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 [...]
Florida College honored Dr. Paul B. Cook with the Friend to Youth award following the evening lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. The Friend to Youth award is the most prestigious honor awarded at Florida College. Cook has worked diligently to help Florida College provide the best possible educational experiences for young people. He brought a wealth of experience as a faculty member and a high-level administrator to his role on the Florida College board of directors for 21 years, including four years as chairman, and he now serves the college as a director emeritus. President Payne continues to call on Cook for advice and counsel as he strives to lead Florida College. "His wisdom, insight, and massive experience provided a safety net and a source of encouragement for this president for which I will be forever grateful,” Payne said. After growing up in south central Kentucky, Cook earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Western Kentucky University. In 1960, he began to work at WKU as a faculty member and later served in high-level administrative roles, including several years as vice president and one year as interim president. He has also served as a faithful elder for many years and currently serves in that role at the Lost River Church of Christ. It was in Bowling Green, Kentucky, that Cook began his dedicated service to young people. He has served many in that area over the years, including Dr. Thaxter Dickey, a professor in the social and behavioral sciences department at Florida College. "I think that it is safe to say that whatever benefit I’ve been to Florida College is directly attributable to Paul Cook,” Dickey said. "And of course, I’m just one [...]
The fine arts department at Florida College will host the first-ever alumni musical, “1776,” on Feb. 3-6, 2017, to support scholarships for fine arts students. The production will be directed by Tim Moore, a professor in the music department with experience directing more than 75 shows, and will feature Florida College faculty and staff and talented alumni from across the country. Moore and Matt Johnson, chair of the communication, English and languages department, have been wanting to do “1776,” a Broadway hit and winner of three Tony awards including best musical, at Florida College for over a decade, and getting alumni involved seemed like the perfect way to make it happen. “It’s one of the better written musicals in the American repertoire of Broadway theater, and it’s about important ideas: patriotism and the legacy of our country,” Johnson said. “We, for a long time, have been wanting to get more involvement with alumni productions, and this is a big show.” The seminal event in American history blazes to life in “1776.” The show puts a human face on the pages of history as we see the men behind the national icons, founding fathers determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation. The cast for “1776” includes experienced alumni, like Shane Scott, Thaxter Dickey, Benjamin Payne, and Amanda (Graham) Payne, alongside current Florida College students, like Drake Pledger, Trevor Mikell, Nathan Christian, Tyler Henderson and Jackson Cowley. The show will also include Royce Chandler, Todd Chandler, Luke Chandler, Melanie (Brooks) Chandler and Micah Chandler, adding up to five members and three generations of one family. "Having a cast made up of alumni is obviously different than a student cast,” Moore said. "Since [...]
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 2017! Stacey Beutjer Justin Beville Jacob Bratton Christina Caudill Mackenzie Caudill Shayna Echols Jarrett Ferguson Hayden Green Maria Hagewood Elizabeth Hammontree Luke Heard Bret Hockensmith Zack Howard Ethan Jamerson Noe Lee Ryan McNally Mark Nelson Preston Nichols Tanner Pearson Jill Robertson Jesse Roy Alora Scogin Keeley Slamans Jarod Stackpole Tania Steele Shelby Stickle Ashlynn Underwood Cami Yow
Bailey McBryde was selected as the winner of the $1,000 #GivingTuesday scholarship to Florida College in recognition of her efforts to give back to her community in Ash Flat, Arkansas. As a senior in high school, Bailey serves her community both by participating in group community service projects and doing community service individually. As a member of various high-school organizations, she has had the privilege to serve food at a Kiwanis Club meeting, help with multiple food drives, pick up trash on the side of the road and raise money for the Arkansas Children's Hospital. “I greatly enjoy helping the community, however I only hope that they see the bigger picture,” Bailey said. "I strive to please the Lord everyday, and giving back to my community is just one way to do that." In addition to her efforts with fellow high-school students, Bailey also volunteers on her own. She enjoys making baked goods and pastries and taking them to the elderly or people in need in her community. She donates her old clothes to a local second-hand store. Over the past six years, she has volunteered at a Hippotherapy Camp for kids in the summer. She also makes a special effort put a smile on her face, offer to lend a helping hand and say kind words wherever she goes. “Many may feel that this is a small act, yet I believe it is a mighty one,” Bailey said. Florida College would like to thank Bailey McBryde for her efforts to serve others and congratulate her on winning the $1,000 #GivingTuesday scholarship!