Opening week can be an exciting and stressful time for new students. You’ll be busy with orientations, activities, getting your new room set up and making new friends. As you pack up your belongings and prepare to make your journey to Florida College, read these ten tips on how to make the most of opening week! 1. Arrive on campus between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. on move-in day. Florida College’s Alpha Club members will be ready to greet you at 8 a.m. and help you carry your things to your room. They will be a huge help to you! 2. Wear your Florida College camp t-shirt while you move in. Not only will you be representing your favorite school and your favorite camp, but your shirt will be a great conversation starter while you're meeting new people. 3. Have a door stopper handy. It’ll be easier to move your stuff in if someone doesn’t have to hold the door open, and other people will feel more comfortable peeking in to see how you’re decorating your new room. 4. “Don't assume! If you don't understand a guideline or know where something is located, ask a monitor, supervisor or somebody on staff. We are here for you!” -Becky Cawthon, Hinely Hall Dorm Supervisor 5. Be ready for rain. Florida is famous for afternoon showers so plan to have all your stuff moved inside early. Use the afternoon to start unpacking or run to the store and pick up anything you left at home. 6. Buy your textbooks from the Florida College Bookstore right away. You’ll get the books you need fast, and you can charge them to your student account. 7. “Pay Attention. There are a [...]
Florida College Chicagoland Camp is celebrating 40 years of serving campers this year! The Chicagoland Florida College Booster Club started the Chicagoland Camp in 1976. Billy Boyd served as the director of the first camp, which hosted approximately 55 campers and 20 counselors for two weeks in Rockford, Illinois. The first three years of Chicagoland Camp were also two-week camps held in Rockford, Illinois. Since it’s fourth year, Chicagoland Camp has been led by 12 other volunteer directors but hosted at only one campground. Camp is held for one week each summer at Camp Pottawattomie in East Troy, Wisconsin, and attendance continues to grow. This year’s camp was directed by Andy Diestelkamp and hosted 145 campers for a week of spiritual encouragement and fun with friends. At the camp, 21 future Falcons received partial scholarships totaling $20,500, a record dollar amount for scholarships awarded annually by the Chicagoland Booster Club. Even though fees for Chicagoland Camp are among the lowest of Florida College camps, the profit earned from the event provides a large portion of the scholarship funds given to students who plan to attend Florida College. To date, the Chicagoland Booster Club has awarded over $400,000 in scholarships to local students. Adam Olson, Florida College’s director of alumni relations, is thrilled with the Chicagoland area’s last 40 years of success. “Support for Florida College has been strong in the Chicagoland area for decades,” Olson said. “Their commitment to the College through events and scholarships is unsurpassed and we are thankful for the tireless efforts of this special group.”
The remaining shows on the Florida College Friends 2015 Generations Tour have been cancelled. Due to transportation difficulties, the Friends will be unable to travel to the remaining tour destinations. To date, the Friends have performed 17 of the 21 shows scheduled for this summer. The SoCal Camp, Oregon Camp, and Colorado Camp concerts and the Generations performance in Folsom, California, have been cancelled. Adam Olson, Florida College’s director of alumni relations and director of the Friends, commented on canceling the final four performances of the tour. "We regret having to cancel these shows,” Olson said. "This tour was a great success and we are so thankful for all the hard work on the part of so many to make this possible. We look forward to continued success with the Friends in their mission to uplift our alumni and friends as ambassadors of this great institution.” Please pray for the Friends and the staff members traveling with them as they return to their homes.
You would be hard-pressed to find an aspect of campus life where Antonio Ruggiero isn’t taking advantage of a chance to lead. Antonio has held more leadership positions at Florida College than are available to most high-school students. “I think Florida College has given me a plethora of avenues to take the opportunity to lead,” Antonio said. “I’ve been able to take leadership positions since my sophomore year at college, more than I ever did in high school.” In the classroom, Antonio is leading an entire degree program and will be the first male graduate from the new English program at Florida College. He also serves as an academic ambassador for his program and as a Supplemental Instructor for Mrs. Atherton’s freshman composition classes. As an aspiring English teacher and track and field coach, Antonio is thrilled to work his way through a new program that will help him succeed. “It’s really cool to be in a new program, because I get to establish the foundation for it and there is an excitement among the teachers,” he said. “The teachers are all incredibly passionate about the subject, which makes classes entertaining but also very challenging.” Antonio is leading outside the classroom as well. In the residence halls, he has served as a dorm monitor in Boswell Hall and will be working on the security night watch this next year. Among his society members, Antonio was elected the male athletic director for Zeta Phi. He was also selected by the dean of students to serve as a member of Alpha Club. Throughout this summer, Antonio is working for Florida College as a Camp Friend. He is enjoying traveling across the country, meeting new people and [...]