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“You’re proving today to be good stewards of the resources you have and part of those resources is knowledge.” ~U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland Steve Southerland addresses the audience during the Public Safety Diving Mutual Aid agreement signing ceremony May 30, 2013, at Florida State University Panama City. The partnership between the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, Panama City Fire Department and Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission establishes the Joint Agency in-Water Strike or JAWS Team. It provides for the cooperation and assistance of public safety diving and marine response activities among Team members along with the coordination of diving equipment, training procedures and the use of advanced diving technology resources. PHOTO CREDIT: Andrew Wardlow / The News Herald




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An FSU Panama City Office of Advancement Publication Editors: Erin Chaffin, Erica Howard, Helen Johnson, Becky Kelly Contributors: Erin Chaffin, Erica Howard, Helen Johnson, Becky Kelly, Gail Robbins, Jessica Simmons Photography: Erin Chaffin, Helen Johnson, Bill Lax, Shaun Saxon Graphic Designer:

This "Spear in the Sand" painting was created during Paint Your 'Art Out held at FSU Panama City on January 26, 2013. The unique venture was

Erin Chaffin FSU Panama City Dean: Ken Shaw, Ed.D.

developed through a partnership with The Visual Arts Center. More than 40 students, FSU Panama City staff and community members came out for a night of ‘Nole expression. The event has since become a tradition with various Paint Your 'Art Out events at the FSU Panama City campus. Visit

Office of Advancement Staff: Becky Kelly, Director of Advancement Mary Beth Lovingood, Director of Development Shannon Sheibe, Alumni Affairs Coordinator Erin Chaffin, Marketing & Publications Coordinator Erica Howard, Marketing & Special Events Coordinator or check out the Visual Arts

Helen Johnson, Webmaster & Media Specialist

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Latasha Jones, Program Assistant Published by: Boyd Brothers, Inc. T he TORCH, Vol. 20, is the official magazine of Florida State University Panama City and is published once per year. The intention of the magazine is to inform alumni, donors, staff, faculty and the community about FSU Panama City's growth, change, needs and accomplishments. Opinions expressed in the TORCH are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of its editors or policies of Florida State University Panama City. The TORCH is available in alternative formats by contacting the Office of Advancement. For those who are hearing or speech impaired, call Florida Relay Service at 1.800.955.8770 (voice) or 1.800.955.8771 (TDD). HAVE AN IDEA FOR THE TORCH? To suggest features call 850.770.2153 or e-mail The TORCH reserves the right to refuse any materials based on space availability and appropriateness. WANT TO ADVERTISE? We offer competitive advertising rates. With a reach of more than 8,000 community members in Bay and surrounding counties, the TORCH is a great way to express your message. For rates and more information, call 850.770.2153 or e-mail Inclusion of advertising does not constitute an endorsement of the products or services.

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The Dean's Message Education Class Presents Whale Day In the Cloud: FSU Panama City Goes High-Tech ECAP Clinic Grand Opening Local Students Take Flight During AT&T Foundation STEM Camp Faculty News and Notes Awards and Achievements


FEATU R ES 7 11 16 22

Preparing for Freshmen Interns Gain Real-World Experience Beyond the Classroom FSU Panama City Students and Faculty Explore the World The Year in Pictures

P R OF I L ES 10 15 24 25

2012 Notable Nole: Shannon Sheibe 2012 Notable Nole: Julia Walker Haley 2012 Notable Nole: Charla Perdue Skinner Social Work Student of the Year: Kaitlyn Stafford




Campus at a Glance

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Key Indicators Scholarship Highlights: Tiffany Whitener

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Contracts and Grants Scholarship Highlights: Erin Wommack Development Board

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Scholarship Highlights: Gordon Griffith Endowed Scholarship Awards

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Campaign Update/Foundation Indicators Cumulative Gifts and Pledges Foundation Highlights


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the dean ' s message

Dear Alumni and Friends, This has been an exceptional year for FSU Panama City as we welcome our inaugural freshman class to campus. In June 2012, the FSU Board of Trustees announced FSU Panama City would begin offering a limited range of lower division classes beginning in fall 2013. With this announcement, FSU Panama City became a six-year institution, where students can begin and finish their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Because of this transition, the needs of the campus have evolved, prompting new facilities and additional hires. The processes from recruitment to admissions to enrollment had to be modified to function for both transfer students and first-time college students. Barbara Robinson, Ph.D., became our first Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, and a new Student Achievement and Advising Center was established to provide additional academic resources for all our students. There will be more challenges along the way, but we look forward to seeing our freshman class through its first semester. This year brought other exciting changes in academics. The bachelor’s program in Professional Communication and the master’s program in Corporate and Public Communication moved to the College of Applied Studies, bringing the number of degree programs in the College to four. Transferring these communication programs from the College of Communication and Information to this campus’s College of Applied Studies will provide greater flexibility to develop and modify curricula to better meet the needs of the region. 6


Showcasing our high performance standards, FSU received a number of special recognitions this year. The Florida legislature recently proposed and approved performance requirements that outline what state universities need to accomplish in order to be considered a pre-eminent state research university. In April, the governor signed the bill into law. Pre-eminent status is determined based on a number of factors including, the weighted grade point average and SAT scores of incoming students, the amount of annual research expenditures, patents awarded and retention rates. When universities were reviewed against these standards, Florida State University met the criteria and was named one of two pre-eminent universities in the state. FSU is ranked 42nd among national public universities in U.S. News and World Report 2013 Best Colleges and aspires to be in the top 25 nationwide within the next several years. In December, U.S. News and World Report also recognized FSU as the most efficient of the nation's highest ranked universities. As a regional campus, FSU Panama City aims to exemplify the high standards of Florida State University while educating the future workforce of Northwest Florida. This campus is here to serve you. Sincerely,

Ken Shaw, Ed.D. Dean, Florida State University Panama City Dean, College of Applied Studies

preparing for

Freshmen at

Florida State University

Panama City By Erin Chaffin and Becky Kelly

For the past year, staff, faculty and students have come together to develop a freshman experience worthy of a major institution. Planning for the first freshman class began immediately after the Florida State University Board of Trustees approved a limited fouryear academic plan for FSU Panama City on June 8, 2012. The new plan allows the Panama City campus to offer general education and lower-level courses focused on the upper-level majors offered at FSU Panama City. According to Garnett S. Stokes, Ph.D., Florida State University provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs, “[Offering these courses] will keep more freshmen in Florida by providing students with an additional State University System campus to choose from.” Fall 2013 commemorates the first freshman class at FSU Panama City. Fifty students, with majors ranging from engineering to business administration make up this inaugural class.

MEET BARBARA ROBINSON With the development of a new undergraduate class, it was imperative to hire an associate dean of undergraduate studies. In her new position, Barbara Robinson, Ph.D., oversees undergraduate studies, working closely with campus admissions and advising to implement the new four-year undergraduate program in addition to supporting freshman and sophomore students and student initiatives. Robinson works directly on all aspects of undergraduate academic affairs, academic support services and student life. “I enjoy being part of the team that welcomes freshman and sophomore students,” Robinson said. “It is an exciting time at FSU Panama City. My role is to work with these students, their parents, FSU Panama City faculty and staff to ensure that their beginning college experience is successful.”




"I enjoy being part of the team that welcomes freshman and sophomore students. It is an exciting time at FSU Panama City." - Barbara robinson, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Robinson, who holds a doctorate in humanities (2009) and a master’s in Communication (1995) from FSU, has more than 28 years of experience in student affairs and academic advising. Most recently, Robinson served as the associate dean for student affairs for the FSU College of Communication and Information. Here, she collaborated with the college’s directors, faculty members and academic advisors to resolve student issues related to admissions, academic integrity and administrative policies and procedures.

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RECRUITMENT Admissions officers began recruiting rising juniors and seniors though school visits, campus tours and workshops within the campus' service district. Recruiters visited 150 high schools in Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton and Washington counties. More than 90 tours were given of the campus. Open House Days were held in October and February and brought more than 230 potential students to the campus. Joining veteran admissions officer Michelle Hoegg, new additions to the recruitment staff include Casey Lathem, Chelsea Snowden and Isiah Williams. Lathem and Snowden are both recent FSU Panama City graduates and Williams graduated from the main campus last year. In addition to the new recruitment officers, Chris Purpura was hired as enrollment management officer to help process freshmen applications and Katherine Kamback became the academic adviser for freshmen and lower-division students. As part of the recruitment effort, a call center was established in November 2012 to reach out to all potential new students. The mission of the call center is to have current FSU Panama City students contact prospective students to provide information about their collegiate experience, offer reminders about deadlines and answer questions. Since November, the call center has made more than 6,000 calls to prospective students. STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AND ADVISING CENTER It was vital to provide students, including freshmen, an achievement center to help cultivate academic success. Located on the ground floor of the Office Building, the Student Achievement and Advising Center (the Center) provides academic advising and tutoring to support students as they establish and realize their personal, academic and career goals. The primary focus of the Center is student success and retention from enrollment through graduation. With expertise on university policies, resources, academic and career opportunities, and extensive training in effective guidance, the Center promotes students’ progress and growth throughout their academic careers. 8


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Forming relationships with advisers empowers students to take personal responsibility and ownership of their educational endeavors. Robinson, Kamback and Student Achievement and Advising Center Coordinator Justin Fazekas administer the Center. Since working at the Center, Fazekas has created a certified tutor-training program, insuring that all student tutors are College Reading Learning Association certified, has planned upcoming workshops and has created a testing room for online distance-learning students. As part of the Center, the new testing room has 14 computers and a proctor. MARKETING In conjunction with the University's recruitment efforts, a cohesive marketing message was delivered to potential students and the community. Television commercials, billboards and printed materials were distributed encouraging students to choose "The FSU that fits you." The overall campaign won several awards and accolades, including a Gold ADDY and Judges Choice from the Bay County chapter of the American Advertising Federation.

A unique T-shirt was given to the inaugural freshman class.

ORIENTATION The first of three freshman orientations was held in late June. Students received a comprehensive overview of the campus, services and programs. Each students scored a goody bag full of items to help them show their new 'Nole school spirit including a water bottle, car magnet and a freshman T-shirt. WELCOME FRESHMEN The hard work has paid off. With the belief that it is better to start small and build strong, FSU Panama City opened its doors to 50 freshmen this fall. “It is hard to know who is more excited about freshmen being on our campus this fall—us or them,” said Melissa Conner, Director of Admissions. “It has been a sincere pleasure meeting them and their families as we have gone through several cycles of orientations to prepare them for their first semester here. The students are eager and the family members have been so very supportive. This is going to be a great semester.”

At top of page: A group of freshmen at the New Student Orientation held in June 2013. Above: Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies Barbara Robinson with Academic Adviser Katherine Kamback and Student Achievement and Advising Center Coordinator Justin Fazekas. Left: New student Stephanie Gipson listens during orientation.







Noteable 'Noles

Shannon Sheibe graduated from FSU Panama City with a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Communication in 2009 and a Master of Science degree in Corporate and Public Communication in 2010. As an undergraduate, she organized the Communication Club at FSU Panama City and served as its president from 2007 to 2009. In 2008, Sheibe joined the staff of United Way of Northwest Florida as marketing assistant and was promoted to Marketing and Communication Specialist in 2010. In 2012, she became the Development and Alumni Affairs Coordinator for FSU Panama City. She is active in the American Advertising Federation Panama City Chapter and has served as treasurer (2011-2012) and chairwoman for the ADDY Awards Committee (2012). She was also a member of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce 2011-2012 Leadership Bay Class.

"While at FSU Panama City, Shannon was an outstanding student both in the classroom and as a student leader. Shannon is a great example of a Notable 'Nole." ~ Mike Wallace, Ph.D. Faculty, Communication, FSU Panama City 10


HELLO my name is

INT ERN FSU Panama City Interns Gain


Experience Beyond the Classroom By Erin Chaffin, Helen Johnson, becky kelly and jessica simmons

The internship is an opportunity from which students hope to gain meaningful work experience that can be translated into a career after graduation, but is often synonymous with making copies, pouring coffee and filing paperwork. FSU Panama City has ditched the stale coffee and copies and replaced them with real-world experience and applications. This past year, FSU Panama City interns have developed life-saving technology, worked on the set of a local movie and planned a large-scale community event. FSU Panama City is redefining what it means to be an intern.

iSirona Each year, Florida State University Panama City’s electrical and computer engineering students are required to participate in a two-semester project that allows student groups to take what they have learned in the classroom and apply it to a real-world project. For recent computer engineering grad Dannielle Anderson and electrical engineering grad Belinda Gunter that meant teaming up with iSirona, an industry leader in providing solutions for medical device integration. “This project presents the opportunity to bridge academia and industry, and iSirona is a proud sponsor. As both an iSirona representative and as Senior Design Project Mentor, I not only get to develop that ‘real-world’ problem, but also get the gratifying experience of watching these young protégés take this problem to task by brainstorming ideas, formulating design, implementing solutions and finally, demonstrating the knowledge they are acquiring,” said Rick Hurst, software developer for iSirona. iSirona software facilitates the collection of patient data and then

synchronizes it with medical devices, for instance information from a heart rate monitor can be directly downloaded to an electronic record. Many medical devices either cannot communicate with other devices or the devices were connected through elaborate cables, creating hazards and lack of mobility. Anderson and Gunter were challenged with developing wireless technology capable of transmitting information between devices. Using a process of reverse engineering, taking apart the currently used connections and analyzing their working detail, these students were able to construct a wireless transmitter, known as Bluetooth technology that transferred data at a distance of 100 ft. This distance exceeded the project specification requirement of 10 ft., allowing for greater mobility between rooms in a medical facility. In addition to the successful completion of their project, Anderson and Gunter were invited to join iSirona at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. HIMSS is the largest health information and technology conference in the world, considered the “Super Bowl” of conferences where global leaders in the healthcare industry come together to both showcase and learn about the latest technologies and trends in healthcare. “It was awesome to know that we contributed to iSirona’s product demonstration at such a large, distinguished conference,” Anderson said. “I’m grateful that we had the opportunity to work with a local company. It was a great experience and ultimately led to employment for both of us.” “Thanks to local companies such as iSirona our students have real engineering problems for their capstone projects. We are PC.FSU.EDU



proud of what Belinda and Dannielle were able to accomplish in just two semesters,” said Geoffrey Brooks, Ph.D., Florida State University Panama City Electrical Engineering professor. Although Anderson and Gunter graduated in spring 2013, they said they hope to continue working with Hurst and iSirona on a few unfinished project details. One of their goals includes the development of a “many-to-one” device that allows for the transmission of patient information from several medical devices to one computer. Another goal would enable to device to store medical data internally in case the computer is off-line. This has been a unique opportunity for both Anderson and Gunter to showcase their talents, which not only speaks volumes on their resumes, but will also be instrumental in creating great interest in companies, like iSirona, looking to recruit talent.

East Side Story This past spring, three FSU Panama City communication students, Evgeniya Stetsenko, Joshua Schmidt and Michaelean Dyer had the opportunity to intern with the cast, crew and producers of the upcoming film East Side Story. East Side Story is a coming of age dance film. During summer break in Panama City Beach, Jennifer, from Beverly Hills, meets Ken who shares her passion for dance. They fall in love while practicing for the 2nd Annual Florida State-Wide Dance Contest. The students had the opportunity to try their hand at a variety of tasks, which gave them a broad experience and understanding of the work that goes into a large production. Stetsenko, Schmidt and Dyer’s tasks included everything from coordination of digital and social media to assisting with hair and makeup and occasionally filling in as a movie extra. The interns also had the chance to work alongside actor, writer, choreographer and director David Winters. Winters has produced more than 80 films and acted in 43, including roles in the original Broadway and movie versions of West Side Story. Director David Winters said in an interview with local news station, WJHG, “I’ve heard there’s 300,000 people here and with the music and the dancing and these two people falling in love, I think it will be very special.” East Side Story was filmed this spring at various local venues, including Pier Park shopping mall and Club La Vela. Bay County Film Commissioner Julie Gordon and FSU Panama City Professional Communication instructor Michael Wallace, Ph.D., where the leading force in creating the opportunity for these students to work on the film. “The internship was interesting because of who you are 12


communicating with. You never know who you might be talking to, the director, a cast member or crew. You have to be professional,” said Evgeniya Stetsanko, a first year Professional Communication student. “It's incredible the people you get to meet. You never know how those connections will help after graduation.”

Mask Parade & Gala Students must complete a 150-hour practicum as part of the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Event Management. For May 2013 graduate Kristin Evans, this became a balancing act between completing her master's degree in Corporate and Public Communication, her full-time job as Manager of Marketing and Communication at Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative, Inc. and studying to complete her comprehensive exams in the spring. “I had to choose an event that occurred within the spring 2013 semester, so when I started thinking of local events occurring within that time frame that might make for an interesting practicum, the Mask Gala was the first to come to mind,” Evans said. “It is an event with a great reputation that draws many attendees every year.” Initially developed by Hospice of Metro Denver™ as “The Mask Project” and later brought to Covenant Hospice in Panama City, The Mask Parade & Gala has been a Bay County tradition for the past 11 years. The event is known for its silent auction featuring unique masks created by both local and world-renowned artists and celebrities. This year’s silent auction included masks painted by celebrities such as Crosby, Stills & Nash, Tony Dovolani from Dancing with the Stars, Arnold Palmer, Jim Belushi and Coach Bobby Bowden. Nanisa Anderson (FSU '07), Development & Communications Manager for Covenant Hospice, is responsible for the coordination and production of the event, and also served as the supervisor for Kristin Evans's practicum. “I admire Nanisa and thought that she would be a good manager to work with and learn from, so I reached out to her and asked if she would be willing to have me assist with the event,” Evans said. As part of her practicum, Evans gave recommendations for updates to the event website; helped to identify and contact potential sponsors/auction donors for the event; wrote thankyou notes and created Heart of Hospice awards for the postevent proof of performance packets; proofed event news releases; attended volunteer meetings; assisted with the set-up and teardown of the event; worked registration and check-out at the event. She also worked registration at the preview party. For Evans, the practium was more than just an application of the skills learned in her Event Management classes.“I was able

"It's incredible the people you get to meet. You never know how those connections will help after graduation." — Evgeniya Stetsenko

IMAGE COURTESY OF Ryan Acevedo / At top, left, Belinda Gunter and Dannielle Anderson teamed up with iSirona for their Senior Design project. At top, right, Chad and Kristin Evans pose at the Mask Parade Gala held April 13, 2013. Kristin worked with the Mask Parade & Gala for her Event Management Certificate practicum. Bottom, crew members and extras of "East Side Story" rally before filming at Pier Park in February.

to meet some great contacts through this event, not only as professional peers, but also as friends,” she said. “In addition, I learned about generating sponsorships, as well as working with volunteers. Although I do not have to recruit sponsors or work with volunteers through my current job, this was the most valuable information that I learned and can apply to future volunteer activities.” The most memorable experience from the pracitcum was the event itself. “It was really nice, and it was apparent that the guests were enjoying themselves,” she said. “In fact, one of the sponsors that I recruited came up to me and told me how much they enjoyed the event. They had never been before, but plan to be back. Also, the preview party at the Visual Arts Center for the artists and their guests was fun. The artists were really proud of their work, and you could tell that they enjoyed having an evening where they could bring their guests to a more intimate environment to view their work.” The 2013 Mask Parade & Gala raised $97,000 in net revenue.

Money generated from the Gala directly benefit patients of Covenant Hospice in Bay and Gulf County. Anderson stated that the entire community rallies behind this event because it supports their hometown hospice which cares for neighbors, friends, co-workers and relatives. “One of the greatest lessons we can teach new graduates is the gift of giving back and embracing community service,” Anderson said. “Our partnership with FSU Panama City gives students a handson experience in event coordination, vendor negotiations and donor appreciation. The proudest moment is seeing graduates go on to become professionals who give back and serve their community.” Evan's advice to future interns is to work on an event or project that appeals to you. “Make sure to choose an area that is of interest to you, and give the manager or supervisor that you are working for your all,” she said. “They can provide a great reference! Also make sure to take advantage of all opportunities to learn new information or a new skill. This experience is sure to benefit you in the future.” PC.FSU.EDU



Education class presents sixth annual

WHALE DAY By helen johnson and jessica simmons

April 24 was Whale Day at FSU Panama City. Elementary education instructor Cristina Rios conceived of Whale Day as a way to demonstrate didactic teaching methods that not only convey information and instruct, but entertain as well and engage the learner’s mind. This year marked the sixth annual celebration of Elementary Education’s Whale day for students in Rios’ Teaching Second Languages (TSL 4080) class. TSL 4080 instructs soon-to-be educators in methods on how to interact and communicate with children whose first language is not English. Rios uses a variety of creative educational techniques to help her students develop successful interactive curriculum. They then apply the curriculum to teach a group of elementary school students from the Panama City Advanced School about whales. Rios chose whales as the focus of this exercise because of the variety of whale species that have their own distinctive behaviors and ways of communicating parallel to human beings. “There are whales found in every ocean in the world with their own regional dialects, in the same way there are children from different nationalities. It is very interesting to learn about the language of whales and what it communicates,” Rios said. “Language and effective communication are very important, especially in the classroom.” TSL 4080 students are challenged to find effective ways to communicate with diverse groups of children in the classroom and engage them in the learning process. For this class project, students demonstrated interactive learning using conservation as their subject. Rios’ classes worked in conjunction with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) and have adopted ten whales since the relationship began in 2007. The WDCS was established in 1987 and is the “leading charity dedicated to the conservation and welfare of all whales and dolphins (also known as cetaceans).”



The class created posters describing whale behavior and divided the subjects into stations that the students from the Panama City Advanced School toured. Each station had an interactive component in addition to an academic message. At the interactive stations children were able to mimic whale behaviors. A comb skimmed through dried krill in a tub of water simulated baleen and how whales filter zooplankton in order to eat. Children used tongs as teeth to grab gummie fish in a tub of water demonstrating the eating habits of toothed whales such as the killer whale. Another station demonstrated the whale swimming behaviors of breaching, spyhopping, lobtailing and slapping. The children were able to mirror these behaviors with a toy whale in a container of water. Rios’ class had to get very creative developing fun facts and interactive activities to engage the children for an hour and a half. The grand finale to Whale Day was juice and cupcakes placed in the shape of a whale. Cups of snacks that looked like zooplankton rounded out the treats.




Julia Walker Haley graduated from FSU Panama City with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in 1994. While a student at FSU Panama City, Haley was a member of the Garnet Key Society. In 1999, she completed her master's degree in Counseling and Psychology from Troy University and in 2012, she completed her doctoral degree in the field of Curriculum and Instruction from University of West Florida. She is the administrative assistant at the Oakland Terrace

School for the Performing Arts. Haley was the recipient of Bay District Schools Teacher of the Year for Oscar Patterson Elementary School, Who's Who Among America's Teachers and the Ida Baker Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year. She is actively involved with numerous community organizations including the Panama City Rescue Mission, Bridges to Circles of Bay County and Word Focused Women Fellowship Community Outreach.

"Julia's success as an undergraduate student at FSU Panama City encouraged her to pursue a career in education and advanced education and training within her field. Through her strong commitment to community service and expanding learning opportunities for students, Julia has made a significant contribution to education and the quality of life in our community." ~ Lisa Jemison, Administrative Support, Office of Student Affairs, FSU Panama City PC.FSU.EDU





FSU Panama City Students and Faculty Explore the Globe By erin chaffin and jessica simmons

The past year has provided multiple opportunities for travel and civic engagement for Florida State University Panama City faculty and students. From helping improve literacy levels in Africa and Tuvalu, to educating FSU students in Spain, to teaching young children to speak English, faculty and students have personally tried to make a difference and provide inspiration to others.

Educational Research and Development (CISERD), spent two weeks in Tuvalu observing the teaching practices in eight preschool centers and one primary school in the main island of Funafuti. The team provided immediate support and suggestions to the teachers on how to improve literacy levels while designing a three-year plan for an early grade literacy program.


“I’d love for them to have us back to teach for even a semester because it’s really the little things that make all the difference,” Fesmire said.

Earlier this spring, Marion Fesmire, Ed.D., an associate instructor in Elementary Education at Florida State University Panama City, conducted separate journeys to the Polynesian island nation of Tuvalu and Ethiopia with one mission: to improve literacy levels in primary schools. In May, Fesmire, along with Flavia Ramos-Mattoussi, Ed.D., associate director of the Center for International Studies in 16


Back in America, Fesmire continues to try to make a difference overseas. She and a friend, Patsy Forrest, are creating educational posters, such as alphabet posters of common animals and local fruit, to adorn classroom walls. She even has enlisted the help of her spring Elementary Education students at FSU Panama City to develop dialogic reading activities for early childhood education centers. The books were written in Mother Tongue by teachers in Tuvalu. Fesmire said it was a

unique teaching experience for her students because they had to take into account the cultural and language differences they normally would not have encountered. Fesmire said she also hopes to organize a donation of basic school and recess equipment to be sent to Tuvalu. In June, Fesmire spent three and a half weeks visiting colleges in Ethiopia, in East Africa. She worked with associate professor of Reading and Language Arts, Young-Suk Kim, Ed.D., professor of Educational Leadership and Policy, Jeffrey Milligan, Ph.D., and FSU colleague and associate director of the Center for International Studies in Educational Research and Development (CISERD) at the Learning Systems Institute, Flavia Ramos-Mattoussi, Ed.D. The trip was part of a larger initiative focusing on raising the current literacy level of students in grades 1-8 in Ethiopia. The overall initiative, Reading for Ethiopia’s Achievement Developed (READ), a project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the Research Triangle Institute and its partners, including FSU, is charged with designing literacy programs and courses and implementing new teaching methodologies. “There are initiatives starting in a lot of countries to boost the K-12 literacy rate,” Fesmire said. The FSU team is working in conjunction with other organizations, such as Save the Children, to reach a common goal of raising the literacy level of the students in Ethiopia. Each organization has a separate task to complete, which will make a difference as a whole. The goal of her team’s efforts was to supply immediate support to the instructors at the Colleges of Teacher Education (CTE) via workshops and suggestions, develop literacy syllabi that coordinate with the new reading materials for grades 1-4, and implement a five-year program designed to work in collaboration with the instructors of the CTEs on how to educate their own students aspiring to be teachers. This initial visit to Ethiopia was for research purposes. Fesmire and the team met with the faculty, staff and deans of various Ethiopian Colleges of Teacher Education to discuss literacy goals, observe current literacy practices, and identify program needs and possible obstacles. They also interviewed the students aspiring to be future educators to understand what they need from course curriculum and visited several primary classrooms to observe the current teaching methodologies in hopes of improving them. “Right now, the colleges don’t even have a course on how to teach small children to read, so we are now developing four courses for them,” Fesmire said.







with Zewdu Gebrekidan, Assessment Specialist in Ethiopia, and FSU Learning Systems Institute faculty Flavia RamosMattoussi, Ed.D., Research Associate, and Jeffrey Milligan, Ph.D., LSI Director. in Ethiopia. At top right, Fesmire in Tulvalu observing teaching practices in a pre-school center in the main Island of






“I’d love for them to have us back to teach for even a semester because it’s really the little things that make all the difference.” Marion Fesmire, research associate in elementary education, FSU Panama City




At top, left, the Catedral de Santa María la Real de la Almudena in Madrid, Spain. Above, the gates to the city of Valencia, Spain. The yellow building behind the gate, to the right, is home to the Florida State University campus. Middle, left, Bliss at a faculty gathering at the Valencia campus. Bottom, left, Gary Bliss, D.B.A., associate in Business Administration.

This is one aspect of their strategic plan to help CTE instructors train future educators. The four courses the team plans to propose will provide training in methods and strategies for teaching beginning reading, reading in a content area, assessing and differentiating instruction, and teaching a second language. Fesmire and her colleagues plan to return incrementally during the next few years to continue training the CTE faculty and adapting the plan as needed. “Every group has to build sustainability so, that’s our challenge for the next five years.” Fesmire said.

BUSINESS FACULTY TEACHES ABROAD During the first six weeks of the summer semester 2013, Gary Bliss, DBA, Florida State University Panama City associate in business administration traveled to Valencia, Spain, to serve as faculty for the Florida State University International Programs (FSU IP). As part of the program, Bliss taught a variety of business courses, including multinational business administration and finance, at the FSU Valencia Study Center to students participating in the program. This year was his second year teaching abroad as part of the FSU IP program. “It is a competitive process to be selected,” Bliss said. “I really feel privileged to be a part of this program and have the opportunity to go abroad, especially to Valencia.”



The Florida State University’s International Program consistently is ranked in the top 15 of U.S. study abroad programs with more than 1,600 students studying in locations across the world every year. The program allows both students and teachers the opportunity to work within their field while experiencing cultures around the world. “It is my opinion, that Valencia is the premier International Program,” Bliss said. Bliss noted the key difference to his approach teaching abroad was field trips. Every week Bliss would take students outside the classroom to explore the city, local businesses and events. They visited local wineries, toured Lladró, the famous porcelain figurine manufacturing company, and attended festivals to research international business practices. “We were constantly doing something, and then we would take that knowledge and try to apply it to multinational business operations or finance.” Bliss said. Bliss said he believes his teaching experience in Valencia has enhanced his presentation skills and how he engages with his students at FSU Panama City. He adjusted his course schedule at FSU Panama City to include weekly field trips to local businesses and events and guest speakers in the classroom. “A good professor is constantly evolving, and that was one of the biggest leaps that I have ever had,” Bliss said. Bliss was able to enjoy much of what Spain had to offer. He visited places such as the Valencia Bioparc, the City of Arts and Sciences and the local aquarium along with his wife and students. Bliss has been accepted as faculty for the program again next summer in Valencia to continue to teach business administration.

Oliver Pettis made several close friends with students from the main campus in Tallahassee after the group climbed to the top of Park Güell in Barcelona.

“I knew that I wanted to follow in my mom’s footsteps,” Pettis said. “Originally, I wanted to go to England, but after learning about what classes were offered and the fact that I am fluent in Spanish, Valencia, Spain, was ultimately a better fit.” Dr. Bliss was instrumental in helping Pettis decide what classes would work best with his program of study. “When I realized that I could travel and get school credit for it, I was like, sign me up,” Pettis said.


The spring trip lasted from January until mid-April 2013. The only FSU Panama City student there, Pettis joined 70 students from the main campus as well as 10 faculty members as part of the program. While there, Pettis studied Business Writing in Spanish, Introduction to Marketing, Multi-International Enterprises and Spanish Cinema.

For Business Administration junior Oliver Pettis, the decision to participate in the International Program was a combination of his love for travel as well as a family legacy. His mother, Stephanie Pettis, an FSU alumna, studied music performance in Italy as an undergraduate more than 20 years ago.

Pettis noted one of the best experiences from the trip came outside of the classroom. Pettis, and several other students fluent in Spanish, worked with young children to teach them to speak English. The students went to the home of the children and taught them English through interactive games such as English hangman.

“I absolutely look forward to going back again,” he said.




"Even though I was only there for three months, I feel like it's my home now. I can always go back there in my memories." Oliver pettis, business administration student

“The families would make these amazing meals for us,” Pettis said. “I loved the time we spent with them.”

Pettis said he highly recommends the International Program to any student thinking about studying abroad.

“Even though I was only there for three months, I feel like it’s my home now,” Pettis said of his experience. “I can always go back there in my memories. The city was so great, very dynamic and rich in culture.”

“Anyone who participates in the International Program will grow as a person,” he said. “It gives you an immense amount of confidence.”

For Pettis, his best memory was when he and eight FSU students climbed to the top of Park GÜell, designed by the famous artist Spanish Gaudi. “Though I didn’t know them beforehand, after we climbed (Park GÜell) I knew that we are going to be friends for life,” he said. “One of the best parts of the trip was the friends that I made.” Although in Spain at separate times, Bliss and Pettis worked and studied at the same facility in Valencia. “It was a great setup,” Pettis said. “The dorms were on the third and fourth floors, and the classrooms where on the bottom level. I loved being able to just get up and walk downstairs to go to class.” “Traveling is all about adaptability,” Pettis said. “This experience taught me to lose all fear of talking to people. I know that this ability to interact with people will help me both in my studies, and later in my future career.”

He also encourages students to not let finances become a barrier to travel. Financial aid was a major reason Pettis was able to participate in the International Studies Program. “Financial aid was the only way I was able to do it. I applied for every scholarship out there. You have to be diligent, but there’s a lot of help out there. The trip was much more affordable than you think. As long as you stay focused, studying abroad is very achievable.” Pettis was able to use funds from Florida Pre-pay designated for housing, which most Panama City campus students usually do not use, to pay for room and board in Spain. In addition to Spain, study abroad academic programs include the Bahamas, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, England, France, Israel, Italy, Peru, Republic of Panama, Russia, Switzerland and Turkey. For more information on International Programs, visit

At top, Olver Pettis with fellow classmates in Valencia, Spain. At right, Pettis with several of the young Spanish students. In addition to his studies, he helped to teach English to young students through fun games like English hangman.



FSU Panama City Works to Meet Florida's High-Tech Needs

IN the

By erica howard

As technology has evolved, Florida has become a leader in high-tech employment. To maintain the state’s status, the Florida State Board of Education teamed with the State College and University System for Integrated Technology of Florida. The program, which included an $850,000 grant in June 2012 to Florida State University Panama City, aims to ensure the future workforce is fluent in digital technology. Technology education for elementary through graduate school students is included. FSU Panama City was tasked with training Jackson and Bay county middle school teachers on Microsoft Excel and Word as a teaching tool. A model for middle school IT at Everitt Middle School will continue to certify teachers and students on the subject.

master’s program in Cloud/Virtualization Technology in Fall 2014. If the project continues, the University of West Florida will model a program off FSU Panama City in 2015. Cloud virtualization is a relatively new technology for data storage. Other grant recipients included Florida College at Jacksonville and the Citrix Academy at Brevard College, which agreed to supply and maintain school laptops and other equipment, create free and subscription web-based curriculum, fund substitutes while teachers are at technology training and provide other technologydriven educational tools.

The university had until Sept. 30 to implement the programs.

Florida’s tech industry ranked fifth nationwide in 2012, according to Cyber States 2013: The Definitive State by State Analysis of High-Tech Industry. The industry accounted for 270,900 tech workers with an average wage of $74,900, the study states.

To educate more advanced students, the FSU Panama City also will launch a

The other top tech states included California, Texas, New York and Virginia.














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1. AUGUST 13: The Camille Butchikas ECAP Clinic opens to the public. The mission of the

clinic is to provide Applied Behavior services to children diagnosed with autism and other related disorders.

2. AUGUST 28: Dean Ken Shaw and Dan Nix welcome students back to 3. SEPTEMBER 20: Florida State College for Women and

campus with cake and ice cream.

FSU alumni, graduating more than 50 years ago, come together for the Emeritus Alumni Gathering. 4. OCTOBER 10: At the student chapter of the American Advertising Federation

monthly meeting, DanceLife Dance Studio demonstrates the importance of dance in communication.

5. OCTOBER 27: Homecoming celebrations conclude with the War 6. OCTOBER 26: In conjunction with Homecoming,

Chant and Torch Run to Tallahassee.

the Alumni Reception honors all past FSU Panama City grads and announces the 2012 Notable 'Noles.

7. NOVEMBER 11: UCSI students learn safety and legal principles that 8. DECEMBER 7: Engineering students

related to working in underwater environments.

demonstrate a wide array of inventions and products at the Engineering Research and Design Presentation.

9. DECEMBER 16: Convocation honors the more than 180 students

who graduated in summer and fall of 2012. 10. JANUARY 26: In a joint effort with the Visual


Arts Center and FSU Panama City, students, staff and community members come together to create their own iconic Spear in the Sand painting.

11. JANUARY 26: FSU College of

Applied Studies Communication Program presents author Agnes Furey who lectures on the power of restorative justice.

12. FEBRUARY 21: The Program in Applied Behavior

Analysis presents Aubrey Daniels, Ph.D., who speaks on "13 Management Practices that

13. FEBRUARY 23: A record-breaking number of 148 potential 14. MARCH 9: The Psychology Club hosts a Masquerade Ball for students, faculty and staff. 15. MARCH 19: Student Government Council President Kalab Hoover and Dean Shaw play frisbee. 16. MARCH 18-21: Student Government Council hosts Spring Fling, a week-long event of outdoor activities, food and fun. 17. APRIL 1:

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students attend Open House.

The Civil Engineering Association at FSU Panama City hosts a soccer game for students.

18. APRIL 23: Students from Cristina Rios' Teaching Second Language (TSL) class teach elementary schools students from Panama City Advanced School about whales. 19. MAY 5: At Commencement a total of 351 degrees are awarded for the 2012 - 2013 academic year.

20. MAY 30: FSU Panama City and local law enforcement officials celebrate a partnership to


create a Joint Agency in-Water Strike team, JAWS, focused on marine criminal investigation.

21. JUNE 20: Capt. Don Walsh speaks about his experience with deep sea exploration during the "Deep Submergence: Past, Present and Future of Ocean Exploration" dive symposium at Florida State University Panama City.

22. JUNE 27: Students pose at the first orientation for the inaugural freshman class.












Charla Skinner Perdue graduated from FSU Panama City with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology in 2002 and a Master of Science degree in Criminology in 2011. While an undergraduate student, she was one of the first of three students to complete the Underwater Crime Scene Investigation Certificate program. Perdue worked to establish a partnership program between the Public Safety and Security undergraduate program at FSU Panama City and the North Bay Haven Criminal Justice Career Academy. This program allows high school students to be introduced to the foundation of criminological theory, courts, law enforcement, corrections and forensic science. Perdue chaired the 2002 American Heart Association Heart Ball and was the recipient of the 2002 Fundraiser of the Year award. She is a member of the Bay Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors and the Guardian Ad Litem program. Through her church, she has been on mission trips to places such as West Africa and India.

"Charla truly has a serving heart and giving spirit of a Notable 'Nole. I am proud of Charla's passion for her chosen field and many years of community service." ~ Chuck Perdue 24


FSU Panama City Student Wins

Student Social Worker N of the Year N By jessica simmons

Kaitlyn Stafford, a graduate student in Social Work at Florida State University Panama City, was recently awarded the Emerald Coast Student Social Worker of the Year award from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). This annual award recognizes outstanding nominees in social work.

a professional organization,” Stafford said about her work. “It is important for us to continue to lobby, advocate and connect with other social workers as well as policy makers so that we can do what our hearts call us to do as social workers, which is help others and make a difference.”

“It is definitely an honor to be recognized. I had the opportunity to get involved in NASW as a student representative on the steering committee and have loved every minute of the experience,” Stafford said.

Stafford completed her Master in Social Work program and graduated with high honors in August 2013. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Louisiana State University in May 2010.

According to the NASW, the Student Social Worker of the Year award honors a student member who best exemplifies the profession’s values and ethics while also demonstrating outstanding potential as a leader in the field. Stafford's achievements include her field placement at DaVita Dialysis where she provided assessment, treatment planning, education, and referral to patients undergoing kidney dialysis. In addition, she worked with Children’s Home Society of Florida and Florida Therapy Services where she provided assistance with dependency issues and targeted case management.

She has been working as an intern in the military unit at Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital and said she hopes to continue her work there as a professional social worker for active and retired military personnel upon her graduation this summer. As a military spouse, Stafford believes it is an honor and a privilege to work each day with the men and women who serve our country.

“It is especially important for social workers to get involved in

“Kaitlyn is a high achiever, both academically and professionally. She will be an asset to the field of social work through direct practice and advocacy,” said Claire Calohan, research associate at FSU Panama City and the instructor who nominated Stafford for the award.

Above: FSU Panama City instructor in Social Work Claire Calohan and Kaitlyn Stafford at the National Association of Social Workers banquet.




GRAND OPENING: (From left to right) George Butchikas, founder, George A. Butchikas Foundation for Autism; Carolyn Butchikas, executive director, George A. Butchikas Foundation for Autism; daughter Camille Butchikas; Rachel Wagner, ECAP clinical director; Amy Polick, Ph.D., ECAP program director; and Ken Shaw, dean of FSU Panama City, pose outside the new Camille Butchikas ECAP Clinic during the grand opening on August 13, 2012.

New Ecap Clinic Strives to Make a Difference in Autism Education by gail robBins

The Camille Butchikas ECAP Clinic was established in August 2012 as the latest addition to Florida State University Early Childhood (FSU ECAP) Autism Program. The new clinic was named in honor of Camille Butchikas whose father George Butchikas established the George A. Butchikas Foundation for Autism and has been a generous benefactor to FSU ECAP.

and ECAP began in 2001 soon after the programs were established at FSU Panama City. The ECAP program provides intensive behavioral therapy services to children with autism through the specialized training graduate students receive in the master’s of Psychology degree with emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis at FSU Panama City.

The state-of-the-art clinic is used by FSU ECAP to provide ABA services to children diagnosed with autism and other related disorders. Previously an “in-home only” program, the new clinic gives parents the option to have therapy at home, in the clinic or across both locations.

Since that time, hundreds of children in Bay County and their families have benefited from program services made possible through contributions provided by the Butchikas Foundation for Autism. The Foundation recently made a $50,000 donation in April 2013. The gift marked the twelfth year the Butchikas Autism Foundation has supported the ECAP program bringing the Foundation’s total contributions to $380,000. The foundation also made a $15,000 contribution to assist in furnishing and equipping the new clinic. According to George and Carolyn Butchikas, the donations would not have been possible without the community’s support.

Carolyn Butchikas, executive director for the Foundation, said she believes the clinic will make a difference in autism education. “We have experienced the remarkable difference Applied Behavior Analysis makes in the life of an autistic child," she said. The partnership between the Butchikas Foundation for Autism, the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program











statement Florida State University Panama City enhances communities and creates opportunities by providing access to high-quality

strength skill character

undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as encouraging regional military and business research partnerships to enrich and empower individuals to engage and change the world with strength, character and skill.



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at a glance Founded in 1982, Florida State University Panama City is a regional campus of a nationally recognized public university offering smaller class sizes, personalized academic programs and faculty committed to student success. Undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs are taught on campus or online.

Our University


Our campus attracts high-achievers with more than 23 career-track degree programs including five graduate and two certificate programs.

Student population is 59% female and 41% male. In 2012-2013, 320 baccalaureate and 70 graduate degrees were awarded. The campus sits on 25.66 acres with modern facilities.

U.S. News and World Report named Florida State University the most efficient university in the country in 2012 and USA Today and The Princeton Review ranked FSU No. 4 in “Best Value� in 2012.

top ranked

FSU Panama City creates partnerships with industry leaders to increase graduates' job opportunities. 1,417 total enrolled students for fall 2012

we are the fsu that fits you



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fsu panama city alumni in florida

3% Washington County


4% Jackson County


11% Other Florida Counties

5% Walton County

68% 4% Okaloosa County

Bay County

2% Gulf County

total alumni: 7,152* *Those who have completed at least 24 credit hours at FSU Panama City.

E nro l l m ent G rowth

degrees awarded 2012-2013

In 2009, the FSU Panama City Blue Ribbon Committee was tasked to create a five-year vision for FSU Panama City which would successfully move the campus toward the overall goal of attaining self-sufficiency. Among the Committee’s recommendations was to increase enrollment to 1,400 students by fall 2012. FSU Panama City implemented a strong strategic plan to support enrollment growth, which greatly expanded recruitment initiatives and marketing efforts in Northwest Florida from Escambia to Leon counties. These efforts have resulted in four years of positive enrollment growth since fall 2008 and continue to generate significant progress in meeting established goals for FSU Panama City.


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Graduate Undergraduate




annual headcount from 2009-2012 2009 2010 2011 2012 900







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va benefits for spring 2013 Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill — Active Duty) 9

Unclassified 7%

Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation) 11 Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill) 50

Graduate 11%

Chapter 35 (Dependents Educational Assistance ­— DEA) 9 Chapter 1606 (Montgomery GI Bill ­­­— Selected Reserves) 2 TOTAL STUDENTS SERVED 81

Undergraduate 82%

student enrollment

FALL ‘11 FALL ‘12 Student FTE (Full Time Equivalent) 834 828.5 Undergraduate Degrees Awarded 366 320 Graduate Degrees Awarded 54


VA Students Served 98 69 Percentage of Students Receiving Financial Aid 73 76.5 Students with Disabilities Served 53 114

CAMPUS B UDGET Academic Allocation

2011-2012 2012-2013 $6,019,822 $6,000,351

Summer Allocation Finance and Administration Contracts and Grants

$188,099 $1,643,186 $2,172,507


$500,000 $500,000

$184,119 $1,646,856 $1,646,856

student age range

20 and younger 21-22


26-30 31-40 41 and older







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Scholarship Highlight Tiffany Whitener Class of 2013 College of Education Elementary Education "Being a recipient of the Jeff Berberich Family Endowed Scholarship is truly a blessing. Receiving the scholarship has inspired me and keeps me reaching for the stars. It has helped my dreams become one step closer to reality. I will forever be thankful." Recipient of the Jeff Berberich Family Endowed Scholarship


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C ontracts and G rants The Office of Contracts and Grants supports FSU Panama City researchers through proposal submission, award negotiation, account set-up and account close-out, ensuring that grants and contracts are consistent with university standards for academic freedom, research ethics and fiscal responsibility. Although FSU Panama City is predominately focused on excellence in teaching and student success, it has also been successful in acquiring almost $5 million in contracts and grants over the past decade.

FSU P a n a m a C i t y C o n t r a c t s a n d G r a n t s A c t i v i t y 2 0 1 2 – 2 0 1 3 Principal Dates Title of Award Investigator Amount 2011-2013 2011-2013 2008-2013

U.S. Department of the Air Force National Defense Education Program, Science and Technology

Jerome Barnes, Ph.D.


U.S. Department of the Air Force National Defense Education Program, Science and Technology

Jerome Barnes, Ph.D.


National Science Foundation STEM Professional Pipeline: Moving Beyond the AA Degree

Korhan Adalier, Ph.D.



Florida Department of Education Banyon Pelham, M.S. Integrated Technology of Florida


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Panhandle Area Educational Consortium STEM Scholars: Creating An Innovative Spirit

John Smith, Ph.D.


Pyrolysis Tech, LLC Albizia Pellet Evaluation

Ahmad Hafiz, Ph.D.



2013 U.S. Department of the Navy STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) 2013 Florida Department of Agriculture Building Mosquito Research Capability at FSU Panama City

Ginger Littleton, M.S.


John Smith, Ph.D.



Santa Rosa County Florida Santa Rosa County Mosquito Surveillance

John Smith, Ph.D.



SkySight Technologies, LLC Mike Zinszer, Ed.S. Trawl Test



U.S. Coast Guard Mike Zinszer, Ed.S. U.S.C.G. On-Site Didson Training


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AT&T Foundation FSU Panama STEM Institute

Ginger Littleton, M.S.







Scholarship Highlight Erin Wommack Class of 2013 College of Communication and Information Professional Communication “It is an honor to be the first recipient of the Karen Hanes Endowed Scholarship. It has not only helped me with tuition but with books as well. This scholarship has encouraged me to give back to students here at this University in the future. I sincerely appreciate donors who are willing to help students further their education." Recipient of the Karen Hanes Endowed Scholarship



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Members of the 2013 Florida State University Panama City Development Board during a monthly board meeting.

DEVELOPMENT BOARD Executive Committee President: Glen McDonald

Applied Research Associates

Bill Cappleman

Mike Nichols

TermNet Merchant Services

Nichols & Associates,

Robert Carroll

City Commissioner

McNeill Carroll Engineering

Theresa Roberts

Hulon Crayton

Tyndall Federal Credit Union

Arthritis & Sports Care Center

David Southall

Ray Dubuque

Innovations Federal Credit Union

Retired, AT&T Florida

Joe Tannehill

Leah Dunn

Merrick Industries

Gulf Resources, Dunn Properties

Lisa Walters

Bob McSpadden

Tim Farrell

Burke, Blue, Hutchison, Walters & Smith P.A.

Retired, Gulf Coast State College

Farrell Realty & Insurance Agency

John Whitlock

Ken Shaw, Ed.D.

Michelle Ginn

Centennial Bank

ERA Neubauer Real Estate

Keith Wilt

Frank Hall

Resort Collection

Vice President: Jorge Gonzalez

St. Joe Company Secretary/Treasurer: Tony Bennett

HealthSouth Board-at-Large Designee : Joe Manning

Wells Fargo Advisors Executive Committee Designee:

Dean, FSU Panama City Board Members

Summit Bank

Nicole Barefield, Past President

Wayne Lindsey

Washington County News/

Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q

Holmes County Times-Advertiser Steve Bornhoft

Doral Bank

Doug Messer

Advisors Financial

Ex-Officio Janice Hanks

Panama City Area Seminole Club Al Rhodes

AFRL, Tyndall AFB




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Scholarship Highlight Gordon Griffith Class of 2014 FAMU-FSU College of Engineering ­ Computer Engineering “My family and I would like to thank the St. Joe Community Foundation for the scholarships they provide to FSU Panama City students. As the recipient of the award for the upcoming year, I am truly grateful for the financial assistance and academic recognition that it affords me. Like many of my fellow students, I am returning to college after starting a family. It is very tough on young families to achieve the American dream, and it is often difficult to focus on studies while trying to maintain a household. Receiving this scholarship allows some of the stress and financial pressure to be mitigated. Thank you very much for acknowledging and rewarding my hard work. My family and I are grateful for your philanthropy.” Recipient of the St. Joe Community Foundation Challenge Grant


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SUPPORTING SCHOLARSHIPS Endowed scholarships at Florida State University Panama City recognize and encourage superior academic accomplishment, outstanding leadership and exemplary character among student recipients. FSU Panama City is extremely grateful to the donors who have stepped forward to support our campus and the students we serve. Especially during these challenging economic times, the impact of private support has never been more important to the success of FSU Panama City students.

foundation scholarship awards for fall 2012 and spring 2013 Adam Arias Memorial Applied Behavior Analysis Autism Tania Gonzales-Beltran AAF Panama City Thomas Mikulski ATKINS Jared Wobser AT&T Employees Derrick Bacon Christine Hale Kelly L. Ayers & Kenneth L. Ayers III Christian Smith

John A. Centrone Memorial Yolanda Tingler Century 21 Bay Brokers Council Denise Morales Chipola College Transfer Scholars Shelbra Hires Mariah Carter Elise Kirk Dylan Paramore Linda Arnold Christoff Memorial Panne Burke

Dempsey Barron Memorial Raelyn Mosher

Charles W. Clary III Jennifer Christo

Bob Barth Underwater Research Matt Sheffield

Jean Cockrell Gulf Coast Woman's Club Jana Walker

Bay County Teacher of the Year Sherry Peacock

Community Services Foundation of Bay County Mary-Elizabeth Bruce Erika Espinoza-Araiza Meredith Finch Hillary Maddox Roderick Rowell Jessica Simmons Hope Sprayberry Alyssa Tate

Fredericka Berger Benton Memorial Chelci Pittenger Mabelle Williams Benton Memorial Komal Patel Jeff Berberich Family Tiffany Whitener Berg Steel Pipe Corporation Talitha McVay Flo Bilelo Social Work Trethany Snider Dr. Larson M. & Beverly J. Bland Jessie Sapp Gary & Hollis Bliss Jacquelyn Brown Eric Garmon Frank Brown Memorial Optimist Club of The Beaches Wesley Williams

Joanne Crawford Gulf Coast Woman's Club Kayleen Creinin Dr. Hulon & Dinah Crayton Tanisha Peterson Don Crisp Justin Harvard Angel David Memorial Joseph Peacock Death By Chocolate/ Emerald Coast Business Women's Association Lenora Henry Kassi Blakeley Eudaley Jon Schaefer

Anita Darlene Freeman Memorial Chad Walls GAC Contractors Michelle Gartman Hubert Green Erin Johnson Kayla Toole Gulf Coast State College Transfer Scholars Margaret Baker Raisa Bell Trevor Burch Christopher Sponseller Beverly Wise Oliver Gerber Brian Hague Olga Melikyan Taylor Queen Gulf Power Foundation Chrystal Strickland Carla Sconiers Walter B. Hall, Sr. Memorial Jessica Poole Karen Hanes Erin Wommack HDR Edith Wong John Hutt, Sr. Memorial Joshua Kokosko Jacqueline Isler Memorial Virginia Monroe Wally Jenkins Memorial Optimist Club of The Beaches Itay Dreymann Junior Service League of Panama City Christie Pellow Edward Mayer Memorial Yvonne Rule

McNeil Carroll Engineering Frank McMahon Mary Ola Reynolds Miller Memorial Heidi Miller

Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholars Don Nowell (GCSC) Molly Hils (NWFSC) Preble-Rish Felecia Mizener

Miracle Strip Chapter FICPA Falishia Chandler Timothy Faucheux

Regions Bank Kevin Larrimore

Northwest Florida State College Transfer Scholars Camilo Geraldo Liudmila Greznez Megan Gordon Optimist Club of the Beaches Katelyn Screws Optimist Club of the Beaches Law Enforcement Jennifer White Panama City Beach Chamber Education Fund Stephanie Garrett Panama City Downtown Rotary Club Dylan Norris Panama City Housing Authority Joshua Odom Panama City Junior Woman's Club Caitlin Lowrey Panama City Area Seminole Club Linda Michelle Good Panhandle Educators Federal Credit Union Jerri Lydick Panhandle Engineering/ James and Rose Slonina Sarah Warren

Thomas G. & Donna P. McCoy Patronis Brothers Optimist Club of the Beaches Foundation Ryan Ledford Laceola Holmes

Dr. David Skinner Memorial Ethan Thomas Society of American Military Engineers Panama City Post Jared Scott Estelle Cawthon Starling Memorial Elizabeth Bruening Robert Herbert St. Joe Community Foundation Challenge Grant Gordon Griffith Katherine Jensen Oliver Pettis St. Joe Community Foundation Samantha Gipson Erin Maddox Angel Nazary Sarah Robbins Sussex Bay Foundation Stephanie Ransom Stantec Anna Harlson George G. Tapper Memorial James Kirkland Colonel William W. Wood Memorial Jessica Meyer Dr. Edward N. and June G. Wright Ryan Tate Dr. Robert L. Young Memorial Christy Perry




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F S U pana m a city l aunches $ 5 m i l l ion ca m paign Florida State University Panama City celebrated a successful beginning to The Campaign for Our Community’s University with a kick-off celebration held September 17, 2012. Since the beginning of the campaign, the campus has raised more than $2.6 million toward the $5 million goal. While all gifts to the campus count toward the campaign, fundraising efforts are focused on establishing a $5 million endowment for the College of Applied Studies at FSU Panama City. Earnings from the endowment will help provide student scholarships, implement new degree programs and provide equipment and technology. Thanks to those who have contributed to the initial success of the campaign!

Gifts total over past four years 2009-10

F undraising C o m m ittee


Chairman: Jorge Gonzalez

St. Joe Community Foundation


$557,915 Jim Cook Retired, Bay Medical




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Bill Cramer Bill Cramer Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC Glen McDonald Applied Research Associates Bob McSpadden Retired, Gulf Coast State College

foundation indicators 2011-12 2012-13 Gifts Total $820,955 $1,017,350 Endowed Funds $3,782,885 $4,542,758 Non-Endowed Funds $491,017 $593,006 Named Endowed Scholarships (cumulative) 75 82 Number of Scholarships Awarded 186 160 Scholarships Awarded $213,000 $190,000 Alumni 6,663 7,152

Floyd Skinner Skinner Tax Consulting Joe Tannehill Merrick Industries Lisa Walters Burke, Blue, Hutchison, Walters & Smith, P.A.

funds raised for the campaign





$5,000,000 GOAL $2,000,000 $3,000,000 $4,000,000


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$2,500,000 $3,500,000


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the campaign for our community's university* LEADERSHIP COUNCIL ($100,000-$499,999) Alfred I. duPont Foundation, Inc. George A. Butchikas Foundation for Autism Gulf Power Foundation, Inc. The News Herald/Washington County News/Holmes County Advertiser/ Port St. Joe Star The St. Joe Community Foundation, Inc. LOYALTY CIRCLE ($50,000-$99,999) AT&T Florida Willard and Linda Coram William C. and Carolyn A. Cramer Hutt Insurance Agency, Inc. Marion G. and Barbara W. Nelson Private Foundation Floyd D. and Gloria D. Skinner CORNERSTONE CIRCLE ($25,000-$49,999) Advocates for Children, Inc. Kenneth L. Ayers, Jr. Community Services Foundation of Bay County, Inc. James T. and Jana L. Cook, III George G. & Amelia G. Tapper Foundation Frank A. and Chrisanthi C. Hall Wayne G. and Gail Lindsey Nan G. Locher Glen R. and Katrina R. McDonald/ Gerald G. McDonald Optimist Club of the Beaches Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce Pyrolysis Tech, LLC The Family of Brenda Gail Robbins Summit Bank Tyndall Federal Credit Union PRESIDENT'S CLUB ($10,000-$24,999) Bense Family Foundation, Inc. Centennial Bank GFWC Gulf Coast Womans Club, Inc. Gregory E. and Janna Pape Jimmy T. and Katie L. Patronis, Jr. Jimmy L. and Frances M. Wood

CHARTER CLUB ($5,000-$9,999) Arias Memorial Golf Tournament R. Gordon and Melissa A. Carlton Farrell Realty & Insurance Agency FICPA Miracle Strip Chapter First American Title Insurance Company HealthSouth Emerald Coast Rehabilitation Hospital Stephen P. and Linda C. Leach Robert L. and J. Bernice McSpadden Panama City Area Seminole Club Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. Panhandle Educators Federal Credit Union The Resort Collection of Panama City Beach Kenneth L. and Ann K. Shaw DEAN'S PARTNER ($1,000-$4,999) AAF Panama City Advisors Financial Services, Inc. Rashda B. Albibi Applied Research Associates, Inc. ARINC Atkins, Inc. Nicole P. Barefield Bay Walk-In Clinic, Inc. BaySolutions, Inc. Larson M. and Beverly J. Bland Gary D. and Hollis H. Bliss C. W. Roberts Contracting, Inc. Claire J. Calohan Charlie Coram's Place Marti L. Coley A. Michelle Council Don and Tyrene Crisp Lorenzo N. and Nancy N. Dantzler, IV Dave Trepanier Management Jack DeLeon Doral Bank Ray E. and Sharon G. Dubuque Neal P. and Leah O. Dunn Linda H. Dupree Ecological Resource Consultants, Inc. The Emerald Coast Association for Behavioral Analysis

Timothy M. and Karen A. Farrell Florida Probation Service GAC Contractors Gulf Coast Community College Foundation Gulf Coast Medical Center Sandra K. Halvorson Hancock Bank Hutchison Family Charitable Foundation, Inc. Dorothy L. Imperial Innovations Federal Credit Union Isaac W. Byrd Family Foundation, Inc. Shirley G. Jackson Knology/WOW! Robert C. and Kathleen T. Lacher Harry A. Murphy Dzung Nguyen Nichols & Associates of Bay County, Inc. Linda L. Odum Panama City Toyota Scion Panama City Urological Center, P.A. Panhandle Engineering, Inc. Pilot Club of Panama City Pinnacle @ Hammock Square John S. and Gail W. Robbins RockTenn Company Harriet Rosborough Jennifer J. Scoggins-Polous Scott Rentals, Inc. Segers Sowell Stewart Johnson & Brill, P.A. Skinner Tax Consulting, Inc. Jerry F. and Mary S. Sowell, Jr. William F. and Rebecca L. Spann Spartacus Marketing Consultants, Inc. Richard and Diane Stewart Wayne D. and Luelle Stubbs Sunshine Piping, Inc. Joseph K. and Ann C. Tannehill, Sr. Trustmark National Bank Marvin A. Urquhart, Jr. Walsingham Management, LLC A. Gary and Cumi Walsingham Elizabeth J. Walters Leon L. and Glenda J. Walters Wells Fargo Wes Pac, Inc. August F. and Forrest S. Yanke

*Recognizing cumulative gifts and pledges from July 1, 2010 through August 30, 2013.




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FSU P a n a m a C i t y C u m u l a t i v e g i f t s a n d p l e d g e s * LEGACY SOCIETY DEFERRED & PLANNED GIFTS Anonymous Donor Earldine T. Ankiewicz Jim L. Smallwood HERITAGE SOCIETY ($500,000 AND ABOVE) Russell C. Holley St. Joe Community Foundation LEADERSHIP COUNCIL ($100,000–$499,999) Alfred I. duPont Foundation, Inc. AT&T Florida Community Services Foundation of Bay County, Inc. George A. Butchikas Foundation for Autism Gulf Power Foundation, Inc./ Gulf Power Company Thomas G. and Donna P. McCoy Betty Wood McNabb The News Herald/Washington County News/Holmes County Advertiser/ Port St. Joe Star Optimist Club of the Beaches Floyd D. and Gloria D. Skinner/ Skinner Tax Consulting Tyndall Federal Credit Union LOYALTY CIRCLE ($50,000–$99,999) John J. Benton Comcast Cablevision of Panama City Willard and Linda Coram

William C. and Carolyn A. Cramer The Durden Foundation, Inc. Emerald Coast Business Women's Association George G. & Amelia G. Tapper Foundation Hubert M. Green John B. and Mary Frances Hutt, Jr./ Hutt Insurance Agency, Inc. Lamar Advertising Marion G. and Barbara W. Nelson Private Foundation Panama City Housing Authority Regions Bank CORNERSTONE CIRCLE ($25,000–$49,999) Advocates for Children, Inc. Atkins, Inc. Kenneth L. Ayers, Jr. Peter M. Bardach/Sussex-Bay Foundation Bay County Chamber of Commerce/ Junior Leadership Bay Berg Steel Pipe Corporation Gary D. and Hollis H. Bliss C. W. Roberts Contracting, Inc. Centennial Bank James T. and Jana L. Cook, III Hulon E. and Dinah M. Crayton Donald R. and Tyrene Crisp Thomas E. David Richard M. and Kimberly A. Dodd Facility Leasing, Inc. GAC Contractors Ruth Glenn Gulf Coast Medical Center Frank A. and Chrisanthi C. Hall

*Recognizing cumulative gifts and pledges through August 30, 2013. Bold type indicates new gift/pledge between July 1, 2012 and August 30, 2013.


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HDR Engineering, Inc. Junior Service League of Panama City Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. Wayne G. and Gail Lindsey Nan G. Locher Glen R. and Katrina R. McDonald/ Gerald G. McDonald McNeil Carroll Engineering, Inc. Mary Ola Reynolds Miller Panama City Area Seminole Club Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce Panama City Downtown Rotary Club Panhandle Educators Federal Credit Union Patronis Brothers Foundation, Inc. Jimmy T. and Helen C. Patronis, Sr. Preble-Rish, Inc Pyrolysis Tech, LLC Resort Collection James R. Robbins The Family of Brenda Gail Robbins Sallie Mae, Inc. James H. and Rosemary M. Slonina/ Panhandle Engineering, Inc. Society of American Military Engineers Panama City Post Jerry F. and Mary S. Sowell, Jr. John G. Starling, Sr. Summit Bank A. Gary Walsingham/ Walsingham Investments WilsonMiller Stantec, Inc. WJHG News Channel 7 WMBB News 13 James L. and Frances M. Wood

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PRESIDENT’S CLUB ($10,000–$24,999) Adam Arias Memorial Golf Tournament Margit A. Arias The Bays Medical Society Bense Family Foundation Burke, Blue, Hutchison, Walters & Smith, P.A. Century 21 Bay Brokers Council Charles W. Clary, III. Clear Channel Radio Coastal Community Bank Consumer Credit Counseling Service Lorenzo N. and Nancy N. Dantzler Ecological Resource Consultants, Inc. FICPA Miracle Strip Chapter Fraternal Order of Police #130 GFWC Gulf Coast Womans Club, Inc. Patrick D. Greany Hancock Bank Innovations Federal Credit Union Isaac W. Byrd Family Foundation, Inc. ITT Excelis L-3 Communications Marine Maintenance of Bay County, Inc. Panama City Junior Woman's Club Gregory E. and Janna Pape Jimmy T. and Katie L. Patronis, Jr. Register's Enterprises of Bay County, LLC Reynolds Smith and Hills, Inc. John S. and Gail W. Robbins RockTenn Company Kenneth L. and Ann K. Shaw TECO Peoples Gas Company Elizabeth J. Walters Leon L. and Glenda J. Walters

Charles S. Isler, III JRA Architects Michael S. Kennedy Kerrigan, Estess, Rankin, McLoed & Thompson CHARTER CLUB Key Electrical Supply ($5,000–$9,999) Stephen P. and Linda C. Leach AAF Panama City Rayford L. and Eugenia P. Lloyd Applied Research Associates, Inc. John J. Maceluch, Jr. and Family ARINC Mack and Eleanor Lewis Family Foundation Arizona Chemical Company Robert L. and J. Bernice McSpadden Frances Joan Arnold Lesley L. Miller Robert F. and Patricia Barnard Thomas O. and Margarita I. Myers Barron, Redding, Hughes, Fite, Fensom, Nichols & Associates of Bay County, Inc. Sanborn & Kiehn Erma W. Palmer Bay County Correction Facility - CCA Panama City Beach Convention & Bay County Land and Abstract Company Visitors Bureau, Inc. Bay County Sheriff Department Panama City Toyota Scion Bay Walk-In Clinic, Inc. Park National Bank Larson M. and Beverly J. Bland Pilot Club of Panama City John L. Bozarth Michael W. Reed Captain Anderson's Restaurant William B. Robinson/ R. Gordon and Melissa A. Carlton Dive Rescue International Ray E. and Sharon G. Dubuque Jim L. and Nadia Smallwood George N. DePuy and Kathleen Sonny's Real Pit Bar B Q L. Valentine Theodore S. and Barbara H. Spagenberg Farrell Realty & Insurance Agency Spartacus Marketing Consultants, Inc. First American Title Insurance Company Sun Harbor Marina Fisher Brown James R. and Shirley P. Scott/ Charley A. and JoAn Gramling, III Sunshine Piping, Inc. Granite Construction Company SunTrust Bank Gulf Coast State College Foundation Trustmark National Bank HealthSouth Emerald Coast Marvin A. Urquhart, Jr. Rehabilitation Hospital Wells Fargo Hutchison Family Charitable Charles A. Whitehead Foundation, Inc. InterVasc

David P. and Caroline R. Windham Nanci K. Wood Edward N. and June G. Wright




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foundation Highlights from 2012-2013* Recognizing the economic development potential of the College of Applied Studies, the Gulf Power Foundation and the St. Joe Community Foundation committed to $300,000 each to the Endowment for the College of Applied Studies.


The Alfred I. duPont Foundation gave FSU Panama City $100,000 to establish an endowed scholarship and $50,000 in spendable scholarship funds. The scholarship was established to assist students from Gulf, Franklin and Bay counties.


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AT&T Foundation Bill and Carolyn Cramer John and Mary Frances Hutt Marion G. and Barbara W. Nelson Foundation Floyd and Gloria Skinner


The George A. Butchikas Foundation donated $55,000 to ECAP, bringing their total giving to $385,000 over 11 years. A portion of the 2012-2013 donation funded and established the Camille Butchikas ECAP Clinic, which was unveiled August 23, 2012.


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Brenda Gail Robbins Endowed Scholarship David and Trish Warriner Endowed Scholarship Linda B. Coram Endowed Scholarship McDonald Family Endowed Scholarship Richard B. “Dick” Locher Memorial Scholarship Summit Bank Endowed Scholarship Wayne and Gail Lindsey Endowed Scholarship


Thanks to donations over the past year, the Endowment for the College of Applied Studies is valued at more than half a million dollars, which will allow FSU Panama City to award scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year to seven students pursuing degrees in the college.

ENDOWMENT INCREASES TO HALF A MILLION *Highlighting gifts from July 1, 2012 to August 30, 2013




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FSU P a n a m a C i t y Annual Dinner 2012 On October 31, 2013, more than 200 donors and community leaders gathered at Edgewater Beach Resort for FSU Panama City’s Annual Dinner. FSU President Eric Barron was the evening’s keynote speaker and Brian Hague, FSU Panama City Computer Science student, shared with guests how scholarship support has helped him pursue his degree. Thanks to the Garnet and Gold Table Sponsors and those who purchased individual tickets, FSU Panama City raised more than $20,000 for the Endowment for the College of Applied Studies.

FSU P a n a m a C i t y 23rd A n n u a l G ol f C la s s i c FSU Panama City welcomed business leaders, alumni and community supporters to the 23rd Annual Golf Classic at the beautiful Hombre Golf Club. On March 14, supporters attended the Tournament Social & Silent Auction, raising more than $8,000 in silent auction proceeds. The following day, golfers played nine holes of golf and enjoyed a special lunch with Coach Bobby Bowden. Thanks to the businesses and individuals who participated in the tournament, FSU Panama City raised almost $39,000 to support the Endowment for the College of Applied Studies and the Campus Enrichment Fund. At top left, Brian Hauge, scholarship recipient, and his dad, Richard. At top, center, Fred Haines, Linda Dupree, Cathy Register and Mark Register. At top right, President Eric Barron gives keynote speech at the Annual Dinner. At middle left, Bobby Bowden with his team mates Nelson Scott, Glen McDonald and Dean Shaw at the Golf Tournament. At bottom left, FSU Panama CIty students John Feeney, Tyler Peal, Lucas Tucker and Cody Welch. At middle right, Bobby Bowden talked to the press at the Golf Classic. Bottom right, Ray Walker steadies himself for a putt.




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During the week-long AT&T Foundation Advanced STEM Camp in July, local students worked with FSU Panama City engineering students to experience the types of learning that takes place in college engineering courses. Students built remote-controlled airplanes and studied the physics of flight. They worked with educators, pilots and electrical engineers to learn the intricacies of melding many skill sets to create an airplane capable of not only flying, but performing predetermined tasks. The week culminated with students putting their newfound aviation skills to the test. They utilized electrical engineering to add components to their aircraft that allowed them to complete their mission. The AT&T Foundation awarded $50,000 to the FSU Panama City STEM Institute in the fall of 2012 to establish this year's AT&T Foundation Advanced STEM Camp, to cover expenses related to the camp and to provide equipment to be utilized in this and future camps. The goal of the camp is to provide motivation and opportunities for students to get excited about becoming future STEM professionals. "We at AT&T appreciate the ability to give back in this innovative way that really inspires children in our own community," said Ray Walker, Regional Director, AT&T Florida. "We are pleased to be able to support Florida State University Panama City in giving these children a fun, educational and motivating experience."

Regional Director, AT&T Florida, Ray Walker (center) with high school STEM camp students during the AT&T Foundation Advanced STEM Camp held in July.

"Educating out students to the highest level possible requires the active involvement of all stakeholders, said Ginger Littleton, Executive Director of the FSU Panama City STEM institute. "AT&T has always been a highly involved partner in this important endeavor. It is exciting to see their commitment realized." In addition to the “Up in the Air” STEM Camp, STEM Camps for rising eight graders through 12th graders focused on “Restoration Bay.” Provided by the National Defense Education program through the Naval Surface Warfare Center, “Restoration Bay” gave students the tools to understand how to resolve and prevent situations similar to the recent oil spill. Since the creation of Summer STEM Camps at FSU Panama City in 2007, the camps have trained more than 2,000 students and 200 elementary, school, middle school and high school teachers in the region and as far away as Clay and Hamilton counties. For more information on the FSU Panama City STEM Institute, visit PC.FSU.EDU



FACULTY NEWS & NOTES “Our faculty are noted for their quality teaching and their dedication to students. It is a wonderful honor for faculty to be nominated by students to receive a teaching award.” ken shaw, dean, fsu panama city

FSU Panama City Faculty Recognized for Excellence in Teaching

Florida State University Panama City faculty member in psychology, Amy Polick, Ph.D., received the FSU 2012-2013 University Undergraduate Teaching Award. The University Teaching Awards program recognizes faculty for excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching. Faculty are nominated by students and then selected by the Provost’s Office for this distinction. “Our faculty are noted for their quality teaching and their dedication to students. It is a wonderful honor for faculty to be nominated by students to receive a teaching award,” said Dr. Ken Shaw, dean of FSU Panama City. “One of the highest university honors that a professor can receive is a

University Teaching Award. We are proud and delighted that Dr. Polick received this award as it indicates her strong commitment to her students and to FSU Panama City.” FSU Panama City Associate Dean Steve Leach noted, “Out of approximately 2,000 FSU faculty, only 20 were given this prestigious award. To be in the top 1 percent of the teaching faculty at a university like FSU is quite an accomplishment.” Recipients must be outstanding in the many aspects of instruction that contribute to successful teaching and learning. Some of the criteria include availability and helpfulness to students, creative and innovative instructional techniques, providing a positive role model regarding the value of a university education, imparting a love of learning and education and demonstrating a respect for all persons.

Picture above: FSU Panama City Associate Dean Steve Leach, Ph.D., FSU Panama City psychology faculty member Amy Polick, Ph.D., and FSU Panama City Dean Ken Shaw at faculty awards ceremony.



"For many scholars and researchers teaching is a second-class activity but those of us who love our students and thrive on their progress, teaching is the pinnacle of academia and Dr. Amy Polick has reached that summit very early in her teaching career,” said Dr. Jon Bailey, director of the FSU ABA master’s program. “She is able to inspire undergraduates to reach their full potential and guide her graduate students to new levels of professionalism. We are so lucky to have Dr. Polick on our faculty." Polick teaches in the Psychology department’s Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and serves as the director of the FSU Early Childhood Autism Program (ECAP), a non-profit community outreach program serving children diagnosed with autism. Polick joined FSU Panama City in 2010 and this was her first year of eligibility for the FSU Teaching Awards program. She was honored at the Faculty Awards Ceremony in Tallahassee on April 24, 2013. One of Polick’s nominators said: “Dr. Polick embodies several desirable attributes of a successful professor: eloquent without being stodgy, patient when called upon, willing to introduce novel presentation of subjects to facilitate learning. She has made a difference in my life and in the lives of others, be they students, children with autism, fellow faculty or residents within the greater community, and her drive to improve her students, specifically, is without equal.”

PROVOST'S 90% LIST The Provost's 90% list recognizes faculty who receive outstanding teaching evaluations at the end of each semester. Student evaluations of teaching are a measure of student satisfaction and confidence. Excellent student evaluations are indicative that students feel they are receiving a high-quality educational experience. FALL 2012 PROVOST'S LIST: Hafiz Ahmad, Ph.D., P.E. Jerome Barnes, Ph.D. Gary Bliss, D.B.A. Steve Bornhoft John Crossely, Ed.D. James Dever, Ph.D. Robert Dinan Kelly Forehand

“I am so thrilled to be given this honor, and as an FSU alumna,this award is even more special to me. Like many faculty at FSU I work very hard to provide the best experiences for our students, and to be recognized for it is very exciting. As a teacher, I strive most to make a real difference with students,” Polick said, “and to learn that I have succeeded is the best accomplishment I could hope for.”

Kelley Kline, Ph.D.


Michael Wallace, Ph.D.


Ed Wynot, Ph.D.

Social Work faculty member Claire Calohan was named Social Work Educator of the Year by the Emerald Coast Unit of the National Association of Social Workers (NASA), Florida Chapter.


Calohan, a research associate at Florida State’s Panama City campus, has served as adviser to the Society of Student Social Workers for 13 years, was the 2005 president of the Bay County Mental Health Association, chair of the Emerald Coast Unit of National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and member of the state board of NASW.

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Chad Marzen Al Murphy, Ph.D. John Phillips, Ph.D. Amy Polick, Ph.D., BCBA-D Elisa Scherff

Hafiz Ahmad, Ph.D., P.E. John Andrews Jerome Barnes, Ph.D. Gary Bliss, D.B.A. Geoffrey Brooks, Ph.D. Kelly Forehand Sandra Halvorson, Ph.D. Thomas Kelley, Ph.D. Kelley Kline, Ph.D. Judith Leclere, Ph.D. Denise Montford Al Murphy, Ph.D. John Phillips, Ph.D. Amy Polick, Ph.D., BCBA-D Christina Rios Social Work faculty member Claire Calohan (right) with FSU Panama City Social Work graduate student Suzanne Clark, LCSW.

Marilyn Rogers Arelene Shaheen Michael Wallace, Ph.D.




"it has been an honor to be a part of the development of social work students and to watch them as they move from students to professional social workers." Claire Calohan, Social Work faculty, FSU Panama City

She also was named a Notable ’Nole for the Panama City campus in 2004. “Since joining the faculty at the Panama City campus in 1999, it has been an honor to be a part of the development of social work students and to watch them as they move from students to professional social workers,” Calohan said. “The unit awards given by the Florida chapter of the National Associate of Social Workers to Pam Graham and Claire Calohan are an affirmation of their extensive experience, skills

and dedication,” said Nicholas Mazza, dean of the college and the Patricia V. Vance Professor of Social Work. “This speaks well for the College of Social Work’s commitment to being student-centered and engaged with the community.” The National Association of Social Workers, Florida Chapter, is composed of 18 units located throughout the state. The members of each unit submit nominations for specific awards. Then an awards committee in each unit selects the award recipients.

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Front row, left to right, Jim McCoy, Ph.D., English*; Sandra Halvorson, Ph.D., Communication; Christian Rios, M.S., Elementary Education; John Crossley, Ed.D., Recreation, Tourism and Events; Parmjet Cobb, Ph.D.*, Mathematics; and Dorothy Imperial, Ph.D., Elementary Education. Second row, left to right, Donna Trafford, M.S., Recreation, Tourism and Events; Jennifer-Scoggins-Polious, M.S., Social Science Interdisciplinary; John Andrews, J.D., Public Safety and Security; Shaun Saxon, M.S., Library and Learning Center; Banyon Pelham, M.S., Public Safety and Security; and Arlene Shaheen, M.S.W., Social Work. Third row, left to right: Melissa Carlton, M.S., Computer Science; Tom Kelley, Ph.D., Public Safety and Security; and Mike Wallace, Ph.D., Communication. Fourth row, left to right: Mike Zinszer, Ed.S., Public Safety and Security; Rosemary Prince, M.S., Event Management; John Smith, Ph.D., Contracts and Grants-Entomology; Amy Polick, Ph.D., Psychology; Al Murphy, Ph.D., Psychology; Claire Calohan, M.S.W., Social Work; Kelley Kline, Ph.D., Psychology; and Hafiz Ahmad, Ph.D., Electrical Engineering. Back row, left to right: Steve Leach, Ph.D., Computer Science; Ken Shaw, Ed.D., Dean; Stan Lindsay, Ph.D., Communication; Gary Bliss, D.B.A., Business Administration; Korhan Adalier, Ph.D., Civil Engineering; Clay Hughes, Ph.D., Electrical Engineering; Derek Hillison, Ph.D., Business Administration; Geoffrey Brooks, Ph.D., Electrical Engineering; and Ahmet Pamuk, Ph.D., P.E., Civil Engineering. Not pictured: Dale Nute, Ph.D., Public Safety and Security; Jerome Barnes, Ph.D., Electrical Engineering; Mark Feulner, M.A., M.S., Public Safety and Security; Chris Lacher, Ph.D., Computer Science; Katharine Davis, M.S., Elementary Education; and Marion Fesmire, Ed.D., Elementary Education. *McCoy and Cobb are new, full-time faculty for 2013-2014.



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Florida State University Panama City won top honors at the American Advertising Federation Panama City 2013 ADDY Awards gala. Students and staff entries received a total of five silver ADDYs, three gold ADDYs and the prestigious Judge’s Choice Award. The ADDY Awards is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition recognizing and rewarding creative excellence in the field of advertising. The local ADDY Awards is the first of a three-tier competition. All Gold ADDY award winners at the local level are forwarded to the regional competition where winners move up to the national finals. The Student ADDY Awards recognize and reward creative excellence by students and is a program specially designed for college students. The Student ADDY Awards is also a three-tiered competition, occurring in conjunction with the professional ADDY Awards and judged using the same criteria.

Professional Awards: Office of Advacement Staff:

Student Awards:

1. Silver ADDY, Collateral Poster, FSU Panama City Public Safety and Security Posters 2. Silver ADDY, Collateral Annual Report, FSU Panama City 2011-2012 Annual Report 3. Gold ADDY, Integrated Campaign, Florida State University Panama City “Now Admitting Freshmen” 4. Judge’s Choice, Integrated Campaign, Florida State University Panama City “Now Admitting Freshmen"

Miranda Adams, Corporate and Public Communications student: 1. Silver ADDY, Advertising, Malibu Ad 2. Gold ADDY, Photography, Black and White, “Naptime” 3. Gold ADDY, Photography, Color, “Butterfly” Kevin Elliott, Corporate and Public Communications student: 1. Silver ADDY, Advertising, “It’s Kind of Fun to Do the Impossible” 2. Silver ADDY, Advertising, “Say Something Great"


AWARDS Each year, the FSU Panama City Student Government Council recognizes Florida State University Panama City faculty and staff members who have gone above and beyond to help students and promote the campus.


For the 2012-2013 school year, the Student Government Council recognized the following recipients for: Faculty Member of the Year: Tom Kelley, Ph.D. Adjunct of the Year: Kevin (Scott) Ervin Staff Member of the Year: Darren DeDario Registered Student Organization of the Year: American Advertising Federation & Psychology Club (tie) Registered Student Organization Advisor of the Year: Mike Wallace, Ph.D. (American Advertising Federation)






“There’s something that distinguishes a great university from an extraordinary university — and that is you; our graduates are all over the world. They give back to the university, work hard on their jobs and give back to society." ~Dean Ken Shaw On May 5, 2013, Florida State University Panama City honored its graduates at commencement. A total of 351 degrees were awarded for the 2012 - 2013 academic year (292 bachelor’s degrees and 59 master’s degrees). FSU President Eric J. Barron and FSU Panama City Dean Ken Shaw presided over the ceremony and actor, writer and communication professional Thom Gossum, Jr. delivered the commencement address to graduates.




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University Building an Endowment for Tomorrow's Jobs The new College of Applied Studies at FSU Panama City was approved by the FSU Board of Trustees in June 2010 and allows the campus to more easily respond to workforce needs in our area. We invite you to support The Campaign for Our Community’s University by helping us build an endowment for tomorrow’s jobs. Our goal is to establish a $5 million endowment for the College of Applied Studies by 2017, which will allow FSU Panama City to establish student scholarships, implement new degree programs and provide new equipment and technology. To learn how you can support our community’s university, contact Mary Beth Lovingood at (850) 770-2108 or

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