• Orlando Sanford International Airport CEO to receive Distinguished Alumni Award from Seminole State

    May 01, 2019
    HEATHROW, Fla. (May 1, 2019) – The Seminole State College Alumni Association is pleased to announce Diane Crews as the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. Crews will be among several alumni recognized during the Alumni Association’s Annual Legacy Awards on May 9, at the College’s Heathrow Campus. The event is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will include an annual meeting of alumni. Tickets for the event are available on the Seminole State Alumni Association website and will go to support the Alumni Legacy Quasi-Endowed Scholarship.
    Crews graduated with her Associate in Arts degree in 1994 and has served as the president and CEO of Orlando Sanford International Airport since 2015. Crews served the City of Sanford for 11 years prior to accepting a vice president position at the airport in 2001. Crews was born and raised in Sanford and has served on numerous boards and committees in the community and at the College. In addition to her associate degree from Seminole State, Crews earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and a Master of Public Administration degree from University of Central Florida.
    The Alumni Association will present its third Outstanding Graduate Award to Hayley Allison Furman, a Fall 2018 Seminole State College graduate. Hayley majored in environmental studies and was recently named a 2019 Jack Kent Cooke Scholar, which will allow her to continue her studies at Cornell University or Evergreen State University. Her overall career goal is to work with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to influence or create policies that will transition current controversial agricultural practices to sustainable and responsible cultivation, while supporting equitable distribution.
    The Alumni Legacy Awards event recognizes a distinguished alumnus or alumna who has made outstanding contributions to his or her profession and community, as well as a recent graduate of the College who serves as a role model for current and future Seminole State students. This year, the event will also introduce Alumni Excellence honorees who exemplify Seminole State’s core values of integrity, respect, excellence, academic freedom and learning.  These individuals should be making progress or achieving success in impacting the community, succeeding in their career or contributing to the advancement of Seminole State.
    The first class of Alumni Excellence honorees will include:
    • Harry Ellis (’01), president and CIO of NextHorizon in Sanford and founding chair of the Seminole State College Alumni Association.
    • Juanita Martin (’14), owner and administrator for RE Martin Plumbing, Inc.
    • Joshua Murdock (’99), head of the Technology & Education Center for Orange County Library System. Murdock has been a member of the Alumni Leadership Team since its inception.
    • Kristin Ramirez (’99), vice president of membership strategies at Girl Scouts of Citrus Council.
    • Flavio Umeda Pacheco (’16), a legal investigations associate for Google San Francisco.
    About Seminole State College of Florida
    Seminole State College of Florida, established in 1965, serves nearly 30,000 students across six sites in Central Florida. A comprehensive college, Seminole State has awarded more than 100,000 credentials, from bachelor's degrees to high school diplomas, and offers more than 200 degrees, certificates and programs designed for success. For more about the college, visit seminolestate.edu, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/seminolestate and follow us on Twitter: @seminolestate. #SSC #GoStateGoFar 
    About the Seminole State College Alumni Association
    The Seminole State College Alumni Association provides benefits and services for alumni as they continue their lifelong connection with Seminole State College of Florida, providing opportunities for them to network with one another, interact with the student body and support the College. To learn more, visit the Alumni Association website.
    About the Foundation for Seminole State College
    The Foundation for Seminole State College, founded in 1968, is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation that enhances the College's programs and services through the development and management of private contributions, public grants and community partnerships. For more information, visit www.seminolestate.edu/foundation.
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