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

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You & the Blue


I ❤ Broward College

As we approach Valentine's Day, a time dedicated to celebrating love and connection, we invite you to join us in sharing what you love about Broward College. Your experiences and memories hold a special place in our hearts, and we want to showcase the collective love our alumni and friends have for this incredible community.

How to Participate:

Reflect on your time at Broward College and think about what made it special for you. Share your favorite memories, impactful moments, or the reasons you hold Broward College close to your heart.

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Tag us @BrowardCollegeAlumni so we can feature your stories and celebrate together.

Your love for Broward College has the power to inspire current students, connect with fellow alumni, and showcase the lasting impact of our community. Whether it's the friendships formed, the knowledge gained, or the transformative experiences, we want to hear your story.

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NewsA Knight’s Tale: How Broward College grad Barbara Knight turned tragedy into triumph

Broward College student Barbara Knight knows that when it comes to conquering adversity, sometimes you have to make your own shining armor. Learn more.


NewsBroward College hosts panel on multifaceted and evolving future of artificial intelligence

A panel of experts and enthusiasts gathered on Wednesday, January 17, to delve into the power and possibilities of Artificial Intelligence (AI) at a sold-out event on Broward College’s A. Hugh Adams Central Campus. Learn more.


NewsBroward College attends the 2024 MLK Inspirational Breakfast

The YMCA of South Florida kicked off its 20th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Inspirational Celebration at First Baptist Fort Lauderdale on Friday, January 12. Broward College’s senior leadership was in attendance. Learn more.



NewsBroward College Foundation welcomes new Golf Committee Chair, Dustin Jacobs! 

Dustin Jacobs, VP of Marketing at BrightStar Credit Union, is the new golf committee chair for the 36th Broward College Golf Classic, set for Thursday, April 4, 2024, at the Jacaranda Golf Club.

You can register as a sponsor, participate in the tournament, or donate to the Empowerment Fund, which provides flexibility to quickly respond to the critical needs of the College community and advance top priorities to bring forth opportunities for student success.

Jacaranda Golf Club, South Florida’s premier semi-private golf club, features 36 holes of championship golf. Since its inception, the Golf Classic has raised more than $2.8 million to support the educational environment at Broward College through scholarships and program support. 

If you have questions about the tournament or want to donate, please contact Elisa Stone at 954-240-8521 or


Now in its 60th year, P'an Ku is Broward College’s student literary & arts magazine. This award-winning magazine promotes and encourages the creative efforts of BC students in the literary and visual arts. It also serves as a training ground for students interested in careers in editing, publishing, graphic design, advertising, filmmaking, and other aspects of the collaborative creative process.

We invite you, and especially past contributors and advisors to P’an Ku, to join us for our 60th Anniversary Launch party, which will also serve this year as the first-ever P’an Ku alumni reunion. Come witness the vitality and artistry of our students, present and past.





From left to right: Biana Murnane (BrightStar Credit Union), Sasha Lightbourne (The Boeing Company), Renee Johnson (J.P. Morgan), Megan R. Cottle (Broward College), and Scott Rivinius (Broward College).

More than 130 Broward College alumni and friends attended the Night Out with the Miami Heat event on Thursday, January 25 at the Kaseya Center. After the game, they were invited down to the court for a free throw, which capped off a fun evening. Special thanks to Broward College Foundation Board Members Biana Murnane and Sasha Lightbourne for attending the event as newly minted members of the Broward College family. We look forward to many more events and participation from our Broward College community.



More than 200 alumni, faculty, staff, students, and community supporters woke up early on Saturday, January 27 to participate in the 2nd Annual Walk for Awareness to End Human Trafficking. This 5K, which recognizes January as National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, draws attention to human trafficking as a clear and present threat to individuals, communities, and our country.

We congratulate Broward College alumna Phillipa Vassell, for organizing another successful 5K Walk for Awareness. She shares, “I felt proud of the attendees who came from all walks of life—students, professionals, survivors, advocates, and community leaders—and the way we came together united in the common goal of shining a light on this pervasive issue. In the end, we were left more empowered to act to end the demand for human trafficking.”

To learn more about this event, click here. Photos from the event will be made available at            



We proudly celebrate Broward College alumna Fedilia Guzman for completing her certification through BC LEAD. BC LEAD (Broward College Leadership Empowerment and Development) is an innovative leadership development program designed to empower and cultivate the next generation of leaders through comprehensive synchronous and asynchronous training and skill-building activities. 

About her experience in the program, Fedilia says: "I was impressed and grateful that Broward College invests in their leaders and future leaders in this manner. BC Lead does not only develop us, but it empowers us to lead with purpose, integrity and a commitment to positive impact."   

Congratulations, Fedilia! 



Recent graduate Nahama Eldine shares her story with us about the impact of Broward College on her life.

I am Nahama Eldine, a 21-year-old Haitian who arrived in the USA in March 2021. I embarked on my educational journey at Broward College in August 2021, starting with English classes from scratch. Despite the language barrier, I persevered and graduated from Broward College on December 14, 2023, with an Associate of Arts in Business Administration. 

My commitment to education doesn’t stop there; I am determined to continue my path toward success by pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management at Florida Atlantic University. Simultaneously, I have been granted the incredible opportunity to work as an Administrative Assistant II at Palm Beach State College, starting in the spring semester on January 8, 2024. 

As a first-generation student, I carry the dreams of my family and my little sister back in Haiti, who looks up to me as a role model. Completing high school at 16 and then waiting two years to come to the US at 18 to start college was a challenge, but I made a promise to myself to overcome any obstacles. Even if it meant taking those English classes and dealing with my accent, I was determined to become a regular student at Broward College within two years. 

Throughout this journey, Broward College played a crucial role in shaping my professional path. They helped me polish my resume and guided how to excel in interviews, ultimately boosting my confidence to present myself professionally. 

I am living proof that with dedication, hard work, and unwavering determination, anyone can overcome challenges and achieve their dreams. My story serves as a testament to the power of persistence and the pursuit of higher education. I am ready to continue my educational and professional journey, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.


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Alumni & Friends congratulate the College Academy at Broward College students who have received full-tuition scholarships to top-tier liberal arts colleges. These include Bolton Bazil who will attend Duke University and Angeles Mejia who will attend Williams College. Angeles was featured this month on NBC6 and we invite you to take a moment to listen to her story and be inspired by her example, intelligence, and perseverance.

College Academy at Broward College student, Angeles Mejia



Alumni & Friends webinars cover professional development, financial education, entertainment, and more.

Check out What You Need to Know About Human Trafficking & Sex Trafficking in South Florida from January 2023.


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

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