Florida College Will Host Alumni Musical “1776”

The fine arts department at Florida College will host the first-ever alumni musical, “1776,” on Feb. 3-6, 2017, to support scholarships for fine arts students. The production will be directed by Tim Moore, a professor in the music department with experience directing more than 75 shows, and will feature Florida College faculty and staff and talented alumni from across the country. Moore and Matt Johnson, chair of the communication, English and languages department, have been wanting to do “1776,” a Broadway hit and winner of three Tony awards including best musical, at Florida College for over a decade, and getting alumni involved seemed like the perfect way to make it happen. “It’s one of the better written musicals in the American repertoire of Broadway theater, and it’s about important ideas: patriotism and the legacy of our country,” Johnson said. “We, for a long time, have been wanting to get more involvement with alumni productions, and this is a big show.” The seminal event in American history blazes to life in “1776.” The show puts a human face on the pages of history as we see the men behind the national icons, founding fathers determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation. The cast for “1776” includes experienced alumni, like Shane Scott, Thaxter Dickey, Benjamin Payne, and Amanda (Graham) Payne, alongside current Florida College students, like Drake Pledger, Trevor Mikell, Nathan Christian, Tyler Henderson and Jackson Cowley. The show will also include Royce Chandler, Todd Chandler, Luke Chandler, Melanie (Brooks) Chandler and Micah Chandler, adding up to five members and three generations of one family. "Having a cast made up of alumni is obviously different than a student cast,” Moore said. "Since [...]

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Meet the 2017 Florida College Camp Friends

Congratulations to these students on being selected to represent Florida College across the country as Camp Friends! They will be traveling to a Florida College camp near you in summer 2017! Stacey Beutjer Justin Beville Jacob Bratton Christina Caudill Mackenzie Caudill Shayna Echols Jarrett Ferguson Hayden Green Maria Hagewood Elizabeth Hammontree Luke Heard Bret Hockensmith Zack Howard Ethan Jamerson Noe Lee Ryan McNally Mark Nelson Preston Nichols Tanner Pearson Jill Robertson Jesse Roy Alora Scogin Keeley Slamans Jarod Stackpole Tania Steele Shelby Stickle Ashlynn Underwood Cami Yow

January 13th, 2017|

Jacob Stinson is leading His way.

Although Jacob Stinson grew up in Hendersonville, Tennessee, attending Florida College camps and hearing stories about Florida College from his parents and other family friends who attended the school, he had a tough choice to make when it came to where he would go to college. Tied between two different schools, Jacob considered what he would be missing out on if he didn’t come to Florida College. "I didn’t think I could grow up hearing about all of this and never actually experience it,” Jacob said. "It hit me then how much I was going to be missing out on if I went to another school.” Three years later, Jacob is a senior in the liberal studies program and can look back on his time at Florida College to recognize the specific things he would’ve missed out on at another institution. While at Florida College, Jacob has enjoyed a student-teacher ratio that is much lower than most institutions. This allowed him to build close personal relationships with the professors who taught his science, Bible, business and humanities courses. Jacob has had the opportunity to grow close to Todd Chandler, the chair of the mathematics and science department, both in and out of the classroom. He has been a consistent encouragement to Jacob as he works his way through the liberal studies program and prepares for dental school and a career in orthodontics. "He is very open and encouraging,” Jacob said. "It all comes down to the interest he has in me and other people too. If you’re his student, he wants you to do well. Outside of his studies, Jacob has also been extensively involved on campus. He has been an active member of Phi Sigma Chi and [...]

January 3rd, 2017|