Alumni News

Yulia Stekalova, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications research assistant professor and director of Grants Development, has received a $15,000 UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute Translational Pilot Program Phase 1 award. Strekalova received funding for the project “Stakeholder Engagement and Patient Centered Communication in Leukemia Genetic Research,”…

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Posted: April 11, 2017

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications alumna Mary Sellers, B.S. Public Relations 1989, president and CEO of United Way of Central Iowa, has been promoted to U.S. president of United Way Worldwide effective May 8. In her current role, Sellers has led one of the most successful United…

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Posted: April 5, 2017

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications on March 31, 2017 honored outstanding alumni, faculty, staff and graduate and undergraduate students during its annual awards banquet. The award winners include: 2017 Alumni of Distinction: Sandor Bondorowsky, B.S. Telecommunication 1992 Amy Burnett Gravina. B.S. Public Relations 1976, MAMC 1978…

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Posted: April 4, 2017

Ginger Blackstone, Ph.D. Mass Communication 2016, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Kenneth Harwood Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Broadcast Educators Association (BEA) for “The Worst of Times: The Prevalence and Power of Fear in Television News.” Established by Kenneth Harwood, Professor at the University of Houston and a…

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Posted: March 30, 2017

Forrest Smith, B.S Broadcasting 1981, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications deputy morning news director of the Innovation News Center, will receive the inaugural Legacy Award chosen by the board of the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters (FAPB). Three news professionals were selected for the inaugural honor out of…

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Posted: March 20, 2017

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Dean Diane McFarlin’s opinion piece “Take ‘Journalism’ Out of Our School’s Name? No. Double Down on Journalism in a Chaotic World” was published in MediaShift on March 15. In the piece McFarlin writes “as if the economic challenges of the last decade…

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Posted: March 15, 2017

Harrison Hove, B.S. Telecommunication 2005, will join the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications as a news manager in the Innovation News Center. Hove is currently a news anchor, reporter and meteorologist at WCMH-TV (NBC4) in Columbus, Ohio, where he has worked since March 2013. He is a…

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Posted: February 23, 2017

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications will honor four Alumni of Distinction at its annual awards banquet on March 31, 2017. With more than 31,000 graduates with degrees in advertising, journalism, public relations and telecommunication, only 148 individuals have been selected to receive this honor since its…

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Posted: February 22, 2017

A passion for storytelling combined with early hands-on experience inspired Craig Heyl to pursue a career in video production. Along the way, Heyl has been a news editor, video producer, Turner Broadcasting senior vice president, Georgia State University professor and now he is working with team at Pinewood Studios in…

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Posted: February 13, 2017

Clif Cormier, B.S. Journalism 1962, passed away on Feb. 4 at age 98. Cormier retired from the Marine Corps at age 40 after serving in WWII and the Korean War. After earning his degree, he joined The Gainesville Sun and during his 22-year tenure worked as an education reporter, columnist…

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Posted: February 8, 2017

Carla Hotvedt, B.S. Journalism 1978, passed away on Jan. 14 at the age of 60. She was a photographer at The Gainesville Sun during an era that saw the newspaper’s photo staff produce work on par with much larger newspapers. She spent 12 years on the Sun’s photo staff and…

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Posted: February 8, 2017

The Gator100 honors the 100 fastest-growing, Gator-owned or Gator-led businesses in the world. The 2017 list features CJC alumni with businesses in real estate, software and advertising and marketing. Honorees include: Geoffrey Gaberino, B.S. Broadcasting 1984, owner of Gulf Shores Vacation Rentals in Gulf Shores, AL; Kim Wilson, B.S. Telecommunication…

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Posted: February 8, 2017