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

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You & the Blue


MAY 2019


Jill Horowitz has assumed the position of Alumni Engagement Officer in the Broward College Office of Advancement.


Horowitz is very well known in this region. Her previous experience includes Manager of Corporate Sales and Events for Virgin Trains USA, Director of Membership and Fundraising with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, and Vice President of Business Development with South Florida Business & Wealth. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from the University of Michigan – Stephen M. Ross School of Business.


Horowitz is developing a broad range of activities, events and programs both on and off campus for alumni and friends of Broward College. Other plans include enhancing Alumni Benefits, regularly spotlighting alumni success stories, and coordinating networking and mentoring for various alumni constituencies. She is currently working on a survey to better gauge interest and determine how the Alumni & Friends Network can better serve Broward College Graduates.



On Thursday, April 25, President Gregory Adam Haile and the Broward College Foundation celebrated the groundbreaking of expanded facilities, including a hangar and additional classroom space, at the Emil Buehler Aviation Institute.


Representatives from three of the foundation’s transformative aviation donors were in attendance: George Weaver, lead trustee with The Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust; Jerry Taylor and Nancy Bryant of The Jerry Taylor & Nancy Bryant Foundation; and Jonathan DeLuca and Dr. Angelika Schlanger of The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation. The project has also received significant backing from The Batchelor Foundation and The J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation.


Nancy Bryant; Dr. Rolanda Garcia, President of the Judson A. Samuels South Campus; Russ McCaffery, Dean of Transportation Programs; Frank Ortis, former trustee and Mayor of the City of Pembroke Pines; Broward College President Gregory Adam Haile; Dr. Angelika Schlanger; George Weaver; Nancy O'Donnell-Wilson, Vice President for Advancement and Executive Director of the Broward College Foundation; Jerry Taylor; and Jonathan DeLuca

Also at the event were 30 students from Miramar High School who attend Broward College as part of its Workforce Dual Enrollment program. They are studying aviation maintenance every afternoon from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. and are well on their way to great jobs maintaining the aircraft so many of us fly on frequently.


Miramar High School students

According to Bob Swindell, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance President and CEO, South Florida’s aviation sector is a vital target industry we expect to continue to generate high-value jobs. Broward College has been an outstanding partner in equipping a qualified local workforce by offering degree and certificate programs in this important industry.


Dr. Jeff Nasse, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and Russ McCaffery, Dean of Transportation Programs

Kiera Shannon, a dual-enrolled Miramar High School student who spoke at the event

Dr. Angelika Schlanger and Jonathan DeLuca of the Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation with Pres. Haile

Pres. Haile (center) with students from Miramar High in front of the "Commander Mike Metcalf" Boeing 727 that FedEx gifted to the Emil Buehler Aviation Institute


On Thursday, April 18, Broward College President Gregory Adam Haile, Esq. announced the recipients of seven Broward College Foundation Endowed Teaching Chair awards during surprise classroom visits. The chairs awarded and the faculty recipients who were selected by a panel of their peers and members of the community representing supporters of the college are:


The Bank of America I Endowed Teaching Chair was awarded to Dr. Scott Demsky, professor of mathematics. This chair started off as the Barnett Bank of Broward County Endowed Teaching Chair, and the name was changed when that organization was acquired by Bank of America. Richard Anderson, CEO of Barnett Bank, said his company believed education was the foundation that builds tomorrow’s leaders and enhances the growth of life in a community. Through this support, Anderson believed the quality of education offered through the college would continue to strength and grow.


Nancy O’Donnell-Wilson, Broward College’s Vice President for Advancement and Executive Director of the Broward College Foundation; Dr. Scott Demsky; Sandra Juliachs, Bank of America, Market Manager Fort Lauderdale; Broward College President Gregory Adam Haile; Lilia Ciciolla, Bank of America, Community Relations Manager


The Bank of America II Endowed Teaching Chair was awarded to Benjamin Botero, assistant professor of criminal justice. This chair started off as one of two Endowed Teaching Chairs established by NationsBank, and the name was changed when that organization was acquired by Bank of America. The leadership of NationsBank recognized that education is a critical factor in ensuring a bright future for our children and our communities, for our businesses and for our nation. As a national company with a community spirit, they believed it had the power to make a difference in the communities it served.


Lilia Ciciolla, Bank of America, Community Relations Manager; Benjamin Botero; Broward College President Gregory Adam Haile; Sandra Juliachs, Bank of America, Market Manager Fort Lauderdale; Nancy O’Donnell-Wilson, Broward College’s Vice President for Advancement and Executive Director of the Broward College Foundation


The Children’s Opportunity Group Endowed Teaching Chair was awarded to Dr. Savena Budhu Barajas, assistant professor of English. Children’s Opportunity Group has been involved in civic activity since 1949, when this women’s organization was founded to support Broward County’s Foster Children program. Their first association with Broward College was in 1989, when they established a scholarship. With their focal point being the welfare and enrichment of young people, they felt our Endowed Teaching Chair Program was a natural tie-in for them. Children’s Opportunity Group was the first women’s civic organization to endow a teaching chair at Broward College.


Dr. Savena Budhu Barajas and President Haile


The Cleveland Clinic Florida Endowed Teaching Chair was awarded to Dr. Ellen Glazer, an assistant professor of computer and information science. Dr. Carl C. Gill, chief executive officer of Cleveland Clinic Florida at the time the chair was established, felt the college was a vital educational component in our community because it provided a large majority of Broward County’s healthcare professionals. He believed their gift would promote education and be a factor in the growth of both the clinic and the college. Dr. Gill’s hope was that the Endowed Teaching Chair would help attract the very best faculty and encourage them to pursue research endeavors.


Annie Myers, Associate Dean for Information Technology; Dr. Wael Barsoum, CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic Florida; Dr. Ellen Glazer; President Gregory Adam Haile; and Tom Ayers, Dean for Information Technology


The Gaddis Corporation Endowed Teaching Chair was awarded to Rudy Jean-Bart, an assistant professor of history. When Fort Lauderdale businessman Jesse Gaddis heard about the Endowed Teaching Chair program, he decided to become a participant because a large number of his employees had attended or were attending classes here. He felt it was an appropriate way to give back to the community. He liked that we both educate young people who are just beginning their educational journey AND that we provide training for those already in the workforce, who go back to college to upgrade their skills.


Dr. Sonia Nieves, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Rudy Jean-Bart


The International Education Endowed Teaching Chair was awarded to Dr. Isis Silva, associate professor of education. This gift was established in 1998 by the International Education Department, directed at that time by Dr. William Green. The goals were to provide a formal means of teaching excellence in international courses and programs; to promote the college’s name in connection with excellence in international education; and to strengthen the overall connection between the college and the international community.


Dr. Marielena DeSanctis, College Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Services; Dr. Sunem Beaton-Garcia, Central Campus President and Vice Provost; Patricia Skelly, member of the Community Selection Committee; Nancy O’Donnell-Wilson; Ann Porterfield, Broward College Foundation board member and chair of the Community Selection Committee; Dr. David Moore, Executive Director of International Education; President Haile; Dr. Isis Silva; Dr. Elizabeth Molina, Dean of Academic Affairs; Dr. Richard Bernstein; Dr. Dominique Charlotteaux; Dr. Jeffrey Nasse, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs; David Verlen, member of the Community Selection Committee; Julia Philyaw, Associate Vice President for the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning; John Bochak, Broward College Foundation board member and member of the Community Selection Committee; Michael Landry and Karin Rhodes, members of the Community Selection Committee


The Margaret and Cato Roach Endowed Teaching Chair was awarded to Lourdes Heuer, assistant professor of English. Margaret Roach began a 24-year career as an administrator in the Broward County public school system in 1963. She was appointed to the college’s board of trustees by Governor Reuben Askew in 1974 and served until 1990. She was also a director of the foundation. Cato Roach was assistant principal at Dillard High School, school principal for Walker Elementary, and served as coordinator and director of special programs for Broward County schools. He was also a teacher and a coach. This chair was established with the money Margaret was awarded as recipient of the 1991 Sun-Sentinel Publisher’s Award, a perfect example of the lifelong dedication she and her husband exhibited toward providing educational opportunities for others.


Kandyss McAden and Mrs. Earlene Horne, representatives for the Margaret and Cato Roach Endowed Teaching Chair; Lourdes Heuer; and President Haile


Dr. Dominique Charlotteaux and Dr. Richard Bernstein co-chaired the Endowed Teaching Chair peer selection committee, members of which were Dr. Jillian Wojcik, Professor Dina Durand and Professor Jody Harris. Two students, Ms. Tali Kahalon and Ms. Betsy Berberena, also served on this committee. Members of the community selection committee, which was chaired by Broward College Foundation Board of Directors member Ann Porterfield, were John Bochak, also a director, honorary director Michael Landry, supporter Karin Rhodes, and Patricia Skelly representing the Gertrude E. Skelly Charitable Foundation. Julia Philyaw, Associate Vice President for the Center for Teaching and Learning, and Jennifer Saint Louis, Manager of Stewardship and Donor Relations, oversaw the logistics of this process.


In 1989, the Broward Community College Foundation announced its audacious project to establish 30 Endowed Teaching Chairs in celebration of the college’s 30th anniversary. With the support of philanthropic individuals, businesses, foundations, and civic organizations, our foundation met its original goal of 30 chairs and continued working on the project. Today there are 36 Endowed Teaching Chairs. Since the first chairs were awarded in 1992, these honors have been bestowed 209 times.


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!


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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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