Please join us in congratulating these students on their outstanding academic achievements!
Florida College honored René and Dee Anderson with the Friend to Youth award following the evening lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. The Friend to Youth award is the most prestigious honor awarded at Florida College.
René and Dee first came to Florida College as students in 1970 and brought strong musical talents. They were both members of the chorus and sang duets together while René played the guitar. Their common love of music soon became a love of one another, and the two were married in 1971. Forty-five years later, anyone who knows René and Dee can hardly imagine them apart.
It wasn’t until René retired from full-time work that the two decided to become dorm parents. René and Dee moved to Florida College in 1995 and have been parenting hundreds of young men each year ever since.
René and Dee truly love their “boys,” as they would call the students who live in their residence halls, and they play a vital role in the Florida College experience. They are currently serving as the dorm parents of Boswell Hall, the only men’s residence hall on campus.
Love from René and Dee comes in two forms. From René, you can expect a headlock instead of a hug, and “Momma Dee,” as she is affectionately known, is always ready to make a grilled cheese sandwich. While a headlock or a sandwich may seem like a silly expression of love, to their boys, it means the world. René and Dee are amazing examples of unconditional love, dedicated service and faith in God.
For more than 20 years, René and Dee have been giving of themselves for the benefit of Florida College students, and if René has his way, they’ll be doing it for many more.
Florida College is preserving a special piece of history near the construction at Wilson Hall.
Shortly after the Wilson Hall reconstruction began, four sidewalk slabs with special meaning for Florida College were removed from the area. The sidewalk pieces are engraved with the names of several alumni and friends who worked on the school’s landscape project in 1947.
The 1947 landscape project was completed entirely by students, employees and their spouses, and other alumni and friends. Names engraved in the sidewalk include Mrs. L.R. Wilson, Mrs. R. Lewis and Dick Qualls.
Adam Olson, Florida College’s director of alumni relations, is thrilled to have an opportunity to preserve some of Florida College’s history. The pieces of sidewalk are yet another reminder of the unparalleled support Florida College receives from dedicated alumni and friends.
“As we move forward with renovating our campus, it’s important that we remember how we got here.” Olson said. “Parts of the Florida College campus, including Wilson Hall, were quite literally built by the amazing alumni and friends who support this school and its mission.”
Olson is coordinating with campus services to determine a long-term home for the sidewalk, but the pieces are currently displayed next to the construction fence around Wilson Hall. If you are on campus for the 2016 Florida College Lectureship, stop by to see this exciting piece of Florida College history!
The North Alabama Florida College Booster Club hosted the annual Winter Talent Showcase & Dinner at Athens Bible School on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016. The event was a huge success, raising $2,500 for student scholarships to Florida College!
Despite the stormy weather, approximately 280 alumni and friends of Florida College attended the event, an increase from last year’s attendance. Guests enjoyed a casual, come-and-go meal from Swamp John’s Restaurants and Catering before the talent showcase and live auction.
Florida College’s director of alumni relations, Adam Olson, was impressed with the event’s results and credits the success to the hard-working volunteers who support the North Alabama Florida College Booster Club.
“The group in north Alabama has done an excellent job of bringing Florida College friends and alumni together,” Olson said. “Many thanks to our youngest chapter president, Gavin Richardson, for his enthusiasm and to talent show coordinator, Scott Richardson, for his work as well. We are excited to see a younger generation take on key roles as they give back to the college through their service.”
Florida College would like to thank Gavin Richardson, Scott Richardson, Marty Griggs and all the amazing volunteers who made this event possible.
President Payne’s heart health continues to improve after his recent heart attack, and despite the damaging impact to the left ventricle, his heart will return to normal function.
After six weeks of recovery, President Payne met with his cardiologist and was informed that his left ventricle’s function has nearly returned to normal levels. President and Mrs. Payne and the cardiologist were all extremely pleased by this level of improvement.
“We all expected improvement but not to this level this quickly,” Payne said. “However, when we factor into our thinking the thousands of prayers offered to our great God on my behalf, our surprise melts into humble thanksgiving for His providential care.”
President and Mrs. Payne would like to thank the alumni and friends of Florida College for all the love, concern and prayers they have shared as President Payne recovers.
The newly rebranded Ohio Valley chapter of the The Hutchinson Bell hosted its first Jingle Bell 5K on Saturday, Dec. 5. This was the first race sponsored by a local chapter of The Bell, and it was a great success!
The race boasted more than 100 participants and raised a total of $2,000 for the chapter. Participants donned festive holiday costumes to run the 3-mile course in below freezing temperatures. Even Santa Claus showed up to join the fun and spread some holiday cheer!
Adam Olson, Florida College’s director of alumni relations and the president of The Hutchinson Bell, was also able to participate in the race.
“It was a privilege, albeit a frozen one, to participate with our Ohio Valley chapter in this great event,” Adam said. “The chapter has undergone very positive change in the last year, and the progress of their efforts is evidenced in the success of the 5K. Many thanks to President Mike Clemons, race organizers Sarah Rice and Rachel Clemons, and the other volunteers on this wonderful event!”
Florida College would like to thank the dedicated volunteers and participants who helped make the first-ever Jingle Bell 5K such a success!
Hallie Earnhart 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 Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Hallie (pictured left) is a senior in high school and serves her community with Curbside Ministries, spending time with kids in low-income neighborhoods. She loves having the opportunity to work with kids of all ages and watch their hearts grow closer to God as they sing songs, play games and participate in devotionals.
“To me, giving back isn’t about the credit or recognition you can receive but about spending your own time and resources doing something you love,” Hallie said.
In addition to her efforts with Curbside Ministries, Hallie also started an organization called Blessings Well Spent with other high-school students to raise money to build wells and send Bibles to children in impoverished communities in Africa. She helped organize a garage sale to raise $2,500 for the cause, and she also raises money by selling handmade items on Etsy. Hallie gives back to others through organizations like Curbside Ministries and Blessings Well Spent because she feels that she has so much to be thankful for.
“Once you open your eyes to all the immense blessings God has given you, your heart should only naturally want to give to others, whether that be through the giving of your time, money or sharing your knowledge of Christ with someone who may not have ever heard his message,” Hallie said.
Hallie would like to continue serving others throughout her life by becoming a pediatric nurse. In order to achieve that goal, she plans to begin working toward an associate degree at Florida College in the fall and then move on to study […]
Florida College’s first-ever #GivingTuesday event was an outstanding success, with over $260,000 raised in one day thanks to generous gifts from more than 250 donors! We were amazed by the support we received on #GivingTuesday, and our success is ultimately a testament to the giving spirit of our alumni and friends across the nation!
Here’s a breakdown of our success:
A total of 255 donors made gifts on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015.
Those gifts totaled $165,196.34, exceeding our $100,000 goal.
Including the matching gift, we raised $265,196.34 in just one day.
The average gift was $648.
The Florida College Society stepped up in a big way, with 104 members making gifts.
A total of 28 four-year graduates made gifts, moving us closer to regaining our top-ranked position on U.S. News and World Report’s list of schools where the most alumni donate.
Florida was the state with the most participants, with a total of 83 donors.
The largest gift, not including the matching gift, was a stock gift of $20,037.35.
The smallest gift was $3.
A total of 52 donors gave $100, making it the most common amount to give.
Students in the James R. Cope Adopt Program will benefit from $50,000 of the total amount raised on #GivingTuesday.
One donor made a gift of $250.99.
The most common time to give was between 10 p.m. and 12 a.m. EST, with 55 gifts made during that time.
A total of 237 donors made their gifts online.
But the #GivingTuesday movement is about so much more than the numbers. We would like to thank everyone who supported our cause and gave back in some way on #GivingTuesday. However you chose to participate, thank you for your help in making #GivingTuesday at Florida College a success!