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VIRES - Fall 2017

VIRES® is a publication of the Florida State University Alumni Association.

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The Gatekeeper

Jon Kohler (B.S. ’91) considers himself a “gatekeeper” to the Red Hills – 300,000 acres in northern Florida and southern Georgia. As the most successful broker of these lands, he vets potential buyers, weeding out not only those who would develop the land, but those who might not subscribe to the full – and expensive – program of prescribed fire and forest management required to maintain the local ecology.

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The Golden Era

Florida State University fans love to reminisce about the great years of football recruiting. But they don’t talk much about the Golden Era of National Merit Scholar recruitment. Perhaps they should.

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The People's Choice

After getting their start as FSU students, three Orlando-area politicians – Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs (B.S. ’81), Orange County Sheriff turned mayoral hopeful Jerry Demings (B.S. ’80) and U.S. Rep. Val Demings (B.S. ’79) – have been faithful public servants, gaining trust and getting rewarded at the ballot box.

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The School of Dreams

Whether they are just beginning to consider what type of business to start or are already making sales, the students of FSU’s new Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship – which opened this fall – are extremely enthusiastic. The reason? Unvarnished passion to innovate, according to Kirsten Frandsen, the assistant to the director and program coordinator who gets to know every student as she answers their questions and listens to their plans.

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Catching Up With Lauren Miller Rogen (B.F.A '03)

“Writers,” says FSU Film School grad Lauren Miller Rogen, “are very communal. You can’t write by yourself – that would be a mistake.” Fortunately, Miller Rogen’s creative muse is her husband, famed actor/comedian Seth Rogen, a frequent contributor to her artistic process.

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10 Questions: Todd Combs (B.S. '93)

In 2010 Warren Buffett, the most famous investor in the world, plucked FSU alumnus Todd Combs out of relative obscurity and made him an investment manager at Berkshire Hathaway (BRK), his $600 billion diversified holding company.

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