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  • March 2019 Alumni News

    By Josh Duke | March 1, 2019 | Posted in: Alumni News

    March 30, 2019
    Ashley Stafford
    Elementary Education B.S. ’09

    Ashley Stafford / Photo courtesy of Naples Daily News

    Ashley Stafford won a Golden Apple award. As one of the seven award winners, Stafford will receive a monetary prize as well as a grant from Suncoast Credit Union. Stafford received the award for her exceptional work teaching math to her students. Stafford was also featured in a video showcasing her achievements and demonstrating her teaching ability.



    March 28, 2019

    Three College of Education alumnae were named to the Tallahassee Women You Need to Know list. The annual list names 25 women who make a difference in the Tallahassee community. The three alumnae are:

    • Cindy Bigbie – Instructional Systems & Learning Technologies M.S. ’91, Ph.D. ’94
    • Michelle Gale – Elementary Education B.S. ’86, Educational Leadership M.S. ’95
    • Rosanne Wood – Social Science Education B.S. ’77

    You can find the entire list of notable women at the Tallahassee Democrat.


    March 27, 2019
    Stephen John Stepp Jr.
    Elementary Education B.S. ’04

    Stephen John Stepp Jr. recently finished his master’s degree in School Administration, which he received from Western Carolina University. He has worked as a teacher for the last 15 years and currently teaches 4th grade Math and Science. In addition, Stepp Jr. is also the director of Professional Development at Gaston Day School in Gastonia, North Carolina.



    March 26, 2019
    Kerry McCaig
    Higher Education Ph.D. ’90

    Kerry McCaig, who currently serves as the Air Force Academy deputy director of student services, was recently featured in an article about student success at the Academy. The Academic Success Center provides a way for cadets at the Academy to acquire strategies for academic success, reading strategies, and even quantitative reasoning skills. You can learn more about the Academic Success Center here.



    March 21, 2019
    Dylan Hamilton
    Sport Management B.S. ’11, M.S. ’14

    Dylan Hamilton FSU

    Image courtesy of Graceful Arts by Pam

    Rugby Pennsylvania named Dylan Hamilton executive director. Hamilton was a standout member of the Florida State rugby team during his time here. On top of being a former player, Hamilton spent time refereeing, coaching and playing in Australia, Scotland and around the US. He lends his expertise in the sport to help promote the game of rugby throughout the state of Pennsylvania.



    March 7, 2019Monique Ositelu FSU
    Monique Ositelu
    Higher Education Ph.D. ’18

    Monique Ositelu was selected by the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education to be a 2019 Dissertation of the Year award recipients. Ositelu’s dissertation was about NCAA D1 academic reform and was described by the selection committee as “field shifting.” Ositelu will present her research at a conference in Indianapolis later this year.



    March 6, 2019
    Christian Williams
    Higher Education M.S. ’16

    Christian Williams was named the winner of the Outstanding New Professional Award from the NASPA Gender and Sexuality Knowledge Community. Williams works at the University of Delaware as the coordinator of extended orientation & transition programs, new student orientation. To receive this award, winners must have been in the profession for less than three years and actively working in the Gender and Sexuality Knowledge Community.


    March 5, 2019
    Gerard Vernot
    Counseling/Human Systems Ph.D. ’75

    Gerard Vernot published a new book, titled Helping Students Eliminate Inappropriate School Behavior: A Group Activities’ Guide for Teachers and Counselors. The book received a review by the National Board of Certified counselors and was also published in their journal, The Professional Counselor. 




    March 1, 2019

    Two Sport Management alumni received awards at the Sport and Recreation Law Association Conference. Dr. John Grady (Sports Administration Ph.D. ’06, center) received the Betty van der Smissen Leadership Award and Dr. John Holden (Sports Administration M.S. ’07, Sport Management Ph.D. ’16, right) won the Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport Best Paper Award.