Florida College recognized a select group of students who received this year’s academic awards after the daily chapel devotion on Wednesday, March 30. The following students were selected by members of the Florida College faculty in their various disciplines for their excellence in the classroom and on their schoolwork. Art Award - Bryce Bridgeman Bryce Bridgeman leads the way by not only consistently completing his weekly Visual Warehouse assignments and periodic design projects, but also executes them with excellence and craftsmanship! By listening well to instruction and implementing it, Bryce achieved the self-set goal of drawing with greater realism and perspective. Each semester, we of course strive to advance the student's graphic communication skills as well as oral communication skills. Bryce distinguishes himself by his outstanding growth and development in both spheres. Behavioral Science Award - Hannah Henderson Hannah Henderson is the type of student who always strives for excellence and is always looking for ways to expand her knowledge. She has demonstrated academic excellence in every behavioral science class that she has taken. Her work sets a standard for others to aim at. She has set herself apart not only by her excellent work but by her enthusiastic pursuit of learning for its own sake. She comes to class on time and is always prepared. More than that, she looks for ways to improve herself each and every day. It has been a joy to have her in class and on this campus. D. Phillips Roberts Bible Award - Sam Peters Sam Peters has proven himself to be a conscientious and hard-working student of the Bible. His papers are well-researched and well-written, and he considers arguments and all kinds of evidence carefully [...]
The Florida College Oratory Union brought home five awards from the 26th annual International Forensics Association Tournament on March 14-15, 2016, in Vienna, Austria. Six members of the Oratory Union traveled to Vienna over spring break to compete in the international tournament against nationally ranked teams like George Mason University. Despite the intense competition, four members of Florida College’s team brought home awards. Josh Smelser and Jenny West won third place in duo interpretation, and Austin Miller and Jordan Meirose tied for second place speakers in parliamentary debate. Miller also earned sixth place in communication analysis, and Meirose won fourth place in a special informative event designed just for this tournament called “Treasures of Vienna." The Oratory Union is coached by Dr. Matt Johnson and Kathleen Trigg. Johnson traveled to Vienna with the competitors and was elected to serve as the treasurer for the International Forensics Association. Caleb Bunting, Florida College's coordinator of campus life, also traveled with the team as a chaperone and judge. Overall, Johnson was thrilled with the team’s performance at this year’s tournament. "We’re proud of the team and the work they have done this year,” Johnson said. "They’ve had a great time on the circuit and internationally. We look forward to the competition next year.” Next year’s tournament will be held in Lima, Peru. Florida College would like to congratulate the Oratory Union on their success at the International Forensics Association Tournament in Vienna.
Even after graduating with his bachelor’s degree in business administration, Dale Dye (B.S. ’12) decided to stay at Florida College to have an opportunity to impact the college's students the way his life was impacted by caring faculty and staff, like-minded peers, and classroom lessons founded on God’s word. "I love that I am able to work at a place that shares my spiritual and moral values,” Dye said. "I love Florida College because it stands on a foundation that cannot be broken. I want to be sure that that foundation stays as solid as it is, so my children and grandchildren can attend someday.” Dye didn’t consider attending Florida College until after he had already earned his associate degree at a community college, attended a large public university and gained some work experience in politics. When he discovered that a public university wasn’t the right fit for him, Dye wasn’t sure where to finish his education. Growing up as a member of a small congregation in southwestern Virginia, Dye wanted to be surrounded by other Christians his own age and decided to attend Florida College. "I really wanted to be around folks my age who were Christians and learn in a spiritual environment,” Dye said. During his time at the college, Dye built deep, meaningful relationships with his classmates as well as his professors and members of the staff and administration. He was especially encouraged by Paul Casebolt, Florida College’s director of admissions. "Paul was really the one to encourage me to seek leadership positions and be more involved in student life,” Dye said. "He trusted me with leading the Academic Ambassadors the first two years that group existed.” Casebolt made such [...]
The NorCal chapter of The Hutchinson Bell exceeded the $1,000 fundraising goal at their Flag Football Extravaganza event on Saturday, March 5, 2016! The chapter raised $2,565 in just one day, including a $1,000 donor match. Approximately 100 alumni and friends of Florida College attended the event, which included a presentation from President Payne highlighting the memories and experiences of Florida College alumni from different generations, a complimentary lunch, a flag football tournament, and other family-friendly games and activities. The event also generated 14 new memberships in the NorCal chapter of The Hutchinson Bell. Adam Olson, Florida College’s director of alumni relations and the president of The Hutchinson Bell, had the opportunity to attend the fundraising event and was thrilled with the chapter’s efforts. “This was a fantastic event,” Olson said. "We were especially excited to see all the young families, some of whom drove over three hours to be with us! Our NorCal chapter of The Bell is doing great work to support the mission of Florida College and the young people in the area.” Florida College would like to thank Tim Castleberry, Elisa McCutchen, Erin Castleberry, Melissa Eckert and the other NorCal volunteers for organizing the Flag Football Extravaganza and continuing to engage alumni and friends of Florida College in the northern California area.
The Florida College Oratory Union, coached by Dr. Matt Johnson and Kathleen Trigg, brought home 10 of the 15 year-end awards from the Collegiate Forensic Association. The year-end awards are given based on an accumulation of performance at seven league competitions over the course of the 2015-2016 season. "This year's Oratory Union has excelled as a team and as individuals,” Trigg said. "The growth that has occurred intellectually, socially and spiritually is immeasurable.” Five members of Florida College’s Oratory Union won the ten year-end awards. Katie Thompson and Josh Smelser were the season champions in dramatic duo interpretation. Josh Smelser also won the year-end award for declamation interpretation and the John B. Mingus pan-interpretation award for the top performer in the five oral interpretation of literature awards categories. Jenny West was the season champion in prose interpretation and single dramatic interpretation. Jordan Meirose won the year-end award for informative speaking, and he was the season champion parliamentary debater. Austin Miller won the year-end awards for communication analysis speaking and extemporaneous speaking and was the season champion parliamentary debate speaker. The Oratory Union students compete against forensic teams from colleges and universities from along the east coast from Washington D.C. to Temple Terrace, Florida. "Several coaches and competitors from other teams expressed how much they appreciate the spirited competition from Florida College students as well as their welcoming and friendly nature,” Trigg said. "The sense of community within the league is impressive, and many are attributing that camaraderie to our students. The members of the Oratory Union are shining the love of the Lord as they go about speaking, interpreting literature and debating. I feel richly blessed to be their coach.” Six members of this [...]
Florida College recognized 25 sophomores and 10 seniors who were selected to “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges” after the morning’s chapel devotion on Thursday, March 3. “Who’s Who Among Students” is one of the most prestigious awards the academic community can bestow. This exclusive honor is conferred by more than 1,000 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and is symbolized by the presentation of an award certificate. Since 1934, this honor, referred to as “Who’s Who Among Students,” has been based on solid academic standing indicated by at least a 3.0 GPA, participation and leadership in academic and extracurricular activities, evident good citizenship and service to Florida College and our community, and demonstration of potential for future achievement. Florida College’s selected sophomores are included in the biographical volume, “Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges,” and selected seniors are included in the companion volume, “Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.” By rule, Florida College may select no more than 5 percent of our student body in each of these categories per year. Thus, the students who are selected are truly among a distinguished group. Please join us in congratulating the following students on their outstanding achievement. Sophomores: Jesse Bingham Christina Caudill William Christian Olivia Cook Madeline Craig Simon Crim Conner Crispell Timothy Dow Joshua Dunn Betsy Gant Solomon Johnson Noelani Lee Juliana Parra Tanner Pearson Katherine Pruitt Olivia Roberts Jesse Roy Jennette Sink Breanna Stackpole Tania Steele Leah Stout Rachel Tharp Katherine Thompson Ginger Trask Joseph Venuso Seniors: Morgan Bingham Haley Bowman Daniel Hooton Erica Mackey Hannah Mitchell Cody Slamans Sarah Smith Ashlen Weltz Heidi Wickersheim Amanda Williamson Some [...]
As a liberal studies student, Erica Mackey learns a variety of lessons in the classroom to help prepare her for graduate school and her dream of becoming an occupational therapist. In fact, she decided to come to Florida College specifically because it would help her reach those goals. "Florida College fit my educational goals," Erica said. "I've known for a long time that I wanted to go to grad school and do occupational therapy, so I had to make sure that wherever I went for my undergraduate education would work for me." Erica grew up around children with disabilities, and those experiences inspired her desire to become an occupational therapist. While she was in high school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Erica volunteered at a facility that allowed children with disabilities to go horseback riding. She quickly fell in love with the kids she was working with and enjoyed watching how excited they were when they accomplished something new. "I love kids and seeing how they can grow in situations with someone helping them and guiding them along," Erica said. "I feel like they have a strong desire to work and they have a tenacity that is sometimes overlooked." Someday, Erica hopes to use her skills as an occupational therapist to benefit children with disabilities. She is looking forward to using her liberal studies background to help her treat the whole patient, rather than focusing on one aspect of a child's disability. "One of the cool things about occupational therapy is about being creative with therapy and applying it to the whole life," Erica said. "I feel like the liberal studies program is a microcosm of that. I’ve gotten a broad education in a lot of [...]