Class Notes

Accomplishments

'20

Laurel De Luca

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College of Arts & Sciences

Laurel De Luca (Journalism) has joined Soukup Strategic Solutions in Naples as fundraising, marketing and communications coordinator. In her new role, she will specialize in branding, social media and public relations. During her time at FGCU, De Luca served as a staff writer for Eagle News. Soukup Strategic Solutions has expanded with plans to serve more nonprofits nationwide.

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'20

Kayla Reiter

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College of Arts & Sciences

Kayla Reiter (Psychology) is a business development representative primarily focusing on young adults for Aware Recovery Care Inc., a comprehensive, multi-state drug and alcohol addiction rehab program. She joined the company in September 2020.

'20

Connor Leonarczyk

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Daveler & Kauanui School of Entrepreneurship

Connor Leonarczyk (Entrepreneurship) has launched his own business, Midnight Delights Cookies, delivering fresh, homemade cookies to FGCU residence halls and off-campus housing. "Since graduating in December 2020, I have moved into a commercial kitchen and continue spreading happiness through cookies by partnering with various sororities and clubs at FGCU for fundraising events. And on any given weekend, you can find our delicious cookies at local green market events like University Village."

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'20

Josh Ballin

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College of Arts & Sciences

Josh Ballin (Integrated Studies) recently began a new role as a premier sales associate in North Carolina for Prudential Financial. He will be participating in Prudential's inaugural Sales Training Excellence Program, which covers group insurance and financial wellness products and services, licensing exam support, consultative selling skills and financial underwriting concepts through hands-on coaching and 1-on-1 job shadowing with territory management.

Birth | Adoptions

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'19

Coral Huffman

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College of Education

Coral Huffman (M.Ed., Educational Leadership) and Myron Huffman ('13, Management) welcomed Marlie Jolene to their family on July 13, 2021 at 5:29 a.m. Marlie was 7 lbs., 8 oz. and has two older brothers at home. Coral is a current board member of the FGCU Alumni Association and works for the Lee County School District as a learning and leadership teacher.

'18

Ryne Hensley

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Lutgert College of Business

Ryne Hensley (Marketing) welcomed the arrival of Reese Aimarie Hensley on April 7, 2021.

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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.

Couples

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'19

Thor Parrish

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Lutgert College of Business

Jennifer Hayes (Communication) and Thor Parrish (Professional Golf Management) were married Dec. 20, 2020. He was the Lutgert College of Business student of the year, and she was FGCU's 2019 Homecoming Queen.

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'19

Jennifer Hayes Parrish

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College of Arts & Sciences

Jennifer Hayes (Communication) and Thor Parrish (Professional Golf Management), who met at FGCU, were married Dec. 20, 2020. He was the Lutgert College of Business student of the year, and she was FGCU's 2019 Homecoming Queen. She is a multimedia specialist with B-Squared Advertising in Naples.

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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.