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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]