Rick and Benita Lanning Receive Florida College Friend to Youth Award

Florida College honored Rick and Benita Lanning with the Friend to Youth award following the evening lecture on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. The Friend to Youth award is the most prestigious honor awarded at Florida College. Rick began as a student at Florida College in 1971. He was the first child in his family to attend Florida College. His parents, Earl and Janet Lanning, provided the way for their other three children, eleven grandchildren and one great grandchild to become alumni of Florida College. Rick contributed in many ways to campus life by participating in societies, Sowers Club and Florida College’s developing intercollegiate basketball team. He was awarded the honor of Mr. Florida College by his classmates in 1973 and graduated with his associate degree and Certificate of Achievement in biblical studies. Benita was also actively involved in campus life and was awarded Miss Florida College in 1975. Rick and Benita met on campus and later married on June 17, 1977 in Louisville, Kentucky, marking the beginning of a lifetime of serving God and their fellow men together. The couple spent the last 32 years building and strengthening the Lord’s church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The first 18 years were spent working alongside Wilson and Becky Copeland. In 1990, Rick, Wilson and Keith Barclay fulfilled their dream of bringing a Florida College summer camp to “the northland.” For 26 years, the Florida College Northland Camp has served young people across the midwest and beyond. Many of those years saw Rick as director and Benita serving in either the craft area or the dining hall. “Rick and Benita have a passion for camp, for kids and for Florida College,” President Payne said in his [...]

February 6th, 2018|

Jesse Bingham is learning His way.

Watching his four older siblings go to Florida College, Jesse Bingham understood at a young age the value of a Florida College experience. He grew up 20 minutes from the college and started taking classes his junior year of high school, so he was able to dive right into Florida College life through academics and the fine arts department. “A valuable skill I have learned at Florida College is versatility,” Jesse said. “The ability to do so many different kind of things while I was here and be involved in so many different areas has given me little bits of growth in all of them. I would not have gained this experience if I attended a different school. “ Since becoming a full-time student, Jesse has been actively involved on campus. He became a member of Oratory Union and the chorus and was president of Psi Beta Gamma last year. These activities have allowed him to travel the country on tours and gain valuable communication skills. In addition, Jesse has grown in his roles in the fine arts department. He has starred in over 10 plays and has been given the opportunity to direct two plays. “The most rewarding part to me are the activities I have been involved with since freshman year or even before. For example chorus, the musicals and Psi Beta were things I had been involved with since I got to Florida College,” Jesse said. “Eventually, I was able to take a leadership role in these activities and manage these groups I had always been involved with.” In addition to his involvement on campus, Jesse is a senior pursuing a liberal studies degree with components in Bible, behavioral science, [...]

February 1st, 2018|