The Florida A&M University chapter of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society welcomed 74 honor students into membership at its January 26 induction ceremony. The spring 2022 class of The Kappa Iota (FAMU) Chapter consists of 29 graduate students, 32 seniors, and 13 juniors.
“This is the largest class of inductees at FAMU, and definitely the largest group of graduate members,” said Veronica Yon, Ph.D., chapter adviser and national president.
Alpha Kappa Mu was initially established to recognize junior and senior scholars in all academic disciplines; however, as more advanced degree programs increased over the years, it extended its membership opportunities to graduate students as well.
For Master of Public Health Student Chrishonna Bledsoe, Alpha Kappa Mu “is a great opportunity to join like-minded students and network with people from various backgrounds and degrees.”
Lynde Bowe, a graduate environmental science major, was drawn to “the organization’s focus on equity and inclusion.”
“As an international student, and being a female of color in a STEM field, inclusion and representation are important to me,” Bowe said.
MBA student Shaundala Bryant welcomes the chance “to mentor underclassmen and other Honor Society members as they matriculate through the University and into the proverbial ‘real world.’”
In addition to meeting GPA requirements and writing a mini-essay, each inductee secured a letter of recommendation from at least one professor in their respective disciplines. While community service requirements were waived due to COVID restrictions, several inductees still provided evidence of their volunteerism.
“We applaud this diverse group of scholars and thank their professors, families, and friends for supporting them,” said Yon.
Officers, President Timia Williams, senior, biology pre-medicine student; Vice President Loietta Holmes, a graduate education leadership student; Public Relations Liaison Delia Washington, a senior, business administration student; and Secretary-Treasurer Tamia Isaacs, a senior, biology pre-medicine student, assisted with the ceremony.
Spring 2022 Inductees of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society:
Amber Akins Graduate, Mental Health Counseling, Orlando, Fla.
Rineisha Anderson Senior, Social Work, Vero Beach, Fla.
Breasia Arnold Senior, Nursing, Madison, Fla.
Anaje Austin Senior, Political Science
Christina Beavers Senior, Biology Pre-Medicine, Coconut Creek, Fla.
Dessirae Bennett Graduate, Nursing, Staten Island, N.Y.
Courtney Black Junior, Social Work, Tallahassee
Jamela Black Graduate, Business Administration, Tallahassee
Chrishonna Bledsoe Graduate, Public Health, East Saint Louis, Ill.
Ezekiel Blount Junior, Architecture, Marianna, Fla.
Lynde Bowe Graduate, Environmental Science, Nassau, The Bahamas
Antiyahn Bradley Senior, Criminal Justice, Belle Glade, Fla.
Shaundala Bryant Graduate, Business Administration, Wacissa, Fla.
Savannah Cumbaa Graduate, Occupational Therapy, Blountstown, Fla.
Ash Michael Davidson Graduate, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, New Orleans
Marilyn Diggs Graduate, Business Administration, Stone Mountain, Ga.
Janae Duclos Graduate, Education Leadership, Miami
Victoria Durant Senior, Political Science, Lynn Haven, Fla.
Ma’Kiyah Edwards Senior, Social Work, Orlando
Amyah Estrill Senior, Biology, St. Croix, Virgin Islands
Pranavkumar Gajjar Graduate, Environmental Science, Gujarat, India
Darrian Gardner Junior, Biomedical Engineering, Georgetown, S.C.
Lauren Hawkins Senior, Biological and Agricultural System Engineering, Cheltenham, Md.
Deja Hemingway-McKoy Senior, Business Administration, Tallahassee
Sapphire Holston Senior, Biology Pre-Medicine, Toledo, Ohio
Ericka Horne Graduate, Public Health, Tallahassee
Andriana Inkoom Graduate, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Tallahassee
Deloria Jackson Graduate, Public Health, Jacksonville
Feglynn Jean-Baptiste Senior, Pharmacy, Miami
Amaya Johnson Junior, Social Work, Chicago
Amethyst Johnson Graduate, Public Health, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Jacoshiya Johnson Senior, Biology Pre-Medicine, Winter Haven, Fla.
Rayana Johnson Senior, Chemistry, Pre-Med Dentistry, Warner Robins, Ga.
Kerra Kelly Senior, Biology Pre-Dentistry, McDonough, Ga.
Catherine Knowles Senior, Interdisciplinary Studies, Tallahassee
Cindy Le Senior, Criminal Justice, Monticello, Fla.
Erica Lear Junior, Elementary Education, Tallahassee
Kyla Lewis Senior, Business Administration, Belle Glade, Fla.
Summia Little Junior, Criminal Justice, Miami
Natasha Lunan Graduate, Education Leadership, Tallahassee
Nora March Senior, Biology Pre-Medicine, Tallahassee
Millicent McFarland Graduate, Physical Therapy, Monroe, La.
Alea Mexile Senior, Broadcast Journalism, Atlanta
Dynasty Moore Senior, Political Science, Rock Hill, S.C.
Cierra Nelson Senior, Environmental Studies, Gainesville, Fla.
Altamese Osborne Graduate, Education Curriculum and Instruction, Houston
James Peterson Senior, Computer Information Systems, Quincy, Fla.
Karl Pinnock Graduate, Business Administration, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Alexsis Pittman Senior, Psychology, Augusta, Ga.
Sharif Robbins-Brinson Junior, Political Science, Macon, Ga.
Christen Robinson Graduate, Public Health, Tifton, Ga.
Crystal Robinson Graduate, Business Administration, Claymont, Del.
Jordan-Marie Robinson Senior, Music Education, Raleigh, N.C.
Shamia Robinson Junior, Biology Pre-Medicine, Cleveland
Ty’Daja Rodriguez Senior, Social Work, Clarksdale, Miss.
Whitney Scott Senior, Social Work, Tallahassee
Johande Serrano Graduate, Education Curriculum and Instruction, Hollywood, Fla
Louis Shackelford Graduate, Public Health, Harlem, N.Y.
Yusuf Shakir Graduate, Sport Management, Ellenwood, Ga.
Kiawonish Slaton Junior, Biology, Locust Grove, Ga.
Andrea Smith Junior, Health Science–Pre Physical Therapy
Stormy Smith Junior, Nursing, Miami
Bomani Spell Graduate, Education Leadership, Chicago
Keyawna Stroud Graduate, Business Administration, Tampa, Fla.
Ridlica Tataille Senior, Social Work, Orlando
Daharri Thompkins Graduate, Counselor Education, Lakeland, Fla.
DeMarcus Turner Graduate, Environmental Science, Tallahassee
Deborah Ulysse Senior, Health Science, Jacksonville, Fla.
Phyllis Watson Graduate, Education Leadership, Quincy, Fla.
Kenee Williams Senior, Criminal Justice, Cocoa, Fla.
Reanna Wilson Junior, Architecture, San Antonio
Alexis N. Wright Senior, Political Science, Jacksonville, Fla.
Briana Yewell Senior, Graphic Communications, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Ashanti Zow Junior, Nursing, Jacksonville, Fla.