Amanda Williamson (B.S. ’16) wasn’t sure if the elementary education program at Florida College had prepared her for her future as an elementary school teacher until she walked into her first interview for a full-time teaching position. She was being interviewed by a panel of six people, and she was intimidated. "They started asking me questions, and it was amazing to me that I just knew all the answers,” Amanda said. "It was at that point that I knew that Florida College had prepared me for what I was about to do. I just got a whole new level of confidence. I felt like Florida College had given me all those answers and I didn’t even know it.” Growing up in Plant City, Florida, Amanda was always near the college. She attended Florida College Academy until third grade and was homeschooled from fourth grade through high school. Amanda often attended dramatic productions and other events on the Florida College campus with her family, and she knew the environment was something she wanted to be a part of. "I chose to come to Florida College because of the environment,” Amanda said. "I grew up around the school. I went to see musicals and plays and all the events at the school growing up. I liked what I saw, and I knew that was where I wanted to be.” Amanda’s family wanted to be part of the Florida College environment too. Her mom, Melanie Williamson, started working in the Florida College Bookstore to be on campus with Amanda, and her brother, Andy Williamson, just earned his associate degree from Florida College. He will be returning to the college in the fall to pursue his bachelor’s [...]
Florida College hosted a total of 67 participants on campus at Labor Camp 2016 on June 5-9. The volunteers at the 12th annual camp worked longer days than last year and donated nearly 2,000 hours of labor, saving the college approximately $60,000. To date, Labor Camp has now saved Florida College more than $400,000. Labor Camp operates each summer under the supervision of the director of alumni relations, Adam Olson. This year's camp was directed by Craig Bean, the original Labor Camp director, Florida College alumnus and president of The Hutchinson Bell. This year’s Labor Camp participants completed variety of projects to improve campus: Replaced fencing on the west side of Hutchinson Auditorium Painted in Boswell Hall, Jennifer Hall, Puckett Auditorium, Hutchinson Auditorium and McCarty Auditorium Completed a massive landscaping project outside the newly renovated Wilson Hall Built a wall in one of the locker rooms at Conn Gymnasium Demolished the deck outside Henderson Hall Demolished the pergola at Graduation Walk and safely stored the bricks for placement after future construction projects Cleaned in Jennifer Hall, Hailey-King and Akin Built a hostess station in Henderson Dining Hall Repainted numbers in parking lot outside Boswell Hall Repaired and painted the west end of Dicus Hall Replaced all lightbulbs, oiled all fans and repaired receptacles in Hutchinson Auditorium Completed numerous small projects in Chatlos Library Bleached and pressure washed nearly every surface on campus Prepped the area around the main sign for installation of a new one Cleaned the construction area on first floor Wilson Hall Assisted with inventory needs at the bookstore The Labor Camp projects were overseen by Florida College’s chief marketing and information officer, Jared Barr. Barr was thrilled with this year’s volunteer [...]
Abigail Alford, an incoming Florida College freshman and presidential scholar, has been selected as one of the 10 grand prizewinners of Chipotle Mexican Grill’s “Cultivating Thought” student essay scholarship contest, judged by acclaimed author Jonathan Safran Foer. "My mom and I decided early on that applying for scholarships would be a priority, and we're so thankful for the positive results of that decision,” Abigail said. The “Cultivating Thought” contest challenged students ages 13 to 18 to submit an original story about when food created a memory. Abigail’s essay, “Two Minutes With Granny Sue,” was chosen based on its originality, creativity and quality of composition. The essay is about the first time she enjoyed ice cream from an ice cream truck after a lifetime of hearing “no” from her loving parents. “Two Minutes With Granny Sue” is featured on Chipotle packaging alongside artwork inspired by the essay, and Abigail received a $20,000 scholarship to support her continuing education. "When I first found out about winning the Chipotle scholarship, I remember breaking down in tears and thanking God over and over again because I was so grateful to have won something that would ease the financial burden of my college expenses,” Abigail said. Abigail graduated from Summit High School in Spring Hill, Tennessee, and will be joining the Florida College family on campus in the fall as a freshman in the elementary education program. She is interested in getting involved on campus with the theater productions and as a member of the chorus, the Florida College Friends and the Camp Friends, but most of all, she is excited to be a part of the spiritual atmosphere. “I've never had the chance to be in an [...]
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 [...]