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Ronald J. Peterson0

Posted on October 5th, 2016 in Uncategorized


Mr. Ronald J. Peterson

Mr. Ronald J. Peterson

Outstanding Alumni – 2016

Mr. Ronald J. Peterson received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Florida State University (FSU).  He is also a graduate of the University of Phoenix’s Master of Business Administration program.  He has excelled in his profession and continues to give of his time and talents to the community.

Mr. Peterson currently serves as the Director of Corporate Compliance and Audit at Tampa General Hospital, Inc., a thousand-bed acute care teaching hospital.  He has more than 25 years of experience in the health care industry and another 14 years of public accounting and industry experience.

His previous experience includes working in the field of public accounting with two of the big four accounting firms and a local accounting firm; where he held the position of Audit Manager.  He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Fellow of the Health Care Financial Management Association (FHFMA), Certified in Healthcare Compliance and Certified in Healthcare Privacy.

Mr. Peterson was one of the founders of the FSU Minority Business Students Association, where he served as a mentor.  He continues to be an active participant in the community.  He currently serves as Board Chair for the Tampa Bay Black Business Investment Corporation and the Conn Foundation.  His other community activities have included past President and current Secretary of the Midtown Kiwanis Club of Tampa, Coordinator of Midtown Kiwanis Club’s Terrific Kids Program, member of Greater Tampa United Way Site Committee; and Deacon, Food Pantry Coordinator and Assistant Sunday School Superintendent at his church, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church (Tampa).  He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Mr. Peterson was formerly a Board member of the Enterprise Bank of Tampa; Board member and Treasurer of Tampa Crossroads, Inc.; Board member of The Divine Providence Food Bank, Inc.; member of the University of South Florida President’s Minority Advisory Committee; and President of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc.

Mr. Peterson continues to give unselfishly of himself but always makes time for what he believes to be most important, family and church.  He is married to FSU alumnus Nell Cook Peterson, and they are the proud parents of Jason, Jessica, Jake and Justin.

Noles vs Bulls – Tampa Takeover Weekend1

Posted on September 14th, 2016 in Happenings, News


Central Florida Takeover in Tampa

Friday, Sept 23

5pm-8pm FSU – USF Black Alumni Happy Hour @ Lee Roy Selmon’s (4302 W. Boy Scout, 33607), drink specials, appetizers and networking with Bulls and ‘Noles.

7pm-11pm SEMINOLE HARD ROCK CASINO sponsored by the Tampa Seminole Club & Seminole Boosters, TICKETS $10 (sale ends 9/23/2016)

Saturday, Sept 3

9am-12pm TAILGATE @ Raymond James Stadium, Lot 14,
sponsored by the Tampa Seminole Club & Seminole Boosters, TICKETS $40 (sale ends 9/24/2016)

12pm NOLES VS BULLS @ Raymond James Stadium

Sunday, Sept 4

4:05pm FSU DAY AT THE BUCS, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Home Opener vs LA Rams.  TICKETS or call Katy Grindstaff, 813-870-2700 ext. 2533.  Game ticket includes pre-game tailgate at One Buc Place Practice Fields, RSVP (required)

HOTEL:  $99/night @ Marriott-Westshore, 1001 N Westshore Boulevard, Tampa  FL  33607

Labor Day Orlando – Weekend Events1

Posted on August 10th, 2016 in Happenings, News

FSU vs Ole Miss

Labor Day Weekend in Orlando

Friday, Sept 2

10pm-2am FAME FRIDAYS THE SEMINOLE TAKEOVER @ Ember Downtown (42 W Central Blvd, 32801) hosted by Attorney Alisa Adamson and Friends.  Purchase tickets click here.

6pm-10pm TORRENCE LIFESTYLE’S ESSENCE OF ORLANDO HAPPY HOUR in association with True Home Real Estate and Jade Events is a free event to kick everything off at Eve (110 S. Orange Ave). Hosted by FSU Alumnus Dr. Sadat Smith and Corey Sawyer; come network and enjoy cigars, hookah, and amazing drink specials.  

Saturday, Sept 3

12n-10pm ORLANDO SEMINOLE CLUB OYSTER ROAST @ Ferg’s Depot (78 W. Church Street, 32801). You’re invited to join Orlando Noles for the Seminole Club® of Greater Orlando’s annual Oyster Roast Fall Kickoff Party! Special guests include former Seminole players, Gene Williams of and more! Come celebrate the end of summer and the start of a great Seminole football season! Free event for the entire family

4pm-10pm T. GAINES ALL WHITE DAY PARTY @ Ember (42 W Central Blvd, 32801). Providing the premier events and networking opportunities for Urban Professionals, T Gaines’ event is one to not miss. Please click here to purchase tickets, don’t take your chances at the door.

Sunday, Sept 4

8:30am-4pm 1ST ANNUAL SEMINOLE SCHOLARSHIP GOLF SCRAMBLE (2100 S Hiawassee Rd, 32835). The Orlando Seminole Club will be swinging clubs to raise money for local students at Metrowest Golf Club. Single golfers and foursomes are welcome; goodie bags and lunch is included. To register click here.

4pm-11pm DEAR SUMMER ROOFTOP DAY PARTY (180 Lounge @ Amway Center) hosted by Attorney Ben Crump and Friends. Tables and tickets can be purchased here.

4pm-10pm SOCIETY GLOBAL presents CARPE DIEM DAY PARTY (Rosen Plaza @ Club 39) hosted by Nixclusive, several FSU young alumni and Orlando socialites. Party by the pool or inside. Purchase tickets at and used code FSU for 25% off.

Monday, Sept 5

4pm-8pm TAILGATE @ Jupiter Mason Lodge #22 (420 S. Tampa Ave, 32805) – Mix and Mingle with fellow Noles and enjoy food, drinks, and great music. All you can eat for $25 (kids 15 and under $12).  Event closes August 25, 2016. Click Here.

4pm-8pm HALLBACK’S BAR & GRILL TAILGATE @ Lake Lorna Doone – Mix and Mingle with fellow Noles and enjoy food, drinks, and great music. Several past players will be attending as well. BYOB! All you can eat for $20.

8pm FSU SEMINOLES vs. OLE MISS REBEL BEARS @ Florida Citrus Bowl (1 Citrus Bowl Pl, 32805)


Doubletree Downtown (reservations closed, but contact to try)

Homewood Suites (reservations until 9/16/2016) – $87/night



2015 Scholarship Recipients1

Posted on December 4th, 2015 in Uncategorized

2015-2016 Scholarship Recipients

L-R: •Kristin G. Sanders, Alesia T. Carter, President John Thrasher, and Isiah S. Parfait

L-R: • Kristin G. Sanders, Alesia T. Carter, President John Thrasher, and Isiah S. Parfait

L-R:  Rashard Johnson (BSU President), Charee Williams (FSUBA VP), Rikisha A. Collins, President John Thrasher, Kristen G. Sanders, Isiah S. Parfait, & Eric Friall (FSUBA President)

L-R: Rashard Johnson (BSU President), Charee Williams (FSUBA VP), Rikisha A. Collins, President John Thrasher, Kristen G. Sanders, Isiah S. Parfait, & Eric Friall (FSUBA President)

The Florida State University (FSU) Black Alumni promotes and supports the academic achievement and excellence of Black students at FSU.  As part of its 2015 FSU Black Alumni Homecoming Reunion: “A Garnet And Golden Age” the FSU Black Alumni is awarding $500 scholarships to three deserving students.  One of the scholarships is specifically designated for a student who is involved in the International Program or plans to study abroad, one will be awarded in honor of Maxwell Courtney (the first Black undergraduate student to attend and graduate from FSU), and one will be awarded in honor of Dr. William R. Jones (Founder and first Director of the FSU Black Studies Program).  A new procedure, designed to enable distribution of funds in the fall, was implemented in 2016.  These are the initial recipients who receive matching, and sometimes exceeding, distributions from the FSU Office of Financial Aid.This year’s award recipients are listed below.

  • Alesia T. Carter is a freshman from Jacksonville, Florida, majoring in Nursing.  In excerpts from her essay she wrote, “There have been many obstacles in my personal life that have tried to stop me from being the person I am today…(I was) involved in many activities, sports, and jobs that took hard work, dedication and the drive to do so…I was enrolled in Honors courses throughout high school, (which) showed me how I could be challenged and do great…Ever since I was fourteen years old I’ve always wanted to have a job with or without money.  I volunteered at a summer camp called “Daniel Organization” assisting younger kids between the ages 5-9 with disabilities…I will soon be inducted into the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students.  It was an honor to be considered…I now see myself as a positive role model and leader to my peers.”  Ms. Carter is being awarded this scholarship in honor of Dr. William R. Jones.
  • Isiah S. Parfait is a sophomore from Tampa, Florida, majoring in International Business (Finance) and Spanish. In excerpts from his essay he wrote, “For a large portion of my high school career I was homeless…By the end of my senior year I graduated in the top ten percent of my class… I also got accepted into FSU and learned that I would be classified a sophomore, my freshman year…I had excelled despite circumstances when I was given the foundation I needed…During my junior year of high school, I saw a student with special needs crying and I asked him what was wrong. He told me that people were making fun of him…I learned that students with special needs were bullied quite frequently…As president of my school’s community club, I signed our club up for the Special Olympics. It was amazing seeing all the students work together regardless of their identities. This had been what I felt community was all about. Later that year I was named the 2014 Florida Holocaust Museum Anne Frank Humanitarian.”  Parfait is the International Programs Scholarship Recipient.
  • Kristin G. Sanders is a sophomore from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, majoring in International Affairs and Women’s Studies. In excerpts from her essay she wrote, “Although I understand the importance of hard work in the academic sphere, I also understand that being a well-rounded student extends beyond the classroom. During my freshman year at FSU I founded the organization VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood, an organization centralized around mobilizing young people in the fight for women’s health and reproductive justice…Alongside Planned Parenthood I worked on the Broward County Youth Council, to co-draft, advocate for, and implement a comprehensive sexual education curriculum for Broward county public schools…After over a year…we finally achieved our goal of getting the curriculum passed…The curriculum is now available to over 260,000 students and we are collecting data to see how effective it has been.”   Sanders is being awarded this scholarship in honor of Mr. Maxwell Courtney.
  • Rikisha A. Collins is a freshman from Tallahassee, Florida, majoring in Political. She is currently involved in the Honors Program and Black Law Students Association (BLSA), in addition to volunteering in the local Tallahassee community.  Upon graduation, she plans to attend law school, attain a Masters of Law, and become either a law professor or open a law firm.   Collins is also a 2016 MLK Book Stipend awardee.
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