CJC Fall Giving Challenge - University of Florida Affinity Giving

13 days. $50,000. Answer the Challenge. Every Gift Matters!

Please help us pay tribute to Dean Diane McFarlin by contributing to the Diane McFarlin Student Internship and Career Fund supporting students pursuing internships and jobs. We are launching the fund with a $50,000 challenge gift, generously offered by UF alumni Mitchell and Elissa Habib.

The funds will strengthen the College’s network of top employers and help students, particularly those in financial need, secure rewarding opportunities. Your gift today can go even further in helping our students succeed through a corporate match. Access the link below to see if your company offers a matching gift.


"Elissa and I have been so impressed with the growth of the College under the leadership of Dean McFarlin. By supporting one of her signature programs, the Office of Careers and Corporate Partnerships, all CJC alumni will be able to honor her legacy by contributing to a fund that will help secure the best internships and jobs for our students." – Mitchell Habib

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The Purpose of the Challenge

From Oct. 8 – 20, 2020, all contributions up to $50,000 will be matched dollar for dollar by Mitchell and Elissa Habib. The fund was developed in honor of departing Dean Diane McFarlin, celebrating her many contributions to the College and honoring her passion for helping students find the best jobs and best internships available. Funds will be used to support the new Office of Careers and Corporate Partnerships, stipends for students pursuing internships, travel funds to promote our talented students, and more.


About Dean Diane McFarlin

Diane McFarlin is retiring from the role of Dean at the end of 2020 after serving eight years as the College’s leader. Under her leadership, the College’s enrollment increased 14 percent with some 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students today. CJC grew to 72 research and professional faculty, plus 20 teaching professionals in its world-class immersion venues. During this period, the College’s endowment increased 25 percent to more than $70 million. Dean McFarlin has been dedicated to students’ “career continuum,” starting with engaging students in high school in communication careers, providing unparalleled learning and experiential opportunities at CJC, helping them secure the best internships and jobs, and supporting them as they chart their professional lives.

About Mitchell and Elissa Habib

Mitchell Habib, B.S. Advertising 1982 and CJC Hall of Fame 2011, and his wife Elissa, a graduate from the UF College of Health and Human Performance, have given significantly to the College through both their time and financial resources. Recently, they created the Mitchell and Elissa Habib Fund for Excellence for the College. Mitchell is a seasoned senior executive and currently the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of FCM, a consulting firm for leading private equity investors and their portfolio companies. Prior to launching FCM, he served as Chief Operating Officer for Nielsen, a global measurement and data analytics company, where he headed an organization of 40,000 people in more than 100 countries.