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For Immediate Release
October 01, 2014
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(BPRW) FLORIDA MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY TO HOST EVENTS FOR PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION OF DR. ROSLYN CLARK ARTIS

- Inaugural Events to be Held October 1-4, 2014 -

(BLACK PR WIRE) – Florida Memorial University invites the community to join them for the Presidential Inaugural Events highlighting Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis as the University’s 13th President and first woman appointed to the position. The events, to be held from October 1-4, 2014, will take place at various locations. The theme is “Lifting Ev’ry Voice As We Keep Our Promise For a Better & Brighter Future.”

The Presidential Inauguration highlights include the following events:

â - Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - All Day
University Spirit Day
Location: Florida Memorial University
15800 NW 42nd Avenue
Miami Gardens, FL 33054
Free Admission

â - Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 8:00 p.m.
Student Inaugural Ball
Location: Florida Memorial University
Smith Conference Center
15800 NW 42nd Avenue
Miami Gardens, FL 33054
Attire: Formal
Valid FMU ID Required

â - Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 9:35 a.m.
Academic Symposium - Session I “Human rights, Then & Now”
Panelists include Dorothy Fields, PhD., Founder, CEO Archivist, Black Archives; Marlene Bastien, FANM founder and Executive Director; and Ana Jerome-Raja, Ed.D. Assistant Professor, Exceptional Student Education.
Location: Florida Memorial University
FIU-FMU Auditorium
15800 NW 42nd Avenue
Miami Gardens, FL 33054
Free Admission

â - Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 10:30 a.m.
Academic Symposium - Session II “The 21st Century Successful Woman”
Panelists include Eve Wright, JD, Vice President, Assistant Gen Counsel, Miami Heat; Yolanda Rabun, JD, Corporate Counsel, Privacy Officer, Software and Systems Group at IB; and Magda Vives, JD , Sr. VP of Legal & Business Affairs at Universal Music Latin America.
Location: Florida Memorial University
Smith Conference Center
Room “C”
15800 NW 42nd Avenue
Miami Gardens, FL 33054
Free Admission

â - Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 12:30 p.m.
Stiletto Stroll and Stride for Breast Cancer
FMU steps it up in style in support of breast cancer awareness. Representatives from the Susan G. Komen Miami/Fort Lauderdale affiliate and Jackson Health System will be present.
Location: Florida Memorial University
15800 NW 42nd Avenue
Miami Gardens, FL 33054
Tickets: $20.00

â - Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch on the Lawn with the President
Location: Florida Memorial University
15800 NW 42nd Avenue
Miami Gardens, FL 33054
Admission included with Stiletto Stroll ticket

â - Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
Inaugural Jazz Concert
Jazz concert featuring national jazz recording artist Yolanda Rabun. Jazz legend and FMU faculty member Melton Mustafa will also be honored.
Location: Florida Memorial University
Lou Rawls Center for the Performing Arts
15800 NW 42nd Avenue
Miami Gardens, FL 33054
Tickets: $25.00

â - Friday, October 3, 2014 - 8:00 a.m.
Legacy Tribute
Location: Florida Memorial University
Founder’s Monument
15800 NW 42nd Avenue
Miami Gardens, FL 33054
Free Admission

â - Friday, October 3, 2014 - 8:30 a.m.
Prayer Breakfast
Location: Florida Memorial University
Smith Conference Center
15800 NW 42nd Avenue
Miami Gardens, FL 33054
Event is Sold Out!!!!

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Friday, October 3, 2014 - 11:30 a.m.
Investiture Ceremony
Location: Florida Memorial University
Lou Rawls Center for the Performing Arts
15800 NW 42nd Avenue
Miami Gardens, FL 33054
Free Admission

â - Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.
Presidential Inaugural Scholarship Gala
Celebrating the installation of Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis and honoring women who lift their voices through leadership, character and service.
Location: Intercontinental Miami Hotel
100 Chopin Plaza
Miami, FL 33131
Event is Sold Out!!!!
Attire: Black Tie

These events would not have been possible without the generous support of the Lion’s Pride Inaugural Sponsors. FMU expresses sincere appreciation to the Lion’s Pride Premiere Presidential Sponsors Thompson Hospitality Services, Inc. and CareerSource South Florida.

About Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis
Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis is a visionary educator and leader. The consummate professional, she is a graduate of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she earned her Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership and Policy. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from West Virginia University College of Law in Morgantown, West Virginia, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from West Virginia State University Institute, West Virginia. A woman of many talents, Dr. Artis has extensive experience in university fundraising and holds a Certificate of Fundraising Management from Indiana University. She has also earned a Certificate of Mastery in Prior Learning Assessment from DePaul University’s School of Continuing & Professional Education.

In February 2014, Dr. Artis was appointed unanimously by the Board of Trustees as the 13th President of Florida Memorial University. She is the first woman President in the University’s 135-year history. During her short stint as Acting President at FMU, Dr. Artis provided immeasurable leadership and direction to the University family at all levels. She has become well-acclimated to the South Florida community, and has been appointed to multiple community boards and associations, increasing involvement and exposure of the University significantly. On campus, Dr. Artis has spearheaded a series of new and innovative programs for students and is diligently striving to improve corporate and community relations and endowment initiatives for the institution.

About Florida Memorial University
Located in the City of Miami Gardens, Florida Memorial University is a private, historically Black institution offering 41 undergraduate degree programs and four graduate degree programs to a culturally diverse student body. Since its inception in 1879, the University has upheld a commitment to providing a solid foundation for thousands of young people and opening doors to educational opportunities that may have otherwise been closed to them. As South Florida’s only Historically Black College or University (HBCU), it is widely recognized for being the birthplace of the Negro National Anthem, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” and the home of Barrington Irving, Jr., the first and youngest pilot of African descent to fly solo around the world. Florida Memorial University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). For more information, visit www.fmuniv.edu.

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