Alumni News

Alumni News

Natalie Barton

Awards Become Secondary for FSC Nursing Alumna

Natalie Barton ’19, a registered nurse in the Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Duke University Hospital, was honored with a Community Service Award in Memory of Dan S. Blalock Jr. on May 14. Over 6,800 nurses from across the Duke University Health System were eligible for the awards, and Natalie was one of only 37 to be honored.

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FSC Grad Risks Life To Support Ukraine

Around this time last year, Andrew Roman ’21 was planning his graduation celebration from Florida Southern College, while also beginning work toward his Master’s in Business Administration. This year, Andrew is risking his life to help Ukrainian citizens as their months-long war with Russia continues.

Brant Martin

Martin’s Service to FSC Rewarded With Polk Hall of Fame Honor

Brant Martin’s connection to Florida Southern is deep. Thanks in part to his service to Florida Southern and an amateur golf career that made him famous around Polk County clubhouses, Martin is set to be inducted into the Polk County Sports Hall of Fame in June.

Austin Crotteau

FSC Alumnus Headed to Norway for Fulbright Scholarship

Austin Crotteau ’18 understands the value of perseverance; it’s what earned him a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship.

Joe Tedder

Joe G. Tedder ‘87 – Tedder Collected FSC Degree Before Charting His Path

Many Polk County residents will recognize Joe G. Tedder as Polk County’s Tax Collector. Only a few people might know prior to becoming a county official, Joe graduated from Lakeland Senior High School and Florida Southern College (’87).

Jill Stephens

Jill Stephens ’95

Jill Stephens has had a long-standing relationship with Florida Southern College. She received her bachelor’s degree from FSC in Sports Management. She also has a master's degree from the United States Sports Academy. She is one of the driving forces behind the FSC athletic department.

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FSC Alum Serves With Passion

Cullen Thomas O’Donnell ’16 has always had a heart for service. An alumnus who graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Spanish, as well as a Bachelor’s in Sociology, Cullen joined the Peace Corps as a volunteer soon after graduating from Florida Southern College.

Mary Virginia Conrad Riggins

Mary Virginia Conrad Riggins: FSC’s First Female Trustee

Mary Virginia Conrad Riggins played a prominent role in the history of Florida Southern College, serving in several capacities throughout her lifetime. A graduate of FSC, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1917, earning the position of Honor Walk.

claire henry

Flavor Roots: FSC’s Seed-to-Scale Program Helping Student Realize Dream

To get in touch with her roots, Claire Henry ’21 started creating Asian-inspired ice cream. Flavors like strawberry rose, black sesame with a twist of coffee and a spicy chocolate flavor inspired by the region her sister was born in, FuZhou, are some of the creations she has come up with. The business administration graduate, who is now studying for her MBA at Florida Southern, has dreams of seeing her ice cream on the shelves of major super market chains.

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Dr. T: FSC Grad Jumps From Basketball Court Into Physical Therapy

Tyler, who received his Bachelor’s in Human Movement and Performance from Florida Southern College, is now a member of Physical and Sports Rehab in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

James Mancuso

From Florida Southern to the Opera House

James Mancuso’s career is on a high note! Currently under contract with the Sarasota Opera, Mancuso ’19, is putting his musical education from Florida Southern to work, while living out his dreams. Mancuso recently covered the role of Dormont for La Scala di Seta or The Silken Ladder at the Sarasota Opera.

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Meet Matthew Cicanese

In addition to being a proud Moc, FSC alum Matthew Cicanese is an avid conservationist, explorer and award-winning documentarian whose talents lie in expressing the beauty of the Earth’s biodiversity through media publication. Since his graduation, this ambitious FSC alum has achieved many outstanding accomplishments, to include his recent recognition in Forbes 30 Under 30 in their Art & Style category.

Beth Ann Baldry Nichols interviews Dr. Condoleezza Rice

FSC Alumna Named as First Female President of Golf Writers Association of America

Senior writer at Golfweek magazine became GWAA president in April 2021.

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FSC Grad’s Impactful Decision Changes Lives of African Children and Families

Class of 2006 alumna promotes elementary education through a village school in Uganda.

Kimberly Couch '16

Meet Alum Kimberly Couch '16

Bonita Springs native, Kimberly Couch ‘16 graduated from FSC with a degree in biology and minors in chemistry and business administration. This hardworking alum had her sights set on accomplishing her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian.

VanDerLaan, O’Brien

VanDerLaan, O’Brien Named Outstanding Student-Athletes

Men’s golf all-American John VanDerLaan and women’s lacrosse all-American Meghan O’Brien were named as outstanding male and female student-athletes for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Creative Leanings Foster Learning

Creative Leanings Foster Learning

How is a melting chocolate bunny related to a young elephant’s efforts to improve his father’s bad mood?

Guy D. Colado

Distinguished Alumnus: Guy D. Colado ’66

A native of Winter Park, Guy D. Colado ’66 has had a long and distinguished career as an executive in the banking industry, and he has served his community and his nation with honor.