FCSAA Hall of Fame

The FCSAA Hall of Fame is comprised of Administrators, Coaches, Advisors, Officials, Students, and other nominees that have contributed a minimum of ten years to FCSAA or one of its member institutions.  They have been selected by their peers on the merits of their community and state college contributions and achievements as well as significant accomplishments.

FCSAA Distinguished Service Award

The FCSAA Distinguished Service Award is given to deserving individuals who have provided significant leadership and service to the FCSAA Executive Committee and its many activities.  Awardees have worked in support of the Association and its goals to promote, coordinate, and regulate intercollegiate activities among Florida’s community and state colleges.  This award is the most prestigious award presented by the Association.  Dr. Charles "Chuck" Hall is our most recent Distinguished Service Award honoree. For the full list of Distinguished Service Award nominees, check out this link.

Class of 2019-2020

 

Mr. Alan Gerber has been working at Valencia College since 1999 where he began teaching music classes and now serves as the current chair of the Music Theatre Division of Arts and Entertainment at Valencia College. He quickly became involved in FCSAA activities like attending the Winter Music Symposium even though he was only an adjunct professor at that time. Since then, he has become the coordinator for the adjunct music faculty and admissions. In Fall 2008, Alan began a ten-year tenure as the coordinator of the Student Artist Competition for the FCSAA Winter Music Symposium. During his tenure, he ran the competition perfectly each year, doing an outstanding job of managing this complex task, as well as revising audition requirements and other changes that have helped the Music division tremendously.

Alan earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ursinus College (PA) and a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a master’s degree in Voice Performance at West Chester University (PA).  He is also an active participant in the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

He was nominated for induction into the FCSAA Hall of Fame by the Music Division.

 

 

Ms. Christina Dwyer served as the Brain Bowl Coach for State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, from 2007 to 2018 and as State Advisor for the Brain Bowl Division from 2017-2019. Before joining the staff at State College of Florida in 2006 as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Christina taught at Ilisagvik College in Barrow, Alaska, and at Sullivan County Community College in Loch Sheldrake, New York. She has assisted in writing and editing questions for FCSAA Brain Bowl Tournaments since 2008. She hosted the NAQT Sectional Tournaments from 2013 to 2018 and the FCSAA State Tournament just this year in 2019. Below are just a few more of Christina’s accomplishments:

  • Helped SCF qualify for the FCSAA State Tournament in 2008, 2010, and 2014-2018
  • SCF titled State Champions in 2015 and 2016
  • SCF named National Champions in 2015 and Second Place in 2016
  • SCF team has qualified for the NAQT Intercollegiate Championship Tournament from 2015 to 2018
  • A lifetime member of the Florida Two-Year College Mathematics Association

Christina Dwyer was nominated for induction into the FCSAA Hall of Fame by the Brain Bowl Division.

 

 

 

Mr. Davie Gill has served as the Coordinator of Student Life and Leadership at St. Petersburg College for 11 years and was named Athletic Director of the college in May of 2015. Davie has spent nearly 20 years working in higher education and served in many different capacities as a Retention Specialist, Academic Advisor in TRIO programs, and coordinator of programs designed for at-risk populations.  He has also worked in various leadership roles within the Student Government Division of the FSCAA, including District III Advisor from 2015-2016 and State Advisor from 2017-2018. Davie is currently a member of the Florida College System Council of Athletic Affairs and the Conference Chair for the Suncoast Conference. Below are more of Davie’s accomplishments and recognitions within FCSSGA:

  • Selected to represent St. Petersburg College in the FCSAA as an At-Large Member of the Executive Board on two separate occasions
  • Named “Advisor of the Year” in District III twice during tenure
  • Student Governments that Davie has advised have received numerous awards including, but not limited to, Most Outstanding SGA, Distinguished Service awards, Best Leadership group, as well as many scholarships and grants.

Davie Gill was nominated for induction into the FCSAA Hall of Fame by the Student Government Division.

 

 

 

Dr. Earl Paul was a Student Activities Coordinator and adjunct faculty member at Hillsborough Community College for 25 years, retiring in 2018. He has had a long association with the community college system, beginning when he enrolled as a student at Hillsborough at age 17. In 1993 Earl returned to the college and began his career in student development. He started with attending FCSSGA conferences and later held positions like Director of the Student Leadership Program for two years and Advisors’ Continuing Education Program (FAT and AFAT) for two years. Earl was also named the District III Advisor of the Year on two occasions. Early on, he studied Robert’s Rules of Order, an area of information required for FCSSGA, and eventually presented seminars on the basics at Student Government events and other state colleges. Earl has written a number of booklets focusing on young adult development in soft skill areas throughout his years as an administrator. Here are only a few of Dr. Paul’s accomplishments:

  • Served as the HCC Chapter President of Association of Florida Colleges and two years on the state board as Region IV Director
  • Conferred as a Distinguished Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • Presented Commencement Address at North Florida Community College in 2009
  • Graduate of the American Association of Community Colleges Future Leaders Institute
  • Certified Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Instructor
  • Graduate of the National Council of Student Development Leadership Program
  • Authored 15 publications for young adults/college students in student development and leadership on Kindle and Audible

Dr.  Paul was nominated for induction into the FCSAA Hall of Fame by the Student Government Division.

 

 

Ms. Jennifer Shapiro Sacks has been at Broward College for 15 years and currently serves as the Coordinator of Student Publications and advisor for the Broward College Observer student newspaper.  Jennifer created the Broward College Observer Workshop Series, for which she brings in professionals in the journalism and media field to speak with students. She also started the Annual Journalism Boot Camp, which is going on its 16th year. The boot camp features professionals in the journalism and media field discussing topics with students in a one-day intensive program. Here the students also can have their articles critiqued by professional reporters and editors.

Ms. Sacks earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Florida Atlantic University and a master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Florida International University. She has experience as a reporter with the Boca News and Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.  Some of her students have earned internships and jobs with NBC 6, Deco Drive Magazine, the Sun-Sentinel, CBS Interactive, the Miami Herald, Deportes CNN, ESPN, Telemundo, The Bleacher Report, and Conde Nast Publications such as Bon Appetit Magazine and W Magazine.

Jennifer Shapiro Sacks was nominated for induction into the FCSAA Hall of Fame by the Publications Division.

 

 

 

 

Ms. Kelly Stever Elliott was an instrumental part of building the strong Forensics program which Tallahassee Community College has come to enjoy.  During her first year of competition as a student at TCC, Kelly’s hard work helped lead the college to Silver awards in both the Individual Events and Overall Sweepstakes. She was awarded 1st place Pentathlon Overall Speaker at the FIFA State Tournament, FCSAA State Tournament, Phi Rho Pi Regional Tournament, and received the Jennifer Pickman Novice award at the FCSAA State Tournament.  During her second year with the team, she served as a team captain, helping to propel the team to double Gold awards in both the Individual Events and Overall Sweepstakes. It was during this year she won 1st place Pentathlon Overall Speaker at the FCSAA State Tournament and 2nd place at the FIFA State Tournament. Over the course of her college career, Kelly finished in the Top 5 Pentathlon Speaker Awards 17 times, of which 14 awards were in the Top 3. After competing at TCC from 2001-2003, Kelly has continued to serve the program by taking the position of assistant coach at TCC from 2003-2008 and judging at local tournaments. Following her time at TCC, Kelly graduated Magna Cum Laude with dual bachelor’s degrees in Elementary Education and Exceptional Student Education from Flagler College. Kelly has continued her training for Forensics as a performer professionally throughout Florida with The Laughing Stock Politically Twisted Cabaret, as well as a local stage performer in the Tallahassee area.

Ms. Elliott was nominated for induction into the FCSAA Hall of Fame by the Forensics Division.

 

 

Mr. Michael MacMullen’s association with the FCSAA began in 1996 when he first attended the Winter Music Symposium as an observer after joining the faculty of Palm Beach State College in 1994. The next year he took a group of students from PBSC and has participated in the Symposium ever since. In 1998, he was appointed as chairman of the Student Artist Competition of Symposium and worked in the position for several years. He began his tenure as Music Division State Advisor on the FCSAA Executive Committee in 2010 and held this position for nine years. At Palm Beach State College, Michael has been the Music Department Chair since 2005 and the Music Cluster Chair since 2001. He has directed several Musical Theatre shows and has been an accompanist, choral director and professional singer in the Greater Palm Beach area and beyond. Below are only a few of Michael’s great accomplishments:

  • BA in Theatre Performance at California State University, Long Beach (1976)
  • Studied Music (voice/piano/conducting) at California State University, Fullerton (1981-1983)
  • MM in Choral Conducting and Performance/Musical Theatre Music Direction at Arizona State University (1987)
  • A long-standing member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)
  • Served for several years as VP of Student Auditions for his local Intracoastal chapter of NATS

Michael MacMullen was nominated for induction into the FSCAA Hall of Fame by the Music Division.

 

 

Mr. Mike Matulia has served as the Director of Athletics at Lake-Sumter State College since the fall of 1997, when he re-started the Athletic program that was dropped in 1988.  Matulia began to formulate the plan to build the program by conducting a feasibility study that included facility renovation, development, and construction.  This study also included planning for sports offerings, gender equity issues, and membership within the Florida College System Activities Association and the National Junior College Athletic Association. In 1998, LSSC began participation within the FCSAA and the NJCAA in the sports of Men’s baseball, Women’s Softball and Women’s Volleyball.  More renovations followed, and  today under Matulia’s leadership, the LSCC Sports and Recreation Complex features a multi-purpose game management facility that includes concession areas, restrooms, and press boxes; collegiate baseball and softball fields are highlighted by a ½ mile walking path, tennis courts, racquetball courts and a covered practice facility.

Matulia has served in a variety of capacities at the State and National levels, serving as the State Baseball Chair (FCSAA) and baseball tournament director from 2000-2005, receiving the FCSAA Baseball Recognition Award in 2008, as well as service on the NJCAA national volleyball tournament and softball tournament committees for several years.  He has served as the Chair-Elect and the Chair of the Council for Athletic Affairs, as well as the NJCAA Region 8 Men’s Assistant Commissioner, and now serves as the NJCAA Region 8 Men’s Commissioner and as our representative on the NJCAA Board of Regents. 

He attended The Citadel (Military College of South Carolina), playing baseball as a scholarship athlete for four years. He has worked in the Florida College System for 31 years and at the junior and community college level for 34 years as a faculty member, coach and administrator.

He has been nominated for induction into the FCSAA Hall of Fame by the Council for Athletic Affairs.

 

 

 

Mr. Paul Kelson was a member of the Chipola College Brain Bowl Team from 2011-2013. He competed on the team while being a dual-enrolled senior at Marianna High School and continued to participate at Chipola in his freshman and sophomore years. Paul holds almost every individual record in the Brain Bowl program and is the all-time leader in points and powers. He holds the seven highest individual performances in single games and the top four all-time best individual performances across the entire tournament. Paul also led Chipola to a 9th and 7th place finish at the national Intercollegiate Tournament in consecutive years.

Paul has remained active in the quiz bowl world since competing for Chipola. He was a reader at last year’s state tournament and has been writing questions for the state tournament and Valencia College’s Delta Burke tournament for many years. He continues to travel from Colorado in the summer to help run practices at Chipola College. Paul’s achievements include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • 2012-2013 FCSAA State Champion Captain
  • 2012-2013 NAQT National Champion Captain
  • 2012-2013 Dave Ehlert High Point Award State Tournament
  • 2012-2013 DII Highest Individual Scorer at ICT in Chicago

Paul Kelson was nominated for induction into the FCSAA Hall of Fame by the Brain Bowl Division.

 

 

 

Dr. Rodney Whatley has been the Director of Theatre and Theatre Program Coordinator at Pensacola State College since 2005. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Pensacola Junior College, Jefferson Davis Community College and the University of West Florida. Rodney has directed more than 50 productions for Pensacola State, many of which have been part of the FCSAA respondent program and traveling theatre festival.  His students have also participated in the State College Ten Minute Play Festival at the Florida Theatre Conference for many years.  While serving as the Theatre Division Representative for the FCSAA Executive Committee from 2011-2014, Dr. Whatley was committed to encouraging colleges to participate in the program. He continues to be an active respondent, sharing his time and talent with the Theatre Division.  

Dr. Whatley was awarded tenure in 2008 and promoted to Associate Professor in 2015. While on sabbatical in the Fall of 2018, he wrote a soon-to-be-published book on teaching Acting 1.  He has acted in and directed plays at the Pensacola Little Theatre and premiered a new script at Theatre West-Sanctuary in the Groves Playhouse. Rodney has also served as a judge for the District 1 Thespian Competition for 17 years and has been a high school one-act competition judge at the Florida Theatre Conference.  

Dr. Whatley was nominated for induction into the FCSAA Hall of Fame by the Theatre Division.

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Dr. John Robert Dunkle, Jr., retired in 2011 as a Professor of Humanities from Chipola College, where he taught Humanities and English Literature courses since 1988. While at Chipola, he was one of the original advisers for the Chipola College Honors Program and the chair of the Humanities contest for the Throssell Literature/Language Festival. He was a member of the Chipola Faculty Association and a contributor to the Applauding Chipola Theater Fund, Chipola Foundation, Chipola Honors Program, Phi Theta Kappa, and the Chipola Science Club.

Dr. Dunkle has been a volunteer assistant coach for the Chipola College Brain Bowl team since 2005. As assistant coach, Dr. Dunkle’s expertise in humanities and literature has been monumental in contributing to the success of the Chipola teams. He helped lead Chipola to seven straight FCSAA State Championships from 2008-2014 and to three straight NAQT Community College National Championships from 2011-2013. Dr. Dunkle’s knowledge and command of his subject matter have been invaluable to the success of the program.  Along with his wife Nancy, Dr. Dunkle established the Roy Maxwell and Margaret Goff Deloney Memorial Chipola Brain Bowl award, which is a cash gift and a plaque given to the team’s MVP for the season. Dr. Dunkle has also been instrumental in securing additional funds for the Chipola team through the Chipola College Foundation.

In 2006, Dr. Dunkle was chosen by his peers to receive the Kirkland Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2010-2011, he was recognized as the Chipola Faculty/Administrator of the Year, and in 2013, he was chosen as the Panhandle and State Coach of the Year by his fellow coaches in the state of Florida.

                Dr. Dunkle earned his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Florida, his master’s degree in English from the University of Nevada, and his doctoral degree in Humanities from the Florida State University.  He was nominated into the FCSAA Hall of Fame by the Brain Bowl Division.