming Convocation.

Robinson, who graduated from FAMU in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, is a native of Jacksonville, Fla., and began her acting career on stage on Broadway and Off-Broadway. On Broadway, she performed in “The Color Purple” and Off-Broadway in “Dream Girls” and “The Wizard of Oz.”

Before becoming a star on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), prime-time hit television show “The Haves and Have Nots,” Robinson appeared on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” In 2015, she received the Gracie Award for Outstanding Female Actor-One to Watch. The Gracie Awards celebrate and honor programming created for women, by women, and about women, as well as individuals who have made exemplary contributions in electronic media.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Alexander leads HD 8 fundraising race with nearly $90,000

FAMU alumnus Ramon Alexander is at the top of the fundraising race in the Democratic nomination contest for Florida House District 8 with nearly $90,000.

Alexander, national executive director of Distinguished Young Gentlemen of America, Inc., has a total of $88,678.55 in monetary donations and $1,675.00 in in-kind contributions.

“My wife and I are grateful to the great number of people who believe enough in our campaign to give their hard-earned dollars in support of my candidacy,” Alexander said in a quote published by the SaintPetersBlog.

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.)