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Hemingway Look-Alikes Give FKCC Scholarships

The “Papas” of the Hemingway Look-Alike Society (HLAS) kicked-off the festivities of the famed three-day Hemingway Look-Alike Contest by presenting $10,000 in scholarships to worthy Florida Keys Community College students.  “Papa” Fred Johnson, HLAS Scholarship Chair, presented five awards to literary-focused students and five awards to nursing students on the stage of Sloppy Joe’s on July 17.  Also, a 2014 FKCC-bound Key West High School graduate received the Kermit “Shine” Forbes Scholarship, named for the boxer and sparring partner of the celebrated writer.

The Hemingway Look-Alike Society established the FKCC scholarship 15 years ago with the purpose of encouraging education and literary talent in the community where the legendary writer called home in the 1930s and produced some of his most enduring literary works.  The scholarship was later opened up to nursing students. 

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 FKCC Graduates Make All-Academic Team

Three recent graduates of Florida Keys Community College, Katelyn Forgham, Alexandria Hoyes and Amber Saunders, were named to the 2014 Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) All-Academic Team in July.  The group is comprised of students in the Florida College System’s 28 institutions who are both academically high-achieving and active in student clubs or sports. 

The FKCC students were recognized specifically for their active participation in FKCC’s Student Government Association. Saunders was vice president, Forgham was a senator and Hoyes served as an alternate officer.  All three graduated with Associate in Arts degrees in May.

FKCC Launches e-Course Schedule; Encourages Early Registration

FKCC is going "green" with the introduction of a completely online eCourse Schedule for academic year 2014-2015, which begins August 21.  The new platform, which replaces the formerly printed publication, is easy to navigate and updated often.

The eCourse Schedule provides: academic program descriptions; course schedules for upcoming fall, spring and summer terms; financial aid and payment plan options; and other information to support students from registration through graduation.

College data indicates that students who register sooner are more successful. Therefore, new and current students are encouraged to peruse the eCourse Schedule, select their courses and register for the entire year as soon as possible.  

"It’s in our students’ best interest to secure their seats in the classes they need now," said Laura Estevez, FKCC Recruiter. "They need time to get their books and supplies, arrange their work and personal schedules, and become mentally prepared for their classes well before the start of the term.” 

Click here to view the eCourse Schedule.

American Legion Presents Nursing Scholarships

At their annual Fourth of July Barbeque, officers of the Key West chapter of the American Legion, Arthur Sawyer Post 28, presented $1,000 scholarships to three Florida Keys Community College nursing students: Stephanie Clark, Ariana Boroquez and Naomi Andrews. 

The American Legion Post 28 has raised funds for and contributed to the scholarship fund in the FKCC Foundation for the past four years.


FKCC establishes "Seize the Clay" Arts Endowment, dedicates Fountain to honor Artist-in-Residence Jay Gogin

FKCC President Dr. Jonathan Gueverra and ceramics assistant Bruce Berkowitz unveil the dedication of the College’s “Essence of Life” fountain to Jay Gogin, ceramics instructor of 24 years, during the “celebration the life” in his honor on June 30. Two major announcements highlighted the “Celebration of Life” held June 30 to honor Florida Keys Community College’s late artist-in-residence Jay Gogin: the establishment of the “Jay Gogin ‘Seize the Clay’ Arts Endowment” and the dedication of the College’s marquee fountain to the ceramics instructor of nearly a quarter century. 

College President Dr. Jonathan Gueverra proclaimed the dedication of the “Essence of Life” fountain to Gogin by unveiling a depiction of a bronze plaque that will be mounted in front of the landmark that resides in the heart of the Key West Campus.  The announcement came moments after a video which featured clips of Gogin discussing his vision of working with clay and water and the experience of constructing the fountain alongside his students.

Long-time FKCC supporter Mike Dively, who was an avid student and friend of Gogin’s, spoke to the crowd via Face Time from his home in California.  He hailed Gogin as a visionary with a “why not?” attitude that led him to pursue many of the activities for which he will be remembered—such as bringing world-class artists to the College, organizing educational trips for students to Japan and Europe, and introducing generations of young students to the art of pottery and kiln-fired pizza.  In that spirit, Dively announced his contribution of $5,000 to establish the “Jay Gogin ‘Seize the Clay’ Arts Endowment” in the FKCC Foundation and encouraged all friends and supporters to also “seize the clay in honor of Jay” with a donation to build the new initiative. 

Funds generated through the endowment will enable the College to strengthen the arts courses and activities, which Gogin cultivated and valued so dearly.  It will also allow the College to continue traditions started by Gogin such as presenting guest artists to educate, entertain and delight FKCC’s students and community at large.

For more information about or to contribute to the “Jay Gogin ‘Seize the Clay’ Arts Endowment,” contact the FKCC Foundation at foundation@fkcc.edu or at 305-809-3531.  Read moreDonate.  View tribute.


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