Hearing about the Florida College experience from her parents, Katie Thompson always knew she wanted to come to the college to get that experience for herself. She grew up attending Florida College Chicagoland Camp and Florida College Indiana Camp. The experience she had at camp influenced her decision to attend Florida College. “The phrase ‘it’s like camp but better’ was something I heard all the time growing up,” Katie said. “When I got here, I realized there were some differences too. The biggest difference is that Florida College was even better than I thought it would be.” Katie is now a senior and has decided to pursue business administration. She is a member of the upper-division academic honor society, Alpha Chi. She has helped lead others to academic success through becoming the psychology supplemental instructor and psychology mentor. Katie is also a leader in the resident halls because she was a dorm monitor for two years and is now the resident assistant for Hinely Hall. She became close with the dorm mom, Mama B, as well as the resident girls. “I love it.” Katie said. “I am a senior now and each year I have had such a good, sweet group of girls. There is always a room each night that I visit with and it has allowed me to get to know the younger students. It helps me stay connected.” Her favorite way to spend time on campus is with Footlighters and the Oratory Union. She is able to travel up and down the east coast competing in events with Oratory Union. Through Footlighters, Katie has been able to be a part of all the theatrical events since she was a freshman. She [...]
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 [...]
Congratulations to these students on being selected as members of the Florida College Friends to represent the college across the country! Stay tuned for more information about this summer's tour! Tim Chandler, bassist Jackson Cowley, instrumentalist Natalia Restrepo Gutiérrez, rhythm guitarist Sienna Henson, vocalist Jared Hockensmith, lead guitarist Kaylan Shepard, vocalist Ethan Sink, keyboardist Jackson Sneed, drummer
Florida College’s chapter of Alpha Chi, the national college honor society, inducted ten new members at a ceremony in Puckett Auditorium on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 5:30 p.m. Alpha Chi is a coeducational academic honor society with the purpose of promoting academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and honoring those who achieve such distinction. Membership is limited to the top 10 percent of juniors, seniors and graduate students from each chapter, and there are more than 300 chapters of Alpha Chi located in 45 states and Puerto Rico. Dr. Dan Petty opened the induction ceremony of the Florida Xi chapter by welcoming guests and introducing Martin Adams, Florida College’s chief advancement officer, as the guest speaker for the event. Petty was also responsible for installing this year’s officers: Sloan Hastings as president, Jesse Bingham as vice president, and Madison West as secretary and treasurer. The newly installed officers inducted ten new members: Abigail Alford Ethan Bingham Hannah Dunsmore Brent Dyer Elizabeth Hammontree Steven Johnson Cassie Miller Joshua Sanders Tania Steele Katherine Thompson Congratulations to these students on their outstanding academic achievements!
Elizabeth Hammontree always knew she was going to be a Falcon. Growing up down the road from Florida College, she saw the connections, friendships and memories her family and other alumni had the opportunity to make but wanted to have her own experience. “Every person is different and every experience is different,” Elizabeth said. “I had to push myself to not become attached to something I had come in knowing and just to be my own person and take advantage of every opportunity, investing myself in any area I wanted to grow.” Having a passion for meeting new people, Elizabeth hopes to become an occupational therapist. She is majoring in liberal studies with components in communication, physical education and behavioral science. She believes it is fascinating to know so much about the human body God created. “I want to help people and cultivate relationships with my patients. I think the whole human body speaks to God’s design, and I love studying it especially here from Christian professors,” Elizabeth said. Elizabeth adds to her class load by serving as a Supplemental Instructor for anatomy, math lab instructor and a member of the honor society Alpha Chi. Elizabeth likes that at Florida College, the people you meet in classes are on the same track academically and allow you to combine academics with social life. In addition to her studies, she has wasted no time becoming involved on campus. She played on the women’s soccer team for two years, served as president of the society Zeta Phi Epsilon and traveled for two summers as a Florida College Camp Friend. Elizabeth was also a freshman class officer and a member of the service organization Alpha Club, and [...]
Coming from all the way across the country in San José, California, Justin Beville made a new home for himself as a student at Florida College. “Florida College made me feel like I was at home,” Justin said. "I still miss home obviously, but I don’t think about it as much as I thought I would.” Justin began his freshman year of college studying computer science at another institution, but quickly discovered it wasn’t the right fit for him. He decided to make a change prior to his sophomore year and came to Florida College to study in the liberal studies program and pursue a career in physical therapy. While there’s a big difference between computer science and physical therapy, Justin feels like he has found his passion. “It fits me a lot better,” Justin said. "I never thought I could do the sciences, but I don’t know why I doubted myself because now I love it." Florida College’s math and science department offers Justin an unparalleled level of personalized attention as he prepares for graduate school and medical work. He has the opportunity to connect with his professors and build relationships with them in and out of the classroom. They are people he can go to for help with assignments, scheduling questions, career advice and even spiritual questions. It is encouraging for Justin to hear those same professors teach science from the perspective of a biblical worldview. Regardless of the lesson, everything is founded on faith and the understanding that God is the Creator of the world. "I’ve been able to grow as a student and as a Christian being here,” Justin said. “I can learn in a way that strengthens my [...]