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College Honors 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award Recipients

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By Karen Guin

The College of Health and Public Affairs honored eight of its most accomplished alumni last evening in a celebration held at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater.

The alumni gathered to receive the college's annual Outstanding Alumni Awards, which recognize professional achievements in the college's disciplines.

On hand to celebrate were spouses and friends, faculty members, department and school leaders, and college deans and directors. The guests enjoyed conversation and hors d'oeuvres, followed by a formal presentation of the awards.

College Dean Michael Frumkin began the presentation by sharing college highlights and remarks about the contributions of its alumni. Then the department chair, the school director or a former faculty member introduced the Outstanding Alumni Award recipient for each discipline.

Six of the recipients were available to accept the award in person and share some thoughts about their education at UCF.

"The dividends of the public affairs program have been endless," said Jeffrey Goltz, who earned his doctorate in 2006. "I can't thank the college and faculty enough."

At the conclusion of the awards presentation, the guests were treated to the theater's live production of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew."

Listed below are the college's 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award recipients.

Communication Sciences and Disorders
Julius Fridriksson, Ph.D. (B.A. '95, M.A. '97), USC Health Sciences Distinguished Professor and Co-Director of the McCausland Center for Brain Imaging, University of South Carolina

Criminal Justice
Charles Brown (B.A. '89, Grad. Cert. '05, M.S. '07), Chief, Ocoee Police Department (Florida)

Health Management and Informatics
Rashard Johnson (B.S. '04, M.S. '06), Vice President for Support Services, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Health Professions
John Burnside (B.S. '02), Head Athletic Trainer, Florida Atlantic University

Legal Studies
Vincent Torpy, Jr. (B.A. '81), Judge, Fifth District Court of Appeal (Florida)

Public Administration
Maria-Elena Augustin (M.P.A. '08), Assistant Director, Center for Public and Nonprofit Management, UCF

Social Work
Charlotte Willis, Ph.D. (M.S.W. '95), Executive Director, Glenbrook of Palm Bay

Public Affairs
Jeffrey Goltz, Ph.D. ('06), Director, Criminal Justice Institute at Valencia College (Florida)

For additional photos of the event, visit (All photos by Abi Bell)

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The health care informatics master's program at UCF really helped me connect with the industry, meet people at conferences and sit for the most-desired certification exams."
— Michael Neimann M.S. in health care informatics ('14)
My internship with the District 9 Medical Examiner’s Office was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I gained an excellent understanding of the medical examiner’s office and the criminal justice field in general."
— Adam Stubley B.S. in criminal justice, criminal profiling certificate ('11)
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— Jamie Dyson Rehabilitation Supervisor, Orlando Regional Medical Center
UCF's program provided me the opportunity to expedite my student experience while attaining practical experience working within local health systems."
— Daniel Barr V.P. at National Children's Hospital; M.S. in health sciences, health services administration track ('04)
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— Krysti Griffith Executive Director of Growth from Grief; Master of Nonprofit Management ('12)
The course opened my eyes to grant writing ... I learned a great deal and you [Barbara Howell] are truly an excellent instructor."
— Deborah Reith Master of Public Administration student who secured a $10,000 federal grant through a course project; B.S. in criminal justice ('86)
The skills I learned during my time at UCF are what made my transition to law school so seamless."
— Jacqueline Iaquinta Touro Law Center student; B.S. in legal studies ('10)
As an inaugural graduate of the M.R.A. program at UCF, I can attest to the outstanding curriculum developed for research administrators. "
— April Heyward Post Award Services Coordinator, University of South Carolina; Master of Research Administration ('13)
It was at UCF that I first learned many of the skills that I’ve since honed, including mapping with GIS software - an ability I found invaluable to my search for internships, graduate-level coursework, and employment."
— Richard "Ben" Hagen Research and Communications Associate, New Economy Project, New York City; B.S. in public administration ('10)
I am excited to be able to give back to the program that invested so much in me. It is truly and honor and a privilege."
— Carlos Gual Instructor of Athletic Training; B.S. in athletic training ('09)
The faculty advisor [at my medical school] was amazed that I had the opportunity to truly participate in the full spectrum of research as an undergraduate. "
— Chase Cavayero, medical student at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicince, B.S. in health sciences - pre-clinical ('13) 
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