Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) was awarded “Best Alumni Publication” and “National Alumni Association of the Year” at the 2014 HBCU Awards presented by HBCU Digest last week. The HBCU Awards celebrates the achievements of historically black colleges and universities throughout the United States, crowning winners in the fields of leadership, arts, athletics, research and community engagement.
“We are honored to receive this recognition from the HBCU Awards for the A&M Magazine and the FAMU National Alumni Association,” said President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D. “Our alumni are a major support system and integral part of sustaining the educational quality that we continue to provide. I’d like to extend special thanks to the Office of Communications for a job well done in producing an outstanding publication to share our legacy of excellence with alumni, students and supporters across the nation.”
The Florida A&M University National Alumni Association (FAMUNAA) boasts more than 112 years of spirited involvement in the university. The FAMUNAA supports the university’s initiatives through chapter activities and fundraising to advance FAMU’s mission.
"Florida A&M University has a distinguished history of excellence in advocacy and achievement among its alumni ranks, and that history was again on display this past academic year,” said HBCU Digest Founder Jarrett Carter, Sr.. “The FAMUNAA was a key group in raising awareness about the university's continuing productivity during its presidential search, transition and selection process, and was a source of advocacy throughout legislative action impacting its College of Engineering."
Carter also praised FAMU for producing a high-quality alumni publication, which keeps stakeholders informed and engaged
"The university chronicled these efforts in a beautifully produced, content rich magazine that helped to continue the engagement process for graduates and supporters alike,” said Carter. “The FAMU narrative is one that needs little clarity, because of the work of its alumni and communications personnel, and I think that our voting committee easily and responsibly recognized this fact."
NAA President Tommy Mitchell, Sr. credits the long, positive history between the NAA and the FAMU Office of Communications for their ability to collaborate seamlessly on behalf of the institution.
“The FAMU Office of Communications keeps us informed on the vision and we, the alumni, are here to lend our support through advocacy and financial support,” said Mitchell. “This recognition is attributed to the hard work of the executive board and the alumni chapters across the country.”
Currently, the FAMUNAA joined forces with the Office of Communications and the Office of Alumni Affairs in a campaign to encourage alumni to become life members by July 31. All new 2014 life members will be listed in the next A&M Magazine issue. For more information, visit www.FAMUNAA.org.
The 4th Annual HBCU Awards ceremony was a part of the 2014 HBCU Media Week presented by Dillard University. The two-day conference drew more than 40 HBCU communications executives, faculty, presidents, alumni officers and vice presidents from HBCUs around the country. Highlights from the event included a remote Q&A session with Craig Melvin, host and correspondent for MSNBC, and Roland Martin, host of NewsOne Now on the TV One network.
FAMU workshops during the event included a presentation from School of Journalism & Graphic Communication Dean Ann Wead Kimbrough, titled "HBCU Media Ownership - FAMU and the Black Television News Channel" and Alonda Thomas, FAMU director of media relations, titled "Utilizing Alumni Support for Effective Media Relations."Photo cutline (L-R): FAMU National Alumni Association President Tommy Mitchell Sr., FAMU Director of Media Relations Alonda Thomas and HBCU Digest Founder Jarrett Carter Sr.