Meet the Honors College Staff 


Dr. Minh Nguyen

Dr. Minh Nguyen, Interim Dean
Reed Hall, 153
239-745-4569 | 

Born and raised in Vietnam, I began my teaching career as a part-time lecturer in philosophy in 1993 at Columbia University, where I earned a BA in mathematics, an MA in philosophy, and a PhD in philosophy. Joining the Florida Gulf Coast University faculty from Eastern Kentucky University in 2019, I am currently serving as Interim Dean of the Honors College, Professor of Philosophy, and Faculty Affiliate of the Center for Critical Race and Ethnic Studies. At EKU (2003-2019), I served as Professor of Philosophy, Director of Asian Studies, and Associate Director of the Honors Program. A specialist in the philosophy of mind and theory of knowledge, I also work in aesthetics and creative writing. My publications include New Essays in Japanese Aesthetics (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2018). With Yarran Hominh, I have been editing the American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Asian and Asian American Philosophers and Philosophies since 2019.


Sarah Stauring

Sarah Stauring, Outreach Coordinator 
Reed Hall, 163
239-745-4567 |

A proud Eagle alum, I graduated from FGCU in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, and in 2019 with a Master’s degree in Engineering. Throughout my time at FGCU, I have been involved in many sustainability initiatives, served as an Honors Mentor, and was inducted into the 2017 Hall of Fame. As Coordinator of Outreach, I work with the admissions and recruiting process for the Honors College, as well as engagement with the community and Honors alumni. I have academic interests in sustainability, and bioremediation. I currently serve on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, and enjoy cooking, snorkeling, reading, and exploring.  


Janice Nevarez

Janice Nevarez, Administrative Assistant 
Reed Hall, 163
239-745-4267 |

Originally from Maryland, I started my career as an Administrative Assistant working for the Department of Defense and later I worked in the Financial Aid Office at the Community College of Baltimore County. I moved to Florida in 2010 with my family and in 2011 began working at FGCU in the Graduate Studies Office, followed by eight years working in the Office of Adaptive Services as an Administrative Specialist. I am excited to join the Honors College as the Administrative Assistant. In this role, my responsibilities include budget management and providing administrative support. When I’m not working, I enjoy tennis, drawing and painting, yoga, reading, travel, and spending time with family and friends.


Shannon Rozes

Shannon Rozes, Program Assistant 
Reed Hall, 155
239-745-4624 |

Born in a blizzard in Connecticut, my family gradually migrated south providing me the opportunity to experience life in various states on the East Coast. I am currently the Program Assistant in the Honors College providing support for the Honors Embedded Courses, Honors Contracts, as well as assisting with the Honors Theses. I graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a Bachelor's degree in History. In my personal life I enjoy reading, attending Fathom Events, yoga and traveling. 


Ruxy Apostol

Ruxy Apostol, Administrative Specialist 
Reed Hall, 155
239-745-4263 |

My FGCU professional journey began in April 2019 as an Administrative Specialist for the Office of Research & Graduate Studies. I am honored to join the Honors College team this year and to bring a different perspective as a former high school French language & literature teacher. I live in the present moment and I am grateful for all the beautiful things that surround us. My life purpose is to connect people and help them see the brighter side of life. I adore traveling and spending quality time with the people I love.