FAMU national alumni convention meeting in Weston

caines | 5/16/2013, 5:30 a.m.

Miami Times staff report Rattlers from across the nation will convene in Fort Lauderdale this week for the Florida A&M University [FAMU] National Alumni Association [NAA] Convention. The convention will be held May 16-18 at the Bonaventure Resort and Spa [250 Racquet Club Road] in Weston. The three-day event is filled with workshops and activities that will reignite, renew and reenergize that Ole Rattler Spirit while embracing the convention theme: Transitioning Into a New Era with Unified Purpose. Here are some of the convention highlights. Thursday, May 16 University [Interim] President, Dr. Larry Robinson will host a Scholarship and Recruitment program for incoming freshmen, at Mt. Olive Development Corporation, 401 9th Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, 6-9 p.m. Scholarships will be awarded on site. RSVP at 954-651-0291 or 305-542-7785. Friday, May 17 An exciting Life Members Breakfast will cater to and entertain alumni with a Caribbean flair. Keynote speaker, Dr. Rosalind Osgood. At noon, NAA President Tommy Mitchell will host the NAA Presidents luncheon. Alumni will be charged with the mission of the NAA, to promote an active interest in support of FAMU. The evening intensifies with the Rattler Round Up and Young Alumni Social Set Fridays at 8 p.m. The dynamic DJ Saxwell will fill the evening with the sounds you remember from The Set. The public is cordially invited to attend. Saturday, May 18 The Universitys President Brunch is set for 9 a.m. Interim President Larry Robinson will host this fundraising event, open to all supporters of FAMU. The FAMU NAA has provided more than $1 million in scholarship money and other financial support to FAMU and that legacy continues at this event. An introduction to the White House Internship Program will be hosted by Alumni Andrea Turk, director of White House Services at 12 p.m. Those who are interested in an internship with the Obama administration are encouraged to attend this event. A town hall meeting with the University leadership will follow at 1 p.m. New Band Director Dr. Sylvester Young and Head football Coach Earl Holmes will be in attendance. A special performance of the FAMU Department of Music Outreach and Recruitment Tour Working Together To Stop Hazing will start promptly at 4 p.m. Only fully registered and paid brunch attendees may attend this event. Auditions for the music department will take place during the convention; contact 850-599-3024 for more information. A Lu Wow South Florida Style, Sunshine and Good Times, cap off the evening at 6 p.m. For tickets, convention news, hotel information and to register go to www.famualumniconvention.com.