Two students from Florida College’s Florida Xi chapter of Alpha Chi attended the Alpha Chi National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, on April 6-8, 2017. Both Florida College students, Abigail Smith and Sara Yeager, gave presentations at the convention. Abigail Smith spoke on the topic, "Transatlantic Ties: Cato, Whigs, and American Patriots." Sara Yeager’s presentation was entitled "Let's Talk about Jesus: Hero Patterns in the Canonical Gospels." The students were accompanied on the trip by Kathleen Trigg, a co-sponsor of Alpha Chi and professor of communication. Florida College’s vice president and the Alpha Chi sponsor, Dr. Dan Petty, was unable to attend this year’s event. Alpha Chi is a national, coeducational academic honor society that admits college students from all academic disciplines. Membership is limited to an institution’s top 10 percent of juniors, seniors and graduate students, and there are more than 300 chapters of Alpha Chi located in 45 states and Puerto Rico. Congratulations to these students on achieving academic success and representing Florida College at the national convention!
Florida College recognized a select group of students who received this year’s activity awards after the daily chapel devotion on Thursday, April 13. The student organizations at Florida College are an integral part of campus life. They are designed to prepare students for better service to their creator and humanity by encouraging the development of qualities of leadership, cooperation and creativity. Whether a student is interested in fine arts, intramural sports, student government or service activities, there’s room for everyone to get involved at Florida College. The following students were selected by members of the Florida College faculty and staff for their outstanding efforts in various student organizations. Band Awards Ethan Jamerson David Lancaster Ellen Perkins Jason Young String Award Madison West Chorus Awards Trevor Mikell Kaylee Manning Piano Award Sarah Sutherland Royal Palm Yearbook Award Jonathan Weller Oratory Union Awards Jenny West Sara Yeager Jenna Sink Congratulations to this year’s activity award winners on being recognized for excellence in their various organizations over the past academic year!
Florida College granted tenure to Dr. Nathan Ward and Dr. Gary Wilemon based on their excellence in teaching, continued professional growth, appropriate academic credentials and service to the college. A ceremony and reception was held to honor the newly tenured faculty members following the daily chapel assembly on Tuesday, April 4. Dr. Nathan Ward After earning a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the University of South Florida in 2001, Ward began working for Florida College's development office while continuing his education with a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Florida College. By 2009, he earned a master’s degree from Liberty University and started teaching at Florida College as an adjunct professor in Bible. Following his hiring as a full-time professor in 2011, he began working toward a doctorate degree in theological exegesis at Knox Theological Seminary. He graduated summa cum laude with that degree last spring and was awarded the Most Outstanding Work in Doctoral Research and Ministry Award. Ward's broadly respected dissertation on the book of Esther led to the publication of "God Unseen: A Theological Introduction to Esther.” He is the editor of several works, including "Beneath the Cross: Essays and Reflections on the Lord’s Supper," and has authored several additional works, including "The Growth of the Seed: Notes on the Book of Genesis" and "Daybreak: A Guide to Overcoming Temptation.” In addition to his role as a professor, Ward is an evangelist at the 58th Street Church of Christ and is also currently working toward a second master’s degree in Christian apologetics from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is slated to graduate in May. Dr. Gary Wilemon Wilemon came to serve at Florida College in 2011 after two [...]
Travis Smith is already using the leadership skills he learned in the classroom and on campus at Florida College in the business world. He has worked in multiple internship programs, including his current job at SOFWERX, and is planning to take on full-time work at Sunbelt Staffing after graduation. “Being at Florida College is nice because I’ve gotten all these opportunities I wouldn’t have gotten somewhere else, and they look really good on a resume,” Travis said. "It makes it easier for me to step into positions of leadership." Although he loves music and came to Florida College as a music major, Travis quickly discovered he wanted to do something else with his professional life. He changed his academic focus to health sciences and then once more to business before finding the right fit. Now he is just a few weeks away from completing the necessary coursework for a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and he is already thankful for the things he learned at Florida College. "The knowledge I gained at Florida College directly prepared me for my career,” Travis said. In the classroom, Travis has studied management and leadership principles under the direction of business professors who themselves are outstanding examples of leaders. He has learned from the leadership styles of both Paul Greiving, chair of the business department, and Brian Gilliam, the newest addition to the business faculty. On campus, Travis has been involved in a variety of organizations and activities. He was a member of Omega Chi for two years and served as the group’s treasurer, and he is currently a member of Phi Sigma Chi. He worked part time in the office of admissions and retention services as [...]