Alumni News

August 2017
Marcia Rivas
B.S. ’79, Elementary Education

SNL-TLAE-M-Rivas-tree-1708-LORESFSUCOE alumna Marcia Rivas was recently honored by Twin Lakes Academy Elementary in Duval County, Florida for her many contributions to the school. A live oak tree was planted on school grounds in honor of Rivas, who retired in 2016.

Among her many contributions is forming the school’s award winning Green Team. Established in 2009 and made up of fourth graders who have a growing passion for their environment, the Green Team encourages kids to be educated and aware of the environment.

“Growing up in Michigan in an agricultural environment, my parents always encouraged my siblings and me to be outside and do our part to help take care of the environment,” Rivas said.

A self proclaimed science nerd, Rivas has always enjoyed being outside and involved with nature. As a science teacher, she was passionate about incorporating her love of nature into her classroom.

To view the article in full, click here.

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August 2017
Emma Reed
M.S. ’17, Sport Management

12763241.jpgFSUCOE alumna Emma Reed has joined the Pepperdine cross country and track programs as a full-time assistant coach.

Reed will work with Pepperdine’s distance runners and have a focus on recruiting.

Reed worked with the Seminoles’ women’s distance runners in 2015-16 and 2016-17 while earning her master’s degree in sport management.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to coach at such a prestigious university as Pepperdine,” Reed said. “Pepperdine offers an exceptional student-athlete experience and Malibu is a fantastic place for distance running. It will be a wonderful experience to work alongside Coach Radnoti. His vision and enthusiasm for the program matches my ideas for where we can take this team. The combination of places to train, coaching staff and Pepperdine’s elite educational experience will allow the Waves’ cross country and track teams to make leaps and bounds in the coming years.”

To view the article in full, click here.

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August 2017
Cecile Reynaud
M.S. ’78, Physical Education
Ph.D. ’98, Sport Management 

118af10.jpgDr. Cecile Reynaud, a two-time FSUCOE alumna, retired research associate in the FSU Department of Sport Management, and former Florida State Volleyball head coach,  was one of four coaches named to the 15th annual AVCA Hall of Fame class by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

From 1976-2001, Reynaud guided the Florida State Seminoles to 636 victories. At the time of her retirement, she was just one of eight active coaches to register more than 600 wins. During her Seminoles career, she picked up four conference coach of the year awards and seven conference championships (six Metro Conference and one ACC). Overall, her teams competed in 10 NCAA Tournaments.

To view the article in full, click here.

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August 2017
Carolyn (Carrie) Borcherding
B.S. M.S. ’07, Special Education 

Screen-Shot-2017-08-01-at-9.10.31-PM.pngGreenwich Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jill Gildea has announced the appointment of Ms. Carolyn (Carrie) Borcherding as a Special Education Program Coordinator, effective August 21.

With ten years experience as a teacher in special education, Ms. Borcherding has been a Special Education Coach and Summer School Site Supervisor for the Greenwich Public Schools since 2015.

Ms. Borcherding received a bachelor of science and master of science degrees in special education from Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL in 2007, and an administrative leadership certificate from City University, Seattle, WA in 2015.

To view the article in full, click here.

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July 2017
John Holden
M.S. ’07, Ph.D. ’16 Sport Management 

citationsDr. John Holden, a two-time FSUCOE alumnus and a visiting professor in the FSU Department of Sport Management, recently published the article, Ecological Economics and Sport Stadium Public Financing in the William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review with Sport Management doctoral student Christopher McLeod.

Given the recent importance that sport organizations, academics, and the public have placed on environmental sustainability this article introduces the study of ecological economics—founded upon Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen’s application of thermodynamics to economics—to legal perspectives on public financing. McLeod and Holden argue that the economic growth limits implied by thermodynamic principles should be incorporated in the public financing of sport stadiums. More specifically, municipalities can require facilities receiving public financing to produce environmental cost accounting reports and to make them publicly available.

Holden is an attorney licensed by The Florida Bar Association and The Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario). A two-time FSUCOE alumnus, he received both his master’s and doctorate degrees in Sports Management. Holden is a nationally recognized scholar, and has authored a multitude of articles that have been published in well-respected journals throughout the country. His scholarly research focuses on corruption in sport, sports gambling, sports analytics and e-sports.

To view the article in full, click here.

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July 2017
Bryan Howard
B.S. ’10 Physical Education

14907227-10108411795755723-5725596921398842460-n_origBryan Howard, a Math and Science teacher at Swift Creek Middle School in Leon County, Florida, and FSU College of Education alumnus, co-directed the school’s first Math and Science Camp.

Aimed rising 4th – 6th graders, the summer camp that took place June 26 – 29, 2017 was designed to prevent summer learning loss and help students prepare for middle school STEM. Students participated in learning activities such as bacon survivor, water games, and team building challenges.

Watch more from the Leon County Schools.

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June 2017
Michael K. McLendon
M.S. ’94 Higher Education 

286584_640The Dean of Baylor University’s School of Education and Florida State University College of Education alumnus, Michael K. McLendon has been named Baylor University’s interim provost. 

Michael McLendon will become the interim provost July 1.

McLendon, who also holds an endowed professorship in higher education leadership and policy, advises lawmakers and national and state organizations on issues of governance and education, such as college costs and institutional effectiveness.

“We are blessed to have such a noted higher education scholar on the Baylor campus who can immediately step in and serve the university as interim provost during this important time of transition,” Baylor University President Linda Livingstone said in a statement. “Dr. McLendon fully understands the role of the provost, as his scholarly work has focused extensively on postsecondary governance, finance and policy. His knowledge of and familiarity with Baylor, as an undergraduate and dean, are certainly an added benefit.”

McLendon earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Baylor, a master’s degree in higher education from Florida State University and a doctorate in higher education policy from the University of Michigan. He has held chairs, deanships and professorships at the education departments at Southern Methodist University and Vanderbilt University.

Read more from the Waco Tribune-Herald.

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June 2017
Stacie Harris Cox
B.S. ’02 Sport Management

19264564_10155480947519308_5691100041337357633_oFSU College of Education alumna Stacie Harris Cox is one of four FSU Women of Distinction that will be honored with The Inspire Award on July 13 in Tampa. 

Sponsored by the FSU Alumni Association and the Tampa Bay Seminole Club, 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.

Stacie Bene Harris Cox (B.S. ’02, J.D. ’05), a prominent attorney in the fight against human trafficking, is an assistant United States attorney for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division, serving as chief of the major crimes division and human trafficking coordinator.

In recognition of the significant impact she has made on the issue of human trafficking, from successfully prosecuting complex cases to supporting law enforcement in its work and raising public awareness about the issue, Cox received the 2013 Prosecutor of the Year Award from Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi.

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June 2017
Ryan Mazon
M.S./Ed.S. ’17 Career Counseling

Screen Shot 2017-06-27 at 2.46.10 PMFSU College of Education alumnus Ryan Mazon has joined the Daytona Beach Career Services team at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as a Program Manager. Ryan will be working with students in Aeronautics, Homeland Security, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Engineering Physics, Space Physics, Cybersecurity Management & Policy, and Human Security & Resilience. 

It is the mission of the Daytona Beach Career Services Office to provide quality comprehensive career-related services and resources, empowering students by giving them the tools necessary to excel in today’s highly competitive global employment market. The Daytona Beach Career Services Office facilitates connections between students, alumni and employers, for the purpose of promoting productive employment opportunities for both experiential learning and full-time careers in the aviation and aerospace industry. 

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June 2017
Wendy Johnston Bamford
M.S. ’09 Emotional/Learning Disabilities

594d26650ddca.imageWendy Johnston Bamford graduated May 2017 with a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the Dental College of Georgia in Augusta. 

Bamford  is a 2000 Lowndes High School Honor graduate; Valdosta State University Magna Cum Laude graduate with an Early Childhood degree;  and  graduate from Florida State University with a Master’s degree in Sepcial Ed.

 Bamford is the daughter of Bart and Ellen Carnes Johnston, formerly of Lake Park.  She is married and have two children. Bamford will be serving the Native Alaskan population in Barrow, Alaska as a dentist at Samuel Simmons Memorial Hospital beginning in July. 

Read more from the Valdosta Daily Times.

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June 2017
Jennifer Farran
M.S. ’12 Higher Education

jennifer-chavis-cohpa_130613_008-2_webFSU College of Education alumna Jennifer Farran, an academic advisor for the College of Health and Public Affairs at the University of Central Florida, has been selected as an Outstanding New Advisor Award Winner as part of the 2017 Global Awards Program for Academic Advising from NACADA: The Global Network for Academic Advising.

This award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising of students and who have served as an advisor for a period of three (3) or fewer years.

This is not Farran’s first award in this position Either. She won the Dr. Judith Sindlinger Outstanding New Advisor award at UCF in December. She also served as UCF’s nominee for the NACADA region and national outstanding new advisor awards. Farran was awarded the Certificate of Merit for Region 4 and named the winner for the national level, as well.

It was a very humbling and exciting moment to be announced as one of four winners out of 39 nominations, Farran said. The awards ceremony will take place Oct. 11 at the NACADA annual conference in St. Louis.

Read more from the University of Central Florida.

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June 2017
Briana Brown
B.S. ’16 FSU Teach

Headshot_BBrown_UXltEev.max-720x720FSU Teach alumna Briana Brown is the winner of the 2017 Constellation Award for the Southwest region!

Thanks to her enthusiasm for science and space, her school Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan Middle School in Houston, Texas will receive the same DNA analysis technology soon to fly to the Space Station!

The Constellation Award celebrates an educational institution’s collective enthusiasm for science and space. The five awards are given to the educational institution with the highest number of submissions from each of the major US geographic regions.

Read Ms. Brown’s GiS Spotlight.

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June 2017
Luke Loucks and Stevi Loucks
M.S. ’12 Sport Management
B.S. ’10
 M.S. ’11 Sport Management

SVSEUIHYHMBNPTD.20170613230850Luke Loucks, a film and player development intern with the Golden State Warriors who also helped the Seminoles to the 2012 ACC Men’s Basketball Championship, has added “world champion” to his resume, as the Warriors won the 2017 NBA Championship with a 4-1 series victory over Cleveland on Monday.

“Winning an NBA Championship and being a part of a World Championship team is an incredible feeling,” said Loucks barely 12 hours after watching the Warriors clinch the title with a 129-120 win.  “It’s something that I wish everyone could feel at some point in their lives. I feel so fortunate to be a part of the Warriors organization and win a title in my first year after wrapping up my playing career.

“I think it feels even better because everyone on our staff and on our team genuinely likes each other, so celebrating an accomplishment with people you really care about is something so great. It’s hard to explain in words.”

Loucks has been with the Warriors since the beginning of the 2016-17 season and works closely with the Warriors’ coaching staff, mainly in opponent scouting.

Loucks has gained a tremendous perspective for his dream job of work in the front office of an NBA franchise.

“Quite a few NBA head coaches and general managers started their NBA careers in thisposition – in the film room –  and after going through a year on the job you can see why,” said Loucks.  “This job gives you a great foundation of knowledge and grasp of what it takes to make it at the highest level.”

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Loucks (B.S. in Management/2011 and M.S. in Sport Management/2012) and his wife Stevi (B.S. Sport Management/2010 and M.S. in Sport Management/2011) both earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida State.  Loucks was a member of the men’s basketball team (2009-12) while Stevi (Steinhauer) earned three varsity letters as a member of the Seminoles’ swimming team (2007-10).

Stevi is pregnant with the couple’s first child.

IIt’s been quite a year, and we are super excited to become parents,” said Luke.  “Dennis Gates (an assistant coach with the Seminole basketball team) texted me and said that if it’s a boy, he’ll have a scholarship offer on the table.”

Read more from Seminoles.com.

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June 2017
Yaacov Petscher
M.S. ’04 Educational Psychology
M.S. ’05
Measurement and Statistics

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Yaacov Petscher

College of Education alumnus Yaacov Petscher is one of three faculty members that will receive financial support from the university to transport their innovative research from the laboratory to the marketplace.

The Office of the Vice President Research will split a pot of $110,000 among three researchers to build a new education application, a technology to track ocean currents and a novel sensing device for jet turbine engines.

They won the money through the university’s biannual GAP competition, a “Shark Tank” event that allows researchers to pitch their research ideas to a panel of local business executives. The event and grants are funded by the Office of the Vice President for Research.

The GAP program has provided university researchers with more than $2 million over the past 10 years to help researchers develop new cancer treatments, food contamination kits and next-generation wound dressings.

At the spring competition, the panel agreed to fund three promising projects, one of which was that of Yaacov Petscher.

A new education application for teachers: Yaacov Petscher, director of research at the Florida Center for Reading Research, developed an educational platform that allows teachers and students to simultaneously access an assessment tool, so that teachers could record results as students take assessments. Petscher said the platform would cut down on the number of forms students and teachers need for performance and scoring and allow for information to be more easily accessible for evaluation.

Read more from the FSU News.

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June 2017
Rita Ulrich
B.S. ’10 Social Science Education and Psychology

College of Education alumna Rita Ulrich has been named a recipient of the Fulbright-Hays program for the summer of 2017. She will be studying in Bulgaria. The Fulbright-Hays program to Bulgaria will focus on the nation’s relationship as part of the European Union, NATO and the neighboring countries of Turkey and Russia. Over the four weeks, the program will highlight the role that globalization has played in Bulgaria’s development since joining with the E.U. This study will include the impact that refugee migration into the country has had on the economy, culture, education and demographics, as well as the results of the “brain drain” of Bulgarians who have left for better opportunities elsewhere.

Ulrich is a social studies teacher for seventh- and eighth-grade, as well as psychology teacher to Advanced Placement students at Oxford Prep. She is a graduate of Florida State University with a double bachelor’s in social science education and psychology. Ulrich also has a master’s degree in international education from the University of Sydney, Australia.

The reason she applied to the Fulbright-Hays program is to expand knowledge of the changing dynamics of Eastern Europe, as well as educate herself in how the larger global issues are impacting Bulgaria and surrounding region. Ulrich said, “It is my goal that the Fulbright program will provide opportunities to connect with the people of Bulgaria who are living through the constant global change in the nation, bringing their varying and diverse experiences back to the classroom. Students who will be enrolled in my A.P. psychology class will then have a chance to analyze how the concepts they learn actually play out in the real world through individual stories and lesson based around these very topics.”

Read more from the Daily Dispatch.

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June 2017
Robert A. Deason
M.S. ’17 Curriculum & Instruction

Robert A. DeasonRecent Curriculum & Instruction master’s graduate, Robert A. Deason, sat down with the FSU Career Center to discuss his internships with Al Lawson for Congress, Dr. George Boggs and Dr. Trevor Stewart, and Senator Bill Nelson. Because of his many internships and the experience he obtained from them, Robert A. Deason was well prepared for a variety of employment opportunities.

Describe some of the steps you took to obtain your internship.

First, I had to locate various opportunities with professors and political campaigns.  I then applied and went in for interviews.  Ultimately, I earned two internships with AL Lawson for Congress and my program adviser at FSU.  In the fall, I interned with United States Senator Bill Nelson.

If you used any Career Center services or events to obtain the internship, what were they? How did these help you in landing the internship?

I would recommend Ms. Lauren Kume, Senior Assistant Director for Experiential Learning at Florida State University, for any advice related to internships, employment opportunities, and resume building.

Describe some of your responsibilities or duties during the internship experience.

As a Communications Intern with AL Lawson for Congress, I edited campaign materials, created press releases and op-eds, and canvassed in local neighborhoods leading up to the August 30th Primary.  As an Editing Intern with Dr. George Boggs and Dr. Trevor Stewart, I edited scholarly articles in preparation for publication in mainstream education outlets. As an intern with United States Senator Bill Nelson, I answered phones, documented constituents’ concerns, attended events on behalf of Senator Nelson, and utilized Microsoft Office to complete daily assignments.

What was a typical day like?

A typical day with AL Lawson for Congress involved copyediting, phone-banking, and researching information related to AL Lawson and his opponents. Interning with United States Senator Bill Nelson varied from day-to-day as well.  The atmosphere was always exciting and the employees in their offices were always friendly and supportive—A typical day during all three internships was fun and challenging.

What are some major takeaways from your experience? How will these help prepare you for the next step after graduation?

During all three of my internships, I improved in the areas of communication, cooperation, and 21stcentury technology.  I am a more punctual individual because of these experiences, and I believe each experience has prepared me for a variety of employment opportunities.

Did this experience help clarify your career path? How so?

I believe these experiences opened my eyes to more opportunities—rather than narrow my options into a smaller category.

Read more from the FSU Career Center. 

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May 2017
Michael K. McLendon
M.S. ’94 Higher Education 

286584_640The Dean of Baylor University’s School of Education and Florida State University College of Education alumnus, Michael K. McLendon has been named The Fred and Edith Hale Endowed Professor in Educational Leadership and Policy and interim director of the Hale Center for Educational Leadership. 

As the holder of the Hale Professorship, McLendon will convene research symposia around important questions in the study of educational leadership and policy and promote academic partnering between the School of Education and other academic units at Baylor that can serve to strengthen the University’s capabilities for undertaking interdisciplinary scholarship and forming leaders for educational and other settings.

In his role as interim director, McLendon will guide efforts to reestablish the Hale Center, positioning it on a trajectory to achieve national visibility and regional impact. Specific goals during this phase will include establishing an organizational structure that draws on faculty from within the School of Education and beyond to lead key programmatic initiatives, developing an initial research agenda for the center focused around critical issues in educational leadership and policy in the United States and abroad, elevating the center’s visibility externally and across the Baylor campus and procuring extramural sources of funding in support of the center’s mission and its activities.

The 10th dean of Baylor’s School of Education, McLendon has written extensively on educational governance and accountability, leadership, finance and public policy, and taught in these areas at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He has been named as one of the nation’s leading university-based academics whose research contributes most substantially to public debates around education. He advises states and national policy organizations, and, as a gubernatorial appointee, has served on blue ribbon commissions on the status and future of K-12 and higher education in Texas and in other states.

McLendon earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Baylor, a master’s in higher education from Florida State University and doctorate in higher education policy from the University of Michigan. In 2007, McLendon was recognized by the Baylor Alumni Association as the University’s Outstanding Young Alumnus.

Read more from Baylor University.

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May 2017
Michael Sachs
Ph.D. ’80 Sport Psychology

20140509_Sachs_002Michael Sachs, an FSU College of Education alumnus and a professor in the Department of Kinesiology, College of Public Health at Temple University, was a keynote speaker at the 2017 Association for Applied Sport Psychology West Regional Conference hosted by John F. Kennedy University on April 21-22, 2017

Dr. Michael Sachs is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology, College of Public Health, at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. He received his PhD in sport psychology from Florida State University. Michael is an associate editor of “Psychology of Running,” a co-editor of “Running as Therapy: An Integrated Approach,” anda co-editor of the “Directory of Graduate Programs in Applied Sport Psychology” 11th edition published by AASP (the Association for Applied Sport Psychology).He also co-wrote “The Total Sports Experience for Kids: A Parents’ Guide to Success in Youth Sports.” Michael is a certified consultant, Association for Applied Sport Psychology.

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April 2017
Allison H. Crume
Ph.D. ’04 Higher Education

Allison_Crume-squareFlorida State University President John Thrasher has appointed FSU College of Education alumna Allison H. Crume to serve as interim vice president for Student Affairs. 

Crume will fill the vacancy left following the retirement of Vice President for Student Affairs Mary Coburn in late May. She will serve in the position until Coburn’s successor, Amy Hecht, starts her new role in July. 

As interim vice president, Crume will oversee approximately 1,000 employees in the university’s student affairs division that spans a wide array including the Career Center, the Center for Leadership & Social Change, the Center for Global Engagement, the Dean of Students, the Oglesby Union and the Student Government Association. 

“We are extremely grateful to Allison for her willingness to step up during this time of transition,” President John Thrasher said. “Allison is a proven leader, and I am confident Student Affairs will be in good hands.” 

Crume has served as associate vice president for Student Affairs since July 2013, where she provides leadership and support for the following departments: Campus Recreation, Oglesby Student Union, University Counseling Center, University Health Services and University Housing. 

Crume teaches in the Undergraduate Leadership Certificate Program through the College of Education and Center for Leadership & Social Change. She is an active member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Her research interests include campus governance, women in higher education, professional development, graduate preparation and supervision. 

Crume completed her doctorate in higher education administration at Florida State University in 2004. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Georgia College & State University. Prior to joining the FSU Division of Student Affairs, she worked at the Board of Governors, State University System of Florida, in the area of Academic and Student Affairs. 

Read more from Florida State University News.

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March 2017
Dane Ward
M.S. ’83 Social Science Education

Dane.ward_.1-640x400Illinois State Milner Library Dean and Florida State University College of Education alumnus, Dane Ward has been named the dean of libraries and the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor for Library and Information Studies at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Ward will begin his position at Appalachian State on August 1.

“Dean Ward has made many contributions to campus and Milner over the past 15 years,” said Jan Murphy, interim vice president for Academic Affairs and provost. “He has worked diligently to establish strong channels of communication with campus partners to collaboratively reshape the library as a “one stop learning” facility.  He has initiated a number of projects that will create a 21st century library that will positively impact our campus.”

Ward has served as dean of Milner Library since 2014. Prior to that, he served as Milner’s associate dean for public services. Ward earned his Ph.D. in higher education administration from Illinois State, and master’s degrees in library and information science from Indiana University, and social studies education from Florida State University.

Read more from Illinois State University.

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March 2017
James Stage
M.S. ’16 I
nstructional Systems and Learning Technologies 

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAj_AAAAJDViNDliZThmLWEwMzgtNGM0MC1iYzViLTY5NzBjY2E5ZWEyYgOn March 14, Gov. Rick Scott presented the Governor’s Young Entrepreneur Award to James Stage, a 2016 FSU College of Education alumnus who created the educational software business Queralyze.

Stage said he was honored to be recognized, especially since developing and running a successful startup was never something he imagined.

“I wanted to be Jason Bourne or a lawyer,” Stage said with a laugh. “Working for myself never seemed to be a possibility, least of all in education. The support I have received from my family, community and educators at the Jim Moran Institute and Jim Moran School has been overwhelming. I wouldn’t be where I am right now without that invaluable support. I will forever be indebted to them for helping me create a business that will impact students’ lives so positively,” Stage said.

Stage graduated in 2015 with bachelor’s degrees in international affairs and political science. In addition, he minored in entrepreneurship. Stage went on to earn a master’s degree from the College of Education in instructional systems and learning technologies in 2016.

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March 2017
Will Guzmán
M.S. ’99 Social Science Education
 

Scan_20150612Will Guzmán was appointed by Pam Stewart, Florida Commissioner of Education to Florida’s Task Force on African American History (December 2015-January 2017).

Will Guzmán was awarded the C. Calvin Smith Book Prize by the Souther Conference of the African American Studies for his book “Civil Rights in the Texan Borderlands: Dr. Lawrence A. Nixon and Black Activism” with was published in 2015 by the University of Illinois Press (February 2016).

Will Guzmán was appointed Book Review Editor for “THE GRIOT: The Journal of African American Studies” (February 2016-present).

Will Guzmán was appointed to the board of the Council on Culture and Arts (COCA) by the City of Tallahassee and Leon County government (March 2016-present).

Will Guzmán graduated from the National Education Association’s Center for Organizing Higher Education Emerging Leaders Academy (April 2016).

Will Guzmán was selected Neighbor of the Year by the City of Tallahassee and Council of Neighborhood Associations for his community service in the Providence Neighborhood (June 2016).

Will Guzmán was voted Vice President of the Tallahassee Historical Society (July 2016).

Will Guzmán was appointed to the Editorial Board of the “International Journal of Africana Studies” (February 2017).

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February 2017
Susan Donovan
M.S. ’81 Higher Education
 

c5txubxucaai-zgBellarmine University has named a new president.

Florida State University College of Education alumna Susan Donovan received unanimous support from the Louisville university’s board of trustees and will begin in her new post on July 1, according to a news release. Currently, she is executive vice president of Loyola University Maryland.

Bellarmine, a private Catholic university, was without a president since long-time president Joseph McGowan died on March 1 at age 71. Donovan is the university’s fourth president.

Donovan, 58, holds a bachelor’s degree from Buena Vista University, a master’s degree in higher education from Florida State University and a doctorate in higher education from St. Louis University. She also attended Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management, according to the release.

Bellarmine board of trustees chairman Pat Mulloy described Donovan as a “key figure at Loyola during a period of transformational growth, much like our own.”

Donovan has worked for Loyola University Maryland for 32 years. In that time, she has held the titles of vice president for student development, dean of students, dean of residence life and interim vice president for advancement. She also served as acting president in 2015. You can read her application letter below.

The board of trustees appointed Donovan after a “global search” that was lead by presidential selection committee made up of trustees and representatives from the university staff, faculty, students, alumni and local community, according to the release.

Read more from Louisville Business First.

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February 2017
Sally Brown Rhoden and Pamela Cobb Green 

Florida State University College of Education alumna Sally Brown Rhoden has endowed a new scholarship that will support students in FSU’s Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education programs. 

Rhoden created the scholarship in honor of her friend and fellow alumna Pamela Cobb Green, who has spent more than 40 years teaching physical education in Gainesville, Fla. 

“When I visit Pam, I sometimes go to the school where she currently teaches to watch her do her magic with the preschool and elementary age kids who are fortunate enough to have her as their P.E. teacher,” Rhoden said. “She is creative, fun and absolutely passionate about instilling in these kids the desire to love being physically active throughout their lives, just as she did with many of their parents during her almost 50 years of teaching.” 

Rhoden, who came to FSU from Monroe, Ga., first met Green during their freshman year. The two struck up a conversation because they were wearing similar T-shirts from their respective high schools. 

“That sparked a conversation that is still going on some 52 years later,” Rhoden said. “We soon figured out how to ditch our roommates so that we could room together and spent most of the rest of our college days being best friends and living together. Our days at FSU were so much fun.” 

Green agrees. 

“There’s a Chinese phrase – laotong – that means ‘my old same,’” Green said. “That’s me and Sally. We are old sames. We are from different places and have different beliefs, but there’s something about our souls that has always been familiar.” 

As Rhoden reflected on the people and places that have made the most impact on her life, FSU and Green immediately came to mind. 

“What better way to honor my love for FSU and my deep abiding friendship with Pam than to create a scholarship to inspire and train future teachers who are as dedicated to the teaching of young children as Pam has been?” 

The endowed scholarship will first be awarded in Fall 2017 and will be awarded annually each fall thereafter. 

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February 2017
Sally Brown Rhoden and Pamela Cobb Green 

Florida State University College of Education alumna Sally Brown Rhoden has endowed a new scholarship that will support students in FSU’s Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education programs. 

Rhoden created the scholarship in honor of her friend and fellow alumna Pamela Cobb Green, who has spent more than 40 years teaching physical education in Gainesville, Fla. 

“When I visit Pam, I sometimes go to the school where she currently teaches to watch her do her magic with the preschool and elementary age kids who are fortunate enough to have her as their P.E. teacher,” Rhoden said. “She is creative, fun and absolutely passionate about instilling in these kids the desire to love being physically active throughout their lives, just as she did with many of their parents during her almost 50 years of teaching.” 

Rhoden, who came to FSU from Monroe, Ga., first met Green during their freshman year. The two struck up a conversation because they were wearing similar T-shirts from their respective high schools. 

“That sparked a conversation that is still going on some 52 years later,” Rhoden said. “We soon figured out how to ditch our roommates so that we could room together and spent most of the rest of our college days being best friends and living together. Our days at FSU were so much fun.” 

Green agrees. 

“There’s a Chinese phrase – laotong – that means ‘my old same,’” Green said. “That’s me and Sally. We are old sames. We are from different places and have different beliefs, but there’s something about our souls that has always been familiar.” 

As Rhoden reflected on the people and places that have made the most impact on her life, FSU and Green immediately came to mind. 

“What better way to honor my love for FSU and my deep abiding friendship with Pam than to create a scholarship to inspire and train future teachers who are as dedicated to the teaching of young children as Pam has been?” 

The endowed scholarship will first be awarded in Fall 2017 and will be awarded annually each fall thereafter. 

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January 2017
Tristan Alfant
B.S. ’07 Visual Disabilities 

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Tristan Alfant with FSDB President (photo: FSDB)

The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) recognized its seven FSDB Teacher of the Year finalists and its Teacher and School-Related Employee of the Year in a special ceremony Dec. 16. 

One of the seven finalists was Florida State University College of Education alumna Tristan Alfant.

Tristan Alfant, a teacher in the L. Daniel Hutto Early Learning Center, works with blind/visually impaired students. Now in her ninth year at FSDB, Alfant earned a bachelor’s degree in visual disabilities at Florida State University and a master’s degree in special education at the University of North Florida.

Read more from the St. Augustine Record.

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January 2017
Damon P.S. Andrew
Ph.D. ’04 Sport Administration 

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Damon Andrew receiving the 2017 Distinguished Scholar Award (photo: LSU)

Damon Andrew, Dean of the LSU College of Human Sciences & Education was presented the 2017 Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education (NAKHE).

The Distinguished Scholar Award is awarded to a person who has made a significant contribution to kinesiology and physical education in higher education through scholarly pursuits within a multi-disciplinary perspective and has been a contributing member of NAKHE continuously for at least five years.

Dr. Damon Andrew serves as Dean and E.B. “Ted” Robert Endowed Professor of Louisiana State University’s College of Human Sciences and Education. His specific research interests can generally be classified into three areas: (1) leadership in sport, (2) the attraction of sport to participants, spectators, sponsors, employees, and stakeholders, and (3) the effective integration of individuals with disabilities into the sporting environment.

Read more from the LSU College of Human Sciences and Education.

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January 2017
Adrienne Frame
Ed.D. ’09 Higher Education

Adrienne Frame has been selected as the University of Central Florida’s new associate vice president and dean of students in the Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services.

dr-frame-headshot-380x396Frame previously served as interim director of residence life and housing and special assistant to the dean of students at Suffolk University in Boston, MA before joining UCF. Another stop in her 24-year career in higher education was the housing director at Florida State University.

In her role at UCF, Frame will oversee five major units – Student Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Rights and Responsibilities, Neighborhood Relations and Safety Education, and Academic Services for Student-Athletes. She will work closely with our campus partners to advance student development and success; promote a safe, caring, healthy and inclusive student experience; and respond to emerging needs of our students.

Frame replaces Anthony Jenkins, who left Orlando to become the president at West Virginia State University last year.

Her credentials also include a doctorate in Higher Education from FSU, a master’s degree from the University of New Hampshire and a bachelor’s degree from Denison University, according to UCF.

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January 2017
Cynthia Bennett
Social Studies Education

98e2a5a8e2f09bb6fe326534effe4f39Cynthia Bennett has been named the new director of programs for the Newnan-Coweta Chamber,the largest business organization in Coweta County, Georgia.

“How can I be anything but honored and energized to be joining this award-winning organization?” Bennett said in a press release. “Ken and I have enjoyed many benefits of membership in the Newnan-Coweta Chamber, and now I plan to create this same experience for other business owners. For nearly 30 years I have made my home in Coweta County. The quality of life is the result of collaboration between local government, businesses, nonprofits and civic organizations. I am looking forward to working for continued growth and prosperity in our community.”

Bennett has an undergraduate degree in Social Studies Education and Political Science from Florida State University and a master’s degree from George Washington University. She earned her M.A. in education and Human Development, specializing in Educational Technology Leadership.

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December 2016
Gerard Vernot
Ph.D. ’75 Counseling and Human Systems

51ckuxki0dl-_sx331_bo1204203200_Gerard Vernot has published a book entitled, Helping Students Eliminate Inappropriate School Behavior: A Group Activities’ Guide for Teachers and Counselors.

The major purpose of this book is to help students improve their school behavior. The activities described in the book cover six major areas. Briefly described they are:

  1. Developing better communication skills through accurate perception, listening, and paraphrasing;
  2. Learning how to cooperate with others through consensus in order to achieve appropriate goals;
  3. Acquiring a better understanding of oneself and one’s needs through giving and getting feedback;
  4. Learning appropriate methods of self-disclosure of one’s needs and desires;
  5. Learning how to deal with conflicts in an appropriate manner in order to achieve a desired end;
  6. Developing problem solving skills related to the student’s values and legitimate goals.

The target audience for this book would be educators working with students in high school and middle school. These activities can be used in the classroom setting. While the focus of the book is helping behavior problem students, the exercises can be used with any group that wants to develop skills in these areas.

The book contains an introduction describing the nature of the problem, goals, and the need for the group approach, and 21 group activities related to the six areas mentioned above. A student evaluation of the group activities completes the program.

Vernot’s book is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Author House.

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December 2016
Amy Franklin
M.S. ’96 Elementary Education

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Amy Franklin works with her 5th grade excel science class as BASF joined to volunteer with the students as Hawks Rise Elementary School on a chemical reaction experiment on Tuesday Dec. 13, 2016 (photo: Tallahassee Democrat)

Students in a fifth-grade advanced science class at Hawks Rise Elementary watched chemical reactions happen right on their desks Tuesday, thanks to somewhat of a spontaneous partnership that formed several years ago with the chemical manufacturing giant, BASF Corporation.

Chemists from BASF, which is headquartered in Germany but has locations in Quincy and just over the border in Attapulgus, Georgia, brought the necessary materials for a “chemistry kit” and set up shop in Amy Franklin‘s classroom. Now in their third year presenting to students, they have been doing so since a parent of one of Franklin’s former students connected the teacher with the company, which was glad to perform community outreach.

The first experiment required each student to make their own hypothesis and fill out a data sheet while testing which material — a sponge, a paper towel, or a shammy cloth — would absorb the most water.

“Is it okay to have a hypothesis that’s not correct?” asked Chris Huth, one of BASF’s presenting chemists. “It’s a good thing, isn’t it?”

Franklin roamed the room making sure students included their units of measurement as they recorded results of the water absorption before having to help the students put on aprons for their next experiment.

 “I think it will turn green,” one student speculated. Another predicted “I think it will start to fizz,” as the students chattered excitedly waiting for the chemical to react.

As they watched, the powder in the bottom of the cup began “growing” and rapidly soaking up the water surrounding it, producing a clear, jiggly gelatinous mass.

Levin explained that the polymer, which contains sodium, absorbs 1,000 times its weight in a matter of seconds.

“It’s a great opportunity to put them into a hands-on activity, which is the way I like to teach science. I think that’s the way children at this age learn it best,” Franklin said. “A lot of them come from parents who are scientists, some work at the Mag Lab and some work at FSU, so these kids have had a lot of exposure to science and they just eat it up.”

Franklin, who was the recipient of the 2015 Leon County Schools Teacher of the year award, also had her fourth-grade science class participate in the interactive presentation during their class.

 Tim Waltz, a BASF maintenance reliability engineer, has been on hand each of the past year’s presentations.

 “Last year we did filtration and showed how various chemicals can filter water. Every one of them is very active in participating,” Waltz said.

Read more from the Tallahassee Democrat.

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December 2016
Jessica Hooker 
B.S. ’08, M.S. ’09 Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership Certificate ’16

636171477726023791-jessica-hookerJessica Hooker, a third grade teacher at Springwood Elementary, immediately burst into tears when she was surprised with the announcement she won Leon County Teacher of the Year during the school’s Christmas assembly Thursday. Hooker is in her eighth year of teaching, and has been at Springwood her entire career.

One of Hooker’s past students, now a fifth grader, was given the microphone to tell the crowd his Christmas wish: that his former teacher would be honored with the award. As soon as he announced his wish, a flood of people – Springwood staff, Hooker’s parents and husband, media and Superintendent Rocky Hanna – came out from behind the stage to congratulate her.

“Today makes all the hard work, all the times when you question whether you’re in the right position or whether you’re doing what God wants you to do, it makes all of that make sense,” Hooker said following the announcement.

“It makes your challenging times worth it. The nights away from my husband, the nights away from my family because I’m dedicating my life to my 32 wonderful students.”

Along with the chance to compete for Teacher of the Year at the state and possibly national level, Hooker also won the keys to a brand new Kia Forte for a year courtesy of Kia of Tallahassee.

Hooker’s father Robert Baker, who traveled from South Florida to witness her receive the award, began to tear up when talking about how much Teacher of the Year means to his daughter.

“I found out yesterday afternoon about 4:30 so it hit me hard then, drove up seven hours from Miami and had a few fragile moments on the way,” Baker said.

“She always wanted to be a teacher, from age 6 on. She always wanted to go to Florida State, and never wavered. She’s worked hard for a lot of years to get to this point.”

Read more and view a video of Hooker accepting the award via the Tallahassee Democrat. 

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December 2016
Jessica Hooker 
B.S. ’08, M.S. ’09 Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership Certificate ’16

Wanda Moore 
M.S. ’01 Emotional/Learning Disabilities 

Jessica Hooker, a third-grade teacher at Springwood Elementary, and Wanda Moore, an ESE teacher at James S. Rickards High, were selected as finalists for Leon County Schools’ 2016 Teacher of the Year.

We all remember the teacher, or perhaps more than one, who changed our lives.

Leon County Schools’ teachers are doing life-changing work every day, and each year one standout is given the Teacher of the Year award for their contributions.

According to LCS, the finalists were selected by a committee of teachers, administrators, parents and community representatives from among 44 candidates. The committee selected the finalists based on their reviews of “blind applications” with no names or schools on them from each respective LCS school level Teacher of the Year.

The finalists will undergo an interview process with the selection committee on Wednesday, and the winner will be surprised at their school Thursday morning.

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Jessica Hooker, Third Grade Teacher at Springwood Elementary

Hooker is in her eighth year of teaching and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in early childhood education from Florida State University. She also has her certification in Educational Leadership/Administration from FSU.

Hooker hopes to one day be an assistant principal and eventually a principal here in Leon County. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Adam, and their fur-children, James and Lily.

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Wanda Moore, ESE Teacher at James S. Rickards High School

Moore has been teaching for 22 years, the past six at Rickards. She has also taught in elementary and middle schools with experience in alternative schools as well.

At Rickards, Moore teaches about 60 students in ESE classes for grades 9-12 and a career preparatory course.

“What I love about teaching is seeing the students grow from year to year, getting excited about their learning and becoming self-empowered,” Moore said.

To read more and learn more about the other three LCS 2016 Teacher of the Year finalists, click here.

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November 2016
William Cribbs
M.S. ’09 Social Science Education, M.S. ’13 Reading Education/Language Arts

William CribbsESE teacher at Port St. Joe Elementary School, was featured in The Port St. Joe Star’s Gulf County New Teacher Spotlight.

Growing up in Valdosta, GA, Cribbs collected his bachelor’s degree in political science from Valdosta State University followed by social science education and reading education master’s degrees from Florida State University.

Additionally, he holds certifications in elementary education for grades K-6, reading education for K-12, middle grades 5-9, social science 6-12, exceptional student education K-12 and an endorsement in ESOL.

“Both of my parents were educators so it is a profession I hold in high regard,” Cribbs said. “I wanted to be a teacher because I, like most in the profession, feel I can make a positive impact on the students I teach.”

After spotting the job posting on the Gulf County School District website, Cribbs, who lives in Mexico Beach with his wife and three children, said his special connection to Port St. Joe is what made him take the leap and apply.

“My wife’s family was educated in Port St. Joe,” Cribbs said. “I know the area well and know several people working within the school system, my children also attend Gulf County schools.”

Cribbs said that in his new role he hopes to help his students develop a love for learning, helping them build a solid foundation to become successful.

“I’m looking forward showing my students how class can be fun while still highly educational,” Cribbs said. “I look forward to building a positive relationship with students and helping them build a love for school where they want to go to school.”

He added that he’d not only be teaching general studies, but also how a positive attitude can directly lead to academic success.

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November 2016
Cheryl D. Lovell
Ph.D. ’90 Higher Education

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Dr. Cheryl D. Lovell

The search for the University of South Carolina Upstate’s next chancellor has been narrowed to three finalists including FSU College of Education alumna Dr. Cheryl D. Lovell.

Dr. Cheryl D. Lovell provides leadership to the CSU System [which includes three universities: CSU at Fort Collins, CSU at Pueblo, and CSU Global Campus (a completely online university)] to maximize and explore system wide collaborations. She is focused on a variety of complex issues and opportunities related to academic programs, admission and enrollment management, faculty development, strategic partnerships, and operational efficiencies. The larger goal of Dr. Lovell’s work is to better serve students by increasing System productivity gained through collaborations and efficiencies while creating structures to monitor and report on programmatic, academic, and financial successes of these institutions and ultimately of the System as a whole. Previously Dr. Lovell was President and Chief Executive Officer of Rocky Vista University and now serves as President Emeritus and will continue to serve the university and help with the transition of the new President. Prior to RVU, Dr. Lovell served as the Chief Academic Officer for the State of Colorado with the Department of Higher Education. Lovell earned a Ph.D. in higher education from Florida State University with a dissertation on faculty conflict issues in the State University System of Florida. She earned a master’s degree in guidance and counseling for higher education and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of West Georgia.

Read more.

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October 2016
Clarissa Nicole West-White
M.S. ’95, Ph.D. ’01 Curriculum & Instruction, English Education

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Dr. Clarissa Nicole West-White, assistant professor of English at Bethune-Cookman University, was appointed chair of the English, World Languages, and Cultures Studies Department where she teaches both online and on-campus courses.

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October 2016
Kathleen S. Boyd Marsh 
B.S. ’71 English Education

Kathleen S. Boyd Marsh has published her debut children’s novel entitled, The Lazy Dragon and the Bumblespells Wizard. The novel features a lazy dragon (called a “Dr’gon”) and a fugitive wannabe wizard in a comic fantasy. The book is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Indigo Music and Books.

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At seven years old, Boyd Marsh self-published her first fantasy on lined notebook paper, stapled together by her grandfather, and starring a creature based on her little sister. She is a 1971 graduate of Florida State University, where she received her B.S. in English Education. She now lives in Richmond, KY and writes about dragons, wizards, and other fantastic creatures.

Read more.

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October 2016
Shannon M. Arsenault
B.S. ’00 Mathematics Education

Shannon M. Arsenault has joined McGlinchey Stafford’s Commercial Litigation Practice.

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Shannon M. Arsenault

Arsenault represents clients in commercial litigation matters, focusing on contested residential mortgage foreclosures. Prior to entering private practice, she served as Assistant Attorney General in the Fort Lauderdale Office of the Attorney General. Arsenault received her J.D., cum laude, from the St. Thomas University School of Law in 2007, and served as the Managing Editor of the St. Thomas University Intercultural Human Rights Law Review. She is also a 2010 graduate of The George Washington University, where she received her M.A. in Education Policy, and a 2000 graduate of Florida State University, where she received her B.S. in Mathematics Education.

Read more.

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October 2016
Daneika Borthwick
B.S. ’15, M.S. ’16 Sport Management 

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Daneika Borthwick (Photo: Seminoles.com)

Daneika Borthwick, former Florida State tennis standout, has been named the assistant women’s tennis coach at Columbia University, head coach Ilene Weintraub announced Thursday, Oct. 20.

“We are excited to welcome Daneika into the Columbia tennis family,” Weintraub said. “Daneika brings with her top-level experience while competing at the highest collegiate and international levels. She also has a great desire to begin a career in coaching and has great passion to help student-athletes achieve their full potential.”

Borthwick is a 2015 Florida State graduate where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Sport Management. She earned a Master’s degree from FSU in Sports Management with a coaching certificate in August, 2016.

Click here to read more.

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October 2016
Isaac Wood
M.S. ’13 Sport Management 

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Isaac Wood

Isaac Wood joined BYU track and field and cross country as director of operations following a tenure at Weber State University, where he worked as the assistant track and field and cross country coach since 2014. 

Wood graduated from BYU in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in History. He received a master’s degree in Sport Management from Florida State University in 2013. While at FSU, he worked as the cross country and track and field graduate assistant, participating in recruiting, opponent scouting reports and organization of team events. The FSU cross country team finished eighth at NCAA Nationals while Wood was a part of the staff.

Click here to read more.

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October 2016
Megan McHugo Morrison
M.S. ’05 Sport Management 

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Megan Morrison was promoted to Ivy League Associate Executive Director, Compliance & Governance

Megan Morrison joined the Ivy League office staff in June 2006 and has served as Assistant Executive Director, Compliance, Governance & Championships since July 2008. She was promoted to Associate Executive Director in July 2016.

Her duties consist of providing official interpretations of NCAA bylaws on a daily basis, serving as the editor of the Ivy League compliance website, updating and posting important compliance information and issues for the League’s compliance personnel, developing “Tips of the Month” for compliance staff, coaches and student-athletes and assisting in the administration of annual coaches certification tests.

In addition, Morrison plays a vital role with administration of the League’s championships for men’s and women’s swimming & diving, men’s and women’s golf and softball.

Morrison came to Ivy office after obtaining her Master of Science degree in Sports Management from Florida State University, where she also served as a graduate assistant in the athletics compliance office. During the summer of 2003, Morrison studied in Paris and London, completing the school’s Global Sport Management Program.

Click here to read more from the Ivy League.

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September 2016
Kristina Bauer
M.S. ’12 Social Science Education

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Kristina Bauer (Photo: WCTV)

Kristina Bauer, a Fairview Middle School, was named WCTV Teacher of the Month by Envision Credit Union in Tallahassee on Wednesday, September 28

Bauer was nominated by her students in May of this year.

Click here to read more and view a video from WCTV.

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September 2016
Joy Becker
B.S. ’75 Physical Education

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Joy Becker (Photo: Courtesy of Dina Ivory)

Joy Beckerformer Florida State University women’s softball player and  Florida State University College of Education alumna was inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame on Sunday, September 25, 2016. 

Upon exiting college at Florida State in 1975 as a softball player, Becker started the first club volleyball program in Tallahassee.

In addition to coaching as an assistant volleyball coach at FSU under Cecile Reynaud, Becker’s career success sits at 645 wins in high school volleyball as coach of Maclay, Florida High and Leon. She won two state championships in girls basketball in 1976 and 1978, pushing her into the Marauders’ hall of fame.

Becker became Leon County Schools’ first female athletic director in 2012 when she headed up Godby for three years, but she also previously served as interim athletic director at Leon and athletic director at Florida High.

Becker has been named FACA Coach of the Year three times, All-Big Bend Coach of the Year five times, LCS Teacher of the Year twice and been recognized as a Region Coach of the Year by USA Volleyball. She’s also in the Florida Coaches Hall of Fame.

Click here to read more from the Tallahassee Democrat.

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September 2016
M. Dianne Murphy
PhD ’80 Educational Leadership/Administration

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Dr. M. Dianne Murphy

Dr. M. Dianne Murphyformer Florida State University women’s basketball coach (1976-1979) and  current senior partner at The PICTOR Group, an intercollegiate athletics consulting firm, has been awarded the 2016 National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding achievement and dedication to the advancement of women in athletics. 

The Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed annually to administrators who have dedicated their professional careers to advancing women in sport, rendered meritorious service and retired from or are no longer directly involved in the profession. Honorees are nominated by their peers and selected by past NACWAA Lifetime Achievement winners.

Murphy will be celebrated October 10 at the NIKE Lifetime Achievement and Presidential Leadership Awards Luncheon in conjunction with the 2016 NACWAA National Convention in Kansas City, MO.

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September 2016
Susan James
PhD ’11 Reading Education & Language Arts

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Susan James, assistant professor of teacher education and educational leadership at the University of West Florida, was a driving force behind the the first  National Writing Project Summer Invitational Institute held recently at UWF.

June 6-23, nine middle and 11 elementary school teachers participated in a three-week program designed to immerse educators in engaging activities that they could share with their own students during the school year. The event included education professors in the fields of mathematics, science and social studies in an effort to present ideas for writing across multiple disciplines.

Click here to read more from WUWF.

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August 2016
William Benedict Russell III
PhD ’06 Social Science Education
 

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William Benedict Russell III

William Benedict Russell III, professor of social science education at the University of Central Florida, has been named a 2016 Notable Nole. Russell, along with other outstanding FSU alumni, will be honored during the Young Alumni Awards Brunch in Tallahassee on Saturday, November 12. 

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August 2016
Martha Caldwell
M.A. ’91 English Education
 

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Martha Caldwell

Martha Caldwell, along with fellow teacher Oman Frame at the Paideia School in Atlanta, Georgia, recently published a book entitled, Let’s Get Real: Exploring Race, Class, and Gender Identities in the Classroom. They are co-founders of iChange Collaborative, where they train teachers and students in inclusion education, cultural competency, social emotional learning, and ethical leadership.

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June 2016
Jennifer Dombek
B.S. ’06 Elementary Education, M.S. ’08 Reading Education/Language Arts, Ph.D. ’13 Reading Education/Language Arts
Nicholaus Dombek
B.S. ’07 Social Science Education

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Jennifer Dombek, a three-time FSU College of Education alumna and ovarian cancer survivor, will run in the 2016 New York City Marathon with her husband, Nicholaus Dombek, to raise money for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. Jennifer is one of only five women selected by the organization to participate in the marathon. The race has about 50,000 people who compete each year, according to the official website for the event. Jennifer is currently an employee of the Florida Center for Reading Research and Nick is a teacher at Griffin Middle School.

Read more from the Tallahassee Democrat.

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June 2016
David Lauer
Ed.S. ’92 Educational Leadership Administration

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David Lauer

David Lauer recently published a new book entitled, It’s All Good: A Career in Education, which chronicles his 42-year career in education that included positions as a teacher, coach, club sponsor, department chairman, staff development trainer, program administrator, high school principal and assistant superintendent.

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Ali Raza

June 2016
Ali Raza
M.S. ’16 Higher Education

Ali Raza recently accepted and began his first professional role as a program coordinator for campus activities at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Raza will be supervising one half-time professional, one graduate assistant, and 22 students as part of his staff in the Campus Information and Box Office of the Lory Student Center. He will also be working with Ram Orientation Late Night programming this summer. Raza began his new role on Tuesday, May 31, 2016.

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June 2016
Amy Piotrowski
Ph.D. ’16 English Education

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Amy Piotrowski

Amy Piotrowski accepted an assistant professor position at Utah State University where she will teach courses in English education and secondary education for future teachers.

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Peter Leighton

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June 2016
Peter C. Leighton
M.S. ’94 Higher Education 

Peter Curtis Leighton was recently hired as director of marketing and client relations for Chepenik Trushin LLP in North Miami, Florida. His law firm is boutique specializing in estate planning, trusts, estate litigation, probate, probate litigation, guardianship law and commercial litigation. Leighton has dedicated his life career to adult development and life planning serving higher education, elder/senior care communities and law.

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June 2016
Kristi Santi
Ph.D. ’02 Special Education

Dr. Kristi Santi, associate professor of Special Education at the University of Houston, is the incoming vice president of the Texas Chapter for the Council for Learning Disabilities.

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May 2016
Danette Saylor
Ph.D. ’05 Rehabilitation Counseling

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Dr. Danette Saylor

Danette Saylor, vice president of Student Affairs and Success at Albany State University, was appointed to serve as an advisory board member for the NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Center for Women.

The NASPA Center for Women explores issues pertinent to women in student affairs, while enhancing development opportunities and encouraging research relevant to women in higher education.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to serve on the NASPA Center for Women board,” Saylor said. “The Center for Women will increase my knowledge of the challenges impacting women in higher education, specifically student affairs and the long-term effects on the sustainability of women leaders. Being introduced to women leaders who are committed in mind and convicted in spirit to resolve these challenges will be a phenomenal privilege.”

Saylor was chosen following a competitive selection process. She will serve a two-year term, which is effective immediately and concludes March 2018. She has served as vice president of Student Affairs and Success at ASU for nearly a year. During her time at ASU, she implemented the “Girls Night In Vice-President’s Sleep Over” to inspire and motivate female faculty, staff and students.

Click here to read the full press release by Albany State University.

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May 2016
Bárbara “Barby” María Moro
B.S./M.S. ’08 Emotional/Learning Disabilities

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Barby Moro

Barby Moro was appointed interim president/CEO of the Southern Scholarship Foundation (SSF) while continuing to serve as director of student affairs for SSF’s North Florida campus. SSF provides scholarships in the form of rent-free housing to qualified students attending Florida A&M University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida State University, Santa Fe College, Tallahassee Community College, and University of Florida.

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May 2016
Tom Vlasak, B.S. ’66 Industrial Arts Education
Evelyn Smith Vlasak, B.S. ’69 Mathematics Education

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Tom and Evelyn Vlasak with Suzette Wiggins (Hamilton County School Board) and Tom Moffses (Hamilton County School District Superintendent).

A new scholarship has been established that will benefit Hamilton, Suwannee or Madison county students who wish to pursue a major in the Florida State University College of Education thanks to the generosity of College of Education alumni Tom and Evelyn Smith Vlasak.

The Tom and Evelyn Smith Vlasak Endowed Education Scholarship will cover tuition expenses for one College of Education student per year.

Evelyn Smith Vlasak graduated as the valedictorian of Jennings High School in 1962. Inspired by her math teacher, Minnie Shiver, she went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from Florida State University in 1969 while working to earn enough money to cover her tuition, housing and other college expenses.

Read more.

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April 2016
Bobbie Cavnar
B.S. ’99 English Education

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Bobbie Cavnar

Bobbie Cavnar, an English and journalism teacher at South Point High School, was named North Carolina’s 2016 State Teacher of the Year.

Cavnar earned a bachelor’s degree in English Education in 1999 from Florida State University and a master’s degree in English in 2012 from UNC-Charlotte. He has taught for 16 years, the last 12 at South Point High School. Prior to this, he taught high school English and Journalism at Charles W. Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines, Fla. He currently participates in the Gaston County Teacher Induction Program for Success where he trains incoming teachers in model classroom best practices.

“Bobbie sees public education as the one thing that is equal and fair in a child’s life, and he sees teachers as the equalizers, the keeper’s of America’s promise of equal opportunity,” said State Superintendent June Atkinson.

As North Carolina’s 2016 State Teacher of the Year, Cavnar will serve as an advisor to the State Board of Education for two years and as a board member for the NC Public School Forum for one year. In addition, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction will sponsor his enrollment and completion of the Education Policy Fellowship Program.

Read the full press release by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

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April 2016
Sara D. Jones
M.S. ’06 Higher Education

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Sara D. Jones

Sara Jones is an educational programs manager with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas. Jones works with volunteer conference chairs and speakers in the development of program content, designing the program structure, and identifying and creating value added components for 15 CASE programs annually.

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April 2016
Christopher Iansiti
M.S. ’94 Instructional Systems

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Christopher Iansiti

Christopher Iansiti was named to the Florida State University Foundation Board of Trustees. Trustee members serve as advocates for the university, its colleges, programs and other academic units. The trustees are professionals from many walks of life who are committed to building successful partnerships with FSU and its many generous supporters.

Iansiti is president of IANSITI Performance Group, a consulting firm that solves complex business challenges in global organizations by: developing leadership performance, accelerating sales and customer experience, onboarding employees, and implementing business strategies and reinforcement/sustainment initiatives.

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April 2016
Pamela Rentz
Ph.D. ’13 English Education

Pam Rentz

Pamela Rentz Credit: Chipola College

Pamela Rentz was named the dean of the School of Education at Chipola College. Rents, who has over 35 years of teaching expierence, has taught English at Chipola College since 2005, She has also has served as the facilitator for the English Education bachelor’s degree program and faculty adviser to the Chipola chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. Under her leadership, the Chipola chapter of PTK was named the Most Distinguished Chapter of the Florida Region and Chipola students have won numerous recognitions for academic achievement and service projects.

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March 2016
Stuart H. Weinstein
Ph.D, ’81 Instructional Systems

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Stuart Weinstein

Stuart H. Weinstein became principal research scientist for training and organizational development at Kaizen Approach, Inc. He serves as contractor to the U.S. Intelligence Community in the areas of Instructional Design, Assessment, Test Development, and Certification/Credentialing. Weinstein, who has over 43 years of professional experience in research, design, and development for instructional and organizational development projects, also serves as an adjunct instructor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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Mary-Catherine McClain

March 2016
Mary-Catherine McClain
M.S./Ed.S. ’10 Mental Health Counseling
Ph.D. ’14 Counseling Psychology and School Psychology

Mary-Catherine McClain‘s manuscript, “The U.S. Workforce from 1960 to 2010: A RIASEC View,” was chosen as the winner for The Professional Counselor (TPC)’s research category of the 2015 Outstanding Scholar Award, an award that recognizes the most noteworthy article published in The Professional Counselor each year. The editorial board committee selects winners based on scholarly style, innovative and inventive material, and relevance to the counseling profession.

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March 2016
Charlotte Barnes
B.S. ’93 English Education

Charlotte Barnes joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, one of the largest existing organizations for writers and illustrators. It is the only professional organization specifically for those individuals writing and illustrating for children and young adults in the fields of children’s literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia.

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March 2016

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Several FSU Higher Education alumni gathered with faculty and graduate students at the 2016 NASPA Conference for the Florida State Reception.

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March 2016
Yaacov Petscher
M.S. ’04 Sport Psychology
M.S. ’05 Measurement & Statistics

Dr. Yaacov Petscher, researcher at the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) has been chosen as an Outstanding Reviewer for 2015 for Educational Researcher (ER). Each year, AERA journal editors recognize the invaluable contribution of volunteer reviewers who have provided exemplary, thorough, and timely reviews of manuscripts received by their respective journals. Their service to the field is celebrated the following year at a reception hosted by the Journal Publications Committee during the AERA Annual Meeting.

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March 2016
Kamau Oginga Siwatu
M.S. ’02 Learning & Cognition

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Dr. Kamau Oginga Siwatu

Dr. Kamau Oginga Siwatu was promoted to full professor at Texas Tech University. “Your achievements enhance Texas Tech’s status as an elite national research university and serve as a model for junior faculty,” said Lawrence Schovanec, provost and senior vice president at Texas Tech University. Siwatu’s promotion is effective September 1, 2016. He currently serves as an associate professor of educational psychology and educational psychology program coordinator in the Department of Educational Psychology & Leadership within the Texas Tech College of Education.

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February 2016
Jasmin Hutchinson
Ph.D. ’04 Sport Psychology

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Dr. Jasmin Hutchinson

Dr. Jasmin Hutchinson, an associate professor of applied exercise science at Springfield College, was a keynote speaker at the 2016 SPEAR Conference hosted by FSU Sport Psychology students in the Sport Psychology Organization & Research Team.

In her first presentation, Hutchinson discussed the psychophysical mechanisms underlying the perception of effort and reviewed leading theoretical models in this domain. Her second presentation reviewed applications of music in the domain of sport and exercise.

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February 2016
Mark Anshel
Ph.D. ’79 Motor Behavior

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Dr. Mark Anshel

Dr. Mark Anshel, professor emeritus at Middle Tennessee State University, was a keynote speaker at the 2016 SPEAR Conference hosted by FSU Sport Psychology students in the Sport Psychology Organization & Research Team.

His first presentation provided an overview of the field of exercise psychology, incorporating both theoretical and applied perspectives. His second presentation discussed issues related to conducting research in exercise psychology.

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February 2016

Thanks to the collaborative effort of several College of Education faculty and alumni, a hundred local children will have access to learning programs aimed at curbing summer learning loss and closing achievement gaps. The group will help provide an opportunity for children in Leon and Gadsden counties to participate in quality summer enrichment programs.

North Florida Freedom Schools (NFFS), a new nonprofit co-sponsored by Florida State University and Florida A&M University, has been selected by the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) to operate two CDF Freedom School six-week summer program sites from June 13 to July 22.

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Dr. Kristal Moore Clemons

The organization was created in 2015 as a result of NFFS Co-Executive Directors Kristal Moore Clemons and Keely Norris’ past experiences working with the CDF Freedom School program. Norris is an FSU alumna and special education teacher, and Clemons is an assistant professor and director of the College of Education’s online Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership and Policy.

“The goal is to empower K-12 students in low socioeconomic status communities to make a difference through civic action projects, while also staving off summer reading loss using a culturally responsive reading curriculum,” said Dr. Alysia Roehrig, NFFS research director and associate professor of educational psychology at Florida State.

Students who participate in the camps will have the chance to take part in diverse afternoon activities supported by organizations in the community, such as the Institute for Research in Music and Entertainment Industry Studies at FAMU, Florida State University’s Center for Sport, Health and Equitable Development, TITUS Sports Academy and the REAL Life Student Program. The students will receive free summer learning opportunities and free meals.

The summer camp teachers, who will be undergraduate students or recent graduates, will have the opportunity to learn about critical teaching techniques.

They also will have mentoring opportunities to learn about the strengths of diverse students and gain experience in conducting research in education.

Faculty will conduct studies with camp participants and their parents to assess their needs and improve the program.

Florida State Associate Professor Joshua I. Newman and Assistant Professors George L. Boggs and Graig M. Chow, along with FSU alumnae Tricia James and Sheila LaBissiere are part of the project team.

Read the full article here.

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January 2016
Kesia Milner
M.S. ’14 Instructional Systems

Kesia Milner

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Kesia Milner was chosen as the 2016 Teacher of the Year for Bay District Schools.

Milner, an art teacher at Springfield Elementary School said at the Teacher of the Year Interview, “Students just know they can be themselves in art. They know they can come express themselves, and they learn a lot. I think that they appreciate seeing how they can integrate and can take what they learn back to the classroom.”

Kesia Milner will represent Bay County in the Florida Teacher of the Year program. The overall state winner will be selected at an awards ceremony in July.

Read more about Milner’s award via MyPanhandle.

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January 2016
Joy Blanchard
M.S. ’01 Higher Education

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Dr. Joy Blanchard

Dr. Joy Blanchard began a faculty position in the Higher Education program at Louisiana State University. She previously served as faculty at Florida International University in Miami.

Blanchard serves on the board of directors of the Education Law Association, as well on the editorial board of several scholarly journals, including Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. Her research focuses on higher education law, specifically institutional liability, intercollegiate athletics, and faculty issues.

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January 2016
Ashlie Baty
M.S. ’12 Higher Education

Ashlie Baty accepted a new position with Micron Technology, Inc. Baty serves this Fortune 200 company as their leadership development specialist and works with engineers, scientists, and STEM related employees on developing critical leadership skills. In October, Baty was also named one of Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority’s Top 30 women under the age of 30.

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January 2016
Eddie Higginbotham IV
M.S. ’14 Higher Education

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Eddie Higginbotham IV

Eddie Higginbotham IV accepted a new role at the University of Georgia serving as the senior coordinator of leadership & transition in the Center for Leadership & Service. He works with Dawg Camp, UGA’s extended orientation program, and the Arch Society. In addition, Higginbotham also works with the Academy for Leadership Excellence, a leadership development program for first and second year students. Prior to joining us at UGA, Eddie served as the Assistant Director of New Student & Family Programs at Florida State, working with the orientation leader team and facilitating the school’s orientation and family programming. Higginbotham also gave three presentations at the NODA Annual Conference in Denver, CO.

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January 2016
Michelle Robinson
M.S. ’12 Higher Education

Michelle Robinson accepted a position at the University of South Florida as the assistant director for New Student Connections.

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January 2016
Deborah Gautier
M.S. ’10 Higher Education

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Deborah Gautier

Deborah Gautier was recently promoted to associate director of admissions & recruitment at the Florida State University College of Law. She served as assistant director of admissions since May 2009.

In addition to recruitment, Gautier serves as the coordinator for our Honors Legal Scholars program. She also directs the Office of Admissions in conjunction with and in the absence of the Director.

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January 2016
Preston Reilly
M.S. ’11 Higher Education

Preston Reilly was a member of the NACA Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference Planning Committee. The conference was held in October 2015 in Buffalo, NY. Reilly served as the assistant showcase production coordinator.

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January 2016
Wayne King
M.S. ’80 Higher Education

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Wayne King

Wayne King was appointed a Hardee Center Board member. King received his bachelor’s in English from Mars Hill College in North Carolina. He has served as Director of Housing at Mars Hill College and also at Furman University, where he spent nearly 30 years serving the institution in various capacities. In his last 15 years at Furman, King took on roles in development, alumni relations, and annual giving work.

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January 2016
Buck Cooke
M.S. ’98 Higher Education

Buck Cooke began work as the associate dean of student leadership at Richmond University, the American International University in London.

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January 2016
Ivan Harrell II
Ph.D. ’06 Higher Education

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Dr. Ivan Harrell II

Dr. Ivan L. Harrell II was appointed executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Georgia Piedmont Technical College in Clarkston, Georgia.

Harrell II currently sits on the Southern Region Board for the National Council of Black American Affairs (NCBAA), an affiliate group of the American Association of Community Colleges. He previously served on the Community College Board of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). Harrell is also involved in his community, including serving as a Trustee for the CyFair Educational Foundation and a member of CyHope.

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January 2016
Abbie Day
M.S. ’09 Higher Education

Abbie Day accepted the position of academic advisor within the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s athletic department. She will be working with women’s soccer, men’s basketball, and softball as well as serving as the advisor to the Student Athlete Advisory Council.

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January 2016
Sonja Ardoin
M.S. ’06 Higher Education and Student Affairs

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Dr. Sonja Ardoin

Dr. Sonja Ardoin served as a keynote speaker for the 2015 Southern Association of College Student Affairs (SACSA) conference in Greenville, South Carolina. With contributions from many FSU LifeNet members, Ardoin’s book, “The Strategic Guide to Shaping Your Student Affairs Career,” was also chosen as the conference’s common read.

Ardoin currently serves as clinical assistant professor of higher education and program director at Boston University.

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January 2016
Brantley Willett
Ed.D. ’15 Higher Education

Dr. Brantley Willett accepted a position as the associate director for academic integrity at George Mason University.

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January 2016
Dave Sullivan
M.S. ’11 Higher Education

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Dave Sullivan

Dave Sullivan was recognized with the 2014-2015 Professional Advisor of the Year award for the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida. He was also recognized with the 2015 Warrington Welcome of the Year award.

Sullivan serves as the associate director of career and leadership programs at the Heavener School of Business at the University of Florida. As the associate director, he works closely with the Leadership Development Program (LDP) and Leadership Ambassadors, the Heavener Leadership Challenge (HLC), and Heavener Career Week. Sullivan teaches Warrington Welcome and supports all initiatives and events of the office.

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January 2016
Christina Henry
M.S. ’11 Higher Education

Christina Henry began work as an advisor to students for the STEM BUILD at UMBC, an National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded student success initiative and research study.

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January 2016
Shenifa M. Taite
M.S. ’01 Educational Leadership and Administration
Ed.D. ’12 Higher Education Administration

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Dr. Shenifa M. Taite

Dr. Shenifa M. Taite was promoted to director of instructional design & media production at the FSU College of Medicine. As director, Taite will not only oversee the day-to-day operations of the Instructional Design & Media Production unit, but she will also be responsible for administrating Blackboard for the College of Medicine and leading other online learning environment related initiatives. As faculty in Family Medicine, she will be researching and assisting with the implementation of telehealth for the College of Medicine. She was recently named the communications editor of Florida State University’s newest open-access, peer-reviewed journal PLAID-People Living with And Inspired by Diabetes.

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January 2016
Tyler Steffy
M.S. ’11 Higher Education

Tyler Steffy was a member of the NACA Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference Planning Committee. The conference was held in October 2015 in Buffalo, NY. Steffy served as the showcase production coordinator.

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January 2016
Grahaeme Hesp
Ed.D. ’06 Higher Education

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dr. Grahaeme Hesp

Dr. Grahaeme Hesp was appointed regional director of institutional relations at the Foundation for International Education, a not-for-profit study abroad provider.

Hesp, has nearly 20 years of successful global university involvement with a proven record of exemplary leadership, administration, teaching, research, and scholarship demonstrated by a commitment to student centeredness.

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January 2016
Juan Guardia
M.S. ’01 Higher Education

Dr. Juan Guardia will have his latest book chapter, “Leadership and identity development through a Latino/a fraternity and sorority lens” published in the edited book, Latino/a college student leadership: Emerging theory, promising practices made available in November.

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January 2016
Inette Dishler
M.S. ’81 Higher Education Administration

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Inette Dishler

Inette Dishler designed and built an innovative learning website called the Wisdom Café for staff at the University of California, Berkeley. It rolled out in July and is supporting social learning on campus. Dishler hopes that staff will visit the site for learning-related questions, to get involved in discussions with their colleagues, and to find information about professional and career development.

“I’d like it to be useful enough that people go to Wisdom Café before they go to Google to find information about staff learning, because the content will be specific to Berkeley,” said Dishler. “I’d like it to be almost like email, that it becomes part of their daily workflow.”

Read, “An Interview with Inette Dishler about Creating the Wisdom Café.”

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January 2016
Stephanie Knight
M.S. ’08 Higher Education

Stephanie Knight was appointed director of the Center for Leadership and Service at the University of North Texas.

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January 2016
Brooks Moore
M.S. ’00 Higher Education

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Brooks Moore

Brooks Moore was named the associate vice president (AVP) for student affairs at Indiana State University. As the AVP, Moore supervises Recreational Sports, Hulman Memorial Student Union, Office of Campus Life, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, and the Student Marketing Company. In addition, Moore advises the Student Government Association, Sycamore Leadership Coalition, and The Forest student spirit organization. Moore serves as the Division of Student Affairs budget officer and coordinator for staff professional development and strategic initiatives.

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January 2016
Adam Derosa
M.S. ’97 Higher Education

Adam Derosa was promoted to associate dean of student affairs at Broward College, South Campus in Pembroke Pines, Florida.

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January 2016
Karla Carney-Hall
M.S. ’93 Higher Education Administration

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Karla Carney-Hall

Dr. Karla Carney-Hall, who is currently the vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Illinois Wesleyan University, became a member of the Hardee Center Board. Carney-Hall has held numerous roles in student affairs at Hendrix College, Cornell College, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Carney-Hall received her bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University, her master’s degree from FSU, and earned a Ph.D. in Student Affairs Administration and Research from the University of Iowa.

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January 2016
Ellen Jones
B.S. ’00 Social Science Education
M.S. ’02 Higher Education

Ellen Jones was appointed career resource coordinator for Student Employment Services at Midlands Technical College in Columbia, South Carolina.

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January 2016
Amy Sargeant
B.S. ’13, M.S. ’15 Sport Management

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Amy Sargeant

Amy Sargeant was appointed the assistant women’s tennis coach at the University of New Mexico. As an undergraduate, Sargeant served four seasons with the Seminoles Tennis Team from 2009-2013. In her senior year, she became the fifth woman in FSU history to win 30 singles matches in a single season and went 30-5 for the year.

When asked about the transition from a student athlete at Florida State to an assistant coach, Sargeant said that the FSU Sport Management faculty members helped tremendously in her preparation.” Dr. Cecile Reynaud helped me to understand the fundamentals of college recruiting and Dr. Amy Chan Hyung Kim helped me improve my strategic management behind the scenes of administration.”

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January 2016
Bob Heere
Ph.D. ’05 Sport Management

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Bob Heere

Dr. Bob Heere, sport and entertainment Ph.D. program director at the University of South Carolina, spoke with FSU doctoral students as part of a fall colloquium series aimed to expose Ph.D. students to perspectives of academic life.

In his discussions, Heere revealed his personal mantra borrowed from Dutch Futbol Coach Ernst Happel, “kein gelull, fussballen.” The German/Dutch translation is “stop talking so much about what you want to do and go do it.” This quote coupled with a passion for research and sport took Dr. Heere around the world. His research led him to several countries including China, Serbia, and Brazil.

Through successful studies, he was able to expound on his theories, working with prominent organizations such as the Beijing Olympic Games and the World Golf Foundation and the Multicultural Refugee Coalition Austin. The Journal of Sport Management, European Sport Management Quarterly, and other popular sport management journals have published several of his leading research articles.

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January 2016
Andrew P. Daire
Ph.D. ’01 Counseling Psychology and School Psychology

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Andrew P. Daire

Andrew P. Daire, Ph.D., has been named dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education, effective June 1. He currently serves as the associate dean for research in the College of Education at the University of Houston.

“I must say that VCU’s commitment to community engagement struck me the most and I am excited about being part of taking the VCU School of Education to its next level of excellence and impact,” Daire said. “I look forward to bringing my experiences, passion, energy and leadership as dean.”

Daire received his Ph.D. in counseling psychology and school psychology from from Florida State University in 2001.

Read more at VCU SoE News.

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December 2015
Jasmin Hutchinson
Ph.D. ’04 Sport Psychology

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Jasmin Hutchinson

Dr. Jasmin Hutchinson was recognized for achieving Certified Consultant status of the Association for Applied Psychology (CC-AASP), an international professional organization that promotes the development of science and ethical practice in the field of sport psychology.

Obtaining the CC-AASP credential involves completing extensive educational requirements along with a minimum of 400 hours of mentored and applied experience with an extensive evaluation process.

Dr. Hutchinson graduated with her Ph.D. in Sport Psychology in 2004 and is currently an associate professor of applied exercise science at Springfield College in Springfield, Mass. Her research interests include psychophysiology, attentional focus and the effects of music in sport and exercise. She specializes in exercise psychology, music in sport and distance running.

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December 2015
Richard Stuart
B.S. ’81 Physical Education

Richard Stuart

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Richard Stuart, football coach at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, became the All-Time Winningest Coach in Miami-Dade County.

Following a Wolverines’ 51-28 victory over Braddock, Stuart was carried off the field at Tropical Park Stadium by his players. The win was the 214th in Stuart’s career, giving him the most in Miami-Dade County as he surpassed the previous mark held by former Miami Beach and Palmetto coach Jim Kroll.

“This is a tremendous goal for any Coach to obtain, but Coach Stuart is one of the most outstanding individuals I’ve ever met,” said Shane Walker. “He is a great coach, mentor, and teacher that has served the Belen community for over 30 years.”

Read more from the Miami Herald about Stuart’s accomplishment.

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December 2015
Chad Mandala
M.S. ’12 Higher Education

Chad Mandala was elected as an At-Large American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Governing Board member beginning in March 2016.

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December 2015
Julie Arasi
B.S. ’07, M.S. ’08 Physical Education, M.S. ’15 Educational Leadership/Administration

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Julie Arasi

Julie Arasi was named the 2015-2016 Leon County Schools Teacher of the Year. Arasi is a third-grade teacher at Kate Sullivan Elementary School and has been teaching for eight years.

“I found my dream job at Kate Sullivan,” said Arasi, who began at the school as a physical education teacher before transitioning to a classroom position. “This is all I want to do — connect with students and watch them learn.”

She also graduated this semester with a master’s degree in Educational Leadership/AdministrationRead more about Julie Arasi via The Tallahassee Democrat.

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Rachel Webber

Rachel Webber

December 2015
Rachel Webber
Ed.S. ’10 Reading Education/Language Arts

Rachel Webber was named one of five finalists for Leon County School’s Teacher of the Year. Webber is a Gifted Enrichment Program teacher at Gilchrist Elementary School with 12 years of teaching experience. She graduated with a degree in Reading Education/Language Arts.

Read more about LCS Teacher of the Year finalists via The Tallahassee Democrat.

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December 2015
James Morrison
B.S. ’60 Social Studies Education, Ph.D. ’69 Higher Education

James Morrison was recognized with the Commitment to Excellence Award by Emeritus Alumni Society Chair Jack McCoy.

2015 FSU Emeritus Alumni Society Commitment to Excellence Award from James Morrison on Vimeo.

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Dr. Yvette Greenspan

December 2015
Yvette F. Greenspan
Ph.D. ’00 Science Education

Dr. Yvette F. Greenspan recently announced the publication of her book, “A Guide to Teaching Elementary Science: Ten Easy Steps,” a teacher handbook that gives a step-by-step, hands-on practical guide to teaching science. The book focuses on STEM topics, science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Available here at Sense Publishers, or visit her website.

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November 2015
William Land
M.S. ’07, Ph.D. ’10 Sport Psychology

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Dr. William Land

During homecoming week, Alumnus Dr. William Land visited Tallahassee to train members of the Sport and Exercise Psychology Lab on their new motion analysis system. Dr. Land is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio and received both his Master’s and Ph.D. in Sport Psychology from Florida State University. He currently serves as Lab Supervisor for the UTSA Human Performance Laboratory.

His primary area of research is on choking under pressure, attentional focus, and anticipatory motor control. Additionally, Dr. Land remains active in consulting and advising athletes concerning performance enhancement techniques.

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November 2015
Maryann “Mimi” Drake Wetherington
B.S. ’76 Elementary Education

Mimi Drake Wetherington received her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Valdosta State University. She was also selected from 1,500 applicants to attend the 2015 Mickelson ExxonMobile Teachers Academy in New Jersey this summer. Mimi teaches Gifted and Talented students at Lake Park Elementary in Lake Park, Georgia.

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November 2015
Brandi Aronson DeRuiter
M.S. ’01 Instructional Systems

Brandi Aronson DeRuiter is currently the VP of Governmental Affairs at Bay County Chamber of Commerce in Panama City, Florida.

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November 2015
Sandra M. Fox
B.S. ’62 Elementary Education

Dr. Sandra M. Fox holds a doctorate from The University of Texas at Austin. She was chairwoman of the Education Department at Lake Forest College for 11 years during her faculty position there. Following this, Fox became a visiting professor at the University of California. She has published extensively and made many presentations at national organizations. In addition, Fox taught at the International School in Munich, participated in European meetings, and supervised student teachers from several U. S. universities across Europe.

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November 2015
Kristi Santi
Ph.D. ’02 Special Education

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Dr. Kristi Santi

Dr. Kristi Santi, associate professor of Special Education at the University of Houston, has been published in numerous publications and professional development materials centered on reading instruction and comprehension. Santi’s most recent publication, “Improving Reading Comprehension of Middle and High School Students,” is an edited book that is a part of the Literacy Studies Series published by Springer.

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November 2015
James W Carr
M.S. ’71, Ph.D. ’75 Higher Education

Dr. Jim Carr, senior vice president of Harding University, has recently been named by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson to the Arkansas Board of Higher Education.

Prior to joining the Harding staff, Carr served in administrative positions at Florida State University and the American College Testing Program.

Click here to read the press release.

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Dian Squire

Dian Squire

October 2015
Dian Squire
B.S. ’04 English Education

Dian Squire graduated with his Ph.D. in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago and started as a postdoctoral fellow in the Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (in)Equality at the University of Denver. Squire graduated from FSU in 2004 with his B.S. in English Education.

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October 2015
Juan R. Guardia
M.S. ’01 Higher Education

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Juan R. Guardia

Juan R. Guardia was selected as an American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Diamond Honoree. Recipients are recognized for their outstanding and sustained contributions to higher education and to student affairs.

Guardia has been in the field of student affairs for over 14 years in various administrative roles. He has worked at a variety of institutions, including Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, Florida State University, and George Mason University. He has also served as adjunct faculty in the higher education programs at Loyola University Chicago and Florida State University.

Guardia will receive the award at the 2016 ACPA annual convention in Montreal, Canada.

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October 2015
Peter Scanlon
Ph.D. ’79 Counseling Psychology

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Dr. Peter Scanlon

Dr. Peter Scanlon, president and chairman of the board at Vandermark Foundation, was the speaker for this year’s Fifth Annual Cottingham Colloquium. Sponsored by the Psychological and Counseling Services program, the Colloquium aims to:

  • Maintain the sense of excellence and leadership in the Psychological and Counseling Services Program that typified the work of Harold F. Cottingham
  • Help current students understand the ways in which their graduate education relates to diverse options for professional employment
  • Build a stronger sense of community among current and former students, as well as current and former faculty

Dr. Scanlon’s speech was entitled “Building Systems of Care for Disadvantaged People.”

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October 2015
Joseph Mahshie
B.S. ’08 Recreation Services Administration

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Joseph Mahsie

Joseph Mahshie was recognized as a 2015 Askew Award winner at the 2015 Young Alumni Awards! The Askew Award is the highest honor bestowed upon young alumni by the FSU Alumni Association. Mahshie was one of six alumni chosen to receive the Reubin O’D. Askew Young Alumni Award by members of the FSU Alumni Association National Board of Directors’ Awards Committee.

Mahshie is currently a staffer at the Visitors Office in the White House. He previously served as an Events Manager for Time Square.

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October 2015
Robert Fagan
M.S ’72 Measurement and Statistics, Ph.D. ’75 Learning and Cognition

Robert Fagan retired from the Department of the Navy after 36 years of civilian service. He earned the Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award for his contributions to the establishment of the Human Research Protection Program at the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Headquarters. He also served as the NAVSEA HQ’s first Human Research Protection Official.

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October 2015
Mark Pritchett
Ph.D. ’91 Higher Education

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Mark Pritchett

Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s Board of Directors selected Mark Pritchett to be Gulf Coast’s new president and CEO. The Gulf Coast Community Foundation is among the largest foundations in the state of Florida.

“After a comprehensive, nationwide search, the Board identified Mark Pritchett as the best leader to advance Gulf Coast’s mission of transforming our region, together with our donors, through bold and proactive philanthropy,” said Ben Hanan, Gulf Coast Board Chair.

Mark previously served as senior vice president for community investment, responsible for creating and implementing Gulf Coast’s strategies for grantmaking and initiatives. He joined the Gulf Coast staff in 2008.

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October 2015
Lynne Crosby
M.S. ’93 Higher Education

Dr. Lynne Sponaugle Crosby, a high-level administrator at Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ), was recently named assistant provost and assistant vice president of Academic Affairs at Austin Peay State University.

“I am impressed with the widespread and sincere dedication of faculty and staff in promoting the success of Austin Peay students,” Crosby said. “APSU is well known as being one of the best colleges and universities to work for in the nation. I look forward to joining the APSU community and supporting Dr. White and Dr. Gandy in advancing the university’s mission and goals.”

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October 2015
Jeffrey A. Cantor
Ph.D. ’82 Vocational Education

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Jeffrey Cantor published his 13th book, “21st-Century Apprenticeship: Best Practices for Building a World-Class Workforce.” In this book, Cantor explains how modern-day apprenticeships can serve business owners in developing workers, parents in guiding their children into productive careers and professions, community leaders in instituting workforce development policies that support both entrepreneurs and citizens, and college educators in working more effectively with business and industry within our communities.

Cantor is a retired provost and acting vice president of Pensacola Junior College.

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October 2015
Josephine “Jo Ann” Lordahl
Ph.D. ’70 Educational Psychology

Jo Ann Lordahl published two new books: “Princess Ruth: Love and Tragedy in Hawaii” and “A Secret Kept in Hawaii.”

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September 2015
Nick Lucena
B.S. ’03 Sport Management

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Nick Lucena won the AVP Manhattan Beach Open in California with teammate, Phil Dalhausser.

It was Lucena’s first AVP Manhattan Beach Open victory, a tournament that is considered the most prestigious domestic beach volleyball tourney on the professional tour, and fourth career win on the AVP tour since he joined 12 years ago.

Read more via the Tallahassee Democrat.

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September 2015
J.R. Harding
Ed.S. ’96, Ed.D. ’99 Higher Education

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J.R. Harding

Dr. JR Harding, a two-time quadriplegic, published an autobiography in which he shares and explores his unique journey with tenacity and persistence through his many life experiences. You will cry, laugh, and be mesmerized as he opens up the doors and gives us an intimate and revealing look into his life in “ADA Adventures.”

“Whether you are a person with a disability, parent, caregiver or someone looking for inspiration in your life, reading this book will expand your knowledge, empower your future and help you make a difference in the world.”

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September 2015
Joel Erdmann
Ph.D. ’95 Physical Education

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Joel Erdmann

Joel Erdmann, director of athletics at the University of South Alabama, was appointed to serve as chair of the Division I Baseball Committee during the 2015-2016 academic year.

“I am humbled and honored for the opportunity to serve as chair of the committee,” said Erdmann. “The committee is made up of highly capable professionals who understand the core of our duty is to provide the best championship field and experience for our student-athletes, coaches and fans. I look forward to the upcoming year as we continue to move the baseball championship and the great game itself forward.”

Click here to read the press release by the University of South Alabama.

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September 2015
Beckie Share
B.S. ’06 Elementary Education, M.S. ’11 Educational Leadership and Administration

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Beckie Share

Beckie Share was named the new head of lower school at Episcopal Day School of Christ Church Parish in Pensacola, Florida. Share was most recently the principal of primary school at The Epiphany School of Global Studies, an independent school in New Bern, N.C. Highlights of her career are: founding the division at her school, managing construction of facilities, hiring faculty, determining curriculum including a Spanish immersion program, and recruiting students. In her technology role, Share facilitated the implementation of iPad and laptop programs for students, and she has coached girls’ basketball. In the community, she has served as a member of the board of directors for both the United Way of Coastal Carolina and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend.

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September 2015
Damon Andrew
Ph.D. ’04 Sports Administration

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Damon Andrew

Damon Andrew was named an active fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology, an organization that honors persons who have directly or indirectly contributed significantly to the study of and/or application of the art and science of human movement and physical activity.

“I am most flattered and humbled to be welcomed into this group, and I look forward to working with the many thought-leaders in NAK to continue to advance the field of kinesiology as a whole,” said Andrew.

Andrew graduated from the FSU College of Education in 2004 with his Ph.D. in Sports Administration (currently Sport Management) and also served as coordinator of academic support services for the division of undergraduate studies during his time at FSU. He now serves as dean and E.B. “Ted” Robert Endowed Professor of the LSU College of Human Sciences and Education.

Prior to LSU, he was dean and professor of the College of Health and Human Services at Troy University, and he taught at the University of South Alabama, University of Florida, and Florida State University. His research productivity includes a textbook, 27 funded grants and contracts, and over 120 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, proceedings, and book chapters. Last year, Andrew was awarded the 2014 FSU College of Education Distinguished Alumni Award for Postsecondary Systems: University.

Click here to read more about his accomplishment via LSU.

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September 2015
Betty Lou Joanos
Ph.D. ’85 Comprehensive Vocational Education

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Betty Lou Joanos and husband James Joanos were awarded the Moore-Stone Award, named after Dr. Coyle E. Moore and Dr. Mode L. Stone who were actively involved in FSU sports programs and intercollegiate athletics during their careers.

Betty Lou and James (Jim) Joanos are the consummate Seminole couple and two of the biggest supporters of FSU athletics over the years. Each is listed as One of FSU’s 100 Distinguished Graduates. Some of the positions Betty Lou has held at FSU include chairman of the Board and later associate director of the Alumni Association and the coordinator of Home Economics Programs. She has served on the Board of Directors of the FSU Association of Retired Faculty and she is the recipient of the FSU “Faculty Senate” prestigious Mores Award.

Read more via Seminoles.com and the Tallahassee Democrat.

Click video below to see highlights from the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

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September 2015
Brandi Stuart
M.S. ’05 Sports Administration

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Brandi Stuart

Brandi Stuart became a member of the Florida State Athletics Hall of Fame. Stuart, who graduated with her B.S. in Communication Studies in 2003 and M.S. in Sports Administration (currently known as Sport Management), was a four-year starter for the highly-acclaimed FSU softball program from 2000-2003.

Her hall-of-fame career as a softball star at Florida State was equaled by her accomplishments as a student and campus leader. Stuart was an All-ACC selection throughout her FSU career. She earned academic All-America honors in 2002, a place on Florida State’s Dean’s List in 1999 and 2000 and was a career-long member of the ACC Honor Roll.

After receiving her master’s degree, Stuart worked in many sport management positions, including associate athletic director at Florida State University. She is currently the assistant commissioner of the California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section.

Click below to view the video by seminoles.com

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September 2015
Vincenzo Libio
B.S. ’15 Sport Management

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Our deepest condolences go out to the families and friends of the Florida State University students and alumni who died in a tragic car accident Sunday night. One of those victims, Vincenzo Libio, had just graduated from our Sport Management program this past summer. This photo of Vincenzo was taken at an event that FSU Sport Management students hosted at a local resource center serving individuals experiencing homelessness. The students planned and executed a basketball tournament at the Renaissance Community Center, a host for local initiatives that work to address the unmet needs of those in our community who are economically disadvantaged and/or experiencing homelessness.

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September 2015
Caroline Westrup
B.S. ’09 Sport Management

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Caroline Westrup

Sport Management alumna Caroline Westrup won her first professional golf tournament at the Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge at the Willow Run Golf Course in Sioux Fall, S.D. The event is part of the Symetra Tour – a tour that is the road to the LPGA Tour.

“A couple of weeks ago I was ready to stop playing and now four weeks later here I am winning my first tournament,” Westrup told seminoles.com. “This is a life changer for me. I couldn’t believe that I had won; that it had finally happened for me. The first call I made was to my parents and I’ve gotten about 40 congratulatory texts and emails. It’s such a great feeling that there are so many Seminoles following me even after the years it has been since I graduated from Florida State.”

Westrup, who helped lead Florida State to the NCAA Tournament in each of her four seasons as a Seminole (2006-09), is considered to be the greatest golfer in school history. She is the only four-time All-American and the four-time All-ACC selection in school history.

Learn more about Westrup’s accomplishments at seminoles.com.

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September 2015
Gabe Grass (Ed.S. ’10 Program Evaluation)
Saralyn Grass (Ed.D. ’15 Program Evaluation)

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Gabe & Saralyn Grass

Husband and wife, Gabe and Saralyn Grass, founded the environmentally-friendly and sustainability-focused GrassLands Brewing Company in Tallahassee. Established in 2015, this brewery features both innovative craft beer from throughout the state as well as beer brewed in-house. The GrassLands Brewing Company slogan, Earth First Ales, represents their active involvement in the conservation of our environment and declining animal habitats, especially in the coastal regions of the southeast United States.

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August 2016
Jean Bates
B.S. ’97 Recreation Services Administration

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Jean Bates and Paula Lucas, owners of Lucy & Leo’s Cupcakery, opened a second location near Thomasville, Georgia. They expanded into the former GiGi’s Cupcakes location, 6265 Old Water Oak Road, to appeal to a different community.

“We’re very interested in being the residential family choice for birthday parties and weddings,” said Bates, who competed in the second season of Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars.”

Click here to read the Tallahassee Democrat article.

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August 2015
Joel R. Gecht
Ph.D. ’77 Counseling/Human Systems

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Joel Gecht

Joel R. Gecht, president and CEO at IMPACT Solutions, recently published the psychological suspense novel, “Amanda Memories.” The story, set at FSU in the ‘70s, features a young psychology intern at FSU as he navigates through unexpected issues brought on by his first patient at the Counseling Center.

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August 2015
Peter Tragos
B.S. ’10 Sport Management

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Peter Tragos recently became a partner in the Law Offices of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos, P.L. At the age of 27, he is the youngest partner in the firm’s 30-year history. Tragos returned to school and attained his J.D. in 2013. Shortly after, he began working in the Law Offices of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos, P.L. where he distinguished himself with an Avvo legal rating of 10.0 superb, and has been designated by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel in the top 1 percent.

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August 2015
Andrea Contratto
M.S. ’92 Instructional Systems Design

Andrea Contratto retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in 2011. Contratto is currently serving as the organizational development specialist for the Economic Development Administration (DOC), focused on professional development, employee engagement, and other initiatives that improve individual and organizational performance.

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August 2015
Michael Knight
Ph.D. ’81 Instructional Systems

Michael Knight has had a successful career in the field of Instructional Systems where he worked at companies like Texas Instruments, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., and IBEX Global.

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July 2015
Neal Golden
Ph.D. ’77 Mathematics Education

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Neal Golden

Neal Golden gave lectures on “The Mathematics Curriculum for the 21st Century,” “Instructional Design,” and “Impact of Technology on Education” to the teachers, undergraduate and graduate students at Cor Jesu College in Digos City, Philippines. In addition, Dr. Golden taught the game of Equations to students in grades 7, 8, and 9 at the college. In 2011, Golden was awarded the FSU College of Education Distinguished Alumni Award in the category of Elementary or Secondary Schools.

Click here to read more about Golden’s visit to Cor Jesu College.

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July 2015
Virginia Barkett
M.S. ’92 Health Education

Virginia A. Barkett published a new picture book, “Song of the Season,” with illustrations by Christine Workowski.

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July 2015
Dylan Hamilton
B.S. ’11, M.S. ’13 Sport Management

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Dylan Hamilton

Dylan Hamilton, an alumnus from the Sport Management undergraduate program in 2011 and the master’s program in 2013, has embarked on a unique job search across Europe while catching some of the world’s biggest sporting events along the way!

Hamilton attended Florida State University on a partial scholarship as a manager for the football team. He was a member of the FSU rugby team from 2006 to 2011. In his graduate career, he also served as an assistant coach for the FSU rugby team and participated in an internship with USA Rugby as regional event coordinator.

Hamilton got his first taste of traveling between his undergraduate and graduate school year when he traveled to Australia to work with the Australian Rugby Union. Embracing what the world of sports had to offer during his time abroad, he took an additional trip to New Zealand to observe the Rugby World Cup Championships.

Click here to continue reading.

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July 2015
DC Reeves
B.S. ’07 Sport Management and Communication Studies

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DC Reeves, who graduated from Florida State with a double major in Communication and Sport Management, was named Blab TV‘s sports director.

Sports and media were an obvious choice for Reeves. You can read more about how Reeves’ journey at FSU and how he came into his career at Blab TV via CCI News.

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July 2015
Joseph Mahshie
B.S. ’08 Recreation Services Administration

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Joseph Mahshie has been named one of the Thirty Under 30 recipients by the FSU Alumni Association, which recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of Florida State’s young alumni.

Each recipient must show exceptional achievement and significant contributions to his or her profession, community/society or the university. The recipient must exemplify outstanding professional and personal development either through traditional channels or innovative approaches.

Mahshie is currently a staffer at the Visitors Office in the White House. He previously served as an Events Manager for Time Square.

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July 2015
Ben Cecil
M.S. ’15 Higher Education

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Ben Cecil spoke on the topic of international student support in a podcast with the Student Affairs Collective.

In the Student Affairs Spectacular Podcast Episode #66, Cecil speaks about the importance of supporting international students on campus and how to engage all students in cross-cultural competency.

“As our world becomes smaller, this is an increasingly important skills for all people to have so we were excited to have this discussion with Ben,” said a representative from the Student Affairs Collective.

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July 2015
Mindy Perkins
M.S. ’01 Elementary Education

Mindy Perkins became the president of VR Systems, a leading elections management technology provider. Perkins has been with the company for 14 years. She was their first employee and previously served as executive vice president.

“My goal moving forward is to continue to promote our company’s core values in everything that we do,” said Perkins. “Our success is built on integrity, customer service, and the desire of all our employees to work for the good of the voter, making elections transparent, efficient and trusted.”

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June 2015
James Olliver
M.S. ’71 Higher Education, Ph.D. ’75 Higher Education

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James Olliver

James Olliver, provost of St. Petersburg College’s Seminole campus, retired after 26 years with the college.

“I’ve been so blessed. It’s been a dream job, to be able to take something from literally a dirt pile (to a college campus,)” he said. “I literally watched it come out of the ground. It was a great time to build a campus, at the end of the 1990s when technology was just starting to explode.”

For more information on Olliver’s accomplishments, click here.

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June 2015
Verdenia Baker
B.S. ’79 Rehabilitation Services

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Verdenia Baker

Verdenia Baker was selected by Palm Beach County commissioners as the first African American and first woman county administrator. Baker has been working with the county for nearly three decades. She is currently serving as deputy county administrator and beat out Assistant County Administrator Shannon R. LaRoque for the highly coveted county administrator position.

For more information on Baker’s recognition, click here.

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June 2015
Sarah Clemmons
Ph.D. ’80 Education

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Sarah Clemmons

Sarah Clemmons, senior vice president of instruction at Chipola College, was named Jackson County Citizen of the Year. She is the chief academic officer for the college with responsibility over all academic and workforce instructional programs. She also oversees the college’s accreditation, grants, assessment and academic support programs. She is a member of the State Community College Council of Instructional Affairs.

For more information on Clemmons’ achievement, click here.

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June 2015
Betty Jeanne Wolf Taylor
M.S. ’99 Higher Education

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Betty Jeanne Taylor, assistant vice president for strategic initiatives at the University of Texas, received the 2015 President’s Outstanding Staff Award from the University of Texas. Taylor was selected from a pool of 200 nominees in recognition of the positive effect that her work has had on campus, her commitment to excellence and her consistent, high-level performance.

“I am sincerely grateful that I was nominated and recognized. I feel fortunate to work in a field that I am passionately committed to,” says Taylor, “it’s telling that my personal book collection is also my professional book collection. I know there are so many people doing really important work and working hard—I feel honored that I get to work alongside my colleagues. I continue to gain insight from so many on a daily basis.”

Taylor holds a B.S. in communication and a M.S. in higher education from Florida State University. In 2005 she received a Ph.D. in higher education administration from UT-Austin, where her research was on racial identity development and white privilege. She began working at UT in 1999, serving as the director of Greek Life and Education at the Office of the Dean of Students. She started working at DDCE in 2010 as diversity and community engagement officer, where she successfully led the Diversity Education Initiatives (DEI) unit.

For more information on Taylor’s achievement, click here.

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June 2015
Tiffany “Tif” Hassler
M.S. ’10 Higher Education

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Tif Hassler

Tif Hassler is the producer of Homeless, a film that tells the story of an 18 year old boy who navigates his way through life in a shelter after the passing of his grandmother. The film screen in Los Angeles at Dances With Films on June 3, 2015.

Hassler’s career in film production unexpectedly began with a B.A. in Psychology from Asbury University and an M.S. in Higher Education from Florida State University. She worked at various universities, advising student programming boards, coordinating major events, negotiating contracts, and managing concerts and performances for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar, Sara Bareilles, Gavin DeGraw, Lupe Fiasco, and Gym Class Heroes among others. Her history as an event planner for world-renowned artists and comedians made it an easy transition into film.

Since 2012, Hassler has been a freelance producer working on feature narratives and documentaries, commercials, short films, and content for the web and mobile devices. Homeless is her first feature narrative.

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May 2015
Helen Kraus, Brittany McEwen, Amanda Jansen, Sonja Townsend
B.S./M.S. ’14 Exceptional Student Education (ESE)

Four College of Education alumnae will be going to India this summer to train volunteer teachers on how to work with students with special needs. Helen Kraus, Brittany McEwen, Amanda Jansen, and Sonja Townsend graduated from the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) combined BS/MS program in Spring 2014.

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April 2015
Joe Ostaszewski
M.S. ’03 Sport Management

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Joe Ostaszewski, a former finalist on “The Biggest Loser,” has teamed up with The Doctors team to help an obese teen and his overweight family overcome their food addiction. In addition, they learn healthy food swaps to fix late-night snacking mistakes. You can view a clip from the TV episode here.

Ostaszewski, an alumnus from our Sport Management master’s program and former FSU defensive lineman, competed in 2013 on NBC’s reality TV show, “The Biggest Loser,” where he lost 147 pounds on national television. Since then, he has pioneered several organizations dedicated to helping kids and young adults live a healthy, active lifestyle. These include the Wear Your Soul foundation and Riding It Forward.

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April 2015
Monica Surrency
M.S. ’14 Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies

Monica Surrency was recently quoted in the article, “Online Degrees and Certificates for Instructional Designers: What You Need to Know.” Surrency graduated in December 2014 with her M.S. degree in Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies with a major in Open and Distance Learning. She is currently a Senior Instructional Designer at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus helping subject-matter experts design online courses, a position she attained after a receiving a promotion shortly before her graduation from the ISLT’s online master’s program.

“Without my master’s, I’m not sure if I would have gotten the promotion,” said Surrency. “Having that degree really helped.”

The Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies (ISLT) program at FSU provides online master’s programs in the areas of instructional systems, open and distance learning, and performance improvement and human resource development. They also offer certificate programs in human performance technology (HPT) and online instructional development.

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April 2015
Josephine “Jo Ann” Lordahl
Ph.D. ’70 Educational Psychology

Jo Ann Lordahl graduated from the FSU College of Education as a Harold Cunningham Major Professor and quite early moved off a usual path as a PhD.

“Years ago, while Directing the Counseling Center at FAU, I decided that if I could write a book that would help people, I could do a lot more good as a writer than as a therapist,” says Lordahl.

Lordahl has published over 20 books and her most recent work, Money Meditations for Women, was published by Celestial Arts and is available on Amazon.

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April 2015
Kenneth A. Polcyn
Ph.D. ’70 Social Studies and Education Technology

Kenneth A. Polcyn published an autobiography, “My Life Remembered.” The last chapter discusses his accomplishments including athletic honors, degrees, FSU, coaching, world business travel, published books, numerous magazine articles, book chapters, technical papers for government agencies, and more.

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March 2015
Timothy Beard
B.S. ’86, M.S. ’87, Ph.D. ’98 Rehabilitation Counseling

Timothy Beard, Vice President of Student Development and Enrollment Management at Pasco-Hernando State College, has been selected by its District Board of Trustees to become the college’s fourth president effective this summer. Beard, who has been a staff member at the college since 2007, will be filling the position previously held by Katherine Johnson.

Before PHSC, Beard worked as Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs at the University of South Alabama and Director of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Florida A&M University. He earned his doctoral degree in rehabilitation counseling with a focus in higher education administration in 1998.

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March 2015
Barbara (Barby) Moro
B.S. and M.S. ’08 in Emotional/Learning Disabilities

Barbara “Barby” Moro, a graduate of our Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program, has been named one of the Tallahassee Democrat’s 25 Women You Need to Know (2015). This recognition honors 25 women in the Tallahassee community who have been successful in their careers and given back to the community. Read more about Moro and her accomplishments.

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February 2015
Karen Minert
B.S. ’90 Rehabilitation Services
Ph.D. ’02 Special Education

Karen Minert is one of three finalists for Success for Educators‘ next teacher ambassador known as the Envisioneer, who will be the new face of Success for Educators’ blog page. SuccessforEducators.com is an initiative of Envision Credit Union that brings financial benefits to all people employed by the Leon County School Board and surrounding districts.

An alumna of the College of Education, Minert has been teaching for 19 years in Florida’s public schools and universities. She is currently the Lead Teacher at The Success Academy at Ghazvini Learning Center where she teaches Math, Science and Learning Strategies for grades 9-12 Dropout Prevention. She is a contributing writer to LCS science and ESE assessments and a member of the District Advisory Council. She was recently selected as a Top-5 Finalist for District Teacher of the Year. Minert empowers her students to find personal success toward their future through individualized and differentiated approaches to instruction.

Click here to vote for Karen Minert to be “The Next Envisioneer!” Voting ends February 22, 2015.

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February 2015
Cameron Armstrong
M.S. ’07 Higher Education

Cameron Armstrong recently accepted the position of Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Curriculum & Student Affairs for the Robbins College of Health and Human Science at Baylor University.

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January 2015
Mike Martin
B.S. ’66 Physical Education

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Mike Martinhead coach of the Florida State baseball team, was honored by Tallahassee Memorial Hospital for a donation he and his family made to benefit the Children’s Center COPE Program. COPE, which stands for Creating Opportunities for Parent Empowerment, is an evidence-based program established in 2012 to benefit both the Tallahassee Memorial Children’s Center and the Newborn Intensive Care Unit.  In honor of this generous donation, the Tallahassee Memorial Children’s Center Playroom was named “The Mike Martin Family Playroom.”

In his undergraduate career at Florida State, Martin played on the school’s baseball team. He graduated from the College of Education in 1966 with a degree in Physical Education and later went on to become assistant coach and then head coach of the Florida State baseball team. He is one of only four baseball coaches in NCAA history to win 1,500 games at the Division I level. In 2007, he was inducted in the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. As part of the FSU Alumni Association centennial, Martin was named to FSU’s list of 100 distinguished graduates in 2009.

For more information or to see the video from the celebration in Martin’s honor by the Tallahassee Democrat, click here.

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January 2015

Lee Corso
B.S. ’57 Physical Education

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Lee Corso & Sport Management students

Lee Corso, a sports broadcaster and football analyst for ESPN, met with a group of our Sport Management undergraduate and graduate students when they traveled to Dallas for the National Championship football game. The students worked the pre-game show, half time show, and trophy presentation at the first ever College Football Playoff National Championship Game (previously the BCS). This experience helps our students to follow their passion of finding a job within the sporting industry by meeting successful alumni who have done just that.

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December 2014
Octavius “Ocky” Clark
B.S. ’87 Rehabilitation Services

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Ocky Clark

Octavius “Ocky” Clark, a track-and-field coach at Winter Springs High School and former FSU track star, was honored during the pre-game show at the Florida vs. Florida State football game on November, 29. Clark set out on a mission to raise money for repairs at Winter Springs High School by walking 250 miles through his “Strides for Students” fundraising journey.

On Friday, November 21, Winter Springs High School hosted a Send-Off Celebration for Clark who would walk from the WSHS to Doak Campbell Stadium. “The walk entitled Ocky Clark’s Strides for Students is a two-fold walk that will allow Ocky to retrace the footsteps of his late grandfather, who walked from the Florida panhandle to the Sanford area in the 1900’s in search of work, while also attempting to raise funds for WSHS,” said a WSHS press release. Clark’s goal is to raise at least $1 for each stride (494,000 total) to replace the hard asphalt on the school’s track with a runner-friendly rubberized surface and to add artificial turf to the field.

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Clark graduated from the FSU College of Education in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Services. During his time at FSU, he set records at the university and became a two-time All American track star. He is also a military veteran who has coached track and cross county at WSHS since its opening in the late 1990’s. He now serves as Dean of Students at WSHS.

To view photos from Clark’s journey, follow Strides for Students on Facebook and Twitter.

Pictures via PSP Images LLC at https://www.facebook.com/PSPIMAGES

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November 2014
Alice Luckhardt
B.S. ’72 Social Science Education

Alice L. Kershaw Luckhardt was honored with her husband, Greg Luckhardt, as Martin County Historic Preservationists for October 2013 to May 2015. As the historic researcher, Alice compiled the information on long lost and forgotten people, events and stories relating to Martin County, Florida’s history. The Luckhardts continue digitalize and store countless photos, postcards, vintage newspaper articles and memorabilia all relating to the county’s history in the local museum. Last March, they were played an instrumental role in helping to produce a live theatrical show concerning the city of Stuart’s centennial history for the public.

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November 2014
Joe Ostaszewski
M.S. ’03 Sport Management

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Joe Ostaszewski & Burt Reynolds

Sport Management Alumnus Joe Ostaszewski met famous actor and Florida State Alumnus Burt Reynolds this past weekend at the football game against Boston College, where he was able to share his story about the Wear Your Soul Project with Reynolds.

“Burt asked what he could do to help and I replied ‘Can you help us find a Colonel, I already have a great name… Joe O.’ He smiled and asked his friend to give me his contact info! Amazing how we are always in the right place, at the right time, for all the right reasons,” says Ostaszewski.

The Wear Your Soul Project is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping kids and young adults explore alternative outdoor sports, enabling them to find their passion and live a healthy, active lifestyle. The WYSP programs encourage the pursuit of individual outdoor sports which allow kids to build confidence, self-esteem and the basis for a healthy lifestyle without the pressure to succeed in a team environment. For more information on the program, visit http://wearyoursoul.org/

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November 2014
Dee Andrews
Ph.D. ’80 Instructional Systems

Dee Andrews, a 1980 Ph.D. graduate of the ISLT program, recently retired from the Department of Defense after 34 years in the civil service. He worked for all four military services during his time with DoD, and finished his career with nine years as a member of the Senior Executive Service. He was a Technical Director and Senior Scientist for twenty-three years with the Air Force Research Laboratory. His main research interests during his career were improving military instructional systems, especially via simulation-based training. He is a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the American Psychological Association, and the Royal Aeronautical Society of the United Kingdom. He is a Certified Performance Technologist, and Certified Professional Ergonomist. He will continue working as a consultant and adjunct professor.

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November 2014
Mokgweetsi Masisi
M.S. ’91 Social Science Education

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Mokgweetsi Masisi

Mokgweetsi Masisi has become the new Vice President of Botswana. He previously held the position of Botswana’s Prime Minister of Education and Skills Development.

Before his appointment as Vice President, Masisi taught at Mmanaana Secondary School in Moshupa, while also leading community development initiatives. He then transferred to Curriculum Development and Evaluation and worked as Social Studies Curriculum Specialist. Finding a passion for curriculum development, Masisi returned to school to obtain a graduate degree in Social Science Education at Florida State University.

For more information on Masisi, click here.

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November 2014
Mackenzie Willis Johnson
M.S. ’13 Reading Education/Language Arts

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MacKenzie Willis Johnson

MacKenzie Willis Johnson is part of an FSU team serving Ethiopia’s Ministry of Education. This team develops curriculum and trains teacher educators.  Johnson is currently obtaining her Ph.D. in English Education at FSU. She was recently featured in an article about her accomplishments as a teacher and researcher. For more information, visit:

http://chipleybugle.com/2014/10/18/chipolas-johnson-is-teacher-ed-grad-made-good/

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November 2014
Bud Marsee
B.S. ’53 Education

In December 2013, Bud Marsee was inducted into the College Golf Coaches of America Hall of Fame.

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November 2014
Beverly Helms
Ed.D. ’82 Education

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Beverly Helms

Beverly Helms is International President of the Society of Key Women Educators (DKG) for 2012-2014. The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.

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November 2014
Kosuke Okoshi
M.S. ’14 Sport Management

Kosuke Okoshi recently accepted a position with the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC). Kosuke will join the JOC at an exciting time, as Japan prepares to host the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

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October 2014
Rose Pringle
M.S. ’92 Science Education, Ph.D. ’00 Science Education

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Rose Pringle

School of Teacher Education alumna, Rose Pringle, has been awarded two prestigious honors in the field of science education. She received the John Shrum Award by the Southeastern Association for Science Teacher Education and the Mary L. Collins Award for Excellence in Teacher Education by the Florida Association of Teacher Educators. Pringle was nominated for both awards by her students, which is a testament to her impact on students in the field of science education.

Pringle is currently an associate professor in the School of Teaching and Leaning at the University of Florida.

“As a science educator, my research includes the exploration of preservice teachers’ positionality as science learners, the development of science specific pedagogy in both prospective and practicing science teachers, and the translation of these practices into equitable inquiry-based science experiences for all learners,” said Pringle.

For more information on Pringle and her awards, visit http://www.alligator.org/news/campus/article_0037b464-58cb-11e4-8e65-cb72b698079c.html

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October 2014
Kathleen Keirnan McGrath
B.S. ’81 Early Childhood Education & Elementary Education

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Kathleen McGrath

Kathleen McGrath is one of approximately 115 teachers inducted to the National Teachers Hall of Fame, which annually honors five teachers who have demonstrated commitment and dedication to teaching our nation’s children. Inducted in 2003, McGrath was recognized for her focus on teaching and learning using the TRIES concept, which stands for Trust, Relationships, Involvement, Expectations, and Success.

In addition, McGrath received the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship in 1992 for “Hands-On Science Lab,” in 1999 for “Brain Compatible Learning,” and again in 2001 for “Symposium For Early Career Teachers.”

In 2001, McGrath won the College of Education Distinguished Alumni Award for Public Schools.

McGrath currently teaches fourth grade at Madison Street Academy of Visual and Performing Arts. A complete list of her awards can be found at http://www.nthf.org/kathleen-mcgrath

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October 2014
Daniella Maglione-Bashner
M.S./Ed.S. ’97 School Psychology

Daniella Maglione-Bashner has been nominated for the Florida School Psychologist of the Year. The winner will be decided in November.

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October 2014
William Kyle Ingle
Ph.D. ’07 Educational Leadership & Policy

William Kyle Ingle has been appointed as an associate professor in the Department of Evaluation, Leadership, and Organizational Development at the University of Louisville.

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October 2014
Rachel Sutz Pienta
M.S. ’97 English Education, Ph.D. ’05 Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

Rachel Sutz Pienta was recently appointed Senior Community Engagement Representative for the Big Bend market with the American Cancer Society in the Tallahassee Office.
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October 2014
J.R. Harding
Ed.S. ’96, Ed.D. ’99 Higher Education

Dr. J.R. Harding has been elected to the Disabled Veterans Insurance Careers operating board. Harding is a two-time U.S. presidential appointee, seven-time Florida gubernatorial appointee (four different governors), author of “Now What?” and recognized international disability expert who has made significant contributions to both public policy and the community.

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October 2014
Glenda Earwood
Ph.D. ’83 Higher Education Administration

Glenda Earwood recently received an Alumni Achievement Award from Mortar Board, the premier national honor society for college seniors.

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October 2014
Eric North
B.S. ’90 Physical Education and ROTC

Colonel Eric D. North of the U.S. Air Force is now the Maintenance Group Commander for the 96th Test Wing at Eglin AFB.

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October 2014
Duane Brookes
M.S. ’96 Physical Education

Duane Brooks has been appointed Head Athletic Trainer of NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans.

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September 2014
Carol Hair Moore
B.S. ’62 Elementary Education

Carol Hair Moore recently published the fourth book in her series, I Wish You Ice Cream and Cake. The fourth book, Papa Mole’s Secrets of Happiness. was edited by FSU Professor of English Emeritus, Dr. Bruce Bickley.

http://www.iwishyouicecreamandcake.com/
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September 2014
Cameron Mattingly
B.S. ’06 Education, M.S. ’08 Special Education

Cameron Mattingly has been appointed assistant principal at Jacksonville Beach Elementary in Jacksonville, Florida.
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September 2014
Ashley Burns
B.S. ’10 Recreation and Leisure Services Administration

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Ashley Burns

A company partnered by Ashley Burns and her mother, Sandra Burns, has become a finalist in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards. Burns Creekside Farms LLC is a farm-fresh goat milk soap, bath & body company in Alva, Florida. They are known for redefining DIY hygiene with outdoor soap making classes and handcrafted raw goat milk soap, lotion, bath & body products.

“I am so grateful to Florida State University and the College of Education for facilitating the beginning of this amazing journey,” said Ashley Burns. She attributes her success to the professors and staff of 2007 – 2010. “They deserve to share in our success and know that what they do matters!”

View Burns’ WCTV interview here.

Martha Stewart American Made Nominee

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August 2014
Michael Shahnasarian
Ph.D ’85 Counseling/Human Systems

Michael Shahnasarian published his first novel, “Justice Indicted.” This is Shahnasarian’s 11th book, but his first work of fiction. He is known throughout Florida as an expert forensic psychologist and has had a successful psychologist practice in Tampa, Florida for more than twenty-five years.

For more information on his novel, visit http://www.michaelshahnasarian.com/#!long-time-resident-read-more/c1121

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August 2014
Gwyn Hyman Rubio
B.A. ’71 Elementary Education

Gwyn Hyman Rubio, New York Times bestselling author, published her new novel, “Love and Ordinary Creatures.” For more information, visit http://gwynhymanrubio.com/

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August 2014
Crystal Timmons
B.S. ’93 Elementary Education

Crystal Timmons, a University of Florida professor-in-residence in the Duval County school district for the College of Education’s Lastinger Center for Learning, was elected president-elect of the Florida Association of Teacher Educators (FATE). Timmons will start her one-year term in October, which puts her on track to automatically assume the presidency of FATE in 2015-2016.

“I’m asking for support and feedback from anyone who is involved with FATE to help us strengthen our mission to improve the effectiveness of teacher education,” Timmons said. “A strong state unit ultimately enhances the efforts of the national Association of Teacher Educators.”
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August 2014
Alexandra Crawford
B.S. ’11 Physical Education, M.Ed ’12 Visual Disabilities

Alexandra Crawford was featured in the news for her work with the blind or visually impaired. Four runners in the Boilermaker run this year were visually impaired. Crawford currently works at the Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) where she teaches individuals who are blind or visually impaired how to stay active and participate in sports and recreation.

For more information on the visually impaired Boilermaker runners, visit
http://www.cnyhomepage.com/story/d/story/the-extra-mile-blind-boilermaker-runners/30200/M9NnbWWfRkuUTkZptrnW2A
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July 2014
W Stephen Long
B.S. ’00 English Education

W Stephen Long was recently appointed English Department Chair at Beijing No.4 High School International Campus in Beijing, PRC. In addition to his position as an English Language Arts Teacher to High School Chinese students at Beijing No.4, Long is also an English Instructor to Middle School Chinese students at the Si Zhing Training School weekend Program, also located in Beijing, PRC.

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Trevor Kincaid

July 2014
Trevor Kincaid
B.S. ’05 Education

Trevor Kincaid has been appointed the Deputy Assistant United States Trade Representative for Public and Media Affairs at the White House.The Office of Public and Media Affairs provides timely and accurate information about the latest activities and public statements from the Office of the United States Trade Representative. In the press center you’ll find press releases, fact sheets, and reports and publications on U.S. trade policy and activities at USTR, as well as photos, video, and blogs.

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July 2014
Martha Werner
M.S. ’98 Education

The Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA) named Martha A. Werner the District 13 TEPSAN of the Year. She is principal of Deep Wood Elementary in Round Rock, Texas and also serves as the President of District 13 TEPSA.
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June 2014
Paul Alexander Quimby
B.S. ’09 Sport Management
J.D. ’12 Law

Press Release regarding Alex Quimby

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Laura Kaminsky; 407-649-4043; lkaminsky@bakerlaw.com

BakerHostetler Attorney Alex Quimby Appointed to Young Professionals Advisory Council

ORLANDO, FL: June 3, 2014 – BakerHostetler Orlando Attorney Alex Quimby has been appointed to a two-year term on the Central Florida Young Professionals Advisory Council (YPAC).

The goal of YPAC is to provide the Board of Directors of the Central Florida Partnership (CFP) with consistent and thoughtful input from a younger generation. Capitalizing on the momentum of the growing regional, state and national issues, YPAC is engaging the advice and counsel of young professionals in matters of consequence to the CFP’s family of communities. Listening carefully to the voices of young professionals, especially when it comes to key community issues, helps CFP to better frame the public policy debate across the Central Florida Region.

Quimby practices complex commercial litigation, focusing on contract law, business torts and fraudulent conveyances. While in law school, he interned for the Honorable Ronald V. Swanson of the First District Court of Appeal of Florida. In this capacity, Quimby advised the court on appellate matters involving business disputes, foreclosures, negligence, civil and appellate procedures, divorce and alimony, evidentiary issues and criminal law. He distinguished himself in law school as a member of the Florida State University Law Review’s research and writing committee. He also served as a research assistant for Professor Shawn Bayern and as a legal writing and research teaching assistant for Professor Charlee Taylor. Additionally, Quimby was a recipient of the Katzentine-Simon Scholarship and the Mason Ladd Merit Scholarship.

Quimby graduated from The Florida State University College of Law summa cum laude in 2012, and was honored with induction to The Order of the Coif, the only national legal honors society in the United States. He graduated magna cum laude in 2009 from The Florida State University with a degree in Sport Management.

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Paul Quimby

About BakerHostetler
One of the nation’s largest law firms, BakerHostetler helps clients around the world to address their most complex and critical business and regulatory issues. With five core national practice groups – business, employment, intellectual property, litigation, and tax – the firm has nearly 900 lawyers located in 14 offices coast to coast. BakerHostetler is recognized for its role as court-appointed counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee in the recovery of billions of dollars in principal lost in the Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Bernard L. Madoff. Additionally, BakerHostetler is widely regarded as having one of the country’s top 10 tax practices, a nationally recognized litigation practice, data privacy practice, and an industry-leading middle market business practice. For more information, visit http://www.bakerlaw.com.

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May 2014
Marni Bateman Kirkland
B.S. ’92 English Education

Marni Bateman Kirkland (Ed.D) was recently named District Director of K-12 English Language Arts for the Colquitt County School District in Moultrie, Goergia.
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May 2014
FSU Young Alumni Awards – Thirty Under 30

Congratulations to four College of Education Alumni on the recognition of their achievements by the Florida State University Alumni Association.

Robert “Bobby” Adelson
BS ’07 Education

Bobby is currently a Foreign Service Officer and U.S. Diplomat, U.S. Department of State at the U.S. Embassy in London, U.K.

Faith Guerry Doles
BS ’07 Early Childhood Education

Faith is currently a 3rd Grade Exceptional Student Education Teacher with Orange County Public Schools in Winter Garden, FL.

Tenisha Patterson
BS ’07 Business, MS ’08 Sports Administration (currently known as Sport Management)

Tenisha is currently a Sports Attorney/Business Manager for Professional Athletes with Definitive Sports Representation in Charlotte, NC.

Kirby Ross
BS ’07 Education

Kirby is currently Founder and Executive Director for The Miami Music Museum Inc. in Miami, FL.

For the complete list of recipients, visit http://one.fsu.edu/thirtyunder30.

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May 2014
Alyssa Maige
B.S. ’14 English Education

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Alyssa Maige

Congratulations to recent alumna and former CTEFSU President, Alyssa Maige, for her invitation to participate in the 2014 Annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English. Her proposal was selected from more than 2,000 applicants. The convention will be held at the Gaylord National Resort in Washington, D.C. from November 20-25.
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March 2014
William Long
B.S. ’00 English Education

William Long has recently been appointed Comprehensive English Teacher and acting English Department Chair at the Beijing No.4 High School International Campus in Beijing, PRC.
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February 2014
Jimbo Jackson
B.S. ’92 Education
M.S. ’03 Education

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Jimbo Jackson

Jimbo Jackson, Fort Braden principal, was named the Tallahassee Democrat Person of the Year. With more than 40 nominees and a record 2,235 votes, Jackson won with approximately 20% of the vote.

Jordan Culver, Democrat staff writer, said “there’s more than one man named Jimbo who has a home-field advantage in Tallahassee.”

Jackson, who grew up in Fort Braden, has been Fort Braden school principal for the last five years. He knows the name of every student in the school, from kindergarten through eighth grade, showing that he makes meaningful connections with his students.

The words ‘hero,’ ‘champion’ and ‘leader’ appeared significantly in nominations for Jimbo Jackson.

“I feel really honored,” said Jackson. “Most importantly I feel honored for all the teachers and all the principals and administrators across Leon County Schools.”

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November 2013
Robin Sankowski Grenier
B.S. ’95 Education

Robin Sankowski Grenier teaches at the University of Connecticut in the department of Educational Leadership. She was awarded a Faculty Fulbright Award to teach at the University of Iceland for the spring 2014 term.

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June 2013
Leslie Sampson Waters
B.S. ’69 Education
M.S. ’70 Education

LESLIE SAMPSON WATERS APPOINTED TO WOMEN’S DEMOCRACY NETWORK COUNCIL

Leslie Waters, Mayor of the City of Seminole, former Florida State Legislator,

President/ Founder of the Leslie Waters Government consulting firm, and Adjunct Political Science Professor at Eckerd College, has been selected as one of 14 American women to serve on the Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) Council, headquartered out of Washington D.C. and chaired by Cindy McCain, the wife of Senator John McCain.

“Over the years I have worked with Jordanian elected women city officials, with Bosnian women Members of Parliament.  In Africa I spoke from the floor of the Southern Sudan Parliament to women state and national legislators, facilitated “Campaign Workshops” for Egyptian women running for Parliament, and in Sri Lanka instructed women on how to effectively advocate their government,” explains Mayor Waters.

The Women’s Democracy Network is an Initiative of the International Republican Institute. The Council is instrumental in supporting WDN’s mission of empowering women around the world to greater activism and leadership in public life. By connecting women to resources and to their counterparts around the world, they will learn new skills to help build thriving communities for their families and lasting democracies for their people. The Network of women is currently active in 61 countries in every region of the world.

Mayor Waters says “It is an honor to be asked to continue to bring my own business, campaign, political, legislative, and civic experience to the WDN Council in an effort to educate and connect aspiring women leaders across the world on ways to enhance their democracies.”

Leslie Waters is available for presentations, for more information contact at:

http://wdn.org; leslie-waters@tampabay.rr.com

LESLIE WATERS ELECTED TO MAYOR OF THE CITY OF SEMINOLE

Leslie Sampson Waters, Florida State University graduate, B.S. ’69 and M.S. ’70, and member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority, a former State Representative (1998-2006) and Speaker Pro-Tempore, has recently been elected unopposed to Mayor of the City of Seminole in Pinellas County.

Since gradation from Florida State University, Leslie Waters had an almost 3-decade career in management with Allstate Insurance Company, started her own government relations consulting firm, became a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator, International Democracy Consultant in Southeast Asia, North Africa, Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa.  In recent years she has been an Adjunct Political Science Professor at both University of South Florida St. Petersburg and currently at Eckerd College, as well as serving 4 years on Seminole City Council before serving as Mayor.

The City of Seminole is 5.6 square miles in size, has a population of 19,000 and a budget of $15 million.

“It is an honor and a challenge to help govern Seminole, to balance the budget, to oversee several very large development projects, and to assure continued quality of municipal services.  Seminole is a great city to live, work, play and raise families,” remarked Leslie Waters.

Leslie Waters is a member of the Florida League of Mayors, Pinellas County Mayor’s Council, Suncoast League of Cities, and the Florida League of Cities.

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May 2013
Agustin D. Martinez

The Mares of Lenin Park

WINNER OF PRIZE AMERICANA

Hollywood Books International, Fiction Imprint of Press Americana

The Mares of Lenin Park by Agustin D. Martinez is published in paperback and available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and in distribution from Ingram. It is also available as an ebook and Kindle edition.

Winner of Prize Americana, The Mares of Lenin Park is the story of Uli, a fourteen-year-old Cuban boy, who struggles to reconcile his deceased father’s heroic past with his mother Graciela’s new marriage. Finding it more and more difficult to live in the economic times of Cuba following the fall of the Soviet Union, Uli learns that the Revolutionaries are closer than expected – importing drugs to support the failing economy. These discoveries catapult him into a journey involving work camps, murder, and a voyage at sea.

Agustin D. Martinez was raised in Miami, Florida. He is a graduate of Florida State University and received his Master of Science in Education degree from Johns Hopkins University. His fiction and plays have appeared in Arcadia Literary Journal, The Binnacle, The 34th Parallel Magazine, The Write Room, Apropos Literary Journal, The Adirondack Review, Press 1, Sugar Mule, Palooka Journal, Review Americana, and Hinchas de Poesia. He lives in the Washington, DC metro area.

Contact information:

Press Americana/Hollywood Books International

Americana: The Institute for the Study of American Popular Culture

7095-1240 Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood, CA 90028

editor@americanpopularculture.com

http://www.americanpopularculture.com

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May 2013
Birch P. Browning
BME ’87 Education
MME ’99 Music
PhD ’02 Music

Birch Browning, music teacher educator, music performance researcher, and Music Director of the Cleveland Winds, has been appointed Chair of the Department of Music at Cleveland State University.

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May 2013
John Penick
Ph.D. ’73 Education

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Kate Falk, NSTA;  (703) 312-9211; kfalk@nsta.org

Educator Receives Top Award from the National Science Teachers Association

Dr. John Penick Recognized for National Leadership and Contributions in the Field of Science Education

ARLINGTON, Va. — May 15, 2013 — The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning, has presented its most prestigious award—the Robert H. Carleton Award sponsored by the Dow Chemical Company—to former NSTA President Dr. John E. Penick, professor emeritus, North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh, North Carolina. Penick received his award at a special banquet and ceremony at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education held last month in San Antonio, Texas.

Penick began his teaching career as a biology and chemistry teacher at Jackson High School, an inner city high school in Miami, Fla., where he also served as science department chair. He is a graduate of the University of Miami and Florida State University, and for nearly 30 years was a post-secondary educator at Miami-Dade Junior College, Loyola University, and The University of Iowa. He joined NCSU as head of the department of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in 1998 and retired in 2009.

Penick has been an active and devoted member of NSTA, serving on the NSTA board of directors and council and on many committees. He has delivered numerous presentations and sessions at NSTA conferences. In 2012, he received NSTA’s Distinguished Service to Science Education Award and has twice received the association’s Gustav Ohaus Award for Innovations in College Science Teaching. Penick has held numerous leadership positions, including president of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) and president of the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT).

Well known throughout the international education community, Penick is the recipient of more than $6 million in external funding for education projects. He has been invited to work in 35 countries on projects that included teaching university faculty in Indonesia, evaluating teacher workshops in Portugal, designing a science education center in Venezuela, and translating elementary science curriculum from Portuguese to English, to name but a few. He has presented at many conferences and workshops and conducted research around the world. He served as the North American representative to the International Council of Associations for Science Education (ICASE) and was a member of its executive committee from 1985 to 2009.

Penick is the recipient of numerous awards, including the ASTE Outstanding Science Educator of the Year and Outstanding Mentor awards and the Florida State University Distinguished Educator Award as well as the Orthogonal Medal from NCSU and a Distinguished Service Citation from Epsilon Pi Tau, the international honorary for professions in technology. He has authored or co-authored more than 240 books, monographs, and articles and has given hundreds of presentations to schools and professional associations.

“Dr. Penick has been a champion for science education and is well-known throughout the community for his devoted service to NSTA,” said NSTA President Dr. Karen L. Ostlund. “NSTA is proud to present this prestigious award to him for his outstanding contributions.”

The Robert H. Carleton Award recognizes one individual who has made outstanding contributions to and provided leadership in science education at the national level and to NSTA in particular. The awardee receives a $5,000 grant from Dow, a formal citation, and an all-expense-paid trip to attend the NSTA National Conference.

About NSTA

The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), www.nsta.org, is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA’s current membership includes approximately 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education.

About Dow

Dow combines the power of science and technology with the “Human Element” to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world’s most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow’s diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2009, Dow had annual sales of $45 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company’s more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 214 sites in 37 countries across the globe. References to “Dow” or the “Company” mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com. For more information about Dow’s involvement as a global partner of the International Year of Chemistry, click here.

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December 2012
Gordon Sprague
B.S. ’65 Education

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the reappointments of Robert Montgomery, Stephen Norris, and Commissioner Cheryl Sanders, and the appointments of Scott Gaby and Gordon Sprague)to the Northwest Florida Transportation Corridor Authority.

 Sprague, 74, of Gulf Breeze, is a retired mutual fund money manager from AIM. He is appointed for a term beginning October 24, 2012, and ending August 10, 2016.

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December 2012
John Lewis
B.S. ’71 Education
M.S. ’74 Education

FORT MYERS LITIGATION ATTORNEY JOHN LEWIS NAMED TRIAL LAWYER OF THE YEAR 

Fort Myers, Florida — The law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. is pleased to announce that Attorney John Lewis was named “Trial Lawyer of the Year” at the annual judicial dinner of the Southwest Florida Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). The criteria for this lifetime achievement award include being an excellent advocate with a distinguished career and having a superb reputation of high ethics and fair play. ABOTA is an invitation-only national organization of trial attorneys dedicated to preserving the independence of the judiciary and the right to trial by jury.

Lewis has been Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Florida Bar since 1991. He concentrates his practice in the defense of tort claims and handles civil rights litigation in state and federal court. He also represents school boards, cities, counties and other governmental entities in various matters. Lewis holds an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

Lewis is a member of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association, Defense Research Institute, American Board of Trial Advocates, and is an original member of the Calusa Inns of Court Chapter. He is also past president of the Lee County Bar Association. Lewis received his undergraduate degree, law degree and Masters Degree from Florida State University.

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is one of the largest law firms between Tampa and Miami. A full-service firm, Henderson Franklin has 55 attorneys practicing in the areas of business and tax planning, estate planning, family law, commercial and civil litigation, immigration law, workers’ compensation, employment law, real estate, and land use and environmental law.  One of the state’s oldest firms, Henderson Franklin was founded in Fort Myers in 1924 and operates offices in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, and on Sanibel Island.

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November 2012
Susan Hagood
B.S. ’91 Physical Education

Hagood Receives College/University Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award

VALDOSTA – Dr. Susan Hagood, assistant professor of kinesiology and physical education, received the College/University Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award from the Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (GAHPERD) for her performance as an educator, role model and community leader.
“It is such an honor to be selected as the recipient of the GAHPERD College/University Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award,” said Hagood. “I am passionate about teaching and strive to prepare classes where students are challenged, encouraged and supported to become highly qualified physical education teachers. There are so many wonderful college/university physical education teacher educators in the state of Georgia so to be selected for this award is truly an honor for which I am most grateful.”
Hagood will attend the 2012 GAHPERD Award Ceremony in Savannah, Ga., on Monday, Nov. 12, at the Savannah Theater.
“This award would not be possible without the support of both the students and faculty here at VSU, as they have afforded me the opportunity to do what I love; provide learning experiences for graduate and undergraduate physical education majors that help them gain the knowledge, skills, and dispositions they need to positively impact the physical activity and health patterns of today’s children and youth,” said Hagood.
Hagood received a B.S. in physical education from Florida State University in 1991. After teaching elementary physical education and coaching softball and volleyball high school athletics in the state of Florida, she returned to Florida State University in 2003 to begin her graduate studies. Graduating with her Ph.D. in 2007, Hagood served three years as an assistant professor in the Physical Education Department at Indiana State University. In 2010, Hagood joined the Kinesiology and Physical Education Department at VSU where she currently teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in curriculum and instruction.
At VSU, Hagood serves as the program coordinator of the Certification Only Program and as an advisor for the Health and Physical Education Majors Club. She has published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals and frequently presents at both state and national education conferences. During Hagood’s spare time, she volunteers for both the Special Olympics and Relay for Life events.
For more information about the award, visit http://www.GAHPERD.org.
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September 2012
Jame’l R. Hodges

Dr. Hodges

Dr. Jame’l R. Hodges, an alumnus in Higher Education, was recently featured in the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.  To read his article, visit: Assessing the Effectiveness of Pre-College Outreach Programs for Black Men.

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Amirul Mukminin
Ph.D. Sociocultural and International Education Development Studies

Amirul Mukminin, a Fulbrighter and alumnae of Sociocultural and International Education Development Studies (SIDES), ELPS, has received an Erasmus Mundus postdoctoral scholarship from the European Commission under the Lotus program. The Lotus is an Erasmus Mundus Action Two Partnership (EMA2) of European and South-East Asian Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and Associations aiming at fostering mutual enrichment and better understanding between the EU and South-East Asia (China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia, and Thailand). During his postdoctoral program at Groningen University, the Netherlands, Amirul Mukminin will complete two research projects: (1) In search of effective teachers: Teacher education and teacher certification policy in Finland, the Netherlands, and Indonesia and (2) Coming to the Netherlands: Stories of Indonesian graduate students on the acculturative process at Dutch higher education.

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March 2012
Scott Sowell
Ph.D. Education

Oscar-like pomp was in full swing Thursday night as Duval County’s teacher of the year was revealed in a lavish ceremony at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts.

Scott Sowell

The award went to Scott Sowell, a seventh- and eighth-grade science teacher at Darnell-Cookman Middle/High School.

“Us teachers, we teach how we were taught,” said Sowell, recalling the influence his past teachers and his mother, who served as a school secretary, had on him.

“She showed how one has a responsibility to put love, passion, and professionalism into every single day,” he said.

The five finalists were selected from 163 nominees.

Sowell has 12 years of teaching experience and holds two undergraduate degrees from the University of North Florida as well as both an M.A. and Ph.D. from Florida State
University.

He was lauded for inspiring his students to learn and for instilling a strong sense of respect, kindness, and an appreciation for the environment in them.

“I knew it!  That’s my brother!” a voice in the crowd exclaimed.  “They got it right!”

“Shush,” said Sowell, to much laughter.

Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals was a featured speaker at the ceremony.

“As educators, we entered this field because of a passion to teach, lead and inspire the next generation of leaders in our community,” Pratt-Dannals said. “Your commitment to teaching opens the door to a lifetime of opportunities for your students.”

The other finalists were Christy J. Constande of Chets Creek Elementary, Cindy Fitch of Oak Hill Elementary, Kate Houston of First Coast High and Lauren Martin of Pinedale Elementary.
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February 2012

Educational Research Coordinator Honored for Research on Underrepresentation of Women in STEM Fields

BLOOMINGTON, IND. Dr. Roxanne M. Hughes, educational research coordinator for the Center for Integrating Research and Learning at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Fla., has received Recognition of Merit in the 2011–2012 PDK International Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award program. Her dissertation, “The Process of Choosing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Careers by Undergraduate Women: A Narrative Life History Analysis,” investigates the reasons for women’s underrepresentation in STEM fields in college.

“This year, PDK received more than 40 exceptional entries for its dissertation award, and Dr. Hughes’ research stood out to the review panel,” said Dr. William Bushaw, PDK International’s executive director. “Research is central to PDK’s mission, and we are thrilled to honor Dr. Hughes’ work. She has made an important contribution toward advancing the field of education.”

In her dissertation, Hughes explored the factors that influenced undergraduate women’s choice to pursue a career in a STEM field. Her research focused on 26 women who attended a Tier-One university in the southeastern United States between 2006 and 2010.

“This study indicates that persistence in STEM degrees is highly influenced by three main factors,” said Hughes, who earned her doctoral degree at Florida State University. “Key factors are pre-college and college success in math and science; support from parents, teachers, and college professors; and peer support networks at the college level.”

The PDK Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award is sponsored by the PDK Educational Foundation, which provides support for the projects of PDK International, a global association for educators. This award, which is designed to further research in education, is given to the PDK member whose dissertation best meets the criteria of sound scholarship and shows the most promise for improving education. In addition to the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, four members received Recognition of Merit for their dissertations. PDK received more than 40 submissions for the award, which was selected by a panel of education researchers.

An announcement of Hughes’ award will be published in the May 2012 issue of Phi Delta Kappan, the nation’s leading journal on education policy and practice.

PDK International

About PDK International

Founded in 1906, PDK International is a global association for professional educators. The organization’s mission is to support education, particularly public education, as the cornerstone of democracy. More information is online at www.pdkintl.org.

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February 2012

The Sloan Consortium Announces Bruce Chaloux as New Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. — The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C), an association of individuals, institutions and organizations of higher education engaged in online learning, outlined a major leadership change in the organization today. Board of Directors President Meg Benke announced the selection of Bruce Chaloux as Sloan-C’s new executive director and chief executive officer, succeeding John Bourne, who is retiring from Sloan-C in March.

“Sloan-C extends our deepest gratitude to John Bourne for his vision and many years of leadership,” said Dr. Benke. “As we transition forward, we are fortunate to have Dr. Chaloux, with his extraordinary combination of skills, expertise and passion for the Sloan-C mission, leading the organization.”

Dr. Chaloux is a national expert on online learning policy and distance learning. He joins Sloan-C from the Southern Regional Education Board where he served as director of student access programs and services. He founded and directed the Electronic Campus, a 16-state consortia of some 300 colleges and universities in the South, that make available more than 40,000 online courses and 2,000 degree programs. In 2005, he led Sloan-C’s national effort to assist students and institutions impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita—Sloan Semester—recognized for demonstrating the capacity of online learning to aid students in a crisis.

Previously, Dr. Chaloux served in the Graduate School at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, on the staff of the Virginia State Council of Higher Education and as a faculty member and academic administrator at Castleton State College in his native state of Vermont. He holds a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Florida State University, a Master of Education from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Science from Castleton State. Dr. Chaloux previously served as president of the Sloan Consortium Board of Directors and has been active in many higher education leadership organizations.

“I am honored to have been selected to succeed John and to help Sloan-C continue to expand quality online programming,” said Dr. Chaloux. “Online learning continues a remarkable period of growth, in no small part because of the efforts of Sloan-C and our community.”

Chaloux will assume his new duties on March 19.

SLOAN-C

About Sloan-C

The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) is an institutional and professional leadership organization dedicated to integrating online education into the mainstream of higher education, helping institutions and individual educators improve the quality, scale, and breadth of education. For more information, visit www.sloanconsortium.org.

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January 5, 2012

FORT MYERS ATTORNEY JOHN LEWIS ACHIEVES 20 YEARS OF FLORIDA BAR BOARD CERTIFICATION

            Fort Myers, Florida – The law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is pleased to announce that Attorney John Lewis received his fifth certification by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education in civil trial law. Board certification is granted for only a five year period, after which every certified lawyer must reapply for this distinction. Lewis was first awarded board certification in 1991. The Supreme Court of Florida has stated that board certified lawyers have “special knowledge, skills and proficiency in [their] practice area, as well as character, ethics, and a reputation for professionalism.”

John Lewis

Lewis concentrates his litigation practice in the defense of automobile, premises and other tort litigation. He also represents school boards, municipalities and other governmental entities in civil rights litigation in state and federal court. Lewis is a member of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association, Defense Research Institute, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and is an original member of the Calusa Inns of Court Chapter. He is also past president of the Lee County Bar Association. Lewis received his undergraduate degree, law degree and graduate degrees from Florida State University.

Henderson Franklin is one of the largest law firms between Tampa and Miami with over 55 attorneys practicing in the areas of business and tax planning, banking and creditors’ rights, estate planning and administration, family law, land use and environmental law, immigration law, commercial and civil litigation, eminent domain, workers’ compensation, employment law and real estate. One of the state’s oldest firms, Henderson Franklin was founded in Fort Myers in 1924 and operates offices in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs and Sanibel Island. For more information on Lewis or Henderson Franklin, please visit www.henlaw.com.

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May 2011
Dr. R. Anne Abbott
M.S. ’70 Education

Dr. R. Anne Abbott

Health Promotion Pioneer Retiring – Dr. R. Anne Abbott

By Hailey Richardson, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-STEVENS POINT: EMPLOYEE WELLNESS NEWSLETTER; VOLUME 5, ISSUE 2; May, 2011

After more than 30 years spent teaching, the majority of that at UWSP, an inspirational, artistic educator‘s decision to move on from teaching has done nothing to cut short her legacy. Dr. R Anne Abbott has been dedicated to teaching integrative and alternative health care techniques to reverse disease, improve well-being and assist in developing communities. Abbott was the first women exercise physiologist certified as an American College of Sports Medicine Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Directors, a Founding Fellow of American Association of Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Abbott was a pioneer in the interdisciplinary approach to behavior change in cardiac rehabilitation, wellness and health promotion. Her leadership and dedication has inspired many.

Under Dr. Abbott‘s leadership as the Director of Health Promotion/Health Protection from 1987-1997 UWSP has become nationally recognized by the Association of Worksite Health Promotion and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health for its unique approach to cross-training professionals. The Health Promotion and Wellness Program was the first undergraduate program to received Academic Program Accreditation (APA) by the National Wellness Institute

The University was recognized three times in seven years as having one of the best undergraduate health promotion programs in the country. Dr. Abbott and her colleagues [Drs. John Munson & Jane Jones] and students created many firsts in the academic program including the development of the SPECIES 7 Dimensional Wellness Model including Environmental Wellness. See: http://www.uwsp.edu/hphd/wellnessDimensions/

As retirement closes another chapter in Abbott‘s life, it offers a new ad-venture for the next. Anne plans on spending her time developing her own business: Abbott Solutions Inc. that includes Kids Sports Author-ity.com an affiliate marking website that assists parents in helping their 3-12 year old become more physically active, and also consulting in the area of wellness and health promotion. Reflecting on her 24 years spent at UWSP, Dr. Abbott is most proud of helping define careers in wellness‘ and being a part of helping students learn about life‘.

On behalf of UWSP staff and students, you will truly be missed. We wish you the best and know that your smile will be even broader now that you don‘t have to commute to work.

Dr. Abbott, is a graduate of East Tennessee State University High School, 1965; East Tennessee State University, [BS 1969]; Florida State University [MS 1970] and University of Pittsburgh, [PhD 1981]. She continues to work and play in rural Wisconsin with her spouse, two children and English setter.

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December 2010
Carolyn Owens
B.A. ’68 Education

Carolyn Owen

FRANKLIN COLLEGE RECOGNIZES EMPLOYEE

WITH STAFF EXCELLENCE AWARD

FRANKLIN, Ind.Carolyn J. Owens, executive secretary for the social science division, has been selected the 2011 recipient of the Margaret Hommell Staff Service Excellence Award.  She received the award at the 18th Annual Employee Appreciation and Holiday Celebration Luncheon in the Napolitan Student Center on Friday, Dec. 16.

After a successful teaching career and ten years at Butler University as the Director of Education for Clowes Memorial Hall, Owens joined the staff at Franklin College in 2008. At the college, she reorganized financial record-keeping for the division, helped develop a college-wide hiring process, oriented new division faculty members and assisted in seven searches to fill academic positions.

A native of Franklin, she graduated from Franklin Community High School, then Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida with honors. She completed her graduate work at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Owens, retiring from the college this month, resides in Franklin with her three rescued dogs. She plans to work with the Johnson County Humane Society to promote adoption and give pets “forever homes.”  Both of her parents, Roger and Gertrude Owens, were graduates of Franklin College.

Colleagues selected her for the staff service award based on her willingness to help others, excellence in internal and external customer service and outstanding work ethic. The award is named in memory of the late Margaret Hommell, a Franklin College staff member who served on the award selection committee for several years and passed away in October 2006.

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November 2010
Brien Schmauch
B.S. ’00 Education

Brien Schmauch

Brien Schmauch is an active member of the Tallahassee Seminole Club, the Tallahassee Quarterback Club and various civic and business organizations in Tallahassee.

Brien Schmauch (FSU 2000 B.S. Ed, UGA Masters 2002) is the owner of Pinnacle Massage Therapy in Tallahassee.  PMT provides massage therapy to individual clients, to local high school athletes and to FSU athletes.

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