With FAMU Day approaching, students, faculty and alumni are preparing to flood the Capitol with orange and green.
The Feb. 29 event is sponsored by FAMU’s National Alumni Association and will include a reception by James H. Ammons, the university’s president, recognizing legislators and friends.
FAMU Day has become a tradition during the legislative session recognizing the accomplishments and contributions the university has made with its academic excellence and innovation.
Students, faculty and alumni are looking forward to the opportunity to get up close and personal with their lawmakers.
“It is imperative that students come to FAMU Day at the legislature,” said Tommy Mitchell, the president of FAMU National Alumni Association. “This event is designed to raise awareness of the legislature to students.”
Mitchell continued, “Students have the opportunity to interact with legislators from their home districts. These legislators enjoy talking and interacting with students. It would be a great day for students to discuss with them opportunities for support for more academic and organizational programs.”
Ariel Boone, a fourth-year health care management student from Clearwater said she looks forward to attending the event.
“I think this would be a good day for me and my peers to interact with our legislators,” Boone said. “I hope to get introduced to the three FAMU alumni who were elected into the House of Representatives recently.”
Boone said students should want to attend the event, and that she is optimistic that there will be a positive response.
“I think it will be a good turnout,” she said. “All students should attend, in my opinion, because these are the people who fund our programs.”
Cherie Daniels, a second-year education student from Pensacola, said, “This is one of those events that students should be eager to attend. Even if you are not into politics, it’s still a good thing to go because we should want to voice our concerns and praise those who support our university.”
For students without transportation, shuttle services will be provided. Pick-up locations are the east parking lot of Bragg Stadium and The Set. The first bus will leave campus at 7:45 a.m. and the last bus will return to campus at 2:30 p.m.