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Photo of Laurie and Kelly Dozier standing next to each other and smiling in LeMoyne Park

Opening Nights at Florida State University announces $250,000 endowed gift to provide enhanced cultural arts programming

Author: Lori Elliott

Opening Nights at Florida State University has announced that a $250,000 endowed gift by Kelly and Laurie Dozier will enable Opening Nights to collaborate with LeMoyne’s Chain of Parks Art Festival to provide enhanced cultural arts programming for the Tallahassee community.

The two organizations will partner to present a program to kick off the 19th Annual Chain of Parks Festival in April 2019.

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Marcy Driscoll

Retiring Dean Includes FSU in Her Estate

As dean of Florida State University's College of Education, Marcy Driscoll is no stranger to conversations about giving. Since 2005, she has raised over $32 million in gifts and commitments with a consistent focus on student scholarships.

"I am proud to say that the College of Education has more scholarships than any other college on campus," she says, "and we offer more scholarship dollars than any other college of education in the state of Florida."

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An artist's rendition of the Dedman School of Hospitality's Marriott Career Center.

Dedman School receives $2 million Marriott Foundation gift for hospitality career center

Author: Bob Branciforte

Florida State University’s Dedman School of Hospitality announces a gift from The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation to establish the Marriott Career Center.

The $2 million gift provides for an endowed fund supporting the center’s ongoing operations, as well as $250,000 for renovations in the development of its facilities.

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The Ca'-d'Zan mansion

The Ringling announces $100M campaign to secure future vitality of landmark arts campus

The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the State Art Museum of Florida administered by Florida State University (FSU), announces a $100 million comprehensive campaign to preserve and expand its legacy for the 21st century and beyond. The Ringling Inspires: Honoring the Legacy and Building for the Future campaign has raised $92 million to date. It is an integral component of Florida State University’s Raise the Torch campaign.

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Susan & Mark Messersmith with Buyers Allison Tant-Richard and Barry Richard

“An Art Affair” Establishes the Susan and Mark Messersmith Art Scholarship

Last year, Susan and Mark Messersmith announced their interest in establishing an art scholarship for undergraduate students excelling in painting and sculpture at Florida State University.

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a student wearing a blue shirt walks onto FSU Panama City's campus on a sunny day

FSU PC announces $500k gift, new programs

Author: Eryn Dion, News Herald Reporter

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Oh what a difference 35 years makes.

From its humble beginnings in the 1970′s, when Bay District Schools, the business community and Gulf Coast Community College petitioned the legislature for a university in Bay County, to 1982, when the campus opened with “just a few buildings” and a resident faculty of four, to today, Florida State University Panama City has grown into an education hub for the county and the region.

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Ryan Dorrell, Dave Romine and Jeff Alagood

Alumni-run AgileThought pays it forward with generous support for MIS students

Author: Barbara Ash (excerpt from Florida State University College of Business News)

Successful alumni Dave Romine, Ryan Dorrell and Jeff Alagood hope recent gifts to the College of Business will spark the same kind of student collaboration and synergy that led them to create AgileThought, a Tampa-based information technology company.

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Aggie and Jeff Stoops

College of Social Work receives gift to establish new center

Author: Lauren Antista

A substantial gift from a family foundation formed by two Florida State University alumni is helping the FSU College of Social Work establish a new center dedicated to generating knowledge that leads to effective policies, services and research for the benefit of communities, families and children.

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Soaking up the sun: FSU, alumni partner to install solar panels on campus

Author: Susan Hansen

Florida State University is moving forward on the path of solar sustainability — thanks to three alumni and FSU Sustainable Campus.

The alumni, Justin Vandenbroeck, Chris Diaz and Scott Minos, provided and installed 12 solar panels to their alma mater, all pro bono.

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Renovation of the FSU Jim Moran Building

Excitement builds as $100 million Moran gift comes to life at FSU

A year and a half after Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation gifted a record $100 million to FSU, the support is transforming the university and creating opportunities for students and business owners for generations to come.

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