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The Moment Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016 3:43 p.m. SNAPCHAT: The crowd readied their phone cameras to capture the moment when Dance Marathon at FSU’s executive board took the stage to reveal the results of a 40-hour party featuring thousands of students dancing for a cause. The numbers showcased an FSU record of more than $1.4 million raised to provide medical care, treatment and research for sick children through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the FSU College of Medicine and more — as the success of FSU’s largest student-run philanthropy was shared online in a flash. Watch a recap: Photo by Colin Hackley

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ON THE RECORD: Inside the famed National Press Club in Washington, D.C., FSU President John Thrasher (B.S. ’65, J.D. ’72) headlined an alumni networking event that featured prominent grads in a roundtable discussion about what it takes to find professional success in the nation’s capital. Similar events were held this spring in Los Angeles and New York. See pages 44 and 45 to learn more. Photo by the National Press Club

Cover: Florida State’s Jessica Dueño donned cap and gown this spring to become the first person in her family to graduate from college. With the support of FSU’s CARE program for first-generation college students, she successfully navigated her FSU years — from ROTC and nursing classes to staying involved in extracurricular activities, which included selection as the 2015 Homecoming Princess, pairing up with Homecoming Chief and fellow CARE graduate Derrick Scott II. Photo by Ray Stanyard, courtesy of the FSU Foundation 2 Vires

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THE FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES Ed Burr, Chair Leslie Pantin, Vice Chair Maximo Alvarez Kathryn Ballard William Buzzett Joseph L. Camps Emily Fleming Duda Susan Fiorito Joseph Gruters Mark Hillis Craig Mateer Nathan Molina Bob Sasser Brent W. Sembler

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FROM THE PUBLISHER My first FSU boss, Annette Lee (B.A. ’64, M.F.A. ’73), once told me that “presidents come and go, but faculty remain — and they become the heart of an institution.” What I eventually came to understand from her advice is that presidencies, by necessity, burn white-hot for a brief time — hot enough to cast their likenesses in bronze — but the impact of faculty is no less great over time. It would be hard to argue otherwise at the spring 2016 retirements of a pair of academic deans, David Rasmussen of Social Sciences and Don Weidner of Law (see page 8). Rasmussen, who joined the FSU faculty in 1968, and Weidner, who signed on in 1976, have led their respective programs to national prominence, and their impact will last well into the future. All alumni owe them a debt of gratitude for enhancing the value of their FSU degrees. Meanwhile, Sir Harry Kroto, the Nobel Prize-winning chemist who died April 30, was on our campus for only a decade or so, but his impact was legendary. How much so? Worldrenowned nuclear physicist Mark Riley, the 2014–15 Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor at FSU, said Kroto was “the greatest human being I’ve ever known.” At his core, Kroto was a teacher with a passion for science and a gift for communication that made complex material accessible to the novice. Kroto was the sixth Nobel Prize winner to serve on FSU’s faculty, and his passing is a reminder of the power of teaching and the quality of the craft that is rendered on our campus.

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So after Hopkins earned his theater degree in 1993, he followed his music dream to Atlanta. He established a recording studio and worked an open mic night at a local bar when a young musician named Zac Brown showed up to sing. Hopkins invited Brown to the recording studio and began laying down the singer’s first album. Later, when Brown needed a bass player, Hopkins got the invite, and the rest is history.

Hopkins recently returned to acting in the independent film “Adolescence.” “It’s a real stretch for me — I play a biker who’s a lead singer,” he says with a laugh. “Hopefully those things lead to other things and I get a chance to stretch my theater muscles once in a while.”

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John Driskell Hopkins came to FSU in search of an acting career but within a week landed the role of lead singer in a local band. “By the end of Christmas break we had already picked up two to five gigs a week. It wasn’t a great living, but it was just as good as a lot of the acting jobs I would have gone for, and I was doing it on my own terms.”

He is also fine-tuning his solo music career, recording “In the Spirit: A Celebration of the Holidays” with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra last fall. “I never could have expected this is where I’d end up, so I count my blessings each day,” says Hopkins. Those blessings include his wife, Jennifer Leigh (B.S. ’95), a Tallahassee native and graduate of FSU’s interior design program.

“It comes along so slowly, in so many small victories, that when you finally get there you can’t believe it,” says Hopkins, who has three Grammy Awards with the multiplatinum Zac Brown Band. “But you know how hard you worked to be there.”

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FSU AT A GLANCE Highlights Dean changes

Top scholars

Donald Weidner retired as College of Law dean in June. Weidner, Alumni Centennial Professor, joined the faculty in 1976 and has served as interim dean or dean since 1991. Under his leadership, the law school has risen to be among the top 50 U.S. law schools, according to Business Insider and U.S. News & World Report. He will stay on as a full-time faculty member. David Rasmussen

Michael D. Hartline has been named dean of the College of Business. He served as interim dean since last July and played a key role in facilitating the $100 million gift from Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation. Hartline joined FSU in 2001 and served as the college’s Department of Marketing chair from 2006–11.

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FSU is one of the top research institutions for producing Fulbright U.S. Scholars and students, with seven faculty members and 11 students for 2015–16, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. Donald Weidner

David Rasmussen stepped down in May as dean of the College of Social Sciences after 13 years. He will return to the faculty for two years before completing 50 years at FSU and retiring in May 2018. Rasmussen has also served as director of the Policy Sciences Program and DeVoe L. Moore Center for the Study of Critical Issues of Government and Policy.

Top 10 Three FSU online programs rank among the 10 best in the nation for 2016: graduate programs in education at

No. 3, graduate programs in business (non-MBA) at No. 4 and graduate programs in criminal justice at No. 5, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Top-notch faculty Michael D. Hartline

Engineering entrepreneurship

Diversity champion

The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering was selected for the National Science Foundation’s Pathways to Innovation undergraduate entrepreneurship program.

FSU was one of only seven universities in the nation recognized by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for its commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Joseph B. Schlenoff, worldrenowned pioneer in the creation of thin films through polymer science, was named FSU’s Joseph B. Schlenoff 2016–17 Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor — the highest honor given by the FSU faculty to one of its own. Stay updated:,

Campaign FSU alumna Susan Fiorito (B.S. ’73), Jim Moran Professor of Entrepreneurship, Faculty Senate president and trustee, was named the school’s founding director. Fiorito will oversee curriculum and programming development as the school prepares to offer courses beginning in 2017. The school will officially open in August 2018, as part of the celebration of what would have been Jim Moran’s 100th birthday.

Alumni and friends have helped Raise the Torch for Florida State during its ongoing $1 billion campaign.

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Ballard building donation will become home to entrepreneurship

and the community.

The Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship and the Jim Moran Institute will be located in downtown Tallahassee at 111 S. Monroe St., thanks to the donation of a $1.1 million building by Brian Ballard, CEO of Ballard Partners, and Kathryn Ballard (A.A. ’85, B.S. ’87), FSU trustee. The building’s proximity to the Capitol, businesses and state associations, as well as the new FSU College of Business building, will further expand the entrepreneurial opportunities for faculty and students in the school and the business community.

Record donation creates Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship In December, Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation donated $100 million to FSU to create the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship in honor of the late Jim Moran. This gift, the largest in FSU’s history, will expand entrepreneurship to all FSU students with the creation of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary, degreegranting school of entrepreneurship. “It clearly shows we are an exceptional university, one that would prompt donors to give such an enormous gift,” said Provost Sally McRorie. President John Thrasher emphasized the impact on FSU, noting, “This gift is truly transformational.”

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Jan Moran and the late Jim Moran

The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, which will continue to be a part of the College of Business, will receive a significant portion of the gift to sustain its funding and further its mission to serve Florida entrepreneurs and small businesses.

111 S. Monroe St., which is undergoing renovations


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RESEARCH Biological Science Zika breakthrough

Researchers Hengli Tang and Sarah Ogden

In a groundbreaking study, FSU researchers came to the forefront of Zika research. The mosquito-borne virus has been in the headlines this year with fears of links to birth defects. Lead author Hengli Tang, professor of biological science, and fellow researchers discovered that the virus is targeting brain development cells and stunting their growth. This was the first major finding to show such an impact on the cells and was published in the journal Cell Stem Cell. This research could explain the link between Zika and microcephaly, as well as focus further studies and drug treatment. Tang and his graduate students have been working with researchers at Johns Hopkins University and Emory University. These labs will continue to research how Zika is entering and impacting the cell process, the link between the cells and microcephaly and why Zika goes after those particular cells. Read more:

Chemistry & Biochemistry Phosphorus for electronics Phosphorus could be the key to nextgeneration electronics and materials, but researchers have had to deal with the volatile and highly flammable nature of the element’s white form. Sidestepping the problem, FSU researchers have found an inexpensive way to activate red

phosphorus, a much safer form of the element. The research by FSU Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Michael Shatruck, postdoctoral researcher Alina Dragulescu-Andrasi, former FSU Professor of Chemistry Tyler McQuade and Zane Miller (Ph.D. ’15) was published in chemistry journal Angewante Chemie. A local partnership with Perry, Florida, company Chemring Ordnance and a Small Business Innovation Research grant enabled the study.

Researchers (left to right) Alina Dragulescu-Andrasi, Michael Shatruk and Zane Miller

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Geochemistry Improved solar cells


With only 33 percent of light converted to electricity, solar cells have a high cost and low efficiency. Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Kenneth Hanson, postdoctoral researcher Tanmay Banerjee and graduate students Sean Hill and Tristan Dilbeck have a method to create more effective solar cells. In a paper published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, they shine a light on a self-assembly method they developed to increase solar cell efficiency to more than 45 percent. With 14 percent of future power estimated to come from solar energy, according to the Department of Energy, Hanson will continue to research ways to produce energy-sustainable high-tech materials as part of FSU’s Energy and Materials Strategic Institute.

You love your #Selfie, but those selfies on Instagram may lead to relationship conflict. Lead author Jessica Ridgway, College of Human Sciences visiting assistant professor, and Russell Clayton, School of Communication assistant professor, published their findings in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking. An online survey of Instagram users showed that Instagram selfie posting was associated with increased relationship conflict and that conflict was associated with increased negative romantic relationship outcomes. The researchers recommend limiting selfie posting, especially if it begins to impact relationships. Future research may look into whether these selfies reflect the actual or ideal self and the impact that may have on someone.

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Controlling chemical reactions

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Published in the journal Chemical Communications, FSU researcher Kenneth Hanson developed a process that utilizes light to start or stop chemical reactions. The study uses nonacidic molecules that become acidic when they absorb light. The process, excited-state proton transfer catalysis, lets scientists study and control chemical reactions step by step. The findings allow further research into light-driven 3-D printing, photodynamic therapy and drug synthesis with these low-cost, nontoxic chemical reactions caused by light. Read more:

Meteorite origin What scientists previously thought was dust from the building of the solar system now appears to be planet debris, according to research by Jonathan Oulton (B.S. ’15) and Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Science Professor Munir Humayun, who used the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory to analyze the Gujba meteorite. Published in Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, the research earned Oulton the Dwornik Award of the Geological Society of America for the best undergraduate presentation. Their findings, including the belief that the meteorite formed when a large metallic body smashed into another planet and destroyed both, add pieces to the puzzle of what happened when Earth was formed.

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Human Sciences


Physics Sharks vs. rays

Mariana Fuentes (left) and her team in Brazil Photo courtesy of Projeto TAMAR

Climate and turtles Is it a boy or girl? Temperatures impact the sex of marine turtles during incubation. The result is that rising temperatures are leading to an imbalance of male and female turtles. Mariana Fuentes, assistant professor of oceanography, has worked with Brazilian researchers to track nesting areas and examine 25 years of data — finding a bias in gender. Without enough male turtles, which are more common in cooler incubating temperatures, the population could be impacted. Published in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, this research goes beyond Brazil to all turtles. Fuentes plans to research loggerhead turtles in the Panhandle and work with Brazilian officials to address the imbalance and protect the species. Read more:

In 2007, a study claimed that shark declines led to an increase in cownose rays, which damaged the oyster and shellfish industries. New research led by Dean Grubbs, associate director of research at the FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory, has refuted that study. Co-authored by Charles Cotton, the new research finds that there was less of a decline in the shark population than reported and a smaller increase in cownose rays along the Atlantic coast. The FSU research was conducted because of concerns that unregulated fishing of rays, allowed based on the original research’s estimates of rays, could actually harm the population. Grubbs’ research, published in Scientific Reports, also found that the dramatic decline in oysters and shellfish came decades before the alleged increase in rays. He encourages evidence-based management decisions to set fishing regulations and prevent overfishing.

Quantum bits FSU’s MagLab scientists are improving the performance of quantum bits. Qubits, as they’re known, are the building blocks of quantum computers — machines capable of performing computational tasks exponentially faster than today’s computers. Dorsa Komijani, a graduate student at the MagLab and author of the paper published in Nature, and Stephen Hill, director of the MagLab’s Electronic Magnetic Resonance Facility and the paper’s co-author, spent years researching how to control the power of qubits by reducing interference from the environment. By changing magnetic fields, the researchers were able to find the atomic clock transition — a spot where the qubits interact without interference. Dorsa Komijani and Stephen Hill Photo by Stephen Bilensky

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UNIVERSITY NEWS The holmium polyoxometallate molecule used to research qubits Illustration by Yan Duan

Psychology Understanding suicide

This opens doors for chemists to tweak more molecules that can be used with ACT to make quantum computers work. Scientists around the world contributed to this paper, including from Dortmund, Germany, and Valencia, Spain. Read more:

In an effort to understand suicide and assist prevention, new research published in Psychological Review looked in an unexpected place — anthills and beehives. Thomas Joiner, Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Psychology, and a team of researchers believe that humans show self-sacrifice behaviors similar to those found in eusocial (colony-like) animals, such as the honeybee and ant. These species rely on multigenerational and cooperative care of young and utilize division of labor for successful survival. Despite the idea that evolution would have a species give itself up to prevent future generations from carrying a gene, human self-sacrifice seems to be a maladaptive and psychopathological version of that model. This theory could prompt research to discover what brain-level disorder leads to human suicide and thus further suicide prevention efforts. Read more:



ADHD and fidgeting

Instead of telling students to “sit still,” new research by FSU Assistant Professor Michael Kofler, doctoral student Erica Wells and other researchers has found that movement may be helpful for children with ADHD. Their research, published in the Journal of Attention Disorders, found that these children fidgeted more while trying to access working memory — the updating or mental rearranging of information. By studying how ADHD children moved during differing levels of test difficulties, researchers found a cause-and-effect relationship between working memory demands and hyperactivity. This finding directly informs ADHD treatments the team is working on in order to improve working memory with less need for fidgeting. Read more: See photos and video of FSU research: @FSUResearch

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CARE Family FSU helps first-generation college students become alumni By Dena Levitz

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Altrichia Cook was class president, cheer captain and homecoming queen, but her path to higher education had setbacks and obstacles. No one from the Central Floridian’s family had earned at least a bachelor's degree, and her father hadn’t completed high school. So she had no immediate examples to show her the way. Then, at the tail end of her senior year of high school, Cook became pregnant and would have to take on the extra responsibilities of single motherhood, which she says made her even more at-risk.

But she was determined to attend FSU, where she had already been accepted. She found the extra support and guidance she needed to reach her goals through FSU’s Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement.

CARE’s director, Tadarrayl Starke (A.A. ’01, B.A. ’03, M.S. ’10), traces the origins of the center to 1968. At that time, FSU’s Faculty Senate created Horizons Unlimited to work with traditionally underrepresented groups on campus. Soon, other programs sprang up with similar goals to support students who infrequently enroll in higher education or have a hard time succeeding there.

CARE 2015 • Record enrollment: 398 students

In 2000, these programs merged to form CARE. In the years since, nearly 5,000 students have come through CARE. Last year the number of FSU students joining it hit an all-time high at 398. Those participants, who represented all regions within Florida, had a 3.574 average high school GPA.

Four years later, she graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work and a long list of extracurricular activities to her name. Cook (A.A. ’08, B.S.W. ’09) has gone on to achieve immense professional success in the fashion world, launching Allusions by A.Lekay Swimwear, which was worn by rap superstar Nicki Minaj on a 2015 cover of Cosmopolitan. She was recognized by Tampa Bay Business Journal in 2015 as the Under 30 BusinessWoman of the Year. Cook has also become a speaker for empowerment events, including a return to FSU this March as keynote speaker for the Women’s Leadership Conference hosted by the Women Student Union. What made all of this possible, Cook is quick to point out, is CARE. Geared toward high school students who are economically disadvantaged, the first in their families to attend college or both, CARE’s mission is to help those students enter and thrive in college. “Without it, I probably wouldn’t have even gone to college,” Cook said. “It was another level, almost a college within a college. Every resource we needed on campus, we had.”

Starke said the program is on track again this year to set an enrollment record. One reason for that surge, he said, is that President John Thrasher (B.S. ’65, J.D. ’72) has made an increased push for Florida high school students to come to FSU. That has included providing additional academic and financial support to make Florida State attainable. “So it’s not just ‘Come to Florida State,’ but ‘Come to Florida State and you have academic and other support to succeed,’” Starke said. “We don’t just bring you here. We make sure you have what you need to finish here.” That mentality weaves throughout everything CARE does. Students accepted into the program are similar to Cook: They want to become the first person in their family to go to — and graduate from — college. In addition, they are financially disadvantaged students and many come from single-parent homes.

• Avg. High School GPA: 3.574

“We don’t just

bring you here. We make sure you have what you need to finish here.”

Above: CARE graduate Cook (far left) went from a first-generation college student to creator of a swimwear line. She’s now CEO of the company. Photo by SuperNola Studios

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Center: Scott (third from right) received an FSU Black Alumni scholarship. Photo by Charlie A. Jackson, FSU Black Alumni

Below: CARE students give back to the program, including Scott in 2014 as he helped new students moving in at FSU.

To help students rise above those circumstances, Starke said, CARE provides “wraparound services.” It begins with the Summer Bridge Program, which gives students a head start the summer before their freshman fall term at FSU and continues through graduation, with support, resources and mentors along the way. “Our students come in and have transition services to help them bridge the gap between leaving high school and going to college,” he said. “They learn the rigor of Florida State. From Day One they take college-level courses with FSU professors and, in a smaller environment, get to learn how college is.” That support has led CARE students to enroll in FSU’s Honors Program and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society (70 were invited to join in spring 2016) and to be recognized as FSU Global Scholars, a Fulbright Award recipient and Rhodes Scholar.

CARE goes beyond academics, though. “We have advising, life coaching, financial assistance and engagement support, where we try to help the students connect with resources on campus to do research, be involved in service and be a part of leadership,” Starke said. “We try not to focus on just, ‘Are you doing well? Are you studying? Are you going to class?’ We look at, ‘Are you connecting on campus? Are you finding other people who have similar interests and forming bonds with them?’ That way they’re connected to FSU, the community and CARE.” The comprehensive approach made all the difference to Cook, and she calls CARE’s services “necessary to help propel students toward success.” 18 Vires

With a baby to care for, classes to master and two jobs to juggle, Cook acquired focus and balance from CARE. Perhaps most helpful were the mandatory study hours. The requirement is a way of ensuring time is blocked off for academics. Cook also began to view CARE’s director, mentors and staff as a makeshift family, which kept her feeling supported when her real family was five hours away. “It’s like stepping into Candy Land and everything’s set up. You just have to walk into it,” she said. “I didn’t have a choice but to succeed because it was right there for me.” Cook’s success came when she switched from social work to fashion design. The inspiration for her swim line came when she looked in vain for a highwaisted swimsuit to cover up her abdomen after having a child. She took it upon herself to solve the problem, finding resources to help her bring her vision to life. But it was photos of her swimsuit on Instagram and Facebook that drew attention and allowed her to turn her ingenuity into a successful business. She credits CARE with instilling her drive, passion and aptitude for networking — all things that she continues to rely upon as a working mom and professional. “In the fashion industry, especially as someone who came into it unconventionally, it’s really intimidating, but networking — being very present when I meet people, following up — has really helped me,” she said. “I owe this to the staff at CARE.” Derrick Scott II, a spring 2016 FSU graduate from Jacksonville, also discovered CARE — and it’s made “all the difference.” Raised by a single mother, Scott wanted to attend FSU but had no idea how. After he learned about CARE, the program bridged the gap and made FSU a home away from home. Last month, Scott became the first in his family to graduate from college.

“I’m trailblazing for my family,” he said. “Waters that were once uncharted, now they’re sitting there — my cousin and my brother — and saying, ‘Oh, I know how to navigate that.’ I feel like it’s inspired a lot of people, and it’s pretty much changed the history book for my family.”

He’s far from the only CARE student to achieve such feats. Scott said, above all, he thinks what sets CARE apart is its dedication to developing leaders. Those in the program represent members of the Homecoming court, the heads of student organizations and multicultural committees.

CARE enabled Scott to get into school and excel. When he was a freshman, the program was pivotal in teaching him and his peers study and strategy skills, such as creating a budget and staying safe during spring break. Since CARE also boasts private study rooms, computers and printers, it gives students a physical space to return to and seek solace or even a tutor in challenging subjects. The program also partners with the Advising First Center for College Life Coaching to support CARE students. In their second year, students get mandatory one-on-one coaching to help them stay engaged and transition into later college years and their majors. Scott’s coach talked to him about his career trajectory, whether he wanted to immediately go to graduate school and how he wanted to be involved on campus. In addition, regular assistance plotting out his time at FSU and beyond continued during his junior and senior years. “Every year CARE has catered to my needs as a student first and also as a first-generation college student,” he said. “They always say, ‘We believe in you. Whatever journey or things you want to accomplish, you can come to us for help.’” Scott certainly has had his share of accomplishments on campus. His academic achievement and excellence earned him a 2014 scholarship in honor of the late Maxwell Courtney (B.A. ’65) from the alumni association’s FSU Black Alumni network. He was the 2015 Homecoming Chief and has held several positions within student government, including as Senate president pro tempore. Scott has also been a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Upon graduation, he had a guaranteed job offer with General Electric’s energy sector, trying his hand at a variety of finance-related rotations.

Spring 2016 graduate Jessica Dueño, for instance, is a former CARE student who became a standout on campus. With ROTC, Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, and having served as a first responder, she was a leader at FSU. This, too, she credits to CARE. She’s also given back to the program as a CARE ambassador, working directly with 15–20 students to help guide, counsel and assist them during the summer semester. Among their many responsibilities, these ambassadors lead community service and professional development activities, plus provide academic assistance in the CARE Tutorial Lab. Jessica Dueño

Above: CARE students are encouraged to be involved, volunteer and become leaders at FSU, lessons that led Scott and Dueño to become FSU’s 2015 Homecoming Chief and Princess. Photo by Steve Chase

Coming from a single-parent home with her father, Dueño wasn’t sure how she’d get to college, let alone have the means to stay engaged and graduate. CARE, a program she discovered in high school, became “life-changing.” Vires 19

Unconquered Scholars


{Only 3 percent of youth who age out of foster care go on to earn a bachelor’s degree, compared with approximately 26 percent of their non-foster care peers.} For students who are homeless, wards of the state or in foster care, college presents special challenges. Only 3 percent of youth who age out of foster care go on to earn a bachelor’s degree, compared with approximately 26 percent of their non-foster care peers. Those students may not have had someone to turn to or teach them how to live independently, but they do at Florida State. Within CARE, there’s a specialized program geared toward them. Unconquered Scholars was formed in 2012. Students in the program have an average GPA of 3.02 and a 94 percent retention rate. “We’re especially proud of the fact that they may have started out with even harder circumstances yet they’re thriving at FSU,” said Tadarrayl Starke, CARE’s director.

Top: 2015 Unconquered Scholars Above: Oligario (second from right) with local Unconquered Scholars whom the Tampa Bay Seminole Club® welcomed to the Seminole family with assistance for their studies at FSU. 20 Vires

Tampa Bay Seminole Club® President Max Oligario (B.S. ’99), FSU Alumni Association National Board treasurer and a 2016 Circle of Gold inductee (see page 46), heard of several local students who would be attending FSU and be Unconquered Scholars. Oligario and the Seminole Club® decided to provide assistance with academic supplies and welcome them to the Seminole family. “This program provides the ability they need to complete their college education,” Oligario said.

In addition to the traditional services provided by CARE, the Unconquered Scholars Program provides additional academic and personal skills workshops, group counseling and financial therapy sessions, volunteer opportunities, teambuilding activities and off-campus engagement trips. FSU’s Unconquered Scholars was one of only 17 university programs nationally recognized as a 2015 Model of Excellence by University Business magazine for implementing “innovative, effective and inter-departmental initiatives that are bolstering student success.” The program’s first graduate was Carmel Bourjolly (B.S. ’15), who finished her degree ahead of schedule. This spring, the first cohort of Unconquered Scholars crossed the stage at FSU.

“A lot of minority students, what they need is opportunity, and that’s what the CARE program provides,” Dueño said. “There are so many different outlets that let you stay on campus — tutoring, financial support and work-study.” What has especially struck her about the program is the caliber of students and the level of retention. That has pushed her and kept her on track. As an alumna, she plans to work as a nurse in the Army. “That’s my way of giving back,” she said. “Being a part of the military and a nurse go hand in hand for me. Not only do I get to serve our country, but I get to serve those who serve us.”

“With CARE, FSU reinforces our commitment to access and success of

all students, regardless of economic or educational backgrounds.” Programs such as CARE rarely exist at other higher education institutions. Starke said some universities have something like the Summer Bridge Program to prepare students for college. However, it’s not common for universities to continue to engage those students through their entire college careers. “This is what sets us apart,” he said. “Our students are with us for the whole time, so they have a longterm connection with an office that can help them along the way.” Technically, CARE is a full-fledged department on par with those such as University Housing and Honors. It’s also a department that falls under both Student Affairs and Academic Affairs. This unique position might be why retention is so high. “Students get the best of both academics and engagement. Having that dual identity and dual reporting allows us to work with the whole student,” Starke said. “So providing them with support and connecting them to FSU services really does work.” FSU’s success with CARE also earned the program $2.2 million in grants last year from the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal TRIO Programs. The grants will cover five years and allow the program to enhance its offerings through its Student Support Services program and Student Support Services STEM program.

“With CARE, FSU reinforces our commitment to access and success of all students, regardless of economic or educational backgrounds,” said Starke. “We embrace the opportunity to help our scholars connect on campus, develop personally and professionally, and establish a legacy of success at FSU and beyond.” This holistic approach has proven successful with CARE students. According to the most recent graduation data for Florida State, the proportion of FSU students across the board who graduate in six years is 79 percent. Compare that with CARE’s graduation rate: 81 percent.

Top: CARE students are connected with FSU services and each other for support. Left: The CARE program provides students the space and resources they need to succeed in college.

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There are few artists who work on a canvas the size of Walt Disney World, but all 27,000 acres of the flagship theme park are within the gilded frame of two-time FSU alumnus Alex Caruthers, art director at Walt Disney Imagineering. The Tallahassee native is a member of the famed Disney imagineers, the creative storytellers who use art and design to bring Disney magic to life. Caruthers is living out Oscar Wilde’s theory that life imitates art, so we sat down with him and asked Ten Questions.  What’s the most difficult design challenge you faced, and how did you overcome it? Almost everything has some element of design challenge. The heart of imagineering is storytelling, and everything should work within the story. Every graphic, paint color, prop, light, tile and carpet is discussed. We talk about what it could be, what it should be. What if we move it, remove it or change it? I can’t remember a challenge that we haven’t overcome because there are so many options. But the way through is to keep at it and not get discouraged.  What are you working on now? Lots of things. And while there are always big projects, we do many, many that are small. One might be a graphic that helps our communication with guests, keeps the attractions looking their best or adds special touches. One of my favorite parts of the job is working with new technologies and materials that will help improve what we have or lead to new experiences.  What work are you most proud of ? For me, the Disney is in the details. And the Crystal Arts shop on Main Street let us really get into the details. We created an entire backstory for the owners of the shop, how they came to America and how proud they are to be citizens. Main Street is set around the turn of the 20th century. We have the workshop area with the antique punch clock where the glass workers would have punched in, the framed “first dollar” the shop would have taken in, their tickets to the 1893 World’s Fair and images of their shop and delivery truck decked out for the Fourth of July parade. The wallpaper in the office was hand-printed. The windows have real goldleaf lettering.  How do you uphold Walt Disney's vision? Walt was obviously an amazing person, and I’ve been fortunate to meet and work with some of the people he worked with. What you hear over and over is that Walt was positive about people. He trusted the people he worked with and believed in the guests. You don’t do things in half-measures. Walt wanted the birds in the Enchanted Tiki Room to breathe. It wasn’t about whether every guest would notice; it was, “Are we doing our best?” My responsibility is to do the best for our guests and the people I work with, and tomorrow do it even better.

Bryan “Alex” Caruthers (B.S. ’88, M.F.A. ’94)  What did FSU teach you that has helped you in your job? At FSU, I studied film/TV/radio and had theater and anthropology as minors. At Imagineering, most of what we do is directly related to understanding people and using the storytelling from all of the theater arts. So, almost everything I do relates directly to my time at FSU. But one thing stands out: When I arrived at WDI-Florida there were only two other people with a video background, and their days were packed. So, whenever one of the retired imagineers came for a visit, I was asked to videotape where they were speaking, walk a park or ride an attraction with them. These imagineers that invented the industry often said, “When I talked with Walt about that ….” My FSU education led directly to my Disney education.  What makes a good imagineer? Curiosity, communication and passion. We’re continually dreaming of possibilities: What could we do, what makes it good, how can it be better? Then you talk it over with someone else. Do you like this? What do you think? Would you want to do this? Like our guests, we’re Disney fans, too. We have the excitement of seeing the shows and attractions, and we want them not just good but the best ever. I love getting a chance to marvel at someone else’s work, of walking through an attraction, land, store or restaurant as it’s being created and building that expectation of what it will be like when it opens.  What’s your favorite Disney World attraction? The American Adventure at Epcot. When I was in grad school, my roommate was from Beijing, China. He had heard about Disney but had never been. We took a trip to Epcot and when we exited The American Adventure, he said, “It makes me wish I was an American.” That showed me how powerful storytelling can be. For pure fun, though, I could spend all night in the Haunted Mansion ... and I have!  What’s the skinny on hidden Mickeys? Those are examples of imagineers at play. The “hidden Mickeys” aren’t usually planned. A designer might be working on a drawing and just make a little addition for fun. Those are there purely because we enjoy them and now the guests are enjoying them, too.  How does a love of history play into your work? Our stories are grounded in history because it gives the guests a point of reference, and every building, scene and even prop then helps to serve that story. My personal love of history focuses on the average people and what their days were like. Disney has lands and attractions that reflect specific time periods or events, of course, but even stories set in the future or in an imaginary environment relate to our human experience.  Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Adventureland or Frontierland? Definitely … Tomorrowland. Tomorrow, there are new worlds to explore, new things to see and do and become. Tomorrow, everything is possible. Vires 23

It was founded in 1948, when few universities offered majors in atmospheric science. Meteorology was one of the hard sciences President Doak Campbell wanted to emphasize as he hired 125 faculty members to accelerate Florida State’s transition from a women’s college to major research university.

They’re predicting hurricanes, researching climate change, teaching the next generation, bringing the forecast to your home and much more. FSU meteorology alumni have taken the profession by storm, thanks to the university’s highly respected program.

Werner A. Baum, later dean of arts and sciences but then only 25 with a doctorate from the University of Chicago, was the founding department chair. He started the program in the basement of the Westcott Building, using surplus weather equipment purchased from the U.S. Navy. In 1961, it moved into the James J. Love Building, where in 2002 a four-story addition was built to house the Tallahassee office of the National Weather Service. In 2010, the departments of meteorology, geology and oceanography merged to become the Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science Department. Since the merger, EOAS has hired many additional outstanding faculty, including a recent search within meteorology that attracted the strongest pool of applicants in years.

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FSU is regularly ranked among the nation’s most popular schools of atmospheric science based on the number of applications it receives. It also sends dozens of graduates every year into jobs in research, industry and TV. ACADEMICS: J. Marshall Shepherd

“Weather Geeks,” for The Weather Channel and is co-author of “Dr. Fred’s Weather Watch” for budding meteorologists. In 2013, he was president of the American Meteorological Society. In 2014, he won the Protector of the Earth Award from the Captain Planet Foundation. And in 2015, the FSU Alumni Association honored him as a Grad Made Good. The married father of two hopes to illuminate careers in meteorology and encourage students, especially African-Americans, to consider the field.

All weather geeks have a story about how they became hooked. Marshall Shepherd (B.S. ’91, M.S. ’93, Ph.D. ’99) was going to do his sixth-grade science fair project on bees — until he got stung and discovered he was allergic. So he switched to “Can a SixthGrader Predict the Weather?” Using common household items, he created weather instruments and developed a prediction model for his community in Canton, Georgia. “The rest is history,” Shepherd said. “I was bitten by the weather bug, pun intended.” Shepherd, 46, went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in meteorology from FSU. He was then hired by NASA, which paid for him to earn his doctorate. He spent 12 years at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, rising to deputy project scientist for its Global Precipitation Measurement mission — a project now headed by Gail Skofronick Jackson (B.S. ’86), a 2014 Grad Made Good. Marshall left in 2006 for the University of Georgia, where he is the Athletic Association Professor in the Social Sciences and directs the Atmospheric Sciences Program. He also hosts a weekly show,

Photo courtesy of WJXT

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“Jobs in the next 20 years are going to be in science and math,” said Shepherd, the first African-American to earn a doctorate in meteorology from FSU. “I think the smart black kids in school are often pressured by their families to go into medicine or law or business. Science, engineering, computer sciences are all very lucrative careers, too.” Shepherd, an outspoken voice on human-caused climate change, also advocates for more public involvement by fellow meteorologists. “We have to get out of the ivory tower,” Shepherd said. “I think it is very important for people with expertise in subject matters to be engaged with the community — otherwise those without expertise will fill the gap.” WEATHERCASTING: George Winterling Fifty years ago, TV stations hired forecasters based on their looks and personality. But George Winterling (B.S. ’57) was an FSUtrained meteorologist who could explain the causes of local weather, predict hurricanes and deliver new types of weather information. His training made him a sensation for Jacksonville TV station WJXT, where he spent 47 years on-air beginning in 1962. “There were only five or six universities in the nation who had programs, and FSU was one of them,” Winterling said. “So those of us (with science) backgrounds really stood out.” Winterling, 84, is a Jacksonville native and resident. He joined the Air Force out of high school and discovered a career when he was sent to Alaska as a weather observer. He was introduced to radar and began forecasting weather for military and

Opposite: FSU meteorology students launch weather balloons, as demonstrated by this student in the 1960s. Photo courtesy of the Florida State University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives

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So Winterling joined WJXT. He was among the first TV weathercasters to predict rainfall in percentage terms. In 1978, he started reporting his version of humiture — a combination of humidity and temperature, which the National Weather Service later adopted as the heat index. He also put weather instruments on the roof to provide immediate updates on changing weather conditions. “It was very exciting,” he said. “I could sit there in the studio and tell people what the weather was like without going out in the storm.” After retiring in 2009, Winterling remained a consultant to WJXT through 2014. He and his wife, Virginia, recently contributed $100,000 to the FSU meteorology program. “The education I received from FSU was really valuable,” he said. “The benefit I got was a lot more than I ever paid the school.” Above: Winterling drew weather maps by hand in the 1960s and ’70s. Photo courtesy of WJXT Right: Nelson led a 2008 press conference with local agency leaders for Tropical Storm Fay at the State Emergency Operations in Tallahassee.

commercial pilots flying over the Pacific Ocean. The Air Force also paid for him to take a year’s training in meteorology at Oklahoma State University.


After the Air Force, Winterling tried to land a job with the National Weather Service but was advised to get a college degree first. He spent another year in college in Jacksonville, then enrolled at FSU in 1955 for his final two years. The 6-year-old meteorology department had only a half-dozen professors and was housed in a former apartment building. But Winterling was impressed by professors such as Noel E. LaSeur, who hired him part time to help compile statewide rainfall data. “I learned the dynamics of (forecasting) through calculus and math,” Winterling said. “Now computers take the equations, come up with models and spit out what the weather will be. We didn’t have that convenience in those days.” After graduation, he joined the National Weather Service in Jacksonville, where he spent seven years. In 1960, when Hurricane Donna hit Florida, he was struck by the flood of calls — and realized “broadcasting would reach local residents more intimately than official advisories from the weather bureau.”

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The “Weather Boy” is now a federal forecasting man. Ben Nelson (B.S. ’99) spent his first 10 years after graduation with the Florida Division of Emergency Management, serving as the state’s chief meteorologist from 2004–09. He became familiar to Floridians during the tumultuous 2004–05 hurricane seasons, when eight storms ripped through the state. Gov. Jeb Bush dubbed him “Weather Boy,” for his expertise and youthful appearance.

But in 2009, Nelson traded his public visibility for the job he really wanted: working as a forecaster for the National Weather Service. He spent three years in Key West, then moved to Jacksonville. He now helps provide the official forecasts for 29 counties in North Florida and South Georgia. “As a state meteorologist, I was just interpreting National Weather Service data for decisionmakers, such as Gov. Bush,” he said. “I wanted to be the person behind the radar when storm warnings are issued.” Nelson, 39, is a native of Richmond, Virginia. As a 12-year-old when Hurricane Hugo bore down on the Atlantic seaboard, he became fascinated by its ominous power. Though Hugo swerved away, Nelson was hooked on tropical weather. After he graduated from high school, an aunt who had attended FSU persuaded him to visit.

“The atmosphere (of a football weekend) was incredible,” Nelson said. “And the meteorology department was incredibly accommodating.” Nelson spent three years with FSU’s on-air weathercasting program, an experience that “taught me how to think on my feet” and pointed him toward a TV career. But having fallen in love with Tallahassee, he jumped at the offer of an internship with the state emergency management service, which developed into a full-time job. After a decade, he moved on. He remains fascinated by meteorology and proud of the role forecasting can play. “I feel I contribute to public safety with every forecast product and severe weather watch, warning or advisory I issue,” he said.

Top left: FSU Department of Meteorology faculty (left to right) Noel E. LaSeur; Werner Baum, founding department chair; and Leon Sherman Top right: Students in the Department of Meteorology working at drawing boards, likely in the program’s early years Bottom left: The Love Building, location of the department since 1961 Photos courtesy of the Florida State University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives

Bottom right: This rendering is the future home of the merged EOAS Department with design by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and construction by Ajax Building Corp. slated to begin this fall. Rendering by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Nelson, married and the father of a young daughter, remains a fervent Seminole football fan. He’s also excited by the growth of jobs in the meteorology industry and FSU’s role in filling them.

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“Weather has taken off as a profession,” Nelson said. “FSU has made a name for itself with several distinguished alumni. And the reason for that is a top-notch faculty.” PUBLIC SERVICE: Rick Knabb Rick Knabb (M.S. ’93, Ph.D. ’99) was an 11-yearold living in Miami when Hurricane David headed toward Florida. “I remember watching (former NHC director) Neil Frank brief viewers about the hurricane, and I distinctly remember telling my parents, ‘I want to do his job someday,’” Knabb said. Three decades later, Knabb’s wish came true. In 2012, he was tapped as the 11th director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami. His appointment punctuated an already distinguished career as a meteorologist for the National Weather Service and The Weather Channel. Knabb, 47, earned his bachelor’s degree in meteorology from Purdue in 1990 before coming to FSU and earning his master’s degree and doctorate. He is the fourth alumnus to lead the center, following Neil Frank (M.S. ’59, Ph.D. ’70), Max Mayfield (M.S. ’87) and Bill Proenza (B.A. ’67). A native of Illinois who grew up in Miami and Houston, Knabb has had a varied and welltraveled career. After earning his doctorate, he was lead forecaster with the National Weather Service in Hawaii from 1999–2001. He departed briefly for a stint as a weather expert with a private company in California. He then took his first job at the National Hurricane Center, serving as science and operations officer and senior hurricane specialist from 2005–08. He went back to Hawaii as deputy director of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center. Two years later, he moved to The Weather Channel in Atlanta, where he was the on-air hurricane specialist for two years before being hired as NHC’s director.

Knabb’s chief duty is making sure his staff has the resources to do its job. He is also actively engaged with numerous hurricane center partners on the local, state and federal levels, “not just in forecasting but in research; we need to tap the brightest minds.”

Above: Knabb spoke to media during the Atlantic City stop of the 2015 NOAA Hurricane Awareness Tour. Photo by Dennis Feltgen, NOAA/NHC Communications

But keeping the public informed is one of Knabb’s primary goals. “The majority of Americans are not prepared for hurricanes and other natural disasters,” Knabb said. “We try to encourage hurricane preparedness year-round. We can put out the best forecast. But if people are not prepared to do what is necessary, it doesn’t do much good.” Knabb, who is married and has a son, is one of 12 FSU graduates among the 46 staff members and private partners headquartered at NHC. “(An FSU degree) is not a job requirement; it’s just the way the numbers played out,” Knabb said with a chuckle. “But I am a proud alumnus of FSU…. They’ve been working on things we can put to use here.” Vires 29

FSU Weathercasting FSU is one of the nation’s top producers of TV meteorologists. What’s the secret? The violin. FSU Associate Professor Jon Ahlquist, 63, joined the faculty in 1981. Soon afterward, the department chair told him students had petitioned to start a weather broadcasting class. And he was tapped to teach it. Ahlquist had no experience with broadcasting, but he had played the violin since he was 4. While earning his doctorate in meteorology at the University of Wisconsin, he joined a class of master violinists. Their professor provided weekly critiques, which included praise for what they did well and suggestions of things they might do better. That lesson in positive reinforcement convinced Ahlquist he could help weathercasting students. A cramped, makeshift studio was set up in the Love Building’s basement. For more than a decade, FSU weathercasting students taped a weekly half-hour weathercast that was not broadcast but

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was critiqued by Ahlquist and the students. The class, capped at 14 per semester, attracts meteorology and environmental science majors, as well as students from other majors seeking to fulfill FSU’s oral speech requirement. In 1996, FSU launched a new university channel — separate from WFSU, the university’s Public Broadcasting System channel — and Ahlquist’s students launched the daily “FSU Weather” show, now in its 20th year. It’s one of only a handful of university-sponsored weather broadcasts run entirely by students.


FSU meteorology alumni serve from coast to coast, including these staples in the industry. Follow your local TV weather Noles on social media: Ken Brewer (B.S. ’95) @Ken_Brewer Indianapolis, Indiana | WISH Dave Dahl (B.S. ’77) @DDahlkstp Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota | KSTP Jim Gandy (B.S. ’74) @JimGandyWLTX Columbia, South Carolina | WLTX 30 Vires

Top: Professor Jon Ahlquist teaches FSU weathercasting students. Above: WNBC’s Chief Meteorologist Janice Huff (A.A. ’81, B.S. ’82) returned to FSU to mentor students on the “FSU Weather” show.

Janice Huff (A.A. ’81, B.S. ’82) @JaniceHuff4ny New York, New York | WNBC Mike McCall (B.S. ’88) @WCTVMike Tallahassee, Florida | WCTV Dallas Raines (B.S. ’76) @ABC7Dallas Los Angeles, California | ABC7 Alan Sealls (M.S. ’87) /WKRG.Alan.Sealls Mobile, Alabama | WKRG

The FSU weather show is broadcast weeknights live on 4FSU at 6 and rebroadcast at 11. Students also tape two one-minute updates, broadcast during the evening. Each show has a team leader and four to six broadcasters. Each broadcaster does two segments at the anchor desk and a segment in front of a weather map, whose graphics come from a computer while the broadcaster stands in front of a green screen. The show is followed by a 30- to 40-minute critique by one of each semester’s five team leaders. “I think the critiques are the most important part of the operation,” said Matt Reagan, a junior in his second year of weathercasting. “We have someone telling us what we did wrong, what we did right and what we can do better to get to the big leagues.” FSU has five alumni at The Weather Channel, two TV meteorologists in New York and others in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, Miami and scores of regional markets. Three FSU weathercasting grads have won American Meteorological Society Awards, the industry’s Oscar: Alan Sealls (M.S. ’87) (2009) and Harrison Hove (B.S. ’07) (2014) for science reporting and Greg Dee (B.S. ’03, M.S. ’05) (2009) for broadcast meteorology. Follow the student-run program: @FSUWeather




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FSU alumnus George Sakheim, a German Jewish refugee, came to Florida State in 1953 to complete his doctorate in clinical psychology. Before he arrived at FSU, Sakheim had a front-row seat to evil as a Nuremberg translator — an experience he recounts here, written in his own words and recalled from his diary as he reflected on the 70th anniversary of Nuremberg last November.

By George Sakheim (Ph.D. ’54)

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ONE day not long ago, I opened a

desk drawer in my home office and carefully removed a small, spiralbound diary that I kept in Nuremberg, Germany, seven decades ago. Inside, I wrote candidly of experiences I was having while participating, as a staff member of the Office of the U.S. Chief of Counsel for the Prosecution of Axis Criminality, in the trial of the most incriminated former leaders of the defeated Nazi regime. A few days before Thanksgiving 1945, in a packed courtroom, the “Trial of the Century” was opened. During the ensuing 10 months, 23 former Third Reich officials stood trial in that war-ravaged city’s imposing Palace of Justice before a panel of judges from the U.S., England, the Soviet Union and France. Tried in front of the specially created “International Military Tribunal,” this was the landmark trial — and this was the court — in which international criminal law was born. “Nuremberg,” to use the now-common shorthand, was thus the progenitor of the International Criminal Court and other tribunals created after the Cold War to try the perpetrators of genocide and atrocity crimes committed in such places as Rwanda and Bosnia. The Nuremberg trial’s revelations about the scope and depravity of Nazi crimes — and world leaders’ continuing failure in this new century to prevent, or sometimes even to halt, large-scale atrocity crimes — weigh heavily on the conscience of humankind. A vast body of literature exists about the trial. The record of what happened in Courtroom 600 is widely available. However, many of the most dramatic and important developments occurred outside the courtroom, especially during the interrogations of the perpetrators. Those confrontations remain little known, in part because journalists were not present and no audio or film recordings were made. Having served as the sole German-English interpreter during many such questionings (as well as an interpretation “monitor” inside the courtroom), I am one of the

last surviving participants and therefore one of the last eyewitnesses. I had a front-row seat, so to speak, as such monstrous evildoers as Hermann Goering, the perverted anti-Semitic propagandist Julius Streicher, former Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp commandant Rudolf Hoess, and Otto Ohlendorf, a senior commander of one of the notorious Einsatzgruppen mobile killing units, were confronted during their interrogations with incriminating evidence, often in the form of captured wartime documents that they had signed. Most of the men eventually admitted to us the basic facts of their involvement in the Nazi machinery of annihilation and despoliation.

Opposite top left: George Sakheim and his wife, Ilse, enjoying Wakulla Springs Opposite top right: Sakheim’s notebook captured vivid details of the Nuremberg trials. Opposite center: Sakheim returned to the Palace of Justice on the 70th anniversary of the trials. Photo by Olaf Przybilla/Sueddeutsche Zeitung Photo Opposite bottom: U.S. Chief Prosecutor Robert Jackson presented evidence during the trials. Photo courtesy of the World War II Signal Corps Photograph Collection

Very disturbingly, however, many also tried to justify their actions, particularly on the basis that they were “obligated” to follow orders, even criminal ones. In the diary, and in a letter to my aunt in New York, I recorded some of the more horrifying and significant statements, along with my personal reactions and observations. From time to time, I return to my Nuremberg notebook. Whenever I do so, memories are vividly, often painfully, revived.

I HAD seen much horror prior to arriving at

Nuremberg, during combat from the time I landed with the 104th Infantry Division at Normandy (a week after the bloody initial June 6, 1944, invasion) until fighting ended in Europe in May 1945, and especially when my unit liberated the nightmarish Nordhausen concentration camp April 12, 1945. Yet the contents of my Nuremberg diary still shock and even haunt me. Typed transcripts cannot possibly convey the full, terrible reality of these proceedings. Despite the fact that I now have more than 50 years’ post-Nuremberg experience as a clinical psychologist behind me, I continue to wrestle with what the perpetrators did, what they said under questioning and how they said it. I was just 22 when I came to Nuremberg in October 1945. As a German Jewish refugee from Hamburg who was drafted during my freshman year at Columbia University, I was proud to have served in the Allied armed forces that brought the Nazi reign of terror to an end, and I felt deeply privileged to take part in the unprecedented effort to secure a measure of justice on behalf of the Hitler regime’s millions of victims.

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I was one of some 30 language specialists employed by the U.S. prosecution team. Most of us were recently discharged soldiers or officers who had served in military intelligence and were now civilian employees of the War Department. We were given captured German documents to translate into English, and some of us were also assigned to interpret at interrogations and in court. During the trial sessions, we interpreted various languages into English, French and Russian, and we also interpreted the various languages into German, primarily for the defendants and their attorneys. All present — including journalists and other observers — were given headphones and could “dial up” whichever of the four languages they preferred. Many of the documents were of great historical importance and many were highly incriminating. These included, for example, a 1941 order from Goering in which he directed senior SS officials to bring about “a complete solution of the Jewish question in the German sphere of influence in Europe.”

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translation work because we were called in to interpret at an interrogation. The individuals interrogated included both defendants and witnesses. The questioning was usually conducted by a prosecutor, who was typically an attorney and military officer. The interpreter had to be fully multilingual and also possess knowledge of the organization of the German state and military, the Nazi Party, the SS and the Gestapo. Also present was a court reporter. Each transcript was checked for accuracy by the interrogator, the interpreter and the defendant or witness, who was then directed to sign it.

Right: Sakheim also served as a court monitor (front row, far left) in April 1946, seen here in front of the judges, who later signed the photo. If someone wasn’t satisfied with translations, the chief judge would halt the proceedings, interpreters would translate again and the monitor would ensure everyone accepted the translation.

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I had seen, up close at Nordhausen, some of the almost indescribably ghastly results of Nazi barbarism, and I already possessed considerable experience questioning captured Nazis, through my work as a member of a U.S. Army Prisoner of War Interrogation Team. But nothing prepared me for what I was to encounter at Nuremberg. Nothing. My time there — much of it spent in “conversation” with some of the most infamous and bloodthirsty figures in human history — sometimes seems almost unreal to me, as though it could only have happened in another life.

On April 2, 1946, I wrote to my aunt that the facts being revealed “are sometimes so horrible and gruesome that they surpass anything the human mind can imagine.” Our interrogations of Hoess about his experiences supervising the operation of the largest killing site in human history were certainly of this awful character. “He is one of the most depraved degenerate types of character it has ever been my misfortune to meet,” I wrote her the day after interpreting at an interrogation of Hoess. “[T]he accounts this beast of a man gave in the most matter-of-fact tone of voice of brutal, sadistic acts” at Auschwitz “made me feel physically ill.” Like the others, Hoess voiced no apologies. Instead, he offered a rationalization — one that conveniently shifted all blame to others. Hitler, Hoess told us, had ordered the mass murder of the Jews and had communicated that instruction to SS chief Heinrich Himmler, who in turn passed the order on to him and other SS officers. In fact, Hoess told us, Himmler had shared with

him exactly what Hitler said — words that were supposed to remain secret but that Hoess was now eager to repeat to us, perhaps in the naïve hope that doing so might save his own life. In keeping with common practice, our stenographer transcribed only my English-language interpretation. But in both my letter to my aunt and my diary, I wrote down, in German, the precise, chilling words that Hoess attributed to Hitler: “Wenn wir jetzt nicht die Jüdische Rasse volkommen ausrotten, wird die Jüdische Rasse das Deutsche Volk vernichten.” In English: “If we do not exterminate the Jewish race completely now, then the Jewish race will annihilate the German people.”

HAVING MADE my post-Nuremberg

career as a practicing psychologist, I today recognize at once the thought process that operated in Hitler to yield this homicidal fantasy. In psychology, we call it “projection” — defending against thoughts and impulses that would ordinarily generate guilt feelings by denying their existence in oneself and by simultaneously attributing them to others.

Hoess “completed” his own defense by insisting that he and others truly believed what Hitler was saying about the Jews, because, as he told Gustave Gilbert, a U.S. Army psychologist who interviewed him in the Nuremberg prison, “we SS men were not supposed to think about these things; it never occurred to us. Besides, it was something already taken for granted that the Jews were to blame for everything.... It was not just [in] newspapers like the [Streicher-published] Stürmer, but it was everything we ever heard.”

I wrote down, in German, the precise, chilling words that Hoess attributed to Hitler: “Wenn wir jetzt nic ht die Jüdische Rasse volkom men ausrotten, wird die Jüdisch e Rasse das Deutsche Volk vernichten.” In English: “I f we do not exterminate the Jewis h race completely now, then th e Jewish race will annihilate the German people.” Hoess’ confession was soon repeated in court. “The killing was easy,” he testified, because the victims who were about to be gassed were deceived into thinking that they were going to take showers, “but it was the burning [of the bodies] that took all the time.” After he testified at Nuremberg, he was delivered to Poland, where he was soon tried and convicted. In April 1947, he was hanged — fittingly, at the site of the former Auschwitz camp. Ohlendorf, like Hoess, exhibited a calm, impassive, almost clinical demeanor as he recounted his role in the mass murder of thousands of men, women, children and even babies. In the courtroom Jan. 3, 1946, he comported himself in the same disturbing manner, acknowledging in seemingly dispassionate fashion that his men had shot to death no fewer than 90,000 unarmed persons, mostly at killing pits in the Soviet Union. His testimony stunned the courtroom into silence. Vires 35

Below: U.S. Chief Prosecutor Jackson delivered the opening speech of the American prosecution at Nuremberg, Nov. 20, 1945. Photo by Raymond D’Addario Bottom: Defendants, including (front row, from left) Goering and Hoess, listened in during the trial at the International Military Tribunal. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Goering’s courtroom manner was characterized by U.S. Chief Prosecutor Robert H. Jackson as “arrogant and contemptuous.” Goering presented himself the same way when we questioned him. Despite being a prisoner, he remained a menacing figure. I recall being glad that he was guarded by two military policemen and that I was seated on the opposite side of the table from him! Goering sought to portray himself as someone who had tried to persuade Hitler against various excesses, such as the firebombing of London.

IT IS to the great credit of our wartime

and postwar leaders and their advisers, and it is emblematic of the farsightedness and wisdom of Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman and then-Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, that we did not seek to collectively punish the German people for starting World War II, but instead helped them to rebuild their economy. We turned the German people into friends and allies. Germany has become a reliable democracy that vigorously protects civil and human rights. As I wrote to my aunt during the trial, some of my experiences at Nuremberg left me with “a feeling of supreme futility.” “What’s the use of it all?” I wrote her in reference to the Holocaust. “Nothing we can do will bring those six million people back to life.” But there was, after the trial, reason for optimism. Justice had been done: 20 of the 23 men on trial were convicted. Defendants were found complicit in, among other outrages, carrying out the Nazi seizure of power, subjugating Germany and Germanoccupied countries to police state rule, preparing for and waging wars of aggression, conducting warfare in total disregard of international humanitarian law, enslaving and plundering populations in occupied

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lands and persecuting and exterminating Jews. The fact that judges from different countries and legal systems found unanimously that such acts amounted to crimes against peace, war crimes and crimes against humanity constituted a truly monumental achievement in the development of international law. I well recall the satisfaction I felt, particularly as a Jewish boy who had fled Nazi Germany, that I was able to take part in my adopted homeland’s historic pursuit of justice in post-Nazi Germany. We “Nurembergers” were further encouraged by the United Nations’ adoption of the Genocide Convention just two years after the trial. (It was at Nuremberg that the word “genocide” was spoken for the first time in a court of law.) As an American, however, it was deeply frustrating and, yes, embarrassing to watch as the U.S. resisted ratifying the Genocide Convention for 40 years. Those unhappy feelings are rekindled when I contemplate the fact that Congress’ repeated failure to enact a crimes-against-humanity law has again made the U.S. an outlier in democratic nations.

I BELIEVE that most of us who participated in Nuremberg assumed that no one would ever again dare to perpetrate such crimes, at least on a large-scale basis. After all, as prosecutor Jackson predicted in his justly celebrated opening address Nov. 21, 1945, the crimes prosecuted at Nuremberg were “so calculated, so malignant and so devastating that civilization cannot tolerate their being ignored, because it cannot survive their being repeated.”

... the crimes prosecuted at Nuremberg were “so calculated, so malignant and so devastating that civilization cannot tolerate their being ignored, because it cannot survive their being repeated.”

But repeated they have been. Even genocide, the so-called “crime of crimes,” has been repeated. Plainly, we overestimated the trial’s deterrent effect. Just as tragically, we greatly underestimated man’s continued propensity for evil. We simply could not have imagined that governments would perpetrate such crimes again or that groups would arise, such as the Islamic State group and Boko Haram, that would not only commit atrocity crimes on a systematic basis but openly boast of doing so, brazenly disseminating the proof worldwide.

Above: The post-World War II trials were held at the Palace of Justice in Nuremberg, Germany. Photo by André Karwath

Fully 70 years have passed since the Allied Powers made good on their 1943 public warning to the perpetrators of “atrocities, massacres and coldblooded mass executions” that “most assuredly the three Allied Powers will pursue them to the uttermost ends of the earth and will deliver them to their accusers in order that justice may be done.” Soon, there will be no remaining “Nurembergers” to teach the lessons that they learned firsthand. But those lessons — especially that the propagation of hatred can produce murderous results and that no nation’s leaders can expect immunity when they criminally violate the bedrock precepts of civilization and humanity — must not, despite the passage of seven decades, be consigned solely to the history books. In a world still plagued by mass atrocity crimes, they are, still, of literally life-and-death relevance to imperiled peoples across the globe. Originally appeared in The Jerusalem Post –

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From German y to FSU

Top: In Germany, at the end of the war in June 1945, Sakheim was photographed having earned the rank of technical sergeant in the U.S. Army. Above: In July 1954, Sakheim donned his cap and gown upon earning his doctorate from FSU. Right: Sakheim (left to right) fishing on the Wakulla River, holding a rat he studied in psychology to find out how rats learned their way through mazes and gardening at his cottage during his time at FSU.

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But department advisers directed him to study behavioral psychology, a disagreement that led him to FSU. He left NYU and began his career at Augusta State Hospital (Maine) in 1951, but wanted to be “a fully trained colleague with a unique contribution.”

After World War II and Nuremberg, he returned to Columbia University to complete his psychology bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 1948 and ’49. Sakheim spent the next two years at New York University and interned for one year at Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital, where he planned to focus his dissertation on identifying patients admitted because they constituted serious suicidal risks.

FSU also provided Sakheim the flexibility to complete his dissertation at Augusta State Hospital. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from FSU in July 1954.

“My mother, stricken with incurable ovarian cancer, ended her life by suicide after she ran out of help and resources,” said Sakheim. “It was both her tragic end and my World War II experiences that led me to clinical psychology.”

“I did a search on where I could finish up my doctorate in one more year and discovered FSU,” said Sakheim. “The professors were hospitable, considerate and well-trained.”

“My graduate school was respected, so all career paths were open to me,” said Sakheim, who in 1955 joined Brockton VA Hospital and treated mentally ill veterans for five years. His career was dedicated to working with emotionally disturbed adolescents and adults and trauma victims until his retirement in 1990. Sakheim, 93, and his wife reside in Gwynedd, Pennsylvania.



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SEMINOLE CLUBS® & CHAPTERS This spring, the association’s more than 80 Seminole Clubs® and Chapters continued to unite Seminoles across the country and strengthen alumni ties to Florida State.

3. Seminole Club® and Chapter leaders converged in Tallahassee for Leadership Weekend, April 21–23. 4. During Leadership Weekend, (left) Marisa Meade (B.S. ’12) and Mellanie Roder (B.S. ’12, M.Accg. ’13), Seminole Club® of New York City, joined 5. other club and chapter leaders to build relationships, learn more about FSU programs and find ways to best serve fellow Seminoles. View more photos: 6. The FSU Clubbie Awards were held April 22 to honor club and chapter volunteers for their dedication to and support of FSU, including Jacksonville Seminole Club® as a 2016 Club of the Year. View the full list of winners and more photos:, Photos 3-6 by Steve Chase


Clubs and chapters volunteered in their communities for Seminole Service Day on Saturday, March 19, from 1. Austin, Texas, with Austin Seminole Club® cleaning up the streets, to 2. Pinellas, Florida, with Pinellas Seminole Club® working to Keep Pinellas Beautiful. View more photos:

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ASSOCIATION NEWS ALUMNI NETWORKS The FSU Alumni Association charters affiliated Alumni Networks. These volunteer-led groups connect FSU alumni with fellow Seminoles who share similar interests or affiliations. Learn more:


1. The FSU Asian American Alumni held an alumni reunion April 8–10, including alumni and friends (left to right) Aurora Hansen and Clyde Diao (M.S. ’88, Ph.D. ’90) of the Asian Coalition of Tallahassee; Mafé Brooks, FSU College of Information and University Libraries director of development; FSU Alumni Association President Scott Atwell (M.S. ’15); and Zach Heng (B.S. ’07), FSUAAA president and co-founder. 2. (Left to right) New alumni Leigha Suttles (B.S. ’16) and Brenton Williams (B.S. ’16) were joined by speaker Travis Baten (B.S. ’14) at FSU Black Alumni’s Spring Graduation Mixer April 28. 3. The Emeritus Alumni Reunion, held April 7–8, brought together (left to right) Donna Lou Askew (B.S. ’55), Shirley Marshall, Bridget Chandler (B.A. ’48) and Irene Yerger (B.A. ’54). View more photos: 4. FSU Alumni Association President Scott Atwell congratulated Emeritus Alumni Society Chair Jack McCoy (B.S. ’56, M.S. ’58), who was inducted into the Circle of Gold.

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5. The Emeritus Alumni Society Awards Dinner recognized (left to right): McCoy; Pat Hogan (B.S. ’55), Commitment to Excellence Award; the late Gene Ready (B.S. ’64) (see page 61), whose Conradi Lifetime Achievement Award was accepted by his wife, Barbara (B.S. ’64); former alumni association Director Jim Melton (M.S.P. ’75) and Ray Solomon (B.S. ’51, M.S. ’58), Commitment to Excellence Awards; Dale Lick, Dean Eyman Distinctive Service Award; with Emeritus Alumni Society Awards Committee Chair Ron Hobbs (B.A. ’62, M.S. ’67). Emeritus photos by Steve Chase

ALUMN1ST Upon graduation, the alumni association provides Noles opportunities to stay connected to FSU and with fellow young alumni. On Friday, April 29, FSU’s newest alumni attended the inaugural Alumn1st Spring Commencement Celebration with family and friends at the Alumni Center. At the event, spring graduates toasted their accomplishments at FSU and future as #SeminolesForever. View more photos: Photos by Steve Chase


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ASSOCIATION NEWS NOLES IN LA & D.C. With outstanding Seminoles across the country and in a wide range of professions, the association brought together Noles for events from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. 1. Alumni and friends (left to right) D.G. Katopody, Keriann Miranda (B.S. ’05) and Theodora Cohen (B.A. ’73, M.A. ’77) gathered at the Paley Center for Media for the LA Alumni Networking event, held Feb. 20, to hear from successful Noles in media, film, sports, business and theater. View more photos:


2. The LA event included a panel discussion with (left to right) Heather Castellari Turner (B.S. ’93), managing director at DiNapoli Capital Partners and FSU Alumni Association National Board director; Jenna Susko (B.A. ’05), investigative reporter 2 at NBC4; Ryan Saul (M.F.A. ’95), Agency for the Performing Arts vice president and FSU College of Motion Picture Arts adjunct professor; Chris Rix (B.S. ’04), Fox sportscaster, Fellowship of Christian Athletes director in LA and former Seminoles quarterback; Dallas Raines (B.S. ’76), chief meteorologist at KABC-TV; Jamie Linden (B.S. ’01), screenwriter of “Money Monster”; and Davis Gaines (B.A. ’76), stage actor known for title role in “The Phantom of the Opera.” LA photos by David Shadrake


3. (Left) Walter Martindale (B.A. ’70) and Vice President for Research for FSU Gary Ostrander attended the D.C. Alumni Networking Event on May 17 at the National Press Club. 4. D.C. panelist Shannon Bream (J.D. ’96), news anchor and legal correspondent at Fox News Channel 5. The D.C. event gave local Noles a chance to network, as seen here with Joe Paul (B.A. ’02) and Jessica Morio (B.A. ’14). 6. The D.C. panel was moderated by (far left) FSU Alumni Association National Board Director B. Dan Berger (B.S. ’89), CEO of the National Association of Federal Credit Unions, and featured Joe Briggs (J.D. ’07), public policy counsel at the National Football League Players Association; Bream; and Jean Accius (A.A. ’99, B.S. ’02, M.S. ’03), AARP Public Policy Institute vice president and FSU Alumni Association National Board director. View more photos: D.C. photos by the National Press Club


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Celebrating SEMINOLE SUCCESS across the U.S. THE INSPIRE AWARD Four FSU Women of Distinction were recognized with the inaugural presentation of The Inspire Award during An Evening to Celebrate held in New York City on May 4. 1. Wendy Clark (B.A. ’91), CEO at DDB North America and 2015 Grad Made Good, received The Inspire Award from President Thrasher (B.S. ’65, J.D. ’72). 2. (Far left) Triston Sanders (B.S. ’94) moderated a panel discussion with this year’s Women of Distinction Nada Usina (B.S. ’93, M.S. ’94), managing director at Russell Reynolds Associates; Nancy McKay (B.S. ’78), CEO at NEST Fragrances; Maura Hayes (B.S. ’82), director of operations at The Walt Disney Co.’s Times Square Studios and FSU Alumni Association National Board director; and Clark.

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3. Alumni and friends honored FSU alumnae at the event sponsored by the FSU Alumni Association, The Women for FSU and the Seminole Club® of New York City. 4. (Left to right) Alumnae Helena Marklin (B.A. ’15), Mellanie Roder (B.S. ’12, M.Accg. ’13) and Bethany Schlottman (B.S. ’12) at the awards ceremony 5. The Inspire Award imagery was created by a fellow alumna (center, white jacket), Emily Parsons (B.A. ’14), seen here in front of her design with this year’s honorees and panel moderator. View more photos: Photos by Bart Stadnicki

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SEMINOLES FOREVER: Honoring Exceptional Noles






On April 23 at the University Center Club, four exceptional Seminoles were inducted into the FSU Alumni Association’s Circle of Gold in honor of their service and achievements.


1. (Left to right) Gene Deckerhoff, former Circle of Gold honoree, congratulated Tampa Bay Seminole Club® President and FSU Alumni Association National Board Treasurer Max Oligario (B.S. ’99), who was joined by his mentee Jacques Toussaint (A.A. ’15, B.S. ’16), FSU Student Alumni Association Leadership Council member. 2. Former Circle of Gold honorees President Thrasher and DeVoe Moore, whose name adorns the University Center in honor of his lifetime of support of FSU 3. FSU Alumni Association National Board Chair and former Circle of Gold honoree Tom Hynes (B.S. ’80) welcomed new inductee Yvonne Brown, Seminole Boosters board director at large and former tax consultant and real estate CFO, to the Circle of Gold. 4. (Left) Pat Smith (B.A. ’54) and FSU President Emeritus Sandy D’Alemberte, former Circle of Gold honorees, attended the spring induction. 5. (Left to right) Hynes with this spring’s Circle of Gold inductees: Oligario, senior VP of global commercial banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Delores Spearman (B.A. ’98, M.A. ’08), former FSU Alumni Association National Board director who has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including The Children’s Hunger Project; Yvonne and her husband, Steve Brown (B.S. ’68), FSU College of Law adjunct professor, FSU Alumni Association National Board director and retired federal judge; and President Thrasher Photos by Steve Chase

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The official FSU Alumni Association app. Now available on the App Store and Google Play

Kellum Hall, built in 1959 and home to more than 30,000 students through the years, was demolished this spring (see page 64) — joining Deviney, Dorman and, next year, Smith Hall to make way for campus updates.

What are your favorite memories of Kellum Hall?

I was on the floor of the

“Classic dorm. I remember an

front office eating Gumby’s

awesome casino night that took

Pokey Stix when I realized that

place there around 1990.

I wanted to go into student

RIP, Kellum.”

affairs. #GoodbyeKellum

– Carrie Sadler (B.S. ’92)

- Caroline Bubbers (B.S. ’14)

This building holds great “Not the Zoo!!”

memories! I lived here my

– Ricky Quick (B.S. ’94)

freshman year of college and met my future husband.

“K9, year of 2000–01 … Quite the

- Kim Hartland McCormick (B.S. ’93)

experience and known as the most social dorm on campus!” - Concetta Hollinger (B.S.W. ’04, M.S.W. ’05)

Kellum dorm room in 2010 Photo by Kelli Gemmer (B.A. ’14)

Smith and Kellum halls, circa 1960s Photo courtesy of the Florida State University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives

“First dorm, August 1981. 10th-floor penthouse. Oh, the stories those

One last look into Kellum

walls could tell.” - Charlene Stapp (A.A. ’85)

View photos and videos of Kellum’s demolition:

“I was an RA on the 10th floor!” – Cliff Iacino (B.S. ’71)

First home away from

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“I can still hear those 2 a.m.

home and met lifelong friends

fire alarms.”

there. Good times!

– Caroline Holt Gatts (A.A. ’95, B.S.N. ’01)

- Delaine Remle Botelho (B.S. ’95)

Share your photos and stories with #SeminolesForever!

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Thank You to Our New Life Members The following alumni and friends are new* Life members of the FSU Alumni Association. Their support creates opportunities for our students, alumni and members who are and will always be #SeminolesForever. Find out more about alumni membership: Roger L. Laney Jr. (B.S. ’53) Robert A. Hugli (B.S. ’61) and Yvette K. Hugli Judith L. Anderson (B.S. ’66) Don L. Loucks (B.S. ’66) and Tara C. Loucks (B.S.N. ’87, M.S.N. ’94) Jerry M. Johns (B.A. ’68, J.D. ’71) and Susan A. Johns (B.S. ’70) William M. Anderson (B.S. ’69) and Barbara L. Anderson (B.S. ’69) Cheryl B. Hamrick (B.S. ’69) Sandra L. Priestino (M.S. ’69) and Ramon R. Priestino (M.S. ’69) Lynn O. Nelson (B.S. ’70) and Don Nelson Thomas R. Watson (B.A. ’70) and Maryanne M. Watson (B.S. ’70) Marilyn E. Smith (B.A. ’72) Joan Stewart (M.A. ’72, J.D. ’77) Edward Frank (B.S. ’74) Linda Dunnege-Tolly (B.S. ’75, M.S. ’76) and Morris Tolly Maurine A. Jones (B.S. ’75, M.S. ’79, Ph.D. ’86) and Steve Wheeler Edward J. Sattely (B.S. ’75)

Michael G. Griffith (B.S. ’76) Victor W. Holcomb (B.S. ’76) and Jamie L. Holcomb (B.S. ’77) Bob R. Davis (B.S. ’77) and Bonnie Davis JanElise C. Faulkner (B.S. ’77) and Eric B. Faulkner (B.S. ’77) Julian J. Cecio Jr. (A.A. ’79, B.S. ’81) Laura D. Schussler (B.S. ’79) and Russell P. Schussler (B.S. ’78, M.S. ’79) Mary Jane Tappen (B.S. ’80) Jolynn M. Greenhalgh (A.A. ’81, B.S.N. ’83, M.S.N. ’96) and Thomas H. Greenhalgh III (B.S. ’84) Wogan S. Badcock III (B.S. ’82) James H. Pennington (B.S. ’82) and Mary J. Pennington James A. Graganella (B.S. ’83) and Lisa Graganella Jody S. Sanders (B.S. ’83) Christopher A. Cigrand (B.S. ’84) and Cynthia H. Cigrand John C. Robinson (B.S. ’85) Marian E. Deadwiley (B.S. ’86, B.S. ’03) Kimberly E. Lee (B.S. ’86, M.S. ’91) Regina R. Roat (B.S. ’86) Darren L. Linder (B.S. ’87, M.B.A. ’88) Thomas R. Bakkedahl (B.S. ’88, J.D. ’91) and Laura L. Bakkedahl (B.S. ’89) Amie A. Amacher (B.S. ’89) and Zack Amacher Sharon A. Delaney McCloud (B.S. ’89) Monica J. Lawfield (B.S. ’89) Raul E. Loys (B.A. ’89) and Liane E. Loys (B.S. ’88) Doreen M. Hart (B.S. ’90) and Paul D. Hart Roy H. Seivwright (A.A. ’90, B.S. ’94) Scott E. Wiegand (B.M. ’90) Margaret M. Zeitlin (B.S. ’90) Jeannine M. Hilbun (A.A. ’92, B.S. ’94)

Chung W. Wong (B.S. ’92) and Daisy Tam-Wong Michelle L. Golubov (B.S. ’93) and Nick Golubov Tonya Wilson (B.S. ’93, M.S.W. ’94) and Eric Wilson Daryl Q. Wolfe (B.S. ’93) and Suzanne R. Wolfe (B.S. ’94) Marni A. Barrett (B.S. ’95) and Graham M. Barrett Allison S. Trulock (A.A. ’95, B.S. ’96) Lora J. Clements (B.S. ’96) Daniel A. Garcia (B.S. ’96) David A. Schmidt (B.S. ’97) and Elizabeth A. Schmidt (B.S. ’98) Gregory E. Triplett Jr. (M.S. ’97) David J. Weber II (B.S. ’97, M.Accg. ’98) and Amy M. Weber (B.S. ’94) Barry Dyche (B.S. ’98) and Nicole K. Dyche (M.B.A. ’13) Cartier P. Lammert (B.S.N. ’99, M.S.N. ’02) and Sitka A. Lammert (B.S. ’81, M.S. ’82, Ph.D. ’97) Krista N. Edoff (B.S. ’00, M.Accg. ’01) Matthew C. Maloney (B.S. ’00) William D. Tucker (B.S. ’00) and Misty L. Tucker Christopher S. Whidden (A.A. ’00, B.S. ’01, M.Accg. ’03) and Lisa M. Whidden (B.S. ’03) Jason D. Scott (B.A. ’01) and Candice M. Scott (B.S. ’01) Michael J. Tatak (B.A. ’01, B.S. ’04) Micah C. McMillan (A.A. ’02, B.A. ’05, J.D. ’08) Alexa L. Nikoloff (B.S. ’02) and Matthew A. Nikoloff Tamisha R. Norris (B.S. ’02) Steven Lohbeck Jr. (B.S. ’03) and Kenzie Lohbeck (B.S. ’08) Justin M. Nelson (B.S. ’03) and Samantha A. Nelson (B.S. ’11)

Allyson K. Waters (B.S. ’03) Jonathon E. Gabert (B.S. ’04) and Susan J. Gabert Angela M. Poole (M.Accg. ’05) Leland J. McElveen Jr. (B.S. ’06) Danielle T. Knight (B.A. ’08) and Terrie Knight Matthew C. Lineberry (B.S. ’08) Craig E. Turner Sr. (M.S. ’08) and Angela M. Turner (A.A. ’99) Nicolle M. Ferry (B.S. ’09) Christopher J. Gardner (B.S. ’09) and Holly L. Gardner (B.A. ’11) Jason D. M. Levine (M.S. ’09) and Julie A. Levine Navarro R. Moore (M.A. ’09) and Shannon Moore Jorge Prado (B.S. ’09) Robert M. Thompson (B.S. ’10) Jimmie D. Freeman III (B.S. ’11) Steven H. Vandercook (B.S. ’11) Ashley N. Bittle (B.S. ’12) and Michael S. Besedick (B.S. ’12) Stefan A. Chrzanowski (B.S. ’12) Amy L. Mathews (B.S. ’12) and Cameron Allen Gillian M. Diaddezio (B.S. ’14) Lauren A. Sippin (B.S. ’14) Tyler J. Alcorn (B.S. ’15)

Friends Sean Gregory Debra M. Hallam and Stephen C. Hallam Kathleen Kuebler Thomas R. Nash and Michael Rafter Gerardo I. Perez and Marcel Perez Kenneth A. Scheppke and Catherine M. Scheppke Carrie Solomon *This list includes individuals who joined the FSU Alumni Association as Life members between Oct. 1 and March 31.

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CLASS NOTES CLASS NOTES indicates FSU Alumni Association Life membership indicates FSU Alumni Association membership


Doreen Brown Oyadomari (B.S. ’67, M.S. ’68), retired chief of audiology and speech pathology service at the Birmingham VA Medical Center (Alabama), created the Doreen Brown Oyadomari Endowed Scholarship to benefit FSU students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in communication science and disorders.


Sidney Stubbs (B.S. ’60), Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs P.A. shareholder in West Palm Beach, was named a 2016 Top Lawyer by the South Florida Legal Guide.

Mary Pankowski (Ph.D. ’72, J.D. ’01), Law Office of Mary Pankowski attorney and Circle of Gold honoree, and Glenda Hamby (M.S. ’76), retired from Leon County Schools, were named among the Tallahassee Democrat’s 2016 25 Women You Need to Know.

W. Eugene Seago (M.A. ’63), professor of accounting and information systems at Virginia Tech, was named the Curling Professor in Accounting and Information Systems by the university’s board of visitors.

John Thrasher (B.S. ’65, J.D. ’72), FSU president, Sliger Award recipient and Circle of Gold honoree, was recognized as the Tallahassee Democrat’s 2015 Person of the Year and inducted into the FSU College of Business Hall of Fame.

Max Zahn (B.S. ’71), Xerox Corp. account manager and Seminole Boosters Inc. area membership chairman, received the Deercreek Home & Garden Club’s Golden Acorn Award for making a positive difference in his Jacksonville-area community. Ken Kasten (B.S. ’72) was named vice president of acquisitions for Heritage Golf Group.

Pam Phelps (B.S. ’62, M.S. ’83, Ph.D. ’86), owner of Creative Center for Childhood Research and Training, was named one of the Tallahassee Democrat’s 2016 25 Women You Need to Know.

John Roueche (Ph.D. ’64), retired director of the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas at Austin, received the American Association of Community Colleges’ 2016 Harry S. Truman Award for his major positive impact on community colleges.

Sue Cunningham (B.S. ’71), clinical associate professor of nutrition at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, was named the 2015 Texas Distinguished Dietitian and recognized as a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Bruce Blackwell (B.A. ’68, J.D. ’74), founding partner of King, Blackwell, Zehnder & Wermuth P.A., The Florida Bar Foundation CEO and Circle of Gold honoree, received the 2016 Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award — the highest statewide pro bono award.

J. Dale Durrance (B.A. ’73, J.D. ’76) is retiring as judge of the Tenth Judicial Circuit Court in Florida as of July on his 70th birthday after spending 35 years on the bench. J. Robert “Bobby” Jones Jr. (B.S. ’75), retired partner with private equity firm Bluff Point, was inducted into the FSU College of Business Hall of Fame.

John Browning (B.S. ’68), president of Browning Packing and Browning Consulting, was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the governing board of the St. Johns River Water Management District. Frank Sheffield (B.S. ’68, J.D. ’72), former Second Circuit Court (Florida) judge, joined Broad and Cassel’s Tallahassee office as of counsel in the commercial litigation practice group.

Photo by Colin Abbey

Maximo Alvarez (B.S. ’69, M.S. ’70), founder and president of Sunshine Gasoline Distributors Inc., became a member of the FSU Board of Trustees. Ted Mosley (B.S. ’69), president and COO of Quorum Hotels & Resorts, was recognized by the FSU College of Business as Alumnus of the Year.


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Ann McGee (B.A. ’70, M.S. ’71, M.A. ’71), president of Seminole State College of Florida, received the Chief Executive Leadership Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District III. James Carr (M.S. ’71, Ph.D. ’75), senior vice president of Harding University, was named by Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson to the Arkansas Board of Higher Education.

Nan C. Hillis (B.S. ’76), Prime Meridian Bank consultant, FSU Foundation trustee and Circle of Gold honoree, was named one of the Tallahassee Democrat’s 2016 25 Women You Need to Know and inducted into the FSU College of Business Hall of Fame.



Indispensable in your salad, on your BLT or in that special sauce, tomatoes are a multibillion-dollar industry. As CEO of Lipman Produce, FSU alumnus Kent Shoemaker is in charge of the largest open-field tomato grower in the U.S. and ensures that the demand for tomatoes is met. “We’re geographically diverse and hyperlocal, allowing us to grow year-round as well as be close to our customer,” says Shoemaker. Since he arrived at Lipman in 2010, the company has doubled revenue through an aggressive growth strategy of acquiring new acreage and investing in produce from seed to distribution. “We’re focused on solidifying our footprint across the U.S.,” he explains. But Shoemaker didn’t plan a career in agriculture. After graduating from FSU with a degree in economics, he worked for an Orlando produce company, planning to work for a few years before law school. That company became part of the largest food distribution company in the U.S., and Shoemaker became COO of its fresh produce division. The job gave him a taste for the industry. Six years ago, he joined Lipman as the first non-family CEO.

Debie Leonard (B.S. ’76, B.S. ’83), shareholder of the tax services department at Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A., received a Leadership Tallahassee Servant Leadership Award.

Antonio Busalacchi Jr. (B.S. ’77, M.S. ’80, Ph.D. ’82), professor of atmospheric and ocean science and director of the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center at the University of Maryland and 1995 Grad Made Good, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Philippe Jeck (B.S. ’77), Jeck, Harris, Raynor & Jones P.A. president, became chair of Palm Healthcare Foundation Inc.'s Board of Trustees and nominated for the 12th Annual Leadership Excellence Award by Leadership Palm Beach County. Michael Dreyer (B.S. ’78) was named president of the Tampa Bay market operation at Tampa Bay Trust Co. Wayne Hogan (B.S. ’79), owner and CEO of Mango Media, was named executive director of the Florida Sports Hall of Fame.

Shoemaker at a tomato-packing house in Immokalee, Florida

Shoemaker considers such leadership development his greatest success. “I love helping people identify their strengths. People contribute at a high level when they feel really good about what they’re doing,” he says. “It all comes back to my time at FSU, where I learned a lot about leadership and how to recover from mistakes.”

Alyce Parmer (B.S. ’79), Lake Jackson United Methodist Church pastor, was named one of the Tallahassee Democrat’s 2016 25 Women You Need to Know.

Photo by Steve Chase

Mimi Drake Wetherington (B.S. ’76), Lake Park Elementary (Georgia) gifted and talented students teacher, received her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Valdosta State University.

The position has also given him the chance to grow leaders, including former FSU student Jesus Abarca, the son of migrant farmworkers. “When I met Jesus, he dreamed of going to FSU. We steered him in that direction, and he eventually spent two summers working as an intern at Lipman. After FSU, we offered him a position, and he’s already been promoted to operations director of our company in Nogales, Arizona.”

1980s Rob Lord (B.S. ’80), Martin Health System’s vice president and COO since 2014, was named the organization’s next president and CEO. Crystal Broughan (B.S. ’81, J.D. ’90) became a shareholder of Marks Gray P.A. Cynthia Cox (A.A. ’81, B.S. ’82, J.D. ’86), 19th Judicial Circuit Court (Florida) judge, received the 2016 Distinguished Judicial Service Award for service to the public. Richard Stuart (B.S. ’81), Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, became the winningest high school football coach in Miami-Dade County history. Bill Stephenson (B.S. ’82), CEO and chairman of the executive board of De Lage Landen International B.V., was inducted into the FSU College of Business Hall of Fame.

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar (M.F.A. ’79), FSU School of Dance professor, founder of Urban Bush Women and 1997 Grad Made Good, received a 2015 Dance Magazine Award for enriching dance.

Dave Wheat (B.S. ’83) joined Vets Plus Inc. as a national account manager for companion animal business. Melinda Coonrod (A.A. ’84, B.S. ’87) was appointed to serve a two-year term as Florida Commission on Offender Review chair by Gov. Rick Scott and members of the Florida Cabinet.

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CLASS NOTES Shannon Fenn Hughes (B.S. ’85), president of the Florida Public Health Association, was named director for the State of Florida’s Division of Community Health Promotion, after serving as interim director.

Michelle Ubben (M.A. ’88), COO at Sachs Media Group, was named by PR News as one of the Top Women in PR.

Ida Thompson (B.S. ’85, B.S. ’86), Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare major gifts officer, was named one of the Tallahassee Democrat’s 2016 25 Women You Need to Know.

Diane Orlofsky (Ph.D. ’86), professor of music and director of choirs at Troy University, received the 2016 Outstanding Educator Award from the Alabama Music Educators Association. Peggy Hsieh (Ph.D. ’87), Betty M. Watts professor in Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences, retired after 14 years at the College of Human Sciences. Thomas Lanners (B.M. ’87), professor of piano at Oklahoma State University, received the 2014 Distinguished Teacher Award from the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association.

▼ Omar Franco Omar Franco (B.A. ’88), managing director of Becker & Poliakoff’s Washington, D.C., office and federal government lobbyist, was nominated by Sen. Orrin Hatch to serve on the advisory committee of the U.S. Senate Republican Task Force on Hispanic Affairs. Craig Mateer (B.S. ’88), founder and CEO of Bags Inc., became a member of the FSU Board of Trustees.

▲ Michelle Ubben

JORGE GONZALEZ (B.S. ’87, M.S.P. ’89) With its sparkling water and white sand beaches, millions want to retire, live or vacation in the Florida Panhandle. Jorge Gonzalez, president and CEO of The St. Joe Co., plays a central role in how that land is developed. “We spend a lot of time and effort planning and designing our communities so they effortlessly integrate into Florida’s natural beauty, creating a lifestyle that our residents will enjoy for generations to come,” he says of the company’s 178,000 acres, which includes primary and vacation homes, resorts, shopping centers, commercial parks, golf courses and timberland.

Gonzalez explains land development plans in the Florida Panhandle. Photo by Andrew Wardlow,

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The Florida-based real estate developer and manager is one of the state’s largest private landowners. Gonzalez was appointed CEO last fall after supervising a complex process of obtaining government land-use approvals for the Bay-Walton Sector Plan, which is expected to include residential communities for active retirees and a range of other communities. “It’s a 50-year vision,” says Gonzalez, “that includes developing 110,000 acres to create 170,000 homes and 22 million square feet of commercial use.”

His interest in real estate began at FSU, where he majored in political science and then earned his master’s degree in urban and regional planning with a concentration in real estate development and analysis. During graduate school, he spent the summer working with local organizations to revitalize a downtown area in Alachua County. “At FSU, I got to meet and work with people from all different backgrounds and disciplines,” says Gonzalez. “FSU also taught me how to think critically: to gather and analyze the right information before drawing conclusions.” After graduating, Gonzalez worked in urban planning in the public and private sector before landing at St. Joe 14 years ago. “I really enjoy seeing a project come to fruition. It’s a pretty robust process of planning and projections,” says Gonzalez, “so it’s very rewarding when I get to see communities take shape from the land.”

CLASS NOTES 1990s Karen Walker (B.S. ’90), Holland and Knight attorney, was named one of the Tallahassee Democrat’s 2016 25 Women You Need to Know. Kara Addy (B.S. ’91) joined the University of South Carolina in March 2015 as the first executive director of donor communications and stewardship. Lisa Chader (B.S. ’91) joined Wortman Works Media & Marketing as principal. Brett DeHart (B.S. ’91) was named director of church and community relations at The United Methodist Children’s Home in Atlanta, Georgia. Jeffery Jones (B.S. ’91) was appointed to the management committee of Littler, an employment and labor law practice representing management. David Lane (B.S. ’91) was promoted to president and COO of Terlato Wines. Cynthia Joy Brown Williams (B.S. ’91), broker and owner of Joy Real Estate in Georgia and Florida, is the 2015 president of the DeKalb Association of REALTORS®. J. Darin Jenkins (B.S. ’92) became the financial services program manager for the Georgia Municipal Association. David Azzarito (B.S. ’93) was promoted to senior vice president, Latin America strategic business at Ohio National Financial Services, where he will be responsible for the leadership of global operations, including in Chile, Brazil and Peru.

Angela Santone (B.S. ’93) was promoted to executive vice president and global chief human resources officer for Turner Broadcasting System. Jennifer R. Cowan (B.S. ’94), Lewis, Longman & Walker P.A. attorney, was appointed attorney of the city of Treasure Island (Florida). John Davis (B.S. ’94), former FSU football player and president of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida, was appointed to Heart of Florida United Way’s Board of Directors. Eric Fleming (M.F.A. ’94) was hired as director for Valencia College’s film production technology program.

Kim Polacek (A.A. ’97, B.S. ’98), Moffitt Cancer Center public relations account services coordinator and Tampa Bay Seminole Club® board member, received five public relations awards for Moffitt Day 2015, which raises awareness at the Florida Capitol for those impacted by cancer and Moffitt’s work.

Toby Srebnik (B.S. ’94) was promoted to in-house manager of public relations, social media and community events at Truly Nolen Pest Control.

Buck Cooke (M.S. ’98) joined Richmond, the American International University in London, as associate dean of student leadership.

Meredith DaSilva (B.S. ’96), VISIT FLORIDA director of executive operations, was named one of the Tallahassee Democrat’s 2016 25 Women You Need to Know.

Timothy Giordano (B.S. ’98), attorney and principal at Next Impact Ventures, was appointed to the Board of Advisors of The AAT Project (America’s Amazing Teens), which supports teen entrepreneurs in STEM.

Adam DeRosa (A.A. ’96, B.S. ’97, M.S. ’99) was promoted to associate dean of student affairs at Broward College’s South Campus in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Melody Milbrandt (Ph.D. ’96), professor at Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design at Georgia State University, received the 2015 National Art Educator of the Year Award from the National Art Education Association.

Delatorro McNeal II (B.S. ’98, M.S. ’00), CEO and president of Platinum Performance Global LLC, was the keynote speaker at Hong Kong’s Million Dollar Round Table Experience and Global Conference.

Linda Most (M.S. ’96, Ph.D. ’09) was named department head for library and information studies in Valdosta State University’s Dewar College of Education and Human Sciences. Emilia Quesada (J.D. ’96), SMGQ Law founding partner, has been certified as a FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) Arbitrator. ▲ Emilia Quesada

▼ Roberto Vargas

John Crossman (B.S. ’93), president of Crossman & Co. and FSU Alumni Association National Board director, endowed a scholarship for real estate students at Bethune-Cookman University, established the first real estate scholarship at FAMU — the Crossman & Company Endowed Real Estate Scholarship — and received a 2016 UNCF Champions of Education Award.

Roberto Vargas (J.D. ’98), Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs P.A. shareholder in West Palm Beach, was named a 2016 Top Lawyer by the South Florida Legal Guide.

Jean Accius (A.A. ’99, B.S. ’02, M.S. ’03), FSU Alumni Association National Board director, was promoted to vice president of long-term services and supports and livable communities group at AARP.

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Denny Abbott (M.S. ’68), author of “They Had No Voice: My Fight for Alabama’s Forgotten Children” — about his time as a youth probation officer in Montgomery during the civil rights movement and federal lawsuits to stop abuse of African-American children — was honored by Palm Beach State College with a 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award.



Ken Brooks (B.S. ’88) wrote “Ingemar Johansson: Swedish Heavyweight Boxing Champion” about the man who won boxing’s world heavyweight championship against Floyd Patterson in 1959.

▼ Kevin D. Carr

Stan Ulanski (B.S. ’68, M.S. ’71) wrote “The California Current: A Pacific Ecosystem and Its Fliers, Divers, and Swimmers.” James B. Tippin Jr. (B.S. ’50), 1977 Grad Made Good, wrote the nonfiction book “Encouragement, Loyalty and Make-Do: Growing Up with Citrus and Cypress Along the Indian River During the Great Depression.”

Jo Ann Hutto Ball (B.S. ’55) published “The Pond,” a fiction/action story set in Tallahassee and Torreya State Park, about a widow returning for her high school reunion.

Christopher Alender (B.F.A. ’88) executiveproduced the sci-fi thriller “Southbound.”

Kevin D. Carr (A.A. ’90, B.S. ’90, M.P.A. ’93), founder, CEO and principal of PRO2CEO LLC, wrote “Meet the ERs: The Four People You Meet on the Way to the Top.” Jonathan G. King (M.F.A. ’92), 2008 Grad Made Good, executive-produced “Beasts of No Nation,” Oscar Best Motion Picture winner “Spotlight” and Oscar Best Picture Nominee “Bridge of Spies.”

Sue Ann Connaughton (M.S. ’79) published her first novel, “The Unraveling of Mrs. Noland,” a 1960s fiction about a woman salvaging her children’s inheritance and family’s reputation. Susan Archie (B.A. ’81) won her third career Grammy Award for “The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928–32)” in the category of best boxed or special limited edition package. Russell K. Skowronek (M.A. ’82, M.A. ’83) and Charles R. Ewen (M.A. ’83) co-edited “Pieces of Eight: More Archaeology of Piracy,” which explores new discoveries in the field.

Orrin H. Pilkey Jr. (Ph.D. ’62), 1984 Grad Made Good, co-wrote “Lessons from the Sand: FamilyFriendly Science Activities You Can Do on a Carolina Beach.”

Chris Kuhn (B.S. ’92) wrote “Our Seasons,” a collection of short stories and poetry. Steven Samanen (B.F.A. ’94) was graphic designer for the movie “Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.” Miles Kahn (B.F.A. ’96), who was senior producer for nine years at “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” is executive producer of “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” on TBS.

William Redman (M.F.A. ’96) had his first theatrically released audio narration for the visually impaired with the movie “The Last Witch Hunter.” Terry Dodd (B.A. ’64) wrote “Mirror Magic,” a mystery/thriller about subliminal manipulation of people’s minds set in part on FSU’s campus. 54 Vires

Robert James Thwaites (M.B.A. ’86) wrote “NEXT! The Search for My Last First Date,” a romantic comedy featuring a middle-aged man using Internet dating.

Kristin M. Barton (A.A. ’97, B.A. ’00, M.A. ’02, Ph.D. ’07) edited “A State of ‘Arrested Development’: Critical Essays on the Innovative Television Comedy.”

CLASS NOTES Juan Guardia (B.S. ’97, M.S. ’01) had a chapter published in “Latina/o College Student Leadership: Emerging Theory, Promising Practice” and is a 2016 American College Personnel Association Diamond Honoree for his contributions to higher education and student affairs. Wendy L. Mericle (M.F.A ’99) became executive producer for season four of Amazon’s “Arrow,” which she has worked on in various roles since 2012.

Zac Sieffert (M.F.A. ’02) was A-cam first assistant for “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” starring Tina Fey and Margot Robbie. Meredith Glynn (B.F.A. ’03) was a member of the writing staff for season one of MTV’s “Scream” and is also working on season two. Todd James Pierce (Ph.D. ’03) wrote “Three Years in Wonderland: The Disney Brothers, C.V. Wood, and the Making of the Great American Theme Park.”

Yvette F. Greenspan (Ph.D. ’00) wrote “A Guide to Teaching Elementary Science: Ten Easy Steps.”



James Feeney (M.F.A. ’12) received several awards for his film “Killer Kart,” including Best Director and Best Cinematography at the Salty Horror International Film Festival and Best Special Effects at the Los Angeles Horror Competition.


E.J. Holowicki (M.F.A. ’00) worked in the sound department for “Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens.” Adam Johnson (Ph.D. ’01) won the 2015 National Book Award in Fiction for his short story collection “Fortune Smiles.”

Shanon Irish (B.S. ’04) won her fifth Suncoast Emmy with a 2015 award for “Inside the HEAT: Luol Deng.” Matthew Keith (M.A. ’04) edited “Site Formation Processes of Submerged Shipwrecks,” which catalogs the processes affecting shipwreck sites. Marty Lang (M.F.A ’04) associate-produced Independent Spirit Award nominee “Out of My Hand,” a film about a Liberian rubber plantation worker who moved to New York for a new life. Adele Romanski (B.F.A. ’04), a producer for the coming-of-age film “Morris From America,” received a 2016 Amazon Studios Sundance Institute Producer’s Award.

Clara Maria Diez (B.F.A. ’15) won a 2015 Directors Guild of America Student Film Award in the woman’s category for her thesis film “A Skeleton Named Oliver,” and Yingxiang Huang (M.F.A. ’15) and Saad Nawab (M.F.A. ’15) won in the AsianAmerican category for “Isa and the Frog Prince” and “Frankenstein’s Light,” respectively.

Rob Muraskin (M.F.A. ’05) produced the season four premiere of HBO’s “VICE” about genetic engineering.

Julie Drach (B.F.A. ’02) won an Art Directors Guild Award for Excellence in Production Design in Television for her set decoration work on “Key & Peele.”

Sylwia Dudzinska (M.F.A. ’09, M.A. ’09) began on season four of “Mistresses” as the key second assistant director. Kate Emery (M.F.A. ’10) was an art department production assistant for “The Hunger Games” series and an assistant art director for “The Accountant.”

Millicent Johnnie (B.F.A. ’02, M.F.A. ’07) was choreographer for a musical based on Disney’s “Frozen,” which debuts this summer at the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim. Kristi Santi (Ph.D. ’02), associate professor of special education at the University of Houston, was a co-editor of the book “Improving Reading Comprehension of Middle and High School Students.”

Samantha Polan (B.F.A. ’10) was production coordinator and archival producer for “He Named Me Malala,” a documentary about Pakistani teenager and activist Malala Yousafzai. Edward Pino (A.A. ’11, B.S. ’13) was an editor for “Under the Helmet — Brent Grimes,” which features the story of the Dolphins Pro Bowl cornerback and won a Suncoast Emmy Award for sports–program series. Cameron Bertron (B.F.A. ’12) was hired as a unit stills photographer for HBO’s “High Maintenance.”

Tanisha Moore (B.F.A. ’15) joined the Broadway tour of “Flashdance” as Kiki.

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CLASS NOTES Rob Campbell (B.S. ’99) was named director of Prudential Commercial Real Estate FL.

Joy Blanchard (M.S. ’01) joined Louisiana State University as an assistant professor of higher education.

David Luck (B.A. ’04) became a shareholder at Carlton Fields in Miami.

Andrew Daire (Ph.D. ’01) was named dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education.

Zachary Salata (B.S. ’04) joined Advanced Disposal, an integrated environmental services agency, as vice president of financial reporting.

Brandi Aronson DeRuiter (M.S. ’01) became the VP of governmental affairs at Bay County Chamber of Commerce in Panama City, Florida. Yaacov Petscher (B.S. ’01, M.S. ’04, M.S. ’05, Ph.D. ’09), researcher at the Florida Center for Reading Research, was chosen as an Outstanding Reviewer for 2015 by the American Educational Research Association. Lauren Sproull (B.A. ’01) was named public relations specialist for the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. ▼ Cissy Proctor Cissy Proctor (B.S. ’99, J.D. ’04) was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott as executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, where she served as chief of staff in 2015 and in various positions since 2013.

Wes Ball (B.F.A. ’02), director of “The Maze Runner,” co-launched OddBall Entertainment and signed a three-year first-look producing deal with Fox.

Jason Thatcher (M.P.A. ’99, Ph.D. ’02), professor of information systems at Clemson University, was elected president of the Association for Information Systems.

Catherine Hartley (B.S. ’02, M.S.P. ’04) was named the director of planning and community development for the city of Bradenton (Florida).


Daniel Holloway (B.A. ’02) joined Variety as a senior reporter covering the TV industry.

Megan Bobiak (B.S. ’00) was named marketing director of Crossman & Co. Patrick Bush (B.S. ’00) was promoted to vice president at Peoples Bank of Graceville (Florida). Colette Drouillard (M.S. ’00, Ph.D. ’09) was promoted to associate professor at Valdosta State University, where she teaches in the Master of Library and Information Science program. Allison Harrell (B.S. ’00, M.Accg. ’01), Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. CPA, was named one of the Tallahassee Democrat’s 2016 25 Women You Need to Know. Ellen Jones (B.S. ’00, M.S. ’02) was appointed career resource coordinator for Student Employment Services at Midlands Technical College in South Carolina. Edward Mansouri (M.S. ’00), CEO and founder of Ucompass and FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory trustee, was recognized as the FSU Office of Research Community Partner of the Year. Brooks Moore (M.S. ’00) was named the associate vice president for student affairs at Indiana State University. Shenifa M. Taite (M.S. ’00, Ed.D. ’12) was promoted to director of instructional design and media production at the FSU College of Medicine.

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Changwoo Yang (M.S. ’01, Ph.D. ’09), associate professor at Valdosta State University, was granted full tenure.

Nate Hudson (B.S. ’02) joined Purmont & Martin Insurance Agency LLC as a commercial line sales agent. Kamau Oginga Siwatu (M.S. ’02), educational psychology program coordinator in the Texas Tech College of Education, was promoted to full professor at Texas Tech. Lane Williams (B.S. ’02, M.Accg. ’09) was promoted to manager in the assurance services department of Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. Tim Brown (B.A. ’03) and Matt Griffis (B.S. ’07) in 2004 started Lazy Moon Pizza, which recently topped UCF-area pizzerias in sales. Carly Celmer (B.S. ’03) was named partner at Thornton Davis Fein law firm. Lisa Lang (Ph.D. ’03) was named assistant vice president for academic affairs at Jarvis Christian College. Jasmin Hutchinson (Ph.D. ’04) was recognized for achieving Certified Consultant status in the Association for Applied Psychology. Mario Landera (B.S. ’04) was promoted to assistant professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and became an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University.

Dian Squire (B.S. ’04) received his doctorate in higher education from Loyola University Chicago and became a postdoctoral fellow in the Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (in)Equality at the University of Denver. Karen Cyphers (M.S. ’05, Ph.D. ’12), vice president of research and policy at Sachs Media Group, was named one of the Tallahassee Democrat’s 2016 25 Women You Need to Know. Julian Dozier (B.S. ’05, M.Accg. ’06) was promoted to director in the assurance services department of Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. Jessica Proctor (B.S. ’05) joined Gary Gotthelf Internal Medicine in Pensacola, Florida, as a physician’s assistant. Ryan Sampson (B.S. ’05) was named principal of the Tampa-based land brokerage firm Eshenbaugh Land Co. Wilson Tang (B.F.A. ’05) was promoted to VP of digital experience at FreemanXP, where he will lead efforts on experiential technologies and content. Susannah Wesley (B.S. ’05), global enterprise and privacy communication manager for Ford Motor Co., earned the Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States credential through the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Nicole Dial (B.A. ’06) became a university relations representative at DreamWorks Animation. Ivan Harrell (Ph.D. ’06) was appointed executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Georgia Piedmont Technical College in Clarkston, Georgia. Grahaeme Hesp (Ed.D. ’06) was appointed regional director of institutional relations at the Foundation for International Education. Emily Keeler (M.A. ’06), program manager and community builder at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy, was elected to City Council in Grandview Heights, Ohio. Gina Tincher (M.S. ’06) joined Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP as a first-year associate working in the litigation department of the firm’s Denver office. Julie Wraithmell (M.S. ’06) was promoted to deputy executive director at Audubon Florida.



Daryl Wolfe, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at International Speedway Corp., has helped to drive the company to the front of the pack with two nominations in this year’s SportsBusiness Journal’s awards. “I grew up in Daytona, where U.S. motor sports started, and was always intrigued by racing,” says Wolfe, who was promoted to his current position in April 2015. A sister company of NASCAR and one of the largest motor sports companies in America, ISC manages tracks, events and surrounding real estate holdings across the country. Among ISC’s recent projects was Daytona Rising, a multiyear, $400 million renovation of ISC’s flagship Daytona International Speedway, originally built in 1959. “I have the pleasure of working with talented people at our tracks to make sure our customers’ experiences from driveway to driveway are exceptional.” The project was recognized as SBJ’s 2016 Sports Facility of the Year. The Bojangles' Southern 500, a throwback NASCAR event held at ISC’s Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, was nominated for SBJ's 2016 Sports Event

of the Year. “It was a dream of mine to celebrate the rich tradition of NASCAR through an event. So ISC and NASCAR created a time capsule weekend from the early 1970s with old apparel, retro paint schemes on cars, drivers with grown-out sideburns and mustaches, vintage ads and a concert by Grand Funk Railroad. “It’s gratifying to see two ISC projects up for SBJ awards,” says Wolfe, who after graduating from FSU worked in the financial world before joining ISC in 1995. He now works with the world’s most powerful brands, including Coke, Toyota, General Motors and Sprint, to develop fully integrated marketing platforms. “Day after day I fall back on the things I learned at the College of Business,” says Wolfe. “I learned the importance of having a strategic plan. Otherwise you can easily fall off the rails and start working in the business instead of on the business.”

Wolfe atop the International Motorsports Center with Daytona International Speedway in the background

Julie Arasi (B.S. ’07, M.S. ’08, M.S. ’15), a thirdgrade teacher at Kate Sullivan Elementary, was named Leon County’s Teacher of the Year.

Alex Fuentes (M.B.A. ’08) joined Baptist Health South Florida as director of international business development.

Caroline Westrup (B.S. ’09), former FSU women’s golf player, won her first professional golf title with the Symetra Tournament Championship.

Karyn Barber (B.A. ’07, M.A. ’11) was named community information coordinator and public information officer for the city of Palm Bay (Florida).

Stephanie Knight (M.S. ’08) was appointed director of the Center for Leadership and Service at the University of North Texas.


Abbie Day (B.S. ’07, M.S. ’09) joined the University of Maryland Baltimore County as academic advisor for student athletes and advisor for the StudentAthlete Advisory Committee.

Cathy L. Seeds (B.A. ’08, M.S. ’10) joined the Florida Department of Education as library media and instructional materials specialist.

Robert Neilson (B.S. ’07, J.D. ’10) joined Burr & Forman’s Jacksonville law office as a staff attorney. Altrichia Cook (A.A. ’08, B.S.W. ’09), owner and designer of Allusions by A.Lekay Swimwear (see pages 16–18), was named the 2016 Woman of Promise by Girl Scouts of West Central Florida. ▲ Altrichia Cook

Noah Valenstein (J.D. ’08), Gov. Rick Scott’s environmental policy coordinator, was named executive director of the Suwannee River Water Management District. Adam P. Worrall (M.S. ’08, Ph.D. ’14) joined the University of Alberta’s School of Library and Information Studies as an assistant professor. Michael Belanger (B.S. ’09) was promoted to corporate communications senior advisor at Dell. Matthew Palma (B.A. ’09) joined Broad and Cassel as an associate in the law firm’s Orlando office, where he will be part of the estate planning practice group. Jay Revell (B.S. ’09, M.S. ’12), who previously served as executive director of the Downtown Improvement Authority, was named vice president of the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce.

Photo by Frankie Benjamin

Andrew Bachelor (B.S. ’10), former FSU high jumper and better known as King Bach online with 15 million Vine followers (more than any other user), was recognized by Time magazine as one of the 30 most influential people on the internet. Bachelor’s success has landed him TV and movie roles. Nancy Brockman (B.S. ’10, M.S. ’12), Gulf County coordinator for the Northwest Regional Library System, was named the Florida Library Association’s 2015 Outstanding New Librarian. Deborah Gautier (M.S. ’10) was promoted to associate director of admissions and recruitment at the FSU College of Law. Roxanne Hughes (Ph.D. ’10), director of the FSU MagLab’s Center for Integrating Research and Learning, was named one of the Tallahassee Democrat’s 2016 25 Women You Need to Know. Mary-Catherine McClain (Ed.S. ’10, M.S. ’10, Ph.D. ’14) won The Professional Counselor’s 2015 Outstanding Scholar Award for the manuscript “The U.S. Workforce from 1960 to 2010: A RIASEC View.”

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CLASS NOTES Michael J. Niles (B.S. ’10, J.D. ’13) joined Broad and Cassel’s Tallahassee office as an associate in the real estate practice group.

Patrick Gines (B.F.A. ’11), co-founder and creative director at the film production company Frame, was recognized by Gov. Rick Scott with the Young Entrepreneur Award.

Christina Henry (M.S. ’11) became an administrator/advisor for STEM BUILD at UMBC (the University of Maryland, Baltimore County), a National Institutes of Health-funded student success initiative and research study. Nathan Kupperman (B.S. ’11) joined the office of Russell B. Rainey, DMD, as an associate dentist.

▲ Michael J. Niles Mike Silverman (B.A. ’10, M.S. ’15) joined Lockheed Martin as a senior cyber intel analyst. Osubi Craig (M.A. ’11) became special assistant to the president for strategic initiatives and special projects at Virginia State University. Joyce Dunn (M.S. ’11) was promoted to managing director of The Jacobson Group, where she will play a key role in the continued development of the company’s executive search practice.

▲ Patrick Gines Megan Hart (B.A. ’11) was hired by KSC Inc. as a communications project specialist.

▲ Nathan Kupperman

ANISHA SINGH (B.A. ’09) By age 27, Anisha Singh had already made history. As a policy attorney for civil and human rights organization United Sikhs, she won a case against the U.S. Army that protected a Sikh man’s right to keep his turban and beard while in the ROTC and prompted the creation of procedures for religious accommodation. The landmark anti-discrimination case earned Singh, now campaign manager at the Center for American Progress, a place on Forbes’ 2016 30 Under 30 list for law and policy. “Advocacy work is often one step forward, two steps back,” says Singh. “What keeps me going are the personal stories. They’re a reminder that your work is making a difference.” One such story inspired her to take action as an undergraduate at FSU, where she double-majored in political science and communication studies and graduated summa cum laude. After learning about a Sikh inmate in a Florida prison who would be forced to cut his hair, she successfully lobbied the Florida Legislature to transfer him to another state to protect his religious rights. Photo by Andrew Satter, CAP

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At FSU, she developed her interest in policy and public service by being involved with the Student

Government Association, Office of Legislative Affairs and FSU Student Alumni Association and as a Torch Party member. She also interned with Florida Sen. Dave Aronberg and then-Gov. Charlie Crist (B.S. ’78). Years later, before she even graduated from the University of Virginia’s School of Law, Singh won another nationally significant case, defending a domestic abuse victim’s legal immigration status under the Violence Against Women Act. Singh now works with grassroots organizations to facilitate the national conversation on the need for more diverse and progressive judges. She’s also active with with the FSU Asian American Alumni network, bringing students and alumni together “to help them excel in their field, to benefit the Asian-American community, but also to better the FSU community.”

CLASS NOTES Jared Lyon (B.S. ’11), 2012 Thirty Under 30 Award recipient and a former U.S. Navy submariner and diver, was named president and CEO of Student Veterans of America.

Michelle Robinson (M.S. ’12) joined the University of South Florida as assistant director for new student connections.

Colton Clements (B.F.A. ’15) joined the production company Rooster Teeth as in-house director of photography and equipment manager.

Alyssa Roti (B.S. ’12, M.Accg. ’13) was promoted to senior in the tax services department of Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A.

Summer Gilhousen (B.S. ’15) joined VISIT FLORIDA as the corporate communications coordinator.

Ashley Kerns Brown (M.F.A. ’13) was named education program director for the South Carolina Arts Commission. Joannie Descardes (A.A. ’13, B.S. ’15) accepted a position as a rehabilitation technician with the Medical Neurological Outpatient Unit at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

Sofia Puerto (B.F.A. ’15) joined SapientNitro as a motion graphic artist. Adrienne Rush (M.F.A. ’15) won the Humanitas Student Drama Fellowship Award for her psychological thriller pilot “Homecoming.”

Amina Resheidat (B.S. ’13) joined the PACE Center for Girls as associate director of resource development. Amy Sargeant (B.S. ’13, M.S. ’15) was appointed the assistant women’s tennis coach at the University of New Mexico.

Jonathan G. Sieg (B.S. ’11) joined the Pavese Law Firm, where he practices in real estate and community association law. Dave Sullivan (M.S. ’11), associate director of career and leadership programs at the Heavener School of Business at the University of Florida, was recognized with the college’s 2015 Undergraduate Advisor of the Year and Warren Welcome Awards. Ashlie Baty (M.S. ’12) joined Micron Technology Inc. as the leadership development program specialist. Paola Blackburn (B.S. ’12) was promoted to senior in the tax services department of Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. Christina Campagnola (B.F.A. ’12) became an agent in the Independent Film Department at the Agency for the Performing Arts. Marcelo Diaz-Cortes (B.S. ’12) joined Levine Kellogg Lehman Schneider + Grossman LLP as an associate practicing complex commercial litigation. Chad Mandala (M.S. ’12) was elected as an at-large American College Personnel Association Governing Board member beginning in March 2016. Michael McManus (B.S. ’12, J.D. ’15) joined Broad and Cassel as an associate in the law firm’s Orlando office’s real estate practice group. Azmat Rasul (M.A. ’12, Ph.D. ’15) received a Top Three Student Papers Award (Mass Communication Division) at the International Communication Association’s 2015 conference for his paper, “Violently Entertained: A Meta-Analysis of the Effects of Mediated Violence on Enjoyment.”

Jason Battaglia (B.S. ’14) will begin as an administrative fellow at the University of Michigan Health System this summer. Naomi Binnie (M.S. ’14) joined the New York Institute of Technology’s Manhattan Library as a librarian. Casey Duncan (B.S. ’14, M.Accg. ’15) joined Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. as a staff accountant in the tax services department. Eddie Higginbotham IV (M.S. ’14) joined the University of Georgia as senior coordinator of leadership and transition in the Center for Leadership and Service. Eric Jaffe (B.F.A. ’14) was promoted to production associate and junior copywriter at Omaze. Kesia Milner (M.S. ’14), Spring Elementary School art teacher, was named the 2016 Teacher of the Year for Bay District Schools and will represent Bay County in the Florida Teacher of the Year program in July, where a state winner will be selected. Plato Smith (Ph.D. ’14) joined the University of Florida on a tenure-track position as an associate university data management librarian. Tim Tully (M.S. ’14) joined Brooklyn Public Library as a business and career librarian. Brantley Willett (Ed.D. ’14) was named associate director for academic integrity at George Mason University.

▲ Adrienne Rush Julia Skinner (Ph.D. ’15) joined Kennesaw State University as a rare-book curator. Sabrina Torres (B.A. ’15) joined Domi Station, a business incubator in Tallahassee, as marketing coordinator. Austin Turner (J.D. ’15) joined Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt as an associate in the land use and environmental law division.

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IN M EMORIA M 1930s Florence E. (née Keirn) Rush (B.S. ’32) Alma L. (née Loudermilk) Gallaher (B.S. ’35) Christine M. (née Mays) Millinor (L.I. ’37)

1940s Janet R. (née Ross) Mahoney (B.A. ’40) Mary C. (née Chazal) Keenan (B.S. ’41) Fern R. (née Robertson) Irwin (B.S. ’42, M.S. ’55) Mabel F. Bever (B.S. ’43) Nina P. (née Patterson) Burke (B.S. ’43, M.S. ’53) Ruth S. Sessoms (B.A. ’43) Diana N. Vergowe (B.S. ’43) Nancy D. (née Doggett) Walker (B.A. ’43) Monetha S. (née Smithgall) Baldwin (B.S. ’44) Mary-Ruth W. (née Weaver) Crook (B.A. ’44) Agnes F. (née Franklin) Wyatt (B.S. ’44) Sarah P. (née Pitts) Baumann (B.S. ’45) Mary J. (née Towne) Cioccio (B.A. ’45) Anne D. (née Davis) Darling (B.S. ’45) Rosa H. (née Huntley) Keene (B.S. ’45) Julia M. (née McLaurin) Olivier (B.S. ’45) Dorothy C. (née Caswell) Pehl (B.A. ’45) Norma W. (née Wittenstein) Rifkin (B.S. ’45) Margaret M. (née McCain) McCornack (B.S. ’46) Jean A. (née White) Montgomery (B.S. ’46) Dolly S. (née Sutton) Robson (B.M. ’46) Dana W. (née Willson) Gilreath (B.A. ’47, M.S. ’63) Dorothy H. (née Hahn) Lund (B.S. ’47) Katherine M. (née Moore) Morse (B.A. ’47) Carolyn C. Taylor (B.S. ’47, M.S. ’61) Nancy A. Ware (B.S. ’47, M.S. ’50) Barbara M. (née McCarthy) Miller (B.A. ’48) Martha P. (née Peacock) Poling (B.A. ’48) Pattie O. (née Odom) Stone (B.A. ’48, M.S. ’68) Eleanor S. (née Steele) Thigpen (B.S. ’48) Ruthmary B. (née Bliss) Williamson (B.A. ’48) Maurice A. Barineau (B.S. ’49) Jennie E. (née Elder) Davenport (B.S. ’49) Margaret P. (née Pruitt) Faircloth (B.S. ’49) Margaret S. (née Swanson) Goodrum (B.S. ’49) Donald E. Grant (B.S. ’49) Frances H. (née Harris) Gresham (B. ’49) Howard E. Guthrie Jr. (B.S. ’49) Virginia G. (née Goodell) Jordan (B.S. ’49) Cynthia M. (née Merrin) Kirkman (B.S. ’49) Joan C. (née Covington) Palmer (B.A. ’49) Dorothy W. (née Welker) Pond (B.S. ’49) Bettye J. (née Phillips) Sanders (B.S. ’49) Audrey I. (née Hunt) Simmons (B.S. ’49) Doris N. (née Nowak) Striney (B.A. ’49)

1950s Shirley M. (née Meyer) Boyce (B.S. ’50) Nelle C. (née Carter) Bunn (B.S. ’50) Henry A. Carter (B.S. ’50) Marie K. (née Kirby) Dale (B.S. ’50) Richard T. Galloway (M.S. ’50) Ann S. (née Segrest) Kinsey (B.S. ’50) 60 Vires

Rosemary K. (née Kickliter) Moses (B.S. ’50) Florence L. (née Littleton) Newberry (B.S. ’50) Raymond S. Price (B.S. ’50) Barbara M. (née Boyden) Reed (B.S. ’50) Edwina H. (née Harvell) Simpson (B.S. ’50) Beverly R. (née Schnabel) Womack (B.A. ’50) Joan H. (née Hettinger) Aunger (B.S. ’51) Donald Banks (B.M. ’51) Joan R. (née Roper) Dalafave (B.S. ’51) Hildegard T. (née Tamm) Frye (B.A. ’51) Mary W. (née Weldon) Patrick (B.S. ’51) James C. Rowan (B.S. ’51) Mary G. (née Godwin) Clites (B.S. ’52)

Mary B. (née Baggett) Joiner (B.S. ’54) Lloyd Jones (B.S. ’54) Margaret V. (née Valero) McPherson (B.S. ’54) Jack H. Pilsbury (M.S. ’54) Ann L. (née Leinbach) Webb (B.A. ’54) Leo Almerico (B.S. ’55) Bennie J. Dudley (B.S. ’55) Robert L. Harris (B.S. ’55) Frederick M. Hornack Sr. (Ph.D. ’55) Christopher A. Johnson Jr. (B.S. ’55) Raymond L. Kickliter (B.M. ’55) James L. McKeown Sr. (B.S. ’55) Esther M. Rancier (B.S. ’55)

JAMES E. “JIM” KIRK JR. (B.S. ’52) U.S. Army veteran Jim Kirk earned FSU’s first bachelor’s degree in speech with a broadcasting emphasis in 1952. He died Nov. 18, 2015, at age 88. Kirk founded what became the Seminole Sports Network and owned WMOP radio station in Ocala, where he was known as “Country Jim” and served as mayor. At FSU, he established a professorship in communication and served the FSU Foundation and Seminole Boosters. Kirk also donated to WFSU nearly 300 antique radios, record players and more. Marion County Seminole Club® provides a Jim Kirk Scholarship to a local incoming student annually. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary “Biddie” Fisher Kirk; children Debbie, Russell, John and Richard; and grandchildren. Eunice A. (née Thompson) Cronin (B.S. ’52, M.S. ’54) Beverly M. (née Morgan) Morrison (B.S. ’52) Catherine S. (née Prevedel) Norfleet (B.S. ’52) Dorothy L. (née Laird) Robertson (B.S. ’52) Nancy E. (née Ellis) Robertson (B.M.E. ’52) Bess E. (née Enge) Stevens (B.S. ’52) Frances F. (née Futch) Stone (B.S. ’52, M.S. ’56) Lydia H. (née Howes) Swails (B.S. ’52) Lucinda C. (née Carson) Whitehead (B.A. ’52)

Former Voice of the Seminoles Jim Kirk (right) with former coach Bobby Bowden

Charlotte O. (née Oldham) Carter (B.A. ’53) Mary P. (née Price) English (B.S. ’53) Charles B. Jones Jr. (B.S. ’53) Alice A. (née Allen) Lanford (M.A. ’53) Lester C. Lintz (B.S. ’53, M.S. ’54) Wayne L. Lockmiller (B.S. ’53) Willie L. Norred (B.S. ’53) Ann S. (née Strickland) Petry (B.S. ’53) James K. Smith (B.S. ’53) Mary A. (née Thomas) Flournoy (B.S. ’54)

Stanley R. Tocker (Ph.D. ’55) Martha C. (née Chesnut) Wilson (B.S. ’55) Carolyn R. (née Redfern) Alderman (B.S. ’56, M.S. ’58) John D. Crabb Jr. (B.S. ’56) Harry A. Eielson Jr. (B.S. ’56) Jackie L. Hamilton (B.S. ’56) Franklin C. Hunter Jr. (B.A. ’56, M.S. ’57) William A. Sechrest (B.S. ’56) Constance L. (née Smith) Stuart (B.S. ’56) Stanton R. Withrow (M.S. ’56) Mary N. (née Nunn) Wood (B.S. ’56) Joseph W. Bailey Jr. (B.S. ’57, M.S. ‘64) Billy R. Boatright (B.A. ’57) Robert F. Elliott (B.S. ’57) Charles J. Hancock (B.S. ’57) Frederick B. Hodges II (B.S. ’57) Clarence B. Knapp Jr. (B.S. ’57) Iris M. (née McMullen) McDougald (B.S. ’57) Jack P. Moskos (B.S. ’57) Sam P. Plaines Sr. (B.S. ’57) Charles G. Pschirrer (B.S. ’57) Carolyn M. (née Mullis) Reigner (B.S. ’57) David L. Reinhardt (B.S. ’57) Robert R. Schlipf (B.S. ’57) Jack F. White Jr. (B.S. ’57) June B. (née Brunson) Bassett (B.S. ’58) Larry N. Campbell (B.S. ’58) Kathryn R. (née Richards) Cavendish (B.S. ’58) Hattie N. (née Kinsey) Cromer (B.S. ’58) Marilyn M. (née Mason) Kerr (B.S. ’58) Patricia H. (née Howell) Kittrell (B.S. ’58) Alan E. Knight (B.A. ’58) Robert R. Nellums (B.S. ’58, M.S. ’61) Fay-Tyler M. (née Murray) Norton (Ph.D. ’58) Gloria A. Payne (B.S. ’58) Mary J. (née Kitchens) Pennekamp (B.S. ’58) Sally F. (née Ford) Pomeroy (B.M. ’58) Platt R. Spencer Jr. (B.S. ’58) William H. Taylor (B.M. ’58, M.S. ’64) Charles E. Beard Jr. (B.S. ’59) Barbara W. (née Watson) Born (B.S. ’59) Martha B. (née Bunker) Cianfrone (B.S. ’59) Junior A. Collins (B.S. ’59) Marilyn J. (née Johannes) Cowley-Hillis (B.S. ’59) Nancy M. (née McWhorter) Fisher (M.A. ’59) Jerrell C. Norton (B.S. ’59) Virginia K. (née Kiser) Ray (B.S. ’59) Joe M. Richardson (M.S. ’59, Ph.D. ’63) Frances E. (née Earnest) Waters (M.M. ’59) Ernest M. Williams Jr. (B.S. ’59, M.B.A. ’69)

1960s Charles W. Archibald Jr. (M.S. ’60) Carole K. (née Leap) Clark (B.S. ’60) Edgar T. Fields (B.S. ’60) Joyce A. (née Kickliter) Lane (B.S. ’60) Ralph T. Morgan (B.S. ’60)

Paul J. Nelson (M.A. ’60) Marvin R. Olsen (B.S. ’60) Russell C. Roberts Jr. (B.S. ’60) Rosemary Slacks (B.S. ’60) John A. Strickland Jr. (B.S. ’60) Alma R. (née Rodgers) Suchman (B.S. ’60) David L. Walters (M.M. ’60) Jack L. Waltz (B.S. ’60) Elizabeth M. (née Weatherly) Boutwell (B.S. ’61) Nettie M. (née Taylor) Bryan (B.S. ’61) Barbara B. (née Baker) Costello (B.S. ’61) John P. Dohner (B.S. ’61) Delbert E. McGarvey (B.S. ’61) Gerald J. Perren (B.S. ’61, M.S. ’62) John W. Pickett (B.S. ’61) Lewis W. Wagar (B.M.E. ’61, M.S. ’69) Fredrick A. Beeler (B.S. ’62) Dorothea L. Dubler (M.S. ’62) David F. Kates (Ph.D. ’62) Robert A. Kenefick (Ph.D. ’62) Albert A. Marchant (B.S. ’62) Jo Ann (née Dunn) Sewell (B.S. ’62, M.S. ’78) Elizabeth P. Wilson (B.S. ’62) Jennifer E. (née Edwards) Woolfe (B.S. ’62) Elizabeth M. (née Mayes) Barnes (M.S. ’63) Daniel D. Christianson (B.S. ’63) Joanne L. (née Morris) Davis (M.S. ’63) James H. Gillis (B.S. ’63, J.D. ’73) Franklin R. Hartranft (B.S. ’63) Madeline D. (née Carroll) Knapper (B.A. ’63) Clowney E. Lowe (B.S. ’63) Mary F. (née Fernandez) Thompson (B.S. ’63) Richard W. Cobb (B.A. ’64) Cynthia M. (née Martin) Dibona (B.A. ’64) Joyce L. King (B.S. ’64) Deborah K. (née Kane) Lambert (B.S. ’64) Robert J. McCarter III (B.S. ’64) Matthew R. Miller (B.S. ’64) Billy D. Odom (B.S. ’64, M.S. ’71)

Thomas G. “Gene” Ready (B.S. ’64), CEO of Ready Capital Group, former Florida representative, 2013–14 Seminole Boosters chairman and Emeritus Alumni Society 2016 Conradi Lifetime Achievement Award recipient (see page 42), died Dec. 12, 2015, at age 74. Landon T. Ross Jr. (B.S. ’64, M.S. ’65, Ph.D. ’70) Junella H. (née Hardison) Silvey (B.A. ’64, M.S. ’66) James W. Ackerson Sr. (B.S. ’65) Charles F. Earley (B.S. ’65, M.S. ’67) Leonard R. Howell Jr. (Ph.D. ’65) Nancy Camp Ingram (M.S. ’65) John F. Kelly (B.S. ’65) Margaret N. Keyes (Ph.D. ’65) Kenneth E. Monroe (B.S. ’65, M.S. ’68) Robert C. Sizemore (B.S. ’65) William C. Young (B.A. ’65)

Shirley K. (née Heistand) Bassford (B.S. ’66) Fred M. Browning (M.S. ’66, Ph.D. ’69) Gerald D. Crump (B.S. ’66) Trina B. (née Bailey) Del Valle (B.S. ’66, M.S. ’98) Mary T. (née Toole) Earnest (B.S. ’66) Raymond L. Gandy (B.A. ’66) Bruce G. Greenwood (B.S. ’66) Anne V. (née Rochette) Hay (M.S. ’66) John A. Hilderbrand (B.S. ’66) Dewey E. McQuagge Jr. (B.S. ’66) Joyce S. (née Sessions) Reagan (B.A. ’66) Edwin L. Smith (M.M. ’66) Joseph M. Bacon III (B.S. ’67) Mary S. (née Skinner) Blomberg (B.S. ’67, M.S. ’80) Roberta L. (née Lea) Dees (M.S. ’67) Edward F. Howell (B.S. ’67) Charles E. Millspaugh (M.S. ’67) Phillip J. Novak (B.S. ’67) Stephen W. Pettit (B.S. ’67) Gaines N. Pickett (B.A. ’67) Johnny M. Pruett (M.S. ’67) Michael A. Reale Jr. (M.S. ’67) Michael R. Schmunk (B.A. ’67) William E. Wilson (M.S.W. ’67) Kenneth U. Andrews (B.A. ’68) Evelyn D. (née Devine) Cook (B.S. ’68) Raymond Deitch (B.A. ’68) Janis L. (née Livingston) Giese (B.M.E. ’68) Lucy D. (née Dyal) Hadi (B.M.E. ’68, M.M.E. ’70) James J. Hughes (B.S. ’68) Charles A. LaPrade (B.S. ’68) Terry L. Miller (M.A. ’68) Joseph W. Pepper (B.S. ’68, M.S. ’69) Norman R. Ashley (B.S. ’69) Robert W. Bentley (M.S. ’69) Dolly G. (née Guy) Coke (M.S. ’69) Joseph Erdeky (M.S. ’69) David W. Meeker (B.S. ’69) Elizabeth G. (née Gachet) Moseley (M.S. ’69) Ralph C. Peterson (M.S. ’69) Stephen C. Rouse (B.S. ’69) Harold R. Sharpe II (B.S. ’69, M.S.W. ’74) Robert E. Snyder (Ph.D. ’69) Nancy L. (née Rich) Taylor (B.A. ’69) Gloria G. (née Gilliland) Zavish (B.A. ’69, M.S. ’70)

1970s James F. Bessette (M.S.W. ’70) Michael P. Boshnack (B.A. ’70) James D. Bozeman Jr. (B.S. ’70) Ellen S. (née Sanders) Bryant (M.S. ’70) Curtiss S. Butler (B.A. ’70) Lyman B. Harris (M.S. ’70, Ph.D. ’78) Malcolm C. King Sr. (B.S. ’70) Martin L. Lenhardt (Ph.D. ’70) Barbara H. (née Hardie) O’Neal (B.A. ’70) David D. Stone (B.S. ’70) Frances V. (née VanAken) Stoutamire (B.A. ’70) Vires 61

Hinkle is pictured with his wife, Lee (left), and mother, Lena. Lee made a gift in Cliff’s honor that will establish the Cliff Hinkle Executive Boardroom in Legacy Hall — the College of Business’ new building.


(B.S. ’71)

Cliff Hinkle attended FSU and went on to serve the Tallahassee community where he was raised. Facing early-onset Alzheimer’s, he and his wife, Lee (B.S. ’71), brought awareness to the Alzheimer’s Project. Hinkle died Dec. 5, 2015, at age 67. Hinkle earned a bachelor’s degree from FSU’s College of Business in 1971, followed by a master’s and doctorate in public administration from Nova Southeastern. He made his mark at age 24 as Leon County’s third county administrator. While serving from 1972–77, he helped acquire the land that became Tom Brown Park and the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center. He went on to work in investment, then as executive director and CIO for the Florida Retirement System from 1987–91. In 1996, he founded Flagler Holdings Inc. and was chairman and CEO. He was involved at FSU with the Foundation Board, serving as chair from 1999–2001. Hinkle’s contributions were recognized with FSU’s VIRES Torch Award in 2008 and the alumni association’s Circle of Gold Award in 1996. In addition to his wife of 31 years, Hinkle is survived by his mother, Lena “Jimmie” Chauncey Hinkle; son, Ross, and a new grandson; and siblings Robert (B.A. ’72), Don (B.S. ’77, J.D. ’80) and Jeanie (B.S. ’84).

Delia E. White (B.S. ’70) Bonnie Sue Brown-Widell (B.M.E. ’71) Clinton J. Chew Jr. (B.S. ’71) Sam R. Griffith (B.S. ’71) John J. Guidy Sr. (M.S. ’71) Joseph O. Knoefel (B.S. ’71) Karen C. (née Carter) Miller (M.A. ’71) Rosita M. (née Menendez) Payne (B.A. ’71) Robert M. Pruitt (B.F.A. ’71) Bertha B. (née Lipps) Read (B.A. ’71) Virginia W. (née Watts) Roberts (M.S. ’71) Peggy L. (née Perry) Rowen (B.S. ’71) Dennis M. Shumaker (B.A. ’71) John D. Sorenson (M.S. ’71, Ph.D. ’74) George W. Warren (B.S. ’71) Gerald F. Watson Jr. (Ph.D. ’71) Michael A. Akins Sr. (B.S. ’72) Mary F. (née Francis) Cardell (M.S. ’72) Barbara J. (née Harris) Nelson (B.S. ’72) Roberto Sanchez (M.A. ’72, Ph.D. ’79) Donald L. Trussell (B.S.W. ’72) Donald L. Wyatt (B.S. ’72) Martin A. Zobel Jr. (B.S. ’72) 62 Vires

Susan F. (née Fash) Bateman (B.S. ’73) Thomas R. Corbitt (B.S. ’73) Joseph M. Dallavalle (B.A. ’73) Marianne E. (née Kennedy) Farrey (B.S. ’73) James E. Fletcher (B.S. ’73) Domenick R. Lioce (B.S. ’73, M.A. ’78, J.D. ’79) John W. Madden (M.Accg. ’73) Christine E. Maranto (B.A. ’73) Dolores V. Moore-Aydelette (M.S.W. ’73) Kim L. Rogers (B.A. ’73) Robert S. Sansone (B.S. ’73) Alain J. Thibault (B.A. ’73) Marion H. (née Hinchman) Wright (M.S. ’73) James B. Floyd (B.S. ’74) Ida H. Manning (Adv.M. ’74) Clara F. (née Perez) Olson (M.A. ’74) Richard E. Rice (B.F.A. ’74) Darryl E. Rowland (B.S. ’74) Virginia J. Taylor (B.S. ’74) Mary A. (née Blount) Hudson (B.S. ’75) Peter C. Iverson (M.S.W. ’75, Ph.D. ’79) Charles E. Rife (B.S. ’75) Jeffrey A. Rothman (B.S. ’75)

Christine V. (née Wilcox) Sharron (B.S. ’75, M.S. ’77) Michael O. Shepherd (B.F.A. ’75) Shelly R. (née Zander) Srygley (B.S. ’75) Douglas P. Everett (B.S. ’76, M.S.W. ’80) Joan K. Gallini (M.S. ’76, Ph.D. ’79) Edward W. Gargiulo (B.S. ’76) Richard S. Graves (B.S. ’76, M.S. ’86) Carl W. Holland (M.S. ’76) Thomas J. Jones (J.D. ’76) Gregg D. Kemp (M.S. ’76) Kenneth R. Knoblock (M.S. ’76) Artur L. Kotesky (M.S. ’76, Ph.D. ’78) Kenneth T. Wilburn (Ph.D. ’76) William J. Beintema (M.S. ’77) Naomi O. (née Orlando) Farrow (M.S.W. ’77) Martha T. (née Andrews) Gan (M.S. ’77) Debra L. Lieblong (B.S. ’77) Kim W. Wedeking (B.S. ’77)

Charles R. “Ritch” Brinkley (M.F.A. ’78), an actor best known for his role as a cameraman on “Murphy Brown” from 1988–97, died Nov. 5, 2015, at age 71. David A. Griffith (M.S.P. ’78) Glee R. (née Ross) Hollander (B.A. ’78, M.S. ’87, Ph.D. ’90) John W. Perkins (B.S. ’78) Chris H. Petrakis (B.M. ’78) Frederick G. Pullen (B.S. ’78) Ronnie C. Bembry (A.A. ’79, B.S. ’80) Carla J. (née Hulsey) Berggren (B.S. ’79) Elaine J. (née Jones) Carter (B.S. ’79) Sarah J. (née Johnson) Freeman (M.S. ’79) William H. Law III (A.A. ’79, B.S. ’81) Richard L. Mills (M.S.W. ’79) James R. Redwine Jr. (B.S. ’79) Joyce G. (née Gossett) Salmon (B.S. ’79) Lynette R. (née Rickel) Tenace (B.S. ’79)

1980s Curtis R. Bonner (Ed.D. ’80) Harry A. Chaffee (Ph.D. ’80) Robert C. Kee (D.B.A. ’80) Frank J. Koutnik (B.A. ’80, M.S.P. ’83) Robin D. Moore (B.A. ’80) James B. Shanklin (M.M. ’80) Michael J. Whitaker (B.S. ’80) Katherine G. Burck (M.S.W. ’81) M.E. Howard (B.A. ’81) Mary E. Norris-White (M.S.W. ’81) Carole A. Rowland (J.D. ’81) Barbara M. (née Maher) Senf (B.S. ’81) Charles W. Shafer (B.S. ’81) William K. Smothers (Ph.D. ’81) Bruce E. Watterson (B.S. ’81) David T. Hokanson (A.A. ’82, B.S. ’85)

MARGARET A. (WILSON) SITTON Dewey E. Mueller (M.S. ’82) Herbert G. Parker (Ph.D. ’82) Eoline G. (née Green) Underhill (B.S. ’82) Katherine M. (née Kearns) Mara (B.S. ’83) Thomas H. Cuppett (Ph.D. ’84) Miriam C. (née Cooksey) Green (A.A. ’84) James S. Kelly Jr. (B.S. ’84) Donna J. (née Ray) Martin (B.S. ’84, M.S. ’87) Martin J. Myhre (M.S. ’84) Diana H. (née Hail) Pearce (B.S. ’84) Mildred L. (née Stubbs) Whitney (M.S.W. ’84) Raymond J. Wise (B.S. ’84) Roger C. Allen Jr. (B.S. ’85) Lougene Hill (Ph.D. ’85) Cortney A. McCord (B.S. ’85) David F. Pontious (B.S. ’85) Anne (née Dibble) Wilson (B.S. ’85, B.A. ’86) Susan W. (née Williams) Wilson (B.S. ’85) Pamela R. (née Randolph) Arrington (B.A. ’86) Keith J. Brayman Sr. (B.S. ’86) George T. Husum (B.S. ’86) William A. Leonard (A.A. ’86, B.A. ’07) Kenneth K. Majewski (B.S. ’86) Alice D. (née LaSueur) Barlar (Ed.D. ’87) Elizabeth A. Sewell (B.A. ’87) Elinor S. (née Shaw) Johnston (M.S. ’88) Kathleen A. (née Lydon) Schneider (M.S. ’88) Harold B. White (B.S. ’88) Dumont C. Bunn (Ph.D. ’89) Gay L. Joshlyn (B.M. ’89)

1990s Travis S. Bell (A.A. ’90, B.S. ’93) Clint H. Farley (B.S. ’91, M.S. ’09) Arlene M. (née Read) Melvin (B.A. ’91) Robert J. Elder III (B.S. ’92) John M. Helton III (B.S. ’92) Mary C. (née Barrett) Malesev (B.S. ’92) Gary R. Phillips (B.S. ’92) Scott E. Friedman (B.S. ’93) Clark G. Love (M.S. ’93) Jennifer A. (née Williams) Newth-Threadgill (B.S. ’93, M.S.W. ’94) Brian P. Peet (B.M. ’93) Russell T. Pitts (B.S. ’93) Melissa C. Vozzella (A.A. ’94, B.S. ’95) Jennifer M. Acierno (A.A. ’95) Susan I. Bentley (B.S. ’95, M.S. ’95) Dianne L. Robinson (B.S. ’95) Mary H. Adams (B.S. ’96) Brian R. Davis (B.S. ’96) Robert A. Reskin (B.S. ’96) John M. McDonald (B.S. ’97) Carolyn P. Smith (B.S. ’97, M.S.W. ’98) Christian Conrad (J.D. ’98) Mary D. Neuhofer (Ph.D. ’98) Deborah D. (née Davis) Wagar (B.S. ’98, M.S.P. ’99) Valesca J. (née Perkins) Duke (B.S. ’99)

Albert L. Henderson III (B.S. ’99) Kevin W. Shinholser (A.A. ’99, B.S. ’01) James M. Walker (B.S. ’99)

2000s Maria T. (née Wild) Carballo (B.S. ’00) David E. Fanchi (B.S. ’00) Ali S. (née Brigman) Groom (B.S. ’00) Daniel P. Sutton (B.S. ’02) Karen A. (née Hail) Jones (M.S.W. ’04) Mesut Kovankaya (S. ’04) Mark E. Smith (B.S. ’05) Thomas R. Jungerberg (B.A. ’06) Michael D. Baughman (M.B.A. ’07) Chadwick W. Chandler (A.A. ’09) Brett W. Jula (B.S. ’09, M.S. ’11) Tara M. (née Iacampo) Miller (B.S.W. ’09)

2010s Benjamin J. Brekhus (B.S. ’11) Shaun P. Murphy (Ph.D. ’11) Thomas H. Thompson IV (B.A. ’11) Darryl S. Campbell Sr. (B.S. ’12) Demitrius M. Graves (B.A. ’12) Ashley E. Nugent (B.A. ’12) Travis S. Sessions (B.S. ’13)

Faculty/Staff James Baker Richard A. Bartlett Paul L. Bowen Johnny R. Burke Gary B. Carroll Gregory R. Choppin Benjamin H. Colmery II Ethel E. (née Hargrett) Cozart

Michael W. Davidson, one of FSU’s National High Magnetic Field Laboratory’s first researchers and director of the Optical Microscopy Division — well known and recognized for his research and photomicrographs (which inspired designer neckties that brought in millions for charity and lab work at FSU) — died Dec. 24, 2015, at age 65. Roderick H. Durham Glenda J. Fellows Shirley J. (née Bates) Fogle William J. Giddis Elwin J. Griffith Tony L. Hill Muriel E. Ingram Lena M. (née Gallmon) Kelly Albert L. Knight Harold W. Kroto (see page 5) Larry N. LaSeur William W. Lawson

After teaching home economics courses in secondary schools and becoming a faculty member in the Department of Home Economics at Texas Tech University, Margaret A. Sitton changed the course of home economics at FSU as the College of Human Sciences’ third dean. She died Feb. 8, 2016, at age 87. Sitton had her start in Texas, graduating from North Texas State University (1949) with a bachelor’s degree in home economics and going on to earn a Master of Education from Southwest Texas State University (1953) and Doctor of Education from Texas Tech University (1965). Sitton ultimately joined FSU as dean in 1972. She transformed FSU’s School of Home Economics into the College of Human Sciences and oversaw the transfer of FSU’s exercise sciences program from the College of Education to Human Sciences. During her 20 years as dean, Sitton elevated the college, which earned consistent recognition as a Top-10 Ph.D.-granting program. Sitton also helped to establish the Pearl Tyner Endowed Chair, Wilson Sitton Endowed Scholarship and Margaret A. Sitton Professorship. She is survived by her brother, Jean; daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Richard White; and grandchildren.

Justin F. Leiber Mary D. (née Cheshire) McCollister Albert M. Menduni Robert J. Mitchell Richard Plant Kenneth R. Quillen Bram Riegel Jimmy D. Riggles Raymond K. Sheline Robert M. Shoemaker Lejeune R. (née Roddenberry) Silas Paul M. Smith Sr.

H. Peter Stowell, a founder of the College of Motion Picture Arts and first director of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, died Dec. 14, 2015, at age 76. Marc L. Weinberg Jarred S. Whitfield James A. Williams Jr. Thomas P. Wood Laurette G. (née Lemay) Yancoskie Vires 63

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