Florida College Will Direct All #GivingTuesday Gifts to Scholarship Partner Fund

Florida College will direct all gifts made on #GivingTuesday to the Scholarship Partner Fund, providing students with scholarships in academics, athletics, fine arts and more. The Scholarship Partner Fund is the best way to support high-achieving students at Florida College, according to acting chief advancement officer, Martin Adams. “The focus of #GivingTuesday is about people helping people, and our people are our students,” Adams said. "If we don’t serve our students, we aren’t serving who we need to be serving.” One of Florida College's biggest areas of need is scholarships for students. As Florida College tries to compete with other public and private institutions of higher learning, the amount of scholarship dollars the school has to offer is of tremendous importance. Paul Casebolt, director of admissions and retention services, recognizes the value of scholarships in the recruitment process. “Generally speaking, paying for college is something people are very concerned about,” Casebolt said. "The ability of Florida College to offer competitive scholarships, whether we are talking about academic scholarships, music scholarships, or athletic scholarships, is going to be very important to us moving forward.” High-achieving students like Hannah Henderson, a senior in Florida College’s liberal studies program, understand the value of academic scholarships when pursuing a college education. Henderson is able to focus on the opportunities available to her at Florida College because she isn’t worried about the cost of attendance. "Academic scholarships made it possible for me to come to Florida College and focus on my academics,” Henderson said. "My scholarship took all of the financial stress off me, allowing me to spend all of my time taking advantage of all of the educational opportunities that Florida College has to offer.” #GivingTuesday also [...]

November 21st, 2016|

Faculty Spotlight: Michael Benson

November 18th, 2016|

Maj. Gen. Clinton Crosier Speaks for Veterans Day

Maj. Gen. Clinton Crosier addressed the student body during this morning’s chapel devotion and during a special Veterans Day program following the devotion. "I am honored to speak to you today on such an important occasion, as we honor those who have served our military,” Crosier said. “We’re here today to honor our service members and to remember the sacrifices that they have made and the courage it takes to stand for freedom." As a veteran, Crosier is the director of plans and policy for U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. He attended Iowa State University on an Air Force ROTC scholarship and was commissioned and entered the Air Force in 1988, after receiving a degree in aerospace engineering. He is directly responsible to the USSTRATCOM Commander for the development and implementation of national security policy and guidance; military strategy and guidance; space and weapons employment concepts and policy; and joint doctrine as they apply to the command and the execution of its mission. He is also responsible for the development of the nation’s strategic war plan, strategic support plans for theater combatant commanders and contingency planning for the global strike mission. He is among the highest command of U.S. military who are responsible for national security. “We who serve in uniform today are humbled by your honor, but we are also honored by the service of those who came before us,” Crosier said. As a brother in Christ, Crosier serves as an elder at the La Vista Church of Christ in Omaha, Nebraska. He has served the Lord faithfully throughout his military career whether stationed in the U.S. or abroad. Crosier and his wife, Shelle, have three children and six [...]

November 11th, 2016|

Florida College Secures $200,000 Matching Gift on #GivingTuesday

Florida College has secured a matching gift of up to $200,000, thanks to two anonymous donors, doubling the impact of all #GivingTuesday gifts made on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016! According to Martin Adams, Florida College’s acting chief advancement officer, this gift will have a major impact on the college’s participation in the #GivingTuesday movement. “Florida College is getting a guaranteed return for every dollar that is given on #GivingTuesday,” Adams said. “That is powerful for donors to know. Even though a gift may be modest, it becomes two times that by giving on #GivingTuesday instead of another day." Florida College’s first-ever #GivingTuesday experience was an outstanding success. 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. Nearly half of the total amount raised during last year's #GivingTuesday movement was funded by a matching gift of $100,000 from one anonymous donor. Inspired by the overwhelming response of Florida College alumni and friends on #GivingTuesday, that same anonymous donor has not only agreed to support this year's #GivingTuesday movement with another $100,000 matching gift, but also found another anonymous donor who agreed to give a second $100,000 matching gift, offering Florida College a total of $200,000 in potential matching funds. The goal for this year’s #GivingTuesday movement is to meet the match and raise $400,000 to go directly to the Scholarship Partner Fund, which provides Florida College students with scholarships for academics, athletics, fine arts and more. “The focus of #GivingTuesday is about people helping people. Our people in our community are our students,” Adams said. “These matching gifts show [...]

November 8th, 2016|

Florida Department of Education Approves Florida College’s Music Education Program

The Florida Department of Education has granted full approval of Florida College’s Bachelor of Science program in music education, allowing graduates to begin their teaching careers with a full five-year professional teaching certificate. Thanks to the diligent work of Dr. Douglas Barlar, chair of the music department at Florida College, and other music education faculty, graduates of the music education program will now receive a transcript endorsement indicating the completion of a state-approved program certified in music for grades K-12. They will have the opportunity to work closely with students in settings that provide opportunities for crucial guidance in ways that they may not receive elsewhere. "Florida College is dedicated to developing God-centered servants who will be highly qualified and caring professionals,” Barlar said. “If a student loves music and wants to have an impact on the lives of young people, there is no better way to make a living.” The Bachelor of Science in music education is built upon the rich traditions of a liberal arts education, including the same performance and research requirements as the Bachelor of Arts in music. The program also includes additional courses in music education and professional education, including pre-internship experiences in schools and a semester-long internship, half of which is spent at a secondary school and half at an elementary school. While some schools are failing to focus on fine arts education, Florida College prepares music education graduates to have a strong impact while teaching music in schools of all levels, according to Dr. Brian Crispell, Florida College’s academic dean. "The arts have not been emphasized to the degree they used to be in the last 10 or 15 years,” Crispell said. "This allows our students [...]

November 1st, 2016|

David Cluff is learning His way.

David Cluff came to Florida College to study in the new music education program in hopes of one day serving as a middle-school or high-school band director. "I’ve always been interested in music education, and Florida College just started up the program when I got here," David said. Now Florida College's Bachelor of Science program in music education has been fully approved by the Florida Department of Education, allowing graduates like David to begin their teaching careers with a full five-year professional teaching certificate. They will have the opportunity to work closely with students in settings that provide opportunities for crucial guidance in ways that they may not receive elsewhere. Although the music education program typically requires five years of study, David plans to complete his coursework in four years and graduate in May 2017. Being a part of a small, private school with a personalized program has allowed him to have the opportunity to gain this wide variety of experience in music, preparing him to better serve his students someday. "Being exposed to different things helps you be well rounded,” David said. “If I would’ve gone somewhere else, I wouldn’t have been involved in so many different things." In addition to his classes, David is able to participate in a variety of extracurricular organizations. He has been a member of the chorus, jazz band, pep band, wind ensemble and pit orchestra for the annual musical. He is also currently serving as the president of Florida College’s chapter of NAfME, the National Association for Music Educators. Participating in extracurricular organizations at Florida College also gives David the opportunity to be surrounded by like-minded peers. Sharing common values with his peers allows him to build more [...]

November 1st, 2016|