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Graduate Studies

• Rebecca Morrison '12 has entered the Cognitive Neuroscience Master’s Program at the University of Sussex, England.

Josh Winchester is attending graduate studies in Costuming at Florida State University.

• Kimberly Anne Gross will be attending the Master's program in History of Art and Art World practices in Art, Style, and Design: Renaissance to Modernism at Christie's Education in London. The diploma will be issued by the University of Glasgow.

Francis Lawton was accepted into the M.A. Industrial/Organizational Psychology program at Hofstra University.

Kristy McDaniel, '13, is entering a Master’s of Management Studies (MMS) program at Duke University in July 2013.

Andrew Avery, ’13, has been accepted into the Master’s in History program at Eastern Tennessee State University.

Leah Belcher, ’13, has been accepted into the Master’s in Public History program at the University of San Francisco.

Bridget Cogley, ’13, has been accepted into the Master’s in Modern European History program at University College London.

Ron Carr, ’13, has been accepted into the Master’s in International Relations program at American University.

Alan Daley, ’13, has been accepted into the Master’s in history program at Louisiana State University.

Lacy Pline, ’13, has been accepted into the Master's in Egyptology program at the University of Memphis. 

Lydia Hayes, ’12, has been accepted into the PhD in Medieval Studies program at the University of St. Andrew’s.

Caitlin Mans, ’12, has been accepted into the Master’s in Medieval Studies program at the University of Toronto.

Luke Zerra was accepted for graduate studies at Boston College, St. Louis University and Princeton Theological Seminary with full tuition remission and a stipend.

Michael Henley, ’13, was accepted for graduate studies at the University of Mississippi and University of South Florida.

Robert Sims, ‘12, was accepted for graduate studies at St. Louis University with full tuition remission and a stipend.

Joel Birch, ‘12, was accepted for graduate studies at Boston University with a sizeable tuition remission.

Emily Morris, an accounting graduate, has been accepted to attend Wake Forest University Law School beginning with the fall 2013 semester.

Jesse Quick will be pursuing an MBA at the University of Denver

Katy Stang has accepted an offer to attend graduate school at the University of Iowa in Mass Communication/Media Studies with a full tuition waiver and graduate student stipend.

Katelyn Bonnevier was accepted to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a full tuition waiver and a graduate student stipend.  But, Katelyn chose to accept the full tuition waiver and graduate student stipend offer at Florida State University.

Carey Taylor will be studying media law at the University of Florida in the fall.

Victoria Hardina will be studying digital photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Whitney Johnson, ’12, was accepted into the University of Melbourne’s Master of Teaching for primary grades program. The University of Melbourne is the #1 ranked University in Australia and the #37 ranked university in the world.


Jessica Wolford and Shayna McLaughlin, both 2013 graduates have been hired to work with the Orlando Repertory Theatre. Shayna is working for their Orlando Shakespeare Festival in costuming and Jessica Wolford is working for Orlando Repertory theatre as a stage manager

Emma Rusnak, '13, was hired as a sales representative for Mondelez International in Boston.

Emily Ortega, '13, has accepted an offer from the Jacksonville office of international accounting firm Ernst & Young starting in January of 2014. She is currently working on an accounting internship and is studying for the CPA exam.

Stevie Schenk, ’12, has been hired into the Manager in Training Program at Walmart.

Priya Mistry, ’12, was hired as an Associate Brand Manager with Unilever.

Kelsey Hammel, ’13, was hired as a Sales Assistant at the Casa Monica hotel.

Estefania Mones, ’13, was hired as a Management Development Associate at Mondelēz International.

Jovie Reeves, ’13, was hired by Microsoft as an assistant buyer.

Ryan Ledonne, '13, will be working in the Commercial Banking Department at PNC Bank in East Brunswick, NJ.

Nicholas Syme, '13, will be employed with Merrill Lynch.

Luke Newcomer has been hired by Advanced Disposal following his fall semester internship.

Tom Reinard has been hired by Optria following his fall semester internship.

Justin McKenna has been employed by Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor.

Colby Ross has been employed by Merrill Lynch.

Emily Irizarry, ’12, designed and presented a Pre-K Exceptional Student program and was hired in December to teach this program at Ocean Palms Elementary School in northern St. Johns County

Tiffany Kemp, ’12, was hired in December as the new English honors teacher at St Augustine High School.


Holly Neuhaus, '15, has a summer internship in the HR Department of the Bealls Corporation Headquarters in Bradenton, FL.

Shelby Ptacek, ’14, has received a merchandising internship with Home Depot.

Eugenia Tavarez, ’14, has received a human resources internship with Wal-Mart.

Brooke Sparks, ’15, has received a merchandising internship with Wal-Mart.

Brannon Pruett, ’14, has received a finance internship with MOM Brands.

Jonathan Dakota Veltri, ’13, has been accepted into the Disney College Program.

Heather Fisher, '12, obtained an accounting internship position this spring in Jacksonville, FL, with PriceWaterhouse Coopers LLC, an international accounting firm. After her internship was completed, she received a full time offer beginning September 2014 upon completion of her graduate work.

Nicole Del Bene, '13, was recently awarded an internship position at the upcoming summer 2013 Cannes International Film Festival in France.


• Rebeca Siguenza, a freshman at Flagler College, has been awarded a scholarship for $1,000 provided through the Hispanic Heritage Council of St. Johns County.

Jong Hwa Won, '12, has been selected to receive a $2,400 UPS Scholarship provided through the Florida Independent College Fund (FICF).

Amber James, '12, was awarded a $2,000 Florida Capitol Press Corps Barbara L. Frye Scholarship, an honor based on merit and dedication to a journalism career.

Student Honors and Awards

• Flagler College’s Communication Department is launching a weekly St. Augustine television show, “Ancient City Stories,” on Jacksonville’s CW 17 beginning Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.

• Flagler College’s Enactus team won their third National Championship at the U.S. Enactus National Championship held on May 23.

Elliot J. Won, a business administration student at Flagler College, has been selected to receive a $2,400 UPS Scholarship provided through the Florida Independent College Fund.

• Three students won national awards in the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence competition. Phil Grech was named national winner for Online Opinion and Commentary in the small school division. Sarah Williamson is a national finalist in Feature Photography. Lauren Ely's piece from Flagler College Associate Professor Communication Helena Sarkio's Advanced Reporting class is a national finalist in Online Feature Reporting. All three pieces were published in The Gargoyle, Flagler's online-only student newspaper.

• Ashley Ryan’s paper, "The Message of Platonic Myths and the Birth of a Modern Mythology," was accepted at both the regional SSCA Undergraduate Honors Conference and the Pop Culture and Philosophy Undergraduate Conference at Georgia Southern University where her paper was picked to be included for publication in their undergraduate journal, “The Indefinite Dyad.”

• Francis Lawton was awarded the Excellence in Undergraduate Research award from the Human Factors and Applied Psychology Conference at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

• Victoria Hardina was nominated by the FL Youth Ranches and has won the Spirit Award. The award will be presented to her at the CORE (Coalition of Residential Education) National Conference in California next week. This National Award is given to children who have overcome difficult life obstacles and have become outstanding members of society. 

• Flagler College Gargoyle students Sarah Williamson and Ryan Buffa both received 2013 Florida College Press Association awards. Williamson won first place honors in Feature Photo and Buffa took third place in News Story - Non–Weekly.

• Flagler College communication students won 17 awards in the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2012 Mark of Excellence Awards for Region 3. The Gargoyle won 15 awards, and two students from Helena Sarkio’s Advanced Reporting class won 2. Seven of the awards were first place.

Julian Naranjo, ’14, was chosen as winner of the 2013 Enactus Emerging Leader Award. The title comes with a $5000 scholarship, the opportunity to attend and be recognized at the Grocery Manufacturers Association conference and a paid summer internship at the National GMA headquarters office in Washington D.C. In addition, the Flagler College Enactus team will receive a $1000 project grant.

• BFA and GD double major Ryan Tempro was accepted into New York Art Practicum, working with Caroline Woolard this summer as she installs her work at the Museum of Modern Art in NY

• BFA Breanna Angelakis exhibited paintings at the Cummer Museum and is scheduled to show at Leeds College of Art and Design in the United Kingdom and recently won Phi Betta Kappa honors.

• Five students were granted entrance to the prestigious Institute for Political Journalism in Georgetown this summer.  These students also applied for and received $14,000 in educational grants. This is the largest group of students from Flagler ever admitted and the College should lead the country in students admitted this summer to IPJ after tying last summer with Boston College.

Katy Stang presented "Crucifying Soldiers: An Ethical Analysis of MSNBC's Coverage of Snyder v. Phelps" at the Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association Regional Conference in the South, September 2012, Nashville.

• Two student papers were accepted into the South Florida Undergraduate Communication Honors Conference through blind review by a committee representing the nationwide Lambda Pi Eta communication honor society. One of these papers was named a Top 3 Paper. “Sex and the
 City: A Backlash Against Modern Feminism,” was presented by communication seniors Katelyn Bonnevier and Margaret Wallis at the conference on March 30 at Florida Atlantic University’s Boca Raton campus.

Dr. Michele Gregoire with Jillian Flowers, Chelsea Nutting, Brittany Wiggins and Sabrina Delatorre, presented posters at the Florida Council for Exceptional Children conference

Dr. Sally Blake and three students, Erica Saffer, Maggie Fegan and Christina Vicchiullo presented “Coastal Science: Fun Freaky Facts” at the Florida Association of Science Teachers Conference. This is the first time Flagler students have presented at this conference.

• Flagler College history majors Caitlyn Mans, '12, and Robert Sims, '12, were awarded prizes for undergraduate papers at the Phi Alpha Theta Florida Regional Conference hosted at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL.

Kelly Thigpen, ‘10, was recently named St. Johns County Rookie Teacher of the Year. Thigpen teaches first grade at John A. Crookshank Elementary.

• The Flagler College Students In Free Enterprise team (SIFE) advanced to the final four and finished second at the 2012 SIFE USA National Exposition on May 24, in Kansas City, Mo.

• The Gargoyle, Flagler College’s online student newspaper, won four awards in the 2012 Florida College Press Association “Best Under the Sun” contest.

• Flagler College students Kassandra Ferguson and Daphne Pariser were chosen to participate in the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates Program, a summer research program designed to provide motivated undergraduates the opportunity to conduct hands-on scientific research.

Faculty Honors and Awards

• Andrea McCook, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts has been asked to serve on the Steering Committee for The Craftsmen of Dionysius, through The Actors Center in New York City.  The Steering Committee of fourteen teachers of acting from around the United States is charged with starting a national conversation on the standards for actor training in the country.

• Elizabeth Robbins recently won the Judge's Prize at the 2014 Elixer Press Annual Poetry Awards for her book, "Freaked."

• James Della Penna, adjunct instructor of english and communication, was named Teacher of the Year at the Florida school for the Deaf and Blind for the 2014-2015 school year.

Dr. Gary L. Hoover, associate professor of finance at Flagler College, published a paper entitled "The Capital Gains Timing Decision" in the July 2013 issue of the Journal of Financial Service Professionals.

• Associate Professor of Psychology Emily Splane has co-authored a recently published textbook, "The Psychology of Eating."

Jack Daniels, an instructor in religion at Flagler College, recently published his book, “Gossiping Jesus: The Oral Processing of Jesus in John’s Gospel.”

Dr. Roger Bradley, assistant professor of business at Flagler College, will present a research paper at the fall conference of the New England Historical Association (NEHA) on October 12, 2013.

Dr. Douglas Keaton, assistant professor of philosophy at Flagler College, was recently published in the newest issue of the journal, Philosophical Studies, for his paper, “Exclusion, Still not Tracted.”

• After successfully planning a March conference on the same subject, Flagler College Professor of Religion Timothy Johnson has published his third text of the year, “From La Florida to La California: Franciscan Evangelization in the Spanish Borderlands.”

• Flagler College Assistant Professor of Communication Tracey Eaton was awarded a first-place award in feature writing by the Florida Society of News Editors for his 2012 story on Cuban spy Juan Pablo Roque.

Dr. Joe Saviak, a Flagler College assistant professor in the Public Administration program has been published in the Journal of the James Madison Institute for the second time..

• Flagler College Associate Professor of Sociology Casey Welch has teamed up with Professor Emeritus John Fuller of the University of West Georgia to publish “American Criminal Courts: Legal Process and Social Context.”

• Flagler College English Professor Kim Bradley most recent story, “Hurricane Machine,” will appear in this fall’s edition of Natural Bridge, a Journal of Contemporary Literature, published by the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

• Dr. Matthew Wysocki served as editor for “CTRL-ALT-PLAY: Essays on Control in Video Games,” McFarland Publishing, February 2013.

Dr. Allison Roberts was given a Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions and accomplishments in handball, and she has been nominated for induction into the U.S. Handball Hall of Fame.

Patrick Moser had his most active exhibition year to date with showings at: Filmideo 2013, 8th Annual Film and Video Screenings, Index Art Center, Newark, NJ April 2013; Reach: A Multicity Exhibition of Contemporary Practitioners - April 2013 One-Minute Video fest, Holyoke, MA; 17 Days (Vol.6) Gwen Frostoc School of Art, Western Michigan University, Feb. 9-March 26, 2013; Strange Beauty Film Festival 2013, Durham, NC, Jan. 24-26, 2013; M. A. P. Movement and Position Whitdel Arts, Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, Jan.-Feb., 2013, Detroit, MI; Fish 2012 University of Oklahoma School of Fine Arts Lightwell Gallery, Oct. 23-Nov. 7, 2012.

Dr. Sally Blake was invited to participate in an exploratory advisory meeting on April 12, 2013 led by Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street. The purpose of this advisory meeting is to learn ways to use Sesame Street content to help parents (and other caregivers) as well as educators nurture and enhance young children’s language and vocabulary development while leveraging children’s natural curiosity and interests around science, the arts and math experiences.

Staff Honors and Awards

• Donna DeLorenzo and Barry Sand, Co-advisors of Flagler Enactus, were named Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellows of the Year at the 2013 Enactus USA National Exposition (formerly SIFE) on May 23 in Kansas City, Mo.

Julie Dickover, director of Flagler College’s Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, has been named one of Folio Weekly’s 12 people in Northeast Florida who defy boundaries in the art world.

• The NCAA Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct has selected Flagler College Director of Athletics Jud Damon to receive the 2012-13 Bob Frederick Award for his demonstrated history of sportsmanship leading the Division II Saints.

• Flagler College president William T. Abare, Jr., has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges James T. Rogers Distinguished Leadership Award.

College Honors and Awards

• Flagler College recently hosted the combined Florida Chapters of the J. William Fulbright Association. Approximately 50 Fulbright scholars from around the world who are currently teaching and researching in Florida were in attendance, as well as the Deputy Consul General of Spain, Javier Pagalday.

• Flagler College Magazine won a gold award in the 2012 MarCom Awards competition, marking the fourth year in a row the alumni magazine has come away with an award in the competition.

• Visit Florida, the state’s official source for travel planning, has awarded a $2,000 Cultural Heritage and Nature Tourism Grant to Flagler College for the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year, which began July 1, 2012.

• Flagler College has won a 2012 Florida Trust for Historic Preservation award for Outstanding Achievement in Adaptive Use for its renovation of the Florida East Coast Railway buildings.

• Ponce Hall won the write-in vote to be included in the Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ “Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places” competition.

• The Peace Corps awarded Flagler College a No. 2 ranking on the 2012 top Peace Corps volunteer-producing colleges and universities among small schools.

• Flagler College's business administration department has been named one of the top business accounting programs in Florida by

International Travel/Study Abroad

Dr. Matthew Wysocki and Dr. Tracy Halcomb lead the first ever Study Abroad trip to London and Paris for Communication majors June 2012.

Dr. Margaret Finnegan went to Mexico to visit a school for the deaf there that might become a partner with our program and a study abroad opportunity for our students in deaf education.


• The Flagler College Men’s Soccer program ranked in the top 20 in the nation for attendance at home contests by the NCAA.

• Flagler College placed 112 student-athletes on the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll.

Jennifer Knurek and Casey Gnann were named co-recipients of the President’s Award, issued to the student-athlete(s) that exhibit excellence in the classroom and on the playing field.

Jay Laurienzo and Loren Cate were named winners of the Athletic Director’s Award, given out annually to the male and female senior student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average.

• The Flagler College Women’s Soccer team was presented with the Bronze Team Ethics Award by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).  The award is given out annually to thirteen women’s soccer teams across the nation.

• Flagler Athletics placed eleven student-athletes on the Peach Belt Conference All-Academic Team. The student-athletes honored included Corey Mundy (M. Cross Country), Jennifer Knurek (W. Basketball), Taylor Strekel (W. Cross Country), Marco Padilla (M. Soccer), Craig Riley (M. Soccer), Abby Meyers (Volleyball), Taylor Adkins (W. Soccer), Dempsey Hall (W. Soccer), Jessica Jagielski (W. Soccer), Haley Powers (W. Soccer) and Tara Whitaker (W. Soccer).

• Eleven Flagler College student-athletes earned Peach Belt All-Conference accolades. They include Corey Mundy (M. Cross Country), Casey Gnann (Volleyball), Diana Craine (Volleyball), Emilee Taylor (Volleyball), Rachel Stacy (Volleyball), Taylor Strekel (W. Cross Country), Joseph Toby (M. Soccer), Kevin Keenan (M. Soccer), Lindsey Zullo (W. Soccer), Ante Gospic (M. Basketball) and Shorty Spencer (W. Basketball).

Corey Mundy (M. Cross Country), Joseph Toby (M. Soccer), Kevin Keenan (M. Soccer), Zach Shanahan (M. Soccer), Diana Craine (Volleyball), Casey Gnann (Volleyball), Amelia Morgan (Volleyball), Rachel Stacy (Volleyball), Emilee Taylor (Volleyball) and Shorty Spencer (Women’s Basketball) took home NCAA All-Region honors in their respective sports.

Dianna Craine and Casey Gnann, of the Flagler College Volleyball team, were honored as All-Americans for their accomplishments on the court.


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