1 FAMU, FAU Offer Medial Scholar Program Gala Honors Colleges & Schools University Receives Honor by U.S. News Mr. & Miss FAMU Rooted in Tradition FAMU Awards $1M in Scholarships Green Named Director of SGA Volume 2: No. 02 FAMU and FAU partner for new Medical Scholars Program Dr. Michael J.L. Smith, Medical Scholars Program administrator, Ugoma C. Onubogo, Michelle N. Wilson, Raphaelle A. Lazarre, and Christoria H. Cowans Fla. Florida A&M University has partnered with the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University to establish the FAMU/FAU Medical Scholars Program (MSP). Students admitted into the program will be offered a provisional acceptance to FAU s College of Medicine provided that they successfully complete the MSP and satisfy requirements of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) and FAU s College of Medicine. The first cohort of four freshmen students includes Christoria H. Cowans of Lake Worth, Fla.; Raphaelle A. Lazarre of Clermont, Fla.; Ugoma C. Onubogo of Tallahassee, Fla.; and Michelle N. Wilson of Miami, Fla. FAMU will offer a second pre-medical track for students to receive similar training modeled after the FAMU-FAU MSP. These students will have the option to apply to any medical school in the nation. We are extremely excited for our students to have the opportunity to receive focused training to prepare them for medical school at such an early stage in their matriculation at FAMU, said Maurice Edington, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Science and Technology. This program will provide our students with a jump start on the competition as they hone their skills in the medical field. The goal of the program is to successfully equip students, starting as freshmen, with the tools and knowledge necessary to enter medical school. Academically successful high school students with a strong desire to pursue a career in medicine and who made a sound decision to attend FAMU were recruited for the program. The program will introduce undergraduate pre-medical students to professionalism and problem-based learning (PBL) in order to stimulate independent and self-directed learning as well as develop problem solving skills. FAMU Receives $13.7M grant from RCMI K. Ken Redda FAMU has been awarded $13.7 million in grants for five-years of support through the Research Center in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Program from the National Institutes of Health s (NIH) National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). The RCMI program at FAMU is designed to strengthen and expand biomedical research and research infrastructure in a major way, said Ken Redda, professor of medicinal chemistry and interim vice president for research. Kudos is to Dr. Karam Soliman, Dr. Carl Goodman and their terrific team in generating this significant research funding from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. It is a bright day at FAMU. The RCMI grant award for the period of will support drug discovery and research aimed at better understanding the makeup and risks associated with various degenerative diseases and their treatment. In addition to, the grant will also support projects in drug discovery, molecular genetics and biotechnology research. In the area of drug discovery, the grant will aid in developing new drugs that can be used for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson s; stroke; cancer (breast, prostate and lung); and emerging infectious diseases to uncover targets for therapy and translational research. FAMU and the College of Pharmacy have produced nine patents during the last 10 years and that is due largely in part to the support provided by the RCMI, said principal investigator Karam Soliman. FAMU is number one among HBCUs in terms of the number of patents we hold. The RCMI program serves the dual purpose of bringing more racial and ethnic minority scientists into mainstream research and promoting minority health research because many of the investigators at RCMI institutions study diseases that disproportionately affect minority populations. The RCMI program will have tremendous impact on various research disciplines (pharmaceutical sciences, biology, chemistry, environmental sciences, agricultural and engineering) graduate programs. With concentrations in pharmacology/toxicology, medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics and environmental toxicology, the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (COPPS) has graduated more than 60 percent of the African-American Ph.D. recipients in the pharmaceutical sciences nationally. RCMI, Page 6 FAMU to Honor Colleges and Schools During Gala FAMU will honor its colleges and schools this year at the President s Gala scheduled Friday, October 18, at 7 p.m. in the. This year s theme is Honoring Academic Excellence: Celebrating Our Colleges and Schools. We have joined efforts with our student body this year to highlight the achievements of the university and we will honor our academic units during this gala, said Dr. Larry Robinson, interim president of FAMU. One of the reasons why FAMU is a national university is because of the strong academic programs that are managed by seasoned administrators and taught by committed and talented of faculty. During the gala, the university will focus the spotlight on the achievements and programs of each of its 14 academic units. During this gala, we want to show our academic units how proud we are of their efforts and what they have been able to accomplishfrom year to year, said Sharon Saunders, gala chair. Tickets for the gala are $125 per person. Tables are $1,000 each with eight seats per table. Tickets are available online for the gala at and at the University Ticket Office. A concert featuring The Temptations with Dennis Edwards is scheduled immediately following the gala program as a part of the entertainment and is included in the $125 ticket price. Those only interested in attending the concert can gain entry beginning at 8:30 p.m. by purchasing a concert ticket for $30.
2 Alumna Staci Collins Jackson to Keynote Convocation FAMU alumna Staci R. Collins Jackson, president and CEO of The Collins Jackson Agency, will serve as the keynote speaker for the 2013 Homecoming Convocation on Friday, Oct. 18 at 10:10 a.m. in Gaither Gymnasium. We are excited to welcome back one of FAMU s bright, young alums to share her success story Jamey Shouppe of how she ascended from FAMU graduate to the youngest vice president at Ebony and Jet magazines, to publicist for Oprah Winfrey s Harpo Studios, and now spearheading her own PR firm, said Sharon Saunders, executive assistant to the president for communications. Staci has consistently excelled in entertainment and public relations through hard work and perseverance. We look forward to hearing her pearls of wisdom. Prior to running her own firm, Jackson served as director of communications for Harpo Studios, Inc., where she developed and executed public relations strategy and provided communication counsel as a spokesperson for the company; Oprah Winfrey, and its business units and productions including: Oprah s Next Chapter; Oprah s Lifeclass; Oprah s Master Class; Iyanla, Fix My Life; Harpo Films; O, The Oprah Magazine and The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. Prior to joining Harpo Studios, she was the unit publicist for the acclaimed film, Think Like A Man. She also directed publicity campaigns for the film Just Wright. She worked on TV series such as TNT s HawthoRNe and Law & Order: Los Angeles. Until 2009, Jackson was a vice president for Johnson Publishing Company, Inc. As the youngest vice president of the legendary company and during her 12 year tenure, she led the direction of the company s Public Relations/Corporate Communications department that heads all communications and public relations efforts for Ebony magazine; Jet magazine; Ebony Fashion Fair, the world s largest traveling fashion show; and Fashion Fair Cosmetics, the No. 1 cosmetic company for women of color. Jackson received her bachelor s degree in journalism with a concentration in public relations from FAMU s School of Journalism, Media & Graphic Arts (1996). During her time at FAMU, she held several campus queen titles, was an adviser to Miss FAMU and Court, was secretary of state of the Student Government Association. She held leadership roles in organizations on campus including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She also received a Master of Arts Management degree in arts, entertainment and media management from Columbia College (2006) and has also completed executive education programs at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) Anderson School of Management (2008), Harvard Business School (2009) and Stanford University s Graduate School of Business (2010). Rattler Fans encouraged to stay hydrated during Homecoming game Looking ahead to the Homecoming game, Florida A&M UniversityAthletics is advising visitors and fans to prepare for the heat and humidity. In keeping with their focus on exceptional customer service, the athletic department has added amenities to help fans beat the heat. This year Bragg Stadium will have four cool zones. Each corner of the stadium will offer a misting-cooling station to provide relief from the heat. Football fans are encouraged to dress for the weather and wear loose, lightweight and light colored clothing along with a visor or hat, said Michael Smith, FAMU interim athletic director. You should stay well hydrated, drinking plenty of fluids, avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol, and take frequent breaks out of the sun. FAMU Athletics and Leon County Emergency Medical Service are working to ensure fans have an enjoyable and safe time in spite of the high temperatures and high humidity that will likely come with all five home games starting at 2 p.m. In addition to EMS providers, a new first aid station will be located on the east concourse for fans with minor injuries or that need respite from the extreme heat. Event personnel, EMS and first aid providers will be on the lookout for fans with heat related emergencies. FAMU football fans and visitors should remember the following: Wear loose, lightweight clothing and a visor or hat; Drink plenty of fluids even if you don t feel thirsty (no caffeine or alcohol); Stadium concession stands will be stocked with twice as much bottled water as usual; Take frequent breaks out of the direct sun check out the cooling zones; Ask for assistance from emergency medical providers and first aid staff if needed; Event personnel, uniformed officers and EMS will be on the lookout for fans in heat distress; and Lastly, have a great time! For more information, visit Arthur Thompson Scholarship to be awarded to Big Bend recipient The 2013 Arthur Thompson Scholarship recipient will be announced on Oct. 19 during the Homecoming Pre-Game Rally, which will be held at the FAMU Employee Clubhouse, 2414 South Adams Street. The Budweiser Arthur Thompson scholarship fund was created in 1987 to honor Arthur Thompson s dedication and commitment to the community and to Florida A&M University. Thompson, who worked for Tri-Eagle Seals for 33 years, retired in The scholarship is a $2,500 award for Big Bend area FAMU students only, who demonstrate a need for financial assistance to continue their educational career. The Big Bend area includes Gadsden, Leon, Jefferson, Madison, Liberty, Wakulla, Taylor, Lafayette and Franklin Counties. FAMU honors its founders during annual convocation Florida A&M University paid homage to its past and celebrated its future during this year s Founders Day celebration. More than 700 members of the FAMU community, including students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni, gathered in Lee Hall Auditorium to commemorate the university s 126th anniversary. As we give thanks, let s not focus solely on the founding teachers and administrators, but let s acknowledge the students for they were also the founders of this institution, said Narayan Persaud, university trustee and president of the FAMU Faculty Senate. FAMU was founded as the State Normal College for Colored Students, and on Oct. 3, 1887, it began classes with 15 students and two instructors. Today, FAMU, as it has become affectionately known, is the premier school among historically black colleges and universities. I stand before you today to pay homage to our ancestors past, the founders of this great institution who braved the odds and became oddly brave, said FAMU Student Government Association President Anthony Siders. I say oddly brave because they challenged their naysayers. Former FAMU President Walter L. Smith served as the keynote speaker. He spoke of FAMU s previous leaders, athletes and students who went on to make monumental marks in the world. FAMU is so much and it has so much strength that you can t even imagine, said Smith, who is the founder of the Walter L. Smith Library in Tampa, Fla. When you begin to look at all these great people, you say, Wow, that s FAMU history that grew from what these founders fought for. I can t tell you how proud I am to be a part of the history of this institution. He also encouraged all the audience members to take what you find and make it better. We stood on the shoulders of giants, said Smith, who was presented with the President s Award by FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson. People have open ladders and we have gone step by step by step. People have built bridges. It didn t just happen it was made to happen.
3 SUN OCTOBER 13 MON OCTOBER 14 TUES OCTOBER 15 WED OCTOBER 16 ORANGE DAY THURS OCTOBER 17 GREEN DAY FRI OCTOBER 18 ORANGE AND GREEN DAY SAT OCTOBER 19 7 p.m. 11 p.m. CORONATION AND BALL MR. & MISS FAMU Lee Hall Auditorium and Grand Ballroom 7 p.m. 10 p.m. FAMU S BEST DANCE CREW (Competition) Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center & Teaching Gymnasium 8 a.m. 4 p.m. HEALTH FAIR Hansel Tookes Rec. Center Noon 2 p.m. ROYAL TEA MR. & MISS FAMU 9 a.m. 11 a.m. SPIRIT RUN/WALK BREAST CANCER AWARENESS The Set (Campus) Grand Ballroom 10:10 a.m. 12:10 p.m. CONVOCATION Gaither Gymnasium 8 a.m. 11 a.m. PARADE/JUDGING OF FLOATS (Frenchtown/Downtown Route) 11 a.m. 1 p.m. PRESIDENT S PRE-GAME PEP RALLY Employee Clubhouse SUN OCTOBER 20 (by Invitation only) 2 p.m. 5 p.m. SPIRIT DAY KING & QUEEN OF ORANGE & GREEN The Set Noon 4 p.m. SGA PRESENTS: TASTE OF A RATTLER FAMU Park 3 p.m. 5 p.m. JUDGING OF THE BUILDINGS DECORATIONS Campus 7 p.m. 10 p.m. COMEDY SHOW Featuring: Tight Mike Ronnie Jordan Steve Brown Benji Brown 7 p.m. 9 p.m. FASHION & HAIR SHOW Hosted By: Shekinah Anderson & Lamman Rucker 4 p.m. 6 p.m. FLORIDA S STAND YOUR GROUND LAW: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? Feat. Parents of Trayvon Martin Lee Hall 9 p.m. 11 p.m. SPECIAL PERFORMANCE By Tyga 7 p.m. 10 p.m. PRESIDENT S GALA Special Attraction The Temptations Review feat. Dennis Edwards 1 p.m. 5 p.m. BLOCK PARTY Hosted by: K. Michelle & DJ Demp Wahnish Way 11 a.m. 3 p.m. TAILGATE/TRAILGATE Howard Hall Lawn 2 p.m. 7 p.m. FAMU V. HOWARD FOOTBALL GAME Bragg Stadium 1 p.m. 4 p.m. RATTLER FEVER CAMPUS CLEAN UP Bragg Stadium/ The Set 7 p.m. 9 p.m. NATIONAL PAN-HELLENIC COUNCIL GREEK STEP SHOW 5 p.m. 8 p.m. ARTHUR THOMPSON POST-GAME BBQ Employee Clubhouse 8 p.m. 11 p.m. GOSPEL CONCERT Feat. Leandria Johnson & Jessica Reedy Lee Hall Auditorium 7 p.m. 9 p.m. OPEN AIR CONCERT Tallahassee Nights Live Hosted by Jammin Jay Lamont Howard Hall Lawn For more information contact the FAMU Office of Student Activities at 850/ If you require a reasonable accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act (ADAA), please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs at (850) at least 10 working days prior to the start of the event.
4 On the campus of Florida A&M University, football is more than a spectator sport it is a community-wide experience. Each home game, Rattler fans of young and old come together in the spirit of Rattler pride to enjoy a weekend jam-packed with fellowship, food and fun. On the Fridays before home games, the Rattler Student Boosters, in partnership with oncampus student organizations, offer football fans the unique experience of Friday Night Strikes. Free to the public, Strike events are designed to rally support around the football team across the community, according to Mickey Clayton, director of the Rattler Boosters, the parent organization of the Student Boosters. The event is usually held at 6 p.m. in the parking lot of Bragg Memorial Stadium, the home of Rattler football since Fans attending Friday Night Strikes are treated to appearances from members of the football team and FAMU s junior cheerleading team, as well as performances by local student, church and community groups. In addition, children are entertained with activities ranging from outdoor inflatable bouncers and games to horseback riding. On Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Interim President Larry Robinson hosts the historic President s Pre-Game Rallies at the Employee Clubhouse. According to Brian Lucas, co-chair of the Rallies, Rattler fans are treated to live entertainment, meet-and-greets with Robinson, along with a special message from the Interim President. Free food, drinks and door prizes are also available throughout the event. Lucas said the goal of the Rallies is to ensure everyone who comes out enjoys themselves and leaves with a renewed and contagious sense of Rattler spirit that spills over to the game once they arrive at Bragg Stadium. In addition to getting in game mode with the Interim President, Saturdays offer the traditional day-long tailgating, hosted by members of the Rattler Boosters in the Bragg Stadium parking lot, as well as the tradition of various food and fan gear vendors parked along Perry Street. According to Clayton, gatherings, such as tailgating, offer fans the opportunity to celebrate their Rattler pride with the sights, sounds and tastes of football season before and after the game s 2 p.m. kick-off. Although Clayton and the Boosters help provide radio broadcasts and video feeds for Rattler fans to follow the football games at home throughout the season, he says with confidence that there is nothing like participating in the entire game day experience. Having been a former coach at Florida A&M and a former student athlete, there is nothing comparable to being there in the atmosphere, Clayton said. The smell of hotdogs and barbecue burning, to hear the crowd cheering, to get caught up in the energy before and after the game, there is nothing like being there on site. For season ticket holder Lawrence Brown, there is no experience quite like watching a FAMU game front and center at Bragg Stadium. The high-stepping Marching 100, the relentless passion of the players and the roaring chants of the crowd all make for an unforgettable experience for Brown. The more you support FAMU by attending the games, the more you ingrain yourself in FAMU.You are building relationships with other alumni and with students, said Brown, an alumnus and FAMU employee. You find out that you have the same enthusiasm and the same hopes and dreams for the football season as others.you are surrounded with supporters who really love FAMU as much as you do... It s more than a game, it is the FAMU experience. SIDEBAR It officially begins the Friday night before every game at the Rattler Boosters Friday Night Strikes! Bragg Memorial Stadium Parking Lot It s time to fill up the stands at to cheer on our Rattlers! Bragg Memorial Stadium Don t leave without getting some official FAMU Game Day Gear from our approved vendors! Wahnish Way and Perry Street It s not Game Day unless you re at the Offical President s Pre-Game Pep Rally FAMU Employee Clubhouse For more information on participating in game day events and upcoming Homecoming activities visit the following websites: As this season s Homecoming events are being finalized, Rattler fans can expect an enhanced game day experience during the week of Oct The week promises to be bursting at the seems with Rattler pride with additional scheduled events such as: the kick-off bash, health fair, comedy show, block party, convocation, fashion show, gospel concert, parade, gala, the game itself (against Howard University on Oct. 19) and a special concert featuring the Temptations. Additional upcoming home games include: Oct. 26 (Parent s Weekend vs. North Carolina A&T) and Nov. 16 (against Delaware State).
5 U.S. News names FAMU one of Best HBCUs in the Nation U.S. News & World Report has named Florida A&M University as one of the Top 10 Best Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the nation. FAMU was also named one of the Best National Universities by U.S. News & World Report in another ranking. It is an honor to be on the list for Best Universities in the nation and the list of top HBCUs, said FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson. This ranking demonstrates that we provide great opportunities for our students through the efforts of dedicated faculty and staff. FAMU, which has moved up in the rankings from last year, is listed with top institutions such as Spelman and Morehouse colleges in Atlanta, Ga., Howard University in Washington, DC, and Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. Increasingly, the nation s top HHBCUs are an appealing option for applicants of all races. In the spring of 2013, U.S. News conducted its annual separate peer survey among administrators at the HBCUs, asking the president, provost and admissions dean at each to rate the academic quality of all other HBCUs with which Annual Health and Safety Day to offer free screenings to FAMU Community The Annual FAMU Homecoming Health and Safety Day will be on Tuesday, Oct. 15, in the Hansel Tookes Sr. Recreation Center from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. they are familiar. In addition to the peer survey results, the rankings are based on retention and graduation rates to high school class standing, admission test scores and the strength of the faculty. To be part of the Best Black Colleges and Universities, a school has to be currently designated by the Department of Education as an HBCU, a status created as part of the Higher Education Act of Additionally, the college must be a baccalaureategranting institution that enrolls primarily first-year, first-time students and must also have been part of this year s Best Colleges process. The event is open to the public, and it will offer an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and citizens of Tallahassee to become informed and empowered to take charge of their health. More than 100 community partners have been invited to provide free health screenings for diabetes, blood pressure, osteoporosis, stroke, substance abuse and many more, and to share valuable health promotion and disease prevention information. This event is a time when individuals can obtain their health numbers, which will help them get to know their health status, said Mildred Brickler, event chair. When it becomes a part of the annual FAMU has a long tradition of achievements. In 1997, the institution was selected by Time Magazine and the Princeton Review as the College of the Year when it beat out most Ivy League Institutions in the recruitment of National Merit finalists. FAMU has been named a Best in the Southeast College by The Princeton Review for 2014, appeared on the Forbes list of Top Colleges in the U.S. for 2013, and recognized by The College Database for providing high-quality education at an affordable price in Florida. homecoming activities, individuals can make sure to get checked for free because all they have to do is show up and partake in the valuable opportunity. Everyone should plan to come. Parking will be available at Bragg Memorial Stadium with a bus to transport participants to the event. For further information, contact Mildred Brickler at (850) or by famu.edu. As a child, Baker, a fourth-generation Rattler, would visit her grandmother, Thelma Crump Robinson, who worked in the President s Office under Dr. B.L. Perry. Baker remembered seeing orange and green everywhere in her household and became enthused by how much love her family had for their alma mater. After earning their Mr. FAMU and Miss FAMU titles, the royal duo learned that Mackey s grandmother, Linda Thurston, introduced Baker s parents to one another almost 30 years ago in Orlando. I feel as if Ronnie and I are very connected now, Baker said. To be serving with him in this capacity is truly destiny. Baker and Mackey credit all their success to their supporters, friends and family that kept them motivated throughout the campaign season. Mr. & Miss FAMU rooted in tradition Miss FAMU Camille Baker and Mr. FAMU Ronnie Mackey Jr. Connected to Florida A&M University from birth, Camille Baker and Ronnie Mackey were destined to become Rattlers. Contrary to what people believe, Mr. and Miss FAMU are not just suits and ties, sashes and tiaras. They serve as the face of FAMU, traveling all over the country with university officials to recruit prospective students. Mackey, Mr. FAMU , a second-generation Rattler from I believe that Ronnie and Camille s main desire is to connect Tallahassee, grew up attending football games at FAMU with his dad. with the students of Florida A&M on a social and mental level, said He recalled seeing Charles Wesley, the first Mr. FAMU, recruiting and Tony Hansberry, the royal court student adviser. speaking to students in the fall of Mackey says he immediately aspired to one day hold the same title. Serving on the Royal Court with Mackey and Baker are Amberly Williams, freshman attendant; Anquinette Taylor, sophomore It was always my dream as a little kid to become Mr. FAMU, said attendant; Te Andrea Hood, junior attendant; Briana Hill, senior Mackey. I wanted to help recruit students to the best historically attendant; Ashley Lipscomb, graduate attendant; Kevin Lee, King black university in the nation. of Orange and Green; and Janaye Thompson, Queen of Orange and Green.
6 Andre Green named director of SGA The Division of Student Affairs and Student Life recently announced the appointment of Andre Green to the position of director of Student Government Association (SGA). I was ecstatic, Green said. I ve been preparing for this position since undergrad. Items on top of Green s to-do list include developing a leadership model that will help 2014 elected officials become more efficient student leaders and helping the senate on the revision of the bylaws, policies and procedures and constitution documents. SGA truly develops student leaders and molds them to become productive citizens, Green said. I want to change the reputation of SGA and show that this is a great department/organization that students can aspire to be a part of. Green assisted the student senate on the allocation of the budget and governs how each department spends its money. Moreover, he maintains important relationships throughout the university and is responsible for the everyday practicalities of SGA operations. Anthony Siders, student body president, said Green is doing a great job. Siders explained that what makes their relationship work efficiently and effectively is that neither party impedes upon each other s responsibilities, but understands and respects each others position, function and role. He is extremely committed to the longevity and future of SGA and that is indicative of his work ethic, Siders said. Having a person of that kind of sustainability and supporting staff that he has makes it much easier to get things done. During Green s undergraduate career at the Florida State University, he held numerous leadership roles in SGA, Union Board and Student National Alumni Association. He graduated from FSU in 2004 and received his B.S. degree in human sciences. At the graduate level, Green interned in the Office of Campus Activities/SGA as the orientation coordinator in 2004 at the University of Central Missouri (UCM). He earned his M.S. degree in college student personnel administration in 2006 from UCM. Green obtained the associate director of New Student Orientation position at FAMU in Some of his biggest accomplishments during his tenure was creating seven classes of orientation leaders and changing orientation registration via paper to electronic. FAMU awards $1 Million in Scholarships to Atlanta High Schools FAMU presented $1,026,584 in scholarships to Atlanta area Tiffany Terri and Zakiya Abdullah, seniors at the Carver students on Sept. 27 during School of the Arts speak with a FAMU recruiter during its President s Tour. During the the President s Tour in Atlanta, Ga. recruitment fair, which was held at the Hyatt Regency-Atlanta, interested students had the opportunity to meet with recruiters from various colleges, schools and departments, and receive one-on-one assistance. I love that FAMU came to Atlanta to recruit, said Zakiya Abdullah, who plans to study physical therapy at FAMU next fall. I was one of the first people at my high school to have my permission slip signed to attend the event. I ve heard so many great things about FAMU. There were performances by the theatrical company, FAMU Connection, and appearances by the FAMU Royal Court, presidential ambassadors and university administrators. Monique Terrell, a senior at Carver Hill Science and Research School, attended the recruitment fair last year, and says she remembers how everyone around her received scholarships and how exciting it was. This year, Terrell, who plans to major in biology or chemistry, received a $4,000 scholarship from the university. When I heard the announcer call my high school, I was just hoping he was going to say my name, she said. I m glad FAMU came today because it gives people hope that even though we are going through difficult times, we can still rise above it and go to college. FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson told the potential students that FAMU is like a second home where students have the opportunity to grow inside and outside the classroom. At FAMU we have some of the most socially responsible students in the nation, he told the audience. We expect you to succeed. You are our No. 1 concern. We are here for you. The question is are you ready for the great things that happen at Florida A&M University every day? FAMU is a great place for you to embark on the next phase in your career. Since 1985, FAMU has received RCMI support continually in excess of $54 million, including construction funding for the research Cont d from page 1 wing on the New College of Pharmacy building. RCMI also funded laboratory animal facility improvements that were instrumental in the COPPS-receiving national accreditation of its research animal facilities, making FAMU one of 500 accredited facilities from 3,500 colleges and universities. RCMI has provided critical infrastructure to enable the college to achieve national prominence and become a competitive biomedical research center nationally. RCMI FAMUans Honored During First-Year Experience Banquet INTERIM PRESIDENT Larry Robinson EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT Sharon P. Saunders EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Sabrina P. 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