FAMU Alumni and supporters head to Tampa for Annual Convention and Memorial Day Weekend Festivities
New Alumni leadership to be installed
By Charles R. ‘Chuck’ Lewis, III
TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida A&M University National Alumni Association (FAMU NAA) announces the 2016 FAMU National Alumni Convention to be held May 25-29, 2016 in Tampa, Fla., at the Grand Hyatt Tampa. Leading into the Memorial Day holiday, it is a four-day event of fun, food, festivities, and fundraising, focused on alumni giving toward a $500,000 goal in support of the Save our Students (S.O.S.) NAA Rattler Retention Scholarship campaign.
Officially hosted by the Florida Region and the Tampa Alumni Chapter of the National Alumni Association, conventioneers can expect to reconnect with friends, classmates, fraternity brothers and sorority sisters while taking pleasure in the many offerings of the Tampa Bay area. The packed agenda includes guest speakers and friends of the university to in-spire Rattlers to embrace the convention theme: “FAMUnity Let’s Unite,” a play on the words FAMU, Family and Unity re-presenting the intended experience for each attendee.
“FAMUnity Let’s Unite” is our theme this year which means the convention is all about alums coming together to support one FAMU – our FAMU,” said (FAMU NAA) President, Lieutenant Colonel Gregory L. Clark. “We are de-finitely expecting a huge Florida contingency to meet us in Tampa and if the host hotel already being sold out is any indication, we’re expecting a large representation of FAMU alums nationwide.”
(FAMU President Dr. Elmira Mangum will give the president’s address on May 27th. New Athletic Director, Milton Overton, will share the exciting plans for the athletics programs in addition to several workshops covering alumni business and personal financial awareness. The convention itinerary has numerous opportunities for alumni to interact with university administrators and get training to improve alumni chapters, the university and even their careers.
“This is the ultimate FAMU national alumni party with the purpose of conducting the business of the association,” said FAMU NAA Convention Committee Chairman and first Vice President, Charles R. “Chuck” Lewis, III. “We have planned a strong and progressive agenda and a variety of entertainment options that are sure to please everyone.” The public can visit the convention website at www.famualumniconvention.com to purchase tickets to several events, for news, overflow hotel information, and to register online.