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UCF Alumni Association and Colleges Present 2015 Professional Achievement Awards

UCF’s alumni association and colleges honored 11 Knights with Professional Achievement Awards at the Black & Gold Gala on Oct. 22. This year’s celebration was the 35th year the alumni association has recognized alumni who “Reach for the Stars.”

Professional Achievement Award winners are selected by each individual college and are given to alumni who are standouts in their respective fields.

The 2015 awardees included:

The Burnett Honors College

Susan D. Rozelle, ’94 [1] | Associate Dean for Faculty and Professor of Law, Stetson University College of Law

College of Arts and Humanities

Juliann Nicole Hickey, ’95 [2] | Senior Vice President and Eastern Regional Manager, Title Resources

College of Business Administration

Terry D. McNew, ’86 [3] | President/CEO, MasterCraft Boat Company LLC

College of Education and Human Performance

Gonzalo S. La Cava, ’97, ’01, ’09 [4] | Area Superintendent, Central Learning Community, Fulton County Schools

College of Engineering and Computer Science

Benjamin J. Patz, ’85 [5] | Managing Director, The FAN Fund

College of Health and Public Affairs

Bernard Rousseau, ’98, ’00, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow [6]| Associate Vice Chair for Research/Chancellor Faculty Fellow/Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Hearing and Speech Sciences, and Mechanical Engineering, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

College of Medicine

Dr. Michael Makowski, ’80 [7] | Eye Physician/Surgeon, Tomoka Eye Associates

College of Nursing

Thomas Weichart, ’04, ’14 [8] | Clinical Nursing Director, ONI Medical Associates

College of Optics and Photonics

Frank J. Effenberger, ’95 [9] | VP, Access Lab, Futurewei Technologies

College of Sciences

James Rosengren, ’81 [10] | Founder/Chairman/CEO, Heritage Health Solutions Inc.

Rosen College of Hospitality Management

Christopher Iaciofoli, ’03 [11] | Director of Operations, Red Lobster Seafood Co.


The evening’s other recipients included:

Distinguished Student Award

Yudeysis Cores [12]

Service to UCF Award

The Honorable Olga M. Calvet, ’71 [13] | Senior Vice President/CFO, Palmas Services LLC

Distinguished Alumnus Award

Alex Martins, ’01 [14] | CEO, Orlando Magic

Michelle Akers Award

Limbitless Solutions [15]

Champions Award

J. Charles Gray [16]

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!

Read more stories about alumni at ucfalumnitoday.com [17].