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

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You & the Blue

JUNE 2023


On June 21 through 22, 2023, 70 Broward College faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and students collectively contributed more than $14,000 in philanthropic support towards Seahawk Marketplace. Their philanthropy and generosity will help alleviate food insecurities for many students, providing them with healthy, balanced meals so they can focus on their studies, free from the stress and uncertainty of lacking access to basic food and hygiene items. We are so thankful for this commitment to student success. Learn More.

If you’d like to make a gift towards Seahawk Marketplace, you may do so by clicking here and selecting "Other" to specify this program. You may also choose to make a contribution to an area most meaningful to you.




Are you looking to plan a nice summer trip with your family and friends to visit Orlando? Perhaps you're also planning ahead into the winter season to enjoy a trip over the holidays. If so, Brightline is offering a limited-time only offer of 30% on introductory SMART fares for adults and children traveling between Orlando and Florida. This offer expires on July 31, and it is only valid for staff, faculty, students and staff who are current holders of an email address. Don't delay, book your trip today!

Sign up for the discount today by clicking here.  


NewsAdvance Auto Parts provides Broward College with a $300,000 philanthropic investment   

On Thursday, May 18, 2023, the Office of Advancement hosted a media tour at South Campus for the Advance Auto Parts Foundation (AAP) Senior Vice President of Communications and Investor Relations Elisabeth Eisleben. During the visit, the AAP Foundation presented the Broward College Foundation with a check highlighting their commitment of $300,000 in philanthropic investments to ignite Broward College students’ enthusiasm for the study of Automotive Service Management and Supply Chain Management. Learn more.


NewsNew partnership brings pickleball facility to North Campus

Are you a pickleball fan? Broward College's North Campus in Coconut Creek recently opened a state-of-the-art pickleball facility that features nine courts and programming for all skill levels. Learn more.



NewsBroward College project uses drones to introduce high school students to careers in aviation

The Federal Aviation Association (FAA) has awarded Broward College a $500,000 grant to support workforce development in the aviation industry through the Drone Racing Operations and Navigation Education (DRONE) Project. The initiative will expose high school students to careers as aircraft pilots, aerospace engineers, and the emerging field of unmanned aircraft systems operators. Learn more.


We’re excited to announce that Broward College’s Major Gifts Officer Jim DeChant will participate in Dancing with the Local Stars, hosted by Women in Distress of Broward County. The event is open to the public and will take place at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center on Saturday, July 8, 2023. Proceeds from this event will support Women in Distress of Broward County.

Broward College has been an important partner of Women in Distress for nearly two decades. Through on-campus Women in Distress career readiness seminars, students and community leaders have learned how domestic violence impacts daily lives. To learn more about the lineup of dancers and local celebrities, click here.

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The annual Pillars Conference is a collaborative effort between the Professional Enhancement Program of the Broward College Social Behavioral Science & Human Services and Broward College Career Services. Pillars invests in leaders to strengthen their sense of global purpose, total well-being, and individual resilience.  

Steven Goo, formerly a Vice President with Boeing Aerospace and members of the Padrino family, whose successful Cuban restaurants are well known across South Florida, are guest speakers at the 14th Annual Pillars Conference taking place from Thursday, August 10 through Sunday, August 13 at The Pillars Hotel & Club. We are delighted that Broward College graduate and Broward College Foundation Board Member Reginald Andre will be recognized with the 2023 Pillars Alumni Community Service Award.

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Join us at Regina's Farm this fall! Broward College Alumni & Friends is excited to be able to offer an exclusive dining experience for our guests while celebrating local cultures and supporting Broward College students. Only open on the weekends, Regina's Farm is a local gem renowned for its Brazilian homecooked meals and atmosphere and its popularity has created a waitlist of more than a year. Tickets for this experience will go on sale later this summer. Stay tuned for details and sponsorship opportunities!



Alumni & Friends hosted a captivating webinar this month with Adjunct Professor of the Year, alumnus Alberto Rodriguez.

If you attended the webinar, then you know there was a huge amount of fascinating information and recommendations shared. If you want to review the webinar, or if you couldn’t join us, a recording is now available at

Webinar Recording Highlights

Professor Rodriguez shared his story of his professional journey and offered up tips with us to enhance our personal data information security. Check out what he has to say about his appreciation for Broward College at [8:40]. Listen to his definition of an Ethical Hacker (he is one!) and potential jobs in Information Security at [23:35]. At [31:00] he discusses passwords and Password Managers in the Q&A period.

We are deeply grateful to Professor Rodriguez for this insightful and highly relevant webinar. Please share it widely with your network.



On June 21, 2023, the newly-formed Broward College Hospitality & Tourism Management Alumni Committee held its first in-person meeting and social. This productive gathering proved that idea generation and a concrete plan of action can coincide with fellowship and delicious homemade desserts.



Broward College Librarian and professor Andrew Dutka gave the group a personal tour of Broward College's Archives & Special Collection room before we sat down to business. We thank professor Robert A. Donato, D.B.A. for his guidance and the attending committee members Lena Bullock, Joseph Focht, Natalie Garcia, Jacqueline C. Grant, and Ryan Thomas. Mentorship, networking, and job sharing topped the list of the strategic plan action items that the committee adopted. The meeting adjourned on an inspired and celebratory note with everyone enjoying cupcakes and banana bread baked by Sweet Treats by Lena.

One of the first action items has already been executed: we have created a LinkedIn Group dedicated to hospitality and tourism industry alumni and professionals wishing to network, share news of career opportunities, and attend future events, educational workshops, and activities. Request to join by clicking here.


We are thrilled to celebrate alumna and Broward College Associate Vice President of Student Success Esmeralda Sweeney featured in this profile on Latin Biz Today Dominican-American Latina Is Committed to Student Success - Latin Business Today. Esmeralda will be honored in August at the 22nd Annual Hispanic Women of Distinction luncheon. Congratulations, Esmeralda!



Do you have news to share? A major milestone? Career change? Tell us at Class Notes - Broward College Alumni & Friends.


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

Click on the image to be taken to the spotlights and to search our hundreds of alumni profiles in our database.

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Did you know you can support charitable organizations like ours through your IRA or 401(k)? By naming Broward College Foundation as a beneficiary, you can continue to make lifetime withdrawals and keep the flexibility to change beneficiaries if things change. 

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 by pursuing higher education. Help someone become Empowered by Broward!

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



Flying this summer from a local airport and need to park your vehicle? ParkON provides discounts for Broward College alumni and friends when you use the code BCF20. Click on the image above to visit their website and reserve your airport parking.

Past issues of the You & the Blue newsletter and recordings of interactive webinars are available online.


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