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Call for Nominations for FGCU Graduate to Receive Alumni of Distinction Society and Soaring Eagles Society Awards

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) Alumni Association is sending out a call for nominations for outstanding FGCU graduates who have significantly contributed to the community.

The Alumni Association Board of Directors annually honors a distinguished graduate of FGCU with the Alumnus or Alumna of Distinction award. This is the most prestigious award the association bestows upon a graduate in recognition of the recipient's contributions to society.

The criteria for the Distinction award includes a distinguished professional career (both regionally and nationally), distinguished in community and recognized for service to others, and dedicated to providing ongoing service to the University.

The 2013 award recipient will join the nine previously honored alumni who are: Zach Katkin, 2012; Melissa Simontis, 2011; Ricky Pires, 2010; Laura Holquist, 2009; Nola Theiss, 2008; Guenther Gosch, 2007; Robert Mulhere, 2006; Dr. Allen Weiss, 2005; and Dr. John Little, 2004.

The Soaring Eagles Society award will honor five alumni - one from each of the University's five colleges. Nominees for these awards will have earned (at least) a bachelor's degree from FGCU within the last decade, and will be individuals who dedicate time and resources to their communities and excel in their professions.

The 2012 award recipients of the Soaring Eagles Society include Kimberly Patterson, Health Professions; Lisi Lau, Arts and Sciences; Braxton Rhone, Business; Jessica Essary, Education and Jenna Martin, Engineering.

Deadline to submit nominations for both awards is midnight, March 22.

Recipients of each award will be recognized at the FGCU Celebration of Excellence, which will be held on Friday, April 12 on the FGCU campus.

For more information about the awards, or to nominate a deserving individual, visit

For more information about the FGCU Alumni Association, contact Lindsey Touchette, director of Alumni Relations at (239) 590-1016 or

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