David Bunting (B.A. ’12) is a third generation Florida College Falcon and member of Arete. His grandparents met during their time at Florida College, and his parents started dating while they were at Florida College as well. Both his grandmother and his father were members of Arete while they attend Florida College, and Bunting followed in their footsteps. “I always kind of expected to go to Florida College growing up,” Bunting said. But it wasn’t his family’s legacy on campus that really sealed the deal for Bunting. He participated in a state college program after his sophomore year in high school, spending five weeks on a college campus taking college classes. "That experience was very helpful for me,” Bunting said. "It was the first time that I wasn’t around Christians very much, and it taught me the value of being around Christians in an academic setting.” Bunting has always been very academically focused, but his time in the program made him realize that there is much more to a college experience than just the academics. "Academics are not everything, and without people academics don’t really serve a purpose,” Bunting said. Florida College provided Bunting with the education he was looking for surrounded by Christians who shared his values. Thanks to the college’s smaller classes, Bunting had the opportunity to build relationships with his peers and professors in the liberal studies program, as he studied components in mathematics, biblical languages and biblical literature. "One of the things you do get at Florida College as a four-year graduate are much smaller classes,” Bunting said. "Having a teacher really know you is a very invaluable thing. Interacting in a very small group setting helped me get to know several of [...]
Morgan Bingham has been awarded the Patricia A. Graham Prize in World History for her presentation, “Henry I, ‘Lion of Justice’: A Norman Approach to English Law,” at the Alpha Chi national convention on April 7-9, 2016, in Washington D.C. Bingham was among almost 300 students who made presentations grouped in sessions based on the academic discipline of the presentation topic. With the help of faculty judges, each of the convention presentations was evaluated and the top presentation in each different discipline was awarded a $100 presentation prize. At the convention, 28 members of Alpha Chi received prizes for making the best scholarly, creative or artistic presentations in their fields. The prizes were funded through discipline-specific endowments established by supporters of the national college honor society. Five Florida College students, Haley Bowman, Morgan Bingham, Brian Hamilton, Abigail Smith and Sara Yeager, attended this year’s convention accompanied by Florida College’s vice president for academic and student affairs and the Alpha Chi faculty sponsor, Dr. Dan Petty, and his wife, Kathy Petty. Three of the Florida College students gave presentations, based on their research, during the convention. Bingham presented her paper, “Henry I, ‘Lion of Justice’: A Norman Approach to English Law.” Smith spoke on the topic, “Propaganda in Print: Thomas Nast and the Birth of Modern Political Cartoons.” Yeager’s presentation was entitled “Will the Earth End with Trumpets, Battles, and Dragons? The Effect of Genre on an Interpretation of the Revelation of John.” Congratulations to Morgan Bingham on her outstanding presentation at the Alpha Chi national convention!
Florida College students Emily Wolfe and Stuart Maness were awarded this year’s Senior Legacy Scholarships at last week’s commencement ceremony. The Senior Legacy Scholarship is a scholarship for students pursuing their bachelor’s degrees at Florida College, and it is funded by Florida College bachelor’s degree graduates. This year, Florida College four-year grads who have given to the scholarship fund also had the opportunity to vote for which students should receive the scholarships. The Senior Legacy Scholarship winners must be returning juniors or seniors at Florida College, maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA, and have a proven record of active involvement within their academic programs and school-wide functions. Scholarship recipients should also be students who represent Florida College well and will continue to support the college after graduation. Emily Wolfe is a senior in the elementary education program. She has proven to be an outstanding individual with strong spiritual values and chose to continue her education at Florida College because it has become her home. “There is no place I would rather be,” Emily said. “Florida College has become my home. I also know that this is the best place to prepare me for my future, both academically and spiritually.” As the first female SBGA president in 20 years, Emily showed great poise as she served the student body. She has served as a member of the Alpha Club and has been nominated to the spring court, homecoming court and Miss Florida College College court. She was selected as the Spring Queen in 2015. She loves Florida College and already has plans to continue to support the college and its mission. “I plan on being a camp counselor in Southern California and telling people about [...]
Ashley (McDaniel) Barclay (B.S. ’10) is using the bachelor’s degree she earned at Florida College exactly the way she intended, but the most meaningful part of her Florida College experience was the relationships. Unsure about which degree program she wanted to pursue, Ashley decided to try the college’s new business program and discovered it was an excellent fit. She earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration in three years and is currently using her degree to help her run a part-time photography business while she is a stay-at-home mom. "My life goal was not to be a CEO or president of a company,” Ashley said. "I got a business degree so I could be a stay-at-home mom and know how to run my own business on the side, and that’s exactly what I’m doing.” Beyond her experience in the classroom, Ashley also built countless lifelong relationships with her peers and professors during her time at Florida College. "I met my best friend and people who I now consider my family,” Ashley said. "When people ask me if I miss Florida, the first thing I tell them is that I miss the people there." Ashley met her best friend, Rachel Sulc (B.S. '10), during her first year at Florida College. The girls lived together on campus while they were in school and off campus after they graduated. During their sophomore year, Ashley and Rachel decided to take a Bible class together with the new biblical studies professor, Dr. Jason Longstreth. That class was the beginning of Ashley’s relationship with the Longstreth family. Somewhere between babysitting their kids, hanging out at their house on school nights, staying with them during school holidays and worshipping with them at [...]
Five students from Florida College’s Florida Xi chapter of Alpha Chi attended the Alpha Chi National Convention in the District of Columbia on April 7-9, 2016. Haley Bowman, Morgan Bingham, Brian Hamilton, Abigail Smith and Sara Yeager attended the event. The students were accompanied on the trip by Florida College’s vice president for academic and student affairs and the Alpha Chi faculty sponsor, Dr. Dan Petty, and his wife, Kathy Petty. Three of the Florida College students gave presentations during the convention. Morgan Bingham presented her paper, “Henry I, ‘Lion of Justice’: A Norman Approach to English Law.” Abigail Smith spoke on the topic, “Propaganda in Print: Thomas Nast and the Birth of Modern Political Cartoons.” Sara Yeager’s presentation was entitled “Will the Earth End with Trumpets, Battles, and Dragons? The Effect of Genre on an Interpretation of the Revelation of John.” 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. Florida College would like to congratulate these students on their academic success and thank them for representing Florida College at the national convention.
Ethan Bingham was offered a full-tuition scholarship to Florida College as a National Merit Finalist at an academic signing before the chorus concert in Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday, March 18, 2016. Ethan is a home-school student from Louisville, Kentucky, and will graduate in June 2016 with more than 20 hours of college credit. Paul Casebolt, Florida College’s director of admissions and retention services, and the admissions team work hard to attract top academic students, like Ethan, from across the country using scholarships to reward them for their hard work and diligence in their studies during high school. “We are excited to recognize Ethan Bingham of Louisville, Kentucky, for his achievement as a National Merit Finalist, by offering him a full-tuition scholarship to Florida College,” Paul said. "This represents a financial commitment on the part of the college in the amount of over $60,000 over the next four years.” The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. Approximately 1.5 million high-school students enter the National Merit Program each year, and of those entrants, some 50,000 students qualify for recognition. Approximately 15,000 students advance to the finalist standing, placing Ethan among the top-performing students in the country. Ethan will join Florida College on campus as a freshman in August 2016. He hopes to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business administration and get involved with societies and the chorus. Ethan’s parents, John Bingham (A.A. ’89) and Bethany (Tipps) Bingham (’89), attended Florida College and are thrilled with Ethan’s decision to follow in their footsteps. Florida College would like to congratulate Ethan Bingham on his outstanding academic success and welcome him to the Florida College family!
Brian Haskett, vice president and practice director for application development and maintenance organization at Ciber, Inc., spoke to students on Thursday, April 7, as the third of this year’s guests of the Distinguished Speaker Series at Florida College. Haskett led the daily chapel devotion and addressed upper-division students in the business administration program during a special luncheon while he was on campus. Haskett is a former partner and executive with IBM Global Services, and he is now serving Ciber, Inc. as the vice president and practice director for application development and maintenance organization. Ciber, Inc. is a global information technology consulting, services and outsourcing company with commercial clients. In his current role, Haskett leads more than 1,500 consultants and developers in business development, project execution and service delivery. During the Distinguished Speakers Luncheon, Haskett shared a review of his business career as well as some of the lessons he has learned along the way. Haskett and his wife, Cindy Haskett, live in Tomball, Texas, and worship at the Kleinwood church of Christ. Their son, Trey Haskett (B.A. ’14), attended Florida College and graduated in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies. Florida College regularly invites guest speakers, like Brian Haskett, 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.
Florida College appointed four new board members at the spring board meeting. David Roberts, Jim Smitherman, Rob Taylor and Morgan Tharp II all accepted positions on the Florida College board of directors, agreeing to serve Florida College to the best of their abilities. Each new board member brings different skills and experiences to the board of directors. David Roberts (A.A. ’87) and his wife Angela (Carter) Roberts (A.A. ’84) both earned their associate degrees from Florida College. Their son, Stephen Roberts (A.A. ’05), also attended Florida College, and their daughter, Emily Roberts, will graduate high school in 2017. “Florida College has always been a special place for me and Angie, and we were thrilled when our son decided to attend in 2003,” David said. David is currently serving as a program engineering manager at Allison Transmission, Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana, and has 25 years in project management, market analysis, and bid and proposal experience in the defense industry and commercial automotive industry. David and Angie are charter members of the Florida College Society, active members of the Indiana Booster Club and actively involved with the Florida College Ohio Camp. David also serves as an elder at the Brownsburg Church of Christ. Jim Smitherman and his wife, Tammy Smitherman, first became affiliated with Florida College when they served as counselors at Florida College Missouri Camp for eight years. Jim and Tammy have three children, Joshua Smitherman, Joseph Smitherman (’08) and Jessica (Smitherman) Parimore (B.S. ’15). Joseph and Jessica chose to attend Florida College, and Jessica graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She is currently teaching first grade at Florida College Academy. Jim retired after working at Security Bank in Midland, Texas, for 33 years, including [...]