TCC inducts 18 new members to Alumni and Friends Hall of Fame

October 30, 2018

Tallahassee, Fla. (October 30, 2018) — The Tallahassee Community College Alumni and Friends Association inducted 18 new members to the Alumni Hall of Fame. The honorees were recognized at an induction luncheon on Tuesday, October 30 at the Student Union Ballroom on TCC’s campus.

Nominations to the TCC Alumni and Friends Hall of Fame are sought from the entire community each year. The honorees are chosen based on professional achievement, service to society, and service and support to TCC. Their names are added to the Wall of Honor on the exterior of the TCC Student Union.

Dorothy “Dot” Binger

Dot Binger was the third person hired at TCC and the first to complete 25 years of service. In her first year, she worked as business manager, planned the academic business offerings and the secretarial science program, and taught an accounting class. She moved on to become the head of the academic business department and eventually the director of applied sciences, a position she held until her retirement in 1991. During those years, she nurtured programs in healthcare, business and public safety as they developed into model programs for other colleges. In 1976, she was named Florida’s Technical Educator of the Year by the Florida Technical Education Association. After retiring, Dot continued her involvement with the Tallahassee community as a Guardian ad Litem, a role she has fulfilled for the last 29 years. In 2017, she received the Champion of Service Award from Volunteer Florida and Governor Scott. Last month, she was honored with the Glenn J. Winuk Humanitarian Service Award for her dedication to serving others in the community.

Franklin B. Brown

Frank Brown joined the TCC faculty in 1989. He taught for 11 years and served as program chair. He assumed the role as dean of science and math in 2000, where he remained until 2013. Under his leadership, the division hired dozens of new faculty members and overhauled the biology and chemistry labs. Frank was an active member of Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church, serving on various committees and teaching Sunday school class. He was also a member of the Tallahassee Scientific Society. Five years ago, he returned to the TCC classroom and to his true passion of teaching students chemistry. Frank Brown passed away in 2018.

Claudia Croy Holland Burton

Claudia Burton was one of TCC’s first employees. She arrived in Tallahassee in 1963 to complete her education as a teacher, which she started at the University of Florida as one of the first dozen female students. She worked at TCC from 1967 to 1991. As a composition and literature teacher at TCC, Claudia helped usher in the Gordon Rule and worked to see that English teachers got more support as a result. She was also instrumental in the development of the 2 + 2 program, which later evolved into the Articulation Agreement. Claudia served as a chairperson on the faculty senate and was active in the legislative arm of the Florida Association of Community Colleges.

Edward G. Canup

Ed Canup began working at Capital City Bank in 1983, a few years after earning his associate degree from TCC. From the mid-1980s until 2015, he led the real estate and commercial areas of the bank, managing the company’s largest and most complex relationships. Today, he serves as executive vice president and co-chief operating officer. Ed was awarded the Godfrey Smith Award, the highest internal honor a Capital City associate can receive. He currently serves as a member of the TMH Foundation, Southeast Community Health Services, the Tallahassee Downtown Redevelopment Commission, Florida TaxWatch and Tallahassee Memorial Health Ventures, Inc.

Patrick H. Dallet

Pat Dallet spent his career working to maintain the highest standards in education, including a commitment to adult education and vocational services. After working in Kentucky and the Virgin Islands, Pat moved his family to Tallahassee in 1973 and began a long career analyzing, planning and implementing statewide programs and policies relating to all levels of education. Pat worked with the Senate Education Committee, the Department of Education and the Postsecondary Education Planning Commission in areas that include student financial assistance, community instructional services, postsecondary education access for students with disabilities, vocational education, education and aging, and global education. Through the years, Pat has served the community through his work with the FSU College of Education Alumni Association, the Tallahassee Kiwanis Club, the Equal Access/Equal Opportunity Committee, the College Reach-Out Program, and the State Advisory Committee. He has been a Roman Catholic deacon since 2009. Pat joined the TCC Foundation Board in 2010 and currently serves as president.

James C. Davis

Jim Davis inspired love for music history and humanities as a TCC faculty member from 1968 to 1995. He directed both student and community choruses, and his student chorus traveled the state. As a faculty member, Jim created the Artist Series at TCC and was involved in the design of TCC’s Turner Auditorium. During his time at TCC, Jim served as a chair of the faculty senate three times. He also served as president of the Florida Choral Directors Association and continued to volunteer as a judge at high school choral events after retirement. For years, he served his community by cooking at The Shelter and delivering Meals on Wheels.

Rochelle M. Davis

Known by her colleagues for her inexhaustible supply of patience and love of teaching, Rochelle Davis is known for her commitment to her students. Rochelle taught college preparatory math classes at TCC for nearly 25 years, retiring in 2000. She was recruited by a former colleague to return to teaching after a 12-year absence. That absence made her particularly sensitive to the needs of older, returning students, especially women. She believes that the positive influence she had on the confidence levels of returning students has been among her most impactful work. Rochelle has retained her love of the institution and remains active with TCC.

Thomas C. Derzypolski

Tom Derzypolski is a decorated war veteran, community volunteer, and TCC alum. He served in the U.S. Navy for eight years and is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. As a trained hospital corpsman, he served throughout the world, including relief missions in Albania and Bosnia. In 2010, he and business partner Kelly Robertson founded BowStern Marketing Communications. He is extremely active with a number of organizations, including the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra Board, Business Partnership Advisory Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the American Red Cross Board. Following the devastation of Hurricane Michael, Tom and his wife Stephanie have led the hurricane relief efforts in Blountstown, Florida. Tom is a true community servant who represents the very best of TCC.

Bart Gunter

Bart Gunter is proud TCC graduate who remains involved with his alma mater. After spending several years working as a staff member for U.S. Senator Bob Graham, Bart joined Rogers, Atkins Insurance, now known as Rogers, Gunter, Vaughn Insurance. After nearly 30 years in the insurance industry, Bart is considered a top producer and recently brokered a deal for RGVI to join the sixth largest insurance broker in the nation. Bart’s record of community service also speaks volumes about his values. He has served on the boards of Kids Incorporated, Working Well, Independence Landing, Progressive Pediatric Foundation and the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he is a member of Leadership Tallahassee and the Bradfordville Baptist Church, where he sings in the choir and is a former chairman of the Board of Deacons.

Mike Illers

Mike Illers retired from a successful career as a businessman in 2011. He was with Wetterau/SuperValu for 23 years and held various positions in finance and administration, including CFO and division manager. Mike later served as vice president of Hancock Bank from 2004 to 2011, where he was responsible for institutional banking and worked with government entities and non-profit organizations. Mike joined the TCC Foundation Board in 1999 and served for almost 20 years, having acted as board president for one year and treasurer for two. Among his many accomplishments as a member, he co-chaired the board’s first capital campaign. Earlier this year, Mike was named as a TCC Foundation Board Director Emeritus. He and his wife Patricia have been members of the President’s Circle since 2008.

Judith H. Jolly

Judy Jolly began teaching English at TCC in 1968 and retired in 1995. She is best known for her years advising the Talon student newspaper and the Eyrie, TCC's literary magazine. She served as journalism chair, president of the steering committee, and chair of the faculty senate. Judy enjoyed helping her journalism students understand the power and responsibility their decisions carried. Her achievements are reflected in her accolades — she was presented with the Gold Key Award by Columbia Scholastic Press Association and was inducted into the halls of fame for the Florida Community College Activities Association and Florida Community College Press Association. Tallahassee's Women in Communication chapter presented her with the Lifetime Career Achievement Award. Judy also served on the Board of Visitors at FAMU's journalism school for over 20 years. Today, she remains an active member of the President’s Circle.

Eugene Lamb, Jr.

Eugene Lamb has been a member of the TCC Board of Trustees since 2007, serving as chair twice. As the current vice chair, he brings to the role a deep knowledge, understanding and passion for his native Gadsden County. Eugene directly impacted the lives of thousands of students during his 30-plus years as a teacher and coach in Leon, Gadsden and Volusia counties. Eugene’s public service includes eight years as a Gadsden County Commissioner, including two years as chair. He was also a member of the Midway Council, where he served as both mayor and mayor pro-tempore. Since 2014, Eugene has represented Gadsden County as an at-large member of the Board of Directors for the Florida High School Athletic Association. In 2015, Eugene was appointed by Governor Scott to serve on the Florida Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding. As a former basketball player, he was recently inducted into the Gadsden County Sports Hall of Fame.

Patty Mitchell

As an active volunteer for the Leon County literacy program, Patty Mitchell was inspired to pursue her own lifelong goal of attending college. At 40 years old, she enrolled at TCC and graduated with honors. Patty continued volunteering along the way with the Brogan Museum and Elder Care Services. After working for years to create the HOPE community for homeless families and single women, she and her family collaborated with TCC to create the Jeanie Barnett Scholarship, which is named after her mother and provides TCC scholarships to residents of the HOPE community. Patty has also been involved in animal rescue and brought the Reading Education Assistance Dog program to the area. The READ program has grown to 32 teams in 15 schools, plus libraries and after-school programs. Under her leadership, nearly one thousand students have improved at least one grade level in their reading skills.

Jeanne L. O’Kon

Jeanne O’Kon began teaching at TCC in 1974, where she taught psychology for nearly 40 years. She served as program chair in the behavioral sciences department and coordinated the teacher education program. She also helped negotiate the Taiwan summer English program with TCC’s sister school in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. As a longtime advocate for women, she currently serves on the Tallahassee/Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and volunteers with the Girl Scout Council. She has directed the Run for the Cookies 5K fundraiser at TCC for 25 years. Jeanne was honored as a “Woman of Distinction” by the Girl Scouts and one of the “25 Women You Need to Know” by the Tallahassee Democrat. Jeanne can still be found in the classroom training future teachers at Flagler College-Tallahassee.

Allison Tant Richard

Allison Tant Richard has enhanced life for hundreds of families and individuals with disabilities. She has spent years working closely with the Children’s Society as chair of the board of directors, treasurer, and state foundation board member. Allison also helped create the Eagles Connection program at TCC, which provides a support structure for cognitively disabled students. She founded the Keys to Exceptional Youth Success organization to provide financial support and scholarships for this group. Her efforts have helped grant scholarships to 127 special needs students since its inception. Allison has also served the community as president of the Capital Women’s Network, former board member of the TCC Foundation, and chair of the Florida Democratic Party.

Timothy L. Tooten, Sr.

Tim Tooten is a TCC alum and veteran Emmy Award-winning journalist for WBAL-TV (NBC) in Baltimore, where he recently celebrated 30 years of working. He is one of the few education reporters in the nation who covers issues facing students in both urban and suburban school settings throughout the state. Tim has previously held reporting positions in Huntington, West Virginia, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, and Washington, DC. He is also a media training and media presence professor at Loyola University of Maryland. Tim earned a master’s degree in theology and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Christian education. He completed both degrees while working in broadcasting and serving as the pastor and founder of Harvest Christian Ministries. He recently published his first book, “Leading By Example: A Parental Guide to Teaching and Modeling Christian Faith at Home,” which was named one of Amazon’s best-selling books in the category of teen and children’s ministry.

2017-2018 Women’s Basketball Team and Coaches

In the 2017-2018 season, the TCC women’s basketball team capped off a record-breaking 29 wins by capturing the NJCAA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship. In the opening round, the Eagles tied a postseason school record of 97 points to advance, and they rallied in the second round from a 10-point deficit in the third quarter to win. They defeated Northwest Florida State College with a score of 55-52. In the semi-finals, the Eagles faced Gulf Coast State College, the two-time defending national champions. They landed a 10-point victory over Gulf Coast to put themselves in the finals, where they defeated Trinity Valley to take the championship. Following their fabulously successful season, Head Coach Franqua “Q” Bedell was named the 2017-2018 Spalding NJCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year, and team member Japonica James was named First-Team All-American by the NJCAA.

1993-1994 Softball Team and Coaches

The 1994 TCC softball team, in only its second year of existence, reached the pinnacle of its sport by winning the National Junior College Athletic Association's Slow-Pitch National Championship, the first national title in the College's athletic history. Led by coach Maria Mendoza, the Eagles qualified for the FCCAA tournament by winning the state championship. After advancing to the national tournament, the Eagles defeated Meridian Mississippi Community College twice on the final day to capture the crown. The team completed a 62-17 campaign, a school-record for wins that still stands today. Players Valorie Waller, Kelly Beede, Kelly Best and Tammi Talley were voted to the NJCAA All-Tournament Team, and Waller was named as the tournament's most valuable player. For her efforts, Mendoza was named coach of the year by the Florida Community College Athletic Association and the NJCAA.

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