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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.


  • We provide an opportunity for communication and marketing professionals at each institution to network and share ideas through quarterly roundtable meetings and professional development.
  • 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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  1. Executive Board
  2. Announcements
  3. LeRoy Collins Distinguished Alumni Awards
  4. Upcoming Events
  5. Bylaws
  6. Meeting Minutes
  7. Awards and Recognition


Welcome to AFC’s Communications and Marketing Commission!

AFC Communications and Marketing Commission: Moving Forward

If there’s anything these last two years have taught us, it’s how to quickly adapt to change.

Along with the changes we have experienced in our colleges, professional and personal lives, our commission has undergone some changes in leadership this year as well. But as communications and marketing professionals do, our members have pulled together to ensure that our commission continues to move forward.

So far in 2021, the commission has held a successful virtual spring conference along with quarterly virtual roundtables throughout the year.

We look forward to the annual conference this fall, where we will once again get to see and celebrate the amazing work our colleges do during our Awards of Excellence. We are also excited to present the Leroy Collins awards to our very deserving and inspiring Florida College System alumni. I would like to thank those commission members who have stepped up to take the lead on these upcoming awards!

It seems we can expect this season of change to continue for a while yet, but as long as we keep coming together as a commission, as colleagues, and as humans, the AFC Communications and Marketing Commission will keep moving forward.

I look forward to seeing you all at the annual fall conference!

-Jennifer Young
Chair, Communications and Marketing Commission


Chair: Jennifer R. Young, Florida SouthWestern State College, [email protected], 239-489-9101 x.11101
Chair-Elect: Vacant
Vice-Chair: Vacant
Communications Chair: Alexa Heinrich, St. Petersburg College, [email protected], 727-344-8091
Immediate Past President: Tina Banner, College of Central Florida, [email protected], 352-873-5800 ext. 1565


Join us as we partner with the Florida Public Relations Association Ocala Chapter for a virtual professional development seminar in May.
Click here for more information.

2021 LeRoy Collins Distinguished Alumni Call for Entries

The AFC Communications and Marketing Commission is proud to present the 2021 Leroy Collins Distinguished Alumni Awards. These awards recognize the accomplishments of significant contributions of Florida College System alumni.

This year’s awards categories are:

  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Rising Star
  • Against the Odds
  • Hometown Hero

The 2021 LeRoy Collins Awards Call for Entries can be found at this link – 2021 Leroy Collins Call for Entries

Winners will be recognized during the 2021 AFC Annual Conference, which will be held virtually in November. The Deadline for submissions is Monday, Sept. 13, 2021.

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


2021 Awards of Excellence Call for Entries

The Communications and Marketing Commission is proud to present the Call for Entries for the Association of Florida Colleges 2021 Awards of Excellence competition. The awards competition provides communications and marketing professionals an excellent platform to be recognized across the state of Florida for their outstanding communication tools and programs.

All submissions from your best work from the past year (August 1, 2020–July 31, 2021) and payment can be done through our online platform to help make things seamless along with the judging process.

The submission window will open on Friday, August 6, 2021, at 12:00 a.m. ET. All entries and fees must be received online by Friday, September 10, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. ET (no exceptions).

The Call for Entries can be found at this link – 2021 Awards of Excellence Call for Entries

Submit your entries at this link – 2021 CMC Awards of Excellence Submissions

 If you have any questions, please contact Alexa Heinrich at [email protected].



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)


May 27, 2021, Business Meeting Minutes

November 13, 2020, Business Meeting Minutes 

November 8, 2018, Business Meeting Minutes

May 17, 2018, Business Meeting Minutes

November 17, 2017, CMC Board Positions

November 17, 2017, CMC Marketing Excellence Notes

November 1, 2017 (Meeting Minutes)

November 12, 2014 (Agenda | Minutes)

November 14, 2013 (Business Meeting Minutes)

Convention 2012 (Notes | Minutes)


NEW! 2020 CMC Awards of Excellence

2020 CMC Awards of Excellence Winner List

2019 CMC Awards of Excellence Winner List

2019 CMC Awards of Excellence Winner Presentation

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