Community Briefs Jan. 19

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Samford’s Dean’s List

Mary E Phillips and Carlee A Sansom, both of Destin, were recently named to the Dean’s List for the fall  semester 2013.

To qualify for the dean's list, a student must have earned a minimum 3.5 grade point average out of a possible 4.0 while attempting at least 12 credit hours of coursework. Dean's List is the highest academic recognition given by the school at the end of each semester.

Steven Heuvel on President's List at Coastal Carolina University

Steven Vanden Heuvel, a finance major from Destin, has made the President's List at Coastal Carolina University for the Fall 2013 semester.

To qualify for the President's List, students must earn a 4.0 grade point average and must be enrolled full time.

Coastal Carolina University is a public comprehensive liberal arts institution located in Conway, minutes from the resort area of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Peter Mitchell named to Dean's List at Georgia Tech

Peter Mitchell of Destin made the Dean's List for fall semester at the Georgia Institute of Technology. This designation is awarded to undergraduate students who have a 3.0 or higher academic average for the semester.

Georgia Tech is one of the nation's leading research universities, providing a focused, technologically based education to more than 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

NWFSC named as one of top 150 in country

 For the third year in a row, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program has named Northwest Florida State College as one the nation's 150 top community colleges, challenging it to compete for the $1 million fund for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

The Aspen Institute used a quantitative formula that assesses performance and improvement in four areas: graduation rates, degrees awarded, student retention rates and equity in student outcomes. NWFSC is one of 15 Florida College System institutions that are eligible to compete for this prestigious award.

Local physician appointed cancer liaison physician

Henry Hsiang, MD, PhD, received a three-year appointment as cancer liaison physician for The Cancer Care Center at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, the area’s only oncology program certified by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Cancer liaison physicians are an integral part of cancer programs accredited by the CoC.

Cancer liaison physicians are responsible for evaluating, interpreting and reporting their facilities’ performance data through the National Cancer Data Base and facilitating quality improvement initiatives based on data findings. For more information about The Cancer Care Center or for a free physician referral 24/7, call 850-864-0213.

FSASE to give scholarships

The Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE) will award three $1,200 scholarships at their annual summer conference. Applicants must be either a political science/public or business administration or journalism/mass communication major who have or will have completed two years of college and be enrolled or accepted as a full-time student in a senior college or university in Florida.  Applicants must also have been bona fide residents of Florida for two years and be registered to vote.

Applications may be obtained at Deadline for return of applications to the Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections office is March 17.  For more information or to have an application packet emailed or mailed, call 689-5600 or email

Ginger Barry Boyd named partner in Broad and Cassel

The statewide law firm of Broad and Cassel recently announced that Ginger Barry Boyd has been named a partner in the firm’s Destin office. Boyd joined the firm’s Destin office as an associate in 2004.

“Having been with the firm for a decade now, Ginger has excelled and won some of the most complex matters, including many key decisions,” said Destin Managing Partner Stephen Turner. “This invitation to become partner is well-earned.”