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Alumni Weekend 2009

Jul 31, 2009
by Staff

From awards and cocktails to surfing and Athletic Hall of Fame inductions, Flagler’s Alumni Weekend had it all again this year

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Alumni Awards
The Flagler College Alumni Office handed out its 2009 Alumni Awards at
Alumni Weekend this past May. Award recipients:

• Patricia Chesley Parrish, ‘85, Professional Achievement Award. The Professional Achievement Award is presented to alumni who have demonstrated significant accomplishments in their fields and have achieved national and/or regional recognition. Parish wrote a book on the prevention of child sexual abuse in schools. She also serves as a state representative for the Association of Independent Liberal Arts?Colleges for Teacher Education.

• Rebecca Heard West, ‘94, Flagler College Service Award. As an employee of the PGA TOUR Inc., a charitable organization, West has given back to many causes dear to her heart. In 2007, she took the reigns as co-captain of the Team PGA TOUR MS Bike Team, a group of volunteers dedicated to raising funds in support of the Northeast Florida chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The Flagler College Service Award is presented to alumni who have rendered a high degree of service to Flagler College for more than 10 years. (For example, volunteering with the alumni office, coordinating alumni chapter activities, establishing an endowed scholarship, volunteering with campus clubs, organizations, athletics, etc.)

• John M. Krieger, ‘02, Flagler College Young Alumni Award. The Young Alumni Achievement Award is presented to alumni who are 32 years of age and younger and have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments since graduating.

Four new members inducted in Athletics Hall of Fame

Flagler College held its 2009 Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony at its sixth annual banquet on April 30. Paul Abbatinozzi, ’89 (baseball), Jennifer (Ciser) Aubin, ’87 (women’s tennis), Lewis H. “Bud” Beech, ’77 (men’s basketball) and Ronnie Nichols, ’97 (men’s basketball) were inducted.

Abbatinozzi was Flagler’s second player to be drafted by a Major League team — he was picked in the 32nd Round by the Chicago White Sox in 1988. He was a two-time honorable mention NAIA All-American, was a four-time All-District selection and earned District 25 Player of the Year honors in 1987. Today, the Malden, Mass., native is the principal of the brand new Creekside High School in St. Johns County, Fla.

Aubin had a distinguished career playing tennis at Flagler College. She was an NAIA All-American and helped lead the Saints to their first of five NAIA national titles in 1987. Aubin was ranked as high as No. 5 in 1987. She also received the prestigious President’s Award in 1987.

Beech played on the first men’s basketball teams at Flagler (1973-77). He is currently a five-time “Coach of the Year” in golf and a two-time “Coach of the Year” in basketball at Allen D. Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, Fla. His 2002 Panthers won the Class 3A State Championship.

Nichols was a two-time All-Florida Sun Conference selection and earned honorable mention NAIA All-America honors in 1997. Despite only playing two seasons, he ranks second all-time in rebounds per game with an 8.8 average and is third in field goal percentage with a .571 mark. After Flagler, he went on to play professionally in Germany.

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