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

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You & the Blue




In celebration of Valentine's Day and on behalf of the Broward College Foundation, Marketing & Communications Manager Jessica Figueroa and AVP of Advancement Services Anthea Pennant-Wallace spread some love and cheer throughout Broward College by delivering handmade gifts to pathway deans, associate deans, assistants, and more. 

These gifts were a symbol of the Foundation's appreciation for all that the Broward College faculty and staff do for our students. To our Broward College family, you are the sweetest ingredient in our recipe! 

Check out a recap video of this special visit by clicking the image below.


NewsNew page on Alumni & Friends website     

Exciting announcement! We're thrilled to unveil our latest feature on the Alumni & Friends website: a dedicated hub where you can catch up on all the latest news-related content in one convenient spot!  Learn more.


NewsDeLuca Scholarship accelerates career path for nursing student Latoya Smith

Nursing student Latoya Smith is taking her education to the next level as the result of a unique scholarship opportunity provided to Broward College graduates who earn their Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN). Learn more.


NewsBroward College named best large delegation at Model UN Conference

Six students from the Broward College Model United Nations team recently took center stage at the World International Model United Nations conference in New York City. Learn more.


NewsDonor Spotlight: Padrino Family’s recent philanthropic investment to SBSHS

In February 2024, the Padrino family's philanthropic gift to Broward College's Student Success Fund supporting the Social Behavioral Sciences & Human Services pathway further emphasized their commitment to nurturing the next generation of leaders. Learn more.


NewsNavigating parenthood and education: How Broward College supports single mothers and parenting students

Broward College recognizes the unique challenges faced by student-parents who juggle the demands of education while fulfilling family obligations. Learn more.


Promote Your Brand at the 36th Broward College Golf Classic

By becoming a sponsor for the 36th Broward College Golf Classic, you're not just investing in a game; you're investing in the future of our Broward College community through the Empowerment Fund.

Why Sponsor?

  • You can align your brand with one of the highest-ranking public college institutions in Florida.    
  • You can gain exposure to a diverse audience of professionals and community leaders from various industries.  
  • You can showcase your commitment to philanthropy and corporate social responsibility. 

The Golf Classic will take place at Jacaranda Golf Club, South Florida’s premier semi-private golf club, featuring 36 holes of championship golf. 

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


This year marks the 60th anniversary of P’an Ku magazine, the award-winning student literary and visual arts magazine of Broward College. In celebration of this great milestone, we invite you to join us as the magazine's launch party on Thursday, April 18. To RSVP, click here.

In advance of this event, we interviewed one of P’an Ku’s former editors, Mark Jette, class of 1995. Check out a preview of Mark's interview featured on the Alumni Spotlight below.          


The following interview from P'an Ku's alumnus and former editor Mark Jett highlights some of his memorable moments as a Broward College student.     

Mark, where did you grow up and what motivated you to attend Broward College?
I was born in Hollywood, Florida then grew up in Miramar, Florida. After graduating high school, then working for several years, I decided it was time to start working on a degree. Since Broward College, which was Broward Community College when I attended, was nearby, I chose to pursue my AA degree. After graduating Broward College, I transferred to Florida Atlantic University (FAU) to complete my BFA degree.

Can you tell us about one or two moments that stand about your time at the College?
Having attended Broward College almost 30 years ago, it feels like a whole different lifetime. I enjoyed editing and designing P’an Ku. Promoting student work was also very fulfilling. Having the issues I edited win awards across the country and across the state of Florida made it even more special.

Did you have any favorite professors or people at the College who were important to you as a student? 
Dr. Patrick Ellingham was by far my favorite professor. Dr. Ellingham was the faculty member who oversaw P’an Ku during my time as editor. His experience with self-publishing, as well as his keen insight, was instrumental in making the magazine a success. Outside of the magazine, we had many long conversations on literature and art. We became good friends then kept in touch after I graduated.

Where did you go after Broward College? How did what you learn at the College prepare you for your path?
After graduating Broward College, I attended FAU where I graduated with highest honors, as well as from the Honors Institute, then received my Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) with a concentration in Graphic Design. The work as editor on P’an Ku allowed me to become the editor for the inaugural issue of INVerse, the FAU South Campus literary arts magazine.

Any parting thoughts about your connection to the College?
During my time at Broward College, I met many wonderful teachers and staff members who were very supportive and had unique perspectives on the world.

Would you like to be featured on our You & the Blue newsletter? Let us know by completing the alumni contact update form here.



The cost of attending college extends far beyond tuition alone. From textbooks to housing, transportation to meals, these expenses can quickly add up, often presenting significant challenges for students. Your ongoing support through recurring giving can help alleviate these burdens, providing crucial assistance to those striving for academic excellence.

Take it from one of our dedicated recurring donors, Brittany Valera, who understands the profound impact even modest contributions can make. "Even by putting a small drop in the bucket, I know that a few or more students will be able to finish what they have started as a result of my giving," Brittany shares. "Even with a small donation, I know that I'm able to make an impact on the lives of Broward College students."

Now is your chance to follow Brittany's lead and show your love for Broward College every day through monthly giving. Together, we can continue to support and empower students to achieve their academic goals.




We are thrilled to celebrate alumna Claudette Sernius for presenting her recent artwork "Walk a Mile in My Shoes" and "Stand for Freedom" during the SBSHS Professional Enhancement Program's "Maximizing the Art of Risk-Taking" series on Friday, February 2. Her piece, focusing on bringing awareness about human trafficking, has been featured in the Pembroke Pines “El Ancho Mar Que Nos Separa” Fall BFA Thesis Exhibition, The Pillars Annual Conference, and the Annual Walk for Awareness at Broward College.


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


Alumni are invited to attend all upcoming March Employment Solutions webinars and events. Learn more and sign up for events here 


Commencement and on campus events are but some of the volunteer opportunities available to Broward College alumni. Complete this short form and tell us how you would like to be involved.


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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