Congratulations to these students on being selected to represent Florida College across the country as Camp Friends! They will be traveling to a Florida College camp near you in summer 2017! Stacey Beutjer Justin Beville Jacob Bratton Christina Caudill Mackenzie Caudill Shayna Echols Jarrett Ferguson Hayden Green Maria Hagewood Elizabeth Hammontree Luke Heard Bret Hockensmith Zack Howard Ethan Jamerson Noe Lee Ryan McNally Mark Nelson Preston Nichols Tanner Pearson Jill Robertson Jesse Roy Alora Scogin Keeley Slamans Jarod Stackpole Tania Steele Shelby Stickle Ashlynn Underwood Cami Yow
Although Jacob Stinson grew up in Hendersonville, Tennessee, attending Florida College camps and hearing stories about Florida College from his parents and other family friends who attended the school, he had a tough choice to make when it came to where he would go to college. Tied between two different schools, Jacob considered what he would be missing out on if he didn’t come to Florida College. "I didn’t think I could grow up hearing about all of this and never actually experience it,” Jacob said. "It hit me then how much I was going to be missing out on if I went to another school.” Three years later, Jacob is a senior in the liberal studies program and can look back on his time at Florida College to recognize the specific things he would’ve missed out on at another institution. While at Florida College, Jacob has enjoyed a student-teacher ratio that is much lower than most institutions. This allowed him to build close personal relationships with the professors who taught his science, Bible, business and humanities courses. Jacob has had the opportunity to grow close to Todd Chandler, the chair of the mathematics and science department, both in and out of the classroom. He has been a consistent encouragement to Jacob as he works his way through the liberal studies program and prepares for dental school and a career in orthodontics. "He is very open and encouraging,” Jacob said. "It all comes down to the interest he has in me and other people too. If you’re his student, he wants you to do well. Outside of his studies, Jacob has also been extensively involved on campus. He has been an active member of Phi Sigma Chi and [...]
Bailey McBryde was selected as the winner of the $1,000 #GivingTuesday scholarship to Florida College in recognition of her efforts to give back to her community in Ash Flat, Arkansas. As a senior in high school, Bailey serves her community both by participating in group community service projects and doing community service individually. As a member of various high-school organizations, she has had the privilege to serve food at a Kiwanis Club meeting, help with multiple food drives, pick up trash on the side of the road and raise money for the Arkansas Children's Hospital. “I greatly enjoy helping the community, however I only hope that they see the bigger picture,” Bailey said. "I strive to please the Lord everyday, and giving back to my community is just one way to do that." In addition to her efforts with fellow high-school students, Bailey also volunteers on her own. She enjoys making baked goods and pastries and taking them to the elderly or people in need in her community. She donates her old clothes to a local second-hand store. Over the past six years, she has volunteered at a Hippotherapy Camp for kids in the summer. She also makes a special effort put a smile on her face, offer to lend a helping hand and say kind words wherever she goes. “Many may feel that this is a small act, yet I believe it is a mighty one,” Bailey said. Florida College would like to thank Bailey McBryde for her efforts to serve others and congratulate her on winning the $1,000 #GivingTuesday scholarship!
President H.E. “Buddy” Payne (A.A. ’65) joined the #GivingTuesday movement with Florida College students as they assembled bags to donate to the families at Ronald McDonald House. “I was honored to serve alongside Florida College students for #GivingTuesday,” Payne said. "Seeing the volunteer spirit among our students is truly humbling and reminds me why we are participating in this day." Florida College students, faculty, staff and administrators participated in a variety of service activities on Tuesday, Nov. 29, as a part of #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving back held annually after Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. In order to kick off the holiday giving season, they donated blood at a blood drive in the student center and participated in a variety of other activities with campus organizations. Faculty and staff donated toys and other items to All Children’s Hospital. The Rotaract Club visited the VA Hospital and served lunch donated by Mission BBQ to the wounded warriors in the spinal unit. The Florida College Chorus performed a free concert for the residents at John Knox Village. Members of Omega Chi hosted a free car wash on campus for Florida College faculty and staff. Members of Psi Beta Gamma assembled bags to donate to the families at Ronald McDonald House. Both the Sowers Club and YWTO participated in the day’s events with a devotional with the residents at an assisted living facility. Faculty and staff and the Health Science Association joined forces with Chick-fil-A to serve dinner to the guests at Hope Lodge. Members of Zeta Phi Epsilon and Kappa Omicron went trick-or-treating for canned goods in local neighborhoods to donate to Feeding Tampa Bay. The APPLE Club visited Posimoto After School to [...]
Whether she is studying to become an occupational therapist or working as resident assistant in Hinely Hall, Heather Donovan is using her time at Florida College to serve others. Heather came to Florida College from Victoria, Texas, to be a part of the same kind of atmosphere she experienced at Florida College Texas Camp and Falcon Days. "I chose to come to Florida College for the majority of the reasons most people do,” Heather said. "I wanted to be a part of the atmosphere and build lifelong relationships.” Since her freshman year, Heather has been actively involved within that atmosphere. She was elected as the treasurer of the freshman class, SBGA secretary during her junior year and to the homecoming court. She is a member of Alpha Club and was recognized as Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities. She has worked in the Math Lab, as an SI for College Algebra and at the aftercare program at Florida College Academy. In addition to her many extracurricular activities, Heather stays focused on academics. She is a senior in the liberal studies program with components in communication, behavioral science and physical education. After graduation, she plans to start a graduate program in occupational therapy so can serve children who struggle with basic skills like tying their shoes or writing their names. "We take so many of the things we can do for granted,” Heather said. "I really want to work with kids and help them to have a better life.” Heather is also serving others as a resident assistant in Hinely Hall, a residence hall made up of mostly lower-division women. "It’s very different because almost all of the girls are freshman and sophomores,” [...]
Florida College will direct all gifts made on #GivingTuesday to the Scholarship Partner Fund, providing students with scholarships in academics, athletics, fine arts and more. The Scholarship Partner Fund is the best way to support high-achieving students at Florida College, according to acting chief advancement officer, Martin Adams. “The focus of #GivingTuesday is about people helping people, and our people are our students,” Adams said. "If we don’t serve our students, we aren’t serving who we need to be serving.” One of Florida College's biggest areas of need is scholarships for students. As Florida College tries to compete with other public and private institutions of higher learning, the amount of scholarship dollars the school has to offer is of tremendous importance. Paul Casebolt, director of admissions and retention services, recognizes the value of scholarships in the recruitment process. “Generally speaking, paying for college is something people are very concerned about,” Casebolt said. "The ability of Florida College to offer competitive scholarships, whether we are talking about academic scholarships, music scholarships, or athletic scholarships, is going to be very important to us moving forward.” High-achieving students like Hannah Henderson, a senior in Florida College’s liberal studies program, understand the value of academic scholarships when pursuing a college education. Henderson is able to focus on the opportunities available to her at Florida College because she isn’t worried about the cost of attendance. "Academic scholarships made it possible for me to come to Florida College and focus on my academics,” Henderson said. "My scholarship took all of the financial stress off me, allowing me to spend all of my time taking advantage of all of the educational opportunities that Florida College has to offer.” #GivingTuesday also [...]
Maj. Gen. Clinton Crosier addressed the student body during this morning’s chapel devotion and during a special Veterans Day program following the devotion. "I am honored to speak to you today on such an important occasion, as we honor those who have served our military,” Crosier said. “We’re here today to honor our service members and to remember the sacrifices that they have made and the courage it takes to stand for freedom." As a veteran, Crosier is the director of plans and policy for U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. He attended Iowa State University on an Air Force ROTC scholarship and was commissioned and entered the Air Force in 1988, after receiving a degree in aerospace engineering. He is directly responsible to the USSTRATCOM Commander for the development and implementation of national security policy and guidance; military strategy and guidance; space and weapons employment concepts and policy; and joint doctrine as they apply to the command and the execution of its mission. He is also responsible for the development of the nation’s strategic war plan, strategic support plans for theater combatant commanders and contingency planning for the global strike mission. He is among the highest command of U.S. military who are responsible for national security. “We who serve in uniform today are humbled by your honor, but we are also honored by the service of those who came before us,” Crosier said. As a brother in Christ, Crosier serves as an elder at the La Vista Church of Christ in Omaha, Nebraska. He has served the Lord faithfully throughout his military career whether stationed in the U.S. or abroad. Crosier and his wife, Shelle, have three children and six [...]