Florida College’s Pi Gamma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society, inducted new members during a ceremony in Puckett Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. Phi Theta Kappa membership requires that students attain a 3.65 GPA on at least 15 hours of coursework. The organization also emphasizes service and leadership alongside scholarship, encouraging its members to excel in all areas of life. The Florida College Pi Gamma chapter is among the most highly selective in the international organization. Florida College congratulates the following students for achieving this standard and earning membership at the spring 2016 induction ceremony: Caroline Allen Nolan Baker Bryce Bridgeman Jacob Britnell Zachary Brock Logan Chappell Lara Churchill Ryleigh Corry Sara Craig Meagan Dennis Alison Denny Laura Dimas Agudelo Lindsey Embry Elisabeth Faulk-Letona Kayla Fenn Hayden Green Maria Hagewood Elizabeth Hammontree Sydney Harkrider Sloan Hastings Amber Hicks Caroline Hood Emily Hughes Grace Johnson Cassie Miller Alexander Mitchell Mark Nelson Kyle Ogden Cameron Piner McKenna Porter Natalia Restrepo Gutierrez Thomas Schaefer Michaela Scrimpshire Jacob Slayton Emma L. Smith Colin Springer Leah Stout Rebekah Sutherland Mary-Rosalyn Taylor Kara Ward The new inductees join the following current members: Jesse Bingham, President Juliana Parra, Vice President Katie Thompson, Secretary Ginger Trask, Historian Taylor Brashears Christina Caudill William Christian Olivia Cook Rebekah Copeland Madeline Craig Malachai Darling Timothy Dow Arlene Dredger Abby Duckworth Betsy Gant Austin Haley Whoopi Idemudia Dakota Johnson Solomon Johnson Ben McPeak Katherine Pruitt Olivia Roberts Jesse Roy Micah Simpkins Jenna Sink Tania Steele Rachel Tharp Jennifer West Abigail Witt Please join us in congratulating these students on their outstanding academic achievements!
Florida College honored René and Dee Anderson with the Friend to Youth award following the evening lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. The Friend to Youth award is the most prestigious honor awarded at Florida College. René and Dee first came to Florida College as students in 1970 and brought strong musical talents. They were both members of the chorus and sang duets together while René played the guitar. Their common love of music soon became a love of one another, and the two were married in 1971. Forty-five years later, anyone who knows René and Dee can hardly imagine them apart. It wasn’t until René retired from full-time work that the two decided to become dorm parents. René and Dee moved to Florida College in 1995 and have been parenting hundreds of young men each year ever since. René and Dee truly love their "boys," as they would call the students who live in their residence halls, and they play a vital role in the Florida College experience. They are currently serving as the dorm parents of Boswell Hall, the only men’s residence hall on campus. Love from René and Dee comes in two forms. From René, you can expect a headlock instead of a hug, and "Momma Dee," as she is affectionately known, is always ready to make a grilled cheese sandwich. While a headlock or a sandwich may seem like a silly expression of love, to their boys, it means the world. René and Dee are amazing examples of unconditional love, dedicated service and faith in God. For more than 20 years, René and Dee have been giving of themselves for the benefit of Florida College students, and if René has his way, [...]
Florida College is preserving a special piece of history near the construction at Wilson Hall. Shortly after the Wilson Hall reconstruction began, four sidewalk slabs with special meaning for Florida College were removed from the area. The sidewalk pieces are engraved with the names of several alumni and friends who worked on the school's landscape project in 1947. The 1947 landscape project was completed entirely by students, employees and their spouses, and other alumni and friends. Names engraved in the sidewalk include Mrs. L.R. Wilson, Mrs. R. Lewis and Dick Qualls. Adam Olson, Florida College's director of alumni relations, is thrilled to have an opportunity to preserve some of Florida College’s history. The pieces of sidewalk are yet another reminder of the unparalleled support Florida College receives from dedicated alumni and friends. "As we move forward with renovating our campus, it's important that we remember how we got here." Olson said. "Parts of the Florida College campus, including Wilson Hall, were quite literally built by the amazing alumni and friends who support this school and its mission." Olson is coordinating with campus services to determine a long-term home for the sidewalk, but the pieces are currently displayed next to the construction fence around Wilson Hall. Next time you are on campus, stop by to see this exciting piece of Florida College history!
As a senior in the elementary education program at Florida College, Zack Lane is learning from his professors, his experience in the classroom and Christ's example as the greatest teacher of all time. Zack grew up attending Florida College Chicagoland Camp, not far from his hometown of Pontiac, Illinois. He chose to attend Florida College for all the same reasons he loved Chicagoland Camp. He wanted to join a society, make new friends and grow spiritually. One of Zack's favorite things about his time at Florida College is the relationships he has been able to build with his peers and professors. The students in the education program are a close-knit group, and they often work one-on-one with their professors. This not only helps build strong relationships between students and professors, but also provides many opportunities for specialized instruction and direct feedback on completed projects or lessons. "You get really close with your elementary education professors," Zack said. "They always provide feedback, before and after your practice lessons." This semester, Zack is applying the things he has learned in the classroom at Florida College to his internship in a kindergarten classroom in the Tampa Bay area. According to Zack, the most important thing he can do in the classroom is make a positive impact on his students. "Being in the classroom, you’re seen every single day," Zack said. "Those kids see your influence." Ultimately, Zack is thankful for the opportunity to study elementary education at an institution that values God's word. His time at Florida College is helping him prepare to be a light to his students. "Learning through the word helps you so much in the classroom," Zack said. Zack hopes to [...]