Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Gators not taking Rattlers lightly as NCAA Regional opener approaches


Jeremy Barlow at bat against UF in 2014
Making its 31st National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Regional appearance and school-record eighth in a row under Head Coach Kevin O’Sullivan, the top-seeded University of Florida (44-16) will face fourth-seeded FAMU (23-23) at 7 p.m.

Back in 2014, FAMU upset the then No. 6-ranked Gators 4-3 in Gainesville. The two teams did not meet during this year’s regular season because their scheduled game was rained out.

O’Sullivan said he and his players are ready for the Rattler team coached by Jamey Shouppe. Shouppe’s team won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) title this year and earned its first-ever NCAA Regional tournament berth.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

FAMU baseball to face No. 4 seed UF in NCAA tourney opener

The FAMU baseball team celebrates its upset win over UF in 2014
The FAMU baseball team (23-23, 15-9 MEAC) is set to make its first-ever National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament appearance as it travels to Gainesville to face the University of Florida (44-16, 19-11 SEC) at McKethan Stadium on Friday, May 29. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM ET and will be televised live on the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Network.

FAMU will be the No. 4 seed in the Gainesville Regional, while UF is the No. 1 seed after earning the No. 4 overall national seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Rattlers trail UF 1-18 in the all-time, but that first win came in their most recent game against the Gators in 2014. FAMU pulled off an upset with a score of 4-3 over the then-No. 6 ranked UF in Gainesville.

“They were good last year. They’re playing extremely well. It’s going to take a real strong effort on the part of our student-athletes to go down there and pull the upset off again. We won’t sneak up on them again,” Head Coach Jamey Shouppe said in statement to the Tallahassee Democrat.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

FAMU Law honors distinguished alumni at awards ceremony

Ten FAMU College of Law alumni were recently honored at the College of Law’s downtown Orlando campus. The Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony marked the 10th anniversary of the first graduating class from the law school since it reopened in 2002.

“We are extremely happy to recognize all of the alumni who have gone on to do great things with their FAMU College of Law education. They have touched the lives of many and have shared their talents with the communities they work and live in not only here in Florida, but across the nation,” said LeRoy Pernell, dean of the College of Law.

Friday, May 22, 2015

85 FAMU student-athletes make MEAC Commissioner’s All-Academic Team

This week, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced the names of the 1,096  student-athletes who made its 2015 Commissioner’s All-Academic Team. A total of 85 FAMU student-athletes earned a spot on the list.

“I am excited to honor and recognize the 1,096 student-athletes who maintained a 3.0 or better grade point average during the 2014-15 academic year,” said MEAC Commissioner Dennis E. Thomas.  “I would like to congratulate the administrators, athletic academic support staff and personnel, coaches, and parents for their contributions to the academic success of these student-athletes.”

Thursday, May 21, 2015

FAMU NAA raises $203K at annual convention

The FAMU National Alumni Association (FAMU NAA) set a new participation record as more than 450 alumni participated in convention activities in Houston, Texas to raise dollars for scholars during the 2015 National Convention. A total of $203,000 was raised on site, with additional donations flooding in virtually through the portal, www.FAMU.edu/RattlersGive.

“In just a few moments, together we have doubled the amount of money raised at this event last year,” said FAMU NAA President Tommy Mitchell. “This is how much Rattlers love and support FAMU. We give to ensure a bright future for our alma mater so that the legacy will continue to be there for Rattlers yet unborn.”