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Dear Alumni and FAMU Supporters: It is with great honor that we present this edition of A&M Magazine. I am humbled to once again serve FAMU as its interim president, and I remain enthusiastic about what the future holds for our beloved University. Among FAMU’s greatest assets are our students. They are the reason we come to work every morning. Their futures matter, and it is up to us to prepare them for success as great contributors to our society. And we are doing just that by creating new opportunities for excellence. For instance, our new partnership with Lockheed Martin makes us the first HBCU to offer students and faculty the opportunity to supply support and services to NASA for its mission to Mars. This is one of the many accomplishments you will read about in this edition. At FAMU, our faculty and staff are working vigorously to provide the best programs and resources available to our students. This issue showcases how our students take advantage of those offerings and flourish. Our very own Queen of Orange and Green, Ijeoma Chiemela Ogala, known as “Ijay,” is among the tenacious scholars profiled in this issue. Ogala, who is from Abia State, Nigeria, is the first international student to be crowned Queen of Orange and Green. She is an example of what it means to persevere in unchartered territory. Her story represents what’s special about FAMU: its unique and unmatched ability to develop young minds into the future leaders of our world. Our bright and promising students like Ogala go on to become distinguished alumni, and in this issue, you will read about Rattlers who are making a difference right here on the “Hill” and around the globe. I want to thank each of our alumni and supporters for the investment they have made in FAMU with their time, treasure, and talent. Indeed, your presence makes all the difference in our efforts to provide a world-class education to our students, and that was evident in the overwhelming support you showed during Homecoming week and the Florida Blue Florida Classic. As you read the inspiring stories in this issue, we hope that you will support the programs you learn about by participating in our annual giving fund. You can find out more about how to contribute online at give.famu.edu. Please be sure to share the good news in this issue with others and continue to let the world know about the “Great Things Happening at FAMU Every Day!” Yours in Service,

Larry Robinson, Ph.D. Interim President 4 // FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY // A&M MAGAZINE

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Winter 2017 A&M Magazine  

The Winter 2017 edition of the award-winning A&M Magazine celebrates remarkable milestones, including the accomplishments and anniversaries...

Winter 2017 A&M Magazine  

The Winter 2017 edition of the award-winning A&M Magazine celebrates remarkable milestones, including the accomplishments and anniversaries...