Tampa Bay Seminole Club Alumni of the Month - June - Roberto Torres.

The Tampa Bay Seminole Club would like to congratulate our alumnus of the month for June, entrepreneur Roberto Torres.

Roberto is the co-Founder and Managing Partner of Black & Denim Apparel Company. Black & Denim is a Lifestyle brand rooted in the Americana, Music & Lifestyle. In 2014, Roberto also opened the Blind Tiger Café is Ybor city, an innovative concept that has a Coffee House & Tea bar, a Black & Denim boutique and a CoWorking Space called CoWork Ybor.

Over the last six years, Roberto has helped and advised numerous companies in the realm of retail, apparel, merchandising and technology. He brings his expertise in retail and operations, both as a consultant and an executive, to assist start-ups and early companies with strategic, operational and expansion plans. Roberto also frequently donates his time to assist entrepreneurial minded students in Tallahassee. Roberto is a proud Seminole having earned a BS in Accounting and a BS in Finance from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. A Native from Panama, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.

Visit Blind Tiger Cafe the next time you are in Ybor City and support a fellow Nole or visit the websites for Roberto's businesses here: www.blackanddenim.com, www.blindtigerybor.com, www.coworkybor.com.

If you would like to nominate a local alumnus or help showcase an alumni owned business for our monthly award, please forward a bio or business description to Max@tampanoles.com.

Tampa Bay Seminole Club - Local Support

The Tampa Bay Seminole is proud to support local alumni and future Noles in the Tampa Bay Area.

Recently the Tampa Bay Seminole Club learned of a young homeless high school student, Kelsey Mitchell (story below), who despite life challenges, graduated from high school and was accepted to Florida State for the summer semester. Kelsey is joined by two other homeless students going to Florida State at Starting Right Now, a facility for homeless high school students with the intention of teaching life skills and promoting educational achievement.

Today the Tampa Bay Seminole Club presented all three students with supplies needed to ensure academic success at Florida State. Club President Max Oligario is pictured with all three students after receiving new laptops, printers, TV, school supplies and a $200 FSU Bookstore giftcard....all compliments of the club!!

Welcome to the Seminole Family ladies! The Tampa Bay Seminole Club is proud of each of you!

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Want to get involved?

Are you a proud Seminole alumni in Hillsborough County that would like to get more involved?

The two-time Seminole Club of the year, The Tampa Bay Seminole Club, is currently taking applications to join one of our current committees. Committee members help support the club's programs and initiatives and are considered to be promoted to the Board of Directors when there are openings.

If you are interested in filling out an application, please email club president Max Oligario at Max@tampanoles.com indicating your interest or for info on the current committees.

Go Noles!

Tampa Bay Seminole Club Alumni of the Month - May - Gayle Sierens.

Early this month, Gayle retired from WFLA-TV where she's been on air here in the Tampa Bay area for 38 years. Sierens joined the Channel 8 staff in 1977 as a weekend sports anchor/reporter and became the 11PM weekday sports anchor in March of 1983. In addition to these responsibilities, she freelanced as a play-by-play announcer for ESPN. In October of 1985, Sierens made the transition from sportscaster to news anchor.

Prior to joining WFLA-TV, Sierens was with WFSU-TV in Tallahassee, Florida. She received a B.S. degree in mass communications with a minor in speech communications from Florida State University.

Currently, Sierens is on the board of directors of the Judeo-Christian Health Clinic and the Advisory Board for Operation Helping Hand.

Gayle was the winner of the Florida Holocausts Museums "Loebenberg Humanitarian Award." She was also named Humanitarian of the Year by the Judeo Christian Health Clinic. The Association of Fundraising Professionals created the "Gayle Sierens Volunteer of the Year" award in her honor. She was named a "Woman of Distinction" by Girl Scouts of America, Suncoast chapter. She also serves on the Advisory Boards for Elon University's School of Communication, Village Partners International, and the Junior League of Tampa. Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio also proclaimed January 7th, 2007 Gayle Sierens Day in honor of her 30 year anniversary with WFLA TV.

Sierens was the first woman to do play-by-play for an NFL football game and also appeared on "NFL Live" on NBC.

Gayle is a proud Seminole and has assisted with the Bobby Bowden booster tour in the past. Please assist me in congratulating Gayle as our local Alumnus of the month!

If you would like to nominate a local alumni or help showcase an owned business for our monthly award, please forward a bio or business description to Max@tampanoles.com.

Seminole Celebration - With Special Guests - Coach Jimbo Fisher & Gene Deckerhoff

Tuesday, May 19th - 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Join Florida State Head Football Coach Jimbo Fisher and voice of the Seminoles & Tampa Bay Buccaneers Gene Deckerhoff for a Seminole Celebration you won't want to miss! The event will be held at Raymond James Stadium's West Club with a cocktail hour beginning at 6 pm followed by a special Seminole program at 7 pm. Coach Fisher will recap highlights from the past year and lay out his plans for the 2015 team. This Party with your Tampa and Pinellas Noles includes a ballpark menu, non-alcoholic beverages (cash bar available), photo opportunities, and access to a Seminole Auction. Special pricing is being offered through May 8th (ticket pricing increases to $40 after) so make sure to register today!

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, click here.

***A limited number of foursomes have become available for the 2015 Quarterback Classic featuring Seminole Celebrities. For more information on the event, click here. To register, please contact Eric Carr (ericdcarr@gmail.com). Spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis.***

For more detailed information about the 2015 Champions Tour, visit www.seminoleboosters.com/springtour

Click here to purchase your event tickets!!

To register for a sponsorship, please complete this Sponsorship Form and return to ktubeck@fsu.edu.

QUARTERBACK CLASSIC GOLF EVENT - WEDNESDAY MAY 20

Participate in the Seminole Boosters Spring Tour Quarterback Classic Golf Event featuring Jimbo Fisher and many other Seminole legends.

GOLF TOURNAMENT - SHAMBLE FORMAT - 9:00AM SHOTGUN START TPC Tampa Bay • 5300 West Lutz Lake Fern Road • Lutz, FL 33558

Click here for prices and registration details.

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Tampa Bay Seminole Club named Seminole Club of the Year

The Tampa Bay Seminole Club was named 2015 Seminole Club of the year for the second straight year. We would like to thank all the alumni, members, partners, and friends in Tampa Bay and thanks for all your support! We are the best because of all of you! Go Noles!!

Tampa Bay Seminole Club Alumni of the Month - February

Congratulations to alumnus of the month for February, Laura Webb!

Laura Webb moved to Tampa immediately after graduating from FSU in December, 1997 with a BS and MS in Education. She was the secretary of Delta Zeta, member of the Homecoming Court, and secretary of Lady Scalphunters, now known as Lady Spirithunters.

Laura is the owner of Webb Insurance Group on South Dale Mabry. She attributes much of her success in her career to being President of the Tampa Seminole Club from 1999 - 2002. Laura is currently serving as Secretary of the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida. She is also Past President of Interbay Rotary, Past Treasurer of South Tampa Chamber of Commerce and was a named a finalist for Business Woman of the Year by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Laura's personal story is of note as well. In 2007, at the age of 32 while training for the Ironman, Laura was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer. She was fortunate to be able to go to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota where she had a portion of her colon removed, the right lobe of her liver removed, and radiation completed on the left lobe of her liver to remove some additional metastases. She returned to Florida where she followed up with six months of chemotherapy and was determined to be "cancer free." In 2009, a small spot popped up on a routine PET scan. Three days of cyber knife radiation followed and the "spot" disappeared. All was fine until January of this year when a pain in her back took her in to visit her oncologist who confirmed that a golf ball sized tumor had formed in the left lower lobe of her lung. She went back to the Mayo Clinic where they removed the entire lower lobe of her left lung. No chemotherapy is expected as the lymph nodes and margins were free of cancer.

Colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. Routine colonoscopies should be performed regularly after the age of 50 and should be pursued earlier if you are in a high risk category or symptomatic.

Congratulations to Laura for being named our alumnus of the month!

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone for alumnus of the month or you are an alumnus and would like for the Tampa Bay Seminole Club to recognize your business send an email to Max@tampanoles.com with a bio of the person being nominated or a detail of the business.

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Tampa Bay Seminole Club Alumni of the Month - January

Congratulations to local alumni Joanne Sullivan who has been named the Tampa Bay Seminole Club's Alumni of the month for the month of January!

Joanne Sullivan is the Associate Vice President for Development at The University of Tampa where she provides leadership for Major Gifts, Planned Gifts and Prospect Management. Prior to coming to UT she was the Executive Director of the Florida Hospital Tampa Foundation (formerly University Community Hospital).

Joanne is a graduate of Florida State University where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She serves on the regional and state boards of Easter Seals Florida, as well on the national Easter Seals Affiliate Services Committee and is Chairman of the House of Delegates. She is a past chairman of the Easter Seals Florida state and regional boards. She is a member of Leadership Tampa Alumni (Class of ’91), a past LTA Cabinet member and is also a member of the Leadership Tampa Bay Class of ’10. She is a past president of the Suncoast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Tampa Bay Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association. Joanne is a member of the board of the Red Cross Angels and is a past member of the Boards of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, the Franciscan Center and the American Red Cross Florida's West Coast Region. The Tampa Bay Business Journal named Joanne one of 51 Finalists for 2012 Business Woman of the Year in the Tampa Bay region.

In addition to all Joanne's community activities, she also serves as a mentor through the Emerge Tampa Bay Mentor program.

We are fortunate to have such an accomplished and selfless Seminole as Joanne in our community.

Congratulations Joanne on being our first Alumni of the month!

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone for alumni of the month or you are an alumni and would like for the Tampa Bay Seminole Club to recognize your business send an email to Max@tampanoles.com with a bio of the person being nominated or a detail of the business.

Are you our Alumni of the Month?

Are you an FSU alumni in Hillsborough or Pasco county who is doing great things in your career or in the community? Are you an entrepreneur who has started your own successful business? Well if so, the Tampa Bay Seminole Club would like to hear from you!

At the end of every month we will choose one person as winner of our "Tampa Bay Alumni of the Month" for the work they are doing. That winner will receive a gift certificate from Heads and Tails in Tampa and we will recognize this winner on our website as well through social media.

We will also choose a local alumni entrepreneur EVERY OTHER month for our "Alumni Business Showcase" and we will share your business with the the club through our regular marketing and also recognize your business on www.tampanoles.com.

We will showcase our winners at an event later in the year and choose an overall winner of our recipients.

To be considered for either send an email to max@tampanoles.com by the 25th of each month (including January) with an overview of your accomplishments or your business. We will verify that all entrants are alumni of Florida State University.

We look forward to celebrating our great alumni in Tampa Bay! Go Noles!

Tampa Bay Seminole Club Game Watching Party Highlights

Some highlights from our latest game watching party at Gaspar's Grotto in Ybor City. It was great run by our team and we should all be proud to be Seminoles. Join us next season!

Former Seminole named New Tampa Bay Rays Manager

The Tampa Bay Seminole Club would like to congratulate former Seminole baseball star Kevin Cash for being named the newest manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. Kevin played for the Seminoles from 1997 to 1999. During that time, he played third base, first base, and shortstop, and hit 27 home runs. He was a 3rd team All-American in 1999 for a Seminole team that advanced to the College World Series Championship.

After playing at FSU, Kevin signed with the Toronto Blue Jays. He played in the minor leagues for a few years before making his Major League debut on September 6, 2002. Following three seasons with the Blue Jays, Kevin played for the Yankees, Red Sox, Astros, and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. When his career ended in 2012, Kevin became a coach with the Cleveland Indians.

Before playing at FSU, Kevin was part of a Northside Little League team that made the Little League World Series and also played baseball for Gaither High School.

Kevin becomes the 5th manager in Major League Baseball history with ties to Florida State University. Tony LaRussa, Larry Rothschild, Bruce Bochy, and legendary Seminole Dick Howser are the others.

TBSC Holiday Party - December 10th!

It's time for the annual TBSC Holiday Party! Wear your ugliest sweater or most festive outfit (prizes for both) to Ceviche - 2500 W. Azeele St. on Wednesday, December 10th. The party starts at 6 pm. Appetizers will be provided with a cash bar available. Join us for holiday cheer and good times!

President Thrasher Visits Tampa December 3rd

The TBSC is pleased to announce that FSU President, John Thrasher will be in Tampa for a meet and greet with Alumni and friends of FSU. The event takes place at 6:15 pm on Wednesday, December 3rd at The Bay Club at Westshore Yacht Club, 6003 Beacon Shores St. in Tampa. You must RSVP for this event by visiting www.one.fsu.edu/fsupresident. This is a great time to meet our new leader in an intimate setting. Please join us in welcoming our new president to Tampa!

Tampa Noles Running Club Launch Thursday 25th!

The TBSC is excited to announce the launch of the Tampa Noles Running Club! We will meet weekly on Thursdays at 6:30 pm for a 5k run! The inaugural run is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 25th. We will start and end at The Lodge in SOHO. After the run, stick around for networking while enjoying your favorite post-run beverage! Come out and hit the 5k warpath with fellow Noles!

Noles Kick Off Watching Parties

Where are you watching the Noles kickoff the season in Dallas this Saturday night?? Please support one of the Tampa Bay Seminole Club's 3 official Game Watching Party locations: The Lodge, Bar Louie Tampa, and Gaspars Grotto. At this time, these are the ONLY official game watching party locations and a portion of the sales received at these locations helps to support the club and Florida State so please make it a point to support them. Each location will have great drink specials and the Seminoles on the main screen with sound. Please make reservations for each location and have your WHOLE party there at least 15 minutes before kickoff in order to secure the table.

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