2014-2015 Opening Week Summary

August 28, 2014



The 2014-2015 academic year is off to a tremendous start. Here is glimpse into the many activities and events of opening week.

Saturday: Move-in Day

Beginning at 8 a.m., cars, trucks and mini-vans from across the nation began their steady stream down North Glen Arven Avenue onto the Florida College campus. The positive, energetic and always-willing Alpha Club members provided their annual assistance. Tonya, a mother from Atlanta, described them as “selflessly helpful.”

“When we arrived on Saturday I opened the hatch of my daughter’s car and before I had even discovered her room number, her belongings were already on their way up the three flights of stairs,” she said, in reference to Hinely Hall.

After the physical and emotional toil, students and parents were treated to a welcome dinner at the Henderson Dining Hall.

Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 4.18.33 PMMonday: Ft. De Soto Picnic & Devotional

The first day of new student orientation was concluded by the annual Ft. De Soto Beach picnic and devotional. Southern Style Catering provided a wonderful meal, old friends reconnected and new relationships were formed.

Thursday: Opening Ceremonies

Opening ceremonies provided its usual traditional pomp and circumstance, as well as some new features.

The College broke from its traditional Sunday afternoon opening ceremonies to host the event Thursday at the conclusion of the first daily chapel assembly. Over 250 parents, alumni and friends tuned in to view the ceremonies online, which were live-streamed for the first time in school history. Dr. Jon Bassett began the ceremony by leading the audience in “I’m Not Ashamed to Own My Lord,” followed by a devotional from Bible Department Chair Dr. David McClister (pictured). IMG_7716.mcclister

Beginning the secular portion of the ceremony, Temple Terrace Mayor Frank Chillura offered his customary welcome to the new and returning students. Student Body President Caleb Bunting ’15 then delivered an address to his classmates, followed by President Payne, who introduced this year’s theme: “Serving Through Love.”

After the traditional singing of the alma mater followed by the ringing of the Hutchinson Bell, the ceremony concluded, marking the official beginning of the 2014-2015 academic year.


Friday and Saturday: MOSI Singing and Opening Week Concert 

On Friday evening students gathered in the first of what will be many MOSI amphitheater singings. Located at the Museum of Science and Industry’s accommodating amphitheater, the annual singing held as many students, faculty and staff who attended, and was a fitting way to end the second full day of classes.

IMG_8096.backstreetboyzThe student body government association made their official welcome as they hosted this year’s opening concert, Music of the Decades. Talented faculty members shared the stage with students, including the Bassett family, who performed an outstanding rendition of the Bee Gees’ Stayin’ Alive as well as the Chandler family’s second annual barbershop performance. The student-comprised Backstreet Boys parody group, The Backstreet Guyz (pictured) was a favorite of the evening.


The year has officially begun. In personal relationships and in extracurriculars, academically and spiritually, Florida College anticipates that the 2014-2015 year will be yet another year of growth and “Serving Through Love.”