Donald Rimel, Tim Hyden Named SCF Outstanding Graduates

Spring 2014 Commencement Held May 2

(Bradenton, Fla., May 2, 2014) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Spring 2014 commencement was held Friday, May 2, in Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Out of 840 students who are eligible for graduation, 323 graduates participated in the ceremony. This includes 809 associate degree graduates, 30 baccalaureate graduates and one certificate graduate. Fifty-four of the associate degree graduates were SCF Collegiate School (SCFCS) graduates.

The graduation speaker was Dr. Wilson G. Bradshaw, president of Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) in Fort Myers, Fla., which partnered with SCF to provide scholarships for SCFCS graduates who have been accepted to FGCU to have the opportunity to earn a baccalaureate degree.

Bradshaw’s higher education experience also includes serving as the president of Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minn., provost and vice president for academic affairs at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, vice president and dean for graduate studies and research at Georgia Southern University, and dean of graduate studies at Florida Atlantic University.

Born in Sanford, Fla., and raised in West Palm Beach, Bradshaw earned his Associate in Arts degree from Palm Beach State College, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology from Florida Atlantic University, and doctorate in psychobiology from the University of Pittsburgh. He was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the Laboratory of Neural and Endocrine Regulation at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Bradshaw is active in civic, educational and philanthropic initiatives in FGCU’s Southwest Florida region and beyond. He also serves on the Alliance of Educational Leaders Board of Directors, Naples Botanical Gardens Board of Directors, Lee County Education Foundation, and Searching for Solutions Inc. Board of Directors.

The Outstanding Graduate Award was presented to an associate-level student and a baccalaureate-level student who have shown superior leadership, academic achievement and community service while attending SCF.

Lakewood Ranch Resident Donald Rimel III was the recipient of the Outstanding Associate Award. Rimel, who earned an Associate in Arts degree, is a 2014 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar and 2014 All-Florida Academic First Team member. He was vice president of scholarship for the Nu Zeta chapter of the PTK International Honor Society and president of the Student Government Association at SCF Bradenton and the SCF Model United Nations Club. Mr. Rimel was a two-time winner of the Outstanding Delegate Award and the 2014 Security Council Top Position Paper Award at the Southern Regional Model United Nations Conference. He was the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Student in Political Science Award and served on SCF’s Student Activities Budget Review and Quality Enhancement Plan committees. Rimel was treasurer of SCF’s Phi Beta Lambda Business Club and a member of the SCF Brain Bowl team and History Club. He is an Eagle Scout and member of the Manatee Young Professionals. He plans to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Accounting at the University of Florida and later earn a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University.

Other finalists for the Outstanding Associate Graduate Award were Olga Klippert Blue, Englewood; Andrew Pluta, Sarasota; Priscilla Sosa, Sarasota; and Tat Sing Yeung, North Port. Click here for OGA bios.

Bradenton resident Tim Hyden was the recipient of the Outstanding Baccalaureate Graduate Award. Hyden, a U.S. Air Force veteran and a Florida firefighter for 22 years, earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Safety Administration. He volunteered for Meals on Wheels Shoeboxes for Seniors, served as a drinking and driving awareness coordinator for Prom Promise and coordinated Lakewood Ranch 9/11 Remembrance ceremonies. At SCF, he was a member of the Nu Zeta chapter of the PTK International Honor Society and Studio 84 Productions. In 2012, he received the 13th Congressional District Career Service Award and was selected as the 2007 East Manatee Fire Rescue Officer of the Year. Hyden, a nationally recognized author and speaker on public safety issues, serves on educational boards at SCF and Manatee Technical Institute and is a member of fire service associations. He plans to continue working as the training and safety officer for the East Manatee Fire Rescue District and pursue a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Columbia Southern University.

Other finalists for the Outstanding Baccalaureate Graduate Award were Sarasota residents Andrea Lucy and Estraica Reed. Click here for OGA bios.

Funding for SCF's Outstanding Graduate Award is provided by the State College of Florida Foundation Inc.

Graduation program participants were SCF President Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld; Gary Russell, vice president of academic affairs; Dr. Donald Bowman, vice president of student affairs; Darlene Wedler-Johnson, SCF Venice campus executive officer; Janet Samuels, assistant professor, mathematics; Kristen Zaborski, instructor, business and technology; and Pastor Kevin Bowder and Deacon Kathy Gilpin, campus ministries.

The national anthem was sung by the SCF Chamber Choir directed by Melodie Dickerson, SCF Music Program director, and the processional and recessional were performed by the SCF Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robyn Bell, SCF director of instrumental studies.

Karen Armstrong, SCF educational records coordinator, served as the macebearer in the ceremony. She has been employed at SCF for 39 years and will retire in October.


Donald Rimell
Outstanding Associate Graduate Donald Rimel III

Tim Hyden
Outstanding Baccalaureate Graduate Tim Hyden


OGA group
OGA finalists (front row) Andrea Lucy, Priscilla Sosa, Estraica Reed, (back row) Andrew Pluta, Olga Klippert
Blue, Donald Rimel III, Tat Sing Yeung, and Tim Hyden.


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