Remaining Friends Concerts Have Been Cancelled

The remaining shows on the Florida College Friends 2015 Generations Tour have been cancelled. Due to transportation difficulties, the Friends will be unable to travel to the remaining tour destinations. To date, the Friends have performed 17 of the 21 shows scheduled for this summer. The SoCal Camp, Oregon Camp, and Colorado Camp concerts and the Generations performance in Folsom, California, have been cancelled.

Adam Olson, Florida College’s director of alumni relations and director of the Friends, commented on canceling the final four performances of the tour.

“We regret having to cancel these shows,” Olson said. “This tour was a great success and we are so thankful for all the hard work on the part of so many to make this possible. We look forward to continued success with the Friends in their mission to uplift our alumni and friends as ambassadors of this great institution.”

Please pray for the Friends and the staff members traveling with them as they return to their homes.

July 20th, 2015|

Record Participants Volunteer at Labor Camp

A total of 104 participants volunteered at this year’s Labor Camp, beating last year’s record of 94 participants. Over the course of the week, the volunteers completed the equivalent of approximately $63,000 of labor for the College.

This year’s Labor Camp participants completed variety of projects to improve campus:

Cleaning the elementary education building, the Hailey-King building, the Akin building, Chatlos Library and Jennifer Hall
Pressure washing the Riverwalk Amphitheatre and River Road
Painting Boswell Hall, Jennifer Hall, the administration building, Chatlos Library and River Road
Landscaping at Henderson Dining Hall, Society Circle, Graduation Walk, the Riverwalk Amphitheatre, College Hall and Palm Plaza
Restaining the gazebo and Hammontree benches
Cutting and framing a new window for the A/V room in Puckett Auditorium
Hanging new speakers and building a desk in Puckett Auditorium
Building a wall in the administration building

Florida College’s director of alumni relations Adam Olson was thrilled with the volunteer turnout as well as their efforts.

“Labor Camp continues to be a testament to the spirit of service that characterizes Florida College,” Olson said. “We are humbled and inspired by this amazing core of volunteers and their love for Florida College.”

Florida College would like to extend a special thanks to the dedicated volunteers who participated in Labor Camp.

To view photos from the week, visit Florida College’s Facebook page.

June 29th, 2015|

Florida College Students Win Best-Strategy Invitational

Two Florida College students won the grand championship at the May 2015 GLO-BUS Best-Strategy Invitational.

The Florida College team, Digivolve, consisted of Nathan McNabb (B.S. ’15) and Jeffrey Striedel (B.S. ’15). The Florida College students won their industry group of nine teams and recorded the highest overall score in the international competition.

McNabb and Striedel were invited to participate in the competition after winning the GLO-BUS simulation exercise completed in the business administration program at Florida College. Paul Greiving, the chair of the business department, uses the competition as a teaching tool during his strategic management course and commented on the students’ efforts during the classroom simulation.

“Nathan and Jeff were insightful and unusually persistent as they worked through the GLO-BUS simulation in the spring,” Greiving said. “I have no doubt those skills helped them as they competed in the international BSI competition.”

McNabb and Striedel won the grand championship with an overall score of 115, which included six bonus points earned by successfully forecasting the tactical moves of their competitors—the result of significant persistence throughout the two-week competition.

“We pinpointed prime competitors and stayed on top of them,” Striedel said. “We spent at least eight hours each day just to know how the market would move and how we needed to position ourselves.”

McNabb and Striedel agreed that the business program at Florida College helped prepare them for the competition, and Greiving felt their knowledge of a breadth of disciplines was a primary factor in their success.

“Every student must take at least one course in each business discipline–accounting, finance, marketing, business law, management–as part of the academic regimen,” Greiving said. “The GLO-BUS simulation requires participants to draw from all of these disciplines as […]

June 23rd, 2015|

Class of 2015 Graduates From Florida College

Florida College’s class of 2015 was the largest four-year class in its history, boasting 79 bachelor’s degree graduates, up from last year’s 66 graduates.

Florida College has been actively developing four-year programs since 2001 and currently offers 17 different options across eight disciplines. The most popular choice is the business administration program, which also offers an emphasis in either sports management or management information systems. This year, 29 students graduated from Florida College with a Bachelor of Science in business administration.

While growing programs and record graduating class sizes may be exciting, Florida College is not about size at all. Students at Florida College are encouraged grow academically and spiritually in a wholesome environment, regardless of class size.

Lauren Tharp graduated with the class of 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in history and expressed her appreciation for her time spent at Florida College.

“Florida College helped me grow in every way,” Tharp said. “I was able to get a challenging education in an encouraging environment and make deep, long-lasting connections with other people.”

Like Tharp, Florida College alumni continue to appreciate and support their alma mater in various ways from all across the nation.

June 11th, 2015|

Florida College Friends Perform at Relay for Life

The Florida College Friends performed at the Relay for Life of Temple Terrace event on Friday, April 17, meeting with cancer survivors and caregivers after their performance.

Located at the nearby Greco Middle School, the event began at 6 p.m. and lasted until 6 a.m. the following morning, symbolizing that cancer never sleeps.

The survivors and caregivers were honored at the opening ceremonies, after which they were treated to a meal provided by Olive Garden. Several notable city officials were present, including Mayor Frank Chillura, City Councilman Eddie Vance and former Mayor Joe Affronti. Florida College’s presence at the event was strong as well, including faculty, students and staff. Dale Dye ’12, the College’s special assistant to advancement, was present. For Dye, a survivor himself, the annual event is especially meaningful.

“Relay For Life is an event that the whole community rallies behind,” he said. “I am thankful for other local businesses and organizations who want to make a difference in the fight against cancer.”

After the Friends performance, the College’s director of alumni relations, Adam Olson ’00 (who also directs the Friends), performed Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up” during the luminaria ceremony, which honored those who have lost their lives to cancer.

“I’m so glad that Florida College continues to maintain presence at this annual event,” said Olson. “It was a true privilege getting to meet and honor so many survivors.”

April 21st, 2015|

David and Flora Tant Receive Friend to Youth Award

Florida College honored David and Flora Tant with the 2015 Friend to Youth Award at the conclusion of last Tuesday evening’s lecture.

David Tant began his relationship with Florida College as a student in 1953, earning his associate degree along with many hours of upper-division work while being actively involved in chorus, drama, the Royal Palm yearbook, Sower’s Club and more.

After marrying in 1959, the Tants began worshiping in Clayton, Oklahoma, where David Tant began his first work as a preacher on an Indian reservation. After spending time there and later in Portales, New Mexico, they moved to the Atlanta area, where they currently reside and have spent their last 52 years, working with the churches at Snapfinger Road, Embry Hills and Roswell Road. During these years, their hearts of service continued and became particularly directed toward young people.

They were instrumental in beginning the Atlanta-area booster club, for which David Tant served as president, and they participated in the original Florida College camp, which was hosted on campus at the time. They served in various roles — counselor, director and co-director, bus driver — for 27 years, fueled by their belief that every young person should have an experience at Florida College. Later on, they lent their experience to help establish the Georgia booster camp. They have served as Adopt parents for 49 students and are charter members of the Florida College Society, having donated consistently for 45 years.

Their service for the Lord goes far beyond the bounds of Florida College, and has been especially directed toward young people, whom they have housed, supported financially and taken with them on various evangelistic efforts throughout the U.S. and Jamaica. Their evangelistic efforts have also taken them to […]

February 6th, 2015|

Florida College Ranks #1 Nationwide in Alumni Giving

Florida College supporters share more than just an alma mater. They share a passionate belief in her mission, to educate young people in a spiritual environment. For more than half a century, this belief has resulted in unparalleled loyalty and fierce volunteer support.

So while it is significant, it should come as no surprise that this loyalty and support was recently recognized on a national scale.
Florida College was identified as the top-ranked institution where four-year alumni donated to their alma maters between 2011 and 2013, according to a U.S. News & World Report article published on Dec. 30. An impressive 64.7 percent of Florida College four-year alumni contributed to their alma mater, beating out the alumni at second-place Princeton University (62.5 percent) and other larger institutions.

The size of the school is not the only thing that makes Florida College an unlikely victor in this ranking. Since Florida College only recently began granting bachelor’s degrees, her four-year alumni base is much younger than other institutions’ on this list. With an average of 32, Florida College’s four-year alumni don’t fit the typical profile of collegiate donors.

Florida College President H.E. “Buddy” Payne ’65 challenged all four-year alumni to give back to their alma mater and reach the top of this list in 2011. The goal: to encourage 65 percent of four-year alumni to donate and thereby earn the top-ranked position. Alumni were encouraged to donate to the Senior Legacy Scholarship fund, a fund for current four-year students provided by four-year graduates. The four-year alumni responded remarkably.

Although the goal of 65 percent was narrowly missed, the support received from alumni and friends alike was unprecedented. Jared Barr ‘01, chief marketing and information officer at the College, commented on the initiative’s […]

February 4th, 2015|

Greater Indiana Wins Bell’s Inaugural Chapter of the Year Award

The Hutchinson Bell awarded the Greater Indiana chapter the 2014 Chapter of the Year Award at the conclusion of Monday’s evening lecture.

The award was established in April 2014 to bring attention to the volunteer work that is so valuable to the mission of Florida College. Executive Director of The Hutchinson Bell Adam Olson ’00 (pictured right), who also serves as Florida College’s director of alumni relations, presented the inaugural award to Jason McCort (center), the chapter’s president, who received the award on behalf of the Greater Indiana chapter.

McCort and his fellow chapter members earned this award for their innovative fundraising strategies, which have raised over $120,000 in scholarships since the chapter’s inception in 2006. They also began a new Florida College camp, which has shown consistent growth every year.

This group has diligently cultivated a thriving community that is dynamic, vibrant and strongly supportive of Florida College since its organization in 2006.

During his presentation, Olson praised the chapter for “continuously planning ahead and including families,” which he believes help to effectively mirror the atmosphere and spirit of Florida College.

Florida College thanks the Greater Indiana chapter of The Hutchinson Bell for its outstanding service, as well as each chapter for their consistent support and commitment.

February 3rd, 2015|

Florida College Formally Dedicates Jennifer Hall

Florida College formally dedicated the newly named Jennifer Hall during a ceremony on Monday following the College’s daily assembly.

At the ceremony, President Payne addressed the reasoning behind the naming. In recent years, a family lost a loved one to health complications. Her surviving family members chose to honor her with a generous gift to Florida College. The family members requested anonymity as a stipulation of their donation.

Originally named Terrace Hall, the women’s dormitory was completed in 2008 under the direction of President Emeritus C.G. “Colly” Caldwell III and houses 47 rooms, most of which host four students. Its original name served as an homage to the historic Temple Terrace community.

During the ceremony, President Payne also shared a history of the Florida College dormitories, reflecting on the addition of Hinely Hall to the previously existing Sutton Hall during the mid-’90s, the former three-story apartment building that housed A Dorm and B Dorm and eventually became today’s five-story Boswell Hall, and C Dorm, which, after being renovated and renamed College Hall, functions as today’s dormitory for upper-division women.

President Payne closed the ceremony by remarking on the family’s love for their daughter, wife and mother, and their commitment to Florida College and the young people it serves. After the ceremony, attendees were invited into the lobby of the dormitory, where they enjoyed refreshments and observed a plaque mounted in honor of Jennifer.

February 3rd, 2015|

Florida College Hits Record Spring Enrollment

Florida College is celebrating its highest spring enrollment in the institution’s history. January 12 marked the official drop/add deadline at Florida College, and finalized the record-breaking spring semester enrollment of 513 students. This recent feat surpasses the College’s former spring record of 506, which was set in 2013, and shatters their 10-year average of 465.

In a ceremony after the College’s morning chapel, Director of Admissions and Retention Services Paul Casebolt thanked the many admissions counselors, faculty for the many ways they contributed to the effort, namely by making Florida College an attractive academic and spiritual environment. But Casebolt is already thinking ahead. “We’re already refocusing all of our efforts on the upcoming fall semester,” he said in anticipation of two upcoming prospective student preview days.

This year, Florida College hosts a diverse population of students, who hail from 36 states, including California and Alaska, as well as eight different nations, including Ireland, Romania and Serbia.

January 21st, 2015|