Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Steve J. Borowiec – A Colleague, Boss and Friend

by +Anna Khorosh 

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”
-Albert Einstein
Lifelong learning is a term often heard around the Continuing Education offices. Often times, it is said so often that it might have a tendency to lose its personal impact on others.
Former UNF Continuing Education director and interim dean, Steve Borowiec believed passionately in the idea and its impression on others. He himself began his ascent to his eventual leadership role in the 90s, coming into the division as a student assistant. Working his way up, Steve was very active in Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, went on to earn his Masters in Public Administration from UNF and was honored as the 1996 UNF Outstanding Alumnus of the Year for the College of Arts and Sciences. He dedicated time and energy to the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) as local chapter president, while also holding positions on numerous national committees.
In 2007, Steve left UNF to pursue his new position as VP for training and development at EverBank. He continued to stay involved in the community. Steve also stayed true to his UNF roots, actively working with the UNF Alumni Association and keeping in touch with his Continuing Education family.
After Steve’s untimely passing in 2012, his family and friends joined in paying homage to his unyielding passion for learning and created the Steve J. Borowiec Memorial Scholarship. This award is given annually to a deserving UNF undergraduate in the Department of Communication who represents and exhibits academic excellence.
Through lifelong learning can we truly hope to shape and better the lives of others and so with the continuing of this scholarship and the man it represents, we at UNF Continuing Education reflect on this the two-year anniversary of Steve’s departure. Truly, he dedicated his life to the development of others and serves as a model for all individuals to continually pursue knowledge and gain so much more.
For more information about the Borowiec Scholarship, including qualifications and application, please visit: http://www.unf.edu/coas/communication/Awards.aspx. Or, contact Dr. John Parmelee, Professor and Chair, Department of Communication, at jparmele@unf.edu or (904) 620-2651.
To honor Steve and make a donation to this worthy fund, please visit: http://www.unf.edu/development/giving_news/.
Steve and the Continuing Education staff enjoying a Christmas party in 2006
Steve and the Continuing Education staff enjoying a Christmas party in 2006