Florida College will participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving, on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours and activities that bring about real change in communities. Florida College has some of the most dedicated supporters and volunteers in the country, so we invite you to join the movement and support Florida College by participating in #GivingTuesday! Here’s how you can participate: 1. Make a tax-deductible gift to Florida College knowing it will be matched by an anonymous donor! Any individual gift, great or small, made to Florida College on Dec. 1, 2015, up to $100,000 will be matched by this donor, doubling the impact of the gift. 2. Join our Facebook event and invite your friends. Let everyone know that you’ll be giving back to Florida College on #GivingTuesday. 3. Share an #unselfie on social media by posting a photo of yourself and telling us why you give back. Be sure to use #GivingTuesday and tag Florida College in your post! 4. Encourage high-school juniors and seniors to fill out our #GivingTuesday scholarship application before Dec. 1! One entrant will receive a $1,000 scholarship to Florida College on #GivingTuesday. 5. Like and comment on social media posts from our students and faculty as they volunteer and give back to our community on #GivingTuesday. Please join the #GivingTuesday movement and give back to Florida College!
President Payne suffered a heart attack after the morning worship service on Sunday, Nov. 22, and is currently stable and in good spirits while recovering in the CCU at Florida Hospital. The doctors identified a blockage around a stent that was put in place last year and performed a procedure to restore blood flow. The heart attack appears to have caused some damage to his left ventricle. He expects to be moved to a hospital room this afternoon and remain in the hospital for the next two or three days. The Payne family has requested no visitors at this time, but appreciates your thoughts and prayers. Please pray fervently for President Payne as he recovers as well as for his loved ones and the doctors who are caring for him.
Richard Jones, a seasoned healthcare executive, spoke to students on Thursday, Nov. 19, as the second of this year’s guests of the Distinguished Speaker Series at Florida College. Jones led the daily chapel devotion and addressed upper-division students in the business administration and pre-professional health programs during a special luncheon while he was on campus. Jones is the president, CEO and chairman of Essence Healthcare, one of the nation’s first accountable delivery systems and a consistently high-rated Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MAPD) health plan, currently nationally recognized as a five-star health plan. He is a certified public accountant, and his experience includes all aspects of business. Jones has extensive leadership and operations experience in health plans and has spent much of the last decade enabling physicians and providers to function as accountable care and population health organizations, transforming healthcare delivery systems from volume to value reimbursement. Jones and his wife, Carol (Allen) Jones (A.A. ’81), have been married for 29 years, and they have four children. Their daughter, Emily (Jones) Black (A.A. ’09), graduated from Florida College in 2009. Jones has served the Northwest church of Christ as an elder since 2006, and he served as a deacon from 2001 to 2006. As a Christian in the healthcare industry, Jones provided Florida College students with valuable insight into the challenges of his profession as well as the necessary skills to be successful. Florida College regularly invites guest speakers, like Richard Jones, 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.
Florida College recognized Veterans Day with a special assembly following this morning's chapel devotion. Justin Berss, a senior in the biblical studies department and an army veteran, spoke to the student body about the lessons he learned during his time in the military, particularly the importance of service. "One of the most important things I learned throughout my time in the military was the value of service,” Justin said. Justin joined the United States Army in 2009 and attended basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, where he also completed advanced individual training to become a motor transport operator. Justin was stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, before being deployed to Tikrit, Iraq, where he was stationed at Contingency Operating Base Speicher for the next 11 months. During that time, Justin served as the senior radar operator, tracking all incoming rocket and mortar rounds that hit their base. Justin completed his tour in Iraq in 2011 and achieved the rank of a corporal before ending his military career in 2012. Florida College thanks Justin Berss for speaking at the Veterans Day assembly and for his dedicated service to the U.S. military.
Florida College has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring this year on Dec. 1, 2015, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support. Last year, more than 30,000 organizations in 68 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday. Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours and activities that bring about real change in communities. Florida College has some of the most dedicated supporters and volunteers in the country, so we invite you to join the movement and support Florida College on #GivingTuesday! Some ideas for how you can participate include: 1. Make a tax-deductible gift to Florida College on Dec. 1, 2015. You can support student scholarships, the athletic association, the James R. Cope Adopt Program, or even join The Hutchinson Bell. 2. Watch Florida College’s #GivingTuesday campaign on social media. We will be giving back to our community on Dec. 1 too, so join our Facebook event to keep up with our plans. 3. Use the hashtag #GivingTuesday on social media throughout this month to talk about Florida College and why you plan to support us. 4. Share your #Unselfie! Post a selfie on #GivingTuesday and add a caption explaining why you think it is important to give back. Share your post with us by using #GivingTuesday and tagging Florida College. Florida College has secured a [...]
Cody Slamans is taking advantage of opportunities to learn both in and out of the classroom at Florida College, preparing him for success in his future career. As a senior in Florida College's business administration program, Cody is focused on learning everything he can during his time in college rather than worrying about the name of his degree. "What’s more important than the name of your degree is that you get a degree and the skills you learn going through your program,” Cody said. Although he is glad he came, Cody didn't choose to attend Florida College until the summer before his freshman year. He was ready to attend another institution when he went to his final year at Florida College Chicagoland Camp, but after talking with his camp counsellors and Camp Friends about the upcoming year, Cody decided that Florida College was the best place for him. His last-minute decision inspired him to serve as a Camp Friend for the last three summers, and his time traveling the country to different camps has taught him a lot about networking and how to connect with people. "Without my Camp Friend experience and without going to business classes,” Cody said, “I would be nowhere near as prepared as I am to enter into the business world." Cody has used the skills he has learned in class and as a Camp Friend to secure two different internships during his college years. Last year, Cody served as the marketing intern at the Chick-fil-A in Temple Terrace, Florida. As the marketing intern, he had opportunities to plan and implement marketing initiatives and represent Chick-fil-A in the community. This year, Cody is a junior executive intern at Paycom, a [...]
Becky Barlar, a professor of music at Florida College, was installed as the president of the Florida State Music Teachers Association at the end of the organization’s state conference in October. The Florida State Music Teachers Association (FMSTA) is an organization whose members are professionally engaged in teaching music and dedicated to the advancement of music in the state of Florida. Barlar was elected as president-elect of FSMTA two years ago. Her election is a six-year commitment, including two years as president-elect, two years as president of the FSMTA and two years as president of the Florida State Music Teachers Foundation. Following her term, Barlar will have the opportunity to continue to be involved with the FSMTA as a director of the executive board. Prior to her election, Barlar served the Mid-State Music Teachers Association, a local affiliate of FSMTA, as president, vice president for membership, secretary and treasurer. She has also served as president and treasurer of district nine of FSMTA. She received a certificate of experience as a teacher of piano from FMSTA, and she also holds the distinction of being a Music Teachers National Association permanent professional certified teacher of music in piano. Barlar’s exceptional experience in the field of music education is a tremendous asset to Florida College’s music programs.
Justin Berss served in the U.S. military for four years before coming to Florida College to study the Bible and prepare for a life of preaching the gospel and leading the lost to the truth. Justin became a Christian while he was on leave after studying with a friend from high-school who had fallen away but recently made his life right with God. “Seeing a change in his life made me take a look at mine and see where I was going,” Justin said. Justin’s recent conversion gives him a special compassion for those who are lost and inspires him to share the gospel with others. He is working toward a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies and plans to become a full-time preacher after graduation. "Florida College has prepared me tremendously for the future," Justin said. "I have learned so much in Bible classes. You have so many opportunities to grow spiritually." While he is studying at Florida College, Justin takes opportunities to lead spiritually on campus as well. He offered the first student-led chapel devotion this year and is serving as the instructor for Bible Lab, helping students learn to better understand the Bible and prepare for their daily Bible courses. “I try to lead by example in my own actions and be there to do those small things,” Justin said, “whether it’s helping someone in a difficult situation or teaching them about the gospel.” Ultimately Justin is thankful that his time at Florida College has brought him closer to God and prepared him for a life of service to his creator. That’s how Justin Berss is leading His way.