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College alums recognized with awards

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Ryan Kitchens

The Florida State University Alumni Association will recognize 18 young alumni for their significant contributions to their professions, communities or alma mater during the ninth annual Young Alumni Awards Ceremony, presented virtually Friday, Oct. 9.

Three of the honorees are recent graduates of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy.

The Notable Noles program recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of FSU’s alumni age 35 or younger who have made exceptional achievements and significant contributions to their profession, community/society or the university through traditional channels or innovative approaches.

Ryan Kitchens (B.S. ’10 Criminology, M.A. ’17 Public Administration) is one of four Notable Noles to be presented with the Reubin O’D. Askew Young Alumni Award, the highest honor bestowed upon young alumni by the FSU Alumni Association. Named in honor of COSSPP alum and former Gov. Askew (B.S. ’51), the award recognizes these young alumni for continuing Askew’s legacy of outstanding accomplishments built on the foundation of their education.

Kitchens of Tampa, Florida, began his service in the U.S. Air Force as a special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) in 2013 and currently serves as the resident agent in charge for the OSI Office of Procurement Fraud at MacDill Air Force Base. He was selected as the youngest lead counterintelligence agent assigned to the HQ U.S. Central Command for his performance during a deployment in the Middle East. 

The other Young Alumni awardees are:

Christherson Jeanty (B.A. ’08 Economics and International Affairs, M.S. ’09 Economics) of Port Au Prince, Haiti, is the curriculum engineer for Data Science and Data Analysis at Hacker USA.

Robyn Metcalf (B.S.W. ’13 and M.S.W. ’15 Social Work, M.P.A. ’15 Public Administration) of Tallahassee, Florida is the statewide director for the Open Doors Outreach Network, a 24/7/365 network of care for victims and survivors of sex trafficking age 10-24 in 32 Florida counties.

Another alum, Qaree Dreher, completed his degrees in the College of Communication and Information, but as an undergraduate he was a member of the 2013 cohort of Social Science Scholars. The Chicago resident is now an account manager at Facebook.

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Christherson Jeanty, Robyn Metcalf, Qaree Dreher

This year’s ceremony will be a fully virtual event and streamed remotely at 7 p.m. EDT. Access links are $5 for students, $10 for Alumni Association members and $15 for non-members. The event’s presenting sponsor is Crossman Career Builders, which is owned and operated by FSU alumnus John Crossman (B.S. ’93).

The full list of this year’s honorees can be found here. For more information on the Young Alumni Awards, visit this link.