Defining Moments

Defining Moments features significant events in the lives of CJC alumni, faculty and staff.

The idea of being a sportscaster always appealed to Rick Stern. He knew it might be a long shot, but was willing to give it a try. He became a Telecommunication major, took the required classes and even sought advice and direction from his instructor and trusted advisor, Dr. Sid…

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Posted: August 14, 2017

Angela Buonocore always loved writing but, like many freshly minted graduates, was not quite sure what she wanted to do with her life.  As it turns out, she quickly found her calling. Angela, who retired from corporate life in December 2014, is a former member of the Public Relations Advisory…

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Posted: May 24, 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

In 1985, Yvette Miley came to CJC to get her hands dirty. She had one goal: become immersed in broadcasting. On her third day on campus, she volunteered for WRUF-AM. There, Miley found her passion. So much so that she soon quit going to class, lost her scholarship and almost…

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Posted: January 10, 2017

Danny Wuerffel: 20th Anniversary of Winning the Heisman Trophy By Sara Perlman, TEL 2017 “My experience at Florida, both as a student and football player, had a great impact on my life and continues to do so on a daily basis.” It has been 20 years since Danny Wuerffel, B.S.…

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Posted: November 18, 2016

Ramon Looby began his academic career in the UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, but upon graduation he knew that he wanted more. He had a passion for communication and found a kindred spirit in the UF College of Journalism and Communications. That kindred spirt was Dr. Lynda Kaid,…

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Posted: October 13, 2016

Lainey Johnson Garcia considered herself an “impressionable” undergrad and one class with Dr. Mary Ann Ferguson left an impression that she would carry throughout her career. Dr. Ferguson encouraged her students to consider the role of business to be a force for good in the world and as communicators, to…

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Posted: September 7, 2016

Scott Tatter, B.S. Telecommunication 1984, had his defining moment one night at a music nightclub. Tatter graduated from the CJC with a degree in hand and had no clue what his future held. He was supposed to be a football phenomenon, but that never happened after he blew out his…

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Posted: August 2, 2016

I had just transferred from that other state university in Tallahassee, looking for a better male/female ratio and a chance to experience the college party life I had heard so much about. While there I “majored” in psychology, sociology, English and even accounting (a five-hour “C” helped motivate me to…

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Posted: June 3, 2016

I knew I wanted to be a journalist well before I came to UF, but most of my defining moments came during my time there from 1979 through 1982. By the time I came to UF, I had already interned at the Poynter Institute and thought I was a real…

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Posted: April 8, 2016

Summer internships are often remembered as grueling unpaid work. For Tom Kelleher, now chair of the CJC Advertising Department, he remembers his summer internships as defining moments in his life. As a pre-dental undergraduate student at the University of Florida, Kelleher would spend his weekends in St. Augustine, Fla., surfing…

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Posted: March 1, 2016

WRAS-FM 88.5 was playing in the background when I stretched across my bedroom floor, laid Rolling Stone in front of me and opened its cover to read stories that led me to further question the Reagan administration. That moment in 1984, one that I repeated again and again during the…

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Posted: January 27, 2016