For Immediate Release
July 11, 2014
Contact Information

Erica McKinney
T: (305) 626-3626


(BLACK PR WIRE) – MIAMI GARDENS, FL (July 10, 2014)On Monday, July 14, 2014 at 11:00 AM, Florida Memorial University President Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis will be joined by The Florida Memorial University Board of Trustees, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan and representatives from the U.S. Department of Education to participate in a ground breaking ceremony for a New Multi –Purpose Arena & Wellness Education Center. The Wellness Center will include a gymnasium with two National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (“NAIA”) Division II regulation basketball courts with seating for approximately 2,800 spectators.

Immediately following the groundbreaking ceremony, at a neighboring campus site, a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held to open a state-of-the-art Science Annex. Penny Schaffer, Market President, Florida Blue and elected officials will join Dr. Artis to cut a ceremonial ribbon.

The new Science Annex Building is adjacent to the existing M.A. Range Science Building. The Annex Building is an 8,000 square foot, two story structure equipped with a Chemistry, Biology and General Labs.

After the ribbon cutting ceremony refreshments will be served and staff members will be available to answer questions and provide tours of the science annex.

WHO: Florida Memorial University President, Roslyn Clark Artis
Florida Memorial Board of Trustees
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan
Penny Schaffer, Market President, Florida Blue
Representatives from the US Department of Education

WHEN: Monday, July 14, 2014, 11:00 AM

WHERE: 15800 NW 42nd Avenue, Miami Gardens, Florida 33054

INFO: For more information, call Erica McKinney, Director, Public Affairs at (305) 626-3626

PHOTOGRAPHERS NOTE: A hard hat and shovel ceremony will take place.

About Florida Memorial University

Located in the City of Miami Gardens, Florida Memorial University is a private, historically Black institution that offers 42 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 provide a solid foundation for thousands of young people and to open 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 as the birthplace of the Negro National Anthem, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing.” For more information: Call (305) 626-3600 or visit