Windy City Seminole Club

About

Welcome to the online home of the Windy City Seminoles — Chicago’s official Florida State alumni club. Although everyone is welcome to join the fun, an annual membership with the school’s Alumni Association earns you membership with the Windy City Seminoles and all the benefits that come with it.

President

Trent Modglin

President

Occupation: Owner and publisher of TheRealChicago.com, a quarterly entertainment magazine in the city Graduated:Classified (OK, if you must know, 1999) Fondest FSU memory:Serving as the sports editor of the FSView, which meant getting daily access to Bobby Bowden and the team during a dominating run. Plus, being able to get friends and family on the field at Doak during games was a nice bonus. Favorite Chicago restaurant or bar (and why): Gene & Georgetti's or Gibsons. They both represent classic, old-school Chicago, and offer up the best steaks you'll find anywhere. Quartino is pretty awesome for Italian-style tapas too. And for drinks, any quality rooftop (Cindy's, Fountainhead) or beer garden (Kaiser Tiger, Parson's, Sheffield's, etc.) that provides an escape from the city.

Treasurer

Fred Surville

Occupation: Vice President Sales & Marketing

Graduated: 2005, BA, 2006, MSc

Fondest FSU memory:  Palace Saloon on Thursday nights.

Favorite Chicago restaurant or bar:  Roister, Bar: Country Club

Vice President

Hanna Maki - Jokela

Occupation: Attorney

Graduated: 2011

Fondest FSU memory: It’s impossible to pick one, but slip & sliding on Landis Green the first night of freshman summer session C and an impromptu flag football game in Doak the night of graduation were the perfect way to start and end my time in Tallahassee.

Favorite Chicago restaurant or bar: Again, impossible to choose just one! But

Fish Bar has been one of my favorite go-to restaurants over the years. It’s a laid back

seafood spot with a delicious menu; nautical vibe. It’s perfect place to escape Chicago winters and get your seafood fix! 

Secretary

Kate Postle

Occupation: Business Development Manager at Bucom International 

Graduated: 2011

Fondest FSU memory: 

Every FSU football game, I can proudly say that I never missed a home game!  One of the best one was senior year when we beat Florida at home.  

Favorite Chicago restaurant or bar: 

There are so many!  RPM Italian is fabulous.  West Loop Parlor Pizza is down the street from me, I go there for the patio and the pizza.  You can find me at Country Club every Saturday in the fall watching FSU football! Go Noles!

Board Member

Kelly Shanahan

Occupation:IT Recruiting 

Graduated:May 2017

Fondest FSU memory:Watching FSU won the 2013 National Championship game and celebrating with the entire school. Also my summer studying abroad in Switzerland. 

Favorite Chicago restaurant or bar (and why):Township! It opened my senior year which was an awesome way to end my time at Florida State. 

Drew Flintosh

Occupation: AI Engineer

Graduated: 2007

Fondest FSU memory: Working for classroom support at FSU allowed me to ride golf carts around campus and let myself into HCB to play Wii Tennis and Bowling on 100 foot projection screens. And tailgating.

Favorite Chicago restaurant or bar: Monsignor Murphy's - first bar I had a drink at when I moved to Chicago and met a lot of good people that I'm still friends with 10 years later.

Hollie Sterling

Occupation: Account Service Representative At NBC Universal

Graduated: May 2017

Fondest FSU memory: Studying abroad in Spain and Game Days!

Favorite Chicago restaurant or bar: Tanta. This restaurant serves the most magical drinks and such delicious Peruvian food. The ambiance is also unreal.

Justin Hass

Occupation: Xerox - Marketing Business Partner 

Graduated: 2013

Fondest FSU memory: Beyond my favorite restaurants, El Tap on Monroe Street and Monks on Tharpe Street, win or lose, game day celebrations at the strip on Tennessee Street - Kens, Inn Between, and Bulls - are my most cherished memory with great friends. I know the "fun" has relocated to Gaines Street now (lame), but prior to Gaines St., which used to be nothing but abandoned warehouses and a random Halloween scare house, the fun was at the Strip and game days only exacerbated the excitement. Chicago is an amazing and vibrant city but Tallahassee and Ken's dollar beers will forever hold a special place in my heart! 

Favorite Chicago bar/restaurant: Chicago is home to so many special cuisines, even one world renowned 3 star-Michelin restaurant, Alinea. That being said, it's hard to have a favorite. If you're visiting, there is nothing more enhancing than some awesome laid back, but upscale food on river at River Roast - the steak and arugula salad is amazing! But if you want a taste of southern BBQ with a Chicago twist, Green Street Smoked Meats BBQ is by far the best place to capture a little piece of the south. 

Jason Campbell

Occupation: Account Executive, I sell speech recognition software to radiologists. 

Graduated: 2002, BS Computer Science.

Fondest FSU memory: My first Gator game (1998) - It's always special when FSU beats the Gators and doing it with a backup QB made it all the more sweeter!

Favorite Chicago restaurant or bar: Longman & Eagle - Just try the burger and add a fried duck egg to it; it'll be your favorite restaurant, too!

Loyanna Grierson

Occupation: Sr. IP Paralegal

Graduated: 1999

Fondest FSU memory: Football games 

Favorite Chicago restaurant or bar:  Piccolo Sogno because they have awesome Italian cuisine and a great outdoor patio

Bryan Spurgeon

Occupation: Attorney 

Graduated: 2017 - Political Science & History 

Fondest FSU memory: Rushing the court after beating #1 Duke in basketball

Favorite Chicago restaurant or bar: Country Club obviously, but other than that I'd have to say Toons because they have incredible food & drink specials 4 out of 7 days a week

Alex Marciniak

Occupation: Project Manager for an Ad Agency 

Graduated: Spring 2014 

Fondest FSU memory: Winning the National Championship senior year! 

Favorite Chicago restaurant or bar (and why): Three Dots and a Dash, because it's Chicago's best Tiki Bar and reminds me of Florida! 

Alice Yau

Board Member

Occupation: Benefit Consultant at Humana

Graduated: Spring 2014

Fondest FSU memory: Winning the National Championship my senior year 

Favorite Chicago restaurant or bar: I cannot decide! There are so many options but if I had to pick ONE place it would be Velvet Taco!