Amanda Williamson, Class of 2016

Amanda Williamson (B.S. ’16) wasn’t sure if the elementary education program at Florida College had prepared her for her future as an elementary school teacher until she walked into her first interview for a full-time teaching position. She was being interviewed by a panel of six people, and she was intimidated. "They started asking me questions, and it was amazing to me that I just knew all the answers,” Amanda said. "It was at that point that I knew that Florida College had prepared me for what I was about to do. I just got a whole new level of confidence. I felt like Florida College had given me all those answers and I didn’t even know it.” Growing up in Plant City, Florida, Amanda was always near the college. She attended Florida College Academy until third grade and was homeschooled from fourth grade through high school. Amanda often attended dramatic productions and other events on the Florida College campus with her family, and she knew the environment was something she wanted to be a part of. "I chose to come to Florida College because of the environment,” Amanda said. "I grew up around the school. I went to see musicals and plays and all the events at the school growing up. I liked what I saw, and I knew that was where I wanted to be.” Amanda’s family wanted to be part of the Florida College environment too. Her mom, Melanie Williamson, started working in the Florida College Bookstore to be on campus with Amanda, and her brother, Andy Williamson, just earned his associate degree from Florida College. He will be returning to the college in the fall to pursue his bachelor’s [...]

June 28th, 2016|

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. David McClister

June 16th, 2016|

Florida College Hosts Labor Camp 2016

Florida College hosted a total of 67 participants on campus at Labor Camp 2016 on June 5-9. The volunteers at the 12th annual camp worked longer days than last year and donated nearly 2,000 hours of labor, saving the college approximately $60,000. To date, Labor Camp has now saved Florida College more than $400,000. Labor Camp operates each summer under the supervision of the director of alumni relations, Adam Olson. This year's camp was directed by Craig Bean, the original Labor Camp director, Florida College alumnus and president of The Hutchinson Bell. This year’s Labor Camp participants completed variety of projects to improve campus: Replaced fencing on the west side of Hutchinson Auditorium Painted in Boswell Hall, Jennifer Hall, Puckett Auditorium, Hutchinson Auditorium and McCarty Auditorium Completed a massive landscaping project outside the newly renovated Wilson Hall Built a wall in one of the locker rooms at Conn Gymnasium Demolished the deck outside Henderson Hall Demolished the pergola at Graduation Walk and safely stored the bricks for placement after future construction projects Cleaned in Jennifer Hall, Hailey-King and Akin Built a hostess station in Henderson Dining Hall Repainted numbers in parking lot outside Boswell Hall Repaired and painted the west end of Dicus Hall Replaced all lightbulbs, oiled all fans and repaired receptacles in Hutchinson Auditorium Completed numerous small projects in Chatlos Library Bleached and pressure washed nearly every surface on campus Prepped the area around the main sign for installation of a new one Cleaned the construction area on first floor Wilson Hall Assisted with inventory needs at the bookstore The Labor Camp projects were overseen by Florida College’s chief marketing and information officer, Jared Barr. Barr was thrilled with this year’s volunteer [...]

June 14th, 2016|

Abigail Alford Wins Chipotle’s “Cultivating Thought” Student Essay Contest

Abigail Alford, an incoming Florida College freshman and presidential scholar, has been selected as one of the 10 grand prizewinners of Chipotle Mexican Grill’s “Cultivating Thought” student essay scholarship contest, judged by acclaimed author Jonathan Safran Foer. "My mom and I decided early on that applying for scholarships would be a priority, and we're so thankful for the positive results of that decision,” Abigail said. The “Cultivating Thought” contest challenged students ages 13 to 18 to submit an original story about when food created a memory. Abigail’s essay, “Two Minutes With Granny Sue,” was chosen based on its originality, creativity and quality of composition. The essay is about the first time she enjoyed ice cream from an ice cream truck after a lifetime of hearing “no” from her loving parents. “Two Minutes With Granny Sue” is featured on Chipotle packaging alongside artwork inspired by the essay, and Abigail received a $20,000 scholarship to support her continuing education. "When I first found out about winning the Chipotle scholarship, I remember breaking down in tears and thanking God over and over again because I was so grateful to have won something that would ease the financial burden of my college expenses,” Abigail said. Abigail graduated from Summit High School in Spring Hill, Tennessee, and will be joining the Florida College family on campus in the fall as a freshman in the elementary education program. She is interested in getting involved on campus with the theater productions and as a member of the chorus, the Florida College Friends and the Camp Friends, but most of all, she is excited to be a part of the spiritual atmosphere. “I've never had the chance to be in an [...]

June 9th, 2016|

Cami Yow is living His way.

Cami Yow came to Florida College from her hometown in Chelsea, Alabama, to enjoy experiences and build relationships like her mother and brothers did during their time on campus. She decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree in elementary education because she wasn’t ready to give up the opportunity to continue making memories after just two years. "There was a lot that I still wanted to be involved in,” Cami said. "It was almost like I had unfinished business. If I had all these memories after two years, I could only imagine what I could do in two more.” By being actively involved in campus life, Cami has made the most of her time at Florida College. She was a member of the women’s soccer team during her freshman and sophomore years, and she joined the cheerleading team during her junior year. She has also been a member of Phi Sigma Chi, Zeta Phi Epsilon, APPLE club and Phi Theta Kappa. During her upcoming senior year, Cami plans to return to play for the women’s soccer team and serve as a senior senator with the SBGA. She is also looking forward to spending this summer traveling across the western half of the country as a Camp Friend and meeting new people. "I love meeting people and networking and making new friends and memories,” Cami said. "I’ve never been out west, but most of the friends I’ve made at Florida College are from the west.” Although Cami is excited to serve as a Camp Friend this summer, she is already looking forward to the end of her tour, when she can appreciate the full impact of her experience. "I’m most excited for the end of [...]

June 2nd, 2016|