Caleb Liggin, Class of 2013

As a third generation Falcon and regular camper at Florida College Chicagoland Camp, Caleb Liggin (B.A. '13) knew Florida College would be the best choice for his college years. He began working in the college's liberal studies program but then switched to communication when the new program opened after his sophomore year. "I’ve always been a people person,” Caleb said. "I like talking to people and working with people, so the communication program ended up being a really nice fit for me." The communication program gave Caleb the opportunity to learn about interacting with people both in business and personal settings, and he is constantly using what he learned at Florida College in his current job as an account manager in the donor recruitment department at the American Red Cross. His work requires him to make connections with people and businesses in the community, give presentations about blood donation, and coordinate blood drives at a variety of locations, including colleges. "I work with several colleges here with the Red Cross, and one thing I notice is that there doesn’t seem to be quite the sense of community that I remember feeling at Florida College,” Caleb said. Caleb was an extremely active part of the campus community during his time at Florida College. He was a member of Psi Beta for four years and served as the society’s president during his sophomore year. He worked as an SI leader during his sophomore and junior years and helped coordinate the SI program during his senior year. He was elected to sophomore class secretary and then junior-senior class president for two years. He served as an intern in the admissions department and was also involved with [...]

July 28th, 2016|

Dr. Thaxter Dickey Receives Carrozza Award

Dr. Thaxter Dickey was honored as the recipient of Florida College’s Carrozza Outstanding Performance Award for the 2015-2016 academic year based on his effectiveness in the classroom, pursuit of professional development and overall involvement within the campus community. Dickey came to teach at Florida College in 1979, while he was completing the coursework to earn his doctorate degree at the University of South Florida. He began as a part-time psychology professor, but was later hired as a full-time business professor. Dickey has been teaching at Florida College ever since. "I wouldn’t teach anywhere else,” he said. As a tenured professor of behavioral science, Dickey currently teaches a wide range of courses including psychology, sociology, economics and honors reading. His students consistently rank his classes among the most difficult and the most interesting at the college. Dickey hopes that, by teaching the social sciences at Florida College, he can help young Christians put these subjects into a biblical framework and defend themselves against the philosophies that threaten to overwhelm Christians in America today. "I think that here at Florida College I can provide a service above and beyond just teaching the principles and facts of sociology and psychology because I’m teaching brothers and sisters in Christ,” Dickey said. In addition to teaching, Dickey joins other members of the faculty in sharing in the governance of the academic standards of the college, advising students as they choose classes and prepare for the future, and supporting student events and campus life. The Carrozza Outstanding Performance Award is sponsored by the generosity of David and Dana Carrozza of Folsom, California, to highlight the critical value of teaching professors at the college and includes an all-expenses paid trip [...]

July 19th, 2016|

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Minghui Liu

July 14th, 2016|

Jacob Stringer is leading His way.

Jacob Stringer has been dreaming of performing with the Florida College Friends since he saw them perform for the first time at Florida College Arkansas Camp. “I was 13 years old when I saw the Friends for the first time,” Jacob said. “I remember thinking they were so cool. I always had it it my mind that I wanted to perform with them.” Thanks to support from the James R. Cope Adopt Program, Jacob came to Florida College to study business administration and fulfilled his dream of joining the Friends. Now, he is finishing up traveling across the country on tour with the group for the fourth summer. As a member of the Friends, Jacob plays the guitar, mandolin and banjo. He has been able to perform at a variety of shows and camps across the country, reminding him of his own camp experience at Florida College Arkansas Camp. “To me, camp wasn’t about Florida College,” Jacob said. “It was about friends, the experience and spiritual growth.” Although he wasn’t thinking about Florida College at camp, he came to the college for the same kinds of experiences and relationships. The environment at Florida College has provided Jacob with opportunities to grow academically and spiritually and to build meaningful relationships with his peers. In addition to performing with the Friends, he was an active member of Zeta Phi Epsilon, and many of his friends were his fellow society members. “I came to Florida College predominately because I wanted to be in a good environment,” Jacob said. “I wanted to meet other Christians. You’re going to face temptations anywhere you go, but here, the overwhelming peer pressure is positive.” Being a part of the Florida College [...]

July 5th, 2016|