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Forbes Magazine Names FAMU a Top American College

Aug 7, 2015
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Forbes magazine named Florida A & M University one of America’s Top Colleges for 2015, as well as one of the Best Colleges in the South. University officials say they’ve brought the school’s teaching methods into the 21st century.

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Florida A&M University President Elmira Mangum will have to submit monthly progress reports and have a midterm evaluation under a plan approved by her board Thursday.

FOX sports reporter, former anchor Pam Oliver addresses FAMU's Board of Trustees.
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It was an emotional homecoming for Florida A&M alumna and sports anchor Pam Oliver. She’s set to keynote FAMU’s Summer graduation ceremony this weekend.

Mangum believes the university needs more agricultural funding.
via FAMU

  1. Update 4:53 p.m.: FAMU has posted the agenda and materials for the upcoming Board of Trustees meeting July 21. Trustees are expected to take up the evaluation of President Elmira Mangum.

FOX Sports

This summer’s graduating class at Florida A&M University will hear from long-time sports broadcaster and alumna Pam Oliver.

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Local health community leaders are hoping to get more input about major issues of concern to people living in the Frenchtown and Southside areas. They’re also hoping more people will join a Community Advisory Council looking into such issues.

Governor Rick Scott

Governor Rick Scott vetoed more than $10 million worth of North Florida projects.

Milton Overton of the University of Alabama has been named FAMU Athletics Director.
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Florida A&M University has a new athletics director. The University of Alabama’s Milton Overton is the fourth person to fill the position since president Elmira Mangum was chosen to lead the school last year.

Florida Board of Governors

Florida’s 12 public universities are discussing their annual strategic goals before the state university system governing board. The move comes as the system moves ahead with its performance-based evaluation and funding system.

FAMU And SiriusXM Radio Partner To Launch FAMU NOW

Jun 17, 2015
Florida A&M University holds a press conference for the launch of FAMU NOW
Andrew J. Mitchell, Jr.

Florida A&M University held a press conference Wednesday to officially launch FAMU NOW.

FAMU Board Reshuffles Responsibilities

Jun 10, 2015
The university's Grand Ballroom
Andrew J. Mitchell, Jr.

Florida A&M University’s President Elmira Mangum and the Board of Trustees met Wednesday to address ongoing concerns regarding the President's performance.

FAMU's Mangum Returns From Tour Of China

Jun 10, 2015
Shanghai was one of the four stops on Mangum's tour
Dennis Jarvis

Florida A&M University's officials want to globalize the university, and President Elmira Mangum is returning from a four-city tour in China.

Between May 20 and 22, Florida A and M University is hosting the International Workshop on Biologically Enabled Self Assembly in collaboration with the University of California - Davis and the International Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter.

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Florida A&M University has released results of three audits. The university's board of trustees commissioned one of the audits last October, after two failed attempts to fire President Elmira Mangum.

A former head football coach for Florida A&M University is suing FAMU for wrongful termination. 

Earl Holmes says he wants what he believes is owed to him.

FAMU fired Holmes in October just days before the annual homecoming football game, following a string of losses. Now Holmes’ attorney, Tim Jansen, says the university owes his client for terminating Holmes’ contract early. Jansen blames former Athletic Director Kellen Winslow.

Governor Rick Scott’s tightly scripted inaugural ceremony began with a heavy dose of scripture on Tuesday.

Scott was serenaded by church choirs and prayed for by clergy from across the state at an early morning prayer breakfast at Florida A&M University.

Pam Olsen, pastor of the International House of Prayer of Tallahassee, urged the public to ask that Scott receive divine guidance.

Olsen has never been shy about her beliefs. She and her supporters erected a nativity scene this year at the Florida Capitol.

University of Buffalo

Florida A&M University's new head football coach most recently coached at the University of Buffalo in New York. Alex Wood is replacing former FAMU head coach Earl Holmes, who was fired midway through the season after posting a 6-16 out of 22 games.

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Tallahassee Regional Airport will soon be offering direct flights to South Florida as well as some additional flights to another top destination in the state.

Silver Airways is one of the three major airlines flying out of Tallahassee Regional Airport. And, in a TLH terminal Wednesday, the carrier’s spokeswoman Misty Pinson announced the new services.

Athletics Director Kellen Winslow

Update: 8:20 p.m.: Florida A&M University’s Interim Athletics Director is a familiar name at FAMU. Nelson Townsend will take over the job of Kellen Winslow Sr., who resigned Sunday.

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Florida A&M University is seeing a spike in fundraising revenue. 

The university is more than halfway to its goal for the current fiscal year, and the money comes as the school weighs salary increases for its faculty.

FAMU has raised $2.8 million since President Elmira Mangum arrived on the job in April. That's in addition to another $20 million in the form of research funding. The school set a $5.5 million fundraising goal and as Magnum says, most of the donors have been alumni.

Athletics Director Kellen Winslow

Update 11/12/14: Florida A&M University Athletics Director Kellen Winslow Sr. has issued a letter of apology to the campus community.

“Upon my arrival, it was evident that we had numerous issues that required immediate attention and I focused my energies on addressing those issues," Winslow wrote in a statement put out by FAMU.

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The search has started for a new football coach for Florida A&M University as the school looks to rebound from two years of losing seasons.

FAMU fired its head coach Earl Holmes last week and recently lost a tight homecoming game, falling to Norfolk State 12-10 in the last seconds of the matchup. The Rattler football team is currently 2 and 7 for the year with three games left in the season.

Tony Levell

Attorneys are set to give closing arguments in the case of a former Florida A&M University band member charged with manslaughter and hazing in the death of a drum major who was beaten on a band bus during a hazing ritual.
     Once they're finished, Judge Renee Roche will give the jurors final instructions and deliberations could begin sometime Friday.
     Prosecutors called eight witnesses, including former band members who identified 27-year Dante Martin as orchestrator of the ritual known as "crossing Bus C" after a football game in Orlando in 2011.

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Florida A&M University has parted ways with Rattlers head football coach Earl Holmes. The school says it’s time to take its football team in a new direction.

FAM-U Hall of Famer and former pro linebacker Earl Holmes’ was let go days before the school’s homecoming weekend. Holmes shook hands with players and gave goodbyes Tuesday in an emotional exit from the school. FAM-U spokesman Jimmy Miller says Holmes has been placed on a leave of absence until his contract ends in January.

Robert Champion, a FAMU Drum Major, died in Nov. 2011 from injuries related to a hazing ritual.
Robert Champion

There will be no plea deal for one of the four remaining defendants facing manslaughter charges in the 2011 hazing death of a Florida A&M University band drum major.

The trial for the final four FAMU band members charged in the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion starts next week.

An attorney for Benjamin McNamee told Judge Rene Roche on Wednesday that his client would consider a plea deal if it could be done before the judge who had handled the case previously, but Roche rejected the idea.