Alicia Crew (B.S. ’69) was inducted into the FSU Alumni Association’s Circle of Gold at the Circle of Gold Spring Induction Ceremony on Saturday, April 14, 2018. The Circle of Gold is reserved for FSU alumni and friends who, through their service and achievements, personify the university’s tradition of excellence.
Alicia Crew graduated from FSU in 1969 with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. During her time as a student, she was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Mortar Board and the world-famous synchronized swimming team, the Tarpon Club. Alicia was an active swimmer with the club before becoming a graduate assistant coach in 1971. After a brief stint teaching at Tulane University, Alicia returned to FSU and the Tarpon Club in 1976. Within a year, she became the university’s first aquatics director, a position she held until 1989.
At the intersection of student life and athletics, Alicia continued to follow her passion, rising to Associate Director of Campus Recreation, a position she held for almost 15 years. In 2003, she was elevated to the director’s position. Her contributions to campus recreation have been immense, playing key roles in the creation of the Bobby Leach Recreation Center and then the move to a brand new, 105-acre intramural Sportsplex in 2007.
Alicia was a national leader in her field, serving multiple terms as president of the National Institute for Creative Aquatics, and contributing in meaningful ways to all of the professional organizations in the recreation sport management fields.
In 2011, after 35 years of service to FSU, Alicia got to retire. But that’s when the work really seemed to begin. She has sat on the boards of Seminole Torchbearers and Women for FSU, and she organizes an annual golf tournament to support travel scholarships for students studying campus recreation.
Most especially, she took an interest in the preservation of FSU history, donating over $100,000 toward the Mary Lou Norwood Reading Room in Strozier Library, and another $25,000 for the Heritage Protocol Museum in Dodd Hall. These are but two of nearly 50 initiatives she has financially supported over the years.
Alicia has been honored with FSU’s Ross Oglesby Award, and has served on the Champions Brunch and Champions Auction steering committees for FSU women’s athletics through the Seminole Boosters. She’s a Golden Chief, a member of the Varsity Club and the Edward Conradi Society. But now it’s time to synchronize all of her recognition, by welcoming Alicia Crew into the FSU Alumni Association Circle of Gold.
The FSU Alumni Association’s Circle of Gold recognizes the accomplishments of notable alumni and friends of Florida State who personify the university’s tradition of excellence. Also honored in the April 14, 2018 induction ceremony were Billy Francis (B.S. ’86), Odell Haggins (B.A. ’93), Judy Pate (B.M. ’67) and Max Zahn (B.S. ’71).