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This content hub is a home for the stories that make us #SCFProud. This page will highlight the outstanding students, faculty and alumni who make SCF special.

 

May 5, 2022

SCFCS Students Complete Junior Leadership Manatee

Nine State College of Florida Collegiate School students completed Junior Leadership Manatee in 2021-22. The eight-month civic engagement program for high school juniors requires students to give up several of their potential days off from school throughout the year. SCFCS students have the added challenge of navigating program days while balancing a schedule of college classes. We're #SCFProud of the students who participated this year:

Gabriella Cortes-Alban

Ava Cox

Ashley Delacruz-Zuniga

Kali Kamiya

Ashely Lopez

Nicolette Miceli

Samuel Moore

Joanna Smith

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Students from high school across Manatee County participate in the annual Junior Leadership Manatee program. Photo courtesy of the Junior Leadership Board of Directors.


April 21, 2022

SCF Athletics is Making Us #SCFProud - Updates 

Beach Volleyball won the American Volleyball Coaches Association championship for the NJCAA level, defeating Lake Sumter College 3-2 in the championship match. Ana Broadhead and Yeva Serdiuk were named All Americans.

Women’s Tennis finished third at the State Championships and qualified for Nationals. Sakurako Suzuki won the state championship in #5 singles.

D’Moi Hodge ’20 will use his final year of basketball eligibility to transfer from Cleveland State to the University of Missouri. Hodge averaged an impressive 15.5 points per game at Division 1 Cleveland State this year and now will play at the highest level of college basketball in the Southeastern Conference in the 2022-2023 season.

The inaugural Manatee vs. Sarasota Counties High School Basketball All-Star Game is taking place this Thursday night at Hal Chasey Gymnasium, bringing top players from almost every high school in the two counties to SCF Bradenton.


April 12, 2022

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New Baccalaureate Degrees at SCF Combat Local Teacher Shortages

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) has received approval from the Florida Department of Education to offer Bachelor of Science degrees in the fields of Elementary Education and Exceptional Student Education (ESE). Read more>


April 7, 2022 

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Points of Pride - Find Out What Recent News is Making #SCFProud 

  • SCFCS junior Gabriella Cortes-Alban was awarded the Young Spirit Award at the annual Spirit of Manatee Awards presented by the Manatee Community Foundation. Gabriella was nominated by Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee County. She is an active member of the Youth in Action Club, has performed more than 100 hours of community service. She is also participating in Junior Leadership Manatee during the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Joe and Barbara Najmy were recognized with the Lifetime Spirit Award by the Manatee Community Foundation at the annual Spirit of Manatee Awards. The SCF Foundation was one of three organizations nominating the Najmys. Barbara is a 1986 alumna of MCC and is on the SCF Foundation Board of Directors, having previously served as its president. As president she was instrumental in the restructuring the Annual Scholarship Luncheon. 
  • April Caldwell, who won $1,500 at SCF’s Veterans’ Business Incubator in the pitch contest in 2020, won a $50,000 prize for her business FayVen on Bloomberg’s “2 Minute Drill” pitch show.
  • 2020 SCF Collegiate School graduate Skyler Vargas is completing her bachelor’s degree at FGCU at age 18 and is preparing to attend law school at Stetson Law.
  • SCF’s newest varsity sport, beach volleyball, competed in the Mercer Beach Bash against NCAA D1 and D2 teams, even appearing on ESPN+ while facing Mercer.
  • Five SCF students in Phi Beta Lambda combined to win nine prizes at the state conference. The students are Liana Harvilla, Taylor Howell, Priscilla Kuhar, Nikki Francisco, and Samantha Asselin-Cazares. Four of the students are advancing to national competition. An additional student, Amanda Foster, was elected as state PBL VP of Communications.
  • CAM won 11 awards at the 35th Annual Educational Advertising Award. SCF was recognized in every category for which it entered, including earning one gold, three silvers, three bronzes, and four merit recognitions.
  • 12th Circuit Court Judge Debra Johnes Riva, an MJC alumna, announced her retirement after 15 years on the bench, effective July 1, 2022.
  • SCF basketball player James “Pop” Weathers was named to the Region VIII all-region team on March 4 and later in the month announced his commitment to continue his career at Division I Bradley University.
  • History instructor Mike “Mig” Gallagher published his first novel, “California Blood at Gettysburg: From Antebellum California to a Bloody Pennsylvania Ridge.”
  • The SCF Coding Academy hosted the First Lego League West Florida Robotics Championship at the 26 West Center at SCF Bradenton.
  • Former SCF math adjunct Donna Clarke, who previously served as a Florida State Representative, was named Chair Board of Directors of Lee Health. She has served on the board since 2014.

March 31, 2022

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SCF Foundation President Dorothy Korszen Eager for Evening Under the Stars

Dorothy Korszen '78 loved Evening Under the Stars, the SCF Foundation's annual outdoor concert at SCF Venice, before she even got involved with the Foundation. Now as the Foundation's president, she can't wait to see the event return on April 9 after a two-year hiatus. Read more>


March 28, 2022

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Isiah Dasher Helps Power Peacocks on Historic March Madness Run

Isiah Dasher '20 was a dynamite offensive player. at SCF from 2018-2020. This spring he helped his hometown St. Peter's University Peacocks topple heavyweights like Kentucky and Purdue during a historic run that saw the Peacocks become the first-ever 15-seeded team to make the Elite 8. 


March 25, 2022

Melissa Larkin-Skinner

Melissa Larkin-Skinner '90 is a Leader in Fight vs. Addiction 

Melissa Larkin-Skinner, a longtime Manatee County resident and 1990 Manatee Community College graduate, is the regional Chief Executive Officer for Centerstone of Florida, a not-for-profit behavioral hospital and addiction center. Read more>


March 24, 2022

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SCF Biotechnology Students Make Novel Discovery

Work conducted by several students in cloning small sections of a bacteria’s DNA strands was published in a repository DNA database of the National Institutes of Health. The DNA proved to be a novel sequence that had never been previously documented. Read more>


March 21, 2022

Maja Ristic Hall of Fame Induction

Alumni Profile - Hall of Fame Volleyball Player Maja Ristic 

Maja Ristic '15 was a dominant volleyball player for the Manatees, earning conference Player of the Year and first-team All-American honors while powering the team to a 24-match winning streak. A Bosnian native, Ristic made her home in Florida after completing her volleyball playing career at Florida Atlantic University. She was honored with induction into the SCF Athletics Hall of Fame in 2022. Watch Induction Ceremony Speech>


March 16, 2022

Alumni Profile - Hall of Fame Basketball Player Stephanie Dumas

Stephanie Dumas '90 was the first athlete inducted into the SCF Athletic Hall of Fame exclusively as a women's basketball player. She passed up the opportunity to play NCAA Division I basketball to start her nursing career, and now holds a master's degree as a practicing nurse practitioner. Watch Induction Ceremony Speech>


March 16, 2022

Alumni Profile - Ashley Eickelmann

On her journey to become a pediatric nurse, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Ashley Eickelmann has faced financial struggles, but the generosity of the SCF Foundation benefactors has strengthened her resolve to achieve her dreams. Read more>


March 15, 2022

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Alumni Profile - Marianne Barnebey

Marianne Barnebey has served the community in a number of non-profit and political positions since her graduation from Manatee Junior College (now SCF). Read more>


March 14, 2022

Meredith Headings

Alumni Profile - Meredith Headings Advocates for Improved Athletic Facilities

Meredith Headings hit the first home run at the Manatees Softball Field when the diamond opened in 2000. She went on to be a successful coach for the program and is now a member of the SCF Athletic Hall of Fame. Read more>


March 10, 2022

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Four Women Foster Future of SCF and Its Foundation

September 28, 2021, will be a notable date forever in the history of State College of Florida and the State College of Florida Foundation. Read more>


March 4, 2022

Jade Turner

Alumni Spotlight - Jade Turner, Music and Theatre Performer 

Jade Turner is a dynamic vocalist who was tapped at a young age to perform with the Performers Theatre Workshop at a cabaret club in New York City. SCF Foundation scholarships made it possible for Jade, who worked a full-time job and took 21 credits a semester, to return to SCF in her second year to star as Anita in “West Side Story.” Read more>


March 4, 2022

Tessa Suplee

Alumni Spotlight - Tessa Suplee, Trailblazing Nurse

Retired Lt. Col. Tessa Angelo Suplee has been on a mission to serve, having helped to save the lives of hundreds of U.S. Military members serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait. Read more>

 


March 1, 2022

Darlene Williams

Alumni Spotlight - Darlene Ava Williams, Professional Stunt Woman

Darlene Ava Williams got some of her best advice while taking theatre classes at Manatee Community College (MCC), now State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. Read more>


March 1, 2022

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Points of Pride - Find Out What Recent News is Making #SCFProud 

  • The Manatee Community Foundation highlighted Virginia Villegas Romero, a two-time bachelor’s degree graduate of SCF.
  • Gospel Nwachukwu, State College of Florida student filmmaker, took home third place for his short psychological horror film entitled “Free.” 
  • John LaCivita, a 1988 graduate of SCF, was promoted to president of Willis Smith Construction.
  • The Gulf Coast Community Foundation awarded SCF $150,000 to support the Nursing Center for Excellence.
  • SCF alumna Evan Potter’s ’12 business, PlanIt Events, was featured on the front page of the Parrish Village News.
  • SCF inducted five new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame.

Learn more in this video>


February 24, 2022

Lawshawn Frost

Alumni Spotlight - Lawshawn Frost '90 Making an Impact in Education

Dr. Lashawn Frost ‘90 is in her 10th year as the principal of Booker Middle School in Sarasota, a position that she never would have imagined while attending Manatee Community College (now SCF) more than 20 years ago. At that time, she planned to be a lawyer and was still on that path when she completed her undergraduate degree at Florida State University. Read more>


February 24, 2022

Natasha

Alumni Spotlight - Natasha Wanjohi '19

Natasha Wanjohi ‘19 is on the fast track to a promising future, earning early acceptance to the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) in Lakewood Ranch. Read more>


February 24, 2022

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Faculty Focus - Don Bryn Authors New Textbook "Now Hear This"

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) recognized Don Bryn, instructor of music, for the publication of his new textbook, “Now Hear This.” The 13-chapter text engages students and encourages critical thought and excitement about music and how to overcome cultural and psychological resistance to unfamiliar music. Read more>


February 23, 2022

Virginia Villegas Romero

Alumni Feature - Virginia Villegas Romero '20

Virginia Villegas Romero '20 holds two bachelor's degrees from SCF and has a deep-rooted passion for helping others. Romero recently completed her bachelor's degree in nursing and has worked in a busy COVID-19 ward at the height of the pandemic. Read more>


February 22, 2022

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Faculty Focus - Kim Ghiselin and Michael Bellissimo Minigrant Recap

Faculty members at SCF are known for going above and beyond to put their students first. In the think of COVID-19's emergence in 2020, a pair of math professors secured minigrants to improve their students' remote learning experience. Read more>


February 22, 2022

John LaCivita from Willis Smith Construction

Alumni Feature - John LaCivita '88

John LaCivita '88 was promoted to president of Willis Smith Construction in 2022 after dedicating more than 25 years to the company, most recently serving as executive vice president. Learn more about John and his journey at SCF (then MCC)  Read more>


February 18, 2022

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SCF Graphic Art Student Creates "I Voted" Sticker 

If you've voted in Manatee County any time in the last two years, your "I Voted" sticker was designed by SCF alum Jason Stewart '19. Stewart's design beat out his peers and was selected by Supervisor of Elections Michael Bennett to become the new sticker for Manatee County elections. Read more>


February 17, 2022

Ray and Gloria Fiday

Fiday Family Generosity Includes Scholarship and Mentorship

Ray and Gloria Fiday understand the value of community colleges. Both started college at two-year schools, then later earned  advanced degrees and successful careers. Now they're giving back by funding a scholarship through the SCF Foundation and mentoring students. Read more>


February 10, 2022

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Student Success - More Than 1,000 BSN Nurses Represent a Promise Kept

SCF pledged to supply the local workforce with highly trained and knowledgeable nurses when it added a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The College kept that promise by graduating more than 1,000 BSN nurses in less than a decade. Read more>


February 10, 2022

The entire Cucci family has ties to SCF

Alumni Feature - SCF Runs is the Cucci Family

SCF Foundation board member Kathleen Cucci and her family have deep ties to SCF. Read more>


February 9, 2022

Luke Sandlin

Alumni Feature - Car Lot to the Capitol

Spring 2020 Outstanding Graduate Luke Sandlin took an unconventional route before starting his college education. Now he's gathering experience in the world of politics and government. Read more>

 

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