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.  There were no Distinguished Service Award nominees for 2015. 

Class of 2016

Dr. John Robert Dunkle, Jr.

 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.  

Dr. Richard F. Gaspar

Dr. Richard F. Gaspar is an active member of the Florida College System Publications Association (FCSPA), Society of Professional Journalists, College Media Advisers, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Associated Collegiate Press and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. For the past eight years, he has judged national publications contests and served as a critique adviser for student publications. In 2014, he hosted the annual FCSPA Fall Conference and over the past twenty-plus years, he has presented hundreds of presentations at local, state, national and international conferences across the United States, Canada and China. In 2015, he edited and revised the Student Workbook for the widely used textbook Writing and Reporting News.  In 2016, the Florida English Journal selected his artwork for the fall magazine cover and featured his poetry on Eatonville Florida as a featured work in the journal. In 2011, he was appointed to the Advisory Board for the College Media Association, and in 2016, to the Education Advisory Committee for the Society of Professional Journalists.

Dr. Gaspar brought the FCSPA annual contest into the digital age by streamlining the process from hard copy/print entries to digital entries. He created a “cheat sheet” to help advisers make the transition, worked closely with our contest coordinator and president to ensure all entries were received properly and provided outstanding support in a myriad of other ways.

Dr. Gaspar is a full Professor of Mass Communication at Hillsborough Community College and has been recognized as a site level, county level and state level teacher of the year. He earned his associate’s degree at Hillsborough Community College, his bachelor’s degree at the University of Tampa, and his master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of South Florida.  He considers his wife and children his greatest achievement.  Two of his four children have attended the annual FCSPA Conference every year of their lifetime. Eme, his 12-year old, looks to follow in his footsteps and become a member. His family provides him with love, entertainment and a lifetime of humor.  He was nominated into the FCSAA Hall of Fame by the Publications Division.

Mr. Richard Hitt


Mr. Rick Hitt has had the great fortune of coaching many talented players and outstanding young men during his 28-year coaching career. In August, he began his 29th year of coaching, his 19th year at South Florida State College and his 17th year as Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach.  He has been credited for restarting South Florida’s baseball program in 2000.

As a pitcher at Santa Fe Community College, Mr. Hitt helped the Saints to a third place finish in the 1985 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) JUCO World Series, while playing for NJCAA and American Baseball Coach Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame coach Harry Tholen.  He finished his career playing baseball at St. Thomas University, where he played for current Louisiana State University and 2014 ABCA Hall of Fame inductee Paul Mainieri.

Mr. Hitt is in his second full term as president of the NJCAA Coaches Association and in his 12th year as a member of the FCSAA State Baseball Committee. Recently, he completed his third year as a member of the prestigious ABCA Board of Directors and serves on the ABCA Executive Committee. At the ABCA national meeting in January, Hitt was appointed to be one of the six members of the ABCA’s Standing Committee. He is also the FCSAA Suncoast Conference Chair and a former FCSAA Council for Athletic Affairs Chair. 

Mr. Hitt earned his associate’s degree at Santa Fe Community College and his bachelor’s degree at St. Thomas University.  He and his wife, Jayma, recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They have two daughters, Sydney, a South Florida State College graduate and soon-to-be December 2016 graduate of the University of Central Florida with a degree in speech pathology, and Cassady, a junior at the University of Florida.  Rick was nominated into the FCSAA Hall of Fame by the Council for Athletic Affairs.  

Ms. Alexa Kyros

Alexa Kyros is a 2009 graduate of Tallahassee Community College and participated on the college's Forensics Team. Ms. Kyros began coaching with the Forensics Team at TCC in July of 2009 following her graduation. Before joining as a coach, she competed for the team throughout the 2008 and 2009 seasons, serving as team captain in 2009.  At the Phi Rho Pi National Tournament, she received a Bronze Medal in Poetry Interpretation and a Silver Medal in Communication Analysis.  Her contribution as a team captain during the 2008-09 competitive season helped the team capture a Gold Medal in Team Sweepstakes.

Throughout her years of service, Ms. Kyros has contributed to the personal and professional growth of dozens of students.  As a forensics coach, she has worked with students on an individual level, teaching speech writing, reaching capabilities, and presentation skills.  She has assisted with the facilitation of forensics tournaments, both locally and nationally.  She has also served as the coaching representative for Tallahassee Community College at tournaments around the country. 

Other organizations that Ms. Kyros is a proud member of include the Florida Interagency Trauma-Informed Care Workgroup, the American Red Cross: Disaster Action Team & Disaster Services Human Resources Team, the National Powerball presenter from 2012-2016, the Tallahassee Rowing Club Member, and Member of the Board of Directors.

Ms. Kyros earned her associate’s degree from Tallahassee Community College. She is currently a Training Coordinator for the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Initiative.  She was nominated into the FCSAA Hall of Fame by the Forensics Division.  

Ms. Maria "Gaby" Pacheco

Maria Gabriela "Gaby" Pacheco is a graduate of Miami Dade College and served on the Florida Junior Community College Student Government Association (FJCCSGA) State Executive Board for two years. During the 2004-2005 academic year, Pacheco served as the State Legislative Liaison.  She was elected FJCCSGA State President and served her term in office during the 2005-2006 academic year.

At Miami Dade College, Kendall Campus, Pacheco was a member of the campus Student Government Association for three years.  In 2003, Gaby served as Senator, followed by Government Relations in 2004, and Campus President in 2004-2005. According to Minnie Vasquez, Pacheco’s SGA Advisor at Miami Dade College, Kendall Campus, Gaby pushed for the DREAM ACT at the state and national level with an emphasis on allowing undocumented students to be able pay their college tuition at the instate level.  

Ms. Pacheco is a nationally recognized immigrant rights leader. She gained national recognition in 2004 for her courageous advocacy of the DREAM Act and immigration reform. In 2005, she led a Florida-based immigrant youth group advocating for in-state tuition for undocumented students. In 2010, with three other undocumented students, she led the Trail of Dreams, a four-month walk from Miami to Washington, DC, to call attention to the plight of immigrant families under the threat of deportation. In 2012, as political director for United We Dream, she spearheaded the efforts that led to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

On April 22, 2013, Pacheco became the first undocumented Latina to testify in front of Congress, speaking to the Senate Judiciary Committee about the urgent need for immigration reform. In 2015, she delivered The New School Commencement speech, where she received an honorary Doctoral Degree in Humanities. She was recently named one of Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30: Education in 2015 and has also been recognized as one of 40 Under 40: Latinos in American Politics. In August 2015, she was profiled in Elle magazine alongside America Ferrera, Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick and others for a feature production on the world’s most accomplished 30-year-old women. She is currently the Program Director at TheDream.US.  

Ms. Pacheco earned her associate’s and bachelor’s degrees from Miami Dade College.  She was nominated into the FCSAA Hall of Fame for her work as a student by the Student Government Division.  

Mr. Randy Pawlowski

Mr. Randy Pawlowski is the current acting campus dean of Seminole State College and a successful higher education professional with 27 years of experience as a student services administrator best known for his student leadership development training. He served as an SGA advisor for the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus from 1996 to 2010 and for the Oviedo Campus from 2001 to 2010. He also served as the FJCCSGA District II Advisor in 1997 and 1998. 

Mr. Pawlowski was recognized for leadership by Florida Leader magazine as having the Top Florida Leadership Training Program, Best Mentoring Program, and Best Weekly Entertainment Series. He is an accomplished public speaker at college events, leadership institutes, training seminars, and conferences.

 Other organizations Mr. Pawlowski has been involved in include being a member of the Seminole State President’s Council, College Planning Facilitator Team, Student Activity Fee Budget Committee, SACs Self-Study Team, College Budget Committee, Cultural and College-wide Activities Committee, Committee to Appoint Committees, and Diversity Council.  He served as President of the Seminole State College chapter of the Association of Florida Colleges for six years and also served as Co-Chair of the FACC 50th Annual State Convention Host Committee in the Summer and Fall of 1999.   

Mr. Pawlowski received his B.S. in Personnel and Industrial Relations from Ithaca College in 1986, and earned his Master of Arts in College and University Administration, College Student Affairs, from Michigan State University in 1988.  On a personal note, Mr. Pawlowski has served as a foster parent to 18 teenagers from 2007-2016, and he has adopted six of those young men.  In 2015, he was named Foster Parent of the Year in the Greater Orlando area.  He, his sons, and their sailboat crew have won 31 regattas or race days over the last three years, and he won the Catalina 22 National Championship Regatta in Portland, Oregon, in July 2015.  He was nominated into the FCSAA Hall of Fame by the Student Government Division.  

Professor John Bill Todd

Professor John Bill Todd was hired as an adjunct instructor at Miami Dade College in 2002. As an adjunct, he immediately began work to start a debate program at the college. By recruiting students from his classroom, overseeing the campus Speech & Debate Lab, and reaching out to local campuses, Professor Todd was able to revive a team that had previously been disbanded. He coached the team until 2011 as the director, then continued to assist behind the scenes until his retirement in 2016.

His biggest impact has been in reviving the debate community in South Florida. He joined forces with Dave Steinberg at the University of Miami, and the two schools began to offer tournaments to provide local students an opportunity to compete. These tournaments have provided numerous opportunities for schools with small travel budgets to have an opportunity to participate in debate.

Nationally, Professor Todd was the State Director of the Michigan High School Forensic Association and the Director of Debate and International Programs at Ferris State University.

The University of Miami hosts a yearly tournament in Professor Todd's honor: The Bill Todd Debates. Professor Todd was listed as the #2 Professor in the country on RateMyProfessor.com. Professor Todd helped start the University of Belize, established Lakeland College at Wisconsin, and was Vice President of Ellaire International College in Tokyo.

Professor Todd earned his bachelor’s degree from SouthWestern College, his master’s degree from Central Michigan University, and an honorary doctorate degree from Lakeland College at Wisconsin.  He was nominated into the FCSAA Hall of Fame by the Forensics 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.