'Grads Made Good' Among Honorees at FSU Homecoming Award Breakfast

By: FSU News Release
By: FSU News Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — One of the nation’s longest-serving provosts, the superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and a world leader in the biology of ticks and mites are but three of the distinguished individuals to be feted this weekend during The Florida State University Alumni Association’s annual Homecoming Awards Breakfast.

“Our annual Homecoming Awards Breakfast provides us an opportunity to honor outstanding graduates, which is an important part of the mission of the Alumni Association,” said Scott Atwell, president of the association. “But this awards breakfast is just as important for the 400 attendees, many of which are students, who always come away with an enormous sense of pride in Florida State.”

The awards breakfast will be held on the day of the Homecoming football game — Saturday, Nov. 6 — in the Oglesby Union Ballrooms, located on Florida State’s main campus. Doors will open at 8 a.m. and the program will begin at 8:30. Tickets ($12 per person until Nov. 1; $20 after that date) are required and can be purchased online at www.alumni.fsu.edu or by calling (850) 644-2761. Questions? Contact Whitney Powers at the Alumni Association at (850) 645-9530 or wpowers@fsu.edu.

The honors and honorees featured at the 2010 Homecoming Awards Breakfast are as follows.

FSU Alumni Association’s Bernard F. Sliger Award

Named for Florida State’s 10th president. the Bernard F. Sliger Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Alumni Association. The award recognizes a member of the university community who has made a major contribution to the fulfillment of FSU’s mission. This year’s recipient:

* Lawrence G. “Larry” Abele (B.S. ’68 and M.S. ’70, Biology), who will receive the Bernard F. Sliger Award because of his distinguished service since November 1994 as The Florida State University’s provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs.

Abele, who is among the longest-serving provosts and academic vice presidents in the United States and has the longest tenure among provosts in the State University System of Florida, is stepping down from the post at the end of the fall semester. He plans to devote his full attention to the Institute for Academic Leadership, a statewide program for new academic administrators.

“Larry Abele’s tireless work on behalf of his alma mater has been a true inspiration,” Atwell said. “As he nears retirement, it’s only fitting for the FSU Alumni Association to honor Dr. Abele with its most prestigious award.”

A marine biologist, Abele earned his doctorate in biological oceanography from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami in 1972. As a faculty member and administrator at Florida State, Abele served as chairman of the Department of Biological Science from 1983 to 1991, then as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1991 to 1994.

In addition to being recognized as an outstanding teacher, Abele has received more than $1.25 million in research funding. His primary research interests include the biology of crustaceans (crabs and shrimps), and since 1987 he has been working on the molecular evolution of this group.

Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) “Grads Made Good”

The Grad Made Good Award, chosen by FSU’s Circle of ODK National Leadership Honor Society, is bestowed upon Florida State alumni who have achieved outstanding success in their fields at the national or international level. For 2010, two alumni have been chosen; they are:

* Lt. Gen. Franklin L. Hagenbeck (M.S. ’78, Exercise Physiology) is serving as the 57th superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., a post he assumed in June 2006.

“It is an enviable honor to be selected as superintendent at West Point, and only the finest leaders with impeccable credentials and records of service are considered for the position,” said John Fogarty, dean of Florida State’s College of Medicine, who was a classmate of Hagenbeck’s during their days at West Point. “It is a highly visible and prestigious post, overseeing the future of the military academy and the Army’s future leaders.”

Hagenbeck has served in the 25th Infantry Division, the 10th Mountain Division, the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions, and in the Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). He has commanded at every level from company through division, up to the commanding general of the 10th Mountain Division.

Before becoming superintendent, Hagenbeck served as the Army’s deputy chief of staff, G-1, and in numerous staff positions, including as chief of staff for the 10th Mountain Division; the director of the Officer Personnel Management Directorate for the U.S. Total Army Personnel Command; and as the assistant division commander (Operations) for the 101st Airborne Division.

* James H. Oliver Jr. (M.S. ’54, Zoology), the director of the James H. Oliver Jr. Institute of Arthropodology and Parasitology, and the Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Biology Emeritus, both at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga., is an international expert in the biology of ticks and mites, especially those that cause or transmit diseases.

In fact, Oliver is the best-known western medical entomologist among the Japanese scientific community because of numerous presentations he has made to Japanese scientific societies, according to Professor Kozo Fujisaki of the department of frontier veterinary medicine at Japan’s Kagoshima University.

Oliver began working at Georgia Southern in 1969. Since then, he has made the university one of a few in the world to focus on tick-borne diseases.

“The fact that Dr. Oliver’s research has been funded consistently since the 1960s by such prestigious agencies as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the Office of Naval Research and the U.S. Agency for International Development further attests to his research accomplishments, productivity and the high regard with which his peers hold him,” said Robert S. Lane, professor emeritus of the department of environmental science, policy and management at the University of California, Berkeley.

Over his career, Oliver supervised the research of 29 master’s students, nine doctoral students and 27 postdoctoral students and, in so doing, “contributed mightily” to the development of young scholars, according to Bruce Gabe, president emeritus of Georgia Southern.

FSU Alumni Association’s Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal

The Parade Grand Marshal is selected each year to honor exceptional commitment, leadership and service to FSU. The title of Grand Marshal designates the honoree as the standard bearer of the spirit of Homecoming. For 2010, the standard bearer is:

* Dr. Charlotte Maguire, the leading benefactor of Florida State University’s College of Medicine

In 1999, Maguire donated $1 million to Florida State’s Program in Medical Sciences (the college’s predecessor) to create the Charlotte Edwards Maguire Endowed Scholarship Fund. In 2000, she became an outspoken advocate for the creation of the College of Medicine. Since then, she has donated additional funds to support a variety of programs within the college. In February 2005, the college’s medical library was named in her honor.

“Dr. Maguire’s financial contributions enabled Florida State to start a College of Medicine, and she is rightly recognized as the ‘Mother of the Med School,’” Atwell said. “As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of our College of Medicine, it’s certainly appropriate that we recognize Dr. Maguire with another title — Homecoming Parade grand marshal.”

In 1946, Maguire became the first woman in Orlando to establish a private practice in pediatrics, which she ran for 22 years. From 1947 to 1956, she served as chief of staff for the Central Florida Division of the Children’s Home Society of Florida. In 1949, she was appointed director of the Orlando Child Health Clinic. In 1952, she became the first woman president of the Florida Pediatric Society. In 1957, she served as a delegate to the World Health Conference in London, working directly with its honorary chairman, Prince Philip. From 1965 to 1968, she served as chief of the department of pediatrics at Mercy Hospital in Orlando. From 1980 to 1987, Maguire was a member of the clinical staff in the department of pediatrics at the University of Florida.

FSU Alumni Association’s Homecoming Parade Faculty Grand Marshal

The Homecoming Parade faculty grand marshal is a Florida State faculty member or administrator who has shown exceptional commitment, leadership and service to the university. This year’s honoree is:

* Rita Moser (Ph.D. ’83, Higher Education Administration), who has been Florida State University’s director of Housing since 1988, is being honored as this year’s Homecoming Parade faculty grand marshal.

Since 1991, when Florida State began a concerted effort to rehabilitate all of its housing facilities, Moser has overseen more than $200 million in improvements, including the renovation of the university’s seven historic residence halls. The buildings, which date from 1907 to 1949, were gutted to their exterior walls and rebuilt with modern interiors, complete with Internet connections.

A leader in the field of university housing, Moser has served as president-elect (1999-2000) and president (2000-2001) of the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I). She also has served as chairwoman of the ACUHO-I Awards and Recognition Committee (2001-2004). ACUHO-I honored Moser with its Presidential Service Award in 1998. What’s more, she has served as president (1991-1992) and past-president (1992-1993) of the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers (SEAHO). Moser received the SEAHO Founders Award in 2004.

Moser earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Michigan State University in 1972, and her master’s degree in counseling from Western Michigan University, in 1974.

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