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Toward a Century
and Merit... -
J FAMU Strikes
- and Strikes
The Coronation of Miss Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University Brenda Lee
was the epitome of eloquence, style, grace and charm.
She exhibited all the fine qualities expected of Miss FAMU.
Following the coronation Miss Lee was escorted to the Coronation Ball by Darryl
Reaves, SGA President, in a horse and carriage.
A Portrait of Excellence
is a WAY
Wearing fashionable attire Couture Models set the trend for many
... A hope for
College life itself is an experience to be tried.
A Rattler's college life is experience that no one
should be denied.
Because a college life for Rattler is a life filled with
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Smile You're on Candid Camera!
"The most wasted day of all is that in which we have not
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August 1, 1984-December 31, 1984
Susie Tankark August 1, 1984
William Hill August 9, 1984
Walter L. Johnson August 31, 1984
Annie R. Williams September 4, 1984
Jesse Lawyer September 30, 1984
Leedell Neyland November 30, 1984
Classie Cooper November 30, 1984
Edith D. Holton December 31, 1984
Harold S. Jenkins December 31, 1984
Cornelius M. Speed December 31, 1984
The Retirees listed above have put many years of dedicated service into the growth and development of Florida Agricultural nd
Mechanical University. The Rattler Staff salutes you and wishes you "godspeed."
JAMES LEON GILCHRIST
UNITED STATES NAVY
Captain Gilchrist was born in Birmingham, Alabama, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter C. Gilchrist. He graduated from Morehouse Col-
lege in Atlanta, Georgia in 1956 with a B.A. degree in Mathematics and Business Administration, then entered the Navy via Officer
Candidate School and was commissioned an Ensign in March 1957.
Captain Gilchrist served in two aviation squadrons prior to entering Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Graduating
with a B.S. degree in Air-Ocean Dynamics, he served several tours in geophysics billets ranging from ship's meteorologist aboard USS
Hornet to Geophysics Officer on the staff of the Commander in Chief Pacific.
Captain Gilchrist's tours of duty have included Fleet Weather Central, Guam, the Naval Oceanography Command Center,
Alameda Ca. and the Environmental Detachment, Moffett Field, Ca. He was also the Commanding Officer of the Naval Weather
Service Facility, Yokosuka, Japan.
Captain Gilchrist earned a Master of Public Administration Degree from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. In June
1981 he completed the Senior Service College Curriculum at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C.
Captain Gilchrist was selected for his present rank in 1979 and is currently retiring serving as Commanding Officer of the Naval
ROTC, Florida A&M University. His decorations include the Joint Service Commendation Medal and Meritorious Unit
Captain Gilchrista member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, is married to the former Tina Lee Jones of Chicago, Illinois. They have a
son, Jai Leon. He and his family plan to remain in Tallahassee.
In Remembrance of...
Frequently, in the course of student publication, a significant point is reached that
transcends all others a milestone, which is religious in theme, reverent in regard,
yet sad in remembrance, rest among the endeavors of loyal FAMUans. This
milestone is noted by the '85 Rattler in a concern with FAMU students, teachers
Sand alumni who have passed away during the last academic year.
i ,- Because our theme is devout, it is not necessary to record their deeds or extol
I' I i *unduly the efforts of those whom we remember. It is sufficient merely to note that
4',' i, I: r even in death, they continue to live as FAMUans. We pay our regards to them
Through the medium of the Rattler, so that in the future as we relate to the nostalgia
of the past, they will be a part of that past. We therefore pay homage to these
C "0 FAMUans who, in their lifetime, each in his own way, contributed to the growth of
.. our University.
Jethro Dennis, Physical Plants and Grounds
Dr. Donald Watson, Allied Health
Allison Figaro, Physical Education
Paul Grenier, College of Pharmacy
Madison Wilson, Physical Plants and Grounds
James Long, Property Supervision
Two of the marks by which a University may be measured are the caliber of its faculty and the activities of its students. The
RATTLER Staff also considers these factors in the selection of individuals to receive the awarded "Rattler Citation." This year the
RATTLER salutes two members of the student body; one an outstanding Journalism Major and one an outstanding Pharmacy
For their efforts and achievements, the RATTLER Staff proudly salutes these two outstanding individuals.
Charles R. Ward
Charles is a versatile young man, who has held several positions as a Journalism student. His positions included
Editor of the "Rap Sheet" through the School of General Studies; Assistant Editor of SAEOPP Journal through the
TRIO Programs; Public Relations Coordinator also with TRIO Programs; Communications Instructor of the Bounder
Journal; Staff Reporter with The FAMUAN Newspaper; and Commentator for the WAMF-FM Radio.
His honors include National Dean's List; Dean's Scholar; WCTV-Channel 6 Scholarship; and Alpha Kappa Alpha
He has held membership in the Student Society of Professional Journalist; Sigma Delta Chi; Florida A&M Universi-
ty Baseball Team; Florida A&M University Golf Team and several other civic and social organizations.
Charles is a graduating senior. The Rattler Staff wishes him "godspeed."
Monica is married to Alpha Omega Boyd a pharmacist in Ft. Lauderdale. She has proven that she is indeed a
Her honors included Dean's List for three (3) years and Highest Cumulative G.P.A. in her junior year.
She has held membership in the American Pharmaceutical Association; Student National Pharmaceutical Associa-
tion; Kappa Epsilon Pharmaceutical Fraternity for Women; Beta Chi Scientific Organization and Rho Chi Honor
Monica is also a graduating senior. The Rattler staff would like to say to Monica, "You have proven yourself, and
are a great encouragement to Women."
President Walter L. Smith ... has full authority and responsibility for the educational policies and operations of Florida A&M University
He appoints and is responsible for all faculty and administrative personnel. Dr. Smith is resigning his post as President after seven years 0
President Smith talks to future officers during the
1984 Advanced Camp in Fort Bragg, N.C.
Smith congratulates graduates
Dr. Walter L. Smith
Dr. Harry S. Blanton
Executive Vice President
Dr. Robert D. Carroll
Vice President for Administrative Affairs
Attorney Bishop Holifield
Dr. Leedell W. Neyland
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Timothy L. Langston
Vice President for Student Affairs
Director Intercollegiate Athletics
Head Football Coach
Dr. Norman Jackson
Assistant V.P. for Student Affairs
Thomas L. Mitchell
Director Alumni Affairs
Col. Willie Jenkins
Dean University Relations
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University Purchasing Dept.
Henry L. Kirby
Associate University Attorney
Dr. Jacqueline B. Beck
School of Allied Health Sciences
Colonel Bernard Hendrick
PMS Army ROTC
Dr. Margaret W. Lewis
School of Nursing
Dr. Thomas A. Jackson
College of Education
Dr. Sybil Mobley
School of Business and Industry
Dr. Aubrey Perry
College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Charles U. Smith
Division of Graduate Studies
Research and Continuing Education
Dr. Eva C. Wanton
School of General Studies
Dr. Charles A. Walker
College of Pharmacy
School of Journalism, Media and Graphic Arts
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Kashif's Famous Five
Melissa gets a few comments from Kashif
"Haley chats with Dr. Smith and his family."
"Haley poses with Tallahassee dignitaries"
Talks About Family
"Haley receives the key to the city from Mayor Kent Spriggs"
Alpha Kappa Alpha
Alpha Kappa Alpha Officers
President Michelle Talbert
Vice President Linda Roberts
Recording Secretary Mardette Robinson
Corresponding Secretary Lauren Pinnix
Treasurer Veatrice Holifield
Assistant Treasurer Karen Haskins
Sargeant-At-Arms Vanessa Lowe
Chaplain Sherri James
Parliamentarian Brenda Frazier
Dean of Pledgees Renea Turnquest
Assistant Dean of Pledgees Venetta Holifield
Hostess Deborah Daniels
Alpha Kappa Alpha
History of Chapter
Alpha Kappa Alpha is the oldest Greek-letter
organization established in America by Black
College Women. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,
Inc. was founded in 1908 at Howard University
in Washington, D.C. It has since grown to be an
international organization with a membership
approaching 50,000 women. The purposes of
Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority are to cultivate and
encourage high scholastic standards, to pro-
mote unity and friendship among college
women, and to be of service in the study and
alleviation of social problems particularly as
such problems relate to women and girls.
On March 17, 1932 the Beta Alpha Chapter
of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was
established on Florida A&M's campus by five
young women. The chapter was founded to
promote the purposes of the sorority on Florida
Agricultural and Mechanical. University's
Alpha Phi Alpha
Alpha Phi Alpha
History of Alpha Phi Alpha
President Abraham V. Fields
Vice-President Larry Howard
Secretary Roy Washington
Treasurer Andre Batson
Dean of Pledgees Richard L. Clemmons, Jr.
Chairman of Community Activities Theodore Foreman
Chairman of Alpha Sweethearts Travis W. Lucas, Jr.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was founded on December 4, 1906
at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. The founding of Alpha Phi
Alpha made it the first Black Greek letter organization in America. To-
day Alpha Phi Alpha has approximately 600 individual chapters in ex-
istence and over 120,000 members throughout the United States and
The Beta Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha was founded on Florida
A&M University April 23, 1932. The brothers of Beta Nu, and the
members of Alpha Phi Alpha throughout the world continue to let the
light of Alpha shine by maintaining the three goals of Alpha; First of all,
servants of all, we shall transcend all.
History of Delta
A Public Service Sorority
On January 13, 1913 at Howard University, twenty-
two active, dynamic, public service minded college
women founded Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The
high standards and ideals set by the founders have at-
tracted over 100,000 women representing the finest in
womanhood. There are seven hundred chapters
across the nation including the Republic of Haiti,
Liberia, West Germany and the Virgin
Islands. Their colors are red and white.
SDelta Sigma Theta Sorority considers
public service one of its major objectives.
In light of this, its finances and activities are
largely devoted to services which can be
rendered for the benefit of the individual,
the community, the race, and the nation.
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Kappa Alpha Psi
Kappa Alpha Psi
Officers of the Alpha Xi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity:
Andrew Whigham, III Polemarch (Pres.)
Keith Clinkscales Vice-President
Randy Brooks Treasurer
Mark B. Kirkland Secretary
History of Omega Psi Phi
The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity was organized Friday evening, -
November 17, 1911, at Howard University. The four founding
fathers were Ernest E. Jurst, Edgar A. Love, Oscar J. Cooper,
and Frank Coleman.
The name of the Fraternity was formed from the initials of
the Greek phrase meaning, "Friendship is essential to the soul."
The phrase was selected as the Fraternity's motto. Manhood,
Scholarship, Perseverance, and Uplift were adopted as cardinal
OFFICERS AND MEMBERS OF OMEGA PSI PHI
Kepper Records and Seals
Keeper of Finance
Dean of Pledgees
Phi Beta Sigma
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Cooke, Keith Harvey and Karlton Taylor.
Phi Beta Sigma History
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., was founded on the campus of Howard University on January 9, 1914, by brothers A.
Langston Taylor, Leonard F. Morse and Charles I. Brown. It was their mission to develop the ideals of Brotherhood, Service
and Scholarship and to promote the general welfare of all persons.
The Alpha Eta (AH) Chapter is the present Chapter at Florida A&M University. It was founded in December of 1935 with
the same principles in mind that its founding fathers decided upon.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was founded
November 12, 1922, at Butler University in In-
dianapolis, Indiana by seven young school teachers.
Five of those Founders are still living and active in the
More than 350 undergraduate and alumnae
chapters have since been established throughout the
United States and in Bermuda and Africa. As a non-
profit collegiate organization, Sigma Gamma Rho's
focus on community service as expressed in its
slogan, "Greater Service, Greater Progress."
Sigma Gamma Rho gives leadership, service and
resources toward removing barriers and inequalities
so that all peoples of America, especially members of
the black community, may develop their potential
and exercise full citizenship.
Zeta Phi Beta
Greeks at Work and Play
"Meet the Greek"
Darryl Reaves, 23, is a journalism major from Miami.
His chief duty is to see to the needs and desires of the
Tyrone Williams, is a 23 year old junior biology pre-
med major from Miami.
Andrea Busby, 23, is a medical administration from
Iris C. lasmin, 20, is an economics major from
Deputy Attorney General
Jimmy N. Watts, 18, is an economics major from Co-
Caleb Crosby, 21, is a criminal justice from Miami.
Willie Adams, 20, is a business administration major
from Alton, Illinois.
Secretary of Academic Affairs
Dwayne C. Brown, 21, is a psychology major from
Undersecretary of Academic Affairs
Sherri Y. James, 19, is a pharmacy major from
Secretary of Communications
Ron Fry, 22, is a business administration major from
Undersecretary of Communications
Syles M. Williams is a journalism major from Orlando.
Secretary of State
Surette Slater, 20, is a pharmacy major from Miami.
Undersecretary of State
Monica F. White, 19, is a nursing major from Tampa.
Secretary of Student Welfare
Elton Smith, 23, is a business administration major
from Cleveland, Ohio.
Chairman of FAMPAC
Kennedy Cooper, 19, is a political science major from
Minister of Finance W,
Robert L. Nolan, Jr., 20, is a math and computer ma-
jor from Miami.
Minister of Policy
Earnest L. Chavis, Jr., 22 is a pre-law major from
Front: Jimmy Watt, Willie Adams, Sherri. James, Sanford, Emery,
Dwayne Brown. Back: Stanley Morgan, Kennedy Cooper, Elton Smith.
Student Government Association
OFFICERS L.-R.: Tyrone Williams, Andrea Busby,
Earnest Chavis, Robert Nolan.
Alpha Men of
From its meager beginning in
1892, the FAMU Band has become
an institution of learning and a
legend of memory for thousands.
Its program and structure are diver-
sified, yet specialized. Its motto is
"Perfection in music, highest quality
of character, and precision in
Dr. William P. Foster, Chairman of
the Music Department and Director
of Bands at Florida A&M Universit,,
has appeared as an adjudicator, con-
ductor, clinician, lecturer and const I-
tant in over forty states and it
numerous colleges and universities.
Kenneth Jackson, President
David Hall, Vice President
Scotty Barnhart, Secretary
Danielle Wilcox, Assistant Secretary
Reginald Small, Treasurer
Ed Thompson, Chaplain
Gerard Burns, Song Leader
Roosevelt Morris, Parliamentarian
Ed Hall, Business Manager
Sandry Henry, Miss Band
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Respiratory Therapy Club
Computer Information Students Club
FAMU Peer Counselors
"Someone to Be There"
The Society of Professional Journalists
Sigma Delta Chi
Tau Beta Sigma
TAU BETA SIGMA an organization of refined young women, with a
gracious background. These are the initials of three Greek words. Tau is the in-
itial Telos, meaning to have accomplished all wishes, or prayers, namely:
achievement. Beta is the initial of a word (basilis) meaning a "queen or priestess."
Sigma is the initial of a word meaning to sound a trumpet. The name Tau Beta
Sigma, can then be translated to mean "Queenly achievement in Music." The
members of the sorority share a common interest in life (music), and strive daily
to improve themselves in an understanding of music requirement.
Kinetic Art Club
Brothers On Campus
STUDENT CLUSTER ALLIANCE
YMBOL o, EXCELL NCE
Stdn -s Aoi
Student Nursing. Association
"The University Radio Station"
WAMF-FM: Broadcasting from the highest hill in the capital city is the radio station WAMF-FM. WAMF began
broadcasting in September of 1976, it began with only 10 watts of power. With the donation from the Tallahassee
community the staff of WAMF was able to increase to 100 watts. Currently, WAMF covers a wide spectrum of
music, the format includes traditional and progressive jazz; gospel; reggae; urban contemporary; and blues. WAMF
where all the music sounds good.
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The FAMUAN is edited and produced by undergraduates of the
University. The purpose of the FAMUAN is to serve as a main
channel of communication for the University body, cover
highlights of campus happenings and events of the month, and
above all to "print nothing but the truth."
The publication is a member of the Intercollegiate Press Associa-
tion (IP) and Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) Association.
C I:- Center
UNIVERSITY RELIGIOUS CENTER Official office of Religious Activities of the University. Reading room and small group
setting. It also serves as an office and counseling center for University Ministerial staff.
ST. EUGENE'S CHAPEL Interdenominational Chapel serving the University and the community. Church open to use by
University groups and the community. Make reservations through the Religious Center.
RELIGIOUS CENTER BOARD The governing body of the Religious Center is composed of students representing
religious groups and other organizations.
MINISTERS IN RESIDENCE
Rev. Fletcher]. Bryant
Director, Religious Center
United Methodist Ministries
Father Guy Wilson
St. Thomas Moore
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The Black Archives Research Center and Museum is located in the
oldest building on the Florida A&M University campus. Completed
in 1907 with the assistance of a $10,000 grant from Andrew
Carnegie, this building has been placed on the National Register of
The purpose of the Black Archives was set forth in an act of the
Florida legislature in 1971 which mandated the establishment of a
repository to "serve the state by collecting and preserving source
material on or about black Americans from the earliest beginnings
to the present."
With grants from the Florida Bicentennial Commission, the
Winn-Dixie Foundation, and the state legislature, the Archives was
formally dedicated and officially opened in 1977. While the Archives
has an excellent Florida collection, it is not limited by state or
national boundaries. Part of its scholarly and cultural responsibility
is the collection of any materials reflecting the black presence and
participation in southern, national, and, as far as possible, interna-
tional history. The holdings and services are extremely varied:
artifacts, manuscripts, art works, oral history tapes, meeting and
research rooms, and a mobile touring museum.
Because a group's history is as valid as the evidence supporting
it, the Black Archives Research Center and Museum diligently
continues to enlarge its holdings, and all interested persons are
invited to support this effort. Donation of materials are guaranteed
not only appreciation but safety, permanence, and use in an
officially authorized archives. Support may also be given through
financial gifts, always necessary and gratefully received.
James N. Eaton
Tae Kwon Do Club
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