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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.)

Sunday, August 30, 2015

PBS American Masters series to showcase story of FAMU alumna Althea Gibson

People often cite Arthur Ashe as the first African American to win Wimbledon (1975).  He was indeed the first African American male to win the men's singles title, but it was, in fact, Althea Gibson, who was the first African American to cross the color line playing and winning at Wimbledon (1957 and 1958) and at the U.S. Nationals (1957 and 1958 – precursor of the U.S. Open).

This fall, THIRTEEN's American Masters presents Althea, premiering nationwide Friday, September 4, 2015 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) during the U.S. Open.  The 90-minute documentary reveals the highs and lows of this remarkable athlete whose life and achievements transcend sports and have entered the annals of African American history. From her roots as a sharecropper's daughter in the cotton fields of South Carolina, to her emergence as the unlikely queen of the highly segregated tennis world in the 1950s, her story is a complex tale of race, class and gender.

Friday, August 21, 2015

SACS: Removing FAMU chairman mainly because of lawmakers’ request would raise red flag

Yesterday, FAMU Board of Trustees Chairman Rufus Montgomery rebuffed a group of state lawmakers who made a public request that he either resign or be voted out of his leadership position. He hinted that those legislators might hurt FAMU’s ability to abide by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Standard 3.2.4, which says university boards must stay free from political interference.

“For the good of the institution and to prevent charges of undue political interference, I hope that our elected officials will allow our Board to do the job we were appointed to do,” he said.

WCTV-6 contacted the SACS headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. and asked it about the issue. The television station reported that: “A representative with SACS says if the FAMU Board of Trustees remove Montgomery as chair solely or largely because the legislators asked them to -- that would raise concerns. SACS is not looking into the matter at this time, but, FAMU could get a warning, probation, or lose accreditation.”

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Rufus rebuffs lawmakers’ calls for him to resign, hints at SACS rule against political meddling

Back in 2011, Rufus Montgomery was quiet after the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) scolded Gov. Rick Scott for interfering in the FAMU Board of Trustees’ duties by trying to pressure it to suspend then-President James H. Ammons. SACS told the governor that his actions could jeopardize FAMU’s accreditation.

SACS Standard 3.2.4 states that each member’s governing board must be “free from undue influence from political, religious, or other external bodies and [protect] the institution from such influence.”

Rufus had called for Ammons to be placed on administrative leave only seven days before the governor made his statement in support of the same proposal. He declined to criticize Scott for placing FAMU’s accreditation in danger. But yesterday, Rufus appeared to be very anxious to remind a group of FAMU alumni lawmakers about SACS Standard 3.2.4.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Oliver tells Rattler graduates that “FAMU is here for you”

Pam Oliver, sideline reporter for FOX NFL Sport and 60 Minutes Sports contributor, delivered the 2015 Summer Commencement address yesterday to a near capacity crowd at the Alfred Lawson Teaching Gymnasium and Multipurpose Center.

“Today is not the end of your relationship with FAMU, but just the beginning. FAMU is here for you. When you are at your height or when you face difficulties, know that you have a Rattler nation that will always support you,” Oliver told the graduates.

Friday, August 07, 2015

Oliver to deliver keynote address at 2015 FAMU summer commencement

FOX Sports reporter Pam Oliver will serve as the keynote speaker at the FAMU’s 2015 summer commencement ceremony.

Oliver is a renowned sports broadcaster with more than 30 years of experience. She studied broadcast journalism at FAMU. Currently, she is entering her 21st season as a sideline reporter for FOX Sports’ award-winning presentation of National Football League games. She was originally a reporter with ESPN during the early 1990s before joining FOX Sports in 1995. In recent years, she also has done courtside reporting on TNT during the first two rounds of the NBA Playoffs.

Monday, July 20, 2015

George Cooper, FAMU alumnus and director of the White Initiative on HBCUs, dies

FAMU alumnus George Cooper, executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, passed away on Sunday. The cause of his death has not been released to the public.

U.S. President Barack Obama appointed Cooper to the position in 2013. He expressed his condolences on behalf of himself and First Lady Michelle Obama in public statement yesterday.

“George’s passing is a great loss for my Administration, the HBCU and higher education communities and for everyone that knew him,” the president said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Diana, family and friends during this difficult time.”

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Majority of state justices say FAMU alumna is right in Arthenia Joyner v. House of Representatives

Last week, a majority of the justices on the Florida Supreme Court said that Senate Minority Leader Arthenia Joyner and her fellow Democratic senators were correct in their argument that the House of Representative’s early adjournment violated the state constitution. But the court denied a request for a writ of mandamus to force the House to come back to work.

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island) sent the 120 members of his chamber home on April 28 in the middle of an impasse over budget negotiations with the Senate. According to the Associated Press, “the House has been adamantly opposed to expanding Medicaid to more than 800,000 Floridians, even though the Senate has proposed a plan that would allow the state to eventually privatize Medicaid and require recipients to work or attend school.”

The adjournment came three days before the scheduled end of the session.