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Taylor is a Junior at FGCU on the Pre-Medical track with a Major in Psychology and a Minor in Chemistry. She transferred here from Cincinnati, Ohio as a sophomore and has thrived at FGCU ever since. She is a member of many clubs: Kappa Delta, Global Medical Brigades, and the Lions Club of FGCU. She is also currently the President of the American Medical Student Association Pre-Med Club at FGCU. Taylor has worked with the Center for Academic Achievement since Summer 2020 where she was first employed as a Peer Academic Leader  where she mentored new college students and helped them gain all the skills necessary to succeed. She continued into the Fall of 2020 working as a Peer Academic Leader for an Effective Learning Class and then began her current position as Eagle Advantage Student Coordinator in the Spring of 2021.

"Being a first-time college student is a great learning experience and a wonderful opportunity for students to grow and set goals for their future college careers ahead. I have been able to make many connections in college with my professors, students, and professional staff that have helped me to become the driven leader that I am today. Eagle Advantage is an opportunity where students will jump start their extraordinary college experience by building their skills in every aspect of life. Beyond excited to meet all the new Eagles and grow with them through this new journey together in Eagle Advantage!"

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Taylor Nicely

Eagle Advantage Student Coordinator
Center for Academic Achievement


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Destiny Washington

Retention & Engagement Coordinator
Office of First Year Experience


Destiny Washington currently serves as a Coordinator for Retention & Engagement Programs in the Office of First Year Experience. Through this role, she has the pleasure of coordinating events and programs specifically designed for first-year students, including Eagles in 25. As a proud first generation college graduate, Destiny has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Toledo, and holds a Master’s of Science in Higher Education from Florida State University.

"The first year of college is such an exciting time for students! It is completely normal to feel excited, anxious, and nervous about all that is to come with embarking on your higher education journey. As a staff member, I take great pride in serving as a welcoming face for students and making sure that you feel connected to our beautiful campus and all that it has to offer. I look forward to welcoming you to FGCU!"

Key Connections Resource Guide

Listed below are campus resources and specific staff at FGCU who are more than happy to answer any of your questions about their programs, so don’t hesitate to contact them directly.

Tabitha Dawes
Director,  Eagle View Orientation and Family Programs
Office: McTarnaghan Hall 0223A 
Phone: 239-590-7744
Allison Bacigalupi
Director, Exploratory Advising
Office: Center for Career and Exploratory Advising 0128 
Phone: 239-590-1096
Michelle Gonzalez 
Director, Enrollment Services Center
Office: McTarnaghan Hall 0105
Phone: 239-590-7699
Natalie Reckard 
Assoc Director, Residence Education
Office: Ackert Community Center ACK 0218 North Lake 
Phone: 239-590-1701
E-mail:  nreckard@fgcu.edu 
Student Health Services 
Appointments: 239-590-7966 Immunization: 239-590-1254 
Office: Adjacent Parking Garage 2 and Parking Lot 7
Center for Academic Achievement
Office: Library W 103
Phone: 239-590-7906
Taylor Nicely
Student Coordinator, Eagle Advantage
Office: Library W 103F
Phone: 239-745-4406
E-mail:  tnicely@fgcu.edu  
Lindsay Singh
Director, Center for Academic Achievement 
Office: Library W 103G
Phone: 239-590-7992
E-mail:  lsingh@fgcu.edu 
Ney Arias
Senior Director, First Year Exp/Ret Pgm 
Office: Eagle Hall 4001E
Phone: 239-590-7111
E-mail:  narias@fgcu.edu 
Destiny Washington
Coordinator, Retention & Engagement
Office: Eagle Hall 4001D
Phone: 239-745-4590