Recognizing Others

Faculty and Staff Awards

The Foundation is proud to honor the faculty and staff of Seminole State College for their dedicated efforts in creating the best possible learning environment for students and continually maintaining a standard of excellence.

The Foundation recognizes achievements at the College through Endowed Teaching Chairs, Mini-Grants, Faculty Excellence awards, and the following: 

Career Service Excellence Award

The Career Service Excellence Awards honor staff members who have continuously exceeded expectations and shown the utmost dedication to their position at the College. This monetary award funded by the Foundation for Seminole State College recognizes exemplary job performance as well as leadership abilities, interpersonal relationships and overall contributions to the College. These funds are made possible by the generous donations of our faculty, staff, alumni and friends.

Nominations are accepted each fall, and candidates are reviewed by a College selection committee. For more information, visit the Human Resources website .

Career Service Excellence Award Recipients

  • 2019: Full-time: Arlene Gonzalez and Myrna Townsley / Part-time: Jemma Collins
  • 2018: Full-time: Lauren Bender and Rosemary Falk /
    Part-time: Jessica King
  • 2017: Dianne Eldred and Kimberly McKinnon
  • 2016: Renee Templeton
  • 2015: Jimmy McLaughlin, Orlando Carroll and James Bickham
  • 2014: James Henry and Shelley Herter
  • 2013: Derek Demeter and Leona Jones
  • 2012: Simoni Gannon
  • 2011: Lee Patrizzi and Beatriz Sanabrja
  • 2010: Debra Digioia and David Esworthy
  • 2009: Eve Hudson and Rhonda Thacker
  • 2008: Rosalie Hardy and Robin Parker
  • 2007: Ken Meadows and Kathryn "Kackie" Wilkins
  • 2006: Rene Butters and Ron Parker
  • 2005: Linda Cowels and Eve Grey
  • 2004: Molly Dykes, Anne Humphery and Beverly Sjoblom
  • 2003: Diana Dillon
  • 2002: Liz Lawson
  • 2001: Maureen Tremel and Elaine Iannelli
  • 2000: Jan Gerrity and Ed Langolf
  • 1999: Bill Jordan and Claudia Duncan

Pathfinder Award

The Pathfinder Awards were created to recognize those who continually strive to make a difference for Seminole State College. Their dedicated efforts create a better working environment for students, faculty and staff, and their leadership abilities always exceed expectations. These awards are funded by the Foundation for Seminole State College and are made possible by the donations of our faculty, staff, alumni and friends.

Each year, Pathfinder Awards are presented to an individual employee, a department and a business or community member. The individual award is open to any full-time faculty or staff member who has been employed with the College for at least three years. Nominations are accepted each fall, and winners are selected by the Pathfinder Awards Selection Committee.

For more information, please visit the Human Resources website Human Resources Employee Recognition.

Pathfinder Award Recipients

2019 Recipients: 

  • Employees: Chris Lemm, Ernesto Maldonado, Turi Christensen
  • Department: Curriculum, Credentialing and Academic Scheduling
  • Community: Heart of Florida United Way and Suntrust

2018 Recipients: 

  • Employees: Ashley Maddox, Joseph Huston, Dr. Mark Morgan
  • Department: Media Services, Computing Services
  • Community: Wendy Brandon, Former Seminole State Trustee

2017 Recipients:

  • Employee: Tracy Harbin
  • Department: Facilities Services - Project Management and Environmental Health & Safety
  • Community: Brenda Carey, Seminole County Commissioner, District 5

2016 Recipients:

  • Employee: Dr. Geoffrey Fortunato
  • Department: Academic Advising & Counseling
  • Community: Wayne M. Densch Charities 

2015 Recipients:

  • Employee: Brenda Thacker
  • Department: Academic Success Center/STAR Center
  • Community: Addition Financial

2014 Recipients:

  • Employee: Deborah Richard
  • Department: Biological Science
  • Community: The Weldons, Seminole State's founding family

2013 Recipients:

  • Employee: Jacquelyn Thompson
  • Department: Grants
  • Community: City of Altamonte Springs

2012 Recipients:

  • Employee: Les Lusk
  • Department: Mathematics
  • Community: Orlando Magic Youth Foundation

2011 Recipients:

  • Employee: Ana Benitez
  • Department: Arts and Communication
  • Community: Dr. Bill Vogel, superintendent of Seminole County Public Schools

 2010 Recipients:

  • Employee: Carole Williams
  • Department: Heathrow Construction, Engineering and Design
  • Community: Wharton-Smith, Inc.

 2009 Recipients:

  • Employee: Christine Broeker
  • Department: Nursing Department
  • Community: Dede Schaffner

 2008 Recipients:

  • Employee: Jackie Dean
  • Department: Honors Department
  • Community: Walt Griffin and Anna-Marie Cote of Seminole County Public Schools

 2007 Recipients:

  • Employee: Patty Elliott
  • Department: Distance Learning Department
  • Community: Rick Lee and Verdell Pugh Horne

 2006 Recipients:

  • Employee: Sherry Jenkins
  • Department: Educational Services Department
  • Community: Billy Raley

 2005 Recipients:

  • Employee: Jan Gerrity
  • Department: Maintenance (Building Operations/Custodial/Grounds)
  • Community: R.T. Milwee (posthumous)

 2004 Recipients:

  • Employee: Lucy Soto-Clowney
  • Department: College Relations and Marketing
  • Community: Central Florida Auto Dealers Association, Inc. (CFADA)

 2003 Recipients:

  • Employee: Nelda Malm
  • Department: ABE/GED Department
  • Community: Paul Haggerty

 2002 Recipients:

  • Employee: Dottie Paishon
  • Department: Institutional Research
  • Community: Art Grindle

 2001 Recipients:

  • Employee:  Arthur Aponte
  • Department: LRC/Library Services Staff
  • Community: Owen Wentworth and High Tech Corridor

 2000 Recipients:

  • Employee: Sherry Jenkins
  • Department: Grounds and Maintenance
  • Community: Lee P. Moore and Mrs. Altermese Smith Bentley, and the Community Improvement Association

 1999 Recipients:

  • Employee: Geneva Duarte
  • Department: Computing and Telecommunications Services
  • Community: Larry Stewart

 1998 Recipients:

  • Employee: Kenna Noone
  • Department: Automotive Technology Department and Print Shop
  • Community: Randy Berridge and High Tech Corridor

Community Support Awards

The Foundation also recognizes members of the community who have generously supported the College and gone above and beyond to nurture the growth of Seminole State through the following awards:

Barbara Miller Chairperson's Award

Since 2006, the Foundation Board Chairman has selected a Board member to receive the annual Chairman’s Award.  Selection is based on leadership service on the Foundation Board of Directors and donation of time, talent and treasure on behalf of Seminole State College.

In 2017, the Foundation Board of Directors voted to rename this prestigious award to the "Barbara A. Miller Chairperson's Award," in recognition of the many years of service Miller provided to the Foundation Board, the Central Florida Auto Dealers Association and the College. Miller was the first female chair of the Foundation Board and the first recipient of this award.

Past Barbara A. Miller Chairperson's Award Recipients

  • 2018: Mrs. Andria Herr
  • 2017: Ms. Lisa Cotter
  • 2016: Ms. Tricia Johnson
  • 2015: Mr. Ken Rosenfield
  • 2014: Mr. Denny Bowman
  • 2013: Mr. Ben Newman
  • 2012: Mr. Daniel O'Keefe
  • 2011: Mr. Ron Thompson
  • 2010: Mrs. Sally P. Moore
  • 2009: Mr. Ronald F. Davoli
  • 2008: Dr. K. Kay Delk
  • 2007: Mr. Stephen M. Neveleff
  • 2006: Mrs. Barbara A. Miller

Champion of Philanthropy Award

The Foundation Board of Directors established the Corporate Champion Award in 2007 to recognize organizations demonstrating strong support of Seminole State's programs and services. In 2019, the Foundation Board of Directors voted to change the name to the "Champion of Philanthropy Award." 

Past Champion of Philanthropy Award Winners

  • 2018: Duke Energy and University Club of Orlando Foundation
  • 2017: Central Florida Regional Hospital 
  • 2016: AdventHealth (formerly Florida Hospital)
  • 2015:  Addition Financial (formerly CFE Federal Credit Union)
  • 2014: The Art and Phyllis Grindle Foundation Inc. and Orlando Magic Youth Fund
  • 2013: Sunniland Corporation and Wharton-Smith, Inc. 
  • 2012: Wayne M. Densch Charities, Inc.
  • 2010: Central Florida Auto Dealers Association, Inc.
  • 2008: Darden Restaurants
  • 2007: Insight Financial Credit Union

Faculty and Staff Opportunities

The Foundation for Seminole State College overs several opportunities for faculty and staff to obtain support for their programs.  These opportunities include Endowed Teaching Chairs, Mini-Grants, Pathfinder Awards, Career Service Excellence Awards and Faculty Excellence Awards.  Faculty and staff can also give back to the Foundation in the following ways:

Ways to Give Back to the Foundation

Faculty and staff can give back to the Foundation via donations and/or payroll deductions by joining the Blue & Gold Circle and becoming a member of the Presidents' Club. Seminole State employees can donate to either of these programs by submitting a Payroll Deduction Form that provides opportunity for one-time donations or making monthly payments.

In addition, faculty and staff can establish accounts for their programs through the Foundation. The following forms are used to process deposits or reimbursements:

For Foundation account questions, contact Kim McKinnon, accounting specialist.

To learn about other Foundation accounting services for faculty and staff, please visit the Finance and Operations page.


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