Students build alumni relationships

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The Florida A&M Student National Alumni Association is assuring that current students still have ties to alumni.  Headed by Alger Studstillm, a fourth-year business administration student, the association is geared towards strengthening relationships between past and present Rattlers, all the while keeping the love of FAMU.

Boasting a semester roll of over 70 dues-paying members (the organization is student funded with help from the National Alumni Association), SNAA has already sponsored several fundraisers and events around campus including a movie night, dinner fundraiser with Shirelle Clark, junior class attendant, and promoting retention book scholarships.

“SNAA is very important to the student body and myself because it is a great networking opportunity with recent graduates and alumni from around the world,” said Studstill. “Not only is networking involved but SNAA is actively raising funds to go towards retention scholarships to ensure that we are able to retain the best and the brightest at Florida A&M University. Simply put, we are common students providing extraordinary service.”

Not only do the members of SNAA cater to the present student body, but also to Alumni when they visit Tallahassee for school events. From arranging hotel accommodations, logistics and chauffeuring, these students make certain that alumni relations are strong/

Students are grateful for the opportunity to be apart of SNAA.

“After being able to talk with alumni, I found how valuable it is to establish a relationship with them. They have so many stories of how FAMU used to be and things they used to do,” said Stephen Okon, a third-year pharmacy student from Miami. “I think talking with past Rattlers, we can definitely gain some of their pride and boost the whole morale and spirit of the school to a better level.”

Antorris Williams, SNAA Vice-President and third-year public relations student from Belle Glade, Fla., sees the organization as a proactive tool for the university.

“SNAA to me is the members of the organization reaching for the alumni to give back. In turn, the student body will give back by their service, programs, and we will have a wonderful student body at a thriving university,” said Williams. “We will have more retention scholarships at the university that will keep going always and always.”

For more information on SNAA, join their Facebook group “FAMU SNAA” or follow them on twitter at FAMU_SNAA.