FAMU hosts presidential watch party with national network TV One

November 7, 2008

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Nearly 3,000 people attended Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) Presidential Election Watch Party on Super Tuesday.
As part of the watch party, FAMU partnered with TV One, a national cable network that targets African Americans and reaches more than 45.8 million households, to provide cut-ins between 7 p.m. and midnight from FAMU’s campus. FAMU broadcast journalism students served as reporters for TV One during the cut-ins.
Local residents, FAMU students, faculty, staff and administrators flooded the air with cheers and claps of approval as the numbers for the historic presidential election came in throughout the night.
Rays of red, white and blue lights beamed from TV One’s live broadcast post while individuals waved American flags in the air in a sheer display of patriotism.
FAMU President James H. Ammons told the crowd they were gathered for no ordinary evening.
“This is the first time the United States could have an African American as president,” said Ammons. “Americans have showed up to the polls as early as two weeks ago in records numbers because they understood the importance of this election. Just think, here at FAMU, the Student Vote Coalition registered more than 3,100 FAMU students to vote; many of those students residing here on campus.”

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Delaware State awards its 1st Shalita Middleton scholarship recipient

November 7, 2008

Shalita Middleton
Jennifer I. Gray

 Delaware State University recently named junior DSU student Jennifer I. Gray as first recipient of the Shalita Middleton Memorial Scholarship.
The scholarship was established in memory of Shalita K. Middleton, a freshman DSU student from Washington D.C. who was slain in September 2007.
Ms. Gray is a 3.7 GPA nursing and forensic biology double major from East Orange, N.J. She has recently been inducted in the National Collegiate Honor Society, and she is also a Thurgood Marshall Scholar, New Jersey Advocates for Education Scholar and a Ronald McNair Scholar.
The daughter of Lillian Gray of Jersey City, N.J., Ms. Gray plans to go to graduate school to work toward becoming a forensic pathologist. In addition to pursuing academic excellence, she is also the President of DSU Chapter of the NAACP Unit 2718. She also serves as a tutor in anatomy, physiology and English.