Amelia Davis, Florida A & M University- c/o 2013, Chemistry
Name : Amelia Davis
HBCU : Florida A & M University
Graduation Year : 2013
Major : Chemistry
Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?*
Born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida.
Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?*
I choose to attend a HBCU, Florida A&M in particular, because of the strong legacy and history of my alma mater. As a child I recall going to field trips to Lee Hall Auditorium (on FAMU campus) to see the Dance Theater of Harlem and Alvin Ailey Dance Theater; the excitement of the campus to a few 8 year old kids was unforgettable.
What is the story of your "experience" at Your HBCU given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?*
"First time" experiences at your HBCU?*
Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?*
Dr. Victor Oguledo was my academic adviser and would take the time to sit with me and go over my educational path to graduation.
Also, Dr. Rudolph Daniels encouraged and always challenged his students to be the best.
He also sparked the interest in subscribing to the Wall Street Journal (it didn’t hurt that we had to show proof of subscription for extra credit).
Dr Daniels encouraged graduate school, as he would always say, “Go to graduate school directly after you graduate, because once you start making money and living your life, it will be hard to go back”. It took me 13 years to go back to get my MBA, so needless to say…he was right!
One thing that sticks out to me is a conversation I had with Dr Ogueledo.
Best restaurants on/near campus? Best dishes?
Let’s see….. B. Merell’s had the BEST 25 cent wings at Happy Hour and then there was Skinner’s across from FAMU. Being from Tallahassee, or a “local” as they called us, I really didn’t eat out a lot, as I always had a home cook meal, when I wanted. ????
Hmmm..I’ll skip this one
Florida A & M University
- Athletics: Florida A&M University is a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and participates in NCAA Division I-AA. FAMU offers men's sports in baseball, basketball, football, golf, swimming, tennis and track and field. It offers women's sports in basketball, bowling, softball, swimming, wrestling, tennis, track and field and volleyball.
- Notable Alumni: Wilbert Bryant - Former Secretary of Education of Virginia** Raymond A. Brown - Attorney whose clients included Black Liberation Army member Assata Shakur, boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter and "Dr. X" physician Mario Jascalevich  Arthur R. Collins - 1982 - Founding partner of the Collins Johnson group, a strategy, policy and communications firm established in 2011** John W. Thompson - 1971 - Chairman and former President and CEO, Symantec Corporation; former VP IBM; part owner of the Golden State Warriors** Corrine Brown - 1969 - Current U.S. Congresswoman Andrew Gillum - Current Mayor of Tallahassee, Florida Alcee L. Hastings - Current U.S. Congressman Mia L. Jones - 1991 - Current member of the Florida House of Representatives Gwendolyn M. Miller - Chairwoman of the City Council in Tampa, Florida, District 1 David Scott - Current U.S. Representative from Georgia's 13th congressional district John W. Williams - Current Inspector General of the South Florida Water Management District Althea Gibson - Tennis player Daniel Sunjata - Actor, Broadway actor Gregory Anderson - Film producer (Tri-Destined Studios) Rob Hardy - Film producer (Rainforest Productions) T'Keyah Crystal Keymah - Actress Pam Oliver - Sports anchor William Packer - Film producer (Rainforest Productions) Angela Pitts - Contestant on Flavor of Love 3 and winner of I Love Money 2 Angela Robinson - Actress Anika Noni Rose - Tony Award-winning actress Peyton Alex Smith - Actor Common - attended - Music Artist K.Michelle - R&B singer Tyrese Gibson - attended - Singer, actor, author and producer stic.man - Member of hip-hop group Dead Prez M-1 - Member of hip-hop group Dead Prez Bernard Kinsey - Owner of one of the largest African-American art collections
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