St. Augustine alumni host President and Mrs. Barron, CCI leaders

Old City FSU extended a warm Seminole welcome to President Eric Barron and First Lady Molly Barron when they visited St. Augustine in August. College of Communication & Information Dean Larry Dennis, Universities Libraries Dean Julia Zimmerman, CCI Development Director Mafe Brooks and Patricia Ramsey, vice president for principal gifts of the FSU Foundation/Women4FSU, were among the FSU leadership and staff accompanying the Barrons.

L-R Seated: Dean Larry Dennis, President Eric Barron, Molly Barron, Dean Julia Zimmerman

L- R Standing: Sammie Morris, Dawn Randal, Mafe Brooks, Patricia Ramsey, Ruth Shugart, Nila Watson, Donna Dean, Annette Wiles, Mary Jane Little, Betty Crosby, Marilyn Wiles

The Old City FSU Committee coordinated and hosted the visit. Two members of the CCI Leadership Board, Mary Jane Little and Marilyn Wiles, were instrumental in establishing the committee in 2009 to help reconnect FSU with those who have lifelong relationships with the university. Highlights of the presidential visit were a reception at the home of Jane Mathis, FSU alumnae, which was attended by many FSU alumni, friends and family; a Women4FSU breakfast at Marsh Creek Country Club; and a special reception and exhibit at the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum. The program, “Illuminating Florida History” featuring guest speaker Dr. Andrew Frank, was sponsored by FSU University Libraries and was open to the public.

Since then, the Old City Seminole Club has been formed under the auspices of The Old City FSU Committee. It held its first gathering on Saturday, Oct. 9, to watch the FSU-Miami football game. The new Seminole Club serves as the vehicle to unite alumni and friends of FSU in an organized effort, increase participation in the life of the University, connect local FSU friends to each other and help finance local  students entering Florida State University through a scholarship program.

“It is wonderful to meet so many supporters of the University; what an opportunity we have in the St. Augustine area,” Dr. Barron wrote to the committee. “I look forward to working with you and the Old City Noles to continue to connect with our alumni as well as to bring more women into Women4FSU.”

For more information about The Old City Seminole Club, its programs and services, contact: or call 904-461-7297.