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The Communications and Marketing Commission (CMC) is open to all AFC members and is geared specifically to those in public relations, marketing, graphic and/or web design, development, and communications positions.


  • Responsible for the LeRoy Collins Distinguished Alumni Awards. This event is held every two years and celebrates the achievements of our alumni in the categories of Against All Odds, Hometown Hero, Rising Star, and Lifetime Achievement.
  • The commission's annual fundraising event is the Awards of Excellence. The competition involves all 28 Florida colleges in the categories of print design, web design, marketing, public relations story pitches, commercials, photography, and more.
  • We provide leadership opportunities by becoming a member of the board in the positions of Chair, Chair-Elect, Vice Chair, and Communications Officer.

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Greetings Communications and Marketing Commission!

I am excited to welcome you to a new year of professional development and recognition opportunities with the Association of Florida Colleges – Communications and Marketing Commission! 

I am ecstatic to work with all of you as Commission Chair! Our first order of business is to fill some vacancies on the CMC executive board. I’ve included a roster of our current board members as well positions that are currently vacant.

Chair: Johnathan Cooks, North Florida Community College
Chair-Elect: Vacant
Vice Chair: Vacant
Communications Officer: Kelly Hogan, Indian River State College
Immediate Past Chair: Chris Thomes, Daytona State College

I highly encourage everyone to consider taking a leadership role in the commission this year, I speak from experience when I say that the connections and opportunity that come from the experience is invaluable! Please feel to reach out to me if interested.

SAVE–THE–DATE: I am excited to announce that the CMC Spring Conference 2019 will be held April 19, 2019 at Chipola College in beautiful Marianna, Florida! We have formed an exciting partnership with Region I of AFC and I look forward to sharing more details as they become available.

In addition to our annual Spring Conference to look forward to, we also have the annual Awards of Excellence as well as the Prestigious Leroy Collins Distinguished Alumni Awards! More information about both will be shared soon.

I look forward to this upcoming year and hope to see you all involved!

With All Due Respect, 

Johnathan A. Cooks
Chair, Communications and Marketing Commission
325 NW Turner Davis Dr. | Madison, FL 32340
Telephone: 850.973.9406 | Fax: 850.973.1685
[email protected] 


Chair: Jonathan Cooks, North Florida Community College, [email protected]; Phone: 850-973-9406 

Communications Officer: Kelly Hogan, Indian River State College, [email protected]; Phone: 772-462-7270

Immediate Past Chair: Chris Thomes, Daytona State College, [email protected]; Phone: 386-506-4499


NEW! Deadline Extended for CMC Joint Seminar/Call for Proposals

The Association of Florida Colleges Communications and Marketing Commission is partnering with the Ocala Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association to host a joint Professional Development Seminar on Wednesday, April 1 at the College of Central Florida. Communications, public relations and marketing professionals from around the state will be invited to attend this full day professional seminar packed with information on emerging trends in the changing market along with traditional and new media communication elements. We are seeking presenters in the following content areas:

We are seeking presenters in the following content areas:

• Digital Advertising and Marketing Campaigns
• Social Media
• Communicating to Millennials
• Internal Communications
• Working with the media to get your story out
• Building Audience loyalty
• Work Life Balance

If you are interested in submitting a proposal for an educational session, please fill out the following form. The new deadline to submit proposals is Nov. 15th.

Seminar Registration will open December 1. The link for registration will be available at that time HERE.

Sponsorship information is available HERE.

Tina Banner, APR, CPRC | College of Central Florida 
Manager, Marketing and Public Relations | Marketing and Public Relations
[email protected] 

About FPRA Ocala Chapter: The Ocala Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association builds better public relations practitioners and communicators through professional development, networking opportunities and ethical practices. Formed in 1980, the chapter boasts a strong membership representing nearly every industry in the area, including: government, associations, nonprofit, education, healthcare, legal, corporate, retail, agencies and small business. Members are committed not only to the betterment of our profession, but also to our community through a number of community service projects held each year. 

DEADLINE EXTENDED! 2019 AFC Communications and Marketing Commission Awards of Excellence Competition
Due to Hurricane Dorian, the AFC Communications & Marketing Commission has extended the deadline for the 2019 Awards of Excellence competition. Entries must now be received by Wednesday, September 18. Winners will be notified by Friday, September 27.
Greetings College Marketing and Public Relations Professionals:
It's time to begin gathering your best work from the past year (Aug. 1, 2018 through July 31, 2019) for submission in the 2019 AFC Communications and Marketing Commission Awards of Excellence competition. Winners will be recognized at the 70th Association of Florida Colleges Annual Meeting and Conference set for November 6-8, 2019. The Annual Meeting and Conference will be held at the Innisbrook Golf Resort in Palm Harbor, FL. Each year the CMC looks forward to honoring outstanding achievement among Florida college marketing and public relations professionals. This year is no exception; we can't wait to see what you've created this past year.
After you've selected the award categories you plan to enter, be sure to check out the entry and submission guidelines. All entries must be received by
Wednesday, September 18, 2019. Winners will be notified no later than September 27, allowing award recipients to register for conference and hotel before posted deadlines.
for the 2019 CMC Awards of Excellence Call for Entries Packet. Included in this packet are:
• General Entry and Awards Guidelines
• Submission Guidelines (including Instructions for electronic submission form for select categories)
• Award Categories
• Entry Form
• Entry Form - Exemplary Practice/Overall Campaign
Please note the FTE criteria for each category. Two sets of awards are presented (FTE criteria: Less than 10,000 and more than 10,000) unless otherwise indicated. While the CMC encourages membership, individuals submitting entries are not required to be AFC members.
Colleges participating in the Exemplary Practice/Overall Campaign must submit a separate entry form signed by their president. The winning college is required to make a presentation at the Annual Meeting and Conference in November.
I look forward to working with each of you and anticipate the competition to be an exciting event. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Information about past winners can be found on the Communications and Marketing Commission web page at
Kelly Hogan, CMC Communications Chair
Indian River State College
[email protected]


It’s that time of year - Leroy Collins Distinguished Alumni Awards!

CLICK HERE for the 2019 LeRoy Collins Awards Call for Entries. Please distribute this to individuals in your College who may be involved with the nomination process (i.e. Alumni Associations, Foundations, Administration, etc.). We will honor alumni in four different categories: Lifetime Achievement, Rising Star, Against the Odds and Hometown Hero. 

Winners will be recognized at the 2019 AFC Annual Conference in November during the Presidential Gala Dinner taking place at Innisbrook, Palm Harbor, Florida. Deadline for submissions is Thursday, July 25, 2019.

Thank you for your participation and we look forward to receiving your submission for these highly-anticipated awards!

-Thanks, JC

Johnathan Cooks
CMC Chair

2019 Joint Spring Conference with Region One - (SEE UPCOMING EVENTS BELOW)

2019 CMC AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE: CALL FOR ENTRIES: Call for Entries coming soon!


The CMC is looking for volunteers to help with a re-publishing project of Dr. Walter Smith's book "The Magnificent Twelve: Florida's Black Junior Colleges." Published in 1994, the book has long been out of print and volunteers are needed to re-type chapters, edit, proof, create layouts, gather photos, explore printing options, marketing materials, promotional videos, etc. All proceeds generated by new sales of Dr. Smith’s book (both in print and digital) will be split between the Dr. Walter Smith Library in Tampa and the AFC Foundation.

For more information, contact Chris Thomes at Gulf Coast State College, 850-747-3250 or [email protected]

LeRoy Collins Distinguished Alumni Award Information and Winners

CLICK HERE for the 2019 LeRoy Collins Awards Call for Entries. 


Lifetime Achievement
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Tessa Angelo Suplee, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota

Against the Odds
Tangie Archer, St. Johns River State College

Hometown Hero
Dr. Christine Jefferson-Taylor, Indian River State College



Recognizing the need to establish procedures and guidelines as they reflect the rights, responsibilities, and objectives of its membership, the Communications and Marketing Commission hereby adopts these Bylaws and Standing Rules:

Bylaws (Updated 11/2014)


November 8, 2018 Business Meeting Minutes

May 17, 2018 Business Meeting Minutes

November 17, 2017 CMC Board Positions

November 17, 2017CMC Marketing Excellence Notes

November 1, 2017 (Meeting Minutes)

November 12, 2014 (Agenda | Minutes)

November 14, 2013 (Business Meeting Minutes)

Convention 2012 (Notes | Minutes)


2018 CMC Awards of Excellence

2017 CMC Awards of Excellence

2016 CMC Awards of Excellence

2015 CMC Awards of Excellence

2014 CMC Awards of Excellence

2013 CMC Awards of Excellence

LeRoy Collins Recipients Program


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CMC 2018 Awards of Excellence