FSC holds reception
Governor's Points of Light Award recipient
Cathy Robinson-Pickett promotes HIV/AIDS awareness on campus
LAKELAND, Fla. (June 26,
2003) - Florida Southern College will hold a reception for Cathy
Robinson-Pickett, a career HIV educator and advocate who has received
the Governor's Points of Light Award for the first week of July.
The event takes place July 2 at 11 a.m. in the William M. Hollis
Seminar Room. Several local legislators have been invited, and FSC
Dean Susan Conner will represent the college.
The Governor's Points of Light Award, announced weekly, recognizes
people who have given exemplary service to the community. "The award
is an honor not just for myself but for thousands of Floridians
who fight this battle every day," said Robinson-Pickett. "There
are over 5,000 new infections in our state every year and we need
everyone's help to turn that tide."
Nineteen years ago, Robinson-Pickett was infected with the HIV virus
when she was attacked and raped. Since 1992, she has taken her life
experiences on the road, traveling throughout Florida to speak to
classes, student assemblies, conferences, and gatherings about HIV
and AIDS. At Florida Southern, she has hosted two National AIDS
Quilt displays on campus, speaks at student convocations, and teaches
Robinson-Pickett works extensively on AIDS policy and law, lobbying
for patient rights and producing educational videos. She and her
husband founded Friends Together, an organization devoted to promoting
education and awareness of AIDS. Many organizations have recognized
Robinson-Pickett for her service. She has been named one of the
Ten Outstanding Young Americans, a Daily National Point of Light,
Young Floridian of the Year (by the Florida Jaycees), and Humanitarian
of the Year (by The River Fund).
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.