FAMU will be co-hosting the annual Florida Resident Assistant Seminar (FRAS) next February.


Bryan Smith, assistant director of housing, announced that FAMU will be co-hosting the annual Florida Resident Assistant Seminar (FRAS) next February.

Smith is only three months into his tenure at FAMU as assistant director of housing and is already making his mark by adding conference director of FRAS to his resume.

“FAMU was chosen as the institute to house the seminar because of our initiative, high level of spirit, pride in our institution and our professionalism,” said Smith.

FRAS will be co- hosted by Florida State University. The staff of the conference states that the seminar is an academic instruction that is held at the start of each year at a selected university and an invitation is

extended to all Florida schools both private and public.

The colloquium has been held for more than 20 years and this is the second time FAMU has been asked to host the event. The function brings together advisers and resident assistants from all over Florida to promote professional development of resident assistants.

“Hot topics of the year and recurring issues RA’s are facing are addressed during program sessions throughout the weekend,” said Mattie Trawick, associate director of university housing.

FRAS will be held from Feb. 25-27 and a tentative calendar of events has already been planned.

The weekend will be filled with educational programs and entertainment. First on the list for the weekend will be a tour of

FAMU’s Black Archives and an opening ceremony. This year’s theme of the weekend will be “Oh the FRASabilities”, a play off Dr. Seuss’ book, “Oh the Places You’ll Go.”

“This professional development seminar will truly bring all university staff members who attend to a whole new level of learning about housing and residence life,” Gavin Roark, conference adviser for FSU division, said.

Special rates for hotel accommodations have also been allocated for all visiting universities, RA’s and advisers.