Defining Moments

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

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

You don’t rise to senior levels at one of the largest insurance companies in the world without a few defining moments. For Juan Andrade (JOU, POL ‘86), those defining moments came at three different stages of his life. The first was his grounding and education at the University of Florida…

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Posted: November 30, 2015

Jennifer Boardman (PR ‘93) loved news and, upon graduation, headed to Atlanta to work for CNN. After a few years, she struggled with what she really wanted to do in her career – news or marketing. At that time, news marketing was pretty traditional – running on-air promos to build…

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Posted: November 9, 2015

Adam Bornstein (MAMC ’08) was a lifelong fan of the University of Colorado, his parents’ alma mater, where he also attended intent on becoming a psychology researcher.  Two years after he graduated, while doing research at the university, he had an “aha moment” when he decided that what he really…

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Posted: October 8, 2015

Early in Bruce Kallner’s career as a budding sportscaster in Des Moines, Iowa, he interviewed Hall-of-Fame golfer Gary Player.  The golfing great treated Kallner with such respect that it made a lasting impression about character and dignity and how to treat those in a professional environment. He also interviewed baseball Hall-of-Famer…

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Posted: September 1, 2015