Florida College Announces Annual Theme

Florida College announced the biblical theme for the 2017-2018 academic year during Opening Ceremonies on Thursday, Aug. 24. In the essay below, Dr. Jason Longstreth, dean of students, shares why he selected this year's theme, "Turning the World Upside Down." - As a community of believers, we choose a biblical theme for each academic year. This theme is designed to help us reflect on a common spiritual thought throughout the year. Often times, our theme becomes a unifying thread that runs through our chapel talks and devotional messages. But this theme is not just for those times when we engage in explicitly spiritual activities. It also reminds us of the practical application of all that we do. Whether we are studying in the classroom, competing on the athletic fields, praying in chapel or serving in the community, we have a spiritual purpose and a spiritual mission. Our theme helps us remember that fact. The Florida College theme for 2017-2018 is, “Turning the World Upside Down.” It is based on Acts 17:6. From the very beginning of His ministry, Jesus challenged the status quo. Jesus began His Sermon on the Mount by promoting attributes or characteristics that were not valued in the Greco-Roman world of His day. As He continued His sermon, He called on people to practice a type of righteousness that was deeper than that of the scribes and Pharisees. He asserted that the commonly held interpretations of the Law did not go far enough. He even told people to store up treasures in heaven instead of treasures on earth. Through His death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus overcame the world. He conquered death and brought the gift of righteousness. Furthermore, He changed the [...]

August 24th, 2017|

Florida College Recognizes Award-Winning Faculty

Florida College recognized this year’s faculty award winners at the annual faculty appreciation dinner at the Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club on Tuesday, Aug. 15. The annual award winners include the recipients of the Special Service Awards and the D. Phillip Roberts Top-Rated Lecturing Professor Award as well as the top-rated activities professor. Special Service Awards at Florida College are awarded to professors who have served the college above and beyond their regular teaching responsibilities. The recipients of the 2016-2017 Special Service Awards are Dr. Ray Madrigal, director of experiential learning, and Dr. Doug Barlar, chair of the music department. Madrigal led the quality enhancement plan committee in developing the AGORA (Academically Grounded Opportunities for Real-World Accomplishments) and his work with that program will be ongoing. Barlar headed the effort for reaffirmation in the National Association of Schools of Music, ensuring Florida College music students graduate with accredited degrees as they begin careers in professional fields. Florida College’s top-rated lecturing and activities professors are selected each year based on student evaluations and overall excellence. Factors considered by the students and reviewed by the dean’s office include mastery in the discipline taught, respectful treatment of student, classroom management, overall value of study and effective assessment of the course objectives. This year, the award for top-rated lecturing professor will take on the name of Phil Roberts, the professor to earn the most annual lecturing professor awards with 10 over a span of 19 years. The D. Phillip Roberts Top-Rated Lecturing Professor Award recipient for the 2016-2017 academic year is Todd Chandler. As the chair of the science and mathematics department, Chandler is consistently responsible for more than twice as many student credit hours as the [...]

August 22nd, 2017|

Florida College Will Award First Scholarships From Alumni Credit Cards

Florida College will award the first scholarships funded by credit cards from Suncoast Credit Union this fall. Students will receive a total of $8,000 in scholarships from the college's affinity credit card program. According to Adam Olson, Florida College's director of alumni relations, the outstanding support of alumni and friends using these credit cards made it possible to raise enough funds to start awarding scholarships to deserving students. “The Florida College credit cards offered by Suncoast Credit Union provide another opportunity for alumni and friends of the college to support student scholarships,” Olson said. “It requires minimal effort, but with enough support, it generates a major impact." This fall, Florida College will begin annual distribution of $8,000 in scholarships from the credit card program. This year’s funds will be used to support high-achieving academic and athletic students as originally intended, but the function of the program is changing. Moving forward, Florida College will be changing the program and the way future scholarship dollars are awarded. In order to provide the maximum amount of financial help to students, the two card accounts, both academic and athletic, will be merged into a single account. From now on, all money generated from both credit card styles from Suncoast Credit Union will be combined in one account to provide ongoing support to students. This modification will not require a new credit card or any other changes for card holders. The money raised from the entire program will now be used to provide scholarships for the children of Florida College alumni or members of The Hutchinson Bell. As usage of the Suncoast credit card grows, the amount of annual scholarships will grow as well. “This change to the [...]

August 11th, 2017|

Tania Steele is learning His way.

Growing up in Orlando, Florida, Tania Steele heard countless stories about the lifelong friendships she could build and the social and spiritual environment she could experience at Florida College from members of her local congregation and friends at Florida Camp. “I made up my mind to at least try it.” Tania said. “I ended up loving it and staying for four years." Tania was actively involved at her high school, participating in a variety of sports teams and extracurricular organizations while working toward a GPA that earned her the honor of valedictorian. Now Tania is just as involved on campus at Florida College while she works toward her bachelor's degree. She has served as the female athletic director for Arete and the secretary for Rotaract and is a member of Ladies of Virtue and Excellence and Phi Theta Kappa. In addition to her other activities, Tania has also spent the last two summers traveling the country as Florida College Camp Friend. She loves using her role to be a positive influence in the lives of the young people she meets and hopes some of them will choose to do the same thing someday. "I loved my experience as a camper,” Tania said. “When I was watching the Camp Friends, I knew I wanted to be in that position to share my experiences at Florida College and try to help another person consider doing what I did.” Although she loves to be involved, Tania maintains a strong emphasis on academics. She is about to begin her final year in the organizational communication program, combining her passion for both communication and business. The program provides her with a broad range of knowledge and skills to [...]

August 1st, 2017|