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Greetings Rattlers: Welcome to the winter edition of the award-winning A&M Magazine. Providing a world-class education and access to a promising future have been at the core of FAMU’s academic programs since its founding. Thanks to Rattlers around the globe, FAMU continues to build on its rich legacy, and in this issue, we are commemorating some remarkable milestones. Two of those milestones are anniversaries: The School of Nursing celebrates its 80th anniversary and the School of the Environment marks its 20th year. Each school has made innovative contributions to our community and society, and on the pages that follow, you will learn more about their influence. The stories of these remarkable schools reveal that they both remain relevant and provide much-needed responses to global needs. Also, in this issue, we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the incomparable and world-renowned Marching “100,” along with the resilience of one of its most inspirational alumni -- Patrick Arnold. Indeed, resilience is the overarching theme in this issue as we celebrate Rattlers who showcase great commitment to their life callings. In “Faces of FAMU” (a special series of “Alumni Applause”), we recognize alumni who are longtime University employees and have dedicated their careers to supporting “The College of Love and Charity.” Among our showcase of resilient Rattlers in this issue is none other than super producer Will Packer, who graces our cover. In an ever-changing film and television industry, Packer has successfully navigated Hollywood and has become a sought-after and respected producer. Recently, he was recognized by his peers with an Emmy® nomination. Another resilient Rattler highlighted in this issue is our very own interim president, Larry Robinson, Ph.D. Earlier this fall, Robinson returned to the helm of the University to guide the transition into our next era—“the platinum era,” as he calls it. He is nearing the 20th anniversary of his becoming a member of the FAMU family. Over the years, he has exemplified an unwavering dedication to FAMU’s success, and it all started with an unexpected encounter with a few Rattlers in a Tennessee laboratory. Rattlers, we have a lot to be proud of, and I hope this issue further inspires you to continue holding up the big, bold, and bright banner of FAMU. Thank you for your continued support of A&M Magazine. Enjoy! With Rattler Pride,

Kanya Stewart Executive Editor LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The A&M Magazine welcomes letters to the editor about stories in its issues. We reserve the right to edit emails and letters for clarity or spacing. Emails may be sent to: communications@famu.edu or letters may be mailed to the Office of Communications, Florida A&M University, 1601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Suite 200 Lee Hall, Tallahassee, Florida 32307-3100. A&M MAGAZINE // WINTER 2017 // 5

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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...