Monday, March 13, 2017

FAMU out of MEAC women’s basketball tournament following 59-42 loss

The 2016-17 season ended for the FAMU women’s basketball team (13-19) as it was defeated 59-42 to the No.1 seeded Bethune-Cookman (21-9) at the Scope Arena.

Guard Florence Outtara led the Rattlers as the only player in double-digit scoring with 11 points. Senior forward Alicia McCray scored nine points, while Shakerrya Morrison chipped in eight.

“We’ve got an overall young team here,” Head Coach LeDawn Gibson said. “None of them have the experience of going this far and we saw firsthand how each team steps it up when it comes to the MEAC Tournament. We played hard today.”

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Rattler football to hold first spring training period in 2 years

The FAMU Football team will hold its first formal Spring Training period in two years from Friday, March 24 through Saturday, April 15.

Head Coach Alex Wood and his staff will put the 2017 Rattler prospects through their paces during a 10-day schedule which will feature a number of early morning sessions in Bragg Stadium, along with mid-morning Saturday practices leading up to the Spring Game.

This is first formal spring training for FAMU since Spring 2015. The team was restricted from Spring drills in 2016 due to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Academic Progress Rate (APR) sanctions, which were lifted during the Fall.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Stoudamire named MEAC Rookie of the Week

Florida A&M University freshman Jamesia Stoudamire was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Softball Rookie of the Week, the conference announced Monday.

Stoudamire (INF, 5-9, Fr., Lake Wales, Fla.) went 6-for-12 at the plate in four games against Troy and Mercer. She hit two home runs in a doubleheader against Mercer. She also stole two bases and drew two walks.

Friday, March 10, 2017

FAMU cruises past Norfolk State in 80-73 MEAC quarterfinal win


Florence Outtara was one of the leaders for FAMU as it strolled past Norfolk State, 80-73
The No. 4 seeded Florida A&M Rattler women (13-18) won for the fifth time in six games Thursday, putting on a torrid fourth quarter scoring surge to eliminate No. 5 Norfolk State, 80-73 at the Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va.

Head Coach LeDawn Gibson said she had to fire up her team to get them going. 

“I had to use some choice words to jolt my team into action. They just came out flat. After challenging our spark plug, forward Shakerrya Morrison, it spilled over to the rest of the team. I never have to get Victoria (Nguyen) going, I actually have to calm her down most of the time. At some point I felt we were in sync and we began to play Rattler basketball,” Gibson said.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Rattlers out MEAC basketball tourney after 82-78 OT loss to SCSU

The Florida A&M Rattlers fought from down by 10 points in the first half to a tie at the end of regulation, before losing 82-78 to the South Carolina State University in the opening round of the 2017 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Basketball Championships at the Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va.

Desmond Williams, put on one of his most impressive displays to date, scoring 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line.  Marcus Barham scored 14 points on 4-of-11 shooting from the field, while Justin Ravenel scored 12 points on efficient 4-of-7 shooting from the field.  Two of Ravenel’s baskets were three-pointers, while Barham chipped in one.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Brian Davis named MEAC Player of the Week

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) has selected Florida A&M junior Brian Davis as its Baseball Player of the Week.

Davis (5-10, 195, Jr., Pensacola, Fla.) hit .471 (8-for-17) in helping the Rattlers go 4-1 this past week, including a two-game sweep of Mercer and winning two of three against East Tennessee State. He drove in 10 runs for the week, including five in the second game against Mercer, and he hit a home run in the series opener against East Tennessee State. Davis had three multi-hit games, and he scored six runs.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Lawson says country “deserves better than a bunch of broken promises from” Trump

Back in January, U.S. Rep. Alfred “Al” Lawson (FL-5) denounced U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries from the United States for 90 days.

On February 28, Lawson attended the president’s address before Congress and released the following statement in response:

“We heard a lot from President Trump tonight, but the numbers speak for themselves. Forty days after his inauguration, we still have yet to see President Trump and the Republican Congress lift a finger to create jobs or help hard-working Americans.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Ablordeppey continues $1.4M in NIH-funded research on antipsychotic drugs

Seth Y. Ablordeppey, a professor of Medicinal Chemistry and the Director of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Division of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), continuing a $1,411,289 research project funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

NIH awarded Ablordeppey four years of funding for a project entitled “A New Approach for the Development of Novel Antipsychotic Drugs.” The organization released $337,755 to him in the fiscal year ending (FYE) 2016 and $300,180 for FYE 2017.

The project focuses on developing better drugs to treat schizophrenia.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

FAMU professor receives William R. Jones Outstanding Mentor Award

After considering a pool of candidates from across the State of Florida, the Florida Education Fund has awarded Seth Y. Ablordeppey the 2016 William R. Jones Outstanding Mentor Award.

Ablordeppey is professor of Medicinal Chemistry and the Director of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Division of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). 

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Davis homerun leads FAMU past ETSU, 7-3

In baseball, sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference. That was the case Friday afternoon at Moore-Kittles Field as Florida A&M (8-2) beat East Tennessee State (6-3) by a score of 7-3, taking the first game of the three-game series.

In what looked like a hopeless scoring opportunity in the bottom of the sixth inning with two outs and nobody on base, Kaycee Reese worked a walk in a tremendous 10-pitch at bat. John Capra then hit a ground ball to the shortstop on what appeared to be an inning-ending play, but Reese hustled his way to second base, beating the shortstop to the bag, extending the inning. The next hitter, Brian Davis, put an exclamation point on the inning, launching a three-run homerun over the right field fence, surging the Rattlers ahead of the Buccaneers by a score of 6-3.

That would be all the runs FAMU would need as relievers Jamie Grant (3-0) and Hunter Fillingim were outstanding once again.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Robinson joins Lawson for U.S. president’s address to joint session of Congress

On Tuesday, February 28, Florida A&M University Interim President Larry Robinson joined U.S. Rep. Alfred “Al” Lawson for the U.S. president’s address before a joint session of Congress.

Lawson, a FAMU alumnus, said in a tweet that he was “proud” to have the interim president with him for the occasion.

Earlier in the day, Robinson was part of a group of historically black college and university (HBCU) presidents and chancellors who met with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House. At the meeting, Trump signed an executive order entitled “White House Initiative to Promote Excellence and Innovation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.”

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Robinson visits Washington, DC for meetings with U.S. president and members of Congress

Florida A&M University (FAMU) Interim President Larry Robinson joined more than 80 leaders of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) for strategy and listening sessions on Capitol Hill, and a visit to the White House.

At the invitation of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, on Feb. 27 and 28, HBCU presidents and chancellors met with U.S. President Donald Trump, White House officials, and members of Congress. On Tuesday, President Trump signed an executive order entitled, “White House Initiative to Promote Excellence and Innovation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.”

“I believe the opportunity to meet as a community of educational leaders and discuss strategies designed to allow us to work more effectively with those entering the federal sector anew, along with those who have supported HBCUs for years, was worth the trip alone,” said Robinson.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Bruno honored by 220 Quarterback Club

Putting the needs of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s (FAMU) students first was the key point of a message from Student Government Association President (SGA) Justin Bruno during a recent 220 Quarterback Club Luncheon.

The quarterback club is composed of FAMU alumni and supporters and has contributed more than $70,000 to the University since its inception seven years ago, primarily to assist the athletics department, Members recognized Bruno for his dedicated leadership.

During the luncheon, Eddie Jackson, a retired FAMU Vice President of University Relations, and president of the group, presented Bruno with the 220 Quarterback Club Rattler Spirit Award.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Pharmacy first-try NAPLEX pass rates dead last in the nation under Thompson

2016 graduates of the FAMU College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences had a difficult time passing the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination, commonly referred to as NAPLEX, on their first-try. Passing the NAPLEX is required to practice pharmacy.

First-try pass rates on the exam for the 2016 graduating class fell dramatically to 59.3 percent, dead last among the nation's 129 pharmacy schools. That first-try pass rate is believed to be the College’s lowest performance in its 66-year history.

Since Michael Thompson was named dean in the spring of 2012, the Colleges’ first-try pass rate on the NAPLEX has been among the bottom ten percent of all U.S. pharmacy colleges.

Monday, February 27, 2017

FAMU seeking $6.9M to remodel Dyson building

Florida A&M University is seeking $6,951,500 to remodel the Dyson building, which was formerly the central facility for the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

“The remodel of the Dyson building will provide classrooms, teaching labs, faculty and support offices, and service areas to meet the Universities mission for teaching, research and community engagement,” Interim President Larry Robinson said in a request form. “The University graduation rate will improve with more teaching classrooms and labs. This project is aligned with Board of Governor's strategic priority to increase the number of degrees awarded in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.”

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.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Edington new FAMU VP for strategic planning, analysis and institutional effectiveness

Florida A&M University (FAMU) Interim President Larry Robinson has created a new office and vice presidency to ensure more effective management and oversight of critical academic and business operations at the University.

Robinson recently announced that Maurice Edington, founding dean of the FAMU College of Science and Technology, will serve as vice president for Strategic Planning, Analysis and Institutional Effectiveness.

Edington has also served as the liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and co-chair of the University’s Strategic Plan Work Group. The group started working last fall to design a road map to chart the University’s progress towards meeting key academic, fiscal, and operational priorities over the next five years.

Friday, February 24, 2017

FAMU recruits students at HBCU Black College Expo Tour in Los Angeles

By Carmen Cummings-Martin
FAMU Office of Alumni Affairs

The HBCU Black College Expo Tour welcomed more than 1000 high school students Feb. 11. at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) was among more than 150 colleges and universities recruiting the best and brightest college prospects. Interim University President Larry Robinson and First Lady Sharon Robinson enjoyed greeting and chatting with students and parents. They were joined by the FAMU recruitment team, which includes Student Affairs Vice President, William Hudson, Jr., Alumni Affairs Executive Director Carmen Cummings, TaQuasha Freeman of the FAMU College of Agriculture and Food Sciences, and alumni leaders Tirrell Hamilton and Arthur Davis of the FAMU National Alumni Association Los Angeles Chapter.

The FAMU Exhibit was one of the most popular as many of the students inquired about FAMU’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Rose a real Rattler who spoke out against FAMU losing budget control at FAMU-FSU engineering

Back when Anika Noni Rose was a theatre student at Florida A&M University, Frederick S. Humphries was her president. She watched while he battled to make sure that the university kept control of the multi-million dollar budget for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (COE).

Humphries struck a deal with Florida State University President Bernie Sliger in 1987 that gave FAMU control of the budget in exchange for an agreement to support Innovation Park as the building site for the COE. The deal was made final by the 1987 “Memorandum of Agreement.”

But FAMU’s control of that budget came to an end in 2015.

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.