Jordan Mitchell (B.A. ’13) is using what he learned at Florida College as he completes graduate school and prepares for a career in the medical field. Jordan came to Florida College with his twin brother, Justin, after attending Florida College Florida Camp for six years. The brothers chose Florida College so they could receive a higher education with a biblical foundation. Jordan wanted to be around fellow Christians, take classes from like-minded professors and grow in a healthy environment. "Florida College makes it clear that being a Christian takes priority, and I really appreciated that,” Jordan said. For Jordan, being a Christian came first whether he was studying for his classes, getting involved on campus or competing with the men’s basketball team. In addition to providing a strong spiritual environment, Florida College offered Jordan a rigorous academic experience with a more personal feel. Even in Jordan's largest science class on campus, his professor knew the names of all 15 students. He had even smaller classes as well. "There were only four students in my first semester of organic chemistry,” Jordan said. "We were able to ask questions and learn in a way that is not offered at large universities.” The small classes gave Jordan the unique opportunity to form close relationships with his professors and prepared him for graduate school. After graduating with his bachelor’s degree, Jordan married Alison (Bonner) Mitchell (B.S. '12), who he met at Florida College, and began medical school at the University of South Florida. He is finishing his fourth year of graduate school and plans to graduate with his doctorate degree in April. "Florida College prepared me for medical school in and out of the classroom,” Jordan said. [...]
Florida College hosted a dedication ceremony led by President Payne to celebrate the completion of the Wilson Hall renovation on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, following the daily chapel assembly. Wilson Hall was the first new building constructed on Florida College’s campus and was named after the college’s first president, L. R. Wilson, in 1948. "To many of us, Wilson Hall reminds us of the past,” Payne said. The outdated building previously hosted classrooms, a men’s dormitory and storage space, but it has been beautifully restored thanks to generous estate gifts from faithful supporters. It will now serve as the home of the office of admissions and retention services and the financial aid office. Wilson Hall will also host the Center for Academic Excellence. Previously known as the academic advising office, this vital campus function has been named the Willie and Sylvia Jones Center for Academic Excellence to honor Willie and Sylvia Jones of Thomasville, Alabama. Sylvia reached out to the college looking for a way to honor the memory of her beloved husband, Willie, whom she lost in May 2015. Due to the Jones family's dedication to educating young Christians and preparing them for lives of service, Sylvia chose to donate $150,000 to name this office. “We are pleased Sylvia chose to honor Willie in a way that will have such an impact on our students,” Payne said. "This vital office serves every student as they make their way to Florida College and embark on their collegiate academic career." In addition to the interior renovation, the surviving pieces of sidewalk from the 1947 landscape project completed by Florida College students, faculty, alumni and friends have been set outside Wilson Hall, honoring the volunteer [...]
Florida College will host guest speaker Bill Bennett at the ninth annual Florida College Leadership Dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 22, 2016, at the Hilton Downtown Tampa. Bennett is one of America’s most respected voices on cultural, political and education issues, and he is the former host of the nationally ranked syndicated radio show, “Morning in America." The Florida College Leadership Dinner is an annual event designed to promote ethical leadership and build relationships with members of the Tampa Bay business community while also supporting the business department, according to David Curry, chief advancement officer. “This event benefits our business department in several ways,” Curry said. “It not only raises money to provide scholarships for our tremendous business students, but also allows those students to learn about ethical leadership and meet local business leaders to cultivate internship possibilities." Since the first event in 2008, the funds raised at the Leadership Dinner have benefitted the business programs at Florida College. More than 65 business students have received scholarship money raised at the Leadership Dinner over the past eight years, and this is on track to be the most successful year to date. But the event also provides an opportunity for the college’s upper-division business students to learn from experienced guest speakers and network with a variety of local business leaders. The Leadership Dinner combines Florida College’s spiritually based values with mainstream leadership principles in order to appeal to professionals from different backgrounds. As a result, the selected guest speakers have experience in a wide range of fields from medicine to sports to journalism. “We try to focus on a different demographic each year. Ethical leadership is important in any organization whether it be [...]
Florida College student Aser Civilus has been selected to receive a UPS Scholarship provided by the Florida Independent College Fund and its national partner, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC). Civilus is a junior in the liberal studies program at Florida College. He came to the college from Jacksonville, Florida, to join the men’s soccer team, and he plays an important role for the Falcons. According to Saif Alsafeer, head coach of the men’s soccer team, Aser is an excellent recipient of the scholarship. "He is a young man of great character and a great asset to our soccer program,” Alsafeer said. "He is one of those guys that makes a difference in every aspect, so we're thrilled to have Aser back with us this year." The CIC is an association that has worked to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society. At the national level, CIC teams up with the UPS Foundation to distribute funding of the UPS Scholarship. Through this program this year, the Florida Independent College Fund awarded $78,000 in UPS Scholarships to 30 deserving students at private, nonprofit colleges and universities across Florida. Congratulations to Aser Civilus on being selected as a UPS Scholarship recipient!
The fall semester is underway, and Florida College faculty and staff are beginning the work of the new academic year. The Florida College family is pleased to welcome 14 new full-time employees filling vacant roles for the 2016-2017 school year: Martin Adams (A.A. ’81) earned a Bachelor of Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master of Arts in strategic public relations from George Washington University. He has held numerous management positions with the Federal Aviation Administration, and his experience in major program oversight and national aviation policy development with its associated messaging will serve Florida College well as he works as a campaign manager. Lushanya Barth (B.A. ’12) worked in the office of admissions and retention services as a telecounselor for two years and as a camp friend for two years during her time at Florida College. She also served as a resident assistant for two years. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2012 and brings a great deal of customer service experience from her professional work in the last four years to her new position as the assistant manager of the Florida College Bookstore. April Behle (B.S. ’11) is a native of St. Charles, Missouri, and a Florida College graduate. Since graduation, she has gained four years of experience in education, including three years in preschool and one year teaching first grade. Behle is joining the faculty at Florida College Academy as a fifth-grade teacher. Adam Booher is a graduate of Lipscomb University and completed the M.M. in piano performance at Florida State University in May 2016. His talent and dedication have earned numerous awards and honors, including in competition. Most recently, he was finalist at the FSU Bach Competitive Festival [...]
Although she is working hard to finish the five-year music education program in four years, Diana Romo still makes time to be involved in a variety of groups and activities on campus. Many of the experiences she has enjoyed in the last three years are unique to Florida College. “I don’t think I would’ve been able to have these experiences at another institution,” Diana said. Many of Diana’s extracurricular activities are a part of the the fine arts department. Last spring, she starred in the musical, “Once Upon a Mattress,” as Princess Winifred. “It was probably one of the most fun shows I have ever had the chance to be a part of because I got to act completely ridiculous on stage and people thought it was hilarious,” Diana said. Diana’s extensive involvement on campus helps her to hone her skills and prepare her for her career as a music teacher, which will begin after graduation in May. Diana is a member of the Florida College Chorus, the Chamber Singers and the Wind Ensemble. She has also been a part of each of the spring musicals and enjoys the encouragement that she feels as a part of the cast. “Every night, one of my favorite things that we do is gather in what we call the magic circle,” Diana said. “We cross our arms, pray and sing through a verse of ‘In His Time.’ Every time we sing, we talk about lessons we’ve learned either from being in the cast or from the show itself. That was really encouraging.” That encouragement is very different from what Diana felt during her time performing in theater in high school. According to Diana, she didn’t feel [...]