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FAMU will Build a Paradigm for the Future
President James H. Ammons delivered his state of the university address during the annual President's Convocation.

September 7, 2011

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.
The Legacy Continued: FAMU Building Paradigm for the Future was the message Florida A&M University (FAMU) President James H. Ammons delivered during his state of the university address to a filled to capacity audience in Gaither Gymnasium consisting of administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni and retirees.

“As we begin this year, we are building a new paradigm for FAMU’s future by focusing on areas that will continue to distinguish us from our peers while continuing our tradition of using our research and the creation of new knowledge to meet the needs of our neighbors locally and globally,” said Ammons.

Ammons stated that FAMU Board of Trustees and he have identified a list of mutual goals to achieve this academic year.
  • To become internationally recognized, FAMU must strengthen the University’s performance and presence in the professional world
  • Improve the environment in two critical areas of operations and services (housing facilities and customer service)
  • Fundraising
  • Enhance enrollment management by providing services that will retain and assist students in their movement from enrollment to graduation
“I am so proud of FAMU and all of our accomplishments over the past year,” said Markia Butler, a senior from Jacksonville, Fla.  “President Ammons’ speech not only encouraged me to succeed in the classroom, but to succeed in the workforce once I graduate this fall.”

“I look forward to the President’s convocation,” said Kayana Lewis, an administrative information management major.  “It gives me a lot of inspiration for the fall semester.”
Speaking of inspiration, it seems that the freshman class are a group of inspiring individuals.

According to Ammons, the average GPA for the class is 3.2 and the average ACT score is 20.5.

“You are an outstanding class and will be torchbearers for FAMU,” said Ammons.

Ammons concluded his message by sharing how important it is for everyone to work together in order for the university to more forward.  
 
“Without your support our future is limited; with your support we can make this a stellar year.  Join me as we charter new territories of greatness for our students, our alumni and generations to come.”

Following the president’s address, volleyball coach Tony Trifonov and Darlene Moore, women’s cross-country and track and field coach, and men’s track and field and cross country coach Wayne Angel introduced their team. Joe Taylor, head football coach, introduced the coaching staff and the Rattler Football team to the university community. Julian White, director of Bands, introduced the Marching “100.”  The convocation concluded with the singing of the alma mater.

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