TCC posthumously bestows degree to Vietnam veteran
David Lowe was a student at TCC in 2006 and again in 2009-10.
He died in June 2018.
Tallahassee Community College President Jim Murdaugh and members of the TCC District Board of Trustees conferred his TCC degree upon his relatives during the trustees May 20 meeting.
Lowe, 62, was a Vietnam veteran and an avid outdoorsman, triple amputee, community volunteer and disability activist who faced profound physical challenges and chronic homelessness and poverty in the last years of his life.
While attending TCC, he was the first recipient of the HERO Scholarship which was established to assist veterans in obtaining their community college degree.
He also served on the board of the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association where he supervised the construction of the Miracle League Field in Tallahassee.
Lowe’s chronic health issues kept him from completing a single semester consecutively.
TCC History Professor Melissa Soldani taught Lowe and understood his determination to finish his degree. “I would like to do more to honor his spirit,” Soldani said. “I would like to help him get his degree so that his family and this community can celebrate him.”
TCC Foundation announces the DeWitt Miller Classroom
Tallahassee Community College announced a new gift that will be used to support the college’s First Class Campaign during the May 20 District Board of Trustees meeting.
Heather Mitchell, executive director of the TCC Foundation announced that a gift from DeWitt and Kathy Miller is the 46th gift in this campaign to reach 50 commitments to renovate 50 classrooms.
The Millers’ $25,000 donation is being matched dollar for dollar, providing for a $50,000 renovation of a classroom on TCC’s main campus.
These funds will be used to renovate a classroom that houses the College’s Earth Science, Geology, Oceanography and Meteorology courses.
The family’s business is Miller Glass.
Contact Heather Mitchell at [email protected] or (850) 201-6067 for more information on the project.
TCC students take home awards in statewide forensics competition
Tallahassee Community College students took home awards in the Spring 2019 Florida College System Activities Association Forensics Division.
Representing TCC were Braxten Marshall, Tourean Underwood (co-captain), John Schultz, Samuel Goetz, Robert Doyle, Tatyana Penn (co-captain), Esmeralda Lucio, Charles Metzger, Chase Cashion, Gatlin Nennstiel and Alexander Aguilera.
TCC won 13 of 15 events, swept the top 5 Overall Individual Speaker Awards, won the State Top-Novice award, and won Individual Events Sweepstakes and Overall Team Sweepstakes.
TCC has achieved the state title 19 of the last 21 years.
FAMU NAA raises more than $450,000 during Annual Day of Giving
The Florida A&M University National Alumni Association raised more than $457,000 during its Annual Day of Giving at its annual convention.
The event was held May 18 during the association’s three-day convention in Birmingham, Alabama, during which Col. Gregory Clark was installed for another term as president.
A highlight of the fundraising was FAMU President Larry Robinson’s contribution of $25,000. The NAA’s membership also gave a vote of confidence to the president for his leadership.
Of the alumni donations, the Florida Region contributed $222,366; the Northeast Region $62,737 and $57,508 in donations came from the Far West Region.
The Southern Region alumni donated $46,476, while the Midwest Region contributed $9,105. Other donations totaled $59,508, according to preliminary reports.
Money collected during the Rattler Church Service will be donated to the FAMU NAA “Save Our Students” campaign, which provides scholarships to students. Over the past three years, the NAA has contributed $1.5 million to the university, according to the Office of Advancement.
FAMU Board of Trustees members Kelvin Lawson, chair; vice chair Kimberly Moore and Robert Woody were among those attending.
Florida A&M fundraiser raises $10,000 for The Refuge House
Over 1,500 guests recently attended The Refuge House’s fundraiser, Tuscany in Tallahassee.
The Refuge House partnered with FAMU to raise money to support services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault across the Big Bend region.
The event is an extension of The Refuge House’s and FAMU’s relationship to assist and support students and staff affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. The relationship has served hundreds of students over the last decade.
FAMU's First Lady Sharon Robinson served as the honorary chair of the event.
FAMU’s Parents and Family Weekend planned for September
Florida A&M University will host its Parents & Family Weekend Sept. 20-22.
Event guests will experience a schedule of events and activities, including the Set Friday tradition, tailgating and a football game.
Visit the website to view the full schedule of events at: studentactivities.famu.edu.
Four Florida State University students awarded NSF fellowships
Four Florida State students have received a highly competitive fellowship from the National Science Foundation to help fund their doctoral work.
The fellowship program recognizes exceptional graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees.
Fellows receive an annual stipend of $34,000 over three years, which allows them to conduct research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education. They also receive a $12,000 allowance for tuition and fees, opportunities for international research and professional development.
FSU’s winners are:
Eileen Kyoung Chun, a doctoral student in the Department of Psychology.
Ethan Cissell, a doctoral student at FSU studying microbiology under Assistant Professor Sophie McCoy.
Lyndsey Chong, a second-year doctoral student in clinical psychology.
Victoria Posey, a recent FSU chemistry graduate who will pursue graduate studies in material chemistry at Columbia University.
In addition, three former FSU students — Penelope Rachelle Ales, Sierra Gillman and Chelsea Massaro — received the award.
Contact senior writer Byron Dobson at [email protected] or on Twitter @byrondobson.
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