FSU Alumni Association

Young Alumni Awards

2017 Young Alumni Awards Dinner


Friday, November 3, 2017

Alumni Center Grand Ballroom
1030 W. Tennessee St.
Tallahassee, FL 32304

6:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner and Award Presentations


Please join us in honoring the 2017 Notable Noles and the recipients of the 2017 Reubin O’D. Askew Young Alumni Award*.


Includes plated dinner. Business attire suggested.

Advance registration is respectfully requested by Tuesday, October 31.

*The Reubin O’D. Askew Young Alumni Award is the highest honor Florida State University Alumni Association presents to young alumni. The outstanding individuals recognized with this honor will be announced in the week prior to the dinner.


2017 Notable Noles

The FSU Alumni Association's Notable Noles program (formerly called Thirty Under 30) was created to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of Florida State's young alumni. Each recipient must be an alumnus age 35 or younger who has made exceptional achievements and significant contributions to his or her profession, community/society or the university. The recipient must exemplify outstanding professional and personal development either through traditional channels or innovative approaches.

Please join us in congratulating the following individuals on being named one of Florida State University’s 2017 Notable Noles for their significant contributions to their professions, communities or alma mater:

James Kassaga Arinaitwe (B.S. ’09, MPH ’11)
CEO & Co-founder, Teach for Uganda
Kampala, Uganda

Megan Bagwell (B.S. ’03, M.D. ’10)
Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Volusia OBGYN
Daytona Beach, Florida

Capt. Michael Bailey (B.S. ’10)
Combat Operations Advisor to Iraqi Security Forces, U.S. Army

Richard Desmond (B.S. ’07)
Program Specialist, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Washington, District of Columbia

Marcus Gadson (B.S. ’09, M.B.A. ’10)
Senior Capital Analyst, Fresenius Kidney Care
Atlanta, Georgia

Sarrah Carroll Glassner (M.S. ’05)
Deputy Executive Director, Florida Sheriffs Association
Tallahassee, Florida

Lawrence Gonzalez (B.A. ’07)
Auditor, U. S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Inspector General
Washington, District of Columbia

Sarah Harman (B.S. ’10, M.S. ’12)
Emergency Management Specialist, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Washington, District of Columbia

Sara Murphy Hess (B.S. ’05)
Director of Communications, K12 Chartwells
Blacksburg, Virginia

Dongyu Jia (Ph.D. ’15)
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, Georgia

Lauren Kervick (B.S. ’10)
Intelligence Officer, U. S. Navy
Washington, District of Columbia

Stacey Kostevicki (B.A. ’05)
Executive Director, Gulf Coast Kids House
Pensacola, Florida

Shannon Ligon (B.S. ’03)
Attorney and Entrepreneur, PrettySMART Law
Orlando, Florida

Maj. Michael Lopez (B.S. ’05)
Chief of Training, 49th Test and Evaluation Squadron, U.S. Air Force
Haughton, Louisiana

Valeria Obi (B.S. ’10)
Staff Attorney, Midland Credit Management, Inc.
Tampa, Florida

Kara Payne (B.A. ’11)
News & Copyrighting Specialist
Tallahassee, Florida

Caroline Roller (B.S. ’12)
Payload Operations Engineer, NASA
Hampton, Virginia

Carly Nasehi Ros (B.A. ’09)
Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State
Panama City, Panama

Victoria Rose (M.S.W. ’13)
Director of Elder Day Stay, Elder Care Services, Inc.
Tallahassee, Florida

Ronald G Rule (B.S. ’05)
Senior Vice President-Senior Support Manager, Strategic Portfolio Management
Charlotte, North Carolina

Hilary Urbanek (B.S. ’13, M.S. ’13)
Special Education Teacher, Hawks Rise Elementary School
Tallahassee, Florida

David Ward (B.S. ’12, J.D. ’15)
General Council, iMobile3
Jacksonville, Florida

Justin A. Wiley (B.S. ’04)
Area Assistant Vice President, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Orlando, Florida


Applications for the Notable Noles are typically available in spring; award recipients are notified in summer.


2017 Reubin O'D. Askew Young Alumni Award

Up to six honorees may be chosen to also receive the Reubin O'D. Askew Young Alumni Award by members of the FSU Alumni Association National Board of Directors' Awards Committee. The Askew Award, presented for the first time in the spring of 2012, is the highest honor bestowed upon young alumni by the FSU Alumni Association.

The recipients of the Askew Award will be announced just prior to the Young Alumni Awards Dinner.

Past Award Recipients