Welcome to another exciting issue of FAMU Forward where you learn the latest news about the accomplishments of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters who comprise our dynamic FAMUly.
Since the last issue, the City of Tallahassee and Big Bend Region experienced the first Hurricane to make a direct hit on this area in 30 years. While our students were safe and the campus endured minimal damage, the storm caused extreme hardships for many local residents. However, during those difficult days and in true Rattler fashion, several of our students stepped up and provided invaluable assistance to those who needed it most.
These students represent the best of FAMU and are examples of the high quality of character and leadership that is embedded in them by the outstanding faculty and staff at this great University.
In this issue you will learn more about the service provided by our students after storm and read about an exciting passport initiative that has enabled more of our students to take advantage of study abroad experiences in growing numbers.
On Tuesday we announced that FAMU has been selected by U.S. News and World Report Magazine as the top public historically black college or university in the nation. The ranking places FAMU No. 7 overall and up three spots from last year’s ranking. Moving from No. 10 to No. 7 is validation that FAMU is, in fact, moving forward. FAMU was also listed among the best National universities. This ranking is the highest we’ve achieved on the U.S. News Best HBCU list in recent history, and I believe it speaks loudly that the work we are doing is being recognized.
In closing, please know that the calls, emails, letters and messages of encouragement received from so many of you in recent weeks have served me well. Your actions are indicative of what I love about this great University. It is indeed a pleasure and honor to serve as your leader.
Thank you and keep striking Rattlers!