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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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College of Nursing Simulated Lab Patients Naming Ceremony

Naming Ceremony for College of Nursing Simulated Lab Patients

Nursing students, instructors and friends gathered for a very special naming ceremony on August 6 at Florida State University’s College of Nursing. At the unique fundraising event, generous donors to the College of Nursing named their high-fidelity mannequins, along with a Patient Room in the Simulation Lab.

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Starbucks' John Culver Names Hospitality Research Suite in Legacy Hall

Since graduating from Florida State University's College of Business in 1982, Starbucks' John Culver, has remained involved in his alma mater in substantial ways – such as serving on the FSU Foundation's Board of Trustees, sharing his professional insights with students as a Charles A. Bruning Distinguished Speaker, and providing financial resources that support the College of Business.

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Former FSU Football Player Gives Back with College of Engineering Endowed Scholarship

Nearing the end of his high school football career, Tom McCormick saw his dream of earning a Division I football scholarship slowly diminishing. He received offers from several smaller schools, but only garnered interest from one D1 program—Florida State University. He wasn’t offered a scholarship, nor was he guaranteed a varsity spot; however, he had the opportunity to show FSU coaches that he deserved to be a Seminole.

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Photo: Tony Leung

Leung’s $250K Gift to Fund Hospitality Administration Suite in New Business Building

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Tony Leung, a 1968 Florida State University hospitality administration alumnus, and his wife Joan have made a gift of $250,000 to the College of Business to fund the Leung Family Hospitality Suite in the Dedman School of Hospitality.

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Rendering of the Asian Art Wing

The Ringling’s Asian Art Center Receives Major Gift from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation

The William G. and Marie Selby Foundation has provided $250,000 in support of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art’s new Center for Asian Art in the Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt Gallery of Asian Art. In recognition of this generous gift, the primary entrance hall to the new addition at the Museum of Art will be named the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation Grand Hall.

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A Reason to Celebrate

Just prior to Florida State University's kickoff of its $1 billion "Raise the Torch" capital campaign on Oct. 17, the College of Business celebrated the public phase of its own $112-million capital campaign. About a third of that—$35 million—will go toward the college's new $75-million building. The university has committed to securing the remainder of the building's cost once the college meets its $35-million goal.

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FSU Athletics Announces Champions Campaign

There's more than just a new national championship trophy in Florida State's football offices these days. There's also a new locker room, upgraded meeting rooms and coaches' offices and many more enhancements on the way as part of the largest fundraising project in Florida State athletics history.

FSU athletics director Stan Wilcox and Seminole Boosters president Andy Miller announced the public phase of the "Champions Campaign" at a press conference on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The eight-year, $250 million project is "right on track," Miller said. The project actually was launched privately in 2010 and will conclude in 2018.

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Southern Hospitality

“[This gift] gave me the courage to step outside of my comfort zone and take a smart risk to further my own personal and professional development.”

Cassandra Rayne Gross (B.S. 10, MBA 12)

In 2011, as a master’s student in Florida State University’s College of Business, Cassandra Rayne Gross reached a turning point. Her position in food service was coming to an unexpected end. Devastated, she was torn between continuing to work in a field that had been the focus of her education or moving in a new direction. Cassandra needed career advice, and Jane Morgan was just the person to give it.

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