2003 Outstanding Alumni Awards

College of Arts and Sciences
Coggin College of Business
College of Computing, Engineering And Construction
College of Education and Human Services
College of Health
Division of Continuing Education

College of Arts and Sciences

Ronald C. Brannan
Bachelor of Arts in Literature, 1973

Ron Brannan worked professionally in the computer industry before joining Apple Computer in 1984. He began writing user documentation in 1988 after starting his own business and produced a range of product documentation for Palm Computer, Apple, and other companies. Ron joined Apple's Instructional Products department in 1996 as an Instructional Designer where he designed and wrote print and onscreen user documentation for many Apple software products. In 1999 he became the lead Instructional Designer for Mac OS X, designing and producing both help and the product book, Welcome to Mac OS X, for every release of Mac OS X. In November 2003, Ron became the manager of the Mac OS X documentation group and assisted with Apple’s newly released Macintosh Operating System X, called Panther. Ron serves as both a teacher and writer in a new world of electronic dispensation. He is the recipient of numerous awards from the Society of Technical Communications for his work with Apple. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and son.

Coggin College of Business

John R. Barrett
Bachelors in Business Administration, 1973

John Barrett is among the University’s first graduates and his determination to get his degree is characteristic of many UNF alumni: he completed his bachelor degree in accounting in 1973 while working two part time jobs and taking 20 credits per semester. One of these part time positions was with United Parcel Service (UPS), the company that he went on to serve successfully on a very full time basis – thirty years in fact. His abilities, drive and adaptability were rewarded with expanded responsibilities. He was selected for transfer to growth areas for UPS, first as district manager for Montana (1986-1988) then as district manager for TexMex (1988-1995) and then returned to Jacksonville as the North Florida district manager (1995-2002).

Upon his return to Jacksonville, Mr. Barrett became active volunteer and loyal supporter of his alma mater, specifically getting involved with UNF Athletics. He is on the Osprey Club Executive Board, currently serving as vice president and treasurer. He has worked tirelessly on behalf of students, taking primary interest in student athletes and Coggin College of Business undergraduates. Mr. Barrett funds multiple scholarships, including travel support for international study. He has been influential in raising funds for the athletic department. His wife, Jaye Barrett, is equally supportive of UNF, consistently attending University sporting events and activities. Their daughter Jayme is a UNF student.

Sidney D. Roberson
Bachelors in Business Administration, 1994

Skilled, talented and determined describe Sid Roberson no matter which facet of his life is considered. As a scholar athlete at UNF, Mr. Roberson garnered multiple accolades as a collegiate and professional baseball player, including being selected as the NAIA National Player of the Year, being selected as a finalist for the Dick Howser award, baseball’s Heisman equivalent, as well as being drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers. The same year that he earned his bachelors degree with highest academic honors, he became Pitcher of the Year for the team’s Texas League. In his big league debut for the Brewers, he posted a 6-4 win/loss record. Sid clearly knows what it means to succeed.

Only back to back rotator cuff surgeries could derail his triumphs on the mound. Mr. Roberson retired from professional baseball in 1998 due to injury. While professional baseball lost an already accomplished player, the financial services industry became the beneficiary.

An accounting major at the Coggin College of Business, Mr. Roberson adapted his winning ways for Morgan Stanley, where he began as a financial advisor. For the next two years the National Sales Director Award was bestowed on Mr. Roberson in recognition of his outstanding performance. He became sales manager and vice president for the Jacksonville complex, which includes the markets of Ponte Vedra, St. Augustine, and St. Simons Island. He is now also branch manager for Ponte Vedra Beach. Mr. Roberson earned Morgan Stanley’s designation as a wealth advisor, a title held nationally by just 5 % of advisors. He is a member of both the Ponte Vedra and Jacksonville Chambers of Commerce.

Ever since graduation, Mr. Roberson has remained active with his alma mater, supporting the ever-growing tradition of UNF baseball success. More recently, he has become involved in advancing the education of Coggin College’s finance majors, particularly in providing practical learning opportunities to augment traditional curricula. Mr. Roberson has engaged the expertise of his Morgan Stanley colleagues to the students’ advantage and he now serves on the Board of Advisors of OIG. His history of success carries over to this volunteer service: the OIG is ahead of the benchmark and has grown 27.2 % in 15 months.

Kevin D. Walsh, CPA
Bachelors in Business Administration, 1975
Masters in Accountancy, 1985

A native of Lawrence, Massachusetts, Kevin Walsh served honorably in the United States Marine Corps from 1969 to 1973, achieving the rank of sergeant at the age of 20. His first duty station was NAS Jacksonville and he settled in Jacksonville when his enlistment was up.

Mr. Walsh is an accomplished leader among the Coggin College of Business accounting alumni, earning his undergraduate degree summa cum laude. He successfully passed the CPA exam on his first sitting and was licensed in 1977. Mr. Walsh has spent his entire career in public accounting serving clients in construction, manufacturing, mining, banking and insurance industries. He is the director of Tax Services for the Jacksonville office of Deloitte & Touche and shortly after completing his masters in accountancy from UNF, he ran the Orlando practice from 1985 to 1989. Mr. Walsh is a member of the downtown Rotary Club of Jacksonville.

Mr. Walsh serves his University as an active member of the UNF Accounting Advisory Board. He is a regular guest lecturer in the Coggin College of Business and has co-authored a number of published articles with Dr. Homer L. Bates, professor of Accounting & Finance.

Mr. Walsh has three children, Bradley who's a Petty Officer in the US Navy, Andrew who's a CPA working in KPGM's New York City office, and Audrey who is a senior at Stetson University majoring in accounting.

College of Computing, Engineering And Construction

Tomislav (Tom) Kustura
Master of Science, 1998
Bachelor of Business Administration, 1995

Tom Kustura earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Coggin College of Business in December 1995. He earned his Master of Science degree from UNF College of Computer Sciences and Engineering in August 1998. After three years as an IT systems administrator with Clean Shower LP, he started Kustura Consulting LLC in 2000. Born and raised in Croatia, Mr. Kustura attended UNF from 1992 until his graduation in 1998. During his studies at UNF he was involved with many student organizations, most notably as a member and a president of Presidential Envoys. His support of UNF still continues with involvement in the College Alumni Chapter and supporting the new Science and Engineering building with a generous gift. Currently, Mr. Kustura runs Kustura Consulting LLC, an IT consulting company specialized in providing custom computer solutions and services to a wide range of customers in the Northeast Florida market.

College of Education and Human Services

J. Amos Hatch
Masters in Education, 1979

Dr. J. Amos Hatch is professor of theory and practice in teacher education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He has distinguished himself in two fields: early childhood education and qualitative research methodology. Dr. Hatch is a prolific writer and has published numerous articles and books on issues relating to early education and qualitative research. Dr. Hatch is also very involved in service relating to education, including election to the Governing Board of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and participation as a reviewer/editor for several leading education journals. His professional affiliations include: Phi Delta Kappa, the American Educational Research Association, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the National Association of the Early Childhood Teacher Educators and the Early Childhood Equity Alliance.

Bennie H. Furlong
Masters in Education, 1976

Bennie H. Furlong is a long time contributor to the Northeast Florida region. She spent 41 years in the Duval County Public School System. After retiring from elementary school teaching in 1985, Ms. Furlong rekindled her latent interest in political and civic endeavors, which she had developed as a result of her father’s career in journalism. A long time resident of Jacksonville Beach, she ran for and was elected to the City Council, where she served two consecutive terms. After a sabbatical, she returned to the Council in 1996, where she is currently serving her second consecutive four-year term in office. Ms. Furlong remains actively involved in the American Association of University Women, Friends of the Beaches Library, Alumni Association of SMU, the Duval County Teacher’s Union, the Beaches Chamber of Commerce, the UN Association, the Council on Aging and Elder Affairs, the Beaches Historical Society and is a charter member of the Beaches Business Association.

College of Health

Santa J. Mann
Master of Science in Health, 1980

Santa Mann is a tireless advocate for health education and elder affairs. Mrs. Mann has had a diverse career that has spanned over 60 years. She has served as a nurse, educator, writer, and military cadet nurse. After helping our soldiers overseas, she started her professional life as a nurse in a New York hospital. When her husband was transferred to Jacksonville, she taught at Riverside Hospital. Mrs. Mann then taught at Florida Community College at Jacksonville. After that she became the senior coordinator at FCCJ and a columnist for the Florida Times-Union.
Mrs. Mann has served for many years as a board member of the Duval County Council of Elder Affairs. In 1995, she received the Communications Media Award at the Florida Nurses Association. In 2003, she was named one of Northeast Florida’s Great 100 Nurses.

Division of Continuing Education

Tzu-Yung (Eric) Chang
English Language Program, 1999
Master of Business Administration, 2001

Eric Chang arrived at UNF from his home country, Taiwan in 1999. He graduated from Feng Chia University in Taichung, Taiwan earning a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. He immediately began his studies in the English Language Program to prepare for both Test of English as a Foreign Language and the GMAT. After just one semester of English preparation, he began his MBA. Upon his graduation, Mr. Chang found immediate employment with Duos Technology as a regional manager – Asia where he is currently employed. He supervised a $4.5 million dollar recycling project in Taiwan and is currently working as the Southeast regional manager for surveillance systems.

Mr. Chang has provided instrumental assistance to the English Language Program. While studying for his MBA, he worked as a student assistant in the office welcoming, receiving and orienting new students. He organized filing systems and computerized many of the ELP forms. He continues to stay in contact and support the English Language Program. This past October, Mr. Chang translated recruiting materials into Chinese for the first ELP recruiting trip to Asia. He and his wife Ingrid live in Jacksonville Beach.

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