University graduates, awards for CF faculty and more

Students from the region are distinguished by higher education

University graduates

Rebekah Dilavore, Ocala, Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences, McNeese State University

Nicholas Competiello, Ocala, Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics with a major in Accounting, Lehigh University

Dean’s list

Cassidy Bowlin, Candler, Missouri State University

Diego Lavieri-Sosa, Ocala, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Mercer University

Other awards

Brian Epstein of Ocala received the Faculty Honors Award from the Georgia Institute of Technology. This designation is given to Bachelor students who have achieved an academic average of 4.0 in the semester.

Kirchencamp participates in service projects

According to a press release from Nancy Wininger, 46 young women and 15 leaders of the Ocala Stake of Latter-day Saints Ocala were participating in a service project at Fort King National Historic Landmark, Ocala. The project was related to their four-day camp at Camp Sonlight in Summerfield.

The young women spent several hours pulling and pulling weeds in the rebuilt Fort King, the statement said.

Along with other crafts, they made dream catchers, created flags, planted take-away succulents, and connected with nature through water activities. There were also skits, devotions, a dance, time to write a diary and a testimony meeting in the camp chapel.

The young women also donated excess food to St. Theresa Catholic Church in Belleview.

Madeline Youmans received the Gold Award from the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida.  Their project supported the Marion County Animal Shelter by installing agility equipment to teach the dogs basic obedience and help them with adoption.  Submitted photo.

Local Girl Scout receives the Gold Award

Madeline Youmans received the Gold Award from the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, according to an email from Madeline’s grandmother Andrea Lasek. Madeline’s project supported the Marion County Animal Shelter.

While the shelter has yards for the dogs to exercise, Madeline noted that there wasn’t much to do other than running in circles, the email said. She provided agility equipment that was not only fun for the dogs, but also taught them basic obedience and movement skills that can help them be adopted faster.

“That’s an amazing feat,” Lasek said in the email. “Since its inception, only five percent of eligible girl scouts have successfully won the Gold Award.”

Madeline graduated from Forest High School in 2020.

College of Central Florida staff honored by colleagues

The College of Central Florida recently presented its annual Gabor Awards, according to a press release from the school.

Jane Hoesterey (Nursing) and Sam Ajlani (Business, Workforce and Technology) were honored in the Faculty category; Rebecca Gillette (Financial Aid) and Norman Walthers (Information Technology) were recognized in the Career Services category; Jean Imes (Director of Financial Aid) and Chuck Booher (Information Technology) were recognized in the Administrative / Professional category.

Emily Heumann (Department of Fine and Performing Arts) and Jason Lundock (Department of Humanities and Social Sciences) have been named Lecturer of the Year 2020 and 2021, the press release said.

Also according to the announcement: The Constellation Award 2020 went to Dr. Chelsea Watts, Melissa Alling and Denise Pasquale for their Veteran Voices project, the Constellation Award 2021 went to Wendy Adams, Jana Bernhardt, Dr. Ron Cooper, Dr. Yvonne Ferrer, Richard Kirk, Dr. Christine Knierim, Jason Lundock, Dr. Sarah Satterfield, Amira Sims, Lee Rosen and Tom Walsh for their mental health awareness project, “Hi, How Are You CF!”

Ocala author Amy Mangan held a book launch party for her new book on June 11th.

Celebration of Amy Mangan’s new book

On June 11th, Ocala author Amy Mangan hosted a book launch party for her new book, Accent Pieces: Collected Writings and Moments that Decorate Our Lives. The party took place at the Agapanthus store in downtown Ocala and included guest readings, book signings and freebies; in addition, US $ 1,500 was raised for the Marion County Literacy Council.

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