Showing posts with label Grads. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Grads. Show all posts

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.

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.