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alk into any building on the campus of Florida A&M University, and you’ll be sure to meet an alum working hard to push the University forward. Their talents and abilities could have taken them anywhere in the world, but their commitment to the future of FAMU led them to remain or return to the “Hill.” With every Rattler employee that you will find on campus, comes a compelling personal story about the overwhelming passion and pride that accompanies serving their alma mater. These Rattlers help keep the Eternal Flame of FAMU glowing, and their stories are just as bright. Inspired by the award-winning photo series, “Humans of New York,” Faces of FAMU randomly showcases the personalities that make our campus shine. In this special feature, Rattler alums from across campus share their experiences, history, insights about their roles, and advice for the next generation.

Kelvin Rossier Assistant Director of Building Maintenance “I remember my time as a student here. I grew up here. I went to the high school here. When the opportunity was presented that I could come back, I came back with a mentality of service. I wanted to make things better for the next generation, and that’s the most rewarding part for me. Looking back, I would tell my younger self to be ambitious early, because that is what I would tell the students today. My 20s were a good time for me. I made some accomplishments. However, had I been a little more focused, I would be even further along now. So, I want current Rattlers to take advantage of their youth and all that FAMU offers. Work and play hard, but focus on the work early while you’re younger.”

Michael James Director of Application Management & Assistant CIO “I got my start at the University in enrollment management in the Registrars’ Office, and I did that for 25 years. I got an opportunity in 2006 to join the Information Technology Services staff to manage the PeopleSoft related processes for students and administrators, and I’ve been here, in this area, for about 10 years now. Ironically, I don’t consider myself a ‘techie.’ I consider myself a manager of a technical system. Of course, we’re living in a technological age, and there’s an expectation to be able to do everything online. So, I am glad to be a part of the campus evolution. I remember the days when you filled out a piece of paper, turned it in, and something happened. Now the expectation is that: ‘I go online, I interact, I do and translate my business, and I get a product from that.’ Things have definitely changed since I was in school here, but there’s nothing more inspiring than to be a part of that change.”

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Profile for FAMU Communications

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...