2022 Ablaze Winners

2022 Ablaze Award Winners


The university’s employee awards program was created in 2018 to acknowledge and celebrate the efforts of the university’s faculty and staff in a variety of areas including teaching, research, and service to others.

The 2022 award winners were announced Wednesday, April 13 at the Magnolia Building in Lakeland Florida. About 60 employees were nominated for at least one of six awards.


Award Recipients

Phoenix Spirit Award
Kelly Beall
University Relations Coordinator

Exemplary Service to Others Award
Dara Griffis
Administrative Assistant

Award for Excellence in Teaching
Dr. Elisabeth Kames
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Award for Excellence in Research
Dr. Doga Demirel
Assistant Chair of the Computer Science Department

Pinnacle Award
Laura Marrone
Associate Director of Procurement