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Brian and Kathryn Ballard

Brian and Kathryn Ballard donate building to house entrepreneurship school

Brian Ballard, CEO of Ballard Partners, and Kathryn Ballard, a Florida State University alumna and member of the FSU Board of Trustees, are giving the university a building valued at $1.1 million in downtown Tallahassee that will serve as the home of the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship and the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship and will be the physical centerpiece of Florida State’s “entrepreneurial university” initiative.

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Victoria Sunnergren

Student Spotlight: Art History Senior Receives Private Support for Native American Research

Florida State University senior Victoria Sunnergren is dedicated to dismantling preconceptions. An art history and religion double major, Sunnergren participated in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program as a freshman in hopes to be taken seriously as a scholar.

“As an art history major, you hear a lot of jokes about how easy the classes are and how limited the job prospects are,” she said. “UROP let me take what I was learning as an art history major and apply it to research that is relevant to my career interests.”

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JM Family Enterprises, Inc.

JM Family Enterprises, Inc. creates four-year scholarship

$1.2 million gift establishes the JM Family Enterprises African-American Youth Achiever Endowed Scholarship

College-bound African-American high school seniors from South Florida will be able to compete for full, four-year academic scholarships to Florida State University, thanks to a $1.2 million gift from JM Family Enterprises, Inc. that establishes the African-American Youth Achiever Endowed Scholarship.

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Florida State University Receives $100M to Create The Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State University announced today the largest gift in its history — $100 million — from Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation to honor the late Jim Moran and create what will be the nation’s largest interdisciplinary, degree-granting school of entrepreneurship.

The Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship will stand alone, offering and greatly expanding the entrepreneurship courses currently taught in the College of Business and making them available to all FSU students.

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Scholarship Creates a Unique Bond Between Students and Donor

The Joyce B. and Bob L. Miles Scholarship in Human Sciences supports Florida State University College of Human Sciences students financially but also provides another valuable resource—academic and career guidance from the scholarship donors.

Joyce, a consumer and family sciences alumna of Purdue University with a master’s in vocational education from Florida State, and Bob, an engineering alumnus of Purdue, awarded their first scholarship in 2014 to Amanda Messingschlager, a senior family and child sciences major.

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Chuck Hardwick

New Gift From Chuck Hardwick Establishes Marketing Fellowship Endowment

Throughout an almost 40-year, high-level career at one of the nation’s largest multinational pharmaceutical companies, a successful political career as a New Jersey assembly man and an appointment by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani as a leader on the NYC Council on the Environment, Chuck Hardwick has remained loyal to his alma mater, Florida State University. 

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Hillis

Mark and Nan Hillis Continue Their Generous Support of Their Alma Mater

Over the years, Florida State University College of Business graduates Mark and Nan Casper Hillis have shown their loyalty and support to the university in countless ways.

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Barbara Dietrick

Student Spotlight: FSU Biological Sciences Senior Wins Endowed Research Award

As author and motivational speaker Simon Sinek once wrote, “Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress; working hard for something we love is called passion.” Florida State University senior Barbara Dietrick embodies the latter of this sentiment in more ways than one—from her involvement in Greek life and student athletics to leadership positions and undergraduate research.

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Patients at Heart of FSU Grad’s Legacy

Florida State University nursing graduate Lucy Campbell Council (’65) had a passion for helping others—whether it was volunteering as a student mentor for the Bay Education Foundation in Panama City, Fla., or being her family’s go-to person for navigating the health care system. She is remembered for her caring and supportive demeanor and her ability to see potential in others. To no surprise, one of her final wishes was to leave a legacy of caring for others by establishing an endowed scholarship for FSU nursing students.

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Anything But Traditional: Unique Center Champions Choreography Research

Scientists aren’t the only ones who conduct experiments as a part of their research at Florida State University. Artists are constantly experimenting, too — their research is commonly known as the creative process.

FSU’s Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) has championed research and experimentation by artists for the past decade.

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