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FAMU Schedules Community Kick-Off for Academic Year
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida A&M University (FAMU) will celebrate the beginning of the 2013- 2014 school year with a festival style event, “The Kick-Off,” scheduled for Saturday, August 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the Quadrangle. “The Kick-Off,” will feature student leaders, athletes, returning and incoming students, faculty, staff and alumni.
The event will also feature the band “Groove ‘87,” DJ Loose Kid and Jagged Edge. There will be give-a-ways, including season tickets for Rattler football games and much more. Representatives from FAMU colleges and schools will be available to provide information to incoming students and updates about the success of the schools and colleges to alumni.
“This event symbolizes our on-going efforts to demonstrate a true commitment to our motto  ‘Excellence With Caring,’ making it a reality in all that we do,” said Larry Robinson, interim president at Florida A&M University.  “Student Government Association President Anthony Siders and I have partnered to ensure that everyone who encounters and supports the university — whether its governmental officials, local businesses, alumni, prospective students and their parents — know about FAMU’s strengths and its dedication to academic excellence.”
During the Kick-Off, The Carrie Meek-James N. Eaton, Sr. Southeastern Regional Black Archives Research Center and Museum will be open for visitors.  This month the museum has Harriett Tubman’s pistol on display, as well as an exhibit entitled, “The Struggle Continues.” 
This affair will serve as a new tradition for current students, incoming students and alumni. All incoming students are asked to wear white at the “The Kick-Off,” so they can easily be identified for the pinning ceremony, which has become an annual event hosted by the Office of Student Activities; and serves as the initial welcome to “Rattler Country.”
Marvin Green, director of the Office of Student Activities said, “I am excited about the ‘Kick-Off,” this is starting a new tradition for all incoming students. I believe this is a tradition that all students will remember and can appreciate.”
Interim President Robinson and Student Body President Anthony Siders have formed a partnership to promote the university’s strengths and boost campus morale. They have labeled the campaign “Great Things are Happening Every Day at FAMU: This is the Rebirth.” This campaign is designed to also enhance the student experience.
Robinson and Siders established a 10-person committee to ensure the success of the campaign. The committee will inform the FAMU community and its stakeholders of the university’s strengths while promoting upcoming events that the campaign will host.
“This partnership has been a long time coming,” said Siders. “The aggregate components are poised to produce great things for the university. I do believe this alliance is a true symbol of a new day, a new horizon a rebirth.”
“This partnership signifies a greater day for FAMU, a stronger focus on the university’s strengths in education, student and faculty leadership and alumni support,” said Sharon Saunders, executive assistant to the president for communications.
For more information about the campaign contact Sharon Saunders at 850-599-3413.

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