*Houston – The Florida A&M University National Alumni Association (FAMU-NAA) announced that the Distinguished Alumni Awards are presented to 24 outstanding individuals.
“We are excited to present the Distinguished Alumni Awards in Houston as this will be the first time that this event is held away from FAMU’s campus since its creation in 1990,” said Awards Chair Doris Hicks.“
With more than 70,000 graduates hailing from FAMU and several deserving candidates nominated for recognition, it made sense to increase the number of honorees that will be celebrated during this 25th Anniversary Black Tie affair.”
The Distinguished Alumni Awards serves as a reminder that FAMU Rattlers are striking from the top in a variety of roles. For example, alumnus Oscar Joyner is the President of the nationally syndicated radio show, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, where he manages the Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage Cruise and the Tom Joyner Family Reunion.
Alumna Cheryl A. Harris is the Senior Vice President of Sourcing and Procurement Solutions for Allstate Insurance Company.
“We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of FAMU’s alumni,” said FAMU NAA President Tommy Mitchell, Sr. “We appreciate everything they do to represent our brand positively through their work and at home through their support and service to their alma mater.”
The Distinguished Alumni honorees:
Victor R. Gaines, computer information systems c/o 2008
Ineria Hudnell, education c/o 1943
Seabon Dixon, Business c/o 1975
Emma James Fountain, Business Administration c/o 1973
John L. Green, Accounting c/o 1969
Cheryl A. Harris, Science c/o 1989
Milton Jones Jr., Political Science c/o 1963
Thomas Jones, Jr., Accounting c/o 1977
Oscar Joyner, Business c/o 1998
Sonia Jackson Myles, Business c/o 1985
Tawana Monroe Ward, Business c/o 1986
Cecka Rose Green, English c/o 1991
Shirley Carrington, Sociology c/o 1966
Jean Downing Jr., Business Management c/o 1974
Don Jordan, Data Processing Engineering c/o 1984
Mary Smith, Nursing c/o 1975
Earl Eugene Williams, Commercial Arts c/o 1974
Rachel D. Blanks, Business Administration c/o 2008
William Hudson Jr., Psychology c/o 1995
Thomas Haynes, Guidance c/o 1977
Rufus N. Montgomery, Psychology c/o 1995
Bobby Powell, Jr., Public Relations c/o 2003
Nicole T. Jones, Accounting c/o 2000
Steve L. Lewis, Agriculture c/o 1946
In addition to serving as an opportunity to highlight outstanding alumni, Hicks added a fundraising component in 2012 to support educational programs at FAMU. Over the past three years, the event has raised more than $25,000 through the support of honorees recognized over the past 25 years..