Florida College students were invited to Temple Terrace City Hall to participate in Florida Government Day on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Dr. Ray Madrigal, director of experiential learning, organized this event to allow upper-division students to have the opportunity to see local government at work.“What Mayor Jurado and I hope students got out of this experience is that they envision themselves as part of the government process and that they stay involved with the principles of good ethics and Christian vision,” Madrigal said.Students were given the opportunity to shadow Temple Terrace city directors including the city attorney, city manager, police and fire chiefs, and the city clerk and then participated in a mock city council meeting. Student participants presented issues from the departments they were representing and learned how a council meeting is conducted. City manager Charles Stephenson along with newly appointed Mayor Mel Jurado were in attendance to talk to students and to answer any questions about city government. The mayor is delighted about the relationship between Florida College and the city of Temple Terrace.“Florida College is a jewel in the city of Temple Terrace. We need young men and women of principle and character in our city,” Jurado said. The first Florida Government Day was a great success and will continue as an opportunity for Florida College students next year.
Richard Howe, director of operations at the North Caspian Operating Company for Shell Oil Company, spoke to students on Thursday, Nov. 16, as the first guest of this year’s Distinguished Speaker Series at Florida College. Howe led the daily chapel devotion and addressed upper-division students in the business administration program. He visited several classes including Human Resource Management, Organizational Leadership and Corporate Finance. During his visit, Howe spent time explaining how Christian values bring trust, compassion and stewardship to the market place. Students were engaged in meaningful conversations that brought context and hope for them as they look forward to their own careers. Before joining Shell Oil Company, Howe studied at Florida College from 1994-1995 and earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, petroleum engineering and business administration. He has supported assets for Shell around the world in locations such as Nigeria, Brazil, Malaysia and the United States. He has also held technical and leadership roles in refining, chemicals, deepwater and international joint ventures assets. Howe served as deacon at the Alief Church of Christ in Houston, Texas, before moving out of the United States. He now lives in Kazakhstan with his wife, Robyn, and their three children Gage, Audrey and Asher. Florida College regularly invites guest speakers, like Richard Howe, to visit campus for the Distinguished Speaker Series in order to provide students with opportunities to learn from others who are positive role models and successful in their chosen fields.
Jonathan Compton (A.A. ’01) addressed the student body during a special Veterans Day program following this morning’s chapel devotion. After attending Florida College as a student, Compton earned a Juris Doctor degree from the George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School in 2007 and then served as an active duty judge advocate in the United States Air Force for 10 years. He tried numerous criminal cases in federal court, served as a special assistant United States attorney and had a variety of military assignments including working as an assistant professor of law at the United States Air Force Academy. Compton currently serves as a major in the United States Air Force Reserve. Compton is married to Ashley (Gamble) Compton (A.A. ’05), and they have one son, Andrew. They are actively involved in the Florida College community and have both served as counselors at the Florida College Ohio Camp for many years. Thank you to Jonathan Compton for speaking at the Veterans Day assembly and for your dedicated service to the U.S. military!
The elementary education program at Florida College prepares future teachers to build relationships with and have a positive impact on their students. Jonathan Barlar, an elementary education professor, teaches at Florida College because the focus is not just on skill building but also developing role models for the school system. “Florida College students are developing as strong Christian role models as well as strong teachers,” Barlar said. “Employers are looking for teachers who truly care about students and want to do their best in all they do. They want teachers whose focus is on making a difference for others. This fits perfectly with Florida College's goal to develop students emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically.” Students at Florida College are instructed by professors who keep the mission of the school as the focus of their teaching. The small class sizes allow for professors and students to benefit from one-on-one interaction and a close-knit support system. The program is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges (SACS) and the Florida Department of Education. Graduates will leave fully qualified and certified to teach in public or private schools in the state of Florida or to seek certification in other states, as the state of Florida has reciprocity with many other states. While students learn theory in the classroom, they can also see it in practice in internship experiences and have access to faculty, staff and cooperating schools for support. That combination ensures the students’ success. Wherever Florida College graduates choose to teach after graduation, Michael Benson, co-chair of the elementary education department, emphasizes that building a relationship with their students is vital. “Building relationships and connections with students is a part of teaching,” Benson said. “The student will [...]
Sports were a big part of Patrick Dohrenwend’s childhood, growing up with three brothers. He spent his first year of college playing football on scholarship at another institution. After an injury, he realized there was nothing connecting him to the college and felt like there was something missing. “Besides being on the football team, I felt distant from others and out of place,” Patrick said. “I was building no relationships. I knew a lot of people at Florida College, and I knew the relationships I would build there would be longterm.” In addition to attending Florida College Alabama Camp and Florida Camp, Patrick had grown up hearing about Florida College from his grandmother, an alumna of the school. He talked with his parents about Florida College and its four-year business program and ultimately decided to transfer his sophomore year. Patrick loved his decision and is now a senior in the business program. “The environment at Florida College is different than other universities, and I knew I needed to be in a better environment,” he said. “I just wanted to try Florida College and if I didn’t like it that was okay, but I got down here and loved it.” Patrick has become involved socially at Florida College through societies. As this year’s Kappa Omicron president, he has had the opportunity to build relationships with lower-division students and help them find their path at Florida College. Society sports allow Patrick to play flag football and keep his passion for sports alive. “Societies are like a second family,” Patrick said. “You experience so much of Florida College with your society and get to know each person on a deeper level.” In addition to his involvement [...]