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FMU Coalition to hold annual scholarship gala

FLORENCE – Francis Marion University’s African-American Faculty and Staff Coalition (AAFSC) will hold its 11th annual scholarship gala on Thursday, Feb. 23.  

The theme of this year’s event is “Leaving a Legacy, Commemorating Excellence.” The evening will begin with a reception in Ervin Dining Hall hosted by FMU President and Mrs. Luther F. Carter at 6:30 p.m. and the program beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person with proceeds going toward the group’s scholarship funds and functions.  

The keynote speaker for the gala is FMU Alum Stacey Brayboy (’94), chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).  

FNS provides children and needy families with better access to food and a healthful diet through its 15 nutrition assistance programs. As chief of staff, Brayboy manages the daily priorities of FNS including working with senior department officials, leaders of stakeholders groups, trade associations and other federal agencies. 

For the third year, the AAFSC Diversity Award will be presented to an FMU faculty or staff member who has made noteworthy efforts to promote and foster diversity.  

“We invite the public to join us in celebrating diversity and honoring an employee who upholds the university’s vision to promote diversity and inclusion in creative and collaborative ways,” said Yvonne Davis, President of the AAFSC. 

More information is available by calling Davis at (843) 661-1303 or email her at For tickets to the Coalition’s annual scholarship banquet, contact Past President of the AAFSC Steven Sims at (843) 661-1299 or or Vice President Howard Brown at (843) 661-1335 or


Last Published: February 7, 2012 11:17 AM
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