Tanishia Henderson, Florida A & M University- c/o 2016, Pharmacy
Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?*
I am from Rockledge, Florida not in Arkansas. My sister graduated from Florida A & M University in 1996 with her registered nursing degree.
Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?*
Since neither of our parents went to college and my sister attended an HBCU, I figured we could start a family tradition.
What is the story of your "experience" at Your HBCU given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?*
For me since I was blessed that my parents would put my sister and I thru school I never had to deal with financial aid and I knew my job was to go to school and get done. I also, stayed off campus so…
"First time" experiences at your HBCU?*
My first time experience would be in 1994 when my sister invited me and best friend to homecoming that year. I was so excited as a freshman in highschool. Thru connections we were able to enjoy some after parties. But to see so many future Minority professionals in the making in one spot having a good time. The energy in the atmosphere that weekend. I knew then I would follow in her footsteps with college. I never visited any other colleges.
Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How di
Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?*
Dr. Michael Thompson who was then the head of the College of Pharmacy clinical department now the Dean. He had so much knowledge and he knew how to break it down for you to understand. His passion made you excited to go to his class everyday. His notes to this day I still have. He also, got to know you. Took time to listen to you if you needed to talk. Very down to earth.
Also, Ms. Deborah Taylor she was an administrator but more for me an advisor. She was my safe spot when I just needed to get away. She allowed me to talk to her thru the rough times to keep me going!
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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