The Elementary Education Department is excelling in their field and competing with larger universities across the state! Florida College is excited to announce exemplary results from the Florida Department of Education. The results are based on data of first-time examinee testing attempts from students who took the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE) test from January 2015 to December 2016. Florida College students placed in the top five in the state in two testing categories—science subtest and professional education! “These glowing results are evidence as to how well our students who go through the Florida College Elementary Education Department are doing overall,” said Mike Benson, co-chair of the department. “They're thriving and are well-prepared to get a teaching job immediately after graduating. We may be small in size, but the data obviously shows we compare greatly to some of the bigger, more well-known ‘top institutions’ in the state.” Many of the program’s professors, including now retired department chair Tim Fannin, took time to tutor students individually to prepare for the state certification tests. Florida College students scored highly in comparison to major state school such as the University of Florida, University of South Florida, University of Miami and Palm Beach Atlantic University. Below are quotes from students who took this test and are now excelling in their careers as teachers. Congratulations to these former students and their accomplishments in the education field! “I felt very prepared to take the certification exam because of the specific way that many of our subjects were taught, but even more than that, I felt prepared to take on a classroom full of children. “Being a teacher is hard work. It can take a toll on [...]
Pam Stewart, Commissioner of Education in the state of Florida, spoke to students on Friday, March 30 as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. Commissioner Stewart spoke at the daily chapel assembly in addition to students in the Elementary Education department at a special luncheon at which President Payne was in attendance. During her visit, Mrs. Stewart spoke about the importance of leadership, especially the value of having Christian leaders, saying leaders are made, not born. She also emphasized the value of teachers and the impact they have on their students every day. Commissioner Stewart has served nearly 40 years in education, beginning her career as a school teacher at Florida College Academy. She holds an Associate of Arts degree in liberal arts from Florida College, a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education/Early Childhood from the University of South Florida and a Master of Education in Counselor Education from the University of Central Florida. She earned her certification in educational leadership at Stetson University. She resides in Tallahassee with her husband, Jack, with whom she shares two grown children who followed her lead and became educators. They are also proud grandparents to three grandchildren who are currently benefiting from Florida’s public education system. Her sister Sharon Clark is the event coordinator at Florida College. Florida College invites guest speakers like Commissioner Pam Stewart 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.
Status Report #2 and Closeout The main campus power was shut down as planned at 5 p.m. tonight in order to complete repairs and we are happy to report an early and full service return at 8:30 p.m. this evening. We have begun restoring our IT network in an effort to restore Wi-Fi and email service ASAP. Thank you for everyone’s patience and cooperation. Campus Power Status Report #1 Background Over the weekend we experienced power variances on our main campus that has made it necessary to implement a controlled campus power shutdown in order to repair and restore full services to our buildings. We are waiting until Tuesday afternoon so that classes will not be interrupted and also for a more favorable weather forecast. Currently, we have power for all essential activities including Henderson dining hall (normal hours), the Riverview student center and our campus water services through a large portable generator now on site. All dormitories have power and water. All facilities across the river surrounding the athletic complex and the FC Academy are not affected. Planned Shutdown Activity: In order to avoid an interruption of the class schedule, arrangements have been made to begin the repairs Tuesday at 4:30 pm. From that time until power is restored tentatively planned for Wednesday at 2:00 am, the campus will be without power except those areas with our backup generator power. We will have power for all food and water services as well as for the Riverview center. Certain security gates/doors will lock which may create some inconvenience. Again, electricity will not be available except within Henderson Hall and Riverview center until power is restored. Key Points: Although our residence halls will lose [...]
Florida College honored Rick and Benita Lanning with the Friend to Youth award following the evening lecture on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. The Friend to Youth award is the most prestigious honor awarded at Florida College. Rick began as a student at Florida College in 1971. He was the first child in his family to attend Florida College. His parents, Earl and Janet Lanning, provided the way for their other three children, eleven grandchildren and one great grandchild to become alumni of Florida College. Rick contributed in many ways to campus life by participating in societies, Sowers Club and Florida College’s developing intercollegiate basketball team. He was awarded the honor of Mr. Florida College by his classmates in 1973 and graduated with his associate degree and Certificate of Achievement in biblical studies. Benita was also actively involved in campus life and was awarded Miss Florida College in 1975. Rick and Benita met on campus and later married on June 17, 1977 in Louisville, Kentucky, marking the beginning of a lifetime of serving God and their fellow men together. The couple spent the last 32 years building and strengthening the Lord’s church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The first 18 years were spent working alongside Wilson and Becky Copeland. In 1990, Rick, Wilson and Keith Barclay fulfilled their dream of bringing a Florida College summer camp to “the northland.” For 26 years, the Florida College Northland Camp has served young people across the midwest and beyond. Many of those years saw Rick as director and Benita serving in either the craft area or the dining hall. “Rick and Benita have a passion for camp, for kids and for Florida College,” President Payne said in his [...]
Congratulations to these students on being selected to represent Florida College across the country as Camp Friends! They will be traveling to a Florida College camp near you in summer 2018! Ethan Bailey Drew Bassett Molly Beutjer Jacob Black Mackenzie Caudill Harrison Caudill Tim Chandler Hannah Dunsmore Hallie Earnhart Jarrett Ferguson Briley Hancock Luke Heard Laurel Hesseltine Julia Lefort Jason Mallo Roy Mason Ben McVicker Jill Robertson Alora Scogin Sarah Sims Connor Sisco Jake Smith Shelby Stickle Rosie Stinson Redding Tipton Lauren Wellborn
To our Florida College alumni and friends, Thank you for attending our game in Nashville, Tenn. against Lipscomb University. My team and I appreciate your support and encouragement Thursday night. We had almost one hundred fans in their Falcon red attending the game in addition to fans watching from home. Thank you for your continued support of our team and our Falcons. Sincerely, Coach Pat Todd and the Florida College Men’s Basketball Team
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 [...]