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October 2010Vol. 1 No. 3
   

FAMU cuts ribbon and breaks ground
 
 
Gov. Charlie Crist, Sen. Alfred Lawson Jr., Chancellor Frank T. Brogan and FAMU Board of Trustees Chair C. William "Bill" Jennings, as well as other Board of Trustees members, helped FAMU President James H. Ammons and other FAMU officials break ground for the Pharmacy Phase II building.

FAMU broke ground for its $40.5 million Pharmacy Phase II building and had a ribbon cutting ceremony for its $16 million remodeled and renovated Tucker Hall.

Florida’s Gov. Charlie Crist, Sen. Alfred Lawson Jr. and Frank T. Brogan, chancellor of the State University System of Florida participated in the ceremony.

FAMU President James H. Ammons (left), Chancellor Frank T. Brogan and FAMU Board of Trustees Chair C. William "Bill' Jennings cut the ribbon for the remodeled and renovated Tucker Hall.
“This is not only for what it can do for medicine, but also what it can do for jobs,” said Gov. Crist.
According to Henry Lewis III, dean of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the new pharmacy complex will facilitate the College’s hiring and filling of five endowed chairs in biomedical research.  New animal research facilities, research libraries and cutting-edge research equipment will allow the College to continue to be a leader in pharmaceutical research.

Before the ground breaking ceremony, FAMU had a ribbon cutting ceremony for Tucker Hall. The newly renovated building is home to the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Graduate Studies and Research and the Charles Winter Wood Theatre.

As C. William “Bill” Jennings, chairman of the FAMU Board of Trustees, Chancellor Brogan and FAMU President James H. Ammons cut the ribbon, more than 100 people in attendance cheered.

“This building is a showcase,” said Ammons.  “We are proud of the work that has been done to complete this project. This building is a symbol of how we can preserve ‘Excellence with Caring.’”

Brogan, who wore an orange tie, said, “We all know that we do this for one reason — the students now, the students who have passed through these halls and the students who are not born yet.”
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