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Faculty and Staff Testimonials

Why I give back to FGCU ...

“I think higher education is very important in today’s world. Therefore, I will do what I can to help the students pursue their goal of earning a degree.” ~Starr Bannworth, Admissions~

“FGCU is not only a workplace but a community. From my perspective, it is important to contribute to our University's academic environment through the Funds for Excellence Campaign, making it a great opportunity for our faculty and staff to help make FGCU even a better place to teach and work. “
~Mario Bernardo, Library Services~

“My job is technical support in the Lutgert College of Business. The tasks are varied and challenging, but resources are always there for me when needed, and my efforts are appreciated by my faculty and staff "customers". I have enjoyed my first-hand view of FGCU's growth over the eight-plus years I have been here. For all these reasons, I am pleased to give back to FGCU, and especially the College of Business, with my financial support.”
~Jim Breitbach, Lutgert College of Business~

“I believe that education is the foundation for having a good life. I know that I have gained so much in life by being a first generation college graduate. I see how much my children are achieving by having a higher education degree. By contributing to the Funds for Excellence annual giving campaign, I feel that I am giving back to the community and assisting those who work so hard to advance education so that others may enjoy the rewards of having a good life.”
~Susan Cameron, Student Affairs~

“Being employed at the University for the last 12 years I have witnessed the growth and positive impact it has had on the surrounding communities. I am very proud to be a part of this fine institution and gladly support it through my donations to the Foundation.”
~Carol DeLuccia, Advancement~

“April and I endowed a scholarship at FGCU because we love the University. It is exciting to witness a University develop into what it has in such a short timespan and we wanted to invest to ensure continued success.”
~Shawn Felton, College of Health Professions & Social Work~

“I'd only been on the job at FGCU for three days when I was asked to contribute to the Funds for Excellence. I was happy to give, however, because I believe in the University's mission to meet community needs and train tomorrow's leaders. There's no way to do that without money. As a long-time resident of the region, I know what it was like to live here before there was a University. FGCU has enriched the quality of life here in so many ways. Supporting that effort is an honor.”
~Karen Feldman, Community Relations and Marketing~

“I give because it is a means and an opportunity to do good. Giving to the Physical Plant Scholarship Fund is an ideal gift -- in both big and small ways — that encourages students to be thoughtful and active participants and to live out their dream of going to college.”
~Troy Kelly, Physical Plant~

“I have been employed at Florida Gulf Coast University for about five years. We have seen it grow very quickly in to a reputable university. I am very proud to be a part of its growth. With the small contributions I have made, I feel that they have been used to support a worthwhile cause and I plan to continue to do my part in the growth and development of this great institution.”
~Norm Melious, University Housing~

“I believe in giving back to society and particularly to helping others who are less fortunate. And, since giving begins at home, I give to FGCU because FGCU is home. I also firmly believe in the FGCU mission. That’s why I came to Southwest Florida! FGCU uses what we give to live that mission by investing in efforts that further excellence in education, provide access to education, and support scholarship and civic engagement. FGCU makes a difference to someone every day.”
~Halcyon St. Hill, College of Health Professions & Social Work~

“I have three alma maters with endowments and heritages. FGCU is my adopted fourth. Some give of their time, others give money. I try to do both to support our students as today decides tomorrow.”
~Ludmilla Wells, Lutgert College of Business~