Friday, September 17, 2021

FAMU-NAA’s Largest Class of Alumni Honorees Celebrate 25 Years

oscar joyner, cheryl harris
Oscar Joyner, president of The Tom Joyner Morning Show, and Cheryl Harris, senior vice president at Allstate Insurance, are among the 2015 FAMU Distinguished Alumni Award honorees, the highest honor bestowed by the FAMU National Alumni Association.

*Houston The Florida A&M University National Alumni Association (FAMU-NAA) announced that the Distinguished Alumni Awards are presented to 24 outstanding individuals.

“We are excited to present the Distinguished Alumni Awards in Houston as this will be the first time that this event is held away from FAMU’s campus since its creation in 1990,” said Awards Chair Doris Hicks.“

With more than 70,000 graduates hailing from FAMU and several deserving candidates nominated for recognition, it made sense to increase the number of honorees that will be celebrated during this 25th Anniversary Black Tie affair.”

unnamedThe Distinguished Alumni Awards serves as a reminder that FAMU Rattlers are striking from the top in a variety of roles. For example, alumnus Oscar Joyner is the President of the nationally syndicated radio show, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, where he manages the Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage Cruise and the Tom Joyner Family Reunion.

Alumna Cheryl A. Harris is the Senior Vice President of Sourcing and Procurement Solutions for Allstate Insurance Company.

In this role, she is responsible for optimizing Allstate’s spending portfolio of $14 billion through collaboration with internal business partners.jpjpjp

“We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of FAMU’s alumni,” said FAMU NAA President Tommy Mitchell, Sr. “We appreciate everything they do to represent our brand positively through their work and at home through their support and service to their alma mater.”

 The Distinguished Alumni honorees:


Victor R. Gaines, computer information systems c/o 2008

Ineria Hudnell, education c/o 1943


Seabon Dixon, Business c/o 1975

Emma James Fountain, Business Administration c/o 1973

John L. Green, Accounting c/o 1969

Cheryl A. Harris, Science c/o 1989

Milton Jones Jr., Political Science c/o 1963

Thomas Jones, Jr., Accounting c/o 1977

Oscar Joyner, Business c/o 1998

Sonia Jackson Myles, Business c/o 1985

Tawana Monroe Ward, Business c/o 1986


Cecka Rose Green, English c/o 1991

Community Service

Shirley Carrington, Sociology c/o 1966

Jean Downing Jr., Business Management c/o 1974

Don Jordan, Data Processing Engineering c/o 1984

Mary Smith, Nursing c/o 1975

Earl Eugene Williams, Commercial Arts c/o 1974


Rachel D. Blanks, Business Administration c/o 2008

William Hudson Jr., Psychology c/o 1995

Thomas Haynes, Guidance c/o 1977


Rufus N. Montgomery, Psychology c/o 1995

Bobby Powell, Jr., Public Relations c/o 2003


Nicole T. Jones, Accounting c/o 2000


Steve L. Lewis, Agriculture c/o 1946

In addition to serving as an opportunity to highlight outstanding alumni, Hicks added a fundraising component in 2012 to support educational programs at FAMU. Over the past three years, the event has raised more than $25,000 through the support of honorees recognized over the past 25 years..



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