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  • November 2018 Alumni News

    By Josh Duke | November 10, 2018 | Posted in: Alumni News

    Charlie Ward
    November 29, 2018
    Rehabilitation Services B.S. ’94


    Charlie Ward (third from right)

    Charlie Ward received the Vires Award on November 28. He received the honor for “his sustained embodiment of the principles of integrity, hard work and concern for others.”

    From the press release:

    Ward, a two-sport star athlete, won the 1993 Heisman Trophy, only months after leading the FSU men’s basketball team to the NCAA Elite Eight. Throughout his athletics career, Ward maintained a strong academic record and served as Student Government Association Vice President in his senior year. He went on to play 11 seasons in the NBA, mainly for the New York Knicks, before retiring from professional basketball in 2005.

    He has guided countless young people through his work as a high school football and basketball coach, and now serves head boys’ basketball coach at Florida State University Schools.

    Over the past 25 years, Ward and his wife, Tonja, have quietly and consistently donated to youth development organizations, charities, churches and schools. In 2015, they founded the Charlie Ward Family Foundation with the mission of supporting youth development programs and organizations and sharing Ward’s inspirational message of embracing the process that leads to success.

    November 19, 2018


    Three College of Education alumni were recognized by the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship Seminole 100 list. The list highlights the accomplishments of entrepreneurially minded individuals and their businesses by ranking the fastest-growing businesses owned by FSU alumni.

    The College of Education alumni on the Seminole 100 list for 2019 are Taylor Gaynes (Sport Management B.S. ’15), Jeff Hausinger (Social Science Education B.S. ’98) and Karen Walker (Visual Disabilities B.S. ‘ 87, Emotional/Learning Disorders M.S. ’88).

    Brian Ray
    November 19, 2018
    Higher Education Ed.S. ’95, Ph.D. ’98

    ch ray jfsc writing award

    Brian Ray graduated from the National Defense University’s Joint and Combined Warfighting School (JCWS).  The JCWS curriculum is designed to educate national security professionals to plan and execute joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational operations.  At the graduation ceremony Brian received the “Dean’s Award for Excellence in Writing” for his co-authored paper entitled Harnessing Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems Across the Seven Joint Functions.




    Samantha Elizabeth Bollhalter
    November 15, 2018
    Social Science Education B.S. ’10


    Samantha Bollhalter was named the Teacher of the Year for Shoal River Middle School. The middle school is located in Okaloosa County, Florida. Bollhalter has been with the school for nearly three years.






    November 15, 2018

    Two recent alumnae were honored by the FSU Alumni Association as outstanding young alumni. Xinya Liang (Ph.D ‘14 Measurement & Statistics) and Brittany Sinitch (B.S. ‘17 English Education) were both named to the “Thirty Under 30” list, which recognizes leaders across multiple industries and fields. Liang is currently the assistant professor of Educational Statistics & Research Methods at University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Sinitch is a teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.


    IMG_2855November 13, 2018
    Brian Montalvo
    Career Counseling M.S./Ed.S. (’13)

    Brian Montalvo was recently named Sr. Director of Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) Career Center. In addition, Brian was voted onto a leadership role with the National Career Development Association and served on the Board of Directors as a Trustee for Higher Education Career Counselors and Specialist. He has been awarded NCDA Outstanding Service through Board Leadership, Karl F. Ijams Humanitarian Award, and a Leader of Leaders award for demonstrating exemplary leadership of staff and modeling balance, respect, productivity, accountability, and integrity.