Shawn and Diane Bain Serve 30 Years at Florida College Kamp Kennessee

Shawn and Diane Bain have been serving Florida College Kamp Kennessee for 30 years. Both former Florida College students, the Bains began their service to Kamp Kennessee by spending two years supporting the camp as counselors and have been working as camp directors ever since. "Every year, we are blessed to watch children come together and become friends in a safe environment to grow spiritually and socially,” Diane Bain said. “Camp gives us an avenue to share our story and what we believe Florida College can provide them when it is time to enter college.” Through their service to Kamp Kennessee, the Bains have had the opportunity to influence the lives of countless young people. Thanks to their work, camp is a place where campers can come together and connect with others of like faith and hold on to those friends year after year. They focus on providing biblical teaching and a taste of what life at Florida College is like. Florida College’s chief advancement officer, Martin Adams, sent his three daughters to Kamp Kennessee so they could benefit from the Bains’ good work. He believes their value to the camp and the college is far above rubies. "Kids need a variety of role models and situations in which to grow up as a Christian,” Adams said. "We have always considered the Bains to be one of our strongest parenting partners. For our children to have the Bains year after year providing godly influence was huge for us.” A previous camper, Coulter Wickerham, attributes his decision to attend Florida College and the experience he enjoyed there to his time at Kamp Kennessee and the efforts of the Bains. Now as a camp counselor and [...]

July 27th, 2017|

National Association of Scholars Recognizes Florida College’s Common Reading

The National Association of Scholars (NAS) recognizes Florida College’s Common Reading program in "Beach Books 2016-2017: What Do Colleges Want Students to Read Outside Class?”, a comprehensive report on common readings at 348 colleges in 46 states across the nation. The annual NAS report concludes that common reading selections at most institutions are predictable, published within the last two decades and focused on promoting progressive messages. Florida College is listed as an Honorable Mention alongside eight other colleges with reading requirements that rise above the typical standard. In contrast to most institutions, Florida College’s Common Reading program for the 2016-2017 academic year required two readings: Pericles’ "Funeral Oration" and Abraham Lincoln’s "Gettysburg Address.” According to the NAS report, “Florida College deserves acclaim both for the quality of its common readings this year and for the continuing high quality of its selections.” Florida College was also featured in an NAS article by David Randall, the association’s director of communications, asserting that the college is an example of best practice in common reading programs. “Florida College shows that colleges can select Common Readings that introduce students to the best thoughts and words of the past, and that are as timely now as when they were written,” Randall said. Based in New York, New York, the NAS works to foster intellectual freedom and to sustain the tradition of reasoned scholarship and civil debate in America’s colleges and universities. The association recommends colleges should select better books "to welcome incoming freshmen to the life of the mind.” Florida College’s Common Reading sections continually strive after this goal. Some previous selections have included “Flatland” by Edwin Abbott Abbott, "The Abolition of Man” by C. S. Lewis, the U.S. [...]

July 14th, 2017|

Tanner Pearson is leading His way.

Kamp Kennessee played a major role in Tanner Pearson’s decision to come to Florida College. Now he is traveling the country as a Camp Friend, leading campers’ lives closer to God, helping them build better relationships with one another and ensuring they have loads of fun, all while planting the seeds of a Florida College education. "We always viewed Camp Friends as a big deal at Kamp Kennessee,” Tanner said. "To see myself in that position to interact with kids from so many different backgrounds and be able to try to spread the influence of Florida College and encourage as many kids as I can is an incredible opportunity.” As a senior from Bowling Green, Kentucky, Tanner came to Florida College to study in the organizational communication program and prepare for a career in medical device sales. His time in the classroom has given him a foundation of knowledge in both business and communication which will benefit him as he begins work after graduation. In addition to his studies, Tanner is actively involved on campus. He is a member of Phi Sigma Chi and served as the society president during his sophomore year. He was also elected to the SBGA as a freshman class officer and served diligently in that role. Tanner has had more opportunities to get involved at Florida College than he might have had at another institution. "Florida College is a unique environment and presents a lot of interesting opportunities to get involved,” he said. “The ability you have to spread your influence and to hone your leadership skills is really good.” Tanner believes that Florida College has helped him to grow physically, socially, academically and spiritually during some of the most [...]

July 6th, 2017|