Filtered by category: Member News Clear Filter

Emily Rogers Profile

Growing with Purpose

When Lakeland Ledger reporter Gary White called me last week with questions about our experience with Emily Rogers as the recent moderator for the FFEA Board Retreat, it was no surprise that we weren't the only ones who saw what an incredible Consultant and Coach she is! The Ledger featured Emily and her growing business this week in an article that truly captures her personality, style and most importantly her ability to help others grow.
Just a few short months ago, Emily helped guide our highly engaged Board of Directors in creating a long-term Strategic Plan for FFEA to guide us in growing in the way that makes the most sense for our current and future members. Be on the lookout for some incredible initiatives starting in the next few months!
Congratulations to Emily and Thank you for all you have done for our industry!

To read the full Ledger article, CLICK HERE.

For more information on Emily and her business, CLICK HERE.

Emily and a group of FFEA Board Members at the Strategic Planning Retreat, November 2013.

FFEA Member Recognized for Excellence in Online Education

FFEA Member Recognized for Excellence
Florida State University Panama City Associate Dean Dr. Steve Leach congratulates instructor and program coordinator Rosemary Prince at the recent Office of Distance Learning Awards Ceremony

The FSU Office of Distance Learning (ODL) recently recognized faculty in Florida State University Panama City’s College of Applied Studies for their outstanding work in online education.

Rosemary Prince earned the Award for Excellence in Online Course Design, and Banyon Pelham was recognized for Innovative and Effective Use of Technology. This was the first year the ODL presented awards to recognize faculty for work in distance learning and promoting effective practices for online and distance learning across disciplines.

“I am proud of how these two faculty members are committed to excellence in their online courses,” said Ken Shaw, dean of the College of Applied Studies. “They work hard to create, maintain and teach their online programs.”

Prince, who has been on staff since 2006, was honored for her work on Introduction to Recreation, Tourism and Events (LEI 3004). The Excellence in Online Course Design was given to new or newly redesigned online courses exhibiting quality design in instructional materials, learning objectives, assessment strategies, learner interaction and engagement, course technologies, learner support and accessibility.

She also developed and designed the Graduate Certificate in Event Management.

“I am honored and humbled to receive an award for Excellence in Online Course Design,” Prince said. “The opportunity to be a part of the faculty teaching in the distance learning community at Florida State University is exciting and rewarding.

“I am continually challenged to find ways to streamline the process of learning for students in the online environment. I am equally inspired by the ways to engage the students through the cutting-edge technology and faculty support available at Florida State University.”

“Rosemary has been offering quality online courses at the undergraduate and graduate level for a number of years,” Associate Dean Stephen Leach said. “I am pleased that she has received this well-deserved recognition.”

Pelham was recognized for Innovative and Effective Use of Technology for a paper he wrote detailing the use of remotely integrated technology in teaching the upper level law enforcement course, Crime Mapping and Analysis, and its effect on student learning and motivation.

Lake County


Joe Shipes, VP of the Leesburg Partnership, has been an FFEA Member for 14 years and is a long-time Board member. This week the rest of Central Florida is figuring out what we have known for years - Joe is one amazing leader! Check out this feature in Lake & Sumter STYLE Magazine and get to know Joe! 

*Photo courtesy of Lake & Sumter STYLE Magazine

FFEA Board Member Honored with Proclamation

Read Celebrates Milestone with the Greatest Show on H2O
Event Director Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade

Dawn Read, event director for Winterfest®, celebrates 20 parades worth of positive impact in the community this year. In honor of her service, Dec. 14, 2013, is officially Dawn Abrams Read Day in the city of Fort Lauderdale.
In a video announcement, Jack Seiler, mayor of Fort Lauderdale, announced the parade date, Dec. 14, 2013 as Dawn Read Day and she was given the city’s proclamation during the Winterfest® kick-off celebration.
“Dawn is so special to Winterfest® and the city,” said Seiler. “Her energy and enthusiasm is contagious.”
Read’s journey through the Winterfest ranks reflects a true “pay your dues” storyline, starting with her arrival into the organization as a volunteer. Her first task was to input data for the Shoreline Decorating event. Read took the position to help reinvigorate the struggling parade that held a special place in her heart. Once a paid position became available, Read was the first candidate on the list.
“Dawn is an integral part of our team at Winterfest,” said Lisa Scott-Founds, president and CEO of Winterfest. “Her commitment to the success of this organization allows us to exceed expectations each year.”
Winterfest directly impacts the success of the city of Fort Lauderdale. The Boat Parade is not only the largest event in Florida, but it is the No. 7 largest spectator event in the country. This represents a sizeable economic impact for the city of Fort Lauderdale, generating more than 48 million dollars each year.
With only 45 boats participating in 1991, the parade has grown to more than 100 vessels in participation and approximately one million spectators each year. Through television contracts and web streaming, people from around the globe can view the splendor of the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade.