Showing posts with label Grads. Show all posts
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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Mona Humphries Bailey, first Miss Florida A&M University, passes

Florida A&M University alumna Mona Humphries Bailey passed on January 12, 2018.

“I lost my beloved sister today, Mona Humphries Bailey, former Miss FAMU and former President, Delta Sigma Theta,” said her brother, former FAMU President Frederick S. Humphries, in a post on his Facebook page. “I will miss her with all my heart.”

Beverly E. Smith, national president & CEO of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., released a statement that joined Bailey’s family in mourning.

“Our beloved Past National President transitioned peacefully early this morning after a long illness,” Smith wrote. “Please keep Soror Bailey’s family lifted in prayer.”

Bailey served as the first Miss Florida A&M University in 1953-1954. All the prior campus queens held the title Miss Florida A&M College. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1954.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

The top 3 most popular news stories on Rattler Nation in 2017

We can never do enough to thank the regular readers of Rattler Nation. 2017 was a great year in terms of total site visits.

Three news stories stood out far above all the others in popularity. Our readers really helped to generate much of the interest in these posts by sharing the links across Twitter, Facebook, and other social media.

Here's the list:

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms should be appointed to FAMU Board of Trustees

At her inauguration as the 60th mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms proudly reminded the audience that she is “a graduate of Florida A&M University.” She also added that: “I am the first HBCU graduate to become an Atlanta mayor who is not a graduate of Howard or Morehouse. The streak has been broken.”

Bottoms’ win in the 2017 Atlanta mayoral election is the latest addition to her long record of public service. She was previously a judge (pro hoc) in the Fulton County State Court, executive director of the City of Atlanta and Fulton County Recreation Authority (AFCRA), and a member of the Atlanta City Council.

Her next big job should be serving on the Board of Trustees (BOT) of FAMU. Rattlers should begin lobbying the Florida Board of Governors, Gov. Rick Scott, and all of the gubernatorial candidates to appoint her to one of the seats.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Atlanta mayoral inauguration to be livestreamed on,, and @CityofAtlanta

The inauguration of Atlanta mayor-elect Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Florida A&M University alumna, will take place at 1:00 p.m. today.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “The inauguration will be streamed live by Channel 2 Action News on and The city also plans to livestream the event on Twitter via @cityofatlanta.”

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Three FAMU alumni set to be inaugurated as mayors in Georgia

L-R: Keisha Lance Bottoms, Deana Holiday Ingraham, and Booker Gainor
Three alumni of Florida A&M University will soon be sworn in as the new mayors of Georgia cities. Two are graduates of the School of Business and Industry and one is a graduate of the School of Journalism, Media and Graphic Arts (now the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication).

Keisha Lance Bottoms, Mayor-elect of Atlanta, Georgia
College: School of Journalism, Media and Graphic Arts
Major: B.S., Broadcast Journalism
Graduation Year: 1991
Inauguration Date: January 2, 2018

Deana Holiday Ingraham, Mayor-elect of East Point, Georgia
College: School of Business and Industry
Major: B.S., Accounting and Business Administration
Graduation Year: 1996
Inauguration Date: December 30, 2017

Booker Gainor, Mayor-elect of Cairo, Georgia
College: School of Business and Industry
Major: B.S., Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing
Graduation Year: 2012
Inauguration Date: January 8, 2018

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Bottoms prevails in recount, set to be inaugurated as Atlanta mayor in January

Yesterday, the Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections re-certified Florida A&M University alumna Keisha Lance Bottoms as the winner of the Atlanta mayoral election following a recount requested by her run-off opponent Mary Norwood.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “an official recount on Thursday requested by Norwood gave her an additional five votes and subtracted six from Bottoms. But Bottoms was still more than 800 votes ahead of Norwood in the race.”

Norwood’s campaign has expressed concerns about some possible legal issues related to the election process, but hasn’t announced any plans to file suit at this time.

CBS 46 reported that: “The final numbers show that Bottoms garnered 46,661 votes, or 50.44 percent; and Norwood got 45,840 votes, or 49.56 percent.”

Bottoms’ inauguration will take place on January 2, 2018.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Vote on Green’s impeachment resolution against Trump highlights divisions among Democrats

The vote count on Congressman Al Green’s, D-Texas, impeachment resolution against U.S. President Donald Trump highlighted how divided Democrats are over how they should address the problems they have with the current administration. This issue has now entered the Democratic gubernatorial primary in Florida.

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted 364 to 58 in favor of tabling the resolution. All the votes against tabling the resolution, along with the four “present” votes, came from Democrats.

Green attended Florida A&M University from 1966 to 1971.

According to Newsweek, “while obstruction of justice impeachment articles have previously been filed against Trump by multiple Democrats, the articles put forward by Green Wednesday focused instead on the president's alleged discrimination and creation of a culture of a division. Those issues, argued Green, are not being given the attention in Congress that they warrant.”

Friday, December 08, 2017

CBS promotes Godwin to vice president of news

Florida A&M University alumna Kimberly Godwin, a journalist with more than a decade at CBS News, has been named Vice President of News for the company.

In her new position, Godwin will be responsible for the editorial direction, launch and coordination of all CBS News newsgathering resources domestically and around the globe. She will also continue her role as executive director for Development and Diversity, where she has enhanced CBS News' profile at conferences around the country and cultivated a strong pipeline of potential employees. She has also developed a lecture series that features top CBS News journalists sharing their reporting experiences with colleagues.

“Kim is a proven editorial leader from her years at the CBS Evening News and throughout the organization, where she has led the charge in our inclusion and development efforts,” said David Rhodes, president of CBS News.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

FAMU alumna declares victory in Atlanta mayoral race

Keisha Lance Bottoms with former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, who endorsed her candidacy
With the results in from 100 percent of the 171 precincts, Florida A&M University alumna Keisha Lance Bottoms finished with 46,464 votes (50.41 percent) to opponent Mary Norwood’s 45,705 (49.54 percent) in the Atlanta mayoral race.

Bottoms declared victory with her 759 vote margin.

“Atlanta, I'm so honored to be your 60th mayor,” she told a crowd of supporters.

But Norwood hasn’t conceded. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “she says she's waiting for absentee ballots from the military and provisional ballots that won't be tabulated until Thursday. Norwood is asking for a recount.”

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

J-School grads return to the “Hill” to empower the next generation

By Aniah Jackson
Florida A&M University

The FAMU School of Journalism & Graphic Communication hosted a special series during Homecoming titled, “Grads Are Back.”

The event was designed to bring successful alumni back to campus from across the media, communications and entertainment industries to provide insight and training to students as they prepare to take flight in their own careers.

The series of events included a career fair that provided students with opportunities to engage with major industry companies and influencers such as Hill + Knowlton Strategies, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, iHeartMedia, Sachs Media Group, ESPN/Disney, CNN Viacom, Politico, and the New York Times.

“Grads Are Back” continued with an all-school colloquium, which included a panel of media professionals who also serve on the school’s Board of Visitors. Panelists included Kim Godwin (CBS News), Carolyn Fennell (Orlando Airport), Yvette Miley (MSNBC) Gregg Bishop (New York City Commissioner), Avido Khahaifa (Orlando Sentinel) and Denise Hendricks (CNN).

Sunday, November 12, 2017

FAMU alumnus, National Book Award winner: “Racist progress always follows racial progress”

Florida A&M University alumnus Ibram X. Kendi, a professor and director of the Anti-Racist Research and Policy Center at American University, won the National Book Award for his book Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.

He recently spoke with the book editor of the Tampa Bay Times to discuss the presidency of Donald Trump and continuing problem of racism in America.

From the Tampa Bay Times:

You published Stamped From the Beginning during the administration of President Barack Obama. Now Donald Trump is president. Given your historical perspective, were you surprised by Trump’s election, and were you surprised by the resurgence of openly white supremacist ideas that followed it?

I wasn’t surprised by Trump. My book is a chronicle of the dual history of how racist progress always follows racial progress. If Obama embodies racial progress, as most people thought he did, then the presumption would be that Trump embodies racist progress.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Rattler receives biggest number of votes in Atlanta mayoral race, heads into run-off

Florida A&M University alumna Keisha Lance Bottoms received the biggest number of votes in the crowded Atlanta mayoral race on November 7, 2017. She will now head into a run-off on December 5th.

With 100 percent of the 172 precincts reporting, Bottoms came at the head of the pack with 25,347 votes (26 percent). Mary Norwood took the second place spot with the 20,144 votes (21 percent). A total of 12 candidates were on the ballot.

Bottoms and Norwood are both members of the Atlanta City Council.

Back on October 11, incumbent Mayor Kasim Reed publicly endorsed Bottoms’ bid to become his successor. Reed defeated Norwood in the mayoral race office back in 2009.

Bottoms is a Magma Cum Laude alumna of the FAMU School of Journalism and Graphic Communication. She is married with four children.

FAMU alumnus wins mayoral election in Saint Paul

A Rattler will become the first black mayor of Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Melvin Carter, who holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Florida A&M University School of Business and Industry, received more than 50 percent of the votes in a crowded field of ten candidates.

Carter is the executive director of the Minnesota Children’s Cabinet, serving as an advisor to Gov. Mark Dayton. Dayton joined U.S. Sen. Al Franken and Congressman Keith Ellison in endorsing Carter’s campaign to become mayor.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Powell grins big at Homecoming without apologizing for calling his FSU degree “the bright side” over his FAMU affiliation

Back during the 2017 FAMU Homecoming Convocation, state Sen. Bobby Powell stood up to grin big and wave during the program when his attendance was recognized over the loudspeakers.

But Powell, a FAMU alumnus, still hasn’t given a written public apology for calling his Florida State University degree “the bright side” over his affiliation with FAMU in June.

“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 in an op-ed in the Tallahassee Democrat. “On the bright side, I also received a degree from Florida State University.”

Powell received a B.S. in Journalism/Public Relations from FAMU in 2003 and a M.S.P. in Urban and Regional Planning from FSU in 2006.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Montrel Miller to keynote FAMU Homecoming Convocation

Actor Montrel Miller will deliver the keynote address during the 2017 Florida A&M University Homecoming Convocation.

Miller is earned a bachelor of science degree in agribusiness from FAMU and graduated Summa Cum Laude. He also became a member of the Beta Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

According to his official biography: “In 2012, he made his film debut with a supporting role in Unconditional starring Michael Ealy and Lynn Collins and his television debut in Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, playing the recurring role of “Rashard”. In 2014, Montrel landed a role in the Academy Award nominated film Selma. Also in 2014, Montrel booked a role on Resurrection and he landed a supporting role in Coffee Shop, alongside Laura Vandervoort, Jon Lovitz, and Kevin Sorbo. In 2016, Montrel starred in the Golden Globe and Emmy award winning show Atlanta. In 2017, he starred in the CBS drama series NCIS: New Orleans. Some of his other notable works include Being Mary Jane, Papa starring Yong-woo Park, Nice Guy, also starring Miguel A. Núñez Jr., Grammy nominee D. Woods’ music video for her single “2 The Bottom”, Wonderland starring Grammy nominee pop singer Natasha Bedingfield, and over 25 commercials, including NBA, Coca Cola, Ford, Delta, and Toyota. Montrel has a deep love for theatre and feels it it the purest form of acting. Some plays he’s performed in are Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Taming of the Shrew, A Few Good Men, and A Streetcar Named Desire.”

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Kasim Reed endorses FAMU alumna to succeed him as mayor of Atlanta

L-R: Georgia State University President Mark Becker,
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, and City Council Member Keisha Lance Bottoms
On Wednesday, October 11, Florida A&M University alumna Keisha Lance Bottoms picked up a coveted endorsement for her campaign to become the next mayor of Atlanta, Ga.

Incumbent Mayor Kasim Reed announced his support for Bottoms while being interviewed by V-103, WVEE 103.3 FM.

“I want folks to know that I am going to do everything I can between now and Nov. 7 and Dec. 5 to see that Keisha Lance Bottoms becomes my successor, that a woman becomes the 60th mayor of Atlanta,” Reed said in a quote published online by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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.