The Stulgis-Akin Building was renamed at a dedication ceremony on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, in honor of the generous gift donated by Sandra Stulgis of Cuero, Texas. Sandra was introduced to Florida College by a friend and quickly fell in love with Florida College students. “I love Florida College, and I’ve met the wonderful young people who attend,” Sandra said. “I want to do everything I can to help the college grow.” Sandra first became an active supporter of the James R. Cope Adopt Program, providing financial assistance for and developing relationships with students in need. As her fondness for Florida College students grew, she decided to support the Akin project as well. Sandra’s initial gift was a donation to name the physics laboratory in honor of her late son, Joseph Orin Stulgis III, but she later decided to make the pledge to provide the lead gift for the building and the rights to name the new facility after the Stulgis family. The dedication ceremony was held following the chapel assembly on Friday in honor of the completion of her pledge and the subsequent renaming of the math and science building. The Stulgis-Akin Building provides high-quality facilities for Florida College students, and Sandra’s generous support of Florida College has paved the way for future generations of students studying in the math and science department.
Lee Biles, founder and owner of 5 B's Embroidery, spoke to students as the first of this year’s guests of the Distinguished Speaker Series at Florida College. Biles led the students in devotional thoughts during a chapel assembly and addressed the entire student body after the devotion period. He also spoke to business students about how he achieved his success during a special luncheon and during an upper-division class while he was on campus. From humble beginnings in his basement, Biles grew 5 B's Embroidery into one of the most successful embroidery businesses in the world. 5 B’s Embroidery is currently housed in a 170,000 square foot facility in Zanesville, Ohio, and Biles is still striving to achieve the same mission he started with more than 30 years ago: to be the best privately owned embroidery business in the world. Biles’ tremendous success in the embroidery industry qualifies him to speak to Florida College students about how to face difficulties and strive for success in the modern business world. In addition to offering encouragement and advice, Biles challenged the upper-division students in the business program to work hard to pursue their dreams with God as their guide. Florida College regularly invites guest speakers, like Lee Biles, to visit campus for the Distinguished Speaker Series in order to provide students with opportunities to learn from others who are positive role models and successful in their chosen fields.
Benjamin Holloway won the silver award in the collegiate composer category of the 2015 Carol Klose/Hal Leonard Composition Competition, ranking his work above submissions from students at Wheaton College and Eastman School of Music. Hal Leonard, the world's largest publisher of songbooks and music educational materials, created this online student piano composition competition in honor of Carol Klose, a popular piano teacher and prolific Hal Leonard composer. The purpose of the competition is to encourage the creative musical spirit that Carol always fostered, by giving piano students a platform to compose, perform and share their original pieces. Nearly 200 contestants created original compositions and submitted YouTube videos of their performances in the competition's three age categories: junior composer, teen composer and collegiate composer. The contestants were directed to compose their pieces for piano students learning new techniques. Benjamin’s composition, "Café au lait," earned him the silver award. His piece was inspired by the French coffee drink and designed to provide piano students with an introduction to the impressionistic style. Many of Benjamin’s previous compositions have also been written in the impressionistic style with some jazz influences. Benjamin has studied piano with Becky Barlar, a Florida College music professor. Barlar is often able to offer individual attention to her students because of the small class sizes at Florida College, and she has helped Benjamin explore many different styles of music. "Benjamin Holloway is a very talented and creative young man,” Barlar said. "As he has learned more about the structure and form of music in his music theory, music history and composition classes, he has developed an even greater ability to put musical materials together in a logical way." Benjamin hopes to use his talents [...]
The fourth annual Florida College Dry Creek Camp auction was a tremendous success, raising approximately $65,000 to benefit prospective Florida College students in a single morning! Each year since 2011, the event has been organized by staff and supporters of the Florida College Dry Creek Camp to raise money and honor a member of their camp community. Muffy Garrett, one of the event’s organizers, said, "The goal of the auction is to have fun, honor a deserving recipient and provide scholarships for students attending Florida College." This year’s auction was held on Aug. 15, 2015, in honor of Dee and Norma Bowman for their many years of service to Dry Creek Camp. The Bowmans were toasted for their service and roasted to entertain the event's 170 guests. In addition to the toast and roast, the event included brunch, a live and silent auction, and a musical performance by some of the Bowmans’ family members. John Kilgore, the camp director, and Russ Bowman, the son of Dee and Norma Bowman and a camp supporter, also spoke to guests about Dry Creek Camp. The funds raised at the event will be directed to helping prospective Florida College students attend Falcon Days and providing scholarships for accepted students. A portion of the money will also be used to endow a scholarship for Florida College students. The endowed scholarship will be named in honor of John Kilgore, who has served Dry Creek Camp for 40 years. Events like the Florida College Dry Creek Camp auction are hosted all across the nation throughout the year and organized completely by volunteers. Adam Olson, the director of alumni relations at Florida College, had the opportunity to attend the auction and [...]
Whether it is in her involvement on the Florida College campus or her desire to become an elementary school teacher, Emily Wolfe is always looking for an opportunity to serve others. "I just want to be a servant and help people in some way,” Emily said. Emily attended a large high school in her hometown of Long Beach, California. With a graduating class of about 1,500 other students, she didn’t have many opportunities to get involved. When she came to Florida College with her best friend from Florida College SoCal Camp, Jessa Milwee, Emily wasn’t expecting things to be very different. She certainly wouldn’t have anticipated that she’d be elected as the president of the student body government association for the 2015-2016 academic year. “Never in a million years would I have guessed I would run for SBGA president,” Emily said. “In high school, I never did anything with the student body because it was so big. I didn’t have any desire to be a part of my high school, but I’ve enjoyed my years at Florida College so much. I want everyone else to enjoy their time here and find ways to have good, clean fun. " Emily enjoys being involved at Florida College because it is her home away from home. "Even though I’m all the way across the country and nowhere close to my home, the people and the environment at Florida College make it feel like home,” Emily said. During her first two years on campus, Emily has served as a sophomore class officer, a telecounselor, a Zeta Phi officer and a dorm monitor. She has been on the Miss Florida College court and the Homecoming court, and she [...]