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

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You & the Blue




Within days of opening registration for the Alumni & Friends Night Out at Regina’s Farm, tickets for our fundraiser at this uniquely Broward experience sold out. The appetite to savor “Brazil in your backyard” as a community was profound, and we are grateful to alumni, supporters, faculty, and staff for your enthusiasm. We cannot wait to celebrate with you on November 4!

Proceeds from ticket purchases and sponsorships will go directly to the General Scholarship Fund. This fund serves those who matter the most – our Broward College students. Scholarship support is vital role in strengthening Broward College’s ability to provide students with financial assistance and access to a transformational education that leads to meaningful career opportunities.

Are you still looking for tickets? Tickets are available through many fun sponsorship options, starting from $500 at the Friends level. If you are a small business owner, company or organization looking to maximize your visibility to our enormous alumni and supporter base, don’t miss out on this opportunity to promote your business and partner with us. Plus, you and your guests will skip the years-long waitlist for the uniquely Broward experience that is Regina’s Farm and support our students through scholarships. If you have added your name to the waitlist for general admission tickets, we will contact you in October regarding any openings.


A special thank you to BrightStar Credit Union for its vital partnership as a premium platinum egg partner for our Broward College Night at Regina’s Farm and building a brighter future for our community. Learn more about BrightStar Credit Union at

We also say ‘Obrigado and Thank You’ to Ark Solvers and the Mavuno Project, our Swag Sponsors, and Rebel Wine Bar whose uniquely curated wines will accompany the delicious home-cooked Brazilian delicacies that we will enjoy. Our full sponsorship brochure is available here. Please contact Anthony Stewart, Alumni Engagement Manager at with any questions. To ensure inclusion in event marketing materials, please let us know of your interest in sponsorship opportunities by Friday, October 6, 2023.


NewsBroward College selected for $3 Million grant to expand internet access

The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has awarded Broward College a $2,999,996.77 grant as part of its Connecting Broward UP Communities Pilot Program. Learn more.


NewsOff to a good start: Broward College students make the most of the first six weeks

When it comes to pursuing a college education, an old saying holds true: The secret to getting ahead is to get a head start. As students return to classes this Fall term, Broward College wants to make sure that message resonates loud and clear. Learn more.


NewsAlumna in the news     

Broward College Culinary Arts graduate Natalie Garcia was invited by America’s Food & Beverage show to give a live cooking demonstration at its recent exhibition in Miami. You can follow a video recording of Chef Nat preparing a beloved Dominican dish known as Pollo Guisado con Mangu (braised chicken with plantain puree). Learn more.


NewsFall Faculty Exhibition

We invite you to come and view the 2023 Fall Faculty Exhibition featuring recent works by a selection of Visual and Performing Arts faculty, including Maria Theresa Barbist, Roumen Boudev, Yves Gabriel, Jose Luis Garcia, Kohl King, Jim Lansing, Khaulah Nuruddin, Lisa Rockford, and Eduardo Rosas. Learn more.



Join us on Wednesday, October 25, at 6 p.m. for an interactive Halloween-themed webinar! 

With autumn here and Halloween on the horizon, we are thrilled to invite you to join us for another exploration of the themes of suspense, fear, and all things related to the spooky as represented in film, TV, and art. 

Associate Professor of English and 2023 Endowed Teaching Chair award recipient Dr. Billy Jones will lead us once again in a conversation that invites you to share your fears and spookiest experiences, real or fiction. 

Fans of the paranormal and suspense and those who enjoy a good story shouldn’t miss this webinar.




On the evening of September 26, Alumni & Friends and Broward College Entrepreneurship Experience BCEx co-hosted Journey into the Entrepreneurial Mindset. The audience of budding entrepreneurs, alumni, supporters, students, and staff learned about a few gems from each of our panelists, priceless knowledge that can only come from perseverance and experience. 

We are grateful to Broward College Foundation Board member Reginald Andre, BCEx alumna Camille Daly, Broward College and BCEx alumnus Royce Lopez, and Broward College and BCEx alumna Sascha Rybinski for their authentic, honest, and inspiring true stories about what they overcame to transform their passions into business ventures. Special kudos to Dean Rudy Jean-Bart and Professor Josh Kimber for their insightful questions and commentary that brought to life the deeply personal journeys our panelists shared. 




Save the Date of November 16, when BCEx will present its 2023 Showcase where small business owners take the stage to showcase their pitches and products. Witness the creativity, passion, and ambition that drive these entrepreneurs to success. More details to come! 

Information on current events and photos from past events are always accessible on



We celebrate alumna Nhadya Lawes, Class of 2018, recently recognized as one of Legacy Magazine's 40 Under 40 Black Leaders of Today and Tomorrow. A former Dual Enrollment student at Broward College, Nhadya graduated with Highest Honors from Broward College before continuing to the University of Miami. She continues to excel and inspire in her role with the Knight Foundation in Miami. Congratulations, Nhadya!


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Broward College offers alumni free, career-boosting certifications

Learn skills and acquire credentials that make you more employable. Broward College alumni are invited to benefit from this free opportunity to earn official Florida Ready To Work Soft Skills credentials that will showcase to employers your communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Registration is simple. Send an email to and let them know that as an alumna or alumnus, you would like to have access to the free soft skills credentials program. Provide your first and last name and your preferred email. You will receive your login information.

Florida Ready to Work (FRW) is a career-ready program that provides employability and soft skills training. Those successfully complete the soft skills training program earn a Florida Soft Skills Credential signed by Florida’s sitting governor. The program is sponsored and funded by the State of Florida is administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and is offered to Broward College students and alumni by Broward College Employment Solutions.





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.


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

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