- The Drum -
October 2022

The FSU Black Alumni salute all Breast Cancer warriors and survivors.

We encourage you to listen to your body, educate yourself, and stay up-to-date on all recommended screenings.
Faces of Survival
Dr. Towanda Davis (MS '18)
"As a two-time cancer survivor, I've learned to simply appreciate LIFE. I accomplish this by moving forward and seeing the Glass of Life Half Full and not half empty. I'm reminded of an excerpt from a poem that a friend shared with me:  
Rocks on the road?
I’m keeping them all
Someday I’ll build a castle."
LaQuisha Persak ('03, MS '20)
"Music has been like medicine for me during my diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. Sometimes the Rx calls for 90's R&B and sometimes it calls for Gospel music. I remember listening to Prince's Purple Rain every day on my way to my radiation appointments. It really calmed my anxiety down and put me in a better mood. When it comes to music medicine, take the appropriate dose needed to feed and uplift your spirit!"

FSU BA Spotlight

FSU Alum Congresswoman Val Demings Serving for the Sunshine State

Congresswoman Val Demings represents Florida's 10th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, but she first received a B.S. in Criminology from Florida State University in 1979. 

Rep. Demings is a lifelong public servant who has broken numerous glass ceilings. Today, she works on the House Judiciary, Homeland Security, and Intelligence Committees, but Rep. Demings began her career in Jacksonville as a social worker and later moved to Orlando to join the police force. During her distinguished 27-year career with the Orlando Police Department (OPD), she served in virtually every department, including serving as Commander of the Special Operations. In this role, she was responsible for some of Orlando’s highest-profile tasks, including special events and dignitary protection.

In 2007, Val Demings made history when she was appointed to serve as Orlando’s first female Chief of Police. Through the work of Chief Demings and her dedicated officers, OPD reduced violent crime by more than 40 percent.

Rep. Demings sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (Subcommittee on Intelligence Modernization and Readiness; Subcommittee on Defense Intelligence and Warfighter Support), the House Judiciary Committee (Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security; Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law), and the House Committee on Homeland Security (Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security). She is Chair of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery.

Rep. Demings is married to Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings (B.S. '80), is a proud mother to three sons, and a proud grandmother to five. She earned a Master’s in Public Administration from Webster University and holds an honorary doctorate of laws from Bethune-Cookman University, as well as honorary doctorates from Florida Technical College and City College Fort Lauderdale.

Source: Demings.House.Gov

Thank You Sponsors
A very special thank you to our 2022 FSU National Black Alumni Reunion Weekend sponsors. We will continue to recognize these phenomenal businesses and individuals throughout the coming year. 
Upcoming Events
Please join us for our final FSUBA General Body/Board Meeting of 2022, scheduled for Tuesday, October 18th from 7-9 p.m.
Click the picture above to access the RSVP Card. 
FSU Black Alumni Game Weekend - Florida State vs. University of Miami hosted by South Florida region 

Join us for a weekend of events to cheer on our
Noles vs. University of Miami!
Kickoff and Social Hosted by South Florida FSU Black Alumni and UM Black Alumni
Friday, November 4, 2022 | 8 pm - 1 am
Location: The Urban, 1000 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33136
  • Come out and join us at our weekend kickoff event hosted by FSU and UM Black Alumni 
  • Enjoy games, music, food 
  • Tickets can be purchased at
South Florida FSU Black Alumni Tailgate*
Saturday, November 5, 2022
Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami 
Time: TBA
  • Cost: $25
  • Tickets for the game can be purchased on your own via Stubhub.
* A separate Eventbrite link will be sent soon. 
Nominate A Nole
Alumni Award Nominations are Now Open!

The Alumni Association invites you to take some time to nominate a fellow Nole for one of our alumni awards. Our 387,000+ graduates make us proud and show the value of a degree from Florida State University every day. Help us recognize our most extraordinary alumni and friends! 

Grads Made Good

The Alumni Association and the FSU Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) are pleased to seek nominations for the honor of  Grads Made Good. Since 1974, this program honors alumni who have made outstanding contributions in their community or chosen field/discipline. 

The criteria for the award are as follows: 

  • Hold an earned bachelor's or graduate degree from Florida State University, 
  • Have been in their career field at least five years, 
  • Have accomplishments recognized at national/international level, 
  • Must be able to attend the event in the spring,
  • Must not be employed by Florida State University, and 
  • No self-nominations will be considered. 

Please nominate a worthy alumnus for this honor by November 10, 2022. The honorees will be announced in Winter 2022/2023. Grads Made Good will be presented at a ceremony in September 2023.

Nominate a Nole for Grads Made Good

To learn more about the honor of Grads Made Good, or to see a list of past recipients, please visit our website.

Inspire Award

The Inspire Award recognizes alumnae who have distinguished themselves as leaders within their industry and whose hard work and determination serves as an inspiration to current students and young alumni at Florida State University.

The criteria for the award are as follows: 

  • A woman who has “shattered the glass ceiling” in her career 
  • A woman who has proven to be a mentor to others 
  • A woman who has given of her time, talents and treasure back to FSU 
  • A woman who is a leader in her community 
  • No self-nominations will be considered. 

Please nominate an FSU alumna for the prestigious Inspire Award no later than November 10, 2022. The honorees will be announced in Winter 2022/2023. Our 2023 honorees will be celebrated during the 7th presentation of The Inspire Awards in March of 2023 in conjunction with Women’s History Month. 

Nominate a Nole-alumna for the Inspire Award

To learn more about the Inspire Awards, or to see a list of past recipients, please visit our website

Caregiving Support
Next month we'll celebrate Alzheimer's Awareness Month, but we know caregiving is 24/7, 365. 

African-American Alzheimer’s Caregiver Training and Support (ACTS 2) Project provide free skills training and support delivered over the telephone by trained ministry workers from the African-American faith community.

They recently presented the project during last month's FSU BA Webinar. Click the links below for more information, and resources and to access the slides from the presentation. 

Slide Presentation
Ten Signs Checklist
ACTS 2 Flyer
ACTS 2 Program Description 
News You Can Use
In Memoriam
If you know of an FSU Black Alumni who has recently passed, please submit their name, degree, and graduation year here
FSUBA Scholarship Fund

The FSUBA promotes and supports the academic achievement of Black students at FSU. Annually, we award multiple scholarships to current FSU students.

To support our scholarship fundraising efforts, please visit us here:

Join the FSUBA

Want to become an official member of the FSUBA?  Your membership to FSU’s Alumni Association is also your membership to the FSUBA!  


Become a member here:


Once you have established your OneFSU account, please go to My Profile and click on About Me. Once there, scroll down the page to the Affiliations section and click the checkbox for FSU Black Alumni Network (and any other affiliations).  Make sure to click the Submit button and you’re all set!

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