Media conference to educate students

The Florida A&M Lyceum Series, a group of premier cultural events for the 2009-2010 school year, will host the third installment of the series  on Nov. 13 and 14, the Media & Entertainment Conference.

According to the FAMU M.E.C Web site, the mission of the conference is to facilitate a direct relationship between universities and to promote the importance of a college education. M.E.C. will offer students job opportunities in the competitive music industry.

The hosted events will include a lecture from music and entertainment veteran Shanti Das, followed by workshops/panels regarding innovative marketing solutions, music effects on society and understanding media.

According to the FAMU M.E.C Web site, the career fair will give students the opportunity to submit their résumés and to discuss possible internships through some of the reputable music companies.

The event will end with a M.E.C Rap and Rock & Roll concert that will give every student, alumni or faculty member the opportunity to showcase their talent. 

Kawachi Clemons, director of the FAMU Institute for Hip-Hop and Music Industry Studies said in a press release, “the event will serve as a foundation of networking for students who want to pursue careers in the entertainment industry.”

Students have shown their interest for the event by purchasing tickets early.

Duncan “DJ” Smith, 20, a third-year business adminstration student from Newport News, Va., said he plans to purchase tickets to go to the event.

“I think it will be an interesting event to go to for networking,” Smith said.

“Missing out on an event like this is not going to get me to where I’m trying to go.”

The concert will coincide with signed artists’ performances to promote the importance of a college education. 

Reshida Gibson, 20, a third-year biology  student from Titusville, Fla., recommended the event for business and music students on campus.

“I think the event will be a success because it will give those entertainment and business majors the opportunity to show their skills,” Gibson said. “Our school should be well represented.”

Gibson also said the media and entertainment industry plays an important role in her life.
Students like her are especially attracted to the event. 

“One of my friends is going to be a part of it,” said Marquis Wester, 18, a first-year general studies student from West Palm Beach.

“It will be interesting to see what he has to say about the business.”

The M.E.C. is $10 for FAMU students and $20 for general tickets.

Tickets may be purchased online or at the FAMU ticket office located at the Multipurpose Center/Teaching Gym.

“To say that I’m excited is an  understatement,” Smith said. “I think that everyone should come out.”

For more information about the conference, contact FAMU’s Office of Communications at 850- 599-3413.