The newly rebranded Ohio Valley chapter of the The Hutchinson Bell hosted its first Jingle Bell 5K on Saturday, Dec. 5. This was the first race sponsored by a local chapter of The Bell, and it was a great success! The race boasted more than 100 participants and raised a total of $2,000 for the chapter. Participants donned festive holiday costumes to run the 3-mile course in below freezing temperatures. Even Santa Claus showed up to join the fun and spread some holiday cheer! Adam Olson, Florida College’s director of alumni relations and the president of The Hutchinson Bell, was also able to participate in the race. “It was a privilege, albeit a frozen one, to participate with our Ohio Valley chapter in this great event,” Adam said. "The chapter has undergone very positive change in the last year, and the progress of their efforts is evidenced in the success of the 5K. Many thanks to President Mike Clemons, race organizers Sarah Rice and Rachel Clemons, and the other volunteers on this wonderful event!” Florida College would like to thank the dedicated volunteers and participants who helped make the first-ever Jingle Bell 5K such a success!
Hallie Earnhart was selected as the winner of the $1,000 #GivingTuesday scholarship to Florida College in recognition of her efforts to give back to her community in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Hallie (pictured left) is a senior in high school and serves her community with Curbside Ministries, spending time with kids in low-income neighborhoods. She loves having the opportunity to work with kids of all ages and watch their hearts grow closer to God as they sing songs, play games and participate in devotionals. "To me, giving back isn't about the credit or recognition you can receive but about spending your own time and resources doing something you love,” Hallie said. In addition to her efforts with Curbside Ministries, Hallie also started an organization called Blessings Well Spent with other high-school students to raise money to build wells and send Bibles to children in impoverished communities in Africa. She helped organize a garage sale to raise $2,500 for the cause, and she also raises money by selling handmade items on Etsy. Hallie gives back to others through organizations like Curbside Ministries and Blessings Well Spent because she feels that she has so much to be thankful for. "Once you open your eyes to all the immense blessings God has given you, your heart should only naturally want to give to others, whether that be through the giving of your time, money or sharing your knowledge of Christ with someone who may not have ever heard his message,” Hallie said. Hallie would like to continue serving others throughout her life by becoming a pediatric nurse. In order to achieve that goal, she plans to begin working toward an associate degree at Florida College in the [...]
Florida College’s first-ever #GivingTuesday event was an outstanding success, with over $260,000 raised in one day thanks to generous gifts from more than 250 donors! We were amazed by the support we received on #GivingTuesday, and our success is ultimately a testament to the giving spirit of our alumni and friends across the nation! Here’s a breakdown of our success: A total of 255 donors made gifts on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Those gifts totaled $165,196.34, exceeding our $100,000 goal. Including the matching gift, we raised $265,196.34 in just one day. The average gift was $648. The Florida College Society stepped up in a big way, with 104 members making gifts. A total of 28 four-year graduates made gifts, moving us closer to regaining our top-ranked position on U.S. News and World Report’s list of schools where the most alumni donate. Florida was the state with the most participants, with a total of 83 donors. The largest gift, not including the matching gift, was a stock gift of $20,037.35. The smallest gift was $3. A total of 52 donors gave $100, making it the most common amount to give. Students in the James R. Cope Adopt Program will benefit from $50,000 of the total amount raised on #GivingTuesday. One donor made a gift of $250.99. The most common time to give was between 10 p.m. and 12 a.m. EST, with 55 gifts made during that time. A total of 237 donors made their gifts online. But the #GivingTuesday movement is about so much more than the numbers. We would like to thank everyone who supported our cause and gave back in some way on #GivingTuesday. However you chose to participate, thank you for [...]
Kindsey Kirkwood isn't planning to enter the medical field just to follow in her family's footsteps. She hopes to use her skills to live a life of service to others. "I want a job that is more than a means to a paycheck," Kindsey said. "I want to feel like I'm helping others." After graduating from her high school in Houston, Texas, Kindsey started her college career at a large, public university and planned to avoid studying medicine. She wanted to be sure that her career choice was her own and not based on the fact that she comes from a family of doctors. But Kindsey was overwhelmed with the university's size and didn't feel like it was helping her reach her goals. "I felt like I was drowning," Kindsey said. "I wanted to be somewhere that was more personal and spiritual." When Kindsey transferred to Florida College, she fell in love with the pre-professional health science specialization and realized she wanted to pursue a career in the medical field after all. While studying at Florida College, Kindsey is able to tailor her liberal studies degree to fit her needs instead of getting lost in a sea of other students in the same program. She has the opportunity to take classes in other fields of study, making her a well-rounded student. "Florida College is different because it looks at the whole student," Kindsey said. Kindsey believes that her liberal studies background makes her more desirable for graduate programs, internships and jobs. It even helped her to land a three-and-a-half week internship in London last summer. Kindsey worked in a hospital during her time abroad, learning more about the business side of the [...]