David Bunting (B.A. ’12) is a third generation Florida College Falcon and member of Arete. His grandparents met during their time at Florida College, and his parents started dating while they were at Florida College as well. Both his grandmother and his father were members of Arete while they attend Florida College, and Bunting followed in their footsteps. “I always kind of expected to go to Florida College growing up,” Bunting said. But it wasn’t his family’s legacy on campus that really sealed the deal for Bunting. He participated in a state college program after his sophomore year in high school, spending five weeks on a college campus taking college classes. "That experience was very helpful for me,” Bunting said. "It was the first time that I wasn’t around Christians very much, and it taught me the value of being around Christians in an academic setting.” Bunting has always been very academically focused, but his time in the program made him realize that there is much more to a college experience than just the academics. "Academics are not everything, and without people academics don’t really serve a purpose,” Bunting said. Florida College provided Bunting with the education he was looking for surrounded by Christians who shared his values. Thanks to the college’s smaller classes, Bunting had the opportunity to build relationships with his peers and professors in the liberal studies program, as he studied components in mathematics, biblical languages and biblical literature. "One of the things you do get at Florida College as a four-year graduate are much smaller classes,” Bunting said. "Having a teacher really know you is a very invaluable thing. Interacting in a very small group setting helped me get to know several of [...]
Morgan Bingham has been awarded the Patricia A. Graham Prize in World History for her presentation, “Henry I, ‘Lion of Justice’: A Norman Approach to English Law,” at the Alpha Chi national convention on April 7-9, 2016, in Washington D.C. Bingham was among almost 300 students who made presentations grouped in sessions based on the academic discipline of the presentation topic. With the help of faculty judges, each of the convention presentations was evaluated and the top presentation in each different discipline was awarded a $100 presentation prize. At the convention, 28 members of Alpha Chi received prizes for making the best scholarly, creative or artistic presentations in their fields. The prizes were funded through discipline-specific endowments established by supporters of the national college honor society. Five Florida College students, Haley Bowman, Morgan Bingham, Brian Hamilton, Abigail Smith and Sara Yeager, attended this year’s convention accompanied 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, based on their research, during the convention. Bingham presented her paper, “Henry I, ‘Lion of Justice’: A Norman Approach to English Law.” Smith spoke on the topic, “Propaganda in Print: Thomas Nast and the Birth of Modern Political Cartoons.” 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.” Congratulations to Morgan Bingham on her outstanding presentation at the Alpha Chi national convention!
Florida College students Emily Wolfe and Stuart Maness were awarded this year’s Senior Legacy Scholarships at last week’s commencement ceremony. The Senior Legacy Scholarship is a scholarship for students pursuing their bachelor’s degrees at Florida College, and it is funded by Florida College bachelor’s degree graduates. This year, Florida College four-year grads who have given to the scholarship fund also had the opportunity to vote for which students should receive the scholarships. The Senior Legacy Scholarship winners must be returning juniors or seniors at Florida College, maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA, and have a proven record of active involvement within their academic programs and school-wide functions. Scholarship recipients should also be students who represent Florida College well and will continue to support the college after graduation. Emily Wolfe is a senior in the elementary education program. She has proven to be an outstanding individual with strong spiritual values and chose to continue her education at Florida College because it has become her home. “There is no place I would rather be,” Emily said. “Florida College has become my home. I also know that this is the best place to prepare me for my future, both academically and spiritually.” As the first female SBGA president in 20 years, Emily showed great poise as she served the student body. She has served as a member of the Alpha Club and has been nominated to the spring court, homecoming court and Miss Florida College College court. She was selected as the Spring Queen in 2015. She loves Florida College and already has plans to continue to support the college and its mission. “I plan on being a camp counselor in Southern California and telling people about [...]
Growing up in Brandon, Florida, Emily Jackson always knew she wanted to go to Florida College. Now she is graduating with her bachelor’s degree in business administration in three years, and she is ready to take on whatever is next. "I had known just about my whole life that I was going to go to Florida College,” Emily said. "I would watch the college kids come to church every year and I wanted to be like them." Emily enjoyed a very typical Florida College experience. She was involved on campus as a member of Phi Sigma Chi and the chorus. She was a supplemental instructor for intermediate algebra and statistics, and she also served as an academic ambassador for the business program. She especially enjoyed her time in the classroom, studying in the versatile business program and preparing for her future. "I really enjoyed the human resources class last semester," Emily said. "I like the organization side and that you don’t have to do the same thing every day." Although Emily isn’t sure exactly where her career path will take her, the broad study of business offered at Florida College will benefit her no matter what she decides. Emily has also used her time on campus to build lifelong relationships and make connections that will help her find a job in the future. "Connections are everything,” Emily said. "With all of the Christians in this area, you get to know a lot of the people from all across the country, so I’m gaining ties everywhere." The connections Emily is building at Florida College helped her land her internship for this semester as an office assistant at Masonite International, Corp. A friend connected her [...]