Ashley (McDaniel) Barclay (B.S. ’10) is using the bachelor’s degree she earned at Florida College exactly the way she intended, but the most meaningful part of her Florida College experience was the relationships. Unsure about which degree program she wanted to pursue, Ashley decided to try the college’s new business program and discovered it was an excellent fit. She earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration in three years and is currently using her degree to help her run a part-time photography business while she is a stay-at-home mom. "My life goal was not to be a CEO or president of a company,” Ashley said. "I got a business degree so I could be a stay-at-home mom and know how to run my own business on the side, and that’s exactly what I’m doing.” Beyond her experience in the classroom, Ashley also built countless lifelong relationships with her peers and professors during her time at Florida College. "I met my best friend and people who I now consider my family,” Ashley said. "When people ask me if I miss Florida, the first thing I tell them is that I miss the people there." Ashley met her best friend, Rachel Sulc (B.S. '10), during her first year at Florida College. The girls lived together on campus while they were in school and off campus after they graduated. During their sophomore year, Ashley and Rachel decided to take a Bible class together with the new biblical studies professor, Dr. Jason Longstreth. That class was the beginning of Ashley’s relationship with the Longstreth family. Somewhere between babysitting their kids, hanging out at their house on school nights, staying with them during school holidays and worshipping with them at [...]
Five students from Florida College’s Florida Xi chapter of Alpha Chi attended the Alpha Chi National Convention in the District of Columbia on April 7-9, 2016. Haley Bowman, Morgan Bingham, Brian Hamilton, Abigail Smith and Sara Yeager attended the event. The students were accompanied on the trip by Florida College’s vice president for academic and student affairs and the Alpha Chi faculty sponsor, Dr. Dan Petty, and his wife, Kathy Petty. Three of the Florida College students gave presentations during the convention. Morgan Bingham presented her paper, “Henry I, ‘Lion of Justice’: A Norman Approach to English Law.” Abigail Smith spoke on the topic, “Propaganda in Print: Thomas Nast and the Birth of Modern Political Cartoons.” Sara Yeager’s presentation was entitled “Will the Earth End with Trumpets, Battles, and Dragons? The Effect of Genre on an Interpretation of the Revelation of John.” Alpha Chi is a national, coeducational academic honor society that admits college students from all academic disciplines. Membership is limited to an institution’s top 10 percent of juniors, seniors and graduate students. Florida College would like to congratulate these students on their academic success and thank them for representing Florida College at the national convention.
Ethan Bingham was offered a full-tuition scholarship to Florida College as a National Merit Finalist at an academic signing before the chorus concert in Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday, March 18, 2016. Ethan is a home-school student from Louisville, Kentucky, and will graduate in June 2016 with more than 20 hours of college credit. Paul Casebolt, Florida College’s director of admissions and retention services, and the admissions team work hard to attract top academic students, like Ethan, from across the country using scholarships to reward them for their hard work and diligence in their studies during high school. “We are excited to recognize Ethan Bingham of Louisville, Kentucky, for his achievement as a National Merit Finalist, by offering him a full-tuition scholarship to Florida College,” Paul said. "This represents a financial commitment on the part of the college in the amount of over $60,000 over the next four years.” The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. Approximately 1.5 million high-school students enter the National Merit Program each year, and of those entrants, some 50,000 students qualify for recognition. Approximately 15,000 students advance to the finalist standing, placing Ethan among the top-performing students in the country. Ethan will join Florida College on campus as a freshman in August 2016. He hopes to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business administration and get involved with societies and the chorus. Ethan’s parents, John Bingham (A.A. ’89) and Bethany (Tipps) Bingham (’89), attended Florida College and are thrilled with Ethan’s decision to follow in their footsteps. Florida College would like to congratulate Ethan Bingham on his outstanding academic success and welcome him to the Florida College family!
Brian Haskett, vice president and practice director for application development and maintenance organization at Ciber, Inc., spoke to students on Thursday, April 7, as the third of this year’s guests of the Distinguished Speaker Series at Florida College. Haskett led the daily chapel devotion and addressed upper-division students in the business administration program during a special luncheon while he was on campus. Haskett is a former partner and executive with IBM Global Services, and he is now serving Ciber, Inc. as the vice president and practice director for application development and maintenance organization. Ciber, Inc. is a global information technology consulting, services and outsourcing company with commercial clients. In his current role, Haskett leads more than 1,500 consultants and developers in business development, project execution and service delivery. During the Distinguished Speakers Luncheon, Haskett shared a review of his business career as well as some of the lessons he has learned along the way. Haskett and his wife, Cindy Haskett, live in Tomball, Texas, and worship at the Kleinwood church of Christ. Their son, Trey Haskett (B.A. ’14), attended Florida College and graduated in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies. Florida College regularly invites guest speakers, like Brian Haskett, 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 appointed four new board members at the spring board meeting. David Roberts, Jim Smitherman, Rob Taylor and Morgan Tharp II all accepted positions on the Florida College board of directors, agreeing to serve Florida College to the best of their abilities. Each new board member brings different skills and experiences to the board of directors. David Roberts (A.A. ’87) and his wife Angela (Carter) Roberts (A.A. ’84) both earned their associate degrees from Florida College. Their son, Stephen Roberts (A.A. ’05), also attended Florida College, and their daughter, Emily Roberts, will graduate high school in 2017. “Florida College has always been a special place for me and Angie, and we were thrilled when our son decided to attend in 2003,” David said. David is currently serving as a program engineering manager at Allison Transmission, Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana, and has 25 years in project management, market analysis, and bid and proposal experience in the defense industry and commercial automotive industry. David and Angie are charter members of the Florida College Society, active members of the Indiana Booster Club and actively involved with the Florida College Ohio Camp. David also serves as an elder at the Brownsburg Church of Christ. Jim Smitherman and his wife, Tammy Smitherman, first became affiliated with Florida College when they served as counselors at Florida College Missouri Camp for eight years. Jim and Tammy have three children, Joshua Smitherman, Joseph Smitherman (’08) and Jessica (Smitherman) Parimore (B.S. ’15). Joseph and Jessica chose to attend Florida College, and Jessica graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She is currently teaching first grade at Florida College Academy. Jim retired after working at Security Bank in Midland, Texas, for 33 years, including [...]
Legacy Day is a new Florida College tradition celebrating our four-year graduates, past and present, and encouraging them to reflect on their time at Florida College, the meaningful relationships they built on campus and the impact a Florida College experience had on their lives. Florida College will celebrate Legacy Day each year alongside the Senior Legacy Ceremony, which is held the day before graduation. The inaugural Legacy Day will be celebrated on Thursday, May 5, 2016. The first Senior Legacy Ceremony was held in spring 2010. Every academic year since 2010, Florida College seniors have met at the beginning of the year for a Senior Legacy Dinner and the end of the year for a Senior Legacy Ceremony. These events bookend the final year bachelor's degree graduates will spend on our campus and provide opportunities for them to reflect on their time at Florida College. At the Senior Legacy Ceremony, seniors are given two specially minted Florida College coins. One coin is for the senior to keep, and the other coin is presented to a person at Florida College who has impacted the senior’s life. This is an emotional event for our seniors as they recognize the Florida College faculty, staff and administrators who mean the most to them. The Senior Legacy Ceremony is one of President Payne’s favorite events of the year. “The Senior Legacy Ceremony is certainly one of the most important Florida College events,” Payne said. “The meaningful relationships our four-year graduates recognize on that night are what make Florida College so special.” Legacy Day will serve as an expansion of the Senior Legacy Ceremony. For the last five years, the Senior Legacy Ceremony has been an event only for current [...]
As Zack Howard works toward earning his bachelor's degree in history, he is learning from the examples of his professors and taking advantage of a variety of opportunities to lead. He has served as president of a society, leads devotionals on campus and at local congregations, and will be serving as a Camp Friend this summer. Zack's history classes are taught by Dr. Brian Crispell and Adam Greiving, and he hopes to one day become a history teacher like them. But Zack learns more than just the lessons they teach in the classroom. "I can learn leadership from their examples," Zack said. "How they interact with people who are younger says a lot about them. Dr. Crispell would treat one of his students the same way he would treat Dr. Dickey." The respect Zack receives from his professors influences the way he leads his peers. Last year, he served as president of Psi Beta Gamma, and tried to be an encouragement to his fellow society members. "As the president, I had to be there for everything, whether it was a meeting or sports event, and be encouraging to everyone else who was there," Zack said. "I had to make it fun." Being a part of a society has been one of Zack's favorite parts of his Florida College experience because it has helped him build lifelong relationships. "Societies help you to branch out," Zack said. "When I came here as a freshman, I didn’t know many people. Getting to join a society and getting to meet people from across the country was a great experience." During his time as president, Zack took the opportunity to lead society devotionals. Zack is also a member of [...]