Florida College hosted a total of 55 participants on campus at Labor Camp on June 4-9, 2017. The volunteers at the 13th annual camp donated nearly 1,500 hours of labor, saving the college more than $45,000. To date, Labor Camp has now saved Florida College approximately $475,000. Labor Camp operates on Florida College’s campus each summer under the supervision of the director of alumni relations, Adam Olson. This year’s camp was directed by Craig Bean, the original Labor Camp director, Florida College alumnus and president of The Hutchinson Bell. This year’s Labor Camp participants completed a variety of projects to improve campus: Painted the interior of Henderson Dining Hall and half the third-floor suites in Boswell Hall Completed landscaping by the Student Center and Legacy Courtyard Constructed new classroom podiums Rewired lighting in Puckett Auditorium Relocated lockers and cleared brush at Florida College Academy Relocated education materials and painted shelving in Chatlos Library Cleaned classrooms Thank you to all the dedicated volunteers who participated in this year’s Labor Camp!
The Florida College Chorus and Chamber Singers will travel to compete in the sixth International Anton Bruckner Choir Competition and Festival in Linz, Austria on June 11-18, 2017! Led by Dr. Jon Bassett and Tim Moore, students in both ensembles will begin their trip in Salzburg with two days of learning about the rich musical history of the city. The ensembles will then begin the four-day international competition in Linz. Students will compete in the choral and ensemble divisions against international groups and perform in the surrounding communities. This will be the first time a Florida College fine arts ensemble has traveled to an overseas competition and will provide a significant opportunity to compete in an international context. "It's a great opportunity for our students to sing in some of the worlds greatest venues and see the places several of the composers we are learning about through their compositions worked and lived," Bassett said. "It brings history and art into a more tangible experience they will share with their friends and cherish for a lifetime." The Anton Bruckner Choir Competition and Festival is hosted by INTERKULTUR, a non-profit organization seeking to bring countries together through peaceful competition in music. INTERKULTUR competitions are open to all non-professional choirs, so groups from all over the world have an opportunity to gain international festival and competition experience and compete according to their level of artistic achievement. This year’s competition, dedicated to Anton Bruckner, will include 19 international choirs from 12 countries. "Choral music is a cultural tradition around the world," Bassett said. "Sharing the love of choral music with other cultures brings people together and it is a catalyst for developing a broader perspective of self, [...]
Although Noelani Lee is the first person from her family to attend Florida College, she has heard countless stories of the friendships formed and memories made at the school. "Meeting people and hearing about their experiences with the school was what made me decide to come to Florida College,” Noelani said. “Any time I talked to people from my congregation or older friends who had gone here, their experiences were overwhelmingly positive.” Many of the stories Noelani heard about Florida College were from volunteers at Florida College Oregon Camp. She grew up attending the camp, and she had countless opportunities to build relationships with campers, counselors and Camp Friends. Noelani came to study in the liberal studies program at Florida College so she could enjoy the same kinds of experiences she had at camp. She is studying in the pre-professional health sciences program to become a Physician Assistant. She is also actively involved on campus with Zeta Phi Epsilon and the Health Science Association. Now that she's a student, the memories she has of her Camp Friends over the years inspired her to become a Camp Friend and impact other young people. "I remember looking up to my camp friends so much,” Noelani sad. "Now when I’m in that situation, it’s a lot of pressure but it is also one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.” As a Camp Friend, Noelani gets to spend the summer traveling across the country with a group of friends to attend Florida College camps. Throughout her journeys, she has been able to stay in the homes of Florida College alumni and friends in many different cities and states. That allows her to learn more about them [...]
Dr. Nathan Ward received Florida College’s Carrozza Outstanding Performance Award for the 2016-2017 academic year based on his teaching excellence, professional development and overall dedication to the campus community. Florida College’s academic dean, Dr. Brian Crispell, presented the award to Ward at the annual Employee Appreciation Dinner on May 1, 2017. "I count it a personal pleasure to work with Nathan at this good place, and count him and his family among the college’s greatest treasures,” Crispell said. After earning a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the University of South Florida in 2001, Ward began working for Florida College’s development office while continuing his education with a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Florida College. By 2009, he earned a master’s degree from Liberty University and started teaching at Florida College as an adjunct professor in Bible. Following his hiring as a full-time professor in 2011, he began working toward a doctorate degree in theological exegesis at Knox Theological Seminary. He graduated summa cum laude with that degree last spring and was awarded the Most Outstanding Work in Doctoral Research and Ministry Award. Ward’s broadly respected dissertation on the book of Esther led to the publication of “God Unseen: A Theological Introduction to Esther.” He is the editor of several works, including “Beneath the Cross: Essays and Reflections on the Lord’s Supper,” and has authored several additional works, including “The Growth of the Seed: Notes on the Book of Genesis” and “Daybreak: A Guide to Overcoming Temptation.” Throughout his teaching career at Florida College, Ward has maintained some of the highest ratings on student evaluations while also carrying some of the heaviest teaching loads. Over the past three semesters, he has averaged [...]
Jesse Roy came to Florida College from Hendersonville, Tennessee, to play soccer at the collegiate level, but it was the friends he made during his first two years that caused him to stay to earn his bachelor’s degree in business administration. “Soccer was a big draw at first, but what led me to stay at Florida College was the relationships that I built,” Jesse said. Some of the closest friendships Jesse developed at Florida College were ones he made in Boswell Hall. He has had the opportunity to live with some of his best friends, but he also met a wide variety of other Boswell residents by selling brownies after curfew. Jesse started selling brownies to his friends in high school to earn extra money and brought his business knowledge and entrepreneurial spirit with him to Florida College as a freshman. Several times a week, he would make a batch of brownies to sell to the students returning to the dorm for curfew. His brownies were such a hit that he sold out every single night, and his sales helped him earn spending money and meet new people throughout his college career. “In addition to providing sustenance for me,” Jesse said, “it also allowed me to integrate myself with people I otherwise wouldn’t have gotten to know.” Getting to meet other students through his brownie sales helped Jesse get elected as the treasurer of the SBGA every year he has been at Florida College. He has also been involved in Phi Sigma Chi, PTK, Alpha Chi, Alpha Club and Camp Friends. For the last two years, he served as the Supplemental Instructor for Dr. Thaxter Dickey’s economics courses, which were Jesse’s favorite classes [...]
Two students from Florida College’s Florida Xi chapter of Alpha Chi attended the Alpha Chi National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, on April 6-8, 2017. Both Florida College students, Abigail Smith and Sara Yeager, gave presentations at the convention. Abigail Smith spoke on the topic, "Transatlantic Ties: Cato, Whigs, and American Patriots." Sara Yeager’s presentation was entitled "Let's Talk about Jesus: Hero Patterns in the Canonical Gospels." The students were accompanied on the trip by Kathleen Trigg, a co-sponsor of Alpha Chi and professor of communication. Florida College’s vice president and the Alpha Chi sponsor, Dr. Dan Petty, was unable to attend this year’s event. Alpha Chi is a national, coeducational academic honor society that admits college students from all academic disciplines. Membership is limited to an institution’s top 10 percent of juniors, seniors and graduate students, and there are more than 300 chapters of Alpha Chi located in 45 states and Puerto Rico. Congratulations to these students on achieving academic success and representing Florida College at the national convention!
Florida College recognized a select group of students who received this year’s activity awards after the daily chapel devotion on Thursday, April 13. The student organizations at Florida College are an integral part of campus life. They are designed to prepare students for better service to their creator and humanity by encouraging the development of qualities of leadership, cooperation and creativity. Whether a student is interested in fine arts, intramural sports, student government or service activities, there’s room for everyone to get involved at Florida College. The following students were selected by members of the Florida College faculty and staff for their outstanding efforts in various student organizations. Band Awards Ethan Jamerson David Lancaster Ellen Perkins Jason Young String Award Madison West Chorus Awards Trevor Mikell Kaylee Manning Piano Award Sarah Sutherland Royal Palm Yearbook Award Jonathan Weller Oratory Union Awards Jenny West Sara Yeager Jenna Sink Congratulations to this year’s activity award winners on being recognized for excellence in their various organizations over the past academic year!
Florida College granted tenure to Dr. Nathan Ward and Dr. Gary Wilemon based on their excellence in teaching, continued professional growth, appropriate academic credentials and service to the college. A ceremony and reception was held to honor the newly tenured faculty members following the daily chapel assembly on Tuesday, April 4. Dr. Nathan Ward After earning a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the University of South Florida in 2001, Ward began working for Florida College's development office while continuing his education with a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Florida College. By 2009, he earned a master’s degree from Liberty University and started teaching at Florida College as an adjunct professor in Bible. Following his hiring as a full-time professor in 2011, he began working toward a doctorate degree in theological exegesis at Knox Theological Seminary. He graduated summa cum laude with that degree last spring and was awarded the Most Outstanding Work in Doctoral Research and Ministry Award. Ward's broadly respected dissertation on the book of Esther led to the publication of "God Unseen: A Theological Introduction to Esther.” He is the editor of several works, including "Beneath the Cross: Essays and Reflections on the Lord’s Supper," and has authored several additional works, including "The Growth of the Seed: Notes on the Book of Genesis" and "Daybreak: A Guide to Overcoming Temptation.” In addition to his role as a professor, Ward is an evangelist at the 58th Street Church of Christ and is also currently working toward a second master’s degree in Christian apologetics from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is slated to graduate in May. Dr. Gary Wilemon Wilemon came to serve at Florida College in 2011 after two [...]
Travis Smith is already using the leadership skills he learned in the classroom and on campus at Florida College in the business world. He has worked in multiple internship programs, including his current job at SOFWERX, and is planning to take on full-time work at Sunbelt Staffing after graduation. “Being at Florida College is nice because I’ve gotten all these opportunities I wouldn’t have gotten somewhere else, and they look really good on a resume,” Travis said. "It makes it easier for me to step into positions of leadership." Although he loves music and came to Florida College as a music major, Travis quickly discovered he wanted to do something else with his professional life. He changed his academic focus to health sciences and then once more to business before finding the right fit. Now he is just a few weeks away from completing the necessary coursework for a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and he is already thankful for the things he learned at Florida College. "The knowledge I gained at Florida College directly prepared me for my career,” Travis said. In the classroom, Travis has studied management and leadership principles under the direction of business professors who themselves are outstanding examples of leaders. He has learned from the leadership styles of both Paul Greiving, chair of the business department, and Brian Gilliam, the newest addition to the business faculty. On campus, Travis has been involved in a variety of organizations and activities. He was a member of Omega Chi for two years and served as the group’s treasurer, and he is currently a member of Phi Sigma Chi. He worked part time in the office of admissions and retention services as [...]
To accommodate an anticipated increase in attendance, Florida College will host two graduation ceremonies on Friday, April 28, 2017. A ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. for the associate degree graduates, and a ceremony will be held at 7:30 p.m. for the bachelor's degree graduates. Conn Gymnasium's doors will open 30 minutes prior to each ceremony to allow guests to find their seats, but tickets will not be required for admittance. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we made decisions to provide the best possible graduation experience for our students. For family and friends who are unable to attend graduation, the ceremony will be available to watch on Livestream at livestream.com/wearefc. To watch the event live, select the link below at 3 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 28.