FSU Alumni Association

Young Alumni Awards

Young Alumni Awards

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 a graduate of FSU, 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.

The awards cycle is currently open and nominations can be submitted here. Nominations close April 1, 2021.

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2020 Notable Noles

Please join us in congratulating the following individuals on being named one of the FSU Alumni Association’s 2020 Notable Noles for their significant contributions to their professions, communities or alma mater:


Michael Burgess* (M.S. '13) - Criminology & Criminal Justice

Special Agent 

Office of Special Investigations, United States Air Force 

Melbourne, Florida


Ryan Kitchens* (B.S. '10, M.A. '17) - Criminology & Criminal Justice, Social Sciences & Public Policy

Special Agent

United States Air Force

MacDill Air Force Base, Florida


Robyn Metcalf (B.S.W. '13, M.P.A. '15, M.S.W. '15) - Social Work, Social Sciences & Public Policy

Open Doors Statewide Director 

Voices for Florida 

Tallahassee, Florida


Jonathan Putney (B.S. '07) - Criminology & Criminal Justice

Operations Director/An Owner 

Attollo LLC 

New Bern, North Carolina


Antwan D. Williams (B.S. '12) - Business


Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children 

Orlando, Florida


Kristine Ramos* (B.S. '08) - Engineering

Green Run Readiness and Launch Operation for Space Launch System Program 

The Boeing Company 

Orlando, Florida


Zhiqiang Shu, Ph.D (M.B.A. '16, PhD '17) - Business, Arts and Sciences

Vice President 

Berenberg Capital Markets 

New York, New York


Charee Williams* (B.S. '06) - Business

Client Delivery Manager 

Randstad USA 

Orlando, Florida


Jesse O'Shea (B.S. '11, M.D. '15) - Arts & Sciences, Medicine

Infectious Disease Physician 

Emory University School of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases 

Atlanta, Georgia


Alvan Balent (J.D. '10) - Law

General Magistrate 

Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida 

Miami, Florida


Lauren Borg (B.S.N. '17) - Nursing

Intensive Care Unit Registered Nurse 

NYU Langone Health 

Naples, Florida


Larry Weru (B.A. '14, B.S. '14) - Fine Arts, Art & Sciences

Consultant, Entrepreneur, and Visual Storyteller 

Jacksonville, Florida


Breonni Sawyer (B.S. '14) - Business

Financial Advisor 

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management 

Miami, Florida


Erin Simmons (B.S. '08, M.S. '11) - Arts and Sciences

Research Physiologist

Navy Experimental Diving Unit 

Panama City Beach, Florida


Christherson Jeanty (B.A. '08, M.S. '09) - Social Sciences & Public Policy

Curriculum Engineer for Data Science and Data Analysis 

Hacker USA 

Port Au Prince, Haiti


Diego Corzo (B.S. '12, B.S. '12) - Business, Communication & Information

Realtor, Investor & Speaker 

Keller Williams 

Austin, Texas


Alexander Ronzino (B.S. '16) - Business


Coalition Recovery 

Tampa, Florida


Qaree Dreher (B.A. '16, M.A. '18) - Communication & Information

Account Manager 


Chicago, Illinois 


* Denotes Reubin O’D Askew Young Alumni Award Honorees

2020 Reubin O'D. Askew Awardees

Four Notable Noles will be presented with the Reubin O’D. Askew Young Alumni Award, the highest honor bestowed upon young alumni by the FSU Alumni Association. Named in honor of former Gov. Askew, this award recognizes his contributions to the state, nation and university. These young alumni continue Askew’s legacy of outstanding accomplishments built on the foundation of their education from Florida State University.

The 2020 Reubin O’D. Askew Award recipients are:


Michael Burgess (M.S. '13)

Ryan Kitchens (B.S. '10, M.A. '17)

Kristine Ramos (B.S. '08)

Charee Williams (B.S. '06)

Past Award Recipients