Showing posts with label Grads. Show all posts
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Hepburn shares football tips with middle school students at Detroit Lions Camp

From The Voice newspaper in Michigan:

Brandon Hepburn could be relaxing in a tropical location, taking it easy with training camp lurking around the corner.

Instead, Hepburn, a second-year Detroit Lions linebacker, spent a gorgeous Thursday at L'Anse Creuse Middle School East, sharing his football knowledge with 35 young kids at the Detroit Lions Camp.

"The Lord put it on my heart that I should be able to help some of the kids," said Hepburn, from Florida A&M. "Coming into this offseason I wanted to be involved. I talked to my teammates and they let me know.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

FAMU alumna named MLB All-Star Teacher

FAMU alumna Rachel Blanks has been named a winner of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) 2014 Target Presents PEOPLE All-Star Teachers campaign.

Blanks, an educator at Wogaman 5-8 School in Dayton, Ohio, will represent the Cincinnati Reds at the MLB All-Star Game in Minnesota, which aired July 15 on FOX.

Fans nationwide were able to cast their votes online to select 30 winners, one representing each MLB team. The honor is an effort to celebrate teachers and raise awareness about the importance of education.

Blanks didn’t take the traditional route to teaching. While she was earning her bachelor’s degree in business administration at FAMU, Blanks thought she was well on her way to working for a major corporation and, eventually, opening her own business. Things changed while she was working part-time for Leon County Schools’ after school programs.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Oliver maintains cool as FOX Sports demotes her from #1 NFL sideline reporter job

Erin Andrews, 36 (left), will replace Pam Oliver, 53 (right) as #1 FOX Sports NFL sideline reporter
Despite the fact that a FOX Sports press release said that she had been “elevated to senior correspondent,” FAMU alumna Pam Oliver is taking the company’s decision to move her out of its number one NFL reporting team in stride.

Erin Andrews, 36, (pictured left) is replacing Oliver, 53, as FOX Sport’s top NFL sideline reporter. She will work with Oliver’s former team members Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. Andrews was a college football sideline reporter for ESPN before joining FOX Sports in 2012.

Oliver, a 19-year veteran that FOX Sports credits as its “longest-tenured NFL sideline reporter,” will spend her final year as a sideline reporter with the number two team where she will work with play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt and analyst John Lynch.

“To go from the lead crew to no crew was a little shocking,” Oliver said in a quote published by “I said I wanted to do a 20th year [on the sidelines]. I expressed to them that I was not done and had something to offer. Again, I think it was predetermined coming in. Not at that meeting, but two years ago it was determined that no matter what I did or did not do, a change would be made for this year.”

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Kevin Elliott seeks to make Buffalo Bills roster after battle with injuries

FAMU alumnus Kevin Elliott is back in contention for a spot on the Buffalo Bills roster after a preseason injury put him on the sidelines last year.

Elliot’s hopes of making the 2013 team came to abrupt end when he tore his left ACL in a preseason matchup against the Minnesota Vikings.

Scott DelleFave of Buffalo Lowdown writes that: “Kevin Elliott is a wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills who has size, talent and enough upside to make the final 53 man roster in August. Elliott is 6-foot-3 and weighs 215 pounds so he provides much needed size to a smaller but incredibly fast wide receiver corps in Western New York. He was an undrafted wide receiver out of Florida A&M in 2012; however he had enough skills where he likely should have been drafted.”

Elliot began his NFL career with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

FAMU releases online MBA ad featuring John W. Thompson

FAMU recently released a video advertisement for its online master of business administration program that features an alumnus who knows a thing or two about corporate America.

John W. Thompson, the FAMU alumnus who succeeded Bill Gates as the chairman of the Microsoft Board of Directors, takes center stage in the 30-second promo to brief viewers about the rich quality of FAMU’s School of Business and Industry. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business from FAMU in 1971.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

FAMU alumna appointed to lead City of Homestead Education Committee

City of Homestead (Fla.) Mayor Jeff Porter has appointed FAMU alumna Patricia Fairclough, a city councilwoman, to serve as the liaison to the city’s Education Committee.

The Homestead Education Committee was organized to provide solutions to problems that serve as obstacles to the education process. It is comprised of educators, business leaders and members of local non-profit entities. The committee discusses and develops ideas to deal with complex issues relating to local education, meets with local education officials, and creates programs to encourage learning.

“I look forward to providing counsel along with the many years of wisdom gleaned through my career as an educator to the amazing group of people I have the distinct pleasure of working with,” Fairclough said.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

FAMU alumna excels in MIT nuclear engineering PhD program

By Zach Wener-Fligner
MIT News correspondent

When she was accepted into the undergraduate business program at FAMU, Mareena Robinson thought she had her future all figured out: She would go to law school and become an attorney, like her father, or else a businesswoman.

But when she and her father arrived on campus at the beginning of freshman year, he made an offer the self-described “obedient daughter” couldn’t refuse: to pay a visit to the physics department, where he had a distant connection to a friend-of-a-friend.

“I said, ‘OK, I’ll just check it out,’” Robinson says. “I had no intention of going into physics. But when I got up there they treated me like a football player.”

She was surprised — after all, the department didn’t know anything about her, and had no idea whether she could cut it as a physics major. “They were so excited about anybody who was even willing to talk about the possibility of doing science because it is a select few people who have the audacity to try something like that,” she says.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

FAMU alumnus covers July issue of ESSENCE Magazine, releases new film

FAMU alumnus and hit movie producer Will Packer appears on the cover of the July issue of ESSENCE Magazine. The issue highlights Packer’s latest film release “Think Like A Man Too” in an eight-page spread titled, “Reunited…and It Feels So Good!”

Packer, a 1996 graduate and founder of Will Packer Productions, has produced consecutive box office hits, which include “About Last Night,” “Ride Along,” “Think Like A Man,” “Takers,” “Obsessed,” “This Christmas” and “Stomp the Yard.” His latest works “No Good Deed” starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson and “The Wedding Ringer” starring Kevin Hart and Josh Gad will debut in September 2014 and January 2015 respectively. He is currently in production on "Ride Along 2" with Ice Cube and Hart.

Packer, a product of the FAMU electrical engineering program, has had five films open at No. 1 and his films have collectively grossed more than a half billion dollars worldwide. In 2013, Packer signed overall deals with both Universal Pictures and Universal Television. Prior to launching his own company in 2013, he co-founded Rainforest Films with fellow FAMU alumnus and director Rob Hardy.

Monday, June 16, 2014

NCCU declines to renew Reid’s contract, ex-band director weighs legal action

Jorim Reid escorts First Lady Hillary Clinton at FAMU in 1996
FAMU alumnus Jorim Reid, who was offered the directorship of the Marching 100 in 2013, is out as the head of North Carolina Central University’s band program after the university administration denied him a contract renewal.

“Mr. Reid is obviously deeply disappointed in the decision made by the NCCU administration not to renew his contract,” said James E. Hairston Jr., Reid’s lawyer. “He has dedicated the past 14 years to building the band program to one of the most preeminent in the nation at any level.”

Hairston added that his client “is left with no other choice but to vigorously pursue all of his legal options and, to that end, he has already commenced the initial processes.”

Friday, May 16, 2014

1964 FAMU graduate celebrates golden anniversary during grandson's graduation

FAMU’s spring 2014 commencement represented many milestones for the institution. It was President Elmira Mangum’s first commencement exercise at the helm of the university, it was an emotional homecoming for Microsoft Chairman and FAMU alumnus John W. Thompson (who addressed the graduates along with ESSENCE Editor-at-Large Mikki Taylor) and it marked the 50th anniversary of FAMU’s class of 1964.

Among the nearly 50 alums commemorating their golden anniversary during the May 3 commencement, was one alumna whose family reached a milestone of its own. Jewel Boller watched proudly as her grandson Aaron Smith received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice 50 years after she paved the way. Smith represents the third generation of Boller’s family to complete their education at FAMU.

“It feels absolutely great,” said Boller, who was nearly speechless after seeing Smith walk the commencement stage. “I am looking forward to his future.”

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

FAMU alumnus named national attorney general for Black Law Students Association

FAMU alumnus Jordan Hadley has been named the attorney general of the National Black Law
Students Association.

Hadley, a third-generation rattler, received his bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in business administration from FAMU in 2012. He is currently pursuing a juris doctor degree at the University of Miami School of Law and serves as the president of the school’s chapter of the Black Law Students Association.

Hadley said he is excited to take on the national attorney general position, following in the footsteps of FAMU alumnus Jonathan Evans, who preceded him in the role.

“I will get to work with the broader community to have a dialogue about issues affecting the African-American community,” said Hadley, a Jacksonville, Fla. native, who hopes to use his position as platform for social change.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

FAMU alumna receives Tony Award nomination

FAMU alumna Anika Noni Rose has been nominated for the Tony Award for best performance by an actress in a featured role in a play.

Rose is nominated for her role as the inquisitive Beneatha Younger in “A Raisin in the Sun.” Rose currently appears in the Broadway play starring opposite Denzel Washington and directed by Kenny Leon.

In 2009, Rose made history as the voice of Princess Tiana, Disney’s first African-American princess, in the movie “The Princess and the Frog.” Rose starred in the 2006 movie “Dreamgirls” and also was featured in starring roles on Broadway such as Maggie in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Clinkscales named among top 100 cable executives

FAMU alumnus Keith Clinkscales has been named among the most influential power players in the
cable industry.

Clinkscales, CEO of Sean “Diddy” Combs' REVOLT Media, appears on the CableFax Magazine “Top 100 Executives in Cable” list in the publication's April 2014 issue. He will also be honored this week in Los Angeles at The Cable Show, the cable industry's largest annual trade show and conference.

Previous “Top 100 Executives” include: BET Networks Chairman and CEO Debra Lee, HDNet Chairman Mark Cuban, C-SPAN President Rob Kennedy, Viacom President Doug Herzog and National Geographic CEO David Lyle.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Hastings to keynote FAMU College of Law’s hooding ceremony

U.S. Congressman and FAMU alumnus Alcee Hastings will keynote the FAMU College of Law Hooding Ceremony on May 10.

"We are honored to have a true trailblazer for equality address our 10th graduating class since the re-establishment of the FAMU College of Law," said Dean LeRoy Pernell. "It is indeed fitting that one of our own return for this milestone observance."

Hastings is currently serving his 11th term in Congress, representing the 20th District of Florida, which includes parts of Broward, Palm Beach and Hendry Counties. With an undergraduate degree from Fisk University, he became one of the 57 original graduates of the College of Law when it was located in Tallahassee on FAMU's main campus. He earned his law degree in 1963.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

FAMU alumna named among “Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America”

FAMU alumna Cheryl A. Harris has been named one of Savoy magazine’s 2014 “Top 100 Most
Influential Blacks in Corporate America."

Harris earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from FAMU in 1989. Currently, the Chicago native serves as the senior vice president of sourcing and procurement solutions for Allstate Insurance Company, the largest publicly held personal lines property and casualty insurer in America.

Harris is responsible for optimizing Allstate’s spending portfolio of $7.5 billion and oversees Allstate’s supplier diversity program. She also serves as a senior executive sponsor for FAMU on behalf of Allstate. Over the last 20 years, in various capacities, she has helped to mentor and place hundreds of FAMU students with promising career opportunities.

Friday, April 25, 2014

FAMU alumna named editor-in-chief of EBONY magazine

FAMU alumna Mitzi Miller has taken the reigns of the iconic EBONY magazine. Miller was namedDesiree Rogers, CEO of Johnson Publishing Company on April 22. Miller, most recently served as editor-in-chief of JET magazine, a post she had held since May 2011.
the publication’s editor-in-chief by

“Mitzi is a gifted editor with tremendous energy and passion, and her strong editorial background will catapult the EBONY brand to greater heights,” said Rogers in the announcement. “We are thrilled to have Mitzi in our JPC family and are excited to see the new direction she will bring to the magazine.”

While at the helm of JET magazine, Miller revamped the iconic 62-year-old brand with the magazine’s first and only successful redesign, relaunch of the Jet website and an increased social media presence. An award-winning journalist and bestselling author of five books, Miller is regularly a featured guest on several national television programs, including ABC’s “Good Morning America,” TV One’s “News One Now with Roland Martin,” MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry” and CNN’s “CNN Newsroom.”

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Former Secret Service agent to keynote Honors Convocation

Former U.S. Secret Service agent and FAMU alumnus Shaun West will return to The Hill tomorrow
to inspire FAMU students during the university’s annual Honors Convocation.

The convocation, which will be held in Lee Hall Auditorium at 10:10 a.m. on April 2, will celebrate the achievements of FAMU’s best and brightest students.

The event will also mark a milestone in FAMU history, as it will serve as FAMU President Elmira Mangum’s first official university-wide event. Mangum’s first day at the helm of the university will be April 1.

West, a Tallahassee native, received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and master’s degree in applied social sciences with a concentration in public administration from FAMU in 2005 and 2007 respectively. A former student government leader and drum major in the Marching ‘100,’ West has gone on to make a profound imprint in Washington, D.C.

Friday, March 07, 2014

FAMU alumnus Amir Windom makes the world “Happy”

If you've found yourself nodding your head and tapping your feet to the music in movies like Amir Windom.
“Despicable Me 2” or television shows like “Being Mary Jane” on BET, then you may have been listening to some of the music supervision work of FAMU alumnus

Windom is credited with helping create film and television soundtracks, original songs and scores for popular films and television shows such as "Despicable Me 2,” "Being Mary Jane", "Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man,” “Takers,” “SWAT 2,” “Tyler Perry's: Why Did I Get Married 2,” and “Stomp the Yard 2.”

Windom's most recent work, “Happy,” a song performed by Grammy award-winning rapper, songwriter and producer Pharrell Williams for the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack, was nominated for an Oscar at the 2014 Academy Awards for the Best Original Song category.

"I arrived at FAMU thinking I wanted to be successful. I left FAMU knowing I wanted to be significant,” said Windom, a 2008 graduate, about the role the FAMU's School of Journalism & Graphic Communication played in shaping his career. “My success truly is a reflection of the unwavering love and support I get from my family, friends and of course the FAMU family.”

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

FAMU alumna wins Emmy for her work on CNN’s election special

FAMU School of Journalism and Graphic Communication alumna, Rachael Shackelford, recently received a News and Documentary Emmy for her work on the CNN special “Election Night in America.”

Shackelford, who currently works as an associate producer for CNN’s “The Situation Room” served as producer for the 24-hour news network’s election night special, which received the honor under the category of “Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story (Long Form).”

Though she is not often listed on television credits or seen in front of the camera, Shackelford said that seeing her ideas and production work implemented on both a national and international scale is rewarding enough. More importantly, Shackelford said the Emmy recognition provides her with an opportunity to inspire future Rattlers to go after their dreams.

“I hope winning an Emmy sends the message that all of your highest goals lie within the power of your own perseverance,” Shackelford said.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

FAMU alum named EVP at Northern Trust

FAMU alumnus Shundrawn Thomas has been named an executive vice president at Northern Trust Corporation.

Northern Trust is a global leader in delivering innovative investment management, asset and fund administration, as well as banking solutions to corporations, institutions and individuals.

Northern Trust Chairman and CEO Rick Waddell announced Thomas’ promotion last week and applauded him for “consistently demonstrated extraordinary leadership and a strong commitment to accelerating our company's performance and to our enduring principles: service, expertise and integrity.”

“[Shundrawn’s] hard work, exceptional performance and ability to inspire others continue to have a significant impact on the success of our company,” Waddell said.