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.
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 [...]
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!
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 [...]