Kaltz inducted into honor society

Emily Kaltz of Destin was recently initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. She was initiated at Florida State University.

Kaltz is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 under the leadership of Marcus L. Urann, who had a desire to create a different kind of honor society: one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. Today, the society has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States and the Philippines.

NWFSC ranks among Top 50 Best Community Colleges

College Choice has ranked Northwest Florida State College among the top 50 Best Community Colleges for 2017. It ranked 39 in the nation.

“We are honored to receive this designation,” said College President Dr. Devin Stephenson. “The best is our standard and it is always an honor and privilege to be considered among the best in our nation. I want to congratulate our faculty, staff and students on this most recent national ranking for our institution.”

College Choice, a leading authority in college and university resources, is an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college. Rankings are based on academic quality, diversity and student success. Research for the ranking is qualified by the Aspen Institute and individual college websites.

Boys & Girls Clubs of The Emerald Coast CEO to participate in leadership summit

Shervin Rassa, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast, is one of just 60 senior leaders from the Boys & Girls Club Movement who have been selected to participate in a new year-long leadership development program called the Leadership Summit. The program will begin in May 2017 and include a collaborative educational experience designed by Harvard Business School Executive Education and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA).

“I am honored to have been chosen as an inaugural participant in the BGCA Leadership Summit Program, and to have an opportunity to join my colleagues at Harvard Business School,” said Rassa. “This is a rare opportunity to learn from an establishment with such a legacy of prestige and success, alongside other leaders with a shared mission, and to use what I have learned to deepen my impact locally and nationally.”

Shaggin’ all the way to the Carolina Coast

Lucy Buffett continues to spread her Gumbo Love with the announcement of their third LuLu’s restaurant location to open in the spring of 2018 at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

In keeping with LuLu’s locations in Gulf Shores, Alabama, and Destin, the Myrtle Beach restaurant will be on the Intracoastal Waterway in the Dockside Village within Barefoot Landing, a development by Burroughs & Chapin, featuring a walkable restaurant district.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be taking some Gumbo Love and LuLu’s family lifestyle to Myrtle Beach," said Buffett, restaurateur, author, business woman and sister of famous troubadour Jimmy Buffett. "In keeping with our Gulf Shores and Destin coastal atmosphere, our new Myrtle Beach home offers the perfect backdrop for the fun, food and music that is so classically LuLu’s. We’re looking forward to being a good neighbor with the locals. I’ve always believed in taking care of the folks who take care of LuLu’s.”