Saturday, August 05, 2017

Norwood leads FAMU squad of nine on All-MEAC List

FAMU wide receiver Brandon Norwood was chosen for the All-MEAC Preseason First Team
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference released its 2017 Preseason All-Star Football Team here Friday, and nine (9) FAMU student-athletes were named among the selected performers announced at the annual Football Media Luncheon at the Marriott Waterside Hotel.

Heading the list of Rattler All-Stars was senior wide receiver Brandon Norwood of Atlanta, Georgia, who was named to the All-MEAC First Team. Norwood had a team-high 51 catches for 458 yards and four touchdowns a year ago.

Second Team selections included offensive linemen Osman Aguilera and Loubens Polinice, along with defensive backs Orlando McKinley and Terry Jefferson, who each had four pass interceptions in 2016.

Third Team selections from FAMU were quarterback Ryan Stanley, tight end Desmond Noird, offensive tackle Obinna Nwanko and defensive end Elijah Price.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Rattlers kick off week No. 2 with mixed practice

The Florida A&M Rattlers began their second full week of practice with drills on the football practice fields.  The spirited practice saw an even number of solid plays from the offense as well as the defense.  Additionally, Head Coach Alex Wood used a variety of different players in different situations as game situations were simulated. 

Ryan Stanley started out red hot completing five consecutive passes on the opening drive of full team drills.  Vincent Jeffries also showed the ability to move the offense during the 11-on-11 segment.  Tahj Tolbert took snaps with a variety of personnel as the offense mixed units throughout practice.

Wood said the practices were designed to integrate personnel. 

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Scott, governor’s race candidates remain quiet on small number of alumni on FAMU BOT

It’s been more than a year and a half since the Florida A&M University (FAMU) National Alumni Association (NAA) publicly spoke out about the small number of alumni on the school’s Board of Trustees (BOT).

At that time, alumni only held three of the 11 appointed seats on the BOT, down from six the previous year. Now, there are only two appointed alumni trustees at FAMU. But at both the University of Florida and Florida State University, alumni hold the majority of the 11 appointed seats.

“We have a lot of talented graduates from FAMU,” FAMU NAA President Gregory L. Clark said in a 2016 interview with WCTV-6. “I think we should take a hard look and tap into some of the talent that is out there. All we’re asking for is a fair shot at looking at some of our graduates out there to serve on the board of trustees.”

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

McCoy steps down from FAMU BOT

Major General (Ret.) Gary McCoy has stepped down from the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees (BOT).

Yesterday, the WCTV-6 website posted the following statement that BOT Chair Kelvin Lawson released on the matter:

“It is with much regret that I announce that Florida A&M University (FAMU) Trustee Major General (Ret.) Gary McCoy has decided to resign from the FAMU Board of Trustees. The decision was made for personal reasons and reached after consultation with his family and much prayer.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

FAMU, TSU targeted by state officials to have low alumni representation on their boards

Florida A&M University (FAMU) and Texas Southern University (TSU) share some things in common. They are both big 9,000+ student public historically black universities in two of the largest states in the country. And they have both been targeted by state officials to have low alumni representation on their policy-setting boards.

The TSU Board of Regents has nine voting members who are appointed by the governor. Only two of its members are alumni of the university. They are Marilyn A. Rose and Sarah D. Monty-Arnoni.

The University of Texas System has a Board of Regents that supervises 14 schools. Alumni of the University of Texas at Austin hold seven of the nine appointed seats. Those regents are David J. Beck, Kevin P. Eltife, R. Steven Hicks, Jeffery D. Hildebrand, Janiece Longoria, Sara Martinez Tucker, and James C. Weaver.

Monday, July 31, 2017

History-making investor James E. Nevels to address FAMU’s summer graduates

James E. Nevels, the founder of one of the largest minority-owned investment firms in the nation, will address nearly 400 graduates during Florida A&M University’s summer commencement ceremony.

The ceremony will take place on August 4 at 6 p.m., in the Alfred L. Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium, located at 1800 Wahnish Way.

Nevels will share pearls of wisdom with graduates from his more than 36 years of experience in the securities and investment industries, including his work as a humanitarian and the founder of The Swarthmore Group. Swarthmore is an investment advisory firm, based in Philadelphia, which manages approximately $2.1 billion in institutional assets for a diverse group of clients.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

African American Film Critics Association honors Rattler Rob Hardy

The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) recently celebrated the career achievements of FAMU alumnus and producer/director Rob Hardy during its Sixth Annual SYNERGY event in Atlanta on Thursday, July 20. A signature program of the organization, AAFCA SYNERGY provides an opportunity for creative professionals in Atlanta and the Southeast to connect and collaborate with their peers.

Hardy joined an outstanding group of Atlanta-based entrepreneurs and creatives who have been acknowledged by the organization. Previous AAFCA SYNERGY Award recipients include FAMU alumni Tirrell Whittley and Nick Nelson, principals of the media marketing company, Liquid Soul.

Friday, July 28, 2017

FAMU athletics administrator named president of Florida Sports Foundation

The Florida Sports Foundation will welcome Angela Adams Suggs as its new President and Senior Vice President of Sports Development for Enterprise Florida beginning August 7. She brings a wealth of experience and an excitement to lead the Tallahassee-based Florida Sports Foundation as it continues working to support Florida’s $57 billion sports industry.

Suggs comes to the Foundation from Florida A&M University where she has held various roles since 2009. Her most recent role has been the Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs and Senior Woman Administrator (SWA).

Suggs served as the lead role in FAMU’s Athletics Marketing and Promotions, Development, Athletics Communications, Licensing and Branding. She was the athletics department’s primary liaison with campus direct support organizations (DSO), neutral site games such as the Florida Blue Florida Classic, affinity/support groups, and community relations. She oversaw administration for the Men’s and Women’s Track & Field and Cross Country teams along with the Softball, Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams, and Spirit Groups.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Jax Federal Credit Union awards scholarship to FAMU biomedical engineering student

Jax Federal Credit Union recently presented Ryan Wallace with a $1,000 scholarship. Wallace, a 2017 graduate of Jean Ribault Senior High School, is a rising freshman at Florida A&M University who plans to study biomedical engineering.

The credit union received more than 30 applications for this year’s scholarship contest. Applicants had to submit an entry form, essay questions and transcripts. Wallace was chosen for his participation in financial education programs, athletic leadership skills and his understanding of how investing in his education will benefit his future.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Lawson introduces jobs bill to benefit veterans

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5) speaks to veterans in Jacksonville
Last week, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5) introduced the Veterans Jobs Opportunity Act to give a boost to veterans who invest in their communities through entrepreneurship.

Veteran-owned small businesses create jobs and stimulate the economy. Veterans own 2.5 million businesses in the United States with over $1 trillion in revenue and 5 million employees, according to the Census Bureau.

Lawson’s bill would establish a small business start-up tax credit for veterans creating businesses in underserved communities.

“One of my priorities in Congress is working to ensure our veterans are getting the help they deserve - from job training, to access to health care and education benefits, to finding affordable housing," Lawson said. "Our brave men and women who have fought for our freedom deserve to be taken care of when they return home. This bill aims to help encourage veterans to pursue their dream of starting a small business in our communities around the country.”

Monday, July 24, 2017

“Girls Trip” showcases Rattler pride on its way to big $30.4M opening weekend

Florida A&M University’s renewed recruitment efforts received a big boost courtesy of alumnus Will Packer last week.

“Girls Trip,” a film by Will Packer Productions, debuted with a national release on July 21st. It stars Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Queen Latifah as a group of friends who reunite years after they originally met as students at FAMU.

According to the Associated Press, “Girls Trip” took the #2 spot in the box office during its opening weekend with $30.4M, with the World War II drama “Dunkirk” taking #1 ($50.5M).  

Sunday, July 23, 2017

FAMU Health Informatics and Information Management Program named one of the nation’s best

The Healthcare Management Degree Guide announced that Florida A&M University’s Health Informatics and Information Management Program was named as one of the “Top 25 Health Information Management Degree Programs” in the nation.

FAMU’s Health Informatics and Information Management Program, which ranked third, is housed in the School of Allied Health Sciences. It was recognized in part for offering pre-professional and professional programs. Its pre-professional program contains foundational science, humanities and communications courses and the professional program consists primarily of laboratory and supervised clinical work.

All of the schools considered for top rankings are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). CAHIIM sets rigorous program requirements.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

FAMU, City of Orlando will host international summit to address energy, water, food crisis

Florida A&M University (FAMU) is partnering with the City of Orlando to host its 2017 EnergyWaterFoodNexus International Summit from Sept. 20-22 at the Hilton Orlando.

This new science enterprise, launched by FAMU’s School of the Environment in 2015, will unite international thought leaders, researchers, policymakers, corporations and student-scholars in finding innovative and sustainable solutions to the global energy, water and food crisis.

Friday, July 21, 2017

FAMU Law student interns at U.S. District Court in Miami

FAMU Law student Raynna Nkwanyuo
By Nadia Felder
Florida A&M University

Internships opportunities are at the top of the list of priorities among law students across the country. So, when an internship at the United States District Court of the Southern District in Miami, Florida, opened, Raynna Nkwanyuo, did not hesitate.

As a rising second year Florida A&M University College of Law student, Nkwanyuo never imagined attending law school, let alone being the only FAMU student to intern within the chambers of the Honorable Donald L. Graham during the summer 2017 semester.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

FAMU alumni and leaders encourage young girls to design their futures

By Ayonna Patterson
Florida A&M University

This May, the “I Can Be” Architecture Career Day Workshop at Florida A&M University gave young girls a basic understanding of the architecture profession by helping them design a dream house for their dolls.

The workshop, which took place at the FAMU School of Architecture and Engineering Technology, featured faculty, alumni and community partners who are celebrated for their expertise in the field.

The event presented the elementary students with the long history of successful women architects, offered a glimpse into the design process, as well as STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) careers. Forty-two girls, ages 7 to 9, who attend FAMU Developmental Research School in Tallahassee participated in the event.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

FAMU Law grad proves it’s never too late to switch lanes

FAMU Law alumna Dedra Sibley
By Nadia Felder
Florida A&M University

As fearful as it may seem, there have been plenty of people who have switched career lanes after years of gaining work experience in one industry — and yet still found success. Dedra Sibley, a Florida A&M University College of Law 2006 graduate is one such individual.

With four degrees from four different institutions, Sibley is no stranger to change. With a deep childhood desire to one day become an attorney, she began her journey with a simple associate’s degree from Brevard Community College. From there, she transferred to the University of Central Florida receiving her bachelor’s in finance and eventually an MBA from Webster University.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

FAMU professor explores “Radical and Historic Views on HBCUs”

In May, the Leon County Library hosted a community lecture series, which included a special look into the early beginnings of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). FAMU History Professor Reginald Ellis, Ph.D., led the series’ installment at the B.L. Perry, Jr. Branch Library, which also commemorated the Annual Festival of Freedom honoring the first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in Tallahassee.

Titled “Thomas DeSaille Tucker and His Radical Approach to Black Higher Education,” Ellis presented an inspiring lecture that analyzed the role of Florida A&M University and its first president. The discussion on HBCUs at the dawn of the 20th century was centered on the famous question of liberal arts versus vocational education for African Americans. The lecture revealed the tactics that Tucker used to ensure funding and other forms of support for the young institution and gave a deeper look into his leadership strategies.

Ellis specializes in the history of HBCUs and African-American leaders during the Jim Crow Era. His research also concentrates on African Americans in U.S. History since 1887, contemporary African-American history and oral history.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Pharmacy professor receives FAMU Researcher of the Year Award

Eunsook Lee, Ph.D., a professor in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, received the Florida A&M University Researcher of the Year Award in April.

Lee, who joined the college in July 2016 as a professor of pharmacology and toxicology, specializes in neuropharmacology and neurotoxicology. Her research focuses on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the regulation of astrocytic glutamate transporters (GLAST and GLT-1) associated with neurodegeneration and neuroprotection.

In addition, Lee’s lab is also investigating neuroprotective agents via enhancing astrocytic glutamate transporters, using epigenetic modulators such as valproic acid, estrogens and selective estrogen receptor modulators such as tamoxifen and raloxifen.

These research activities are supported by research grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health.