Tom Jennings (Ph.D. ’93 Higher Ed) continues to live in Tallahassee, Fla., and serve Florida State University as Vice President for University Advancement, and president of the FSU Foundation. Jennings also was recently appointed as president of the FSU Real Estate Foundation. In February 2016 he earned a “Stellar Speaker” award for a session he presented at the CASE District III Annual Conference titled “The Business of Higher Education Fundraising.” FSU is in the public phase of a $1 billion, 8-year, comprehensive fundraising campaign, which has achieved nearly 90% of its goal and is ahead of schedule. The 2015-16 fiscal year is already the largest single fundraising total in the University’s 165 year history (Interestingly, Florida State University was founded in 1851 by Thomas Jefferson’s grandson, Francis Wayles Eppes.).
Class Notes Submitted in April, 2016
Stephanie McGuire (M.Ed. ’14 SAPHE) completed her first year as the senior administrative assistant for the University Council for Educational Administration at the Curry School. “I feel very fortunate to work with wonderful, creative group of people dedicated to improving our educational system through research and the preparation of educational leaders.”
Stephanie McGuire's Curry Memory
“What I loved most about grad school was visiting one of my favorite capstone mentors and discussing my ideas for research and ways to improve my writing. I enjoyed her very much as a mentor and as a person.”
Annie Rappeport (M.Ed. ’11 Higher Ed) accepted admission to the International Education Policy PhD program at the University of Maryland with advisor Dr. Jing Lin. She will be focusing on research related to curriculum development in areas that are rebuilding after a large exogenous shock.
Anne (Womack) Sanford (M.Ed. ’11 Higher Ed) married Will Sanford on April 11, 2015. The couple resides in Prattville, Ala., where she uses development tools acquired at Curry as the membership director of the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce.
Anne (Womack) Sanford's Curry Memory
“This time of year I think of going with several classmates to the Foxfield Races right in the middle of producing our Capstone projects. This was a needed getaway and break from our studies. Upon our return, we immediately buried our heads in our projects, completed them, and graduated! It was a wonderful few weeks! Also, one of my favorite Curry memories will always be hearing Brian Pusser repeat one of his signature phrases (which I have now adopted): ‘Reasonable people may disagree on this issue.’ A great way to approach various topics, especially in this heated election season!”
Kaity L. Yang (M.Ed. ’14 SAPHE) will pursue her MBA in nonprofit management at American Jewish University in Los Angeles, Calif., this fall. She received the prestigious merit-based ChangeMaker scholarship, which will cover the majority of her tuition and fees. Yang plans to combine her experiences and education to open a nonprofit boarding school for disadvantaged students and expand her concept nationwide.
Kaity L. Yang's Curry Memory
“Competing in and taking home third place in the Curry Entrepreneurial Cup in Fall 2013.”