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 [...]
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 [...]
Florida College recognized 26 sophomores and 10 seniors who were selected to “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges” after the morning’s chapel devotion on Thursday, March 2. “Who’s Who Among Students” is one of the most prestigious awards the academic community can bestow. This exclusive honor is conferred by more than 1,000 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and is symbolized by the presentation of an award certificate. Since 1934, this honor, referred to as “Who’s Who Among Students,” has been based on solid academic standing indicated by at least a 3.0 GPA, participation and leadership in academic and extracurricular activities, evident good citizenship and service to Florida College and our community, and demonstration of potential for future achievement. Florida College’s selected sophomores are included in the biographical volume, “Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges,” and selected seniors are included in the companion volume, “Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.” By rule, Florida College may select no more than 5 percent of the student body in each of these categories per year. Thus, the students who are selected are truly among a distinguished group. Please join us in congratulating the following students on their outstanding achievements. Sophomores: Nolan Baker Joshua Beckley Sara Craig Meagan Dennis Lindsey Embry Elisabeth Falk-Letona Maria Hagewood Regan Hammer Elizabeth Hammontree Sloan Hastings Caroline Hood Sarah Hooton Ethan Jamerson Grace Johnson Julie Johnson Cassie Miller Alexander Mitchell Mark Nelson Cameron Piner Laura Pinto-Paez Natalia Restrepo Jill Robertson Mary Stuart Shannon Colyn Springer Rachel Stringer Rebekah Sutherland Seniors: Hannah Beckley Morgan Bingham Noah Diestelkamp Joshua Keenan Stuart Maness Diana Romo Nathan Shepard Jacob Stinson Jessica Tharp [...]
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 [...]