UF student awarded BBYO fellowship

Published: Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 8:12 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 8:12 p.m.

University of Florida student Alyssa Baron has been awarded a BBYO Community Engagement Fellowship. BBYO Inc., which split from B'nai B'rith International in 2002, is the world's only independent, international, pluralistic Jewish teen movement.

In her role as community engagement fellow, Baron will organize BBYO alumni events and initiate projects with partner organizations to maintain a thriving BBYO alumni community and enhance Jewish life on campus.

In addition, Baron will receive professional development opportunities through participation in community-wide events such as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference and the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly. She will also participate in an alumni mentorship program and staff BBYO's Summer Experiences in the United States, Israel and other countries.

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D. Todd Orr, a member of the American International Institute of Architects, has been named a principal in the Orlando office of The DLR Group, an international architecture and engineering firm. The DLR Group has been recognized as the number one architect firm in the United States by Architect, the magazine of the American Institute of Architects.

Orr, who received a bachelor's degree in design and a master's degree in architecture from UF, specializes in courthouse and criminal justice facility design.

He is the son of Gainesville residents retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. W.D. Orr and Mrs. W.D. Orr.

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Kenneth Lawson, of Gainesville, the secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, was the keynote speaker recently at the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Nu Eta Lambda Chapter's annual Founders Day Banquet.

Alpha Phi Alpha, which was organized at Cornell University in 1906, is the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for black students.

Lawson, who graduated from Gainesville High School and received a law degree from Florida State University, began his career in the Marine Corps, Judge Advocate General's Division. He has served as assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, assistant Secretary of Enforcement for the U.S. Department of the Treasury and assistant chief counsel for Field Operations with the Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration.

In the private sector, Lawson served as consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, a leading provider of management and technology consulting services to the U.S. government. He also served as vice-president for Compliance at nFinanSe Inc., a financial services company in Tampa.

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