Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Office of Communications Establishes Street Team

The Florida A&M University Office of Communications has established a street team, the INFOrmants, to ensure the campus community – faculty, staff and students – is aware of official university activities.

“One of the Office of Communications priorities is to keep all of FAMU constituents and the campus community informed of activities, issues and opportunities,” said Sharon Saunders, FAMU’s chief of communications. “I’m confident these vibrant and energetic individuals will help us in this endeavor and at the same time gain valuable experience.”

Students that are part of the street team will work on a number of tasks within the Office of Communications such as volunteer at convocations or press conferences, conduct research, write press releases and copy for Web and develop publicity and promotion strategies for special projects.

The members of the street team are:
  • Erica Baker, a sophomore broadcast journalism student from Atlanta, Ga.;
  • Natasha Graddick, a senior public relations student from Macon, Ga.; and
  • Marvin Newsome, a junior public relations student from Philadelphia, Pa.
Baker was anxious to get started and gain the “hands-on experience” that so many employers look for while promoting an institution she has grown to love. Her colleagues agree.

“I feel that I will benefit by gaining both experience and an education at the same time,” said Newsome.

Graddick looks forward to the overall experience.

“I’m excited about establishing relationships with new people, experiencing new challenges outside of my comfort zone and being part of something that will help my fellow Rattlers,” said Graddick.

CAPTION: Left to right: Erica Baker, Marvin Newsome and Natasha Graddick

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