Dear FAMU Family and Friends,
To commemorate “Women’s History Month,” the University organized events this month to celebrate the achievements and contributions of women in the FAMU community.
Many thanks to all of you who joined FAMU’s First Lady Sharon Robinson; a great team of student, faculty and staff volunteers; and dedicated health professionals for the University’s second annual “Sound the Alarm.” The event is designed to empower women to be champions of healthy living. More than 200 people participated in activities on March 26 at the Hansel E. Tookes Sr. Student Recreation Center.
Please take a moment to show your appreciation for the women in your lives and those making a difference on our campus and in the community every day. In this edition of FAMU Forward, we are pleased to share the works of three outstanding women.
School of Journalism & Graphic Communication Dean Michelle Ferrier, Ph.D., received international recognition for her research related to online harassment of journalists. Ferrier traveled to Vienna, Austria to present research-based solutions.
Another distinguished Rattler, Avis Proctor, Ed.D., will become the sixth president of Harper College near Chicago in July. Proctor serves as Broward College’s North Campus president in Coconut Creek, Florida. We are proud of her accomplishments. She has worked closely with her alma mater to implement FAMU’s Ignite Transfer Student Program at Broward College.
It has been an outstanding year for FAMU’s first female drum major Cori Bostic, who recently received the African Diaspora Awards in Fort Lauderdale. Bostic was recognized for her groundbreaking accomplishment, capping an exciting year for her and the Marching “100
Also in this edition of “FAMU Forward,” I hope that you find time to read about more “Great Things Happening at FAMU Every Day.” Specifically, in this edition you will read about:
- Florida Board of Governors Vice Chair Sydney Kitson’s visit to FAMU;
- A groundbreaking ceremony for the University’s new residence hall and dining facility;
- FAMU and Duke Energy partnering to soak in Florida’s sunshine through solar energy;
- The family of the late Willie L. Bryant, D.D.S., opening an exhibit and announced his endowed scholarship winners; and
- Otis Kirksey, Pharm.D., joining the American Diabetes Association Board of Directors.
Thank you for your continued dedication and support which will keep FAMU Rising as an instrument of change for many years to come.
Larry Robinson, Ph.D.