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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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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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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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