Monday, March 30, 2015

FAMU Law names Sonja Boles-Melvin director of registrar

Sonja M. Boles-Melvin, who has nearly 20 years of higher education experience, has been appointed the director of registrar for the FAMU College of Law. She began the appointment March 23, 2015.

Boles-Melvin began her career in higher education in 1996 at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee as an Admission/Records Specialist. She has worked for more than a decade within the Florida College System with tenures at Valencia College as Director of Admissions and Registration, and Seminole State College of Florida as Director of Registration/Registrar. In addition, she has served as a Student Life Skills adjunct professor, both in the classroom and online, with Valencia College.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Rattlers looking to Lovejoy to lead defensive line

With the FAMU football team’s change from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3 defense, Head Coach Alex Wood is looking to Michael Lovejoy play a leading role in controlling the line of scrimmage. 

“I’m looking forward to everyone learning the new defense and assignments and it all falling together,” said Lovejoy, a 6’4” 300 lb., senior defensive lineman from Pensacola, Fla. “I think the coaches have come in with a good mindset to improve from last year.  We have confidence that if we follow their lead, things will be better.”

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Scott selects Woody to replace Badger on FAMU Board of Trustees

As expected for months, Gov. Rick Scott has given FAMU Board of Trustees Chairman Solomon L. Badger, III the boot.

Yesterday, Scott announced Robert Woody as Badger’s replacement on the FAMU board. If confirmed by the Florida Senate, Woody will serve until January 6, 2020.

Back in February, Scott also reappointed Woody to the Santa Fe College District Board of Trustees for term ending May 31, 2018. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, a Scott spokesman said Woody will serve as a board member at both FAMU and Santa Fe if senators confirm both of his appointments.

Woody, 61, of Gainesville, is a retired deputy secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the State University at Oneonta.

Badger was first appointed to a three-year term on the board by former Gov. Charlie Crist in 2007. Crist then reappointed him in 2010. He was elected chairman of the board 2011 and then reelected in 2013.

Friday, March 27, 2015

FAMU Law’s third-year students prepare for July bar exam with BEST Program

More than 50 third-year College of Law students attended the Bar Exam Success Training (BEST) Program Open House and Bar Exam Informational on Feb. 5 as part of their preparation for the July 2015 Florida Bar Exam.

The event was hosted by the College of Law’s Academic Success and Bar Preparation team led by Assistant Professor Alicia Jackson. It included a workshop that answered questions about the exam and offered tips about effective studying techniques.

The FAMU College of Law has improved by more than 20 percentage points on the July bar exam since 2009. Its 73.6 percent first-try passage rate on the July 2014 Florida Bar Exam was higher than the statewide average of 71.8 percent.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

International leaders to converge on FAMU’s campus for EnergyWaterFoodNexus summit

Will Allen, CEO of Growing Power, Inc.
Today, the FAMU School of the Environment will host its first International Summit on the EnergyWaterFoodNexus. The biennial meeting developed from the university’s newly formed global public-private partnership, which seeks to provide sustainable and innovative solutions for energy, water, and food security.

“At Florida A&M, sustainability is more than a buzzword; it has been a part of our history since designation as a Land Grant agricultural university in 1890,” said FAMU President Elmira Mangum. “As a research institution with expertise in renewable energy, water quality and food science, we will lead the charge on the nexus approach by breaking silos to spark creative collaborations and accelerate innovation, while training a future generation of problem solvers."

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Pereira named MEAC Pitcher of the Week

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) has named FAMU softball’s Kenya Pereira its Pitcher of the Week.

Pereira (P, 5-3, So., Kissimmee, Fla.) turned in a complete game, working 7.0 innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on seven hits, with seven strikeouts and no walks.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

LB Blount returns as Rattlers’ tackling titan

Linebacker Akil Blount could not contain his excitement on Saturday as the Orange & Green gridiron squad suited up for its first practice in full pads.

“I think it’s great to be back in pads. The guys are really excited and we had a good winter conditioning.  The energy and enthusiasm are sky high with the coaches and it trickles down to the players. We’re going to try to make this the best spring practice we can and build on this to go into the summer,” Blount said.