By: Tola Thompson
On Saturday, September 26, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) will host its first Legislative Appreciation Day on campus.
The event is designed to thank federal, state, and local legislators for their support of FAMU, and to inform them of the many great things happening at FAMU every day.
The day will feature remarks from President Mangum, a campus tour, presentations by students and faculty, and of course good ole’ Rattler football!!!
FAMU’s campus Legislative Appreciation Day recognizes the fact that every day, the University—one of the state’s two land-grant universities—works to advance prosperity for the people of Florida. FAMU’s contributions to the state extend far beyond educating a student body of approximately 10,000 students. FAMU has an overall economic impact of more than $2.5 billion in Florida each year, and accounts for more than 25,000 jobs in Florida.
FAMU’S talent and expertise helps position Florida as an uncompromising competitor in the global marketplace.
“Our campus Legislative Appreciation Day provides an opportunity for us to present the FAMU that we have long known, in an up close and personal manner to legislators and other public policy makers from around the state,” said President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D. “Legislators will see firsthand, that FAMU combines an emphasis on teaching found at the best liberal arts colleges with the innovation of major research universities. And, that the state’s investments help to produce the critical thinkers with substantive experience to perform the cutting-edge research the state needs,” Mangum said.
In addition to thanking legislators for their past support, the University will share some of its needs for the upcoming year.