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Local Advocate Receives National Award from America Walks

Alexandria Washington to participate in "Walkable Communities" training program

Tallahassee, FL - America Walks, a national advocacy organization that promotes walking and walkable communities, announced today that Alexandria Washington of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s Institute of Public Health has been awarded a Walking College Fellowship.

 The Fellowship will enable Ms. Washington and 24 other advocates from around the country to participate in a four-month training program designed to strengthen local efforts to make communities more walkable.  "We are delighted to welcome Alexandria Washington as a member of our 2016 Walking College class," said Ian Thomas, State and Local Program Director with America Walks, "This program was developed in response to our findings that access to technical assistance and a national peer network are among the most pressing needs for advocates working at the local level."

 Ms. Washington will complete a six-module distance-education training program this summer and participate in the international Pro Walk, Pro Bike, Pro Place conference in Vancouver, British Columbia in September.  "I am beyond thrilled and humbled to be selected as a walking college fellow." Washington said. “This fellowship affords me the opportunity to increase my knowledge of strategies and policies to increase walking and improve the environment to ensure that it is conducive to walking, more importantly it gives me the opportunity to give back to my community which has supported me since I have arrived at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.”

 Ms. Washington will work to ensure that the south side of Tallahassee has complete streets and encourage community members to utilize walking as a way to reduce stress and increase physical activity levels.

 The Walking College curriculum has been designed to expand the capacity of local advocates to be effective community change agents.  Topics include the science behind the benefits of walking, evaluation of built environments, as well as communication skills and building relationships with stakeholders and decision makers.  At the conclusion of the Walking College, Fellows will develop a task-oriented Strategic Plan for improving walkability in their communities.

 See More:  www.americawalks.org/news

 About The Walking College:  The Walking College is supported with funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Public Health Association, and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative.  Mentoring will be provided by national leaders in the field, including representatives of WalkBoston, Circulate San Diego, the PedNet Coalition, and Walk2Connect.  More info. at www.americawalks.org/walkingcollege2016/.

 About America Walks:  America Walks is the only national organization devoted exclusively to making America a great place to walk. America Walks consists of a network of more than 700 partner and allied organizations, working to increase walking and create more safe, accessible and inclusive places to walk. Programs include on-line technical assistance, community-based workshops, convenings such as the National Walking Summit, federal advocacy initiatives, and increasing financial resources for local action. America Walks also maintains the Every Body Walk! Collaborative, a national partnership focused on increasing the visibility of walking and cultivating consumer demand for more walkable places. More info. at www.americawalks.org.


Graduate Student Awarded Prestigious Fellowship


April 20th, 2016
by Asia Johnson

When one looks up the definition of mentor, the name Willie Williams should surely be associated.

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), Graduate Student Association President Willie Williams, says he aims to transform young men all over the country through mentorship and has been recognized as a 2016 Newman Civic Fellow. The distinguished fellowship honors inspiring college student leaders who develop solutions to the challenges facing communities. Williams was nominated by President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D., who found William’s work in Leon County beyond inspiring.

“The work that Willie has contributed has already made an enormous impact in our community and is truly indicative of the high caliber of students we have at FAMU. I am excited about the great things on the horizon that he will surely accomplish in the future,” Mangum said.

Williams has been a shining light for young men across the Big Bend area and currently serves as national director of program operations for Distinguished Young Gentlemen of America, Inc., or DYG. He said he hopes to make a difference in as many lives as possible.

“If I can go all over the world from Jacksonville to Jamaica and see the same group of people are having issues, that’s a problem. How can people sleep with a problem like this?” Williams asked. “We have to do something to impact these kids,” he said.

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Academic Common Market Scholars

Florida A&M University (FAMU) is a participating institution in the Academic Common Market (ACM) program with other southern universities sharing unique academic programs on the undergraduate and graduate level. However, FAMU only participates at the graduate level.

The Academic Common Market offers students the opportunity to enter degree programs that are not available in their home state, while still being eligible to pay in-state tuition rates. Students taking part in this program must be admitted by a participating university (notifying that university of their planned attendance as an ACM Scholar), and will need to obtain a letter of certification from their respective ACM state coordinator.

The first step is to contact your respective state coordinator for information on how to apply for the Academic Common Market. Contact information for state coordinators can be found on the following website: http://home.sreb.org/acm/states.aspx.

After making contact with your state coordinator, if you are eligible for the ACM, you can apply to FAMU online through the website at https://www.applyweb.com/famug/  When filling out the Florida Residency Classification section, select the option that states "I am a Florida Resident for tuition purposes" and fill out the entire section. Before saving the page, you will need to add an explanation for your Florida residency. Please select the letter "N," which states "I am a Southern Regional Education Board's Academic Common Market graduate student."

Upon submission of your application, and your program's required admissions criteria, you will receive a decision from the program in which you have applied. If accepted, you can present that information to your state coordinator, who will then be able to provide FAMU with a certification letter. With that letter, FAMU will then be able to offer you Florida residency for tuition purposes.

The participating universities are located in the following states:











North Carolina

West Virginia





South Carolina


*Only Florida, North Carolina, and Texas participate at the graduate level.

For more information, please contact the FAMU School of Graduate Studies at (850) 599-3505 or at 469 Tucker Hall, 515 Orr Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32307. Additional information on the Academic Common Market, including contact information for state coordinators.