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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Fraternity selects several FAMUans for national leadership roles

By Keith Miles
Florida A&M University

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the first Black intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity, has selected several Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) graduates to serve in leadership positions at the national level.

Attorney Daryl Parks, of the nationally acclaimed civil rights law firm Parks & Crump in Tallahassee, Florida, has been appointed general counsel for the fraternity. Parks was initiated into the Beta Nu Chapter at FAMU where he also served two terms as Student Government Association president.

David Jackson, Jr., Ph.D., will serve as associate historian for the fraternity.  Jackson is the associate provost for Graduate Studies at FAMU, a distinguished professor of history, former chair of FAMU’s History Department and also a Beta Nu initiate.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Rose respond’s to Harvey’s criticism of “The Quad,” reminds him about role of arts in society

On February 1 “The Quad,” a new dramatic series directed and executive produced by Florida A&M University (FAMU) alumnus Rob Hardy, debuted on Black Entertainment Television (BET). The show features Hardy’s friend Anika Noni Rose, who is also a FAMU graduate, in the starring role as president of the fictitious Georgia A&M University in Atlanta.

The critically-acclaimed production has already picked up positive reviews from the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.

But Hampton University President William Harvey isn’t a fan of the new program. He recently blasted the show in an open letter to BET Chair and CEO Debra Lee. 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

FAMU legend Bob Hayes to be honored by NFL at Super Bowl LI

Robert “Bullet Bob” Hayes, undoubtedly the greatest male student-athlete produced by the legendary athletic program at Florida A&M University (FAMU), will be among the 29 historically Black college and university (HBCU) gridiron greats honored in February by the National Football League (NFL) during the Super Bowl LI festivities in Houston, Texas.

In December 2016, the NFL joined the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) at the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia to kick off an enhanced partnership initiative titled, “Strength of HBCUs: Impacting Pro Football Since 1948.”  The goal of the partnership is to honor the history and impact of HBCUs and their players and increase career opportunities for students and athletic administrators at these institutions.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

FAMU down to four alumni lawmakers in Florida Legislature

Florida A&M University has gone from having six alumni in the Florida Legislature to just four.

The FAMU graduates who will serve during the 2017 session are: Rep. Ramon Alexander (D-Tallahassee), Rep. Kamia L. Brown (D-Ocoee), Sen. Bobby Powell (D-West Palm Beach), and Rep. Shevrin Jones (D-West Park).

Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Naples) attended FAMU from 1996 to 1999 but transferred to Florida State University (FSU) to finish his bachelor’s degree.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Packer an executive producer for new season of BET’s “Being Mary Jane”

Earlier this year, Black Entertainment Television (BET) announced that Florida A&M University alumnus Will Packer had joined the production team for season four of its acclaimed series “Being Mary Jane,” starring Gabrielle Union.

Packer and Union have been a winning combination at the box office. Union previously starred in two of his movies that opened at the #1 spot: “Think Like a Man” (2012) and “Think Like a Man Too” (2014).

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Lawson appoints Thompson chief of staff for Fifth Congressional District of Florida

Tallahassee native and Florida A&M University alumnus Tola Thompson, long-time director and assistant vice president of FAMU’s government relations efforts, is once again headed to Washington, D.C.

He will be leaving “the Hill” to relocate to Capitol Hill to support fellow alumnus and newly elected Congressman Alfred “Al” Lawson as his chief of staff.

“It has been my great privilege to serve my alma mater these past nine-plus years. My time at FAMU has been some of the best years of my life,” said Thompson. “I will miss the incredible people I have had the pleasure of working with and the tremendously talented students who are the reason why I lobbied so hard for FAMU.”

Friday, December 23, 2016

Committeeman election loss leaves Bullard ineligible for Fla. Democratic Party chair race

Four days after the presidential election, the managing editor of The Miami New Times ran an opinion column entitled “The Florida Democratic Party Is a Damn Disgrace.” It included a comment that former state Sen. Dwight Bullard made about the state of the Florida party:

“There needs to be a real shakeup internally from top down, bottom up, and I say that as a local party chair,” Bullard said. “At the end of the day, there needs to be a more deliberate game plan on the message.”

Bullard later confirmed that he wanted to seek the chair position for the Florida Democratic Party. But he is ineligible to run after failing to win a county-level party office, which is a requirement for state chair candidates.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

YAG brings alumni, elected officials, FAMU administration together to support scholarships


The 2016 FAMU Young Alumni Giving Scholarship Brunch, held during FAMU Homecoming, brought a wide array of Rattlers together to support student scholarships.

According to Ricquel Jackson, who has chaired the event for three years, “this year we were able to award over $9,500 dollars to current undergraduate and graduate students at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University.”

The attendees included: Interim President Larry Robinson, filmmaker Will Packer, South Florida AT&T Regional Director Cristal Cole, author Rashan Ali, U.S. Rep.-elect Alfred “Al” Lawson, U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty, U.S. Rep. Al Green, U.S. Rep. Yvette Clark, and U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

FAMU College of Law alumna elected judge in Brevard County

By Robin Holmes
FAMU College of Law

Kelly McCormack Ingram, a 2008 graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Law, has been elected Brevard County judge in Group 2. Ingram was elected during the general election on Nov. 8.

“The reason I ran for judge is that I want to be in position to do what’s right,” said Ingram, who will be assigned to the misdemeanor criminal court.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

FAMU veteran inducted into the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame

On November 9, Gov. Rick Scott inducted Col. (Ret.) Washington J. Sanchez, Jr. an alumnus of Florida A&M University, into the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame.

“We are incredibly grateful for the service and sacrifice of our veterans, and we must take every opportunity to thank and honor these brave service men and women,” Scott said.

Sanchez, a member of the FAMU Class of 1964, was commissioned into the U.S. Army through FAMU’s Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Program. He is a Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient whose countless, inexhaustible volunteer hours supporting veterans in need has earned him statewide honors. A respected leader in the Military Order of the Purple Heart, he serves as chairman and CEO of the non-profit Florida Veterans Foundation, which provides emergency assistance to veterans in crisis.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Flint’s mayor taps FAMU alumna as expert advisor in Flint water crisis

Florida A&M University (FAMU) alumna Pamela Pugh has been appointed chief public health advisor to Flint, Michigan Mayor Karen Warren. Pugh said her alma mater prepared her for the task at hand.

“In addition to academics, FAMU was all about people and cultivating relationships,” she said. “As chief public health advisor, I will use what I learned at FAMU to rebuild the city’s relationship with the residents of Flint.”

In her position, Pugh will provide crucial insight to the mayor on how to assist Flint residents still struggling to gain access to clean water. As a direct result of the recent water crisis, the city is also dealing with a shigellosis outbreak due to some residents avoiding washing their hands with the city’s water. Shigellosis is a highly contagious gastrointestinal disease.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

FAMU scholar returns to “The Hill”

Each year hundreds of alumni arrive on the campus of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) for the annual Homecoming celebration bringing with them advice and wisdom to pass down to a new generation of Rattlers.

Two weeks ago, one alumnus decided to stop by a little early to share his story as a featured speaker in the Scholars’ Speak Series hosted by the Division of Student Affairs’ Scholarships Programs office.

William Robinson, a 1996 graduate of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering and former Life Gets Better and National Achievement Scholar, addressed a crowd of current scholarship recipients with whom he shared the story of his journey to FAMU and his life after leaving the “Hill.”

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Alumna Kathy Times tapped to lead FAMU Communications

On Thursday, Interim President Larry Robinson announced the appointment of Kathy Y. Times as the new Executive Associate Director of the Florida A&M University (FAMU) Office of Communications. The appointment is effective Thursday, Oct. 6.

In this role, Times will be responsible for developing and implementing all of the University’s marketing, mass communications, and social media strategies.

Times is president of Yellow Brick Media Concepts, a public relations firm. Prior to starting her company, she was a primary news anchor in Jackson, Miss., and worked as a broadcast and newspaper reporter. She has won Emmys and other awards for her investigative reporting.

Friday, September 23, 2016

FAMU alumnus helps plan Tallahassee’s first Jazz and Blues Festival

Scott Barnhart has been cultivating relationships since his days in the Marching 100. The two- time Grammy winner, esteemed leader of the world-renown Count Basie Orchestra, and former Marching 100 trumpeter has teamed up with a group of talented individuals to plan the Florida Jazz & Blues Festival, taking place September 23-25, 2016 at Cascades Park. Barnhart serves as artistic director.

Barnhart, the festival planning team, and Gary Anton of the Bradfordville Blues Club have assembled an award-winning lineup of artists from all parts of the world. Having played trumpet all over the world, Barnhart said he knew there was a certain formula to follow when planning an event of this scale.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Allstate executive and FAMU alumna mentors recent graduate

The entrepreneurial bug bit Mariah Henry at an early age. The recent Interdisciplinary Studies graduate recalled creating her first business at the age of nine.

“I used to bake cupcakes and sell them at school. I called my business “Cutie Cupcakes”! I was only in the 3rd grade at the time. Along with my cupcake sales I would clean my great aunt’s house and her friends on weekends and let’s just say I made a great living.”

Years later, Henry is in pursuit of her next big business idea. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in agricultural science and environmental sciences, the go-getter attended the 2016 Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Student Entrepreneur Program. There, Henry connected with another FAMU alum- Cheryl Harris, vice president of Sourcing & Procurement Solutions at Allstate who now serves as her mentor.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

FAMU’s oldest alumna passes away at age 107

Gussie Williams Mallory, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s (FAMU) oldest alumna has passed away after recently celebrating her 107th birthday.

Mallory, a native of Jefferson County Fla. and retired educator, began her teaching career in the 1920’s at Howard Academy High School. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Alexander reaches $154,997.55 in financial donations for HD 8 campaign

FAMU alumnus Ramon Alexander remains in the #1 spot in the fundraising race for the Democratic nomination contest for Florida House District 8.

Alexander, national executive director of Distinguished Young Gentlemen of America, Inc., has a total of $154,997.55 in monetary donations and $9,008.97 in in-kind contributions.

Alexander, who earned a degree in political science and public administration from FAMU, served as student body president during the 2005-2006 school year. He formerly worked as the community & external affairs aide in the Tallahassee Mayor’s Office and a legislative intern in the Florida House of Representatives District 8 office for two years.

He is married to Taniyah Dawson, an alumna of the FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and former starting point guard for the FAMU Women’s Basketball Team.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

FAMU alumna selected as 2016 NABJ Student Journalist of the Year

Last week, the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announced its selection of FloridaA&M University (FAMU) alumna LaCrai Mitchell as its 2016 Student Journalist of the Year. The award is presented to a college student who has excelled within the field of journalism.

"LaCrai Mitchell is someone whose resume speaks for itself," NABJ President Sarah Glover said. "She has worked hard to gain internships and fellowships that have prepared her for the professional world. She serves as a great example of how a student journalist can succeed when they take advantage of opportunities."