To accommodate an anticipated increase in attendance, Florida College will host two graduation ceremonies on Friday, April 28, 2017. A ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. for the associate degree graduates, and a ceremony will be held at 7:30 p.m. for the bachelor's degree graduates. Conn Gymnasium's doors will open 30 minutes prior to each ceremony to allow guests to find their seats, but tickets will not be required for admittance. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we made decisions to provide the best possible graduation experience for our students. For family and friends who are unable to attend graduation, the ceremony will be available to watch on Livestream at livestream.com/wearefc. To watch the event live, select the link below at 3 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 28.
Florida College recognized a select group of students who received this year’s academic awards after the daily chapel devotion on Wednesday, March 29. The following students were selected by members of the Florida College faculty in their various disciplines for their excellence in the classroom and on their schoolwork. Karina Turner - Art This year’s academic award recipient for art distinguishes herself via consistently creative and innovative approaches to each drawing and design project. No artistic challenge daunts her as she confidently leans into each assignment, pressing herself to advance her approach, technique and masterful craftsmanship. It is quite evident that she takes the time to visualize the task ahead, even before putting pencil to paper. Karina Turner maintains the perspective that each project will be measured as if it is a masterpiece, no matter how complex or simple. Crystal Dugas - Behavioral Science Crystal is an excellent student who always provides full value in her assignments. As would be expected of an academic award winner at Florida College, she is always on time, clearly understands the assignments and provides high quality work. She is also quick to comprehend the new topics. When other students are still struggling to grasp the concepts, Crystal already understands the ideas and is ready for more advanced discussion. She often surprises professors by seeing the topics in an interesting or insightful way. Of course along with that goes her sometimes unorthodox formatting of papers as well. Although she may be quiet in class most of the time she can be passionate in pursuit of an idea. Crystal is certainly worthy of the academic award in behavioral science this year. Sara Yeager - D. Phillip Roberts Award in Bible [...]
The Florida College Friends will perform at Tampa’s annual Walk Like MADD event on the University of South Florida campus on Friday, March 24, at 5-9 p.m. Walk Like MADD is the signature fundraising event of Mothers Against Drunk Driving to help raise awareness and funds to eliminate drunk driving. The Tampa Walk Like MADD event will feature 520 walking participants in 45 teams and has already raised $68,840 toward the $80,000 goal. The Friends will be performing several short sets throughout the course of the event and playing hit songs in between each set. Adam Olson, Florida College’s director of alumni relations and the director of the Friends, is glad the group has the opportunity to serve in this way. "We are so pleased to participate in this event,” Olson said. "It is an honor to support such a wonderful cause in remembering victims, inspiring change and committing ourselves to bettering our community.” Last year, tens of thousands of people in over 80 cities across the nation participated in Walk Like MADD, and together, they raised almost $3 million to provide their programs and services at no cost. With every step taken and each dollar raised, walkers are supporting MADD’s lifesaving mission to keep families and communities safe. Stop by the Walk Like MADD event in Tampa to hear the Florida College Friends and support a worthy cause!
The Florida College Oratory Union won the year-end sweepstakes championship and brought home seven individual awards from the Collegiate Forensics Association, thanks to outstanding performances at tournaments throughout the team's 2016-2017 season. The Oratory Union, led by coaches Dr. Matt Johnson and Kathleen Trigg and captains Sara Yeager and Katie Thompson, competes against schools of all sizes from along the east coast. After taking first place in sweepstakes at the first tournament of the year, the Oratory Union remained in that position for the duration of the season. Even when the group was forced to miss a tournament or attend a tournament without the entire team, their overall scores were high enough to maintain their first-place standing. "This was a true team effort,” Trigg said. "Every single member of the team contributed to the championship, and it was the most impressive group of first-year competitors I have ever seen.” Many of the Oratory Union’s top competitors received individual year-end awards based on the number of points they earned at tournaments throughout the year. Jenny West won the year-end award for single dramatic interpretation and the John B. Mingus pan-interpretation award for the top performer in the five oral interpretation of literature awards categories. Jason Mallo was the season champion in dramatic duo interpretation and prose interpretation. Jenna Sink won the year-end award for informative speaking. Mikah Slatter was the season champion in communication analysis, and Adelia Harrell won the year-end award for after dinner speaking. Several more Florida College students received second place for the year-end awards. Emily Roche was the runner up for extemporaneous speaking, and Hannah Beckley received second place in after dinner speaking. Kyle Forsyth was the runner up for dramatic [...]
Florida College recognized 26 sophomores and 10 seniors who were selected to “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges” after the morning’s chapel devotion on Thursday, March 2. “Who’s Who Among Students” is one of the most prestigious awards the academic community can bestow. This exclusive honor is conferred by more than 1,000 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and is symbolized by the presentation of an award certificate. Since 1934, this honor, referred to as “Who’s Who Among Students,” has been based on solid academic standing indicated by at least a 3.0 GPA, participation and leadership in academic and extracurricular activities, evident good citizenship and service to Florida College and our community, and demonstration of potential for future achievement. Florida College’s selected sophomores are included in the biographical volume, “Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges,” and selected seniors are included in the companion volume, “Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.” By rule, Florida College may select no more than 5 percent of the student body in each of these categories per year. Thus, the students who are selected are truly among a distinguished group. Please join us in congratulating the following students on their outstanding achievements. Sophomores: Nolan Baker Joshua Beckley Sara Craig Meagan Dennis Lindsey Embry Elisabeth Falk-Letona Maria Hagewood Regan Hammer Elizabeth Hammontree Sloan Hastings Caroline Hood Sarah Hooton Ethan Jamerson Grace Johnson Julie Johnson Cassie Miller Alexander Mitchell Mark Nelson Cameron Piner Laura Pinto-Paez Natalia Restrepo Jill Robertson Mary Stuart Shannon Colyn Springer Rachel Stringer Rebekah Sutherland Seniors: Hannah Beckley Morgan Bingham Noah Diestelkamp Joshua Keenan Stuart Maness Diana Romo Nathan Shepard Jacob Stinson Jessica Tharp [...]
As editor of the Royal Palm Yearbook, Hannah Henderson is working closely with her staff and building relationships that will last a lifetime while preserving Florida College memories. "I think that everybody finds their thing at Florida College,” she said. "Yearbook is my thing. When I look back or talk to my kids about my time here, that is going to be the thing that I remember." Hannah came to Florida College from Harrison School of the Arts in Lakeland, Florida, where she studied piano. Now as a liberal studies major with components in business and communication, she understands the importance of learning any subject. This broad-based approach to learning is the foundation of the liberal arts education offered at Florida College. “Coming from an art school makes me appreciate the value of a liberal arts education more than other people do because the arts have been so integral in my life,” Hannah said. That appreciation of the liberal arts makes Hannah a better student, whether she is learning about great books or how to put together a yearbook. When she started working with the Royal Palm Yearbook during her sophomore year, Hannah had very little experience in her chosen field, design. By the end of the year, she was helping to supervise the design staff as they worked to meet their deadlines. Now as senior, Hannah serves as the editor in chief of the yearbook and works as a design intern in the college’s marketing department. No matter what Hannah is doing, she is learning everyday. “When you’re making a yearbook, you learn how short the year is and you learn the value of time and how quickly it passes,” she said. “It [...]