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 was our Distinguished Service Award nominee for 2017. For the rest of the list, check out this link.

Class of 2017-2018

Mr. Walter Fitzpatrick

Mr. Walter Fitzpatrick began his role as Student Activities Coordinator at Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) South Campus in 1994 and retired in 2013. Walter frequently presented at the FJCCSGA Conferences.  His True Colors and Time Management presentations were well attended by students as his reputation for being a charismatic and entertaining presenter was well known across the state.  He was even invited to present True Colors at Florida Gateway College to their students. 

Walter had been a facilitator at the FSCJ Outdoor Education Center for nearly 20 years.  He led transformational and experiential learning opportunities for FSCJ students, FSCJ staff, community nonprofit organizations, and corporate clients alike.  Able to draw upon numerous years of experience facilitating team building activities, Walter was an extremely valuable asset to District IV and FJCSSGA/FCSSGA in regards to student leadership training. Over the years, Walter held numerous positions on both the District IV Executive Board and State Executive Board. 

During the time Walter served the students of FSCJ South Campus, he and his staff coordinated co-curricular activities, intramural sports, volunteerism, service learning, and leadership training.  In addition, Walter coordinated the college-wide FSCJ Talent Show and many of his best practices for the event are still utilized today.

Several conferences that Walter has been a proud presenter at include:

  • National Minority Retention Conference, Boston, MA
  • APCA National Conference, New York, NY
  • APCA Regional Conference, Atlanta, GA

Walter was also coordinator for the FSCJ African-American Male Mentorship Committee. Walter received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and his Master’s Degree in Health Administration from University of North Florida. After retiring from FSCJ in 2013, Walter returned a year a later to serve the students of FSCJ by providing guidance on class selection and negating the enrollment process as a Student Success Advisor. He was nominated for induction into the FCSAA Hall of Fame by the Student Government division.

Ms. Elena Jarvis

Ms. Elena Jarvis is a veteran feature writer, columnist and editor, with more than three decades of professional experience for news organizations such as GannettThe E.W. Scripps Company (Scripps-Howard) and the Times Mirror Company. She has taught journalism since 1989. Before Daytona State College, Elena Jarvis was adviser of Student Media at the University of California, Los Angeles and a freelance music and arts reporter. The self-described “rock-n-roll” reporter for 20 years also spent many such years has an adjunct professor at several California colleges. In 2002, Jarvis joined Daytona State College and recently celebrated her 15th year of service to the institution as a Senior Professor of Journalism and Communications. She is the advisor for the student publications, In Motion (newspaper) and Aeolus (magazine).

A former president, vice-president and all-around champion energizer for the Florida College System Publications Association, Elena has been the consummate professional to her students, colleagues and peer advisors. She maintains positive relationships with sponsors, goes the extra mile for local & state support of student publications and has always been available to provide insight and information. Professionally, she has nurtured faculty advisors to lead the organization that will help usher the Publications Association into the next decade, and sought to increase the membership by rebuilding connections with all 28-member colleges.

She was Editor in Chief her junior and senior years of the Choctawhatchee High School Smoke Signals campus newspaper in Fort Walton Beach, which won the Florida Scholastic Press Association (FSPA)'s best newspaper in the state award in 1970. At the state conference that year, she won best opinion writer in the state on-the-spot contest. Since then, she has won many accolades and awards for her work on behalf of the environment, the homeless and disabled and for entertainment writing as well. A few are listed below:

  • Freedom Forum, McCormick News Train FellowshipVanderbilt University, 2010
  • Freedom Forum Institute, editorial writing fellowship, Vanderbilt University, 2008
  • Radio and TV News Directors Assn. “Educator in the Newsroom” fellowship, 2006
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Communication, GIFT Scholar (Great Ideas for Teachers) at the 2005 conference
  • Best Arts & Entertainment Writing, Ventura County, Calif. Press Club
  • Poynter Institute of Media Studies, Fellowship, St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • National Handicap Awareness Award, Easter Seals Society
  • Best Weekly Section (entertainment), Colorado Springs Press Assn.

Elena was nominated for induction into the FCSAA Hall of Fame by the Student Publications division.

Ms. Rochelle Popp-Finch

Ms. Rochelle Popp-Finch, currently the 2017-2018 FCSSGA State Advisor, earned her Associate in Arts and Associate in Science in Legal Assisting from Indian River State College (IRSC). She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and her Master of Public Administration from the University of Central Florida.

Rochelle has been serving the students of Indian River State College, since 2011 as the Coordinator of Student Activities. Prior to IRSC, Rochelle served as the Assistant Director of Student Involvement and Leadership at FAU. In addition to her experience in Student Life as a professional, Rochelle served in various student government leadership roles throughout her College journey as a student. Her most fond memories of being involved was when she served as the FCSSGA District 2 Coordinator and the Campus Coalition Government President at IRSC.

Rochelle enjoys serving the Florida College System and getting the opportunity every day to make a difference in the lives of others by helping students reach their goals. She served on the FJCCSGA as the District 2 Jurisprudence in 2001-2002 on the District 2 Executive Board before she moved up in leadership role to serve as the District 2 Coordinator on the 2002-03 State Executive Board.

Some special honors and achievements for Rochelle are listed below:

  • 2001: Best Student Government of the Year by Florida Leader Magazine;
    • Assistant Secretary of Campus Coalition Government; IRCC Ambassador; Mentor for Take Stock in Children; FCCAA All-Academic Team
  • 2002: Best Student Government of the Year by Florida Leader Magazine; Student of the Year, Honorable Mention Winner by Florida Leader Magazine (Top 20 College Students in the State);
    • Secretary of Campus Coalition Government; IRCC Ambassador; IRCC Special Achievement Award; Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; All Florida Academic Team; Mentor for Take Stock in Children; FCCAA All-Academic Team
  • 2003: President of Campus Coalition Government;  State Parliamentarian for Student Tobacco Reform Initiative Knowledge for Eternity (STRIKE); IRCC Student Support Services, Student of the Year; Target All Around Scholarship Recipient; 2+2 Transfer Scholarship Recipient; FACC Transfer Scholarship Recipient
  • 2004 - 2006: FAU Treasure Coast Campus, Student Government Senate Speaker
  • 2005: FAU Jack Scopes Humanitarian Award

 She was nominated for induction into the FCSAA Hall of Fame by the Student Government division.

Mr. George Sanders

Mr. George Sanders currently serves as the interim Athletic Director for Sports Medicine and Compliance at Florida SouthWestern State College. He was previously serving as an athletic trainer, faculty member and then athletic director at State College of Florida (then Manatee Community College) and also serving nearly 10 years as Director of Athletics at Florida State College at Jacksonville. 

George has served on the FCSAA Executive Committee in several capacities, including Conference Chair, Council for Athletic Affairs chair, and as an At-Large representative.  He has served as the Women’s Commissioner and NJCAA Region 8 Women’s Director since 2012.  He has also served on the NJCAA Health Related Concerns and Health and Safety Committees since 1996.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Carson-Newman College (now Carson-Newman University) and a master’s degree from the University of Georgia, both in Health and Physical Education. During his years as a student, he worked as an athletic equipment manager and athletic trainer at both Carson-Newman and UGA. 

George is an active member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the Athletic Trainers Association of Florida. He was inducted into the Manatee Community College (State College of Florida) Athletic Hall of Fame as a part of the 2005 inaugural class. George has served on the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Committee for Health Concerns and Health and Safety Committee since 1996. He also serves on the NJCAA Volleyball Committee.

George has given tremendous guidance with 14 national tournament appearances and more than 45 FCSAA State Tournament appearances. This past June (2017) George celebrated his 30th year of service to our member colleges and students in which it serves. He was nominated for induction into the FCSAA Hall of Fame by the Council of Athletic Affairs.


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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.