Oct. 4, 2007
Florida State alumnae, Mollie Carroll Cardamone, class of 1958 and a member of Tarpon Club, F Club and Garnet Key and Jaime Kaplan, class of 1983 and the first player in the history of FSU Tennis to qualify for NCAA's, will be honored as "Champions Beyond the Game" on October 7, 2007 at 9 a.m. at the annual brunch at the University Center. All current coaches of FSU women's sports, current female student-athletes and donors will be guests at the brunch, now in its ninth year.
The brunch is held each year to "honor the past, celebrate the present and promote the future" of women's athletics at
A feature added to the brunch in 2005 is the presentation of an honor entitled the Femina Perfecta Awards. Femina Perfecta translated means the "complete woman" and it was the motto that appeared on the school seal when the institution was the Florida State College for Women.
The "complete woman" was expected to possess the traits of Vires (strength), Artes (knowledge) and Mores (tradition), symbolized by the three torches of that seal. In short, FSCW women were expected to have sound minds in sound bodies. Athletics was viewed as essential in developing both and every student was expected to participate in at least one sport every year.
The Femina Perfecta Awards have been established to honor an athlete in each sport, chosen by her teammates, who best personifies these characteristics. The goal is to continue the traditions begun many years ago at the school.
Mollie Carroll Cardamone came to
In 1964, she and her husband opened a retail business (Children World) that they operated for 37 years in
During her elected years she worked primarily in the area of economic redevelopment and neighborhood preservation. In 2000, the Florida Redevelopment Association named her as the elected official who had done the most to promote redevelopment in their community.
Mollie currently operates her own consulting business dealing in land use and neighborhood issues and serves as the Community and Legislative Liaison for First Step of Sarasota, a drug and alcohol treatment organization. Mollie and Ron enjoy traveling and fly fishing and time in their vacation home in
Jaime Kaplan, a native to
Following her collegiate career, Jaime went on to play in five Wimbledons, four U.S. Opens, four French Opens, one Australian Open and won five doubles' titles and also held a World Singles ranking of #252 and a World Doubles ranking of # 91.
After an outstanding professional career, Jaime then became the founder and event manager of the Association for Retarded Citizens and Macon Rescue Mission and has raised over $1,410,000 in 18 years. In 1996, she was selected by the
The honors have not stopped for Kaplan, who in 2005, was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, which includes athletes from all sports. In 2006, she was inducted into the Georgia Tennis Hall of Fame.
Charlotte West, Class of 1954. F Club, Leading organizer of CIAW and AIAW, Foremother of Women's Intercollegiate Athletics.
Janet Stoner, Class of 1970. Swimmer and President of Tarpon Club, Vice President and Executive Council member of Texaco, Inc.
General Norma Elaine Brown, Class of 1949. F Club, First woman General in the U.S. Air Force.
Amy Lynn Snider, Class of 1980. Softball captain, Attorney and President of General Insurance Concepts.
Barbara Harris, Class of 1978. Volleyball, Executive Vice President, Editorial Director, "Active Life Style", Weider Publications.
Kim Batten, Class of 1991. Collegiate hurdler and winner of 100 and 400-meter events, Olympic Silver Medalist.
Elaine Gavigan, Class of 1948. Emblem Wearer, Brought class action suit to permit athletic scholarships for women.
Nada C. Usina, Class of 1993. Captain of Swim Team, General Manager of Entertainment and Sales for Nokia.
Roberta Boyce-Stokes, Class of 1961. F Club, Author, Winning Volleyball Coach, Civic Leader.
Colleen Buckley Callahan, Class of 1979.
Dr. Jo Anne Whitaker, Class of 1948. Golf, Former F Club President, President and Director of Research for the Bowen Research and Training Institute.
Celia Slater, Class of 1985. Basketball, Executive Director of the WinStar Foundation, & Special Projects Coordinator for the NACWAA.
Katherine Blood Hoffman, Class of 1936. Baseball & Volleyball teams, F Club, Mortar Board, Esteren, Phi Beta Kappa, and President of the student body. Professor and Dean of Women at
Alice Bennett Sims, Class of 1983. Track, Analyst for the Governor's Committee On Policy and Budget & Coaches track at North Florida Christian.
Paula D. Welch, Class of 1963. President of F Club and the Physical Education Association. Treasurer and Trustee of the
Colleen Walker, Class of 1978. Golf, Most Valuable Player Honors. Retired ranking 44th in all time LPGA Career Earnings.