Employee and Professor of the Year awards presented

Robin Gudites, Director of Learning Site Admissions, was named Employee of the Year at Hodges University. The award recognizes her exemplary work for the University at its seven learning sites throughout Florida. Gudites’ award was announced at a campus ceremony in December.

“It was a unanimous decision by our nominating committee,” said Dr. Terry McMahan, President of Hodges University. “Robin has been a driving force in helping the University bring its mission to other parts of the state, including our newest partner, South Florida Community College. She consistently manages details, large and small, for the betterment of the University and service to our students. We are fortunate to have someone with her passion part of our institution.” 

Each year, administrators, faculty and fellow employees nominate a co-worker for the award with a committee represented by members of the administration electing the winning candidate. 

Hodges is a wonderful place to work” Gudites, a Hodges graduate says.  “I love the people I work with and am very proud of our school and the role we all play in changing the lives of our students.  This award is very special to me and I’d like to thank the staff, faculty and administration at Hodges for honoring me as Employee of the Year.”

Gudites began at Hodges in 2001 as a Learning Site Coordinator at its Edison University Center campus in Ft. Myers and was promoted to Director of Learning Site Admissions in 2007. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and a Master’s degree in Management from Hodges University.

This year’s winner of the Professor of the Year Award was Fabio Tagliasacchi.  Students and faculty make nominations for this award and the final decision is made by the Administrative Council upon the recommendation of the Academic Committee.

“It's not uncommon for a student to walk into Fabio’s class for the first time convinced that they are just not a math person,’” said Dr. Jeanette Brock, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs. “But after just a few classes, that same student often walks out thrilled that they comprehend what they may have previously thought impossible. The way Fabio conducts his classes, the passion he has for what he does, and his concern for each and every student is represented by this award. He is one of our most popular professors, and the students really enjoy his classes.”

For his part, Fabio realizes that mathematics is not the easiest subject for students to master. “Math is not what I am, it is what I do, and I work very hard to do it well,” he said. “We are all faced with the same problems in education, but the traditional Hodges student seems more motivated and dedicated, despite juggling life responsibilities with their educational career. In every office, in every department, what I like the most is that the approach is one of finding solutions not presenting roadblocks. I love working here!”

Tagliasacchi holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and a Master of Business Administration degree from Hodges University. This is his tenth year with the institution. 

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