YOU AND THE BLUE: A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of Broward College

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You & the Blue

APRIL 2022


Celebrating 30 Years of Recognizing Excellence in the Classroom

We’re excited to announce the extraordinary Broward College professors who received the 2022 Endowed Teaching Chair Awards for their excellence and dedication to our students and our College.

The 2022-2023 Endowed Teaching Chair recipients are: Dr. Eduardo Astigarraga, Dr. Krzysztof Bryniuk, Dr. Michael Giovanniello, Laura McDermott, Dr. Behnoush Memari, Dr. Katherine Peach, Dr. David Perdian, Vicky Santiesteban.

Join us in congratulating all for the passion and care they show for our students day in, day out. Read more


JackyJacky Wright, Spring 2022 Commencement Speaker: Using Information Technology to Help Others

The Spring 2022 commencement will be held on Thursday, May 5 with speaker Jacky Wright, Chief Digital Officer of Microsoft. Wright’s journey to becoming an Information Technology professional, a journey that recently led her to be named “The Most Influential Black Person in Britain” by U.K.-based Power Media–was in some respects by accident. Read More

Golf34th Golf Classic Raises More Than $112,000 for the Empowerment Fund

The Broward College 34th Golf Classic at the Fort Lauderdale Country Club raised more than $112,000 in support of the Broward College Empowerment Fund, which provides the greatest flexibility for facilitating programming and scholarship support to benefit students, as well as enabling the College to respond to emerging critical needs to support student success. Read More

PeerForwardPeerForward Awards $50,000 for Emergency Aid to Students in Peer Mentoring Program

PeerForward and one of its donors joined together to create the PeerForward/Greenwald Leadership Scholarship fund with a donation of $50,000 – an unprecedented effort to provide Peer Mentoring and Leadership student mentees in need with up to $750 in emergency grants that will go into effect this coming summer semester. Read More

PGHSix Broward College Students Recognized on 2022 All-Florida Academic Team

Six Broward College students are among the 144 students recognized as 2022 All-Florida Academic Team winners announced by the Florida College System. Read More

CatalinaAlumna Appointed to Broward County Court

The Broward College Alumni & Friends congratulate alumna Catalina Avalos, who was recently appointed Broward County Judge by Governor Ron DeSantis. A director with the law firm of Tripp Scott at the time of her appointment, she specialized in labor and employment law and complex commercial litigation and has extensive experience in civil and criminal court matters. Catalina served as county judge once before having been appointed by Governor Jeb Bush.

Catalina graduated with her A.A. from Broward College in 1991, acquired her B.A. from Florida International University, and her J.D. from Nova Southeastern University. She has also shared her expertise at Broward College as an adjunct faculty member in the Criminal Justice Institute.

We celebrate Catalina’s appointment and her exemplary path, which demonstrates what great things Broward College alumni can achieve.

A&FAlumni Brothers Win Business Plan Competition

The Broward College Alumni & Friends celebrate the success of Broward College alumni, brothers, and entrepreneur innovators of Fire Neural Network (FNN) Istvan Kereszy (BASc ’12) and Tamas Kereszy (A.A. ’16).

Istvan, as CEO, Tamas as COO, and their FNN colleagues won the University of Florida’s Big Idea Gator Business Plan Competition, as well as the Best Artificial Intelligence Award. As FNN’s website tells us, “Lightning-initiated fires are responsible for more than 70 percent of the area burned, and Fire Neural Network (FNN) detects these wildfires within seconds. FNN uses its proprietary lightning detector network, data from the newest environmental satellites, and AI signal processing adopted from astrophysics to quickly locate fire ignition spots. FNN delivers actionable intelligence in real-time.”

In the 30-year history of the competition, this is the first time all eleven judges voted unanimously for the same winning company.

We are proud of their achievement and the recognition they have received. To learn more about Fire Neural Network, click here.

We are #BCProud to shine a light on our alumni who demonstrate the many paths and achievements that Broward College makes possible for its alumni and graduates.

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JuxtapositionJuxtaposition: 43rd Annual Student Exhibition

Juxtaposition, the 43rd annual student art exhibition, showcases the works of some of Broward College's most talented art students from Thursday, April 14 through Wednesday, May 25. This juried show is a unique opportunity for these emerging artists as they pursue careers in their field, allowing them to display their work in a professional gallery environment. Learn more

Spring ConcertBroward College Symphonic Band Spring Concert

The Broward Symphonic Band Spring Concert will feature performances by the Percussion Ensemble, Brass Choir, Woodwind Choir, and the 55-member Wind Ensemble on Saturday, April 30. Featured performers will be Catherine Lan, playing the Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor (First movement), and Brian Neal, trumpet soloist. Learn more

MasterworksBroward Symphony Orchestra Masterworks IV

The Broward Symphony welcomes the community back to Bailey Hall with virtuoso pianist Tao Lin for an exciting performance of Camille Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 5 “The Egyptian” on Sunday, May 8. The program also includes Wagner’s "Tristan und Isolde: Vorspiel und Liebestod."  Learn more

MBAMini MBA Virtual Information Session

The Broward College Mini MBA Online Information Session will take place on Friday, June 17. Broward College Mini MBA management and executive development program enhances your business acumen and demonstrates ways to master innovative business strategies while earning the Six Sigma Yellow Belt, an in-demand process improvement credential. This program is designed for supervisors and managers seeking to navigate today's global economy. Learn more


Broward College alumni and friends came out in large numbers for the Broward College Night at the Panthers. More than two hundred members of the Broward College family celebrated a long-awaited coming together and connecting with each other while cheering on the Florida Panthers.

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As the photos indicate, great fun was had by all and, to top it all off, the Panthers won the game! Feedback from the event is clear – our alumni want more events like this in the future! Let us know what kind of events you would like to see by writing us at or sending us a DM on our social channels. Stay tuned for news of more events and experiences.


When you include the Broward College Foundation in your financial and estate planning, you ensure your legacy of providing opportunities to students who are determined to change their lives through the pursuit of higher education. Help someone become Empowered by Broward!

For more information, email Scott Rivinius or call 954-201-7490.


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