Bailey McBryde was selected as the winner of the $1,000 #GivingTuesday scholarship to Florida College in recognition of her efforts to give back to her community in Ash Flat, Arkansas. As a senior in high school, Bailey serves her community both by participating in group community service projects and doing community service individually. As a member of various high-school organizations, she has had the privilege to serve food at a Kiwanis Club meeting, help with multiple food drives, pick up trash on the side of the road and raise money for the Arkansas Children's Hospital. “I greatly enjoy helping the community, however I only hope that they see the bigger picture,” Bailey said. "I strive to please the Lord everyday, and giving back to my community is just one way to do that." In addition to her efforts with fellow high-school students, Bailey also volunteers on her own. She enjoys making baked goods and pastries and taking them to the elderly or people in need in her community. She donates her old clothes to a local second-hand store. Over the past six years, she has volunteered at a Hippotherapy Camp for kids in the summer. She also makes a special effort put a smile on her face, offer to lend a helping hand and say kind words wherever she goes. “Many may feel that this is a small act, yet I believe it is a mighty one,” Bailey said. Florida College would like to thank Bailey McBryde for her efforts to serve others and congratulate her on winning the $1,000 #GivingTuesday scholarship!
President H.E. “Buddy” Payne (A.A. ’65) joined the #GivingTuesday movement with Florida College students as they assembled bags to donate to the families at Ronald McDonald House. “I was honored to serve alongside Florida College students for #GivingTuesday,” Payne said. "Seeing the volunteer spirit among our students is truly humbling and reminds me why we are participating in this day." Florida College students, faculty, staff and administrators participated in a variety of service activities on Tuesday, Nov. 29, as a part of #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving back held annually after Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. In order to kick off the holiday giving season, they donated blood at a blood drive in the student center and participated in a variety of other activities with campus organizations. Faculty and staff donated toys and other items to All Children’s Hospital. The Rotaract Club visited the VA Hospital and served lunch donated by Mission BBQ to the wounded warriors in the spinal unit. The Florida College Chorus performed a free concert for the residents at John Knox Village. Members of Omega Chi hosted a free car wash on campus for Florida College faculty and staff. Members of Psi Beta Gamma assembled bags to donate to the families at Ronald McDonald House. Both the Sowers Club and YWTO participated in the day’s events with a devotional with the residents at an assisted living facility. Faculty and staff and the Health Science Association joined forces with Chick-fil-A to serve dinner to the guests at Hope Lodge. Members of Zeta Phi Epsilon and Kappa Omicron went trick-or-treating for canned goods in local neighborhoods to donate to Feeding Tampa Bay. The APPLE Club visited Posimoto After School to [...]
Whether she is studying to become an occupational therapist or working as resident assistant in Hinely Hall, Heather Donovan is using her time at Florida College to serve others. Heather came to Florida College from Victoria, Texas, to be a part of the same kind of atmosphere she experienced at Florida College Texas Camp and Falcon Days. "I chose to come to Florida College for the majority of the reasons most people do,” Heather said. "I wanted to be a part of the atmosphere and build lifelong relationships.” Since her freshman year, Heather has been actively involved within that atmosphere. She was elected as the treasurer of the freshman class, SBGA secretary during her junior year and to the homecoming court. She is a member of Alpha Club and was recognized as Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities. She has worked in the Math Lab, as an SI for College Algebra and at the aftercare program at Florida College Academy. In addition to her many extracurricular activities, Heather stays focused on academics. She is a senior in the liberal studies program with components in communication, behavioral science and physical education. After graduation, she plans to start a graduate program in occupational therapy so can serve children who struggle with basic skills like tying their shoes or writing their names. "We take so many of the things we can do for granted,” Heather said. "I really want to work with kids and help them to have a better life.” Heather is also serving others as a resident assistant in Hinely Hall, a residence hall made up of mostly lower-division women. "It’s very different because almost all of the girls are freshman and sophomores,” [...]