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

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You & the Blue

a newsletter for alumni and friends of Broward College



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Now in its 7th season, the Broward College Speaker Series features notable guests, from a variety of backgrounds, who educate, enlighten and entertain the community on a variety of topics. From current events in our nation to finding inspiration beyond all odds, this year's speakers will bring their personal perspectives on the world around us. The series features three distinguished guests sharing their exciting experiences, points of view and behind-the-scenes stories. Each presentation is followed by a Q&A sessions with questions submitted by audience members. Speakers are:


Jimmy Wales

JIMMY WALES: Ranked by Forbes Magazine as a “Web Celeb,” Jimmy Donal Wales is a U.S. internet entrepreneur, wiki pioneer, and technology visionary, who is best known as the founder of Wikipedia, an international collaborative free content encyclopedia on the Internet, and the Wikimedia Foundation. He is also the founder of WikiTribune, a groundbreaking ad-free news platform that produces evidence-based journalism, and co-founder of Wikia, a privately-owned free web hosting service he set up in 2004. Thursday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m.Purchase Tickets


Abby Wambach

ABBY WAMBACH: One of the world’s greatest players of all time, Abby Wambach is the #1 all-time leading scorer in international soccer history with 184 career goals. Long known as one of the most intense competitors in U.S. history, her years of clutch goal scoring made her a fan favorite. She led the USA in scoring in the 2008 and 2011 Women’s World Cup tournaments, and the 2004 and 2012 Olympics (she missed Beijing 2008 due to a broken leg). Wednesday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m.Purchase Tickets


Jose Andres

JOSÉ ANDRÉS: Named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” in both 2012 and 2018 and awarded “Outstanding Chef” and “Humanitarian of the Year” by the James Beard Foundation, José Andrés is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, author, educator, television personality, humanitarian, and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup. A pioneer of Spanish tapas in the United States, he is also known for his groundbreaking avant-garde cuisine and his award-winning group of more than 30 restaurants (plus a food truck) located throughout the country, as well as in Mexico City and the Bahamas. André is the only chef globally who has both a two-star Michelin restaurant and four Bib Gourmands. His award-winning restaurants include two-Michelin-starred minibar by José Andrés, Jaleo, Zaytinya, J by José André at W Mexico City, Bazaar Meat at SLS Las Vegas, the Bazaar by José Andrés at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills and South Beach, and Beefsteak, his vegetable-driven fast casual concept. Monday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m.Purchase Tickets


All Broward College Speaker Series presentations take place at the Amaturo Theatre of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Subscribe to a three-show package and save 20% off the single ticket price. College students and educators are eligible for a discount off individual tickets when purchased at the AutoNation Box Office window at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts with presentation of a valid student I.D. or proof of college employment.


The 2020 Broward College Speaker Series is presented by Virgin Trains USA in partnership with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.



On Sunday, December 6, during Natbank's 25th anniversary celebration at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, the Broward College Foundation was presented with a check for $10,000 for the Natbank American Dream Scholarship.

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Paolo Pizzutto, Chairman of the Natbank Board of directors; Michael Côté, president and CEO of Natbank; and Antonio Ellison, Broward College employee and alumnus who received an American Dream Scholarship while he was a student

Natbank is a subsidiary of the National Bank of Canada, with Broward County locations in Hollywood, Pompano Beach and Boynton Beach. The event was attended by many personalities in South Florida’s French-speaking community, including bank president Michael Côté and the Consulate General of Canada’s representative Natlija Marjanovic, consul in charge of foreign policy.


The executive board of the South Florida United Youth Soccer Association, the premier youth soccer association in the State of Florida, has funded the establishment of two scholarships for former players and referees entering Broward College with a $78,000 gift.


With more than 15,000 players and 1,200 teams participating per year spread across eight counties from Jupiter to Homestead and in southwest Florida, this highly competitive youth soccer organization has developed boys and girls who have played professionally on Major League soccer teams and the U.S. national teams.


Join us for the initial meeting of the overall planning group of Alumni & Friends in the areas of Alumni Engagement, Student Engagement, fundraising and events – including the “Grand Ghoul” in October. A light lunch will be served.

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The meeting is this Friday, January 24, from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. on the office of Shea Smith, CPA, Berkowitz, Pollack Brant, 515 East Las Olas Boulevard in Ford Lauderdale.





An hour may make a huge difference in the life of a student! We are looking for Broward College alumnae to meet with prospective students and serve on a career panel for members of this program from Dillard and Western High Schools.

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The panel is next Tuesday, January 28, from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on the A. Hugh Adams Central Campus, 3501 SW Davie Road, Building 3, Room 122, in Davie.





Join the fun with students and your fellow alumni as we discuss career possibilities and offer guidance to Broward College students from all pathways.

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The panel is Wednesday, February 5, from 12 noon - 1:30 p.m. on the A. Hugh Adams Central Campus in Davie. Building and room number to be determined.





Uncovering Leadership Blind Spots – Discovering the Pathway to Motivation: Based upon time-tested principles from the bestseller How to Win Friends and Influence People and fresh research, this highly interactive and practical workshop will give insights and tools necessary to remove leadership blind spots. Facilitated by Christine Ramirez, Partner, Southeast Florida Dale Carnegie Training.

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The event is Wednesday, February 19; 11:30 a.m. Networking, 12 noon Buffet Lunch and 12:30 p.m. Program. Broward College Downtown Center, 111 East Las Olas Boulevard, 12th Floor Boardroom in Fort Lauderdale.






On Tuesday, November 19, the inaugural Alumni & Friends Leadership Luncheon took place with well-known author, filmmaker and Broward College alumna Nerissa Street as the special guest speaking on the topic of Self Care for Leaders. The event attracted many individuals, including honorary Broward College Foundation directors and distinguished alumnus Mike Borrone and former Broward College Vice President for Advancement and distinguished alumna Patti Barney.

On Saturday, December 14, Broward College alumni spent a day improving the beauty of one of our local beaches by joining the Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep. They were given buckets and pickers and a two-hour window to collect debris, with the team’s results sorted into categories – such as recyclables, straws, cigarette butts and general trash. Every little bit helped make the beach more beautiful, and lasting friendships for alumni and their families were created.

On Wednesday, January 8, the second Alumni Connect Happy Hour took place at the new Casa Sensei on Las Olas Boulevard. Broward College Alumni & Friends had special, hand-crafted libations and Latin/Asian fusion appetizers, while enjoying great conversation and learning more about upcoming 2020 events and each other.


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The Village Square is a non-partisan public educational forum on matters of local, state and national importance, dedicated to maintaining factual accuracy in civic and political debate by growing civil dialog on divisive issues, and recalling the history and principles at the foundation of our democracy.


In Broward County, the Village Square partners with Broward College, which hosts a variety of large community forums/events every year that provide a safe and comfortable forum for civic engagement on diverse matters of local, state and national importance. Events are planned by an Advisory Board with membership made up of community leaders from across Broward County, that comprise of Democrats, Republicans and Independents. The Advisory Board is represented by City and County Commissioners, educators, business owners/professionals and religious/non-profit leaders.


Their next event is Dinner at the Square: Ready or Not, Here Growth Comes. Broward County's population is expected to increase to nearly two million people next year. Are we ready?


Join the discussion, Wednesday, February 26 from 6:45 - 8:30 p.m. at the Funky Buddha Brewery, 1201 NE 38th Street in Oakland Park. Learn more, register and pay for this dinner event online.


SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, April 16, 2020 at the Fort Lauderdale Country Club. Additional information is forthcoming.


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


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Check out the benefits on the Alumni & Friends Network site. One of them is insurance through GEICO. The Broward College Foundation benefits from each quote requested. To make your request for a quote count, identify yourself as an affiliate of Broward College at the beginning of the process. Even if you decide not to purchase your insurance through them, GEICO will credit your activity to the foundation's tally.

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 Scott Rivinius or call 954-201-7490.

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