As one of the first Florida College graduates with a bachelor’s degree in English, Beth Behle (B.A. ’15) is serving as an eighth-grade language arts teacher at Foundation Christian Academy in Valrico, Florida. "Being able to teach at a Christian academy in the subject that I majored in is really cool,” Beth said. "It feels like a family almost in the way that Florida College did." A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Beth came to Florida College because she saw the experience her older siblings had on campus and thought it would be the right place for her. She started out in the elementary education program but switched to studying in the college’s new English program before her junior year. "Just at the right time, Florida College added the English program so I was able to stay and complete it,” Beth said. "Being able to study what I enjoy from that Christian perspective is something I couldn't get anywhere else." Being a part of the new program meant Beth got to develop alongside the English curriculum. She took each new class in the program with passionate professors and only a few classmates. "I saw classes added every year even while I was there, and it was exciting to be a part of that,” Beth said. "It made the students and teachers in the English program feel more like a family." Beth loved having the opportunity to build relationships with her professors at Florida College. She was especially impacted by one of her English professors, Karen Witherington, and honored her with her senior coin at the Senior Legacy Ceremony. "I had her as a teacher before I was even in the English department,” Beth said. [...]
Florida College’s chapter of Alpha Chi, the national college honor society, inducted eight new members at a ceremony in Puckett Auditorium on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 5:30 p.m. Alpha Chi is a coeducational academic honor society with the purpose of promoting academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and honoring those who achieve such distinction. Membership is limited to the top 10 percent of juniors, seniors and graduate students from each chapter, and there are more than 300 chapters of Alpha Chi located in 45 states and Puerto Rico. Dr. Dan Petty opened the induction ceremony of the Florida Xi chapter by welcoming guests and introducing Kathleen Trigg, a professor in Florida College’s communication department, as the guest speaker for the event. Petty was also responsible for installing this year’s officers: Morgan Bingham as president, Micah Works as vice president, and Hannah Beckley as secretary and treasurer. The newly installed officers inducted eight new members: Jesse Bingham Sloan Hastings Solomon Johnson Jesse Roy Micah Simpkins Jennette Sink Emma Leigh Smith Rachel Tharp Congratulations to these students on their outstanding academic achievements!
Florida College will participate in the global #GivingTuesday movement again on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, with a greater goal and a stronger mission to serve! #GivingTuesday is a day of giving held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support. Last year, Florida College’s first-ever #GivingTuesday experience was an outstanding success. Our students, faculty and staff found ways to give back to the local community, and we raised $265,196.34 for Florida College in one day thanks to generous gifts from more than 250 donors across the country. This year, Florida College has secured a matching gift of up to $200,000, thanks to two anonymous donors, doubling the impact of all gifts made on #GivingTuesday! Our goal for the day on Nov. 29 is to meet the match and raise $400,000 to support our students. You can join the movement with us! Some ideas for how you can participate include: 1. Make a tax-deductible gift to Florida College on Nov. 29 to support student scholarships. Every dollar raised on #GivingTuesday will be directed to the Scholarship Partner Fund, providing scholarships in academics, athletics, fine arts and more. 2. Watch Florida College’s #GivingTuesday campaign on social media. Our students, faculty and staff will be giving back to our community on Nov. 29 too, so join our Facebook event to keep up with our plans. 3. Use the hashtag #GivingTuesday on social media throughout the next few weeks to talk about Florida College and why you plan to support students. 4. Encourage high-school juniors and seniors who give back to their [...]
Christina Caudill came to Florida College because she saw the impact the school had on her older sister, Heather Caudill (B.S. ’15), who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Christina's own college experience has been very similar. “I watched my sister go to Florida College, and I saw how she made friends and grew spiritually while she was here,” Christina said. "I wanted that for myself.” Much like her sister, Christina has had the opportunity to build lifelong relationships with the people who learn and live around her. She is actively involved on campus and has served Florida College as a telecounselor and a Camp Friend. She is a member of Phi Sigma Chi and Rotaract, the college’s community service organization. This year, she is also serving as a junior class senator on the Student Body Government Association. “During my time at Florida College, I have been encouraged to enhance my strengths and lead through planning and service especially while engaged in student body government,” Christina said. Christina plans to graduate from Florida College with a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication one semester ahead of schedule. She is dedicated to her schoolwork and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, one of Florida College’s academic honor societies. "We’re told to give all things to the glory of God, and if we can’t demonstrate that determination in our school work, how will we be able to demonstrate it in any other parts of our lives?” Christina said. The organizational communication program gives Christina the opportunity to study business and communication from both departments’ professors. Christina would like to use her organizational communication degree to serve a non-profit organization as a project manager [...]