Friday, February 10, 2017

FAMU softball team continues to support South Side families through its volunteer work

Head Coach Veronica Wiggins and the FAMU softball team volunteering at Bethel AME
By Stacey Ragin
FAMU Sports Information

The Florida A&M University softball team is no stranger to community service. For years, the team has had a tradition of volunteering with the local Bethel AME Church, working hard to provide complete Thanksgiving meals for local low-income families on the South Side of Tallahassee.

This is just a portion of their numerous local contributions.  Each season, they designate a game “Breast Cancer Awareness Day,” where they honor those afflicted with the disease.  They also participate in “Trunk or Treat,” a community-oriented festival for youth to visit the campus and enjoy a safe Halloween experience.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Lady Rattlers extend streak to six by downing Hornets

By Stacey Ragin
FAMU Sports Information

The Florida A&M Lady Rattlers (7-16) clinched yet another conference win against the Delaware State Hornets (3-21) on Monday in the Lawson Center with a 69-61 victory.

Despite some difficulties early on, the Lady Rattlers managed to leave the Hornets to trail for the large majority of the game. By the end of the first quarter, junior guard Shakerrya Morrison had already out-rebounded the entire Hornets team with nine.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Losses continue for alumni ex-lawmakers who ignored attacks on FAMU

Florida A&M University received poor representation from its alumni who served in the Florida Legislature between 2015 and 2016.

In 2015, FAMU lost control of a multi-million dollar college budget after 28 years and saw its alumni become a minority in the 11 appointed university Board of Trustees seats. But the six FAMU alumni who held seats in the legislature at that time simply ignored those attacks against the university.

Four of those individuals are now ex-lawmakers who have taken some big losses since leaving the state capitol.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

FAMU football legend Bob Hayes honored at Super Bowl LI

FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson and Bob Hayes' sisters Lucille Hester and Georgette Sanders
Just minutes before Super Bowl LI kicked off in Houston, Texas, fans cheered during an emotional pregame, on-field tribute to 29 NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame players, including Florida A&M University (FAMU) legend Robert “Bullet Bob” Hayes. The late two-sport Rattler is the only athlete to win a Super Bowl ring and Olympic gold medals.

At the invitation of the NFL, FAMU’s Interim President Larry Robinson and Hayes’ family members attended the game and a weekend of special events dedicated to trailblazers who attended historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Hayes died in 2002 at the age of 59. He was enshrined posthumously into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in July 2009.

Monday, February 06, 2017

Rattlers drop Bison, 78-66, to complete series sweep

By Stacey Ragin
FAMU Sports Information

The Florida A&M Rattler Basketball team (6-16) used a team effort to best the Howard Bison (5-18), handing the Bison their fourth consecutive loss.

Leading early on, the Rattlers fought to keep their lead against the Bison, who they defeated 78-66 on Howard’s home court in their first conference game on Jan. 4th.

FAMU Lady Rattlers defeat Howard, 55-51

By Stacey Ragin
FAMU Sports Information

The Florida A&M University Lady Rattlers Basketball team (6-15) left the floor with a 55-51 victory against the Howard University Bison (10-10) on Saturday, ending the Bison’s two game winning streak.

The Rattlers struggled early on, fighting to finish against HU, who they fell to 58-72 in their first conference game in Washington, D.C.on Jan. 4. Freshman center/forward Ny’Asia Davis led both teams at the end of the first quarter with six points, one rebound and one block. Junior guard Kalybriah Haskins also contributed with three points and two rebounds.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Four Rattler baseball players make 2017 Preseason All-MEAC Team

Four Florida A&M University Rattler Baseball players were named to the 2017 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Preseason All-Star team, as selected by the MEAC’s coaches and sports information directors.

First baseman/catcher Brian Davis, third baseman Ben Ellzey and sophomore outfielder Willis McDaniel were first-team selections from FAMU, while catcher/designated hitter Jacky Miles, Jr., was named to the second team.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Five FAMUans named to preseason All-MEAC softball team

Five Florida A&M women’s softball players were named to the 2017 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Preseason All-Conference Team announced by the league office.

Headlining the group from FAMU is senior pitcher Kenya Pereira, who was named Preseason Pitcher of the Year for the second straight season. The Kissimmee, Florida native has won the Most Outstanding Player Award at the MEAC Tournament in 2014 and 2015, and was the regular season 2016 Pitcher of the Year, posted a 14-16 overall record, a 3.36 ERA, with 138 strikeouts in 193.2 innings.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Lawson denounces Trump’s immigration ban

On Tuesday, January 31, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, FL-5, issued the following statement in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries from the United States for 90 days:

“I am disappointed by this Executive Order because it goes against everything this country stands for.  I can think of few things more un-American than discriminating against people seeking refuge on our shores because of their religion.  This action betrays who we are as a country. Keeping the American people safe from threats from abroad is very important to me but targeting an entire religion is completely misguided and irresponsible.

This order dishonors our values and has caused shockwaves of confusion throughout our nation.  America is the land of opportunity regardless of age, race, class and religion. I will continue to work for smart action to protect our borders while protecting religious freedom and defending our American values.”

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Charter Communications joins BTNC-FAMU collaboration to establish first black news network

Florida A&M University (FAMU), the state’s only public historically black university, has moved another step closer to serving as the headquarters for the nation’s only African-American news network.

The Black Television News Channel (BTNC) announced that it signed a multi-year agreement with Charter Communications to premiere the news network in 14 of the digital cable television service’s top African American markets in the United States. BTNC programming will be shown in Charter markets that include New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Dallas, Detroit, Boston, Tampa, Orlando, Cleveland, Charlotte, Birmingham, Norfolk, Raleigh-Durham, and New Orleans.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

FAMU women crush Morgan State, 61-26

The FAMU women’s basketball team won its third straight game in runaway fashion Monday night in a 61-26 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory over Morgan State at Hill Fieldhouse.

Junior center Shalunda Burney-Robinson led all scorers with 14 points, to go with six rebounds, followed by junior Alicia McCray with 11 points and six boards. Shakerrya Morrison pulled down a career high 15 rebounds, 12 on the defensive end for FAMU, which finished with 38 defensive boards on the evening.

The Rattler women, who had been plagued by sub .400 field goal shooting all season, shot 51.7 percent (28 of 49) from the floor, while limiting the homestanding Bears (2-19, 0-8 MEAC) to a dismal 16.1 percent shooting (9 of 56), including a dreadful 12 percent (3 of 25) in the first half, as FAMU outpaced their hosts, 35-7 in the first two quarters.

FAMU held Morgan to single digit scoring in the first three quarters (three in the first; four in the second; five in the third), before the Bears managed 14 points in the final stanza.

Florida A&M (6-15, 4-4 MEAC) moved into the middle of the pack in the league standings at the halfway point of the 16-game conference schedule with Monday’s win, and the timing couldn’t be better as the Rattler Women have four of their next six MEAC games at home beginning Saturday.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Robinson addresses executive order affecting foreign travel and immigration

Interim President Larry Robinson released the following statement regarding the recent executive order affecting foreign travel and immigration:

“Florida A&M University has a strong and vibrant academic and research community, which includes diverse students, staff, and faculty representing various countries. The University remains committed to providing its faculty, staff, and students with a safe, positive, and fruitful working and learning environment regardless of their nation of origin.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Second half surge lifts FAMU women past DSU, 65-56

The FAMU women’s Basketball team pulled away from host Delaware State in the second half Saturday afternoon, for a 65-56 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory at Memorial Hall.

For FAMU (5-15, 3-4 MEAC), the win was the team’s second straight, the first time all season they had managed back-to-back victories, and they clinched the win with a second half scoring surge which built on their slim one-point halftime lead.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Tallahassee ministers to raise funds for FAMU, honor Rattlers at Legacy Banquet

A coalition of Tallahassee ministers and community members joined the Rev. R.B. Holmes last week to announce that the second annual Legacy Banquet will be held Thursday, March 30, 2017, in FAMU’s Grand Ballroom.

The banquet will serve as a fundraiser to complete a commitment from the ministers to raise $100,000 for FAMU. To date, the group has raised $64,356 thanks to last year’s banquet and additional efforts.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

FAMU graduates encouraged to pursue life’s dreams

FAMU alumnus and pharmaceutical executive Jemal Gibson inspired graduates to hang in there during tough times when he delivered the keynote address during the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) Fall Commencement on Dec. 9.

The author and former U.S. Army officer shared his journey from a young freshman arriving on campus from Chicago with just $20 in his pocket to becoming a corporate executive. The Al Lawson Multipurpose Center was filled to capacity during the commencement program.

While speaking to nearly 700 graduates, Gibson shared three critical points that he believes can help them as they begin their own professional journey. The core components included aspiration, perspiration, and inspiration.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Florida A&M releases 2017 football schedule

Florida A&M University (FAMU) released its 2017 football schedule Wednesday, which includes a season-opening home game for the first time since 2010.

The Rattlers will open their third season under Head Coach Alex Wood on Saturday, Aug. 26, against an old rival from the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), the Tigers of Texas Southern University, in the inaugural Jake Gaither Classic in Bragg Memorial Stadium.

A portion of the proceeds from the game will benefit the Jake Gaither House with a goal of assisting in the preservation of the home of the Hall of Fame Rattler coach, located just off the FAMU campus.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

The late Margaret Lewis honored during campus memorial service

A treasured Rattler was celebrated during a memorial service in the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) Lee Hall Auditorium Jan. 3.

Margaret Lewis, a retired dean of the FAMU School of Nursing was remembered as a no nonsense administrator, who led the school to unprecedented heights. During her many years of service to FAMU Lewis worked as a staff nurse at the FAMU Hospital and in various professor positions. A U.S. Army veteran, Lewis enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps in 1953 and served as a finance officer in Japan before being honorably discharged.

While addressing the audience, University Interim President Larry Robinson said he learned a great deal from Lewis throughout the course of his tenure at FAMU.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

FAMU pays tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.

Uplifting music, gospel songs, and a stirring speech filled Gaither Gymnasium on January 13 during the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation.

Social Justice Advocate and Entrepreneur Jonathan L. Jackson, son of the Rev. Jesse Jackson and business professor at Chicago State University delivered the keynote address during the event. While speaking, Jackson challenged students and others in attendance to continue FAMU’s tradition of standing up to injustices everywhere.

“You’re going to have to stand up repeatedly over and over. You’re going to have to continue as Rattlers to strike back again. Racism has not been eradicated,” Jackson said.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

FAMU offers more than $900K to scholars at Jacksonville recruiting event

More than $900,000 in scholarships from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) were offered to students during a Jacksonville recruiting event on Jan. 12.

Nearly 600 students attended the event at Jean Ribault Senior High School, which included a highly entertaining and enlightening song and dance presentation provided by the university student group FAMU Connection.

In addition to scholarship notifications, a second highlight of the program was an opportunity for interested students and parents to learn more about the outstanding programs available at FAMU. Admissions counselors and representatives from the university’s 14 colleges and schools were on hand to provide information and answer questions from prospective students.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Robinson has brought $40M+ in research grants to FAMU since being hired by Humphries

Larry Robinson is a powerhouse when it comes to securing federal research dollars by the millions. He has brought more than $40M in research grants to Florida A&M University since he joined the faculty 20 years ago.

Back in 1997, then-FAMU President Frederick S. Humphries lured Robinson away from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he was a research scientist and group leader. Humphries appointed him serve as director of the Environmental Sciences Institute and asked to lead the process of starting B.S. and Ph.D. programs in that field.

Robinson and his team had the B.S. program up-and-running in 1998. They got the Ph.D. program off the ground in 1999.