Front Cover
 Table of Contents
 Presidential tribute
 Graduating seniors
 FAMU at a glance
 Student leadership
 Historically Black colleges and...
 Clubs & organizations
 Editor's note
 Back Cover


The rattler
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 Material Information
Title: The rattler
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 32 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Publisher: Florida A&M University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee Fla
Creation Date: 2001
Frequency: annual
Genre: serial   ( sobekcm )
General Note: Description based on: Vol. VI (1957); title from cover.
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover
        Page 1
    Table of Contents
        Page 2
        Page 3
    Presidential tribute
        Page 4-5
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8-9
        Page 10-11
        Page 12-13
        Page 14
        Page 15
        Page 16
        Page 17
    Graduating seniors
        Page 18-19
        Page 20
        Page 21
        Page 22
        Page 23
        Page 24
        Page 25
        Page 26
        Page 27
        Page 28-29
        Page 30
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        Page 32
        Page 33
        Page 34
        Page 35
        Page 36
        Page 37
        Page 38
        Page 39
    FAMU at a glance
        Page 40-41
        Page 42
        Page 43
        Page 44
        Page 45
        Page 46-47
    Student leadership
        Page 48-49
        Page 50
        Page 51
        Page 52
        Page 53
        Page 54-55
        Page 56-57
        Page 58-59
        Page 60
        Page 61
        Page 62-63
        Page 64
        Page 65
        Page 66-67
    Historically Black colleges and universities
        Page 68-69
        Page 70
        Page 71
        Page 72
        Page 73
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        Page 110
        Page 111
        Page 112-113
        Page 114-115
        Page 116
        Page 117
    Clubs & organizations
        Page 118-119
        Page 120
        Page 121
        Page 122
        Page 123
        Page 124
        Page 125
        Page 126
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        Page 192
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    Editor's note
        Page 194
        Page 195
        Page 196
        Page 197
    Back Cover
        Back Cover
Full Text


"The yearbook is basically a public relations tool of an educational institution. There-
fore, if the Rattler Yearbook Staff gives an accurate and comprehensive picture of what
Florida A&M University is trying to accomplish, and has accomplished in promoting
excellence, it does so to present the students, parents, taxpayers and other supporters
of the institution's value to the community, the region, the state, and the nation.

Moreover, the purpose of a well-planned yearbook should include or fulfill four basic
functions: (1) It should be a real memory book, an academic family album with pic-
tures of every student and faculty member of the school. (2) It should present a com-
plete human history of one year of a school's life. (3) It should provide worthwhile
educational training for student staff members. (4) Finally, the yearbook should build
goodwill for the school by presenting an image that can be used in attracting
scholarships and other funding sources, and can be used by deans, department heads
and coaches in recruiting and discussing the merits of the institution when interview-
ing prospective students and influential friends."
The FANG Student Handbook 2000-2003


If, at any point when reading this yearbook you feel as if The Rattler Staff did not fulfill all of the above requirements due to typos, coverage
features or delivery date, get over it. Enjoy the fact that you actually have a yearbook, since they are in such short supply. Read the Editor's Note
to find out why.



Juan Pablo Ortiz

Home: Juan hails from
Charo, Michoacan,
Mexico. When he's
stateside, he resides in
Fort Pierce, Florida.

Family: "My whole family is considered
'mestizo' in Mexico. My father, Pablo Ortiz,
has no school education, but he learned to
read and write from a friend while doing labor
work in the U.S. My mother, Josefina Pifion
de Ortiz, had the privilege of attending school
up to the 4th grade. My two brothers and
three sisters had the opportunity to graduate
from high school, but unfortunately, were not
able to attend college."

Career Goals: Juan hopes to become and
accountant and work in a corporation that
offers an education advancement program
along with many other benefits. Such 1in-rFi ;
would open the gate to higher education and
the opportunity to earn a masters or PhD.
Hobbies: Playing basketball, swimming,
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what's new?
Presidential Tribute
Graduating Seniors
Homecoming...Rattler style
Student Leadership
Clubs and Organizations


6 Dr. Frederick Humphries Retires
A six page tribute to the man of the hour.



Class of 2000-2001
FAMU at a Glance
Historically Black Colleges and
Growing numbers of African American
scholars are attending HBCU's. Find out
Pan-Hellenic GREEKS
GREEK Letter Organizations
Clubs and Organizations
See who's making a difference on campus.
Student Government Association
Colleges and Schools



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30 Mr. FAMU
21st Century traditions.
Charles Wesley Lattimore,
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32 Miss FAMU
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Attendants with poise and
36 King and Queen of
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Nicole Sims and Chris
Warren pick up the banner.
38 Royal Escorts
40 Homecoming

42 Coronation Ball
44 Unsung Hero
Mrs. Mary Brown-Ellis keeps
it all together.


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Above: Creating opportunities for African Americans through scholarship,
President Humphries presents Life Gets Better Scholarship recipients (from
left to right) Claudia Eybl, Reginald Wesley and Janelle Claptops with Above: At the annual Trumpet Awards, President Humphries received a special
laptops to assist in their studies at FAMU. tribute for his years of educational support and service.

"When I think about my legacy I would like to leave, I want to be thought of as a person who created
opportunities for African Americans to become major players in all aspects of American life."

President Frederick S. Humphries

In 2001, after sixteen years of dedicated service to Florida A&M University, President Frederick S.
I Humphries retired. Appointed president of FAMU in 1985, he made tremendous strides in the growth
of this university. Dr. Humphries helped to establish FAMU as one of the nation's premier institutions
of higher learning. Under his leadership, FAMU has gained unprecedented national recognition, which
culminated in the fall of 1997 when Florida A&M University was named TIME Magazine-Princeton Review's
"College of the Year."
Making time to speak with students whether he was in an elevator, between meetings or just walking across
campus, President Humphries was a member of administration like none other. "Excellence with Caring," the
university motto, describes perfectly the service of a man whom campus will neither forget nor fully replace.

Biography of
Frederick S. Humphries.

As the eighth president of Florida
/ A&M University, Frederick S.
Humphries revitalized, recreated
and reestablished FAMU as one of the
nation's premier institutions of higher
learning. In fall 1997, FAMU was
selected as the TIME Magazine-
Princeton Review "College of the
Year." In 1997, 1998 and 1999, FAMU
was featured in Black Issues in Higher
Education as the nation's No. 1
producer of African-Americans with
baccalaureate degrees. FAMU sur-
passed Harvard in 1992, 1995 and
1997, becoming the leader in the
recruitment of National Achievement
Scholars, America's best and brightest
students. In fall 2000, Harvard tied
FAMU as the top recruiter of these
Other initiatives Dr. Humphries
launched that received national
recognition were: the Graduate Feeder
Program, an innovative approach to
increasing the number of minorities
attending graduate school; the Life-
Gets-Better Scholarship, called by
many the best scholarship in the
country for academically talented
students; and a creative recruitment
program that has made FAMU one of
the fastest growing universities in the
High on Dr. Humphries list of
priorities was the new College of Law
at FAMU and increasing the number of
minorities with Ph.D.s in the science-
related fields. This year, the Florida
Legislature agreed to reestablish a law
school at FAMU with an anticipated
opening fate of fall 2002. The Univer-
sity plans to offer new Ph. D. programs
in physics, computer science, chemis-
try and biology by 2004.
Dr. Humphries served on numerous
boards, including the Commission on
the Future of the South, the NAFEO
Science and Technology Advisory
Committee, the White House Science
and Technology Advisory Committee,
and the National Association of State
Universities and Land Grant Colleges
(on which he served as chair of the
board). During his tenure at FAMU,
Dr. Humphries was a member of the
board of directors of the National

Association for Educational Opportuni-
ties, Academy of Educational Develop-
ment, Prison Rehabilitation Industries
and Diversified Enterprises, Inc.,
Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund,
Wal-Mart, Inc. and Brinker Interna-
His achievements as an educational
leader won him significant honors
including a special tribute during the
2001 Turner Broadcasting System
Trumpet Awards, the 2001 Black
Engineer of the Year Lifetime Achieve-

ment Award, 1997 "Floridian of the
Year Award," 1990 Thurgood Marshall
Educational Achievement Award, and
the University of Pittsburgh Bicenten-
nial Medal of Distinction. He was
awarded honorary doctorates from
Vincennes University of Indiana and
Thomas A. Edison State College in
New Jersey.
A 1957 magna cum laude graduate
of FAMU, Dr. Humphries received his
doctorate in physical chemistry from
the University of Pittsburgh.

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Dear FAMUans:
We are living in one of the most exciting periods in the history of America. Who
would have thought 20 years ago that I would be able to communicate with my friends
across the globe on a decentralized, worldwide network of host computers linked by
high-speed lines? The Internet has revolutionized banking, communications and
At FAMU, we want our students to be able to utilize this new technology and he
prepared in their field of study to succeed in the information age. We have already
created a wireless network on campus and plans are underway to expand computer access
for students in campus laboratories and facilities.
We have achieved many milestones this academic year. In fall 2000, Harvard
tied FAMU in the recruitment of National Achievement Scholars. The perennial leader in
the recruitment of these scholars, FAMU was No. 1 in recruiting these students in 1992,
1995 and 1997. FAMU remains the No. 1 producer of African-Americans earning the
bachelor's degree. FAMU also received a special tribute at the CNN Trumpet Awards for
its ability to provide outstanding opportunities for African-American students.
Every initiative at FAMU has been designed to create an intellectual
infrastructure, which would attract the nation's best students and faculty. Our future rests
with our ability to work together as a team, demanding excellence in every phase of
university life.
We have shared many special moments during the 2000-2001 academic year. For
those students who will graduate, keep "excellence with caring" as your guide as you
pursue your life's work. For those students who will return to FAMU, make the most of
your college years, because when you look back ,.n i.fe thric years will he golden.

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Ceremonial Yearbook Handing

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Men's Health Seminar

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"What's new?" you ask. Pictured right, a confused
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attempts to save the fragile life of his precious baby doll.
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after many months of long hours
and great stress, members of the
FAMU yearbook staff waited for
theannual publication to be released on
campus and for the university to see all of
the hard work that was put into the
finished product, Authentic 2000. The
ceremonial handing took place at halftime
during the first home game. Authentic
2000 was presented to University Presi-
dent Frederick S. Humphries and other
members of administration. Student
Government President and Vice President,
Derrick Heck and R. Jai Howard were
also on hand to receive an advance copy
of the book. This was the first time
anyone, including many staff members,
got the opportunity to view Authentic
2000. "After six years of not having a
book, I commend the Editor-in-Chief for
taking on this job. I feel that each year
students should have a book filled with
memories for the past year," said April
McKee, a junior CIS major. Throughout
the following week, students were allowed
to pick up free, reserved copies of Authen-
tic 2000 from the yearbook staff office.

Below: Editor-in-Chief, Holly Y. McGee, introduces Authentic
2000 to Florida A&M University. This was the first yearbook
produced on campus in almost seven years. Staff members
(from left to right in orange jackets) Natalie Mason, Tiffany
Hayes and Elizabeth Hamilton stand proudly by.

Below: Dr. Frederick S. Humphries congratulates the outstanding work
accomplished by the yearbook staff, and formally welcomes the publica-
tion to the awaiting campus.

Above: (pictured from left to right) Holly Y. McGee, Natalie Mason,
Tiffany Hayes and Elizabeth Hamilton prepare to hand advance copies
of the yearbook to university president, Dr. Frederick S. Humphries and
various university vice presidents.

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Left: Rev. Jackson ventured
to Tallahassee to specifi-
cally address the problems
faced by many in the Afri-
can American conuliunity
who were faced 1witli diffi-
culties when they attempted
to vote in the 2000 Presiden-
tial Election. here, Rev.
Jackson uses words of in-
sight and wiisdom to encour-
age his listening audience
to remain committed to the
American ideals of democ-
racy. lackson also used the
opportunity to stress the
importance of voting within
large minoritzI conmnunities.

Left: Dr. Frederick S.
Humphries introduces the
night's speaker, Reverand
Jesse fackson.

A midst concerns of
a fradulent presi-
dential election,
Rev. Jesse Jackson
visits the campus
of Florida A&Jl
University in the
fall of 2000.

Jackson Pays Visit

Following an uproar of concerns from Florid-
ians and Florida A&M University students,
Reverand Jesse Jackson comes home.

A midst concerns of a fraudulent presidential elec
tion, Rev. Jesse Jackson, widely recognized as
a prominent voice in the African American
community, visited the campus of Florida A&M Uni-
versity during the fall of 2000. Speaking to a crowd of
approximately 1,000 community members, business
leaders and students, Rev. Jackson voiced concerns
regarding disputes with voter's rights and ballots in
the capitol city and throughout the state of Florida.
The speaking engagement, held on FAMU's central
campus in Lee Hall Auditorium, gave the communityan
opportunity to listen and be heard at an open forum
regarding the violation of many minorities' 15th Amend-
ment right to vote during the 2000 presidential election.

Above: Here to make a difference. Rev. Jackson addresses NBC
News Channel 40 as (from left to right) SGA President, Derrick
Heck, House of Representative member Curtis Richardson, and
university president, Dr. Frederick S. Humphries listen.

Left: Rev. Jackson
minutes before de-
livering a rousing ad-
dress. Here, flanked
by Dr. Humphries
and SGA President,
Derrick Heck, Rev.
Jackson takes a mo-
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Taking health into our own hands...
The 2000-2001 Men's Health Seminar, held on campus in the Black Archives Museum and Research Center, garnered a significant amount of campus
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Farewell to the Class of 2000

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Kelly Ivan Harper

April 23, 1978 Max' 10, 2000

eUlv Ivan Harper graduated from West High School
Sin Torrance. California. He \as a member of the
House of Representatives at \\est High,ua active
member of the \ oung Black Scholars, and an active menm-
ber of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 990, -here he
achieved the rank of First Class Officer. Kely- w\as an
actively involved member of Christ Temple Church of
Cluist Holhess USA in California. He enjo\ ed bow ling,
skiing, basketball and playing the tenor saxophone. He
had the opporthuit- to travel to Great Britain and Ireland
with his high school's Entertainment Unit in the Lummer of
1016i, but opted, instead, to take advantage of an opportu-
nit- to play in the FAMU summer band under the
direction of Dr. Foster.

On May 10. 2000. the Harper family and the village lost a
favorite son Kelly Ivan Harper was a devoted son grand-
son, father, brother and friend. He w\as a young man who
brought Iov and happiness to all w\ho kne\ himr. ho
brought determination and hard work to all projects he
tackled, and brought faith and compassion to all of his
endeavors. Kelly was the little bo\ who studied in the
afternoon at his mother s lob. the teenager who cared for lis
lttle sister as she grew to young wnomanuhood. and the man
\\ho looked to his father with admiration and respect.
Kell\y \as loved, adnured and treasured. \While he is
sorely missed, we know that the Lord God has big plans for
him. With Rattler love and pride. we miss \ou, Kell Ivan.

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The beginning of a legend...
In the fall of 2000, Florida A&M University
welcomed a new tradition, the election of a Mr.
FAMU. With an overwhelming majority of
votes, Charles Wesley Lattimore, Jr. of Orlando,
FL, made history by becoming the first Mr.
Florida A&M University.

FAMU's Premier Gentleman
Charles Wesley Lattimore, Jr. is a senior theatre major
from the beautiful city of Orlando, FL. He was born
onJanuary 3, 1978 and is the proud son of Wynette
B. Hinkle, and the devoted brother to Robbie Carruthers,
Rosilyn Johnson and Roberta Mack. Charles is a member of
New Bethel A.M.E. Church in Orlando and Flipper Chapel
A.M.E. Church under watch care in Tallahassee, FL.
Charles' legacy of performing and fashion began at
Pinelock Elementary School were he won numerous oratori-
cal contests. Even as a youth he had his own fashion trends,
like sweaters and cowboy boots in the summer time. Maybe
that's whay he canwear suits now and not break a sweat.
He's just cool like that. Charles performed in one of the
elementary showcases one night, and knew from that mo-
ment on that making people laugh, cry and feel emotion was
his calling. Showbusiness was destined to be his life long
Charles came to Florida A&M University in the fall of
1996. This gifted singer and actor has had the opportunity
to travel as an ambassador for the University with the
FAMU Connection, and perform and meet some famous
individuals in numerous theatrical productions. He has
worked with the Irene C. Edmonds Youth Theatre camp and
various mentoring programs. Throughout his busy sched-
ule and long rehearsal process, he has maintained his status
on the honor roll. Once again, he has become the face we
love to see wearing colorful suits (with the shoes to match)
and the voice we love to hear on a bullhorn or microphone.
Who better to represent the university as our very first Mr.
Above all else, Charles values his relationship with his
Maker. He is a firm believer that God gives you a little taste
of what life is going to be like in the future. "If you can
handle the small things, then God will give you increase."
With the Lord on his side, Charles WesleyLattimore, Jr. is
bound for Hollywood, Broadway, Las Vegas and his last
stop, heaven.

Congratulations Mr. FAMU!

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Left:: Mr. FAMU joined with Miss FAMU in
numerous courtly duties including public
speaking and recrutiment engagements.
Here, Mr. FAMU, Charles Wesley Lattimore,
Jr., encourages a crowd of prospective stu-
dents viting campus to consider Florida A&M
University as their choice for an undergradu-
ate institution.

Below: Mr. FAMU, Charles Wesley
Lattimore, Jr., takin' us all the way to

want to give
thanks to God
Almighty for His
grace and mercy, and
the many blessings He
has bestowed upon
me. I would also like
to thank:

* My Mother, Wynette B. Hinkle for teaching me all she could about being a man
and showing me the ways of Christ.
*My sisters, Robbie Carruthers, Rosilyn Johnson and Roberta Mack, the best
trinity next to the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. I would also like to thank the rest
of my family.
*The FAMU Essential Theatre, the best department that any student would be
proud to be a part of.
*Thank you to Dr. Valencia Mmatthews, Kimberly Harding, Luther Wells, Carey
Robinson, Dr. Tucker, and Stacey Morrison.
*FAMU Connection. Thank all of you for giving me an opportunity to shine
*Those true friends I could call on for anything: Tarrie Teemer, Henrietta and
Nina Tice, Anitra Evans, Dominique Callins, Cheryl Hundley, Bettye and Delia
Crawford, Lisa Grant.
*To the ladies in the Registrar's Office, thank you!
-Special thanks to Mahalia Jackson, Taurie Gettings, Ausey and Cleo Johnson and
many more. Thanks for all the rides you guys, and the meals too.
*To President Frederick S. Humphries, administration, faculty and staff, thank
you for all the kind words and the love and support.
*To every Rattler in the student body who voted for me (or didn't vote for me),
brought gifts for Coronation, or said a kind word when walking across campus,
thank you.
*To the advisors to the Royal Court, Miss FAMU, the Roayl Court itself and
escorts, and those who wanted to go to Hollywood, thank you.
*To the many I may have left off, charge my head and not my heart. Thank you.


Photo One:.Miss FAMU, Melissa St. Joy, Miss Bethune-Cookman College, the
Oueen of Orange & Green, Nicole Sims, student government vice president, R. Jai
Howard and Delta advisor, Ms. Dewanna Wanton.

Photo Two: Miss FAMU 2000, Melissa St. Joy

Photo Three: Miss FAMU enjoying her first royal dance at Coronation with her
father, Mr. John St. Joy.

Photo Four: Melissa and friend, Princeton Nash take a moment to smile for the
camera before heading out to a recruitment fair.

Photo Five: Mr. and Miss FAMU 2000-2001, Charles Wesley Lattimore, Jr. and
Melissa St. Joy Immediately following Coronation.

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enjoys her new
title and position
in campus his-
tory as the face
of Florida A&M.

Miss Florida
A&M University,
Melissa St. Joy.

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As the recog-
nized faces of
Florida A&M
University, Mel-
issa and
Charles were
charged with
aiding the uni-
versity in under-
graduate recruit-

M elissa St. Joy is a third year
Psychology major, Specific
V earning Disabled minor
from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She has been
truly blessed with the opportunity to
obtain a higher education at Florida
A&M University.
There is only one way Melissa felt
she could possibly repay Florida A&M
University for all that it has done for
her, and that was to take the opportu-
nity to run for Miss FAMU. She has a
sincere dedication to her school and all
endeavors that she pursues.
Some of the things Melissa has par-
ticipated in at FAMU include volun-
teering with the SGA and co-chairing
the 1999 Be Out Day celebration. Me-
lissa has been a member of DIVAS
Dance Troupe since it's founding in
the fall of 1997 and a member of the
Honors that she has received while

attending FAMU includebeing a Florida
Bright Futures Scholar and being a
Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate
Scholar. Off campus, Melissa teaches
children at Steele Collins Middle School
American Sign Language, and mentors
with the program POWER (Postive
Outlook With and Extended Reach).
Melissa is dedicated to the FAMU
Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, serv-
ing as Chairperson to their Sponsorship
Committee. She played an important
role in the FAMU 1999 Reach Out Day,
encouraging young ladies of the Talla-
hassee area to choose careers consid-
ered non-traditional for women.
The leadership qualities that she pos-
sesses as well as the familyvalues that
are instilled in her, make her the young

woman she is. Her goal: to use her
position as Miss FAMU to take the uni-
versity to new heights by leading the
sea of orange and green into the new


The 2000-2001 Royal Court

T e position of attendants to Miss FAMU takes preparation, hard work and dedication. These

five women had only one week to pass out fliers, put posters up, meet and greet students and
do what it took to get the word around campus that they were the right person for an attendant
position. With the help of family members and friends, Aronte Bennett, Tahirah Phillips, Crystal Adams,
Ashlei Mitchell and Kimberly Pate began their reign as the 2000-2001 FAMU Royal Court. The duties for
these five women were to serve as ambassadors and recruiters for the university, be involved in com-
munity service projects, and serve as a voice for fellow class members. As official ambassadors for
Florida A&M University, these women, along with Miss FAMU, attend meetings and recruitment fairs.
They also attend all out of town football games in the hopes of recruiting high school seniors.

Administration majorhailingfromStoneMountain, GA.
A ronte, a Life Gets Better scholarship recipient, boasts a 4.0 graduate GPA. She
is no stranger to activities on the campus of Florida A&M UNiversity, having
served as a member of Venom, FAMU Diving Team, Faces Modeling Troupe
and FAMU Campus Scouts. Her community involvement has included Nia Umoja,
Dream Kids and the Girl Scouts. Currently, she is working with the United Way.
Aronte's ultimate professional aspiration is to attain a PhD in International Manage-
ment and become a professor. She lives by the motto: "You have got to dance like no
one is watching, and love like it will never hurt."

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ManagementmajorhailingfromMobile, AL.

T hirah serves as Senior Attendant for the 2000-2001 academic year. She enjoys
spending time with family and friends and writing. She is also a firm believer
that knowledge can be obtained from books, but wisdom comes from God. For
this reason, she strives to keep God first in her life and let Him direct her path. After
receiving her MBA from Florida A&M University, Tahirah plans to work in corporate
American for a company whose vision, mission statement and corporate culture reflect
her values in life. Lastly, Tahirah encourages all of her peers to challenge the summit,
+' or highest point. Think big, do things for the right reasons, believe in yourself and live
life to the fullest.

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turalSystemEngineeringmajor ailingfrom UpperMarlboro,

crystal currently maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.75 and plans to further her
education by pursuing a Master's degree in the Agricultural Engineering field
nd in Business Administration and continuing through the doctoral level.
She has received the Presidental Scholarship-Distinguished Scholas Award, the
Florida/Georgia Alliance for Minority Participation (FGAMP) Scholarship and the
1999-2000 D.C. Metro Alumni Chapter Scholarship. While attending FAMU, Crystal
has involved herself in the Leon County Schools Volunteer Program as a tutor at
Cobb Middle School and served in the Junior Class mentoring program.

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FAMU'sSophomoreAttendantisa 19yearoldBusiness
Administration majorhailingfromSt. Louis, MO.

shlei aspired to her current position as Sophomore Attendant because she
Sl .wanted to pursue a position of student leadership while showing her Rattler
Stride. In addition to her responsibilities as a member of the Royal Court, Ashlei
remains active within her community in numerous ways. She is a fouth grade tutor
with Young and Striving, a mento with Women's Hut and a member of the March of
Dimes Collegiate Board. Her ultimate goal is to produce her own line of apparel
catering to the specific needs and diverse frames of African American women.

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FAMU'sFreshmanAttendantisan 18yearoldBiologymajor
hailingfromMemphis, TN.

K imberly is currently preparing to compete in the Miss Tennessee pagent in her
hopes of one day becoming Miss America. She places FAMU at the center of
er heart. "I can truly say I love FAMU. The people here have shown me
nothing bu love, and I will never let anybody stop me from achieving any of my goals,
because if it's in God's will no early being can stop it."



A s the King and W'"_
Queen of Orange _
nd Green, Chris-
topher Warren and
Nicole Sims were
charged with the daunt-
ing tasks of helping to
encourage and bring out
school spirit at events
around campus.
Cheering with the
crowd, keeping every-
one hype and doing
whatever it took to keep
students on their feet,
including occasionally
making foos of them-
selves, were Chris and
Nicole's main goals.
Known campus-wide
for the spirit-filled antics,
Nicole and Chris have
set a high standard for
FAMU's next King and
Queen of Orange and

Mr. Christopher Warren
Christopher is a third year Broadcast Journalism major from St. Petersburg, FL. This Down South
Florida boy is a member of the Students Relations Committee for the National Association of Black
Journalists. He also does editing and camera work for FAMU Video Productions and Hill Happenings
daily on WANM 90.5 as "Chris the King." Besides keeping it crunk at all times, Chris plans to con-
tinue spreading the Rattler spirit as the most electrifying King of Orange & Green by having pep
rallies every Friday to support our sports teams as well as various other parties, dances and a
mentoring program for the Freshmen.



Miss Nicole E. Sims
Nicole is a junior English and Elementary Education major from Orlando, FL. She has held fast to
her commitment to serve her school and the surrounding community in several ways. She has
served as a Presidential Ambassador, a student Senator, Miss Black & Gold for the Beta Nu Chapter
of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and is a member of the Beta Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority, Inc. Serving in these capacities has provided Nicole with the opportunity to travel around
the United States recruiting students to the university. "Being afforded the opportunity to attend
Florida A&M University has truly been a blessing and a dream come true for me."

Escorts to the Royal Court

E ach academic year, several young men are chosen to
serve as escorts to Miss FAMU and her Royal
Court. Their duties include but are not limited to:
serving as ambassadors to the university and complementing
the Royal Court. If you are interested in becoming an Escort,
contact Mrs. Mary Brown-Ellis in the Office of Student Activi-

Below: Royal Court Escorts and The King
of Orange and Green at the Jacksonville
Alltel Classic. Picture from left to right are
Jesse Pugh, Russel Larvadain, Karamo Brown,
Christopher Warren, Juan Royal and Jakari

Mr. Christopher J. Shorter

C hristopher is a native of Detroit, MI, and is majoring
in Economics with a minor in Public Management. He
a graduating sernio involved in numerous service and
mentoring organizations on and off the campus of Florida A&M.
Chris currently serves as president of the Beta Nu Chapter of Alpha
Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and plans to attend The University of
Pittsburg after graduation in his hopes of earning a Master's of
International Affairs with a concentration in Community and Eco-
nomic Development. "I have truly enjoyed serving as an escort and
recruiting for FAMU."


Mr. Russell Larvadain, II

Sam a 20 year old, junior Business Management student from
BNloomfield Hills, MI. My campus affiliations include the
Beta Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., in
which I serve as the organization's Sergeant-at-Arms and Epi-
curean Fashion Experience. In my free time I perform commu-
nity service at New Beginnings Day Care in addition to my
work as Capital City Youth Services and Miracle Hill Nursing
and convalescent home."

Pictured here, Royal Escort Russell
Larvadain enjoys the President Gala
with one of his royal charges, Graduate
Attendant Aronte Bennett.

Mr. Karamo Karega Brown

K aramo is a sophomore Business Economics/Political
Science major hailing from Houston, TX. Upon
graduating from Florida A&M University, Karamo
plans to attend law school and make a difference in his
community. "I applied to be an escort for Miss FAMU and
her Royal Court out of my desire to give back to this
illustrius univresity for all of the opportunities that it has
bestowed upon me. Additionally, I believed it would be a
great way to meet new and interesting people."

Pictured here, Escort Karamo Brown fulfills his
duties by escorting Junior Attendant, Miss Crystal
Adams, onto the field during halftime of the 2000-
2001 Homecoming game.

Mr. Juan A. Royal

uan is a second year Pre-Med/Biology major from Montgomery, AL. During
his matriculation at Florida A&M University he has participated in various
activities and student organizations. In 1999, he served as Executive Secre-
ry of Student Welfare for his freshman class, as well as being an active member
of the Campus Activities Board and the Epicurean Fashion Experience. He is
currently a member of Young and Striving, a volunteer organization on campus,
and the FAMU Chapter of the NAACP. Upon completion of his studies at
FAMU, Juan plans to attend the University of Florida Medical School and
embark on a rigirous journey to achiece his lifetime goal of becoming a success-
ful medical doctor. When asked why he chose to become an escort, Juan replied
that he simply "wanted to share [his] love and pride for Florida A&M University
with young students all over the country, and encourage them to bring their
brilliant minds and many talents to this university."

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Coronation Ball 2000

Before you knew it, the time had come for
friends and family to honor and celebrate the
newly elected

Mr. & Miss Florida A&M
University. Although the
university's royal court
was elected in the spring,
the coronation ball is the
time for Mr. & Miss
FAMU and their royal
court to take the campus
spotlight during the fall
semester. Theball kicked
off with the viewing of
each campus queen rep-
resenting her dorm or or-
ganization. Each queen

entered ballroom and paid
their respect to Mr. & Miss
FAMU through a formal
Following both ceremony
and tradition, participants
danced the waltz to begin the
night's festivities, and ended
the evening with well wishes
for all members of the royal
court and a barrage of photo-
graphs to remember an un-
forgettable night.

Above: Mr. & Miss
FAMU, Charles W.
Lattimore, Jr., and
Melissa St.Joy, stand
before their thrones
as students, faculty
and family gathered
to honor them.

Right: As the Queen
of Orange & Green,
Nicole Sims is es-
corted by Christo-
pher Shorter into the
Coronation Ball.
Many did not realize
that Nicole's position
as the Queen of Or-
ange & Green made
her a part of Miss
FAMU's royal court.

Right: Tahirah Phillips, Miss
Senior Attendant for the 2000
academic year, is escorted by
Royal Court Escort, Jesse Pugh.



Right: Miss Senior Attendant,
Crystal Adams, is escorted by
Karamo Brown into the night's
festivities. Crystal, and the
other ladies of the Royal Court
made a grand entrance into the
ballroom where they later par-
tied the night away.

Crystal Adams

Right: Graduate Attendant,
Miss Aronte Bennett, similes
proudly as she enters the Coro-
nation Ball seeing friendly faces.
Juan Royal, her escort for the
evening, stood by her side for the



Right: Ashlei Mitchell, Miss
Sophomore Attendant, andm her
escort, Russell Larvadain, stand
before the crowd as they enter
the coronation ball.

Ashlei Mitchell


A Night to Remember...

Left:: Although many may not
know it, the coronational ball take
a lot of hard work and prepara-
tion. Here, Rattlers Tiffany Hayes,
Melanie Frizzell and Keisha
Dunbar enjoy the evening's

Below: Freshman Attendant,
Kimberly Pate, and excort, Jakari
Griffith, dance the waltz.
Kimberly's warm smile is just a
small indication the very inner
radiance which aided her in
becoming Miss Freshman


Above: Mr. & Miss FAMU 2000-2001. Charles and Melissa take a break
from the night's ceremonies to just enjoy being in the spotlight.


Unn He

Forida A&M
University is
recognized as
one of the country's
best universities. It
takes a lot of people
and organizations to
help the university to
be so successful. At
the heartbeat of the
university stands the
Office of Student
Activities. Many clubs
and organizations rise
from this office includ-
ing: The Presidential
Ambassadors, the
Rattler Strike Club and
the Royal Court. One
person that effortessly
heads these organiza-
tions is Mrs. Mary
Since 1978 she has
dedicated herself to
students campus-wide
through service to the
university. In 1996
Mrs. Brown-Ellis trans-
ferred to the Office of
Student Activities, and
immediately began to
make positive changes.
Prior to this move, she
worked in many other
offices on campus
which include but are
not limited to: the
Office of the Vice
President for Student
Affairs and the Housing
Office. She feels that
the office of Student

Mrs. Mary Brown-

Activities is most rewarding because it helps her plan events and create
new ideas. Mrs. Brown-Ellis genuinely enjoys seeing the office give snu-
dents a diverse world as they matriculate during their college years.
As she works diligently in student activities, she lives by inspirational
words of wisdom: "When one door closes, another door opens, and so
often we look at the door that is closed until we :an not see the oe that is
open. Live each day to the fullest"
This lovely lady may work behind the scenes, but her hard n ork always
shines brightly to help both this university and every student who passes
through her office to be so successful. Thank you, Mrs. lMar Brown-Ellis.

FAMU at a Glance

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Student Government Association
President & Vice President

2000-2001 Freshman Class Officers

Right: Student leaders do make a difference.
Here, Presidential Ambassadors participate in
the MLK Convocation ceremonies held in
Gaither Gymnasium. For more on the
Presidential Ambassadors, go to page 150.



Student Government Association

2000-2001 President and Vice President, Derrick I. Heck and R. Jai Howard

Historic gathering.
Right: Homecoming2000 was historic in a num-
ber of ways. Pictured here from left to right are
Mr. FAMU, Charles W. Lattimore, Jr., student
government Vice President and President, R.
Jai Howard and Derrick Heck, and Miss FAMU
minutes before halftime.

Student ambassadors. ... -"
Below: As student government president and E
vice president, R. Jai and Derrick were often
called upon to represent the university and the
student body in a number of ways. Here the two
take a moment prior to Homecoming Convo-
cation 2000.

N ever did I realize how life
would unfold for me during my
years at FAMU. Never could I
have hoped, through divine planning,
for friends that have become brothers

and sisters. Never did my h -ome_,v, ri ..f MU.nt mer, Ll
mind begin to grasp to h. e)-c bn %;,r, ir.i oit. ird mi n..
what extent and to what c.;mpi. ,raniz-1iors u,:h .
degree the campus, and the BlW )N Sch'olars-i-.. Preidenral
%%world, could and will Sch.lars As'..,,_atin anid hfic
continue to change due to NALCP. I hl e fund grea
the efforts of a few of hlgh- in .rkLng a er.ianr-,ader
ideal and eclectic ambition m,, fell i .id. ri, thi- ,e':,r .I,
indi\vduals. Florida A&M t- \ i,:- Preidrent if [the S.
University is a vessel, one bi t nv',' .pp,:,ui r, L [,:. I e e ,
through which Life plays suderr -,od, did no begin iv. i
her game and forces you to ,th, po -itl..n, r.ii-cl, dur,.,rt nm,
play. I got involved with freshmar, ,er a Clss Secrear
life, found true friends and rd Execui.e Ai;s:tarin I: th
lost some too, and learned G. Seciei-r, f stale I bch, i
the lesson. It has been a [iat tl n, rh i ,asion for
blessing to me to represent F[MU .ind dedi.I-.r to the
this student body through i.u[,der[ D..d i hroe been able
every trial and triumph. I R.cr ,- ai unoetu, .rch:,ne
end my term as SGA hr ,n .._.i npui i ccl pr i!e i-.
President with high hopes ..-nd ,leye it a iree!i, ot .l care I
for the future of FAMU, th Wn ip ,: n id a. a.rd p r, kn,:.[me n 1
and all of its students, d te be .r. tefi tn L f:.
faculty, administrators and beer n mi-.l Ic' miiie a 1p, be .hai :rhe h. c '-r, en fme
supporters.t ci rence ,n he ,.ampuI- of Fk.rj..J. A&,1
supporters. Lrn er.i, rice ii, .l rrr.al frtrm ni%

Speaking out about election fraud.
Left: WTXL-TV, Channel 27 correspondent interviews SGA President,
Derrick I. Heck, on the steps of Coleman Library.

Royalty meets government.
Below: As Miss Executive Branch 2000, R. Jai Howard, SGA Vice
President, is escorted to the Coronation Ball by her E-branch partner,

Take a time out.
Right: Every year,
SGA members are in-
volved in an off-cam-
pus workshop. Here,
SGA Tri-Branch
members take a mo-
ment to clown around
in Panama City
Beach, FL (Fall, 2000).

Called for duty.
(Left) As a student
body representative,
Derrick was often
called upon to speak
at various functions.
Here, the SGA Presi-
dent speaks down-
town at a national
rally held on the steps
of the Florida capitol
building (November

Service in action.
Left: Derrick is pictured
with elementary school
children in Jacksonville,
FL. Performing commu-
nity service while attend-
ing away games was a
common occurance for the
members of both the stu-
dent government associa-
Stion and the Royal Court.

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Freshman Class Officers

Under the revolutionary leadership of President Anthony Mincey and

Vice President Phyllis McCray, FAMU's 2000 freshman class is destined
for greatness.

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Above: 2000 Freshman
Class Presidential Cabi-
net (from left to right,
bottom row to top)
Jessica McCray, Ashley
Ridgeway, Danielle Mot-
ley, Melissa Mitchell,
Crystal Cunningham, Tif-
fany Hamilton, Latonya
Grant, Wendy Presley,
Cindy Coner, Cheron
Mangum, Stacy Shepard,
Saasha Wheeler, Camille
Doty, Alexi Charles, Josh
Dixon, Bareka Williams,
Jonathan Quarles, Robert
Brewer, Sean Wells, Akile
Hunte, James Harris,
Marcus Sandifer and Rob-
ert Clemmons.

Above: (from left toright)MelissaMitchell
and Brooke Smith always find time to chill
on The Set with Freshman Class President,
Anthony Mincey.

Right: As eternal as the flame they stand
in front of, the commitment made by Fresh-
man Class President and Vice President,
Anthony Mincey and Phyllis McCray to their
classmates was evident in their service dur-
ing the 2000-2001 academic year.

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Two campus .
presidents for the :-
price of one.
NAACP President,
Anthony C. Davis.
and Freshman
Class President,
Anthony Nlince-,
take time out from .:
plotting an admin-
istrative coup to
play innocent on
The Set.

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Friday on The Set.
Amidst a crowd of
students, vendors
and community
members, fresh-
man class officers,
SBrooke Smith and
"Melissa MIitchell
SC plan the next


Dorm Step

Show 2000-2001

Photo One: Rattlers in
Gatiher Gymnasium
get crunk in anticipa-
tion for the Dorm Step

Photo Two: The ladies
of Paddyfote Dorm
show the crowd how
they break it down..

Photo Three: After win-
ning the coveted title,
the ladies of TWC reign
as champions.

Photo Four: The men of
G-SY (Gibbs, Sampson
and Young Halls) rep-
resent the way only they
know how to.

Photo Five: Diamond-
McGuin Hall stands at
attention and prepares
to deliver an unforget-
table show.

Photo Six: The men of
Cassanova get the
crowd going.

Photo Seven: Celebrate
good times! Once
again, the ladies of
TWC capture the title
of the best in the land.

Photo Eight: One Rat-
tler shows why he's so
fresh and so clean,

Photo Nine: The hosts for
the Dorm Step Show
warm up the crowd be-
fore participants take to
the stage.

Gaither Gymnasium
overflowed its
capacity in
anticiaption of the dorm
step show. The theme for
the annual homecoming
step show was "Stepping
High in 2000," and that is
exactly what the five com-
peting teams did. Before
the dorms had.a chance to
show-case their skills, the
men of The Society of
Cassanova revved up the

crowd with their partial rendi-
tion of Michael Jackson's
"Thriler." Later, the men of
Gibbs, Sampson and Young
Halls combined to form G-SY,
most notably stepping to the
themes of "old school" car-
Not to be outdone were the
ladies of McGuinn-Diamond
Hall. The ladies of McGuinn-
Diamond, a.k.a. Mickey D,
performed to a "school-house"
theme. During intermission

Larry "Love" Morris recited a poem
entitled "FAMU."
Winners of five consecutive step
shows spanning from 1994 to 1998, the
ladies of Truth, Wheatley and Cropper
Halls were intent on ascending to the
first place throne as step show champi-
ons by electrifying the crowd with their
graveyard resurrection re-enactment.
Following them were the steppers of
Palmetto South. The defending champi-
ons, Paddyfote Complex, rounded out
the dorm show with a routine of army-
style marching. After the performances
of The Divas with Read or Not and The
Boys of Poison the judges announced
the winners.
The ladies of TWC (Truth, Wheatley
and Cropper Halls) captured first place,
and were followed in the ranking by G-
SY (Gibbs, Sampson and Young Halls)
and Mickey D (McGuinn-Diamond
Halls), respectively.

And the winners are...

1st Place
Truth, \Vheatlev and Cropper
"a rc.:gnz- d I ir.1di r Of c: x e!crnce in -icpping

2nd Place
Gibbs, Sampson and Young Halls

3rd Place
Mickey' D
NIcGuinn-Diamond Halls

"Stepping High in 2000"






Summer 2000

Rattler pride.
Graduate Terri Johnson from Hous-
ton, Texas, produly stands as other
members of her deparmtnet receive
their degrees.

A message to deliver.
Representative Marjorie
Turnbull, of the 9th legislative
district, prepares to deliver the
commencement address follow-
ing an introduction by Dr.
Frederick S. Humphries.

Just a little longer. Celebrate good times!
Rattlers like Joe-Joe McManus and Beverly Ann Nash are moments FAMU's newest graduating class celebrates its final moments at
away from being truly free...um, er, uh...graduates. Florida A&M University as students.

Commencement Program

Prelude: "Elsa's Processional to the Cathedral".................................Richard Wagner
Processional: "War March of the Priests" from "Athalia" ........;.Felix Mendelssohn
M editation............................... ......... .............. Reverand Larry H unt
Director, Baptist Collegiate Ministries
Selection: "Steal Away"............................... .......................J. Rosamond Johnson
Soloist, Adria Crisp
Accompanist, Brandi Matthews
Introduction of Speaker....................... ... ........ ............... University President
Commencement Address.....................................The Honorable Marjorie Turnbull
Florida House ofRperesentatives, District 9
Presentation of the Deans.....................................................James H. Ammons
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Conferring of Degrees..................................... ........................ University President
Administration of the Military
Oath of Office................................ ..............Lt. Colonel Tony A. Memminger
Professor of Military Science, US. Army
Awarding of U.S. Navy and
Marine Corps Commissions...................................Commander Earl A. Richardson
Associate Professor of Naval Science, US. Navy
Senior Transcendent Ceremony....................................................Kenneth Rozier
Director, Alumni Affairs
Special Recognitions
Alma Mater
Benediction..................................... .............. Reverand Larry H unt
Director, Baptist Collegiate Ministries
Recessional: "Pomp and Circumstance"...........................................Edwards Elgar
University Symphonic Band

Bottom Left: UloriLhI /&I\l UlliVCl-SitV NVIS I-WOLILI 10 -I-IILILMIC ilS 11rsl
PhD cmidi(hitcs from the Collc,)C Of 1(ILIC',Itioll ill the hiStor\ 01 the
LIlliVCI-Sit\'. PiCtUrCCI fl-0111 left to right Irc:
Gayle Willial-ris Westbrook
Dissertatiorl Title: "']'he StI-1-10111C for ["(ILIC'Iltiolml 1"(11lih. Illd
I\cccss: The lZoIC Of the Roscrim-,dd llhihmthrop ill the I`stiblish-
merit of, the Gilmore I\c,,iclcill\, ill 1\Lll-i,,llIml, Flori(Ll.-
Beverly Ann Nash
Disscrt,,itiori Title: "The Utilit\' Of PCI-IillS' VOCltioll;ll ILILICAliolllll
Data in SLipport of Florida's S\Stclll of Sccoll(]:Il-\ Voc;lliomll
Prop-am I ill provc1licri t."
Joe-Joe McManus
Dissertitiori Title: "Tmvard the Dc\,21oprricrit of m Iffcc(i\'C
li-riplerrientatiorl Stnitcgy for 1\411tiCUItUr11 COlltCllt Iritconitioll."
Malinda Walker Jackson
Disscruitiori Title: "The lllCiLIC11CC 01 StUdCllt to StLILICIlt SC\Lml
Harassincrit ill Sccorichir\, I-c\,cl PLiblic Schools."
Evangeline Regina Hughes
Dissertatiorl Tit1c: "']'lie Rclatiollship lict,,\Tccll 13111-ticip"Ifirig ill l
Iligh School (,ool-)ci-,.iti\,c \Vorl lI'xpci-icricc Pro,'l-mll Illd (lie
FVOILItioll Of ',I Worl ItlliC."
Ruth Stubbs Hobbs
Dissermtiorl Title: "i\ Compiritk'C SILKIV of Ch l I-IlCt Cl-i.St iCS of
FxpcIlcd arid Nori-F-xpelled Nliddle School SILKICIlts ill :i North
Florid,,t School District.,,
'Thelina Manning Hightower
Dissci-tatiori Title: "The 11111-YiCt Of YC:11--101-111d F(ILICIltiOll Oil
StLI dcrit Pcrforirimcc ill Three ldcmcritin, Schools ill Norilicril
Pink Hightower, Jr.
Disscrtitiori Title: ... I'lic Imp,,ict of Sclf-Coritiirlcd :11-id Itomlill"
C IISSCS Lll-)Oil the Y\ChiCVClllCllt Of StUdCllt; ill I IZLII-',Il JNliddlC


Florida A&M University Summer Commencement 2000

The Honorable Marjorie Turnbull
Florida House of Representatives
District 9, Tallahassee

arjorie Turnbull was elected to the Florida
House of Representatives in November 1994
nd is now ending her third and final term.
Turnbull's commitment to the community and
public service is extensive. From 1988 to 1994, she
served on the Leon County Commission and wsa chair
of the commission in '91-'92. Prior to her service on
the commission, Turnbull was Deputy Assistant
Secretary for Health Planning at the Department of
Health and Rehabilitative Services and served eight
years on the staff of the Forida House of Representa-
Turnbull's community involvement includes serving
as president of the Council of Neighborhood Associa-
tions, board member of the Tallahassee Symphony,
the Children's Home Society, Girl Scouts and United
Way. She also has served on the boards of numerous
local advisory and civic groups.
In the House, Marjorie served on several commit-
tees includingEducation Appropriations, Rules &
Calendar, Business Regulation & Consumer Affiars,
Community Affairs and the Fiscal Responsibility
Council. She has been selected as an "Outstanding
Legislator" by education, children, business and
environmental groups.
In addition to her legislative role, Turnbull is the
executive director of the Tallahassee Community
College Foundation.

Florida A&M University Summer Commencement 2000

Above: Graduate Barbara Jones of North Carolina is full of Rattler Pride
after receiving her degree from the College of Education.


Photo One: These two Ice
Cold brothers of Alpha
Phi Alpa Fraternity, Inc.
can now include them-
selves in the growing
number of Florida A&N I
University alumnu.

Photo Two: Miss FAMIL
1999-2000, Yolanda P
Mayo, is presented ith
the President's Student
Leadership Award
along with her degree
from the School ol Busi-
ness and Industry
Photo Three: Proud Rat-
tler rise to receive their
degrees conferred by
university president, Dr
FrederickS. Humnphnes.

Photo Four: Rev and
Mrs. Gene andGCi\nette
Brown are presented
with a Presidenur~
Award for having had
four or more children
graduate from the insti-





Candidates for the baccalaureate degree who maintain high scholarship are graduated
with honors. Graduation with honors is based on earning a minimum of sixty (60)
semester hours at Florida A&M University and maintaining a cumulative 3.0 grade
point average or higher for all work completed prior to the awarding of the degree.
Candidates graduating with honors wear cords during the Commencement Exercises.

Commencement Program

Prelude: "Elsa's Processional
to the Cathedral"....................................................Richard W agner
Processional: "War March of the Priests"
from "Athalia" ................................................ Felix M endelssohn
M editation..................................................... Reverand Larry Hunt
Director, Baptist Collegiate Ministries
Selection: "Steal Away"..............................J. Rosamond Johnson
Soloist, Adria Crisp
Accompanist, Brandi Matthews
Introduction of
Speaker...................................... ..................... University President
Commencement Addres....The Honorable Alfred "Al" Lawson, Jr.
Florida Senate, District 8
Presentation of the Deans..................................James H. Ammons
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Conferring of Degrees.........................................University President
Administration of the Military
Oath'of Office................................Lt. Colonel Tony A. Memminger
Professor ofMilitary Science, U.S. Army
Awarding of U.S. Navy and
Marine Corps Commissions..........Commander Earl A. Richardson
Associate Professor of Naval Science, U.S. Navy
Senior Transcendent Ceremony................................Kenneth Rozier
Director, Alumni Affairs
Special Recognitions
Alma Mater
Benediction...........................................Reverand Leroy Simmons
Recessional: "Pomp and Circumstance".....................Edwards Elgar
University Symphonic Band

Excellentia Cum


Leading "the nation in producing

African-Americans with Bahelor's De-

agrees "

-The Florida Star (Vol. 50 No. 20)


Rattlers take time
helping one an-
other to prepare
for an important
stepping stone.

University president, Dr. Frederick
S. Humphries, confers more than
1,000 bachelor's, master's and doc-
toral degrees each year.

After years of study and preparation
Rattlers, young men and women edu-
cated to make a difference, celebrate
a life-changing day.

Sisters forever. As an alumni 0
Florida A&M University, youbecom
a member of a nation and wo ld
wide family of community, busing es
and state leaders.

School of Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Crystal Joy Bowers
Shunda Knight Cannady
Ian D. Clark
Samara LaRelle Cleare
Felicia Franshon
Kimberly Roshaun Davis
Emaine Elysee
JaQuetta Denise Flowers
Omar Saeed Ganzy
Rhonda LaKisa Hamilton
LaKisha Reena Hayes
Nia Nicole Humphrey
Nakitia Letrecia Jackson
Michelle Marie Johnson

Natosha Nicole Johnson
Shanetta Nicola Ligon
Denise Ercelle Lundy
Susan Louise Masterson
Tawanna Lashan McCray
Michael Wade Morgan
Kamilah Nicole Mussington
Michele Venise Pannell
Chasiti Tennelle Peasant
Nia Nolana Simmons
LaMisa Nitara Smith
TeNissa Lynn Turner

"FAMU issued 1,201

bachelor's degrees in all

disciplines combined in

1997-98. [The university]

currently issues about

300 master's degrees an-

nually, and is ranked No,

1 among 42 HB C U's."

-The Florida Star



graduation 2000

After more than
15 years of dedi-
cated service,
Frederick S.
Humphries par-
ticipates in one of
his last
ceremonies as the
university's Com-
mander-in Chief.

To "establish justice, [and] provide for the common defense" is an oath taken by
hundreds of degree-seekers. Most have the opportunity to become commissioned
officers in either the United States Army, Navy and Marines Corps.

A 1 Lawon's roots run deep in North Florida. Born in Mid-
The Honorable Alfred "Al" Lawson, Jr. way, Florida, in 1948, Lawson graduated from Havana
Florida State Senator, District 8 oL Northside High School and received his bachelor's degree
from Florida A&M University, and master's degree in public admin-
istration from Florida State University. He played basketball at
Florida A&M University, and later coached at Florida State Univer-
Since 1976, he has been an insurance agent with Northwestern
Mutual Life Insurance Company, where he has been recognized as
one of the company's most valuable agents. In 1984, he started his
own marketing and communications firm in Tallahassee. Recently,
he celebrated the 12th anniversary of his publication, "The Capital
City Black Pages," a directory that features black-owned busi-
nesses. He is also the founder of the Capital City Classic, a colle-
giate basketball tournament.
He has served on numerous community boards and organiza-
tions such as the United Way, the Tallahassee Chamber of Com-
merce and the Tallahassee Urban League Board. He also has
chaired and served as president of the FAMU Booster Club. He
tlo = -r v&~ has committed personal time to the 4-H Legislature, and served as
a board member of the Suwannee River Area Council Boys Souts.
In 1982, he was elected to the House of Representatives and
served subsequently for the past 18 years. Al Lawson was elected
,,, .' ,to the Florida State Senate, District 3 Seat in November of 2000.

end of the road...

mages of excellence in achievement
^ mi7ages of excellence in achievement

is the name
of the game as these
Rattlers help one an-
other get ready to take
the graduation spot-
light in the Leon
County Civic Center.







Top picks for informed students
choosing to attend HBCU's

Right: With an enrollment of 3,300 full-time
undergraduate students, Delware State University in
Dover, DE, is a top pick amongst HBCU's. Under
the direction of President William B. DeLauder,
Deleware State University (Mishoe Science Center
pictured right) is located 75 miles south of Philadel-
phia. For more on Deleware State University, go to
page 85.



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HBCU's in the 21st Century

historically Black Colleges and Universities
(HBCUs) arepostsecondaryacademicinstitutions
founded before 1964 whose educational mission
has historically been the education of Black Americans.
Located primarily in the Southeastern United States, there
are now more than 100 HBCUs in existence, a mix of
community and junior colleges, four-year colleges and
universities, and public and private institutions. In
comparison with traditionally white institutions, HBCUs
are often underfunded, and they enroll less than 20% of
African American undergraduates, but award one third of
all bachelor's degrees and a significant number of the
advanced degrees eamed byAfricanAmericans.
Now more than ever, growingnumbers of young, Black
men and women are makinginformed decisions in their
quests for higher education. Distinct advantages such as
diversity in learning opportunities, educational environ-
ments designed to encourage rather than stifle and a
connectedness to culture are a few of the many lures
HBCU's offer.
"I knew FAMU was one of the best, but there were so
many other HBCU's to research before heading to grad
school," said Holly McGee, a student at FloridaA&M
when asked of the various schools considered for her
graduate studies. "As a graduate of Dillard University in
New Orleans, LA, it was important to me to continue the
tradition of excellence I know from first-hand experience
can onlyoccur atan HBCU."
Students around campus held the same sentiment as

The Yearbook Staff would like to thank the
following individuals for their cooperation with
the production of this section.

Ms. Loretta Hayward of Savannah State
Ms. Dana Fisher of Philander Smith College
Mr. John Reeves of Bethune-Cookman College
Ms. Gracie Hollins of Concordia College
Mr. J. J. Johnson of Tuskegee University
Ms. Marsha Aaron of Albany State University

Your help was invaluable, and we

thank you!

McGee when asked to name otherinsitutions they considered
for their undergraduate or graduate careers. The following
section is devoted to showcasing the 17 highest ranked HBCU's
by FAMU students, and providing readers an opportunity to
take a do ser look at the phenomenal reach and impact of
historicallyblack colleges and universities.

Featured Historically Black
Colleges and Universities

Dillard University
New Orleans, Louisiana
Savannah State University
Savannah, Georgia
Philander Smith College
Little Rock, AR
Bethune-Cookman College
Daytona Beach Florida
AlbanyState University
Albany, Georgia
FloridaMemorial College
Miami, Florida
Concordia College
Rust College
Holly Springs, Mississippi
Tuskegee Institute, Alabama
Tougaloo College
Tougaloo, Mississippi
Hampton University
Hampton, Virginia
Nashville, Tennessee
Atlanta, Georgia
Spelman College
Atlanta, Georgia
Delaware State University
Dover, Delaware
Alabama State University
Montgomery, Alabama
Howard University
Washington D.C.

All data on the following pages comefrom eiter the 2000 Guide to
Historialy Black Colle and Universities or the individual web sitof
feared uniersitie Thefeaurd HBCU's appear i no partiadar

llard Uruversity has been cited as a leading
beral arts institution by U.S. New and
W world Report and other publications.
Programs of study from six academic divisions and
3 majors are offered in Business, Education and
Nursing. Degrees can be obtained through the
bachelor's level. Dillard was originally established
in 18t9 as Straight University and later named
Dillard University through a merger of Straight and
New Orleans Universities. The university, rumored
to be the most beautiful HBCU campus in the
United States, is located on over 48 acres in the
Gentillv area of New C)rleans.

University Statistics
Dr. Michael L. Lomax
Undergraduate Student B
1,819 full-time, 74 part-tin
Room & Board
$4,600 (per year)
$8,900 in-state and out-of-
Application Deadline
June 1




Dillard University
2601 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70122
http: / / www.dillard.edu

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Savannah State University
3219 College Street
Savannah, GA 31404

S vannah State University, the oldest public
historically Black college m the state of Georgia,
offers 25 undergraduate and three graduate
degrees in three colleges: Liberal Arts and Social
Sciences, Sciences and Technology, and Business
Administration. It is the only undergraduate degree
program in Marine Biology in the state located in
natural setting There is also a campus radio station
Established in 1890, degrees are obtained through
the master's level at Savannah State. It is a liberal
arts institution that is a part of the University System
of Georgia. The 165-acre campus is located near the
ocean, adjacent to a salt marsh estuary.

University Statistics
Dr. Carlton E. Brown

Undergraduate Student Body

Room & Board

$1,178 in-state, $3,890 out-of-state

Application Deadline
lune 1 Fall, November 1 Spring

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Philander Smith College
812 West 13th Street
Little Rock, AR 72202-3799
501.375.9845 or 1.800.446.6672
http: /,./ 'v.philander.edu

":~~~. 5 ) T-~Vilander Smith College offers the
achelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Science,
S the Bachelor of Business Administration,
and the Bachelor of Social Work degrees
through 22 major fields including programs in
Biological Science, Business, Communication
and the Arts, Computer and Physical Science,
L- Education and Social Science. The small,
privately supported four-year liberal arts,
---'- career-oriented college related to the Board of
Higher Education and ministry of the United
Methodist Church was established in 1877.
Philander Smith is located on 25-acres in the
historic Quapaw Quarter of downtown Little

"..-- Umn ersity Statistics
S Dr. Trudie Kibble Reed

Undergraduate Student Body
L \ 657 full-time. 194 part-time

,. Room & Board

$3,360 in-state and out-of-state (per year)

Application Deadline
SAugust 15





B ethune-Cookman College, a United Method
ist -affiliated private liberal arts institution,
founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod
Bethune, is listed in the Templeton Honor Roll of
Character Building Colleges and Universities.
Forty-one programs of study are available in
Nursing, Accounting, Church Music. Interna-
tionaliStudies, Gerontology, Mass Communica-
tions, Business Administration, Computer
Science, Criminal Justice, and Elementary Educa-
tion. Bethune-Cookman College has six accred-
ited schools and is the sixth-largest United Negro
College Fund (UNCF) institution. Degrees can
be obtained through the bachelor's level. The 60-
acre campus is located in Daytona Beach two
miles from the Atlantic Ocean and less than an
hour away from Orlando.

University Statistics
Dr. Oswald P. Bronson, Sr.

Undergraduate Student Body
2,500 hull-time

Room & Board
$5,270 (per year)

$8,560 in-state and out-of-state (per year)

Application Deadline
Fall July 30, Spring November 30

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Bethune Cookman College
640 Dr. Mary McCleod Bethune Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32115 ;j
904.255.1401 -
http: / w\vw.bethune.cookman.edu

Top HBp

A lbany State University offers over 40 under
graduate degree and 6 master's degree
programs in areas that include Business,
Education, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences,
Political Science, Criminal justice and Educational
leadership. It was established in 1903 and is a
state supported liberal arts university. The 125-
acres campus is situated along the banks of Flint
river. 175 miles from Atlanta.

University Statistics
Dr. Portia Holmes Shields

Undergraduate Student Body
2,391 full-time, 810 part-time

Room & Board

$904 in-state, $3,616 out-of-state

Application Deadline
July 1

Albany State University
504 College Drive
Albany, GA 31705
http: ,.'ww.' \\'\wv.asurams.edu



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Florida Memorial College
15800 NW 42nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33054
http:,,' /www fmc.edu

p onda Memorial College has programs in
Airway Science Management, Biology.
Criminal Justice and Education. Florida
Memorial has one of the strongest A\iation
Science programs in the country and trains its
pilots at Opa-Locka, the largest private airport in
the country. Florida Memorial was established
in 1879 near the historical Suwanee River in Live
Oak Degrees can be obtained through the
bachelor's level.
The 44-acre campus is located in an urban area
in Miami and is the only historically Black
college in the southern region of the state.

University Statistics
Dr. Albert E. Smith
Undergraduate Student Body
Room & Board
$3.000 in-state and out-of-state
Application Deadline
Rolling Admrissions

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C oncordia College offers programs of study in
Business Management, Multi. Interdisciplinary
studies Early Childhood Development,
ELementary Education. Pre-Seminarv and additional
Liberal Arts programs. Degrees can be obtained
through the bachelor's level. Concordia w\as founded
in 1922 by Rosa Young, a young Black woman
concerned about the spiritual and educational
w\eltare of Black children.
Concordia is the only Black Lutheran college in
American and focuses on the quality of education
and Christian values for students.
ULinix ersity Statistics

Dr. Julius Jenkins
Undergraduate Student Body
416 full-time, 56 part-time
Room & Board
$2,400 in-state and out-of-state
Application Deadline
August 15

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Concordia College
1801 Green Street
Selma, AL 36701
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Rust College
Holly Springs, MS 38635 :
662.252.8000 *
http:/ / www.rustcollege.edu

T1 ust College offers programs of study in
Business Administration, Education,
.L'omputer Science, Biology, Chemistn-,
English, Mass Communications, Political Science
and Social Work. Dual-degree programs in
conjunction with other universities are offered in
Nursing, law and Medicaine. Founded in 1866,
Rust is the oldest historically Black college in the
state of Mississippi. Rust is also ississisisippi's
oldest college affiliated with the United Method-
ist Church. Located in the small town of Holly
Springs, the 115-acre campus houses the
Leontune Price Library which holds the Roy
Wilkins Memorabilia Collection. Miami and is the
only historically Black college in the southern
region of the state.

University Statistics
Dr. David L. Beckley

Undergraduate Student Body
703 full-time, 148 part-time

Room & Board
$2,400 (.per year,

$5,200 in-state and out-of-state (per year)

Application Deadline
July 15

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Tuskegee University
Tuskegee Institute, AL 36088
http:.. / vvww.tusk.edu

Tiskegee University offers degrees through the
College Engineering, Architecture and Physical
LSciences, the College of Business, Organization
and Management, the College of Agricultural, En\iron-
mental and Natural Sciences. the College of Liberal
Arts and Education, and the College of Veterinarn
Medicine (the only such program at any historically
Black college', Nursing and Allied Health. Tuskegee is
a NASA-designated test site for Space Agriculture.
Degrees can be obtained through the doctoral level.
The university wias founded in 1881 by Booker T.
Washington and is designated a National Hisotric Site.
It is also the school where Dr. George WVashington
Carver made man\ of his scientific discoveries.
Tuskegee has a 1.500-acre campus in a rural area of 401
miles east of montgomery. Tuskegee was the training
gounr during WorldWar II for America's first Black
fighter pilots, the Tuskegee Airmen.

University Statistics
Dr. Benjamin F. Payton

Undergraduate Student Body
2,816 full-time, 207 part time

Room & Board
$4,710 (per year)

$9,060 in-state and out-of-state (per year)

Application Deadline
Fall March 15
Sprmg October 15
Summer April

Director of Admissions
Ms. Elva Bradley

Dr. William L. Lester

Vice President for Business and Fiscal Affairs
Mr. Billy R. Owens

Director of Financial Aid
Nlrs.Barbara Chisolm

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Tougaloo College
500 West County Line Roa'd
Tougaloo, MS 39174 .':
http:/' /I'rww'.tougaloo.edu

T3ugaloo College offers programs of study in
Physics, Chemistry, Economics, Art. Drama,
SBiology, lManagement Science, Mathematics.
Computer Science, Political Science and Psychol-
ogy. An African-Study Travel Project and Creative
Writing Workshop are also offered. more than
50c of Mississippi's Black physicians are
Tougaloo graduates. The college offers early
medical school selection programs with Boston
and Brow\n Universities and dual-degree programs
with several institutions.
The 4-year lberal arts college was founded in
1869 and has been cited for its emphasis on
academic excellence.

Uni\-ersity Statistics
Dr. Joe A. Lee
Undergraduate Student Body
Room & Board
$3,060 (per year)
$7,110 in-state and out-ot-state
Application Deadline
Rolling Adimission

Director of Enrollment Services
Mr. Johnny McDonald
Vice President
Dr. Ishmell Edwards
Academic Dean
Dr. Paul Lampley
Dean of Student Affairs
Ms. Fannie Lampley
Director of Financial Aid
Ms. Helem Street

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Hampton University
East Queen & Tyler Street
Hampton, VA 23668
ht tp:,' ,,/www.hamptonu.edu

H ampton University offers programs of study
Si areas including Molecular Biology and Pre-
med, Marine and Environmental Science. Naval
Science, Interdisciplinary Science, Communicative
Sciences and Disorders, Entrepreneurial Studies, Fine and
Performing Arts, Military Studies and Education. The
university has a Ph.D. program in Physics and Physical
Therapy, and the PharM.D. in Pharmacy.
Hampton was founded in 1868 and is Virginia's only
co-educational, non-denominational private college. The
Hampton campus is situated by the Chesapeake Bay in
one of \irginia's most historic cities.

$10,076 in-state and out-of-state

Application Deadline
December 15 and March.15

Director of Admissions.
Mr. Leonard Jones

Director of Financial Aid
Mrs. Dolores Davis

University Statistics
Dr. Williams R. HarveY

Undergraduate Student Body
4.235 full-time. 212 part-time

Room & Board

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Surnd. morning '.'-rship ser.lcc in Himprton'
Memona.d Cburch. Member, i:of rhe Sidient
Cbhn'tui Assoc:iifl:r, er--e 3i wor'hjp leaders.

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Tennessee State University
3500 John A. Merritt Boilevard
Nashville, TN 37209-156P'
http: ..' wvww.tnstate.edu

nnessee State University offers 43 bachelor's
degree programs, 26 master's degree pro
grams, and 5 doctoral degree programs in
areas that include Business, History, Agricultural
Sciences, Cardiorespiratory Care Sciences, Aero-
space Studies, Physics, Neural Engineering,
Nursing and Education. The University houses
two Centers of Excellence: the COE for Research
and police on Basic Skills, the COE for Information
Systems Engineering and Management. NASA
recently awarded Tennessee State a $6.5 million
grant to create a Center for Automated Space
Science. The university is also known for its sports
programs. The public institution offers degrees
through the doctoral level. In 1912 the college
came into being as the Tennessee Agricultural and
Industrial State Normal School, becoming a land-
grant uni\-ersit in 1958, then merging in 1979 with
the University of Tennessee at Nashville to become

the institution it is today.
The campus of Tennessee State is located m
University Statistics
Dr. James A. Hefner
Undergraduate Student Body
7,334 full-time, 1.502 part-time
Room & Board
$710 $1,350
$1,154 in-state, $3,567 out-of-state
Application Deadline
August 1






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Morehouse College
830 Westview Drive, SW
Atlanta, GA 30314
http:// wwwi.morehouse.edu

orehouse College houses The Morehouse
research Institute, The Andrew Young
enter For International Affairs. Center
For Science and Math Education, Project
S.P.A.C.E., Ronald F. McNair Scholars Program,
dual-degree programs in Engineering and Archi-
tecture as well as Business, Computer Science and
Teacher Education. Degrees can be obtained
through the bachelor's level and Morehouse
confers more of these degrees on Black men than
any other institution in the worl. Morehouse
College, in conjunction with the U.S. Department
ot Defense, also has The Program of Excellence in
Science, Math and Engineering, making it the only
program of its kind at an\ historically Black
college. Morehouse was founded in 18c7 and is the
nation's only private, four-s-ear liberal arts institu-
tion tor African-American men.
Morehouse was founded in 1867 and is the
nation's only private, four-year liberal arts nstitu-

tion for African-American men. Morehouse has a
rich lustory and a distinguished list of alumni. The
55-acre campus is in Atlanta's historic West End.
University Statistics
Dr. Walter E. Massey
Undergraduate Student Body
3.000 full-time
Room & Board
$4.834 in-state and out-of-state
Application Deadline
October 1 Spring, March 5 Fall


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pelman College offers unique programs in
Qfrican Diaspora, Managements and Organiza
on and through its Entrepreneurial Center,
International Afairs Center and Women's Research
and Resource Center. There are also programs of
study in Biological Science, Communications, Fine
Arts, Mathematics, Computer and Physical Science,
Education and Social Science. Founded in 1881,
Spelman is the oldest historically Black college in the
country for women. The institution, whose mission
is to educate students in a holistic manner, consis-
tently ranks among the top liberal arts colleges in
Spelman ranks as the top.5 best college buy
according to "Money" magazine. The same annual
report also shows Spelman to be the number 1 buy
among historically Black colleges and first among
women's colleges. The college has been ranked No.1
in the Black Enterprise listing of the top 50 colleges

and universities for African-Americans. The 32-
acre campus is in an urban area 2 miles southwest
of downtown Atlanta.

LUniversity Statistics
Dr. Audrey F. Manley

Undergraduate Student Body
1.899 full-time, 08 part-time
Room & Board
6,.730 (per year)
$9,265 in-state and out-of-state
Application Deadline
February 1

Constructed with a gertierc- gift from Drs V--illim I1 Bill Ind (U~rnlc CoL',-. the imilie OUliia Hanuk Cosby. Ed.D. Academic
Center \\a; dedjcarid in FebrUarN 19"M'. The (-.enter hnu [e th rnmitues Ernclith, Foreinr In ni-u-ge, rhlr'.'-'r'h; .ini Rdiioi.rn,
and 1tIstor)I- Ic also hOuseL. the Writing Center. the jrnernaur:,l Attaifs LCentr, di Srelhledil Cerirei rhe YTom-ten R vi:jih aind
Resource Center, the College Archive; and the Nlu4Xeuni of Fine Ar The Mu'euijni 1i cn io. hic Pubhi ThrourlCic-ijt lih y. .ar the
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Spelman College
350 Spelman Lane, SW..:
Atlanta, GA 30314 .*."
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D elaware State Uni\ersity offers programs in
family and Consumer Sciences, Agriculture
and Natural Resources, Nursing, Business.,
Engineering, Liberal and Fine Arts, Mass Communtica-
tion, Health Science and Teacher Preparation. DSU is
the only historically Black university with an airwav
science department that owns its fleet of aircraft.
Degrees can be obtained through the master's level.
Special learning facilities include an art gallery, plan-
etarium and a radio and production studio, state-of-the-
art computer and research laboratories, and a perform-
ing arts studio.
Delaware State was established in 1S91 and it is m
the capital city of Dover, 75 miles south of Philadelphia.

University Stahstics
Dr. William B. DeLauder
Undergraduate Student Body
Room & Board
$5,330 (per year)
$3,256 in-state, $7,248 out-of-state
Application Deadline
Fall June 1, Spring December 1

Deleware State University

During the 2000 academic year. Delaware State Universinr was ranked -'9 by Black
Isutes in Higher EduIcatiol for instititrons conferring the most baccalaureate degrees
upon Afric.in Amcerican s.

Delaware State University
1200 North DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
http:/ ,' v\-wav.dsc.edu

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Alabania State Universit
915. South jackson-Streed
SMontgonierv, AL 361d4

labama State University has received national
recognition, for its College of Education,
college of Business Administration and Depart-
Sment of Mathematics. It offers programs of study in
Health Information Management, Occupational Therapy,.
.Environmental. Biology, Aerospace, Communications,
Media,.Criminal Justice, Philosophy, History, Biomedical
-Research and Theatre Arts.
Degrees can be.obtained past the.master's level. Alabama
State University offers and Air Force Reserve Officers'
Training Corpst program.
Founded-in 1867 as a teacher's college for African-
Americans, it is located on a 113-acre campus.

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University Statistics
Dr. William H. Harris

Undergraduate Student Body
3,445 full-time, 300 part-time

Room & Board
$1,339 $1,957 (per year)

$966 in-state, $1,932 out-of-state

Application Deadline
Fall July 15, Spring December 1, Summer -
May 15

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Howard University
S2400Sixth Street, NIW
Washington DC 20059

Funded in 1867, Howard University, a Research I

university, consists of 12 schools and colleges
offering degrees in Allied Health Sciences,
Business Communications, Architecture, Engineering,
the Sciences, Pharmacy, Nursing, Medicine, Dentistry.
Divinity, Law, the Art and Education. Howard also
has the Cehter for Urban Progress and the Ralph I.
Bunche International Affairs Center. Degrees are
offered through the doctoral level. Howard has
produced more Afircan-Americans with advanced
degrees than any other institution in the world.
Howard's major research centers include the African
American Resource Center, Center for Sickle Cell
Disease, Center for Study of Terrestrial and Extrater-
restrial Atmosphere. The 1,000 member faculty
includes the alrgest number of Black scholars and
holders of Ph.D. degrees in any single college or
,iniversitv. Howard has an 89-acre campus in the
heart of urban northwest Washington. D.C. There are
-everal dornutories on campus to choose from. There


are separate campuses for the School-of Law, School
of Divinity and an area in nearby Maryland used for
scientific research and development. Howard owen
and operates campus and commerical radio stations
and a television station.
University Statistics
Mr. Patrick Swygert

Undergraduate Student Body
7,168 full-time
Room & Board
$2,500 $4,000


Application Deadline
April 1, Early Decision November 15

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Right:Brother #9 on the Fall 2000 line of Omega
Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. mentally prepares himself
for the challenge at hand. The Set was the stage
for numerous probate shows during the 2000-
2001 academic year, but none were quite so
unique as the one orchestrated by the Omegas.






Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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"Set" Information
AKA's share historical facts on their organization
on The Set. Pictured from left to right are Danielle
Branch, Sherita Chang, Kellie Williams, LaTanya
Williams, Jatisha Marsh, Myla English and Brandi

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Alpha Nation 2000
Sorors of Beta Alpha love the brothers of Beta Nu!

"We are a unified sisterhood composed of diverse individuals
working to fulfill the purpose of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,
Incorporated, and carry out he international goals through the
implementation of quality programs beneficial to Florida A&M
LU iv ;sity and it h Li t ucitniiutY. "

A lpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., was
founded in 1908 in WVahsington D.C. on
thecampus of How-ard University in Mi-
nor Hall. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is the
first Greek lettered organization established by
and for African American college women. The
founders include Ethel Hedgeman Lyle, Norma
Bovd, Anna Browln, Beulah Burke, Lillie Burke,
Nlarjorie Hill, NMargaret Holmes, Ethel Tones
Nlowxbra\-, Lavinia Noaman, Sarah Nutter, Alice
Murray Joanna Shields, Luc\ Slowve, Carrie
Snowden, MNarie Taylor and Harriet Terry.

In 190l--That \ear w\\-a Great
AKA came to Originate
\\e Rocked the World in Our Pink and Green
And became incorporate in 1Y13!

*To cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical
*To promote unit and friendship among college women
*To stcudi and help alleviate the problems concerning girls
and vonmen
*To maintain a progressive interest in college life
*To be of service to all mankind

"Alpha Kappa Alpha \\'omen are extraordinary. We
represent syles, class and -ophistication. Through
community involvement, sister\ bonds and commit-
ment to our \'vows, w\e are dedicated to serve all man-
-Rashida Robinson
Spring 2000. #24

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Attayah Ali
Chirlotte Anderson
S Ad renne Alexander
Blanca Bellock
Chari, Boutte

Daruelle Branch
NShenta Chang
.Allison Claybon
Le% ia Davis
.' k\'- iha Douglas

i l vlia English
Shar inon Hall
A l s .i. Kelly
--'. ianr-h. Marsh
SCeci,:i Monroe


S Brandie Mosley
S"Snphonv Parson
ii Michl-elle Silver
rMNilarne Todd
Kaji i\alton


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day, the 24's want to hear Jesse
Jackson speak out. Pictured
from left to right are Rashida
Robinson (#24, Spring 2000),
Erin Shell (#24, Spring 1997) and
Bianca Bellock (#24, Spring

Charity Boutte serves mankind by tutoring a student at
Smith Williams.

Working hard in SGA, Jatisha
Marsh and Nailah Rogers take a ,B
moment for AKA! r

Shannoni Hall (#18, Spring 2000)
tutoring today's youth. Talitha Coverson has fun at Williams Community Center.
tutoring today's youth. Talitha Coverson has fun at Williams Community Center.


n a glorious day
n this year, the
Beta Alpha Chapter
was founded in room 216 of
Cropper Hall. THe charter
members include: Rhod
Cargyle, Bernice Gordo
Green, Vivian Lester Henr ,
Vivian Illis Ingram an I
Richie Bell Walker. The; ,
women blazed new trails )
lay the foundations f
sisterliness, hardwork ar I
commitment to yoi r
community that the Be i
Alpha women take to mu< i
pride in today.

2000-2001 Officers

President...........Tiffany Hamle
Vice-President.....Keisha Sente
Secretary................Myla Englis
Asst. Secretary.........Levia Dav:
Treasurer.............Bianca Belloc
Secretary................Shani Austi:
Secretary.......Rashida Robinso
Hostess.............Cecily Monro
Chaplain................Greer Ruck(
Historian..................... Joi Silver

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'Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

"Cultu p por Service and Se e tai

A. Langston Taylor, on Saturday, October 8,
1913, presented to Leonard F. Morse the
proposition of establishing a new fraternity
at Howard University, Washington, D.C. Charles,
I. Brown, another student at Howard University,
was invited to aid in the movement. On January 9,
1914, the permanent organization of Phi Beta Sigma
Fraternity was effected. The first initiation was
held on May 4, 1914. Fourteen candidates were
initiated. Charles I. Brown formulated a temporary
ritual, A.M. Walker was the first candidate to be

initiated, and Alpha Chapter w-'as born.
Phi Beta Sigma is widely recognized as the
leading, proactive community service orga-
nization, and exhibits the organization's
principles in the Fraternity motto, "Culture
for Service and Service to Humanity."
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. has a mem-
bership of over 105,000 with 650 chapters
throughout the continental United States,
Switzerland and Africa.

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Sigma 'till the day I die.
This brother of the
Alpha Eta Chapter
shows off a fresh
brand. Many Greeks
choose to mark their
bodies as a sign of
pride and permanent
devotion to their

Alpha Eta Brothers with their very o;wn lovely ladies.
Events in Gaither Gymnasium offered the perfect opportunity for brother and sister organi.
tions to fellowship. At this pep rally, the women of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and the mel
of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. show their blue and white love.

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Marvin Brown
3rd Year Economics
Hinesville, GA

Delvin T. Scott
4th Year CIS Candidate
Pompano Beach, FL

Kwame A. Smith
4th Year Civil
Engineering Candidate
Nassau, Bahamas

'Nathaniel Williams
3rd Year Broadcast
Journalism Candidate
Orlando, FL

Social Action with the
Tallahassee Boy's and
Girl's Club. F:.,r ith, ceni
theI br-;llier_; stepped ran
-'ent mri' -. [ii I,-
children of ilthe local B.,
arid Grl's CIJub

Summer graduation
2000. irngma brorthei ,ir.d
j proud liimni pause for
one rflu-ilrent in [ITa i
fol ,-li':ing die
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Sigma-sponsored Voter Registration Drive.
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drr.e aimd 'at grentrig more tudenrir in-vclved in the
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Photo One: Chapter
President Chris Shorter
addresses the student
body at the Martin
Luther King, Jr., Con-
vocation in January.

Photo Two: Brothers
Russell Hopson and
Chris Shorter celebrate
an early Christmas with
students atWalker Ford
Community Center.

Photo Three: Everyone
takes a break from the
great food at an Alpha

Photo Four: Brothers
take time out from Rob-
ert Wittinham's bach-
elor party to clown

Photo Five: Brothers at
the annual Black and
Gold Ball stop for a
photo (Kushites: Spring

Photo Six: Partying the
afternoon away at a
graduation barbeque
for Brother Akil

Photo Seven: (from 1 to
r) Pettis Kent, Kenny
SJones, Douglas Miller,
T. J. Rose, Demual
Stewart, Franco Harris,
Kelvin McDaniel and
Akil Hameed celebrate
freedom on the green at
graduation 2000.

(cont. from p. 98)
Beta Nu also sponsored two FAMU stu-
dents through the Jewel Charles Henry
Chapman and Rev. Moses General Miles
Scholarships for $750 and $300, respec-
The Beta Nu Chapter has emphasized
leadership, scholarship and service to the
community through its initiatives this
year. Dynamic and energetic devotion
has brought recognition as the "Chapter
of the Year" among all chapters in Florida.
Beta Nu will also have the honor of repre-
senting the state of Florida in this year's
Brain Bowl and Oratorical competitions.

2000-2001 Chapter Officers

President .................................... Christopher J. Shorter
Vice President .................................. Willie Booker, III

Treasurer .............................................. Korey T. Taylor
Parliamentarian ........................... B. Reginald Harrison

Community Service Director ........ Russell W. Hopson
Fundraising Chairperson .......... Charles W. Fitzpatrick
Educational Director ........................ Demond W. Moy
Recording Secretary .......................... Maurice D. Davis
Corresponding Secretary ............ Dennis 1. Jackson, 11
Financial Secretary ......................... Maurice C. Morgan

Associate Editor
to the Sphinx ............................... Melvin W. Carter, III
H historian ........................................ D elaney L. D ouglas
Sergeant-at-Arms ......................... Russell Larvadain, 11

Chaplin ...................................... Edward D. Rockett, Jr.



Right: The women of Delta Sigma Theta always find time to '
service the community. Here, the sisters work with young
ladies at Project "Yes."

Below: Sorors Kia Sanders, Cicely Suttle and Nyasha
Godfrey demonstrate the legacy of strong, dedicated
women at the chapter's freshman sisterhood conference.

LaKeisha N. Anders Tanya Baskerville Joi Bradley

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LaNiesha Cobb

Nicole Sims

Brooke Francis

Melissa St. Joy

Renvye Hargrove

Kandace Taylor

Cynathia Harris

Kristin R. Tucker

Carol Elaine Mays

Amina M. Walker




The 2000-2001 Devastating Divas of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

)elta Sigma Theta Soror
ty was founded on
January 13, 1913 by 22
trious young women on
campus of Howard Uni-
;ity. The young ladies
ted to focus their attnetion
public service and the social
ons of the time. The
rity's first public act as an
nization was the Women's
Sage March in March of

since then, the organization
it made strides in all aspects
"i -rvice, focusing on its five-
A it thrust: Economic Devel-
i-:nent, Educational Develop-
rient, International Awareness
nd Involvement, Physical and

Mental Health and Political
Awareness and Involvement.
The Sorority was incorporated
on January 20, 1930 and has
grown to a sisterhood of over
200,000 college-educated
women with 900 chapters
across the globe. Delta boasts
the membership of successful
women such as Patricia Rob-
erts-Harris, the first bad fe-
male ambassador, Ruby Dee,
Lena Home, Nikki Giovanni,
Barbara Jordan and former
Secretary of Labor Alexis

Delta Sigma Theta

Sorority, Inc.

We maintain the spirit of sisterhood, not with ease,
but with love. We remain committed to service, not
with self-righteousness, but with humility. We
preservere in our pursuit of scholarship, not for
ourselves, but for our people. The spirit. The
commitment. The pursuit. Sisterhood, service and
scholarship in Beta Alpha.
"Sisters growing together to meet the goal."


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Photo One: Sorors Ci-
cely Suttle and Joy Bra-
dley turn out to support
the coronation ball of
Mr. &MissFAMU2000-

Photo Two: Deltas hang-
ing out and loving it at
the campus-wide Urban

Photo Three: The Delta-
Que Nection. Roo-oop!

Photo Four: Women of
the Beta Alpha chapter
enjoy each others com-
pany at a luncheon.

Photo Five: Sorors rep-
resenting at the Health
Fair on The Set.

Photo Six: Sorors wor-
ship together. We must
not forget the spirit on
which Delta is built.

Photo Seven: Soror
Cynathia Foreman dis-
plays cultural and civic
awareness at the
Frenchtown Explosion.

Photo Eight: Soros ar-
rive in full force at the
"Arrive with Five" get
out and vote rally and


Beta Alpha


Tmhe Beta
Alpha Chapter
of Delta Sigma
Theta Sorority, Inc.
was chartered on
January 30, 1937 by
Gladys P. Anderson,
Grace Brooks,
Althea Miller,
Doreen Young and
Sarah Wilson, under
the advisement of
Beatrice Clark.
Through its years on
the campus of
Florida A&M Uni-
versity, the Beta
Alpha Chapter has
made its mark on
campus, in the
Tallahassee commu-
nity, and beyond.
Programs like the
Frenchtown Explo-
sion, Niamoja Afri-
can Rights of Pas-
sage Program, and
Habitat for Human-
ity have become
trademarks for the
chapter. Members of
the Beta Alpha
Chapter have gone

on to be
trailblazers.. .Mona
Humphries Bailey
was the 17th Na-
tional President of
Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority, Inc.,
SHaron Pacheco is
the successful
owner of P&P
the only black
Powertel dealer in
T'Keyah Crystal
Keymah is a suc-
cessful theatre and
television actress,
and many others.

"I thought [Delta] was an
organization of young
women who had the same
values and standards as I
do. In addition, I love
community service and the
organization has an
excellent commitment to
public service. It was just the
right organization for me
and I've been blessed to be a
part of it."
-Kellee Craig
Spring 2000, #20






Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

"Greater Service, Greater Progress"

igma Gamma Rho I ""

Sorority, Inc. was "
organized on November
12, 1922, in Indianapolis, -
Indiana by seven teachers.
Unlike most historically, black
greek-lettered organizations
that emerged within the
supportive and communal .
social atmosphere provided -
by black college campuses,
Sigma Gamma Rho was
founded on a predominantly
white campus.
The Alpha Epsilon Chapter
was founded on the campus
of Florida A&M University on
March 9, 1936. Activities are '.
encouraged that will furthers
the intellectual, moral and .
social abilities of its members.
To this end, each member
gains a sense of leadership
and becomes encouraged to
strive for heights of great
attainment. l

The ladies of the Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
http://www.sgr 192g3 org

Left:SGRho Sister, Niema
Brown, on The Set collecting
donations of school supplies for
"Project Big Book Bag."


Above: Melinda Gardner and
Mildred Johnson participate on
behalf of their sorority\ in the
March of Dimes Walk for


"Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority' aim is

to enhance the quality of life with the

community. Public service, leadership

development and education ofyouth

are the hallmarks of the organizations

programs and activities. Sigma

Gamma Rho addresses concerns that

impact society educationally, socially,

civically and economically."

S Photo One: (from 1 to r)
Chevonne Herring, Donna
Hunt and Niema Brown en-
joy the Baby X Games on cam-

Photo Two: Niema Brown
and guests in attendance at
Dr. Dennard's speech, deliv-
ered at Sigma Gamma Rho's
Health Seminar luncheon.

Photo Three: Chevonne and
Niema selling candy on The
Set to support "Project Big
Book Bag."

Photo Four: (from I to r) Niema
Brown, Melinda Gardner,
Chevonne Herring and Donna
Hunt prepare to take off for
the March of Dimes Walk.

Photo Five: At the Health
Seminar, the women of Sigma
Gamma Rho provided gift
bags for participants.

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Alpha Phi Omega

Pershing Angels

@Kappa Psi Psiettes

Right: At a Christmas party held for their
sponsor, Mrs. Mary Brown-Ellis, (pictured
from left to right) Demond Moy, Wakisha
Douglas, Wnedell Holden, Antwan
Andrews, Lemarr Stroud, Lawanda Gilstrap,
Robert Smith, Marcie Dewalt and Ms.
Benita Lamb take time out from their
fellowship for the camera.



Chaires Masonic Lodge #259

The members of Chaires Lodge form a strong brotherhood that allows them to serve God willingly and joyfully, not simply to satisfy
an obligation. They aim to improve themselves in order that they may be better servants of God and become more like what He
would have them to be.

.haries Lodge #259, Free &
Accepted Masons, Prince
: Hall Affiliated, is one of the
first African American Lodges
established in the Tallahassee,
Florida area. Chaires Lodge was
established in 1902, in what was
known as Chaires, Florida, under
the Most Worshipful Union Grand
Lodge of Florida and Belize,
Central America. The M.W.U.G.L.
received its charter from the
Prince Hall Grand Lodge in
... ... Massachusetts.
From 1902 to 2000, their most
.. important goal has been and
continues to be to serve the
Supreme Grand Master of the
Universe. They serve God by
serving the Tallahassee/Chaires
community. Chaires Lodge is a
non-profit organization that
works to improve the quality of
," life in surrounding communities.
.The money accumulated from
fundraisers is used to help them,
but more importantly to help
others. Some of their community
activities include:
Men's Health Seminar
*Annual Scholarship Award
*Church cornerstone laying
*Thanksgiving and Christmas
baskets for the families of
deceased brothers
*Visitation and care of sick and
distressed brothers, widows
S- and orphans
*Adopt-A-Highway clean-up
*FAMU Homecoming Parade
As the 21st century approaches,
Chaires Logde #259 looks forward
to continuing its outstanding
work and increasing its commu-
nity service.

Above: The Brothers of Charies Masonic Lodge #259 (from left to right) Wesley Puryear, Rodney Clayton, Adrian
Anthony, Chris Quary and Seabron Reese.

Frequenty Asked Masonic Questions

What is Freemasonry? Fremasonry (often called Maonry for
short) is the oldest fraternal order in the world, dating back to
the ancient times BEYOND the construction of King Solomon's
temple in Jerusalem. The constructors, or "Masons," of the
Temple used a system of knowledge and brotherhood that
stemmed from the system used by Pharoahs in Kemet (ancient
SgEgypt). These practices were accepted and valued by all those
who were blessed enough to receive them, and were heavily
guarded by secrecy, symbols, and allegory. Over the years,
these practices were well protected and passed down from
generation to generation. While King Solomon's masons were
Soperative--that is, they were in the business of physical con-
*struction and building--today's Freemasons are speculative,
deriving from their operative counterparts.

Who was Prince Hall? Prince Hall is commonly known as
the Founder of Black Masonry in the United States, but what is

so apparent is that Prince Hall was also a statesman, visionary, civil rights leader, abolitionist and orator. After
receiving manumission papers in 1770, he and 14 courageous trailblazers integrated Military Lodge #441 in
1775. A year later, they received dispensation to meet as their own lodge, but Prince Hall was not satisfied. In
1784 he petitioned the Grand Lodge of England for a charter, after being rebuffed by the Grand Lodge of
Massachusetts. The carter, which had been signed in 1784, was delivered in 1787 by James Scott, brother--in-
law of John Hancock. Beyond these contributions, Prince Hall pettioned the political powers of Massachusetts
on several occasions, asking for equal treatment of Blacks, termination of slavery and the slave trade, and equal
educational opportunities for black people. Masons feel the fact that Prince Hall is conspicuously missing from
)ur history books is a grave injustice.

Prominent Prince Hall Masons Chaires Masonic

Richard Allen: Founder; First Bishop of the A.M.E. Church Lodge #259 Brothers
Louis "Louie" Armstrong: Jazz musician
Benjamin Banneker: Designed the nation's capital; Inventor; Astronomer
William "Count" Basie: Orchestra Leader; Composer
Nathaniel,"Nat King" Cole: Singer Adrian Anthony
W.E.B. DuBois: Educator; Author; Hsitorian Graduate Business Administation
Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington: Orchestra Leader; Composer St. Petersburg, Florida
Medger Wiley Evers: Civil Rights Leader Rodney Clayton
Alex Haley: Author
William C. Handy: Composer 2nd Year Business Administration
Penny Hardaway: Professional basketball player Tuskegee, Alabama
Matthew Henson: Explorer Wesley Puryear
Rev. Jesse Jackson: Civil right activist 4th Year Business Administration
Daniel "Chappie" James: General, U.S. Air Force
John H. Johnson: Publisher, EBONY and Jet magazines Chicago, IL
Dr. Ernest Everett Just: Biologist; Founder of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Edward "Chris" Quary
Thurgood Marshall: Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court 2nd Year Pharmacy
Benjamin Mays: Educator; Former President of Atlanta University Lakeland, Florida
Kweisi Mfume: President, NAACP
Sugar Ray Robinson: Mid/Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion Seabron Reese
Booker T. Washington: Educator; Founder of Tuskegee University 3rd Year Secondary Education
Andrew Young: Former Mayor of Atlanta, GA St. Petersburg, Florida


Chaires Masonic
Lodge #259 Brothers .

Adrian Anthony
Graduate Business Administation
St. Petersburg, Florida

Rodney Clayton
2nd Year Business Administration
Tuskegee, Alabama

Wesley Puryear
4th Year Business Administration
Chicago, IL

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Edward "Chris" Quary
2nd Year Pharmacy
Lakeland, Florida
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rlhis national service frater-
nity has played a prominent
Role in FAMU activities since
its local founding on May 10, 1952
at 2:00PM, room 210 Science Hall.
The national organization,
founded on December 16,1925, on
the campus of Lafayette College,
Easton Pennsylvania, has ex-
panded to over 650 college cam-
puses worldwide. The purpose of
the service fraternity is to develop
leadership, promote friendship,
and provide needed services on
the campus and in the community.

During the year, FAMU's
Kappa Delta Chapter of Alphi Phi
Omega sponsored campus blood
drives, clothing drives, campus
shadowing, voter awareness
seminars, adopt-a-grandparent,
meals-on-wheels, odyssey science
center volunteers, other projects.
For more than 49 years, the
Kappa Delta Chapter has pro-
vided service to the campus of
FAMU and labored to do just what
the name of the organization im-
plies- "service to mankind."

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National Society of Pershing Angels

"Women of elite distinction."

Taking a break Pershing Angels 2000 Hanging out
from the seminar, "Relations in the (from f to b, 1 to r) Lisa Burroughs, Andria Huff, Ebony with brothers at the Pershing Rifle;
Military," (from 1 to r) Ebony Simmons, Jameelah Blackwell, Kimberly Hale, Princess Wil- blue and white meeting.
Simmons, Jamil Brown, and Dena liams, Jameilya Polk, Carmen Johnson, Loretha Harley, Dena
Ellerbee stope to take a picture. Ellerbee and Latoya Wright.

It's time to celebrate
Pershing Angels-style following a
long, hard drill competition.

"Pershing Angels set the example for women
in the R. 0. T C at FAMU, [and] I wanted
to be a part of the 'Elite Distinction.'"

-Kimberly Hale
2nd Year Biology/Pre-Med

he National Society of Pershing Angels is a military sorority

that acts as a support system for military women. They are

dedicated to service, Company Charlie 1-6 (C-16) and work

diligently to fulfill their national commitment on a local company level.

Company C-16 does this in part by selecting specific community activities

that would benefit from the virtues of individual sisters. The company al:

has a long, proud list of service activities provided to civic organizations.

Their organization helps to continue its civic performance to the commu-

nity because they truly believe that when they help others, they help unite

communities, and thus build stronger people...Chirp!

Psiettes participated in several events including the March of Dimes. Here, sisters (Pictured from f to b, 1 to r) Antena Wilder, Brittany Williams, Felicia Smith,
stop for a "quick pic" before heading off to the big event. Myiesha Freeman, Jamila Shipp, Valerie Penefield, Anne Sorrell, Bresha Lipscomb,
Shanie Holley, Keva Keams, Teressa Franklin and Avis Boswell.

n the year 1977, the brothers of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc. had a vision.
A vision comprised of intelligence, love, unity and fortitude. The Delta Iota Chapter of
Kappa Psi Psiettes was born unto the campus of Florida A&M University. The lovely
ladies of this professional healthcare organization uphold the vision, continuing with ser-
vice to FAMU and the surrounding community through health programs and events.
Kappa Psi Psiettes strive to advance health care professions by unifying pre-medical, nurs-
ing, pharmacy and allied health science majors, educating themselves and others. The
ladies of Kappa Psi Psiettes' Delta Iota Chapter hold fast to loyalty and tenacity in order to
keep the vision alive.

Although a professional organization, Psiettes take time out to
socialize with one another to create a closer bond of sisterhood.

2001-2002 Kappa Psi Psiette Officers

President...........................................................Felicia Sm ith
Vice President....................................................Tequila Burt

Treasurer...............................................Brittany Williams

Recording Secretary...........................................Keva Kearns

Corresponding Secretary...........................Bresha Lipscomb

Chaplin ........................................................Avis Boswell

Historian..................................................Kenisha Ganzy


Clubs &


Hatchett Pre-Law
Student National Medical Association
SCaribbean Student Association
Karate Club
Marching "100"
American Center for Design
Minnesota Student's Alliance i* .i y
SFlorida Leadership Institute
National Association for the 'Ex#t maCm
Advancement of Colored People
National Society of Black Engineers
SGolden Key
SPresidential Ambassadors
SMen of Impact
oFAMU Connection
Gamma Sigma Sigma
@ Sistuhs Right: NAACP Executive Committee members (from left to
right) Michelle Williams, Ryan Deas, Nakisha Hires and
organization president Anthony C. Davis, are on The Set eager to
inform students of their rights. For more on the NAACP go to
page 144.



Photo One: Salsa Men (from
left to right) Kevin Martin,
Jonathan Smith, Kareem
Art Wallace and Patrick

Photo Two: Indigenous
Group (from left to right,
front to back rows) Juresha
Maples, Aiysha Balbosa,
Marla Harris, Karla
Richardson, Asisa Bowser,
Tameko Teague, Janelle
Cockrell, Rosandra Holland,
Juaneka Hates, Sheneal Lee
and Joy Smith.

Photo Three: Lamban (from
left to right, front to back row)
Inara Ramin, Kojo (Melvin
Crum), Kerian Cox, Ra Atam,
Olesegun Williams, Akia
Laurant, Juresha Maples, John
Robinson, David Chancellor,
Shalisa Francis, Anette Can-
Cologne, Melissa Bijou,
Tameka Pyles, TeressaCorbitt,
Ashaki Williams, Angelique
Burke and Rajeeyah Finnie.

Photo Four: Salsa Group (from
left to right front to back row)
Rosandra Holland, Marla Har-
ris, Candice Crawford,
Jonathan Smith, Art Wallace,
Aiysha Balbosa, Rajeeyah
Finnie, Kevin Martin, Kyla
Dennis, Candice Crawford,
Vanessa Chavannes, Patrick
Charles, Jackeline Pou,
Kareem McKinney and David

Photo Five: Wrapt &Un...(from
left to right) Ahayla Nealy,
Tameko Teague, Ashaki Will-
iams and Rosandra Holland.

Photo Six: Peace Be Still (from
left to right) Tamikia Cooper,
Tiffani Paige, Rajeeyah Finnie,
Kareem,McKinney, Angela
Wortham, Aiysha Wortham,
Aiysha Balbosa, Joy SMith and
Tamkjo Teague.

Photo Seven: Buffalo Soldiers
(from left to right) ArtWallace,
Tameko Teague, David Chan-
cellor, Melissa Bijou, Taurus
Jerelds, AshakiWilliams, John
Robinson and Kyla Dennis.




rchesis Contemporary
ance Theatre (OCDT)
has, as its foundation, a
valued arts and cultural perfor-
mance tradition that began in
the 1940's. Originally known
as The Modern Dance Club,
OCDT has been a rich contribu-
tor to Florida A&M
University's noted arts/cul-
tural tradition.
OCDT views dance as an
art/cultural form that fosters
learning and provides a me-
dium for cultural exchange.
The organization's primary
goal is to develop students'
artistic talents, enabling them
to use those abilities in arts,
educational and community
settings. The group's 2000-2001
annual concert in dance, OCDT
2001: And Then Some!, featured
works that reflected a range of
dance by choreographers includ-
ing Joan Hamby Burroughs,
Enrique Cruz de Jesus and
Dyane Harvey.
OCDT predicts a productive
and event filled 2000-2002
school year. They welcome the
participation of interested
FAMU students.

Photo Eight: Buffalo Soldiers (front to back
row) Kyla Dennis, David Chancellor, Regine
Metayer, Ameenah Shareef, Tameko Teague,
Melissa Bijou, Ashaki Williams, Art Wallace,
John Robinson and Taurus Jerelds.
Photo Nine: Birds of Paradise (from left to
right) Aiysha Balbosa, Patrick Charles,
David Chancellor and Stephanie McQuay.