Class Notes

Accomplishments

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'19

Amanda Rose

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College of Education

Amanda Rose, (Doctorate, Education), was honored with a 2019 Lee County Golden Apple Award.  She is a 10th- and 11th-grade English teacher at Dunbar High School in Fort Myers.

'19

Blake Sylvester

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Whitaker College of Engineering

Blake Sylvester, (Civil Engineering), has accepted the position of restoration engineer at Walker Consultants in Tampa.

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'19

Makenzie Whitaker

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College of Arts & Sciences

Makenzie Whitaker, (English), published her first book, “The Kidney Kronicles,” which is designed to be a seven-book series that covers all the major stages of kidney disease from discovering you need a transplant to preparing for your next one. Makenzie, who had a kidney transplant at the age of 7, lives in Estero.

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'19

Ryan Kennedy

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College of Arts & Sciences

Ryan Kennedy (Communication) has joined Sanibel Captiva Community Bank as a loan process coordinator in the lending division. He is responsible for the initial review of incoming loans for required documentation.

Birth | Adoptions

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'16

Sean O’Grady

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College of Education

Sean O’Grady, (Secondary Social Science Ed), and his wife, Jennifer, welcomed baby girl, Adilynn Mae, on Jan. 1. She weighed 9 pounds, 5 ounces and was 21 inches long. Adilynn Mae was also the first Lee County baby born in 2019.

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'14

Caroline McGuire

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College of Arts & Sciences

Caroline McGuire, (Communication), and her husband, Dennis McGuire, announce the birth of their daughter, Denley Robyn, who was born in August, weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces. She was 20.5 inches long. They live in Stuart.

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'13

Nadege Borgat

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College of Arts & Sciences

Nadege Borgat, (Marketing) and Don Borgat, ’14 (Accounting), welcomed a baby girl, Zoey Hope, in December. She was 7 pounds, 12 ounces. They have two other children, Malik Levert (9 years old) and Ethan Xavier (2 years old). They live in Cape Coral.

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'12

Kayla Collier

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College of Arts & Sciences

Kayla Collier, (Communication), and her husband, Jon, welcomed their second child, Landon Brooks, in August.  He weighed 10 pounds, 4 ounces.  They live in Waxhaw, North Carolina.

Couples

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'18

Lisa Ray

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College of Education

Lisa Ray, (Master’s, Educational Leadership), and Christian Halpin, ’16 (Bioengineering), were married on March 16, 2019.  Lisa is an academic advisor at Florida Gulf Coast University and Christian is employed by Arthrex, Inc. as a test engineer in the Imaging and Resection department.

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'16

Jessica Scanlon

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College of Arts & Sciences

Jessica Scanlon, (Communication), married Joshua Berroth in November at the Tampa Garden Club. Jessica is a recruiter at Aston Carter EMEA. The couple live in Tampa.

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'16

Christian Halpin

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Whitaker College of Engineering

Christian Halpin (Bioengineering) and Lisa Ray, '18 (Master’s, Educational Leadership) were married on March 16, 2019. Lisa is an academic advisor at Florida Gulf Coast University and Christian is employed by Arthrex, Inc. as a test engineer in the Imaging and Resection department.

'14

Joanne Bembinster

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College of Education

Chance Bembinster (Computer Information Systems) and Joanne Bembinster, ’14 (Master’s, Educational Leadership), were married on Jan. 29. They live in DeLand.