Wednesday, January 19, 2011

National Alumni Association to host Annual Convention

The Florida A&M University (FAMU) National Alumni Association (NAA) Annual Convention is scheduled for May 18-22, 2011 in Orlando, Fla. The theme for this event is “Back to the Basics: Energizing that ‘ole Rattler Spirit.”

"The conference is a time to plan for the upcoming year," said FAMU's National Alumni President Thomas L. Mitchell Sr. "It’s important to get alumni to rally beyond this conference so that we may get more support for the university. The focus is membership. We need our alumni to stand up and give our university the support it needs."

The FAMU-NAA National Convention Committee, under the leadership of first Vice President Greg Clark, Florida Region Vice President Seabon Dixon and Orlando Chapter President Charles Lewis have worked diligently to orchestrate a high quality, informative and enjoyable set of workshops and activities that will remind the FAMU community of their responsibility to the future of the university.

“The excitement is truly building for the 2011 Convention in Orlando,” said Director for Alumni Affairs Carmen Cummings-Martin. “Orlando has so much to offer and is a convenient and economical travel hub for many of our alums in the sunshine state and other points around the country who may be journeying there for the big meeting. National Alumni President Mitchell, first Vice President Clark and Florida Region Vice President Dixon have taken the lead to develop what is sure to be an interesting atmosphere of dialogue aimed at building a stronger FAMU. Tributes to our legendary Dr. William P. Foster are planned as well as panel discussions featuring key university administrators who will shed light on the vision for sustaining this great institution in an ever-changing economic climate.”

An array of events have been planned to ensure that guests have the opportunity to reconnect with friends and take pleasure in the many offerings of “The City Beautiful.”

The tentative schedule for the 2011convention is as follows:

Wednesday, May 18

1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Convention Golf Tournament

6 p.m. - Midnight Hospitality Suite

Thursday, May 19 – Rattler Sports Day

9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Convention Kickoff Celebration honoring William P. Foster featuring The Marching “100”

10 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Coaches Forum and Panel Discussion

Noon - 2 p.m. Rattler Sports Luncheon honoring the Rattler Hall of Fame Inductees Keynote Speaker: Derek Horne, FAMU’s athletic director

2:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Regional Meetings

6 p.m. - Midnight Welcome Reception 8 p.m. - Midnight Hospitality Suite

Friday, May 20 – Rattler Academic Day 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Dean’s Breakfast and Panel Discussion

9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Convention Job Fair and Business Expo (free and open to the public)

10:50 a.m. - Noon Alumni Affairs Workshop

12:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Presidential luncheon honoring past FAMU presidents

2:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. FAMU NAA Executive Board Meeting

6 p.m. - Midnight Hospitality Suite

7 p.m. - Midnight Life Members Night Out at B.B. Kings Blues Club

7 p.m. - Midnight Alumni Social Event

Saturday, May 21

8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Breakfast and General Body Meeting

9 a.m. - 6 p.m. FAMU Recruitment Fair and Business Expo Admission is free and open to the general public.6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Scholarship Gala Reception

7 p.m. - Midnight Scholarship Gala

In an effort to foster a spirit of loyalty, fraternity and scholarship, the mission of the FAMU-NAA is to promote the continuous active interest in and support of FAMU, to effect united action on behalf of and for the general welfare of FAMU as an educational institution of higher learning. With more than 60 chapters located throughout the country, the FAMU-NAA has provided more than $1 million in scholarship money and other financial support to the university.

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