05th Sep2011

Wanda Mays Noel – Florida A&M University

by Staff

Major: Mathematics Education

“Learn to listen to that inner voice which gives us all of our direction. Learn what your voice sounds like so you can recognize it when it speaks to you.”

Businesses & Organizations:

La’John Media | La’John Media Publishing | G.L.A.M. Girls Foundation | Wanda After Dark Radio | Wanda on Blog Talk Radio | Professional Black Woman ATL Chapter Chair

Personal Contacts:


How did you decide to become a student at Florida A&M University?

For as far back as I could remember, my family traveled to and attended games and functions for FAMU. Although my step father never attended college, he made sure that I knew what being college-educated meant. My father Jasper P. Moses, my brother Reginald Moses also graduated from FAMU. I was in Upward Bound for the better my high school career and learned a lot about a few schools. I matriculated at another non HBCU institution before going to FAMU and yes, the experience was day and night. I always knew in my heart that I belonged at FAMU.


What professors at Florida A&M University left the most impression upon you as a student and/or person? What did they do that continues to mean so much to you to this day?

The one name that pops into my mind is Dr. William Brodie. He was one of my professors. I have a degree in Mathematics Education and the fact that a black man could teach math like that was awe-inspiring. I did not even know I loved math that much until I got to FAMU. Colonel Bernard Hendricks, Director of the Student Union and Activities – I can not put into words what gave to every student who came into contact with him. He was a man of honor and you became that in his presence. After my graduation, he surprised me and held a party at his home in my honor. I was shocked and surprised because I could not believe it and did not understand what I had done to deserve it. He told me that I was bright, brilliant and special. That there were very few people who could do what I had done in my college career. I served in SGA for 3 years in that time was placed in charge of transportation to all away games for the entire student body. I never knew the magnitude of this until much later.


What is the story of your “experience” at Florida A&M University given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious HBCU?

FAMU taught me to be the best at whatever I do. Be the best teacher, the best engineer, the best business owner. Mediocrity is not acceptable. 110% was required of everything we did and as an Alumnus, I consistently remember my experiences and the voices of my mentors, coaches and professors on “You are the best at what you do. No other can do it but you.”


Where are the spots to go to if you wanted to cuddle with your boy or girlfriend?

Can’t remember


What was your saddest moment @ Florida A&M University?

When there were a couple, one when the people who were in ROTC where called to the war. The campus seemed like a ghost town. No one knew so many people used ROTC to get into college.

Also when my mentor, Colonel Hendricks, who was the Director of Student Activities at the time died. He was one of the people who pushed me to and past my limits to achieve things I could have never imagined. His face and voice will never be forgotten.


What were the best restaurants on and near campus? Which dishes did you enjoy the most?

Ma Mary’s. The entire menu. You talking about soul food like you have never known.


What were the chants heard most often at the sporting events?



Who was your College crush?

Terrance Lundy. He played football and that thing was sexy. He was suppose to be my baby daddy.:)


How did you overcome your nervousness about going to college?

Was not allowed. My parents, you are going to FAMU, get ready. And because my father, who never went to college, also took us to games and functions on college campuses, especially FAMU, it was almost like staying at my second home.


What was your major? and Why did you choose it?

Mathematics Education. I always loved helping people. I did not realize that I had a true gift for math until college. I changed my major to education. From what I can not remember.


What was your proudest moment @ Florida A&M University?

I was able to speak at my college graduation. I don’t know how I got chosen. Again Colonel Hendricks saw something in me and gave me the opportunity to speak.


What did you pledge? And why? And if not, why not?

I pledged grad chapter because the sorority I chose was semi vicious to it’s pledges. I want to graduate not catch a charge, if you know what I mean.


How were you positively active on campus? (e.g. clubs, SGA, etc.)

Oh my goodness, where do I begin. I started the Tampa Bay Area Club so that we could keep up with each other and be a support system.

I was in SGA for my entire career. I served as an assistant, then Chief of Staff. I never wanted to run for president, just wanted to support. I also served as the bus coordinator for all the games out of town.

One time MS FAMU could not make it so I served as her too. That was so much fun.


Where was the “yard” located?

It was called, THE SET. It was in the middle of campus. You could drive through real slow to see who was there.

What was your happiest moment @ Florida A&M University?

Too many to name. I loved and love FAMU.


What and where were the historical places on campus?

I remember Tucker Hall. It has since been renovated.


How many “firsts” did you have at college ? What were they? (e.g. first road trip, first job interview, first love, first “F or A”, etc.)

Not any that I can recall.


What is your view on materialism, vanity and greed?

I despise it. But to some extent, I think one or all push people to strive and achieve.


What was your happiest moment in your life to date?

Coming into the knowledge that my life had a purpose. Many of us live long and sometimes dies without realizing what your purpose is. It is comforting to not feel lost.


What situation in your life made you feel like you had arrived into womanhood?

I feel like royalty. I finally understand my ‘place’ and my ‘role’.


What adversities (hardships) have you overcome to become the Strong, Nubian Queen that you are?

Homelessness, depression, confusion. My many experiences have combined to make me know who I am, what I am, why I am. Being a single parent has taught me how to see the positive in everything so that I may instill in my children how to grow up happy.


Who was your greatest influence in your life growing up? And Why?

My grandmothers, Julia Wring and Catherine Moses. They showed strength, power, great wisdom and intelligence(not from books). My Grandma Julia showed power through not allowing her surroundings determine her circumstances. She demanded respect even in a day when “you had to know your place”. And she got it. She taught me about life and always encouraged me to get it. And she was blatantly honest My Grandma “Cat” was a quiet but very strong woman. She always told me you are going to be great and awesome. My entrepreneurial spirit I think came from my Grandpa JP who never worked for anyone a day in his life.


What type of household did you grow up in?

Loving, caring. We shared everything with everyone. My house was the house everyone would eventually wind up at especially during the holidays.


What is your proudest moment in your life to date?

There is more than one. Receiving my degree, giving birth to my beautiful children, starting my businesses and not giving up.


How do you deal with racism when you encounter it?

Not become offended. How someone feels about me because of the way I look is not my problem. I deal with them for whatever reason we are connected and move on.


What is your process when you are going through a hardship that you have never faced before?

Look at all the angles to see the purpose. Hardship is there for growth whether it is intentional or not. You build character and strength and knowledge.


What elders do you look to for guidance?

I have always had a problem in this area. Not seeking guidance and suffering through situations needlessly.


Name 2-4 Nubian (“black”) people that have inspired you. And why? (e.g. Malcom X, Sojourner Truth, Marcus Garvey, etc.)

Oprah Winfrey – Because of her tenacity and strength and courage

Black women who have made an impact on anyone’s life to help them forward

My mother – who has fought for us to have the best life through her own true sacrifices.

Barack Obama – Not for just being the President, but for having the…


Being a strong Queen of Ethiopian (where human life began) Descent, what enlightening books would you recommend to others to read?

The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

Re-Position Yourself by Bishop T.D. Jakes

Woman Thou Art Loosed by Bishop T.D. Jakes


Whats your take on love (in the philoshophical sense)?

Don’t choose love with your eyes


What sports and/or extra curricular activities did you do in High School? And why?

Student Government – Because I was told I was a good leader and other would listen to me. I was chosen Vice President – Minority. Take the title for exactly what it says.

Miss Teenage Tampa Pageant – Not sure why I was chosen to participate. Only a few girls every year were chosen each year. I was/am a singer. I was honored and still have some of those same friendships today.

Kiwanettes, service club – I truly feel they needed diversity.

Upward Bound – Anyone who participated will never forget what they learned and the experiences. I pay honor to Dr. Richard Pride who was the Director. He truly instilled and motivated us to do always do good and better. Mediocrity was not on option.


What music cd’s would you recommend to others to listen to, to find strength and motivation?

Everyone has to choose their own music. What inspires me may not inspire you. I listen to Gospel a great deal. Some days I listen to Jazz, Rap, whatever will help me get the job done. Just remember to always make it positive.

What and when was your first encounter with racism?

I am glad to say I don’t remember.


What do you feel is most beautiful about you?

My love for people and the desire to want to see them do and be the best they can be.


What was your saddest moment in your life to date?

The day my dad passed away, Kenneth Mays. He was unorthodoxed in much of what he did in my mind, but so much of it I remember and am a better person. It has been over 10 years and I still feel that void.


If you could speak to those family members that have risen but that live forever through you, what words would you speak?

Thank you for the lessons that I am just now learning. Thank you for spending time to talk when you could have been tired of listening to yourself say the same thing over and over. Thank you for speaking life into my future. I miss you touching my spirit.


When and how did you discover your passion in life?

When I was in high school, I always knew that I would never want to be an employee. I knew that I had to use whatever skills and talent to make my mark on this world and help others to do so as well.

Whats your take on life (in the philoshophical sense)?

We are each given a life for a time and purpose. If you are not doing something for someone else, you are wasting air and space. We were made to share.


If you could only speak two sentences to the youth coming after you what would you say?

Learn to listen to that inner voice which give us all of our direction. Learn what your voice sounds like so you can recognize it when it speaks to you.


Would you like for your name to be used when we post these interview responses? If not, what alias would you prefer we use?

Yes you can post my name Wanda Mays Noel.


How can other students, alumni and prospective students get in contact with you online? (e.g. facebook link, aim s/n, yahoo s/n, website, etc.)

I have several businesses I will list them all.

Wanda Mays Noel CEO/President La’John Media LLC http://lajohnmedia.webs.com wandanoel[AT]lajohnmedia.cokm “We Have Your Media In Mind” Facebook – La’John Media Twitter –@lajohnmedia


La’John Media Publishing Group


“Your Words Are Our Business”

Founder/Executive Director

The G.L.A.M. Foundation(Girls Living Above Mediocrity)


“Saving One Future Woman At A Time”

Facebook – The G. L. A.M Foundation

Twitter – glamfoundation

Women Doing Business Better Seminars



Executive Producer/Host

Wanda After Dark Radio

Wanda After Dark Radio

Blog Talk Radio with Wanda


“Bringing Class Back To The Mike”

Atlanta Chapter Chair

Professional Black Woman

The Professional Black Woman Network

The Professional Black Woman Member Lodge


Facebook – The Professional Black Woman

The Professional Black Woman

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