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Florida College Recognizes Academic Award Winners

Florida College recognized a select group of students who received this year’s academic awards after the daily chapel devotion on Wednesday, March 29. The following students were selected by members of the Florida College faculty in their various disciplines for their excellence in the classroom and on their schoolwork. Karina Turner - Art This year’s academic award recipient for art distinguishes herself via consistently creative and innovative approaches to each drawing and design project. No artistic challenge daunts her as she confidently leans into each assignment, pressing herself to advance her approach, technique and masterful craftsmanship. It is quite evident that she takes the time to visualize the task ahead, even before putting pencil to paper. Karina Turner maintains the perspective that each project will be measured as if it is a masterpiece, no matter how complex or simple. Crystal Dugas - Behavioral Science Crystal is an excellent student who always provides full value in her assignments. As would be expected of an academic award winner at Florida College, she is always on time, clearly understands the assignments and provides high quality work. She is also quick to comprehend the new topics. When other students are still struggling to grasp the concepts, Crystal already understands the ideas and is ready for more advanced discussion. She often surprises professors by seeing the topics in an interesting or insightful way. Of course along with that goes her sometimes unorthodox formatting of papers as well. Although she may be quiet in class most of the time she can be passionate in pursuit of an idea. Crystal is certainly worthy of the academic award in behavioral science this year. Sara Yeager - D. Phillip Roberts Award in Bible [...]

March 29th, 2017|

Florida College Friends Will Perform at Walk Like MADD

The Florida College Friends will perform at Tampa’s annual Walk Like MADD event on the University of South Florida campus on Friday, March 24, at 5-9 p.m. Walk Like MADD is the signature fundraising event of Mothers Against Drunk Driving to help raise awareness and funds to eliminate drunk driving. The Tampa Walk Like MADD event will feature 520 walking participants in 45 teams and has already raised $68,840 toward the $80,000 goal. The Friends will be performing several short sets throughout the course of the event and playing hit songs in between each set. Adam Olson, Florida College’s director of alumni relations and the director of the Friends, is glad the group has the opportunity to serve in this way. "We are so pleased to participate in this event,” Olson said. "It is an honor to support such a wonderful cause in remembering victims, inspiring change and committing ourselves to bettering our community.” Last year, tens of thousands of people in over 80 cities across the nation participated in Walk Like MADD, and together, they raised almost $3 million to provide their programs and services at no cost. With every step taken and each dollar raised, walkers are supporting MADD’s lifesaving mission to keep families and communities safe. Stop by the Walk Like MADD event in Tampa to hear the Florida College Friends and support a worthy cause!

March 24th, 2017|

Florida College Oratory Union Wins Year-End Championship

The Florida College Oratory Union won the year-end sweepstakes championship and brought home seven individual awards from the Collegiate Forensics Association, thanks to outstanding performances at tournaments throughout the team's 2016-2017 season. The Oratory Union, led by coaches Dr. Matt Johnson and Kathleen Trigg and captains Sara Yeager and Katie Thompson, competes against schools of all sizes from along the east coast. After taking first place in sweepstakes at the first tournament of the year, the Oratory Union remained in that position for the duration of the season. Even when the group was forced to miss a tournament or attend a tournament without the entire team, their overall scores were high enough to maintain their first-place standing. "This was a true team effort,” Trigg said. "Every single member of the team contributed to the championship, and it was the most impressive group of first-year competitors I have ever seen.” Many of the Oratory Union’s top competitors received individual year-end awards based on the number of points they earned at tournaments throughout the year. Jenny West won the year-end award for single dramatic interpretation and the John B. Mingus pan-interpretation award for the top performer in the five oral interpretation of literature awards categories. Jason Mallo was the season champion in dramatic duo interpretation and prose interpretation. Jenna Sink won the year-end award for informative speaking. Mikah Slatter was the season champion in communication analysis, and Adelia Harrell won the year-end award for after dinner speaking. Several more Florida College students received second place for the year-end awards. Emily Roche was the runner up for extemporaneous speaking, and Hannah Beckley received second place in after dinner speaking. Kyle Forsyth was the runner up for dramatic [...]

March 10th, 2017|

Florida College Recognizes “Who’s Who Among Students”

Florida College recognized 26 sophomores and 10 seniors who were selected to “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges” after the morning’s chapel devotion on Thursday, March 2. “Who’s Who Among Students” is one of the most prestigious awards the academic community can bestow. This exclusive honor is conferred by more than 1,000 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and is symbolized by the presentation of an award certificate. Since 1934, this honor, referred to as “Who’s Who Among Students,” has been based on solid academic standing indicated by at least a 3.0 GPA, participation and leadership in academic and extracurricular activities, evident good citizenship and service to Florida College and our community, and demonstration of potential for future achievement. Florida College’s selected sophomores are included in the biographical volume, “Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges,” and selected seniors are included in the companion volume, “Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.” By rule, Florida College may select no more than 5 percent of the student body in each of these categories per year. Thus, the students who are selected are truly among a distinguished group. Please join us in congratulating the following students on their outstanding achievements. Sophomores: Nolan Baker Joshua Beckley Sara Craig Meagan Dennis Lindsey Embry Elisabeth Falk-Letona Maria Hagewood Regan Hammer Elizabeth Hammontree Sloan Hastings Caroline Hood Sarah Hooton Ethan Jamerson Grace Johnson Julie Johnson Cassie Miller Alexander Mitchell Mark Nelson Cameron Piner Laura Pinto-Paez Natalia Restrepo Jill Robertson Mary Stuart Shannon Colyn Springer Rachel Stringer Rebekah Sutherland Seniors: Hannah Beckley Morgan Bingham Noah Diestelkamp Joshua Keenan Stuart Maness Diana Romo Nathan Shepard Jacob Stinson Jessica Tharp [...]

March 2nd, 2017|

Hannah Henderson is living His way.

As editor of the Royal Palm Yearbook, Hannah Henderson is working closely with her staff and building relationships that will last a lifetime while preserving Florida College memories. "I think that everybody finds their thing at Florida College,” she said. "Yearbook is my thing. When I look back or talk to my kids about my time here, that is going to be the thing that I remember." Hannah came to Florida College from Harrison School of the Arts in Lakeland, Florida, where she studied piano. Now as a liberal studies major with components in business and communication, she understands the importance of learning any subject. This broad-based approach to learning is the foundation of the liberal arts education offered at Florida College. “Coming from an art school makes me appreciate the value of a liberal arts education more than other people do because the arts have been so integral in my life,” Hannah said. That appreciation of the liberal arts makes Hannah a better student, whether she is learning about great books or how to put together a yearbook. When she started working with the Royal Palm Yearbook during her sophomore year, Hannah had very little experience in her chosen field, design. By the end of the year, she was helping to supervise the design staff as they worked to meet their deadlines. Now as senior, Hannah serves as the editor in chief of the yearbook and works as a design intern in the college’s marketing department. No matter what Hannah is doing, she is learning everyday. “When you’re making a yearbook, you learn how short the year is and you learn the value of time and how quickly it passes,” she said. “It [...]

March 2nd, 2017|

Faculty Spotlight: Tim Fannin

February 24th, 2017|

Florida College Inducts New Members of Phi Theta Kappa

Florida College’s Pi Gamma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society, inducted new members during a ceremony in Puckett Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. Phi Theta Kappa membership requires that students attain a 3.65 GPA on at least 15 hours of coursework. The organization also emphasizes service and leadership alongside scholarship, encouraging its members to excel in all areas of life. The Florida College Pi Gamma chapter was chartered 50 years ago and is among the most highly selective in the international organization. Florida College congratulates the following students for achieving this standard and earning membership at the spring 2017 induction ceremony: Abigail Alford Landon Beauvais Ethan Bingham Leah Blankenship Elizabeth Bowen Haley Brasiers Sean Bray Logan Bridgeman Kelton Cook Jackson Cowley Bailey Crim Claire Duckworth Joshua Duke Hannah Dunsmore Brent Dyer Payten Ellsworth Jarrett Ferguson Jordan Guzzi Briley Hancock Adelia Harrell Tyler Henderson Abby Hudson Elliott Johnson Kaleb Klug Samuel Lee Julia LeFort Mick Maley Jason Mallo Abigail Mann Andrew Robin Anthony Robin Emily Roche Ryan Sexton Sarah Sims Denae Sink Jarod Stackpole Rosie Stinson Blake Thompson Rachel Weaver Emily Webb Cameron West Tasha Whitsitt The new inductees join the following current members: Sloan Hastings, President Elisabeth Falk-Letona, Vice-President Cassie Miller, Secretary Rebekah Sutherland, Historian Caroline Allen Nolan Baker Joshua Beckley Stacey Beutjer Bryce Bridgeman Sara Craig Meagan Dennis Crystal Dugas Lindsey Embry Sylvia Gougar Hayden Green Maria Hagewood Elizabeth Hammontree Caroline Hood Emily Hughes Ethan Jamerson Grace Johnson Julie Johnson Mark Nelson Ellen Perkins Cameron Piner Laura Pinto Paez Natalia Restrepo Gutierrez Thomas Shaefer Mary Stuart Shannon Jacob Slayton Colyn Springer Rachel Stringer [...]

February 15th, 2017|

Dr. Paul B. Cook Receives Florida College Friend to Youth Award

Florida College honored Dr. Paul B. Cook with the Friend to Youth award following the evening lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. The Friend to Youth award is the most prestigious honor awarded at Florida College. Cook has worked diligently to help Florida College provide the best possible educational experiences for young people. He brought a wealth of experience as a faculty member and a high-level administrator to his role on the Florida College board of directors for 21 years, including four years as chairman, and he now serves the college as a director emeritus.  President Payne continues to call on Cook for advice and counsel as he strives to lead Florida College. "His wisdom, insight, and massive experience provided a safety net and a source of encouragement for this president for which I will be forever grateful,” Payne said. After growing up in south central Kentucky, Cook earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Western Kentucky University. In 1960, he began to work at WKU as a faculty member and later served in high-level administrative roles, including several years as vice president and one year as interim president. He has also served as a faithful elder for many years and currently serves in that role at the Lost River Church of Christ. It was in Bowling Green, Kentucky, that Cook began his dedicated service to young people. He has served many in that area over the years, including Dr. Thaxter Dickey, a professor in the social and behavioral sciences department at Florida College. "I think that it is safe to say that whatever benefit I’ve been to Florida College is directly attributable to Paul Cook,” Dickey said. "And of course, I’m just one [...]

February 10th, 2017|

Leah Stout is learning His way.

Coming from a small high school in Fort Worth, Texas, Leah Stout understands the kinds of lifelong relationships that can be built at small school like Florida College. “I came to Florida College because I knew it was the place where I could build the most and the best long-term relationships,” Leah said. “I’ve done that more than I ever could have thought.” Leah is working her way through the organizational communication program and plans to graduate a year early in May 2017. Thanks to the small class sizes and intimate learning environment offered at Florida College, Leah has had the opportunity to grow closer to her classmates and her professors while studying communication. As a communication student, Leah isn’t just preparing for her future career in marketing and events. Although her coursework did help her land an internship at the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce last summer, she believes it is also helping her understand how to build and develop meaningful relationships. "I love that I feel like I’m learning useful information for not just a career someday, but even for my relationships,” Leah said. In addition to her studies, Leah is actively involved at Florida College. During her three years on campus, she has served as the vice president of the sophomore class and president of the Rotaract Club. She is currently working in the Communication Lab and as an academic ambassador for the communication program. A busy schedule means Leah needs to make a point to see her friends and develop the lifelong relationships she came to Florida College to build. The student center is a central location where Leah can see all of her peers after the daily chapel [...]

February 1st, 2017|

Florida College Will Host Alumni Musical “1776”

The fine arts department at Florida College will host the first-ever alumni musical, “1776,” on Feb. 3-6, 2017, to support scholarships for fine arts students. The production will be directed by Tim Moore, a professor in the music department with experience directing more than 75 shows, and will feature Florida College faculty and staff and talented alumni from across the country. Moore and Matt Johnson, chair of the communication, English and languages department, have been wanting to do “1776,” a Broadway hit and winner of three Tony awards including best musical, at Florida College for over a decade, and getting alumni involved seemed like the perfect way to make it happen. “It’s one of the better written musicals in the American repertoire of Broadway theater, and it’s about important ideas: patriotism and the legacy of our country,” Johnson said. “We, for a long time, have been wanting to get more involvement with alumni productions, and this is a big show.” The seminal event in American history blazes to life in “1776.” The show puts a human face on the pages of history as we see the men behind the national icons, founding fathers determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation. The cast for “1776” includes experienced alumni, like Shane Scott, Thaxter Dickey, Benjamin Payne, and Amanda (Graham) Payne, alongside current Florida College students, like Drake Pledger, Trevor Mikell, Nathan Christian, Tyler Henderson and Jackson Cowley. The show will also include Royce Chandler, Todd Chandler, Luke Chandler, Melanie (Brooks) Chandler and Micah Chandler, adding up to five members and three generations of one family. "Having a cast made up of alumni is obviously different than a student cast,” Moore said. "Since [...]

January 31st, 2017|