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You & the Blue




The formal investiture of Broward College President Gregory Adam Haile took place in the Ralph R. Bailey Concert Hall on Friday, March 29. It was a beautiful and moving event.


President Haile received the medallion and chain of office from President Emeritus Armstrong. Use of a medallion as part of academic regalia began during the Middle Ages. In contemporary usage, the medallion symbolizes the authority of the president and is worn at official ceremonies, such as commencement.

Individuals representing faculty, staff, students, trustees, government officials, and community leaders participated in the tradition and pageantry of academic inauguration started in Italy more than 1,000 years ago at the Universitá di Bologna, where scholars assembled and marched in procession in their robes for the installation of rectors. That tradition has carried over and has been expanded in formal ceremonies to mark the installation of college and university presidents.


President Haile and Broward County Vice Mayor Dale V.C. Holness

During the program, President Haile announced a transformational gift from the DeLuca Foundation to support both construction of a new hangar that’s part of the expansion of the Emil Buehler Aviation Institute and the college’s Health Sciences program, a gift from Dev Motwani to establish the Ramola Motwani Academy for the Hospitality Industry at Broward College, and a $100,000 commitment from the Haile family to support the Broward UP initiative.


Dev Motwani, Ramola Motwani and President Haile

Community members who served on the Presidential Investiture Committee were John Benz, Bob Birdsong, Gloria Fernandez, Daisy Hill, Donald Hill, Bacardi Jackson, Jarett Levan, Dev Motwani and Pamela Stephany. The ceremony was supported by Memorial Healthcare System, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital at Memorial, Broward Health, The Capital Grille, Funky Buddha Brewery, Berger Singerman, MediXall, Kip Hunter Marketing, Pops Corn, Trane, OK Generators, Stearns Weaver Miller, Stiles, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Breakout System Specialist, Downtown Photo, Rhodes Insurance Group, Community Care Plan, Pfeffersnaps, Transworld Business Advisors, Gloria Fernandez Banks, and Greenberg Traurig..


Gregory Adam Haile, Esq. assumed the role of seventh president of Broward College on July 1, 2018. Before his appointment, he served as the general counsel and vice president for Public Policy and Government Affairs for Broward College from September 2011 to June 2018. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University, graduating magna cum laude, and his juris doctorate from the Columbia University School of Law. President Haile is married with two children.


President Haile with his wife Chae and daughters Sloane and Hadley


A little bit of rain didn’t dampen golfers’ spirits during the 32nd Annual Broward College Golf Classic on Thursday, March 28. Chair Lloyd Rhodes and his committee of volunteers put together a spectacular event to raise funds for the First Generation in College Scholarship – money that will be matched through the state of Florida’s First Generation in College grant program.


Lloyd Rhodes and Golf Classic Committee Member Lorne Cleaver

This year, because of grounds restoration efforts at the Fort Lauderdale Country Club, the entire Golf Classic took place on the South Course.



Broward College Foundation Board of Directors Member Greg McGowan,
Chad Van Horn and Thomas Burkett

The ANF Group foursome, represented by John Dunnuck, A.J. Meyer, Jonathan Martinez and Tiffany Weimar, took first place. The AvMed foursome, Eddy DeArmas, Brian Hoya, Juan Salazar and Ricardo Querjeta, came in second. And the Lunacon foursome, John Adams, Jose Alba, David Bertot and Daniel Lizarazo, came in third.


First Place Foursome: Jonathan Martinez, Tiffany Weimar, John Dunnuck and A.J. Meyer

Manuel Hernandez and Linda Wood won the “Closest to the Pin” game. Miranda Welch won longest drive, and Alec Munoz won a trip to Pebble Beach playing the “Long Driver Entertainer.” Phil Kroyman won the Zulu Nyala Photo Safari in the live auction, and Daniel Imme won the Hilton Resorts World Bimini vacation package.


Nancy O'Donnell-Wilson with "Closest to the Pin" winners Linda Wood and Manuel Hernandez

Alec Munoz, after winning the "Long Drive Entertainers" hole

Broward College Foundation Secretary Richard Suss and Lloyd Rhodes

Broward College Foundation Director John Bochak, Honorary Director Jim Lansing, Immediate Past Chair Pam Stephany, Honorary Director and Golf Committee Member Terri Justice, Dr. Bob Wilson, Broward College’s Vice President for Advancement and Executive Director of the Broward College Foundation Nancy O’Donnell-Wilson, Vice President Dr. Monica McGrath, and Director Jean Seaver


The 6th season of the Broward College Speaker Series at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts concludes at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24 with humanitarian, actor, author, entrepreneur, health and wellness ambassador / educator, and philanthropist Hill Harper, who topic is Sailing the Seven C’s of Success.


Purchase tickets for Harper's presentation online. There is a 10% discount for Broward College alumni who order online and use the discount code BCALUM.


BELLA GAIA is an unprecedented, NASA-powered immersive experience, inspired by astronauts who spoke of the life-changing power of seeing Earth from space. Illuminating the beauty of the planet both natural and cultural (BELLA) and the interconnectedness of all things on Earth (GAIA), the live concert blends music, dance, technology, and NASA satellite imagery to turn the stage planetary. BELLA GAIA transforms complex scientific data into an accessible audio-visual experience to expand public understanding of global challenges we face and inspire audiences to act as stewards for our shared home.


Go online to purchase tickets or view of video about this event, which is at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26, at the Ralph R. Bailey Concert Hall. Broward College alumni can get a 10 percent discount per ticket using the code "BCProud" - available until April 19.


Groups of 20 or more can get a discounted ticket package that includes a VIP reception, a virtual reality experience option and promotional opportunities for their organization. For more information, call Anamarie Torres at 954-201-6884.



The Broward College Foundation’s 2018 Annual Report is available online. Learn how philanthropic individuals in our community are seeing their funding go further and helping more and more students become Empowered by Broward.



Classical, international and jazz music, independent cinema, theatre, dance – there’s something for everyone! Go online and see what’s in store.


Consider reviewing the benefits listed on the Alumni & Friends Network site. One of those benefits is insurance through Geico. If you identify yourself as an affiliate of the college when you review their offer, they’ll make a donation to the Broward College Foundation – even if you decide not to purchase!


Amazon Smile LogoDid you know you could save money, save time, and help students become Empowered by Broward all at once? When you buy your gifts, clothing, food, and other products through Amazon Smile, you can direct a percentage of your purchase to the Broward College Foundation and support the students at Broward College.


Prices on Amazon Smile are identical to those on the regular Amazon site. You’ll enjoy the same convenience and help make a student’s dream of higher education a reality.


Learn how easy it is to set up your Amazon Smile account.


When you include the Broward College Foundation in your financial and estate planning, you ensure your legacy of providing opportunity 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 Jim DeChant or call 954-201-7079.

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