How To: Participate in #GivingTuesday

Florida College will participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving, on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours and activities that bring about real change in communities. Florida College has some of the most dedicated supporters and volunteers in the country, so we invite you to join the movement and support Florida College by participating in #GivingTuesday!

Here’s how you can participate:

1. Make a tax-deductible gift to Florida College knowing it will be matched by an anonymous donor! Any individual gift, great or small, made to Florida College on Dec. 1, 2015, up to $100,000 will be matched by this donor, doubling the impact of the gift.

2. Join our Facebook event and invite your friends. Let everyone know that you’ll be giving back to Florida College on #GivingTuesday.

3. Share an #unselfie on social media by posting a photo of yourself and telling us why you give back. Be sure to use #GivingTuesday and tag Florida College in your post!

4. Encourage high-school juniors and seniors to fill out our #GivingTuesday scholarship application before Dec. 1! One entrant will receive a $1,000 scholarship to Florida College on #GivingTuesday.

5. Like and comment on social media posts from our students and faculty as they volunteer and give back to our community on #GivingTuesday.

Please join the #GivingTuesday movement and give back to Florida College!

November 30th, 2015|

President Payne Suffered a Heart Attack

President Payne suffered a heart attack after the morning worship service on Sunday, Nov. 22, and is currently stable and in good spirits while recovering in the CCU at Florida Hospital. The doctors identified a blockage around a stent that was put in place last year and performed a procedure to restore blood flow. The heart attack appears to have caused some damage to his left ventricle. He expects to be moved to a hospital room this afternoon and remain in the hospital for the next two or three days. The Payne family has requested no visitors at this time, but appreciates your thoughts and prayers.

Please pray fervently for President Payne as he recovers as well as for his loved ones and the doctors who are caring for him.

November 23rd, 2015|

Richard Jones Speaks to Florida College Students for the Distinguished Speaker Series

Richard Jones, a seasoned healthcare executive, spoke to students on Thursday, Nov. 19, as the second of this year’s guests of the Distinguished Speaker Series at Florida College. Jones led the daily chapel devotion and addressed upper-division students in the business administration and pre-professional health programs during a special luncheon while he was on campus.

Jones is the president, CEO and chairman of Essence Healthcare, one of the nation’s first accountable delivery systems and a consistently high-rated Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MAPD) health plan, currently nationally recognized as a five-star health plan. He is a certified public accountant, and his experience includes all aspects of business. Jones has extensive leadership and operations experience in health plans and has spent much of the last decade enabling physicians and providers to function as accountable care and population health organizations, transforming healthcare delivery systems from volume to value reimbursement.

Jones and his wife, Carol (Allen) Jones (A.A. ’81), have been married for 29 years, and they have four children. Their daughter, Emily (Jones) Black (A.A. ’09), graduated from Florida College in 2009. Jones has served the Northwest church of Christ as an elder since 2006, and he served as a deacon from 2001 to 2006.

As a Christian in the healthcare industry, Jones provided Florida College students with valuable insight into the challenges of his profession as well as the necessary skills to be successful.

Florida College regularly invites guest speakers, like Richard Jones, 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.

November 20th, 2015|

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Thaxter Dickey

November 13th, 2015|

Justin Berss Speaks at Veterans Day Assembly

Florida College recognized Veterans Day with a special assembly following this morning’s chapel devotion. Justin Berss, a senior in the biblical studies department and an army veteran, spoke to the student body about the lessons he learned during his time in the military, particularly the importance of service.

“One of the most important things I learned throughout my time in the military was the value of service,” Justin said.

Justin joined the United States Army in 2009 and attended basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, where he also completed advanced individual training to become a motor transport operator. Justin was stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, before being deployed to Tikrit, Iraq, where he was stationed at Contingency Operating Base Speicher for the next 11 months. During that time, Justin served as the senior radar operator, tracking all incoming rocket and mortar rounds that hit their base. Justin completed his tour in Iraq in 2011 and achieved the rank of a corporal before ending his military career in 2012.

Florida College thanks Justin Berss for speaking at the Veterans Day assembly and for his dedicated service to the U.S. military.

November 11th, 2015|

Florida College Joins the #GivingTuesday Movement

Florida College has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

Occurring this year on Dec. 1, 2015, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

Last year, more than 30,000 organizations in 68 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday. Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours and activities that bring about real change in communities. Florida College has some of the most dedicated supporters and volunteers in the country, so we invite you to join the movement and support Florida College on #GivingTuesday!

Some ideas for how you can participate include:

1. Make a tax-deductible gift to Florida College on Dec. 1, 2015. You can support student scholarships, the athletic association, the James R. Cope Adopt Program, or even join The Hutchinson Bell.

2. Watch Florida College’s #GivingTuesday campaign on social media. We will be giving back to our community on Dec. 1 too, so join our Facebook event to keep up with our plans.

3. Use the hashtag #GivingTuesday on social media throughout this month to talk about Florida College and why you plan to support us.

4. Share your #Unselfie! Post a selfie on #GivingTuesday and add a caption explaining why you think it is important to give back. Share your post with us by using #GivingTuesday and tagging Florida College.

Florida College has secured a matching gift of up to $100,000 from an anonymous donor […]

November 3rd, 2015|

Becky Barlar Installed as President of the Florida State Music Teachers Association

Becky Barlar, a professor of music at Florida College, was installed as the president of the Florida State Music Teachers Association at the end of the organization’s state conference in October.

The Florida State Music Teachers Association (FMSTA) is an organization whose members are professionally engaged in teaching music and dedicated to the advancement of music in the state of Florida.

Barlar was elected as president-elect of FSMTA two years ago. Her election is a six-year commitment, including two years as president-elect, two years as president of the FSMTA and two years as president of the Florida State Music Teachers Foundation. Following her term, Barlar will have the opportunity to continue to be involved with the FSMTA as a director of the executive board.

Prior to her election, Barlar served the Mid-State Music Teachers Association, a local affiliate of FSMTA, as president, vice president for membership, secretary and treasurer. She has also served as president and treasurer of district nine of FSMTA. She received a certificate of experience as a teacher of piano from FMSTA, and she also holds the distinction of being a Music Teachers National Association permanent professional certified teacher of music in piano.

Barlar’s exceptional experience in the field of music education is a tremendous asset to Florida College’s music programs.

November 2nd, 2015|

Tyler Henderson Receives Full-Tuition Scholarship Offer From Florida College

Tyler Henderson was offered a full-tuition scholarship to Florida College as a National Merit Semifinalist at an academic signing on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015. Tyler will receive this scholarship for up to four years in recognition of his outstanding academic achievements.

At the signing, Tyler was honored and several guests spoke about his educational background and his future at Florida College. Jordon Hill, the assistant director of admissions, spoke first on behalf of Florida College, expressing what an asset Tyler will be to the campus.

“He doesn’t accept mediocrity or complacency,” Jordon said. “Instead, he excels, not just as a talented and inventive writer, but in academia as a whole. Yet, even more importantly, he is one who looks to Christ as an example.”

Dr. Daryl Ward, the principal at Harrison School for the Arts, and President Payne also spoke at the signing. Paul Casebolt, Florida College’s director of admissions, closed the event by recognizing Tyler’s achievement as a National Merit Semifinalist.

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 one-third of those 50,000 high scorers qualify as Semifinalists, putting them in the top one percent of students in the country academically.

Tyler, of Lakeland, Florida, will graduate from high school in the spring of 2016. He plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Florida College and get involved on campus. He is interested in organizations like the Florida College Friends, chorus, jazz band and Oratory Union.

We are thrilled to have Tyler Henderson joining the Florida College family as a freshman next fall.

October 29th, 2015|

Alpha Chi Inducts New Members

Florida College’s chapter of Alpha Chi, the national college honor society, inducted 13 new members at a ceremony in Puckett Auditorium on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 5:30 p.m.

Alpha Chi is a coeducational academic honor society with the purpose of promoting academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and honoring those who achieve such distinction. Membership is limited to the top 10 percent of juniors, seniors and graduate students from each chapter, and there are more than 300 chapters of Alpha Chi located in 45 states and Puerto Rico.

Dr. Dan Petty opened the ceremony of the Florida Xi chapter by welcoming guests and introducing Dr. Colly Caldwell as the guest speaker for the event. Petty was also responsible for installing this year’s officers: Haley Bowman as president, Amanda Williamson as vice president, and Morgan Bingham as secretary and treasurer.

The newly installed officers inducted 13 new members:

Hannah Beckley
Brian Hamilton
Hannah Henderson
Olivia Johnson
Erica Mackey
Emily Ogden
Abigail Smith
Jessica Tharp
Lauren Thomley
Erin Wells
Madison West
Micah Works
Sara Yeagar

Please congratulate these students on their outstanding academic achievements!

October 7th, 2015|

Florida College Hosts a Ceremony to Rename the Stulgis-Akin Building

The Stulgis-Akin Building was renamed at a dedication ceremony on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, in honor of the generous gift donated by Sandra Stulgis of Cuero, Texas. Sandra was introduced to Florida College by a friend and quickly fell in love with Florida College students.

“I love Florida College, and I’ve met the wonderful young people who attend,” Sandra said. “I want to do everything I can to help the college grow.”

Sandra first became an active supporter of the James R. Cope Adopt Program, providing financial assistance for and developing relationships with students in need. As her fondness for Florida College students grew, she decided to support the Akin project as well. Sandra’s initial gift was a donation to name the physics laboratory in honor of her late son, Joseph Orin Stulgis III, but she later decided to make the pledge to provide the lead gift for the building and the rights to name the new facility after the Stulgis family.

The dedication ceremony was held following the chapel assembly on Friday in honor of the completion of her pledge and the subsequent renaming of the math and science building. The Stulgis-Akin Building provides high-quality facilities for Florida College students, and Sandra’s generous support of Florida College has paved the way for future generations of students studying in the math and science department.

September 28th, 2015|