Showing posts with label NAA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NAA. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

NAA declines to support call to remove BOT chair, Mitchell repeats concerns about Mangum

Last week, a group of state lawmakers made a public request for FAMU Board of Trustees Chairman Rufus Montgomery to either resign or be voted out of his leadership office. According to WFSU, FAMU National Alumni Association (NAA) President Tommy Mitchell said the organization he leads was asked to support that position, but said no.  

“While we chose not to be part of that press conference, we’re equally concerned about the dilemma of our board chair and president of being unable to work together,” he said.

On Wednesday, a number of FAMU alumni in the Florida Legislature sent a letter to the FAMU Board of Trustees that said they wanted Rufus out of the chairmanship. The group included Rep. Alan Williams, Sen. Arthenia L. Joyner, Sen. Dwight Bullard, Rep. Mia Jones, Rep. Shevrin Jones, and Rep. Bobby Powell. Mayor of Tallahassee Andrew Gillum also signed the letter.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

FAMU NAA raises $203K at annual convention

The FAMU National Alumni Association (FAMU NAA) set a new participation record as more than 450 alumni participated in convention activities in Houston, Texas to raise dollars for scholars during the 2015 National Convention. A total of $203,000 was raised on site, with additional donations flooding in virtually through the portal,

“In just a few moments, together we have doubled the amount of money raised at this event last year,” said FAMU NAA President Tommy Mitchell. “This is how much Rattlers love and support FAMU. We give to ensure a bright future for our alma mater so that the legacy will continue to be there for Rattlers yet unborn.”

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Leon County Chapter of FAMU NAA awards scholarships to incoming students

The Leon County Chapter of the FAMU National Alumni Association, Inc. (NAA) awarded seven scholarships during the annual V.L. Elkins Scholarship Award Ceremony held July 16 in the Charles Winterwood Theatre at FAMU. The scholarship ceremony was established to provide educational opportunities to high school seniors in Leon County and community college students who will be attending FAMU.

The 2014 award recipients are:

1.     Lauren Bolar, Agricultural Business
2.     Dione Douglas, Childhood Education
3.     Caitlin Harden, Health Information
4.     Kenya Lloyd, Information Technology
5.     Adrienne Nelson, Computer Science
6.     Kassidy Sharpe, Food Science
7.     Ryan Stevens, Electrical Engineering

Thursday, July 17, 2014

FAMU receives two top honors at 2014 HBCU Awards

(L-R): FAMU NAA President Tommy Mitchell Sr., FAMU Director of Media Relations Alonda Thomas and HBCU Digest Founder Jarrett Carter, Sr.
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. “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.”

Thursday, May 29, 2014

FAMU NAA raises $100K during annual convention, Life Members celebrated

FAMU President Elmira Mangum called for alumni support and action while mapping out her

“At FAMU, great things are happening every day and we want to continue that legacy of excellence with the support of our alumni,” said Mangum. “Their contributions are critical to help us accomplish our goals to improve the student experience and enhance the university infrastructure.”

The weekend included several opportunities for Rattlers to engage and interact with FAMU leadership, including an intimate listening session where Mangum answered questions ranging from athletics to increasing the university’s research focus.

Saturday, March 08, 2014

FAMU NAA’s Leon County chapter honors Parks & Crump

The Leon County Chapter of the FAMU National Alumni Association honored Tallahassee attorneys Daryl Parks and Benjamin Crump at its 10th Annual Roast and Toast, held last night.

Parks, FAMU alumnus, and his partner Crump founded their law firm in 1995 after earned their law degrees from Florida State University. They are internationally known for representing the families of slain teenagers Martin Lee Anderson, Trayvon Martin, Marlon Brown, and Kendrick Johnson.

"I'm very happy to be honored,” Parks said in an interview WCTV-6. “As most folks know, Ben and I give our all to try to do everything that we can do to help FAMU and we feel very strongly about that.”

Proceeds from this annual fundraiser will be used for the Chapter's annual scholarships awards including the V.L. Elkins Scholarship, the Annual Band and Football Camps. The Elkins Scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen attending FAMU from Leon County. In 2013, the Leon County Chapter awarded more than $15,000 in scholarships to deserving Leon County students.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

FAMU NAA inks deal with GEICO

The FAMU National Alumni Association (NAA) has entered into a five-year partnership with
GEICO insurance company. The FAMU NAA will allow GEICO to make its insurance services available to its members, alumni and supporters.

GEICO will become the title sponsor of the FAMU NAA Convention for the next five years, and GEICO will contribute $10 to the FAMU NAA Scholarship Fund for every auto insurance quote received.

FAMU NAA members, alumni and supporters can obtain auto quotes by calling 1-800-368-2734 or by visiting There is no obligation to buy insurance.

FAMU NAA First Vice President, LTC Gregory L. Clark said the FAMU National Alumni Association is excited about the partnership with GEICO.

“This partnership will allow our association to offer a valued benefit to our members while providing scholarships to students attending FAMU,” said Clark. “We are grateful to GEICO for their continuous support and encourage all FAMU Rattlers to get their insurance quote today.”

Monday, October 21, 2013

FAMU trustees never voted to bar interim president from being considered for permanent position

FAMU National Alumni Association (NAA) President Tommy Mitchell should immediately send FAMU a records request per Chapter 119 of the Florida Statues. He should ask for copies of the tapes and/or typed transcripts from the FAMU Board of Trustees meetings held on July 16, 2012 and August 15, 2012 and then upload them to the NAA website.

FAMU trustees NEVER voted to restrict the current interim president from being considered for the permanent position and the public release of those records will help put a stop to all of the inaccurate information that says otherwise.

Chuck Badger, the FAMU board chairman, created unnecessary confusion by telling the Tallahassee Democrat that the trustees adopted a policy that prevents Interim President Larry Robinson from being appointed to lead FAMU on a permanent basis.

“All the trustees would have to do is remove the restriction on Dr. Robinson from being an applicant,” he told the newspaper.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

FAMU’s Atlanta alums leading charge for Rattler tag in Georgia

Georgia is one FAMU’s top recruiting grounds for out-of-state students. And after each year’s commencement ceremonies, many young FAMU alumni pack up their dorm belongings and report to work in the Peach State.

The Metro-Atlanta Chapter of the FAMU National Alumni Association (NAA) is now pushing for a car tag that will officially recognize the Orange & Green presence in Georgia. The state will begin manufacturing Rattler tags once it receives 1,000 paid pre-orders.

Each pre-order costs $35.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Rob Hardy headlining SoCal NAA Black History Month luncheon

The FAMU National Alumni Association Southern California Chapter presents the 18th Annual Black History Scholarship Luncheon on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at the Omni Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Using the theme “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: 125 Years of FAMU Legacy” the keynote speaker will be film producer Rob Hardy of Rainforest Films.

“Rob Hardy is a shining example of the caliber of leaders produced by the black college experience,” said Monique Brackett, chapter president. “He has a degree in engineering from Florida A&M, yet was confident enough in himself and the foundation he received in college to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. The level of artistry Rainforest Films produces is a positive reflection of the African American community, and we’re proud to have him share our stories with the world.”

Saturday, January 21, 2012

NAA calls on alumni to "Renew the FAMU in You"

The 2012 FAMU National Alumni Association (NAA) Annual Convention is scheduled for May 17-20 in Charlotte, N.C. The theme for this event is “Renew the FAMU in You.”

“It’s imperative that we get recharged and renew our commitment to FAMU as we celebrate the university’s 125th anniversary,” said FAMU’s National Alumni Association President Thomas L. Mitchell Sr.

The three-day event will be filled with workshops and activities that will re-ignite, renew and re-energize the “Ole Rattler” Spirit.

There will be multiple opportunities for alumni to interact, have fun and get training to help strengthen the alumni association, its chapters and the university.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Moran elected president of Tallahassee NAA chapter

FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences coordinator of advancement alumni affairs James Moran Jr. was recently elected to serve as the president of the FAMU Alumni Association Tallahassee Chapter until December 2012.

Moran’s qualifications and commitment exceeds expectations. He has supported the university for the past 26 years and has been a life member of the Alumni Association for more than 15 years. It was his aunts and uncles – FAMU alumni who strongly support the university – who instilled in him the importance of giving back.

“They have been life members since the 50s,” said Moran. “They raised my level of attention on how important it was for them to support the university. I want to emulate them.”

Moran’s objectives for his two-year term are to support the president in his mission, increase enrollment, provide scholarship dollars, create visibility and engage in community service in Leon, Gadsden and other surrounding counties.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

NAA to convene in The City Beautiful

The FAMU National Alumni Association (NAA) Annual Convention is scheduled for May 18-22, 2011 in Orlando, Fla. The theme for this event is “Back to the Basics: Energizing that ‘ole Rattler Spirit.”

"The conference is a time to plan for the upcoming year," said FAMU's National Alumni President Thomas L. Mitchell Sr. "It’s important to get alumni to rally beyond this conference so that we may get more support for the university. The focus is membership. We need our alumni to stand up and give our university the support it needs."

The FAMU-NAA National Convention Committee, under the leadership of first Vice President Greg Clark, Florida Region Vice President Seabon Dixon and Orlando Chapter President Charles Lewis have worked diligently to orchestrate a high quality, informative and enjoyable set of workshops and activities that will remind the FAMU community of their responsibility to the future of the university.

“The excitement is truly building for the 2011 Convention in Orlando,” said Director for Alumni Affairs Carmen Cummings-Martin. “Orlando has so much to offer and is a convenient and economical travel hub for many of our alums in the sunshine state and other points around the country who may be journeying there for the big meeting. National Alumni President Mitchell, first Vice President Clark and Florida Region Vice President Dixon have taken the lead to develop what is sure to be an interesting atmosphere of dialogue aimed at building a stronger FAMU. Tributes to our legendary Dr. William P. Foster are planned as well as panel discussions featuring key university administrators who will shed light on the vision for sustaining this great institution in an ever-changing economic climate.”

An array of events have been planned to ensure that guests have the opportunity to reconnect with friends and take pleasure in the many offerings of “The City Beautiful.”

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Mitchell elected NAA president

Thomas L. Mitchell, Sr. is the new president of the FAMU National Alumni Association. In the election, he received 607 votes (or 61.75%) out of the 983 ballots cast.

“As a Rattler who loves FAMU and feels indebted to the University for my development, employment, and the education and development of my entire family, I feel a responsibility to support and remain an advocate for FAMU,” Mitchell said while explaining his decision to run for the NAA’s top job.

“I want to provide positive leadership that will increase membership in the association, increase alumni giving and facilitate some of the changes that are absolutely necessary if the association is to provide the quality support that FAMU needs and deserves.”

A Tallahassee native, Mitchell attended FAMU from 1956 to 1961. While pursuing his degree in education, he played basketball and highstepped in the Marching 100. After graduation, he became a member of the Harlem Globetrotters from 1961 to 1964. Later, Mitchell served as FAMU’s director of alumni affairs from 1979 to 1990 and then directed the Black Male College Explorers Program from 1990 to 2007.

His three children are all FAMU alumni.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Alumni Assn. passes audit will remain certified

The annual audit of the University's National Alumni Association shows the body will continue operations, having passed the audit with only two recommendations made by auditors.

In the audit presented to the Board of Trustees March 8, the committee identified two areas the NAA should address.
Direct Service Organization audits are not conducted through the University, but are both University and state mandated. The NAA was not the only body audited this year.

Alumni Assn. audit

FAMU plans to decertify alumni assn.

Missing mail key in NAA decertification plot

NAA calls for changes to FAMU BOT

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Carolyn Jones concedes victory to Al Bryant

One day after flirting with filing an election challenge, Carolyn Jones has conceded victory to NAA President Alvin Bryant. Mrs. Jones has seemingly acknowledged that accepted that the alumni have spoken.

In a letter to Mrs. Jones, NAA President Bryant thanked her for her many years of service to alumni in DC and the NE region.

With respect, to concerns raised about the election process and the inability of some of alumni to vote, Mr. Bryant promised to appoint a committee to investigate the matter as soon as possible.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Alvin Bryant easily wins reelection as NAA Prez.

Alvin Bryant, M.D., coasted to an easy victory in the FAMU National Alumni Association's presidential race runoff, beating back challenger Carolyn Jones, Ph.D., 748 votes - 412.

Mr. Bryant's election deals a strong blow to Cast-hell and Low Challis, whom Mr. Bryant has constantly sparred with, sometimes publically, over the past two years.